"Whoever said ‘know thy enemy’ forgot to add ‘from a distance’."

— Alvaro Najar, former captive of the vermin swarms

The Vermin Swarm is a faction within the 9th Age, consisting mainly of members of the vermin species.

Magic Use Edit

The following is a quote used to describe the magic use of the Vermin Swarm: [1]

"The rise of the Vermin was the result of a magic ritual, they are in many ways the children of magic. The survival and thriving of the swarm is the primary focus of all the Vermin’s activities – always pitted against their drive for individual achievement. The Magisters and Prophets who wield this power among the Vermin are driven by a conviction to find the right future for the Swarm, while the Vermin Daemons who rise for a time to rule use magic to guarantee their position and power."

History Edit

The vermin species appeared during the Sixth Age as the result of a magic ritual [2] [3]. At the time, Avras was in the midst of a civil war [4]. Presumably, it was the high priest Quintus Augustu that brought forth the vermin, by treating with the vermin gods in an attempt to end this war [5].

FRB Vermin

A vermin

After being created, the Vermin Swarm swiftly conquered the Avrasi Empire [2] [4] [6]. Most of Vetia was enveloped in this vermin empire, with the exception of the Kingdom of Equitaine [7], and possibly what has later been knows as the Empire of Monopatea [8].

In the Eighth Age, the Rat King was slain by Sunna and the empire of the Vermin Swarm, Vetia was retaken by mankind [4] [6] [9]. Most of the vermin were forced to retreat into the earth following this. [10]

Religion Edit

Among the Vermin Swarm, beings knows as the the Vermin Gods, or Rat Gods, are worshipped [5]. These gods have been described as twisted versions of the gods worshipped in ancient Avras. [10]

Some parts of the Vermin Swarm worship the Plaguebringer, who offers salvation through disease. [11]

Slaves Edit

The Vermin Swarm uses slaves in their military [12]. There are records of humans being taken captive by the vermin swarm, and being used as slaves. [13] [14]

Symbols Edit

The Vermin Swarm are known to have used an eagle as their symbol [10].

Another symbol used by the Vermin Swarm is the laurel. [12]

The Vermin Swarm have also been know to carry standards carrying the inscription of "SRQA". [2]

Trivia Edit

  • The letters used in the vermin standards (SRQA) are most likely a version of the Roman phrase Senatus Populusque Romanus, which was initialised as SPQR. The final letter, "A", presumably stands for Avras or something thereof derived.
  • Any old Avrasi standard can be changed into one of the vermin by adding a single line to the "P", turning it into an "R".

Sources Edit

  1. On races and their magic (The 9th Scroll, issue #5)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The World Hymn, a reproduction of an Equitan tapestry, itself believed to be a copy of an ancient dwarven carving and poem dating from the first century AS. (Main Rulebook)
  3. On races and their magic (The 9th Scroll, issue #5)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Drusus' letter to the Avrasi, Sunna Cycle, estimated date 59 AS. (Main Rulebook)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Letter from High Prelate Jaeger (The 9th Scroll issue #6)
  6. 6.0 6.1 An account of the peoples, nations and monsters which inhabit the world, prepared for Prince Estaban by Jorge Zamoran, Chief Librarian of Port Roig, by order of Marques de la Roig. (Main Rulebook)
  7. Historical note (The 9th Scroll issue #5)
  8. Entry for The Empire of Monopatea in The Chronology of Foreign Nations by Hudhaifa Uddin (Main Rulebook)
  9. The Book of the Askar, Chapter Fourteen, taken from the Sunna Cycle. (Main Rulebook)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Informative text about the Vermin Swarm (9th Scroll issue #7)
  11. Message intercepted on the Silk Road (The 9th Scroll, issue #7)
  12. 12.0 12.1 The Vermin Swarm armybook
  13. Alvaro Najar, former captive of the vermin swarms (Main Rulebook p12)
  14. Account of Wully Schmidt, once a captive of the Vermin Swarm (Undying Dynasties armybook, p29)