Some cookies are necessary to make this site and our content available to you. Other Cookies enable us to analyse and measure audience and traffic to the site. Cookies are also used by us, advertisers, ad-tech providers and others to develop and serve ads that are more relevant to your interests. To consent to the use of Cookies and proceed to the site, click Accept below. If you wish to withdraw consent later you will find a link in the footer Cookie Choices. For more information: Privacy Policy.
Storytelling Competition - (click for the map) | (printer friendly version)

If you have any questions about the competition then read our awesome FAQ!


Week 799
You are on Week 800
Week 801

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 Ends January 12th

Fear. The be-all, end-all survival aid.

The natural sense of danger, the impulse to run, to escape the danger with your life. What forces your body to hold still so the enemy doesn't see you.

And yet fighting it is just as hard as obeying it.

For a Cybunny like me, this is all fine and good if you're with others you know or steer clear of the Haunted Woods. Any sign of trouble, just leave. Common sense, right?

But me...there's just something about finding treasure that makes my pulse race in a way that I want to run toward what's causing it, not away. I even have a map, foolishly won at an auction by paying what countless others thought was way too much for it.

So...what's stopping me?

You guessed it. Fear.

But if I could just process that fear, or even write it out, I just might have the courage to do this. I just hope this journal falls into the right paws.

--------

9th of Sleeping, Y20

It's a difficult map to read. All treasure maps worth pursuing are. I've run into some troubles but, after looking at my maps, I felt the familiar coil of paralyzing fear unfurl deep in my belly.

The treasure, worth many more times what I paid for this map, is of course located in none other than...

Author: flufflepuff
Date: Jan 9th
The hidden, dark and probably lost temple of Lutari Island...

Many laughed at me for purchasing such map of an unknown stranger, though I did not. I knew this island had to be cursed in one way or another because of it absence in Neopian literature. You know, before going head-on in a new adventure, you should know what to expect of, at least, the final destination. However, after spitting through dozens of Travel Brochures, I have yet to find anything about Lutari Island...

How comes that such a vast land in the middle of the ocean is so feared and abandoned by many Neopians? Was it the locals? Perhaps they didn't want to deal with tourism in the first place.

Or maybe the Island has more to offer than meets the eye. Maybe, something of value is hiding in the thick mist that surrounds the Island. And if so... if this map beholds what I think it does... It won't be a secret for long...

After tightening my Cybunny Ocean Warrior Shoes, I took the first boat from Mystery Island. A long journey at sea awaits!

--------

13th of Sleeping Y20

I'm nearly out of food, exhausted, totally washed-out... Until suddenly, far at the horizon, land began to shape. My heart was pounding. Not much longer before I can leave this old rotten boat.

Suddenly my heart stopped for a second. I could swear something was moving on the shore... I pinched my eyes... and saw...

Author: kikingkikker
Date: Jan 9th
A figure. It was too far to make it out. But there was someone... or someTHING there. They darted off before I could get a good look at them, but at least the island was inhabited.

Of course, I didn't know if they were friendly or not.

I was so eager to get off the boat, I didn't think about that at all. Instead, I set my sail for the beach and dragged my ship aground. The last thing I would need is for the rough seas to strand me here.

I tied the boat to a large rock near the shore, and then pulled out my map. I first needed to find my bearings. But, at least with the ocean part of the journey complete, the easier part could begin!

---------

16th of Sleeping, Y20.

After two days of being lost in the jungles of Lutari Island, I have finally located the temple!

It was not easy. I had to scavenge for food and water, as well as locate a shelter within the jungle. But that wasn't the worst part.

No, the entire time, I could hear something rattling and rustling behind me. Only once did I get a glimpse of a Lutari's tail over the last two days.

I don't know why they haven't made a move yet. But tomorrow, if all goes well, I will begin my exploration of the lost temple of Lutari Island...

Author: dr_tomoe
Date: Jan 10th
17th of Sleeping, Y20

I'm standing in front of it. The Temple's entrance. I can tell it was once covered in vibrant colors. Reds have faded to rust, the yellow barely visible over the rock base of the columns, but the blue has remained in chipped chunks. I run my paw over it, catching the loosened flakes and bring them closer for inspection, when I hear a rustle behind me.

I drop my hand and turn around, my echoing, "Hello", reverberating through the jungle. That chill, the sense of fear, shudders up my spine. I stand my ground patting my belt for my spear. But no sounds remain. I exhale a long breath, thinking I need to pull myself together.

I dust off the remaining paint flakes from my paw and light a torch to enter. I scan the archway, search for symbols or words, anything to signify where I am entering. But I brave the dark corridor, so black that my torch is the only color I see.

I reach an antechamber. Feeling along the walls, I touch another torch mounted on the wall. I light it, walking the perimeter until I've lit all twelve torches in the room. My eyes are widening at the walls before me.

A beautiful mural, what looks like the history of Lutari Island lays before me. The colors, the images, the inlaid beads into the walls, I am awestruck. So much so that I hit a trap.

A tile beneath my feet gives way, tiny stones fall on my head, and the whole temple begins to shudder...

Author: iciclefaerie05
Date: Jan 16th
I feel sick to my stomach as my dreams of finding the Lost Treasure of Lutari Island are crumbling right before me. I quickly exit the antechamber and head for the dark hall.

In my hurry to exit the temple, I set off yet another trap. A net swoops down from the dark ceiling and sweeps me up into the sky. I attempt to reach for my spear, but my arms can not move. I am stuck.

---------

20th of Sleeping, Y20.

I awaken a few days later. I am no longer in the temple. The room looks like a hospital room. Bright, white lights. The odor of disinfectant spray in the air. I am lying in a bed and can hear machines whirring behind me.

I scan the room and do not see a sign of my belongings anywhere. MY MAP! I have to get my map back. If I was not in a complete panic before, I am now.

Before I have a chance to decide what to do, there is a knock at the door. Do I pretend that I am sleeping or do I sit up and face this head on? Too late ... the door is swung open by a large, blue Lutari. He gives me a quick look, clears his throat and says ...

Author: linnipooh
Date: Jan 16th
… Something in a strange language. Something ancient, that all my studies of linguistics, all the time pouring over books, has ill-prepared me for. I stare blankly, aware my mouth is hanging open.

The Lutari frowns, then understanding comes to his vivid gaze. Slowly, he lifts his shoulders in a clear shrug. The message cannot be mistaken.

What are you doing here? What do you want?

I shake my head helplessly, trying to demonstrate what I’ve lost with hapless gestures, even trying in my own language.

“My map… Where is the map?”

Recognition comes to the Lutari’s features, however, nothing prepared me for his slow smile of understanding. And suddenly, he’s speaking my language.

“The map. We should discuss that. It never should have fallen into your hands. It isn’t YOUR map. It belongs to the Lutaris of this island. It is the key to who we are, to our ancient past.”

I shake my head, dizzy and weary.

“It’s mine! I paid for it! I need to know where it leads!”

The Lutari smirks slowly.

“Where it leads? That, I can show you…”

Author: anjie
Date: Jan 17th
"...but I can't guarantee you'll like the answer."

Fear. It really is the be-all, end-all survival aid. I can’t deny the tremor that ran up my spine in that moment.

But I could never pass up a hook like that.

-------

22nd of Sleeping, Y20.

I spend another day in the hospital before I'm cleared to leave. My new guide, I learn, is named Talus, and I'm still not sure whether I trust him.

He was willing enough to lead me back to the temple. He even helped me resupply with native fruits, and corded ropes he said we'll need. But the look in his eye... sometimes, I catch him smirking at nothing in particular. Like this is all a private joke at my expense.

And all Lutaris have broad, bushy tails - but his silhouette in the corner of my eye reminds me of the figure that haunted my earlier entries.

We’ve finally reached our destination after a tiring day’s travel. Admittedly, it was quicker with Talus’s guidance. The temple’s massive shape looms before us, and I quietly resolve to keep on my toes. I'm not falling for any traps this time… old or new.

---

23rd of Sleeping, Y20.

The initial stage of the exploration went well. I knew to look for the net trap, but Talus pointed out several more that I might have missed in those dim, yawning corridors. He cheerfully explained each one as we passed, and after hearing about the way the ceiling was rigged to collapse, or spike-laden walls that would thrust forward and crush the trespasser between them… I was lucky I’d stumbled into a mere net.

There was a reason for that, though. The Lutari had given me a very pointed glance when he said that it was to handle the casual adventurer. The smarter ones, he claimed, needed a little more deterrent.

And when I’d asked why that was – I think Talus finally came clean with me. The flickering shadows of our torches lent his face a grim cast.

“I don’t trust you, Cybunny. It’s nothing personal – I don’t trust any of your type. Few of us do. The last time an adventurer made it this far into our temple, they stole something very precious to us.”

My heart twinged. I had wanted adventure, yes but I had craved treasure most of all. If I had made it this far on my own, if I had seen something bright and beautiful, beckoning treasure left on a plinth? I would have snatched it. I would have earned Talus’s scorn twice over, and given nary a thought to anything but my triumph.

Even now, a tiny, covetous part of me wondered what had been stolen. Gold? Jewels? Something ancient and mysterious, carved from magic and dark stone?

So I said nothing, and he continued.

“The storm over Lutari Island? You must have braved it to get this far. We live under fear of an endless cyclone, day in and day out. Villages have been wiped away. Tourism has dried to a trickle. All we get are your kind, now… seeking fame and fortune, heedless to those who call this island home.”

He scoffed. “That storm has raged ever since that adventurer stole our idol. Our idol and our map…”

Author: dianacat777
Date: Jan 17th
I paused before responding, sensing that the theft of the idol was a cultural taboo that Talus painstakingly revealed. In an attempt to downplay my otherness as an outsider, I whimpered out, “Well, we do have the map now…”

Talus’ smirk grew wider as he coldly answered, “Yes, we do. Though my distrust of outsiders is transparent, I have to thank you for returning it to our Island, no matter what your intentions were.” He chuckled before he continued, “And now I must ask you for your help. I saved you from this temple, now you must help me save my Lutari brethren.”

Oh Fyora, that sure caught me off guard. What a tall request, to save an entire population! But how? There’s that fear rushing in again, jolting every synapse and causing me to almost impulsively flee. Almost. Talus had a fair point; he did save my life. I owed it to him, and to the Lutaris. I happily responded, “Absolutely. What would you like me to do?”

Talus’ smirk faded to a grimace. “This next room coming up is the idol’s shrine. There’s a large, defensive drop upon entering the room. Survivable to drop down by paw, claw, or hoof, yes, but easier to scale with these,” as he swung the corded ropes. “This room was unperturbed for ages until that thief got in. After the thief stole the idol from its pedestal, they tried to escape in the final corridor to make a clean getaway, but…” he trailed off.

“But?” I asked coyly.

“Well, that final corridor is the only way to exit the Temple due to the drop. It’s narrow and filled with wooden platforms hedged between the walls. They’re separated by nothing… just gaps that fall into a void. No Lutari can jump between them, certainly… and I don’t think the thief was able to, either. The idol is stuck on one of the middle platforms, irreverently tossed there as they were making an escape… Though I can’t say what became of the thief.”

I can’t help it- part of my guiltily perks up at the sound of the idol still being somewhere in the Temple. “So we can retrieve it?” I ask.

“Yes. And I need your help. Come with me into the shrine room,” Talus announced as he brazenly moved forward through the passage and towards a cracked golden door.

I follow behind him, avoiding more tiles and trapdoors as he grunts and points at them and then evades. We reach the large, golden door and with both of our strength, we’re able to pry the door open from its cracked position and sneak inside. The shrine in the Temple has an illustrious, ancient glory to it. It is octagon-shaped, with dusty beaded banners streaming from the raised ceiling. Even though the coat of dust, the brilliance of the reds, greens and yellows shine through. I’m in absolute awe before I even notice the golden pedestal in the middle of the room. Talus ties the corded ropes together and anchors them to the golden door’s knocker. With a decisive knot and a toss, he grabs on and lowers himself down the drop off and at the bottom, beckons me to do the same. I’m apprehensive, but this is the feeling in which I feel most in my element. I take one quick breathe and I scale down the wall with my powerful feet pushing, dropping, and stopping me as I make my way down.

Talus walked toward the shrine and said aloud, “Here- here, we must return the idol to. And there-,” he points to a small round ident on the back wall, his voice echoing in the room, “is the exit to the final corridor. Come, it is time.”

Him and I crouch and lower ourselves through the opening and before us is the long, narrow passage he described. Darkness and a cold breeze emanate from the gaps between the platforms, but Talus is focused on one thing: a golden Lutari head adorned with silver feathers and bronze beads lays unceremoniously on the fourth platform. Talus softly says, “This is where I need you. The jumps required are far too great for myself or any other Lutari to make… but should be feasible for a Cybunny such as yourself.”

It feels like there’s a knot in my stomach, but I know he’s right. I can easily clear those jumps and make it to the idol… as long as I focus. I can’t even think of the fall that would happen if…. No, I’m not even allowing the thought to enter my mind. I jump in place for a warm up, stretch my legs and without thinking, find myself leaping onto the first platform about ten body lengths away.

In the air, I can feel the emptiness beneath my feet, but I stay focused on my land. I make it. Talus lets out a cheer from behind me, but I barely register it. The platform sways a little under my weight, so I decide to get going. I jump to the second, and then the third- and pause. The fourth platform and the idol are at least thirteen body lengths away. I take another deep breath, give myself an extra step in my running start, leap and land with just enough space to fall forward.

The idol up closer is even more illustrious. It’s the kind of find that would cement my position in treasure-seeker history and guarantee a lifetime of wealth… Now was my opportunity to make off with it. The hairs on my back stood up, because three more platforms ahead, I could see a ladder and daylight breaking from above. Behind me, though, was Talus… and the shrine where the idol belongs. I could have done it, I really could have, just continued on right there with the idol for myself, but would it be worth perpetuating the cyclone, the misfortune of the Lutaris, their safety? No… it wouldn’t. I nestle the idol beneath my left arm and torso and swiftly jump back to Talus waiting for me at the start of the corridor. He reaches and grabs my right paw to ensure my final landing and then extends his own for the idol. Silently, we walk back to the shrine and Talus positions the idol back on its pedestal. Immediately, the dust around the room vanishes in a dazzling spark of golden light and the Temple reappears in a refurbished glory.

“You’ve done a magnificent deed,” Talus says to me as he pats me on the back.

I think to myself, “Yeah… I have.”

Outside the Temple, the cyclone has slowed to a mild storm, and by the time we walk through the jungle and to shoreline, the sun is peaking through large, somber clouds.

Talus is walking me to my boat when he pauses and reflects, “It may have been an outsider who betrayed our trust, but it was an outsider who restored it.”

A genuine grin grows on my face and I reply, “Maybe one day I shall return not as an outsider, but as a friend.”

Talus’ smirk returns. “One day you shall.”

The End

Author: miraday
Date: Jan 19th



Quick Jump

Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6
Week 7Week 8Week 9Week 10Week 11Week 12
Week 13Week 14Week 15Week 16Week 17Week 18
Week 19Week 20Week 21Week 22Week 23Week 24
Week 25Week 26Week 27Week 28Week 29Week 30
Week 31Week 32Week 33Week 34Week 35Week 36
Week 37Week 38Week 39Week 40Week 41Week 42
Week 43Week 44Week 45Week 46Week 47Week 48
Week 49Week 50Week 51Week 52Week 53Week 54
Week 55Week 56Week 57Week 58Week 59Week 60
Week 61Week 62Week 63Week 64Week 65Week 66
Week 67Week 68Week 69Week 70Week 71Week 72
Week 73Week 74Week 75Week 76Week 77Week 78
Week 79Week 80Week 81Week 82Week 83Week 84
Week 85Week 86Week 87Week 88Week 89Week 90
Week 91Week 92Week 93Week 94Week 95Week 96
Week 97Week 98Week 99Week 100Week 101Week 102
Week 103Week 104Week 105Week 106Week 107Week 108
Week 109Week 110Week 111Week 112Week 113Week 114
Week 115Week 116Week 117Week 118Week 119Week 120
Week 121Week 122Week 123Week 124Week 125Week 126
Week 127Week 128Week 129Week 130Week 131Week 132
Week 133Week 134Week 135Week 136Week 137Week 138
Week 139Week 140Week 141Week 142Week 143Week 144
Week 145Week 146Week 147Week 148Week 149Week 150
Week 151Week 152Week 153Week 154Week 155Week 156
Week 157Week 158Week 159Week 160Week 161Week 162
Week 163Week 164Week 165Week 166Week 167Week 168
Week 169Week 170Week 171Week 172Week 173Week 174
Week 175Week 176Week 177Week 178Week 179Week 180
Week 181Week 182Week 183Week 184Week 185Week 186
Week 187Week 188Week 189Week 190Week 191Week 192
Week 193Week 194Week 195Week 196Week 197Week 198
Week 199Week 200Week 201Week 202Week 203Week 204
Week 205Week 206Week 207Week 208Week 209Week 210
Week 211Week 212Week 213Week 214Week 215Week 216
Week 217Week 218Week 219Week 220Week 221Week 222
Week 223Week 224Week 225Week 226Week 227Week 228
Week 229Week 230Week 231Week 232Week 233Week 234
Week 235Week 236Week 237Week 238Week 239Week 240
Week 241Week 242Week 243Week 244Week 245Week 246
Week 247Week 248Week 249Week 250Week 251Week 252
Week 253Week 254Week 255Week 256Week 257Week 258
Week 259Week 260Week 261Week 262Week 263Week 264
Week 265Week 266Week 267Week 268Week 269Week 270
Week 271Week 272Week 273Week 274Week 275Week 276
Week 277Week 278Week 279Week 280Week 281Week 282
Week 283Week 284Week 285Week 286Week 287Week 288
Week 289Week 290Week 291Week 292Week 293Week 294
Week 295Week 296Week 297Week 298Week 299Week 300
Week 301Week 302Week 303Week 304Week 305Week 306
Week 307Week 308Week 309Week 310Week 311Week 312
Week 313Week 314Week 315Week 316Week 317Week 318
Week 319Week 320Week 321Week 322Week 323Week 324
Week 325Week 326Week 327Week 328Week 329Week 330
Week 331Week 332Week 333Week 334Week 335Week 336
Week 337Week 338Week 339Week 340Week 341Week 342
Week 343Week 344Week 345Week 346Week 347Week 348
Week 349Week 350Week 351Week 352Week 353Week 354
Week 355Week 356Week 357Week 358Week 359Week 360
Week 361Week 362Week 363Week 364Week 365Week 366
Week 367Week 368Week 369Week 370Week 371Week 372
Week 373Week 374Week 375Week 376Week 377Week 378
Week 379Week 380Week 381Week 382Week 383Week 384
Week 385Week 386Week 387Week 388Week 389Week 390
Week 391Week 392Week 393Week 394Week 395Week 396
Week 397Week 398Week 399Week 400Week 401Week 402
Week 403Week 404Week 405Week 406Week 407Week 408
Week 409Week 410Week 411Week 412Week 413Week 414
Week 415Week 416Week 417Week 418Week 419Week 420
Week 421Week 422Week 423Week 424Week 425Week 426
Week 427Week 428Week 429Week 430Week 431Week 432
Week 433Week 434Week 435Week 436Week 437Week 438
Week 439Week 440Week 441Week 442Week 443Week 444
Week 445Week 446Week 447Week 448Week 449Week 450
Week 451Week 452Week 453Week 454Week 455Week 456
Week 457Week 458Week 459Week 460Week 461Week 462
Week 463Week 464Week 465Week 466Week 467Week 468
Week 469Week 470Week 471Week 472Week 473Week 474
Week 475Week 476Week 477Week 478Week 479Week 480
Week 481Week 482Week 483Week 484Week 485Week 486
Week 487Week 488Week 489Week 490Week 491Week 492
Week 493Week 494Week 495Week 496Week 497Week 498
Week 499Week 500Week 501Week 502Week 503Week 504
Week 505Week 506Week 507Week 508Week 509Week 510
Week 511Week 512Week 513Week 514Week 515Week 516
Week 517Week 518Week 519Week 520Week 521Week 522
Week 523Week 524Week 525Week 526Week 527Week 528
Week 529Week 530Week 531Week 532Week 533Week 534
Week 535Week 536Week 537Week 538Week 539Week 540
Week 541Week 542Week 543Week 544Week 545Week 546
Week 547Week 548Week 549Week 550Week 551Week 552
Week 553Week 554Week 555Week 556Week 557Week 558
Week 559Week 560Week 561Week 562Week 563Week 564
Week 565Week 566Week 567Week 568Week 569Week 570
Week 571Week 572Week 573Week 574Week 575Week 576
Week 577Week 578Week 579Week 580Week 581Week 582
Week 583Week 584Week 585Week 586Week 587Week 588
Week 589Week 590Week 591Week 592Week 593Week 594
Week 595Week 596Week 597Week 598Week 599Week 600
Week 601Week 602Week 603Week 604Week 605Week 606
Week 607Week 608Week 609Week 610Week 611Week 612
Week 613Week 614Week 615Week 616Week 617Week 618
Week 619Week 620Week 621Week 622Week 623Week 624
Week 625Week 626Week 627Week 628Week 629Week 630
Week 631Week 632Week 633Week 634Week 635Week 636
Week 637Week 638Week 639Week 640Week 641Week 642
Week 643Week 644Week 645Week 646Week 647Week 648
Week 649Week 650Week 651Week 652Week 653Week 654
Week 655Week 656Week 657Week 658Week 659Week 660
Week 661Week 662Week 663Week 664Week 665Week 666
Week 667Week 668Week 669Week 670Week 671Week 672
Week 673Week 674Week 675Week 676Week 677Week 678
Week 679Week 680Week 681Week 682Week 683Week 684
Week 685Week 686Week 687Week 688Week 689Week 690
Week 691Week 692Week 693Week 694Week 695Week 696
Week 697Week 698Week 699Week 700Week 701Week 702
Week 703Week 704Week 705Week 706Week 707Week 708
Week 709Week 710Week 711Week 712Week 713Week 714
Week 715Week 716Week 717Week 718Week 719Week 720
Week 721Week 722Week 723Week 724Week 725Week 726
Week 727Week 728Week 729Week 730Week 731Week 732
Week 733Week 734Week 735Week 736Week 737Week 738
Week 739Week 740Week 741Week 742Week 743Week 744
Week 745Week 746Week 747Week 748Week 749Week 750
Week 751Week 752Week 753Week 754Week 755Week 756
Week 757Week 758Week 759Week 760Week 761Week 762
Week 763Week 764Week 765Week 766Week 767Week 768
Week 769Week 770Week 771Week 772Week 773Week 774
Week 775Week 776Week 777Week 778Week 779Week 780
Week 781Week 782Week 783Week 784Week 785Week 786
Week 787Week 788Week 789Week 790Week 791Week 792
Week 793Week 794Week 795Week 796Week 797Week 798
Week 799Week 800Week 801Week 802Week 803Week 804
Week 805Week 806Week 807Week 808Week 809Week 810
Week 811Week 812Week 813Week 814Week 815Week 816
Week 817Week 818Week 819Week 820Week 821Week 822
Week 823Week 824Week 825Week 826Week 827Week 828
Week 829Week 830Week 831Week 832Week 833Week 834
Week 835Week 836Week 837Week 838Week 839Week 840
Week 841Week 842Week 843Week 844Week 845Week 846
Week 847Week 848Week 849Week 850Week 851Week 852
Week 853Week 854Week 855Week 856Week 857Week 858
Week 859Week 860Week 861Week 862Week 863Week 864
Week 865Week 866Week 867Week 868Week 869Week 870
Week 871Week 872Week 873Week 874Week 875Week 876
Week 877Week 878Week 879Week 880Week 881Week 882
Week 883Week 884Week 885Week 886Week 887Week 888
Week 889Week 890Week 891   


IMPORTANT - SUBMISSION POLICY! By uploading or otherwise submitting any materials to Neopets, you (and your parents) are automatically granting us permission to use those materials for free in any manner we can think of forever throughout the universe. These materials must be created ONLY by the person submitting them - you cannot submit someone else's work. Also, if you're under age 18, ALWAYS check with your parents before you submit anything to us!