From that which came before; knower and teller of things which should not be known
This thing looks like nothing I've ever seen before. Like nothing any of us have ever seen before. It's special... it calls out to me. It whispers things to me.Deep within the ocean flooded crater that splits the continent Apathae from it's sibling North Apathae lays a recently discovered, ancient cave complex. Found hidden within the deepest corners of it during a secret Legion expedition was the Errant Thoughtseed. The Thoughtseed is an incredibly ancient, otherworldly object; capable of twisting minds, warping perceptions, or unwantedly whispering the secrets of the universe into the minds of those that gaze upon it.
Classified ExpeditionThe caves in which the Errant Thoughtseed was found have likely existed for longer than the God-husks have walked the planet's surface. They are maze-like and dangerous to navigate -- ocean water cascades through them, flowing down and into the unexplored darkness below. Despite the danger, the Legion still mounted a full scale, highly secret expedition within these caves; only the head members of the Legion, and the special team sent into the caves, knew of it. Five years ago, a highly trained squad of 15 Legionnaire operatives went down into the cave. They took with them the Legion's most sophisticated equipment -- diving apparatuses, exploratory devices, safety gear and weapons. After 5 days in near total darkness, 7 operatives returned with Thoughtseed in their possession -- the remaining 8 had, as the survivors put it, chosen differently.
The Stone Crystal Bone Seed that knows the universe
The Errant Thoughtseed is a unique, perception warping object -- it appears different to all those who gaze upon it. The appearance of the stone can be similar between people, such as one person seeing it as an old chunk of dark gray slate, with the next seeing almost the same but with carvings etched into its surface. On the other hand, people's perceptions of the Thoughtseed can vary wildly, with some seeing vibrant crystal, chunks of ancient architecture, or a piece of strange, alien, bone-like material.
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The Power of Secrets and Theory of OriginIn some extreme cases, test subjects have reported learning things that should've been impossible for them to know -- rather than just whispers of twisted memories tormenting their minds, these individuals were discovering facts that actually existed. Some examples include learning of secret locations of important facilities, ciphers for previously uncracked codes, or terrible new ways to use Catalurgy. Whatever the secret the test subject learns, it is usually terrible, and pushes the world one step closer to chaos. There is a theory among the caretakers of the Thoughtseed that it is from a time before the even the Gods themselves existed, long before they ever fought and decayed to God-husks. It is this theory that gives a dark and twisted hope that one day, the secrets of Gods might finally be revealed. Thus despite the terrible dangers and ensuing chaos, the Legion continues it's experimentation, in the hopes that one day the organization will learn something incredible.
Current LocationSomewhere within one of the Legion's most fortified bases or research stations is a vault. This vault is special to the Legion, and only the most powerful within the organization even know it exists -- though, much to the frustration of the Legion's leaders, vague rumours have begun to circulate. Within this vault the most powerful artifacts, items, and magics are stored; among which are a series of items known internally as [GFTS-1] through [GFTS-7], or more generally known as the Gifts from the Sky.
The GiftsKnowledge of The Gifts outside the Legion upper-ranks is sparse -- rumours of the Legion owning powerful items have circulated for ages, but these rumours lack any specificity or content that could connect them to the Gifts. Still, a core group of Resisters within the Legion, working against the operation using secret codes and subterfuge , have gained a small amount of insight into this collection of artifacts. These Resisters know that a collection of 7 items exist, and they know the name of just one -- the Errant Thoughtseed. They are yet to leak the information, but plan to do so when more knowledge is gained.
The Legion is a multinational neutral fighting force built to protect all Cathedrans from the threat of the Rendlings, but the organization harbors a dark secret.