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Ginko ([personal profile] dontpokethat) wrote in [community profile] livinglot2017-04-22 04:17 pm
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Hello, all, this is Casey and Maggie (players of Ginko and Tanyuu, your local Absolutely Not Potheads) with another small mushi plot, this time helped along by the ever so wonderful Foster whom we all love and adore. (...that’s a joke. You’re allowed to laugh.) This should run for about a week, and a log will be going up for any and all mushi shenanigans shortly.


Where Ginko and Tanyuu are from, there are creatures called mushi - strange, ethereal organisms that exist in a state unlike that of other living things. Mushi are invisible to most people, but their effects can be quite noticeable nonetheless, and they can cause a lot of trouble for humans on occasion. Usually this only occurs when there is a very large concentration of mushi in the same place, but Ginko attracts mushi as a natural part of his existence/being/soul/what-have-you. As a result, since they aren’t really bound by the barriers between realms, they fairly frequently drift into the carnival. Most aren’t dangerous, and those workers who happen to be able to see them may have caught sight of some odd, glowing creatures clinging to walls or floating around. (There is no hard rule for who can and cannot see mushi, but supernaturally-inclined characters could be more likely to perceive them. Even the most mundane person could be able to, though, so don’t feel restricted in that sense!)

Normally, Ginko and Tanyuu try to keep the number of mushi in the carnival down through the use of “mushi tobacco” - which isn’t actually tobacco at all, but a mix of herbs that, when burned as incense or in cigarettes, produces a smoke that repels mushi. However, recently, their entire supply has mysteriously gone missing (which is to say, Foster van Denend, local Talker and former cow, stole and hid all of it). As such, starting on Day 87, the number of mushi in the carnival will steadily begin climbing, and continue until Ginko and Tanyuu get hold of the repellent again on Day 90.


There are going to be many, many different kinds of mushi swarming the carnival, of all different varieties. Some will cause strange illnesses, and others will simply be a nuisance to their surroundings.

Yukidangomushi: These tiny mushi roll on top of snow, forming ever-growing snowballs as they move. When the snowball gets too big, the mushi will crash into whatever is nearby - whether that’s a tree or a person - to break it apart. These will be rolling around in the mountains by the lake.

Un: A returning infestation from the last plot, Un are little snail-like mushi that devour sound in the area where they nest. This will create pockets of silence all around the carnival, so maybe learn how to lip-read for a while.

Kagebi: A small blue flame that is actually visible to anyone, kagebi infest fires and turn them cold as they absorb the body heat of those who try to warm themselves by them. Food heated by a kagebi flame (and yes, they CAN get into gas burners, sorry guys) will seem to be cooked but actually be ice cold, and when not in a fire they hide inside covered containers.

Shimi: Essentially mostly-invisible silverfish. However, they eat paper much faster than a non-mushi pest would, so… maybe hope they don’t get into your books.


Characters can become infected by mushi and pick up a strange illness, which can range from the annoyance of a particularly nasty cold to something much more life-threatening. Nothing will actually have the time to successfully kill anyone before Ginko and Tanyuu’s herbs are recovered, thankfully, but the danger is still there.

Mizukagami: A mercury-like mushi that will be inhabiting the carnival’s lake. If someone looks at their reflection in the mizukagami, it will rise from the lake and follow them, gradually sapping their energy. The mizukagami will eventually try to take its “host’s” place as a solid being and turn them into mushi, but will dissolve if it sees its own reflection in the moment before it replaces them.

Manakonoyami: These mushi infect their host’s eyes, making them extremely sensitive to light to the point that any light at all causes intense pain. However, withdrawing into darkness will only cause the mushi to multiply, making the host’s condition more severe. If caught early, manakonoyami can be treated with medicine.

Tokoyuki: Tokoyuki resemble snowflakes, and will swirl in swarms around their host, stealing their body heat. Someone infected by tokoyuki will have snow falling over them constantly, but won’t feel the cold and will actually find any heat painful. While it usually isn’t fatal, hosts may suffer frostbite. Tokoyuki can be driven out through consistent heat exposure over a couple of days.

Tamashi-ka: Worm-like mushi that feed on their host’s life force; though not generally fatal, a severe tamashi-ka infection can be extremely unpleasant. On the other hand, being infected with tamashi-ka can enhance one’s ability to see mushi, or allow someone to see them who normally can’t - which might not be a bright side, depending on how you feel about suddenly being aware of all that.

If none of these options strike your fancy, we can also wildcard some mushi types for you all! Given the wide range of forms, effects, and range of lethality, it won’t be any problem to create (or find a canon mushi) to suit your needs! Just reply below with this form, and we’ll work out something that fits for you!

Characters are absolutely free to help search for the missing mushi tobacco, but the confrontation with Foster has been privately plotted out already and will go down in a closed log. If you have any other questions or concerns, please let us know below.
whattaprick: (quen if you love somebody)

[personal profile] whattaprick 2017-04-23 02:49 am (UTC)(link)
Juuust some questions!

1. Are mushi infestations restricted to sentient beings alone, or can they affect, say ... a Pokemon?

2. Can mushi be affected by telekinetic force, or does it sort of depend on the mushi? Specifically thinking of the mizukagami/shimi/un -- if they can be dispersed (even temporarily) by that sort of thing or not.

3. Are mushi sentient enough to be affected by any magic compulsion?

4. What happens if someone tries to stick a sword through a mizukagami... asking for a friend.

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[personal profile] anti_nonsense 2017-04-23 08:10 am (UTC)(link)
This sounds really cool, but I am totally canonblind to Mushishi so I have some questions as someone who's never really seen mushi before!

I'm interested in playing with the tamashi-ka (in case this varies), so I wonder: what does a mushi infection look/feel like to people? Does the infected know they're infected? In the case of tamashi-ka, how big a 'worm' are we talking, and how does it infect someone?

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[personal profile] perverses 2017-04-23 05:13 pm (UTC)(link)
Do you think black hellfire would be a quick way of clearing out the not-in-a-person infestations? It burns up souls, but I have no idea if you could consider mushi to be those/have those/fit into that sort of energy or if it would generally be a terrible idea.

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[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-24 02:49 am (UTC)(link)
Quick question about the mizukagami! If this mushi sees it's own reflection before the moment it tries to replace the host, is that enough to make it dissolve?

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[personal profile] stillwinningthehardway 2017-04-24 09:10 pm (UTC)(link)
I might've told you this before, but in an older game with a Ginko we decided that midichlorians were analogous to tiny mushi, so during a mushi event a bunch of scavenger-y mushi kept trying to chew on my Jedi to get those tasty, tasty magic microbes.

(I'm in that weird camp that likes midichlorians.)

Can we have various mushi opportunistically trying to take pieces out of Scout?

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[personal profile] walkonedge 2017-04-25 06:58 pm (UTC)(link)
... do mushi, more specifically manakonoyami, show up in mirrors. specifically is someone like yamato who has zero magic/spiritual senses going to be able to look at a mirror and freak out that there are mushi in his eyes or is it just going to be a "wtf are you talking about" thing if someone tries to point it out to him???

also! how quickly does the manakonoyami-induced light sensitivity degenerate? like within hours or does it take a day or so for the light to be unbearable?

/asks all the questions.....
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[personal profile] thevictoriandetective 2017-04-22 10:28 pm (UTC)(link)
Theme: Anything will do, go wild.
Danger: Something serious and/or potentially permanent!
Other: Nothing to avoid, bring on the body horror and make it gnarly.

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[personal profile] puddingemote 2017-04-22 11:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Theme: I'm not sure of anything specific but something that makes him see/hear things or something that makes him lose his voice or motor skills or something along those lines would be cool! Alternately, I love body horror (even if Tamaki doesn't lol).
Danger: Fairly serious but not permanent.
Other: I don't really have anything to avoid for myself, but I'd like to stay away from any mushi infections that try to control their host or "replace" them (which is why I'm avoiding the Mizukagami above) because Tamaki is still dealing with Matrix trauma and I don't want to pick at that scar.

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im posting with lauren, but its for psi

[personal profile] mylastchance 2017-04-23 04:56 am (UTC)(link)
Theme: Not sure, but I'm thinking something like "Helplessness"
Danger: With me the feeling is "the more dangerous the better."
Other: I just don't want him to loose any limbs. Like seriously, I want the worst XD;;
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[personal profile] spaghettimonster 2017-04-23 12:15 pm (UTC)(link)
Theme: Something invasive or transformative is ideal; I can't justify Manakonoyami when the guy doesn't actually have eyes. And I'm always down for things that reference Papyrus being a spooky skeleton. He's made of magic, not matter, so mushi might notice he's not Genuine Human Bones...
Danger: Something serious or potentially permanent would be great.
Other: Let us know any other details you need, such as things to avoid for yours or your character’s comfort! Body horror is a pretty common thing with mushi, but it’s also easily avoided while still having fun.

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[personal profile] pipers_son 2017-04-23 04:56 pm (UTC)(link)
Theme: Whatever can affect a fucking vampire (WOULD LIFE FORCE WORK ON ONE.... WE JUST DON'T KNOW)
Danger: I'm good for annoying to mildly serious
> tries to avoid ginko
> gets infected with the ginko-specific thing
> "lmao fuck"
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[personal profile] perverses 2017-04-23 05:18 pm (UTC)(link)
Theme: I have no specific preference, but if there are ridiculous or just plain dumb mushi effects, maybe one of those.
Danger: Nuisance.
Other: Probably nothing that's too reminiscent of insects, unless it's something external he can run screaming from.
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[personal profile] periphrasing 2017-04-23 11:34 pm (UTC)(link)
Theme: I was just thinking general 'illness' as a theme since Peridot can't get ill normally but like. Anything will do really.
Danger: Mild to moderate. She had a shitty enough time with the vampires so I don't want to do anything too serious.
Other: Honestly she's going to whine no matter what it is so whatever you guys will think is potentially the most hilarious without taking away her ability to be fucking obnoxious to others with complaining about her suffering.

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[personal profile] wild_magic 2017-04-24 02:29 am (UTC)(link)
Theme: dammit child take this seriously™
Danger: Nothing permanent, but anything moderately dangerous or so, possibly even seriously dangerous, is okay. If it's too mild he won't take it seriously though.
Other: please nothing involving eye body horror lmao. Everything else is okay!
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[personal profile] whattaprick 2017-04-23 05:07 am (UTC)(link)
Lambert's going to be sniffing around the Carnival (literally, he's got a pretty sharp nose) for any trace of where the mushi repellent went, though he's not going to take it very seriously initially. After all, how bad can the effects be? He's not particularly adept at dealing with mushi (his strategy is limited to 'set things on fire,' 'blow them away,' and 'stab them') but he can at least try...

Unfortunately, he's going to find out just how bad they can be when he and his Pokemon both get affected with mushi.

Pig, his Mudsdale, will be suffering from an affliction of tokoyuki, which will frustrate him no end as he futilely tries to dispel it. In addition, Lambert will (ANSWER ABOVE PENDING) also be losing his voice for the duration of Mushis Gone Wild thanks to encountering a yadokaridori so enjoy your three days of blessed silence and lack of cussing, Carnival!

Nothing specific planned for him otherwise, though a top level will probably be happening.
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[personal profile] spaghettimonster 2017-04-23 11:24 am (UTC)(link)
Time for hand-based communication, Lambert! There are so many rude gestures between all the worlds, he can communicate many things! To anybody with sight! Maybe not the intended things, but, well...

Though now I gotta wonder, are there any mini signing codes among groups working for the carnival? Do performers have ways of signaling each other so they're not shouting and distracting from the show, do nightrunners and mercenaries have have any military code for when they're going to ruin peoples' days?

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[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-24 03:07 am (UTC)(link)
who's ready for everyone to despair at the thought of two Stranges because he's gonna get a big ol'dose of mizukagami and is going to be followed around by a weird mercury-turned-him sort of clone. Thankfully, the fact that Strange's eyes are literal mirrors means that's going to be the thing that dissolves the mushi, but until then, he's going to try his hardest to get rid of weird doppelganger him through all sorts of bullshit magical means that won't work before probably almost passing out in the middle of someone's way. Mushi suck.
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[personal profile] whattaprick 2017-04-24 03:13 am (UTC)(link)
Lambert is happy to help by cutting, attempting to set on fire, or otherwise just mess with mirror Strange in as many ways as possible y/y?

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[personal profile] fourthscribe 2017-04-24 08:28 pm (UTC)(link)
buddy my friend my guy just wait this one isn't even a DANGER to you why can you not chill

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[personal profile] hippocarnival 2017-04-24 04:22 am (UTC)(link)
Yuya is going to be dodging a mizukagami around the carnival, which means being anywhere at any time because he's a little worried about what happens if he stops and lets it get close enough...

I don't have a set plan how he gets rid of the Mushi, just that it definitely happens before it like, eats him. Until then, shenanigans.