The Empty One, General Husk

The Empty One, General Husk

War & Death (NE) – Huskday

Favors those without a soul, beasts and creatures of instinct and rage but without thought, those who kill without remorse or pleasure. Favored by mercenaries, war-worn soldiers, gladiators, those who have sold their souls,the undead, and those who do not believe they can be redeemed.

The Empty One is without emotion, as cold as his own domain, forever destined to serve as the general of the Dark One’s armies in the End Time. Those who serve him in life then serve him in death as pale visages of their former selves, destined to carry out the atrocities of the End Times as his soldiers. Though few readily admit to serving General Husk in life, some will announce their patron as a sign of resignation to a fate they can not avoid. Often, one may be whispered about as “serving General Husk” an expression indicating they are lost, suicidal, or have given up hope which may or may not be factually correct.

The Festival of the Empty One is a dark festival, and occurs just after the first harvest. It is a somber reminder of the End Times, and a time when most people walk on eggshells. Prior to sundown on the day of the festival, all parties are given the opportunity to anonymously air grievances against anyone else in their vicinity (thus making this a frequent holiday for pilgrimages for those with grievences elsewhere), and the grievances are brought to the offending parties. They have until midnight to attempt to make reparations to those they have wronged, usually by traveling in “faceless masks” and black cloaks to leave offerings on their doorsteps (though some communities do not hide their identities, or make verbal offerings instead). At midnight, the Impartial Ones randomly select a number of “Husks” to anonymously enact revenge on those in the community who have not made sufficient reparations. They are exempt from any repercussions of their actions, and as such can sometimes enact terrible justice on those accused. In most communities, however, they do things such as throwing rotten eggs at the house of the guilty party, or tossing stones in to their fields.

The Empty One, General Husk

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