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Development Journals and Discussion / Re: Nate's Journal
« on: Today at 05:47:41 am »
*Sitting by the fire in Center, Nate's writes in his journal*

I met up with Steel again, and while we completed many merchants job "edict 9, no jobs is too small" it brought us to Vanavar where we spend many hours talking about the axiom and it's meaning. Although it really seemed a lot shorter than hours. It is only after we had parted ways that I noticed how much time had passed.

One thing that I came to understand is that, the choice to accept a contract, of who I choose are my enemies are always mine, and even within a contract the ability to discern and decide on how to accomplish the end goal might not always be what I've been hired for. I still have the choice for the better of for worst, of how I will accomplish things. That notion of choice in accomplishing an assignment is very different than what I was raised and trained to do. We were trained to do exactly what we were told to do, the how to achieve the end goal was ours, but the end goal had to remain the same. While with the Dread Blades I might have the luxury to choose, I don't think I would be able to do so if the Master beckoned, and refusing to accomplish the assignment is basically signing my own death.

For now though, I will keep pondering on that end to see how I could get out of that bind, or maybe I'll just do as always and push through. But first things first, Steel did mention that he would train me in the use of magic, even if it's not about becoming a mage, the ability to use it would still prove useful.

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Development Journals and Discussion / Re: Nate's Journal
« on: January 18, 2021, 11:52:40 pm »
*Nate's sits by the fire in the Leringuard's arms inn library, contemplating the Axiom that was handed to him by Steel, reading each elements over and over and pondering over them*

"Code of the Dread Blade.
A Guide for those who would claim to be mercenaries.

1 - Your livelihood rests on two things; knowledge and reputation. (You need both to be successful.)
2 - Know your enemies. (This requires constant awareness and choice. Sometimes the one that hires you is your enemy. Choose carefully.)
3 - No one is innocent. (Not children, not flowers, not anything.)
4 - Everything dies. (Even rocks)
5 - Do not kill unless you are facing your enemies.
6 - Protect those who are not your enemies. (You won't have work if you don't.)
7 - A child is never your enemy. (children are to be taught, not killed.)
8 - Retreat in the face of defeat is wise, if not noble. (You're in the business to kill, not be killed.)
9 - No job is too small. (Your reputation is on the line.)
10 - Pay comes in many forms, some of which are better than gold. (Learn to offer many types of payment arrangements.)
11 - Mercenaries are killers. (Don't deceive yourself. Your place is among the thieves and murderers. Ultimately you're a life-taker, not a  life-giver.)

Signed,
Cole Norseman."

I've finally been able to meet with Steel again, and we had a good discussion at his Inn. The Dread Blades seems to be what I thought they were, and indeed something that I could see myself working within. We've talked a lot about appearances, reputation and how to promote it and to protect it. About the nature of contracts and that there's no too little or too big contracts. While we've also touch lightly about controlling ones emotions while achieving the end goal of a contract, something he said we would get back to. He did leave me with this question.

Knowledge, why is it paired with reputation?

I have to say that I have some ideas about it, the main one is that knowing the repercussion of what the end result of a contract will bring could affect the way you do the contract so that it doesn't tarnish your  reputation. As an example, if your contract was to assassinate the king of a kingdom, knowing that it could destabilize the entire region, even more so if you actually reside in that region, could jeopardize your standing in such a place. There for making sure that you remain completely incognito in this endeavor would allow you to retain your reputation. But at the same time, having the reputation of having been able to topple a king could potentially bring you more lucrative contracts in the future, so your persona as an assassin must be able to be known. But your persona and your day to day avatar must be kept separate least those that you know could be brought to suffer or even worst turn on you and turn you to those seeking revenge.

I have to think more about this. I'm sure there is more to this than this obvious fact.

What could he mean.. with his question...

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NWN Ideas, Suggestions, Requests / Nature or Hebalist donation center
« on: January 13, 2021, 05:03:16 pm »
Would it be possible to add the same option of donating to either the nature supplier in Hempstead or the herbalist in Center, so that the toons that don't want to deal with deities or temples can actually get the discounts on healing supplies?

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Layonara Server / Re: NWN Module Changelog Entries
« on: January 08, 2021, 11:17:42 pm »
A new changelog entry has been added. https://wiki.layonara.com/wiki/Changelog_5-60

December 18, 2020
Fixes

    Removed Coat of Arms from random quest
    Fixed grapes being unreachable by brownies in Karthy
    Fixed some body parts not being available in the customization screen
    Fixed the filter to work properly for customizing heads
    Fixed collectors quests not checking if you even had the item, doh
    Fixed an issue with random creature scale
    Fixed issue with agree rules instructions
    Fixed an issue with the "dream" quest being tagged improperly

Updates/Additions

    Upgraded Layonara to 8193.20
    Wires can be crafted up to 5 at a time
    Poisons can be crafted up to 5 at a time
    Upgraded many textures from tga to dds
    Polymorph elementals use old appearance
    Updated skyboxes
    Use environmental maps in more places
    Cleaned up a ton of the sync folder to remove things in base game

Builder things

    Added Arabian Nights tileset
    Added Mountain Jungle tileset
    Added aquatic placeables
    Added Catacombs tileset

Previous change logs are listed at https://wiki.layonara.com/wiki/Category:Changelog

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CNR Suggestions/Discussion / Re: Monk Gloves with Claws
« on: January 08, 2021, 04:00:28 pm »
Just saw this, nice idea.

If this was allowed, gloves models would have to be made in game also to represent it as Icons, so variations in styles would also have to be made. And if you wanted for them to be physically seen in game on the pc, then someone with 3d modeling experience would have to make those to bee added.


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Development Journals and Discussion / Re: Nate's Journal
« on: January 06, 2021, 10:26:01 pm »
*Nates sits alone at a table in the bull's eyes inn, uncharacteristically drinking ale in public. Two ladies of comfort keeps bugging him as he just sips on his drinks and looks at his journal that is still closed*

Look, I already told you no.. so take your tiny bit rump and move out of my bubble..

*he throws them a few coins so they can finally leave him alone, which just a few months before would have been an entire different story. He then opens his journal and starts writing into it*

Seems I'm still lacking in skills. Even though I feel that I've been able to keep my mind  a bit more when I see them cast on me and I know that it would affect my mind in some way, a lot of the time now it seems that I just shrug it off.. barely, it's as if my mind was about to fail but then a rush clears it free. Not sure really how to describe that, but it's a good thing I'm sure. But still, lately I've fell more than I would care to admit and it's bugging me. Sure I travel a lot with Mangus; Lily, Jeb, Xiao in places that well let's admit, it, are way out of my leagues, but I would have thought that my hard training would pay off more than it has.  I do know it's a lot easier now to flank them and hit them a lot harder where it hurts them most. But I don't know.. maybe I just expected more.

*he takes an other deep swig at the ale*

Expecting more seems to be a recurring theme of mine lately, and even with the talk we had things doesn't seem to have changed. So I guess I just have to accept it is what it is and not assume anything, again. Still, it changed me in a way. Usually I wouldn't have minded the nightly company of those two, they were always a good time, not anymore though. Attachment is a dangerous game, but it's not like I can really just turn it off either. I guess you never really choose who you'll be attracted too. Still I have to just chill and keep it to myself. If those who sought to gain an advantage over me knew what I feel for her, it could be more dangerous for her than for me. Man get a grip! That's not how I was trained! I have to show the same coldness than she does toward me. Although sometimes she throws me off; like today after I had to be risen a second time on our quest, she came to me and whispered that she was so sorry, showing that she cared, which she doesn't usually do. I was so miffed that the guard in Miritrix got the head of the troll straight in his face as I threw it with force. I don't care that it's not his fault. I still went there because of him, so he deserves everything that came with that head; the blood, the broken nose or what ever. And the payout wasn't even worth it. I lost twice the amount of money than that bloke handed me. Maybe I'll go pay him a visit later on, and get what I feel I'm due, I'm sure he'll protests, but I know he will give in when his family are about to bite it because of him.

Still haven't been able to get a talk with Steel about the dread blades. Eager to see what more he has to say about them.

Ah well, time to find an other mark to bleed.

*Takes the last bit of ale in the mug and closes his journal, slipping it a secret place in his bag, and then leaves the inn*

// music that fits his mood at the moment :P

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjPIOuFtWAI

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Development Journals and Discussion / Re: Nate's Journal
« on: December 22, 2020, 04:24:29 am »
How to make yourself look like a fool

Assume without verifying.....

I've done it, and yes I've made a fool of myself.

How am I unable to read her correctly I don't know.. am I losing my edge?

Met an other Tiefling, at least his mask is better than that fool Cailomel. We had a good discussion and he mentioned something that really peaked my interest, the dead blades. It is really close to what I was trained for, and might be a good experience and also lucrative while I still wait on orders from my master. He said he would be willing to talk to me about more and might also have a few things he would be able to teach me. I will take him up on his offer. Might bring me closer to my goal and what I am looking to become, show me what I'm lacking yet to be that one who can go where others can't. I know as I write this, that I don't have the emotional and moral dilemma to do what needs to be done to accomplish the goal that is desired, but there's always new things to learn that can help get there and hopefully he will be able to bring me closer to that state.

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Ask A Gamemaster / Re: Battlerage
« on: December 18, 2020, 03:16:44 pm »
As for whether or not Battlerage will kick off the terrifying rage aura, I have no idea. That said, if I have a moment, I can make an NPC test character and see if it works. Outside of that you can ping Orth or maybe HB on Discord and see if they can look at the script to see if it will work.

I unfortunately don't have access to that script, so it would have to be orth, I will be posting the question in the module building channel though, which you could also tobias ;).

// edit, seems that was already answered so.. there ya go!!! :P

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Development Journals and Discussion / Re: Nate's Journal
« on: December 14, 2020, 12:16:22 am »
Well it has been some time since I dusted off this journal.

Many things have happened, many things have stayed the same. I'm still unsure of what's happening with Liliah, while she did say she wanted to settle things down and then we could continue our path together, she's been acting like that discussion has never happened. And each time he's there it's the cold shoulder butts in and her being infatuated by him spews allover her. I have never been one to give up on anything, but I'm starting to think this is a lost cause. The only time I had opened myself, and trusted someone. The code was right, use but don't let yourself be used. And it seems she did just that. Lesson learned. I'll have to find a way to detach myself and use her just as all the others.. a mean to an end, and to be thrown away when done with.

La blue witch, aka Kella is really a blast to tamper with. I dunno why i get so much pleasure to press her buttons, but she tries so hard to pass off as the big mean witch elf, yet she can't stand the heat, funnily that's her favorite thing to threaten me with.

I'm still honing my skills at poison making and as a rogue. I've hit a plateau though for poison making. I know where to get them; but I just can't get them, not without Lily anyways, and well I think it's best I don't keep my hopes high about anything regarding that. So I'll have to find an other way to get to those. Maybe I can coax the guild to get more for me.

Still no contracts from the master, wondering if I fell in some forgotten realm here. But I'll be ready for it when he requires my services. That's why I'm training so hard anyhow.

Well off to more adventure and killings.


It was a sweet dream while it lasted, but a dream only.

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Introduce Yourself / Re: New player saying hi
« on: December 12, 2020, 07:07:29 pm »
Welcome to our home away from home.. and hopefully you'll feel the same soon!

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NWN Ideas, Suggestions, Requests / Re: stashable books
« on: November 24, 2020, 09:23:25 pm »
Oh no I do want it, just that I wished it could be stashed, but oh well :)

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NWN Ideas, Suggestions, Requests / stashable books
« on: November 24, 2020, 06:15:17 pm »
Would it be possible to give the ability to stash in a bag to all books?

I don't know how many of them out there can't but for example the charles dawson: the origins of species cannot be placed in containers

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Calendar Events / Re: Storm on the Horizon
« on: October 17, 2020, 08:27:20 pm »
*As Fehriel sees the the note he growls in a low growls as no one has ever heard him do before he then rips off the note. In it's place a note hung by a dagger with a wolf decorated handle*

You FOOLS!! It's not enough that we had the black plague, but we've lost so many towns, villages and people to the green dragon cult war. You are placing my pack in danger, I will have word with you... if word they are.

A wolf paw with an elaborate F in the center is stamped

*Fehriel then storms out heading to Prantz to speak with some of the denizen on who might have gathered there on their way to an excursion.*

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NWN Ideas, Suggestions, Requests / Re: Portal Change
« on: October 15, 2020, 02:42:50 am »
already had a small talk about it on the builders channel and Dorganath brought up this following reasoning, although I'm paraphrasing here.

there's actually a very good reason that was brought in the discussion about it, is that it's due to some areas being able to be accessible for lower levels than those intended by Hilm or Miritix areas
and if the portal was set to there, then those lower levels wouldn't be able to reach the area's intended, at least not in a timely fashion like the Arnax point gives
one suggestion might be to place a new exit point while keeping the Arnax one though
so have one at Arnax, and one at Hilm for instance

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Calendar Events / The pack is called to action!
« on: October 08, 2020, 05:33:42 pm »
Calling the pack and those friendly to the pack.

Are you foolhardy?
Are you brave enough to face the unknown?
Are you strong enough to face the most vicious foes on the planet?

or are you just up to some trekking in a part of an Island that has not been visited in decades?

If so, meet up at the fire camp of Center this coming Saturday, 10 AM est.

Have bandages, potions, food, ale and guts a plenty!

//we're invading Milara's Lands!!!! Mwhahahaha

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General Discussion / Re: Returning Player
« on: September 26, 2020, 12:59:18 pm »
Could I please also request that, if possible, my old characters be ported here?

- - Dorax Windsmith

Woot! An other old name that was missed

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General Discussion / Re: Returning Player
« on: September 19, 2020, 06:21:38 pm »
Hello All,

Its been a while. I'm looking to return de and am hoping my characters are still here. I talked to my son Mateo and he said I needed to request that they be returned to my account? Can someone point me in the right direction!

Hope all is well with all of you. I see some familiar names on posts!

My Thanks.

Heck yeah nice to see you around!!!!!

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*Riven tacks a note to the Loaner chest*

To Nate,
Thanks for making use of the crafter loaner chest!
Are you missing your encircling scale belt? My records show you borrowed a belt of cunning and later returned an encircling scale belt instead of a belt of cunning. Not that I'm complaining, as belts of cunning are easier to replace for me than the scale belt, but I imagine you may be missing it the next time you go up against demon spiders!
~Riven


//That's what happened to my belt!! LOL

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Important Layonara Announcements / Re: Solicitation for some donations
« on: August 28, 2020, 06:23:47 am »
About the entry dynamics, can we have a discussion with the current player base and see if we can get to something everybody likes, or as close as possible?

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Development Journals and Discussion / Re: The wind and the leaf
« on: July 01, 2020, 02:37:26 am »
The training continues.

It is a lot easier to train Xiao than it was to train Vrebel in some instances. His prior monk training had all of the reflexes, alertness, precision, dodging training done. So he had already a strong foundation that I could lean on. Contrary to some where you have to have them unlearn all of that they learned. This really made things a lot easier with Xiao and his progression has been unsurprisingly fast just as a monk is. It is only a matter of repetition at the moment, as he has learned really all that he can. As one once said, train and train again until you master it. It is the same with becoming a rogue. You train at it until it becomes part of you. I think the only thing really left for me to teach him is our hand sign language.


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