Scornhorn

Act I
"Dress Rehearsal"

Release Date: 2021

It has been a month since the death of Saint Eclair. The institution of evokers known as "the Sewing Circle" is fractured. Without their precious leader, a society already founded on trauma and sorrow is only growing weaker and more weary. In these unfortunate times of trouble, three cursed women watch from afar, plotting gleefully.

There will come a time very soon that all who had ever been touched by Saint Eclair are going to realize... they will be nothing but kindling to the Horns of Scorn.

on the first day of the painted season
before the sun had even risen
a mansion burned to the ground

 

...and before the sun had even set, there wasn't a single burrow in the Forest that hadn't heard the news that the beloved Saint Eclair passed away that morning.

 

Though she had acted as the First Seamstress of the Sewing Circle for many years, her home was nestled far from that grove, in seclusion. There, she and her daughter lived alone in solitude. Withdrawn. Quiet. Unfortunately, this meant that the fire had been raging for hours before anyone had seen the distant smoke and was able to reach the clearing. By then, it was too late to help. There was little left but ash and it had quickly become clear that there was no one to save.

 

However, had they only arrived sooner, they may have been witness to a strange sight. As the mansion collapsed under the weight of its grace, and as the flames licked the canopy above, a woman and her companion sat on a nearby hill, watching it all with a solemn gaze. Hand-in-hand, leaning against each other, they were silent for a long, long time. It was only when the burning had weakened to fickle embers that they finally stood up and made to leave.

 

"Where are you going to go now?" the dog asked, "have you been saved?"
"I'm not sure. I'm not sure that I shouldn't be dead," the deer plainly replied, "I don't even know what living should feel like from here."
"Well... If it's alright by you, I would like to remain by your side. It would be even nicer if you were alive for it."

the key players

Eclair

Age 47
Born under a Hidden Moon
Domain: Multi-Disciplinary
Affinity: Love

The Modern Saint, Eclair, was an uncommonly talented cursebreaker. Spontaneous and spirited,  she traveled from the Mountains to the Meadows with her plucky partner, Peaches, exorcising relics. At her journey's end, Eclair returned to the Sewing Circle (as all evokers must) and the rest of her life was spent guiding the organization, as well as mentoring the hems under her.

Before her adventures, Eclair had mothered a recluse, Teacup, who eventually perished in the same mansion fire that took Eclair's life. Little is known about Teacup’s talents, if she held any, and she lived in isolation, having not stepped into the Circle’s grove in over fifteen years.

Plume

Age Like, 400
Born under a Verdant Light
Domain: Naturalist
Affinity: Seeds

Referred to as "The Tail of Scorn", Plume's origins are as enigmatic as the rest of her associates. Using a doll as a vessel, she claims to be the former paramour to an ancient evil and flirtatiously toys with friend and foe alike. Plume's wholehearted love of flowers and her magical affinity towards them, however, betrays a gentler side to a woman seething with hatred and regret. She says that her desire is to plant a garden in the ashes of Scorn's inferno.

Mellow

Age ?
Born under a Painted Moment?
Domain: ?
Affinity: Shadows

Referred to as "The Paws of Scorn," Mellow has shown impossible powers that defy any domains of evoking... as well as a malevolent agenda that seeks to destroy the Sewing Circle itself. Though she speaks amicably and openly, her actions paint the picture of a violent woman devoid of care for anything in the world but her master. Lacking any registration as an evoker, or even a known history, it is as if she manifested from nothingness itself solely to enact the will of Scorn.

Peaches

Age 30
Born under a Verdant Moment
Domain: None
Affinity: None

Dutiful and devoted, Peaches was a cursed child who adventured side-by-side with Eclair for much of her early life. While she had grown to be a capable swordsman, her true value has been in the unique makeup of her body. As if enchanted, her blood is speckled with crystals that disrupt the flow of aether and the Sewing Circle has made great use of it in research, or practical applications such as potions. It is within the grove of the Circle that Peaches remains to this day, happy to be of use at all to the woman who had once rescued her.

Dewdrop

Age 29
Born under a Painted Moon
Domain: Evincist
Affinity: Consumption

As a child, Dewdrop was one of the many orphans left behind after the Forest's most recent Family Reunion. She was rescued by Marmalade (who recognized the burgeoning sickness of the young girl's powers) and brought into the care of the Sewing Circle. In her adult life, Dewdrop has distinguished herself with the study of blood and its aether, developing a long-lasting partnership with her subject of research: Peaches. After the death of Eclair and the disappearance of Marmalade, Dewdrop has now found herself unwittingly next in line to be the First Seamstress of the Sewing Circle.

Marmalade

Age 47
Born under a Hidden Moment
Domain: Evincist
Affinity: Nostalgia

An imposing woman of few words and even fewer friends, it would be a rare sight in the Circle to see Marmalade above-ground. Perhaps that is why it did not come as a great surprise when, on the night she was to succeed her old partner Eclair as the First Seamstress, no one could even remember the last time they had seen her. Where and when... had she gone?

Credits:

meclianne
director, writer, artist

killian

programmer, set design, writing assistance, magical sciences expert

with assistance by

ruby tucker
character designs. cover. sick as hell art help.