Waking up is never easy. Yet one cannot sleep forever, regardless of how fascinating the dream may be.
Within the grand city of Chelytos, one of the most breathtaking places to watch the sunrise is inside the Oasis Rosarum. The fresh morning dew acts as an uncountable number of prisms, each scattering the early morning sunlight and causing it to dance whimsically among the seven thousand glistening roses.
At the center of this oasis, there grows a colossal rose bush. Its age and origin have long been forgotten, and some say it predates even the city itself. Tucked away on the northern side of this immense plant stands a gazebo. Seven benches line its perimeter, while a pale alabaster fountain rests at its center. The fountain depicts a small child desperately chasing after an even smaller rabbit. At its apex hangs a bell that time has blessed with a crimson patina.
A solitary woman sat awestruck on the northwestern bench, seemingly enchanted by the dawn's performance. Within the privacy of the gazebo, she slowly took a deep breath of the rose scented air. As a gentle breeze blew through her long, blonde hair, the ruby colored bell gently chimed. In an instant, she was gone — replaced by a black marble bishop.
As the sun slowly creeps higher in the sky, the city begins to prepare to for the coming day.
Those who awake on this fine morning will find they are posed with a task that will change their life. On a table in their house, a simple scroll sits. An ornate seal of wax keeps it bound into a roll. If opened, one would find the following written in an elegant script:
"Oh slumbering souls,
Your world is unraveling, and it is time for you to wake up. For far too long you have known only of the plane which encompasses you. This world has nurtured you and allowed you to grow into who you are today. Now is the time to return the favor to this land.
The mission which I present you with could best be described as diplomatic espionage. The place you must infiltrate is only as dangerous as you make it out to be, but I cannot promise your safety. Those interested should seek out gazebo in the Oasis Rosarum that houses the fountain. I shall meet you there today, at precisely six in the afternoon.
As for a reward, I can promise you neither power or knowledge. Yet, I can promise you change. Upon accepting this request, a near infinite number of possibilities will open up before you. This is your one chance to escape the mundane; to escape the shackles that bind your soul to this lifeless plane. Do not take this chance for granted.
Edited by Artemis, 18 December 2011 - 10:11 PM.