EOW 163: Winged Fortress
topic suggested by kingkostas
"I remember a story, a story an old man told me on his deathbed. He spoke of a fortress hidden in the clouds, a glorious winged structure which traveled above the ground. The dawn revealed it; the sunset hid it away."
Deadline: Thursday, May 5th 2011 (but really, Monday the 9th)
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"The mage's fortress usually nestles deep within forests, where no commoners wander. But in cases of dire emergency, it has the capability to wrench itself free from the earth, revealing its translucent, yet surprisingly strong wings, usually hidden underground. Here the fortress floats above a wide expanse of rice fields. It is springtime, and having escaped from the threat, it searches for the right place to ground itself once again."
"The Dark Tower of Nazri. Often called the "flying fortress" because of the illusion of soaring the wild clouds surrounding it creates. Theres a myth that theres a passage on the clifwall leading all the way to the top, but it was forgotten ages ago and none been brave enough to rediscover it. Nowdays the only known way to get to the Dark Tower is by balloon or the trendy floatserpent."
The idea was to have a ship rising out of the misty mountain peaks in the morning with the sun catching the metallic edges and glass.
And so it was that I was lucky enough to be in the small, but not unattractive, city of Alfbakefurbelow in the tiny country of Murunbuchstansengar along with my aunt (with whom I lived) and was witness to that which many have talked of but few have set eyes upon.
At first we were terrified by the sheer scale and noise, testament to the mighty enignes that kept her aloft, but, once we grew used to these astonishing proportions we could do no other than admire, mouths agape, the majesty and power of this leviathan that had never once been used in anger.
I got jelly and icecream too, which was a bonus...
From the Memoirs of Count Coconut, B.F.D. 3339:
"I was herding some nerfs, when over Mt. Lucas came the most incredulous sight! A wing-ed castle in the sky fluffs! It roared and belched a terrible sulfurous stank. We gathered the village folk and watched it slowly flub and flutter its mass through the countryside. When it reach-ed the sea it lay down with a delightful fart and it was no more. Me thinks it was a dying sky squirt…"