ninjapitka, The Master Scrivener

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11/28/2021 11:43 PM

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11 wins / 13 losses


Notorious Marauder Exemplar


Half an hour later he was sitting in front of the blank screen, thinking he had to be a glutton for punishment.

Trophies Earned

Earning 100 Points Earning 500 Points Earning 1,000 Points Earning 2,000 Points For contributions of being the creator of stories of remarkable quality on this site. Having 6 Storygame(s) Featured Rated 95.9% of all Stories Given by BerkaZerka on 09/09/2021 - Collect the whole set! Given by EndMaster on 08/30/2020 - For multiple contributions to the site Given by Gower on 03/22/2021 - "...first taking a few gulps from your waterskin. It’s not cold. It tastes slightly of the leather pouch." Given by MadHattersDaughter on 03/11/2021 - For your sheer amount of and incredible stories. Who did you sell your soul to for some spare time? Given by mizal on 03/29/2020 - For silently and sneakily becoming one of the most valuable authors on the site, and being a great reviewer. Given by Will11 on 03/25/2020 - For your excellent stories, positive attitude and dedication to writing :)


Featured Story Blackbirds
Citizens! The High King requires the patriotic swing of your sword! Enlist today! Benefits include free passage to the New World, unparalleled brotherhood, and a sense of purpose! Talk to a recruiter today! Alteran, a superpower nation unlike the world has ever witnessed. Proper, rule-following, like a civilized nation should be. Magda, a territory threatening to rival Alteran in both might and colonization of the New World. Supreme Leader Fargrave (spit), ever a constant presence at the High King's heel. Harri'ar, natives of the New World, standing a full head taller than the average civilized man. Mere beasts in a human-shaped body. The old ways are dying; the new are upon us.
Author's note: Official endings will be labeled as such. Be sure to hit the "Go Back" button should you come across a premature death. Submission for the War on Intfiction.

An alcoholic writer. His career going nowhere. The daughter of a business tycoon. Author's note: This story is dedicated to Jay in response to their constructive feedback left on Unbroken. Thank you, truly, for being the inspiration behind the title. Enjoy.

Featured Story Gunslinger
Solitary is the life of those who carry iron and deal in lead. Their trail is littered with the fallen, both friend and foe alike. A man seeks rest, his body exhausted from the journey, his mind never finding stillness. Evil grows in the western frontier, a place of adventure and danger. And where those things exist, so too does the gunslinger. Author's note: All endings are titled. Your score will be tied to one of 7. They are: 1: Tethered to Darkness 2: For Whom the Bell Tolls 3: Death at Midnight 4: A Death Preceding Your Own 5: Blaze of Glory 6: Final Smoke 7: A Soul in Trade of Another Entry for End Master's Manifest Destiny Contest.

Strength of body, strength of will. Both are required. A man's freedom depends on his willingness to act, to rise against those who would place him in chains. Small choices add up, building towards differing outcomes. In the moment, one does not often know the implications of his actions. Inevitably, all is revealed. Author's Note: There are several "cinematic" links in the story. You will have the option to view multiple events happening simultaneously. While not adding to the branching, they do offer deeper insight into the story.

Pitka's Fables

Hello. It's me, Pitka ("Ninja" to my friends), your morality guide. Together, we will embark on a journey filled with lessons on life and ethical behavior, while having fun along the way, of course!

I've written a series of short fables for your benefit. Come, take my hand as we navigate through life's innermost difficulties.

Author's note:

Entry for Bucky's Year's End Contest.

Sheol's Passage and the Fallen
Thoughts appearing as fragments. A mind shattered. Broken. Weak. One of us. Author's Note: Official endings will be titled "Epilogue." There are seven total to discover.

Sterling City
She offers everything a man could want. Sterling City, an unsteady lover, but a lover nonetheless, filled with gunfire, liberal women, and elevator dings! One day her embrace is warm, and the next, it's the cold shoulder and couch for you, baby. Best to get out while the going's good. Author's Note: Contest entry for IWT 13: The Resurrection.

Sterling Suburbs
It's the 'burbs, baby. Wipe that city grime off on the door mat. You know what, why don't you just remove those filthy shoes entirely. She's calm, collected, and safe. Sterling Suburbs, nothing like her erratic sister, filled with carpool lines, trick or treaters, and a steady supply of Budweiser. Author's Note: Written for Mara's Halloween Writing Jam. A small-sized, suburb-dwelling Sterling City spin-off!

Featured Story The Book and Devil's Altar
A new day. The chance to move on. Weigh the options, then commit. Whether you choose right or wrong, the journey begins by taking a step forward. The Hunter, a man marked by tragedy, plagued by the internal voice. His past appears as phantoms, seeking to claim his soul. The Sorceress, places little value on the lives of men. Humanity is but an obstacle on her rise to power. The Warrior, built by honor. Straightforward in battle, straightforward in thought. The Rogue, unable to leave behind what isn't his. Some artifacts are best left as they are. The Book, a tome of black magic. Ancient curses rest in its pages, longing to be read. Author's note: There are six official endings to discover, two of which have characters crossing over from Sheol's Passage and the Fallen. Entry for EndMaster's Edgelord Contest 2.

The King's Command

The Providence of Kria consists of two major nations: The Kingdom of Brelia and the tribal territory of Rath. The ten-year peace between Brelia and Rath is quickly unraveling. In attempt to prevent another war, heir to the throne of Brelia, Prince Urijah, is sent on a diplomatic mission to appeal to the Rathans. In your older brother's absence, the burden of defending the kingdom falls to you. Your choices will determine the fate of the kingdom.

Runner-up for Corgi's Unofficial Contest: The Lords of the Land.

9/1/19 Update: Corrected a few punctuation errors

Featured Story The Sanguine and Blackbeard's Cutlass
Taking place during the Golden Age of Piracy, assume command of The Sanguine as you plunder and search for treasure in the profitable Caribbean. In this swashbuckling fantasy, you embark on a dangerous quest to an ancient Aztec civilization. Peril lies behind every tree, stone, and indigenous spear.

Author's note:

The story adds fantasy elements to events occurring in the 1700s. There are many real life characters and places in the story. Many are factually accurate, and many are not. I highly encourage you to research the people, places, and deities after reading.

Entry for Gower's Battle in the Ruins of a Dead Civilization contest.

Featured Story Twin Arrows

1852 - The Territory of New Mexico

The hunt has taken me to to the outer edges of civilization. Out here, lawlessness abides. There are no godly folk. Only heathen. The inner demon in me can relate to the call of anarchy. No rules, being bound by nothing; it sounds like freedom. In the end, that "freedom" is simply the self-indulgent, care-free living that is a poison upon humanity. If killing a man will save society from the infection of lawlessness, then I will gladly do what is necessary.

You eye the journal at your lap. The freshly written ink expands and bleeds to the perfect width of the quill. Satisfied that it won't smear, you shut the book and toss it aside. The meager fire at your feet does little to warm your body, but its original use was already completed. The frail, thin-boned squirrel did little to satisfy your hunger. Still, it would keep you alive until the next meal. You pull the leather waterskin from your pack to gauge how much longer it would last. With a gentle shake, you estimate it'll last a couple more days with strict rationing.

The road is lonely. In a former life, you dreamed about wandering the world without any responsibility or burdens. The reality of the road's harsh living conditions were nothing like the trigger-happy romanticized versions of the lawless west. Here there are no home-cooked meals, no warm body to lie next to yours. It's only you and the necessary task. Someone had to die.

You gaze up at the night sky. It seemed foreign at first. Without city lights to disorient the constellations, it looked like an entirely new sky. If you traveled at a good pace, you'd reach Canyon Diablo by midday. You pull the bone-carved pipe from your pack and light a match against the sole of your foot. You lie down on your bedroll, breathe in the relaxing tobacco, and drift off to sleep...

Author's Note:

The Wild West is a dangerous place. Be sure to make good use of that "back" button. I've hidden three achievements throughout the story. Yes, your total score will show if you've discovered them or not. The highest score possible is an 8/8.

Point Breakdown:
Achievements: 1 point each
Epilogue: 5 points

Entry for mizal's Lone Hero contest.

8/28/19 Update: Fixed the symbols appearing in the description

Featured Story Unbroken
There is no escaping our nature. It simply exists. The voice within me, the one that causes me to commit terrible deeds, burns a low ember. Still, it remains, always present, always looking for fuel to burn. It wants to escape. I feel its lust. It wants to devour. This day is no different. I must battle the darkness within. Author's note: In various sections, you will be given the option to view a simultaneous event happening in the story. While not directly affecting you, the reader's path, they may create a more cinematic feel to the story. Originally written as the last page for Sixteen Words, I hope you enjoy my full adaptation of Contemplation.

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Green Smoke Rising completed! on 11/28/2021 1:28:57 AM
I can bet somebody, somewhere, will have some critique that's worth implementing. Clearly you've come to the right place. You pressure your friends into reading? I just tell mine they're not cool if they don't do drugs with me. Cool well if it makes it to print, I'd buy a copy.

Green Smoke Rising completed! on 11/27/2021 1:30:09 AM
Looks really good, and congrats for finally finishing. What's your distribution plan?

The Fateweaver - A Short Story on 11/27/2021 1:15:10 AM
Well you seem to have cool lore in this setting. And I think it's smart to write a short story for your WIP. It keeps the mind on the world while technically being a break from the nastier bits of working on a storygame. Keeping it constructive, the phoenix line is a tad cliche imo (keep an eye out for similar ones), and there's a heavy amount of "telling." I think the "show not tell" phrase as an all-emcompassing rule is total bs, although when it comes to characters like loves and best friends, the reader can't just be told that. Important bits like that need to be shown in the literary equivalent of a public flasher after a sale at Burlington Coat Factory. Vividly. Descriptively. Ideally in warm weather? Anyway, interesting world you've built here. I'll be reading the storygame when it gets published.

Bracketed Dueling #1 on 11/22/2021 11:37:49 PM
The second one had better overall writing, but I was more entertained by the first one. The second one fell flat with its characters. It's a short story, yes, but none seemed fleshed out enough for me to care or keep track of them. So my vote goes to the more simple story that didn't feel as chore-like to get through: #1. Some of that may be because it was read first, but hey, tails nevers fails.

I am at the writing workshop on 11/12/2021 9:05:18 AM
The wishing well looks like an empty hole into the ocean... yeah that's about right.

Writing an Excellent First Page on 11/5/2021 10:50:07 PM
The last thing I expected when clicking on this post was a direct quote of mine, but I'm a little drunk and here we are. By the way, The Lost Realm was a great read. The Chosen Hero started with a bunch of info dump if I remember it right, which by far, is the most boring part of any story. It might excite lore builders; however, some of us like getting down to business. In fact, I recall The Lost Realm as having one of the strongest openings in the storygames I've read--and I currently have the glowing rating trophy (be jealous, everyone). Nothing's set in stone until you press publish (and even then it's edit-able). It's more about the character and plot rather than the "hook" as traditionally taught in school. I don't give a shit if the first page starts with action, a question, or onomato--whatever that word is, the blammo one. If there's an interesting character or plot I'm going to read it. Lore shouldn't be introduced until it actually matters. Being a good writer as yourself, and no stranger to the site, I think you can find the answer on your own.

Halloween 2021 on 11/2/2021 9:05:44 AM
Maybe check the seal on the bottle next time.

Manifest Destiny Contest Results on 10/22/2021 10:30:13 PM
I wouldn't worry about it too much. All featured spots are just placeholders until End publishes more. And for what it's worth, you could easily do that.

The Late Nite Show With Guest, ninjapitka! on 10/19/2021 9:47:33 AM
Depends on the result of the product. Nothing major, just the shattered dreams of an aspiring storygame writer.

The Late Nite Show With Guest, ninjapitka! on 10/18/2021 11:49:45 PM
This one's free. The next will cost ya.