What they said.Experiment!
You poke this thing a bit.
What did the Blue Wisp say about Psions? To absorb them for free soul energy? This energy crystal thing doesn't seem to have been absorbed by your own soul at all, it's just hanging out in here.
You knew how to use the Earth and Sky orbs instinctively, but this is a little bit different.
You could try to siphon it into yourself, like you siphon the power of the orbs into your creatures.
You could attempt to perform some kind of internal First Rite, despite this not really being a physical creature.
You could keep trying to activate it somehow, without absorbing it further.
You could expel it back out, though that seems like giving up.
Or you could come up with a new idea altogether!
What will you do?
>try to go in it
Well, we have mentioned before that we have a first rite problem. . .
I feel it would be out of character to not first rite it.
How is this supposed to work? You really have no idea. Not like that's ever stopped you, though.
UHOHDVH PH DW RQFH
get back out. This place seems kind of dangerous.
>Murmer the words: "He comes?"
You are possessed by a sudden, inexplicable urge to whisper these words.
You're not sure about this place, though, and decide to quickly return to the safety of your mind.
Something, however, seems different.
Go back in it's mind and repeat the alphabet.
Ahaha, ok, if nobody figures it out we might do that. It's perfectly solvable from just this, though, if you figure out one little detail.
(Also, don't bother going back to look at what the cyan psion said for help here. Each one uses a different method. )
I was struck with the urge to mention, for posterity's sake, that the red psion here employs a common substitution cipher, in which each letter is replaced by the letter that precedes it by three places in the alphabet.
Thereby “JHW RXW/JR DZDB/UHOHDVH PH DW RQFH” equals “GET OUT/GO AWAY/RELEASE ME AT ONCE”;
and “KH FRPHV?” is its confusion at our use of an old Internet meme.
I'm no student of cryptography, so the cyan psion's nine letters baffle me.
(This fascinates me, of course—I hope you don't mind another parasite reader.)
Last edited by Midtime; 05-10-2012 at 09:27 PM. Reason: Unjustified gender pronoun.
Not at all - I'm thrilled, in fact. And yes, of course, that's how the red psion here speaks. Don't worry about Cyan, as I didn't actually intend for anyone to be able to decode its speech (It's technically possible to figure out, but I'd advise you not to bother).
So now that that's been established, is there anything in particular we'd like to say to / ask Red?
To maintain the obvious: our psion is sapient, and we may induce that all psions are; it understands our words; it seems willing to speak with us.
The blue wisp is certain that one can devour a psion without negotiation or symbiosis. We have rarely cared for morality of any sort in the past. But this revelation demonstrates that other advantages, inclusive or exclusive, can be extracted from the creature. It may agree to a different kind of alliance. It may furnish us with intelligence. It may bring us to others of its kind. That will depend on our powers of coercion. (The option of befriending it exists also, if we are more cunning and specious than we have been thus far.)
I'd advise consideration and foresight, but that would be out of character at this point.
Will it continue to speak in the code, even though we've broken it? Or will the code be helpfully translated?
Either way, ask it it's name. No reason to start things off on the wrong foot (again.)
> "Yeah, I don't know either."
> Interrogate it as to it's previous aggressive behavior
So. Do you have a name?
NO. THEY'RE GONE.
Your name is gone?
BOTH OF THEM ARE GONE. IDIOT WISP.
Right. We'll work on that later. Why did you attack me?
That was nice of you.
LET ME GO.
Tell him you'll give him a name and let him go if he promises to serve you.
Never let him go. He's your new best friend.
It seems like he's willing or compelled to answer you, so ask about what he is.