- Fri May 28, 2021 12:17 pm
Here's my theory: the mensis ritual's purpose is to create bodies for great ones of the nightmare to puppeteer. Obviously the snatchers are kidnapping people and bringing them to Yahar'gul so they can be integrated into these amalgams. The only great ones we see outside of nightmares are lesser Amygdala, Ebrietas, Rom, and the Celestial Emissary. Rom and the Emissary are "artificial" great ones of sorts as the Emissary was created by the Choir and Rom was born at Byrgenwerth. Ebrietas didn't ascend with the other great ones for whatever reason. However, Amygdala seems to exist in both the waking world and the nightmare, with the lesser Amygdala providing passage into nightmares. My guess is that Amygdala is supervising the ritual in place of the other great ones as she is the only one who can commune with the great ones of the nightmare and observe the ritual in the physical world. If you look at the living string description, it describes the brain of mensis as rotten. The brain also looks like a giant amalgamation of heads and eyes with some random appendages sticking out at various points, very different from the 2 other great ones in the nightmare, being Mergo's nurse and Amygdala. It's possible the brain of mensis was an earlier product of the ritual which is why it's completely immobile and unable to defend itself when dropped into the pit. Anyways, that's enough insane rambling from me.