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Altris Exit, pursued by Ultima Relationship Status: Mu
Exit, pursued by Ultima
Jun 8th 2021 at 10:50:19 PM

So, I'm thinking about writing a short fantasy story - the gist is that it's from the POV of a magical creature that the heroes would normally seek out for aid. This particular creature actually is wandering among humans looking for someone to bond to so that their 'stake' is mobile (so to speak) and can be influenced into doing whatever it wants.

My question is twofold - what would prompt the creature to start looking for a host, for lack of a better term? And assuming that the creature is looking for a 'weak' host, what sort of a person would seem attractive to that end at first, but put up a strong challenge later on?

Sorry if this is technically two questions, just popped into my head

The really scary part about Fatal Frame is the incest.
ArsThaumaturgis Relationship Status: I've been dreaming of True Love's Kiss
Jun 9th 2021 at 12:19:06 AM

You mention their "stake"—do I take it then that they're bound to a specific place or region? If so, then the prompt might simply be wanderlust. Or perhaps they heard tales of other places, and that enthused them to see those places for themselves.

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TitanJump M the Golem from the Grand Grail Relationship Status: Singularity
M the Golem
Jun 9th 2021 at 1:07:45 AM

1) The creature doens't get an awareness until they find a compatible host to think with.

2) Anyone that is weak-willed and doesn't have the mental strength to resist the takeover by the creature. Random.

How many hells can one be stuck in at once?
Nukeli The Master Of Fright & A Demon Of Light from A Dark Planet Lit By No Sun Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
The Master Of Fright & A Demon Of Light
Jun 9th 2021 at 3:58:33 AM

How to find a good spot to split the draft in a duology?

With a trilogy it'd slot neatly into beginning, middle, and ending, but the draft isn't long enough.

Edited by Nukeli on Jun 9th 2021 at 2:04:31 PM

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Swordofknowledge Swordofknowledge from I like it here... Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Swordofknowledge
Jun 9th 2021 at 5:22:03 AM

[up] @ Nukeli:

So let me offer this advice that I followed when doing this exact thing. Pick a point in your series that seems very much like a "conclusion". The protagonist escapes from a long-running bad situation at last, an important villain (or hero!) is killed and now the aftermath looms before everyone for good or ill, a new faction has appeared on the horizon...you get the picture.

Include a momentous event that concludes an "arc" of the story and then write a short chapter(s) dealing with how the cast is dealing with the fallout. Then end the story and pick up where you left off or skip ahead a little bit in the next installment.

I hope that helps. This is what I did with my Urban Fantasy Morality Kitchen Sink story and it seemed to flow just fine where the readers were concerned.

EDIT: Upon re-reading your question, I have additional advice. You may need to do some rewriting or addition to your story in order to follow this pattern. In my example I had been planning things to split apart from the beginning, so I had distinct "break points" planned out from the start.

Edited by Swordofknowledge on Jun 9th 2021 at 8:27:06 AM

"Fear is a tyrant and a despot, more terrible than the rack, more potent than the snake." —Edgar Wallace
ArsThaumaturgis Relationship Status: I've been dreaming of True Love's Kiss
Jun 9th 2021 at 5:25:32 AM

And assuming that the creature is looking for a 'weak' host, what sort of a person would seem attractive to that end at first, but put up a strong challenge later on?

My thought here is that the entity might perceive some quality as indicative of "weakness" or pliancy that really isn't—compassion, peacemaking, altruism, or gentleness, for a few examples.

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Swordofknowledge Swordofknowledge from I like it here... Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Swordofknowledge
Jun 9th 2021 at 5:30:34 AM

Sorry I didn't see the above question tongue

[up] x5 @ Altris:

Could it be that this magical creature is dying? Perhaps it is afflicted with some ailment unique to itself, and that is why it needs to bond to a host as its sole chance of survival? As for the qualities it looks for, perhaps weakness of both body and mind would work. Weakness of mind to allow it to influence its host, and weakness of body to allow it to enter the physical frame of that person. Maybe it seeks out a dying person who is very much afraid of their end, influencing them to allow the fusion to happen.

Sorry that's all I can think of right now.

Edited by Swordofknowledge on Jun 9th 2021 at 8:37:31 AM

"Fear is a tyrant and a despot, more terrible than the rack, more potent than the snake." —Edgar Wallace
Nukeli The Master Of Fright & A Demon Of Light from A Dark Planet Lit By No Sun Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
The Master Of Fright & A Demon Of Light
Jun 9th 2021 at 6:21:55 AM

I have this concept which i haven't decided whether it's magic or a superpower or what to do with the idea. I also think that it requires some kind of an explanation because it's too weird not to be explained, but i also haven't managed come up with a non-magical explanation for the whole thing.

  • The character can somehow pull injuries, illnesses, and diseases out of people.
  • The affliction will physically appear as some kinda marble-looking small thing with an image of the symptom/injury on it, and it can be just carried around.
  • They can then give the injury/disease to anybody else by throwing it at people (if they hit).

Also, has anything else used this kind of a concept that you know of? It's kind of hard to Google.

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TitanJump M the Golem from the Grand Grail Relationship Status: Singularity
M the Golem
Jun 9th 2021 at 6:32:55 AM

[up] John Coffey. "The Green Mile", Stephen King.

John Coffey

Ability: To draw out "illness" out from people/living beings through prolonged physical contact (touch with both hands) and then released from his mouth like a swarm of flies.

Details: All illnesses, including mental and psychological ones, can be extracted. Even be passed on to others if he so choose so, (but this is extremely rare and reserved for the most evil people imaginable).

Weakness: It is extremely painful for Coffey to do, as he gets hit full force by the "illness" until he can let it out.

The only thing he cannot extract, is "death" from a corpse (but even that can be cured if he is fast enough and there is still a glimmer of life in the body to save).

...

You asked, I answered.

Edited by TitanJump on Jun 9th 2021 at 3:33:25 PM

How many hells can one be stuck in at once?
Altris Exit, pursued by Ultima Relationship Status: Mu
Exit, pursued by Ultima
Jun 9th 2021 at 8:28:45 AM

Thanks to everyone who responded to my question, I fell asleep a bit after posting but I really appreciate the help.

The really scary part about Fatal Frame is the incest.
Swordofknowledge Swordofknowledge from I like it here... Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Swordofknowledge
Jun 9th 2021 at 11:25:24 AM

[up] @ Altris:

I'm glad the answers were helpful and wish you good luck on mapping things out.


So...everyone knows that werewolves and clothes just don't mix. But does anyone have an idea of a trinket or accessory that could be given to a werewolf and would be resistant or outright immune to being broken or accidently discarded when their body changes? I intend to have a werewolf character in my story retain a trinket given by a loved one and I was stumped as to what could be worn on the body that wouldn't just be wrecked by regular and drastic alterations to the person's shape.

Edited by Swordofknowledge on Jun 9th 2021 at 2:28:29 PM

"Fear is a tyrant and a despot, more terrible than the rack, more potent than the snake." —Edgar Wallace
Jun 9th 2021 at 11:27:38 AM

[up] A necklace or an earring could work

Edited by Oculto on Jun 9th 2021 at 7:29:39 PM

Swordofknowledge Swordofknowledge from I like it here... Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Swordofknowledge
Jun 9th 2021 at 11:30:22 AM

[up] @ Oculto:

Yes I could see an earring working, kind of. I suppose while the ears would change shape, the thing would remain bonded to the appendage itself so that it wouldn't really be affected. Thanks!

"Fear is a tyrant and a despot, more terrible than the rack, more potent than the snake." —Edgar Wallace
ArsThaumaturgis Relationship Status: I've been dreaming of True Love's Kiss
Jun 9th 2021 at 3:14:12 PM

[up] Bands can be made of metal jointed such that it expands and contracts in a concertina-like fashion, I believe. Combine that with something springy—a tough elastic band, perhaps—and you might have an item that would stay on even through transformation.

Something a bit like these, perhaps, but more so: 1 2

Would it really work? I'm honestly not sure. But it seems like it might, if made with expansion and contraction in mind.

Edited by ArsThaumaturgis on Jun 9th 2021 at 12:14:54 PM

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Swordofknowledge Swordofknowledge from I like it here... Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Swordofknowledge
Jun 9th 2021 at 5:23:05 PM

[up] @ Ars Thaumaturgis:

Thanks for the links! An expanding bracelet would go well, at least I think so. From what I saw in one of the links, it seems like the bracelet was made in the 1950s, which is even better since this trinket is given to the werewolf in question decades prior to the story, so I guess it would haveto be something historically accurate to the time tongue

I feel like I should have specified this in my question, but only thought of this now. The werewolves in this story are not bipdeal at all—-think of more monstrous versions of the Twilight wolves for example and that's generally how they are. I'm not sure if that would affect the nature of the super-durable trinket.

Edited by Swordofknowledge on Jun 9th 2021 at 8:23:26 AM

"Fear is a tyrant and a despot, more terrible than the rack, more potent than the snake." —Edgar Wallace
TitanJump M the Golem from the Grand Grail Relationship Status: Singularity
M the Golem
Jun 9th 2021 at 8:15:38 PM

Or just go the extra mile for some fridge humor and give her a radio-collar, disguised as a pretty neck-band.

She sounds ignorant, so she would not be able to tell the difference.

And he knows where she is at all times, with the added bonus of knowing when not to call her if the tracker shows that she is out running in the wild somewhere...

How many hells can one be stuck in at once?
Swordofknowledge Swordofknowledge from I like it here... Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Swordofknowledge
Jun 10th 2021 at 5:59:08 AM

[up] @ Titan Jump:

Or just go the extra mile for some fridge humor and give her a radio-collar, disguised as a pretty neck-band. She sounds ignorant, so she would not be able to tell the difference.

[lol] Well, that certainly is true. A subtle tracker of that kind wouldn't trigger any suspicion in her at all since she's a Technologically Blind Elder without actually looking the part. I really do like that actually and it could play into the story. The person who gave her the keepsake is a long-deceased mentor figure, but I suppose her husband could later have stumbled upon the secret of the object and used it to keep track of her physical whereabouts, for his sake and that of their son...

Edited by Swordofknowledge on Jun 10th 2021 at 9:00:00 AM

"Fear is a tyrant and a despot, more terrible than the rack, more potent than the snake." —Edgar Wallace
Nukeli The Master Of Fright & A Demon Of Light from A Dark Planet Lit By No Sun Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
The Master Of Fright & A Demon Of Light
Jun 10th 2021 at 11:05:45 AM

[up] That'll come off badly unless the husband actually has a good reason to keep track of her movements, or if he's supposed to be some kind of a stalker.


How long do you think it'd take to travel to north Finland (like to the area near the Norwegian border) from

A) Switzerland

B) Monaco

On a zeppelin? There'd be at least a few stops along the way because it's a commercial fligh.

Edited by Nukeli on Jun 10th 2021 at 9:15:16 PM

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Count_Spatula Inter-Dimensional Traveler from United States Relationship Status: Baby don't hurt me!
Inter-Dimensional Traveler
Jun 10th 2021 at 11:19:03 AM

Do you ever come across a trope on this site and think, "That'd be cool to add into my story?"

Jun 10th 2021 at 12:30:30 PM

[up][up] Well, the Graf Zeppelin LZ-127 traveled from Norway to Iceland in 3 days, and the Hindenburg LZ-129 needed less than two days from Frankfurt to New Jersey so... A straight flight from Helsinki to Zurich without stops would require maybe 14 hours. And 16 to Monaco.

The stops will depend on the specific route you choose but seeing this map... https://es.distance.to/Helsinki,FIN/Monaco I guess München and Berlin would be mandatory ones.

[up] In my case, I have thought more than once "Hell, I´m glad I did not do this..."

Edited by Oculto on Jun 10th 2021 at 9:39:25 AM

Swordofknowledge Swordofknowledge from I like it here... Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Swordofknowledge
Jun 10th 2021 at 12:57:25 PM

@ [up][up][up] Nukeli:

That'll come off badly unless the husband actually has a good reason to keep track of her movements

I'm guessing it comes off as overly paranoid/controlling? I mean, he does have reasons to be worried about her actions and behavior but that might be over the top?

Edited by Swordofknowledge on Jun 10th 2021 at 3:57:48 PM

"Fear is a tyrant and a despot, more terrible than the rack, more potent than the snake." —Edgar Wallace
Jun 10th 2021 at 1:32:12 PM

Okay I think I mentioned a crossover Fusion Fic between two gacha games and Generator Rex when I last asked a question here, and this one is relevant to the latter work.

For context Generator Rex was one of three shows that were created by Man of Action studios alongside the more Toyetic Ben 10 Franchise and the lesser know The Secret Saturdays. the latter two introduced a Evil Counterpart to their respective protagonists marked by white hair (or inverted hair int he case of Saturdays, due to Zak having two-toned hair, but the effect is the same regardless)

I want to make a similar character for my crossover, albeit with some twists due to the whole crossover aspect and as such I want to ask (preferably those familiar with the show) what would you think an Evil Counterpart of the eponymous Rex would be?

As above, so below.
Nukeli The Master Of Fright & A Demon Of Light from A Dark Planet Lit By No Sun Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
The Master Of Fright & A Demon Of Light
Jun 10th 2021 at 2:29:11 PM

[up][up][up] How many more hours do you think it'd take to go on to the Finnish-Norwegian bordernote ?

[up][up] Yes, that's what i meant.

Edited by Nukeli on Jun 10th 2021 at 12:30:35 PM

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Jun 10th 2021 at 2:43:15 PM

[up] Given Finland is a long country... that should be two more hours at least.

Regarding the local geograpy, I dont know if there are areas that can be considered appropriate for an important city in that region.

Edited by Oculto on Jun 10th 2021 at 10:52:49 AM

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We didn't break the world.
Jun 10th 2021 at 2:56:56 PM

Just as a general tip, Google Maps has a "measure distance" function (accessible by right-clicking) that you can use to plot routes. Divide the distance by the average speed of the mode of transport of your choice, and you should have a rough idea of how long it'll take.

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