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  1. 15 points

    September 20, WTA 597

  2. 13 points

    Summarized results from RP Survey

    Let me start off by thanking everyone who took the time to fill out the survey. Thank you Internally we're still discussing some of the finer points of the data, and I've separated the long form text responses into a separate discussion which involves more standardization so as to make the data anonymous (or near enough) as well as easily digestible (more signal, less noise) You'll see more updates on that, and the graphs for the below will be released separately to increase engagement, but here are the summarized results to share a great deal of the data in a fashion (I think) conducive to conversation (without the burden of expectation to engage in conversation) Based off 42 responses Most people (41%) take 30 minutes to post; the second largest group (26%) takes 1 hour Most people (29%) come here for the IC (a 1); the second largest group (21%) come more for the IC but also lean OOC (a 4) Most people (50%) access the site on PC; the second largest group (45%) on mobile Most people (98%) think Valucre loads quickly (according to their subjective experience) Most people (62%) find Valucre's lore has the answers but requires effort to get to those answers; the second largest group (38%) finds the answers easily Most people (52%) think Valucre's lore is unique; the second largest group (38%) think Valucre's lore is familiar but uncommon Most people (60%) like to read fantasy; the second largest (14%) like to read sci-fi Most people (62%) like to write fantasy; the second largest (12%) like to write sci-fi Most people (67%) prefer groups 3-5 in size; the second largest (26%) prefer one-on-one Most people (75%) have roleplayed on forums/bulletin boards for more than 2 years; the second largest (10%) for 1-2 years Most people (52%) have roleplayed on Valucre for more than 2 years; the second largest (16.7%) for 1-2 years Most people (69%) prefer collaborative combat; the second largest group (24%) prefer turn-based combat Most people (83%) enjoy character interaction the most; the second largest (14%) prefer exploration Most people (36%) heard about valucre through word of mouth; the second largest groups tie at 26% and are Search Engine and Topsite list
  3. 13 points

    Ogre Assault Mechs

    Overview Ogre Assault Mechs, traditionally known as Ogres, are heavy armour robots primarily deployed by the Terrenus Military. On average, they stand at about 20 feet tall, and possess roughly humanoid proportions to a varying degree. All units, with some exceptions, are powered by a single Exalta core, typically secreted away in the spine or somewhere along the back. They are piloted from a cockpit housed in a fortified torso, with an ejection mechanism installed to save pilots from an emergency. Pilots are outfitted with a specialized suit that establishes a direct neural interface with the mech. This link enhances their spatial awareness to match the Ogre’s bulk, in addition to lending an intuitive sense of how to operate its systems. A supporting AI permits Ogres to behave autonomously, though its true purpose is to facilitate information transfer between the pilot’s brain and the machine. Should excessive data feedback occur, pilots can suffer permanent brain damage. Profuse nosebleeds and muscle paralysis are reported as common symptoms. All Ogres, as a rule, trace their roots back to the original OAM-N (Neutral) Frame. This is to ensure equipment compatibility throughout generational development. As a result, most Ogre technology can be equipped interchangeably, with exceptions based on frame-specific requirements. Base Frames Ogres usually come equipped with a primary and secondary weapon, followed by an optional melee weapon. Sensor arrays are located on the chest, shoulders, and in head-like devices, which offer a variety of vision options, including thermal and infrared. Further equipment customization is solely dependent on personal preference. AI personalities can be modified to suit the pilot's needs. They range from vocal to silent, and anything in between. Limited Victory ASI modules provide supplementary functions. These include logistics management, communication assistance, biometric monitoring, and remote telemetry. OAM-W (Warrior): The Warrior is by far the most prolific design to have ever been produced. It is flexible in its armaments, a jack-of-all-trades, and is both sturdy and agile without excelling in either department. The frame stands at 24 feet, boasts a pair of twin auxiliary thrusters, and is a respectable choice for any aspiring pilot who aims for versatility above all else. OAM-S (Scout): As its names implies, the Scout specializes in speed and stealth. It is one of the smallest frames available, in both height and mass, peaking at 18 feet with thin, lightweight limbs. It sacrifices protection and firepower in pursuit of unparalleled mobility, frequently compensating for its frailty with auxiliary thrusters. In battle, the Scout is best suited to hit-and-run tactics, with a strong preference for medium to long-range weaponry. On the same token, more daring pilots will take advantage of its mobility to engage in close quarters. This is somewhat of a rarity, since many consider the tactic an unnecessary risk. OAM-T (Titan): Heavy, large, slow, cumbersome, the Titan was built to take a beating and give an even bigger one in return. Standing at a menacing height of 28 feet, its thickly armoured frame towers over every other model, with excessively destructive munitions being the bread and butter of its design. The Titan actually requires two Exalta Cores to operate, and can even be manned by two pilots simultaneously: one as its gunner, the other as its primary operator. Its function as an artillery unit makes it an invaluable asset on the field, but it can fill a variety of roles depending on its overall kit. OAM-C (Caster): The Caster is one of the rarer frames currently in service due to the steep production costs of its advanced magitech systems. It is best defined as a 21-foot-tall arcane artillery unit, relying on destructive spells in lieu of ballistic weaponry. It comes equipped with light armour to keep it mobile and to minimize overall energy consumption. Older models tended to deplete Exalta Cores very quickly, so engineers were forced to repurpose the majority of its energy systems. Now, the Caster is rarely a front-line unit, preferring distance where it can safely dish out damage. OAM-J (Javelin): The Javelin is similar to the Scout, in the sense that it’s small and lightweight. It reaches 18 feet on average, but a select few frames have undergone alterations to their base build. Every inch of its body has been streamlined for aerial combat, featuring stability thrusters in its hands and feet, the main engine being located on its back. The biggest draw of the Javelin is its ability to transform into a high-speed aircraft. Most frames take the form of a fighter jet, leaving bombers and helicopters in a very niche minority. External weapons, such as rifles, are not compatible with the Javelin’s transformable nature. As a consequence, its offensive capabilities are limited to built-in machine guns, rockets, and retractable blades. With flying being a vastly different experience from ordinary Ogre functions, military pilots must first graduate from flight school before enlisting in the Javelin’s unique training program. OAM-E (Experimental): Experimental frames are exactly that: experimental. There is no baseline for their design. Each frame’s properties are unique to themselves, almost always in the goal of testing new capabilities. Hybrids are not uncommon. As are non-humanoid prototypes. In terms of experiencing live-fire combat, however, Experimentals rarely see the light of day. For one, they are expensive to fabricate. Two, they are rarely suitable for practical application. There is also the investment of their singular design, which may be difficult to replicate should the frame be destroyed. Many Experimentals seen on the field are, in fact, previously retired units. They’re usually deployed during emergencies, or the common case of a pilot begging to be special. Pilots Thanks to the Ogres' neural interface, extensive knowledge is not required to effectively operate a frame. In spite of this, a year-long training program is mandatory in the Terran Military. This program will see participants spend 1000 hours in a simulated cockpit, then an additional 500 hours in a variety of basic training mechs. Once a pilot has graduated with their full certifications, they will be awarded an official callsign, as well as the opportunity to pair with an Ogre of their choosing. They retain any rank held prior to graduation, and may continue to work in their assigned department. Outside of the military, very few private companies manufacture their own Ogre frames.
  4. 11 points

    Valucre humor (and memes) thread

    Here's a place to dump funny stuff you see around the site, and memes. I'll bring up two of my favorites quotes The entirety of this thread: Memes. I'm sorry, most of my initial stock are in the context of Ursa Madeum. can't deny this. No longer very relevant but I loved the fashion war yes
  5. 11 points

    The Uaos Compendium.

    Table of Contents First Volume, Creation Second Volume, Formation Third Volume, Ruin Fourth Volume, Cosmic Peace The Beginning Boljimir, the All-Creator Lailah's Demise Rumination Foreword Habitation O████ Incineration Expansion Glossary Iao, the First Ojurian Speech Eclipsed Nurture Sacraments Karael League Sofiel’s Awakening Elysium Welcome, reader. Call me Evalise. I am knowledge and history in its comprehensible form, and I am the creator of this compendium. Here you will find all there is to know about us, the [REDACTED]. Please be advised that whilst we coexist with other divinities in this vast universe, they will not be mentioned in this collection. We respect their creation, theologies and followers. They have their own domains, and this is ours. Reader, this compendium is to help you understand us. My precursors are not easily fathomable, and therefore, I will make them as such with the best of my ability. My fellow kin is complex but soon you will learn that we not enigmatical as some claim us to be. You shall see that our tales parallel your own. Clarity: this is my gift to you.
  6. 11 points
    May I offer a meme in these trying times?
  7. 9 points

    What do they know?

    The ground yawns open beneath your feet. You suddenly find yourself falling, hurtling through shuddering clouds and a strange maroon sky. You only have a moment to take notice of this before your body explodes with pain. Darkness claims your vision. You awaken to the sharp sound of water lapping against a river shore. The metallic tang of blood mingles with the bitterness of dirt on your tongue. Your limbs feel like lead. It takes a few moments to push yourself up in a sitting position. The world spins around you, blinding specks of light sparkling against your eyelids, but your balance realigns itself. “Are you four alright?” a whispery voice exclaims. The question is accompanied by the sound of gentle footfalls, soft against the faint crackle of grass trampled underfoot. You take in your surroundings. You and three other people lie sprawled on the ground a few paces from each other. A woman in a tattered green suit hurries in your direction, a man limping behind her. Both of them wear strange, brightly-colored masks that partially conceal their faces. “Did Stargate send you?” the man asks, his coat whipping violently in the wind. His voice is heavy with anger. A tree stretches frail branches towards the sky in the direction they came from. Directly to the WEST, the glassy river murmurs. It snakes NORTHWARD. To the NORTH, mountains cast shadows on a kaleidoscopic forest. To the SOUTH, a strange shimmering nothingness blankets the horizon, stretching to the heavens. @Wade @SweetCyanide @vielle @jaistlyn
  8. 9 points
    Alright, after that lengthy disappearance and all.... I will be dropping a few severely owed posts later on this morning, and from then on will be Sunday nights and Thursdays for my posting days until after finals (May 1st). (My class schedule changes every 5 weeks). If I owe you some writing, please send me a PM if you would like me to continue there. I do have a list, but it's going to take me some time to go down it and read every thread it contains to see how things are going in them. Thank you guys.
  9. 9 points
    Standardized Artifact Rules The old artifact thread can be found Here. Given that this is woefully out of date and the revamp of the artifact system, I’m looking to slim down my current artifact list to 13 items. Of the current list the following have made the cut, i’d Love input from you folks on 1) if any others should be included or (and preferably) 2) What sort of artifacts would you be interested in hunting in a Alterion. This is not only an opportunity for you to create some unique and cool weaponry but to directly alter the lore of Alterion as all artifacts will Have a substantial lore connection. decay blades fenrisulfr the highwind jormungandr the minotaur radiant mantle riva's greatsword
  10. 9 points
    ya girl turns 19 today, a step up from barely-legal status 😂 it's progress!
  11. 9 points
    @Thotification @Fierach @Tyler @Grubbistch @HollowCipher @EpicRome23 @sorainvoked @princeben07 @bfc @Roen @P.N.See @SelenaNichole @zackrobbman @ChaosLord @Akiris @vielle @Veloci-Rapture @Dolor Aeternum @notmuch_23 IC is here: This is a meet-and-greet intro round, there is no posting order. Post as many times as you wish. Feel free to interact with each other, and bring your characters up to speed, or bring new characters in. The first two realms will be starting in about two weeks. (I might have decreased activity from 18 to 28 April as I'm hosting some relatives at my place.) There will be no combat for this round, so no need to worry about your dice or stats yet. To give an idea of what to expect, there will be 6 nightmare realms, 2 will take place simultaneously at any time, so each character will go through 3 realms, plus this intro, and conclusion. Plan the usage of your limited special attacks well! There are about 30 characters, so there will be ~15 characters in the first two realms. The split will be done randomly, and that will also mean that you will be playing with different players for each realm. I've asked the GMs to keep each realm to about 4 to 5 rounds. Each realm will be separated into different IC threads, but proceed at roughly the same time. As mentioned, something will happen if you reach 0 HP. You'll find out what it is later. For the nightmare realm GMs: @HollowCipher @zackrobbman @Akiris @EpicRome23 @ChaosLord @Veloci-Rapture: I will let you know in PM the order of your realms. Each round lasts 2 weeks, and you should post at the start of the round. I leave it up to your availability and plot if you want to post multiple times per round. If no post is made in 2+ weeks, I'll post on your behalf to keep things going. If I post for you, I'll try to keep to your plot but no guarantees on how well I'll do on that front. Post away!
  12. 9 points

    Hello new friends

    Hello :) my name is Dawn and I came across this site from TopRPSites. Ive been in the roleplay community since I was 12. I started with forum rp, went to gaming rp, and am looking to get back into forum rp. I'm excited to get started and create a great character that I hope y'all enjoy. Oki that's all have a good day :)
  13. 9 points
    Black Rock Shooter

    What year is it?

    Hello everyone! It's so crazy to be returning to Valucre! So much has changed, including the layout of the site. (Looks good!) But comfortingly, I still see many familiar faces (er, usernames) are still active and I can tell that this place has received a lot of love in the time I was gone. It's still so great to be back, I was most active in around 2013, but ended up having to give up writing regularly due to a lot of things that were going on in my life at that time. I think it was 23 AO in Terrenus back then, oh, how time flies! I am so happy to see that a lot of you are still writing and creating every day, and I'm really looking forward to doing the same with you if you'll have me back! I would also love to hear about any open and upcoming RPs! Though I continued writing on my own in my spare time, I still have so many memories that I made here, many of which encouraged me to continue writing. That being said, thanks for always being here Valucre, and I would be happy to show you all that I've learned since 2013!
  14. 8 points
    OOC Character sheets The glowing lights of several campfires dotted through the camp. Day by day, their forces were getting stronger, the walls higher. People settled into a routine, and it almost seemed as if the worst was over. The first few days had been the toughest, as the original team that made it across the Broken Plains struggled to protect what limited resources they had left. Two out of four supply wagons that they had brought with them were destroyed in an attack by Yh'mi's creatures. The most devastating damage had not been caused by the massive Chhitten Magnus heading the attack, but by three Twistlings that had snaked their way into the group disguised as Norkotian soldiers. The White Hand paladin Fidelitas decided to press on despite their losses. After arriving at the hill of the Furthest Point, their main priority was to build a defensive wall that would slow any would-be attackers and give them time to react, rather than leave themselves vulnerable from all sides. They were able to dispose or drive back the dark creatures of Yh'mi that had tried to overwhelm them, with minimal injuries. The second wave of defenders that arrived from Inns'th brought relief, in terms of both more fighters and more supplies. The walls were expanded outwards to support the growth, and now close to fifty people were encircled within the walls. Fidelitas allowed himself a small moment of pride as he looked over the camp from its center. It was time for dinner and rest, and people were systematically handed their food, others were getting ready for their watch, or moving into their tents. But this was no time to slack, he reminded himself. They were in the most dangerous region of Terrenus - possibly the whole of Valucre - and their small foothold on the Furthest Point was still tenuous at best. He returned to the task at hand. "Double walls, surrounding the crest of the hill," he used his fingers to indicate two circles on the paper. "Wooden on the outer one, stone inner. If the outer wall is breached, we can use arrows tipped in fire and burn it down, bring some of the enemies down with it." The woman sitting across from him nodded - she was one of the two White Hand paladins that had led the second wave of defenders to their position. Fidelitas clapped her shoulder in appreciation. Then he stood up and banged his sword against shield to gain attention. "Everyone," he shouted. "Good job thus far. We'll start on the fort proper first thing tomorrow. Get a good night's rest, and always, stay vigilant and report any suspicious activities, even from your neighbours. Don't wander off alone. We don't want a repeat of twistling attacks."
  15. 8 points

    What will you learn?

    HELLO. Hover over highlighted text for more details. Ask questions in this thread when instructions are unclear. What do they know? @Wade @SweetCyanide @vielle @jaistlyn
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    This thread will serve as a continuation of the archived Rulers and Activity Needed thread. Rather than having several recruitment threads scattered about the forum or information board, this can serve as the universal hub for interest checks and requests based out of Genesaris. This original post will serve as a master list. If you have a roleplay opportunity that you would like posted, either send me a PM or post here (but be sure to tag me so I see it) and I'll update the list. Once you've found all the people you'd like to have in the story, let me know and I'll remove it. I will also use this thread to post land grabs, major events, or promote fun activities that I see popping up around the board. Opportunities Land Grab: Arlais Island. Land Grab: Unnamed Island (formerly Nvengaria).
  17. 8 points

    Site migration 4/12

    Over the past two weeks or so desolate and I have made some pretty tremendous headway in setting up an environment that we can migrate Valucre to with minimal downtime Part of the process will take hours to complete. When done, since this involves DNS changes, it will take a few more hours to fully replicate globally. Some of you will have access before others but by Saturday morning my hope is that we'll be on a server with comparable resources at a much lower price and with more control in our hands as administrators. This will hopefully see, not only the end to any of the performance issues we saw late March, but provide for a long-term, sustainable environment for the site Reminder that we're not running an enterprise shop here. Save your content, wish me luck, and good luck to you too
  18. 8 points
    ~April Fools Post~ Nu Delo... Little did anyone know that another menace to order and sanity was also in the city this day, lurking in the shadows, picking off citizen, defender and attacker alike. Dressed in not but a cheap, black robe and wielding a neon green, plastic wand, the young man with emo-hair combed over his eyes was having the time of his life. You see, it was his life's goal to impose his crazed ideals of chaos and ridiculousness upon the citizens of this world, especially those who took themselves oh so seriously. A massive war filled with death and destruction like this, while villains were raging and giving rambling monologues, and while heroes were giving dramatic speeches and being all overly goody-too-shoes, was a prime draw for a man such as he. All these folks who thought themselves so powerful, so important, so... serious... But why so serious? Perhaps people would ask themselves that soon, or maybe they'd just get mad, either way was fine for wizarding punk who called himself "The Cursor". So long as he could troll the world in the most absurd and annoying ways possible, he would be satisfied. Among his first victims were fleeing civilians in the outskirts of Nu Delo, but soon he spotted Paragons emerging from the city, shooting down stray survivors with their various magic. One such Paragon was Shane Haydes, who was planning on entering the next town of Parrish on foot, rather than announce his arrival to all the defenders using the Cult's smoke teleportation technique. Better to arrive more stealthy, or so he planned. When the strange fellow dressed in black jumped out from behind a tree in front of him, Shane thought for a moment that it was a joke. "AHA! It is I! The mighty Cursor! Bane of the adventurer, the hero and the villain alike! Vexer of the--" "Buddy, are you for real?" Shane interrupted the attempted dramatic introduction. "Yes, of course I am for real! As you shall now see! AHA!" Before Shane could react, the Cursor had whipped out his pathetic toy wand, firing a bolt of greenish energy that struck the Paragon of Fire square in the chest. One minute, Shane was facing the man, the next... he was looking back at Nu Delo? "Ehhh?" It took him a minute to figure it out, but he soon realized his entire head was on backward... somehow. "What the hell did you do to me!?" "Aw, don't take it so serious, friend. You're one of the lucky ones today! Ta ta, now!" the Cursor cackled, before diving behind a tree. By the time Shane got turned around to try and find the guy, he was already gone. Apolypse... Chaos travels fast, and doesn't always make a lot of sense in how it gets around. Not long after having left his mark on the outskirts of Nu Delo, the Cursor appeared once more, this time on the opposite side Nu Martyr, in the slowly crumbling city of Apolypse. Here he came across a sight that was just begging for his attention. A standoff between a gun-totting woman, two mysterious humans, and a dragon. Oh, and there appeared to be a fifth individual, a sparkling psychopath hell-bent on attacking the dragon. She would be first. "AHA!" An impressively well aimed blast impacted the Paragon of Absurdity midair, though the Cursor didn't wait to see the effect before he had already switched attention to the others. "IT IS I! The CURSOR! Bane of adventurers, heroes, villains and all other manner of important folk!" Without further hesitation, he began hurling curses at the others in the party, starting with the woman with the gun (because those people are dangerous), then the two she was pointing it at, then finally at the dragon splattered on the ground beyond them. "Ah ha ha ha ha! Enjoy!" he cackled, before diving through a nearby building window (shattering it) and vanishing from sight. Results (d4 for length, due to slow thread): @Thotification @vielle @Metty //(This was discussed in Discord, for full disclosure.)//
  19. 8 points

    Breaking News in Ursa Madeum!

    In a shocking turn of events, the story of Lady Merida’s once-secret, now-infamous kidnapping has concluded in a fashion guaranteed to surprise and disturb you. Just over seven days ago during the new holiday of Reverie, Lady Merida Spiderwalker was kidnapped by unknown parties while participating in the celebratory maze event being held by Emperor Titus. Plucked from the Emperor's very own estate! Evidence quickly began mounting which pointed to Luis Uldwar, third eldest son of Oscar Uldwar, Lord of Port Mars and fugitive, as the perpetrator of this crime most foul. Imperial investigations didn't begin until almost a full day after the kidnapping when the Wyrmalker Dali intelligence arm released a public statement to the effect of the Lady's kidnapping and considerable effort expended to find the culprits and secure her release. Top investigaters outside of Dali made little progress, unable to locate either the Lady or her kidnappers, until Lady Merida appeared back on the isles out of nowhere. She was found battered, malnourished and mutilated in a small town near the southern end of the Free Marches, led to the burg by two strangers identifying themselves as Pale Shade and Dark Shadow. These strangers, dressed in black and white cloaks and masks, were reported to have saved the noblewoman from two fisherman working under the orders of Luis Uldwar. Pressure was mounting on House Uldwar, an already poor sentiment plummeting further still when the accused young Lord was seen fleeing Port Mars with Fatesbane, a family heirloom handed down since the beginning of the House, in his possession. Godric Uldwar, the estranged son, returned after many months away, now married to Lady Evienne Goldcourt Dali, removing Lady Mia Uldwar from her seat of power and declaring all necessary actions would be taken to find his younger brother and turn him over to the authorities. Things couldn't possibly get any stranger than that, and yet they did when officials at House Dali, quiet during all this, released a sudden statement indicating they found the true villains. Previously thought dead by execution, the twins Ursula and Marcella Descartes, had resurfaced to put an end to a blood feud between their kin and its ancient enemy, House Uldwar, by implicating them in the kidnapping and torture of Merida Dali. The twins were apprehended on the Dali estate when they attempted to carry the guise as Merida's guardians, rather than her personal demons, but were quickly identified. Far from being a criminal, Luis Uldwar's voluntary testimony (according to Wyrmwalker reports) proved instrumental in confirming the identity of the twins, after which Wyrmwalker interrogation techniques succeeded in confirming the rest of the details. The twins not only confessed to the kidnapping and torture of Merida, but the murder of two local fisherman, conspiracy to outrage public decency and effect public mischief, and conspiracy to murder in the first, second, and third degrees. Medical examiner reports confirm the health of the twins during their continued detainment on Dali grounds, and vouchsafe for the humane conditions expected of any prisoner. With the real culprits caught and Merida's weeklong harrowing journey come to an end, Ursa Madeum can rest easy knowing that two more murders have been brought to justice. What House Dali will do to these prisoners has yet to be announced. Written by: Grubbistch Edited by: supernal
  20. 7 points
    It's time, ladies and gentlemen and others! Tales of Redemption is Open for Entries! Here's a refresher on the definition of "Redemption" we'll be working with: Redemption doesn't have to be big or totally transformative, but it does imply a moral shift in behavior or perspective. Your main character doesn't have to go from being a devil to an angel in 2000 words, but someone should probably become at least a little less awful for at least a small, significant moment. HOW TO SUBMIT AN ENTRY: PM me with "Tales of Redemption" in the subject line, along with the title of your story and a word count. I will respond when I have received it, but please give me 72 hours before poking me; life things happen to me with a disturbing frequency (see: intended contest opening on April 1st). OFFICIAL RULES: 1) Submissions will be accepted from now until midnight on April 29th! The entries will be posted in random order on April 30th, and voting will open May 1st! 2) Maximum length is 2000 words. There is no minimum word count. 3) Stories can have any tone, from grimdark to flight-of-whimsy, as long as the central theme is redemption. 4) Entries must be original, unused work. Do not plagiarize, and definitely don't plagiarize yourself. I will be checking. 5) YOU ARE SWORN TO SECRECY! Your submission must be known only to you and to me. Do not give anyone any information that they could use to easily identify your entry. 6) One submission per participant. Revisions or substitutions will be allowed up until the deadline, but only one entry per contestant will be posted. 7) Please double-check your formatting. The only editing I will do to an entry is to fix any errors that happen with the copy/paste function. 8 ) Entries MUST HAVE A TITLE. I refuse to post a dozen stories all named "Untitled #1", "Untitled #2", "Untitled #3", like happened in Spinal Chills a couple years back. That was maddening as a participant, and probably would have been maddening as a voter, and in any case it's my contest so it's my rule. Give it a title. PRIZES: Prizes depend on the number of entries received by the deadline. Five or fewer entries: 1st Place: A custom user title, courtesy of @supernal! (if the winner already has a custom user title, then we'll come up with something different and cool, but I just now at this very second thought of this problem, so that's my bad.) Six to Ten entries: 1st Place: $15 Amazon gift card, courtesy of @Veloci-Rapture! 2nd Place: A custom user title! Ten to Fourteen entries: 1st Place: $25 Amazon gift card! 2nd Place: $10 Amazon gift card! 3rd Place: A custom user title! Fifteen or more entries: 1st Place: $50 Amazon gift card! 2nd Place: $25 Amazon gift card! 3rd Place: $10 Amazon gift card! Honorable Mention: A custom user title! [NOTE! Gift cards require a valid e-mail address to send them to, so be prepared to provide one!] WORKSHOP THREAD: Finally, if you've got questions of a general "how do I write stuff goodly?" variety, come on over to the Spring Contest Workshop Thread! It's been pretty dull so far, but I'm hoping we can give out lots of advice as the timer ticks down! Don't be afraid! Let's have a great contest! Give Valucre your best shot at a TALE OF REDEMPTION!
  21. 7 points

    Uaos General Discussion

    :D Another one! CLUES ON THE PAGE The blocked out word in the Table of Contents starting with an O links to a password-protected tumblr page: https://ouhefogrtht.tumblr.com/ Notably, Ouhefogrtht is an anagram of "Forethought" "HO AUOAA'S A'RNOCAAURL" is placed in low contrast colors on the UAOS Banner. I think this may be a code of some sort. It's def not a caesar cipher. Anyone know a code that uses a limited number of letters? O, U, and A repeat a lot in that message Removing the letters in "UAOS" from the above code results in HRNCRL. Not sure if that's significant. BANNER CODES Hovering over the banner photo (The UAOS Compendium) results in this: AABBBBAABBBAABBABBBBBAABA BAABABAABBBBAAAABABBAABAABAABABABAABABBBBABBB AABBAABAAABAABBAABBBBABAAAAAAB ABAAAABBBA BAABABAABBAABAAAABBAAAAAAABBABABBBAAABBABAAABAAAAAABBBBAABBBBBAAA Decoding using Bacon cipher: HTTPSSTYLESUXXGITHUBIOSTEGANOGRAPHY It leads to http://stylesuxx.github.io/steganography/. Inputting the banner photo in the decode section reveals this: 432118N 422631E Inputting these coordinates as 43°21'18"N 42°26'31E landed me somewhere in Russia. Specifically, Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia ... and that's it. I'm at a dead end for now, but the overall theme of the ARG is wonderfully distinct and different from GM's computery angle, Obby's ... honestly I don't know what Obby's going for, and Mr. E's riddles and number puzzles. IC ANALYSIS Evalise, the creator of the Compendium, is "knowledge and history in its comprehensible form" --> I love more abstract RP concepts so this is v cool! Getting some Great Old Ones/Cthulu Mythos vibes from the Compendium in general: "this compendium is to help you understand us. My precursors are not easily fathomable, and therefore, I will make them as such with the best of my ability. My fellow kin is complex but soon you will learn that we not enigmatical as some claim us to be. You shall see that our tales parallel your own." INCORRECT PASSWORDS Uaos Ouhefogrtht Forethought 432118N 422631E HO AUOAA'S A'RNOCAAURL HRNCRL I think I've tried more but I haven't remembered them all.
  22. 7 points
    in the midst of current hardships, i cannot write, but i can think, and therein lies the difference: ideas flow forth when the mind is forced idle 👀 new Hildebrand machinations soon ❤ other posts either later on tonight or on Monday 🙏
  23. 7 points
    Hey y'all. It's been awhile. So, just a quick update from my last one...Forever ago. I managed through the emotional turmoil of being rejected by my husband(good lord soon to be EX husband finally) and I got myself a boyfriend! Well. New/old boyfriend. Anyways. Things have been going amazingly. So well that I'm a paranoid freak over being in a relationship again xD Since things have finally settled and I'm very happy finally, I am working on my own personal demons when it comes to writing. Since being VERY disconnected for a long time, randomly posts have been forming in my head. Which is a step in the right direction finally. I think I am going to set myself up with an RP partner to write ONE thread at a time, and make sure said partner kicks me in the ass to reply. I'm on the way, folks. I'm coming back.
  24. 7 points
    On one of James's swords is inscribed the phrase, "What is the terror of Death? That we die, our work incomplete", and on the other side "What is the joy of Life? That we die, knowing our task is done" What he wants is the next fight, the next challenge, the next task in his ongoing fight to keep the forces of Chaos and Destruction at bay. He accepts the terror of death, knowing that one day he will die as all mortal men do. What he needs is the joy of life, knowing that he lived to the fullest, creating a legacy that will endure whether through the Force Majeure and others like them, or through a bloodline of heirs to his family's powers, martial prowess, and will.
  25. 7 points
    attackers: samael, ephah, rami | city of apolypse "HOLD IT RIGHT THERE, YOU THREE! PUT YOUR HANDS WHERE I CAN SEE THEM AND DO NOT TURN AROUND!" Samael halts in his stride, causing the two hot at his heels to follow suit. Ephah watches in mild confusion as the boy angles his head to the side, wordlessly asking her to do what she does best. From beside her, Rami’s mouth slants in amusement. “Gods, what is it now,” she murmurs under her breath, casts out her power in hungry, seeking tendrils in the direction of the voice behind them, and there, there. There it is. The woman’s blood thunders loud in her veins, and Ephah has to draw herself away from the temptation of delving in too deep, too fast, lest the crimson siren call threatens to overwhelm her. It would be so easy now to simply fold the blood vessels into themselves, or to heat the red tide within the woman’s body and boiling her alive, or to let her dance on puppet strings of her own lifejuice tugging her along and shooting herself in a betrayal of one’s own will. So many wonderful ways to choose the manner of this stranger’s tragic end; it almost makes her salivate in anticipation. However: Samael tilts his head sharply, as if reading the thoughts curling insidiously inside her head. She grits her teeth but holds her ground, waits for the signal to proceed. “Now, now, madame, what’s this?” Rami croons as he raises his hands in the air in some form of surrender, ultimately ruining her plans by opening his big mouth. “Why this hostility?” She pointedly does not reenact her morbid imagination on her fellow Paragon, lest he prove himself to actually be useful instead of causing a scene such as this. They don’t have time for this. “We can all go about this in a civilized manner,” the sand-haired man continues, overly polite where there is no reason to. Ephah narrows her gaze, opens her mouth to retort when— A blur pierces through the darkened clouds, lands on a rooftop and slams into a satellite dish with a sickening crack. All attention shifts to the noise of crumbling debris. The dragon begins shouting and cursing at itself, and in the sudden cacophony, Ephah feels something in the air shift: a phenomenon she recognizes as Samael’s entry into the Mirror Realm, whatever that is. True enough, the boy has disappeared from the forefront of the group, and she resists the urge to sigh in despair. Samael leaving them to deal with this madness—leaving her to deal with Rami—is not quite what she had in mind for the matter at hand, but he is now mist in the wind. They’ll have to catch up with him soon enough. With that, she turns her attention back to the woman and the dragon, Rami regarding the winged creature with curious glee. “Well, well, a dragon here, of all places? Why, it rather tickles my funny bone!” Ephah closes her eyes in an attempt to shut out her vision of his idiocy, clenches her fists, and weaves her influence through the veins of the two strangers, ready to strike from within if it calls for such an attack. @Tyler @Metty
  26. 7 points

    Claiming the Furthest Point

    Incident log: entry #3175. The first wave of men and women have been sent for the Furthest Point, with four wagons of supplies. The 20+-strong team was attacked by creatures of Yh'mi along the way, including two Saevion, several packs of Chhitten, three Twistlings and a Chhitten Magnus. Some of these creatures had not been known to be capable of working with each other, In fact the coordination of their timing and objectives seemed to point to someone, or something, in command over them. More investigation and monitoring is needed to determine if there is a mastermind behind the attack. The Twistlings had sneaked into the group by infiltrating the Norkotian unit that was accompanying the group back in Inns'th. The Twistlings killed several of the true Norkotians, and these were the only casualties for the battle. The team managed to bring down most of the hostile creatures, but not before they had managed to destroy two out of the four wagons containing resources needed to start building the fort at Furthest Point. The paladin leading the expedition made a decision to press on to the Furthest Point with the remaining resources, so that their fight had not been in vain. The second wave of warriors and builders will be sent out in a few days, so the team at the Furthest Point have to hold out till more supplies arrive with the next wave. The Order of the White Hand is determined to see this endeavour through. - Erudition, scribe of the Order.
  27. 6 points

    General chat thread

    New reactions courtesy of @jaistlyn! If you don't see them clear your cookies edit - btw i love them
  28. 6 points

    What do they know?

    >How do you know what we are? What if we’re just.. just humans? Kail looks pained, "No, no. Even the first was human. But it's possible you'll never elucidate. It can't be forced. so many Nomas have tried to force an elucidation. Never ends well." >Zombies! Monsters. I-I don’t know what. We need to go. Now! Kail and Reie are staring south. There is a distant look in their eyes as they watch the approaching figures. To the WEST, several bulges in the ground herald the arrival of more Under-Things. "Cajal limit's dropping," Reie says softly. Kail moves the shields carrying Reie close to her. The shards break into smaller pieces, rearranging to form a crude seat. Reie pulls himself up, settling in a more comfortable position. >You guys going to be okay for a run? The big guy and I can carry Reie if we need to. I mean, if keeping up that stretcher becomes too tiresome. "You four go on ahead," Reie says. He pulls his mask up over his face. "We'll keep those things from following you," Kail says. Her mask reappears, enclosing her head. She squares her shoulders, standing a little bit straighter. Reie leans forward, eyes fixed on the monsters. For a moment, you are able to catch a glimpse of what these two had been before their homeland had begun to die. Kail walks back toward the beasts, bringing Reie beside her. The mounds of soil are gaining speed. The ground ripples in their wake. Four slimy bodies claw themselves out in a spray of soil, snaking towards the pair. The five shambling figures move faster. Multiple mouths stretch across each body like gaping scars, dark red tar bubbling from every orifice. The acid stench of vomit grows stronger with each heavy step. It becomes all too clear this is a last stand. "Go, now!"
  29. 6 points
    I’ve been toying with the idea of cybernetic talismans (think a ghost from Destiny). These little constructs of magic and science that would bind with an individual and allow them particular feats. I was initially thinking ability wise it would be on par with the DC power rings ie. green represents will power, in addition to being able to conjure whatever you imagine via energy you’d have a type of Jedi-mind trick ability. These are definitely not the droids your looking for. yellow - fear - energy conjuration, instill fear (some scarecrow level shit) red - rage- energy conjuration, manipulate someone’s rage, you could easily turn a party into a bloodbath with a few words and never lift a finger.
  30. 6 points

    What do they know?

    >Pretty. Even on the inside. Reie’s a lucky a man Reie snorts, rolling his eyes. "No flirting with my wife." Still, the quip has a trace of humor in it. Kail smiles. She moves to brush a lock of hair off her face, her hand faltering as she feels the missing flesh. She grimaces, then lets her hand drop. >You called us ‘non-elucs’ earlier. What did you mean by that? I’ve never heard the term before Kail glances at Reie. He shrugs. "Non-eluc. Short for non-elucidated. You're like us, but your powers haven't activated yet," Kail simply says. "They'll probably get them soon, considering all the trauma Elendaron's throwing at us," Reie chuckles weakly. >You also called yourselves Skjold and Kore. The protector and the cure. Seems kind of important, if you ask me. Why the name change? Reie pulls his mask down under his chin. He's grinning. "Neat, aren't they? They were codenames to keep who we were secret, back before it all went to hell." "They don't matter anymore," Kail says quietly. "The others are all either dead or..." she taps her face, "Like us."
  31. 6 points
    Fidelitas settled down into the routine of sectioning the meat. The bruised and bloody parts were cut away and put aside. It might not taste as good, but they could be soaked in salt first then cooked. With their limited resources, they couldn’t afford to waste anything. A commotion on the other side of the camp drew the paladin’s attention. He hadn’t sensed anything attacking, so that wasn’t it. “I’ll go check that out. I’ll be back,” he told Ed. At a glance, it was immediately obvious that things were not right. There were blackened spots on the ground and burnt corners of crates and tents. Fidelitas put his hand on one of these crates. It was still warm to the touch. He drew his sword before approaching the gathered group in the far corner. Just in time to see Challara’s fist collide with Charlie’s face. “Enough!” He bellowed. “What’s the meaning of this? Are you a bunch of children? This. Is not a joke.” He produced three scraps of cloth with the Norkotian badge on it, torn from the clothes of the twistlings who had been parading as Norkotians. The original owners of those clothes were most likely dead, probably eaten. He looked at the faces of those present. “Do you wish to die? I can end it for you right now, lest you get the rest of us killed.” He would make good on that threat if any of them exhibited signs of being corrupted by Yh’mi. I-i mean... B-bawk-bak-uuuuhh... Cock-a-doodle-doo-and stuff... Argh, crapsters. This is gonna be hard to explain... Listen, I--- Fidelitas turned to glare at the person who was making fun of the situation, but instead he was staring at a talking chicken. He did a double take. As he watched, the rooster suddenly grew human legs - notably naked ones. ”Look away! I don't like where this is going!" The paladin grabbed a spare cloth that someone had been using to clean their weapon and threw it to the chicken-man. The dirty cloth was too small to cover his entire body, but at least it would be large enough to maintain his dignity. “I don’t even want to know what happened,” he muttered. He pointed to Charlie, Challara and Deckel in turn. “You, you, and you. Too much energy to spare? I have work for you. Don’t forget that I hold your payment.” He would make them help with storing the meat. That would also give him a chance to keep an eye on the three, especially the man who had provoked the chhittens at the end of the last battle. - @Akiris @zackrobbman @Tyler @notmuch_23 @P.N.See In the vicinity of @Dolor Aeternum @SelenaNichole
  32. 6 points

    Genesaris: World Building Opportunities

    collaboration is a wonderful thing 😍 fantastic idea, @Deus Ex Aizen! i've a similar idea, but more, uh, money-oriented and materialistic-ish? 😂 Are there any others interested in Arlais? Let's collaborate~ 👀
  33. 6 points
    Hello hello, I'm Bunny and I'm here to declare I am NOT a furry. I swear. Come on guys, stop staring at me like that I just like rabbits. NOT LIKE THAT! Alright forget it. Jokes aside, you can call me Bunny; I'm nearly 30, I've been roleplaying on and off for nearly twenty years. I like all kinds of roleplay, though like most I'm most experienced in the traditional 'fantasy' settings. My deepest inspirations are 80s and 90s JRPGs and anime, with things like Suikoden, Escaflowne, Record of Lodoss War, Legend of Crystania, The Weathering Continent, Amon Saga and of course Berserk really influencing the kind of characters I create and stories I try to tell. Look forward to roleplaying with you all soon!
  34. 6 points

    Uaos General Discussion

    @Csl , thanks for digging deep. Hint Password @elixir Next Step
  35. 6 points

    What do they know?

    >You mean no harm?! I didn't know I was signing up to be thrown like a rag doll into this... this...Where the fuck is this? Kail sighs, fingers pressed to her forehead. "Look. We're just as frustrated at this situation as I'm sure you all are. I promise we'll answer everything we can. We need to make sure you're not going to die from your injuries first." >That sounds...reasonable. So long as there aren’t any needles. "Yes, thank you," Kail says, relief clear on her face. She waves her husband forward, "Just fix them." Reie moves closer, lips pressed in a tight line, one hand extended. As he nears, you feel wounds closing and bones knitting together. The pain in your sides fade, injuries disappearing in seconds as your body is made anew. He stops by the young girl who has yet to speak. "Hey. Kid. Are you alright?" >Your family needs you. The couple freezes, as if the world has stopped turning for the both of them. In the briefest of pauses, a myriad of expressions flits across their faces: resentment, bewilderment, wariness. Kail shakes herself out of the haze, taking a deep breath as she regains her composure. "You're family, huh?" Reie lets loose a harsh laugh. "Of course," Kail whispers. She looks at the group. "Do you... have any powers?" >What. Happened. One of our..." the woman hesitates, visibly struggling to find the right word, "...colleagues, Stargate, transported you here. I'm guessing you all saw the message Officer Dubois did. That was...Well, it must have been Seer."
  36. 6 points
    So not only is Challara pissed and hungry already, some dumbass comes by and throws a magical fireball that lights the pants of her Copper Valley Militia Battle Dress Uniform. More specifically, the bottom half of the left leg. Of course, the drow put it out quite quickly, but it still left a nasty burn. So Challara stands up, marches over to Charlie, who is sitting by, and talking to, Soryn and Selena (but mostly Selena). Challara catches that last pick-up line, and it doesn't really impress her, and it probably would make Selena roll her eyes. So the drow grabs Charlie under his left armpit and drags him back a couple feet. "Th' fuck ya think yer doin'?" Challara half-shouts, "D' ah nee'ta beat some sense int' ya?" @zackrobbman
  37. 6 points

    What do they know?

    The man lifts his eyes to the heavens. “Fantastic. Of course. They grabbed you lot and left all the explainin’ for us to do.” He stands silent, fists clenching and unclenching, before he responds. “Stargate’s the one who sent you. Has to be her. How else would you have fallen from the sky?” The woman lays a hand on the man's shoulder. He falls silent. “I’m Skjold. He’s Kore.” The woman says, her gaze distant. “The protector and the cure. Though… it doesn’t matter now, these names.” She sighs. “Kail Taravos. You can call me Kail.” The mask over her face blinks out of existence. The man’s face is disapproving. Nonetheless, he answers the question. “Reie.” His gaze darts to the woman. “I’m her husband.” Reie scowls when you stare at his leg for too long. “Reality degradation,” Kail says, by way of explanation. “A fancy term the Nomas cooked up for spiritual death,” Reie mutters. Kail sighs. "It may take some time to answer your question. Will you let Ko- Reie heal you first? We mean no harm." Reie stares at you. His frustration unravels, tenuous threads giving way to disbelief. "You really don't know anything? Stargate's a complete brat but Seer would've t'least sent one of her mind messages."
  38. 6 points

    What do they know?

    When Laurent wakes up, the obvious question comes to mind. Where am I? Each word is a pulse of his consciousness. He stands up, blinking away the dark slurring the boundaries of his vision. An alien world assaults his senses. He fixates on the word alien. Two people approach. Fear twists his insides into knots, but he also feels a tepid fascination. They ask him a question he doesn’t understand. “No,” Laurent says quietly, surprised at the croak of his own voice. “No.” This time it comes out in a familiar, smoky bass. “I don’t even know what Stargate is.” His eyes snag on the man’s left foot, pale and translucent. Fading. Like a ghost. “What is that?” His dark eyes flit between the strangely-dressed pair, then he glances at himself. He’s still wearing his correctional officer uniform. He instinctively reaches for his handgun, and he’s relieved when he finds the wood polish of its grip, sturdy and smooth, a perfect fit for his long fingers. “Who are you people?” His hand doesn’t stray from the gun’s hilt. There’s no menace in the gesture, just caution. He makes sure to capture this in his tone. “What is this place?”
  39. 6 points
    @Thotification @Fierach @Tyler @Grubbistch @HollowCipher @EpicRome23 @sorainvoked @princeben07 @bfc @Roen @P.N.See @SelenaNichole @zackrobbman @ChaosLord @Akiris @vielle @Veloci-Rapture @notmuch_23 I don’t think we concluded if you’re joining yet, let me know if you are! Here are the mechanics of the thread. It is condensed into 3 main concepts: HP, Sanity & Skills. 1) Health Points (HP) When a character suffers physical damage, their HP is lowered. At tip top condition, they are able to perform 3 actions in a turn. As they get injured, their movements slow and they get less and less actions. Your number of actions for the turn is based on your HP at the start of your turn. You don't immediately gain an extra action after healing, only on the next turn. Every character starts with 5 HP. 2) Sanity Sanity affects your character's state of mind. The less sane you are, the more likely you are to miss or damage yourself, or even attack your team mates. I leave it to each of you as to what low sanity means for your character. Sanity rolls are applied per action, so if you use your first action to increase your sanity, you can use the improved sanity for the next action. Characters who participated in the first arc starts from sanity of 4 due to mental exhaustion from the previous failure and prolonged stay in Yh'mi. Fresh characters start with sanity of 5. 3) Skills Unlike the previous round, your character has a set of skills that they draw from, which differs from character to character. Each character will choose a set of skills from the skills list below. This will form the list of actions that your character gets to choose from every turn. Everyone will get 3 normal skills. On top of that, characters from the first thread will get 3 special skills, and new characters only get 2 special skill. The extra 1 special skill represents the characters gaining experience from the last battle and being able to form a better strategy for this fight. Movement does not require an action, but the distance you can move per turn should make narrative sense. Choose the actions that fit your character's fighting style the most! Support characters (heal, buff etc) could be as useful as offensive characters. Normal skills (choose 3 for your character) - Has no usage limit. Can be stacked in that turn (e.g. attack 3 times). You can delay 1 action over to the next turn (e.g. if you have 3 actions, you can delay 1 action so you have 4 the next turn). Special skills (existing characters choose 3, new characters choose 2) - Each one of these actions can only be used 3 times throughout the thread. These actions are still affected by sanity, but if they miss or backfire, then they are not considered to be used. Use them wisely! Q: Can I choose an action not on the list when building my character's skills? A: Yes, but run your idea by me for approval please! Q: Can I change my skills halfway through the thread? A: I have no plans to allow for that right now, but if we find any of the skills problematic later on, I may allow a change. Example Combining 1, 2 & 3, I will give an example. Say my character has five skills (Attack, Defend, Meditate, Area Attack, Mass Rally.) Imagine he is at 3 HP and 2 sanity. He can perform 2 actions. Using the first action, I decide to Meditate (+1 Sanity). Because my sanity is at 2, I roll a d10, and get a 6 (success). My sanity is at now at 3. For my next action, I decide to Attack. I roll a d10 and get a 2 (miss). My actions are done. I write out these outcomes in my post.
  40. 6 points

    Ursa Madeum Noble Houses OOC

    Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaybe they do. Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaybe they don't. You're not part of my house, so you don't get to sit at the special table with special conversations ;x ❤️
  41. 6 points

    Ursa Madeum Noble Houses OOC

    Yes. I'm ready whenever Notmuch is ready. Reverie is basically dead. I think everyone was waiting on Ataraxy, and he's... well I just don't expect Reverie to be the top of his list if/when he manages to get time to post. It might be worth someone wrapping it up and canonizing it if that is the intent. But I'm also open to the meeting yes. As one of those people who has been asking, I guess I feel like there needs to be a rational for it not to happen if it is not going to happen. If we want to prevent airports and power plants, then the question is "Why would they not be plausible here?" from an IC perspective. Is Veluriyam going to ban such technologies? If they do, that would make it far too easy for people to say that they are intentionally holding Ursa Madeum back and retarding progress that would be vital to recovering from Damien, meanwhile Taen is allowed to advance to modern technology without problem. Also the fact that state-sponsored House Singlance is at the forefront of the new technology wave, so restricting others while letting them go will be blatant hypocrisy, more fodder for the Anti-Veluriyam folk. The other restrictive option would be for there to be a loci of some sort that retards technology, like La Ruta in Orisia. But that would seem an odd turn for such a thing to emerge so suddenly, especially when it is the Taen Loci that is supposedly dominant here anyway. Because Ursa Madeum is supposed to be Taen Loci, it should then be expected that any tech that works in Taen will work in Ursa Madeum too. That leaves the last, and in my option, most logical option. Allow modern technology, but keep the medieval aesthetic. What does that mean? Think soldiers and nobles that wear medieval garb, but perhaps use guns that are ornately engraved or styled like medieval weapons. Vehicles that look like carriages. Buildings with modern amenities, but still styled in the classic medieval architecture. For example, one of my plans is for the main control tower for House Karradeen's airfield to actually be a medieval-style turret, just (eventually) rigged for electricity. Maybe someone else can come up with more variations of options, but those are the three I see as being most doable.
  42. 6 points
    Grand Mainframe

  43. 6 points
    Grand Mainframe

    September 20, WTA 597

  44. 6 points
    Mickey Flash

    OBELUS General Discussion

    Hello, just joined the group. I had no idea about any of this, and haven't been following it. Then I get a strange message on my profile page and here I am. I came to the same conclusion of the answers being Seinaru Forven, and Draco South. I sent this to Obelus with a snarky little comment about if that's not correct I want to play an E for the hangman (since it looked like a hangman word game). As I said, I had no clue about all THIS that was going on. I just thought it was someone trying to be cute in order to just say hi. I didn't even click on the link of 'where' until Wily told me to after I'd already sent Obelus my response through PM. Anyway, here is what I got with this exact message: To perceive the whole, the narrative must be viewed with others. I thought this was just a cryptic message, but I clicked on it about a minute ago and it sent me to this ARG club. And here are the messages
  45. 6 points
    Defenders, entering Parrish It had taken a few minutes, but an operator is finally connecting Aveline to PRIME Headquarters. "Thank you for calling PRIME Headquarters. Your call is very important to us. Please hold for the next available representative." "Fuck, I'm on hold!" Aveline says as muzak plays out of her phone's ear speaker. "Well what the fuck we doin' now?" Thurgood asks. "we're coming into Parrish." "Guess find a good vantage point and see," Aveline replies, "while I wait on hold for fuck knows how long..." So Thurgood drives the pickup into the outskirts of Eastern Parrish, searching for signs of Lillith's forces or influence.
  46. 6 points
    and the final tally is.... 16 threads. oh boy that's a lot more than I thought I was in LOL fuck
  47. 6 points

    Dali Designs

    Proprietor: Evienne Goldcourt Dali. Context Dali Designs has been a prominent name in Ursa Madeum’s Couture for centuries. Usually being tied to the Goldcourt branch of the house and armed with the Dali’s cloth manufacturing industry, it has been a reliable source of income and trends generation after generation. And, although the name has lost some of its clientele to the Uldwar house of threads with development of the panniered, corseted and pouf’d silhouette. With revolution comes new design philosophies, however, with Lady Evienne’s new slender silhouette, Dali Designs is once more creating waves. Purpose Embracing the natural form and moving towards freer less restrictive and more egalitarian clothing has always been the priority for Dali Designs, in step with the families more republican political views. As such even during Damien’s rule, and spearheaded by Prescot Goldcourt, Dali Designs promoted a simpler silhouette with the gaulle dress instead of the more elaborate court styles. With the fall of the empire, the mode has changed to simpler silhouettes borrowed from classical statues and portraits. The lack of rigidly boned stays, and the breathier fabrics have allowed for the ‘New Style’ to be afforded by all. No longer is what one wears dictated by their position in society, but whether they can afford it or not. Outlets. Mrs. Sedley’s Shop: In Andelusia, owned by a Mrs. Caroline Sedley, a former Opera girl. Almost exclusively sells designs from Dali, as well as cosmetics, hair pieces and other bobs. Dali Designs Atelier: Located three doors down from Mrs. Sedley’s Shop, a hub of activity and chaos. Affiliations The Andelusian High Tea Society, with a line of cosmetics called ‘Dear Dahlia’ being underworks. Investors: Goldcourt of house Dali. Quinton Swan.
  48. 6 points
    to everyone i'm writing with—taking a break/AFV today after all the exams I've been grilled through; my brain feels stretched like butter scraped over too much bread ? Anyway, all replies will be coming out tomorrow (at least 36hrs from now)! Thank you for your continued patience—love you all ❤
  49. 6 points

    What do YOU do on your down time?

    On Saturdays I walk to this milk product place on campus to get carabao milk or yogurt, then walk to the 7-eleven near it for breakfast. Last week one of the trees near it started budding and spewed fluffy cotton-like seedlings that looked like snow and were blown around by the wind. This made me get terrible allergies and stopped my weekly breakfast walks for a while ? On Sundays I do laundry at a relative's house and get cable TV access and go to church, all three of which are destressing and help me prepare for the drudgery of school days. It's weird but I consider my part-time job as a student assistant in one of our college departments as "downtime". It's chill, just doing things like scanning books and shredding documents. They let me design a poster for an event they organized and it was nice. When I can, I go to local indie film screenings on campus or attend the many conferences/seminars my college hosts. The topics are usually things like misinformation campaigns or GMO crops. Once we had the guy who's pioneering our country's space program and I was fangirling internally the whole time.
  50. 6 points
    Arashi had heard of a huge amount of resources to be found in Reno itself in her travels. With the new found power she had gained, it was at least somewhat helpful, allowing to have a great deal of control over her dragon form. She was still young and inexperienced as a dragon however, her scales not strong enough to repel even a large amount of arrows. Her scales were as tough as hardened leather armor right now and she was thankful she had some high tech armor for protection. Noting how high it'd be to literally travel up to the islands and how hard it'd be to get an form of transportation, she really had no choice but to use her dragon form in the process. She wasn't sure how long she could stay in it but at the moment, it was powered by her external energy she drained from a power source. Soaring through the sky at a fast enough speed, the crimson dragon went to land on a building, making sure to not break it in the process nearby where Nikki and the three Paragons where. She was covered in that high tech armor for some degree of protection and was like a 12ft dragon in this form. She only really used this for transportation after all, as she wasn't used to fighting it quite yet. With a quick swipe of her armoured tail, she knocked what seemed to be a satellite dish off the edge of the building in question. She turned round to glance at the crashing noise, sighing in shock. "Godddamn it! I keep breaking things! Why can't everything just stay put for once!?" The draconian growled at that accident that had happened, annoyed at the fact she kept constantly destroying people's crap on a daily basis. @Tyler @vielle
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