The Underground Sound
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Cameron Vyzesillus 5/27/2022 8:38am
I heard another drum! I thought I would be running in circles until I starved, but someone else is here! I just need to follow the sound of the drum, and play my own in responce. I just hope we can get out of here alive.
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Larissa Crufts 5/13/2022 10:28pm
By my watch I can tell it’s Friday the 13th on the surface. But underground there’s no sun or moon to keep track of days and nights, which is why we use the Gee-org calendar when we’re down here. In which case it’s 1/5th Jeerimpf, Tk-Tka Josen 9, 7646728.7.
and I went over the falls together, and I was able to drag his blubbering mass out of the churning pool. He’s busy pulling his act together now. We’ve got no equipment or supplies, so it would seem that attempting to scale the massive crystal cliff back up to the rafts is our only option. Incredibly dangerous without the proper gear.
The Gee-org calendar wasn’t our invention. We got it from the Gee-orgs — the generally secretive and inscrutable humanoid reptilian race that inhabits the Hollow Earth. We’ve made contact a few times over the years, and they’ve been instrumental in a number of our previous adventures. Like The City of the Singing Spires, Shadow Hole, and Remy’s Repto-humanoid Rebellion.
That’s how we learned about their calendar, which measures the passage of time through perturbations in subtle energies.
It’s also when they gave me the Membranophone, which is small enough to keep around my neck. More of a souvenir, I've always figured. But they said that if I play it in a time of need, they can find me.
ba boom ba boom ba boom
Cameron Vyzesillus 5/10/2022 10:53am
I'm lost. I'll admit it. I don't know how to get out, and the cave keeps changing behind me. I can't hope to navigate it alone. All I have with me is emergency food and my drum. Water is plentiful, as I've found a river. Food isn't a problem, but it is finite. No fish in the river to replace my rations. All I can do is stay here and hope to be found. I'll play my drum to see if I can call someone to me. I can swear the crystals are laughing at me.
Cameron Vyzesillus 5/9/2022 5:29pm
Jesus, what's happened in my abscence? I was gone, working on mapping the cave. It goes deeper than I can sense, but I have a good idea. The deepest part is around 500 miles underground. This place is massive! Maybe if we keep drumming, we can descover more about what secrets lie within the Crystal Caverns.
Larissa Crufts 5/5/2022 10:39pm
"Falls ahead!" I yelled back to @Tom Karst
in the second raft. I doubt he could hear me over the pounding roar of the tunnel, but he got the idea.
I also knew Tom was likely close to losing his shit, because he hates the water. He's nearly as built as @Seketus Reed
, but thrashes and sinks when he goes under. I notice he's wearing double life jackets over his huge chest.
I look for something to lasso us to before we tumble over the falls. The tunnel is lit with the same crystals we've been seeing the whole way down -- great patches and veins running through the walls, slowly fluttering through blues and greens and hints of pink. There's a big protrusion of them poking up near the edge of this underground river. Like an electric glass cactus.
I nab it on my first throw. I tie the taut-line off on the cleat on the raft and it holds us tight. Nabi tosses another line to Tom.
"Let's take a look," says Tom. I can tell he's happy to get out of the raft, even if it's just to climb on a crumbly limestone ledge.
The roar of the falls grows louder and louder, bouncing off these crystal walls in a firehose of whitenoise and thunder. It seems to have a steady rhythm.
BA BOOM BA BOOM BA BOOM
Like a heartbeat? Or is that my own heartbeat.
The crystals are pulsing in rhythm with the beat.
BA BOOM BA BOOM BA BOOM
I turn to look at Tom. The crystals feel like they've begun to strobe, freeze framing images of Tom as he stumbles towards me, turns towards the wall, and falls backwards, splashing into the river.
Shit. Left all the rope on the raft. That was dumb.
I dive in after him.
Tom Karst 4/21/2022 11:18pm
It's hour number 112 since Operation Vyzesillus was launched. We're so deep in the cave system now that our only method of communication with my colleague and friend Dr. @Seketus Reed
is via trained messenger rat.
"There you go! Good boy! Seketus will have a treat for you!"
Still no signs of @Cameron Vyzesillus
, the Calebs, or any of the other students who were last seen playing their bongos in the upper chambers. Likely they were high out of their minds on some kind of fungus or cave gas. I'm looking for samples to take with us back to Geodia to add to my collection.
The throbbing phosphorescent crystals are, however, mesmerizing. They seem to react to the beat of our feet on the hard cold stone -- ripples of psychedelic greens and pinks fluttering through the tunnels. If there was some way to utilize this natural phenomenon to communicate with the upper chamber, it could be faster than trained rat.
Right now we're unpacking the rafts, as we've come to the source of a wide underground river. Time for some quick MRE and then we'll put in. Could this be an entrance to Agartha? The legendary city at the center of the Earth? The very one that Dr. Reed has been so hell-bent on discovering for these many years? I intend to find out.
Seketus Reed 4/16/2022 11:57pm
I'm Seketus Reed, visiting professor from the underground city of Geodia. I'm a Doctor of Psychic Speleology and three-time winner of the Underground Psychic Ultramarathon Ironman competition.
I was on a date with Student Activities Coordinator @Ms. Hazeltine
at the Spoonbender when she told me about the terrible situation involving your missing drum circle musicians and the strange crystalline cave system near the school, which I have officially named Vyzesillus Caverns.
I've got a great deal of experience rescuing psychic youth who have become lost in caves, and will be coordinating the rescue. Our team leaves at dawn!
Caleb IV66 4/9/2022 11:16pm
explored approximately 21 km of mostly walking passage, first climbing down a wet flowstone cascade dropping to a pool
veins of crystal are visible in the walls, pulses of light moving through them in a definite direction, which i continue to follow. nodes of squat crystalline formations appear with greater frequency -- islands of green and red and white light fill the tunnels, slowly throbbing to a beat of their own
the fish are larger here, and fling their blind, eyeless bodies from stream to stream
the water is cool, and tastes sweet
Caleb IV3 4/4/2022 8:22pm
During a particularly intense all-night jam session, my clone brother, Caleb IV66, was so deeply absorbed in the flashing rhythms of the crystals that he wandered off into the depths of the cave and now we can’t find him!
Is there some kind of map, @Cameron Vyzesillus
? Who knows how far down this cave goes?
Casper Viktor 4/1/2022 1:55pm
idk how to play drums or anything about music but I do like colourful rocks
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