TOTEH Characters: Killanjo

June 9, 2011

THE XAPHANS HAVE KNOWN OF THE FLESHLESS DEMONS THAT STEP OUT OF THIN AIR FOR CENTURIES. The outlying League worlds also know of them. On Onaris, they’re called Jennybacks, on Bazz: Fa Zemlas. The most common name for them is the Xaphan name: Killanjo.

"Killanjo in the Mirror" by Carol Phillips

Killanjo are almost always horrid versions of a loved one: a brother or sister, a parent or other such relative–though the person they resemble is often alive and well when they make their appearance.

The Killanjo are terrible to behold. Their bodies are bent and mal-formed and are always skinless. As such, they drip and reek. They often have extra appendages fused to their bodies. They are said to wear delicate golden masks covering their bleeding, mutilated faces.

Killanjo often are seen in command of Berserkacides and use them to do most of the fighting and killing. The entire House of Monama appears to greatly fear the Killanjo, that they “watch them” at all times and then force them to do their foul bidding. The ancient Remnath hero, Atrajak of Want, led an army of Monamas against the Killanjo in a series of battles called the Hidden Wars. In Atrajak’s writing, which has been banned by the Sisterhood of Light, he mentions the Killanjo themselves were slaves of a greater enemy he called “The Golden People“, of which virtually nothing is known.

The Killanjo are also conjectured to be out-of-joint in time, possibly from the future. Their skinless, semi-pickled appearance is ideally suited to project their bodies from the theoretical rigors of time-travel.

Lady Sammidoran has a vision of Lord Kabyl of Blanchefort being attacked by Killanjo (by Fantasio)

Their purpose appears to be to create strife and terror, and they are very effective at doing just that. They appear out of thin air and typically fall upon their intended victims when they are most vulnerable. The Killanjo sometimes attempt to kidnap their victims, to drag them away to an unknown fate. The Xaphan House of Prim, which vanished without trace, were said to have been carried off by Killanjo. They are commonly reported to be able to cast spells rendering most people who hear it immobile. They are also cannibals and will eagerly devour the flesh of any who fall under their spell.

They are also said to have several key weaknesses. They fear their own reflection and cannot look at it and, accordingly, will flee from mirrors. Also, they are not reported to be overly strong fighters, having to rely on their spells or their Berserkacides to fight for them.

copyright 2011, Ren Garcia and Carol Phillips

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4 Responses to “TOTEH Characters: Killanjo”

  1. I am really glad you wrote this about the Killanjo! About how they are a horrid version of someone living. I also think it is extremely interesting that they fear their own reflections. Your behind the scenes information is helpful, fun, and intriguing to read!

    • theleagueofelder said

      Thank you, Chris. It’s fun talking about these sorts of things. All this info eventually gets revealed in the due course of the story. One thing I didn’t mention in the post are the bugs. Remember the bugs that seems to follow the Killanjo around??

  2. I remember the dragonflies, which other insects were there?

    • theleagueofelder said

      Hey Chris!

      There were those big, weird bugs called “Paraflies” with the shiny wings. As Kay was battling the Killanjo in Castle Durst, one of them saw their reflection in the the Paraflies massed wings and then threw herself over the side. Wherever the Killanjo go, these Paraflies also show up.

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