Here’s another Stablehand post I have G.E.M. to thank for. Note: if this sounds like guidebook material it’s cause it kind of is. Probably this’ll be rewritten and put in the guidebook in some form later.
So… Eterea have this thing called sustanszia (“substance”). Literally, it’s how much aethereal matter is in them. Practically, it acts like kind of a combined HP gauge and power level.
First of all, Eterea need a small amount of it to exist. If it runs out, they basically die.
Biotranscendents first learn the ropes by fusing living things into them, then learn to simply modify their body without this aid. Serval’s cat features came from a fusion with his cat when he was first learning, then he probably had a stage where he kept a serval, but now his serval features are his own he made independently.
In the Epic Age, Verity and Esteem both had more prominence than they have now. Now, Unity is one attribute that definitely has a lot of prominence.
In the Epic Age,
He and Hughes were originally members of the Kolonok expedition, who all got voidified and basically killed, but cause they merged with the void these two, at least, came back as voidfolk later*. Sleip has a bunch of different forms, all assumable via various cards that randomly appeared in his wallet when he was reborn. From Sleip’s point of view, he just woke up one day at 20~30something without a past or an identity.
Sleip and Hughes currently live in Sanctuary City, Salvare, a slightly suspicious city that doesn’t ask questions and as long as it doesn’t openly catch you doing anything (it wants to keep its streets safe for all who stay carefully out of trouble),
Ssivyin has been one of those characters I really liked and thought had a lot of potential but then kinda didn’t actually develop. Most of what I’ve been going heh this is great already about is stuff about their parents and area.
So… Ssiv. What’s established already: they’re genderfluid. They have recently started sharing their body with a malicious Observer, sharing being a very charitable way of putting it. Their parents are Vair Severance, the incredibly irresolute “leader” wielding previously huge scissors and now literal spike heels, and Blot Serval, the furry-commanding cat-person. They don’t like to get involved in politics or petty arguments.
I’m making the post about Yanha on the same day as the Nassak post cause it made me think
Agency as it applies to Stablehand (as one of the four fundamental attunes) is defined as coherence as an entity with personality and substance plus ability to perceive, think, and act. The opposite of a being which is an agent is a theme.
I typically sum it up as, “are you a person or are you an abstract concept?”.
That’s the main definition of agency. However another element of agency is having a timeline.
The person who unified Aeterna is named Nall Ssingalain.
Their ‘family name’ means “none”; it’s supposed to be cognate with “null”. (I imagine it was already a regular word too and when being poetic Aeterna might well write “all or nall”. :p) It was a very untraditional choice up to their time that they chose to reflect their ideology of non-affinity with any faction or clan, though probably recurs in some small frequency in the modern era as people who identify with them do the same.
I finally went back and used my newest decision on attunes to figure out the bosses. By figuring out what attunes they were I could match them up to attributes, since each attribute has associated attunes.
I realised, probably Nassak can just walk through the Depths if he’s careful
Before now I’d always imagined there just being this sliding glass door at the back of the Saucer Nexus with a warning sign that had a stylised abyssal and “DANGER” or something, and if anybody stepped out into the Depths beyond that door the abyssals would just immediately eat them (Dark Teapot or an Insulator or somebody would probably just suddenly show up and block you from going out the door as soon as you opened it)
But Nassak has like Portent-sense, so he could detect abyssals before they snuck up on him,
I wrote eighteen thousand words about my gender. Which, by the way, is literally nearly as much as my Stablehand explanation post (aka WSP) and “autobiography” post combined, which were ~10k words each. (It took me two weeks.)