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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 Forty Three Ends Friday, July 24

The Meridellian farmland had been shrouded in darkness for days. First it was crops that disappeared, but it wasn't long before the farmers did as well. Some had reported shadowy creatures lurking in the forests, only to come out at night. Other villagers swore the nuisance was a myth cooked up by local hooligans and that the farmers had left of their own volition. But the outcome was the same. As the food supply shortened, so did the king's temper.

"Investigate this immediately!" King Skarl roared as he chomped down on a slice of stale bread, grimacing with every bite. "You, Jeran. Take our best Draik soldiers and see to it that these farmers are rescued and our crops restored. My banquet hall must be replenished!"

"Of course, my king," Jeran responded, a stern look on his face as he turned to the guards in the room, gesturing them to follow with his sword. "Let's go soldiers!" But for Jeran, the king's banquet hall was the least of his concern. It was the citizens of Meridell for whom he felt loyalty towards. And so they marched out of the throne room on their way to Meri Acres farm, sword in hand, and shield on back…

Author: sixlets1
Date: Jul 20th
As the soldiers trod toward the farms, a cold shiver ran across the troop like a frigid wave. The sky hung above them - the black clouds swirled overhead and arched like two shadowy limbs reaching toward the ground.

Jeran marched at the forefront of the small unit and scanned the forest's edge carefully, eager yet terrified each time the air rustled the underbrush. Besides the strides of his troop behind him, it was silent; so silent.

Jeran's eyes flicked to the right, on the border of Meri Acres farm and the woods beyond. A shadow darted amongst the trees, and Jeran could have sworn he saw two glowing red orbs hovering there just moments before. A buzzing began to ring through the air, and thunder sounded in the distance.

He raised his blade and nodded toward the spot, quietly uttering the word, "Onward" to his soldiers before picking up the pace. As their footsteps quickened, so too did the churning of the clouds above...

Author: melissamit
Date: Jul 21st
By the time they reached where the swirling clouds churned above, they came across a barren clearing. The silent clouds above gave no hint as to their purpose or origin, but the empty land below it gave Jeran an uneasy feeling. Jeran knelt down to inspect one of the few signs of what previous life had live in the forest.

"Bite marks... something was here..." Jeran grew worried as he remembered the eyes. Could it be a swarm of voracious Buzz? No, that wasn't like them at all.

He looked around, surrounded by dark trees, whatever could be hiding in there? The swirling clouds flashed with lightning. Jeran knew that the clouds had something to do with this phenomenon, but he would have to ask Lisha, his sister if she knew anything about this spooky formation. "Sir, where do we go from here?" His second in command asked.

"We have to track down whatever did this.... But how?" Jeran wondered out loud.

Author: ferretboy85
Date: Jul 22nd
As if in reply, an ear-shattering howl erupted from the underbrush nearby. The soldiers immediately stood on edge, weapons poised and backs ramrod straight. Jeran held up his hand, palm out, to signal that the others stay in place. Then he took a slow step in the direction of the sound, his own hand carefully wrapped around the hilt of his sword.

This wasn't a sound he had heard before. It was high-pitched and alien - chilling to the bone. He had no idea what they were dealing with, and for a moment he could barely hear his own thoughts through the fear that coursed through him.

Hours seemed to pass as the group stood, listening and waiting in that eerie clearing, though surely it must have only been a few minutes. The creature made no more sound. Jeran slowly let out a breath he hadn't realized he'd been holding, then turned to face his team. With a twirl of his finger, he motioned for the soldiers to leave the area, and as one, the company began to march back the way they came. The air seemed to grow thinner the closer they got to the castle, as if this mysterious creature were polluting the very atmosphere of the forest.

Jeran had no idea what they were dealing with, but he knew one thing for certain - he had to find Lisha.

How will this story end?

Author: sapphicsak
Date: Jul 23rd
There was a small cottage not too far from the Meridellian farmlands that Lisha liked to stay in. She enjoyed the fresh produce and quiet solitude to practice magic. With any luck, she may be there.

Jeran headed off in the direction of the cottage. It didn’t take him long to reach, as he had visited many times, but he knew something was wrong the second the cottage came into view. Lisha was an avid gardener and took great care of her plants. Now, however, they were all dried and withered, like something had sucked the life out of them. Whatever had impacted the farms was happening here. As he got closer he saw an eerie, orange light being emitted through the windows.

The door was unlocked and Jeran entered. Lisha sat in the middle of the wooden floor. Numerous candles were lit while books and other magic artefacts were scattered about. She herself was in the center of a large orange circle with complicated runes drawn about. The circle and runes glowed. Her eyes were closed as she chanted. Jeran didn’t want to break her out of her trance, but he didn’t have to. Lisha’s eyes suddenly snapped open.

“Jeran! I am glad you knew to come. Meridell is in terrible danger. I have sensed a shadowy, evil presence for a long time and been trying to force it to show itself. The spell is almost complete and the villain will soon be here. Please be ready! I need your help!”

Jeran unsheathed his sword, ready for battle, as Lisha closed her eyes and resumed her chant. The orange glow grew brighter and brighter as the circle shrunk closer to Lisha, until it was almost touching her. Then, a second circle appeared next to her with a strange, shadowy figure in it.

“My magic! What have you done you awful girl!” The figure howled, her tattered hood flying back. Angry, yellow glowing eyes glared at Lisha. It was none other then Morguss. But before Morguss could even move to attack Lisha, Jeran charged. He swung his sword, striking Morguss. Although skilled at magic and trickery, Morguss was no match for one-on-one combat. She screamed as she burst into a cloud of grey smoke and was gone.

Both orange circles stopped glowing and disappeared. Lisha stopped chanting and spoke.

“Her magic over our land is broken. The clouds sucking life out of our crops have vanished and the beasts that she summoned have returned to their shadowy domain. The missing farmers have been freed.”

Then Lisha collapsed. The magic had taken a toll on her. Jeran rushed to her side, comforting his sister. She looked up and smiled at him. “You saved Meridell again.”

He shook his head. “No, Lisha, I couldn’t have done it without you.”

Outside, the angry black clouds turned into normal rain clouds, releasing a gentle rain upon the land. A small potato plant sprouted.

The End,

Author: ugofatcat2000
Date: Jul 24th

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