This is a short thread of made up lore in answer to a question that Rondstat's been asking for a long time: why do nail beasts drop a unique charm? I sent a letter to the postbag today asking this question, and half an hour later I'd thought up a fun, headcannon response. I will share both below.
A fellow researcher of magical things asked a question some years ago, and I have wondered about it ever since: why do nail beasts drop talon beast charms? Since you are both a druid and have lived so long in Mort Myre, I hope you will know. All the other charms we know seem either to be linked to some plane - gold, green, crimson, and blue charms summon creatures from Gielinor's spirit realm, and elder charms summon creatures made from Mah's power upon Freneskae - or they link us to extra-planar sources - abyssal charms summon creatures from the abyss; voidal charms summon creatures from (or from another plane reached through) the void; obsidian charms summon creatures from the Elder Kiln (I guess the Elder Kiln is somehow extra-planar). But then where do talon beasts and nail beasts come from? Are they linked to another elder artifact? The Elder Hammer? How did they get here? Any help will be much appreciated.
Alas, you have discerned the answer already! The Elder Hammer - another legend I can now recall. In the Third Age, a Gielinorian mystic by the name of Alan, inspired by a vision, wrote of the Hammer by which ancient gods first fastened "with little tiny nails" Anima to the Sacred Clay. By striking the clay of the Primordial Realm, they brought it to life, so that forever after it would long to take definite, living form. Indeed, clay does strange things when struck - but only an ancient creatrix can so wield the Hammer to produce new life; what use it might serve in the hands of lesser beings I know not.
After it was used to wake the Sacred Clay, the Hammer was likely abandoned upon an ancient world. And in its presence the nail beasts and talon beasts were born - manifestations of its primordial purpose. Like so many other unfortunate creatures, they were brought to this world to fight in the Wars. Only the strange charms reflect their divine origin and their sad tale.
For anyone interested in my upcoming thread (on history of magic/planar-theoretic, magic-theoretical, and anima-related conclusions/lots of poetic, Armadylean headcannon), it is coming soon - whenever I have time to finalize some posts and edit it.It is finished.
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- Last edited on 02-Jan-2017 21:42:51 by AttilaSquare
Ahtelhraxsaid: Well then. This got confirmed, but I don't think the nail beasts and talon beasts came from it, otherwise they would be the Hammerbeasts probably.True.Ahtelhraxsaid: I do think that Armadyl accidentally used the Elder Hammer to smash Abbinah though, look into that if you want. )That'd be interesting.
Also, I think I'll keep this thread around until the postbag comes out.