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Old 11-23-2007, 09:05 PM   #36
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Re: Free For All Zone

Originally Posted by lilbluecorsola
Sorry for the wait, guys. Been caught up in playing Chrono Trigger. XP

Anyhoo, welcome back, Harper. =3 I look forward to Updating you again. <3

The Rock Garden

Harper – You give the locket to Wingull to wear, who shivers slightly as the cold metal touches him, but otherwise makes no complaint. The three of you then continue on past the pile of rocks, and enter another section you haven’t seen before. Or have you? After some studying, you conclude that this place is nearby where you first arrived. You realize you must have walked in a complete circle around the entire garden. Over there you can spot the tall rock with the shelf that you had lain under, and on top of it is…

You gasp. You hadn’t seen it before since the shelf had blocked it from view when you were lying down, but now that you’ve approached from the side, you can distinguish clearly the long, graceful form of a Dragonair curled up on top of the rock. Its elegance reminds you of the Milotic statue you’d witnessed earlier, only this figure appears more celestial against the ruby and lavender background. Its back is arched, the wings on the sides of its head represented by crude shards, which are spread open as if its about to take flight from a cliff. The tip of its tiny horn touches the small moon which has gradually begun to appear in the sky, appearing very magical and ethereal. Overall, the image looks so very alive, even though it’s only made of stone like the others. The sight of it absolutely stuns you.

Something catches your eyes, and you look a bit closer, examining the sculpture carefully. The sky is beginning to get dark, but there is still some pale light remaining from the sunset. Something on the Dragonair statue seems to be catching that light, causing it to sparkle brilliantly, like a small bright star. The location of the object seems to be somewhere around the creature’s neck. You move closer, but the stature is so high that you still can’t really see what it is. Looking at the statue’s pedestal, you find that there are depressions in the rock which could serve as hand and footholds for you if you wish to climb.

There’s also something else here that you hadn’t observed before. Behind the rock, standing a few yards away is, strangely enough, what appears to be an electricity pole. It towers high above you, casting a long, thin shadow across the ground. In fact, you’ve been standing in its shadow for a while now. Now that you’re aware of it, it feels a little strange. As if standing here it’s much too cold… When you try to see where the wires attached to the pole lead, you find your vision obstructed by tall trees. Wait, trees?

You blink. Again you encounter something you hadn’t picked up on when you’d first visited this place. To your direct right is a way out from the garden. The path leads through a grove of coniferous trees and into a deep forest, which is most likely the
Alpine Forest you’ve read about in the guidebook. As the earth recedes into the wood, it becomes covered in a light layer of frost. How come you never noticed this exit before?

You suddenly glance down instinctively. The pole’s shadow beneath you wavers momentarily, then straightens itself. You frown.

What will you do now?

Jenna settles Wingull on her shoulder after giving him the locket to wear, then she and Charmander continue walking into the next clearing. Ahead of her is a tall rock, with a sharp cut in its base that makes a hollow large enough for a person to shelter in. That might make a good place to rest for the night, Jenna thinks, noting the setting sun in the West. She walks closer to inspect the spot more carefully, and realizes that she had already sheltered here under the rock shelf, when she had first arrived in the Rock Garden. Turning in a circle to examine the clearing more fully, Jenna gasps as she notices something she hadn't seen on her first visit here.

This clearing has its own rock statue, a graceful Dragonair towering above Jenna atop the rock which had formed her shelter. In the dimming evening light, it looks the most real and ethereal of all the rock statues Jenna had seen so far. She gazes at it in wonder for a few moments, entranced by its beauty, and hears a soft sigh beside her as Char echoes her own feelings.

A pale sunbeam crosses over the statue, and Jenna notices a glimmer of light reflected back at her. Craning her neck, she realizes that there is something attached to the statue at the creature's neck, catching the light and sparkling brightly. Wanting to get a closer look at the object, Jenna looks carefully at the stone pedestal and realizes that there are depressions in the rock that she could use to climb. Her eyes slide behind the statue for a moment, and she is startled to realize that a few yards behind the statue stands what looks like an electricity pole. She lets her eyes move back away from the pole, expecting to see wires going off into the distance, but instead her view is blocked by tall coniferous trees.

Peering around the statue for a better look, Jenna realizes that the forest beyond the statue must be the Alpine Forest she'd read about in her Cloud Garden guidebook. The electricity pole, normally a sign of civilization and settlement, seems at odds with the relatively wilder forest and the quiet, lonely rock garden. The difference makes Jenna a bit nervous. Looking down, she realizes that she has been standing in the shadow of the pole the whole time. Now that she notices it, she feels slightly colder than she'd been before entering this clearing and rubs her arms uneasily. Suddenly, as she is staring down at the shadow, it wavers momentarily, then straightens again. Jenna feels goosebumps rise on her arms, and frowns.

"I think it's about time we moved on," Jenna said to Char and Wingull. "It seems we've seen the whole Rock Garden. Except..." She looks up again at the glint of light on the Dragonair statue. She'd found so many treasures around the statues up until now - somehow she felt that she'd better investigate this one, especially when the pedestal was so conveniently marked with hand- and footholds. "Let's just check this one thing out," Jenna suggests to her companions, "and then we'll be on our way into the forest." Her friends nod in agreement, so Jenna straightens her backpack on her shoulders, tightening it snugly. Climbing would be easier if she left it on the ground, but something about that pole had made her uneasy and she wanted to keep all her things close. Hoisting Char up over her shoulder, she asks him to hold tightly to the pack. Then, making sure that Wingull is settled comfortably on her shoulder, Jenna begins to climb.