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Heralds / Aug 7, 2018 -- Character Mod Transition
« on: Aug 07, 2018, 03:42 PM »
With the release of my Character Mod for SMF, we'll be transitioning Messiah to using it here in a bit. Here's how this will work:
  • Backups will be taken, just in case something goes awry.
  • The Character Mod will be installed and set up. Shouldn't take long.
  • Players will then be able to transfer their characters from the old subaccounts system to the new character mod system. Lots of copy-pasting.
  • Once all characters are moved from one to the other, I'll run a short MySQL function to move character posts from their character account, to their parent's, and then slap the character's ID onto it for the override.
  • The above means, make sure your character names are the same on both systems. Not username, but display name. If it doesn't match names, it won't swap posts.
  • Once that's done, we'll delete the old accounts and subaccount keys, uninstall the subaccount system, and we're free to rock.
  • The Character Mod comes with an automatic thread tracker. This means it'll add threads your character(s) post(s) to on its own. I'll be running a bookmark SQL query to try and copy bookmarks for characters from the bookmark system to the tracker system in the character mod, but I make no promises. I may need to do it manually.
Hopefully, this won't take but a day or two. I'm sorry, but unless you're here to do things with your accounts, you will lose them. So if you come back in another month wondering why your characters are gone, well, idk what to tell you. Remake them, I guess.

You'll love the character mod, promise.

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.


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

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 15, 2018, 06:56 AM »
Uh, Sandalio brother, is he still a thing? Tbh I think I have two, kill me, ok. (Jayme and Tristan, Tristan is the older one.)
Thread threads, do things stuff.
Erm maybe need another want ad... For.... Are we trying to get Nikias or are we preemptively giving up?
Kalix has family too, may wanna do those.
Ads, do more, ok.
Sidonai and Suyis can do with siblings too, tho Sidonai needs his royal guard and stuff also.
Oh also, Suyis has a merry band of pirates.

Plotting / we shine; [essie's plotty thingie]
« on: Apr 16, 2018, 11:47 PM »
I have characters all over the place, and essentially any one of these is open to having either siblings, or kids, sometimes both. Depending on their age, if they had kids, they'd be relatively young, like maybe ten at most, so be mindful of that, but if you're interested in making more family members for my characters, I am all for it! I love family dynamics and any excuse to play them!

If you are plotted or plotting with Kassandros, or House Essair in general, read this post.
House Essair
17 years old / what the hell even is gender, he doesn't know / nobility; warlord class / hume mage / Dalmascan / criminal overlord/military guy / he's also got a hand in a lot of the illegal shit / he/him is fine, but sometimes it will grate his nerves but switching to she/her doesn't help during those times / single / poly in theory, in practise, it takes a lot for him to trust, don't expect fairy tales / pansexual, leans toward men

currently: Planning his take-over of Dalmasca, arranging his finances and making sense of them, ripping his walls down and rebuilding them... he's kind of at a cold-war stand-off with Marcus Cassimer.
notes: Has a want ad for siblings and an aunt or uncle, and House Essair's criminal syndicate people, you can check that out here. This is the character the site ads talk about, the kid in Dalmasca aiming for Imperator, that's Kassandros. He can always use opposition and allies both, feel free to make either. Being around him causes humes to spontaneously develop the ability to use magic, eventually, for some it takes a few months, for others, only a few weeks, it depends mostly on the frequency and duration of time they're around each other. More time around him more often = expect it to hit within a few weeks to a month or two. Kassandros is a seer, expect him to know some shit, because he knows a LOT of shit. Fuck with his brothers, and he will fuck you up.

House Assad
47 years old / maleish, sort of fluid / royalty / hume (non-mage) / Haradian / king of haradi / presently he's mostly keeping to himself / he/him, it never quite feels wrong just, also sometimes is kind of like "yeah, sorta" / widower / no idea if he's poly / has no idea what orientation he is, either

currently: Worry worry, fret, fret... He's actually debating going to Dalmasca personally, because obviously he's not getting anywhere right now.
notes: I made him a widower, but to be honest, I wouldn't mind a wife for him. Alternatively, could swing a boyfriend. Hey, actually, it'd be cute if one of his crownsguard happened to have a thing for him, or get one, and they danced around it for a while until Sidonai figured out he had a thing back. That'd be cute. Anyway, I do also want siblings for him, he technically also has room for more kids, Ryhil's the oldest, but there's room for more that are younger. He also has open slots for basically the entire Haradian crownsguard and the Haradian military.

House Lancaster
Born House Lucain, this is Prince Sati
3,037 years old / male, very secure in his masculinity because he acts kind of effeminate sometimes / blood fighter, formerly royalty of Saqqara / were (he's a hawk) / Saqqaran / blood champion of nydema / there is basically no one in Dalmasca or Jihon that have not at least heard his name, he's gone undefeated for over six hundred matches / he/him, strangely answers to "yo" and "it" / dating aquillius / poly though, I ... I think / pansexual

currently: Being pissed as fuck. Head of house sold his brother, and he's pissed. He's getting over it, sort of.
notes: So unfortunately, Spartacus has been the Blood Champion of Nydema for at least a year, now, and may never be overthrown from that position. Albeit, he is retired from the games, and is unlikely to ever go back to them, and someday, he'll get his freedom and will probably be removed as Blood Champion then. ... this would, incidentally, also make him the only Blood Champion that was removed from the position rather than another fighter beating his record. He's three thousand years old, give him kids, I care not. Technically isn't supposed to have more siblings, but his father Sahura is equally old, and may well have more kids.

House Asheron
26 years old / nonbinary / commoner / hume (non-mage) / Macenian-Jihonese / bounty hunter/mercenary/pirate / basically, blame all the illegal shit on him, he's probably got something to do with it / he/him is fine, he's not fussed over it / single / poly as shit / pansexual

currently: Probably doing something involving alcohol. Either drinking it or smuggling it, no one's sure.
notes: Do you want a sky-pirate? Suyis is your dude, then. He's the inventor of airships, and is the first sky-pirate ever, and still the most notorious. The first airship built is still the one Suyis captains today, the Har'zaref, a Dreadnought class (her cannons and armouring are terrifying). Suyis is nuts, but, he's fun, and he takes great joy in plundering Jihon on a regular basis, so actually Jihonese characters may have heard his name, and either fear him, hate him, or both.

In care of House Tachibana
Eventually House Essair
35 years old / female / slave / hume (non-mage) / Macenian / house slave / probably pretty well-known in Dalmasca as the slave bitch that pretended to be nobility / she/her / has a tiny crush on Lycaon, but I don't think either put words to it / not poly, probably / hetero

currently: Out like a fuckin' light, her body's fighting sepsis.
notes: Okay, she does not really have room for more kids, unless they are between Nero (he was 20), and the twins (Andreas and Dimitrios, both sixteen), or younger than the twins. Any of her children that lived (Nero did not), would be slaves, don't worry, Kassandros will find them, unless they got really lucky and ran when House Kenleigh fell. She does have room for more siblings, however, they may even be free still, and looking for her and Aquilius (Alexios), her younger brother (he's five years younger). Their dad, Vitus (Nikias) also went looking for them and ended up in chains, too. So. Actually quite a few angles here. Ah, she did also spend a long time pretending to be nobility to keep her sons safe, and work around her psycho of a husband/master, so it's possible she's got friends in the upper class besides Essair and Asheron.

House Essair, born Tristán
26 years old / male / slave / hume (non-mage) / Macenian / former blood fighter / he only ever fought wild animals like lions and bears, sorry kiddies / he/him / single / probably poly as shit / what is sexuality, Macenians don't know her (pansexual basically)

currently: Wondering why in the fuck Kassandros spent so much money on a proven blood fighter with a solid reputation, just to make a stable boy of him, but hey, not his hessions, not his problem? Also presently face to face with one of his younger brothers going What in the what.
notes: He is unfortunately not old enough to have kids that aren't like, ten, maybe, but he is the oldest brother of Sandalio and a youngest brother currently called "Jayme" for simplicity's sake, but I think they're all old enough, there could certainly be more after "Jayme," if someone was interested in making some other siblings to this bunch. Kassandros is determined to reunite them all, so he will be snatching them up and herding them to House Essair when he gets the opportunity to do so. We are seeing if he and Xiaodan Tachibana get along, if they end up a thing, there's that, but he's Macenian, so he is polyamorous and if he falls for someone else, too, well, that's a thing.

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