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The Adventures of Adol
It was a beautiful day. The sound of the seagull mingled with the flapping of the sails as the ship approached the port town of Minea.
Adol felt his spirits rise as the wind blew about him, the taste of the sea salt on his lips. He could tell a new adventure was about to begin.
The ship finally docked and the crew quickly began their work tying it up and pulling out the plank for easy access. It was a trade ship and the captain had been complaining that trade to Esteria had taken a recent downturn. Adol had listened to the story halfheartedly. He cared nothing for trade, just the thrill of adventure.
As he disembarked, a woman quickly approached him. She was perhaps ten years older than Adol and had an air of almost royalty about her, despite the simple robes she wore.
"My name is Sara," she said quietly, her eyes darting towards the dock workers, "I am a fortune teller. You are the one I've been looking for, please come to my store as soon as you can." With another quick glance around her, she hurried off, leaving Adol to gather together his small selection of belongings and head towars the town.
He stood at the southern end of Minea, a small town with high, fortified walls all around. Before him the streets were overgrown with grass, although there were plenty of people out and about on their daily errands.
The captain had drawn him a crude map earlier. Adol perused it and tried to decide his course of action.
Being unfamilar with Minea, Adol decided to take a stroll around the town and get what news he could from the locals. It wasn't long before a middle-aged woman in a blue dress approached him.
"Ooh, look at you," she blathered, "I've not seen you around here before. Are you new? What's the world coming too, there's these monsters everywhere and my father, who is the Mayor of Zepik village I'll have you know, well he's all worried about things and you should go and see him because you look like a brave soul but I wouldn't go out without protection, you should get a better sword or something but anyway I can't stand around here talking to you all day I have shopping to do."
Adol looked at her wide eyed as she turned and wandered off, her ability to talk without taking a single breath was remarkable. He stood for a moment in an attempt to process what he'd just heard. Something about monsters and a septic village..?
His train of thought was abruptly cut off by a tugging on his pack. Thinking it was a robber, he quickly turned but was faced with a somewhat dirty pair of children.
"Hey mister," one of them said, "Give us some food!"
"We're starving!" cried the other.
Reaching into his pack, Adol pulled out a small pouch and poured a selection of seeds and nuts into their cupped hands. Just as he did, a cry came from behind.
"Pervert!" yelled a male voice.
"He's trying to abduct our children!" screeched a young woman.
"Get him!" came a deep throated cry as Adol turned to see a small, but very angry mob approaching him. In a panic he ran as fast as he could into a narrow alleyway. Looking around him, a quick decision had to be made.
Slipping quickly through the alley, Adol turned and ran into the nearest door he could find.
Inside was a small but luxuriously decorated room. A raised counter covered in fine gold leaf and inset with the most beautiful purple jewels was placed in the centre of the room, while the walls were covered with deep mahogany panels. The light tinkle of a bell faded away as the red curtains behind the counter opened and a woman stepped through.
She was blonde, with striking, wide blue eyes and a gemstone in the centre of her flowing garments. She smiled and bowed politely to Adol, saying "Welcome sir. Is there anything I can get for you today?"
Adol looked stunned for a moment, struck with her beauty, then stumbled over his words, "Uh...um what do...do you have?"
"Well sir, " she said softly, her voice like honey, "I am low on stock at the moment but I have a few things on discount. I have a funny bald cavemen mask, this long metal tube with handles on the side, the ownership deeds to a hunting dog, this collection of six old books and that's about all I have in here. Except for me of course!" She gave a smile and bowed again.
Adol could hear a noise building up outside. It must be the crowd, they could be in here at any moment. He had to act fast.
Driven by a sudden urge, Adol quickly stepped forward, grabbed the girl and pulled her towards him, planting a huge, sloppy kiss on her lips.
Something about it felt strange but he was caught up in the moment. "I'll buy you! I want to buy you so we can be together forever!"
The girl stood emotionless for a second, then the strangest thing happened. She burst into a wild fit of laughter. But it wasn't the laughter of an angel; it was a deep, booming howl. Reaching up, the girl grabbed her own face and tugged really hard.
In horror, Adol watched as her face was pulled clean off to reveal...
"Ho Adol, old friend!" bellowed Dogi, these masks are pretty realistic for sure, but I never thought you'd fall so hard for one!" He slapped Adol on the shoulder.
Trying not to wince too much, Adol glanced back and the door. "What are you doing in Esteria? When did..No, there's no time to talk, the people in the village are after me, a mob is outside the door."
"After you?" Dogi said with a wry smile, "What have you done this time?"
"Nothing, I swear!" replied Adol anxiously, turning and throwing the bolt across the door, "They though I was going to kidnap some children."
"Oh, ho ho. That old ruse." said Dogi as the clamour outside grew louder and people started to bang on the door with some force. "Well, there's only one door in this building but no worry, that's not a problem for Dogi the Wallcrusher."
And with that, he turned and ran straight through the side wall, the bricks scattering everywhere as sunlight burst in through the dust.
Aware that he could never catch up with Dogi, Adol quickly grabbed the mask from the rubble and pulled it over his head.
A strange sensation overcame him as his entire body started to tingle. It felt like his skin was melting, but in the most wonderfully pleasurable way. Adol understood why Dogi had managed to dupe him - the mask was magical, causing the wearer to actually form into the beautiful golden haired girl.
His mind acted quickly. He would easily be identified by his clothes! He quickly stripped off, tossing aside his gear and pulling down a curtain to wrap around himself. And not a moment too soon as a small part of the crowd who had not rushed after Dogi appeared in the gaping hole.
"Oh you poor dear!" said one shocked woman, stepping over the bricks and dust. "What did that beast do to you?"
"Here, take a sip of this to calm your nerves," said another, reaching forward and poring a thick, burning liquid down Adol's throat. Immediately he began to feel sleepy, his eyes closing involuntarily. As he dropped into unconsciousness, he could hear a faint voice at the edge of his perception, "Young fool...did he really think the Mask of Zenny would trick us?"
* * *
Adol's eyes opened. It was dark, cold and damp. The room was made of large, solid bricks with a series of metal bars across the far wall, which contained a sturdy metal door. He walked over to the door, his feet slapping against the grimy stone floor. It was locked.
Deciding to examine the room for further clues, Adol began to run his hands over the large stone blocks, damp with some pungent green algae, that encompassed the room.
After a few minutes, his hand hit upon a dry area. Brushing at it, the stone began to flake. As he worked for several minutes, it was clear that the stone blocks in this portion of the wall had somehow rotted and he managed to pull one forth and watched it crumble as it hit the ground.
Through the hole in the wall, he could see a faint light, so set upon squeezing himself through the tight gap. He was lucky the bricks were huge, otherwise it could have taken a good few hours to clear the way.
Eventually he pushed through the gap, falling clumsily on the floor beyond. Groaning as he pushed himself onto his feel, he lifted his eyes to see in the glow of a light that seemed to come from nowhere, a beautiful young girl with flowing light blue hair.
"Have you come to rescue me-" she said then stopped abruptly, her eyes widening as a loud shriek emanated from her mouth.
"Oh dear," Adol though to himself, as he realised he was stark naked.
Not wanting to show weakness by looking ashamed or embarrassed, Adol took a step forward and planted his hands firmly on his hips. The girl was looking at him with utter horror on her face.
"HELICOPTEEEEEEER!" he yelled, and as he did, the girl's expression suddenly clicked into a strange alertness. Before Adol could begin the planned bodily gyrations, there was an almighty explosion, a crash, a rain of bricks as a giant metal bird flew into the dank cell.
The bird was violently flapping its strange, long wings above it's head and looking down upon Adol as it gently landed, the light from the moon in the night sky illuminating it from above. The girl rushed over to Adol, threw an old blanket over his nakedness, and pulled him up.
"Follow me," she said as the side of the metal bird split open in front of them. Dragging him from the floor, she pulled Adol inside the belly of this strange beast. The floor seemed to shift under him and an intense screeching began to invade his ears as the girl bent down and whispered in his ear, "Your wish is my command."
After a few minutes, she led Adol to a room inside the beast where he could see out of it's eyes to the ground below. He stared in wonder.
"My name is Feena," the girl said with a smile, "Where shall we go next?"
"How about the bedroom," said Adol with a little wink.
"Of course," cried Feena, "You must be so tired after that shock, and you need a proper change of clothes. We can't have you running around with that silly little thing flapping in the wind!" she chuckled, pointing downwards.
Then with unholy strength, she gave Adol an almighty push and he was thrust into a side room, the door slamming behind him.
"There's a change of clothes in the wardrobe," her muffled voice called through the door. I'll be back when you've had a nice rest." And with that, Adol suddenly felt drowsy and flopped onto the bed behind him, sinking into a deep sleep.
* * *
When Adol awoke, he slipped on the clothes - a nice red leather suit, with padded armour that fitted perfectly over the top. There was also a sword that hung loosely from his belt. It was evening outside - the orange glow from the setting sun was beaming in through a small window. Recent events left him confused and a little scared - what was this metal bird? Who was they mysterious girl?
He decided to take a careful look around the room to garner any further information, but it was strangely empty. The walls were grey and felt cold, as if made from metal, and there was a low cabinet with drawers that were empty. He pulled at the cabinet and eventually it gave, screeching forward a small amount on the smooth floor.
Adol leaned over it and peered into the shadow behind. For a moment he thought he saw something move. Then suddenly his mind flashed with a vision of thousand colours and shapes for the briefest of seconds, accompanied by an unearthly screeching noise. Pushing himself back, he sat down on the bed, gripping his head tightly.
With a loud bang, the door was thrown open and Feena rushed through. "What did you touch?" she cried, gripping his shoulder tightly. Even now, Adol could hear strange pops and squeaks and was unable to answer. Feena's head snapped around to look directly at the cabinet and she turned and quickly pushed it back into place with surprising strength. With that, the noises stopped.
Feena sat down on the bed next to Adol. "How are you feeling?" she asked as Adol looked at her curiously. She seemed..clearer somehow. Like there was detail there that was absent in the rest of the world around him.
"Who...who are," started Adol, but at that moment his vision blanked out for a second. In his mind all he could see in front of his face, in huge letters that blinked on and off was the word 'RUN.'
The suddenly he was back again, gasping for breath. Feena was clasping his shoulders and staring intently into his eyes. "Look at me!" she commanded, and Adol did so, his pulse returning to normal.
"These sensations will only get worse, but I can help you."
"Who are you?" Adol asked, brushing her hands aside. Feena crouched down on the floor in front of him, looking like a harmless young girl, putting him at ease.
"Think of me as a....guardian," she said. "This may be hard for you to understand, but the world you know is not what it seems. Have you ever felt that you are not completely in control of your actions?"
"Well, I guess so...sometimes," Adol said cautiously.
"Or that you feel like you're repeating events that have taken place before."
"Now that you mention it."
"Adol," she said with a kind smile, "Where I am from, my people like to feel they are in control of everything by controlling others. Others that they merely deem as pawns, without concern for how or if they feel. But something has gone wrong. Imagine if there was a huge library of knowledge, yet these precious books were burning one by one. You would want to stop that, wouldn't you?"
"You mean the books of Ys?" said Adol.
"Something much more valuable," she replied. "Saving worlds within world...a true hero's journey. Wouldn't you feel proud to do that?"
Adol suddenly felt a rush of energy, as though his true calling was about to reveal itself. Standing proud, he exclaimed "I can feel the hero's blood pumping in me right now!" only taking a brief moment to wonder internally if there would also be cute girls.
"I knew you were the one," Feena said, "Now choose your path..."
She gave him a light kiss on the cheek and as she did so, the whole world seemed to screech at him. His eyes were assaulted by strange patterns of dots and colours, occasional images appeared, strangely defined, and vanished just as fast. Then he felt like he was falling in darkness, a faint, but harsh noise like a million birds all chirping at once getting louder and louder.
As he fell, there appeared several distinct images below him. Shifting his weight he could aim towards one of them as they all got closer. He had to decide fast.
One image was of some strange looking chariots, flying against the stars. What looked like a mass of shooting stars were zooming around in all directions.
One image was of some deep canyons. There were some metallic barrells, and men were jumping out from behind them, holding sticks that gave of flashes of light and loud cracks.
One image was of a village in the countryside. It looked familiar yet of a different culture. Ahead, he could see strange red skinned, horned creatures approaching.
_jash: SLG= Silly Lunatic Games/
Feb 2, 2023 19:04:13 GMT
tron: I hate strictlylimitedgames jash even more so when they get the rights for physical release of anything by taito.
Feb 5, 2023 11:22:34 GMT
spenoza: It occurs to me that this same limited physical release approach has hit other hobbies as well, like tabletop role playing games. Companies in that space that aren't Hasbro are all small and so they tend to do limited prints of books and then lean on pdfs.
Mar 8, 2023 20:23:43 GMT