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Member Discussion / What you listenin to?
« on: Jun 19, 2018, 12:49 AM »


Member Discussion / Just gaming things
« on: Jun 17, 2018, 04:46 AM »
I should be playing Final Fantasy XII. I got the remaster JP=>US release when it came here (The Zodiac Age). When XII first came out, I bought my boyfriend at the time the collector's edition, played like two minutes of it, and then he took it and the Playstation and randomly fucking ditched me (like he literally left without a word and I didn't hear from him for two years), so I guess I can't be too mad at myself for having Issues with that game. Lmao

Been working on getting better at Age of Empires II, I have all the HD version expansions and stuff, and I'd like to eventually be good enough to take part in AoE tournaments, but. Tbh, I think I never will be. xD My economy is solid, my militaries are solid, but I have trouble balancing both, and I think I'm not an aggressive enough player to stand long against humans, unless I'm lucky and get pocket (pocket position is where you end up with an ally on either side of you, shielding you from enemy players by virtue of placement - it works out best in team games where the weaker, or slower, or both, player is in the middle and the flanks are two speedy, strong, aggressive players).

Lenara and I were playing 9Dragons with her boyfriend, but he works all the time, so we get maybe a few hours once in a grand blue moon. I got mad at 9Dragons and its plethora of Issues, and started making Dragonsoul, so that's a fun story.

Otherwise, I poke into Viridi from time to time. It's just a succulent garden simulator, so nothing real special or exciting. It runs in real-time, so, it's one of those chill out games. The soundtrack to it is fantastic, so I do recommend if you need one of those. Great for de-stressing.

Plotting / we shine; [essie's plotty thingie]
« on: Jun 11, 2018, 06:14 PM »
Alright, so for everyone that wants to follow along to Saqqara when Kassandros goes, that should happen in late April or early May.

Kassandros will be starting a personal legal crusade battle with Titus Lancaster starting April 11, to April 15, is probably when it ends. Titus was a terrible person, there's a lot to get through. By April 17-20 or so, Marcus Cassimer changes his tune and gets vicious; Kass and Sandalio (Valerius) disappear for about a day, and that is not very pretty, just trust me. After he and Sandalio manage to down Marcus, we'll probably have House Lancaster merging into House Essair by the end of April, and House Cassimer will probably merge into Essair by early May. Houses Salonus and Warwicke instead split off as vassals and become major houses, effectively replacing Lancaster and Cassimer, and then Essair's greatest opposition is probably Salonus, being realistic, but Warwicke are also against him, funny because that's his mother house.

Anyway, so there's a quick run-down of what's up with Essair for a while, and I'm not entirely sure on the date range, but I'm expecting no later than May 4, for the trip to Saqqara. That'll take a detour into Haradi to drop Tihaan and possibly Sidonai off, and then will head to Saqqara from there, and they'll be there probably about a week or so before going home.

Letters to Esmera / House Addition
« on: Jun 11, 2018, 03:30 PM »
It didn't save for some fucking reason, sorry, lol should be there now?

Letters to Esmera / House Addition
« on: Jun 11, 2018, 03:04 PM »
Nup, as good a place as any, gimme a sec. xD

Edit: Done, house page also has the metal one.

Absences, Intros, and Goodbyes / Heyo!
« on: Jun 10, 2018, 09:54 PM »
The smell of coffee is heaven. It really is. Lol And there's nothing wrong with liking simple stuff. I get this herbal tisane, it is and is not tea, made of raspberry leaves, kinda sweet flavoured, and I have an entire cabinet of like peppermint and oolong and green. Black's alright, but in my experience, if it's not mixed with something else, black tea tends to get... like... whats the word Im looking for. Not oily, but filmy? Bitter? Idk.

If they'd let me, I'd just live in a Starbucks. Tbh. For the smell. xD

Absences, Intros, and Goodbyes / Heyo!
« on: Jun 10, 2018, 09:28 PM »
Hi, Keo! Welcome to Messiah! I'm Kendra, AKA Essie, and I make forum do lol if you run into any technical issues or visual-related complexities, lemme know!

I'm a soda person. xD I drink Mountain Dew all day every day. But I have a soft spot for tea. Particularly, oolong, and Snapple peach tea. Cause yummy. It tastes like a peach. Ah! Oh and chai!

P.S. We do love questions! =D

Heralds / Jun 10, 2018 -- Mature Filter Note
« on: Jun 10, 2018, 03:11 AM »
Aight, this isn't terribly important, but, I made subaccount ages run off the parent account's age, so if you have the parent account one filled in and it's valid, all your subaccounts can or cannot see mature content, depending on your settings. Likewise, if you leave your parent account's birth date blank, your subaccounts don't magically get mature access because of a missing year.

Two things this means:
  • One, you can input character birthdates without messing up the mature content filters, as before, it would automatically give users with no year input access to mature content because for some stUPID reason, SMF files that as being born in year 0004, making you like 2,000 years old, so this would override having it off for people that didn't want to see it;
  • Two, your subaccounts should automatically have permission to view and edit posts in their mature threads now, without having to input an age-appropriate year.
Remember, however, foregoing the year on your OOC account will cause mature content to happen. Be sure you want that before doing it.


Plotting / What a spectacle
« on: Jun 07, 2018, 02:53 PM »
Zozziiieee I think I'd rather skip over the rest of this thread with Einan and Suyis and let them have their fun in peace (Suyis smut is draining and Im already death lol). So, I figured I'd see if you'd rather in-thread skip it and then pick up after that, or start a new one for their business-bantering after, or. Yeah. I don't mind either way, so whatever works for you on that one. =)

Member Discussion / What you listenin to?
« on: Jun 06, 2018, 01:51 PM »

Like why tho.

Member Discussion / What you listenin to?
« on: Jun 03, 2018, 07:45 PM »

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But unfortunately it needs something besides the video with it because I think it thinks it's blank without it. lol

Member Discussion / messiah ships
« on: Jun 03, 2018, 04:33 PM »

Okay, I hardcore ship Tihaan-Icarus and I'm. Fairly sure I know why, but lol Just, for the record, also there's some Adranos-Cyprian shipping going on but he's backgrounded so sadface. My brain is also convinced Zhihao belongs with Axelius but you can ignore that visual association issue.

My brain also thinks Haku and Kassandros need to be together. And they're likely to dislike one another at first, so that's fun.

(Lucius-Nikias. It'll never in a million years, but.)
(Also where the fuck is Adrian because save Reggie.)
(Tian do a want ad for a cute blood fighter in Lancaster that has a secret thing for Reggie and can save his butt.)

I also kinda ship Missa-Andreas, but. Uh. Yeah.
I don't have anything terribly cracky, omg.

Development / Plot banter to this point ("main" plot)
« on: Jun 01, 2018, 06:00 AM »
So, ah, @aphelion mentioned it, and I thought it a good idea, because there are players on this board that are not in the same house as the initial Messiah crew, to kind of briefly run over what we've got in mind for the board's overall plot direction. None of this is really in stone, a lot of it can still change and it may skew kind of different in play than it sounds briefly outlined, but much of what we're thinking affects a large swathe of characters, and it may be good to know.

Um, aside, one can pretty much avoid it, if they'd rather, if it doesn't sound interesting, we're also open to others tossing wrenches in things, tossing more opposition in, whatever, it's really just like, so if you want to know where what functions as the "main" storyline is going (it's not really it just kind of... became de facto main story in absence of an actual one, because it's the biggest plot running right now), this is the thread for you.

Basically, Messiah's name alludes to the existence of the Messiah 'canon' character in world setting. This is an actual character that exists and is in play (@Kassandros Essair) on the board, and he is effectively supposed to pretty much explode into a gigantic aurora of magic energy that shoots across the entirety of Azaleon. Most think this means normal, non-mage humes will die, but they actually just become magi. Now, because magic and sorcery are illegal in our two star nations, Dalmasca and Jihon, essentially this would cause nationwide panic in both, and probably lead to a lot of death and destruction and maybe some plundering and pillaging because, magi go insane anyway, the entire hume race is doomed, yeah?

(Spoiler. Not really. The more connected to sorcery and sensitive to aura one is, the more clearly they hear the pulse of the planet; ergo, they can sense trees falling, people dying, animals being killed, rocks splitting, it may not hurt but one can feel a post being driven into the earth, sense the connections between the trees and plants in a forest, the passing of aura from one to another. Humes are not used to this level of awareness, and it eventually drives them mad. It CAN be waited out when it hits, but no one's ever done that outside the Free Cities.)

Anyway, so, knowing Dalmasca and Jihon can't handle it yet, and questioning why he's even supposed to give them all magic anyway (see finding new ways of killing each other), Kassandros decided to first conquer Dalmasca, become its imperator, and basically start changing things to make it better capable of handling the aurora when it comes. Problem: aside from being Messiah, which, the aurora will essentially drain all his aura and kill him, he's also a seer, and seers die. He's got a year left, and that's a lot of change to try enacting in a year's time. Further, House Cassimer (Marcus Cassimer specifically, he's NPC'd by @dragonborn), is a very gigantic wall in his way. Forget Jihon. Marcus sees Kassandros as a legitimate threat to his military power, because Kass is younger, more capable of combat than Marcus now is (he's nearing 60), and Kass may not be terribly well-loved, but he has the opportunity to become so, if he played his cards right. It's very common in Dalmasca for the military forces to actually be allied with their commanders, and not the nation itself, so if he got enough military units on his side, he could easily tear down any influence Marcus has at all. Bonus points, Kassandros is getting up that warlord ladder faster than most.

So there are lots of different ways this can go. At the moment, Kassandros is pretty much singly focused on getting himself in that imperator throne, but, he is starting to question whether he ought to even unleash the Messiah aurora in the first place, and may take steps to prevent it from happening. It just needs to happen, there's no set specification on when, or where it goes, it just needs to go, so he could technically also redirect it into the planet, instead. Either way, if he unleashes it, he'll die without very quick intervention. Seers cannot interfere with their own fate, however, so he cannot stop his seer-death, so even if he escapes that one fate, someone else has to get him out of the second one. There's been tossing around the idea of making him a were (Saqqara has the oldest seer on Azaleon, the Oracle of Nashret, who is well over four thousand now), but the characters have to come to that conclusion on their own (there is actually a spell that will make a were, that's how they were made in the first place, so it doesn't have to be a bite), or an accident occur. Either one.

In the interim, really, Dalmasca and Jihon are not his problems. He may give up on them entirely, and just leave Dalmasca outright. There was some more bantering about establishing a new Free City, and eventually, Dalmasca will attack it, taking it as a threat, like you know, he betrayed Dalmasca and essentially defected, so, fuck that guy (pretty much every Free City has had to fight for the right to be a Free City, and prove its mettle, so no one's really surprised). Jihon is a whole other ballgame, as it cannot keep operating the way it does, it'll exhaust its own resources and cause its own sudden collapse, so Kass isn't terribly concerned about it.

House Essair is allied with House Asheron, already, and will eventually absorb House Lancaster, and eventually, either absorb part of House Cassimer (Lucius and Damian may split off on their own and then join Essair), or all of it (if Marcus dies, and Lucius takes it over, he may merge Cassimer into Essair because there are a lot of not good things attached to the Cassimer name, and changing that reputation is liable to be a battle unto itself). House Salonus is eventually ripped down covertly by a combo of Essair and Asheron, that'll be mostly background I think. Depending on how the IC occurrences pan out and align, Marcus may kidnap and attempt to scare Kass into backing out of the warlord class (it's really kind of debatable if it works, because it may not deter him at all, and that may be where he redirects to leaving Dalmasca outright at, but, if it happens, that'll really tank, I don't recommend reading that thread, it really will suck). If Kass does get imperator, and starts fixing Dalmasca, Jihon is liable to revolt, at least a little, because Kass eventually aims to outright stop slavery, and Jihon will not like that, at all (a lot of their economy is the slave trade), and never mind the Dalmascans won't like it, so it could very well lead to a two-side war, one civil and one with Jihon.

SO, yeah, quick run-down of what we've all bantered between us and the vague direction we're going in with the main plot. Like I said, nothing is really set in stone, they may get a different idea somewhere along the way, change course randomly, whether they actually go this way or that is in the air... but a large number of played characters are going to end up allying with Kass, so by proxy, it kind of affects a chunk of the board.

I thought if nothing else, getting input and ideas from everyone else would be a good idea, fitting other characters in, and stuff, so, here it is. Sorry for the wall'o'text, thank you, I'm here all week.

starscream / Notes notes to self person
« on: May 30, 2018, 12:42 AM »
Plotty Plan-y Things

  • Actually get Missa and Nikias. Working on that.
  • Haku and Xiaodan need to end up in House Essair, re: Thetis.
  • Hitting Titus with legal charges. This'll probably take a few IC days, to a week at most, so that's a thing that'll last a while.
  • Absorbing House Lancaster post Titus falling. Wtf we're doing with Canius, I don't even know.
  • Need to go to Haradi and Saqqara at some point, so you know it's kind of likely Kass'll follow Tihaan and Gannicus home to have discussion with Sidonai and Sahura.
  • And then we should have at least the Saqqaran crownsguard, I don't... think Haradi hands him part of their military. Saqqara's mostly all weres though, like they afraid of fuckin anything.
  • Marcus thing.
  • Are we absorbing House Cassimer? Because I don't know if Lucius is splitting off or not, but that might be a thing to figure out. I mean, we can wing it though.
  • By early April, Kass' vision pains should have progressed to migraines. By mid-may to early June, should start knocking him out. By the end of August? Tentatively? Going with the internal bleeding starts.
  • Theoretically, Kass should die by 77. So he's like barely 18. Probably the weaker his visions make him, the higher the chance of boom, so I don't think he'll seer-die before the boom. If he's dying by 77, and the internal damage starts in August, may want him Imperator by July.
  • This time-line is kind of whack, I dunno if Messiah runs fast enough for this to move so slow but we did just breeze straight through March like it was nothing, tbf.

  • I have like no plans for him right now, but somehow I get the feeling he's gonna end up on the wrong side of this Essair-Asheron/Cassimer-Salonus war. Just for shits and giggles.
  • If he dies, his own damned fault.

  • He actually may abdicate the throne and give it to Ryhil, and come help murder Dalmasca.

  • He needs to run into Inetkaes I think.
  • And then needs to end up in House Essair, too.

  • Mostly, I have no idea if she's living. >>

  • Reunion with Rosalio is a thing that should happen at some point.
  • Wanna get him friends. Friends good. I don't think he's ever really had one.
  • Also throw him at Xiaodan and see if they get along.

Letters to Esmera / Adding Family?
« on: May 23, 2018, 07:36 PM »
On it~

Edit: All done!

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