Wandering Others of Dark Agartha

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“Chaos and darkness reign, the ravaged remains of Gaia now infested with extradimensional interlopers known only as The Wandering Others.”

Who are Wandering Others? Where do they come from?

Currently we know little about these denizens of the future ravaged hollow earth.
Some appear physically similar to interdimensional creatures recognisable to the Secret World, such as those from The Hell Dimensions, the Spirit World, or Lilith’s creations from a previous Age, yet display unique characteristics that set them apart.

In relation to esoteric texts such as Barbara Marciniak’s “Bringers of the Dawn” and the Cassiopaean Experiment ‘Wanderers’ are entities that may have come from the future to affect some change in the past, but have forgotten their purpose upon reincarnating in this plane of existence.

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The name and notion of ‘wandering others’ also arises in various myths, legends and folklore of the world.

To the Fon people of Africa, Legba is a wandering trickster spirit and powerful Vodun/Voodoo divinity. A troublemaker who disrupts harmony and sows turmoil - a guardian of crossroads and entrances.

Although not originally viewed as evil, Christian missionary integration attempted to cast Legba as Satan.
He is typically young and often horned and phallic.

The legends of the ‘Curse of Cain’ and the ‘Wandering Jew’ concern those cursed and forced to wander the earth as immortals, without the hope of rest in death. Cain was marked as ‘fugitive and wanderer’ (נע ונד) after murdering his brother Abel and lying about it.
The exact indiscretion and identity of the Wandering Jew varies amongst the numerous texts, however the taunting of Jesus on the way to his crucifixion is the overarching element.

Although this character seems to have far more in common with what we know of Khalid than the extradimensional interlopers of Dark Agartha, it does raise the question about what might happen to the Immortals after the end of the world?

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Who are Wandering Others? Where do they come from?
Perhaps their names and abilities can provide clues to their origins.

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Feral Traian, The Second, Kuchisake-onna…

Feral Traian
Abilities

  • Cyclone
  • Feral Swipe
  • Overrun
  • Pained Howl
  • Primal Rage

The Second
Abilities

  • Enkindle
  • Fires of Phlegethos
  • Gravity Well
  • Napalm Bloom
  • Searing Flash

Kuchisake-onna
Abilities

  • Storm Clouds???

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One of the Others, surprisingly enough, is Feral Traian — a future version of the werewolf quest-giver in Carpathian Fangs.

The jinn called The Second is likely a reference to The Unbound from ‘Beneath You It Eats Its Name’, who if memory serves was the first of the jinn.


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There may be some factual basis for the character Traian in the real story of ‘Traian Caldarar’ “the Romanian Dog Boy” who in 2002 had spent 3 years living in the wilds of Transylvania. He was discovered by a shepherd walking cross-country after his car had broken down. When found, he was animalistic in movement and position and it was thought that he had been assisted in survival by stray dogs in the area. Although aged 7 he was the size of a 3 year-old due to malnutrition. He had infected wounds, was naked, and could not speak. Perhaps ‘Feral Traian’ is the sad alternative story, one without the chance rescue by the unlikely traveller.

The blind elder werewolf of the Carpathians does have a complex origin story of his own. Originally born in Macedonia, he is over 100 years old and has thus outgrown his taste for killing. He speaks with a Scottish accent, has a history of military engagements fighting in the Balkans after World War I and then for the Polish in World War II, where he was blinded by German bombardments.
When met by members of the Secret World factions, he is being hunted and the verge of reverting to a baser blood-lust and slaughter. Yet he speaks of a place where ‘the long-toothed’ elder werewolves go, presumably where he has also been called.

One could assume that the future ‘Feral Traian’ never made it to the werewolf sanctuary, a place deep in the Ural Mountains, and reverted to the madness and violence typical of younger pack members.

I recall one of his abilities ‘Pained Howl’ silences players with an ‘Obstructed’ effect, and just like the ‘Romanian Dog Boy’, old eloquent Traian has lost his ability to speak.

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The Jinn were created by the Host in the First Age, and were born out of either water, wind, earth or flame. The first however, ‘The Unbound’ was not. ‘The Second’ presumably was the next creation by the Host to follow.
Like Amir, The Second appears to be one of the Smokeless Flame, and it was the Jinn of fire that were most hurt and angered by Gaia’s favouritism toward humankind.
‘The Second’ was most likely banished to the abyss of ‘The Howling’ along with the other Jinn.

One of 'The Second’s attack abilities is called ‘Fires of Phlegethos’, which appears to be a reference to the Dungeons & Dragons mythos. ‘Baator’ or the ‘Nine Hells of Baator’ is an evil plane of existence in this cosmology, consisting of 9 layers. Phlegethos is the 4th of these layers and is described as " …a fiery wasteland filled with active volcanoes, hills of ash, gouting fires, streams of magma, pits of smoking excrement, and burning sand beneath a screaming rain of magical fire flakes". Also the fires of this land are said to seek out those not native to it, to torture and render them useless so that the devils there may take their souls for damnation.

‘The Second’ has since escaped its exile, perhaps a result of the end of the world, possibly through a summoning / binding ritual, or even by accepting of a deal from The Dreamers - like many others of its kind have done.

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The ‘Wandering Wilas’ is a female creature part-ghost part-fairy that has died and become trapped between planes of existence. In Slavic mythology however, they are not born as supernatural beings but were once human, such as lost women who died unbaptised or the betrothed who died before marriage.

Knowledge of these extraordinary ghost-like beings come from Polish and Slavic literature, from poems and short stories. What is common is that these lonely creatures have a fierce temper, and a taste for blood and vengeance when angered. Primarily, they have control over the winds, which is given as reason for their ghost-like and pale appearance, with cloaks that billow in tune with the air, or can blend into the wind as intangible incorporeal shapes. Like a Wandering Wilas the Wandering Other ‘Kuchisake-onna’ has the ability to summon storm clouds.

‘Kuchisake-onna’ is the “Slit Mouth Woman” (口裂け女), a malicious spirit, an onryō of Japan, who came into being around the Heian (794–1185) or Edo periods (1603–1868). The original legend tells of a beautiful, young wife (or concubine) of a samurai who kills herself after the samurai disfigures her, cutting her from ear to ear for having an affair with a soldier of the village. The legend gained more prominence in the 1970’s with numerous sightings of a woman with a torn mouth seen chasing children. In 2007, a coroner found records of such a woman in the '70’s, with a torn mouth who had chased children, who had been hit and killed by a car amidst such a chase.