Swarmstar

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The Swarmstar is an enormous mass of planet-sized creatures clustered around a red-orange giant.

Background[edit | edit source]

The Mantles[edit | edit source]

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Mantle Flutters[edit | edit source]

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The Hanging Cities[edit | edit source]

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Hierarchy[edit | edit source]

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The Plague of Will[edit | edit source]

A mysterious virus has plagued the human inhabitants of the Swarmstar, with those infected slowly losing their personalities. Because of this strange deterioration, and eventual transformation of will, the disease has been commonly referred to as the "Plague of Will". The afflicted seem to hold their own agenda, perhaps driven by the virus that they each possess. They keep their affliction a secret, all the while carrying out the plague's task without the will to defy it. While those infected might look the same and still hold their memories, they're an entirely different person altogether.

The plagued seclude themselves from the society of the hanging cities and, more often than not, band together to form communities. Within these so-called plagued enclaves, they work to sow seeds of dissent and conflict for the other human residents. For one reason or another, their disease dislikes the presence of humanity within the Swarmstar, and while it doesn't want to kill everyone, it for some reason refuses to have humanity to flourish.

The Plague of Will spreads whenever a carrier comes into direct contact with someone and makes a conscious, intentional act to do so. Every plagued person's goal is to create at least one new member of their number before they go, and the virus doesn't even care who should be infected or not. Surprisingly, the virus's duty of increasing its legion of afflicted takes a backburner to its overall goal. While not life-threatening in nature, there's currently no known cure or remedy for it.[5]

Flora and Fauna[edit | edit source]

· Hoovras: - Mammalian cretures whose heads are located in the middle of the their torsos. They each have four grasping arms with which to brachiate throughout the hanging filaments of the mantles.

· Varanag Bugs: - Insects the size of a human fist who spend their entire lives within the filaments of the mantles.

· Ikarikans: - Large, segmented arthropods which crawl around the flesh of the mantles.

· Vine Serpents: - snakes that lurk amid mantle filaments, in particular, the plant-based ones.

· Dearth Spiders: - human-sized arachnids which live in swarms of hundreds and which create vast webs that span hundreds of yards across the mantle filaments.

· Red Gunters: - Creatures which nest in puff trees and which also fly in large flocks. they feed mostly on insects but will occasionally hunt larger prey.

· Navaracs

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Points of Interest[edit | edit source]

· Guralason

· Ruins

· Rogue Mantles

· Abandoned Towers of Bone

Hearsay[edit | edit source]

Miner Minders:[edit | edit source]

More and more of the bone miners are being attacked by mysterious amorphous creatures thriving along the mantle's flesh, begging for protection. Some say that these things are coming directly out of the wounds that hide the miners can make it into the mantle's hides.

Going Rogue:[edit | edit source]

A mantle in particular that's home to a number of hanging cities has recently been experiencing far more flutters and quakes than normal. Some learned folk believe that the mantle is preparing to leave Swarmstar and fly off on its own. Among those that believe this, reactions tend to be split. Some choose to leave the creature before it departs, but others see it as a blessing - religious experience that will "carry them to heaven."

Fighting the Plague:[edit | edit source]

Out of desperation, the leader of Guralason is willing to pay almost any price for some miracle (probably a numenera device from within one of the ruins) that will help her detect or combat the plagued.

Weird[edit | edit source]

The Grey Woman:[edit | edit source]

A woman who seems to be made from ash has emerged rom one of the ancient ruins and now wanders about the vicinity. If she encounters any living creature, half the time she'll attack it savagely, but other times she might gently touch it and imbue it with health and sustenance.

The Others:[edit | edit source]

Exploring the mantles is an intelligent species of flying creatures - a cross between avian and insect - that's only recently encountered humanity. Since there hasn't been any success thus far in establishing communication, not much of a relationship has developed between the 2 races, despite their shared home.

Intelligent Growth:[edit | edit source]

A special type of lichen grows within certain parts of the mantles. Under the right circumstances, it will communicate telepathically with any nearby humans and explain complex mathematical formulae that no one had ever understood. Any attempts at responding will be met with different expressions of math.[7]

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

Some scholars believe that the mantles which compose the Swarmstar are actually massive, bioengineered creatures.[8]

The Swarmstar holds about 600 million mantles within its form. Since a mantle's upper side offers roughly the surface area of the entire earth, the habitable zone area of Swarmstar is equivalent to about 12 times the size of the gloaming.[9]

A sage living within a hanging city named Tequali believes that the plagued around his location are intent on using the super-tough flesh of the mantles to construct craft. This would then allow them to explore space beyond the Swarmstar.[10]

The mantles of the Swarmstar don't seem to notice whenever a piece of their "flesh or bone" is cut off. But then again, the size of such alterations would be too insignificant when considering the size of their inhabitants.[11]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Cook, Monte, et al. “The Swarmstar.” Into the Night, Monte Cook Games, LLP, 2018, pp. 97-98. Numenera. ISBN 978-1-939979-40-7
  2. Cook, Monte, et al. “The Swarmstar.” Into the Night, Monte Cook Games, LLP, 2018, pp. 100. Numenera. ISBN 978-1-939979-40-7
  3. Cook, Monte, et al. “The Swarmstar.” Into the Night, Monte Cook Games, LLP, 2018, pp. 101-102. Numenera. ISBN 978-1-939979-40-7
  4. Cook, Monte, et al. “The Swarmstar.” Into the Night, Monte Cook Games, LLP, 2018, pp. 100. Numenera. ISBN 978-1-939979-40-7
  5. Cook, Monte, et al. “The Swarmstar.” Into the Night, Monte Cook Games, LLP, 2018, pp. 100-101. Numenera. ISBN 978-1-939979-40-7
  6. Cook, Monte, et al. “The Swarmstar.” Into the Night, Monte Cook Games, LLP, 2018, pp. 98-99. Numenera. ISBN 978-1-939979-40-7
  7. Cook, Monte, et al. “The Swarmstar.” Into the Night, Monte Cook Games, LLP, 2018, pp. 105. Numenera. ISBN 978-1-939979-40-7
  8. Cook, Monte, et al. “The Swarmstar.” Into the Night, Monte Cook Games, LLP, 2018, pp. 97. Numenera. ISBN 978-1-939979-40-7
  9. Cook, Monte, et al. “The Swarmstar.” Into the Night, Monte Cook Games, LLP, 2018, pp. 97. Numenera. ISBN 978-1-939979-40-7
  10. Cook, Monte, et al. “The Swarmstar.” Into the Night, Monte Cook Games, LLP, 2018, pp. 97. Numenera. ISBN 978-1-939979-40-7
  11. Cook, Monte, et al. “The Swarmstar.” Into the Night, Monte Cook Games, LLP, 2018, pp. 102. Numenera. ISBN 978-1-939979-40-7