Saga of the Soul Dungeon – 3.04 – Plato’s and Darwin’s Cave

“Memory is the treasure house of the mind wherein the monuments thereof are kept and preserved.”

-Thomas Fuller

There was a part of Caden that wanted to deny that he was the usurper in this body. When Exsan had possessed no sentience of his own it mattered little, but Exsan was sentient now. So he had made concessions, even as he demanded his own. Continue reading “Saga of the Soul Dungeon – 3.04 – Plato’s and Darwin’s Cave”

Saga of the Soul Dungeon – 3.02 – To Those Who Wait

“Every step of life shows much caution is required.”

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Arriving at the most convenient place to enter the dungeon had taken Zidaun and the others only a few days. He had expected it to take longer, but the dungeon’s resonance was detectable much farther than he expected. Admittedly, riding on the slogi had helped immensely. He would not want to even try making a journey over this much snow without one. After their arrival the slogi had promptly created their own burrow beneath the snow and began the pseudo hibernation that made them such useful transports in freezing weather. They would be ready whenever the team was ready to leave. Continue reading “Saga of the Soul Dungeon – 3.02 – To Those Who Wait”

Saga of the Soul Dungeon – 3.01 – Grand Nopening

Good help is hard to find”

-Anonymous

The dungeon’s old and doesn’t care,

It drops the spiders in your hair.

But the dungeon’s web is far more great,

You’ll hunt for gold but find your fate.”

-Children’s Rhyme Continue reading “Saga of the Soul Dungeon – 3.01 – Grand Nopening”

Saga of the Soul Dungeon – 2.13 – Interlude – Dungeon Thoughts

“‘Rule #37 – Every dungeon is unique. They may even be beautiful. This does not make them any less dangerous. See Rule #1’

-50 Rules for Dungeon Divers”

It had been little more than a week since Sevso found his life irretrievably altered. His new titles, along with the accompanying AP, would have been more than enough. The fifteen pieces of dungeon gold meant that he could get everything he had ever wanted. And the life debt turned everything he had gained to ashes. Continue reading “Saga of the Soul Dungeon – 2.13 – Interlude – Dungeon Thoughts”

Saga of the Soul Dungeon – 2.12

It took Exsan a few long moments, as Caden waited impatiently, to reply.

What talk?

Having people die in the dungeon is not the only way to get survival points right?

Yes.

Right. Not much of a talker.

How else do we get survival points?

Prey come, they leave. Get points. Survive other dungeons, get points. Quests give points. Special things. Continue reading “Saga of the Soul Dungeon – 2.12”

Saga of the Soul Dungeon – 2.11

Caden had felt something inside him gradually shift over the last hour. Apparently touching someone else’s soul had consequences. He looked at the various traps he had created with a mixture of pride and horror. He would hate to deploy some of these against anyone, but he honestly did not know what kind of power to expect from the people who came to the dungeon. Touching Exsan’s soul had apparently given him a portion of his ruthlessness temporarily. That was not entirely a bad thing; the traps he had created were effective looking. However, now he could see that his focus had been stolen away towards the lethal end of the spectrum. There were an entire slew of traps that were non-lethal and could be very effective. Water, mud, wind, nets, he had so many ways to delay and trip up an opponent. Continue reading “Saga of the Soul Dungeon – 2.11”

Saga of the Soul Dungeon – 2.10 – Trappings of Power

“I have never seen a greater monster or miracle in the world than myself.”

  • Michel de Montaigne

Caden had been forced to be patient by circumstances and the sudden acquisition of the tools needed to make a functional dungeon was more than welcome. Up to this point, everything he had done had been made from scratch or from putting pieces of patterns together. Part of the reason he had delayed creating the dungeon proper was the knowledge that he would need to come up with everything from scratch. Continue reading “Saga of the Soul Dungeon – 2.10 – Trappings of Power”

Saga of the Soul Dungeon – 2.9 – Soul-Mates

“The gods are masters of souls. Your actions in life are a mirror of your soul which even as it reflects is altered. In death you are drawn to whomever you are most closely aligned with. Heaven and hell are both the same, they are simply the people you spend eternity with. Be who you want to live with forever.”

  • Ecer the Wise, Prophet of Otga

Caden had been working on the entry cave for longer than he thought. Between his own mana and Exsan’s, they were close to being able to level again. He decided now would be a good time to meditate again. The impact of his soul was not so fresh and he was ready to see it again. Hopefully he would learn more about his own soul. He was not sure what it meant that he could examine it now, but he knew he had a strong affinity for soul skills and he would be a fool not to use it. Continue reading “Saga of the Soul Dungeon – 2.9 – Soul-Mates”

Saga of the Soul Dungeon – 2.8 – Light

“Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.”

– Thomas Aquinas

Caden hated waiting. He was good at it when it was necessary, but he still hated it. He had managed to reach the surface with his aura, but his dungeon was expanding slowly. He had tried to speed it up, but nothing had happened. So, since it seemed waiting was inevitable, he had continued on with other projects.

The most important was simply continuing to spread his aura in every direction so that the dungeon could expand without any delays. He had no idea whether there was a maximum size for the dungeon, but the more area covered by aura and dungeon, the more mana he would draw in. Continue reading “Saga of the Soul Dungeon – 2.8 – Light”