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Waxweep Rock

The Assimilation Weptstone

Take the wax upon your skin; join them in eternity.
— Amé Leneret, head of ACSA Bio-tech
  Housed deep within a secret Legion facility known as The Sacred Lab is a roughly human-sized hunk of rock that endlessly seeps a waxy substance from within it. Known to many as the Assimilation Weptstone, this boulder and the semi-liquid substance it leaks exhibit strange properties of joining or combination. The waxy discharge can be used to "weld" living things together, fully tying their biology to one another, while the rock itself defies study by absorbing any tool or being attempting to pierce or pry at its rough exterior.  

Discovery

Within the Desolation Plains of Kazcallen, the flat stretch of land marred by God-husk Xiuthan, rests an ancient crater. This early impact site had been hidden over the many long years by layers of sand and decay, and was only recently found due to the increased interest in the area thanks to the Kazcallen Revitalization Project.  
  It didn't take long from the initial discovery of the crater until the Legion was crawling the area like a swarm of ants. Those who first discovered the crater, and all non-Legion members who had been informed of it, were quickly detained, and thoroughly questioned.
Lock this site down, now. Let nothing slip. We can't afford any more blasted rumours.
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Director/Caretaker
Dr. Anabelle Evingston

Item type
Unique Artifact

Gifts from the Sky

A collection of 7 various otherworldly artifacts, all currently within possession of the Altruistic Concilium of Sacred Architecture. Each 'gift' is a barely understood, incredibly powerful item, and their collection is seemingly intended to help facilitate the creation of the 15th.   The gifts are thought to have come from space, and to have existed for far longer than even the gods themselves. Many theories on their origin, purpose, and actual impacts exist; some even believe the gifts to have played a part in the creation of the gods.

   

To Become One - To Become as Gods

With this divine augment, four shall become two, two shall become one. All shall be woven into the holy fabric of the 15th.
— Amé Leneret, head of ACSA Bio-tech
  It didn't take long for ACSA researchers and test subjects to discover the horrific qualities that the Waxweep Rock possessed. Those who touched the stone, even briefly, found themselves inexplicably drawn to it, called to it; they embraced the boulder and would never again let go, eventually being drawn in and consumed by the stone.   Early on, attempts were made to rescue these unfortunate souls; yet they were blind and deaf to the world, responding to no outside stimulus. Any tool used in an attempt to pry them from the rock was then itself stuck to it, and soon assimilated as well.  

Weldwax

The waxy seepage from the Weptsone has a similar effect on people who touch it, though differing slightly -- those who touch the "Weldwax" find themselves inexplicably drawn to other people, overcome with a desire to join with them.   Should two people be joined with Weldwax as the adhesive between them, they will be irrevocably linked. Skin will melt away on contact, allowing for muscles to stitch themselves between the two people; veins and arteries will connect, and soon two hearts will beat as one.  
The key to building a living god is supplying it with living tissue. With our near endless supply of "volunteers", we can weave together a divine flesh capable of sustaining our new deity. No longer will humanity be relegated to simply worship from the ground -- at last we will become an integral part of the divine.
Dr. Anabelle Evingston, Director of ACSA
 


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Jul 19, 2022 21:29 by Jaime Buckley

That both creeps me out,...and completely fascinates me. How is that possible?   Brilliant writing. Makes me not want to hold a crayon anymore.   Ya jerk. I'm and 'artist'!

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Jul 19, 2022 22:07 by Stormbril

Now that's what I like to hear! >:D   Thanks for the comment, Jaime! <3 It is always appreciated, and I'm glad you liked it :D (I'll try not to write anything scary involving graphite next)

Jul 19, 2022 22:52 by Jaime Buckley

Oh, don't you DARE hold back. I would be so disappointed.   (wink)

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Jul 20, 2022 00:08 by Aster Blackwell

Horrible. I love it.

Jul 20, 2022 17:03 by Stormbril
Jul 26, 2022 14:39 by Anna Katherina

Oh, I love this. Especially the rumor of its use, and the flavor text- though the rock is certainly interesting in its own right. It adds a very lovely touch to the article.

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Aug 1, 2022 02:18 by Stormbril

Ooo, thank you so much! All this conspiracy-esque body horror stuff has been incredibly fun to write and create lately, so I'm glad it's interesting :)

Aug 1, 2022 13:39 by Anna Katherina

I bet! Body horror is one of my favorite genres, but no one really does it anymore. It's exciting to see it! You do it well <3

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Aug 2, 2022 05:32

Your creations are really great and the articles are fascinating explorations. This is just eldritch horror grade material very well delivered.

Aug 2, 2022 15:29 by Stormbril

Aw, thank you Mutterwolf! This whole series of items is so fun to write. Excited to get the next one done some time soon too :)

Aug 2, 2022 16:24 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

*Evil laugh* Our plan is taking shape!   So do people slowly disappear inside the boulder? Do you ever see a trace of what has been absorbed inside the boulder? Like some kind of relief left over the stone in the form of people? And the annoying question, why did the sand and stuff that covered the boulder for so long not become part of the boulder like anything else that now touches it? XD

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Aug 2, 2022 17:48 by Stormbril

Muahaha!   I think it takes about 24 hours or so for someone to totally disappear into the boulder, and they do generally leave a bit of a trace behind too! That actually ties in to the annoying question as well (which I totally didn't even think about until now xD) -- the sand and stuff covering it isn't absorbed because it's not exerting enough force or pressure to begin sinking in. People, and tools used to try and pry people off the boulder, end up pushing against the rock enough that it triggers the absorption process. I think xD.   So when someone is absorbed, the dust and lint and stuff that is loosely on their body would probably remain on the surface of the boulder, once they're fully assimilated with it! Thanks for the excellent question :D

Aug 3, 2022 01:57 by Chris L

This is horrible. Congratulations! It's short and sweet and leaves me wanting to both know more and never think about this again. Do people who get bonded like this form a gestalt mind, or are they still individuals?


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Aug 3, 2022 15:17 by Stormbril

Muahaha! Thank you :D   Bonded people probably keep their individuality for a bit, but after a while they begin to finish each others sentences, and not long after that, two fully become one.

Aug 3, 2022 04:13 by Tlcassis Polgara | Arrhynsia

OK - this is awesome. creepy. But the one who is really scary is Dr. Anabelle Evingston, Director of ACSA.

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Aug 3, 2022 15:18 by Stormbril

Why thank you!   Dr. Evingston is absolutely going to get her own article at some point >:)

Aug 16, 2022 22:02

I did read this a while ago and totally forgot to comment? Ash on my head... As I was writing my reading article I was forced to see how much of an amateur I am compared to you. The Waxweep Rock is so simple in its appearance and working, but also so terrifying, that only a true master of body horror can make it work. And you did so. I hope I can learn much from you.

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Aug 25, 2022 18:01 by Stormbril

Aw, thank you Eddie! There's no need to call oneself an amateur, we're all learning and improving on our own paths. It warms my heart to be able to be a source of learning or inspiration at times :') I'm really glad you liked this article, it's one of my recent favourites I've made!

Aug 23, 2022 21:20 by E. Christopher Clark

Wow. When I added this to my Reading List however long ago, I remember being struck by the header image. But the text is even better than that very striking visual. This whole concept, as Jaime has already said, both creeps me out and completely fascinates me. The idea of a substance that binds two living things together—like truly binds them together—is just horrifying and stunningly cool.

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Aug 25, 2022 18:03 by Stormbril

Thank you so much Chris! I had learned about grave wax, or Adipocere, before writing this article, and it served as WONDERFUL body horror inspiration that morphed into this lovely artifact.

Oct 11, 2022 07:14 by Grace Gittel Lewis

I see no way in which this could possibly go wrong

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