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Topic: Hidden Corruption Q&A

Butterfly present,

And happy to be here

For the record, I may have to swap Arancon's gender, just because one of my limitations I've found is getting into the headspace of a male character. It's like trying to use a zip disk in a cd drive for me.

Easiest thing to do might be to just do the 'character was always this way' retcon, unless Olan would like an opportunity to have Aranwen claimed by something spooky and replaced by his counterpart in the same event (mirrors and shadows come to mind...) I imagine that doesn't fit in this flavour of spookiness though.

Posted on 2019-09-26 at 10:27:48.
Edited on 2019-09-26 at 11:46:57 by t_catt11

Topic: Dreamsynthesis

All these I've made have been carved out of extruded polystyrene foam (insulation board). I do the carving with exacto blades and other knives. Once the basic shape is done, I have the option of either using a layer of cheesecloth glue/water and a layer of plaster to harden the prop (which is more important for the larger ones given their fragility), or sealing with a coat of glue. Last step is painting with acryllics, and I use outdoor-use acryllic paint for good measure

Posted on 2019-09-25 at 11:39:29.

Topic: Dreamsynthesis
Subject: More creations

Item: The Dagger of Time

Source: Prince of Persia, the Sands of Time

FFXIV Dancer Soul Stone

FFXIV Gunbreaker Soul Stone

FFXIV Dancer Chakram (custom)

And, a Halloween project preview

Posted on 2019-09-25 at 11:17:00.
Edited on 2019-09-25 at 11:20:05 by Reralae

Topic: Star Trek: The Fallen Star Q&A
Subject: I am sorry

I have been neglectful in time keeping. My job's responsibilities have grown, and I have additional things beyond that job, leaving one burnt out butterfly. 

I sincerely apologize to everyone. I should have known this would occur.

Needless to say, I'm just not in a position to return properly yet, and I am sorry for taking up people's time and hopes.

Please take care, 


Posted on 2018-11-08 at 17:49:53.

Topic: Star Trek: The Fallen Star Q&A

Sorry about that, 

Meant to check in earlier but I had work to do for my job on the weekend. I'll review where we're at later today  

Posted on 2018-10-16 at 12:39:22.

Topic: Star Trek: The Fallen Star Q&A
Subject: A few bits of information

First thing, Silent Pluto is not orbiting Pluto

The name is more in regards to the station's remote location relatively close to the edge of the galaxy in the typhon (I think that's the name... I'll check the map later...) region.

Secondly, engineering and science is significantly larger on the Hexatris than typical steamrunner vessels. It's fighter allocation is probably reduced to 2/3, maybe even half normal capacity for the additional labs, one of which being an engineering lab for making adjustments to prototype shuttles and equipment (good to do small scale tests before increasing scale after all)

Once I check what we're at in terms of the roster, we might be good to get started and if so I'll see if I can kick us off this weekend. 

Posted on 2018-10-11 at 11:11:51.
Edited on 2018-10-11 at 11:52:22 by Reralae

Topic: Star Trek: The Fallen Star Q&A
Subject: Well that's embarrassing

I could have sworn I had the correct date when I typed that

Posted on 2018-10-11 at 01:24:18.

Topic: Star Trek: The Fallen Star Recruitment
Subject: Ooh

I'd be happy to have you as TAC

Looks like we're getting close...

Please feel free to add your character profiles to the Hexatris roster (hopefully the character addition should work now... while logged in, if you mouse-over the roster link, it should provide an 'add character' link)

In addition, feel free to add some minor characters under your command, within reason. As senior officers, they'll certainly be doing things a fair amount of the time, but they'll also have a team to delegate work to as appropriate. I'd suggest adding at least a couple 'seconds' depending on your position, to be able to accomodate for the Starfleet standard three shift schedule between the characters.

They'll need to sleep some time after all. Unless they're a hologram. But we're not Voyager

Posted on 2018-10-06 at 14:48:35.
Edited on 2018-10-06 at 14:51:53 by Reralae

Topic: Star Trek: The Fallen Star Recruitment

Let's see

Multiple science officers would be preferred, but not strictly necessary. At least one though.

Tactical Officer as well as Helmsman will both be very important.

As far as the easiest to fill as an NPC goes, I'm feeling that'd probably be ops.

Posted on 2018-10-05 at 13:47:00.

Topic: Star Trek: The Fallen Star Recruitment
Subject: So far we have...

(darn it picture, stop becoming a broken picture link)

So, let me break down the positions and prospective players I've received word from so far

We have crowe with a concept for Chief Engineering Officer

We have Keeper with a concept for Chief Medical Officer

We have MagicMan65 with a concept for Counsellor

And might also have Pencilneckgeek for a member of security/tactical

Work's been keeping me busy, but let me try to get back to everyone so far.

Posted on 2018-10-05 at 12:06:34.

Topic: Star Trek: The Fallen Star Q&A
Subject: Star Trek: The Fallen Star Q&A

Let me just open this up with a placeholder of a post for editing...

Posted on 2018-10-01 at 23:22:19.

Topic: Star Trek: The Fallen Star
Subject: Star Trek: The Fallen Star

Silent Pluto, stardate 2364.10.20

"Have you heard?" Tina whispered, "Kale's discovery?"

The woman beside her chuckled, retrieving her filled cup from the replicator, "Who hasn't at this point?"

"Well, what do you think, ma'am?" Tina asked, putting her own cup in the recepticle, "Coffee, two sugar."

"I understand that we are both a listening post as well as a research station. It's premature to make any conclusions at this point," Lt. Ari replied.

"Come on, don't tell me you also think it might just be a new civilization reaching warp technology," Tina groaned, "Kale told me the readings are similar but don't match any known warp technology."

"I did not say that," Lt. Ari quickly added, "But for the record, yes, I do hope that is what it is. Or a sensor glitch. Egil's research, on the other hand, we might be able to use that to improve warp core stability. Not by much, granted, but it all helps."

As Tina rolled her eyes, a tremor shook the station, knocking the two off their feet. They did not hit the ground. The lights flashed red.

Struggling with the lack of gravity, Lt. Ari tapped her com, =/=Ari to command center, what the hell was that?!=/=

=/=Massive damage! Hull breach floors 6 through 17! No response from engineering! Artificial gravity and most systems offline!=/=

"Ma'am!" Tina called from where she had floated, near the window.

Pushing off of the wall with her feet, Lt. Ari moved to the window as well, her eyes widening in disbelief. 

"Wh-what is that!?"

* * *

((Insert opening theme I'm thinking something like Voyager's)) 

* * *




Posted on 2018-10-01 at 12:32:17.
Edited on 2018-10-11 at 01:24:30 by Reralae

Topic: Star Trek: The Fallen Star Recruitment
Subject: Star Trek: The Fallen Star Recruitment

Captain’s log, Stardate 2364.10.23

We’ve lost contact with the Silent Pluto station. Starfleet has ordered that the USS Hexatris remain at our current location for now, where we await reconfiguration of our vessel and new crewmembers before beginning our mission to investigate the cause.

It is concerning that there is literally nothing to use to formulate any manner of hypothesis. Subspace communications went dark, with no communications received or answered, even scheduled ones. I’ve relayed to the crew the importance of not spreading rumours at this time, but the atmosphere is tense. We’ve been on our previous assignment for some time now, assisting the Silent Pluto station with scheduled supply runs and research, as well as patrol of the nearby section of the Neutral Zone border. We all have friends and colleagues at that station.

Silent Pluto is not the only station reported to have contact loss, either. Multiple stations and listening posts near the edge of the galaxy that also border the Neutral Zone are no longer in contact, with not even a distress signal received. Other patrols report increased Romulan activity nearby as well...

I just hope we can get to the bottom of this before misunderstandings cloud the judgement of either of our organizations.

* * *

Yes, the rumours (by which I mean the email) was true. I am putting together a Star Trek game, and I believe I've put together enough notes to be able to start proper.

Characters will be joining or a part of the crew of the USS Hexatris, a steamrunner class vessel whose original assignment prior to the start of this game are as follows:

  • Escort of supplies and personnel to and from the Silent Pluto station

  • Assistence in acquisition and containment of mineral samples studied at the Silent Pluto station

  • General patrol given the proximity of the Neutral Zone border

This has changed quite suddenly with communcations going dark between Starbase 39-Sierra to Silent Pluto, and other Starbases confirm communication loss with other outposts near the edge of the galaxy, prompting Starfleet to take immediate action and order investigation into the cause. The USS Hexatris, already having familiarity with the region, is a natural choice as one of these scouts.

Characters will be serving under Commander Leiran, a captain with a background as a science officer. Characters will either have been part of the crew for some time, or newcomers being reassigned due to the urgency of the situation. Newcomers will generally be tactical and security personnel, but that is not a strict limitation.

Current major positions include:

Chief Tactical Officer - Bromern Sal
Chief Engineer - Crowe
Chief Operations Officer
Chief Bioscience Officer
Chief Minerology Officer
Chief Flight Control Officer
Chief Medical Officer - Keeper of Dragons

Counsellor - MagickMan65

This is not a strictly exhaustive list; feel free to propose other character roles.

Sorry for the wait, and I hope to create a satisfying story for everyone involved

Posted on 2018-09-30 at 16:10:51.
Edited on 2018-10-06 at 14:31:50 by Reralae

Topic: Dreamsynthesis
Subject: It's certainly been a while

I've been around, very briefly, now and then, like the fairy I am

Unfortunately, the other side of the screen has demanded most of my attention for some time, especially most recently. But the storm has subsided, and I hope to make a proper reappearance to activity. I should be able to... provided I don't fumble any Perform(Adult) skill checks, and I don't overdo it, anyhow

I swear, it feels like I have a penalty to Perform(Adult) checks...

Posted on 2018-09-27 at 00:47:14.

Topic: Dreamsynthesis
Subject: Dreamsynthesis

Just thought I'd share some of my creations with the Inn

Physical creations, props and crafts of things that don't otherwise exist in reality. Synthesis of a dream - dreamsynthesis. Or that's what I like to call it

Let's start off with the first: Blackbosom Scythe

Time taken: About a month on and off working on it, just in time for Halloween that year.

Dimensions: 4' x 2' about in the largest dimensions

Source: FFXIV - Scythe wielded by Edda Blackbosom, boss encountered at floor 50 of the Palace of the Dead

For being the first, I'm still surprised I was able to make it to the level of quality that I did. There's still a number of things I would have liked to have been able to do with it, but all in all it worked quite nicely.

Second, I made these Star Wars Holocrons

Time taken: About a week each

Dimensions: About 5 inches in any given dimension

Source: Star Wars

I'm quite happy with how these turned out and the learning experience they provided with finer detail work than was done with the scythe, namely learning how to do the engraving and purchasing the appropriate tools for it.

Thirdly, in preparation for Halloween of this year, I made the Parallel Falchion

Time taken: A couple of weeks

Dimensions: 4' by 6 inches about in the largest dimensions

Source: Fire Emblem Awakening

The ability to engrave and do finer detail work really paid off with this prop, even if it's not exactly visible in the wide shot. A close up of the guard and handle is needed to show that part of the piece It's still just short of the quality that I want it to be at, particularly the finishing texture on the blade and prop in general, with some of it being smooth but not all of it, but I'm getting close...

And most recently I made a few different stones, or crystals

Time taken: A couple of days altogether for each

Dimensions: Less than 5 inches across for each

Source: FFXIV - Job Change Soul Crystals

Following up with learning how to do smaller scale items and details, I wanted to learn more paint effects I could use for finishing these, and the soul crystals from FFXIV worked well as an exercise. Although primarily one colour, multiple effects are layered on in an attempt to give it a more complicated appearance, fitting the stone/crystal that they are supposed to represent. The one for me is the Scholar soul crystal, because fairies

That's all for now from the workshop of the fairy, but I may add more in the future

Posted on 2018-09-26 at 04:31:36.

Topic: Kingmaker Adventure Path 2.0
Subject: Final words (well others can have them too, but this felt appropriate)

Kyrie stared down the wight as it recoiled from the light.

"You've stayed in the night far too long. It's time to let go; dawn awaits," She told the lost knight

After the ordeal was over, she took a breath and looked over to her companions, "How's everyone doing?"

Posted on 2018-04-24 at 22:00:35.

Topic: Kingmaker Adventure Path 2.0
Subject: I will be your shield!

How would she come to describe it, later on? Truthfully, she couldn't put words to what she felt when the weight attacked. But it was unpleasant. Very unpleasant.

She knew without a doubt she had to make sure that did not happen to anyone else.

"Stay close to me!" She called out, hefting her shield, already alight with a divine glow, and intensifying in strength as she channelled her will to protect through it, the glow spreading outward to hover around the others as she moved to be in arm's reach as many of them as she could.

Posted on 2018-04-19 at 04:05:40.

Topic: Kingmaker Adventure Path 2.0

Kyrie knew better than to pursue the two that had fled. She might be hard to stop, but she was not exactly fast.

"In the end, you hurt your followers more than we did," She observed to the unconscious Niska with a sniff of disdain. But first, her duties saw her look after others before herself. Moving up to the altar, Kyrie placed a hand on Tanya's shoulder, feeling the life swell through her touch and helping to rejuvenate her, "We're here," she told Tanya softly, undoing her cloak to drape it around Tanya.

She gave a gentle smile, "Let's get you home,"

Posted on 2018-02-22 at 20:04:24.

Topic: Kingmaker Adventure Path 2.0
Subject: Kyrie is as Kyrie does... she's Kyrie

Kyrie shook her head, the motion giving a few cascading metallic clinks with her armour, as she looked between Jhod and Sootscale, "This is not like Tanya. And if the midwife has left as well, I'd think it was to take care of Tanya. If we treat a guest or a patient, we don't leave them if they need us," She reasoned, "No reason to leave, so something made her leave. And if she needs protection, I am not going to stop until I get between her and whatever she needs protection from," She nodded in resolution, clapping her armoured gauntlets together.

"Sound good?" She asked with an earnest smile.

Posted on 2018-02-07 at 02:07:13.

Topic: Carrion Crown Adventure Path - Free Form
Subject: A rare glimpse of truth

As they overheard the children, Lavender's attention seemed to be drawn in by them. Her eyes widened and she seemed more alert, or perhaps it was something else. Whatever it was though, it only lasted a moment before she suddenly bounded towards the other children.

Taken aback by the stranger approaching them, the children abruptly stopped, looking at Lavender with a mixture of concern and confusion. Similarly, Lavender faltered, slowing her approach and stopping, her eyes widening in apology and a bit of longing. From behind Lavender, Meryl gave what seemed like a cough. Could foxes clear their throats?

"Dear, it's polite to ask before joining in," Meryl pointed out, before looking to the children, "What rhythm is it that you sing? My lady would be happy to play to the rhythm with you."

Of course, neither knew the actual song, or they might have some concerns.

The second youngest sister's eyes popped out of her head. "The fox talked!" she shouted. The two next to her shushed her immediately. The sisters were clearly well-schooled in not talking to strangers.

...But surely another little girl was all right? Even if she was a little weird looking.

The second oldest put her hands on her hips, looking at Lavender with a skeptically raised eyebrow. "Can you skip?"

Lavender clapped and nodded, before spreading her arms and skipping in place, looking for all the world just about like a dancing doll.

The second eldest screwed up her face, then looked at the other girls, pretending to look thoughtful. "Okay, you can play with us, then. Do you know how the song goes?"

Lavender gave a warm smile and clapped her hands, but at the question she shook her head.

"C'mon, kids have been singing it since forever! Even babies know the skipping song."

"Aggie. Don't be rude," said the eldest.

"Fine," Aggie sighed. She picked up one end of the rope and directed Lavender. "We'll start you. Jump in when you're ready."

And thus it was that Lavender learned the secret of the song and made more friends?

* * *

Off to the side, Meryl chuckled, "For all her desires to be treated as an adult, it seems she's still quite young."

Posted on 2017-10-23 at 19:46:29.

Topic: Carrion Crown Adventure Path - Free Form
Subject: Lavender sees everything - not really

Lavender tilted her head as Carlyle recalled the phantom image, before clapping and signing to Meryl.

"Hmm, no we can't rule that out," Meryl replied, before looking at the others, "We have seen strange, errant magic on occasion in our woods, so it would be prudent to see if this likewise was caused by some manner of illusion. My lady and I will see if we can find anything."

After an uneventful trip to the same room, Meryl and Lavender returned, Lavender's eyes still a bit glassy looking from the fading vision enhancement.

"My lady has looked for sources of magical influence, and hasn't found any," Meryl reported, looking to Lavender as the latter began to sign again, "But it could be something she can't detect or..." Meryl paused and tilted her head as Lavender kept repeating the same new motion several times, before holding up a paw, "Dear, what have I told you about trying to make up new short hand?" Lavender sighed and signed out the word properly, "Alright, she says that based on what we've found in the library, with this cult having particular interests in the undead, it could have been an actual ghost."

Lavender frowned a bit and signed a bit more, "Ah, there's a bit more to it," Meryl commented, "With the commotion this morning, there were no clear reasons for people to do it, so perhaps it might also have been some manner of phantom act, even if not the same one."

"We need not consider them related events, but in such a short amount of time, it seems like they could share some manner of origin."

Posted on 2017-08-07 at 17:33:10.

Topic: Carrion Crown Adventure Path - Free Form
Subject: Not the strangest thing that Meryl has seen

"Heard there was something going on, so came to check it out," Meryl nodded towards Caleb, before tilting her head towards the monument, "You know, I don't really understand what the commotion is about," Meryl commented, "I mean, yes it's graffiti, but that's what it is. Odd choice of what to write with though. Lavender, stay by Kendra."

As the fox moved closer, she kept lifting her head skyward before lowering it towards the ground, giving the area a careful circle. In the meantime, Lavender dutifully stood almost hiding behind Kendra.

"It looks like blood, and smells like blood, so it probably is blood, but I can't get an idea as to where it came from. Wouldn't have thought 'tweeting' would've spread at all," Meryl mused.

Given the questioning looks, Meryl looked up at the others, "Tweeting was a weird fad that a couple of wannabe trendsetter students had started at the university. Fancied themselves blood mages or some nonsense, and took to writing missives to each other with bird blood. Needless to say, the professors shut them down quickly and they were nearly all expelled," She explained.

Lavender gave a couple of gestures from behind Kendra, and Meryl nodded, "Good question. My lady wonders if it wouldn't be a bad idea to clean it up, seeing as no one apparently wants it."

Posted on 2017-07-24 at 02:17:03.
Edited on 2017-07-24 at 02:21:55 by Reralae

Topic: Carrion Crown Adventure Path - Free Form
Subject: +oil (not the kind for burning although it could be used for that in a pinch)

Lavender nodded, her hands a whir as she signed towards Meryl, "My lady was wondering if there was anything she could do to help you out," The fox translated.

Jominda's brow furrowed. She closed her eyes to clear her head, setting down her green drink absentmindedly on the counter. "I'm sorry, you want to know if you could help out? Are you looking for a job?"

Lavender gave a light shrug as her hat tilted to one side, before signing again at Meryl. For her part, the fox seemed to be sniffing in the direction of the green flask, before nodding at Lavender, "Nothing so formal, but my lady is acquainted with some knowledge of herbs and mixtures. We will be staying in town for about a turn of the moon, and she thought it seemed polite to offer to help out while in the area. And perhaps also to learn what could be found nearby, if one were to look."

"Is that so?" Jominda's face turned mildly impressed. She leaned against the counter. "Well, I'd be happy to help any friend of the old crow's--especially one so polite--but I'm afraid it's much too early in the season for anything to be growing. There's hardly enough work for one alchemist to go around as it is, this time of year."

She plucked up her glass again. "Though, I may be tempted to distill some more of this absinthe with the way this Pharast has started."

Lavender blinked a bit and looked towards Meryl, who in turn replied, "It's one form of alcohol," Lavender began to sign but Meryl shook her head, "No, not the same as that kind. That kind is much too bitter, and probably unsafe for consumption, even if they are made in similar ways."

Lavender gave a slight squint as she thought about it, before nodding, and then began signing again.

"No, if we end up making any, you may not taste test it," Meryl replied with a shake of her head.

With a shrug, Lavender looked back up towards Jominda, her hands a whir once more, "Ah, good that you remembered," Meryl noted with a nod of approval, before also looking towards Jominda, "My lady would like to know if you knew where one could get oil, not the kind usually used in lanterns, but the kind made from seeds. Sometimes it's used for cooking."

Jominda's face turned thoughtful, "Well, I don't carry the stuff myself, but check with Avanakis across the square."

Lavender smiled, giving a curtsey, which Meryl hardly needed signs to translate, "Thank you very much."

A quick stop later netted Lavender a small container of safflower oil (or equivalent to the region), perhaps surprising Kendra when skipping into the general store for a singular item.

Later at dinner, Lavender was satisfied with a few cups of tea, but never ordered anything that resembled food.

* * *

Later that night, perhaps unheard by most, a soft clicking sound came from the room Lavender was staying in.

* * *

In the morning during breakfast, Lavender sat with tea kettle nearby, sipping her teacup as she watched the others eat.

Posted on 2017-07-15 at 15:09:21.

Topic: Carrion Crown Adventure Path - Free Form
Subject: Could be worse, could be delivery of the entire library

As Meryl tilted her head to read the spines of the books, at least those that had titles along the spine, the fox shook her head.

"None of those appear related to why the professor sought us out," She observed, "Perhaps that is of some blessing. These... we would not want to be associated with."

Lavender tentatively poked each of the books with a slender, purple fingertip, uncertain if she should touch them but wanting to make sure they were real. After her investigative pokes, she began to sign to Meryl again.

"No, the forest spirits granted her domain over life, plant life specifically, not death," Meryl replied, "Though it's not all that different. Life and death are two sides of the same leaf."

Satisfied, Lavender nodded, before clapping her hands together.

"Yes, visiting the local apothecary will be a good idea. We'll get a good idea of what ingredients are easily obtainable around here," Meryl nodded.

Posted on 2017-05-16 at 01:31:11.

Topic: Carrion Crown Adventure Path - Free Form
Subject: Subject name here

Meryl and Lavender were silent during the reading of the will, however as soon as the councilman had left, Lavender gave Meryl a questioning gaze and a few quick signs, to which Meryl nodded, "Yes, that's the university that our dear lady attended before she dropped out," Meryl replied, "I do wonder if any of those tomes might be of related material to the questions he had for her on one of those occasions that he visited."

Lavender tilted her head, looking to Kendra and starting to sign. Meryl nodded again and spoke towards Kendra, "My lady is wondering if she might borrow a room with apothecarial apparati, if there is one. We weren't able to bring the lab with us, and if we're going to be staying a while, she would like to set up shop so to speak, just in case her expertise is needed. She is saying it could double as her bedroom as well, though I would recommend to her that she actually use a bed."

Posted on 2017-01-30 at 02:15:26.


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