Fable: the satanic game

Discussion in 'Offtopic' started by Abishai100, Apr 11, 2016.

  1. Abishai100

    Abishai100 New Member

    An urban warrior named Slayer and his wife Roxanne whom he rescued from the clutches of an evil gang traveled to Ireland to settle down. There they met a poet named Alanon who told them about a secret board game involving wooden dolls. Whoever won their hand at this game would be granted two miraculous wishes.

    Slayer and Roxanne did not believe Alanon. Nevertheless, Alanon gave them a miniature board-game version which included a full set of miniature wooden dolls (of various knights and soldiers from around the world). The objective of the game is to lay out various tactical battle-fortification arrays based on the skill and strength of each type of wooden soldier which was imprinted on the under-side of the dolls' bases.

    Roxanne admitted the game seemed rather interesting and that the dolls were very clever-looking. She taught her children to play but warned them never to play with any bets or gambles lest they stumble upon the terrible wish-gauntlet the poet Alanon discussed. Roxanne kept the wooden board game hidden in her home cupboard.

    One day, a friend of Slayer's visited him at his home for dinner and drinks. His name was Eric, and he was a world-traveler. Eric was very impressed with Slayer's feats and equally impressed with how he found and rescued the beautiful Roxanne. Slayer told him he was very happy with his life in Ireland with Roxanne and their beloved children.

    Slayer told Eric of the board game that was given to him and Roxanne by the mysterious poet Alanon. Eric was immediately intrigued and wanted to play and see if the wish-granting feature of the game was real and verifiable. Slayer warned Eric that Alanon seemed pensive about the ominous 'wish-master' aspect of the game. Eric told Slayer he would give him four precious emeralds which he gathered during his travels for the board game. Slayer conceded and convinced Roxanne (who was hesitant to give the game up which her children adored) to give the game to Eric.

    Eric traveled to Scotland and challenged a well-known prince to play this mysterious wooden-doll strategy-and-wish game with him. The prince agreed and Eric, to his surprise, won rather easily. After the game was over, Eric said his wish was that he would have a kingdom or estate comparable to the majesty of that of the Scottish prince whom he defeated. Eric and the prince parted on good terms.

    Four years later, Eric found to his great delight that his wish had come true. He had discovered gold in Scotland and used it to buy a very rich estate, and he had met a beautiful woman named Eli whom he married and they had three glorious sons. Eric also kept sheep and had a hired boy to tend to the sheep in what was a rather bucolic and fruitful patch of land.

    Eric traveled to Holland (alone) for sight-seeing and while there, he ran into the mysterious poet Alanon. The poet told him that since Eric had won all his fortunes from the wish after winning his hand at the game, he had to accomplish a 'dream-warrior' task. Eric was enraged and told Alanon that this part of the bargain was never mentioned to him. The poet retorted that all wishes come at a price, and Eric conceded. Alanon gave Eric a special sleeping potion and told him he would dream he was a knight in a great Medieval war in which he would have to prove his valor or else he would die in his sleep.

    Eric did not believe Alanon but took the sleeping potion. He dreamed he was indeed in a Medieval land beset by a war between two blood-thirsty kingdoms. However, all of the foot-soldiers were wooden! A squire told Eric (in the dream) that if he helped his side fight the wooden soldiers of the other kingdom, the king would reward him handsomely. Eric realized (in his dream) that this achievement would accomplish the payment-task Alanon discussed and so he conceded.

    Eric was on the battlefield on his horse with the other knights and warriors on horseback from his particular side of the war. A fellow knight turned to Eric and reminded him to strike the wooden foot-soldiers diagonally so as to hasten their fall. As Eric approached the wooden foot-soldiers from the other side while on horseback, he began to strike at them diagonally, and the wooden-foot soldiers began to fall. However, the wooden-foot soldiers began to bleed a strange green-colored liquid when struck. Eric accomplished the task (in the dream) and was rewarded.

    Eric awoke the next day feeling very happy and energized. He realized he accomplished the 'dream-warrior' payment-task for his fortunes won at the wooden-doll strategy board game. Eric went home very happy and was set to report his triumph to his wife and children. To his horror, he discovered that one of his sons, the middle child, was mysteriously and suddenly stricken with gangrene and died while Eric was in Holland. Eric was mortified. Was this part of the omen of the wooden-doll board game? Did Eric's son die of gangrene since the wooden doll foot-soldiers in Eric's dream bled a green-colored liquid?

    Years later, Slayer and Eric met again in Spain with their wives (while on vacation). Eric told Slayer how he used the game Alanon gave him to win great fortunes but the fortunes came at a tragic cost --- the loss of his son to gangrene. Slayer was horrified and rebuked Eric for gambling with fate unnecessarily. Slayer advised Eric to make peace and find happiness in the remainder of his life with his remaining sons and his wife Eli. Eric told Slayer he would do just that, but secretly, Eric knew that the whole experience with the wooden-doll board game had somehow darkened his faith.

    Alanon was alone sitting by a river and began to curse God. He knew the game he gave to Slayer had poisoned Eric's life and was secretly thrilled that his omen went unheeded. Alanon scratched at his face, and peach-colored make-up rubbed off, revealing a reddish glow. Alanon was actually the Devil. He sneered and remarked to himself that every game has a winner, a loser, and a profit-wise witness.




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  2. Myrddin

    Myrddin Well-Known Member

    That is quite the story, with a good moral to it. Where did you hear it?
  3. Abishai100

    Abishai100 New Member

    The Chess Angelion

    Actually, I put the story together from ideas presented in various stories/books/films such as Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson) and Ouija [2014].

    Here's the story re-spun to talk about another adventure of our couple Slayer and Roxanne, and this time, I added an inspiration-tone from the film Indecent Proposal [1993]. The threading of such themes can feel something like 'gem-collecting,' no?




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    Slayer and Roxanne were living in San Francisco, having escaped the urban hellholes of Los Angeles. However, they soon discovered that a newfound activity involving the Yakuza's invasion of Chinatown raised up two warlords/warlocks: one, a maniac corrupt cop who called himself Mr. Blonde; the other, a chainsaw-wielding maniac who wore a mask made out of human skin and called himself Leatherface the serial killer. Mr. Blonde and Leatherface both targeted random rival gangs in Chinatown vying for power so as to create a truly anarchistic realm of self-serving militancy.

    Slayer hid away Roxanne and their two beautiful children in a cottage to the greater northern regions of California. He then decided to meet with a special wizard and life consultant/guru named Alanon, whom he had heard about through a known friend. Alanon told him to infiltrate the pure hell of Chinatown now, Slayer would have to convince Mr. Blonde and Leatherface to publicly play in a public chess match to decide whose acumen with all-encompassing strategy would prevail in a show of wits and presence. The winner would ally himself to one of the rival gangs, and the loser would retire quietly. This resolution would restore normal competitiveness between the rival gangs and eliminate the maddening threat of two kamikaze warlocks.

    Slayer infiltrated the street intrigue of Chinatown and found himself very close to both Mr. Blonde and Leatherface. Slayer was working as an undercover agent on behalf of Alanon (Slayer did not realize that Alanon was perhaps the Devil himself). Slayer challenged Mr. Blonde to play Leatherface in a socially-controlled publicly displayed chess match in Chinatown and told him the winner would receive the lifetime honor of membership to a gang of his choice. Mr. Blonde agreed, found Leatherface, and challenged him to a chess match, and Leatherface accepted the challenge. The stage was set for an ultimate power-tipping competitive event.

    Slayer introduced the two players, Mr. Blonde and Leatherface (who were both clothed in black suits and ties), to the chess match audience which included gang leaders, corrupt cops, random passerby, paid off local officials, and city merchants league leaders and members. Alanon had secretly went to Leatherface prior to the match and told him that if he told the brute all of the expected moves of Mr. Blonde through telekinesis, Leatherface would win and would owe Alanon simply a night with his wife; Leatherface had accepted the seemingly low-level criminal deal and was now able to anticipate all of Mr. Blonde's moves. The game was long-fought but Leatherface prevailed, having enough premonition guidance and hints from Alanon to be declared the champion. Leatherface declared himself loyal to the Yakuza, and Mr. Blonde retreated quietly into retirement.

    Slayer realized the gang hysteria in Chinatown had subsided with a simple chess game. However, three months later, Slayer discovered that Leatherface had committed suicide once he learned that Alanon had ran away with his wife. Slayer went to Mr. Blonde and told the retired corrupt cop that his rival Leatherface was dead. Mr. Blonde coolly said, "Every game has a heartbreak!" Slayer returned to his wife and children and remarked about how blessed he was to be safe from the nihilistic clutches of the Devil's power-hate game.

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