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Eldritchfell

Eldritchfell

by LKWayvern
First the Underground was empty.
Then, after losing the war, the monsters were driven Underground and trapped by the Barrier. This we all know.
What the humans don't know, however, is that the monsters are no longer alone down there... Something else now waits to see the sun as well.

Welcome to Eldritchfell, an Undertale AU in which Chara and Frisk learn that some questions may be better left unanswered...

Warnings: Queer characters(including those who identify as nonbinary), general horror, blood, death, suicide/implied suicide, body horror, manipulative behavior, implied past abuse.
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Eldritchfell

First the Underground was empty.
Then, after losing the war, the monsters were driven Underground and trapped by the Barrier. This we all know.
What the humans don't know, however, is that the monsters are no longer alone down there... Something else now waits to see the sun as well.

Welcome to Eldritchfell, an Undertale AU in which Chara and Frisk learn that some questions may be better left unanswered...

Warnings: Queer characters(including those who identify as nonbinary), general horror, blood, death, suicide/implied suicide, body horror, manipulative behavior, implied past abuse.

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Lechatsar
April 13th, 2018
random encounter doot doot xD
LKWayvern
April 5th, 2018
Transcript
Panel 1

Toriel checked the water once more, ensuring that nothing, alive or otherwise, was within it before letting her eyes go back to normal.

Panel 2

She looked back at Chara, concerned and tired.

Toriel: ...We should be safer in my house. It is not far.

Chara was afraid… they knew they had seen someone-- something in the water. They weren’t going crazy.

Panel 3

To reassure themself of this point, they looked back at their reflection. It was still that strange other human. It was unnatural. They questioned the other in a whisper.

Chara: ...What… are you?

Panel 4

The other reached out, as if trying to touch Chara.

The Voice: *My name is Frisk. I’m human-- like you.

Panel 5

Toriel: Chara? Are you certain you’re alright?

Chara looked back in the direction of the monster as Toriel called them, looking away from the other.

Panel 6

In Frisk’s voice was remorse, and a hint of desperation.

Frisk: *I’m sorry for scaring you. I didn’t meant to. ...Please don’t be scared.

Panel 7

Chara walked away from the water, muttering to themself. It was unclear who Chara addressed as they muttered-- Toriel, Frisk, or themself.

Chara: It’s fine. I’m fine.

And then they responded to Toriel, louder:

Chara: I’m coming, Toriel!

Panel 8

In the water, unseen, Frisk’s expression shifted to disappointment.
LKWayvern
April 5th, 2018
Transcript
Panel 1

Noticing that Chara had stopped walking, Toriel looked to check on them, only to see them staring at the water in surprise and fear, clinging to their knife tightly.

Toriel: Chara, is everything alright?

Chara: There’s a monster in the water!

Toriel: What!?

Panel 2

In a matter of moments, Toriel had closed the distance between herself and Chara, putting her body between Chara and the water, and had conjured a fireball.

Toriel: Stay back-- allow me to handle this.

Panel 3

Toriel was unsure what monster or eldritch would lurk in the water, but she would not allow them to hurt Chara so long as she was around. She felt a prickling sensation in her eyes and the area around them as she let them change.

Panel 4

Toriel’s senses became less so as she concentrated on her ability to sense magic. She scanned the water for any sign of life…

*...But nobody came…
LKWayvern
April 5th, 2018
Transcript
Panel 1

Reflected within the still water was a human, perhaps only a year or so younger than Chara. Their skin was tanned compared to Chara’s, their hair still brown but lighter and less red. Their eyes were near shut. They wore comfortable looking indigo and pink pajamas, feathered red wings visible on their back, and as they saw the look on Chara’s own face, their face changed to mirror Chara’s surprise.

Panel 2

The Voice: *You can… see me!?

As the voice spoke, the human’s lips moved in time with the words. Did the voice belong to the human in the water? Was some kind of ghostly monster haunting and toying with Chara? They stepped away from the water’s edge.
LKWayvern
April 4th, 2018
Transcript
Panel 1

Chara followed Toriel as she navigated the maze of spikes. They found that as Toriel put her weight on specific panels, the spikes would retreat and vanish into the floor, allowing the two to cross safely.

Panel 2

However, the moment Chara’s weight left a panel, the spikes would swiftly and violently shoot up again with a loud clicking noise.

Panel 3

Soon, however, Chara felt that so long as they stuck close behind Toriel, they would be rather safe in this room. Their attention began to drift away from the spikes. It was not that they began to notice something flickering in the corner of their vision, across the surface of the still water.

Panel 4

At first, Chara only glanced at it out of the corner of their eyes from mild curiosity, but it soon caused them to stop entirely in their tracks. They stared at it, eyes wide in surprise.
LKWayvern
April 4th, 2018
Transcript
Panel 1

Toriel: I shall guide you through it.

She reached out her hand, waiting for them to take it again.

Panel 2

Chara’s hands remained at their sides as they looked at Toriel’s hand.

They had slipped up once. They had to be careful. They had come here for a reason.


Panel 3

Filled with resolve, they tightened their grip around their knife’s handle.

Chara: I can handle myself.

Panel 4

For a moment, Toriel felt the need to insist. The human was young, and proud, and unfamiliar with the dangers of the Asylum and the Underground, the dangers that Toriel had been living with for years.

Was it worth it to risk an argument?

It was not. So long as Chara did not misstep on this puzzle… it would be safe. This time.


Panel 5

She turned her head away from Chara, to look upon the spikes again, mentally going over the safe path within them once more.

Toriel: Very well.

Panel 6

Toriel: Follow my steps exactly, and do not deviate.

She took a step forward as she spoke.

Chara: I won’t.
LKWayvern
April 4th, 2018
Transcript
Panel 1

In silence, they walked further down the long, shadowed corridors of the Asylum, Toriel’s claws clicking against the brick floor.

Panel 2

As they entered the next room, Toriel suddenly thrust out her right arm, stopping Chara in their tracks. Chara only needed to glance at the room to see why she had done so-- before the pair was a metal floor, sharp spikes poking up through the tiles lining it. On either side of the spiked metal floor was a pool of still water. At the very end of the room stood a closed door, a symbol emblazoned on it-- a winged circle, similar to the clasp of Toriel’s cloak, with four triangles placed underneath it.

Panel 3

Toriel turned to address Chara.

Toriel: On second thought… Perhaps this puzzle is a bit too dangerous for you at this time…
LKWayvern
April 4th, 2018
Transcript
Panel 1

Toriel froze. She knew an Eldritch would not have such reservations, but it still hurt her to see her child injured needlessly.

Toriel: My ch-- Chara!?

She almost slipped up in her shock. She silently reminded herself that Chara did not seem like being called ‘my child’.

Toriel: I apologize-- are you injured!?

They should not be badly hurt. There was little, if any, intent to harm in her magic bullets.
Magic was all about intent.


Panel 2

Chara was more unnerved by the sudden voice in their head than truly injured. There was pain, but they could easily ignore it, and they could tell it would rapidly fade. They did not feel as if they had been actually burned or injured in any way, it was more like they had banged their knee against a table.

Chara: I am fine…

The Voice: *It stings.

Chara: I can continue.

Panel 3

Toriel hesitated again. She could not read this human as well as she was used to. Their face was a mask, she knew they were in pain but unsure how much.

And of course, there was the niggling fear in the back of her head. She could drive off the Flower Beast, but could never deter it for longer than a few hours… how much time had passed by now? In the Asylum, it always felt as though time had ground to a standstill.


Panel 4

With a sigh, Toriel lowered her hands and ended the FIGHT. She looked down.

Toriel: No… You succeeded in dodging the others… We have dawdled long enough. We should make haste.
LKWayvern
April 3rd, 2018
Transcript
Panel 1

The fireballs narrowly missed Chara entirely by luck. Their heartrate accelerated and thoughts raced as they processed this. As the next round of fireballs was hurled, they quickly began moving to dodge.

Panel 2

But in the midst of their movement, a voice seemed to whisper in… in their ear, but not like sounds they were used to. They knew the words were clear as day, and yet they were not spoken out loud at all.

The Voice: *Maybe you could’ve been a bit gentler on her.

Panel 3

Chara immediately whipped their head around, spooked beyond belief from the not-quite-voice.

Chara: Who--!?

Panel 4

Chara: Ah!

But before they could complete their thought, a fireball smacked into their chest while they were distracted. Stinging, aching pain persisted throughout their entire body.
Lechatsar
April 2nd, 2018
aww poor frisky ;w;
LKWayvern
March 25th, 2018
Transcript
Panel 1

Chara shuddered. By Eldritch, they knew Toriel could only mean that horrid Flower Beast.

Were there others like it?

Toriel raised her arms, conjured fireballs appearing in both her palms, as she continued to speak.


Toriel: The Eldritch will not be deterred by your ACTions. They will use any weapon at their disposal to try and destroy you. You must be able to evade their attacks long enough to safely escape.


Panel 2

Chara was, after all, neither the first human to fall nor the first to be attacked by the Eldritch. And she had a terrible feeling about those… those THINGS. They were obviously dangerous, and she could not allow them to hurt her chil-- Chara.

Toriel felt a familiar prickling in her eyes and the skin around them as she forced them to change.


Panel 3

She spun to face Chara, the fire exploding out of her hands and racing towards Chara in the form of multiple bullets as she channelled her fear and frustration into the magic. She gazed right through Chara, unwilling to see the look on their face.

She was going easy on them right now. The Eldritch would not.
LKWayvern
March 25th, 2018
Transcript
Panel 1

The human stared at the ground. They had messed up, but now remedying their mistake filled them with anxiety and nervousness. Toriel had seemed so pleased… But they couldn’t let her believe it.

Human: I said ‘Toriel’. ...Not ‘mother’. Toriel.

They paused, awkwardly, before remembering how Toriel had a tendency of calling them ‘my child’. Better address that too, while they were at it.

Human: ...My name is Chara.

Panel 2

Toriel appeared… resigned. That was good, right?

Toriel: ...I see. ...If it will make you happy… Chara. Then call me what you wish.

Panel 3

Toriel quickly sweeped around to face the other direction, before Chara could see the disappointed expression on her face. The message had been made clear to her. Chara was not comfortable with Toriel’s terms of endearment.

Very well. She would not pressure them.

Nevertheless, she was not yet done. There was one more subject she had to address, before ending the battle; a subject of grave importance. She spoke, her low intonations echoing off the old walls.


Toriel: ...There is one last thing I must educate you about, before we proceed deeper into the Asylum… About if you should ever encounter an Eldritch.
LKWayvern
March 23rd, 2018
Transcript
Panel 1

Toriel: You are very witty, my child-- your mastery of puns far exceeds this old lady’s! I believe it is safe to say that you know all about how to ACT in combat now-- excellent job!

Human: Thank you, mother--

Panel 2

Toriel suddenly stopped, looking at the human with surprise.

Toriel: Did you just call me… mother?

Panel 3

The human’s eyes widened, and they looked down at the ground, their heart racing. Under their breath they muttered.

Human: I didn’t mean to say that!

Panel 4

Toriel: If… it would please you to call me… ‘Mother’... then--

But before she could say any more, the human suddenly shouted, interrupting her.

Human: TORIEL!

Toriel: ...Pardon me?
LKWayvern
March 23rd, 2018
Transcript
Panel 1

The human felt a warmth spreading throughout them. Unexpected, but not unwelcome.

Human: (Sh-she-- actually liked it!? I have to think of any even better one!)

Panel 2

The human’s eyes drifted up to the ceiling as they thought. The previous pun they hadn’t meant to share at all, and so was really not their best material. Now that they knew Toriel liked their puns, they were eager to share some of the many that they had thought up over the years.

Panel 3

A confident grin crossed the human’s face as they prepared to share their next few puns.

Human: When you first arrived I was scared, because I thought ‘Oh no-- I have jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire. I did not realize you were here to defend me, I only knew things were about to heat up!

Panel 4

The human beamed as Toriel’s hands shot to her mouth, as she trembled with laughter.
Lechatsar
March 22nd, 2018
Yay and permission to take all the candy XD
LKWayvern
March 21st, 2018
Transcript
Panel 1

Toriel: *snrt*

Toriel’s snout twitched, as she tried to hold back the laughter building up inside her.

Panel 2

She failed. The laughter came spilling out of her, throaty and joyous. She clutched at her stomach, doubling over, grinning. Her eyes squeezed shut, and her fluffy ears went flying.

Panel 3

At last, she looked back up at the human, smiling proudly.

Toriel: Oh, my child-- I had no idea you had such an excellent sense of humor!

Toriel was excited again. Some of the humans who fell enjoyed her knock knock jokes and puns, but none ever made jokes of their own, or engaged in pun-battles with her. Her friend behind the door loved them as much as she did, however she could only speak with him at certain times of the day.

Indeed, she had a good feeling about this child. They were likely to get along, she was certain.
LKWayvern
March 21st, 2018
Transcript
Panel 1

The human was taken aback by the sudden request, thoughts racing.

Human: (Talk to them? In the middle of combat? What would she even expect me to say!?)

Panel 2

Truly, on the surface the human had been rather asocial. They had been very lacking in friends, and they didn’t particularly enjoy the conversations with their family they were forced to have. They hated small talk, as nothing anyone had to say was ever interesting, and in their fantasy books not once had they ever read a fight scene which was defused when the protagonist asked about the weather.

What were they even supposed to say? The human felt pressure on them as Toriel waited for them to ACT, but they didn’t know what to do.


Human: You have goat to be kidding me!

Panel 3

The human’s eyes widened, and their hand flew to their mouth. They really didn’t mean to say that out loud. They loved puns, sure, but the few times in the past they had tried sharing them, they had been told that puns were lazy and immature forms of humor. Still, hearing puns made them smile and reduced their stress, but it was unlikely that jokes were what Toriel was looking for. She’d probably be disappointed in the human, in how they had panicked and blurted out something random and stupid. The human braced themself for her reaction.

Panel 4

Toriel’s eyes widened and ears perked up slightly as she heard the human’s response. In all honesty, she hadn’t expected that.
LKWayvern
March 21st, 2018
Transcript
Panel 1

A shift occurred. It was difficult to articulate exactly what it was, almost as if the human had quite suddenly and unexpectedly been introduced to a sixth sense. Their senses seemed less occupied with what their eyes could, what their skin could feel, and more with something… else…
They felt a force in their chest. It seemed familiar, something that had always been there but was only now noticed, like the beating of their heart after running more than usual. But this was more… incorporeal. Spiritual, one could call it.
They tried to identify this strange new feeling. But they could only describe it as distinctly
them. Focusing more, there was almost a flash of color as they failed to find the words-- red.
And then at last, a word came. And the word was determination.
They were so preoccupied with these new sensations that their ears almost tuned out Toriel’s words.


Toriel: This is your Soul. As a human, it is more powerful than a monster’s, and for that reason many in the Underground may wish to harm you. So long as I am nearby, I will not allow that to happen. But in the event you become separated from me…

Panel 2

There was a feeling radiating off of Toriel, too. Since the moment they had met her, this sensation had been there, but only now that this new sense had been awoken did they consciously notice it. It was unfamiliar, but not necessarily bad. It was the sensation that had healed their injuries, and was benevolent. It was the sensation that had driven off the Eldritch, and was dangerous. It was diffused throughout Toriel’s entire body, and radiating from the fireball forming in her hand.
A flash of color described this force to the human, followed by a word.
Violet.
Magic.


Toriel: If you are facing a monster, they will likely become unwilling to attack you if you befriend them by ACTing kind toward them.

Panel 3

Toriel: Try practicing on me. Speak.
LKWayvern
March 21st, 2018
Transcript
Panel 1

Toriel entered the next room, the human following her. It was empty, barring another door on the wall to the left.

Page 2

*shut*

The human pressed their back against the doors, shutting them again with a click. Toriel stopped a few paces ahead of the human.

Panel 3

With a sigh, Toriel began to speak.

Toriel: I regret that this is a necessity in the Underground, but… If you are to survive here, you must learn to survive combat…
LKWayvern
March 21st, 2018
Transcript
Panel 1

From a previously unseen pocket Toriel took out a key, showing it to the human.

Toriel: Indeed I do, child. While I believe it would be wise for you to practice with the puzzles, some are too dangerous for you at this time. This will allow you to bypass some.

Panel 2

The human’s face fell as they took the key. A child, that was how she saw them!

Human: (I’m not a child.)

Panel 3

Human: (I’m fifteen years old, I’m an adult!)

They continued to brood as the unlocked the door with a click, and pushed the doors open.