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Greer
General information
Habitat

Shadowlands

Diet

Human flesh (possibly)

Status

Extinct

Uses

Warfare

Attributes

Slow, good fighters, deformed

Chronological information
First appearance

Tales of Deltora

Last appearance

Secrets of Deltora (mentioned)

Greers were human-like creatures created by the Shadow Lord. They were the first beings the Shadow Lord created and were bred for fighting. They lacked intelligence and were weak to cold weather. Although not as reliable as Grey Guards, they had incredible strength and endurance.[1]

HistoryEdit

Tales of Deltora Edit

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Greers camping in Raladin after having burned it to the ground.

The Greers emerged from the Shadowlands and began attacking the northern parts of Deltora, and were so named because "Greer" was the only intelligible sound they seemed to make. Though strong, they lacked intelligence and were led into battle by human servants of the Shadow Lord, and eventually forced to cease their attacks as winter came on. One group of Greers, led by Wess and camped in Raladin after burning it to the ground. [1]

Once the spring came, the Greers massed for an attack on the city of Hira, only to find themselves facing an army made up of members of all tribes but the Torans. During the Battle for Deltora, Greers were the main attacking force of the Shadow Lord. After falling for the Ralads's trap, thousands of Greers died by falling down a hole that was hidden by leaves. Because of their stupidity and their will to fight, the Greers continued to run towards the hole until it filled with bodies. By this point however, their numbers were so depleted that the Deltoran army was able to slaughter what was left.

However, the Shadow Lord was able to use its magic to supply a fresh army to the battle, who has more strength, intelligence, cunning, and endurance than the previous Greers. The battle seemed lost at this point, but when the Torans arrived and added their gem to the Belt of Deltora, the magic from it banished the Shadow Lord back to the Shadowlands. Without their master's aid, the Greers fell over dead.[1]

Habitat Edit

Greers were bred in the Shadowlands and this was their natural habitat. During the invasion of Deltora, a vast number of Greers roamed the countryside of Deltora.[1]

AnatomyEdit

Although human-like, Greers had grey skin and were stained with blood. Their teeth were rotten and their faces often dismantled. They often wore armour, but were also seen wearing torn clothes.[1]

Behaviour Edit

Greers have been described as 'brainless fools'. What they lacked in intelligence, they made up for in strength. Greers were incredibly strong and knew how to fight. Fighting was the only thing that brought them joy and they would never

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Greers fought with wooden spears.

quit or surrender. They understood simple orders but when enraged in a battle they were often beyond any reason. Groups of Greers grew accustomed to their corresponding leader - the person or creature that gave them orders. Trell - leader of the Greers - even feared that if he struck down Sheela in front of 'her' Greers that they might turn on him.[1]

Function Edit

Their main functions were to raid, kill and destroy. Their tactic is rushing down from the Barrier Mountains and then spread over the land. This was the great conflict between the armed forces of Deltora and the Shadow Army. Eventually the Deltorans could not withstand the raids anymore, they united to form an enormous army with Adin and the completed Belt of Deltora to expel the Greers, Ak-Baba, Vraals, the Shadow Lord and all his other creatures from Deltora.[1]

Diet Edit

Greers were seen eating but it is unknown whether they really had to eat to survive. It is also unknown what their main diet was. During the battle for Deltora, Trell mentioned that the Greers would taste blood 'sooner than expected'. This could mean that Greers ate human flesh but it could also merely be a metaphor for Greers battling humans.[1]

TriviaEdit

  • Their rotting and misshapen appearance as well as their function as guards and soldiers is similar to the orcs from J.R.R Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.
  • The Shadow Lord possibly created the Greers in the Factory but it is unknown.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Rodda, Emily. Tales of Deltora. Scholastic Australia. 2005.

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