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Oct 23rd 2016 at 11:06:27 AM

A few things to note before I start:

  • I'm fairly new to roleplay and interactive fiction, and this is actually my first time running any thread like it. So, this will hopefully be a fun experience. I'll definitely make mistakes, but I think I'll learn a lot from this.
  • So, yeah, this is an interactive fiction game, where all the players insert commands for the protagonist to follow. If you've played Bacon Zorp's "Keep Him Alive", or read Ruby Quest, it's pretty much the same thing.
  • Speaking of Bacon, I'd like to thank him for encouraging me to try this!
I think that's it... so let's begin!
I'd like to begin with a description of our protagonist, Carl Mallow. He's a young man, somewhere in his 20's. He lives somewhere in the US. He has curly black hair and brown eyes. He's a little thin, but his height and build are still average for a human. (However, most of the characters he is going to meet are not human, and will come in all shapes and sizes.)

As for Carl's personality, he's a little timid, and has very low confidence. He may get stressed easily. Despite this, of course, he's up for almost anything you suggest.

I will probably do descriptions like this for each major character. Anyway, I think we're ready to begin the story now!


Our hero Carl wakes up standing in a small clearing in a dark forest. On the other side of the clearing, a scary clown is staring at him... absolutely dumbfounded. Despite his scary appearance, the clown doesn't seem very malicious in his current, confused state.

> What will Carl do?

Not trying to be edgy, but... Smile, though your heart is achin'
hamza678 Red Like Santa from Christmas Beacon.
Red Like Santa
Oct 23rd 2016 at 11:09:28 AM

> Talk to the clown, while still being cautious. Ask him where I am.

Now known as Cyber Controller
BaconZorp see you, space cowboy. from general dysphoria Relationship Status: Consider his love an honor
see you, space cowboy.
Oct 23rd 2016 at 11:11:38 AM

> What's Carl's inventory at the moment?

Long live the New Bev.
DrNoPuma Art by Bluethorn. Thanks! :) from a place that is both happy and terrifying. :P Relationship Status: Chocolate!
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Oct 23rd 2016 at 11:19:02 AM

> What's Carl's inventory at the moment?

Unfortunately, Carl is in his pajamas, and his inventory is empty.


> Talk to the clown, while still being cautious. Ask him where I am.

"Uh... hi?" says Carl. "...Hi," says the clown, seemingly just as terrified. "I - I don't understand... what happened to you? You look different, like you're... not asleep anymore..."

"Huh? What are you talking about? Where am I?"

"You're in Bad Land! The land of bad dreams!"

Not trying to be edgy, but... Smile, though your heart is achin'
hamza678 Red Like Santa from Christmas Beacon.
Red Like Santa
Oct 23rd 2016 at 11:22:15 AM

> Run away from the clown.

Now known as Cyber Controller
BaconZorp see you, space cowboy. from general dysphoria Relationship Status: Consider his love an honor
see you, space cowboy.
Oct 23rd 2016 at 11:24:00 AM

> ask the clown why he's so uneasy.

Long live the New Bev.
Revaryk Grumpy/Lazy Shrine Maiden from somewhere Relationship Status: Non-Canon
Grumpy/Lazy Shrine Maiden
Oct 23rd 2016 at 11:32:47 AM

> Ask the clown, "What's the bad land?" and, "How did I get here?"

edited 23rd Oct '16 11:33:25 AM by Revaryk

WARNING: Be Attitude for Gains - NO REFUGE.
DrNoPuma Art by Bluethorn. Thanks! :) from a place that is both happy and terrifying. :P Relationship Status: Chocolate!
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Oct 23rd 2016 at 12:40:24 PM

> Run away from the clown.

As scary as the clown looks, he isn't really acting threatening right now. And besides, there's no one else around. Carl might as well talk to the clown. He does get ready to run just in case, though.


> Ask the clown why he's so uneasy.

> Ask the clown, "What's the bad land?" and, "How did I get here?"

"Oh boy," says the clown. "I don't really understand how it all works, but I'll try to explain..."

"You are a human. You live on Earth. I am a dream creature, and I live in the Dream Lands, where we are now. See, humans travel to the Dream Lands whenever they fall asleep. There are other Dream Lands besides this one, but I can't remember what they are."

"Anyway, tonight, you went to Bad Land. The land of nightmares. I came to scare you, but all of a sudden, you... changed. See, most humans are kinda transparent and glowy when they come here, but you're completely opaque! You seem conscious, too. Now scaring you won't be fun anymore..."

"I have a friend, Bruno, who knows more about it than I do. He's back at our house - let me take you there."

edited 23rd Oct '16 12:40:33 PM by DrNoPuma

Not trying to be edgy, but... Smile, though your heart is achin'
Revaryk Grumpy/Lazy Shrine Maiden from somewhere Relationship Status: Non-Canon
Grumpy/Lazy Shrine Maiden
Oct 23rd 2016 at 1:15:02 PM

Quite like this so far.

> Ask the clown for his name, and who Bruno is.

WARNING: Be Attitude for Gains - NO REFUGE.
BaconZorp see you, space cowboy. from general dysphoria Relationship Status: Consider his love an honor
see you, space cowboy.
Oct 23rd 2016 at 1:22:23 PM

> Follow the clown. There's nothing wrong that can come out of this.

Long live the New Bev.
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Oct 23rd 2016 at 1:44:02 PM

Thanks, Revaryk!

> Ask the clown for his name, and who Bruno is.

"I'M GRIMALDI! GRIMALDI THE CLOWN!" Grimaldi breaks out into demented laughter, then suddenly stops. "Sorry, I forgot I wasn't supposed to be scaring you anymore. ...Am I? I don't know. We'll have to see Bruno.''

Carl asks Grimaldi who exactly Bruno is. Grimaldi suddenly grins very wide.

"I WANT IT TO BE A SURPRISE!" Grimaldi stops grinning. "Sorry. Anyway, I think you'll like Bruno! ...He's not another clown, I promise! I see that worried look on your face. Anyway, LET'S GO!"


> Follow the clown. There's nothing wrong that can come out of this.

Grimaldi seems nice enough (despite being a real weirdo), so Carl follows him.

Let me describe Grimaldi: He looks kind of like a human clown, but with more distorted features. His body is incredibly lanky and spindly, and he's at least a head taller than Carl. His clown suit is mostly red, with some purple and black.

Carl and Grimaldi continue walking through the woods. Eventually, they make their way to a small cave.

"Here it is," says Grimaldi. "Home sweet home! It looks dark and empty from out here, but it's much nicer on the inside."

edited 23rd Oct '16 1:45:12 PM by DrNoPuma

Not trying to be edgy, but... Smile, though your heart is achin'
Revaryk Grumpy/Lazy Shrine Maiden from somewhere Relationship Status: Non-Canon
Grumpy/Lazy Shrine Maiden
Oct 23rd 2016 at 2:22:39 PM

You're welcome, Dr No Puma!

> Make a pointless reference to a certain TV show about time travel that's really popular around in the real world and proceed to go in the dark, small cave.

edited 23rd Oct '16 2:23:04 PM by Revaryk

WARNING: Be Attitude for Gains - NO REFUGE.
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Oct 23rd 2016 at 2:34:11 PM

I just realized that Carl is kind of a Heroic Mime. I meant to write dialogue for him, but I just forgot. Should I keep him as a Heroic Mime?

edited 23rd Oct '16 2:34:56 PM by DrNoPuma

Not trying to be edgy, but... Smile, though your heart is achin'
BaconZorp see you, space cowboy. from general dysphoria Relationship Status: Consider his love an honor
see you, space cowboy.
Oct 23rd 2016 at 2:38:22 PM

That's really a decision you have to make.

> If this is a dream, try to conjure up a crazy cool sword with your mind.

Long live the New Bev.
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Oct 23rd 2016 at 3:35:18 PM

Hmm... I kinda like him like this. I think I'll keep him that way.

> If this is a dream, try to conjure up a crazy cool sword with your mind.

Realizing that a weapon might be useful, even if these two creatures are friendly, Carl closes his eyes and concentrates with all his might in an attempt to create a sword. When he opens his eyes, there, in his hands, is... nothing. Good idea, though.


> Make a pointless reference to a certain TV show about time travel that's really popular around in the real world and proceed to go in the dark, small cave.

Carl makes a joke about the TARDIS. Grimaldi is confused. Carl tries to explain the reference, but eventually gives up.

Did I do that right? I barely know anything about Doctor Who.

Carl and Grimaldi enter the cave, and Carl realizes that Grimaldi is right - inside, the cave looks just like a cozy little house.

"Bruno's probably in the kitchen."

Carl and Bruno go into the kitchen to find a big, fluffy, white... thing hunched over the stove. Carl can see a pink apron tied around its back.

"Bruno, I'm home, and I need help with something."

The fluffy white thing that is apparently Bruno sighs, then slowly turns around as he speaks.

"Why do you keep getting your head stuck in- Oh! Hello there, human!"

Carl now has a front view of Bruno, who is a giant teddy bear.

Not trying to be edgy, but... Smile, though your heart is achin'
Revaryk Grumpy/Lazy Shrine Maiden from somewhere Relationship Status: Non-Canon
Grumpy/Lazy Shrine Maiden
Oct 23rd 2016 at 3:41:20 PM

Yeah, you did it right. I figured I'd make a joke about Doctor Who, even though I don't know much about it either.

> Say Hello to Bruno, despite him being a giant white teddy bear.

WARNING: Be Attitude for Gains - NO REFUGE.
BaconZorp see you, space cowboy. from general dysphoria Relationship Status: Consider his love an honor
see you, space cowboy.
Oct 23rd 2016 at 3:42:27 PM

> Introduce yourself to Bruno.

Long live the New Bev.
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Oct 23rd 2016 at 4:56:56 PM

> Say Hello to Bruno, despite him being a giant white teddy bear. > Introduce yourself to Bruno.

Carl introduces himself, while taking in Bruno's appearance.

Bruno is a white teddy bear about the size of a real bear, if not bigger. His whole body is covered in stitched-up tears, and he has needles for claws. Despite this, he's quite fluffy and chubby. His face reminds Carl of Jack Skellington, with huge button eyes, and a long, stitched up grin.

Carl tells Bruno how confused he is. "Hmm..." says Bruno. "Why don't we talk about it in the living room? My pancakes are just about ready. How many would you like?"

edited 23rd Oct '16 7:01:26 PM by DrNoPuma

Not trying to be edgy, but... Smile, though your heart is achin'
lewattoo Partners in Crime; Partners in Time from Planet Auguste Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
Partners in Crime; Partners in Time
Oct 23rd 2016 at 5:03:21 PM

> Say you'd like three blueberry pancakes, extra butter

You know, most of the people I've met tried to double cross me. This is a nice change.
BaconZorp see you, space cowboy. from general dysphoria Relationship Status: Consider his love an honor
see you, space cowboy.
Oct 23rd 2016 at 5:12:48 PM

Toriuno.

> Head to living room and get ready for asking.

edited 23rd Oct '16 5:13:51 PM by BaconZorp

Long live the New Bev.
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Oct 23rd 2016 at 5:14:05 PM

[up] Exactly. ...Hey, is this going to become the name of a Crossover Ship? XD

Also, just curious, what does everyone think of my character descriptions? I like doing them, but I don't want them to get in the way of the story.

edited 23rd Oct '16 5:17:15 PM by DrNoPuma

Not trying to be edgy, but... Smile, though your heart is achin'
BaconZorp see you, space cowboy. from general dysphoria Relationship Status: Consider his love an honor
see you, space cowboy.
Oct 23rd 2016 at 5:34:48 PM

Well, I never even bothered with character descriptions most of the time in the KHA games, and I'm pretty ashamed of that. It's best you do descriptions as soon as you can.

Long live the New Bev.
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Oct 23rd 2016 at 6:20:43 PM

Is it bad that I'm really starting to like the idea of Toriel x Bruno? XD I'm sure that I'm not the first to ship an original character with her!

> Say you'd like three blueberry pancakes, extra butter

Done. Bruno serves you, then gives Grimaldi some pancakes, then gets some for himself.


> Head to living room and get ready for asking.

Carl, Bruno, and Grimaldi go to the living room. Carl and Grimaldi and sit down on a big sofa, while Bruno lights a fireplace on the other side of the room. After that, he sits down with them. Carl notices that, to open his mouth so he can eat, the stitches on Bruno's mouth split open, then magically fix themselves when he closes his mouth. (His mouth doesn't move when he speaks, though.) Carl shudders a little.

"Is something wrong?"

edited 23rd Oct '16 6:21:19 PM by DrNoPuma

Not trying to be edgy, but... Smile, though your heart is achin'
BaconZorp see you, space cowboy. from general dysphoria Relationship Status: Consider his love an honor
see you, space cowboy.
Oct 23rd 2016 at 6:30:18 PM

> Just cut straight to the point. How do you leave the Bad Lands?

Long live the New Bev.
Revaryk Grumpy/Lazy Shrine Maiden from somewhere Relationship Status: Non-Canon
Grumpy/Lazy Shrine Maiden
Oct 23rd 2016 at 6:54:26 PM

[up][up] I don't blame anyone for shipping Bruno X Toriel, they're quite similar in being the mother/father figure-type character!

> Start up a small conversation, you have to know if you can trust these guys!

edited 23rd Oct '16 6:56:18 PM by Revaryk

WARNING: Be Attitude for Gains - NO REFUGE.

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