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#1 Maverick-Werewolf

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 04:29 AM

As I'm currently trying to create more interest in Wulfgard, I'm wondering something... is there anything in particular you would like to read about in a short story?

We're working on lore pages for many different things right now (Dragons, Men, and Chimeras being just a few) and sketches to go with them - and we're also working on the two longer stories that are already in progress on the site - but I'm curious to know what people want to read about in a story.

For instance, would you like to read a story involving a specific type of creature, magic, or civilization to learn more about it and how people interact\react to it within the setting itself? Or some combination thereof? If you'd like to read about a specific creature, would you want it from that creature's point of view, or the point of view of a soldier, knight, commoner, or what? And what civilization would they be a part of and\or interact with?

What I have in mind, by the way, is just a short story - not a story with chapters like The Case of the Illikon Mage Cult (which you should also read and comment on, by the way :P ). I'd just like to get an idea of what people want to read about next. Do you want to read about werewolves in an actual story? Half-demons? Vampires? Beastmen - if so, what type? Southerners of Persinshar, Deshret, or Kemhet? Men of Northrim? Wereboars? There are endless possibilities and combinations, and I'll let you decide.

After a few people post here, I plan to make a poll of the most popular choices for the final verdict, so post away!

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 04:34 AM

Beastmen. No question. Felesians, Avians, or Lizardfolk would be my preference.

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 04:40 AM

I'd like to read about a souls journey through the Afterlife or Underworld, kinda like the Divine Comedy. Meet all the demons and big players in the pit.
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Posted 13 October 2010 - 04:40 AM

A group of Paladins investigating a large scale treason conpiracy/dark magic network across the land.

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 04:53 AM

Something taking place in the South would be nice, since we don't really have that much info on the Southern nations when compared to the Empire. Plus for inspiration there's always Prince of Persia. :P

If not that I say go with Slater's idea, a closer look into the cosmology and nature of death in Wulfgard would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 05:03 AM

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 05:30 AM

I really want to learn more about the Empire. The History before it as well. Just the Empire in general.

And the Knights Templar are very cool as well, I'd like that.

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 05:46 AM

Vampires! Preferably taking place in the Empire or the South. We don't really know much about vampires in Wulfgard yet.

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 06:21 AM

Personally, I'd like to learn more about the Satyrs, which are the beastfolk i find most interesting.

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 06:28 AM

Something taking place in the South would be nice, since there's almost no info on it. So far it seems like most of your effort has been focused on the North, so writing this story might inspire you to change some things (maybe make desert elves :D ) and give the South some character. There's so much culture there just waiting to be discovered (I think) and I want to read about it. I would prefer for it to take place in Kemhet so there can be some interaction with the Empire and we can take a closer look at the relationship between it and the South. BTW, how soon will it be up and how long will it be?

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 06:54 AM

I would love to learn more about beastfolk of all kinds, and also the gods and demons of Wulfgard. I would really enjoy a sort of Dante's Inferno type story, in which maybe a group of explorers on the high seas go over the edge of the world and fall into hell, and are eventually saved by the gods so we then learn more about their realm.

Or you could have that happen to us in Over the Sea...

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 07:25 AM

Elves plz.

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 09:54 PM

Really? You'd let us pick a topic for story? Awesome! But that said, you'll probably hate me after this next sentance. Vampires and Werwolves anyone? Personally, I'd like to read something about a novice Vampire and a newly converted Werewolf. Being new to the world of beasts, they'd be without the hatred their races usually hold for each other. You could have them facing all kinds of dangers: Elves, Dwarves, monsters, Vampire slayers, Templars ect.
Of course, your job would be infinitely easier if you could just take away the whole 'Vampires burning in daylight' thing. It's always seemed to me that Vampires have a helluva lot more weaknesses than Werewolves. I guess the folklore writers have a thing about bats...

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 10:16 PM

Actually, just for the sake of argument, werewolves have more weaknesses than just silver. They have an aversion to wolfsbane (monkshood), rye, and mistletoe. Also, there's an old saying that any house isn't safe unless it's under the shade of a mountain ash.

Anyway, it probably sounds stereotypical for this time of year, but I'd like to see an Imperial 'scary story', of the variety peasants use to send their kids to bed on time and make sure they eat their vegetables.

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 11:05 PM

A group of Paladins investigating a large scale treason conpiracy/dark magic network across the land.

While Paladins might look into some sort of treason, they wouldn't be involved in any investigation concerning magic. That's the job of the Inquisitors, not the Paladins. ;)

Considering you and Boar both mentioned the Empire and Paladins and such, I'll put it on the list of possibilities. :D

Hmm, it seems beastmen, the South, and vampires are very popular so far...

BTW, how soon will it be up and how long will it be?

It would probably be a few pages in Word (around 14, maybe more); not as long as "The Case of the Illikon Mage Cult" or "Choosers of the Slain," that's for sure. It wouldn't be divided up into chapters.

As for when it will be up, I have no idea, I'm afraid. It all depends. I'm mostly just trying to get general ideas of what people would like to read more about at the moment, as I already have plenty of things to be working on - but that doesn't mean I couldn't make time to work on this story if inspiration struck me. Alas, I won't start writing it until I get a more final idea of what people would like to read next.
But right now I'm hoping that all of you are following the current stories on the site... :P

Vampires and Werwolves anyone? Personally, I'd like to read something about a novice Vampire and a newly converted Werewolf. Being new to the world of beasts, they'd be without the hatred their races usually hold for each other. You could have them facing all kinds of dangers: Elves, Dwarves, monsters, Vampire slayers, Templars ect.


I never said the two races hate each other in Wulfgard. This isn't Underworld or some other setting in which vampires and werewolves have some kind of feud; both of them are considered totally unrelated monsters by the common folk, and werewolves and vampires rarely (if ever) even bump into each other (and if they do, often they might not even know - or ever learn - that one was a werewolf and\or one was a vampire). There's certainly no mutual hatred held by all werewolves and vampires, and there's certainly no "secret war" that the two of them have been holding (or ever held). They share a common history as shifter-kin, but as of now, they essentially are totally unrelated to each other. So, new or old werewolf or new or old vampire, there would be no innate hatred for the other race.

Of course, your job would be infinitely easier if you could just take away the whole 'Vampires burning in daylight' thing. It's always seemed to me that Vampires have a helluva lot more weaknesses than Werewolves. I guess the folklore writers have a thing about bats...

If Justin and I had not made Wulfgard vampires sensitive to sunlight, then Wulfgard werewolves wouldn't be sensitive to silver. Sensitivity to sunlight isn't part of traditional vampire folklore, according to many sources, just as werewolves' sensitivity to silver is entirely a Hollywood invention...

However, vampires' sensitivity to sunlight comes from some very influential vampire culture. Sunlight wasn't fatal to Count Dracula, but it did inhibit his powers, and he could only freely transform and us his various vampire abilities at dusk. According to what I know, the first account of a vampire being destroyed by sunlight in popular culture was Nosferatu, the 1922 German horror film that was about a vampire (but also had mentions of other monsters: namely werewolves).
Similarly, werewolves' sensitivity to silver comes from some very influential werewolf culture - namely The Wolf Man, the 1941 horror film starring Lon Cheney, Jr. The writer, Curt Siodmak, made up that werewolves were sensitive to silver specifically for his movie script.

Justin and I like to stick to classics in Wulfgard, and personally, I find werewolves' sensitivity to silver and vampires' sensitivity to sunlight to be very classical and today, despite these things not being in any ancient legends, they can hardly be separated from the creatures themselves.

Also, sunlight has long been considered holy, and considering that anything and everything holy harms vampires due to the fact that they are undead (because of their demonic pact), sunlight destroys them just as it destroys any other undead. As for silver, it harms both vampires and werewolves, for silver was created by the gods of men long ago, specifically to aid their followers in combating the shifters.

As for the complaint that vampires have more weaknesses than werewolves, we've been over that dozens of times, and I don't really feel like going over it again (unless you insist). Let me just put it simply: vampires may have more weaknesses in theory, but they also have far more control over themselves. It was their pact with demons that gave them both of these things instead of simply making them uncontrollable like the werewolves and all other lycanthropes are.

So no; sorry, but the sensitivity to sunlight is staying. :)

Actually, just for the sake of argument, werewolves have more weaknesses than just silver. They have an aversion to wolfsbane (monkshood), rye, and mistletoe. Also, there's an old saying that any house isn't safe unless it's under the shade of a mountain ash.

Anyway, it probably sounds stereotypical for this time of year, but I'd like to see an Imperial 'scary story', of the variety peasants use to send their kids to bed on time and make sure they eat their vegetables.

I've actually never heard of any aversion to rye or mistletoe in all my research of old werewolf legends, although I have heard of mountain ash warding them off in some old Bulgarian legends. Also, their sensitivity to monkshood was mostly contrived by the writer of The Wolf Man, just like their sensitivity to silver - sometimes people in the medieval ages would use it to try and cure lycanthropy, though, but it wasn't deadly to them.
In Wulfgard, none of these things are deadly to them, however (except silver, obviously); but wolfsbane can be used to mix potions to assist them in controlling their lycanthropy.

That sounds fun! :lol: I'll have to do that...

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#16 Harry Monster Princess

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 07:40 AM

Ooh, yeah, a nice scary story would be nice. Maybe something about a pumpkin-headed demon that terroizes a town?

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 09:34 AM

Ooh, yeah, a nice scary story would be nice. Maybe something about a pumpkin-headed demon that terroizes a town?

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Anyways, scary story sounds good too, perhaps one involving witch's?

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Posted 17 October 2010 - 01:14 AM

So no; sorry, but the sensitivity to sunlight is staying. :)

Aw, darn it. Ah well. Will you at least take my idea in consideration?

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Posted 17 October 2010 - 02:09 AM

Hmm, it seems beastmen, the South, and vampires are very popular so far...

Felasian vs. Vampire showdown in Kemhet!

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Posted 17 October 2010 - 02:10 AM

Felasian vs. Vampire showdown in Kemhet!

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