Correspondence, Thence

April 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

Frende mine. Your Wordes have Borne in me a great Saddnesse. These Ryftes you speake of willt open a New Dawne of Energy and Thoughte for Mankinde and, thereon, all Thynges that dwelleth ‘pon thys Lande, I am assured of it.

As the Balle raysed High gaines the Wille to return to its originalle Stayte so too willt those Thynges moved to thee Ryft gain the Wille to return unto thee Naturalle Lande, surfeit with Power…

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The Sigil of Yom T’thbeh

April 24, 2013 § 1 Comment

Captured using advanced Obfuscope technology, the presence of this grim image – scrawled on a Wester Choke wall in a thick, red ink – is a worrying development in local sigilomancy.

The Sigil of Yom T'thbeh

Is there perhaps some tie between the emergence of this dread figure and the proximity of the City Librarium, with its unmentioned repository of certain tomes…?

And be’est Yom T’thbeh called the Great Angler and His symbol be’est the Great Hook for with it hunteth He for Men and for the Souls of Men, and none shallt rest whilst hunteth He…” – Within the Nights of Men, Abillard (expurg.)

Re: Lapse

April 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

“Damn!”

“What? Where’s that smoke coming from?”

“Me! Blasted machine…”

“What happened?”

“I’m not sure… Wait. Damn. Damn!”

“Not good?”

“There’s a tooth missing from the relapse cog.”

“It’s broken?”

“No, the tooth’s missing. Gone. No longer here.”

“Gone? Where is it?”

“Somewhere else. Look, it’s hard to explain. The cog should have fifteen teeth. Now it only has fourteen.”

“Things can’t just disappear like that…can they?”

“Sometimes, yes. In some ways, that’s what the relapse cog is for but I don’t like it regressing like that without a reason. I especially don’t like it discharging the potential difference into me!”

“Oh. I see. Your hair’s still smoki…”

“I know!”

In Spaces

March 19, 2013 § 1 Comment

“It’s getting worse, Heinrich.”

“Hmmm?”

“The thaumarc. It’s…worse somehow. Brighter. Or darker, I’m not sure.”

“It’s the rain, I heard. They say that the rain leeches light from the sky and brightens the arc.”

“Do they? And you believe that?”

“As much as I believe anything else these days. Why does it matter, anyway? So it’s brighter…”

“Or darker.”

“Or darker, whichever. It’s always there. It always will be there. Damned robes and their mumbling…”

“Mumbling which is different from our work in what way, exactly?”

“I don’t mumble and I don’t meddle. I investigate, catalogue and understand…and I don’t rend holes in the Aether just to poke a staff into it and see what happens!”

“I see. How is your en-djinn, by the way?”

“Working. Barely. I swear that fool Smink can’t tell the difference between brass and copper. I almost fused the coil yesterday!”

“And that’s bad?”

“Oh, no…only if you think that the loss of a half-year’s work and the subsequent, brutal death of a local businessman is a bad thing.”

“Ah…”

“Yes, ‘ah’. Pass me that barsom-rod, would you?”

Peripheral Thaumaturgy

March 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

At the gutter-fringes of the Limbic Quarter, the human run-off from more traditional thaumic occupations blends into new and strangely twisted hybridisations. Some are transient, self-selecting themselves out of viability through accident or stagnation, but many persist into predatory or parasitic niches where they feed on the remnants of the underclass.

Aromanciers haunt the alleyways, grey-blue clouds of nerve-quickening prestidigitalis incense flowing from censers or trailing from the hems of their glyph-strewn robes, as they take furtive audience from watery-eyed adherents of the Red Lotus. Strange and fluting gibberings, repetitive litanies of nonsense numbers and other half-aware strangeness float in the air around their wavering figures, weaving through their smoke-smothered words.

With joints made arthritic and twisted by constant flexion/extension, jitter-witches pulse erratically with the coronal discharge of stolen nervous energy. Their scorch-marked sacks rattle-clack-clack with collections of spark-filled jars, glowing dully like fairy fireflies and destined eventually for the braincase of some scuttling Jack-A-Doll.

But the worst, perhaps, lurks in rock-lined cellars where the strangely bubbling vats of promethean demi-urgeons belch and roil as pallid patchwork creatures gestate within their brass-bound wombs. The bristling ozone stench of sparking lode-bearers, suspended on copper wires above smoke-glass jars of acid, twists and escapes up through corroded grilles to burn eyes and nostrils far above.

Citizens are reminded that unlicenced thaumaturgical endeavours are prohibited by Law.

Optick image of a confiscated demi-urgeon terata (destroyed)
Reproduced by kind courtesy of His Lordship’s Dept. of Maintenance & Pursuance

Just a shade short of black

March 5, 2013 § Leave a comment

The city broods under darkening storm clouds as oily rain cascades down from the heavens, running like ichor along the streets’ arterial gutters. Shadows stalk the alleyways, only briefly banished by the hanging elektryck globes which flicker and spit like vipers. Steam rises from gratings and coalesces into vaguely human forms, dancing and whirling, before collapsing into wisps of near-nothingness. Water leaks and drips through ancient wood, swelling and distending the beams of houses that shudder and moan like dying grandfathers.

A haze of colour, just a shade short of black, hangs over the Limbic Quarter. Looking at it hurts the eyes, burning writhing images on the retina. Spires and chimneys below the cloud glow violet as invisible and nameless energies smear through the sky to ground themselves in the cold, rain-slicked buildings.

A thaumarc, a mage mist. Emanations of spent power flaying the skin off reality.

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