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  1. Mwatuangi added a post in a topic Morrowind Recruitment Thread   

    Hi Moon,
    Thanks for your application. Unfortunately, I feel your work could use some improvement. I found it difficult to follow the rhythm of your piece as it currently is written. I noticed that you used a lot of commas instead of periods; is this meant to be an epic poem of sorts, or just a general essay? It's important as a writer that we make sure our audience has a firm grasp of how a work is meant to be read, as how it is presented can fundamentally change how our audience perceives our work. I recommend more practice, as it's clear in your work that you're passionate about your writing and you seem to have a basic grasp of the lore. I can't speak for the other teams, though.

    Are there talents in other areas - i.e. implementation, art, etc. - that you can showcase?
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  2. Mwatuangi added a post in a topic Yoku exterior set - towns & ruins   

    That's just the thing; Yoku culture is not  inherently nostalgic, nor are their traditions "primitive", any more than Dunmeri who remain devoted to the Tribunal are or the Nords who honor Ysgramor. They're very much alive and present within their society, even if some of them have changed over the years. There are obviously the extreme ultranationalists who latch on to idealized myths about Yokuda, but those often unrealistic narratives aren't integral to how they conceptualize their heritage overall. Societies adapt, and in tandem with this, so do their traditions, which we intend to show. It's also important to remember - both in Bethsoft and BS' house lore -that Yokuda was not homogenous at all, but a realm with countless societies, some of which were often rivals that warred with each other. While those multiplicities were condensed into the chief social groups - Dunedwellers, Forbears, and Crowns, for instance - even the nations that adhere to those philosophies have regional and ideological variations, not to forget Nedic influences that have persisted amongst others, especially in cosmopolitan areas like Sentinel. Even the architecture carries these distinctions; Rihad, while also being staunchly Forbear, looks absolutely nothing like Sentinel.

    I think it's also worth noting that the Walkabout is a concept clearly inspired by the indigenous Aboriginal tradition of the same name; I wouldn't be surprised if one could find other traditions within TES lore with analogues in the real world, so I wouldn't necessarily consider anything to be too fantastical to be grounded in the real per say. There's an old Hindu epic that could easily pass as science fiction. You might just be surprised if one searches hard enough. Love your energy and enthusiasm though!
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  3. Mwatuangi added a post in a topic LOTR PROJECT ( RECRUITING )   

    MeMod wasn't C&D'd. They chose to preemptively halt it instead of risk legal issues.
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  4. Mwatuangi added a post in a topic Yoku exterior set - towns & ruins   

    I think it's worth noting that Yoku style is distinct and won't be purely arabic. We have a lot of unique stuff planned that will easily distinguish it from simply being an arabic copypasta, as they are more than simply that; there are the obvious Arabic and African elements, but there are Asian influences as well, for instance. TES obviously has strong influences as far as its cultures are depicted but in the best cases - like the Mesoamerican aesthetic and conventions of the Argonians - can be seen as more of an homage in contrast to the Nords.

    I think some of those patterns would be a bit too noisy on buildings and overpower the player, especially given how big some of the  cities are. I prefer a mixture -see the small steps and entranceway, which have tiles patterned with Yoku symbols as an example. The doors and the minaret have  engravings on them as well. It accents the architecture and helps to define it. I imagine the huts with straw roofs could be something more suitable as inspiration for dunedweller settlements.
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  5. Mwatuangi added a post in a topic Yoku exterior set - towns & ruins   

    I just realized that the stairs of the Yoku house have those symbols on them. A very nice, subtle touch that says a lot about the culture without saying too much!
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  6. Mwatuangi added a post in a topic Primer: The Abecean Isles   

    Fantastic write-up! I always imagined in headcanon that Raga attitudes toward magick in Stros M'kai would be fairly distinct from the traditional views that Raga have.
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  7. Mwatuangi added a post in a topic Primer: Sentinel   

    Gotcha. That makes sense then. I could see a particular group participating in the practice. Thanks for clarifying that, and keep up the great work!
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  8. Mwatuangi added a post in a topic Primer: Sentinel   

    I like what I see so far. Some thoughts:

    Re: Dzeno-gyoko, sounds a bit out of character for Sentinese women. Forebears are traditionally open to incorporating other customs and influences into their culture, but nonetheless maintain their own sense of identity. As the Breton women do not, to my knowledge, engage in such a practice, it would make no sense for Sentinese women to do so. Perhaps incorporating fashion, etiquette, and other behavior Breton women have into their own lifestyles that they admire, but certainly not painting their faces to be Breton women. To do so would betray how the Sentinese view themselves according to what you're putting forth, as a unique society of diverse people who represent the best of their respective heritages complementing each other. I do like the notion of masquerades you suggested perhaps as an element of the aristocracy, as well. I also think the inclusion of Covens that have fused Yokudan-Nedic customs as an alternative to this is especially ingenious.

    Is "autokrator" meant to be a Yoku word? If so, there's "Yokeda", which essentially means the same.

    I also appreciate in your characterization of the Fourth Era political relations between the Crowns and Forebears that you aren't turning them into Raga Stormcloaks and Imperials.
    EDIT: One discrepancy I noticed references the Night of Green Fire. I like the idea of there being some sort of reminder in the area of the event, but it's important to note that as of the current time, the event in question happened in 4e 42, so over a century ago. It would be highly likely that the remainder of the temple of Xarxes was either restored or repurposed by the time of Raguda's independence. Perhaps a some sort of tribute to that historical event to commemorate it could also be found there?

    That said, I love what you've done. You've made a pretty sprawling, intriguing narrative and even managed to succintly interweave the events of ESO - I was always curious about IB's stance on incorporating said-lore, given it's reputation around these parts - in a means that feels organic. I think this write-up definitely gives us plenty of room and inspiration as far as questlines, etc., are concerned.
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  9. Mwatuangi added a post in a topic Noble House Sigils   

    Great work as usual! Can't wait to see how the finished product turns out.
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  10. Mwatuangi added a post in a topic Primer: Sentinel   

    "This belief in the superiority of their customs as the superior middle ground has on several occasions throughout history found an unfortunately racialised expression in the belief that Sentinese, as descendants of both Yokudans and (via Bretons) Altmer, carry “the blood of three continents” and exemplify the best traits of all three as a so-called “universal race”, supposedly the closest remaining heirs to the mythical Ehlnofey. While this belief undoubtedly originated as a defensive rebuttal to Heigidhi and other Old Crown claims that their complex ancestry rendered them “impure” it has over time hardened into a belligerent triumphalism of its own, adding further fuel to the fires of division that have so often scorched wider Raguda."

    Real life analogue can be found in PR concept of mestizaje.
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  11. Mwatuangi added a post in a topic Willing to become a writer for any province   

    What lv121 said. Perhaps an in-universe piece of writing sample. If you're familiar with writing quests, creating NPCs, etc., those are definitely skills I think would be especially valuable for various teams.
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  12. Mwatuangi added a post in a topic Recruitment Thread - No Longer Used   

    Hi Gatorfolk! Could we perhaps get an in-universe sample of writing, say some dialogue or some journal entries set within the TES universe? EDIT: Apologies for the delay!
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  13. Mwatuangi added a post in a topic Show us what you're working on!   

    Awesome work! Now I have to play Shivering Isles again...
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  14. Mwatuangi added a post in a topic [Book] [Series] [Hammerfell] Stolen Legacy   

    After an epic wait, I bring you not one, but TWO new volumes of Stolen Legacy. Here's the sixth volume:
    Stolen Legacy, Vol Six

    Magnus glared down upon Sentinel by the time Ramma and Marud had returned to Danalione. The priestess saw Marud and immediately brought him inside to the undercroft, tending to his wounds as best as she could. Yet, Ramma knew it wasn’t enough; none of us are safe here any longer. They will come, and their vengeance will be swift. Ramma wanted to remain, but she knew that she stood no chance without any weapons of her own, let alone allies with the political clout she needed that she could trust. She half-imagined a small company of Gada were stationed right outside of her home, awaiting her return.
    Amil was already awake and snacking on a pomegranate. Ramma kept her eyes locked upon the amulet of Onsi as it dangled across his chest, waiting for the gem embedded within its pommel to glow again as it had before. She only saw rays from candlelight strike its flaws instead; rather, the grooves formed by the script carved into it. A creed of some sort, a promise to the Boneshaver Himself from the Ansei. Wait... Ramma paused a moment and shook her head.
    Since when can I read ancient Yoku?
    The “True Yoku” - as the staunchest of her Crown brethren liked to call it - she knew was a language preserved mostly orally. Only a modest amount of literature was dedicated to its written form. Yet, even “True Yoku” was merely one of myriad dialects that the many nations and tribes of Yokuda once spoke; the Dunedwellers of the Alik’r spoke a few variations of them a well.
    The Hel-hi-bateki matani she’d kept (how do I even know what they’re called?) were far from ordinary memory stones; it must’ve imparted this knowledge inside of her before she gave it to Saleem, burying its secrets deep within the parts of her mind she never ventured.  Speaking of buried... Ramma cast another glance at Amil’s amulet and shuddered to imagine the kind of knowledge hidden inside of it.
    Onsi’s wisdom, Marud called it. And now Amil’s been exposed to it. I wonder if... Ramma thought of their battle with Yakkaz’s men and how readily Amil had stabbed the Gada attacking them. He’d seen death before, but Ramma had hoped he’d never have to participate in it himself. Wisdom of that kind is nothing my brother needs. Yet, Ramma sensed that a much different fate awaited Amil. Her heart missed a beat when she realized the feeling wasn’t truly hers.
    “So Ramma, how does your arm feel?” Marud asked, wincing as Danalione sewed his shoulder wounds closed.
    Ramma raised her arm, still partly mystified by what had transpired. “It’s fine. Doesn’t hurt or anything.”
    “I see,” Marud nodded, “I think that is incredible. What do you think it was? I’ve never seen a blade of pure magicka that looked like that before. Sure, maybe a Daedric one conjured by a m’kai, but never one like yours.”
    “Well it wasn’t a shehai, if that’s what you want to imply,” Danalione interjected, nicking the string with her teeth as she tied Marud’s wound closed.
    “Hey, watch it, Gurleht!” Marud yelped.
    “Don’t whine! I’m almost done as it is,” Danalione snapped.
    “Why can’t you just heal him as you did me yesterday, Dana?” Ramma asked.
    Danalione sighed, wiping her forehead with the back of her palm a moment before washing her hands in the basin next to her. “Those of us skilled in Restoration know that there’s a difference between mending shallow wounds like yours and those of people who’ve experienced,” Danalione frowned at Marud, “repeated physical and mental trauma. There are many ways to scar things, and spells can only heal so much. He’s very lucky, almost blessed I’d wager, to be alive. But his body will certainly take no more abuse.”
    “Don’t Dana, or you’ll make that ego of his even greater than it already is.”
    “Heh,” Dana snickered, as she stopped tending Marud’s shoulder and covered his wound. “I’m finished now. He’s lucky I’m not charging him for this.”
    “Or ‘blessed’, perhaps?” Marud replied, smiling. Danalione sat back, mouth slightly ajar, but halted before she spoke again and chose to wash her hands instead, glaring at him the entire time.
    “I warned you, Dana.”
    “Any way, I don’t think you used a shehai. Sounds more like an advanced magickal skill. The best Ansei in Skaven haven’t put on more than a light performance ever since the power was lost. Or, if the bluster about the stones is what it’s cracked up to be, I can only hope that it was only the beginning of one.”
    “But the legends say that the Ansei could summon them when their need was dire out of pure instinct. Could Ramma not have done the same?” Marud asked, rubbing his shoulder.
    “Look, I may sound like an unbeliever–,”
    “You most certainly do, doesn’t she Ramma?”
    “Quiet it, Marud.”
    “However,” Danalione raised her voice, stopping short of a shout, “I show doubt only out of caution. If forming a shehai were as simple as absorbing whatever forbidden knowledge lay inside of that stone, do you imagine the kind of havoc the Oyebras would unleash once they discovered it, and who’s to say they haven’t already?”
    “She’s right, Marud,” Ramma massaged her arm, gazing at her palm again. “We already have enough to fear, and Shehai Shen She Ru never was an easy art to learn, let alone master.” Ramma then remembered Yakkaz’s words to Saleem. That’s what he meant by “understand the knowledge I was given”. I have to comprehend what I have before I can use it effectively.
    “So have you decided where you’ll be going now? Forgive me for not being able to keep you here any longer, Ramma.”
    “No apologies are needed. You’ve risked enough. Marud will take my brother with him and we will meet later on outside of Sentinel. That is, if I’m not killed by the Oyebras this evening,” Ramma showed Danalione the memory stone she’d given to her. “It worked. So did your spell. I think thanks are owed to you now.”
    Danalione stood and dried her hands with a towel, tossing it aside. “Thank your father Weywran; those spells came from his work. It’s actually a sealing spell priests of Tu’whacca use.” Danalione then gazed past Ramma, motioning for Amil. “Come, young man,” Danalione waved a giant sack of date palms with a crafty grin. “I’ve got a parting gift for you!” Amil was beside her almost immediately. “I also have this,” Danalione revealed a light brown hooded tunic embroidered with the crest of Arkay, “to protect you from the heat. I enchanted it myself.” Probably with an Illusion spell or two to conceal him to the untrained eye, Ramma thought.
    Ramma turned toward Marud and helped him to his feet. “Are you ready, now, no shira?”
    “I will have to be.”
    “Then, it’s time.”
    “Ramma,” Danalione approached her with a small tome within her hands. “Here,” she handed it to Ramma. “Weywran said it was your birthright, and that I was only to give it to you once I knew you were ready.”
    Ramma took the book, slim and bound with a strong hide that had been dyed white, and recognized her father’s seal on its cover. “Is this...?”
    “Yes, it is. You can learn the spell that I gave you, as well as many other magicks,” Danalione tried to smile again, but failed. “Turns out that for all of the Raga’s contempt of most magick, the Yoku people were once quite adept at it. You’re proof of this.”
    “Dana, you don’t have to...”
    “I’ll watch over your home and make sure none of those no lo’igri taint a single thing,” Danalione continued, gazing away from them. “You should go now; I’m sure the Oyebras will sic their Gada upon this place soon. Nothing is sacred any more.”
    Ramma held Danalione tight within a final hug, and pecked her cheek. “Thank you so much!”
    “Just keep making your parents proud. Now get! We both have jobs to do, you know!” Danalione said, playfully shooing Ramma away from her, “And take good care of that mantle! Those things are not cheap!”
    Ramma nodded and put the book inside one of her indigo cloak’s inner pockets. “I will. Trangai, Dana.”
    “Goodbye,” Danalione replied, as the three disappeared inside a mist of shadow.
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  15. Mwatuangi added a post in a topic Bruma Clothing   

    Looking good!
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