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Thrice Damned

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A sorcerer with evil intentions or just a murderer waiting for another fool?

At a crossroads, the characters come across a trio of thick poles set into the ground, just outside the overlapping roads.

Crossbeams have been anchored to the poles, and from two poles dangle the bloody and beaten bodies of two men. A raven settles on the head of one of the still bodies, a faint call for help echoing from the other man. Standing at the center of the crossroads is a road-worn traveler, who keeps the brim of his hat down to protect from the glaring sun. As the group nears, he fondles a set of ebony dice in his hand. With a smirk, he points to the open pole and bids the lead character, "care to try your luck?"



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Voted knowman
May 22, 2014, 12:34
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Grammar correction/suggestion:
Either "... the bloody and beaten bodies of a man dangles from two (of the) poles." or "...the bloody and beaten bodies of men dangle from two (of the) poles."

There's a lot of suggestion in that, much of it wording, the only correction would be the men/a man bit.

I didn't like this at first but have quickly warmed up to it, especially after figuring out it was a 100-word challenge. There is enough in that 100 words to give me a couple of different ways this could turn out.

Cheers!
Kassy
May 23, 2014, 7:24
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Ah, I didn't notice that, thank you for pointing it out to me. I'll change it to "two men".

You're welcome.
Voted Aramax
January 12, 2015, 20:52
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nice adventure starter

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Voted valadaar
February 11, 2015, 22:01
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Nice Hook! Great use of exactly 100 word, sans summary.

Freetext



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Mesnoi

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The food that eats you back.

Creatures of nightmare, the thankfully rare Mesnoi have unique form and attributes. Only one Mesnoi at a time will ever be "encountered".

In appearance, a Mesnoi resembles a walnut-sized chunk of freshly-roasted red meat from some uncertain yet familiar, edible animal. The insidious creature camouflages itself quite appropriately whenever it can, by slowly making its way amidst feast tables and trays of roasted meats.

Once eaten by the unsuspecting, the Mesnoi sinks down to the stomach, reforming if chewed, and begins to lap up the gastric fluids, digestive juices, and bile that it craves, like a sponge.

The Mesnoi carrier will experience mild to severe stomach pains during this time.

After a few hours of this (this is the only time that the Mesnoi can be purged with magic, or other mundane means), the Mesnoi transforms into its true form inside its victim, that of a miniature, once more walnut-sized, pot-bellied, devil-horned, snake-tailed imp. This horrid little creature then begins to chew and eat its way out of the victim from the inside out with its tiny, razor-sharp teeth, like a rat forced to do so via torture.

The victim almost always dies a slow, agonizing death. That much is certain. The devilish imp then exits its victim and begins its seventy two hour existence of mischief and malevolence, until it once more turns back into a hunk of roasted meat with the movement capabilities of a snail.

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