Even before the mountain began to rumble, one mortal had begun to doubt his decadent gods.
Music: “Fire Dungeon” by Benjamin Carr
Video Description: “Forge of the Forsaker” Trailer. Duration, 45 seconds. “Fire Dungeon” by Benjamin Carr. Digital drawing. Bottom half of frame, a human figure seen from waist up stands before a rock face. The figure is covered in black smoke so that only one eye is partly visible, and parts of the arms and waist. The right arm is raised, hand in a fist. Glowing yellow spikes of light emanate from the fist. The left arm is bent in front, gripping a chain that is connected to the waist. Through the smoke, more chains are just visible attached to the waist. Glowing streams of lava and gray-white smoke run down the rock face around the figure. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Mythology,” is displayed at top. Tagline is displayed at bottom. It reads: “Even before the mountain began to rumble, one mortal had begun to doubt his decadent gods.” Title card and tagline fade. A watermark of the word “storyfeather” appears over the image. Lines from the story appear in sequence: “We are descended from a powerful people. So it is said. The most powerful our world has ever known. Their might unmatched. Their domain unending. Their eyes all-seeing. I am nothing next to them. I am a blade of grass underfoot. A mayfly blinking in and out of existence. A mortal. But today I will discover if there are forces in the world mightier than the gods. For today is the day I bring them down.” The lines of text shift from bottom to top of image as the video progresses. Site URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades at end. As the last line disappears, the image blurs, the story title appears at center, and a text card appears at top that reads “Available to Read Now storyfeather.com.”
Welcome to Year 9 of Storyfeather
Every year’s short stories (mostly) follow a theme. This year, I will turn the Wheel of Fiction to help me decide what to write. There are thirteen spokes on this wheel. Eight are occupied by the eight themes from the previous years of stories. One is a prompt to turn the wheel again. One is a wildcard (hmm…curious). And three are covered only in question marks. I suppose I’ll find out what’s beneath those questions as we go along.
Welcome to the WHEEL OF FICTION
The Wheel of Fiction landed on Revisitation once again. One might say that the wheel…revisited that spoke (heh, heh). There were a few stories in the early days about mortals being betrayed by petty but powerful gods, and finding ways to strike out against those gods. For why shouldn’t mortals forsake their gods, if they were first forsaken by those gods? This story revisits that theme, but with a bit of a (predictable?) twist.
Video Description: Duration, 7 seconds. Choice wheel made on the Spin the Wheel application. Thirteen spokes or slices in various colors, labeled as follows, clockwise from the top: Objects of Power (the “of Power” is not visible), Prompts, Definitions, Turn Again, Elements, Creatures, S.T.E.A.M., Wildcard, Revisitation, Music, Challenge, Draw!!!, Traveler. The title at top reads “The Wheel of Fiction V4” and below that the words “Spin the wheel.” Below that is a label on left, “Spin date: 9/8/22,” and a label at right, “Story: 9/26/22.” At top left corner is a flag icon labeled with the letter “F.” This represents a function of the application which interferes with true randomness by reducing the probability of receiving the same choice twice in a row. The wheel turns and lands on REVISITATION. As the wheel stops spinning, a cartoon volcano rises up from the bottom and spouts lava.
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