I think you might want to go back and reread all the stories you have told us. I think you will see that a fair number of them involve change, particularly human into non-human. You said that humans could not control ancient land, but what about non-humans that have the land’s best intentions at heart? What about non-humans that used to be human and have a sippy-cup-bae by their side? best You My Friend Should Have Been Swallowed Skull T-Shirt There is a path that doesn’t end with your death and doesn’t end with losing control of the land. You just have to be strong enough to choose that path. And you have the momentum I think that Kate can, not easily but quite possibly, keep/take control of the land without sacrificing her humanity. She just has to be something resembling the top of the food chain
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In the multiverse there exists a place where belief makes the thing come true. But where also belief is like a resource, so removing one figure that people believed in will cause an overflow, and that overflow can be channeled into ‘believing a new entity into existence’. In some cases it’s Billious, the ‘Oh-God’ of Hangovers. Or the veruca gnome. Perhaps by eliminating some creatures that the town believed in, this excess faith can be put into a new version of Kate. A Rubezahl-like entity that guards the land. best You My Friend Should Have Been Swallowed Skull T-Shirt Is just, but not lenient. Grants boons when earned, teaches harsh lessons to intruders otherwise. I mean she needs to utilize her biggest weapon, her smarts, and the fact she’s not bound to the rules of old and ancient land, in order to take control the old fashioned way
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I wonder if TTITD is going to have to be destroyed. It’s something unfathomably powerful, and Kate is completely terrified of it with good reason. But it doesn’t seem like it would be a good ruler of the land. Or maybe it’s already ancient. It seems like an ancientbeing. Maybe the campground would become completely grey if it managed to kill Kate. I’m not sure about it either. It can be hurt, I think that what it told Kate means that it’s wounded and the part of it that’s in the grey place is not there willingly? Who knows, it’s not the most likely entity to just sit Kate down and tell her its story. I do agree that it could expand and swallow up the area, and that would be bad for everyone involved, human or otherwise, best You My Friend Should Have Been Swallowed Skull T-Shirt but it doesn’t seem like it’s ‘planning’ anything. As do the rules of hospitality. TTITD obviously has a conscientiousness, but i agree the INTENT is the true tribute. But how does an give fullhearted tribute if you believe it carries the doom of humanity?