Maybe he's a mix, with descent from Numenor and part of the priest caste? Or an outright relation of the Edain? Perhaps Sauron gifted him one of the Rings of Power for this heritage?Hildorien:
I like the idea of the Witch King being descended from Kingpriest Fankil and/or the priest caste of Hildorien. I had always assumed him to be of the Black Numenoreans, but I kind of like it better if he is of other heritage.
I say human sacrifice and slavery, which we could see in flashback during Season 5 when Finrod speaks with Beor. These things are repeated when Sauron corrupts the Numenoreans.Hildorien:
My main concern with the outline of events as proposed in the session is that it's not horrible enough (yet). I don't see anything in there that is so awful that Beor and the others would shudder and refuse to speak of it, or that they would culturally decide to forget about. As much as I dislike thinking about "bad stuff", we need some bad stuff. Human sacrifice, slavery, wanton cruelty. Has to be part and parcel of the way the priest caste runs things.
Indeed, the Melkor-worshipping cult on Numenor makes human sacrifices, and this includes political opponents since many of the Faithful were sacrificed; Elendil himself narrowly escaped capture and being sacrificed.There was a reference to 'the night is dark and full of terrors' in that discussion; burning people at the stake is generally considered an awful thing to do. I know we're *not* trying to channel Game of Thrones here, so it doesn't have to be that exact thing, but seeking after immortality by killing other humans does seem to be the direction that cult is headed in. At the very least, they're likely to punish dissent harshly.
We pretty much avoided the entire theological discussion of what constituted the Fall and what the effects of the Fall would be. Since we'll likely be showing this in snippets, it's quite possible to leave out and merely imply the 'darkest' chapters of the story.
Perhaps a human-like mask that’s just... off?So how do we depict Morgoth tempting them when he's so terrible and hideous to look at that everyone who sees him is immediately terrified? We can put Morgoth in the golden armor that covers up his face, but he's still going to be a figure of awe and some fear.
He starts with just speaking while hiding so they can't see him? He has to be seen at some point. I think to succeed the temptor needs to be somebody pleasant-looking, and "relateable" (possibly with a human face). A mask shaped like a human face still isn't a real face, it won't have facial expressions and Morgoth can't even show his actual eyes.