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ALWAYS RECRUITING!

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NOTE:  NEW RULES ABOUT THE MAP!
 
MAP RULES

We are going to be using the Maplib tool to monitor the state of the world and the location of things like resources and other such items of interest.  When you create a race, or a resource, or a landform, please go to maplib (you can just click on the name of the map that is embedded within the reset posts [top left]) and put a pushpin where you want your new creation to be located (otherwise, I'll do it for you).  Thank you.

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Lords of Creation is a collaborative world-building game in which players play as the Gods of their world.  Through their interactions, they form the basis of a unique and ever-evolving campaign setting, complete with unique dungeons, nations, monsters and world-shattering threats.  Best of all, the history of the campaign setting is totally organic; every ancient war, long dead race and primordial event has been played through, not just made up.

Each Turn (roughly a week), players recieve Power Points (PP) and, in the manner of a play-by-post game, RP out the actions of their gods, using their PP to have lasting effects on the evolving universe.

Here are the rules of the game.

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Overview
Lords of Creation is a collaborative world building game. The idea is that, at the end, you'll have a fun campaign setting, complete unique dungeons, gods, and monsters (and more). The world starts empty, but players, in the role of gods, shape it until it is as interesting as Ravenloft or Spelljammers.

Joining the Game
Interested in joining? Great, we'd love to have you. Drop us a note in the OOC thread, suggest what kind of god you want to play (such as god of war), and read through the IC thread. We'll let you know when you can start (the wait is usually short).

Creating your deity
When it comes time to create your deity, you will need fill in the form below and post it to the OOC thread:

Name:
Holy Symbol:
Appearance:
Domain:
Misc:

Keep in mind, the domain you list may not be the domain you get (see the FAQ for more details). Under Misc, it can be helpful to give a few quick lines describing what kind of god you are aiming for. This helps other players interact with your god in a satisfying manner.

You will need to determine how you wish to enter the game: you can "self-ascend," or you can be "begotten."

Begotten gods are created by others. Once you get the go-ahead, a god already in game must perform a "Beget" action to create you. They'll create or assign you your starting domain (we try to be accomodating even then). The gods who performed the beget action are your "family" (estrangement is acceptable). Begetted gods start out at Divine Rank 2.

In contrast, self-ascended gods make themselves. They have no divine parents or family. In this situation, your starting domain is the one you feel the world is ready for or needs. Once you get the go-ahead, you can start posting immediately. Self-ascended gods start out at Divine Rank 1.

Divine Ranks
All gods have ranks, which gives a single number that helps illustrate how powerful two gods are in comparison to each other. Divine rank is increased upon reaching certain XP thresholds. Below is a list of these ranks, and it is arranged by Level, Title, base PP per turn, and amount of XP needed for 1 Ability Point.

Lvl1 Ancestral Spirit, 1PP/turn- 1XP/1AP*
Lvl2 House God, 2PP/turn- 1XP/1AP**
Lvl3 Demi God, 3PP/turn - 3XP/1AP
Lvl4 Lesser Deity, 4PP/turn -3XP/1AP
Lvl5 Greater Deity, 5PP/turn -5XP/1AP
Lvl6 Major God, 6PP/turn -5XP/1AP
Lvl7 Overdeity, 7PP/turn -7XP/1AP***

*Self-Ascended gods start here
**Begetted gods start here
***There can only be one overdeity at a time. If two or more gods occupy this level, only one gets the 7PP/turn bonus, but all must pay 7XP to get 1AP. Gods must fight for the title to claim the bonus.

Divine Attributes, Ability Points (AP) and XP
No two gods are alike. Some Gods may call up mountains from the deep seas, others may fill the woodland with creatures and still others might tirelessly labor to produce artifacts that do extraordinary things.

In this game, the more a god uses an action, the better he/she will become at performing that action in the future. XP is an attribute that is tied to PP spent for a class of actions. As XP is gained, it will produce an Ability Point (AP) that will 'level up' the associated attribute.

Combat is the one attribute which gains XP in a different manner. Gods gain 1 XP (a turn) whenever they attack, defend, or assist in combat.

There are two other ways of gaining XP. The admin may award extra XP at their discresion (such as for particularly good RPing). The second is by begetting another god. While Begetting counts towards the Empower attribute below, in addition, participating in begetting a god awards 1 XP, which the player may place in any attribute.

Attributes
Domain - Gods are the patrons of various things, from the very large (Light, Fire) to the very small (Bards, Gnomes). Your domain forms the core of your deity's being. Each turn, a domain generates a single PP that can only be spent on an action related to that domain. Taking levels in this attribute allows a god to gain another domain for each level (e.g. 2 domains each with a 1 PP bonus) or to further empower a currently held domain (e.g. 1 domain with a 2 PP bonus). Note: You are still required to craft the domain you wish to place into this slot (see Actions, below).
Generate - The ability to create life and fantastical objects with your willpower.  For each AP you posess in this attribute, you gain 1 PP to be spent each turn on Shape, Spawn and Forge actions.
Impose - The ability to make bend the thinking and unthinking to your will. For each AP you posess in this attribute, you gain 1 PP to be spent each turn on Command, Guide and Craft actions.
Empower - The ability to take something and fill it with energy. For each AP you posess in this attribute, you gain 1 PP to be spent each turn on Nourish, Beget and Harm actions.
Combat - Taking levels in this attribute makes you more capable in combat situations. For each level, you gain a +1 modifier to your combat score (see Combat or FAQs, below)

Power Points
Power Points (PP) are what you use to perform divine acts, like making mountains or creating monsters. PP comes from two sources: your gods base PP level and your attributes.

Every god gets a few base PP, based on their divine rank. These can be used towards any and all actions.

Attributes give bonus PP each turn that can only be spent on actions related to that attribute (see above)

Actions
The following is a list of the divine actions that a deity can perform and their base cost. All actions can be modified to have an increased or decreased effect with an associated increased or decreased cost. Examples are given when the different tiers of power may not be clear.

Nourish (1 PP) - This promotes life. It can turn a desert into a forest or produce basic flora and fauna. At higher levels it either has a wider area of effect or it can create valuable resources (see Resources, below).

Harm (1 PP) - This creates disasters, like tornados or plagues or it can make environments harsher. It can also initiate divine conflict.

Command (2PP) - This bends part of the world to your will, thereby raising a mountain range, or commanding a great forest to uproot itself and travel across a continent. Different levels cover different sized regions.

Guide (2PP) - Guide actions subtly influences the behaviors of mortals. This can cause them to adopt a mundane technology, learn a new character class, or go to war. At a lesser level (1PP) it can influence benign cultural traits, like their popular entertainment. At greater levels (3PP) it can grant fantastical technologies, like flying ships (see below for details on technologies).

Spawn (2PP) - This action produces animals and monsters that provide a challenge to mortals, and which are relatively uncommon throughout the world. Lower levels produce more common but weaker beasts, while higher levels create rarer but more powerful ones.

Shape (3PP) - This creates a sentient race that is native to the plane and environment it was created in. For example, Angels created in the prime material plane are, for the purposes of this setting, normal, mundane creatures. At this level, races are relatively average. At lower levels, they tend towards having larger populations but are individually weaker, and vice versa at higher levels.

Beget (3PP) - This gives birth to a new deity. This deity will be the character for a new player. The deity's domain is taken from your own, free and pre-existing and availible for claiming, or is created on the spot (a craft action is not required). At lower levels it can produce exarchs (lesser characters for you to play) or legendary mortal heroes neither of which need domains.

Forge (2PP) - This action creates something that is part mundane and part divine, such as an artifact that shrouds a continent in an impassible storm, or a small demiplane defined and controlled by its creator. At a lower level, this creates legendary mortal artifacts. At a higher level it can produce full planes or powerful artifacts that can affect the gods.

Craft (2PP) - Creates or formalizes a concept fundamental to the universe. These can be claimed as domains, or they can be free floating concepts. At this level, the action produces fundamentals domains, like Fire. Lower levels produce more specific domains, while higher levels produce more generalized ones.

Resources and Technologies
Mortal races flourish based on the resources availible to them and the technology to properly harness those resources.  

While all populaces can utilize the technology of their day and age, some nations are known for their handiwork. If a god performs 2PP guide action, the race they bestow their blessing on is now an expert at that skill. Fantastical technologies, like creating airships, is a 3PP guide action.

Likewise, all races have some access to the resources necessary to go about their daily lives. A god may create a particularly rich resource, however, using a 2PP Nourish action (or a 3PP one for "fantastic" resources like mithril). All resources must be tied to a specific point in the world (mithral might be only found in the mines of Moria, for example).

Both 2+ PP techs and 2+ PP resources give the civilization a +1 bonus (each) to civilization strength (see the Combat section for more information). If a tech and a resource are paired together (iron-working with an iron deposit, for instance), an extra +1 Synergy bonus is added to the civilization strength as well. If a fantastical tech and resource are matched, it grants a +2 Synergy bonus.

Ages
The game is divided into three Ages, and each age lasts about 3 months of real time (about 12 turns in game). In the first age, Spawns are 1 PP less expensive than listed (although there is a minimum cost of 1 PP). After the first age, creating new full planes and parallel planes is doubled in cost. Afte the second age, creating continents is likewise doubled in cost.

Also, each age has an associated general "tech level." Players may, for free, define the specific tech level of a people-group as they wish. However, mortals who have had a tech specifically taught to them through a guide action are considered to be far better at it than those who have not. It is possible to teach technologies suited to future ages, but that takes a powerful Guide action (same with fantastical technologies).

The general tech levels of the ages are:
1st = Classical
2nd = Medieval
3rd = Renaissance/Enlightenment

These tech levels may change based on play and player preference.

Player Characters:
Players always control a deity. They can also create secondary player characters, such are mortals or Exarchs, but these do not produce PP. Keep in mind that the game represents time from a divine perspective, while mortals age and die, generally within a turn or two.

Combat:
Divine combat occurs when two or more gods come into conflict. This can be a physical confrontation, a verbal debate, a trick, etc. Ideally, combat should be planned in the OOC, but if the conflict is necessary and players can't agree, then there are rules to arbitrate the matter (see the FAQ's below).

Here are a few suggestions for what might occur when a god wins/loses a conflict (some of these aren't appropriate for a verbal debate, of course).
Trophy: Claim ownership of one artifact, or force into your service one exarch (still RP'ed by the original owner)
Domain: Gain dual-ownership of one domain from the loser (or, with original player's permission, sole ownership)
Inhibit: Prevent the loser from performing a specific sort of action (action cost increased by 1 for the loser)
Imprison: Confine the loser to a specific location, plane, etc. (does not prevent the prisoner from using PP)
Maime: Alter the loser's physical appearance through violence (take their eye, hand, etc)
Liberation: reclaim a lost artifact, exarch, domain, break an inhibition or a prison, or undo a maime.

Likewise, conflict can occur between two civilizations. This might be a war, a trade dispute, or cultural subversion. Rules arbitrating these conflicts are also found below. Note: You can only attack a specific nation once per turn. Attacking multiple turns in a row (regardless of target) results in war weariness, which increases the guide PP cost to start conflict by 1 (cumulative). War weariness recedes at the rate it accumulates.

Here are some suggestions for what might occur if a nation bests another nation (again, not all appropriate for all occurances)
Tribute: Receive the benefit from one resource that the losing nation possesses.
Annex: Take a chunk of land from the losing nation (size generally should scale with how much you won by) or convert the population there in to a particular belief system
Unrest: Cause the collapse of the current government in the losing nation
Knowledge: Steal a tech from the losing nation
Liberation: Remove the oppresion of past wars (stops tribute, regains annex, stills unrest)

FAQs and other details

Q1) Are there any restrictions on what sort of domains I can choose/create?
A2) Only minor ones. Generally, you can't take a domain that is already being held by someone else, and you can't take a domain that doesn't make sense for a specific god to have (for example, while there might be a god of arcane magic, it doesn't make much sense for there to be a god of divine magic). Generally, though, you'll rarely if ever bump up against these restrictions.

Q2) Can I save PP between turns?
A2) Yes! However, this is not automatic: you must post during the week and specificially state how much PP you are storing, and from where (are you saving your Base PP or an Attribute PP?)

Q3) Who are the admins?
A3) Topheh and Camu. Of particular note, Camu is an impartial admin in that he does not have a normal character in game, and thus has no invested interest in one outcome or another ingame.

Q4) What is this "Elder Thing"?
A4) That is Camu's character (I said he didn't have a normal character in game, not that he didn't have a character). The Elder Thing generally doesn't take actions, but serves as a way for Camu (and in turn, the admins) to do special things in game, like award bonus XP in a non-metagame way.

Q5) What are the rules for combat?
A5) So glad you asked:

divine combat

God 1's Total Combat Score v God 2's Total Combat Score, tie goes to the attacker.

Total Combat Score=Divine Rank+Combat Rank+2 for Demiplane Bonus (if any)+Related PP from appropriate domains+2 per god assisting


mortal combat

Nation 1's Total Combat Score v Nation 2's Total Combat Score, tie goes to the defender

Total Combat Score=Original Shape AP+Age Modifier (if any)+Techs+Resources+Synergy+Related PP from appropriately-domained Gods

Age modifier is for particularly powerful or numberous races.
Races created by a 3PP shape action are average and do not receive a benefit.
2PP races produce rapidly, and thus receive a +1 combat bonus per age in the game (thus, if a race is created in the 2nd age, in the third age they get a +1 combat bonus).
4PP races are powerful but reproduce poorly. In later ages they are outnumbers by other races and as such receive a -1 combat bonus per age in the game (thus, if created in the 2nd age, they have a -1 bonus in the third age).


Q6: How are levels actually determined?
A6: It is recommended that players don't actually look at this information (it leads to metagaming), but if you really really really want to know...

Divine Levels

PP/XP= how much PP has to be spent to earn 1 XP.
XP/AP= how many XP are needed ot earn 1 AP.
ReqAP= How many AP a god needs before they reach this level/

Lvl1 4 PP/XP, 1 XP/AP, 0 ReqAP (Self-Ascended gods start here)
Lvl2 5 PP/XP, 1 XP/AP, 0/1 ReqAP (Begetted gods start here, Self-Asceded gods need 1AP to reach this level).
Lvl3 6 PP/XP, 3 XP/AP, 3 ReqAP
Lvl4 7 PP/XP, 3 XP/AP, 5 ReqAP
Lvl5 8 PP/XP, 5 XP/AP, 7 ReqAP
Lvl6 9 PP/XP, 5 XP/AP, 9 ReqAP
Lvl7 10 PP/XP, 7 XP/AP, 11ReqAP *
*  There can only be one overdeity at a time.  All Gods which reach this level must pay 10 PP for 1 XP, and 7 XP for 1AP, but only one God may gain the PP/week bonus. Gods must fight for the title to claim it.


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Currently, the admins of this game are myself (Topheh) and Camu.  If you wish to join the game, please post here in the OOC thread (and, for good measure, PM Topheh).

This is what we need from each player:

Name:
Holy Symbol:
Appearance:
(Proposed) Domain:
Misc:

Keep in mind, the domain you list may not always be the domain you get (see the Rules/FAQ for more details). Under Misc, it can be helpful to give a few quick lines describing what kind of god you are aiming for. This helps other players interact with your god in a satisfying manner.  You might also consider joining our group: community.wizards.com/lordsofcreation

The game will begin as soon as we have enough interest, probably in about a weeks time.

 Here is a prior LoC to read. 

And here is the end result of an LoC (the linked LoC, to be precise)... a history of a nation that was created by the conflicting actions and designs of multiple (I think at least a dozen Gods feature in this history) players.


Casaka, the Nation of Glass

Casaka is the name of one of the more powerful nations in the universe of LightVoid as well as the name of its capital, which also goes by the moniker 'The City of Glass'


HistoryEdit History section




FoundingEdit Founding section




On the desert world of Yrie, the God Grawlf read from theCodex of Thinking Things, filled with the combined musings of the Gods on the nature of intelligence and how to create a being that was neither God nor brute animal. When he had finished reading, he summoned forth the Sun Worms, who tunneled through the desert and turned the patch he floated over molten. Here he began to work, fashioning a tall glass being named Karhedron. From his template came the other Glass Titans.  After realizing that most of Yrie was unable to sustain their forms, the Glass Titans resolved to form a military state called Casaka to extend their lands to encompass all of the desert and Karhedron was chosen to be its leader. After Karhedron ripped a tusk from the Tarrasque, driving the beast deep underground and away from the first huts of the Titans, the Casakan peoples, now grown to include other forms of titans such as Meteoric Titans and Salt Titans, were given the chance to grow without any enemies to hinder them. Soon from out of the desert appeared the City of Glass itself, spires of twisted glass reaching up into the skies and shining like a beacon across the southern continent of Yrie. The City also began to encounter its neighbors and trade sprung to life.




Seeds of ConflictEdit Seeds of Conflict section




As Casaka grew in power, it began to attract the attention of other gods. After Karhedron and several warriors rescued the Dhorem from the [[Blood Trolls], the patron gods of both races visited Casaka, both damaging the city and demanding that the Titans mind their own business. Upset and frustrated, the Casakans began to expand their military and fortify their borders, turning away all Trolls specifically. Still troubled, Karhedron asked the Spirits of Nature if their brethren knew of other places, other worlds, that had deserts like their own and was informed that the Isles of Wonder had many desert worldlets. Karhedron tasked a secret group of Titans to begin devising a way for his people to leave Yrie and set up colonies on other worlds with deserts. Over time, a firm alliance with the Dhoremi was achieved, leading to increased animosity directed towards the City from Ymalos. As the years progress, the secret project, a starship, is completed by Samtaana while, despite their best efforts, the Dhorem are slowly but systematically hunted to near extinction until as a last ditch effort to save the remnants of the population, the Casakans move the remaining Dhoremi into Casaka itself as Karhedron approaches the Blood Trolls one final time to sue for peace.




The Undead Invasion and Escape from Yrie. 




However, the Blood Trolls were nowhere to be found, their villages empty, their fires doused and signs of struggle evident. He returned, disconcerted, to find Yrie beset by an undead army of Trolls and other spirits moving towards the borders of the desert. An unnatural chill fell over Yrie as a cloud moved before the sun and the deserts of Yrie were covered with snow. Freezing, the titans could not hope to hold the horde of undead for long until they summoned forth the sun worms to form pools of molten glass around the city, heating the area and allowing the titans to set up a new perimeter of defense. At this point all work turned to the completion of the Ark and the sending off of the first colony. As the cold and undead moved closer to the city and few of their allies stirred to aid them, the Casakan people were determined to see at least some portion of their civilization survive them. However, an unexpected push of undead separated those working on the Ark from those in Casaka. Moments before their position was overrun by undead, the Ark labored into the heavens and away from the planet as the Titans from Casaka cheered. On board, leading the expedition, was Kythandrin, Karhedron's son.




Eventually, the Titans were confined in their city by a besieging army of undead. In desparation, the Worm-handlers of Casaka summoned up the sun worms once more, causing them to create a moat of molten glass that surrounded the city and, aside from a few flying assaults, brought the attack to a halt. Beneath the city, the workers that had been tasked long ago by Karhedron to find a way for his people to leave Yrie labored at a feverish pace to hammer together an escape mechanism before the inhabitants of the city succumbed to hunger.




It is at this point that the Gods step in. Grawlf and the Harbringer force the Undead out of the desert for a time, giving the people of Casaka a reprieve to sortie out and gather more food and supplies. However, it is at this time that the Tarrasque returns and Karhedron engages it in single combat to prevent it from disrupting the sun worms. The Tarrasque is driven away once more, but Karhedron is left broken and dying as the protective spell on the desert fails and the undead swarm back over the dunes.




As Karhedron crawls towards the City, the Doom of Yrie occurs, and Karhedron watches as Casaka drains the moat and with a pillar of blinding white light, blasts free of the planet, the secret designs of Titans finished at last. Kardedron dies, but is reborn as an Exarch of Grawlf for his long service and stewardship of Casaka. He leaps up and rejoins the city as it pushes towards the Isles of Wonder and as Yrie shakes itself into pieces behind them.




A New HomeEdit A New Home section




For a long while the City of Glass floated in the void, traveling towards the Isles of Wonder. Eventually the city arrived and landed on an uninhabited planetoid, using the Lens of Casaka to turn much of the surface into a sandy desert. The four Sun Worms that had powered the city were freed, and soon life began to have a sense of normalcy about it, even with the great gas giant dominating the sky. They called their home Maru and began to reconnect with their old trading partners as well as the dominant nation on the Isles: The Quori. As the Vok'Dar Apocolypse occurs on Lor'quhan and Vedra, the Glass Titans begin to go to war with the Quori at the urging of Ravnos(the exarch posing as Grawlf) as Karhedron blasts off in a new ship to attempt to find his son.




CultureEdit Culture section




When speaking of the culture of Casaka, there are two major things to discuss. The organization of its people and what its people found important. The long (nearly immortal) lives of the Glass Titans themselves significantly influenced both aspects of Caskan culture.




In the begining, Casaka was ruled by popular acclaim by Karhedron, the first of the Glass Titans and the one selected to lead by Grawlf. However, as the number of Titans grew and the City grew larger and larger, Karhedron soon realized that it would be impossible for him to lead all by himself. Casaka then transitioned into a civilian-led government, with elections held every fifty years to nominate four leaders, who sat with Karhedron in the Casakan Conclave, which met for one month every year to discuss policy for the year to come.




At the present moment, a power struggle is underway as the Cult of the Eye, led in secret by the rebel Exarch Ravnos has replaced many of the members of govenrment with their own members and Karhedron is nowhere to be found.




Casaka are master glassworkers, and their city reflects this, with impossible spires reaching towards the heavens and arcing gracefully over the streets. Most of the artistic expression of the Titans takes the form of architecture, and buildings in the City tend to last only as long as the owner is entertained by its shape. In recent years, statuary of fallen heroes has begun to crop up around the city, although most Casakans view this as fooloshness.




Notable People, Locations and ArtifactsEdit Notable People, Locations and Artifacts section




People: Karhedron, Kythandrin




Places: Casaka, the City of Glass




Artifacts: The Lens of Casaka, the Star Drive




Nation StatisticsEdit Nation Statistics section




Total Nation Power: 27 27 section




Base Power:1




Nourishes: 11.




Techs: 15 15 section




Taught Directly: Architecture,Mining, Divine Magic, Literacy, Void-Engines(F)




Through Trade: Shamanism, Nature Magic, Agriculture, Philosophy, Hunting, Warrior Skills, Domestication, Ritual Magic, Literacy, Shipbuilding




God Level, PP Record, etc... Here.


Please Enter your PP Expenditures into the following form.  Note that not doing this might result in your not getting credit for your expenditure.  You can directly copy-paste from your post... all I ask is that you note the # of PP you spent first, and explicitly state the action you are performing.

GOOD:

3 PP:  Shape Race:  Dragons
3 PP:  I shape The race of dragons.
3:  Shape: Dragons
3 I LOVE TO SHAPE DRAGONS!!!!!
3 PP:  Shape Race:  Dragons exist in the upper reaches of the Great Tree.  Their breath stinks of garlic and they are the natural enemies of the vampires who inhabit the roots of the tree.  No one knows if they merely guzzle garlic to ward off the vampires, or if there is an inherent 'garlic-y' ness to them.  They also like tea.

Bad:
So, I was figuring I might make some dragons, and so I decided to do that.  Oh, 3 was spent.
3 PP:  Make a Race: Dragons!

Thank you   Once we get started and I see that its all working correctly, I'll post a link to the spreadsheet for everyone to see the expenditures so far.   Tip:  If you don't know what to post about, look through the expenditures for some interesting item that has been ignored and RP about what has happened with it since it was last seen.

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Appropriating this for the story.

Week 1:

The world is brand new, and as the Elder Thing stops in the heavens to watch, the first Gods appear, birthed due to a fissioning of nothingness into the opposites of Life and Corruption.  Within moments, the Gods fight, and Krulsk wounds Ikola and sends her fleeing, but not before they together bring forth Death, a corruption of Life itself.  Death follows Life and after a short conversation begets Nos as the secret knowledge of Death is revealed for the first time.  Elsewhere, Umi, a god of tentacles and the ocean, forms itself from nothingness.

Week 2:
Life refuses to believe the secret of Death, and in response creates a massive being of electricity in the void beyond the planet to declare that Life will be present forever.  Krulsk creates mountains which shoot forth toxins and poisons the newly-made sea of Umi. However, Omus, God of Time, awakens in the heavens above and works to counteract his dangerous power.  Nos discovers the realms of the mind, and forces Life to choose a name: Ikola.  Together, Ikola, Nos and Death form a God of Nature in the form of a large seed.  Death also creates The Architect, a god of punishment.  Finally, far away from the world in the void, Luxia appears and forms the first stars..

Week 3:
Krulsk
and Omus enter into a debate over why the latter interfered with the former's actions, with Krulsk arguing that the Gods shaped reality while Omus declared that Time was the ultimate tool.    Ultimately, Krulks storms off and is met by Nos, who proposes several interesting means of proving Omus incorrect.   

Falrn, 
god of protection, pulls himself from his birthplace beneath the earth and meets Ikola, recent creator of the mother of all Oozes deep below the surface of the ocean.  The two Gods conspire to create the God of Order, unaware that not far away, Nos and Krulsk are creating a god of Chaos, Loki.  The two groups of gods meet, and conflict is narrowly avoided due to the mediation of Umi.  

Elsewhere, Death creates a god of Metal to help as Death takes on the aspects of the never-alive Earth and the tumultuous War.  And Punishment establishes the Law atop a black spire in the middle of the ocean.   Finally, the first sentient life, the Sahaguin, emerge due to Loki and dissapear into the depths of the sea.

Week 4
Krulsk realizes that he faces a significant dillema.  While he is able to create, he is unable to corrupt to his liking without some sort of raw power to corrupt, specificaly that of his great enemy, Ikola.  He sets out into the world to find the God.  Ikola, however, had found Death, along with Falrn.  Ikola and Death fall into a heated discussion about forms and shapes, which culminates in Death creating a massive not-living continent.  Ikola grows angry and eventually gives the continent life, turning it into the mighty Mahzvara (which looks like a massive dinosaur made of stone).  As Death leaves, suddenly Krulsk finds Ikola and the two fight a bitter, long and vicious fight, tearing a canyon in the earth and dousing the land with their blood until a strange place known as the Mirage Valley comes to be.  Ikola barely escapes with its life, and will sport a long scar on one wing for some time, while Krulsk is distracted by his truest mortal enemy: trees.  Falrn arrives to protect Ikola, and a new God, born from the energies of the fight and named Proprietas approaches the two of them.

Meanwhile, Loki works to create Dagon, while the sentient races of the world begin to take shape, specifically the Sahaguin spreading and growing in size and number, and the Kalamar race appearing deep beneath the ocean surface, and Nos discovers the spiritual realm and raises mountains of water in the ocean depths.

Week 5 and 6
Krulsk flees the scene of his and Ikola's fight, eventually coming to a stop far from the forest.  Here, he fries the earth, creating 'The Fields of Fire' and populating it with life.  Eventually, flowing through lava, he comes back to the ocean.  There, he finds a Sahaguin mage, and, through his power, injects corruption into Magic itself.  Anyone who draws too heavily on the powers of Magic, who is too filled with lust for power and hatred of others becomes a Voidling, a horrible monster.

Back at the Mirage Valley, IkolaProprietas and Falrn begin to form an alliance to control the actions of Krulsk and Loki.  Ikola also creates the afterlife and sentient trees known as the Aspa.

Elsewhere, Magic flourishes, as the Sahaguin learn chaos-magic while the Kalamar are gifted by both Umi and Nos with Cyromancy and Hydromancy, respectively.  These Cyromancers become the leaders and priests of the Kalamar nation.  Nos also creates the basis of magics to look forward and backwards in time, although these actions come with a cost.



Umi leaves the oceans and finds Order, and encourages him to choose a name.  As they approach Loki, Order takes his leave, not wishing to fight with his opposite.  Instead, the God travels upwards tohis moons, discovering to his surprize that he had accidentally ascened the God of Dreams within one of the orbs.


Nos and Omus begin to speak.  Nos wishes to know Omus' name, and, as usual, EVERYTHING about the other God.  Omus tries to answer, but Nos keeps interrupting, to Omus' consternation.  Eventually, the two notice that they are not, in fact, alone.  Far above, a watcher watches.  Suddenly, Death appears in the form of a man carrying an umbrella.  After a short conversation, Nos warns Death that Omus lies, then leaves the two of them to speak as he travels upwards to the Elder Thing.   Omus then reshapes the world into a new image, smoothing mountains and epanding the seas as grasses and forests spread across the remaining earth.  Omus also nullifies some of the scariness of the Mirage Valley by creating a magic hourglass which displays how much time is left before the watcher dies.  Of course, with all the trees in the way, this is often a bit tricky to ascertain when, exactly, the switch will occur.

Elsewhere, Loki creates a home for the Sahaguin and Sons of Dagon, ringing it with many dangers, and a large series of caverns opens up under the earth, filled with deadly things.

Finally, War war comes to the afterlife as Death plants the sleeping God of Metal into the plane, creating new enemies for the angels and sparking a conflict.


Week 8
Omus creates Maiten, god of Fire and Altuna'Rhai, god of storms, while beyond the boundaries of the physical realms, the war in The World Beyond rages onward.  A myriad of races appears in the south of the world, primarially of the giant and golbinoid extractions.  Under the sea,  Ikola, Nos and Umi speak, and Ikola takes on the role of protector not only of life, but of civilization.  

Turn 9.
Omus 
meets his children, Altuna'Rhai and Maiten.  Tensions rise between the Mazunit and Qib Atha and an exarch of Umiemerges from the kalamar.  Ikola and Nos visit the egg races, and Nos grants them Ikola-based magics, but accidentally also gives them Krulsk-based magics as well.  Distressed by the fighting, Ikola sends the egg races far away from one another, founding three cities and a fourth small village of those among the races that are willing to work together.  On the moon, Order is awoken by an Exarch of Ikola, who begins to terraform the moon, much to the God's dissapointment.

Turn 10
Goblins strike out at the human race, who flee into their city and bar the doors.  Vamprie squid prey on the Kalamar.  Ryndell, Lord of Tea, ascends accidentally to godhood.  Umi grants the sea itself a conciousness and the sea acts by throwing rivers over the face of the earth.  Maiten and Altuna'Rhai continue to speak.



Turn 11
Falrn creates a massive beast, the Leviathan, on accident.  A shard of his own being, it rampages in a forgotten corner of the world.  Nos attempts to heal Ikola from the scar generated by Krulsk, but inadvertantly causes Ikola to instead transfer the wound to the god of knowledge.  As Ikola's wing heals, it spawns guardian spirits and titanic beings which guard the forests, mountains and oceans of the world.  Ikola and Order begin to discuss the nature of Life and Death.  Ryndell begins to wander the world, and creates a magical concoction (of Coffee).  Omus awakens from a short slumber, and, reaching his 'arm' out over the world, causes a myriad of effects to occur.  Notably, a new mage-breed emerges from the Qib-Atha, a chain of islands appears, and a new plane, the Eternal Sea, is created.  Finally, Maiten and Altuna'Rhai head out together to explore.

Turn 12
Order 
attempts to end the argument between him and Ikola by creating a monster, The Void, which destroys everything it touches.  Enraged, Ikola retaliates by creating an entire moon made of living matter, which traps the Void within itself, constantly growing to counteract the activity of the beast within.  Ikola leaves, and soon finds itself in a similar argument with Omus.  The hole of Falrn is expanded, forming a (second) underdark, to which the goblins scurry, bullied by their larger kin.  The war between the Pixies and the Hobgoblins escalates, with the Pixies using their magics to fight the hobgoblins to a standstill.  The Fields of Fire lose much of their... fire, as the volcanic activity moves to create more islands.  Ryndell comes to a curious conclusion:  No other Gods exist.  Monks proclaiming this teaching spread into the world.  Falrn, however, approaches to make conversation.  In the Oceans, the Sahaguin are thrown back to their island after a short and ill-fated campaign against the Kalamar.  However, the Kalamar are thrown into disarray as their leader renounces his faith.













Name:  Ikola
Symbol:  A flowering Branch.
Appearance:  
A mass of a thousand thousand threads of light.  Usually, it is formed into the shape of a massive bird, although it can reorganize itself as necessary.
Domain: Life
Misc:     The initial goal of Ikola is to seed the universe with life and promote its flourishing.
So, after much musing, thinking, and thrashing around with the many many ideas in my head(thought get out of my head, its dark and empty in there like the vastness in space!) I think I am going to stick with my original idea, but keep it mostly fluid so that I am able to do many things with it. 

Name:
Falrn
Holy Symbol: A dragon wrapped around a gem in a circle, with his head chasing his tail.
Appearance: A dragon of massive size, proportions, and many colors. He is able to look like any style of dragon at any given moment, of any size, or color.
(Proposed) Domain: Dragon
Misc: going to be a god of protection and dragons. How his dragons accomplish that is irrelevant, but their duty is to protect the world to which they are born in.

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I am both selfish and chaotic. I value self-gratification and control; I want to have things my way, preferably now. At best, I'm entertaining and surprising; at worst, I'm hedonistic and violent.

I keep trying to get out, but they keep dragging me back in XD In all seriousness... it's just too fun to stay away.

Name: Krulsk
Holy Symbol: A white orb being overrun by red tendrils.
Apperance: Numerous tiny tendrils of flesh pink ooze that congeals together to form larger blobs and take numerous forms. The most common is a hulking, vaguely humanoid monstrosity. Bizzarely, despite being nothing more than the tendrils, random juts of solid bone, teeth, and milky white eyes can appear and dissappear depending on the form he takes.
Domain: Corruption
Misc: Krulsks motives and teachings are simple: every good, pure thing must have an evil, dark equivalent. This should preach balance, but Krulsk obviously has a strong bias towards the latter to the extent that he relishes in turning the good pure thing itself into a twisted inverse of its original intent, even if it means there is no longer a pure equivalent to be found.
geez, Anubis.  Trying to give me nightmares?
Considering my god is a combination of the exact opposite of your god, the creepy melting monster thing from Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and Carnage from Spiderman... yes 
Name: Three (or whatever number he is when he enters the game)
Holy Symbol: Followers of He Who Has Been Thrown Out are not very picky about what they use as a holy symbol. An old sock or tatyered wig nailed up over the door usually suffices.
Appearance: Followers of The One Who is Trashed deign not generally to give their god a physical manifestation, he's a god for god's sake. Besides, if they did, he'd probably look bloody well like they did, thank you very much! They suppose to other gods he's got to look somewhat impressive. To them he looks like the biggest and most impressive golem you've ever seen, probably all moss-covered and weathered because he's old and weathered. And he's probably got a whole family of dormice in his stomach who use shoeboxes for beds and a wash-cloth for linens. And they'd have you over for tea any day of the week.
 Domain: Civilization (people make trash, okay?)
Misc.: 

EDIT:
Wow, way to count, Ara! Four! Four! 

EDITEDIT:
Where did my misc go? Damn! I shall correct that once I have access to a better computer.

EDITEDITEDIT: Switched my domain. I'll get to that misc soon though...
These are always fun, and in the past have been a great help in my campaigns and other creative endeavors. So I think I'll join in this round as well.

Name: Nos
Holy Symbol: Either three eyes arranged in a triangle, or a carrion-eater (such as a raven) with three eyes.
Appearance: Nos is humanoid in the loosest definition of the word. He has three head arranged back to back, and each head has three eyes. Each face appears diffrent, although the specific features change from time to time. These heads sit on a bulbous body, vaguely in the shape of a bean, from which hundreds of arm-like limbs spring in every direction. These limbs have varying numbers of joints, but each ends in a hand with two thumbs and a variable number of long fingers. He has only two legs, though. Nos appears dressed in a simple outfit that appears to have been black at one point but is now a dull grey.
Domain: Knowledge
Misc: Nos is a god of obtaining knowledge. He is curious and spends much of his time investigating the realms. He does not horde information but shares it freely with all who seek it. However, he tends to be guileless and has difficulty comprehending that someone might use knowledge for evil purposes.

Edit: So, Ara, is your god going to be a trash-talker?
Ara, what is it with you and tea?
Name: Aurum
Holy Symbol: Four circles of metal joined a diamond shape. The topmost circle is of gold, silver on the right, iron on the left and copper at the bottom.
Appearance: His appearance tends to mirror whomever he is interacting with, except being made of highly polished liquid metal.
(Proposed) Domain: Metal
Misc: Also known as The Master Molder, The One who Gives Form and The Great Smith. Aurum is a creative god, widely respected by crafters and builders.
Question: Would it be useful for us to start specifying if we want to be begetted or self-ascended? Presumably, at the start of the game most people will self-ascend, just because no one will have already been in game ot beget them, but begetting should be a viable option fairly quickly, too.
Well, as might be obvious from my God, I plan to be begetting... many people.  My own... ascendence... I am quite agnostic.  If someone wants to ascend me, by all means... if not... I'll ascend myself at some point.
Ohoho, Thought, how drole.

I like tea! WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL???
So what are people planning on doing this time around?  Anubis, I imagine that we'll be butting heads quite a bit, but I'm not entirely certain I'd describe my character as 'good.'  Given that one of my goals is to have an ever-encroaching mass of vines slowly strangling the entire world (hey, its Life!)... :D
As much as I'd love to play against type, I think it would be pretty futile for me to try and completely avoid the crazy I usually have in every one of my gods. I'll just try and avoid the whole batshit insane this time and focus more on the quirky. It was funny, though, I was thinking of trying to go for the completely terrible, evil bad-guy god. But I figured I would end up too tempted to go full-on creep mode. But I had fun with the Monarch, so I suppose a bit of that quirky strangeness would be worth a second go-round.

That said, I could pull a total 180 and completely change my god by the time we start. Just informing y'alls. 
Yeah, I could see both Ikola and Krulsk being... self-ascended gods. Or, at least, begetted together, and they'd make sense fairly early on (hint hint, oh great and powerful admins who doth verily review the roster and alloweth some in and telleth others to wait).

Ara, it kind of looks like TrashMan would be begetted, is that right? I mean, if he's called He Who Has Been Thrown Out (or HWHBTO), then presumably someone had him in the first place to then throw out. Or were you thinking of something totally different? Also, since you are all civilizy, were you planning on entering after civilizations get started, or were you planning on starting the first civilizations? And finally, any particular kinds of tea that TrashMan is a fan of?

Joran, it sort of looks like you might be going for a kind of Io-like god, is that a fair assessment? That is, a really early creator deity along the same lines, so probably self ascended (or maybe begetted by the elder thing)?

Kal, cool concept. Are you sort of going for a Hephaestus or Aulë sort of god? Do you envision him as sort of... creating the clockwork of the spheres, as it were?

Edit: Ah, ninja'ed by... several minutes. I blame the fact that I had thought I hit the submit button a while ago. This wasn't in response to Toph's post, I'll get to that eventually, after I don't fear a double-post.
The Monarch also liked tea.


You're welcome, Thought. 
Toph, I’m planning on doing a bit of planar exploration, which as a result will hopefully lead to me creating a variety of non-standard magics. For example, I might build a magic system off of Plato’s Theory of Forms: I’d make a plane were idealized forms exist, then teach mortals to channel power from there into the imperfect material versions of those forms. My god might also make/discover various other magic systems related to his allies. For example, he might make one for Krulsk that involves stealing power from other objects to imbue it in one’s own objects, but twists that power in the process (steal a fish’s power to breath water and it might just make it so you don’t need to breath at all, for example). Course, any such things would be vetted by the respective players, first.
I'd also imagine the two of us butting heads a bit Topheh, though perhaps not quite as much as I'd invisioned if you're going to be strangling the world. Hell that's his holy symbol .

Even so I picture Krulsk being a relatively early god, either being created as a mirror to Ikola or being created somewhat later as a 'seeking of balance' so to speak. I do picture him being self-adcended for that matter. As for plans, hm... well he's the god of Corruption, so that sort of speaks for itself. I don't really see him as a 'grand manipulator' though. He'd love to, say, split the elves to create the drow or split paladins to create anti-paladins for instance, but I'd see it as much more goading and offering power than outright manipulation. Honestly, personality wise I picture him having ogres as one of his favored races for what that tells you about how blunt he is XD
Oh, I'd rather try and start civilizations. Maybe that's just me being selfish and wanting to get in early, but yeah, there you go. Actually, though, I wouldn't mind getting in a little bit later, it sort of takes off the pressure. Not super later, but not right away either. I've started early in almost every game I've been in. Only the Empress started later and, well, she was my favourite. Oh, and he tells his guy friends he only likes black teas, but really he's into those fruity specialty teas with rose petals and bits of strawberry.
Okay... so lets say we *do* self-ascend at the same time, Anubis.  We should probably, first order of business and all, ascend someone else... who should it be, and how should we, opposites as we are. do so?


Also... I'm thinking that perhaps you might corrupt me over time... I imagine that 'strangling the world' isn't going to be my *first* priority :D
You fight offcourse, and from the spilled blood or organs emerges the new deity :p


That's how my first god I ever played came to be, divine battle, one god ripping out the other ones heart and cast down on the earth where it later evolved into my deity  
Sounds... messy.  Then again, Anubis, your god probably has organs to spare, no?
Actually my god has more in common with an ooze than anything else, so he probably doesn't have any organs. Though he does have bones and teeth and such at times, so... I have no idea.

As for the plan, that sounds good to me. The obvious god to ascend is of course Death, as Life and Corruption are pretty much on opposite ends of the spectrum with Death being smack bang in the middle being the end of life but not a mockery of it. Also, corrupting over time does sound fun  ;)
Well thought, you are correct sir!Io is my inspiration in this one. So, self-ascending or even being begetted would work, depending on how it is worked out.

BTW tea is awesome!

Anubis, its more like life/death, justice/corruption would be the opposites, but this could work out very well also!

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This probably sounds like shameless self-promotion, but since it's actually down in the rules that you aren't guaranteed the Domain you asked for when you're begatted (begetted? begat?) I actually would totally not mind just being given a domain that makes sense for ascension. Seems more organic that way, and I like the idea of being challenged with a domain you hadn't thought of.
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Thanks to Thought, I've sort of adjusted my god concept somewhat.

Name: Three (or Four or Five or Nine or whatever number he enters the game at)
Symbol: A black umbrella. Often depicted on a white backdrop with a white root system extending from where the handle should be into black ground.
Appearance: Three has a few aspects which are, for all intents and purposes, all him. It can be speculated that he is, in fact, not these forms themselves, but actually the black umbrella they all carry. The form he takes depends on who happens to be looking at him at the time, and he can look differently to multiple viewers at the same time. The first is a man dressed all in black. No part of his body is actually visible for he wears black gloves, a black bowler hat and his face and neck are wrapped in black bandages. Three will appear this way to female observers. The second is a young, beautiful woman in a black dress with a full skirt. She too has no part of her body visible, for she wears gloves and a heavy black iron helmet obscures her face. Three appears this way to male observers. The third is a young male child wearing very formal black dress clothes. His black hair is slicked back, and though his body is not obscured, every inch of his skin is covered with what appears to be an elaborate skeleton tattoo. Three appears this way to those who are neither female nor male.
Domain (Proposed): Loss (this is more a placeholder, though)
Misc.: Using a suggestion of Thought's, Three has become more a god of the things we have lost or left behind, like forgotten memories or lost records. He is god of nostalgia and rejection. He is prayed to when we wish to retrieve something we have misplaced, or when we have something that we wish we didn't anymore. I like this because it can reconcile the things I was going to do with Three originally, and the things I was starting to think I'd rather do, which were of a far more grim disposition. I think Three can do that balance better like this. Though I'll probably bring the other version back as a creation of some sort.

EDIT: I think we should brainstorm a bit here. We probably don't seem very inviting to newcomers, and also what was the point of having the OOC open for a while before the IC if we don't use the OOC to talk about stuff?
Okay, curious since you left something out Ara. What does it look like to viewers who are both male and female, rather than neither?

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I suppose the third one still, but if it's a multi-part god of different genders, each gendered part would see him differently. And I did the whole looking different thing because I thought it was cool, but I don't want it to be a big deal or anything. I don't want gods in the game to, like, remark on it particularly. It's just another strange feature of the god, give me something to write about when I describe him.
Well, we still seem to have all of the old hands here at least. I dont think getting started soon though is a good idea yet. We are getting a lot of views, but no one actually coming in. Its kinda like having a sign saying "open tab" at a bar, but no one is drinking. Except for all of what we have already done, which is post everywhere that we are going again, what more is there to do to get people in? Besides drag them in kicking and screaming of course? Then again that sounds fun!

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We should be talking more. We seem boring.

EDIT: And maybe something that says ALWAYS RECRUITING. One LoC had that in the title. Maybe it's not clear enough here. 
Well, its possible they're holding back because they have no idea what lies in store :D  "We play a forum game" could mean... a lot of things!  Alternately, the views could be us refreshing our browsers fifty times a minute hoping for more posts!

For the former:  Here is a prior LoC to read. 

And here is the end result of an LoC (the linked LoC, to be precise)... a history of a nation that was created by the conflicting actions and designs of multiple (I think at least a dozen Gods feature in this history) players.


Casaka, the Nation of Glass

Casaka is the name of one of the more powerful nations in the universe of LightVoid as well as the name of its capital, which also goes by the moniker 'The City of Glass'


HistoryEdit History section




FoundingEdit Founding section




On the desert world of Yrie, the God Grawlf read from theCodex of Thinking Things, filled with the combined musings of the Gods on the nature of intelligence and how to create a being that was neither God nor brute animal. When he had finished reading, he summoned forth the Sun Worms, who tunneled through the desert and turned the patch he floated over molten. Here he began to work, fashioning a tall glass being named Karhedron. From his template came the other Glass Titans.  After realizing that most of Yrie was unable to sustain their forms, the Glass Titans resolved to form a military state called Casaka to extend their lands to encompass all of the desert and Karhedron was chosen to be its leader. After Karhedron ripped a tusk from the Tarrasque, driving the beast deep underground and away from the first huts of the Titans, the Casakan peoples, now grown to include other forms of titans such as Meteoric Titans and Salt Titans, were given the chance to grow without any enemies to hinder them. Soon from out of the desert appeared the City of Glass itself, spires of twisted glass reaching up into the skies and shining like a beacon across the southern continent of Yrie. The City also began to encounter its neighbors and trade sprung to life.




Seeds of ConflictEdit Seeds of Conflict section




As Casaka grew in power, it began to attract the attention of other gods. After Karhedron and several warriors rescued the Dhorem from the [[Blood Trolls], the patron gods of both races visited Casaka, both damaging the city and demanding that the Titans mind their own business. Upset and frustrated, the Casakans began to expand their military and fortify their borders, turning away all Trolls specifically. Still troubled, Karhedron asked the Spirits of Nature if their brethren knew of other places, other worlds, that had deserts like their own and was informed that the Isles of Wonder had many desert worldlets. Karhedron tasked a secret group of Titans to begin devising a way for his people to leave Yrie and set up colonies on other worlds with deserts. Over time, a firm alliance with the Dhoremi was achieved, leading to increased animosity directed towards the City from Ymalos. As the years progress, the secret project, a starship, is completed by Samtaana while, despite their best efforts, the Dhorem are slowly but systematically hunted to near extinction until as a last ditch effort to save the remnants of the population, the Casakans move the remaining Dhoremi into Casaka itself as Karhedron approaches the Blood Trolls one final time to sue for peace.




The Undead Invasion and Escape from Yrie. 




However, the Blood Trolls were nowhere to be found, their villages empty, their fires doused and signs of struggle evident. He returned, disconcerted, to find Yrie beset by an undead army of Trolls and other spirits moving towards the borders of the desert. An unnatural chill fell over Yrie as a cloud moved before the sun and the deserts of Yrie were covered with snow. Freezing, the titans could not hope to hold the horde of undead for long until they summoned forth the sun worms to form pools of molten glass around the city, heating the area and allowing the titans to set up a new perimeter of defense. At this point all work turned to the completion of the Ark and the sending off of the first colony. As the cold and undead moved closer to the city and few of their allies stirred to aid them, the Casakan people were determined to see at least some portion of their civilization survive them. However, an unexpected push of undead separated those working on the Ark from those in Casaka. Moments before their position was overrun by undead, the Ark labored into the heavens and away from the planet as the Titans from Casaka cheered. On board, leading the expedition, was Kythandrin, Karhedron's son.




Eventually, the Titans were confined in their city by a besieging army of undead. In desparation, the Worm-handlers of Casaka summoned up the sun worms once more, causing them to create a moat of molten glass that surrounded the city and, aside from a few flying assaults, brought the attack to a halt. Beneath the city, the workers that had been tasked long ago by Karhedron to find a way for his people to leave Yrie labored at a feverish pace to hammer together an escape mechanism before the inhabitants of the city succumbed to hunger.




It is at this point that the Gods step in. Grawlf and the Harbringer force the Undead out of the desert for a time, giving the people of Casaka a reprieve to sortie out and gather more food and supplies. However, it is at this time that the Tarrasque returns and Karhedron engages it in single combat to prevent it from disrupting the sun worms. The Tarrasque is driven away once more, but Karhedron is left broken and dying as the protective spell on the desert fails and the undead swarm back over the dunes.




As Karhedron crawls towards the City, the Doom of Yrie occurs, and Karhedron watches as Casaka drains the moat and with a pillar of blinding white light, blasts free of the planet, the secret designs of Titans finished at last. Kardedron dies, but is reborn as an Exarch of Grawlf for his long service and stewardship of Casaka. He leaps up and rejoins the city as it pushes towards the Isles of Wonder and as Yrie shakes itself into pieces behind them.




A New HomeEdit A New Home section




For a long while the City of Glass floated in the void, traveling towards the Isles of Wonder. Eventually the city arrived and landed on an uninhabited planetoid, using the Lens of Casaka to turn much of the surface into a sandy desert. The four Sun Worms that had powered the city were freed, and soon life began to have a sense of normalcy about it, even with the great gas giant dominating the sky. They called their home Maru and began to reconnect with their old trading partners as well as the dominant nation on the Isles: The Quori. As the Vok'Dar Apocolypse occurs on Lor'quhan and Vedra, the Glass Titans begin to go to war with the Quori at the urging of Ravnos(the exarch posing as Grawlf) as Karhedron blasts off in a new ship to attempt to find his son.




CultureEdit Culture section




When speaking of the culture of Casaka, there are two major things to discuss. The organization of its people and what its people found important. The long (nearly immortal) lives of the Glass Titans themselves significantly influenced both aspects of Caskan culture.




In the begining, Casaka was ruled by popular acclaim by Karhedron, the first of the Glass Titans and the one selected to lead by Grawlf. However, as the number of Titans grew and the City grew larger and larger, Karhedron soon realized that it would be impossible for him to lead all by himself. Casaka then transitioned into a civilian-led government, with elections held every fifty years to nominate four leaders, who sat with Karhedron in the Casakan Conclave, which met for one month every year to discuss policy for the year to come.




At the present moment, a power struggle is underway as the Cult of the Eye, led in secret by the rebel Exarch Ravnos has replaced many of the members of govenrment with their own members and Karhedron is nowhere to be found.




Casaka are master glassworkers, and their city reflects this, with impossible spires reaching towards the heavens and arcing gracefully over the streets. Most of the artistic expression of the Titans takes the form of architecture, and buildings in the City tend to last only as long as the owner is entertained by its shape. In recent years, statuary of fallen heroes has begun to crop up around the city, although most Casakans view this as fooloshness.




Notable People, Locations and ArtifactsEdit Notable People, Locations and Artifacts section




People: Karhedron, Kythandrin




Places: Casaka, the City of Glass




Artifacts: The Lens of Casaka, the Star Drive




Nation StatisticsEdit Nation Statistics section




Total Nation Power: 27 27 section




Base Power:1




Nourishes: 11.




Techs: 15 15 section




Taught Directly: Architecture,Mining, Divine Magic, Literacy, Void-Engines(F)




Through Trade: Shamanism, Nature Magic, Agriculture, Philosophy, Hunting, Warrior Skills, Domestication, Ritual Magic, Literacy, Shipbuilding


 

Edit:  well, *That* I can do! 
Thank you Topheh!

I suppose it's sort of like, what can we talk about that doesn't just turn into preplanning? I guess it might be helpful if people discussed their gods and, like, ideas they have and stuff? 

Maybe this is a good time to talk about who'll get ascended and when. That's usually the thing, isn't it? Choose people that make sense to be ascended early, or together, like Toe and Anubis.

And also I'm open to suggestions about my Domain. :D

Oh! And a question for the admins: you can use your domain to flavour your actions, but can you also use your domain to flavour actions sort of opposite to the domain? For instance, a god of Loss seems like the sort of god you'd pray to to get back things you've lost, but does it count as a domain action if I give people things? Or can I only use my domain for taking things away? And Toe, he'd be manipulating Life if he killed something, but could he take advantage of the domain benefit in that instance?
Well, that seems like a reasonable idea.  Lets see...

Life
Dragons
Corruption
Knowledge
Metal
Loss

So, assuming we have life/corruption self-ascend (hey, Anubis... want to be siblings?)

Loss seems a natural follow-through of Corruption.  I've got a fun idea forming about knowledge coming to being as Life and Corruption conflict... knowledge being that which life uses to stand against corruption by remembering and thinking about that which has been lost.

Dragons... well, they're a form of life
And Metal... mmmm... not sure what to do about metal.  Thoughts?


Ara:  I think it depends on what you are giving them.  Giving someone the severed head of their teddy bear is giving them something, but its to promote a feeling of loss.  I *guess* that giving someone a puppy is technically priming them for a loss when the puppy dies, but thats starting to go a little *too* far.  Giving someone a debilitating disease would work nicely, though  In a like manner, I think that my killing something to allow other life to flourish as a *direct* consequence of my action would be allowable.

Basically, the rule is this:  If you think it might be borderline, write an explanation in your expenditure.  If the admins read it and go '?!?!?!?' then... we'll talk about it.
 

And now a question to all of you.  We're going to be setting up another thread to have the actual homebrew creations that we're putting together.  How do we want to go about doing that so it doesn't end up completely unruly?


Camu... lets get this show on the road!
I would very much like to be ascended with life, that sounds more than a little fun ;). In theory... looking at those domains though, I have to admit I am a little... concerned. Life belongs there, obviously. Corruption... it could go either way. Knowledge pretty much belongs there as well. But metal? Dragons? A lot of these seem like later domains. I am not saying that they should change, it's good to have some domains like that in there. It's just... where's, say, earth? Or fire? Or wind, or water, or heart? Or Captain Planet!

On the one hand this could make the opening fairly unique, but on the other hand there just seems something a little strange about it... I'm tempted to change my god entirely just so we can fill out earth for instance, if only because earth seems like something very important to have early on when the world is being forged, so to speak. Don't get me wrong I love my god, but we do have to think at least somewhat meta. 
Well, I think as long as we can come up with a compelling reason for each God to exist, we're going to be okay, but yeah.  Hopefully we can get some other folk to take some of those other domains!
Well, I could switch to Death, if you need something more... primal. But I've done Death before, and I think Toe might eat me if I try to fit garbage under the Death domain. :D
Yes, you'd be the 'death' of the proper maintainace of the rules! 
I'd tend to argue that Earth and other elemental domains aren't really that important. Sure, we need earth and the sort, but those aren't really necessary gods.

However, that said, we could accomodate a bit of other stuff if we include "Portfolios" for our gods. For example, Io was a creationary god that happened to be in the shape of a dragon, and to create other dragons. It might fit Joran's idea a little better if he could be a god of Dragons, but not necessarily have Dragons be his domain (especially at the start of the game, where it will be his only one).

As for who to ascend, if Ara is good with it, I'd say that she and I could "share"the knowledge domain, or something like that, and she'd represent the loss of knowledge, while I would represent the discovery of new things. How does that sound, Ara? Anyone feel like having their head cracked open to brith us :P
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