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Jeran, Nioca: Both look better. :D

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Originally written by LakiRa@:

In small words:mutation during evolution
Now here's the thing. Can we trace all topics of such substance back to inane one-liners by abrasive newbs? Because clearly if we can't, then evolution from a common ancestor is false, and we should all go to church and do penance. :P

Now here's something I'm curious about. Stillness, you said you don't believe in a common ancestor, but agree that the process known as evolution takes place. How far back do you place the point where species were created/spontaneously-generated?

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Originally written by Jeran Korak:

Crap! I have had WAY to much D&D recently. Consider the post not only edited but washed out with soap and disinfectant.
Good to hear it. I look forward to the revised version.

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Originally written by Sarachim:

A question: Are there fixed points of contact between Avernum, Upper Avernum, and the surface, like in the games? If so, where are they?
I would assume so, but I don't think we really set anything in stone. Go nuts... as of A5, it seems like everyone's trying to get more portals set up going between the caves and surface, so it would make sense to assume that they aren't all that rare (though not all of them would be high-powered enough to take people through safely).

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Originally written by Nioca:

Crap. I just read Goldenking's post with fresh eyes, and realized that we both laid claim to the same town: Gidrik. Since GK came first (and I doubt that he'd give it up), I'll have to see if I can find some workaround.
...*sigh*. Why is everyone in Valorim? Can't anyone else make up city names? Are we really this fiercely bound to canon?

(Read: I'm getting sick of being the only one in Vantanas. :P )

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Originally written by Synergy:

Let's say though that the reality of the universe is that life does evolve and conglomerate to higher levels of cooperation and awareness - that this is precisely what the mysterious thing we call "life" does.
Well... when those particular attributes are favorable under local environmental conditions. Or when individuals with those particular traits get lucky.

Something that a lot of people seem to misunderstand about evolution is that it has no actual 'goal', per se. There is neither an ascent nor a descent of mankind, or for any other species. There's just a timeline, one that chronicles a species's attempt to hit the moving target that is the ideal collection of traits under the current circumstances. 'Evolution' is the process of species making it up as they go along.

EDIT: Just for the record. Synergy, I do not understand any part of your post past that first sentence.

[ Tuesday, January 08, 2008 21:40: Message edited by: Ephesos ]

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Originally written by Goldenking:

Plans are being made to revive Tygra by means of necromancy.

These plans had better go awry. And I'm generally a little skeptical about retrieving one man's corpse out of a twice-ransacked city.

Other than that, nice.

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Originally written by Starman1985:

but truth be told I am certain atleast 9/10 of the poeple on this forum are younger than 14.
I am almost certain that you are completely and utterly wrong.

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Alright, Jeran. This RP will not tolerate over-powered characters, as it has had problems with such in the past. So let's get some things straight:

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Quite large to tiny bands in all major cities and most towns.
No. No faction can pull this off, particularly after the Time of the Star. You're forgetting that we didn't so much beat the rakshasi, but more outlasted their finite numbers.

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HQ in old Erox
Actually, I like this.

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the Guardians of the Star believe that the Rakshasa were not the only beings heralded by the coming of the red star
Just so you know, and this applies to everyone, you can believe it, but it doesn't make it true. The rakshasi were the only invaders, and the Red Star is gone. Forever.

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Galvin Magnus himself is an Arch-Mage, rumoured to be immortal through his vast skills as a necromancer and invoker, he often marches with the Guardians and supports them with his vast array of incredibly deadly spells, summonings and enchantments. He even has learned the arts of might and is more then capable of defending and even defeating his enemies in melee combat.
No, no, no. Nobody's faction leader is immortal. Nobody's faction leader gets deadly spells, necromancy, and combat prowess. No +20 Swords of Idiocy. Tone it back. A lot.

So truly, the two main problems with your faction are the god-leader and the degree to which your faction seems to have weathered the storm of the rakshasi. You see, nobody in Ermarian of any significant power saw it coming, so nobody could have formed a reasonable defense before the fact. So if you want to have your faction pre-date the Time of the Star, they've got to be an beaten-down remnant of the former forces seeking refuge from the last of the rakshasi, because everyone and everything more or less got torched in some way. In that case, you don't get to be in "all the major towns and cities".

Your other option is to have the faction exist as a response to the Time of the Star, in which case it would be formed from the remnants of more powerful forces. This means that just like everyone else, you're just establishing yourself amidst the wreckage of Ermarian. It also means that you don't get to be in "all the major towns and cities", because you're probably just beginning to localise in one area. And if you're really dedicated to fighting the rakshasi, don't be afraid to set up shop in Aizo.

I hope this has been informative, and I hope that you choose to stick with the RP. But I also hope you understand that if you don't change your faction, you're as good as out. That kind of overpowered stuff may be tolerated in other RPs, but not here.

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quote:
Originally written by Lt. Sullust:

How many years have passed since the last thread?
Less than a year, actually. The rakshasi spread out quickly.

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Originally written by LakiRa@:

Is my faction OK?This is my first time participating in RP so helpful criticism is welcome.
Looks okay to me. In the last thread there was a faction located in the Honeycomb and Mertis (Athron's Ascendancy), but the controller (Sir David) has said that he might not return to the RP. There was only like one post with it anyway.

So your call if you want to move it, but everything else looks alright.

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No, not so much.

(patiently waits for topic to show any usefulness)

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The Order has returned!

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Ivrel, on the island of Krell - Brother Clearwater, leader of the Order of Krell, paused. He stood in the basement of the Council Hall, one of the few buildings to have more or less survived the Time of the Star. His eyes were locked on the pool of water in front of him, where images of far-off temples swam. Most of the temples were half-ruined, some reduced to rubble.

It could have been so much worse...

He had done his best. He had defended the islands entrusted to the Order to the best of his ability, and had never once tried to forsake his duty to the people. And he had restored some peace, at least now that the rakshasi were retreating.

He heard a crashing sound from the rooms above, followed by shouting. Taking to the stairs, the druid quickly found himself in the Council's meeting chamber, along with a lone rakshasa.

Clearwater had stayed away from the front lines in the fight against the rakshasi, and he had not yet stood face-to-face with one of the invaders. So it was quite a surprise to him when the alien drew a curiously-shaped sword and carved a long, deep wound across his chest. This wound would not be healed. The druid crumpled to the floor just as a group of warriors and priests charged up the stairs.

"Brother Clearwater!" yelled Sister Nimbus, the nephil warrior who stood at the head of the group.

The young nephil's mind raced, sizing up the beast. She pulled a wand from her belt, a sturdy oak affair which cast a dazing spell. While the others prepared blessings and more powerful spells, she aimed and uttered a quick blessing. The rakshasa, seeing itself cornered, moved to deliver the fatal blow to Brother Clearwater.

And then a short oaken wand buried itself between the rakshasa's eyes. It was too stunned to defend itself from the cloud of whirring blades which now sped toward it.

The dead rakshasa exited the building through a stained glass window, arcing gracefully to the ground outside the Hall.

While a few warriors sprinted back down the stairs to make sure the fiend was dead, Sister Nimbus knelt by the dying leader of her order.

"Nimbus..." Brother Clearwater whispered. "Take it."

Sister Nimbus nodded solemnly, picking the dying druid's staff up off the ground. Clearwater laid a single hand on the staff, and it glowed a stunningly bright blue. Then, the druid quietly closed his eyes, and passed on to the paradise beyond.

The other druids and warriors in the room shouted or cried, but Sister Nimbus remained silent. There was still much work to be done.

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Faction Name: The Order of Krell
Leader Name: Sister Nimbus
Location: Spread across Vantanas and the surrounding islands
Government: Enlightened theocracy
Religion: Nature-worship
Description: The Order of Krell, whose members are commonly referred to as the Druids, was founded in the year 804 by a mage known as Ephesos, on the island of Krell (situated off the northwest coast of Vantanas). The order began life as a resistance movement against the particularly oppressive Empire rule on Krell. Since the Order's inception, leadership passed along the priesthood, making sure that only the truly devoted could ascend to power in the Order.

For its entire history, the Order has stood for peace, along with the responsible use of the wilds. As a result, the Order has clashed with the Empire several times, even after winning the island of Krell's semi-independence. All territory under the Order's watch is kept pristine and clean, with ecological harmony maintained as best as possible.

Since its founding, the Order has remained open to all races, boasting that even a goblin chose to enter an apprenticeship in the year 1074. The Order has consistently preached cooperation between races, both magical and non-. Controls on magic are minimal, though mages working in Order-controlled lands are careful to avoid polluting the local landscape. The exceptions, unsurprisingly, are any work done with undead or demons, as the Order has a particularly hostile streak towards them. Necromancy is punishable by death.

After the Fall, the Order reached out to the surrounding islands, successfully forging an alliance to defend the people of Vantanas. The Order also aided in driving the human-supremacist Hunters from Valorim. Attempts to make peace with mainland Vantanas were interrupted by the Time of the Star, which resulted in the greatest destruction the Order has ever known.

When the rakshasi left Vantanas, they left behind the ruin of a once great power. However, they failed to completely kill off the spirit of the Order, and the Druids pledge to rebuild the land of Vantanas, and restore the beauty they defended many times before.

Most of the Order's members are trained in priestly and natural magic, and many of its priests have trained extensively as warriors.

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quote:
Originally written by Goldenking:

Ephesos, factional RP's are a whole different can of worms. Which you know, but I though I'd like to highlight with the others.
I'm aware of that, and to that end when this rp wraps up I'm considering starting another character-based one. Perhaps something a little less ridiculous. :P

(not that ridiculous is a bad thing, it just seems to cause trouble more often than not)

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Those maps are currently 404s because Aran is working out issues with his hosting company, so everything on the ermarian network is down.

You definitely do not need to read the original thread... most of it's good stuff if you need a good read, though. But if you don't read the original, be prepared to be a little flexible in case you try to set up directly on top of another faction.

EDIT: Just for clarification, this RP is going to be moderated to some degree, in the sense that we won't be allowing nonsense. I expect Alec will do a lot of this pseudo-moderating, but until he gets back (with new maps, hopefully), I will take that role.

[ Monday, January 07, 2008 13:17: Message edited by: Ephesos ]

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Actually, he does on occasion. Usually it's more of a 'popping in for a second' thing, like with responses to threads in the A5 forum. Occasionally, he shares his own responses to the game.

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Alright, two things. One, you don't need to respond to every single post in your topic. Two, as for Jeff participating in General, honestly why would he subject himself to all of us if it has nothing to do with his games? ( :P )

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Rocky's Revival (World of Avernum Factional RP Revival Discussion) in General
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HEY!

Here we go! IC OoC

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This the OoC (out of character) thread for the latest incarnation of the Avernum RP. This is where everything not written in character should go, to prevent cluttering of the IC thread. This helps us avoid the almost inevitable topic crash that UBB bestows upon most of our RPs.

Some resources:Also, post here if you've got questions about faction suitability and/or any of the rules.

[ Friday, January 11, 2008 23:03: Message edited by: Ephesos ]

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The year 1135 IE was a turning point for the Empire. A turning point in the sense that, before the turn, the Empire existed, and afterwards, it did not. Rebel resistance had been brewing for years, but the Empire, having vanquished all enemies it had ever faced, did not take it seriously. As it would turn out, that was a terrible, terrible mistake. On the 13th of Remembrance, 1135, the resistance struck, assassinating Emperor Hadrian IV and all Imperial Governors on the four continents. The capitals were burned, coffers ransacked, and general turmoil spread across the land. Empire soldiers were offered a choice between fighting and dying for a falling government, or fleeing and offering their services as hired swords. Most chose to run. With no standing army, a ruined infrastructure, and no organization, the remaining Empire officials were slaughtered or went into hiding.

-Chronicle of the Fall
The chaos following the Fall of the Empire was never documented very well. Some say that history is only written by the winners, and with hundreds of combatants the 'winner' was never clear. Accounts of the years following the Fall are infrequent, heavily biased, and often bear scorch-marks. But not long after the fall, the new political landscape of Ermarian had for the most part crystallized. Factions made war and alliances, but for the most part the significant players in the new Ermarian had arrived.

And then the rakshasi came. Heralded by a massive red star over the continent of Vantanas, their army swarmed over the whole of Ermarian for several months. Factions which had until then seen their power go unchallenged were ground into dust. Understandably, accounts of this time are all but nonexistent.

Fortunately for the races of Ermarian, the rakshasi soon over-extended themselves. Some say that a few legendary adventurers were responsible for the defeat of the rakshasi leader, others say demons from yet another realm helped topple their reign of terror. But one thing was certain: once they emerged from their realm into the world of Ermarian, they could not summon more help. Over time their numbers dwindled, until they were forced to abandon their war. Apart from the occasional lone wanderer, the rakshasi have not been seen for years. The races of Ermarian only pray that they do not reappear.

Following the Time of the Star, the factions of Ermarian set out to rebuild their world once again. Destruction from the rakshasi invasion still scars the continents, and countless lives have been lost. Many factions still have yet to re-establish contact with one another, leading to shattered alliances and gross misunderstandings at former borders.

This world, broken by an invasion unlike any other, is yours. You enter into it as the leader of a faction that survived the war, or one that was created out of the ensuing chaos. Your goals will vary. Some will seek to restore the glory of Ermarian before the rakshasi arrived, some will seek to reshape the world to fit their own ideas. Some will make war, others will seek knowledge and peace. The only sure thing in this world is that you have the power to make what you will from the ruins.

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Suggestions for factions:
  • Empire splinter groups
  • Local coalitions
  • Groups of wandering soldiers, bandits, etc. that have taken over territory
  • Religions
  • Groups of mages or researchers
  • Guilds, trade groups
  • Sliths, nephils, other nonhumans (giants, troglos, goblins, giant spiders etc.)
  • Other groupsAvailable spaces:Valorim (map) - Valorim saw the most conflict between factions out of any continent, with well-documented collapses and wars. This conflict made the rakshasi invasion that much easier, and it is still uncertain how many factions survived the turmoil.
  • Avernum (and the rest of the caves) (map) - Avernum was largely untouched by the invasion, though it had already experienced more than enough conflict. Contact with the surface was partially disrupted by the rakshasi, and has yet to be fully re-established.
  • Pralgad (map) - Reports from Pralgad have been few and far between, even before the invasion. The situation is largely unknown there, except that the rakshasi have been driven out.
  • Vantanas (map) - The site of the raskashi emergence, mainland Vantanas bears the most grievous damage from the invasion. The surrounding archipelagos show similar but lesser amounts of damage. The political situation on the mainland was never truly settled after the Fall, and the rakshasi ensured that it remained just as chaotic. Several volcanoes erupted following the invasion, which some have blamed on the rakshasi as well.
  • Aizo - After the Fall, Aizo's political landscape never fully crystallized into a set of recognizable factions. It is unknown whether these factions survived the Time of the Star, and thus some have claimed that the few remaining rakshasi have retreated to the woods of Aizo to regroup.
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Final words: You should develop a general ideology for your faction or a reason for its existence, but it can evolve as time goes on.
Players are encouraged to develop alliances, treaties, etc. It is useful to talk to other players through PMs, email, and AIM. Also, please make use of the OoC thread for all out-of-character conversations, because it helps keep this thread uncluttered.

Faction leaders can die or be killed, but it should not happen often. Factions should only be dissolved if their player has been severely outmaneuvered, in which case they can take up another faction.

Go.

[ Friday, January 11, 2008 22:46: Message edited by: Ephesos ]

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quote:
Originally written by Jeran Korak:

If this dies. I might try one. I've had an RP universe kicking around for a bit.
If this dies, join the Avernum RP, which is here!

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The Ermarian Network is currently offline due to some problem with the dreamhost server Aran uses. He's not sure what's up yet, but he'll work on it as soon as he can access it. But it's not his fault. :P

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quote:
Originally written by dpd282:

Sorry my first post was a plea for help.
Happens with a lot of us, actually. Don't worry 'bout it.

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Hey, folks... in the future, it'd be nice if you would refrain from linking to all those lovely, inappropriate and CoC-breaking bots. They're annoying, but that doesn't mean that they deserve any attention.

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Alright, I will now spend part of this weekend crafting a new intro/summary post, and the maps can appear later if Alec ever gets to them. This needs to get itself moving, and I have just enough time left before classes start again to do it. :P

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