A pristine shimmer glistened with an ethereal majesty that grazed upon the opulent horizon far yonder. As the solar midnight emerged in resplendence over the barren escapades in a lustrous haze, cascading the winterscape into a nebulous twilight, the expedition group at once realized the anomalous properties of this treacherous environ. Upon the vista a shimmer did glisten except that the sun was... terribly weary. A dreary gloam as if besmirched by plague, or obscured by an eclipse. It piqued wonder amidst the group but consternation brewed in common consciousness with the academics, for the moon was present at an opposing arc. A strange celestial body - they surmised - had dampened the Aethertica. Despite this anomaly, the reddish plumes exalted the landscape before us and cast the milky snow and cerulean ice into sparkling sleet. The properties of an empyrean sunrise were maintained but done so in undulating gradients as if the sun itself was struggling against something. Sporadic gales of wind chimed with horrendous cadence and wallowed through melancholy peaks like specters performing a ghastly ballet down the wintry ridges. Somewhat sentient and imitating a deranged abstraction, submerged deep within the psyche, made sense only through focused and introspective meditation. Yet it was impossible to afford such concentration.
AETHERTICA, TWO MILES OUT FROM THE 'OLD WORLD'
We awoke from a slumber confused by liminal evanescence. I think most of the expedition group had suffered from dreams of a harrowing nature. None of us dared to mention it but, we all might have experienced the same terrors. Our heads were pounding and our bodies ached but the soreness was all but evaporated during camp breakfast. After we had finished our meals, checked our gear, and consulted the map offered by Professor, we packed our sledges with the equipment and trekked onward towards a former expedition route. We were uncertain whether or not it was still active but the prospect was exciting, or worrisome, that others had explored this immense region before.
Our minds hearkened back to the ill-fated "Task Force 88" excursion in which both the Professor and Pegas had assumed some kind of role in its foundation. Despite having 'vaulted the pole' once or twice before they had never gone beyond the High Barrier itself. We had passed an old encampment long since abandoned on the upper polar fringe, though preserved by the arctic temperature, it was the primary semblance of a settlement immediately after climbing the ice wall. We carried on through the snow with our sleds attached via harness in tow. It wasn't grueling but definitely an exhausting feat. Pegas had made the decision to make camp a little further away from the former base, two miles out, in case we had been followed and our throats cut during slumber. It gave us all a chance to recuperate.
We journeyed on until the bleak outline of sparse foliage became apparent. It was perplexing. How could anything grow out here? We approached furthermore and realized that... a forest wasn't supposed to be endemic in a climate such as this. It was dense, seemingly grim and foreboding. Pegas stopped the group and ordered everyone into a single-line formation. He took out his binoculars from the expedition gear and observed that impossible treeline from a distance with the group close behind him.
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note: ive tagged everyone whose shown interest, subsequent gm posts will tag interactions only.
for those about to post - this is the starter/gm post to establish the plot and such. i'll post as my characters soon.
LORE THREAD WILL BE POSTED ONCE MORE IS UNDERSTOOD ABOUT THE AETHERTICA.
trek through the harsh snowscape with sled and skiis
stop at a distance from the edge of the forest
continue into the forest or avoid it entirely?
objectives are to maintain roleplay cohesion and ensure we're all on the same page.
before reaching the forest you can establish your character, thoughts, feelings, etc. at camp or during the trek. a good time to establish dialogue with other characters would be where we are waiting now.
thank you for your interest and i hope to make this an enjoyable experience for all=)