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Published on Nov 27, 2010
"When fustyWumpus built his experimental rocket ship Laugh at the Sky [nod to Banks' Culture universe], critics and supporters alike praised and damned it as a challenge to the gods, a fool's errand and the pinacle of Voxelian innovation. The sleek ship rose from the center of Wumpus lake, atop the reclusive eccentric's hidden underground lair.
One clear fall night, his stone space engine filled with a secret mixture of coal, lava and redstone, fustyWumpus blasted off, vowing to conquer the "9th bit and BEYOND!" Whether by design or happenstance, the exhaust from his exotic design crystallized into a fanciful flowing structure that the locals dubbed Fire and Ice. The delicate structure has become the subject of many childhood dares, with children challenging each other to climb it's treacherous levels while avoiding scorching lava and devastating falls.
It's unknown how far into the heavens fustyWumpus flew on his stone chariot, whether he was driven mad by the high-bit heights, or if his experimental fuel mixture failed him. All we know is that shortly after lift off, Laugh at the Sky came plunging back to earth a few hundred meters south of it's launch pad, devastating an area 80 meters in diameter, tearing and melting a hole all the way to the adminium core of our world.
Now, months later, the area has cooled enough to permit visitors. A water elevator accessible viewing platform has been erected and treacherous paths have been carved into the rim and around the crater bottom. The site is still very unstable, so visitors are encouraged to exercise care when exploring. There are many secrets to uncover, including an underlava tunnel, a vast obsidian field and two dungeons. To signify the irony of the haughty ship's name and the unique geological formation it's demise created, the crash site has been dubbed Heaven's Teardrop Crash Memorial Site.
While most assume that fustyWumpus and his hubris perished with his vessel, some say that on his fateful journey, he saw the Face of Notch and was spared that fiery fate. They say that he now walks the winding chunks of our land, a nameless wanderer, never staying long, and vowed to never offend the natural order of Voxelia again." -The Wumpus Estate and Historical Society