Dusting off the Cobwebs

This is the first part of some creative writing pieces that I have done that are set in Gielinor/Runescape.

This original story is based on a wealth of ideas from the Halloween quest 'Web of shadows' and is set, pre-wilderness change (for experienced players). However, I have written it for a fresh audience and hopefully minimum 'gaming' experience of Runescape is necessary to understand it all.

It follows the plight of a mother who's son has suspiciously disappeared near one of the most feared parts of all of Gielinor. What new evil has returned in the North?

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7. Rock and Web

My progress was abruptly halted; the tunnel ended and opened out into a large cavern, with a chasm separating me from the entrance I could see on the other side. The roof was illuminated with a warm orange glow. Anxiously, I peered over the edge and stared into the boiling river of magma below; I could feel my heart thumping from the adrenaline of combat, which made my head throb like a drum. I frantically searched for a solution to my problem, hunting for a miracle lever which would teleport me across. Conquered, I lurched back and collapsed to the floor, staring at the hypnotising light show on the ceiling. I took off my helmet and pressed my thumbs into the temples of my head, attempting to massage the pain. Closing my eyes, I relaxed my head, allowing it to slowly limp to the side. Upon re-opening my eyes I noticed a small rocky path hidden to my left, stretching out over the cavern, suspending a rocky outgrowth across the gulf. “If I could swing across ... hmm” I deliberated. My mind fanatically sparked into life. “Yes!” I cried out in euphoria. I had an idea which even I thought was insane, but I was prepared to try anything now. I madly rummaged through my rucksack to salvage as much rope as I could find. “It’s not enough!” I screamed in frustration at the roof, crushing whatever I had in my hands. “I need ... more! ... rope! ...” I paused, noticing the abundance of spider webbing all around the cave.  “I could use spider webbing!” I elatedly yelled. I walked back to the edge of the chasm and started to judge how much webbing I would roughly need. Closing one eye and examining the distance through my little finger and thumb, I came to a guessed decision on the length of webbing required to swing acorss. Brandishing my sword, I went to work slicing it all down. Thick, sticky threads of web fell and thudded on the floor around me, I was surprised at how easy it was to pick up and carry, although the same couldn’t be said for detaching it from my grip. Once I was satisfied, I retrieved my pickaxe, which was loosely tied to my backpack and attempted to break a piece of rock somewhat suitable to attach to the web for standing on. Fortunately, I had spent many hours training with the dwarves in their mining guild and I was able to etch an appropriate sized rock much quicker than I had anticipated. The lengths of webbing continued to be difficult to handle, its adhesiveness made it constantly stick to my backpack and collect dust off the dirty floor. I found binding the various fibres together physically draining, yet I was intent on ensuring that all the binds were tight and strong. I couldn’t help but become more irritated with this tedious task, I growled aloud in annoyance every time I missed the thread. Eventually, I felt confident that I had fashioned three correctly sized, delicately crafted ‘web-ropes’ which I could use and have faith they would hold my weight. I tentatively wrapped the rope around the rock and then tied a sturdy, expertly executed knot. I pulled it as hard as I could until I could hear the tension in the webbing and dragged the rock up to the overhanging archway. Cautiously, I walked along the support, shaking from side to side whilst I tried to maintain my balance.  I timidly jumped up and down, half expecting the rocky outstretched arm to snap, leaving me to descend into the magma pit simmering below. I sighed with relief, “Solid as a rock” I declared happily. I laid face down and wrapped my arms around the rocky limb; it felt like there was a good two or three inches between my hands underneath. I struggled to thread the other end of the spider rope around the bulk of the rock, but I eventually persevered. “Here we go...” I murmured under my breath. Slowly, I lowered the rock off the edge of the overhanging rock until it hung at full length, suspended below. I calmly backed away from the edge of the stony branch, walking back around to where I entered the cavern, clutching at the other rope I had tied to the dangling rock. Finally, my odd plan had all of its components in place; all I needed to do now was attempt to cross. “This! ... Is going to be the death of me!” I smugly chuckled to myself. I boldly tightened my backpack and pulled the rock towards me. Taking a deep breath, I ran towards the edge of ground, leaping in faith, onto the swinging rock.

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