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    [Outside Stormcloud Manor]

    The blast appears to strike the wing of the bird which starts rapidly descending towards the streets below.
    However, as it falls, the bird appears to change shape, appearing as a humanoid for a moment before it changes into something else. It is difficult to tell exactly what it is from this distance however.
    It is also difficult to reach the location where it fell, not only since it was far away, but also since there are a number of buildings in the way, the manor only one of them. The question is if she wants to just go by the streets or run across porches and gardens of some rich people to reach the location where the shapeshifter landed.

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    Alni takes shortcuts. She races around the manor, breezes through a porch containing a nice old lady on a rocking chair, tears through a garden, jumps to grab the edge of a low roof and flip herself up onto it. All the features of the city are more of an obstacle course and collection of passageways.
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    [Outside Stormcloud Manor]

    The guard dogs, both flesh and metal, are not amused by this tomfoolery, and neither are their owners, or those owners guards. Turns out rich people invest a lot in security in a nearly lawless city.
    Alni is going to get chased and yelled at, but she does reach her destination eventually. However, she can't see the fallen shapeshifter. But there are tracks, like a small pool of blood and drops of it leading away from the scene.

    The blood trail does not end far away though, looks like whatever wound Alni inflicted have somehow healed, or at least stopped bleeding.

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    Alni tosses her last distracting dog treat over her shoulder, and laughing, glides over the last fence. There! That bloodstain, this is where it crashed.
    She follows the trail for the short distance it leads. Hmm. It turned into a human, then something else...something to hide as? But it must have kept the wound, or there wouldn't be this trail. Did it molt and emerge whole again from an empty snakeskin?

    She looks for clues: taking a sample of the blood, turning her investigative abilities on it to try to determine what type of creature it was from, and looking to see where someone would end up if they kept going in the direction of the blood trail. Of course, it's almost too much to hope they haven't changed direction. But maybe there were more witnesses, close by?
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    Judging by the blood patterns, whatever animal it was, it definitely slithered. In addition, if Pazuzu use his sense of smell, he can tell that it was a snake, but of a different kind than the one at the manor. Which begs the question what kind of shapeshifter that would bother having two different shapes of the same type of animal.

    There is more than enough blood for a sample, though Alni need something to keep the blood in.

    There are also a number of people nearby. A huge eagle falling out of the sky, all the while shapeshifting into a number of other animals, have managed to draw a small crowd of onlookers.
    A small rock-person even steps up to Alni, aiming a gun at her. "Hand over that blood, I saw it first." He demands, and then, after a pause adds. "And, uh, all your money too."
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    When black goo is extracted from the maggot, it doesn't react. But when confronted with the dog, the maggot springs to action, wiggling and it seems to be trying to escape; except other maggots, in less risky situations, have travelled faster. It's trying to goad the dog into eating it; and the dog, after barking at it, and sniffing it, complies. The maggot wriggles itself down the dog's throat faster than the dog can chew, making the dog retch- but it doesn't vomit. What it does inside the dog is harder to determine- unless Jonas has a spell or piece of equipment that functions similarly to a Magnetic Resonance Imager.

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    The maggot has managed to lodge in the dog's esophagus and burrow a short distance into the throat, where it is dark, moist and warm. The perfect conditions for the maggot to pupate... Which it does. The pupae stage lasts for a fortnight to a month, though I doubt the dog will survive that long, even if Jonas leaves it be.


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    In humans, the black blood-goo causes far more rapid mutations, though as before, most are tumours and teratomas, both of which grow far faster than before and always produce maggots, though only one in a hundred of the maggots is able to survive. Which is still far better than in animals, where none of the maggots are viable. One of the humans will have their entire left long devoured by tumours, teratomas and thick, black goo- oddly, after half the lung is rendered into tissue that cannot store or extract oxygen, the patient's ability to breathe starts to increase again, until the mass of tumours and altered tissue functions slightly better than their nearly unaffected, human lung. All the humans claim to feel things wriggling inside them, and moving unnaturally, though none will associate the sensations with genuinely affected areas of their body.
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    Like I suspected, these things are baby-makers. says Jonas after considering the results.

    he then looks at Arkant, and says: Now then, we got two options at this juncture. We can strain a new virus that targets these little black f**kers, or we can try and look for their ma. From my experience with these types of creatures, they have an original parent. From past examples of creatures like this, the parent acts akin to a queen bee, governing these creatures through a sort of hive mind. If we take out the queen, it stands to reason that the hive mind will deactivate, and these creatures will be no more dangerous than worms. However, my theory about a queen could prove incorrect.
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    Arkant seems to be gone for some time now, but when Jonas tries to addresss Arkant one of the guards comes closer and speaks up.
    "A hive mind?" he says in arkants voice. "An interessting thought. That may clear up how they managed to feign death. The main Problem might be how to find it. We might ask someone with more knowledge about maggots and other Hive minds. Maybe those guys in riverside can help." ((I don't got the name, but it's the religion Earl got))

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    "Most interessting."
    Akant says as he watches them. The fact about the lungs is most interessting so far. Yet he got trouble taking a closer look since that would mean to kill those guys.
    "Does any of you got a strange desire like attaking other humans or such?"

    Since Arkant is a master of mind effekting spells his words carry magic with them. The magic is used to force the people to speak out everything, even thoughts. He might hear something interessting, especially if they are a hive mind.
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    Judging by the blood patterns, whatever animal it was, it definitely slithered. In addition, if Pazuzu use his sense of smell, he can tell that it was a snake, but of a different kind than the one at the manor. Which begs the question what kind of shapeshifter that would bother having two different shapes of the same type of animal.

    There is more than enough blood for a sample, though Alni need something to keep the blood in.

    There are also a number of people nearby. A huge eagle falling out of the sky, all the while shapeshifting into a number of other animals, have managed to draw a small crowd of onlookers.
    A small rock-person even steps up to Alni, aiming a gun at her. "Hand over that blood, I saw it first." He demands, and then, after a pause adds. "And, uh, all your money too."
    If anyone would keep multiple different snakes in their shape library, it would be the leader of a snake cult.

    She has little glass spice jars in her basket; those will do. And she was actually just restoppering one of them when the rock-person mugger came up.
    "Uh, okay. I'm getting out my wallet now."
    Alni reaches back into her basket slowly, no sudden moves that would lead him to open fire. Buying herself a little time-

    Pazuzu peers at the little rock person, looking deep through the mugger's eyes, and pushes. A hundred tangled reinterpretations of what's going on should fill the little guy's brain. Actually, we're mugging you. Actually, you're helping us catch the snake. Actually, you're putting that gun to your temple and ending your miserable life. Actually, you're fighting that goblin over there after he insulted- Actually, you're the snake-monster; quick, slither away!
    This is a risky move. Who knows what people will do when you unmoor them from reality and dunk them in Confusion? And maybe this guy is level-headed enough to throw the visions off. Anything could happen. But it seemed like a great distraction at the time.
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    [Outside Stormcloud Manor==> Streets of Skyside]

    The rock person first looks confused, then afraid, then angry, and finally his gun goes off as fear is taking over. However, the bullet misses as he wasn't actually aiming it and ricochets off the pavement instead. There are cries of panic as the gun goes off and the observers scatter. Best not to get involved here.

    After that the mugger struggling with indecision, just what should he act upon? He didn't know anymore, he just wanted the voices in his head to stop. Finally he starts covering his ears in a futile attempt to stop them.

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    It worked! Although Alni is wishing the gun hadn't gone off at all. It almost sort of got close to hitting her!

    She was never really getting her wallet out of the basket to hand over, of course. Alni snaps her arm out towards the mugger and tries to do the same sort of thing she did to demonstrate her seriousness to that poor human kabalite: Throw him way up into the air. This time, it's not left to gravity to bring him back. At the apex, Pazuzu reaches out with his powers to grab hold of the rock-person and pile-drive him down into the street.

    The little elf is shaking.
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    If the maggots created by the black goo are 'baby makers', why have they all sought to hide rather than contaminate people with the mutagens within their biology?

    The Cult of Dalachrech does deal with invertebrates and insects, yes. But since the maggots aren't of any recognisable origin, they may not be too useful. Also, I'm not overly interested in bringing them back.

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    The answer to Arkant's question is usually 'I desire to go outside again', but that might be because they've been cooped up inside for too long. One claims he doesn't want to hurt anyone, but does find himself wondering what people's eyeballs taste like; examinations show several teratomas in his skull, including a molar growing into his brain pan. Two wish to go hide somewhere 'cool, dark, and damp', but don't know why. Everyone uses slightly different word order and syntax; if the things operate via a hive mind, these mutating wretches aren't included, despite the fact that some of their thoughts are being affected by the maggots.
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    [Streets of Skyside]

    The rock-mugger goes up....

    And...

    He goes DOWN.

    Ouch, that will leave a mark, quite literary actually as there are small cracks in the cement.

    Have Pazuzu and Alni considered a career in wresting?
    If there were any others waiting to mug them, they probably lost all the interest now. The streets around them are nearly completely empty with the exception of what appears to be a drunk goblin and some punk-teenagers of various races that is letting curiosity getting the better of them.

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    Somehow, that's never occurred to them. But it's a good idea. They could be like Spiderman!

    "The snake probably got away, huh?"
    "Zhu~"
    "Well I don't accept it! We can't give up just like that! Now, before we were interrupted, we were trying to follow the trail...that way!"

    Alni races off down the street, not even stopping when she asks the curious punks "Did any of you see a shapechanging snake-bird-person here?"
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