Nyphen - The Lord of the Cold Death
Nyphen, the accursed lord of ice and cold death, is a crystalline, deep blue figure with thousands of thorns and spikes. The giant, ice-cold entity is accompanied by Lhuu and Baarhai, black, toad-shaped demons. Their spikes, shot from the body, tear terrible wounds that never heal. During the 6 days around the winter solstice, Nyphen also gives birth to snowflakes which turn into white elf-like figures on the ground. These creatures are wonderful to look at, but if a living being should touch these so-called Rauhnachts-Elfen, he will turn into ice and at the first warmer rays of the sun he will turn into a puddle of water. The Elves who live in the cold countries consider these Rauhnachts Elves to be the souls of their people who have died from the cold.
Among the human tribes in the north of Tirakan, Nyphen often seems to have an almost god-like status, for some of the shamans and mages there make him merciful by sacrificing people and livestock to escape the harsh winters. These pactiers can supposedly also turn their opponents into ice themselves, as well as summon Nyphen's servant beings, and are impervious to even the iciest cold. But serving the cursed Lord of Ice also comes at a price. As soon as it goes to warmer climes, those unscrupulous mages cannot survive. The ice has become such a part of them that they would literally melt.