The tree was there and, all other quibbles and petty squabbles aside, the tree was the main focus for all of them.
That was probably a very good thing and, they each took a slightly different approach. Hookor
began to make notes and, in doing so he noted a few things. Most prominently, as he started to look at the shape and size and layout of the roots, he spotted that there was a pattern. A very definite pattern
. It was not like there were lots of roots, but rather like the tree was made from one long root and trunk, a swirling, tangled yarn in the shape of a tree. He didn't touch it, so he couldn't know what it felt like, but where one part of the root disappeared underground, it then reappeared some time later, then disappeared underneath again. Eventually, it came out and began a twisting, winding, meandering
journey into being the trunk of an enormous tree. Like one strange strand of... something.
, too, examined the tree and in doing so, she noticed something different. As she circled it, she spotted that the amount of time it took her (and her small companion) to get around the tree was... off. She walked around it and it took longer than she would expect. Like it was bigger than it looked. As a rough guess, it took her about twice as long to walk around it as she would estimate it should. While she did that, it seemed
to be the right size for the steps she took, but when looked at as a whole, it appeared smaller. Strange.
was more concerned with Amaris than the tree, at least at first and she offered to break Rowan's knees - or face - as required. Yet, strangely, this was perhaps the most gentle Ela had ever been. When she spoke to Ben, though, he looked at her and pointed out that, in fact, there was nothing inside. For all they knew, anyone who stepped in was going to be falling into the Abyss so no. No. There would be no stepping in just yet.
wasn't for stepping in, exactly, but the fake naturalist recognised that he felt better, more energised than he had before. He and Rynata moved together and they even had a quiet conversation. Devin made sure to take some samples and he discovered something quite strange. As soon as he put a leaf from the tree into a vial, for example, it crumbled to dust, to nothing at all. Every sample he took (and any Rynata did too), from anywhere on this small islet - they reacted the same way. Just crumbled to nothing. What could it mean?
Then, once she had unnerved Rowan sufficient, Sephira
explored the tree with her Attunement and she discovered a lot about it. The notes, jumping around like a songbird, were hard to decipher and seemed more than multi-layered. There was something very different
about this tree, but there were no Notes of danger - in some ways, just the opposite. Yet, they were alien to her, also - even as they energized her.
was more concerned with his relationships than the tree - but then maybe that wasn't surprising or unwise considering what had recently happened. He was terrified of the magic, yet he stepped through and that must have unnerved him further. Then, he spoke to Amaris and might notice that Tom watched him. The scholar and guide was not the kind of person to lose his temper easily, and he seemed to calm down quite quickly when Rowan apologised. That was good. But still, he kept one eye open. Just in case.
Much to Tio's
disappointment, there continued to be no pot of gold here, but instead, a tree. His examination of the tree, such as it was, led him to the conclusion that the thing to do was to jump into what he dubbed the "endless void" inside. Must be said, that didn't seem to make most people want to do it, strangely. Maybe he needed to work more on his sales pitch?
It was probably no surprise that Kura
had an option in terms of Phelan. After speaking to her sister, the elder Mortalborn turned her attention to Tio and she spoke. When she did - everyone else saw the mist swirling around them, between them. Rainbow hues swirled and joined the two together.....
spoke and was clear - they had not intended to cause a fuss, accepted Rowan's apology and agreed with Hookor's assessment. However, Amaris was also right in that they were outvoted. Significantly so.
The group vote was to open the door further
and that was what they did. Tom took a stick and did that and, as he did, everyone saw the same thing.
Lots of colours, lots of them. Flying past in enormous gusts of wind which howled and screeched around them. The colours swirled and the winds raged, knocking them backwards and / or off their feet. The more the door opened, the more of these.... things..... came out. The gusting, hurricane like winds poured out of the doorway but, within them were individual strands, for want of a better word, of colour. Each one let out a noise - a screaming, screeching red, a deeper more monotone and heavy bass purple, high pitched whistling green. They moved, those strands of colour, like they were alive and riding the wind the group had released.
And it should be noted that all of the animals with them, felt very, very uncomfortable. Even Phelan, the spirit wolf, found them decidedly unpleasant. He wasn't afraid, per se, but the more mundane animals certainly were as the winds whipped the strands of colour around them.
Secret Achievement: Attention to Detail!! Unlocked
: Hookor, Sephira, Devin and Rynata have noticed something which could be very important.
Achievement: Caution is Advised!! Unlocked
: Hookor and Amaris advised caution. Bonus at the end!
Achievement: Caution is Over-rated!! Unlocked
: Rynata, Ela, Tio, Rowan, Kura, Sephira and Devin advised further exploration. Bonus at the end!
Achievement: Clear and Concise! Unlocked
: All pc's wrote in 600 words or under!
Achievement: Accurate, Clear and Concise! Unlocked
: Devin, Ela, Sephira, Rowan, Kura, Amaris and Rynata, wrote a post of exactly
600 words! Bonus is coming your way!
- Kura and Tio have "bonded in the mist" - they have improved communication / awareness of each other and can temporarily hear each other's thoughts...... Oh, and they can feel sensations the other one does !!