The Death Mist is an insidious creature that feeds off of the mental energy of others. It really has no form other than the look of morning mist and list fog. However, as it winds its way through a village or township, it finds the weakest members of town and flows into their mouths while they sleep. The victim is immediately put in a dream-like state where they feel themselves getting up and going about their day. However, this is just a dream that they are having. In reality, they are in a coma-like state and cannot be awoken.
The Death Mist doesn’t really have any form of village that we know about. Not needing any material possessions, the community will often be seen in the open fields during the morning hours. In that large grouping, it’s possible to discern multiple bipedal-like shapes of different sizes. It may be that this is a congregation of adults and children. The current theory is that the adult mists feed off of the mental energy of others and then share that energy with their offspring. However, this is conjecture since no one has ever communicated with them.
No one has ever interacted mentally with the Death Mist. Most of the information that is obtained about them is based on anecdotal tales or some direct observation. They don’t seem to communicate with any other air elementals, either. They seem to be an extremely reclusive community such that it is questionable whether they are sentient or not.
The Death Mist has no physical form so it is immune to any slashing or bludgeoning weapons. They seem to be affected by a wind or heat and can be easily swept away. However, it’s not sure that this actually destroys the creatures or just disperses them.
During combat situations, the Death Mist will try to enter the mouth or noise of any opponent. In terms of air elementals, they can easily envelope the air elemental. Once they have a foothold on the opponent, they work their way to the brain and the opponent is immediately immobilized. In the opponents mind, they will see themselves effectively fighting off the mist. However, other will see the opponent as fallen and in a catatonic state.
The best method, to date, to remove a Death mist is some form of shock or heat treatment. This seems to break apart the body structure of the mist and causes it to release its hold on the mind of the victim.
Image Size: 8” wide x 10” tall
Matted Size: 11” wide x 14” tall
Original Pencil Drawing on Bristol Paper
Signed by Doug Hoppes (artist)
Provided with separate Bainbridge Clay Coated Archival Foam Board (1/8” thickness) with archival matting