Slaves – a personal point of view

I must confess: I never played the role of a slave and had no slaves. You will probably wonder why on Earth I get to write an article about this? Well, because there is a reason I never played the role and never cared to have a slave in my roleplay: I do not like the idea of it in SL, as far as I noticed. I got to interact with different ‘slaves’ while I played in an ancient sim, or visiting Gorean realms. But we are not a Gorean sim, so I will not talk about it. I would like to suggest few things about (and for) the slaves we have and we shall have in Auria, mostly because I do not ‘flirt’ with the idea of Gorean slavery.

I know, Auria is not ancient sim, but the idea of ancient (mostly Roman and Greek) slavery is more appealing to me, in a roleplay of course. Auria has (or we try to make it have) many Medieval specifics. Medieval slaves were mostly used for physical activities, and the most important were: working the field and serving the Nobles in their homes, meaning: cooking, cleaning, serving at the table, taking care of the animals.

I would suggest for Auria more than just that. Auria is Medieval, but not quite a typical Medieval: we do not have the Christianity. Auria is Pagan, whatever that means. Why? Because we have people of different believes and religions playing, so why would make anyone uncomfortable? I could even say Auria, unlike the real medieval Kingdoms, is more of a ‘no religion’ place. We are not Middle Ages, we try to create a Middle Ages atmosphere for the players. To go back to the original idea of the paragraph, I shall tell you few things about the Ancient (especially Roman) slavery, so you understand my intentions and ideas better.

I shall not speak about the Roman slaves used on fields or basic housework. There were different types of slaves and, among them, those highly valued in the Roman society: the educated slaves. An educated slave was, for example, a librarian, an accountant, a secretary, a doctor, a teacher. Of course, doesn’t mean all those categories were slaves. Antinous, the personal slave of the Roman Emperor Hadrian was an excellent sportsman and a highly intelligent person with a great education. Philosopher Epictetus (stoic) spent his youth as a slave in Rome to Nero`s secretary, Epaphroditos. Epictetus was also the teacher of Arrian, the author of one of the most famous ancient history work, ‘Anabasis of Alexander’. The list can go on, but I think Epictetus is the best example of a ‘high-class’ slave and also proves what I wrote above.

Not to know such details about History is not a crime. But playing a slave in an Ancient sim like you play it in a Gorean sim is wrong. And highly inaccurate. Gor is fiction, History is not.

I was talking about realistic roleplay in my previous article- just do this exercise. Imagine you, as a flesh and bones person, sitting on your knees not for a whole day, but for an hour. Now imagine sitting like that for a day. Now for a month. You don’t need a high amount of knowledge of Anatomy to guess what would happen to your knees. Or what the long-term consequences for you would be after few months. How would that affect your feet, your bones, your muscles, your spine. Your health. Human body is not build to support it`s own weight on the knees. A slave on their knees was and should be a punished slave; in any case, not a day to day behavior.

What would I ask from my slaves, if I had any (and I shall have)? Well, many things, I can be a very demanding person. Depends on the task they have: a slave taking care of my house here in SL should be polite, entertaining with my guests, have a decent look (meaning I don’t wanna see rags or silks, unless I especially demand it), generally interested about whats going on around her/him. To be able to take care of their basic needs and not ask my permission every time they need to drink a glass of water. I want them have own relations and friends and understand I am not their friend, but their owner (or master, or whatever) and I don’t have either the time nor the interest to keep them around me 24/7 and take them with me on my visits or walks around the Kingdom. I play the role of a Count, which means I have many things to take care of, way more important than entertaining a slave with my presence. Of course, I would not ignore them and they would not ignore my needs and calls, but that doesn’t mean we need to suffocate each other.

An educated slave, well, that is different: such slaves should be more ‘outgoing’ than the housework slaves. A slave used as a secretary should know how to relate very well with those around, write my letters, keep my papers in order, ease the communication between me and the people I need communicate with, and so on. A doctor slave should keep me and those in my family and my home, including the other slaves, in good health and keep close relations with other doctors in the Kingdom, to exchange ideas, solutions, potions etc. I wouldn’t stop my slaves have a relationship or a love affair as long as that will not affect their work. They would have their free time, away from their work, in which they are allowed to socialize, go out, have fun with friends. Slaves are, after all, same human as I am. You, as a slave, have a love affair with the servant girl of another Noble House? Fine, feel free to live your love story in your free time, why not? Wanna marry? Well, we shall talk about that and decide whats the best way, especially if the chosen one belongs to someone else.

I am not interested in sex slaves, so I shall not speak about it. If I want sex with one of my slaves, I simply do it. You don’t need flirt with me – if I want it, I shall let you know that.

Of course, I can not impose my ideas to the other players, but I would truly like to see the slaves of Auria treated better than some statues or decorations sitting around, in a corner, ignored for hours and not able to have own life and fun. I don’t think its realistic or respectful for the person behind the monitor playing that slave.

Best regards and have fun in your roleplay!

 

Eden Stroganov

Few things about roleplay

I had an interesting talk with one of my new friends today, so decided to write down some ideas considering the roleplay and the ‘making-of’ characters in a roleplay, hopefully my ideas and suggestions to be helpful! I insist on the fact that what I write down here are simply my ideas about things, based on my experiences around Second Life and roleplay.

So, to start with, I`ll talk about the making of a character, both in general and particular lines, to make it fit in Auria. This might help the new players (new in roleplay) and also those new in Auria who aren’t sure what role to choose.

I would start with some general lines: how to pick your character in a roleplay? Well, first thing first: most, if not all roleplay sims, deliver notecards with the information they consider you should know- the story (History) of the place, time period, rules of the place and so on. The first thing you are supposed to do is read those notes- maybe not all from the first, if they offer a lot of information, but you should know what the time period is at least, mostly because it`s not very nice (I don’t use word disrespectful very much, it has a higher meaning than simply being confused or not understanding exactly whats going on, humans do make mistakes without the intention of being disrespectful) to just walk around in an ancient Greek sim, even as a visitor, wearing your ripped blue jeans and your Nirvana t-shirt. Many sims do provide free clothing at the landing point- if you lack money, SL marketplace offers a great deal of free or very cheap stuff who might well match the time period the sim you are about to visit belongs.

Visit the sims! Stopping at the landing point and reading few notecards wont help you really get in the ‘middle’ of it, so to speak. Dare to walk around, dare to contact people if you need help (always in IM), avoid interrupt any roleplay going on, no matter how ‘in need’ you are.

Be very careful about the sim rules. Every each sim in SL is payed for, which means: they are private property of a person or a group of people. Consider it their home in SL, which they pay rent for; that means you need at least the basic of common sense. If you prove not to have it, well, you take the risk of being thrown out. You are a guest, so behave like a guest. You do not like the rules, or the roleplay going on? Means you need to keep searching for a place that suits you better, not to try change that place as you desire – that will not happen.

Also, if you ask for help and guidance, be sure you fallow the guidance. I had people contacting me, asking for help. What I first did, I sent them to collect the free notecards with information at the landing point, and I did got answers like ‘Well, that’s too much to read, you tell me!’. You need to understand that those notecards were made especially for you, to be a guide and a help, to make you understand whats going on. Also, you have to understand that the people made those notecards had a good reason: not to talk with each every new comer and explain them everything from a to z, just because the new comer is too lazy to take 10 minutes and read some simple useful notecards. I think those are basic things everyone should understand and accept.

How do you choose your character? Well, there are few basic questions you should ask yourself: Am I a man or a woman? Young or old? Rich or poor? Am I the dominant way or more the submissive way (neutral, maybe)? Am I a warrior or rather a philosopher? Do I like to be in charge or like to be guided in a RP? They sound as being general questions, yes- but they are a very good start. If you came from a past (in RP) where you were for example a servant and you enjoyed it, you might want to build your new character fallowing the same steps as before, unless, of course, you want to try something new. After you decide (you can also call for help!), you need to have a background story of your character, who gives it personality. A person does not come out of nowhere in this world, we all have a background in RL – same in a roleplay. Keep it on a realistic line: if you have a fisherman background in your story, you cannot come and claim the King to bestow you the role of a Nobleman. Relate your past life to your future role as much as possible.

Avoid the cliché, SL is full of lost princesses or people loosing their memory. Just don’t be that! Think of something original, give your character personality, strengths and weaknesses, Hercules and Xena exist only in mythology and films.

Also, study a bit! If you are about to roleplay in a Medieval sim, as Auria is, would be very nice to at least google something of the Medieval History of Europe, theres a lot of information on Internet. Reading few minutes about it could help you a lot understand the world you are about to step in. You don’t have to be a PhD in Medieval History at all, but having few notions of it would truly make things easier for you and those around you. And I shall give you an example: you get into Auria and choose the role of a miller. You meet Count Stroganov, in whatever circumstance. You don’t just ‘Hello, Eden! How are you?’- just don’t! Having a bit of classes understanding would do you very much good. If you do that, the Count might feel more than offended IC and react like it. Don’t be surprised if that happens! Unless, of course, you do want your character in big trouble. If you choose the role of a miller means you accepted to play a person of that social condition. Middle Ages is not modern days, where everyone is equal (more or less). Even in modern days, you prolly don’t just call your boss Johnny, but Mr. Smith, or whatever his name would be.

Don’t take IC things personally. If a Pirate tries to get rough on you and steal your gold, that’s it! Act the scene! If you don’t like the scene, avoid it or get an OOC understanding with the person playing the Pirate. And never forget that the others act on your characters, not you personally. If you quarrel IC with someone, don’t take it OOC. You are NOT your character. Neither is the other person.

Try build a good profile. If you like to roleplay or you are about to learn it, better write down few RP limits also. They have to be according to the game you involve in: if you go as a slave in Gor, for an example, you don’t write ‘No kneeling’ at your RP limits. If you go in an adult sim, most probably you wont have ‘No sex scenes’- they are hard to avoid in such a realm. You don’t like sex scenes, well, play somewhere else, if you want to avoid being involved or seeing them. And so on, the list could go on for ever. Remember, though, you are not OBLIGATED to do anything you are not comfortable with. If someone tries get you in a rape scene, for an instance, and you don’t wanna play it, better let that person know OOCly.

Avoid calling people names IC. Respect the other players and their characters as much as possible, no matter what position you have. Don’t be rude! In any case, don’t cross some limits. Don’t harass the other players. If you play a Pirate for an instance, it is your role to be the villain- but that doesn’t mean you have to offend the others. Walking on the streets and calling a lady a whore for example just because you are a Pirate and you are supposed to be mean wont do it. Be creative and play your own character!

Another thing I strongly recommend is never forget you are not alone in a RP. Be careful to those around, their IC needs and reactions. Don’t try get the RP for yourself, and I shall give another example from my personal experience: I was in the middle of a RP, when suddenly a lost princess (told you there are thousands around, on every corner of the street) comes along and, without the smallest care for the RP going on, she starts to cry around, screaming her lost princess problems, faint at our feet and, even more, letting us know in IM that we should react IC. All she got was a very clear passing-by from us, the players already involved in a RP. You just don’t do that- is lack of respect and you wont get anything, except being avoided by the other players.

Don’t be afraid to emote a bit! Emotes should be your 5 senses transposed in words, and not your thoughts… Remember people cannot read thoughts in RL. Describe your moves, your gestures, describe a color, an object, describe you feelings transposed in those moves and glances, describe a  taste or a smell, never a thought. The thoughts your write down as your dialogue. DO NOT emote for another, like: ‘Johnny rises his hand and slaps her face, seeing her scared eyes as she turns her gaze back at him’ – that is wrong. Perhaps she isn’t scared, perhaps she is furious, puzzled, even indifferent sometimes! You don’t know. Let the other person react to the slap, for its their right to react as they think they should!

I personally am not a big paragrapher. Mostly because it takes time to write it down and information could be revealed without writing down a whole novel while the others wait for your RP reaction. I prefer the <</me turns around, hearing man`s voice and glances straight in his eyes, confused ‘Oh! I thought you already left, or so your servant told me!’>> to   <</me turns around, his cape fluttering in the wind while he feels an itch in his eyes because of the dust of this very hot Summer day, hearing the deep unmistakable voice of his old friend from Paris, and looks straight in his blue big shady wonderful eyes, feeling all confused and surprised, telling him with a soft voice provoked by his recent illness kept him in bed for three weeks ‘Oh! I thought you already left, or so your servant told me!’>> And yes, I met that. I do not say its wrong… I just think its full of useless information and it takes time to write and read for the others. If it’s a roleplay that involves several players and all do that, for me, personally, it can get boring. A RP should be dynamic and enjoyable, not a whole series of paragraphs full of useless information. I don’t say don’t do it, if you enjoy it- I don’t do it, so it`s a very personal stuff.

In the end of this, a last personal advice: always try to put yourself in the place of your character. For example you play simple free girl from a village, living a carefree life in your small happy family and the Tartars kidnap you and sell you as a slave. How would you react? What would you feel about your new situation? How would you adapt to it, how much would take you to adapt to it? How would you take the separation from your loving parents and siblings? Consider all the aspects of you ‘life’ and try play your character realistic. And don’t forget to have fun! If it`s no fun for you, then don’t do it.

With the hope that my article was useful, wish you all a happy SL! Feel free to comment and share us own ideas and experiences!

Yours, truly,

Eden Stroganov

Auria is growing!

Greetings, Aurians and visitors!

Glad to let you know that Auria is growing, new buildings and roleplay ideas. We have the marvelous Pirate Ship, ‘The Black Pearl’, named after her Captain, Jack Black Pearl, and the dark occult Under City, under the caves of King`s Castle, a place where the new slave market will be, a place for pirates, retired sailors and soldiers, witches, pimp, prostitutes, thieves; anyway, all those… lets say not very happy to just be part of the lawful society! Few pics will come here for you! Enjoy!

*The Black Pearl*

 

 

 

 

 

*The Under City*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eden Stroganov

 

 

 

 

 

 

House of Stroganov

House of Stroganov, founded by the Count Eden Stroganov, has the ambition of becoming the most powerful clan of Auria, in the shortest time possible, and if necessary, by stepping over all the other clans.  Surely, Eden will do anything in his power to succeed, knowing that he has King Rene as his supporter.  But King Rene shouldn’t rely that much on Stroganovs` loyalty.  Surprises could occur anytime.

Nobles of the Stroganov House, usually of questionable morality, tend to aggressively protect their names and their leader, knowing that his position at Rene`s court can only bring them benefits. That doesn`t mean that, if the situation calls, they wont betray him, or pretend to do so, just in order to get a new advantage, for them and their House. They show no respect to common people and strongly believe that they exist only to be obeyed and feared. However, Count Stroganov watches over them in order to keep them in line, which he sometimes succeeds… Sometimes not.

                                                 ***COUNT EDEN STROGANOV***

Eden Stroganov is the son of Ivan Stroganov, nicknamed “Furry Vania” for his habit of wearing wolf furs anytime, anyplace.  Furry Vania, a well known and bloody thief of Kiev, was the renegade of a respectable family.  He taught his son Eden all he needed to know to prepare him for his future life, following in his father’s footsteps, but Ivan was killed by a rival clan.  Eden, still almost a child and the only boy, was taken away from his family in order to be used by the rivals in the future for their villainous purposes.  But he was treated badly, and one rainy autumn night, he decided to run away to live the life of a vagrant for a couple of years all around Europe.

Traveling to Auria, he met King Rene and found new success.  Using his talents as a thief and liar, he organized a scheme to capture King Armand, Rene`s arch rival.  Impressed by the skills of such a young innocent-looking man, King Rene bestowed on him a new title, with powers to finally help Eden climb into the position he has coveted.  Now that he has reached this position, he will do whatever it takes to keep it.

                                                               ***NATE SNOW***

(alias Nate Stroganov)

History: Nate was born and grew up in eastern Europe on the borders of Asia, in a rather large city, his mother took care of him as best she could, teaching right from wrong, and to have a healthy respect for women, often reinforced with a firm swat to his bottom. Unfortunately for Nate, his mother wasn’t around to see him through to manhood. She did however, inform him who his father was, mentioning she was raped by a man known as Furry Vania.

She died when he was well into his 15th year, and that left him to the mercy of an orphanage in the town. In the orphanage he often spent his time escaping it, getting into trouble for not returning. Unfortunately for him, a year after his mother died and he burned his last bridge to the orphanage, he was snatched away from there and put on a ship to the Americas, where he spent near three months at sea with a bunch of older explorers, he only spent about two months in America before he caught a boat back to england, where he heard rumor of his fathers true identity, thanks to a conversation he overheard in a tavern, Ivan Stroganov, two of his sons were alive, and known, unlike him, being an orphan at 15 he was given the name Nate Snow when no father was named, now he knew his true name was Stroganov.

After another month of searching and gathering what info he could without arousing suspicions, he followed the first of his brothers, stalking him from a distance till he had no choice but to board the same ship to keep with him. He was only vaguely aware that Voltar was on his way to Auria, and knew little of why, he’d only heard rumors of something to do with a treasure. He came to the kingdom once more on a boat, only now he was 18, and the other men on the ship took interest in him, being the girliest male on the ship, it wasn’t surprising that he ended up on the butt end of a lot of attention, most was nice and he found he liked it, but sometimes there were those who didn’t care if he enjoyed it or not.

Once in Auria he found himself out of money, no resources, and he’d lost track of his brother, he spent a week stealing for food, changing his view on what it was to steal to survive, over stealing just for the sake of greed. As fat would have it, he found the tavern owner to be a kind woman, and quickly offered him a job, as well as a place to stay, and three square meals a day, which, for the moment distracted him from his quest to find his family… till now…

                                          ***LADY ISABEAU EUPHRANIA***

Lady Isabeau is the only child of Baron William Euphrania. She grew up sheltered from the outside world in a castle with servants and all the trappings of the wealthy of the Middle ages.
She was born in England and remained almost unseen by the outside world until she was sixteen.
At this age she was by law expected to be wed by one of the nobility but her Father wished to keep her at the Castle as he had a fondness for gambling and parties with the well known gentry of other lands.

It was during one such time in her life that her Father started to keep secrets( in our time it would be hiding bills) in this time period scrolls with seals of great importance. She found the servants were sent away dismissed but hey told her very little, she was to lean to act like a Lady in all things

One bright morning Lady Isabeau is sent to Auria with a letter for Baron Stroganov. Isabeau learns that her Father has sent her as payement of a debt to the now Count of the House of Stroganov.

To hear the truth is a shock for Isabeau when learning her Father owes the young Count Eden 10000 coins she cannot believe the lies and deception form her Father.

Lady Isabeau is now the prisoner of Count Eden Stroganov and will reamin so until the debt is paid.
Currently she seeks a way of escaping the Count for she has heard in his time in Auria he has commited terible deeds.

The young Lady Isabeau can be stubborn and unyeilding but is also gentle kind and polite to everyone although she draws a line on respecting those from the underworld who break the law.
She is intelligent and will try to make things have a brighter side even if the world seems murky.
Perhaps in time she will lose her innocence and chaste side and embrace what it means to be a true Lady of the House of Stroganov, only time will tell.

                                      ***LORD SAFIRE STROGANOV***

Safire Traveled to Auria from his Family Lands of Ravenspire and Sybaris In Search of missing Family Members he uprooted and left for Auria with his Daughter Anne.

Safire Was Born of royalty and admiralty and grew to become prince Royal of Sybaris one in a long line of Descendants to the Throne. After arguments with his father he set off to find his cousin Count Eden Stroganov with who he had plans on staying with for a while.

                                                      ***VOLTAR DHAMPHYR***

Voltar Dhamphyr was born in Kiev, as the oldest son of Ivan Stroganov, leader of a notorius clan of renegades. Soon after his birth, Ivan married another woman and Vol was pushed aside. Vol’s mother was rumored to be a witch and a vampire, although this was never proven. His younger brother, Eden, had become the choosen one, but despite being something of an outcast, Vol grew up loyal to his father and the clan, hoping someday to be accepted. After his father’s death, Eden was captured by rivals and Voltar swore revenge against all enemies of the clan, and after a few years of bloody war, Voltar was victorious.

He returned to Kiew to lead the clan and grew close to his stepmother. And when she discovered that a sizable treasure had been left to her, she had Voltar set of on a quest to find his younger brother, if he was still alive. The long journey finally ended in Auria, where Voltar found his brother, living in high style, as Count Stroganov, a favorite of King Rene. And now, Voltar and Eden try to resolve their differences and settle old family disputes.

 

                                                         ***LADY ANNE***

 

 

Daughter to Lord Darkness Safire, Lady Anne was born of nobility as her father is from a long line of Royalty and Admiralty. She is Grand daughter to the Sheriff of Auria, Odin. She traveled with her father to Auria in search of his cousin Count Eden Stroganov. Now Lady in waiting at the House of Stroganov to the count.

Lady Anne is a rather quiet young woman, whom is often at her father’s side or not far away from him. She is shy around new people and rather innocent in nature. However if she feels threatened or angered she can soon turn into a feisty young woman with a very sharp tongue.

 

 

 

House of Magedon

                                         ***COUNTESS ZARA MAGEDON***

Zara is the eldest child of Baron Argonn and Baroness Kaila of the House of Magedon. The death of the baroness without bearing a son prompted the Baron to train young Zara in the arts of combat as well as in the ways of courtly life. Her ascension to the leadership of House Magedon upon Argonn’s death was not widely accepted at first, but she has proven herself capable and the House has held together.

Zara has caught the eye of many noblemen…a normal occurance for an attractive noblewoman who has no husband. Her advisors seek to match her with a nobleman capable of leading her House, but none suitable have stepped forth…and no one knows if the fiery noble girl would marry one without a fight anyway.

House of Magedon

     The House of Magedon…rebuilding after the death of Baron Argonn, now led by his eldest daughter, Zara. Devoted to the throne of Auria, the House and its Baroness are champions of what is best for the realm…although rumors fly to the contrary. Bravery and strength are the hallmarks of House Magedon.

                                           ***LADY MANDALYNN ALVARNA***

Lady Mandalynn Alvarna is the daughter of Sir Dagron the Black, and serves as Lady in Waiting to Baroness Zara of House Magedon.
Mandalynn grew up in House Magedon, during its time under the leadership of Baron Fabian, helping the baron’s daughter Amelia torment the nannies. At the age of 13, she became Lady in Waiting to the baron’s new young wife Zara. The new baroness was unhappy, as the marriage had not been of her choosing, so young Mandalynn did all she could to brighten Zara’s life. With the death of the baron four years later, Mandalynn became even more of a rock for the baroness to lean on, and as the noble family moves to Auria from their fallen Solace, has become as much a daughter to Zara as Amelia is.

It has become known to some that Mandalynn has also been taught the skills of archery and sword…and some say served with the Rangers of Solace. But of course that may be a rumor.

The Free People of Auria (workers)

Middle Class of Auria represents all those people that are neither Nobles or Serfs (or slaves/prisoners/villains) and who own a small business of their own OR working for the money they earn. In this category we have:
A. Higher Middle Class: keepers of all kinds (tavern keeper, brothel keeper, shop keeper, marketstalls keeper etc), Officers (except General and Knights), doctors, sheriff, Priestesses, scholars, poets, artists, teachers, Druids.
B. Lower Middle Class: all types of workers who earn their money legally: tavern wenches, brothel girls, soldiers, miller, butcher, tanner, armorer, cook, payed servant, fisherman, hunter, housekeeper, nanny, woodcutter etc.

Middle Class is the base of Medieval Society. They can be rich, especially those in the higher middle class, maybe not so well-off. In any case, they cannot measure with the Nobles, the exception being the Priestesses, who are a bit of a ‘special’ category.
Show respect for those higher in rank/class- if you are a ‘high middle class’ like a doctor or a scholar, do not double cross any Noble- after all, they might pay you very well for your services. If you are a tavern wench, better think twice before you disrespect the doctor or a teacher entering the tavern or you meet on the streets or at the market. Be respectful. If anyone hurts you in any way, you have the right to complain to those higher than you: your patron (Tavern Keeper for a tavern wench, Officer for a soldier etc). In any case, dont start argue with those higher in class than you; if you do, you take your risks.
As a middle class, you usually serve whatever needs of the Nobility if you are asked to do so (of course, that also can be agreed OOCly). Don`t forget- the Nobles have the supreme power in a medieval Kingdom (almost equal to a King/Queen)! You can negotiate with them, of course. Caution: this wont make you their servants, but try keep the right attitude IC.

                                                   ***JUSTINE MOYET***

(Tavern keeper)

Justine is the daughter of pirate Captain Dirk “Blackheart” Moyet and his wife Rebekka, a tavernmaid and priestess of a druidic sect. Justine grew up in the taverns where her mother worked, often used by the tavernkeeps as a ‘crier’, one who ran around town advertising the tavern. Once grown into a young woman, the ‘crier’ was soon hired on as a tavernmaid, her looks and personality making her tavern a popular stop with the lads.
Justine also learned the other ways of her mother, becoming quite skilled at brewing up herbal concoctions that could have varying effects on the imbiber…normally beneficial. A ritual meant to bring healthy crops to the land resulted in the birth of a child…and in spite of the flourishing harvest, many in the land began to view her as a witch. She left the land, travelling from port to port, raising money any way she could…until she found herself in Auria. The young woman quickly found the tavern…run down and ownerless. She bought the place from King Rene, naming it “Restless Knights” in honor of the knights who were her first steady patrons, and now begins a new chapter in her life.

                                                  ***MARIA CALANTINI***

(Brothel Madam)

Maria`s life wasn`t necessary a very tumultuous one, but she has her past experiences for sure.  Her mother`s sister, who wanted very much a child and never had one, adopted Maria when she was just few years old and raised her around the brothel she had in Rome, fancy establishment for the rich, so Maria knew exactly what life in a brothel was like. Educated and smart, she was about to take over her aunt`s business, when an unexpected fight started between them and Maria, rebel and passionate, left the brothel and the business for ever. Literate, she worked as a librarian for few years before she got bored and decided to travel with the money she had from her patron- and it wasnt a small amount. So she finds Auria and the brothel here who needed a skilled woman to rule it. She named it ‘La Rosa Nera’, The Black Rose and started her own business.

                                                                   ***DAMON***

Damon found his way to Auria recently, travelling from America. He is the son of a white English woman and a Native warrior who she ran away with. When she considered Damon was old enough to travel and understand the things around him, she took him on a long trip to Europe, to show him his roots and long lost relatives. Very curious about the new continent and it`s people, Damon decides to take a longer trip alone, so he took a ship to France and then traveled east, to Auria, where he finally decides to stop and stay for a while, camping in it`s forests. Used with hunting and fishing, also a pretty good young warrior himself, Damon finds his ways to make a living: fishing, hunting, selling meat and animal skin and also being Lord Voltar`s squire, a job who seems to bring him some nice extra money. His strange accent and looks may appear odd to some, but he doesnt care- he enjoys everyone and is, if not annoyed, a friendly guy. He is wise enough for his age and doesnt forget the ones that harm him. You will see him wander everywhere around, from Auria Town to the Under City, selling his fish and animal skins.

                                                              ***LARA LYNN***

Lara Lynn was born on a small farm in the countryside to a poor peasant family. At the age of 14 she was sold into a slave market, where she was bought up by a ponce and thereafter spent the next 6 years of her life as a sex slave. When she fell in love with one of her wealthy patrons she was ran out of town by fear of death. It was in this manner that she came upon the Kingdom of Auria where she now works as tavern girl, trying to make an honest living while trying to overcome her past.

                                                                    ***TAARA McCALLEN***

Place of birth: Small hanseatic town in north-east Europe
Parents: peasants, died. Brought up by middle-class family. A doctor and his wife.
History: Married by the stepfather to an old colleague to bear his children. First child was still born and after that none followed. She helped her husband in his work as a doctor. He taught her to be a nurse and encouraged to learn about folk medicine.
About a year ago her husband, Scottish by birth, decided they should move back to his home country. On the travel he unfortunately died (of old age probably), leaving behind money enough for his widow to survive for some time without any luxuries.
Taara comes to Auria in hope to find peaceful place to live and have a chance to keep practicing medicine and heal people. She also simply has nowhere else to go.

Taara has had education on the side of her step-brothers and sisters. But often she had to help out in the kitchen instead of attending the classes, so her education is not complete. Her husband and stepfather taught her about human anatomy and psychology. House cooking taught her about herbs and folk remedies. Shes very good midwife and has wide experience in pulling teeth, lowering fewer, curing skin diseases etc. At her husband side she has attended at bigger surgeries (like amputation) but is hesitant in doing it on her own.
Because she has not officially learned medicine she feels a need to always prove herself as a healer. Shes always trying to learn more and keep up with latest developments in medicine.

Taara can be quite indulgent and gentle unless its a matter of her healing, where she sticks by her decisions. She keeps away from quarrels and fights. Believing that human life is sacred she does not look well upon rough sports like jousting and sword fighting.
With her husband died less than a year ago she’s still in mourning. She has no children of her own, she has no hope in marrying again and her money reserve is diminishing fast. Having been always under the protection (and also limitations) of her stepfather and husband she is alone for the first time in her life. She’s scared, feeling lost and bewildered and is often bit of a pushover.

Curious facts:
*has a stepdaughter, from her husbands first marriage, she was sent to school in Scotland, very little communication between them now.
* tends to stutter when nervous
* her husband taught her among other things the art of making tattoos, although she does not advertise it.

                                                                   ***CAMILLE DEVERE***

Camille grew up in southern France in a prominent family, whose father was the Mayor of the town.  But wanderlust got in her blood at an early age and she soon ran away to join a group of performing gypsies. She ended up in Paris but that didn’t last as an abusive relationship caused her to run away again.  She left there, seeking a new home, determined that no one will ever mistreat her, or tame her.  Eventually, she was fortunate to have found her way to the amazing Kingdom of Auria, where she works part time in the tavern the brothel, La Rosa Nera.

 

                                         ***AKINOBU TSUNENAGA***

 

 

Akinobu was born in Edo Castle in Japan, the second son of the current reigning Emperor of Japan.  As he grew up, he was surrounded by some of the finest tutors in Japan and groomed to take the Chrysanthemum Throne in the event something would happen to his older brother.  Starting at a young age, he was also trained in combat by a pair of samurai that were part of the Emperor’s guard.  Growing up, he proved to be an intelligent boy and took to his tutoring well.  However, he was know to be rather mischievous and ended up often being scolded by his father for playing pranks on his tutors and the castle’s servants.

The young Akinobu took well to his training as a samurai.  He learned how to use swords and bows effectively and how to ride a horse into battle, even how to fire his bow accurately as a horse is galloping.  He took up Japanese calligraphy as a hobby to help him better learn better control and patience in combat.  He was also pushed into learning how to arrange flowers properly.  Something he did not exactly enjoy, but grudgingly did at his father’s command and would never admit the lessons helped him to learn to pay attention to detail and how to be patient.

As his teen years came about, he learned of who he would eventually be expected to marry.  One of the shogun’s daughters, pretty but supposedly of bad temperament.  He did not want to marry the girl, let alone any girl at all.  Since his mid-teenage years he had started sleeping with one of he samurai who was training him.  Not exactly an uncommon practice amongst the samurai, the teacher sleeping with a younger samurai he is training.

His training and tutoring kept going along and time passed.  Getting closer and closer to the time which he would be expected to marry, he started to plot an escape from Japan.  That is when he heard of an upcoming diplomatic mission to the Vatican by a man named Hasekura Tsunenaga. He managed to arrange a meeting with Tsunenaga and talk the man into letting him secretly join the mission in order to get away from Japan, using threats and offering to get more funding for the mission.  His samurai lover helped him to steal gems and gold from the imperial treasury so Akinobu would have enough to start a new life in Europe once he got there.  Akinobu successfully got away from Japan, masquerading as one of the samurai assigned to guard Tsunenaga on the trip.  During the trip, he managed to pick up how to speak English, Italian, and Latin from the European representatives that had been assigned to travel back to Europe with them.

Once he reached the Vatican, he split away from the mission and set out on his own.  He traveled through Italy for a while before finally hearing about the independent kingdom of Auria.  Deciding that might be a good place for a new start and to hide out from anyone his father might try to send to fetch him, he arranged for space on a ship bound for Auria.  Now he is in Auria and trying to figure out how to get a start.

 

 

Eden Stroganov

The Pirates of Auria

The Pirates of Auria have a Captain: Jack Black Pearl, who coordinates pirate activities. They live on the ship (The Black Pearl) but are also allowed to rent a room in the city if they want (Auria Town or Under City).
Captain Jack can choose his ‘lieutenants’ if he wishes but, in any case, anyone wants to play Pirate role must obey to Captain Jack`s orders.
Pirates are considered the ‘nobility’ of the villains in Auria, so please act like it and respect the Code of Honor (more details about the Code of Honor you can find contacting Jack).
Pirates act like a gang, so stay united as much as possible. Keep most of the illegal activities for the Docks (Under City); they can include: intimidations, extortion, stealing, plunder, rape, kidnapping etc. Of course, the Pirate activities shouldn’t summarize to those activities alone, nobody likes to be harassed all the time. Of course, Pirates are allowed to try their schemes in the Auria Town, too, but much more careful than at the docks, mostly because Nobles and Army are watching. If they push their luck too far, they might get banned from Auria Town for a while, ICly (matter of days or weeks, depending on how grave the crime is). Do not disrespect the Nobility and the Army of Auria, that can cause you very serious trouble.
Please do not harass the other players beyond limits: no one likes to be assaulted or attempted rape everytime they login SL! Use your imagination, create own stories and go along with them.

                                                            ***JACK PEARL***

(Pirate Captain)

“Young Jack”, as he is known by his crew, is the son of the notorious pirate, Jack Pearl, who roamed the seas with his band of brigands, plundering everything in sight. Unfortunately, on a recent adventure, Jack’s father was thrown overboard into the deep, never to be seen again. Jack has since taken command of the ship, The Black Pearl, and its crew, to follow in his father’s footsteps.

Hearing tales of a small but prosperous realm on the Corinthia Isle, The Kingdom of Auria, Jack decided to set his sails and pay a visit. Arriving one night under a full moon, The Pearl quietly dropped anchor and there she sits. Jack and a few of his crew rowed ashore the next morning to see just what this place had to offer.

 

                                                         ***AUDITORE BLACKHEART***

 

Son of William Renwick Lionheart, Earl of York and the Italian Contessa Alberta Contanto, Auditore Lionheart-Contanto`s life could have been a very promising one. His parents` money helped him study with the best teachers in the best school of England and fallow his childhood dream: in his late teens, Auditore joined Royal Navy as an officer and shortly he proved to be a skilled intelligent young man, being bestowed with the title of Captain and getting his own ship and crew, very much appreciated by superiors and subordinates. His career seemed to be an ascending one, until one day… Nobody knew exactly what happened to the young Captain, many rumors were heard. Some say it was a bad romance, others say it was an old curse in the family, well, many many things were said. One thing was sure: Auditore`s life changed almost sudden. His passion for good old rum, games and fights changed his life forever. One night he burned down his ship, chased away all his crew and disappeared for ever, only to fallow a young man he met in the harbor few nights before: Captain Jack ‘Black’ Pearl, the dreadful pirate known for his bad temper and cruelty. They go through many adventures together before they enter the waters of The Kingdom of Auria, still ‘sniffing’ it… A land of peace who was rumored to be very wealthy, too. They decide to stay for a while and see what this beautiful Kingdom can offer.

 

 

Eden Stroganov