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Surviving On The Surface - A Practical Guide and Its Application

One should always take great care when travelling to the surface but never be dissuaded. Many of the things you have heard of the surface are, in fact, not true! They are fabrications, to keep others from finding fortune there! With this guide in your hand, there is no obstacle that you cannot overcome!  
— Excerpt from the Guide
  'Surviving On The Surface - A Practical Guide and Its Application' is a booklet that claim to help the reader navigate the many hazards that can be found on the surface. It is usually sold as a whole or as pamphlets about particular chapters or subjects, though neither tend to be of particularly high quality. The most common materials are either cheap hattick or lizard-skin parchment. Its writing is winding and pompous, which together with its content has made it very popular for two very different reasons.    

Chapter 1 - How To Walk Beneath The Blue

 
The dangers posed by this so-called Blight are highly exaggerated and should be taken with a grain of salt. Ask yourself this; could there be another reason why they do not want you to go there?  
— Excerpt from the Guide
  It isn't known who the original author of the text is, but since it made its first appearance it has been altered, edited and added to by countless shysters looking to make an easy coin. On occasion, the guide might get something vaguely correct but most of its advice are terrible. Literature about the surface are popular in the Inner Shell and most will never see the sun. But considering the contents of the booklet, it is doubtful its authors and editors ever have either.    

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Chapter 4 - Denizens of the Surface

 
The creatures that live on the Surface are, as a rule, fearful and cowardly. They've never seen men like us before and will quickly retreat when confronted. Indeed, your greatest challenge will be to catch the timid creatures!  
— Excerpt from the Guide
  Besides destroying the booklet as an act of mercy, seasoned explorers sometimes make the tomes the center of a humorous ritual. When a particularly egregious version of the book is acquired, explorers gather and compete to see who can read the most without bursting into laughter or tears. It is traditional for those who do to provide alcohol, and the game continues until all of the book has been read, followed by its destruction. Selling the book within sight of either Kaia or Blight-Trackers can lead to a beating or worse.    

Chapter 7 - The Surface, Profit and You

 
There are many ways to make your mark on the surface and make your ways into the tomes of history. The surface holds many riches to those who wish to grasp them! Don't let others take what should rightfully be YOURS!
  With its encouraging and authoritative tone, promising fortune and glory, the booklet is most commonly purchased by people who have no business being on the surface. Many learn of their error before something serious can occur, but enough have perished still clutching their useless pamphlet.    
With all the wealth there to take, this could be YOU!  

Gibbets, left to rot in radioactivity

The Surface   Charitably described as a wasteland, the Surface is a barren and hostile place. From scorching deserts to frigid tundras and irradiated dust storms, there are a thousand ways to die on the Surface- taking the guide's advice will almost guarantee one of them.   Read more about the Surface
Among serious surface explorers, there is an unwritten agreement to destroy any copy of this book that they come across. They know the information inside will doom any poor fool who chose to follow it and try their best to prevent it. Anyone who travels to the Surface carrying this booklet has made themselves known as an easy mark and amateur.   Some make jest of it: read the book, and do the opposite of what it tells you.
If I catch you selling this again, I'm going to leave you in the middle of the Howling Plains and let you find your own way out with nothing but this book. You got that, or should I write it down for you?  
— Sencha, Blight-Tracker. Angry.
   
  The nicest thing you can really say about it is that it tends to be cheap.  

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3 Dec, 2018 22:59

Just wanted to say: Really good, interesting article! ^-^ The excerpts and quotes made me laugh.

4 Dec, 2018 08:20

Thank you :D