Looks like it’s us 6 so far that will be participating for now - @Finnn, @Noise110, @DebiDenice, @itsnathanm7, @Bordicum, and myself.
Let’s just go in the order we posted, that’s probably easiest - @Finnn - you’re first! If you don’t object, let me suggest we work on inducing some kind of small change to start that will serve as a ‘proof of concept’. Fangs would probably be the simplest - lengthening your incisor (canine) teeth, essentially.
To change something, you have to understand it, so let’s start with a bit of incisor tooth anatomy:
The goal is to increase the amount of the tooth that protrudes from the gum line (labeled gingival epithelium), so we don’t need to do anything to the underlying pulp, cementum, or bone. The goal is to increase the volume of dentin, which will still be encased in enamel of similar thickness to the original (see ‘after’ in the diagram). Dentin is produced by the odontoblasts, which are that thin layer of cells between the dentin and the pulp. There’s actually already circumstances where this can happen in large amounts in adults - for example, the drug tideglusib was recently shown to force odontoblasts to produce dentin. The goal of our group rituals is therefore to force these cells to start producing a lot more dentin:
My preliminary suggestion is to evoke Marbas to petition him to help with this, as he’s already associated with both shapeshifting and medicine:
The fifth Spirit is Marbas. He is a Great President, and appeareth at first in the form of a Great Lion, but afterwards, at the request of the Master, he putteth on Human Shape. He answereth truly of things Hidden or Secret. He causeth Diseases and cureth them. Again, he giveth great Wisdom and Knowledge in Mechanical Arts; and can change men into other shapes. He governeth 36 Legions of Spirits. And his Seal is this, which is to be worn as aforesaid.
But I’m open to suggestions of other spirits or methods to use. What do all of you think?