Gotta be an interesting way to wake up.
Awkward! Who’s buying breakfast?
I’m thinking proper bedside manners dictate the cat cover that since we’re outside the city. Can one with any degree of practicality expect a spirit-cat to be a proper host though?
I am curious as to why the cat has taken her outside the city/town. Last time it restricted itself to finishing her chores. This is a fairly major step up.
I just assumed it was taking her to safety. Probably easier than protecting her unconscious body. Which does draw a distinction in that its motivation seems to be loyalty to her rather than any particular desire to take out the demons.
It’s certainly interesting figuring out the motivations though. Whatever’s possessing Thoom clearly has it out for the bees, but it doesn’t seem to necessarily be on the side of the humans either. I suspect that the demons are pretty far from being a unified force, but I’m wondering if they’re divided into clear factions or not.
For that matter the fact that Thoom seems to have some kind of connection with this entity brings a lot into question since he’s not a guardian. Though admittedly he might just be prone to possession, but right now I’m working under the premise that both instances are the same thing possessing him.
The loyalty argument argument makes sense for the cat/panther/thing.
Regarding Thoom: the impression I got from his trip to Hazeldella was that after he got bitten by the demon-badger he got infected with something akin to Hulk powers: when he gets angry, he becomes absurdly strong but loses control. Thus, rather than explicit motivations of a possessor, Thoom’s actions are fueled by his anger. Since he does actually care about his wife, the locusts/wasps that attack her cause Thoom to enter a rage. Earlier, when he threw the zucchini, he was angry about being pestered by his wife. In each case, it seems that he lashes out against the cause of the anger, rather than at targets specified by some purposeful possessor. For me, the interesting questino about Thoom is what the side-effects will be, because I don’t think Yargis root is going to cut it on this one.
A cat feeding a human? Inconceivable!
I think Thoom is possessed by the courgettes, and is trying to protect them from the demon locusts.
Each demon is probably self-motivated; rather than working together for a common goal. So a swarm of locust is merely interested in feeding on anything they find, but some demons might be maliciously hostile, and some others may be helpful. (Do spirit animals count as demons? Or are they something else.)
Who knows what motivate the sentient-looking ones? Not me. But I’d read a Buddy Cop story about the adventures of Thoom and Angry Goblin.
Excerpt from Thoom and Angry Goblin The Movie-
Chief: You’re a loose cannon, Thoom. I don’t like your renegade ways. Here’s your new partner. Angry goblin.
Thoom: But Chief!
Chief: No buts!
Subira’s spirit animal manifesting at the same time an unknown, female guardian appears in the village? Coincidence? I think not!
We may be seeing the potential for a master-apprentice relationship, eh?
But then again… what if the truth comes out?
*biting nails nervously*
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