Reykata (also known in The Blade as siefek) are a species created by Rey’ynar and serve as antagonists throughout Before The Wind. It is unknown what happens to the species after the conclusion of Dead Run. The Reykata were also spreading across Omneutta before the events of Chasing Shadows.
Reykata have a variety of races or subspecies that vary in size from smaller than Skeli, to the size of Dreadlock. They also vary in physical appearance, from the Graeys, to the Rydirs and more. Despite their range of appearances, they are easily identified by their exposed spines as well as the swirling black patterns covering their bodies.
Reykata were created by the Sha’an Rey’ynar, and bear part of his name as a result. In early 900 A.T., Reykata began to appear in the far reaches of The Blade. At first they were believed to be cursed Sha’an (the origin of the name siefek), but soon began taking over communities, planet-stars, and systems. A full-scale offensive united the Sha’an briefly to combat the Reykata. After appearing to have been driven back by the offensive, the Reykata resumed terrorizing Sha’an across The Blade once Rey’ynar took power.
Reykata are generated by a magik process created by Rey’ynar. Though there are many races each with distinct features, there are a few similarities between all Reykata. Their most notable similarity is their exposed spine, or a spine-like bone structure that connects two (or more) separate parts of their bodies. Most Reykata also have large (relatively to their body size) white eyes. All Reykata have skin coloured in some shade of gray, which is covered by a swirling black pattern.
The Reykata are mainly used as a military force by Rey’ynar, attacking settlements and occupying them once the Omneuttians are dead or willing to submit. The Reykata govern themselves by a somewhat-present dominance hierarchy, where the most physically powerful are the ones who can claim power or deliver orders. For most groups of Reykata, the one in charge is usually a Stave- a Graey who is able to wield the magik of Rey’ynar. When the Stave is not present, the group often descends into anarchy, as seen in Chasing Shadows.
It is not evident how most Reykata are produced or reproduced, with the exception of some races. Lervay Reykata in particular can be seen to reproduce smaller versions of themselves, as seen in Chasing Shadows.
There are many races of Reykata, with Rey’ynar continuously creating more over time. Between them, they share similar eyes, exposed spines, sharp jaws, and the swirling black patterns.
Main Article: Graey
Graeys make up the bulk of the leadership roles and half of the most often used forces of Reykata. They are hulking bipeds, with large muscly legs separated from a heavily muscled chest and arms. Their spine is exposed between their legs and torso and from their upper back to the base of their head.
Main Article: Pian
Pians make up the other half of the most used forces of Reykata. Though they do vary in size, they are among the smallest Reykata. Most Pian appear arthropodan, with jointed, pointed legs, separated from a head or upper body by an exposed spine.
Main Article: Rydir
Rydir are a more diverse race of Reykata that include all Reykata who have the ability to move through the air. Most of the Rydir have the ability to fly on their own, though some are limited to gliding. Due to this classification, some Rydir have the same appearance as other races of Reykata, but with the ability to fly/glide, so they belong to multiple races.
Main Article: Lervay
Lervay are Reykata who clearly reproduce other Reykata–usually smaller versions of themselves–from within their own bodies. Lervay can be physically diverse as a result of this, but usually share some body part that holds the unborn Reykata, as well as some way to propel them from their bodies.