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The Nurendrian Truth Cult
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axlerowes's comment on 2013-03-13 09:47 PM
Thanks for the comments guys, you brought up a lot possiblities I hadn't thought of. I wrote this in 30 minutes as dictated by scars's writing challenge, (full disclosure...somebody proof read it, though not very well and I added the title and summary after 30 minutes). Looking over it know the thought process is pretty evident, the first character is writing but has run out of time. I added a bunch details to stall while I came up with a "plot" The next character is getting impatient and the story ends without a resolution. So I really don't have answers to your questions, the bird men were born in the first paragraph. I could make some up, but should I? If the literal message of the story is about perspective, and personal versus societal truth..should I add a nitty-gritty?

Anyway I can add stuff to the idea section. Thanks again for the notes! Go to Comment
The Nurendrian Truth Cult
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axlerowes's comment on 2013-03-13 09:54 PM
Update: fixed the pronouns and the tenses...thanks again scras! Go to Comment
The Nurendrian Truth Cult
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axlerowes's comment on 2015-02-06 07:13 AM


I am sorry never really read this comment before, I fixed the thing about I have no daughter...that did not make sense you're right.



As for the guy with the book of truths and the truths, I was inspired to write this because when I was in college it came out the college was under reporting campus crime or down grading campus crime to make the campus seem safer and more pleasant. So when I sat down with a timer set to 30 minutes and the "quest" as my inspiration I tried to think of cults I had known in life.



The big ten wanted to seem wholesome. That is what the chief bird guy is doing here, I tried to paint the writing as something as he enjoyed for the writing's sake. His justifications for covering the storm and not writing about the murder are flawed, and intended them to be perceived this way. I was trying to communicate that he was not writing about crime or violence because he did not like it, and he enjoyed writing about stuff like storms.



I tried to confirm this later when the anthropologist's husband is going through the old records and notes that society changes. But that change is likely due to record keeping, not a change in behavior, or at least all the records are dubious after the events of the story. Then when Postlincoln tries to tell her husband about the murder and the report or lack there of, she finds it difficult to speak about it. She is tried and uncomfortable and in that moment she herself decides that she would rather ignore the murder, even if just for a little while, so she can go to sleep.



If any of this failed to come through it is my fault as a writer, and I really need this type feedback to improve. So thank you, sincerely.

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The Nurendrian Truth Cult
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valadaar's comment on 2013-03-21 03:15 PM
This has the feel of a shortstory, I think it works well. Go to Comment
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Dossta's comment on 2013-03-13 01:02 PM
Another highly atmospheric, thought-provoking piece, axle. I definitely agree with caesar here -- adding a small blurb to the end, even as a quote box, to give us more of the nitty-gritty would be very welcome. At the end, I was left wondering if the Truth Cult had actually managed to scramble Emanuel's brain, or if that was just a side effect of being tired.

Either way, I love these bird-people, and love the premise. I don't use SciFi settings nearly often enough, but I might take the idea for the cult whole-cloth and try to apply it to a fantasy race or even to a human population. They dynamics would change somewhat, but I think it would be cool to see. Go to Comment
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caesar193's comment on 2013-03-13 09:07 AM
Great job, axelrowes. The backstory is really good. And creepy.

My only suggestion would be to throw a brief description of everything at the end. Like maybe a little something about the bird-things, and a little something more about the Cult. Something that sets in stone your idea of the Cult. Maybe add the consequences of writing Truth without the sun. A little something you couldn't add during the actual writing of the story.

Nice job, axelrowes! Caesar193 seal of approval. Go to Comment
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Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-13 09:04 AM
I swear I voted and commented on this already. I like the use of images in the post, and it has a very solid Shadowrun feel to it. Go to Comment
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axlerowes's comment on 2013-01-11 11:35 PM
Update: Just joined Drunk writer's guild, there is no way this comes out formatted....holding my breath and my drink while I hit submit. Go to Comment
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axlerowes's comment on 2013-01-11 11:36 PM
Update: Just joined Drunk writer's guild, there is no way this comes out formatted....holding my breath and my drink while I hit submit. Go to Comment
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axlerowes's comment on 2013-01-12 10:08 AM
made few changes, I am okay with it Go to Comment
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axlerowes's comment on 2013-02-08 09:59 AM
Update: I just happen to look at this an realized a whole paragraph was missing. Go to Comment
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axlerowes's comment on 2014-03-10 09:34 PM
that is exactly what this was Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2015-07-30 11:35 AM
A great background piece - like the tone and use of artwork.
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Silveressa's comment on 2014-03-10 09:25 PM
It has a nice Shadowrun flavor to it, and delivers without being too dry or factual, with the images a nice touch.

One could easily use this as a player handout for the decker that goes digging into NACA origins. Go to Comment
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Ted's comment on 2013-01-12 03:00 AM
I'm starting to find that carefully going through with the HTML editor can do a lot more than the WYSIWYG editor- because the later will often butcher things as you get further along and render incorrectly once all is said and done. Go to Comment
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Ted's comment on 2013-01-12 11:36 AM
Only voted Go to Comment
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Nocontrivedname's comment on 2009-03-31 11:55 PM
Hey A.R.

I see why you never submitted this. It is a mess and likely useless. If you were to write up the cultures or even the food maybe that would be useful but one large write up of an entire culture from their history to what they like to have for dinner is useless I think. I think most everyone will agree that roleplayers just need a handful details they can hold onto about a culture.

Example

Drinks a clear liquor with most meals

Wears fur hats.

Pale and fair haired with high cheek bones.

Fatalistic, stoic and cynical.

Preferred weapon is the war hammer.

There you go, you have Russians.

Maybe, if you ever get around to it, you should break this up.

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Sengur of the Warkra
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axlerowes's comment on 2013-01-09 07:09 PM
can't get this formatted Go to Comment
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axlerowes's comment on 2013-01-11 05:31 PM


I am surprised at your view that this is more literary than game orientated. I made an effort to write it as a gaming resource and not as a part of some piece of fiction. What is more surprising is that you are the reason I tried to make this a gaming resource. In your discussion of Cheka's hardcore porn novel you wrote



"Citadel is a website billed as a resource for the game masters, and occasionally players, of role playing games. This ideal is enforced both by the submission categories (Lifeforms, Items, NPCs, etc) and by the overwhelming number of forum posts. My main objection to this piece is that it does NOT serve in this capacity."




I chose this style in particular because of your comment. I wrote this up the way I would write up NPC notes back when I GMed. In my experience PCs don't care to hear about the past exploits of NPCs and as a GM what I really needed was a clear idea of how my NPCs are going to respond to having their pocket's picked, torture, jokes and so forth. I always thought the game was very wet cement and I hated when I would have NPC act of character or saw a better way to handle the situation once I left the table. Backstory is fun to read (because hey it is a story), but when prepping for an RPG NPC backstory was never much use to me.



Shadowrun was the toughest cities with 100 of millions of people, open ended mystery or heist plots and not telling who the PCs are going to talk with. But perhaps I am wrong, this may be more information than most would put in the game-at any rate off topic.



As for the fire mace, that was a late addition, and really was extraneous. I felt a sell out for including a description of his equipment. I am going to try and link this guy to plot or other NPCs. What information does Dossta need for a good NPC?


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Moonlake's comment on 2013-06-11 06:54 AM
Despite the numerous typos that I can spot, I really do think this particular format of writing up a NPC neat as it provides a very comprehensive picture of a character in a very succinct way. One thing though, I almost thought this will be a write-up of the Son of Saulke(?) since the opening blockquote was written in his voice and also the summary says "one of the movers and shakers" so I was picturing a NPC more grand than Sengur who is well-respected among the Warkra but only has the personal loyalty of 20 odd ppl. Go to Comment
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