The Formors, also known as the Formorians are the ancient race of beings described as being the authors of the Émigré Manuscript.

Precious little is known of them, but in ancient times they had constructed a great civilisation, built on the back of their knowledge to bring the dead back from beyond the grave, using them as a workforce.

Despite their mastery of this arcane knowledge, they never came to understand the secrets of the soul, leaving them unable to restore the dead as they were in life, merely resurrecting an empty husk for them to exploit.[1]

While they, and their civilisation faded from history, their knowledge of these dark rituals had been penned into a document that would later become known as the Émigré Manuscript, and passed on to the Celts.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

"The Author" from the Koudelka Manga

What the race looks like, or whether they are even human is not known. Although one of their number, simply known as "The Author" does make an appearance in the, non-canon, manga.

It has a vaguely human figure, though it is much larger than any normal person, and has the head of a goat. It has various facial piercings and is dressed in a massive cloak.

Perhaps not unintentionally, it resembles the picture of "Baphomet" as illustrated by occult artist, Eliphas Lévi. However, there are ancient texts such as the Lebor na hUidre, ("The Book of the Dun Cow") in which the Formors are said to have: "the body of a man and the head of a goat".

Legacy[edit | edit source]

Despite being mentioned only briefly in Koudelka, they have had a lasting, though indirect, impact on the series mostly through their creation of the Émigré Manuscript, and all the tragedies sprung forth from failed attempts to resurrect the dead.

Quite possibly they may have built Nemeton Underground and Neam Ruins. The only other confirmed item left behind by the Formors, was a massive cauldron that was used in the Koudelka Manga, in yet another attempt to raise the dead.

Mythology[edit | edit source]

The Formors come from Irish mythology, and were a semi-divine race who inhabited Ireland in ancient times.

They may have once been believed to be the beings who preceded the gods, similar to the Greek Titans.

In another similarity to the Titans, the Formors were eventually defeated by the newer gods, the Tuatha Dé Danann, who drove them out to sea. It is believed that represented the gods of chaos and wild nature.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Roger Bacon: The Ancients held the secret to life in the palm of their hands. But they could never come close to touching the secrets of the soul. They resurrected the dead in order to use their physical bodies as a workforce. Thus building the great civilisation we oft-times speak of. In fact, we would not be far off if we called them, "puppeteers". Exploiting the human body as an object!
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