Balandar

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  1. Tired of the repetitive gear and raid ladder of rewards? Ready to actually BUILD from ground up EVERYTHING you acquire and achieve? Life is Feudal combines the open choice world with consequences of going it alone or in a group....you decide. Choose Wisely... any moment could be your last in the comfort you have dug, built, created, cooked and forged... between metal and men. The Honor Empire is accepting membership to this extremely challenging team based LIFE IS FEUDAL adventure!!! https://lifeisfeudal.com - Currently 22% off through August 1st! If you own LiF: Your Own on steam, link your account to lifeisfeudal.com and get an extra $10USD off your purchase. Note: You cannot upgrade packs, a refund can be issued and a new pack purchased, there is no direct upgrade path. Expected release is this year. Our discord chat for LiF can be found here <--- Click
  2. Read our latest newsletter here: State of the Empire - Newsletter #4
  3. Another upcoming title that was the fastest-funded and most-funded MMORPG in Kickstarter history! https://www.ashesofcreation.com/ref/Balandar/
  4. A number of heroes have stepped up to support the empire "one credit at a time". The Imperial Trade Consortium (our old namesake from SWG) is active in this mobile game. If you would like to join our group, reply to this forum thread with your player ID. If you are playing with us in SWGoH, the following site can sync and display your stats (currently only Balandar and Sparty have signed up): https://swgoh.gg/g/23450/itc-imperial-tradeconsortium/
  5. CoE has 10% off Pledges in May. Please use friend code 1F0736 when signing up to help earn IP for the guild. Thanks! https://chroniclesofelyria.com/news/18789/Celebrate-Our-Kickstarterversary
  6. Part I NBBN: 16661-03101 Part II NBBN: 16661-03102 In recent times many Avatar and New Britannia Citizen towns have been laid under siege by Obsidian Cabalists, the horrible entities that worship the eight anti-virtues. In my search for understanding the obsidian magic, I have uncovered ancient texts, that may help shed some light on these supernatural beings. The details on the Cabalists are a bit fuzzy and it's difficult to find accurate information. I have attempted to provide an accurate picture on our new Cabalist neighbors. Please do not read further if you prefer to not know the details contained within and to discover this information for yourself. First, let's review a brief history to help us understand the Obsidian Cabalists… The Obsidian Eye, Cabal, and Prophecy The Obsidian Empire was founded by the one known as The Obsidian Eye. From what little we know, this individual was the first to discover and practice chaos magic from the Shard Falls. He was also the first to use the power of the Destiny Pool and to foretell a prophecy. Over time he mastered the magic and others came to learn from him. These apprentices eventually became the sorcerers of the Obsidian Cabal. The Cabal, under the Obsidian Eye, created the Obsidian Empire in order to fulfil his prophecy: The world is fallen; fallen into chaos. Men reached up in anger and shattered the sky. Its blackness falls to earth like a rain of dark glass; The ordered customs and rows of society are shattered. All men stumble in the blinding light of a blood red dawn. Sightless who will not see. Deaf to the truth they will not hear. Mewing and wailing of and for themselves. They kill with discordant and untamed shouts The melodic order of their better selves. Yet from the Obsidian’s fall shall arise Seen only by the ordered Eye The blade which shall render order in their midst; Silence the voices who screech outside the ordered tune; Darken the eyes of unwelcome vision; And bring one vision, one voice, one song To a world reborn in perfect twilight. Supreme and ordered once more in its flawlessness. Of one thought and purpose born and died. Until only the night remains. In their attempt to fulfil the prophecy the Cabal sorcerers used this new magic to mutate humans into the various monsters and beings we see today; Elves, Trolls, Satyrs, Fauns. They also raised the Undead. The Cabal of Obsidians interpreted the prophecy as a world in chaos and that their Obsidian Empire would return the world to order. Obsidian sorcerous acolyte Markus Dirae recorded the words of The Obsidian Eye, so the Dire Prophecy is also known as the Dirae Prophecy. The avatars have only been in New Britannia for a short while. What our purpose here is unclear, but the Oracle, if asked, will tell you the following: IT SHALL COME TO PASS IN THE LONG DAYS AFTER THE FALL… THERE SHALL COME ONE FROM BEYOND THE CIRCLES OF THE SUNDERED MOON... WHO SHALL BIND THE WORLD TOGETHER... FROM ITS SHATTERED STONE AND BONE SEAS... THEY SHALL BIND TOGETHER ALL THAT FLY ABOVE THE LAND... BURROW BENEATH IT... AND WALK WITH PURPOSED TREAD UPON ITS SURFACE... IN THAT DAY SHALL ALL BE BROUGHT TO BOW... BEFORE THE POWER OF THE ONE... THE WORLD SHALL BE SWEPT CLEAN OF ITS FOLLY... AND CLEANSED OF ITS IMPURITY... BEFORE THE CHOSEN ONE... AND THE TRIUMPH OF THE HOPE... IN THE DARKNESS SHALL BE COMPLETE. I do not know if this is a continuation of The Obsidian Eye prophecy, part of the original, or in addition. I am still researching this subject. However, the Obsidian Cabalists we see today are those ancient sorcerers from the Obsidian Empire Cabal. End of Volume 1 The last remnants of the Cabal have twisted the use of chaos magic to prolong their lives. They worship the eight anti-virtues and lay siege to towns, seeking to fulfill the Dire Prophecies. When the Obsidian Empire fell, they realized the world could not be theirs, not under the Obsidian Dominion. Instead, the Cabal viewed the prophecies in new "light". The Sword of Midras, the blade which shall render order in their midst, was linked to the Virtues and was associated with this eventual "twilight of the world"; a world reborn in perfect twilight. The Cabalists interpret this twilight as the end of the world. By twisting the Virtues and laying siege to settlements that display devotion to the pristine Vitrues they believe their bloodshed will bring about the end of all life, until only the night remains. They firmly believe they will succeed with the help of their mindless slaves, mutated abominations, and undead servants. Despite their obvious evil and desire for the destruction of all things living, some avatars wish to help their endeavor. Little do they realize that endeavor is impossible. The Cabalists' servants are slaves to their will, their free will has been utterly subjugated. An avatar's desire for self-gratification, which is obvious as they are trying to help the Cabalists for their own delusional ideals, would be judged by the Cabalists as having too much free will. Therefore, any avatar or New Britannian Citizen will always be attacked on sight. However, this does not prevent anyone from following their old Aspects of Rulership and ideologies that was under the Obsidian Empire. The Eight The eight Cabalists are large, floating, and imposing beings. You can tell them apart by their masks which reflect their anti-virtues. Each also carries a different weapon or shield. There is a rumors are that their artifacts contain powerful enchantments. I have been unable to vrify this. Dolus: The Cabalist of Deceit who causes confusion in the ranks, whose symbol is the Two Faces of Deceit. He wields a wand comprised of black branching twigs. Temna: The Cabalist of Despite who turns allies against each other, whose symbol is the Torn Heart, wielding a large repeating crossbow. Nefario: The Cabalist of Dastard (Cowardice) who strikes terror into those who dare oppose him with his long thin 2-handed blade, whose symbol is the Raised Arms of Capitulation. Nefas: The Cabalist of Injustice who causes enemies to beg for mercy, whose symbol is Imbalance. His oversized 2-handed Judge’s gavel is a mockery of Justice Avara: The Cabalist of Punishment who inflicts huge amounts of damage that lingers for long amounts of time, whose symbol is the Flail. Indigno: The Cabalist of Dishonor who generates large clouds of poisonous gas, whose symbol is the Poisoned Chalice, and uses a horrific 2-handed polearm is covered in barb. Corpus: The Cabalist of Carnality who forces opponents to “disrobe”, therefore losing all their defensive protection, whose symbol is Intercourse. Fastus: The Cabalist of Vanity who mesmerizes opponents, whose symbol is the Vortex of Self Absorption, and has a 1-handed spear with a metal mirror to distract enemies. Devotional Shrines and constellations As mentioned, the Cabalists focus their energies on towns that contain devotions to the eight positive Virtues and three principles. There are fourteen constellations visible in the night sky; Eight of which are the positive virtues, Chaos is an eight pointed constellation, the Principles appear as three intertwined rings and also as the book of Truth - the candle of Love - and the bell of Courage. Ethos as an infinity symbol with a vertical line running through the center. In my travels I have found that the following towns are associated with these morally good constellations. - The Book of Truth: Aerie - The Candle of Love: Ardoris - The Bell of Courage: Resolute - The Hand of Honesty: Etceter - The Heart of Compassion: Brookside - The Sword of Valor: Point West - The Scale of Justice: Kiln - The Tear of Sacrifice: Northwood - The Chalice of Honor: Jaanaford - The Ankh of Spirituality: Fortus End - The Crook of Humility: Eastmarch The Cabalists, Planets, and Sieges The Cabalists sieges are not random nor are the number of Cabalists that attack a town. Originally I thought this was the case. However, upon closer inspection of the planets, which are representative of the eight anti-virtues, and the constellations, representing positive virtues, one can find that as planets are aligned with constellations the Cabalists will siege a town with the associated devotional. The number of Cabalists and the specific Cabalist(s) that are attacking are dependent on the number of planets aligned with the constellation. It's helpful to have an astrolabe to determine which planet(s) and constellations are aligned. It's baffling to me that multiple towns can be attacked by the same Cabalists. I have observed this on a number of occasions in my travels. My only conclusion is that their twisted magic and supernatural power allows them to carry out this marvelous feat. End of Volume 2
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  8. On Tues‌day, Febr‌uary ‌21, 20‌17 at 4:0‌0PM PS‌T Landmark game servers will close. Starting immediately, Landmark will no longer be available for purchase. All items in the Markeplace with a Daybreak Cash price will have their price reduced to 1DBC. Additionally, Player Studio items will no longer be available for listing or purchase in the Landmark Marketplace. For additional information regarding this announcement, please see the Landmark website. Daybreak Game Company LLC www.daybreakgames.com
  9. Yeah I had fun creating buildings and my AT-ST. I wish they had continued with EQ Next. Very disappointing. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. I like the shot with the skeleton and the sunset. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. No mic needed. There are text chat rooms similar to irc but retains the chat dialogue. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Full names are required. So Borg is Borg Stonewall. I believe he reserved Borg on his 2nd account. As for xp for moves... your skill levels advance by pulling xp from your xp pool, which is obtained from killing mobs. Are you still in the tutorial zone? With Edward? He should be tanking a lot of the mobs for you. Almost sounds like you may be out of the beginning zone? I don't remember it being hard at all. I was slaughtering mobs left and right like a hot knife through butter. The deck building is typically for later... Borg still uses a fixed deck! The tutorial could use more work. I'm sure it will get more polish. But it's definitely not a hand holding game. Reminds me a lot of UO back in the late 90s! But yeah, if you have questions just let us know here or in the text channels on discord. Http://empir.org/discord Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Deck guide: https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/forum/index.php?threads/understanding-the-deck-system-the-5-5-18-method-and-how-to-modify-it-for-your-needs.58341/ Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I thought the tutorial was too easy! Maybe you are rusty? I'm usually on after 9:30 pm est for a couple of hours. Add Schneider DragonFang to your friends list as well. One of us should be able to get you invited to the guild. Are you playing as "Coldren"? As far as SoTA goes in the development process they are around 80% complete, but there are no more wipes. So... story content, performance, and polish is occurring now. The next release should see quite a bit of change to how you interact with quests as well. I'll try to find the guide on deck building. It can be quite powerful once you know the dynamics of how it works. Ah man, I can't tag people from Tapatalk... test... [mention=225]schneider[/mention] [mention=3]borg[/mention] @Borg @Schneider edit: safari works for tagging Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Planning on joining us in SoTA?
  16. NBBN: 16661-02110 The lobby was cozy. There was a fireplace, several chairs, and a couch. A servant stood quietly behind a counter in a corner. I'm not sure if he was mute, deaf, or could even hear. He made no movements at all. Standing beside one of the chairs was another magi, adorned in a robe of constantly shifting colors. Every color could be seen, including the lack of color, the purest of blacks. His face being that of a grim reaper. He was smoking a pipe and studying me as I entered. "Please take a seat.", said Master Dubois, indicating the couch. The other Magi bowed to Cassyr, "Hello Master of the Tower". "Hello", replied Cassyr, "Balandar, this Highmage Daevin Aruth." "Well met", I replied, watching the shifting colors of the Highmage's robe as he smoked his pipe. "Do you have any questions about the Tower?", asked Cassyr. "How many towers are there currently?", I asked, as I only knew of the Tower of High Sorcery in Rifts End, and now, this one. "There are two towers at the moment. This tower and the tower in Rift's End.", said Cassyr as he lit his pipe. I nodded, thinking it eerie he echoed my thoughts, "I have been to the tower in Rift's End." "It is a nice tower.", said Cassyr, "So which areas of magic are you drawn to?", he asked, moving the conversation along. I had to give this some thought. Death Magic was indeed what I was drawn too, but with the mishap of Schneider's brother I obviously needed additional study. I'm greater skilled in Air Magic, due to my past with archery and thieving... and I sense that I should master Air Magic before attempting another summoning with death magic, just to gain a deeper understanding of magic in general. "My current priority is Air magic.", I finally decided, "It's what I... enjoy... most, second being Death, even though my skills in that school are limited... compared to Fire", I said, thinking that was my best direction for the time being. Cassyr nodded, considering what I said, and looked over that the Highmage. "The Tower of High Sorcery of Rift's End would be the place where all tests of High Sorcery are begun.", said Daevin. Cassyr nodded in agreement, "All Tower Mages are required to pass the test to become a member." "What tests are involved?", I asked, hearing rumors that some magi did not survive or came out physically or mentally damaged. "Each test is tailored to the individual Mage and no test is the same and there is no preparing or studying for the test.", said Cassyr. That's vague, I thought, makes it a bit difficult to know how to be prepared. "Interesting...", I said, "Who administers the test?" "Daevin will administer the test with other members of the Conclave present." "Do you have any other agendas as Tower Magi other than furthering the cause of magic?", I asked, wondering if they had a hidden agenda other than what was made apparent to the rest of Novia. "We also strive to obtain a better understanding of magic in all its forms. This tower does so through research and study of all things magic or occult.", said Cassyr. "Being a Tower Magi is belonging to like minded Mages who strive for all Magi to be united in cause for the sole purpose to advance magic to it's fullest extent.", added the Highmage. Nodding, I asked "Another question... How do the three known virtues impact magi in the order?" "YOU are the only vessel who will determine how YOU will impact your Order", said Daevin. Cassyr added, "All Tower Magi work together regardless of their virtue or associated karma." Considering my past, my virtue could be seen in a negative light.., "Does one have to follow the virtues if they are of a specific order?" "Each Tower is run independently from one another and each Tower Master has their own agenda as to how to run their Order but it is the individual who determines their virtue based upon their individual actions and not the actions of the Tower Magis of the Tower as a whole.", said the Highmage. It's like they are reading my thoughts, "Excellent, that's what I was looking for..", I said smiling, "So there are few restrictions in how you conduct your practice other than wearing the robes of your order when in a tower?" "Because of each Towers independence, you could say that it depends on the Master of the Tower who can and should make those decisions. Don't you think so?", asked Daevin. Nodding, I said, "Indeed. That's good to hear." Daevin continued, "In general all Towers will have core cannon that is required to be followed but those rules are not too strict" "Yes, this tower, for example, has some additional tests that members of this Order must take.", Cassyr added. Sounds like a lot of responsibility for the Tower Masters, "Are there any mandatory meetings?", I asked, wondering what responsibility there were for the Tower Magi. Daevin looked at Cassyr Dubois and laughed. Cassyr, smiling, said, "None really mandatory but some meetings may be required." Daevin mysteriously added, "For the Conclave... yes. For you, who knows". I'm not a Tower Magi yet, and I haven't passed the test, so understandable... but the conclave..., "Who is part of the conclave?" "The Masters of the Towers make up the Conclave.", Cassyr said. The Highmage continued, "Me and Master Dubois and soon others, but you need not concern yourself with matters such as those" I nodded. Better changed the subject, "Understood. Any requirements for living quarters? I have my own residence currently." "Not at the moment. I do not foresee any mandatory requirement but should a Tower Magi wish to lodge within a Tower then the Master will determine the requirement", said Daevin. Good. A group of like-minded individuals for the purpose of understanding of magic in all its forms. Perhaps this is what I need to further and satiate my own desires... "So how do we begin?", I asked leaning forward on the couch. "You have already started...", said the Highmage. Turning, he smiled at Cassyr. "Would you like to join the Tower of High Sorcery?", Cassyr asked. "Aye, I would." We made arrangements to meet at the Tower of High Sorcery in Rift's End on Thuresdai Novembre 7, Harvest 504 P.C. Midnight (two earth days). "While awaiting your test you can should you choose stay at the Tower at Rift's End but it will not be very comfortable as you home most likely.", said Highmage Daevin Aruth, "Farewell then... until Thuresdai Midnight." --- To be continued.
  17. NBBN: 16661-?????? Oftentimes I feel like an outsider and not connected to others. Perhaps "observer" would be the correct definition. It's difficult for me to put into words this disconnected feeling. I recently was watching a small group of commoners discussing their jobs at a tavern, each person agreeing or disagreeing with the current topic, as if it was the most important aspect of their lives. It was all very mundane on the surface discussions. None of it was from deeper within, or thought provoking, from their true selves, simply automated responses. I see the same automated responses in couples or in men attempting to attract a woman to his bedside. And the surprising part, they all accept it! They do not question where these questions, reactions, and emotions stem from. And what does it matter? In the end, these simple conversations about the weather, their jobs, relationships, hobbies, all of this surface chatter is meaningless. Perhaps it's due to the art that is forcing me to take a look at myself. I was part of that mundane crowd before completely accepting the art. I didn't question my actions or reactions as an archer and thief. I just went through life surviving day to day, living on the surface without knowing what drove me. But now... I need to know more. I realize I'm not a good person in the typical sense. Even as a thief I had my beliefs and ideas that I was good on some level, and not evil, but it didn't stem from within, it was from the labels others gave me. Even now, I believe others view me as evil like they believe of the obsidians. This is not the case. My actions may involve some of the dark arts and undeath. My intention is nothing more than to progress my understanding of the art. My actions and reactions may appear as "evil" to others, but not from my perspective. So, does that make me evil? Am I to accept what others label me, let it control who I am? A few months back I came across a demon dismembering a kobold. I rather enjoyed the show. They are both creatures considered evil, the demon more so than the kobold. The demon kills without thought or justification, it kills for the pure joy of killing. Does that make me evil, to enjoy watching such sheer power destroy another living creature? And yes, I did enjoy watching the demon destroy another one of my enemies. But, the real joy I feel stems from the thought of harnessing the demon's power, not so much the killing itself. The thought of controlling such power is what causes me elation. But onlookers would see that wicked gleam in my eye as evil. There are many people out there that do horrible things in the name of good, and yet they are worshiped and praised. And still, they say practicing the dark arts is considered evil... This external input, these labels, can be damaging to a Magi if it's not recognized. A Magi cannot let this external input drive their actions and reactions. As a Magi you need, no, must have an understanding of your true self in order to fully feel and harness the source of all magic. There is no other way. To practice the art requires great self-knowledge and acceptance. I am becoming more aware of my true self daily, my strengths, my fears. Everyone, on some level, is driven by fear. Not the fear of snakes or some other on-the-surface phobia. No, the root of those fears. The fear of being harmed or causing harm, fear of being controlled, of not being loved, of not having or losing your faith, of your surrounding environment, of the unknown, of failure... Once you understand your fears, where they stem from, and you become aware of your reactions and why those reactions occur, you can control your actions and your thoughts. You can find that inner calm, that ocean of peace within. You will no longer fear, you'll find true strength from within. You'll feel the art as tangible as grasping a wand in your hand. Once you come to terms with your inner self, you will be able to tap into the flow of magic and become greater than you ever imagined possible.