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Flashbacks, Chapter 3: Tell Me Everything

 

“What I know about the Mystics Program is… not a lot,” Zoivox admitted. “But I have seen this, and it’s why I thought of you.” She palmed a small scrap of paper from an interior pocket of her coat, then reached out to hold Drokor’s hand. He cleared his throat awkwardly, glancing around the courtyard. Zoivox made a great show of blushing and looking demure when a Consul caught her eye. To her relief, the Consul simply smiled warmly, pointedly looked away, and walked on.

 

Zoivox released Drokor’s hand, then leaned against the wall as he casually peered at the scrap, adjusting his goggles to zoom in on the tiny writing. “’Mountain Home Specifications, Mk. 01,’” he read aloud. “Components: Den Stone – Thundering Peak resonite slab, 50 jots, measuring… ‘” He trailed off. “What’s this?”

 

“Every Mystic adopter on Earth has at least one of these Homes,” she explained. “It’s designed to emulate the Mystic’s natural environment as faithfully as possible, in as small a space as possible. I’ll spare you the biology lesson about their habitat.”

 

“Thanks.”

 

“But each Home is absolutely identical: the same size, the same shape, the same color; the same tree species, the same Mystika Berry Vine, the same substrate, the same stone. It’s one of the only things – maybe THE only thing – all our Earthite volunteers have in common. If there’s any chance of reaching the Earthites, it has to come through the Homes.” She clenched a clawed fist in emphasis. “I know all about everything else in these Homes, and they just can’t help us. So… it’s got to be the stone. Please, for the love of Elarra, tell me you know something that can help us.”

 

Drokor stared again at the specifications in his hand, and a hint of a smile began to tug at the corners of his mouth, twitching his long moustache. “Thundering Peak resonite… you’re absolutely sure? It’s definitely resonite, not any other stone?” Excitement was already creeping into his voice.

 

“These are the only specs that are approved. There’s no other Home available. What’s so great about resonite?”

 

A grin as wide as a mountain spread over Drokor’s face, and he puffed out his chest and began to orate. “Resonite is incredibly abundant, easily carved, yet durable. Most notable, though, are its small inclusions of dodecahedral chorusite that –”

 

“Spare me the Elology lessson?”

 

“Sorry.” He deflated a bit, but continued, still grinning. “The point is… resonite can sing. If hit, it can make a tone and hold it for a long time – like a stone bell. If you control how it’s hit in just the right way, you can change the sound.”

 

“No kidding?” asked Zoivox, a look of childlike wonder on her face. “That is incredible! Still, I don’t understand how it’ll help us now.”

 

Behind his dark goggles, Drokor’s eyes were gleaming. “When any resonite is rung, all resonite, everywhere – everywhere in all the worlds – will resonate in unison.”

 

Zoivox’s wings fluttered slightly. “Fantastic! …But shouldn’t the mountains be absolutely deafening?”

 

“They don’t call them the Thundering Peaks for nothing! Whenever there’s an ellquake, the mountains roar for days!” Drokor chuckled. “But the effect gets weaker based on some factors. Size. Shape. Distance. Other things. I can’t explain it exactly – Killdorian stuff, that is – but a small piece of resonite on the opposite side of the world would only ring a little bit, even from the biggest ellquake in the Peaks. So quiet you can’t even hear it or see it, except through a motescope. But it’s doing it.”

 

Zoivox’s face fell. “So even if we shook a whole mountain of resonite with our message…”

 

“I doubt they’d even see it on Earth. Not even if they were already listening close. And there’d be all the other ringing and echoing, muddyin’ up the signal…” The mountain of an Elarran shrugged his shoulders and rubbed the back of his neck.

 

Both Scholars stared at their respective feet for a moment.

 

“…Killdorian stuff,” Zoivox said, distantly.

 

“Eh?”

 

“Who can you trust in the House of Killdorian?”

 

Drokor grunted. “Bunch of noodle-armed doofi with their noses stuck in their tomes…”

 

Zoivox shot him a cold look. “I don’t have time for this ‘Killdorian inknose, Spectra softheart, Grimthane rockbrain’ vekh, Drokor. Your two Houses have always been closer, and until recently I’ve spent so much time in the field that I barely know anything going on in my own House, much less the others. So who can you trust in the House of Killdorian?

 

He reeled back, as if a pebble had just tried to bite him. “Sorry,” he rumbled. “Not the time or the place.” He rubbed his ear absentmindedly. “Well, out of all that lot… It’d have to be Sejifra.”

 

It was Zoivox’s turn to reel. “Orwa Sejifra? The Director of Conjuring? You must be joking. I’ve heard that Qwello has to take two Serenity Potions and cast Binding on her own hands just to keep from strangling her at every meeting!”

 

Drokor laughed. “Stoneface has that effect on people. But that’s exactly why I think she’s trustworthy. She doesn’t care about being popular, she cares about being right. And doing right.”

 

Zoivox bit her lip. “What if she thinks this isn’t right, though? We’re going behind everybody’s backs, we’re messing with stuff we’re not remotely cleared for, we’ve got no proof…”

 

“Then we get expelled and probably go to the dungeons.”

 

“You’re not reassuring me.”

 

He shrugged. “I’m not. But I am telling you the truth.”

 

She gave a solemn nod, and a small, weary smile. “You always have…. Okay. We’ll talk to Sejifra.”

 

 

Flashbacks, Chapter 2: Good Hands

 

A chilly wind blew through the courtyard of the Magic Academy, where students and Consuls passed from building to building. All were bundled up in cloaks or surrounded by dimly glowing bubbles of magical warmth.

 

It was colder still in the north corner, where the shadows were deep and lasted most of the day, and where the wind whipped up whirlwinds of fallen leaves and frost.

 

That was where Zoivox stood, her back to the wall, with a burly Elarran nearby.

 

It was coldest of all between them.

 

“Drokor.” Her wings gave a tense flutter of irritation.

 

“Zoivox.” His voice had little more love.

 

“I… would like to ask a favor of you,” she began, staring off at the fountain.

 

Drokor grunted. “For once, you get straight to your point. Still, you can’t even look at me to ask? Whatever it is: no.” He waved a pale and well-scarred hand in a dismissive gesture, then turned to go.

 

Zoivox reached out and placed her own hand on his shoulder, somehow resisting the urge to dig in her claws. “Please,” she said, a little more loudly than she meant to. “It’s not for me. It’s for something bigger than us. It’s for Elarra.”

 

He brushed the hand off his shoulder, and with one thick finger raised to point, he rounded on her. “Of all the overly-dramatic, manipulative, ridiculously unlike-you things–”

 

The words died on his tongue as he saw her face. The wide and worried eyes behind her spectacles, the pallor of her purple skin, the way she was biting the inside of her lower lip.

 

Drokor was one of the House of Grimthane’s most promising scholars of magimechanical mining, able to craft devices that would delve into the hardest stone. He had a knack for finding ore in unlikely places. He could sense a cave-in long before it happened. He could tell when a machine was underperforming, and knew just how to fix it. Perhaps there was some magic involved, but he readily admitted that a lot of his talent boiled down to noticing things and finding patterns. The stone had secrets, he liked to say, but it also had its tells. Zoivox’s tells were undeniable.

 

He wrinkled his nose, and his long and bushy moustache wriggled like a Woolipede. “All right, talk. I’m not saying I’ll believe you, but I believe YOU believe whatever this is.”

 

Drokor noticed the thankful skyward glance and the relaxed droop of her wings as she took a deep breath. In a low whisper, she spoke.

 

“It’s the Mystics Program. Something’s… suspicious.”

 

He reeled as if the words had hit him right on his bulbous nose, then looked from side to side. “The Mystics Program?” he murmured. “Zoivox, that’s a Kelv-class operation! Of course it’s suspicious! The fate of Elarra IS at stake; you think they’re going to just tell us all everything?”

 

“Of course they’re not telling us everything. They’re barely telling us anything. But… there’s a lot of information that goes over my desk every day.”

 

Behind his dark goggles, Drokor rolled his eyes. “You’re an intern, Zoivox,” he grumbled. “We both know you’re not cleared for classified information. It’s not like you’re the High Elder. Yet.”

 

She gritted her small white teeth and hissed at him. “This is NOT me trying to sound important! I’m talking about the little things! All those little bits and pieces that don’t seem important enough TO classify: Flipsy’s Earthite Satisfaction Surveys, her old transmissions, expense reports, things that have been forwarded from desk to desk and House to House a thousand times because nobody knows who’s actually responsible for it…” She took a breath. “The little things matter. You always told me that. I live that. It’s why I… why we are both good at what we do. And I’m telling you: the little things aren’t adding up.”

 

Drokor shifted his weight on the flagstones of the courtyard, wiggling his toes in his boots. He listened to Zoivox. He listened to his conscience. And he tried to listen to Elarra.

 

“Okay,” Drokor said, “But such matters are still beyond us. We should take it to a superior.”

 

Zoivox had expected this: wanting to take things through official channels, not seeing the futility in the effort. But she couldn’t quite keep the smile from her face as he said “us” and “we.” He was hooked and she knew it.

 

“Director Qwello?” he ventured.

 

Giving a grim little laugh, Zoivox shook her head. “I tried. She said it was nothing. Well… not entirely nothing. She admitted that something’s sketchy about Flipsy’s surveys. But she insisted there was nothing more to it than Flipsy wanting more rubies. Can you believe she even talked to me about her pay at all? That’s definitely not anything I should be told about!”

 

A sigh escaped her cobalt lips, and she stared at the west corner of the courtyard. “I… I know it doesn’t sound like much, but I think she knows something’s gone strange with the Mystics Program. Or, at least, she suspects something. So she’s trying to make it sound like she’s really taking firm action on the little things – based on my input. And she’s trying to make it sound like I’m privy to confidential information. She’s really singing my praises, trying to say my work here is done. But I know it isn’t. I can tell she doesn’t want me looking into this any further.”

 

“So that’s exactly what you’re doing.”

 

“Pretty much,” she replied with a beleaguered laugh. “Drokor… I need to talk to Earth. Without the Academy knowing. If anyone could help me do that – would help me do that – it’s you.” She looked over her spectacles at him, green eyes gleaming.

 

“…This could cost you, you know,” he said.

 

Her reply was swift and expressionless. “I’ll pay you whatever you need to be paid.”

Drokor grimaced. After a moment, in a quiet voice, he replied, “That’s not what I meant. I mean… this could cost you your future.”

 

Zoivox said nothing for a time, but simply looked down at her claws.

 

“If I’m wrong… yes, it could. If I’m caught, yes, it could. But if I’m right – if someone is trying to sabotage the Mystics Program – just think about what that could mean, Drokor. Whatever the Gray is, it’s not stopping. Maybe it can’t be stopped, and all these relocation efforts are only stalling for time. The Mystics Program might be the only thing giving Magical life – giving Magic itself – any hope for survival. What’s my future compared to that?”

 

Drokor was, for a moment, very glad he was wearing his dark-lensed goggles. When he was sure he could speak without his voice cracking, he replied.

 

“I’m with you. All the way. First things first: tell me everything you know about the Mystics Program.”

 

 

Flashbacks, Chapter 1: The Day That Changed Everything

 

 

“Consul Qwello. A moment of your time, please?”

 

Good, Zoivox thought to herself, my voice didn’t quaver too much.

 

Hunched over a desk cluttered with papers, scrolls, and quills, Somana Qwello didn’t look up at the intern in her doorway. She merely raised a finger of one hand while the other finished writing the last sentence of yet another memorandum.

 

As the visitor waited patiently, a scroll clutched in her clawed hand, Qwello performed a ballet of bureaucracy: ink-stained hands applying an official embossing here, a codestamp there, initializing there, there, and there, then retrieving a bright green wax disk from her desktop jar and placing it in the long-handled metal scoop designed to rest on top of her oil lantern. At last, Qwello plucked an auburn hair from her head with one hand and placed it carefully on the paper, then grabbed the scoop, dripped on it the now-melted wax, and pressed her thumb upon the warm molten glob. She raised her thumb again, then lifted the paper itself, turning it side to side in the lantern-light to make sure the ridges of her thumbprint were visible.

 

Satisfied, she set the paper down again, then took one of many wands from a cluttered cup. A flourish, a whispered word, a tap on the green wax seal, and the paper rose off the desk, shivered, and split into four copies of itself – which vanished.

 

Qwello took a deep breath and exhaled, slowly, ruffling the papers and quills even as she soothed her nerves. Tucking a stray lock of red hair behind her long and pointed ear, she gave an abashed but genuine smile to her visitor.

 

“Zoivox. I’m so sorry to keep you waiting.”

 

Zoivox smiled back, feeling slightly more encouraged. “I understand completely, Consul Qwello.”

 

Well, not completely, she thought. Consul Qwello was one of the higher-ranked members of the House of Spectra, only a few rungs away from High Elder Aria Aventis herself; of course she didn’t fully understand what Qwello was dealing with. Zoivox had, however, picked up a lot of information during her internship. She knew bits and pieces about the relocation of the Wintergale Kraida and the Darkmere Grobbits, the blight in the tarva crop, the latest attempt at the Skavyn Accord, and the ceaseless applications for research funding.

 

But she also knew, if dimly, that the High Elders had concerns that were beyond secret – concerns so huge, so dire, that the fate of Elarra was at stake. Concerns that nobody understood completely, perhaps not even the High Elders themselves. Zoivox’s eyes darted to the scroll in her hand. This, she feared, might be be another one.

 

The smile faded from her face, and her talons clicked a fretful rhythm on the flagstones. “You know I wouldn’t bother you in person if I didn’t think it was important. And… urgent.”

 

 

Somana took a long look at her intern, seeing her through the eyes not of a boss but a biologist. Though she’d traded fieldwork for paperwork long ago, she still knew how to judge the temperament of creatures based on their movements – even when those creatures were people. And so she noticed all the subtle signs that Zoivox was trying to hide: the stiffness in her shoulders, the tension in her wings, the tapping of her talons, the restrained but evident shaking in the hand that held the scroll. She saw the fear in her eyes. But she saw the resolute determination to face that fear. Somona pursed her lips slightly, then gave a resolute nod of her own.

 

“My time is yours, Zoivox. Take all of it you need.” Somana gestured to the thick-cushioned chair before her desk. “And… shut the door.”

 

Zoivox pulled the Myrridan ore handle of the heavy ghova-wood door. Even though it closed without a creak, the click of the latch seemed as loud as a tolling bell. As Zoivox sat, Somana rose and took a wand from an inner pocket. The stone walls began to gleam in iridescent colors as she uttered a series of incantations to cast the protective wards. With a final swirling gesture, she surrounded the desk and chairs in a swirling, translucent bubble barely tinged with lavender.

 

The barrier was barely visible, but when Somana spoke, her words resonated strangely, as if they were being whispered directly into her ears. “One can never be too cautious.” Her smile was warm, but there was a tiredness in her eyes as she tucked the wand back into her vest.

 

“Still,” she continued, “if any of your anxiety is about talking to me, please let me put you at ease. You’re an extraordinary Scholar, Zoivox, and you’ve been an exceptional assistant. You’re thorough, you’re attentive, and you catch things that nobody else notices. I’ve seen it in your records and your fieldwork, and I see it now – and I’m sure I’ll continue to see it as you soar through the ranks of the Academy.”

 

Zoivox blushed a deeper purple and tried to understand why the Elder’s kind words were only making her more anxious. She swallowed hard. “Thank you, Consul Qwello.”

 

“And now, you’re going to tell me something I don’t want to hear.”

 

Zoivox failed to suppress a nervous laugh. “I am, Consul. It’s about some transmissions from Earth,” she began.

 

Somana Qwello leaned forward. “The Mystics Program? It’s not entirely our department,” she sniffed, “but I know we receive transmissions from Flipsy every day. Everything seems nominal, according to my briefings. The breeding is going well, the Elarran isobiome is shaping up nicely, and Magika is easily available. And the Earthites are pleased – they rank Flipsy very highly on her surveys. It’s no surprise – she’s so happy and friendly, just like the fairies in their stories!”

 

“That’s just the thing, Consul. I’m noticing some… inconsistencies in those surveys.” Zoivox unrolled her scroll to a certain point, then placed it on Somana’s desk. She pointed to one line with a claw. “Like this date.”

 

“Fep-wary 31?”

 

“February 31st, yes.”

 

“Don’t all their moonths have 31 days? I’m sure Flipsy said they did.”

 

“It would make more sense if they did, but they don’t. Some months have 31. Some have 30. But February… even when they put an extra day in it every four years, it only has 29 days.”

 

Qwello pursed her lips. “Perhaps these Earthites are just forgetful. Flipsy seemed to have… misgivings.”

 

“All of them, though? Twenty Earthites, all writing the same non-existent dates for two straight days? I know that’s still possible, but look at this comment itself.” Her claw tapped alongside another line.

 

 

Qwello read it aloud. “’Flipsy is the most wonderflupus Tour Guide everever! Everything is awestackular, and we are having another sparkle day!’ That’s sweet; they’re really learning from her. Who sent this in?” She squinted at the unfamiliar name that followed. “Well, it’s in one of their languages, all right; I just can’t pronounce it. Kan-TELL-oopy… TAO-trook?”

 

“Er… that’s ‘Cantaloupe Towtruck,’ Consul.”

 

“And?”

 

“According to my research, that is… not a name.”

 

Qwello looked further down the scroll. “What about… Lompe-SHAW-day Pane-KILL-kass?”

 

“’Lampshade Pencilcase.’”

 

“…Ref-ree-GAR-ah-tore Kane-TIP-uh-dees?”

 

Zoivox closed her eyes. “Refrigerator Centipedes.”

 

Qwello’s expression was inscrutable. “None of those are names?”

 

“Not unless their parents named them after eating half a field of Hillburpie weed. Consul, these are the names of everyday objects.”

 

“Well.” The Consul’s mouth became a thin, grim line for a moment – then unfurled into a smile that didn’t touch her eyes. “Thank you for bringing this to my attention, Zoivox; I’ll pass the word along through the proper channels; it’ll get to the Earth Committee, and they can discuss it in a future meeting. I didn’t tell you this, of course,” she added, casting a significant glance at the swirling lavender bubble, “but I’m sure Flipsy’s performance-based stipend of rubies will be adjusted accordingly.” She rose from her seat.

 

Zoivox looked at Qwello, then back at the scroll. “Consul, I’m afraid there’s more to it than this. Flipsy is a Tour Guide, an ambassador. She’s the person who links Earth and Elarra, chosen after a rigorous selection process. These inconsistencies are inexplicable. If she wasn’t reliable with this data, then… what about the rest of it?”

 

“She has a difficult job. Mistakes happen. Besides, Fairies are playful, Zoivox. I wouldn’t expect you to understand. And it’s not like we can tell the Earthites everything. Goodness, even I’m not cleared for anything but the most basic briefings!” She giggled.

 

“But we ARE both Scholars, you and I,” she continued, reaching out to pat Zoivox’s hand. “We know strong evidence when we see it. And just because there’s an inconsistency in one place, that doesn’t always mean there are inconsistencies in everything. If you tell me that two plus two is four, that a triangle has three sides, and that a tribe of Florbs live under your toenails and sing folksongs… well, there’s no need to rewrite the math tomes, now is there? Even the best of us are wrong sometimes.”

 

Zoivox could only shake her head wordlessly. Slowly, as if dazed, she rose from her seat, then picked the scroll up from the desk with fingers she scarcely felt. But as she rolled the scroll tight, the fire rose in her eyes once more.

 

“But, Consul… What about Earth and the Mys-”

 

“I’m certain there’s nothing to worry about. I assure you, the proper authorities will make sure this little matter is taken care of.” Her smile was a scythe, and it cut the conversation short. She took the wand from her vest again and banished the bubble and ward. The ghova-wood door swung open.

 

The room suddenly felt very big to Zoivox. Or perhaps, she thought, she just felt small.

 

“I appreciate your time, Consul,” she said in a careful, measured voice. “And I’m certain everything is in good hands.” Her clawed fingers gripped the scroll tightly.

 

Good, she thought, as she stepped out of the door, her voice hadn’t quavered at all.

 

 

August Community Update

 

Due to low turnout, we cancelled August’s inworld Community Meeting – but we’re still eager to share what’s happened this month!  So here, in our own words, are the August updates from the Dev Team:

 

Neo: The Code

 

Since I’ve joined the project I have spent the majority of my time either heavily optimizing or completely re-writing scripts for the project. This was necessary to make more memory available for the traits patch. While I was in there I used every trick I know to make the scripts faster and far, far, far more memory efficient. This has allowed me to squeeze in the traits patch, and a few more surprise features! All with the same 5 scripts in pet that we have now — with room to spare for future updates.

 

Just after last months meeting, I spent my time “stitching” together all the individual scripts that I’ve been working to optimize. Aside from a few easily fixable cosmetic issues, such as the color of the arrow when you click a pet, I’m pleased to say that the test pets in testing appear to be working just fine and better than before. 🙂

 

However, I’ve had some RL issues during the past two weeks that have kept me from working on the project as much as I’ve wanted to. Don’t worry, I’m happy and healthy — it’s just that RL obligations are holding me back. These things should clear up this week, and I can go back to full time work on this. Right now as time allows, I am currently testing the new traits on the server and inworld, which means that the patch is coming soon if there’s no unforseen issues.

 

I’m thinking that once I have a patch to “Release Candidate” status, I will make an official notice in the group. After that notice the patch should land about a week later — but only IF there are no major issues with the RC. During that time the patch will undergo constant testing. If there are major issues I will send another notice, remove the patch from RC status, and start the timer again at a later date once the issues are fixed. Minor issues that I can fix and test on the fly, and they shouldn’t delay the RC.

 

Just like you, I’m not thrilled with how long this has all taken — but I’ve found the perfect gif that reflects the nature of this traits update: 

 

Kaz: The Art

 

RL has caught up with me, and I’ve been working outside of the Mystics project for a little while but I’m almost ready to dive back in again. You can expect some more progress being made on the sim in particular soon!

 

Apo: The Words

 

Wordwise, I’ve been doing a lot behind the scenes! I’ve been working on three fronts:

 

1) The Mysticology Field Guide

I’ve been starting on the Field Guide, which will have photos, facts, and lore for every Type! It’s my number one priority, because, well, “What Mystics are available and what do they look like?” is the number one question any new player will have. In fact, without a clear and complete answer to that question, how’s someone to decide whether they want to start playing at all?

 

But that clear and complete answer is a long one – there are more than 30 Mystics, and there will be many more to come. So I’m also faced with logistical problems for how to structure the information. Chronologically by Season? By Species? By Region? Each index option would have its uses, and I’d love to figure out a way that a user could sort the list in whichever way they need – and to search by name, region, or even other keywords as well. Unfortunately, that will take a little more web design acumen than I have so far, so I’m going to have to determine the most optimal index type and use that.  It’s definitely not past Neo – but he’s juuuuuuust a little busy right now. 😉

 

Also, we’re extending the due date on the photo submission contest! We’re still excited to have each Field Guide entry include at least one user-submitted photo, credited to the contributor. So there’s still time to flex your artistic skills by taking a great picture of one of your Animists. Learn more about the contest and how to submit your picture here: http://mysticasl.com/contests/the-mysticology-field-guide-photo-challenge/

 

2) The Lore

Even before the first coded transmission was sent, I had ideas about just what Zoivox was doing out there on Elarra, and where it was going to lead – so I wrote a little bit of backstory.  It was for my own personal reference, really: to help do a little more worldbuilding, to establish some facts about her and keep them straight in my head, and, above all, to help find the character’s voice. I kept the stories to myself, though, since I had other, far-higher-priority projects to release – and since any interesting bits of her story and personality would be revealed through the RP visits.

 

The “finding the character’s voice” part worked a little TOO well, however – it turns out that she’s too anxious and duty-focused to talk about herself much! Especially not about her recent past, when there are more pressing concerns to discuss. As a result, those stories – and that worldbuilding – didn’t get told in her visits. But they kept growing: whenever I’ve needed to unspool from the non-fiction or technical writing aspects of this project, I’ve been adding to her story, explaining more about what she’s discovered and how she’s gotten wrapped up in the strange mysteries of the Mystics Program.  

 

So I’ve decided to start releasing those stories, chapter by chapter. It won’t be “current events” – even the last chapter I have so far doesn’t quite reach the time of the first transmission! – but it will help explain more about who Zoivox is, what her life on Elarra is like, who she’s working with, and what they’re going through.  Hopefully, this will continue to give the world – and the Mystics – a little more depth.  You can expect the first story to come out this Friday – and the following chapters to come out every other Friday after that!  Once they “catch up” to the present, though, new chapters may be posted a little more infrequently.

 

3) The New Site Design

But, back to more practical writing-matters, I’m still working on MysticaSL’s new site! We’re working to make it easier to navigate, to make it show off the Mystics themselves much more prominently, and to make it a little more modern. It should be more mobile friendly, as well!

 

The current website is not very versatile, in many ways. The main text is in such a narrow column that any Community Meeting logs or other long-form posts end up looking much longer than they are – making them harder to read.

 

Worse, that narrowness drastically limits the size of our pictures, and makes users need to click each picture to expand it in order to see much detail. Especially on the Game Manual, where expanded pictures cover up the information, this is a problem. Our new site will hopefully have more legroom.

 

The difficult thing is that nothing is just converting itself nicely. Each past page and post will need to be reformatted by hand. But, slowly and steadily, it’s all coming along – and the end result should be much nicer, much more readable, much more navigable, much more modern, and much more visually appealing!

 

 

 

Zoivox’s Holographic Visit – 8/14

 

 

[13:03] Zoivox’s motes swirl and shimmer. “….-lo? Ca-….-body… -ead me?”

[13:08] Zoivox comes into something a little bit closer to focus. She seems to be adjusting a device, a slight frown on her face. “Mm. No audio, no visual.” She turns away. “Izz? I think we’ve got Fritzits in the display…”

[13:12] Zoivox turns back, a bashful look on her face. “Sorry, Earthites – if any of you are here – we’re just having a few…” She looks over her shoulder again. “What? Okay, let me try that…” She punches a button on the device, and her image vanishes.

[13:13] Zoivox wavers back into place a couple seconds later. “…-rking now?”

[13:14] Zoivox taps her clawed feet awkwardly. “Well. I’ll just talk, and… and you guys can listen. Maybe next time I can answer any questions you’re having…”

[13:18] Zoivox: “…Not to mention check up on you all and your Mystics. We’re still getting ‘information’ from Flipsy the Fairy, even though you haven’t seen her. So I know that what WE know is only what someone wants HER to want US to know. You know?”

[13:18] Zoivox grimaces, and a scaly hand rubs her forehead. “Does it help that I’m still as confused as you are? No, I expect it does not…”

[13:21] Zoivox: “Honestly, if you’d told me that someday I’d be making covert transmissions to an alien planet in order to solve mysteries about the apparent sabotage of a mission designed to save all Elarran life and culture, I’d have said you were buzzier than an entire hive of Droneflies…”

[13:24] Zoivox: “I had all these… plans. These ideas about my future, and what I would do, and where I would go It felt inevitable, like it was all just expected to happen. …Whether I really wanted it to or not…” She stares at her toes for a moment.

[13:29] Zoivox flushes. “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t talk so much about me. I’m not what’s important here. The Mystics are important. And the Mystics Program. And all of Elarra. There’s so much to share about this world. Like the life cycle of the Magika Berry Vine, or the discovery of the Resplendent Borebird… And there’s the food! And the holidays! And the history!” she declares, her wings spreading wide as her excitement grows.

[13:30] Zoivox: “And…” Her wings slacken and close up again, and her brows furrow. “And it’s me who has to share it now, to link our worlds…”

[13:36] Zoivox: “I wasn’t trained for this. Flipsy was selected after a long and careful process. She was… she IS, wherever she’s gone… optimistic, bold, assertive. Familiar, too. Many of your cultures have tales of Fairies and their playful ways. But there aren’t any tales about the Khorvizni,” she says, rubbing the back of a long ear with her scaly hand.

[13:42] Zoivox: “Maybe… maybe I should share with you all the stories of how I got involved in all of this. It wouldn’t help with anything *important,* of course,” she admits. “It wouldn’t teach you more about your Mystics. It wouldn’t answer why no new Types have been hatched in so long, and it wouldn’t answer why the Mystics you’re hatching don’t have-” She stops short and claps a hand over her mouth.

[13:43] Zoivox: “Sorry. Hiccup.” She clears her throat and clasps her hands in front of her once more.

[13:47] Zoivox: “But maybe it would help explain WHY I don’t have those answers. Why I’m still learning things, trying to understand things, the same as you…”

[13:52] Zoivox: …It’s a delicate balance, really. Because Elarra is facing a crisis. The spreading of the Gray is precisely why the Mystics Program was created in the first place. Yet we don’t want to frighten you all, or make you think all is lost and there’s no purpose in helping us anymore. Suspicious, even nefarious forces may be at work, and it’s only logical that you’d want to wash your hands of the whole business. You Earthites have a whole wonderful world of your own, and you don’t need to fear the Gray, or -” She drops her voice to a whisper. “Vex.”

[13:59] Zoivox: “For you, the Mystics can be sweet, playful, beautiful creatures you can raise and tend, feed and fuse, breed and discover. I… envy that. Truly. When I was a child, a budding Spectra, I wanted to discover and observe all the wonderful life of the world. Nothing made me happier. Now, when I do my fieldwork, I keep thinking about the threat we face here. I understand if you’d rather not listen to me and my mysteries and observations and so forth,” she says, giving a sheepish smile.

[13:59] Zoivox: “Giving the Mystics a happy, innocent, carefree life… that’s the goal, isn’t it?”

[14:08] Zoivox: “But… I’m a Scholar,” she says, jutting out her chin and giving a little nod. “Driven to learn, understand, and explain. I *want* to solve these mysteries of what’s happening in the Mystics Program, and why they’re happening. I *want* to help answer those questions for you. And I’m trying, here on Elarra – as much as secrecy allows. But we’ve only come so far. So…”

[14:12] Zoivox: “Maybe I haven’t solved the mysteries, but I *can* share my stories. How I got involved. What I’ve done. Who’s been helping me,” she says, with a soft smile and another glance over her shoulder. “You’ll know what I’ve been doing, and what’s been in our way, and how we’ve tried and tried again – so that I can be here, today, yammering to the stars…” Her gaze trails skyward, and she smirks.

[14:14] Zoivox: “It will take some time to bring things up to the present. Maybe, by the time I’m current, we WILL have solved these mysteries! Every day, we get a little closer….”

[14:15] Zoivox: “But I suppose I’ll begin at the beginning. That first day, that first meeting. The day that changed everything…”

[14:17] Zoivox: “And, of course, I’ll keep working on the Field Guide, too. I can still tell you what I *do* know about the Mystics, after all!”

[14:20] Zoivox glances down at the device and pokes at it again. “Or try to tell you, at least. I hope this comes through – somehow or other. I hope you’re all well. I hope your Mystics are happy and comfortable – even the hibernating ones. And I hope to talk to you – and WITH you – again soon. …Take care, Earthites. And good luck to you all.”

[14:20] Zoivox’s image flutters, flashes, and fades to motes, and the motes swirl away as well.

 

 

The Mysticology Field Guide Photo Challenge

 

Our efforts to improve MysticaSL.com are ongoing: almost every section has now been edited and overhauled to give more accurate, more immersive, more accessible information – and a modern site redesign is underway.

 

For the next phase, we’re looking for contributions from Adventurers Like You!

 

We’re creating a much-needed new section that will show off ALL the various Species and Types of Mystics that have been discovered so far, along with all their possible eye colors – a complete Field Guide to Mystics! 

 

Not only will each Type get its own profile with an official picture and description, it will also have at least one player-submitted snapshot documenting that Mystic in action, credited to the Adventurer’s name!

 

As time goes on, and more Species, eyes, etc. are revealed, the Field Guide will be updated – though some things may be left mysterious….

 

If you’ve bred a lot of Mystics, uncovering some of the rarest Fusion coats, this will be a way to permanently enshrine your valiant efforts. Even if you’re new to Mystics, a beautiful picture of a common breed may give you a place in the Guide, inspiring the new Adventurers to follow.

 

In terms of the lore, this is also a way for Zoivox to investigate how the Mystics are developing on Earth – and to further investigate any strange discrepancies between the lineages on Earth and the diversity on Elarra…

 

So let’s begin the guide with this season’s starter… the Animist!

 

If you’d like to participate, here are the rules!

 

1. All photos must clearly contain one actual Animist Mystic (no Mystipedia pictures!)

 

2. All photos must contain only G-rated content: no nudity, nothing of a graphic adult or violent nature.

 

3. All photos must be at least 512×512 resolution.

 

4. All photos must be titled with the Submitting Avatar’s name and the Mystic’s name.

 

5. Our company reserves the right to publicly display all images submitted. By submitting an image, you grant us full license to publish it virtually, both in Second Life and on our website.

 

To submit your entry, upload your Snapshot through the Support Ticket system!

 

Click the Login button at the top of your HUD, follow the link given in the dialog box, and click the Support link in the upper right.

 

Next, click the + New Support Ticket link on the right-hand side of the page.

 

Fill out the Support Ticket form with your Second Life user name (not your Display Name,) the name of the Mystic in your picture, and a subject line. Then you can either use the + Attach a file link to attach a Snapshot you’ve saved to your computer, or use the Description field to provide a URL to a picture you’ve uploaded onto an online image host (like Flickr, Imgur, Photobucket, etc.)

 

Our Devs will choose the photos to add to the Field Guide! The winners will be announced at the July Community Meeting on Sunday, July 24th.

 

Good luck!

 

Zoivox’s Holographic Visit – 6/26

 

((Below are the logs of today’s roleplay gathering in Harbour Light!  In her latest surreptitious visit, Zoivox called on the gathered Adventurers to help her create a Field Guide that will document the growth and development of Mystics on Earth – and that will help her see if anything’s amiss…))

 

[13:01] Zoivox’s motes and sparkles swirl and judder, and a shape slowly begins to form. There’s a whisper of static, a few hollow, echoing tones… and a humanoid shape appears on the hologram emitter.
[13:02] Zoivox: “…lo, Adventur–s! Ar- …ou reading m-?”
[13:02] Thalia Philo: I hear something, not all of it.
[13:03] Zoivox squints and frowns a little. Her clawed hand reaches out and twiddles something beyond the field of view. “And now?”
[13:04] Thalia Philo: Better.
[13:04] Zoivox: “Oh! Better indeed! I can see you better now, too. Who’d have thought that underground two-way interstellar communication could be so finicky…” She snickers, giving a merry flap of her wings.
[13:05] Zoivox: “First things first! How are you and your Mystics?” She looks curiously from face to face.
[13:06] Thalia Philo: Mine are very young, but healthy and apparently happy. I love the sounds they make.
[13:07] maros Dasmijn: my mystics are hibernating
[13:08] Zoivox beams. “Aren’t their trills endearing? They communicate so much, in just a few series of sounds.” She nods to Maros. “Sometimes, that’s what they need!”
[13:09] Bogatyeishii: mine old… lvled high out off breeds and have the waveriders… not sure wot to breed now
[13:10] Zoivox gives Botatyeishii an awed look. “That’s incredible! Thank you so much for all that work; you’ve helped so many Mystics now! You may be able to help in a different way…”
[13:12] Zoivox’s eyes sparkle mischievously, and her voice becomes a conspiratorial whisper. “You may have seen that we replaced some of the information on the MysticaSL.com site. We put up our own intel on the Magic Academy – information that’s more thorough, much less vague. But we’re not gonna stop there…”
[13:13] Zoivox: “I want to create a Field Guide! Information about every type of Mystic – every species, every pattern, every eye color! Well, perhaps saving a few secrets, of course,” she says, with another flutter of her wings. “But… growing up on Earth may have affected Mystics in ways we didn’t predict. I can’t use my own knowledge of Mystics – naturalist though I am…”
[13:16] Zoivox: “And, well…” She waves a clawed hand vaguely at the ground around her. “I’m stuck on Elarra – I’m not cleared to come to the isobiome on Earth, where you are right now. I shouldn’t even be TALKING to you, after all…” She gives a nervous grin, rubbing the back of her neck. “So…”
[13:19] Zoivox takes a deep breath. “I’d like YOU – and the other Adventurers like you – to help document them! Take snapshots of your Mystics, young or old. If they have interesting behaviors, tell me about them! There’s such a tremendous diversity of Mystics, and we’re going to make that site show them off!” She grins widely.
[13:20] Zoivox: “The Field Guide will have official pictures too, of course – but the more we can see about Mystics in the ‘new wild,’ the more we’ll understand about how the Mystics Program is coming along.”
[13:22] Zoivox looks toward Thalia. “And being able to see that diversity may give newer Adventurers more to strive toward. Or might inspire people to join the effort, as well….”
[13:24] Zoivox gives another frazzled flutter of her wings and laughs nervously. “I talk a lot when I’m excited, sorry. What do you guys think? What other things would you like to see in a Field Guide?”
[13:25] Bogatyeishii: new mystics to trive for
[13:25] Bogatyeishii: bein lvled fuse is not cheap
[13:25] Bogatyeishii: to be able to breed new stuff to keep mystics lvled
[13:25] Bogatyeishii: strive*\
[13:26] Thalia Philo: A friend of mine said the same thing.
[13:27] Thalia Philo: I saw on the web five species and then some breeding tips. I didn’t understand that page.
[13:28] maros Dasmijn: even when leveled up its hard to get any fuse coats
[13:28] maros Dasmijn: some people get mutliple and others get nothing
[13:29] Zoivox nods. “The Guide won’t be able to reveal anything but what we’ve seen on Earth already. Elarra has a wide variety of Mystics, but I’m not sure yet about what has developed on Earth, or what sorts of characteristics they have. Receiving this documentation from Adventurers could help us see if there are problems…” A clawed hand thoughtfully taps her chin.
[13:30] Bogatyeishii: main problem be = things bein quiet over halve a yr and to many left now
[13:30] maros Dasmijn: many are just waiting like me
[13:31] Thalia Philo: Are people still selling pods?
[13:31] maros Dasmijn: some are
[13:31] maros Dasmijn: i have small spot at my home
[13:32] maros Dasmijn: but no more markets left
[13:32] maros Dasmijn: there use to be full markets
[13:32] Zoivox: “As you may know, I have reason to believe that someone has been sabotaging the Mystics Program from within. Perhaps at the highest levels of the Magic Academy itself. But my friends and I are trying to make sure you all get good, reliable information on every aspect of Mystics. I’m not sure what influence I’ll be able to have on the Program itself – we’re already meddling so much! – but I’ll do my best to investigate for you.”
[13:32] maros Dasmijn: now we dont even have spot to advertise them
[13:33] maros Dasmijn: im no scripter but what i know its almost impossible to make mesh animals have traits
[13:34] maros Dasmijn: and that is what everyone is waiting for
[13:36] Zoivox scratches her head. “I’m not sure what you mean by ‘scripting’ or ‘mesh;’ these are living animals; their characteristics come from genetic code – and, of course, a little magic. But, I agree – perhaps the lineages on Earth aren’t showing the full diversity of traits and adaptations that can be found in Mystics on Elarra. That’s what I’m hoping to find out – and, well, perhaps my friends and I here can find a way to fix it, even though that does sound like impossible madness.” She gives another nervous laugh, but her eyes gleam with excitement.
[13:37] Bogatyeishii: urm… is Santa near u? [[Laughing Out Loud]]
[13:38] maros Dasmijn: lol
[13:38] Zoivox gives you a quizzical expression. “Beg pardon?”
[13:38] Bogatyeishii: i can decorate the mystics homes XD
[13:38] Bogatyeishii: and we just wish prezzies will come ;p
[13:39] Bogatyeishii: to get new stuff be nice 🙂 but one wonders were to start now
[13:41] Zoivox nods. “I’ll do all I can to find out what’s happening. It’d be disastrous for both our worlds if there were a problem with breeding the Mystics. Whatever’s happening, hold tight – though I’m sure you’ve been waiting already.”
[13:44] maros Dasmijn: have a good evening all
[13:44] Zoivox: “In the meantime, is there anything else you’ve been wanting to know about Elarra?”
[13:44] Zoivox nods. “Thank you for coming, Maros! I hope your Mystics emerge again soon!”
[13:45] Zoivox taps a talon on the ground. “Drat, missed him.”
[13:45] Bogatyeishii: i not sure wots on elarra and have no ideas about accademies
[13:47] Thalia Philo: I suppose the web site will tell us how to submit the pictures?
[13:47] Zoivox: “Elarra is an incredibly abundant world! There are so many species of Magical creatures. They all need Magika to survive, just as you Humans need oxygen or water. Yet they work together in complex ecosystems.”
[13:48] Zoivox: “Oh yes – we’ll put further details on there soon. But Izz has also managed to create something for me. An… what is your term… email address!”
[13:50] Zoivox: “So when you take those snapshots, you can send me a link – it’s ZoivoxYvyx at… oh, what’s it called; the googly one. Gee-mail, that’s it!”
[13:52] Zoivox: “But please, only send it if you’re willing to give permission to put it on the Field Guide. It may take quite some time to gather all this information and to get the Guide up – but the earlier we start, the better. I appreciate any help you can give!”
[13:53] Bogatyeishii: wasnt the chart info or guide?
[13:54] Zoivox: “There is a chart that shows the Seasonal Breeding Progress, yes – but that’s only for this season. There were earlier PetalPods sent to Earth that contained young of other species.”
[13:54] Bogatyeishii: the intro to mystics v 1.4
[13:57] Bogatyeishii: most off the old mystics were used yo fuse and to get old ones i think is easier to buy breeding pks… but then u not upto date
[13:58] Bogatyeishii: but to breed pks u get new stuff
[13:58] Zoivox frowns, taking out a device from her coat, then tapping it a few times. “I don’t seem to have the data on that intro. That is part of the strangeness: there are many things that seemed… missing, from the information you Earthites are given. But we’re working to rebuild it all.”
[13:58] Bogatyeishii: the olds are gone i see in breeding hence u dont get all breeds
[13:59] Bogatyeishii: ahhh
[13:59] Zoivox nods. “Again, I’ll be doing my best to figure out what’s happening, so that you’ll never lack for new Mystics to breed and enjoy!”
[14:01] Zoivox looks over her shoulder. “For now, I must leave again. But thank you for all you’ve done – whether you’ve already done so much,” she says to Bogatyeishii with a smile, “or just beginning your Adventure,” she says to Thalia.
[14:01] Bogatyeishii: 🙂
[14:01] Bogatyeishii: waves
[14:02] Bogatyeishii: see u next time
[14:02] Zoivox: “See you!” She waves, and wavers, the glitching becoming more and more pronounced until she fades again into a swirl of shimmering motes.

 

 

June Community Meeting Logs

 

Below are the logs of the June Community Meeting! To clarify, Neo was manning the TourGuideFlipsy work account for the afternoon. As usual, these logs have been gently edited to remove the comings and goings and such, and specific questions and answers have been put in bold.

 

[14:06] Aposiopesis Fullstop: So! The biggest news on the word front this month is… the updates to the Magic Academy section! I’ve been working on these for quite a while now, revising here and there, and at last they’ve been made ready for release!
[14:07] Aposiopesis Fullstop: The original lore here had been very slim – only vague paragraphs were given about each of the Four Founders and the types of Magic that their Houses performed. There had been some information given about House Professions, but even this was vague and unclear, as well. So I combined the two sections together, changed a few small things, and expanded them significantly.
[14:07] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Now, each House has its own page – and each page addresses both the history of the House and the current scholarship.
[14:08] Luri (luriel.lykin): I got to get reading then
[14:08] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): They’re really great. 🙂
[14:08] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Thanks, Neo! 😀
[14:08] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): you did a really excellent job Apo 😀
[14:08] Luri (luriel.lykin) nods
[14:08] Luri (luriel.lykin): I’ll be reading up on those then
[14:08] Aposiopesis Fullstop: The History fleshes out each Founder’s character a little more, making them feel more like legendary people instead of legendary names. Also, more is written about how each House interacted with each other in the beginning – how Spectra helped Killdorian, how Grimthane helped Spectra, etc.
[14:09] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Naturally, nobody talks about how anybody helped Vex. 😉
[14:09] Luri (luriel.lykin): of course
[14:09] Luri (luriel.lykin): The victors write the history
[14:09] Aposiopesis Fullstop: The second section is the Spheres of Study. Each House now has six main Spheres – like the departments of a University – giving some more breadth and depth to the study of Magic, and Magic itself!
[14:10] Aposiopesis Fullstop: So the House of Spectra isn’t just vague “life SCIENCE! and potions” now – it’s Botany, Zoology, Motology (the study of mote-sized organisms and structures,) Sapiology (the Elarran answer to anthropology,) Potionmaking and Healing.
[14:10] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Haha, gesture.
[14:11] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Hopefully, that makes the Magical world a little less vague, a little more meaty, and a little more engaging!
[14:12] Luri (luriel.lykin) nods
[14:12] Luri (luriel.lykin): Sounds like it
[14:12] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Speaking of engagement, though – my next big project for the site (alongside redesigning the site itself) will incorporate some help from the players!
[14:13] Luri (luriel.lykin): Oh? *tilts head*
[14:13] Holland Haggwood: *listens*
[14:13] Aposiopesis Fullstop: One thing that our site sorely lacks is something that displays all the species and coat colors. KittyCats have a Breeds page, and Fennux have a Fencyclopedia. But there’s nowhere for one of our players to go to see a similar display of all our creatures!
[14:14] Luri (luriel.lykin) nods
[14:14] Luri (luriel.lykin): That would be very handy
[14:15] Luri (luriel.lykin): actually could really use that
[14:16] Luri (luriel.lykin): I’m woafully behind on coats and traits
[14:16] Aposiopesis Fullstop: In RP terms, Zoivox is wondering about how the Mystics are developing here on Earth. So, shortly, she’ll be putting out a call for people to send her some pictures of their Mystics, of all species and patterns! There will be official pictures of each species and coat and so forth – much like the Mystipedia – but there’ll also be user-submitted action shots of these lovely creatures in their new environment!
[14:17] Aposiopesis Fullstop: She’ll also be compiling Field Notes about the different eye colors – though some of them might still be kept secret for people to discover through gameplay.
[14:18] Luri (luriel.lykin) nods
[14:18] Aposiopesis Fullstop: And each species and coat will also get some life-sciences flavor text about how those creatures behave on Elarra, how their coats adapt them for their environment, and so forth. Giving them, too, a little more character and uniqueness!
[14:19] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): Heh, I have a feeling it’ll start reading like my tabletop RPG bestiaries.
[14:19] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): (Which I love)
[14:20] Luri (luriel.lykin) grins
[14:20] Aposiopesis Fullstop: That’s part of my inspiration, really – I love fantasy worlds, but I also love nature documentaries. So I like the idea of having “facts” about how these creatures live within their worlds.
[14:20] Luri (luriel.lykin): Sounds neat
[14:20] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): Imagine if David Attenborough read something aloud?
[14:21] Luri (luriel.lykin): Yup
[14:21] Luri (luriel.lykin): How are the updates to the mystics themselves coming?
[14:21] Aposiopesis Fullstop: That’s going to be a long-running project, just to give fair warning, though! But Zoivox will be starting it next Sunday with her next virtual (well, doubly-virtual) visit, which will again happen at 1pm SLT up at the empty display in the store.
[14:21] Luri (luriel.lykin) nods
[14:22] Aposiopesis Fullstop: I think that’s about everything from my end! Does anyone have any questions? 😀
[14:22] Aposiopesis Fullstop: All right, then – next up, Kaz and the art updates!
[14:22] Luri (luriel.lykin): will we be seeing mystics climbing our trees soon?
[14:22] Luri (luriel.lykin): Okay!
[14:22] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Haha, that’s not my department – but Neo may have things to say about it… 😀
[14:23] Luri (luriel.lykin) grins
[14:23] Luri (luriel.lykin): Its all good
[14:23] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): I’ve been working on the auras… you might remember the ones Phay/Chronicles started quite awhile ago
[14:23] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): I have 3 done so far, they’re based on different elements
[14:23] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): I have them to show you today
[14:23] Luri (luriel.lykin): Oooo
[14:23] Luri (luriel.lykin) rubs paws together
[14:24] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): I just rezzed them to the east of us

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Three of the new Auras. Click to enlarge!

[14:24] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Those look so amazing, Kaz!
[14:24] Luri (luriel.lykin): all this on top of the illistrated histories
[14:24] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): there’s water, fire, and earth/plant so far! I may be editing some of the textures and particle counts, but they’re pretty much done 🙂
[14:24] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): I like the water one. 🙂
[14:24] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): fire’s my fave!
[14:25] Luri (luriel.lykin): wow those are neat
[14:25] Bat (fruitbat.oh): nice 😀
[14:25] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): looking forward to getting these out to you guys 🙂
[14:25] Aposiopesis Fullstop: I love how their particles move differently. It’s not just the same thing with a different texture – water rushes down, fire roars up, the leaves and petals drift.
[14:26] Luri (luriel.lykin) nods
[14:26] Luri (luriel.lykin): That’s really different
[14:26] Holland Haggwood: Wow, can’t say I’ve seen anything like these before 🙂
[14:26] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): thank you! SL particles are very limiting in general… so I’m doing my best to make them interesting and unique and somewhat logical
[14:26] Luri (luriel.lykin): Don’t think I’ve seen anything like that in a breedable
[14:27] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): :))
[14:27] Luri (luriel.lykin): Good job
[14:27] Holland Haggwood: No, I’ve some with particles, but they just float up off of them.
[14:27] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): thanks!! I’ll probably be making at least 2 more variants before they’re added to the game
[14:27] Luri (luriel.lykin): °•°o.O Yaaay! O.o°•°
[14:28] Luri (luriel.lykin): Can I keep the samples? *grins*
[14:28] Luri (luriel.lykin) chuckles
[14:28] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): Heh, the LI and mesh that kaz has made is pretty super amazing to me. As someone who works intimately with the code and mesh I get to appreciate all it’s super amazing under the hood details. 🙂
[14:28] Luri (luriel.lykin): I know better but you can’t blame a gal
[14:28] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Hee!
[14:29] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): >:D
[14:30] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): so that’s my end of things, Neo’s up next!
[14:30] Luri (luriel.lykin) warms a kettle on the head of the middle mystic
[14:30] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Hee!
[14:31] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): ugh so cute
[14:31] Holland Haggwood: *eyes the horns and tails and such*
[14:31] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): Thanks! I have been working diligently on code for the past month. Unfortunately something I spent a lot of time on just didn’t work out, and I had to scale back the scope of what I was working on.
[14:31] Luri (luriel.lykin): Oh no 🙁
[14:31] Luri (luriel.lykin) shakes head
[14:31] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): The net effect of what I was working on vs what I wanted is very similar, and I can sort of show it off — if you’ll follow me.
[14:32] Aposiopesis Fullstop: I hate when that happens. And you only ever find out by trying to do it and trying to make it work.
[14:32] Luri (luriel.lykin): Sometimes it just doesn’t work
[14:32] Aposiopesis Fullstop shouts: FIELD TRIP!

June Animation Test Gif

Testing the new animation. Click to animate!

[14:33] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Hahaha, lookit him scoot!
[14:34] Luri (luriel.lykin): Wow
[14:34] Luri (luriel.lykin): They’re not boxes any more
[14:34] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): I like when they VRRRRRRM
[14:34] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): I like to try to be more efficient.
[14:35] Luri (luriel.lykin) nods
[14:35] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): Fortunately this is still way more efficient than what I saw earlier today, and about on par with our old versions of the pets.
[14:35] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Diligent!
[14:36] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): But it looks fantasically better, and solves the “disasembly while moving” effect that just about every “animated” thing in SL has.
[14:36] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): yeah looks significantly nicer
[14:36] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): It’s not exactly what I wanted, but it’ll do for now until I can re-visit the issue later. I don’t want to delay the patch further than it already is by trying to solve problems that are out of scope.
[14:36] Luri (luriel.lykin): Thank you!
[14:37] Luri (luriel.lykin): /menods
[14:37] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): Heh, one of these guys has a follow function all done. he’s the only clickable one. If you can find him and click him, he’ll come to you.
[14:37] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): Also, they tread water when they’re in the water.
[14:37] Aposiopesis Fullstop: EEE HERE HE COMES! 😀
[14:37] Luri (luriel.lykin): Oooo
[14:38] Aposiopesis Fullstop: That is endearing as all get-out! ^_^
[14:38] Luri (luriel.lykin): Treading water is nice too
[14:38] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): They have a behavioral hierarchy, so their animations don’t jump from laying down to a full on sprint.
[14:38] Luri (luriel.lykin): Nice
[14:38] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): this is so cool haha
[14:38] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): I didn’t see the clickable thing yet, love it
[14:39] Luri (luriel.lykin) holds out a handful of food
[14:39] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): All of these little guys have passed all but one of my tests, so they’re good to go. This week I start thorough full builds of the pets, and tinker with the server. 🙂
[14:39] Luri (luriel.lykin): heeeeere mystic… nice mystic
[14:39] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): So the patch is getting REALLY close now. 🙂
[14:39] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): that’s such good news!
[14:39] Luri (luriel.lykin): Follow mama home
[14:39] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): I’ve done all the inworld scripts, I just need to bundle them all together and test for a good while.
[14:40] Luri (luriel.lykin): dang
[14:40] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): For the follow guy, you can run around (this area around the grey cube) and he’ll follow you.
[14:40] Luri (luriel.lykin): wrpng type of berries I guess
[14:40] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Hee!
[14:41] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): that is toooooo cute
[14:41] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Scamper scamper scamper!
[14:41] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Do that again – I want to try to grab a gif of it. 😀
[14:41] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): Also this has all the old animation and new animation sets with the same script count.
[14:42] Holland Haggwood: Here Mysti Mysti, lol
[14:42] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Hangon
[14:42] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): Heh, needs work. He’s fickle for now.
[14:42] Luri (luriel.lykin): •^v^– Ⓗєнєнє –^v^•
[14:42] Holland Haggwood: Not fickle . . . just has a mind of his own, lol
[14:43] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): Anyway it feels good to be 99.9% done with all the inworld stuff. I just need to be certain the server likes it and it all meshes together well.
[14:43] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): Because no one wants this patch done more than me. 🙂
[14:44] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): Any questions about scripting stuff?
[14:44] Luri (luriel.lykin): get some life back!
[14:44] Luri (luriel.lykin): Looks grat
[14:44] Luri (luriel.lykin): great
[14:44] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): I had some life cereal yesterday, does that count?
[14:45] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Haha!
[14:45] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Sometimes, they still seem to deconstruct themselves a little bit, if I’ve cammed onto them. I assume that’s just some client-side viewer weirdness?
[14:45] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): Yah, it’s a strange viewer problem. It happens when you look directly at llTargetOmega stuff too.
[14:47] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): but if you’re just watching without being directly cammed on it’ll look perfectly fine. About 30% of the time if you cam directly on one, at a certain angle or something, it’ll seem like the particular part you cammed in on, is off doing it’s own thing. Either ahead of the movement or behind.
[14:47] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): do not cam directly on the pet. do not make eye contact. just keep walking
[14:47] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Hahahaha
[14:47] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): Haha
[14:47] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): But naw, you can cam in on them. If them seem to have that strange wonk-ness try moving the camera around
[14:47] Bat (fruitbat.oh): dont feed after midnight 🙂
[14:47] Luri (luriel.lykin) laughs
[14:47] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): haha
[14:48] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): I like how in the sequel to that movie, they made fun of the timezones on that. And th eguy promptly got attacked by a gremlin
[14:48] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Haha!
[14:48] Luri (luriel.lykin): Any progress on the mystipedia update?
[14:49] Luri (luriel.lykin): Looked like the update would be easier for me to read
[14:49] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): It’ll come out with the patch. As far as I know all the code is done.
[14:49] Luri (luriel.lykin): /m enods
[14:49] Luri (luriel.lykin) smiles
[14:49] Luri (luriel.lykin): Thanks
[14:49] Aposiopesis Fullstop: And, when it does, I’ll be updating the Game Manual to explain how to use it!
[14:49] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): Yah, the updated mystipedia is way nice. 🙂
[14:49] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): :))
[14:50] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Hmm. I have a random question!
[14:50] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): I don’t know if I can say for sure, but I am pretty sure we’re able to do that group mystipedia people wanted.
[14:50] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): Sure.
[14:51] Aposiopesis Fullstop: How do sounds work in things like this? I like their little trills, but I was wondering if it would be possible for tiny ones to make higher pitched sounds, and for the huge ++ type ones to make lower, longer sounds – or if that’s just an insane amount of background work.
[14:52] Aposiopesis Fullstop: (Every scripting thing SOUNDS like it should be easy, since I know absolutely nothing about it… Hah!)
[14:52] Luri (luriel.lykin): Yup
[14:52] Luri (luriel.lykin): You just tell someone else to do it 😛
[14:52] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Hah!
[14:52] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): I guess it comes down to a matter of script memory and creating the assets.
[14:52] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Outsourcing all the way down!
[14:53] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): In theory it’s easy to play different sounds for different sizes.
[14:53] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): But, that would be something done post-patch.
[14:53] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Theory sounds like a great place. I wish we all actually lived there. 😉
[14:53] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): you can’t pitch-shift with scripts, yeah?
[14:53] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Oh, yeah, of course – I was just thinking about future stuff!
[14:53] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): I wish
[14:54] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): ok. I think that’s what Apo was asking
[14:54] Holland Haggwood: Really. Anytime a sentence starts with “in theory” lol
[14:54] Luri (luriel.lykin) chuckles
[14:54] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Oh, either way – whether the same sound could be changed by a script, or whether there could be all the different “sizes” of sound, but have it know… which one to have, basically.
[14:54] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): Heh, I just try to do really fun stuff if LSL will let me.
[14:54] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Even when it DOESN’T let you, you do it anyway!
[14:55] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): Sometimes!
[14:55] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): I could mess with them in Audacity if we decide it’s something we wanna do
[14:55] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): I haven’t tried but maybe I could make some new sounds while I’m at it, haha. I have a recording mic and basic knowledge of the programs
[14:55] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Oooh..
[14:56] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): Anyway even though this movement is like it is now, it was destined to be cooler than this. I’m glad you like it. Some day I’ll revisit it after the patch to see if I can make it better.
[14:56] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): Any other questions about code/scripts?
[14:56] Luri (luriel.lykin) shakes head
[14:57] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Haha, honestly, this still looks really cool. I’m not sure I can even tell the difference, offhand, between this and what the boxes were doing. They walk… more in straight lines, I guess? But the movement itself is still fluid and natural.
[14:58] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): Pretty much. I strive for the best and I wanted it to look far more natural than this, even if this is still pretty natural. 😉
[14:58] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): yeah it still looks great, Neo
[14:58] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy) whispers: It can look better. ;3
[14:58] Luri (luriel.lykin): they do honest!
[14:58] Luri (luriel.lykin): They’re lovely
[14:59] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): So this next month is all testing and tweaking.
[14:59] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): If things go well…
[14:59] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): 😉
[14:59] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Yeah! I hope everything comes together easily.
[14:59] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): fingers crossed!
[15:00] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): It should! I’ve tested every important component individually and squashed their bugs as they popped up. Now that they’re all together is the true test.
[15:00] Flipsy (tourguideflipsy): Okay that’s about it from me. See you all next month?
[15:00] Luri (luriel.lykin): Thanks for the updates *grins* It all looks and sounds very impressive
[15:01] Luri (luriel.lykin): Looking forward to the update
[15:01] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Next month indeed!
[15:01] Holland Haggwood: Yes, thanks. Things are looking good 🙂
[15:01] Luri (luriel.lykin) smiles and waves
[15:01] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): very exciting :DD
[15:01] Luri (luriel.lykin): °•°o.O Ba-Bye O.o°•°
[15:01] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): thanks for coming you guys!
[15:01] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Yeah, thanks for coming! I’ll get the logs cleaned up and posted tonight!
[15:01] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): see you next month
[15:01] Holland Haggwood: Bye . . . see you later!

 

 

Academic Revision

 

Get ready to fill in the blanks!  The Magic Academy section is now updated with never-before-seen insights on the Magical workings of Elarra!

 

Here’s what’s new:

 

The Magic Academy is now a Mission Statement from the High Elders themselves, addressed to the Adventurers of Earth. 

 

The ancient legend of The Founding has been edited and clarified.  What clues may hide within this new translation?

 

The House of Killdorian, The House of Spectra, and The House of Grimthane have each been given their own individual pages, each with two sections.  The History section delves deeper into the personalities and accomplishments of the namesake Founders, while the Spheres of Study section reveals the six sub-disciplines of each House: the schools of Magic that students pursue today.

 

No such recognition is given to the defamed and discredited fourth Founder, of course – but the legend of The Exile of Vex now stands alone, a cautionary tale against the practice of villainous arts…

 

And for the fans of a certain small robot with a personality as sweet as his pastries… the Legendary Pets story has been relocated and now reveals even more of the conversation between the wise-yet-innocent Tobee and the aloof-yet-compassionate Xarian.  Naturally, the fabled Legendaries are described still further, too. The story of The Legendaries can now be found as a new chapter in the legends of The Beginning.
 

Zoivox’s Holographic Visit – 6/5

 

((Here are the logs from today’s holographic visit with Zoivox!  They’ve been edited slightly to remove the OOC asides.))

 

[13:00] Zoivox ‘s body slowly manifests among the swirling motes. It comes more and more into focus. A voice rises from the emitter. “…f it’s worki…. let me tr… …ang on…”
[13:01] Jisper Darkfold: hello there Zoivox
[13:01] Zoivox: Finally, her image appears less blurry – though it continues shuddering and breaking, from time to time. “There! I can see you! Thank the thankable. Hello, Adventurers; how are you and your Mystics?”
[13:02] Holland Haggwood: Good. You’re breaking up a bit but coming through ok.
[13:03] Jisper Darkfold: I am well and my mystics are doing good
[13:03] Zoivox nods, and gives an awkward little flutter of her wings. “Good! We’re… making do with what we can get away with,” she says, a nervous grin on her face.
[13:03] Jisper Darkfold: hello Zin
[13:04] Holland Haggwood: Hi Zin
[13:04] Zoivox gives a wave to the new arrival. “Hello! Zin – what a lovely name. It’s nice to meet you.”
[13:06] Zoivox gives a nervous smile again. “And it’s always so much more pleasant to talk to you Earthites in person. Whispering messages through the stone of your Homes is just so… impersonal.”
[13:07] Jisper Darkfold: I can imagine though its nerve wracking making sure you are not caught
[13:08] Zoivox winces. “You have… NO idea. Or at least I hope you don’t…”
[13:08] Jisper Darkfold: I appreciate the effort
[13:09] Zoivox waves a hand dismissively. “But this isn’t about me. It’s about you and the Mystics. How are your Mystics doing lately? Eating well, still making all those happy little trills as they wander around?”
[13:09] ᶎᶖᶇ (zinbaco.kattun): mine are sad
[13:09] ᶎᶖᶇ (zinbaco.kattun): they feel they are a dying breed
[13:10] ayshas: hola zinbaco
[13:10] ayshas Resident: hello zinbaco
[13:10] Holland Haggwood: Mine are feeling hopeful and anxiously awaiting others to join them.
[13:10] Jisper Darkfold: mine seem to be adjusted well here but I’ve a few not want to go back
[13:11] Zoivox nods solemnly. “Well, they’re not wrong – the Gray is threatening all Magical life on Elarra. That’s what the Mystics Program is here to do – give them a place to live on Earth as a test to see if other Magical life could survive here, as well…”
[13:13] Zoivox smiles. “It’s good to see more people joining the fight.”
[13:15] Jisper Darkfold: I am curious as to why the Academy is restricting contact between us and you when that contact could help save your world
[13:16] Zoivox: “We still just don’t understand what the Gray is – but as long as it’s present, as long as it spreads, we’re all in terrible danger. Every Mystic saved, every lineage begun on Earth, helps keep the whole world alive. Though… I do worry, as well.” She nods to the long-haired man as he speaks.
[13:16] Holland Haggwood: Yes, we are eager to help, but not sure how to proceed.
[13:17] Zoivox: “I have done some reading through my datacom about your world. You have many stories about contact with alien worlds. …These stories often end with great landmarks being blown up and turned into tiny little pieces.”
[13:18] Jisper Darkfold: oh – well – those are fiction
[13:18] Jisper Darkfold: we pretend so we don’t actually do it I think
[13:19] Zoivox: “We on Elarra do need you people of Earth. But the Academy seems to believe that secrecy is safety. Even for us on Elarra, the Mystics Program is highly classified…”
[13:20] Zoivox shakes her head. “I don’t agree with it in the least, either. This is what’s supposed to save us, and we only know what the Academy tells us. The greatest living Magicians are at the helm, we know – but how can we not worry and wonder, when we know so little?”
[13:21] Jisper Darkfold: so those who know of the Gray are either gone because of it or unsure what it is – this seems like it maybe it would cause mass panic if more knew of it perhaps
[13:22] Jisper Darkfold: we on earth weren’t given a lot to go on either
[13:22] ᶎᶖᶇ (zinbaco.kattun): This is rubbish – just playing here I don’t believe mystics are ever coming back. When the 6 I have die out that’s it. Bye.
[13:22] Zoivox nods. “In a way. Everybody knows about the Gray. But… I believe the HIgh Elders know little more about it than your average person.”
[13:24] Jisper Darkfold: and then we have folks being very impatient…
[13:24] Zoivox shakes her head. “How could they not be ‘coming back?’ They exist. They are being sent to Earth often. They have never gone. Such a puzzling thing…”
[13:25] Jisper Darkfold: truth be told we make an investment of resources to assist and most do it willingly
[13:26] Jisper Darkfold: perhaps there are some who think they should get profit from it
[13:26] Zoivox sighs. “I think we may just have seen an example of what the Academy fears. That if the Earthites – or even Elarrans – know too much about the dangers, that the world is under threat… that they’d grow upset, give up, and stop trying.”
[13:27] Zoivox: “Perhaps some people would prefer it if Mystics were just beautiful, playful, varied creatures who romped in the grass, laid their pods, raised their tiny young, and had no worries in the worlds…” Her wings slump slightly.
[13:28] Jisper Darkfold: there are those who want to help – who are intent on helping, and wish they could do more
[13:29] Zoivox looks up at him. “And you’re not afraid of learning things? Even if it means that something you’ve learned turns out to be wrong?”
[13:30] Jisper Darkfold: rather know the truth late then never know it at all
[13:32] Zoivox grins broadly. “Wise words indeed! All right, then. Let’s look at what we DO know – or, rather, what you know – and see what’s right and wrong. If I understand things properly, there’s some information about the Mystics Program on your own datacom… pardon, Internet. And there’s a section about the Magic Academy?” She holds up a long octagonal device and begins to wave her fingers above it.
[13:33] Jisper Darkfold: there is yes
[13:33] Jisper Darkfold: scant as it may be
[13:33] Jisper Darkfold: we know there were 4 houses and 1 is no longer spoken of
[13:34] Holland Haggwood: And again, we are still eager to help . . .
[13:34] Zoivox: “Aha, it’s this… http://mysticasl.com/the-magic-academy/ … but… Hmm.”
[13:37] Zoivox looks to Holland and smiles. “I think you can.. this site has many stories and explanations. Stories about the Academy, about how the Gray was discovered and how the Mystics program began. We people of Elarra have heard these stories, too. But perhaps they’re missing information. Perhaps, in the gaps, we can learn what’s going on, and why it’s happening…
[13:37] Zoivox: “
[13:38] Jisper Darkfold: it would be interesting to know what different things have been told on both sided
[13:38] Jisper Darkfold: sides*
[13:38] Zoivox: “Let’s take this one bit at a time, perhaps. We’ll see what your information says. And if there’s anything I can make clear, I will. But maybe we’ll find things we both think don’t make sense – and that’s where my friends and I can investigate…”
[13:39] Zoivox nods. “I agree! I’m sure things were just lost in translation, in some parts. But in others… perhaps that unspeakable House is somehow at work…” She shudders, her wings stiff and splayed.
[13:41] Zoivox: “So, let us see…” She looks down at the device in her hand. ‘The Elarran Magic Academy was established by Four of the Greatest Wizards Elarra has ever known.’ They were Magicians, of course, but that’s not a big difference to the layman… Moving on…”
[13:42] Zoivox: “‘ The House of Killdorian specialized in the study of Transcendence Magic. The art of moving beyond physical and mental limitations to achieve the impossible, transference, shape-shifting and manipulation of the elements around in order to reach beyond their threshold and into the unknown.’ Hm. I… er.” She scratches her head, just behind one of her buns. “Does that… help YOU understand the House?”
[13:43] Jisper Darkfold: well – it sort of – um I get most of it, being a shapeshifter
[13:44] Zoivox frowns, and taps a talon on the ground. “Perhaps there’s more if I scroll dow- oh. Gracious.”
[13:47] Zoivox: “There’s… there’s hardly anything here!” she exclaims. “What about Killdorian’s search for First Principles! What about Spectra’s potions! What about Grimthane’s workshop! Oh, there’s so much more to these people, these Houses…”
[13:48] Jisper Darkfold: we could do with an update on information Zoivox
[13:48] Zoivox prods her data device with a little more force than would strictly be necessary. “The House Professions. Surely this will explain more…”
[13:49] Zoivox nods slowly. “Oh yes indeed… I mean, this doesn’t even mention the Spheres! Or the Magical Arts that were lost when the Houses began to isolate themselves from each other…”
[13:51] Zoivox peers down the page. “Harvesting natural materials… I suppose that’s part of what a Spectra scientist does in the field… Grimthanes, mining and engineering, yes that’s PART of it…” She pauses, then squints at the next section.
[13:51] Zoivox blinks.
[13:52] Zoivox: “Do… do your own cultures have many tales of magicians who are… ‘Wind Sifters?'”
[13:54] Jisper Darkfold: no… I think it was written that way to make it more – alien – perhaps
[13:54] Jisper Darkfold: otherwise our “mages” or :wizards or what not all use tomes and books
[13:56] Zoivox frowns. “And here I was thinking that it must be a common thing in your culture, to describe it that way. I suppose there’s SOME sense in which a Killdorian scholar sifts the wind… they can break things down to the finest invisible motes, until they’re just a puff of wind, and study them, rebuild them, shift their shapes… Or perhaps it’s how they can call on the elemental spirits, and it looks as if they’ve called a being of pure fire or water from the very breeze?”
[13:58] Jisper Darkfold: my understanding is that all elements have magic but the greatest resource of it from from things that are living
[13:58] Jisper Darkfold: since living things breathe – the air would hold a lot of little bits of it that can be gathered
[13:59] Zoivox nods to Jisper. “That’s what they say of Killdorians at the Academy, too. They work so much in books – reading them, writing them, studying the theory behind things. ‘Inknose,’ they’ll call them.” She smirks, a little indulgently.. “But, I must admit, it is the theory that helps everything else work, and helps the other Houses do their work even better…”
[14:01] Zoivox gives Jisper a suspicious glance. “This is an… arcane understanding of it. It is…” she purses her lips for a moment. “Not precisely the way any of the CURRENT Houses would describe it…”
[14:02] Jisper Darkfold: I’ve been around a very long time
[14:02] Zoivox’s wings twitch involuntarily.
[14:05] Zoivox: “I… I do suppose that more should be said about… THAT House. But not much more,” she says, shooting him another look. “There are reasons it is not spoken of. There are reasons that its ways have been, for the most part, forgotten. An upstanding Scholar would not spend their time on such… unwholesome and dangerous paths, instead of on the works of their own House.”
[14:08] Jisper Darkfold: I think it really depends on what one uses the understanding for – Spectra certainly has to have that knowledge so it can work with nature
[14:11] Jisper Darkfold: and certainly saving Mystics is proof of the concept
[14:13] Zoivox furrows her brow. “There is a vast difference between studying how living plants and animals use Magic, learning their ways, and extracting some of their compounds for potions… and extracting their Magic itself! The things you could do, if you did that…”
[14:14] Jisper Darkfold: No one said that knowing the magic was strongest in living things was the same as ripping that magic from them either
[14:15] Jisper Darkfold: but – could it be that the Gray is doing that?
[14:19] Zoivox sighs. “It is, perhaps, a matter of phrasing. It… it is said that this is part of how HIS students would justify their terrible works. That they were only finding and using the Magic from the living breath of one creature, rather than from the air – which is just the breath of many creatures. They distorted the tenets of other Houses in order to make their practices seem… normal.” She frowns. “But.. but, yes, since you ask…”
[14:20] Jisper Darkfold: just been a nagging feeling of mine considering this threat
[14:20] Zoivox: “That is something we do fear. That the Gray is, somehow, a work of Vex’s dark magic. We do not know its origins yet, or its purpose, but… it’s possible.”
[14:23] Jisper Darkfold: Perhaps more understanding on our side with the function of the House can help instill greater desire to save more mystics
[14:24] Zoivox nods. “I do hope so. There’s so much more to the Houses, so many ways toward wisdom. There’s so little to identify with, as it is shown to us now…
[14:25] Zoivox: Are there any particular things you would like to know about the Houses?” She pauses for a moment, narrowing her eyes again. “The CURRENT Houses?”
[14:28] Jisper Darkfold: A clearer understanding of the work they do and roles they play in your society perhaps
[14:28] Jisper Darkfold: I have a feeling its more “theory” “nature” and “mechanical”
[14:31] Zoivox nods. “Those are the essences, yes, but there’s much to it. They’re all similar to your Earthite scientists – their discoveries can impact the world in ways both large and small.”
[14:32] Jisper Darkfold: I am sure there are – after all we have those who do medicine and those who work with math purely on theory
[14:34] Zoivox: “Perhaps a small list of important discoveries or inventions could be nice. Not just of the Four Founders, but of some of the other Scholars since then. There’s more to explain than could ever be explained,” she admits. “It would be like trying to explain your own world and its history and impact, all on one small piece of paper… but, if just to give a taste of our wider world, and the similarities our worlds share… to give people more incentive to save this world… yes, I’ll try to think of the most important things to share.”
[14:37] Jisper Darkfold: just having founders is like my tossing names of ancients – or even scientists from 1000 years ago – much changes with the passage of time. I for one would be glad to know of more important people and the things they accomplished
[14:39] Zoivox nods. “It will still seem distant and alien, I’m sure. But, if nothing else… perhaps a better understanding of the Academy, the Houses, and their principles can help our culture live on. So that, even if… if….” She looks away a moment. “Maybe our ways of seeing and searching will survive.”
[14:40] Jisper Darkfold: Have some hope – there are those who want to help save your world
[14:42] Jisper Darkfold: I would offer hugs – but not sure how that would work long distance nor if you would applicate the contact
[14:43] Zoivox smiles. “Oh, there are indeed. These are fearful times – I will not deny it. Everything is not all whippleberries and dew. But those who want to help can, I believe, only truly help if they know the truth about what is going on. Even if that truth is terrifying.”
[14:44] Zoivox smiles warmly. “I appreciate that. Pass it on, I would ask. To the next person who seems overwhelmed by the worries of the worlds.”
[14:47] Jisper Darkfold smiles back
[14:47] Jisper Darkfold: Please don’t get caught
[14:47] Zoivox: “In the meantime… keep tending your lovely Mystics. Keep them happy. Give *them* a good hug now and again, as well! And.. hmm. Perhaps we should look more into the story of how all this started. One bit at a time…”
[14:49] Zoivox nods. “I will try. My friends and I… we are going to try to explore the Sending Center, soon. The place where the PetalPods are collected. It will be very dangerous, but…”
[14:50] Jisper Darkfold: I wish you luck and safety in that task
[14:50] Zoivox bows slightly. “And I wish YOU luck in your own! Take care of your creatures – and take care of each other. I’ll speak to you again as soon as it’s… hah… ‘safe.'”
[14:52] Zoivox slowly fades again into a vague blue smear, which dissipates into glowing motes.

 

 

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