Oasis

Mahou-Shoujo

Useless Goddess
Original poster
Invitation Status
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Posting Speed
One post per day, 1-3 posts per week
Writing Levels
Intermediate, Adept, Adaptable
Preferred Character Gender
Female, Transgender
Genres
Yuri, Magical Girl, High Fantasy, Sci-fi, Ray-gun Gothic, Mecha, Steam punk. Scifi Apocalyptic,
Darkness... That's all you knew, was...was this the afterlife? Or perhaps just a limbo for those who just couldn't go on? You had no sensation, no breath, no name, in a moment of clarity you realized you didn't have a body either, yet were unable to feel any emotion in response to this, at least wherever this place was seemed to have a calming effect... Maybe you could just sleep...
An indeterminable time later you awakened, if indeed you had been sleeping at all, and felt rather than saw a dim light, just as you felt the words that soon filled the void.
"There you are! Humans are usually so easy to find here... Well, it only took a little while longer than expected... A few years at most, now... Let's take you somewhere safer, I'm not actually supposed to be here you see..."
Moments later things seemed to change, it was still dark, but felt warmer? In an abstract way though, there was still no physical sensation.
"So... Introductions introductions... Hi! I'm your guardian angel! Well, not really but I always wanted to say that... I HAVE been watching you though... This world hasn't been kind to you... And really you don't seem to fit it at all! But don't worry, I'm gonna take pity on you and help you out... It won't be much, if I made you a king or something I'd get in trouble... But you'll be free at least, I'll even put you in a safe place! No mean humans or angry predators at all, and plenty of friends and family to keep you company!"
The voice was an odd mix of calming and energizing, and the owner seemed to have some genuine care in their tone, though it was difficult to tell for sure while only perceiving words in this strange way.
"Now now, no need to thank me, you couldn't right now anyway! Anyway... This... This is probably gonna be kinda weird for you, but I'll do my best to make sure you can use your new body... And can learn to fit in faster."
The voice assured, feeling perhaps just a little apologetic.
Well, have a nice life! And if any spirits give ya trouble tell em I sent you!"
With those last few words everything faded...

Moments later, a rat like creature came into existence, the grass was long enough that no other rat had noticed the suddenness of the appearance, but they certainly noticed the cries of a cold, confused baby, the being had delivered on it's promise, placing the soul within a body where they would be safe and surrounded by kin, but sadly, the creature's new brain was simply too simple, and all memories of a past life were sealed, too confusing to parse.
Fortunately the rats were at heart, kind creatures, and with how their numbers had dwindled over the years, they were glad for every child, one father rat in particular had been looking for food for it's new born family... And quickly discovered and retrieved the lonely child, after all, one more child was more warmth in the nest!
The mother rat was more than happy with this new family member, and would raise it as her own.
 

Fyrra

Edgepeasant
Posting Speed
1-3 posts per week, One post per week
Preferred Character Gender
Male, Female, Transgender,
Genres
I'm open to a lot of things, but my comfort zone usually involves medieval and modern settings, with varying degrees of realism and fantasy. I like to explore mature themes, not for the sake of sex, but just because I like it when a character has to actually stop and weigh their options.
Darkness could have been anything, but to call it a comfort might be a stretch for most people. In a moment of clarity, a lost soul might realize their presence here might trigger a calming effect on them, but this one in particular had no strong feelings whatsoever about their presence in what must have been some sort of purgatory, or even a voice to do so with. Even after a light slumber, curiosity should have prodded this one to at least investigate what was going on: clearly the nothingness wasn't all-consuming, but it wasn't as though any nihilistic beliefs held in life were being proven wrong... until somebody else showed up. The claim that this somebody was a guardian angel put the lost soul on the defensive, if not outright hostile, but being new to even the basics of not-having-a-body would make such a thing laughable.

My very own stalker, huh? Well if you were really going to help me out, you'd know that I've no desire for any of those things.

It wanted neither pity, nor help, nor a crown and the responsibilities that came with it, nor freedom. Even with a burst of energy radiating into its essence, the bleak soul fizzled out as though it were searching of any means of escape, or even just a continuation of its aimless drifting in slumber. What was a few more years, when put up against the emptiness that persisted here? Even with warmth in the new domain, one could slumber for an eternity. Unfortunately, the mysterious host deigned not to have guests overstaying their welcome in this void either.

New body? Fit in?

The realization finally hit a bell: the afterlife was a queue for reincarnation. A wave of dread washed over the soul.

No, none of that. No new bodies, no family, Stop! Detene! Rawestan!

The panicked thoughts went unheard, untranslated, perhaps even unspoken? What does one do, when they have no mouth and they must scream?

Everything became a blur, and suddenly the soul had life again, reincarnated as a some sort of rat-like creature of near-birth in age. The screams had sound, but no longer did reason fuel them. Either luck or deliberate placement put it within hearing range of another of its kind, and not a predator of some sort, and it was quickly picked up and carried away, presumably to some nest. Food and sleep, at the very least, put its cries to rest. Without the capacity to process the old memories, none present would suspect anything was off about this situation.
 

Mahou-Shoujo

Useless Goddess
Original poster
Invitation Status
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Posting Speed
One post per day, 1-3 posts per week
Writing Levels
Intermediate, Adept, Adaptable
Preferred Character Gender
Female, Transgender
Genres
Yuri, Magical Girl, High Fantasy, Sci-fi, Ray-gun Gothic, Mecha, Steam punk. Scifi Apocalyptic,
The new ratling had arrived in the perfect place for such a creature, having appeared in the grasses around a fairly well established burrow, with enough food that they would never go hungry, the plant life in the area seemed almost infinite with how fast it grew, and the flavour was good even for a former human's tastes, of course, this former human had no memories of a past life that they could reach, and so would be lovingly raised by it's adoptive family.
The mischief of rats were significantly smarter than their common kin, perhaps reaching the levels of a human toddler at their smartest, they were smart enough to feel fear from predators, and a sadness at their dwindled numbers, having been attacked by human poachers before moving to the new Burrow.

The Ratling's life would be peaceful and mostly noneventful, just as the strange entity had promised, and most likely they would continue to live as such until they passed away...
Of course, that was disregarding the natural human curiosity that hadn't quite faded, and one day while eating near the river that ran through the bountiful clearing, the ratling found it's attention drawn to a glimmering pearl at the bottom of the water, the shining sphere almost begging to be picked up by it, maybe even stored away in a burrow...
If the ratling were to give into it's instincts, and attempt to retrieve the pearl, they would find themselves shocked on contact, causing the pearl to slide down it's throat as it worked with a burning intensity to expand the simple creature's mind.