Friday, January 13, 2012

Interview with Thoth

So, after my post about Grayskins went up, I received an email from someone who called themselves "Thoth" (later, I figured it was this guy). They said that they had more information about the Choir proxies and directed me towards an IRC channel.

Here is our transcript:

TheFreeRadical: So you know stuff about Grayskins?
Thoth: Mhm.
TheFreeRadical: Well, that was noncommittal.
Thoth: I noted in particular that you didn't provide any information on the internal workings, merely their appearance.
Thoth: I thought it would be a good idea to provide your readership with additional information that you didn't cover.
TheFreeRadical: I didn't really get a chance to see the "internal workings" of the one I met. I was too busy burning it.
TheFreeRadical: I'm sure my readership will appreciate any additional information.
Thoth: The proper response, yes.
Thoth: It's a pity that fire is the best way to dispose of Choir, it's a terrible way for the people who have been inundated with it to die.
TheFreeRadical: So do they choose to be like that?
TheFreeRadical: Or does it force itself upon them?
Thoth: Very rarely the former.
TheFreeRadical: Well, that's a pity.
Thoth: Once somebody has been exposed to the fungal form of Choir for long enough, it begins to grow on and inside them.
TheFreeRadical: Is there any way to get rid of it other than burning?
Thoth: Then the very thoughts of the victim begin to be shaped by them.
Thoth: None very effective, no.
Thoth: I have heard good things about acid, but none verifiable.
TheFreeRadical: Huh. Their thoughts are affected by the Choir?
TheFreeRadical: Does the fungus get into their brain?
Thoth: Yes, that's exactly what it does. Soon enough, the Choir is changing their thoughts without them ever knowing it.
TheFreeRadical: How do you know about this?
Thoth: Yesterday drowning their cat in the bathtub was a reprehensible idea, but hey, why not, right?
Thoth: Certain connections that I am not at liberty to discuss at this junction.
TheFreeRadical: How many of the Grayskins have you seen? Do you know how many there are?
Thoth: I have seen two, but neither were active.They don't seem to be as numerous as other servants.
TheFreeRadical: What do you mean, "active"?
Thoth: In fact, I wouldn't classify them as proxies at all. They are simply the end point of the unlucky victim.
Thoth: They had both been partially absorbed by the fungal Choir. It looked like it had been thriving in their homes for months.
TheFreeRadical: That is some freaky fucking shit.
Thoth: Do you, by any chance, know how Choir spreads?
TheFreeRadical: No.
TheFreeRadical: I've heard that it appears as a blur, as a shadow, and as the fungus.
Thoth: Personally (and this is just conjecture on my part) I believe that the 'blur and shadow' forms act as carriers.
Thoth: They spring from small concentrations of fungal Choir and spread it to other locations when human carriers are not practical.
TheFreeRadical: I personally want to know why it wants to spread chaos or suicide or whatever.
TheFreeRadical: It seems to like fucking with us just to fuck with us.
Thoth: Who knows?
TheFreeRadical: Fuck, I found your blog.
TheFreeRadical: You're a fucking Timberwolf.
Thoth: Did you, now?
TheFreeRadical: A fucking Archangel death cultist.
Thoth: Ah, yes, the aforementioned connections.
Thoth: Now, now, calm down.
TheFreeRadical: So that's your "mysterious connection," huh?
TheFreeRadical: Do all you proxy fuckers get together and share stories?
Thoth: The ones who still like to think of themselves as human, yes.
TheFreeRadical: I guess that discounts the Grayskins.
Thoth: I think a great many of them have absolutely no idea what's happened to them.
TheFreeRadical: Why even contact me? Won't this look bad, sharing information with someone on the other side?
Thoth: If they try to have a thought that the Choir doesn't like, it appears to be swiftly excised.
Thoth: Personally, I sympathize with and try to help so-called 'runners' whenever I can.
TheFreeRadical: Really? Why?
Thoth: If they evade the Others, they die of natural causes.
Thoth: You have read Steward's blog, yes?
TheFreeRadical: The more runners survive, the more they can embrace the Archangel?
TheFreeRadical: Fuck.
TheFreeRadical: Any other information you would like to impart?
Thoth: Before, I mentioned human carriers.
Thoth: The second 'Grayskin' was found surrounded by Choir, but there was none actually inside him.
Thoth: We have reason to believe that the Choir exited his body by force.
TheFreeRadical: Fucking hell.
TheFreeRadical: More reason to burn them.
Thoth: The moral of the story appears to, all too often, be "Just burn it all the fuck down."
Thoth: I believe that is all for tonight, Mr Radical?
TheFreeRadical: Yeah. I'm sure to have some pleasant dreams.

So there you have it. I had a relatively nice chat with a fucking Timberwolf who gave me some disturbing information.

Sweet dreams.


  1. I suppose one could attempt to deliver a massive dose of antifungal medication to the victim, perhaps multiple types at once. However you would probably have to subdue the victim before hand and risk infection yourself.

    Maybe Runners who can afford it should carry large doses of antifungal meds so they can take them if they suspect themselves of early stage infection by the fungal form, or prophylactic doses if they're going into someplace the fungal form is known to be found.

    It's at least a theory like my untested theory about diuretics for pre-camper stages of Ichor infection.

  2. The most painful death for the most unwilling suspects? Sounds about as unfair as every other fact about the Fears I've ever heard. I hate that it's this bad, however, that the various forms of infection are being tested and monitored. They're obviously growing.