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Relics of Gakn-Shaab


Relics of an ancient necromantic faith: A few strange charms and a small black book. What power do these odd devices hide?

The Path of Gakn-Shaab

The Path of Gakn-Shaab lends itself equally well to healing or injuring living or dead beings. Gakn-Shaab is the path of life and death, a combination of good and evil, meant to bring balance to the world in-between birth and death.

Hasabus'du'Gakn (The Hand/Fingers/Tendrils of Death/The Dead/Undeath)

The Hand of Gakn is one of the most unnerving objects tied to the Gakn-Shaab faith. It typically is created from the hand or foot of a still-born child. The child is typically of relation to the necromancer that harvests it, as personal ties carry powerful magic in their own rights. It enables the wearer to affect the primal senses of basic, mindless undead. The user would be able to designate themselves, or part of themselves, as food or not food. It is typically respected as fact that a fed undead being is more open to suggestions that one ravaged by hunger, so a Necromancer may opt to feed a creature a limb in order to placate it in hopes of controlling it in the near future. The extent of the effects on the intelligent dead, most vampires of litches, is unknown at this time, but may be seen as insulting to the dead in question.

Radadus'du'Shaab (The Foot/Roots/Steps of Life/Vitality/The Heart)

The Foot of Shaab is the root of a common swamp plant, treated with a paste of crushed insect carapaces and the life-blood of a sentient being. It is typically not as ill-received as the Hand of Gakn, only because it is not general knowledge that a death was neccessary for its creation. This root, once properly prepared, will cause throat and stomach ulcers if consumed but can be used to treat many flesh-manifested maladies, such as a rash or an infected wound.

Puolus'du'Baah'sn'kag (The Book/Pamphlet/Tome of Harmony/Completeness)

A small back book. Curiously, it is filled with music. It appears to be a small tome with about six dirges written is spidery blood-red text. If sung aloud, the strange words only come to your lips if forced. The exception to this is under strong emotional distress, be it sadness or a sense of loss and fear. After you have read the book, you will remember the odd alien words at these times. The words will flow from your mouth in a sweet sorrowful tune, if you let them. It is obvious that this is a songbook of an ancient religion. The songs glide off your tongue as smoothly as Elven poetry, but can be as easy to enunciate as your common tongue.

Thazibaan'du'Ga'Sha (The Shrouds/Clothing/Concealment of True Faith)

Once you have collected the proper relics, all of the above, and sang aloud Dirges of Gakn-Shaab, you are ready to take your first steps in a new, perfect, faith.

- Acquired from the Journals of Hlol of Ool Hrusp, after his assumed death in the Sewers of Nehwon.

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Voted Murometz
October 5, 2010, 1:18
The title drew me in like a moth to flame. The fact that the necromancer in question has to be of relation to the unfortunate fetus is a magnificently eeevil touch. The food or not food designation is also nice and primal. Harsh. Pure. Real magic! I am a big fan of limb sacrifice when evoking true undead. The root is creepy and fascinating and the book is sublime!!

This is like Lankhmar meets Vincent Price. I guess my only question would be why use the actual Ool Hrusp and Nehwon reference?

LOVE it.
October 5, 2010, 1:24
Also, love the names and want to learn more about Gakn-Shaab.

Ia Gakn-Shaab!
October 5, 2010, 1:30
Muro, I would have hoped you would recognize Hlol of Ool Hrusp and the Hand of Gakn. I used him in your Nights of Nehwon RP a while back. I guess you forgot about it, but I enjoyed it immensely.

For reference: http://strolen.com/guild/index.php/topic,4718.0.html
October 5, 2010, 1:34
ooh, riiiight. My bad. That is why Hlol seemed eerily familiar somehow.

I loved that rp as well.
Voted Scrasamax
October 5, 2010, 10:12
Very nice, i enjoyed this macabre piece
Voted Cheka Man
October 5, 2010, 14:08
A useful item for the budding Necromancer.
Voted Dossta
October 5, 2010, 16:52
I love the book -- can't wait to hear more about what effect the sung melody has. More religious texts should involve music, methinks.
Voted Michael Jotne Slayer
October 6, 2010, 7:43
Nice images, lovely names and sweet item submission!
November 30, 2012, 0:44
The names! The names convince me! I am transported elsewhere. I am enthralled.
November 30, 2012, 1:13
OK, Muro. Your continued interest in this piece makes me want to write more about it. Have any requests?
November 30, 2012, 11:08
How about further exploration of the "Path" and further examples
Voted valadaar
May 3, 2013, 13:01
"This is like Lankhmar meets Vincent Price"

Thats a great description for a nicely creepy piece :)

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       By: Raptyr

Nine times out of ten, it’s the undead that do the running.

Not strictly animal or vegetable, the Corpse bud is a peculiar individual that shares characteristics from multiple kingdoms and species. In appearance, all corpse buds bear a shape of a large rounded top bud divided into four lateral segments, and a much longer, narrower bottom bud, also divided into four segments. Between the two halves are a set of four radial limbs, rounded on top and flat on the bottom, covered with tiny serrated hooks facing towards the body. In overall size, it’s limbs reach as wide as a spread hand, with the body being as thick as a fist. It is as long as a human hand from top to bottom.

Internally, the top bud of the corpse bud contains a bacteria filled membrane that produces the hydrogen that the corpse bud uses to stay aloft, and a series of fungal gills for the dispersal of spores for reproduction. The lower half of the bud contains a number of fine filaments, as well as a sharp barbed stinger containing a powerful local anaesthesia.

The Corpse Bud mobilizes by inflating its top bud, and steers by rotating its arms rapidly about its body. The corpse bud ordinarily drifts with the wind, orienting towards the scent of recent decay and death. It preys on the recently dead, burrowing the lower bud into the victim, using the anaesthesia in case the victim is dying, and not truly deceased. Once embedded, it releases its filaments into the body, replacing the current nervous system. This gives it full animation of the body, and allows the corpse bud to direct it.

Corpse buds are not a malevolent species, being primarily concerned with breaking down the host body for food, and infecting the reproductive cycle with spores in order to mate with other corpse-bud bodies. To preserve the corpse for this purpose, Corpse buds will seek out dry locations to prevent bacteria from destroying the corpses. This often causes a large number of corpse buds to gather in a single location.

In culture, Corpse buds are used to repair broken spines or degenerative diseases, as the sentient mind will easily overcome the mind of the non-sentient corpse bud. Once infected by a corpse bud, however, removal is usually fatal, and the infected individual cannot reproduce, or risk infecting another. Thus, it is a technique often reserved for the elderly, or a last resort.

Necromancers and other dark sorcerers will often preserve the corpses of their victims magically, and infect them with corpse buds, creating traditional undead as well, so as to seed their lairs with undead both offensive and non, in order to throw their enemies off balance. They will also enslave the rudimentary minds of the corpse buds, and transform the docile things into a plague. There have also been accounts of magically transformed corpse buds with stronger minds and a taste for living flesh, but thus far all accounts are unproven rumors.

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