Guardian

Guardian
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Guardian
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Well, this rather a predicament you've found yourself in. You guess you should be grateful you're even alive, but you don't feel very lucky. Your name is Laran. You were a student in a school-exchange program, until the boat you were on got shipwrecked, and you washed up on this island, just now.

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Up from the beach, the sand quickly gives way to multitudes of trees. Past their foliage, you can make out the peak of a mountain, it doesn't seem that far away. You think you can hear some animals through the trees, but you aren't sure.

What do you do?
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#2
RE: Guardian
Go along the beach... how big does this island seem?
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#3
RE: Guardian
Make sure to look for a sharp rock or piece of scrap metal along or around the beach. You'll likely need it eventually.
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#4
RE: Guardian
Seek shelter
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RE: Guardian
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You walk along the beach for a dozen minutes, trying to judge how far it curves. You aren't great at mental maps, but the thought is welcome distraction from more unpleasant thoughts about your situation. Eventually, you estimate you could probably walk around the shore in a single day, if it keeps curving at the same rate. Although, it seems a bit odd an island this small has a mountain. Maybe its one of those underwater mountains that peaks above the surface? You were never that great at geology.

While walking, you keep an eye out for anything sharp in the sand. You've read some books with these kinds of situations before, so you have a basic idea of what you might need to do, although you doubt you'll be making a waterproof shelter anytime soon.

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Something shiny catches your eye, and you pick it up. You brush off the sand, and it turns out to be a piece of metal sharpened along one edge. You wonder what it was doing here, you can't see any sign of what it broke off from and it doesn't have the jagged edges you'd expect from a fragmented piece of scrap. But you're not going to look a gift horse in the mouth. You take it with you.

You thoughts turn to shelter. There are still a few hours left in the day before it gets dark, but you know you really should try to find a somewhere or make something before then. You don't see anything along the sand, so you head into the trees.

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Someway in, you pull yourself onto a fallen log to get a better view. You can barely see the shore from here, and further on, it seems like the trees get thinner near the mountain's base. The trees are several times your height and have numerous branches, you reckon you could probably climb them. A few of the them even have some kind of spiky fruit that you don't recognise hanging from their limbs. Closer to the ground, several bushes and flowers bloom, none of which you recognise. You don't see any animals yet, although youre still pretty sure they're around.
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#6
RE: Guardian
Cut fruit, smell carefully.
Do any of the trees have a lurch you might be able to lie up in, should night come too soon?
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#7
RE: Guardian
>Make a trap?
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#8
RE: Guardian
>gather dead branches
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#9
RE: Guardian
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You manage to reach one of the lower fruits by jumping. It easily snaps off the branch, and you use the piece of metal as an impromtu knife to cut it open. The outer skin is quite hard, but it becomes much easier once you're past it.

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What you find inside is rather odd. Instead of flesh like an apple or orange, the insides of the fruit seem to be a gloopy mass that sticks to itself like slime. You don't even see anything that looks like a seed. You're pretty sure fruits are supposed to have seeds. You snif it, and the smell isn't unpleasant, although it isn't sweet either. It kind of reminds you of soap for some reason.

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After that, you spend a good while gathering sticks that are at least mildly dry into a pile. Maybe you can make a fire or a shelter or something, sticks can be pretty useful. You look for some natural cover, and most of the trees are pretty straight without much of an overhang, but that log you were standing on before could make for some decent shelter.

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You decide to use a few sticks to make a trap, although you think calling it that is probably a bit of a stretch. You just leaned some sticks against eachother and put a bit of the fruit goop underneath. You don't really know how to make traps, maybe practising will help? You have no idea how long you're going to be here, alone. With no one else and no way of knowing what happened to everyone else on the ship.
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Anyway, you go to leave the trap-

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Oh. Well that was fast.
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#10
RE: Guardian
Observe bird
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