jster02, The Wordsmith
Some people like to call me Jester.
You wake up in the middle of the forest at night, with no memory of how you got there. All you have is a backpack full of Cheez-Its and other essential supplies, along your own wits to help you on your way. As you explore this strange land, you'll find things you never knew could exist, (at least, not that you can remember). You'll meet strange creatures, some friend, others not, and maybe, just maybe, recover your lost memories...
My (rather rushed), entry for the Lone Hero contest. I'll be the first to admit that not all the endings will make you any sort of hero, lone or otherwise, (mainly the ones where you run away from just about every source of conflict, and/or die). But if you're brave enough to do what you think is right, even though it may result in your untimely demise, you may just make yourself a hero yet. In that light, I guess you could say you're a reluctant Lone Hero.
While each route of this story can be understood to some degree on it's own, it is important to play every branch to fully understand the greater story that's being told. I have no intention of revealing everything on the first play through, you'll have to take the time to explore everything to learn all it's secrets.
By the way, on the off chance that you find any glitches or bugs, please tell me. I'd like to know so I can fix them.
Netflix and video games can only go so far when it comes to fighting boredom. Usually the comfort of your own home is more than enough to make you happy on the weekends, but today something feels off. You tried to rewatching The Office for the six or seventh time, but just couldn't get into it. After scrolling through your entire Steam library consisting of over five hundred games, you couldn't find a single one that looked worth playing. There's no two ways around it, you're stuck in a rut and it's going to take something major to break you out. Luckily, you have just the thing. Before you have a chance to change your mind, you call up your friend who lives across town and tell him to come over as soon as possible. It doesn't take much to convince him to join you on the ultimate Saturday bike ride.
But little do you know that biking can be a lot more dangerous than it looks. The trails are a hotbed for all manner of suspicious activity. You are about to stumble upon an underground subculture more complex and deadly than you could possibly have imagined. Today, you'll find out whether you're just another neckbeard with a cheap set of wheels, or a true hero and adventurer.
The trails in the story are loosely based on the ones in my own town. Some of the weird and crazy things in this story are exaggerated or completely made up, but there were also some things I pulled directly from my own experience. My town can be kinda strange sometimes. I'll let you decide for yourself what you think is true and what isn't.
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Recent PostsShoot up the school - based category on 9/20/2020 2:20:10 PM
Didn't someone suggest a shrine to Endmaster awhile back?
Interesting Comments 5 on 9/17/2020 2:04:44 PM
Interesting Comments 5 on 9/9/2020 2:37:36 PM
I feel like we've seen this person pop up a few times before, right? I mean, how could you forget a name as creative and distinguished as that?
are you interested in writing for a visual novel? on 9/8/2020 9:46:01 PM
Huh, looks like you've already had a little experience making things. At least that's better than the last few people who've come here with the idea to make a VN, I'll give you that. Though I have to ask, why ask about it here instead of simply telling your own story? Maybe it's just because writing is kinda my main hobby, but if I ever made any sort of video game, I'd want to have full control over my story instead of outsourcing it to someone I've never met on the internet. Not trying to judge, just kinda curious.
Saturday Bike Ride WIP thread on 9/6/2020 4:55:25 PM
The 36 hours was only going to be a one time thing, but I'm already falling behind with school as it is, so that would have cause some major damage. Besides that, it was kind of a matter of principle for me. The way I see it, I agreed to give them 26 hours a week of my time, give or take a little. Whether they pay me or not, they don't have the right to take more than I've given them. It'd be like if I was having a yard sale and someone walked into my house and took something of mine that wasn't for sale. Even if they left money for it on the counter or whatever, it'd still be wrong because I never agreed to sell the thing.
This also wasn't the only problem I'd been having there. There was another instance when I first started when they made me work on what was supposed to be my day off. (This was my first job, so that was before I knew I had the right to say no to that sort of thing). It's also just really terribly managed. The best example of this I can think of is the utter nightmare that is truck day. Apparently, the truck has to be unloaded by a certain time or else they have to pay extra, so they decided it was a good idea to have someone there to yell at us to unload faster the whole time, essentially making our lives a living hell. Apparently, it's one of the main reasons newbies quit, because they feel like they're being bullied. I almost walked out on the spot myself once or twice because of it. The stupidest part of the whole thing is that the truck is almost never unloaded on time anyways, and one of the main reasons for it is that is because so many people quit. Almost all the other employees there hate it too, creating a ridiculous turnover rate. I'm pretty sure we lost four or five people in the month I worked there. I could go on about this for hours, but the long and short of it is that it was such a stressful place to work and I just couldn't take it any longer. I figured since I'm still living with my parents there was no point in putting up with it anymore, even if they want me to pay rent now that I'm a grown adult. (I've actually graduated high school now, by the way).
But yeah, it still kinda bugged me to walk out like that without putting in a two weeks notice or finding another job first, and I'll admit it probably wasn't exactly a smart decision. I think it's all going to work out okay though. I had more than enough money from my last check to pay for next month's rent as well as this month's, which gives me plenty of time to find a new job. I actually applied for a position back at my old middle school as a noon duty assistant which I'm pretty confident I'll get what with my experience as a middle school youth leader. Even if I don't get that, I know I'll be able to find a new job soon enough now that I know how.
Anyways, that's enough complaining about my old job. On the writing side of things, my tentative guess is that this story should turn out to be somewhere around 50-60k by the end. That said, this second branch is probably going to turn out a bit longer than the the first, so we'll just have to wait and see. I'll know I'm at the halfway mark when I finish this branch. The goal is to be done with it by the end of the year, or even sooner if possible, but knowing me there's no telling if that'll happen. It took me four months to get this far, but that was before I started putting all my focus towards it. Hopefully my new organizational methods of making to-do lists in Google docs will pay off and help me make that happen.
Yoink: Baiting and Hooking Thread 4 on 9/4/2020 7:38:34 PM
@Nonlander do you live on a boat or a plane?
Saturday Bike Ride WIP thread on 9/4/2020 6:57:51 PM
I finally broke 20,000! Took a whole week longer than I intended it to, but it still feels good. I finished a good portion of my second main branch too, putting me that much closer to the finish line. Anyways, I don't think the weekly updates system is working out that well, so I think I'll change things up. From now on, I'm going to post whenever I hit certain milestones, which will probably be about every 5,000 words until I decide otherwise. So the next post will be for 25,000 words. Hopefully I'll make it there within the next two weeks. I just quit my part-time job and applied for another position that should leave me more spare time. (The old job was supposed to be 26 hours a week, which is already a lot what with having to deal with school and whatnot, but they jacked my hours up to 36 for next week. When I went to talk to them about it, they basically told me to deal with it or quit. I chose the latter, because I'd already had some problems with them in the past, and was sick of being pushed around and treated like a piece of company property when I'd already made it clear I couldn't work more than 26 hours). All that to say, I've got a lot of spare time now, at least until I find a new job.
Current word count is 20,443, page count is about 42.
PSA For Aspiring Noobs on 8/31/2020 5:36:33 PM
Eh. Less papers to grade.
Interesting Comments 5 on 8/28/2020 4:59:12 PM
I give them 24 hours max.
Edit: Actually, looks like they're already dead. RIP.
Roblox Ragequit on 8/27/2020 1:28:14 PM
I prefer to use the stronger, less euphemistic, "Stinky Poo".