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You folks won't believe the load of changes we've packed into this update. Many suggestions were implemented, many annoyances corrected and a boat load of new functionality was tossed in. Combine that with the sweet new areas built by Chongo and you're all in for a big treat!
Our scheduled release is pending some playtesting but we're targeting the weekend. Maybe as early as the quiet hours of Saturday morning, but no guarantees.
More then your game experience, your community experience is going through a bit of an overhaul as well. I eluded to this in an earlier post but we felt most of the policy, procedure and rule changes are now all intertwined, so to release partial changes would have been confusing without the full picture.
[SIZE=18]Stay tuned for a few teasers and added details![/SIZE]
Just a quick FYI, the machine that the IRC service is currently being hosted on is having a slew of issues. We are working on the problem. For now, the #nwn channel is the only one that's functional. We're looking at migrating the service to a different machine to help reduce the load.
I'll post updates on this thread as things change.
Sorry for the inconvenience.
There has been some unclarity about the Shadowdancer class, or at least things have been left unclear. This post remedies that for the most part, although everyone should realize that a 100% fit is not going to be possible due to Layonara moving away from D&D.
In the new Cosmology (which is not that new anymore) there is no longer a Shadow Plane. In fact, there never was one.
This poses a bit of a problem for the Shadowdancer class, as some abilities of this class were rooted in the Plane of Shadow.
This post intends to clarify that situation, in summary, most abilities of the Shadowdancer will be seen as spells like how the sorceror class has spells (except in contrast to the sorceror, you can be trained to be an SD. Training can vary per individual and is up to the GM running the CDQ)). Others will be physical or mental abilities.
- Hide in Plain Sight: this is a combination of being good at hiding and using whatever is available as cover, as well as a form of invisibility (so a combo of magic and physical means)
- Darkvision: purely physical
- (Improved) Evasion: physical
- Uncanny Dodge: physical
- Shadow Daze: a spell
- Summon Shadow: a shadow is summoned from a lower frequency world, see here http://forums.layonara.com/layonara-server/126742-cosmology-faq.html
These are not undead (although NWN says they are). They are also not “shadow elementals” (i.e. they are not creatures of solidified shadow).
- Shadow Evade: spell, kind of like a concealment spell, but then more like blending in with shadows instead of becoming blurry
- Defensive roll: physical
- Slippery Mind: physical/mental
Shadowdancers who RP that they make shadows dance by making gestures with fingers and hands are merely good at manipulating light and shadow. They cannot make other people’s shadow move or something like that.
Note regarding The Veil: her additional powers stem from the successful completion of a WLDQ. Future shadowdancers will not necessarily gain the same powers, nor replace or succeed The Veil, nor necessarily deal with the same entities that gave her her powers.
*A letter arrives to the people tainted by the shadow dragon Shardrixkayl
sealed with wax and stamped with a crest of a tiger battling its own shadow. The tiger itself is not covered in the usual kind of stripes, but with clearly visable lightning bolts.
under it is written*
read only in well light area and burn after
We have found a new source of information and possible a being able to remove the curse that plague us all.
The Golden Emerald Yog'oldrania has agreed to meet us in the Grove of Slumber on Timar, in return for the aid we will be asked to share our knowledge about the incident as well as the state of the war with the green dragon cult.
Understand that the dragon is in no way obligated to aid us, therefore it is of the utmost importance that people share their knowledge as well as behave properly.
Angela Swann and Alantha T'sarran
//reguesting a meeting with the Golden Emerald as per pm's with Harlas and EdTheket.
//the letter will arrive to the people having a known house/room/place of living, otherwise feel free to ignore the letter
For responding to a stuck chest situation at the Angel's guild. We had seven chests stuck on our showroom floor and they helped us by destroying them after emptying. Thanks again Gentlemen.
« on: December 10, 2008, 09:22:16 am »
In many a town and village that is frequented by the people listed below, shadowy figures spring from nowhere and attack innocent bystanders or the people themselves.
It does not take long for them to be called cursed or bewitched by the common folk. They are spoken about behind their backs and some are no longer openly welcomed in some places.
//The ones listed below all know why this is! You cannot run, you cannot hide, and you still feel watched!
Rockhead Howling Wolf
Argali Trueaxe/Script Wrecked
Tod Fellow/Tod Fellow
Emie Meadows/Emie Meadows
Sallaron Tempest/Lord Cove
Angela Swann/Angela Swann
« on: December 01, 2008, 01:41:01 am »
It has come to my attention that the temple and faith of Toran have entered into the business of keeping dark elven servants. I, my family, and friends refuse to enter a temple upon which such a debauchery has taken place. Dark elves are the most vile creatures to set foot in Toran's light and should be hunted and expunged with the same tenacity that good Toranites seek to vanquish the undead. It is only after their numbers have been virtually extincted that one might hope to cultivate one or two with traits such worthy of Toran's teachings.
The simple act of desensitizing the surface population to their vileness by sending us their culls or spies is likely part of some grand invasion scheme. People should be reminded of their evil tendencies daily and keep their guard up lest some town suffer as Hlint, Spellgard , Port Hempstead or countless other towns have suffered.
I petition that this Dark Elf be put to death immediately or if it must be toted around it be as a reminder to people as what they look like and how they sound and act so any others be killed on sight. It is not worthy to receive Toran's teaching and many others feel such as I do. Make an example of it if you must, but treat it as the animal it is. I refuse to worship or support any temple it sets foot in.
Concerned citizens of Trelania
It is with the greatest of sadness that I write this letter to inform all those who knew Goldwin Blacknight, of his passing. He died as he lived protecting the innocent and less fortunate. He died saving the life of a child. There can be no greater sacrifice given, than a life given to save another.
I write to tell you of his courageous spririt, of his giving heart. Of a friend who will be missed and never forgotten. He always offered to help where he could, and protect those he loved with a understanding that his life was lived for more than just the trivial possesions, but to help those who needed him to become better people.
I am one of those who became better for knowing him and I will never forget my treasured friend.
Goldwin Blacknight will be sorely missed, walk always in the light Goldwin Blacknight.
With a deep respect and fond friendship,
Okay not sure if anyone else has done any Layo art but... if not then here is some! I was a bit bored when the server was down, so I decided to draw the troupe 'Two halves and a Pint'. I know it's not very good, but I was just trying to see if I could get the characters across by doing a mixture of :
a- looking at the portraits
b- remembering the clothes worn in-game
c- some.. err... imagination?
Anyways, sorry in advance if I haven't done them well, but I hope you all like it anyway... even if you don't, as long as this makes you laugh!
P.S. looks a bit blurry at first, but click on the pic for 'full-view' and you can see it better.
Wanted to take a moment to thank Orth for the story telling event. It was fun and imformative and his story telling abilities rival those of Ozzy. The Lore stories are something I have missed greatly and Im glad he took the time to share them with us as a community.
Some people support football ( or Soccer if I have to use it) or baseball.
Some collect stamps or stick little wodden ships in big glass bottles.
Others play Online Games.
With either of the above, you are bound to get some kind of emotional attachment to your chosen preference. I personally recall seeing my brother sob like a little girl when England failed to qualify for the European cup.
It's really not that much different here.
Some of us invest a lot of time in the character's we've created here, and as it is a Roleplay world, there's no telling what could happen to your creation when you log in. Some of it could be good, some of it could be bad.
Some of it will make us laugh... and yet some of it may... just may, make us curse.
Events ingame may occur against your character, or situations may arise you really did not want to but have no control over. Tensions may rise, and you may find yourself angry, agitated or annoyed.
That is fine. And it's to be expected considering what we put into some of our characters, or how things can occur ingame.
Some of the things Im hinting at are things like:
Deity relations - " I will not travel with this person. Leave now... or we will "make" you leave!" ... at which point someone finds themselves kicked from a group.
Sure... it may have been RP'd fairly enough and had RP reasons to be done, but that doesn't stop the player who now finds himself alone from being mildly miffed about the whole situation.
PvP - This can vary. But often enough I've seen is when two characters dont mesh well and it comes to blows. RP'd is fine... but it usually results in said people no longer travelling with each other, refusing or being unable to join groups because their opponent is traveling in said group.
Again, fine reasons and good RP. But it still may result in one person being left out of a circle or group they were accustomed to traveling in, or once again, find themselves all alone.
Broken Relations - A change in the routine. Your IG partner may dump you... or people you used to travel and RP with frequently suddenly no longer seem to be around, or are busy doing other things. One thing with the above to remember is.... simply because you may be dating/married to a certain person Ingame, or have the most fun RPing with a certain person, does not mean you need to go to and be with that same person everytime they log in.
There are likely more I cant think of, but the above tend to leave Player's with negative feelings. That "can" be understandable and unavoidable, since RP is Roleplaying out the Good and Bad times of your Character's life.
But the important thing is to ensure that that same negativity doesn't affect you and flow back into the game.
If your angry because a certain RP situation caused X or Y to happen, caused that evil Corath to kill your character in less than two rounds, or because your InGame love ran off with the Tailor from Hempstead, and you know it's affected you, it's perhaps time to log-off, roll back your chair and remember this is a game.
We're all here to enjoy a game. If this game no longer becomes fun and annoys us... it's time to sit back and take a break, get some perspective.
And those spending their few spare hours coming here to enjoy this game, shouldn't need to deal with any form of negativity we push out because an InGame situation didn't go the way we wanted it to.
Hmm.... I've rambled quite a lot.
Basically, all I'm saying in my long-winded way is, dont let IC things effect your OOC mood... and thus let your OOC mood effect your IC mood... and so on and so forth.
Please be aware (and mindful and considerate) that when subsuming knowledge of another character's class (or race or alignment for that matter), that the other player is being denied the opportunity to play those components of their own character.
Certain things about the different classes/races/alignments are common (character) knowledge, but when their own doctrines/dogmas/creeds/racial outlooks are quoted at them, well, that component of that character has just been rendered superfluous and impotent.
« on: August 13, 2008, 05:00:47 pm »
In the event of my own death or long term disappearance, these are the very public and collective wills of all my characters.
Bjornigar Ironguts: Everything goes to Willy Catpaw/C.Pooser, especially the house. The House will NEVER go to Muhkuman, and he just has to suffer with only having one... if in any case WIlly or a future owner try to give it to him, it will be reappropriated by the state and turned into an orphanage, and for no other purpose. If this is unnaceptable to the real estate office of Leringard, then it will be burned down to the ground in response by said orphans.
Kahzrag Gloom: All properties are to be reabsorbed by the city of Prantz
Farros Galdor: All to go to Skabot Redwulf. If he is already dead, it goes to Az Ptol. In either case scenario, the body shall go to Az Ptol for reanimation so that even should Farros die, his legend will go on as the best dressed eternal undead ever.
Earl Frogstomper: everything given to Tritherion
Kor Gromak: All assets liquidated to go towards a single solitary Tent Temple of Grand which in game should realistically cost little more than two bearskins and a dozen sticks and a bowl to bleed into.
Grovel Foaming Wolf: all assets to be gambled for by the goblin crew, Mangle-Or, Nonac Shadow Wolf and Warsinger. The body is to be devoured by the same.
"Why Play A Drow If You're Only Going To Be A Dark Skinned Elf?"
(and I use the term "drow" deliberately)
The original drow, of course, was Drizzt Do'Urden,
[INDENT]"an atypical drow who has forsaken both the evil ways of his people and their home in the Underdark. He is one of few drow known to live on the surface."[/INDENT]
who has become the archetypal drow character, and whose story of escaping the Underdark and living on the surface forms the proforma for most drow character backgrounds (due in part to the neccessity of having to get from there to here to play).
It seems to me that an intrinsic part of the drow character storyline is the hated outsider living incognito amongst the traditional adversary.
That story then advances and the character develops as they eventually establish a relationship with some of the people they meet (other player characters), forming a tight circle of trusted friends, to whom they (probably) end up revealing themselves, either because they are good, and are proving their worth despite their dark lineage, or because they are evil and are really duping everyone.
However, it seems to me that the whole premise is undermined by players flaunting their character's drowness in public, as though drow are generally accepted.
Aside from this going against what is written about [LORE]Dark Elves[/LORE] in Lore, if drow are generally accepted, what's the point of being one? If everyone accepts you, aren't you just a dark-skinned elf?
In my opinion, being generally accepted breaks the uniqueness of the concept and the role-playing opportunity of being a drow has to offer.
Further, by flaunting a character's drowness, isn't the above premise being broken for the next person to play a drow?
There is no big reveal when the next character outs themselves (or is outted) as a drow, because everyone knows of[SIZE=10](1)[/SIZE] half-a-dozen other drow. "Oh, another dark elf. More above than below, they say. Yes, isn't one of them a waiter in the such-and-such pub?" In short, drow become mundane.
In a module, such actions would be fine, because the story is about you. In a persistent world, where you are one of many, isn't there is a certain responsibility to those who will come after you?
[SIZE=10](1) as opposed to "knows".[/SIZE]
[SIZE=16]I finally caved in to do an intro myself. My real name is Tiffany. Lynn1020 comes from my middle name (Lynn), 1020 is from my wedding anniversary, October 20th. I am a southern girl and from what I have found out, I still have a very southern accent. I grew up in Kentucky until I married and moved with my husband. After moving to several different states (including a three year vacation in Hawaii) we now live in the Northwest, near Seattle. It never fails though; anytime I speak I am asked where am I from.
I have been a military wife for almost 18 years now, and also a stay at home mom to three kids (four if you count my husband). Two boys aged sixteen and thirteen, who both play Layo from time to time, and one girl age six. She plays the NWN single player version. I had to finally tell her she could start playing with us when her reading and writing improves. She will lecture me when she watches me play. "Mom do you want to keep playing Emie? Well stop going out alone and wait for your friends!"
I have to say I love that I get the chance to stay at home with the kids, even though you will often find me moaning and complaining. Especially now that I have been nursing a broken foot for the last couple of weeks, and the kids are out of school for the summer and I can't even drive! But at least it does give me an excuse to be in Layo even more.
My husband played Layo for two years before I started. In that time I have to say I hated Layonara. All I knew about it was that it was a game that kept my husband on the computer for hours!! Many times he tried to get me to watch him and try it out. I refused. I was happy with my scrapbooking and Zelda games. Then it got worse! He got our two sons playing it! It drove me nuts having to listen about it all the time. Well to make a very long story short, he finally got me to try it. Emie was born! That was almost two years ago so needless to say I was hooked and haven't left since. Now the whole family plays together at times. I never thought a game could make me laugh and cry as much as this one has.
I have never played any type of D&D game before Layonara. So there was so much I didn't understand and I am still learning. That being the reason Emie started out a lot like me...shy and quiet. Boy has she changed in the last two years!![/SIZE]
[SIZE=16]I just got word from a small delivery birdy that we have a new addition to the real life Layonara family today!
Congratulations "Alatriel" and "Aerimor".
8 lbs, 20.5 inches.
June 28,2008 at 6:34 AM EST
[SIZE=16]I was told Mom did wonderful. She and baby Alexander are resting quietly in the hospital.
Mom put Dad to work when you get home so you can take care of yourself and that little guy! We will see you when you are up to playing again.
Pseudo's Community Service of the Day
Are you SURE you're ready to have children??
Test 1 - Preparation
Women: To prepare for pregnancy:-
1. Put on a dressing gown and stick a beanbag down the front.
2. Leave it there.
3. After 9 months remove 5% of the beans.
Men: To prepare for children:-
1. Go to a local chemist, tip the contents of your wallet onto the counter and tell the pharmacist to help himself
2. Go to the supermarket. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office.
3. Go home. Pick up the newspaper and read it for the last time.
Test 2 - Knowledge
Find a couple who are already parents and berate them about their methods of discipline, lack of patience, appallingly low tolerance levels and how they have allowed their children to run wild. Suggest ways in which they might improve their child's sleeping habits, toilet training, table manners and overall behavior.
Enjoy it. It will be the last time in your life that you will have all the answers.
Test 3 - Nights
To discover how the nights will feel:
1. Walk around the living room from 5pm to 10pm carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 4 - 6kg, with a radio turned to static (or some other obnoxious sound) playing loudly.
2. At 10pm, put the bag down, set the alarm for midnight and go to sleep.
3. Get up at 11pm and walk the bag around the living room until 1am.
4. Set the alarm for 3am.
5. As you can't get back to sleep, get up at 2am and make a cup of tea.
6. Go to bed at 2.45am.
7. Get up again at 3am when the alarm goes off.
8. Sing songs in the dark until 4am.
9. Put the alarm on for 5am. Get up when it goes off.
10. Make breakfast.
Keep this up for 5 years.
Test 4 - Dressing Small Children
1. Buy a live octopus and a string bag.
2. Attempt to put the octopus into the string bag so that no arms hang out.
Time Allowed: 5 minutes.
Test 5 - Cars
1. Forget the BMW. Buy a practical 5-door wagon.
2. Buy a chocolate ice cream cone and put it in the glove compartment. Leave it there.
3. Get a coin. Insert it into the CD player.
4. Take a box of chocolate biscuits; mash them into the back seat.
5. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car.
Test 6 - Going For a Walk
Go out the front door
Come back in again
Come back in again
Go out again
Walk down the front path
Walk back up it
Walk down it again
Walk very slowly down the road for five minutes.
Stop, inspect minutely and ask at least 6 questions about every piece of used chewing gum, dirty tissue and dead insect along the way.
Retrace your steps
Scream that you have had as much as you can stand until the neighbours come out and stare at you.
Give up and go back into the house.
You are now just about ready to try taking a small child for a walk.
Repeat everything you say at least 5 times.
Test 8 - Grocery Shopping
1. Go to the local supermarket. Take with you the nearest thing you can find to a pre-school child - a fully grown goat is excellent. If you intend to have more than one child, take more than one goat.
2. Buy your weekly groceries without letting the goat(s) out of your sight.
3. Pay for everything the goat eats or destroys.
Until you can easily accomplish this, do not even contemplate having children.
Test 9 - Feeding a 1 year-old
1. Hollow out a melon
2. Make a small hole in the side
3. Suspend the melon from the ceiling and swing it side to side
4. Now get a bowl of soggy cornflakes and attempt to spoon them into the swaying melon while pretending to be an aeroplane.
5. Continue until half the cornflakes are gone.
6. Tip the rest into your lap, making sure that a lot of it falls on the floor.
Test 10 - TV
1. Learn the names of every character from the Wiggles, Barney, Teletubbies and Disney.
2. Watch nothing else on television for at least 5 years.
Test 11 - Mess
Can you stand the mess children make? To find out:
1. Smear peanut butter onto the sofa and jam onto the curtains
2. Hide a fish behind the stereo and leave it there all summer.
3. Stick your fingers in the flowerbeds and then rub them on clean walls. Cover the stains with crayon. How does that look?
4. Empty every drawer/cupboard/storage box in your house onto the floor & leave it there.
Test 12 - Long Trips with Toddlers
1. Make a recording of someone shouting 'Mummy' repeatedly. Important Notes: No more than a 4 second delay between each Mummy. Include occasional crescendo to the level of a supersonic jet.
2. Play this tape in your car, everywhere you go for the next 4 years.
You are now ready to take a long trip with a toddler.
Test 13 - Conversations
1. Start talking to an adult of your choice.
2. Have someone else continually tug on your shirt hem or shirt sleeve while playing the Mummy tape listed above.
You are now ready to have a conversation with an adult while there is a child in the room.
Test 14 - Getting ready for work
1. Pick a day on which you have an important meeting.
2. Put on your finest work attire.
3. Take a cup of cream and put 1 cup of lemon juice in it
5. Dump half of it on your nice silk shirt
6. Saturate a towel with the other half of the mixture
7. Attempt to clean your shirt with the same saturated towel
8. Do not change (you have no time).
9. Go directly to work
You are now ready to have children.
I would like to tell a story that I totally made up. I use it to hopefully make a point about monster interaction.
Our story starts in Middle Earth, inside the Prancing Pony. It’s a beautiful evening Berham the innkeep is doing very good business. Some of the Fellowship are there…Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli. They are all having a nice drink.
If anyone can find any sense in that fictious story please explain it to me. I am hoping I get a few snickers, but in all seriousness I do see this going on in Layonara. I will have a gander and say that for some people they want to stay friendly IC to everybody because that way everyone will treat them as a friend OOC and IC.
There is nothing wrong showing hostility towards a monstrous races (in character of course). It helps with the immersion of the world and make for some interesting RolePlay. Please note though…this is no excuse to make personal attacks OOC to somebody. Everything stays IC. Also this also doesn’t mean that things can’t change in terms of the creature’s reputation. But in general, if the creature is not well known, and it looks scary...and monstrous. I think it should be Roleplayed as such.