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  1. So to get to the point, the Lunar Island to some has been.....underwhelming. The few grievances that I have seen against going there for anything besides 'cause is the a) The items available there don't impact the game well enough to justify the trip/there is alternative that is much easier to get compared to stuff on the main land b) There is no danger/reward to incentive you going there, like going to the Oasis Desert to kill Antlion and c) There is no reason to make repeat trips. With these grievances in mind, I would like the community to discuss how the devs can alter the lunar island to be more desirable to go to. Here is mine for example: Remove the Lunar Orb and make the items be in the Celestial Tab from the Celestial Alter The one simple way of making the lunar island desirable would be give the lunar orb recipes to the celestial alter because it would solve the big problem for the character swapping progress and fix some of the problems with the lunar island. Reason #1: Adding a massive reward to the Lunar Island So it's no secret that swapping characters is pretty powerful, game breaking even. It provides you with the power to have these wide arrange of advantages to pick to and swap from with no negative consequences (besides the materials) and can be used to make things that were never intended for a single player like Were beaver and Catapults or Bernie and Abigail, it just provides so many perks to pick and choose from that it's inevitable that it would be broken. If that power were to be moved to the Lunar Island, it would gain a huge incentive to travel over there because Character swapping is that good. It would not fix the other problems of the tools being underwhelming or Stone Fruit being op as hell, but it would make it so that it would advantageous to all players regardless of skill level and progress in the game. Reason #2: Giving a reason to return to the island Today's current lunar trip consists of a goose landing there, the human taking as many bushes as they can carry, and then the goose running home, rarely to return. This type of trip makes the island a more one and done scenario instead of a place to go to. Adding the items to the Lunar Island would force the player to back to the island because of one reason, idols. Idols don't stack and have to be carried to use the portal, due to the nature of these idols being consumed at a rate that would eventually deplete them, making you go back. This would force players to back every once in a while to restock on idols to keep using the portal. This maybe a slight d**k move, but it would make it so that the lunar island is never a one and done trip and more of a reoccurring event that happens every once in a while, sort of like the aporkalpyse calendar. Reason #3: Make Character Swapping more difficult then just stumbling upon the right item, but not so difficult that it requires a ton of resources for one swap The character swapping process sort of has to been in the game forever now, as they provide a way for new players to spice up their world without making a new one, and provide single player people to actually have a diverse range of characters in their world without having to use those social skills. This being said, the character swapping as it stands is much too easy for the power it brings. Moving the recipes for character swapping to the lunar island would be the perfect mix of being difficult, but not to difficult. Getting to the Lunar Island maybe tough, but if the player really wants to go there, they will get there soon enough. The lunar island doesn't require you to fight some big boss or have to brave dangerous mobs just to reach so it gives new players chance, however navigating the sea and making the alter is a big enough challenge that it would give some players a tough time. It just provides that perfect balance of being easy enough for easy player to access if they try hard enough but not easy enough that they can't reach the mechanic without some work, in my opinion. Again this thread is about some way to fix the lunar island so give your ideas and methods of making the island better, and use my idea above as more of a general idea of how these ideas should be made. Thanks to all that read and hope you have a good night/day/afternoon/evening/space magic time period your are in.
  2. There have been plenty of discussions about seasons, and I do believe that 2nd+ fall, spring, and even winter (my personal favorite season) could do with some revamping, but summer has the least interesting mechanics despite its potential. I'd like to hear everyone's concepts, and to see discussion of people's ideas here. I'll go ahead and start with some stuff. Pros: The summer soundtrack and shading is fantastic. Ideas: Wildfires: Beetles: Old Miner (MacTusk Equivalent?): Mountain Soul: Boating: Guano=Nitre:
  3. I don't know, but I have an idea for an event. But can someone like, and someone there is no. So here is ivent Fear. I called him. The point is that Willow, Wigfrid, Wolfgang fall into the medieval world of birds who want to capture the shadows and the darkness. The heroes need to kindle the furnace, to reinforce the power of the Podium of the Great fire, to banish the shadow of evil forces. They have to get fuel and fight along with the shadow waves to get the ruby to consolidate the effect of the furnace. The idea is presented here quite raw, but can someone interested.)
  4. What if Wilson was able to take next step in SCIENCE instead of pathetic magic? Like a lvl3 research station "Laboratory". Extending concepts from previous scientific discroveries. For example: 1. Rainocontroller - you can now shelve (useless) rainometer - you control weather now. Allows you to start and stop preciption as you please (at a cost). 2. Tesla rod - catches lighting and shines very brightly for a long period of time. 3. Barbed wire - new era fence, damages anyone who tries to attack it. What do you think?
  5. I would like to show you my idea for the ghost update. I am not very happy with the ghosts in dont starve. As for me, ghosts should be more unique mobs. Ghosts are shielded by something invulnerabble and invisitable.So I decided to think about how ghosts were probably better. Ghost changing Change character ghosts Wendy update Foil hat and foil helmet Wijs board Radio for talking with ghosts sorry for my english...
  6. Hello. So as the RoT continues to grow we're sure to expect a lot of content aimed at the sea and most likely the ruins. But what would you like to see should Klei decide to give other areas some love? What do I mean by that? Well for example that swamp would be more then just reeds and tentacle spikes. I'm not talking about adding a lot of new content , just some new small features to garnish the existing areas. Here are some of my ideas: -Mud pits in the swamp that could be dug up like graves to reveal some loot. Simmilary to graves a hostile mob would have a chance to spawn, They would refill every spring and they'd work like sand piles in sw as in the player would be able to get rid of them permanently. -Natural pig villages spawning with more structures and stuff. Wild crops, bonefires etc -Bugs that eat twigs left on the ground. Common as moleworms. -Creatures that feast on rot. A cleaning service for all that rot floating in the sea and lying on the ground -Those stone crabs from Gorge wandering in the rocky biome simmilary to rabbits in savanna. -Touch stones in the caves should have Bunnyman heads on a stick instead of Pigman ones -More skeletal/other ramains of creatures found around Constant. Think something simmilar to the stuff present around the moon altar. Discuss and give your own ideas
  7. *Disclaimer: I don't main Maxwell, I'm sure those who do could provide better ideas than I, I'm just coming up with ideas based on lore. Who is Maxwell? Maxwell was the main antagonist of the series up until Charlie's reign over the throne. Since then, he has become acquainted with those he wronged, and is working alongside the other survivors to survive and possibly save Charlie. Before the constant, he was a man, a magician, known by the name William Carter. After travesty and tragedy, he was presumed dead. He later resurfaced as a new man, one who heavily relies on the dark tome, called the Codex Umbra. A book that, according to Wortox, Maxwell doesn't know how to use properly, yet. What can he currently do? As of now, the only use the Codex Umbra provides is as a portable station for summoning shadow workers. Nothing more, nothing less. Simple shadows doing menial tasks. They are useful in their own rights, giving Maxwell the role of Gatherer. He can also summon shadow duelists, who seem to do an adequate job at fighting and kiting, but can be easily overwhelmed without help. What do I propose? I feel as though it would make sense lorewise and gameplay wise if Maxwell was more inclined to use magic and depended on his Codex Umbra moreso than he does now. (Versatile Shadows) - This is a quality of life for Maxwell's shadow clones. The idea is, when Maxwell summons a shadow, it starts unequipped, and can be given a tool to use. For example, being able to give a shadow an axe to become a shadow logger, when the task is done, or when tree chopping is no longer desired, the axe can be taken from the shadow with a right click. This would stop shadow loggers from chopping any small tree farms near base that haven't grown fully, and gives his shadows more versatility. This idea was inspired by his Don't Starve Together steam trading card, where his shadow appears to not be holding anything. (More Magic!) - This was an idea I came up with in the shower, if Maxwell was on the throne for so long, why can't he do more? His vignette describes that the nightmare throne altered him in ways that are not fully understood. This idea consists of consuming nightmare fuel through the use of the Codex Umbra to manifest offensive magic attacks. Shadow Meter *Capped at 100 maximum. *The Codex Umbra becomes equippable. (Maxwell only) *Equipping the Codex Umbra displays a new meter near your stats. *The Shadow Meter can be refilled by using the Codex Umbra to consume nightmare fuel. *Using offensive magic drains the Shadow Meter. *Low Shadow Meter makes Maxwell suffer from withdrawal. (Can't use spells, reduced damage with melee weapons) *Oversupplying the Codex Umbra with nightmare fuel will cause it to overcharge. (Unsure what negative effects to include) *Summoning minions caps the Shadow Meter until they are dispelled. *Drains overtime(?) Spell Examples Shadow Pool: summons a pool of shadow hands that slows any hostile creature that walks in it. Resurrection: corpses near Maxwell don't vanish right away, at the cost of some of the shadow meter, he can resurrect basic mobs as temporary allies. For each temporary companion, the shadow meter gets capped. (This is to prevent one Maxwell from having an entire nation as an army.) (note: shadow spiders, pigs, etc aren't treated the same by their living counterparts, so you wouldn't be able to start a spider war with shadow spiders.) Shadow Duelist (?): Inspired by his unique characteristic in the Forge, Maxwell could use Shadow Duelists in a similar fashion to the Elite Pigs attack when using a gold coin. However, I was thinking of making it so you'd instead give weapons to an unarmed shadow clone, and the better the weapon, the more damage output is has. I'd like to hear everyone else's ideas for potential spells the Codex Umbra could perform, I was just spit balling the first things that came to mind. Summary * Less focus on resource gathering. * Lore/character themed rework, keeping the title of "Puppet Master" (I guess I made him into some sort of necromancer, huh? ) * wait is the shadow meter too similar to Woodie's old log meter Thanks for reading, feel free to share your ideas and criticize mine! Take care.
  8. Anyone else want to see schedules be able to be made per week instead of day, that way you can give dupes full days off to simulate vacations of sorts, I like setting up nice end game resorts with all the recreational buildings but for them to get used i'd have to completely eliminate a dupe from working unless i micro manage his schedule, would love to be able to automate it with a more optimized schedule.
  9. Hi there~ Does anyone know of any mod that adds a 'Saladmander' [the fruitdragon] as a pet? in the critters tab or can make one that does? i use the " More Pets <3 reuploaded " mod and there's a bunch in there, but the mod is actually dead, so i can't ask to the author, a good soul reuploaded it for us to use and it works fine now, but he hasn't touched the mod like editing/adding stuff to it, there's even this exact same request to add the saladmander in the mod's page but he hasn't touched the mod yet SO i ask, is there a way someone can make the code, create a standalone pet like this one <<, or update this 'dead' but ressurrected mod and post it again idk °n° they are so cute i'm mad at myself for not being able to edit this kind of things and add them myself [cries in noob language] thanks in advance for any reply
  10. Intetions, have fun with you guys and give artists, medics and researchers more constant Jobs. Mines: add a New object type that we can mine with dupe, machines specific or robô miners or even a combination of all. Mines could have a limited supply but regens each cycle some of it. New jobs: Miner/digging skill branch: can work on Mines and operate mining machines. Geologist/science branch: can measure The ammount of resources on Mines and upgrade mine regen ratio using a station. Geo-engineer/tinker branch: can construct advanced mining buildings but not work on them. Terraformatist/artístic branch: can construct natural tile, sculptures using natural elements like dirt and also exclusive arts. Psychologist/medical branch: can help dupes remove negative quirks for 10 cycles after each threatment. New psycho buildings. Professor/science branch: Can use teaching tools tô improve learning, some high tier Jobs require you tô have been into classes before you can skillup them, rocket pilot and mechatronics engineer for example. Gym leader/medical branch: trains athletics or strenght depending on The machine The dupe uses, this bônus can surpass The normal limites by 5 points and dupes need tô revisit The Gym after 20 cycles to renew The buff. Dj/artístic branch: makes Music using a station, they can propagate The sound using sound boxes and wires. DJ is required for an effect tô occur called "lá gran fiesta" which needs an DJ an artist and a recreation room with The DJ station inside it. Musician/artístic branch**: can only be learned IF The dupe is printed with The trait musician. This dupe can play a instrument, IF you have 3 instruments and an singer you can make big Music shows. Punk wheels May happen and dupes get some injuries. Giant moral boost. Veterinarian/medical branch: tends critters making them Live longer. Good for more eggs. Geneticist/medical Plus science branch: can alter critters genetically giving them some sort of desirable trait like lay more eggs, Live longer, give more decor and so on. The gene alteration station enables this researchs and The gene altering machines for each critter variant are used tô apply those traits. Note: geneticists do not know how tô handle critters só a rancher is also needed. New decor/rec buildings: The fountain Spits The input liquid into The Air making fountains of várious colours. Picture taker. Is a painted canvas with various options of colours that your dupes make pose for Pictures during rec time, these pics could be used to make The normal portraits a little more customizable. For now that what come to my mind feel feel tô add more fun and comments guys.
  11. Warehouse sketch from Philin

    Hey, guys!) I have long wanted to create artistic thread, but time was little. At once I will tell that in my messages there can be mistakes, after all I not completely mastered English, but, I hope, you will understand me))) In my thread I will show imperfect drawings on paper.To show more skins for the characters. And still show ideas about worlds and measurement. Well? Proceed)))
  12. I really dot know what to draw next. I mostly do Wilson and Maxwell, but now i have like NO ideas at all. Help please? Or if you know a good fanfiction i could draw something based on that? All sort of ideas are welcome - Nanna
  13. Hey guys, I have some ideas about a new character mod.. Adds:Deadpool Character in-game,5 new weapons,1 new crock pot recipe.. Deadpool will have a health regen 1 hp per min. But has a faster hunger drain by 25%Also he is immune to insanity because he already is insane.The only way to find hallunications is to go to cavesIf Deadpool dies he respawns next morning,and will reattach his body parts and gets a stats penaltyNew lines when inspecting eating or using stuffSmall chance of voiced by Nolan NorthWeapons added: 1:Bow and Arrows:The bow requires 2 saplings ,1 rope ,2 slurtle slime* .When crafted it can throw arrows as fast as the darts are thrown.It is unbreakable. There are different types of arrows.Their basic matterial is bird feathers like the darts. The first type of arrow,the classic arrow requires 2 azure feathers,1 sapling and 1 flint to be crafted.It is stealthy meaning that if you attack a beefalo (for example) the rest of the herd won't start chasing you.It deals 100 damage per arrow and in order to stack the character has to wear a quiver.The second type of arrow,the stun arrow requires 2 jet feathers,1 sapling and 2 silk to be crafted.It has the ability to lower the walking speed and damage by 35% of every mob except Spiders ,Rock Lobsters,Treeguards ,and all kinds of Tentacles .However It deals only 30 damage per arrow.In order to stack the character has to wear a quiver.The third type of arrow ,the explosive arrow requires 2 crimson feathers,1 sapling,1 nitre and it has to be lighted by any fire source (torch ,campfire or fire pit ) in order to explode when reaches the enemy's body.It deals 120 damage if it's exploding mechanism is activated (lighted by fire) and it damages all the nearby mobsas well within a range of 2 berry bushes. However if thrown without being activated it deals 40 damage andno splash damage. Quiver:Arrows also require a quiver to stack.Only one type of arrow can be saved at a quiver at a time..The arrows stack when they are saved in a quiver..The quiver is an item that can be used at the chest slot,and it is used to save items (only arrows however) like a backpack .It has only one slot wich can save up to 40 arrows of a kind.It requires 5 pig skin ,4 boards ,and 3 ropes to be crafted. 2:Musket:It requires 5 boards ,6 cut stone ,3 gears.It is a ranged weapon that requires gunpowder to shoot..It is unbreakable.When the player drags a stack of gunpowder,the musket starts to gain durability . 20 gunpowders can get consumed at the time, meaning that each gunpowder gives the musket 5% durability.It deals 100 damage per gunpowder.When it is fired it requires a 4 seconds time in order to automatically reload the musket.When the character fires the musket, a shot sound will scare and make all the passive mobs to flee (except chester ). 3:Knife:Requires 5 flint,1 hammer,2 boards to craft.It can be used both as weapon and as a tool..As a weapon it deals only 25 damage but hits faster than normal weapons...Also it can be thrown to cause 30 damage but it has to be picken up..It has 100 uses as a meele weapon,50 uses as a ranged weapon and 200 uses as a tool.It can be used to insta-harvest reeds,grass and twigs..It can also be used as a razor without wasting uses. 4:Detonating Bombs:Requires a bee mine,3 nitre and 1 gunpowder..It looks like be mine but it detonates causing blast damage ( 50 damage per bomb).It is like the Demomans stickies and it can be detonated by some distance by right clicking on them..It cant stack but it will also detonate near by bombs 5:Katana Swords:Requires a hammer,10 flint,and 1 nightmare fuel and a prestihatitator to prototype.It deals 50 damage,and has 200 uses..Also while deadpool haves them equiped they appear in his back. Foods added: Chimichangas:It requires 1 meat of any kind,1 vegetable of any kind, 1 butter and 1 egg.It replenishes all stats by 70% and Deadpool gets a killing spree boost.When the boost is enabled,Deadpool deals 50% more damage,runs like a ninja (plus 30% faster walking) and all the stats are regenerated by 3 per minute for a short time.Boost ends after 5 in game hours..*slurtle slime in order to be elastic.. Thats all..I need help with this mod.I am able to draw the scetches and write the lines... Any help is aprocciated..My account on steam:
  14. Adventure's and pictures Some examples of art I do
  15. Webber ideas

    Webber is an upcoming character to Don't Starve in the Reign of Giants dlc. Add suggestions on what abilities He should have.
  16. Now, me, personally, as far as roleplays go, I think I have the spelling and grammar good, be perfectly honest, I'm having problems with actually getting down some solid character ideas for the roleplay. Ones that seem fair and balanced, yet interesting in their own special ways. Which is why i'd like to call this a "Character Smelting" thread. A thread that exists to give myself(and anyone else who wants to), the chance to propose some character ideas, and get a little bit of professional opinion into whether it would be an acceptable character in a rp(aka, not stupid and ridiculous, not godmode, and not TOO OP.). Now, to start this off, perhaps I will throw in my first idea. I'll be using a template, but you don't HAVE to if you don't want to. Template: Name: Race: Male/Female Abilities/Disadvantages: Personality Traits: Other Notables: Okay, here's the first one. Name: Clarice Race: Human Female Abilities: -Can stay warmer during winter -Can produce red gems easily Disadvantages: -Scares quite easily -Is weak -Is Fragile -Can't stand stale or spoiled food -Has trouble with sleeping Anyone else with feedback can post freely. Anyone who would like to join in on the smelting is also welcome.
  17. This thread contains my art thingmayings. Mostly made with either a pencil or blue pen, some actually coloured in GIMP aswell (I'm not that good with colouring lol). Expect simple but hopefully awesome drawings PS:Made a picture with my mobile,it shows the details way better than my scanner does
  18. I adore all the characters in don't starve they are all unique, different and interesting to play as. Although I have noticed a recurring theme, Science based characters. I mean that makes plenty of sense in a game like Don't Starve because Science is a major factor in the game. But 3 out of 6 characters are mainly Science based. Wilson The Gentlemen Scientist so I suppose that one was kinda obvious. WickerBottom is pretty much nothing but facts and trivia and WX-78 is a robot so that closely links him too science. So I decided to create my own character and I named her... Wesley Sleepington (Name is up for Debate) Persona: The Dreamer Motto:"I... I just need to rest for a moment" Characteristics: Wesley is an overly tired. Overly exhausted. Overly sleepy teenager. Due to this she loves her sleep more then anything else. She is often a quiet and monotone girl however. Whenever she isn't allowed to sleep she will complain. A LOT! Wesley doesn't really appreciate the beauty of the natural because she is so wrapped up in her own dreams. Voice: I would imagine her voice to replicate a Harp due to the fact that in lullaby's harps are popular instrument selection Perks: (Perks are up debate) [*]Can craft Straw Roll from beginning without researching or prototyping [*]Does not get the debuff from sleeping in the Straw Roll [*]Has the chance of getting a sweet dream which will get them a good boost [*]Has the chance or having a nightmare which will give them a bad boost Perk Mechanics When Wesley has a nightmare a small dark entity will spawn above her head give her the debuff and leave this entity is called NIGHTMARE. However when she has a good dream a small white spirit will appear over her head give her a Buff and then leave. Quotes: I have thought up several quotes which I thought were rather fitting too Wesley's personality. Straw Roll: "ZZZzzzZZzzZZZZzzzZ" (Use) Straw Roll: "I Can't Wait!" (Waking Up (With Good Dream) Straw Roll: Now THAT was Amazing (Waking Up (From Nightmare) Straw roll: Never Again! N-E-V-E-R! NEVER! Rabbit: "UGH! How can you have so much energy?" (Sleeping) Rabbit: "Ooh! So now your tired." (Chop) Tree: "BUT, I'm Tiiiiiiiiiiiirrrrred!" Beefalo: "All you do is Sleep, and eat... Now That's the life! (Sleeping) Beefalo: "Teach me! Oh great master of Lazitude!" (Baby) Beefalo: "A champion in the works" (Shaving) Beefalo: "Why doesn't he wake up?" (Shaven) Beefalo: "Thank you for your tribute" Manure: "Hmmm... Smells like... Feces" Tree: "A place too just sleep" Crow: "Do I know you?" (Because the bird CAWS as if it is talking to her) Redbird: "How can you sleep being so brightly colored?" Koafellant: "He looks... Cozy" Top Hat: "Now I can look fancy even while I'm sleeping" Science Machine: "I'm too tired too care about science." Alchemy Engine: "Who needs magic too sleep?" Pan Flute: "This makes sense" Well that's my idea for my character! I have plenty more coming. I will probably end up making a thread just about my character ideas and such because BOY! Do I have a lot. I am open to any criticism whether it be good or bad. If you have any ideas let me know P.S If someone could possibly draw a picture of Wesley in the Don't starve Art style I would be eternally grateful and the picture doesn't show up for some reason don't worry about it I will probably post details about her appearance at a later point. Also when I was drawing her character design I couldn't figure out a decent way of her feet to be sticking out from her gown because I really wanted to show that she was barefooted but I just couldn't get it right and the reason the pictures are different pigments is because of lighting because my scanner is on the fritz. P.S.S About her Back story I really thought I would leave it up too you. I mean I had a slight idea of what I would of liked it too have been, but it just really didn't fit together very well Thanks for reading
  19. The angels are knocking again. Wilson knows it, he's prepared, he's happy. Content. The look on his face would surprise you, I think. Something kind of... otherworldly, considering the circumstances. If you knew him well, you'd know why. Angels keep knocking. He lifts something up in his arm, but it's lackluster in motion. He doesn't really care about it. Just another little thing, rock on a stick with a rope. He forgot the last time he used anything else, though. He knows how to make it again. But they don't have names. Angels keep knocking. I think that the spear's taking hold of Wilson, not the other way round. He can see it closely. See his grin? Grin's fading a bit. Melancholy feelings. If you knew him well you'd care. If you knew him well you'd care very much. Something's comin'. Wilson stands up, stands up. He asks somebody, "Do you hear that?" Then he smiles again. Angels keep knocking. And the bird lifts its beak, it's gonna chirp, but it realizes where it is. It stares at the bars around it. Where's winter, it wonders. Wilson don't know either. "Do you hear that?" She does; but they don't have names. "Do you hear that?" Angels keep knocking. Still the sound is there, Wilson thinks. He don't say it. If you knew him, you'd know why. But you don't. Wilson don't know either. He's thinking about a happy place. His eyes are closed, didn't you see? He picks up somethin' else. But they don't have names. Little round hat, so tall and so proud. He dons it. Don't you look nice, Wilson. "Do you hear that?" Angels keep knocking. Once more, once more, he sets up the teeth. Whatcha gonna chew on today? Whatcha gonna chew on today? He looks at them again. Then again. The teeth are there. The mouths are open. Little smallbird's leg still stuck in one, but it'll have to do. Wilson thinks about it. Smiles. If you knew him, you'd wonder why. But you don't. You sure know why. Angels keep knocking. Blast of light, Wilson sees, yeah, Wilson sees the light. "Do you hear that?" But he doesn't ask. He doesn't hear a thing. He raises the spear. Bird chirps. Angel knocks. "Aim for the eyes!" he'd say. But Wilson already knows where to aim. Angels keep knocking. _________________________________________________________________________________________ Good morning. The grass doesn't stop flowing by, so quickly. Evening wind, Wilson says. Is he right? He hears a snore. The grass doesn't stop flowing by. He says, "Good morning." But it's not morning. They'll never see the morning. He can already feel heat. So close he is, the grass doesn't stop flowing by, Wilson is so close to the beefalo. The stick in his hand is already burnt. Good morning, he tells them. Is it forewarning? It's a gift. It's an offering. They won't see the morning again. And Wilson's glad. The hair comes off easily their smooth body. He cuts off a lot. It doesn't matter, he thinks. "Good morning," he says so far dozed off, because it doesn't matter how much it hurts. The beefalo shudders. Has it heard him? No, they never hear Wilson. They don't deserve to. Finally comes the moon. It stares at Wilson, he can look back endlessly into that abyss, but it hangs over the whole world. No waves to put you out, he thinks. No pig to save you today. "Good morning," he says, the torch now ablaze in his hands. Is Wilson crying? Is Wilson afraid? "Good morning," as he watches the fire burn. He can't see much else now. He hopes they can't. "Good morning." But they'll never see the morning. _________________________________________________________________________________________ "Chester!" There's enthusiasm in Wilson now. He's so giddy. "Chester, yes!" There's a panting, and he's here, this nice little animal. Wilson knows him. "Chester, yes..." How long have you been waiting? How long have you been gone? He's hugging the little creature, and Chester just makes a bark and a heavy breath. "Chester..." Inside again, "here we are," it's been so long. He jumps, such a bounding jump, haha, yes... Wilson's staring, his smile is faked, but he knows Chester's comfortable now. "Lay down," and Wilson points, the fireflies are uproar. He's set up so much for Chester. Does he like it? Does he know? "Oh, yes..." Wilson says, to take his mind off. The future is so grim. He scurries, Wilson does, the big pot of food. How there's still some soup inside- should he do it? Is it worth it? "N-not for you, Chester," he says. Chester wants it. He's grabbing his leg. Fake smile. Fake stare. "It's okay." He sits, he waits, the sun's still up so high, Wilson speaks of a game. He slides a rock across the ground, a line appears, Chester thinks this will go on forever. He's so happy, he's so content, the future's so grim. Marbles in the line, they slide so quickly side to side. Are there rules? Is there sense? It doesn't matter, Wilson thinks. "Chester..." Chester's getting hungry, he's hungry for more, but Wilson denies. Breakfast, he says, "Breakfast's the best!" Fake smile, fake stare, the future's so grim. He stops so quickly, his breath stiff, Wilson stands motionless. He thinks about time. He thinks about lies. How long have I waited? Why wait anymore? "Bedtime..." Chester's not confused. Wilson always stops. The sky is orange, the world's tinted too. Chester's wound down, wire strung around a spool, panting and panting. Wilson's ready. Chester's ready. Fake smile, fake stare. "Bedtime..." Chester's so happy. He's excited for breakfast. He's excited for tomorrow. Excitement is so powerful, Wilson thinks, he's raising the eye bone up. It stares, as if to ask, "Why?" He holds it like a club, fake smile, fake stare. Chester snores. Bedtime. _________________________________________________________________________________________ Morning begins itself, and the spider hisses. Not because it's angry or sad, but because of tradition. It used to have tradition. What does the stone prison bring it if not tradition? It stands slowly on four legs; it was asleep before. It begins to crawl over to a wall, peering at it, looking for something interesting. It doesn't find a thing. Again the spider moves, to another wall; it scratches a mark into it. Another mark. So many by now, I could make a picture, it thinks. But it already has. The stone wall is covered in marks, each one for a day. It saw Wilson do it, once. The spider liked looking at the numbers. It makes a bit of haste now, to an opening in the walls; to another room. This one has a wooden floor instead of one of stone, so comfortable in here. In the middle innocently sits a pile of red berries. Plentiful this time, the spider thinks, it begins to eat one or two, then another few. Sustenance, it thinks, and makes a little smile. But the spider can't eat anymore, so it just pushes the berries away with one limb, staring, its eyes squinting and depressed. It sits, letting its abdomen lower. The spider produces a fairly large web, a cobweb in the corner of the room of walls. It's for Wilson, the spider thinks. And here he was, so quickly; he sit atop a stone wall in a fetal position, looking down at the spider curiously. They stare at one another for awhile. The spider knows it's just a visit, to make sure everything's okay. Wilson says something, maybe he's apologizing, the spider hopes he's saying "I'm sorry I couldn't get more berries..." The spider doesn't want any more berries. It just wants Wilson to be sorry. "I'm sorry I locked you in here for weeks and months so I could harvest you every day for no reason at all just so you could suff..." The spider's given up thinking about it. It just lets Wilson talk. Let him say whatever he wants to say. And like that, Wilson's gone. His noise is gone. His aura is gone, and his smell is gone. The spider's alone again. The walls stare. _________________________________________________________________________________________ There was such a sudden crash, an explosion of noise and color and fire. Wilson was there already, holding a rose; it'd been plucked dead. The meteor was here, he thought. It sit in a pile of dirt and grass, surrounded by wood and stone. His small collection of walls had been decimated, but no matter. Wilson slowly stepped over to the meteorite, a still-hot chunk of rock, held it with both hands and lifted it up. He stared at it so intensely, with Wilson's own calculating eyes. It groaned in his palms, almost seemed to squirm in heat. He studied the crinkles of it, the little holes. He slowly sat down, still holding it, and let his right hand go limp. The rose fell slowly to the ground, and Wilson began staring at the two of them in unison. He smiled. Suddenly the rose sat up again on its own, wearing a fancy little top hat and a cane. It was so happy, Wilson thought, watching the rose dance for him. The meteorite stared. And then, as Wilson noticed, the meteorite really was groaning. It creaked and bumbled its sound. The sound of wood snapping announced itself; Wilson was falling. Through the floor, through the earth itself. The meteorite and dancer followed- enticed by the endless falling. Wilson looked along the walls, and they were so blank- but they passed by cave levels, glowing out, the mushrooms extended. He watched them, paralyzed, as they were the same every time. The meteorite groaned again. The tapdancer stared, Wilson stared. Slowly the meteorite split in half horizontally, opening up like a shell. It slowly uncurled itself until its hollow inside was revealed; a small wooden carving of a tall man with a threatening stare. The rose was not dancing, but Maxwell certainly was, the rose perched innocently on his tuxedo. He spun around a few times, the air resistance blowing the two around, until Maxwell faced him. He said to Wilson, "Hey pal, I can see you're not looking so good. I shouldn't tell you more than you need to know, but seek and you shall find. Better find a way outta here..." And he woke up. _________________________________________________________________________________________ Wilson sighed. No, but it was a relieving sigh, the one at the end of a story and a process. He'd finished it. Wilson stared. The raft was large in size, simplistic, it should float so well. The logs in a row so cleanly. A little pole stuck out between two, and Wilson wished he could hang something on it. He kicked it with his shoe once or twice, for good measure, then bent over. He pressed both hands against it, beginning to take a smile. Lightweight, he began to push. The groaning as the boat began to slide through the dirt leaving a trail enthralled him. Wilson laughed. Now it was truly going, the raft was, near the edge of the cliff. The ground sloped and it was off. Wilson quickly took his hands off, backed away, enthusiasm surged through him as he strafed toward his pile of things. The top hat, of course- a spear for good measure. "And..." But there wasn't anything else; Wilson was confident in himself to that point. And if he did die... The raft began to moan, creaking, about to fall off. Wilson quickly yelled to his group of stone walls, "Goodbye!" But he didn't think about them much. They were just... there, the contents so unknown and foreign that he almost didn't care. Wilson stood up, still looking at the walls, and then he wasn't; his vision blurred, he was running. Raft falls. Wilson jumps. The air brushed across him, ocean wind presenting itself again. Wilson landed on two feet, despite the uneven and rapidly changing ground of the raft. He pushed his legs apart and crouched between two logs, starting to grab hold of the pole. The raft was now soaring, the rapid waters crashing against it over and over. Quickly the two were pushed away from the stone cliffside, how demeaning and restricting it felt. But Wilson could leave now, he told himself that Maxwell truly gave up on him now. "I now let you go," Wilson imagined, his grin still bright. The pole shuddered, creaked, and Wilson hung on only more, pushing it into the raft. The water accelerated unlike a normal shore, the raft began leaping between huge waves. Wilson stopped his expression, his hands slowly sliding off the pole. And then in an enormous movement the raft went vertical. The pole was yanked off the raft's poles, and in one desperate maneuver Wilson grabbed for a rope. He aimed true. But the waves didn't let up, now they were more intense than ever; Wilson held with one hand as it turned right-side up, then grasped for both hands as it nearly flipped. Water soaked both sides, now tumbling and drowning Wilson. And then he gasped for air; nothing came. He stared around him, the world in slow motion, and watched sharks go by. And again he was back up, the raft nearly tearing itself in half. Wilson felt his arm dislocate and simply lay motionless on the top, belly up. The waves were gone. The water was gone. Maxwell had failed, surely. He slowly sat up, his left arm in ridiculous pain. Wilson stared forward at the ocean. The sun was at it's epicenter, now he could see the entire soaring land across from him. The smile, albeit for mere moments, returned. Then, suddenly, all Wilson saw was darkness. He stared at his hands, so faint, and began to yell out for help. He heard a repeated whisper around him, the Grue slowly approaching. It moaned, breathing in until Wilson felt himself hurtling forward, water slicing across his body. The raft was moving again, faster than ever. It skipped across the water, exploding it apart every jump. He saw the approaching shore, yelled again, but it wasn't heard. The raft made one final leap and so did Wilson, soaring above it. And he landed, hearing both his own fall and the crash of the raft hitting the shore. His leg snapped vocally; he tumbled twice over until he lay on his back finally. And moments before he thought he was dead, the spider's leg touched his forearm. Wilson passed out. He dreamt of dead things. _________________________________________________________________________________________ Wilson sat near the bonfire, his right leg completely limp. He didn't smile. He hardly even stared. Except for the berry he put into his mouth every few moments, he was also motionless. Now we take a step back. It's not nighttime, of course, the snow is piling slowly. Wilson's breath echoes out, and you could see it float into the air. His top hat and vest were off; replaced by a snug fur cap and a thick jacket. His left leg was covered, but Wilson let his right into the cold- the pain would be numbed. The four-legged spider curl up against the burning fire, its eyes clenched closed. It shivers every once in a while, but Wilson assures himself it's all fine. Time accelerates for a bit, despite how slow the snow seemed. Wilson was now upright. In one arm he held a crutch striking the ground; the other was an empty berry branch. No smile, no, Wilson didn't smile here. He limped himself toward the small enclosure he called a kitchen. Slowly, without Wilson even intending to, his right hand opened the top of the pot. He heard the charcoal crackling and saw the soup simmering. Should he wait for longer? Wilson contemplated, felt his stomach, and shoved his face into the boiling liquid. The heat was overwhelmingly agonizing. Wilson opened his mouth for a second, letting meaty stew in, and quickly shot out of the substance. His face ached as the cold made contact, but it was relieving. He used to touch hot things and learn not to be burned. Not anymore. Not now. Not here. Nighttime approached; the sun was nearly gone. Wilson once more limped to the fire, its fuel almost never-ending, and slowly lay on the snow. _________________________________________________________________________________________ Wilson walks for so long. He doesn't take breaks in this snow, not at all, he continues to walk; a three legged being he now was. Was he looking for something? What's there to look for here, this desolate wasteland? Wilson walks. He sees somethin', draped around a tree's branch, glinting in such bright light of the deafened sun. It's golden, a little ring type of thing, Wilson sees it and simply ignores it. Maybe the tree will die, he thinks, and I won't have to get it myself, because, I have to keep walking, he kept thinking. Wilson notices a little pile of dirt ahead, and the old him would begin to run, but Wilson doesn't, he just walks more. He'll get there eventually, and as he does kick it up he finds a small little footprint. Wilson, are you salivating? He smiles to me. I am there for him. He directs himself as the footprint does. The fog extends out so far, but Wilson's sense of direction doesn't; within a few minutes he's found another pile. It aims him far to the left. He contemplates something for a moment, should he be following this mystery? Then, still staring, he smashes again with the crutch at the dirt and it collides with something hard. Wilson bends down, his right hand starts to push away the dirt to a pile. Snow falls around it, but after another couple of minutes Wilson's unearthed somethin'... what do you see? He thinks, who's buried in here? He just stares at the wooden casket, gaping. He quickly begins to tear at a hinge, the coffin creaking loudly, and then another. "Hello?!" He doesn't get a response. Wilson then takes a swipe backwards, the cover socketing over the edge into the snow. He stares inside. There's a person, he again thinks, but they don't speak; he just keeps pointing, frantically, at his leg. Is it stuck? Is it gone? Wilson can't tell. The mime just keeps pointing, waving, clenching, mouthing- The only thing Wilson hears from the man is the casket closing once and for all. He sets a stone on it for good measure, cringing, orienting himself left-ward again. Have to follow the track, Wilson. Have to follow the food, Wilson. He's looking for something. ("HELP ME" he tries to say. His vocal cords fail one last time before the snow collapses in the casket's top.) _________________________________________________________________________________________ The jackalope approaches, so enticed by the fire, it's cackling. Wilson does notice, out of the corner of his eye. It's so invigorated by the light, bounding through otherwise trudge-worthy snow. Don't you notice? The flakes of cold are so bright, yet the fire has real meaning. And the jackalope continues, Wilson notices, so close to this fire, he takes his eyes off the crock pot's liquid and turns to the side. He begins to sidle as best he can, though the third leg isn't easy to control. I've found evidence for this fact, the jackalope's heard Wilson- he's now running Why do you follow, Wilson, are you so hungry? Are you so desperate? I ask, yet Wilson continues, bounding as best he can in a gallop, but what use is it? The jackalope screams, Wilson screams, the spider immediately begins to watch, its back finally to the fire. And Wilson, so close, aren't you so close, he sees his window of opportunity, and lunges for the animal. He drops his crutch, he takes a leap, now he's flying, jackalope screams. You've got a hold of him now, Wilson, you've got a footing. And then, from nowhere "He's here, Father!" Jackalope's scream is muffled. Wilson, he's, he begins to burrow into the snow, hiding, mumbling, frantic look on his face. Look what you've done, Wilson, but he ignores me. He peers ahead, snow shoveled onto his body, through the fog and snow he sees the two of them, a large walrus and his son. Look what you've done. Wilson's camp, we're calling it that now, is being torn apart. They want to find Wilson, they do, Wilson knows, "Not here, Father!" The walruses rip into a tent, peering into its contents, jumping into it, exiting. They gobble the contents of the pot. Jackalope starts to scream Wilson snaps its neck and he's dead, with a piercing snap but not loud enough for them to hear. The walruses pick another portion, all the grass and berries, they're trampling on them. Look what you've done, Wilson. Look what you've done. They take a sample like grocery shoppers, "Father," and Wilson tunes them out. He's in his own world now. Wilson's just laying in the thick snow, the dead animal snug against his lap and his own arms ready to flail. They're just barely coated in blood, Wilson, you weren't so afraid of death moments ago. The spider tells him, you even wanted the thing dead. But Wilson wonders why he hears the spider. "Hey, Father, look at this ugly thing!" The little one's club is up. "Hey, I'm over here!" Wilson said this, so loudly, but he wasn't on good footing; one leg was completely kneeling. What did he expect to accomplish? The walruses turned to him. One's eyes almost shone light against Wilson's, and he can almost feel the dart go past his neck. Now he's trying to walk, Wilson is, so slowly; his crutch is gone. "Yer gonna die, pal!" he hears, but Wilson's just crying and doesn't know why. He sees something in front of him, swerves around it and grabs the trunk of the tree, whimpering into it. They come 'round and Wilson knocks the big one over, flat on the ground, aims for his juggular The crutch pierces and all Wilson sees is red, moaning, screaming, pleading, crying, hissing. "Father! Please! No-n-n-n... help! Stop!" And it continues, and continues, Wilson can't move, the walrus runs, Wilson can't move, he's just staring at the crutch he's not supposed to have. Maxwell smiles. _________________________________________________________________________________________ He just sat there, the fire still raging, every once in a while whispering to himself. In front of him was the jackalope; not in a well-made display, just its motionless corpse for all to see. Wilson made something for it, a little gravestone. Kept adding to it, hanging dead flowers on it, making the cross dance around. He wondered why he did it all, what kind of meaning the thing was supposed to take. But not for long, Wilson just kept playing with it, the day passing by without meaning. He fed the jackalope for a bit, nuzzling by its side, still seeing himself just- snap- it's- fragile- head, till it lost all its meaning. And the spider... oh, the spider had its own thoughts about it all. The four legged spider lay nearby, just far enough to be disconnected yet a part of it all, and contained all those thoughts to itself. It didn't want to give meaning to the whole thing. It didn't mean anything. It was a corpse, don't feel the need to give the damn thing dignity. But Wilson did, he did for a while, well past evening, well past meaning, and he threw it all in the fire. He sat cock-eyed, just coldly calculating the innermost fire. He watched the jackalope burn well past when night started. And when it all stopped, well- ...thump thump... ...thump thump... _________________________________________________________________________________________ "This is it," the spider would've said, because it watched the sun rise. It watched the sun rise, clouds gone, snow's melting, winter's over, thump thump, Wilson's up. "This is it." And it was. Wilson's here, he's ready, smiling, three legged little being. He dons his top hat, don't need anything else. Starts to walk, limp, a lot quicker now. Does the spider follow? I don't know. Thump thump. Does it matter? Thump thump. Spider wonders the same question, and it doesn't follow, it doesn't follow Wilson. He's not far now, thump thump, that big forest, all the trees. Sun shines so bright, bird chirps, angel knocks. Haven't the clouds departed already, Wilson? He doesn't care. Wilson? "All burn." And he keeps walking. The forest's close now, Wilson thinks, and he is, he's been walking so long in that same direction. He watches a little red bird land on the grassy landscape, and he's happy. Wilson's so happy now. And you notice something in his hand, burnt out torch, angel knocks, thump thump, thump thump. "All burn." Here it is, the woods, the trees, the everything. Towering above it all is the thing, thump thump, Wilson's thinking so hard about it. "Hello," he mumbles. Wilson smiles. Deerclops smiles. Bird smiles. Sun smiles. Everyone's so happy, leaves returning, so happy, so happy, so wonderful. And then the tree goes alight. "ALL BURN!" ALL BURN ALL BURN ALL BURN ALL BURN ALL BURN Everything's on fire. The world's on fire. The deerclops is smiling. Wilson is smiling. Bird chirps. Angel knocks. The leaves blow into the pyrocumulous, the huge pillar of fire. Deerclops is smiling. All burn. All burn. All burn. And here they are, "Do you hear that," and Wilson does. The angels are here, world's burning so much, and they're smiling now too. The burning surrounds him, so much heat, the world's alight, he throws the crutch in. All burn. All burn. "ALL BURN!" He's screaming. Angels scream. Deerclops screams. Bird screams. And Wilson sees it just then. He falls over. He watches them burn. He's screaming now, too, he's terrified- All burn- and he doesn't want to watch, Wilson, watch for us. Smile for us. He's screaming, covering his eyes with his arms, trying to crawl away, all burn. Deerclops screams. Birds scream. Smile for us, Wilson. ... ... ... _________________________________________________________________________________________ Out floats the branch, gliding along nothing, how it's so meaningful in its posture. It lights up neon, bulbs surrounding its outer body, Wilson's here. A freight train calls out so loudly and destroys the wall of forgotten names, colliding with a forest in a shower of green light; the branch cries as does the four-legged spider. Dug into the ground like an antennae, the branch allows itself to see in perfect harmony with Wilson; the two of them begin to fly above the sun and clouds hang them in a noose as they sing. Wilson only comments, "the gun's pointed toward you. The finally done toast of a forgotten past flies toward the branch, and the bird screams immediately before impact. Now it's on fire too. But-" immediately before impact; now it's on fire too. But the clouds understand your dillema, they all note deeply to themselves in a black and white universe how screams described in the book of all knowledge are accurate; they drop the duo apart until they're split against a knife's edge. Wilson only comments, "Before finally landing on where all the things depart: a stone prison of darklight and miscommunication. It screams immediately before impact. Now it's on fire too. But-" immediately before impact. But Wilson never burns. The spider comforts him, flying through a branch-like corridor of winding worms and destroyed pathways. Far-fetched imaginations run high, Wilson only can watch as a door opens a hundred times until the eternal walk of a pariah presents itself; the spider cries out, and Wilson only comments, "I can see it again, the branch lets itself go into a state of shock, a top spins to give itself meaning. And I screamed immediately before impact. Now it was on fire too, but-" immediately before impact. Now they were on fire too. All burn. All burn. And he sat there, staring into nothing; a top hat laid by him. He kept thinking neon, the spider only watched. He let the branch burn, closing and opening his eyes until Wilson returned to reality. And as soon as he did, he stood. "Say pal, you don't look so good." No, he thought, no no no... "Better find something I BURNT YOU I BURNT YOU I BURNT YOU before night comes!" ... ... ... _________________________________________________________________________________________ "Itsy bitsy spider..." Wilson sat, crunched up by a wall in a foetal position; his head throbbed and he felt his abdomen stab him over and over again. He tried to muffle his favorite lullaby under his breath, but so much of it came out distorted and ridden of any humanity that the only listener was himself. He left a grin on himself; it was so long and fake and wrong. "..climbing up the spout..." He clenched again, contracting all his limbs, Wilson shook. He cried out, kidney stones rolling inside his bowel like a tumbledryer. He felt a squirm, his intestines exploding into trillions of shattered pieces; they landed by him, and he only moaned again. Something belched out of his mouth, an infinite plane of destruction, and he returned to his smile in moments; his eyes saw only a churning machine as they were diluted by undried tears. "Down came the rain, washed the... spider..." And his teeth chattered, clicked against one another in a grind and eviscerated themselves. Wilson's head exploded again, his hair and skull pulsating like a strobe light. He stared only forward, tried to speak; it only came out muffled, strained, and Wilson felt a crashing bumbling rock hit him fore in the stomach. He felt himself flying back into a train, his spine ripping apart from his body and screaming too. "Out came the... the sun washed out the..." Darkness surrounded his eyes, eviscerating his center of mass and slumping Wilson again sideways. He leapt out, grin full of anger, as he watched all the atoms in the world split at the same time; his vision collapsed and he felt a surge from down under. Suddenly something rolled on the ground, coated in something, he pulsated back and forth to ignore the sensation. Wilson took one last gasp, holding his hands together to pray but only moaning again. "Itsy... bitsy... spider... went up the... spout again..." He bit the dirt, trying to reason with it, screaming inside and smiling outwardly as a million shards of glass embedded themselves in his skin; his breathing returned to normal, he felt the pain shoot out in all directions like an aura. The four legged spider went up the spout to him, motionless tears staining his face, and watched. _________________________________________________________________________________________ Was it his new crux? Wilson didn't know what the red necklace did, he keeps taking glances at it, trying to deduce what it means. Nothing turns up for him again and again, 'til he looks again, touches it. Wilson, don't take your hands off the shovel. He doesn't anymore. A clump of wires now in his left hand, he limps to another grave; it reads his name, and Wilson doesn't flinch, just a short cry of sorrow. The dissimilar world seemed, now, so familiar, something so strange was almost normal. He stabbed the mound of dirt with the shovel. He kicked a gnome along the ground with him, garden variety, collecting dirt as it went. It tumbles and turns around, next pile of dirt; the grave's unmarked, but Wilson knows who died. He's already into missing soil, what will you find now, Wilson? He glares at me. Wilson doesn't want loneliness, but he wants privacy. The fake teeth stored in his pockets, now Wilson's off again. Every hit against the ground pains, squirms, aches, but his leg keeps attached, and through this fog Wilson can see one last grave. Now he's here, the wooden crutch serving as a new shovel. He's full of glee. What turns up from the dirt ... ... turned around again, staring at the source of the noise. A content little hen rests, its two legs crouching, Wilson can't believe it. He shout is unintelligible but it means something. Thump thump. He starts to run, but doesn't move. Now Wilson's confused, he stares at his hands but they're too blurry. He glances at the hen for clarification, but it's expression hasn't changed, it doesn't see the strangeness. Now Wilson sees himself in the second person, you're shouting, so hard, "THIS ISN'T A DREAM!" "I'M REAL!" And you think it is, looking at the haze around your vision that you'll only put in when you wake up, you feel yourself being screeched out of the dream slowly, so slowly until reality returns for Wilson. He can see the straw bed around him, he gasps as he promised in the dream, and he'll soon forget how real it felt. ... _________________________________________________________________________________________ The wind is blowing, nudging across the room, in the back where nobody will see. But it seems, for the wind, that all eyes are on it- who really cares? The tallbird, despite her long-term relationship with the wind, starts to shake at its presence. It gives off some kind of bad vibe; calm before the storm that doesn't ever arrive. But there's a sound, so sudden, a shout of momentum like a speeding plane overhead, Wilson's footsteps in a rapid pace. Now the tallbird's awake, only to watch, her legs curled underneath the egg. His figure's now in gaze, threatening, over imposed. She remembers Wilson, distant remnants of a good morning and night, over and over... But already he's asking. The tallbird's moving on on spindly legs now, trying to gasp for a lack of air, and there's nothing. She stares at the man, some kind of long spiky stick in his hands; but they don't have names. The egg's not in the nest, not in the air, in Wilson's grasp, and the tallbird just shudders. It loses momentum, just like the hidden wind that birthed it. Wilson is talking again- quick moving words that don't mean a single thing Already he's gone, how long did it take? The tallbird doesn't measure, doesn't sulk, doesn't let in sorrow. She just sits again on the nest, little fragile thing, and wonders where the egg went. Not next time, she thinks, promises to herself. The wind, such an altruistic being, pokes her on the back. ... And here we are now, the bonfire rages and an innocent egg sits steaming and heating above it. She's happy, there's a running of euphoria and excitement and intensity and the tent dissolves under the tallbird's leg and, oh, how easily it goes into the fire. All burn. The rush envelops her, this feeling of last chances gone and last chances passing by that she never took, only for them to be hit by a speeding car that is the spear. The wind whispers them to sleep. _________________________________________________________________________________________ There is no haze on the horizon. Not enough to shelter him from the thunder, and Wilson swears it's coming. Not enough to harvest the lightning, and Wilson swears it's coming. Wilson can search all he wants, the endless time of day moving without stop and pelting rain never ending. The world is bleak, Wilson, flat and empty and dead. He looks again, glancing up from the dirt, trying to find something that gives hope. But there is no haze on the horizon. In his hands is a box- a cube, shiny, its outside coated in honey, but the inside's moving gears can be seen clearly. Wilson doesn't clench it, but it's there, and so he walks without a crutch. He doesn't smile at it, no grin here, and you should know why. Nobody quite knows him like us. There is no haze on the horizon. But he does keep walking, his mouth sore from hunger but fulfilled from adrenaline, you can see it now. He's approaching a haze, a figure of a creature, something without any kind of meaning to Wilson. One arm descends, now he crouches, shaking and stirring but without a sound. There is no haze on the horizon. And the honey cube sticks easily to the creature's hole, right where nobody could see it. It twists and it turns noisily, grinding halfway into the earth before stopping. Jackalope screams, frightened, unaware, blinded by instinct and it can't stop itself from burrowing into its home. There is no haze on the horizon. But the gears do. Twisting and turning and screeching and grinding and crushing and destroying and wrecking and screaming... The machine ejects coated in dirt, and the two continue. One of them is chewing, but you can't tell who. One of them's fed, but you can't tell who. There is no haze on the horizon. And yet he keeps searching... _________________________ Out from the world is a giant, a colossus. A huge golem of a being, standing so tall and proud, holding the world up. Wilson has found the mountain. The wind contorts away from it, now yelling for attention, blowing at his clothes violently like a train passing by his backbone over and over- it'll never hit you, Wilson, but you think it might. He rushes forward, legs hardly containing him now, and the cube clatters noisily on the ground. It still matters to Wilson, but he doesn't want to think so. The carved paths seem to open to Wilson like doors in a corridor, but there are no walls here; the air slams itself against the giant, cracking its own skull over and over, blasting away the tireless years that have passed. Wilson hasn't seen those years, but his smile is still grim and predicting and calculating. Clouds clip themselves apart at the mountain's edge, water coats them but Wilson keeps walking- the hall winds around itself violently like a rope around his neck. Rushing waves of oxygen pound, higher and higher they are so far gone, and it's cold. The uppermost clouds look down at Wilson, and the fulfillment is lost for a moment. He'll never get that high. It flattens at the top, Wilson says, and it does, now the wind is shoving him away like a crowd. He feels surrounded by it, so intensely hated, yet alone. And the rain starts. _________________________ The sky shatters into a trillion pieces, and they all fall down to the earth beneath. The shards fly quickly through the air, evaporating into nothing as they hit the ground and burrow into it. Wilson clenches the ground to hold, he tries to say something, the words burn. He tries to hold the rod, the sky crackles with anticipation, and the electricity's about to hit the end ... Wilson isn't on the ground anymore, not holding the rock, nothing. He feels a falling sensation, and he's out. The chair feels comfortable. He stares at the velvet buttons along it, pointing away, lovingly crafted. He stares at the room around him, blinking a couple times, exhausted and still awake. He decides to fetch a cup of tea. Wilson's legs feel weak, but both are equal again; he stands up on a wobble and staggers toward the trapdoor. It opens, creaking and bending, but welcoming Wilson to its alcove. He descends the ladder, his throat feeling dryer by the moment. He reaches the bottom with a soft thump thump thump and rests his arms. The kitchen is burning for a moment, he stares at the hot and delirious fire until it's not there anymore and dismisses it. He approaches, haze surrounds him, and before he's allowed in the front door emits a knock, knock. It swings open, Wilson's salivating, he sees a dark blob of a figure, and it speaks. "Wilson, I brought... some, um, turkey, and ca-" "Who are you?" "...Wil'? It's me. Remember?" The figure chuckles. "You're still science-ing, right? Look, I know it's almost been a week... I'm sorry I couldn't get here earlier." He stares brightly, trying to understand, breathing heavily. "Look at me. Are you okay?" "I'm dreaming." He feels the world collapsing, screeching, the figure still standing as it morphs into the four legged spider, standing above Wilson but below the mountain. The rain's stopped. The wind's stopped. The thunder's stopped. Except one last time- as it hits- the ground around the two of them. _________________________________________________________________________________________ The morning sun shone bright. It exploded into light, evaporating the lack of itself in moments, spewing out love. The sun screamed to notify us, and it wasn't present anywhere else. It was here, cuddling the sky in its vast arms of enlightenment. Wilson rode. He rode on his own self-confidence, self hatred, and everything in between. He conflicted with himself as a wrong being, rode on pain and lies. He rode on the four legged spider. Wilson rode on realization, the sun's rays, and the first bolt of lightning of all. They were at once combined- a singular being, faced the same way, the same intent, the same reasons. No whip, no reins, a motivation between twins. They would have held one other together until the end of time, if only they had that long. But time drained through the hourglass right before the bush passed beneath the both of them. He would've asked the four legged spider how it jumped so high, but Wilson realized there might be nothing below him at all. A face ran by them backwards, trying to reel back to reality screaming. It stared at their bond and backfired, running alongside away from its hole. The jackalope's neck stayed intact, and Wilson liked it that way. And the sun imploded again, rebounding outward in a radius of exactly the length of the universe. They collapsed, collided and combined until harmony returned to Wilson's own mind and he was again on the four legged spider. But this wouldn't happen, and Wilson knew, kept lying to himself, resisting to look down- his legs were separate from the equation. Wilson rode on pride. Past a tree adorned by rings, past a memorable tree; it was drenched in the blood of an unknown, and Wilson still stared at the crutch in his own hands. Again they were off, past a bird's corpse- the nest burned brightly. All burn. Past a coffin still closed, and past the remains of an eye- one eye, one eye, one eye, thump thump. They passed a circus, showing its prize, the old necklace from your dreams. A meteor spun around below the two of them, burrowing into the earth to the caverns beneath, and exploded into light. ALL BURN ALL BURN ALL BURN ... Past a stone prison that was eons ago destroyed, yet now it presented as a savior. Why so forceful, Wilson asked me, and I only told him goodnight. The fur burned, and he would never see the morning again. ... He ran further, past a spout of water; it flew into the ground with everything else but-" there was nothing left. The branch burned brightly, and they past his own destroyed intestine. Wilson rode on fear and anger, on pain and detest, but most of all he rode on the four legged spider. ... Wilson past boiling soup so hot, dissolving the underarmor of the earth and letting it all burn. Snow fell and Wilson watched as footsteps in the ground dissolved to fire and let it all burn. ... Immediately before impact, but-" and again Wilson was with the four legged spider, not faced together but apart- their bond now faded away like a long-lost dream and it was. He felt a falling sensation, and was out. ... The murky figure reappeared and told him to wake up, and even when Wilson did the world flapped past him like a cardbook. Laughter. Laughter. Thump thump, and finally he rest again by the campfire, his consciousness floating through space. But it wasn't any longer alone. The four legged spider could finally talk to him. _________________________________________________________________________________________ And so the two told stories. They told cautionary tales, the occasional snippet of a relationship, the lost sigh of a regrettable moment. Both saw their own flaws and ignored them. Both saw the other's flaws and commented, explained, stayed calm and fluent. The fire burned ideas in its gaze, gazing for so long at Wilson and the four legged spider. They sat nonchalant at one another, don't you want to speak? Don't you want to comment? Their thoughts raced so quickly and their words so silent. They discussed the world around them, of course, the dim-lit winter snow and tiny slivers of passion. You couldn't see the bonds between the atoms, the snowflakes or Wilson and the four legged spider, but they were there; you have faith in their existence. You don't know them. What do the stars look like, and Wilson only stares at them. Why is the snow so bright, and Wilson only stares at it. People always wish they knew why Wilson stared so much. But sitting, so deadly and so silent, the four legged spider listens. It measures Wilson's heartbeat, his inner twitch, and the vibrant hallucinations he would put himself through. Wilson looks to me for privacy, and I only invade it more. He searches in the arachnid's mind, looking for family. He searches hopelessly for feeling against him, feebly trying to feed his ego like a fire that just won't stay lit. Wilson doesn't find anything but walls in all directions- lines like a picture drawn across them. One, two, three, four, and Wilson reminds himself of tradition. Through eight eyes he sees himself as a dictator, a slaveowner, a mass of flies that stung. He sees himself perched so innocently on a wall and yet felt those simple words burn like acid. Does Wilson feel empathy? I'd ask him, but I'm sure he knows the answer himself. And through the two eyes, the spider watches itself stumble in a prison, hopeless lack of communication. It watches Wilson beg for it's forgiveness, plead for redemption and yet watches Wilson's own arms ignore words. The prison doesn't expand. The walls don't shrink. The spider just watches through two eyes as the numbers on the walls grow. Wilson watches the weak spot in those walls, sees them crumbling down and seeing open plains for the first time. He watches the boat come flying back days later, wonders how long it's been since he remembered. He stares through another's body as the forest burns, burns, all burn, all burn, all burn. And before they finish speaking, the spider explores Wilson's dreams. They were the only thing it wondered about. _________________________________________________________________________________________ The sun does not rise. No, it is the moon that shows its face, crying desperately as it grasps the ground for attention before Wilson swats it away like a coward fly. Spores emit from the grass, particles in the air that spike the walls and out of the walls comes consciousness. Wilson is terrified. He burns it all away. Eyes do not close because watching eyes come from the darkness. They snicker and snarl and crawl on the walls, horrified bugs, screeching and crawling and breeding. Spores come out of them like spikes, particles in the air. Eyes watch Wilson and he burns it all away. He sees the man's face, a calming tuxedo that would form his body, but instead of calming eyes they form spikes that snicker and snarl all around Wilson, screaming in agony as chains wrap around them. Maxwell is terrified. Eyes watch Maxwell and he burns it all away. Wilson is here, yes, as night lets itself fall unto the forbidden carapace of guilt and the facade comes crashing down. I scream because bugs crawl, spiking the walls, snickering and snarling. They are not real, Wilson, and he screams. Maxwell is terrified. He burns it all away. The four legged spider watches, grinning madly as watching eyes grin out of its eyes and none of this is real but he is terrified. The fire burns around eyes and sleep is a nonissue because the sun is falling again. All burn. Eyes watch the four legged spider and it burns it all away. Sleep, Wilson, none of this is real but he doesn't listen as snickering and snarling bugs spike watching eyes. Maxwell screams because he is on fire. A loop forms between two entities as they cry and snicker and snarl. The four legged spider is terrified and burns it all away. Stars drift without wait, screeching as they find dead halts in the full moon. None of this is real but Wilson can't sleep. The four legged spider is real and is terrified. The night is here, yes, as Wilson lets himself fall into the sinkhole. The four legged spider turns and watches. The bugs recede slowly and snicker and snarl into the darkness. The four legged spider watches as Wilson fades into the darkness, falling, falling, never to return. "I'm sorry." Do spiders cry? Why should the four legged spider anguish? The four legged spider is terrified, yes, as it lets itself fall into the sinkhole. _________________________________________________________________________________________ Wilson's landing was audible. His leg is spiked with the sound of snapping bone, one leg had began to heal but both had now began to die. Curved walls of limestone encrusted with screams watched Wilson, his face still confused and surprised as ever. He'd hoped to land upside down, hoped to snap his neck as he'd done to countless others before, but it was those walls that were unkind to him. Etching visible lines in the rock, flowing with the blood of the earth, Wilson crawled. The cave was silent with the sound of nothing; vibrations from the slightest twitch echoed horribly across the entire cavern. The constant sound of a broken record would play back again and again, with long spindly arms that reached out to grab smiling shapes. The area was too open, Wilson reckoned, yet he felt claustrophobic as the incessantly loud walls closed in. Stalactites spiked the ground, screeching and ripping sparks into the earth. The faint whisper of doubt was in them, resonating onto everything else. Where the aboveground had been home to Maxwell, his playground, his place, this was a forgotten tome with eyes that watched. Wilson stared, calculating, crying, toward the eyes. None of it was flammable. As time went on, the faint light from the moon faded. Amorphous shadows snuck around Wilson, amalgams of faces showing proud. What would have seemed a small time span was too long, far too painful. Wilson's leg snapped again and it dragged limply behind. His face was nonchalant, understanding had fallen to the bottom of the pit, scattered among the faces of the dead. Eons passed as the world was torn to pieces by meteors. There was a wall at the end, calming in its posture with barely any facade to hide behind. Wilson touched it with his own eyes, slumping toward it. He wanted to burn. Of every situation, he slowly found this one to be the worst. Of every feeling, he slowly felt pain to be the worst. Of every guilt he had felt, of all the burnt things and broken bridges, he slowly felt the four legged spider on him, staring and calculating with the four legged spider's own eyes. _________________________________________________________________________________________
  20. bunnies!
  21. Mosquitos

    What are they for what is there purposeI've noticed when they attack the red thing gets bigger.What could this mean?When its full do we get the blood they had stored?WHat could the blood be used for?
  22. Hello the following are some Ideas that might be interesting to see developed into the game.Hair - this is an idea i was thinking of in which all characters can cut hair to create a meat effigy i.e. Willow/Wendy can shorten their hair, Wolfgang can shave his mustache, Wes can cut ear hair (for humor) etc. now although this would get rid of Wilson's special ability he could be given something in return such as faster hair growth than other characters, or takes longer for starvation etc.Bridges - this could be a new structure the character can build (like walls and can be built with different materials as well) to reach other areas not easily reached through other means (have been stuck on an island before, with only way off is to loose sanity from wormhole).This one is not a suggestion but a problem I have with walls, When trying to build a wall near edge of land (where water meets land) it seems impossible/near impossible to build the wall.I hope these are decent Suggestions/problems that you perhaps like and implement into the game and perhaps in the future i will have more suggestions to try and help the game.Night
  23. So while I enjoy the idea of adventure mode, I feel it has some serious issues, I know its in development and will be much more fleshed out in the future, and that is why I am posting this to share my ideas because I have many and I am curious to see what other people have to say too. So here is my biggest complaint- The wooden thing is WAY to easy to find, this is mainly because all the pieces are near each other and if you spend a day looking for it, chances are you will find it. This would be fine for world one and two, but for world 3 and onward I feel the pieces should be spread to being on a different island each, and in 4 or 5 some if not all the pieces are being guarded or carried by some kind of large threat, like a spider queen or something (there would be a clear indication that the mob would be holding the piece of course) This would make the adventure more eventful and longer-next is a more obvious change, I feel as worlds go on they should become more unexplored and barren. To the point where world 5 does not even have things like pig villages or lush forests. And what mobs you find there peaceful desperate and hostile, and have more hound attacks more often, Like in world 3 its every 5 days, and world 5 its every day or every other day.-I also feel spiders should get more and more feral as you continue, In early worlds they are fine the way they currently are but in later ones make spider warriors spawn 90% of the time instead of normal spiders, and then possibly in world 5 they just never sleep and remain a constant threat.-Later worlds should also have much more night time threats, Things that you have to defend your fire from (I know we got the night hand now but that's only when insane and could you imagine dealing with both hands and some kind of hostile monster? Nights would sure be much more eventful) Also make it much less safe to go off with a torch or mining light in later worlds, considering as of now there are no real threats out there-The crawling horrors are said to be from another world right? So I think it would be cool to see them spawn quicker and become more hostile in later worlds, like in world 5 make them hostile once insanity has reached less than 80% or make them hostile all the time (I think that would be a little over kill) - This is a more lesser thing but I think it could be interesting, what if say around world 3 or 4 you had to fight the wood thing is some way shape or form, I do not know if this would work out to well considering the game does not have the best combat (But that's fine considering I know that is not the main focus of the game), But I feel if done right it would be really cool and could test the player mid way through. Perhaps just have it defended by a circle of Tentacles while having a projectile attack, does not need to be to complicated if done, that thing just always looked menacing to me-And lastly I would like some kind of final showdown with Maxwell in some way shape or form, Perhaps a wave of enemies or some kind of boss fight, or one last world where its a survival game between you and him with the scales tipped in his favor, like he has a revolver if you get to close, Guard hounds and perhaps slight manipulation of the world around him. And if you beat him you could get some kind of great reward for the next new game you start (would only apply once, adventure mode would have to be completed again to start a new world with it again) Like a revolver that hits like a tentacle or spear from a distance, but requires amo that is a bit hard to craft (Like 15 charcoal and some other things to make 4 bullets)So that's what I would like to see, I am sure some of these are ideas every one has thought of but just felt like putting them out there, Love the game currently and I am sure I will love it even more with what ever choices the developers make
  24. I agree with Baconcow. I find it very frustrating that upon death I retain all my science knowledge yet forget the entirety of my so far explored world. Being a lame gamer with unofficial OCD I have spent most of my don't starve gaming days exploring, dying and re-exploring the same territory This frustration has increased proprtionatly with the potential size of the worlds now with the latest update, especially with those amazing wormholes - So cool. But I then saw how far out you could zoom which implies a HUGE world I love this game but no matter how hard I try to ignore the fact that I 'know' what is out there I always end up mapping it out again. I have tried taking screen shots of the map but not knowing when I'm going to die I always have a bit missing. This also increases the rate I die as I end up in a button panic frenzy trying to capture the map before dying so not fighting!! Oh what a sad person I am!! I feel that the map should remain revealed, or at least an option to do that when replaying the same world after death. I don't mind if resources are still shown or not but as they are always in the same place I see no reason why they shouldn't be shown. As I said I love this game and I will still keep playing as I do get further along over time, but progress very sloooooowly due to my cartographic compulsions!! Keep up the excellent work guys. Xan I map therefore I am(p)
  25. Treeguards?

    Are you able to use your Treeguard as a Guard? As in after you make it neutral, can it attack any hostile mobs that are after me? Pretty much what Im saying is can they be like a Pig? But better?