[center]WEEK 2 - CROUCHING TIGER
A change of scenery
You return to the beach as the sun rises. The camp fire has burned low but the other dreamers have also returned and are clustered around it. As you take your place with the other challengers, Obfusc8 stands and speaks.
‘It’s time to move on. The stars will always be up there, waiting for us to visit, but let’s continue our adventure a little closer to home.’
Obfusc8 raises a gloved hand and draws a doorway in the air which begins to glow. It is impossible to see into the blinding light of the portal, but you here a voice saying ‘follow.’
Stepping into the light you emerge onto a wide stone wall which stretches as far as you can see into the distance. Watchtowers guard the wall at intervals as the great stone barrier rises and falls between the hills in an unbroken line. In the distance are tree covered valleys and beyond that, mountains.
‘Maybe you are searching for spiritual answers or just want some peace and quiet. Maybe you seek to master the dreamworld and gain the power to defend yourself and your dream characters. Or maybe, like me, you’re just think dragons are cool. Regardless of what you seek, it’s a wondrous place to explore.’
Obfusc8 starts to transform and grow, clothes turning into scales, wings sprouting from his back and a pointed powerful tail growing behind. The motorbike helmet shatters to reveal a draconic horned head. After a few moments a large black dragon crouches on the Great Wall. It winks at you with a lizard-like yellow eye, then stretches it’s wings and leaps into the sky.
HIDDEN DRAGON: Transform yourself (or another) into a dragon. 30pts
Because there’s been a terrible shortage of dragons in these challenges, lately. I’ll also accept hatching a dragon from an egg. Partial transformations will also be considered, so if you attempt this task post with how far you got - scales, wings, tail, body size, horns, snout.
WALL RUNNING: Run on something you wouldn’t normally be able to. 30pts
E.g. water, fire, lava, clouds, vertical surfaces, tree trunks, ceilings, etc. You could transform yourself into an insect, squirrel, etc, if that helps. If you are going to run on ‘air’ i.e. flying, you must be doing running motions to propel yourself.
NATURAL POWER: Absorb power from a natural source. 30pts
So this is not about summoning fireballs out of nothing, rather, find a fire and draw power from it. If you’ve heard of or played the inFamous games, that is exactly what I’m thinking of. Draw power from the sun, call down lightning to your hands, absorb power from the moon (arrrooo werewolf time?), find an active volcano and draw lava from the Earth’s core. How you use the power once absorbed is up to you.
SPIRITUAL THOUGHTS: Meet a monk, holy person or martial artist. 30pts
How about getting them to teach you, train you in dream powers. You could meditate with them or ask a spiritual question.
FLYING DAGGERS: Throw an object. 20pts
To clarify: Pick it up with your hand and throw it. This task is not about using telekinesis to lift distant objects. It could be just a ball rather than a weapon for you peace lovers out there. How far can you throw in a dream? Can you affect the object while it is in flight?
THE WILD: Explore a remote/ unpopulated part of the world. 20pts
Mountains, caves, forest, desert, away from the big towns and cities. A remote monastery or temple on the side of a mountain or anywhere a hermit might choose to live alone would be perfect. N.B. Must be on a planet to avoid too much overlap with last week’s space tasks.
IRON FIST: Focus your chi to perform a powerful punch. 20pts
Can be against an enemy or just an object or barrier. To count, it must have a greater effect than a normal person’s punch would in real life, i.e. punch through a brick wall or punch an enemy so hard they fly across the room. If it looks like a move from a martial arts film, then you’re on the right track.
Good luck everybody