Posted Oct 04 2012 - 12:33 PM
Maze Craze / Syrifar with Paktii / IC:
A pain look came into Syrifar’s eyes and he gripped his cup. This Paktii was so new here. Syrifar liked to believe that Paktii knew nothing of the horrors of this place, but one day was the same as one millennium here, and everyone was more or less all equal here. Some were more equal than others.
“Trouble,” Syrifar said, with a now faraway look in his eye, “Is a series of events, or games, where everyone who enters competes against each other to win. After hundreds of years of this, the being with the most wins wins the competition as a whole, and they are given the title of Trouble. Trouble however, also refers to the games as well, now.”
Syrifar finished off his tea with a large gulp, “You could die in any event, and there are barely enforced rules. Not to mention there is no reward besides the title, unless that has changed this time. As a whole, I don’t see why I entered the last one, or how I won.”
Bountiful Gardens / Thrinx the Gardener / IC:
A house of glass stood among glowing orange buildings, steamed from the heat inside. It was manufactured specifically with gardening in mind, the glass all manufactured at the Colored Glass Shack by Hreik. Its windows were plain, but full of grime and dirt, as if they had never been cleaned from the inside. The outside of the glass building, however, was spotless, as if cleaned every day. The roof was one big slant, divided into sections that could be cranked open to let out excess heat.
Through the glass, the only thing that could be seen was a forest of blue, green, purple, yellow, and red; the colors of all the different species of tree in Underhorror, of which there were nine. Every species was represented here, and stood in stark contrast to the teal grass that made up the floor of the glass building.
Inside the building, there was a path of violet stone (very expensive) that led deeper inside the building to a house of wood that couldn’t be seen from outside. Except it wasn’t made from chopped wood; the trees had twisted together and grown into a house. Inside the house, Thrinx was busy studying her speech for noon.
She had been selected to be the announcer for Trouble, and she was preparing for the opening ceremonies that were in two hours. She kept reading line after line again and again. Finally, she folded up her speech, and stuffed it inside her gardener’s belt. Striding out of her house, she patted the doorframe (which didn’t have a door) and started for the nearest GTG pad, so she could be teleported to the Main City Square, where the opening ceremonies had been held since the second installation of Trouble.
Thrinx thought about that. Without Garret’s Teleportation Grid, it would take her a day, maybe more, to get to the Main City Square. Underhorror was about a day and a half to fly across, but many more to walk across since the streets were far from straight, or even on the same level. She supposed it would take a week at the fastest to get across Underhorror, if you didn’t get lost along the way. And that was why it was so imperative for Garret to remain in business; otherwise nothing could get done efficiently.
As Thrinx walked to the GTG pad, she took a lightstone from her belt. There was another thing to be thankful about. The lighstones down here acted as radios if tuned correctly? How crazy was that? Thrinx brought her lighstone to her mouth and spoke into it. The lightstone wouldn’t pick up any noise unless she was holding it to her mouth, which was another thing to be thankful for; otherwise everyone would hear her conversations.
“I’m on my way.” Of course, there were a limited amount of channels one could tune lightstones to, so more often than not everyone heard what she said instead of one specific being. Not to mention the range wasn’t that great for a single lightstone. You had to specially align several of them to get a better signal. However, Villy had been told her message would get passed along to the other event organizers.
She reached the GTG pad in the middle of a square and pushed the orange button. A few seconds later, her stomach flipped as she was teleported.