- Tre’bivdil Show Spoiler
On the 12th expedition of the Fan Ages Touring Club, we visited the Ages from the RAD and DAWN contests: Abysos, Tre’bivdil, Ulteemah, Gairdin Grianmahr, Tahm Hehvo, Eder Licinius, Chloe’s Hood Office, Tehr’dovah.
1st RAD contest, March: “Anything Goes”
2008 was one of the most prolific years for Age Writing, partly due to three contests promoted in these very forums. Writers were challenged to create an Age from scratch in about a month, or less.
The winner of the first edition was Zephyr Cove by Andy Legate, Jishin, Nynaveve and Phillip, which we covered in a previous visit. Other contestants were two Ahra Pahts shells: 119 by Grogyan, and 201 by Paradox, both of which we also covered in a previous visit.
For the first contest, the only Age we were missing was therefore Abysos, by Trylon: a coastal location surrounded by a rocky wall. On one side, there are the remains of a stranded ship; on the other, a massive chasm, somewhat reminescent of the Cleft, but on a much larger scale. An invisible wall prevents the careless explorer from falling down, but a well aimed /jump will get you through. The chasm itself is worth exploring too, as it is actually modelled, with a ledge midway down. The rocky wall has a small, tunnel with a dead end that allows a nice vista on the whole Age.
2nd RAD contest, July: “Rise of the Shells”
The second RAD contest was entirely about Ahra Pahts shells, so we decided to skip them as they were part of the above mentioned previous visit.
The winning contestant was shell 309 by Tinuviel; the other contestants were shell 104 by DatokerJ, 129 by Marcello, 224 by Mar, 232 by Katreeny, and 427 by Di gama.
In case you are wondering the shells not made for the contests are: 111 by Robert The Rebuilder, 126 by Egon, 315 by Andy Legate, 336 by Luna, and 415 by Dot. The last one we have yet to visit, because it is the starting point for the Devokan Trust storyline.
3rd RAD contest, November: “It’s A Small Age After All”
We visited two entries of this edition in previous visits: Bimevi by Whilyam, and Eder Bavahnin by Andy Legate.
Tre’bivdil (“in the everything” in D’ni) by Lontahv, the winner of the contest, is a familiar name for anyone who visited the Gehn shard: a group of cubes, in the middle of a sea, connected by wooden walkways, with a tree, a garden, a cactus, a gear, stairs going in the dark … A great place for parties
Ulteemah by Boblishman starts in what appears to be a looping corridor, but if you pay attention you will see the entrance to the large middle room. At the very center, a nicely decorated platform lift will (if you catch it in time) bring you to the surface, an alien landscape with strange plants and a red sky.
Gairdin Grianmahr by Trylon starts in a circular building with many, many doors, including a few restrooms; unfortunately they are closed! A spiralling platform (behind a rather flimsy handrail ) leads to a few floors, from which one can admire the mountain panorama, and eventually leads to a terrace with a transparent dome. The atmosphere outside is toxic, perhaps?
Tahm Hehvo (“fire swarm” in D’ni) by SeanMc74 is a garden with giant mushrooms (our Writers really like mushrooms, don’t they?) under a night sky crossed by meteors. A large rock in the middle hides a table, and a landslide covers a short corridor with a dead end. A section of the rocky wall that surrounds the Age can be climbed (by running, avoid jumping because you will bounce back and down) to the top, a white, flat, walkable surface from which you can jump down behind the landslide.
The last entry of this edition also took part in (and won) the next contest, so:
1st (and to date, only) DAWN contest, February 2009
2009 started with a new contest, this time the theme was not a short developing time but the amount of details, in terms of arts and background. The winner was…
Eder Licinius by GPNMilano (also known as Chloe Rhodes) is part of the Writers of Illuminations’ storyline (which was never further developed), and is in many ways similar to the link-in area of Releeshahn: a circular landing, with stairs going down; a swinging cableway waits for passengers, but it will not go anywhere because the generator down in the castle (visible with the telescope) is turned off. Downstairs, there are two room carved in the green rock: in one there is a journal and a locked door; in the other, a large (swimmable) pool, and a linking book to … the next entry:
Chloe’s Hood Office, again by GPNMilano, is a small room somewhere on the wall in a Neighbourhood named Dorehn. Set in a pink light, it is decorated with maps from various D’ni (Cyan) Ages, journals (not all readable) and a laptop. The linking book in Eder Licinius is the only access to this Age, which is not listed in the Nexus. According to a journal, Andy Legate managed to visit the castle in Eder Licinius and found signs that it was inhabited.
Tehr’dovah (“tree world” in D’ni) by Mystifed Explorer is on the coast (but do not swim too far, or you will fall through!). A trail leads to what looks like a Shinto temple, facing the sunset, and a relaxing music plays in the background. A nice conclusion to this week’s expedition.
A Twitch stream will be available for the next two weeks.
Next time, we will visit Tikibear’s (recently updated) Ages: Paper Pagodas, Sprite Gallery, and Duck Knee Skydiving Club!
(Previous tour: Whilyam’s Ages)