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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.

 

 

May Community Meeting Logs

 

 

Below are the logs from today’s May Community Meeting! As usual, it’s been lightly edited to remove the comings and goings, to break the discussion into the three topics of Words, Art, and Code, and to put player questions and answers in bold.

 

Words

 

[14:05] NeoBokrug Elytis: Okey Dokey! We’ll have to start without Kaz. Kaz will be in ASAP. Until then we’ll be talking about things a bit out of order. Apo will talk about word-like things, with time for questions after that. If Kaz is here by then, kaz will talk about art stuffs, with time for questions. And then I’ll finally talk code stuff, with time for questions. Or kaz will talk art stuff if things are still out of order.
[14:05] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Haha, indeed! She’s still caught in a bit of traffic after running some errands. Sunday drivers…
[14:06] Jisper Darkfold: poor Kaz
[14:06] Jisper Darkfold: 🙁
[14:06] Durandir Darwin: don’t forget the “sales stuff”
[14:06] Aposiopesis Fullstop: So! Wordwise, I’ve been working on a lot of things behind-the-scenes – mostly focusing on Zoivox, the nerd from another world who’s serving as the new “tour guide” and contact with the world of Elarra!
[14:09] Durandir Darwin: .
[14:09] Aposiopesis Fullstop: She’s been able to make a couple of brief holographic appearances on the hacked holo-emitter up at the store, and she’s been getting to know the people who’ve come to chat. So far, she and other players have established that Tour Guide Flipsy, the Fairy, has gone missing – and that some of the stories told had errors. Small errors, some of them. Larger, stranger errors, others.
[14:10] Aposiopesis Fullstop: It seems that somebody nefarious is attempting to sabotage the Mystics Program – but who, and why? That’s the mystery that Zoivox – and the players – are going to try to solve as time goes on!
[14:13] Aposiopesis Fullstop: I’ve also been working on updates to The Magic Academy section – fleshing out some of that worldbuilding, creating more characterization for the Founders, and describing the Magic Academy itself a little better. Those bits are still being edited and reviewed, so they’re not up *just* yet, however.
[14:17] Aposiopesis Fullstop: The next holographic visit is going to happen next Sunday, most likely. But this is where I have a question for some of you guys! Is 2pm on Sundays a workable time for you, in general or would something earlier in the day work a little better? I’m hoping to set up a time for these bits of RP that work well for as many people as possible.
[14:18] Durandir Darwin: 2pm is 11 pm in RL for me, a lil bit late
[14:18] Jisper Darkfold: I’m around most all day on sunday, so I haven’t much opinion Apo
[14:19] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): we’re not morning people, lol
[14:19] Holland Haggwood: Generally, it’s a good time for me.
[14:19] Jacob (jacobwilliams13): bahahhahaha
[14:19] Jacob (jacobwilliams13): me is
[14:19] Jacob (jacobwilliams13): lMoa
[14:19] Luri (luriel.lykin): its generally a good time for me
[14:19] Jacob (jacobwilliams13): Like 5 am hahahaha
[14:19] NeoBokrug Elytis: Seems like a good time then. 🙂
[14:19] Durandir Darwin: most europeans won’t make a 2pm SL time
[14:20] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Hmm, how’s 1pm, then? Enough to make a difference?
[14:20] Durandir Darwin: yes
[14:20] Jacob (jacobwilliams13): yes that pro would apo
[14:20] Aposiopesis Fullstop: All right! I tried 1pm with her last appearance, and only had one visitor – but I’d also spaced on the fact it was Mother’s Day weekend, and a lot of people were busy with family.
[14:21] Jisper Darkfold: I have a warning about next weekend
[14:21] Aposiopesis Fullstop: So I’ll try 1pm again for the next visit – which should be not next weekend, but the Sunday after – June 5th!
[14:21] Jisper Darkfold: Memorial day
[14:21] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Indeed!
[14:23] Aposiopesis Fullstop: So that’s more or less it on the word front, this month: lots of editing, lots of storytelling, and perhaps some stories of Zoivox’s adventures on Elarra will be added to the site soon… Any questions about any of the writing stuff? 😀
[14:23] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): man, so many holidays on Sundays
[14:23] Durandir Darwin: yes
[14:24] Durandir Darwin: you had this decyphering puzzle….
[14:24] Luri (luriel.lykin): cause people love 3 day weekends
[14:24] Jisper Darkfold: Mine were about Zoivox’s adventures on Elarra – like you know how official her um contact is etc
[14:24] Durandir Darwin: what was the sense of it?
[14:24] Luri (luriel.lykin): too get attention and participation?
[14:24] Jisper Darkfold: it was to unlock Zoivox’s appearance
[14:24] Durandir Darwin: hmmm – did that work?
[14:24] Durandir Darwin: to get attention & participation…
[14:25] NeoBokrug Elytis: Durandir, a lot of people enjoyed the challenge of the puzzle, and it helped introduce a new RP character in an interesting way.
[14:26] Durandir Darwin: i enjoyed it too
[14:26] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): excellent
[14:26] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Here are the logs from when the puzzle was solved, allowing Zoivox to communicate more freely with the players and set up her other contacts. Reading it may help it make more sense, for those who weren’t following along: http://mysticasl.com/roleplay/the-answers-unlocked/
[14:26] Durandir Darwin: but it does not answer my question
[14:26] Aposiopesis Fullstop: And here are the logs from the actual gathering of her first visit: http://mysticasl.com/roleplay/a-mysterious-meeting/
[14:27] Durandir Darwin: did it bring players back?
[14:27] Jisper Darkfold: the mystics are more then just a breedable – and those taking part in the extended game are valued no matter how few they are
[14:27] Durandir Darwin: you try to connect two things: breedable & social game
[14:28] Jacob (jacobwilliams13): Durandir, Players will return when the update comes out if they are in it for the breeding aspect, there are alot of people that like the Game sense of it as well
[14:28] Durandir Darwin: but you need to find a balance
[14:28] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): the aim of the RP is not to bring back players. the aim of the RP elements is to extend the game beyond the breeding elements, and to engage those interested in the bigger picture
[14:28] Durandir Darwin: jacob, breeders who left are hard to win back
[14:28] Durandir Darwin: no illusions please
[14:28] Aposiopesis Fullstop: This isn’t just about head counts and sales figures, Durandir. It’s also about creating stories and giving people the chance to feel that playing the game serves as part of a bigger story. It’s not just about getting rares, selling stuff, and making money – it’s also about being part of something bigger and working together.
[14:29] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): if I’m understanding correctly, the players you want us to bring back are those who are interested in driving the market? this is obviously not a money-making activity for those participating
[14:29] Bat (fruitbat.oh): maybe , just maybe we arent all in it for the money ?
[14:29] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): it’s a narrative thing, it’s free
[14:29] Durandir Darwin: free?
[14:29] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): yeah, exactly
[14:29] Jisper Darkfold: Second life is a big place – if you don’t like this game, find another
[14:29] Durandir Darwin: we pay for food
[14:29] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Has it brought anybody back? Maybe, maybe not. Has it helped maintain interest in the world while we keep working? Yes. It’s also helped people learn about the game in a different, more interesting way.
[14:30] Luri (luriel.lykin): the narrative potential is what drew me and Bat
[14:30] Jacob (jacobwilliams13): Correct Apo :0
[14:30] Jacob (jacobwilliams13): 🙂
[14:30] Durandir Darwin: luri, the roos have a narrative too
[14:31] Luri (luriel.lykin): yea
[14:31] Bat (fruitbat.oh): yeah and we follow that too
[14:31] Luri (luriel.lykin) nods
[14:31] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Then shouldn’t we be competitive on that level, as well?
[14:31] Durandir Darwin: but when i breed something, i want to see breeding results too
[14:31] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): engaging in narrative, RP events that Apo has been creating is free. that is what I’m referring to
[14:31] Bat (fruitbat.oh): havent noticed out roos and mystics fighting 🙂
[14:31] Jisper Darkfold: I was drawn to Mystics by the world first – the story – and that is what keeps me here
[14:31] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): the game itself is another facet of the Mystics
[14:31] Durandir Darwin: no new thing in 2months
[14:32] Luri (luriel.lykin): We had an entertaining time with the codes
[14:32] Bat (fruitbat.oh): i had fun for a week deciphering code –
[14:32] Luri (luriel.lykin): Especially Bat. He’s Good at that sort of thing
[14:32] Aposiopesis Fullstop: I’m glad you enjoyed it! There are some more mysteries to solve ahead – though not exactly codes. 😉
[14:32] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): Durandir, these topics have already been answered in full
[14:32] Bat (fruitbat.oh): overthought it to start with – didnt go staraight for a substitution cypher
[14:32] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): we are working on a massive overhaul and update
[14:33] Durandir Darwin: sure, i have fun solving madpea puzzles too – but that’s not breeding
[14:33] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Are there any other questions about the writing, specifically?
[14:33] Luri (luriel.lykin): Not from me
[14:33] Aposiopesis Fullstop: All right, then; take it away, Kaz!
[14:33] Luri (luriel.lykin): Looking forward to your changes
[14:34] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): it is necessary that it takes the time that it is. I’m sorry you seem to be bored, if you are not interested in the narrative elements then all you can really do is wait and that’s that
[14:34] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): in the meantime, we’ll continue working on this and many updates under the hood

 

Art

 

[14:35] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): I’m not sure if you all have seen the old auras that Chronicles/Phay was working on, but I’m revisiting those and getting them ready for the patch
[14:35] Jisper Darkfold: awesome
[14:35] Luri (luriel.lykin): Had a re-read of them when the codes came out
[14:35] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): they’re elemental-based in their appearance, and look pretty cool so far.
[14:36] NeoBokrug Elytis: Having seen them first hand, I can agree on that. 😉
[14:36] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): haha, thank you!
[14:37] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): I’ve also started working on some more business-y things, like making a new logo, and designing some ambient creatures for the sim, which you’ll learn more about later
[14:37] Jisper Darkfold: Any more of the world stuff you’ve worked on going to be sold, Kaz?
[14:38] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): here’s something you may encounter here in the sim https://www.dropbox.com/s/ghx6z6g1c88w8fy/Elarra178.jpg?dl=0
[14:38] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): this is an earyl sketch and will probably see some changes

Elarra178

[14:38] Luri (luriel.lykin) nods
[14:38] Luri (luriel.lykin): Interesting
[14:39] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): yeah I’ll make sure to go through and put as much as I can into vendors. decorating land is so much fun 🙂
[14:39] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): *early
[14:39] Aposiopesis Fullstop: That sketch alone is so cute. I love its little eyes and antennae. 😀
[14:39] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): hehe 😀
[14:39] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): the blue parts will glow!
[14:39] Aposiopesis Fullstop: !
[14:40] Jisper Darkfold: that’ll be neat
[14:40] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): I think that’s all I can share on my end

 

 

Code

 

[14:41] NeoBokrug Elytis: I am excited for the new things. 😀
[14:41] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): 😀
[14:41] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Yeah! And I’m excited for all the crazypants things you’re gonna be able to make those things DO, in time…
[14:41] Luri (luriel.lykin): ooooo?
[14:41] Luri (luriel.lykin) tilts head, ears pricked
[14:41] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): >:D
[14:42] NeoBokrug Elytis: Before I delve in to scripting stuff, all three of us as working together to work on the blog a bit. That will be changing eventually. Probably within the month. Same content, different “home” and feel though. 🙂
[14:42] NeoBokrug Elytis: Phay is helping us with that.
[14:42] Jisper Darkfold: Good to hear
[14:43] NeoBokrug Elytis: I’m doin the server stuff, Apo is doing words and layout stuff, Kaz is doin’ graphics stuff. It’s still very secondary to the patch. But it’s very much in motion.
[14:43] NeoBokrug Elytis: Last month I was sick during the meeting, I didn’t get quite better until a week after that. Since then I’ve been on a tear working on all the code stuff.
[14:44] Aposiopesis Fullstop: And you’d been sick for a week before the meeting, too. That month sucked.
[14:44] NeoBokrug Elytis: I can confidently say I am about 98% done with ALL of the LSL involved in the project. From there on I get to work on the server end of things and make sure it’s patch worthy. After that some testing.
[14:45] Durandir Darwin: am i allowed to ask another question? time for me to go then too
[14:45] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): of course!
[14:45] Durandir Darwin: okay
[14:45] Durandir Darwin: i have been doing breedables in SL for nearly 5 years
[14:45] Durandir Darwin: not because i want to make money
[14:46] NeoBokrug Elytis: Specifically I had to finish up the pets/pod/mystipedia for the patch to be done in LSL (not server side). Everything has all the memory it needs, with plenty of wiggle room to spare. that last 2% is migrating animations over to the new animnation system.
[14:46] Durandir Darwin: it rarely pays off
[14:46] Durandir Darwin: but i like challenges
[14:46] Durandir Darwin: in breeding
[14:46] NeoBokrug Elytis: I have to keep talking so I will ansswer questions as I can, because I have a lot to cover in 11 minutes.
[14:46] Durandir Darwin: so i got all fusion coats i think
[14:47] Durandir Darwin: what incentives can you offer to breeders?
[14:47] NeoBokrug Elytis: The pods and the mystipedia were pretty simple. I thought i would have a lot more work to do on them, but it turns out there were only a few fiddly tiny bugs to work out.
[14:47] Durandir Darwin: i was at the comm meeeting in march
[14:47] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): right now we are working on the patch, Durandir, and the patch will include a ton of new content for you to work towards if you would like to
[14:47] NeoBokrug Elytis: The homes are pretty much done as well.
[14:47] Durandir Darwin: new things were promised
[14:48] Durandir Darwin: the return of auctions was promised by jacob
[14:48] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Well, as Neo is saying right now, we’re 98% done with a huge traits update that will create a lot more content to breed for…
[14:48] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): like Neo said, we’ve made huge progress.
[14:48] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): I’m not sure what else to tell you, lol
[14:48] NeoBokrug Elytis: So much things were promised, and those are the tings I am working on. I have a picture of the new mystipedia 5000 that I can share, but I had to blank some of the secrets out. 😉
[14:48] NeoBokrug Elytis: https://gyazo.com/22c1273a4497b1390a90665af19fcadb

[14:48] Jisper Darkfold: Durandir – this scripting work *had* to be done to make memory room for new stuff that was promised
[14:49] Durandir Darwin: two months are a long time in virtual worlds….
[14:49] NeoBokrug Elytis: Ignore the incorrect gender sign in the upper right, that’s already fixed. I just need to deploy it.
[14:49] Luri (luriel.lykin): Looks a little easier to read
[14:49] Luri (luriel.lykin): Thank you!
[14:49] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): two months ago, these two awesome partners of mine were entirely new to htis project
[14:49] Luri (luriel.lykin): free upgrad?
[14:49] NeoBokrug Elytis: Durandir, we have already talked about many of the things you’re bringing up today. What is your motive with asking these same questions over and over?
[14:50] NeoBokrug Elytis: Yah, all the stuff will be a free upgrade.
[14:50] Luri (luriel.lykin) grins
[14:50] Luri (luriel.lykin): Thanks
[14:50] Durandir Darwin: maybe i got no answer?
[14:50] NeoBokrug Elytis: We don’t plan to charge for it. It should be available.
[14:50] NeoBokrug Elytis: We’ve answered very thoroughly several times.
[14:50] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): we have answered your question fully several times in several meetings
[14:50] Durandir Darwin: but if you want me to stop asking questions, i’ll do
[14:50] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): and in the group chat
[14:50] Aposiopesis Fullstop: I’m not sure what different answers you expect to hear. If you fundamentally don’t believe that Neo’s been working on things, despite the progress that’s been shown over time, I’m not sure what *would* be satisfying. We can only tell you the truth and the facts, whether those are satisfying or not.
[14:51] NeoBokrug Elytis: Oh yes! One of the things I needed to work on was the animation system. Initially it was one of those “wish list” things on my whiteboard of things to do. But since the animation system needed to be updated, and the old movement system is tied to the animation system, I couldn’t just pull part of it out.
[14:51] NeoBokrug Elytis: I’ve got a little demo of a lot of ferral plywod cubes running in the corner of the sim.
[14:52] Wendy Divine Kinsella (misswendy.divine): I am on the late show here… this is my first comm meeting… I didn’t know any of this stuff. Personally, I appreciate it being addressed
[14:52] NeoBokrug Elytis: Currently the mystics move rather, jerky.
[14:52] NeoBokrug Elytis: If you’ll all follow me, I can take you to them.
[14:52] Aposiopesis Fullstop shouts: FIELD TRIP!
[14:52] Jisper Darkfold: oh yes these are amazing
[14:52] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): ahaha
[14:52] Durandir Darwin: have a great time, i’m out

[14:54] Luri (luriel.lykin): Wow they’re fast
[14:54] NeoBokrug Elytis shouts: Anyway, this is like 30 of them with very LOW script time in comparison to a lot of other things in SL that I’ve seen.
[14:54] NeoBokrug Elytis shouts: THey’re fast only because I told ’em to move fast.
[14:54] NeoBokrug Elytis shouts: They also SWIM.
[14:54] Luri (luriel.lykin): Love low script
[14:55] Jisper Darkfold: I heard they climb too….
[14:55] NeoBokrug Elytis shouts: I run an estate so I am a bit OCD about script times!
[14:55] NeoBokrug Elytis: Kaz, rez the tree!

[ 14:55] Luriel Lykin: You got to be from what I’ve heard about SL scripts
[ 14:55] Luriel Lykin: Oh my gosh
[ 14:55] Luriel Lykin: •^v^– Ⓗєнєнє –^v^•
[ 14:55] Luriel Lykin: I Looooooove it
[ 14:55] Luriel Lykin: BOING!
[ 14:55] NeoBokrug Elytis: They have a minor bug at the moment, but they will delightfulyl clumb a tree
[ 14:56] Fruitbat Oh: Cool
[ 14:56] Kazuhiro Aridian: CLIMB little minions!
[ 14:56] Aposiopesis Fullstop: ^__^
[ 14:56] Jisper Darkfold: amazing
[ 14:56] NeoBokrug Elytis: Anyway, all the LSL is just about done. Then I work on server stuff with lots of testing.
[ 14:56] Luriel Lykin: /me sings “climb little cubes, climb climb”
[ 14:56] JacobWilliams13: Look at them in water 🙂 hehehehehehe
[ 14:56] JacobWilliams13: smiles
[ 14:56] JacobWilliams13: I know riht
[ 14:56] NeoBokrug Elytis: I could watch this tree for hours.
[ 14:57] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Just the way they MOVE is cute – imagine when they’re actually Mystics!
[ 14:57] JacobWilliams13: IKR
[ 14:57] JacobWilliams13: YAY
[ 14:57] Kazuhiro Aridian: this will be in addition to the SUPER smooth animations the pets themselves will have
[ 14:57] Kazuhiro Aridian: yeah!
[ 14:57] NeoBokrug Elytis: Yah, they also have behavior profiles
[ 14:57] NeoBokrug Elytis: This is Run speed
[ 14:57] NeoBokrug Elytis: they can walk
[ 14:57] JacobWilliams13: EXCITED
[ 14:57] Luriel Lykin: °•°o.O Yaaay! O.o°•°
[ 14:57] NeoBokrug Elytis: So, instead of just “move”, they’ll be far more interactive than previously.
[ 14:57] Luriel Lykin: They’re actually cute as cubes
[ 14:57] NeoBokrug Elytis: Time to sell breedable cubes.
[ 14:57] MissWendy Divine: LOL!!
[ 14:57] Luriel Lykin: They’ll be killer cute as actual mystics
[ 14:58] Luriel Lykin: /me pats the cube
[ 14:58] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Hahaha!
[ 14:58] JacobWilliams13: lol
[ 14:58] NeoBokrug Elytis: haha yeah I only work on one “system” at a time. So if there’s problems I know where to look before i add it to the mountain of code
[ 14:58] NeoBokrug Elytis: shouts: 5 minutes for code related questions!
[ 14:59] Luriel Lykin: Uh oh… we live in a hollow tree…
[ 14:59] Fruitbat Oh: i just got visions of pods 1/2 way up trees 😀
[ 14:59] Kazuhiro Aridian: lol
[ 14:59] NeoBokrug Elytis: I am fixing this “bug”
[ 14:59] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Haha!
[ 14:59] NeoBokrug Elytis: So don’t sweat it.
[ 14:59] Luriel Lykin: heheh
[ 14:59] NeoBokrug Elytis: It’s already fixed actually, I just never updated these 30 cubes. 😛
[ 14:59] Luriel Lykin: cool
[ 15:00] Kazuhiro Aridian: they’ll only climb if it’s a reasonable height, yeah?
[ 15:00] NeoBokrug Elytis: Correct Kaz
[ 15:00] NeoBokrug Elytis: It’s not actual LSL pathfinding, because that makes the LI jump to 15 mo matter what, but it’s my own blend of pathing I’ve been working on for literally years in SL. It’s kind of a happy medium.
[ 15:01] NeoBokrug Elytis: shouts: Any questions about code things?!
[ 15:01] Luriel Lykin: sweet
[ 15:01] MissWendy Divine: how about a pod collector of some kind? when a pod is born, it automatically goes over to the collector?
[ 15:01] Luriel Lykin: Best stuff in SL is made by players
[ 15:01] MissWendy Divine: so we don’t have to hunt them down
[ 15:01] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Are you glad that your favorite energy drink came back so you can code more efficiently? 😉
[ 15:01] NeoBokrug Elytis: YES
[ 15:01] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Hee!
[ 15:01] NeoBokrug Elytis: Collector: Perhaps! I will have to think about it.
[ 15:01] Jisper Darkfold: I think Neo – this has stunned everyone
[ 15:01] NeoBokrug Elytis: It may be an easu thing.
[ 15:01] MissWendy Divine: easu?
[ 15:01] NeoBokrug Elytis: easy
[ 15:01] Kazuhiro Aridian: I’ll make a note of that
[ 15:01] MissWendy Divine: oh
[ 15:02] MissWendy Divine: We have one with the fish… it is awesome
[ 15:02] Fruitbat Oh: hunt em down ? i have to avoid em , they a hazard to navigation for me 🙂
[ 15:02] Luriel Lykin: I think this cube isn’t feeling good
[ 15:02] Luriel Lykin: Its blue
[ 15:02] Luriel Lykin: and going in circles
[ 15:02] NeoBokrug Elytis: Oh yes. That one has updated code, but has another minor bug. He’s special!
[ 15:02] Luriel Lykin: /me checks it for a fever
[ 15:03] NeoBokrug Elytis: It’s been going in circles for days
[ 15:03] Luriel Lykin: Eeep
[ 15:03] NeoBokrug Elytis: Move the tree back Kaz. 🙂
[ 15:03] Kazuhiro Aridian: yessir
[ 15:03] NeoBokrug Elytis: Thanks.
[ 15:03] Fruitbat Oh: minor bug = 1leg nailed to the floor ?
[ 15:03] Kazuhiro Aridian: lol
[ 15:03] NeoBokrug Elytis: Naw, just a timer issue.
[ 15:04] Jisper Darkfold: awww they seem sad now
[ 15:04] Fruitbat Oh: nice work Neo –
[ 15:04] NeoBokrug Elytis: Anyway, these guys path on land and objects under and slightly above them (for climbing).
[ 15:04] NeoBokrug Elytis: So they should work in skyboxes.
[ 15:04] Luriel Lykin: /me nods
[ 15:04] NeoBokrug Elytis: Homes, etc.
[ 15:04] Luriel Lykin: This is great
[ 15:04] NeoBokrug Elytis: They TP back to the Mystic Home if they get too far.
[ 15:04] JacobWilliams13: YAy 🙂
[ 15:05] Luriel Lykin: sweet!
[ 15:05] NeoBokrug Elytis: They won’t cross region lines though. JUST to be safe.
[ 15:05] Luriel Lykin: Amen!
[ 15:05] NeoBokrug Elytis: And they won’t go on land that would return them or have scripts disabled.
[ 15:05] Luriel Lykin: /me wipes brow
[ 15:05] Kazuhiro Aridian: hehehe
[ 15:05] NeoBokrug Elytis: Like I said, I’ve been working on pathing for years in SL. I know all the strange little problems that SL presents. 🙂
[ 15:05] Jisper Darkfold: Question – can they be made to “swim” on prim or mesh “water”
[ 15:06] Jisper Darkfold: or only system water?
[ 15:06] NeoBokrug Elytis: No. Only system water and physical objects.
[ 15:06] Luriel Lykin: /me offers a cube some sawdust trying to lure it closer
[ 15:06] NeoBokrug Elytis: What you could do is have phantom prim water, with a solid prim under it.
[ 15:06] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Hee!
[ 15:06] Jisper Darkfold: so you could fudge it and make it look like it was swimming
[ 15:07] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Ahh, yeah!
[ 15:07] NeoBokrug Elytis: As you do with most things in SL, fudge ’em.
[ 15:07] NeoBokrug Elytis: Smoke and mirrors man.
[ 15:07] Luriel Lykin: seeing is believing
[ 15:07] Jisper Darkfold: I have a landlocked sim with no water
[ 15:07] NeoBokrug Elytis: Okay, you got anything else you need to say kaz or Apo? I am done. 🙂
[ 15:08] Aposiopesis Fullstop: I’m done, I do believe!
[ 15:08] Kazuhiro Aridian: I think we covered everything we can cover 😀
[ 15:08] NeoBokrug Elytis: This next month for me is server stuff and thorough testing. 🙂
[ 15:08] Jisper Darkfold: *bows to the Devs* thank you guys
[ 15:08] NeoBokrug Elytis: Thanks for comin’!
[ 15:08] Kazuhiro Aridian: thank you all for your attention and your questions 🙂
[ 15:08] JacobWilliams13: Yes Ty very much for all your hard work and I know that things will be much easier in time
[ 15:08] MissWendy Divine: any chace of making it possible for the homes to hold more food at one time?
[ 15:09] Kazuhiro Aridian: and thank you for your interest in Mystics! it means a lot to us
[ 15:09] Kazuhiro Aridian: ahh good idea, Wendy
[ 15:09] JacobWilliams13: 🙂
[ 15:09] NeoBokrug Elytis: Possible, maybe. I don’t want to say yes specifically without knowing the consequences of such a change. 🙂
[ 15:09] Luriel Lykin: I hope there will be auctions again pretty soon.
[ 15:09] Kazuhiro Aridian: how much would be ideal in your opinion?
[ 15:09] Luriel Lykin: We really need new breeding stock
[ 15:09] JacobWilliams13: Yes luri, I still have the sim set up
[ 15:09] MissWendy Divine: I have bad health and I keep having to recall my pets, when I have plenty of food in my hud, I just couldnt get it in my home
[ 15:10] Luriel Lykin: Thanks Jacob *smiles*
[ 15:10] MissWendy Divine: maybe a 2 week supply?
[ 15:10] JacobWilliams13: and I had an auctioneer, but they didnt not get back to me with a time
[ 15:10] Luriel Lykin: We’re woafully behind on the coats
[ 15:10] NeoBokrug Elytis: 2 weeks for 12 mystics?
[ 15:10] JacobWilliams13: Sooooo I have just held back 🙂 but will for sure get one up and running as soon as its possiable 🙂
[ 15:10] MissWendy Divine: yes
[ 15:10] NeoBokrug Elytis: While I am in the servers guts, I will look into that for you. 🙂
[15:10] Luri (luriel.lykin) grins
[15:11] Luri (luriel.lykin): Good news
[15:11] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): sounds great, Jacob! thank you!
[15:11] Jacob (jacobwilliams13): 🙂
[15:13] NeoBokrug Elytis: You guys can never leave, just watch all the cubes. 🙂
[15:13] Wendy Divine Kinsella (misswendy.divine): More food in the home would be a HUGE help for me.. and others like me
[15:14] Wendy Divine Kinsella (misswendy.divine): rename the sim.. Hotel California
[15:14] Wendy Divine Kinsella (misswendy.divine): you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave
[15:14] xrrawva: it was a trap
[15:14] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): lol
[15:14] Luri (luriel.lykin): •^v^– Ⓗєнєнє –^v^•
[15:14] Wendy Divine Kinsella (misswendy.divine): these animations are going to be be so AWESOME
[15:14] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): yeah that makes sense though Wendy… we’ll definitely look into that for you!
[15:15] Wendy Divine Kinsella (misswendy.divine): thank you so much
[15:15] Aposiopesis Fullstop: This is like a koi pond. But cubes.
[15:15] NeoBokrug Elytis: Put the tree back. 🙂
[15:15] Luri (luriel.lykin): They should all have spots
[15:15] Aposiopesis Fullstop: Oooh…
[15:16] NeoBokrug Elytis: Oh the anims 🙂
[15:16] Jisper Darkfold: who knew the cubes would be such an amazing thing
[15:16] NeoBokrug Elytis: New system
[15:16] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): I put a little runner on top of the pyramid

 

[15:16] Luri (luriel.lykin): Ohhhhh my
[15:16] Luri (luriel.lykin): That’s great!
[15:17] Bat (fruitbat.oh): thats a hell of a lot smoother action –nice work 🙂
[15:17] Kaz (kazuhiro.aridian): yeah!! thanks to Neo, we can do a lot more with animation :)))
[15:17] NeoBokrug Elytis: Also it won’t “leave behind parts” that most “animation” in SL has. :C
[15:18] Luri (luriel.lykin): °•°o.O Yaaay! O.o°•°
[15:18] Luri (luriel.lykin): HUZZAH!

 

 

A Chat With Zoivox – 5/8

 

[12:55] Zoivox ‘s image wavers and fades in and out a little as she seemingly tweaks the device. “Oh! Oh, I see someone! Hello!”
[12:55] Anhayla Lycia-Simms (anhayla.lycia): Hiya!
[12:57] Zoivox: “And you can hear me, too! Whew. I hope I’m coming through at least a little clearly,” she says, glancing to and fro. “It’s not the best setup, but… I’m amazed it works at all.”
[12:58] Anhayla Lycia-Simms (anhayla.lycia) hopes more people come
[13:00] Zoivox looks as though she’s relaxed a little bit. “I do hope to see more people. It’s so hard to know when best to transmit – and when I’ll be able to get away with it. But, even if there’s only one person… one person can make such a difference. May I ask your name?”
[13:01] Anhayla Lycia-Simms (anhayla.lycia) smiles
[13:02] Anhayla Lycia-Simms (anhayla.lycia): My name is Anh, I honestly don’t know much about Elarra or anything. I just saw your broadcast and I was curious
[13:05] Zoivox smiles through the static. “That’s wonderful! It’s fine if you don’t know much about our world. That’s… well, that’s part of what I hope to help with. And I hope to learn about yours, as well! You can feel free to ask me anything you’re curious about.”
[13:06] Anhayla Lycia-Simms (anhayla.lycia) ponders a moment … “What is the Magic Academy?”
[13:08] Zoivox: “The Magic Academy is a little like one of your world’s Universities. It’s a place where Magicians of all ages and skill levels can gather together and learn about Magic itself and how it can be used.”
[13:09] Anhayla Lycia-Simms (anhayla.lycia): I see.
[13:10] Zoivox: “There are three Houses to the Academy – the House of Grimthane, the House of Killdorian, and the House of Specta, which is the one I belong to. …There was,” she murmurs conspiratorially, “a fourth House, but we do not speak of it.”
[13:13] Zoivox: “I’m just as curious as you are about what information has been given to Earth about our Academy. Perhaps… somewhere in the notes I’ve found…” There’s a furious shuffling of papers from somewhere offscreen.
[13:16] Zoivox frowns, then starts poking at a small oblong device. “Aha! Yes, yes, there is a datacom nexus – er, no, you’d call it an Internet site, wouldn’t you… let me see if I can transmit the tie – er, the link… Let’s have a look together, why don’t we!” She grins and rubs her scaly hands together excitedly.
[13:16] Zoivox: “I believe you can find it at… http://mysticasl.com/the-magic-academy/ “
[13:17] Anhayla Lycia-Simms (anhayla.lycia): thank you
[13:18] Zoivox: “You’re quite welcome, Anh! Let’s see here…” She stares at her device, then frowns a little.
[13:18] Zoivox taps it with a claw.
[13:18] Zoivox gives it a little shake.
[13:19] Zoivox: “…Hm. Perhaps I’m just seeing it wrong on my end. Does yours call the founders Great *Wizards*?”
[13:19] Anhayla Lycia-Simms (anhayla.lycia): Umm yes, it does
[13:20] Anhayla Lycia-Simms (anhayla.lycia): Oh, I see you are concerned about a darkness creeping across your land?
[13:21] Zoivox: “Hmm. Strange… they were Magicians. The finest Magicians ever to walk Elarran soil. Wizards use magic, but they can’t shape and mold and craft it in quite the same way. It’s like… like being a repairman versus being an engineer…”
[13:22] Anhayla Lycia-Simms (anhayla.lycia) nods. “The words are often used synonymously here
[13:23] Zoivox nods. “Oh yes, I’m glad that much has come through clearly. The Gray is a terrible blight. Even our finest scholars still can’t understand it – where it came from, how it works…” Her wings give a fretful little flutter. “All we know is that, where the Gray passes, Magic vanishes – and Magical creatures fade away…”
[13:23] Anhayla Lycia-Simms (anhayla.lycia): What can we do to help you?
[13:24] Anhayla Lycia-Simms (anhayla.lycia): I have a few of those cute little fluffy creatures living at my home
[13:25] Zoivox: “Oh, you can do so much! By raising the Mystics here on Earth, you help to keep some of Elarran life alive. They’re clever, hardy, delightful creatures. And they’re right in the path of the Gray. We’ve tried to relocate other creatures as best as we can, but… we’re running out of places, and of time…”
[13:25] Anhayla Lycia-Simms (anhayla.lycia) looks concerned.
[13:27] Zoivox: “It’s… it’s a scary time for us. Not all life is Magical, not even on Elarra, but… things live together, they form a great whole. And, without Magic and Magical creatures… life as we know it may not survive…”
[13:28] Anhayla Lycia-Simms (anhayla.lycia): You should all come here
[13:28] Anhayla Lycia-Simms (anhayla.lycia): 🙁
[13:29] Zoivox: “But, through the Mystics Program, we’re learning more about how Elarran life can survive and adapt on other planets. Perhaps we could try to send more of our life forms to Earth, in time… but we just don’t know enough yet for that to be safe. We could go from one life-threatening disaster to another…”
[13:30] Anhayla Lycia-Simms (anhayla.lycia) nods. “Right.”
[13:30] Zoivox: “But at least small pockets of our world will survive. Like this isobiome!” she says, spreading her arms wide. “A whole island of Earth, magically protected from the surrounding ecosystem, and populated with Elarran life! A way to show off the beauty and wonder of our world! And this is just the temperate zone…” She gives a romantic sigh.
[13:32] Zoivox: “You can tell I’m a Spectra, can’t you.” She chuckles, looking down at her toes. “But life is incredible! All the many kinds of flora and fauna, all the ways they interact, all the cycles within cycles…”
[13:32] Anhayla Lycia-Simms (anhayla.lycia) smiles. “It is very lovely. I just wish there was more I could do to help you with your problem.”
[13:33] Zoivox: “I suspect that Mystics may have qualities that even the sagest Spectra hasn’t learned about yet. The way they Fuse is fascinating, and found in few other species. I always wonder…”
[13:36] Zoivox: “I say that the Mystics Program is designed to be a sort of safe haven to protect life, but… life is a process, after all! And I’ve heard that you Adventurers are interbreeding and discovering species of Mystics that are rare even on Elarra. Who’s to say where that may lead!”
[13:37] Anhayla Lycia-Simms (anhayla.lycia): Yes, its exciting discovering new species. They are so adorable!
[13:39] Zoivox clasps a claw to her chest. “Aren’t they, though? Granted, I even think the Fulminating Tuskworm is a bit of a cutie, but Mystics are like nothing else! Those eyes! Those ears! Those little teeth! And so many patterns of fur…”
[13:40] Zoivox: “Tell me about yours! What are their names?” She leans in to listen.
[13:43] Anhayla Lycia-Simms (anhayla.lycia) chuckles “They are sweet little things. I only have 4 right now. The girls are called Glinda and Casandra, and my boys are Basil and Alexis. They are all getting up there in age.
[13:45] Zoivox smiles. “What great names for them! What species are they? Animists, perhaps?”
[13:46] Anhayla Lycia-Simms (anhayla.lycia): “They are Reefdivers, and Dewpetal and Parrotene. Some of the more recent discoveries.”
[13:47] Anhayla Lycia-Simms (anhayla.lycia): I like trying to solve the riddles. “)
[13:48] Anhayla Lycia-Simms (anhayla.lycia): “I’ve been waiting to see what happens with the next breeding season”
[13:48] Zoivox: “Ooooh, impressive, impressive! Reefdivers are fantastic, especially. Very strong swimmers who just love to pounce on fish who get a little too close to shore in the tidepools…”
[13:50] Zoivox nods. “I am, too. The Mystics Program is very secretive, actually – I shouldn’t even know what I know!” She looks over her shoulder.
[13:52] Anhayla Lycia-Simms (anhayla.lycia): “well, I’m sorry more folks didn’t get to come talk to you. Its a holiday here celebrating our mothers, so i imagine many people are out celebrating.
[13:53] Zoivox frowns a little. “Oh! That does explain it. I still have so much to learn about Earth culture…”
[13:55] Zoivox looks at the oblong device in her hands again. “I’ll try to access more of your Internet. There is a site… Kiwiderpia? Wikipendulum? Something like that… but it has so much knowledge of your world. I access it as I can, in secret.” She grins.
[13:55] Zoivox: “And I will keep looking at the information from the site you were given. Its information is… slim. There is so much more to the Houses than it shows! It doesn’t even mention the Spheres!”
[13:57] Anhayla Lycia-Simms (anhayla.lycia) laughs. “Wikipedia is a good place to start. You could even make your own entries over there! I will to read the site you gave me more carefully. If you can think of anything more we can do to help you out, please let us know.”
[13:58] Zoivox nods. “Yes, please read more things! I am hoping that, in future meetings, we can all gather up and look over some of this lore you have been given – and try to winnow what of it is true, and what of it is mistranslated, and what of it is… is…” She gulps.
[13:59] Anhayla Lycia-Simms (anhayla.lycia): “… misleading?”
[13:59] Zoivox: “Yeeees,” she says slowly. “I would like to think that it was simple error. Translation issues. Localization difficulties. But… but…”
[14:01] Anhayla Lycia-Simms (anhayla.lycia): “Be careful over there Zoivox…”
[14:01] Zoivox: “The fairy who had once been meant to guide you all, to teach you of Elarra…” She shakes her head. “Perhaps I just worry too much. But perhaps…” She licks dry lips. “Perhaps someone didn’t want her to be right…”
[14:02] Zoivox nods. “And you, as well. Take good care of those four wonderful Mystics you have! Who knows what amazing things will be in store for them all!”
[14:02] Anhayla Lycia-Simms (anhayla.lycia): 😀
[14:02] Zoivox: “And thank you for helping us. It means… well, it means the world.” She chuckles, a little sadly. “Be well, Anh!”
[14:02] Anhayla Lycia-Simms (anhayla.lycia): You too!
[14:03] Zoivox’s image flickers, then fades.

 

 

Another Holographic Visit From Zoivox – 1pm SLT, This Sunday

 

 

A faint voice comes from the stone of the Mountain Homes:

 

“Hello again, Adventurers of Earth! I’ve had to be very quiet and careful for a while, but I don’t think the Academy caught me communicating with you. So I’ll be making another holographic visit soon! At what you would call 1pm SLT, on this coming Sunday, I’ll be beamed onto the empty display at the main store – to the left of the Magika fountain and up the steps. I hope to see and talk with you then! We all have so much to learn…”

 

 

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