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    The Cursepeddlers

    by , 02-21-2018 at 04:15 PM (588 Views)
    This is my first attempt at a dream journal entry. I'd like to take an unorthodox approach to this particular dream journal. Rather than give my dreams in full, or focusing on the stories and narratives of those dreams, I plan on focusing on the various beings of these dreamscapes. The "Creatures of the Labyrinth".

    To start this off, a dream creature from a newer dream: a Cursepeddler. The Cursepeddlers are a species of large, sapient bats, roughly the size of a flying fox, and black in color. They dwell in small shacks filled with magical baubles, curiosities, and sometimes even magical creatures like imps. They hang from their ceiling, selling their goods to those who visit. They even offer the first sale to a new customer free as a "gift".

    The catch, however, is that a good portion of what they sell is cursed. Not everything is cursed, and the Cursepeddlers themselves will openly tell you which items are or are not cursed, but one has to be careful when making one's selection at a Cursepeddler's store.

    Care must especially be taken due to one quirk of the Cursepeddler species: they speak backwards, reversing every letter in a made statement. This makes it difficult to follow what a Cursepeddler is saying, and makes it potentially easy to miss descriptions of curses within the description of any given item.

    Whether the Cursepeddlers speak backwards because they are cursed themselves, or whether they are simply mischievous and trying to obfuscate the cursed status of their wares, is unknown to all save the Cursepeddlers themselves.
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    1. Seabatt's Avatar
      Those guys really sound like something that'd come out of a high adventure novel. I like it when dreams present unique creatures like that, it's great material. If you were ever going to write a story of something, these guys would be perfect.
    2. LabyrinthDreams's Avatar
      They'll probably end up in a project of mine (though writing isn't my preferred medium). Artistically I am a surrealist, so my art draws from my dreams, and these guys would fit into my current project quite well, an adventure RPG game I've been building. They'd make good merchants for the setting.

      The project is also an attempt at "pure surrealism", IE, nothing without basis in my dreams (or the dreams of a few collaborating friends) is being used.