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  • #147469
    Rusted Knight
    @rusted-knight

    Hi folks. Just finished recovering from Christmas and Covid in a large family back to back.

    Klein leaned back. Quite a lot had happened. Qatar wasn’t dead. The melee that the “lord castle” has wanted seemed to be unofficially over. Liorah was back though she seemed different. She promptly began an argument with Lorcan. Someone else appeared as well. Basil seemed to know her. She seemed a little jumpy, but everyone would be all things considered. Klein began to pick at his ear. He needed time to understand everything.

    Leaning against the cave wall, Klein began to disassemble his rifle. This spell of calm wouldn’t last long. He should take this chance to prepare for a long haul. Taking the barrel off, Klein assembled a bore scrub. Holding the barrel up to the light, he watched the glimmering on the rifling. There wasn’t any copper residue or pieces of the rifling broken inside. Running the scrub down, he switched the head for an oiled patch.

    Next, he turned to the bolt carrier. Grim had entered during the firefight earlier in the town. It wasn’t enough to stop the action yet but why give it the chance. Cleaning out the old oil with a cloth patch, Klein replaced it with clean oil. The trigger assembly was clean, better protected by the frame and bolt carrier. Returning all parts to the frame, he worked the action a few times to spread the oil before loading the rifle. Overall, it took about three minutes.

    Looking up, Klein heard the conversation between Basil and Ruan. He was uncomfortable about opening up but he needed allies, especially after the last trick of this place.

    “I’m an orphan. Abandoned at birth. Folk like me ain’t common. We are seen as poor souls in need of help or career criminals in the making. I got lucky. My mother left me at a church. The priest became my father and the other orphans were my siblings.” Klein chuckled at the memory. A kid too young to understand how the world worked. Such innocence he had. “A few years ago, a terrorist cell crashed a starship into the city. I, um, worked at ground zero for a few days. After that I volunteered to make sure (Expletive) like them couldn’t do it again.”

    The Devil saw me with my head down and got excited. Then I said Amen

    #147476
    Laura K. Abeid
    @mamaauthoress

    Hrm … looks like I randomly changed from 3rd to 1st person.

    Pardon me. 😅

    Rúan is just easier to write in 1st, since I like to get into his head.

    I am broken. I am bleeding .... But I am beautiful.

    #147532
    calidris
    @calidris

    Basil:

    “I … come from a den of thieves,” the man mumbled, eyes downcast. “I was raised in a village full of immorality and crime, the son of a single mother.”

    I narrow my eyes up at him.  He sounds embarrassed, no, ashamed.  But of what?  I thought all areas of human habitation are full of immorality and crime.  And isn’t it normal to be the child of a single mother?  Only experiments like me have DNA from multiple people.

    “Vulgen was a village under the boot of the Empire, and we were treated worse than dirt.  So we treated each other worse than dirt.”

    I tilt my head.

    I think he’s definitely ashamed, for whatever reason.  Ashamed and supremely uncomfortable.  I’ve been told that I can’t read people, that I don’t know what real emotions look like, but I know that’s what he’s feeling.  I know because he looks exactly how I felt whenever I botched orders back in the labs, or whenever I was stripped down for the exam table.

    I tighten my grip around my knees.  I really wish I hadn’t thought of that just now.

    I can almost feel their gazes burning through me again, eyes bugging out with each simple movement.

    The sterile air was freezing against my bare back, cutting through my thin shorts like a syringe.  I don’t actually remember that much, because I was so focused on the idea of somehow stealing my shirt back from the assistant at my right.  All I had to do was reach out and grab it, but I didn’t want to anger the new director.  But I wanted it back so badly, even though it was just as thin and scratchy as those awful shorts. 

    I could see the red ball floating in the corner of my vision again, waffling up and down in the hands of the Doctor’s aide.  I was going to catch the blazing thing for the fifteenth time, all for a certain bug eyed representative who still hadn’t tired of seeing my freakish reflexes.  My vision blurred as I blinked away the pricking in my eyes.  I bit my lip to make the trembling stop.  I can’t look weak, not in front of so many people.  Not in front of so many people who came to see me be strong

    It was then that I looked up and saw the Doctor staring at me again, except this time his eyes were soft, and this time his frown looked more troubled than disappointed.  I think that maybe that was the moment he stopped seeing me as just a weapon…

    “I’m not like my village, though.” I snap back as the man’s voice filters through the memory.  “I’m not going to sink as low as that.”

    I shake my head.  The conversation is a welcome distraction, but I don’t like how he’s talking.  As if he could change a thing about his village.  As if it’s his problem to be ashamed of.

    “Maybe.”  I squint up at him.  “Why are you so ashamed?  It’s not your fault your village is immoral and crime-ridden, is it?  So you’ve really got nothing to be embarrassed about.  Unless it is your fault, and in that case you should feel bad.”

    The silence is thick and stifling.  I don’t really know what to say to him, but for some reason, I don’t want to let the conversation die.  I like talking to him.  I don’t understand him, but at least he’s honest and direct.  There’s no gray area in this conversation, and I like that.  It’s easier for me, I guess.  I think I have a hard time reading the gray areas.

    I catch his gaze.  “What’s your name?”


    @mamaauthoress

    *laughs as one fey*

    #147533
    calidris
    @calidris

    Hahah, yes, indeed. I’m crossing my fingers that this will end in Rúan’s growth in socialisation and friendship. (Okay, yes, I’m gunning for a lot, but I can hope, can’t i? 😂)


    @mamaauthoress
    growth is growth, even if it occurs at the rate of a redwood tree lol

    I’m trying to find some good ones. 😅 (Also, apparently if I have an image in a post, SE will eat it ._.)

    Aww man!  Well if SE ever lets you, I would love to see some!

    I wasn’t an intimidating presence, according to General Gregor Fireflash.

    Idk Ruan, are you sure about that?

    Ruan’s quite physically intimidating, right?  At least, that’s the impression I have!  Something tells me he’s kind of oblivious though…

    I love Basil so much — he and Rúan could claim to be brothers and no one would argue.

    Really?  I’m glad!  He doesn’t strike me as a character most people would find very lovable, but then again I haven’t really started revealing his backstory until now.  When I first introduced him, he just sat around and complained the whole time lol

    I love Ruan too!  I would love to hear more about his backstory 🙂

    Right, so … my poor lil’ cinnamon roll is broken and bleeding.

    Only an author could say something like that with a smile emoji xD

    though I purposefully made it so that I wasn’t controlling Basil too much.

    Ah thanks!  I really appreciate it, and I think it worked out really well!  Feel free to change anything for Ruan too 🙂

    Although I have to say, the few bits you’ve written for Basil are beautifully in character!

    *laughs as one fey*

    #147534
    calidris
    @calidris

    Rúan is just easier to write in 1st, since I like to get into his head.

    Same!  I wrote in third person a lot, and I don’t think I started trying out first person until I wrote Saskia’s first POV.  It’s way easier to get into your character’s heads, but descriptions are harder, at least for me.  But that’s one of the beautiful things about this game!  It’s all about experimentation and learning 🙂

    Hi folks. Just finished recovering from Christmas and Covid in a large family back to back.

    Yikes!  Are you guys doing alright?  It’s nice to have you back 🙂

    *laughs as one fey*

    #147536
    Rose
    @rose-colored-fancy

    @inkhorn

    Okay so something really funny happened XD I was naming a minor side character (He’s just there to fill a background role, he’s barely a character XD) and I was running through a list of names and picked Khalon because it sounded cool.

    I had the faint idea that it sounded familiar but didn’t remember about your character until a while later XD

    I just think it’s hilarious how often that happens, this isn’t the first time I’ve accidentally matched names. (Right, @emily-waldorf ?)


    @calidris

    It was then that I looked up and saw the Doctor staring at me again, except this time his eyes were soft, and this time his frown looked more troubled than disappointed.  I think that maybe that was the moment he stopped seeing me as just a weapon…

    OhmyGOSH that whole part was so sad… Poor Basil someone hug him, quick!! 😭😭 He deserves so much better, poor sweetheart!

    Only experiments like me have DNA from multiple people.

    He doesn’t even refer to himself as a person. He calls himself an experiment. Calidris, you’re breaking my heart.

    Really?  I’m glad!  He doesn’t strike me as a character most people would find very lovable, but then again I haven’t really started revealing his backstory until now.

    Are you kidding me I love him!!!! I think it started with feeling sorry for him, especially now that he’s a little more vulnerable and a little less obnoxious. But above all that he’s just an interesting character!

    If we roll with the giving characters powers idea, it would be really cool to take Basil’s powers. Like, I just wonder how Basil would react to being completely fully human for the first time in his life. (Sasha will hate it.)

    @everyone

    Calidris and I came up with a ship name for Basil and Saskia. It’s beautiful. A work of art. I want a drumroll…

    *drumroll*

    Baskia.

    I’m both proud and appalled. It’s so bad and so good at the same time. I hate it *affectionately*


    @mamaauthoress

    I had an idea that if you choose to give Rúan telepathy as his power he might see Aydin’s hallucinations or at least know about them. It could be really interesting since Aydin hasn’t told anyone.

    @everyone

    I want to get back into the castle, does anyone have a character free to interact with Aydin? (I’m keeping Liorah open for Saskia because I desperately need to see that XD) He’d fit in great with Basil and Rúan but I don’t want to ruin their moment and he’ll make them both clam up instantly so maybe not XD

    I think he’d really like Khalon too! Honestly anyone would be cool, so whoever has a character free, that would be awesome! Aydin can kind of get along with almost anyone XD

    (Also Aydin somehow got himself in a romantic subplot and I’m both mad and delighted.)

    Without darkness, there is no light. If there was no nighttime, would the stars be as bright?

    #147539
    Inkhorn
    @inkhorn

    @rose-colored-fancy

    That’s hilarious that you names one of your characters Khalon. And I would love to have Khalon interact with Aydin. I would like to see how he would react to a traumatized ex-assassin.

    It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations if you live near him. -Tolkien

    #147542
    Rose
    @rose-colored-fancy

    @inkhorn

    That’s hilarious that you names one of your characters Khalon. And I would love to have Khalon interact with Aydin. I would like to see how he would react to a traumatized ex-assassin.

    Awesome! I’d love to see their reactions too XD Do you want me to make Aydin make the first move or do you have any ideas? (It’s out of character for Aydin to be so forward, so I’ll devise some very awkward way of him literally bumping into Khalon by accident, which is very in character)

    Without darkness, there is no light. If there was no nighttime, would the stars be as bright?

    #147553
    calidris
    @calidris

    He doesn’t even refer to himself as a person. He calls himself an experiment. Calidris, you’re breaking my heart.


    @rose-colored-fancy
    that was actually completely unintentional!  I wasn’t even thinking about that when I wrote it, but oh my gosh it actually makes sense

    Like, I just wonder how Basil would react to being completely fully human for the first time in his life. (Sasha will hate it.)

    Huh.  When I was first thinking about it, I thought he and Skia would both feel awful about it, because they’re no longer “useful.”  But that’s actually pretty interesting!  Maybe he would feel like he could fit in with the rest of the characters better?  Although everyone else is getting cool powers, so maybe not…

    Calidris and I came up with a ship name for Basil and Saskia.

    You came up with a ship name for Basil and Saskia.  All I did was ask you for a ship name, and you launched that utter monstrosity at me.

    I’m both proud and appalled. It’s so bad and so good at the same time. I hate it *affectionately*

    My thoughts exactly.  Although, I’ve seen it so many times now it no longer feels weird.  It’s officially stuck, and I’ll have to live with it for the rest of my life lol

    Are you kidding me I love him!!!! I think it started with feeling sorry for him, especially now that he’s a little more vulnerable and a little less obnoxious. But above all that he’s just an interesting character!

    Aww I’m so glad!  I agree, I think he started becoming more likeable once I really started developing his backstory, because that really puts his whole demeanor into context.  But, he’s still got an obnoxious side that I’m planning on developing more, so beware!

    Poor baby never learned how to properly socialize, and I’ll absolutely take advantage of that to pick at the other obnoxious brats in here (*cough Liorah cough*)

    *laughs as one fey*

    #147554
    Inkhorn
    @inkhorn

    @rose-colored-fancy

    Khalon can make the first move if that’s fine with you. If what I post is not going to spark an interaction with Aydin, just let me know. Oh, and by the way, Khalon is no longer blowing his trumpet and has cautiously inched around Qatar.

    KHALON

    Khalon breathed deeply. He had not ten minutes in this place and was already breaking up fights. Nearby, Sleeping Guy and Tall Girl were in the middle of a yelling match.

    “Could you at least try to be nice?!” Sleeping Guy glared at Tall Girl with a look of complete exasperation on his face.

    “It’s not just him that’s asking you that. We’re all silently begging you to try. We all are hoping to live to a ripe old age and you’re kind of getting in the way of that cherished dream,” Khalon said unintentionally voicing his thoughts out loud.

    Tall Girl immediately turned on him. “What makes you think that your opinion was needed?” she spat.

    Way to go Khalon. That is exactly what you do to keep from making enemies.

    Khalon sighed. He was tired of playing the I-am-harmless-don’t-hurt-me-act but with his ability disappearing and his only weapon being a horn, that was the only act he could play. “You’re right. I shouldn’t have jutted in. I apologize.”

     

     

    • This reply was modified 3 months, 2 weeks ago by Inkhorn.

    It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations if you live near him. -Tolkien

    #147555
    Laura K. Abeid
    @mamaauthoress

    @calidris

    ________________________________________________________________

    RÚAN:

    “Maybe.”

    Maybe what? That I won’t sink as low?

    The young man squinted up at me. “Why are you so ashamed? It’s not your fault your village is immoral and crime-ridden, is it? So you’ve really got nothing to be embarrassed about. Unless it is your fault, and in that case you should feel bad.”

    Oh really, I have nothing to be embarrassed about?

    Maybe if he knew I would have to rule those people one day, he’d think differently.

    But … he didn’t know.

    Maybe that was a blessing in disguise.

    I looked intently at him as he met my gaze, deciding that I liked him. He was … interesting.

    “What’s your name?” he asked.

    I couldn’t help but raise my eyebrows. I wouldn’t have asked for his name this early into the conversation, but I’m glad he made the leap instead.

    “Rúan.” Maybe if I didn’t say my full name, he’d think I was just a regular person. It’d be a nice change for once, talking with someone who didn’t have it on his mind that I was royalty.

    It’d be a nice change introducing myself to someone who has no clue who I really am.

    Then I realised I’d been silent for too long.

    Blinking back into reality, I asked, “Yours?”

    _________________________________________________________________

    I bit my lip to make the trembling stop.  I can’t look weak, not in front of so many people.  Not in front of so many people who came to see me be strong. 

    It was then that I looked up and saw the Doctor staring at me again, except this time his eyes were soft, and this time his frown looked more troubled than disappointed.  I think that maybe that was the moment he stopped seeing me as just a weapon…

    *cries* IloveyouBasilyou’restrongandjustasmuchapersonasanyonehere *squeezehug*

    growth is growth, even if it occurs at the rate of a redwood tree lol

    Indeed it is. XD

    Aww man!  Well if SE ever lets you, I would love to see some!

    I’ll try!

    Idk Ruan, are you sure about that?

    Well, Gregor is notorious for his method of training Rúan: insults and hard work. XD

    Ruan’s quite physically intimidating, right?  At least, that’s the impression I have!  Something tells me he’s kind of oblivious though…

    Rúan actually is physically intimidating (and personality-wise intimidating to some), Gregor just says otherwise so that Rúan will be more dedicated at proving him wrong.

    Pigheaded mentor + pigheaded student = success. XD

    Really?  I’m glad! He doesn’t strike me as a character most people would find very lovable, but then again I haven’t really started revealing his backstory until now.  When I first introduced him, he just sat around and complained the whole time lol

    Yes really! I like whiny characters because they remind me of my sister they can somehow find something to complain about in literally any situation, which is hilarious sometimes. XD

    I also like the characters who aren’t widely loved/appreciated. Probably stems from my mama motto, “Everyone must be loved!” ❤️

    I love Ruan too!  I would love to hear more about his backstory 🙂

    Ahw, thank you! 😊 More shall be revealed, don’t worry!
    Don’t let him hear that, though — it might get to his head. XD

    Only an author could say something like that with a smile emoji xD

    😇

    Ah thanks!  I really appreciate it, and I think it worked out really well!  Feel free to change anything for Ruan too 🙂

    You’re welcome! I think you got Rúan as spot-on as you could. (:

    Although I have to say, the few bits you’ve written for Basil are beautifully in character!

    Really? I’m glad! 😅

    Same!  I wrote in third person a lot, and I don’t think I started trying out first person until I wrote Saskia’s first POV.  It’s way easier to get into your character’s heads, but descriptions are harder, at least for me.  But that’s one of the beautiful things about this game!  It’s all about experimentation and learning 🙂

    Indeed!

    Poor baby never learned how to properly socialize, and I’ll absolutely take advantage of that to pick at the other obnoxious brats in here (*cough Liorah cough*)

    Hehehehehhe *smiles evilly in Rúan’s-been-grumpy-and-antosocial-to-everyone-for-the-past-15-chapters)

     


    @rose-colored-fancy

    Baskia.

    It … it is beautiful.

    Absolutely beautiful. *chef’s kiss*

    I had an idea that if you choose to give Rúan telepathy as his power he might see Aydin’s hallucinations or at least know about them. It could be really interesting since Aydin hasn’t told anyone.

    Oooo, yes!! That would be so cool. 😃

    (Also Aydin somehow got himself in a romantic subplot and I’m both mad and delighted.)

    Heheheh, that’s so funny. 😆

    I am broken. I am bleeding .... But I am beautiful.

    #147557
    Laura K. Abeid
    @mamaauthoress

    @rose-colored-fancy


    @calidris

    For you. 😛

    I am broken. I am bleeding .... But I am beautiful.

    #147558
    Rose
    @rose-colored-fancy

    @calidris

    that was actually completely unintentional!  I wasn’t even thinking about that when I wrote it, but oh my gosh it actually makes sense

    You’re still responsible for breaking my heart 😭😭

    Huh.  When I was first thinking about it, I thought he and Skia would both feel awful about it, because they’re no longer “useful.”  But that’s actually pretty interesting!  Maybe he would feel like he could fit in with the rest of the characters better?  Although everyone else is getting cool powers, so maybe not…

    They’re not all getting powers, a lot of them are losing powers while those who didn’t have them got them, but I don’t think that’ll console Basil XD I have no idea what their reaction will be but it’ll be interesting!

    You came up with a ship name for Basil and Saskia.  All I did was ask you for a ship name, and you launched that utter monstrosity at me.

    Fine, fine XD You got what you asked for though! And the alternative is either Sasil or Sasilkia or Skisil and those are immeasurably worse.

    My thoughts exactly.  Although, I’ve seen it so many times now it no longer feels weird.  It’s officially stuck, and I’ll have to live with it for the rest of my life lol

    *laughs like an absolute gremlin* It’s so cursed and I had the misfortune of inflicting it on you!!! XD I love how we used it ironically first and now it’s just… unironic.  That’s just their ship name XD

    Aww I’m so glad!  I agree, I think he started becoming more likeable once I really started developing his backstory, because that really puts his whole demeanor into context.  But, he’s still got an obnoxious side that I’m planning on developing more, so beware!

    Poor baby never learned how to properly socialize, and I’ll absolutely take advantage of that to pick at the other obnoxious brats in here (*cough Liorah cough*)

    Exactly! If you have context characters usually aren’t unlikeable!

    Also if Basil annoys Liorah I’m not responsible for damages. Liorah should have “approach at your own risk” written on her forehead.

    @inkhorn

    Khalon can make the first move if that’s fine with you. If what I post is not going to spark an interaction with Aydin, just let me know.

    Nope that’s perfect! I don’t think Aydin will do a lot but just enough to get it started!

    “It’s not just him that’s asking you that. We’re all silently begging you to try. We all are hoping to live to a ripe old age and you’re kind of getting in the way of that cherished dream,” Khalon said unintentionally voicing his thoughts out loud.

    OhmyGOSH that’s hysterical XD I literally snickered out loud XD

    @mamaauthoress

    It … it is beautiful.

    Absolutely beautiful. *chef’s kiss*

    *Gazes proudly upon my monsterous creation*

    Heheheh, that’s so funny.

    I rebelled with everything that in me is but at this point I’ve just relented. They have my whole heart, they’re intensely cute. Also thank you @calidris for the beautiful shipname “Fayedin”. I’m sorry I returned the favor with *gestures vaguely* that. XD

    Without darkness, there is no light. If there was no nighttime, would the stars be as bright?

    #147559
    Rose
    @rose-colored-fancy

    @mamaauthoress

    THAT’S THE ABSOLUTE BEST!!!! I literally laughed out loud that’s hysterical! We need character castle memes, so much memeable stuff happens here XD

    Without darkness, there is no light. If there was no nighttime, would the stars be as bright?

    #147560
    Rose
    @rose-colored-fancy

    Aydin

    I was so done with Liorah. I was so completely done with her, she just insisted on being as difficult as possible in every given situation.

    “Could you at least try to be nice?” I asked, trying to keep my voice down but rather failing. People were staring and I hated being stared at.

    “It’s not just him that’s asking you that. We’re all silently begging you to try. We all are hoping to live to a ripe old age and you’re kind of getting in the way of that cherished dream,” one of the newcomers said.

    I covered my mouth with my hand, trying to hide a smile. He was right but he wasn’t wise.

    Liorah spun on him, her braid hitting her in the face in her vehemence.

    “What makes you think that your opinion was needed?” she spat.

    He seemed to consider thoroughly telling her the truth. I didn’t know whether I wanted him to do or not. On one hand he’d absolutely get on her wrong side on the other hand it would be hilarious to watch.

    Instead, he sighed and said,

    “You’re right. I shouldn’t have jutted in. I apologize.”

    I raised my eyebrows. Someone in this place who actually knew when to shut up. Incredible.

    Liorah humphed and turned away again, apparently preoccupied with making trouble elsewhere.

    I couldn’t decide whether to settle back in a corner or talk to someone. I didn’t really like talking to anyone, but the alternative was being alone with my thoughts and who wanted to do that?

    The man looked rather lost and more than a little irritated. I didn’t know if now was a good time to talk to him but I might as well try.

    “Don’t worry about Liorah, she just has a big mouth and a sharp tongue,” I said, as something like an apology.

    The man looked me up and down, but he didn’t have the cold assessment in his gaze that I so dreaded. It was more like curiosity.

    I had the urge to try to look smaller, to disappear, but instead opted for squaring my shoulders and looking straight at him, no matter how wrong it felt. I couldn’t look weak. I wanted to hide my right hand but he’d probably already seen it by now so what was the use.

    “I’m Aydin, what’s your name?” I asked, by lack of any other topic of conversation.

    __________


    @inkhorn

    Without darkness, there is no light. If there was no nighttime, would the stars be as bright?

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