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Of what little we have... in Blades of Avernum
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At 23 votes, Bahs and Exodus tie for first place, with Frostbite in third.

A certain unnamed writer should take this into consideration.

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The Silent Assassin assures everyone that after he is elected, he will deal with the plague.
But only after.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
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Spoon feeding the player: clues in Blades of Avernum
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Ideally, you'd need a combination of the two.
You would have to give a lot of unannounced clues for the player to find, but you would still need to point out the major, blatant, and obvious pieces of evidence, for those that are completely clueless.

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The Silent Assassin did it in the Kitchen with the spanner.
I don't want to know what he did, though.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
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Legends of Divinity IC in General
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Noric remained standing where he had been for the full course of the interchange: Roughly five yards behind James. Ever since sending the undead on a wild goose chase with a magical decoy, he had simply stood there, invisible, watching the whole thing. The butterflies had been rather amusing, as did the antics of the demon, with the fire, and the whole storm.

The storm actually had Noric a little worried, in that the water now dripping off of his body would be a surefire giveaway to anyone who was paying attention. It did appear, however, that only the chimeral skeleton figure was not engrossed in the fight.

It had rather surprised Noric that the invisibility spell had even worked on gods; in the past, it had a habit of failing around life-detecting undead. Truth be told, he had only cast it to be rid of the undead; the fact that the other three gods (if all of their odd taunting, conversation, and displays of power could be believed) seemed to think that he had run off was a sheer stroke of fortune. Noric had been using the ruse in order to better understand his godly peers.

As James shattered the demon's weapon with a conjured blade, Noric heard the angry howling of zombies in the distance.

Damn. The decoy must have run through a rock.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
Posts: 735 | Registered: Monday, January 16 2006 08:00
Deathmatch Tournament -- Preliminary Nominations in General
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Nioca, you need a life. Really.
And I say that with the kindest of intentions. If you're bad enough that you're scanning for Ed at this point, you need to stop for your health.

I nominate Dareva, for being the only paladin among our numbers.

I would reject my personal nomination on the grounds that Sicarius has already been nominated, and I think it's unfair to have more than one contestant per username. Thanks just the same, Jewels.

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The Silent Assassin thinks that it would be funny to see who would win in the public poll, if he and I were to be set head to head.
He thinks he would win, simply because he has yet to make a fool of himself here.
I think that he's dishonorably taking advantage of a technicality.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
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Project Spiderweb. in Blades of Avernum
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You're a talentless hack, Nick.

And by saying that, I mean, "Oh, that I only had as much evident talent as Nikki." :P

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The Silent Assassin observes that you do not yet have your weapon drawn.
Therefore, to make this a fair fight, he will resort to pies.
Although I personally do not count that as fair.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
Posts: 735 | Registered: Monday, January 16 2006 08:00
A Questionaire That Isn't A Poll in General
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Q: What's your favourite colour?
A:
Green

Q: What's your favourite Spiderweb game?
A:
BoA.

Q: What's your favourite computer game?
A:
ESIV: Oblivion

Q: What was your first Spiderweb game?
A:
Exile 2

Q: Are you in school (including college):
A:
Yes. Two weeks!

Q: Nethergate, Exile, Avernum, or Geneforge?
A:
Avernum.

Q: Rate Homeland: Stone of Night (1 being the worst thing ever, 10 being mediocre)
A:
0

Q: Are you German, or have any German blood in you?
A:
Technically, Belgian.

Q: The British Empire is/was
A:
the result of a bunch of guys getting together and saying, "Dang... we need to find a way to make ourselves better than France."

Q: Emperor Tullegolar is
A:
in need of a long vacation out at the funny farm.

Q: TM should be
A:
drunk by now, I'm sure.

Q: Alorael should be
A:
deified.

Q: Dikiyoba is
A:
in high demand.

Q: Jeff Vogel is
A:
not as active in the community as he could be.

Q: Richard White is
A:
plotting the earth's destruction by retroactively causing bad grammar.

Q: Nicothodes is
A:
Cute.

Q: This questionaire is good or bad?
A:
I've seen better. I've seen worse.

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Q: The Silent Assassin is
A:
Yes.

EDIT: Sicarius thought that this was funnier than what we originally had.

[ Wednesday, April 25, 2007 08:38: Message edited by: Lenar ]

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
Posts: 735 | Registered: Monday, January 16 2006 08:00
Legends of Divinity IC in General
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...the human will for survival is the only thing that the power of a god cannot destroy.
- Michael Andrickson

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Once, some time ago, there had been a boy. He was like most boys, in that he had a house, he had friends, and he had chores and unwanted schoolwork to tend to. He had parents, as well: his father was a successful fisherman and his mother stayed at home to take care of his brother and sister. He supposed that he was happy with life, though he rarely stopped between chores and playtime to reflect on his life.

Life drastically changed, however, when one day, his father did not come home. His mother took him and his brother and sister to live with a man that his mother called their "uncle," though the boy knew that they were not related. It was not soon before his mother and his uncle began to have arguments. The boy never knew why. One day, when the boy was only ten, his uncle grew so angry that he beat them all and forced them all out of his house.

They didn't really live anywhere after that. There were no chores and no school, but there were other things to be done, like finding a place to sleep for the night, getting food for dinner, and trying to find ways to stophis mother from crying.

Then there was that fateful night, when they took shelter from the rain inside an abandoned warehouse. A man from the Thieves' Guild found them there, alone and destitute. Having pity on the boy and his family, he helped them: he found jobs as servants for the younger children, and a job in weaving for his mother. The boy himself was apprenticed to a friend of their new benefactor: a man who was a guide by trade.

The boy learned much from his new master. And one of the first things that he learned, and something he learned well, was how to defend himself.

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Zombies. Armored zombies. About a half-dozen large armored zombies with particularly nasty-looking weapons. And, of course, the two-dozen or so skeletons in a massive group around them.

It was only logical, given that the vampire was gone, that the skeletal figure was the god of undeath that James had rambled on about. A god who was now under the influence of a manipulative demon (could a god really be poisoned?). A god who obviously was not beyond using his power to crush those that might oppose him.

Travelling with James appeared to be becoming less and less of a wise option. Unfortunately, with a hoarde of undead bearing down on his position, Noric had no way immediate way of backing out.

He drew his scimitar in anticipation of the first rush; and, as an afterthought, conjured another blade for his left hand. There was no humanly possible way to defeat such a large group, not when he was so massively outnumbered.

But Noric had not been human for long enough to learn a small handful of tricks. And even if those did not work, there was a large amount of experience from when he had been human that was all pointing to exactly one feasible approach to the scenario. Being divine, he could likely eventually defeat them all without taking any permanent damage. Likely. But he really was not interested in finding out the hard way.

Noric summoned a minor fireball, threw it into the mess of zombies, and then turned on his heels and ran.

EDIT: I was dissatisfied with the voice.

[ Wednesday, April 25, 2007 08:21: Message edited by: Lenar ]

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
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When last I checked, James and Noric (alongside of those that were summoned/arrived uninvited) were just outside of a small city (Narrow Creek) on the outskirts of Kavuk Valley.

I had at one point intended to metion in the IC that it would take Sveltas a week to travel to Kirwood, but that segment is not relevant to the current action.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
Posts: 735 | Registered: Monday, January 16 2006 08:00
Deathmatch Tournament -- Preliminary Nominations in General
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I nominate Jewels, due to the fathomless amount of knowledge at her disposal, and because having to be a parent should give enough experience to help her put even the biggest baby in the competition to rest.

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The Silent Assassin has already gone off to write his championship speech.
I'm sure that it will be quite short.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
Posts: 735 | Registered: Monday, January 16 2006 08:00
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Just an FYI: The black marks in Sveltas's new-found journal were really just an excuse to get into Kirwood.
They definitely do not have nothing to do with Sliros or any other slumbering ancients. I had simply hoped to save them as a deus ex machina.
Anyone can feel free to come up with something for later. Just let me know in advance... we don't want Sveltas translating the wrong thing, now do we?

EDIT: 600!

[ Tuesday, April 24, 2007 01:43: Message edited by: Lenar ]

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
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On-game image in General
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In windows, use the "print screen" key, then open up any paint program and select "paste". Viola.

If using a mac, I'm told that there's some shortcut or program that you can use. However, as I am not familiar with the mac OSs as I should be, I'm afraid that someone else will have to supply that info.

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The Silent Assassin is pleased that the banannas have landed.
Now, you must take the plums and move five steps east. Without stepping in the passionfruit.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
Posts: 735 | Registered: Monday, January 16 2006 08:00
Legends of Divinity IC in General
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All gods have secrets, much like all men. However, while the gods are able to learn the secrets of men, man cannot reciprocate. Yet.
- Lith, a priest of Ashataro

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An hour had passed. More than, actually, but Noric had supposed that James was still going to around. In the past two days, Noric believed that he had somehow developed the ability to predict James's location. It could have been one of his new powers, it could have been because James wanted to be found; he did not know. What he did know was that James could be found playing his guitar in the inn in which they had spent their first night in Narrow Creek.

"I've considered your proposition," Noric said, sitting down with a cup of water.

"And?"

"As enticing as a vampire hunt sounds, I have a few questions to pose for you before I consent. Just some clarifications."

"I suppose I could answer them. Or as many as I'm able," James continued strumming the guitar.

"Fine then. I want to know what vampires have to do with anything. Last I checked, a vampire couldn't summon wind or lightning, or would be interested in enticing the wrath of a god. I also want to know how you know where to find the vampires that we're going after. The only vampires I saw were in mist form, and it's very difficult to recognize anyone when they're made of vapor. And one more... would you mind if we left my high priest behind? He has some business that I want him to tend to."

"High priest?"

"Sveltas."

"Oh." James frowned. "No Sveltas?"

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Sveltas's hands were shaking. "Ashataro's pilgrim aparrently made some very selectively thorough notes on folk lore concerning the gods." He pointed to a set of symbols on the map. "Every one of these points is the first recorded location of either a sighting or revelation from any given diety, dating back about a thousand years. These points," he pointed out a different set of symbols, "are the locations that he made journal entries in. These points," he pointed out a series of multicolored dots, "represent the major temples of various mainline gods." He gave another set: "These are the eight known temples of the Pantheon. And these," he indicated a handful of odd dark black markings, "are referred to in a series of encrypted writings. In fact, a good half of this notebook is written in code."

"So, what does it say about them?" Noric asked.

"I don't know," Sveltas said. "I haven't been able to translate much. It's an older form of the code that monks of Ashataro use to keep classified information within the order."

"And you, being a former servant of Ashataro, are able to read it," Noric observed.

"I can only understand bits and pieces, but I should be able to translate the rest. I never thought that running off to that cloister would actually lead to a benefit other than avoiding arrest," Sveltas chuckled nervously. "But here we are. Suffice to say, what I have been able to read has been astounding."

"Go on." Although Noric appreciated the idea that he might be able to track or even contact the pantheon, he could not tell where Sveltas was going.

"Something got the writer very upset while he was in this town." Sveltas pointed at the center of a thick cluster of marks and dates. "In fact, it was the reason why he started keeping track of these black marks in the first place."

"What are they?

"I don't know. Most of his entries from his stay in that area have been encoded. But it was bad enough that it made him depart from his original course of travel before coming this way on his return to that area. That, and the first signs of Saluc's followers, if the dates are correct."

"Gods, why does everything have to come back to Saluc?" Noric groaned.

"Why, indeed. Anyway, the writer was in town about three months ago. He created this copy of the journal by using a spell granted to the higher-level priests of Ashataro's order; a spell that instantly copies the contents of one book into another. This is the eighth copy of these notes that he had left behind in almost twenty years of study and travel, and the last before he intended to return to the first black mark, in Kirwood. He has the locations of the other copies marked on the map, as well."

"Kirwood? As in, home of the Thieves' Guild, trade center of the Kalazar Empire, Kirwood?"

"It's only a major chapter of the Thieves' Guild," Sveltas corrected. "But also the home of the Bardic Guild headquarters, one of the eight temples to the Pantheon, the first point of contact for over a dozen documented deities, and the location of the first black mark on the maps."

"Holy hell." Noric could barely believe what he was hearing.

"And, yes, the same Kirwood where Kyros found us on the streets six years ago. That's why I've been in here all day."

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"No," Noric said. "No Sveltas."

EDIT: Shortened, made the quote relevant.

[ Sunday, April 22, 2007 19:38: Message edited by: Lenar ]

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
Posts: 735 | Registered: Monday, January 16 2006 08:00
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Safety: You may not even have to create an opposite NPC to let your forces get beaten. It could be as simple as allowing your character to underestimate his foe, a lesson that he could draw from for the rest of the RP.

ET: I'm confused. If Fallian is Seven, then how could he have assisted Thule in obtaining the throne "all those years ago"?

LF: I would like to meet James's unnamed benefactress sometime soon.

EDIT: Gwammaw

[ Sunday, April 22, 2007 19:17: Message edited by: Lenar ]

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
Posts: 735 | Registered: Monday, January 16 2006 08:00
One spammy post closer to frolicking in General
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10,000.

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The Silent Assassin is frolicking in Pastaland right now.
That is to say, he's attempting to cook dinner. With his feet. Ugh.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
Posts: 735 | Registered: Monday, January 16 2006 08:00
Learn how it's done. in General
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(1) What's your main goal in life?
- To defy the status quo.

(2) If you won a million dollars, what would be your first thought?
- "Okay. Moving on..."

(3) When you are mad; do you usually stay angry or do you yell to release the anger?
- I play video games.

(4) Tell us an anecdote of anything that happened to you today.
- I recorded splashing noises in a nasty, mucky, plant-filled lake. Joy.

(5) What's your current Philosophy on life?
- Stop thinking. Start acting. You will know when things are where they need to be.

(6) If you created a deadly disease, what would you call it?
- Some mono-syllabic moniker carefully designed to strike fear into the hearts of mankind.

(7) What should you be doing right now?
- Sleeping.

(8) If this were Southpark, what character do you think you'd be?
- My hall has named me the resident Stan. Take from that what you will.

(9) What occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid ?
- Actor. Artist. Singer.

(10) What happened to those dreams?
- I get to do them all. :)

(11) Describe the last dream you can remember.
- One of my hallmates duct taped me to my bed and gave me a tatoo.

(12) If you were a supermodel, which supermodel would you be?
- No idea. Don't know of any models.

(13) If you had to live in a hole, what kind of creature would you be?
- A human living in a hole. Simply for the novelty.

(14) If you could have one thing right now, what would it be and why?
- A lack of stress.

(15) Name one thing about you that embarrasses you.
- I talk too much.

(16) Do you usually walk around your house with sandals or barefoot?
- I tend to wear sneakers.

(17) Have you ever gotten something you really wanted but thought you wouldn't get?
- Not that I can recall. I have always been the sort to simply not want what I do not think I can have.

(18) Name one thing you are presently excited about or fascinated by.
- I am not excited. I am drained. Completely and utterly.

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The Silent Assassin would like it to be known that old, deteriorated CD-Rs make for good projectiles.
Just in case you were wondering.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
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Legends of Divinity IC in General
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It is wondered if the gods sleep, if they become latent and then reincarnate themselves among men, or if they simply fade away and are replaced...
-From The Theological Musings of Eduard Prins

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The damage to the library, for all of the collapsed shelving and ruined walls, was deemed to be easily reparable by a local construction team. The books themselves appeared to be mostly undamaged. It would just be a matter of cleaning up the mess that the freak storm incident had caused.

Local healers had pronounced that the library staff was mostly suffering from shock and would soon recover.

A priest of Yeahyup had attended the scene and declared that the guardian deity was clearly upset by something that had occured inside the library, and had allowed this storm to occur in order to interrupt it.

Suffice to say, it was an incident that would be remembered for a very long time.

The two strangers, who identified themselves as Stephen and Sveltas, had immediately responded to the shock by leaping to attention and pulling out concealed weapons. The town guard did not take kindly to this; however, the two avoided arrest after a brief interchange involving Sveltas ranting about "smelling vampires, and in the middle of the afternoon, no less", and Stephen finally agreeing to simply put the weapons away.

The third stranger, whom Stephen had identified as a wandering seeker of fortune named James, had gone into a brief monologue, suffered a series of odd convulsions, and then silently began to perform healing rites on the library staff. Even through a series of direct questioning, the guards only recieved a series of grunts as answers.

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James had not spoken a word since he had had what Noric assumed to be a vision. Noric had, after all, recieved visions from Kyros in the past, and understood that sometimes such enlightenment could be quite disturbing. Noric had tried to rouse James from his contemplative silence with several lead-ins such as, "The only thing that I said that wasn't true was that I was only Noric's mouthpiece," as well as asking if the pantheon had finally sent someone to meet him, as well as asking for an explaination about the presence of other deities. Unfortunately, he had yet to get a response.

James was clearly more than he appeared to be, visions, ramblings, and teleportation aside.

Sveltas had vanished shortly after the guard began to question James. He left with only a slight nod to Noric, who had been busy helping right the shelves at the time. It had gotten dark since.

Noric stopped his work helping the librarians clean for a moment, to look at the cloudless sky through the hole in the wall where the lighting had struck.
James had said that they were all in serious trouble. More than even he could imagine.

A miraculous storm strike on a library. A telepoting man who constantly rambled about everything and nothing... until now. Vampires appearing in mist form inside the library after the storm struck. Sveltas, out doing something for the good of mankind, and himself first, of course, knowing him.

Noric returned to shelving books. It would be a long night, and there was much to consider.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
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Going over the data for the roster, I noticed that the only regional/city name reference that we have for the Cassius/Fourty scene is the Sonne River.

Just FYI.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
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I am speechless.
- Drez IV, deposed king of Erria, before his execution twenty-eight years ago.

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"We're, um... well, uh-" Noric began.

"Researchers," Sveltas supplied.

"And prophets of the great god Noric," Noric added.

"I'm Sveltas," Sveltas began, bowing humbly in his seat, "humble entrepreneur and high priest of Noric, and this here is, well, actually he himself is-"

"Hedges," Noric cut Sveltas off. He leaned in to shake James's hand. "Stephen Hedges. Ranger. And, I'm somehow the mouthpiece of Noric. The reason why we're interested in the deities is because Noric himself is relatively new, and he has been unable to research the Pantheon himself. So we're doing it, while he's off doing... godly things."

Noric suddenly found himself relaxed. It had been years since he had done a con, let alone caused himself to go undercover. It was coming back more easily than he expected; although, he guessed, that could have been because he wasn't really doing more than stretching the truth.

Sveltas, on the other hand, had taken Noric's cue and instead of defending his god, was now trying to pick apart James's mini-logue.
"Okay, okay... you think we're someone... and you think that by helping us out, you can get some sort of major benefit... like a business deal..." He paused. "So, what you're proposing is, you work with us to help out Noric-"

"Serve Noric," Noric corrected.

"-and Noric does something for you?"

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
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Okay, Nalyd et al. should shortly be added to the roster. As soon as I actually read the IC.
And I categorically refuse to remove you from the roster, Tyran. You're joining back in whether you like it or not.

quote:
Originally written by LF:


Also, you must have no experience whatsoever in the following field: having a relationship with someone of the opposite sex.

Whoops. I'm out.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
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The content was horrible. (but I'm biased)

Your framing was good, the timing is solid, and though the manual cut/removal is an overused technique, it worked well.

Nice.

I feel the need to plug one of my own creations... it is horrible, but people like it..
but I will not do it here. There is no point in stealing the limelight.

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The Silent Assassin once did a home video on beans.
I still have yet to get all of the mold out of the camea from that...

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
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You made exactly one post, Tyran. How can you determine the fun from that?
Come, give us one or two more. Perhaps it will instigate a hunger for you to dwell among the gods again.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
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I feel that there are two common misconceptions here:

1. Things like this did not used to happen.

2. Our culture glorifies violence.

The fact of the matter, as Kel pointed out, is that you only need one person to snap in order to get a homicidal rampage on your hands. It doesn't matter what year it is, it doesn't matter what weapons are availible, it only takes one.

Our culture and particularly our means of communication (the media) are infatuated with reporting the extraordinary. There are a good number of reasons for this, all easily up for debate (my favorite being that news is a business, after all).

Now, it may be more accurate to say that reports of this were less common in the past, as communication networks in the past have been slower and less thorough. Also something to note is the deterioration of the concept of discretion in the media.
To say that there were no killings twenty years ago is akin to saying that at the turn of the twentieth century, teenagers did not get pregnant, and that there were no such things as affairs during the Victorian era.

We do not display violence because it is to be praised. We display violence because we know that it is an extreme measure, and because our social mores know it to be wrong. If it wasn't. it wouldn't be news, and it wouldn't be sensational.

Of course, it only takes one.
From what I've read about this, it becomes obvious that the kid went in with a premeditated plan. He went well-armed, highly skilled, and had plenty of extra ammo. He methodically chose which classrooms to kill, and killed himself while he had plenty of ammunition left.
This sounds more like an execution than a passion crime committed by a kid who had bad social mores forced upon him.

EDIT: Oy... one little dropped word can change the entire point of a post...

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The Silent Assassin would like to note that violence is not always the question, nor the answer, and that the answer to the question of violence is not always yes.
Now, if the question of the solution is string cheese, then the answer is always yes.

[ Tuesday, April 17, 2007 09:55: Message edited by: Lenar ]

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You know, you could always join in late, Nioca.

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I'm still here.
I was waiting for someone else to post before responding to James.

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Many priests of various services have specualted over the years that if any of the gods were to take physical form and walk anonymously among men, they would not be able to recognize each other.
This is far from the truth. As designated by the writings of many prophets, as well as revelation given by many of the deities over the eons, every god has a symbol, sign, or condition that is assigned to him at the beginning of his reign.
Though the reasons and mechanics of this assignment are unknown, its usefulness is immediately recognized: every god immediately has an avatar through which he may prophesy, and every god has a calling symbol by which his works can be recognized. A god cannot be detached from his symbol, and it will supernaturally follow him wherever he physically manifests himself.

- Taken from the judge's execution report of The Trial of George Quinn as compiled by Fracas Tolwit, Chief Executor of Harath.
Mr. Quinn had claimed that he had become unwittingly caught in a clash between two unaware deities, including Harath himself. He was swiftly executed for Heresy.

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Noric and Sveltas remained in their respective standing and sitting positions, frozen, staring slack-jawed and confused at the newcomer who had materialized at the end of the table and promptly advertised himself as... something... something other than a minstrel.

Noric was the first to speak.
"Who...?" He stopped himself short for a moment, then began anew. "Who are you?"

"And who the hell do you think we are, that we'd need your help?" Sveltas impudently added.

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