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Every week we will be starting a new Story Telling competition - with great prizes! The current prize is 2000 NP, plus a rare item!!! This is how it works...

We start a story and you have to write the next few paragraphs. We will select the best submissions every day and put it on the site, and then you have to write the next one, all the way until the story finishes. Got it? Well, submit your paragraphs below!

Story Eight Hundred Fifty One Ends Friday, October 2

"I'm so excited! I'm a Royal Astronomer now!" gushed Aquila. She looked around at the Hall of Heroes' observatory. Though the place had seen better days, with its cracked rafters, worn pillars and oddly-placed pottery, the green Eyrie's enthusiasm would not be dampened. "Okay, what's the first order of business?"

Hydrus shuffled in place - well, as much as a blue Hissi could shuffle. "Actually...there's really not much business. All we'll be doing is watching the stars each night, especially the Altadorian constellations. Maybe see if there are new constellations the Astronomy Club hasn't noticed yet. Then we report back to King Altador with our findings."

At first, Aquila hesitated, but then she simply smiled and shrugged. "That doesn't sound hard. Besides, I love watching the stars. Especially the constellations named after the Twelve." She moved toward the telescope and peered into it, manipulating its angle. "Let's see..."

As she gazed into the night sky, her smile evaporated, and soon became a worried, uncertain expression that made Hydrus approach her.

"Aquila? What's wrong?"

"It's..." She looked at him, her brow furrowed, before gesturing to the telescope. "I don't know if I'm seeing things, but..."

Hydrus frowned as well before taking his place at the telescope. "What do you mean?" It didn't take long for him to gasp. "The twelve constellations! They're..."

Author: precious_katuch14
Date: Sep 28th
"They're gone," Aquila finished the bewildered Hissi's sentence.

The two Neopets shared a moment of stunned silence. Indeed, where the iconic constellations once lit up the night sky, now only darkness existed. Not even the faintest bits of light remained. It was as if the inky abyss had consumed them entirely.

Without a word, Hydrus slithered over to the nearest window. His gaze locked onto the sky, and its ominous gaping blackness. "Aquila," his voice cracked, "we must report to King Altador immediately."

Aquila's emerald feathers puffed in worry. "Of course!" She hastily replied. She extended her wings and gathered a quick burst of air. "I'll go!"

He nodded to Aquila, as his mind hopelessly tried to grasp this situation. Hydrus could not look away from the sky. In all his years, he had never seen this sort of anomaly. He had just observed these constellations the night prior. In fact, he had seen these celestial bodies every single night prior, for as long as he could remember. Where had they gone?

With a gust of dusty air, Aquila was off. She raced out of the observatory. Aquila was fully charged with adrenaline, and unable to hear over the sound of her own pounding heart. Abruptly, she was stopped in her path by...

Author: princess_parts
Date: Sep 29th
a gust of wind that howled through the corridor. A tinge of fear sent a chill down Aquila's back, causing her feathers to stand on end. Even with the candlelight from the observatory, the hallway seemed darker than it did before. Almost as if it was absorbing the light. More howling wind came from the sliver in the door at the end.

"This can't be good," she muttered quietly while trying to keep calm.

After a few moments passed, she took a few cautious steps forward, then began to briskly walk toward the door. As she approached the doorway, it seemed to loom over her. She knew nothing good could come from this, but she also knew that there where greater things at stake. The observatory, this job, meant more to her than she could ever have imagined. And now, with a real threat apparent, she would do anything to save it.

Slowly, Aquila opened the large door and peered to look inside. “King Altador, are you there?” she said in the loudest voice she could muster. She ventured further into the room. According to Hydrus during her entry tour, this should be the King’s study – but right now it felt more like a prison cell.

Her eyes looked up toward the open window, the curtains that hung over it flapped violently in the wind. least she knew where the wind was coming from. As she went to shut the window, she noticed that…

Author: catluver456
Date: Sep 30th
...the clasp had been broken. Someone had broken into King Altador's study...or out.

The king was nowhere to be seen. Aquila looked around frantically for some kind of clue. Her gaze fell upon a constellation map on the table. Apparently, Altador had been doing stargazing of his own.

Aquila recognised all 12 familiar constellations. One of them had been circled, with several hastily scrawled notes beside it. She touched it, frowning as she read the questions that someone, presumably Altador, had written. Then she jumped in surprise. Every star in the constellation she had touched had started glowing.

She pulled her hand away. The stars were still brighter than the rest, but nothing else seemed to happen. Curiously, she trailed her fingers over the Protector constellation. It blazed to life as she watched.

Warming to the task, Aquila quickly found nine more constellations and pressed them in turn. They all lit up. She was just activating the last constellation when...

How will this story end?

Author: t0tor0
Date: Oct 1st
...Hydrus appeared in the doorway. "Altador! Aquila! You'll never believe this! The constellations have--"

And then he hesitated when he realized the King was not, in fact, in the room. His Eyrie companion was staring up at him with wide, almost frightened eyes. "Returned," he finished sheepishly. "All except The Hunter."

"Hydrus," Aquila hastily said as she motioned for him to come further into the room. "King Altador is missing, and I found this star chart. I touched the constellations and they came to life on this map! And, seemingly according to you, in the real night sky as well. I was just about to activate the last one -- I see now that it is The Hunter -- but come, you touch the constellation instead."

The Hissi gaped at these revelations, but gingerly touched the constellation with his wing nevertheless. It leapt to life on the page. Hydrus ran to the window and looked outside -- there it was. "Incredible," he uttered as he slithered back to the Eyrie.

It was then he noticed the writing near the circled constellation and his face went pale.

Aquila noticed this. "What is it?"

"This is ancient Altadorian script... and it's in the King's handwriting. He wrote that he was kidnapped, and the stars removed from the sky, by..." He gestured to the circled constellation.

The Sleeper.

"The Darkest Faerie," he concluded.

The Eyrie's heart sank. "What do we do?"

"We solved the mystery of the missing stars. That's a good start, and will weaken the Darkest Faerie's power." He paused. "Long, long ago, during the founding of Altador, each Protector made a pact with the Spirit of the Skies, and were enshrined in and received power from the stars. It is why each Protector is directly tied to a constellation. But the Darkest Faerie became corrupted, and sought the star power of each Protector."

Aquila listened intently.

The Hissi conjectured, "To become powerful enough to kidnap the King, she must have stolen that power from the stars, and hence they disappeared from the sky. But we brought them back."

The new astronomer gazed pensively at the star chart. "She was pretty weak after the Faerieland wraith incident... it makes sense she would go back to the original source of her power, and to try to claim more."

Hydrus nodded at her in affirmation. "Come, we can alert the guards on the way out that Altador has been kidnapped. Perhaps the remaining ten Protectors will be of assistance. But then let us rest for the night -- it is late."

Aquila gave a single nod back.


The Eyrie gazed up at the sky from out her bedroom window. It had been an absolutely crazy first day as a Royal Astronomer -- and Hydrus said there wouldn't be much to do. Hah.

She shrugged and laid in her bed. In preparation of, hopefully, a calm and simple evening of stargazing tomorrow night.

The End,

Author: rielcz
Date: Oct 2nd

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