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[News] Footsteps along The Way

Discussion in 'UO Baja' started by Brytt, May 24, 2010.

  1. Brytt

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    On Aeyethan plate of ancient, engraved it be Four succumbed to failure, a mark missed. On Empath papyrus, years gone, penned it be Four fulfilled their Path. Differs not, the truth. Only time, and the weakening its impairment from the gaze of man.
    -Shalineth, Lord of the Lycaeum, "Paths of Destiny", circa 139​

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    Weekend past, four once again ventured from the throne room of Castle British, reenacting that humble procession from whose near-tragedy was carved what would become the road from Britain to Trinsic.

    The Shepherdess, played by Katrina Cole, who sought so strongly to reach the city where her late uncle, The Thaumaturge, lie waiting to be entombed.

    The Provisioner, played by Taliesin, whose motivations were laced with greed and who secretly practiced the dark arts.

    The Bard, played by Brytt, who provided mirth and cheer but may have had an atoneful purpose in accompanying the group.

    And The Young Fighter, played by Zorax, who simply wanted to see what was to be seen.

    In a ceremony somber and ancient, the Four began with a sip, each, of water given to them by a chambermaid, played by Magdalena. from the fountain said to once have been called the Fountain of Life. It would be reportedly through having tasted this water that the Four survived their years lost in the wilderness.

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    And so, the four filled their skins with the Water of Life which still flows to this very day from the Fountain in Lord British's Castle. They set out on the second Friday of the fifth month from the Castle and made their way South towards Trinsic. But alas, they never made it, nor did they ever find the City. For perhaps they did not know its secret way of entering the city where the two moons Felucca and Trammel had to align just right and the gate would only open for a very short period of time.


    -Ceno, First Lord of the Festival of the Way, circa 376​

    The four traveled to pay final respects to a legendary Thaumaturge, or holy man of miracles. The Thaumaturge was the uncle of the grieving shepherdess.

    “In the early years of Lord British’s Reign, there existed a legendary thaumaturge unmatched in his talent for the arcane and beloved as a performer of great miracles.

    He was revered and honored wherever he went, but he loved the City of Dawn most of all the Mage Cities. Dawn, which lay between Britain and Trinsic amongst the Spiritwood, was suspended in time and neither aged nor withered.

    He would visit Dawn often to further his understanding of the mystical arts, but tragically he was not able to save himself from a mysterious ailment that wracked his body and his mind.

    To honor the memory of the thaumaturge, he was to be entombed in the most magical of places, the center of the City of Dawn. Throughout the land people planned to gather and celebrate the passing of such a great Thaumaturge. One particular group consisted of four travelers who sought to journey to the Mage City of Dawn.”

    - The Festival of the Way (May 4th, 2009)

    -"The Festival of the Way", circa 376​

    Citizens of Britannia, young and old, joined the Four in a procession led by Handalf, the Storykeeper, and James, the Lord of the Way. James introduced the story of The Four (and revealed the ring of the Thaumaturge as the motivation of the Provisioner).

    The Four led the procession, south from Britain to the city of Paws, where they stopped for directions to the City of Dawn, where the Thaumaturge had lived his life. It was to no avail. The City of Dawn, after all, was a city whose entrance would only appear when the moons of Britannia properly aligned.

    They continued south, occasionally breaking camp to exchange story, or for the Bard to regale with song. The Shepherdess was consoled in her grief, while the Provisioner dreamed of his riches and the Fighter sharpened his blade.

    Their entourage was not a solitary one, however, for the Bard felt the presence of an unseen being, watching over them, perhaps guiding their steps. Later on the path, the spirits of Dawn could be heard in the woods, calling, "Remember the Thaumaturge".

    The Four wandered, season after season, never finding the elusive City of Dawn, but surviving on the Waters of Life until they stumbled on the gates of the City of Trinsic, where they were welcomed by the noble Paladins of the City, played by Elladan and Xel the Wanderer.

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    We humbly welcome the Four, friends, and travelers alike from far off lands at journey's end. It is a joyous event; a grand gathering to celebrate the first native-born holiday in this World or versions of this World. It is a pleasure and honor to pay homage not only to the Four but also the the great Thaumaturge who so devotedly studied and refined his understanding of the art Arcane within the legendary City of Dawn. The original Four: The Shepherdess who was also the thaumaturge's niece, the renown Bard whose voice could melt even the heart of an Arctic Ogre Lord, the Provisioner who secretly practiced the Dark Arts, and finally, the young Warrior who simply wanted to witness the spectacle. Though they and the great Thaumaturge are no longer with us in body, they are here with us in spirit. Let us please have a moment of silence to honor them.

    We are here to celebrate this procession, this Festival of the Way. Through curiosity, dedication, and commitment, the Four's travels have forged a road which has become a main thoroughfare for trade and leisure, between Britain and Trinsic. Like ripples in a pond, their actions have inadvertently become a catalyst that has touched us all. Their journey is not unlike Life itself... The twists and turns. The ups and downs. The roads and decisions yet untrodden. Trials to test one's resolve and one's beliefs. Experiences that make us stronger and wiser in body, mind, and spirit.

    So here we are at journey's end. Let us smile. Let us laugh. Let us rejoice. Let us drink our fill and eat these fine foods so lovingly made. Let us not forget that EACH and every one of us, no matter how small the deed or task, has the power to shape Destiny itself.

    Let us not forget the Four and let us not forget the Thaumaturge.
    Let us not forget this day.
    -Xel, the Wanderer, circa 377​


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    The Britannian News Network would like to thank all those who participated for making the Second Annual Festival of the Way a success, and to Magdalena, who held it all together.

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    Thankye, and Remember the Thaumaturge!
     
  2. Brytt

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    Editor's Note: As one of the actors, I was too distracted to take screenshots along the road and everyone who I knew was taking screenshots, I haven't been able to contact yet.

    If you have screenshots from along The Way, please post them here or contact me by PM. I'll update this thread as I round them up.

    Thanks!
     
  3. Magdalena Chef

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    A heartfelt thanks to all the cookers and bakers, the candlestick-layers, tailors and tinkers alike, the actors and narrators, scribes, volunteers from all over, the people in the procession, speech givers and "hidden magic elves" who helped make this happen again this year. I know there was a lot of "behind the scenes" help by people who just did it, without offering names. I am grateful. Thank you.


    Specific thanks to: (because I do know your names)

    EMs Seppo and Crysania - you did not have to move your event date, but you did, thank you.

    Handalf - at literally the 11th hour, when the fifth or
    sixth StoryKeeper could not play the part, you said yes. Brave? Absolutely. This is one of the many reasons why the chickenmage is so beloved on our shard. You did a wonderful job with no time to prepare and Magdalena dragging you down The Way faster than your little chicken legs could carry you. BOK!

    The Four - with no scripts, because everything was improvised last year, you fleshed out and brought to life basic fairytale characters and gave them a soul. Bravo.

    James - you are the Storyteller and the StoryKeeper of our shard, Master of Ceremonies at any given time, a warrior or tamer, but mostly a poet with an enormous.....talent.

    The Ghost - the intention was to include all people, even those from different shards. In keeping with the true nature of the festival, our ghost came to us from Chesapeake. A very long way to travel in greyscale. Thank you.

    Rmaug - you stepped in and offered to fill a role at the really the last second. You'll never know how grateful I was for that, thank you.

    Elladan - ever chivalrous, eternal palladin. Thank you for your words of welcome, and for reprising your role this year. There was no hesitation, you said yes before even asked.

    Xel the Wanderer - perhaps next year we will line The Way with sake pitchers and the procession will be nude! I don't think I need to say more. You know how I feel and you know I love ya!

    WildStar - you are someone who always does so much for everyone and in many worlds too. Thank you for everything.

    Thanks also to Tarwyn Runeblade, whose fingers must be raw from making all of the costumes.

    Lady Kat - who baked the Britanny bread and Thaumaturge pie (and who was kind enough to offer house space in her gorgeous home to store all of the food).

    Bucko - I think you were one of those placing the candles along the Way, waaay before the rest of us showed up. Thank you!

    Count of Berg - who has started a rather nice tradition by passing down his costume from last year.

    Sally - who is always there to help and offer a hand to anyone, anywhere, always.

    Ceno - who planned the first Festival, and kept records of all that was said beforehand, and gave Baja the first version of the story.

    Airhuan - thank you for your willingness to accept such a huge role, at bare minimal notice. I'm sorry that I didn't have a script to give you (or enough time to write one). Your offer, nonetheless was greatly, GREATLY appreciated.

    Kita and Thorin - who were stand-by, energency understudies. Thank you.

    Grey Holland - who so graciously offered help with anything and everything.

    Nicholas the Old - who keeps track of all of this...who is the shard archivist, who went and wrote a whole history for the Festival after it ended last year. If it weren't for you, I never would have remembered all of the things from last year's festival, I would have had even less to offer everyone else as backround.

    The Widow - for her words.

    If there are people who I am forgetting, I apologize. A million thanks to everyone, and of course to the shard players who were the procession. Thank you, thank you, thank you all.


    And for posterity, the players:

    Lord of the Way - James (MT)
    The StoryKeeper - Handalf

    The Shepherdess - Katrina Cole
    The Bard - Brytt
    The Provisioner - Taliesin
    The Warrior - Zorax

    The Ghost - Chesapeake visitor
    Ethereal Dawn Member - Wildstar
    The Castle Servant - Rmaug

    Palladin's Welcome - Elladan
    Master of Ceremonies (closing speech) - Xel the Wanderer
     
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    It looks like it turned out just fine. I'm disappointed I couldn't be there to watch the culmination of all your hard work these past couple of weeks.
     
  5. BajaElladan

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    Hail Folks,

    I gave my heart-felt Thanks in the Thread leading up to the Event, before heading to bed at the conclusion of the event.

    I want to Echo the THANKS in this Thread. The Festival of The Way began as an act of creative thinking and imagination. Creativity and Imagination are to Sosarian Characters what the Force is to Yoda and the unending line of Jedi Masters. It is Power to infuse our Virtual World with Player-conceived and Player conducted Content.

    The creative idea was shared and discussed with others who added to it their own contributions. Still others embraced it and Planning began. The embrace widened into a Shard-Wide Annual Celebration.

    The Best Shot in the Realm (BSR) and the Sunday Nite Taming Hour, Sunday's in Dungeon Doom, and many other gatherings and Events begin and began in similar fashion. A Player or few Players thought of an idea for something to do that they believed they and others would enjoy. None of these Events or Activities "just happen." Nor are they easy to perpetuate and continue.

    To all who took their time, effort, and resources to see that The Festival of The Way continues on Baja, ... I sat Thank You!

    Many have noted, or at least suggested, that more and more Players are choosing a more "solo" play-style. While I know solo Events are possible i.e. MIME presentations, Poetry readings, etc., Events such as The Festival of The Way and those I mentioned above, bring Players together in ways that promote "Community."

    Even as I Echo this Threads Thanks, I encourage every Player, you have the capacity to generate the next great idea, or a new and compelling storyline. Something you find "fun" that you think others may also enjoy on a regular basis, be it Annually, monthly, weekly, whatever.

    Let us Keep the Best of Baja's past even as we create the best of Baja's future!

    Elladan of Baja
    Legendary Paladin of Trinsic
     
  6. Brytt

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    My thanks to Kat, who was able to take screenshots while I was busy acting!

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