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      Quote Originally Posted by gab View Post
      Did you remove the wheels?
      No, I kinda felt they were necessary

      Quote Originally Posted by gab View Post
      Also, please post pertinent part of the dream here as well. Thanksies.
      Sure, sorry I forgot about that
      I reach a racing track, with many cars at their starting positions. Thinking about dv TotY, I approach one car, open the hood, take the engine with both hands, pick it up and throw it away. For good meeasure, I also remove the exhaust pipe, and throw it away, too
      I sit in the car, turn the key, it makes no sound, but using the pedals make it move anyway. I pass a car on its right, and I hear the other car's engine at my left, moving from front to back; it's very convincing.
      I go on with the car race, follow some curves, pass more cars, but I don't recall completing the race

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      Quote Originally Posted by GenghisKhan View Post
      No, I kinda felt they were necessary
      Haha, good point. But the task is to remove the engine and the wheels.

      Car-Drive a car that has no tires and no engine
      I missed this detail myself, only noticed it after someone else said thay removed the tires, haha. I'm like why? Now I know : D

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      Quote Originally Posted by gab View Post
      Haha, good point. But the task is to remove the engine and the wheels.
      Oh snap, I didn't read about wheels at all...

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      Here is the completed Ride a Dragon and Ride a Sled.
      TOTY Task = 5 stars.

      Spoiler for Task of the Year- Ride a Sled:

      Here: http://www.dreamviews.com/blogs/ibea...-4-2016-79385/

      Lucid: Task of the Year, Sled-Ride. Completed.
      I had a dream that I was at our lake house and I recall that it was at first it was dark and that it was like noon. This was when I was dreaming. I quickly did my RC and then went on. I recall that I went swimming. I recall that I ran and jumped off the dock a dived into the water. I recall that I was swimming like a professional swimmer and everything. I recall hearing people compare me to Michael Philips. Then I recall that when I came back on shore, I remember that there this little girl DC who reminded me of Faith on Y and R because she really looked like her. However, she was a brat. I remember that she told people that she didn't like me. Then the scene changed and I was in some room, god knows were, with DV member Dolphin, I recall that I was explaining my dream to him. I only remember that he looked like what his avatar is, though.
      Then the scene changed and recall being on back at home but, it wasn't summer weather anymore. This was when I decided that I was going to do the Task of the Year, Sled-Ride. I recall that I first found the pile of snow, that was plowed there by my boyfriend and then I took my hands and started to dig a hole big enough to for me to get into it. Then I went in it. I teleported to the top of a snow-covered Siberia mountain. There sat a sled, waiting for me to go. The sled reminded me of my mom's sled that she has in the barn. Then I got on the sled and rode the sled to the bottom of the steep mountain until I hit the bottom. When I did hit the bottom, I caused the ground to shake and then crack. Then we fell through the hole and fell, what felt like forever and then I came out of the other side of the hole.Then I woke up


      Spoiler for Task of the Year- Ride a Dragon:


      Here: http://www.dreamviews.com/blogs/ibea...-5-2016-79410/

      Lucid: Dragon-Fly a dragon from one castle to another. When you reach it, pulverize it.
      I had a dream that I was at this small movie rental place and I recall seeing some lady who looks a lot like the actress from "Facts of Life!" The chubby one with light brown hair. I forget her name but, think it her name was Nancy or Natalie? I don't remember anyways. I remember that I started to float around and I remember saying to as load as I could, "I'm dreaming!! I'm flying!!" The DCs in the scene just stared at me while I was flying around that place. At one point, I remember going around the circles and then I'm like, "What am I doing, I need to leave this scene!"
      This is when I decided to do the task of the year task, Fly a dragon. I recall that I needed to teleport myself to a castle with a dragon it. The probably that my dream was started to become unstable at that moment. Then I re-stabilized the dream by looking at my hand. Then I held them close to my face. I took my time and I did not rush it. I studied the wrinkles on my hands and looked at the little hairs. Then I turned them over, examine the other side. When I did this I saw that my hand were all distorted and such. This was when I knew that I was dreaming and I began to float again.
      Then I went on with the task. I decided to teleport myself to an old castle in the medieval times and located the dragon. Apparently, the dragon was a friendly dragon. He liked me. I told him that I must destroy a castle and agreed.
      Then I got on his back and rode him to another castle and destroy the other castle. Then I woke up.
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      Gonna wait to do the rest for the competition.
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      Quote Originally Posted by gab View Post
      Did you remove the wheels? Also, please post pertinent part of the dream here as well. Thanksies.

      You too, obfusc8

      dangit, you too, sensei !

      Link to DJ entry AND relevant part of the dream here in the thread, por favores.
      <PoshBritishAccent>Whoops so terribly sorry ma'am</PoshBritishAccent>

      Spoiler for Car TOTY:
      Then I try to leave the house, finding a mudstained floor that leads into a garden. Steps made from ivy and plants have covered the exit. I climb them, ending up around the height of a normal house. Then after shimmying along one of the steps I manage to drop down into a shaded part of the garden. At this point, I become lucid.

      The garden has a couple of bicycles lying in the grass. I think about stealing one of them while climbing a slope that leads out to a street. There are three cars parked in the road. I remember the TOTY and walk over. Pulling up the bonnet (hood) I sweep the engine compartment. It has a bunch of small junk items inside but no engine. Good. Then I walk around the car and rip off all the wheels, leaving it resting on the axles.

      Now prepared, the car has also become a convertible. So I lean into the car and try to start it. At first it will not work, but a few more attempts and it roars into life. Hopping into the driving seat, I drive the car down the road. The axles are grinding into the tarmac. Sounds terrible!


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      This morning during WILD I properly do the engine-less, wheel-less car ride TotY, with Ferrari Testarossa

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      Spoiler for Car ride TotY:
      I am in a parking lot. I wander around until I find an intersting car. It's an old Ferrari from the 90's, like the famous Testarossa, again I open hood, remove its engine, this time I remember to remove wheels, too. I start from front left, I pull it towards me, removing it, the car front hits the ground. Then I remove all the other wheels, and each time the car hits the ground convincingly, until it lays flat on the road

      Then I enter it, sit at driving seat, turn the key, the car starts moving very slowly, like a crawl. I wish it to gain speed, and it happens
      I am now driving the car fairly fast in San Francisco streets, uphill, then I take a slow and cauotious right turn, then the road goes downhill, the car takes speed, until I find another right turn, I slow the car down, turn right, but the left side bumps the building

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      Ride Car TOTY 2017 ★★★★☆ - Dream Journals - Lucid Dreaming - Dream Views
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      Spoiler for car!:

      In a Mario Cart car not and it is not working, I get out. I realize that the dream has gone to full dream. I turn around expecting to see more cars, but I see blankness. the void. I imagine pavement on my feet and walk forward. There is a drag racing car there. the wheels and engine can be seen from the outside. I tear the front wheel off and tk the car into the air. I toss it at the other front wheel and they both go flying off. I then tear the back two off with TK and let it drop. I step on the engine and crush it then step into the drivers seat. I TK the whole engine out and toss it to the side. I realize that it is still in the void with just a bit of pavement around. i teleport me and the car onto a racetrack with the race about to start. It starts, my car skids forward. I go through the gears quickly, but am in dead last. I push myself forward and faster and catch up to most. the oval race track starts waving up and down and my car is following it. I pull the car out of gear and jam the gear stick down. It shoots me into first and i pass the finish line. I hit a bump and go careening into the air.
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      I misremembered the TOTY last night as 'drink fermented milk'!
      My dreaming mind is so weird.
      If you want to read it, (don't worry it's short),
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      This morning I succeed on the dragon ride TotY !

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      I reach a castle, I'm in a big room, there are people walking by. I conjure a dragon close to me, a small one appears, I model it to my liking with my hands, adding horns to its side and flattening its top, now its top looks like an Ankylosaurus. Then I jump on its back and ride it. I fly it out of the castle (out of the window ?) I fly above some green landscape; I notice the side horns are kinda hurting my legs.

      I reach another castle. It's big, rectangular-ish, built with dark stone, with massive walls, and a high crenelated tower. The dragon attacks it with fireballs, some sections of the castle crumble down. The castle's occupants fire back with shotguns, cannons, fire and frost. I assume it's going to take too much time to destroy it, I have an idea. We land in a flat stone bricks area, I increase the dragon size to make it more powerful; it becomes very big. I take a candy/gum out of my pocket, put it in my mouth, and I increase in size too, matching the dragon so I can still ride it.
      I also summon DHL Megawoman, thinking that she fits our size well and maybe later we can have some fun together However, this doesn't happen, as I lose track of her almost immediately

      Then, as a giant dragon and rider, we continue the assault; I also shoot fireballs against the castle. Now our fireballs are big, and each one destroys a big section of walls and towers. After some fireballs, the castle crumbles down. We descend on the smoking ruins, return to normal size; I am looking for something useful among the ruins, however I do not find anything.

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      I had trouble recalling tasks last night and tried riding a horse, and riding a train then causing a wreck, and contemplated riding on a flying crow. So yeah. Then eventually I recalled the saucer task, but didn't get to another planet. Well done, brain! (Gah!)

      Spoiler for Flying saucer attempt:

      Eventually my thoughts turn to tasks and I remember one of the TOTY and the TOTM tie in nicely - fly in an alien spaceship. So I start humming sci-fi type music. X-files theme tune-esque. There is the noise of the TARDIS arriving, but this time it has taken the form of an old red British telephone box. Up in the sky other spaceships appear. Some look like troop transports. They land down in the valley.

      Then smaller circular, classic alien saucer spacecraft land too. I fly down into the valley and tap on one of the saucers to open up a hatch in the side. I climb onboard. The interior is filled with 80s sci-fi B-movie type flashing lights and screens. Very cool. Guessing, I press some buttons to make the saucer lift off and we head up into the sky.

      Before we can get out of atmosphere, my alarm goes off.


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      I tried the dolphin task last night but I haven't been real good with teleporting lately. Obfusc8's failed attempt came to mind as the dolphin moved to dry land and started walking upright on its tail.

      Spoiler for dolphin task fail:
      I'm in the shallow ocean, put my hand behind my back and feel a beak. I turn around and a spinner dolphin is there.
      Spoiler for spinner dolphin:
      I sit on its back in front of its dorsal fin and tell it to go to Atlantis. "Where's that?" she asks. I look around see a tiny hole in the sand below and say "That way". The dolphin digs its beak into the hole to reveal a plastic dead end, "I think its this way up the street," she says. We surface and see a staircase which the dolphin starts climbing using its tail to walk upright. I remind her that she doesn't have to walk and she levels out. I woke up.
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      Well, I thought the dolphin task would have come easier to you, with such a forum nick and avatar

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      I usually don't have any problems summoning or riding dolphins but teleporting on one is trickier for me. Maybe I just have to go really fast as Ibeauty did.
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      Quote Originally Posted by dolphin View Post
      I usually don't have any problems summoning or riding dolphins but teleporting on one is trickier for me. Maybe I just have to go really fast as Ibeauty did.
      Dolphin, have you tried "perspective" changing? you pretty much move based on perspective instead of 3 dimensions. Instead of chasing the dolphin, just set your foot on him from a long ways away.
      Best I can find on perspective is this old vine star.
      https://youtu.be/xRY-r9vcnwo

      some of them are pretty bad, but some of them are good and fun dream control with perspective shifting.
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      Hmm... I think so. One time I teleported to outer space by looking down while jumping up and imagining the world was getting smaller. In another dream in space I flew past a moon by imagining the moon was flying past me rather than me flying past the moon.

      I understand how looking at things in a different way could make dream control easier.

      I was thinking to teleport while riding the dolphin, I could simply look down and expect to be in Atlantis when I look up.
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      @dolphin - sorry my failed attempt screwed things up for you. We must have found uncooperative dolphins, but I'm sure there will be some helpful ones if we keep trying!

      Spoiler for Saucer TOTY close-but no-cigar FAILURE:
      After phasing out of the window, I end up in the village where I grew up. There is an orchard and a large open hillside. I summon an alien invasion by reaching up to the skies. As in my previous attempt, troop transports and smaller fighter saucer type craft land on the grass. This time alien troops exit the ships. They look like robots wearing ragged clothing and remind me somewhat of the phalanx from the comic I was reading last night.

      Too late I realise that people were working in the orchard. The troops round up and capture the humans, my parents among them. I fly quickly over to the robot pointing a gun at my mum. The robot's ragged clothing makes him look kinda like a pirate.
      "You better let her go, or else." I warn the pirate-robot. It decides to do what I say, and holsters it's gun before walking away.

      The other prisoners are being escorted away. I grant Mum super-powers of flight and telekinesis so we can rescue Dad. Mum says it is fine and flies off. She doesn't need my help. I see her fighting the robots from the air and the prisoners cheering her on. Nice one, Mum.

      I head into what looks like the alien's command tent. It is full of more robots and rows of tiny flashing lights on machines. I start smashing it up with my fists and during the chaos and smoke, run back outside. I pick the closest saucer and run up the small gangplank to get inside. It is smooth metal this time, almost featureless. There is a viewing screen type window in the ceiling. Taking control of the ship with pure willpower, I get it to take off and fly upwards into the sky.

      To power the ship and my journey into space, I start singing Prodigy: Outer Space. "Gonna send him out of space... find another race... I'll take your brain to another dimension, play close attention!" Although, when the song came out I never knew the lyrics and so sung my own slightly misheard ones: "I'm descending outer space... Find another place."

      The ship flies up through the clouds and out into space. The dark blackness is filled with stars and a purple swirling nebula. Within the nebula are tiny planets. I head into the nebula until the planets grow larger. Targeting a yellow and white looking planet, I pilot the ship towards it still purely using willpower.

      It descends into the atmosphere and lands calmly in the centre of a yellow desert - scrub land. I jump out and see an insectoid thing the size of a dog with an oversized insect head. It crawls like a baby, except really fast, towards me. I back away as it charges me yelling "I come in peace!"

      Turning, I find myself in a white structure. The room is filled with... hot tubs. There are skeletons sitting in them. Er. Okay. "Hey, what's up? I come in peace and whatever..."

      The skeletons survey me with their empty eye sockets. They shiver and then jump out of the hot tubs holding brightly coloured plastic knives. Definitely not metal. Don't know of any lime-green or sky blue metal like that. They surround me, holding out the small knives. During the stand off, many of them shiver. The hot tubs must keep them warm.

      "Hey, why don't you get back in the tubs and I'll try and sort something out to make it warmer?"
      The skeletons seem to like this idea and put the knives away. I start to summon fire in my hands, and then try to think of how to raise the temperature of the whole room. The dream fades.


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      Forgot to ask them to teach me something. Darn it.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Sensei View Post
      Dolphin, have you tried "perspective" changing? you pretty much move based on perspective instead of 3 dimensions. Instead of chasing the dolphin, just set your foot on him from a long ways away.
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      Hmm... I think so. One time I teleported to outer space by looking down while jumping up and imagining the world was getting smaller. In another dream in space I flew past a moon by imagining the moon was flying past me rather than me flying past the moon.
      I find this way of manipulating space or traveling interesting. It happened to me few times, without me doing it on purpose. I would look at something at distance with desire to see it in more detail, and my vision would "zoom in". As if I had binoculars. Then few times it actually teleported me, when again my vision would zoom in, and suddenly rest of my body followed.

      Then I read in some OBE book about teleporting by stretching front of your body to the location and then pull rest of you there. I tried this on purpose and it was so weirdly wonderful. I will try this to go to the moon. I failed at this so many times, because in flight, I lose contact with the dream. So maybe keeping my feet on the ground while stretching and grabbing the moon would work.

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      Completed 6 of 7 TOTY Task. Fly a Plane.

      Spoiler for Fly a Plane. Success completed:

      http://www.dreamviews.com/blogs/ibea...-8-2016-79483/
      Lucid: The task of the year, "Fly a plane and before you reach the destination, a time breach opens in front of you, fly through it. Where does it take you?" Task.
      I recall that the dream started when I was in a car with my mom, my little brother, Marry Kelly and I. We in the Cadillac like I was younger. For some reason, we were going to visit my older brother Mike because apparently, my brother was back in the army. We went to Kentucky because he was stationed there at a base that located there. I was my age that I was there but, everyone else was there was the age when we used to have that car. I recall that Marry Kelly was smoking in the car. It was disgusting. She had red curly hair, She had a raspy voice and everything. My brother was a baby in his car seat and everything. He is not a baby anymore in real life.
      So, we got to Kentucky and recall that we were talking to a General because apparently, we were now a part of a family of spies for the US.
      Then the scene changed and we were back home. In the dream, it was summer and we were all outside. I remember that our President-Elec, Trump was now the President of the United States and for some reason that he ordered that these drones be launched to watch everyone. This was when my mom told us that this is the new future.
      Then someone said something like, "I need to get into my aero-car!"
      This was when I question whether or not that I was dreaming. Then I knew that I was dreaming because it's only January in real life and it's summer in the dream. So, I recall that I remember that I wanted to do the task of the year, "Fly a plane and before you reach the destination, a time breach opens in front of you, fly through it. Where does it take you?" Task. Then I recall that I decided to make a plane appear out of nowhere in the field. I recalled that boarded a plane to fly to Peas Air Force.
      While I was going there, I noticed that for some reason, I saw a button that said, "Infi-map" that was built-in the plane. So, I pushed. it. A time breach opens in front of me. I looked like a tear in my dreamscape but, it was on a billboard. It reminded me of those stories of planes going thru the Bermuda triangle.
      I recall that I went thru it. I recall that my plane ended up back when the American Revolution War was going on. I landed in the back woods of some place in the North East.
      By then my dream destabilized and I no more control.
      Then as soon as came out of the plane, both the Redcoats and the Patriots were attacking me. Then I woke up.
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      Yesterday Jan-10th success for Sled LINK TO DJ

      Spoiler for Sled TotY:
      I teleport myself on top of a snowy mountain. There are some people with skiing suits, I ask one of them if I can borrow his bobsled, he's ok.
      It's very similar to the one I had when I was young, red with dark metal brakes and yellow handles, it has some colorful stickers to the sides
      I look it inside and at the bottom; the dream is very stable
      I place the bob on the snow, sit inside and descend

      I go quite fast, I have little time to look at the scenery, I arrive at a flat clearing very quickly
      I forgot to open the passage at the bottom (TotY)

      From that point, I descend again; this time, before reaching the bottom, I wish creating a black crack in the terrain before me.
      I fall inside the crack on my bob. Few seconds of blackness, then I reach a brown rocky area, lighted by lava below. I land on the bob at a dirt clearing surrounded by low brown rocks and lava outside.


      Today Jan-11th success for Plane LINK TO DJ

      Spoiler for Plane TotY:
      I have troubles reaching outside, I always find another wall or floor. When I succeed, I fly up on the landscape, until I find a small airport.
      I land, there is a small old plane, with only a central propeller. I sit inside, clicl buttons in the cockpit, then draw the cloche towards me and take off. I fly above the scenery, which unfortunately is not very interesting, trees and hills.

      When I try some tight air tricks I cannot pull them off. However, large maneuvers work fine
      After some time I see another small airport below me. I make an appropriate wide maneuver to line up with the runway.
      When I get very close I remember the final part of the task was not actually landing but opening a time breach
      I act very quickly. The time breach opens in front of me, consisting of a "hole" in the reality, covered by a cloth with many stamped analog clocks of varying size. Oh well !
      I fly inside the hole with the plane
      I immediately find myself grounded, in a field with many plants from PvsZ, mostly green peashooters, tall about same as me.


      Hope I didn't miss anything

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      Completed Car-Drive Task

      So i attempted this task two times. the one time i wasted most of the lucid looking for a specific room in a big building with a lot of floors. as i finally decided fuck this this makes no sense lets do the toty:

      Spoiler for first attempt:
      i decide to stop this nonsense and go out and search a car. i find one that fits my needs and move around it. i open the engine hood and see a big engine sitting inside. i feel like TK in this dream and i try to rip out the engine by TK. the engine starts moving around but i cant get it out so i stop and do it the old fashioned way and use my hands. i rip it out without a big problem but one long cable is still hanging there connecting the engine with the car. i notice this cable is for the radio/sound of the car and i feel a little sad to have no music later when driving this engineless car. i move around the car and lift it at every tire and rip it of too. After completing the whole disassemble of the car i get in and turn the keys. in the moment i want to start driving the dream destabilizes and i still feel the dream but cant see anything so i dont see me driving... shortly after i wake up.


      Spoiler for tonights attempt and completion:
      i cant remember the non lucid part anymore. i am in a big garage and get lucid first thing i do i look out for a car. i see a nice sporty one and move to the drivers door. i think about if i need a key and should "find it on the ground" but decide a key is just no needed and open the door. i get inside and turn the "keys" that are not there but nevertheless the engine ignites. i drive like a maniac out of the garage. i am in a airport and i follow the exit signs to get out and the visuals change into GTA. i see the car in 3th perceptive and jump over the streets because i am way too fast. i smash into something and die with a short dialogue on the screen. i respawn in a back of a truck loaded with hay or straw. i get outside because i think there has to be ants. i talk with someone about it and see some. i remember that i am dreaming and i want to do the task and not just drive like crazy. i look around and find a parking place. i approach it and first i see just one big truck standing around but since it is a parking lot there has to be more cars and fair enough there are some more. i approach a sporty looking but already pretty fucked up. i look closer and see on the one side just one tire. i move there and remove it. at the beginning its a fully blown car that looks like someone stole some parts. i think this will do. while moving around i notice that on the other side there are no tires anymore. i also notice a door missing. i want to open the engine hood but the car changes. it lies now flat on the ground like if a bulldozer moved over it. it also is like a mesh. like when you fold paper very often and cut small pieces out of it but it feels like light metal or plastic. so i open what should be the hood and i see a hole. so no engine thats good i carry it over to the street and lift it in the middle so it gets 3 dimensional and enter it thru the door. some guy approaches me and asks me if its not to dark (in there?) i say no there is still some sun. i turn the key and make a igniting engine sound with my mouth so its easier to expect that the car will drive. i start drinving and turn around the corner. and while driving i remember the bonus totm that i want to do or better say i thought about a goal to summon a dc and ask him if he can show me teleportation or change of scenerys. but for some reason i get non lucid after that and continue to carry a small boy on my shoulders over a fence into a car and out of it. i feel his weight and notice his movements. i feel pretty connected to him. later i wake up. interesting side-note: a long time of the dream i feel like sleeping and in the very next room there seem to be my parents and my brother talking loudly about something. i try to concentrate on the dream and not wake up by them ignoring them as good as i can. after waking i immediately notice that i am in the apartment of my girlfriend and i slept the whole night alone and there are no sounds at all...
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      Despite a botched attempt at a TOTM last night, I believe I did successfully pull off the "Elephant ride" TOTY... if not as stylishly as I had intended!

      Full dream report here (at over 3500 words, possibly my longest screed ever! Sorry!): Fading Gift (WILD) and Elephant Ride (DILD)

      And here, for your convenience, is the excerpt relevant to the task:

      The dream felt reasonably stable, so I wondered if I might attempt one of the TOTYs. I recalled the "riding" theme, but unfortunately, I hadn't looked at the list lately and couldn't remember the specifics very well. There was a window here... maybe I could summon a bird and ride it through the night sky? That sounded fun, but I didn't think it was on the list. The only one I could clearly remember was the elephant ride, because my studies have given me such a distinct impression of how elephants were used in battle in pre-modern Siam. I had always planned to try that one, but how do I get from my dream bedroom to pre-modern Siam?

      I tried to remember the transportation spell from Harry Potter, but the command wasn't coming to me. All I could recall was "flue" something, and anyway there were no fireplaces in this bedroom (unlike my WL bedroom, which does have one!) I decided my best bet was probably the window. I knew you needed to mount an elephant from someplace high, so if I could summon one over, I could probably just descend from the window directly to its back. Then once I was on the elephant, it would be easier to get to Siam. On the way to the window, I felt impelled to opened the middle drawer of the dresser as I walked past. It was nearly empty, with just a few stray pieces of clothing... but in the far right corner was the gleam of gold. It was a pile of chocolate coins! You know the ones, disks of chocolate wrapped in gold foil stamped like currency. These were a few different sizes. I realized these might come in handy if I ended up having to buy the elephant, so I grabbed a handful and put them in my pocket.

      I opened the window and felt the cool night air. The window was on the second storey, as I had anticipated, but looking out, I actually recognized that this looked nothing like my house. To the left, I could see a garage door extending perpendicularly to the wall my window was in. The house appeared to be painted beige. Across the driveway, which ran next to this wall to meet the garage, there was a wide grassy yard bordered by trees. I looked up at the night sky above the trees to see if there were any familiar constellations, and immediate recognized Orion. Of course... it seems anywhere I go, I see Orion, even in a dream. He was at an angle, almost on his side, just over the treetops... but not exactly the same in WL. At first I counted four stars in his belt, instead of the usual three. The more I looked at it, the more stars accumulated, but only in certain areas, so pretty soon Orion appeared to be wearing not only a belt, but also a brassiere, which amused me, and a crown. The crown had spikes pointing upward, like the common representation of crowns in modern iconography, but matching spikes adorned the brassiere and belt. At this point the whole shape of the constellation was getting a bit thin and stretched, and while I'm sure these transformations could go on indefinitely, right now I needed an elephant.

      I knew my husband was in the next room, probably working, and even though I suspected this was dream logic, I hesitated to shout lest I annoy him. (Though I suppose it is still reasonable not to want to annoy the dream husband.) So I tried to summon the elephant quietly. Nothing happened. After trying for a bit without results, I decided to take a more dramatic approach. I stepped through the window and jumped, setting my intention for there to be an elephant down there, so I could land on its back.

      There wasn't. But the results were promising nonetheless... from unconstructed dream space, I managed to conjure something plausibly like the interior of a palace in Siam. It was a bit of a hack job, without much detail, and I confess the throne was far too low (must not have been the formal audience hall), but it was sufficient for my purposes. There were various ministers standing around (another embarrassingly inaccurate detail; no courtiers would stand in the presence of the king in early nineteenth-century Siam! Good gracious!) and the king was on the throne, but a bit vague. My initial impression was that he resembled the recently deceased Rama IX, but that troubled me because I was going for an earlier era. I tried to make him look more like Rama III, but it wasn't working very well, so in the end I just didn't look too closely. At any rate, the king was vague enough that he didn't quibble when I handed over my handful of chocolate coins and requested an elephant. I didn't feel like getting into complex negotiations; I just allowed myself assume the success of the transaction and walked away.

      As I exited the interior of the palace and momentarily noticed the bright sunlight reflecting off the whitewashed arch of the doorway, I felt a flash of familiarity. Of course, I thought to myself, This must be the Grand Palace, I've been here a few times. I let my memory conjure something akin to the elephant-mounting station I remembered observing there, and walked over to it. There was no elephant there presently, so I waited for someone to bring it around... and started getting impatient. No one seemed to be doing much, or paying attention to my repeated request. They must not understand English, I considered. I'll have to try it in Thai.

      "Chang!" I shouted, the Thai word for elephant. "Ma nee!" I realized how rude I must sound: while "ma nee" would probably be correctly understood as "come here," or, given the contextual clues, "bring it here" as I had intended, it was a terribly rough and simple way of speaking. It was the sort of thing you might say to call a dog. I hadn't even appended a perfunctory "kha" at the end. But then I started wondering what level of politeness would be proper in this situation. I was in the palace, which made things more difficult, because royal Thai is another ballgame altogether. But what was my own social standing here? In speaking roughly I was assuming a great deal of authority... maybe that was not so bad in this situation. Fortunately, I saw my elephant being brought around before I was able to go too deep down the rabbit hole of Thai honorifics.

      It was a disappointing elephant, by any standards... not only small but kind of flabby and soft, a cartoonish cross between a real baby elephant and Dumbo. Moreover it was completely unadorned, with no harness or howdah. I momentarily wondered if the lack was due to an inadequate mental impression of what a howdah should look like? But no, I could picture it clearly enough in my imagination... it just wasn't on the elephant. I guess that's what I get for being rude to the staff. To add insult to injury, they didn't even properly lead the elephant to the mounting station—though it was probably too small to get on from there anyway—they just dumped it on the stairs, where it crumpled over weakly. On the bright side, this made it easy to clamber up on its neck, so I did so and prepared to forge on.

      I knew I had to enter a battle, so we promptly exited the city. I had thought to do this properly on a magnificent war elephant with a howdah and a driver and four soldiers to guard the legs—I've seen plenty of paintings and movies of proper war elephants in action—but instead I was alone, bareback with no weapon, on the most pathetic elephant I've ever seen. But at least in dream there was no risk of actually falling in battle, so I figured I could make do.

      We had barely gone past the city walls when I saw the invaders approaching from the jungle. That wasn't much of a stretch; it seemed like Ayutthaya was always under attack. (I had originally envisioned myself in Bangkok, but had already slipped back to an earlier era more appropriate for elephant combat). The invaders were on horseback, I noticed, and I was relieved to see that they were only coming in ones and twos, given that I was going to have to take them on alone. They had long black hair and Asian features, and naturally I assumed that they were Burmese... until I got close enough to swing at one and saw the pointed ears. Elves?! Last night I was playing Witcher II and Pillars of Eternity, and the portrait of Aloth in the latter game closely resembled these invaders, but I wasn't sure why they were showing up here. Also, I'm fond of elves and felt loathe to fight them. Fortunately, our combat was more play-acting than anything. I had a good mental image of the kind of long-handled glaive I should be wielding, but though I swung it toward the elves and they gamely mimed being struck, the weapon did not visibly appear in my hands—and I was thankful that it drew no blood.

      So I marched forward on my pathetic elephant, going through the motions of bashing the elves (elves?!) with my invisible glaive, while they went through the motions of being knocked aside, until the jungle started to coalesce into a new kind of space, a kind of wide passage under an increasingly low ceiling. The texture of the ceiling interested me, and from my position atop the elephant I could reach up and just touch it. It was covered with a kind of thick cloth, like a yellowish patterned felt, and I reached into the seams between two pieces and felt something hard and smooth. I pulled it out and found an object streaked with yellow and brown that resembled a wild bird's egg, but it was too hard and irregular, so I thought it must be a stone. I slipped it into my pocket. The felt overhead was gaping at the seams so I grabbed it and tore it off, revealing a kind of wide hatch with a knob for a handle. I wondered what it might be concealing so I pulled it open... and found the dream space deconstructing, muffling me in a soft blankety texture. Instinctively I tried to protect myself by putting the stone I had just found in my mouth, but I was still being enveloped in the stuff. I tried to pull at it with my hands, and as my fingers sank into it I was struck by the familiarity of the texture, like coarse sheep's wool—not the clean feel of a fleece, but the dirty, oily texture it has when it is still on the sheep. That was the last thing I felt before waking.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Verre View Post
      Despite a botched attempt at a TOTM last night, I believe I did successfully pull off the "Elephant ride" TOTY... if not as stylishly as I had intended!

      Full dream report here (at over 3500 words, possibly my longest screed ever! Sorry!): Fading Gift (WILD) and Elephant Ride (DILD)

      And here, for your convenience, is the excerpt relevant to the task:
      WOW, that reads like an exciting novel. Well done!

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      Probably 3644 words- 19607 characters. Keep up the great work!
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