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  1. Canon Post! (Swear, I'm working on a proper followup, this is just to give something that can be worked off outside of this thread) The Official Summary of His Majesty's Imperial Government: It is surmised that a primary cause for the declaration of independence by the City of Dougton - response pending review - was the self-appointed crusade hereby dubbed the 'Wyrm's Bane', which upon investigation - compiling material evidence and eyewitness testimony - appears to have intended to remove the woeful influence of the enrele hivemind Aleth from the continent. This group proceeded to enter the city of Dougton by way of road and air travel, in which it is claimed they encountered the rogue 'deity' Meryam, before smuggling themselves inside the newly declared city-state's border. Once there, it would seem they were quickly discovered by subjects of the hivemind's manipulation, which appears to have included no less than the legendary Jason of the Lions himself. After a battle in which the hero of ages past was freed from the hivemind, the afflicted citizenry rose in open revolt against the city, their fellow man, and basic decency itself. In the ensuing chaos, it seems that the group, via myriad paths, made for the granary, in which the physical hivemind - possessing the corpse of the 'deity' Cancer, alternatively known as 'Old Man Ptolemy' - had evidently embedded itself. Its apparent plan was to exercise its host entity's particular material traits to channel its unconscious psychic mass into an active, loci-esque phenomena, allowing it to alter the physical laws of the realm around it to its favour. Had this plan succeeded, it might have held theological and existential implications best not considered. But, it seems, the plan did not succeed. To our awareness, the Aleth entity has, if not subsided, potentially been eliminated; this is subject to further investigation and verification. What follows is but one tale the locals now tell, of what happened that day... Minor Summary (supernal edited): The Wyrm's Bane (Argi, Aya, Dauner, Gozen, Emile, Shishi, the Mistress, Elizabeth, Caeceila) set off from Casper to take their fight to the hivemind Aleth, who was on the verge of attaining loci-like powers. In so doing the Bane triggers the hivemind's endgame. Although the worst possible outcome is avoided, millions of citizens are rendered comatose and Dougton has become unincorporated territory following the regent's questionable attempt at secession. [C] The city of Dougton, though nominally independent, has a questionable legitimacy behind it, and will be struggling to rebuild in the aftermath of the incident. [C / O: supernal] Dougton infrastructure has been abandoned by Empire, the threat of the Enrele menace looming too large. Vetted, healthy citizens (those conscious citizens who did not agree with Jenkins's decree) are evacuated to where their skills match the labor market (Aspyn, Chesterfield, etc). Plans have been in flight for years which have incrementally removed Dougton as a choke point for Empire's agricultural needs (one example is the food gardens encouraged in many cities and towns) and the Aleth incident provided incentive to finalize these initiatives. [C] As a result of whatever happened in Dougton, the Aleth hivemind's grip on the populace at large has broken. While this has eliminated the threat posed by one of the largest enrele hiveminds, the manner in which it was done has left millions of people effectively comatose, until trained psychics - of which there are simply not enough for a timely resolution - can ease out their consciousnesses. [C / O: supernal] The comatose citizens are being express ferried to Hell's Gate via privileged MagVac where they will be stored in managed subterranean chambers. Major Carbon Metireal is leading a psychic vanguard program which aims to lift citizens out of their affliction. [C: supernal edit] The men and women of the Wyrm's Bane are, whether in celebration of their apparent success, or damnation of their reckless actions and dismissive of any supposed success, increasingly known to the people of the continent. Are they heroes, villains, or hapless fools? Theatrical performances opening near you soon! [C] Jason of the Lions has a face, OMG. [O] The future of Dougton is up for grabs. Help it step out from the yoke of Odin's dominion, or ease it back into the fold? Rebuild it to what it once was, or invigorate it with new purpose? The path is there, but must be seized! [O] Millions of people have been 'saved' from Aleth's grasp, but the sheer backlog of those needing to be recovered means people might be desperate for 'private' services, if the contents of a given mind are of exceeding concern. [O] One has to wonder how the other hiveminds might act in light of this... an investigation of the wider threat might be in order. [O] If you were one of those to have gained notoriety from this event... one has to also wonder what trouble - or luck - you might walk into on being recognised.
  2. Yeah, sorry, things got derailed a bit elsewhere. I might mull a canon post just to have something affirmed. To my annoyance, I closed chrome not long after booting up today which closed the tabs I'd kept open for a while.
  3. Could be part of an ongoing investigation to establish the official account of what the hell happened, so that the diplomatic end of things can act accordingly. Could maybe have it already in session - or just wrapping up - as the theoretical thread begins, so characters can act off its conclusions
  4. Sorry it's very short on your end @Vaudevillian and @Zashiii but the thrust of the drama seems to be between you two atm. That said, all the same, posted! If the others turn up they can chime in as well, but given we've a month, let's progress as we can
  5. Sofía lay against the wall where Joshua's kick had sent her, blade holding her hands together. One tepid wing batted at her shoulder, as if trying to pull away, but no partner formed to join it, nor a torso to connect the two. More than merely tired or exhausted, it was... as though she herself had been drained. Or perhaps what 'fuel' she had, had been spent, owing to the particular circumstances in which she found herself. Much like the man she had drawn from, she was burnt and charred. Unlike him, she wasn't willing to continue standing in spite of such. Even to draw breath seemed to take an exacting toll, and to release it was to simply let that action release, not to drive its counterpart. "I-If... I... I offer you... something..." She parted her lips slowly, carefully, flakes of blackened flesh falling from them, in order to speak. "W-Will you... spare me?" Elisha laughed, so hard that her aged lungs seemed to strain from doing so, though her general stance, and how it held Peldun in place between the pillars of stone, remained firm. "Ahhhh, questions asked when I have already given the answer, but before you were here to ask them. I would not wish to completely retread what has already been said, so I suppose I should rephrase..." Elisha, still holding the place of her hands as they were, planted her foot and spun it on the balls of her feet, leaving it to rest perpendicular to the other, which remained held forward, naturally so. The earth and stone before her nudged up slightly. "If the pretenders wish to play, let them. If any among them bring forth either a true return for Zengi, or an heir, then let them show their face! Our aim is not his return, but to strike down those that banished us from our homes! That cast us down into the abyss, faithful and sinner alike! We will destroy what we need and take what we need as required for that task - anything else comes after!" The foot slid forward, the stone nudged higher. "Perhaps then, this is a test of my convictions. Watch then, devil, and any powers that might consider whether to stand with and against me! Even you, Gaia!" The foot came forward in a shunt, and so with it did the stone leap forward, as though it had a life of its own. "It's astonishing, really." Elisha monologued as the wave of stone rose through and swept across the chamber, ramming right against the trapped Peldun's mass, while she clearly hoped to bludgeon Shishi aside. "As my bond is with the earth, and not magic infused in it, I am not bound by the limits placed by the loci. Maybe I have been unkind towards Gaia that her blessing remains..." Finally, she released the lock of her hands, swinging both down low, so that the 'wave' became a geyser when she subsequent threw them high above her head, sending foundations of the floor up against the ceiling! "Or perhaps that is proof she was never to receive credit for it at all!" "Don't... care..." "...what?" Elisha asked, her hands having drawn back down, funnelling the stone 'geyser' back into the foundations from which it had drawn, and restoring what sag had slowly set into the floor of the chamber. There was, where Peldun should have impacted the ceiling, a great big hole, revealing an opening into another chamber, above the throne room. "DON'T CARE!" Argi's voice grew louder just as his automaton's blade struck the ceiling - the floor, from his perspective - above Elisha, forcing her to slide back and avoid being crushed, whether by the falling stone, or by Peldun itself as it came down. "You threaten home! You not stop! So I... we will stop you!" Elisha shook her head with a sigh. "Alas, I don't even know who you are."
  6. Oh man oh man But yeah, that in-turn is why I think the diplomatic fallout would be interesting to explore. There'll be a lot of pressure from differing angles on what result to get out of it, or at least, one would hopefully be able to show that
  7. Quite. There's a lot of room for in-universe debate on the handling of the situation, but also, I hope, framing for how those outside of the event viewed it.
  8. So, while I'm working to bring the thread that caused it to a close, something to consider in the long-term as a potential project is the reintegration of Dougton, which could involve some diplomatic shenanigans. Would anyone be interested in that?
  9. "God of... Seiikishima?" The centaur skipped words in his echoing of Aya's answer, eyes blinking as he seemed to process them. "But that is... half a world away. You are well beyond their domain. So why..." The Priestess continued her explanation, and laid out her suspicions, all of which seemed to catch Cancer further and further on the wrong foot. Yet they also seemed to stir something. Those blinking eyes also darted about, as if charting the course that had led him to this place. "I was... I think, driven away. Or... I fled. Either way, I thought... to the safety of an old... I do not know if I could call him friend. He was... no, he was... an enemy?" The centaur's head went down, then up again, as he asked the question. Yet his body language - a fervent yet narrow shaking of the head - suggested he had some understanding of the truth. "No... no, he would never. Not by his own will. There had to be something... something else..." Fingers crept up to rub at the temples of his head, eyes easing shut. "Tell me... tell me the truth, as you would understand it, however simple or complex. Whatever you feel I need know. For if I am in a place between life and death, then it is... unusual that you should find me within it." The centaur's breathing has softened, and the twitches of his body - the nerves that frayed his mind - grew fewer. His eyes opened air, soft and full of light, settling upon Aya. "You have come here with cause. I would wish to know it."
  10. Okay, so, anyone mind if I post again exclusively as Cancer so that Aya can have a bit more to play with? Since it'll otherwise be a fairly short update for that section
  11. Alright, @Dabi @Vaudevillian @Zashiii @Priestess @danzilla3 after way, way too much delay... posted As a quick summary: Gozen rescued Argi, who's now on Gozen's back (Gozen in dragon form), and has elected they pick up Shelly so that they have that last bit of muscle going into the final fight Lance knight is defeated due to some really bad luck with guns. Floating knight is defeated. Shield knight washed away by the river waters that Aleth pulled in because Dauner slicing their building brain hurt and now it's noticed the group close to the granary. Invisible sword knight is still able to fight, though their parasite is injured. Freezing fist knight has lost one of their gauntlets after being blown back in fisticuffs with the Mistress, but once the water came in, is trying to finish what they started. So missing gauntlet of dlarun, shield with solabernite, head of a lance made of ercaniron, and a bunch of bola weights made out of nith (formerly Nth) metal are around the area in the granary if someone wants to use them. Emile has found an old golem, yay! Unfortunately it's a very old Golem and so is missing most of the parts, boo! The reactor's still there though, if you can think of something to use it for. Cancer's trip down memory lane has quickly fallen apart, now he wants to make sense of his particular existential crisis
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