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I stagger for a few moments in shock. Then take a knee and close my eyes, steadying my breathing.
Okay, assess the situation. The feel of the earth seems real enough, as does the smell of the pasture, there's no fuzziness in thoughts from alcohol or other drugs.
Imagining a large rock on the ground before me, vividly constructing it in my mind, I open my eyes and look around. No rock, scene unchanged since last sight save for animal movement, no visual distortions or unaccountable anomalies save the moons. Not a hallucination then, drug induced or otherwise, and not a lucid dream. Neural tap VR? Faked environment? Possible, though unlikely, not least for lack of a good motive, nothing I have or am would be worth the kind of trouble needed to set this up. The Matrix was BS in that regard.
Even if it is a simulation of some stripe, the dangers might be real enough, safest course of action would likely be to treat it as real until evidence is found indicating otherwise.
Okay, new premise, assume my senses are not lying, assess again. Earthlike environment, earthlike animals, right down to the familiar sickening smell of the cow excrement and their predictable reaction to a strange being nearby. But gravitational pull feels a little light, and two unfamiliar moons definitely means not earth. Castle might have been a relic, but it seems too new, and paired with a lack of high tech evidence… Oh, right, I can check into that some more.
Pull out the phone, hold it up. No cell tower, no wifi, no bluetooth, what about… nope, no radio signals either, even unintelligible ones. Kind of wish this thing picked up satellite, but that seems unlikely anyways. I'm in an EM void as far as this device is concerned. Okay, turn it off, take out the battery. It does no good for now, and who knows when a recharge will be available.
Where was I, right, no evidence of human technology beyond european middle ages. Were it not for the moons, I might list time travel as a possible conclusion. Heck, it is not off the board at this point, but would not be the main concern.
Interdimensional Travel? Possible in theory. Also in theory would require solar system crushing levels of power, and this occurred without disturbing so much as a blade of grass or rippling my shirt. I could be dead, and more than a little wrong about what happens after death. This afterlife would seem to be a bit of a gyp so far, but I suppose I'm not in a position to complain. Could be some manner of extra terrestrial zoo. As much amusement as I took from the alien conspiracy theorists, that seems more likely than the other possibilities.
Okay, so we have a working theory, as insane as it sounds. I've been abducted and placed in a preserve of sorts on another planet. Don't assume the zookeepers will guarantee survival of an individual member of the species, assume I'm on my own until partners can be obtained.
Survival check then. I have… good, I remembered the multitool this morning. One leather belt, could come in handy for other purposes. One wallet, no immediate use. Keys, few uses the multitool isn't better at. One set of light clothing. One good ballpoint pen. Good boots. Not much, but could be much worse, at least the environment is temperate. I hope my contacts last, I hate the limited visual range I have without them.
Castle ahead would seem to be the next place to go. Best source of shelter among other things I can see. Hopefully I can negotiate with the locals somehow. Did those running the place really think a castle was something we needed as a species, or was it built by those who came here? Nope, never mind, that's enough speculation. Gather more information, then try again to make sense of it all.
I proceed to the road, keeping an eye out for signs of intelligent life, and turn towards the castle, walking slowly, and taking in the sights.
Out of Character: And so it begins. Looking forward to this. Bit of a stream of consciousness there, but I figured the perspective into what'd likely be running through my head would be important.
Edited: daishain on 16th Apr, 2017 - 6:43pm