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TWWM Autumn Lights Quest: Introduction

"Oh boy, if this was a story it would definitely be one of those that start with 'it was a dark and stormy night', wouldn't it? Well, it's not that stormy in here, but this darkness definitely feels a bit... Ominous..? No no, oppressing would be a better word. Or maybe..." Just Poe, a meek little Esk, babbled as he walked in the middle of the forest. A peculiar feeling of something calling him had lured him away from his boundary and into the swampy treeline that surrounded it. He was a little bit nervous, which is why he kept talking to himself; he felt like it soothed his nerves. But even it wasn't quite enough to keep him calm when suddenly a bunch of faint floating lights appeared all around him.
"Oh! Ah! What-what-what are these things? Where did you all come from? Do-do you want something from me? Are you---"
"WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO MY FORESSSST?!" If the lights had already been enough to spook him, the fierce voice that soon echoed through the woods made poor Poe shriek in terror and drop to the ground. The owner of the voice was another Esk, Cat's Curse, who soon stepped into the open from the bushes and started marching furiously towards the trembling Esk.
"AAAH! I-I-I haven't done anything! Absolutely nothing! I-I just came to examine what was going on!" Poe peeped with high-pitched voice. When it still wasn't enough to make the angry trespasser stop, he covered his face with his paws and begged, "Please don't hurt me! Please, the forest did this on its own!" At the last possible moment, just before the Esk's sharp claws would've literally stepped on the poor cowering creature, Curse finally stopped. Who knows if it was the sacred law of Esk not being able to harm another Esk or if the trespasser was just satisfied with what it had heard (Poe was absolutely not going to find out), but after a few moments of staring daggers into the smaller creature Curse turned its head towards the floating orbs of light.
"I don't like thessse. I want them gone", it declared with lower volume but still just as much venom in its voice as previously.
"May-may-maybe... You need to see where they lead you, then? I, uh, om, can maybe perhaps possibly help you with it..?" Poe shyly suggested while peeking cautiously behind his toes. The larger Esk didn't reply, but as it didn't lash out either, Poe asumed it wasn't vehemently against the idea. Thats why when it started stomping to the direction he had suggested Poe sprung back to his legs and followed it from a respective distance away.
"The name, name's Just Poe, by the way. What's yours? I mean you don't have to tell if you don't want to, I'm just curious and would love to hear it." The Esk that was leading the way didn't answer immediately, but to Poe's genuine surprise, eventually it did.
"Wow. Um, that... That-that is honestly extremely fitting."

The two Esk disappeared into the forest without ever noticing that they hadn't been the only ones lured in by the mysterious lights. Xilladenanessfeali, a truly ancient Esk, had been following their doings but eventually decided against dragging their huge body from a nearby stream into the woods. After all the youngsters here did seem to have the situation already perfectly under control!


Here we go! This takes place in the forest area just between Poe's and Curse's boundaries. Normally it consist of cypress trees and some other random trees, but the spell of the night has changed the whole place into something a bit more magical. We also don't really see Nessie after this first entry - they are here just because I want to give the point ladder price for them. =') Curse and Poe also move separately in most of the prompts, but at least in the last one they'll be together once again.

Base Score: 10 AP (Shaded Illustration)
+5 AP (Full Body)
+20 AP (Full/Scenic Background)
+5 AP (Personal Work Bonus)
+5 AP (Event Bonus)
+30 AP (Esk Interaction Bonus: 10 AP * 3)
Total AP per submission: 75

Curse & Poe:
Base Score: 4 GP (Shaded Illustration)
+2 GP (Full Body)
+6 GP (Full/Scenic Background)
+2 GP (Event Bonus)
Total GP per submission: 14

Base Score: 4 GP (Shaded Illustration)
+6 GP (Full/Scenic Background)
+2 GP (Event Bonus)
Total GP per submission: 12

(EDIT) Refined the water a little bit.
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