Deep in the bowels of the Infinite Abyss, an infernal realm that spirals down into never-ending pain, there lies the plane of Skillet. 5757 Layers below the beginning of the River Styx there is a charred black expanse of steaming metal that stretches forever in every direction. Welcome to skillet, you've just stepped out of the fire and into the fryer.
The Life-forms in Skillet:
Skillet is not home to very much life. It is swelteringly hot and contact with the ground will incinerate flesh at its worst and cause extremely painful burns on the 'cool' spots. The little life that lives there varies greatly in temperament, mood, and reactions to outsiders.
The Flames that Feed - A colony of elemental fire creatures lives below the surface of Skillet, the constantly regenerating layer of black metal that resides over their heads in meant to trap them for their disservice to a great Lord of Fire. Their form is unknown, but it is said that they gather together and roam beneath the layer of metal in search of sweet escape. It is theorized that the hottest parts of Skillet are where you can find The Flames that Feed, though there is no known reason to be looking for them and seems to be a better idea to completely avoid them.
The Black Eggs - Strange, gigantic blob creatures. They fill the sizzling air with the stench of burnt breakfast and slide sightlessly towards their prey: Heat. In essence, they are oversized egg whites with a oozing orange eye of yolk punctuating their center. the whites are burnt black along the edges and they leave a trail of burnt-on egg wherever they go. They will try to smother and scorch anything they encounter, and seem to be completely unintelligent.
The White Clouds of Ouranacht - Ouranacht is said to be a weak angel that resides on the plane. He is never seen, and it is possible that his is simply another carcass fried to dust among the black plains of Skillet, lingering on only in his cloudy saviors. His white clouds can be found hovering about five feet from the surface of Skillet, but are quite rare. They can be ridden by anyone without an evil heart, and are completely insubstantial to those who are. If a good-hearted being climbs onto a White Cloud, they can control its direction, but not height, and even gather fresh, if warm, water from the cloud. It can be tough to find a White cloud, because they usually reside at the center of a larger steam cloud, caused by their constant rain.
Landmarks of Skillet:
The Handle - Some say there is a handle to this pain, as there is with most pans. I'm sure the denizens of Skillet would deny such a claim if any of them were able to speak. The Handle is more of a mythical term for control, it is said that he who holds The Skillet's Handle will be able to free The Flames that Feed, resurrect Ouranacht or escape with their life. Never all three, but the story changes based on the goals and motivations of the listener.
The Great Palace of Egeg - A small metal protrusion in the middle of a flat land of blackened iron. It appears to be a covered stairwell, descending into a dim red light like that of hot coals. This staircase travels roughly sixty feet down into the hot metal. At the bottom you find a solid iron wall carved into the likeness of the protruding horrified face of a bald and burn scarred elf. Egeg is this elf's name, and it is carved in a repeated circle all around the malign face.
The Great Palace of Egeg is the only known exit from skilled. To open the exit, you must place your hand on Egeg's tongue for 5 seconds at a time, then 7, then 5 again, and finally 7 again. This will most likely be unfathomably painful, and possibly fatal. It not known is living flesh is necessary for this to work, but it is possible that a dead man's hand will do just fine. When the proper physical pain has been endured, the Mouth of Egeg will open into the Layer of The Flames where you will find yourself with an hot iron ceiling and surrounded by flaming men who bleed from their eyes. Fortunately, the River Styx continues down here, so you may be able to find your way deeper into the Abyss.
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I don't know whether to laugh, cry or fall down. I'll give it this, it is certainly unique. Definitely a lot of work and thought put into it...
Kudos for the originality, that is for certain. And for the actual usability, despite the, I hate to say, silly, overall idea, if one can find a way to make use of it. Bravo!
Shrewdly cool! (or hot)
Not a place I'd like to be. :)
good, but if you where going for the mini quest it has to be a pattern of 2+ Identical numbers. i.e. 7777 instead of 5757. pretty good sub otherwise.
'Can be any type submission but it only counts if it is in the next 10 submissions and has the identical number sequence of 2 or more digits. '
57 57 qualifies, imo.
Very clever premise, and I think quite usable. Dante must have forgotten to include this layer in his Inferno.
Me'likes! Phantasmagoria from Pieh's Wicked Plume.
+25XP for 5555
Giving partial credit for the 5757 :) I will meet you halfway.
Clever, I think you hit your mark, well done.
I find this amusing :) It puts me in mind of something you would find in the April editions of Dragon magazine back in the day.
Need to throw on some Bacon elementals.