"Erm, sorry?" I wish I had remembered eating it though. It was difficult to convince him to make that cake after mom had disappeared and I was really hungry. Even now my mouth watered at the thought of biting into that sugary goodness, the frosting melting on my tongue, the tiny bits of carrot crunching and...A snap of fingers in my face brought me out of what had to be the perfect day dream. "Huh? What?"
My father raised an eyebrow at me and smirked, though ignored my attempts to wipe the drool from my lips. "I said I got the book you wanted." He put his hand behind my ear and with a flourish produced a small palm sized book. I may not be eight anymore, but I loved it when he performed magic tricks. I think he missed performing them on stage. He had had to stop when I was eleven because one of the disappearing tricks he performed with mom had worked too well. We still had no idea where she was. He still has the box she had been in when she vanished in the garage. One bad days, I can hear him puttering around with it.
I couldn't help the little squeal of excitement. Finally I had it! I reached out to take it and he yanked it high out of reach. Narrowing my eyes at him, I proceeded to jump to reach it. Of course he raised it even higher. Narrowing my eyes, I wiggled my fingers at him. He narrowed his back but kept the book out of reach. Looking over his shoulder I gasped, "Is that a UFO?" With a look of confusion on his face I attacked, the tickle monster in full effect. After quite a little tussle, we both ended up on the floor laughing as I held my newly acquired book high in triumph. "Finally! Pirates: Where did they all go? is all mine!"
@Shy_Not_Fly ah, thanks for the explanation! I can see why that would be a favorite holiday for someone lol
Forreal tho, enjoying soaps is very different to liking them in my book :P
Haris: This is true.
Maya: Do you enjoy them?
Maya: Oh. looks slightly saddened
Aden: I don't actually like dogs.
Aden: Yeah. It makes people a little upset to know. :/
Reyhan: I kinda like traditions, actually; it's a connection to your past and your family's past. Sure, some of them are bad, but as long as we hold onto the positive ones...
Lillian: That's an interesting point. pauses I think holding onto the positive ones is a good idea, where you can do it.
Maggie: (snerks) We'll still have the Christmas ads in October, though.
Q: What is the best part about your favourite holiday?
Maya: I get to be with my family all day! And make food with them! And eat it! ^_^
Haris: And then everyone complains for six hours about doing the dishes.
Maya: They... well, yeah, the kids do, but that's just what they do in general. >.>
Haris: My favorite part is probably seeing everyone else so happy.
Aden: My favorite holiday would have to be the Midnight Festival. I don't know the best part, exactly, but it's all a good deal of fun. Dancing and music and fireworks. It's definitely the liveliest holiday we celebrate.
Lilian: New Year is the only time we actually got time off, and my favorite part is definitely the dinner. I'm trying to convince Will that we need to go back for the New Year, just for the feast. nods My mother makes the best savory pies, too. So good. I can never make them the way she does.
Q: What do you think will be most challenging to write at the moment?
Fight scenes. Action scenes in general. I wrote Jo showing Seb how to sword fight this chapter and I had to do it with almost zero dialogue... It hurt. It physically hurts. >.>
Q: What are you most excited to write about at the moment?
The only easy part of life is Death.
That is the summary I have up for Chapter 11. Next chapter. That's all I can say for it right now, but I think it speaks for itself. >.>
Q: Do you have any ships or romance in your story? If not, which characters have your favorite (non-romantic) relationship?
That's a no-brainer. Jorry is life. I love them to bits. They infuriate me, but nonetheless. >.>
There are going to be more in upcoming Episodes too... Lena and Eldric should be interesting to write.
As far as non-romantic relationships go. I think... Jo and Seb have a really interesting connection building up this episode (hopefully is shows). Gabrielle and everyone is always interesting too. Heck, all of it is just my favorite part of writing. Makes up for the stupid action scenes.
Q: What's your favorite part of writing? The one that makes up for the stuff you really struggle with?
Aleck: "I didn't find anything that says people call making grass whistles 'grass blowing' so I guess that isn't a thing, then." He puts his phone away "And no. I would die. Anxiety would kill me." :|
Jo: "Doesn't it already do that anyway?"
Aleck: "Anxiety would kill me faster." >.>
Michael: nods I understand that. Also, are grass whistles a real thing? I've never actually seen anyone do it. :/
Jenna: Considering it was the Ionian Islands in the middle of summer and Mum had warned him before we went out... he probably should've known better. Maybe he thought years of Army service made him immune?
I'm assuming they still have long-sleeved uniforms in the future, so that's actually kinda fair lol
The fact that sounds plausible makes me lowkey sad. I'm sure your commissions were wonderful, Rus.
Michael: Can vouch for that. raises hand
Bless every writer who works on commission, tho, srsly x3
Izzy: (looks away) I haven't decided yet.
What things are you trying to decide between?
Q: Which of your talents would you say you're most proud of?
Rus: I can draw pretty well.
Nelly: I dunno :/
Benito: You speak like five languages.
Nelly: That's true.
Benito: You're very good at communicating with people, too.
Nelly: Not that great, but true.
Michael: I'm very talented at staying organized when everything is falling apart. nods
Benito: under breath are you? :/
Michael: I am. >.>
Q: How are you with finding positives in yourself?
Nelly: I'm not that great, but it's okay because Benito has a list in case I admit that out loud.
Benito: You have a lot. shrugs
Michael: I'm fine, I guess?
Rus: It depends on the day. Most days, not that good at it, but some days, really good at it. Today? Really good at it.
Benito: I like to think I have a balanced view of myself, in terms of seeing my negatives and positives.
Q: What are you most excited to write?
Well, considering I actually made progress on the first chapter of Iridescent today, I'm going to say, "as much of the story as I possibly can." I guess if you want me to be more specific on scenes (and just to pad this out a bit xD) I reeeeeally can't wait to write the last chapter/scene in the book, because I actually have plans for what happens then.
scurries off to hit my daily word-count
Q: What do you think will be most challenging to write at the moment?
fake fake news. Everyone knows that...gah, who am I kidding? How can I argue with your infallibly-well-reasoned friend?
Reading that reminded me of my friend's series, even though the era (it takes place over a loooong time) doesn't start until after medieval-era if I remember correctly. But yeah, essentially the setting is/was "Everything sucks. A lot. I mean it." Point being, I feel like you'd get along in that regard xD
i love it XD
I have read part of the wikipedia on this theory and it seems p interesting, actually. 10/10 would research again.
As for the latter, if you live in the mountain regions of the Southern kingdoms, you'll find that music has a more integral meaning to society. Traditionally, if one is lost high up, you can tell how far away you are from the nearest settlement (and which settlement it is) by the music they play. In the past, much in the way Britain established a curfew on lights during the Blitz to deterr/confuse night-flying bombers, mountain settlements would stop playing music in times of war/feud and hope any attackers got lost enough to either freeze to death or turn around and go back the way they came. If they could.
tfw you get lost in the mountains but the neighboring settlements are at war so you can't find anywhere to go
After going over previous posts regarding the three kingdoms, I had to laugh at myself because there were a couple of moments where I forgot while reading that North =/= Mountain kingdoms and South =/= Desert
that's such a mood lol
Q: Are there any notable events that occur once every so often in your world?
Occasionally (idk how often), you'll get two full moons or three moons in the sky at once. The three moons would be incredibly rare, and a huge deal. There would probably be huge celebrations, and each would likely be an omen. (I'd say full moons = good omen and three moons could go either way, depending on what's happening in the world.)
There is a volcanic mountain range North the Channel, but most of the volcanoes are dead (or... inactive, at least. Very few are actually extinct). The Othorns/Provincials (they share small portions of the range) know very well which of these are dead and which are active, and if a dead one goes off, it's an omen of bad things to come. How bad depends on how long it's been since the last time the volcano in question erupted. And if they keep accurate records on anything, it's the volcanoes.
I know it's somewhere around, I think on paper somewhere, but p sure there's a particular volcano that erupts so rarely it'd be an omen of a new dynasty to come. I think it was a volcano. It erupts early in Adrinne's reign and it's a huge deal.
They divide their calendar into separate millennium, so at the start of each new one they'd probably have massive celebrations. Possibly every century, as well. I... don't know why? hm. :/
Now that I'm sitting here, I'll bet you they have a lot of celebrations that aren't annual but are regular. Because these fools love their holidays. Tbf tho, their week is only 5 days long, and they don't really have days off or weekends like we do :P
There's not really any in D&D that come to mind, but literally the only areas with significant worldbuilding are the ones directly related to the plot or characters >.>
alrighty. gonna finally sit down and post here. >.>
Q: Do you like spooky stories? Do you have any that you're willing to share?
Magnus: We had Lescus, growing up. He was the bastard child of Tydas and Frouk and haunted the woods. He followed children and if they were out alone past dark, he ate them.
Ana: Not very spooky.
Magnus: I can't tell it the way Sigmund did. >.>
Fisk: Anything involving a mally is usually bad.
Ana: Sure, but not always spooky.
Magnus: Then what do you consider spooky?
Adrinne: They say Her Lady Martha's spirit still haunts the old summer palace, up near Sabia.
Ana: raises brow
Fisk: Does it?
Adrinne: I've never been. It's certain the woman wouldn't have been allowed near the Juleo. After she was left to wander, her spirit remained near the summer palace, since it's where the ashes were scattered. At first, nothing suspicious happened, but after her granddaughter died, life there was more... uncertain. Any women that went into labor at the palace had still births, and the gardens didn't grow anything except weeds. It's the spot that the Riots of 704 started. Also, candles don't light on the palace grounds.
Ana: She's still there, even though there's no one to torture?
Adrinne: I don't know. The family version is she follows us to anywhere we go, but she's most powerful at the old summer palace, so we don't go there. frowns Ulso knows we have bad luck.
Fisk: Could be the mally, yea. I'm pretty sure when my father dies, that's what he's going to spend his time doing. :|
Magnus: What, not travel straight to Ulso?
Fisk: I hope he does. Make my life easier than dealing with his mally. >.>
@Shy_Not_Fly Fallon can join the club of people waiting to murder Hannah XD
Also I never knew smarties had a name. Learned something today. Also, they're definitely not good enough to trade a sibling for. Raise your standards of candy, Jake. :P
I'm still struggling to get to grips with it (ahahahahahaha, bow before my terrible pun), but I was able to eat sushi with them the first time I tried. Getting the posture right's a bit funny lol
all puns are good puns. And I've heard that holding your fingers lower might help, but I haven't had a pair of chopsticks recently to try my luck with that :P Mostly I just can't get the bottom one to stay still :P
waves hand lazily Give it like 30 years. It's a whole other story :P
Silver: You're considered safe if you cross the bridge without turning your back to the water; if you don't, then you're asking for it to reach out and spear you. It's also why you shouldn't linger on a bridge, even if you're waiting for someone to catch up, or set up camp near one. Fun fact, it's one of the many reasons all official bridges in our kingdom have walls. Fun fact two, it's also what we call traitors and...a certain type of criminal. (to Nomad) You know the ones.
Nomad: (nods) Over here, we just call them 'Dead'. (pause) Because that's what they are once the villagers are done with them.
Silver: (nods back, grim) At least 'buttstabbers' can be deterred by throwing salt, or so they say.
Fisk: Water's on both sides of you though? You can't not turn your back. How do you people cross bridges???
Magnus: They have walls.
Fisk: That doesn't sound like enough protection. :|
I definitely encourage you to try french fries and milkshake, just...seperately, first. xD
Ana: I see. I'll keep that in mind.
Dare I ask what awful things your brothers did?
Fisk: I don't know all the details on most of them because I was too young, but for the most part they just did something he didn't agree with. One of them married a widow without permission. Even though it was a good move, socially? I dunno. He's always gotten everything he's wanted, so he thinks he can control everything, I think. shrugs
At this point Fisk's just trying to stay on his good side until he dies so he's not removed from the will lol
Jake: I think we've well-established how I feel about swearing, you fucks.
Jenna: Yep. Swearing is rude, but some people don't give a damn. And some people have different definitions of swearing, which can become more complicated...And then there's the added social components...
Jake: Jen, you're tech-babbling again.
Jenna: (rolls eyes) Fuck off.
I'm proud of you guys. I was expecting much more swearing :D
Silver: (sighs) There's a time and a place. Usually it's in private when there's no chance of being overheard, because we can't have delicate ladies using such coarse language, can we?
Ana: rolls eyes It's idiotic.
Q: If you swear, what's your weapon of choice/favourite swear? If not, what's the closest you've gotten to using one?
Ana: "Go wand'ing" is the only one I can say without getting a snide comment on being a lady.
"Go wand'ing" = go to hell
Magnus: It's kind of inappropriate, but silverthorn.
Magnus: I called your brother it once; his face was hilarious.
Fisk: I bet he deserved it. :|
Magnus: This may be inappropriate of me, but... does he ever not?
Fisk: long pause No, you're right. That's fair.
Adrinne: I try not to swear. People pay more attention when you actually do. I don't really have a favorite, though. I just use whatever comes to mind first.
Before I start getting back into the WRAA routine, I'd like to quickly note that I've pretty radically changed the era in which this world is set in-story. Before, it was the mid-2030s. Now, it's the mid-2060s. Why, you may ask?
The answer is simple, my fellow Plotter: For The Aesthetic [tm]! And now, I've changed a few things, but I'll explain those when we get to those questions, I suppose. ^-^
Q: Is there anything in your world along the lines of crazy superstitions or weird popular beliefs?
I suppose there are some weird beliefs, though it would depend on your perspective (and whether you'd somehow missed over a century of alien sci-fi). Firstly, it's that the tremisians have been the 'grey aliens' that have been reported in supposed sightings since the decades/century before they revealed themselves. This may not seem that strange to humans familiar with the lore, as there's a passing resemblance between tremisians and the greys, but aside from that there's very little evidence to back this claim up.
An even weirder belief (distantly related to the Mandela effect?) is that tremisians are green. Fair enough, it's not exactly common to see them strolling down the high street, but images have been broadcasted worldwide that show evidence to the contrary. It's quite possible that this is because the images depict them in a desert on their homeplanet known to be covered in ashen-coloured sand, and the planet itself doesn't allow for much light to pass through to the surface. Further adding to the confusion is that tremisians are colour-blind.
In an inversion to this question, a feature of the tremisians often overlooked but possibly weird according to interpretation is the fact that there are religious tremisians. Due to their advanced civilisation and the fact they've combined cultures in a somewhat erasive way, humans have assumed they are the equivalent of the borg mixed with vulcans. They're not. In fact, in direct defiance of this stereotype, one of the most popular religions amongst tremisians is a nature-oriented group that (simplistically speaking) worships trees and rocks amongst other things, and reveres arretians (the other sapient alien race in the story) as beings more naturally (pardon the pun) attuned with the world.
I can't think of any more off the top of my head, so I'll leave it there :)
Q: Has there been a part of your worldbuilding that's changed drastically since the first drafts (eg. key aspects of races/factions, era in time, historical events of great significance, etc.)?
Aleck: "I'm not a very enthusiastic person."
Jo: "Mhm. You were nearly squeeing when Hazel said you could volunteer to feed newborn kittens."
Aleck: "Hey. Tiny kittens." >.>
Max: I understand that. nods
Jo: "Aleck somehow got a cougar to bond with him." Snort
Aleck: "You... Really? You really had to make that joke?"
Jo: "Yes." ^_^
Aleck: "You goddamn child."
Jo: "Come on, dork. It's funny."
Aleck: "It's not funny. And you don't even know if these people understand what a 'cougar' is in that connotation."
Jo: "Oh, well, let me educate those who are not in the know... A 'cougar' is what we call a woman of a certain age who takes an interest in men who are young enough to be her kid. And it so happens that one of our neighbors has taken an interest in my poor innocent little brother here."
Aleck: Mutters "Stop."
Jo: "Make me." :)
Li: That's gross.
Max: Do you have magic in your world? You could use it to turn her into an actual cougar.
Li: Or stab her.
Max: You can't do that, either way.
Li: I'll stab her if you want.
Max: He's not joking. Don't let him over. :|
What's that about a war, now?
TLDR is that there's a region with several factions, and a few of them decided to make a Union! except not all the factions were totally down with that and thus, war. :P
Jo: "How big was this bird? Because shooting a bird off a person sounds like a horrible way to accidentally murder a loved one."
Max: I remember it had really big wings.
Li: Imagine if she accidentally shot me.
Max: I'm sure she'd be terribly guilty.
Li: It would be interesting.
Max: She missed both of them though. Because she's a terrible shot.
Jo: "That's true, you can donate blood at the hospital and they store it there in case someone comes in and really needs it. I donate blood and platelets every other month."
Aleck: "Since when?"
Jo: "Since you got stabbed and needed a transfusion. And I had to sit there and wait for someone to give you blood because they didn't have it in storage and I couldn't do it myself."
Aleck: "Oh. I don't remember that part. I must've been too busy trying not to die and all."
Jo: "I remember. Vividly." :|
D: pats Jo
My reaction to that video was pretty much the exact same as Dan tbh
pats Aleck good luck and godspeed, dude
@Shy_Not_Fly17 I... would not be upset by that. :D
Nomad: To put it simply...No. We do, however, have bows. What's the difference?
Max: Uh... Well, guns are sometimes smaller, made of metal, and have bullets, which are generally about that big makes a size with her thumb and forefinger, and you put them inside the gun, and it uses a mechanism to fire. You can use them at close range and long range. I don't have one on me, otherwise I'd just show it to you.
*I haven't decided how, if at all, Silver comes into power at a young age. Right now that's the best I've got xD
Maybe she isn't young per se when she starts but her parents still don't teach her very well?
Q: What is an inevitability in your line of work?
Li: looks at Max Stabbing someone.
Max: facepalm When was the last time you actually stabbed someone?
Max: That's what I thought.
Li: Six months ago. Someone stole my chocolate so I shanked him. shrugs
Max: Oh. That's fair, I guess. pause I'm gonna say tripping.
Li: That's just an inevitability of being you.
Max: It is not >.>
Li: It is. :|
Max: Fine. Maybe. Umm...
Li: Sleeping on rocks?
Max: Actually, yes. Making people upset. Hm. Blood, sometimes.
Li: Hm. Could be worse. shrugs
Max: Probably, yeah.
At the point in the timeline I'm taking them to write these, Li is unemployed and Max is a mercenary :P
Q: How do you feel about taking on responsibilities?
Max: I like it. I like showing I can do things and do them well.
Li: I like some.
Max: Maybe if I ever got given a leadership position, that would be a little anxiety-causing.
Li: I wouldn't do that.
Max: I might. Depending on the circumstances. If it was dire or something, unless I was honestly the most qualified person, I might not agree, but if the circumstances aren't, then yeah, I'd try it.
Aleck: "You'll admit to watching MLP but you won't own up to Supernatural. I really don't get it."
Jo: "If you ever watched Supernatural, you'd get it." Snorts "I just like the names, though. And Lucifer is a pinchy asshole, so it's fitting."
The fuck's that supposed to mean, Jo? xD
Jo: "Ookay... What is this bonding thing? I'm curious."
Aleck: "You're not at all curious about where the hell these people came from? Just the bonding thing?"
Jo: Shrugs "It's whatever, dork."
Aleck: "You're also overlooking the fact this person says she is bonded to a snow leopard."
Jo: "Hey, I would be too if I could."
Nomad: Essentially, at this point in the creator's creative ahem 'process', she's decided that people in our world can become intimately connected, or 'bonded', to certain creatures during the course of our lifetimes. The strength of the connections can vary, but the general rule of thumb is that you only have one bonded companion at a time. Some people choose not to, or aren't able to. (gestures to his horse) My family tend to go with travelling companions, like this little bastard.
Horse Who Has No Name: (whinnies—translation: Fuck off :D)
Silver: Also, for obvious reasons they tend to be creatures native to your country. (scratches the snow leopard behind the ear) Mountain climates, mountain companions, for instance.
Aleck: Shakes head "I'm getting a kitten soon. So I'm excited about that."
Jo: "We're calling it Sir Fuzzington."
Aleck: "Yes, because you made that stupid name stick."
Silver: A dignified name for a kitten if I ever saw one (nods approvingly).
Max: The family dog bit me once. I was... eight? I almost died :'D
Silver: (horrified) Did it try to maul you to death!?
Nomad: I'm fairly certain she's exaggerating, Silv.
Silver: (glares) What kind of nickname is that supposed to be?
Nomad: (raises an eyebrow)
Silver: ... (deadpan) An underdeveloped one.
Nomad: (grins and gives her two thumbs up)
Li: I got scratched up by a bird once.
Max: half-laughing What'd you expect?
I smell a story behind this one...
Q: Would you be flattered or offended if someone named their pet after you?
Max: Usually people do it because you mean a lot to them and they want to honor you. Usually with their own children. pauses I would accept a pet named after me if it's not a demon spawn ^_^
Nomad: Interesting, usually we find naming companions after family and friends rather...well, it's something only done with the dead, and even then not often. It varies between cultures and peoples.
Silver: Hmm. Back home we consider it an omen on both individuals, so...no, definitely not. I would understand if one meant well, but we see it as insulting.
Jo: "That could be confusing. If you called your kid and the person is right there and they don't know who you're talking to."
Aleck: "Maybe a middle name or something like that. Still, I don't think I would."
Funnily enough, at college there used to be two Mohammeds who both went by their middle names. Thing is, both of them were Hassan, so there used to be a lot of confusion until one of them left.
Q: Did you ever meet someone with the same name as you?
Silver: How should we know? We don't even have real names.
Nomad: How about we search for characters who share our 'names'?
Silver: (sighs) Fine.
(two minutes later)
Silver: Long John Silver, Silver Surfer, (quizzical) Silver the Hedgehog?
Nomad: Nomad of Nowhere*, Nomad when 'Captain America' went by a different name...That appears to be it?
Silver: That was...(clicks on something related to Silver the Hedgehog) WHAT IN THE NAME OF ALL THINGS SACRED IS THIS?!
Nomad: (leans over) That, appears to be the Sonic fandom.
Silver: tHE WHAT!? (Nomad starts to answer) NO, DON'T BOTHER, THIS IS SINFUL, GET THIS OUT OF MY SIGHT AT ONCE!
Nomad: (wryly) If it please Your Majesty, so it shall be.
(throws the laptop out of the window)
(*From the Rooster Teeth series—love that btw)
Q: Where do you draw the line with the internet's weirdness?
Yes. The Order. It's kinda hard to explain them without going into a massive rant about Valcrest religion and mythology. As with most things in Valcrest really, but I'm gonna try and put this in simple terms...
Basically, The Order believes that humanity was hopelessly warped by the way magic was introduced to the world. So they want to destroy it. All of it. So the world can 'fix' itself.
Fun fact about how magic works in Valcrest; if you destroy it every person born with a magical ability, or just with the smallest bit of magical affinity in their bloodline, is gonna die. That's... A huge part of the population, not only in Valcrest but across the entire continent. And they're super okay with that! The assholes.
Their beliefs are very rooted in some obscure myths and the way they indoctrinate their members is... Welp... Some of the things they do are known to be so painful your brain won't so much repress the memory but just outright refuse it. And if you survive that part, good luck spending months to possibly years having your humanity beaten out of you. And this is what their highest ranking members have to go through. You don't want to imagine what the more expendable members live like.
So yeah. All in all... Major assholes. :|
Q: Is there anything in your world along the lines of crazy superstitions or weird popular beliefs?