TDV 89: Omnipotent Ingenuity

February 25th, 2015 by Sharkchild

Darilandria Alrindce Syabeltel.”

That was all the gargantuan visitor said after it arrived through a fissure in space and abruptly appeared in the middle of the world. A portal, not so different than a mirror in the sky, appeared without warning, reflecting back the lands before expanding outward to its city-wide ends as an enormous halo of reflective boundaries. Like an asteroid falling through a chute, the ultra-mega being crashed down, obliterating everything around it—all was displaced and decimated, with the tallest buildings being torn from their foundations and sent sprawling. Chunks of stone and metal were flung great distances, expanding the deadly carnage for many miles. Millions were instantly killed; the wake of destruction was vast and utterly harrowing. Once settled in its nest of ruin, it spoke:

“Darilandria Alrindce Syabeltel.”

The creature stood over ten-thousand feet tall and, with mortal eyes, could not be fathomed in all of its deplorable form. Its color was black—black like death and black like nothingness. It loomed as a void of color rather than a color itself. It had many mouths—too many to count—from which it boomed its words. These mouths were caverns of gross malady from which spewed vehement clusters of acidic filth—violet, putrid sludge that burned through flesh and earth, incinerating its way deep underground where it fell. Upon it, there were no arms or hands that appeared to reach; there were no legs or feet that appeared to shuffle or transport. This World-Scarrer stood solely as a massive pillar, dealing in demise and devastation.

39 Responses to “TDV 89: Omnipotent Ingenuity”

  1. avatar Dennis Says:

    I’ll leave a reply and try my luck for my birthday tomorrow lol great books 🙂

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    wow like the intro, gonna listen to it while working..

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    Big fan of the Dark Verse

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    I have enjoyed these podcast stories with the twists and turns they keep your mind active and very entertained, they also shorten the work day as I listen to my “stories” there while maintaining and running of the arena … 😉 keep up the great works …

  5. avatar Dane Higbee Says:

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    Outstanding hope I get lucky

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  18. avatar Gabi Says:

    Love it! Thank you!

  19. avatar Daniel Breeggemann Says:

    This is me commenting.

  20. avatar Jesper Lillie Says:

    Loving the idea of the being, but hating the use of ‘ultra-mega’ into his context. (Sorry!)

  21. avatar Jon Yates Says:

    Love your stuff! Recently picked up Vol. 1 from Amazon and blew through it in a couple of evenings!

  22. avatar Rafael Lewkowicz Says:

    This was surely a nice one. Really atmospheric! Thanks, mate

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    Woah, crossing my fingers! A big Thank You for your great giveaways! 🙂

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    I own the nook version. Would like to have a physical copy

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  34. avatar Chris M Says:

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    Always great giveaways, thanks my friend

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  37. avatar David B. McCowan Says:

    The writing produces a cool, nightmarish image in my head.

  38. avatar Sharkchild Says:

    Thank you, everyone, for the comments! It’s time to reveal the two winners of the books!

    1) Mattias Galliani (24)
    2) David B. McCowan (37)

    I’ll send out an email tomorrow as well so the winners can respond with their addresses! Thanks again!

  39. avatar Mattia Galliani Says:

    OH. MY. ELDER. GODS. Thank you SO MUCH! I’ll wait for your email 🙂

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