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The Land of Nod

The Land of Nod

Whisked away from reality as they know it, and waking up in an alien world created by an unknown being, people find themselves appearing as they dream themselves to be, or believe themselves to be.

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Introduction

You awake into a strange world, remembering nothing of how you got here. The world before you is a twisted landscape, resembling some a surreal painting where it is partially familiar, but mostly unfamiliar. The colors are wrong in places, or at least wrong by your mind. Structures can be seen, scattered intact or ruined, and floating aloft on disconnected land masses that defy gravity. Amidst this all, a great white tree sits alone, reaching high into the heavens with its leaves of gold, its roots visible going down deep into the lower layers of the world, each layer darker than the last.

You think this is a dream, but if it were a dream would you be having a headache, or feeling nausea? You check yourself to find yourself different from what you were before. You are changed, into something you have dreamed yourself as being and it feels so... real. It is real. It becomes clear that this is a world of dreams made tangible, where thought and sentiments become reality, like some kind of twisted wonderland. But is it yours, or is it somebody... or something... else's? Are there others here and will they be real? Will you be able to return to the world you left behind, will you want to? These questions demanded answers.

Welcome to the Land of Nod, the world of the greatest dreams... and cruelest nightmares.

Rules

The rules are fairly straight forward, no controlling of the characters of others unless collaborating, no godmodding with vastly overpowered characters (even though this world allows a lot of flexibility) and play nice with others.

You do not have to be human, or confined to the humanoid frame. Part of this being a dream world is that a lot actually flies here and time is irrelevant. It all kind of balances out.

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Also, BE ACTIVE, I stess this heavily. At the very least be active enough to keep a flow rolling steady every few days a week. I understand some things tend to get in the way, but I want to keep this as lively as possible for everyone involved and to keep it interesting and keep the plot rolling.

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Character Portrait: Zahara Rhea WIP
Character Portrait: Lyn Danaher "Bring it on! I'll wreck you!"
Character Portrait: Nuelle
Nuelle played by MartinVole
A quiet and timid girl who remembers very little about herself.
Character Portrait: Arman Felch
Arman Felch played by claw
A man out of place with the world around him, in truth all he wants is a purpose.
Character Portrait: Stian Nordskov "Aha, this is so cool!"
Character Portrait: Collin Phillips "So, um this is a little weird."
Character Portrait: Shambling Shadow Manlike but too big to be a man, lurking and watching from the shadows with unblinking eyes.
Character Portrait: Jones, the Smith "Where's my hammer?"
Character Portrait: Rick William Parker "The leading authority on Rick related trivia."
Character Portrait: Liliana Newfolk I live in my dreams, could this be a dream come true? Or my worst nightmare..?
Character Portrait: Are Al'Savon Demrea "My tattoo's cover me. The reason? So you can't see my skin."
Character Portrait: Venessa & System 41 "Say hi system 41"

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Nod

Nod by MartinVole

The strange world of dreams.

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Character Portrait: Nuelle Character Portrait: Stian Nordskov Character Portrait: Collin Phillips Character Portrait: Liliana Newfolk Character Portrait: Are Al'Savon Demrea
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Nuelle was overwhelmed once again, so many were talking around her, the centaur named Collin was growing excitable, and asked an odd question that she could not possibly answer. For all she knew he was always a centaur, and it was more a surprise to hear otherwise. Same with the Fae named Lily not originally being a Fae. In fact, if anything, it started to make her wonder what she really was all of a sudden. Who is the real Nuelle? It had only recently occurred to her that she was Nuelle, she doesn't remember anything prior to Abdown telling her that. No friends, no family... what is a family anyways?

As Collin continued to become more upset, she could feel something in the air that began to make her feel cold within. It was such a discomforting sensation, causing her to give panicked glances about for any source. Nothing... She saw the others, but nothing else than that. Were they even able to feel it? They were continuing as normal. What is normal?

She held her head for a moment, the then looked straight to Collin and leaned in. "Well, I suppose whether it is normal or not, you are here, you are you, and at least each of you know who you are," she responds in a very matter of fact manner. "All I currently know is that I'm here, and now each of you are here as well. I had to be told my name."

She looks gloomy for a moment, rocking back and looking at her feet. It bothered her to no end that she can't remember anything beyond waking up in the arms of Abdown. And she felt like a fool, trying to offer comfort while she herself felt discomfort. "Plus," she mutters. "At least in spite of it all, we are unharmed at least."

As she looked back up again, ready to say something else, the ground began to shake. The bell of the clock tower chimes with unusual and loud tune, ringing out across the vastness of Nod. Beyond them, upon the isolated island with the massive white tree who's trunk reaches high and roots dig deep, some roots coil up then roll outwards, anchoring themselves upon the edges of the various drifting islands, including the one they were upon right now. The tops of said massive roots flatten and dip inwards, forming into elaborate bridge-like constructs equip with safety rails. At the entrance of the bridge a party banner sets itself, draped across the top along with some confetti. The words inscribed upon the banner were "Natalis Dormientis."

"I guess... that answers that question." She then noticed Are, who would perhaps appear strange had Nuelle known what normal was to begin with. She didn't understand the language, unfortunately, but understood there was some confusion. "I'm Nuelle... hello. Are you a guest as well?"

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Are looked around at the people. All very weird. But they seem harmless. The tattoos on her body went from black to a grey and seemed to move up to her shoulders. The lower bit of the tattoos near the hands were a bit thinner. She loosened herself. If they were to attack her she had no doubt that she would win. They seemed harmless though. But hey at least they all spoke Rikan. "You know, eh, how you get here?" Well she knew the language. Not fluent but she knew it.

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"Thanks for the information Rick, although this means that someone or something dragged us to this land...or somehow we are having the same lucid dream together."

The possibility that either they were dreaming or were somehow abducted to this alien world hadn't slipped him by. They were fairly broad conclusions given the fact that logically if they didn't come here themselves they must of been brought somehow. He too had also considered the idea that it might of been a dream. He had dismissed the notion since if it were a dream it wouldn't make nearly as much sense as it did already.

"There is a third option." He proposed. "We could be dead."


It was an eerie thought but not entirely impossible. He let the proposal hang in the air for the while for consideration while he forged onward. It was not long before they reached the riverbank, walking amongst the strange ruins of what was and what might of been. With utter ease he leapt up onto the peak of one such building in a series of short hops from platform to platform. High up he could pick up the trace sounds of others, voices out in the forest carrying in what sounded like a busy conversation.

"Hey Lyn, think we aren't the only ones around these parts. Think they're like us or might they got some answers we don't have?"

He pointed in the direction he roughly believed the voices to be coming from. Much closer however was a lone voice, that of a girl. From his vantage he could see a red haired girl brandishing a blade about the same height as her. More new faces to greet.


"Ahoy there!" He waved, calling out to youthful one far out in the woods. Before he could go down and bid welcome to her the clocktower chimed, the echoing ring which carried across the island cutting right through his train of thought. As if in answer to the call of the chiming a number of roots from the shimmering tree reached out to grasp their island, connecting them to it. These roots flattened, changed and morphed, forming rails and some form of entrance complete with an arch with a banner. Upon the banner there was something written but he couldn't quite read it as it was a bit far from his location.

Needless to say his curiosity was eager like a dog towards a steak. Leaping from the top of the ruin he fell and landed neatly in the earthen floor, leaving very little indent from the impact. Not sparing a moment he broke into a long stride, powerwalking over to where he saw the bridge. He had almost completely forgotton about his previous company. He was reminded of her when he neared the red haired girl who stood between him and the bridge. Looking back he checked to see if she was still in tow.

"Hey Lyn, If that bridge isn't a clear path to something interesting I don't know what is." He spoke in case she was still listening.

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The reaction to his outburst was neither what he expected or what he was accustomed to. Yes perhaps he made the situation awkward and unsettling for his new companions he was sure of that but he was expecting a violent outburst of their own telling him to get a grip perhaps a minor sort of violence upon his person. That at least was what he would have expected of the friends he had before waking up here in this odd place. Instead the reaction was much more humane. Stian simply asked if he was okay and if he had anything else to say. Lilly seemed to try and comfort him somewhat by, telling him to just take a deep breath, at least until the mention of her wings finally hit her. It was what Nuelle said that hit him the most however.

His eyes went wide at the revelation that the odd girl had no idea who she was, and suddenly Collin simultaneously felt more at peace with this whole situation and guilt for his whining. Now that he snapped somewhat out of his nervous breakdown the situation didn't seem so bad after all. He was surrounded by nature again, not trapped in the bleakness of the city, and though he never quite imagined it like this he had been wanting to go horse riding again ever since they were forced to leave their ranch. Perhaps this wasn't so bad. Still bad of course but Collin could make out what seemed to be the beginning of a silver lining in this dark storm he found himself in.

He sheepishly looked down at the ground and just as he was about to apologize a loud clock chime rang through the air, drawing attention to an elaborate party set up over a bridge. At the very least they had a goal now.

Before anyone could move towards the party another person made their presence known. This one a girl with strange tattoos and speaking an even stranger language. Soon enough however she proved herself capable of speaking English. Broken English but nonetheless at least he could understand her.

He swallowed his nerves as he prepared himself to speak. If he was going to be travelling with these strange people he might as well try to get comfortable around them. Somehow he managed to calm himself enough not to devolve into a useless stuttering mess. "Not sure how we got here. No one is but I think we are supposed to go over there. You can come with us I guess. We all probably are going to end up there eventually." He pointed towards the party as he spoke hoping that the new girl could at least understand him better that way.

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As Lyn followed Rick to head to the clock tower he told her about, he made one startling and unnerving proposal about their situation. "There is a third option. We could be dead." With those words, Lyn looked at Rick surprised for a second but quickly came to her senses. "Well that is a possibility as well. Jeeze, for a guy who try's to joke around, you sure can come up with some grim conclusions. But if that is true then the afterlife certainly is strange...very strange indeed." She laughed it off and continued to walk forward until they reached the riverbank and began to walk among the ruins of past things that was once standing.

Watching as Rick began to platform hop to the peak of one of these building, Lyn followed suit by climbing the structure with ease making use of the many cracks as a foothold before pulling herself up to the peak of the building. Once she was on top on the building she also heard the sounds of voices, by the sound of it it seemed that there were more people and more specifically they were not far away although she was not sure where the voices came from. Rick soon spoke up. "Hey Lyn, think we aren't the only ones around these parts. Think they're like us or might they got some answers we don't have?" Lyn turned to face him before speaking. "No clue, for all I know they could be walking candy with all I have seen so far. But we just gotta hope they are friendly and that maybe they know what is going on here." She spoke before looking in the direction Rick was pointing in and saw a woman with red hair, and she was not made of candy. "Ok we can safely rule out candy people..."


Before Lyn could say something, Rick called out to the woman and shorty afterwards the clock tower began to ring with an unusually loud tone. What followed the ringing was the roots of the large white tree isolated on another floating island began to coil and roll outwards, anchoring themselves to other islands. What made this sight even more stranger than it needed to be, the roots began to flatten out into elaborate bridge-like constructs with guard rails to prevent people from falling off the edge. Finally to top it all off the entrance of the bridge was decorated with a party banner draped with confetti along. She could not see the words since she was too far away however she knew that that the banners were party banners making her come up with a strange proposal. "Did this place, expect us to come?" She muttered the words.

Of course there was no time to stand around confused and thinking about the bride, as soon as Lyn saw Rick leap of the building, she followed by doing a front flip off the building and landing perfectly on her feet, years in her schools cheer leading group did that for you, of course she made sure not to let her parents know she was doing something rather dangerous. She then began to slowly walk over to the group while waving. "Hello! Pleaed to meet you, names Lyn. And Rick, when one sees a bridge draped with a party banner of course it leads to something special. Maybe we can get some answers." Lyn called out to the two eventually taking her spot a few feet away from the others.

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"W-we'd all like to know that," she stutters, giving the most honest response she could give to Are. She was already overwhelmed by everything, having to absorb all of it as if they were her very first memories. All she had to go on was what she felt, and what little she knew from what Abdown told her. In fact, she wishes that he didn't leave her holding the bag like this, it was kind of rude.

Nuelle turned to the newly formed bridge, and made her way over to it. Her sense of caution was at least very much intact, giving the bridge a few cautious taps with her foot. It seemed sturdy and steady, the strange white wood was in fact very strong if not a bit pliable. She walked onto it a bit making it clear that it wasn't going to give, at least not very easily. She turned to the others giving a lazy wave. As soon as she turned her back to the bridge, she felt a coldness rush over her body once more, this time more direct, more local, in fact the source felt like it was coming from behind her. So cold. Something had moved itself near her, she could hear its breath... sounding like... static. The angry sound filled her ears, or more accurately, her head. She slowly turned, the static getting louder, followed by a hollow rattle, then silence. The rattle was a sound that was not in her head, and to anyone nearby they too would have heard it.

Nothing. There was nothing there when she looked. No, there there was something there, she was convinced of it now, and could still feel it faintly. Instead of fear, she grew more and more curious. The curiosity driving her to walk forward as if in a trance across the bridge. To anyone watching, she would appear to cast two shadows briefly, the second seeming to just evaporate. She herself was oblivious to it.

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Are watched as the girl crossed the bridge. Then the noise came. It wasn't much. Just annoying. But with the hangover it was like being repeatedly stabbed in the brain with a club or war hammer. She looked up and seen the second shadow. Something wasn't right. "Wait. Stop!" Are walked to the edge of the bridge. Her tattoos slowed down to a crawl and was a jet black.

Vennesa sat just out of sight cross legged in the grass. Her hoodie covered her head and helped blend with the environment. It didn't matter that the hoodie was a bit too large. System couched next to her cloaked. "Look at them system. All fools. they are starting to understand." she whispered to him. System rotated his head to scan the area. "[OBSERVATION NOTED.]" the volume was low. "You are a sarcastic douche." "[NOTED]"

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I'm sorry to hear about that, take your time...


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My afore mentioned father in law passed away so please excuse my absence.


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Sorry again, been rough here but got a post out, albeit a bit shorter than I planned. Planning to break out the first "event" of sorts soon. Just waiting on others right now.


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I'm gonna try and post today but if I don't then I'll def have one up on Thursday!

edit: Managed to get a post out sorry for taking so long.


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Sorry for the delay, I had come down with bit of a cold that's had me knocked out and slowed for a bit. Worst of it is over now, just wish I had my sense of taste and smell back!


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I got a picture up for my character, just something for the sake of better illustrating his appearance.


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It is no problem, we are only starting... more importantly, I'm really sorry to hear this!


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I am so sorry about the delay. A tragedy struck my family. My father in law was in a significantly bad motorcycle accident and so I have been away from all internet connection. I will get caught up ASAP.


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Hey, no problem, and there's still plenty of room.


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Let the insanity begin!


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Still got room? I would like to join but i am having internet issues so i would not be able to post until next week.


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Alright guys I got my first post up. Collin's really confused and likely to spaz out when he realizes everyone else is pretty much normal haha. Just realized I'm like the only non human here. Looking forward to continue this though!


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Got my first post up. Since Rick's looking out from a tall place he's likely to spot one of you if you're moving around near the river area.


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Heya! I finished up Stian and gave him a bit of a polish, so I should have a post up soon! (Right after I attend to everything I've been procrastinating haha)


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Finished off Rick completely. I've got his powers up and everything. Naturally as he's an avid video game player he's got video game themed abilities. I should be able to get his first post up in a bit, I just need to catch up on some rest first.


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He sounds really interesting, I like the humor as a coping device aspect to him.

Edit: Kickoff post is up!


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I got my character submitted. Figured I'd put forward a Work In Progress since his abilities are going to require a bit of explaining as they're rather odd.


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Just finished my character. Noticed we mostly had females with a humanoid frame so I figured I'd mix it up a bit with a horsey dude.


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I don't mind. Whichever you want!


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Excellent! Want me to preemptively accept or wait until it is finished?