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March 26, 2011, 1:04 am

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Tome of the Ancient Kingdom


The Elders say there was once a great kingdom here. Yes, in this field of cattle, void of rubble or debris. Now, there are just a few fences and a barn for the bovine herd. At the most, you'll find some fresh dung. No treasures or artifacts of bygone ages here. What fate could have befallen such a place, as to leave no trace? Come closer, and I will show you...

The Tome of the Ancient Kingdom

The thick and dusty grimoire with a solid binding and durable, yet-yellowed, pages, that prove highly resistant to wear, bares a cover of gray slate and shimmering purple letters that reads: "THE LAND IN ALL ITS GLORY."

Inside, you will find that it holds the secrets of the ancient kingdom known as Nortelbean.This hefty tome contains dry and wit-less text pertaining to all aspects of the Kingdom of Nortelbean. It describes the people, as they looked to the cloud covered skies in horror; and many other things about them. Every single person who vanished that day, with Nortelbean, is detailed in irrefutable completeness, watching the black storm descend upon the towns and keeps, throwing them into chaos, and then no more.

The buildings and even the cobblestone streets are described with seemingly unnecessary details, though scholars believe no detail should be overlooked in uncovering the mystery of this tome. With a complete reading of the book, you will come to feel as if you had been living there the moment it happened. Some have gone insane from such knowledge, believing themselves trapped in a black fog while the world around them is eaten by unseen forces.

The Truth of Nortelbean

In its final days in this world, Nortelbean's inhabitants saw nothing strange, nor did anyone expect such a fate, as is clear from the text inscribed within the tome. That is, until the clouds came. They descended from high above circling outwards and spiraling downward suddenly. It happened very quickly, that The Reader claimed his treasure.

There was a great God, a God of literature in all it's forms, who desired more than a mere book. Having read every text that was ever written or would ever be written, from grocery lists to epic volumes of poetry, The Reader was bored with what he considered to be mundane. All of the worlds written knowledge was his, and he was the master of the written word. He wanted more, but he was not a God of plays or acting, dance or song. He wanted a book. So he reached down with he cloud-covered hands and scooped up a chunk of the world. The Kingdom of Nortelbean.

The Creator was upset with The Reader's meddling in mortal affairs, for it was not his task to do so. "The Reader reads," Explained The Creator, "He does naught else, but watch the written words of men to be sure they will never gain more knowledge than they can handle."

"I have read every text a mortal may ever write," He argued, "There is nothing to fear from our fearful worshippers"

"Patience, Reader," The Creator asked of him, "There is always more that will be written. The Reader reads, The Creator creates, The Destroyer is the one who takes away, not you."

The argument was resolved, but the fate of Nortelbean was still set in drying ink.

Eventually, even a God will misplace something. As all things come to pass, so is the fate of Nortelbean. A book with no author except human ingenuity itself., it is a work to be marveled at.  A treasure unlike any other, a story a God would seek to enjoy. A mystery with no end. Where will you find the Tome of the Ancient Kingdom? Will you read it? Will you understand what it is? You just might; and that is where our adventure begins.

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Voted EchoMirage
March 26, 2011, 9:42

Echo likes.

Your description led me to the truth of Nortelbean swiftly and without force, even before you stated the truth. .

The sub leaves me hungry for more, though - after the aperitif, a chunk of meat should come.

Care to add?

Please do ;)

March 26, 2011, 10:07
I'm glad you like it. I wasn't sure how it would be received, since the ending what somewhat rushed (my muse seems to have taken a vacation).

I hope to add more eventually, as it is, I suppose, actually unfinished. However, I believe it is finished enough to be useful and inspirational, just not quite plug and play.

I will come back to this, but maybe not before the quest is over. So, please be patient. :)
Voted Moonlake
May 14, 2012, 1:09
An intriguing story.
Voted valadaar
May 17, 2013, 11:24
This is a great start to something - perhaps the change was not irreversible.


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Hooper McFin's Two Shot Portal

       By: dudeington

Now, this ol' ramblin fellow tends to walk his talk a bit too far down the train sometimes.. So I'll be brief in my recantin' of how it was my Tavern "came to bein'" on the multiverse as a weave of it's own spell.. And how I'm even alive to tell the story!

You see it's simple really, trust me.. that's my specialty, keepin it elementary. And you can trust this old Bard.

Anyway, this one night these wizards get a ramblin' on about the temporal exististance of space and time and how it could be manifested in a weave of super dimensional space. whereupon the folded space would give rise to an infinite number of entrances and exits to one or many spaces. Now, seein' how my talkin' sometimes get's locked into the way us folks used to talk back in the ol' west. These wizards didn't know I was a master of the word. and I had heard everything they said. They were also a bit over the wagon, while I was steerin' the show.

So that's how it came to pass, I struck a bargain with the wizards. They come to me in the morning and conjure up their idea into reality and I'd pledge them my life, my existance.. in essence my soul. but in a much nicer sense of the word. So they came by in the morning a half remembering our talks the prior evenin'. And I recanted their words verbatum, and that's how it came to be. The spell was complete that afternoon. My tavern would be the super dimensional cube that would exist in this weave of space and time, folks could come and go as they please, knowin in mind some of the rules and limitations set forth.

A few of 'em as follows.

No feller can be causin a ruckus inside any of my fine establishments, as always rule number one god damnit.

n' second the portal works kinda tricky. When ya outside ya cast the spell and lend your will to luck a bit and regardless the doors to the bar will appear, the windows a luminescent amber.. you can hear the chattee but ya can't see in. And the catch is the door might be locked, in which case you chalk it up to lady luck and go walk off and try again in an hour. Now most times the door pops right open and from the outside you always come in the front door, immediately greeted by myself or one of our many fine patrons of Hooper McFin's Ale & Steakhouse.

Now when ya cast the spell from inside the Tavern, another catch comes up. The back door is mainly a secret for the non-initiated staff and the regulars but for sake of the prose let's assume we all know there's a secret door in the back with a portal there. Now when you go on through this one, you got two scenario's you oughta be aware of. One is ya pop outside relative to the same spot you came out. The other is, you walk back on into this one or another of our many Hooper McFin's Ale & Steakhouse.

so it's a clever quantum railroad I got my tavern and my people's caught on. But, Hey the show's sure as always goin. ohhh' rutin tootin skidoodle -

** And that's it.. that's the only notes I found on the spell, apparently out there somewhere is a Tavern caught on the mighty ebb and flow of the multiverse. Well. at least I can put to rest my torment as to the condition now referred to as "Hooper McFin's Teleportation Paranoia".

Dr. Clarke T. Mulligan - Professional researcher of Time & Space.

Hooper McFin's Ale & Steakhouse

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