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Jeffery Bass
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We heard of the so-called Magic Realm in our various readings. So, on our last vacation we thought we'd check it out. We weren't quite sure where it was but we discovered from the literature in our possession that the Realm was about 20 miles south of the border of Costaguana in South America.

The land of the Magic Realm.


There is no way into the place except on foot. We started just before dawn and after hiking a couple of hours we thought we had lost our way, when a path appeared near the spine of a low ridge. We followed it up, crested the ridge, and Lo and Behold, the Realm lay before us! It's sort of a hilly place, with rather barren valleys.

Looking down on Curst Valley.


* * * * * * *

The Crags.


There are some dramatic, mountainous areas, too. We couldn't resist following the trail into the passes and ledges of the mountains.

The trail varied from well marked to barely discernable, giving us pause to wonder how accurate the maps were.

It was now obvious the Realm maps showed only a very simplified version of where the trails *ought* to be.

On the trail to the High Pass.


* * * * * * *

The Pool.


We knew from our reading that we might find some evidence of a past civilization. We presume the ruins we stumbled upon were perhaps an ancient town or lost city.

The Ruins.



We thought there might be something interesting under the cairn but the rocks were too heavy for us to lift, so we decided to leave them alone.

The Cairns, or at least one cairn.


* * * * * * *

Traversing the mountain range brought us into a spectacular area that seemed painted in wildly colorful flowers and plants, almost as if under the power of some beautiful enchantment.

The Mountain (enchanted).


Deep Woods (enchanted).



We descended into the valley again. Lush wooded areas provided a refreshing change from the stark barrenness of the mountains.

Dark Valley.


* * * * * * *

Bad Valley. It didn't look so bad to us.


We saw definite signs of native habitation, including a brick house. It was locked. Peering into the window we could see a long counter like a bar. Perhaps it was a drinking establishment or an inn, we weren't sure. There were dark shapes moving around inside and we didn't want to make a fuss so we moved on.

The Inn.


* * * * * * *

Borderland cave entrance #5.




We occasionally noticed the yawning mouths of several dark caves.

They looked intriguing but after lingering briefly at one entrance, we began to feel creepy.

Standing quietly in front of the black maw, we could hear distinct fluttering sounds. We got out of there in a hurry.

Borderland cave entrance #6.


Cavern entrance.


Entrance to The Caves.


* * * * * * *

Linden Woods clearing.


The trail system inside the Realm was punctuated with clearings. We figured they would be small, distinct circular areas like the maps showed.

Clearing at the foot of the Ledges. We noticed a strange, purple cast to the landscape.


We should have known the maps were somewhat abstract. The clearings actually ranged from small meadows to enormous fields. As we walked through them, we had the uneasy feeling that we were being watched.

Evil Valley clearing.


* * * * * * *

The afternoon sun was getting low. We questioned whether our original plan was wise to spend several days (and nights) trying to get from one end of the Realm to the other.

Enormous clearing in the Nut Woods.


Overcast coming in behind the Borderland.


We knew we had enough food with us to last a couple days hiking in the Realm but as fog began to close around the nearby crags, we agreed that lingering in the Realm perhaps wasn't such a good idea.

The Crags in mist.


* * * * * * *

Evening settles over the Magic Realm.


I wish I had done a better job of reading about the place before our hike. I had one recollection, however: It was advised not to be caught in the Realm after sunset because...Oh, for some reason or another (I can't remember).

When we spotted a path that seemed to head away from the region, we didn't hesitate to take it.

If we ever return, we'll make sure we have something to help us get through the evenings. Like a flashlight, maybe.
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Wow... great idea for a thread, and really well done. Awesome!
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Not bad for 'surviving' the FIRST encounter-can't wait until Monsters and Natives are introduced

I keed, I keed-wonderful job of evoking the mystery and wonder that IS Magic Realm
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Magnificent! Thanks for creating and sharing.
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Martí Cabré

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Excellent! 11

Now, we want pictures of the Denizens!!!
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BrentS
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Thank you for this. Absolutely beautiful.

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Tom Volpe
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Fantastic!
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Axel Gabe
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Great idea! And wonderful pictures which fit
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If a category for "Best Post of the Year" doesn't exist it should now. Awesome!

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Truly Outstanding! KUDOS!
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