The following is an ‘excerpt’ from an in-universe book Johann reads about the Things Without Faces, called Lordwood Signs.
The Things Without Faces are an ancient group of entities who have enormous power. They’re not quite gods, but they certainly aren’t mortals, and they’re not related to God or Satan. They’re more like gaps in the creation that those two fight over, like cosmic glitches that will exist as long as normal reality does. It’s assumed that they simply willed themselves into existence, and inserted themselves into creation just like that.
Some people think that the supposed everlasting battle in the heavens might not really be between God and Satan, but between them and God, who creates a reality, only to have it eaten by the Things, over and over again.
Either way, the Things are outside of normal reality. They obey no laws. They have no collective motives other than hunger and want. They might all have different wants, but that’s their only defining characteristic – they all want, and what they want they will eventually get. However, they’re imprisoned beyond death, which keeps them out and away from those things for as long as possible. In a worse case scenario where they do break out, the faeries are supposed to keep them at bay until God can imprison them again, but the chance of the faeries actually doing that is extremely slim.
However, even imprisoned, the Things have agents on Earth. These are immortal beings who have tremendous power that makes them essentially gods in human form, except for a selection of weaknesses that makes them distinctly not Things or mortals, but something in between. These beings are called vampires. There are also corrupted, besital faeries who have many of the same powers as the vampires, but without immortality. They’re called werewolves, and they’re not as powerful as vampires, but they can be just as dangerous.
The Things have a very loose structure, because they are overall a bundle of barely restrained chaos. It’s unknown how many there really are, since the Things are all technically undefined entities without anything close to a real material form, but most scholars consider there to be eleven:
- The Thing in the Well
- The Queen of the Birds
- The Hanged Man
- The Thing With No Mouth
- The Thing in the Cave
- The Things in the Wall
- The Thing Forgotten
- The Thing That Is Not
- The Thing That Decays
- The Mother Over All
- The Thing That Watches
There are also a few others whose status as Things is debated. They are:
- The Man in Red
- The Changeling
- The Thing in the Room
Each of these is explained in detail below, including the ones of debatable status.
(further posts will include the rest of the ‘excerpt’)
Also behold this drawing:
Huge shout-out to my IRL friend who will henceforth be known by their initials AB for coming up with the “chad reunion” joke in reaction to this photoshopped Enlightenment salon:
And, if you’re realizing that you don’t recognize the name ‘Delta,’ that’s because they are the new narrator for part 3 of Pact. I’ve already started writing about them, which is why they’re in the drawing, but haven’t published anything with them in it yet, which is why no one on here is going to recognize their name.
If you didn’t know, this is a reminder that hiatus posts come out on Saturdays and Wednesdays.
Thank you for reading!