Pathfinder (Dragon Age Setting)
The Korcari Wilds are a cold southern expanse of forests whose extent is not truly known. The Chasind Wilders, who live within, say that a wasteland of snow and ice waits further to the south, filled only with desolate tundra and nomadic barbarians, but the northerners believe little of what the Chasind tell them.
These forests are home to the legendary “Witch of the Wilds,” Flemeth and her daughters.
Local legends state that the perpetual mist surrounding the Wilds is not natural, but rather the result of a curse. Long ago, when werewolves terrorized the country, a great arl ventured into the Wilds killing every wolf he could find, as well as any member of the Chasind Wilder folk. A chasind mother grew enraged at the slaughter upon finding her sons dead at the soldier’s blades and used a blade that stabbed one of her sons and stabbed it into her own heart. A great mist seeped forth from his mortal wound surrounding the entire Wilds. It was so dense that the arl and his soldiers were lost inside forever.
Flemeth or Asha’bellanar
Flemeth, the shapeshifter known as the “Witch of the Wilds” and “Asha’bellanar” – the woman of many years, is widely recognized as an immortal and extremely powerful being. She is the central character of a homonym legend, which describes her as “terrible in her temper and wild in her beauty”. She is also known for being mother to many daughters, all of whom are witches as she herself is.
The name “Flemeth” apparently belonged to a legendary and fearsome personage that walked the Wilds centuries ago. According to legend, the daughters of Flemeth can kill a man by fear alone. The “Witch of the Wilds” is not a clan so much as a superstitious name the locals of the Korcari Wilds had given to the infamous Flemeth and her daughters.
The Story of Flemeth
“You are required to do nothing, least of all believe.”
Ages ago, legend says Bann Conobar took to wife a beautiful young woman who harbored a secret talent for magic: Flemeth of Highever. And for a time they lived happily, until the arrival of a young poet, Osen, who captured the lady’s heart with his verse.
They turned to the Chasind tribes for help and hid from Conobar’s wrath in the Wilds, until word came to them that Conobar lay dying: His last wish was to see Flemeth’s face one final time.
The lovers returned, but it was a trap. Conobar killed Osen, and imprisoned Flemeth in the highest tower of the castle. In grief and rage, Flemeth worked a spell to summon a spirit into this world to wreak vengeance upon her husband. Vengeance, she received, but not as she planned. The spirit took possession of her, turning Flemeth into an abomination. A twisted, maddened creature, she slaughtered Conobar and all his men, and fled back into the Wilds.
For a hundred years, Flemeth plotted, stealing men from the Chasind to sire monstrous daughters: Horrific things that could kill a man with fear. These Korcari witches led an army of Chasind from the Wilds to strike at the Alamarri tribes. They were defeated by the hero Cormac, and all the witches burned, so they say, but even now the Wilders whisper that Flemeth lives on in the marsh, and she and her daughters steal those men who come too near.
Morrigan’s mother saved the last Grey Wardens from death at the top of the Tower of Ishal, but just who, or what, Flemeth truly is, is a mystery.