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An RP in the World of Avernum in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 3022
Profile #36
Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Linda attempted to restore a little self-respect by cleaning her favourite robe again. It would have been much more impressive, she admitted, if she could do it magically. But *that* incident with the chair had taught her a lesson in these regards.

She was rather annoyed when the commander of her section - whatever his name is - refused to recognise her excellent magical qualifications, even to perform the minimal favour of awarding her magi clearance. She was extremely annoyed when he committed her to manual labour. Manual labour?

Reinforcing walls is a task for peasants and idiots, not for the intellectual elite. Especially when there is any chance of enemy raiding parties. She most definitely was not expendable.

One day, Linda swore, she would make a name for herself and teach them for misusing her obvious talents. But not this day. And probably not tommorrow. Not the day after. A few months... possibly.
Posts: 269 | Registered: Saturday, May 24 2003 07:00
An RP in the World of Avernum in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 3022
Profile #24
Name: Linda
Occupation: Apprentice Mage
Faction: Solarans

Unlike here infamous namesake, Linda is pretty dire in terms of actual magical ability. Still, though she may not appreciate being reassigned from her research, her long years means she has an impeccable knowledge of magical theory, as opposed to the insignificant matter of magical practice. A coward, and proud of it.
Posts: 269 | Registered: Saturday, May 24 2003 07:00
An RP in the World of Avernum in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 3022
Profile #7
Hmm... can I sign up?

(Though I haven't actually played Avernum, only the exile series. Close enough, right?)
Posts: 269 | Registered: Saturday, May 24 2003 07:00
Speculation about "that door"...? in Geneforge Series
Shock Trooper
Member # 3022
Profile #58
Hmm... are fanfic allowed here?
Posts: 269 | Registered: Saturday, May 24 2003 07:00
Speculation about "that door"...? in Geneforge 2
Shock Trooper
Member # 3022
Profile #58
Hmm... are fanfic allowed here?
Posts: 269 | Registered: Saturday, May 24 2003 07:00
Which Spiderweb game would you like to live in in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 3022
Profile #26
Hmm... Lemme see...

Geneforge: Slavery connotations, traditionist government, half population power-mad, and other half syncophantic. Serviles stabbing people in their sleep, mad barzites/takers/awakened ready to do nasty things. No thanks.

Nethergate: Either live in fascist dictatorship, or get burned alive. No thanks.

Exile/Avernum: War on minorities, plagues, loony fundies, loonier mages... Sounds just like home.

I'll probably pick somewhere in exile/avernum 3, many, many miles from the hellhole that is valorim and exile.
Posts: 269 | Registered: Saturday, May 24 2003 07:00
Speculation about "that door"...? in Geneforge Series
Shock Trooper
Member # 3022
Profile #50
No to the diseases one... That's taken IIRC. In the taker ending, it talks of new diseases being created in the shaper-taker war, of plants dripping acid and all other sorts of hilarious stuff. The "last creation" of Eass is described as something WORSE.

Nah, it must be a path of research the takers abandoned, meaning it should be distinct from the other mad schemes they conducted. (eg. the Drakon chain, the geneforge, the beasties of inner ghazad-uss, the eyebeasts, the rotgroths, super/invincible spawners, war-bred serviles, spirit armies, reapers, stasis fields...)
Posts: 269 | Registered: Saturday, May 24 2003 07:00
Speculation about "that door"...? in Geneforge 2
Shock Trooper
Member # 3022
Profile #50
No to the diseases one... That's taken IIRC. In the taker ending, it talks of new diseases being created in the shaper-taker war, of plants dripping acid and all other sorts of hilarious stuff. The "last creation" of Eass is described as something WORSE.

Nah, it must be a path of research the takers abandoned, meaning it should be distinct from the other mad schemes they conducted. (eg. the Drakon chain, the geneforge, the beasties of inner ghazad-uss, the eyebeasts, the rotgroths, super/invincible spawners, war-bred serviles, spirit armies, reapers, stasis fields...)
Posts: 269 | Registered: Saturday, May 24 2003 07:00
improvements for geneforge 3.... your thoughts in Geneforge Series
Shock Trooper
Member # 3022
Profile #45
Re: The various houses suggestions...

NO NO NO!

People probably complained in Exile to let you be able to drop stuff anywhere, and it's good for that. Setting houses doesn't add anything to the game but a lot of travelling back and forth, endless time watching loading screens, additional code to differentiate items and ultimate head aches.
Posts: 269 | Registered: Saturday, May 24 2003 07:00
improvements for geneforge 3.... your thoughts in Geneforge 2
Shock Trooper
Member # 3022
Profile #45
Re: The various houses suggestions...

NO NO NO!

People probably complained in Exile to let you be able to drop stuff anywhere, and it's good for that. Setting houses doesn't add anything to the game but a lot of travelling back and forth, endless time watching loading screens, additional code to differentiate items and ultimate head aches.
Posts: 269 | Registered: Saturday, May 24 2003 07:00
Speculation about "that door"...? in Geneforge Series
Shock Trooper
Member # 3022
Profile #35
<Argg!... Double post!>

[ Thursday, December 04, 2003 09:12: Message edited by: FZ ]
Posts: 269 | Registered: Saturday, May 24 2003 07:00
Speculation about "that door"...? in Geneforge 2
Shock Trooper
Member # 3022
Profile #35
<Argg!... Double post!>

[ Thursday, December 04, 2003 09:12: Message edited by: FZ ]
Posts: 269 | Registered: Saturday, May 24 2003 07:00
Speculation about "that door"...? in Geneforge Series
Shock Trooper
Member # 3022
Profile #34
Indeed. I half expect Tuldaric to turn out to be the re-incarnation of good old Linda of Exile... Shame there isn't an option to ask him about "herbs"

Hmm... I detect another inconsistency... Compare the relative power of the Takers in GF1 and GF2. Clearly, they are far more powerful - they have dracons, rotgroths, eyebeasts, shade summoners, they are less affected by discipline wands, they have strong drayk allies, and they can MAKE geneforges. But, whereas in the GF1 taker ender they crush the shapers utterly and set up a new world order, in GF2 they only manage to meet a bloody stalemate. How come? I think it is either in-fighting, which our augmented Trajkov would be involved with... or that the GF2 ending compresses the timescale less.

In short: GF2 may in fact not be set in an awakened victory scenario, but actually is set *during* Trajkov's war - Trajkov instead opting to go into hiding after being augmented, using the Taker drayks as a smokescreen while he builds up his real, earth-shattering power.
Posts: 269 | Registered: Saturday, May 24 2003 07:00
Speculation about "that door"...? in Geneforge 2
Shock Trooper
Member # 3022
Profile #34
Indeed. I half expect Tuldaric to turn out to be the re-incarnation of good old Linda of Exile... Shame there isn't an option to ask him about "herbs"

Hmm... I detect another inconsistency... Compare the relative power of the Takers in GF1 and GF2. Clearly, they are far more powerful - they have dracons, rotgroths, eyebeasts, shade summoners, they are less affected by discipline wands, they have strong drayk allies, and they can MAKE geneforges. But, whereas in the GF1 taker ender they crush the shapers utterly and set up a new world order, in GF2 they only manage to meet a bloody stalemate. How come? I think it is either in-fighting, which our augmented Trajkov would be involved with... or that the GF2 ending compresses the timescale less.

In short: GF2 may in fact not be set in an awakened victory scenario, but actually is set *during* Trajkov's war - Trajkov instead opting to go into hiding after being augmented, using the Taker drayks as a smokescreen while he builds up his real, earth-shattering power.
Posts: 269 | Registered: Saturday, May 24 2003 07:00
Speculation about "that door"...? in Geneforge Series
Shock Trooper
Member # 3022
Profile #27
quote:
Their leader was named Trajkov. He used too many canisters and went mad. The Shapers killed him. I fled and lived.
Akkat

Hmm, but this appears to contradict a number of facts from GF1. First, Trajikov seems to be the one person not to go insane, either from canisters or even using the geneforge itself. Second, in all ending, Trajikov wins providing you do not kill him yourself. (IIRC)

My conspiracy theory, then, is that the drayk Takers, being suspicious of humans (notice the destruction of the humans of Medab in the Taker ending), betrayed him, and locked him up in the little room, covering this up from the serviles and the lower ranks.

Who needs a tiresome real person, who may disapprove of what they are doing, when a symbolic martyr works better?
Posts: 269 | Registered: Saturday, May 24 2003 07:00
Speculation about "that door"...? in Geneforge 2
Shock Trooper
Member # 3022
Profile #27
quote:
Their leader was named Trajkov. He used too many canisters and went mad. The Shapers killed him. I fled and lived.
Akkat

Hmm, but this appears to contradict a number of facts from GF1. First, Trajikov seems to be the one person not to go insane, either from canisters or even using the geneforge itself. Second, in all ending, Trajikov wins providing you do not kill him yourself. (IIRC)

My conspiracy theory, then, is that the drayk Takers, being suspicious of humans (notice the destruction of the humans of Medab in the Taker ending), betrayed him, and locked him up in the little room, covering this up from the serviles and the lower ranks.

Who needs a tiresome real person, who may disapprove of what they are doing, when a symbolic martyr works better?
Posts: 269 | Registered: Saturday, May 24 2003 07:00
Speculation about "that door"...? in Geneforge Series
Shock Trooper
Member # 3022
Profile #24
quote:
I.E., it's very possible that there's nothing specific behind the door at all.
Shh... But that's boring...

Back to the Trajikov idea... Do we actually have any explicit evidence in GF2 that Trajikov was killed at the end of GF1? All I seem to remember is Pinner telling me that the GF1 shaper refused to aid him, and called for help from the shaper council....
Posts: 269 | Registered: Saturday, May 24 2003 07:00
Speculation about "that door"...? in Geneforge 2
Shock Trooper
Member # 3022
Profile #24
quote:
I.E., it's very possible that there's nothing specific behind the door at all.
Shh... But that's boring...

Back to the Trajikov idea... Do we actually have any explicit evidence in GF2 that Trajikov was killed at the end of GF1? All I seem to remember is Pinner telling me that the GF1 shaper refused to aid him, and called for help from the shaper council....
Posts: 269 | Registered: Saturday, May 24 2003 07:00
improvements for geneforge 3.... your thoughts in Geneforge Series
Shock Trooper
Member # 3022
Profile #3
quote:
More low end creations would actually be pretty cool. There's just something disturbing, to me anyway, about having creations that are far stronger than the supposed apprentice that shaped them...
Maybe Jeff is trying to make a point here? ;) Especially as the *really* powerful creations requires some dubious morality and loss of sanity (through canister abuse) to acquire.... Something about power without control?
Posts: 269 | Registered: Saturday, May 24 2003 07:00
improvements for geneforge 3.... your thoughts in Geneforge 2
Shock Trooper
Member # 3022
Profile #3
quote:
More low end creations would actually be pretty cool. There's just something disturbing, to me anyway, about having creations that are far stronger than the supposed apprentice that shaped them...
Maybe Jeff is trying to make a point here? ;) Especially as the *really* powerful creations requires some dubious morality and loss of sanity (through canister abuse) to acquire.... Something about power without control?
Posts: 269 | Registered: Saturday, May 24 2003 07:00
Speculation about "that door"...? in Geneforge Series
Shock Trooper
Member # 3022
Profile #14
Whatever it is, I have my doubts that its is a dracon. Mostly because the game makes the explicit point that the door is "cool to the touch". This suggests a more long-term, unliving type of evil than your standard mad shaper/eyebeast/dracon, in which case we should be looking at "surprisingly warm" or "throbbing with power" sort of thing. Or maybe I'm reading too much into it.

I just think that Inner Gazhad-Uss is the place for deadly taker creation experiments. This ought to be something else. I like the portal idea, because I see Jeff as taking GF3 much closer into the heart of the Shaper Hegemony, which I don't see if we are still going to base our Next Big Threat in the middle of Taker lands.

Of course, it would be very interesting if it turned out to be an Augmented, Ressurected Trajikov... Mwahaha!

[ Monday, December 01, 2003 11:35: Message edited by: FZ ]
Posts: 269 | Registered: Saturday, May 24 2003 07:00
Speculation about "that door"...? in Geneforge 2
Shock Trooper
Member # 3022
Profile #14
Whatever it is, I have my doubts that its is a dracon. Mostly because the game makes the explicit point that the door is "cool to the touch". This suggests a more long-term, unliving type of evil than your standard mad shaper/eyebeast/dracon, in which case we should be looking at "surprisingly warm" or "throbbing with power" sort of thing. Or maybe I'm reading too much into it.

I just think that Inner Gazhad-Uss is the place for deadly taker creation experiments. This ought to be something else. I like the portal idea, because I see Jeff as taking GF3 much closer into the heart of the Shaper Hegemony, which I don't see if we are still going to base our Next Big Threat in the middle of Taker lands.

Of course, it would be very interesting if it turned out to be an Augmented, Ressurected Trajikov... Mwahaha!

[ Monday, December 01, 2003 11:35: Message edited by: FZ ]
Posts: 269 | Registered: Saturday, May 24 2003 07:00
Speculation about "that door"...? in Geneforge Series
Shock Trooper
Member # 3022
Profile #2
quote:
Originally written by Reality Corp.:

Or maybe its just a...

sweet little kitten :D

Dear Lord No!!

Arggghhh....

Interesting question, why no cats or dogs in GF?
Posts: 269 | Registered: Saturday, May 24 2003 07:00
Speculation about "that door"...? in Geneforge 2
Shock Trooper
Member # 3022
Profile #2
quote:
Originally written by Reality Corp.:

Or maybe its just a...

sweet little kitten :D

Dear Lord No!!

Arggghhh....

Interesting question, why no cats or dogs in GF?
Posts: 269 | Registered: Saturday, May 24 2003 07:00
Speculation about "that door"...? in Geneforge Series
Shock Trooper
Member # 3022
Profile #0
Ok, anyone want to make any guesses/place any bets on what is inside the mysterious locked door in Benerii-Uss?

I'm guessing its some kinda of demon, since we know that the Awakened had one and the barzites had two, and we don't want the takers to miss out... Maybe even a demon portal, a living one...
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