Who are the Cosantóirí, the Qui Perdere and the De Med Förmåga?

What Cosantóirí aren’t: They aren’t undead. They aren’t vampires, werewolves, witches, warlocks, or zombies. They’re people, much like you and I are-except they have cumais, or abilities, we don’t. I don’t care much for undead things like vampires, werewolves, witches, and warlocks. Zombies to me are a cheese filled yeast bun that I enjoyed in high school. So if you’re expecting a Twilight kind of read, you’ll be disappointed.

What Cosantóirí are: literally, protectors; better translated as “Those Who Protect.” They are a clan of psionics from Ireland. Used to refer to those who have cumais, or abilities, they are fulfilling their life-roles in terms of the ní de cumas and the níos lú de cumas. The title is not used to denote the actual abilities themselves. Being Cosantóirí has one interesting issue: They are far more aware of their sensuality and certain physical needs and drives. In short: they are a very physical people sexually, but not to the point of being out of control, unlike the Qui Perdere.

Qui Perdere: literally, destroyers; better translated as Those Who Destroy. Also known to Cosantóirí as Siúd a Scrios, this is another group-and the second-largest group-of psionically able people. Today, they are not so much destructive as obnoxious or malicious; the treaty of the Battle of Stonehenge (1018) reduced their ranks significantly, and part of the treaty is that Qui Perdere and Cosantóirí are no longer allowed prolonged physical combat. Instead the use of vires (cumais to the Cosantóirí) is prescribed, although fistfights and other individual skirmishes do break out now and then. Five major differences between them, other than Cosantóirí are protective and the Qui Perdere are not: One, the Qui Perdere do not have an equivalent to Níos lú de cumas; one is either Qui Perdere or impotens (ní de cumas). They are, as a result, somewhat resentful of this. Second, they do have one ability the Cosantóirí do not: they can see the Cosantóirí’s Ionad signature-showing as a green hue-all the time. This serves as a warning-but is also a liability as this cannot be shut off. This drives them crazy if they are in a place with a large number of Cosantóirí. Third, they are not sensual; they are outright sexual. As a result, they have no equivalent to Ceann, Croí, agus Lámh, nor do they have the ability to a bheith mar cheann anam and become chúpláilte de anamacha. When they bond-”bind” to them-they have their Consumptum Obligandi (similar to the Cosantóirí’s Tógann de Nascadh) immediately afterward. Fourth, unlike the Cosantóirí, they do not have many rituals nor do they have the equivalent of the Rialacha agus deasghnátha na Cosantóirí. They essentially live for the moment. Finally, the origins of the Qui Perdere are not known for sure, whereas all Cosantóirí can all trace back to Nuala, who first codified a number of things and started rituals for the good of those who would be called Cosantóirí.

De med förmåga: literally, Those With Ability. A family of psionics from Sweden, their warriors acted as decoys for the Cosantóirí in the Battle of Stonehenge (1018). However, this act slaughtered their ranks considerably; in order to show their everlasting thanks the Cosantóirí gave of themselves to help replace those lost, but ultimately many have either become Cosantóirí or joined with the Qui Perdere. Their förmågor includes “seeing” the energy signatures of both Qui Perdere-almost as if they were bathed in black light, or a black/purple hue-and the Cosantóirí, who show as if bathed in an green hue. Unlike the Qui Perdere, however, the De med förmåga can “turn it off.” Other major differences between them: they are more neutral than good or bad; they tend toward the good, whereas Cosantóirí are protective and the Qui Perdere are not. Second, they also do not have an equivalent to Níos lú de cumas; one is either De med förmåga or utan förmåga (ní de cumas). Third, they are are somewhat sensual, but have no equivalent to Ceann, Croí, agus Lámh. They have the ability to a bheith mar cheann anam and become chúpláilte de anamacha, however. When they bond-”bundet” to them-they often have their Förbrukas av bindning (Tógann de nascadh) immediately afterward but can hold off for a short time. Fourth, somewhat like the Cosantóirí they have some rituals but do not have the equivalent of the Rialacha agus deasghnátha na Cosantóirí. Two of these are Bli lika som Cosantóirí and Artonde Födelsedag. While they do not live for the moment, they are a little less organized simply because there are less of them, many having become Cosantóirí or Qui Perdere. Finally, their origins are not known for sure but they do know that they are almost as old as the Cosantóirí; whereas all Cosantóirí can all trace back to Nuala, who first codified a number of things and started rituals for the good of those who would be called Cosantóirí, all the De med förmåga trace theirs as far back as Bengta, grandmother of Inge-who married Karl Koch (formerly Karl Baecker, one of Nuala’s grandchildren).

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