forbidden caverns

bankotsulvr  asked:

You're such an awesome writer! I really enjoyed your tumblr prompts. I need to find one and ask now too! (^_^) Really intrigued by the Old One and Dark One thingie with Kisame. If you could write something else with that, what do u think you'd do?

Aw, I’m glad that you liked them~!

Originally posted by tana-the-dreamchaser

And, yeah, if you find an interesting prompt that you think would be good in any AU I have going on, feel free to drop it off. 

As for the one mentioned above… I would probably do something along when they first met: which would include ‘Tachi being a wistful traveler around the 1930s (I mean, if you’re practically immortal, what else can you really do to prevent death by boredom). He would stumble upon a simple settlement where the elders constantly talk about an ancient, forbidden cavern by the sea that holds a beast so ancient, so beyond comprehension that anytime they send someone in to slay it, they either come out completely broken or they don’t come out at all. 

Again, Itachi’s a bored, wealthy almost-immortal, so he decides to take a look. Of course, when he ventures down deep, deep, deep into the abyss, the beast in question knows that he was planning to come. The beast knows everything: has crept through the fabrics of time and the vast ocean of space. The beast comes out of the shadows, thinking that its’ appearance will shatter the vampire’s psyche. 

But, no. Nothing. Itachi just looks up at him and asks if they could finish their conversation. The beast looks down at Itachi, blinking several dozen shifting eyes before chuckling. Itachi watches with minute surprise as the beast’s form shrinks down into that of a very tall, muscular man with skin and hair of the sea. 

“I think,” The man smirks down at him, “I’ll follow you around a bit. My name is as vast as the universe and is just beyond the grasp of human dialect. However, you can call me… Kisame.” 

Itachi looked the other creature over, replying, “I don’t recall –” 

“Asking, yes…” Kisame said, suddenly behind him. “To sum up everything: at this point you wonder how I knew that, to which I answer ‘I know every turn and tide that makes up your life’, which you end up doubting. In the end, we end up leaving this cavern together, though.”

So… Yeah, something like that.

Beneath Sevierville, Tennessee–

This formation is known as the “Grotto of the Dead” due to its almost ominous shape which resembles the Underworld. Here, we listened to an audio recording of a story from the Cherokee’s take on how Forbidden Caverns was formed and what its purpose was, which was to act as some form of a “hell”. I couldn’t really hear the recording people rudely kept talking over it.

Beneath  Sevierville, Tennessee–


While this room particular doesn’t really have a name, the lady who was our tour guide told us that she’d like to refer to this room as the “Big Bat and Battleship Room” due to the odd formations which look strikingly similiar to the objects she had said they resembled. Can you see the bat and battleship?

Beneath Sevierville, Tennessee–

Up until the 1940s, a band of moonshiners occupied Forbidden Caverns, producing their illegal wares for many years and supplying it to the surrounding area. It was said that their ‘shine was the finest in the state. Their secret? The plentiful and crystal clear waters of the cave’s subterranean rivers. The revenuers broke up the moonshiner’s operation during the 1940s and destroyed their stills. Only this still remains as proof of the outlaw men who risked their lives to produce their “fire water” from within the bowels of the earth.

Random photo for the evening–

The spooky “Grotto of Evil Spirits”, which can be seen at the end of the tour at Forbidden Caverns in Sevierville, Tennessee. This formation stands in a large pool of water and when the multi-colored lights are cast upon the jagged rock, it gives off the appearance of a lonely Underworld, where the spirits of the damned will forever haunt the dank shadows of the cave.

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Beneath Sevierville, Tennessee–


Forbidden Caverns, like many of the caves that I’ve visited, is home to a rushing subterranean stream which flows through it. The tour guide said that they had tried to survey how far into the cave the river went, but after ¾ of a mile, they were forced to stop because the passages kept getting narrower and narrower.

Last photo for the evening–

This is an unnerving shot I took of the Grotto of Evil Spirits in Forbidden Caverns. No wonder why this formation was given this moniker….it’s a very ominous location within the cavern. I can understand why the Cherokee feared this place so long ago…. 

According to the audio recording we had heard earlier in the tour, the Cherokee believed that the ancient gods created this cave. It was born from darkness and created with fire, they would say. There was a river which flowed through it but did not come out. It was the Hollow Mountain, they would say. The Hollow Mountain was off limits, forbidden.

I wonder what would bring them to such a conclusion? Perhaps is it a fear of what they could not see back then due to the limited lighting from their torches? Many indigenous tribes view caves as portals to the Underworld, a place of great fear and darkness. I guess I would be scared, too.

Beneath Sevierville, Tennessee–


Did you know that Tennessee is home to over 8,350 caves? That means that Tennessee has more caves than any other state in the United States due to the high amount of limestone content in the bedrock. Forbidden Caverns is just one of many caves that you can visit and perhaps one of the most affordable, with adult tickets starting at $14. Forbidden Caverns also has the distinction of being mostly composed by extremely rare white onyx.

Beneath Sevierville, Tennessee–

This large room which is situated next to the subterranean stream in Forbidden Caverns is called the Council Chamber. This is where the Cherokee would congregate together to make decisions and tell stories. Can you imagine being there during their time period, with the only lights being from their torches?

Beneath Sevierville, Tennessee–

This unique looking formation sits near the remains of the moonshine stills. Shaped like a punchbowl, this formation is known as the “Wishing Well”. As you can see, people seem to enjoy tossing coins into the water for luck. But, don’t worry, the coins are collected, washed, dried, and donated to charity.

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Beneath Sevierville, Tennessee–


Forbidden Caverns is quite possibly the most fascinating cave that I have been to. Not only does it contain more impressive formations, it has a mystifying air which surrounds it. It is a place with otherworldly beauty, paired with a spooky vibe. It was no wonder the Cherokee were wary of this place!

This is a flowstone formation that is affectionately known as the “Big Rock Candy Mountain” due to its apparent likeness to ice cream. We were able to watch a light show here before moving forward.

Well guys, we’re finally back from Seiver County and I’m pretty exhausted. We started our day at 10 and we finally made it to Madisonville by 8. We’ve went everywhere today, from Forbidden Cavern, to Pigeon Forge, and finally, to the outer edge of the GSMNP in Gatlinburg. I explored quite a few abandoned building–one was an old mill near Forbidden Caverns and the other belonged to a farmer that was forced off his land when the GSMNP expanded.

I like Forbidden Caverns far better than the other caves I’ve been to thus far. It’s not what I’d call a big cave, but it has more of a variety of formations, not to mention the whole mythology behind why it was called “Forbidden” was fascinating. What I didn’t like is that people were being rude and getting in front of us as we were trying to take pictures. Not to mention that there were kids doing this as well. I didn’t get the shot that I wanted of the Grotto of Evil Spirits, but this is rather good. A lot of my shots were blurry because we were always having to move around. We couldn’t really stop unless the tour guide did and even at that, people were not letting everyone else get the chance to see them because they were hogging all the space without sharing. I wanted my picture taken at the Grotto of Evil Spirits, but by the time we got to go up to it, the light show had already ended. :/

Random photo for the evening–

I can recall taking this shot as we were leaving this particular formation in Forbidden Caverns, which had been dubbed as having something to do with the Cherokee Underworld. It was rather unfortunate that the tour group we were with was rather loud and talked through the whole back story behind this formation.