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    1. Data Retrieval (October 6, 2018)

      by , 10-07-2018 at 01:22 AM (Chronicles of Ethos)
      Dream One

      This dream seems to take place in a futuristic sci-fi setting. I am also a woman in this dream.

      I am in some kind of space ship or drop ship. The crew is equipping me with a high tech body suit/armor and weapons. I look over the suit and ask how it works. I only remember one of the men saying, "No buttons. All biometrics." The man then puts a high tech space helmet over my head and it locks itself to the rest of my suit. The helmet display turns on and briefly displays numbers and diagrams that I don't understand. A man signals and says that preparations are complete. A wall next to me opens downward into a ramp and reveals the outside world. "We'll bring you above the forest for an easy entrance," said another man.

      The ship quickly moves across the sky and comes downward until it abruptly stops just above a forest. It hovers there for a moment and a man pushes me forward. I stumble forward and awkwardly jump/fall out of the ship. The arms and legs of my suit glow red and tighten as I brace myself for impact with the ground. There is a small clearing in the forest that my display points out to me. I hit the dirt on all fours. It only hurt slightly.

      I got onto my feet and tried to orient myself. I wanted to know where I had to go. My attention immediately shifted to something moving on a nearby cliff. It is humanoid in shape and all black like a shadow. The shadow moves quickly across the cliff and then fires a green plasma bolt at me. The bolt misses and hits the ground next to me. I start to run away but the shadow jumps across the trees and then onto me.

      I don't recall the full encounter. We fight physically and exchange blows briefly. I pull a pistol from the hip and hit the shadow in the chest with a purple plasma bolt. The creature is knocked back and falls to the ground. It no longer moves, but it continues to breathe. I notice the armor it is wearing is similar to mine. I step closer to it and it looks at me and growls. I decide to run away again before it can get back up.

      "What the hell was that?" I ask myself. A voice then comes through the radio in my helmet. He says, "That shadow was stalking you. Can't believe it found you so fast." I do not recall the full conversation. I keep running and he tells me to move towards the city.

      The dream skips and I am now in a city. It looks like a war had taken place here. There's rubble everywhere and many buildings are damaged, on fire, or even fully destroyed. There are many barricades in the streets and destroyed vehicles. There are no humans in sight; only aliens with weapons on patrol.

      These aliens don't look like the shadow stalker. They are not wearing a full suit of armor, just basic stuff. They are generally humanoid and have reddish-orange skin tone. They are tall with longish limbs and neck. Spherical heads that are not smooth but full of ridges and bumps. They have what looks like tentacle hair and more than 2 eyes. Not the whole picture but can't think of any better ways to describe them.

      I am hiding in a bush and want to get into a 10 story building across the street. I start sneaking across the street and use the barriers for cover. My suit partially blends in with the environment as I move. I get into the building through a side entrance in an alley. There are some aliens nearby and I hide inside a chest until they move on.

      I go up the stairs to what I think is the 4th floor. It looks like it used to be an office building before it was trashed and destroyed. My visor highlights an objective on the other side of the building. I run towards it through some collapsed walls and over holes in the floor. It appears to be an executive room with a large white trapezoid desk in the center. On the left side of the room there is another collapsed wall that opens the room to the alley. Across the alley is another building with a collapsed wall. There are two aliens armed with rifles there.

      The aliens weren't looking in my direction or paying attention. I sneak over behind the desk and see a computer system under it. I turn on the computer and its displays onto my helmet's visor. I hack into a server and start downloading the data. "I'm in and retrieving the data now," I whisper into the radio. I then start to wonder to myself why I have a woman's voice.
      I realize it is because I am dreaming.

      Being lucid, I start to think I about leaving and doing something else. I don't want to sit around a wait for a download. My helmet then alerts me of a fast moving target nearby. I see the shadow stalker from before running up the street and it comes into the alley. "How the hell did he find me again?" I say out loud. I take a marksman rife off my back and look down the sights. The shadow starts climbing the other building and I take shots at it. This marksman rifle fires small and precise orange plasma bolts. I miss a couple shots but manage to land one his shoulder. He jumps from the other building towards mine and I slow down time. He is still in the air and he is firing at me with a pistol. I shoot him in the chest and dodge his plasma bolts. Time goes back to normal and he falls to the floor in front of me.

      The other aliens now have their attention set on me. They shoot at me and I take cover behind the desk. It is surprisingly sturdy and protects me from their bolts. I pop out of cover and shoot both aliens in the head. The stalker then gets up and pulls the rifle out of my hands. I wrestle with it and knock it out with a super charged punch. Bolts then come at me from the area I initially entered the floor from. I see a swarm of aliens moving across the office floor. I pick up an assault rifle the stalker had strapped to his back and spray at them. I kill a couple but the rest take cover and fire back. I duck down behind a small wall and filing cabinet.

      I continue the firefight as several more aliens arrive. The helmet display tells me how much ammo I have left. The assault rifle runs out of ammo and I am forced to switch to my two pistols. Sparks are flying all around me and holes are being put in what walls remain. Even the desk was getting torn up. The alien reinforcements continue to arrive and they move up towards my position. I am running very low on ammunition. "I can't stay here anymore! I need to leave!" I start shouting. In this moment my helmet tells me that the download is complete. I dive behind the desk and pull a floppy disk out of the computer.

      "I got the disk!" I say into the radio. The man over the radio responds back, "Your position is overrun! Move to the next building and get out!"

      I slow down time again and jump over the desk. I empty one of my pistol clips into the aliens moving towards the room. I then turn and run towards the collapsed wall. I use my second pistol to shoot at a couple aliens in the other building as I jump across the gap. Time returns to normal as I land into the next building. I finish off these two aliens and run towards the stairwell. I go down the stairs and end up in what looks like a storage room. There are more stairs beyond this room that seem to lead down into a sewer or tunnel network.

      There is another alien on guard in this room. It reminds me of the shadow stalker but it is not fully suited, just lightly armored. I stay behind a wall and kick it to make some noise. The alien moves to investigate the noise. As it comes around the corner, I pull out a combat knife and charge at the guard. I grab hold of his shoulder and thrust the knife into his neck. This doesn't kill him but causes him to only make low gurgling noises. He grabs me and sinks his claws into my armor. He pulls me close and attempts to bite me with razor sharp teeth. We struggle for a moment and fall to the floor. I manage to pull the knife from his throat and stab him in the chest. This kills him and I take the knife and run into the sewer.

      The dream skips and I am climbing out of the sewer in another part of the city. I see a fight taking place in a shop nearby. I run to it and see a man and a woman kill a few aliens. The fight is over by the time I get into the shop. The man and woman are friendly and they help me restock on ammo. They also hand me a new gun that looks like a taser, but I never get a chance to use it. I ask them for help getting out of the city and they come with me. We make our way down the street and the shadow stalker appears on an overpass above us. We get ready to fight, but the dream ends here.
    2. Splintered Archipelago (October 4, 2018)

      by , 10-05-2018 at 08:19 AM (Chronicles of Ethos)
      Dream One

      I was on a large ship in the ocean. In the distance, coming ever closer, I could see many islands. The majority of these islands were raised hundreds of feet above sea level. They had steep rocky cliffs. They were tropical islands and very full of greenery. It's never stated by anyone in the dream, but I believe this is a region of Ethos known as the Splintered Archipelago. I have never been here before. The ship starts to pass through among the islands. Someone of higher rank mentions to me that I have over 1000 more days of servitude left. It's not necessarily slavery, but it seems I am bound by a contract to serve an organization. Based on some conversations about guilds aboard the ship, I believe that I may be in service to an explorer's guild. There may even be members of other sorts of guilds aboard the ship.

      The dream skips and I am now in the ship's interior. I am in a large room with a single table. I am standing next to many other people in a circle surrounding the table. Only two people are sitting at the table across from each other. This meeting appears to be political or business in nature. One of these men was the leader of an empire. They were discussing the expansion of his empire into the archipelago. The man on the left removed a folder of secret documents from his bag and slid it across the table. A deal had just been made. I remember getting a strong feeling of mistrust in this moment. I believe the man passing over the documents is trying to deceive the other man. "He's lying." I whispered. They continued discussing their plans and I wake up.

      Dream Two

      I am on a ship again but this time it is an air ship flying high above the archipelago. I am at the bottom of the ship standing by an open hatch that reveals the world below. A man next to me is giving me orders. He points to a large island below and it becomes highlighted in my own vision. He tells me that I must go down there and explore the area. He wants me to chart the area and bring back any artifacts or items worthy of research. He says that good work will help take days off my time of servitude. I jump off the ship and start diving down to the islands. I see more detail as I get closer. I see that there are some villages, ancient ruins, and old forts on the islands. There are also many boats in the water. I remembered that I had seen the archipelago in a previous dream. I become lucid as I continue to fall and examine the islands. It's not a high degree of lucidity and I still carry out my original objective. I move towards the area that was highlighted in my vision. It appears to be an ancient tower.

      The dream skips and I am now in a cove. The water is shallow and it is full of crates and debris from a wreckage. I start to break open crates in the shallow water to see what I find. I only remember finding rope, small tools, and some coins. There was a very large crate in the water. It was twice my size. I couldn't find a way to open it, so I tried to break it open by hitting it with a board. The crate quivered when I hit it. It was as if it was made of jello. It also growled at me after I hit it. I sensed now that it wasn't a crate but something alive. I even thought that it might have been a mimic.
      I woke up before I could find out.
      lucid , non-lucid
    3. Old Dreams From 2014

      by , 10-05-2018 at 06:12 AM (Chronicles of Ethos)
      Bunch of old dreams from the last time I got on a major DJ spree. I wrote a lot of these in third person. It sounds weird but I dream from the perspective of different characters often and it provides me with clarification.

      April 14, 2014

      Dream One

      Lucidis and Krystal were out together in some town. They had to drive to some place that wasn’t important enough for me to remember. Lucidis entered the driver’s seat of his car and Krystal entered the passenger seat. After they put on their seatbelts, a man who was hiding in the back of the car revealed himself. He put a gun against Lucidis’s head. “You’re going to drive me to the border. Understand?” He said. “Okay, I didn’t want you in my country anyways,” said Lucidis.

      The drive was going smoothly until Krystal said something to make the guy point his gun at her head. When that happened, Lucidis decided to make a hard left turn that flipped the car onto its side. The man who was not wearing his seatbelt fell over. Lucidis then removed his seatbelt and proceeded to beat up the man until he was dazed. Afterwards, Lucidis put the guy in the trunk, flipped the car back onto its wheels, and then continued the drive to the border. Lucidis stopped the vehicle after he passed a sign that read, “BORDER”. Lucidis pulled the guy out of the trunk, placed him on the ground, and then drove away.

      Dream Two

      Lucidis, Chris, and Claire were sitting on a couch playing a video game on a console. They were playing some kind of go-kart racing game. “Why are we playing a go-kart game when we can race in real life?” asked Lucidis. Claire’s in game character then proceeded to shoot Lucidis’s character with a shotgun. This killed his character and caused his go-kart to crash in a fiery explosion. “Because Claire would kill us all,” Chris said. “Alright then,” said Lucidis.

      The rest of the dream consisted of the three of them racing and shooting at each other. Don’t really remember the details of it.

      Dream Three

      Lucidis was deep inside a volcanic chasm. The chasm was close to erupting. Magma was starting to rise and rocks were falling all over the place. It was very hot and very loud. There were nests with dragon eggs in them along the sides of the chasm. Lucidis was flying around the chasm in his dragon form. In a panic, he was trying to gather and save as many dragon eggs as possible.

      Dream Four

      Lucidis, Chris, Claire, and Krystal were in Scillia City, the capital of the country of Ariala. The queen of Ariala had apparently sent letters to them before. She wanted to meet them, though the letters didn’t say why. Rather than going straight to the queen’s palace, they chose to take some time to tour the city. Nothing eventful really happened in this dream. It was just exploring and site seeing.

      It was a lively city. Many people wandering through the streets socializing and doing business with each other. The people of this city really liked plants. There were many different kinds of flowering plants decorating the city. It was as if half the city was a garden.

      Places of interest: There was a statue of a woman who was probably the founder of the city and country in the town center. The city had a massive library with many books. Krystal was quickly lost in there. There was a park which was nice, big, and naturey. There were also about 50 different flower shops.

      Dream Five

      A continuation of the previous dream with a time skip.

      The queen had said that an army of Grayle was planning to invade Ariala near the site of Easthorpe. Easthorpe was a small town on the eastern border of Ariala. The country on the other side of the border would be Grayle. She asked the group nicely to go to Easthorpe and protect it. She also mentioned that it was important to protect something called the Eternal Garden, but that never became an issue.

      The Ariala Army had already moved out of Easthorpe and into the badlands where they would encounter the enemy. When the group arrived at Easthorpe, some guy on a horse stopped by them. He gave them a written message from the army commander and then rode off somewhere. The message instructed Chris and Claire to go on ahead to meet with the army. Lucidis and Krystal were instructed to find a hermit shack outside of Easthorpe. A guy named Renald lived there and they were supposed to ask him about keys. So Lucidis and Krystal set out to find the Renald guy while Chris and Claire set out to join the army.

      Lucidis and Krystal found the Renald guy in his hermit shack and asked him about keys. He then proceeded to ramble some weird stuff about ancient civilizations, long lost relic keys, and magical super weapons. That basically meant that near Easthorpe there was an ancient magic device that could be used to defend Easthorpe. However, know one knew where the relics were, so it couldn’t be activated.

      The guy on the horse came back and delivered another message from the commander. The message said that the Ariala Army was forced to retreat back to Easthorpe. The message also strongly encouraged Lucidis and Krystal to hurry up with the key thing.

      There was no time to go looking for relics, so Renald offered an alternative. Renald was able to create a temporary key by transferring nearly all of Lucidis’s magical power into a small orb. He told them that the key would guide them to the ancient device and that the key would only work for a short time. So Krystal took the orb and ran in the direction the orb told her to. Lucidis followed.

      The orb guided them into the badlands, where the sounds of war elephants could be heard in the distance. The enemy was approaching Easthorpe quickly. Krystal and Lucidis took a shortcut by sliding down some cliffs. Lucidis lost his balance and fell. He landed on a stone platform with the writings of an ancient language engraved into it. This was the magical device they were looking for. Krystal was going to activate it with the orb key, but my alarm woke me up.

      April 16, 2014

      Dream One

      River was a student involved in some schooling program thing related to emergency medicine. River was walking down a hospital hall and heard a patient from a nearby room yelling for a doctor. Students weren't allowed to interact with patients without being supervised by a doctor. There was no one else anywhere nearby however, so River decided to check on the guy.

      River entered the patient's room and found him sitting up in bed. He looked pretty sickly and was wheezing. Using a phone mounted on a wall, River attempted to call a doctor to the room. As she was doing this, the patient starting coughing badly and there was some blood coming out. The skin on the left side of his chest kind of just popped out. It was as if it had been rotting or something. Among other things, his heart fell out of his chest, though it was still connected. The man's coughing also turned to choking.

      River panicked and dropped the phone. She forced the guy to lay back down on the bed. She put his heart and other gubbins inside his chest. She then put the flap of skin that came off back in place. She found a stapler on a desk in the room and quickly used that to staple the skin together so it wouldn't come off again. After all of that was done, the guy passed out and was breathing again.

      River was then kicked out of school because a stapler apparently isnt proper surgical equipment.

      April 19, 2014

      Dream One

      This dream was from the perspective of Meadow.

      Meadow was in the shower doing shower stuff. As he was showering, he could sense what felt like a dream. He also realized that he didn’t even remember going into the shower. This was reason enough to convince him that he was dreaming.

      Meadow left the shower and put some clothes on. He entered a room where his father, Steve, was going a bit nuts. Books that would have otherwise been resting on shelves were now scattered all over the floor. Steve was searching frantically through the shelves for something. When Meadow questioned Steve about his behavior, Steve said, “I had a very important book on Umbras that I wanted to show you, but it suddenly disappeared!” “What’s an Umbra?” Meadow asked. “You know how your mother would be called a human? Well, I’m called an Umbra, and you’re half a human and half an Umbra,” said Steve.

      Steve then proceeded to go back to tearing the room apart and flipping furniture. Meadow decided to leave his father be and go for a walk outside. He went out the backdoor, which he noticed had been left open. A distance away, he saw what looked like Sol and Rosalina sneaking away with a book about Umbras. Knowing how important the book was to his father, Meadow was determined to get it back.

      Meadow relaxed himself and took a deep breath. He concentrated and visualized himself becoming engulfed in shadows. It was a slow process, but he managed to shift from his human form to his Umbra form. He started running after them and began floating just above the ground after reaching a high speed. He yelled at them to stop, but that only made them want to run away faster.

      They ran past some buildings and then into an alleyway. There was a large chain link fence blocking the middle of the alley. Rosalina and Sol climbed up and over the fence and ran around the corner. Meadow saw no need for climbing and simply phased through the fence. He flew around the corner and entered a weird sandy enclosure. Sol and Rosalina were now missing, but there were these two other people there, a man and a woman. They were very ugly and looked kind of deformed. The one guy even had 4 arms.

      The four armed dude summoned some knives in his hands and started throwing them at Meadow. Using psychic powers, meadow stopped the knives and held them in front of him. He then turned the knives around and propelled them back towards his enemy. The man jumped up out of the way and stuck onto a nearby wall. It was at this moment that Meadow noticed he lost track of where the woman was. Immediately after realizing she was behind him, he felt a sharp pain in his back.

      I woke up, but I really wanted to get back in that dream. So I rolled over and did a DEILD.

      Dream Two

      This dream was also from the perspective of Meadow.

      Meadow’s eyes were closed, but he could still feel the dream around him. He also started to hear the voices of people talking. He opened his eyes and realized he was laying on a stone floor. Rosalina and Sol were there and they helped him get on his feet. The three of them were trapped in a small dungeon-like prison room.

      Meadow asked them why they stole the Umbra book and why they were in a dungeon. Sol and Rosalina then explained to him that it was those two ugly people that stole the book. They had used potions to transform themselves into Sol and Rosalina. They were apparently part of a group that was obsessed with learning the secrets of transformations and shape shifting. Meadow and Rosalina were captured to be experimented on because they’re capable of shape shifting. Sol was probably there by accident.

      There was a small vent at the bottom of the wall blocked by metal bars. Meadow figured he could probably slip through those bars if he could transform into an Umbra. He tried to transform, but for some reason he couldn’t. Rosalina said she couldn’t transform either. Meadow looked through the vent and developed another plan. He could see keys laying on the edge of a table outside the room. He used his psychic powers to pull the keys off the table and through the vent.

      Keys are noisy. Everyone who was working outside the room heard and saw it happen. So once Meadow had the keys, a man yelled, “Release the snakes! Paralyze them!” Another man then pulled a lever and dozens of red, black, yellow pattern snakes dropped from the ceiling. Meadow and Rosalina were terrified and both backed up into a corner. Sol just stood in the middle of them and stared. He said, “Red on yellow, kill a fellow. Red on black, won’t hurt jack.” The color pattern of the snakes was red on black, which meant they were nonvenomous. Meadow and Rosalina then relaxed when they figured it out.

      Meadow walked past the snakes and unlocked the prison door. Outside the prison was a cave full of potions, plants, tools, and strange devices. Probably a workshop for alchemists. The three of them walked out of the prison and into the workshop. The leader, a tall old man with a Gandalf beard, saw them and shouted, “You idiots got the wrong snakes!”

      Meadow found the Umbra book sitting on a table and held on to it. From that point on it was pretty chaotic. The alchemists were running around frantically as Sol, Rosalina, and Meadow were destroying and fighting their way through the cave. Meadow was especially having fun with his psychic powers. He would levitate people and various objects above his head and hurl them all around the room. By the time they were done, it looked like a tornado had wrecked the place.

      The three of them ran out of the cave and escaped. Meadow intended to walk back home and bring the Umbra book back to his father. Meadow tried reading the book as he walked home. It was written in weird letterings that he didn’t understand. The more he tried to focus on it the more complicated it became. The dream destabilized and he woke up.

      Dream Three

      A continuation of Dream Five from April 14, 2014. This dream was from Claire’s perspective.

      Lucidis, Chris, and Claire were all back in Easthorpe, which had now become pretty fortified. They were preparing to defend it from the approaching army. Krystal had apparently stayed at the ancient super magic device thing to figure out how it works.

      “I don’t really have enough magic left to fight, so I’ll just do this,” said Lucidis. He raised his hands up in the air and used the last of his magic to summon Nea, his dragon. Nea roared and flew down from the sky and landed next to Lucidis. Lucidis passed out from magic exhaustion, which is apparently now a thing.

      Claire mounted Nea and commanded her to fly. They flew up into the sky and over top the approaching army. Claire looked down and noticed that there was already chaos among the enemy. Krystal had apparently figured out how the device works and used its magic on herself. She was glowing brightly and radiating with magic. She could easily take down a soldier in a single hit and blades shattered when they struck her. She was practically invincible.

      Claire was aware that the invincibility would only last for a short time. Claire rode the dragon down to the battlefield and had her attack as many soldiers as possible with her ice attacks. They had to defeat as many soldiers as possible before Krystal’s power wore off.

      The battle went on for some time before she woke up, but there aren’t many details about it.

      Dream Four

      Short fragment from Lucia’s perspective. Of all the things that can make me lucid, this fragment did not.

      Lucia was at a zoo helping out the zookeepers. She was giving bathes to a family of pandas.

      April 20, 2014

      Dream One

      This dream was from Lucidis’s perspective. It was a continuation of Dream Three from April 19, 2014. It was a long dream.

      Lucidis was laying in bed. He had apparently just “awakened”. The room was bright with sunlight from a nearby window. It was irritating his eyes. “Gah, it’s morning already? I just went to sleep,” Lucidis thought to himself. Lucidis got out of bed and realized that he was in a hospital room. He looked out the window and saw what looked like Scillia City. Lucidis did a reality check and became lucid.

      Lucidis left his room and started walking down the hall. He walked past a room, but then stopped. He sensed that Krystal was in there and poked his head into the room to look. He saw Krystal laying in bed reading a book. He noticed that she had some injuries. “Are you okay? What happened to you?” Lucidis asked. “I just fought an entire army and won! I feel great!” she said. “Yeah, I seem to have missed out on that.” Lucidis said. “I’ll probably be stuck here for a few days. Can you get me some books?” she asked. “Alright, I will get some books and come back later,” Lucidis said.

      Lucidis left the hospital and walked to the local library. When Lucidis got to the library, he remembered that the library is ridiculously big. He also realized he had no idea what kinds of books Krystal would want. So his solution was to just run to random parts of the library and pick random books from random shelves until he had enough of them. After gathering about five books, Lucidis left the library and began walking back to the hospital.

      There were like three different flower shops between the library and hospital. Lucidis decided to go into one of them and buy some flowers for Krystal. He bought some of these bright orange flowers that were called Medellae or something like that. He then walked back to Krystal’s room at the hospital. She had fallen asleep, so Lucidis just set the books and flowers on a table next to the bed.

      Lucidis left the room and went back out into the hall. Claire was standing against a wall there waiting for him. “Let’s go train,” she said. “Let’s not,” Lucidis said. “It doesn’t look like you have anything better to do,” she said. Lucidis wanted to think of something better to do, but his brain just stopped working and he couldn’t come up with an answer. So he had nothing better to do than go to the park and exercise.

      *insert training montage of running, push ups, and sit ups here*

      And then he woke up completely covered in sweat and it was not great.

      Dream Two

      This dream was from Meadow’s perspective. It was a continuation of Dream Two from April 19, 2014. It was a medium dream.

      Meadow was sitting at a desk in his room reading that book about Umbras. The writing in it was more coherent this time and it was possible to read. There were chapters about things like the creation of Umbras, Umbra characteristics, Umbra history, and Umbra culture. Meadow skipped all that stuff and went straight to the chapter on Umbra powers and abilities. Meadow was more interested in learning about how to control his power.

      The chapter mentioned some weird stuff like, “If an Umbra were a Pokemon, it would be a dark/ghost/psychic type” and “Umbras have high special attack but low HP.” It did have some more reasonable and useful information though. Umbras can enter a more gaseous or cloud form in order to slip through small gaps that they wouldn’t be able to move through in their regular form. They have the ability to levitate, which makes them immune to ground type moves, but they usually can’t fly far from the ground.

      Umbras have various psychokinetic abilities that allow them to manipulate objects with pure will. If they close their eyes, they can detect nearby auras. They have some weird meditative technique that allows them to see places away from their body. They also have the ability to connect to another person’s mind and communicate telepathically.

      There was still more to read on the subject, but someone tapped Meadow on the shoulder and it startled him enough to make him fall out of his chair. It was Rosalina. Meadow looked up at her from the floor and an idea popped into his head. “Maybe I can use telepathy on her to read her mind,” he thought. “Umm, hi?” Rosalina said after the period of silence. Meadow didn’t respond. He just stared into her eyes intently, trying to connect to her mind.

      Meadow succeeded and was able to hear some of her thoughts. “Why is he just staring at me? This is awkward. He should really just say something. All I wanted to do was ask him if he wanted to hang out,” she thought. Meadow immediately thought, “Oh, I’d love to hang out!” Meadow didn’t realize that being connected to Rosalina’s mind meant that she could hear his thoughts too. “Are you in my head?!” she thought. Meadow then responded in his thoughts with, “No.”

      This all really freaked Rosalina out for some reason. She yelled, “Get out!” and then kicked Meadow in the groin. Meadow then woke up.

      Dream Three

      This dream was from Lucia’s perspective. It was a short dream.

      Lucia was sitting in a school classroom with Luna during free period. Don’t remember the details, but the conversation was related to how Pokemon are weird. Lucia heard the school bell ring and knew it was time to head to class.

      Lucia walked out of the classroom into the hall. There were these weird obstacle courses in the halls like monkey bars, low walls, and nets. Lucia then remembered that in a dream from a while back, the school implemented this obstacles course to cut out gym class. Their logic was, “Now students can do gym class between classes instead! That will save them plenty of time for studying!” That doesn’t really make anything better, it just makes it harder to get to class.

      Lucia became lucid upon seeing the obstacles course and remembering the old dream. Lucia didn’t know which class she was supposed to go to. She remembered that she was supposed to multiply something for the LC. So she decided to go to math class to complete that task.

      She navigated the big dumb obstacle course, entered the math room, and took a seat at the front row desk. The teacher in the room was just throwing out random math questions to students and expecting them to answer. The questions ranged from very simple to impossible to answer.

      “What is the square root of a right triangle to the power of 5?” he asked. “Pi!” someone immediately shouted. The teacher then threw a stick of chalk at his head and said, “Raise your hand before answering a question!” “What is 86 + 10?” he asked. Lucia raised her hand and said, “92.” “Close enough,” the teacher said. “If I have 54 gold pieces and loan 30 of them to my friend, how many silver pieces will I have if payed back with 2% interest?” Can’t remember the answer to that one, but it was apparently right or close enough. “If today is April 20, what will it be 7 days from now?” Lucia jumped up when she remembered that was an LC task. “April 27!” she yelled. “Raise your hand first!” he yelled. Lucia raised both of her hands and yelled, “April 27!” “Sit down!” he ordered.

      “What is 12 x 17?” he asked. Lucia figured she would probably be wrong on this, but she wanted to make a good effort. She broke the problem down into a simpler form. “17 and 10 make 170. Another 17 will make 187. Another 17 will make 194,” she thought. Lucia raised her hand and said, “194.” “Right!” said the teacher. (It’s not right, the real answer is 204.)

      Dream Four

      This dream was from Meadow’s perspective. It was a continuation of Dream Two from April 19, 2014. It was a short dream.

      Meadow, Rosalina, Sol, Nhal, and River were all together walking through the Aranian town of Oakgrin. It was apparently Oakgrin’s 100th anniversary, so they were holding a full on festival. It was a pretty big deal to them. River was using this as an opportunity to introduce Nhal to Aranian culture. While River was making Nhal eat foods like Ari Cakes, to which he said tasted like diabetes, the other three wandered off to do their own things.

      Sol had apparently found a Blitzeria Muffin vendor. Blitzeria Muffins were apparently known for having a variety of different flavor options, with each muffin being as flavorful as physically possible. Sol bought a lemon flavored Blitzeria Muffin, which was probably unimaginably sour. Meadow, having a sense of humor, used telepathy on Sol. “You should eat it all in one bite,” Meadow said in Sol’s mind. “You know what? I think I’m going to eat this muffin in one bite,” Sol said. Rosalina then jumped in and said, “No, don’t do that. Remember what happened when you ate the peanut butter Blitzeria in one bite?” (He actually did do that once and practically choked on it. It was quite funny to watch.) Even though Rosalina kept saying no, Meadow just kept saying in Sol’s mind, “Do it. Just do it.”

      After much persuasion from Meadow, Sol eventually did attempt to eat the muffin in one bite. In response to the sourness of it, Sol’s face instantly puckered and tears formed in his eyes. His face remained stuck like that for the rest of the dream. Was pretty impressive.

      Dream Five

      This dream was from Meadow’s perspective. All I remember is this short fragment, though I’m pretty sure plenty other things happened beforehand.

      For whatever reason, Meadow was being chased by some cloaked woman with a halberd. Meadow was in his Umbra form and he was flying through the remains of a previously burnt down forest. As he was flying through the burnt, he was picking up dead trees with psychokinesis and hurling them back at the woman. She had no effect on her because she would just chop up the trees with her halberd.

      The woman chased Meadow up the side of a nearby volcano. Meadow then tried to use his psychokinesis to drop large boulders on her. Even the boulders were somehow able to be cut apart by her halberd. Upon reaching the top of the mountain, Meadow tried to launch the woman off the mountain by unleashing a wave of psychokinetic energy. She even managed to cut the energy itself apart with her halberd.

      At this point, Meadow was all out of ideas and had no where else to run. Luckily Rosalina just so happened to be looking for Meadow. She flew towards the mountain with her dragon wings. She quickly grabbed Meadow and flew off.

      April 21, 2014

      Dream One

      This dream was from the perspective of some random unimportant person. We’ll just call him John. This was a medium dream.

      The dream was set in a proper Walking Dead style apocalypse. John had his own small camp set up in the woods. He was inside his tent sorting through his equipment and supplies. He then heard shouting and gunfire somewhere close by. It was close enough that it was of a concern to him. He grabbed his pistol, kukri, and a small backpack and ran to where the noises came from.

      John came out of the forest onto an open hill. He looked around at the environment. At the bottom of the hill was a field with a road running through it that led to a city on the left. In the distance there were mountains and more forests.
      John did a reality check and he became lucid.

      John saw a small group of people standing at the bottom of the hill near the road. They were surrounded by dead zombie bodies, so they apparently solved the problem on their own. John was about to walk away and go back to his camp and leave the people be. They noticed John and called out to him. John couldn’t avoid them now, so he decided to meet them.

      They seemed like decent enough people. They wanted to know if John had a camp and if they could stay there. For some reason John said no. However, he did say that he would help the group establish their own camp somewhere else. John pulled some electronic tablet thingy out of his backpack. He turned it on and it showed a satellite map of the local area. On the map, John found a site in the middle of the city where there was a mansion with plenty of land around it. The area appeared to be surrounded by brick walls. John decided they would try to set up a camp there and fortify it.

      John and the group walked to the city together. Before going in there, the group insisted that they sneak past the zombies by pretending to be zombies. John didn’t like the idea, but had agreed to it anyways. The group moved slowly through the city, stumbling around and moaning like a zombie would. It worked to some extent, but one zombie became suspicious. It walked in front of John and stared at him. The zombie then smelled John and realized he wasn’t a zombie. The zombie lunged towards John, but John quickly chopped into the zombie’s head with his kukri.

      At this point, all of the zombies realized that the group was human and became aggressive. John held his pistol in one hand and his kukri in the other. He fought off a number of zombies before one came from the side and pushed him to the ground. John was now trying to push away a zombie on top of him that wanted to rip out his throat with its teeth.

      Then I woke up and I rolled over and did a DEILD...

      Back in the same dream as before, John still had a zombie on top of him. John was losing the strength to push the zombie back. A man from the other survivor group then came by and hit the zombie in the head with a crowbar. He helped John onto his feet. The man then shattered a large glass window of a nearby store. He yelled for everyone to follow him and they all jumped through. They then ran into a back room and barricaded the door.

      John told them that their zombie pretending plan was dumb and that they were going to try his plan now. John’s plan was to stick to the alleyways, move quickly, and kill any zombies that get in the way. John opened a door on the other side of the room that opened into an alley. They moved their way through the alleyways until they were across the street from the mansion they planned to set up camp at.

      There were too many zombies in the street between the group and the mansion to fight through. John had an idea to solve that. He told the group to stay put and moved down to the end of the street. There was a car parked there. He smashed the window of the vehicle open with a brick. This set off the alarm. John reached into the car and shifted the gears to neutral. He then pushed the car enough so that it would start rolling down the street.

      John ran back to the group and they waited for the zombies in the street to follow the sound of the car. The zombies soon cleared out and the group moved across the street, fighting off a few stragglers. Everyone threw their bags and equipment over the brick wall that surrounded the mansion. John helped everyone climb over the wall and then climbed over it himself.

      The group then ran up to the mansion and tried to open the door. The door was locked, so the man with the crowbar pried it open. When they entered the house, they could hear a girl screaming and a bunch of crashing sounds from upstairs. A young girl was backing away from a zombie past the top of the stairs. The zombie grabbed onto the girl and forced her to the ground. John ran up the stairs and grabbed onto the zombie before it could hurt the girl. He pulled the zombie back and accidentally fell down the stairs with it.

      I then woke up and couldn’t get back into the dream.

      Dream Two

      This dream was from Rosalina’s perspective. It was a medium dream.

      Rosalina, Sol, and Meadow were enjoying a day at the beach together. It was a very popular beach and there were many people there. It was getting crowded there and some of the people were just getting really loud and obnoxious. The three of them moved over to a part of the beach where there were no other people.

      Rosalina was sitting on the beach and watching the clouds while Sol and Meadow were off doing something in the ocean. Then all of a sudden Sol popped up in front of Rosalina. He showed her this weird hermit crab-like creature. He said that it could breathe in water from its mouth and exhale oxygen from the end of its cone shaped shell. Rosalina remembered seeing a creature very similar to this in a long ago dream.
      She did a reality check and became lucid.

      Now that Rosalina was lucid, she had the urge to explore. She went into the water and found another one of those crab things. She put the end of the shell into her mouth so that she could breathe underwater. She then swam underwater and was having fun looking at the various plants, shells, and fish of the ocean.

      She noticed what looked like an underwater cave nearby, which she became curious about. She motioned to Meadow (who was currently busy punching a shark) and Sol to follow her. They swam through the underwater tunnel and it led to a secret cave above the water. Rosalina climbed out of the water and into the cave. She released the crab back into the water and began walking through the cave.

      Rosalina could hear people from the other side of the cave talking. She spied on them while hiding behind a nearby rock. They appeared to be a group of hobgoblins. They had a camp set up inside the cave and they talked of plans to destroy a nearby harbor with explosive devices. She then heard one of the hobgoblins say, “Hey, what’s that light doing over there?” Rosalina turned around and saw Sol and Meadow were behind her and that Sol’s hair was glowing brightly.

      The three of them ran back into another part of the cave and hid there. The hobgoblins were now curious and searching for the source of the light throughout the cave system. “Why is your hair glowing?” Rosalina whispered to Sol. “Oh, it always does that in dark places. Pretty cool, huh?” he said. “Just shut up and turn it off,” Rosalina said. “Uhh, I don’t know how,” Sol said.

      Rosalina figured they would have to find a way to cover up Sol’s light to avoid being capture. “Meadow, turn into an Umbra and cover up Sol’s head,” she said. Meadow did as he was told, but when he tried to cover Sol’s head, the magic light from Sol’s hair left these weird burns on Meadow’s shadow body. Meadow jumped back and rolled on the ground while shouting, “Ow ow ow.”

      Rosalina then had a new idea. She grabbed Sol’s shirt and pulled it up over his head. The light still shined through it and it didn’t matter either way. By this point the hobgoblins had already figured out their location (partially due to Meadow’s shouting) and were heading their now. Rosalina had one final last resort idea to keep the hobgoblins away. She told Sol and Meadow to plug their ears. She faced the area that the hobgoblins would be coming from and unleashed a draconic roar. The roar was especially loud due to them being in a cave, and it caused many boulders to fall from the cave ceiling and block the hobgoblins path.

      Possibly due to being exposed to the loudness of the roar, Rosalina became very disoriented.
      The dream destabilized and I woke up.

      April 23, 2014

      Dream One

      This dream was from the perspective of Lucidis. It was a medium dream.

      Lucidis was walking around outside at night, not too far outside Scillia city. He looked up at the night sky and gazed at all of the amazing celestial bodies. There were many bright and colorful stars along with great moons, planets, nebulae, and comets. Lucidis became lucid at the sight of this. It would be impossible not to.

      Lucidis transformed into a dragon and flew up into the sky. He wanted to see how high he could get or see if he could even reach space. He managed to get to about as high as the clouds before he heard the sound of a dragon’s roar somewhere nearby. As much as Lucidis wanted to go to space, he felt obligated to stop and investigate the roar.

      He followed the sound of the roaring to a nearby mountain where a dragon was circling around it. When Lucidis came close to the mountain, the dragon landed on top of it and waited for him. The dragon didn’t look like it wanted to fight, so Lucidis landed in front of the dragon and calmly approached it. They greeted each other and exchanged names, to which the dragon said was Sidrid. By roaring, he had called upon Lucidis to come to his aid. Sidrid said that he was an astral/aura dragon or something like that. He had the power to sense things.

      Sidrid told a story of a dragon friend of his that died a long time ago who was very important to him. Some time after her death, humans found the skeleton of her body. They then put the dragon skeleton on display in the Scillia City Museum. Sidrid said that this disturbed him, but he chose to tolerate it because it wasn’t done with malicious intentions or causing harm to anyone. However, he could sense that something malicious was going to be done to her soon. He said that a necromancer intended to resurrect her as his undead minion. Sidrid feared what destruction the necromancer could cause with the skeleton dragon. He requested that Lucidis stop the necromancer and destroy the skeleton if he had to.

      Lucidis agreed to do this task because he didn’t want Scillia City to get wrecked, but he also requested a favor. With the knowledge that Sidrid was an astral dragon, Lucidis wanted to know if Sidrid could take him to the astral plane and tell him his fortune. Sidrid agreed to this, but said that Lucidis already knew how to get to the astral plane. Lucidis was then hit with a flood of memories of all the times he used his elaborate portal teleportation technique. Apparently the “void”, as he called it before, was the astral plane.

      Lucidis then decided that he was ready to go deal with the necromancer. He did not know where exactly the museum was however. He asked Sidrid where it was. An ethereal path extended from Sidrid and flowed down all the way into Scillia. Lucidis thanked Sidrid and immediately began flying along the path. The ethereal path led into the roof of the museum and created a small hole there. Lucidis dropped down through the hole and it closed back up as he landed inside the museum.

      Lucidis walked into another part of the museum where he expected the dragon skeleton to be on display. In this room there were various exhibits for skeletons and fossils. There was a large empty exhibit in the middle of the room. There was a plaque next to this empty space that had many words pertaining to dragons. Lucidis realized that this was the space where the dragon skeleton should be, but it wasn’t there.

      Lucidis heard a crashing sound behind him. He turned around and saw a very large dragon skeleton staring at him right in the face. There was an old man with a Gandalf beard riding on top. Lucidis assumed that this was the necromancer and dragon skeleton he was looking for. The necromancer seemed to think that Lucidis was a very interesting looking dragon. He talked to his undead minion about how great it would be kill Lucidis and add him to the collection.

      The skeleton swiped at Lucidis with its claws. Lucidis dodged and flew up in the air. Lucidis flew directly at the necromancer to attack. The necromancer quickly jumped off the skeleton as its tail came around and struck Lucidis. Lucidis was knocked across the room and he crashed into a skeleton of some other creature. Lucidis picked up a bone of this creature that was rather sword like. He used this bone sword to parry and defend against the dragon’s further attacks.

      The skeleton dragon stopped relying on physical attacks and started to use some kind of necro magic. It began breathing out this black death smoke and tried to fill the room with it. Lucidis avoided inhaling any of it and through the nearest door he could find. He closed the door and locked it. The room Lucidis had ran into was a small bathroom with just a toilet and a small window to the side. The skeleton dragon thrusted its claws through the door and nearly pierced Lucidis. They really wanted to get in and Lucidis really wanted to get out.

      As the skeleton dragon was trying to break through the door and walls, Lucidis was trying to break through the window and escape. Lucidis had to bash the window open by ramming his head and horns into it. He then climbed out the window and flew up into the sky above the museum. When the skeleton dragon found out that Lucidis had escaped, it simply crashed through the roof of the museum and flew up to meet him. Lucidis didn’t want anything else in the city to get destroyed by the battle. He flew off as fast as he could back towards the mountain outside the city and incited the dragon to follow.

      Lucidis then came face to face again with the skeleton dragon and the necromancer riding it. Suddenly Sidrid swooped down from the sky and tackled the skeleton. The necromancer fell off and landed in the forest below. Sidrid said that he would fight with “Magnia” and told Lucidis to go after the necromancer.

      Lucidis followed through with the plan and dove down to the forest below. The old guy was surprisingly unaffected by the fall he just had. He wielded a scepter and pointed it at Lucidis. He cast that necro smoke spell at Lucidis, but Lucidis blew it away with a strong gust from his wings. Lucidis then charged at the necromancer head first. The necromancer blocked Lucidis’s headbutt with his scepter. As this happened, Lucidis swung his tail around behind the necromancer and knocked him off his feet. Lucidis then held the man to the ground and used some special dragon eye technique. This technique subdued the necromancer and caused him to pass out.

      Now that the necromancer had been defeated, Lucidis planned to tie him up and bring him to the local authorities. Lucidis didn’t have any rope, so he searched the forest for some vine plants that were strong enough to tie him with. Lucidis did manage to find some vines.
      I woke up before anything could be done with them.

      April 24, 2014

      Dream One

      This dream was from the perspective of Lucidis. It is a continuation of Dream One from April 23, 2014. This was a long dream.

      Claire was apparently at the palace discussing a bunch of important stuff with the queen. Meanwhile, Lucidis, Chris, and Krystal were out taking a walk through Scillia Park. They were celebrating Krystal’s first day out of the hospital. Krystal was so happy to finally be outside and able to walk around again. The park was much like a garden and there were many strange and wonderful plants there. Lucidis payed much attention to the plants, which were strange and fascinating to them. They were strange enough that Lucidis felt the need to do a reality check. He did so and became lucid.

      Lucidis then remembered the dream he had the day before. He remembered that he could go to the astral plane and have Sidrid tell him his fortune. Lucidis told Chris and Krystal the basic story about what happened yesterday. He asked them to help him journey through the astral plane and find Sidrid. They didn’t really have much of anything better to do, so they agreed to go with him.

      Lucidis stood in an open area of the park and prepared to create an astral portal. It had been a long time since he created one. He formed an aura of sparkly astral energy around his hand and then made a straight swiping motion in front of him. Nothing happened. He repeated this several times and still nothing happened. “Maybe you need a void key,” Chris said. “No I don’t need a ‘void key’. I just need to remember how I did this before,” Lucidis said. “Try to focus more on cutting the fabric of space and use a crescent shape,” Krystal said. Lucidis decided to follow Krystal’s advice. He cut with a crescent shape and a portal opened.

      Lucidis jumped into the portal. Chris and Krystal soon followed. All that Lucidis could see from there was darkness. There was nothing there, which is why Lucidis always referred to it as the void. Lucidis expressed disappointment in it just being emptiness again. He was about to suggest turning back, but then Krystal did something really weird.

      Krystal was down on the floor (yes, the void has a floor) and she poked her head and arms down through it. It looked like the front half of her body had just disappeared. Chris then did the same thing as Krystal. Lucidis reluctantly followed their example. He got on the floor and stuck his head down through it. On the other side of the solid surface that he had been resting on, there was a liquid surface that his head was reaching through. They appeared to be at the edge of some kind of ocean, but a solid beach was within reach. They each grabbed onto the beach with their hands and pulled themselves up (down?) through.

      “I don’t know what just happened, but it made me feel sick,” Chris said. Lucidis looked around. They were on a small island with a small dock. At the dock was a lone Umbra next to a single boat. “Hey, is that Steve over there?” Lucidis asked. Lucidis then ran over to the umbra and said, “Hey Steve, what are you doing here?” The Umbra then gave Lucidis a funny look and said, “Listen, I don’t know who you are or why you’re here, but I suggest you keep that name to yourself. That guy isn’t exactly respectable here.” “Alright then,” Lucidis said confused, “What do you know about a dragon named Sidrid?” “I know he said that if anyone asked for him, I should guide them to Magnia,” he said. “Okay, do that then,” Lucidis said.

      The four of them entered the small boat and the Umbra guide began to row them across the astral sea. “The last time I was in a boat like this, it was just me, Chris, and a weasel,” Lucidis said. “Why was there a weasel?” Krystal asked. “He said that it was new Aranian law. All boats had to have a weasel to ward off dragons,” Lucidis said. “And did we ever see a dragon? No we did not,” Chris said in an attempt to validate his weasel. “Your weasel didn’t do anything. I’m a dragon and I was there the whole time,” Lucidis said. “You don’t count. You look like a human,” he said.

      By the time their conversation was over, the boat had reached a harbor of the mainland. “Welcome to Ascernia. Now get out,” the Umbra said. Lucidis, Chris, and Krystal climbed onto the docks and the Umbra left with the boat. You would think that a harbor of this size would be full of activity, but there was no one in site. They walked over to the mainland where there were multiple paths going in different directions. There was a wooden signpost there at the intersection. It said that forward from where they were was Ceran City. The path to the right led to the Apex Mountain Range. The sign for the path on the left read, “Haylea Prairie”. Under that was another phrase written in pink crayon that read, “Maggie’s House”.

      Lucidis figured that “Maggie’s House” referred to Magnia, so they chose the left path. The path led them to a prairie where a single small house existed all by itself. The house appeared to be built from cobblestone and had a wooden roof. It seemed kind of weird, but it also looked quite nice. Lucidis ran up the house and knocked on the door. The door popped open and Lucidis looked down to see a little girl had opened it. “Uh, hello. Do you know where Magnia is?” Lucidis asked her. “Yes, I am Magnia and I’ve been sitting here waiting for you to show up all day,” she said annoyed. “Whoa, what? I thought you were a dragon,” Lucidis said surprised. “I am and I an’t. This is my spirit form. Don’t try to think about it much or you’ll hurt your brain,” she said.

      Magnia invited them inside her little house and they gathered around a fire pit in her living room. She had the three of them sit down and each collect a small bone from basket. She instructed them to throw their bones into the fire to have their future told.

      Chris went first. He threw his bone into the fire and the bone formed a deep jagged crack. Magnia examined the bone and said, “Ouch. Looks like you’re going to die a horrible painful death. Well at least you’ll be happy when it happens. Next,” she said casually. “Wait, wait, wait. What the hell does that mean? I’m going to die horribly but be happy?” Chris asked. “Yup. Scary, huh?” she said.

      Krystal threw her bone into the fire next. The bone cracked and formed a clean split down the middle. Magnia examined the bone and said, “Oh, it looks like you’re going to have another kid. Congratulations,” she said. Lucidis quickly interjected and said, “No, I already have two kids. That’s more than enough for me. I’m done with that.” “No one said they were going to be your kids,” Magnia said. Lucidis paused for a moment and said, “Okay, new topic,” and threw his bone into the fire.

      Lucidis’s bone didn’t crack. Instead it became a very dark black shade. Magnia examined the bone and said, “Oh wow, you’ll be going into the Dark Median. Good luck with that.” “What’s the Dark Median?” Lucidis asked. “It’s the dark impassible region between Rhenora and Fayio. How have you not heard of this?” Krystal said. “I have heard of it, but it was from that guy,” Lucidis said pointing at Chris, “And I couldn’t understand a damn word of his incoherent rambling.” “I may have been a bit flustered that day,” Chris said quietly.

      “So what can you tell me about the Dark Median, Maggie?” Lucidis asked. “Not much. It’s pretty mysterious,” she said. “Something happened a long time ago that caused part of the shadow realm to leak out and become intertwined with part of your realm. That area is now called the Dark Median. It’s like an abyss. Anything that goes in never comes back out.”

      Now that story time was over and everyone had been disturbed enough for one day, Magnia wanted to have a tea party. Lucidis wasn’t exactly a fan of tea parties or tea itself, but he decided to humor her. The all sat down at a small table and drank from tiny tea cups. Soon there was a knocking at the door. Lucidis immediately took this opportunity to excuse himself from the tea party and answered the door.

      Outside the door stood two Umbras. “So we heard you know about a certain Steve, right?” one Umbra asked in a passive aggressive voice. “Steve? What? No, I have never met a Steve in my life. You must have the wrong person. Thank you and goodbye,” Lucidis said quickly before closing and locking the door. “Is everything okay over there?” Krystal asked from across the room. “Uh, yeah, just more Steves,” he said nervously. The Umbras then started knocking louder on the door and shouted, “Open the door! We heard you say Steve!” Lucidis then shouted back, “No! I don’t want to die!”

      The Umbras somehow managed to pick the lock on the door and they opened it up themselves. They knocked Lucidis to the ground and grabbed him by the feet. They began to drag him out the door and across the prairie. There wasn’t really anything Lucidis could do about it except scream and shout for Krystal’s help.

      I woke up before Krystal’s help could arrive.

      April 25, 2014

      Dream One

      This dream was from the perspective of Lucidis. It was a continuation of Dream One from April 24, 2014. It was a medium length dream.

      So Krystal’s help never arrived. The Umbras had dragged Lucidis to Ceran City Hall. Some kind of council meeting was being held there and Lucidis was at the center of it. There must have been at least 50 Umbras there. It was kind of creepy.

      A rather old looking Umbra (yes, Umbras can look old) approached Lucidis. “State your full name,” he said. “Is that actually important?” Lucidis asked. “No, but say it anyways,” he said. “Lucidis Herbert NiteLite,” Lucidis said.
      Lucidis then became lucid upon saying this name for obvious reasons. A few of the Umbras in the room laughed in response. “That’s a funny name,” the old one said cracking a smile. “Now tell us, what do you know of someone named Steve ShadowRaut?” he said seriously. “I don’t know a ShadowRaut, but I know a Steve ShadowCross,” Lucidis said. “Interesting. Tell us about this ShadowCross then,” the old one said.

      By this point the Umbras had apparently captured Chris and Krystal. They carried them into the room and dropped them there on the floor. Lucidis waved to them and said, “Gather ‘round children! It’s story time!” Lucidis then proceeded to think about his many encounters with Steve. He told them about how Steve was a creature of pure chaos who would destroy everything in sight. Lucidis didn’t speak about that topic for too long though because he realized he was probably about to start a witch hunt for Steve. Lucidis then mentioned how Steve found love, became married, had a kid, and stopped making life miserable for everyone else.

      After Lucidis finished his story, the old man asked him where Steve lived. “Why?” Lucidis asked. “We are going to bring him to justice. He must be punished,” he said. “Then I can’t tell you. Steve is a good guy now and all that stuff he did years ago doesn’t matter anymore,” Lucidis said. “You won’t be leaving until we extract the information from you,” he said. “You know, if we don’t get back to Scillia soon, Claire is going to be angry. She’s scarier than Steve and she’s going to come looking for us,” Lucidis said.

      As if on cue, Claire kicked open the doors and walked in. She was visibly angry. She approached Chris, Krystal, and Lucidis while ignoring all of the Umbras in the room. “That was quick,” Lucidis said. “You should have just mentioned her like 5 minutes ago,” Chris said. Claire slapped Lucidis in the back of the head and shouted, “I told you guys to wait for me in the park and you’re screwing around with these things!” “They kidnapped me and they won’t let me leave!” Lucidis exclaimed. “How did you even get here?” Krystal asked Claire. “The queen gave me a void key. She requested the four of us to find and kill a Vexoreal Beast,” she said.

      After Claire explained this, Lucidis noticed the Umbras were nodding and making gestures to each other, though they were not speaking. It seemed that they were communicating privately through telekinesis. Once they came to a conclusion, the old Umbra spoke to Lucidis again. “The Vexoreal Beasts typically stay in the swamps, but one of them wandered into the mountains. It is too dangerous to pass through now. If you defeat this creature, we will allow you to leave,” he said. “Yeah, sure, no problem,” Lucidis said. “To be sure that you will not step away from our deal, I will be sending Andrea with you,” he said. A female Umbra then walked up to Lucidis and entered his body.
      It was a very weird feeling and it made Lucidis wake up.

      April 26, 2014

      This dream was from the perspective of Lucidis. It was a continuation of Dream One from April 25, 2014. It was a medium length dream.

      Lucidis, Chris, Claire and Krystal were now within the Apex Mountains. Andrea was also there, inside of Lucidis’s head, talking to him. She was guiding them through the mountains to the area the beast should be. You’d expect the mountains to be all snowy and stuff, but it seems to work a bit differently in the astral plane. There were these tiny luminescent spheres falling from the sky, leaving wisps of blue light behind them. They were quite pretty. They felt comfortably warm to the touch. These spheres of light would fade away and dissipate once they came into contact with something. It wasn’t Andrea’s voice in my head that made him lucid, but this strange astral snow.

      They navigated through a narrow crevice before coming to an opening where stairs had been carved into the mountainside. They ascended the stairs to the top of the mountain. At the top was a shrine of sorts and various monuments to some people. There was a pond in the middle where fish swam. Standing within that pond was a very large quadrupedal badger-like creature. It’s body was covered in dark black fur. It had external bones growing in most places outside of its body that took the form of both spikes and armor plating. It had large sharp teeth and claws. This was the Vexoreal Beast. It basically looked sort of like this thing here: http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb2...1/14_00020.png

      The beast was preoccupied trying to fish in the pond. It managed to catch a fish and was about to eat it. When Lucidis saw this, Andrea shouted in his head, “No! Stop it!” In response, Lucidis ran forward towards the beast. It immediately dropped the fish and turned towards Lucidis. It stood back on its hind legs and swatted at Lucidis with a powerful force. Lucidis was knocked off the top of the mountain and fell down onto a lower ledge. “Look out!” Andrea shouted. Lucidis rolled onto his back and saw the beast run and jump off the cliff towards him. Lucidis quickly grew dragon scale armor on his forearm and defended against the incoming attack.

      As the creature was slashing and gnashing at Lucidis’s dragon arm, Krystal jumped off the cliff and onto the creature’s back. She wielded a crystal sword and attempted to stab the creature with it. The creature stepped backwards off of Lucidis and flung Krystal back into the side of the cliff. Lucidis took this opportunity to fully transform into a dragon. The beast charged at Lucidis and Lucidis charged at the beast headfirst. They bashed heads together and the bone armor around the beast’s head shattered. This dazed Lucidis, but the beast was still ready to make another attack. It lifted it’s arm to make another strike, but Claire used her whip to grip its arm from behind. As Claire held it there, Chris shot at the beast with his repeating crossbow. One of the bolts pierced its eye. This did not kill the creature, but it sent it into a rage.

      The beast somehow detached the external bones from its body and launched them outward at a high speed. One of the bones released it from Claire’s whip and hit Claire. Andrea shouted, “Dodge left!” and Lucidis moved to the left to dodge a bone. Once again, the creature came charging at Lucidis for another attack. “Dodge right!” Andrea said. Lucidis moved to the right and then gripped the beast by the hands/paws. Lucidis held it there while Krystal came up from behind and stabbed it in the back with the crystal sword. The beast’s essence was then channeled through the sword and into a small gem. Krystal sealed the beast’s essence inside this gem and it was captured.

      After making sure everyone was okay, Lucidis’s thoughts returned to the shrine that they had protected. “So what is that shrine place all about? It seemed important to you,” Lucidis said in his head to Andrea. “Oh, it’s a great story, but I’ll tell you another time,” she said. “Why not now?” Lucidis asked. “You are about to wake up,” she said. After she said that, the dream started to destabilize and get all blurry and stuff. “No, I’m not,” Lucidis said to her. “It’s happening right now,” she said.
      Despite his best efforts, Lucidis woke up anyways.

      April 28, 2014

      This dream was from the perspective of Lucidis.

      Lucidis, Chris, and Krystal were walking down a street in Ceran City. Once again, Claire was away. She was having another meeting with the queen of Ariala. She had sent Chris off to get a map and Krystal and Lucidis went with him. They either somehow made it this far in their travels without the use of a map or they simply needed a more specialized map for whatever reason. That was Chris’s business to take care of. When Lucidis realized they were going to be looking at maps, he remembered that he had made it a task to find a map of Ethos. He did a reality check and became lucid.

      Knowing that he would soon see a map of Ethos made Lucidis excited. He ran forward ahead of Chris and Krystal to go find the map shop. He didn’t go very far before realizing he had no idea where it was. He ran back to Chris and Krystal and saw them walk into a building. Lucidis stopped in front of the building and read the sign above it that said, “Cari’s Ceran City Cartography Cartel”. Realizing that this place had maps, Lucidis ran inside and looked around. It was a small shop, but there was a wide assortment of maps on display. Some appeared to be for navigation while others were for artistic appeal. Chris was busy talking to some dude with an eye patch in the corner of the room while Krystal was browsing the atlases on a shelf.

      Lucidis walked up to a woman who was sitting behind a counter. He assumed this was Cari. “Hello. Do you need help with anything?” she asked. “Um, yeah, I just have three questions,” Lucidis said. “Go ahead then,” she said. “Cartel?” Lucidis asked. “Oh, don’t mind that. It’s just some silly word play,” she said. “Okay, what about the guy with the eyepatch?” he asked. “What about him?” she said, feeling kind of indignant. “Nothing. Was just curious about who he was,” he said defensively. “That’s my husband, Atlas. He lost his eye when he was attacked by a creature on one of his many expeditions. We think it makes him look like a pirate, so it’s part of the cartel joke,” she said. “If it’s a joke then why did you get mad at me when I brought it up?!” Lucidis exclaimed. “I wanted to play with you. Also, that counts as a question,” she said. “Fourth question then. Do you have a map of Ethos I can look at?” he asked. “Sure do,” she said.

      Cari opened a chest in the corner of the room that was full of scrolls. She pulled one out and layed it flat across the counter. Lucidis looked at the map and studied it for a good while. This is a vague representation of what he saw: http://i.imgur.com/F5vc1Br.png

      Lucidis showed the map to Krystal. “Look at all the places we could explore!” he said. “As far as we know, Rhenora is the only one that exists,” she said. “Nah, I’m pretty sure these places are there,” he said. “No one has ever journeyed to these other lands. This map is built upon ancient myths and legends,” she said. “I’m pretty sure every legend we have encountered so far has turned out to be true,” Lucidis said. “Well you can go see for yourself someday,” she said.

      Lucidis returned to looking has his map again. He stared at it and analyzed it once again. He then forced himself to wake up so that it would remain in his immediate memory.
    4. Ambulance Crash (December 20, 2016)

      by , 12-21-2016 at 06:59 AM (Chronicles of Ethos)

      Ambulance Crash

      I was riding in the back of the ambulance with a patient lying in the stretcher. The patient appeared to be boy about 12 years old. The patient looked like he was in good enough health and was sleeping soundly. I started looking through the patient's paperwork to learn about his past medical history and current diagnosis. While skimming through I noticed something mentioning multiple respiratory arrests. I looked back at the patient to double check his breathing and realized that he was not breathing at all.

      I relayed this information to my partner and he said he would try to get us to the nearest hospital as quick as possible. He turned on the lights and sirens and increased speed. I pulled a bag valve mask out of a cabinet, connected it to oxygen, and began ventilating the child. My partner's driving soon became erratic. He was constantly weaving between vehicles and either slamming on the brakes or slamming on the gas. I quickly started to lose my balance and began stumbling across the ambulance and falling over.

      I pulled myself back up off the floor and tried to get back to my seat to resume ventilating. As I started ventilating again, I heard the ambulance horn blare and felt the ambulance immediately take a very hard turn. I heard the tires of the ambulance screech loudly as I was forcefully held to the wall by g-forces. I realized that the ambulance had started to spin out of control and tried to reach out for something to hold on to. Suddenly I then heard the very loud booming sound of the ambulance crashing into something. The crash sent my body flying towards another wall head first. I woke up as I impacted the wall.
    5. City of Mithril

      by , 07-16-2013 at 03:01 AM (Chronicles of Ethos)
      City of Mithril

      This dream started with Lucidis, Chris, and Claire entering the city they spotted in the previous dream. The city was built on a large oasis with the desert river running through the middle of the city. The city appeared to be mostly medieval in nature. The buildings in the city were made with a silvery-blue metal. It looked beautiful and it seemed magical. Within the city walls, it also felt much cooler than out in the desert.

      Having just come out of the desert, they decided to take the day to relax and enjoy themselves. Chris and Claire decided to head to the tavern and rest there. Lucidis however wanted to explore the city. He was more interested in interacting with the people and learning about the city. By this point Lucidis had completely forgotten about the heart stone.

      Lucidis wandered the city for a while and talked with a lot of people, but I won't go into too much detail. He learned that the city was built upon a mine that is abundant with a rare mineral known as mithril. Many buildings in the city were created with mithril, which was what gave them the silvery-blue look. I'm not 100% sure, but I think Lucidis also learned that the name of the city was Arinok, or something like that.

      Lucidis also heard some stories about people disappearing in the mines and about mithril mysteriously disappearing. There was actually more to it than that, but I can't remember the details. Lucidis interpreted this as a quest and decided he would investigate it the next day.

      The sun was beginning to set, so Lucidis went back to the tavern where the group would likely be staying for a few days. There were quite a few people there drinking and having a good time. They were likely there for some sort of fighting tournament that was to take place that night. Lucidis managed to find Claire relaxing at a table drinking what I'm assuming was wine. Surprisingly, Lola was there as well and talking to Claire.

      Lucidis ordered a glass of orange juice and sat down next to them. Lucidis asked Lola what she was doing in Arinok. She told him that she and Rick were investigating some of the strange things that have been happening in the city. They were related to the stories that Lucidis heard earlier. It was then decided that both groups would try to complete this quest the next day.

      Chris soon came back to the table and he looked pretty drunk. He said something about signing Lucidis and Claire up for the fighting tournament. Chris said he wanted to win the prize, but he was too drunk to participate. I can't remember what the prize was though.

      Dream time skipped a bit and a large boxing ring was now present on the far end of the tavern. By this point the semi-final round was being finished by Lucidis. The final round between Lucidis and Claire was about to start. Lucidis was excited for this because it would be his first time fighting Claire with her stasis armor.

      I'm having trouble recalling the fight, so I guess I'll just skip that. I do remember that the dream ended in the middle of the fighting.
    6. The Desert Camp

      by , 07-15-2013 at 05:01 AM (Chronicles of Ethos)
      The Desert Camp

      Lucidis, Chris, and Claire had recently crossed the border into Efile and set out to walk in one direction, which was south. I don't think they really knew where they were going. The map from "The Heart Stone" had no details relating to roads, cities, or geography. I wonder if it's a part of the world that people from outside Efile know little about.

      They were traveling through a hot sandy desert. They wore white hooded cloaks to protect them from the heat of the sun. Chris was also carrying a large backpack which likely contained traveling and survival gear. Traveling through the desert wasn't too difficult for them, though it certainly wasn't a walk in the park. It felt kind of like traveling through the desert in Journey (an indie video game).

      They didn't talk much and early part journey was pretty uneventful aside from sliding down large sand dunes. Lucidis and Chris found that to be fun. After traveling for a fair amount of time, Claire spotted something from the top of a large sand dune. She activated the visor of her stasis armor and used the binoculars function to get a better look at it. Claire then told Lucidis and Chris that there was a camp and river a few miles to the west.

      Initially Chris wanted them to keep traveling in the same direction to avoid getting lost and to get through the desert quickly. After talking it over, it was then decided that going to camp and following the river would be safer. They began to walk west towards the camp and dream time skipped here.

      It was now what I think was morning of the next day. Lucidis, Chris, and Claire had apparently stayed the night in that camp. The camp appeared to be the remains of an old abandoned military camp. It was mostly in ruins, but some of the structures were still in tact.

      Claire had asked for Chris and Lucidis meet her at a location a short distance south of the camp in the morning. Chris and Lucidis traveled there and what they found was a rather large obstacle/training course. It had what looked to be about a hundred stone platforms elevated above quicksand. The platforms were spaced apart with various obstacles such as rope swings, monkey bars, and balance beams between them.

      Claire told Lucidis and Chris to remove their cloaks and to start training. Naturally, Lucidis though training in the middle of a hot desert was ridiculous and protested. Claire told him it that it would help condition their bodies to the desert environment. She also threatened to shoot Lucidis, so he started training on the obstacle course.

      After training for some time, Lucidis made it to the far end of the obstacle course and stopped to take a breath. He looked out towards the river and followed the river with his eyes. He looked towards the southwest and saw what appeared to be silvery-blue towers shining far off in the distance. It looked like it was a city to him.

      Lucidis called to Chris who was navigating an obstacle a few platforms away. Lucidis pointed in the direction of the city and asked Chris if he could see it too or if it was just a mirage. Chris confirmed that it was real by saying that he could see it too. They worked their way back to Claire and told her about the city. They planned to journey to the city after that, but I think it was around this point that the dream ended.

      Updated 07-16-2013 at 02:08 AM by 32005

    7. The Heart Stone

      by , 07-14-2013 at 05:54 AM (Chronicles of Ethos)

      Because I tend to dream from the perspective of other dream characters fairly frequently now, I feel like it would be easier to understand my dreams if they were written in some sort of first person third person mix.

      The Heart Stone

      This dream was from about 3 days ago, so I don't remember much of it anymore. I feel like it's important to the story though. Lucidis, Chris, and Claire were walking along a stone bridge above the sea. The bridge connected the mainland and a small island not too far off. On the small island was a stone tower. The tower was a sort of college where various things were studied and researched.

      Lucidis was holding and looking at a strange stone as they walked. It was blood red and you could see into it a little. It looked like there was something at the core of the stone, but it was unclear. Lucidis had apparently come acquired this stone on a previous adventure, but I can't seem to recall that moment. Lucidis felt like the stone had some importance to it. Chris had suggested taking it to a geologist so that the stone could be identified.

      Lucidis, Chris, and Claire crossed the bridge and entered the tower through an open doorway. They went down a set of stairs into a room below the tower. This was where the geologists did their research. There was only one man there who seemed to be the professor. He was sitting at his desk reading charts and graphs. He didn't notice them walk in until Lucidis placed the red stone in front of him.

      Lucidis asked the professor to identify the stone and asked what he should do with the stone. The geologist studied the stone for a moment with a lense. If I remember correctly, he said that it was a heart stone. He then said that it should be taken to Efile. Lucidis had never heard of Efile before, so he asked the professor what Efile was. He layed a map of the world across the desk and simply pointed at a part of the map. Unfortunately the map was somewhat blurry and distorted, but a white country labeled Efile could be found in the south east corner of the continent.

      There may have been other things that happened, but I think I woke up after looking at the map.

      Updated 07-16-2013 at 04:18 AM by 32005

    8. The Great Sphinx (February 17, 2013)

      by , 02-18-2013 at 12:23 AM (Chronicles of Ethos)

      The Great Sphinx

      The first half of this dream is fragmented and lacks clarity. My dream recall hasn't been as great as it should be lately. I was wandering around a forest, far away from civilization. It was around autumn and the trees were different colors of red, orange, and yellow. I remember that almost everything I saw was very beautiful. That irritates me a bit because I can't remember it clearly. The beauty of the world around me is what made me lucid.

      At some point I came to a ravine with a river flowing at the bottom. Nearby was some kind of log cabin built near the edge of the ravine. I don't really remember the details except that it was pretty big and fancy for a log cabin. I walked inside and looked around a bit. There were several people living there. They were apparently a group of survivors from a recent apocalyptic event. They seemed to be pretty well set up considering how most post-apocalypse camps look like.

      I think I talked with them for a short time, but I don't remember much. I think they said I was a part of their group. It wasn't long before I was bored with them and wanted to go exploring again. I left the cabin and walked to the ravine. There was a wooden suspension bridge nearby that I could use to get across the ravine. When I walked onto the bridge it rocked back and forth a bit. So then I started shifting my weight to the left and right to make the bridge sway as I walked across it. It's more fun that way.

      On the other side of the bridge was a prairie. Far off in the distance I could see a man wandering through the tall grass. I ran over to him to see if there was anything interesting about him. When I approached him, he pointed a shotgun at me and said, "Stay back or I'll shoot." I told him that I was friendly and didn't want to cause any trouble. He lowered his gun and said, "Do you have any food on you? I haven't eaten in days and I'm starving." "Sorry, I don't have any food on me, but I do know a group of people who do," I said.

      I guided the man back to to the log cabin where there should be food. After we crossed the bridge, we were stopped by a man who appeared to be the leader of the group. He pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the man I was helping. "Who is this?" the leader asked aggressively. "A man who's starving and needs some food," I said calmly. "We don't have enough food for another person!" He yelled. "Calm down, and lower the gun. If you need to get rid of someone, get rid of me. I'm the one who brought him here," I said.

      Apparently we were thinking of different things when I said "get rid of me." He immediately pointed the gun at me and shot me in the right side of my chest. My chest was in pain and fell to the ground on my back. At least it wasn't my heart that was shot, but I think a lung may have been damaged. I was bleeding profusely from my chest and I was coughing blood. The man that I was trying to help crouched down to me and started putting pressure on the wound. He was trying to save me, but I don't think it would have done much good.

      My vision was starting grow darker. I looked around at everything around me and concentrated on my vision to keep it from going dark. As I was looking around, I noticed that I was wearing River's necklace for some reason. I remembered that her necklace could be used to teleport to a place you're thinking of. I held onto the necklace and started thinking about the desert. At this point the leader of the group stuck his gun to my head and decided that he would finish me off. Before he could fire, there was a flash of light and I had teleported.

      When the light faded away, I was staring up at a bright clear blue sky and lying in the sand. I noticed that it was much hotter here. My vision started to get darker again. I assumed it was because of my wound. I placed both of my hands on the right side of my chest where I was bleeding the most. I concentrated my magic there to heal the wound. As I did this, my vision slowly started coming back. After about a minute, I was fully healed and my vision was fine for the most part.

      I got back onto my feet and looked around. I saw a few pyramids very far off in the distance, but they didn't interest me. "Why did I teleport to the desert? There's nothing to do here," I said to myself. I then turned around and noticed that the Great Sphinx was behind me. At that moment I remembered the final task of the year. "Fix the nose, bring it to life, and ride it to the top of the pyramid," I said to help myself remember.

      I stood in front of the Sphinx and decided to use earth bending to fix the nose. I'm pretty sure the Sphinx is made of earth. I turned, stomped on the ground, and made a downward diagonal motion with my fist. As I did that, stone extended out of the Sphinx's face in the shape of a nose. It looked pretty nice.

      Next, I had to find a way to bring the Sphinx to life. The first thing that came to mind was the book of 500 spells I had. I summoned the book and began skimming through the pages. I stopped when I saw a spell named "Anima". Among hundreds of other spells, this one stood out to me. I think anima is Latin for life or soul, so it made sense to use this spell. I held my hand out towards the Great Sphinx and concentrated on it. I then shouted, "Anima!" and it started to glow a bit. After a few seconds, the Sphinx became alive and started to move. The ground shook as the Great Sphinx stood onto its feet and stretched its body.

      "Wow, that was impressive," I said. All that was left was to ride the Sphinx. I grew wings, flew up to the Sphinx, and landed on its back. "Go Sphinx! Ride to the Great Pyramid!" I yelled. The Sphinx then started running at an incredibly fast speed. I started to fall backwards, but I used my earth magic to root my feet to the Sphinx. Seconds later, we were at the pyramids and the Sphinx began running up the largest one. I then leaned forward and rooted my hands to the Sphinx to get a better grip. When we reached the top, the Sphinx made a pose and roared loudly. I guess it thought it was the king of the pyramid or something.

      After posing, the Sphinx stopped moving. I detached myself from its back and climbed up to its face. I stood on its nose and waved my hand in front of its eyes and received no reaction. "The Anima spell must have worn off," I said. I decided to cast the spell on the on the Sphinx again to see what would happen. After shouting "Anima!" the Sphinx glowed again. Its eyes blinked and it looked at me with angry eyes. It apparently didn't like me standing on its nose. It shook its head back and forth and I fell off. I landed about half way down the pyramid and started tumbling down. I think I rolled past my sister on the way down. Kind of makes sense for her to be there since she likes ancient Egyptian stuff.

      I woke up before I even got to the bottom of the pyramid. I can only land on my head so many times before waking up.
      lucid , task of the year
    9. Gorilla's Curse (February 16, 2013)

      by , 02-17-2013 at 03:32 AM (Chronicles of Ethos)

      Gorilla's Curse

      Most of my dreams last night were vivid, but unfortunately this one wasn't. There weren't a lot of details and I hardly remember anything. Me, Chris, and Lucia were sitting in a New York City park. They were trying to help me with the New York task of the year. They were reading a book that I found in a dream about a month ago. The book was said to contain over 500 spells I think.

      Chris and Lucia were fighting over the book and arguing about which spell to use. "We should use the gorilla's curse spell," Chris said. "Curses aren't good things! It could be permanent!" Lucia yelled. "Personally I think we should make a potion," I said. "Why?" Chris asked. "Well maybe it will only last a few minutes if it's a potion," I said. Doesn't sound logical now, but it somehow made sense at the time.

      I pulled a small vile of water out of my pocket. Chris then read something out of the spell book, but I'm not sure what he said. He cast the gorilla's curse on the water and it turned yellow. I then drank the potion. It tasted like lemon juice. After a few seconds, I instantly transformed into a giant gorilla in a puff of white smoke. I'm going to make a random guess that I was about 100 feet tall.

      I looked down and saw Chris and Lucia between my feet. I picked them up and dropped them on my right shoulder. "Now go climb to the top of the Empire State Building!" Lucia said. I walked through the city and made my way towards the tallest building. I was pretty much tip-toeing through the city, trying to avoid stepping on people and buildings. I'm pretty sure I didn't hurt anyone, but I stilled damaged a lot of cars and small buildings.

      When I came to the Empire State Building, I jumped onto it and used my gorilla skills to climb to the top. When I reached the top, there was a helicopter there. Inside the helicopter was Rick with an assault rifle. He pointed it at my face and started shooting at me. Luckily shooting a giant gorilla in the face will only cause minor bleeding, but it still hurts to be shot. I tried to yell at Rick to stop shooting at me, but a roar came out instead. Apparently my roar was powerful enough to blow the helicopter away into another building. The good news is Rick jumped out of the helicopter in time and grew wings to fly away. The bad news is he still wanted to get rid of the giant gorilla and called for back up.

      It wasn't long before military jets started flying by and shooting at me. Again, I will point out, it hurts to be shot. I managed knock down a couple jets before they fired missiles at me. The explosions from the missiles caused Chris to fall off of my shoulder. I tried to reach out to grab him, but I wasn't fast enough and missed. Lucia jumped off of my shoulder and dived towards the ground. She grabbed onto Chris and grew dragon wings. She then flew somewhere safe with him.

      While I was distracted by that, another barrage of missiles came flying at me. They knocked me off of the Empire State Building and I fell to the ground. I hit the ground pretty hard. My vision was blurry and I looked at my hand. I was in human form again. I'm not sure if I went back to normal before or after hitting the ground. I woke up shortly after I hit the ground.
      lucid , task of the year
    10. South Pole to North Pole (February 15, 2013)

      by , 02-16-2013 at 08:31 AM (Chronicles of Ethos)

      South Pole to North Pole

      I was on a ship heading to Antarctica. There was a lot of ice in the water, but our ship was capable of breaking it apart. We were only about a minute away from the mainland. It was summer and the sun was shining. I don't always notice the temperature in my dreams, but it was pretty damn cold. Luckily I like cold temperatures.

      The ship docked at a harbor that had been built on the beach. There were a few other boats at the harbor and many penguins. The penguins were working at the harbor doing things like loading and unloading cargo. It became obvious to me that the harbor was built and operated by penguins.

      The only human I saw was a woman on the beach. See was wearing a bikini and appeared to be sunbathing. I had to reality check at this because sunbathing in a bikini at subzero temperatures is pretty ridiculous.
      The reality check was successful and I became lucid. I'm not entirely sure, but I think the person might have been River. She tends to do weird stupid things like that.

      I decided to go explore the area and talk to some penguins. I jumped off the ship and landed on the docks. I was going to talk to the penguins in the harbor, but they looked pretty busy. So I left the harbor and went deeper inland. For the most part, everything was just snow, ice, and an occasional rock. Not too far away was a glacier that no doubt had something interesting at the top.

      I walked over to the glacier and inspected it. I felt the need to inspect a giant wall of ice for some reason. What I learned after inspecting it was that it was nothing but solid ice. "I bet I can use my claws to climb to the top of this," I said to myself. I transformed my hands and feet into those of a dragon. Being the idiot that I am, I chose to grow claws and climb the wall rather than growing wings and flying to the top. Well I guess it was more fun to climb it than it was to simply fly to the top.

      I pierced the ice with my claws and started climbing. It was fun, but there actually isn't a lot to say about it. After a few minutes I reached the edge and pulled myself to the top. At the top of the glacier I found a penguin base and a giant drill surrounded by several penguin soldiers. The drill was turned on and making a lot of noise. There was a penguin inside the drill who called out to me and said, "Greetings Dragonborn!" I recognized the voice and knew it was Sgt. Byrd.

      I walked up to the drill and yelled to him, "What the hell are you guys doing?" "We're about to dig our way into the north pole and establish a base in enemy territory!" he shouted. It was at this point that I remembered digging from the south pole to the north pole was a task of the year. "The north pole is enemy territory?" I asked. "Yes, it's the homeland of the polar bears," He said. Apparently penguins and polar bears don't get along. Or maybe these penguins are just delusional. Either way I decided to ask if I could help because I wanted to complete the task of the year. "Need any help?" I asked. "Yes, I'll dig and you can push," He said.

      I fully transformed into a dragon and powered up. Byrd started drilling through the ice and I hovered above the drill and began pushing it. Pushing the drill actually made a significant improvement in the speed and efficiency of the digging. I used my fire magic to heat the drill up so that it could melt the ice as it dug. We got through the ice pretty quickly and started digging through dirt. I then started to focus my earth magic in front of the drill to soften and push away the dirt and rocks.

      It wasn't long before we reached magma or some sort of hot liquid. I assumed that this was the outer core. "We have a bit of a problem!" Sgt. Byrd shouted to me. Apparently he didn't think he plan through enough and forgot that it gets pretty hot near the center of the Earth. The ship was starting to overheat, so I brought out my fury energy and created an energy shield around me and the ship. The shield would protect us from the magma and the heat. We moved pretty fast through this layer considering we didn't actually have to dig through anything.

      Things got a bit weird at the end of the outer core. The inner core was creating some sort of energy shield like mine that was keeping the hot liquid outer core at a distance. We were able to pass through this shield however, which was probably because of the energy from my shield. When we went through the energy shield, we fell a fair distance and landed on the inner core. I looked at it and it was made out of crystal. "It'll be impossible to drill through that!" Byrd said. "Wow, the Earth's core is made out of crystal!" I said.

      I noticed that the crystal glowed wherever I touched. I then remembered that usually happens when I come into contact with crystals. Dragonborns apparently have some weird magical connection to them. At that moment I realized that even though the drill can't dig through, I might be able to. "Follow me," I said. I put both of my hands on the crystal and started pushing forward. As I pushed forward, the crystal in front of me disappeared and I was able to create a tunnel. We made it through the inner core pretty quickly with the crystal disappearing on touch. It was pretty cool, but I wish I would have realized we could have walked around the inner core.

      When we got to the other side of the inner core, it was much like before, except gravity was working against us. The ship was built with a flight mode, so I didn't have to lift the ship, but I still had to push. Digging through the rest of the Earth was much like before, except we went through the layers backwards and flying up. I created a shield around us to protect us from the outer core, used earth magic to get through the dirt and rocks, and used fire magic to melt the ice of the north pole.

      When we reached the top, I felt pretty exhausted. I did a lot of work. I lied on the snowy ground and rested a bit. I looked around and I didn't see any polar bears. We appeared to be in Santa's village. "Looks like you'll have to build your base somewhere else," I told Sgt. Byrd. "This isn't a problem," Byrd said, "we'll just build our base a few miles out from here." I got up and said, "I'll help you set up your base if you want." "Soldier, enemy at 6 o'clock!" He shouted while pointing his flipper in my direction. "Wait, what?" I said while turning around.

      As I turned around, one of Santa's elves hit me in the face with a giant candy cane. I fell back onto the ground and he started beating me with the candy cane. Once Sgt. Byrd got out of the drill, the elf turned around and started running. I'm guessing the reason he ran away was because Sgt. Byrd had a rocket launcher. I saw a rocket fly over top of me and hit the elf. Luckily the explosion didn't kill him, but it knocked him out. It was pretty cartoony.

      I'm guessing the reason an elf attacked me is because me and Santa don't get along very well. More elves soon came and Sgt. Byrd started fighting with them. For some reason I was starting to pass out. I think it was due to the dream becoming unstable. When I passed out, I woke up.
      lucid , task of the year
    11. Vandalizing the Great Wall of China; Penguin Alliance (February 13, 2013)

      by , 02-14-2013 at 01:01 AM (Chronicles of Ethos)

      Vandalizing the Great Wall of China

      My vision was blurry and the dream was pretty unstable. I could tell that I was in a mountainous area and that there was a large structure nearby. I could hardly see anything though. I did notice that there was a stone brick lying on the ground in front of me. For some reason I had the urge to attempt to lift it up with telekinesis. The stone started to wobble a bit and when I raised my hand, the brick floated up into the air.I became lucid around this point because I realized that telekinesis would only be possible if I was dreaming. It was also around this point that the dream became more vivid and stable.

      I tossed the brick around with telekinesis and played with it for a bit. When I got bored with that, I looked at the structure next to me. It was the Great Wall of China. As I looked at it, I remembered the China task of the year. I remembered that I was supposed to vandalize the wall. I began charging a ball of earth energy between my two hands. As I was building up energy, I sensed someone coming up to me from behind. I turned around to see who it was. It was Lola.

      Lola is apparently the captain of the police force in the Dragonborn City. That made me worry that my vandalism might not go so well. "What are you doing," she asked. "Nothing," I said. "It doesn't look like nothing," she said looking at my ball of earth energy. "Well what does it look like?" I asked. "It looks like you're about to blast a hole through the Great Wall of China," she said.

      I finally charged enough energy and I decided that it would be better to ignore her and complete the task of the year. I turned around and threw the ball of earth magic at the wall. It caused a large portion of the wall to shatter apart and turn to dust, leaving a wide gap in the wall. "Why did you do that?!" she yelled. "Oops, my hand slipped," I said. "Give me one good reason why I shouldn't arrest you," she said. "Well I was going to fix it," I said. "Maybe I should just call the local authorities and let them take care of it," she said to herself. At that moment I remembered that I was also supposed to fight authorities with Kung Fu, so it would actually be a good thing if she called them. "That's a great idea Lola!" I said.

      She shook her head at me and pulled out her cell phone. As she was calling the local authorities, I started to use my earth magic to attempt to repair the wall. It wasn't perfect, but I think I did a pretty good job. By the time I was finished, 3 soldiers with spears had arrived on top of the wall. I grew dragon wings and flew up to the top of the wall. "Hello there," I said to the soldiers. They didn't seem very friendly however.

      One of the soldiers thrust their spear at me. I ducked out of the way and knocked the soldier to the ground with a leg sweep. Another one attacked me with a spear, but I blocked it with my arm. I then kicked him the side and tossed him off the wall. When the last soldier charged at me, I broke his spear in half with my arm and then punched him a few times. After that, they were all knocked out. "That was easy," I said.

      Lola flew to the top of the wall and landed in front of me. I knew she was going to arrest me and I didn't want to fight her. I already completed my goal, so I finally decided to cooperate with her. I raised my hands in the air to show that I surrendered. "Turn around and put your hands behind your back," she said. She pulled out a pair of handcuffs and put them around my wrists. "Your punishment will be to walk all the way around the wall," she said. "Wait, I'm not going to jail?" I asked. "No, I think this punishment is more fitting," she said. I looked in the distance and tried to estimate how long of a walk it would be. I came to the conclusion that it would be exhausting to walk that far. "Can I choose prison instead?" I asked. "No, start walking," she said.

      So I started walking along the Great Wall of China. I spent most of my time viewing the scenery. As I walked, the dream started to destabilize, and I woke up after about 5 minutes or so of walking. I call it a good thing.

      Penguin Alliance

      I was lucid right from the beginning of this dream. I was in Australia walking down the street of some neighborhood with my daughter Lucia. I was apparently there to meet up with a group of penguins. I was going to make an alliance between penguins and Dragonborns. Lucia was with me because she thought Australia would be fun.

      "Why do you want to make an alliance with penguins?" she asked. "Experience has taught me that it's better to make friends with a penguin and not enemies. They can also be very dependable," I said. I have no idea what experience I was talking about, but I'll take my word for it. Maybe I was thinking about the Penguins of Madagascar or Sgt. Byrd from Spyro.

      We walked up to a house that I somehow recognized as the penguin's base. I walked onto the porch and knocked on the door. I heard a male voice from the other side say, "Who is it?" I stated my full name and said why I was there. "Okay, you're safe. Come on in," he said. I tried to open the door, but it wouldn't budge. "The door won't open," I said. "Oh I forgot, that door is broken. You'll have to use the penguin entrance," he said. I looked down and next to the regular door was a small door built for penguins.

      I opened the tiny door and crawled through the hole into the house. Lucia then tried to crawl through, but she got stuck. I grabbed both of her hands and pulled her in. Once we were inside, we were greeted by a penguin who actually did seem a lot like Sgt. Byrd. "Welcome to our base," he said saluting us. When Lucia saw the penguin, she immediately picked it up and hugged it tight. "It's so cute!" she shouted. "Unhand me soldier!" He yelled. "She's not a soldier, she's my daughter," I said laughing. "I don't care what she is, I want to be put down!" he said. So Lucia put him back on the ground.

      Sgt. Byrd showed us around the base. On the outside it looked like an ordinary house. On the inside however, it was like a military or spy base for penguins. "Wow, penguins are pretty cool," Lucia said. Byrd then led us to room where penguins were monitoring their spy cameras. One screen that stood out to me, was a camera monitoring a great white shark. "We'll gladly agree to your alliance," Sgt. Byrd said, "but only if you help us out with a small problem." "What do you need?" I asked. "A great white shark has gone mad and is constantly terrorizing the Great Barrier Reef. It's throwing the ecosystem far off balance. We need you to get rid of it using any means necessary," He said. "Sure, no problem. I've fought with sharks before," I said.

      Me and Lucia crawled back out the penguin door and walked outside. "The first thing we need to do is get to the beach," I said. We got into a car that I had apparently left on the side of the street. I stepped on the gas and started driving in the direction that I thought the beach was. We were driving down a hill with a stop sign at the bottom, so I stepped on the brakes. The brakes weren't working however and I tell that we were going to crash. I held onto Lucia and the car crashed into a tree. Luckily we weren't going too fast and neither of us got hurt.

      "I am never driving another car again. Something always goes wrong," I said. "So how are we going to get to the beach?" she asked me. We both got out of the car and the first thing that came to my mind was an ATV. I summoned an ATV in front of me and mounted it. "This is much better," I said. "How is that better?" she asked. "So far I haven't had any bad luck with these things," I said. She sat behind me and held on. I began driving in the direction of the beach again and the dream skipped ahead.

      I drove the ATV onto the beach and we got off. I looked off into the distance and saw River in the ocean riding a sea turtle. When she saw me she smiled and waved at me and I waved back. Nothing she does really surprises me anymore. Next thing I know, Lucia is wearing a bikini and running towards the ocean. She picked up a a sea turtle that was swimming in the water and started riding it like River. It was at this point that I remembered that one of the tasks of the year was to ride a sea turtle at the Great Barrier Reef and bite a shark. It's great when the dream finds a way to put you in a scenario that encourages it.

      I ran into the water and searched for a sea turtle. I saw a large one swimming out into the deeper waters. I swam over to it and grabbed on to it's back. "Can you take me to the great barrier Reef?" I asked the turtle, "I need to save it from a shark." The turtle made some sort of grunt sounds, which I assumed meant "yes". The turtle dove under the water and took me with it. At first I was worried about drowning, but then I remembered that I can breathe underwater.

      Before I knew it, we were at the Great Barrier Reef. I could see great walls of coral with tons of different kinds of fish swimming around them. It was like a city for fish and marine life. As we swam around the reef, I asked the turtle, "Do you know where the shark is?" The turtle then turned and started swimming in another direction. Off in the distance, I could see the great white shark swimming towards us. I got off the turtle and told it to get somewhere safe. I then transformed into a dragon, hoping that it would help me swim better.

      When the shark got closer, I remembered that the task was to bite it. I thought that was crazy at first, but considering I have dragon teeth, I figured I might be able to bite the shark just as hard as it could bite me. The shark came charging at me with it's mouth wide open. I dove out of the way and it missed me. It then circled back and charged at me again. I took a swipe at its snout with my claws and it stopped attacking me for a moment. I then charged some poison magic into my teeth and bite shark's back. After being poisoned, the shark had no fight left in it and fell to the ocean floor. I think it was safe to say that it was dead now.

      With the shark problem solved, I decided to swim back up to the surface to check on Lucia. Lucia had apparently managed to catch a sea turtle that was like twice my size. She was using the turtle to surf along the waves. I don't really enjoy things like swimming or surfing much, so I decided to swim back to the beach. The turtle that helped me out earlier came back to the surface and let me ride him back to shore.

      As we got closer to the beach, my vision started to become blurry. When I stepped onto the beach, I could tell that I was starting to lose touch with my senses and that my dream was becoming unstable. I tried to fight it, but it wasn't long before I fell to the ground and woke up.

      Updated 02-16-2013 at 03:37 AM by 32005

      lucid , task of the year
    12. Crystal Crossbow (February 12, 2013)

      by , 02-13-2013 at 09:05 AM (Chronicles of Ethos)

      Crystal Crossbow

      I don't remember much of the beginning of this dream. The earliest thing I remember was sitting at a workbench in a smithy/workshop. The smithy was located within the Dragonborn city. I seem to be having more dreams there, which is a good thing. I was planning to build a crossbow out of crystal. Chris was also there to help me out.

      There was a crossbow blueprint spread out across the table. I looked at the blueprint and analyzed it, but I don't think I actually understood much of it. I started the process by placing a bucket full of crystals inside the forge. Chris shoveled some coal into the flames while I worked the bellows to pump air into the forge. As I was pumping, Rick walked into the workshop with a few guns.

      "Hey Rick, what are doing here?" I asked. "I come here every so often to repair broken weapons," he said. Rick laid an assault rifle on a workbench and began searching for tools and parts. "So what about you guys? What are you up to?" he asked. "We're smelting crystal in the forge. I'm attempting to craft a crystal crossbow," I said.

      After about a minute, I figured the crystal was melted. I grabbed the bucket with tongs and laid some kind of crossbow shaped mold on the table. I poured the molten liquid into the mold until it was filled. There was still some liquid left in the container, so I placed it back in the forge to use later. When the liquid in the mold cooled a bit, I picked it up with the tongs. I thought about hitting it with a hammer on the anvil, but I figured that would do more harm than good. So I submerged the crossbow in a tank of water so it would completely cool and harden.

      I laid the crossbow on the table and opened a box next to it that contained crossbow parts. Most of the parts in the box were small random metal pieces that were obviously important. I had no idea how they worked or what to do with them though. I had a feeling it would take me a while to figure it out. "Chris, go ahead an use the remaining crystal to make some bolts," I said. "No problem," he said. Chris then pulled out another mold for bolts and began pouring the liquid into it.

      I started looking through the parts and figure out how each one functioned. After studying them for a while, I finally yelled, "What the hell am I supposed to do with these?!" Rick then got up and looked at my problem. "Don't worry, this is simple stuff. Let me show you where everything goes," he said. Rick apparently knew a lot about weapon mechanics and was very skilled at putting them together. Rick showed me how to attach the trigger, the bowstring, the other parts of the firing mechanism, the shoulder strap, and the reflex sight.

      "Yay," I said once we were finished. I picked it up and looked at Chris through the reflex sight. He was apparently making the final touches to the bolts at the anvil. "Hey Chris, check it out," I said. He jumped when he saw the crossbow pointed at him and said, "Don't point that thing at me!" "Sorry," I said and swung the crossbow over my shoulder. "I'm done with the crystal bolts," he said and handed me a quiver of about 20 bolts. "Thanks Chris," I said. "So what are you going to do now?" Rick said. "I think I'm going to go complete the Roman task of the year now," I said.

      I ran outside and grew dragon wings. I started flying in the direction that I assumed was towards Rome. After a few minutes of flight, the dream skipped. I think I forced the dream skip so I could get to Rome sooner. It was now night time and I landed in front of the Colosseum. Before I walked in, Krystal teleported in front of me. "What are you doing here?" She asked. "I was just about to ask you that. I'm here to fight to the death with gladiators," I told her. She stared at me for a moment before I said, "Don't worry, I'll be fine." "I'm coming with you to be sure," she said. I didn't see a point in arguing it, so we entered the Colosseum together.

      The Colosseum was a bit different from what I expected. There were thousands of fans seated around the Colosseum. There were very bright lights above to keep the area illuminated. Rather than an open arena, there were stone walls in the center that created a maze-like area to fight in. The thing that stood out to me the most though, was the jumbotron floating above the arena. "Wow, things have changed a lot in the last couple thousand years. Check out the giant TV," I said.

      A man started talking over a mic, but I can't remember what he was talking about. He was trying to get the spectators excited for the most part. When the competition began, I entered the maze through the entrance on the left and Krystal entered the one on the right. So much for staying together. I readied my crossbow and walked through the maze cautiously. Despite the lights around the Colosseum, it was fairly dark within the maze. I activated my dragon sight to help me see better.

      I wandered through the maze for a while without encountering anyone. As I came to a corner, I heard someone coming around from the other side. I stopped and tried to remain silent so that they wouldn't sense me. A wolf then came around the corner and jumped at me. I was going to shoot it, but I realized it was Krystal in wolf form and stopped. She knocked me to the ground and she was probably about to rip out my throat. She realized it was me though and got off of me.

      "Let's try not to split up again," I said getting up. I took point and we kept on moving through the maze until we reached the center. In the center was an open grassy area. There was also a pond, a tree, and a small building of some sort. Four warriors had been battling there, but two of them had been slain by the time we got there. All that was left was a man and a woman who were apparently a team like us.

      We had the element of surprise, so I aimed at the woman and fired my crossbow. She sensed the bolt coming though and blocked it with her sword. After that, I had a feeling my crossbow wouldn't be of much help, so I summoned my crystal sword. Krystal fought with the woman and I fought with the man.

      The man fought with a giant battle axe and the force like a Jedi. He liked to use those force powers to push me and throw me around a lot. After a minute into the battle, he pulled my sword away from me and then launched me through the wall of the building. As I got up, I saw him crawl through the wall with his axe. He kind of looked like he wanted to chop off my head. I quickly grabbed my crystal crossbow and pulled the string back. I loaded a bolt into the crossbow and charged it with fire energy. By the time I was ready to fire, he was only a few feet away from me and he began to swing his axe. I fired at him, and when the crystal fire bolt hit, it exploded. The explosion knocked me back across the room and destroyed the other warrior. "Holy shit, it's like firing a rocket launcher!" I said.

      I got up and walked back out of the building to help Krystal. She was still fighting with the other woman and didn't seem to be doing too well. I pulled the string back and loaded another crystal bolt. I imbued this bolt with wind energy to increase its speed, power, and accuracy. I looked through the reflex sight and aimed at the woman. I also slowed down time to improve my aim. When I fired, the bolt went straight through the woman like a bullet.

      After she was defeated, the guy with the mic said, "Now it's time for the zombie round!" Immediately after that, zombies started to gather around us. It was a bit unexpected. The dream started to destabilize as we fought the zombies. I managed to kill a good number of them with wind and fire bolts before I woke up.
      lucid , task of the year
    13. Witch's House (February 6, 2013)

      by , 02-11-2013 at 08:49 AM (Chronicles of Ethos)

      Witch's House

      It was raining and I was being chased down the road by a dog. I saw a house nearby that felt familiar to me. I was a little far from town and I figured the house could shelter me from the rain and protect me from the dog. As I ran towards it, I thought, "What if it's locked?" Immediately after that I had what felt like a memory. I'm not sure if these were just false memories or if they were from a long forgotten dream. What I remembered was that there was a bone in the doghouse that acted as a key to the door.

      I ran to the dog house and grabbed the bone inside. It looked like the remains of a human hand. When I turned around, the dog was right in front of me. It jumped onto me and knocked me to the muddy ground. It bit my arm as I tried to protect my face. I pushed him off and ran to the porch. There were odd holes on the surface of the door. I had another memory, a vision of me putting the fingers of the hand into those holes to unlock the door. So I did exactly what I saw in the memory. I heard a click and I opened the door and went inside. I slammed the door shut and the dog ran into it. He growled and scratched at the door for a minute before running off.

      I walked into the foyer and had another memory. The memory was of me walking in and greeting a woman. She seemed strange. "Why am I having these memories?" I asked myself. "Are these memories from a dream? Is this a dream?" I did my reality check where I feel the dream and it was a success.
      I could feel that I was dreaming. I probably should have just left the house and done one of the things on my to-do list. I didn't leave though because I was curious about these weird memories.

      The house was dark, but there was still enough light for me to look around. At the end of the foyer was a door and behind it I remembered that there was a storage room. There was also a staircase in the foyer, but something told me to avoid it. To the left was a living room and to the right was a dining room. The longer I was in the house, the more uneasy I felt. Everything around me felt sinister.

      Out of nowhere I had a memory that simply told me where I was. I was in what was known as the witch's house. "Oh shit, where's the witch at?" I said quietly. I remembered that the witch was evil and she had done something horrible to me. I then heard someone opening the door behind me. I transformed my hand into a dragon hand and turned around to attack the person who walked in. I pushed her against the door and I was about to slit her throat with my claws, but I stopped. Due to the circumstances, I thought it was the witch who came in, but it was actually River, my dream guide.

      "Sorry," I said as I let go of her, "I could have sworn you were someone else." She was soaking wet and trying to dry out her hair. "But I thought you could always sense who was nearby," She said. "Normally I can," I said, "but all I can sense in this place is evil." She walked into the living room and took a rest on the couch. Nothing seemed to be bothering her. "It does feel a little weird here, but I think you're over reacting," she said. "What are you doing here anyways?" I asked her. "I came in here to get out of the rain and because I saw you walk in here." She said. I think she was stalking me again, but that was the least of my worries. I decided it would better to get us somewhere safe instead of searching for my memories. "River, get up, we're going home," I said. "But we just got here," she said, "Let's take a look around." I tried to open the door, but it was stuck and I couldn't get out. So I figured I didn't really have a choice other than to look around.

      I went into the living room and sat on the couch with River. I was hoping that I would remember something if I sat in the room. I wasn't able to come up with any memories though. "Are you okay? You're dripping with blood," she said. After she said that, I realized that my left arm had been bleeding since I was bitten by the dog. I then had a memory of me lying on the floor in the living room. I was bleeding and the witch was standing over me with a bloody dagger. She apparently needed my blood for something. This memory disturbed me.

      River started to shake me because I wasn't paying attention. "Don't worry about it, I'm fine," I said. "Let me heal it," she said. She placed her hands over my wound and she tried to use her magic to heal me. There was only a spark of light however. "Aww, my magic isn't working here," She said. "The witch must have used an enchantment or something that prevents the use of magic," I said. River then wrapped bandages around my wound and it started to feel better.

      After that, we walked back into the foyer. I was planning to search the dining room and River started to walk up the stairs. This brought back another memory. In the memory, I was being dragged up the stairs by the witch and thrown into a room. I didn't seem to have much fight left in me. The room had blood pooling on the floor and gore splattered on the walls. There was some kind of tree growing in the center. The roots and branches of the tree started moving. They were violent and began to grab me and attack me. I think the tree was carnivorous and trying to eat me.

      The roots and branches grabbed my arms, legs, and head and lifted me into the air. They started pulling and were trying to tear my body apart. I didn't have enough strength to resist it. Then without thinking, I breathed fire at the tree and it started to burn. The tree dropped me back into the pool of blood. It then began to splash itself with blood in an attempt to put out the fire. I used this time to escape, though I'm not sure how.

      When I came out of the memory, I realized that the tree is most likely still alive and that River might open its door. I ran up the stairs to River and she opened the door I was worried about. She looked into the room and said, "I think I'm going to be sick." A bloody root then grabbed her foot right at the moment I grabbed her. She was screaming as it tried to pull her in. I was strong enough to pull River away from it and I slammed the door shut on the root. She was safe now, but I think she passed out. I carried her down into the living room and laid her on the couch.

      I figured the living room was safe enough for her to be alone, so I left to search the dining room. There wasn't really anything there worth noting except another memory it triggered. This memory was before all the violent stuff started happening. I was sitting at the table and she made me some tea. I didn't notice it at the time, but the memory showed me that she had put some sort of poison or drug in the tea. After taking a sip of the tea, I fell to the floor and nearly passed out. It explains why I didn't have much fight in me before.

      I don't think there were really anymore rooms with memories tied to them left for me to explore. I decided I would go into the kitchen to see if I could find a way out. Something didn't feel right about the kitchen though. I stepped on the tile floor and immediately jumped back as a spike came out of the tile I stepped on. A spike rises out of the floor when you step on a tile. Apparently there was something worth guarding beyond the kitchen. I figured I could avoid the spikes if I ran around and jumped a lot, so I did just that.

      There was a door on the other side of the kitchen and I assumed that the witch's secret was behind that door. I sensed that there was something dangerous about the door. I opened the door and I immediately rolled onto the counter to my right. The door was a trap that launched several rather large leeches at me, but I avoided them. I walked into the room and inside there was only a hole with a ladder to a basement or cellar. I didn't feel comfortable about wandering to far away from River or going down that hole alone.

      I went back to the living room to check on River. She was awake now and looked a bit better. "How are you feeling?" I asked her. She looked at me and got mad and said, "You left me!" "I saved you!" I said. She was about to yell something back at me, but I heard someone outside and whispered to her to be quiet. The person came onto the porch and I started thinking of places to hide. The storage room came to mind and I quickly snuck over to it with River. We hid inside the storage room just before they came into the house.

      I soon heard the voice of the witch say, "There's mud and blood on the floor. It seems we have visitors. Now where could they be hiding?" I thought River was about to panic, so I covered her mouth with my hand. The witch was inspecting the mud on the floor and muttering something about the mess we made. River was mad about me covering her mouth and she bit my hand. "Ouch, what was that for?" I asked. At that moment I thought we were pretty much caught because the witch surely would have heard that. Then River said, "I was trying to tell you that we can teleport away from here," she said. "Why did I never think of that?" I asked myself. "Hurry up and grab onto my necklace!" she said.

      I grabbed onto the necklace that River was wearing and we started to glow. The witch opened the door to the storage room, but she was too late. There was a flash of light and we were teleported to the Dragonborn city on the floating islands. We were now sitting under a tree in the park, taking a moment to relax. Things finally felt peaceful. "I can't believe we made it out of that house alive," I said. "What should we do now?" she asked. "I'm going to call the police and let them take care of the problem. I'm done with that place," I said.

      The dream then skipped ahead to me sitting in the back of a police van. Chris, Claire, and Kira were also sitting with me. A woman with pink hair was driving the van and a man with red hair was sitting in the passenger seat. I think the woman's name was Lola and the man's name was Rick. I assumed that they were Dragonborns. Behind the van were a few other police vehicles. We were heading back to the witch's house.

      "Why do I have to come? I'm sick of that house," I said. Lola said, "You're here because you know more about the witch and the house than anyone else does. We need you for this." Rick then said, "It was also your idea to raid the house, so it makes sense for you to come along." I turned towards the others and asked, "Why are you guys here then?" "We're here to assist you obviously," Claire said. "When was the last time we went on an adventure anyways?" Chris asked. "I'm pretty sure we went on one earlier this week." I said "Well one isn't enough! We should be having more adventures!" he said. "Why isn't Krystal here?" Kira asked. "I wanted her to stay home and make sure Lucia didn't try to come with us," I said.

      By the time we were done chatting, the van stopped and we were outside the house. We grabbed our weapons and exited the vehicle. We approached the house and the other police officers, who were likely also Dragonborns, followed behind us. The house appeared to be surrounding by sort of force field. The witch could be seen in the front window smiling at us. "Come out of the house with your hands up!" Rick shouted. "I don't think that's going to work," I said to him. "Well I have to say it," he said. The witch pulled out a wand and began shooting fireballs at us. We started shooting at her, but our bullets couldn't penetrate the force field. We then tried using our own elemental magic against the force field, but that was also ineffective.

      The witch threw a fireball straight at me and I rolled to the left. The fireball missed and blew up the van behind me. "This isn't working, I think we should send in the SWAT team!" I yelled. Lola yelled back at me, "We are the SWAT team!" "That's just not fair," I said. Rick was over behind the doghouse calling us. He appeared to be leading the "SWAT" team. Me, Chris, Claire, Lola, and Kira gathered behind the doghouse with Rick and waited for his instructions. "You," he said pointing at me, "break down the door. I'll cover you."

      I powered up and formed ball of elemental earth energy in my hands. I then charged towards the door and hit it with this ball of energy. As the door blasted apart, Rick breathed a large cloud of smoke over the area and the 6 of us rushed into the house. Me, Rick, and Lola activated our dragon sight ability so that we could see better through the smoke. I could see the witch's aura and a bunch of small gremlin-like creatures. The witch appeared to be gathering power for a spell, and the monsters were preparing to attack.

      Chris, Claire, and Kira remained hidden in the smoke while me, Lola, and Rick fought the gremlins. I did a partial dragon transformation so that I would have claws, horns, wings, and a tail to fight with. The gremlins were no match for us because they couldn't see us, but we could see them. All of their attacks were completely off and our attacks were perfect. After the gremlins were dealt with, the three of us attacked the witch. Rick fired his assault rifle at her and she created a magic shield around herself to block attacks. As Rick was distracting her, I came at her from above and destroyed her shield with a blast of fury energy. Lola then rushed in from behind pinned the witch down. By the time the smoke cleared, she was arrested and the battle seemed to be over.

      As Lola was handcuffing the witch, the witch seemed to have either died or fainted. Above her body appeared a sinister ethereal creature holding a scythe or sickle-like weapon. The only name that comes to mind when I think of it is reaper. We knew this reaper was going to put up a greater fight, so Rick ordered us to get into formation. I fully transformed into a dragon and Rick and Lola also performed partial transformations to grant them each claws, horns, wings, and a tail. Claire prepared bolts of lightning in her hands, Kira drew out her swords, and Chris readied his bow and arrow. Me, Rick, and Lola were in the front, Kira was in the middle, and Chris and Claire were in the back. The battle was ready to start back up again.

      We all attacked the reaper at once with different weapons and magical attacks, but everything phased through it. For some reason the reaper ignored everyone in the front and went straight to Claire. It tried to attack Claire, but Chris defended her. Kira attacked the reaper with her swords right at this moment and wounded it. We learned that it needed to become tangible when attacking, which is when it would be best to attack it. After being wounded though, the reaper fled down the hole in the room beyond the kitchen.

      Chris was wounded, so I told Rick, Lola, and Kira to chase after the reaper. I stayed behind to heal Chris and Claire stayed behind to yell at him. She was mad at him because he got hurt by trying to protect her. I looked at him closer and he had a large cut across his chest. I placed both hands over his wound healed him with my magic. I must be getting better at it because it only took me about a minute to heal him. I thought he would want to rest after that, but he actually wanted to keep going.

      The three of us went into the room on the other side of the kitchen and jumped down the hole. The hole dropped down into a large arena where the others were fighting the reaper. They were even getting some hits in. When the reaper saw us drop in, it stopped fighting and flew to the other side of the room. On the other side of the room was a pedestal with a bowl on top. The reaper began pouring blood out of a bottle into the bowl. "Hey! That's my blood!" I shouted. It was apparently the blood the witch took from me.

      The reaper lit the bowl on fire and escaped into a room beyond the arena. A great metal door then slammed shut behind it. Most likely due to the flaming blood ritual, a several dragons began rising out of the ground below us. "What did that thing just do?" Lola asked. "I think it used my blood to raise an army of undead dragons," I said. Considering that we were fighting undead dragons, the fight went pretty well.

      We killed a few of them, but they were beginning to overwhelm us. As we defended ourselves from the dragons, Chris noticed a scroll on the ledge above the door. I flew up there and grabbed the scroll. I read the scroll aloud, hoping that it would make something good happen. I can't remember what the scroll said, but the spell caused the dragons to become dead again and the door opened.

      There was then a sudden earthquake or explosion that knocked me off the ledge. Rick then said that me and him would be able to finish the rest of the mission. He told Lola to fly everyone out of there and to get some place safe. I wasn't sure how only the two of us would be able to handle the situation, but I trusted Rick's decision.

      We ran into the next room which was some kind of magma chamber. We had to fly over the magma to get to a chamber on the other side. "Judging by the structure of this place, there's likely an entire dragon burial ground in the next chamber," Rick said. "We have to stop that thing from resurrecting all of those dragons," I said. When we reached the burial ground, the reaper was only trying to resurrect one dragon. Because of us, it didn't have time to resurrect all the dragons. The particular dragon it was trying to resurrect though appeared to be a king.

      Using the same ritual as before, it brought the dragon to life. The reaper then possessed the dragon to gain full control of it. Rick fully transformed into a dragon and we prepared to fight. Rick charged towards it with flaming claws and got a few hits in, but the dragon knocked him back into the wall with its tail. The dragon then breathed fire at me. I countered it by throwing a blast of air at the flames. I summoned my crystal sword and ran through the scattered flames towards the dragon and tried to attack it. The dragon blocked my sword with its horns and knocked me back.

      "Keep it busy for me, I have a plan," Rick said. He flew back into the magma chamber to do something and I got back up to face the dragon. I began building up fury energy. It breathed another wave of fire at me and I generated a energy shield around me for protection. I charged at it and continued trying to slash at it with my sword.

      After a few minutes into the battle, there was huge explosion. Must have been Rick. Magma began flooding through the tunnels and into the room. When magma started flowing into the room, I unleashed a wave of fury energy at the dragon. The dragon was knocked back into the magma. It and the reaper were now gone. I knew that the whole place would be flooded soon, so I quickly started flying back out. I met up with Rick partway and he guided me towards the exit.

      I don't remember anything beyond this except that we all got out alive and lived happily ever after. I hardly write in my DJ anymore, but for some reason I felt like this one needed to be written.
      lucid , nightmare , memorable
    14. Angel Falls TOTY (January 5, 2013)

      by , 01-05-2013 at 09:31 PM (Chronicles of Ethos)

      Angel Falls TOTY

      I lost stability in the last dream and woke up. I used it as an opportunity to perform a DEILD. I wanted to go back into the dream I was just in because I realized the place would be very good for the Angel Falls task of the year. I rolled over and tried to think of the scene of the last dream I was in. For some reason a scene from a dream I had the night before came to mind though. When I went into the dream, I ended up in that scene instead. The scene was a house next to a river that had been wrecked by a dragon. It was a cool dream so I might write it tomorrow.

      I was in the dream, in the wrecked house, and I was lucid. I looked around and realized that this place wasn't where I wanted to be. I was tempted to stay in this scene and continue from where I left off the night before. I thought about it for a moment, but decided that I should do a task of the year. I gathered some energy in my hand and made a swiped at the space in front of me. This swipe ripped open a hole in space-time and jumped in. The portal took me to the void. While thinking of the scene from the previous dream, I opened up another portal while focusing my memory on it. I jumped through the new portal and fell into the new scene.

      I was on top of a mountain now. It was very flat and open there. I could hear the rumbling of the waterfall, so I walked towards it. I looked over the edge of the cliff and saw a rain forest below and a river running through it. Next to me was the waterfall which I assumed was Angel Falls. At the bottom of it was a large pool of water that emptied into the river.

      My task was to jump off of Angel Falls. So I simply did that. I jumped off the cliff and into the waterfall. I slid along the outside of the waterfall as I fell. I landed in the pool of water at the bottom, which was very deep. I went down pretty far below the surface. Luckily I can breathe underwater in dreams. The pool of water was surprisingly calm.

      I swam back up towards the surface as quickly as I could. As I got closer, I noticed there were a few people swimming in the water. When I came to the surface, I looked at them. I recognized one of them as River, my dream guide. River was excited to see me and impressed by my jump. I can't really remember the actual conversation though.

      On land, I saw a couple men loading some crates onto a truck. They seemed suspicious to me I guess. I used the dragon morph on my eyes to give myself dragon vision. Dragon sight gave me the ability to see auras/energies. When I looked at the crates, I noticed that there were a few shadow men stuffed inside. It seemed like they were trapped inside, which I thought was hilarious, but it was also very strange. Something just as strange in of the crates was a large bell. The reason I thought it was strange was because only magical or living things should have an aura.

      I started swimming over towards the shore so I could question those guys about it. As I was swimming over, I heard a roar and looked up at the sky. I saw a large group of dragons flying over us. It was just like the group of dragons in the dream I had the night before. A dragon then came down from over the mountain and landed on a nearby rock. I could tell it was about to breathe fire at us. I immediately grabbed River and dove under the water. The fire hit the water, but we were safe. A few seconds later the dragon just flew off and forgot about us.

      I rose back up to the surface with River and swam to the shore. The men with the crates were now gone. I chose to chase after the dragons. I called to River for her to follow me and ran into the rain forest. I just kept on running in the general direction that the dragons were flying. I wasn't running through the forest for long before the dream destabilized and I woke up.
      lucid , task of the year
    15. Basic Task ii; Advanced Task ii (January 1, 2013)

      by , 01-03-2013 at 07:33 AM (Chronicles of Ethos)

      Basic Task ii

      I didn't sleep very well last night. It felt like I kept going in and out of a dream for over an hour. I hardly remember the dream however. One of the times I woke up though, I managed to become aware of what was happening. I took advantage of it and performed a DEILD. I soon found myself standing on the side of a street around sunset. Krystal and Lucia were there with me. The dream wasn't very clear. The scenery and details were very lacking.

      I had the task of the month and the task of the year on my mind. The only task that came to mind was the second basic task of the month. The number I was thinking of was 76. I told Krystal and Lucia, "I'm thinking of a number between 1 and 100, what is it?" Immediately after saying that, they both replied simultaneously, "76." "It's no fun when you can both read my mind." I said. They laughed and the dream faded away again.

      Advanced Task ii

      It was nearing sunset in a city that reminds me of what I think I Mayan city would be like. I was running along the main road towards a temple. I then began running up the steps. Running eventually turned to crawling and I was exhausted when I reached the top. A man was there at the top of the temple. He grabbed my hand and helped me to my feet. He appeared to be the king of this city. He was wearing a crown anyways.

      Standing on top of the temple behind the king was a large palace. On the right side of the temple I could see a group of people who were most likely the king's subordinates. On the left side of the temple I saw Chris, Claire, River, Krystal, and Lucia. The king welcomed me and guided me over to them.
      I became lucid around this point because I tend to associate the five of them with dreaming.

      I was going to go over to Chris to talk to him, but I noticed Lucia somehow got her foot stuck in a hole. I walked over to her and pulled her out. I then went back to Chris and asked him, "Where are we and what are we doing here?" "Didn't you read the invitation? It should be in your pocket." He said. "I have a million things in my pocket you know. It's easy to lose track of things." I said. I reached into my pocket and pulled out an invitation. Most of it was either gibberish or simply forgotten. Basically it said that we were invited to the temple as honored guests for a traditional festival. I looked down to the city below and the city was filled with people and decorations. They set that up pretty fast.

      Some time passed as I talked with other people about things. I think it was about some adventure I was supposed to be going on soon. Unfortunately I've forgotten most of what we talked about. I remember me and Claire were pissing each other off as usual. She tried to throw me off the temple at one point. I just transformed into a dragon and flew right back up. Later Chris handed me a box of fireworks and wanted me to launch them for the festival. He said he was supposed to take care of it, but he had something important to do with Claire. They ran off somewhere before I could even ask questions.

      I walked over to River and asked, "Where should we launch these fireworks?" "Oh, I know! We can launch them from the launch pad!" She said. "This place has a launch pad? Can you take me there?" I asked. "Yeah, it's this way." She said.

      This next part is kind of hard to describe. We walked to the side of the palace and there was some kind of ladder there. It was more like climbing the side of a cliff though and it was enclosed. For this reason I couldn't just fly up there. Or maybe I could have but was to stupid to think of it. I strapped the box of fireworks to my back. River went up first and I followed her. It was incredibly awkward and difficult climbing up. When we reached the top, we were in some sort of chamber with a helicopter pad.

      We had about 20 fireworks or so. Originally I was just going to scatter them randomly around the room, but River wanted to arrange them into the shape of a smiley face. So that's what we did. If you looked at it from above, it would look like this . "I'm guessing you want a smiley face pattern in the sky, but I don't think that's going to work." I said. "Why wouldn't it?" She asked. "Never mind, this is a dream so I may as well work." I said.

      We stood back and I prepared fire in my hands. I shot tiny balls of fire at each rocket to ignite them. I then plugged my ears and watched the show. There wasn't really anything significant for me to go on about except that one of the explosions was in fact a smiley face.

      After the fireworks show, the king told me that it was time for the hot air balloon ride. Oddly, he said it as though this was absolutely necessary. He said I could only bring two people with me. I immediately chose Krystal and Lucia. We then had to climb back up that weird ladder to the launch pad. I didn't think Lucia would be able to climb on her own, so I carried her on my back as we climbed. On the launch pad an air balloon was waiting for us. We stepped inside and someone released the rope that anchored it to the ground. The balloon immediately began to ascend into the air.

      After we were really high up above the city, I looked down at it. It turns out we were higher than I originally thought. The city was built on top of a very tall mountain. I spent a great deal of time just observing the landscape below. It was really amazing. I think Krystal and Lucia enjoyed it even more than I did. They couldn't believe how amazing and beautiful everything was. I'd like to describe the scene more, but I don't think I would be capable of that. As the ride went on, I began to lose stability and things got blurry. I woke up soon after.
      lucid , task of the month
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