Lasur Arkinshade

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About Lasur Arkinshade

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    Gets credited twice for BS: Bruma
  • Birthday 07/15/98

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  1. Lasur Arkinshade added a post in a topic radiant quest to the imperial city?   

    This is a side effect of the way the Radiant quests in question are set up and the fact that the Location records for the non-Bruma counties all exist in the Bruma data. We'll be removing those records in a future update to prevent this from occurring.
    Sorry for the inconvenience.
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  2. Lasur Arkinshade added a post in a topic Please stop using the voice-actor from Recorder mod on NPCs   

    Pithy though my reply was, I do get your point. Christine's a great voice talent but Bruma does feature a fairly significant amount of voice actor repetition, particularly on some of the more niche roles where it's difficult to cast a wide variety of VAs (Nords, Khajiit and Argonians all fit this bill due to the specificity of their accents).
    Casting more voice actors to enable us to have a wider variety of voices in future content is a priority of mine, so hopefully things will improve from here on. Bruma gives us a lot of additional credibility we can use to attract more voice talent.
    None of this is a slight against Christine, however. She's great - both to work with and in terms of the quality of her performance. Nothing but praise for her, and for the whole voice cast.
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  3. Lasur Arkinshade added a post in a topic Please stop using the voice-actor from Recorder mod on NPCs   

    This thread is both interesting and amusing to me, since the VA for Recorder (potasticpanda is her online username) isn't actually part of the Bruma/Cyrodiil cast. We've never worked with her, I (the voice director) have never spoken to her in my life. You say "her voice is easy to identify" - so much so that you clearly hear her when she isn't even there.
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  4. Lasur Arkinshade added a post in a topic Application witters quest   

    Hi. I'm the writing director for the Cyrodiil project.
    Unfortunately, the quality of written English demonstrated in both your sample writing and your application is very far below the standard we expect from writers on Beyond Skyrim. Writers on Beyond Skyrim are expected not only to come up with ideas - they're expected to create in-depth quest documentation, including dialogue trees. In addition, they're also expected to write extensive player-facing text, such as that which appears in the journal and in quest objectives.
    To succeed in such a role a very high quality of written copy is essential, with perfect or near-perfect spelling and grammar and consistent application of good writing principles, including defined character voice and well-paced dialogue. Your sample does not demonstrate any of these skills.
    I'd strongly recommend taking some time to hone your skills and improve your English in general before re-applying for a writing role in the future.

    Thanks for your interest.
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  5. Lasur Arkinshade added a post in a topic Application 3D Artist: Props, Chars, Texturing, Environment   

    Hello! That's an impressive portfolio of work. I'm sure the Cyrodiil team would love to have you.
    I'll be in touch via PM.
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  6. Lasur Arkinshade added a post in a topic Red Morpho's art   

    We currently handle most of our development discussion on Slack, which is a chat service that you can access in your web browser or via a dedicated application - and we've also been very busy with Bruma, which has meant that the forums haven't been updated very much lately.
    That said, your work is fantastic, and I'm sure we'd love further concept art and illustrations from you. I'm sure one of the art people will come along shortly to suggest some things that you might like to work on.

    Glad to see you around!
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  7. Lasur Arkinshade added a post in a topic Cyrodiil doesn't load in Bruma mod   

    This phenomenon occurs when the game engine runs out of memory. Make sure you have the SKSE memory patch active as specified in the installation instructions. If that doesn't work, Safety Load by kapaer should resolve any remaining issues.
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  8. Lasur Arkinshade added a post in a topic Hey there. 3D modeller with modding experience in FO4 and Skyrim looking to join Cyrodiil project and help out with assets.   

    From the looks of things, we'd be very interested in recruiting you for Cyrodiil. Just PM me an email address and I'll get you added to our Slack server, which is where we co-ordinate development.
    Welcome aboard!
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  9. Lasur Arkinshade added a post in a topic Looking for a position in Cyrodill Project   

    Hey! Before recruiting people, we ask that they post samples of their work. Do you have any examples of your level design that you can post?
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  10. Lasur Arkinshade added a post in a topic COMPOSING MUSIC   


    There are quite a few province projects that would likely be interested. However, yes, we do generally ask that people post samples of their work.
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  11. Lasur Arkinshade added a topic in Scripting and Implementation   

    Cyrodiil Reactive Newspaper System
    Hey, everyone. I figured I should post this writeup as a guide on how the reactive newspaper system in Cyrodiil is structured. This is important to anyone who authors quest content and wants/may want to have newspapers that reflect those events, and also important to anyone who wants to write, implement, add or place newspapers into the game world.
    The direction we've taken with the newspapers is to create reactivity in them the same way Oblivion did - by having new newspapers appear in circulation as a response to in-game events. The basic principle of adding a book to the game is well-understood, but the way to get a newspaper to enter circulation obviously isn't.
    So, here's how it's structured and how to use it.
    The leveled lists
    The newspaper system works based on leveled lists, all with the prefix CYRLvlNewspaper. They're essentially done in a nested structure, with one leveled list for each newspaper 'brand' (Black Horse Courier, Nibenese Herald, Colovian Chronicle, Mudcrab) - e.g. CYRLvlNewspaperColovianList. Each of these leveled lists is included as a loot entry in the global CYRLvlNewspaperAllList list.
    Adding a generic newspaper to the list (in the editor)
    Any 'generic' newspapers (i.e. newspapers that are meant to be present in-world from gamestart, rather than only entering circulation in response to something) must be added to the correct leveled list to appear properly. This list should always be a brand-specific list. No newspapers should ever be added to the generic 'all' list, because this will break the conditioning. This means that a newspaper which should be present in the game from gamestart should be placed in the 'CYRLvlNewspaperColovianList if it's a Colovian Chronicle paper, the CYRLvlNewspaperNibeneseList if it's a Nibenese Herald paper, etc.
    Adding a responsive newspaper to the list (at runtime)
    This one's fairly simple, if a bit cumbersome. Simply add an AddForm command to your script - e.g. in a quest fragment, dialogue fragment, or data script function call - that adds the newspaper you want to add to circulation into the appropriate leveled list, as described above. The same rule still applies - never add a newspaper to the generic list! An example script would be:
    CYRLvlNewspaperCourierList.additem(MyJournalisticallyExcellentNewspaper, 1, 1)
    Notice the '1, 1', representing the level at which they should be added to the list and the quantity that should be added to the list. These should always be set at 1, so they will appear without requiring the player to be at a high level.
    Notes on naming conventions for newspaper items
    All newspapers should follow the following naming convention:
    CYRNewspaper<Brand> - where <Brand> is BCH for Black Horse Courier, CC for Colovian Chronicle, NH for Niben Herald, and MC for Mudcrab.
    After the brand, the following naming convention is observed for generic newspapers:
    Generic<NewspaperName> - the newspaper name should be descriptive of the newspaper's contents on a high-level. In some cases the title of the newspaper itself as defined in the book text may be appropriate. If not, this may be a more truncated or otherwise descriptive name.
    After the brand, the following naming convention is observed for post-quest reactive newspapers:
    PostQuest<QuestID><VariantLetter> where QuestID is the ID of the relevant quest, and VariantLetter is a letter used to 'number' each variant of the newspaper, e.g. A, B, etc.
    A full example name would be CYRNewspaperBCHCYRBrumaMS11A.
    Adding a merchant selling newspapers/placing newspapers in the world
    This is where the purpose of the encompassing 'All' list becomes clear. The 'All' list is actually a larger leveled list containing each of the other leveled lists as leveled loot items. As such, the 'All' list will always spawn every single one of the newspapers in each of the brand-specific sub-lists.
    With that information the usage of these lists in merchants and loot distribution in the world should be fairly self-explanatory. If you want an item in the world to always be a particular brand, use the brand-specific leveled items. If you want it to be any newspaper in circulation, use the All list. The All list should probably be used in most contexts, though use of the brand-specific lists to highlight the regional nature of the newspapers in Nibenay/Colovia and the esoteric nature of the Mudcrab would be very desirable.
    The same goes for merchants - if the merchant should sell all papers in circulation, use the 'All' list. Otherwise, use a brand-specific list as appropriate.
    Future additions to the framework
    It's hard to predict the future in its totality, but do know that the framework will change and expand as the mod develops, as with everything else. That said, there is one feature that I do intend to implement soon, which is the addition of a courier-quest style reusable API function to add newspapers to the lists instead of requiring quest devs to write out the addform scripts themselves. This may or may not happen depending on how useful I judge it to be, though - writing a line of addform scripting isn't really all that time-consuming relative to writing out a function call for any API function we could reasonably write.
    I'll keep this post updated as the framework changes in the future. In the meantime, this is the documentation for the newspaper system as it exists today. For it to function correctly and smoothly it's very important that (relevant) people take a read of it and follow the usage instructions provided. Thanks for reading! Feel free to speak up if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions.
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  12. Lasur Arkinshade added a post in a topic Colovians and Nibenese, Synod and College of Whisper Questions   

    Hey! I'm the writing director on Beyond Skyrim: Cyrodiil. I'll do my best to answer your (excellent) questions.
    On the Colovian/Nibenese divide:
    It's our intention to emphasise this split much more than Oblivion did, though we can't go too far in the other direction lest we essentially retcon Oblivion. In addition to the obvious references to the two cultures in dialogue, quest and other text, there are a few additional things we're doing:
    We're respecting the differences in naming convention between Colovians and Nibenese that Bethesda demonstrated in Oblivion. Colovians tend to have more Germanic, Slavic-inspired names (e.g. Kastav, Ralich), while the Nibenese tend to have more Roman-inspired names (e.g. Flaccus).We're separating clothing into distinct Colovian and Nibense variants that are inspired largely by the influences you listed. And, incidentally, Bruma's population largely sports Colovian clothing despite it being technically a Nibenese city - our in-universe explanation for this being that the hardy, practical and Nordic-inspired fashions of Colovia are naturally more appealing to Bruma's populace, given the high prevalence of Nords there and the harsh environment of the Jeralls.Colovian and Nibenese clutter items (e.g. cookware) and decorative items (e.g. rugs) are distinct.On the Synod/College of Whispers:
    The roles of these two organisations are big, and form one (well, two - you can join either) of Cyrodiil's major faction questlines. The College of Whispers does accomodate necromancers, yes - a fact that the Synod don't hesitate to exploit in their political machinations. The Synod would likely react negatively to those acts if one of their mages were seen to do it, however this isn't presently reflected in gameplay mechanics (i.e. if a player summons an atronach in front of a Synod mage they're not going to do anything about it).

    On Thules the Gibbering:
    Certainly, there'll be references to him. How extensive those will be, I can't say, since it entirely depends on what the minutiae of our quest content etc ends up being, and we don't have all of our content written this far in advance.
    Hope that answered your questions.
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  13. Lasur Arkinshade added a post in a topic Looking to become a writer for Cyrodiil.   

    Hi, and thanks for your interest.
    I read through the sample quest that you provided. However, sadly, it is not up to standard for this project. Of particular concern was the lack of technical accuracy in dialogue and other player-facing text copy - we expect a meticulous standard of English from both a grammatical and spelling perspective of our writers. Additionally, from a content and flavour perspective, your dialogue was fairly dry and lacking in pacing or characterisation.
    I'm sorry - but the items I listed above are the main areas that I'd suggest you practice on if you ever want to re-apply.
    Thank you very much, once again, for your interest.
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  14. Lasur Arkinshade added a post in a topic Looking to get involved   

    Alright, awesome! Given that you're interested in Cyrodiil, I'll shoot you a PM. Expect it soon!
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  15. Lasur Arkinshade added a post in a topic Looking to get involved   


    That's a very impressive skillset. Beyond Skyrim: Cyrodiil is always recruiting new members, and the skills you can offer are particularly impressive. We're currently seeking to form a sizeable team to handle animation, which is something that we hope to be on the cutting edge of - we are also constantly recruiting system (and other) designers, scripters, 3D artists, level designers, etc, etc...
    All the Beyond Skyrim projects, I'm sure, would be eager to recruit you given your skills. It's ultimately up to you which province(s) you wish to join (you can join as many as you would like). Beyond Skyrim: Cyrodiil's distinguishing factor is probably the fact that we are so close to releasing playable content - our upcoming release, Bruma, is about to enter wide-scale beta testing, and has recently become content-complete. We have a very strong focus on creating playable content and gameplay experiences to the highest quality standard and with as much efficiency as we can, and hopefully that focus will pay off when Bruma releases.

    If you are interested in joining Cyrodiil, I'd be happy to kickstart that process for you. Just let me know, and I'll shoot you a PM with all the details.
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