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I've been kicking some ideas around for a new Spunland related story. There's a beginning and part of a middle but no end worked out yet so it will be awhile before it shows up. In the meantime I thought I might post my very first story which was done for the VICKIE Origins Stories Competition on HomeStation Magazine. The contest was sponsored by Lockwood Publishing Ltd. and administered by HomeStation Magazine.
Unfortunately, hsmagazine.net is no more but I was able to find my story using the Internet Archive Wayback Machine. However, I don't know if I am allowed to post the story here. According to the contest rules:
6. OWNERSHIP AND USE OF WINNING ARTICLES: All entrants, by participating in this Contest and submitting contest entries, grant Lockwood Publishing Ltd and HomeStation Magazine and any of their respective successors and assigns the perpetual and irrevocable right, license, and ability to use and publish all submitted entries (in the format submitted or in an altered format and in complete form or in excerpted form) on Lockwood Publishing's and/or HomeStation Magazine's websites, on other websites, and in other media, for any purpose. Entrants’ opportunity to submit their articles and participate in this Contest constitutes full consideration for the foregoing grant. The foregoing grant requires no further consideration and is not dependent on entrants winning any prizes. Lockwood Publishing Ltd and HomeStation Magazine can publish or decline to publish, or use or decline to use, any submitted entries in HomeStation Magazine's sole discretion.
7. GENERAL CONDITIONS: All online submissions become the property of HomeStation Magazine and will not be acknowledged or returned.....
This would have been fine if HomeStation Magazine was still up and running but now none of the contest entries are available anymore. Since I don't "own" the story (not that I could anyway since everything in it is based on Lockwood's IP) I think the only thing I can do is provide a link to the archive of the HomeStation Magazine forum.
Not an ideal solution but hopefully this avoids any legal issues. Plus you can see all the other entries as well.
So back in my first blog post I mentioned a story taking place beneath Spunland Mansion. I've had the plot and dialogue all in my head for months now but a difficult project at work left me too exhausted to actually sit down and write it. Now that project has ended and its finally been typed up. I wouldn't expect too much though, I'm a (Spun) engineer, not a writer, lol. Anyway, here it is.
NOTE: This story takes place about one week before the shutdown of Playstation Home.
Harry and Andrew were walking through the hills surrounding Spunland. Up ahead they could see Spunland Mansion.
"Let's get an opening shot," said Harry.
"Ok," replied Andrew, raising a camera to his shoulder. "Ready in 3, 2, 1."
"This is Harry Draper of End Times News reporting from outside Spunland Mansion. Today we are going beneath the mansion to bring you the first look at the Kill Switch Counter- how was that?"
"So, when are we meeting our contacts?"
"He'll be along shorty."
"He?," asked Andrew, "I thought we were going in with a whole team."
"The station didn't think there was a story here so they wouldn't fund this but don't worry, this guy is mostly reliable and he isn't charging us. Speaking of which, here he is now. Hi Ren."
"You remember my cameraman Andrew, right?"
"Sure. Hi Andrew."
"So Ren, aren't you missing something?," asked Harry.
"Missing something?", replied Ren.
"You know, from that 'There can be only Spun' pic you did."
"Oh!, the Moonslayer Sword."
"From that Spunlander thing."
"And the Spun Hopper."
"Yeah, that was a total fabrication."
Andrew groaned upon hearing this.
"Don't get me wrong, the Moonslayer Sword is a powerful weapon but it won't work on the Spun Hopper. Not much can, actually. That's why I brought this guy with me," Ren said, pointing above his head.
"What guy?," asked Harry, "I don't see any-, wait, what, what is that?"
"Its a Spun Imp."
Hovering over Ren's head, was a large blob with a tentacle like appendage on top and one eye in the center of its body. The creature was just barely visible, as if it didn't really exist at all. It bounced up and down, turning its body slightly with each bounce as if it was searching for something. For a brief moment it turned its one disinterested eye to the reporters but then quickly returned to its search.
"That's going to help us with the Spun Hopper?", asked Andrew.
"Oh yeah," replied Ren, "I use these guys all the time."
"I can barely see it," said Harry.
"Funny thing about Spun Imps, only people they've decided to hitch a ride with can see them easily. So, are you guys ready to head in?", asked Ren.
"Yeah, let's get going," said Harry.
"Oh, uhm, have you guys seen anyone else here?", asked Ren.
"No, why do you ask?", Andrew replied.
"There's a Flusho grazing at the other end of the mansion. Looks big enough to ride."
Harry and Andrew looked over at the mansion. In the distance, a creature, which looked like a toilet bowl, was walking around.
"Didn't notice that guy before," said Harry, "we haven't seen anyone around."
"Ok, let's head in then," said Ren.
The group traveled to the east wing of the mansion where they found an unlocked door.
"Andrew, why don't you just keep filming and we'll edit the whole thing later," said Harry.
"Ok," replied Andrew.
"This is how we got in last time. There's a ramp over here where we can head down," said Harry.
They decended two levels and exited into a dark corridor. The only light came from Andrew's camera and the occasional fixtures mounted near the ceiling. They turned right and headed down the hallway toward the center of the mansion.
"This is as far as we made it last time," explained Harry, "We started getting nervous after hearing some loud noises. We thought it might be the Spun Hopper."
"Speaking of noises, do you guys hear that?", asked Andrew, "Sounds like its coming from that room up ahead."
"I didn't hear anything," said Ren.
"Me either but let's check it out," said Harry.
They approached an opening on the right side of the hallway and entered. Inside the room was a low chair next to a table. There were several Spunland pictures on the walls and a small bookcase beneath one of them. Across the room was an opening leading to another hallway.
"Looks like a reading room," said Harry.
"Wait," said Andrew, "Now it's coming from the hallway we were just in."
He turned his camera to the entrance they had just used and in the opening was an enormous eye. It blinked once and then just stared at them. Andrew could see that the eye was part of a large worm-like creature.
"Wha-, what is that?," Andrew whispered as he slowly backed up.
"It's an Unspun Worm," replied Ren in a worried tone, "We should get out of here."
As the group slowly made there way to the other opening, the Unspun Worm started to move into the room. The three quickly exited into another dark corridor, turned left and started running. The Unspun Worm gave chase. As it followed after them, its body struck the walls, shaking the entire hallway and causing them to stumble and fall near a opening on their left. As they attempted to get up they heard a voice yell "Now Lumino!"
A small figure, which looked like a walking desk lamp, stepped out from the dark opening and turned its head towards the Unspun Worm. It then emitted a blinding light from its head. The Unspun Worm stopped and closed its eye but, unable to stand the light, fled down a side passage.
"I think that did it Robo," said the lamp creature, turning out its light.
"Good work Lumino," said a second figure, "I think you guys should come with us."
Harry looked down and saw a small robot like creature. "Ren?", asked Harry.
"Yeah, they're spunners. It's ok."
The three men followed them down a ramp and then through several rooms. Finally they stopped in what appeared to be a small storage area filled with opened boxes of Spuntacles and Spun Hats.
"We should be safe here for a bit. I'm Robo and this is Lumino. Who are you guys and what brings you to Spunland Mansion?"
"I'm Harry and this is Andrew. We're reporters for End Time News. And this is Ren."
"I'm a Spunsultant," said Ren, "I'm helping these guys find the Kill Switch Counter."
"Oh hi Ren," said Robo.
"Have we met before Robo?"
"Not exactly. I'm aware of everyone who has an account with the Bank of Spun though."
"I see. What are you doing here Robo?"
"My colleague Constructo and I were tasked with sealing the mansion archives. Our friends Lumino, Rabbit, Sonic, and Flusho asked to come along to get a tour of the place but we were surprised by an Unspun Worm and got separated."
"Oh! Its all my fault! I should have never allowed them to come along," he cried.
... hop ...
"Now, now Robo," consoled Lumino, "You couldn't have known this would happen. Besides, I'm sure Constructo is taking care of them."
"Yes, yes, you're right."
... hop hop...
"Does anyone else hear that hopping sound?", asked Andrew.
... hop, hop, hop, hop...
"This is it!", said Harry excitedly, "Quick Andrew, let's get a tight shot on me."
"Ok, go," said Andrew, pointing his camera at Harry.
"This is Harry Draper coming to you from beneath Spunland Masnion. We are about to come face to face with the infamous Spun Hopper."
"I'm not sure this is a good idea," said Andrew.
"You know," said Ren, "I don't think the Spun Hopper is malicious, just misunderstood. Anyway, I don't think that's the Hopper, my Spun Imp friend isn't really reacting at all."
Suddenly Robo rolled out of the room. "Rabbit!" he called, "Rabbit, is that you?"
"Robo?" said a voice from down the hall, "Where are you?"
"Just follow my voice."
After a moment, a small rabbit-like spunner hopped around the corner. "Oh! Thank goodness I found you."
"Are the others with you Rabbit?" asked Lumino.
"No, I don't know where they are. Robo, its terrible, I saw Uncle-".
Before he could finish, a sound like a distorted speaker interrupted him. It was quickly repeated two more times.
"That's Sonic!" exclaimed Lumino.
"He's in trouble!", said Robo, "Let's go!"
Robo led the group through a series of hallways and then down a ramp. Every so often the sounds would repeat. Three blasts each time. They became more urgent as they traveled, as if sounding an alarm or indicating someone in distress. Soon they could hear shouting up ahead.
"No Constructo! He's too big!" cried a watery voice.
"No wormy Unspun Worm is going to get one over on me!" replied another in a gruff voice.
The group then entered a large room with a high ceiling. Spun cubes and Rabbit Hops were scattered everywhere. In the center of the room a short stocky spunner with an orange hard hat was facing off against a much larger Unspun Worm. Off to the side was a Flusho, smaller than the one the reporters had seen earlier, and a speaker like spunner.
That must be Sonic, Harry though to himself.
Suddenly, the spunner in the hard hat charged the Unspun Worm. It pulled back and then sprang forward, knocking the smaller figure into a pile of Spun Cubes.
"Noooo, Constructo!," cried Flusho.
"Lumino!" yelled Robo.
"I'm on it," said Lumino.
Once again, Lumino emitted a bright light from his head. The Unspun Worm closed its eye and reared back. It raised its head in an effort to escape the light but it hit its head on the ceiling. It then turned and left the room through a side exit.
"Constructo, are you ok?" asked Flusho.
"I'm good, I had my hard hat on."
"Look Flusho, its Robo, Lumino, and Rabbit. And a Spun Imp. And some other guys too," said Sonic, pointing out the reporters.
"Good to see you Robo," said Constructo as he walked over. "Who's your new friends?"
"This is Harry and Andrew. They're reporters for End Time News. They're looking for the Kill Switch Counter. And this is Ren."
"I'm a Spunsulant, although I haven't really helped much."
"Don't worry Ren, we'll find a way for you to help," said Robo.
"There are Unspun Worms all over the place Robo," said Constructo, "We should get everyone out of here and then come back and seal the archives."
"We can't go back! We can't go back!" exclaimed Rabbit.
"Why not Rabbit?" asked Robo.
"I tried to tell you earlier. When we got separated I found my way to the Great Spun Hall. I heard voices and thought it was you guys but then I realized it wasn't any of you at all. That's when I saw him."
"Who Rabbit? Who did you see?" asked Flusho.
"Uncle Unspun," Rabbit said quietly. The other spunners gasped.
"Who is Uncle Unspun?", asked Harry.
"UncleSpun's brother," answered Sonic, "UncleSpun told us 'The less said about, the better.'
"This isn't one of your tall tales is it Rabbit?" asked Constructo.
"No, no. I saw him and he wasn't alone. There was someone else. I think it was the Witch of Spun. When I realized who they were, I hid behind one of the statues but they must have heard me because they started looking for me. They almost found me but a voice called out saying 'Hey! I'm over hear!' They went to look and I got out of there. Not long after I heard Robo calling for me."
"So there's someone else in the mansion after all," said Ren, "We saw a mountable Flusho outside the mansion earlier."
"Do you think Uncle Unspun is responsible for the Unspun Worms?", asked Sonic.
"Its possible. Or he might just be taking advantage of the situation," answered Robo.
"Robo, we need to get to the archives as quickly as possible," said Constructo.
"Wait, we're supposed to cover the news, not be part of it," said Harry.
"Now you're doing both," replied Constructo.
"We have to make a stop first," said Robo, "Its not too far though."
Robo lead the group down yet another hallway past several rooms. After a little while he stopped outside one of them. "Well, here it is."
"What is this place Robo?", asked Lumino.
"This is the office of the Skeptical Duke of Spun. One of his offices anyway. We need to find a key in here. Its hidden inside. Look for something unusual."
"Everything is unusual in this place," commented Andrew.
"Look for something even more unusual then," replied Ren.
"You'll know it when you see it," said Robo.
The group entered the office. There was a desk and several cabinets along one wall. A Penny Farthing hung on another. After a few minutes Sonic said "I think I found it. Lumino, can you shine some light over here?"
Lumino turned on his light and pointed it in Sonic's direction. Nearby, on a table was a glass dome sitting on a pedestal. Underneath the dome was a white and orange stripped fruit with purple leaves which looked somewhat like an eggplant. It bounced up and down beneath the dome.
"A Fruit Spunner! That must be it," said Robo, "Ren, I found a way for you to help."
"Great, what do you need me to do."
"Can you pick me up and put me on that table?"
"Oh, I was hoping for something a little more heroic."
"Robo is heavier than he looks," quipped Constructo. The other spunners chuckled.
"Never mind that, I am a robo after all."
Ren bent down and with some effort, placed Robo on the table. Robo then lifted the glass dome off the pedestal and the Fruit Spunner stopped bouncing, droped to the pedestal, and fell over. It then split in two revealing a gold key inside.
"Clever hiding spot," said Flusho.
Robo took the key and Ren picked him up and placed him on the floor.
"Now we can go to the archives," said Robo.
Robo lead the group back into the hallway. As they walked Harry asked "Robo, why is it so important to seal the archives? Won't the mansion end with the rest of Home?"
"As you are aware, the Spunlands you are familar with are really outposts formed by routing Spun into Home. Those outposts will have the same fate as Home. Spunland Mansion is different though. It partially exists in Home and partially exists in true Spunland so it will continue after Home ends. With all the chaos and uncertainty going on with Home ending its best that the archives are sealed. We can't let anyone get a hold of its secrets."
"Ah yes, that Constructo I interviewed a while back mentioned something about routing Spun."
"That wasn't a Constructo, at least not one I've ever met. And I've met most of 'em," said Constructo.
"A lot of us think that was an emissary of the Spun Queen. Or at least that's what we choose to believe," said Flusho.
"After this is over and Home ends, we all plan to look for her," said Robo, "Her disappearance is part of the reason Spunland Mansion has been mostly abandoned."
After walking for a while they turned down another hallway. This one was lined with alcoves. In one was a miniature Spunland Cottage, in another, a Spumkin Head. Every other alcove contained a Spunland related object. One of the alcoves turned out to not be an alcove at all. Instead it was a short hallway which ended at a T-intersection. Along the walls were photos of people with Spun Crowns floating above their heads.
"This is it," pointed Robo, "This hallway leads to a small maze, beyond which are the archives."
"What are these photos Robo?" asked Harry.
"Those are pictures of every person who has ever won the weekly King of Spun contest. The entire maze is covered with them. If we had more time, we could look them over but sadly we must complete this task while we can. Ok, you guys wait here, Constructo and I will go on ahead."
The two spunners walked to the intersection where Constructo lifted Robo up. Robo felt around and opened a hidden recessed panel, inside of which was empty space with a keyhole. He inserted the key and turned it until he heard a loud click. He then closed the panel and he and Constructo walked back to the others, leaving the key behind in the keyhole. A moment later the ceiling of the maze began to lower and the hallway became blocked off, making it look like just another empty alcove.
"How will you unseal the archives?", asked Harry, "You left the key behind."
"We can't," replied Robo, "The Architect or the Lead Spun Enginner might know a way. Or maybe UncleSpun or one of the Dukes of Spun."
"The Spun Queen would know," said Rabbit.
"Yes Rabbit, I believe she would. Now we have to figure a way out of here."
"I've got an idea about that," Constructo offered, "But we'll have to go down to go up."
Constructo lead the group away from the archives. As they walked Robo said "I assume we're going to escape using the Great Spun Pipeline, but the system isn't designed for entry by more than one spunner at a time. At least not from the mansion. How will we keep the group together? Its easy to end up in the wrong region."
"Normally the Spunlock can only accommodate one spunner at a time, but right now the Spun pressure is minimal. We should be able to override the Spunlock so we can all enter the Spun Pipeline together without flooding the control room with Spun," replied Constructo.
After a few moments they entered a room and stopped at a railing. Ramps sloped down to their left and right. Constructo pushed a button on the wall and the lights turned on, revealing the full extent of the area. The large room was filled with control panels, pipes, tools, and equipment.
"This is the Spun Control Room," said Robo, "Designed by the Architect and built by the Constructos under the direction of the Spun Engineers."
"Andrew, are you getting this?" asked Harry.
"Yeah. Wow, just look at it all," replied Andrew.
Constructo lead the group down one of the ramps and onto the control room floor. He walked over to one of the panels and said "Here's the Clock of Spun Seasons and over here is what you came to see Harry. This is the Kill Switch Counter."
Constructo pointed out a large gauge atop the Great Spunpipe. A needle on the gauge indicated the amount of Spun pressure as compared to the number of days that had passed since its activation.
"Andrew, let's get a close up of me," said Harry. Andrew pointed the camera at him.
"This is Harry Draper, coming to you from the bowels of Spunland Mansion. After a perilous journey we have finally reached the Spun Control Room and the Kill Switch Counter. Ok, make sure we get a good view at the counter."
"Hmmm, this might be a problem," said Constructo with some concern.
"What might be?" asked Robo.
"Look at the end of the gauge. The Spun pressure returns to normal during the last week of Home."
"Unclespun mentioned that to me recently," said Ren.
"That's the controls purging the last bit of Spun from the system before total shutdown. We don't have a lot of time. It appears that the Spun pressure will increase within the hour. We need to get into the Great Spunpipe before that happens."
Constructo hurried over to a control panel and started working. After a few minutes he said "Ok, we're ready." He then walked over to the Great Spunpipe. Jutting out from it was a small section which ran
perpendicular to the main pipe. This section had a hatch which Constructo opened. Inside could be seen a second hatch which lead into the Great Spunpipe. They could see that there was only enough room for one spunner between the hatches.
"Ok, the Spunlock is ready. Rabbit, you're up front with me and Lumino. Robo, you're next with Sonic followed by Harry and Andrew. Flusho and Ren will be in the rear. Let's head in everyone."
The whole group moved toward the hatch except for one.
"Aren't you coming Robo?" asked Lumino.
"Someone needs to regulate the Spun pressure. If it gets too high you'll shoot out the top of the Spunpipe too fast. Besides, there's someone else in the mansion who may need my help."
"But what about the Unspun Worms, and Uncle Unspun and the Witch of Spun?"
"Don't worry, the Unspun Worms will dissipate once the Spun pressure increases. Plus I know the mansion well enough to avoid those other two."
"Are you sure about this Robo?, asked Constructo.
"Yes, I'm sure. It'll be easier to sneak around if I'm by myself. You guys should go while you can. I'll see you all soon"
The group said their goodbyes and Constructo entered the Spunlock. He then opened the second hatch and when he did so, small glowing orange spheres of Spun slowly floated into the control room.
"There are some handles on the side of the main pipe," explained Constructo, "Hold on to them for a moment while I close the hatches. You don't want to start floating down the Spunpipe without me."
The rest of the group followed him into the main pipe and grabbed on to the handles. Small amounts of Spun flowed by. Constructo then went back and closed the outer and inner hatches.
"Ok, if everyone is ready let go of the handles and we'll head out." As each one let go they slowly rose up to the center of the pipe and started floating downstream. "You can move around a bit by swimming in the direction you want to go."
After a while they saw the Spunpipe split in two directions. "Head over to the left. That will take us to Spunland NA, the other pipe goes to Spunland EU," said Constructo.
The group headed into the left pipe. After a while they noticed that the amount of Spun was increasing and they were moving faster and faster downstream.
"This is it!" exclaimed Constructo, "We're really gonna start moving now!"
... HOP ...
"Did anyone else hear that hopping sound?", asked Andrew.
"We all heard it," replied Flusho, "I hope that was you Rabbit."
"No, that wasn't me!"
Suddenly they heard a rushing sound behind them mixed in with some loud hopping. Lumino turned his light on and shined it down the pipe behind them. They could see a wave of Spun and riding it was a huge rabbit like creature which nearly filled the pipe.
"It's the Spun Hopper!" yelled Rabbit, "We'll be smushed for sure!"
"Can't you talk to him Rabbit?" asked Sonic urgently, "You're both bunnies!"
"No way, no way, no way!" said Rabbit hurriedly.
"Ren, grab on to me," said Flusho.
Ren put his arms around him and Flusho started swimming back down the pipe toward the Spun Hopper. As the two got closer the Spun Imp above Ren's head started bouncing energetically. Suddenly it leaped off toward the Spun Hopper and when the two connected there was an explosion of Spun and the Spun Hopper dissipated. The wave of Spun then swept over the group and they all began to tumble rapidly down the pipe. Spheres of Spun were all around them now making it difficult to see.
"I can't believe UncleSpun travels this way all the time," said Lumio as he twirled around and around.
"The Spun flow is normally much more stable than this," replied Constructo as he tumbled up and over.
Soon the pipe turned and headed straight up and a light could be seen ahead. "Get ready! We're about to arrive!" yelled Constructo.
In Spunland, the Great Spunpipe bulged out for a moment and then the group popped out, landing all around it. People were going about their various activities. A few stopped and looked at the group, perhaps
expecting to see the Spun Hopper, but then carried about their business.
"Good job, Robo," Constructo said to himself.
"Look, the color is back in Spunland," said Sonic.
"And the mountains have returned to their normal height," said Lumino, "The Unspun Worms are gone as
"We better find UncleSpun and let him know what's going on at Spunland Mansion," said Constructo.
The group searched and searched for UncleSpun but no trace of him could be found. "I'm heading back," announced Constructo.
"Wait, look over there," said Lumino, pointing toward the center of Spunland.
Two spunlings stood in the circle at the center of the space. It was a rare appearance of the Angry and Happy Dukes of Spun. The Angry Duke began to move about Spunland dropping Spun Eggs. Meanwhile, the Happy Duke spotted the group and walked over.
"Greetings Happy Duke," said Lumino, "Do you know where UncleSpun is? We have an emergency."
"Don't worry Lumino, we are already aware. Your friend Robo is with UncleSpun right now and he is ok."
"Oh, thank goodness," replied Lumino in relief.
"We'll take care of things from here." The Happy Duke then turned to the reporters. "I understand you are
doing a story on the Kill Switch Counter. We would ask that you please keep details on the archive's location vague for its protection."
"Sure, we have a lot of editing to do anyway," Harry responded. "Ren, thanks for the help."
"No problem guys."
"Let's get a closing shot with everyone Andrew," said Harry.
"Ok," replied Andrew, raising a camera to his shoulder. "Ready in 3, 2, 1."
"This is Harry Draper of End Times News reporting from Spunland. Have a good night."
And now for something completely different... I posted this on a Home related Facebook group that I help admin a few days ago but thought my fellow Neotopians might be interested in this as well. Only two of these videos can be found on Granzella's YouTube page. The others were quite difficult to locate except for the final video whose address I already had saved.
Here's a bit of interesting Home history which turned out not to be related to Home at all... or was it...? On April 1st, 2014, Granzella released a series of videos depicting dinosaurs running amuck around Japan. At the time, there was some speculation that this was a lead in to some kind of Invasion by the Kikai Machine Empire type event because Granzella Defense Force members appeared in some of the videos. This culminated in a nearly 8 min long video showing the final battle against The Kyouryuu Zaurus Empire.
The only problem was that these were released on April Fool's Day. Turns out this wasn't directly related to Home at all, just an April Fool's thing that Granzella likes to do but also probably had to do with a dinosaur camera app they were releasing (app info posted on the Home forum by our very own @GreyNeo). Here are the videos if you've never seen them (with a rough translation of what each is about).
Success in the photographing of a carnivorous dinosaur that should have been extinct in Tokyo Shinagawa Station:
Brachiosaurus sighted in Ishikawa Prefecture Harbor, disappear without a trace:
The emergence of more than 50 dinosaurs in Nagoya underground shopping center:
Savior arrives? Mysterious forces repel dinosaurs in various regions:
And the final decisive battle of the Zaurus dinosaur empire:
Be sure to keep an eye out for the Kikai Emperor during the credits.
Nothing new here, just another transfer from the Home forums.
End Times News: Bringing you all the latest news from the end of days, a few days late.
As widely reported elsewhere, the attack on Aurora has been repulsed. Somehow, inexplicably, the collection of orb energy has somehow thwarted the attacker's plans and all enemy vessels have left Aurora airspace. Flocks of unicorns have returned to the skies and the downed unicorn has made a full recovery. We got some reactions from the locals:
Coffee Drinking Dude: "Yeah man! I am psyched! The Landshark Cafe is back open. I haven't had a decent cup 'o joe in weeks."
Unicorn Loving Girl: "Yayz! The unicorns are back! Yayz!
Following up on our story on the situation in Spunland, the Kill Switch Counter has dropped below 50%. Last week the color began to fade out of Spunland. We spoke to a local resident who had this to say:
Ren Echo: "I took the portal from my cottage and when I showed up in Spunland I was totally disoriented. Was this Super Secret Spunnland? Secreter Spunland? I didn't know what was going on. It was like someone sprayed the whole place down with bleach."
This week, it was noted that the mountains surrounding Spunland seem to be growing shorter. Compare this photo with pics taken just two weeks ago.
In our last Spunland report, we interviewed a constructo spunner who gave us some insight into recent developments. Given the intimate knowledge this constructo spunner possessed of the inner workings of Spunland, some have speculated that there was more to this spunner than was apparent. Some have even said that this spunner was an emissary of the missing Spun Queen but this seems to be just wishful thinking. In any case, during the interview, he mentioned that additional unspun things may develop in Spunland and this seems to be the case. Unfortunately, he could not be located to answer any additional questions.
My camera man and I then traveled to Spunland Mansion to see if UncleSpun or perhaps the Angry, Happy, or Skeptical Duke of Spun could shed some light on things but we found it totally abandoned. Venturing inside, we found our way down to the lower levels. There, we found a maze of corridors, rooms, pipes, and machinery. An ominous hop, hop, hop could be heard echoing through the pipework. My camera man reminded me that we were not prepared for an encounter with the Spun Hopper or an Unspun Worm and we made a hasty retreat until such time that a larger and better equipped team can be formed.
ACORN MEADOWS RAZED.
The beloved Acorn Meadows Park seems to now be unreachable. All attempts to travel there have resulted in failure and some have speculated that the park has been permanently shut down. Reasons for this have run the gamut from wolf packs taking over the park to a train carrying spent nuclear fuel rods derailing there. This is not the first time a space has become unreachable. A few weeks ago, the same thing happened to Uproar Arena and Mercia. We met with a Home technician and inquired if this is a failure in the Navigator systems. "I want to assure everyone that the Navigator systems are working and that those spaces still exist" he said.
When asked to elaborate, he spoke to us of coterminous and coexistant planes of existance, dimensionality, and the Homepocalypse but when asked to break things down in layman's terms, he said "You just can't get there from here. Landscapes are shifting, some are just shifting earlier than others."
Nothing new here, just another transfer from the Home forums.
We interrupt your regularly scheduled thread "Days of our Alts" to bring you the following Spunland news update. End Times News (ETN) has been montoring the situation in Spunland after we broke the news reagarding the Kill Switch Counter. The Unspun Worms which appeared shortly afterwards have been dissipating Spun Clouds. Experts believe that if the rate of Spun Cloud dissipation increases much more, the Spun Cycle will stop and cause an environmental collapse in Spunland.
Although UncleSpun was unavailable for comment we spoke with a constructo spunner about the current situation. He spoke with a thick accent with occasional words in High Spunnerese so please excuse any translation errors. ETN is proud to present "Interview with a Constructo Spunner".
ETN: "There's been a lot of talk regarding the possible destruction of Spunland, what can you tell us about this?"
CS: "Destuction? Hmm.., that's not the term I would use. Uhm..., more of a dying off really. The flow of Spun is slowly decreasing over time."
ETN: "Based on the information we obtained in our last report, it seems as though this situation could have been avoided. Why wasn't staff keep on until the end of Home?"
CS: "Spun Engineers never do something without a reason, or in this case, uhm..., never not do something."
ETN: "So this was planned?"
CS: "Hmm..., Spunland, as you know and understand it, only exists in your realm because we routed Spun there from the Heart of Spun via the Great Spun Pipeline. The Architect, in his great wisdom, added a failsafe to the system. 'The Spun must be protected' as he is apt to say. As you mentioned, your realm will soon be coming to an end and all who dwell there will have to start anew in one of the Scattered Realms which will soon arise. But we can't have Spun flowing to a realm in which time has stopped. The results would be most unspun, uhm..., possibly a spunastrophe, so we allowed the Kill Switch Counter to activate."
ETN: "So this will result in the dying off you spoke of?"
CS: "Yes..., we have timed it so that the spun will run out in the last minute of the last hour of the last day. By coincidence, that day will also be a Coronation Day and therfore the day that the last Kings of Spun will be crowned."
ETN: "And what of the Unspun Worms? They seem to be disrupting the Spun Cycle."
CS: "The Unspun Worms are here due to the reduction in Spun and are dissipating Spun Clouds which will affect the Spun Cycle. The Spun Cycle is powered by dance so more dancers will be needed to counter the worms or perhaps dancers with Spun Cloud Heads will be needed. This outcome was not unknown to us. However, uhm..., as with most unspun things, the full impact can not be easily predicted. Other unspun things may develop as well as time goes on."
ETN: "So when the spun runs out, that will be the end of Spunland?"
CS: "The end? Hmm..., no, no, not the end, never the end. Some of these concepts do not translate well from High Spunnerese but I'll try to explain. Uhm..., think of this Spunland as a leaf of a tree. The leaf may fade away but the tree goes on. In the same way, this Spunland may fade but the Heart of Spun goes on. One day the Spun Queen will return and the way to Spunland will open again. A great call will go out across the Scattered Realms and all the spunners and spunlings will return to Spunland Mansion. Won't that be a sight to see?"
ETN: "Yes, it will."
CS: "Ah..., I must go now. Here, take this seed and plant it in your new home. Remember, in every Spun Seed lies the promise of a Spun Flower."
ETN will continue following this story.
Nothing new here, just transferring some posts from the Playstation Home forum.
We interrupt your regularly scheduled threads of "Home Connectivity Issues" and "I wan't a refund!" to bring you the following breaking news. NOTE: Due to recent issues with Playstation Home, this report is coming to you several days late.
01/05/2014 Breaking News: We have received a copy of a confidential letter from an anonymous source, sent by a spunner known as The Architect to Uncle Spun. This letter describes in detail what would happen should the Spun Seasons in Spunland fail to be observed. Our source has told us that this situation has indeed come to pass. "After the disappearace of the Spun Queen, the majority of Spun Engineers left Spunland Mansion and only a skeleton crew was left behind to maintain things. This was the state of things for several years but recently the remaining engineers were laid off following an eviction notice and no one was left to take care of things during the latest seasonal change."
A copy of the letter can be viewed here: http://spunland.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/the-final-spun-update.html
Among some of the ill effects described in the letter is the appearance of Unspun Worms in Spunland. Reports have been coming in that at least three of these beasts have appeared. The following pictures were taken at the scene. Please be advised that they may not be appropriate for sensitive viewers but we're going to show them to you anyway. We will continue to follow this story as it unfolds.
NOTE: The following photo is by madmunkid (aka UncleSpun):
Nothing new here, just transferring some posts from the Playstation Home forum.
We interrupt your regularly scheduled threads of "Bring Home to PS4" and "I wan't a refund!" to bring you the following breaking news. NOTE: Due to recent issues with PSN, this report is coming to you several days late.
12/24/2014 Breaking News: Reports have been coming in all day via PM regarding an attack on the main islands of Aurora early this morning. Fires are said to be raging unchecked on the main island as well as nearby islands. There have been Unconfirmed reports that a flock of unicorns were fired upon and at least one downed unicorn has been found, presumably dead. It is feared that this is a precursor to a major assault to take control of Aurora.
We spoke to a few witnesses.
Random dude: "Yeah, I heard the warnings but I wasn't too concerned. Ships have been attacking the outer islands for years now but they never came this close before, 'cept that time that Twitter crashed on the main island. Anyways, I was getting some coffee at the Landshark Cafe when a ship passed right overhead. Next thing I know there was an explosion over at the tree house. I grabbed my coffee and high tailed it out of there."
Random girl: "Those mean ships scared the unicorns away! I really like unicorns, did I mention that? 'Cause I really do. I heard they shot some unicorns down. You don't think that really happened do you?"
For several weeks now, enemy aircraft have been doing flybys of the island and authorities have been warning that an attack was eminent. We spoke to some senior officials regarding Aurora's ability to fend off an attack as well as if the notorious EFD is involved. Full details regarding the attack was not discussed but they had this to say. "Aurora is well prepared to defend itself against these aggressors but we need everyone to continue to collect orb energy. We have no evidence that the cyber criminal known as EatFlamingDeath is involved. However, we are asking all citizens to report any suspicious behavior."
Although Aurora authorities are confident in their defensive capabilities, we heard from an anonymous source that things may be as good as we are lead to believe. "A few weeks ago, Advanced Tactical Amunition and Cannon Coolant became unavilable. Citizens who have already upgraded their weapons will be all right but everyone else will have to make do with what they have."
The following pictures were taken at the scene. Please be advised that they may not be appropriate for sensitive viewers but we're going to show them to you anyway. We will continue to follow this story as it unfolds.
Random unicorn loving girl: "Uhm, he'll get better, right?"
Seems people are posting a variety of items on their blogs so I thought this might me a good home for my Spunland Mansion story when I finish it. However, I think a little background on how that story will come about would be a good lead in.
After the Home closure announcement, many of the Home forum regulars stopped posting there. I don't know if they were lurking or just left but we were left with an influx of "bring Home to PS4", "I want a refund", and "save Home" posts. This got tiresome after awhile so I figured I'd remind people that things were still going on in Home, even in its last days. I started with the attack going on in nDreams' Aurora space.
For weeks nDreams had been hinting that something was going to happen in Aurora and had updated the space with enemy ships flying around the island. On Christmas Eve, Aurora was updated showing the aftermath of a major assault with the threat of another attack imminent. I posted about this here: http://community.us.playstation.com...VED/Breaking-News-Aurora-Attack/td-p/44838938. The idea was to write it as a reporter interviewing residents about what was going on with photos, etc. PSN was undergoing a DDoS attack around that time so the report was a few days late. I had planned to do additional posts but didn't want to bump the thread until something of significance happened. Unfortunately, things resolved themselves a few weeks later when the space was updated so those additional news reports didn't happen. However, while the attack on Aurora was going on, things started changing in Spunland.
It all started with Dave’s (aka Unclespun’s) January blog, The Final Spun Update?http://spunland.blogspot.co.uk/2015_01_01_archive.html and the appearance of the Unspun Worms in Spunland. I posted about this here (under the original title Breaking News: The End of Spunland?): http://community.us.playstation.com...aved-Spunland-Fades-Acorn-Razed/td-p/44885560. The idea this time was that our unnamed reporter received a copy of the letter mentioned in the Spunland Blog from an anonymous source. This post ended up getting mentioned and linked to on the Spunland Facebook page.
At the time I didn’t know what the Unspun Worms were up to until after the next Spun Crown Coronation where Unclespun mentioned they were dissipating Spun Clouds. I mentioned to him I was going to try to interview a Constructo Spunner and with some encouragement from him it became the next news report (using the same thread but changing the title to Breaking News: Unspun Worms Disrupt Spun Cycle). This was the first time the name of the news agency was mentioned (End Time News aka ETN). This post got mentioned and linked to in the February Spunland Blog, Of Imps and End Days http://spunland.blogspot.co.uk/2015_02_01_archive.html.
The interview didn’t come out quite as well as I would have liked as it seemed more appropriate for Robo or maybe Lumino. So, why did I use Constructo? Well, I’m employed as an engineer and wear a hard hat on occasion so I have a certain fondness for Constructo. To resolve this, I hinted that there was more to this spunner than was apparent in the next news report described below. Was he actually the Architect? One of the Spun Engineers? Perhaps he was an emissary of the Spun Queen. I don’t actually know... yet.
In the next Spunland update, the color was seen to be fading out of Spunland. The following week, JamCar0ne and lilmonstersmiler mentioned to me that the mountains around Spunland were shrinking. I hadn’t noticed because I was in Secret Spunland at the time. The news report this time covered the end of the attack in Aurora, the latest goings on in Spunland, the mystery of the Constructo Spunner, and some Acorn Park news (again using the same thread but changing the title to Aurora Saved, Spunland Fades, Acorn Razed). ETN got another mention in the March Spunland Blog, The Unspun Tyranny of Time http://spunland.blogspot.co.uk/2015_03_01_archive.html.
There should have been one last report covering the return of Spun to Spunland but at the end of the last report, the unnamed reporter and his cameraman traveled to Spunland Mansion to try and interview Unclespun or one of the Dukes of Spun but found the place abandoned. They descended below but got scared off by what sounded like the Spun Hopper. Once again Unclespun encouraged me to write about additional adventures under Spunland Mansion. This time, I decided to do an actual story of sorts but it turned out to be too ambitious for the amount of time I had left before Home’s closure so the last report never happened. Hopefully that story will end up here at some point.