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Geneforge 4, Indie RPG Of The Year 2007 in General
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Congrats, Jeff!

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Favorite Spiderweb Game in General
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That doesn't mean that they don't have a place in the history of Spiderweb, and you know that as well as we all knew two Thursdays from last week.

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Favorite Spiderweb Game in General
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You forgot all the Richard White Games. And Subterra.

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Exodus sequel? in Blades of Avernum
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Do you really think there could be a substantial TM scenario without the rakshasi featuring prominently in it?

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RELEASED: 'Kingdom Hall' in Blades of Avernum
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...

Odd.

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Conforming Floors in Blades of Avernum
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1) Only if you're overwriting floor types that already conform, so no.

2) Only if you're overwriting the existing frills, so no.

Sorry. :(

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Episode 4: Spiderweb Reloaded. Something like that anyway. in General
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Ah, hooray. At least we know what's going on now.

EDIT: To the below, at least I can't be zombified. And besides, how embarrassing would it be to come back to life and not know what was going on? :P

[ Saturday, January 12, 2008 14:11: Message edited by: Ephesos ]

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The Avernum RP, OoC Thread in General
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Jeran, here's a simple fix: move your faction off of Valorim so it doesn't heavily interfere with the others. It already sounds like your faction won't be the kind to be fighting at the gates of its HQ, and it'll be more the type that operates through long-range, finessed missions. So if you move a bit, even up to Pralgad, you should have no trouble going semi-inactive.

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[censored]! in General
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No, I'd say that there's a very good chance that this law will be passed, for reasons outlined above. It won't be enforced that heavily, is my guess.

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The Avernum RP, Summaries Thread in General
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Faction: The Order of Krell

Ideology: The main goal of the Order is to protect the lands under their control, both in the sense of guarding the territory and safeguarding the land itself. At this time, this primarily means rebuilding all the parts of Vantanas destroyed or defiled by the rakshasi. The Order was and continues to be in opposition to the exploitative policies of the Empire, though they have avoided direct opposition in the past. The druids of the Order will protect the part of the natural world under their stewardship at almost any cost. The faction also makes a point of speaking out for oppressed people (particularly non-humans).

Restoring contact with the other continents is secondary in importance to re-unifying Vantanas.

History: (focusing on RP matters only) After the Fall, the Order focused on unifying Vantanas and the surrounding islands under its banner. They met with resistance from mainland Vantanas in the form of King Accis (NPC faction), who controlled the former imperial capital of Woodsmuir. However, most of the islands fell in line with the Order quickly. Almost immediately, the Order came into conflict with the Hunters, and played a vital role in their destruction.

When the rakshasi invaded, the Order never ceased fighting them, and met with enough success to survive, but not much more. With its former leader killed and its current leader missing, the Order's primary challenge is rebuilding all that was lost to the rakshasi.

Misc details: Nobody of any importance in the Order is without priestly magic. And remember the whole nature-affinity thing.

Important Characters (please do not kill or reanimate without warning)
  • Sister Nimbus - A nephil, she is the current leader of the Order, and currently kidnapped by Alaran of the Cult of Grah-hoth.
  • Brother Redscale - A slith, he coordinated the Order's military while it struggled with the rakshasi. He's blind in one eye.
  • Sister Quartz - Senior druid who led a crew into the Karnold Isles, where they weathered the Time of the Star.
  • Brother Yewbark - A senior druid who survived capture by the former 'ruler' of mainland Vantanas, currently an advisor in Ivrel.
  • Sister Elmleaf - A senior druid, and possibly the most powerful healer in the islands. She currently keeps watch over the scrying pools.
  • The council members - Just remember that they exist and have a say in the affairs of the Order. They can be killed, just preferably not all of them.
Sphere of Influence: The islands surrounding Vantanas, and a fair chunk of the mainland.
Relations with other Factions:
  • Neo-Hunters - Knowledge of their existence, and fierce loathing. :P
  • Cult of Grah-Hoth - Probably going to figure out what's happened soon enough.Post Summary#1 - Brother Clearwater is killed by a rakshasa, Sister Nimbus succeeds him.
  • #2 - Council realizes Nimbus is gone, and Nimbus takes out one of the Cult kidnappers.
  • #3 - Brother Redscale gives the emissary from Telkavoth a cold reception.
  • #4 - Sister Quartz kills the last of the rakshasi in the Karnold Isles.


[ Friday, February 08, 2008 10:44: Message edited by: Ephesos ]

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The Avernum RP, OoC Thread in General
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Dintiradan: Good call.

Excalibur, for the record, this is not a Victorian prose competition. When you want to say "There's a corridor with spiders, and somebody stepped on one,"

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The spider squirmed frantically from its entwinement, scuttling haphazardly towards the wall. The approaching torches illuminated the vapid sedimentary rock it yearned for. The spider raised its pedipalps at a descending moccasin. The fangs became intermingled with its sister organs.
Is a slightly long-winded way of saying so. So I guess what I'm trying to say is, your posts are hard to read. Or, it's a trying task to divine the true meaning of the materials you have distributed. :P

And I'm still generally alarmed at how little people seem to think that things have changed since A3.

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[censored]! in General
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Heh. St. Charles, MO is the uppity suburb of St. Louis that's currently fashionable for all the white folks who feel the need to make the greater St. Louis area even larger and emptier. So don't take what they say all that seriously.

I say let 'em. Then maybe people will come back to the city. Or at least the closer counties. :P

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The Avernum RP, OoC Thread in General
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ET - (applauds)

Nikki - Are you sure you want that character to be named Aralen? We already have an Alaran. :P

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What are you learning right now? in General
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Yay for not really knowing your schedule until the last minute!

L13 E Comp 321 02 - Fiction Writing 2. Last time I took a fiction writing course, I got the distinct impression that the department resents fantasy/sci-fi writing. I was also pointed towards a class dealing more specifically with that sort of genre. But here we go again.

L23 Re St 245 01 - The Buddhist Traditions. Can you say 'distribution requirement'? Actually, I'm kind of interested in this class, but I am mainly taking it because I need to fill some reqs.

L24 Math 132 01 F - Calculus 2. Required for the Environmental Studies major. Probably going to hate it.

L41 Biol 4182 01 - Macroevolution. Upper-level elective for the Environmental Studies major. Hopefully going to like it.

L77 WGS 100B 03 - Intro to Women and Gender Studies. It conveniently fills a distribution requirement while also being a class I can actually care about. Yay!

L28 P.E. 240 01 (waitlisted) - Intermediate Tennis. Wish I could take this, but it conflicts with the above.

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The Avernum RP, OoC Thread in General
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Nioca, enjoy the negotiations. I know the Council will. :P

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The Avernum RP, IC Thread in General
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New days will always dawn. -Teachings of the Order

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Ivrel-

The last of the candles were burning down in the Council Hall as the various emissaries awaited news of Nimbus's whereabouts. Some where asleep, some were busy arguing (quietly) about reconstruction, and some just sat staring out the window, which still had a rakshasa-sized hole in it. Brother Redscale sat at the base of the window, half-meditating and half-asleep.

The dawn came. Just as it always will... the druid thought.

Then, a knock. Brother Yewbark, the senior druid who barely escaped Woodsmuir when the rakshasi came to level it, had brought a messenger.

"Redscale, a messenger from Valorim." Yewbark said. He then bowed and left.

The messenger seemed nervous, and clearly did not expect to enter such a crowded room. The sleeping council slowly began to wake as the visitor approached Redscale.

"I am Nedar, and I come bearing goodwill from the Sanctuary of Telkavoth, and I wish to speak to Brother Clearwater."

Redscale sighed. Sanctuary? The Hunters wanted to make a sanctuary...

The slith stood, dwarfing Nedar by a significant margin. "Brother Clearwater was fatally wounded by a rakshasa several days ago, and he has passed on. I am Brother Redscale, and you will speak with me instead. What is it you wish?"

By now, the council was fully awake. At the very least, fully conscious. Nedar was clearly uncomfortable at this point. Iocabe had not told him to expect this, and Nedar had a bad feeling that treating this slith like the 'inexperienced leader' that Iocabe had spoken of would result in a fairly painful death.

"I wish to extend the offer of an alliance, on behalf of the Sanctuary of Telkavoth. Our groups share similar goals, and in this time of need it would benefit us both to aid one another's recovery from the rakshasi invasion."

"If it is aid you want, you have come to the wrong place. The Order is busy rebuilding itself, and our next priority is to help re-unite the divided mainland of Vantanas."

Some of the council members began to chime in:
"Go back to Valorim, spy!"
"We've got enough problems of our own!"
"And what'll we get from you? Nothing!"
"Show him the way the rakshasa went!"

Redscale lifted a hand to silence them. "You see, we have been troubled by the events of Valorim in the past, and our involvement has deprived our people of the resources they require. You might remember the Hunter menace of the days before the Star?"

At this, Nedar's eyes lit up. This was the chance to cement an alliance. "So we have a common foe! The Hunters still linger in Valorim, and they threaten our border."

The Council grew agitated at the mention of the Hunters. Most were still under the impression that they had been crushed. Redscale made no motion to silence them.

"Nedar of Telkavoth. You are correct in that we have a common foe. Some here have lost family to the Hunters, and we have pledged to help destroy them in the past. But you will listen to me, and you will understand."

Nedar, unsure, nodded.

"You are in the lands of the Order of Krell. And your leaders would not be the first to underestimate our might. Even after the Time of the Star, we are strong. And know this. If you make one threat, one mistruth, maybe one idle boast, I will not hesitate to have you-"

Nedar cringed.

"-returned to Valorim on a slow barge."

The messenger relaxed, and Redscale smiled.

"However, you might not be alive to enjoy the journey. Come, we have much to discuss."

The Council applauded as Redscale bade the bewildered man to sit.

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I don't think so... I would recommend adding some depth to the faction, however. :P

EDIT: Where did it say Alaran is female? I only saw nonspecific 'mage'.

[ Thursday, January 10, 2008 21:47: Message edited by: Ephesos ]

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Nioca, I'll deal with your messenger in my next post. And you're going to love neogtiating with the interim leader. :P

Sarachim, it took me a day to realize that you captured my leader. And I couldn't let her go quietly. :P

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Nature's repetition is the best guard against tragedy. The mantle will always be taken up again, as long as someone can stand. -Teachings of the Order

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Ivrel-

The council chamber was crowded. Representatives from each island under the Order's banner tried to fit around the meeting table which was designed for sixteen. Now, with the post-Star chaos still largely unresolved, most islands had either sent multiple representatives in case of an attack, or not sent anyone. And of course, everyone was talking at once.

"Clearwater is dead? We cannot deal with another leader right now!"
"Who is this Nimbus fellow? Oh, not a fellow."
"Where is the Order in our direst time of need?"

At the seat normally reserved for the leader of the Order, an imposing slith named Brother Redscale stood watching the group. In Nimbus's absence, he was the highest-ranking druid in the islands, and one of the few surviving advisors to Clearwater. He had led a force into the heart of Vantanas, where they had stood strong against a large force of rakshasi. In that fight, Redscale had allied with a group of similarly-minded demons, in one of the strangest forced friendships ever. They had won, destroying a substantial force of rakshasi. But the cost had been great, and Redscale himself had lost vision in one eye, as well as several claws. It had also shortened his temper.

"SILENCE!" the slith boomed. Everyone listened. "I know you have questions. The Order's first priority is rebuilding the islands, starting with Krell."

A series of small outbursts followed, but Redscale continued. "Any who need shelter may remain here until help can be brought to their island. Rest assured, the alliance will be preserved. Clearwater would have wanted no less." He knew that would win them over... the other emissaries respected Clearwater, and by extension had always trusted Redscale. Hopefully that would not change.

"But where is Sister Nimbus?" asked Rincon, the emissary from the island of Eos.

Brother Redscale sighed and glanced out the window. "We do not know. I have sent a few warriors out to look for her, and Sister Elmleaf is checking the scrying pool. We will find her."

As Redscale finished saying this, Sister Elmleaf burst into the room, shouting "She's gone!"

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Somewhere in the ocean, sometime in the night

"She's stirring," Kuge said, prodding the sleeping form of Alaran while he watched the bound nephil. He was worried. Xivuth had told them to find a druid, and they had. However, he couldn't help but feel that they had erred.

As an Abyss Knight, he had been well-informed of the political scene of the surface world, and he had heard tales of the druids. That was why Xivuth had chosen him to take part in the mission. But he knew that the druids could be a force when riled...

But he did not know just how conscious Sister Nimbus was. He soon found that she was conscious enough to launch a bolt of holy energy strong enough to knock him unconscious into the ocean.

Alaran jumped up and immobilized Nimbus with a few syllables. He lowered his face down to the deck so she could see him.

"Nephil. Do you know how to sail a ship?" he asked, his voice barely a whisper. Nimbus, unable to move, simply growled.

"Good. Because now you're going to help me."

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quote:
Originally written by Synergy:

*happy thoughts* *happy thoughts*

Honestly, this is all I'm seeing. And part of me feels bad, because it just logically means that I'm as much of a cold, soulless cynic as Synergy seems to view us as. But here's the thing. The other part of me doesn't care.

Because here's the thing. I'm a bit more of a realist. It doesn't mean that I don't believe in love or happiness or cancer-curing hopping bunnies, it just means that I'm a bit less inclined to believe the talk than I am the actions behind the talk. And that's all an internet forum is: talk. Lots of it. And with just talk, it's a little more important to cite your facts.

Doesn't mean that we're cold. Doesn't mean that we're soulless. Just means we're interested in discussing things with a set of ground rules, like "empirical proof leads to a strong argument".

And this big change, this upcoming paradigm shift you keep talking about. I can't believe a single word of it. 'Cause that kind of thing isn't something we can see. It's not like one day we're going to wake up and know we're in The Future, complete with flying cars and world peace. It's going to happen gradually, if it even happens, and we'll barely notice it. But it'll happen because individual people make small choices that add up to something big, even if it's just people being a little nicer, or a little smarter. It's not going to happen because everyone suddenly agreed on something or believed in something.

So I guess all I'm really trying to say here is shut up. Stop demeaning the forum, stop demeaning the people in the forum, and stop fighting battles you know that you're not going to win, because it's getting old.

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The Avernum RP, OoC Thread in General
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quote:
Originally written by Excalibur:

Ephesos: Would you rather have the thieves guild located somewhere else?
I mean, it's really up to you. You might note, after all, that all of the factions but one are either in Avernum or Valorim. So if you want some room for both movement and creativity, I'd say move it.

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Originally written by Nioca:

Also, the Anama would probably have retreated back to the Isle of Bigail, assuming the Rakshasi didn't finish them entirely.
I believe Lazarus will be taking the Anama back up at some point soon-ish, so we'll see what he does with it.

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