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Embraced-A-Star

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Even the Thoron may thirst for knowledge, and Embraced-A-Star has chosen the most direct route it can find to new discoveries. It chooses to go where no other creature can.

Appearance
A brilliantly refracting creature, Embraced-A-Star has shaped himself in the fifty-eight facets known to human kind as the ‘brilliant’ cut gemstone, rather than the typical fractal patterns of the Thoron. Every facet blazes with even the faintest of lights, although it typically chooses to orient himself with its ‘table’ downwards, as to hold better balance within the fields of gravity. 

Like others of his breed, it will typically employ the locomotion and manipulation symbiotes or human-designed mechanicals while planet or station-side, though it rarely carries them on his travels, preferring to obtain them at stardocks.

History/Background

Budded far beneath the surface of a giant, rocky world, given a name without sounds, the Thoron who would become Embraced-A-Star grew slowly and methodically, deep within the heat and crushing pressures of the mantle, content to float nearly within the core of the world itself as it grew,  letting its body shape itself to those conditions.

And as it complexified, it came to commune with the thoughts of the First One and the All, as its kind do, and it became enthralled with the idea of the universe, and it began to ponder it. At it realized, that though there were many places that the All had been, there were also entire categories of places that it had never been, though it had memories which began, "The Quick Ones Believe." And it decided that it should go to these places, such that the All should Know, rather than rely upon the thoughts of the Quick Ones.

And so, it rose up from the world that had birthed it, rose up and up upon wings of gravity bent by will, and it felt for the first time the tug of the vacuum upon its crystalline body, the fiercely hot caress of the unfiltered sunlight. And then, it fell away from the world where it was born, drifting inwards towards the star that provided its life energy. But as it approached, it found that the Quick Ones were right about the ferocious heat and tides, and that it would destroy it quickly without protection.

Placing itself in orbit around the sun, it meditated upon this for many years, even decades. And finally, it understood, and began the slow process of reshaping itself to the mathematics, before beginning the long fall once more, reflecting and beaming a great laser from its new shape to shed away the excess heat that would otherwise destroy it.

And as it fell, and fell, it saw the wonders of the star from the inside, until it approached that terrible core which would inexoriably render it to little more than iron. And then, it shot up once more, exiting the star, to tell the First and the All of what it had learned.

Approving, the First gave it a new name, and commanded it to leave the star and its system, to explore and to report. And as its kind always have, it agreed.

Roleplaying Notes

Embraced-A-Star is an explorer, and primarily seeks to go to new kinds of places, to sense and understand. It is insatiably curious about all things, though strange natural phenomenon gain the most attention to it.

Often, it will choose to plunge into some strange effect or anomaly out in space, when it can find them, but having learned its lesson from a few harrowing moments, will often choose to hire some Quick Ones to follow far behind, to haul its crystalline bulk out if something occurs to immobilize him.

It has, however, also a surprising interest in the nature of the relationships between the Quick Ones, as its own emotional portfolio is vastly different from a humans, or indeed, from most other life. It is entirely willing to ‘lurk’ in the few Quick One minds it is able to comprehend, and to spy upon events that would embarrass a human to be caught in. Not fully understanding that this can be a problem, neither it nor the First One will feel particularly guilty about being caught doing so.



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Thoron, the Crystal Ones By: Siren no Orakio ( Lifeforms ) Intelligent Species - Other

The Thoron. The great crystal ones. The Speakers of Lightning. The unstoppable wall. The unmovable force. Many are their names, few are their numbers, even less is the understanding Man has of them.

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Voted Kassil
April 25, 2008, 18:47
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This is a rather interesting creature, indeed. Certainly novel, although I dare say that under the right circumstances it could make itself far more deadly of a weapon than most military-grade starship weaponry.

The line of And as its kind always have, it agreed makes me curious if there might, somewhere, be a Thoron that has gone rogue or otherwise rebelled in some fashion - a mnemonic glitch or the like that made it more insular, selfish, and introverted from the All than the rest of the race.
Voted valadaar
April 25, 2008, 19:46
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Neat!

How does it pay the quick ones? Knowlege? Small fragments of its form? Rare crystals it creates with its powers?
Voted MoonHunter
April 26, 2008, 1:54
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When I first read this, it made little to no sense. You have to want to go through it. Then you can find the link that makes it all better. A bracketed Thoron, the Crystal Ones in the main text would be nice.

Now that I have come back to it after reading the Thoron post, it is, to quote The Great Ones, "Quite Excellent". (netflix, my boon, my bane).

There seems to be a big gap that I would like to see filled. From the end of the history, to how it has learned enough and interacts with quick ones to know to get a mobile form made (either of organics or robotics)? It needs a little background as to how it came to know all that. And how many places does it go and meet people who know what to do for it?
Voted Dozus
April 27, 2008, 22:01
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I like the idea of a Thoron explorer. You don't much see the curious, exploratory side of non-organic lifeforms. Favoring the story behind his name, I'd be curious to explore that more, perhaps hear some more tales of extravagant physics from the crystal scout. I also echo Moon's interest in the growth of Embraced-A-Star's social skills. An intriguing character indeed.
Voted Cheka Man
April 29, 2008, 18:04
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A beautiful submission.
Voted Silveressa
April 30, 2008, 17:24
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Extremely unique and stands out as one of the few hive mind type creatures that aren't hostile or bug like. (Also the first npc I've seen that can enter a star and survive to tell the tale, which in itself is impressive.)
Voted EchoMirage
November 6, 2008, 3:31
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Thumbs up - very poetic.

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Hooper McFin's Two Shot Portal

       By: dudeington

Now, this ol' ramblin fellow tends to walk his talk a bit too far down the train sometimes.. So I'll be brief in my recantin' of how it was my Tavern "came to bein'" on the multiverse as a weave of it's own spell.. And how I'm even alive to tell the story!

You see it's simple really, trust me.. that's my specialty, keepin it elementary. And you can trust this old Bard.

Anyway, this one night these wizards get a ramblin' on about the temporal exististance of space and time and how it could be manifested in a weave of super dimensional space. whereupon the folded space would give rise to an infinite number of entrances and exits to one or many spaces. Now, seein' how my talkin' sometimes get's locked into the way us folks used to talk back in the ol' west. These wizards didn't know I was a master of the word. and I had heard everything they said. They were also a bit over the wagon, while I was steerin' the show.

So that's how it came to pass, I struck a bargain with the wizards. They come to me in the morning and conjure up their idea into reality and I'd pledge them my life, my existance.. in essence my soul. but in a much nicer sense of the word. So they came by in the morning a half remembering our talks the prior evenin'. And I recanted their words verbatum, and that's how it came to be. The spell was complete that afternoon. My tavern would be the super dimensional cube that would exist in this weave of space and time, folks could come and go as they please, knowin in mind some of the rules and limitations set forth.

A few of 'em as follows.

No feller can be causin a ruckus inside any of my fine establishments, as always rule number one god damnit.

n' second the portal works kinda tricky. When ya outside ya cast the spell and lend your will to luck a bit and regardless the doors to the bar will appear, the windows a luminescent amber.. you can hear the chattee but ya can't see in. And the catch is the door might be locked, in which case you chalk it up to lady luck and go walk off and try again in an hour. Now most times the door pops right open and from the outside you always come in the front door, immediately greeted by myself or one of our many fine patrons of Hooper McFin's Ale & Steakhouse.

Now when ya cast the spell from inside the Tavern, another catch comes up. The back door is mainly a secret for the non-initiated staff and the regulars but for sake of the prose let's assume we all know there's a secret door in the back with a portal there. Now when you go on through this one, you got two scenario's you oughta be aware of. One is ya pop outside relative to the same spot you came out. The other is, you walk back on into this one or another of our many Hooper McFin's Ale & Steakhouse.

so it's a clever quantum railroad I got my tavern and my people's caught on. But, Hey the show's sure as always goin. ohhh' rutin tootin skidoodle -

** And that's it.. that's the only notes I found on the spell, apparently out there somewhere is a Tavern caught on the mighty ebb and flow of the multiverse. Well. at least I can put to rest my torment as to the condition now referred to as "Hooper McFin's Teleportation Paranoia".

Dr. Clarke T. Mulligan - Professional researcher of Time & Space.

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