Ok, I had a few more thoughts on the Emerald Mask and its "children" that I wanted to put out there before I forget them.
Chimpman wrote:Children of the Mask
After the defeat of Princess Arrah, Bramble-thorn took the Emerald Mask as a trophy. In triumph, she donned the mask, and was immediately and horribly transformed. The Emerald Mask fused to her face, becoming one with her. Few know where Bramble-thorn fled after her transformation, or what final fate awaited the mask. Legends say that the spirits in the mask were reborn in the offspring of Bramble-thorn and that they haunt the forests of the western continent even today. Surely there is some credence to this claim for the wolf-kin of the northwestern forests are different from their brethren - savage and violent.
The first question is, "What were the spirits living in the Emerald Mask." Sages in the Shard Sea Kingdoms have a few competing theories. The prevailing myth surrounding the mask is that the spirits within it are all former owners of the mask, or those who swore fealty to it. As such, they are all "human souls", each with a unique past and experiences in the living world during their former lives. Proponents of this theory site several occasions over the past 800 years where wolf-kin descendants of Bramble-thorn have claimed to be specific individuals from the Emerald Principality's history, including Princess Arrah herself. Despite the fact that most wolf-kin claiming such heritage turn out to be slavering maniacal monsters, this theory is very popular in the Principality. After all, it's only natural that a human spirit would go mad with rage if it was trapped in the body of an inhuman monster.
Another popular theory, and one with much wider acceptance outside of the Principalities themselves, is that the entities trapped in the Emerald Mask were in fact some variety of Wind Spirit, and were never human at all. Imprisoned by the gods for their capriciousness, they sought a way to return to the world of the living. However because humans are not a part of this world, the Wind Spirits only had a limited amount of control over them. It was the Wind Spirits who encouraged the depravity of the Emerald Principality that eventually led to the first Blood War between humans and wolf-kin, and that eventually caused the mask to fall into wolf-kin possession. The mask was so in tune with Bramble-thron that it fused itself to her face, and it was only after that the the spirits within were born back into this world.
Whatever the truth may be, the northeastern wolf-kin tribes (all claiming descent from Bramble-thorn) are savage and bloodthirsty, and reviled by human and wolf-kin alike. Their shamans practice dark rituals and are rumored to be cannibals that perform blood sacrifices.
Bramble-thorn and Spirits of the Emerald Mask:
In addition to wolf-weres, these creatures could be the source of many monstrous manifestations in the Kingdoms of the Shard Sea and its surroundings. Spirits of extreme potency could twist their wolf-kin hosts to the point of creating creatures very much like vampires. Bramble-thorn herself may still exist in such a state - possibly as a truly undead creature such as a vampire lord or lich.