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20th of December, 19xx

A Tree Grows in Liminal

by R&D Officer Lio L. Levon

"...eltl omhret nad afhret I ovel hmet, Leah. Nad oyu oto."
The crew, along with everyone we were able to rally, began the assault against Timothy, Ezekiel, and their plan to destroy the Word Tree. We had brought all we had to bear, doing our utmost to take down the barrier Timothy had placed, but it seemed hopeless. Our bombardment did nothing to it, and the Redcaps seemed to have come through endlessly. But as one does for dramatic effect, help came at the right time. Our Captain, along with two of her lost crewmates of her original crew, and the Ringleader with Jormungandr, arrived, poised to join the assault. Their presence lit a fire among the crew, and we showed Timothy just what we're capable of when you put all of Liminal in danger. Once he was taken down, the Captain, with a weapon none of us had ever seen before, tore through the ball as though it were a hot knife through butter, breaking the barrier entirely. The Ringleader took the beaten body of Timothy to parts unknown afterwards, leaving a bit of a trail of... spaghetti bags? But now was not the time, we had a tree to save.
Officer Tobias, Officer Carica, Navigator Akhana, and Anthropologist Gemini made landfall to take down Ezekiel once and for all. The Redcaps were many, and time was running sort as they attempted to saw down the Word Tree. The crew, with the Orb not barring the way anymore, went underwater to seal the rift that had been a source for all these Redcaps to invade the tree as easily as they were. I was able to reverse engineer the jukebox, albeit with a bit of trouble during, and were able to push the Redcaps back into the rift long enough for the crew to seal it shut, leaving only the Redcaps already there to deal with. The Riverman was phenomenal in that regard, mowing down swaths of the creatures like they were wheat before a scythe, pretty scary really. From what little we could see, the battle on the island itself was fierce, Redcaps and Birds fighting and flying every which way until Ezekiel fell from the tree. He... Did not survive the landing.
What happened next however, was nothing short of horrifying. The living Redcaps invaded his body after landing, turning it into a monster in every sense of the word... albeit one in a suit. I wasn't sure how we had any hope of handling that thing, but the cavalry had arrived once again, in the form of the mice and otters who make our city home. The combination of their assault, our cover fire, and a... Mostly Coordinated aerial strike from the crew on the island stopped the monstrous husk that was Ezekiel for good, saving the Word Tree, and by extension, potentially all of Liminal.
Everyone who had been in the battle, as well as some spectators like King Reedy, gathered on the island once it was truly said and done, absolutely ecstatic over our victory. A Great feast was held there, after a bit of cleaning up of course, to celebrate our hard earned victory, and to remember those who had unfortunately not pulled through during the invasion, especially the paper people who did their best defending against the Redcaps until we got our way through. But for once in a good while, everyone seemed happy, accomplished even.
We got to meet the former crewmates the Captain managed to bring back, Pim and Ento, Jackalope siblings. I... Admittedly was in a bit of awe in their presence, Pim especially. She was-*There would be some faded words as it was clearly erased before continuing*-Ah, I shouldn't write my opinion on that, lest the Word Tree have a copy of that too.
Leah, Mom, Dad. I think I found my home here. It will be great to see you again some day, and maybe chat through our devices if we really get it working, but I don't think I'm going to go home. I hope you can forgive me when we do meet eachother again, and I'll miss you all until that day comes. However, I'm not just a male lagora to be a part of population production back home in Ukko.
I am Lio Lewis Levon. Engineer, Tinkerer, and Tool-Maker for the Wandercrew. A Citizen of Silver Thimble Isle. And a Denizen of Liminal.

Continue reading...

  1. The Final Exam
    22nd of February, 19XX
  2. A Futile Report
    25th of April, 19XX
  3. Problems
    1st of May, 19xx
  4. IWL Debacle
    3rd of May, 19xx
  5. Admiral's Orders
    8th of May, 19xx
  6. Avian Antics
    30th of May, 19XX
  7. Saving Private Squishy
    28th of August, 19xx
  8. A Not-so-Warm Welcome
    11th of September, 19xx
  9. The Quiet (But Busy!) Year
    17th of October 19xx
  10. Timothy's Trial
    1st of November, 19xx
  11. Wandercrew's Wild Ride
    22nd of November, 19xx
  12. Vatna's Reunion
    18th of December, 19xx
    18th of December, 19xx
  14. The Road to Unification
    19th of December, 19xx
  15. A Tree Grows in Liminal
    20th of December, 19xx
  16. Promotion
    12th of January, 19xx
  17. Work and Play
    2nd of February, 19xx
  18. A Kindred Spirit
    3rd of March, 19xx
  19. Sigil Sagacity
    10th of April, 19xx
  20. Dear Mom
    8th of May, 19xx
  21. A Star's Silver Lining
    23rd of May, 19xx
  22. Gone...
  23. Twenty-Three
    12th of June, 19xx
  24. Questionnaire Pt.1 (1-25)
    ? of ?, 19xx
  25. Questionnaire Pt.3 (51-75)
    ? of ?, 19xx
  26. Questionnaire Pt. 4 (76-100)
    ? of ?, 19xx
  27. Checking on the Herd
    18th of June, 19xx
  28. To Meet One's Heroes
    18th of June, 19xx
  29. Useless
    26th of June, 19xx
  30. A Mind for Machines, an Ear for Music
    4th of July, 19xx
  31. Wandervania: Symphony of the Nightcap
    15th of July, 19xx
  32. Some Assembly Required: An Inventor's Dream
    17th of July, 19xx
  33. Taking Teeth for Granted
    18th of July, 19xx
  34. An Unknown Science
    20th of July, 19xx
  35. A Raucous Reunion
    24th of July, 19xx
  36. To Pim and Ento
    24th of July, 19xx
  37. Beauty
    6th of August,19xx
  38. A Perfect Storm
    7th of August, 19xx
  39. An Invitation
    9th of August, 19xx
  40. Happiness
    12th of August, 19xx
  41. Tinger and the Bun
    12th of August, 19xx
  42. Time Away From Work
    13th of August, 19xx
  43. Addicted to Failure
    14th of August, 19xx
  44. Long, Long Ago
    18th of August, 19xx
  45. Questionnaire Pt.5 (101-120)
    ? of ?, 19xx
  46. For the Sake of Others
    27th of August, 19xx
  47. What Was Lost
    29th of August, 19xx
  48. Something Lost, Something Learned
    1st of September, 19xx
  49. Coming Full Circle
    4th of September, 19xx
  50. Audio Recording #1: Risky Rifty Tech
    5th of September, 19xx
  51. Audio Recording #2: Facing the Devil's Maw
    21th of September, 19xx
  52. Audio Recording #3: Parks and Renovation
    24th of September, 19XX
  53. Audio Recording #4: Facing the Giant
    16th of October, 19xx
  54. Audio Recording #5: Becoming More than Myself
    21st of October, 19xx
  55. Audio Recording #6: Crewmate Camaraderie
    23rd of October, 19xx
  56. Audio Recording #7: Passing the Wrench
    20th of November, 19xx
  57. Audio Recording #7: The Coming Storm
    11th of December, 19xx
  58. Audio Recording #8: Liminal Stands Together
    17th of December, 19xx
  59. Selfish
    ?? of ??, ????
  60. Questionnaire Pt.2 (26-50)
    ? of ?, 19xx