number
126
slanderer
phlegmatic
height
4 ft, 5 in
length
11 ft, 8 in
weight
244 lbs
size variance
29.8%
I.Q.
7,271
core temp.
62°F
stability
43%
prevalence
45%
constancy
67%
longevity
1-6 months
no. appearing
1-18
near
complex
physical appearance

The moradromir (/'mɔɹədɹoʊmɪɹ/) is a pale and dingy, thin-striped stranger with blotch(m)e(n')s around its eyes, mouth, and the tips of its four to eight limbs. Its white skin attracts grime and airborn dusts, leading to its dingy appearance. This grubby physical form is made further foul by the stranger's slick and sour mouth, filled with rows of uneven grey and rotting1 teeth.

1.
You know they're so decayed, you could grab onto them and pull them out. They're really rotting out. That's why it doesn't want to show them to you.

The moradromir's soft but grubby skin is not durable enough to resist bruises from rough handling, and can be torn or cut open to reveal the stranger's loose and fetid inner folds.

Death of fake senator sparks federal investigation
Cholera outbreak linked to Mercify General Hospital
Cloud cover continues over fifteen cities

When it speaks, the moradromir's voice is resonant, and distorted in its depth.

 
audio recording
environment and generation

Month-long stretches of cloudy days, dead grass grey at the edges of pavements, one and two-story concrete buildings, colorless courts, waist-high stone fences and climbable barricades, and faded white posters2 all contribute to the moradromir's generation.

2.
It said, 'The Lost Numbers Orchestra. August 28th'. But it was already November 30th...
Autistic child makes friends with local pigeon
Two men arrested after yelling 'jaundice' in crowded club
Rail-drilling linked to worldwide atmospheric morimine spikes

On flat stretches of brush, pavement, or bare soil, the moradromir fades into view. Its appearance is at first gummy and indistinct; it congeals into a solid form only with hesitance, skipping any juvenile state.

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President under fire for inflammatory remark against "slaughter culture"
Fascinating feline greets shoppers with a smile
behaviour and effects

In its personality, the moradromir seems both smug, and endlessly aware of its loathsome exterior, vacillating between a cringing fearfulness, and vain posturing.

A largely inactive stranger, the moradromir spends ninety-six percent of its time in a resting3 state, stirring only to chuckle with contempt. During rare alert periods, its primary focus falls on newspapers and flyers, which it gathers and arranges around itself, its den eventually attaining its distinguishing appearance.

3.
Actually...it's more like it's bored, or waiting for something to happen.
Price of luxury food soars as final fish stocks depleted
Hero cop murdered by jealous ex-lover
Foreign students deported following telex bomb threat

When not accumulating its thrown-out news, it pushes and pulls at objects within its environment in arbitrary ways. A "bored but too smug to say it" moradromir may push an empty fuel canister against a wall, turn coin-shaped rocks upside-down, or drag a branch across a patch of dusty earth.

Though individuals tend to occur near one another, the moradromir does not want to be around others of it strain. Though they don't fight per se, they will resort to pushes or strikes in order to ward each other off.

Violence mounts to "unprecedented" levels in capital takeover
Community pools closed following string of drownings
"They took my skin away" – veterans share their stories

The stranger shows particular contempt for corpses of its kind, and pushes stained and crumpled papers into its face.

interactions with sensitives

The moradromir cowers and shrinks back when near a sensitive, retreating with its back to a corner, and offering only token resistance against violence or manipulation. As soon as the sensitive turns their back, however, the moradromir's smug laugh soon spills up out its vile mouth.

"Utter destruction" from inner lines
Summit ends in death of author
All outstanding criminal convictions declared defunct
loosening of reality

The moradromir's presence severs the ability to transcribe reality4 within a two hundred and five foot radius. This effects both sensitives and non-sensitives alike, who react with varying degrees of lucidity. For the vast majority of individuals, the truth is distorted so subtly that they remain naive to the moradromir's obfuscation – yet, on a long-term scale, the effect becomes overwhelming.5.

4.
And they don't even realize they're doing it. They look back and think, "oh, I guess I did go to the movies, not the store." Or maybe they do try to write out the real thing, but it's the worst pain...it's the most tight pressure you can imagine, and it won't let up. It's better to go along with it.
5.
When it hit Jaundice Press...the beginning of the end.
A majority of migrants would rather die than cross the border
"Appalling" – first tourists allowed in former peel sites
Hangover cure miracle drug hits shelves next month

Even for those rare few who are aware of the stranger's mesmeric influence, there appears no work-around, save for abstraction through intricate systems of metaphors,6 garbled7 words, and other transmutations.

6.
They feasted well, they drank their fill,
They always got their way until
They'd swallowed up our whole domain,
And showed us all how inhumane
We'd always hoped that we could be
(The answer is, appallingly.)
7.
Zythrovi ez with dilourent, zyth ex-TRAVEL houze helioixune. Hello, hello. Hello(w). Hell(o). [hell.] [low.]
Debts rise amidst rumors of upcoming "infinite recession"
Cholera vaccine banned under international shopping guidelines
MGN Studios, Kings, Lendex join list of year's bankruptcies
aging and death

The moradromir's nature becomes more decadent as it ages, its gasping slowing to a lurid drawl. It abandons former pursuits in favor of languourish recline, and at the end of its life, dies with an unimpressive wheeze.

Are you desperate for a thrill?
Lonely and waiting
A world in mourning

The moradromir's corpse remains for some time, bloating centrally but not rotting. Though it takes several months for the moradromir to deflate, once emptied of "air", it crumples into a papery material that does not withstand scrutiny.

All money worthless
No wild animals remain
Waiting for the end
Waiting for a flood