The desperate Phoedrans sought aid from the Giantkin, many of whom were animists. However, while a Giantkin spends his entire life working with these animal spirits as a partner, the Phoedran leaders wanted this power immediately. Unable to maintain their partner status, several of them were possessed by the animal spirits, thus starting the curse of Lycanthropy. It was, they believed, a small price to pay to drive the enemy from Phoedra.
The actions of the Baran would also carry a price, however, as their super-soldiers eventually became the intelligent undead known as vampires, and they would soon rebel against their masters.
The Lycans eventually gathered together in the moors east of the Damian River and south of the Kvrinzemya Mountains, and established a haven of sorts in the City of Solace.
The Vampires took to the Kvrinzemya Mountains, and many set themselves up as “rulers” of wide areas. This area has long had rumors of vampires and their spawn either infiltrating Kvrin society or actually becoming rulers in some places. It is speculated that there is something keeping them from acting openly. There is possibly some sort of cabal or council which governs these 'civilized' vampires. These legends also tell of the need for a place for Vampires to put their kin who do not follow the accepted order. According to these legends, when a Vampire disobeys or goes rogue, they get sent to “Mournglym Prison.”
Mournglym would be the perfect place for such a prison. The ruins rest on a spire of rock rising out of the Afteril River near the Free City of Acheron. Vampires can't cross running water except by boat or bridge, and Mournglym has neither. Bat form is useless because the thunderous noise of the nearby waterfall ruins a bat's sonic perception. Wolf form is confined by the 1000-foot drop onto either rocks or lava below, and violent updrafts would tear apart a gaseous form. So it seems that a vampire, and certainly any lesser undead, could be confined there and left to ponder their disobedience.
Elsewhere in the Kvrinzemya Mountains roam rogue Vampires and feral Werewolves. While the were-beasts are well known among the local villages, usually forming bandit gangs along the roads or roaming through the mountains like the wolves they are, the vampires are much more difficult to detect. It should also be noted that while some claim that Vampirism is rampant throughout Kvrinzemya, many Vampires take great care to disguise their condition. Still, rumors persist that Vampires make up a large portion of Kvrin nobility, although this is denied by most such noble houses.
Beware the freeze of Acheron,
for then the Vampires come.
Beware the tides of Afteril,
for then the sun is gone.
Get hence and flee the misty halls,
and fear the savage beasts.
But most of all prepare thy blade,
for evil is unleashed.
- old Kvrin poem