Kin-Strife: OOC

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Kin-Strife: OOC

Postby elora » Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:05 pm

Yup, another tale has begun. To kick it off, let's introduce one of our two key protagonists - Amarwen of Edholland...MAJOR RE-WRITE

Name: Amarwen (Gondorian Sindarin – Earth Maiden)

Born: Third Age 1398, Edhellond

Race: Dunédain

Height: 5’ 8”

Build: Clean lines, curvaceous

Appearance: Blue black, glossy hair that falls straight to her hips, large clear grey eyes, fair skinned - Amarwen is a classically beautiful woman.

Skills: Amarwen is educated and trained in all the various arts a noblewoman is expected to have mastered. She dances well, plays a number of instruments but does not sing. She is well and widely read, has studied the history of her people extensively and can speak several languages. She rides well, hawk and hunt, and has a skill with the bow (at the archery range). She most certainly is not a warrior and has received no martial instruction in combat or war. However, she has a sharp mind and this has been encouraged by her parents.

Character: Amarwen was a warm hearted, rambunctious and joyous child with an honest nature, largely innocent of the world. Amarwen has been raised to place her family ahead of herself. She is very easy to love but she is far from passive.

History: Amarwen is the only child of the Lord and Lady of Edholland. She was born into a family distantly related to Eldacar through a daughter of Hyarmendacil, and she was cherished. Noble and wealthy, well loved by the people of Edholland, Amarwen’s childhood is a happy and safe one. Her family enjoys the peace their life, retired from the royal court, affords them. They are far enough away that the cut and thrust around Gondor’s throne little affects them.

All of this changes when Castamir usurps the throne and deposes Eldacar. Her father, having ridden out to support Gondor's king is taken captive as Eldacar flees in such haste that he cannot even take his son with him. The first Amarwen hears of this is when her mother received tidings in Edholland that Osgiliath has burned.

In time, after the sack of Osgiliath a group of men arrive in Edholland to demand fealty to Castamir and the re-opening of the important harbour. It is on this day that we meet Amarwen and it is a fearsome day indeed. Gondor is turned inside by the kinstrife. Kin turns against kin and friend against friend.
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Re: Kin-Strife: OOC

Postby elora » Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:09 pm

And now introducing you to another of our protagonists. This will be added to further as the tale progresses.

Name: Halvarin

Race: Númenorean

Born: 1395 of the Third Age in Pelargir

Height: 6’0”

Build: Lean, muscular

Appearance: Thick dark hair that goes just past his shoulders, slightly curly. Blue-gray eyes with a rough, short-cropped facial hair. Inspired by this: https://katiemorningstar.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/mohammad-amin-moshtaghan.jpg

Skills: Accomplished swordsman and an even better mariner. Halvarin is recognised amongst the Gondorian Ship Wright Guild as a skillful navigator, following in his father's steps.

Character: A quiet, easy going demeanour yet can be forceful should he see injustice. He is very much a loyal son, but he keeps his own counsel and is his own man. Halvarin has a deep set of principals that he does not surrender quietly.

History: Halvarin was born into a prominent Ship Wright family in Pelargir. His father is the head of the Ship Wright Guild, a powerful political force within Minas Tirith's court. Like his father, Halvarin is a keen mariner. He has risen swiftly to the position of Master Navigator and is expected to continue on to captain a ship and crew and possibly lead the Ship Wright's Guild as well just as his father has.

Halvarin is a strong supporter of the Line of Kings, however in the tumult leading to the deposition of Eldacar he found his father and his Guild supporting the claim of a highly ranked Guild officer - Castamir, Master of Ships. Troubled inwardly, Halvarin remained loyal to his family and his guild though he was reluctant to do so. He resolved to allow matters to run their course, hoping that Castamir's superior royal descent would prove to be in the best interests of Gondor and the Guild. His father rises in position as a result of his relationship to the new King. With his father one of Castamir's principal advisors, Halvarin finds himself privy to more than he might wish to be.

His position is rocked when Halvarin observes the wedding of the new King. It is clear to him that the King's new wife is more captive than anything else. His concern grows over time.
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Re: Kin-Strife: OOC

Postby elora » Thu May 04, 2017 11:32 pm

Casting Call!!!

Yup, you read that right. My partner in crime and I have agreed that we'd love to return to a broader collaboration approach for this particular tale. So if you're interested, read on.

First, the premise of this tale. It will be, throughout, faithful to cannon set down by JRRT for the Kin-Strife. No changing of dates. No alteration of key events. No introduction of major new characters. The tale unfolds within the canon, told from the perspective of those caught up in this tumultuous time. So no princes or princesses or wizards or Elves who god-mod the tale away from canon.

If you're still interested, please read on. We will start with some initial structure that weaves around the main characters - Amarwen and Halvarin (those roles are filled).

Amarwen's family is loyal to Eldacar, as is she. Halvarin's personal loyalty is at odds with his father and the Mariner's Guild. His father is Master of the Guild, highly placed with the newly crowned king Castamir (who rose from Master of Ships to the crown). His family home is in Pelargir. Amarwen's family is noble. She is the only child of the Lord and Lady of Edholland, and has an indirect royal descent through her mother and great-aunt. Both main characters grew up on or by the water, and they socialise in the same circles. As a result, Halvarin' and Amarwen have known each other from early adolescence onward. Whilst drawn to each other, any blossoming romance is dealt a set back with the fall of Osgiliath and deposition of Eldacar.

We open the tale in the immediate aftermath of the sack of Osgiliath. Halvarin accompanies his father and a group of soldiers to Edholland to demand fealty to Castamir and re-open the harbour for much needed trade and materiel. Halvarin's father goes in the hope of negotiation, perhaps even believing that Castamir will honour the traditions of their people and release the Lord of Edholland - nobles are taken prisoner and then used as leverage in subsequent negotiations.

Unfortunately, the Lady of Edholland remains steadfast in her loyalty to Eldacar and there is bloodshed that day. Amarwen and Halvarin both witnesses this. Halvarin is torn, wishing to see Amarwen spared from the terrible toll of the kin-strife and yet pulled by the demands of his relationship with his father and the Mariner's Guild (clearly a powerful political force).

Whilst he does not participate in the killing of the Lady of Edholland and tries to see Amarwen to safety, he does not stand in the way of his father and his men. By the close of the day, Amarwen has ordered the ships at dock in Edholland alight so as to deny Castamir and his supporters succor and fled...likely to her doom.

Halvarin is left questioning his father over events. They return to Minas Tirith to find that Castamir had executed both the Crown Prince and the Lord of Edholland, dispensing with any custom of hostage taking and negotiations. The commencement of a cruel reign has only just begun.

Moving forward, word comes that a dingy washed ashore during a storm, shattered with no one aboard. Scraps of yellow velvet are found among the broken timbers and Halvarin concludes, as does his father, that the young Lady of Edholland has perished at sea. Halvarin discovers that his feelings towards Amarwen ran deeper than he realised.

However, Amarwen is most certainly alive. She has joined a partisan network. Whilst she is no warrior or assassin, she is exceedingly well connected, resourceful, clever and determined to see Castamir torn down. Her education and connections are such that she rises in importance within the partisan network until she becomes the fixer: the person people go to when they're well and truly stuck.

Some years pass before Amarwen and Halvarin's paths meet. He discovers that a close friend of his has been supporting the Partisans when his father informs him that his friend has been arrested for high treason.

He is able to secure an interview with his friend, who is already being interrogated. He discovers that his friend has been convicted as a traitor even before any trial and that he will be hung, drawn and quartered just as soon as they are sure they have extracted all useful information.

Appalled, Halvarin wishes to see his friend, a good man, live. His friend tells him that the only hope he has. Halvarin is instructed to seek a book store on the second tier of Minas Tirith and ask if it might be possible to obtain a book about the famed jade teapots of Khand.

This brings Halvarin to Amarwen again and the tale unfolds from there to the return of Eldacar (battle of Erui Crossing) and the Siege of Pelargir...


Now, you're more than welcome to come up with your own characters - just post them here and wait for the OK before posting in the main tale. However, some ideas for character roles include:
Halvarin's friend - sympathetic to the Partisan cause
Amarwen's allies - the owner of the bookstore, a key contact in the partisan network
Halvarin's father - staunch Castamir supporter, loving but stern father
A Partisan informant - a mole amongst the rebels
A Castamir informant - a mole amongst the Usurper's men


Writing style: well hopefully that will be self evident from previous tales. We try to be realistic. We like whole words and sentences. No, absolutely no, modern speech (including web speech and other words like "guys" or "hi" or "howdy" "ok" etc). No archaic speech - we want this to ring true and be comprehensible to people other than Chaucer scholars. A balance between exposition and action and dialogue - keep playing the story forward.

So if you're up for it, let us know below.
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