Give in to the evil. Become the dire. Get your ghoul on. It's grÜeBERfest 2013!Submitted by skrapmetal at 2013-09-27 19:04:06 EDT
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Thunder rolls in the distance and a chill wind blows through the desolate, decaying village. The trees rustle and a few leaves fall. Carrion crows and ravens sit in the branches, aware that the fateful hour approaches. They know they must be ready to take advantage of any opportunity to feast, before the vultures arrive to feed.
On a hill at the outskirts of the cluster of old wooden houses and shops, surrounded by a long-neglected five-sided low stone wall, lies a cemetery. At the center, set apart from all the other plaques and markers, is a single grave. As the appointed hour approaches, the birds leave their storm roosts as one, frightened by the sudden noisy toppling of that lonely headstone. The ground convulses and parts, and long sodden fingers emerge, tatters of flesh clinging to the stained bones. Arms and a hooded skull rise into view, and heavy fog gathers inside the stone wall as at last the ghoul stands aside the hole. Gruemaster!
Slowly he raises his arms wide apart and emits a low, terrible sound, a call to those of his kind, summoning those who can still heed to join him. Even knowing it is his end, he beckons all ghouls, ghosts, goblins, monsters, demons, werebeasts, and all manner of beings that exist just outside the realm of normal sight to come to participate in that unholiest of rituals, the contest to crown the next Master of Grue!
It's on folks! If you're in, and you know you want to be in, just say so in the reviews by around dawn 10/1. I'll set up a bracket and post it on 10/1, and we'll go from there. First stories due after 10/1 and by 10/7, winner to be announced on 10/31. The usual completely arbitrary scoring method will be applied, and I, your quasi-humble Gruemaster will rate only in case of a tie.