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Tumble Melon Tree
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Forest/ Jungle)
Moonlake's comment on 2013-07-05 08:45 PM
A nice fantasy flora. In terms of the write-up, good visuals and humour. Go to Comment
Soul Gazing
Systems  (Mystical)   (General)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-09-03 07:40 PM

Added more details on how the actual process works and accuracy. As for interpretation, basically everything is left to individual interpretation and the Soul Gazer only knows when the answer for the individual has appeared or not. How this should be used in roleplay, I must say I don't have much idea. This is just sth that came up to me on-the-fly when I browse thru the Archaic Word challenge and I couldn't it develop further into a reasonably quality sub so I just chunked out as a 100-word challenge. I have now moved my ideas on how to incorporate this into roleplay as a user submitted idea

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Soul Gazing
Systems  (Mystical)   (General)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-09-03 10:21 PM

Incorporation into Roleplay:


This can be either some bit of colourful background for enhancing game atmosphere or it can form a component of 1 or 2 plot hooks. For example, the PCs run into a dillemma/dead-end on one of the adventures and what the Soul Gazer shows them can be a clue to lead them out if they can decode it. Or the whole thing with Soul Gazing might be just a swindle but somehow one of these Soul Gazers have gained prominence at a particular location and the PCs are hired by someone to expose him. These are the basic examples that come to mind of a non-gamer like me. Of course, one can always blend these basic ideas into a more complicated form. For example, there might be true and swindler Soul Gazers in the world. The PCs have this problem on their hands that have to be completed within X number of days. They get stuck and go to a Soul Gazer. Is this a true Soul Gazer that will give them the true answer that they just have to decode or is this a fake one that will just waste their time?

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Soul Gazing
Systems  (Mystical)   (General)
Moonlake's comment on 2013-05-01 08:53 PM
Well, I'm certainly glad to hear you saying you like this idea a lot even though this is one I couldn't/didn't want to develop into a length I usually like. And I don't mind critical comments at all as long as they are constructive. Anyway, on the aspect you wanted to know, I was thinking of something really subtle rather than what you've mentioned. Basically, I was thinking that those who had been through a Soul Gazing session get their answers in a sort of "meditation/ half inspiration strike" state in which they sort of get a sense of their answers but in general they are just a bit dazzled by the experience (they feel like they are trying to grasp some idea but couldn't really and the memory is getting further away or they've just found out a key truth about themselves/learnt a new and very complex concept and needing time to digest). Go to Comment
The 9 Divine Ones and 3 Exalted Ones
Systems  (Divine/ Spirit)   (Defining)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-08-22 06:24 PM
Hi, Chaoticwaffle:
I know this is not your first sub but since you are still relatively new to the site, I don't know whether you are aware that when you input a submission, there is an option to choose the 'visibility' of a submission (this is the top drop-down menu located at the bottommost textbox on the RHS of the submission inputting page). To me, this sub seems more like a work-in-progress that would be more suited to being put into the In Work-Hidden/Private category rather than as a Normal submission (which is the default selection)

Also, to me, this sub seems more suited to the Systems-Divine and Spirits category rather than as an Article of the same sub-category but then this is a relatively minor thing and you can change the submission type easily via the drop-down menu.

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The 9 Divine Ones and 3 Exalted Ones
Systems  (Divine/ Spirit)   (Defining)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-08-23 06:10 PM
First, you need to edit this sub so that you get back to the submission input page. When you say you can't edit the sub, does this mean you can't see the Edit link (in square brackets) at the bottom left corner of the text block when you access this particular sub? This might be a browser issue as I had trouble with replying to comments on my sub when I was using a out-dated version of IE and everything works fine when I downloaded Google Chrome. However, if this doesn't apply to you, then submit a bug report on the forum so that Strolen can investigate this issue. Go to Comment
The 101 Festival Attenders
Items  (Art and Music)   (Sentient)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-08-29 06:30 PM
I take your points on the incorporation of this sub into actual roleplaying and I appreciate the comment. Will add a Plot Hook section when I have time (which is probably next week). Go to Comment
The 101 Festival Attenders
Items  (Art and Music)   (Sentient)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-09-06 12:00 AM
Plot Hook section added based on the item as is. For alternative versions, refer to Dossta's comment above Go to Comment
Your First Submission
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Citadel Help)
Moonlake's comment on 2013-07-04 08:09 PM
Personally, I get a little disappointed sometimes if I get an average less than 3.5 (and sometimes 4 for specific subs) on any of my subs that aren't 'abandoned ideas' . In this sense, the bit about the vote of three in this article helped me to realign my perspectives to a more realistic level (they tend to become skewed quite easily as I sometimes just set just so high an expectations for myself that it becomes unrealistic) and is my favourite. Anyway, a good article for newbies in term of preparing them for the site. Go to Comment
Not Sure What To Do?
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Citadel Help)
Moonlake's comment on 2013-05-25 09:08 PM
Good utility sub. Go to Comment
Soul Craft
Systems  (Technical/ Mechanical)   (Specific)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-08-07 11:10 PM

Soul Constructs:


Those familiar with the creator of a particular Soul Construct often feel that it exudes an aura that reminds them of the craftsman (presumably due to the life force of the person contained within it). These items are each unique with at least one special feature to set them apart from common items. For Soul Constructs that are weapons in particular, many carry a minor enchantment that is powered by the life force of its creator. The nature of such enchantments is often tied to the ideal picture of a masterpiece that the craftsman had in mind rather than a reflection of the person that the craftsman was.


Example of a Soul Construct: Twin Lotus

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Soul Craft
Systems  (Technical/ Mechanical)   (Specific)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-08-08 01:53 AM
I am really writing this sub to plug in the 'logical hole' that others have seen (and I agree exists) in my very first piece of work on Strolens and the 100-word challenge has given me the perfect venue of doing this and not delving into the minute details. Go to Comment
Soul Craft
Systems  (Technical/ Mechanical)   (Specific)
Moonlake's comment on 2013-06-10 08:51 PM
I admit this is one of my abandoned ideas. B/c my Dragon Empire setting is still a very work-in-progress one, ideas come and go and merge themselves etc. For this sub, I wrote up all relevant info. for plugging the logical gap for my Twin Lotus sub plus whatever info. on Soul Craft that was on my mind at that moment. 

Anyway, on the pt you raised, I think what I had in mind was that once you passed on, your spirit lingers in the world but b/c your life force dissipates with your death, you lose your connection to the physical body (this is specific context for my world that I didn't put in so good pick-up). So with the Soul Construct, what happens is that a person is effectively donating some of his/her own life force to the deceased so that the spirit will get pulled back into the physical body to live for a while again.

I have now added a scroll to clarify this pt
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Soul Craft
Systems  (Technical/ Mechanical)   (Specific)
Moonlake's comment on 2013-06-11 12:00 AM
Soul Constructs and Resurrection:

In this setting, once a life form passed on, its spirit still lingers in the world. However, the dissipation of life forces that accompanies death means that it will lose connection to its own physical body. In a resurrection driven by a Soul Construct, what happens is that a person is effectively donating some of his/her own life force to the deceased so that the spirit will get pulled back into the physical body to live for a while again.

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The Hellephant
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Any)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-07-31 01:28 AM
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Chimera Prototype Mk-XXIII
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-07-30 10:13 PM
A fair enough comment and one that we haven't really thought about. On the living area, though, was thinking that the chimeras would be kept in already existing mansions/compounds of the rich. The up-keeping part potentially might be problematic in a resource poor world like you say. Go to Comment
Chimera Prototype Mk-XXIII
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-08-01 07:39 PM

Yep, that was the motivation for creating the Chimera, as an all-purpose beast for 'humanity'. As for its primary weapon, the other Moon is more suited to answering this, we split the work such that I'm focusing more on the background world and the scientist while he's focusing more on the monster itself and the plot hooks though of course, there are ideas that come off and build on each other.

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Chimera Prototype Mk-XXIII
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-07-30 02:39 AM

Dr. James Wooden


11:00 a.m., Sydney, Crown Center, Press Conference


With an air of self-assurance, Dr. James Wooden strode in, smiled and seated himself. In a charcoal black suit, Dr. Wooden conveys the image of a true gentleman.


“Welcome to the Press Conference on Project Chimera. As everyone here is well aware, now farming has to be done predominately either with animal or human labour. Also, the radical movement is gaining momentum and causing major disruptions to our lives.  Now, I ask all of you, what do we do about them? Well, my answer is that we create something that will simultaneously address these two problems…  Now, is there any questions?”



18/05/3031


Finally, those walking monies have given me the funding for my Project Chimera! Imagine the fame I will get when I create the perfect animal that will solve the two most pressing problems of humanity at the moment.


19/05/3031


What specimens of DNA should I use to create my Chimera? Let me see, grizzly bear for its strength and ability to sustain mob attacks, the Tasmanian devil so that it will have a rapid reproductive cycle, snakes so that it would have a means to quickly immobilise those pesky radicals and yes, the giant squid from Japan that has that delicious gene with the propensity to mutate, why then my Chimera can continuously breed with other species, creating unique offsprings. Who knows that those walking monies won’t take the fancy to getting their special pet Chimera and give me follow-up funding on project extensions?


10/01/3032


Curse those radicals, here I thought this ghost town of Alice Springs would be the perfect place to set up my research compound and all my Aboriginal ‘assistants’ have escaped in the confusion as well. I know, I will move to Bourke in New South Wales, surely there the opportunities to ‘recruit’ more Aboriginal ‘assistants’ are plenty as well.


08/11/3032


Those ethnical guidelines that scientists are supposed to uphold are damn nuisances. What’s the difference between a non-lethal venom that will paralyse someone so that they can be killed and a lethal one that directly kills? Damn hypocrites


~ excerpts from a partially recovered personal diary of Dr. James Wooden found at the site of the destroyed research compound at Bourke, NSW


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The Shadowbeasts
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Any)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-07-30 10:06 PM
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10 Chance Meetings
Plots  (Coincidence)   (Encounter)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-07-24 06:56 PM
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