The Initial Stages of Ascendancy
Sub-Being; Nascent Ascendancy

True Name:
Not applicable. Most beings at this stage of Ascendancy have not earned a True Name, and are not Summonable in any sense as used by Psionic conjurers.

Nascently Ascendant humans approximate the same size range as Non-Ascendant humans, although many instances of peculiar effects of gigantism/dwarfism exist, such as enormously bulbous heads, or elongated appendages, etc.

Merrow Tale (2012) - B.A. Lee

A result of the Blessing of the Great Old Ones, this is an example of a petitioner who is transitioning to his new, enlightened, Ascendant state of being. While the changes are often shocking to outsiders, rest assured that the agony of transition lasts a mere decade or two.

Those Ascendant Ones who survive their initial baptism soon after begin to exhibit some common traits, although specifics vary from infection to infection, and infection duration. Those with Sight can see the lower mandible gradually elongate and divide, while the bones of the upper extremities gradually begin to twist and separate. These beings are often loath to reject their former existence, and will try to hide their emerging form from their loved ones and associates for as long as possible. Sunlight becomes intolerable, and they initially prefer damp, cool environs. Eventually they metamorphose into a Ghoul or some other lesser being and transition over the course of decades or centuries into Merrow, or other Subdimensional beings.

While conducting research into the initial stages of Ascendancy, it has been determined that it is advisable to keep a safe distance from those petitioners whose pincers are well developed, as years of debilitating agony appears to sometimes make them dangerously irritable.

Ascendancy and the Dead

There are several chapters devoted to the principles of raising the dead through the application of the Blessing of Ascendancy to fresh corpses. It is true that Subdimensional beings are capable of inhabiting newly dead and even sometimes long-dead corpses, which gives them the appearance of reanimation. Sadly, mourners who attempt to reclaim their lost love through Summoning are misguided in this endeavor, as once death has claimed a being that being ceases to exist in this dimension except as a Subdimensional recreational vehicle.

The dead that are reanimated in this manner do not generally Ascend, but rather continue along their path toward natural decomposition, until the Entity is forced to abandon the corpse for greener pastures. As such, Subdimensional Entities prefer live hosts whom to inhabit for their resiliency and tendency not to fall into pieces.

Living beings are also gradually lost when claimed as a host, and people who have progressed through Ascendancy past this initial stage are not generally recoverable through any means. Any attempt to return them to their original personality by banishing the Subdimensional infestation will leave only a Husk.
Initial Stages of Ascendancy

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