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Word among collectors of antiquities, artifacts and all things unusual is that several pre cataclysm art pieces are being authenticated and readied for sale via a Hound Auction. Time and date of the auction to be announced from the Vine and Dove, Leringard.
It has also be noted that Toranite Commander Stormhaven has been seen frequenting the Vine and Dove seemingly to enjoy its amenities .
« on: February 24, 2015, 04:59:55 pm »
I'd like to see some kind of access control to posting in a character development tab post that is not your character . I'm not refering to the forum , the feature of the forums that allows publishing of character development related post in your NWN character's page. My suggestion would be if possible to limit to the account owner, administrators, GMs and individuals invited by the account owner - with the ability to recind those invites if necessary.
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General Discussion / Kickstarter Project. AFK - Imagine if you got sucked into Layo - as your character....« on: November 03, 2014, 04:54:33 pm »
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pghaynes/afk-gaming-web-series?ref=nav_search Do you love Lord of The Rings....Enjoy action and Comedy mixed with fantasy with a New Zealand style? Please consider helping AFK The Web Series to be made. The first Pilot episode has been made in NZ, launched at Armageddon and is ready to hit the Web Series scene, but for the web series to continue, AFK needs your help... This is going to be a great, fun series made by New Zealand Director Peter Haynes and showcases some awesome NZ countryside.... So please get behind the crowd funding kickstarter and you will get stuff for helping .
The recent tremors that have plagued Mistone in the region around Haven City and the Silkwood Forest cumulated in the early morning hours of (Layo Date to be added once the sundials are reset) as massive earthquake to shook the region.
The shock wave was felt as far as Spellgard and Hlint but the damage was limited to the Silkwood region.
Flash flooding occurred around several dry creek beds as large subterranean aquifer was disturbed. This is thought as well to be the source of flooding in many underground structures of the region. These structures may well remain permanently submerged. Only time will tell. The flooding washed skeletal remains down stream of an old burial site. Proper authorities have been alerted to deal with the re-interment of these souls before they can run amok.
There are some reports of a large debris cloud that mushroomed above the forest. Since it occurred in an uninhabited section of the great tract of forest, it is thought to be the collapse of some natural structure or perhaps old ruins in the area.
Haven City thankfully suffered only minor to moderate structural damage and no town residents have been reported as casualties. Haven Castle had several towers partially collapse but they are repairable. The mines that sustain the economy of the town however were mostly devastated by the quake. If the economy is to survive, new mines will have to be built in the surrounding territories.
The mine collapse may have exterminated a large portion of the local gnoll population. It is unknown how many still populated the underground areas in the wake of recent flooding but non there could have survived the cave ins caused by the quake.
« on: May 09, 2014, 05:57:55 pm »
Tuesday May 13th at 9pm until 12amThis is the second to last installment of the series. There will not be a minimum attendance number. Start point is Haven City. All new and returning players welcome.Haven and the surrounding Silkwood forest have been beset by earth tremor, flooding and a surge of monsters both living and dead. The town's mining livelyhood is threatened. Ogres and Gnolls run rampant. Rumors are that the dead are walking in the forest. Umber Hulks are being forced above ground and in numbers rarely ever seen before. Spiders that normal keep to their underground dens are roaming the forest. A small group of adventurers have stepped up to try and solve the puzzle but will they be successful? Will it be enough? Will it be in time?
For many of you this will come as no surprise, my absences of late saying far more than words. I wanted though to remove doubts and make it official.
When I joined way back, Layonara was a different place with a different vibe but like all things it has evolved over the years. People and places change and sometimes relationships grow apart. Its hard to admit when something no longer works and that apart is far better than together.
Layonara was a salvation in my life in a time when I needed an escape from my reality. Now Layonara only serves mostly as a catalyst of angst and that's not the way it is supposed to be.
So from here forward I am stepping down as an active game master and administrator. I will still be around in the background as part of the team for Lore consultations and I still have some quest loose ends to tie up or move to other game masters. I am not leaving all together as I will be turning my concentration to the art of the MMO and writing.
As time has passed the lands affected by famine have fallen into a holding pattern. All urban growth has stopped and towns and cities have begun to recede in size. Without a stable food supply and loss of tax base due to migration, urban and suburban centres cannot function and there has been a return to the small sustainable villages and farming establishments.
Crops and livestock on a small scale are easier to protect and do not seem to wither to the extent of larger fields. Population numbers are falling as families are having fewer surviving children due to the effects of poor nutrition and choice as well as migration to unaffected areas. Armies and militias are also decreasing in numbers.
Depending on the dominant social system, those with wealth and power still have no problem obtaining the products they need, it just costs them more. Dissidence is growing in the lower classes of some social systems where wealth is not shared and the those that hold power care little for the poor and middle classes.
The opposite holds true for those areas not effected by the famine. Urban centres are booming and their populations are growing due to migration. Agriculture is expanding to support this population and export growth. Wealth is being accumulated at all social levels for the most part and leaders are popular. The trade in slave labour in the realms that permit and encourage such are booming as disaffected and indebted peoples are falling victim to human trafficking. Indentured servitude is also on the rise as the poor trade freedom for food. This cheap and bountiful labour source is also helping the growth of the all industry in prosperous areas, especially forestry,agriculture and mining. Land and real estate in other kingdoms is being bought up as it becomes available.
Dark elf raids continue to plague the land at a rate far higher than what used to be considered the norm. Vale lies in ruins with only a few hardy souls still calling the area home. There has been little to be done about rebuilding. Clover is desolate except for that one house that was not effected. It too seems to lie empty and still. No one was left to rebuild. Goblins and bugbears have taken advantage of the situation and their numbers are on the rise.
Peoples around the Forest of Fog did marshal together a militia and with the help of Rael the Benevolent and his army. With the aid of a mercenary tracker they were able to discover an entrance to the deep where most of the raids had been mounted from. A battle ensued where many lives were lost but the entrance was completely collapsed. There are rumours that the Rael troops captured a demon horse and its rider and they were taken away. All sources in the Rael establishment deny any such thing other than the successful battle occurred.
It is also rumoured that several ruling powers in affected areas formed a council to share information and attempt to determine the cause and stop and hopefully reverse the effects of the famine. Authorities from several faiths and fields of study were invited to join. Citing security reasons, little has been said about what has been discovered. An observational telescope was erected on the slopes of Cyclops peak to watch the Red Eyes formation in the night sky. They have gradually increased in brightness and size over time while other star formations have dimmed. The number of stars in Lucinda's group has fallen to the lowest count in several centuries.
The peoples of Krandor are worried that civic leaders and tavern owners Connor Garvill and AnnaLee have not been seen in some time. They were headed on a trip to Alindor and sources in Mariner's Hold confirm they arrived there but they have not been seen since entering the Wolfswood forest well over a year ago.
This documentary is free to view for the next week.
If you care about what you eat, what your kids eat and the future, I suggest you watch the whole thing.
Genetic Roulette—The Gamble of Our Lives-English - YouTube
Here are the first edition promotional badges.
When placed in a signature or in email they are active link to the Layonara home page. Many of you are active on other sites and you can use them on those forums to show your Layo spirit
To use - copy the text as it appears into the signature section of the forums
On these forums it is My Account/Edit Signature
These are two posters I have made to help promote the Layonara website and the game. They can be downloaded from the downloads section as 300dpi 4800x6000 files that will print out fairly well at 16x20 or smaller.
(download section under optional downloads)
They are my contribution to helping to build the community. I have printed out several and put them in the local comic book shops, game shops and one in the local library. I hope you will do the same.
Coming soon are web badges you can use to show your Layo spirit and perhaps generate some web traffic.
Rangers sent out from Rangley to look for Vale refugees return to the town some days later with horrible news.
Plumes of smoke were seen rising from the forest south of Vale. A few of the group went to investigate leaving the others to search around Vale.
When they came upon what should be the village of Clover, it was a ghost town. It looked as though the attack came in the night as many were found with their throats cut, still in their beds. Watch dogs slaughtered efficiently. What livestock and food might have been was looted. Bodies of those that may have fought back were pile like cord wood infront of the home that once belonged to a Lucindite. Rumor was it now belonged to a Folian follower than has not been seen in some time.
Most disturbing of all was the lack of children's bodies in the carnage. Infants and toddlers were gutted and drained of blood, some missing hearts and other organs.
In the village square a symbol, drawn in blood and glittering with mineral dust. A Ranger copied the mark to parchment with trepetation before drawing water from the well and washing it from existance.
With the dwindling stores of grain from lean harvests there has been less and less available for commercial enterprises making spirits and ale. Stores have been diminished and now shortages are in hand.
Wine from Morholt however still flows in abundance and commands a premium price. There is an active blackmarket in both alcohol and grain diverted for feeding livestock and humans to less scrupulous distilleries.
A ragged crew of men, many of them injured and near death crawl from the forest surrounding Rangley. They bring dire warning from Vale. The town is all but destroyed by a raiding party of dark elves. The attack happened at the last double new moon. The survivors that make their way into the town tell a horrific tale. Men, women and children killed. The priestess of the Katian temple strung up and tortured with her followers. Those that did manage to escape claim they only did so because travelers to the town warned them that dark elves had been spotted in the forest and brought back the remains of a ranger scouting party that appeared to have been ambused and killed by dark elves. Some of the residents were prepared, but sadly many others were not.
Word on the docks is that the winter wheat crop in the belly of Rael's kingdom is blighting as it comes from the ground.
Poor harvests in Mask and Golden are leaving multitudes hungry and even the master of propaganda, Lord Rael, can't keep the rumors at bay.
There are fears that the blight may spread into the Forest of Fog.