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Clifton Royston
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28 days ago
Edward Warren wrote:
I'm not sure if Lascelles has any significance,


A couple French-English dictionaries translate "La scellés" as "The seals", as in the kind that you put on agreements or documents, not the animals. That makes more than a little sense in the context of a pact with the Sun-In-Rags.

Edit: So in poetic logic, "Poppy Lascelles" could suggest the pair of concepts "Death" "agreement". A very apropos name.
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Clifton Royston
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28 days ago
Adding this quickly because I keep forgetting to jot it down here for exploration:

The "red church" mentioned in the 'Light through Stained Glass' dream as the place of birth seems like a simple association to the Red Grail as governing birth.

However, there's also a classic picaresque weird fantasy novel Peregrine: Primus by Avram Davidson, and "red church" brings it very strongly to mind, because in that book the phrase "red church" keeps coming up over and over. Indeed, it's in the context of a disturbing secret cult who recite a passage, something like "In the red forest there is a red church; in the red church there stood a red altar; on the red altar there is a red knife. Take the red knife and cut red bread."

Now if that doesn't sound like the Red Grail's very own cannibal murder-cult, I don't know what does.

(I seem to remember that passage might have actually come from some occult text; from Googling, I think it's the pseudo-Albertus Magnus text which became part of Pennsylvania Deutsch hexerei.)
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Anne Auclair
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17 days ago
Poor Alexis is having a hard winter. After his little fever, he and his girlfriend came down with the flu :p Naturally his thoughts have shifted to disease and illness and what they signify in the world.

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A Foul and Pestilent Congregation of Vapours

I've been asked what Hour governs illness. There's really no one answer to this - just as no one Hour governs places, or colour. The Mother of Ants deals with healing, of a sort, and the Crowned Growth functions in many respects like a disease, but in the Cultist Simulator setting, diseases would generally be the result of imbalances in the striving and flexing of the secret gods.

This doesn't invalidate the germ theory of disease. Christopher Illopoly would tell you, for instance, that the striving of the Hours determines the outcome of battle by influencing the progress of armies, and that equally, a viral army that invades the body's halls is still an army, or at least a horde. Illopoly would probably salt it with allusions and with faintly bitchy jokes about mutual friends, but that would be the gist of it.

The point of all this? Lottie and I have both had flu, which we're now largely recovered from. If we've seemed quiet, partly that was the holidays, partly that was all the cytokines fucking us up. But we're coming back to life, rather slowly, like Christmas tree lights flickering in the rain.

The effect on the schedule is minimal. We were mostly taking Christmas off anyway. But it may be that we decide to take a holiday a bit later in the year, to make up for this one being ravaged. We'll keep you posted on the roadmap, but you can still expect to see another development build this month.

Anyway, I'm sure many of you have been suffering over the winter period! (those of you in the Southern hemisphere snickering from the golden sanctuary of your alternate climate: yeah yeah, your time will come). So let's all of us hope for speedy recoveries, and I look forward to sharing with you the locations in the Mansus and the Bounds that I'm now working on: the Temple of the Wheel, the Peacock Door, the Salt Cell and the Worm Museum, among others.
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Clifton Royston
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17 days ago
I'm still wondering about that spot within the Mansus which is labeled simply 'Knives'. Maybe it's just where the Sun keeps its kitchen knives, but it sounds a bit worrisome.

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Anne Auclair
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17 days ago
The Sun's kitchen knives would probably be very worrisome.

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Edward Warren
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12 days ago
As someone who occasionally peeks at Alexis' twitter page, he's got some interesting stuff over there. In particular he has a strange tendency to re-tweet pieces of artwork with some particularly... disturbing
undertones.

Take this beauty for example: [spoiler]



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Say hello to The Raft of the Medusa. Quoting the tweet : "Gericault's epic The Raft of the Medusa (1819) drove him to a nervous breakdown from which he died. It depicts the survivors of an actual shipwreck who were driven to cannibalism. For it Gericault studied severed heads & limbs. His last images were of the insane. He died at 33"


I wonder which Hour would have a particular interest in a horrific incident in which over 130 people either starved to death, resorted to cannibalism and brutally murdered each other, or drowned in the ocean?

I'm starting to think there's a particular reason why your character can spend so much time painting in CS.


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Anne Auclair
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10 days ago
Lottie Bevan wrote:
Clockwork Cuckoo have been working hard for us, finishing off the icon requests we mentioned last update, as well as starting on a new batch of icons for this month. A lot of these new requests focus on the Magus role, including magic and rituals and ghoulies oh my! I couldn't stop him, so Alexis wrote the commission notes, and they therefore include things like:

"A horrible assemblage of limbs, like the Isle of Man triskele crossed with Hellraiser"

and

"A flapping hairy clawed dancing thing like an animated empty bearskin caught in a hurricane"

And you lot are paying him to do this.

If that's not money well spent then I don't know what is.

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Anne Auclair
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9 days ago
Woooooooo! This thread just got 20,000 views!

Um, how is that calculated anyway?

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Anne Auclair
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4 days ago


Investigations will be getting more complex.

Wait a minute, the Suppression Bureau actually cares about evidence?! They don't just grab the most gossiped about person and declare "if ye float ye be a witch but if ye sink ye be human!"? The modern age is truly full of wonders :P

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Anne Auclair
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Edward Warren
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2 days ago
Hey, hey, here's another couple of surreal pieces of art, this time with some interesting stories to go with them.
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The first two are illustrations of Norwegian fairy tale "The Three Princesses of Whiteland".

In it, a boy is whisked away to the titular mysterious land and marries a princess. After being magicked home, he sets out to find his way back. Along the way he meets with several kings separately to ask if they know the way to Whiteland, among them the King of all the Beasts of the Wood. The Kings each give him pair of snowshoes to reach the others... And note how the setting sun is looming directly him in the background of the snowscape.

When he finally starts on the way back to Whiteland, he learns that his queen is set to marry another prince. He makes a deal with the North Wind, who then swoops up and carries away the other prince. The rightful prince remarries his queen and they live happily ever after. Again, note how the Prince-Killing Wind appears to come from the red setting sun in the second painting.
The last piece of art he posted is from "The Lassie and Her Godmother". A poor family gives their baby daughter to a mysterious beautiful woman. The woman takes the girl to a mysterious house and raises her there, but kicks her out after she discovers that The Sun, Moon, and Stars were living there as well and accidentally lets them out. Thrown out of the house and into The Wood, she eventually climbs a tree over some water and falls asleep.

Eventually a Prince comes along for a drink and spots her reflection. He finds her and takes her to his castle to be his queen. His mother objects, because she thinks this beautiful woman from the water might be a witch. He marries her anyway, but she's later almost executed when her stepmother returns, smears her mouth with blood, and makes it look like she's eaten her own children. The stepmother is finally revealed to have been the Virgin Mary the whole time.

I generalized in a few places, but it's really spooky how these stories line up with what we know of the Hours. Anyway, it was fun to share with everyone.

If I'm having this much fun deciphering the mysteries of the twitter page, I can't wait to play the actual game.
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Anne Auclair
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5 hours ago
This makes me wonder when exactly the Sun was divided. Was Coseley writing about something that happened in the distant past or something that had happened much more recently? Also, what if the Sun had been divided into multiple entities - each aspect becoming its own independent personality, with the original correspondingly faded and diminished. For those who have quested after the Marvelous, consider how the King With a Hundred Hearts lost his curiosity, which became the heart of a sentient building in Spite.

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