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[UO Herald] New Fiction - A Good Use for an Old Sword

Discussion in 'UHall' started by UO News, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. UO News

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    Dawn loved rain.

    Unfortunately there had not been any for several weeks. Nothing to be concerned about, she kept telling herself. There had been no natural or political fires during this time either. For that she was truly thankful.

    So she decided to make some time to play.



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  2. deadite

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    Good read.
     
  3. G.v.P

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    Def. Great job, Cal!
     
  4. Trevelyan

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    I have a doll of Dasha
     
  5. Cal_Mythic

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    Thanks G v. P ... There was a lot of editing to get the flow right.
    Mark and Mesanna helped ...
     
  6. sablestorm

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    Here's a question for you Cal. In a fantasy game where resurrection and undead states are prevalent, how do you approach the deaths of major story characters? Take Casca for instance. Who is to say some necromancer won't go dig up his remains and bring him back as a lich?
     
  7. WarderDragon

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    Our shard confronts death in a unique manner.

    We tend to interpret the death of a character (with some minor exceptions) as being 'knocked out' or 'near death.' You've experienced such a threshold of pain that the characters soul is severed from the flesh and is allowed to escape from what is otherwise a living human form. If the soul is rescued (ressurected) before the body dies (decays) it can return to reinhabit the body and live to fight another day. We tend to interpret those wearing death robes as souls (non-combatants) in RPvP Situations. Corpses are seen as comatose. The act of looting the corpse (body disappears) is interpreted as the character awakening.

    If the characters form is killed (i.e. Casca or a killed RPC) it would take much more power to bring back that soul and clothe it in new flesh. Difficult but not impossible.

    This interpretation allowed for us to have real death be possible in our fiction without death as a game mechanic becoming trivial or ignored. I remember being assassinated IC and being a witness at my own murder trial a month later. So I thought up this solution and have been using it since.

    I don't know how the developers interpret it but that is how I do.
     
  8. Mapper

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    This was of concern within the Royal Guard on Europa - So we burnt his corpse. :p
     
  9. G.v.P

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    I can just see Mesanna "killing" words here and there :). Other editors might say, "Oh, you might want to change this, change that." Mesanna was probably like, "This word must die!!! Remove thyself, word!" And the word went on its merry little way to become absorbed by some other piece of fiction in the collective universe of creative cognition.