Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

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Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Post by Shroom Man 777 » Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:31 am

Huh right Apexai sorcerer ghosts and memories of sorcerer ghosts that can still wreck shit like any living sorcerer ghost... the destruction of the Oversoul probably caused a lot of gnarly stuff to bleed out back into reality.

So in the occupied Apexaian parts of Bragspace there could've been all sorts of Stalker: Shadows of Chernobyl-like stuff going in irradiated wastelands and places Brags are trying to settle in. Elsewhere in Apexaian systems Brags wrecked but didn't occupy, ghostly shit would also go haunting so Silver Shield types probably sent their psycho-paranormalists to fix things, Zigonian astral kung fu monks, even bunches of errant Myrrani mindhunters, etc.
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Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Post by Invictus » Tue Feb 26, 2019 3:08 pm

Right, Myrrans in the K-Zone; I forgot to mention that.

We have to start with one particular way the Pyropraxy worries parties looking out for Aguero incursions like the Silver Shield other than just by existing; they are creating a vast psychic bonfire, visible even from the far-off Bounty, calling themselves out as a source of succor. And scattered refugees do come, on longshot ships of Khelerene make steered by Wrannath flockswains, their sensory petals aimed like sunflowers at the light.

And some Myrrans in the Bounty, of course, see this as a particularly challenging hunt. Mindhunters in particular, anti-psi specialists who see manifestations of the soul as an irritating mystery to be extinguished.

It would be amusing if most K-zone denizens will only ever encounter relatively dedicated and particularly standoff-ish Mindhunters, so on the whole the Myrrans are considered to be helpful folks.
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Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Post by Siege » Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:43 pm

One imagines the Pyropraxy to also be a giant beacon beckoning Karlacks to come hither for tea and refreshments.
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Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Post by Shroom Man 777 » Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:33 am

Siege wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:43 pm
One imagines the Pyropraxy to also be a giant beacon beckoning Karlacks to come hither for tea and refreshments.
Oh yeah, the bigger psychic flames can probably defend themselves by shooting fireballs into space or driving the critters nuts if they get too close, and there are defenders including imbued flamey-archons. But newer, weaker colonies with smaller flames are gonna be prime targets for the bugs!
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Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Post by Invictus » Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:50 pm

Siege wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:43 pm
One imagines the Pyropraxy to also be a giant beacon beckoning Karlacks to come hither for tea and refreshments.
Valid concerns, valid concerns.

EDIT: This can explain their heavy militarization and further contempt for the flesh. That said, the Respite might also look like a handy source of low-entropy biomass to the Karlacks.
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Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Post by Shroom Man 777 » Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:38 pm

Invictus wrote:
Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:50 pm
Siege wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:43 pm
One imagines the Pyropraxy to also be a giant beacon beckoning Karlacks to come hither for tea and refreshments.
Valid concerns, valid concerns.

EDIT: This can explain their heavy militarization and further contempt for the flesh. That said, the Respite might also look like a handy source of low-entropy biomass to the Karlacks.
The very relaxation of the Respite might mean its not as visible at long-range? Going near and eating oceans of tranquility-inducing goo might be like eating food with "too much MSG" :P
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Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Post by Invictus » Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:19 pm

Shroom Man 777 wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:38 pm
The very relaxation of the Respite might mean its not as visible at long-range? Going near and eating oceans of tranquility-inducing goo might be like eating food with "too much MSG" :P
I see your post but all I can read is "whole oceans of tranquility-inducing goo are about the right size to be a 10-pack of Advil to a quasi-sapient interstellar predatory ecosystem". Something that's too much to be a regular meal can still work as occasional self-medication, you know.

tl;dr oh great you've made the Karlack Swarms painkiller addicts :o
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Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Post by Shroom Man 777 » Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:31 pm

Invictus wrote:
Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:19 pm
Shroom Man 777 wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:38 pm
The very relaxation of the Respite might mean its not as visible at long-range? Going near and eating oceans of tranquility-inducing goo might be like eating food with "too much MSG" :P
I see your post but all I can read is "whole oceans of tranquility-inducing goo are about the right size to be a 10-pack of Advil to a quasi-sapient interstellar predatory ecosystem". Something that's too much to be a regular meal can still work as occasional self-medication, you know.

tl;dr oh great you've made the Karlack Swarms painkiller addicts :o
Huh and not all biomes they visit could be totally stripped bare...

What if the hardiest of the Respite have (or are developing) survival strategies where their psychic ooze can still persist and overcome whatever Karlackification of the ecosystem occurs on worlds touched by the Swarm, like after the Karlacks leave eventually the mutated flora and fauna return to that state of bliss and pilgrims can return and continue their business. The souls dissolved in the ooze won't care.

The Karlacks that drank the goo and returned to their hive clusters are inadvertently spreading the Respite... the stronger, more connected hive clusters can probably disinfect themselves but the more isolated and smaller ones might end up being gradually Sublimed or altered. And the souls in the ooze still don't care and the Respite theology might be so chill that "if space bugs manage to drink us up, well we'll continue on inside them" is part of their theology.
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