strangers: mosaics
creator
Cherry of the Moon/Cherry Eris Aella
class
Transient
disposition
Phlegmatic
height
5 ft, 7 in
length
18 ft
weight
1 lb
size variance
15%
I.Q.
500
core temp.
66°F
stability
85%
prevalence
90%
constancy
86%
longevity
42 years
no. appearing
12
vision type
near
language family
inarticulate/imitative
physical appearance

Cumulolumi are a mist-like strain, their colors varying through the orange to red spectrum. Their main color will determine the color of their spots, eye rings, and pupil color, with the pupil and spot color being a darker hue and the eye rings being a lighter hue. Their undersides vary in hues from the yellow to white spectrum, with cream color being the most common.

Very often their shape is compared to a leopard gecko, due to the rounded nature of their head and the shape of their tails. Spots that appear on the strain begin under the second pair of eyes, and alternate between large and small, going down the body til approximately two feet from the tip of the tail. There are not always, but most often, two spots – one at the head, between the eyes, and one at the tail – that are centered. A cumulolumi’s markings are not usually symmetrical, but such is possible, and has been recorded.

Rather than typical feet, cumulolumi have a mist that extends from the second joint of their hind legs and the phalanges of their forelegs. This mist holds them off the ground by five to six inches, and allows them the ability to float and levitate to reach higher spaces. It can be a blend of their main and underbelly coloring, but is most often the same as their primary hue.

Cumulolumi are long and flexible, and highly often are found dangling themselves around trees, playgrounds, and abandoned structures. Their internal organs are liquids that begin a darker hue and can almost glow once they have left the body. The farther from the body the brighter their fluids seem to be, making them sought after in an attempt to use them for temporary paint, though this has proven difficult due to the tendency of the liquid to evaporate.

Their skin feels like soft, damp fabric, and when cut will not mend easily. Healing requires the cumulolumi to find a light or white cloth to place over the wound and for them to remain still for many weeks at a time. Due to their tendency to move about and find others, they are hard to make be still.

The strain is also able to produce light for small periods of time from their misty clouds. Very often these are what draw people to it at night, along with its singing. Cumulolumi “speak” by singing, imitating songs and phrases they have heard from humans including drum beats or musical accompaniment in the songs. They piece together sentences from songs or show a feeling based on musical notes alone to communicate with each other.

environment and generation

Cumulolumi appear at the borders of places, such as the edges of towns, rivers, where a forest meets the fields, or when the city stops being so. They form at the edges and fringes, beginning as small clouds of mist with four eyes, and growing into their larger forms. They are especially known to appear at the edges of travel destination towns, where people will stop through and continue on a journey.

Some of their favorite buildings to people watch are hotels, cabins, diners, and other places people frequently come to and leave – especially at night, when those who visit them are more open with their habits and behaviors.

behaviour

This strain seems to enjoy observing other beings. Rarely, they will be found to physically or attempt to vocally interact with other beings. Most often they will be seen draped and floating about buildings and trees near high traffic areas.

They also greatly enjoy listening to music and may be found near parties or concerts, often mimicking the noises later when they sing themselves. They occasionally might be found stealing MP3 players, stereos, radios, or other audio devices as they see humans with them often and wish to listen in. It is sometimes seen as a trophy if a cumulolumi can accumulate a large collection of these items.

effects on non-sensitives

Cumulolumi songs have the effect of causing extreme and sudden wanderlust in those who are not sensitive. Sensitives are able to fend off the sensation for a time, but even they succumb to the desire to begin a new and sudden journey. The destination varies from person to person, or perhaps there is no destination.

Those affected also are drawn to remnants of cumulolumi – anything that may prove the creatures existed or were nearby. Death cloths,1 as they have become known, are a most popular thing to collect, with others being now drenched musical devices or, in the most extreme obsessions, samples of their clouds or insides. Even cloths that were used to heal a cumulolumi may be collected.

1.
"There, hanging from the woman’s clothesline and unbeknownst to her was the cloth that I sought. She was bewildered when I pointed it out to her and made an offer to buy it, but I felt that I must have it..." Journal of Jonathan Gray, “Observations of the Cloud Strain”
interactions with sensitives

Noting that sensitives seem to be able to focus past the song of a cumulolumi to a degree, these are the humans they choose to observe most often. Sensitives are the only humans the strain will actively attempt to speak with, asking about places they travel to or are from, or about new music. Many also ask how to work the devices they have “borrowed” from non-sensitives.

For the most part they seem content with brief interactions before allowing sensitives to go on their way – whether that is where they planned to go after or where wanderlust takes them.

aging and death

Cumulolumi do not appear to physically age, and will only seem to show age by how transparent their body becomes. Within the last year of their life, they will slowly fade until they are approximately 70-75% transparent, though they can still be seen. It is at this point they are anywhere from a week to a month away from their death, where they will begin to dissipate as a cloud might, their form having become more gaseous than before.

Sometimes they will run into things to “knock off” pieces of themselves and speed up the process. Individuals who wish to die quickly will most often float into pieces of cloth – blankets and clothes that have been hung out to dry, a tent set up near a river, or a flag – in order to most quickly dissipate their now gaseous form. When this happens, they will leave behind a silhouette of their eyes (all four) on the fabric. Sometimes these leftover shadows are sought after by odd collectors who may have been affected by cumulolumi in life.