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Strange New World
Published Apr 2, 2010


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MaiaBW

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This is a completely new character and a completely new story. It has legacy elements, such as the fact that he's moving into an empty lot and it's just him and my objective is for him to start a family, but I'm not playing any challenge. Mostly I just wanted to do something different from the last story, because nobody knows what Pellinor is. Their loss. ;D

So. This is the story of Thelisus, who is an elf-nymph-spirit sort of thing. But mostly an elf. I still love fantasy, so I chose a fantasy race, but Riverview remains totally untarnished in this story, unlilke Sunset Valley in my other story, which had absolutely none of its preset characters (except officers and repairpeople and such, which as far as I can tell can't be deleted). I won't be using any money cheats, although that hardly means I won't cheat at all. Bahaha.

Anyhow. Enough rambling. On with the story.

This is a completely new character and a completely new story. It has legacy elements, such as the fact that he's moving into an empty lot and it's just him and my objective is for him to start a family, but I'm not playing any challenge. Mostly I just wanted to do something different from the last story, because nobody knows what Pellinor is. Their loss. ;D

So. This is the story of Thelisus, who is an elf-nymph-spirit sort of thing. But mostly an elf. I still love fantasy, so I chose a fantasy race, but Riverview remains totally untarnished in this story, unlilke Sunset Valley in my other story, which had absolutely none of its preset characters (except officers and repairpeople and such, which as far as I can tell can't be deleted). I won't be using any money cheats, although that hardly means I won't cheat at all. Bahaha.

Anyhow. Enough rambling. On with the story.
Thelisus groaned and opened his eyes. Water lapped up against his feet. His head lay on cool river-stones.

He tried to remember why he lay at the foot of a river, but he could remember nothing. No. No, he could remember something. He remembered chaos. He remembered his people chanting a song of the river. He remembered falling, and falling, and falling. Now Thelisus knew. His home had been destroyed. He was the sole survivor, as far as he could tell.

He stood and rubbed his forehead. "Where am I?" he asked himself. Across the river were some odd-looking buildings. He was on a gentle slope, and began hiking up it. First, he ought to get a better view. He picked up the satchel that had washed up with him, which also belonged to him. Its contents: some gold coins, some clothing, a useless amulet, and a slice of sweet elven bread. He had been packing for a three-day hike when they'd been attacked...
There was a bridge with odd, tall torches and a strange smooth path with mysterious lighter markings on the side. He walked out into the middle of it and examined the area. There was a lake to one side. To the other, there was a sliver of an island with buildings. He marvelled at their odd architecture. He stepped out onto the smooth-stone road.

Then there was a sharp, loud noise behind Thelisus, and he jumped, narrowly avoiding a terrifying steel monster as it sped down the stone path, which he had guessed was some mockery of a road. He hastily returned to the lighter stone, hoping the beasts might not go there. What was this place?
At about midday, Thelisus came across a group of ponds. They all had various fish in them, and there were some complicated-looking fishing rods nearby. Hoping he wasn't breaking any rules, Thelisus decided to catch a few fish; if he grew desperate, perhaps he could sell them for a few meagre earnings.

His prize: eight anchovies.
After finding he was bored of catching anchovy after anchovy, Thelisus was exhausted, hungry, and terribly confused as to how he might make a living in this new land. He'd seen a few people, but had kept well away lest they turn out to be hostile. He pulled out his gold coins and wondered if he could buy any food with it. He ate the slice of bread, but it did little to quell his howling stomach.

Luckily, it seemed there were some strange, non-elven people who were more than glad to give him something to eat in exchange for a single coin, which they then jabbered about. Thelisus was just glad he had found a source of food, though it was finite, as his coins were limited. Perhaps he could strike up a fire later on and cook the anchovies, although they would hardly be a meal. Besides, there was one he was beginning to grow quite attached to. He named it Magisto.
Other people began to show up. They looked strange, for they were short, and their ears were smooth and small, not pointed. Many of them had strange short hair, and they all wore the most bizarre clothing Thelisus had ever seen in his life. Some gave Thelsius odd looks, especially his own clothes, which he thought were rather normal. Gathering up his courage, Thelsius said hello to one of the passerby. At least, he knew from speaking to the food sellers, they probably spoke the same language. Maybe he could ask him where he might find a place to live.

"Hello. Excuse me if I am interrupting," Thelisus said politely. "My name is Thelisus of the Riverkin clan. I-- I am new here. How might I acquire a homestead?"

"Man, you must be with the traveling theater!" the man whooped. Thelisus gave him a confused look. "Never mind. I'll play along. I'm Hal. Hal Breckenridge. So what you do is you walk along the street until you find an empty spot with a mailbox and a garbage can. You can make a house there. Or buy your own, but maybe you don't know who to call for that." Thelisus nodded his agreement.

He repeated, "So I simply walk until I find a place with... what is a mailbox?"

Hal rolled his eyes. "Man, you take this stuff too seriously. I mean, look at your ears! How long did it take to make those?!"

Thelisus didn't understand, but he thanked the man and, after a little more conversation, left in search of a home.
So. An empty plot of land. With this advice in mind, Thelsius set off. He wandered along the road for some time, passing houses.

Finally, Thelsius spotted what he had been told was a telltale marker of a place to live: an empty piece of land with a 'mailbox', which had been described to him, and a green can that he was supposed to put garbage in. He stepped onto it. So this was home, then.

He preferred his log cabin, but he didn't have a log cabin anymore. "I suppose, then, that it is just you, me, and Magisto, mailbox," he said, resigned. The mailbox didn't reply. He hadn't expected it to.
Thelisus would not rest until he found a way to buy himself a place to sleep in, and a bowl for Magisto. His gold coins, it appeared, were very valuable, and he was able to pitch his tent before sunrise. Perhaps tomorrow he would find a way to build a proper house; Hal Breckenridge had given him a sequence of numbers that, if fed into an object called a "cell phone" that he had for some reason had with him when he woke up, would create a verbal link between him and a person who made houses, who would then bring a group of people to build it for him.

As for what Thelisus was planning to do tomorrow, well, he'd think of that when he got there.
Thelisus was up with the sun. He sat in his tent for a moment, wondering what to do, and after a moment, he stepped out to greet the infant day. Until he knew of something better to do, he would gather resources. Gems, fish, anything he could sell to make a living. Thelisus left his tent, regretfully saying farewell to Magisto (who, like the mailbox, said nothing. This saddened Thelisus, as he had once been able to have lengthly psychic conversations with fish in the river by his village). He headed out in the general direction of the sliver-island, where he had eaten last night.

Once he got to the island, he called the person in charge of house building, asking if he could perhaps create the beginnings of a house. He asked for a wooden cottage, hoping he might end up with a home somewhat like his old one-- after all, it was clear there was no way back to his world now, and why would he want to go to his world when his people had been exterminated anyways?
While it was still early morning, Thelisus made a wonderful discovery. There was a community garden close to his home! He eagerly picked the fruits and vegetables, hoping that nobody would mind and reasoning that he was probably more in need than most of the neighbourhood. Close to noon, a family arrived at the garden. Thelisus gave them a friendly look, but a stern woman with them seemed to disapprove, and he decided to give them a little room. Nevertheless, curiosity soon got the better of him, and he introduced himself to a younger woman who looked to be the older one's daughter.

"Hello. It is a lovely day, isn't it? My apologies-- I am new here, and eager to make friends. My name is Thelisus." He had learned after meeting Hal Breckenridge that stating his clan name unnerved the people of this world, for some odd reason.

"Rhoda Bagley," the young woman responded with a smile.
Thelisus soon found he was curious to learn about the woman. As strange as they were, with their round little ears and odd mannerisms, he soon found himself fascinated by these not-elves. Especially this one; there was something about her that was different. Intriguing. Perhaps it was the way she spoke, or the odd buttoned tunic she wore, but Thelisus was quite charmed. Before he knew it, Thelisus had wasted the afternoon away chattering. But he had grown friendly with Rhoda Bagley. Maybe not friendly enough to actually call her a friend, but he trusted her. Nevertheless, the workers had probably finished his house, and he was eager to see it, however small it might be. He thought about inviting her for dinner, but felt a little embarrassed by his apparent lack of money. He quickly ran to exchange the remainder of his coins for the currency of this world, and found he now had just over $500.

Perhaps he ought to sell that fruit he'd picked.
After he'd sold his fruit and vegetables, Thelisus walked home. To his amazement, an entire cottage now stood where his tent had been. It looked much like his old house, and for a moment grief pierced him, but he bit his tongue and told himself it was all in the past now. Thelisus walked up to the doors and entered the house. Thelisus explored the inside of his house with glee, although the word 'explore' might have held a little too much grandeur for such a small structure.

Once he had fed Magisto, Thelisus decided to call it a night. He hadn't very much money, and he hadn't a plan for how to make a life in this new world. One might say he didn't even have friends, but he was an optimist, and figured he could count on Hal and Rhoda.

He'd get by somehow.

To Be Continued :D

Note: I used a lot of custom content, so thank you to all who made it. I also used a lot of premium content from the Store, including his everyday shirt. If anyone was wondering.

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#10chanchan12Apr 4, 2010

that was fun to read can't w8 4 more\;\)

#11xxheartlessxx12Apr 4, 2010

Thelisus seems to be a very interesting person...wonder where he's from...and I can't wait to read the next part! \:\)

#12nkotb16Apr 4, 2010

Very interesting! Will Definitely be waiting for the next part! \:D

#13Golden97Apr 5, 2010

Great start! \:\) Cant wait for the next part \:rah\:

#14isarpgistaApr 5, 2010

MaiaBW, I loved your story! Are you RPG player? \:\)

#15Jennifer_RApr 6, 2010

Great first chapter! Poor Thelisus, it must be hard for him to not have any of his other elf-like beings around. At least he can communicate with the locals though. He is an interesting character and I look forward to reading more about what her thinks of this world he has fallen into. Congrats on being feat'd, when it was. \;\)   

#16Phathum6900Apr 6, 2010

Very good start! Can't wait to read more. \:rah\:

#17IllandryaApr 6, 2010

Beautifully written, thank you for sharing the story of Thelisus with us. I will most definitely be looking out for new chapters to find out how he copes in this world of non-elves.

#18Divinefelinep.Apr 10, 2010

nice story it's very intresting!\:\)

#19Nov 27, 2010

enjoyed

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