Posted: Feb 15, 2019, 5:33pm
With the closure of the Story Forge I am transferring content at a sensible rate to the OW platform before continuing the Story Forge competition from this platform later in the year.
Here are the remaining entries from WB
The Last Tribe
Posted by : Writing Bug on Aug 10, 2018, 3:29am
The snow storm was only getting stronger since it arrived at the camp. The mammoth tusk tent's and huts were little protection to the inhabitants within, each one of them felt the chilling wind that roared against the pelt lined walls. A few tears in the pelts made things much worse as the snow was starting to make its way in. Even this weather wasn't the worst of what was coming.
The ice age brought forth many creatures, such as mammoths, smilodon, and Irish Elk. Those didn't compare to this, a creature so freakish, it would give the other tribes nightmares, if there were any left. Only one tribe remained, forced to fight for their lives against these mutilated corpses of men, that were sweeping across the frozen landscape in hordes. Their numbers were great, for they wiped out everything in their path and took control if them or ate them at the same time. Only this tribe was left, only one chance to survive, and that was now.
"Chieftain, the horde near, they hungry and there many coming," Stated a nervous caveman. Even though he was one of the bravest in the tribe, he had a look of fear in his eyes.
"Must get ready. Wives, children, must use weapons too, need many to fight them. Send alarm, awake tribe, we have battle here soon," responded the Chieftain, who scratched his bushy beard, trying to get a chunk of bison meat out of it.
"Should get Dire wolves ready?"
"Get Dire Wolves ready, sabre tooths, mammoths, all can muster. Half-teeth my warrior, we need all beast.
The tribe was woken quickly, and were standing around the Chieftains hut, ready to battle. The three mammoths were each mounted by a quintet of spear-throwers, and the Smilodons each had a warrior riding upon them. The Dire wolves walked around in a group, eager to go to battle. And the rest of the tribe, they were as ready as they ever could be. Now was the Chieftains turn to get his people eager to protect their home.
"I tried reach other tribes, no answer. The great spirit tells us that we alone, we are last men and women, children and elder. So I say, let fight this things, and prove, man no be put out like water on fire. We have big battle, show it more like fire and ice. We might melt, but we will hold ground till then. Now us stand against monster, no fear, no fright, no worries or cowardice. Just bravery, bravest we been in history of us all. Now who want fight for us, for man, for world! Who fight?!?!" Declared the Chieftain.
There was a moment of silence, but that was instantly followed by the cheers and chants of the fellow tribe-kin. They knew what was coming, but this was not a time to run away. Cause where could they go? It was just them, them and the monsters.
The tribe was silenced when someone near the gate called out.
"We see, they here now, come on." Yelled the caveman.
The horde was many in number, stretching across the vast wasteland of ice, ready to tear apart the last men. Even still, they were dim-witted, and that gave an advantage to the tribe, since they were less so. The tribe-members stood outside the gates, protecting the young children and elders that held out within. The Chieftain held ground at one gate, and his two brothers guarded the other entrances. The snow made vision blurry, but what could they do about it? The mammoths, smilodon, wolves and men were ready to attack. All they needed was the horn to blow.
"Chief, monsters closing in, when we call attack?" Asked Half-teeth.
"On my word," Answered the chief.
The abominations charged, hissing and growling at their enemy. They flung their arms around and spat their greenish saliva as they made haste. The Chieftain watched as the enemy closed the last 500 meters with speed. He turned to Half-teeth and nodded.
Half-teeth nodded to one of the horn blowers, and they knew the drill. The sound of air blowing through mammoth tusk roared into the storm. The other battalions responded with their own calls, and the attack began.
The tribe-kin let the Dire wolves loose, and followed along with their mammoth, and Sabre Tooth's. The rest of the tribe followed, wielding clubs, spears, and stone carved daggers.
The wolves were the first to reach the target, and starting tearing apart the horde. The Smilodons joined in, stabbing their teeth through disgusting flesh, and allowing their mounts to use their lances to deadly effect. Of that wasn't enough, the mammoth swung it's mighty head, and it's tusks swiped scores of monsters into the air. The rest of the tribe arrived and pitched in, whacking and stabbing the abominations, and fighting for their lives. The battle seemed to be in their favor until the monsters began climbing onto the mammoth. They began biting it's legs and clawing at its sides, until it subdued to the pain and toppled over. At least 12 men were crushed by the weight, and the tables turned. The men started letting fear seep in. They cowered against the enemy and ended up getting torn apart because of this. The wolves had mostly been wiped out and there were only two Smilodons left, both missing their mount. The Chieftain looked around, confused by the losses.
"Chief, bad bad much bad news, your brothers dead, town attacked, elder and young, torn apart and dead. Just us not dead." Stated Half-teeth, who was covered in blood and scars.
"All us, hold ground, fight to end." Chanted the chief.
The wolves heard this, and gave their all. The two Smilodon joined the rally, and started running down rows of the monsters. The rest of the tribe rallied behind them, and swung their clubs and threw their spears, each attack land in a fatal blow. But this hope was quickly gone, both smilodon were subdued, and all but one wolf remained. The tribe numbered only ten now, and they were trapped.
"What more we do?" Begged Half-teeth.
"We must die, honor and glory, to end we go." Responded the Chieftain.
The last men formed in a circle, and began swinging at any monster who approached. The clouds started fading above, and the early sunrise was visible. The Chieftain smiled and looked up, then to his people.
"We are gifted glory of world's beauty in dying hour. Let us honor this final moment with hearty fight," Stated the Chieftain.
He then looked over to Half-teeth and added, "You take wolf, and go back into camp. Write on stone with paint, what happen here.
Half-teeth nodded, grabbed the wolf by the scruff, and rode it back into the village. The last he heard of his kin was their cries of glory in death, and the Chieftain laughing in joy of their happy final moment. Half-teeth swung his club at a few monsters who tried to trap him, and knocked them aside. He enter the Chieftains hut with the wolf, and dismounted it. The wolf stood guard as Half-teeth looked around for a large, flat rock and paint. He found what he was looking for and started painting, he drew their tribe, and the animals they tamed. He drew the hordes with brown and green paint, and depicted the glorious battle. As he finished, he heard a howling, and saw the wolf fighting off the enemy. He grabbed his club and joined the havoc. He swung his club at the heads, and the wolf clamped down on bodies. The wolf was torn apart and it was only Half-teeth left.
Half-teeth swung his club one last time, and that final swing was all that was needed to make Half-teeth happy. Since with a beautiful day, caved in skulls, and a primal fight, what more could make a caveman happy. And who knows, maybe he can be united with his tribe in the land of the great spirit. At least there's no monsters there to defend their village from.
Berries and Rivers.
Posted by : Writing Bug on Sep 17, 2018, 2:30am
(OOC- Mark my words, the bears have returned.)
It had been a day since gray squirrel was killed by the eagle flock. They had swooped in as we marched through the woods, and snagged him from Mooses antlers. At least he brought one of those evil birds down with him in the process.
Now they had left the forest and reached the mountain range. There were signs of the nemesis, and his followers, such as fresh dung, and torn bushes. So they must be close. They were entering the territory of their enemy. Crossing the threshold between home, and not so much like home. They continued.
The rabbit trio tucked a few berries into their mouths as they walked along. The bats all slept peacefully, gripping onto Mooses antlers as the Robin's chirped in melody. Cub hopped around with the rabbits, as they plucked berries. But father was in no mood for joyfulness. He was closer to vengeance than ever before. And the only thing that could keep it from him was, a cliff?
The ledge rose at least 200 meters into a deep river, that seemed to rage towards the nemesis's lair.
"How do we get down? Asked moose.
"I have no..."Began Father, before the ground gave way.
The ledge cracked, and dirt fell, along with moose, father, cub, and the three rabbits. They fell down, down, down, into the raging river. The bats and Robin's managed to evade collision, but the flightless animals had no luck. With a big splash, they landed into the river, and began getting dragged along.
"Help!" Cried cub, but there was no one to help them. They had entered the belly of the beast. And water was a beast with an insatiable appetite.
The New Master
Posted by : Writing Bug on Aug 25, 2018, 3:52pm
(OOC- This is the first time I will be writing about The Scale outside of its home game. I would like to thank Lucian, Pilot, Red Sword, and Caribou for being a part of this magic-less world. Now let me begin.)
Times have passed, and so has the title of Master. A honored name that is given to the greatest warrior of the era. All the children dreamt of the day that the current Master would choose his apprentice, to take his place. Well, most of the children. Irx was but a little red lizardling, making spear and arrowheads for the soldiers of the town. Selling them for enough coin to feed himself. He never thought he would become a Master, and honestly, he didn't care. He had a good enough life, living in a little lean-to beside the current Shamans hut. Always going to the worship stones each morning to hear the prayers, and assisting his childhood friend Tek-Neshal in his studies for becoming a Shaman. He liked his life how it was, and whenever the Master came into town, he never followed him around, or tried to beg from him, he just watched for a moment, and continued chipping flint into arrowheads.
But a day did arrive when the Master needed an apprentice, and he strode into Drex with a weakened gait. Age was getting the best of the current Master, and being a Gatorman, that meant he would be unable to fight, and protect these lands. For the Gnolls have raided the swamp, and the Dwarves have become agitated by god knows what. Maybe they ran out of mountains to store their gold.
The Master looked upon the children that surrounded him, and judged them one by one. They flexed their muscles, and swung sticks, in hopes of appealing the Master to choose them. None fit the cut for the Master though, the children begged for the oppurtunity, he doesn't want beggars, he wants a pure of heart warrior.
Giving up on the task, the Master walked towards the bridge that exited the city. But noticed a child sitting on the rocks, chipping away at a piece of flint.
"Child, may ask what your name is?" Asked the Master.
"Irx, my name is Irx." Answered the little red lizardling.
"How would you like to be my apprentice?" Continued the Master.
"I would rather not." Replied Irx.
"Other kids dream of taking on such a role. What makes you decline?"
"My life is good, I make arrowheads, and sell them. All I want is to live simply. Thank you for considering me."
The Master stared at him in confusion. No one had ever declined a Master, ever. Everyone wanted to be the next Master, but this lizardling didn't, and that was what impress him. That was what made the Master want this lizardling to be his apprentice. The child had self worth, and lacked an interest in being significant, which can be a good thing.
"Fair enough young lizardling, if you have a change of opinion, come and find me. I know you will."