Adventures of Kakari - RPG - #6
Kakari shielded her eyes as she stepped out of the dark tunnel and into Hollowshade Moor.
Nothing could have prepared her for the impact of the massive sight of the planet of Norrath in the sky. It was the most beautiful thing she'd ever seen.
Kakari didn't even beg the guard for money as she walked, dazed, into the vast openness of the Hollowshade moor. Even the ground beneath her feet seemed to shimmer.
"Sergeant Tylah," she reminded herself. In her paw she tightly clutched the pack containing the rockhopper eggs. Her eyes caught sight of some rooftops in the distance. She'd look for the Sergeant there first.
Kakari explored the moor. She loved the amazing sights and odd creatures. She was so glad to finally be out of the messy training pit!
At last, she located her target. "Hail, Sergeant Tylah!" she called.
His eyes filicked in her direction. "Good day to you Kakari." he sniffed the air. The rockhopper eggs did indeed give a distinct odor.
"Would you happen to have any boiled rockhopper eggs for sale? I'm so very hungry and they're my favorite food," the Sergeant continued.
Kakari grinned. "Indeed, Sergeant Tylah! I've come a long way to give you these." She presented her delicious creations to him.
The Sergeant, very pleased, handed Kakari some acrylia flakes. "For your troubles," he said. He'd already shifted his full attention to the four eggs. Kakari bowed and left him to his lunch.
Things couldn't be better! Here she was, finally out of the pit, and in the wide open Luclin, ready to take on the world.
Kakari took one last stare at the looming planet in the sky before turning back to the tunnel that would lead her home to Shar Vahl. She had to report her successful delivery and then receive her next assignment.
The tunnel's guard quietly watched her walk into the darkness. Kakari looked back at him once, then twice. Why was he watching her so strangely? Was the tunnel off-limits or something? No, the guard would have stopped her. Kakari shrugged and continued her way into the mouth of the tunnel.
Kakari continued walking until it became pitch black. She wasn't in complete darkness for long until she saw a faint light appear ahead of her. She couldn't wait to see Mignah and gloat over her success!
To her dismay, her first step out of the tunnel met the sparkling pastures of the Hollowshade moor. Kakari blinked and looked behind her. The cave -- had she somehow gotten completely turned around in the blackness? It couldn't be. She had an excellent sense of direction. But....
She gave a startled glance to the tunnel guard, who was still watching her. She shrugged, then turned to go back into the cave. This time, she was careful to walk in a perfectly straight line.
Moments later, she stepped out into Hollowshade again.
What in blazing hell was going on?
The strange tunnel guard's steady gaze made Kakari turn to face him. She cleared her throat. "Pardon me, good sir, but do you know if there's anything special about this dark passageway?"
Kakari stepped closer to him to hear his response. As she approached, her breath caught in her throat. She'd never seen such haunted eyes in her life.
"Child," his voice was worn and tired. "The only way out of Hollowshade Moor is death."
(Kakari, eighth season.)
[8 Rogue] Kakari (Vah Shir)
A Companion of Norrath
/ooc For those of you unfamilliar with the Al'Kabor server EverQuest circa 2003-2004, there was a bug in the game where any player who entered the Hollowshade Moor would be eternally trapped in that zone. Attempting to leave the exit would cause the character to get warped back into the middle of the grassy field. Those lucky enough to have high-level Wizard friends could use the wizard's portal spells to escape, but those like me who did not have any high-level friends could only leave by getting yourself killed and then waiting for the game to ressurect you to the place where your soul was bound. The cost is that you'd lose all of your armor and any money and items that you were carrying. This, of course, was a cause of many complaints to customer service at Sony Online Entertainment -- So, while we were all wating for the programmers to fix this bug on our server, I decided to write it into Kakari's adventures. The stories, after all, are supposed to be based on in-game experiences, whether they be intended by the designers or not!!!