A Closer Look

A Closer Look: The Royal City of Fabulum

The city where the king has sits has long been built since before the time of the Muffet Clan. Although not the most clever of names, it has long been herald as a safe place in the land of Fabulum. As one approaches the gate to the city, they are met by two troll guards that would even frighten the most seasoned of warriors. Past the gate the city stretches into a market place where people hurry about the wooden stalls. Merchants are shouting their advertisements, as others argue with customers about prices. Past this stands a fountain where citizens come to wash their clothes. Children run around the water as some splash each other. Older citizens sit on the stone benches situated around the structure, grumbling about the world they live in. Three other stone slab roads branch from the square in the walled city. Straight leads to the castle itself that was surrounded by a moat. Armed men march on top of the tall walls that block off the castle. The other two roads lead to two different districts of the city. On the right contains sturdy, ornate, stone houses where men and women of fine clothing talk in the street. However, on the opposite side is a community of shaky wooden houses. Most of the people who live there wear tattered clothes that are too small.

Found in the poorer district is the delectable scent that comes from a humble bakery. Once one gets inside the broken door they will see a treasure trove of baked goods. A L-shaped glass counter fills half the space and shows off an array of pastries. Cookies of all sorts, brownies, and other pastries stuffs the displays. On a shelf out of reach is placed a basket of wonderfully decorated gingerbread cookies. There are two doors that stand behind the counter where one will find the proprietor. He wears plaid pants and a black shirt with a white apron tied around his waist. Round spectacles sit on the bridge of his nose which is decorated with a curled gray mustache. His bald head will shine the income sun as his green eyes meet you. To most he is known by the name of the Muffin Man and is a favorite baker of the king with his blueberry muffins.

Behind the castle one would find the royal garden where the hero known as Jack has become a successful farmer. Fruits, vegetables, flowers, and vegetation the likes none have ever seen spring from the land. Among the green, one will usually find a man in his late forties early fifties tending to the plants. He wears blue cotton overalls with many patches sewn into the tapestry. He wears no shoes and his hands are stained with soil. His shirt is a long sleeved red top that has as many holes as a leopard has spots. His tuft of brown and grey hair is covered in filth with a smudge to match on his face. This man is the hero known as Jack who nurtured the peace between Reus and Fabulum. If one walks past the initial garden and over a small wooden bridge that has a babbling brook flowing below it; they would find themselves in front a large mound of dirt. On each side are stones etched with the same strange marking upon them, like that of a leaf. This can grant one access to the land of Reus. First one must ascend a nearby hill and draw a pail of water from the well that is erected on top of it. Next they must splash the water onto the mound while shouting “Reus!” clearly and loudly. Rumbling will shake the area, as a giant bean stalk sprouts and climbs into the sky above the clouds. Only then can one scale it to reach the land of the giants. Caution is advised since one has a limited time to climb the great plant. In this way, either land prevents the other from invading.

A Closer Look

A Closer Look: The Great Tower of Radix (Silvia’s Tower)

Built to spite her jealous husband, Madame Silvia Muffet created the building using her shaman magic. Twisting vines, roots, branches, and thorns weave together to form this grand tower to the very top room where a single window looks out on the land of Fabulum. To most beings, there is no door to enter this place. It only appears if one passes the test of the tower.

Two vines will spring forth from the tower; one having an allspice flower at the end of it that will wrap its petals around a person’s chest. The second has the jaws of a Venus fly trap, the tips of its teeth teasing the flesh all around one’s head. After a few minutes of suspense, the vines will retreat to the tower and form an archway; revealing a large round door made of Maple tree wood. That is only if one passes. On the other hand, if the person does not pass the fly trap gets brains for dinner. The only way to pass this test is to have enough compassion in your heart to care others more than yourself. Once one does get inside, they see the true wonder of this place.

Flowers light up the walls with a variety of vibrant colors that rival the splendor of a rainbow. Creatures of all shapes and sizes roam the tower, neither prey or predator seeking any hostility toward one another. If one makes their way down the steps and underground they can her the very tower breathe. The roots under the building are curled around a green glowing gem that keeps the structure standing. One must be careful approaching the sight for if they do not, giant moles will come up and smack intruders.

Going back upstairs, one would climb the spiraling staircase of Silvia’ tower. Each step is made of thick oak branches that run along the walls, From the ceiling trickles vines with radiant flowers that light the very tower. Finally, at the very top of the stairs it opens to a large circular room. A corner of the room contains two large tables side by side. One is obviously a work bench with tools scattered about and wood shavings covering the table top. The other seems strange to the most people. On it are several vials, tubes, and bottles that are kept neatly in rows against the back wall. Above them are shelves of powders, glowing liquids, and ingredients that are used for potions. In the center of this table is a small cauldron that is usually boiling. Like most of the tower, flowers of magnificent colors decorate the pointed ceiling. Branches stick out from the roof as most of the time Silvia’s owls perch upon them, except for Vitro, Silvia’s closest owl, who has his own perch next to her work bench. A single window lets the light in with a flat bay bottom and a coned shaped top. Across from this is a huge book case aligned with tomes of magic and guides to plants. A humble wood carved bed stands next to this with faded linens. The wooden plank floor is decorated in the center with a finishing of an owl in flight.

Exploring New Lands

Exploring New Lands: Fabulum

A land of meadows and mostly small villages, this place has stayed out of most wars that plagued Magitotum except the Graecian Expansion. At that time, the Cyclops looked to escape the gods and goddesses of Olympus. When they saw the meadows of Fabulum, they were eager to take what they wanted. They were surprised when the people did not only fight back but completely defeat them. This was impart due to the formation of the Muffet clan; a group of animal trainers that have incredible fighting ability. At the conclusion of the fighting, the founders made a treaty with the Cyclops for them to live above them in the clouds and calling it Reus. In return, the one eyed creatures taught the land how to shepherd their flocks. For many years this relationship stayed in tact, until the Giants, descendants of the mixture of Cyclops and humans, came to start war once again. They were only stopped when the brave farmer Jack killed the leader of the kingdom of Reus. Peace once again settled but only for a short while. A short conflict followed when the Trolls of Conflictus fled from their homeland. They attempted to settle in the rivers of Magitotum by building great bridges and a fortress. Led by the Muffets, they were quickly thwarted and were forced to serve the kingdom of Fabulum. They was no pause from the fighting as a new threat came.

It came to pass that the werewolf Mallupo, who was thought to be dead, plagued Fabulum. Through scores and scores of men and women he killed, but the children he did something worse. He turned the children of his victims into Lunalpha werewolves like himself. With that control, he was able to bring Fabulum to its knees. Not feeling he had enough power, he headed to the forest found in the Southern part of Fabulum. There inside was a pack of large wolves that had occasionally caused trouble for the people of the land. They were now calmed by a members of the head Muffet family who took it upon themselves to train the wolves. Unfortunately, when Mallupo showed up that training meant nothing as he turned the wolves on their friends. With more of an army to take over the land, he headed straight to royal castle. He was stopped by a man in a full suit of shining silver armor. That day he was stopped with his arm chopped off by the blade of the mysterious assailant. Peace was again settled in this land, or so it was thought.

The place itself has three distinct places known by most. In the South is a grand forest where no one dares to venture. There inside the twisting branches and crawling roots the pack of wolves hunts for food, only straying off if there are very little left. To the North is the Muffet Estate. This stretches from to the edge of the mountain range that surrounds Pruina to a few miles from the royal city near the Northeast side of the land of Magitotum. A small forest can be found within this estate where many creatures wander and one can even see the tower made from thorns and vines that was created by Silvia Muffet behind the main household. The royal city is where the king sits on his throne and governs the land. His people live outside his castle walls in two different sections that have caused a conflict within his nearby home. It seems that the cutoff land of Fabulum may just need some outside assistance after all.