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December 9, 2006, 11:45 am

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Tulapon the “Missing Link”


“Missing Link” in The Carnival of Forgotten Souls

“Gather ‘round, lords and ladies, and witness the strangest of men!
Tulapon is, as you can clearly see, not a normal man. He is what many sages believe to be an earlier form of man. Primitive, if you will. Weather this be true or not, I assure you this man is anything other than ordinary! He sings! He dances! He can even write!
But mind your children, folks; he has a bit of an infatuation with them…”

Tulapon is a Microcephile. His recessed jaw, broad mouth, hawk-like nose, and small eyes give rise to pity in most onlookers, and disgust in others.

He stands just less than six feet tall, pot-bellied and gangly. He has a buck-toothed smile and his laugh is infectious.
He dresses in what one might refer to as a jester or clown’s clothes, although this is not entirely true. Tulapon chose his own clothes. Bright, mismatched colors seem to be his favorite.

Although not nearly as intelligent as most, he isn’t without thought. He is quite independent, much to the worry of many of the troupe members. He lives alone in a private wagon with several cats he has found while traveling.

Mascebus Elmirion Hendamere found him one morning hiding in a supply wagon, bleeding from the face and head. Noone know anything of his past, but it is assumed to be quite unfortunate.

Tulapon acts as sort of a clown in the Carnival, performing simple tricks that he has been taught and on special nights he does a song and dance on the main stage.

Every troupe member is dear to him, especially Aela the Tattooed Lady (who has become like a mother to him).
He is fairly close to all of them, except for Geldrom, which he calls “the scearry mun”.

GM notes: Tulapon is more or less a small child in mind. He is however unusually intelligent in spite of his condition. He is able to dance, sing, count to ten, and is friendly and affectionate. 

He spends most of his time following around other troupe members or playing near his wagon with the local children or his cats.

He has a severe speech impediment and thinks in very small terms. He speaks up in conversation, much like a child trying to be part of an adult conversation. He will often make irrational suggestions and not understand why it is refused.

He has little to no combat use whatsoever. He knows how to flail and scream, but that is all. He can barely defend himself, let alone help in a battle. He tends to be a liability in combat situations.

He is truly innocent in every way.

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Voted CaptainPenguin
December 9, 2006, 6:01
I maybe ought to find him tragic, but I find him heartwarming instead. Wonderful characterization; the "childlike innocent" is pretty common in fantasy, but rarely is it shown with such realism.
Voted MoonHunter
December 9, 2006, 10:38
More personality than the others, but no past to speak of (ever been chased out of a town by torch baring peasants? was he abandoned to the circus? did he just decide to be silly and join the circus when they came through?)
Voted Murometz
December 9, 2006, 11:35
Only voted
Voted Cheka Man
December 9, 2006, 13:45
I like him.
Voted valadaar
December 9, 2006, 19:29
I agree with CP on this one. You hit the ground with feet running! :)
Voted Wulfhere
December 9, 2006, 20:49
A convincing member of the troupe, with a touching history.
Voted Strolen
December 10, 2006, 22:57
I am loving The Carnival of Forgotten Souls!
Voted Scrasamax
December 11, 2006, 13:53
What CP said, rather than tragic I find him to be a welcome change from much of the usual tragic-historied characters
the Wanderer
December 11, 2006, 14:27
I added him to the carnival for a bit of interest at first, then I kinda got hooked on him. He's a bit of a crutch in combat, but he adds to the carnival, and the coming plots.
December 19, 2007, 21:21
BUmp. A very pleasant characterization.
Voted Moonlake
February 13, 2015, 19:25
A heartwarming character like CP said. A likeable character.

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       By: Murometz

The food that eats you back.

Creatures of nightmare, the thankfully rare Mesnoi have unique form and attributes. Only one Mesnoi at a time will ever be "encountered".

In appearance, a Mesnoi resembles a walnut-sized chunk of freshly-roasted red meat from some uncertain yet familiar, edible animal. The insidious creature camouflages itself quite appropriately whenever it can, by slowly making its way amidst feast tables and trays of roasted meats.

Once eaten by the unsuspecting, the Mesnoi sinks down to the stomach, reforming if chewed, and begins to lap up the gastric fluids, digestive juices, and bile that it craves, like a sponge.

The Mesnoi carrier will experience mild to severe stomach pains during this time.

After a few hours of this (this is the only time that the Mesnoi can be purged with magic, or other mundane means), the Mesnoi transforms into its true form inside its victim, that of a miniature, once more walnut-sized, pot-bellied, devil-horned, snake-tailed imp. This horrid little creature then begins to chew and eat its way out of the victim from the inside out with its tiny, razor-sharp teeth, like a rat forced to do so via torture.

The victim almost always dies a slow, agonizing death. That much is certain. The devilish imp then exits its victim and begins its seventy two hour existence of mischief and malevolence, until it once more turns back into a hunk of roasted meat with the movement capabilities of a snail.

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