The Tunnel

The Tunnel

Songs in the dark

Twisting and turning through the Teeth, the Throat is a narrow mountain pass that stretches between the countries of Serukis and Kaien. Four miles of this pass are underground, through a long, pitch black tunnel that travels below a mountain. This tunnel is considered by some to be the most difficult part of the journey, despite the shelter from the unrelenting wind and frequent blizzards of the Throat.   The tunnel itself is rumoured to be haunted by the spirits of the fifty-five men, women, and children who died during the Seruic people's Crossing and who went without the proper funeral rites. It is believed that the spirits converged on the tunnel seeking protection from the cold, as they are unaware that they are no longer alive. Over the years, as more people have died on the journey, the number of the spirits in the tunnel has swelled. Whilst this myth originated in Serukis, it has spread throughout Caia, and even the most sceptical of travellers are wary.   There have been many reports of strange occurances over the years. Even though there is only a single path, travellers have found themselves turned around, emerging from the same side of the tunnel that they entered. Some people have told stories of the walls and ceiling closing in on them until they were forced to crawl on their hands and knees. Others claim to have seen strange, flickering lights ahead of them in the darkness. Other common stories involve random temperature changes or distant unintelligable whispering.   For travellers from Serukis, it is traditional to sing as they are walking through the tunnel. They believe that the sound of their voices will bring the spirits of their ancestors comfort and, as a result, they will be left alone to pass safely. Travellers from most anywhere else, however, do their best to traverse the tunnel in complete silence, so as not to draw the ire of anything lurking in the darkness.
by Tony L


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Jul 8, 2021 01:35 by JRR Jara

oh no! I'm scared! I won't visit this place anytime soon

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Jul 8, 2021 09:47 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Same! D:

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Jul 8, 2021 07:34

Oh must be very creepy to go through! Imagine the confusion of coming out the same way without turning :p

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Jul 8, 2021 09:47 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Haha, I don't know if I could bring myself to go back in after that! XD Thank you!

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Jul 8, 2021 12:25 by Olarae & Astaroth Arcaine

I love how ominous this sounds. I have this vivid imagine in my head of someone travelling through and their torch suddenly going out, the walls begin closing in on them as they try to struggle through in the dark, trying desperately to escape from spectral horrors and voices hounding them, before stumbling out dumbfounded into the cold light of day right where they started. MIGHT have let my imagination run away there...

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Jul 8, 2021 14:59 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Yes! That's pretty much what I was picturing as I was writing. :D Thank you! <3

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Jul 8, 2021 18:04 by Caitlin Phillips

This is gloriously creepy. It is sad that the spirits may not realise they are dead. I hope we get to visit the Tunnel in a narritve sometime soon. It sounds like it would make the most amazing setting.

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Jul 8, 2021 19:12 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Thank you, Caits! <3

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Jul 9, 2021 00:07 by R. Dylon Elder

Oof. Sorry I've been slacking. Catching up slowly but surely. Let's see here...     Oooo creepy tunnel. I like how you tie this into the throat as well. This only compounds how horrifying traveling there would be.   I like the variety behind the different stories, from whispers and walls closing in. Getting turned around would be realllly trippy. I'd be noping on out of there by that time.

Jul 9, 2021 00:43 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Haha, same, don't worry about it at all!   Yeah... I wouldn't travel through this tunnel if you paid me a million pounds. :D Thank you!

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Jul 9, 2021 00:19 by Eliora Yona

Oh, so interesting! To sing while walking through a tunnel to put spirits to rest is a great addition. <3 Love it!

Jul 9, 2021 00:43 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Thank you! I love that detail! :D

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Jul 10, 2021 05:59 by Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)

A haunted tunnel is such a great idea. It sounds like a very scary place though. I'm not sure if I would be silent or singing. I think I mostly would try to never go in the tunnel.

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Jul 10, 2021 09:40 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Same. Luckily it's not a very easy place to get to! Thank you! <3

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Jul 10, 2021 10:35

That subheader so so eerie and I can just imagine walking through the tunnel, feeling the voice vibrate against the stone and hearing the echos from far ahead. It sounds both spooky and beautiful. Great stuff, Emy <3


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Jul 10, 2021 11:32 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Aw thanks, Q! <3

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Jul 12, 2021 22:06 by Avalon Arcana

All those ghosts gathering to seek shelter from the cold, not knowing they are dead is a chilling thought. Wonderful :)

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Jul 12, 2021 22:27 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

I know, it's kind of sad too. :( Thank you! <3

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Jul 13, 2021 08:42 by Stormbril

~Spooky Tunnellllllllllll~   I love the detail about more and more spirits finding their way into the tunnel over time. It makes sense, and makes the tunnel itself even more terrifying D: Those poor people :(

Jul 13, 2021 10:47 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Oh no, now that's in my head. XD   Poor spirits. :( Thanks, Stormbril! <3

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Jul 13, 2021 18:07 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

I remember that tunnel from the mountain article :D Still very creepy... Do people ever find corpses leftover in the tunnel? That seems strange if don't. I don't know if that would be reassuring or even more suspicious XD

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Jul 13, 2021 18:31 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

I'm sure people find frozen corpses in the tunnel and in the pass. Somehow I don't think I would find that reassuring! XD Thank you for the comment! :)

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Jul 13, 2021 19:20 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

Well, finding a corpse at least mean there is nothing that is eating them, right? Unless they find half eaten corpse O.o

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Jul 13, 2021 19:21 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

*endless screaming*

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Jul 13, 2021 22:30 by Time Bender

Ooh, creepy! I wouldn't go near this tunnel unless I absolutely had to, and then I would be perfectly silent. There's no telling what might lurk in there!

Jul 13, 2021 22:36 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

I feel exactly the same way! Thank you! :) <3

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Jul 14, 2021 02:36 by Lilliana Casper

Ooh, this is so creepy. Is it really haunted, I wonder? Who knows... I'm a little disappointed that there isn't more, but this is still great. Looking forward to more.

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Jul 14, 2021 10:47 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Definitely going to revisit this after Summer Camp and add to it. :) Thank you!

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Aug 3, 2021 11:56 by AS Lindsey (Pan)

As if the Throat wasn't intimidating enough!   Really well written; this place sounds super ominous, and I'd love to know what's really going on.

Aug 3, 2021 12:13 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Thank you! <3 Me too - I look forward to expanding this. :D

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