You slowly wake up to the soothing and relaxing sound of an old steam train engine doing its work. The soft vibration of the train almost makes you wish, to sink back into a sweet slumber, when it suddenly hits you....why are you in a train? Your eyes yank open and you look around. You’re in an almost abandoned train compartment and a few seats away you can see 3 or maybe 4 people sitting in their seats...it’s hard to tell. They seem kind of blurry, as if you forgot to put on your glasses, but you never had any. You shake your head, before bothering someone let’s try to find out where you are. You look out of the window, there’s nothing but thick fog outside.
As you stare into the wall of grey you try to remember, you were in your office at the train station and you were working late when you suddenly fell asleep, the last thing you recall as your eyes closed was the clock announcing midnight and the distant sound of a steam pipe.
A hand grabs your shoulder and you bolt up, ready to yell at whoever startled you! You turn around and freeze...what you’re looking at can’t be true. A shiver runs down your spine and takes over your whole body. Your legs shake and you stumble backwards against the window, still unable to process what’s going on.
Right in front of you stands a skeleton in a conductor uniform and a pipe between its teeth.
It looks at you and with a voice that sounds like rusty pipes rubbed against each other greets you.
"Well, what do we have here? I’m certain you haven't got your ticket for this train yet."
You take every ounce of courage you have to stop your teeth from shaking too hard to answer. This thing hasn’t tried to hurt you, maybe, just maybe there’s a way out of here.
"What ticket? Where am I?"
The skeleton laughs. "Oh this, well it’s my pleasure to welcome you into our little ghost train, a special service for all dead souls in this region, next stop, afterlife!"
Your heart sinks into your stomach and your whole body goes numb, desperately you make a step closer. "Please this is a mistake, I don’t belong here, I just fell asleep!"
The skeleton thinks for a moment. As it answers its voice changed slightly, it seems cheerful now.
"Oh...so you don’t belong here? Are you sure? Sure enough to bet on it? I tell you what there’s still time left until the next station and these ghosts are always so boring, so let’s play a game. You win, you get back home, I win...well then you become the next conductor.
So tell me are we still in your world or have we already passed the border to another dimension?"
You turn around and look out of the window. You notice the fog has magically disappeared. You squinch your eyes, this place is familiar, you know this, you open your mouth for an answer as something catches your eye, something in this landscape is not as you remember. You shake your head.
"We already crossed the border, this is another dimension!"
The skeleton laughs again.
"Good! Our worlds might look familiar, yet here are some things very different. Very well, then prove how good you know your world, show me all the differences between this world and yours, and I will let you out. Take your time, the next station is a while away."
You look out of the window again, you take a deep breath and focus. This is your one shot, one mistake and you’ll never leave this train again...here goes nothing!
- Take a look at the picture below. Do you know where this spot is located in your world?
- Show me all the differences between this world and yours
- Tell the name of your game world so we know where to send the prize (only answers with a game world mentioned, e.g. COM-3 Smoke Chamber, will take part in the prize draw)
- You can post your answer below until Wednesday 04.11.2020 15:00 UTC+1
- Please note the answers are moderated and will be published once the event is over
- Among all correct answers we will raffle 10 x 10 lottery tickets
- Winners will be announced by the end of next week.
Your Phantom of the Night.
(Thank you Maselbart for the story event this Halloween!)