working title: applause of the locusts in a dimension called ‘the increase’ that is very similar to our earth in many ways but also vastly different, in a city named caterpillar, many years ago the people were met with a terrible curse, and most of them have fled by now. a strange visitor arrived a long time ago who seemingly disagreed with all of the people, the council and the culture of caterpillar, and he met with what he felt was the final straw in a caricature of him that appeared in a popular publication. he used his dark power to summon a terrible creature to terrorize the city, a creature with 100 lives, considered to be the most vicious monster to exist, known as the conformer. as the story begins, the conformer has been killed 99 times by the more powerful magicians and other denizens of caterpillar and other areas, but the curse entailed that the final life of the creature is when it is at it’s strongest, and it killed most of the powers keeping it at bay and all but levelled the city and morphed it’s environment into a bizarre and almost unrecognisable area. our protagonist, alex is 19 and the daughter of one of the best magicians from the city, and is developing new skills and power at a rapid rate. with her father and many of his friends dead, she is considered to be the only hope to save the city and restore peace and happiness to the increase, but still has a lot to learn and many troubles to face before she's ready to attempt to deal with the conformer. her mute half sister, crystal ann, is currently missing, but suspected alive by a likeable though peculiar ghost she befriended named adam. *the city being named caterpillar was a nod to the music group, city of caterpillar.