Interview by JT & GM

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Submitted: August 23, 2017

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Horrible wonders of earth

Interview with George Meylan, biologist, writer and former archeologist.

Reporter James Therme interviewing.

JT: Mr. Meylan, thank you for making this interview possible, it is very unlikely for most people to visit such demon-infested continents as Australia and the Americas. Both my fans and yours are excited to see what you have to say.

GM: Thank you very much! I, too, am very happy to have a chance to get this knowledge out to so many people. But before I go on, I’d like to thank the Mercy Syndicate for the contribution to our expeditions, as much smack as I talk about them, they have really boosted the global technological advancement.

JT: Alright, let’s begin. South America is universally considered to be the homeland of all presmin, the first place where animal bodyparts were stuck on human chassis with incredible results. Was there any callback to that?

GM: Well… uhh… yes, there was one case when I myself got to see the physical evidence of these dark days. There is a certain building in Andes mountains-it had belonged to a certain necromancer, Astrix Iger. Have you ever heard of such name?

JT: Yes, I had, but this was just a necromancer just like any other?

GM: Yes, you are right, but what separated him from others, is the sheer exoticism of his experiments. He wouldn’t just stick the ears of some low breed of a cat to a human, no, this man was insane! He’d look for the most unlikely creatures and the most unlikely modifications to a human body. There were incredible fossils we discovered there, in his laboratory.

JT: How long ago was it?

GM: Well, it was in the 10th-11th centuries. But of course, he wasn’t the first or last necromancer.

JT: Huh.

GM: Either way, I should present an example. There were many mummified remains, but three specific vessels were simply amazing. It is not a secret that some animals, like humanoid races, have affiliation to some elements and ability to use low forms of magic, relevant examples being phoenixes, dragons and animal elementals. So, James, guess what we’ve found while inspecting these mummies?

JT: Hybrids of phoenixes, dragons and elementals?

GM: Exactly! But, it was more interesting than it seemed to be. For example, we did find a phoenix hybrid, the feathers were embedded in human bones; additionally, more or less functional wings were present as modified arms-not the ones that could fly, but certainly ones capable of gliding. However, that is not the fascinating part, the fascinating part is that the human tissue completely eroded, but the feathers were as fresh as they would be a thousand years ago!

JT: Wow, you’re an archeologist, it’s impressive for me, but what does it means to you? I’m just impressed by the idea; I’m hearing about something that can be called legitimately immortal for the first time! After all, even dragons-who never age, their tissue dies off and must be replaced by living cells. That’s a degree of longevity hardly anyone can believe in.

GM: My compliments on your biology, James! Most people just presume that immortal beings never change over time.

JT: My thanks, to any students who are currently listening. I recommend you NEVER go to a lecture without a thermos bottle full of coffee. Please don’t mind me, George. Carry on. We are excited to hear more.

GM: Alright, as much as professors would protest… this is a good idea. Anyway, indeed, these feathers are incredibly interesting, they prove that phoenixes are by all means immortal and not just because they do not age; it is because their tissue never dies, or at least, their bones, talons, bone marrow, semiplume and other feathers don’t. Thanks to this discovery, we are sure that we can sparingly use phoenix cells to grow new limbs or organs in laboratories, these organs will be extremely resistant to necrosis and viruses, which, of course, will be rather helpful to people with necrosis-inducing diseases. Also, good news, phoenix anti-bodies survive as well, but that’s a whole another story.

JT: Wait, are you suggesting a kind of… immortal cure? Anti-bodies that fight viruses without getting wasted themselves?

GM: Yes, but so far, it’s just a theoretical idea.

JT: What was the gender of that hybrid? Could there be any ancestors to that person?

GM: Yes, it was a woman, but there honestly is no telling if her children would be immortal or not, but there could certainly be phoenix men walking among us. If there’s anyone in the audience who is like so, we will be happy to take you in, in Durham University you’ll be paid handsomely for your contribution to medicine. Anyway, the dragon hybrid was rather ordinary in his anatomy, except for one thing. This hybrid probably was the first person to receive spinal cord modification, period. He had not two legs and two arms, not two legs and two wings. What he had instead, was two legs, two arms, impossibly buff back and chest muscles and two wings. But, unfortunately, we are still trying to reverse engineer the process.

JT: For what?

GM: Knowing more is never bad. The elemental fossils that were there, had some traces of their owner’s original powers, it’s simple things like emanating heat and cold, giving electric shocks after a bit of cell revitalization. Overall, that’s all with the fossils, do you have any questions you wish answered or can I go on? If you’re wondering, the dragon hybrid was male and probably has no descendants today, other presmin were mostly women and are likely to have descendants.

JT: Well, uhh… go on.

GM: That very building-this laboratory-was later overrun by presmin who have had enough of his disregard for life and cruel experimentation. They killed the necromancer and made kind of a cult. And honestly, among many cults that ever existed, this is one of the more positive ones. It is actually interesting and relevant to the events of present. It was a cult of rebellion.

JT: Wait… what? How does that work… you can’t just make a governing structure off of the ideology of denying the governing structure!

GM: Yes, I know, it sounds ridiculous... but it’s real. Basically, to be worth a damn in this cult, you need to create something original, be it a new fertilizer solution, new weapon, spells, materials, forging techniques… basically, whatever had not been thought of before. Whoever contributed most new knowledge becomes a ‘watcher’, who is kind of a ruler, but not really. The watcher is not the one who controls physical resources, he is the one who decides what is original and what is not and if it should be used or stay as an idea. But we don’t know much more.

JT: But the people themselves are basically independent?

GM: Yes.

JT: Alright go on.

GM: Well, there is one last thing. Being a cult, they did have some rituals, most are unimportant, but one is cool to imagine. When we stepped into the inner sanctums of the laboratory, the floor was buried under a meter of ash, we thought it was a burial site where bodies were cremated. But, it was not that. The ash had a strange good smell, the very stone in the sanctum was soaked in that smell. After digging out nearly thousands of small wood sticks, we determined it was ash accumulated after many years of burning incense. But I honestly cannot describe it well enough to do it justice.

JT: Huh, that was nice… but come on, what’s this reviews name supposed to mean if you’re only going to tell us nice things?

GM: Oh, yes. I should go on more about morbid or mysterious sights. Had you ever met a ghost in a public place, James?

JT: Yes, but they are performed exorcism upon as soon as possible. But I consider that racist towards ghosts.

GM: James, believe it or not, there IS a place on earth where ghosts see people in public and perform exorcism upon them. Like many battlefields, the one in badlands of Australia, is full of ghosts. Sorry, can’t give the exact place for confidentiality reasons… why is it different? Well, seeing how few non-indigenous people visited Australia and none were allowed to perform massive exorcism, since said indigenous people, Bushmen, follow ancestral worship, the spirits were untouched. This resulted in a rather weird small biome. This is probably the only place on earth where you can see multiple ghosts at once, not just human ghosts too. Though spirits of let’s say… dinosaurs, have faded majorly, it is a testament to the immortality of the soul. As they still think they are alive, they may try to stalk you or just charge outright, maybe show curiosity, but most of the time they are harmless. We had attempted to make contact with humanoid ghosts, but we couldn’t, most of them speak a dead language and will be impossible to talk to until we get a proper linguist on the case.

JT: But wouldn’t most of the Australia be like this?

GM: It should be, but it isn’t. We don’t know why.

JT: And what about demons?

GM: Well, the demons are surprisingly docile, as far as demons go, but what makes up for this, is their size. Probably it’s just that nobody bothers them. Actually, perhaps it’s the demons that are keeping most souls from manifesting. But there is a place more paranormally anomalous than this field. There is a huge tower made from bones of the dead. It is of cylindrical shape, 50 meters tall and five meters in diameter.

JT: I’m pretty sure you weren’t supposed to touch this place…

GM: Why so? Surprisingly, there are no ghosts in the tower’s proximity despite the ridiculous amount of human and presmin remains. We can’t count the exact amount of bodies, because to do that the tower must either be demolished or scanned with strong X-ray and examined for months upon months… but overall, it’s 6 tons of bones.

JT: What caused a massacre enough to create such a structure? Hell, what valuable is there in Australia that is worth massacring each other for?! How is the thing still standing?

GM: Well, it’s kept up by huge wooden pillars, the bones are also treated with tree resin, which mostly keeps them from being oxidized. But this resin is already pretty worn out. The earliest bones placed are at least 400 years old. As for how this tower even came into being, we believe it is a burial site. The tribes that live nearby say that it is a sacred place that symbolizes that previous generations and efforts of those who died are a stepping stone for future, but they also deny bringing bones to it themselves. They also do not care if we do anything to it or not.

JT: It’s kind of weird, maybe it is something more morbid and the tribes you asked for info made up the meaning because they don’t know?

GM: Well… yeah, we might want to check the facts again, but that’s the hypothesis we have so far. Honestly, there is not much left. At last, we had met a tribe of Bushmen who had adopted a rather weird craft… or rather avoided a common craft in a weird way. Instead of forging weapons, they breed a certain species of giant birds. what makes these birds so special? They are called Acuta Pen., because calling them by full name Acuta Pennis would set off immature bastards…

JT chuckles.

JT: I am very sorry, please go on.

GM: It’s fine, I am not for this name either, but someone just had to go “It’s just Latin, what do you mean by ‘It’s inappropriate?’”. Anyway, their quills are very long, ranging from 0,5 to 2 meter in length, otherwise, each fiber in a quill is rather rigid and has a sword-like structure. The feathers are gathered, burned up just a bit to stick fibers together, the edges of the feather are flattened and put into salt solution until they are hardened by salt crystals and burned up again, and flattened again. Even more bizarre, is that there even is a subspecies feathers of which can be used as blades in a raw state, but they are too dangerous to hunt, we have a few photos of these birds, but physical copies of the photos will arrive in a week.

JT: Feather swords? Hmm… that’s something I can get behind. So, anything more George?

GM: Actually, that’s it. Do you have anything more to say, James?

JT: Well, yes! Being a person who had been in the wildlands firsthand, could you describe how dangerous it was to travel? Is it really as bad as rumors would have you believe?

GM: To be fair, when it comes to survival, it isn’t that bad. Though any humanoid creature is on the bottom of the food chain, there is one benefit-the land is fertile. Yes, you may be eaten if you don’t stay cautious, but that kind of carefree attitude either disappears soon or leads to a fatal outcome and as a reward for this cautious behavior, is the plentiful abundance of food. Berries, fruits, sweet potatoes, small creatures, fresh water and such. Yes, you just might encounter a hungry 10-meter-tall demon who is stuck in a constant state of blind rage, but that’s what high caliber guns are for, eh?

JT: George, based on just that, I'm tempted to call you a badass.

GM: That’s just part of the course, nobody wants to get mauled. Any more questions?

 JT: No, I'm out of things to ask. It is best to end our interview on this high point, don’t you think?

GM: I absolutely agree.

JT: Alright. It was James Therme, with the broadcast of my interview with a biologist and a badass man, George Meylan. Thank you for tuning in… and good night.

Interview over


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