death_gone_mad: Amascut's younger Keli Raven cover, strawberry blonde (young Keli Raven)
Ok, I have randomly decided that it is the year 153. I need to do an OOM about the breakup of the Phoenix Gang before school starts up again. And then in the summer, I can do a OOM adventure based around the Seige of Varrock. Both will be Keli Raven-centric so during the summer OOM adventure, Keli will have to come in to recruit magic users and some fighters. Explaining why everyone calls her Keli instead of Sarah will be fun.
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So, few pieces of lore pertaining to Amascut from the new quest:

Amascut and Icthlarin stood at the Gates of the Underworld on the far side of the river that divides the Realm of the Dead, Noumenon. Icthlarin would shepherd all souls through the Underworld and to the Afterlife, but to the worthy Amascut would offer reincarnation as an alternative. It is Death's responsibility to take souls to the bridge over the Noumenon, and it was up to Icthlarin and Amascut to decide what to do after the soul crossed the bridge.

As it currently stands, only Icthlarin waits at the gate. Amascut has populated the Underworld with devourer beasts that consume wayward souls, so now it seems the gates function to keep the beasts in the Underworld and out of the rest of the Realm of the Dead. The Afterlife still lies beyond the Gates and the beast-filled Underworld, so Icthlarin's job of shepherding souls across the Underworld is still important but much more perilous.

Icthlarin still hopes that Amascut can be redeemed.

Speculation: This could entangle Amascut in the respawn game mechanic and the importance of the player character. The mention of the devourer beasts might legitimize the Spirit Beast/Corporeal Beast as one of Amascut's pets as well. There was a lot of speculation in the weeks before the Spirit of Summer quest update that Amascut was the Devourer draining away the ghosts in the wilderness.
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It is almost 7pm in London and the podcast still isn't uploaded to podbean. fff

Well, such stuff happens when you lay off part of your community management team. A link to this week's Behind the Scenes hasn't even been posted to twitter yet.

Missing, Presumed Death is an upcoming quest involving Amascut's brother and fellow death god Icthlarin and the mahjarrat (and god killer) Sliske. Well, anyhow, on the podcast spoiler thread for us sorry sacks who couldn't listen in to the live podcast (for fuck's sake, the podcast is done over a fansite's internet radio service and not runescape's own website what the fuck) a summary was posted:

bullet point summary and my thoughts )

Fanon is still saying that Sliske is solely responsible for Amascut's crazy. Kinda like Amascut was Sliske's revenge on/greatest troll of Icthlarin? I dunno, it seems a bit too much like fridging Amascut to develop Icthlarin's character to me. Plus other things :-S
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Ok, I think it's time I finally put Birds of Tokyo on the playlist. I don't know about the earlier songs anymore; they are attached to a plot I may abandon. We will see what Missing, Presumed Death has to say about Amascut's interaction with the mahjarrat. I still don't know what they did to her and any speculation from me would be a potential SAN loss hazard for the reader if written down. Let's wait on canon and blame the SAN loss on them.




Fallen Goddess Amascut
One Word by Conjure One feat. Poe Play ►
Nature Boy by David Bowie & Massive Attack Play ►
Center of the Sun by Conjure One feat. Poe Play ►
The End is the Beginning is the End by Smashing Pumpkins Play ►
Extraordinary Way by Conjure One feat. Poe Play ►
The Beginning is the End is the Beginning by The Smashing Pumpkins Play ►
Can't Change Me by Chris Cornell Play ►
Wild by Poe Play ►
Judith by A Perfect Circle Play ►
Arsenal by KidneyThieves Play ►
Fall Into Sleep by Mudvayne Play ►
Do The Evolution by Pearl Jam Play ►
Miss Murder by AFI Play ►
Never Be Free by Garbage Play ►
Proud Like a God by Guano Apes Play ►
Temptation Waits by Garbage Play ►
When Animals Attack by Institute Play ►
Hypnotized by Ian Taylor and The Runescape Audio Team Play ►
Ænema by Tool Play ►
Tikal by E.S. Posthumus Play ►
Battle Without Honor or Humanity by Tomoyasu Hotei Play ►
Cat People(Putting Out The Fire) by David Bowie Play ►
World Painted Blood by Slayer Play ►
Final Showdown by Stephen Lord and The Runescape Audio Team Play ►
Wake Up by Rage Against the Machine Play ►
An Ode to Death by Birds of Tokyo Play ►

Playlist format by [info]wastintime and posted in [info]rp_tutorials
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In the newest quest Death of Chivalry, the player has an opportunity to eulogize a fallen npc. Depending on what god the player chooses out of a big list, these are the dialogue options:
Contains spoilers about the NPC's identity, so shoo, go away and be unspoiled )

To me, this looks sloppily written, like bad fanfic bad. But, Jagex likes playing around with character perspectives and no one in the Lore is allowed to be omniscient, not even the gods. This could be a product of what the player character would know and figured out from their travels, painted by fanaticism for [insert god here]. No eulogy option is open for Godless players. Plus, the fact that the prayer to Apmeken includes a clause about protecting said NPC from Amascut, as if that were Apmeken's fight and not Icthlarin's as psychopomp of the Pantheon. Jagex hasn't exactly portrayed the player character as particularly smart or well-spoken.

But it could just be bad writing.
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Locations


The Lion's Mouth -The last standing temple to Amascut, it will get destroyed in this plot. It features a massive monumental statue of her and from the looks of the head, it isn't the same design as the statue in the Uzer Mastaba.

Surprisingly, the Lion's Mouth is directly west of Uzer on the world map. I was expecting it to be further south. Of course, the game map is a highly compressed version of reality, so it could be to the south.

Quotes


"Who question Big High War God die asking more questions."
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***### SPOILERS ###***

For a long while now, lore-hounds have been searching for the wandering ga'al, an abnormally born member of the TzHaar race. The TzHaar are basically a race of what can best be described as lava monsters, but to be more spoilery, the TzHaar are offshoots of the TokHaar, another race of lava monsters, or more appropriately, highly intelligent lava automatons/golems. The TzHaar probably count as automatons as well but they are far more independent than the TokHaar.

Anyhow, the reason players were searching for the wandering ga'al is because it promised to translate some books but then it got lost doing some adventuring.

Anyhow, a transcript of the translation courtesy of player Delta 206 plus some additional analysis by Amascut (the player, not me or the character/pup. Just another RPer. Well, sometimes she does RP but she mostly is a gatherer of lore and she's awesome), and put here to save the information from the page 50 monster. This has also been added to the runescape wikia as part of the NPC Dialogue project (without commentary). But, the intellectual property bugaboo might visit them again, so, having it in multiple places is good.

Chapter 1: Preface )
Chapter 2: The Masters )
Chapter 3: The Great Labour )
Chapter 4 - The Hallow Victory )
Chapter 5: The Enduring Vigil )

I disagree with Amascut's speculations on the present whereabouts of the Elder Gods. She is probably overreaching there. Still, neat stuff.
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Fallen Goddess Amascut
One Word by Conjure One feat. Poe Play ►
Nature Boy by David Bowie & Massive Attack Play ►
Center of the Sun by Conjure One feat. Poe Play ►
The End is the Beginning is the End by Smashing Pumpkins Play ►
Extraordinary Way by Conjure One feat. Poe Play ►
The Beginning is the End is the Beginning by The Smashing Pumpkins Play ►
Can't Change Me by Chris Cornell Play ►
Wild by Poe Play ►
Judith by A Perfect Circle Play ►
Better Living Though Chemistry by Queens of the Stone Age Play ►
Arsenal by KidneyThieves Play ►
Fall Into Sleep by Mudvayne Play ►
Do The Evolution by Pearl Jam Play ►
Miss Murder by AFI Play ►
Never Be Free by Garbage Play ►
Proud Like a God by Guano Apes Play ►
Temptation Waits by Garbage Play ►
When Animals Attack by Institute Play ►
Hypnotized by Ian Taylor and The Runescape Audio Team Play ►
Ænema by Tool Play ►
Tikal by E.S. Posthumus Play ►
Battle Without Honor or Humanity by Tomoyasu Hotei Play ►
Cat People(Putting Out The Fire) by David Bowie Play ►
World Painted Blood by Slayer Play ►
Final Showdown by Stephen Lord and The Runescape Audio Team Play ►
Wake Up by Rage Against the Machine Play ►

Playlist format by [info]wastintime and posted in [info]rp_tutorials
death_gone_mad: An angry Sphynx cat (hiss)
Yay! Canon! Accessible canon!

I have complained in the past that one of the most important sources on Amascut's backstory was inaccessible to me since, well, I am too cheap to pay for a runescape membership especially since I don't give myself the time to actually play the game. So I have been relying on other players to bring that aspect of canon to me.

I am talking specifically about Neite, a cat that wanders around Sophanem, and after A Tail of Two Cats, the world. She's important to Amascut's backstory because she was one of Amascut's last chief priestesses and she was present at Amascut's 'fall'. Anyway, some kind soul has posted Neite's dialog during A Tail of Two Cats on the wikia, so here it is incase the copyright bugaboo revisits the wikia and causes the deletion of the dialog and transcript pages.

Neite )

So, the curses that Amascut's priestesses put on her are: Her name is forgotten, any corporeal form that she wears will eventually reject her, and she will never have willing worshippers. Her deeds will be remembered, though. However, it seems that Amascut has overcome these handicaps, as the people of the desert remember both her deeds and her name and she does have a few willing minions who are under no illusion about who she is. This may also be her motivation for her actions during Stolen Hearts and Diamond in the Rough. But who knows until more desert centered canon comes out.

Here I note that Neite is another name for Nit, the Egyptian goddess of the primordial waters, war, hunting, and weaving. She also protects the bodies of fallen warriors, much like Amascut was supposed to, and kind of what Neite and all cats in Runescape are supposed to do, at least against Amascut. Neite was sometimes depicted as a woman with the head of a lioness, simular to Sekhmet, another war goddess, and of course Amascut herself, who is probably Sekhmet inspired. Neite seems to be a creative war goddess, where Sekhmet is a destructive war godess, though.

It's funny how the names of Egyptian dieties come up in Runescape. Heru and Apep have shown up as Amascut's lackeys, and Khnum (Egyptian Niete's consort, one of them at least) was contracted by Amascut (in her Lady Keli guise [which some players insist is a reference to Kali]) to kidnap Prince Ali in Stolen Hearts. Heru, ironically, is another name for Horus, who is probably the inspiration for Tumeken, Amascut's father. Or maybe Tumeken is Ra inspired. Who knows, the superficial difference between Ra and Horus seems to be how primordial Ra is and some players speculate that Tumeken may be one of the Elder Gods for his ability to father and create gods, something that the other gods haven't done (save for Elidinis, Amascut and Icthlarin's mother, technically)

Researching the Egyptian Neite and her primordial-ness made me think of Kali and the primordial-ness attributed to her, as the goddess of time, destroyer of all things, or the inaccessable Durga. And the weaving and creativity and warriorish-ness of Neite reminded me of Athena, another crafty warrior goddess. These goddesses of the hunt and warrior goddesses are neat, but they always seem to be wrapped up in so much mystery. It makes me wonder what was happening with the Indo-Europeans at the time of the Æsuric-Devic split. That seems like a magical time in the history of humanity, almost. If only I had a time machine.

Of course, these are not goddesses of marriage, or women who settled down, so, INSTANT MYSTERY!

Anyway, the change of heart with regard to potential copyright violation by the runescape wikia editors has also led to the dialog of the dead slayer master Catolax to be written up as well, and it contains the following Amascut related canon.

Catolax )

This bit specifically justifies that area of effect aura of ignorance that I have written Amascut as wearing. And I wrote it in without knowing this particular part of canon. Yay me! Of course, there are clues about it. The player knows who Amascut is and what she is and what she has done, and that Sumona is just a disguise. But the player forgets all that when he is talking to Sumona, even over long distances through the Slayer Gems or the NPC Contact Spell. Such is the power that she possesses.

Note that the game's devs love playing with the idea of perspectives and the filters people will put on reality, so no NPC wil ever know or tell the absolute capital T TRUTH.

Music!

Nov. 26th, 2012 11:18 pm
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Centre of the Sun by Conjure One Feat. POE
Young girl in the market gives it to the men
When the men leave her eyes are red
When her eyes are closed again
She sees a dark market of a violin
And she sings they say the most horrible things
But I hear violins

When I close my eyes
I am at the centre of the sun
And I cannot be hurt
By anything this wicked world has done

Young boy in the market follows all the men
When the men leave he is out of his head
When his eyes are closed again
He sees a dark market of a violin
And he says they break the most beautiful things
But I hear violins

When I close my eyes
I am at the centre of the sun
And I cannot be hurt
By anything this wicked world has done
I look into your eyes and
I am at the centre of the sun
And I cannot be hurt
By anything this wicked world has done

Young boy in the market sees the girl alone
And asks her have you lost your way home
She sings you say the most beautiful things
Just like my violins

I look into your eyes
I am at the centre of the sun
And I cannot be hurt
By anything this wicked world has done
When I close my eyes
I am at the centre of the sun
And I cannot be hurt
By anything this wicked world has done

I hear violins at the centre of the sun
I hear violins

death_gone_mad: Amascut in a fighting pose (Fight!)
Now that the Stolen Hearts/Diamond in the Rough quest has stewed in the brains of the people who pay attention to Runescape's desert lore, there are some things about Amascut that keep coming up in discussions about her.

--Her psychic abilities. OR Oh boy, Amascut just keeps on coming up with excuses for me to run wild and godmod with her.

In the quest, she shows a tremendous ability and willingness to just compel others to do what she wants. This runs to full-on mind control to get some thugs who were demanding extra pay from her to fight the protagonists to death for free to getting the player character to toss her a diamond despite the objections of the player and the other two protagonists. This time, not even the slightest suggestion that Amascut hypnotized anyone was given, unlike what happened in the Icthlarin's Little Helper quest. Furthermore, it is suggested that Amascut mindwipes the player after the events of Smoking Kills, making the player forget Amascut and Sumona are the same person. Either that or the player character is stupid or just doesn't give a damn.

-- The true nature of the curse on Amascut. OR I've been playing her wrong.

So the mind control thing brings up a dialog with Amascut's former head priestess, now the immortal cat Niete. Before, the talk was that Amascut's priestesses cursed Amascut with the inability to take physical form.

Uh, no. Just no. Because she walks around in physical form all the time.

Back then I couldn't verify this because I didn't have the prerequisites to even speak with Niete. I still don't.

Now, the consensus is that Amascut's priestesses cursed Amascut with the inability to posses people.

What.

I suppose possession and mind control may be meant to be different things, but the end result is pretty much the same. Making this odder still is that Amascut's objective, at least one of them, in the Hearts/Diamonds quest, is to steal a diamond which also routinely possesses people.

--Amascut's plots and plans. OR maybe I am playing her right anyway.
Amascut loves convoluted plans. Her actions don't make sense otherwise. She is willing and able to eliminate and control anyone she wants, yet... Either she is playing a long term game of 11-dimensional chess or she is the luckiest psychotic ever. Either way, even though she engages in overt shows of power, she doesn't use her power to solve every problem. In a way, she encourages destruction, but doesn't seem too willing to cause destruction on her own. It is a group participation thing!

--Loophole abuse
So, big deal, the Edicts of Guthix prevents deities from directly interacting with the world. Exception... Amascut, Icthlarin, and other minor desert deities. This was confirmed by one of the lore writers. There is some speculation that the end result of the desert quests might be the elevation of Amascut from minor goddess to potential combatant in a second God War.

And the second God War may well be coming. Lore writers have also confirmed that the major gods will be returning, along with the ever looming threat of Zaros. Some extra ones may show up as well. It sounds to me like a whole new game and gameworld, but who knows.
death_gone_mad: Amascut eating something with a bewildered look on her face (*grabs popcorn*)
Inside, there is a goddess of death and rebirth redheaded near-Orientish looking woman, completely ordinary. Nothing unusual. Ok, maybe she's beautiful. She's a little vain about her looks, but that is ordinary, right? She is eating an amount of food that is also completely ordinary for someone who hasn't eaten in days.

Meanwhile, outside there is a cheery little fire attended by a mass of molten rock burning four feet outside the reach of the trees in the forest and any leaves they may toss on it. However, one must be sneaky to catch a glimpse of the bright lava ball; it's been ordered to vanish if it spots anyone.

She usually is against torturing things that are begging for death but the trees will just have to grow legs, shake the dew off their leaves, and light themselves on fire if they want to burn so badly. The fire is there to provide light and warmth for any poor souls caught outside in the dreary cold fog. Isn't that nice and considerate of whoever put it there?
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Fallen Goddess Amascut
Never Be Free by Garbage Play ►
Do The Evolution by Pearl Jam Play ►
Proud Like a God by Guano Apes Play ►
Fall Into Sleep by Mudvayne Play ►
Temptation Waits by Garbage Play ►
Nature Boy by David Bowie & Massive Attack Play ►
Can't Change Me by Chris Cornell Play ►
The End is the Beginning is the End by Smashing Pumpkins Play ►
The Beginning is the End is the Beginning by The Smashing Pumpkins Play ►
Judith by A Perfect Circle Play ►
When Animals Attack by Institute Play ►
Hypnotized by Runescape Audio Team Play ►
Ænema by Tool Play ►
Tikal by E.S. Posthumus Play ►
Battle Without Honor or Humanity by Tomoyasu Hotei Play ►
Cat People(Putting Out The Fire) by David Bowie Play ►
Arsenal by KidneyThieves Play ►
Wild by Poe Play ►

Playlist format by [info]wastintime and posted in [info]rp_tutorials
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wait, I knew about [community profile] daemonmuses already? It was in my autocomplete.

Anyhow, in case I want to stick Amascut into [community profile] daemonmuses, her daemon is a male spotted hyena named Yandu. from Hausa Daemonology, a demon notorious for causing paralysis, most times a black hyena (a genus to which superstition grants the ability to mute dogs anyhow), but sometimes a legendary blacksmith who killed his enemies by cracking open their skulls and who crafted the kankara (thunderstones). Can be appeased by the sacrifice of a bird of a specific color and gender, according to the demon's whimsy.

That being said, here's some potential backstory that bubbled up in crackchat:
an amusing thought re:settling. Amascut's daemon spent so much time as a lion when Amascut was young that everyone was sure he would settle that way, but, nope, hyena.

OOC:lyrics

Sep. 23rd, 2012 04:38 pm
death_gone_mad: Pouting (pouty)
I am lost
so I am cruel
But I'd be love and sweetness
If I had you
death_gone_mad: Illustration from a kid's book about Egypt featuring Ammit and Anubis (judgement)
So, the livestream that happened a few hours ago included some concept art reveals. One of the upcoming updates to Runescape is a qraphical rework of Al Kharid and two (IIRC) new desert centered quests, one of which may be a rework of Prince Ali Rescue, the other involves Ozan. The following is related to the Ozan quest. It looks like some sort of altar room.

Anyhow, the wall mural is the important bit. From left to right, there is Amascut, depicted as a woman with a lioness' head. There is a single crescent above her head. To her right is her brother Icthlarin, represented as a jackal headed man with two opposed and offset crescents above his head. The twin aspects of death and rebirth face each other, perhaps arguing, with some odd glyphs in between them.

To their right, raised above them a bit and facing away from them is their father, Tumeken, depicted as a falcon headed man with a stylized beak above his head. In the concept art for the room, he is on an altogether separate panel from Amascut and Icthlarin, perhaps on purpose. Tumeken, the god of sun and light looks toward a stylized sun surrounded by a depiction of a scarab, representing Scabaras, god of quiet and solitary contemplation (and maybe recycling); a stylized alligator head, representing Crondis, goddess of prudence and resourcefulness; a stylized monkey head, representing Apmeken, goddess of sociability and partly a trickster god; and a very stylized human head, representing Het, god of health and strength. These are the four gods Tumeken created out of four exemplary mortal creatures he met during his Dream, a crisis of conscious brought on when he saw his family and empire falling apart.

To their right is another panel depicting the sun, a falcon representing Tumeken, what I assume to be hippopotamus, which could represent Elidinis based on the double squiggly line glyph next to it. The hippo, possibly the river goddess/spirit Elidinis, stands above a depiction of the river Elid, which flows though the whole mural. If the hippo does represent Elidinis, she faces away from her children Amascut and Icthlarin and her husband's creations, where the falcon is again facing toward Tumeken's creation.

Is this important or am I reading too much into it?

Anyhow, the adjoining wall has two panels featuring representations of Tumeken and Scabaras. It might indicate a joint temple of Scabaras and Tumeken, possibly a center of learning.

Anyhow, Elidinis =maybe= represented by hippopotamii. Hooray for new info!
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