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Otherplaces – Triyania, Hungry Garden of (A to Z Challenge, T)

20 April, 2012

Sometimes, you may have heard it said, that evil takes root in the soil.  Here in Triyania, such has come to pass.  The eighth Baron was dark and twisted, after the death of his wife, his shadow darkened and cursed his children.  Together for over thirty years, they preyed upon, tortured and destroyed their people.  Those that were killed were minced and fed to the grounds to fertilize the beautiful flower gardens.

Red as BloodWhen the ninth Baron was killed by his wife and the aristocracy rose up to kill his siblings, only then was the terrible truth confirmed.  But by then, the garden had become, well it was already alive, but active.  Hungry and able to defend itself.  The first few attempts to cut it back ended disastrously.  The body of the last baron and his siblings were thrown to the garden in a fit of anger, the last sacrifice to their evil.  It has now been walled up.  But you can still look over the garden from the castle, it is beautiful, from a distance, its evil cannot be seen.

Hungry Garden of Triyania

From a distance, it seems like a lovely, if overgrown, ornamental garden if perhaps tending too much towards the red and purple range of flowers.  Surrounding the garden is a twenty foot (6.5m) wall with an uneven level of gravel extending between three and five feet (1-1.5m) into the garden at its base.   There are no gates or doors into the garden.

Approaching closer, it can be noted that all of the plants possesses thorns, spines or sharp leaves (or a combination there of), they also rustle and shift as if sensing the presence of a living creature.  Deeper in the garden, shapes that cannot quite be seen, move into position to ambush any potential food sources.  Any living creature that enters the garden is quickly attacked, overwhelmed and converted to fertilizer for the garden.  Occasional, a drunk group of rowdies will climb up on the wall and throw a chicken or cat into the garden, betting on how long it will last.  The castle guard chase them off, but usually not before the poor creature has ended up inside.

Your goal?

Baronial Crypt

The Baronial crypt is deep inside the garden and said to contain some quite lavish treasures of the rulers along with a few statues by noted artists are known to be in that tangle.  Rarely, a group will petition for permission to venture into the garden to attempt to claim one or more of these prizes.  The most successful recovered two statues and only lost one person in the process, but the remaining statues are much deeper in the garden while the crypt is nearly at its heart (and possibly protected by warding magics as well as the garden itself).

Such permission is rarely given as the garden often assaults the walls after it has a chance to feast upon a goodly amount of fresh food.  The guard have developed a variety of tactics, and weaponized gardening tools, to repel such assaults.

Notes: Photos by ellenm1 and sarcozena and used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

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