Pangral

The Pangral were cat people with bat wings resembling sphinxes of Egyptian myth in the same way football resembles basketball – they’re both team sports and other than that, have little in common.  Pangral and sphinxes both had wings and bodies like a great cat of the jungle, the Pangral were colored like a white tiger, and that’s where the similarities stopped.  A Pangral’s wings were bat-like, not feathered, and their faces were feline and not at all human.  Some thought Pangral shared the sphinx’s fascination with riddles, but that was just their way of talking, particularly after too much time gazing into Aux.  Prophesy can bring out the cryptic in the most grounded pragmatist.  Contrary to popular belief, visions of the future do not clarify thinking.  They lead to sensory overload and muddled thinking.  Aux’s visions were like fragments of the past, present and future all tossed into the same blender and then run through a puree cycle.  Only the most accomplished could make heads or tales of what they saw.

Lazerai the Pangral Queen was the first of the Firstborn to land at Jahar and, ages later, the last of the Firstborn to take the Path and return to Heaven.  I imagine there was quite a welcoming committee waiting for her at the Gates of Heaven after such a long separation from her people.  After the Reckoning, Lazerai was the only Pangral to remain on Sangrar.  She stayed because of what she’d seen in Aux, that’s the only possible explanation, but I will admit, I was surprised that she didn’t leave after Hali’s visit.  I always thought that was her reason for staying, but she didn’t take the Path.  She stayed on Sangrar until the end, making her long awaited reunion in Heaven all too brief.  She had her reasons, I’m sure, driven by whatever she’d seen rippling in Aux.

None of the Pangral could beat Lazerai when it ccame to interpreting Aux’s visions, due in part to her Earthmagery and also in part to her training.  No less than the Seeress herself trained her, in the early days after the Congress, while the Pangral Secondborn still slept.

The Pangral had many Earthmages, always with some minor power relating to prescience and prophesy, more of them in fact than they had channelers, which made them unique among the Elder Races, but they weren’t powerful sorcerers.  Harnor had been stingy with them.

Like so many other people of the Elder Days, Elras touched the Pangral.  Between leaving Nammovalle and founding Elrasirre, he walked the world as if he was Annumbra and where ever he went, he left his mark.  He saved Teriance, Lazerai’s son, from a Maldok that had crawled out of the Darkhold.  Saving Teriance led to his meeting Aeris, and we all know what came from that.

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