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The Avernum RP, OoC Thread in General
Guardian
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Or we could just limit ourselves to Avernum, Valorim, and Vantanas after all. Really, who's going to set up shop in Aizo or Pralgad? Of course, if more people join, space will become an issue.

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I might repeat to myself, slowly and soothingly, a list of quotations beautiful from minds profound; if i can remember any of the damn things.
- Dorothy Parker
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The Avernum RP, IC Thread in General
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“He has retired for the night, Archmage...” the aide began, before faltering at the sight of Diego’s dark glare. He may have lost an eye years ago, but he tried to compensate with his remaining one.

“He’ll be up, and he’ll see me,” he stated, before brushing past the aide and opening the oak door. Beyond, the Magister’s quarters were dimly lit; a solitary tallow candle flickered on a desk to one side of the room. The Magister himself sat at it, peering at what appeared to be a map of the Karnold Mountains.

Demetrius looked up as Diego shut the door behind him. “Ah, you have returned. Important enough not to have waited until the morning?” Almost absentmindedly, he raised a hand and cast a cantrip; several oil lamps throughout the room lit up.

“Important enough not to have waited,” Diego responded. “Where do you keep your wine?” Bemused, Demetrius pointed to a cabinet in the corner, and the other mage began striding towards it. “North Karnold is still a powder keg, by the way.”

“What else is new?” Demetrius put the map away, and then rubbed his eyes. “So. Have the Anama taken advantage of our absence and retaken Aminro and Angel’s Rest?”

“No.” Diego turned around, a glass of red held in his dark hand. “There’s some new cult in control there now. Seems they moved in and started rebuilding the towns after we pulled out of North Karnold.”

Demetrius could sense the accusation in his voice. “Drop it, my friend. We’ve been over this before. There would have been no way we could have held Golddale had the remnant of your army stayed in North Karnold like you wanted. Instead of having a few mines and farmland razed, the walls would have been breached and we would have a smouldering ruin instead.” Diego merely shrugged his shoulders and gripped his goblet tighter. Demetrius sighed; he wasn’t going to get any more from him. “So this faith controls the two cities. They something we should be worried about?”

The other mage shook his head. “I doubt it, though you’d better ask Denise for her opinion. She spent some time in Aminro.”

“I’ll make sure I speak with Agent Denise in the morning,” the Magister replied. “What about the coast? Has the Anama pulled back to Softport and Sharimik, then?”

Diego took a swallow of his wine before responding. “Softport, yes. The Anama still has a presence there, or so Denise heard. But they don’t hold Sharimik anymore, that’s for certain. And you’ll never guess who does hold it.” Diego leaned forward. “The Hunters are back.”

Demetrius frowned. “Nyrulia is dead,” he stated flatly.

“So? You didn’t expect them to curl up and die after Krizsan was attacked and him assassinated, did you? There’s someone else leading them now, someone who calls himself Hardblade, or something like that. You can guess how little their message has changed. Non-humans are still to blame for all the ills in the world, and pointing to the rakshasi, I’m sure he’s fairly convincing.”

Demetrius chuckled humourlessly. “’Ignorance is the greatest weapon of tyranny, and old wounds open all to easily’,” he quoted. “This new leader wouldn’t need Nyrulia’s charisma to gather people to his cause with a statement like that. Powder keg, indeed. Well, the obvious question is whether or not to restore communications with them. They are a volatile faction to deal with, but if more troops are sent over from Bigail again, we’ll need the military backing. At the very least, we’ll need a buffer.”

Diego snorted. “You forget these are the Hunters. You saw how much enmity they gained when Krizsan was attacked. If they go down again, we may as well. In any case, there’s no honour to be gained in dealing with such racist fanatics.”

“Believe me, I don’t like it any more than you do. But sometimes, what must be done must be done. If we want to rebuild the Empire the way it should have always been, we must survive first.” Diego took another swig of wine, and Demetrius fell silent for a minute, lost in thought. “We’ll have to see what news Agent Celeste and her party brings back from Krizsan province first before deciding on a course of action.”

“Ah. Right.” Diego finished his glass and set it down. “What information has she sent back by pigeon so far?”

“Not much, yet,” Demetrius responded, “and the little we have is troubling.”

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Can you spot the FreeSpace reference? :P

I'm tired, and may or may not repost a faction description tomorrow. In case you've forgotten, this is the Dominion of the Learned - a faction of mages.
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The Avernum RP, OoC Thread in General
Guardian
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Gah! Okay, I'll post tomorrow, for sure this time.

Really!

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Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams.
- W. Somerset Maugham
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World building poll in General
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By FF:
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ME WANTS MORE ATTENTION!
I'll probably be more interested once this world gets populated.

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Quotation confesses inferiority.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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What video gmaes would you like to see made into movies... no Halo! in General
Guardian
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By Excalibur:
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EV Nova
No thanks. Picture this: you rent the movie and keep it for longer than a week. No problem, Blockbuster doesn't charge late fees anymore, right? Wrong. You're just about to reach for the popcorn when your rec room door is broken down. A shadowy figure bursts in, pulls out several high-powered weapons, and blasts you to smithereens. Now what?

My suggestions are Commander Keen, One Must Fall 2097, StarCraft, and MechWarrior. Duke Nukem would just stay in development hell.

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Minesweeper!
Pacman!
Tetris!
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The Abominal Desktop Thread Continued: A New Abomination in General
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Here's me on Vista...

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Rocky's Revival (World of Avernum Factional RP Revival Discussion) in General
Guardian
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Do you want us to post IC versions of this as well?

Dominion of the Learned

Location: South East Valorim. Notable cities are Golddale, Libras, and Storm Port. Some control over Lennus and Squiggus. Basically, the boundaries are the river to the west and the mountains and river to the north. The islands are not under Dominion control. See map.

Leadership: The Dominion is effectively ruled by the Council of Redmark College*. The leader of this council is Magister Demetrius.

Races: Virtually all human (I deported the Nephilim early on in the RP). A significant portion are settlers from Avernum (in A3, your party notices SE Valorim as the prime candidate for settling).

Ideology: In most cases, the Dominion is indifferent on how the New Empire will turn out. However, it does not want a return to the way magecraft was restricted and mages were treated as pawns under the Old Empire. The only way Demetrius can see that will avoid this is if the mages themselves take a hand in shaping and leading the New Empire.

Military: The Dominion used to boast a moderately-sized force comprised of battle mages and conventional foot soldiers. Most of these were wiped out (see below), and the remainder are deployed to protect the cities and College. The Dominion also has several bands of Agents, special operatives trained in espionage, propaganda, and the like. Many of them are magic users specializing in illusion and similar schools of magic. The Dominion has a minimal standing fleet.

History: Most of the Dominion's action in the RP was in North Karnold (the stretch of land from Angel's Rest to Softport). The Anama and the Looters were also involved in the area. Most of the initial action was propaganda and like from both sides. Eventually, the Anama took Aminro, while the Dominion took Angel's Rest. Both of these were razed when the Rakshasi came. The Dominion called a temporary truce with its enemies (don't remember who all responded) and pulled what little remained of its army out of North Karnold.

So basically, I'm right back where I started. ;)

* I remember there being a problem with the location of Redmark College. I had placed it in the valley NW of Storm Port (what was the Valley of the Ursagi in A3). Apparently, this contradicted long standing fanwank. Does anyone remember where the College is supposed to be?

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Quotation confesses inferiority.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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World building poll in General
Guardian
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One crucial question you have to ask before even defining the world is how it's going to be used. Are you aiming for a setting that can be used for any number of storylines, or will there be an overarcing plotline accompanying the world? That is, will the world's action be environment-driven or plot-driven? I'm guessing from your post that it will be the former, but if it's the latter, it might be better to get a general feel for the storyline before defining the world.

I'd like to make a vote against weirdness for the sake of weirdness. I don't mind if there's things like oddly-shaped worlds or flying cities or such, so long as they significantly affect how the world works or how the storyline flows. If the only reason your world has two moons is so it doesn't have just one, you may want to rethink that.

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Beware of thinkers whose minds function only when they are fueled by a quotation.
- Emile Cioran
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Jest and Youthful Jolity in General
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Shovel. Toboggan (Nephew #1 should be old enough to join in now). Bake and subsequently eat various delicacies. Go carolling at least once. Gave out gift baskets to some quasi-old people last night. Chinese gift exchange on Christmas Eve, along with one specific gift for whoever's name you drew from a hat. Maybe do a day hike in Jasper area; still up in the air. New Year's Eve party. New Year's Day potluck and games night at church. Set up my computer to dual boot with Ubuntu. Teach myself C++. Read half a dozen books (just because I didn't read during fall semester doesn't mean I didn't buy books during that time). Play FreeSpace until I can kill Shivans in my sleep.

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Quotation. The act of repeating erroneously the words of another. The words erroneously repeated.
- The Devil's Dictionary
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Rocky's Revival (World of Avernum Factional RP Revival Discussion) in General
Guardian
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I'm in with the Dominion. Sans most of my army, which is probably for the best.

EDIT: By Nikki:
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I am in. My old faction is not.
Do I get whatsherface back? :P

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In some universe, I am failing this exam.
Hopefully it's not this one.

[ Monday, December 17, 2007 09:31: Message edited by: Dintiradan ]
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Episode 4: Spiderweb Reloaded. Something like that anyway. in General
Guardian
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I believe the Reaperdisk quote comes from me. How was I supposed to know it wasn't a Geneforge item?

By Nioca:
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Dintiradan: love the Stargate Atlantis reference.
Erm, sorry. Never watched an Atlantis episode. A few SG-1 episodes, but no Atlantis.

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Colonel O'Neill, what the hell are you doing?

In the middle of my back swing!
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Episode 4: Spiderweb Reloaded. Something like that anyway. in General
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By Andra:
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What does a d11 look like?
Like any abstract device that produces a random integer from [1, 11] would. Duh.

By "Steve":
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+10 Discipline
+5 Parry
2d8 Fire damage
2d8 Magic damage
2d11 Negative energy damage
Massive Criticals: 20 Damage
Bonus feat: Weapon focus: Greatsword
On hit cast spell: Doom level 20
On hit cast spell: Vorpal (DC=26)
Enhancment Bonus: 5
Damage Bonus: 10
Damage bonus vs Lawful: 10
Damage bonus vs Outsider: 12
Damage bonus vs evil: 5
AC bonus vs evil: 5 (AC Dodge bonus)
Monty Haul! W00t!!1!one!!!eleven!!!lim{x->0}[sin(x)/x]!!!

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I'm just going to keep my eyes peeled and my sword very drawn in case some demons or something come out of the ground.
- Goblins
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The next level in RP, personal thoughts. in General
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Ask me again in two weeks.

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See, now, if you had shown me that sort of discipline a minute ago, we wouldn't be in this situation!
- Belkar
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*becomes violently ill, vomits profusely* in General
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Sometimes I wonder about how much access Facebook has to my home computer. One time I logged on while I was signed on to AIM, and for a month after that it asked me if I wanted to add my AIM buddies to my friends list. There was an article on Slashdot not too long ago about Facebook monitoring some online purchases; I didn't RTFM, so I'm not sure if I've got that right.

But really, as long as it stays in its own sandbox, I don't mind it. It's not like I have anything incriminating on my profile ([url]http://dintiradan.ermarian.net/images/facebook.png]or anything at all, really).

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Bandit camp? You told me we were looking for the nearest strip club.
- Belkar (OotS #154)
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Eat It! in General
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I worked at Wendy's for two years during high school, so maybe I'm biased. The fries aren't that great, but the other side choices are pretty good. The burgers are great, because unlike certain other franchises, they're made to order, and the patties are taken straight from the grill instead of a warming drawer. Of course, now a lot of restaurants are moving towards grill presses, so the need for one dedicated person on grill is going away, and so is the quality...

There's a place on campus that makes the greatest donairs, but it's not a franchise. The New York Fries on campus makes the most divine poutine.

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Haley: Well that officially takes "Operation: Send the Meat Shield in First" off the table.
Belkar: Not to mention "Operation: Wait for Roy to Come Up With a Better Plan".
(OotS #153)
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Endeavour in General
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By Aran:
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Aside from the shock value, it is entirely harmless to drink one's own urine, and has been done as part of some therapies (of questionable value).
Apparently, it's been used before as mouthwash, though I can't remember which culture did it, and whether it was widespread. The ammonia kills bacteria, those these people had no way of knowing that.

Oh, and cheap gas masks.

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Dude, check this out! I'm, like, going to drink my own piss. Maybe it'll make my breath smell better or something!
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I'm back in General
Guardian
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Nunsense-a, Erunceyter. Es lung es oooor threeds ere-a oobscoored, zeey ere-a permeetted. Speekeeng ooff vheech, yuoo're-a a muoot breezeer. Bork Bork Bork!

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Speederveb Sufftvere-a
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Endeavour in General
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Must... resist urge... to quote... Douglas Ada- GAH!

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is an indispensable to all those who are keen to make sense of life in an infinitely complex and confusing Universe, for though it cannot hope to be useful or informative on all matters, it does at least make the reassuring claim, that where it is inaccurate it is at least definitively inaccurate. In cases of major discrepancy it's always reality that's got it wrong.

This was the gist of the notice. It said, 'The Guide is definitive. Reality is frequently inaccurate.'

This has lead to some interesting consequences. For instance, when the Editors of the Guide were sued by the families of those who had died as a result of taking the entry on the planet Traal literally (it said 'Ravenous Bugblatter Beasts often make a very good meal for visiting tourists' instead of 'Ravenous Bugblatter Beasts often make a very good meal of visiting tourists') they claimed that the first version of the sentence was the more aesthetically pleasing, summoned a qualified poet to testify under oath that beauty was truth, and truth beauty, and hoped thereby to prove that the guilty party in this case was Life itself for failing to be either beautiful or true. The judges concurred, and in a moving speech held that Life itself was held in contempt of court, and duly confiscated it from all those present before going off to enjoy a pleasant evening's ultragolf.

- The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
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Stuffing into Small Places? in General
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Heh. In almost every event in the CompSci department, pizza is served. I have a free pizza lunch at least once a week. Really, I don't know how I'll survive the Christmas break.

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I shot a man in Reno, just to steal his pizza pie.
(Okay, it rhymes now.)
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The Continuing Story of Spiderweb Software in General
Guardian
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Meeting any of you in meatspace would just be weird. I'll pass.

By Diki:
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It turns out that Settlers of Catan is incredibly aggravating.
Come to think of it, Settlers does have some of the makings of a MMO...

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Does ne1 have sh33p? PLZ??
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Stuffing into Small Places? in General
Guardian
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By Excalibur:
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There's a shop in Reno that creates pizza from scratch...best pizzas I've ever had.
I shot a man in Reno... just to steal his pineapple pizza.

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Travelling with Elan is kind of like, say, adventuring with syphilis. It can be done, for a while, but it's not easy and it's not pretty.
- Roy (OotS #153)
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Photo Thread (with an abominable twist) in General
Guardian
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Are you insinuating that Aran plucks finches?

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[ Thursday, November 22, 2007 18:58: Message edited by: Dintiradan ]
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Tree Graphics in Blades of Avernum
Guardian
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Disclaimer: my sense of aesthetics is far from good.

#1: Good if the area is meant to be vibrant/happy/well-looked-after.

#2: Unlike the other three options, has a good mix of trees. They're not all conifers though, which looks like what you're trying with the other three.

#3: Probably my least favourite, at least these trees by themselves.

#4: Thick, bushy evergreens; nice for an rough, unkempt forest if that's what you're trying for. Maybe throw in a few from #3 for variety.

Meh. Can't decide for sure. #2 fits in best with the other colours of the screenshot, but the edge is very small. The crowd has obviously spoken for #1, though.

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Identify with the proverbial pot much?
- Roy (OotS #146)
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The next level in RP, personal thoughts. in General
Guardian
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Thesis? What, were you fast-tracked through your undergraduate degree or something? Or are things different in Germany?

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Yes, I am certain our flesh proved far too springy for their arrows' taste.
- Vaarsuvius (OotS #152)
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The next level in RP, personal thoughts. in General
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By Ephesos:
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spend a chunk of time this Thanksgiving weekend to refresh their memories
Not everyone's from the States...

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Xykon: Hey, I need new minions. I'm down to my last goblin, and it's only a matter of time before you kick the bucket.
Redcloak: I love you too, sir.
(OotS #148)
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