Yep, I’m elaborating even more on the human side of headworld stuff tonight, because there are still lots of things to cover and I really want to talk about WEREWOLVES… Because no seriously, Wyrd’s been in the process of making a canon werewolf in falsieland and it makes me very excited. BUT ANYWAY.
I already wrote a little about how supernatural entities live and “die” in my initial info dump about the ether. Rather than expire physically as we are accustomed to, instead, ether life forms go through a sort of (mostly gradual) degradation process, losing the strength of their energy frequency/wavelength proportionally as their individual traits bleed away. Physical structure, appearance, mass, thought, personality and memory will all just sort of deteriorate until the entity is no more, melted back into the endless Vis flows.
Now, as these entities lose their ‘energy’ during the process, their overall wavelength/frequency decreases, and they start to sort of ‘fall’ towards our plane. By the time they’re truly on Death’s Door (or whatever analogue the ether has for such an expression), they may even be able to manifest here for a very brief period of time and, under extremely rare circumstances, prolong their life by binding to a living Esper. It doesn’t happen often, though; most ether entities don’t have the strength of will to stay intact long enough for any manifesting and will just fizzle out silently.
Still, very rarely all the circumstances line up and a dying ether spirit may just be lucky enough to come in contact with an Esper. There’s hardly anything left of them at this point— maybe some broken fragments of the personality that used to be, or the warped memory of a disembodied trait. All they generally know is a desperate urge to ‘save’ themselves, and so they’ll leap into the mind (and Vis load) of the first compatible being they find. The Esper generally won’t know what’s hit them until it’s too late; they may just feel like a ton of ectoplasmic bricks fell on top of them and then BAM. Suddenly, they’re aware of a very real and extremely confusing new consciousness living in their brain.
I don’t know if possession is quite the right word to describe it, but that’s… sort of what it is. The key difference is that the ‘possessing’ entities are so weak and broken that they’re more like a desperate parasite on their host, at first. They’ll scour their host’s mind for the most compelling and palpable thing they can find to take as a new form— be it a wolf, a dragon, a god beast, whatever. It doesn’t even have to be real so long as it’s tangible enough to seem real in the host’s mind. Likewise, the entity will help “reconstruct” its broken personality by filling in any gaps with traits of the host, too, which can be dominant tendencies (a calm host’s calmness) or even parts that have been suppressed in rare cases (like a venomous temper).
I imagine there’s probably a rough acclimation period for the host more than anything; it must be quite a system shock to suddenly be sharing your brain space with a strange new thing, but at the same time, having what’s essentially a living spark of raw ether Vis living inside of you opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Often a person may find themselves able to ‘switch’ places (with consent) after they’ve come to resolution with their odd new partner, and even twist their bodies into the entity’s adopted form. Whatever Esper abilities they had prior will inevitably develop more, as well.
Hence how things like werewolves and shape shifters have the potential to (and do, rarely) exist in the falsie verse. They’re definitely a one in a million sort of fluke, and most have enough self preservation to keep their heads low and way off the radar— but they’ve been around in various forms for millennia, and both the falsie and human side seems scarcely aware of them.
Anywho, though, I’m rambling again! I’ll leave it here and pick up again tomorrow. I’m always up for questions though if anyone has one to ask!