Written by | Posted November 19, 2013 – 4:46 pm Deconstruction

Bad things are happening in Stormwind – and beyond.

The Hand of Lothar, they call themselves.

Yva Darrows was their first target.

Tirith and Aely were their second and third.

They have since… expanded their reach and escalated their methods …

Hope for the Best (part 1)
comment 1 Written by on January 14, 2012 – 1:44 pm

And so it begins – Aely and Arrens’ adventures in the far reaches of the Galaxy. It’s really good to be writing fic with Arrens again (to be fair, he wrote most of this, I’ll take most of the next part – Shared writing duties are awesome.)

Master Sideth looked at them both from the far end of the table sternly. “Arrens, Aely, I’m afraid you leave the Council little choice in the matter. While several on this Council would have you removed from the Order completely, your records are exemplary, your histories within the Order equally so…with the exception of this blatant violation.” He rubbed his fingers on his temples and looked weary.

The two Jedi stood silently, hands folded before them.

“What would you do were the roles reversed?” he asked.

Arrens spoke first. “Master, I’m afraid I cannot answer such a question without bias. Know that I have never before felt the Force flow through me with such strength and clear-minded purpose than when I have been with Aely. I will continue to maintain the tenets of the Order and hold no one person above another. But my feelings for her will not subside. As such, I will abide by the rulings of the Council, whatever they decide.”

“You walk a dangerous path, Arrens. It is fraught with temptation by the Dark Side – temptation, I fear, you have not felt in all your years within the Order.” Sideth looked to Aely. “And you? What would you have me do?”

Aely sighed. She looked at her hands for a moment, and then directly back at the Council. “I do not know. I know only that every Jedi has struggles to remain on the side of the Light, and it seems this will be mine. I will not abandon the Order over this, nor will I abandon the strength of my own knowledge in the Force. That strength led me here, I can only trust it will lead me forward.”

Sideth looked around the chamber at the other ruling members of the Jedi Council, who all nodded as one. “Then it is decided. We will not remove you from the Order. Not as yet. You are, however, to be removed from your posts within the Temple. You may have no interactions with Padawans without approval from myself and the other members of the Council. So that we may ensure your path down the Dark Side does not continue, you are to report to us regularly regarding your whereabouts and your dealings with others. I would encourage you to assist the Republic in its dealings with the Empire; they have much need for the healing arts in some of the galaxy’s more remote outposts. See where the Senate needs you most on Coruscant and proceed from there. But effective immediately, you are to pack your things and leave the Temple. Leave no word to your students, Arrens. Nor you to your patients, Aely. We will find suitable replacements for you both.”

The members of the Council stood together as Master Sideth delivered his final words.

“May the Force be with you both.”

Immersion and Community
comment 1 Written by on January 11, 2012 – 10:54 pm

So right now I’m playing both WoW and SWTOR. This is interesting, in that if I have the “dunwannas” for one of them, I can easily play the other. Also, I am approximately a peon of no consequence in SWTOR, so I don’t have two raiding schedules to keep up with. I do have two RP schedules to sort out, but so far that’s been OK.

What I’m learning, though, is what it is that makes an MMO “work” for me.

Turns out, I need two things. I need immersion, and I need community.

Immersion, for me, is the ability to “get lost” in a world, for it to kind of swallow you up so you become really involved in the world itself – regardless of quests really, though quests help. Community is both RP and OOC – both are important.

The reason I have learned this is because both games are feeling somewhat stilted on both counts right now.

In Star Wars, the community is squeaky and new, but also already established. I’m playing almost entirely with people I know already, but our characters are unfamiliar (to us and to each other) and there’s a good deal of “figuring things out”. The world itself is also giving me trouble, as it’s hard for me to get “lost” on Coruscant, since it’s essentially a technology warren instead of an outdoor “new world” like location. On top of that, people are generally quiet in channels – something that is also plaguing our WoW community right now. And I’ve had trouble, in general, with immersion in WoW since the world got rearranged for Cataclysm. It was easier once I was leveling a new character, but I still miss being totally sucked into the game the way I was in Wrath (and, to some extent, BC and Vanilla).

Neither of these have easy answers. I can’t change the game, and I can’t force my community to go back to what it was at an earlier date. I’m hoping, though, that with some emphasis on rebuilding RP and our OOC communication, I can at least re-engage with what we do have right now.

Introducing the Space Annas
comment 4 Written by on January 5, 2012 – 12:38 pm

Ever the alt-player, right now I have three characters on Lord Adraas in Star Wars, all under level 15. Considering I have nearly two full accounts of WoW alts, plus a myriad who have faced the deletion squad, I guess it’s not that surprising.

Aely’s by far my most advanced character, but I’m having fun with all three.

Aely, a Jedi Sage, whose new backstory I am working on currently.

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Annata, a Mirialan smuggler scoundrel who hooked up with Jeb, the leader of Coruscant Trade Company, for fun and profit. Also a chance to murderize the Empire.

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And Ana’leth, a Zabrak Jedi Sentinel with an eye for danger and a penchant for fighting first and asking questions after.

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ANNAS… IN… SPAAAAACE
comment 3 Written by on January 3, 2012 – 12:00 pm

*two points if you read the title in the appropriate Muppet Show voiceover*

So I took most of the month of December off from gaming, thanks to working holiday retail plus having houseguests and then going visiting, and all the assorted insanity that goes along with … well, December. One thing I DID do, however, was pop into the new Star Wars MMO, eagerly looking forward to gaming with old friends in a new environment. Many of the awesome folks I play WoW with are playing there, both Republic and Empire.

First on that list is, of course, Arrens, who is leading the Republic guild that I’ve joined up with.

My first character over there is, also of course, Aely – I’ve rolled her as a Jedi Consular Sage, with the intent of trying out a healing type spec, and will be rolling something like an Annata there too, as a Smuggler (also possibly a healer, haven’t decided yet). I’m a little nervous about healing, but I figure with a brand new game, if I suck, it won’t matter much, because nobody really knows what they’re doing yet.

First impressions of the game are very good – it’s immersive in a fun way, with so much to learn and figure out, and it really is quite pretty. I’m pretty slow to do much of anything, because I get lost easily, but so far I’m having a really good time. I just got Aely off Tython, but haven’t yet dropped in to Coruscant.

One thing, however, that I’ve not done any of at all, is RP. To be honest, I’m a little scared to. I don’t know the Star Wars mythos very well, and while the quests for a padawan are very illustrative of the various things that should be important to a Jedi, I feel a little awkward in a new situation. I’m hoping I can break the ice a bit with people I already know before throwing myself full force into world RP – which has been plentiful, by the looks of Tython so far. I turned off general chat, but I’m told it may be worth turning back on just to find other RPers.

(Also, Arrens and I have to figure out how Arrens and Aely’s relationship is going to work, given that Aely is currently a Jedi, etc.)

Deconstruction

November 19, 2013 – 4:46 pm

Bad things are happening in Stormwind – and beyond.

The Hand of Lothar, they call themselves.

Yva Darrows was their first target.

Tirith and Aely were their second and third.

They have since… expanded their reach and escalated their methods …

Patrol

November 13, 2013 – 9:59 am

The cathedral bells stop ringing overnight, except for chiming the hours. Three bell strikes, and Angoleth padded softly around another corner of the Cathedral District, staying carefully in the shadows. Trained ears picked up Mogget’s soft breathing – nearly inaudible …

Riders in Lordaeron – Memory

November 7, 2013 – 1:33 pm

(Written by Jolly, Tarquin, and Annalea)

The highlands of Lordaeron were not for the faint of heart; be it the putrescence of the Scourge’s long-lingering remnant, or the rock-strewn hills and valleys that made farmers out of only the most …

Riders of Lordaeron – Logistics

September 13, 2013 – 7:11 pm

(With Tarquin and Annalea)

Once more, four people made their way through the thickets and hills of Lordaeron, this time in the crisp chill of late morning, seeking after the Rider. Aelflaed had snatched what sleep she could while Chryste …

Riders of Lordaeron – Problematic

September 11, 2013 – 9:47 am

(With Tarquin)

She hadn’t wanted to leave Jolly – not so soon after finding him again – but once away, it took about five minutes for Aely to figure out she had a problem.

That problem had just announced that …

Riders of Lordaeron: Arrangements

September 9, 2013 – 10:05 am

It was an uneasy goodbye for him, but it was agreed by both he and Aely that a stroll back to Hearthglen would not be very easy to explain, nor would the explanation needed for the three Argent soldiers once …

Riders of Lordaeron

September 7, 2013 – 9:02 am

“Light sent me ye when I needed ye afore – an’ now again when I need ye. I canna ask fir more than tha’.” She sighed and slung the shield back across her shoulders. “It’s… Light. Been awhile hasna it? …

Dark Rider of Lordaeron (Part 4)

September 6, 2013 – 2:02 pm

She blinked, but did not drop either of her shields. “Aye, though I’ve been Caltrains fir th’ last near three years. Canna say I’ve any memory ay ye.”

“Yeh’ve far moar’n yeh realize,” he replied evenly, his grip tightening on …

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