Deep down in the depths...the air is warm...what there is of it. There is no sunlight here...in fact you do not know where you are. You went to bed in your home, safe and snug. You awoke here. The floor is stone, what you can feel of it, grainy and hard. There is a coating of dust on nearby surfaces. You listen carefully and may hear a dripping sound in the distance or merely an echo of one, cave sounds can be misleading.
There is a faint source of light nearby, just enough for you to make out that you are in a cave, actually an alcove in a larger cave. The place where you are is marginally protected with a few rocks. You are not harmed, in fact you seem to be well physically. Though if you had any magic in you it seems to be dormant. It is there inside of you, you just cannot cast. You are in the clothing you went to bed in, if any. You have no weapon to use and no armor.
How you got here is something you may wonder, but no answers are to be found laying here in the relative darkness. As you rise to your sitting position, you look over the rocks that are screening you from view of anything or anyone else in the large cavern. It would be wise to be cautious, you are not alone. There are two torches burning in the large room. one on either end. There is also a slab of rock in the center of the room, it appears to be about twenty feet long. There is one lit candle on it.
The sensation of being deep below the surface of the earth is suffocating. The air is not fresh, it is stale and musty. The torches burn with a snap and crackle. Whoever set you here is testing you. How you react and how you manage to survive is up to you. Look around the small space you have found yourself in. Your primary concern is survival. Cooperation might be necessary.
Finding a weapon and armor is just as important as finding food and water. Whatever training you might have had in your life to survive might come in handy. Who knows how long you will be stuck here, wherever here is. Anything useful is certain to be found only by exploring the cave. Water seems to be dripping somewhere, perhaps it is clean, perhaps not, but only one way to find out.
The air is a combination of musty and a slight hint of decay. Where you lay is a hard surface with a slight layer of dust and sand covering it. As you search with your eyes in the gloom you realize you are without any of the normal things you take for granted in the way of armor and weaponry. If you went to bed with any sort of clothing you still have that on. If you sleep in the buff...well...then you are still in the buff.
The air is warm if not a bit stuffy, though the torches seems to be burning all right. The alcove you find yourself in may have something hidden in it or it may not. Look around you, about a twelve foot area of room, uneven walls appear to be free from moisture, and yet you seem to hear a trickle of water somewhere near.
There is room enough for you to stand unless you are over twelve feet tall. The opening to your little alcove is not blocked and you can leave anytime you choose. As you move around a slight noise attracts your attention. Peering out beyond the rocks you can see a very large cave with many alcoves like the one you are in. You look up and see dark shapes in the ceiling. The top of the cave is well over a hundred feet. The light does not illuminate much up there. Is it your imagination or did something up there move?
The room might be fifty feet in diameter and the east end of the slight oblong seems to have a shiny surface on the wall. There is darkness below that wall, and the torchlight seems to be reflected there. One thing is for certain, you are not alone here. There are others waking up just as you are.
The only memory you have is whatever you were doing before you went to sleep.Your memories of the past seem to be fuzzy. What happens next is up to you. To survive and get home might seem a daunting task. Unarmored and without a weapon, and no idea in the world where you are!
Most of the cave floor seems to be sandy and very dusty. Stalagmites rise from the floor in front of the alcoves, some hang from the ceiling, far above. As your eyes scan the area you see darker areas in the walls above, alcoves up there too? But they are about thirty feet up from the floor of the cavern.
A slight noise attracts your attention and you glance towards the sound. A rat scurries across the floor, stops to glare at you then disappears in a hole in the uneven floor. Might be a good idea to watch where you step. The rat is rather large, maybe the size of a housecat. It has red glowing eyes and sharp teeth and can squeeze into small spaces with ease. If only you had something to hit it with! Roasted rat is edible.
I have tried this before with mixed results. I want people who will actually stick around and make this fun. I have a set of rules and will be using the dice bot for results. I have a chart and set locations. Treasures to be found and creatures to vanquish. Cooperation will be necessary, but you may discuss OOC ways of any rivalry or conflict.
Pairing up is encouraged. This is basically a survival game. I am not using a system or a complicated rules book. I will be the GM and my word is final. You may suggest a direction for plot, but for all intents I will be driving the story forward with twists and turns.
I will ask for a simple sign up, a character you want to play. I have no restrictions as to race or gender. A picture you can put in the corner of each post is nice. You will be assigned a certain number of hit points. Actions that cause you damage will be tallied. Once you lose that number of hit points you die. But it is not the end of the game!
I have an idea for this that will make it a bit more unique. If something happens to your character and you die, the GM will have a shadowy figure hover over your corpse and offer to raise you into a new life. This will happen after others have walked away from your body. It will be private and we will use PM's to discuss your new shape and identity. From this point on you will be under the will of the Shadowy figure and it's identity will be revealed only to you, and subsequent other deceased members of the party. What the Shadowy figure wants you to do from that point will be hidden from the rest.
I don't want to give too much away at the start. I want interested people to post here. Ask questions, let me know what you would like to see happen. I may or may not use it.