It was very very dark around Poor lost Rose.
This of course is not a strange thing for an adventurer or miner. Unfortunately Rose is neither a miner or an adventurer.
Not that being stuck in a dark place of which you know not is good for adventures or miners. Of course none of this is a problem for beings that see in the dark. Pity Rose isn't one of them either.
It's even worse considering the hole Rose fell through sealed itself. Far far worse is the fact Rose is of the race of Conemen, the smallest race in Elcon. They don't even have arms. Just a miserably weak telekinetic power.
Oh dear! Rose was at this stage quite frightened, whatever will Rose do?
>Feel around a bit
Rose feels around with Telekinesis. Can't feel very far... Thought there appears to be some large slimy pointed things behind Rose. Rose is sure those weren't there before.
The Tip of Rose's head/body feels warm. Wind?
Rose feels a feeling of dread.
>Don't Panic, call out
h Dear! Rose didn't panic! Not that is good defense against getting eaten! Rose did call out but there wasn't anyone to hear. Who knows maybe the monster was lost and Hungry?
Maybe in the future you'll avoid waiting calmly to be eaten!
Go back to before Rose died?
Begin back at the last Checkpoint?
>Aren't those the same thing right now? Let's just say yes.
Rose shudders at the thought of the nasty monsters that may hypothetically live in this darkness.
A hot wind blast's Rose's tip.
Somehow Rose feels like this has happened before, which of course is silly.
>run you stupid pink thing, run as fast as you can
... and Runs...
.. Right into a wall.
Ouch, that must have hurt.
Good thing there wasn't any bottomless pits!
Rose's telekinesis is very weak, though lots of conepeople together are able to lift very heavy things!
> Feel around with Telekinesis again.
Rose feels around.
There seems to a, rope like thing... but that is just what it feels like to Rose
The wall to Rose's right goes up farther than Rose's telekinetic reach.
Rose considers going left, back the ways...
There is shuffling sounds coming from far away...
Rose could probably climb the possibly-a-rope.
> DEFINITELY CLIMB THE POSSIBLY-A-ROPE.
Up and Up Rose goes!
The Shuffling grows fainter
Well Rose is Now up here!
Where ever here is.
At least there doesn't seem to be anything nasty here!
>Need Light, also there is a monster behind you.
Light, Light need...
Well it's brighter now, but Rose can't shake the feeling of being looked at!
Rose flees in terror at the though of a monster lurking behind!
Flees right into a hole!
Well, You had light! But people don't look where they are going when panicked!
If it's any consolation, it isn't the fall that kills...
It is hitting the ground, which may take a while...
Restore before death?
Restart a last checkpoint?
>restore before death.
Well as it turned out there was no monster.
It's only eyeweed, though it is kinda bright, usually it kinda dully glows... rather than blindingly shine...
Rose is mildly unnerved by it and would prefer not to look directly at it for obvious reasons.
> TK map, Look about also look up.
Rose feels out with telekinesis, it doesn't reveal much.
Besides a big pit right near Rose that is.
Rose looks ahead... there is tunnel.
There is also a sign, Rose would need to be closer to make it out though.
Rose looks up.
Well, How curious.
> Use telekinesis to pull out some eyeweeds. Approach the tunnel, read the sign, but do NOT enter. Then check out what's on the right side.
It was very hard but Rose managed to pull a eyestalk free!
Eyeweed stalk acquired!
It's already dimmer!
Looks like one is the limit.
Well that isn't very friendly!
More Tunnel and a fork... there seems to be some sort of mark near one of the paths, it is too far to make out what it is.
> Check out mark. Go left.
Well I looks like that other mark... except not.
The eyeweed stalk still glows.
It is opressively dark in the direction the arrow(?) is pointing
> If it's got a signpost then it's got to lead somewhere.
Rose shuffles onward, following the arrows.
Then the arrows stop...
Most things look big from a Coneperson's view
The eye is growing dim...
Ok now that makes that Rune wayyyy creepier.
Rose is quite unnerved!
> Touch it.
Rose is suprised!
A booming voice sounds!
"WHO GOES THERE? FRIEND, FOE OR FURMINE?"
"OH AND DOES THIS FRIEND KNOW THE PASSWORD?"
Rose is scared stiff.
> If you really have no idea say,"Sorry, I'm new at this."
> "no, who can tell me the password?"
No, Sorry I'm new at this, who can tell me the password" Rose stated politely.(In spite of the fear Rose was raised never to forget manners)
"SERIOUSLY? UM THIS IS KINDA NEW FOR ME TOO, GENERALLY MONSTERS COME GROWLING AND STUFF AND I EAT THEM, THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED TO ME BEFORE I THINK I NEED TO CALL AN OVERSEER! CAN YOU WAIT THERE WHILE I DO?"
> uh sure I guess.
Ok" Rose replies to the menacing, well whatever it was.
"GOOD, IT SHALL ONLY TAKE A MOMENT"
Huh, did that things... eyes? close? Is it gone?
Rose is really scared... Overseer?
The thing got larger too...
> These guys seem legit! Trust em.
Something is coming out...
You have got to be kidding!
Rose is Terrified, as you would be if an ominous door opened to billow out foul smoke and smouldering red light.
And the Shadow... WHAT IS THAT SHADOW?
>He's just Doorkeeper's boss. You'll be fine. Any society that can produce someone as pleasant as Doorkeeper can't be ALL bad.
Rose tries to stay calm...
WHAT IN THE LOCK IS THAT?
Oh... It is just a tailless slug...
Well, that was embarrassing...
"Hello, are you the Overseer?"
The Reply slops into Rose's mind
-Why Yes, I belive I am, You wish to enter our Forgehome? Oh and I do apologise for our Wardrune Gatekeeper, he is new, needed to make a new one after the last one was eaten...-
> Polite greeting, ask how to escape
"Hello Mr.Overseer, Sir... I'm not rejecting your hospitiality, I'd NEVER do that, but You see, I'm scared, I've been chased by a monster and I really would just like some directions to the surface"
-I'm sorry to say this but, You do realise that we are deeper than the great gingermines here, getting to the surface is a long a arduous journey, certainly not something a little cone could do on their own...-
The hole Rose fell down wasn't that long!
That and Rose even went upwards...
Then again, the Land of Elcon has a mind of its' own, and changes distances at will.
Whatever will Rose do?
> Go with it
Rose follows the Overseer, expressing a wish to see if there is any travellers, There is!
It's a Shupog Merchant! and his Redcubre Bodyguard, There is few things as dangerous as a RedCubre when it is in its' Wyrd!
As to how that Furmine can pull that heavily laden cart, some of those pests must be really strong!
The Merchant offers to take Rose to Zaldmines, a colony of Antopleze! These Antopleze send goods to the Honey Factory! The Honey Factory is connected to aboveground!
Rose is pleased.
> Good deal, promise to help out.
Rose promises not to be completely useless, the shupog, Vark and the recubre Tum, laugh.
As Rose and the the Merchant are travelling, Rose falls asleep.
Where is Rose?
> Rose is on the surface, on a meadow. It is beautiful. Her good friends Tyla and Pip are there.
Rose is in a snowdrift with some frostgrass poking out, which is what passes for a meadow in Elcon. It is nice... if you like snow.
In Elcon, there is mostly snow.
Rose is alone, nobody here...
All alone... Oh dear.
> Where are Tyla and Pip?
Tyla and Pip... they aren't here...
They were but... Rose fell...
Fell and then was alone...
> Sometimes Rose you just have to be strong.
> Sometimes all you need is yourself.
A certain amount of truth to that...
But sometimes, you are never stong enough
And you have no hope if you are alone...
It takes more than self-determination to hold back...
But do not be afraid...
Though the evil may seem unbeatable, though you are tiny and weak...
Do not fear...
There is hope... If only you can find it.
Oh dear! a baleful eye glares at Rose!
Whatever will Rose do?
> Glare back.
> poke it in the pupil.
Rose tries to glare back, but Rose's little eyes are no match for it's malevolent orb!
So instead Rose pokes it with the telekinesis
> I think that worked! poke harder!
Rose pokes harder. A horrible screeching comes from the eye, in spite of the comeplete absence of a mouth or something.
It is working!
You see, Some Courage and there is things even one as weak as you can do...
A figure stands before Rose...
the guardian of the underground!
There is an evil has awoken, it must be stopped, will you take on this burden? Little one?
> "Evil? EVIL?! I AM ROSE OF THE CONE PEOPLE! I WILL SMITE THIS EVIL! ROOOAAAAAR! BLOOD FOR THE CONEGOD!"
> "but how could someone as small as me possible defeat such evil alone?"
Rose pretends to be all fierce, rawring about how evil will be defeated...Rose can only joke for so long.
Molehemoth is amused
"..But how could someone as small as me possible defeat such evil alone?"
You can't, You must find the others that the Land of Elcon chose!
> "how can i find them?"
Molehemoth begins to disappear.
"Wait! How Can I Find them?"
You will know them when you see them
Molehemoth is going away!
> "i'll do my best!"
"I'll do my Best!" Rose says with aplomb!
You will, you'll know what to do, don't be afraid, it feeds on that, have hope...
Never forget, You are never truely alone
They have arrived at Zaldmines.
What has happened here?!
> END OF CHAPTER ONE
Such is the first part of our tale, of disaster and hope, darkness and light
what choice will you now make, voices of the soil? Whom will you guide?
A Pengu warrior who is on a quest of honour!
An Explodahead who is very bored!
A Ram-rider who has lost his bike!
A Huge Buraskag, who is very Hungry!
> Explodahead! THIS CAN ONLY END WELL.