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Anonymous
June 17, 2004 6:03:03 PM

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Tiki, The Night Dancer, Azura's Coast, North (7)

To the Guildmaster, Rahar,

I should have titled this letter "just about everywhere
except Azura's Coast.' I have been heading to Azura's
shrine for days, but on the way have ended up going
mostly in other directions, and never arrived anywhere
close.

I had thought to leave from the Telvanni town of Sadrith Mora,
head towards the Ashlander camp of Erabenimsun to take care
of a little Tong business, the move south along the coast.
But while executing a writ, I found some weathered pages from
a book, making a trail. Following the trail, I found an
escaped slave wanding lost in the middle of the Ashlands.
Freeing slaves is a cornerstone to building a land where
everyone can grow in their own way. So I decided to guide
him back to Ebonheart, by way of a seacoast town I had
heard of, Molag Mar. We spent days in a raging ashstorm,
wandering.

I had thought the rainstorms of the Bitter Coast were awesome.
Especially at night. When the lightning flashes, and the
thunder booms, and you see little but the blue reflections
of mushrooms off your bound daedric dagger as you fight.
But the ashstorms are....more awesome. Not more glorious.
But more awesome. Even in midday, the blowing red dust is
so thick that you cannot see the edge of the road--or the
few signs at the edge of the road that mark the way for
strangers. And at night, you cannot see your own feet.

When I finally got the Black Marsh to Ebonheart, I Recalled
back to follow the scattered pages. Sigh, it was more
witches ensnaring males for their power. Then I took a
different turn south than I'd taken with the slave, covering
steeper ground. And I found myself at a Dwemer ruin, where
some mages were investigating Dwemer artifacts. Now, the
reason I bother to mention this ruin--where I have not
mentioned others--is that in this ruin I found a book
written in both elf and dwemer. I took the book to one of
the spymaster's eyes who had a bent for Dwemer things. And
he told me he could use the book to translate Dwemer books.
My eyes opened wide with surprise, I am sure, as I realized
that there was an account of what happened at Red Mountain that
I have not yet read. The Dwemer, too, were there. Anyway,
I put the book in my library, Recalled back to the Dwemer ruins,
and once again tried to go south.

Somehow, I found myself back at the Ashlander camp. So I
headed back down the coast. Which is where another very
strange thing happened. I found a monastery where everyone
was most friendly. And where someone gave me two books that
I have been searching for, books on Nevevar. Not temple books,
either, these books on Nerevar. There was indeed dissention
on Red Mountain. And I am pretty certain that the Almsivi
murdered Nevevar so they could use something there to turn
themselves into gods.

By this, I do not mean just something to make them
powerful. But something that changed the peoplel around them
so that those people worshipped the Almsivi as if they were
gods. And with the change of belief, came other changes. The
people's skins and eyes and who knows what else changed, and they
ceased to be chimeri and became dumner.

If I read the tales right, such a change has happened many times.
Azura changed the altemeri, and they became the chimeri. Malac
changed something--maybe aedra--into the Orcs. Lorkhan/Shor changed
something into Nors. There is a power here that can change not
just the weilder, but everyone around them! I am certain of it.
And I am also certain that I find changing a whole people so that
they believe you are a god is evil. The Almsivi--at least Sotha
Sil--committed this racial genocide to become gods.

The webs spin wild and strong, from many sources, and they are
meeting again near the Red Mountain--a place where they have
met before. Someone must be the balancer. The Almsivi are
not the only weavers, for the threads reach back past Azura
to who knows how many changes by how many changer-gods.

They say you do not die in dreams. But I die in dreams, almost
every night. I am always in the dark--as in Oblivion or in the
night sky--and usually on a narrow, dimly lit bridge that falls
away forever on either side. Threads spin wildly about me. Sometimes
a large one whips through me and slices me in two. Sometimes
threads whip into me and knock me off the bridge. sometimes I grab
a thread and it pulls me high and away until I am flung off into
forever. But last night, I caught two threads, hard as steel and
so big around my fingers could not touch my thumbs as I grasped
them. Last night, somehow, I held onto the threads, and using
them both--one against the other--kept my footing on the bridge.
Last night, I did not die in my dreams.

Tiki, The Night Dancer
The Hidden Hand that Balances
Godkiller
Anonymous
June 18, 2004 2:03:18 PM

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DeAnn wrote:
> Tiki, The Night Dancer, Azura's Coast, North (7)

I'm really enjoying these posts but I'm afraid to read any more. There are
quite a few storyline spoilers in here and no warning.
June 18, 2004 2:05:58 PM

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Sweet, beautiful, imagery.
--

I don't cheat to survive. I cheat to LIVE!!
- Alceryes

"DeAnn" <von.sagrillo@verizon.net> wrote in message
news:e7387fa.0406171303.355e5b85@posting.google.com...
> Tiki, The Night Dancer, Azura's Coast, North (7)
>
> To the Guildmaster, Rahar,
>
> I should have titled this letter "just about everywhere
> except Azura's Coast.' I have been heading to Azura's
> shrine for days, but on the way have ended up going
> mostly in other directions, and never arrived anywhere
> close.
>
> I had thought to leave from the Telvanni town of Sadrith Mora,
> head towards the Ashlander camp of Erabenimsun to take care
> of a little Tong business, the move south along the coast.
> But while executing a writ, I found some weathered pages from
> a book, making a trail. Following the trail, I found an
> escaped slave wanding lost in the middle of the Ashlands.
> Freeing slaves is a cornerstone to building a land where
> everyone can grow in their own way. So I decided to guide
> him back to Ebonheart, by way of a seacoast town I had
> heard of, Molag Mar. We spent days in a raging ashstorm,
> wandering.
>
> I had thought the rainstorms of the Bitter Coast were awesome.
> Especially at night. When the lightning flashes, and the
> thunder booms, and you see little but the blue reflections
> of mushrooms off your bound daedric dagger as you fight.
> But the ashstorms are....more awesome. Not more glorious.
> But more awesome. Even in midday, the blowing red dust is
> so thick that you cannot see the edge of the road--or the
> few signs at the edge of the road that mark the way for
> strangers. And at night, you cannot see your own feet.
>
> When I finally got the Black Marsh to Ebonheart, I Recalled
> back to follow the scattered pages. Sigh, it was more
> witches ensnaring males for their power. Then I took a
> different turn south than I'd taken with the slave, covering
> steeper ground. And I found myself at a Dwemer ruin, where
> some mages were investigating Dwemer artifacts. Now, the
> reason I bother to mention this ruin--where I have not
> mentioned others--is that in this ruin I found a book
> written in both elf and dwemer. I took the book to one of
> the spymaster's eyes who had a bent for Dwemer things. And
> he told me he could use the book to translate Dwemer books.
> My eyes opened wide with surprise, I am sure, as I realized
> that there was an account of what happened at Red Mountain that
> I have not yet read. The Dwemer, too, were there. Anyway,
> I put the book in my library, Recalled back to the Dwemer ruins,
> and once again tried to go south.
>
> Somehow, I found myself back at the Ashlander camp. So I
> headed back down the coast. Which is where another very
> strange thing happened. I found a monastery where everyone
> was most friendly. And where someone gave me two books that
> I have been searching for, books on Nevevar. Not temple books,
> either, these books on Nerevar. There was indeed dissention
> on Red Mountain. And I am pretty certain that the Almsivi
> murdered Nevevar so they could use something there to turn
> themselves into gods.
>
> By this, I do not mean just something to make them
> powerful. But something that changed the peoplel around them
> so that those people worshipped the Almsivi as if they were
> gods. And with the change of belief, came other changes. The
> people's skins and eyes and who knows what else changed, and they
> ceased to be chimeri and became dumner.
>
> If I read the tales right, such a change has happened many times.
> Azura changed the altemeri, and they became the chimeri. Malac
> changed something--maybe aedra--into the Orcs. Lorkhan/Shor changed
> something into Nors. There is a power here that can change not
> just the weilder, but everyone around them! I am certain of it.
> And I am also certain that I find changing a whole people so that
> they believe you are a god is evil. The Almsivi--at least Sotha
> Sil--committed this racial genocide to become gods.
>
> The webs spin wild and strong, from many sources, and they are
> meeting again near the Red Mountain--a place where they have
> met before. Someone must be the balancer. The Almsivi are
> not the only weavers, for the threads reach back past Azura
> to who knows how many changes by how many changer-gods.
>
> They say you do not die in dreams. But I die in dreams, almost
> every night. I am always in the dark--as in Oblivion or in the
> night sky--and usually on a narrow, dimly lit bridge that falls
> away forever on either side. Threads spin wildly about me. Sometimes
> a large one whips through me and slices me in two. Sometimes
> threads whip into me and knock me off the bridge. sometimes I grab
> a thread and it pulls me high and away until I am flung off into
> forever. But last night, I caught two threads, hard as steel and
> so big around my fingers could not touch my thumbs as I grasped
> them. Last night, somehow, I held onto the threads, and using
> them both--one against the other--kept my footing on the bridge.
> Last night, I did not die in my dreams.
>
> Tiki, The Night Dancer
> The Hidden Hand that Balances
> Godkiller
Anonymous
June 18, 2004 9:46:09 PM

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"Holden" <nothx@ihatespam.com> wrote in message news:<2jgehqF104h5qU1@uni-berlin.de>...
> DeAnn wrote:
> > Tiki, The Night Dancer, Azura's Coast, North (7)
>
> I'm really enjoying these posts but I'm afraid to read any more. There are
> quite a few storyline spoilers in here and no warning.


I sort of think that, after the game being out 2-3 years, everyone
reading here knows the main story line. If you have not yet become
Neverine, then you probably want to wait until you have to read more.
But, I'll start putting a "spoilers" notice in the header. Sorry if you
got caught.
Anonymous
June 18, 2004 10:47:06 PM

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These are the kind of posts that make me want to start a whole new game and
Role-Play the whole way through. Thanks for keeping my enthusiasm for this
game whetted!
Anonymous
June 21, 2004 7:12:09 AM

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Heya!
"Holden" <nothx@ihatespam.com> wrote in message
news:2jgehqF104h5qU1@uni-berlin.de...
> DeAnn wrote:
> > Tiki, The Night Dancer, Azura's Coast, North (7)
>
> I'm really enjoying these posts but I'm afraid to read any more. There are
> quite a few storyline spoilers in here and no warning.
>
>
Please keep reading. Haven't found a real spoiler yet. You might think
so, but not to my mind. Do you have a guidebook? Your free-verse poetry
is quite lovely and verbally musical. Would be magical if a few of the
writers here could create a new chapter or five.
>Then he wonders aside---- Why so many talented people give so
much to merely one of thousands of newsgroups. This is so blippin' cool!
Swimmingly handsome!!! Most excellently configurated.
Anonymous
June 21, 2004 4:46:51 PM

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DeAnn wrote:
> "Holden" <nothx@ihatespam.com> wrote in message
> news:<2jgehqF104h5qU1@uni-berlin.de>...
>> DeAnn wrote:
>>> Tiki, The Night Dancer, Azura's Coast, North (7)
>>
>> I'm really enjoying these posts but I'm afraid to read any more.
>> There are quite a few storyline spoilers in here and no warning.
>
>
> I sort of think that, after the game being out 2-3 years, everyone
> reading here knows the main story line. If you have not yet become
> Neverine, then you probably want to wait until you have to read more.
> But, I'll start putting a "spoilers" notice in the header. Sorry if
> you
> got caught.

Oh, I agree, the game has been out long enough that almost all the players
probably know the storyline by now, so it won't be a problem for the
majority of posters here. I wasn't really complaining either, I just know I
got disappointed when I read that the Tribunal might not be divine because I
hadn't gotten that far into the main storyline yet :( 

Anyway, I know it's been said before but these are really good posts. They
are imaginative and well-written and it looks like you've gotten a lot of
positive feedback. I'll have to google them up after I've completed the main
storyline :) 
Anonymous
June 22, 2004 12:56:36 PM

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"Holden" <nothx@ihatespam.com> wrote in message news:<2jol8eF13bc3nU1@uni-berlin.de>...
......>
> Oh, I agree, the game has been out long enough that almost all the players
> probably know the storyline by now, so it won't be a problem for the
> majority of posters here. I wasn't really complaining either, I just know I
> got disappointed when I read that the Tribunal might not be divine because I
> hadn't gotten that far into the main storyline yet :( 
>
> Anyway, I know it's been said before but these are really good posts. They
> are imaginative and well-written and it looks like you've gotten a lot of
> positive feedback. I'll have to google them up after I've completed the main
> storyline :) 


For the most part, Tiki is taking a path and attitude that differ from
the "typical" one (with a different attitude/perspective as well).
And, for the most part, I have tried to avoid explicit plot spoilers.
However, untwisting the backstory is central to Tiki, and so there is
no way to avoid writing that in. Indeed, capturing Tiki in these
vignettes is capturing a great deal of the backstory. (Or, at least,
the part of the backstory that Tiki comes across in her travels.) For
most people, Tiki's exploits will not be real game spoilers. But for
a completely new player, any concrete information is a spoiler of
sorts.

Glad you enjoy the stories. It's always nice to basque in praise.
Uhm, though, at the moment, my mind's eye sees Almalexia basquing the
the adoration of her guard. Not the identification that delights the
soul.

Happy gaming. :-)
!