Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The 3rd Opening

As you swing open the door ...

Now you find the door's entrance some 20 feet above the ground.

You see a shore comprised of tufted grass, white grainy sand mixed with outcroppings of salt and pale blue sloughs, about a dozen of them, tightly grouped along the rim of a larger body of water which does not quite reach to the horizon.  You can just barely see the hazy edge of land about three or four miles away.  The sloughs are clear from your vantage point above them, with brown algae balls rolling on the bottoms, occasionally obscured by the little waves caused by wind rippling over the water surface.

More than anything, however, you notice the stench.  It is profound - a mix of sulphur and something akin to manure, rising from the ponds and filling the air.  The temperature is still warm, much the same as the forest, but here the atmosphere is cloying and thick from the smell.

Andrej is stunned.  He knows where this is.  It's the Sivash Sea, also known as the Rotten Sea, between the Crimea and Kherson.  With the sun behind you, as it was before, you're certainly looking at it from the Crimean side.  Andrej has never been here, but he has heard it described a hundred times; it is at the west end of the Azov Sea, which Andrej crossed when he first went to Europe from Cumana.  Cumana would be some 250 miles from here, perhaps even closer.

It does not appear, however, that 'thinking' has anything to do with the door opening here.

The walls of the room have changed in color; they have shifted from umber, which they were before, to a dark lavender.  You do not know what this means.

19 comments:

Ahmet said...

This sounded like a nice place to visit until the stench.

Ahmet asks the group if anyone has ever visited that barren desert they first stepped into. It seems like that is the outlier; the other two places were at least familiar to someone.

Ahmet said...

I'm wondering if the color reflects how many "charges" this room has, and if we've just run out.

Hey, we wanted to go to Crimea anyway, right? :)

Andrej said...

Close enough. I needed to stop off in Fiume, though, for a few thousand ducats. C'est la vie. Anybody got a boat... and clothespins for our noses?

Andrej said...

So I've scanned through the previous posts looking for clues, but haven't come up with any. I encourage others to try looking.

It's possible some device on the person's using this thing allowed them to control it. Or perhaps a control device is somewhere here in the gate itself.

Andrej begins a thorough search of the space inside the gate.

Lacking some result on the above action, any ideas on how this is working or should we allow somebody else to think really hard and open a door? Maybe they'll be better at it than Lukas.

Ahmet said...

Andrej opened it the first two times and Lukas the third. Oddly, when Lukas opened it, we revealed a place that Andrej knows of, but presumably Lukas did not.

So there goes that theory.

Ahmet can open it next if you wish.

Ahmet said...

Also, I would point out that although Ermeth found the forest familiar, he didn't know for sure he'd been there before. Just that it was "like" a forest he'd visited before. And while Andrej recognized the place as the Rotten Sea, he'd never been there himself.

So there's that.

I'm thinking we're randomly hopping from place to place.

Hopefully Andrej's search will turn up something.

Ahmet guards the hidden door and directs Klaas to make sure nothing flies in (or reaches up) from the Rotten Sea.

Andrej said...

Is it not odd that the ammunition and crowbars vanished, but we did not? Were they left behind? Are they still in a room like this one? Is it we who have vanished? Did they fall and hit the machine upon the tower crown? Did they simply cease to be?"

Alexis said...

Erdina asks, "Do we open the door again? Maybe we'll appear somewhere in Germany."

Andrej said...

"Or Cathay, like as not. It may be the only option left if we can't figure a way to control it."

Ahmet said...

Assuming Andrej's search turned up nothing, and there are no other objections/suggestions, Ahmet opens the door a fourth time.

Alexis said...

I'll have to wait for a consensus (consonsus?) on that, Ahmet.

Andrej said...

Was his assumption correct? Did my search of the gate reveal nothing?

Andrej said...

(OOC: consonsus noun, plural con·son·sus·es.
The act of fooling more than one of your male children at a time.)

Alexis said...

Sorry, Andrej,

Your search reveals nothing more about the interior of the gate than what Lukas discovered earlier.

Ahmet said...

Lukas, Janos?

Lukas said...

Go ahead and consider me all for any plan that doesn't obviously involve personal harm or loss.

For this instance, sure, go for it. Adventure ho!

Andrej said...

Let's do it.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet does it.

Alexis said...

This is continued on the next post.