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House Essair / Morning Sun
« on: Nov 30, 2018, 11:47 PM »
House Essair had to be one of the most peaceful houses Gannicus had ever spent extended time within the walls of. Morning routines were predictable-by this point, Gannicus had taken to spending morning patrol time lingering where he knew Kassandros would be for his morning meditating, occasionally slipping back into the kitchen to help with whatever needed to be helped with. Some afternoons, he'd meander off into the woods outside Nydema's borders, usually with Tihaan and a spear, and they'd drag back wild boar and fish. With Thanatus around, now, they never really wanted for fish. That guy was almost always off fishing in the early evening, but he was quite skilled at it, and occasionally downed a deer or two, as well. He even used the hides and antlers. It was almost like being home.

No, it was. House Essair was home in a way nothing had been in a very long time. For once, Gannicus had a family again; Victoria was here, doing much better than she'd been when he'd first gotten here, and their sons were here, too. Sons. It was still a bit strange, to think that. If his nose wasn't lying to him, Victoria had a couple other sons, too, but he'd suspected as much back at Lancaster. He hadn't said anything, then, because Titus always loved getting new weapons. Something told him, he'd have quite the difficult time getting those weapons and gaining that leverage with them here in House Essair. Kassandros was... something else, but Gannicus liked him, a lot. Other houses may have been kinder than most, but only one had bothered bringing family back together, and that was this one.

Sometime after Kassandros had gone in, Gannicus slipped back in the house, too, heading toward the medical ward. Victoria could walk, now, albeit not easily, and mostly stayed in bed, still. Every so often, she'd ask him to set her outside in the sun, and she'd sit in a chair in the back lawn, reading a book and listening to the rush of the waves on the shore not far, the trickle of the water fountain, occasionally watch the hummingbirds that came for the wisteria twisted around the trellises. She was happy, here, happier than Gannicus had ever seen her be. Though perhaps confused, Atenra and Sepheres seemed to be doing well here, too. If he didn't miss Saqqara, so much, Gannicus would be perfectly happy to stay here, for the rest of however long they had left.

Quiet as only he and perhaps Sati could be, he shuffled in the medical ward, settling down on the edge of Victoria's bed, and handing her a flower he'd found. It was a brilliant violet, perhaps a bit more blue than purple. Gannicus didn't know what they were called here, but he remembered them being called jewelfire in Saqqara, when he was younger. Much, much younger... "Good morning," he almost forgot that.


Wanted / Adoptable Ilim Designs
« on: Nov 20, 2018, 09:45 AM »
these are just designs. because we're trying to make this very easy, making an ilim that uses one of these photosets absolutely counts as taking a wanted ad. we do love ilim, it's just that unfortunately they are hard to find images for, so esmera and i made a bunch of them for member use.

if you're wondering what we're using for most of our ilim images, we're using the lyn race from blade and soul, because it's the closest, customizable character race in anything we've found before.

she looks to be a wolf

she is a tiger

kitty cat

um. i was thinking mouse but that tail... so probably a big cat of some kind lol


ahm you know i wanna say wolf but.. imma go with wolf.

squirrel i believe

also a squirrel

* unfortunately this guy has limited pictures. i'd thought i'd taken more. he is a tiger

canine of some kind

just post here if you want to use one, let me know which one, you can either make an image set out of the previews here, or mention you'd like the full photoset. most of these have at least five or six images, several with different lighting/backgrounds. they are all wearing the same thing.

anyway, yeah. if you also play b&s, feel free to make some lyn images to go here for others that don't to adopt for their own ilim! also even if you do play b&s, feel free to adopt one of mine anyway. xD

Wanted / dragon's wanted things
« on: Nov 19, 2018, 09:21 AM »
these are some pretty loose wants, and i am absolutely willing to plot-hash or discuss with someone about anything mentioned here, just drop me a note! most of this is just an idea of what i was thinking, but i'm not married to it, you won't be stepping on my toes if you have other ideas or make me mad or whatever. dont worry, if i dont think your ideas will work, i'll tell you, and offer something else.

wildly open ages. were. can be mages too. any gender, open pbs, should be darker-skinned, at the very least, surya's fairly dark.
for gannicus (surya)

surya is a very well-known and almost revered blood fighter. originally from house lancaster, and before that, probably another house, who even knows how many houses he's been in by now, he's been a slave in dalmasca for over a hundred years (i believe the number's creeping toward 300 years now, i honestly cannot remember off the top). to say the least of it, he's had many flings, uh, a few not-by-choice ones, probably a few lovers over the years before victoria, and you know, contraception is not really a thing in dalmasca, so he probably has a lot of children. the good news is, he should recognize them when he comes face to face with one, given he is a were, and their senses of smell are very good. and yeah, he can recognize the scent of his own bloodline pretty easily. in any case, if you want a non-white were, here you go!

> 30. hume. shouldn't be mages. both mother and father are open. open pbs, kalix is very white though.
for kalix

presumably, kalix has parents! also presumably, these parents would likely be looking for their missing child. or perhaps one is and the other gave up. whatever. in any case, one or both of these are likely to be leading house argyros, which is a very important house in the free city of haradi. it is quite likely they are helping king sahura of house lucain (he is king of saqqara) maintain peace in haradi while king sidonai of assad, haradi's king, is looking for his son. as it happens, and they are probably unaware of it right now, kalix and the eldest assad son, ryhil, are continuing the assad-argyros liaison tradition and dating. ah, kalix comes by it honestly. kalix was born blind, so they're probably even more concerned about them than usual; kalix is also very nonbinary and prefers 'they,' not he. given ryhil knows where they are, kalix won't stay missing forever, so reunions and whatnot can certainly happen eventually. maybe even soon. in the interim, their parents have the opportunity to be rather important to the plotlines of haradi.

side note, haradi has a crownsguard, and it is also possible that several members of the haradian crownsguard are argyros.

> 19. hume. shouldn't be mages. any gender. open pbs, kalix is very white though.
for kalix

this want sort of ties into the above. like ryhil did, it's also possible that one or several of the older argyros children went looking for kalix and got caught up with pirates or just very turned around, either one. by now, though, rumors of house essair's newest leader knowing everything might have gotten around dalmasca, so if they went looking for kalix, they may eventually decide to drop in on house essair. potential other plot-line. the siblings may also be haradian crownsguard, too.

honestly, the siblings are wide-open, one could make one and take them in whatever direction they feel like and technically still be filling this want, which is why it's here! again, though, reunions may well happen eventually, quite possibly very soon, and depending on their parents' ages, they may also be very important to the plotlines of haradi.

oh, one other thing on the parents and the siblings both, actually, given kalix was eventually found to have been taken by slavers, it's possible one or several of the argyros line went on a personal anti-slaver crusade, and may be working very diligently at the task of ensuring no one else in haradi end up enslaved. i was kind of envisioning that several of argyros' ancestry was former slave, as much of haradi is, or is descended from, freed or escaped slave, so i imagine that the anti-slaver movement in haradi in response to losing prince tihaan and kalix would be very personal to house argyros. but this is just an idea i had.

family, siblings or a parent
> 20. hume. shouldn't be mage. any gender. open pbs, thana is very white though.
for thanatus

this is so loose, i'm almost sorry.

as far as thana remembers, he's almost always been slave. he does remember little snatches of time in a nomadic tribe in macenia, so he does have some idea of where he came from, but he does not remember his parents, or if he had siblings or anything. he needs something in his life besides house essair, so i'd be super happy if he had an older sibling that remembers and recognizes him, likely because he looks a lot like one of their parents, or one of his parents, maybe even both. kassandros, the current head of house essair, is a seer, and to say the least of it, he has a habit of just randomly knowing things; we wouldn't necessarily have to put in a lot of work to bring them together, even if kassandros doesn't outright state why he's doing whatever he ends up doing or why they're going where they go, but thana trusts him, so he won't question it too hard, anyway.

it is fairly possible, given a large number of macenians are enslaved in dalmasca, that any family thana has is enslaved as well. thana used to be a blood fighter, but now he's more like a guard person, at the moment mostly sticking to ksenia, but he will eventually switch to sticking to icarus. i also dont think he'd be terribly willing to leave house essair anytime soon, so that may be a mild source of contention/trouble in paradise, as if his family are free, thana will likely mildly butt heads with them about going with them.

sorta adoptive family
> 30. may be hume or ilim. one of these is male, the other female. open pbs, totally open ethnicity, too.
for thanatus

when thana was first enslaved, he was a very young child slave in jihon, and he was called seiya there. the jihonese are well-known to mostly ignore their slaves, but thana was young enough, he still needed familial bonds. he eventually found those in these two, an older male slave and his girlfriend. they were around for a good bit of thana's childhood, and probably the only reason thana's not got attachment issues or some other complications. in any case, whether these two are now free, or were sold from jihon to dalmasca, or whatever, i'd like them to be reunited.

this want is actually more of a family want than thana's actual blood-family, because he actually remembers these two, and should recognize them, even if it takes him a few minutes to fully connect the dots (he's not exactly the brightest candle in the candelabra). so, this reunion will be a lot fluffier, a lot more happy an occasion, whereas the blood-related family one may be full of some mistrust and uncertainty. depending on what kind of family-like setup you'd like, either of these should work for that.

Merenwen has filled the female side of this. Now that just leaves the male one. if you need help making ilim images just let either myself, esmera, lenara, or andromeda know, we all play blade and soul and can get you an ilim design.

Member Discussion / thought:
« on: Nov 17, 2018, 09:03 AM »
wanted to run this by y'all rq, but im .. idk why we'd be against it, but i was gonna put in an affinity field in bios.

speakin of tho like does anyone else have any bio fields they wish were a thing? i can add other ones. like do we wanna phys desc field or such? ... idk jst figured i'd ask xD

Heralds / Nov 16, 2018 -- New Documentation
« on: Nov 16, 2018, 07:00 AM »
as we seem to have very consistent issue with the slavery thing, and how it is handled and portrayed, @Esmera has very kindly written us a full documentation for slavery, how it works on messiah, and how it affects the political stage. it is recommended, if you play a slave, even if you think you know what you're doing, please read it, it is very thorough and very nicely written, be a shame to waste it.

you can find this documentation over here on the wiki. it's fairly long, because it is so thorough, so prepare to sit down and read a lot of words. =)

Letters to Esmera / theme thing
« on: Sep 23, 2018, 11:17 PM »
essie, could u add post count as one of the blocky things in the poster info in threads? thxmuch. NOT NOW. later. but eventually.

News Archives / Sep 21, 2018 -- New Theme!
« on: Sep 21, 2018, 05:09 PM »
esmera has made us a pretty nice new theme, called invidia ira. it, like fra nordri on 2.0 did, comes in two color schemes, either this light tan color palette with green, or blacks and charcoal grays with green. (hover over the forum name in the banner for funsies.) we also got a temporary until widgetbot figures itself out and starts working again.

the new theme is not quite done yet, i got excited (blame me, blame all the me), but most of it is usable. i think just memberlist and profile templates are not done. the stats page may be kinda funny lookin too.

anyway, fra nordri was a bit broke, so it is no longer available for selection. v sorry, someday we'll get another like it but for now, i hope everyone enjoys the new theme!

News Archives / Sep 9, 2018 -- Welcome back!
« on: Sep 09, 2018, 06:49 AM »
we are now on our new smf 2.1 home! welcome back everyone! some things have changed due to this!

  • first, our character management system has been upgraded as well to acm 2.0. this thing's got some cool stuff, the templates are different and more intuitive, and the controls are just more user-friendly. we also have auto-list functionality, so the auto play-by list is compatible with the char manager, and we have a journal feature now! most of the fun stuff's backend, but still, many thanks to @Esmera !

  • secondly, several of our features are now built into smf. mentions and the wysiwyg editor, for instance, we also have proper alerts, and you can turn on post drafts (and it will save them automatically at intervals). everything's much nicer, 2.1 was definitely worth it.

  • nothing's been lost! yay us!

  • our server is now running php 7.1! this is good news for us, as we're now running a much newer version of the industry standard, and 7.1 will take us into the future.

  • due to simpleportal not being updated for 2.1 yet, we did kind of have to fallback on our discord. we now have a discord crate embed (see the lil guy in the corner?), which is a very sleek-lookin' button that will load the discord channel for messiah on click. guests can post in it. i will also say, you can bounce to channels for boards you dont normally have access to through crate; out of courtesy to the other boards that share our discord, please dont.

  • you may find some things are a bit broke in regard to theme layout. the mature mod is also not quite as thorough as it was before. we do apologize, but esmera has been coding for two months straight, and we're gonna let her rest for a bit, so please be patient!

hope everyone enjoys! we have a few more things to square away from admin-side, and then we should be ready to finally kick off the festival of iuna!

Letters to Esmera / slight char mod bug
« on: Aug 18, 2018, 06:44 AM »

idk if it's just me, but creating a new character, the house drop-down doesn't work. does work on edit. as it happens, same deal with the homeland one. no rush on fixing it, given u can edit it after creation and get the stuff in there, but yeh. xD

News Archives / Aug 13, 2018 -- Ch-ch-changes
« on: Aug 13, 2018, 05:59 AM »
as we have all noticed by now, messiah has transitioned successfully to using the character mod @Esmera wrote for SMF 2.0. this went off without a hitch, and we're glad for that, everything was moved over seamlessly, and we're happily now using our fancy new shiny.

but, there are some other changes that are coming up and will be happening within a month or two that we wanted to inform everyone about, and prepare new members and interested guests for.

first off, the smf character mod will be rewritten from the ground up for version 1.0.1, and will support smf 2.1 by default, as well as php 7.1. basically just means it's being rewritten from scratch to work on some other thingers, good thingers (this is a good thing).

secondly, version 1.0.1 will have new features built into it, such as a shipper manager, sub-alliances and ranks, and a new, shiny tabbed biography with a bonus side of the character creation screen being tabbed. this means, while esmera may be able to code up something that'll upgrade us from 1.0.0 to 1.0.1, there will be some notable differences between one system and the other. when we are on 1.0.1, i will also be changing how the grouping is set up, we'll have nation and then caste, and then houses in as ranks.

now, thirdly, smf 2.0.15 does not run on php 7.2. currently the server runs on php 5.6, which stops support in a few scant months. php 7.1's security support stops in another year, meaning unless esmera wants to open our server to potential security holes (spoiler: they dont), our server must be upgraded from php 5.6 to 7.2, and soon. but, because smf 2.0.x does not run on 7.2, we are going to be moving messiah onto smf 2.1. it is a beta version, but it is much better than 2.0, trust me, you'll like it, it's got alerts and auto-saving post drafts and built-in @mentions and the wysiwyg editor we use is built into it, some other neat things. its really mostly just quality of life improvements.

smf 2.1 has been in beta for a long time, and honestly we have no idea if it'll remain in beta much longer or finally reach stable release within the next year, but with esmera behind us, we're confident we can run beta 3 without problems. there is no official time-line for this, just sometime in the next three months, as that is when php 5.6's support stops.

so, that's that, ah, mostly it shouldnt really affect the end-user's experience very much, just be prepared for potential down-time, esmera's going to try and make it as seamless as possible, but there may be some blipping. posts and registered accounts and characters and whatnot should be able to be moved automatically, but we may have to do some of it manually. we thank everyone for their patience during this time, and aim to maintain the best possible experience for all of you.

please thank your local esmera for their hard work.

-- the messiah team

Guest Services / RPG Initiative
« on: Jul 14, 2018, 06:37 PM »

RPG INITIATIVE. A forum roleplay and resources community.
  • - We have a robust forum roleplay directory that includes:
    • Common advertising links available right from the directory listing.
    • A spot for every type of roleplay category.
    • Site Updates available in your listing.
    • Comments straight in your listing.
  • Codex - Post templates, app templates and more. It's our copy and paste directory made easy.
  • Skins & Theme Directory - Our theme directory which includes all of the resources you need, images included, in one easy download.
  • Play-by (Faceclaim) Directory - Finding a play-by made easy. Narrow your search by traits that you're looking for in your character representation -- or contribute new ones!
  • Guides & Documentations  - From managing roleplays to how to code these guides will help you in roleplay and real life.
  • Writing Partners - Where you can find new Roleplay partners to play with.
  • Challenges - Make your own contests to challenge other members or join into staff run contacts and get your site featured on our community index or as a spotlight at the top of the site!
  • Access to our coteries (private groups) as a place to roleplay with writing partners or join other like minded people.
  • Access to our MTV's THE REAL WORLD! (or regular everyday non-RP) chat.
  • Plus so much more!

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News Archives / Jun 23, 2018 -- Updates and Things
« on: Jun 23, 2018, 02:22 PM »
most of you might've noticed by now that andromeda has stepped down from staff, and left the site. this is entirely rl personal reasons, nothing bad happened, and she will, eventually, return, but in the interim, her story-important characters have been picked up, and the ones that are important but not critical have been made wanteds. if you think you can play one, let someone know! you're free to change some stuff, as long as it's not absolutely set in stone (there's one of her characters that can't be changed up too much due to the existence of other characters).

i've also been noticing some aversion to posting in opens, there's been an influx of opens posted but hardly anyone answers them. thats not the site culture i want for messiah, so if you do post opens, remember to try and respond to others' opens. maybe reply to an existing open instead of making one of your own.

i also wanted to note, since it came up, here for everyone, that yes, we do have subs unlinking, sub deletion, and account deletion disabled. there's a specific order we have to do it in anyway, so it doesn't screw up the stats, but we had some issues with roommates and younger siblings getting on the site and deleting things when the user wasn't looking. to delete an account, you'll need to post in guest services, just so we can be sure nothing gets deleted if you don't absolutely want it deleted.

we probably started the festival of iuna a bit early, i dont think the main bulk of characters are ready for it yet, but im gonna leave it there for when we are ready. lol i am, however, going to officially declare us as being in april now.

i am vaguely looking for a co-admin, if you're interested, post in guest services and just state you're interested and i'll send you a pm.

we passed our two month mark! so go us. glad to see the site still going strong, and everyone still having fun! here's to a bunch more fun!

News Archives / June 9, 2018 -- Festival, Ahoy!
« on: Jun 09, 2018, 01:48 AM »
heyo guys, we'll be having our first ic festival soon! the festival of iuna will be happening in dalmasca's capital of nydema, icly, from april 8 to april 12, yes, dalmascans love a good party and will draw it out. there are already characters that will be going, so if anyone else wants to go, feel free, just beware dalmascans are dumb, and drunk dalmascans are even dumber.

i will be making a new board for it shortly, so anyone that wants to attend it can do so. the time-line also now has month tabs, so april threads can be made now.

as an aside, anyone affiliated with house essair will, shortly, be offered the opportunity to visit the free city of saqqara, as kassandros will be taking a journey there to confer with king sahura, probably either in the first or second week of april. they'll be swinging by the free city of haradi, to drop tihaan off, suyis is being kind enough to give them a ride so it will only take about a day altogether, to get to saqqara. those with house asheron may also have the same opportunity, if livia is taking the journey, too.

happy playing!

Member Discussion / site info things
« on: Jun 02, 2018, 11:55 PM »
i wanted to toss this at you guys, ive got a site review up on a resource site, but if anyone had any thoughts on the doc arrangements, any ideas on how to make it less daunting/easier to digest/navigate, things like that, i'd love to hear 'em. i know messiah is kinda big, there's a lot to it and a lot going on, and its kinda hard to guess what'd be required and what wouldnt be, so any ideas on making it a bit less overwhelming for new people, would be a+!

we also updated our privacy policy, in the rules, in reflection of gdpr, but i dont think we have anyone from the eu right now. =)

News Archives / May 15, 2018 -- Full Open
« on: May 15, 2018, 03:17 AM »
Finally, we are ready for full open. a couple things to note about this:
  • the site information has been moved from the on-board page system, to a wikidot wiki. this is so users and staff alike can help keep the information up to date. quick note, if you don't write it, your house pages will not be put up.
  • in light of this, the house board was removed. we have no use for it anymore.
  • we got a new theme somewhere in there, thanks Essie, but the old one is still available if you prefer that one.
  • the plot thread message icon was turned into a seeking threads icon, where you can change your plot thread to use it to indicate you can handle new threads. if you later can't, just change it to blank.
  • speaking of, the message icons were remade. and they look schnazz.
  • incidentally, messiah has also near been open for a grand total of a month! go us! soft open lasted longer than I expected, oops.
  • if anyone wants to help with advertising plsplsplspls do I hate it, thx.


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