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Genesis - Tribes
, The Xivai
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Joined: 25-September 06
As the drifting members of the tribe returned to the set of pit-caves that they called home, they heard, or rather sensed, the equivalent of a thundering roar in thought-speak. It was Xriskeezax, the female that was becoming their Geryon. “Xarixxask! Devourer, consumer, it comes, it nears, the maw, it-DEVOUR! CONSUME! EAT! IT CONSUMES US ALLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!” As the others neared her stationary body they saw Xriskeezax’s body twitching and writhing, as if in a seizure or if in great pain. Xarask, the tribe member closest to Xriskeezax, swam toward her body, slightly worried. As she neared Xriskeezax snapped her head to face her, and stopped twitching. Her body was massive at this point, and her head alone was almost as large as Xarask’s body. “I am Xrizkez’gor’Xarixxask. A prophet of the Great Maw. You, the rest, are the blackmawed, the Xerxarixxask. Such is what I have sensed, such is what will be. Now begone.”
No tribe member, not even the males, dared disrespect the Geryon’s words. The Geryon was their queen, their eggmother, and their leader. Without her, the tribe could not grow. As they slept during the day, the tribe was plagued with nightmarish visions and impulses, and an overwhelming desire to consume. An insatiable hunger-lust. The will of the Great Maw. Mysticism +10] [Food Needed +1/Tribe Member]
The Geryon in particular received the brunt of the dream-messages, being the Xrizkez, the prophet, of the entire tribe. She had a waking dream, and in a lucid state she wandered a dark hall. The floor and ceiling twitched with life as she sensed nerves run through them. The very walls of the hall she was in were organic, and alive at that. She saw the bioelectric signals as light in her mind’s eye, and everything alive was bathed in a cool light. Among the dull light of the living masonry, several black outlines stood out distinctly, each on a pedestal embedded into the living walls. She could make out their vague shapes by indirectly sensing their silhouettes against the organic hall. There were four statues, each with very distinctive shapes. The first was bulky and glutinous. The second was skeletal and sharp. The third was ragged and sagging. The fourth was thin and needle-like. They all had similar shapes to a Xivai head, and could possibly be busts of Xivai. Suddenly, a voice sounded in her head, though it seemed to emanate from her stomach, and as it spoke she felt pangs of hunger and an overwhelming desire to both consume and be consumed.
“You have looked upon the four faces of the Great Maw. They are all different aspects of hunger. The first is hunger fulfilled, properly known as Gluttony. Hunger is a constant force, that will arrive again whether satiated or not. Hunger fulfilled is a hopeless achievement, an impossible task – it can be driven off momentarily, but is sure to return. However, a certain strength can be derived from hunger fulfilled, for it is food that makes the body strong, the flesh resilient. Through study of Gluttony one can achieve knowledge of Gluttonstrength.
The second is hunger unfulfilled, properly known as Famine. As stated before, hunger is impossible to satiate. It is a futile task, despite its rewards. Starvation is a powerful force, and can draw out a level of desperation that no other force can rival. A body lacking food is a body malnourished, though only in the flesh. If starved for a long enough time, hungerlust can drive a Xivai wild, drawing out a strength that can’t be drawn out any other way. Famine-strength is unrivalled in it’s ferocity, its sheer and raw power. Through study of Famine one can achieve knowledge of Faminestrength.
The third is worldrot hunger, properly known as Worldrot. Worldrot is a hunger not confined to one individual, or even a hundred. It is the hunger of the entire world, the hunger of the Great Maw, whose stomach is our world. Decomposition is the digestion of matter in the Great Stomach, as everything rots, to be digested and reborn. Worldrot is best seen in the deep abysses of the ocean, where the rotting remants of all organic life is constantly drifting in from above. Through study of Worldrot one can achieve knowledge of Rot-touch.
The fourth is the hunger for blood, properly known as Bloodthirst. Bloodthirst is a different type hunger for blood – the act of spilling it, and the drinking of the blood itself. Flesh is not important. It can be torn away and regrown, but blood cannot be lost in any great quantity. It is impossible to recover from a grievous loss of blood, but possible to recover from a grevious flesh wound. Blood is the life-force of a body, a combination of it’s body and soul, and so in drinking it, we prevent the soul from being reborn in any plane, mortal or immortal. Through study of Bloodthirst one can achieve knowledge of Haemomancy.
Which aspect of the Great Maw do you wish to follow?
E) Keep them all in mind and thought, though only specializing in one. (Select which one.)
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