Sky Alton

Quest 1: April

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  Ash slips and slides under your feet, nearly sending you to your knees (again). You pause, taking deep breaths of the soupy air. A faint breeze ripples over the blasted landscape. The path curves around a shoulder of volcanic rock up ahead. You’ve no idea how much longer it will take to reach the summit. Or, you think as another plume of smoke shoots into the air, whether you really want to. You stumble on up the track, running over the only clue you have to what you’re here to retrieve


 The Treasure (10 beans):

Crafted of gold by Hephaestus, I make you fleet of foot. What am I?

  Do some research and put your answer at the top of your submission


  You make it a little further before you have to pause, sinking down on a rock. You slowly turn your head, taking in the desolation around you.


 The Journey (20 beans):

Make a graphic of the volcanic landscape you’ve found yourself in. Upload your image to an image hosting site and include the URL in your submission.


  The air is much colder up near the top. A bird cries from somewhere above and a fleeting dark shadow passes low over you. The wind whips gritty ash into your face and you duck your head, trying to protect your eyes. You are so preoccupied with this that you nearly pitch forward into a deep crater with sheer sides. Scrambling to regain your footing on the disintegrating ground, you catch sight of a gleam of gold in the dark depths of the hole. The treasure is down there, far out of your reach. The bird from before, a magnificent gold and red phoenix, comes into land on a boulder around 20 feet away and gives you a look as if to say ‘so, now what you gonna do?’


Victory (20 beans):

  In 100 words, describe how you would retrieve the treasure from the hole. There is no right or wrong answer: just so long as it makes sense.

You have: What’s around you as well  as a length of rope (but nowhere to tie it), a metal spike, some food and a little water

You cannot: Summon the object (as it is immune to magic) or climb down the sides unaided as they are two steep


  The deadline is 11.59 PM HOL-time on April 30th. Send all your tasks in one private message to me (Sky Alton). Once the deadline has passed, feel free to share your images and or your solutions as a reply to this thread (but only AFTER the deadline).

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