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Roleplay / Re: A Voice From the Storm
December 27, 2018, 03:01:41 PM
“Another one?”

A wisp of dust. The stench of burnt flesh. In the ashes pooled a swirl of feathers, figments of shadows which took substance as the wind settled. What was once nothing became something, in the space of mere moments after a distant explosion: too distant to hear here, yet the ripples were felt nonetheless. Encased in grey, crowned with leaves, laid the inanimate figure of a crow.

Delicately unfolding one stiff wing between his gloved forefinger and thumb a confirmation at last hummed through his throat in response. “But the first crow. At least, the first for a long time. Burnt alive it would seem.”

“What a mess,” His companion huffed. With a scowl of frustration he folded his arms and glowered at their surroundings: the ‘Dead Zone’, as it was called on the lips of many. A vast expanse a hundred kilometres long and twenty wide covered in nothing but a thick sheet of dry, warm ash. Rain didn’t touch here. Nor did unfettered sunshine. Clouds, lethargic and thin hung constantly above, casting shadows of grim depression from the veil of their ragged, drawn faces: dark enough to smother the sun but too weak to become pregnant with moisture and storms. Even the air was still, oppressive. The only winds which touched here occurred when a life had been taken. Taken and then restored.

And yet for every life restored - as it all was eventually in the endless cycle of the Kingfisher Forest - the Dead Zone grew, manifested, a plague that seeped forth, crept forwards, expanding its territory inch by inch, second by second. You never noticed its progress until it was too late - too major a lurch.

“If only they knew.” He growled, sickened by the sight after a mere glance. With another irritated grumble he raised a hand to massage out the headache brewing at the bridge of his nose. It didn’t work of course, but habits died hard.

“Hmm~, now now, you know we can’t exactly go around telling people about this.” Chastised the Knight kneeling in the ash, wing still in hand. He was holding it not with delicacy but with masked disgust, like one would a soiled nappy.

“Tch. It never crosses your mind that maybe we should?”

A lilting laugh, like the tinkling chime of small bells, sung from the Knight’s throat. He was smiling. No. Grinning. A whole set of pearly whites parting his lips, but the handsome dazzle was lost on his long-term companion. He knew well that this man’s smiles were duplicitous - venomous. Full of ice. Immediately he regretted letting that thought slip out. “Hrm, then maybe we should after all?” The Knight proposed with mischievous delight.

“You find this funny? Seriously?” He didn't like the way the man's amber eyes sparked with excitement.

The Knight shrugged. Suddenly bored of the bird he dropped its wing and rose to his feet, ignoring the creature as the first flutters of its renewed heartbeat pulsed twitches of warm blood through its wings. First a convulsion. Then a squawking gasp. Moments later it stumbled upright and took flight back into the forest’s heart from whence it came.

“You don’t find me funny?” The Knight rebuked, aghast and pressing his gloved hand against his chest in mock horror. The uniform he wore was as crisp and impeccable as his acting, all clean lines and finely-measured cuts and folds.  “How deeply you wound me, Sir.”

“This is a serious problem!”

“Oh yes, it really is. Keep scowling like that and you’re sure to never be as pretty as I.” The Knight tutted and moved to playfully poke at his companion’s furrowed brow. Yet the fellow soldier was either too quick or the Knight too lazy. Perhaps both.

“Go sort it out!” He snapped, rearing his head away with unmasked disgust.

“Ah. Mean. You’re sending me out all alone?”

“I’ll join you later. Probably. There’s-” A pause. They both sensed another wisp of disturbed air, distant but noticeable in the plumes of ash from which it arose. “-There’s more work here to be done and recorded.” He sighed.

“Oh that’s true. I hate paperwork. I retract my earlier remark, you’re incredibly noble, dear.”

“Ugh. I preferred Sir.” 

“Well then, my dearest Sir. I shall miss you deeply! 'Distance makes the heart grow fonder' is such bullshit, so be sure to find me before I forget about my duty altogether! HAHA!”

With a snap of his gloved fingers the Knight vanished, spirited away in a swirling gale with a teasing wink and a thrilled laugh that echoed. A laugh that still haunted the begrudged soldier left behind to wade through the ankle-deep grey. It irked him almost as much as the task of discovering the reanimating corpse of whatever else had died next.
General Discussion / Re: Timelines of Games
December 24, 2018, 05:36:57 AM
This is a super fun idea! Reminiscing on all the games I’ve experienced was such a trip and as you can see by the size of this post I get very invested hehe.

Managing to assign years to games was a big challenge though, especially considering how much of it is just a blur of good times: what is time anyway? (So take all those dates with a pinch of salt but I tried my best.) I had no idea I had soooooo many game memories either but it quickly became evident once I started listing just how hard it’d be to select just a handful! And I still ended up with loads and refused to pick one per year hahahaha… ha… Oh woe is me.

Before I show my own list though there is a disclaimer you should know about me: I have, and still do, spend a lot of my time watching people play games rather than play them myself. That’s not to say I don’t play games too! But in much of my childhood especially I have fond memories of my gamer mum’s adventures, a past-time which has now carried over onto Youtube Let’s Plays and Twitch streams.

Some of these games I have only seen played.
Some I have played myself.
Some I am still playing or replaying!
Some I have played myself and seen played.
Some I haven’t even seen completed, yet have stuck with me.
Some I have little attachment to but I played the hell out of so they deserve a spot.

Let’s begin!

  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (N64)
  • Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (Xbox)
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Gamecube)
  • Skies of Arcadia Legends (Gamecube)
  • Lost Kingdoms I & II (Gamecube)
  • Tales of Symphonia (Gamecube)
  • Soul Calibur II (Gamecube)
  • Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem (Gamecube)
  • Resident Evil Zero (Gamecube)
  • Resident Evil 1 [Remake] (Gamecube)
  • Animal Crossing (Gamecube)
  • Pokemon Colosseum (Gamecube)
  • Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life (Gamecube)
  • Fable (Xbox)
  • Jade Empire (Xbox)
  • Shenmue II (Xbox)
  • Silent Hill 2 (Xbox)
  • Silent Hill 4: The Room (Xbox)
  • The Sims (PC)
  • Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven (Xbox)
  • Halo 2 (Xbox)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Gamecube)
  • Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Xbox 360)
  • Fable II (Xbox 360)
  • Dragon Age: Origins (Xbox 360)
  • Dragon Age II (Xbox 360)
  • Lost Odyssey (Xbox 360)
  • Devil May Cry 4 (Xbox 360)
  • Dynasty Warriors 7 (Xbox 360)
  • Okami (Wii)
  • The Sims 2 (PC)
  • The Sims 3 (PC)
  • Animal Crossing: Wild World (Nintendo DS)
  • Pokemon Pearl (Nintendo DS)
  • Yo-Jin-Bo (PC)
  • Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (PSP)
  • Final Fantasy III (Nintendo DS)
  • Silent Hill 3 [Remastered] (PS3)
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo 3DS)
  • Fire Emblem Awakening (Nintendo 3DS)
  • Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi (Nintendo 3DS)
  • Heavy Rain (PS3)
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Nintendo 3DS)
  • Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest (Nintendo 3DS)
  • The Evil Within (PS3)
  • The Last of Us (PS3)
  • Anniversary no Kuni no Alice (PC)
  • The Wolf Among Us (Steam)
  • [Telltale’s] The Walking Dead (Xbox 360/One)
  • Amnesia: Memories (Steam)
  • Life is Strange (Xbox One)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Wii U)
  • Persona 4 (PS Vita)
  • Persona 5 (PS4)
  • Mystic Messenger (iOS)
  • Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds (Steam)
  • Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms (Steam)
  • OZMAFIA!! (Steam)
  • Nameless ~The one thing you must recall~ (Steam)
  • The Men of Yoshiwara: Ohgiya (Steam)
  • Collar x Malice (PS Vita)
  • Life is Strange 2 (Steam)
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition (PC)
  • The Council (Steam)
  • Vampyr (Steam)
  • Ikemen Revolution ~Love & Magic in Wonderland~ (iOS)

If I don’t stop here I don’t think I’ll ever stop, this is already a monster! Ramble -OVER-
General Discussion / Re: The Welcoming Committee
December 20, 2018, 08:08:47 AM
Hello all! My name is El: nothing more, nothing less. I live in the gutter with my thoughts and eternal smirk. I have equal parts appreciation and weakness  for both romance and horror/thriller genres, and I also laugh a lot - especially at my own jokes. It's good to see some familiar faces around here, especially considering I haven't seen them in sooooo looooong. (You know who you are  :heart:). Getting involved in a new community is always a lil' awkward but hey, here I am and you damn well better love me.

I have a decently long(?) history of forum RP and now that I'm essentially homeless in that regard I hopefully plan to set up a new shop here instead! (My thanks once again to Valk and Wisdom for the invite!) I need to get my writing fix and writing alone can so terribly droll, so don't leave me hanging.