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  2. Kalen leaned against the alley wall for a moment, as though to catch his breath. Back as far as he was and behind a stack of crates he doubted anyone saw him, or at least he hoped. Quickly, quietly he dry heaved, the acrid taste of bile washing across his tongue. He'd held is nerve on the Tower grounds and even gotten a few blocks, but eventually the crash of adrenaline and anxiety became more than he could control. It'd been almost two decades since he'd felt this way on a job, but then it'd likely been that long since he was so out of his depth either. Whereas in those days we was a neophyte treading with seasoned journeymen, now he was a journeyman himself facing off against grandmasters. It was daunting, but there was little choice in the matter. This was where he'd been stationed. Wiping his mouth with the back of his hand Devin straightened his clothing and made his way out the other end of the alley. It was shortcut on his route, nothing more. Certainly not an out of the way place to slip off his persona for a moment of amateurism. An hour later Devin reentered his shop and waved Celia off to her festivities. Between the harbor and the deliveries his true work was done. That work never ended of course and as poorly as it was going he'd soon need to make a trip South to convey the threats of his mistresses. Results were required, not requested. True his spies had reported Logain only months ago, however that had been too late for the Sisters to act. He scowled as he locked up the backroom and went upstairs to prep the salon for the evening. There'd been a glut of candidates before that, but as soon as the False Dragon declared himself word dried up. It was likely just coincidence, but he lived too close to actual witches to discount supernatural interference. Shrugging, he setup the room for the evening, his thoughts returning to the task at hand as he prepared for nighttime and wrapped up the day's work.
  3. As a Blue without a Warder, Katrani was not the usual sort to be scouting the yard. Yet it had always been said that she was closer to the Green in temperament, and in general was considered unorthodox in her Ajah, and in sisters in general: her age and her relative strength in the Power often made her tolerated in spite of that, however. She had not been bonded to a man in nearly eight decades, the span of a lifetime for those born without any connection to the Power, yet the pain still felt as fresh as the day Giran had died, and Yune before him. If their families had any distant relations still alive, they would not remember their names, but Katrani still held their memories close. She did not know how some of her Green sisters coped, taking three Warders or even more at a time, and feeling several of them pass in the three centuries a stronger sister might expect to live. Some men had wished for her to bond them over the years, knowing of her strength in Earth or her exploits in past centuries, but she had not entertained the notion seriously for too long. She was only here for a brief walk, though also seemed to be passing by for the famed rumor mill that was the Tower guards. She was still a Blue at heart, after all, and the ramblings of Warders or Younglings could be some of the most enlightening source of information for the real happenings in the Tower. Katrani was wearing a rather simple blue dress that might be worn by the average upper-middle class woman of the city, and wore no shawl in the informal setting. Her Great Serpent ring obviously marked her as Aes Sedai, though, as well as the fact that despite her fully white hair held up in a bun, an onlooker could not obviously discern her age. "Josanda." She felt that the Brown sister was of a strength to be middling-low rank, but was still courteous to even the weakest sister most of the time. Josanda's relative youth and lack of strength did make her unfamiliar with the sister in question, but she would not have been a Blue if she did not take the time to at least familiarize herself with the large majority of the thousand sisters in the Tower. "I trust your visit home was pleasant?" She was a bit wistful at that moment. As a foundling girl, the only thing she had to remember home were a couple of letters sent by a shatayan who died nearly two centuries ago, and she does feel that there is something lost in seeing the younger sisters and the initiates getting to be with family. But Tar Valon is her home now, and the Aes Sedai are all sisters; dysfunctional as they might be at times.
  4. NPC Bios Tower NPCs will have short biographies so players can quickly get the information they may need or want. Each bio format is the same as you would find in the tWoT Companion. Sanian Eguilera - Sanian came from a small family and small town in Tear. She has semi long brown hair often worn in a piled-up style and dark eyes. With a strength of 15(3), she was one of the more powerful sisters and was known to have a great mind for diplomacy and dedication. Raised to the Blue Ajah in 960 NE, she was raised Amyrlin Seat in 980 NE. Though rather young for the job and a fairly new Aes Sedai as well, she was elected such because the previous two Amyrlins and several older Aes Sedai had been mysteriously murdered in the two years leading up to her election. Thus the Hall elected someone who did not leave the Tower, was young and was trusted within her Ajah and was well known outside of it. Sanian is firm and does not let the Hall control her, but does her best to work with them. However, not all trust her or her council due to her age and stubbornness. Belina Matoun - Saldaean Aes Sedai of the Blue Ajah. She has a hooked nose, dark reddish-brown hair and tilted green eyes, and is a little taller than average. Raised Keeper of the Chronicles in 980 NE, Belina was elected from the Blue when Sanian was raised Amyrlin. She was raised Aes Sedai in 958 NE and has a OP strength of 16(4). Belina was well known for her organizational skills and, within her Ajah, was known to work with the Eyes-and-Ears network. She is said to enjoy her clerical role and is a great asset to Sanian.
  5. Ok, that's about what I was expecting, but I wanted to check rather than including (or excluding) it in a post and being wrong. S1:3 had reinforced that it might be an "every darkfriend" thing in the cannon, so I wanted to bring it up. PCs don't have these dreams (at least for now). Thank you!
  6. I'm not sure this will be quite a thing, simply because, as of right now, we're not expecting PCs to interact with the "Primaries" at all. Preferably not until we can build a good storyline and have a couple people play those NPCs for the purpose of interacting with NPCs. But it would probably need to be a major thread, involving several parties. And of course, think about the potential consequences of your Darkfriend's failure, too... 😉
  7. Should us darkfriends expect to have dreams about the Primaries (the ta'veren)? Curious if the thought would be all darkfriends and if so starting when? just those in a certain vicinity? Both the books and show are a bit vague on it. If it's all, the when seems likely starting Winter's Night, so, I wanted to get the question out there as it will be relevant very quickly for us servants of the Great Lord of the Dark.
  8. Devin had already delivered two thirds of his tea and Kalen had seen two of his three messages to the hands of cell members. Now, there was no helping it, he had to go to the tower. He'd stalled as long as he could but saving it until last would be suspicious. Not when we'd first setup shop of course, for the first year he'd always gone to the Tower last. No outlander trusted the Aes Sedia. Well perhaps the Borderlanders, but they were madmen who willingly entered the Blight. And women of course, women warmed to the Aes Sedai quickly. But no man from the South with Cairhien eyes and a slight Tairen accent, one such as that would be skittish around Aes Sedia. Give such a man a few years in their city though, doing business with them, making deliveries to the Tower, that sort of man would grow used to them and certainly wouldn't put off his delivery to the end of his route. That sort of man would walk confidently, not leisurely, confidently to the rear gate of the Tower. He'd wave to the guardsmen announce his name and intentions, show the wares he was dropping off, make a joke about the holiday with the other working class as he walked in, and finally proceed towards the servant that received deliveries for the Aes Sedai. Devin worked hard not to think these things as he went through the motions, instead letting the man he was simply live his life and make his deliveries. But beneath the surface Kalen's mind said these actions, reminding himself he was Devin, reminding himself of motions and emotions he should take and feel. In the city this game was effortless, in the city he simply was Devin. But here he could feel the pressure of every moment within the walls of his enemies. Out there a slip meant suspicion, a lost edge, perhaps a burnt identity and fleeing the city. Inside the Tower though it was a different game with much higher stakes and much better players. Here any slip meant death, and worse than that failure. In the city his mistresses would learn and punish him, here he would go to meet his Master and his punishment would be endless... Devin clucked his tongue as he crossed the last bit of the yard. Those weren't his thoughts, those were the thoughts of another man, a Darkfriend. And Devin walked in the Light. Beneath that thought Kalen grabbed hold of his fears and drowned them in the cold pool of Devin's consciousness. With focus and concentration the wrinkles in his mask smoothed over and the tea merchant approached the servant to make his delivery. "Afternoon Avery, and a happy Winter's Night to you." He smiled a hint of flirtatiousness in his voice as he smiled at the woman inspecting the goods. "I've a batch of the usual for the Aes Sedai, some of it fresh off the boat this morning. A small smile passed her lips as she returned the greeting, "And a happy Winter's Night to you too, master Malasan." She held out her hand expectantly and waited for him to provide his paperwork. He quickly passed it over, while setting the appropriately labeled packages on the table. She went through the handful of orders from the Aes Sedai patrons, checking off each item as she did. "It looks like you're missing the Andoran breakfast?" "Yes, unfortunately I've heard a fungal disease went through the citruses this year. It may be another month before we have that in stock. Please convey my apologies to the Aes Sedai." She nodded and marked it off. It was partially true of course, there had been a disease among the citrus and the Andoran breakfast was hard to come by. But he could have fulfilled the order if he had needed to. That omission was important though, it was his real delivery to the Tower. He didn't know which of the Aes Sedai that ordered that tea was Black. But he knew the message would get to one of those that was watching for it. Satisfied with the goods, Avery reached into a chest for such things and counted out the coins the Aes Seadia owed. After accepting the payment he bowed his thanks and turned to depart the grounds. As much as Devin had grown used to the Aes Sedia these past few years he'd be happy to be once more at arms reach. Though they were his best customers, a voice at the back of his mind let out a sigh of relief as he headed for the gate.
  9. Realized i forgot to at a 0 on the scale for the super squeaky new… now I’m done tweaking until someone breaks it.
  10. Devin smiled faintly as he mixed his blends: tea, cardamom, mint, cinnamon, even dried ice pepper flakes. He ground and he weighed, lost in the work and the focused catharsis it brought. For a moment, for an hour the rest of the world faded away and it was only him and his teas. It was part of what he loved about the work, that and the story he told with each new flavor he created. It was an art to make the smell and taste of the tea take a person somewhere else, be it a place on the map like Tear or a time of year like first harvest. Devin lost himself for a time, but the ring of the shop bell quickly brought him out of it. Looking up, Devin saw Celia standing in the doorway. "You're dressed well for a day minding the counter." He quipped to her, as she shut the door behind her, pushing out the last chill air of winter. Her cloak was a simply embroidered blue and her matching shawl was one he'd never seen before, still bright as though it were new. "I'm meeting with some friends after work, heading straight to the east side of the island for the festival." She replied, heading quickly to the back room. A few moments later the young woman came back out with her winter wear removed and a simple yet still nicer than usual dress having been revealed. "You should join us, you never get out and have any fun. It is Winter's night." Devin smiled holding his hands up defensively, "I would, but I've got to mind the salon. The Holiday is fine for others to celebrate, but I can't miss the opportunity. I'll make more tonight than in the last month if I'm lucky. Just be glad I'm foolish enough to let my best tea server have the night off." She smiled and laughed softly at his joke. Then Celia began he normal chores around the shop, cleaning and straightening whatever Devin hadn't gotten to before starting his blending. He left her to it as he finished the tea he'd been working on. She often invited him along to things, though he felt it was more a courtesy than anything. They were only about five years apart in age, but the distance felt much further, on most days called him Master Malasan rather than Devin. Not dwelling on it, he put the last of his tools away and stood up. "I have deliveries to make, the shipment came in today. I shouldn't be too long." She nodded and he went to the back to grab his coat. He would probably let her off as soon as he got back. If he hadn't been expecting the shipment he doubted he would have had her come in at all today. "I still don't see why you don't just wait until after Bel Tine" she said as he prepared to leave. "Competition. If I wait, someone that doesn't wait will get that customer. You have to work a little harder than the next man." He told her as he walked out the door. Of course he didn't mention that his mistresses would have him flayed alive if he waited two days to deliver his messages.
  11. I re-posted this in the Information forum since this is mucked up with conversation. And i'm happy to track all the WS things, so it's one less thing you have to manage. That and i have a clear idea of what it is and that's helpful. 🙂 If I'm handling warder bio's, i'll be sure that it's clear when they submit. For now i'll keep all the scores in the new WS thread, in the same way you have a place you are tracking allt he OP scores. 🙂
  12. Okay, so they need that before they apply. To me it wasn't clear. But maybe that was just me. Okay, so do they petition to you to become a Blademaster? Will you be handling weapons scores and such for all warriors in the RP? If so, can you edit your post above to make that clear, and I'll copy/paste it all into the Start Here thread on the Info forum?
  13. Reposting for Staff Posterity: So, being able to best an untrained is always going to be doable. The more skilled the better chances of success. (I can add a dice system into play, but I don't feel that is neccessary.)
  14. TOWER GUARD & GAIDIN The Tower Guard are the soldiers who protect Tar Valon and the White Tower. The Tower Guards wear nearly black coats and cloaks, with the Flame of Tar Valon on both cloak and chest. They also wear steel breastplates and helmets with face-bars. Banner Captain wear seven-striped tabards over their breastplates. Bannermen have short white plumes on their helmets. The Tower Guards will obey any Aes Sedai, but march on the command of the Amyrlin Seat. The guards come from all around the world and are never turned away for their origin or gender. The majority of the Guardsmen of Tar Valon are predominantly male. Disciplines & Combat Style Within the books, there is no information on various Disciplines of combat or training. Because of this “Combat Styles” are designated by the nation they originate, be it the Dualing of Altara, Defense of the North, etc. Or something along these veins. They neither have a title nor an official training designation but are noted upon by those who are familiar with that area’s style. POSTS The Guardsmen keep watch atop the gate towers of Tar Valon, as well as on the bridges and throughout the City. No gate to the Tower grounds is ever unguarded. One of the guardhouses that stands just within one of the side gates to the Tower’s grounds is shaped like a six-pointed star that is lying on its side. It is made of gray stone. There is a guardroom in the basements of the White Tower, where criminals are kept. THE BARRACKS The barracks of the Tower Guard are near the White Tower, across a flagstone yard. It is a long, low building made of gray stone. Mat thinks to himself that it looks "almost like a huge boulder among the few trees growing out of rimmed holes in the flagstones close by". There are often men sitting outside of the barracks, tending their weapons, armor, and harness. Most Warders keep rooms in the Guards’ barracks. RANKS & TITLES Up, and until a Man, or Woman, is bonded to an Aes Sedai, none may take the title of “Warder” or “Gaidin”. All members of the White Tower Army are considered “Tower Guard”, “Guardsman” or “Trainee” if still in training. Additional titles are given through rank or skill, such as Bannerman or Blademaster (see HERE). Gaidin holds no other rank within the Army but is roughly equal in rank to a Banner Captain, showing deference to a stronger Aes Sedai’s Gaidin. The High Captain may not be bonded to any Aes Sedai. High Captain Banner Captain Bannerman Guardsman Trainee MEMBERS High Captain Rhyse Honarin (NPC) Banner Captains Bannerman Guardsman Aeodan Damar - Played By @Arie Trainee Calvin Gulwin- Played by @Calvin Gulwin Everett Whidbey (NPC)
  15. Slowly updating.. because i had an idea for banners when we post with them. XD
  16. Hm but when can people petition to become a Blademaster? I think they should petition only after a certain amount of time being Active. What do you think?
  17. Weapon Score Registration PM Arie to be added to this list. Aeodan Damar - Played By @Arie Sword - 5 Calvin Gulwin- Played by @Calvin Gulwin Axe (one-handed) - 1 Shield - 1 Everett Whidbey (NPC) Sword - 2 Kalen - Played by @Kalen Crossbow - 2 Daggers - 2 Tannyr (Nettle) - Played by @thehumantrashcan Club - 1
  18. This is a UNIVERSAL system and applies to ALL groups. WEAPON SCORES Weapon Training can come in numerous forms. From formal Tower training under the mentorship of a Gaidin and or a Guardsman, serving as a city guard or a Royal Guard in any country. Children of the Light also teach how to fight. Or perhaps you are from the Borderland and have been born with a blade in your hand. There are limitations in learning, but the availability to learn are limitless. With a smaller scale than previously, it can be applied to multiple weapons. However the more weapons known the more restrictive the score gets. For every additional weapon added to your arsenal, you are restricted by two points for the first weapon. Then by one for any additional after. So if you only know the Sword, you can earn up to 10 points. If you add on a Spear, your cap is 8. Bow and Arrow? 7! Stave, 6! And this applies to all of them. Focused learning is intended to be beneficial, that said you aren't limited to only taking up one weapon type. Scale: 0 - You have received no Training. 1-3 - (Trainee) You are aware of the basics in terms of care and where the pointy end goes. 4-6 - (Average Skilled) You know your forms, you are skilled in battle and one-on-one. 5 - You are skilled enough to teach. 7-8 - Your skills are renown in your skills, and are actively sought out as a teacher and for duals. 9-10 - You are the best of the best in your skills, and are revered for your knowledge in your weapon. Approved Weapon-types: Types of weapons are intentional, and can not overlap if listed separately. If you wish to take up the Sword and Shield, that's two different skills to work towards. Sword Stave Archery (Bows & Crossbows) Daggers Spear Shield Mace/Axe/Hammer Unarmed/Martial TRAINING Raising your skill in a weapon is done purely through RP, and the use of your weapon. Each weapon can only be "leveled up" at a time. For every 6 threads, with 6 posts or more, a boost to your weapon may be applied. No thread can be used twice for raising a weapon score. STARTING WEAPON SCORES A starting weapon score is assigned as below, with a limit of 4 points (5 if intending to train IC). These numbers are your starting numbers based on where you start in your biography. Know that Biographies will reflect this scale, and not the other way around. (If you write a character with super-skilled in multiple weapons, you STILL start with a 2 in each weapon.) 0 - Never picked up a weapon 1 - Brand New Recruit 2 - Recruit with some training and a minimum of 1 year experience at current rank (eg. Everett) 2 - Multiple Weapon Skill 4 - Single Weapon Skill 5 - Single Weapon Skill and a willingness to train. BECOMING A BLADEMASTER Blademaster Status is not a Weapon Score, but a status between peers that use a sword. There are fewer than 100 men (or women) in the nations that are considered a Blademaster. They are incredibly rare, and with their informal-acknowledgment, the only way to identify one is by the Heron-marked Sword they carry - should they even be given one. Blademasters are not exclusive to Tower Guards, or the White Tower. There are two ways one may become a Blademaster: Must best another Blademaster in single combat to the Death. Chosen by a group of Blademasters (no less than five) as an Equal. Even these are not hard-fast rules, as some Blademasters have died in combat but the champion is not recognized by the other Blademasters. If you want to become a Blademaster, you have to find other Blademasters who are willing to acknowledge you as an equal. Requirements to be a Blademaster IC: Petition OOC to become a Blademaster. 350-500 words. Must complete 5 IC Duels, success or fail is not a requirement. In Character recognition from peers of being ‘nearly as good as’ a Blademaster. Must be another swordsman. It can not be your own character. Minimum consistent Activity of 6-8 months. Staff are not required to approve every Blademaster Application. Space is limited.
  19. Ah, thats fascinating. The forum may not be properly set up as well. "Starting" Threads isn't accurate. Participate in 6 different threads with a min of 6 posts made in the thread is what it is broken down to. Basically it doesn't restrict qualifying if a thread is incomplete, but if we say it's x-amount of threads then some may claim with only a few posts in it, or if we say x-amount of posts, then some may try to push that out in 1-2 threads which doesn't work very well either. It is more of the best of bother worlds. And yeah, what i have can basically be posted as is. I think a Blademaster is more of a recognition, but certainly would require a higher score to be attained. thus the "apply for" aspect to ensure that it's noted and remarked upon then simply handed out.
  20. Oh, jeez sorry. The posts come through on the “overview.” I didn’t realize it was on the staff board.
  21. Yea this staff board sadly isn't exactly private, though I did think only staff could actually post here. That said, I did change my post on the information board already to reflect that the Weapons Scores will be their own system.

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