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By Thuryl:
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This was, of course, false when you were writing at it but true when we're looking at it.
What makes you think I wrote that directly on my hand? I took a picture of my hand, then painstakingly drew on the blue ink pixel by pixel. That hack Magritte had it so easy.

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Hey, c'mon. I follow through on my promises... several days later.

Yeah, I know. I fail, indeed.

Nikki, hopefully you don't mind what I've done with Brand.

I also didn't touch Laz's character. I'll leave that up to him.

Update to summary thread tomorrow-ish.

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Demetrius wants you to be his tool!
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The day was unseasonably warm, and many of the students had doffed their outer robes as they made their rounds from building to building. Not so Demetrius. He strode across the grounds, snake-head staff in hand. Appearances had to be kept up, periodically. Besides, a simple cantrip kept him from getting too warm. He glanced over his shoulder. "So. How have our Hunter friends changed over the years?"

Archmage Boris trod alongside, the sunlight gleaming off his balding pate. "Changed," he answered slowly, "changed enough. Before, it was an army running a city and its environs. Ruled by one man, who used his charisma to keep the populace in check. But now... There is still a leader, and still an army, but their greatest strength now is their people. And the people are more than willing to risk their livelihood for the Hunter cause. This Evergreen alluded to new settlements being constructed in North Krizsan at an alarming rate. It's a human migration, Demetrius." He paused for effect. "And they want to send men into the Dominion."

"They won't do that, if for no other reason than logistical. I cannot imagine that they have the population to focus on rapidly constructing more than several settlements at a time. Besides, they will soon depend on us for the portal, so angering us by sending a mass of settlers into our lands will be against their best interests."

Boris nodded thoughtfully. "Has the team left then?"

"No, Archmage Tychius and his men leave in the morning." The west side of the College was a bustle of activity, as the Dominion's small collection of priceless power crystals were loaded into sturdy covered waggons. It was unfortunate that the location of the new portal had to be so far from lands firmly under Dominion control, but Tychius had determined long ago that it would be incredibly difficult to erect a new portal on the lands near the College. "The defence of the crystal during the trip will be overseen by Agent Celeste. She's done this sort of thing before, and she knows Krizsan province like the back of her hand. I don't think her absence would be missed among the party of Agents we're sending up north."

Boris tsked. "That noise again. What are you planning up there?"

"Not much... for now. A diplomat - probably Archmage Cara - will be sent along to finally get in direct contact with this Sanctuary. As for the rest... Agent Denise and her company are going to get acquainted with the workings of this new cult."

"Sending your Agents in first to soften things up. The same tactics again," Boris grumbled. "They didn't work for you last time, and they won't work this time either. And I wouldn't be so quick to incorporate the Hunters into your plans for North Karnold. For all we know, they plan to focus their attention downwards after the portal is completed."

Such insolence, Demetrius thought. None of the council members would have had the spine before to speak such things to his face. But the previous failure up north had been often attributed to him overextending the Dominion's reach. Still, there was no better path to be had than simply proving the naysayers wrong.

Something Boris had said left Demetrius puzzled. "You know, you're one of the few council members who hasn't disagreed with the Hunter alliance on the whole. You're even the one who made it a reality. And yet, you don't think we should rely on them in our expansions. Tell me, if you don't see the Hunters as tools, what do you see them as?"

"Simple." Boris clasped his hands behind his back. "I see them as neighbours. Forget your dreams of restoring the Empire, Demetrius. They are as unattainable as the Hunters' goal of racial purity. We should forget that which we cannot conquer, and focus on what lies within our own borders."

The magister smirked. "Oh ye of little ambition. As for restoring the Empire, I don't plan on tackling that monumental task myself. It will take care of itself. I just plan on seizing as large a chunk of it as possible in the name of the Dominion." He chuckled. "You know, I've always thought that the Sun is as much an emblem of the Empire as of Avernum. Looking through the lens of history, the Empire has been constantly plagued with rebellions and coups. But ultimately, the sun rises again and the body emerges intact, often changed, but still the same monolithic symbol of control."

He would have continued, but he was hailed from across the courtyard by an apprentice. The young man tentatively approached the pair. "Ma-magister Demetrius, I-, y-you weren't in your study..."

"I can take a break and enjoy a walk around the grounds as much as anyone else," Demetrius responded, bemused.

"Yes..." The timid apprentice paused for a moment, then gestured behind himself to a dark skinned man Demetrius hadn't noticed. "This is an emissary from the Phoenix Empire. I was told to bring him to you, but you weren't in your study-"

"Well, you've found me now. Thank you for that." As the apprentice scurried away, Demetrius quickly sized the other man up. He was garbed in light leather armour - clearly a battle mage. Unsurprising, considering the Phoenix Empire was run by an army regiment. He approached the other man and gave a slight bow. "Greetings, friend, and welcome to Redmark College. I am Magister Demetrius, and this here is Archmage Boris."

The battle mage bowed in return, giving a nod to Boris. "I am Battle Mage Asconsin Brand, of the 51st Regiment of the Imperial Army." Clearly, the Imperial army (or what was left of it) didn't carry on the tradition of mages ceasing to use their surnames when they reached a high enough rank. "Myself and others are here to represent the Phoenix Empire, and its goals of restoring the Empire to power."

Behind Brand's back, Boris rolled his eyes. Demetrius ignored him. "Truly, a lofty, though difficult, goal. You said you have come with others? I think I know where they will be housed. Come, we can talk on the way." Boris excused himself, and the two remaining mages began walking toward a building on the south side of the College. As the other man did not speak up, Demetrius began speaking. "So, I trust your journey east went well?"

Brand grunted, eyeing Demetrius. "Uneventful enough, considering we were passing through Hunter occupied territory."

"I was not aware that the Phoenix Empire and the Hunters were on hostile terms."

"It is not that far gone yet, though relations are most certainly strained. Suffice to say that we have reasons not to trust the Hunters." The man eyed Demetrius again. "And I hear that the Dominion of the Learned had recently struck an alliance with them."

Well, he certainly isn't one to draw things out. Demetrius passed a dozen responses through his mind before settling on one. "We were not aware of any duplicity on the Hunters' part." Toward the Phoenix Empire, at least. "Besides, I believe I hold many of the same views as your Dervish commander. We are trying to promote a return to unity. I cannot see how refusing an alliance with the Hunters would aid the Empire."

They had reached the building where Brand's compatriots were housed. The battle mage responded, "We shall see is either of us can dissuade the other. Might as well start the talks now; there is much to be discussed."

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At long last - an explanation why I am too lazy to give my characters surnames.
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Bump. IC in progress, by the way.

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Looked up the elevator shaft
To see
If the car was on the way down.
It was.
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By Actaeon:
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Out of curiosity, why do you ask?
Out of curiosity would be my guess.

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Lester Moore
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no more"
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Echoing what Nioca said - isn't the usage of StuffIt supposed to be deprecated now anyway?

And while I would probably be capable of hacking out a Windows port (at least, I'm capable of learning new APIs, which I'd have to do for GUI programming for Windows), I'm currently Bogged Down™. Oh, the joys of mapping out a process's available memory by trying a read/write on every single page and checking to see if a segfault was caused. I'd still be doing it, but apparently the BSD servers shut down at 12:30.

Maybe I'll have More Time In The Summer™.

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Next up: testing whether blunt objects make your head sore by repeatedly striking your head with a mallet! Guaranteed a good waste of a student's time!
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I just started "Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid" by Douglas Hofstadter a couple of days ago. Wheeee!

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Oh... joy.

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Goldenking: Seems I forgot the Exile thing. Wouldn't deporting them further north be easier? In any case, Upper Avernum needs to be scouted (again...).

By Nikki:
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As for the portals... Wouldn't the bigger cities (Krizsan, Gale, Lorelei, Shayder and Sharamik) have them anyway? I mean, it's either A4 or AtG (which should be canon anyway :P ) that says that portals from the surface to Avernum aren't as rare as they once were.
Yes, it is later, but this is after a revolution that toppled the two major governments. The portals were probably the first to go. Besides, I imagine that the clocks of progress were set back significantly during all the fighting.

As for the great span of time since Avernum 3: for simplicity, I'm going to assume that all towns in that game have evolved into larger cities. Of course there are countless villages between them now (the fantasy convention that you have to travel several days to get to the next settlement is very unrealistic compared to medieval Europe), and I don't mind throwing in a new city occasionally, especially in the open wildernesses of Avernum 3. But there's no point in reinventing the wheel when you have a perfectly serviceable one in front of you.

By Excalibur:
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You could play as Senarti if Ephesos allowed it.
Thralni made Where the Rivers Meet, if that's what you're thinking of.

Nalyd: Second what Nikki said. Everyone has to start somewhere. Besides, you were already in Legends of Divinity.

Lazarus: Is the first part of your last IC a flashback? In any case, I think I know what you're up to (guess I have to resurrect that plotline as well...). If I don't get around to posting an IC soon enough, just pick an Archmage and start talking.

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"You're late, Archmage Tychius."

"My apologies. I had something to attend to in my lab." Tychius shut the council room door behind him, and moved to his seat with his fellow archmages. "I presume the unkempt ruffians haggling with that clerk outside are yours, Celeste?"

"Yes," Agent Celeste responded. It seemed that even she didn't have much time before the meeting; she wasn't as travel stained as the adventurers outside, but she was still wearing padded armour. "They were more than reasonably competent, so I don't blame them for trying to land a better payment." She glanced at Demetrius. "Shall I continue?"

"Agent Celeste has been informing us of the state of affairs in Krizsan province," Demetrius explained. "Apparently, the Alliance of Science and Education has fallen apart."

"Yes. There's still somewhat of a remnant east of Silvar, in the villages surrounding what remains of Bolton. I'm using the term loosely - the title of Director is passed around every six months or so, usually violently."

To his left, Cara leaned forward. "And what lies to the west of that? Surely the Hunters have not expanded back that far yet."

"Well, there is a Hunter presence in Krizsan now, or so we heard. But that's as much sway as they hold for now in the area." Celeste steepled her fingers. "Soon after we arrived in Pergies, an small army entered Delan. Supposedly, they are Imperial soldiers who came from the north. I wouldn't be surprised if most of them weren't originally soldiers of the Empire; it's been a long while since the revolution. However, we did get a close look at their standards - it's the old 51st. What's more, by all accounts they are lead by a bona fide Dervish."

"A loyalist, this far south..." Demetrius shook his head. "The fact that the remnants of an Imperial regiment would set up shop in Valorim is strange in itself. That's something you would expect in the heartland of the Empire, not here. I can just imagine how Archmage Boris would react."

Cara spoke up. "And what is the state of relations between these loyalists and the Hunters in Krizsan?"

"We didn't note any hostilities, Archmage, and we suspect that some sort of truce was established between them," Celeste responded. "While we out west, the army spent most of its time consolidating power in the region. However, as we returned on the northern leg of our journey, we heard that Silvar had been taken by it. I'm not sure how the Hunters would react to that."

"Poorly, would be my guess," Tychius remarked dryly. He glanced around the council room. "Contacting this Dervish would be prudent, I'm sure."

"Of course," Demetrius replied. "At the very least, we need to get a sense of the man. As soon as Archmage Boris returns with the assurance that we can send a diplomatic party through Hunter lands in safety, we should send a group to meet with him."

At the other side of the council room, Archmage Diego swore loudly. Tychius had almost forgotten the man was there - he hardly ever spoke at the meetings. Demetrius looked at him hard, then turned back to Celeste. "Thank you for your report, Agent Celeste. You are dismissed." After she had left the room, he said, "Spill it, Diego."

"You know bloody well what I mean, Demetrius. I know you think the treaty is necessary, but it galls us all to ask permission to pass through their lands."

"It's a necessary evil, Archmage Diego," Eliza stated. "We've been fortunate enough to have the mountains to the north, but one scant river and a few patrols won't be enough to secure the western border. We need to extend the olive branch."

Diego glared at her with his one eye. "Were it any other entity, I would agree. But these are the Hunters. Surely none of you believe that they have turned a new leaf, have you? They'll still keep on lynching, murdering, and expanding - only this time they're moving back south instead of north."

Demetrius cleared his throat. "No idealist enjoys dealing with such xenophobes. But those here in this council chamber cannot afford to be idealists, only realists. There may be a time in the distant future when we will be able to secure our western border, regardless of how the Hunters feel about us. But until then, we will rely on our diplomatic relations with them."

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"A necromancer?" Boris pursed his lips in disgust. "Surely you don't believe that the College teaches such arts? We don't consider it a capital crime as some do, but all who inquire too deeply face a harsh reprimand, and those who actually practise the black arts face an immediate expulsion."

Surprisingly for a former druid, Evergreen persisted. "But surely, Archmage, you would know of someone with some skill in the field. Or some former apprentice who did dapple in the art."

Boris shook his head vehemently. "No, I do not. Granted, I am not one who oversees such distasteful matters, but I assure you that there is no such mage or student at Redmark College who would suit your needs."

"Very well. I am sure you will make the necessary inquiries discreetly upon your return." The other man cocked his head. "And what of the Hunters' other requests?"

Boris had to think for a moment; Evergreen's strange request had driven them from his mind. "We would be pleased to provide the Hunters with a contingent of battle mages to save guard against an attack from the Anama. I agree, a military alliance may prove to be for the best. I would hope that were the Dominion to come under attack, the Hunters would respond in kind. Regrettably, we have yet to make contact with the Sanctuary." From what he had heard, the faction was far from militant, though he had to placate the diplomat. "Perhaps if these priests see the Dominion backing the Hunters, they would think twice before expanding into your territory." If expanding they were.

Evergreen nodded, and waited expectantly. Boris wanted to avoid allowing the missionaries of the Hunters into Dominion lands. Their message of racism would not gain as much of a foothold there as other places - the bulk of the fighting against the Rakshasi had occurred on the western border, back and forth across the river and in Golddale. Still, he didn't doubt that they would cause some sort of problem. However, he didn't see a way out of it. He had to ensure that the Dominion would be able to send units through Hunter lands, and so the Dominion had to reciprocate in kind. "Have no fear, your missionaries will not be accosted, though I cannot guarantee their message will be accepted. I hope that one of the basic tenants of our new treaty is the capability to send non-military units across each others land freely."

Boris paused before answering the final request. In essence, it was the same as the one about the missionaries, but targeted at the students of the College instead of the common populace. That he had to find a way to reject. Finally, he shrugged his shoulders and responded. "As for contributing to the histories, all matters pertaining to them are dealt with by the archivists of Redmark College. Certainly, we would be happy to allow anyone, Hunter or otherwise, to be admitted to the College and be trained with the histories as part of their apprentice duties." He didn't add that all the senior archivists were greybeards, stooped with age.

Boris glanced over his shoulder at a rustling sound. "Ah, the initial drafts have arrived. Brother, do you have anything else to discuss before we set ink to parchment?"

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RE: The Thieves' Guild:
I'm sure the intent of the faction is to provide stealthy muscle for hire, much like the Adventurer's Guild in the previous incarnation of the RP. It's not just Excalibur's fault - nobody's started really fighting yet, and thus has no need of the guild. Yet.

I'll try incorporate hearing about the guild sometime in the next few ICs, though not the next one (which will be tomorrow).

By Sullust:
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I'm concerned about creating a 'network' of portals. Maybe there should be some guidelines about where factions can open portals? Teleporting massive armies into enemy faction zones seems unreasonable. But then again so does declaring zones where portals cannot be created...
I've always visualized portals to be like making a phone call - there has to be someone on the other end picking up to start the conversation. I'm sure there's examples in game canon that contradict this, but they would probably be unbalancing. I'm sure Laz wouldn't like it if all the senior mages of the College beamed into Shayder and started nuking the place.

How about this: all major portals (allow troop movement, trade, etc.) need a major investment from both the factions at each end. Multiple-destination portals (a la Avernum 4) require a major investment at one end, and a moderate investment for each pylon. However, the portal would be weaker, only allowing a few people through per day/week/whatever (like an adventuring party, a la Avernum 4 again).

I'd like to echo ET's last statement; without portals, Avernum and Valorim are playing two separate games, and Eph is playing with himself. ;)

On a similar topic - Goldenking:
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Dintiradan, if you could respond to my previous post now so I can move forward there as well, then that'd be peachy. Also, it'd be great if you could help with my portal scheme. Remember Ernest, the guy with portals going everywhere in A3? I'm going to use him to get myself some serious portal connections everywhere, from Upper Avernum to Tinraya. That is, if all goes according to plan.
Heh. Remember in the first thread, when I sent a team to recover all the power crystals in Ernest's hut (page 4 & 8). Still, we could rule that it's easier to create a new portal where an old one once stood.

By the way, don't hold your breath for the necromancer. The College wouldn't train someone in necromancy or demonology. These are mages, so perhaps there's a bad apple in the bunch, or at least someone with a general idea of the theory. Still, Boris isn't likely to know of a person like this, and he wouldn't admit it if he did. It would be like asking a principal if he knew of any serial killers in his school.

Again, IC probably tomorrow. Alec, this is the last chance for the Alliance to show signs of life. Otherwise, I'll just assume the coup wasn't stable and fell apart quickly.

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I am ready to meet my Maker.
Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
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Wait, you mean dropjies? Why didn't you say so? Triple zoute for the win!

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Y'know, I think very few game wikis have the same level of fanwank that the EE does. In any case, there's no need to make the tone of the entire wiki the same. Take the FreeSpace wiki. It's hardly monolithic - there's mission walkthroughs, modding instructions, in game descriptions of races, characters, etc., stats listings for all ships, and so on. The whole point of a wiki is the ability of average users to post what they want for the benefit of the whole. So long as a page isn't incorrectly categorized, I can't see why it would be a problem for the Geneforge wiki to be more than just a walkthrough, or just in-game descriptions, or whatever.

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By Goldenking:
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Neo-Hunters = Much more balanced overall, on the moral compass atleast. Banish the majority of the non-humans instead of war them. Negotiate with humans. Emancipate slaves, grant religious freedoms, whatever necessary.
"Join the Hunters! We promise not to kill you this time!" :P

Man, we should all come up with slogans for our factions.

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By Eph:
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And I love the rogue druid, Dintiradan. Much thanks for giving me another reason to expand into Valorim.
That was an ex-druid, right Goldenking? I left it ambiguous just in case.

And I'm afraid you can't jump on the Isles, Eph. Just stay isolated, on the other side of the world. :P

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Well this was fun, let's do it again sometime.
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Irritated, Boris waved the flies away from his face. The insects had come thicker and thicker the closer his party came to the river. Of course, he could cast a cantrip to keep the vermin away, but he didn't think the envoy on the other side of the river would take it well if they saw the mages approaching them cast a spell. He dismounted and handed the reins to a nearby apprentice. Glancing across the river, he saw a man in white silks step onto the bridge, escorted on either side by a soldier in a Hunter's uniform. He couldn't be positive at this distance, but he was fairly sure he hadn't dealt with any of the three before.

Nodding to the mage and guard at his sides, Boris stepped onto the bridge. When he reached the centre, the man across him broke the silence first. "Greetings, members of the Dominion of the Learned. I am Brother Evergreen, pleased to be representing the Hunters."

Brother Evergreen? Boris tried to mask his confusion. "I am Boris, Archmage of the Council of Redmark College." He placed a rueful smile on his face. "I hope we did not keep you waiting long." Evergreen assured him otherwise, and he continued. "We have a small pavilion set up, away from the marshland. Would you care to carry on the negotiations there?"

Within a couple minutes Evergreen's escort had remounted and crossed the bridge. Boris drew his horse close to the priest's. "So, Brother, which faith did you say you are from?"

The other man waved his hand, almost dismissively. "It is of little consequence. A small chapel, not occupied since the revolution. I now serve a much higher ideal than I did in that temple." He brushed away the ever-present flies, then continued. "For the time, I have thrown my lot in with the Hunters. We are quite alike, the Hunters and I. Both of us evicted from our chosen dwelling place when the Empire fell. And both of us are dedicated to restoring the unity that Empire held."

"Ah, the reforging of the Empire," Boris responded. "A lofty goal, to be sure." It was one that Demetrius incessantly repeated in Council meetings - the restoration of the Empire with the Dominion in a significant place of power was its ultimate goal. Truth be told, it wasn't a vision Boris shared. The Empire was dead and gone, and in place of its monolithic rule was a patchwork of city states, mercenaries, and warring factions. And the few groups that did wish to return the Empire to a shadow of its former glory always seemed to have hopelessly opposing goals. Still, whether or not the Empire was to be raised from its ashes, it was still important for the Dominion to secure peace with its neighbours.

Echoing his thoughts, Evergreen continued. "Obviously, the structure of the Hunters has changed after Tygra Nyrulia was assassinated and Kriszan lost. However, the new leader, Claw Hardblade, wishes to extend his assurance that the peace treaty of old still stands. In these dark times, peace between our two factions must be kept."

The horses had reached the clearing where the pavilion had been set up. Boris dismounted along with Evergreen. "This is excellent news. Magister Demetrius obviously wishes to renew both our peace treaty and our trade agreements. Hopefully the trade routes between our two factions may be reopened." He pulled back the entrance flap. "After you?"

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I am le tired.

Goldenking, I'm fine with just a basic peace treaty for now, follow up with your own IC if you want something more. The only extra thing I can think of right now is safe passage through your lands for envoys, etc. (i.e. if I get in contact with Nikki's faction).
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The intro music to Avernum and Avernum 2 sound like Dire Straits, and I like Dire Straits, so by extension I like them too (Avernum 2 more than Avernum). However, they don't really fit the mood of the games (especially Avernum 2: it's this mournful guitar riff, and the splash screen depicts a battle). Avernum 3's music fit the splash screen much better, though the music itself isn't so good on its own.

My favourite is Nethergate: Resurrection (intro from Nethergate and menu music from Avernum 4 - which fits Nethergate much more than it did Avernum 4).

I haven't played the Geneforges, but the third and fourth intro music sound the best on their own.

EDIT: Oh, and the Dropkick Murphys.

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Isn't this fun, Diki?

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In the last incarnation of the Avernum RP, we discovered that it's very handy to have a thread dedicated to summarizing the RP (especially when it went over a dozen pages). You can find the original thread here. The format for the first part: name and describe your faction, name and describe any major characters, and describe your relations with other factions (none of the descriptions have to be long). The second part is a summary of your actions, which you should edit and update regularly. I think everyone did a line for each post they made. You can link them if you want. Really, just glance at the old thread; you'll get the idea.

The only people who post here should be participating in the RP, and there should only be one post per faction (just edit the post as time goes on).

Obligatory handy links (I may or may not post links to maps, they would be handy here):

Avernum Reloaded IC 1
Avernum Reloaded OOC 1
Avernum Reloaded Summaries 1
Avernum Reloaded Roster 1
Revival Thread
Avernum Reloaded IC 2
Avernum Reloaded OOC 2

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Faction: The Dominion of the Learned; led from Redmark College (Southeast Valorim)

Ideology:
The main goal of the Dominion is to preserve the well-being of the learned class in the lastest incarnation of the Empire. In the past the magi and scholars were held accountable to the government, at most being a power behind the throne (as in the days of Garzhad). The Dominion will preserve the rights of the learned class, their rights to have an equal or greater say in the government of the Empire, at all costs.

History:
(May frill this up later - right now it just quickly deals with the previous RP.)
After the Empire and Avernum fell in the revolution, the Dominion secured a treaty with the Hunters (who at the time controlled all of Krizsan province). Both the Dominion and the Anama attempted to take North Karnold (Sharimik area). Eventually the Dominion sent in a large force of soldiers and battle mages and took Angel's Rest. At this time, the Rakshasi appeared and destroyed the town, taking with it the majority of the Dominion's forces. The Dominion withdrew what remained of its army, and focused on defending itself. Only recently has it returned to contacting the other factions in Valorim.

Characters:
('Archmage' is used as a political title; it denotes being a member of the Council of Redmark College.)
Magister Demetrius: Leader of the Dominion, head of Redmark College. Governed almost entirely by realpolitik.
Archmage Diego: Previous leader of the Battlemage force in North Karnold. He and a small group of Dominion Guards and Battlemagi escaped the massacre at Angel's Rest. More of a fighter than a politician. Doesn't agree with the alliance with the Hunters.
Archmage Boris: Liaison to the Hunters. Disagrees with Demetrius on the final goal of the Dominion.
Archmage Tychius: Specializes as an elementalist. Currently working on the portal.
Archmage Cara: A member of the Council.
Archmage Eliza: A member of the Council.
('Agents' are sort of the specialists/covert ops of the Dominion - comparable to the Sanctuary's Wraiths. Some have rudimentary magical training, highly specialized. I'll use less of them this time around; the Looters did quite a number on them last time.)
Agent Celeste: In command of the defence of the power crystals, and in time the portal site.
Agent Denise: Overseeing the Agents work in North Karnold.

Sphere of Influence:
South Karnold, bounded by the rivers to the north and west. The islands are not under Dominion control. No standing fleet.

Relations with other factions:
The Hunters: A peace treaty is in the works, which seems to be more involved that the previous one.
The Phoenix Empire: Initial contact has been made...

Summary:

Page 1
Post #1: Diego returns from a scouting mission in North Karnold and gives a preliminary report on the Sanctuary and the Hunters to Demetrius.
Page 2
Post #2: Boris meets with the Hunter's diplomat, Brother Evergreen.
Post #3: The Council hears of the state of affairs in Krizsan province, and argues about the necessity for an alliance with the Hunters. Boris is still dealing with the Hunters.
Page 3
Post #4: Demetrius and Boris whine back and forth, about the Hunters mostly. Demetrius meets with Brand.

[ Wednesday, February 06, 2008 18:38: Message edited by: Dintiradan ]
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The Avernum RP, OoC Thread in General
Guardian
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I love the maps, especially the Avernum one (obviously, I keep track of Valorim better, having my faction placed there).

I'm going to post a new summaries/roster thread right away, even though it is a bit early. Could everyone who's in this post a quick summary of every post thus far (doesn't have to be long, you could even just sum up the page). If you're busy and haven't made an IC yet, could you just make a "WILL EDIT LATER" post in that thread?
(For myself, I'm wondering whether or not my favourite neighbours, the Alliance and the Anama, will be in. I believe both of you said you're in, but just to double-check. Space in southern Valorim is at a premium.)

Alec/Nikki, as per my last (and only :o ) post, I have a group of agents doing recon in south-east Valorim. Incorporate them into your ICs if you want, but it's not that important.

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What are you learning right now? in General
Guardian
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(Bump.)

It's that time again! Discuss the classes you're taking this semester! Rant, moan, and/or complain about the ones last semester! Again, this run the gamut from high school to undergrad to graduate studies and beyond. If you ain't in school, you've still got to be learning something mildly interesting.

Anyhoo, to recap the fall semester. I discovered how much your exam grades suffer when you have them all back-to-back (-to-back-to-back...). I did well enough on my assignments for my software engineering course and my AI course that mediocre exams didn't have that bad of an impact. My algorithms course didn't fare so well - much harder than the previous one in the series, and I bombed the final spectacularly (still bitter about the exam only being two hours long).

Did all right in my cognitive psychology course. I've only taken two psychology courses, but both gave me the impression that the focus is much more on facts memorization than concept application. I realize that memorizing facts is much more important than in the maths and related departments, but still...

I've got to admire my philosophy of computing prof for changing the focus of the course halfway through the semester to fit in with the class's interests. Class participation was lacklustre for the first month or so. Then came the discussion on the Chinese Room argument, and the entire class just latched on to that. So we spent a fair amount of time on related topics in class. I'd love to do a philosophy of mind course for my final arts option, even if it would lower my GPA.

And now for the new stuff:
CMPUT 325 - Non-Procedural Programming Languages
Lisp and Prolog, along with the theory behind them. Ph34r my p4r3n5 & H0rn kl4z3z!

CMPUT 379 - Operation System Concepts
Big topic. I'm going to die.

CMPUT 391 - Database Management Systems
Meh. Suppose it's important to know. At least now we (hopefully) learn all the useful stuff - the previous course didn't leave us with much beyond SQL. Now if only the prof was a bit more comprehensible...

PHYS 234 - Introductory Computational Physics
I already know C, so I'm bringing a book to classes so far. Hopefully the physics itself won't be too challenging; it's been a couple years since I've touched the stuff.

MATH 222 - Introduction To Discrete MathematicsAs a friend said, it's all the math problems you do for fun, but in an actual course. It uses a 'textbook' called "The Puzzling Adventures of Doctor Ecco" (which everyone should buy). Think Lewis Carroll meets Arthur Conan Doyle. Cheapest text I'll ever get; about twelve dollars. Anyway, should be fun.

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I am not a professor. I work for a living.
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The Avernum RP, OoC Thread in General
Guardian
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Not to be a pedant, but this is how homing pigeons work. If you release a pigeon, it will return to its roost - to communicate with someone, you have to possess a pigeon that roosts where they are.

EDIT: It's really no big deal. Just a personal annoyance - I've heard someone try to justify sending pigeons to a moving ship before. Just don't make the pigeon out of crystal. :P

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The Dominion uses RFC 1149.

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