Your wings have been clipped, and your hands finally untied. You look forward, an ocean of sky between you and the next plateau. There’s no turning back. How are you going to do this?
It’s your first day of work at your new job. When you go inside, you find that you’re the only person in the office. Going further in, you notice that this isn’t an office at all, and you begin to worry that you’ve been set up.
White stripes line the floor, seeming to lead to a giant wooden door. As you walk closer to the door you hear breathing from the other side.
The chains that hold him down begin to glow red hot and then, in an instant, they are gone. He blinks a few times before he sees them slithering across the ground towards the door. His exit. His freedom.
You stare out into the deep blue that surrounds you. Bubbles escape your mouth and you start to calculate where you go from here.
The ceremony is about to begin. You and three others stand before the master, awaiting the gifts that they will imbue. Each one is specific and meant to help with your journey. Except… yours is… Wait, what? I’m sorry, one more time? How exactly is that supposed to help you? Goddamnit.
You are ready to begin. Four people stand before you awaiting the gifts that you must imbue. Each one specific and meant to help with their journey.
You crouch down in the dark, dripping cave. You’ve run for too long and your legs don’t feel like they’re yours anymore. The beast is here, you can hear it snarling. You think hard about how you’re going to do this…
Before you is a mask, shaped in an odd way and made of thick oak. You know what this is for, and the thought both intrigues and terrifies you. Particularly because it is now yours.
You lock your seatbelt and nod to the pilot. They nod back, as they prepare the vessel for lift off. In a few moments you’ll be in space, and that is where the mission starts.