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The Greenminster Expedition

The disappearance of the Alcastor and her crew

Written by Stormbril

Historical Details

Background

This document, or gathering of documents, exists to serve as an example for those who wish to embark on future expeditions to the The Deep of Greenminster . The location is dangerous, and should be treated as such.  

We've really tried to piece together what happened here. All we've got to go off of is these personal journals, and frankly they don't make any sense. My hope is that somewhere down the line, some new person comes along, takes a look at what we've collected here, and figures it all out. For now though, it's my professional opinion that we stay the hell away from Greenminster.
— Zedicar Ivish, Intelligence Operative
 
  In year 1254 of the Current Era, Wandermere's intelligence community put together an expedition to the Deep of Greenminster, located directly south of them within the ocean of The Floor of Study . The intent of the expedition was to assess the viability of setting up a small secondary colony on the island. Records of the flora and fauna on the island were to be kept, and samples were to be taken of anything unknown.  
  The expedition was intended to last two weeks. The plan was as follows:   # Sail the Alcastor, a small schooner, south down to the Deep of Greenminster. 2 days worth of travel. # Make contact at the north eastern shores of Greenminster. Anchor slightly off-shore, and use the rowboats to make landfall. # Set up base camp in the copse of trees on the north eastern shores. Bring enough supplies from the Alcastor for one week stay on land. # Send expeditions into Greenminster, in pairs. Start close at first, gradually spreading out across the island. No overnight expeditions. One week of expeditions was planned for. # Collect all samples and records, return to the Alcastor. Sail back to Wandermere.   Record are unclear as to how long the expedition actually lasted. The documents found have been organized in chronological order in the hopes of easing understanding.

History

Three months after the Alcastor left Wandermere's docks, it was found empty, washed up against the rocky shores of Mammoth Hill . Three of the four rowboats were missing, and most of the ships supplies were gone. Strangely, every bunk on the ship was in neat and tidy condition, as if the occupant had just made their bed.   Next to the mast, a pile of papers were found. They appeared to be pages torn out of personal journals, along with a rough map of the island. Piecing together what happened during the expedition from the contents of these journals has proven difficult.

Note from Zedicar
Proven difficult? Difficult? We don't have a damn clue what happened. Who even wrote this article? I need to have a talk with them.
 

Public Reaction

Rumors began circulating soon after news of the Alcastor's rediscovery broke. Loss and confusion from before quickly turned to fear, and anger. Some said that one of the eight members of the expedition sabotaged the entire operation. Others thought that the island was swarmed with unknowable monstrosities that fed off of the explorers.   For the most part, the members of the expedition were remembered and missed. The names of the lost were etched onto a plaque, placed at the spot the Alcastor left from at the beginning of her voyage.   The Alcastor, on her part, was sunk a few days after her rediscovery. Superstition was deemed to be the cause of her sinking.

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by Stormbril
Type
Journal, Personal
Medium
Paper
Authoring Date
1254 of the Current Era
Location
The Deep of Greenminster

Robert Viiding, Captain

This expedition was Robert's 12th time captaining a voyage for Wandermere's intelligence operations. His previous clean track record was the deciding factor in picking him for this expedition.

Thallan Stillmaw, First Mate

Known for his even temperment, Thallan has worked beside Robert for his entire career.

Otto Høgh, Scribe

Otto is a man of few words. He generally keeps to himself, almost always scribbling in his notebook. Otto was chosen for this voyage so that accurate drawings could be taken of whatever was found on the island. It is seen as a great travesty that the only drawing found from this failed expedition was a drawing of the island from afar.

Natano Asiata, Scholar

Seen as a little bit hot-headed, but exceedingly intelligent. Natano's short temper almost had him disqualified from the shortlist for this expedition, but his paper on "Life Cycles of Thoughtless Beings in a Post-Death World" cemented his place among the crew.

Scankap Leafore, Scholar

The sometimes rival of Natano, always friend of Robert. Scankap has been beside Robert Viiding almost as long as Thallan Stillmaw has. Scankap is a very capable scholar, with a very meticulous note taking habit.

Maeral Bonneret, Medic

Maeral is one of the two new faces to the intelligence operations of Wandermere. His soft heart and easy going nature were intended to hopefully ease relations on the voyage.

Feno Blacksong, Bard

A devout believer in "a good song will fix any mood", as well as "stories are the true currency in life". Feno begged to be included in this voyage, if only to be able to tell first-hand stories of what he witnessed here.

Barnabas John, Deck hand

An apprentice to Robert Viiding. Robert took Barnabas under his wing a few years before the expedition, and the voyage to Greenminster was to be Barnabas' first. Robert hoped to train Barnabas to eventually become a captain, with all the qualities Robert had.


 
Greenminster Plaque
by Stormbril

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Cover image: by darkness

Comments

Author's Notes

I hope you like the article! Let me know what you think. The collection of documents is intended to be confusing, but hopefully not too confusing. Let me know if you think I should modify some images somewhere along the line. I'm hoping the article fits together as a cohesive piece.   Thanks for reading!


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22 May, 2019 16:24

Holy mother of all things horror, that was a chilling article! It was horrifying yet beautiful at the same time. I just love the formatting, the images and the beautiful atmosphere you add to this article. Your formatting is again gorgeous and combined with the dark themed CSS, it gives a beautiful look to the article. The document again was enough to send shivers down my spine. Two more things i liked were the map, which gives a sort of interactiveness to the article and the sidebar, which further beautifies the article. Truth be told, i literally have no qualms about this article. It just looks perfect. Heres to hoping you get in the shortlist and win the challenge! Rock on my man!

22 May, 2019 17:07

You are too kind! Thank you so much for the very very kind words haha, I'm glad the atmosphere of the article comes across clearly

22 May, 2019 22:21

I am so stoked about the handwritten versions of the notes you had in the read the document section, and that you introduced us to everyone in the sidebar! What a nice touch! I really felt for the people as I was reading.

23 May, 2019 19:29

Thank you! I'm really glad the handwritten documents are enjoyed, I was hoping they'd come across nicely. Thanks for the comment and like!

24 May, 2019 02:35

There’s honestly not much to be grouchy over in this article. Besides the little typo here and there, and given the limit of words allowed, you executed this profoundly well. I really like the images added with different handwriting. Also love that you kept the writing voices separate; I could tell which journals were from who with little need for continued signage. I really do hope this gets the attention it deserves. Writing something genuinely unnerving can be a really hard thing to do, and I know sometimes when we do actually take a great shot at it we’ve read the damn sentence so many times it sounds like shit to us. But this was truly good. That vision Barnabas had was just the right amount of unusual, just the right amount of expected, that when you decided to jar the reader I was amped and ready to be surprised. There’s a talent to timing and you nailed it. And you didn’t let me resonate on it either, and that’s exactly what you’re supposed to do.   But I’m sure you’re aware of your skill, or I hope you would be. You’re remarkably adept at guiding a reader and knowing how and when to use cruelty to subvert expectations. I really hope you write more suspense/horror. I’ve been craving reading something scary for a while, so maybe you can help me out.

24 May, 2019 21:59

This is some genuinely high praise, really, thank you so much! It means a lot. I'm taking every nice thing everyone says to heart, and using it as fuel to write as much as I can.   Thanks again! I hope to always entertain, going forward

28 May, 2019 09:30

That was incredible !!   The diversity of documents and writing styles used is great, it adds a lot to the confusion. The way this expedition seems to have gone horribly wrong, as well as the small details such as the bunk beds being tidy when the shipwreck was found, really create a weird, and chilling atmosphere in my opinion.   Hope to see more interesting work from you !

28 May, 2019 23:49

Thank you so much! It felt really natural writing this article, I definitely think I'll be writing more in this style!

7 Jun, 2019 02:52

My god... this was an absolutely intense read all the way through. I'm also shocked with how much amazing effort and design went into making this article. Stormbril you really out did yourself with this one.   Your handwritten notes, detailed maps, and fantastic attention to detail really came into play here. Great job.

7 Jun, 2019 19:36

Thank you once again for the kind words Barron! I'm really glad the article was enjoyable, it means a lot to me to read these wonderful comments!

11 Jun, 2019 19:50

I've literally never been so happy to get second place to someone in my life. This is truly an amazing article and ABSOLUTELY deserves the win. I look forward to reading other articles in your setting <3

11 Jun, 2019 22:34

You are far far far too kind! I definitely thought yours was going to take it, the formatting and the CSS and the writing is just SO good in it! I'm just realizing now I never left a like on the article and I feel horrible!   Thank you so much for your comment, I hope to continue writing things people like!

13 Jun, 2019 06:00

The real vs transcription- and the fact that you went out of your way to design a unique image for each document.... The inclusion of the bios of characters involved, the maps... That "in remembrance of" plaque... This article is far more impressive than mine is- me being "the formatting queen of World Anvil" or not. Don't sell yourself short. I'm sure you'll continue writing amazing content in the future ^_^   And don't feel bad abotu not leaving a like!