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Mokog
09-16-2014, 03:58 PM
Dedicated to Aswan_Jaguar. I had so much fun thinking about this concept I had to bust out an expanded idea.
Also dedicated to HexInc. If you want to use any, part or all aspects of this proposed perspective on Shroomkin and Shroomnobi please do. I will help write for a dungeon experience if you want.


Origin of the Shroomnobi
A Lord’s Journal from a previous generation:

My keep’s champion has returned with a most strange creature. The scholar from the Cerulean Academy advises it is a shroomkin from the lands of the Shin’hare. The vile rabbit people supposedly raise the creatures as a slave labor force. My advisor persist on destroying the beast but my champion has another idea.
While observing the movements of a Shin’hare patrol my champion located what he described as a mushroom farming operation with the notable exception that these shroomkin appeared to the crop. Shin’hare seem to be able to actually grow and replace their labor force! This maybe the lynch pin in our territorial conflict with these rodent men. My men can slay their caravans a hundred times but if the beasts of burden can be grown and replaced from a simple fungus cave the supply lines will not remain severed.
As such my champion suggests we use this acquired beast to grow our own labor force and undercut the advantage of the shin’hare. This maybe the start of a new war tactic that can bring down the most destructive menace to this region since the rise of the Necrotic.
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After much cajoling and experimentation we have begun to see signs of growth in the beast. It shows an intelligence greater than that of a standard beast of burden, much like the smarts of a wolf or dog. My advisor believes we may have its nesting conditions imbalanced as the growth of the arms and legs of the beast do not seems suited to physical labor. The length of the appendages suggests a focus on movement at high speeds and the mycelium cap seems to keep catching the drafts of the courtyard. The servants must chase the fungal beast down, much to the delight of my children.
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My Champions have taken a liking to the shroomkin. They say it seems to exhibit a skill for problem solving and an innate martial prowess. Each of them have taken to training the diminutive mushroom in their own fighting styles. If this continues we may actually have a greater tool in our conflict with the shin’hare than we imagined. If we can create the right conditions we may be able to breed foot soldiers to combat the endless rabbit hordes.
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Growth of the experiment continues. It has gained prowess in several martial skills while showing a preference for subterfuge and surprise attacks. The creature can event communicate! My champion has taken the creature as a squire. Their first mission was a great success!
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I have dispatched for additional adepts from the Cerulean Academy as my present advisor finds himself woefully out of his depth in creating the conditions needed to grow additional shroomkin. We have moved the creature’s nest from the botanical courtyard to a damp cave hidden in the bowls of the keep. Maybe this change of scenery will promote its growth and development.
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My new advisors have been hard at work preparing the environment necessary for the continued growth of the formidable creature. Our Champion has over seen its growth into a seemingly loyal, tacitly brutal warrior. Whenever a shin’hare is met on the battlefield the creature eliminates it with severe prejudice. In doing so we may have discovered a method to induce reproduction in the shroomkin. A growth reaction is observed when the creature stands in a pool of shin’hare blood for more than a minute. The adepts believe this is the key to growing additional warriors.
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Our Experiments are met with success. The adepts have stated that by providing nutrients from shin’hare blood into the nesting soil of the shroomkin it has laid down mycelium roots like some of the more primitive fungi that inhabit the Mushroom jungles of the deep caves. Small mushrooms appear to be forming.
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Fruits from our experiments are blossoming. A new generation of creatures is growing under the tutelage of my champion and the creature. The little “caplets” seem to be learning at a more rapid rate than their predecessor. The Creature has taken to being called Sensei and the creatures have started calling themselves Shroomnobi. The same qualities I have observed in the Sensei, I see in the caplets; martial prowess, seeming loyalty and brutality toward shin’hare.
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The shroomnobi have been observed in what can only called a ritual. The adapts express concern at the development of seemingly religious rituals when the shroomkin have been taught none. My champion has advised me that it is a form of deep communication between the shroomkin that allows them to experience a deep bond. Each of the shroomnobi performed their drills more accurately the following day. These creatures maybe a powerful but dangerous tool.
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An opportunity has made itself available to strike deep at the heart of the shin’hare. The regional shogun has been spotted making his way from the frontlines of the shin’hare conflict with the coyotle tribes with great haste and minimal escort. This is our opportunity to see how the second generation of shroomnobi performs.
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Great woe has befallen our lands. My champion has been captured! The Shogun’s movements were a feint to draw out our shroomnobi and slaughter them. How did the shin’hare learn of our experiments? How did they learn of the new Shroomnobi? A ransom has been demanded. If I do not pay the price for my champion they will be slaughtered for, how brutal, slaughtered and “given to feed the strength of the next generation.”
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The price has been paid for the return of my champion. We have received a bag of bones and a family crest. My people prepare for an attack which may come at any moment.
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A fortnight has passed since the bones were received. No attack has come. Do they lull us into a false sense of closure? This war may never end but the shin’hare will pay for their crimes of war.
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Joy! Joy! My champion has returned! Battered and beaten but very much alive. With him is the shroomnobi sensei. Their tale took them from the ambush and defeat to enslavement and torture. A dark gleam permeates the eyes of my champion and the shroomnobi appears maimed and scarred. The two must recover before we learn more.
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I have been approached by the Shroomnobi. It has asked to make an alliance with my keep. It will dedicate itself and its future kin to my service in exchange for our efforts in defeating the shin’hare. Under their chains it learned the depths of the shin’hare depravity, what they do to shroomkin and their own weakest members. “Your keep has treated me as justly as could be expected of a strange creature. Let us no longer be strange but instead form an alliance. We shall give of our bodies to you in exchange for the flowing blood of the shin’hare, until shroomkin have been freed from the dark oppression of their rodent masters.”
I have accepted this alliance. These are creatures no longer but honored members of my keep.

~Mokog

AswanJaguar
09-16-2014, 04:12 PM
http://www.reactiongifs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/owl-facepalm.gif

Mokog
09-16-2014, 04:25 PM
Every time I look at that GIF. I ROFL.

Lockon
09-16-2014, 05:11 PM
Ooooh, I LIKE this. This is pretty damn sweet, especially as I personally love the idea of... let's call them redeemed demons? People who, by all accounts, SHOULD be the bad guys, but instead say, fuck that, I'll be the hero.

...Now I want a Kamen Hare, or a Shroom Rider, troop or merc, I don't care. I mean, come on, they're evil Japanese hares, having a lone rebel, fighting against the organi, I mean, nation that created him to be a monster, instead walking a lonely path of justice is a perfect idea.

Now if ONLY I was a game designer.

KingGabriel
09-18-2014, 01:54 AM
Ooooh, I LIKE this. This is pretty damn sweet, especially as I personally love the idea of... let's call them redeemed demons? People who, by all accounts, SHOULD be the bad guys, but instead say, fuck that, I'll be the hero.

...Now I want a Kamen Hare, or a Shroom Rider, troop or merc, I don't care. I mean, come on, they're evil Japanese hares, having a lone rebel, fighting against the organi, I mean, nation that created him to be a monster, instead walking a lonely path of justice is a perfect idea.

Now if ONLY I was a game designer.

Eh, those kind of stories imo work best with samurai, what with their innate loyalty system and rigid nationalism. I'm looking at you, cottontail ronin! Blah blah blah their sword gets broken, they either decide not to reforge it and take up a life of peace or get a blade made by the side they turned to, that kind of thing.

Mokog
09-18-2014, 08:16 PM
Ooooh, I LIKE this. This is pretty damn sweet, especially as I personally love the idea of... let's call them redeemed demons? People who, by all accounts, SHOULD be the bad guys, but instead say, fuck that, I'll be the hero.

...Now I want a Kamen Hare, or a Shroom Rider, troop or merc, I don't care. I mean, come on, they're evil Japanese hares, having a lone rebel, fighting against the organi, I mean, nation that created him to be a monster, instead walking a lonely path of justice is a perfect idea.

Now if ONLY I was a game designer.

Before we have a Kamen Hare or a shin'hare rebel we need some characterization of their civilization first. The people need to some how loose faith in the Emperor enough for splinter factions to form. Considering very few possible dissidents make it past a tour a duty with Hop'hiro, a rebel has to be born from extraordinary events.

Lockon
09-18-2014, 10:34 PM
Hey, I can wait. I mean, I'm with THIS game, how couldn't I?