[Long description: The ghostly Wanderer X stands on the surface of a quiet stream, somewhere in the Verde Valley. Its glassy waters flow wild with cottonwoods on its banks, accompanied by skunkbush sumacs and yerba mansa. The reverse of their reflection reveals that this was the site of the reservoir. The dam still rises on the mirrored horizon, and 2105 is still down there, somewhere, drowning under the memory of all that water... ]


We didn't come here just to mourn. We have reason to celebrate, you and each of us-- look.

Can you see it?

AbandonedTreasureExplorations ◆ Decisions ◆ Read the full Natura Humana quest at TWWM!

June 12, 2020

(crawls back into my hole) @_@

happy to have one more quest to my name. It went a little off the rails, but... this is the first I've completed since Firestorm, back when I first joined TWWM, heh.

This one is much more “disjointed”, in part because 2105 is quite literally living in the past and sees things in metaphor and nightmare, and also because I just wanted to let loose and have fun. Narrative clarity fell by the wayside. So, I will include a brief synopsis:

2105 is a spirit living on a river that was dammed, sometime during the turn of the 20th century. Fast forward 100 years, and after much organizing and community effort, the dam has been removed and the river restored. 2105 doesn't realize anything has changed, however. They're so stricken by grief that they are still living as if their world is under water. Enter X, who was present for both the damming and the removal, and who feels a sense of responsibility for it. These pieces are their (perhaps ill-fated) attempt to tell the story of the removal to an incoherent 2105.

2105's story is inspired by my own experiences with river restoration, as well as the story of Fossil Creek. The area still faces a lot of challenges, but this article is a feel-good pick-me-up nonetheless : -9

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AP + GP Breakdown

Base Score: 10 AP (Shaded Illustration)
+5 AP (Full Body)
+20 AP (Full/Scenic Background)
+5 AP (Personal Work Bonus)
+20 AP (NPC Bonus)
+10 AP (Esk Interaction Bonus: 10 AP *1)
+15 AP (Natura Humana Quest Bonus)
+5 AP (Developed Biome Bonus)
+1 AP (Enchantment: 1 AP * 1)

Total AP: 91

Base Score: 4 GP (Shaded Illustration)
+2 GP (Full Body)
+6 GP (Full/Scenic Background)
+8 GP (Natura Humana Quest Bonus)
+2 GP (Developed Biome Bonus)
+1 GP (Enchantment: 1 GP * 1)

Total GP: 23