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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 11:41 pm 
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Well, that's a dire portent!

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Really?

I mean, I don't see what could possibly go wrong...

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I was having a lousy day, but then I saw this and Aloise just melted my heart.

Hearing that makes me very, very glad.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 5:07 pm 
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If it's Friday night, it must be DATE NIGHT!

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Double date, part 6


Previously On:

Double Date, Part 5


Double Date, Part 4


Double Date, Part 3


Double Date, Part 2


Double Date, Part 1

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 5:50 pm 
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Aww, they're so sweet... kinda. Sorta. Well, Aloise and Beryl are, at least :V

Poor waiter, he just wanted a small little crown... there's no need to fuss over a piece of jewelry, am I right Daneera? :D

Now I demand the list of items you referred to when figuring out Aloise's treasures. I'm certain I saw a Voltaic Key and something that could be an Opal Mox, and I'm pretty sure this is not the first time I hear about that cameo...

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 6:29 pm 
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Well, now I want to know where Aloise got the crown!

:D

I actually feel pretty bad for that waiter. He really didn't deserve any of this, even if he was a bit snooty.

I also suspect that in the future, Daneera and Kerik will be eating more fast food than sit-down stuff. I suspect that we'll be seeing a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand...


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:30 pm 
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Well, now I want to know where Aloise got the crown!

Beryl grinned. "She is an explorer, you know," she said.


I actually feel pretty bad for that waiter. He really didn't deserve any of this, even if he was a bit snooty.

Yeah -- this section was pretty unfair to him. And it was pretty unfair to Daneera, too, in as much as I made her so unfair to the waiter.

It was all done in pursuit of a pun -- had to find a way to work in "split the check."

That's my only defense, your honor!


I also suspect that in the future, Daneera and Kerik will be eating more fast food than sit-down stuff. I suspect that we'll be seeing a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand...

Lee Ho Fook's - Legendary Land

: Add to your mana pool.
: Transform target werewolf, then put a +1/+1 counter on it.

Gonna get a BIG dish of beef chow mein!


Poor waiter, he just wanted a small little crown... there's no need to fuss over a piece of jewelry, am I right Daneera?

Fortunately, this will never come back to haunt Daneera at all. AT ALL! :D


Now I demand the list of items you referred to when figuring out Aloise's treasures. I'm certain I saw a Voltaic Key and something that could be an Opal Mox, and I'm pretty sure this is not the first time I hear about that cameo...

It's a motley assortment!

The glitter gold nugget is some aures from Jakkard. The ring is, in fact, supposed to be a Mox Opal, since the masterpiece art looks a bit like a ring. The Voltaic Key you already ID'd! The pocket watch is a random invention of mine -- backstories are welcome! And skyshell cameos are something which Ish mentions that she sells in "Caveat Emptor."

* * *

Thanks for reading, Raven & Huey! :)

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:06 pm 
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I died a little inside when Daneera snapped that crown...

Good stuff, as always. It looks like the date is coming to its inevitably catastrophic conclusion.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:17 pm 
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This is all just my ANGELSONG tribute fic. :D

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 4:10 pm 
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I've spent the last four days reading the entirety of this thread, and, in the interest of organization, I've created an index of every challenge, even the really silly ones:


* A story where one of our major villains (Ellia, Raiker, the Rulus or one of the chessmasters) gets foiled on a small insignificant thing, and has to decide how to react to it. | <1>; <2>
* A story with one of our walkers visiting Shadowmoor, except it was Lorwyn the last time they were there. | accepted!
* A story where Lukas finds out what Denner does, and really beats himself up over not connecting those dots sooner/tries to reconnect with Denner with no idea of where to look.
* ...what Hush-Hush are actually up to when they disappear unexpectedly? | accepted!
* ...how The Woman in White came to be holding the end of the Lifeline? | accepted!
* ...what Gale looks like, aside from her tattoos? | accepted!
* Someone write a story where Denner says the wrong thing to someone, preferably a female. | accepted!
* Someone write a story where Kahr hits on another character, naturally a male.
* With Aaarrrgh's "The Pilgrim and the Pharaoh" on my mind, someone write a story about some 'walker or another 'walking onto Arbagoth post-Forest Fire. | accepted!
* Someone write a story where the Duchess and the Shifter celebrate Christmas together.
* The first time Aerik ever saw a Sun.
* Saigo and Jinsen crossing a bridge at the same time. | accepted!
* Amah washing up on Dark Rabiah.
* Something from the Black Vault has slipped its bonds...
* somebody write a story where Beryl loses her memory. | accepted <1>; <2>
* Raiker Venn sets his sight on Raef. The title of the piece? "Dancing on the head of a Pen"
* Kimberley falls in love - but with who? | accepted!
* For what reason would Clade spare a plane his titanic wrath? | accepted!
* Pendulum learns the hard way that on Ravnica, everything has a price. What happens?
* ...write a story where a planeswalker has to deal with Reputation on Dammerdall!
* ...write a story where one or more planeswalkers have to deal with a (non-Eldrazi) eldritch monstrosity. | accepted!
* ...write a story where Jade meets Asher.
* ...write a story about one of the Amphiseum Games! | accepted!
* Write a religious sermon for one of the cultures on Phostus.
* Write a scene from the perspective of Tryst's daughter, Mira, as a young woman. | accepted!
* Write a dossier for one of the expanded multiverse... in the style of Space: The Convergence. | accepted <1>;<2>
* Someone write a story about a planeswalking Werewolf from an Australia-themed plane who owns a marsupial farm. He's trying to keep it together, but his curse is threatening the farm. His love interest is, naturally, very concerned about his wallaby.
* Somebody write a story based on the NGA Constructed combo deck that gives your opponent an unshackled Xeran, Shackled Monster.
* ...A story in which Gale encounters a Ghost Ship.
* Write a story where a ME:M character is temporarily transported to the Space universe and encounters the alternate reality version of someone they know.
* A story told from the perspective of Mira on her own before Tryst put her to sleep. Preferably something not gut wrenching.
* I throw a gauntlet. On it is embroidered, "Ellia finds a Crucible of Worlds."
* Write a story about when Zhiran recruited either Terina (his current apprentice) or the Marquis d'Hyon (his oldest living apprentice).
* Something based around imaginary pet.
* Now do one with Lys talking to Beryl before she and Aloise go to a dance!
* Ohh! Even better! Do one in an alternate reality where Miora talks to Aloise! | accepted <1>; <2>
* Write a story feature Donagut and another 'walker, where his constant narration annoys the other one...
* Multiple characters cannot sleep. Write as many snippets about why and what they do.
* Post a song and someone write a story about it featuring one of our characters.
* Write a story where a planeswalker from a barter society first encounters the concept of money.
* Write a story where Raiker Venn gets booed at a poetry reading. | accepted <1>; <2>)
* Write a story where Gale meets Penelophine again, and discovers Penelophine is a siren.
* Write a story featuring Sundar Elarion and Antine. | unintentionally accepted!
* A Christmas theme story set on Lania. | accepted!
* I challenge the M:EM to write a story of Raiker telling the story of Fiasco. | accepted?
* Write a story where Nodeshi Saigo meets Daneera in the midst of an unfortunately timed Stone Rain.
* What happens when Jackie catches one of the kids at the ranch singing "Red Jackie?" | accepted!
* On Ravnica, vedalken are haggling with the Orzhov over some debts, in one of their churches because why wouldn't the Orzhov do it on their own turf. In the middle of negotions, the church is assaulted by nephilim-born sand-people, which begin molesting the church-goers. Of course, a fight is mounted to push them back, and in the commotion the vedalken take the opportunity to sneak away without paying their debts.
* don't you see? the punching was inside you the whole time. | accepted <1>; <2>
* new prompt: tell me about Rocketsaurus Rex's first planeswalk. | accepted!
* A story following through on silent arbiter and hinting at even more behind it. | accepted <1>; <2>
* Having just discovered Skull Kickers today, I challenge someone to write a story involving multiple main characters who are never referred to by name.
* I'd like to see a Jakkard story featuring a good, old-fashioned western saloon brawl, complete with at least one person failing and/or being knocked over a second story balcony. | accepted! <and a post-script>; <deleted scene>
* The shifter and duchess encountering one another on a plane... that is still stuck in the medieval classic fantasy era.
* Someone please write a story wherein Gale meets an "honorable" pirate.
* Jackie and Raiker get into a fight.
* [blank] | [url=http://forum.nogoblinsallowed.com/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=11397&start=200#p428643]accepted!

* I would like to see a bunny mage. | accepted!
* [url=http://forum.nogoblinsallowed.com/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=11397&start=200#p431989]???

* Write a story wherein Antine uses the Kahvan saber. | accepted!
* [blank] | accepted <pt 1>; <pt 2>; <pt 3>; <pt 4>; <pt 5>; <pt 6>
* M:EM Sitcom.
* An outline of a Dominian homage of Journey to the West using various Walkers as stand ins as they travel to Janhapuhr.
* In a style similar to the fable vignettes of the original Kamigawa, write a piece that fills in the missing moon kami brothers. We have kami of the crescent moon and kami of the waning moon so whatever happened to the kami of the new moon or full moon?
* Know what card I've always liked? ersatz gnomes Anybody want to take a whack at these adorable little gents?


I may or may not try to figure out a way to insert this on the first page.


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I gotta say, of everything the M:EM has produced, Jackie's gotta be my favorite.

Actually, in the spirit of the thread, I'm going to launch a challenge.

Jackie and Raiker get into a fight.


You missed one.

EDIT: Oh wait, no, just found it in the list, ignore me.


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Landis963 wrote:
Landis963 wrote:
I gotta say, of everything the M:EM has produced, Jackie's gotta be my favorite.

Actually, in the spirit of the thread, I'm going to launch a challenge.

Jackie and Raiker get into a fight.


You missed one.

Tenth from the bottom.

* * *

Thanks, Luna! This looks like it was a ton of work!


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Thanks, Luna! This looks like it was a ton of work!

Not... entirely.

It was about four times as much work as it should have been, because my tablet is at the edge of its life cycle and would re-launch my browser and note apps every time I would switch between them (or anytime I had to lock it to put it down, which was fairly often since I was reading during the down-time at work -- don't worry, there's long stretches where I'm basically just on-call with literally nothing to do but wait, it's not so bad that I was doing this at work).


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I've spent the last four days reading the entirety of this thread, and, in the interest of organization, I've created an index of every challenge, even the really silly ones:

Luna, this is so cool!

Obviously, you didn't have to make this, but I'm glad that you did! It was a wonderful instigation to go back and revisit some of the awesome entries in this thread. :)

And, while I was in the process of doing that, I was reminded of a rather PG-13 joke which I originally cut from my story about Jackie's barroom fight:

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“You said that you’re getting bored with the show, and you’d rather take me upstairs, and do unspeakable things to me.”

Trotter was quiet for a moment. He just kept looking at the side of her face, which was just barely visible beneath the glow of the stage lights.

“Lucky guess,” he finally said.

“I do get lucky,” Jackie said.

Trotter sighed, and uncrossed his arms. He rubbed his eyes.

“What’s eating you?” he said.

“Assuming I stay lucky? Hopefully you,” Jackie said.

Anyway, I seem to recall Keeper telling me that I should have left that line in, so here it is, as a little tribute. :)

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Solphos: Solphos | Fool's Gold | Planeswalker's Guide | The Guiding Light | The Weight of a Soul
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So, the reason I read through this thread in the first place was because I've hit a bit of a wall on my personal writing project and was hoping to find some inspiration here.

Turns out, I did!

Have a quick Amphiseum duel:

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...Rakka Mar?

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@Amphiseum Duel: I like it! I am particularly fond of the shift back and forth from one fighter's point of view to the other's and back again. It's an interesting choice to have those 13 paragraphs in a row starting with the names of the combatants in alternating order. I enjoyed the effect.

I admit, I was sort of pulling for Eirkin more, but this was a fun fight. I'm glad to see (what I presume to be) non-planeswalkers fighting in the Amphiseum, which we know not only happened, but was more common that 'walkers fighting.

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Barinellos wrote:

I knew the name sounded familiar...

In all honesty, though, I was recycling an old character I once made. I had come up with a character concept named Rakka-Sol-Mar for... I believe it was the Map of the Planes roleplaying group back on the old Wizards forums, some 10 to 15 years ago. He (it was a he originally) basically had two orbs of warding (just as a visual aid, the card was far from being printed when I came up with the idea) which were spiritually bound to him and had parts of his personality in them. Sol was an orb of light and fire, Mar was an orb of ice and water, and Rakka was the "central body" as it were.

Thanks for reading, though!

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@ Raven: Thanks for reading!

The back-and-forth perspective actually just felt appropriate in writing, to keep things both even and snappy. It kept me from taking too much time in any one perspective and it let me not worry that one character was getting too much attention over the other. I'm sure I could have done that without having the paragraphs start with the fighters' names, but I thought it was a good shorthand, to instantly communicate which perspective I was focusing on. I hope that it worked that way, anyway.

In my mind, Eirkin is an orc and part of a generation of champions of Hammerfells, where Rakka is a fresh but successful elf (or possibly half-elf). I didn't imagine either being 'walkers.


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I've got a Suppose Prose-like gauntlet to throw:

Suppose Jackie were born on Aliavelli instead of Jakkard, and her orphanage were run by the Sisters of Hepthia's Temple rather than the Sisters of Angelic Mercy.


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Devastating.

I regret nothing! :D


So, the reason I read through this thread in the first place was because I've hit a bit of a wall on my personal writing project and was hoping to find some inspiration here.

Turns out, I did!

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! :excite:


Have a quick Amphiseum duel:

Oh, Luna, this is a fun one! Thanks so much for sharing!

I was suprised by how much I enjoyed the back-and-forth shifts in perspective from graf to graf. Usually, not changing POV is one of those things which I'm fairly religious about in my own writing, but, here, I think it works. It's appropriate for the context, and it really does give you that sense of back-and-forth as the fight swings one way or the other. And I think it also creates a sort of suspense, too, just because we never see through one fighter's eyes for long enough to sort of start to feel comfortable with the idea that we know their plan, before we switch back to the other, and we're forced to see developments from the other side of the hammer or sword. It's a neat effect, and I like it. And, like you said, using the fighter's name at the start of each graf, and sticking strictly to switching after each graf, makes it easy enough to follow along.

I also really like the little introductory moments at the beginning, too. In particular, I love the description of Rakka, and her sort of interdependent relationship with her swords. You've got that wonderful quality of language here that always seems to stand out for me in your pieces -- the right words in the right places, saying just enough to color with a broad brushstroke, and to evoke a feeling, while still leaving plenty of space for the imagination.

The doors before her opened, and she had no more time to give to the voices of her weapons.

Like this, right here. I love that we're not told how literally to take this. It's very evocative to me, this way. :)

Anyway, again, this was great -- thanks for sharing!


I've got a Suppose Prose-like gauntlet to throw:

Suppose Jackie were born on Aliavelli instead of Jakkard, and her orphanage were run by the Sisters of Hepthia's Temple rather than the Sisters of Angelic Mercy.

:huh:

I think that popping sound you all just heard was my head exploding... :)

Seriously -- this is a surprisingly hard idea for me to get my head around! But maybe someone else'll have better luck.

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I've got a Suppose Prose-like gauntlet to throw:

Suppose Jackie were born on Aliavelli instead of Jakkard, and her orphanage were run by the Sisters of Hepthia's Temple rather than the Sisters of Angelic Mercy.

:huh:

I think that popping sound you all just heard was my head exploding... :)

Seriously -- this is a surprisingly hard idea for me to get my head around! But maybe someone else'll have better luck.

Always glad when I can blow someone's mind, I suppose!

Obviously, the conditions severely change the outcome, and this Jackie is unlikely to ever become the Red-Eyed Bandit, but it would be very interesting what people theorize she would become.


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