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Discussion in 'Imperium OffTopicum' started by Tolina, Jun 20, 2016.

  1. Tolina

    Tolina trust the pillars with your s e c r e t s

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    On an unrelated note, you can begin sending in orders without fearing I may hit you with an event. Events, for this turn, are over. I don't know whether I'll do more next turn, but...stay tuned?
     
  2. NinjaCow64

    NinjaCow64 The Continuation of the Dream Supporter

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    Minor update to some lore/names of units, nothing stat wise has changed and current orders aren’t invalidated by this so don’t worry. :) Big thanks to Tolni for doing most of this!

     
  3. Seon

    Seon Not An Evil Liar

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    To the United Clans of Minar
    From Queen Ranunculae of the Iridescent Kingdom


    We have heard a most disturbing rumor concerning a conflict between your nation and our direct neighbor.

    While it is standard policy in the Iridescent Kingdom to avoid political entanglements with Dwarven nations, I believe a change in our political stance is absolutely necessary in this scenario.

    Having lived through the War and its immediate aftermath, I have come to understand that conflicts and violence only begets more violence, and that such a path leads, invariably, to ruin and suffering for all involved.

    I believe that conflict is not in the nature of any people on this world, and that everyone is ultimately strong and sound in heart. No man should wish to leave their home, lover, and life to seek meaningless death on the field. No woman should ever have to go through their daily lives in times of war, not knowing if their loved ones will ever return. All my life, I have worked towards the prospect of an honorable and faithful peace among all people. This is why I address this message towards you.

    Any grievances and complaints you may have against the Republic of Arasme and its people should, and must be solved at the diplomatic table, not through any force of arms. We strongly urge your nation to begin seeking mutual reconciliation with your neighbors. The only alternative to a peaceful resolution is tragedy.

    .....................

    Rumors come from the Iridescent Kingdom of a sudden and rapid mobilization of guardsman, ordered by the Dauntless General and the Potentate.
     
  4. thomas.berubeg

    thomas.berubeg Wandering the World

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    Joining as Usguthundar, The promised land for the oppressed.
     
  5. NinjaCow64

    NinjaCow64 The Continuation of the Dream Supporter

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  6. NinjaCow64

    NinjaCow64 The Continuation of the Dream Supporter

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    Orders lock extended by 24 hours because roughly half of you have yet to send orders or respond to my PMs/chat nagging. Come on people.
     
  7. Zappericus

    Zappericus Euro scumbag

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    My brother and I are writing our orders now, but with me having full shifts and him having a two-year old son to take care of they may come in a bit late. Apologies in advance!
     
  8. jackelgull

    jackelgull An aberration of nature

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    Well, I was going to write rp about refugees being tricked/ forced into slave like mining contracts, and mass mobilization of the clans being called under the Draft Act of 1820, and the churches calling the war against the Free Cities a Holy War, but there isn't enough time now.

    President Fir of the Dwarven Republic of Jeromac invokes the Draft Act of 1820 calling for 30,000 volunteers, while Congress authorizes the use of force and a 90 day policing action to eliminate anarchy in the Free Cities and restore legitimate law and government.

    For all intents and purposes the Republic is at war with the Free Cities.
     
  9. christos200

    christos200 Never tell me the odds

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    Bai Qi, Heavenly Emperor of the Kingdom of Cai, was in his office reading economic reports about the funding allocated to the construction of new buildings when an eunuch walked in the room, bowed before him and said, "Crown Prince Jiang Wei requests your Imperial Majesty for an audience!"

    "Let him in!", Bai Qi commanded. Immediately, Jiang Wei walked in the room and kowtowed before his father.

    "Your Imperial Majesty, what is the reason you summoned me?", Jiang Wei asked.

    "You are the Crown Prince of Cai. As such, you have to prove yourself. You cannot spend all day drinking with your concubines!"

    With an awkward smile on his face, Jiang Wei replied, "Yes, your Imperial Majesty. I will do my best not to disappoint you."

    "I hope so! I have a task for you. I want you to oversee the reorganization of our armed forces. This long period of stability and peace has led to the demilitarization of our Kingdom. I myself am to blame for this, as I followed a peaceful policy and did not pursue the expansion of our military forces. Yesterday, I had a dream. My Imperial Ancestor, the Illustrious Kangxi Emperor, visited me and told me that the Kingdom would fall if we do not reorganize and expand our military forces. I would have given this task to someone more experienced but I decided to assign it to you so that I can test you. You must prove yourself worthy of your title of Crown Prince. Otherwise you will be a terrible Emperor who will bring disaster to the Kingdom."

    "I will do ask you ask, your Imperial Majesty! I will not fail you!"

    "Good. In your task, you shall be assisted by General Guo Jing. He will be the nominal commander of the army while you will be his overseer."
     
  10. Tolina

    Tolina trust the pillars with your s e c r e t s

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    WAR UPDATE 1827-1830

    Welcome to..the war update! It's idea is to give players an idea of the wars that happened, especially in a PC v. PC context. It also gives them time to react. If a certain event also relates to war and requires more elaboration, it'll be also covered in this update. PC v. NPC wars will be covered with headlines.

    Alright, but this doesn't end here. Those of you who haven't send any orders, have the next 48 hours to send in orders (and, in the future, to send in armies to react towards conflicts), which however cannot declare any wars, although unit recruitment is allowed.
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    12th Icethaw, 1830
    Irie Tori

    [TAB]Just as the headline says, a civil war has began in Merovech. The source of it is, of course, natural - the obvious inferiority of the elective system. Odd, considering they picked it on their own. Regardless. Merovech's situation is that of a state that has a mixed racial breakdown, one that is also a recent situation, as well. Indeed, the adoption of this state of affairs is also an attempt to amend this. The election period for 1830 however proved this to be a flawed solution, as it turned out to be undone by an unfortunate circumstance. In Merovech, the city governor elections take place before the Presidential elections, which follow 3 months after them. It was a surprise victory for the Gnomish race within Merovech, as the governors of all major cities were Gnomes, including an incredibly close victory in the capital itself, Khol Badir. This however, turned out to be a short victory, as the Presidential elections saw a new candidate, Malgarn Dalmir, running a campaign against the so-so called "Gnomish element", and eventually, winning. Following a number of extremely controversial pieces of legislation, the one that broke the barely-existing patience was the attempt of Dalmir to limit heavily the authority of city governors and their say in the Ruling Council. In response, Panaxim and its citizens rose up, declaring the Free Republic of Panaxim, a movement that soon swallowed up Kogh Moldir, as well. In the capital, Dalmir ordered the execution of the democratically-elected Gnomish governor, and instituted a curfew for all Gnomish citizens under threat of death. It seems, the once peaceful land of Merovech, once an example of cooperation of two races, is swallowed up by war and in-fighting.



    19th Firstfall, 1829
    Irie Tori

    [TAB]And we're not talking about the peninsula. No, it is about the Union of Spellcasters, a curious place with an even more curious history. Its capital lies on the isle of Eudamon, and it is one giant student town (ewh!), encompassing nearly the entire isle. Using their influence as spellcasters, they've expanded into the cities of Elfkeep and Elfhaven, the former to keep them safe from the rapacious Orcs living in Usguthundar, who are clearly going to kill them in their sleep, while the latter was intended as a giant farmland, employing the people who "fail" their exams or are unworthy of being admissioned into the University. Furthermore, while it claims to be a democracy, it actually allows only alumni of the University to vote, while the rest of the populace is disenfranchised. This, of course, means that the people on the mainland can't actually choose their governors. It's an untenable situation at best, but in 1828, it got worse. A dreadful harvest left many in Elfkeep and Elfhaven in a bad situation, which got far worse, when the Thurandil authorities seized all food, sometimes by force, sometimes not. This caused a very severe crisis of trust, and the estimates of people killed by starvation are yet unknown - however, they are without a doubt in the thousands. Naturally, the cold reaction in the mainlanders, who already desired more from Thurandil. Following the winter of 1828-9, which was harsher than normal, a series of protests and civil disobedience erupted through the two cities. The response was swift - and brutal, as it tends in such cases. Troops were sent, without getting any actual reports back. It was all cleared up in Newleaf 1829, when an official declaration by the Free States of the Wizard's Cap, one rejecting the authority of the past government and choosing a new one, lead by Egninn Menoll, a human. Due to the nature of the region, the battle is mostly delegated to the naval theatre, where both nations struggle in a desperate fight for domination. On the diplomatic front, both nations are seeking whatever help from whomever - there's rumours that both nations have contacted unsavoury parties that they used to despise in the past..But that's just rumours.



    17th Sunjoy, 1829
    Irie Tori

    [TAB]Yet another bloody headline from Malthel - the two Ibaiaras have gotten in a bloody scuffle once more. The Southern Ibaiaras, already born out of hatred towards humans, as well as a secession movement (only a republic would allow such things…), had always patiently waited for a moment to strike at their hated enemies. And, on the eve of the 1828 Lord-Mayor elections, that time came in Old Ibaiaras. A contentious campaign, ran by Aingeru Gorka, who desired to enact discriminatory policies against Humans, in image of the those in Southern Ibaiaras. The incumbent Lord-Mayor, Zuzen Zorion the Wise, however, easily won re-elections, which made Aingeru Gorka to cry that he was foiled due to a "Human bias" and extensive rigging done by Zuzen's campaign. What can I say, democracies seem to birth only and only raging demagogues. Unfortunately, at least, for the citizens of Old Ibaiara, Aingeru had friends amongst the military, who succeeded to overwhelm the Loyalist forces despite their smaller numbers. Following that, he called out to his friends within Southern Ibaiaras, who immediately sent their best armies to his support him. Now the South controls Old Ibairas, with Lord-Mayor Aingeru Gorka as their puppet. This, of course, angered the North, resulting in a massive call to arms to all citizens to grab their weapons and fight the rapacious and evil invaders. Today, the initiative seems to be in the hands of the Southern Ibaiaras, but they face trouble in the far more dense jungles, and so far, the battles have been limited to minor skirmishes.



    15th Lifespring, 1830
    Irie Tori

    [TAB]Some happy news. As you know, a severe crisis was threatening the peace in southwestern Thel. Caused by, believe it or not, a nosey bureaucrat who found old letters, it had nearly caused a bloody conflict. The crux of it lies in the nature of the three nations involved within it - the Iridescent Kingdom, the Republic of Arasme, and, of course, the United Clans of Minar. Of course, there's a dispute as to whom is the real aggressor - is it the Republic or the United Clans that lie to blame? I would say that the truth lies somewhere behind the scenes, or the Iridescent Kingdom. I hope that no one is fooled by their decadent facade as they're shrewd and would not stop before anything to assert their dominance further. In this case, however, nobody died, as it turned into a standoff outside Volruhm, between the two armies - the united forces of the Iridescent Kingdom and the Republic, led by Aegis, the heir himself, and the United Clans. The latter, seeing that numbers are against them, retreated back. An apocryphal, and quite unconfirmed tale says that Arasme herself, seeing that, cried into the feet of Aegis and begged that the Iridescent Kingdom protects them from enemies in the future and that she would swear fealty to the Kingdom. More objectively, however, it seems that the foreign policy of the Republic has become very passive, limiting itself to merely agreeing to what the Kingdom says. The jury is still out as to whether they are an independent nation or became a sphereling of the Iridescent fools.



    "This was is ordained by Òrdirkôn himself. Let He accept those who fall in battle against our enemies." ~Bërûl Duradegståk, commander of the invading forces, reportedly said



    "Remember Ayeld's Hills, remember and never forget." ~Third of Wide Hill, leader of the advance against Yuanmos, supposedly said by him before he went into battle.



    "Officials from both sides - the Alissanian Confederacy and the Ragnos Empire alike - deny that any such incidents happened."



    "In the interests of peace in the region, and in the interests of national security, law and order must be restored in the region" ~Kandros Fir, to several Jeromac newspapers.
     
  11. NinjaCow64

    NinjaCow64 The Continuation of the Dream Supporter

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    ~48 hours until main lock

    For those wondering what you can do in this phase:

    -Those who have not sent orders may send orders, but they will not be able to perform any aggressive actions.
    -Those who have not sent orders in but were attacked will be automated. Thankfully, that happened to no one this turn.
    -Those who have sent orders may intervene in an existing conflict if a) they have a good reason to do so (as judged by the GMs) and b) publicly announce their intent to intervene. They may spend any resources that they banked this turn and may take out loans. They may also reassign any armies that weren't otherwise engaged to intervene. Armies that were put on defence can be mobilised and sent elsewhere.
    -Those who were attacked may spend remaining resources/reassign armies/take out loans like players intervening in a conflict.
    -For fairness sake, NPCs will never take advantage of these rules and will spend their resources before the war lock.

    I find it unlikely that anything like this will happen this turn due to the nature of the current conflicts, but it is likely that these rules may play a part in later turns. Hopefully that wasn't too confusing. :p
     
  12. Double A

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    for future reference, does "I'm a greedy opportunist" count as good reason?
     
  13. NinjaCow64

    NinjaCow64 The Continuation of the Dream Supporter

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    Not really, the war phase is more for defensive actions (honouring defensive alliances/implied defensive alliances/protecting your sphere) rather than opportunism.
     
  14. Double A

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    what a bizarre sentiment
     
  15. Omega124

    Omega124 Challenging Fate

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    Right, so sorry about being the jerkbutt who wrote about the nesseccity of a living world, the philosophy in which this game is being run with, and then never doing any of the player-based RP I said was nessecary over it. I feel really bad because I really love this game and I want, oh sweet Lucina I want to do RP for this game, but I'm just too... sad to put anything on paper.

    That being said I'm feeling better now that I am at college, but the issue remains, I didn't write any of the ideas that I had on paper into this thread. Now, I could just have done all the ideas that I had this turn, next turn. However, I intentionally handicapped myself in an important way in my orders to reflect a debate that was supposed to have started this turn, and then resolved the next upcoming turn. I don't really know how I could possibly do all of that, without either handicapping my development for two turns, or if I just skipped the intro of my plotline, or if there was a third option.

    I kind of realized there was. I could just do the sparknotes version of what I would have wanted to do this turn, in public because all RP would be public, and then I could just pick up the end of it next turn. If the update takes too long, I can even use these notes and just write out what I would have done while the update is in process, but if that doesn't happen, at least you'll know what the hell is going on when I talk about characters that I did not introduce.

    Post 1:

    *Start off in a dream sequence of a nameless battle between Kurosian forces in the Old Thel army, fighting against a contingent of Coalition forces, focusing on the exploits of one particular female helf as the Kurosians are annihalted after full elves order them into a suicidal charge into artillery fire.
    *The Helf would have been revealed to be Queen Leitte, who was having a "flashback" (despite not even being alive at the time) to the war. She wakes up in the dead middle of the night, sweating. These dreams are established to be recurring and very vivid.
    *Brief timeskip to the next morning, when an Ayananian noble visits Lycou, half insulting New Thel and half trying to make sure they realize the mutual threat they face of the rising influence of Creta
    *Princess Malende is in no way amused by the demenour of the visting noble, and expresses her disdain for the noble.

    Post 2

    * In the human city of Takubi, a helf, Ferlan, is trying to teach magic to humans and helfs. Despite his best intentions, most of the class is helfs, with very few humans in the mix.
    * After the class is let out, Ferlan takes a stroll through the city, decipting it as a place where the two races tend to intermingle as if nothing is wrong. Full-blooded humans are established to be Asian in apperance, and the more numerous helfs are a biracial mix of white and asian.
    * Taking a wrong turn, a masked thief takes Ferlan's wallet and runs off. The helf tries to use magic, but the slowly industralizing sector that he is in is actually preventing him from casting anything meaningful
    * A human woman, however, pulls out what could be best described as a sawed-off blunderbuss and blasts the thief. He drops the wallet, but is able to run off unapprehended.
    * The woman introduced herself as Yuki and returns the wallet. Ferlan blushes, which causes Yuki to blush as well, before promptly excusing herself. Ferlan vows to find her again, obviously lovestruck

    Post 3:

    * Perspective shifts to Yuki, where part of her backstory is established. She's an small, physically frail adventurer who, like most humans in New Thel, can't use magic. However, the introduction of firearms into New Thel made her into quite the famous gunslinger, and she is starting to use the funds from adventuring to establish a gun factory to help arm more humans
    *She's currently in Lycou, about to meet with the Queen to argue why New Thel should embrace industrialism and equip the army with guns
    * As she enters the throne room, she sees a familar face: Ferlan.
    * Ferlan is the represenative of the Mage's Guild of Lycou, and he's here to plead the case why New Thel should re-embrace the ways of Thelian magic.
    * Obviously, the two start debating their respective causes. Yuki argues on the ground of egalitarianism, how anyone can use a gun, especially non-magus individuals. Since equality is supposed to be one of the four virtues of New Thel, it makes no sense to embrace magic when not everyone has acess to it.
    * Ferlan counters that they signed a covenant with Ishrama, and part of that convenant is Her gift of mana. He sincerely believes anyone can be taught magic if more research is put into it; Old Thel was simply interested in making sure to keep elves on the top of the heirarchy, and locked most humans' capabilities of learning magic. Surely Ishrama Herself wouldn't preach for equality and then make some better than others! But turning their back on mana means that Ishrama might be personally offended, and that it might destroy the covenant that New Thel is built upon
    * Meanwhile, the Queen is visibly stressed out (basically this bickering of tech vs magic is triggering her flashbacks), and she promptly dismisses the pair before going back to her chambers.
    * Outside, Ferlan and Yuki wordlessly stare at each other, before walking (literal and metaphorical) differnt paths. Before opening the door, Yuki turns around, to see that Ferlan is also doing the same.

    Post 4:

    * This would be a mini rp, and would be in the form of a letter addressed by an "Admiral Ruta" to the Queen, about why New Thel needs to send an expedition to Nalore. Despite the risks back home, an expedition to Nalore means that they could salvage priceless artifacts from Old Thel, which, magic aside, be great at establishing a continuity between the Old and New Thel. For example, what if she was coronated with the Eternal Empress's crown, or was able to hold her sceptre? Not to mention, the works of art like sculptures, paintings, and jewelry that could be recovered and displayed in museums

    And that's basically it. Ferlan and Yuki aren't "characters" in the game sense, nor will I likely ever make them such, but both of them will represent the pull of magic and technology, respectively. Ruta is my turn one character generated, however. You can probably guess where she's going.
     
  16. Shirogane

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    1828, 11th of Sunjoy
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    President Tamberlaine sat idly upon his comfortable presidential seat overlooking the hall and its present members. About the hall to the left sat members of congress, including vital administrative staff and the confederacy's key regional governors. To the right sat representatives from the empire of Abendresland, clad in their iconic black and red militant attires and latest fashions among the aristocracy in the empire. While seemingly very dull-looking, the Abendreslanders were no fools.

    This was part of their culture after all: Uniform, strictness and a sense of no-nonsense, no-waste mentality reigned sovereign over their lives. In comparison, the Helvanes seemed like overly coloured clowns, what with their brightly coloured cloth and unrestrained need for speaking their mind, as freedom of speech dictates, ironically.

    One could rightfully argue that the Helvanes and Abendreslanders were clear opposites. One side crying out one's right to freedom, voice and individuality, the other being all about order, community and chain-of-command. It was an odd mixture, but their history with one another and allowed them to get along. It might also be due to their common hatred towards non-humans. But such is not to be spoken of, clearly.

    "Mr. Findley, if you'd please." Tamberlaine persisted. Congressman Michael Findley, relatively famed industrialist mogul and man of the people, rose and took to the podium dead-center of the conference hall. He cleared his throat and went one final time over his papers before addressing the room.

    "Gentlemen, these are indeed times of peace for our sovereign nations. Never before have we experienced such growth and prosperity, both in the civil and military sectors - and our relationship with one another truly prove that friendship and unity brings nothing but the best of us."

    Responded by standing applause and cheers, Findley raised his hands to calm the gathering and continued his speech:

    "However,"

    "While we are to be thankful for our plenty, and our freedoms; We must not forget that our brethren in Abendresland have a nation of dwarves bordering their eastern provinces. As you all know, dwarves are an unpredictable and unsavory sort, aggressive and selfish by nature. We must be wary, and remain vigil of their potential evils. After all, dwarves know nothing of freedom and cling violently to both greed and loathing."

    "We must also seek a conclusion to what we should do regarding the barbaric nation to the south. One that, whilst human, are still bound to old and savage traditions, including traditions which involve piracy. Admittedly, this is the reasoning behind both our confederacy's increased military growth, and that of the empire. And we should not be afraid to set an example, should the need arise, gentlemen."

    Findley stepped down from the podium in showering applause and praise before the conference degenerated into the standard small talk between one another. From his seat, Tamberlaine simply nodded with his arms crossed. These "Skagars" were a worrisome sort that posed a potential clear and present threat to the well being of his people, and that of his ally in the north. He'd have to address it shortly, before his fears became a reality.
     
  17. Tolina

    Tolina trust the pillars with your s e c r e t s

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    ORDERS LOCKED!

    Those who haven't sent in orders and/or haven't given a reason to be automated will be given Shame Points.

    Points given:

    -None! Great job, keep it up everyone.
     
  18. Angst

    Angst Rambling and inconsistent

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    Hmmmmmmm. Smells like the 100% voting percentage in DR Congo et al, doesn't it?

    Although srsly it shows the excitement shared by everyone. Really looking forward to the update!

    Oh and I don't actually recall the current state of DR Congo. Just associated it with the Zaire regime which probably did this stuff. You may bash me for being a dirty ignorant
     
  19. Tolina

    Tolina trust the pillars with your s e c r e t s

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    I'm more "Old Testament God" and less "brutal African dictatorship" when it comes to punishing players, so take it as you will :p
     
  20. christos200

    christos200 Never tell me the odds

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    Tablet of the World Order​


     

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