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Tanyuu Karibusa ([personal profile] fourthscribe) wrote in [personal profile] ringleaders 2017-01-11 10:41 pm (UTC)


HELLO EVERYONE, this is CaityCat and Maggie coming to you with a little player plot we've been cooking up for a while! It's not too huge, and something we hope to be bringing back periodically over the course of the game. It is entirely optional, but should hopefully provide some fun flavor to spice up the experience this month!


Where Ginko and Tanyuu are from, there are creatures called mushi - strange, ethereal organisms that exist in a state unlike that of other living things. Mushi are invisible to most people, but their effects can be quite noticeable nonetheless, and they can cause a lot of trouble for humans on occasion. Usually this only occurs when there is a very large concentration of mushi in the same place, but Ginko attracts mushi as a natural part of his existence/being/soul/what-have-you. As a result, since they aren’t really bound by the barriers between realms, they fairly frequently drift into the carnival. Most aren’t dangerous, and those workers who happen to be able to see them may have caught sight of some odd, glowing creatures clinging to walls or floating around (and this absolutely means people are free to just assume their character has seen these things). Every so often, though, something more troublesome ends up in the carnival.


Un: Un are snail-like mushi that feed off of sound. Usually they live in forests where the natural wildlife provides plenty of food for them, but when winter comes around the snow muffles things down to the point that the Un will migrate towards human settlements in search of sustenance. In this case, the Un drifted toward the carnival, which understandably has plenty of food available for them.

Ah: More problematic than Un, Ah are a much rarer mushi that live in symbiosis with Un. To those who see them, Ah are only visually distinguishable from Un in that their shells curl clockwise instead of counterclockwise. Functionally, they’re very different; Ah live near colonies of Un, eating the silence that they leave behind. A few of these have followed the Un into the carnival, and are in search of a much harder to find bit of quiet somewhere in the Ringmaster's realm.


Starting from January [date], colonies of Un will start infesting trailers and tents around the carnival, dulling or entirely removing any sound in that space depending on the size of the infestation. In some cases, they may even crawl into someone’s ear and eat any incoming sound, deafening their host on that side. It’s pretty annoying, but not really dangerous, and they’re easy to get rid of if the afflicted person goes to Zecora about it.

If an Ah happens to infect someone, the results are rather different, and much more serious: they will grow four small horns from their forehead, and all surrounding noises that are normally too quiet to be heard will be amplified into a constant, deafening roar that makes it incredibly difficult to discern individual sounds or sleep. In cases where Ah infections go untreated, the host will eventually weaken and die; however, if it’s caught and treated, they should be fine.

Anyone who wants to can have their character’s trailer (or ear) infested with Un, which will eat any sounds in that space/that they hear. If you want to have your character infected with Ah, please reply to the comment below; we’ll RNG three victims hosts at [time and date] EST!

There will be a network post going up soon where Ginko and Tanyuu will be asking about Un sightings or hearing problems around the carnival, and a log post for MUSHI SHENANIGANS. Let us know below if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!

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