A Hrule is a rare Free Magic creature that feeds on the blood of Charter Mages. It cannot be killed, but temporarily returned to the earth by piercing its hide with a thistle head. Three chains, of silver, lead and braided daises, can apparently be used to render the Hrule immobile. In the novella Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case, Alastor Dorrance, the leader of Department Thirteen serves his "goddess" the Hrule by feeding it the blood of people who bear a Charter Mark. Dorrance planned to feed Nicholas's blood to the creature in the case but his blood was tainted and too powerful because of the free magic in him from The Destroyer.

Appearance Edit

  • Crosshatched, violet-hued rough hide
  • Legs jointed backwards (with three joints), ending in hooked hooves
  • Long arms, stretching almost to the floor
  • Club-like hands, covered in inch-long barbs
  • Thin and cylindrical torso
  • Neck twice as long as a human’s
  • Narrow slits instead of ears
  • Black eyes with violet pupils
  • Mouth twice the width of a human’s, with shiny black teeth

Attributes Edit

  • Communicates telepathically
  • Emits high pitched, hissing shrieks
  • Runs very fast
  • Extremely strong
  • Invulnerable to bullets
  • Disables Ancelstierran technology due to Free Magic

Appearances in books Edit

The only Hrule encountered so far in the Old Kingdom series is in Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case. It was kept in a glass case inside Department Thirteen’s headquarters at Dorrance Hall, but later escaped.

See also Edit

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