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The Eternal Library

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The Eternal Library is modern and well-lit. It caters to a wide swath of the population - a children’s corner with weekend storytelling sessions, computers and internet access, a fairly current lending library, and an eclectic reference library. There are indoor and outdoor event spaces and a pleasant garden where one could stroll or jog.

The Library is relatively new, founded by manufacturing heiress Sybil Eternal, who wanted to leave a legacy to the town she grew up in. The Library is also home to Ms Sybil’s personal collection of paranormal texts and curiosities, which she bequeathed upon her death in 1994. Rumour has it that she occasionally can be seen in the Sybil Eternal Collection Room.

And while there are whispers of hauntings and happenings, they are relatively benign when something does happen - carts moved across the room, books scooting to the edge of the shelf, keys misplaced only to be located at a very obvious place - things that are easy to blame on a living soul with a poor memory. None of the staff seem perturbed, but none of them openly discuss it either.

But when the lights goes out and the night guard takes up his post, the library comes, er … alive with a different set of patrons altogether. And this, dead reader, is where you come in.


The Eternal Library is a slice of life afterlife game where a community of ghosts learn to exist in their current form and with each other. Because sometimes, there is life after death.

Hosted and narrated by: Tarlia (tarlia)

Started 09/19/20. Scenes played: 0

Target number of characters: 4
Current number of characters: 0
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: None yet — be the first!

License: Community License

image source: Conde Nast Traveller

Halloween Writing Contest

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Halloween is a few weeks away, stores are selling Halloween costumes and candy, people are carving pumpkins, and Freeforms 31 days of Halloween movie marathons are starting soon!

So why not add some spooky, scary skeletons to Storium? That’s exactly why I’m hosting this Halloween Short Story Writing Contest!


We have a total of 10 scenes, each scene the level of difficulty rises. As the stories began to get harder to write, they must also be scarier, (it’s for Halloween! Scary stories are a must!)

In each scene, after everyone has written their story we will vote in the discussion, which one was best. The player with the story with the least votes will be eliminated, but can still vote for stories. If there is a tie, we will have a tie-breaker with difficult requirements to meet. The tiebreaker story with the most votes wins.

Once we meet the end of the contest, with one person left, they will receive a prize:

One Custom World (you tell me how to make it) made by me which will include:

  • A Stack of Place, Obstacle, and Character cards (20 cards per category)

  • A stack of Nature, weakness, strength, subplot, goal, and asset cards. (20 per category)

  • A description, custom settings, and custom banner.

  • A list of narrator move ideas.


The winner will also receive a shout out in my Profile Bio and a free spot in any of my current, or future games! (Only one!)

Hosted and narrated by: ꧁꧁LUNA꧂꧂ (Lunar_Moon)

Started 09/21/20. Scenes played: 0

Target number of characters: 10
Current number of characters: 0
Submissions pending: 1

Players so far: None yet — be the first!

License: Host License

Rivers of time

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A research station Sigma-6 has made fascinating development with a time travel device. They have managed to send a group of scientists through a portal to another time and place, but they never came back. A team is needed to travel into through the portal and find the lost science team.

However, the destination is not what it seemed at first. Rules of physics bend and break as they please, and the environment changes in a matter of hours. Is it even possible to survive in such a place?

Hosted and narrated by: Vinnie Horrible (VinnieHorrible)

Started 09/06/20. Scenes played: 0

Target number of characters: 4
Current number of characters: 1
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: Bobathy

License: Host License

Ashes Of The Fallen

Ashes Of The Fallen

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there was a Great War
between two sides the magic users(Druids and Wizards) and the kings armies(Warriors)
the king had no way to defeat the wizards and druids
except for one thing

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That was odd I it won’t let me write that.

now there are no more magic users and life goes on for the rest of the world. right?

now a small party brought together by chance…
and a clam
must traverse the Forgotten
a large part of the world where the king forbade anyone to visit in fear that they might discover what truly happened to the magic users

Hosted and narrated by: brianna (cutepuppy)

Started 09/19/20. Scenes played: 0

Target number of characters: 3
Current number of characters: 1
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: kezboheme

License: Community License

image source: leshaines on Flickr

[SCT] The Tomb of Abyzou

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Long ago, the Demon Queen Abyzou was defeated by a band of stalwart heroes, and her palace sank deep under the ground– carrying all of its opulence and wealth with it. It was long thought lost forever…

… until now.

In the town of Altburg, a man named Phineas has convened a small group of adventurous souls at a tavern (where else?) claiming to know the location of Abyzou’s tomb, and promising a share of the treasure to anyone who wishes to accompany him.

Will you take up the call?

Hosted and narrated by: Amber (sparkletwist)

Started 09/18/20. Scenes played: 0

Target number of characters: 5
Current number of characters: 0
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: None yet — be the first!

License: Community License

image source: KELLEPICS

An (Un)conventional Murder

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It is finally here the Blitzburg Writers convention. Whether it’s because you have been asked to speak on a panel, have a booth to sell your latest novel, or are just here to enjoy the festivities this convention has been on your calendar for months.

Everything seemed to be going to plan, that is until the power cuts out and a body, the convention’s director’s body, is found hanging from a balcony on the upper floor. A group of suspects has been brought together for questioning, and while it is obvious to them that some/many/all of them couldn’t have committed the murder the police are playing close attention to them.

Can they find the true killer before they strike again?

Hosted and narrated by: Emma (Kaye2020)

Started 09/10/20. Scenes played: 0

Target number of characters: 4
Current number of characters: 4
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: kezboheme, bean0wizard, Toodles6, Selsynn

License: Host License

The Secrets Hidden in Atlantis

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For years, scientist and explorers have been searching for what has been called, The Lost City of Atlantis. The topic of this sunken city has bewildered many, fascinated the minds of children, stolen the lives of explorers who dedicated themselves to find this city. But the question on everyone’s mind is if it is real.

And my answer to you is yes. In 2006 a group of explorers had discovered Atlantis, but, they were too scared to explore the massive city. As technology had evolved, so have their plans; they had been training a group of civilians ever since, preparing for the day they’d send them down to the lost city.

With the promise of $100,000 upon returning/or death (the money goes to family), the group is willing to risk everything on this journey. But little do they know, they weren’t just sent to explore.

In 2006, the explorers had picked up some…strange signals coming from an unknown object. The signals being given indicated that it was a very special object, with very special powers. Such an object would be worth a lot of money, and that seems to be the only thing these explorers want since they didn’t notify their group of brave soldiers about this item.

Hosted and narrated by: ꧁꧁LUNA꧂꧂ (Lunar_Moon)

Started 09/17/20. Scenes played: 1

Target number of characters: 10
Current number of characters: 5
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: kezboheme, Aubrey11, MagicTurtle, Toodles6, YoursTruly

License: Host License

The Game of Hearts: Season 2

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HEEEY BIT- I can’t say that in the commercial? Bruh, what kinda shi- ALRIGHT STOP YELLING AT ME, GOD DAMN!


ahem, ahem

Wassup everyone, it’s me, Tanner Fox. Yes, I’m back for another round of,

The Game of Hearts!

HELL YEAH!

It’s December, and a lot of ladies are looking for love. Wait - what, it’s not just ladies? Dudes, too? What the fff— I didn’t say it! I didn’t say it…


Ahem,
Anyway, ladies and Gentlemen, not boys and girls, after a year, we give you the best Christmas gift in history…

Another season of the top reality TV show in North America and half of Europe….The game Hearts.

We have 25 new contestants, which means 25 new challenges, which means 25 more chances for Josh to find love.

Who will win? Who will loose? Who will cry? Find out only on…

The Game of Hearts

Hosted and narrated by: ꧁꧁LUNA꧂꧂ (Lunar_Moon)

Started 08/18/20. Scenes played: 0

Target number of characters: 25
Current number of characters: 0
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: None yet — be the first!

License: Host License

Animality

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OVERVIEW

This is a world without humans, or at least humans as we think of ourselves. Instead, it is populated by a huge variety of anthropomorphic animals capable of varying degrees of intelligence, speech, and basic medieval level technology, such as swords and bows and arrows and the like. Some would have human-like hands with which to hold such weapons, some would not. Some would have giant teeth and claws, some would not. Some would be simple beasts living a simple life, some hostile predators, some peaceful, some dangerous, some kind. Variety really is the spice of life.

More fantastic elements, such as shape-shifting and magic, will also be a part of the world, but not so common-place that traditional weapons, claws, and forms of disguise would be useless.

This story will be adventure-focused, but not to the point that it’s all action with no character development, nor the other way around.

THE WORLD

The known land of Suaka is actually a very large island (or perhaps a small continent). It is populated entirely by races of animal/human hybrids created by the same self-proclaimed ‘gods’ who created the world itself. It’s occupants have never taken to the ocean to chart the rest of the world, and consider their land mass to be the entirety of their world. They generally live with others of their own kind, and form their own societies of varying levels of organization.

A very rough map of Suaka can be found in this document.

THE PEOPLE

Our story involves (primarily) four groups of peoples. They all overlap in the more temperate climates, and as such compete for resources and prey. This has historically caused friction between them, and three parties in particular have been long-time rivals. They’re not precisely at war (most of our animal cultures do not have this concept, or at least they didn’t used to) but they DO frequently have conflicts, which may or may not result in deaths, but which are usually battles over territory, or about stealing resources from the others. I will summarize them here:

The Wolf Clans are a loosely organized collection of clans grouped by subspecies (clans). They were summoned by the moon deity, and the clans regularly meet in a ceremony to honor their deity and to decide things which affect all of the clans together. Since they are quite widespread, each clan may be split into the actual packs which hunt and live together.

The Catfolk generally live together by geographical organization, rather than subspecies or organized clans/etc. They pride themselves on their culture, and tend to look down on the other societies as primitive. They were summoned by the moon deity as well, being predators, and have a system of government. They tend to live in villages. Their culture is somewhat unique, in that most species mingle and cooperate only with others of their specific kind.

The Bear Tribes are much more individualistic. While they gather as tribes, they spend most of their time alone or with immediate family. They do come together as tribes in order to raid the gatherings of the other (smaller) races, and are often considered bullies and thugs - although they are just as intelligent as the other dominant races. Being predators, they too are of the moon deity.

Lastly, there is the Avian Alliance. The birds of the land long ago realized they would forever be bullied by the larger, land-based races unless they cooperated. So was born the Alliance: an organized collection of bird species who might live apart, but work together for causes they can all agree on. Quite often they will act as spies, or more openly as diplomats and mediators. Their goal is to preserve a balance of power in the land. Depending on their species they may have been created by different deities, but the deity of the sky and stars is the most common.

THE PLOT

When our story begins, a new development has threatened to destroy the balance of power. Influential leaders from the Bear Tribes and the Catfolk have come together with a shared idea: they would divide the land of Suaka between the two races, each side having its sovereign territory. There’s just one problem: there’s no room on that map for the Wolf Clans, who would now find themselves the target of aggression from both of their two rivals, and with no allies of their own. There is to be a meeting, where the leaders will hammer out the specifics of this agreement.

However there is a wrinkle: Either by their own means or the intervention of the Avian Alliance and its spies, the Wolf Tribes learn of this plot. When the wolf clans meet for their regular full-moon ceremonies, one clan comes up with an intriguing and devious idea: To solve this problem by sabotaging the negotiations. The Catfolk and Bear Tribes already hate each other, the wolves reason, so why not just add fuel to those flames and create more conflict in place of unity, until eventually the two groups weaken each other enough that the wolves can drive both of them from the face of the world?

However there is another wrinkle. The Alliance and their spies learn of this plot as well, and seek to foil it also. They would much rather have the predatory ground races continuing to fight each other than united under any individual banner. So, they bring together a group of individuals with specific skills they think they’ll need. Not just from among the bird races, but anyone they think would be useful. This group will work covertly to prevent war and maintain the (relative) peace and balance of power of the three races.

These will be our primary heroes. Brought together because of a shared belief that a large-scale war would be bad for the world and all of its races. Their challenge is two-fold: They don’t want the bears and cats to successfully ally against the wolves, but they don’t want the two openly warring with each other to their mutual destruction either. But will they have the skills and cunning to manage to hold the peace, even as all three races plot against it? Let’s find out…

THE ‘GODS’ AND MAGIC

The creators of this world were originally powerful mages and wizards from our Earth. However, they saw themselves becoming obsolete because of technology, explosive human population, and other factors. So, they came together to create their own world, and set themselves up as gods to the peoples they created to live there. Even taking names for themselves from the old gods and goddesses of Earth, they fully act the part and would be unlikely to ever confess that they were once mortal themselves.

They each had their area of influence in the world, but where they overlapped there was conflict. Unwilling to risk an open war between themselves (their powers are too great, and it would risk the destruction of the very world itself) they instead influenced their own specific favorite species - giving them intelligence, speech, teaching them (very) basic medieval technology (they don’t want advanced technology emerging after all) and even occasionally giving them magical “boons”, or magical abilities that give them an advantage over the other races.

As the magic of the world comes from these same powerful figures, a person gifted of magic would generally only practice one of the six “types” of magic, according to which deity had given them their powers.

Dyaus, the ‘god’ of the Sky and Stars, created an abundance of flying creatures to populate Suaka, and claims the right to rule over its skies. He often plays peacemaker, as he urges his followers to do as well, and is rumored to have been involved in the founding of the Avian Alliance. His magics are often protective and defensive. Though he frowns on war, he believes in justice.

Hadesis was made responsible for shaping the physical properties of Suaka, and his powers are most often associated with the ground, strength, solidity, insects, and burrowing or cave-dwelling creatures. He claims dominion over the land itself, and the low places of Suaka, and tends to the land still. His powers usually involve the ability to manipulate form and solid objects, and making things tougher and stronger, and shaping what could otherwise not be shaped. He believes in creating things that last.

Aphaea, the ‘goddess of life’ worked with virtually all the other deities, helping to create all forms of life. The one thing she had no part in was creating carnivores and predators. Her creatures live off the land, and it’s plant life, and do not need to kill others to live. She created plants out of a desire to feed all of the gods’ children, and is a nurturing and compassionate being. Her powers usually take the form of healing and growth, and sometimes manipulation of plants. She does not approve of the violence of the dominant races against each other, but believes the races must sort it out for themselves.

Nishakara, the ‘dark sister’ to Aphaea, is ‘Goddess’ of Night / Moon / Death. You would think that she and Aphaea would be enemies, but although their philosophies are very different they have mutually recognized that a balance between life and death (or “rebirth” and “renewal” as Nishakara calls them) keeps the rest of the world in balance too. She does not believe in immortality (except of course her own) and it was on her urging that the races of the world were made mortal, given a certain amount of time to live in the world before relinquishing their role to the next generation. She was influential in creating most of the predatory races, as she believes in the hunt, and that life takes on its greatest sweetness when death is always near. Her powers generally take the form of death and decay, or ‘renewal’ as she sees it - reclaiming the old and the dead to make room for new life.

Hephaestus, the ‘God’ of Fire and Chaos. Unlike Hadesis, he does not believe in permanence. Hephaestus believes in passion and consumption, in taking what you can. The concepts of balance and restraint seem needless foolishness to him, and just as a fire cleanses a forest ecosystem, he believes that lethargy and passiveness are best cleansed from the world. His powers, predictably, revolve around fire, heat, and acts of passion and self-aggrandizement.

Sagashahara - ‘Goddess’ of water, and the hidden realms. She has always believed that a world which is only what it appears, an unchanging world, is a boring one. She believes in the mystical, and her magic embraces the fact that reality is always more than what it appears. Like water - her favorite element- she is always changing form and her powers are centered around seeing the unseen, and thought being the source of matter -not the other way around. Those who seek her out have found that she can best be reached through meditation and a centered mind. It’s not that she believes she “rules” the ocean, merely that she takes a special interest in that world, and has little concern one way or the other about what happens on land or in the sky.

Hosted by: J Finch (MagicTurtle)

Rotating narration

Started 09/12/20. Scenes played: 0

Target number of characters: 4
Current number of characters: 6
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: Bexja, Sofos_Nera, Bobathy, cutepuppy, MagicTurtle

License: Community License

Interstitial: Dream Drop Stardust

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“Lately I’ve been getting weird thoughts lately. Like there has to be something more, or if all of this is real or not.”

Something went wrong in your world,but you can’t quite remember what. But you do know ink was about to flood your last stand, before the starlight came.

You are in a train made of starlight after something happened in your old worlds that led you to a Dive in the Heart,where you all gained Keyblades. The train driver Rusty had saved you from something or someone who tried to drown your homes and the people you were connected to in a sepia nightmare.

As you journey through a sleeping version of Traverse Town, can you solve the mystery and get back home safe and sound? Or will the inky mastermind stop your journey at its source?

Hosted and narrated by: Rachael Dixon (Magi195)

Started 09/07/20. Scenes played: 0

Target number of characters: 3
Current number of characters: 1
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: Phantasia

License: Community License

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