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Plastic Wax Factory Vol 05 50 - SHAN by darkalfar Plastic Wax Factory Vol 05 50 - SHAN by darkalfar
Plastic Wax Factory Vol 05 50 - SHAN

SHAN. Species of insects about the size of a bird. They differ from earthly insects in that they have ten legs, a set of feelers below their three mouths, and tentacles sprouting from their legs. The shan are entirely photosynthetic, deriving their nourishment from their sun's rays, and possess the ability to physically enter and inhabit organic matter. The shan originally came from the world of Shaggai, where they evolved the ability to imbibe electromagnetic radiation and thereby exploit their inhospitable environment through an unusual life cycle. Hermaphroditic, shan would mate to fertilize an egg sac. Once hatched, the larvae devoured both the  parent and the other larvae, with the survivors dwelling in the oceans until they developed the ability to nourish themselves directly from radiation. Having reached adulthood, a shan could anticipate several centuries of life. Possessing three brains and the ability to make tools, the shan rapidly acquired civilization. They lived in grey, globular buildings and worshiped Azathoth in conical metal temples. They conquered the surrounding worlds, with any prisoners taken being used either as slaves or for the insects' entertainment. The shan were also known as mighty wizards, who were mentioned in the ancient writings only with the greatest abhorrence. It is said that one of the greatest secrets of the Pnakotic Manuscript dealt with something these insects summoned and were forced to imprison within their world. When Shaggai was destroyed, the shan were not all killed. They had already colonized several nearby worlds, and the temples of Azathoth were able to teleport away from Shaggai. In this way, many insects escaped destruction. The shan have spent many years in exile. The activities of only one group are known, but if this hive's journeys are any indication, the insects have travelled extensively through space. The group previously mentioned travelled  between many worlds, hopping from Shaggai to Xiclotl, then to Thuggon, next to L'ghyx, and finally to Earth. (It is rumored that some had come earlier and been responsible for the building of the pyramids of Egypt before leaving again.) On their final stop, in the woods near the Severn River Valley in 1643, the shan became trapped, as the atmosphere contains an element preventing their temples from teleporting. It was then that these earth-bound shan became involved with humanity. They found it possible to physically merge with the brains of humans, thereby infiltrating a group of fugitive Protestants hiding from the authorities. By doing so, they built up a cult dedicated to Azathoth, using their mind control to induce feelings of elation upon their hosts, as well as producing visions which revealed the history and discoveries of the insects to the worshipers. The famous witch-hunter Matthew Hopkins destroyed this cult, and now the shan have no known agents on Earth. Their encounter with the writer Ronald Shea in 1964 revealed to them that humanity was close to space flight, so their interest in our species might be rekindled. Even before they left Shaggai, the shan were extremely decadent. Their  primary form of entertainment is the torture of their many slave races, making use of curious devices powered by psychic waves.

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