Some (unscrupulous) governments practice selective use of memory moths on state enemies (usually before banishment). Memory eradication may even extend to some individuals they wish to protect, such as retired spies and other intelligence officers. Usage of the larvae in this way is generally easier, as the retired officer often understands the necessity and will willingly self-direct their thoughts to all aspects of their service. They will often remember most of the mundane details of these years, including their cover job, but not the intrigue.
I've read this over now several times, and the idea keeps growing on me with each repetition. As a general rule, I need to have a reason for something before I try using it in a story, and this really does help explain the mysterious helpful stranger. I like it rather a lot, actually. Excellent work, Pieh!
Interesting people, though I have a few questions:
As mentioned in the previous sub, a new Jul-Ghose may arise from one of the spawn in the event that he is killed. What would happen if the spawn that ascended to Jul-Ghose's place was bonded to a P'Cheela tribe member? Would the human be consumed, or transformed in some way? Or would the relationship remain mostly unchanged? I can imagine that the human might at least be granted immortality, if the lifetime bond was magically enforced.
More information on the bonding process and consequences would be appreciated.
Nifty item, with a clear purpose and history. I can imagine, though, that wooden items would begin to be viewed with great suspicion in your world, if these weren't at least somewhat rare. Sure, a spy might be able to get away with it once, but surely all operations manuals for the CDN and PLAA would include sections on recognizing and counteracting blast canes?
I love it when an article really makes me think. This is a treasure for anyone who wants to enhance their musical presence within a game. I'm going to have to kick this around in my head for awhile and see if I can come up with any more to add to the list.