Re: RPG:Champions of Geridarr
Indy watched as the 'contestants' were fitted with crystals and dragged to the Hologram rooms. He decided it was time to head the nearest safe zone of Tesba, and try to learn more about this place and how to get home. He walked out of the gates of the courtyard and into the land of Geridarr.
The terrain around the Castle was a rocky desert. Canyons and cliffs as well as dunes of sand stretched far into the distance. The castle was built into the mountain and a winding path lead down the mountain to a very large stable. Indy took the opportunity to get ahead of the other contestants, who could very well kill him if theyre crazy enough, and leave while they were listening to the Countess.
Indy jogged down the path and came up to the stables where various animals where kept behind metal fences (think Jurassic Park). They were separated into different cells for different animals. There were ones that he had never seen before. One pen held what looked like veloceraptors. Another had mammoths. Yet another had saber tooth tigers.
A Draconian in red robes with a cowl low over his face appeared from seemingly nowhere. He spoke in his snake like voice.
"Choose one mount. You may ride it to Tesba, there you turn it in to the stables. Not every safe zone city will supply you with a mount. You will have to traverse Geridarr's landscapes on foot at some points. For now, you may pick any one of these. However, beware, for some species do not respond well to the contestants." The Draconian motioned towards the veloceraptors. None of whom were growing or slashing at the fences...they just stood there and looked at Indy. Which made it worse.
"Alright...you got horses?"
"Yeah, four legs, hairy tail, long face..."
"Ah, the docile ones." The Draconian said and beckoned Indy to follow. He led him to a pen with one white horse in it.
"You are fortunate. The last one... We dont get more mounts until more are turned into this stable or until more are sent here by the Emperor. Take a saddle from the supply shed at the end of the cells."
"What about water?" Indy asked looking towards the desert beyond and squinting in the sunlight.
"The journey is not too far. If you cannot last it without gratouitous amounts of moisture than you will not survive this tournament heh heh heeeeee." With that the Draconian walked away along the long line of cells.
"Thanks?" Indy said and headed towards the supply shed. The door hissed open and there were many saddles to be had. He grabbed one that looked like a horse's saddle and went back to the horse pen. The door opened when the horse saw the saddle in his hand and it walked towards the end of the cell. The strange little wonders of Geridarr never seem to end...
Indy saddled up and mounted the last horse in the pens. He looked around the pens for the Draconian to ask him where to go but didnt see him anywhere.
"Where...?" He asked looking around. The Draconian was directly next to him, despite Indy looking there second ago. His scaley hand was pointed in a direction. Indy took the advice and spurred his horse on with a Yaaaah!
An hour into the journey
The sun was terrible, but Indy had gone through worse. His fedora helped a little. His jacket stayed on of course.
Indy rode along a cliff, kicking dust up as the horse galloped. He cleared a rocky section and came out into the finishing stretch. He could see beyond a large expanse of sand dunes was something in the distance. Tesba, for sure. He had been following a light path and there were several plain wooden signs along the way. This had to be it.
He spurred the horse onward and into the sea of sand. He was glad he reached the safe zone finally. Strange that he hadn't run into any contestants yet, perhaps it was because he had come in between 'waves' as the Draconian put it...The ground suddenly shook. The horse along fell. It was slightly spooked, but Indy hurried it onward. The shaking wasn't good.
"I've got a bad feeling about this..." He mumbled to himself
A rumble sounded in front of him. The sand began to rise upward like an eruption. He turned the horse around and moved several feet backward from it. A giant creature burst from the sand and roared at Indy.
"Yah! Yaaah!" Indy spured the horse backwards as the giant sand worm crashed into the area in front of him. He circled around as it snaked into the dune, throwing sand in all directions. He raced for the city, knowing that the safe zone would allow him sanctuary.
The worm burst from the sand next to him and its mighty jaws opened up and gave Indy a full view of the fearsome rack of teeth that spelled doom for Indiana and his valiant horse. The horse screeched loudly in panic and nearly kicked Indy off. He kicked it stiffly in the rear and spurred it onward just as the sandworm crashed beside him and sent sand everywhere. He knew the massive worm would not miss again.
The horse sped as fast as it could and Indy continued to spur it. The city was almost in reach and he might be able to reach it before the great worm struck again. The next attack came from below, however Indy and the horse were a tiny target and somewhat difficult to hit on the mark. One of the four lips of the beast slammed into the horse and Indy was thrown from it. Indy landed on the other side of the worm who was now burrowing into the sand again with a roar.
Indy picked himself up and looked to see the horse already making a run for the city on its own.
"Hey!" He yelled and took out his whip. It was hard to see with all the sand the worm was throwing. With an expert flick of his wrist he whipped onto the horses leg and was yanked into the sand. The horse continued to run towards the safe zone and drag Indy behind it. The sand worm popped up directly behind Indy and he looked back to see it roar and show its massive jaws once more.
The horse dragged Indy through the sand and the worm took the bait. It began to head towards Indy and it was gaining quickly. Indy looked to the horse, it was so close to reaching the low buildings of Tesba, yet the great beast was moving so quickly.
The worm was several feet away from Indy now as the horse ran. It roared once more and the wind nearly blew his fedora off. Indy was tempted to take out his revolver and let loose a few shots jus for the hell of it, but he needed both hands to grib the whip and he was being dragged. The worm got close enough and dove for Indy. He closed his eyes and awaited the crunch of his bones under the teeth of the worm. Suddenly he stopped. He felt a crash behind him. He carefully opened his eyes...
The whip had come loose, the horse ran off into the streets of Tesba. The worm crashed 3 feet from Indy's legs and the sand it kicked up slapped against an invisible barrier that surrounded Tesba. He let out a great sigh of relief and stood up. He shook the sand from himself and his fedora and wrapped up his whip, clipping it to his belt once more. He turned and faced the desert city of Tesba...a wretched isle of scum and villany.
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