Roshtein the Keeper of the Blue Tower

Well considering my last post, this one was even faster. Part 6 for you all to enjoy and the game is on turn 6…a bit slow however that is my luck to get so many towers at the start of the game to cause this to happen…also my sick joy of adding details for each tower.

So besides the good news of this part arriving decently on time (not really compared to when I first started the blog) I do have some bad news… I’ve been a bit busy helping a friend who is making a game! So not really bad news however it is bad for me making these stories. Nonetheless I urge you to follow this pretty link ( http://kck.st/1ddAKif ). It is a Kickstarter for my friends game which it’d be awesome if you supported but the main reason you should click it is cause I’m the guy in charge of the Twitter (@magicitegame)/ Facebook (/magicitegame) pages and eventually the main forums, etc. I will also be helping him make the story/side quests for the game which should be awesome.

Now then no more talking of other random things and on to the main show!

Lordsofthedice_Onirim_blue_tower

Timmy felt his body lifted up by the tranquility of the flowing blue serenity that carried him along towards his next destination. The veil of peace around him was left behind a moment later to reveal a man standing before him. The man stood tall with four arms crossed, his blue skin smooth and covered in orange and golden scales. The scales covering his body making it appear as if he was encrusted with armor; lean muscles visible beneath the thick scales. He wore a velvety blue robe that ended at the ground and was draped over his left shoulder along with a dark leather pouch.

“Welcome friends,” The figure said bowing slightly and taking a step back while uncrossing his arms in a sense of grandeur, revealing the two towering pillars beyond with fish and bubbles floating inside.

“Always busy trying to impress Roshtein.” Cadexin said floating past the blue man unimpressed.

Timmy could not suppress his smile of amazement as he rushed past Roshtein to stare up the dizzying high pillars, the fish of varying sizes and colors swimming up the length of the pillar to an unknown destination.

“Unlike you Cadexin, it seems the boy is impressed!” Roshtein chuckled and walked over to Timmy, kneeling before him, “I assume you are the Dreamwalker?”

Looking away from the pillar, Timmy came face to face with the four-armed man’s eyes that opened horizontally with a subtle squish, “Yes, I am. That’s…what Scieneis kept calling me.” Timmy said a bang of sadness hitting him.

“A tragic death indeed, but there are times for remorse and times for action, now then, come along you two! Let me show you my grand tower!” Roshtein said standing with a spread of his long arms to their great extent to touch both pillars and led them up a stairway. The stairway was wide and tall in comparison to the previous towers and quickly moved into a huge room.

“How do you know about Scieneis?” Timmy asked, his eyes widening at the room’s splendor. Timmy slowly stepped forward onto the thick rugs made of multitudes of colored thread and embroidered with gold laid across the ground beneath rich mahogany tables and chairs all neatly arranged with jars full of water and tapestry waiting to be used.

“It is wise for a tower keeper to know all as soon as it happens,” Roshtein said guiding Timmy’s eyes up with a wave of his hands.

The extravagant dining tables along the floor were outmatched by what was above Timmy. His eyes glistening with awe at the massive glass structure in the shape of a single drop that hung from the ceiling. Its mass was large enough to house ten-foot sharks that swam between castle like pillars, fish, and other sea life all co-existing. From the drop were tubes connecting to the pillars of water that could be seen housed between the stone walls. Timmy looked into the watery pillars and saw no end to the ecosystem just the darkness where the light could not penetrate through the water anymore.

“Impressive is it not Dreamwalker?” Roshtein spoke aloud in the silence.

“Very…” Timmy said walking along towards a table to steady himself, his eyes still staring up at the drop above, his eyes catching onto movement of crabs and serpents snaking through the sand that sat at the bottom of the drop.

“Enough with the showing off Roshtein, we have business to attend to;” Cadexin spoke in a quick tone.

Roshtein crossed his arms in annoyance as he eyed the floating book curiously, “For a book full of knowledge you are dull.” Sighing he uncrossed his arms and turned his hands up in defeat, “But I suppose I should expect you want to get straight to business considering my tower is third in line and the only thing protecting the green from falling.” Roshtein smiled casually as he picked Timmy up by the collar and began to carry him, “Come along boy enough admiring my creations, your dull friend wants to work.”

Timmy cried out in disappointment as he eyed Cadexin with a hated look.

“How short your memory is boy when you already forgot where we just came from.” Cadexin said with a heated tone, the buckle glowing a dim red, “I suppose it is good though that your memory is so short or you might get corrupted with fear from the horrors you witnessed.”

A chuckle escaped Roshtein as he set Timmy up along a spiral staircase that had glass walls of water all around giving a perfect view to multitudes of colorful coral that had made their home in the tight space where only small fish could reach. “Always quick to demean others Cadexin, I would not expect anything less of you.”

The buckle became more heated as a hiss of rage escaped the book before he became silent in following the two up the stairs.

lordsofthedice_onirim_5_blue_tower_drew_blue_key“Turn five I placed the blue tower and drew a blue key”

At the top of the staircase, Timmy stopped to catch his breath as he used the wall for support. Walking after Roshtein who passed him, Timmy could not help but stare in awe as he realized that this new room was right above the giant drop. The tip of the drop came up through the center of the room and connected to the ceiling that held more water far above and filled with more life even larger than before as Timmy could spot distant objects that looked eerily similar to whales. “How…how is that possible?” Timmy asked as a giant squid passed close by, its huge eye staring into the chamber that they stood in for a moment before moving on.

“How is what possible?” Roshtein inquired.

“That!” Timmy exclaimed with a pointed finger at the tentacles of the squid vanishing by the ceiling.

Roshtein chuckled as he turned back to his work, his hands against the glass of the water at the center of the room. “Simple, it is the ocean.”

“The ocean! You mean were underwater?” Timmy exclaimed, moving up close to Roshtein in excitement to hear the answer.

“Not the brightest one in your family are you?” Cadexin stated as he floated on the opposite side of Roshtein waiting in patience.

“As if you were always smart Cadexin, I still remember the day Scieneis began to write you into creation.” Roshtein said with an amused smile, his hands sliding along the glass surface a final time to reveal a light golden glow that dissipated to reveal a hole in the glass, the water still flowing past as if nothing had changed.

“What was he like when he was born, Roshtein?” Timmy asked his eyes shifting to the opening in the glass with a twinkle in his eyes waiting for what happens next.

“Let me see…” Roshtein said taking his hands off the glass causing the hole to close instantly to Timmy’s cry of disappointment. “I can’t remember exactly what happened,” Roshtein said looking at Cadexin (his buckle visibly red-hot), “ah yes now I remember!” Roshtein exclaimed with a snap of a finger and a loud laugh. “When Cadexin was first written he had no idea how to open himself! Should have seen him flopping about like a helpless fish,” Roshtein said short of breath while he rubbed a tear out of his eyes.

“Uhm…” Timmy said a bit confused, “Ha?”

“Yes, because Scieneis was gone on an errand and had asked you to watch me which you refused to teach me you bubbling idiot!” Cadexin’s heated tone seethed out of his hot buckle that cooled slightly with the release of his anger.

“Right, right, of course Cadexin.” Roshtein chuckled softly to himself as he resumed to his work, effortlessly opening the hole in the glass once more.

“Lucky we need your help or I think I’d smack you with my spine and leave.” Cadexin spoke as his buckle cooled more returning to its much gentler orange tone.

“Of course,” Roshtein said half listening as he reached into the hole with his right hand and closed his eyes to focus. A moment passed before he pulled his hand back out with a sigh, “This may take a few moments.”

“What will? You were suppose to escort us to the next portal the fact that we are not there is baffling to me.” Cadexin said.

Roshtein moved away from the glass to a table that sat on the side with different jars of specimens of sea life. Sitting at a chair he relaxed as he eyed his two visitors, “Well I figured I’d try to assist you two so I called a companion of mine to bring me a key for you to use.”

“A key? So what I did at the red tower Cadexin?” Timmy asked his voice quivering slightly at the thought of destroying another place.

“Yes, that type of key.” Cadexin answered. Turning towards Roshtein he floated closer to the tower keeper, “We should be moving soon lest your tower has a greater chance of being put in danger.”

“Of course,” Roshtein said nodding, “I already have everything planned out for you two. The portal is in the lower rooms and there I will give you access to the closes location on land, one of the ancient libraries. There you can, I am sure gain access to a door.” Roshtein stood up and moved over to the glass wall, out stretching his palm into the water. “I will also keep an eye on you two so if anything bad happens I can bring you back here through the portal.”

“A decent plan Roshtein, it is good that you have kept your wits about you unlike the last two tower keepers,” Cadexin coldly stated.

“Yes, well… finally admitting my tower will never be the strongest has allowed my mind to settle a bit.” Roshtein sighed and then perked up with a smile as his eyes caught onto the octopus that was sliding down the length of glass towards the opening. Pushing off from the glass its dark form brightened into a deep reddish neon color that waved across its skin like grass blown by the wind. The tentacles wrapped around his hand in a welcoming gesture.

“That’s amazing,” Timmy said in awe, his eyes locked on the changing colors of the octopus, the shades changing to a neon green now.

“Yes, it is.” Roshtein stated as he closed his fingers around one tentacle and then released it a moment later, his message sent to the creature. The octopus kept its tentacles locked onto Roshtein’s hand as it pulled something out of its beak-like mouth with a free tentacle and placed it onto Roshtein’s palm. With a gentle pat of comfort given to the octopus, Roshtein watched the creature go before sealing the hole once more. “Here we are,” Roshtein said opening his hand towards Cadexin to reveal a blue key, “need help opening yourself?”

“Don’t test me Roshtein,” Cadexin said, the buckle unclasping with a slight buff of steam, the pages turning swiftly to come to a page displaying an image of a blue key that quickly absorbed the one in Roshtein’s hands. Turning several more pages Cadexin turned towards Timmy to reveal a brown key that slid out of the picture, “Take it.” Cadexin ordered.

Taking the key into his hand Timmy eyed it with concern, “do I have to use it?”

“Yes, it is to our advantage to scout ahead before we go down to the portal,” Cadexin said slamming himself shut and closing the buckle.

“He has a point Timmy, I know it is a hard burden but it must be done to succeed for the greater good,” Roshtein assured Timmy with a hand on his shoulder.

“Right…” Timmy said with a gulp as he stared into the loop of the key and was introduced to an ocean with a huge school of fish swimming in every direction to create a path for him. The platform beyond came into view and a moment later he was standing on it, the ocean all around with shadowy shapes moving around the platform that was void of water. Five pedestals stood around him just like before. Two blue suns, a brown moon, the lowest of brown towers, and a brown door stood on its own pedestal each.

“Blast! A brown door, how foolish to waste the key when we had another at our option,” Cadexin said in a heated tone into Timmy’s vision.

lordsofthedice_onirim_6_discard_brown_key_before“For turn six I discarded a brown key and came up with these five cards”

Grimacing with disappointment at the realization of what had happened Timmy began to rearrange the figures and with a sigh finally placing the last one as the blue sun on the final pedestal. Its form swallowed up in shadow a moment later and the platform vanished beneath his feet as the vision began to end. He could see the spot where he was standing a moment ago already becoming a distant speck as he raced past the school of fish that was disintegrating into ash as the ocean became dark with new monsters to swim in its depths. He was knocked back and brought to an abrupt stop and shook his head in disbelieve at the suddenness of everything. Looking down he could see the key already gone from his grip a sob escaped his throat as he grit his teeth to hold back the tears from the heat of emotion flowing across his skin. He winced at the touch of a hand on his shoulders as he could feel his muscles relax, the mix of emotions quickly washing away.

“Come along boy, we have to keep moving.

lordsofthedice_onirim_6_discard_brown_key_after“I discarded the brown sun and re-ordered the cards from left to right, then I drew the brown moon.”

Notes:

– As always critiques, suggestions, and questions are all welcomed either through the comments below, Twitter, Facebook, or my email at lordsofthedice@gmail.com (I might respond slow on Twitter due to Magicite I’ll try to avoid that from happening though).

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