|It fell from the sky!
||[Jul. 23rd, 2004|01:08 am]
I returned to the place where I found the goat impaled face-first on the wierd ribbon-like monument(?). It was gone this time... thank goodness; it was a sad sight. I walked around the clearing a bit, searching for some sort of clue as to what the ribbon was... why it was there... etc. I realized that the ribbon was on a large circular stone platform that was the same size as the clearing, which explains why the trees never regrew around it. The platform was painted with a simple pattern of faded blue squares, almost unnoticable beneath the dried pine needles strewn across it. The pattern seemed to be some sort of warning pattern... similar to the white/orange and yellow/black combinations we use on Earth. I decided I perhaps shouldn't be standing on the platform... so I stepped off. To my left the ground rose up into a small but steep hill, covered with trees. I thought that perhaps I could see the platform a bit better from up there, even if it was through the trees, so I clambored up the side of the hill. When I reached the top, I found a podium perched on top, covered in overgrown ivy. I figure that the hill used to be clear and that the podium was used to control what was done on the platform. I cleared off some of the ivy and found a large button... made of firemarble much like those back in D'ni, and it was faintly glowing. Whatever it does, it was still capable of doing it, it seemed.
Weighing my curiousity with the possible dangers, I decided to press the button. For a while, nothing seemed to happen. Then suddenly a loud klaxon started wailing! Ducking away from the podium, I covered my ears and hurried back down to the platform to see what was going on. Being sure to keep clear of the warning markers, I watched and watched for what seemed like 10 minutes, the klaxon blaring all the while. Finally, I started to hear a strange sound... it sounded like a slow-moving locomotive might as it rumbles over the tracks, mixed with the sound of moving sand. The sound was coming from above!
I looked up, squinting to try and see what was descending, and gradually a strange object begins to come into view, descending directly over the platform. It's a bit hard to describe what it looks like, except that it resembles something out of a Jules Verne book! Eventually I realize that the object is actually attached to the ribbon!!! The object begins to visibly slow down, and as it approaches the ground (still fast enough to crash into the platform), what look like large steam vents begin thrusting out columns of air, creating a cushion for the object to land on and knocking me off of my feet and onto my bottom! As the air clears and the pine needles settle around me, I stand up and brush myself off, and get my first good look at what just "landed" before me.
And suddenly... the ribbon made sense.