Rhymer's Kids

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Logan Davis

A cave dweller known to aid travelers who became lost within the cave passes of the Southland in exchange for food.  Though showing no signs of being capable of speech, the creatures have displayed intellegence beyond that of animals, needing travelers only to name their destination to lead them on.  With their sensitivity to light, heightened hearing, and arguably the most developed olfactory sense, the creatures make superb subterranean guides. They are commonly known as Rhymer's Kids, after the philosopher and theologian Tomas Rhymer, who, finding the little beasts' intellegence fascinating, attempted to teach the creatures speech, mathematics, poetry, and the ways of the Gods, keeping their attention captive with promises of food.  No one knows how much the creatures were able to learn, but one day in the caves, Rhymer fell into a narrow crevice he had been using as a privy during "class" and became stuck.  The creatures, though typically scavengers, devoured their teacher upon discovering his helpless state.  The name Rhymer's Kids stuck and is usually referred to in the context of "about as trustworthy as Rhymer's Kids" meaning a person who is dangerous as soon as you are at a disadvantage, or among the conservative politicians, in reference to going against the natural order, "You're trying to teach Rhymer's Kids."

Published More than a year ago

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