Jorvik: A Land of Snow & Ice

Game Master DSXMachina

A dark mystery in the ancient city of York.


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Aye, cap'n. Never make a character without one. Or... rarely make a character completely devoid of one.

Duana wants to make an informed choice of her own, without Maeve's influence pushing for one side or the other. And maybe find a lover who isn't just as likely to peel her face off with glass after just because either he/she/or mommy has had a bad day and decides to take it out on the nearest object (which is something I imagine the Winter Court would do).


Changling Spellsinger Physical: [] [] [] Mental: [] [] [] [] Social: [] [] [] [] FP:10

heheh,
'YORKS, and awaaay!' :P

<Insert sound of Daffy Duck hitting a tree here> :)

Just need to tweak Danny's reason for moving to York.
Either/or/combo of;
-Danny was 'requested' by the Winter Court to relocate to York after a massive brouhaha in his last city. Supposedly to save his life from reprisals (although he sincerely doubts the Winter Court is terribly concerned with his personal well-being)
-Danny's Girlfriend(s) Dad (a 'businessman' with ties to the Triad, and possibly the Jade Court) moved to York on 'business', and Danny followed to stay near the girls. (At the girls request, of course!) :)
-Danny got a possible lead on the whereabouts/who is his mother, and went to York to follow it.

As far as Danny's 'what would I like to accomplish' list.
Hm, haven't really played him long enough to set long goals.
Mainly he's just trying to survive as a 'starving artist', and keep OUT of Summer/Winter politics! (When Summer/Winter have 'intense negotiations', the arquements tend to be made with long, pointy things!)
Which is difficult as he was deliberately planted firmly in the middle of both! (again, a possible lead to his mother, but NO ONE's talking!)

His one 'main' goal is to find out who, or at least WHAT his mother is. Or was, or whatever.
Secondary goals,
-Stay OUT of Winter/Summer politics (as much as possible)
-Find out what his 'job' is actually supposed to BE, so he can try to prevent being manipulated into things he doesn't know anything about.
-Try to get a handle on his powers. (Is this all he can do? Can his magic be more powerful? Does he want it to be more powerful?!? etc)
-Try to find his niche in life. (Where does he belong? Faerie? Earth? He's at that age where he's starting to consider that he might want more in life than a fling or a friend. Or even a steady GF.)

That's about it for now, I'll start working on Danny's guest stars,... sometime,... (I'm so busy,...) ;P


I'll be spending time on Duana after the hubby goes to bed. Hope to have her story "finished" by your AM at the latest. Have a few ideas, but I'm also trying to finish with the crunch on a character I know got into a parallel KM game.


Evil GM

Great stuff everyone. With the location set, i will work on the city. As i said in the recruitment thread, we won't be doing the full Dresden Files collaborative City creation, but if you want to introduce NPC's, areas/locales or anything feel free. This is meant to be even more collective than d&d.


Male Temple Hound (Wyld Fey)

'Protect she of the Hunt, she of the Winter Faerie, Duana, the Mistress. Find the artifact, must find it! Protect the Mistress from the Hunt, from the King of Goblins and Hunt, from ice-eyes cherry-lips female, from Maeve. Protect Duana, from Duana.'

And those are Gelert's goals :) Or what he perceives his goals to be.


Evil GM

Great, thanks everyone. This looks great, just trying to come up with a snappy IC thread name. Perhaps something to do with Yorks viking name of 'Jorvik'. But will probably start the thread Wed eve/ Thurs.


OOOh, Viking name!

Neaaato. Coz I'm going home in a few weeks. And I sorta wanted to give Duana a icy viking sorta... feel. Although not a Nordic look, because then she'd be 2 feet tall and have no hips or ass.

True story. All them tall blondes you see, they don't exist. And as Norwegian women age, they do not die, they simply shrink into obscurity. :P


Evil GM

Well it's better than the roman one or Eboratom (i think?). York has alot of connections to the Scandanavian people including a annual Dragon-ship festval. With connections due to the Norman conquest of Britain & subsequent Harrowing of the North. Otherwise it would be a larger city than London (possibly).


Male Temple Hound (Wyld Fey)

Hehehehe...Viking Dog of War hehehehehe

Wags tail at Duana and opens mouth in wide doggy grin


Okie, any idea what we'll be in York doing?

I can sorta see Duana being out and about as a "student" while on a mission from Maeve of likely minor importance. Perhaps she'd be enrolled at the university studying, and as part of her "cover" she goes out and meets Danny at some pub where there is music and recognizes what he is?

Trying to give her a reason to be out of Never-Never again, as I assume that Gelert and Gabriel will follow.


Evil GM

Well i was going to start you off with a visit from Maeve, but there is a nice bar there the 'Evil Eye Lounge'.


What about she actually manages to kill a Sidhe Lord defending herself, and it is decided that she is too dangerous to have in court for a while. Hence she travels to reality with Gelert and having little else to do, decides to study?


Evil GM

Yes, thats great, esp. if MAeve maneuvered her into that position. Say she held a ball/party causing her to have to fight a duel?


Cool. I really don't like making my characters super heroes in their histories, so I tend to frown on such things. Basically when I assume that Duana has be dueling, I assume she's just barely scratching and whomever it is that's fighting her is doing it more for show to prove that they're superior than actually trying to harm her, knowing that she's not full blood, and Maeve's heir.

And yeah... Now that I think of it, killing a Sidhe lord would be freaking awesome for Duana to do, and heighten the tension of her choice.

Sorry if it feels like Duana goes back and forth a lot, but its like every teenager's dream at some point to run away. I imagine that with a mum like Maeve, you would really, really want to get away.

Anyway, will be updating soonish. Want to get info from Danny if he wants to meet on the outside or at court. Maybe he stood witness to Duana's duel, and came with her to York after, wanting to get away from the court?


Evil GM

Duana, how about something like;

- Maeve having a convenient masked ball & conveniently inviting a ambitious young Sidhe Lord, who conveniently hears rumours about you, he is conveniently drunk and spreads these within your earshot forcing Duana to conveniently call for a duel. After he tries to show her up a Winter Knight conveniently happens to cough/distract the swordsman and Duana kills the Lord.

Thus Maeve conveniently rids herself of a too ambitious Sidhe Lord.

(Of course, it would not have to be Gabriel who caused the distraction & it would be involuntary. But could be another excuse why he flees the court at the same time. But we could only have this if you are both alright with it and it would not create too much bad blood between your PC's - rather hopefully there would be cameraderie)

Wow, new board format!


Lol that sounds fun hehehehe

Also Gabriel's family could have an apartment in York so his father could have dealings with the UK and his oil company and mightve forgotten it or at least very rarely visits it anymore. So Least I have a place to live lol


Evil GM

Yep, the British Coast has (had)huge gas reserves & York is midway between the coast and the coal fields of Selby. The University owns 50% of ALL housing in the region.

There are some lovely riverside apartments.

Had some 'Yorkshire Pie' tonight, no idea what was in it only some ham & chicken(?), but it was lovely


The gratuitous use of the word "Lovely." Add some "rubbish" in that, and I will truly believe that you are British.

*laughs*


Evil GM

Funnily enough, Ali's accent changed in the last post (in a different pbp) from a Yorkshire brogue into a Geordie (Wi aye pet, y' gan down t' dogs?) Although that might be because i've been down the boozer with a Geordie lass.


Male Ferromancer

And Jericho's teaching at whatever College. What's the biggest University int he area?


Evil GM

Well, there's St. Johns (a second rate Uni); York College (largely vocational) & University of York. The latter is probably the 3-5 best University in Britain behind Oxford or Cambridge depending on the subject.

York University, owns most of the city, made a huge profit last year, boasts the largest man-made lake in Europe (upto last decade).

What is Jericho's subject that he teaches? Is he a Post-Grad teacher of a lecturer?


Male Ferromancer

I see Jericho as fitting most at the University of York. And... lemme go find something suitable... *Scurries away to Search-Fu*

Also, he's actually a TA, so not quite teaching yet, just working on it.


Evil GM

So what he would be is a Post-Grad, in the British system. He will have his Masters degree Working on his dissertation to get his PhD. He occassionally teaches younger students, marks papers and talks/socialises with the professors.

Actually i know a few people in this exact position, the alternative is a guest lecturer.

The Maths/Physics & Engineering depts are very good. The Chem. has a new 'facility'. Whilst the Arts & Humanities are great but have had less spent recently.


Seems like a good fit, actually. Is much the same in the University systems over here, too, with the Post-Grad students taking over a lot of the bovine feces work of correcting essays and such for the actual Professors so they can research and put out the papers they are required to every year to keep their positions.

Maybe Duana's seen him around, maybe not.

Oh yeah, the human guise! How silly of me, will have that up tonight.


Male Ferromancer

DSX: Yup, That's pretty much what I intended. It's called a TA or Teaching Assistant over here, but no worries on the wording. He'd likely be in Humanities somewhere... I see him as kind of a poet/dreamer, but with the knowledge to back it up, not so much an engineer or mathematician. Besides, he knows that the natural laws given in school are bull-hockey, so I'd imagine he wouldn't enjoy having to deal with that.


Evil GM

Ah, was never sure if TA's were proper post-grads or just 2-3rd years helping out. Also in Britain it is much more focussed at Uni/college level, there are usually very few optional courses and they have to be directly connected to your primary. Whereas it seems in the US (from what i heard) that you can take a wider range of electorates at least until your second year.


Changling Spellsinger Physical: [] [] [] Mental: [] [] [] [] Social: [] [] [] [] FP:10

That is probably true, in a general sense.

It really depends upon the university you are attending. Some have more lenient rules involving electives than others. I attended 3 different universities, (yes, I have 3 degrees, THAT and $5 will get me a cup of overpriced coffee at Starbucks!) ;P

Although, (and I know this because I work at one) lately due to the economy and such, they have all started tightening their belts, and imposing stricter rules, including higher admission requirements and limiting the amount of 'free space' (IE= electives you can choose) on your chosen program plan.

YORK! This sounds like it will be fun! :) I can't wait!


Evil GM

Alrighty started working on the opening for the IC thread. Provisionally called either-

DSXs’ Dresden File- Jorvik: Walls of Ice

or

Jorvik: A Land of Snow & Ice - DSXs' Dresden File

So, everyone good starting in or around York, questions or any queries?

Or do you want more time to research/ finish characters/ me post info on York?


Like the second one. Info on where we'll be starting would be nice. Danny, is it okay if I met your character at the masqued ball that Maeve threw?


Evil GM

I am planning on having a couple of separate starting points.
Ax, Danny, Jericho And one for the trio of Duana, Gabriel & Gelert.

Because, i don't want to have another party/soiree as a start. So there will be an event and the group hopefully should come together to resolve it.

Accommadation, there are beautiful Riverside Apartments, Solid University accommodation, and many houses around the city.

Unfortunately, i don't think i can have the thread up tonight and do it justice. (Too many other pbp's sprung into action). But this may be for the best as it allows for everyone to finish their character sheets and me to try and get more city information available.


I understand that. Just got into two and one is already in full swing for me. :)

Very excited. It's a bad version of Kingmaker, where you can boink the bandits and make them into your slaves, I guess. I cannot wait. *laughs*

Sleep well.


Evil GM

Why are someone using a chain saw @ 1am?

Well, no work tomorrow so i will hang about here for a bit.


Because... *vrooom!*

And Texas Chainsawr Massacre. :D


Changling Spellsinger Physical: [] [] [] Mental: [] [] [] [] Social: [] [] [] [] FP:10

Yes Duana, that will be fine. (meeting at Soiree. Danny has to attend certain functions, just to figure out whatthe heck is going on.)
;P

DSXM- yes, I'd like another day or two to get myself together. Just crazy over here. :)

Thanks! See you all soon!


Evil GM

Sorry about it being a couple of days, although it seemed like everyone has been busy. I just want to make sure that this will be fun for everyone involved and not rush it too much.

Anyway,

Danny - where do you want to start; we can have the girls have to move to York because their father has some 'business problems' in the nearby city of Leeds. So the girls have moved to (& maybe go to the Uni). And/ or we can have you find out about a friend of your mothers who resides nearby. You have been trying to find and get an appointment with them through a mutual acquaintance, but with no luck.

Gabriel - Great you have a apartment on the Riverside overlooking the River Ouse; or a large Town house on the way to the racecourse, from you families estates.

Would it be alright if you(Gabriel), Duana & Gelert would be meeting up at your place on a saturday morning to discuss something or would the trio prefer to be at a bar?

Aximeus - So you have come to England after the debacle across the Atlantic, you have a job in a restaurant? Or a lumber yard?

Jericho - So you are attending the University of York and studying, whilst at the back of your mind is the idealistic crusade & your father?

York Minster Cathedral


Male Temple Hound (Wyld Fey)

Gelert is fine with that ^^ Of course is this going to be a place that allows dogs if we're going to a bar?


I don't imagine Duana being a huge pub crawler.

I did write up my human guise, right? Wow, I should really check if I am finished with Duana soon...


If needed all three of them could be arriving at the apartment but yeah sounds great


Evil GM

I was just going to have the three of you start together somewhere, if you are alright with it being at your apartment Gabriel then thats cool.


Evil GM

Wow, i have had a strange afternoon. It was Day 2 of my villages Beer Festival. Held in a church. So we were drinking beer on graves watching Ferret Racing & Teddy Bears zip-lining down from the churches bell tower. Very surreal.


Male Ferromancer

Hey guys, sorry about my silence the last couple days. I'm going through a bit of a rough patch with my gf and my family, and I'm having trouble summoning creative energy from that. I had hopes to write tonight but another argument has left me feeling drained so hopefully later tongiht I'll be better. Either way I have the next two days off so let's hope I'm feeling up to it in the morning. Just apologizing for crap and explaining my abscence, happy trails.


Evil GM

No, thats cool as with any RPG real life comes first.


Male Efreeti, advanced manthing 45HD

My goal for Aximeus is to champion the little guy; adventual I envision him fighting in an epic battle to save humanity as the unsung champion of some worthy cause; I have it in mind that as he is Achilles reborn; it was for some purpose of the Gods like in the epic and like the original; Aximeus his hiding out in the obscure underbelly of humanity making allies and defining himself before this epic battle.


Male Efreeti, advanced manthing 45HD

I could write a story for Jericho or Gelert; Aximeus tends to work in kitchens that those down on their luck und up in and gives out a free bowl of soup or sandwich and listens to their story and would take in a stray pup and feed him bones and scraps from the kitchen.


Male Efreeti, advanced manthing 45HD

hehe I would like to see that

DSXMachina wrote:
Wow, i have had a strange afternoon. It was Day 2 of my villages Beer Festival. Held in a church. So we were drinking beer on graves watching Ferret Racing & Teddy Bears zip-lining down from the churches bell tower. Very surreal.


Male Efreeti, advanced manthing 45HD

Aximeus would tend to work in a pub or kitchen to hear more stories and get rained on less; though lumberyard is just as good if that is where you want him as he would hang with the guys at a pub or outside in the alley telling and hearing stories.

DSXMachina wrote:

Sorry about it being a couple of days, although it seemed like everyone has been busy. I just want to make sure that this will be fun for everyone involved and not rush it too much.

Anyway,

Danny - where do you want to start; we can have the girls have to move to York because their father has some 'business problems' in the nearby city of Leeds. So the girls have moved to (& maybe go to the Uni). And/ or we can have you find out about a friend of your mothers who resides nearby. You have been trying to find and get an appointment with them through a mutual acquaintance, but with no luck.

Gabriel - Great you have a apartment on the Riverside overlooking the River Ouse; or a large Town house on the way to the racecourse, from you families estates.

Would it be alright if you(Gabriel), Duana & Gelert would be meeting up at your place on a saturday morning to discuss something or would the trio prefer to be at a bar?

Aximeus - So you have come to England after the debacle across the Atlantic, you have a job in a restaurant? Or a lumber yard?

Jericho - So you are attending the University of York and studying, whilst at the back of your mind is the idealistic crusade & your father?

York Minster Cathedral

** spoiler omitted **


Evil GM

Great, because i do like outlining/GM'ing epic stories. I think that a barman in a pub works best, but was just giving you a couple of options (if you wanted them).


lol aximeus Achilles was never unsung..... hahaha he was a glory HOG! lol he has to be center of attention or he wouldn't fight lol just makes me chuckle


Male Ferromancer

Jericho really doesn't have much a goal right now. He's a bit adrift, like many college students. He does wish to learn more about his art and his heritage, but is coming up against a brick wall there. And he'd like to investigate the killings in his hometown so that he can prove he's not behind them, but likely won't be able to do that without getting back there in some way that won't alert the Wardens or the Police. Will write up his Guest Star with Aximaeus in a min, then I'm fully done.

EDIT: Alright, got Jericho done. Decided to take one more dose of Refinement, so as to give him some potion slots and nifty mirrored shades. I felt it reflected his kind of "Not great unless I'm prepared for my enemy" attitude.


Male Temple Hound (Wyld Fey)

O.O! Big metal man gives me Food? I like him already *wags tail enthusiastically!*

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