Shadows of Esteren: The Gaes of Tulg
Demorthen are shamans, the bridge between the people and the spirits. They are lore-keepers, priests, ritualists and sorcerers. It is their job to advise the chiefs, nobles, governors and kings how to balance the needs of the community with the proper traditional respect for the nature and its spirits. Their powers are meant to serve the community, not for personal power, and demorthen who turn their powers towards selfish ends can be condemned by a yearly gathering of the demorthen in the area to punishments ranging from acts of repentance to temporary loss of their oghams, the rune stones they use to focus their powers, all the way to death. They know how to speak with the spirits as well as loan their powers for magical effects and are best able to regain their magical energy by meditating in places as wild as possible. Their magic can affects all things of nature – the elements, flora, fauna and life itself. The original demorthen are said to have been responsible for saving humanity from feondas during the Aergewin. Remaining from this time here and there are still enchanted circles of stone said to be impenetrable by feondas. Originally, demorthen were wanderers but as time went on and communities started forming connections, many settled down on the outskirts of villages to better advise a given community on how to act. The demorthen of the Osags still remain wanderers, as do some of the most conservative ones in other areas. After death, people’s spirits are said to return back to the cycle of nature.