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0008945 [DCSS] Documentation feature N/A 2014-09-11 05:47 2015-03-12 00:27
Reporter Rast View Status public  
Assigned To neil
Priority normal Resolution done  
Status closed   Product Branch 0.15 ancient branch
Summary 0008945: Vine Stalker flavor text
Description I noticed that Vine Stalkers don't seem to have in-game flavor text yet.

It happens that the 20th century writer Clark Ashton Smith wrote a horror story, "The Seed from the Sepulchre", in which a strange plant embeds itself in a man's head and grows until it takes him over entirely. I suggest the following two quotes from that story as suitable flavor text:

"My head! My head!" he muttered. "There must be something in my brain, something that grows and spreads; I tell you, I can feel it there. I haven't felt right at any time since I left the burial pit... My mind has been queer ever since . It must have been the spores of the ancient devil-plant... The spores have taken root... The thing is splitting my skull, going down into my brain – a plant that springs out of a human cranium – as if from a flower pot!"


During the interim of Thone's delirium and his lapse into slumber, the monstrous plant bud, merely stimulated, it would seem, by the act of excision, had grown again with preternatural rapidity, from Falmer's head. A loathsome pale-green stem was mounting thickly, and had started to branch like antlers after attaining a height of six or seven inches.

More dreadful than this, if possible, similar growths had issued from the eyes; and their stems, climbing vertically across the forehead, had entirely displaced the eyeballs. Already they were branching like the thing from the crown. The antlers were all tipped with pale vermilion. They appeared to quiver with repulsive animations, nodding rhythmically in the warm, windless air... From the mouth another stem protruded, curling upward like a long and whitish tongue. It had not yet begun to bifurcate.

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Rast (reporter)
2014-09-11 05:51

Amethyst has added a shortened version of the second quote. Thanks.
neil (administrator)
2014-09-11 05:52

A shortened version of the second quote is in trunk (0.16-a0-366-g719852b), thanks!

- Issue History
Date Modified Username Field Change
2014-09-11 05:47 Rast New Issue
2014-09-11 05:51 Rast Note Added: 0027202
2014-09-11 05:52 neil Note Added: 0027203
2014-09-11 05:52 neil Status new => resolved
2014-09-11 05:52 neil Fixed in Branch => 0.16 development branch
2014-09-11 05:52 neil Resolution open => done
2014-09-11 05:52 neil Assigned To => neil
2015-03-12 00:27 Rast Status resolved => closed

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