I would like to thank Tobias Mastgrave for providing a Plot Challenge, this particular one being the sixty-ninth instalment of his long-running topic.
The requirements for this challenge are:
1) A modern fantasy setting;
2) At least one city and at least one rural environment (bold);
3) One major colony of fantasy creatures; and
4) At least three major landmarks (italicised).
Ok, here goes…
– Su –
Yudhoyo Basungba is a young Boholano man living in the Phillipines. An avid naturalist, he has recently moved from his home on the island of Bohol to the bustling metropolis of Davao City on Mindanao. He won a nation-wide competition to be employed by The People’s Park, the largest international man-made tourist attraction in Davao City. Until more permanent accommodation can be arranged, he is staying at the Green Windows Dormitel near his new worksite.
The opportunity is a fantastic one, but Yudhoyo begins to feel constricted in a city that has almost the same amount of people as on his whole home island. He takes the opportunity on weekends to walk around the outskirts of the city. His first trek has him follow the path of the Davao River out of the city proper and into the mountain ranges, seeing the many fruit orchards that the region is renowned for.
Another weekend, he decides to walk around the Mount Apo National Park. The namesake mountain is an inactive one, and the largest in all of the Phillipines. He travels here to see the bounteous growths of durians and mangosteens, and observe the world-renowned variety of plant and animal life. He strays from the designated path, his eye catching a particularly beautiful set of flowers. As he continues on, he notices movement. Seeing the small form running away, he thinks it a boy and gives chase, hoping to save the young one. To his surprise, he sees the figure duck into the side of the mountain.
Well hidden by hanging vines, Yudhoyo finds and follows a well-rounded tunnel. He enters into a subterranean orchard, with the many different types of fruit. Continuing to follow the path, he is met by a set of well-armed dwarfs. The small man at the front is telling them how he was being chased by this intruder. They capture Yudhoyo, and place him in a cell awaiting a decision on what to do with him…
Well, it’s a start… Thoughts?