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  1. Hey kiddos, it's old man Wraith here to talk to you today about some fantasy series worth reading. Bored of Bookwalker? Aghast at anime? Incensed by isekai? Fearful of Fire Emblem? Then let me tell you about the days of high adventure. I'm sure you'll find something to your liking if you look. I've provided links to the audio books of most of these series which you can find on Audible to purchase or on LibriVox and Youtube for free. In you want to own physical copies of these books, I'd buy them either at: https://www.abebooks.co.uk/ https://www.bookdepository.com/ Strong Recommendations: Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion Series: Elric of Melnibone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mo2WkEa6Qao Corum, The Prince in the Scarlet Robe and The Prince with the Silver Hand https://www.graphicaudiointernational.net/corum-1-the-knight-of-the-swords.html Hawkmoon, History of the Runestaff and Chronicles of Castle Brass Erekose, The Eternal Champion The Three Musketeers of Weird Fiction: H.P. Lovecraft's Dream-quest Stories https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMUb2WATD_Y Clark Ashton Smith's Zothique, Hyperborea, Averoigne and Poseidonis Cycles https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLQvLPYzTOHT5E4F4-XhYtG1JQCCAIz6Y https://www.audible.com/series/Collected-Fantasies-of-Clark-Ashton-Smith-Audiobooks/B00EZS1W1E?ref=a_author_Cl_c19_lSeries_1_2_1&pf_rd_p=1ae0e65e-ad09-4aa7-aa73-772cefb1b5e1&pf_rd_r=X34ZC6C6H0C36ZRKG1EA Robert E. Howard's Conan the Cimmerian, Kull: Exile of Atlantis, Solomon Kane, Bran Mak Morn, and his horror stories https://librivox.org/author/937?primary_key=937&search_category=author&search_page=1&search_form=get_results https://www.audible.com/author/Robert-E-Howard/B000AP5LHW?ref=a_search_c3_lAuthor_1_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=78X7CQ078CCGFKE3VH80 More Weird Fiction: Lord Dunsay's The Sword of Welleran and The Book of Wonders https://librivox.org/the-sword-of-welleran-and-other-stories-by-lord-dunsany/ https://librivox.org/the-book-of-wonder-version-2-by-lord-dunsany/ Arthur Machan's The Great God Pan and Other Weird Tales https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Great-God-Pan-and-Other-Weird-Tales-Audiobook/B078NGBJQN?qid=1590612636&sr=1-2&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_2&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=4WZM115FE7JDKCS8FD35 Algernon Blackwood's The Touch of Pan and Other Stories https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Touch-of-Pan-Other-Stories-Audiobook/1094093408?qid=1590612601&sr=1-3&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_3&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=X6CGQ0GTEEY7HX0B58GV Sword and Sorcery: Fritz Lieber's Fafhrd and The Gray Mouser https://www.audible.com/series/Fafhrd-and-the-Grey-Mouser-Audiobooks/B007XID680?ref=a_search_c3_lSeries_1_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=N0Q5F0KGVKZ5QT5EMA96 C.L. Moore's Jiriel of Joiry https://www.audible.com/pd/Black-Gods-Kiss-Audiobook/B00TSN4J4I?qid=1590613470&sr=1-1&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=38P536VGGVEZKWY6XCGK Karl Edward Wagner's Kane Series Poul Anderson's Three Hearts and Three Lions https://www.audible.com/pd/Three-Hearts-and-Three-Lions-Audiobook/B004TBQM62?qid=1590613635&sr=1-1&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=JFA0HR4QC5RH1HSJA0K2 Sword and Science: Edgar Rice Burrough's John Carter of Mars Series https://www.audible.com/pd/Barsoom-Series-Collection-7-John-Carter-Stories-Audiobook/B01C7PCUOO?qid=1590613661&sr=1-1&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=A2W2MXM6JJZFKX59KQFE https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZTfiaUWDcz-2H2vOH_vd7UFUMKdTL86_ Dark Fantasy: Glen Cook's The Black Company Series https://www.audible.com/series/Black-Company-Audiobooks/B005NBPHB8?ref=a_search_c3_lSeries_1_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=54JZ19Z56V7VC4ZRRPDX Decent Recommendations: Joanna Russ's The Adventures of Alyx Andrzej Sapowki's The Witcher https://www.audible.com/series/The-Witcher-Saga-Audiobooks/B00YU09S0Y?ref=a_search_c3_lSeries_1_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=3DCZM5GSS14RBK9BQG0N J.R.R. Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings https://www.audible.com/series/The-Lord-of-the-Rings-Audiobooks/B009CFOEGK?ref=a_search_c3_lSeries_1_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=793GRRYRAYBCHTB7RYX2 From the Dying Days of My Childhood: Brian Jacques' Redwall Series https://www.audible.com/series/Redwall-Audiobooks/B006K1R4B6?ref=a_author_Br_c19_lSeries_1_1_1&pf_rd_p=1ae0e65e-ad09-4aa7-aa73-772cefb1b5e1&pf_rd_r=S4N5DCTMYH7MHR60N6S0 Series That Have Caught My Eye: Glen Cook's The Dread Empire Series https://www.audible.com/series/Dread-Empire-Audiobooks/B00B4WAD5A?ref=a_search_c3_lSeries_2_7_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=GXQAFDFA1RCC5FB77DH3 C.S. Friedman's Coldfire Trilogy https://www.audible.com/series/Coldfire-Audiobooks/B0083DGAGO?ref=a_search_c3_lSeries_1_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=2DZ2553ABC4XG7TRF561 Jack Vance's Dying Earth Series https://www.audible.com/series/The-Dying-Earth-Audiobooks/B005NB3API?ref=a_search_c3_lSeries_1_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=Q5ZKATPVZZBZN2292HCA Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun https://www.audible.com/series/Book-of-the-New-Sun-Audiobooks/B006K1LMZ0?ref=a_search_c3_lSeries_1_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=XYP1VNWMMR01AASPD6J1 Poul Anderson's The Broken Sword https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Broken-Sword-Audiobook/B004XDWD5U?qid=1590614009&sr=1-4&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_4&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=TCC3DJBVEC4EWJG7ZRA2 Brian McNaughton's The Throne of Bones https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Throne-of-Bones-Audiobook/B00COA7PQQ?qid=1590614035&sr=1-1&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=7H80BQ8XS135Y4GNDCKY Charles Saunder's Imaro Series https://www.audible.com/series/Imaro-Audiobooks/B00I2Y6R6C?ref=a_search_c3_lSeries_1_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=0Z7X2KF9J8ZJREGXSXK2 Roger Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber Series https://www.audible.com/series/Chronicles-of-Amber-Audiobooks/B008LV5SPC?ref=a_search_c3_lSeries_1_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=3QR0NFRJ0JQ6EB1CM4T9 Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern https://www.audible.com/series/Pern-Novels-chronological-order-Audiobooks/B07NYWDDLK?ref=a_search_c3_lSeries_1_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=FTHWNMFXQRHHZRAESDC6 Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time Series https://www.audible.com/series/Wheel-of-Time-Audiobooks/B005NB81EI?ref=a_search_c3_lSeries_1_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=4ZYJTNZ8VMN7G5340ADY Ursula Le Guin's Books of Earthsea https://www.audible.com/series/Earthsea-Audiobooks/B007CLJZMO?ref=a_search_c3_lSeries_1_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=000AHKTKVMX8FKKEFTW2 Frank Fazetta and Jame Silke's Death Dealer Series Robert Lynn Asprin's Thieves' World Anthology Series Fred Saberhagen's Swords Series https://www.audible.com/series/The-Book-of-Swords-Audiobooks/B00BY7NIBG?ref=a_search_c3_lSeries_1_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=STHXJPC13YE3AKQEQERD
  2. Alright, so I just finished watching the Golden Compass (it was on tv, and I tought I might watch it since there was nothing I planned for tonight), and actually I've started watching it a few years ago, but never finished it up until now, even though I always felt like I should. Obviously, I liked it (hence the topic), and I regret it a bit that I watched it so many years after I first learned about it. So, I tought I might start reading the books, but I found mixed reviews about it (mainly the ending), stating that it was lazy, unfinished or just simply bad - while others said it was emotional, and darkish (u know, sad stuff and all...). Now, I do like fantasy stories, and I'm interested in the world of this, but I'm not sure how I would feel if it turned out I read a trilogy for some rough-and-ready ending. So I just want to get some ideas if it's worth reading, or should I just skip it? (Once again, I know nothing of the books, except for what was in the film, and that the ending was controversial - though I don't know what happens there) Also, please keep the topic spoiler-free, not just for me, but for others wandering here as well :)
  3. Just curious. And if so, what race/job/server? I'm a femroe warrior on Cactuar. And here's a pic.
  4. Evander's Tale: Chapter 1b I am a person who loves Fire Emblem and used to really want to make a hack. As it turns out, I didn't have the willpower to ever do it, but I did have the willpower to write a story about someone who did--a 15 year old kid named Evan. I've got a current blog series going on where weekly I release a "chapter" of his Fire Emblem tale. Really, each chapter is an explanation of one of a series of vivid dreams he has about his world and his plot, with his real life--sometimes unfortunately--seeping into the story. This writing is meant to mimic the experience of dreaming--in intense detail, the sort that we don't remember when we wake up--but also to complicate it, and expand it into a full-fledged fantasy tale. And also to enjoy the thrill of and poke a little fun at Fire Emblem games! The first chapter isn't super Fire Emblem-esque, but later chapters will be, I promise! References, etc. will be on there way. It would mean a lot if you guys would check it out, and of course, any feedback is welcome. I also dig collaboration and collaborative writing, so if anyone is interested in that, hit me up.
  5. I figured I'd post some of my non-FE related written works here. The following 1800+ word prologue is a brief introduction to the FE-inspired JRPG I'm working on ( may put up a topic soon ). I have written some FE stuff, but the majority is AU. It has quite a few parallels to PoR.
  6. Heya! I was wondering if you guys would be interested in a free-form fantasy RP, set in a D&D-esque world. Standard rules for free-form RP would apply, but if you don't know about free-form, I'll tell you about it here. -Rules for this RP- 1. Battles do NOT involve any stats of any kind, but you can't be overpowered. E.G: You can't just kill everything in a single hit, or anything like that, and you can't do weird stuff like fly or cheat death when in circumstances that would ordinarily kill any normal character, such as getting stabbed through the neck or being set alight with no magical protection that has been mentioned earlier. 2. Characters can be anything you want them to be, basically, but as this is a fantasy setting you can't have light-sabers or ray-guns. Sorry. You also can't have god-like powers, unexplained abilities to fly, or immortality. 3. Unless it has been discussed before hand, and agreed upon, player characters can't kill other characters. A player character can die in other ways, however, such as in a battle against a villain. 4. We can make stuff up as we go along, but a set of locations should be decided upon beforehand. We would all start off in an area called 'Grimsdeep', a port-town filled with thieves and crime next to the Onyx Ocean. Player characters could arrive by ship, arrive from other towns or start off as a civillians. They could know each other already, or not know each other at all. 5. Be BALANCED. As in, you can't be the master of every single weapon, or know every single spell. Also, if you wield a combination of things- say, you use magic AND weapons- you can't be the best in the group at either, if that makes any sense. Okay, now I'll give you some basic info about the world. As this is a D&D-esque in its setting, there are wizards, rogues, warriors, druids and the like. This should help in ideas for characters: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Character_class_%28Dungeons_&_Dragons%29 The world can be discussed within PM conversations, as in, we can plan it as we go along, but still have room for changes. Here is a basic sign-up sheet. Name of character: Personality: Appearance: Biography: (Doesn't have to be detailed, could leave room for secrets revealed later on) Skills: As in, using arcane magic or picking locks, or using knives as weapons. Thanks for reading! If you're interested, please post to show this, and fill in a sign-up sheet.
  7. Welcome to the Magic Valley High School You have been recognized for having an exceptional aptitude for magic and are now given the opportunity to attend the most prestigious magic school of your generation. Please go to your assigned room: [spoiler=assigned rooms] Room 1: Esmund and Faenor Room 2: Soles and Cindy Room 3: Athena and Carter Room 4: Aleksander and Sonny Room 5: Felina and Chris Room 6: Aria Room 7: Rikku Thank You, Headmaster Barron [spoiler=students] Esmund, Human, Male, 17, Air Soles, Fairy, Female, 17, Light Athena, Elf, Female, 18, Shadow Feanor, Elf, Male, 16, Fire Aleksander, Human, Male, 17, Fire Cindy, Human, Female, 16, Water Chris, Human, Male, 17, Air Carter, Human, Female, 14, Water Sonny, Giant, Male, 18, Earth Felina, Human, Female, 18, Air Aria, Human, Female, 16, Air Rikku, Elf, Male,17, Earth On each of the student's beds, there is an ID card with their picture on the front and a number on the back in big black text. [spoiler=Girls] Soles: 3 Cindy: 4 Athena: 1 Carter: 5 Felina: 2 Aria: 6 [spoiler=Boys] Chris: 5 Aleksander: 2 Sonny: 4 Esmund: 3 Faenor: 1 "Please wait in your rooms until further instruction" is heard over the loudspeaker.
  8. A group of mercenaries, the best in the whole of Nashen... The dead walking amongst the living... A quest dared upon by many, but one that no-one has ever survived... Welcome, to the Soldiers of Fortune, a group of mercenaries famed for their skill and wealth amongst the common folk. It is your very first mission, and most recruits do not survive their first... You must investigate the evils of the Tower, where there are rumors of a dread necromancer is manipulating the minds and bodies of the recently dead... You have been contracted, along with a small group of fellow recruits, to kill this dread necromancer. Setting: Nashen, a fantasy continent inhabited by elves, orcs, goblins and many other races. How many players?: 6-8 players. * * * Hello! It's time to finally get this started! Before we begin, I'd like you to copy your character sheet onto either your About Me page or your signature in a spoiler. That way we can easily keep track of your characters. I'd prefer for you to have them in your sig, but your About Me page is fine too if your sig is already pretty damn full. (Note: You can leave out the Backstory of your character out of your character if you wish to save space.) List of players: TheWarpedWizard- As the gamemaster and Silas, the priest. And your gracious host. Majestic Paladin- As the paladin Armstrong. He left. Dandragon- As the swordsman Klaine. Currently playing. Toogee- As Lucretia Dara, the archer. Currently playing. Harkas- As Arton, the thief. Currently playing. I Like Pi- As Flin, the Necromancer. Currently playing. David the SecondWorld- As Gaile, the paladin. Currently playing. Rules 1. When writing your actual RP segments, please do so in itallics. 2. If someone dies, the game still carries on. You can create a new character for the next part or when the group next visit the SoF's base, or help the gamemaster. (That's me, by the way. Your gracious host.) 3. The battle system is mainly RP based, but you will need a certain amount of a certain stat to perform most actions... [spoiler=Example Scenario!]The orc barbarian is approaching, axe swinging wildly. Do you: A) Attack with your weapon? (Requires strength equal to or greater than weapon weight and a weapon) B) Cast an attack spell? (Requires magic equal to the spells prerequisites.) C) Raise your shield? (Requires strength equal to the shield's weight, and defense equal to or higher than the orc's strength) D) Run like hell? (Requires speed greater than the orc) That was the example used on the Sign-up thread. 4. Remain in character. This is kind of an obvious one. 5. Don't hog the spotlight! Give everyone a chance to be a hero. 6. Although the party has free will, I will guide you. Remember, your goal is to slay the Dread Necromancer- not waste gold on chocolate. 7. Occasionally, there will be full-on RP sessions where you might have to question a captive or persuade someone to give you information. These won't usually give you gold or magic items, but they will often give you valuable pieces of information. 8. There will be riddles. When I do use a riddle, don't look up the answer! I'll will be very sad. 9. No one-line posts! Have around five sentences per post. Alright, here we go!~ You have been assigned your first mission as part of The Soldiers of Fortune, a infamous group of mercenaries that are spread across every corner of Nashen. You, and a group of four others, (six if Dandragon and Majestic Paladin are still involved) are going to be paid a large some of gold to kill the malevolent Dread Necromancer, Lexington Zakath. The path will be long and difficult, of that there is no doubt. But with the cooperation of your companions, you will succeed. You're standing in the courtyard of the Soldier's base, with your companions. What do you think of them? This is usually one of the first things that a gamemaster does. Pick two of the characters from the party, and roleplay as your character to describe them. (The main reason I'm doing this is because I haven't heard back from Dandragon and Majestic yet.) GO, YOUNG WARRIORS! GOGOGOGOGOGO- *cough cough* G-go....
  9. The actual thread: http://serenesforest.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=42068 The original sign-up thread. This will be dug up in between parts to possibly bring in new players and/or replacements if people leave. http://serenesforest.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=41457 Feel free to provide feedback, criticism and tips, non-members of the Soldiers. This is where we'll talk to each other about character relationships, events, and possibly character deaths. Thanks! ~YourGraciousHost, TheWarpedWizard.
  10. A group of mercenaries, the best in the whole of Nashen... The dead walking amongst the living... A quest dared upon by many, but one that no-one has ever survived... Welcome, to the Soldiers of Fortune, a group of mercenaries famed for their skill and wealth amongst the common folk. It is your very first mission, and most recruits do not survive their first... You must investigate the evils of the Tower, where there are rumors of a dread necromancer is manipulating the minds and bodies of the recently dead... You have been contracted, along with a small group of fellow recruits, to kill this dread necromancer. Setting: Nashen, a fantasy continent inhabited by elves, orcs, goblins and many other races. How many players?: 6-8 players. [spoiler=Sign-up Form!]Character Name: Class: Race: Gender: Starting Gear: Backstory: Stats Strength: (1-10) Speed: (1-10) Magic: (1-10) Defense:(1-10) The stats are not actually used for dice rolls or anything, they are simply used to determine how a fight goes, as this is mainly RP based and not stat-based. For example, doing certain actions may require a certain amount of a certain stat. Say, running away from battle may require you to have at least 5 speed. [spoiler=Example Scenario!]The orc barbarian is approaching, axe swinging wildly. Do you: A) Attack with your weapon? (Requires strength equal to or greater than weapon weight and a weapon) B) Cast an attack spell? (Requires magic equal to the spells prerequisites.) C) Raise your shield? (Requires strength equal to the shield's weight, and defense equal to or higher than the orc's strength) D) Run like hell? (Requires speed greater than the orc) I'll add more later, as it is kinda late. You have 20 points to distribute when you make a character. However, while this sounds nice, every class requires a certain amount of one or two stats: Mage: At least 7 magic. Thief: At least 7 speed. Priest: At least 6 magic. Paladin: At least 6 defense. Swordsman: At least 5 strength and speed. Archer: Same as Swordsman. It is also required to have a score of at least 3 for magic to use any magic items you may find in your travels. Everyone starts with basic armor, weapons and a single object of sentimental value. Everyone starts with health depending on their class. Thief: 18 HP. Mage: 16 HP. Swordsman: 20 HP. Paladin: 23 HP. Priest: 17 HP. Archer: 16 HP. Please adjust your sign-up forms accordingly. My apologies, I just want to rebalance things a little.
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