Anomalous Objects Catalogue chapter 1Anomalous Objects Catalogue chapter 1 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"I hear Pripyat is pleasant this time of year."
Sniper stood watch, just outside the old travel agency building. Aside from somehow withstanding the rest of the block collapsing around it, the shop was impressive for having reasonably preserved brochures. Captain and Pilot would often amuse themselves by planning trips to countries that no longer existed, and Engineer would gather what they discarded for kindling. Whenever Sniper grew sufficiently bored, he'd call out with something he thought was witty.
It was a bit like that, being on watch; you'd either say something funny and die knowing your sense of humour was too good for this world, or you'd say nothing and die without validating your ego.
"Actually," Engineer spoke up from the Visit Asia section, a finger tracing over dusty advertisements as he moved along the aisle, "One of the last GOOD directorate broadcasts sent out was a list of anomalies brought on by the apocalypse, and apparently Chernobyl became the least radiated pla
The Chaos Inside UsThe floor cracked underneath her feet. Splitting open as she walked along the edge of chaos, billowing and erupting below her, a constant cloud of darkness she walked on with indifference. She knew it was only the desolate lightness of being (stuck in her head) that kept her from falling under. Her mind swam behind her eyes as she lifted her gaze from the darkness reaching towards her (its fingers twisted through the cracks) to the bleak sky. The falling buildings around her turned into steel corpses, staring at her.The Chaos Inside Us in Short Stories More Like This
Their eyes made her uncomfortable.
She looked back down and kept walking. The skin of the corpses melted into the filthy ground as they opened their rotting mouths and swallowed the empty people who never bothered to listen to the throttled screaming they slept in. They adjusted their ties and jackets, their skin peeling off underneath their well-kept suits. She tried not to look at them. She put her hand in her pockets and felt the maggots squirming through her fingers. T
Let's Kill Them All TonightShe smiles through broken teeth,Let's Kill Them All Tonight in Free Verse More Like This
Because there's no other way.
One too many
And too many like one.
Living with the bad dreams.
Hiding under her bed
They can't sleep
She can't breathe.
And the broken hearts
Broken one too many times
And too many broken like one.
So sleep silently
Underneath the past
Behind the mask.
It's the same game.
So she smiles through broken feelings,
Because she just can't feel the pain.
The Best Truth Is A Lie "I'll never let you down," She whispers softly into his ear, breathing against his neck. Her fingers twirling in his silky brown hair, she smiles and holds him close to her. She pulls her head back and stares into his open eyes, a lamented look of doubt suddenly swallowing her smile. "You know," she sighs as her fingers brush across his cheek "You can be so cold sometimes. It makes me think that we might not last..."The Best Truth Is A Lie in Short Stories More Like This
She looks deep into his dusty grey eyes and breathes deeper.
"But don't worry," A crooked smile returns, she lets the words linger on her teeth. "We have a strong bond," Her fingers touch his open lips; jaw slacking. "A very tight knot." Her hands trace the rope wrapped tightly around his neck.
"Because no matter what," She steps down from the chair placed in the center of her bedroom closet, running her hand through the few inches of space between his feet and the floor. She smiles sweetly as she looks at him fro
Don't Forget To BreatheUnderneath your fingertipsDon't Forget To Breathe in Visual & Found Poetry More Like This
The world will soon turn slowly
A sudden stop will cut your breath
And the throats of those who cry
Your tears will flow to ash
And the moon will crumble at your feet
You forget the sudden movements
Of a world gone bad
All the stars are falling
And their bodies will break
With one silent crack
And you smile
So now the world turns slowly
And the moon has fallen down
A sudden stop has cut the cords
That were never plugged in at all
And you sit quietly in the world that's fallen
Collecting the dust and ash
Underneath your fingertips
Let's Go Get LostShe traces her fingers across the outline of his shadow. Smiling, she looks up from the grass they lay on, which her hands were smoothing down. She looked across the field, to where small flowers were growing along the sides of the pavement. Soon they would blossom as the not-as-cold-as-it-should-be-winter changed into the way-too-warm-spring. She then lifted her eyes to sun. I know you're only blinding me.. To keep back what the clouds are hiding... She hummed a tune softly, as he laughed to himself.Let's Go Get Lost in Philosophy & Perspectives More Like This
"What?" She turned to him, trying to see through the light spots in her eyes. "Mr. Jean-Claude." She smiled, putting on a fake expression of concern. "Are you trying to imply that I am silly?"
"No, my dear... I am flat-out telling you." He smiled as her concern broke into laughter once again.
"Well," She stopped laughing and turned back to the sun "That's a little harsh, huh?"
He looked over and was glad to see she was still smiling. He loved to watch her smile. It remi
As They WalkedHe could dream. He sat in corners and stared through the walls, dreaming. He always saw other people, saw through their smiles. Through their masks. As if he knew what they were really thinking, though he would never tell.As They Walked in Free Verse More Like This
She saw him too. She saw the way he stared at their lives, watching them forget him.
They always forgot him, even when he was talking. Even if he sat right next to them. Even if he remembered them.
She wanted to tell him. To let him know she remembered him, she saw him.
He had a life to watch too.
He would go home, still missing. He would always be there, yet always be gone. He forgot to feel the sorrow of being alone. Forgot, like they all forgot him.
He forgot the good days, cos he never had any. He forgot where home was, cos he never had one. And he forgot he was supposed to.
He forgot he needed them.
She felt the tips of his fingers barely touching her, yet leaving that lasting mark on her. She liked the way he would brush his forgotten hands over her. How he sud
Ice OceanFall beneathIce Ocean in Free Verse More Like This
the shattered glass.
Behind the mirrors
that hide the past.
We live for so long
that's when we die.
Well as the truth seems so wrong
Is that why they lie?
Leave behind lost souls
and all the emotion.
Crush hopes and goals
we smashed the Ice Ocean.
The one that we love
we owe dead devotion.
Raise downcast eyes above
We smashed our Ice Ocean.
Not Perfect Don't tell me I'm perfect,Not Perfect in Free Verse More Like This
Don't tell me I'm kind.
Don't tell me I'm not stressed,
Cause you can't see my mind.
Don't tell me I'm gorgeous,
Don't tell me I'm fair.
Can't tell me about reject,
Cause I'm not really there.
End Of The Line "Last stop." The conductor warned on the loud speaker, his voice booming over the train. "All passengers must exit, this is the last stop..." He sounded exhausted as he let his voice trail off into the silence. No one was quite sure what time it was, if time even still existed to any of them. The passengers were slowly crowding to the doors of the train. They stood on the empty train floor as they waited for the doors to open, and for the journey to be over. Maria waited for them to start mindlessly moving out before she got out of her seat. There were more people than she expected. She had only seen a few from her seat on the train, yet there must have been hundreds filing through the open doors. She watched them move quietly for a few minutes before joining the crowd. She stepped over the puddles of dried blood that had rusted on the floor and stained the seats, and made her way onto the small platform.End Of The Line in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Te AmoWhen you can't breathTe Amo in Free Verse More Like This
You can't speak.
You don't want to let go of the words you don't really mean.
When the sweet turns to bitter
The strong to weak.
And you don't want to get rid of the lies that you're happy to keep.
When the sun looks old
The moon is bleak.
You still won't want to leave the one who screams.
When it looks fake
When it all breaks
When you're hurting the ones getting close
And ignoring the mistakes.
When you don't want to see
When you know you should leave
When you fall and burn
And forget what it means.
When you hit all your misses
And you start to look confused
Because we thought we were giving kisses
And only ended up getting bruised.
Falling star that fell too farWhat's black, white, and red all over?Falling star that fell too far in Free Verse More Like This
My world when it starts to bleed.
What's blue, silver, and dark grey?
The sky in the morning when my world rotted and decayed.
What's every other color you could think of?
A rainbow of emotions you can't begin to believe.
But they're all pure just like a mourning dove.
Sunset kills me every time
Cause I have a feeling someone will make it rhyme
With your name...
Hesitating with youYou're afraid in this tense situation.Hesitating with you in Free Verse More Like This
Feeling your fear is like a drug,
Yet your hilarity is even better.
They call and listen,
For the echoes coming back.
Snowing in your eyes is clear.
It doesn't fog, it's not thin,
Clipping down like pure perfection.
Whiteout stabs through clarity like a knife.
Dulled, out beat senses of yours,
Fall on the ground and stay there.
Falling in your own will.
It's better than fear, hilarity
You don't want to trip over your own feet.
I'd rather be pushed.
Moon Shines Through the CloudsThese November skiesMoon Shines Through the Clouds in Free Verse More Like This
Don't want the sun to rise
It's foggy in the morning
And misty at night.
But I can still see the moon shining through the clouds
In the darkest of night skies
Hope is written there
In those little points of light.
Streetlights bounce off my eyes
Savoring the depression there
However there's an eye in the sky
That likes to watch me down here.
They say to stay away from dark
So maybe I should turn around
Leaves don't want to die
But they try to fall and leave a sound.
But I can still see the moon shining through the clouds
In the darkest of night skies
Hope is written there
In those little points of light.
I like to call them stars
Tiny worthless stars
That whisper hope to the desperate
And maybe unprotected.
Rain splashes against honest faces
Sunshine on the worst places
Shine on, worthless hopeful star
Sometimes the silent are stronger in darkness.
Yet I can still see the moon shining through the clouds
In the darkest of night skies
Hope is written there
In tiny po
Holes in my shieldHave you ever wondered about me?Holes in my shield in Free Verse More Like This
Did you know I have stories
That could tell you who I was
Without me saying a single word?
You would know me,
Makes me seems vulnerable, huh?
Just a sliceClear scars with a bloody mindJust a slice in Free Verse More Like This
Twisted into all sorts of time
Pain like love that holds me back
Black light that stands within.
Always wondering where I'll end up
Always wondering who I'll be
Always wondering if I'll be
Always wondering if it's truly worth it.
Because life hurts so much
Because death is so insane
Is there any path in between?
If there is, sign me up.
Impossibly scaling heights
Diving into extreme lows
Falling into emotions that hurt
Soaring above all that grabs.
All that glitters
Is never gold
Because when sunlight
I always see it shine.
This life was never mine.
Cursed with a broken heartBlood spilling through the cracks,Cursed with a broken heart in Free Verse More Like This
Of my now broken heart,
Not only is it hot with fury,
But cold with pain.
Broken, crystal-like shards,
Anyone who pokes it,
Will break apart,
Like a curse that I've been chosen to spread,
This pain, sometimes, it gets in my head.
The blackness of seeing,
Through my eyes,
What you've done to me,
Maybe then you'd see,
Why I cry.
I saw you one day,
And you said,
"What's wrong with you?"
"I'm okay," I replied,
Even though I was dying inside.
And you knew it, too,
With the cold glare in your eyes,
That plain fear on your face,
Was not a surprise.
Seeming to shake,
As I tread closer,
Like my curse will spread,
Even though we're so over.
Black strings around my crystal heart,
Made the veins repair,
But when I looked inside,
What I saw there filled me with despair.
Prisoner InsideWords can cut,Prisoner Inside in Free Verse More Like This
But silence cuts deeper.
Just by saying it's name
You can break it.
Wine glass and broken crystal shards,
Stained crimson with blood and tears,
Like an unpredictable deck of cards,
Most lives aren't as they appear.
Filled with bloody battlefields,
Pain and hate wrapped into one,
Naked emotion that was revealed,
With every little sin that was done.
Friendships don't always last,
Love and lust aren't the same,
Malevolent glares go through me like a volcanic blast,
Emotions that refuse to be tame.
Beaten into a numb bit of flesh,
Soul simply torn into pieces,
Eyes that seem to open afresh,
Defiance and anger increases.
And when my fists can punch no more,
Scarred and shivering with my work before me,
Body, mind and soul are sore,
But I think I am finally free.
BrokenYou can be brokenBroken in Free Verse More Like This
in many ways
we all are.
to your body.
When you fall
or some other limb
it can be mended
but won't be the same.
When you live
life or death
can be mended a little
but you'll never be the same.
But there are other ways
that you can be broken
that we sometimes
losing the one you loved
in an accident.
you can be mended
but you'll never be the same.
that you thought
you could be with
breaks your heart
you may be mended
be the same.
Why are we such
Why does it hurt
your husband dies
your boyfriend breaks up with you
when we are betrayed
When we look and see
how we were so naive
and thought that the bad things
would pass us by?
When it happens
how come we can't have
It's because we
WolfGracefulWolf in Free Verse More Like This
Is this real?
Is this really
Picture of LoveLove.Picture of Love in Free Verse More Like This
I don't see him and me.
I don't see pretty little hearts
I see an old black and white photo.
A simple scene in the forest.
Tall, leafless tree in the near right.
A small lake in the background.
Pines in the very back.
No one in sight.
No little birds.
Not a soul.
In the very middle,
there's a heart.
Bright red amongst the dull.
Light illuminating from its core.
That little scene,
is love to me.
StopI stopped believing,Stop in Free Verse More Like This
the wishing too.
I knew it was over
I couldn't let go.
Seeing you crying, no
it's my own reflection.
The tears flowed
I wished they hadn't.
Because this heart
began to break.
Your Own FaultThere's people who can't handle lifeYour Own Fault in Free Verse More Like This
until they kiss that silver knife.
Needing that burning sting
makes them cut deeper in.
From pale white skin
that never felt so thin,
red hot blood
puddled thick as mud.
Now oceans on the floor,
out still poured more and more.
Collapsed into a bloody heap,
there's nothing left but to weep.
Congrats this is your final breath.
Say hello to bittersweet death.
How did this begin?
you let no one in.
Write Me Nothing I'd write him a letterWrite Me Nothing in Free Verse More Like This
only if I could find the words hidden in the undertones
I'll sing to him memories
if there were any that matched our footsteps
I'm thinking of him
even though his face is a blur against the background
I wish he could lay with me
although in our track record, wished never come true
He wants to leave
but I won't let him go, not without me
This EndingThe writing becomes scribblesThis Ending in Free Verse More Like This
The pen runs dry of ink
A song isn't written
A story isn't read
My words begin to fail me
My thoughts have become dead
AnythingI'd give you the world,Anything in Free Verse More Like This
if only I could hold it.
I'd dry your teary eyes,
just to see them shine.
I'd hold your hand forever
and never let go.
I'd love you forever,
but I already do.
Dear YouDear You,Dear You in Free Verse More Like This
Smile. Even though you're always beautiful,
a frown doesn't really suit you.
P.S. I care.
I EndedI've crumbled to pieces,I Ended in Free Verse More Like This
fallen into a pit,
and given up all hope.
I've never felt so alone,
looked so done,
or yelled so loud.
I finally stopped the fake,
wiped black tears,
while letting go of you.
UnprovidableMy body desiresUnprovidable in Free Verse More Like This
something I can't supply.
Screaming while its own
blood flows into puddles.
Begging as tears crash like
violent waves on the shoreline.
Forgiving as I cut
deeper and deeper in.
There's no stopping
what needs be done.
There's no fighting,
what can't be won.
With every second
it moves closer to
Falling back to the
Departing this world because
I couldn't render it with one thing.
Make Up My Mind"You're too young to fall in love. You're too old to play games.Make Up My Mind in Free Verse More Like This
You're too young to know what's right for you. You're too old to be making
the same mistakes.
You're too young to do this. You're too old to do that."
Well what can I do?
Sit around all day, but then hear you say, "Get up and do something."
Get up and do something, then hear you say, "You can't do that!"
I do one thing,
you say to do the opposite.
I do the opposite,
you say do one th
Happy MemoriesHappy Memories:Happy Memories in Free Verse More Like This
We live in moments
Recorded as memories
Happy in the past
-Chen Yuan Wen, 9th April 2012
An Oath to My FatherAn Oath to My Father in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
An Oath to My Father:
The chill of winter is nothing, when compared to the cold inside my heart.
A fire, once stoked by the warmth of family, has quietly died, five falls past.
I dream of my father, who watches from beyond the realms - and my ancestors
Who fought against an endless army of giants, to win the lands we have today.
Just as a devout man honours his God through worship, I honour them through my axe!
Each stroke of the whetstone, each screech of the metal, brings me closer to them -
Even as I draw closer to my doom. Oh how I can feel him, for the anger in my blood
Boils evermore as I sense him approaching my camp. He is hungry, he is eager;
Slacks of drool hang from his twin mouths, as a jarring roar shakes the mountain!
Though I shiver at the sight, it is not from fear - I shiver in anticipation
Of the battle that is to come. My steel may rend his flesh and break his bones;
Or perhaps I shall be sent to glory - but it is useless to think about such things,
Bringer of the NightBringer of the Night:Bringer of the Night in Free Verse More Like This
Born from the kiss of a goddess
And drenched in the cauldron of lies.
He emerged as a being of entropy
Bearing the mark of flies...
His wings were made from crow-like feathers
Black as the dust of the night.
His fangs were laden with horrid infection
Made from the stone of blight.
A single bite, was poison enough
And soon they began to change...
The children loved by the lady in white
Soon they became deranged.
Powerful beings of might and magic
They soared through the moonlit sky!
They flew amongst the twinkling stars
But their gift was a burning lie...
Falling to the ground like choking insects
Crawling in the dirt with a painful thirst.
These creatures needed the taste of blood
And their friends would be the first.
Neighbours, comrades, it mattered not!
Survival become an instinctive drive.
To bite and feed was a natural feeling
And horror came when night arrived.
Men or women, children who slept;
Through windows and doors they would slithe
She Waits For MeShe Waits For Me:She Waits For Me in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Her touch is mercilessly chilling
When she appears inside my room
I can hear her gibbering softly
As she mutters words of doom
The lady pushing the brink of delusion
I am cornered to the edge of my waning sanity!
I shatter mirrors and reflective surfaces
To preserve some sense of humanity
Yet they say my delirium is a mere illusion...
Ha! They judge the things that they cannot see
She comes to me in depths of the night
Because she knows I cannot flee
Do you know the feeling of waking up
With her grinning face before me?
Rotting teeth and swollen flesh;
It would be better not to see!
But tonight I shall end this worthless pain
With a single act, let it all be done
I will burn my eyes and cast them out
For our game has just begun...
"Come spirit, let us end this you and I..."
-Chen Yuan Wen, 7th July 2012
Shards of MeShards of Me:Shards of Me in Free Verse More Like This
My weeping sorrows
Like shards of a lonely heart
-Chen Yuan Wen, 22nd April 2012
Blue EyesBlue Eyes:Blue Eyes in Free Verse More Like This
A man once told me that blue eyes were best
So I decided I would put these words to a test.
I ran across the globe and found a blue eyed fish
It tasted very tasty when served as a dish
I then went to Ireland to find a blue eyed gnome
Instead I got a Lephrechaun whose name was 'Jerome'
I used him as bait to catch some blue eyed mice
I suppose he now regrets that he lost at dice...
I then used the mice to catch a blue eyed cat
I then used the cat to catch a blue eyed dog
I then used the dog to catch a blue eyed witch
I think I left that one down in a ditch...
In any case...
I returned back home to my quaint boulevard
Where some band named 'Greenday' was out in the yard
I asked the singer what he thought of eyes
But all he muttered was 'cakes are lies...'
Feeling quite unsure about the blue eyed theory
I decided to talk to my friend named Mary
She had a cute face and her eyes were green
So I told her those were the best I'd seen
She invited me home for Coff
Where Angels PlayWhere Angels Play:Where Angels Play in Free Verse More Like This
A lonely spark appears before me tonight
amongst the struggles deep inside of me...
Should I give in, will I breathe in?
How much more can I be forced to take
before my soul breaks?
Shards crashing into me
letting me know I am alive
I am barely breathing...
The moon lights my pathway
deep in dark, where we will fade
I've walked past the archway
Where angels will play...
The warmest touch, upon my skin
Wings that glow with sacred light, from deep within
They have come to take me back, to where I've been
Gone away into the winds, my voice forever lingering
Do I alone escape this and find my peace
without concern for what is left behind
Even if I could close my eyes in endless rest
The thought of you keeps me breathing...
The angel that leads me, deep in dark, where I seem to fade;
The lonely spark that keeps me, is the warmth of your heart...
-Chen Yuan Wen, 30th September 2012
A World of BloodA World of Blood:A World of Blood in Free Verse More Like This
The spirits whisper on a chilling wind
As the blood continues to flow.
I can hear the demons screaming within
As the darkness continues to grow...
Humankind will always be foolish;
Rash decisions are an instinctive need.
But how could they have forgotten our ways;
Tradition is lost to greed...
The zealous will kill the innocent again
As the greedy play out a game of chess.
A book of gods becomes a creed;
It is a ragged shell at best...
My sisters die in the tens of hundreds
And innocent girls are slaughtered like swine.
I'm afraid that in this dying world;
The God of Blood shall dine...
The blind shall follow in his burning steps;
They will see within him a flame and fire.
And he knows that the hearts of passionate men
Are easily laced with glorious desire...
In dreams he calls and grants them strength
He sends his 'angels' to enchant the night.
He turns the blind into seeing creatures
And robs them of the light...
But it is h
What Are You To Me?What Are You To Me?:What Are You To Me? in Free Verse More Like This
I have walked in this world,
And they have told me of kings.
Of brave rulers who make the tough choices,
Men of example and outstanding character.
But it was then that they said,
What is a king to a God?
What is a mere mortal to a higher power,
One who holds our fate in his hands?
They said he was benevolent and kind,
Wrathful and jealous, magnanimous and selfish alike.
He was the perfect ideal, embodying all things
And we were made in his image...
It was then that I was laughed at,
By he who asked this question:
What is a God, to a non-believer?
One who lives by the truth he sees...
He is the man who acts as per his morals.
He lives through his eyes and is judged by his fellows.
He submits to no higher being, not a one does he fear;
Comfortable with his own conscience...
But all three, I beg; I ask ye this:
For what is a king to a God,
A God to a non-believer,
And all three of them in comparison,
To the madman who watches the world burn...
This is All About YouThis Is All About You:This is All About You in Free Verse More Like This
Most people giving you advice, might take a quote from a book
Most people giving you advice, have never had a real look
So from someone who's been watching, let me lay my heart bare
I want to show you all the special things, about the girl for whom I care
She always does her very best, no matter how tough the task
Even when she's struggling, she puts on a brave mask
She's always trying to learn new things, just for a chance to make you proud
She can be a little bit quiet, but I think that's better than being loud
She's not the very best in sports, I know she can be kind of a klutz
But she smiles and goes on anyway, now that takes a lot of guts...
She gets embarassed pretty easily and gets far too nervous to talk
But I know she'd like it if we held hands, whenever we went for a walk
She doesn't need a lot of pretty things, she just wants someone who cares
I bet she'd like to have someone, whom she knew would always be there
I remember when she tried to cook
Paleo files- MegalocerosCommon name: Giant deerPaleo files- Megaloceros in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Scientific name: Megaloceros giganteus
Year named: 1799, by Blumanbach
LP: 142; male 176
Height: 7' at shoulder
Weight: antlers up to 88 lb
Time: early Pleistocene to early Holocene, 400,000-7700 ya
Range: Eurasia, from Ireland to east of Lake Baikal & even China
Biome: Cold plains and open forests (temperate and cold marshes for the similar Ice Age stag-moose)
Areas: Igaru Taiga, Alverian Tundra
Organization: Solitary or herd (3-14)
Challenge Rating: 2
Attributes: Str 21, Dex 10, Con 18, Int 2, Wis 13, Cha 5
In the lands of the Igaru Taiga & Alverian Tundra, many long-lost tribes of human barbarians used megaloceros as cavalry, since they are easier to train than the brutally powerful but extremely stubborn coelodonta. Communities in the more forested temperate zones might have seen a megaloceros skull brought down from the Igaru Taiga as some sort of forest spirit due to the immense antler
Paleo files- MachrauchniaScientific name: Machrauchenia patagonicaPaleo files- Machrauchnia in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Height: 7' at shoulder
Weight: 551 lb
Biome: Grasslands & open woodland
Organization: herd of 2-12
This Pleistocene creature looked like a shaggy, elephant-nosed camel. It had a long neck with thick limbs, and it browsed on leaves from trees and bushes. Generally inoffensive, this creature could be dangerous if provoked.
Macrauchenia are herd animals- their vast herds compose of many females, their young, and a few dominant males. These herds migrate seasonally in accordance to rainfall.
Diet: Macrauchenia is a specialized tree-browser, its long neck and short prehensile trunk allowing it to reach up and pluck leaves and twigs. When food is plentiful, it will also feed on the fresh new grasses.
A favourite prey of many predators such as Smilodon, Phorusrhacos, and Thylacoleo, Macrauchenia live in herds for protection. They are not particularly fast however t
Paleo files- SmilodonSmilodon is most famous for its sabre-like canine teeth, which gives it its alternative name of sabre-toothed cat. These teeth can reach 21cm (8.5 in), (10 inches in some larger individuals) and are actually rather fragile and could snap easily when they come into contact with bone. Smilodon pulls its prey to the ground with its powerful front limbs, and then when the prey is firmly pinned, the teeth will come into play; sinking into the prey's throat and ripping it out. When feeding, Smilodon avoids bone and eats carefully, choosing the softest areas of the carcass to feed from, such as the stomach region. This means that when the Smilodon pride leave, there is still plenty of meat left for scavengers.Paleo files- Smilodon in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Social structure: Similarly to wolves, Smilodon live in packs. One or two males (usually brothers) dominate over several males & females and their cubs. The alpha males & females guard their territory from rival males (males which are without packs are known as rogues) by roaring (a Smi
Paleo files- AurochsCommon name: AurochsPaleo files- Aurochs in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Scientific name: Bos primigenius
Height: 6' at shoulder
Attributes: Str 23-24, Dex 10, Con 17-18, Int 2, Wis 11-12, Cha 4-6
Biome: Temperate plains, forests and grasslands
Organization: Solitary or herd 5-15, 3-30, or 20-200
Challenge Rating: 2-3-5
The animals roaming the plain look much like cattle, but shaggier and larger. Their curved horns look imposing.
These animals are large, powerful ancestors of modern oxen; they fight with forward-curved, blunt-ended horns. They are bigger and more aggressive than later species of oxen and cattle.
The powerful aurochs were wiped out in the 17th century- or so they thought. They recently re-discovered on Protos, along the giant moa, the quagga, and others thought extinct.
Aurochs individually attack with their powerful gores, but when in large numbers, they will stampede at the first sign of trouble.
Paleo files- Cave hyenaCommon name: Cave hyenaPaleo files- Cave hyena in Profiles More Like This
Scientific name: Crocuta corcuta spelaea
Height: 39" at shoulder
Weight: 225 lb
Time: 1 million- 10,000 ya
Biome: Warm deserts?
Organization: solitary, pair, or pack of 3-5?
Diet: red deer,
Enemies: cave bears, cave pantherines
Danger Level: High
Like modern hyenas, cave hyenas accumulated the bones and horns of their food at den sites for later consumption or for play, though it is unknown if the discovered remains were from scavenged or killed animals, until the discovery of Protos proved it was either way. Studies of animal remains in hyena den sites in the Bohemian Karst show that Przewalski's Horses were apparently their most common prey, which amounted to 16-51% of the cave hyena's prey. Their largest prey was the woolly rhinoceros, the bones and skulls of which have bee
Paleo files- MiracinonyxCommon name: American cheetahPaleo files- Miracinonyx in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Scientific name: Miracinonyx trumani
Length- 7' 6''
Weight- 88-140 lbs
Coloration- Tawny brown with sparse, dark brown stripes, similar to the king cheetah of today. Black markings under eyes similar to modern cheetahs, with a light brown tuft of fur on the neck similar to cheetah cubs.
Diet- Lightly built, fast moving prey. The American cheetah is much too fragile to take on large herbivores, so it makes do with either young animals or smaller species.
Social Structure- Females are typically solitary, although, like males, will often pair up with a sibling of the same sex to take and keep a territory.
Preferred habitat: Wide open grassland.
Also called the 'American cheetah' due to its cheetah-like build and western origin, Miracinonyx is, bar-none, the absolute fastest mammal on Protos. These speed-demons behave much like African cheetahs, and like their eastern counterparts, they are easily bullied away from their kills
Paleo files- Woolly rhinocerosCommon name: Wooly rhinocerosPaleo files- Woolly rhinoceros in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Scientific name: Coelodontia antiquitatus
Weight: up to 2 tons
Attributes: Str 27-28, Dex 8-10, Con 21-23, Int 2, Wis 12-13, Cha 3-5
Biome: Tundra (cold plains & forests)
Areas: Alveran Tundra, Igaru Taiga
Diet: Grass and shrubs.
Organization: solitary or herd of 2-7 or 3-12
Challenge Rating: 4-6
Time period: Pleistocene, 1200 years ago
The rhinos of Protos are herd animals, grazing the tundra of the continent, this is because of the cooler climate. With a keen sense of smell and poor eyesight they are easily startled. If startled they will let out a large bellow and charge the cause of the surprise, its head down and its two meter long horn lowered at the target.
The woolly rhinoceros is a herbivore, though unlike its modrn cousins, it grazes for rather than browsin' on larger plants. The woolly rhino is legendary for its foul temper, and its size & huge horn give
Paleo files- HomotheriumCommon name: Scimitar catPaleo files- Homotherium in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Scientific name: Homotherium crenatidens
Weight: up to 400 kgs
Areas: Northern Hemisphere back then, Alveran Tundra today
One of the largest and most succesful "saber-toothed cats", it can be found even in Arctic regions- its fossils nowadays, anyway. How this rare cat species ended up on Protos is bafflin'.
Its saber teeth are relatively short, but it is still a very efficient predator that combines the huge strength of a big cat with the stamina of a canid or a hyena, due to special adaptations of its anatomy and its respiratory and circulatory systems.
This also allows it to travel huge distances in search of prey without any need to stop for a rest.
Scimitar cats hunt in small prides; they prefer large prey such as young mammoths, rhinoceroses and bison. Even so, they will go after smaller prey if the opportunity arises, which is why any humans on Protos should consider them extremely dangerous.
Paleo files- MegatheriumCommon name: Giant ground slothPaleo files- Megatherium in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Scientific name: Megatherium americanum
Year named: 1796, by Cuvier G.
Height: 15' upright
Weight: 4 tons
Time: Pliocene, 1.9 m-8000 ya
Range: Argentina & Chile; North America
Biome: Grasslands & woodlands
Diet: leaves, young branches, flowers & carrion (in drought times)
Megatherium is a giant ground sloth, related to the small, three-toed and two-toed sloths already found in the rainforests of Costa Rica and the surrounding islands. Underneath the ground sloth's long, shaggy fur, its skin is covered with small, bony plates, which serves as chain mail against attacking teeth and claws.
It uses its powerful arms and large, curved claws to pull down branches down towards its mouth. It is a slow-moving animal which primarily walks on all fours, but it is capable of walking upright on the sides of its feet for short periods of time. It rears up onto its hind legs to reac
Paleo files- Woolly mammothCommon name: Woolly mammothPaleo files- Woolly mammoth in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Scientific name: Mammuthus primigenius
Level 11 Brute
HP: 1197; bull 1477
Height: 10' at shoulder
Attributes: Str 34, Dex 10, Con 21, Int 2, Wis 13, Cha 7
Biome: Cold plains & forests
Organization: Herd of 6-30
Challenge Rating: 10
These large pachyderms are made for the cold. They are migratory and travel from place to place in their eternal search for food.
The males can be distinguished from the females by their size- males are bigger with longer, c-curved tusks, while females are slightly smaller with dainty half-curved tusks.
All the wordsAll the words in Free Verse More Like This
All the words
I wish I'd said
To make things better
To repair the links I need
All the words
I want to say
To explain myself
To show the real me
If only you would listen to them
Maybe then you'd understand
All the words
I want to take back
That ruined everything
With their unthoughtout haste
Their honest innocent intentions
Poisoned by your perceptions
All the words
I'll never get to say
Because you've chosen not to hear them
Don't want answers to the questions you asked
All the words
I gave you in good faith
From which you decided you knew me
Met me at my lowest
Saw it as the norm
Typecast my personality from one uncharacteristic phase
All the words
So many words
They stay forever
Built me up
Then pushed me to fall
I smile at the irony of it all
FragileFragile in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Deep inside you
Your inner self
Protected by the cage
Built by your voice
You open its gates
Only by choice
Hangs by a thread
Sways in the wind
Of what they said
Let it be held
By whoever you choose
Sometimes you feel
You have nothing to loose
Left alone it bleeds joy
From its diamond yip
Drops leave your eyes
And fall to your lip
Embraced and it glows
Pure and simple happiness
Fills you with joy
Too much to confess
But the paths to these two
Intertwine far too much
If you're not careful
You'll drop what you clutch
The tendrils will snap
Weight down y lust
Fall to the ground
Shatter to dust
You can gather its shards
Rebuild it piece by piece
But the flaws remain in place
Only love makes pain cease
So be careful whom you trust
To hold this pretty heart you own
I know you'll never heed this message
You'll never want to be alone
This sentiment I understand
The problems of our love
But you will find the one you need
Before you leave unto above
Tools of lifeTools of life in Open More Like This
Your dreams are your sword
Your hope is your shield
Use them well
Beautiful TortureBeautiful Torture in Free Verse More Like This
I stand before you
Ready for the blow
Please open me
With your claws of liberation
Reach deep inside
Go take your fill
I won't fight back
I'll just close me eyes
Embrace the moment
Purity in the slaughter
With a wry smile
Tattooed across my face
My screams are of joy
My tears are of relief
I'll keep lining till the end
Beautiful needles piercing my skin
Elegant pinnacles of frosted clarity
Like the weapons of a jailer
Left alone on his desk
Their sinister cloud
Lifted by their owners absence
Their make of purpose
Removed, shows them for what they are
Not tools of evil
But instruments in the orchestra of torture
The symphony of pain
Their victims will see their beauty
They will wrap their arms
Around the heart of pins
As it pumps barbed wire along their veins
The last thing that they will see
Dieing on the floor
ClosureClosure in Free Verse More Like This
You see that girl over there?
I used to know her
Was my best friend
Just for a while
My light in the dark
My shelter in the rain
That sort of thing
Found each other at the bottom of the holes we'd dug
Her pale beauty was almost shocking
Like wilted petals on a dieing rose
We discussed her woes
"How could such a horror come to pass?"
Neither of us could find an answer
But just asking the question seemed to help
She listened to my woes
Listened more then I thought anyone could
Absorbing all she could
I suppose it was inevitable that I'd dig too deep
Friendship never seems to be enough
Even when that's all there is
But then that's another story
When I see her I don't know what to feel
To hate he is pointless
Especially when it is my fault
And what's the point of hating her when she will never know
Just reeks of immaturity
I can't quite get myself to forgive her outright
After all the pain I bought from her
An addict always blames their dealer
And to forget her is o
As UsualAs Usual in Free Verse More Like This
I met her
In the gardens of my mind
Her face invisible
Purity in her words
Ignoring what I seem
For what I am
Who I am
She talked to me
She made me feel whole
For the first time in my life
My saving grace
She opened up to me
And let me do the same
We helped each other
Through times think and thin
Pure and simple happiness
Life, for once, seemed good
How times changed
I killed her
Like I have so many like her
I stretched our links too much
Tested our relationship too far
I broke the one thing that I had left
And with it, ended my chance of escape
My reasons are unknown
But who can I tell?But who can I tell? in Open More Like This
I sit alone
With never-ending thoughts for company
I want for so much more
But who can I tell?
I have many mates
But few friends
I turn the friends I have into my heroes
My saviours from this unending torment
I make their arms raise me so high
That I can only fall
I create my own destruction
But who can I tell?
I cut myself today
Embraced the relief it bough
Lost myself in its jungle of pain
The only pain I can deal with
The only pain that goes away
But who can I tell?
In my mind I sit only with enemies
I killed my friends long ago
I listen stone-faced
To the voices of death, of hatred, of spite
They taunt my every second
Telling me to jump
But who can I tell?
I search no more
For someone to receive these words
The words I know will kill my parents
Confuse my mates
Annoy my friends
Who is there left to receive them?
Who is there left to tell?
Looking deep into the abyssLooking deep into the abyss in Open More Like This
Look deep into the abyss and you will see yourself staring back
Wave, smile, you are your best friend in the world
Gaze further still, through yourself
And you will come to a door
It has many names
Hope, happiness, nirvana, heaven
They are all false
Some say it is called death
But it is much further then that
Your gaze passed death long before you saw yourself
It is a door only in your hopes
An entrance in your dreams
An exit in your nightmares
You choose to call it a door
But it does not fit your definition
It cannot be opened
It does not lead to anywhere
It is both a last resort and an obvious choice
Though 'choice' is a misleading term
It is inevitable
You cannot delay it
Only bring it closer
It is the end
Once you have seen it
You have become it
ourglass Girlourglass Girl in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
It wasn't her fault that she was born
Trapped inside an hourglass
Her mother never told her
What woes in life she'd pass
Her childhood was scarred
Victim of a love that when too far
Even as her soul did wither
Her smile sparkled like a star
Cursed by her blessing
Her beautiful mind obscured by skin deep charm
The gifts that she was promised
Held only heavy handed harm
As the years passed by
Her beautiful skin grew on and on
But these thoughts in her mind
Just didn't belong
Why should she think?
When she looked that good!
Told not to speak for so long
Began to forget that she could
They were always too busy
Admiring her hourglass
That no one saw the sand inside
The only part of her that would last
Went on for too long
Her silent notes could only hold so much
They never listened only watched
She began to loose her clutch
Her early fall
Surprised so many
No one ever understood
The pain that followed "and then he…"
This hourglass girl
Worth more then her cost
This hourglass girl
Lost CauseLost Cause in Free Verse More Like This
You moan that no-one cares
Surrounded by an army of friends
Too busy shouting for help
To ever hear what you receive
Drowning out the answers
With your purposefully pointless questions
More interested in starting battles
Then winning wars already fought against you
Suicidal thoughts control your mind
Paranoid fear of those that try to help
You say you want a cure
But you spit out all that you are offered
Taste the liberation for a second
Before your poisonous instincts induce gagging
Fallen in love with your cage of depression
Your decisions reak of Stockholm syndrome
Trust your demons over your friends
Just sit shaking in the corner
Of your house of paranoia
So scared of being free
Separate yourself with your shield of loneliness
Now induce nothing but the shaking of heads
Alienation fulfilled your prophecy
Asked why your soul was dieing
Never saw that you were killing it
Turned yourself into a lost cause
Cousin Of DeathCousin of death, take me inCousin Of Death in Free Verse More Like This
Let me rest, forgive this sin
I haven't lost it all, but I show pain
And soon I guess, I will walk in the rain
Oh cold winter, don't remind me
Of how, I couldn't see
Oh cold winters day, you're as cold as my heart
Remind me of the days, when it was warm
Cousin of death, comfort me
Make me believe, this isn't the best of me
Cousin of death, invite your friends
Cause agony and suffering, is better in the end
Death, I have been alive way to long
Your cousin, makes me wish that I was wrong
Cause I don't wanna wake up
So please, take me in your warm blankets
And don't let me open my eyes
You Love The SoundsYou Love The Sounds in Free Verse More Like This
I finally understand why
You keep hurting me
Time after time
You love the sounds
My heart makes
The Wet InkI hope you knowThe Wet Ink in Free Verse More Like This
That every night
You're in my head
I hope you know
That I still care
And that I did was wrong
The ink is wet
As I write
On this piece of paper
For the tears
Of my sins
They won't disappear
I'm Hurt InsideI'm Hurt Inside in Concrete Poetry More Like This
I want to live, I want to love
But there's only pain
I want to take, a leap of faith
But what can I gain?
I want to scream, I want to shout
I just want out
Please let it stop, my blood boils
I have a monster inside
At time's I'm close, I don't want to
Please don't leave me
The blade calls my name, I need a release
But I won't
I wonder, do I deserve this?
I'm tortured mentally
It's a surprise, that I'm still alive
And I guess I won't stop that
At least not yet
I'm hurt inside
and it just grows
Open My DoorsKeep me on my feetOpen My Doors in Free Verse More Like This
For my strength is not enough
Hold me while I sleep
Cause I'm afraid, that I won't wake up
Kiss me on my cheek
For I need to know what it feels like
Help me build my dreams
Cause those I made alone, they died and fell apart
Make me lose my mind
I want to be lost in you
Help me go insane
For if I'm crazy with you, nothing else will matter
Light a candle for me
I'm afraid to touch the flame
Open up my doors
For in the end, it was I who locked them
The Mask With A CrackThe Mask With A Crack in Free Verse More Like This
I have a mask, but you can't see
I have used it all day, even for my family
They think they know, they think they see
They hope they know the real me
But they don't, and they won't see
Because I'm too emotional, to be me
I'm afraid to get hurt, afraid to open up
I'm not a book, you can't open up
They have told me, '' You're a great actor ''
They don't know why, they don't know how I learned to act
I'm an actor all day, and a wear a mask
I can't get hurt, they can't touch me
I let one in, I let her see
I was told, that she loved me
And we were happy, young and free
Now she hates to even think about me
After she left, my mask got a crack
It's not completely intact
And behind it I'm crying, I'm dying
But they just can't see, the crack is small
It gets bigger every day, I'm hurt and they can soon see
They can soon see the real me
When someone pressed on, teased me about my ex
I spat on his goddamn face, I'm falling apart and I keep breaking
This crack, this crack is making me lose control
Fly, Please FlyFly, Please Fly in Free Verse More Like This
I don't care if your body doesn't have wings
Because for me you are an angel
Beautiful and free
Don't let them push you down
Your mind will never fall
Cause it is beautiful and free
Your soul is a bird
Don't let them cage it in
Let it fly, please let it fly
Because your soul is beautiful and free
Have You Ever FeltHave You Ever Felt in Free Verse More Like This
Have you ever felt alone, in a room full of people?
Have you ever felt dead, when you 're alive?
Have you ever laughed, but cried your heart out on the inside?
Have you ever felt free, But still trapped?
Have you ever felt the need, the big need to
Fake a smile, and act like it's okay?
I have, and I will do
But staying true to yourself, knowing who you are
That is the most important thing, a human can do
I Have NeverI Have Never in Free Verse More Like This
I have never quite forgiven myself
I have never felt like I deserve better
I have never felt so depressed
And I guess I have never felt love
I have never had a smaller hope
I have never had so much faith
I have never cried so many times
And I guess I have never felt so lost
I have never ever been so thoughtful
I have never in my dreams grinded so wide
I have never lost my faith in you
But I guess, that's why it hurts