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  • Re: Small tales with character.

    So, if anyone's wondering... I'm waiting for the game to start and all these things just sort of pop into my head. Love that @Squeakums added a little something. Feel free to join him!

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    Flexing and stretching her fingers, Cen scowls down at the burn marks that mar the skin. Her eyes shift to the glove she is holding in her other, equally scarred hand, but this one in different ways. She lifts the glove up, peering inside it. The darkness makes it impossible to see anything at all, at least until she turns on the headlamp resting above her brow.

    "Now where's that blasted electrode that keeps mis-firing?" she mutters, spreading the opening as wide as she can, tilting it this way and that. "Aha! That's got to be it." Without taking her eyes away from the thing, she plucks a pair of needlenose pliers from the bench next to her. With an immense look of focus, tongue pressing lightly against her upper lip, she uses the tool to grab hold of the electrode.

    A static buzzing sound comes from the far side of the room, followed by a voice, slightly distorted from the craked speakers, shouting, "Cen! Need you up here." However, the woman keeps her focus on the grabbing hold of the devious piece of tech, which continues to elude her. There's a clicking noise and then silence.

    It takes quite a few attempts, as the small thing refuses to remain firmly gripped by the narrow extensions. After finally twisting the wire the piece is mounted on into the right position, she attempts to slip it into the correct slot. As frustration builds, the speaker buzzes again. "Hey!" The voice sounds angrier this time. "Stop screwing around with that lousy tech stuff and haul yourself up here. You're not a blasted Engineer!"

    "Shut it!" she growls back, and as she loses focus for that split second, the electrode once again slips free with a pinging sound. With a sigh, she glares inside the glove again. "I'll be up soon, alright?" Two swift clicks follow her announcement, confirmation that it was received, and she returns to her struggle, this time with better results. There is a satisfying click as it snaps into place and she removes the pliers.

    Pulling back to peer inside again, Cen nods to herself and lets out a soft, "Mhm, should do it." Sliding in a finger instead, she feels around to make sure nothing sticks out, but is met with nothing but a relatively smooth surface. She searches her cluttered bench for a moment, then plucks up an awl, etching a small marking along the edge of the glove, right above the newly-corrected electrode.

    "Alright!" she exclaims enthusiastically, spinning her stool away from the bench, knocking about some of her tools in the process. She flails out to ensure they remain where they should be, slapping her entire arm down on top of them. There is a loud clattering noise as a jar tips over and spills its contents on the floor. She waits until the sound of nuts, bolts and screws skidding across the hard floor fades away, then nods slowly to herself. "Less enthusiasm, more calm. Scientific approach, methodical, clear-headed..."

    She pauses, blinking once, twice. "By Kith, who am I trying to fool?" Rolling her eyes, she turns her attention back to the tech glove in her hand, smile spreading on her lips again. Gleefully, she shoves her hand inside it, wriggling her fingers and tugging at it to make sure it's in its proper place. Turning her hand over, she checks her markings along the edges to make sure they line up with the extensive tattoos along her arm.

    Once she is satisfied, she leans back, closes her eyes, and begins to embrace the kith. As the energies build up, she tugs the lamp off her forehead, and flicks her sleek glasses in place over her eyes. With a press of a button, electrodes unfold from the temples and spread out to connect with the skin on both sides of her head. There is an exuberant expression on her face as she raises her hand and notices the right lights firing up along the display. Her earlier promise forgotten, she gets up from her stool with a grin. Finally time for practice!


    PS: Also, my poor excuse of a swarmglove picture. Not really that good with tech stuff! https://imgur.com/TPL4mN7
  • Re: To Alt or Not to Alt. That is the Question.

    If I can't multiclass into everything I want, I end up spending a day researching all the skills to death, and how they combine with racial skills, general skills, mini skills. Then I built a favorite-to-least-favorite list. Then I spend a couple hours grumping to close friends about how I wish I could have  them all. Then I roll the class I ended up picking that had the least overlap of skills with other skills + looked cool and fun and was my favorite thematically. Then I plot how I'll multiclass and what classes I'd pick next based off of character motivations and interests and skills and overlap.

    It's really... really.. fun? :P
  • Re: Q+A Madness - January 2018

    At launch, no, nothing like guilds. We decided to see how players interact with the three main orgs (Scatterhome, Song Dominion, Celestine Ascendancy) and then decide how we want to proceed on that front.
  • Re: Q+A Madness - January 2018

    Syaja said:
    It's still January in the US. We know there will be guides. Will we be able to sign up as guides fairly early if we can learn the basics quick enough?
    Very likely!
  • Re: Q+A Madness - January 2018

    Traveler said:
    What about a limit of retirement credits that can be spent? Like, being able to spend... 50? 100? credits initially, and then be able to spend the rest after 1 year. Just throwing that out there. I have no retirement credits, but I can understand how people who do would feel.
    That's not a bad idea as a compromise actually. We'll consider it!
  • Re: What other MUDS have you played?

    Uachet said:
    I've played with all of the IRE muds, along with Finnish muds Batmud, Zombiemud, and Icesus.
    The Finnish muds are where I got my started MUDing, a god awful long time ago.
  • Re: Can we talk about the Sexbot bar.

    Hahah, it can be if you want. We just added it more as an example of a free-form room that you can add to your ship!
  • Re: Q+A Madness - January 2018

    Sagex said:
    Mr Aurelius, I know this was asked a long time ago but since we're getting closer I thought I would ask again. are we able to retire characters from other ire muds and transfer the credits into starmourn? thanks!


    We haven't decided for sure one way or another, but are leaning towards no.
  • Re: What other MUDS have you played?

    I've played all of the IRE at some point in my 10+ years of playing MUDS, nevered strayed away from them. Achaea as always been my first, and it seems to always draw me back. 
  • Re: Death in Starmourn

    I haven't seen it, but I LOVED the book trilogy. Highly recommended, though they have the most horrifying torture scenes I've ever read, I think. Like 13 years later, they still haunt me occasionally.