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About OccidentalAnvil

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    Aldric Ironstride

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  1. Much though I'm sad to see you go, your time has come, as it did for me those years back. The world turns and calls us elsewhere, that's just how life works. I still remember the piece that introduced you to me, blending Fendelian ramblings with stilted Welsh; it floored me, inspired me, made me glad to see that someone had taken my world and run with it in a way I'd always hoped for. You didn't just use it, you cared for it. You wrote with a voice that was borrowed and yet all your own. When my time came, I could think of no better person to carry the torch, and now I know of no one at all. It is a choice that cannot be made lightly, for the foundations of this place are in the words we shared with the community. Without them, and the people who helped us craft them, this server could have been any other. What it may yet be, remains to be seen. Good luck in your future creative endeavors, whatever they might be. I consider myself fortunate to have been privy to some of your other efforts, so I feel I can say with certainty that you won't lose your way. Just keep that obsessive spark, it serves you well. -OA --------------- "But where will you go, Master Ironstride? What will you do now?" "My dear boy, I have no idea. And that is perhaps the most exciting thing. For so many years I've traveled, seeking answers to the questions in my dreams, the memories of a life not my own. I've climbed to the peak of the Ber Gholraggh, delved deep beneath the Sea of Glass. I've passed between worlds, seen the fraying ends of existence as they loosen from the Mesh. I've treated with dragons, waxed poetic with the First. Gods, it was I who chained the very Slumbering Isles to this earth, and strode across them like the Creator himself! Now, the phantoms are banished from my mind, and I feel as though I've been reborn. A life is a terrible thing to waste, so I think I shall go live it." "I was there! For so many of those adventures, for so much of my own life. But now, I fear nothing else I do can measure up to it all. What should I do? You have your new life, but where can I go in the one I have left?" "Olivair, adventures are made grand by those you share them with, but they are ever only yours. Our ordeals were as much yours as mine, never forget that. Treasure what has been, what we shared, but use those experiences as a lens through which to view the morrow. If there's one thing I've come to understand, it's that the best in life is always beyond the next sunrise. And for men such as us, it is in the unknown that we truly thrive."
  2. In little over a month, I'll mark the fifth anniversary of a harebrained scheme which saw the creation of this server and its community. If you'd told me then that all of this would've come from a university classroom idea for the replacement of then laid-low Shadows of Gazamo, I would've been thoroughly amused. If you'd said I'd spend five years alongside it, I would've probably laughed at you. But here we are. A'therys has become more than just a silly idea, more than I certainly could've imagined when I was some random guy trying to convince Vorske to throw common sense out the door and fund it. And it's because of you guys, veterans and fresh faces alike. Perhaps in no other game does the community define the experience quite like Minecraft, and it is to you all that I now say goodbye. As Edd indicated in his own post, now is the time for other things. I have graduated college and successfully found a job, which will take up most of my time as it should. All the rest will be dedicated to various Gazamo adventures and other fun hobbies. Of course one of those hobbies will remain my version of A'therys, just as it always has, though now strictly as a personal project. How your stalwart crew of admins and staff steer this version of the world is now, of course, their prerogative alone. Long-winded enough, I think, to resemble a News post from me. It's been a pleasure serving as your Loremaster these years, through times both tough and fruitful, and I've little doubt that A'therys will persevere in our absence. This place has given me opportunity in realms I never could've hoped for, and I wouldn't trade my time here for anything. Who knows what a breath of fresh air will bring? I hope you're anxious to find out. As always, and finally, -OA ----------------- "I have done things in this life, Sunseeker, of which I am not proud. Abhorrent things, secret things. But in their doing, I know a million souls have been impassioned, have shaken loose the bindings of anguish and remorse. In my dreadful passing, I have given them a future, built in their image and not in mine. It weighs heavy upon me, and even in the teachings of the Twins I find no solace. I seek their balance for myself, that I might find answers, but they grant me no vision. Tell me, what must I make of this? How can I know that what I have done is right?" "Those who watch, they see what they will, and are quick to judge. A story must have its hero, its villain, that simpler minds might revel in its telling. But those who Do, who Did, to us the dust that rises from action is as gray as the winter mountain, and glints as brightly in the moonlight as it does beneath Vrovona's Eye. In the moment, the passion of an actor is his only guidance. We hope the world is ready for what we bring." "How then can we be sure?" "We cannot."
  3. DAMN YOU OA!!!!
    I saw a forum alert and was like "OMG; OA POSTED!!! NEW LORE INFO!!!"

    1. OccidentalAnvil


      I know, I know. Another project to get through first. Also, I did get a job! But it's with a military contractor so now I gotta worry about background checks and paperwork and what-all. I can totally promise, however, that sooner rather than later now I'll have a good schedule! I can plan things! And I'll have good internet~ So once I've moved, I'll be starting Lore Corners again, and I'll be writing again. Which isn't to say I haven't been writing, but it's been in fits and starts, and only stories, not articles. Like I said though, for real, it's coming soon. Hopefully very soon. :D

      Oh and also, the sooner I hit ~500 replies on that survey, the sooner I'll be free to go back to this as well. So spread that around, I know you know people Xathas. :P

  4. With luck, I may soon be gainfully employed. Project Triple-A suspended during the interview process (also I'm conveniently sick), but I think you'll like what I come back with! There's a schedule and everything.

    1. Dan The Derp

      Dan The Derp

      Pwease be a summer rime.. Pweety pwease?

    2. Vnthy


      Look forward to it, good luck with your interview's :) 

    3. Xathas


      @Dan The Derp
      Er..... "a summer rime" is abit of an odd way to phrase it. Since Rime is an accumulation of granular ice tufts ((hence why it was used as the name because the villain was ice-based... and because it's a pun of summertime))

      But agreed on the matter of "let's have a fun summer event!" 

  5. "Where's he been? What's he up to? Didn't he say he was gonna come back like two months ago!?" Patience. I'm... up to something.

    1. Swiggle


      Is it more school? It's more school isn't it, you've already finished your PhD

    2. OccidentalAnvil


      Not school for me, no. Something else, something fun for you all. Stories.

    3. Swiggle
  6. I've been silent for a while. Too long. Expect something from me soon, not SoonTM.

  7. I'm about to send the wiki officially live. It is still "today" by my timezone, so it only took four more days than initially announced. Good thing I never did it through official channels, or something. Those posts and whatnot will come tomorrow after I've slept a bit, so be on the lookout for them if you're into that sort of thing. Mostly it's a "here's what's gone live" announcement post and a Changelog I intend to keep fairly accurately. Anvil out, hope you enjoy. We'll talk tomorrow.

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    2. vintners
    3. Oricalcum


      Wiki looks great, thank you Anvil!

    4. Xathas


      " it's not like it took a genius to figure out how to edit the URL this whole time to see behind the scenes. "

      -whistles innocently-

  8. Could've released today, but decided that every nation needed a Cities category since I've been promising that for a while. And I'm not going to launch without Ar-Selukk having its cities written about too, at least briefly. Sadly, if sleep is for the weak, I'm as feeble as they come. See you guys tomorrow. #159

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    2. AkilaTajar


      Do you need a list of our cities?

    3. Rynelf


      The cities aren't actually from in game... :(

    4. AkilaTajar
  9. Unforeseen complication: taking good pictures in Minecraft for the front page of the Official Wiki is a tedious pain. You'll see what I mean when it launches tomorrow, the 2nd. Sorry folks.

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    2. OccidentalAnvil


      Job interview came up, had to prepare / go to that today. Finishing up tonight.

    3. Rynelf


      So it'll be out tonight? 

    4. OccidentalAnvil


      No, tomorrow. Gotta finish up getting the last three nations transferred over, everything else is done.

  10. Barring unforeseen complications, the official wiki is going live on the 1st. More information to follow on that day.

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    2. Cyrala Nytensse
    3. Galindaan Thewisy
    4. Fin


      *Looks at calender to see when that is* OH! Thats today!!! Yay!

  11. “It is well and good to draft among the learned folk of this country a formal ruleset for the construction of civil endeavors, if safety and compatibility are sought; I am opposed, however, to the creation today of any such strictures which may embarrass or otherwise hinder unseen the new discoveries of the morrow.” -Hiram Stonecipher, 7th Architect General

  12. Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate it, and a Happy New Year as well. I'll see you all after the break!

  13. Introduction So you want to write some Community Lore, do you? Well excellent! It's a great way to get involved in A'therys, and it can be a lot of fun too. But before you get started, there's a couple things to go over. We'll start at the beginning - what is it? How do you do it? Why should you? After having cleared that, we'll talk about what constitutes a good piece, the process for actually getting it posted, and of course the actual rules and regulations surrounding the whole thing. Yes, there are rules; of course you can't just go and write about absolutely anything you want. This is A'therys, after all, a living world which already has a framework. We'll talk about how you can best take advantage of that framework, where the wiggle room is, and even how to deal with the works of others when writing your own. A lot to take in, but hey, that's what these guides are for! Anyway, I think that's enough foreground bluster, let's get going. Overview Community Lore is a feature I've long wanted to include for our players, and now it's here. It provides a smooth, categorized location for you as a community member to post your own stories, articles, entries, or any other such appropriate material (more on that in a bit). Your posting is then reviewed by a member of the Scribes, a player organization dedicated to roleplaying on the server and forums. This isn't really the place to talk about them specifically, but I will discuss what you should expect from them with regards to lore approval towards the end of this guide. Ignoring that for a moment, once your piece has been approved, it is posted for all to read and enjoy! Now, this process does not "canonize" your lore, in either the fictional nor the saintly sense. Canon lore, meaning official lore, is posted in its own section as written by me. But that lore mostly discusses things that have happened in the past, or provides information about the present. In short, it does not necessarily affect the day-to-day play of you all in the server. It instead provides a framework for you to write with and play inside. Without it, there would be no server, but that does not mean that canon lore is all there is. With Community Lore, you have the opportunity to tell your own tales, to discuss the current happenings on the server as they are molded and shaped by you. Where to Start Well, you're going to want to start by playing the game of course! Make something happen, or be someone cool! Tell your story, or the story of something you caused, or something you were intimately involved in. Have a neat history for yourself? Or maybe you've got a town with a storied past? Are you the historian for a fun organization? Maybe there was an event that you were a key figure in. Odds are, if it happened in server roleplay, it has a place in Community Lore. But just playing in the server may not be enough for a really solid piece. I strongly recommend you dig through the Official Lore section of the site to see what structure you may want to reference or abide by. It is your best resource for keeping lore friendly, besides of course sending @OccidentalAnvil (that's me!) a PM here on the forums. But I try to cut down on my mail, so while I'm happy to answer questions I'd prefer it if you'd seek the answers where I traditionally post them. Once you've got the subject you want to write about and an understanding of the world in which it exists, you're ready to write! Rules for Writing Naturally there's some rules you need to be aware of when writing, so let's get those out of the way. They're fairly straightforward, and hopefully designed to be as unobtrusive as possible. But they have to be in place, lest we start losing track of what this place is (a forum for discussing and building upon the world of A'therys) and people start to get confused. Without further ado, the rules, which I reserve the right to amend at any time. Vulgarities are explicitly disallowed. I absolutely understand that even fictional adults are liable to say adult things, and that may seem to add realism, but keep in mind that we do entertain all ages here in A'therys. Also remember that we are a global community, and the words you may consider relatively harmless in your country could carry very different meanings elsewhere. So use your best judgement, and you feel that swearing is absolutely necessary in your piece, use that excuse to be creative in your alternative! The subject matter must be strictly A'therian! Your work must take place in A'therys from start to finish, and probably should not reference any other planes but it. If you can skillfully use the other planes known to exist, you are welcome to, but do remember (and this is a good general rule) that the more extreme references you pull together the more likely you are to stumble somewhere. There is nothing wrong with that, per these rules, but tying too many leads together can simply trip you up in the details and make the piece weaker overall. Your primary characters can only be human. A'therys is a world of humans, and the server is only able to display a human form. It is true that there are other sentient humanoids in the official lore, but in the server you do not have the option to play as one of them so neither are you able to claim their heritage in your Community Lore. You may involve them if you do so carefully, just as you may involve a god or dragon known to still be a part of the mortal plane. But you may not write yourself as anything except human. By this same line of reasoning, apotheosis is disallowed. Of course, the addendum to all this is that you may be stark raving mad: it is acceptable to discuss anything from the above that you wish so long as you make it clear that your character is deluded in some way. Get creative! Do not reference other player lore in your piece without explicit permission from those people. Of course this rule does not include works written by me, @OccidentalAnvil, no matter where you found it. If I wrote it, you're good! But when you mention someone else's work, you need to have talked to them first and gotten clearance to do so. Because this will be checked: as part of the Scribes' review process, they will reach out via PM to the author of the piece you reference, regardless of how you've referenced their work. They will respond "yes" or "no" when asked if you cleared it with them, and only then will the Scribes continue reviewing the piece for display. Note that a lack of timely response (defined at their discretion) to the PM will also constitute a "no," so have them be on the lookout to help you! You may not explicitly disagree with posted canon lore. There is some inherent leeway, wherein you can fudge certain things simply due to the lack of information on many topics. But if the Official Lore repository states one thing, and you state another, that conflicts with this rule. The one caveat here is in retroactively illegitimized writings: if you write a piece that conflicts with no lore, but then I write an official piece that happens to undermine its integrity, the piece will not be taken down. I reserve the right to modify the lore as I see fit for the health and effect of the story, and while I do so with increasing infrequency it does still happen on rare occasions. Do not expect this to occur, but be aware that it can. You may not create any new gods or nations while claiming them to be real. This is explicitly my domain for a good many reasons, but for this rule it will simply be disallowed to keep it easy. The bolded emphasis in the rule is to allow for the tail end of Rule #3 to apply: if you're crazy, you're in the clear. Want to worship a weird imaginary god, or claim to come from a far off silly land? You're welcome to do so, but please remember to make it extremely apparent in some way that the character referencing these things in each work is not of sound mind. So that's it, the six rules to remember. Pretty easy and straightforward, if I do say so myself. Like I said, trying not to be overly constrictive with them, but there are a few things I need to keep out of community domain for continuity and coherence reasons. I hope you can understand this. But hey, now that you're through with the boring rules, you can write! Writing for the Community This section is really just my personal suggestions for writing something that will turn out nice. It's not rules, it's barely even guidelines. But I want to make sure you're aware of the wonderful resource we have for getting better right here on the forums: your peers! Particularly, the Community Lore Discussion subforum linked there. It's possible that you may have even come to find this guide from the pinned link there. Regardless, that is your workshop; as you craft your piece for final review, I highly encourage you to work on it in the forums there and invite others to discuss it with you. They may offer insight you hadn't thought of, or even just help you learn to write better. It is an invaluable wringer to run your content through before submitting it to the Scribes in the database, so give it a shot. The results may surprise you. The Review Process And now, the moment you've been waiting for. You've crafted a beautiful piece of Community Lore that abides by all the rules, and now it's time to submit it! The actual submitting of the work is not difficult: simply go to the correct section of the Community Lore database and use the normal editor to post it. Once it's been submitted, you just have to be patient. What happens after that is that the Scribes will assign one of their members to your work, and it is they who will review it. I will leave it to their management to describe how that all works in another place and time, but the gist is fairly straightforward. They will check your work for basic spelling and grammar, editing only these things and very lightly if at all, and run it through the rules listed above. If you catch a strike on any of them, expect them to contact you via forum PM to begin the steps to resolving the issue. Finally, they will check and make sure it has been posted to the most reasonable database location, and move it if not. After that, they'll push the lore piece live! Then everyone will be able to see it and comment on it. The five-star ratings system is currently disabled for the Community Lore database (it is the same system you can see here in the Guides database), but may be turned on at a later time if it seems desirable. For now though, write without fear of demonstrable judgement from your readers. What Happens Next Congratulations, you've got one of your pieces approved to Community Lore! That wasn't so hard, was it? So at this point perhaps you're wondering... now what? Well, unless you do something about it, frankly nothing. You're in, welcome to the club, hurray and all that. But, you might, say, write another piece. And another. Once you're comfortable with the system, all paths are open to you (within the confines of the rules of course), provided you just get up and walk them. Remember, there is no limit to the number of frequency of submissions you make, so get writing. I'll be watching.

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