Jun 26, 2022 9:59 AM
Vanda Nossëo visits a planet with dragons
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"I'd have to see them." He frowns. "Could be dangerous depending on - whether it's an individual thing or a greater spirit, basically? Though it's not a clean boundary, there."

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"Is there a way to tell without putting you in harm's way?"

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"Greater spirits are dangerous. The best wards take a long time to set. I- If you're ready to teleport me away it wouldn't have me for longer than a moment or two at worst."

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"So it's - limited in area? Do we need to worry about it spreading? How does it infect people?"

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"I don't know the details of this particular case," he says, a bit strained. "Usually these types of things can only spread through prolonged contact or some sort of ritual. If it could turn people through mere momentary exposure it would already be a much bigger threat. The danger I'm worried about is the... Soul of whatever-this-is attacking my soul and simply killing me. It could probably do that if it's a greater spirit manipulating all those people, and not a group of unlinked corrupted people."

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"They seem plausibly linked but I don't know how you'd tell," the orc says. "Is there anything we should ask the current survivors, or anything -"

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"I really think I should see them. Or, if you're truly on good terms with a dragon, one of those. They're supposedly wiser than any shaman in the ways of spirits."

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"Okay, we'll consult the dragons - we don't want to put you at risk, the trial with resurrecting a local did not go perfectly -"

Elves in conversation with dragons get pinged about this and inquire if their particular dragons know things about this matter.

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Dragons agree that these seem like terribly cursed beings, spirit-perversions. They should probably just kill them all before they get out of hand.

(Allmother's messenger who can only ask questions manages to convey that she'd be willing to try something.)

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What would Allmother try?

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"Is it true that the soul leaves echoes in the Onesong? How does Earth's true song of healing divine what 'healed' truly is? Who has an implicit understanding of the correct shape to be but one's own past self? Would parasite-spirits be able to withstand the presence of a Great One? Is there anything left of those for whom the transformation is complete?"

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...the Elf will try explaining the results thus far of their resurrection experiment.

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Allmother herself comes out. Her mindvoice is full of sympathetic sorrow.

O envoys, you have found a cursed being. I have encountered their like before. I suspect (with a healthy dose of how confident she is and what the alternatives are) The ones who seem in control of themselves have effectively suffered a death of personality, but the one currently afflicted may respond well to the True Song of Healing. It is the ultimate expression of the element of Earth, the strongest stable point. It searches the history of the world and restores body and spirit to the ideal according to collective-time-subjective-summation-of-experience. To expand: While the truest self is always-changing, the True Song of Healing is a sacred music that determines what the combination of every past and the most likely future versions of a being consider 'healed' at this point in time, and then enforces/creates that. Will it turn back a lesson learned? A trauma suffered? An oath made? Such things vary, but I expect it to work for one still not quite turned, if you hurry.

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Will you sing a recording of it for us, or should we bring you there, or them here?

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It is not mere sound, the mechanism is of spirit and underlayer-of-reality. They will need to be close to my first body, either way.

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Will this put you or your animals in danger?

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No; I am an Elder Dragon. she projects bittersweet amusement. There are very few things that could threaten my soul.

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In that case they will bring her some "werewolves" to treat.

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The fully infected ones tried to run, tried to hide, tried to set off clever traps and ambushes, but when caught and convinced that savage attacks aren't accomplishing anything, they all project the same fatalistic, unaffected air. Until they're all together. Then they start to look actually worried.

Allmother says something to them. The half-turned woman says, "Do it, fix me!" The 'full' werewolves have variations on "Fuck you!" to offer.

She inhales deeply and breathes out with a sound like a hundred woodwind instruments at once and the beat of a titanic drum and the low rumbling of an earthquake and the sense that something momentous is happening-

-The tortured woman goes limp with relief. The others clutch their heads in pain.

Take her somewhere she can rest.

...These ones do not consent to healing. They are what they are now, new beings with new thoughts. I am ..... not the appropriate decision-maker of the correct path forward. 

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They bring the woman home and collect all the remaining infected parties into a quarantine, to think over their options; they also solicit the wishes of their family membrs.

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Their family members mostly think the werewolves aren't their family members anymore, and are instead body-snatching demons* or something! They want their family back and the demons dead. A few don't care about the demons dying as long as they can get their dad/sister/son/wife back.

*Local word for evil spirits, translates as 'demon'.

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What do the evil spirits think of this assessment?

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Of course they'd think that. They don't see the truth that nothing matters and they should just embrace nihilism. Fuck you, we're not going to commit suicide, you'll have to kill us if you want us gone.

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Is the possessing spirit or spirits interested in weighing in directly?

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Apparently not. There does seem to be a connection between them all, but it's not really doing things.

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