Imass- Life, warmth, craft by Shadaan

Interpretation of an Imass by Shadaan

The humanoid mortal Imass [ee-mass][1] were one of the Founding Races. They were described as having smooth gold skin and amber eyes, with high cheeks and pronounced brows.

They had developed tools of flint and had a connection with nature through their Bonecasters, their magic users who used the Warren of Tellann. Bonecasters could spiritwalk to see visions of the present and future, and hear whispers from the earth to locate their clan mates or prey.[2]

The Imass wore clothes of fur and hide. Their stone weapons could cut through the finest armor.

The giant wolves known as the Ay were their beloved companions.[3]

The Imass once worshipped the spirits that existed in all things. "Earth and rock and tree and beast and sun and stars and antler and bone and blood", according to Lady Envy.[4]


When the Imass first emerged as a race, they were forced to live in small numbers in the shadow of the tusked Jaghut. A handful of Jaghut Tyrants took advantage of their compassion and faith by portraying themselves as gods in order to enslave the Imass. It took generations for the Imass to discover the deception. With the aid of sympathetic Jaghut, they waged war against the Tyrants across many thousands of years. But the war proved devastating to the weaker but relentless Imass. Vast Jaghut ice flows of Omtose Phellack isolated and starved them. The Imass came to the conclusion that no Jaghut could be trusted and all must die to prevent the rise of new tyrants.[5][6]

Out of desperation, the Imass attended the First Gathering where they invoked the Ritual of Tellann. Those who took part in the ritual became the T'lan Imass, incapable of starvation, able to travel past the barriers of ice, and capable of pursuing the enemy for eternity.

The Eres were implied to have been the predecessors from which the Imass evolved. Humans were thought to have, in turn, evolved from the Imass. The Barghast and Moranth were also said to be descendants of the Imass who failed to arrive in time for the First Gathering.[5][7]

Spoiler warning: The following section contains significant plot details about Imass.

In Reaper's Gale and The Crippled GodEdit

Some notable T'lan Imass were eventually returned to their mortal state. These included Onrack and Onos T'oolan.

There was a small population of Imass living at the gates of Starvald Demelain in the Refugium. These Imass included Ulshun Pral the son of Kilava and Onrack, who also joined him there. Other residents included Udinaas and Rud Elalle.

Significant plot details end here.


For a list of known Imass words and phrases as well as translations please visit the Imass Language page.

Notes and referencesEdit

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