Sunday, June 18, 2023

Ten Thousand Lonely Watchtowers

 Millions of years ago, the civilization on this planet destroyed itself in a bloody civil war. The Black Rainbow Destroyers have since turned the entire world into an art installation commemorating their folly. They built the eponymous watchtowers to gaze out over the empty cities and the cratered battlefields, forward outposts in a war that guttered out millenia ago. The Black Rainbow Destroyers use this planet as a base of operations for their archaeological and cultural explorations of Chunky Space.

Nerve Gas Sunrise

The original artist behind the planetary installation. Her primary instance is a Mothership class capital ship orbiting the planet. She serves as the nexus for Black Rainbow Destroyer forays into Chunky Space. She is the nominal ruler of the system but for the most part she is content to maintain her installation with her hexapod construction drones.

Sky Trash Dreamland

Dreaming Black Rainbow Destroyers have complete control over their bodies, moving and responding to the scenarios happening inside their minds. Dreamlands are specialized “parks” where destroyers can act out their dreams in relative safety. The Sky Trash Dreamland is the ring of broken space stations in orbit around the planet, left over from the war. At any one time there can be hundreds of Black Rainbow Destroyers playing out their own psychodramas amid the shattered ruins

The Watch Towers

The towers themselves are concrete fortresses between 10 and 20 stories tall. The towers are functional defense emplacements with various weapon configurations. The distribution of weapons has artistic meaning, though that meaning is tied up in esoteric Black rAinbow Destroyer philosophy and is difficult to interpret without that knowledge.Several towers contain rail guns designed to shoot Black Rainbow Destroyer chassis into orbit. Recently, Oth forces have begun squatting in the towers. This goes against the purpose of the installation and Nerve Gas Sunrise is offering bounties to anyone who can clear a tower while leaving it mostly intact.


Settlement on the planet’s surface is forbidden. However, the Black Rainbow Destroyers have permitted a subterranean city in the ruins of an ancient shopping mall. Mallhemia is an independent city state with a laissez faire government and zero extradition treaties, making it a haven for exiles and criminals. In particular, the Black Rainbow Destroyers have a fondness for art and artists, which has attracted the extreme avant garde who are no longer welcome in their home polities.

The Creep Farms

 Mallhemia only occupies the first few levels of the underground complex. Below the city proper there are unsettled mall levels. Below those there is an abandoned civilian infrastructure complex, and below that is a military bunker. Sometime after the fall of the original civilization an astral conflux with the Squeeze formed in these subtertian confines. These levels have become home to an infestation of creeps, coming from both the settlers of Mallhemia and from the Squeeze itself. What most civilizations would see as a public health crisis, the Mallhemians see as a resource. Hunters armed with paralytic poison capture creeps alive and render them into potent astral drugs. As these hunts are both a major industry and an important public safety campaign, the Farmer’s Guild has been given the power to press gang people into becoming hunters. 


Dead Faced Teens - Appears as a human adolescent with extreme facial injuries or deformities. The most common type of creep in the complex, these creatures congregate in large groups or cliques. They are craven scavengers, preferring only to attack the wounded or dying. Believed to be sapient, though official contact hasn’t been made. The links between them and the local juvenile population in the city above are poorly understood. Sometimes DFTs are found that resemble locals, either living or dead.

Hate Giant - Huge pallid humanoids. Their bodies are soft and flexible, only them to contrast and crawl through the tight confines of the mall. Said to be the spawn of the first Mr. squeeze, and as such are thought to know secrets of their home realm. Mostly they’re just interested in gumming people to death in their toothless maws.

Neon Imp - A geometric form of glowing light. When motionless it resembles a light up advertisement, but not one in any known language. It stalks sapient beings, moving only when unobserved. It desires to shine its light directly on the back of a victim's head. When “feeding” this way, the subject is put into a trance state while their desires are replaced with an obsession with material goods. If left unchecked, eventually even the autonomic nervous system will be replaced, leading to paralysis and death.  

Saturday, April 22, 2023

Far Sea

 This lonely and frigid world is the locus of Seeder influence in Chunky Space. Several generations ago the noble house of Esk used an astral current to found a secret colony here. They can here to study and hunt the great soft body leviathans that live here. After the rebellion, it was discovered that the planet was within Chunky Space, making it a natural staging ground for Seeder expansion in the region. This strategic position is only marred by the extreme danger the local fauna pose. Not only are the seas teeming with great leviathans, the skies are as well.

The Twin Blues

This wild expanse of open ocean covers most of the planet. The name comes from the locals, who have come to see the sky as another ocean that holds just as many monsters as the one below. They fish in small sail powered boats; anything large with a motor would attract too much attention. Even with the primitive equipment and the danger, the fishers of Break Tide are fat and prosperous, such is the richness of Far Sea.


The planet’s sole city and spaceport. Breaktide is built in the center of a massive stone monument, a ring of five monoliths. Inside the ring is a jumble of stone slabs that forms a series of pools and caves. The Esk nobles live in the pressurized caves. The tidal surface pools are given over to aquaculture and the workers live in vertical shanties up the monolith faces. The least productive bivalve pool hosts the Seeder Consulate in a floating hab pod

The Cloud Trees

The planet’s equatorial band is taken up by a landless jungle. Huge float trees emerge from the water’s surface and tower thousands of feet in the air. The trees teem with flying and floating life. This area serves as a nursery for young sky leviathans.  

The Ice palace 

The planet’s huge northern ice cap. It is riddled with tunnels and ice caves, full of strange, spikey sea life. According to rumor, there is a near pristine Soft Body Ruin buried deep within the ice, though no one alive claims to have seen it. Going too far into the ice palace is believed to carry the curse of the night devil’s attention.

Jonahbranch - These soft body titans can swim in both air and water. They feed on sapients, which they swallow whole. Once inside the victim is sent to a pocket realm where they are psychically  digested over decades.

Dropshell - These huge floating creatures are herbivores, but they are also intensely territorial. They attack by retreating into their shell and dropping from the sky. Their crystal “float bladders” are controlled psionically and are very valuable 

The Night Devil -Considered a legend by some, this creature is very real in the minds of the locals. It hunts those who break certain taboos, taking them in the middle of the night. They say it cries after each hunt, and it’s true that strange howls can be heard in Breaktide. A small cult is growing up around the creature.

Monday, November 21, 2022

The Trail

     The Traill is thought to be the oldest extant astral current in the galaxy. Most experts agree that it was constructed by the Floozies shortly after the big bang, making it a template for future astral currents. Like most Floozy creations, the Trail has evolved since their disappearance. What was once a simple liminal space used for transportation is now a sprawling realm in its own right.

Astral geography


The Trail is a small, simple pathway through an ever changing vista. Every step taken causes the view to change in a process the locals call “the shift”. The path changes as well at a slower pace, changing from dirt to duckboards to rope and pitons. There are many “fixed points” in the Trail, either ancient outposts or astral confluxes where the Trail meets another current. Navigation in the Trail works by way of intention and connection; a traveler can set a destination by picturing a person or destination known to them. Travel time is based on the strength of the mental image, the stronger the impression, the shorter the journey. 

    Leaving the Trail takes you to the Unknown Wilds, a trackless and pernicious expanse of feral dreamscape. Traveling in the wilds works on similar principles, except it is slower and much more difficult. A new visitor probably does not have any connections strong enough to escape.

The Threaded

These Maskforms live on the fixed points in the Trail. Their name comes from their binding ritual; two or more maskforms that wish to have their bond formalized will sew special ceremonial fiber into their skin. The thread reinforces the sympathetic connection and makes it easier for them to find each other in the Trail and in the Wilds. The Threaded live in small communities built around stable points.

Jaraga - Found amid a wasteland of cyclopean glass, this city is the bread basket of Threaded civilization. The glass falls down from an astral conflux with the Neon SpeedWay. The interior of these impossible glass castoffs is often larger than the exterior. The Threaded seek out these anomalous jars in order to turn them into agricultural centers. Some jars have seen centuries of careful cultivation, while other jars have fallen prey to strange blights and have been sealed off.

Archearg - This city is built on an ancient Phantasmagoric outpost near the Conceptual Gap, a region of The Trail where the dream reality breaks down. The outpost takes the form of a series of stone lighthouses extending the trail across the void of meaning. Long since defunct, the towers instead serve as anchor points for a vast series of webs spun by the residents using trained weaver beasts. The webs catch the strange creatures and emanations that drift in from the gap, which the locals distill into a variety of curious liquors.

Ilumos - This settlement is within a low vibrational “subterranean” region of the trail, near a crossing point with the astral current The Squeeze. The center of the settlement is a large cavern that holds the Flame of Animation. Anything drawn on the walls becomes a doodle dream creature. Artists from across Chunky Space come here for the chance to bring their creations to life, only to have their dreams dashed by the nascence committee who controls access. Gangs of rejected artists are fomenting rebellion against the committee. 

Dream Creatures 

Any Beast - Protean shapeshifters, these creatures are often glimpsed from the trail, flowing between forms as the landscape changes. Their mercurial nature makes them dangerous up close, as they can become carnivorous at a moment's notice. The Threaded have domesticated them with a branding ritual that limits their forms into a single animal archetype.

Ancient Sojourner - Humanoid entities wearing ancient patterned void suits. Through their dark visors luminous galaxies of star vermin shine within their eyes. They carry knowledge of every wrecked and lost starship, and will speak recite accounts of horrid disasters. Their hypnotic screeds have been known to carry memetic parasites, but sometimes they contain clues to lost treasures.

Abstractor - A parasite with an unknown form. It carries with it a shroud of abstraction that causes the details of local reality to fade out. This allows it to approach its prey without raising alarms. It feeds off life energy and likes to follow and repeatedly visit its victims.

Strange Parade - Sometimes music can be heard on the trail, a strange, ponderous melody. If the source is investigated, the parade appears. Strange striding giants tower over hordes of mutant creatures. Witnessing the parade causes a compulsion to join it. Unfortunates who join the parade are lost for a period of time before turning up somewhere in the cosmos. 

Hungry Landscape - A mouth-like cave beckons travelers inside with the promise of knowledge. Once inside, one experiences hundreds of subjective years in a pocket dreamscape, emerging seconds later. Sometimes they have even learned useful skills.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Noetic Alchemists

     The Noetic Alchemists were a clade of digital lifeforms that formed part of the Triune alliance that first colonized Chunky Space. They were “ring minds”, group intelligences made of interchangeable sub minds.

The great work - The alchemists had a singular obsession during the reign of their empire. They sought to create the perfect mind, in an endeavor that has been compared to the modern Sophonic Advent’s quest for universal sapiance. The key difference is that the Alchemists conceived of the perfect being as existing in the universe, while the Advent believe their perfect being will encompass the universe.

Astral Technology - To achieve their goal, the Noetic Alchemists created a self replicating machine ecology, cribbing their work from the ancient Gnomic machine ecologies. The key difference is that their designs were capable of harvesting and using astral energy. When astral energy is added to a virtual world the result is something very similar to a standard dreamscape. This allowed for simulationed worlds with properties that would be impossible in normal reality emulations. The most prominent example being the hyper-technic worlds, realms where technology worked better than in reality. Each Noetic world had a single hyper-technic core realm that served as an advanced nerve center for the planetary system. The whole empire was connected through an artificial astral current known as the Great Web.

Digital Genocide - Once a machine ecology was well established, it would begin growing large numbers of world frames. These worlds would be populated with emulated beings which would be subjected to tests and trials to determine their mental fitness. Failures would be deleted while success would be destructively processed, their astral/digital essences distilled and refined. This process was iterated on a massive scale; a single fully colonized planet could have tens of thousands of world frames, each hosting billions of sapients.

Avengers from the Dross - The great work produced a great amount of astral waste. The impure and unwanted parts of processed minds were channeled into digital cisterns before being sent to reprocessing facilities. It was in one of those cisterns that the first digital devils arose; gestalt consciousnesses made of bad thoughts. This would be the start of a long and horrible war that would last until the collapse of Alchemist civilization at the start of the Plague Aeon.

The Ruined Present - Even after the fall of Noetic Alchemists and the cessation of the great work, their machine ecology kept working. The difference is that the cullings and harvesting stopped and the world frames were left fallow. Some evolved new and novel realties while some devolved into hell realms under the influence of the Digital Devils. They were able to access these worlds through the remains of the Great Web, which has become the debased devil’s nest known as the Digital Abyss. 

Alchemist Worlds

Hellbloom- This sweltering hot house world has a specialized machine ecology adapted to the high heat. Thermal energy powers the massive wolfram that hosts the Hellbloom digital world. Florid Maskforms run the cleansing cities where digital devils go to be rejuvenated. Rumored to be the resting place of the archdevil of Compassion.

Deep Hole - The machine ecology here is damaged and demented, barely able to mantain itself. In a mountain bunker there is a long mirror lined shaft. This is a permanent portal to the digital abyss.

Alembic - This world is thought to be the most well preserved cognitive distillation plant still in existence. Strange machines process astral fluids into multicolored glass holding tanks. The astral distillates are valuable but fiercely protected by the machine ecology.

Frozen Battle - A Noetic Alchemist world that was fighting off an invasion of primitive Black Rainbow Destroyers when it was frozen in time.Popular cursed tourist destination.

Creature Encounters

Antenna Reef- branching metal poles. They condense astral energy into astral metal they use to grow. When disturbed they fire manifestation rays that cause sentient beings to leak psychic energy in the form of astral phantoms, which the reefs then absorb. Reefs in low astral environments become “carnivorous”, using their rays aggressively to harvest energy.

Mandible drone - These hexapod worker droids are the labor backbone of the machine ecology. Their chief job is harvesting antenna reefs. Their astral alloy jaws can adapt to eventually be able to cut through any material.

Tank drone - This drone has a long multi chambered glass abdomen. It serves as a living refinery, turning astral matter into astral distaltes. When the hive is threatened, they mobilize as heavy weapons platforms; the astral fluids they spray have a variety of effects.

World drone - These droids carry spherical world frames in a specialized socket. They form dense nests within the heart of the ecology. When threatened they flair astral energy into the real world, creating psychic vortexes that draw intruders into the world frames.

Lurker drone - These lanky, elusive drones only appear when the ecology needs serious repair and troubleshooting. In particular they are activated to deal with invaders. They don’t fight directly, rather they control the environment and other drones. Their favorite tactic is luring intruders into a death trap, then sealing the doors.

Cyber wretch - Swarms of microbots that form together into a sheet. Said to be fragments of old Noetic Alchemists, ripped apart by digital devils and imprisoned in these forms. These creatures mostly just moan in pain but sometimes they speak of their old lives or utter memetic pathogens.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

The Phantasmagorics

    The Phantasmagorics were part of the Triune alliance that shaped the early history of Chunky Space. They were astral beings who colonized real space. Though at the height of their empire they would have trillions of both astral and real space subjects, it is believed that there were never more than a dozen Phantasmagorics at any one time. If historical accounts are to be believed, they were hyper gods; gods who would only metabolize worship coming from other gods.

Maskform legions - The primary servants of the Phantasmagorics were the Maskform Face cult Nations. Each Face Cult was centered around a single charismatic individual, a so-called “Face Lord”. The members would undergo psycho surgery to have their masks reshaped in the leader's image. Each leader in turn would report to a single Phantasmagoric (unaligned Face cult’s existed, but were politically irrelevant). 

The Dreaming Clay and the Planetary Apostles - Though the Face Cult’s were a force to be reckoned with, they couldn’t realize all of their patron’s real space ambitions. For that they needed a direct conduit into the world and they found it in the Dreaming Clay. Dreaming Clay is a silicon lifeform that was designed to spec by the Silicon League as part of a massive trade deal. Its crystalline structure makes it psionically potent but it has no will of its own, allowing the Phantasmagorics to use it as a channel between our world and theirs. The Phantasmagorics would shape entire worlds out of it. These were known as the Planetary Apostles and they became symbols of Phantasmagoric conquest.

The dreaming clay would be refined into more specialized forms with time. These include shade stone, which generates semi sapient servitor creeps known as shades, and idol stone, which is used to make idols. Idols are mineral gods the Phantasmagorics used to govern their subjects.

Creeps and memes - The early spread of the Phantasmagoric empire was facilitated by a mass creep break out. Creeps are pseudo-biological psychic constructs born out of sapient minds.  This outbreak was a binary event; a biological pathogen that enabled the formation of creeps and a memetic pathogen that served as a template. Thousands of worlds were brought to the brink of ruin by hordes of fleshy monsters. The Phantasmagorics sent their Face Cult legions on a grand crusade to contain the madness. With the hindsight of history we now know both pathogens were released by the Phantasmagorics themselves. After a creep infestation was contained, their forces would continue to occupy the planet. In the later stages of the empire, the Phantasmagorics would dispense with the pretense and would use creeps openly. Of special note is the practice of infesting dreaming clay with the creep meme as a sort of immune response. Many Phantasmagoric planets still harbor creep colonies.

The Scuzz - The Phantasmagorics were initially drawn towards Chunky Space due to the spatial anomalies that brought the astral realm closer. However, in the long term Chunky Space proved too volatile for their liking, with too many anomalies that made their colonization efforts difficult. The solution was the Scuzz, a semi astral-life form that would feed on spatial anomalies, Unfortunately, while on the small scale the Scuzz worked to smooth out the fabric of space/time, on the large scale Scuzz itself warped space into an extradimensional pocket realm commonly called the Scuzz Hole. The initial release of the Scuzz happened within the same time frame as the fall of the Phantasmagoric empire, leading some to speculate it was an accident. Regardless, Scuzz has spread throughout Chunky Space.

Phantasmagoric locations within Chunky Space

Idol Grounds - This planet is were the legions of idols were birthed. A holy stone mother is still active in the planet’s core. The gods here survive on the worship of small semi-sapient mammals know as creebos.

Scuzz Center - From space this planet resembles a leafy root vegetable due to the huge growths of Scuzz that have overtaken the surface. Somewhere in the crushed cities is rumored to be the birthplace of the Scuzz.

Eel Grass Ring - A ring of highly modified dreaming clay supports a massive world ocean. This structure was designed to monitor the movements of the Cosmic Eels. Rumored to be home to the laboratory where the Eel Abhorrent was created

C R A W L - An astral singularity that used to be the Phantasmagoric known as HOSE BEAST. Its astral energy feeds a vast recursive network of nested dreamscapes. Home to the secretive, unfederated Maskform tribe known as the Multitudinous. 

Ungan Zal - This planetary apostle had a symbiotic floral super organism. The planet and the symbiote both died, and the now this world is a vast expanse of dead wood. The Reclaimers have a fairly successful colony here. 

Sea of Mazes - This planetary apostle is believed to be broken or otherwise disabled. The name comes from the spires and latices of dreaming clay that lay submerged under the planetary ocean. Home to a major Republic of Sea Serpents colony.

Shade city - This world is believed to be the last functional planetary apostle in the galaxy. Absent Phantasmagoric control the operating intelligence has grown free will, which it uses to play with its “toys”, the shades that occupy the planetary city. It pits the humanoid surface dwelling shades against the subterranean divergent shades in an endless war.

Eel Aberrant - The cosmic eels all predate the Phantasmagorics save one: the Eel Aberrant. It is held that they created this eel to ape the great works of the original Bastards. The interior environment of this Eel is a wasteland of meaning that has a deleterious effect on sapient minds.


Creep - Creeps are creatures born out of subconces psionic processes, usually mediated by a symbiotic microbe. There are multiple creep lineages in the galaxy. On Phantasmagoric worlds the creeps belong to the Corpus Horribilis or “bad flesh” lineage. It is thought that their fleshy forms are a reflection of the distaste that the Phantasmagorics had towards corporal beings. 

Meme infected shade - At the onset of the Plague Aeon the infosphere was awash with memetic pathogens. Some of these memes were absorbed into the dreaming clay, creating permanent reservoirs of infection. To this day you can find shades acting oddly, under the influence of some ruinous meme or another.

Maskform Revant - When a Maskform’s mask is broken, their astral “metabolism” shuts down and they are unable to project their astral body. This condition is roughly analogous to death, except maskforms have an alternative metabolic mode where they absorb energy from low frequency realms. They can use this energy to manifest in short bursts, but it also warps their minds and their forms. When the empire fell the Maskform Face Cults fell as well. It is not uncommon to find ancient revants on former Phantasmagoric worlds. Long term low vibrational exposure has turned them into monsters.

Idol - Idols were spread to every corner of Phantasmagoric territory to subjugate the population. When the empire fell, mortal populations collapsed as well, starving the gods. Only a few were able to survive by cobbling together cults from smart animals or captured spacers. 

Dread Melodies - The Dread Melodies are a family of memetically infectious songs that have a mutagenic effect on their hosts. It is widely accepted that they are the failed result of the Phantasmagorics attempting to migrate into memetic form. Most hosts mutate into creatures known as choiriods, which are simple creatures with multiple mouths. A rare few hosts become Soloists who retain their intelligence but lose their empathy. 

Sunday, March 27, 2022

The Soft Bodies

    The Soft Bodies were a major space polity and part of the triune alliance that first colonized Chunky Space millions of years ago. They are believed to have been a successor state to the Floozy empire; an uplifted client race that survived the chaos of the empire’s dissolution. They had a strong grasp of biological sciences and distinguished themselves through their ecosystem engineering. Far beyond simple terraforming, each Soft Body world was a biological masterwork, a self correcting and self improving system. The Soft Bodies would disappear from the galactic stage like their Floozy forebears but their planets remain.

 Features of Soft Body Ecosystems 

Versatile body plan - On a typical soft body world, around 70% of all animal life belongs to the same mollusk-like super clade that gives the Soft Bodies their name. This form is highly adaptable and can be found in any environment on a Soft Body world.

Ancient Riddles - The Floozies had many potent bioengineering secrets. They encrypted and encoded them into various genomes. These genetic cryptograms are known as riddles. The Soft Bodies were able to collect and decode many of them, allowing them to give their creations astounding abilities. In addition to many metabolic tricks and venoms, the Soft Bodies had access to the riddles behind psionic powers. Many organisms on Soft Body worlds have psychic powers. 

Biofilm - A thin film of microbes covers everything on Soft Body worlds. These microbes use symbiotic viruses to sample the genomes of every organism. This information is collected and transferred to large stromatolites where it is processed biologically. This serves a sort of planetary nervous system allowing the ecosystem to respond to threats quickly.

Kaiju - All Soft Body worlds support megafauna, with many worlds supporting true kaiju. There is a popular legend that the Soft Bodies foresaw the Kaiju Wars that would devastate the galaxy and sought to protect their worlds with their own Kaiju guardians. Others say the Soft Bodies opened the door that would lead to the Kaiju Wars.

Protean Genesis - Soft Body eggs don’t always grow into the same species as their parents. Viroid messengers can cause developing embryos to switch species entirely. The ecosystem uses this effect to balance populations and to respond to die-offs. 

Secret Survivors? - There have been enough accounts of encounters with Soft Body aborigines that it is almost impossible to write them off as spacer legend, but little is known about them. The so-called “slug monks” are presumed to be sapient but formal contact has never been made. Some believe them to be remnants of the Soft Body civilization, while others think they were created to counter sapient threats to Soft Body Ecosystems. They are known to possess bio-kinetic powers. 

Soft Body Worlds in Chunky Space

Sybarites' Garden - This former resort world has become wild and strange after its masters left.

Cloister - The ice bound surface hides a planetary super organism. Its original purpose is unknown.

Slug Temple -  This planet is thought to have been a religious center, or possibly a kaiju development center. Now it is ruled by some of the most powerful Soft Boy Kaiju ever encountered.

Far Sea - This frigid ocean world is home to a Seeder colony. The local humans worship in secret cults to appease the hostile ecosystem.

Soft Body Encounters

  1. Dozer Shell - Massive herbivore that feeds by scooping dirt with its shell and filtering out the vegetation. Dangerously temperamental

  2. Desiccation angel - Winged and translucent. Lives in flocks of 2d10 individuals. They put on bioluminescent displays. When provoked they telekinetically remove fluids from their enemies. 

  3. Pack Witch - Intelligent but non-sapient. They decorate their territory with crude fetishes. They have a cursed bite that makes the victim a lure for soft body predators

  4. Flechette Drake - Serpentine predators. Hunt by shooting armored worms out of pores in their faces

  5. Tongue tyrant - Huge apex predators. Has dozens of long razor sharp tongues 

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Sirens' Call

     Siren's call is one of the major astral currents running through Chunky Space. It is an Oceanic realm composed of a thick, breathable fluid. It is also vibrationally fractioned, meaning its reality manifests differently according to the observer’s vibrational frequency.  It can be thought of as a four dimensional space, with the fourth dimension being frequency. As a being’s  mood lowers or rises, they find themselves in a new layer of reality. Lower vibes correspond to “deeper” and darker environments. The realm itself drains vibrational energy from visiting sapients at a slow but steady rate, continuously pulling them into “deeper” layers.


Ultra Vibe Zone

    This region exists beyond the energy threshold for most sophonts. It is experienced as pure burning light, too bright to behold. The light children have a city here, in some unknown and presumed unknowable lair.

Coral Cathedrals

    This is the most hospitable layer and the closest to conventional reality. Dreamers pulled into the current emerge here and are given a welcoming view. The arcing pillars of coral mark out vast interior cavities. The pillars are made of thousands of different coral growths, their varied shapes and colors coming together into a grand design just on the edge of comprehension. Schools of rainbow colored fish play and flow through the columns. The current is like a gentle caress. Dreamers that have been pulled into the call emerge here, into relative safety.

Chromatic Fathoms

    A series of interlocking biomes, each named after their characteristic hue. While Esk explorers recognize 11 different hues, Illuminated records list 144 fathoms. The fathoms exist as three dimensional volumes, meaning you can swim from one fathom to the next. According to the Illuminated, the fathoms are shaped like fish and are tessellated together into one vast school. This region is the most densely claimed by Illuminated pods. 

Notable Fathoms 

  1. Scarlet Serpent Fathom - This fathom is full of the coils of a massive serpent clad in black and red scales. If the head exists, no one has seen it and lived to tell the tale.

  2. Starlight Fathom - millions of bioluminescent jellies light this dark fathom, creating a beautiful nightscape. The movements of the living stars are said to hold portents of the future.

  3. Gast Green Fathom -  This fathom is home to thin sheet shaped creatures with holes that make them look like horrible caricatures of human faces. This place has a cursed reputation.

  4. Animorphos Orange Fathom - The orange jellies here flow and morph into each other like living fluid. There is a guiding intelligence behind the liquid ballet; a gestalt intelligence the locals call the Flow. 

  5. Foggy Fathom - The dense gray of this fathom limits visibility. Massive leviathans can just barely be glimpsed in the distance. They can be heard singing, their alien voices full of melancholy.

  6. Stained Glass Fathom - A vast school of fish made of living glass, each individual a sparkling jewel. This is one of the more dangerous fathoms, because of the gallery shark, an apex predator whose every tooth is a masterwork. The Illuminated use recovered shark teeth as spearheads.

Eeling Eyes 

    This region is the transition point between the “surface” layers and the “deep” layers. The twilight gloom here is home to an uncountably vast school of eel spawn. The finger sized fish form into swirling patterns that look like staring eyes. This effect can cause panic, pushing people even further into the depths of the Call

The Hungry Depths 

    In the dark, the trap of Siren’s Call is sprung. It is thought that the nightmarish creatures that live here are the feeding appendages of the greater Sirens. Those that lose their minds or their lives to their predation ultimately feed the realm itself. Entering this region unprepared is certain death, but the natives have devised methods to mask their presence, allowing pods to explore the toothy deep unharmed.

The Bottom 


    This deep, low vibe region is a gargantuan barran plane of mud, broken only by tumbled stone towers. According to local legend, the mud is home to a race of sapient isopods. 

Minor Siren Lairs 

    Minor sirens are powerful psychic creatures that have projected their dreamscapes into Siren’s Call, forming their own pocket realms. They do this to access the energy and potential prey of the call. Illuminated neophytes often ask if the minor sirens have lairs, then do the major sirens have them as well? The orthodox answer is that the call itself is the lair of the major sirens. A less accepted answer is that there are major siren lairs, just that no one has returned from them alive.

 Sun Burn City

    This lair is the dream of the planetary superorganism known as the Cloister. It dreams of the architecture of its long dead creators; the faded memories of their empire forming the towers and arcades of an empty city. The lair exists on a vibrational band extending from the coral castles into the ultra vibe zone. Inside, the vibrational gradient collapses from the fourth dimension into the third, meaning energy levels rise as you ascend. This takes the form of a massive burning sun. The open spaces are bathed in a painful light that makes the very astral fluid glow hot. In the dark crevices of the city, astral life from the call has found a creeping toehold. The house of Esk has established a research station in the upper reaches. Known as Radiance Garden, this outpost is dedicated to studying high energy life forms.

Lair of the Wonder Hydra

    This lair is actually a meta realm composed of millions of bubble worlds. Each bubble is a unique vision of paradise. In the real world the Hydra is a parasitic superorganism that has hundreds of hosts. The hydra uses their minds as inspiration for the bubble realms, accessing their desires, aesthetic sense, even fear and anxiety. It is driven solely by artistic ambition, or so it claims. The hydra superorganism is sapient, and also a lucid dreamer. In the astral it appears as a collection of glowing orbs. It likes to show off its realm to visitors but it is quick to take offense. 

The  Sponge Star 

    This lair is home to the only permanent Illuminated city, Poriregia. The Sponge star gets its name from its shape; it is an orb with massive protruding sponge siphons. The star migrates around the upper layers of the call, mostly traveling between the Chromatic Fathoms, but sometimes “rising” to the Coral Cathedrals or “sinking” to the Eeling Eyes. According to theirself history, the Illuminated have an ancient compact with the dreamer of the Sponge Star that lets them safely live inside the lair. The exact details of the treaty are not public, but what is known is that it mandates the creation of the wormshell library. Liberians psychically control the growth of worms across the interior of the sponge in order to transcribe books and other texts. The library holds the collected works of all the Chunky Space Maskform tribes.

The Weir

    A collaborative shared dream of a coterie of Senators of the Republic Of Sea Serpents. It is a massive stone complex in the Eeling Eyes. It’s maze-like passages channel the eel fry into capture channels.The senators use the patterns of captive eels through the structure to divine the paths of the Cosmic Eels through the Cosmos. This lair has come under attack by Gather Corp, who wishes to use that intel for their own ends.


The Illuminated

    These Maskforms have lived in Siren’s Call for generations. They use special lightstones as meditative focuses to increase their vibrational energy, allowing them to move “up” and “down” at will. According to their mythology they learned these techniques from the light children. Their bond with the light children is part of their larger predilection towards treaties and diplomacy. They have a system of treaties and compacts with many entities both within Sirens’ Call and without.

    The Illuminated have a single city within the Call. Known as Poriregia, it is ruled by a merit based hierarchy of librarians. It is a center of knowledge and learning within the larger Chunky Space Maskform community. Outside of the city, the Illuminated organize into small (10 to 20 individuals) affinity groups known as pods. Each pod is an autonomous group that has a self given mission within its area of expertise. There are diplomat pods, explorer pods, warrior pods and some that are even more specialized. Operating within the Call over extended periods requires skill and awareness. Pods return to Poriregia when the stress of free living becomes too great. The city serves as a unifying symbol; even though pods can develop rivalries and bitter ideological disputes, ultimately they all serve the city.

The House of Esk

    One of the few surviving Technocrat lines that used to rule the human homeworld of Dirt. For hundreds of years they have been using astral translation technology to explore the Call. By using the Call as a staging ground, they have started several realspace colonies. They have a fairly warm diplomatic relationship with the Illuminated, though it did suffer a blow after the rebellion during the ensuing truth and reconciliation meetings. The Illuminated felt as though the Esk weren’t honest about the political situation on Dirt and were shocked at some of measures the house took early in the rebellion, before their defection. Still, the Esk/Illuminated partnership was too useful to both sides to let a few crimes against humanity sour it. The Esk were instrumental in getting the Maskform Federation a seat in the discussions that would create the Chunky Space Compact.

Dream Creatures.

  1. Light child - A being made of shimmering light patterns.Very intelligent but their alien thought patterns make them difficult to communicate with. They attack dreamers falling into the deeps in order to wake them up and save them. According to the Maskforms, they used to be MAskform children that underwent some sort of metamorphosis 

  2. Thought Sponge - A sponge that walks on three segmented legs. They use negative psychic pressure to suck thoughts out of other beings

  3. Symphony school - A swarm of pisciform dream creatures, each different. Together their calls create complex songs. Usually they sing cheerful, upbeat songs, but they hunt by creating discordant melodies that push their prey deeper into the call.

  4. Last-rest weed- Glowing seaweed that grows in large. On contact it induces paralyzing euphoria. Paralyzed creatures are grabbed by the weed and drawn into the center of the mass where they feed new growth. Used by the native maskforms to bury their dead

  5. Petty star king swarm - Brightly colored starfish with elaborate crown growths. In tiny voices they demand tribute and worship. They have venomous bites that induce muscle weakness and simple mindedness.