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East Island / Re: The Path of Conflagration: From Ash unto Flame
« on: February 01, 2018, 07:12:03 PM »
SA had its moments. At least, it did back in 2012 when I was exposed to it. My favorite character was that loon Glaumring. :)

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East Island / Re: The Path of Conflagration: From Ash unto Flame
« on: January 31, 2018, 10:33:44 PM »
True - but I can't just outright say that without backlash from anti-reformist elements ;)

The original Xavax faith was all-inclusive, and quite aggressively-so. I made sure of it.

I'd like to go back to those ideals, the ones that helped -shape- Xavax, as opposed to a cult that merely reflects what Xavax has become.

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East Island / The Path of Conflagration: From Ash unto Flame
« on: January 31, 2018, 09:42:08 PM »
End of an era... And the rebirth of opportunity. The Path of Ashes may be over, but the Conflagration has only just begun...

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Letter from Sigrid Gudrun Auru'in   (1 hour, 23 minutes ago)
message to all nobles of Redhaven

...The Path has come to an end.

Religion Lost   (2 hours, 9 minutes ago)
message to everyone in The Path of the Paragons

With the loss of its last temple, your order The Path of the Paragons has lost its powers and influence, forcing it to close down. The order has been disbanded and your membership terminated.

Sigrid Gudrun Auru'in
Baroness of Sermbar

Lets take this opportunity to rekindle the [Xavax] Flame - the Old Way.

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Out-of-Character from Sigrid Gudrun Auru'in   (just sent)
message to all nobles of Redhaven

:| Well that was terribly anti-climactic.

Our downfall is quite clear: we made the faith too insular and it never had a chance to gain traction. We can have a faith that deals primarily in Xavax-inspired lore, but without excluding others in the process. Its all about keeping things dynamic enough to apply to other cultures, and substantive enough to merit interaction between its members and outsiders. Unfortunately, we lacked both options.

Beside using its channel as a clandestine political faction headquarters, there was little-to-no actual interaction of faith or lore, nor development of such. If any took place it did so in private channels or long ago - making the organized religion and its channel a pointless exercise in the first place. Add the fact that our Saoi had zero tolerance for alternate ideas and excommunicated the first person who expressed a challenging view, and we were dead before the blood dried.

Since no one else can spare the time & effort to keep faith, allow me to propose a [counter-] reformation, hearkening back to the multi-national origin of Xavax faith.

I believe that a clever splicing of Paragon-Path and Phoenix-Cult, with some new ideas thrown in, will fare better than the Path did.

If anyone has any ideas, lets get the ball rolling. I have no problem making Sigrid a Priestess - as a younger character it prevents the Xavax from losing far more experienced and important characters and denying Redhaven their substantial recruitment pools.

RP was always my strong suit anyway. I can contribute far more as a diplomat and deal-pusher than an extra body on the field.

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East Island / Re: Redhaven
« on: January 31, 2018, 03:37:41 PM »
Creating the Redhaven Wiki. Please PM or email me if you have material you'd like to see in the narrative, or bits such as interesting/humorous quotes. Thank you :)

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East Island / Re: The Battle of Viseu
« on: January 31, 2018, 03:36:34 PM »
Is that a mechanic? It'd be interesting to confirm if hearing rumors about a battle messes with the values a bit, since... Well... Word of mouth and all.

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Roleplaying / Re: The Carefree Adventures of Asher Renodin
« on: January 31, 2018, 01:33:28 PM »
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Letter from Asher Renodin   (24 days, 2 hours ago)

Wisdom and Knowledge will ever break the sword wielded incompetently.

Asher Renodin

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Roleplaying / Re: The Life of a Bastard - Assorted RPs of Hrafn Skovgaard
« on: January 31, 2018, 01:04:22 PM »
Phoenix and the Raven (I missed you!)


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Princess Sigrid,

I stand here before the nobles of Redhaven to fulfill my oath. My life is yours to take.
Hrafn


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Hrafn Skovgaard, Son of Serpentis, Bastard in Exile;


By order of Ehrendill Eyolf Serpentis, heir of the Eye, your life is hereby forfeit.

By Fate our pact is bound - in blood thy oath manifest.

Whence flies the gilded Phoenix, a brooding Raven shall follow - my Will thy willing cage.

By  light of embers a shadows is cast - and within it you shall always tread.

You belong to me now, and forevermore.

...Forgive me. It was the only way I could save you.

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Roleplaying / Re: Assorted RP's of Sigrid Gudrun Auru'in
« on: January 31, 2018, 01:03:19 PM »
Phoenix and the Raven


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Princess Sigrid,

I stand here before the nobles of Redhaven to fulfill my oath. My life is yours to take.
Hrafn


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Hrafn Skovgaard, Son of Serpentis, Bastard in Exile;


By order of Ehrendill Eyolf Serpentis, heir of the Eye, your life is hereby forfeit.

By Fate our pact is bound - in blood thy oath manifest.

Whence flies the gilded Phoenix, a brooding Raven shall follow - my Will thy willing cage.

By  light of embers a shadows is cast - and within it you shall always tread.

You belong to me now, and forevermore.

...Forgive me. It was the only way I could save you.

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Roleplaying / Re: Serpentis Resurgence - Ehrendill Eyolf Serpentis
« on: January 31, 2018, 01:02:33 PM »
Phoenix and the Raven

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Princess Sigrid,

I stand here before the nobles of Redhaven to fulfill my oath. My life is yours to take.
Hrafn


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Hrafn Skovgaard, Son of Serpentis, Bastard in Exile;


By order of Ehrendill Eyolf Serpentis, heir of the Eye, your life is hereby forfeit.

By Fate our pact is bound - in blood thy oath manifest.

Whence flies the gilded Phoenix, a brooding Raven shall follow - my Will thy willing cage.

By  light of embers a shadows is cast - and within it you shall always tread.

You belong to me now, and forevermore.

...Forgive me. It was the only way I could save you.

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East Island / Re: The Battle of Viseu
« on: January 31, 2018, 11:38:43 AM »
...Suddenly, nearby in Sordidus:

Battle in Sordidus   (5 hours, 28 minutes ago)
Fallangard, Highmarch, Minas Nova, Perdan, Perleone, Vix Tiramora vs. Caligus, Nivemus, Redhaven, Shadowdale, Sirion
Estimated strengths: 3060 men vs. 2080 men
The First Talons (Caligus), sponsored by Duke Actron Burep, were led into battle by Marshal Jimminy Pantucket.
The Army of Nivemus (Nivemus), sponsored by Duchess Sandra Jimenez, were led into battle by Marshal Hallvar Schancke.
The Shadow Legion (Shadowdale), sponsored by Shadow King Lindow Moonsun, were led into battle by Marshal Lindow Moonsun.
The Democratic Defenders (Highmarch), sponsored by High Speaker Jarin Vyanthi, were led into battle by Marshal Mathias Chénier.
The Army of the Redwings (Redhaven), sponsored by Xerarch Aramon Abjur, were led into battle by Marshal Lionel Kinsey.
High King Rowan MacGregor is spotted wearing the Tempered Ring of Glory.
Executor Eros Harte is spotted wearing the Emerald-Studded Plate Mail of Pain.
Shadow King Lindow Moonsun is spotted wielding the Glowing Sabre of Little Ogre.
High Speaker Jarin Vyanthi is spotted wielding the Obsidian Warblade of Suffering.
Knight Benjamin Pryde is spotted wearing the Daemonic Armour of the Sun.
Barthogan Starck, High Magistrate of Highmarch, Representative of Nascot was captured by Lucienne Kessler's unit.
Defender Victory!

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East Island / Re: Redhaven
« on: January 31, 2018, 11:38:04 AM »
Being a Priest is fun though! With all the massive hordes and weird combat mechanics these days, it really kills players' desire and ability to take on non-combat roles :\

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East Island / Re: Redhaven
« on: January 30, 2018, 10:28:07 PM »
This is why I highly encourage a few (2-4) religions per island (the opposite of my encouraging many realms). But folks all want to do their own thing instead of cooperating with others. Religions are meant to span across many realms, not to have a religion per realm.

To be fair, the Phoenix faith (pre-Path) -was- supposed to be adopted by Alara and a number of nobles from other realms, as well as my planned Xavax offshoot colonies. Never happened due to !!POLITICS!! but such is life.

Anyway, I'd go so far as to claim the religious aspect is integral to the full Xavax experience.

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Roleplaying / Re: Assorted RP's of Sigrid Gudrun Auru'in
« on: January 30, 2018, 10:04:52 PM »
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Roleplay from Sigrid Gudrun Auru'in
Message sent to everyone in the region Sordidus (72 recipients)
"Lady! Stop! Wait! Hey! Sig- OOF!"

One moment there's an idiot stranger running straight for a lady of the court; then there's a human pretzel with a face full of mud and two daggers across his throat. Another day in the life of a supposed princess who'd much rather be stabbing people than serving as a glorified scout.

"Speak - carefully."

The black Phoenix "Fate" barely glimmers as the crimson-winged "Faith" rightly glows - parallel blades wrought in an age few men might recall - now resting gently at the throat of one more man who might not live to know their names.

"I- g'ah! [email protected]#$ - Sorry, I- urgh-"

Figures.

"Wretch - spit it out."

As if waiting for his cue, the fool retches and spits out a disgusting mixture of bile, partially-digested rations, and mud. It spills forth like a weak geyser, radiating outward and arcing away from Sigrid's already miserable leathers. Unfortunately, it still manages to splash onto her boots.

"Name."

Coughing up a storm, the idiot struggles to intonate his own given name over a pattern of intermittent burps, retches, and something inhumanly non-verbal along the lines of,

"Uuuurgh... F-fitz-Blaaaeeeuuurghhh-"

Patient as a feline, she waits for the man to cough up whatever other organs he can spare. When his final gastric false-starts prove futile, her patience is rewarded. Unfortunately the proverbial dam implodes in her face when he realizes she'd put away her blades a solid 2 minutes into the ordeal. Oops. She broke him.

"Urgh... Thank ye', M'Lady. Almost died chokin' on me own innards, that I did. Name's Fitzgerald, son of Robin, coincident'ly husband o'Robin, hur hur. Me wife'll love tae meet ya, Princess Sigrid, yer a good lass, sorry fer runnin' into ye' all o'sudden, is just I've a message from Talon Kinsey an' I can't run too well on account o'my bum knee, but where was I - he needs ye' back at Sordidus immedit'ly, firget th' temple, the whole bloody southern army just shown up on our doorstep an-"

"I liked you better when you were choking... What am I supposed to tell your wife now? Sorry Ma'am, I think I broke your husband..."

Suddenly Fitzgerald laughs - and so does she. After a minute or two of absolutely hysterical cackling, they wipe tears from their eyes and clasp arms as a sign of peace and brotherhood.

"If you promise not to vomit, you can ride back-saddle with me."

The two grin and head off on their way back to Sordidus - as nonchalant as one can be - straight into the open maw of war.

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Helpline / Re: Changing a religion name
« on: January 30, 2018, 09:44:29 AM »
Actually enjoyed the groove bit. Was almost tempted to convert and embrace this new pseudo-Elvish tree-hugging cult.

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East Island / Re: Redhaven
« on: January 30, 2018, 06:29:22 AM »
In other news, the Saoi of the Path of Paragons - official faith of the Xavax of Redhaven - has fallen to slumber/illness/bills/life.

Either someone quits the battlefield and dons the cloth, or the faith collapses. May as well throw Sigrid's name into the pot and see what happens.

Worst comes to worst, Hector refuses and the Path dies like an ember in the path storms.

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