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Night Terrors

Postby Ben » Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:45 am

Died in his sleep
Died in his sleep
Died in her sleep
Died in her sleep
Died in his sleep
Died in her sleep

The records from the last month where 'cause of death' was recorded as "died in his sleep" were up a hundredfold from normal.

Ingolé had always recorded the details of those who died within the city: their name, age, profession, cause of death. "Died in his sleep" was usually reserved for the extremely old and even then used sparingly when no other cause could be found. However over the last month, the coroners of the Inquisition had written those words dozens and dozens of times on the records of young and old alike.

No wounds. No marks. No poison. No disease. People were simply going to bed and in the morning they were discovered, lifeless and it had all begun at the same time as the nightmares had begun.

The whispered belief in the city was that if you died in your dreams, you never woke up.
"And unconscious people always count as willing"

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Re: Night Terrors

Postby Ben » Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:30 am

A team was sent to some of the other domes and the story was the same in each: people of all ages, races and walks of life, dying in their sleep.

In Arnad Guarhoth they talked about pack visions: that instead of their dreams being private, many would now share the same dream and if a member of the pack died in the dream, they never awoke.

In Serke Kemi, the Absent Blades spoke of those the called the nakushita yume or ‘Dream Lost’, those who had fallen into a deep sleep from which they could not be woken. They were still alive and there seemed to be no reason why they could not wake, they simply slept.

When the group returned to Ingolé, a quick check with the hospitals also revealed dozens of people who had fallen into comas in the past month from which they could not be awoken and some general enquiries revealed people who claimed to have shared their dreams and been shocked to find the other person remembered the same details the next day.

What was more concerning was that no one the group spoke to could remember having a ‘normal’ or pleasant dream for over a month.
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Re: Night Terrors

Postby Ben » Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:25 am

In their dreams, followers of Neffekeffen were gods, able to pass between the tens of thousands of dreams, sometimes forcing different dreams together, watching them, controlling them. The power was intoxicating, addictive and the followers of the God of Madness found it more and more of a struggle to wake up.

Some would sleep for 18 or 20 hours per day before waking for a couple of hours then knocking themselves unconscious using violence, herbs, drugs, magic or alcohol to allow themselves to return to the dream. Some remained there for days at a time, only returning to the waking world when they detected their bodies need for food or water. Still others remained in the dream permanently, the connection to their bodies faded and they didn't even realise when their bodies failed and died, their souls immortal, omnipotent, living on in the dream.
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Re: Night Terrors

Postby Ben » Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:53 pm

As Neffekeffen receded entirely into the dream, those of his faith felt their power wane. Within the dream their powers were unsurpassed, outside the dream they found their faith reduced to nothing.

The faithful found the benefits gained from following the god of insanity no longer present and the celebrants found themselves unable to cast magic at all...but few cared as they began to follow their lord within the dream, the world mattered less and less.
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