Into the Heritage Verse: B is for Brek

She relinquished her grip, recoiling from the creature’s pinched and pulled face filled with sharp teeth that poked out at odd angles [. . .] Their faces (were) somewhat narrow with furrows around their jaws, flat noses. A large amount of body hair. — Heritage Lost, page 27-28

This mammalian species offers brute force to the Magistrate as one part of its elite special forces–often a collection of species with unique abilities. Breks were made infamous by their role in the Re’alle Conflict, which resulted in the utter eradication of a fringe military group on-world, with some accusations of extensive collateral damage by those residing in Re’alle’s Low Country; however, the genocide occurring on the world has led others to view forceful intervention as a necessity.

Breks are built with muscle and are both bipedal and quadrupedal.  Hair covers most of their bodies, except for their faces (much like our world’s gorillas). Like the other species who form the Magistrate’s elite special forces, much of what is known about them by the general populace is hearsay; however, they are known to be carnivorous.

Similar to the Oneiroi, the Breks keep to themselves. They have a strong pack/tribe mentality and are extremely loyal to those within it, which are often family members but sometimes outsiders who are adopted in. There are some divides between certain packs, often extending centuries into the past, but the Magistrate has effectively navigated these to turn the Breks into a uniformed fighting force.

Since the Breks are unable to speak worded languages or to readily understand them, the Magistrate developed a clicking code to communicate with them in addition to a form of sign language based on hand signals Breks used prior to contact. In general, though, Breks communicate with each other through a variety of vocal ticks. 


Published by smwright

Sarah Wright is the author of The Heritage Lost Series and several other works of speculative fiction. Professionally, she works as a staff writer and editor at a newspaper/magazine company. She enjoys interweaving her love of history into her writing, even in the most fantastic settings.

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