Welcome to the clubrooms of S.E.E.K., Sorontar's Exploratory Expedition Kinship (/warp sorontar.seek). Normally we would meet here to tell tales of our successful journeys and what strange and ancient things we have discovered. However, today I fear I have bad news for it seems that one of our members is missing.
One Benedict Twiddlebottom, nephew of the legendary Sir Reginald Twiddlebottom, set off last month in his airship to travel east of here and update the maps. A simple matter, he should have been back after two weeks, but he has vanished.
Our rescue party has managed to locate this airship (sorontar.airship) but that is where the wierdness starts. Benedict is not aboard.
The crew's bunks are also empty.
The supplies in the hull have not been disturbed.
The engine is still warm
and the cannons are all armed and primed, yet no-one is here to fire them.
We have managed to locate the log in the captain's cabin and from that we have started to piece together where he has travelled. There are many sites that seem a little different from the original maps so we may have to visit them on foot.
He first passed over the Ancient Amphitheatre of Audacity, a simple ruin that makes use of the natural sand.
Then he travelled above the avenue of trees that led to Blockhenge, a ceremonial site that is still rumoured to be occasionally used by various groups (sorontar.blockhenge).
After that he had to turn right to avoid a mountain that loomed before him in the clouds. That took the airship over a small bay whose entrance is highlighted by the Lighthouse of Pyros, an old waymarker in tribute to the god of enflammed warriors (sorontar.lighthouse).
Heading back over land, he flew above a giant horse-like image marked on the ground using sand (sorontar.horse, cf. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uffington_White_Horse
That led him to the marshy delta at the mouth of a river (sorontar.marsh).
He followed the river up to these deep twin lakes which he marked on his updated maps (sorontar.sand), since the old maps only show one shallow lake.
There he turned and headed back towards the mountain that had previously been an obstacle. Approaching it more cautiously this time, he located an oriental-style building near its peak (sorontar.refuge). Carefully he docked the airship there and investigated.
It seems that this refuge has long been out of use. There are remnants of beds and cushions there but little else. High above is a bell but I suspect that that it hasn't been rung for a while (sorontar.bell).
But little else is in the captain's log. He did report that the sound of beasts was heard during the night coming from the peaks, but it seemed not to be a problem.
His last notes were that he thought he had found the entrance to a mine and that he suspects this is King Sorontar's Mine (sorontar.mine) and will have to investigate it. However, many tales have been told of this mine and Erebor, the mountain it lies within. They tell of treasures and splendour. They tell of reward and prestige. I fear that Benedict Twiddlebottom has met his end searching for a legend. For such a place will be treacherous and dangerous, for the tales also say that he who visits Erebor may not be alone.....
Here ends the tale from SEEK, for now. Various of these sites are still occasionally added to. The Mine has barely been started. The "thing" and the treasure are nowhere near ready and are not accessible, so I wouldn't waste your time looking for them. That last photo is just a teaser of what I am working on. I'll send another post when the challenge of the mines is finished. In the meantime, you are welcome to use the warps to visit my various other building and terraforming sites. Be sure to put on your pith helmet and safari suit and learn the local language. You never know what you might find in the wilderness.