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.
The 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.
Three 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 darkness, 7 operatives returned with Thoughtseed in their possession -- the remaining 8 had, as the survivors put it, chosen differently.
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.
With the differing appearances of the Errant Thoughtseed comes differing effects as well. Some individuals, through horrible Legion experimentation, have expressed intense discomfort near the Thoughtseed, reporting a strange buzzing sound from within their mind. Others have felt full words forming in their brain, thoughts that were not their own that seem to drown out all others. Most of the time, when strong effects like that are felt, the subjects experiencing the effects are driven mad. In some cases, they simply die.
It's strange, I thought I just heard... but no, it can't be, she's been dead for years...
Then whose voice am I hearing? Whose voice is in my head?
The Power of Secrets and Theory of Origin
In 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