Is it just me, or did you notice our Brother of the Word acting strange today during his sermon? Roar's Rememberance is a week away, but we prayed for light’s guidance with such enthusiasm. Has the church upset Rezmir?
Descenders are horrific aberrations formed when Ma, Parasite of Prayer has feasted upon an area for an extended period of time. Descenders take the form of priests, or religious sects to goad commonfolk in the area into blind worship. At times, Descenders may reveal their true appearance to frighten commoners, before reverting and sowing doubt. This tactic tricks the blind into praying for aid at a frenzied rate, increasing Ma's strangle of the area. Once the corruption has caused Descenders Priests to form, the only known tactic to cleanse the Parasite of Prayer is complete eradiction. Everything must be purged, without the aid of deities or prayer.
A twisted being of nightmares, descenders slightly resemble humanoids with leathery skin and webbed tentacles that grow and twist in every direction. No two descender look alike as the chaos of their creation is visible in a nauseous way.
Growth Rate & Stages
Once Ma has begun to siphon from an area Descender Spawn begin to form, using their Shapechanger ability to hide amongst the populace sowing doubt. Descender Spawn lay the foundation for more powerful void aberrations, like the Chosen Descender, to materialize. After Ma has feasted long enough to materialize Chosen Descenders, her stranglehold is extensive. Commoners know something is not right but do not understand why their luck has changed, and their deity has ceased to listen. They begin to see what they believe are hallucinations, tactics by the Descenders to push commoners into a more frenzied state of manipulation. The long term effect of Ma consuming an area is known when she has enough sway to materialize a Descender Priest. These dominant aberrations are masters of populace manipulation. They skillfully tear down the fabric of society while secluding community leadership, allowing Ma to devour all hymns, prayers, and chants calling for aid. Once a Descender Priest is born, Ma is in full control, spreading like a parasite across Erenel.