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Iorlas
03/20/2007 12:20 AM

Im looking for a dedicated group of people to start an rp based on the world of middle earth after the books take place. Which leaves us with alot of creativity in terms of whats happening in the world and such.. If anyone is interested in joining post your bio and ill let you know if its acceptable..Races available for play are Dwarf Elf Men (all heritages) , and Halflings.

We will be trying to keep this as close as possible to how Tolkien's world was.. So No anime like characters.. No D&D related characters..


Name: Marik (pronounced Muh-reek)
Race: Easterling of Rhun
Age: 29
Height: 6'0
Weight: 195
Appearance:
Along with Marik's dark eyes, and dark circles around them a common easterling trait..He has long dark hair..His skin is semi tanned..He has a muscular build, and many scars can be seen along his skin..The most noticeable over his right eye and side of his face..
Equipment:
He wears dark red flowing silk garments along with cotton..Dark black boots..A black cowel of silk and cotton fabric covers the lower half of his face..He also wears a scale corselet (thanks Damien for the info it was a big help..) He wields a scimitar and a small one handed axe both of which are sheathed across his back.. In addition to that he carries a short bow along with a quiver of arrows and small hunting knives he keeps sheathed across his belt. He has in his possession a decent horse, and a packmule.

Brief Bio:
Marik has held a blade ever since the age of six.. Constantly overshadowed by his brother's political and military conquests.. He grew up not knowing the love of his Mother for she died giving birth to his younger sister so he doesnt remember her very well.. Jorad his brother never lets Marik forget that hes the youngest son, and thus will probably never rule the village.. Marik has a burning desire to accomplish something with his life, and whether that be overthrowing his father or conquering a foriegn nation.. Either idea pleases him.

This explains his almost suicidal antics in the defense of his father's lands..Often riding out against large groups of bandits just to test his strength.. He has often cheated death, and for that the villagers believe him to be cursed to live a normal and mundane life.. Something he intends to change as his Father has just now recently sent him on a mission of great importance to be his voice at the peace talks currently being held by King Elessar..

[Edited by Iorlas on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 7:37 AM]

[Edited by Iorlas on Friday, March 30, 2007 9:59 PM]

Damien
03/20/2007 1:44 AM

You realize, don't you, that half-Elves in Middle-earth must choose which they are going to be. There is no such thing in that world as the typical fantasy half-Elf. Elrond, for instance, was a half-Elf that chose to be an Elf. His brother, however, chose to be Human. As did his daughter (in a manner of speaking).

Therefore, your half-Elf would look entirely Elven, but either have the lifespan and basic capabilities of a long-lived human, or would, in all ways that matter, be an Elf.

Likewise, Elves don't have white hair - they have golden hair or dark hair - depending on their particular lineage (most are dark-haired). And there would be no 'chestpiece' either. No form of plate armour exists in Middle-earth. Even vambraces and greaves are sketchy, since the only time either of them are mentioned (and at that, only vambraces) is in the case of the Prince of Dol-Amroth.


I've been in Middle-earth RPs many times over the years. I love 'em. But I don't see much fun in a Middle-earth RP that is in no way true to the source material. A D&Desque fantasy game is still a D&D-esque fantasy game, even if you claim to be setting it in Middle-earth.

Iorlas
03/20/2007 9:29 AM

Bah.... Your right i might as well have put this in forgotten realms, but im sick of doing forgotten realms i wanted to actually have a decent dedicated group for lotr based rp..
Ill have to make adjustments to my character thank you for pointing out the design flaws.. Ive had too much other D&D fantasy on my mind..

Do you think it would be possible and legit for there to be a half Istari character? I mean whos to say Gandalf or any of the other wizards did there thing and noone knew about it?

[Edited by Iorlas on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 9:32 AM]

Mablung_Surion
03/20/2007 2:53 PM

Name: Bazhmul
Race: Istari
Age: 1,568
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 195
Appearance:

Appearance:
Bazhmul appears to be on the last limbs of life, only a few Istari are still in Middle Earth, His white beard and white hair are made to look weird by his one purple eye and his one yellow eye. His clothing is Grey after taking the mantle of Grey wizard after Gandalf was promoted to white. he travels around as a grey pilgrim as Gandalf before him.

Equipment:
Bazhmul carries little with him, his sword is of from the lonely Mountain after doing them a great service during the third age, his staff was once that of Gandalf the Grey's other than that he carries little.

Personality:
Bazhmul is one of the last Istari, in fact he is the only one that offers himself to the people of middle earth, he is on his last journey to the grey havens to join the other Istari, but something is making him think twice about leaving... something has made him look for an excuse to stay in middle earth a while longer.

Damien
03/20/2007 3:00 PM

Just because you're sick of FR doesn't mean you need to go to the opposite end of the spectrum (Middle-earth). You could always create a generic world, if you want to. If you're really keen on Middle-earth (and who could blame you, ME is awesome), there's no point to doing it if you play it exactly like you play FR, you know?



Do you think it would be possible and legit for there to be a half Istari character? I mean whos to say Gandalf or any of the other wizards did there thing and noone knew about it?


I guess it's debatable, but all my reading of Tolkien would say absolutely not. First of all, Istari is a term that refers to the order of Wizards. It's not a race or culture. Even if Gandalf had a kid, it would be half-Maia, not half-Istari (Gandalf's race is Maia).

Secondly, there is only one half-Maia mentioned in all of Tolkien's works -- Luthien. She is the daughter of Thingol - a super Elf, and a Maia (Melian). However, by the Second Age, let alone the Third Age, there were no more Maia hanging around in Middle-earth. The only way, by the Fourth Age, that any half-Maia could possibly be born is in Aman. And no one came to Middle-earth from Aman after the Second Age.

The only exception, again, would be Gandalf and the other Istari, who are Maia. However, they are spirits, not men. It's unlikely they ever need to procreate, and it's unclear if they even are capable of doing so. As a matter of fact, even if they could, it's extremely likely that Iluvatar forbade the Istari from fathering children, as that would go against the intent of the 3rd and 4th Ages -- the time of Men. Remember that Iluvatar DID forbid the Istari from using the full measure of their powers. By this point in Middle-earth history, even the lesser races of Elves were dwindling to almost nothing. Having a half-Maia running around in the Fourth Age is extremely contrary to both the way the setting works, and how the Fourth Age is supposed to play out. Remember that within a few centuries of the Fourth Age, even the Elves have almost completely disappeared from Middle-earth, let alone any 'greater' beings.


Any Fourth Age game should be made up almost entirely of Men (and Hobbits in the early Fourth Age -- later they would evolve into humans themselves and so disappear). Elves and Dwarves should be rare, fading very quickly. Likewise, Elf characters in a Fourth Age game would be feeling the call of the sea more strongly than ever. It's unlikely that any Elf in the Fourth Age would care at all for what Humans are doing. They'd either be preparing to take ship to Aman, or they'd be fading into the woodlands, where Tolkien said the few remaining Elves would become Forest Spirits. The Fourth Age was the Age of Men. If you want to play anything but a Man, the Fourth Age isn't really going to work. And even the Third Age is a bit iffy for it.


If you want to play in a higher-powered game with Elves, Half-Maia, and a little bit of magic, you should set your game in the 1st Age. This is the time when all the big shit was happening, when Elves were at their full power, when Maia were roaming around Middle-earth, and when all the most powerful people in Middle-earth history were doing their thing. It would still be lower magic than most games -- but it would seem to fit more with what you seem to want to do than a Fourth Age game would.


Edit: The post above mine is a perfect example of something completely anti-thetical to Tolkien's works, from basic appearance to backstory. This is the kind of thing to be absolutely avoided if you want to have an RP that has the feeling and verisimilitude of Middle-earth.



[Edited by Damien on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 5:14 PM]

Iorlas
03/20/2007 6:44 PM

Yeah i agree with you completely, and im going to be reading the Silmarillion through the lord of the rings books again.. Simply because im rusty on everything.. I knew it was Maia i completely fucked that up lol.. Well actually i forgot and remembered when you brought it up.

Damn dude you know alot about LOTR in general.. I feel ashamed lol i supposedly consider myself a huge fan of LOTR and i feel so lame right now.. I need to set some basic rules for this thing before we get it going, and one of them is going to be following as closely as possible to what tolkien's world would have been..

Im going to change my character completely its not even gonna be remotely close to the lame idea i had at first..

After i set the basic rules however Istari/Maia will be out of the question.. And i think Gandalf was in the 10 thousands for how old he was wasnt he?

[Edited by Iorlas on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 6:46 PM]

Damien
03/20/2007 11:01 PM


Damn dude you know alot about LOTR in general.. I feel ashamed lol i supposedly consider myself a huge fan of LOTR and i feel so lame right now.. I need to set some basic rules for this thing before we get it going, and one of them is going to be following as closely as possible to what tolkien's world would have been..


Don't sweat it, dude. That's what I'm here for. Just trying to help you out, not break your balls over it.



And i think Gandalf was in the 10 thousands for how old he was wasnt he?


He was 2,021 years old, by human reckoning. Technically, he was probably alive since the very beginning of time, or close to it. But he only existed on Middle-earth from TA 1000 to TA 3021.


Good luck revamping the idea. Let me know if I can help.

nanuk
03/21/2007 2:43 PM

I thought ooh, a new LOTR RP, has to be better than the current ones ([i]has[/i] to be, I'm baffled by them)- but have found myself completely put off ever joining a thread here as I know I haven't read any of the books anywhere recently enough to pass Damien's muster.
So now that's anything vaguely medieval/warfare/any sort of armour related and LOTR out, lol.

Your knowledge is [i]offputting[/i] (and I don't mean that in a bad way- it would irritate me to no end to see a poorly-informed LOTR thread), and I don't take corrections/advice anywhere near as well as Iorlas ;)

On the plus side I now know who to go to if I have any Tolkien questions (I'm trying to resist making a comment about dikipedia but it's not working very well, surprisingly as it's not in the slightest bit amusing. I'm too tired).

Damien
03/21/2007 4:45 PM


I thought ooh, a new LOTR RP, has to be better than the current ones ([i]has[/i] to be, I'm baffled by them)- but have found myself completely put off ever joining a thread here as I know I haven't read any of the books anywhere recently enough to pass Damien's muster.


Oh, don't do that, my dear. It's actually not so hard to make a Middle-earth RP. You just have to make the effort to evoke the feel and style of the setting. 'Course, one doesn't have to. Iorlas could easily have just said "well, too bad, this is what I want to do" - and that would have been fine. Like I said, I'm not trying to break balls, just offering a helping hand. I know from experience that there's nothing worse in gaming than using a particular setting because you like it, and then having your RP end up feeling nothing at all like that setting. It's a big disappointment.



So now that's anything vaguely medieval/warfare/any sort of armour related and LOTR out, lol.


Come on, I'm not as bad as all that. And I'm always willing to help out where I can. Gamers helping gamers. It's a beautiful thing, you know.



dikipedia


~snicker~

nanuk
03/22/2007 5:42 AM


Come on, I'm not as bad as all that.


........

lol, I know, I was exaggerating- it's not so much that you'd turn me off but more spur me into doing a little extra research, which would be an excellent thing.

Damien
03/22/2007 11:26 PM

That's the spirit. Iorlas needs players, Nanuk - you should jump on in.

Damien
03/23/2007 3:05 AM

Well don't keep us in suspense -- what's the new plotline going to be? I see you've settled on starting it out in the East.

nanuk
03/23/2007 5:53 AM

Ack, the pressure the pressure!

I feel like I'm back in school and have to produce work that will be graded, lol.

Give me a little while to develop a character- ridiculously busy at the moment, and have to fit in a chance to see 300 this weekend, but I'll do my best (despite the pressure).

Damien
03/23/2007 8:36 AM


I feel like I'm back in school and have to produce work that will be graded, lol.


Well no worries there. I'm the toughest critic 'round here and I think you'll do marvelously.

nanuk
03/23/2007 9:45 AM

why do I get the feeling you're sitting at your monitor, red pen in hand, cackling evilly?..

Thanks, though ;)

Iorlas
03/24/2007 12:22 PM


[Posted By nanuk on 03.23.2007 9:45 AM]

why do I get the feeling you're sitting at your monitor, red pen in hand, cackling evilly?..

Thanks, though ;)



Awww come one both of you should make characters and join... *Pokes and prods*

nanuk
03/24/2007 1:57 PM

I will!
I've been away all day (300 and other things) and have someone breathing down my neck right now but I'll almost definitely be able to get on and post tomorrow.

After doing a little research...


in the meantime- do you have any more details on the story?
Like hpw far is it into the Fourth age?
Is it going to be set in the East or is your char going to travel quite quickly, lol?

Damien
03/24/2007 5:41 PM

Yeah, Iorlas. If you want players, you kind of need to establish what the RP is going to be about -- basic plotline, that sort of stuff. Otherwise no one will know what character to make or how to introduce that character.

Iorlas
03/24/2007 7:40 PM


[Posted By Damien on 03.24.2007 5:41 PM]

Yeah, Iorlas. If you want players, you kind of need to establish what the RP is going to be about -- basic plotline, that sort of stuff. Otherwise no one will know what character to make or how to introduce that character.


Alright remember that idea you came up with Damien about the Delegation Elessar is going to send to far harad and near harad? Well i want to play with that idea.. Elessar is sending for people to join peace talks in minas tirith..

Marik is being sent along with.. Who ever else makes characters to these peace talks.. Whatever race people choose for their character means they will be either opposing peace or trying to help obtain it..

This will take place 20 years into King Elessar's reign..

[Edited by Iorlas on Saturday, March 24, 2007 7:42 PM]

nanuk
03/25/2007 5:41 AM

So the characters are going to be representatives of their respective peoples, or are independently travelling to.. witness(?) the talks?

I pretty much have a character in my head but this kind of detail obviously has to be reflected in it so shall post once I know.

Iorlas
03/25/2007 10:40 AM


[Posted By nanuk on 03.25.2007 5:41 AM]

So the characters are going to be representatives of their respective peoples, or are independently travelling to.. witness(?) the talks?

I pretty much have a character in my head but this kind of detail obviously has to be reflected in it so shall post once I know.


Well im going to leave it up to the each player to choose whether they are just spectating or they are representing their race's people in these peace talks

nanuk
03/25/2007 10:52 AM

Okeedoke.
just thought it'd be more of a closed affair rather than open forum.. eh, I'll come up with something.

nanuk
03/28/2007 5:53 AM

sorry for delay, for some reason I was expecting you to post something else here.

Ok-

Name: Halya
Race: Rohirrim
Age: 26
Height: 5'8
Appearance:
Hardly willowy but slender and athletic. Blue-eyed, hair is a dark blond, falling to the small of her back.
Equipment: usually wears what would be typical Rohan colours I suppose- earths, greens. Dresses (the verb, rather than noun) for ease of movement, only ever lightly armoured (Damien hopefully will be so kind as to suggest something fitting in a light leather jerkin-type style, something that archers would be inclined to wear-a gambeson? Would that be anywhere near appropriate? ). Prefers to use a bow, but also carries a long knife and small light mace. Can use a spear from horseback if necessary, but due to height/strength/reach would most likely be at a disadvantage, so is far more proficient at ranged attacks.


I have taken it upon myself- and not unreasonably, I feel- to conclude that in the aftermath of the War of the Ring, given the extent of casualties, and given that most of these casualties for Rohan would have been men in their 'prime', [i]and[/i] given Eowyn's Dernhelm antics, women would have been able to take on a more active role in the society, pressing the 'shieldmaiden' role more, being more involved in patrols etc. rather than just looking after hearth and home. So-

Brief bio:
Halya's father Haler and two of her older brothers were killed during the war, while she herself was a young child. Her mother, surviving brother (then 10) and herself were taken in by her father's oldest friend, Eohric, who became as a father to her.
They lived in a small settlement in the Wold (northernmost section of Rohan, north of East Emnet, bordered by Fangorn Forest to the west, the River Anduin to the east, and the River Limlight to the north), where Eohric is leader of the local éored's border patrols along the Limlight.
Halya's natural brother died of sickness when she was 11, and being the only girl in their home she fell in with Eohric's sons, joining their play and training. Eohric, having no experience of raising girl-children, was content enough with this. When of age she routinely travelled with the éored proper, often acting as a scout.



I've been sleeping awfully so my brain's not fully functioning to write anymore.Let me know if that's okay and I'll post.

Iorlas
03/28/2007 7:09 AM


I've been sleeping awfully so my brain's not fully functioning to write anymore.Let me know if that's okay and I'll post.


Im really impressed with your creativity i dont see anything wrong with your post..
Im afraid the storyline that i have in mind will need atleast 3 main player characters for it to actually be successful.. Damien im still wondering if your interested..

[Edited by Iorlas on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 7:48 AM]

nanuk
03/28/2007 7:55 AM

shall PM my brother too, he loves LOTR & is a good RPer. He hasn't been on much lately though.. (if the compliment doesn't attract him I don't know what will..)

Iorlas
03/28/2007 8:52 AM


[Posted By nanuk on 03.28.2007 7:55 AM]

shall PM my brother too, he loves LOTR & is a good RPer. He hasn't been on much lately though.. (if the compliment doesn't attract him I don't know what will..)


Sounds good to me we need all the recruits we can get..

Damien
03/28/2007 1:59 PM

I am. I just haven't had the time to think up and write a bio yet. I can play virtually anything (I've been Middle-earth RPing since the MERP days), so maybe you should tell me what you really need? A brother-character for Nanuk's? A Gondorian, an Elf - a Haradrim, etc? I can cook up a character for anything that you need to fill out your vision of the group.

Iorlas
03/28/2007 3:58 PM


[Posted By Damien on 03.28.2007 1:59 PM]

I am. I just haven't had the time to think up and write a bio yet. I can play virtually anything (I've been Middle-earth RPing since the MERP days), so maybe you should tell me what you really need? A brother-character for Nanuk's? A Gondorian, an Elf - a Haradrim, etc? I can cook up a character for anything that you need to fill out your vision of the group.


Im probably gonna say we would need a man of harad to sort of add more depth to the storyline.. Elves are kinda leaving anyways unless they are half elves and chose to be mortal, and you know the rest on that issue.. I would have to say Gondorian or Haradrim is needed for a main character slot..

Damien
03/28/2007 6:01 PM

All right. I'll cook up a character from probably Far Harad, but maybe Near Harad. Haven't decided yet. I'm going to have to create a lot of the setting details myself, since Tolkien was very vague about Harad's geography and denizens. But you know me, I'll keep it in the feel of the Middle-earth.

Tonight or tomorrow I should have a character bio up.

nanuk
03/29/2007 4:40 AM

Aw, I could have had Damien as a brother?
No fair.

;)

It just occurred to me- is the initial part of the RP going to have the characters being very geographically separate?Probably not meeting till at least Minas Tirith?

Iorlas
03/29/2007 5:14 AM

It depends lol if our characters end up coming across each other than there will most likely be an encounter of some kind, but yes to start out our characters will be geographically seperate.. Unless some feel the need to start off in Minas Tirith...

Damien
03/30/2007 1:02 AM

By the way, Iorlas:


scale/lamellae


These are two different things. I probably should have been more clear on that. They're related though, and look similar. Scale armour is made of metal plates overlapping downward (meaning the bottom of the scales on one row overlap the top of the scales in the row underneath). The scales are not attached to one another, they are rivetted to a leather backing. Lamellae doesn't overlap - each scale is afixed via leathers or fabric to all the scales around it. Slightly different is all. Just thought I should mention it.




Aw, I could have had Damien as a brother?
No fair.


Look on the bright side - if we're not related, we can make out. Rawr.




(Damien hopefully will be so kind as to suggest something fitting in a light leather jerkin-type style, something that archers would be inclined to wear-a gambeson? Would that be anywhere near appropriate? ).


Missed this until now. Gambeson would work. A gambeson is very thick cloth, basically. Not exactly attractive or comfortable, but it works. Or you could go with a leather coat/jack -- referring to a garment covering the shoulders to the hips, made of soft, thick leather. Even a mail corselet would be appropriate, as corselets only reach the upper arms to the hips, and are generally very light.




It depends lol if our characters end up coming across each other than there will most likely be an encounter of some kind, but yes to start out our characters will be geographically seperate.. Unless some feel the need to start off in Minas Tirith...


Travel is a drag. I think we can arrive at our destinations after we all get in one 'opening post.' Then you can just post a generic travelling post saying we all went on our way and got to our destinations with minimal troubles. Obviously we'd have to leave at different times anyway -- it will take my character far longer to get from Far Harad to Gondor than it will for Nanuk's character to get from Rohan to Gondor.


Character time. . .


Chimola (pro: K-eye-mo-lah)
Race: Haradrim (Far Harad)
Age: Unknown. Roughly 30-35
Height: Just over 6 feet.

Appearance: Chimola ("breaker of things") stands just over 6 feet and is of slim, but powerful build. His skin is a caramel brown, the lightness of which stands in stark contrast to the near pitch fleshtones of his people, and speaks of his distant Numenorean blood*. With black eyes and long black hair braided along the front and sides, as well as an angular face free of a beard or mustache, Chimola cuts an imposing figure. Scars of varying severity cover portions of his body, especially his chest and legs.

Equipment: While Far Harad is largely a tribal land with little in the way of technological advancements, Chimola has managed to aquire an interesting collection of disparate items. This is largely due to his contact with the Corsairs, as well as the trading arrangements between Far Harad and Near Harad. While his homeland is far too hot to permit the wearing of most forms of armour or even clothing, Chimola owns and maintains a pair of iron greaves, as well as a corselet of steel lamellae likely aquired from the Easterlings by the Corsairs before passing to Chimola.
He also carries a curved hunting knife of crude iron and a gleaming, cruelly-curved scimitar which is clearly a mingling of Numenorean and Easterling design, and is believed to be quite old. When in his homeland, Chimola wears only a heavy loincloth of red fabric trimmed in pale grey which hangs variously to his upper thighs and to just below his knees. His travelling gear does contain more suitable clothing for cooler climates, including boots instead of his high-strapped sandals, should need to travel come.

Bio: Chimola was born to a small tribe in Far Harad. His mother died in childbirth, and father shortly after in tribal conflicts. Being shuffled around between tribes at an early age, Chimola is unsure as to the exact date of his birth. Upon reaching proper age, Chimola engaged in the same tribal conflicts that killed his father, yet prevailed spectacularly. He proved to be a steady, capable warrior with a vicious cunning in combat. He was a great warrior of his people in a time when such were sorely needed. Chimola was reaching the age of manhood only shortly after the fall of Sauron The Great. The unity his area's tribes had enjoyed during their domination fell apart as tribal leaders sought to conquer their neighbors once more. Now in the fullness of his manhood and prowess, Chimola is a tribal warleader and well-respected for his ferocity and intellect.



*Numenorean blooded: The Corsairs are a culture in Tolkien's world, like Gondorians, directly descended from the Numenoreans, but with mixed blood of the Haradrim and Easterlings. Tolkien also hinted that these renegade Numenoreans, known as 'Black Numenoreans' settled other parts of the East, including Harad and Far Harad, as well as Mordor, Rhun, and the other Eastlands.

nanuk
03/30/2007 7:52 AM


Look on the bright side - if we're not related, we can make out. Rawr.


Giggidy
*does the happy dance*

Thank you kindly for your protective-clothing comments. Think I'll go for the leather coat. It would have been close fronted, I assume?



I think we can arrive at our destinations after we all get in one 'opening post.'


I think this is a good plan, Batman.

Iorlas
03/30/2007 2:08 PM


Travel is a drag. I think we can arrive at our destinations after we all get in one 'opening post.' Then you can just post a generic travelling post saying we all went on our way and got to our destinations with minimal troubles. Obviously we'd have to leave at different times anyway -- it will take my character far longer to get from Far Harad to Gondor than it will for Nanuk's character to get from Rohan to Gondor.


Character time. . .


Yeah we dont exactly have to detail out the complete journey.. Once you do post a good entrance your next post should be that of arriving at Minias Tirith..Obviously nanuk's character will be the first there..

Damien
03/31/2007 12:28 AM


Thank you kindly for your protective-clothing comments. Think I'll go for the leather coat. It would have been close fronted, I assume?


You're quite welcome, and yes. It could either be of a type pulled on over the head like a shirt, or laced up the front or sides.



Yeah we dont exactly have to detail out the complete journey.. Once you do post a good entrance your next post should be that of arriving at Minias Tirith..Obviously nanuk's character will be the first there..


I'll take from your lack of commentary that my character is fine by you - so I'll start writing up my post.

Iorlas
03/31/2007 12:34 AM

Yeah sorry your character pwns.. I did forget to tell you that... *strokes Damien's ego*

Damien
03/31/2007 12:52 AM

Hahaha. Just needed confirmation that you didn't want me to change anything before posting. He is a somewhat unorthodox character for an ME RP.

First post is now up, though. Nanuk - it's your go, my dove.


.

[Edited by Damien on Saturday, March 31, 2007 12:53 AM]

nanuk
03/31/2007 9:23 AM

*cooo*
Thankee.
Must be social- and new Dr Who's back this eve!!- so hopefully I'll get it up later.

Iorlas
03/31/2007 4:36 PM

Wow nice begining post Damien. I am really excited about getting this going..

Iorlas
04/01/2007 10:03 AM

All i have to say nanuk is daaaaaaamn nice post!

nanuk
04/01/2007 10:20 AM

I think I'm blushing.
Although by 'nice' I think you mean 'long' ;)

Seeing as I kept you waiting I figured I'd put in a little extra effort- they won't usually achieve anywhere near that length!
I think the migraine I had yesterday served as a radical spring-clean for my brain, getting those creative juices flowing, lol.

Damien
04/01/2007 6:04 PM

Just in case anyone is interested, nanuk's character probably would have stopped to pay homage to two, or at least one, particular site at the Pelennor Fields. The first site, which would likely be avoided, is the spot where the Fell Beast died at the hands of Eowyn. Tolkien marks that spot by saying grass will not grow there, and that it always appears dead and burned. Likewise, the spot where Snowmane, Theoden's horse, died is supposedly bountiful with flowers and always green and vibrant.

I'll get up my arrival in Gondor post soon.

Iorlas
04/02/2007 12:36 AM

Im pleased with the storyline so far, but i would like to hear both of your opinions on it..

Damien
04/02/2007 12:43 AM

I haven't formed an opinion. I think it's too early since we don't really know what's going to happen. I'm -assuming- some bad stuff is going to go down which is going to force this ragtag group of people that should rightly hate each other into a deadly adventure. That sounds about right, but is only my speculation.

Iorlas
04/02/2007 12:56 AM


[Posted By Damien on 04.02.2007 12:43 AM]

I haven't formed an opinion. I think it's too early since we don't really know what's going to happen. I'm -assuming- some bad stuff is going to go down which is going to force this ragtag group of people that should rightly hate each other into a deadly adventure. That sounds about right, but is only my speculation.


*Snorts* Is it really that obvious?

nanuk
04/03/2007 6:43 AM

Yeah, I suppose like Damien said it's a little too soon to tell.
Has potential though, I think.



Just in case anyone is interested, nanuk's character probably would have stopped to pay homage to two, or at least one, particular site at the Pelennor Fields.


Didn't want to be too book-blatant so didn't mention them, lol.
Hope you don't start charging like a tour guide.. ;)

Iorlas
04/05/2007 12:39 PM

Good job on your second post nanuk!

nanuk
04/05/2007 3:06 PM

Really?
I thought it was a little lame, TBH. Wasn't very inspired, lol.

I [i]like[/i] you as a DM- lots of encouragement!
It makes me want to work harder, lol.

Iorlas
04/05/2007 5:20 PM


[Posted By nanuk on 04.05.2007 3:06 PM]

Really?
I thought it was a little lame, TBH. Wasn't very inspired, lol.

I [i]like[/i] you as a DM- lots of encouragement!
It makes me want to work harder, lol.


Your welcome now we are just waiting on Damien

Damien
04/05/2007 9:27 PM

I was about to post when I realized I need to know what month it is -- and I didn't want to just make it up on the fly as it can affect the entire course of the RP. So, let me know. Seems like a small detail, but it's rather an imperative detail for a character coming up from a sun-baked desert. I need to know whether he'll be freezing his ass off or only mildly uncomfortable.

nanuk
04/06/2007 12:57 AM

oh that remminds me- I meant to ask you, what units of time did they use in Middle Earth? Couldn't remember or find it online.
I assumed it was hours as they have a seven day week and 365 days a year (though all months are 30 days), but wasn't sure.

Damien
04/06/2007 4:47 AM

Yes, hours it was. Although generally time was given in days. "It will take us half the day to get to X,' or 'it will take us the greater part of the morning to get to X.' LotR is definitely very narrative, so time was generally passed in narration of "later in the day" or somesuch. But I do believe 'hours' are mentioned a few times. I don't believe minutes are ever mentioned, though. Of course, one should still feel free to use the term for the sake of clarity, as the narrative style of LotR isn't necessarily as functional in an RP as it is in a novel.

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[Edited by Damien on Friday, April 6, 2007 4:49 AM]

Iorlas
04/06/2007 8:56 AM

Yeah it is getting closer to autumn, so your guy might be alittle uncomfortable with the weather.

[Edited by Iorlas on Friday, April 6, 2007 8:57 AM]

Iorlas
04/07/2007 8:58 AM

Alright Damien great post. I need your opinion on whether or not the Lord of the Variags of Khand would be able to kill all the satraps in Khand and basically claim dominion over them.. Im thinking about at the council he declares war on Harad, and dares Elessar to send troops to meet his.. Something to that effect..

Damien
04/08/2007 2:29 AM

Tolkien barely put any detail into Khand himself. It's largely left open to your own discretion. In honesty, I think it's unlikely for any one leader to conquer the entirety of Khand. Even the likes of Genghis Khan and Saladin were not able to entirely conquer their own lands, due to the very nature of how such a disunified country works. Your best bet is to have the Khandish leader be a warlord who controls a large portion of Khand, but not necessarily all of it. That, of course, wouldn't stop him from calling himself the Emperor of Khand, or somesuch.

Iorlas
04/12/2007 12:06 AM

I should put up a post tomorrow just been a tad busy with some real life shit

nanuk
04/12/2007 5:00 AM

Grand.
My situation here in Kerry is not conducive to getting into a Middle Earth mind frame so I should be good to go once I get home this weekend.

Iorlas
04/19/2007 8:58 AM

You guys still out there? lol

nanuk
04/19/2007 10:27 AM

sorry!

Have been v ill and brain isn't working at full- general RPs are much easier to post in, this takes too much effort and thought for my addled head: but got antibiotics finally today so hopefully should be good by the weekend.

Damien
04/20/2007 5:34 PM

Sorry, man. Due to illness in the family, I've been making preparations to fly out to Florida in just under two weeks now. So I've been wicked busy and hardly had time to even think about the RPGC. I'll try to get in another post shortly, and I may even be able to get another one in while I'm in Florida.

nanuk
04/21/2007 2:13 AM

There's dedication, blimey.. hope everything gets organised quickly and you can get to where you need to be with speed and without hassle.

Iorlas
04/21/2007 8:57 PM


[Posted By Damien on 04.20.2007 5:34 PM]

Sorry, man. Due to illness in the family, I've been making preparations to fly out to Florida in just under two weeks now. So I've been wicked busy and hardly had time to even think about the RPGC. I'll try to get in another post shortly, and I may even be able to get another one in while I'm in Florida.



[Posted By nanuk on 04.21.2007 2:13 AM]

There's dedication, blimey.. hope everything gets organised quickly and you can get to where you need to be with speed and without hassle.


Great post, and ill get up my response to it soon as i can think of a fleshed out post, and there was nothing wrong with your post at all. I was hoping for a reaction like that. Damien dont sweat it i understand completely.. Family always comes first in my book.

Damien
05/11/2007 11:10 PM

Things didn't work out as planned, unfortunately. I'm back now, but I didn't manage to get in a post before I left - and the trip was difficult and I barely looked at a computer while I was gone. So I'll look over the thread tomorrow and hopefully get a post up then, if the RP is still going.

nanuk
05/12/2007 1:11 AM

Well I've been hassling Iorlas to post and he's said he hopes to get a post up soon so hopefully it isn't gone, just... resting.

Hope things weren't too bad.

Iorlas
05/13/2007 9:14 AM


[Posted By Damien on 05.11.2007 11:10 PM]

Things didn't work out as planned, unfortunately. I'm back now, but I didn't manage to get in a post before I left - and the trip was difficult and I barely looked at a computer while I was gone. So I'll look over the thread tomorrow and hopefully get a post up then, if the RP is still going.


AWESOME your back, and that sucks that your trip didnt go so well, and this roleplay will resume soon as you get in your post. WELCOME BACK!

Damien
05/19/2007 9:57 PM

Okay, I'm back -again-. I've had some terrible issues with my computer. I just ordered a new one through Dell and as soon as it arrives, I will be throwing this one out the window and pissing on it. But I think I've settled it enough to use until the new one gets here. I'm going to see about posting now.

One thing I wanted to mention was that in your last post, Iorlas, you mention taking a captive that tried to attack you. This doesn't seem kosher. What with the Citadel Guard and soldiers of Minas Tirith floating around -everywhere-, as they would in a time like this, there's no way such an event would go unnoticed. And it's unlikely Aragorn would allow a 'dark race' to do as he wills with any prisoner found in the city. He'd likely allow you to be present at questioning, but his troops would make sure you don't get custody of any prisoners taken in the city walls. Wouldn't look good for Aragorn to let some evil man from the East rip the fingers off a prisoner within the city, ya' know?

Okie doke. .


Edit: Got in what of a post I could. Didn't have much to write since nothing has really happened yet. We'll have to move this along a little or risk having nothing left to type short of meaningless description. ;)

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[Edited by Damien on Saturday, May 19, 2007 10:06 PM]

Iorlas
05/20/2007 2:12 AM


One thing I wanted to mention was that in your last post, Iorlas, you mention taking a captive that tried to attack you. This doesn't seem kosher. What with the Citadel Guard and soldiers of Minas Tirith floating around -everywhere-, as they would in a time like this, there's no way such an event would go unnoticed. And it's unlikely Aragorn would allow a 'dark race' to do as he wills with any prisoner found in the city. He'd likely allow you to be present at questioning, but his troops would make sure you don't get custody of any prisoners taken in the city walls. Wouldn't look good for Aragorn to let some evil man from the East rip the fingers off a prisoner within the city, ya' know?

Okie doke. .


Yeah thinking back on when i posted i really didnt take any of that into account. So im going to have Elessar's guards come in and take her. I was thinking more of these attacks occur around the city, and thus people are pissed going into the peace talks. Which is exactly what they were intended for. Rattleing the cages.

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