22nd Nov 2019, 7:46 PM
Back up and try to communicate

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Back up and try to communicate
You spin around quickly and begin to back yourself down the hall, putting your torch and shield between you and the creature.

Seeing it up close, your understanding of it simultaneously goes up and down. It's made of meat and eyes and a muscle-like fiber. Its segments look like bones, but they're not--cartilage, maybe. You're not a doctor but you know that bones don't pulse. It squeezes... liquid, or air or something through its fibers, and as they inflate or deflate the... uh... meatier segments twitch. At the end of its body, the fibers burst free, writhing through the air like tendrils.

Even its intentional movements are stiff but sudden. It follows you as you back away, jerking around like a jumping spider or an old stop motion animation.

"S-Stay back," you tell it. "I don't wanna have to hurt you but I will. S... Say something if you understand."

It continues to march after you. Its tautest fibers vibrate, creating a... an uncomfortable noise, like someone hissing the off notes of a guitar. The hissing becomes more of a hum and a more cringe inducing tone; it makes your skin crawl.

"SAY SOMETHING!," you shout, your anxiety building as the monster continues to inch toward you.

It falls silent, and then

in a very clear, adult male voice

in a tone that reminds you of a medicine commercial

you hear it say


"I have a right to know."


"E... Ec-fucking-scuse me?!," you blurt out.

"I have a right to know," it repeats,

in the exact same cadence.

Same tone.

Same volume and clarity.

Like a recording, but crystal clear.

"I have a right to know," it says again. This time it's louder, but... it doesn't sound any more strained or emotional, just bigger, as though it simply turned up the volume of the same stock line.

"I have a right to know," adds a voice behind you.

A woman's voice this time. Younger, she speaks it with a more offended tone.

"I have a right to know," repeats the first in his specific way. "I have a right to know," agrees the second in hers. Like two actors rehearsing their lines with entirely different stage directions.

You twist in place, shield one way and torch the other, struggling to keep an eye on both creatures at once.





"I have a right to know," she says louder, almost right in your ear. As you turn to scare her back with the torch, you hear the other, male "I have a right to know" closing in on you from the opposite side. You almost throw yourself into the water whirling back around with the torch.

They're trying to fake you out.

They're using tactics, working like god damn pack hunters.

You can reach one of the cell doors, but these things can squeeze into the cracks of the walls--you'd just be staving off the inevitable. You start trying to put together a plan to break out from between these two and make for one of the exits--

when a muffled "I have a right to know" in the ceiling distracts you.

Just for a moment.

An instant.

The male lunges, and this time he commits. You swing your torch with everything you have, burning a great slash across several segments and a couple of his eyes. His partner slams one of her limbs into you from the side--not with immense force, but enough to take advantage of you being overextended.

You stumble, dropping your torch in the water as you hit the floor.

You hold up your shield as you fumble, crawling backward through the sludge toward the wall to protect your back, but the monster's reach is very long and their frame is very wide. It looms, one slender limb on either side as it stalks after you.

The male creature flails, flames spreading quickly across its body... but it never screams. No whimpers. Just the exact

same

"I have a right to know."

"I have a right to know. I have a right to know. I have a right to know. I have a right to know. I have a right to know."

One right after the other. Panicked.

But it sounds no different at all. He doesn't enunciate the words any more rapidly, he just... doesn't stop repeating it.

The female slams down with what you estimate is her face or upper body; you tighten your grip on your shield, meeting it. You try to watch both arms but you can only manage one; the other slinks in, between you and your shield, splashed sludge hitting your face as thin tendrils erupt from an end segment. It comes at you from the side, barely in your peripheral--

going for your ear.

You scream. Sitting waist deep in dark water with your back literally to the wall, all reason and planning gives way to overwhelming fear. You struggle to get up, you kick, you flail. You cover your ears as best you can as more tendrils from more ends of the monster come reaching, its long limbs caging you in as it towers above you.

It settles for one of your nasal cavities.

You scream louder, fighting harder than you've ever fought in your life as you feel the cold fibers pushing at your nostrils.

It doesn't last long;

there's a pop as the burrowing fibers swell too large for the inside of your face

and a sharp pain as they force their way into your skull at high velocity. It takes a decent amount of force to break through the brain casing.

You remember that, from when you were a kid. Reading about how mummies are made. You don't really suspect these things are about to mummify you, that's just the last thought lucky enough to fire off in the chaos.



Mummies.



You die almost as soon as the tendrils get inside your brain.



































You wake up with a tremendous headache, but it passes quickly.

It's about 10 am.

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22nd Nov 2019, 8:12 PM
Portal In Time
Write in your dream journal.
23rd Nov 2019, 2:06 AM
Xylas_Incarnum
if we do not have a dream journal, for now write that dream down in a text document on the computer. then go out and buy a notepad to use as a dream journal.
22nd Nov 2019, 9:29 PM
undeadDreamer
If you do not own a dream journal make plans to purchase one.
23rd Nov 2019, 6:02 AM
23rd Nov 2019, 12:37 PM
22nd Nov 2019, 8:15 PM
I'm... not really sure what I was expecting. Wow. Okay. Great writing!

Anyway, maybe double check that we're really alright? Otherwise just do... whatever Plaire's normal morning routine would be.
22nd Nov 2019, 8:17 PM
Oh dear. This is going to be one of those experiences. Wonder if we'll start the exact same way as we did before. Likely not, given we already solved the puzzle, but no way to be sure.
Get some breakfast, take a shoulder to relax in whatever order feels best. Time to try and recover from that 'nightmare'.
Also, check what time it is. Is this stuff going to keep you up at night, is it decent enough to last until morning?
22nd Nov 2019, 8:17 PM
Heroshima
check your nose. if possible, check brain.
23rd Nov 2019, 6:02 AM
23rd Nov 2019, 12:37 PM
22nd Nov 2019, 8:25 PM
Hassle your freinds
22nd Nov 2019, 8:39 PM
Swear to never drink cheap soda right before bed... but actually mean it this time.
23rd Nov 2019, 3:26 AM
Good idea. Maybe doing things differently on this side affects the other.
22nd Nov 2019, 8:48 PM
Kumondo
Big fan of plan self care, morning routine and taking notes. I'd probably spend a long time looking into a mirror to see if I'm O.K, and reviewing what just happened. Let's take notes on the dream(?), in universe and outside, and otherwise get ready to take on the day.

As far as oddly specific methods to test what happens at night, I recommend writing the door lock code, 91-60-14-44-79 on a small piece of paper, and wrapping that around and taping it to one of the arms of our glasses.
22nd Nov 2019, 9:13 PM
Engage in self-destructive behavior to prove to myself I'm really alive.
23rd Nov 2019, 3:29 AM
As long as it doesn't go farther than pinching yourself, that is. We don't really need more proof.
22nd Nov 2019, 9:31 PM
Check if its a work day, assuming making videos isn't her full time occupation
22nd Nov 2019, 10:32 PM
Frission
Welp. Time to wake up with a refreshing bowl of Flavor-Q's! Now with 37.9% less cardboard! ...We choose to believe that means packaging. >_>
22nd Nov 2019, 10:40 PM
YetiOlwen
Grab some cheap sodas, eat some snacks and then play video games till 1am. Also upload some gaming videos online before the COPPA apocalypse.

Alternatively put on a hot shower, sit in tub and rock back and forth for a while questioning everything you know and reevaluate reality. (Or just wash the nonexistant dream goo out of your hair).

Then search Google for things like: the number combination "91-60-14-44-79", the various book titles, dream/nightmare dungeon, "I have a right to know", or throbbing bone monster. (Give that last one a better rewording)

Edit: Additional possible searches. Magical Green fire, tumors with green spots (That'll be fun), body horror (yay...), maybe look up types of shields and castle/sewer designs to see if we're can establish a time period or location of similar builds. And barrels, look up how to open them.

Finally reflect if any of our video games have any similar elements to what we experienced.
23rd Nov 2019, 3:56 AM
"Throbbing cartilage monster".
23rd Nov 2019, 1:25 PM
Japster
Use a VPN or some other way to remain anonymous when doing the searches. we don't need some mega corp or government cracking down on us.
23rd Nov 2019, 3:11 AM
On top of everything suggested so far, maybe some research into lucid dreaming would help us be able to somewhat control the dreams/nightmares, if these become a recurring problem.
23rd Nov 2019, 6:26 AM
Say it! "I'll be back." Say it!
23rd Nov 2019, 7:46 AM
Hey yesterday was supposed to be the big day, maybe we should check if we have any real world things to take care of.
23rd Nov 2019, 1:26 PM
Japster
True, but I feel like our first priority should be figuring out what just happened
23rd Nov 2019, 5:34 PM
Wait a sec... How do we have the map from the dream? We didn't write it down yet. But it's in the journal. ???
Action: Check pockets.
23rd Nov 2019, 8:00 PM
24th Nov 2019, 4:20 PM
I think we should start doing morning meditation like I suggested for Jane in Blood is Mine lol. Sounds like those sorts of techniques are gonna come in useful someday.

I also really like the idea of a dream journal. If nothing else, if the video game well runs dry, we can start doing dream journal storytime videos lol. But srsly I think it would be very practical and useful.

Also let’s eat as healthy a breakfast as we can manage!
24th Nov 2019, 6:26 PM
Attack on Terraria
Quickly check pockets for anything left over, just in case that was more than just a dream.