Monday, June 16, 2014

Mordle Fact File - the Geists

It was not that long after the defeat of Rand by the Rampaging Storm that the first sighting had occurred.
Six Erixmes Mordles, not known for their reliability in conveying information, were chattering at their local Murlun Mordle council representative about a beast which walked the northwestern section of the Great Jungle after the sky darkened each day. This beast was sometimes shaped like an Erixmes, sometimes a Yorzwurl, changing as it walked...but always throwing off its own internal light as it walked through the jungle. The Erixmes friends made sure that they saw it at least ten times before bringing it to their Murlun - the incident with Rand had made most Mordles concerned about anything that was not commonplace, and doubly so of anything which might be related to the Imbalance of Blood.
     It was also, off the council record, due to the Erixmeses sampling a large quantity of the Irximes berries, a delicacy that could only be harvested by the Erixmes species due to its appearance only in the tallest trees on Uzalek. These berries had a side effect of making any Mordle that consumed them hallucinate, so the already-hyper Erixmes buddies wanted to be absolutely sure that these beasts were real.
This illuminated beast had terrified the Erixmes so much, they could not approach it. Would not approach it. They could barely keep still as they described the scene.

The Murlun sighed, tired of these young Erixmes in his area. This was not the first time they had brought him some nonsensical story of beasts appearing at night. They had previously told him a large piece of stone cracked open and was full of teeth, snapping up a slow Caborux Mordle before disappearing into the ground. He was bound by Mordle law to investigate though, so during the next darkening of the sky, the Murlun set out for the area the Erixmes had described.
It was silent in that section of the Great Jungle. A majority of the Mordles lived near the center of the Great Jungle where the trees were not so densely covering the landscape; the northwestern corner had a very high density of foliage, making it difficult to navigate in darkness. The Murlun was not worried, as his species had a very good level of vision at night. He saw better in low light than most Mordles did during the time of the sun. Still, it had been a long time of darkness without any "beasts that glowed", so the Murlun was ready to head back to his tree.

It was then that he saw it. Moving through the trees just at the edge of his field of vision was a Rellun Mordle, illuminated as if he contained a pale sun inside him. The Murlun looked at this Mordle, and was surprised when he could not identify this other Mordle. My senses fail me, thought the Murlun. I should be able to look at this Rellun and know him - but I do not. The Rellun moved with purpose through the trees, not looking anywhere but directly in front of him. The Murlun followed him, slowly and carefully. The trek across the jungle continued for a short period of time before the Rellun ducked into a hole on a large tree. The Murlun followed, tentatively placing a foot inside the tree. The ground was solid; the interior of the tree was small, sealed. There was nowhere above him that the Rellun could have gone.

Free-fall was a unique sensation. The Murlun felt it, as the ground beneath his claws disappeared.
He tumbled into the darkness, his eyes trying to catch onto anything in this low-lit area.
Water broke his fall, deep. The Murlun used his claws to tread water. Softer ground slapped into his claws, bringing him to the edge of water. The Murlun looked around, finding himself in a giant underground cave. Tiny alcoves spread around the cave, their depth unknown from where the Murlun was situated. Suddenly there was a glow coming from one of the alcoves, then many of them. Glowing Mordles appeared in each alcove, staring down at the Murlun. His horror grew as he looked around - there were hundreds of them. And their glow allowed him to see that there was a much larger alcove, with a glow brighter than any of the other Mordles approaching the water.
"GEIHOZA." bellowed a voice from the alcove, the sound making the other glowing Mordles begin to dance in a strange fashion. "GEIHOZA."
The Murlun watched in horror as it appeared in the alcove, gigantic, terrifying.

It was the last thing that he would ever see.


  1. Heh heh heh another mordle eating mordle I also like the reference to the rocks of the rocks & bugs & things, I hope that is a sign of things to come.