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  2. It has been a few days since the Christchurch terror attack— the first of its kind in New Zealand’s modern history. This tragedy in my city affected me in a way that I could never have expected, and cannot hope to explain. However, it did prompt me to consider what is truly important in life, and what is worth investing emotional energy in. As much as I enjoy roleplay as a hobby, it did not make the cut over continuing with my degree and spending time with my friends and whānau. In a world with such immense hatred and cruelty, it is communities and hobbies like this that have the potential to be sparks of light in the darkness. At its heart, LotC (and other MCRP communities like it) are supposed to be about collaborative literature. Creating a character, watching them grow, and creating stories with one another. It is supposed to be fun. I have some advice for LotC which I hope will help people to gain some true enjoyment from this medium, when in recent times they may have lost sight of what it’s truly supposed to be about. One: Take a step back Disentangle yourself from the feelings and experiences of your character. Our characters go through strife and hardship every day, whether that is through losing their belongings, arguing with a friend, making an enemy, or even dying. Just because your character experiences those things, does not mean it has to personally affect you. Take a breath, consider what is actually important, and try to realise that in a game, and in roleplay, everything is salvageable. It may take a little time, but items can be recovered, new characters can be made, and relationships can mend. Two: Identify what you want What are you seeking to get out of your time on LotC? What are your goals? Take a moment to think about what you truly desire from this medium, so that everything you do can be to work towards it. Some people often lose track of why they joined LotC in the first place, which lessens their enjoyment over time even if they don’t recognise it at first. If your goal and incentive for playing on this server is to gain notoriety, or create strife between individuals and groups, then you may need to rethink your motives and find something that will be beneficial not only to yourself, but to the people around you. Believe me, being friendly and trying to help others is far more rewarding in the long run than trying to beat your enemies or tear other people down. Three: Meme responsibly “It’s just a meme, don’t take it so personally” is no longer a valid excuse. Posting a derogatory meme opens you up for criticism, and you should either be prepared for that criticism and disapproval, or keep that sort of thing to yourself. In a medium that is about roleplay and having fun, there shouldn’t be any need for those kinds of jokes in the first place, however I recognise that it is considered humour to some people. No matter who you are, consider if what you’re posting is relevant, necessary, and kind. If it isn’t, but you decide to post it anyway, you forfeit the right to complain when other people call you out for having poor taste. Four: Roleplay! Yes, that is what LotC was designed for! First of all, you should find your niche. What do you enjoy playing? What do you find interesting? For me, it was healing. For you, it could be any number of things, and with the huge diversity that LotC has to offer in terms of play styles and roleplay niches, you can almost certainly find what you are looking for. If not, create it yourself! Your character doesn’t have to last forever, and every interaction doesn’t have to hugely impact on their development and story. However, you should endeavour to give them some kind of goal, or calling, that means you are moving forward with momentum. If you want to get better at roleplay, I have three tips. 1) Roleplay with good roleplayers. Learn from them, take them as role models, adopt a similar emote style to them and then gradually evolve into your own. 2) Read! This a fantasy medium, as are most other MCRP settings, therefore reading fantasy authors can really help you to capture the essence of a character. Books can expand your vocabulary (keep a list of interesting words you come across, to use later). My recommendations are: The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas Inkheart by Cornelia Funke A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling The Wildkin’s Curse by Kate Forsyth Master of the Grove by Victor Kelleher 3) Write, whenever you are able. Make journal entries from the perspective of your character, write short, creative writing pieces about them. Even writing fanfiction about your favourite book series can help, because it will get you in the practice of writing in a way that enables the reader to visualise a scene. Being a good roleplayer isn’t about winning, or even about having the longest, most detailed emotes. It’s about crafting a character that others enjoy roleplaying with, who interacts with the environment in a way that is fluid. Let others impact you, and allow your character to impact others. Five: Humanise the opposition On LotC, communities and individuals go head to head all the time. When it is kept entirely to roleplay, these conflicts and tousles can be enjoyable— a little competition never hurts. But what I have found increasingly obvious is that roleplay conflicts almost never remain in RP. If you find yourself getting into toxic opposition with someone, firstly, take a step back. And if you want to resolve something, take it to voice. This can be moderated by staff if need be, but actually talking to someone and hearing their voice as opposed to seeing words on a screen helps you to understand that it is a real person who you are speaking to with real experiences, problems, and history. This is a game, and we are here to have fun. Get into a channel and talk it out, and if it’s still irresolvable after that, stay away from one another or take it to staff. I now have a few messages that I would like to share. To Aegrothond— We've created something beautiful, building an entire community from the ground up. Continue being kind to one another, and don't lose sight of the reason why Aegrothond was created: so that people could have a warm, welcoming environment to roleplay in without harassment or baggage. Don't let go of that, no matter how large the community grows. To the Institute of Healing— Thank you for your patience and perseverance. The amount of people who wanted to come and learn how to do healing roleplay astounded me, and I am so pleased with the progress of each and every one of you. With around 30 acolytes and 3 teachers, I hope that most of your characters will choose to continue learning, and some of them will go on to become teachers themselves. The curriculum has been written down and will remain with the current teachers, but I also hope to be posting some of the material I’ve been sitting on over the next couple of weeks. To Fenn, Agnarum, Vira’ker and Brandybrook— It’s been so much fun roleplaying with you guys, you all have great communities which I hope will continue to grow. I continue to be impressed by how different each group is, but how everything works together so perfectly. To the Staff and Administration— Thank you for volunteering your time to keep this server up and running. I know that, for many people, this is a place they call home, where they have made real friendships. This community should be one that has zero tolerance for hatred, bigotry, or bullying, and I hope that through staff reforms and continuing care, you can begin to return LotC to a place where roleplay is considered paramount. Kia Kaha, Kia Maia, Kia Manawanui.
  3. Sporadic

    'click for more...' bug

    thank you for your report i will fix it
  4. Chef891

    The Sylric Bloodline

    The Sylric Bloodline “Bilok, taelu, evar.” (To make, to learn, to protect.) https://i.imgur.com/9rrrQre.png Sylricean Coat of Arms History: Attributes, Personality & Culture Sylrics are known to be hardworking, determined and very focused at everything they do, whether that is being a soldier of the Ivae’fenn or taking up a role among the ranks of the Bilok’thuln. Thus, many would consider them more serious than other bloodlines, unlike the notably carefree Tathvirs. However when asked a question, Sylrics tend not to think too long or hard about an answer to it and tend to blurt out what comes to mind and leaving it at that, unlike the Annungilbens. They are known for being rather straightforward and to the point. Despite their often brash behaviors, Sylrics tend to be kind and respectful towards their kin. The Griffin, their sigil, perfectly reflects a Sylric’s state of mind: loyal, noble and determined. Professions & Specialities: Because of their industrious capabilities, the Sylrics are often seen lugging large quantities of raw materials to-and-fro around Tahu’lareh--the fruits of their labour. Thanks to this reputation, Sylrics often find themselves seated among the Grand Council filling the position of Head of the Bilok'thuln, also known as the Grand Exchequer. It is not uncommon to see a Sylric mining or working in general, providing the Princedom with all that is needed to thrive. Alongside this reputation of being hard workers, the Sylrics have a reputation for being good craftsmen and craftswomen, creative and otherwise progressive thinkers, and scholarly patrons; their expertise spanning a wide variety of professions. Physical Traits & Caracteristics: With all of their hard work, Sylrics tend to be muscular, with a strong, bulky, but well-built build to them. Known also for their great beauty, They tend to be the tallest among the Snow Elves and have grey to blue eyes. There have been rare occurences of emerald eyes as well as amethyst eyes. They typically have white to silver hair, but there have been some with blonde hair. Style of Combat: Because of their mighty physiques, they are often on the front lines during times of war. Their weapons of choice includes longswords, greataxes or a warhammer and a shield, though other types of weapons are also used. To stare down a Sylric upon the battlefield is no comforting feat, as their strong posture, large size, and choice of weaponry makes for an intimidating sight. Sylrics tend to wear heavier armor so that they can last longer on the front lines, much like most soldiers of the Ivae’fenn. When a siege is taking place, Sylrics are generally manning the siege engines, specializing in their craft and operation. Family Tree: https://www.familyecho.com/?p=ILKTR&c=9ul46u525g&f=935319104124893412 Ceremonies: Wryvun’ahern, the newborn ceremony. When a new Sylric is brought into the world a special Ceremony is held called, Wryvun’ahern, translating to Wryvun’s blessing. This ceremony celebrates the life that Wryvun will bless upon the child, whether it be a life dedicated to soldiering or to working hard. A feast is held accompanied by festive music and dancing. Bilok’ihnsil, the coming of age ceremony. When each and every Sylric reach the age of 30, a coming of age ceremony known as, Bilok’ihnsil, is held to prove that they can be truly called a Sylric. This ceremony is much different then Wryvun’ahern. Each child must venture outside of the walls of the Princedom and forge themselves their own personal weapon. They must gather all the materials themselves and by themselves alone. No help shall be offered to them. They must build their own forge and use what they gather to create a beautiful piece of weaponry, whether it be a greataxe, a warhammer, to even the smallest dagger. When they finish and feel that it is worthy of the Sylric name, they are to return to the Princedom and present it first to their father and then to the head of the Sylrics himself. Once their weapon is approved by both their father and the patriarch then a hunt is held to test the durability of the weapon. A feast is then followed provided by the spoils of the hunt. As the feast ends the patriarch approaches the child, presenting him the Sylric Insignia, to be branded on to their weapon as well as stitched onto their cloak. This is to mark that they are now a true Sylric. Politics: Throughout the Snow Elven years and all the conflicts they faced, the Sylrics have tended to be on the front lines of all major battles. Their thoughts on other Elves are complicated, as centuries of battle waged against them has hardened the opinions of some Sylrics against their Mali’mira cousins. A Sylric will marry out from other elven subraces but they try to stick more toward the Snow Elven culture. Be this as it may, they are generally a more accommodating people Notable Members: Ailduin Sylric - Founder of the Bilok’thuln, Patriarch of the Sylric Bloodline Velatha Sylric - Sister to Ailduin, Vanguard and Medic to the Ivae’fenn Rythel Sylric - Elder member to the Sylric household, skilled artisan, weaponsmith and member of the Bilok’thuln Airebys Sylric - Founder of the Fennic Institute of Higher Learning, Deputy Exchequer of the Bilok’thuln, esteemed scholar and Guardian to the Ivae’fenn Minapili Sylric - Cousin of Airebys Sylric, member of the Bilok’thuln and Guardian to the Ivae’fenn Alevaera Sylric - Little sister of Airebys, member of the Bilok’thuln Heirlooms: Gostatha - Great Sword of Ailthidon Lercuvanten - War Axe of Thandir I Hadhafang - War Hammer of Agis Daedheloth - Battle Axe of Amaranthea Other Facts: ((Anyone who wishes to join the Sylric Bloodline, contact Chef891, via the forums, in-game, or discord [Chef891#2923] ))
  5. DusRamon

    The Green Cloaks

    Name: Olbrecht von Denhardt. Race: Human Sub Race: Highlander IC Age: 19 IC Reason for applying: Olbrecht has met Zoot Grumblehill, and has the same motives and goals as to protect the people of Adria and beyond, hoping to ensure safety for all. OOC OOC Age: 15 Username: Zyhaveus Discord Tag: Zyhaveus#7841 Timezone: UTC +1, CET.
  6. D3F4LT

    The Death of the King of Mynebor

    Yer daddy was wit' Torkan ladde, a worshipper of k'orvad is an enemy of our religion an' yer dad was toget'a wit' 'im. Cease yer bullshoitery...
  7. Today
  8. Jenny_Bobbs

    [Magic Lore] -- Weirhency

    I like the detailedness of this, fair game. ( https://www.rollingstone.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/ayahuasca-what-is-the-drug-read-north-america-9ccd11d2-85ab-47f5-b905-751542f339aa.jpg?crop=900:600&width=440 )
  9. Thornz

    The Ambush of 1708

    Tmw u get shamefully slapped twice in a row so you resort to bragging about banning a player in retaliation to feel better about yourself. YiKeS
  10. | ZipZapMan |

    [✗] Ban Appeal

    Hey Dworfo! My main concern with your appeal here is that you have seemingly not put a whole lot of effort into it. While I am not expecting you to pour out your heart for us and beg forgiveness... The rushed job and the attitude of “I’ve served my time” & “I won’t make jokes ever” does not show to me that you have remorse for your actions that caused offense to certain players. That attitude for me also does not inspire confidence that you’ve thought on your actions and understand why what you said/did is not acceptable on LOTC and will not be repeated. Because of this, I’m going to move forward with denying this appeal and ask that you take a bit more time to think before submitting another appeal on 3/22/19.
  11. Fireheart

    [✓] [In-game Ban] gaurdman Appeal

    Player unbanned. Welcome back, please don’t break the server again 😞
  12. Fireheart

    appeal

    In reference to this post I would like a more detailed and insightful answer beyond what you provided @cakefool You have quite the lengthy history and I would like to know what is truly going to be changing beyond the same pattern of breaking server rules, being banned, apologizing, and repeating.
  13. -1 nO daRkStalKerZ?!?!?!?! reeEeeE
  14. Samoblivion

    From Ruination [FRP]

    The Fortress Libraries 1508 will do laaaaaaaaaater Points and Basic Stats: Population: 1,737,754 Humans Cities: The Bastion, Fort Vane Buildings: Merchant Guild, Temple, Shrine, School, Trading Company, Manufactory x 2, Farmland x 5 (+2%), Bog Silk Market Economy: 6 Education: 7 Size: 2 Military: 2 Mysticism: 4 Trade Partners: Blackmarrow, Knauledge, Ulyadar, Bulgar, Ischyros Army: 500 Librarian Knights (50 men per unit) 1000 Medium Infantry 1000 Light Infantry 3 Adepts Economy: Saved: 4000 Base: 3000 Econ Points: 6000 Pop: 4500 Trade: 5000 Merchant Guild: 3000 Manufactories: 2000 Bog Silk: 3000 --- Total Funds: 30,500 Actions: Blackmarrow Enclave [10,000] Tykirfell Enclave [10,000] Chapel of Knauledge Enclave [10,000] ^mechanically paying for the previously established enclaves due to new national idea. 500 saved.
  15. Tha_Mystery_Man

    The Breaking Brandybrook News!

    The halfling Thain approves of the Thain talk, as he believes he has brought to light the most pressing of halfling and weefolk issues... He then takes a look at some Gladewynn Gals after thinking about his thoughts on halfling shirtlessness
  16. Destroyer_Bravo

    [✓] warclaimin10 Ban Appeal

    Please try to be patient with players and moderators in the future, I’m unbanning you with the understanding that your attitude will improve.
  17. Bluee

    The Huntsmen

    Accepted. Contact Headmaster Bell (Talavok#3594) for further instructions.
  18. Straberri

    [Looking for] Builders

    I’d be more than interested to build for you :) my IGN is Straberri and my discord is Straberri#1278 if you’d like to contact me !
  19. Heero

    The Arranged Skirmish, St. Helena Rout cont.

    An onlooking peasant snaps his fingers to the memorable jingle whistled by the Seventh Sons
  20. Kanadensare

    Reaffirmation of Vassalage

    Ser Dominic signed the paper.
  21. Yesterday
  22. 723ctttt

    Player Report - Sheczar

    With that out of the way I would like to close this report.
  23. Skyrunner

    A Proclamation Of Naming

    Utaria Helenson-Anarion cheers her wife on before heading out to continue her patrols of the Whispering Isles.
  24. Cpt_Noobman

    -=Da Kirkja Dverga=- The Dwarven Clergy

    Accepted, I’ll be in contact shortly. Accepted
  25. chaosgamer

    [REQ] Edit Skin

    aight very well I have an edit ready for you, tell me what you think
  26. Europa

    The Evar'okarn

    Diplomat Application [OOC] Username: Europan Discord: Europan#5481 Timezone: EST Availability for RP Interview: Usually Sundays [RP] Name: Chrom’ilvya Atmorice Gender: Female Race/subrace/culture: Mali’fenn Place of residence: Atmorice Manor Prior relevant experience: A student of forms of government, international relations, and ornithology during her childhood. Possesses equestrian and traveling skills valuable during long term and far distance trips. Has learned advanced public speaking skills and can play the violin. Do you swear obedience to the Princedom of Fenn, and to the Grand Prince?: Always
  27. MangoArt

    Da Nazty Zkulkaz

    Accepted Accepted
  28. Callum1307

    [Moderation] Harold's Staff Application

    +1 Well formatted application and i think he would make a great addition ❤️
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