Random Facts About Me

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  • Until I was about 5, I thought that echoes came from little aliens that lived in ceilings. I didn’t understand why they enjoyed copying people, but I did make sure to say hello to them every morning.
  • In spite of the fact that I have had non-Newtonian fluids explained to me multiple times…

Tsuki, I am hella stealing the first one for a fey.

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Monster-A-Day 20: Gwyllion

From a treatise on shapeshifters, natural, infected and taught, by an anonymous swanmay.

Gwyllions (from the Connish term for them; we Dhars call them varbock) are mountain spirits that take the forms of goats or goatherds. Or they did, before the Iron Lord very efficiently crippled their favored tactic.

Goatherders have no brothers
Gwyllion tells no
Lie - test them daily

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Monster-A-Day 19: Gensai

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umzamo:

From An Exploration of Gensai Heritage, by Fayd One-Eye of the Ruby Tower.

Planetouched are a curious occurrence. Leaving aside those of fiendish, fey or angelic descent (for those are quite different), we are left with the gensai. Literally (and unhelpfully) ‘people.’ Practically, gensai are people who are (in some manner) deeply connected to an element.

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But that the mobile app would let me re log this as a text post. This is cool Beta!

Not that you’re biased or anything, Mr. One-Eye. :P

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Monster-A-Day 19: Gensai

From An Exploration of Gensai Heritage, by Fayd One-Eye of the Ruby Tower.

Planetouched are a curious occurrence. Leaving aside those of fiendish, fey or angelic descent (for those are quite different), we are left with the gensai. Literally (and unhelpfully) ‘people.’ Practically, gensai are people who are (in some manner) deeply connected to an element.

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Monster-A-Day 18: Bookwyrms

Teaching notes from the Ylsilarite novinate. The instructor is Marika Boesaugan, priestess of Ylsilar and mistress of the mousers in the Mirwel Cathedral.

Snakes!

  • Basic characteristics - i.e. how many idiots slipped through?
  • Phenotypes - size, viper/constrictor/other, colors & patterns, native habitats, diet.

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Monster-A-Day 17: Wights

From the Illian Book of Rhymes and Stories, a collection from the Illian Kingdoms , Aurbesk and Drougant.

In lands abandoned, far away from any city, there stand many hills. On these hills, no grass will grow. In these hills, no wind will blow. On these hills, the sunlight pales. In these hills dwell the dead.

In these hills lay warriors of old, those who marched away to war, and came back. Those who came back were weary with age. Those who did not fell too young. Those who came back were filled with hate. Those who did not were too mad to hate.

They build themselves barrows, stacked round with plunder, and lay down to die. They do not age, already dead. They cannot sleep, filled with hate. They do not dream, consumed with the past. They cannot die, and will not yield.

The treasure glitters, promises release to the vagabond, power to the lord. It bears the stamp of faerie mint. It offers only disaster. It bears a dreadful curse. It offers immortality in a new barrow.

It is wights that haunt those barrows, piled round with the weapons of the slain, with wars that could not be won. The bronze burns hot, fey turned against themselves. The iron chills, dedicated to a dead god. The bronze flashes with empty heroism. The iron swallows the light of hope.

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Monster-A-Day 16: Golems

From a Varaz military treatise dealing with golems. The original is not extant; the following is from a Kadashari translation, and unlike Illian copies, the translator was more concerned with with language than politics.

The emergence of these ‘golems’ is a matter of great military importance. It is the recommendation of the war college that golems are potentially battlefield-altering, and research into their workings should begin immediately.

The college recognizes a golem as a creature composed of inorganic material, animated by an immortal spirit or self-sustaining spell effect. Despite the efforts of parties who shall remain anonymous, a creature incorporating previously living material, or animated by a a mortal spirit, will instead be classified as an undead.

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Monster-A-Day 15: Cambions and Alu-fiends

Collected marginalia in the popular (and quasi-pornographic) novel: Love Runs Abyss Deep; from the Countess of K————-. 

  • You’d think I would’ve learned with the last one. Ehhh, good practice.
  • Ooooh, Tykanria, she’s already naked. It’s the third paragraph! 
  • Of course she has black hair. Stereotyped much? Ooooh, onyx magic and demons must be related, right? Read some bedamned elven colour theory, you lackawit.
  • And she’s one of those eeeeevil Qens. But exotic and sexy, too!

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Video Game Idea

A Superman stealth game. Wait, wait, come back! 

You play Clark Kent, investigative-reporting in various places, on various topics. Procedurally generate them, if we’re going full pie in the sky. You’ve been granted a tour and interview by the local bigwig (warlord, CEO, whatever). Over the course of your investigation, you have to uncover exactly what is going on, decide if you’re going to let it continue, and covertly use your powers to bring the scheme to <create robots with ape brains injected with Bane juice> to a crashing halt. But if you, Clark Kent, are revealed as Superman, it’s a lose state. Win states involve gathering enough information to expose the evil scheme (and sometimes, it isn’t an evil scheme), or gathering not-quite enough information, but bringing their scheme to a standstill (with an option for a follow-up mission as <guest star superhero> to finish the job with more direct action).

In hard mode, you play as Lois Lane.

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Monter-A-Day 14: Changelings

A student’s notes on an impromptu lecture delivered by Wendel Amauns of the Diamond Tower.

Changelings? What an interesting question. Let us start from the beginning. A ‘changeling switch’ is when a mortal child - usually a baby - is swapped out by the fey. Now, fey have substituted all manner of things and creatures for mortal children. Confusingly, both the mortal child and what it was swapped for, can both be called ‘changeling.’ We shall refer to them as ‘mortal changelings’ and ‘fey changelings’, respectively.

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