i am a PEACEFUL KING with many flowers in my GARDEN
I am a Monster, Hideous in both Thought and Visage.
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#6: HOUSEHOLD OBJECT
walked for several hours. no further sign of floating tentacle creature.
happened upon a pristine armchair in middle of path.
began with divination; basic scrying, clairvoyance, coincasting. no results.
moved to chemical testing. attempted (from safe distance) holy water, quicksilver, wolfsbane, nightshade, acid, greek fire, hyssop, sandalwood oil, moonwater. no results.
threw rocks. no results.
spoke in riddles. goaded with food. performed minor hex ritual. activated sigil of truesight. splashed with wine. screamed at. closed eyes while looking directly at armchair. closed eyes while back turned to armchair. looked at armchair peripherally. looked at armchair quizzically. invoked True Name of Asmodeus. attempted binding ritual. attempted unbinding ritual.
moving on. quickly.
#5: DEEP SEA
mid-day came, no break in forest. darkness, thick and relentless, unabated. voices churn and seethe in treeline, ever-following, vigilant, restless. made camp, created sanctuary circle. running low on blessed salt.
slept briefly, woke to dragging sensation on face. opened eyes to find a single white tendril grazing cheek, suspended from canopy. rolled away and woke swiftly; tendril did not pursue. took opportunity to investigate. found many suchlike tendrils dangling from canopy in immediate area, eight in all. some would seize on small objects, enravel, retract into canopy with object. lost small knapsack of healing herbs; mercifully expendable.
tendrils seemed to wander and drift aimlessly. followed for a time. eventually came to break in canopy, whereupon was able to look up and see that all tendrils connected to a single body, hovering several dozen feet high. appeared reminiscent of certain deep-sea creature diagrams i have encountered in studies of cephalopodic organisms. eerily silent, appeared to hold self aloft without wings or other visible means of flight. tendrils roughly 50 feet in length, grazing forest below, retracting and devouring any organic/inorganic object that could be seized upon.
suddenly feeling very fortunate to have awoken when I did.