Great Old One
- Sep 22, 2007
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As you well know, a diligent Story-Keeper never sits idle for long—for as the year turns, new stories are given life in words, and long-forgotten tales are finally restored in full. Still we labor to recover the lost kingdom of Dragonsbane, but that does not exempt us from our other duties. A new set of stories has recently come to the Library's attention, and we feel that your talents are best suited to the task of deciphering them.
I do not use the term "decipher" unduly; these volumes are cryptic, to say the least. The Library discovered them on a shelf that had long been obscured by the large sundial from Gwyladyr-Hav, where presumably they sat undisturbed for ages. Despite this, the language constantly flits between ancient and modern forms, and everything in-between. In some places, it takes a strong regional dialect—while in other places it borrows liberally from languages we have not even seen before.
In short, these works are an anomaly, shifting whenever we feel that we've properly identified them.
The author of the texts identifies himself/herself as Spurius—making a rather obvious pun at our expense. The margins and body are filled with this author's notes and spoiled drafts, indicating that much of the work is pure fabrication. Still, we of all people should know that fiction has value unto itself—and the magical properties of Spurius' work are reason enough to investigate.
Use whatever magicks, rituals, and resources lie at your disposal. I am certain that whatever you discover will be interesting, at the very least!
— J. Ordeith, Keeper of Tomes
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Hello, everybody. I'm glad you decided to stop inside, and I hope that you stay for a while.
For reasons which I hope are obvious, I'll be presenting this information in a way that departs from the usual format of sign-up threads.
This post contains information relevant to the frame story of Spurius' works—the backstory, guidelines, rules, and procedures which can be applied to any story set within this larger framework. If "The Last Queen" doesn't produce anything worthwhile, these rules can be applied to a different story altogether, and still function as intended.
The second post in this thread will contain information about the premise and universe of The Last Queen, one of the many works under Spurius' name. It should explain the setting, principal roles, loose magic system, etc. It will also contain the character roster and complete list of events.
Without further ado, then...
The only consistent quality of Spurius is his/her inconsistency. Spurius' language might sing like poetry, drone like dry history—or groan like unfinished fanfiction. Characters are flexible and inconstant, sometimes disappearing from the narrative without warning. Every other page is rife with continuity errors. Nonsensical notes litter the margins of any given page, and drafts end as suddenly as they begin. These works read as if their author had been possessed by the spirits of a thousand different writers, each vying for a voice.
You see, we—collectively—write for Spurius. This entails the following:
To prevent a chaotic free-for-all from taking place, one roleplayer will be designated as the RP's official "Spurius"—a moderator/DM figure who will decide the direction of the RP. This person will must do the following:
- No post is ignored; everything is accepted without question.
- We will not discriminate based on writing experience/ability. Any variances in style and quality can be attributed to Spurius' sloppiness as a writer.
- Though we should all strive to uphold the standard forum rules, instances of rulebreaking are still accepted. If you feel that your character has been wrongly used by another roleplayer, you may submit an appeal. (See: "Appeal Process")
- Read every post carefully!
- Make judgments in the event of an appeal.
- Decide when to begin a new draft, and the circumstances which begin said draft.
- "Drafts" are chunks of roleplay content, book-ended by Spurius' direction. They represent the author's writing-and-revising process—so starting a new draft is a sort of "soft reset," moving the RP to another place and/or time. Anything can change between drafts, so keep a close eye on the draft notes.
- Drafts can also mark endings, much like the branching endings of Drakengard and Nier. Like the endings of those games, these endings can be complete—or abrupt and unsatisfying.
- Drafts should be marked in both the OOC thread and the roleplay thread. The former should contain only a bare minimum of notes, describing any changes that have taken place. The latter should contain an in-character post from Spurius, intervening as the narrator: scratched-out lines, self-critique of the writing thus far, vague directions for the next draft, etc.
- When a new draft begins, the events that took place within the previous draft should be logged.
- Pass the baton to the next iteration of Spurius. Remember, inconsistency is the only consistent quality of Spurius; if you are chosen as the replacement, don't worry about matching the style of the previous Spurius!
Spoiler ShowSubmitting a Character
To participate in this roleplay, only a few simple steps must be observed.
No template is needed, no sample post; all together, it should take less than a few minutes.
In this sign-up thread, you'll need to include the following in a single post:
- Your character's name and age
- A short description of his/her function in the world
That's it! It should span only a few sentences, and look something like this:
Sir Antony Ricce, 30
A knight of foreign origin, now four years in the queen's service. Respected by most, well liked by all.
Writing any more than that is acceptable, but certainly not necessary.
Furthermore, you are free to invent an occupation or role for your character—and your fellow roleplayers will accommodate your creative choice. Control the queen's personal bodyguard, her jealous cousin, her food taster, or someone who has never once heard of her. The Collected Works of Spurius are meant to be a platform for experimentation, so feel free to experiment!
If you need some guidance or direction, some predefined roles will be supplied. Some of these characters are (potentially) important to the plot; others are merely suggested courses of action. Don't feel obligated to claim them, but do keep in mind that they'll be given solely on a first-come-first-serve basis. As a general rule, I'm permitting only two of these predefined roles per roleplayer. Send me a PM if you'd like another.
The Appeal Process
If you feel that your character has been wronged in an exchange, that your plans have been disrupted, or that a section rule has been broken in an inexcusable way, feel free to submit a formal appeal.
Briefly describe your complaint in the OOC thread, and send more detailed private messages to me, OmniChaos, and/or the current Spurius. We'll review the post(s) in question, and deliver a verdict in the OOC thread. Then Spurius will call the beginning of a new draft, in which the problem in question has been resolved/eliminated. It's that simple.
This process allows us to resolve disagreements constructively, through the in-universe "revision" mechanic. Let's try to use it sparingly, though, since a private one-to-one exchange is often enough to settle this kind of dispute.