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June 22, 2007, 12:26 pm

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[Pariah] 4:20 pm: OMFG!!!  It’s a gremil swarm.

Servants of the Placeholder Gods, these beings live off of the anger created when one is booted out of a chat. Though many scholars attest that it is these monstrosities that hunt down weak internet connections too.
Of course they haven’t always been able to gain nutrition from this. There was once a day when they hunted in packs for lone messengers and carrier pigeons. And after that they snuck into mail bags or sated their thirst by gnawing through telegraph lines.
But though most everyone living has been attacked by one of these fiends, almost no one has actually seen one. The account of a rider for the Pony Express tells of a brightly colored beast, maybe 4 hands high, leaping out of a bush and knocking him off of his horse. When the kid had managed to get up, the thing had run off with his mochila and was easily 75 yards away and running.
More recent accounts say that the thing has a mixed genetic background; at least one half teletubby, half gremlin, and no less than a third sun eating, Cthulhoid monster. None of the attempts to quell this menace have succeeded, mainly through a lack of motivation by the hunters.

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Voted Murometz
August 13, 2006, 14:41
Voted Scrasamax
August 13, 2006, 14:44
So that is what a chat-demon really looks like. Who knew?
Voted Spark
August 13, 2006, 15:00
Very interesting little conglomeration of technology, pop culture, fantasy, and theology. I LOVE the idea - it climbs right past my walls of inhibitions (you know, the ones with the "anything not medeival, keep out" signs), but some more flesh and bones would be nice.
Voted MoonHunter
August 13, 2006, 17:23
Only voted
Voted Ria Hawk
August 23, 2006, 20:42
Annoying little buggers. I think my computer is one of their favored hunting grounds, judging by the frequency with which they eat my connection. And the description is fun too.
August 28, 2006, 21:35
If I remeber correctly it was conversations with you that gave birth to these things.
Voted valadaar
August 29, 2006, 11:46
Only voted
Voted the Wanderer
November 7, 2006, 16:29
I have no words....
November 8, 2006, 9:49
The word (or sound) you are looking for is "AAAAAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!"
Voted Cheka Man
November 8, 2006, 11:11
There must be plenty of these around. 5/5
September 14, 2007, 18:16
In chat, someone thought they were computer virus created by some bad ass mad scientist. I had to inform him that they were wrong.

Creatures of magic infecting the world of technology... breaking it down slowly, our reality will be eroded as electronic communication falls to nothing.

Let me explain I said. Do imagine a world of magic whos ruler covets our reality for some reason. Perhaps we have a resource they need, perhaps they just need space or souls not touched by their gods. How do conquer us?

Sending over a giant monster? Nah, we could deal with that.. just check out the movies

Smaller monsters? Nah. Anything we can fight, we can destroy.

Magical Bugs. We could start with pesticides and go from there. If we didnt care about the environmental issues (compared to species survival) any bug could be made to go away.

WE know about demons and possessions, so while it would be something we were not expecting, it is in our bag of tricks. A little proof and exorcisms would become common place.

If they studied us for any bit of time, they would learn a basic truth, what is in science fiction can be eventually in science reality. That and some clever applications of existing tech could take out any threat.

So where does that leave the Evil Magical Mastermind? The only option is attacking in a way that we don't expect AND might actually be 100% natural. I would use our technological strength against us.

Weather magic is an option. That would just galvanize us to hide or create weather technology to counter it.

Our strength is our knowledge and coordination. So by disrupting our communication subtly, they can slowly destroy us and we would not realize it was happening.

Aside: Holy crap. Their invasion is already happening! MoonHunter nods. *runs around screaming*

It is subtle, quiet, and focused, directed at those who happen to be the most
creative and open to the thought of their existence.

It is untraceable. Once their numbers reach a critial level, the telecom world will crash.

We're doomed. Doomed! Doooooooooooooooooooooo
oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo- *breathes*

Once we can't communicate, we can't transfer big science information easily. Oonce we are isolated from each other, you can bring over more obvious creatures to take us out. Start with some quiet places first. Then after some success... take the military out. After all, most monsters will be vunerable to simple kinetic reallignement.

Strangely enough the computer savvy Wicca community might have saved us before anything happens. As their prayer charms against lag and thus gremils
have probably stemmed the tide of gremil cross over.

The computer community itself now has time to design server blades that are faster and self correcting.. thus less likely to create the gaps in time that allow gremils through

Thus the world is safe from an invasion it wasn't even
aware of.
September 14, 2007, 19:39
I give the comment, 4.5/5
September 14, 2007, 19:46
Truthfully, I was actually thinking about programming a computer virus to take out the gremils, not speculating as to their origins within the space-time continuum.
September 15, 2007, 20:51
Muro, you know you can give props by hitting the little + under the :
Sep 15, 2007 01:16
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Voted Silveressa
May 15, 2008, 17:25
Fun sub, and combined with Moonhunters post can make for a nice prelude to a System Failure campaign.

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