Here’s the first in our new series of story starting points. How would you continue this story?
Jayvin approached the crystalline plant structure with curious eyes.
It was old. Centuries old. And it had grown to enormous proportions. Little wonder the villagers revered it so deeply; it must have been here for countless generations, and the way it glowed was… Jayvin wanted to think of it as magical. He tried to see it through the villagers’ eyes, he really did, but to him it was actually kind of eerie.
At the base of the crystal, the villagers had carved a series of shallow stone steps, and a deep fissure cut right to its glowing heart. This must be what the villagers called ‘the alter’. Jayvin could believe that their offerings affected the crystal in some way – or rather the lifeforms living inside it. Perhaps it – or they – could even be reliant on them in some way. But the miraculous powers Yin’Hal had described… No, that was impossible.
“Hey, Jayvin. Come look at this.”
How would you continue the story?
Edit: Since we published this starting point, this has been turned into a short story by Thaddeus Howze. Read it here.
Artwork by Alex Pascenko.