The Players of Bree

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The Players of Bree

Postby The_Players » Wed Aug 25, 2004 2:38 pm

In this post…
• Introduction
• Really Useful Links
• Roleplaying Links
• Other Tolkien and TORC resources

In the next post…
• A little bit about each of us

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First and more important than anything else: welcome; to TORC and to our adoptive family. :D Pull up a chair by the fireside, put your feet up and let us get to know you and you to know us and this most enchanting and unique corner of cyber space.

We’ve compiled a selection of useful links lower down the page, to get you started. From the questions that everyone asks, to the peculiar quirks of Tolkien Online, most of the answers should be at your finger tips. If they aren’t, we’re here to find them – all you have to do is ask! We also have a thriving and long-running chat thread in the Bird and Baby. You will be very welcome over there in the Orphans in Exile. ;)

We are: Alandriel, Dindraug, EdaintheRanger, Hunter, Impenitent, Leoba and nienor-niniel. We are all heavily involved in roleplay here on TORC, with more collective years experience of writing here than is decent to recall. If you’re interested in getting involved in this side of forum life then this adoption family should suit you down to the ground. The only thing we ask of you is that if you are better known by another name, in or out of the RP world, then please be open and honest about your identity. Writing with someone can bring you much closer in friendship than you might presume at the outset and too many times people have been hurt through unintentional deceit.

As well as offering as much or as little support as you desire in creating characters, building up confidence or finding a thread to join, we will very shortly have our own roleplay story in the Pony, 'Prelude to the Fall - Bree 1407', specifically designed in mind of those newcomers who’ve found their feet in the simpler beginners threads and are looking for something meatier yet accessible to sink their keyboards into.

This is a vast and enchanting place. Enjoy exploring the many forums, read plenty, post thoughtfully and above all have fun. :)

In the words of Liendle, ‘May your posts always be well thought out and well thought of‘.




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Really Useful Links

Introductory Threads:

* Terms of Service
These are non-negotiable reading matter if you want to remain a member of this family friendly site. Under 18s should particularly note that they “may not post their ages, specific locations…. or legal names”.

* For new members: a Welcome and Comprehensive Introduction to this Board
Whether you want to know what the little sword above your name means, or how to make links, or what a ‘ringbearer’ is, this is place to go for all the frequently asked newbie questions.

* Message of Welcome and Guidelines of Conduct
Some simple common-sense tips, worth bearing in mind for a smooth ride.

* Search Lite Version 3.0
TORC’s current search engines take a bit of getting used to and even then finding what you want can be a bit like the lucky dip at the Christmas craft fair.


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Role Playing Links:

Roleplaying is taken very seriously on TORC. A really good place to start is the Lucky Fortune Inn in the Welcome Forum, which is run as a practice thread. As is The Bards’ Guild; the longest running guild on the boards, filled with like-minded aficionados of poetry and roleplay. It's strongly recommended that before you RP and certainly before you RP in the Green Dragon or the Prancing Pony, you read the following:

* Guidelines and Rules for Roleplaying in the Prancing Pony
This is the most popular RP forum and the one in which our roleplay thread is located. It’s designed for stories that are in harmony with Professor Tolkien’s works.

* Guidelines for the Green Dragon Inn
This forum adheres to the same quality standards as the Pony but is designed for those people who want to explore the myths and cultures that influenced Tolkien.

As well as taking a look at Erinhue’s roleplaying classes:
* Roleplay 101 and
* Roleplay 102

Then, when you’re ready, dip a figurative toe in the ale of
* The Lucky Fortune Inn. Or maybe pop along to one of the
* Bards’ Guild festivals.

If you would like any assistance or feedback in creating a character then please ask and we will be very happy to hammer out ideas with you, via email or IM. If you want to join in our ‘Prelude to the Fall’ thread then we would heartily recommend collaborating with us.


It’s also worth reading:

* The Character Archives

* The Bookworms' Character Development Studio

* TORC RP FAQ

* RP Resources A-Z
Have you ever wondered where to unearth an authentic-sounding name for your character, what sort of things they might carry in their pack or what the sea birds of Gondor look like? Then this thread of Alandriel’s may provide inspiration.

* Ye Olde Pony Express: post your RP classifieds here
This thread of Impenitent’s making is the best place to see who’s looking for new contributors to a story or where you can advertise your skills.


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Other Tolkien and TORC resources

* The Encyclopaedia of Arda

* Ardalambion: Tolkien’s languages

* The Big List of the Best ‘Books’ threads

* The List of Alliances and Guilds

* The Tolkien Virtual Resources Library
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Postby The_Players » Wed Aug 25, 2004 2:41 pm

A little bit about each of us:


Alandriel

I'm Swiss, 37 years young, a travel agent and therapist (herbalist, kinesiologist etc.) by profession (and a Mom). I have a keen interest in languages, cultures, nature and of course a passion for all things Middle Earth. My spare time is filled with reading, writing and volunteering at our local school where I'm actively involved in the art council as well as the parents association. My particular fortes are teamwork on a multi-cultural multi-lingual platform, flexibility, perseverance. On TORC I spent most of my time in the B&B, the Pony, Guilds and TOR.


Dindraug

I am a British male, currently living with the love of my life (see below) and enjoying every minute of it. I have two degrees, a BA in Religious Studies with History and an MA in History; my specialisation is in Fifteenth Century Europe and the Wars of the Roses. I am a keen role player and have been playing role playing games since 1979. I think I have touched in most genres, but always feel drawn to fantasy, especially MERP, D&D and Runequest. How many other Role players can say they have spent time as a berserker duck! On TORC I can usually be found in ‘Bird & Baby’, in the Prancing Pony and in Manwë. I also post occasionally in Games, Movies and Books-Other but I do like to lurk in other forums to see what is happening.


EdaintheRanger

Edain has traversed the boards for just over 4 years. During this time I've seen Role play in the Pony develop from the experimental threads to the widely accepted conventions that we now see today. I'm a 27 year old Brit living in the Midlands area near to Mordor, (or Birmingham), and I work & study at University. On Torc you can usually find me in Talk, passing opinion on a variety of subjects. Though in my time here I have posted pretty much everywhere. There are two places I take a more particular interest: Alliances (almost exclusively Bowmen's Guild), though you could say my spiritual home is really The Pony. I'm currently in three RPs Lebannin Conspiracy, The Sea Wolves, and my own thread Rain on Bree. My interest in Role Play and writing is not confined to Torc, I've role-played (and Dungeon Mastered) in both Table top and Live action systems such as AD&D, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, the World of Darkness. In my spare time I like to travel the UK, Re-enact, and practice martial arts, when not listening to music or reading. My writing is generally realised on Torc, but I strive to improve it, and enjoy helping other in doing so.


Hunter

I’m a single female and live in the United States (Minnesota to be exact), and am enjoying a fulfilling relationship with a man whose four children live with us every other week. I have two daughters of my own who are grown, three grandchildren, one dog and one cat and on my last birthday I reached ~gasp~ the half-century milestone! I make my living working as a bartender, though I’m in the process of starting a business of my own doing upholstery. In my spare time, I like to read, write for the role-plays I’m involved in, and spend time with my family. My passion for the world Tolkien created has been with me ever since I first found his books in the school library oh so long ago and it was while learning how to surf the net that I found Torc. After a number of visits to read the news updates and articles about the forthcoming movies, I noticed there was a message board. Curious (since the concept of a message board was foreign to me), I took the plunge, registered and soon after found the Pony. Having never heard of role-play before, I read a great deal, studied the diverse styles of writing being used, did a lot of research, learned from the trials and errors of others and then jumped in with both feet and started a story. It wasn’t long before I joined a few other role-play’s being written and thus began a relationship that has lasted more than 4 years. I’ve been a part of three different stories that have come to successful conclusions, including the one I started as a complete novice.



Impenitent

I've been at TORC for two and half years, the first two as Novice, then I took a little break and reincarnated as Impenitent. I'm a Aussie living in Melbourne, aged 44, mother of two delicious children and happily married to my beloved. I earn my crust as a publications designer and editor of a community magazine. We have three incestuous guinea pigs, a cat who thinks he's human and three goldfish (at last count) and we're currently knee-deep in mud, as we're renovating/remodelling our house as owner-builders. I've been in love with the written word since I first learned to read. Love of Tolkien's universe as revealed through his books led me to TORC where I haunted the Books forum and helped establish the Virtual Tolkien Study Group forum. With a group of Books forum friends, I became an adopter in the Bookworms Garden and the associated Talk chat thread, the Bookworms Lounge. Being a curious soul, I also stuck my nose into the Movies forum and Council of Manwë but found my real calling in the Prancing Pony. I love being involved in narrative storytelling, and feel passionately about the RP's I'm involved in - I want them to be alive and compelling and I happily devote my energy to making an RP story as enjoyable as possible for all involved - the writers as well as the readers. I'm also aware that RP writing is a skill that has to be learned and developed and that all of us can improve and hone our skills by learning from each other - and so I feel privileged to be involved in this RP mentoring group.


Leoba

I'm female, English and 26 years old and so fortunate as to live with Dindraug, assorted weaponry and more books than our home was designed to fit. I'm a history graduate and still passionate about the subject - the 12th century in particular - and Din and I spend many of our summer weekends involved in re-enactment with a living history group. My other passion is Formula One motor-racing and the Ferrari team in particular. I enjoy literature, poetry and (unsurprisingly) am obsessed with Tolkien's work; I've been writing in runes since I first read The Hobbit, aged 9. On TORC, I spent a year as an adopter, before time constraints took over, although the ‘adoptive family’ are still close through our chat thread and real life meetings. I am active around the ‘Bird and Baby’, am a member of the Bards' Guild and I also spend a substantial amount of my time involved in collaborative roleplay writing in ‘The Prancing Pony’. I make regular forays into ‘The One Ring’, ‘Alliances and Guilds’ and ‘Events’ and I also have an incurable lurking habit around ‘Manwë’, ‘The Scriptorium’ and ‘The Green Dragon’.


nienor-niniel

I am 34 years old, German, and I live in Geneva, Switzerland, where I work as a teacher for German and history. I am married and have two sons aged four and six. My job and my family are the pillars of my life, which make me very happy and very busy. My main interests are reading, all forms of art and beauty, including music and poetry, history and languages. In this group I am the only one who is neither a native speaker of English nor has regular oral practice. I love to write and have rediscovered this pleasure with RP, a bit more than two years ago on TORC. Currently, I write in three RPs: Redemption, Darkness Rising and the Seekers, in each with a different character. Otherwise, I can be found in Talk, and sometimes in Alliances and Guilds or in the Scriptorium.
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Postby Evenstar_of_Imladris » Wed Aug 25, 2004 8:12 pm

Well, I signed in today and there's a whole slew of new adoption threads in here :) Welcome to the forum and I'm sure you'll do great. I'll make sure to send any tough RP questions your way ;)

*offers complimentary huggles on behalf of the Emporium*

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Postby Impenitent » Thu Aug 26, 2004 6:09 am

Hi Evenstar. :)

I think this is the first time we've exchanged huggles. ;) Thanks for the welcome on behalf of us all.

Leoba, my heartfelt appreciation for the work and time you've put into getting this thread up and underway.

How about a group :grouphug: hug of celebration in honour of our beginning? * pops champagne cork for good measure *
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Postby Leoba » Thu Aug 26, 2004 7:08 am

If champagne is on the menu then you can assuredly count me in. ;):D Perhaps when Nin gets here a thread-birthday-cake may also be in order. :)

Impenitent, it was a pleasure. Thank you for all the running and prodding behind the scenes too. :)

*Proffers her glass in anticipation*


Evenstar, thanks for the huggles. It's great to be back! :D


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Postby nienor-niniel » Thu Aug 26, 2004 1:52 pm

Not only one birthday cake...

First: because we tear the strings of our characters.

Second: they have found a home in Bree where newbies will be welcomed.

Last (in German we say all good things are three): we will stand united like a team.



It's a pleasure and an honour for me to be part of this and I hope an adventure for all of us. Thank you to Leoba for the work behind the first posts, Impenitent for agreeing to write, and to Evenstar for the huggles.

And now: let's cut the cake so that we can have more champagne!
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Postby areanor » Thu Aug 26, 2004 3:48 pm

shoves a tray into the thread.

Well, champagne and the magic cake for celebrating.

And here -- voilà - the magic fridge. get out of it what you want.

A real great bunch of adopters here.

By the way:

can I be adopted, please?
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Postby Dindraug » Fri Aug 27, 2004 1:41 am

Areanor.....you have been role-playing here longer than me, how can we
adopt you :roll:

There will be comfy auditorium seating though if you want to watch. =:)


What we are going to do is set up a role play thread in the Prancing Pony
specificly for new role players. They may be new to the boards, or old
faithful members who have never dabbled in RP before. Hopefully it will be
a good opportunity for them to build up confidence and skill, writing with
experienced RPers, what works and what does not, how to lead a plot and how
to carry the plot of another along.

I am also expecting that some new threads will emerge from this as stories
that will be too constrained by the main thread take a life of their own. It
will be like releasing the flying monkeys onto an unsuspecting world :D

When I set up the RP.......which will be soon.......

Just need to find more time....or a bigger boat :D

moves off to snaffle all the sausage roll's before they go



:horse: :horse: Forth the players...
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Postby nienor-niniel » Fri Aug 27, 2004 3:50 am

Areanor, I was about to say something like Dindraug: someone who gets caught with a Sting-formed letter opener in his hands to simulate movements only in order to write them better in a post... do you really think you need adoption?

Dindraug, just for you more sausage rolls. Your wish is my command.
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Postby areanor » Fri Aug 27, 2004 6:16 am

Of course, NIN, I need adoption...

Lemme see...

I'll adopt my tutor Edain as RP-Adopter - well, he's doing that anyway for such a long time, so let's make it official. (By the way, Din, I'm not feeling RP-experienced, NO, SIR!)

I'll adopt Nin and Alandriel as translater-Adopters :P

I'll adopt Leoba, because I'm not sure if I haven't met her at a race course before (though I usually don't mingle with Ferrari-fans :P)

I'll come up with a reason to adopt Hunter and Impenitent soon enough :D

And I have to adopt Dindraug, because nobody can explain the mysteries of the male shaving ritual to the uninitiated just like him. :thppt:

:angel:

brings out the chocolate cake and the cappuccino and seats back in the comfy chairs to wait for real newbies to fly by
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Postby Alandriel » Fri Aug 27, 2004 8:11 am

areanor wrote:
A real great bunch of adopters here.


Indeed!! :D:D:D
And I'm sooo happy and honored to be part of this. Thank you especially Leoba for having put so much work into all of this. Your fingers must be positively sore from all the email typing :wink: .. Dindraug who's enthusiasm is hard to surpass :D ... the immortal Hunter & Impenitent (aka Novice :wink:) who are legends on these boards....Edain (do I know you? :wink:) and of course last but not least (oh no! She's got gutts that woman has :wink:) my fellow countrywoman nienor-niniel
I'm very much looking forward to this. :D:D:D

.. and welcome Areanor since you don't qualify as a n00b but proving yourself rather handy you can run the cafe :wink: :D
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Postby EdaintheRanger » Fri Aug 27, 2004 4:04 pm

The new door swings open, running easy on freshly oiled hinges. "Hmm" the cloaked and booted character muses. "Feels like a home already."

Entering the well lit building he sniffs the long awaited aroma of, wait for it... Chocolate cake. Shudders at the feeling, then his mouth fills with saliva. He enters the room, and sees many familar faces there already. Leoba & Din and Imp, sipping the Champers, a blonde lady waving her Sting paper knife about, N-N with her proudly displayed Chocolate cake. He also sees someone who he doesn't know but seems friendly enough. Feeling safe enough to continue, entering the light he casts back his hood with his hands.

"Well I don't suppose I will be needing this just yet." and with that he unbuckles his sword belt, and places it by the hat/cloak stand, along with his travel stained cloak. All dressed up in his bestest tunic and riding leathers.

Then he realises that it is Areanor who brandishes the paper knife, standing there, with a magic cake. "What?! You want me to be your adopter? Ahh you wanna adopt all of us?!"

He finally gathers what she is saying. Then comments:

"All this talk of me tutoring, I'll need a cap and gown..."

Then a flaming redhead strides in and starts to boss people about...

"Hmm have we met indeed, Alandriel! Look I brought my flint and steel this time"

He says with a grin and a wink.

"Well met Evenstar, glad to make your aquaintence and a home in this forum."

"Let the good times roll!" He finishes as he sweeps up a small glass of fairy spit.
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Postby janus » Sat Aug 28, 2004 2:31 pm

Greetings. I could sorely use some tips on RPing. I have dabbled in the Bard's Guild threads, but mostly just lurked. There doesn't seem to be much for a two-headed roman god to do in middle earth, though I have tried to pass myself off as a Maia. 8)
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Postby Hunter » Sun Aug 29, 2004 1:03 am

Thank you for the welcome to the adoption forum Evenstar.

Wonderful job in getting this thread up and running Leoba and to everyone else who has had a hand in it.

Like Nin, I feel honored to be a part of The Players and am looking forward to writing with all of you and whoever joins our little adventure.

Welcome Areanor. Here I was looking forward to adopting someone and now you want to adopt all of us.

“Fairy spit?!” Hunter grimaces as she takes the glass from Edain’s hand and gives Alandriel a playful wink behind his back. “This,” she admonishes shaking a finger at the red headed ranger, “is nectar which frees the imagination.” She takes a sip, relishing the sparkling liquid as it tickles her tongue. “It should be appreciated.” She takes another sip then cradles the glass loosely in her fingers. “And since you obviously don’t, then I’m sure something else can be found for you to drink. Perhaps some tea?”

Edain, miffed a bit at the lady who has come out of nowhere and taken his glass starts to say something, then stops when he sees Hunter is teasing him. She has already reached for another filled glass and hands it to her old friend with a grin.

Greetings Janus and welcome. Pull up a seat and help yourself to some bubbly.

Lurking and reading Rp threads is a good start, it’s how I first learned. There are also many good links in the first post of this thread that should prove useful. I know that it’s a lot of reading, but there really is a lot of good information in them.
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Postby Leoba » Sun Aug 29, 2004 5:23 am

Hello there Janus. It’s been a while since I’ve seen that ID floating around the place. And perhaps, now you’re a captive audience so to speak you can settle my curiosity as to whose alter ego you might be. ;) You are most welcome.

She handed the newcomer a flute brimful of bubbly and a jam doughnut.


Now I guess as a good Bard you’ve already done the homework and scurried about Master Erinhue’s development threads and all the other background reading (hint: links are in the first post here too if you need a refresher. ;)) There are a whole host of tips out there just waiting to assail you but nothing can possibly beat practice to hone your skills.

From what I do remember of your posts (which I’m failing to unearth right now) you’ve got a nice touch of originality going on there and strong voice. However, I suspect you’ve hit the nail on the head – an omnipotent character is always going to be a fight to get across convincingly in a roleplay setting. ;) Half the knack lies in creating a character that suits the story you’re writing in. Do you want work with that character or are you prepared to go out on a limb and try something new. :)



Hmm.. you know, in the interests of being helpful and all, I really should publish my email address again. I wish the powers that be would hurry up and give up our profiles back. :P
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Postby Shirayuki-hime » Sun Aug 29, 2004 10:05 pm

*peeks around some corner*

Is there space for someone who would like tips on RPing here? I have just joined a thread, and would like more assistance from you guys on how I might improve...
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Postby janus » Mon Aug 30, 2004 8:10 am

Hajimemashi'ta, Shirayuki-hime! (the extra ' is in there to foil the filters)

Leoba - Thanks for the jelly donut and rootbeer. My alter ego is sunaj, of course. :roll: Yes, I've read the fine threads on what to do. It's just doing them that is difficult. Omnimpotence isn't the problem - not all maia are omnipotent - look at Gandalf. I guess my main problem is finding a role where subtle irony is more important than swordplay.
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Postby nienor-niniel » Mon Aug 30, 2004 1:56 pm

Shirayuki- welcome to the Players. Of course, we will do our best to help with tipps on RP as far as we can. If you want answers for a certain thread, maybe you can post a link or tell us which one, or be a little bit more precise on what you might want to know. :) Which RP have you joined so far?

Janus... sanuj... :roll: like Leoba, my curious mind has had some suspicions who might be the third face of the two headed God. In a good RP, there is always place for subtle irony. Even more, most of the times, than for swordplay. Sometimes you don't find the role - but the role finds you.
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Postby truehobbit » Mon Aug 30, 2004 2:34 pm

Hello! :)

I thought I'd just pop in on behalf of the compet... er, of your colleagues to congratulate you all on starting the new adoption thread! :)

The place looks lovely and thriving - I hope you'll have a great time here; all I can say is I enjoy it a lot when we're able to encourage someone to become a real TORCer! :D

produces a bottle of champagne that she has brought and pops it open, then fills glasses and hands them round

Cheers, and happy adopting! :)
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Postby Shirayuki-hime » Tue Aug 31, 2004 8:01 am

janus: I'm embarassed to admit I understand only a few words of Japanese... and the name was lifted off a translated/scanslated manga that I was reading. :oops: But I'll be glad to learn the language from you if you're a native Japanese speaker. :D

nienor-niniel: Well, I recently joined a thread in the Green Dragon Inn, named "Adüna: Search for the Dragon's Crest"... and already began posting. My usual problem is after the opening post, I can't seem to figure out anything else to write from there on. I mean, I am trying to figure out how to continue, but after that opening post, I am kind of confused of how to continue...
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Postby Dindraug » Tue Aug 31, 2004 11:59 am

Shirayuki-hime wrote:nienor-niniel: Well, I recently joined a thread in the Green Dragon Inn, named "Adüna: Search for the Dragon's Crest"... and already began posting. My usual problem is after the opening post, I can't seem to figure out anything else to write from there on. I mean, I am trying to figure out how to continue, but after that opening post, I am kind of confused of how to continue...


Hi Shira;) (That's a lot of typing you have there ;) ). I had a read of your post and that thread. I think you will have fun in it but I think what you need to work out are your motivations for doing what you do, and for being where you are. The thread should produce a story as more people post, and you can pick up on hooks that other people leave.

You should also set limits on your abilities. Your character is obviously powerful and skilled, you defeated the bandits with ease. However, all the most interesting characters have flaws in their abilities. Frodo is tempted by the ring, Aragorn does not want to be King etc etc. If you want to write realistic stories, show how you are flawed. Perhaps have 'bladestars' miss?

I will help where I can. I should point out though that I am better with Tolkien than the high fantasy you appear to be writing but if you want help, that's what we are here for. ;)
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Postby Impenitent » Tue Aug 31, 2004 6:14 pm

Shirayuki, hello. :)

I also meandered to the Green Dragon to read your thread and I think Din has hit it on the head: What is your Azrael's role in the thread? What is his motivation for becoming involved with the other characters? He's running away from slavery, but what is he running to?

I've got a couple of points you may wish to think about:

1. He's very young if your description is anything to go on, yet very powerful - a master assassin (which speaks of very sophisticated cunning and planning skills which would be unusual is someone so young); great skill with his weapons, which would also take much training; mind control. It's usually an anomaly for someone that young to have developed such a level of experience and maturity, so you need to find a way of explaining it, especially his powers of mind control. Is that innate or learned?

2. In view of this power, how was he enslaved?

3. Where does he sit in the scenario painted by the thread originator? Is he a long lost descendant of the heroic Dragon Riders? Find a way that makes Azrael necessary to the action, and then you will more easily find a way to involve him in the story telling.

Something I recall Erinhue saying a long time ago is: What does he have in his pockets? In other words, know him so well that you know what he carries, whether he's wearing suede boots or soft shoes, whether he likes malt beer or wine...You seem well on the way to knowing your character, but you need to know his history in order to work out the path to his future.
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Postby InnocentEvil » Tue Aug 31, 2004 8:59 pm

I'm so glad you decided to open your thread, folks. It's a great idea and very much needed! Good luck :)
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Postby Shirayuki-hime » Wed Sep 01, 2004 3:10 am

Impenitent & Dindraug: Thanks very much for the speedy reply. :D

Flaws-in-talent-wise, he does have a few, those being he cannot be separated from his victim by any solid barriers, he can only 'bind' 2 people at a time at most, and he can't drink anything save fruit juice and water. I was thinking that as a side-effect of sorts, after such a battle, he gets completely drained, and should it drag on longer, he might slip into unconsciousness from over exertion (sp?). Oh, and it's innate.

He is not so much running away from slavery, as he is from what he views as a caged existence. He is sick of being used by people, and although his power could have freed him easily, he cannot bear to hurt the man he considers his master (thinking of the word in terms of master/apprentice, not master/slave), as that man has been the only one so far who did not think of him as something to be locked away at first sight.

His intelligence: He doesn't plan the assassinations, only carries them out. Someone who works behind the scenes decide where and when it takes place, how he gets away and where he stands when he does the kill. So he's not exactly brilliant in terms of planning a murder... :P

Weapons-wise, come to think of it, I do agree with your analysis. He does seem a little too skilled to be true, so maybe I'll change the post in that aspect. Maybe take away his smaller 'bladestars', and leave him with the two bigger ones. Or vice versa. Or as Dindraug mentioned, make them miss, more thrown to scare than to kill?

His motive: Yes, my problem exactly. Initially I thought of him as someone who enters the whole plot because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and who decides to go along with the whole thing just because he wants to just get out of there quick, and traveling with more people might be less suspicious, since his master will be looking for a lone rider. But admittedly, it's a rather flimsy reason, but that was my original idea.

Once again, thank you very much! :D I really do want him to be believable, not, as my little brother says it, 100% God.

EDIT: I edited the post in question already, and took into consideration some of the stuff mentioned above.
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Postby Dindraug » Thu Sep 02, 2004 12:59 am

Hi Shira,

Yes that is better. It makes it a far more interesting read, well done.

I do like the way you have the boy collapsing at the end of the post. It gives him a great weakness, that he will need to deal with in the future, but that is what good Role Play is. You don't have to resolve every issue in the immediate pot, you have them sit there until a point is reached when it is natural to resolve them.

You will hopefully also find that your peers imitate you, also find weaknesses and that will make the whole RP interesting not just for the writer of an individual post, but for the readers of all the posts

I do have a query through. You say he is running away from his master. you also say that he does not work out his assassinations himself. Why does the Master not go through the person arranging the assassinations to get the boy? I have to ask, and you can tell I am interested because I am nit picking

;) Edited because I am sleepy today :D
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Postby Shirayuki-hime » Thu Sep 02, 2004 6:58 am

Dindraug: Thank you for the compliment... :D

And you asked: Why does the Master not go through the person arranging the assassinations to get the boy?

Well, in my personal opinion, it's because I don't think I want to put that in yet, since it's just the first post. Besides, it's always nice/convenient to have someone else in the shadows to draw out when I need him. Especially if I am bored. :P

But that's a good point. Definitely. *stores it away for future use in that RP*[/quote]
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Postby Berhael » Thu Sep 02, 2004 1:32 pm

My feet (or rather, my typing fingers) have finally dragged me here and to the wonderful world of RP. I'm all yours, do what you want with me.

As long as it doesn't hurt much... :wink:
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Postby Leoba » Thu Sep 02, 2004 1:48 pm

"Berhael....."

Leoba tried not to sound as though she was purring and she was sure the sound of hands rubbing together would seem a mere illuson to the sweet innocent young woman who had just stumbled into their midst.

"It's been so long, too long, you've taken stepping over this particular threshold. But your timing is impeccable and I'm quite sure you'll enjoy the exquisite ride we have in store. "



You are very welcome my friend and I'm glad that our little adventure had piqued your interest enough to seriously consider joining us. :D By my reckoning it'll be another week or so before we're ready to roll with the Bree RP thread but I'm quite sure that we can share information and start some character plotting. =:);)
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Postby Berhael » Thu Sep 02, 2004 1:54 pm

I don't know whether to be scared or excited at the prospect, but once trodden, the threshold needs to be crossed, so... here I am. :) Thank you for the welcome!

Now why are you rubbing your hands? :shock:
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Postby Leoba » Thu Sep 02, 2004 2:01 pm

It's nothing to be worried about, it's only my Lady Macbeth impression. ;) I'm just weighed down with the guilt of being on the cusp of corrupting someone I know is so ripe for it.
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