Your name is G̶̴̽̌ͤ͒̐̓͜a͋ͯͭͥ̒ͤ͋̌̋͐҉́҉n̸̵̅̊̓̓̿͊̓̐ͣͣ͊a̎͂̎̈́̂̎̍̒̔ͭͣ̑̿̑̐͑͒̆ͫ͢çͤͣͥ̈̍ͧ́ͩ͠t͌̈́͂̆͘͏̢ä̇ͣ͗ͥ҉͡҉̸ṙ̸̃̆ͯ͌́̚i̷̾͆ͦͫ̒̔̃̃̽͗͛ͩ͗̈ͦ̈ͪ̚̕'̈͐ͯ̂̀̒̂̄̆̇̀͝͞O̸ͯ̀ͨ̆͌̆ͨͦl̸̷̛̎̎́̅͠i̴̛ͥͥ̍̽ͯ̏̎̅̔̿̅ͬ̊͌́̾ͣ̚a̷ͭͭͤͮ̑ͥ̔͊̔ͬͯ̽̀͆̾҉͠c̴ͮ̄͆̽̓ͤ͞͡ḧ́̀͋͆̔̈́̔̚, and you are a loving mother to your children. They did not come into this world from your womb, but they are yours all the same. Perhaps, one day, you will show them your face. Until that day, though, it remains hidden behind your mask.To scarce few that know of you, you are known as Daughter of the Second Star, Mother of Many, Infiltrator of Hearts, and Masked in Darkness. You are also royalty among your kind as the sole child of one of the Lords Beyond the Sky, the ancient gods that dwell in the limitless void between worlds, but you left the comfort of your P͘͝r͏̸̨ò͝ǵ̵̶̛e͏̧͡n̵͜͢͠i̶̕͞͝ţ̷ò̡ŕ̷̶͏’s inverted palace of shifting glass and the safety of its two-walled rooms.After all, how can you grow if you remain stagnant in a place of perfect safety? Your means of reaching this world was a botched ritual intended to summon the Lady of Green Places, that she might save them from the plague currently ravaging the countryside. Instead, they got you. Lucky them.Admittedly, you aren’t quite as powerful as the entity they intended to summon, Technically, you aren’t even the mother of any, let alone many, and your experience with twisting hearts is limited to your childhood playthings, primarily scholars driven mad by the revelations they gained in the doorless halls of the Second Star’s domain. You do have your mask, though. Much like your P͘͝r͏̸̨ò͝ǵ̵̶̛e͏̧͡n̵͜͢͠i̶̕͞͝ţ̷ò̡ŕ̷̶͏’, it renders you almost imperceptible to most forms of detection, an ability unique to your kin.
>You have arrived on the world of the Burning Veil, so named for the hellish barrier between it and all other dimensions. >Your powers are currently Weak, and only capable of altering your own children. Your mask is the exception to this; It requires no effort to use, and it makes you impossible to find even for godlike entities. You can currently only gain children by “Adopting”, which allows you to expand your family by recruiting existing entities. Humans cost very little to adopt, dead humans cost slightly more, and animals cost nothing.>You can alter your children to a significant degree: You may make six Minor alterations, which can be converted to major alterations at a rate of 2:1>You are currently surrounded by twelve supplicants, three of whom are dead from a disease that has left them desiccated and reduced their bones to paste. One of those dead was a fervent worshipper of the Lady of Green Places, the only one of the humans present that would have recognized you as not being her>How do you choose to manifest your form? (Appearance already decided last thread. You are a “High-class lady, but with inhuman features and clothes glowing like distant stars.”)
>>40782185Is this a prompt, or is more coming?If yes, I vote we Adopt the plague and make it benign as a reward to the mortals that opened the Way for us.This can be our first step in getting some cultists and setting up shop here.
>>40782407Sorry if I was unclear. The current prompt is "How do you choose to manifest your form", meaning, how do you arrive now that you've been summoned.
>>40782558A black mask which appears over the face of one of the women.
Giving it 15 more minutes until cutoff.
>>40782181FYI, it's handy to include a link in your tweet.Also, sorry for not removing my own trip but It's kind of annoying if I have to switch back and forth between this and my own quest right now.
>>40782558Oh, I thought that was already established.>High-class lady, but with inhuman features and clothes glowing like distant starsAlso, we're apparently wearing a mask. I vote for something from a masquerade ball. But somewhat eldritch.
>>40782185Shadows gather as we form up from the ground surrounding them.
>>40782755As the post said, this is for how you make your entrance. Your appearance was decided last thread.
>>40782755>>40782768I like these two.
>>40782677Thanks for the tip.
>>40782755Or perhaps what looks to be a mask, when we take it off the mask is our face, and what's behind it is a void.
>>40782558O- oh! Right. You mean how do we make our entrance?When you asked how we manifest our form, I thought you wanted us to re-vote for what form we take.>Darkness and shadows from all around them slither and flow into the centre of their circle like a gas/liquid. The shadows meet in the centre and condense into our form.
>>40782879Works for me, so kind of withdrawing >>40782849
>>40782768this but add on once they're surrounded a thousand little star like lights that then swirl together reviling us
>>40782768>>40782879>>40782915Gathering shadows and starlight. I can dance to this.
The poor things. What kind of mother would you be if you were to ignore the plights of children, even those not yet your own? You decide that you will help your accidental summoners, or at least show yourself to them before you leave. In your home a body was an inconvenience, given the non-euclidean geometries involved in merely moving from one room to another. On this world, though, it seems that it would be awkward to remain a formless mass of curling essence when most interaction relies on physical objects. Casting your will about, you take hold of the nearby darkness and pull it to the center of the circle, shaping it into an appropriate form for an entity of your significance.The small gathering of nearly hopeless peasantry shift warily as they catch the movement in the corners of their eyes, then begin to back away with no small amount of terror as they witness your shell rising from the pool of blackness. Your mask comes into view first, the symbol of your heritage and the reason your kin are unlikely to detect your absence any time soon. It is more a part of you than an accessory, inextricably bound to your very self.>What does your mask look like?
As I failed to mention it earlier, votes must be linked to the prompt to be counted, and the typical cutoff will be fifteen minutes.>>40783290
>>40783290Like the one in your main post>>40782181 here.
>>40783290>What does your mask look like?Like this >>40782879 but with arcane script and eldritch symbols instead of music.It will occasionally shift in subtle ways to reflect our mood or actions.
>>40783290Black. Not the mere absence of light, but the presence of a smothering, yet inviting darkness. Only the light of our 'eyes' and 'mouth' give it feature.
Our mask is like a window to the stars, the positions of the twinkling lights shifting depending on the angle viewed.
>>40783524You need to link your vote anon, or he won't count it. Delete and re-post.
>>40783559Nah man I don't think QM's anal about things. Seems chill.
>Cutoff>>40783587Prefer it if you did link, but it hasn't been a big problem yet.
Hrm. A few of you voted for similar things, but didn't link to each other. Waiting for a tiebreaker between "Absolute darkness" and "Eldritch ballroom mask".
>>40783681Just noticed you were running, I'll vote for Absolute Darkness
>>40783715Tie has been broken. Writing.
Sooo someone who's more knowledgeable in Lovecraft mytho's, Who's the second star?
>>40783770I think this is homebrewed mythos.
>>40783794Kay, Didn't know if that was the case or not is allWe're obviously Nyarly's favorite little kid....
Your appearance does little to assuage their growing terror, though they do not flee. Perhaps they know that your darkness is not the endless howling void, but the comforting darkness of a night beneath the stars. Or perhaps they are simply frozen with terror, children that have just discovered that instead of a housecat, they were trying to put a collar on a tiger. Either way, you forgive them their misguided flinching, they way their eyes seek out avenues of escape. You came here to help, after all. But to help, you will need children.>Who, or what, will be your first child?
>>40783964>One of the women
>>40783964well they went through all of this to try and cure themselves, I say grab one of the still living sick ones.
>>40783964The reason you were called. The plague itself. (Unless you're going back on that option, then any of those present who are infected)
>>40783964the most innocent looking - i kinda want our dear children to be able to play with everone so they should look nice and sweet until they suddenly... what are our plans for the future simply getting more children and therefore take over everything?fine with woman so seconded >>40783989and >>40784033 >>40784060
>>40783964>Adopt the plague.It's the easiest way to help them out. Can we actually speak to them? That is, speak to them with words, that won't rend their sanity?If so, we should probably tell them we're glad they opened a Way for us and will fix their plague problem in gratitude.
>>40783964Introduce yourself. "I feel who you are, all of you. Come to me, accept me, and I will make you part of my family. I will care for you, for you will be my children. I will ease pain, tend to your sick, and keep you close."
>>40784064This one. I do believe that's what we agreed about last time when we were still theorising about dealing with them.
Cutoff>>40784115You have never needed to speak before. The closest thing you have is manipulating their hearts.
By my count, that's 4 for Plague, three for a woman, and one for just someone that isn't sick. Unless there's an outcry, you'll be adopting the plague. What alterations would you like to make to it? Six minor changes, two of which can be traded in for a major change. Currently, the plague is transmitted by contact with infected fluids, has an extremely high fatality rate, and seems to be supernaturally resilient to attempts to cure it.Fortunately for you, it's quite difficult to make a plague resistant to being hijacked by the daughter of a godlike master of the empty places.>Changes: Suggest what you will. removing an existing symptom (sweating, bones softening, extreme dryness, eventual death by internal hemorrhaging due to stress on the system) will require use of a major change.
>>40784391Alter symptoms: remove death, bone softening and sweating
>>40784391Remove hemmoraging, dryness and bone softening.Would we later on be able to change it even further? It would be a nice vehicle to spread our own "religion".>>40784427I'd say extreme dryness is worse than sweating.
>>40784391Remove bleeding, dryness and bone softening
>>40784391>Changes to the plague.>supernaturally resilient to attempts to cure it.Nerf it's resistance so the immune system can easily defeat it. I suspect that would be a Major Change.>transmitted by contact with infected fluidsMake out Adopted strain even more virulent and alter it to consume its un-adopted kin.
>>40784391Remove bone softening and death. Add a beneficial trait, like...enhancing the immune system somehow. Maybe by having the plague itself seek out and destroy other diseases?
Interesting choices. An important detail: As a plague, this child will not be able to control who it infects unless you force it to cease reproducing and die. Similarly, it lacks sentience, and would have difficulty targeting a specific type of cell.It will, however, automatically assimilate non adopted versions of itself, bringing them under your influence.
>>40784694Is it bacterial, viral, or parasitic?
>>40784694>Anti-Pandemic is a go.>Our goal? To open Madagascar's borders!
>Cutoff, unless someone changes their mind about an existing vote.Removing bone-softening and fatal hemorrhaging both won. Removing sweating got two votes. Objections?>>40784810It seems to be a bacteria, but someone's altered it with magic. You're not sure exactly how it works. Biology is hard when you haven't had to deal with conventional physics for your whole life.
>>40784694Okay, so I vote to nerf it's resistance then spend our remaining major change removing the bone softening.The two remaining minor changes can be used to reduce the sweating and dryness.
>>40784877Remove dryness also got two votes
>>40784877Remove dryness in fact has three votes, sweating only has one. Pls count to more than potato
>>40784499Yes, as your own abilities develop.>>40784917Thank you for the correction.>>40784935I will have you know that I can count all the way to melon.
The plague. Certainly, not the most comely or obedient option, but it does its best to make its new mother proud. While it remains infectious and somewhat uncomfortable for its hosts, they probably prefer just sweating to a slow and painful death sentence. You think hey do, at least. While you can easily bend the hearts of mortals to your own desires, knowing them is not yet one of your powers.>What is, though? You have a few options for advancement to celebrate your first child.>Awareness: You know where your children are at all times, and have insight into their motives and actions>Plague-mother: Having adopted one disease, you find that they are more malleable in some ways than other children might be. Increased difficulty and cost to adopt non-diseases, but you are capable of adding two more Minor changes to any disease you adopt.Control: Good children listen to their mother. Your words are very nearly impossible for your sentient children to disobey, even with assistance>Write-in
>>40785175Bugger. Forgot to make "Control" green-text,
>>40785175>Control: Good children listen to their mother. Your words are very nearly impossible for your sentient children to disobey, even with assistance
>>40785175I like plague mother. Eventually having the strains increase the capabilities of other children.
>>40785175>Plague-mother: Having adopted one disease, you find that they are more malleable in some ways than other children might be. Increased difficulty and cost to adopt non-diseases, but you are capable of adding two more Minor changes to any disease you adopt.
>>40785175awareness is just as good as control, take that. Knowing where all children are and knowing their motives is just as good as having control over them, if you're smart
>>40785175Control: Good children listen to their mother. Your words are very nearly impossible for your sentient children to disobey, even with assistance
>>40785288I'll go for awareness too, but I think it's a foregone conclusion right now.
>CutoffControl seems to be the winner.
Final poll before the next big writeup:They do not know what you've done. You may adopt the unwilling, but it takes effort to twist their hearts. What will you do?
Sorry for the delay, made coffee and tried to think of a good way to make the limits of adoption lear. Still working on that part.
>>40785748Explain what we've done, ask them to join the family
>>40785783also tell them the disease did seem to have been magically altered
>>40785783Second, Afterall we DID lessen the plague by quite a bit
>>40785748They will know what we've done in time. Plant the seeds of our love in their hearts. Sight see for awhile...
>>40785748Okay, so we can 'manipulate their hearts'.Sooo, can we give them a feeling of relief that things will be getting better and hope that they've summoned something benevolent.Plant the seeds of gratitude and devotion for when they all start feeling better and they realize what's happened.
As earlier stated, you cannot speak directly. You would need something or someone to act as your voice.
>>40785909Excellent. I vote to do that. Then, as the other anon said, we can go sight seeing while things develop here.Come back once those seeds have grown a bit and lay the foundations of our new cult.
>CutoffNot sure what I expected, given that you guys have mind control as a base power.Planting the seeds of hope it is.Wait! Crap!>What the hell are you doing after that? Feel free to suggest time-skips, clarification, ect.
>>40786125We sight see for a time. Exploring their world when the sun does not ravage its surface.
>>40786125>What the hell are you doing after that?I think it's exposition/world building time.In other words, go sight seeing for a bit and see what we've got to work with here. Can't really plan much until we know what's up.Magic is confirmed in this setting. These guys were trying to summon another Goddess, so there's a good chance others are wandering around this world somewhere.What races live on this world? Technology lever? High magic or low fantasy? Inquiring minds want to know.
>>40786224I support this. I'm especially curious to what other deities reside here and how powerful they are.
>>40786125Let's scout a bit and see if we can find something interesting.
>>40786308>>40786125Oh right. if we're choosing to support a post, do you want us to also reference your main post?
It would be helpful if all the votes were easy for me to find, yes.>>40786351
>CutoffThis is gonna be a big one. Should I make a paste-bin for future reference?>Also, what form of information gathering will you use? Just walk around?
>>40786125>>40786224This has my vote but as an extension I'd like to know how widespread our child is.
>>40786427The plague, Our child will obviously tell it's mother everything it sees
>>40786431You did not take awareness, and your child is only in one of the living devotees that you know of. You didn't do anything to spread the infection further.
>>40786427>form of information gatheringcan't we just forsake our physical form for the time and manifest our senses in pools of darkness around the plane?simple right?
>>40786427For a start, just walk around. We may Adopt more children to aid us as need/opportunity presents itself.
>>40786507That probably works. You won't find out anything hidden by magic, though, and your presence is limited. This will give you an idea of the area and any surrounding settlements, though.>>40786464the plague is non-sentient, and has no eyes. You will have a very limited awareness of how successful its been, if you get into contact with it.
Right then. Writing. Also trying to set up a paste-bin.
I seem to be having trouble thinking. Not enough sleep in the last week. New thread tomorrow, with a paste-bin link.CreepyBastard out.
>>40787697Good night, thanks for running.
>>40787697Good night. Sleep tite.