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  1. The Arenas

    The Arena Arena fighting has retained its title as most beloved combat sport since its first days during the Blood age. Started by a Dwarf by the name of Valis Dreydnar at the year 800, it was originally a simple 20x20 foot patch of sand bordered by wooden logs. After a petition for the sport to be recognized as a warrior’s proving grounds, it was allowed by decree of the current reigning King of Icemyst: Quantinos II. The rules were simple: No death blows, no underhanded tricks, just pure combat until a victor was declared. Victory was declared by one party’s surrender, loss of consciousness, judge’s jurisdiction or by one falling “out of bounds”, which was considered outside of the area marked by logs. Only male human or dwarven warriors were allowed to compete; magic was a no-go and all stealth tactics employed were considered underhanded and banned. As the combat sport evolved, finding itself in multiple other provinces within a decade or so, the first true “Arena” similar to that of which is used in today’s Arena fighting was built in the Fjordlands. The fighting pit was roughly 75 feet diameter and had four columns of wood rising around the four corners of its radial circle. Spectator stands were above the arena and layered to give everyone a good view. Out of bounds rules were promptly changed to touching the wall of the arena. This arena style made its way into Engivik and Obsidia before a rule reform came about, allowing all races and sexes to compete. Quickly, the sport picked up in the Glades and the Wastes. Before long, even Calahr had an arena. The sport remained stagnant until around the peace age, where conflict was at an all time low so those who missed the boiling blood of those age old days attended or joined arenas. The sudden rise in the sport caused another rule reform. Magic and stealth was no longer forbidden in official arena battles. For an arena to be legally considered a place for Arena Fighting, it had to meet certain standards: The arena floor must be sand, sandstone or polished stone- preferably a mix of all of the above. Acceptable arena hazards are short iron spikes in clusters near the center of the stage, short iron spikes on the edge of the walls, and at least four large columns of wood or stone. Spikes must be three inches exactly to avoid lethality. Stands must be large enough to accommodate a crowd of at least 300 spectators. Trained judge and announcer must be on site during combat. Trained fight master must be at the entrance at all times. Dorms and/or locker rooms for fighters are required to house and feed at least 50 combatants. At least six trained healers must be on the premises at all active times. Arenas in Endaria are sparse, but there is a city dedicated to Arena sports being built by Arena Enthusiast “Keith Ricards” and a few of his old fans who followed him when he was under the name “Hulking Irons” as the old champion of Brimm’s arena. There is a licensed arena in Sarnath but it’s lackluster in both design and utilities and only has twenty licensed fighters to its name. The magic arena in Volore is not a licensed Arena fighting colosseum, but rather a magic testing zone for battlemages and the area where the Festival of the Mage tournament is held. Though there is an arena in Drakeflame Castle, it is not a licensed Arena fighting colosseum but a cultural and political battleground for the Draconian people. A licensed arena is a likely direction for the Dawn Tribe of Akültaten due to their interest in the sport from recent interactions with the people of Sarnath. To join an arena as a licensed fighter, one would need to set up an appointment with the manager of a licensed arena. Once a contract is set, you will be expected to remain at the Arena in one of the dorms or to be within the same city as the Arena. Though you can take leave for up to a month at a time between fights in the case of personal emergencies, law discrepancies or military enlistment, failing to remain a part of the Arena cast past three or more missed or forfeited matches will remove you from your contract at a 300 SP charge. At the discretion of the Arena Manager, exceptions can be made to this rule given ruling circumstances.
  2. Godmodding

    We Cheatin' Boyos Minecraft IGN: xXShadowBlade69Xx Character name: Mary Sue Age: 2,000 years old Race: Immortal dragonkin vampire lord Backstory: Their whole family was killed by bandits and they killed all the bandits and spent the rest of their life up to now studying the blade. Now they're going to kill everyone for vengeance with their two katanas and edge. Positive Personality traits: *entire good character traits page copy pasted* Negative Personality traits: *crickets* Character themesong: *linkin park "crawling" nightcore remixed with an over the top anime character with long black hair covering one eye* Accept my app pls ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ All satire aside, Godmodding is one of the most annoying things to deal with as a GM. It comes in many forms: in a character's general layout and story, actions taken in-character and sometimes even just the person behind the character can be a major problem[this only applies to intentional Godmodders, don't take that statement personally if you do so accidentally or without intention]. But what is Godmodding, exactly? Godmodding is basically playing under the assumption, mantle or idea that you are in some way better than literally everyone else in some way or another be this intentional or not. Building Mary Sue characters(basically infallible supercharacters with trope backstories to give them an excuse to be ridiculously strong or have some advantage over other players from the beginning, or just poorly written characters that come off as lazily written, not creative or indeed, infallible.) is generally a red flag though its not necessarily instant Godmodding. If a character is just a Mary Sue without doing any harm to anyone else's experience, it's whatever. It may not be an enjoyable character but you aren't going to get told off for it by the admins. Its when you start making a literal walking anime trope character with God-level abilities and the force of one thousand Deus Ex Machina's that it becomes a massive problem. To avoid this, keep characters realistic. You don't have to make them basic but realize that the only people who think its cool that you have a God-sword forged by the Avatar of War passed down to you for your unparalleled skill in combat when you were 7 years old after killing twenty demons that destroyed your home village is you. Characters can be the most over the top extreme badass thing ever but be a boring Mary Sue that everyone hates. Keep that in mind. I tried to avoid this by setting up the character application sheet loosely based on a very well done advanced character sheet schematic from the roleplay server "Saphriel". Now you can't say I didn't give credit. The application sheet is designed to challenge you to make a somewhat fleshed out character that you can put yourself in the shoes of by giving them real interests and piecing together every aspect of their person that may be important to roleplay. Outside of character creation, Godmodding can also be the overexertion of your character in a way that goes far beyond the limits of what they can do or how they can react at any given time. Things like having them catch a bullet out of the air. There are SOME characters capable of such a feat and more, but chances are you won't see them in every day roleplay. Dodging attacks you clearly are in no position to dodge, changing direction mid air without the use of magic, having endless stamina without being undead, surviving endlessly against attacks that should clearly have sent you unconscious if not killed you by now, ect. These are all things considered Godmodding. Sometimes, as mentioned before, the player is the problem. I won't name names, but there was a player, for instance, on the previous server that Endaria was based off of, "Drakeheart Roleplay", or "DH" for short. They joined Drakeheart Roleplay I wanna say maybe 3 years or so into its uptime and played for most of the time until it went down. Their character will always be remembered for the ridiculous amount of Powergaming, Metagaming and Godmodding they did regardless of how many times they were talked down by the Admins. One of the Administrators assigned one of the Moderators the task of sitting down one on one with the guy and teaching them how to RP properly. According to said moderator it was one of the most grueling tasks of his life. This character would metagame constantly: when trying to join a guild that required him to define the word 'Justice' in their own words, they botched it and then copy and pasted the google definition of justice later as a second attempt to join the guild. They would powergame shamelessly during events and ignore warnings and refuse to redact their action until it was forcevoided by the GMs. They would have to be forced unconscious by the GMs in events in the case of them being defeated as the person would refuse under any circumstance to let their character be even scratched by anything. The man challenged a God Tier + Raid boss level opponent on his first day on the server and player-killed them with a Minecraft iron sword while they were typing for crying out loud. What I'm saying is, don't be this guy. If you're having a hard time learning Roleplay, take the time to talk with some of the staff and we can get you set up. And no, to this day, we do not know if he was serious or the most elaborate troll on the face of Planet Earth. I don't think any practical examples for Godmodding are necessary. It's the simplest of the three to avoid. Just accept the following: Your character is never infallible and that is not a bad thing in the slightest. A good character is one that is realistic and realistic characters make mistakes, have weaknesses, have character flaws and have unique personalities. Godmodding is NOT a bannable offense unless done so intentionally in order to provoke staff action, but please, do not take that as leniency. We are serious about RP and want our community to have fun but also be able to enjoy the environment we have set up in full. Thankyou.
  3. Powergaming

    POWERGAMING SON OF A- Powergaming... Not as annoying or destructive as Metagaming, not by a longshot, but still a massive red flag for Roleplay. Powergaming, in a nutshell, is directly and forcefully altering a series of events through the actions of your character; done in character that shows a carelessness for the proper order of things. Though I feel that simply explaining what Powergaming is paints such a vague and broad picture that only examples can actually get across what I mean. That or the Gif that I posted at the top here. Though that is just a wonky hitbox in Dark souls II, the idea is the same. The player clearly dodged, but the Pursuer treats his action as if he scored a direct hit and acts accordingly. Here's more with more.... practical examples: Example A- Combat I wanna say at least 90% of powergaming offenses come from outside of combat and are done in the overworld. Admittedly, most acts of Powergaming are simple slip-ups that the player apologetically corrects upon being called out for them; furthermore, people who are new to RP generally powergame out of a misunderstanding or lack of experience. Combat powergaming is rare because people generally have a better head attached to their shoulders than to think certain things are ok, but you'd be surprised. So, the scenario is this: An arena battle between two warriors is in progress: Rordan Ravenoak, a human warrior with a short sword and bow is giving his all against his opponent Roland Whitegown, a human cleric with a sanctified mace and a slew of light magic. Roland approaches Rordan and throws and overhead swing. Rordan reacts. How does Rordan react to not only avoid Roland's attack but also avoid being accused of Powergaming? A) Rordan sidesteps the strike and counters, putting his sword to Roland's throat to force a surrender B) Rordan attempts to sidestep and retaliate with a maneuver to put his sword near Roland's throat C) Rordan kicks Rolands head off This should be simple enough to follow. In Roleplay there is no main character. In this case, choice A takes Roland's ability to react away from his player. This would be a massive red flag as you are forcing Roland's player into an unfair ultimatum of surrendering or losing his character in a scenario where that would not make sense. To be fair, this is a bit of Powergaming and Godmoding mishmashed into one example, but we'll get to Godmoding in the Godmoding thread. The powergaming bit is that Rordan has now made Roland's choice for him and is trying to force Roland's player into a specific situation that, honestly, wouldn't actually work. Roland is still full-swing, yes, but by the time Rordan sidesteps, he's not going to have enough time to do what he said before Roland recovers and is back on his case. Even so, your actions are not to seemingly "take over" an event. You make attempts at things, you don't just do them under the assumption that you succeed without a hitch in everything. NOTE: Some Bosses are given amnesty in minor Powergaming because they are controlled by an experienced GM that knows what they're doing. Bosses are meant to challenge the players and considering how many players will likely be coming at them at once, the GM in control will need a bit of "help" actually doing what he's supposed to do. If a GM controlling a boss does something red-flaggish, other admins/mods will likely call them out. Choice B: Rordan's player in this case would be doing the correct thing. He attempts to sidestep, going under the assumption that Roland's vertical attack will miss if horizontal movement is taken. Rordan's player then has his character maneuver his sword upwards towards Roland's throat. This may literally seem like the exact same action as Choice A, and it is to an extent, but the main difference is in the wording. Rordan didn't just straight up dodge Roland's attack and win the duel instantly through forced surrender. He sure attempted it though. It's clear Rordan's aim is to try and force Roland's defeat through surrender with a sword to his neck, but he doesn't word it in a way that makes everyone assume he already did it and won. Roland still has a chance to react and back off to continue fighting. Choice C: If you chose this unironically I am no longer pro-life and believe that abortion may be justified in some cases after all-and what I MEAN by that is, better luck next time sport, brush up on Roleplay 101 again and try to get a better grasp at this before making your character application. We all make mistakes. EspeciallyyourparentsMOVING ON Example B- Overworld Like I said before, at least 90% of Powergame is in the Overworld and that is because sometimes it's difficult to understand certain things about your setting and therefore you tend to forget small details and make actions that seem impossible until pointed out by the GM. Good news though! We don't have to worry as much about this! We're not on Tabletop, we're running this out of Minecraft. Where the story and lore have literally nothing to do with Minecraft, Minecraft IMO is the perfect RP engine because it allows you to actually immerse yourself in a setting by having it built beforehand. Of course, this means more work for people who host it(FeelsBadMan) but if I wasn't passionate about wanting to do it, I wouldn't be doing it in the first place. Anyhow, rabbit trailed there a bit, my B, back to the subject at hand. Where now, a good chunk of Overworld Powergaming can be eliminated due to solid and vibrant setting always being in plain sight, we will cover the other chunk of Overworld Powergaming. Here's an example. Enter Attila the thief, who is currently browsing the market of Sarnath with intent to take something that doesn't belong to him, the monster. Kids, stealing isn't cool. Neither are the drugs. Don't do either of those things. Life advice from ya boy. Anywho, Attila spots a lady with a fat coin purse at her hip. Judging from the fine linen gown, silky smooth skin and no shortage of sparkling jewelry, they're clearly nobility or close to it. He plans to snatch the coin purse as he passes by her. He doesn't have time to scan his surroundings because she's about to leave and he can't be seen following them. There are guards nearby and no shortage of eyes in all directions. He has to be quick and smooth about it or he has to give up chase. The desperate thief decides to go for it. How does Attila rob this lady without Powergaming? A) Attila attempts to grab the purse as he passes by B) Attila snatches up the coin purse carefully as he passes C) Attila uses console commands to solve his issues by turning off AI detection. He takes the purse and walks away before re-activating it. D) Attila grabs the coin purse as he passes and breaks into a full sprint Under the assumption of choice A, Attila's player makes a move on the purse and attempts to take it as he passes. This is an acceptable move because he's clearly showing regard for the GM's discretion even though the person he is stealing from is an NPC. This is a correct answer. Under the assumption of choice B and D, Attila simply takes the coin purse from the noblewoman. This, is an acceptable answer as well believe it or not. It isn't hard to grab an object. But know that the GM has the final word in these cases. Common sense > Meticulous attempts to avoid what might be perceived as Powergaming. You don't have to make an attempt to open an unlocked door or pick up your mug of ale at the inn for a swig, do you? A coin purse operates the same way. But depending on the fashion in which you take these actions, you can change your ultimate fate in the process. Choice B has a higher chance of going off without a hitch than choice D, but if there is a hitch you've lost your head start by moving slowly. Choice D on the other hand will VERY LIKELY attract attention and lead to a chase, but your instant bolt for an escape route will give you a lot of leeway in your attempt. If you chose C unironically, you did not choose C unironiocally. You are a liar and you are tearing your family apart. Now get out there and try not to Powergame, my dudes.
  4. The Void

    The Void The Philosopher and wise sage “Cato” once said: “Ours is not a single realm but rather, a tapestry of existences running parallel to one another. What we perceive is but a fraction of what is truly there; a single layer. But at the core of all there is, one would find only emptiness. This emptiness is best not to dwell upon for it, too, dwells upon us.” Possibly the smallest, yet largest dimension of existence: The Void is, was and will always be. It is the very concept of nothingness and it exists where nothing does. “I have no stomach, but my hunger is endless. I have no mouth, but my maw devours all. I have no mind, but I think endlessly upon what to consume. I have no law, but all must obey my rules. Who or what am I?” ~Book of Riddles (Answer being, of course, The Void) Few have ever entered The Void and survived. If their legends are to be believed, the only two known are Lanre Ravenholm and Feloreth Dusk, both of whom not only survived The Void but supposedly conquered it, each in their own way. Many hypothesize these are flights of fancy, however: candy coated half-truths or whole falsities. Is it really true? That is for you to decide for yourself. The truths of The Void are simple yet unfathomable to the mortal mind. It is an amalgamation of nothingness, yet also an amalgamation of all things. It is the embodiment of the beginning and the end. But to describe it on mortally understandable terms, imagine a hole in space-time on the brink of every reality that feeds off of dying worlds. To be in The Void is not possible, but you can be around it. Once inside, you no longer exist: but, while outside of it: it is a scattered mess of dying worlds. Fragments of separate planes of existence all float about endlessly, crumbling slowly as they fall into the gaping maw of the Void, which appears as a massive black hole at the center of a seemingly infinite space. All living things unable to resist The Void’s madness are corrupted by this primal pull, simply killing mortal beings while corrupting beasts with a seemingly unexplainable mutation. These aberrations are referred to as Voidspawn and are conjurable by advanced Planarmancers. Void calling is, however, forbidden without a license due to the destructive force of some Voidspawn and recklessly pulling from the Void’s power can cause a great deal of self-destruction. One can become infected with madness or overwhelming affliction that, if left to its devices, will kill mortal beings mercilessly and definitively with extreme prejudice. There is a common misconception between this affliction and what has come to be known as “Void Plague”, however. This is referred to as “Void Madness”. A warning. Those who dabble in the black arts of Planarmancy, never draw from the Void unwarded and always ensure you are in control of every aspect of your ritual. Voidspawn hunger for the sanity of men and will ensure a ruthless, slow death to one who calls them up and cannot contain their voracious nature. They should not be, but they are. Unfortunately… there are some things in this existence that mortals were never supposed to meet.
  5. Lesser Magic Foci- Talisman

    The Talisman- Often worn around the neck or on a belt- it has served many a purpose throughout time. One of the earliest forms of safe casting and the prototype for what would eventually become the staff: Talismans are charms which can be channeled through for minor magic casts. Crafted with similar precision and attention to detail as jewelry, Talismans are broad and quite diverse, very few talismans sharing the exact same make. However, all Talismans share three basic things in common: A core, a trap and a band. Cores: Cores can be made from any form of arkana source, be it a proper drakeheart shard, a black drakeheart shard, a heartstone, an arcane crystal, a corrupt crystal, a mana dust nexus or even a focal gem. These contain all the arkana the talisman will have and are the channeling point for all spellcasts involving the talisman. Traps: Basic - Masterful arkana traps are fastened opposite the core and will constantly suck up sources of latent arkana in the environment in order to replenish the Core’s reserves. By touching the Trap itself, one can blood-let their own arkana into the core if none is available or if the caster has no ability to cast without their Talisman due to a silencing curse or something similar. Touching living creatures with the Trap also works, but they may resist. Bands: Made from metals or stones that are proficient in containing arkana such as Pewter, Silver, Amethyst, Obsidian, Pumice, Copper, Brass, Dolerite, Basalt or Nickel: Bands appear as the catalyst for both the Core and the Trap and are carved through to run a strap, thread or chain around to a hook so that the Talisman can easily be worn or hung. This Band redirects arkana outwards and prevents any arkana from entering the core except through the Trap itself, keeping the Core pure and unaffected by things such as silencing curses or charms. Charms are generally carved at the Band in order to give it a specific element. Dual element Talismans exist but aren’t optimal: due to the small size of the enchantment, splitting the power into two elements can hinder the potency of the magic as the caster’s quintessence does not come into play while using Talismans: much like scroll-casts. However, the Talisman’s spell can be molded like a normal spellcast and the Talisman, unlike the Scroll is not consumed in the process of its spellcast. The Core can be depleted, but it will refill on its own or with the aid of the Talisman’s own arkana by using the Trap. A Talisman can be used to generate casts of any elemental archetype, but cannot access things such as Planarmancy, Necromancy, Hemomancy, Cacomancy, ect- that go outside the physical binds of the natural born elements foreign to the band’s earth-like structure. It can be used to channel Pyromancy, Aquiomancy, Cryomancy, Aeromancy, Basic Arcane, Umbramancy, Luxomancy and Geomancy. Talismans, even those of high rank using Drakeheart crystal Heartstones(The highest possible powered Talisman) are considered weak in comparison to other magic foci and are often not focused on. However, they are light, easily concealable and create no fatigue on use, allowing consistent casts with no lessened potency over time.
  6. The Light Plane

    The Plane of Light The Plane of Light, or "Overworld" in most iterations, is the universe in which the Avatars laid the foundation cornerstones of creation and exhaled life to create mortality. Drakeheart is just one singular planet in a vast expanse of beautiful creations: but it is the only known planet in which the Avatars gave life to mortal races. The Overworld is approximately 183 billion lightyears in diameter from one cosmic expanse to the next and if one were to travel to the edge of the observable universe: the end of the Overworld, one would come to a staggeringly terrifying conclusion. The border of the Overworld is bent inwards by a cosmic ravine. The Overworld is surrounded at all angles by an expansive black hole. Within the Overworld are approximately 180 Billion Galaxies, each containing billions of planets which systemically have their own celestial bodies or stars. Quite a number of these stars are visible in the night sky of Drakeheart and many constellations have been charted along with astronomer's research on the effects certain amounts of Starlight can have on the arcane. Starlight Traps are very common tools of Drakeheart's mages as Starlight can be harnessed for a multitude of purposes, especially some specific constellations. Space travel is something far beyond the capabilities of mortality, however it is fabled that the Brittler family had ways of traversing the stars and there are legends of other mages whom crossed the stars but none of these tales have ever been proven valid. Due to events transpiring just pre-calamity, however, the existence of Extraterrestrial creatures known as "Xarqs" were confirmed and are now kept on record along with unproven claims of an alien race known as the "Plaana". Should these people truly exist, it would be an odd clash to what the people of Drakeheart believe in religiously: as they are the only beings the Avatars gifted with life. It is likely that soon, the people moving forward in Endaria will likely look to the heavens and focus their research on knowledge of the stars to better prepare themselves for any further encounters with any other possible life forms out in the cold reaches of the unknown. However, there are more pressing matters than the what-ifs of Alien Life on Endaria right now. -------------------------------- Drakeheart's System Solaris Named during the Blood Age by the Dwarven people, the mono Star in Drakeheart's solar system is a Red Giant in one of its earliest stages. One-hundred million years down the line, it will become a White Dwarf, but this will more than likely never occur during our time with Drakeheart and the stories of its time. It is referred to as The Great Solaris, but many simply call it the Sun for short, as Solaris in Dwarven/Common can be shortened to "Sola", which is slang or condensed speech for "Extremely Bright": this can further be condensed in Elvish to "Sun", which carries almost the same meaning "Extreme Light". There are quite a few people that, in place of the Avatars, believe in a religion known as "The Mantra Solara", or "Solarism" in which they view the celestial bodies of the universe as Gods and each world has a Godly Guardian. They are marked as heathen, but due to their lack of following, Vorathians begrudgingly allow their practices so long as it does not impede on their assembly. Our Moon: "Silav" Drakeheart has a single moon that has been given the name "Silav" by the Elven People, which means "Grandfather". Silav has endured much, and due to past happenings, a large basin was formed due to impact with a dangerous object. One-hundred mages under the order of the late Lord Wolf gathered to correct it's orbit and prevent impact with Drakeheart from ever occurring. There is a potent staff that was created with a chunk of the destroyed moon: specifically one of the rocks that eventually fell to Drakeheart. It is known as Lunaris and is capable of casting powerful magic that changes with the moon's cycle. The staff has not been seen for many many years, however, and is within the possession of the Dragon Scale Aegis guild. Starkal The first planet in our system is "Starkal", which, in Elvish means "Consumed by Fire" or "Aflame". This gas giant is rather close to Solaris, and due to its gas base nature, the intense heat causes constant inferno. As it orbits, it leaves behind a short tail of flame. It is visible once a month and appears as if it is a red comet with a very short tail that can be seen visibly flickering if one were to look closely. It is possible to use a starlight trap under Starkal when it is visible in the sky, giving the user pure Adalhardian energy to work with. Starkal does not have a single moon; if it ever did, it perished a long time ago. Starkal is approximately 65,000 kilometers in diameter. Valt The second world in our system is a planet of perpetual summer and monsoons; Valt is a hot, muggy, swampy mess of a planet with gray-leaved rain-forests coating the southeastern hemisphere. There is likely life on this planet, but not any intelligent creatures: probably just foreign, unknown animals. It is inhospitable for mortal races, even though it is virbant with water and vegetation: the sweltering heat of the muggy conditions would overthrow even the hardiest of races and the perpetual monsoons of the planet would be enough to kill. Due to its proximity to Solaris, it is not in the same shape as Starkal, but it is still close enough that the monsoons rain boiling water down from on high. Whatever creatures are here are very hardy and built for the conditions, however, ironically, they would likely not be able to suffer the environmental conditions of Drakeheart as they are built for heat and would not last a single winter season. Valt has three moons: from smallest to largest, they are Vex, Gryphon and Heata. Valt is approximately 8,000 kilometers in diameter. Kavlor The third world in our system, Kavlor, or "Dry Stone" in Nordic, is an inhospitable, dried up chunk of igneous rock. There are marks all throughout it that show where water may have once flowed, but as of now it is dry and dead. Kavlor is covered in volcanoes which erupt every once in a while. This is a visible event when it occurs. Kavlor is approximately 12,000 kilometers in diameter and has a single moon, which is called Aridia. Drakeheart The fourth planet in our system is a terrestrial, ringed planet with a single moon. Drakeheart: where our story takes place. Drakeheart is a planet rich with water and a multitude of environments, being one of the most diverse planets in the universe: which is the likely reason why it was chosen to host life. Drakeheart has six seasons: Summer, a season of hot weather, Spring, a season of warm weather and vegetation growth, Autumn, a season of cool weather and change, Harvest, a season of blessings when most crops are taken up, Winter, a season of cold weather and Solstice, a season of festivities. Due to the proximity to Solaris, it takes Drakeheart around 730 days to orbit. Drakeheart is approximately 42,000 kilometers in diameter For more specific information on Drakeheart, it has its own thread in Universe lore. Boreal Boreal, the fifth planet in our system and also the last. The farthest from Solaris, Boreal is barely even in our system: the gap between Boreal and Drakeheart being almost 20 times longer than the gap between Drakeheart and and Kavlor. It is a gas giant under a perpetual winter storm. Much like Starkal, it is trappable by a starlight trap and presents pure cryo-arkana. Boreal has 16 moons, their names being Alpha, Dore, Wedda, Manticore, Vakal, Xen, Zera, Dokka, Petara, Nankalko, Frozu, Hent, Gin, Minotaurus, Leva and Jael. Boreal itself is 115,000 Kilometers in diameter, making it the biggest planet by far in the system and is visible most nights on Drakeheart, bearing almost the same size to the eye as Drakeheart's own moon, only a tad larger and thus has been given the nickname "Fool's Moon" on nights where our own moon is full. Our moon eclipses Boreal quite often, making an eclipsed Boreal an interestingly common appearance in the night sky.
  7. Metagaming

    Metagaming Metagaming, ahhh metagaming, one of the most frustrating things to deal with in roleplay. A foolish, ameteur mistake or a sneaky red-flag by a cheap player: regardless of circumstance, Metagame is a high offense to Roleplay. So what is it? Metagaming is taking action in a Roleplaying scenario based on information you gain outside of Roleplay. ...Pretty simple right? No? You want examples? UGHH fine. So let’s say a new player joins the server. They make their character application and while you’re browsing you say, “Eh, don’t have anything better to do. Why not check up on the newbie.” So you go through their app and figure out that they’re a villain with the intent of destroying Drakeheart. Oh no! But wait, your character is a Legendary Hero! As you begin to roleplay, you spot this character walking about town minding their own business. That sick bastard… Ha, can’t fool you! You know what he’s REEEALLY doing. So, what are you going to do about it? A) Confront a guard and tell them that there’s an evildoer. B) Greet them normally. C) Draw your sword and murder their head off. D) All of the above in A-C order. The correct answer is: B. But you knew that already, didn’t you? Well, if you didn’t and you’re confused, your parents don’t love you- and by that I mean, I will now explain it to you. You dumbo, your character didn’t read their app, you did. As far as your character knows, this guy is just your average Joe or Joette… Johanna… J.. Whatever the female variant of Joe is. Whatever knowledge you gain out of character cannot be used in-character, unless of course, your character learns of it later. There are libraries in most major towns: go check out books and devote some time to learning. Pro tip: We include lots of in-game obtainable knowledge that can be discovered through exploration or reading. I’ve dotted the map with easter eggs and tidbits of <3 L O R E <3. There are lots of things such as entire archetypes of magic, special enchantments, weapons, armor, lexicons, unique dungeons and even entire dormant questlines that can be achieved through exploration alone.
  8. Roleplay 101

    Roleplay 101 If you are reading this, it is likely that you came here in order to learn the basics of roleplay, or perhaps even what roleplay is in the first place. If you came to this Minecraft server looking for an average survival or PvP server mistakenly, I suggest you leave. Or, perhaps, if you’re willing to try something a bit different, finish reading and see what this whole shabang is about. Perhaps you’re reading this and already know a lot about roleplay and you simply want to see if we truly do before joining our server. Or perhaps you’re just brushing up, or even looking for a new perspective. No matter which way you slice it, welcome to Roleplay 101! So what is Roleplay? The dictionary definition is such: “To act out or perform the part of a person or character, for example as a technique in training or psychotherapy.” But, it is not as simple as the above. Roleplaying is a passionate act [no, not that kind of passion, get your damn head out of the gutter for two seconds would you?] wherein, you, the player have a pre-generated or self-created character that you have written and fleshed out to fit into a fantasy or make-believe world: that you intend to act as or ‘play’ as. To Roleplay, you are speaking through your character: giving them life, personality, soul and heart. When Roleplaying, you are in a world aside from your own in a body that is not your own with a mindset that is not your own. Think of it as acting as a character in a movie or series, only, there is no script: only a setting wherein your choices and dialogue can affect the flow of the story. A story with an open end and very little truly set in stone aside from the fundamentals. So, what are the fundamentals? Lore and Setting. Only two, you might ask? Yes. Only two. The lore is the history and functionality of the world your character has been placed in, ranging from how things work differently from the real world as well as the history and sciences of this world that can be manipulated by your character should they know how. The setting is the place or world itself. Is it futuristic with spaceships, aliens and laser rifles? Perhaps it is jurassic, where dinosaurs still walk the earth and each corner is rife with animalistic dangers. Perhaps it is medieval with stone castles and old stone-paved cities with guards in armor with halberds and spears. Your character will need to fit whatever setting you’re in and will need to be compatible with the lore behind said setting. Other than these two fundamentals, the freedoms of Roleplay are infinite. So, you know what roleplay is. But how do you do it? [Hamlet speaking to Yorick’s skull- Shakespeare's “Hamlet”] When roleplaying, you are acting as your character: so should you build a character that is perhaps, say, evil, but you yourself are morally strong, you may find it difficult to truly become evil while in-character, but this is roleplay. This is acting. Think about how actors feel when they play a villainous character, for instance. Once you have your character, you will use the chat system in Minecraft to type out what your character says to make them speak. Should you wish to put in an action, use the /me command. For instance, should you wish to greet someone, you simply open the chat bar and type. ------ Hello. ------ No quotation marks needed. Should you wish to state that perhaps, you give a respectful bow after your greeting: ----- /me bows respectfully. ----- It’s truly as simple as that, though you may want to detail yourself better. For instance: ----- Greetings, traveler. /me loosens their posture, stepping back slightly as they bow respectfully, flourishing their left hand in tandem with their descent and closing their eyes for a moment, before returning to a straight posture. May I presume to ask your name? ----- You can usually figure out the rest from here, but one, certainly complex at times occurrence that happens in many roleplay servers, this one included, is combat. For a detailed guide on combat RP, seek out Combat 101. As for wanting to speak normally to other members of the server while not roleplaying, there will be a general chat for that: but just for locally chatting, put whatever you want to say (in parenthesis like this.) Building your character You may have built your character one way but in truth, much like a normal human being in the real world, experiences can change them. They may experience things that turn their entire personality on its head or have scenarios introduced to them that force them to push the very bounds of their limits. This can reflect on you, the player, just as much as it can your character. Tears your character sheds could very well turn into your tears. Pain your character feels can be experienced too. Anger, happiness, joy, triumph, defeat: all of these things can be shared between yourself and your character. This does not make you a dork or a loser as SOME people tend to assume, this simply means you’ve really gotten in-character which is a good thing. You very well may end up loving your character on a personal level as I have one of my most successful characters, Feloreth. Or perhaps like James289 with RM or Keji_Ishikura with….. Well, Keji Ishikura. [Literally named his account after them. That should speak volumes about what roleplay can lead to once you get ‘that’ character]. When you have a fully fleshed out character for 6 months or more, you’ve put a bit of your soul into that character and it can very well become a very personally important thing to you. Don’t underestimate the bonds you can create or the kind of character evolutions you can experience while roleplaying.
  9. Character App: [* Red Asterisk * means that the subject after it is required to fill in for a complete app. Anything without a present * is optional, but will help flesh out your app more, raising your chances of being accepted drastically.] *Minecraft IGN: Real Name: Real Age: *Why do you wish to join our server? *How did you find our server? *Favored way of contact for questions and the like? (Skype, Discord, Teamspeak, Social media, ect. ect.) *Have you read and do you understand the server rules? *What rule do you like, respect or appreciate most and why? *Do you have prior experience roleplaying? *^If not, have you read all sections in Roleplay 101?[If you haven’t its ok, just go do that now before continuing.] *In your own words, define Metagaming. *In your own words, define Powergaming. *In your own words, define Godmoding. *Do you understand and accept that this roleplay server is a mature and serious community that takes roleplaying very seriously?[We aren’t sticks in the mud, we’re still doing this for fun. Just understand that we also don’t take kindly to people who are simply going to blow everything off as insignificant or downplay the experience for others.] *---Character Information--- -Base Character- *Character’s full name: *Age: *Gender: *Race: Weight: *Height: Body build: *Eye color: Facial Accessories/Eyeglasses: *Skin tone: Scars or birthmarks: Notable features: *Hair color: *Hairstyle: Voice: Physical disabilities[If any]: *Common Attire or Outfit seen in: Accessories: -Personality- *Good traits: *Bad traits: Common Mood: Sense of humor: What makes them most happy: What makes them most afraid: Priorities: Character’s soft spot: *Greatest strength: *Greatest vulnerability or weakness: What keeps them going every day?: -Past- Hometown: Childhood: Most important childhood memory: Childhood hero: Religion: -Present- *Occupation: Family: (List any living family members or relatives that are player characters or NPCs; if none are present, list family members in biography if you so choose to.) *Place of Residence[Traveler or Nomad are valid answers]: -Personal Favorites- Color: Instrument: Literature: Food: Drink: Form of entertainment: Transportation: Most prized possession: -Habits- Hobbies: Plays a musical instrument?: Spending habits: Addictions: Talented at: Inept at: Mannerisms: *Biography/Backstory:
  10. Special Rules [Town Guard]

    Guard Rules So you became a member of the guard in-character. Here are just a couple of things to keep in mind. 1- Do NOT let the rank get to your head. You are NOT staff unless you are a knight, duke/duchess or magnus. You can arrest and order around people in-character but you do not hold authority OOC. 2- If you abuse your power over characters in RP it is all too possible to lose your job. You will also be militarized as a footsoldier in any form of wars, meaning your character has a chance to die in battle as an infantry unit. By becoming a guard, you’re consenting to this possibility. 3- If your OOC friend breaks the law IC and wants you to help them escape or anything of that manner, you “can” if it would make sense in character, but you can lose your job. If it does NOT make sense in character, it will be treated as a metagaming offense. So on so forth with situations such as the above.
  11. Special Rules [ERP/Erotic Roleplay]

    ERP Rules So you got into a situation in RP that turned a bit erotic. Maybe your character fell for another character, or they fell for you and you ended up getting into a situation where now you’re in a relationship in-character. A lot of servers are incredibly strict on ERP, making it taboo, but a taboo on something natural to RP is a bit of an immersion-killer. This is a mature RP server. Your character doing the dirty with another character is a real possibility given the circumstances you’re presented with. However, though we believe it should be alright to do, we also wish to make this CLEAR. Not everyone will be ok with it. Not everyone will think of it as something natural to RP. You need to respect that. Here are a few rules you’ll need to follow should your character end up in a “situation”. 1- If you are ERPing with another player character, you must both give consent. 2- Rape in RP is a real thing and is treated as a serious in-character offense. If you do this to another player character, you will need their consent. If it is not given, but there is no way for them to escape it in RP, it will simply be stated that it “happens” and that will be the end of it. 3- If you sexually harass anyone OOC, it is unacceptable. Not everyone is going to want to ERP. No means no. If you harass anyone into trying to make them ERP with you, you WILL face punishment. Definitely a ban. 4- If you get into a consented ERP with another player character OR into an erotic situation with an NPC controlled by one of the quest masters or magni, you are required to go into whisper chat OR to do so in private messages so that the rest of the server or those nearby are not forced to see what you are doing.
  12. Special Rules [Quest Team]

    Quest Team Rules So you want to be a member of the Quest Team. You’ll need to have at least three months on the server beforehand and you’ll need to make the application under Staff applications. You can read these rules beforehand but it isn’t required. It WILL be required for you to understand these before we officially let you parade around on the quest team, however. 1- You cannot make quests specifically to reward your character or a friend’s character with amazing loot. It will be voided immediately, and your rank will be revoked permanently. 2- You cannot directly alter main questlines already preset by others. You can request ideas or talk them into changing something if you think it would be better, but editing a questline page to add something without anyone knowing will lose you your rank. 3- You are under EXCEPTIONAL watch for Metagame if you participate in your own quests, or quests you’ve worked on. If you metagame intentionally(we’ll know.) your rank will be revoked, no ifs or buts.
  13. Special Rules [Guildmaster]

    Guildmaster Rules So you want to run a guild. Well, here’s a few things you need to know and a few rules you need to abide by. 1- Owning a guild does NOT instantly make your character or guild an important, well-known piece in the political game. You need to start small and work your way up. Guilds rise and fall in utter silence: only the strong emerge and become well-known. 2- You may recruit on the forums with a page and you may recruit characters in-character. You may place signs up on public places or make deals with town owners to build recruitment centers to attract new members. You may NOT, however, continuously bug people OOC in OOC chat to join your guild. It is annoying and will NOT get you new members. 3- If you create a guild that intends to do evil and is open with their intentions, you are NOT void from being hunted down or having your guild be put on wanted posters. 4- If you, as guildmaster, become a criminal, your guild will also be held responsible. 5- If you, as guildmaster, have a guildie that becomes a criminal, you will be held responsible for reparation fees if they destroy property or commit acts of murder or thievery. 6- If you are banned from the server, your character will be removed as guildmaster and be replaced with the second in command of your guild. If you are pardoned, you will be able to reclaim guildmaster.
  14. Server General Rules

    1. Griefing Any form of destruction caused outside of instances of roleplay is prohibited. While we understand that some damage would occur to properties ingame during fights, and do encourage remaining true to form, keep any damage within reason (for an example of acceptable damages, check powergaming) punishments for breaking this rule in roleplay will vary depending on the damage caused, as well as the situation, at the attending staffs discretion, while OOC damage to pre built structures will not be tolerated. 2. Harassment Any form of harassment, be it through builds or chat, is prohibited, and will be punished accordingly. Keep things civil, and should you find yourself the target of such, notify a staff member. Punishments will be dealt by the attending staff member. -Note. Harassment does not mean you are not allowed to make jokes or have fun. Playful teasing and full blown verbal harassment are two very different things. 3. Roleplay/OOC While we understand that OOC chat can be necessary, please refrain from overusing it in large scale events, if at all possible. Say what needs to be said, then return to the event at hand. -Note. Not a bannable offense unless you are asked to stop and continue past all warnings. We take roleplay very seriously and if you don’t want to give our hard work the respect it commands at the end of the day, you are not going to be welcome on the server. 4. Powergaming While fighting may become necessary throughout the course of a campaign, keep in mind your characters capabilities, and remain true to them. For information on Powergaming, check Powergaming 101 in Roleplay 101. 5. Metagaming Remember that no one person knows everything. if you have knowledge of a dungeon in roleplay, be it due to experience, or possessing a map, then feel free to utilize such knowledge.... but refrain from utilizing knowledge your character would have no reason knowing, such as a map posted on the forums. For information on Metagaming, check Metagaming 101 in Roleplay 101. 6. Godmoding Your character isn’t God. You are not the main character of this story. This is not an anime. You WILL take damage, lose fights, perhaps even die. This doesn’t make you a bad RPer, but an experienced one. Godmoding is the act of playing out of term in order to bypass your characters limits in a way that breaks the experience for those around you; just out of the want to keep your character alive or make them “look cool”. It isn’t cool. Its lame and you should feel bad. For information on Godmoding, check Godmoding 101 in Roleplay 101. 7. Deaths Death is an integral part of life, however, we do wish for all players to have a chance to decide their characters fates. Outside of quest events or minor spars: player-character deaths will require the player who own's the character's consent under most circumstances. Circumstances dictate 90% of roleplay and you need to understand that Death may very well be in your character's future should you misplay a situation or should you simply be oh so unfortunate. Regardless of this, if you put your characters life at risk foolishly, be prepared for consequences, as you never know if the reaper might be just around the corner… -Rules worded by Keji_Ishikura. Breaking of any of the above rules WILL result in punishment, the severity of which scaling with the specific rule in question and circumstance.
  15. Humans

    Humans, simple yet so complex. The most common of races among Drakeheart are the modest, brave and tempered souls known simply as Humanity. Humans may not have the special hearing of elves, the super strength of trolls or the aptitude of Dwarves, but they have thrived and prospered all the same. This is due to something humanity has that some other's lack: the courage and drive to compete against those with natural advantages. Humans are capable of all things, but are naturally proficient in none. This has turned out to be more of an advantage for them than a disadvantage as once believed. Humans have produced some of the most legendary heroes throughout all of history. From the nigh unstoppable warrior Lanre Ravenholm, to the living shadow of perfect stealth Demitri Bane, to the astronomically powerful sorcerer Feloreth Dusk: Humans have proven time and time again that limits mean nothing before the drive to improve and the strength of one's soul. Biology Humans have a very simple biology comprising of a few major organs that keep them alive. They have nothing overly special and they have a moderately average height of a modest 5'0-6'0. Humans are quite fragile, able to be broken quite easily. They also have very little natural resistance against magic. Warmongerers Humans have been the main participants in almost all of the wars throughout history. Operating best in hostile or violent situations, Humans display unity and wisdom during conquest, making them dangerous while settling in new lands. Humans are very defensive and quick to retaliate against anything they perceive as a threat- as one weakness all humans seem to share is a fear of the unknown. This, coupled with arrogance that grows like weeds in the hearts of human rulers scorched the lands of Drakeheart with the flame of battle and slaked the parched soil with the blood of all that stood in their warpath. There is much prejudice towards humanity- some may argue that it is well deserved. Sub-Races Tarakin Tarakins are most discernible by protruding forehead veins coming from near or around their eyes or eyebrows. Aside from dyes, they only have hair colors and eye colors ranging in blacks, grays and whites. Something about their mutation has almost crippled their quintessence, making them incredibly inept with magic and giving them a terrible weakness to magical sources. However, their resolve and passions run deeper than most other races can ever comprehend and their bodies are unnaturally tough for a human-like race. They have a somewhat lessened moral compass and a need to be in control of their destiny, making them somewhat difficult to militarize aside from being hired swordarms. Nordic Nordic Humans, or simply "Nords" are rugged, frost-born natives of Icemyst Pass. Born to brave the cold, Nords boast immense resistance to and aptitude with Cryomancy, as well as being able to harbor immense natural strength. Some of the most noble human warrior families hail from Icemyst's Nords such as House Snoweagle and the Quantinos monarchy lineage. However, they have shortcomings when it comes to technology. Out of all humans, they are the most primitive, only recently capable of ships that could be self-sufficient on energy without requiring constant manpower. Highborn The Highborn are a rare and nigh extinct race of male Humans, bearing pure golden or amethyst colored eyes and a flawless complexion. Considered to be the sons of the Avatars, the Highborn are venerated and hailed for their direct connection with the crystal of creation. Able to cast magic without the need of a focus or crystal, the Highborn are the most powerful self-sufficient magi within all of Humanity- even capable of making a proud elf kneel in admiration. [Requires special application]