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Noa takes notes on a Horrorshow:

 1 Noaqiyeum, Mon, 4th Apr '11 11:14:52 AM from Ockham Asylum Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
the it-thingy
This is, basically, going to be a public repository of notes for an idea I've had that I can't get out of my head but which, for various reasons, I can't actively work on in my usual way. Questions, comments, thoughts, suggestions, and snide remarks are all welcome. Preferably in an even sort of mix. tongue

edited 4th Apr '11 2:58:15 PM by Noaqiyeum

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 2 cutewithoutthe, Mon, 4th Apr '11 11:53:16 AM Relationship Status: Star-crossed
Gˇ­berit Nor­ling
Seems quite cool!! ^_^

What station would it air on?

Not that it can rival my Mythos!! :P >:D

 3 Noaqiyeum, Mon, 4th Apr '11 11:59:24 AM from Ockham Asylum Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
the it-thingy
No idea. >_<

This is the same thing I mentioned in the Mythos thread, regarding "this is why I'm only lurking and occasionally adding comments, but I'd be happy to help drop references". :D
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 4 Noaqiyeum, Mon, 4th Apr '11 11:59:47 AM from Ockham Asylum Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
the it-thingy
  • The Organisation lacks a name yet, much as the series itself does. (Mandragora? Benebolge?) Entirely non-governmental, with no use or care for legal regulations. Some agents are apparently able to simply walk into situations without being noticed, while other information is acquired in less discreet ways. Agents displaying what to the viewer is rather uncanny behaviour or appearance may or may not be commented on by human characters. Most agents wear clothing that appears plausibly humanoid, but reveal no skin; full-face masks that are never removed on-camera are even more common.
    • Adison - The 'face' of the organisation, insofar as it actually has any. Polite, professional, and easy-going. Portrayed as a somewhat short businesswoman with a pleasant contralto, always wearing a plastic mask that only exposes 'her' (apparently normal) eyes. The agent most fluent in human languages, and thus generally deals with outsiders. Has the 'rank' to give instructions to nearly every other agent, but also receives orders from authorities who are largely unseen. She consumes thick drinks and soups exclusively, while still wearing her mask; two long, thin proboscises unreel from the nostril-holes to pump them from the glass or bowl.
    • Damasculus? - Voice sounds electronically distorted. The only consistent aspect of 'his' appearance is the elaborate masquerade mask that resembles the Green Man; he is often re-cast as a new actor (male or female), frequently one who had recently been portraying a character who impeded his investigation in some way. Enthusiastically curious and secretive, with a sense of humour that relies heavily on sarcasm and hyperbole.
    • Jadhresun - Speaks with a monotonous baritone, but usually silent. 2 to 2.4 metres tall, and wears a long brown scarf over the lower half of his mask, an aviator's hat and goggles, a tightly-buttoned trenchcoat with extremely and tentacular long sleeves, and a skirt that extends over his feet. Usually appears only when an investigation calls for reinforcements; possesses considerable strength, and has abilities to hunt or destroy things that border on Reality Warping. Extremely aloof, but seems to take pleasure in action.
    • Llwnyll - Wears no mask. Appears to be a teenaged girl riding on her boyfriend's back, but she always has her hands over his eyes, he never tries to look around, and they generally speak in unison and manipulate things with her bare feet. It speaks quietly with careful enunciation, and only uses "thing" and "do" for nouns and verbs, modified by large numbers of adverbs or adjectives.
    • "Herr Abendwald" - The head of the hierarchy, as far as anyone knows. Seldom identified on-screen, but occasionally appears briefly without being named - a well-dressed businessman with extremely long limbs, carrying a suitcase, and wearing a simple yellow happy-face mask that does not completely cover its very white face.
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 5 cutewithoutthe, Mon, 4th Apr '11 12:00:34 PM Relationship Status: Star-crossed
Gˇ­berit Nor­ling
I know!! :P

What would the tone of the series be?

Like, like, kinda happy, or like, like really sad?

 6 Noaqiyeum, Mon, 4th Apr '11 12:29:50 PM from Ockham Asylum Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
the it-thingy
Aiming for a mixture... so, closer to the 'kinda happy' end. There's a lot of narrow lines that I like to think about, and one I think I'm exposing here is that between wonder and horror. Not necessarily just Gray and Grey Morality, but gray-and-grey curiosity, I guess?

edited 4th Apr '11 12:30:25 PM by Noaqiyeum

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 7 Noaqiyeum, Mon, 4th Apr '11 5:15:52 PM from Ockham Asylum Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
the it-thingy
  • "Team Elder" also has no official name yet, but functions collectively as a very prominent group of Anti Villains whose initial appearance is something of a Giant Space Flea from Nowhere, in context. Their individual motives are rather diverse, but they are aware of the organisation and take the (entirely reasonable) view that they are not to be trusted, and intend that humans should be in charge of humanity's protection.
    • Richard Elder - The extremely canny and resourceful forty-some-year-old responsible for creating the group to begin with, directing their movements, and leading from the front. He's also a perfectly ordinary human who has successfully baited organisation agents into investigating events that were completely mundane and infiltrating them with human imposters. Multiple times.
    • "The Deicide" - Lacks a name yet. A devout Muslim* , if a somewhat self-doubting one. His primary concern is that he believes in an all-powerful god in a universe which, he has discovered, is full of quite a lot of otherworldly beings claiming or claimed to be gods of some kind or another, and he'd really like to figure out which is the important one. So with that in mind, he's going to find all such entities and try to test their claims. All of them. Against each other, if necessary.
    • Keith Lindhjem - A Talkative Loon with a passion for disassembling things. (Sound vaguely familiar?) Hero-worships the Deicide, which both amuses the latter and makes him uncomfortable. Usually has a welding mask and cutting torch somewhere around. Something of a hipster, and known for starting his situation reports with "Once upon a time..." and turning them into long, rambling fairy tales.
    • Shelaileigh "Sheila" Farris - Nobody really knows anything about her before she joined, not because she never talks about it but because she talks too much. Given how successful she is at killing things and her preferred apparel while doing so, though, the common guess is that she used to be a slasher villain. Not fond of cleaning up after herself, and has a friendly-frustrationship with Keith that's not quite to the level of Belligerent Sexual Tension.

edited 4th Apr '11 5:19:43 PM by Noaqiyeum

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 8 Noaqiyeum, Wed, 6th Apr '11 11:08:38 AM from Ockham Asylum Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
the it-thingy
  • Monsters of the Week
    • Crevice - It either lives within and traverses cracks in rock and concrete, or it manifests as them and supplants them as it spreads; it's not particularly clear. It protrudes innocuous-looking appendages - entangling weeds and vines, impossibly deep puddles, flowers that turn and track moving objects - in order to interact with the rest of the world and to feed.
    • Wallflower - A manifestation on complex image patterns - fractals, M.C. Escher-like tesselations, floral wallpaper, paisley cloth, etc. You're not likely to notice when it's there, or when it's gone; but, if you just stare at it blankly and slowly let your eyes' gaze drift across each other... eventually you'll see its silhouette emerge, and move. It'll probably jump right out at you.
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 9 cutewithoutthe, Wed, 6th Apr '11 11:09:49 AM Relationship Status: Star-crossed
Gˇ­berit Nor­ling
Ohhh I like them monstas!

 10 nekoalexa, Wed, 6th Apr '11 2:58:06 PM from the same place I've always been
Yes, this is quite awesome, Noa!grin
AC:NL Dream Address: 5200-2582-5967
Away on the wind~
One thing I've noticed about a lot of beyond-our-world horrors is that they do not fit.

They bend the world to suit them, warping reality so they can maintain themselves- a byproduct of which involves sending humans who see/go near them insane.

Is there any way you can use an ability like this with your protagonists?
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 12 Noaqiyeum, Wed, 6th Apr '11 3:40:15 PM from Ockham Asylum Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
the it-thingy
[up][up][up] && [up][up] Aheh, thank you!

[up] That is an idea I hadn't thought of, and I like it. If I understand you correctly - they are alien to reality as we understand it and could not exist in it under normal circumstances, but can claw out their existence-of-a-sort by deliberate effort, either by 'violence' * or 'subterfuge' * ?

*
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Yes. And the organism is directly alien, and as such the body attempts to remove it, because it does not belong- but it is not always actively harmful. It is just... alien, and not something that belongs within the original structure.

Further thoughts:

Horror stories occasionally include "cults" of people dedicated to these beings. Perhaps the protagonists have a cult, who directly oppose attempts to banish them much the same way "evil" cults do in these stories? Or perhaps there is a human element these abominations need to fight- potential for Body Horror, perhaps, if the creatures affect the cultists negatively?
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 14 Noaqiyeum, Wed, 6th Apr '11 7:06:54 PM from Ockham Asylum Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
the it-thingy
Not necessarily a threat, but alien enough to be rejected... So, the universe is allergic to it. :D

Of course, the very fact that a particular thing is there to be attacked can weaken the immune system and make it more susceptible to organisms that are actually dangerous...

I kind of lean against giving cults; those mostly gather around dormant horrors, usually with the justification that they pray that it stays asleep, or doesn't eat them when it wakes, or something similar, while the protagonists are all rather relatively active, and having a cult would be likely to get in the way. (I can imagine a situation where the horror awakens to discover a cult has built up around it, grants their wish of eating them first because they're annoying it, and then wanders off for the eldritch version of a walk in the park. :P ) But at the same time, that's exactly the kind of thing that would be likely to result in interesting conflicts with the Deicide, so...

Or perhaps there is a human element these abominations need to fight - potential for Body Horror, perhaps, if the creatures affect the cultists negatively?
Err... could you elaborate? I'm not sure I understand. :/

edited 6th Apr '11 7:08:55 PM by Noaqiyeum

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As in...

Like, if the antagonist Abominations did have a cult.

So they're hanging around this thing, and it... warps them. Physically and mentally.
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 16 alliterator, Wed, 6th Apr '11 7:18:47 PM from Southern California
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Hmm. Have you ever read Grant Morrison's The Filth? He takes the idea of the universe as an organism and runs with it. It's pretty mind screwy, but awesome.
 17 Noaqiyeum, Wed, 6th Apr '11 7:31:15 PM from Ockham Asylum Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
the it-thingy
[up][up] Ah, I was more confused about the half of that sentence that came before the hyphen.

[up] No I have not. [adds to to-read list]
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Yes. As if the antagonists have a cult themselves.
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 19 Noaqiyeum, Wed, 6th Apr '11 7:40:40 PM from Ockham Asylum Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
the it-thingy
idea Ooooooooh! idea I see now. tongue Yes, that's a good idea!
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tongue Excellent. Glad to have provided help smile
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 21 Noaqiyeum, Wed, 6th Apr '11 8:13:00 PM from Ockham Asylum Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
the it-thingy
grin

  • Monsters of the Week (again)
    • Crystal Saberhagen - When Crystal was 19, she was lucky enough to cross paths with an otherworldly monstrosity and not only survive, but survive with a boon - she can learn languages very, very fast. Any message is understood immediately. All grammar and vocabulary therein is instantly and permanently retained. Her fluency in speaking is identical to the fluency of what she has read. It's true of all modern languages, classical Latin, Arabic, Chinese, Proto-Indo-European, Babylonian cuneiform, Minoan Linear A, COBOL, Java, HTML, C#, machine code, DNA transcripts... and the canted whispers of unspeakable things beyond the record of the known world. Possibly she's gone insane. She should be, considering all that she's tried not to read from the books of forgotten libraries, or to hear in the murmurs of silent rooms and thunderstorms. But if so, it only appears as a monomaniac desire to earn a boon from every other horror she can find, by whatever means necessary.
    • Alford Keyes - A popular but reclusive horror author, in the vein of Stephen King and H. P. Lovecraft. All of his stories overlap somewhat, as part of a shared cosmos in which they all occur, and he writes with the conceit that the stories of this world are sent to him in dreams, by one of its more nebulous residents for its own vaguely threatening reasons. Keyes knows more about his Muse than he's published, of course - as with most authors, most of his work never reaches the page. The Muse is among the more powerful of its world's eldritch abominations, much more so than most of those in the actual stories, but is slowly being crushed out by even stronger neighbors. By inspiring Keyes with its stories, the Muse hopes to build a link by which it can escape its homeworld and manifest in Keyes'. Naturally, none of it is true; Keyes made it all up. But that will hardly stop the plan from working.
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I'm wondering.

◦Crevice - It either lives within and traverses cracks in rock and concrete, or it manifests as them and supplants them as it spreads; it's not particularly clear. It protrudes innocuous-looking appendages - entangling weeds and vines, impossibly deep puddles, flowers that turn and track moving objects - in order to interact with the rest of the world and to feed.

Any chance this could be symbolism, too?
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 23 Noaqiyeum, Wed, 6th Apr '11 8:30:53 PM from Ockham Asylum Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
the it-thingy
...plausibly? Why, what does it remind you of?
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a) The effect they have on the human mind.

b) Their presence on Earth- it's literally breaking it apart as it goes.
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 25 Noaqiyeum, Mon, 11th Apr '11 5:21:47 PM from Ockham Asylum Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
the it-thingy
Oh - heh heh. That wasn't what I was thinking of, but I guess can see that.

Although... the human brain is already covered in cracks. 8<

  • Monsters of the Week
    • "Gorgon"? - I sort of have this idea where an old, concrete building is about to be torn down, and an inspector goes inside to make sure it's completely empty and never comes out... Someone who goes in after finds a barely-recognisable statue inside, staring at the ceiling, and the demolition is put on hold... The gorgon itself is more of a sea anemone/slug thing than usual, capable of oozing up walls and into corners out of sight, and, most importantly, all scenes in which it appears are filmed in first-person. Beyond an occasional tendril twitching on the periphery, mostly we would just see characters staring at the camera in brief surprise and bewilderment before slowly crystallising from the eyes out.
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