November Insanity

My normal fall insanity has been replaced by a lockout. So, aside from indulging in the usual melancholia and existential torment, what am I to do with myself? I could take part in more photographic nightmares, but I want to be insane, not suicidal.
It was up to my writer’s group to propose a solution. And it was not speed dating for SF geeks, though I am participating in such an event. No, I am taking part in NaNoWriMo. If you are reading a blog in the modern internet age, you should know all about this event.

I will focus my efforts on Ivre for the duration. Right now, I’m 47K into draft zero. I still have a ways to go before I get near the end threads, so I’m hoping this will bring me closer to a conclusion. But really, it’s so I can go through my own version of Bastogne with my writer’s group. A little esprit de corps, but without being shot in the backside or watching trees explode.

Progress will be tracked here. If I’m at 97k on Ivre, I’ve succeeded.  If not, well, then we shall see what has resulted.

Ritual for Internal Transmogrification

Ritual for Internal Transmogrification

Note: This ritual is restricted to technomancers of the 5th circuit and above. Proper shielding is to be worn at all times.


  • Four low power Tesla coil spheres, set to discharge in a ritual rhomboid pattern
  • Symbolic capacitor, etched with absorption and containment circuit patterns
  • Grade one conductive ritual paint (for surfaces)
  • Grade three conductive ritual paint (for subjects)
  • Laptop with ritual components
  • A/V projector
  • Speaker system
  • Symbolic weapon: Hammer

Purpose: Human beings are imprinted. Over time, the stimuli they receive from birth makes imprints upon their soul, shaping who they become. There are times, however, when certain imprints become extremely toxic. The song in the center of their heart is out of tune, or hurtful. The internal voice they hear is vile and hateful. This corrodes their development, like bad code constantly copied over and over until it junks the system.

This ritual is designed to extract these voices and replace them with an expression of the individual’s free will. Through the course of the ritual, the person at the center is exposed to a manifestation of the caustic inner voice. It is then slowly drowned out by manifestations of rebellion and strength.

In doing so, the voice is transmogrified. The subject no longer hears the negative. The taint is neutralized and removed.

Ritual Set Up:

The ritual circuits are to be drawn with two connection points – one interior, in an inner circle, and one external. The symbolic capacitor is placed in and connected to the circuit via the ritual paint. The subject is placed in the internal circle, and similarly connected via the ritual paint. The electromagickal properties of the ritual paints will allow the entire formation to become a single circuit, pulling negative energy from the subject, diffusing it through the circuit, and trapping it in the capacitor.

Tesla coils will be set up at the four cardinal points around the ritual area. They will create a rhomboid containment field and provide electromagickal power for the caster.

Ritual components and A/V items will be loaded onto the laptop. This will be connected to the sound system and the projector. The A/V will begin as the ritual does. Timing is important.

Note: The voice to be exorcised should be spoken by the subject, mimicking the voice they hear within them.

The voice of defiance and rebellion should be Patrick McGoohan speaking lines from The Prisoner.

Of special note: “I am not a number! I am a free man”

“I will make no deals. I’ve resigned. I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, briefed, debriefed or numbered! My life is my own.”

“Some of you have accepted your imprisonment, and will die here like rotten cabbages.”

“I! I! I!”


The ritual itself begins with the A/V presentation of the voices within the subject. The initial presence should be overwhelming, to represent the subject’s current state of mind. Gradually, the coils are charged and the ritualist begins to work.

As the coils charge, the voice of rebellion should rise. Visually, images of circuits being overwritten, paths being cleared and other symbolic representation of the subject’s internal code being remade will dominate the space.

The ritualist will begin the incantations:

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This must be done in time with the rise of the voice of rebellion, until it dominates the ritual. As power is gained and stored, as the circuits are charged, and the voice of rebellion is at a crescendo, the final invocation is made:

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It is then the electromagickal energies are channeled through the circle. The subject should be wreathed in electrical arcs. They should travel along the circuits of the body until they reach the end of the ritual circuits on the floor and, eventually, the symbolic capacitor. When the symbolic capacitor is filled with the negative energies poured out of the subject’s body, the coils will spontaneously shut down.

All that will remain is a nimbus around the capacitor. Even that will die after a bit. The subject is then given the symbolic weapon: the hammer. He is pointed to the capacitor and told he now has a chance to destroy everything which held him back and be free.

At this point, the subject should destroy the capacitor in a massive wave of catharsis. If the subject is happy and weeping, for the voices in their head which once called them “idiot,” “lazy,” “stupid” or doubted their worth are gone, then the ritual is a success.

The subject is now free.