Dirge for Ammad
The Silent are a loose-knit group of lunatics. The one thing they have in common is that all of them have been Silenced. It is a form of punishment that severs a person’s link with the supernatural force that gave them power. As such, it is used only on criminals who used magic in their crimes. Because the process severs this connection, it often drives the person insane over time.
The Silent consists entirely of those that have been Silenced. As far as anyone can tell they stick together simply because they do not fit anywhere else, and as they have banded together, they gain a sense of comfort and protection. They do not pose much threat to others, and are generally ignored.
There have been rumors, no more than whispers and the mutterings of madmen, of those long-Silenced. For those to survive the silent madness the longest, it is said that they regain the link taken in the Silencing, and reconnect with the supernatural. Whether they can control it or not is unknown.