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EchoMirage's comment on 2010-09-04 12:38 PM
Hm - shall I add a passage describing the world under Unthar from the eyes of a denizen? Go to Comment
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EchoMirage's comment on 2010-09-05 03:57 AM
Also check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qT_CtFMQouU
Sol Niger...
The lyrics "that what never was shall always be" are quite fitting.

As for the visuals - yes, Unthar will be a disc of nothingness, surrounded by a swirling nimbus of chaos, undoing and mad possibility. Go to Comment
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EchoMirage's comment on 2010-11-01 03:23 PM
There is no !space! reality behind this one. There indeed was a divine womb from which sentient "suns" sprang forth, beings that happen to roam the sky, shed light for creation, and at night, they actually go home, dim, cool down and drink tea with dad.

This being a "fantasy" sub, it is about a world where this is reality. There is no orbit, there is but the sky, and in it three suns. They fly because they are divine. They shed light for the same reason. You could measure the power of the sun, but the reading could be "317 milliJesus" or something like that. It's just that in that world they never heard of our savior, they have their own.

So. Unthar is an undead divine entity. Those do not fly in elliptic paths around anything. It is locked in a real sub-dimension that is the Houses of the Dead, where you could sneak in and chat up your dead grandpa. It has a mind.

So. Suspend disbelief, there's lots of stranger subs than this one inthe citadel. Go to Comment
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EchoMirage's comment on 2010-11-04 03:45 PM
It can be a fold in space.
The N-th dimension above mundane reality.
The lint in the navel of the Vogon Lord of Poetry.
A computer simulation.
The inside of an effed-up bag of holding.
The biggest holo-deck ever built gone haywire.
An existence created by the eternal dream of Bakuki the Slime Prophet (you can enter it by getting stoned on a joint dipped into his mucus).
It could be a reality before our time, before the universe was remade into what it is now.
An alternate reality.
On the other side of a black hole.

Being open-minded does not make the brain fall out.

Also, the fact that a submission does not fit into one setting does not mean it requires a compatible explanation, nor is it a flaw of said submission if it comes without such a compatibility pack. Go to Comment
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EchoMirage's comment on 2011-09-13 07:31 AM
I did not give Unthar a motivation per se - it's a stillborn undead sun, an aberrant force of nature. But the room for an actual agenda is there - the dead sun may want something, and its escapes may have meaning (with the true horror being revealed once the consequences are understood).

Feel free to add an idea. Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2010-09-04 07:44 PM
Good idea. 5/5 Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2010-09-09 12:17 PM
I look forward to giving this an HOH. Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2010-10-04 07:37 PM
This should win the Quest, I think. Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2010-10-26 01:35 PM


Congratulations for winning the Quest.


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Michael Jotne Slayer's comment on 2010-09-29 05:54 PM
Very nice Echo, I enjoyed reading this piece from top to bottom. I dont want to jinx it but this is my favorite for the light quest. Go to Comment
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2010-09-06 12:27 PM
Very surreal and intriguing... I too thought of Soundgarden when first trying to visualize Unthar. Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2010-10-06 10:09 AM
You have quite a way with words, Echo! I will second val's comment, and oh, the concept itself, the SUN OF THE DEAD, is brilliant! (no pun intended). Will use this in next weekend's table-top somehow.

Top notch! Go to Comment
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axlerowes's comment on 2010-10-14 03:23 PM


I have given 5s to things I thought were cute or made me laugh, but this one seems deserving of much more than a 5.  It is a wonderful thing to have in game world, a mark of strangness and horror but not evil. Excellent. 


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axlerowes's comment on 2010-11-01 09:07 AM
This is a very odd comment. Why does the story have to have any mundane counter part? When you deal with Gods and the supernatural there are going to be ineffable concepts.

Also you use the word science incorrectly. Science is a description of the natural world through experimentation and analysis of data. If the natural world described in this post has different laws and different forces then our natural world then the conclusions science would reach would not suggest the existence of planets or stars (as you suggest, and the star may not be light years it way, it may be something a bird could reach). A scientist in this world maybe able to measure Unthar's power or describe the scenarios necessary for his appearence, but what if stars as we know them don't exist in this universe? What if the world was flat, what if the physics of the world was defined by the content of earth, fire, water and air in each substance? Go to Comment
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axlerowes's comment on 2010-11-04 01:31 PM
What if the will of divine beings alters reality? Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2010-09-06 06:16 PM
Awesome - this is something to hang a campaign about. It could be the sole source of undead and monsters in an otherwise 'normal' world.

Really well done sir!
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Fallen Angel's comment on 2010-11-01 08:28 AM


I do wonder what this actually refers to (all stories refer to somethig mundane or are compelte fabrications.) Is there a actual 'darker, sickly, star' that is in a complet arrangement with it's solar system? (Like say two stars rotate around each other, each with a system of there own, the third star is some light years distant (say 2) and has the inhabited planet around it, and a fourth star is distant/dim and sufficently rare to be the only one in the planet's sky that it is indeed considered a 'bad omen'? (This fits with the 'the skies glow darkly, strange constellations are visible' bits.))



I guess I'm wonder the science behind this entry.



 



Or maybe it's fabrication and myth.. then why the plot hooks that involve the sun's apperance?



 



I'm just confused by this entry.. too much myth.. not enough backing it up.



EDITED - I did not know brackets around a string made a link here, edited. Go to Comment
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Fallen Angel's comment on 2010-11-01 08:30 AM


Oh, here's my vote too. *oops*


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Fallen Angel's comment on 2010-11-04 01:02 PM
Wait, so it's a demiplane of it's own connected to some 'world of the dead'? (With 'suns' moving on a 'sky' (merely a 'outer layer' of a demiplane?)

I just want to know the cosmology. (I have a setting that combines Scifi and Fantasy and it means I need* to know the 'explination' being things. It's made my view of things become more 'reality' affixed.) Go to Comment
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Kassy's comment on 2013-06-12 06:39 AM
4.5/5

Just when you think you've read some of the most mind-bending material here, more are added.

Well done Echo :) Go to Comment
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