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Giant Armadillo Valley / [Quest]: Silver and Gold
« on: January 01, 2020, 09:23:47 PM »
Mushrooms and truffles, Arden thought with a shake of her head. Now she truly had seen everything.

Arden Stonesmith was approaching fifty, and in her thirty years in the Alderworth Guard, she had seen everything. Now, as she approached her retirement, she was one of those who sat behind a desk in the Alderworth Guard Central building as adventurers matched themselves with quests.

It was a really good system, all things considered. As good as the Guard was, it simply couldn't be everywhere the city's rulers and denizens needed it to be. So the city's guilds, nobles and other interested parties would send "quests" that they needed to be fulfilled. Then the Aldenworth Guard, in coordination with the city's three major guilds (the major official guilds, anyway), would "rank" the various quests, in a system that paralleled how the guilds themselves ranked their own members. The Aldenworth Guard, or rather their designated representatives like Arden, would then help adventurers pick the "quests" that their abilities and experience would allow them to successfully complete.

One of the biggest benefits of the system was that it allowed interested parties to get what they needed in a timely manner, while the Guard wasn't stretched thin trying to accomplish all these objectives. The unspoken benefit was that it allowed the Guard to keep track of all the "players" in the city and, on occasion, would allow the Guard to "cull the herd" of troublesome adventurers by directing them toward particularly challenging quests.

Sometimes, though, the quests sent to the Aldenworth Guard Central bordered on the ridiculous. Like the one she had been personally instructed to get matched to a group of adventurers as soon as possible.

It seemed the western edges of Drirrilf Hill were being overrun by armadillos, and it was putting the golden mushroom and silver truffle crops at risk.

Once, right after the Second Skervian Invasion, Arden along with a number of  Guard had been invited to a dinner honoring them for distinguishing themselves in battle. For the first and only time, Arden had tried sauteed golden mushrooms and silver truffles in wine sauce.

Arden didn't see why the nobles were so crazy for the things. But they were, and the armadillos were supposedly ruining all the crops. So somebody in the Brightlanders Guild thought it was necessary to launch a quest against a big nest of armadillos.

Okay, granted, they weren't normal sized armadillos. But they weren't drakes or goblins either. Someone should have just sent their house guard or guild sentries over to this next and just stick a couple of swords in them. Seriously, this wasn't quest worthy. A handful of farmers with pitchforks ought to be able to fix this problem.

But an official quest, and an official quest with a "rush order," had been sent over to the AGC. And it had come with riders. Any adventurers who took up this quest were expected to find out how big a colony of armadillos this was and, if possible, eliminate it.

But there was more. Some scholar from the Comital Society wanted a live one brought back from the colony if possible, or at least a dead one that was still intact. It seemed that this scholar thought these armadillos got bigger than they had a right to.

So these armadillos were super sized, Arden thought to herself. Just how dangerous could they be?

And then the string pluckers over at the Lolokosh guild wanted some hides for one of their banjos or something. Arden wryly thought to herself that if the head string plucker at the Lolokosh guild didn't have such an impressive "balcony," her request would have been ignored. But she did, so it wasn't.

And finally, the Brightlanders promised to recompense the adventurers for any bags of golden mushrooms they brought back. It seems there were a few important visitors coming to their main hall, and they were desperate to get these supposed delicacies that the armadillos were destroying.

Dammit, Arden thought, was this a hall for quests or for sending trips to market?

There was no way an experienced adventurer would even think about touching this quest, Arden thought to herself. It was going to take a certain combination of naiveté and eagerness to get this quest accomplished.

Arden had to suppress a grin when she saw a young, leather clad woman striding toward her desk.


Temisar D'Hiana strode across the floor of Ardenworth Guard Central with a confidence that she didn't feel. She had only recently achieved her rank of Bronze in the Brightlanders Guild, an accomplishment that filled her with equal parts pride and dread. Pride, because she could now count herself among the ranks of Ardenworth's greatest explorers. Dread, because now she was going have to start living up to the legends of those same explorers.

Temisar walked up to the horse faced older woman that one of the guards at the entrance of the AGC had pointed her at. The older woman stood, and proved to be equal to the height of more than one hundred and eighty centimeters that Temisar herself was.

"Sergeant Stonesmith?" Temisar asked. "The guards at the entrance directed me toward you. Said you would help me get registered and assist me in picking a quest. I've only achieved Bronze rank at the Brightlanders Guild. I'm an explorer," Temisar added proudly.

"Of course you are," Arden said, with a smile. "I could see it in your stride. Well, congratulations, and welcome to the AGC. Just made Bronze, did you?" Arden said, pretending to be thinking. "Over on that wall, see the one with an armadillo shape on it?" The older woman pointed to a wall covered with boxes, each filled with papers and with a shape on the box's cover. "Just came in this morning. Perfect quest for someone new to the AGC to sink her teeth into. Why don't you go fetch it before anyone else nabs it, then come back here, and I'll take your name, guild and everything else to get you registered. We'll get a few other newcomers in here to match you up with, and soon you'll be on your way to fame and fortune."

With a grateful smile, Temisar did just that, while Arden looked around, expecting three more suckers---er, prospects, to make their way to her desk, to group with this ranger. Arden knew they would be coming. It was her lucky day.

Introductions & New Travelers! / KiDesru
« on: December 20, 2019, 03:39:01 PM »
Hi, I'm KiDesru, though I will answer to anything from K to Kim to, well, as long as I know you're talking to me (you talking to me? you talking to me?). I like to write and RP, and I mainly do Star Trek RPs, though I occasionally foray into other realms as well. Not really familiar with the D&D realm, though I am a fan of fantasy, including the classics such as The Charwoman's Shadow.

I found Exonia by way of advertisement on an RPG Discord server, and thought I'd give it a peek.

Now for my answers to the questionnaire!

Do you prefer:

Playing male, female, or other-gendered characters? My primary characters I prefer as female characters, since I tend to identify with them initially, before they take a life of their own, and inform me that they're nothing like me! Secondary characters (NPCs, if you will), I can write in either gender, as I see them initially as plot devices, though from time to time many of them endear themselves to me as well!

Spontaneous or planned RP? Yes. Okay, I like the big picture planned, as in, a group of us are going on a particular mission with a particular objective. But all the details, I prefer spontaneous. Since we're a group of different writers, with different styles and different objectives, I think it can stilt things to say, okay, you're character needs to react this way, and do this, and do that. It may be aggravating if another character doesn't react the way you want them to, but I think that allows you to flex your writing muscles, to force yourself to say, okay, I didn't see that coming, now how am I going to write my character(s) reaction?

Military or civilian characters? Good either way, depending on the setting

Humans, Ithiris or something else? As above, depends on the setting, but I'm good any way. I'm not fond, however, of having to write with another character who is, for all practical purposes, a superhero

Being on a starship or being on a planet? I'm good being on a planet or starship, sail ship or port, horseback or cart, depending on what type of character I'm writing

Roleplay via forum posts or in real-time? Forum posts. My secret shame is I'm only spontaneously witty if I have time to plan for the off the cuff remark

On a scale of 1 to 3, what's your preferred level of these in your RP:c

Language: 2. With 1 being "damn, hell, shit,", 2 being things like "F***", and 3 being things like See You Next Tuesday and certain slurs. I will probably usually keep myself down to a 1, occasionally using a 2 in times of dire stress for my character, but really not comfortable with 3 level words in group settings. If I'm writing solo, I do have characters who use 3-level words to define their character, but I think in a group setting, Level 3 words have too much opportunity to be misconstrued
Violence: 2, with One being, "She sliced him across the chest with her blade, drawing blood." Two being "She sliced him across the chest with her blade, drawing blood, the spray of which lightly coated her mail," and three talking about what organs formed the kebob on her sword when she followed up by impaling him. I won't object if someone writes a little gory, but that's not how I'll probably write

Sexuality: Zero to Three. Okay, I'm answering that way because, if I write a story solo, then I can write how everybody acts and reacts. But group writing doesn't work that way. And as far as romance goes, I think it needs to grow organically in a story. And I absolutely hate it when someone says "Hey, let's have our characters get together." And my answer to that is, I don't know if I can agree to that because I haven't seen what your character is going to be like. They may be the very antithesis of what would romantically draw my character to someone. I'm not against a romance developing, But I like to develop my characters first before seeing if they might be romantically inclined to another character. So my default answer now is Zero for me, whatever the rest of you want for and between yourselves is fine by me. And then once my character(s) is established, and things spark between them and another writer's character, well, we'll see where it goes. Just don't write me OOC with, "Hey, let's get your character and my character together."

What's something cool you'd love to RP? I'll have to give this some thought!

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