Elder's Journey

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Elder's Journey

Post by m_a_kelly » Mon Nov 23, 2009 3:11 am

With busy hands, the Protectors readied the slumbering gods for their journey to a new home. When the Astronomers observed the alignment of certain stars (according to their calculations) the craft were launched.

The Elder Ones went first.

The Astronomers were certain the capsules would remain unopened until they reached their destination: the planet they had seen in visions.

One of the Elders landed near an island on the new world.

The hatch opened slowly and Cthulhu emerged, stretched his scaly body and shook his tentacled head. He lumbered off to explore his new domain and search for eager supplicants.
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Post by eric_marsh » Tue Nov 24, 2009 12:36 am

I've been thinking about this one for a bit and I guess I have to admit that I don't quite get it. Dinosaurs?
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Post by Algernon Sydney is Dead » Tue Nov 24, 2009 12:46 am

Yeah, I don't get it either. This could almost be sea turtles, reptiles on a plane, or space aliens invading Japan.

Any which way, it's not clear why we should care about "Elder" or why it's significant that he started foraging for a snack.

Were there "chewy bipeds" or big glass and steel boxes?

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Post by m_a_kelly » Tue Nov 24, 2009 2:18 am

eric_marsh wrote:I've been thinking about this one for a bit and I guess I have to admit that I don't quite get it. Dinosaurs?
Sorry, it's something like that but this one has been difficult for me. I'll see if I can clarify it. :?
Algernon Sydney is Dead wrote:Yeah, I don't get it either. This could almost be sea turtles, reptiles on a plane, or space aliens invading Japan.

Any which way, it's not clear why we should care about "Elder" or why it's significant that he started foraging for a snack.

Were there "chewy bipeds" or big glass and steel boxes?
Will need to work on it to bring out the meaning more clearly. This one is a little tricky.

Thanks for the input, guys.
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Post by m_a_kelly » Tue Nov 24, 2009 3:10 am

Here's a clearer edit, I hope. Wanted to lead the story there without mentioning any names. Didn't mean for him to come off as a dinosaur. I'd been writing about dragons all day yesterday, when this thing pops in my head. Will learn not to rush these things. No wine before it's time.

Let me know if you see it now or more needs to be said. Guess I could drop the name if it comes to it. I'm gathering info for a story on this as well. Something I've always wanted to do. :D
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Post by eric_marsh » Tue Nov 24, 2009 3:19 am

It's better. I guess I feel a lack of context. These events happened but why? What impact does the unexpected opening of the pod have, other than the release of this being?
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Post by Algernon Sydney is Dead » Tue Nov 24, 2009 3:31 am

Now it seems to allude to Eldritch gods or some-such. I'm not aware of any dragons with tentacles.
Something like this?
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m_a_kelly wrote:When the Astronomers observed the alignment of certain stars (spatially and temporally)...
This is silly phrasing; an alignment is a relationship, spatially and temporally. This is like saying they "observed the spacial and temporal relationship of certain stars (spatially and temporally)"

Eventually, one of the Elders landed near an island on the new world.

Then, somehow, the hatch opened accidentally.

He emerged, stretched his scaly body, wriggled the tentacles on his face and began to explore his new dominion.
Not clear and/or interesting enough. Is there anything special about the world or a reason the Elder should have dominion over it?
Maybe the world has a single, large, tidally locked moon?

"Then, somehow, the hatch opened accidentally." is redundant and awkward. If it's opened accidentally, then "somehow" is a given. Or drop the "accidentally" and make the somehow a bigger mystery.

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Post by m_a_kelly » Tue Nov 24, 2009 3:41 am

ok i guess i need to work it out some more. will delete that whole bit on the alignment...was going for a right time and placement of the stars sort of thing...
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Post by m_a_kelly » Tue Nov 24, 2009 1:13 pm

Ok. Another edit. This is as good as I can get it for now. Packing for office party, preparing for BF coming to town dinner. :D If I don't respond to any other feedback on this for a bit, it will be cuz I am very, very busy. But I do appreciate all of the help you guys give me. You're keeping me honest and helping me to grow. :D
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Post by eric_marsh » Tue Nov 24, 2009 1:48 pm

Much better. It's hard to go wrong with Cthulhu. :)

I don't know why I didn't pick up on that earlier. Just slow I guess.
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Post by Algernon Sydney is Dead » Tue Nov 24, 2009 10:40 pm

Yes, much better.

Still could use that extra kick... Maybe some reason for us to care about Cthulhu's fate or the fate of his new home. Right now, it seems kind of dry and historical.

Still, it's come a long way with the edits.

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Post by Phenopath » Tue Nov 24, 2009 11:50 pm

OK, I get it now. Algernon is the new Miss Grimsley (may she rest in hell).
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Post by Algernon Sydney is Dead » Wed Nov 25, 2009 12:31 am

Phenopath wrote:OK, I get it now. Algernon is the new Miss Grimsley (may she rest in hell).
Hey! Some people appreciate constructive feedback. If not, then THEY can say so.

They don't appreciate unjustified and unjustifiable, ad-hominem attacks, however.

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Post by ROU Killing Time » Wed Nov 25, 2009 2:02 am

Algernon Sydney is Dead wrote:
Phenopath wrote:OK, I get it now. Algernon is the new Miss Grimsley (may she rest in hell).
Hey! Some people appreciate constructive feedback. If not, then THEY can say so.

They don't appreciate unjustified and unjustifiable, ad-hominem attacks, however.
I think Pheno meant that as a compliment, ASID.
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Post by Algernon Sydney is Dead » Wed Nov 25, 2009 2:29 am

The tone and the "rest in Hell" sure look hostile.

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Post by ROU Killing Time » Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:44 am

Oh, you missed the Eulogy I gave for Miss Grimsley, apparently. I'll have to look up the link.
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Post by m_a_kelly » Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:22 am

History can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cthulhu and here: http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/. I prefer the latter. He came seeking worshipers and chewy sacrifices.

Apparently, there is more than can be conveyed with merely 100 words. T looks it over, smiles and says, "That's brilliant, babe. Stop worrying it like a dog with a bone. You can't please everyone." And I'm pretty happy with it, too. So, if you hear a sound coming from your speakers, that would be me working on a Qubits set, building a bridge. I do appreciate all the help I got with it, though. That being said, everyone have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.
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Post by ROU Killing Time » Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:53 pm

ROU Killing Time wrote:Oh, you missed the Eulogy I gave for Miss Grimsley, apparently. I'll have to look up the link.
Took awhile (searching on "Festering" did it. Even so, you'd be surprised at just how many times the word "Festering" appears on these forums. Oh wait, you probably wouldnt' be surprised at that.)

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strawman wrote:ROU, you read Miss Grimsley's obituary last week. A ruling may be delayed until she rises with the zombie horde. YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO DELIVER HER EULOGY.
Only God can save you now.

o wait, you don't believe.
guess you're screwed.
Did I say I didn't believe? I don't think I said that. I mean, I'm pretty sure I didn't say I did believe, but that doesn't rule out, necessarily, me saying I do or don't believe, or not believe, as the case may be.

Was that clear?
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A Eulogy for Miss Grimsley (of no particular word length whatsoever...)

What can anyone say about Miss Dorothea Grimsley that really captures her essence.

I'm not sure anyone can do the woman justice, I know I can't

Miss Grimsley was like a festering sore to me. An aching, seeping, yay oozing pustule of grammatical acumen. A woman of diabolical wit and predilections, I shall always remember her when I'm taking a shower in the morning... in my wet-suit.

So, fair thee well, foul maiden, may you rot in pieces, my sickly sweet and rotten to the core, Dorothea Grimsley.

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Post by Phenopath » Wed Nov 25, 2009 8:32 pm

Algernon Sydney is Dead wrote:
Phenopath wrote:OK, I get it now. Algernon is the new Miss Grimsley (may she rest in hell).
Hey! Some people appreciate constructive feedback. If not, then THEY can say so.

They don't appreciate unjustified and unjustifiable, ad-hominem attacks, however.
Of course the comparison is compliment. No offense intended, feedback is always welcome (even from the undead).
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Post by ROU Killing Time » Thu Nov 26, 2009 4:27 pm

Phenopath wrote:
Algernon Sydney is Dead wrote:
Phenopath wrote:OK, I get it now. Algernon is the new Miss Grimsley (may she rest in hell).
Hey! Some people appreciate constructive feedback. If not, then THEY can say so.

They don't appreciate unjustified and unjustifiable, ad-hominem attacks, however.
Of course the comparison is compliment. No offense intended, feedback is always welcome (even from the undead).
And from those who are suspected of being AI twabble generating constructs. (Always best to suck up to our AI overlords.)

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