Sunday 25 June 2017

Mass O' Kyzt - Lore #2

Apparently this is a series I'm doing and I have to do something to procrastinate for Devlog #6, so let's get on with the lore!

In the "Lore Overview" video I made, I already discussed how the Kyzt are all connected via a hivemind. However, I failed to mention the fact that it is indeed centralized, with the controller being carefully protected by each of the small creatures it manages.

The controller of the Kyzt has been dubbed the "Brain" by previous human or allied expeditions to planet Ky. Successful communication has been briefly established with the brain on occasion, though current psychic translation technologies are primitive at best. Psychic translators can rarely hold a sustained connection for more than a few seconds without breaking either the device itself or the mind of the participant.
Despite the fact that the Kyzt themselves will expend exorbitant amounts of energy to prevent any perceived combatant from getting near the Brain, the Brain itself will prioritize non-violent communication. It will often attempt several psychic frequencies before becoming frustrated and forcing itself into the mind of the approaching combatant, usually killing them in the process.

However, even after the individual has died, the Brain can still probe for stored memories and any thoughts conceived in the last 5 minutes. Once the relevant information has been scanned and interpreted, the body is destroyed and stored beneath the Brain to be used at a later date as an energy reserve.

Like the creatures they control, the Brains can also change their physical form. However, they tend to be less flexible in doing so, often retaining the shape of a large blob, sometimes with external appendages.

On planet Ky, there are multiple Brains controlling multiple sects of the Kyzt. Generally speaking, they all possess the same or similar amounts of power and expendable energy stores.

These sects have had disagreements - either regarding the trade and allocation of domestic resources or one of them just got confused and started hitting the other - but these have never escalated to a full-scale war. Were it to ever escalate that far, it could be catastrophic for the planet as a whole due to their respective power.

Either way, stay tuned for Devlog #6 at some point in the future, hopefully within a few days!

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