Welcome, folks, to the second Poll-Venture! The rules are simple: I write a chapter, you choose what happens next, and repeat until the character dies or an ending is reached! Have fun!
Chapter 1: A Journey Begins
You have wandered the land for as long as you can remember. You have been everywhere, seen everything, done everything… with one exception. Before you can stop traveling – put down your staff, take off your cloak, sit down in a hover-rocker and rest for the first time in eons – you must complete this final trial. No, it’s not to have no duplicates in your deck; you’ve completed that one many a time. This trial is far more challenging. You must go where no mortal has ever been and returned to tell the tale: the Slithar Crater, hidden deep in the jungles of wild Magaari. In the center of that crater is a pillar of floating stone said to be so high that it scrapes the heavens. And if you reach the top alive…
… the legendary Golden Chrysalis awaits you!
Supposedly, the Golden Chrysalis holds the remains of the last Queen Mother of the Magmar, but you (and many others) suspect that that story is merely a cover-up to ward off treasure hunters. What better way to protect a priceless living relic than to spread the lie that it contains a decaying corpse? And you have better sources for your opinion than mere conjecture – many ancient manuscripts (some of which you have have studied yourself during your travels) corroborate a very different theory of what the Golden Chrysalis truly is:
Due to the unclear wording of Counterplay the sources, no one knows what exactly will hatch from the Golden Chrysalis, though many historians have theorized it to be something extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear. You intend to be the first to know the truth. And if you can’t get it to hatch, well… a Golden Omelette would be just as satisfying.
There is only one… complication. You are currently in Kaero, the capital of Akram, and the Slithar Crater is half a world away. Not that it’s something you haven’t done before – you have wandered across the entirety (almost) of Mythron, after all – but it still poses an interesting question: which path to take?
You could go North, to the Chakri Monastery in Xenkai, where it is said the monks can teleport travelers anywhere on Mythron’s surface… though the Songhai Empire is currently ruled by The Reborn, an undead puppet of the Abyssian Host, and the journey could be more dangerous than usual. (blue arrow)
After what happened to Kaleos Xaan in Shar, you dare not even sail past the shore of Styxus, but you could go a roundabout path through Celandine, the home of the Lyonar Kingdoms. (green arrow)
Alternatively, you could take either of two routes around the Monolith of Aestaria, which would be the most direct path to Magaari but also the least adventurous. You have found that sometimes the journey is worth more than the destination. (red and pink arrows)
Or you could just wander off into the desert in the wrong direction and hope that you magically make it to Magaari instead of dying from dehydration. (yellow arrow)
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