Stories tagged “Our Strange And Wonderful House”

  • The Guardroom

    You see many men, all of them sitting on chairs or playing cards at tables. Each of them is armed. They make no attempt at concealing their weapons; if anything, they are kept where they can be drawn quickly and easily. It is not mere bravado that prom...

    • Author: JayDee
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Conservatory

    You glance through the bars. You prepare yourself for something grand enough to be worthy of The House, and expect a lavishly, glass-wrapped eden that would eclipse all imagining. But you do not expect this. The House, of course, is infinite enough to ...

    • Author: JayDee
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Views From a Jungle

    You proceed into a jungle you hesitate to consider “man made”. Perfect sunlight streams through a little more than half of the innumerable panes of glass. The other panes seem to face into various parts of the house with the building’...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Jenny Everywhere Museum

    This wing of the Infinite House was given by the Architect to Jenny Everywhere to store mementos from her adventures and dangerous artifacts. Only counterparts of Jenny and those they have chosen may enter it. Known contents include: Statues of friends...

    • Author: Garsecg
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Ruined Chapel

    Leave the House by the back door of the Conservatory. Take the path that stands between the Dark Wood and the Tarn. You must go alone. Walk three miles and you will find the Ruined Chapel. In the Chapel the stained glass windows are shattered. A statue...

    • Author: Garsecg
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Stationery Room

    As you wander through our strange and wonderful house, you will find many rooms of interest, all of which are fluid in their relative locations. All but the Stationary Room. It exists at the center of an imaginary line between the Master Bedroom and th...

    • Author: memento
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • The Gallery

    Pass through the ornate wooden doors beneath the stained glass window showing the birds from which the Seven Noble Houses take their names and you will find yourself in the Gallery. Here works of art from every time and place are brought together with ...

    • Author: Garsecg
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Back to the Garden

    The garden is not the monstrous jungle you had been expecting, but a beautiful place where plant life of every kind imaginable and some you had never heard of grows together, seeming somehow both wild and ordered. Butterflies fly around you as if in an...

    • Author: Garsecg
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • The Cellar

    “It’s very dark, Mandy. We shouldn’t be down here!” 9 year old Chris said to his 11 year old sister. “I don’t like the smell,” “Don’t be a chicken, Christopher, Uncle Jack will never know!” Ma...

  • Montresor

    The fumes of the wine made Chris dizzy. He was no longer a bookish child but a bold and bloodthirsty pirate, sailing the ocean and cutting down his foes with a cutlass. It was thrilling and horrible at the same time.. “What are you doing!” ...

    • Author: Garsecg
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Madman

    You run from your pursuer, looking desperately for the way out. But the conservatory confounds you, and the path forks and branches again and again until you are certain you have taken a wrong turning. You are right. The path abruptly ends. The only wa...

    • Author: JayDee
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
  • The Saviour

    But the blow never lands. There is the scream of metal striking metal. You open your eyes, and like a miracle, a steel spade holds the machete from biting into your skin. The man holding the spade kicks the madman back. They circle each other like wild...

    • Author: JayDee
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
  • The Gardener

    But Grigori has planned for this. As the maniac is about to land the final deathstroke, Grigori rolls to the side, and in one fluid, elegant movement, he brings his weapon around in a beutiful arc of silver. The madman’s head flies gracefully off...

    • Author: JayDee
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
  • The North West Attic

    Our arrival into the attic sent mice squeaking and scurrrying across the wooden floor and out of sight. It could have been a trick of the light but they looked like a family of blue mice accompanied by a large pink one. Fresh air from the stairs below ...

  • Hiatus Interruptus

    It’s a place where all doors lead somewhere else and when you come back through, you don’t ever return to the same place again, a place where a man leads disjointed lives, sliding with chameleonic ease into every new narrative that presents...

    • Author: zxvasdf
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
  • The Painting

    It is the most famous work of art in the Gallery: a painting of a woman dressed in blue standing by the seashore, staring into the distance as the sun rises or perhaps sets. Its beauty makes even the marvels of the House seem drab beside it. It seems m...

    • Author: Garsecg
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
  • Interruptions

    The young-seeming man sat down in his cramped room in the southwest attic. The whole room was crammed with books. They were his Hoard, the source of his power. On the desk was a griffin-quill pen and the book he had set about making. He had come to a c...

    • Author: Garsecg
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
  • The Ballroom

    Once every month, a silent man in a crimson cloak walks the hallways of the House, delivering invitations to the Ball. He brings it to those of all classes and groups: rich and poor, natives and visitors, human and otherwise. If you are invited, you ma...

    • Author: Garsecg
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Knight

    The Arena is an oft visited part of the House, but the lone warrior stepping into the ring is especially fond of it. His jousting tourney has just finished, and now he demounts his horse and his squire leads it away. The knight lifts his weapon and low...

    • Author: JayDee
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Musician

    The sun drifted slowly onto the horizon as the knights ascended the stairs of the Grandstand together. So where are you off to now, my friend?” Sir Bic asked. “Now that the festivities have concluded, what has your fanciful mind imagined for you ne...

    • Author: Sir Bic
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Equation

    He/She/It appeared as many things. Sometimes as geometric shapes and gently flowing gradients. Colours and light. An endless stream of codes and symbols. Occasionally He/She/It would manifest him/her/itself as an androgynous humanoid, with smooth skin ...

    • Author: JayDee
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Designer.

    “There are some who say the House was built upon grounds given to us by the Faerie, using the wood of trees that never graced the mortal world. This is true. “There are some who say the House was built from a fragment of God himself (specif...

    • Author: JayDee
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
  • The Maids

    The aged, dried-up Maid, looked at Jenny with a gaze no less piercing for her many years. “Do you wish to join our number?” Jenny gave her most charming smile, which had little effect. “Sure!” “Your reputation has preceded...

    • Author: Garsecg
    • Posted about 2 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Fabulous Salon

    When you walk in you are immediately rinsed, lathered, dried, and perfumed by the wonderful hands that grow out of the doorway. The room is rather moody and changes its colors depending on what is going on. It was once known to change into a black room...

  • The Cotillion Cavern

    This place of the House is not to be trifled with. It is not for the faint hearted, or the weak, or the cowardly, or the clumsy. This cavernous room is the embodiment of danger. The floor has trapdoors opening at the end of every third waltz. The drink...