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Rats in the Basement
Dungeons  (Underground)   (Style)
Moonlake's comment on 2014-12-20 06:50 PM
Regardless of the theme of the current quest, this is just a very complete, structured but also very read-friendly sub. I cannot help but give this a 5. Go to Comment
The Legend of Still and Limbo
Systems  (Knowledge/Lore)   (General)
Moonlake's comment on 2014-11-23 04:08 PM

The Lord and the Lady

The truth about the Lord and the Lady is much more complicated that all of the disparate lore ever circulated and recorded. The only aspect that those were correct on was that the Lord and the Lady did hold ‘dominion’ over the respective realms and that both were divine in nature. And yet, neither have memory on how the realms themselves come to be or how come to be residing and governing over Still and Limbo.

Old School truth about the circumstances of the Lord and the Lady:

The Lady faced a critical choice that her world hinged upon and moreover, it was a choice that she boded ill either way. Thus she willingly outcast herself in Still so that her world could go on existing in the status quo. Meanwhile, her time in Still was spent in deep contemplation on what action or whether any action she could feasibly take to mend this situation. She takes no actual heed of entries into and exits from Still.

The Lord had performed a deed that he deeply regretted. In his eternal life, this was driving him more and more beyond the edge of his Godly tolerance. Eventually, out of his strong wish to forget the past and himself, he inadvertently carved out Limbo in which he was as prisoner as the others who were drawn into Limbo. Limbo had a will of its own and it wished to release no one once it had laid its hands on them.

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The Legend of Still and Limbo
Systems  (Knowledge/Lore)   (General)
Moonlake's comment on 2014-11-23 06:23 PM
Sorry, browser playing up again, will fix later in the day Go to Comment
The Legend of Still and Limbo
Systems  (Knowledge/Lore)   (General)
Moonlake's comment on 2014-11-26 12:42 AM
I do take your point with the five senses experience. To be honest, I was originally going to put this under Locations but precisely because I couldn't really get this aspect right, I decided to cheat by putting it under Systems and thus leaving things vague.

Anyway, I haven't really figured it out for Still in terms of sensory experiences but for Limbo, I imagined that there would be a very gradual 'deadening' of the five senses associated with staying there besides what I wrote about the 'shrouded by nothing' feel upon entry.

Your suggestion of giving a view of the two places through the use of magic did give me a sort of preliminary idea. I will think about it for a few days and see whether I could expand this sub a little on this aspect. Go to Comment
The Legend of Still and Limbo
Systems  (Knowledge/Lore)   (General)
Moonlake's comment on 2014-11-26 10:51 PM
Update: Fixed up sub as per Scras' suggestion Go to Comment
The Legend of Still and Limbo
Systems  (Knowledge/Lore)   (General)
Moonlake's comment on 2014-12-04 05:57 PM
I agree with your assessment of the current state of this piece (as well as Val's) but this is really a half-formed idea that I pushed out ahead of time for the current quest. To be honest, I cannot quite decide on the underlying (meta) truth of the creation lore and there's still some feel of 'incompleteness' around what I've described of the two places themselves because they're still somewhat fuzzy in my own head. I tried to fix it up somewhat according to Scras' comment and that's why the Entry Lore section got expanded quite a bit but yeah, I need more inspiration to strike me before I could develop this idea further which isn't very forthcoming. Thanks for liking this though. If the whims takes me, I will come back to this one day. Go to Comment
The Legend of Still and Limbo
Systems  (Knowledge/Lore)   (General)
Moonlake's comment on 2015-06-07 08:07 PM
Wow, if you make either place inescapable, wouldn't it basically 'kill' the party? But anyway, a Citadel sub is fairly open-ended and can be adapted anyway the GM wishes. Anyway, glad that you liked the summary. As I mentioned above, this is really a sub that I pushed out ahead of time and the only 'juice' that has actually materialised seems to be the summary. The rest is still shrouded within a back corner of my mind. Go to Comment
30 Chinese Archaic Names
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)
Moonlake's comment on 2014-11-23 12:00 AM
Update: I know there are two formatting issues unpurged (unnecessarily bold words and extra blockquote) but my PC is playing up and I have no patience to keep jigging things. Anyway, I will be adding to this sub so I can always fix these later. Go to Comment
30 Chinese Archaic Names
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Moonlake's comment on 2015-02-18 05:56 PM
Val, this has the incomplete tag because according to the original plan, I would still be adding a whole body of scrolls but well, as a Strolenati is wont to do, I got sidetracked by other projects. But yeah, now that the scrolls are delayed so much, I might as well ditch the Incomplete tag. Go to Comment
Moonlake's comment on 2015-03-13 01:54 AM
Firstly, I have to admit that I read this a bit ad-hoc with breaks in between and I don't know whether this skewed my score. I like how this story ends and yet it seems a little abrupt for me. What I meant by this was that I got too carried away for the Viking/pirate feel of Akribus throughout the story and I wasn't quite prepared when he turned freedom fighter at the end for the sake of his son and all those lore of the Sun and Moon (I like lore usually but here there's something about all those lore that feels a little off to me for unknown reason although rationally I don't have argument with them since they are part of the lore for the sword) Go to Comment
NPCs  (Major)   (Knowledge/Lore)
Moonlake's comment on 2014-11-24 11:46 PM
This reminds me very much of R.A. Salvatore's Drizzt books and a 4 for this solid sub very much in spirit of the current quest. Go to Comment
Halimath the Wanderer
NPCs  (Mythic/ Historical)   (Mystical)
Moonlake's comment on 2015-01-11 05:57 AM
Interesting snippet on a narrator NPC. Go to Comment
101 Chinese Modern names
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)
Moonlake's comment on 2014-11-11 12:14 AM
Well, I would say quite different although there are variations depending on regions as well. First of all, throughout the period classified as the Feudal Era, males of wealth or upper classes have three names (a little name that only family knows usually, an actual name for use in official documents etc. and a kind of ‘social name’ for friends and acquaintances to call him by) whereas for females, they might have the little name and an official name but socially, they are only referred to by their surnames (this might differ between dynasties but seems to be so for a long time). In modern days, everyone tend to have just one name (although some regions have the practice of giving babies ‘milk names’ regardless of gender eg. Shanghai). Then, there are differences in the types of characters used in naming. For example, a lot of commoner parents named their children as “a number plus a gender-specific appendage meaning guy/girl” In modern days, this practice has died out altogether since it probably evolved from the parents being illiterate. Also, in really ancient days (pre Tang dynasty), males’ official names (don’t sure about female since only a few have their full names recorded) tend to be shorter as in having only one character whereas for later periods that’s still before the Republic, there’s a split in there being both 1 character and 2 character names (social names, though, always contain 2 characters). In HK (Hong Kong) and Taiwan, most people have 2 characters in their names nowadays. In China, I think there’s higher proportions of 1 character names.

btw, I will be producing an archaic Chinese names list as an extension but it would take some time because of the three-names thing (and crazy woman wants to do more extensive entries rather than list form and eventually turn them into a new generator as well but obviously that would take a while).
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101 Chinese Modern names
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Moonlake's comment on 2014-11-11 06:04 PM

I had to look up what you meant by the Five Elders. They were apparently all Buddhist monks or Taoist so except for one (Fung Dao Dak) who still maintained his own surname, the rest of them really went by their religious names which had no accompanying surname (Bak Mei for example meant 'white eyebrows' but I don't think his birth surname was the Chinese character for White). I was thinking of actual historical people in my answer. Also, when you talk about difference, I was thinking in terms of the character used etc (I agree that some characters crop up in both ancient and modern names such as Sin which meant goodness as opposed to evil, Dak which meant virtue etc. but there are also some used in modern names that would not appear in ancient days such as Yu which meant universe or Ao which meant pride- since modesty was considered a virtue in ancient times, it might be taken as a sign of arrogance to include it in a name whereas in modern days it would be taken to mean that the parents wish the child to grow up to be their pride. And like I said, a bunch of popular names for commoners then have died out in modern days) and the three-names aspect etc. But if by difference, you really mean how do they sound different? Then, I would say in general, little to no difference. What distinguishes the names across the two eras then would be in the subtle nuances underlying the names.

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101 Chinese Modern names
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Moonlake's comment on 2014-11-13 10:49 PM
All I knew before you alerted me to the Muslim link was that "Ma" meant 'horse' as a character. Apparently, it's a normal Chinese surname as well as an changed-Muslim surname like you suggested.
The 101 list here is all Han (Han being the predominant ethnicity in China, which is what generally people think of as Chinese in case you don't know) Chinese names as far as I know. I did not put any reference in this sub because I just wanted to create a simple list at this point in case people need to drop a Chinese name into a game (All the names were randomly thought up or taken from celebrity names). The one following up for an ancient setting will be etymology centered and provide an explanation of how each surname arises as well as the meaning of however many names each person has. I might stop at 30 for that one rather than 101. Now I can only do 4 per day and that's already taking me ages. I will be 1/3 of the way there after today. Go to Comment
101 Chinese Modern names
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Moonlake's comment on 2015-02-18 06:04 PM
Ergh.... was in the process of uploading it but then got an error. Retro gleaning of the chat reveal that the culprit was that I use the rightward leaning slash as the divider so I had to go to the notepad file and manually replace all the slashes with asterisks. Again, got sidetracked... Go to Comment
Hammer Of Spirit Binding
Items  (Tools)   (Magical)
Moonlake's comment on 2014-11-24 11:56 PM
I like this for its straightforwardness. Go to Comment
Trash and Treasure of Ideas
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)
Moonlake's comment on 2014-11-04 01:55 AM
Update: For a few of these entries, I'm uncertain to which category it should go. I've put this into Wiki format so anyone could shift things around if they want to. Also, anyone that wants to add to it is welcome of course.

P.S. I can still see backlinks inserted on my submission page but when I look at the actual sub, doesn't have those now that I've bought a new Virus Scan. But if anyone else still see weird characters and long links, let me know. Go to Comment
A Summers Freeze
Plots  (Crisis)   (Side-Quest)
Moonlake's comment on 2014-12-20 07:08 PM
A good piece with solid content and good breaking up of content using blockquotes to aid readability but I personally feel that the write up could be improved upon. Still, a high quality piece. Go to Comment
Time Spent With Trolls
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Swamp)
Moonlake's comment on 2014-11-25 12:10 AM
Loved the tone of this although personally not that taken with the topic of trolls themselves Go to Comment
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