Fantasy creatures of Auria

Werewolves of Auria

werewolf

Acting more like a secret society, the werewolves are, usually, sheep in wolves skins. They are basically humans, and born this way- they can transform into werewolves anytime they desire. They usually hide their true nature- only close friends and family know what they are, mostly. They cant stand the Elves, for they chased them away from their places in the forests years and years ago, so they will try provoke them anytime they find the occasion- attacking them directly or attacking the humans, especially those who elves seem to favor. They have secret meetings and plots for they want what they always wanted: supremacy in Auria. They are usually very loyal people and, in a war, they will fallow whoever they promised to fallow till the end.

Elves of Auria

Elf

Creatures of the forests, they were discreet about their presence until the war between strigoi and faes started. Elves are kind to the humans, even they consider them inferior species, and try help them. Mostly peaceful, they try negotiate with both parts, strigoi and humans and make peace between them- when their patience is over, they can be fierce warriors, but they will avoid a fight as much as possible, for they consider themselves as the ‘nobility’ of all creatures on earth and act like it. They surely not like that they have been troubled and had to come out in the light. Humans must be nice to them, even obey them, for they are, of course, the saviors.
Elves might be the most ancient, human-like race to ever live in the world. Naturally immortal and connected to nature, they remain unwearied with age. In addition to their immortality, an elf can recover from wounds which would normally kill a man. Nevertheless, an elf can be slain, die out of grief, or choose to stop their mortal life at own will.
Since the rise of mankind, they left their settlements around the globe to inhabit the northernmost places of the globe and those spots hidden deep in the biggest and darkest woods where men cannot and should not reach.
An elf is a rare sight among humankind, since they regard mortal men to be a scourge to nature with their need to expand their power as long as their short lives endure. Though, they’d prefer to send a group of their kin as ambassadors to try to set up peace between two nations in war rather than just sit and watch how humans kill each other, since in elven culture every living creature is one of mother earth’s children.
In general, elves are
Appreciated among the ones that are lucky enough to know one, for their incredibly beautiful features and wisdom, but most likely for the fact that an elf can keep a dying person alive if they are willing to share their immortality. Elven blood has magical properties, almost miraculous, which makes them a perfect prey for vicious werewolves or even an precious commodity for a strigoi.

                                                                            Sinaël

Sin

Sinaël was born in the year 270 A.D in the Scandinavian Peninsula, named hyperborea by elves. He is the grandson of the elf king, and so, he was raised to be a ranger like his siblings and his father’s siblings. During his youth, he had almost no contact with humans, as they weren’t that abundant in the northernmost places of the earth, but, with the course of time, and expeditions to the north, he began to feel curiosity for mortal men. Despite the refusal of his grandfather, Sinaël traveled to the south at the beginning of the middle ages to explore and study human society, eventually staying in Eastern Europe disguised as a traveling magi. His beauty was unusual, even for elves as he had different colored eyes, raven hair and ivory-pale skin; which could make him be confused for a strigoi if it wasn’t for the extremely long and pointy ears that he used to hide pinned under his hair.

Eden Stroganov and Sinaël

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

The Priestesses of Auria

This seems to be one of those subjects I never really insisted on, but I think it`s about the time to do it, first of all because I think that it would be very important for our Kingdom to really have some priestesses around. Why? Well, mostly because, besides being an interesting concept, magic was a very important part of day-to-day life in middle ages, and I am not talking now about the religious part was involved in it (Inquisition, the opposition of the Church and so on), mostly because Auria is considered to belong more to Eastern Europe, place in which, even today, the Pagan beliefs are very strong. And there was no Inquisition to stop it in Middle Ages. Yes, we try to keep a realistic line in our story here, but we avoided involving religion in it. I want to make it clear: we shall avoid, as much as possible, involve religion in this Priestesses matter, and will insist more on social and political matters that such powerful characters might take part in. There is one more thing I would like to mention: they WILL have a “religion”, if you can call it that way. A “religion” based on magical practices more, rather than real “gods”. And, again, we would prefer those practices be based on Eastern Europe legends and beliefs, rather than Wicca. But, anyway, they will not be very much different; maybe even a mix between Wicca and the Old World legends. Those details we shall fix together.

What do we expect from the Priestesses? Mostly to involve in the life of the Kingdom as much as they can and don`t forget they are feared and respected, and maybe even hated by the people. So I don`t say that would be an easy role to play, but it offers very good RP perspectives for sure. Also, be open minded! Auria is a place for adults, so adult activities might occur, even we talk about day-to-day life or involving magical practices. Let`s just say that the Priestesses won`t be very famous for their shy nature, and I do not refer about it in a strict sexual matter.

Anyone who is interested in playing this role please contact Eden Stroganov, Oskar Eliades or Rene Saarinen for further details! For more details about Old World legends and magic, contact Eden Stroganov.

And now, some pictures of the Priestesses Manor, on the Lezonia Isle, a place where they shall live, provided by the King himself.

                                                    ***ANNA UGAJIN***

Anna Ugajin’s grandmother, Gyrid, (the daughter of Princess Gunhilda of Wenden, the Slavic Viking princess and wife of Danish Viking King Sweyn I of Denmark) was the chief Druid priestess of Woden, in Othensberg on the Danish island of Samsø. Gyrid oversaw the worship and practice of Woden, which centered in ecstasy, even mantic states of fury or artistic inspiration. The beautiful Gyrid was seduced by Elegast, the Elf King, disguised as a black knight on a black horse. The handsome Elegast was an outcast vassal of Charlemagne, the famed Christian conquerer, and he lived in the enchanted forests of western Germany.

By Elegast, Gyrid bore a ravishingly beautiful daughter named Elverpige. She was a dark and mysterious woman, skilled in both the spells and charms from her Druid mother and the magic of her elfin father. As a passionate and alluring woman, who never aged, she became renowned and feared throughout Central and Eastern Europe for ensnaring men (and sometimes women) to satisfy her desire, jealousy or lust. Although the details are unclear, she apparently encountered a wandering Samurai, called Bushidō (武士道), meaning “Way of the Warrior-Knight.” Bushidō had been forced to flee Japan because of an affair with the daughter of the Shogun of the powerful Hōjō clan. The union of Elverpige and Bushidō resulted in the birth of a female child, whom Elverpige named Aanajh, the Ugajin (Ugajin, referencing the Japanese fertility goddess Ugajin). Shortly after birth of Aanajh, or Anna, as she was soon nicknamed, Bushidō was attacked and killed by the Shogun’s assassins, and the child was reared by her mother, who fled in her grief to the dark forests of Romania. Anna was taught there by her mother and her elfin companions of the forest the mystic and magic arts, which were her heritage. When Anna reached the age of accountability, desiring her to live as a human rather than elf, Elverpige gave her to Tamás Bolgár, who was a voivode (war leader) and King of the Gypsy Pharaoh’s People of Hungry. Anna’s adopted father doted on her, teaching her both the ways of war and combat, as well as the mysteries of the gypsy people. Unfortunately, as she blossomed into womanhood, Bolgár was killed in battle, while defending Casimir III, King of Poland.

Following her adopted father’s death, Anna wandered Europe for eleven years, aiding, by her magical or martial skills those who suffer at the hands of villainy, and wielding her grandmother’s and her mother’s fury on those who cause suffering. Although slim and lithe, reflecting her elfin and Japanese ancestry, she can become a furious and unreasonable woman when angered. There are even unsubstantiated stories of her taking heads as trophies, as was the ancient custom of the Druid followers of Woden. Thus, her charm and beauty belie her fierce and impulsive nature, which can turn deadly if she is offended. By the same token, her desires and passions can be equally intense, and there are stories of young men who have pursued her as companion but have found themselves so entranced by her tantalizing sensuality as to go insane.

Anna’s wandering has finally ended, having found a home in the Kingdom of Auria, as a newly bestowed Priestess, by edict of King Rene Saarinen. She is friendly and open of heart and soul to all who seek her aid or counsel, but do be warned – do not test her patience or her passion unless ye are prepared for the consequences of such a course of action. She is by birthright and training not a woman to be trifled with.

Many thanks to our model, Aloise!

Eden Stroganov

Auria Grand Opening

Finally, we saw that done, and, even more, was a wonderful time we spent together with our friends and guests from Double Dragon Academy. Hosted by Bella Denver, the Knight Commander of DDA and Rene Saarinen, King of Auria, the event started with the Jousting Tournament up in The Forgotten Lands of Auria (the training ground), in the presence of about twenty guests and players. The scores were very tight all the time, the fight very close and most interesting and, after almost an hour and a half, the winners were: I. Rocket Dean II. Harkon Benoir III. Erdette Felisima We congratulate them all and also, we are very proud of Auria Knights who did a wonderful job and proofed their skills. The King Rene also announced the new Sheriff of Auria at the Tournament, Harkon Benoir which I want to congratulate here, too! Well done, Sheriff! And some pictures from the event…

After the jousting, Bella announcing the winners...

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And the winners are... (drums, please!)

The party started right after, at the Restless Knights Tavern, hosted by great DJ Astoria and our enchanting tavern keeper, Justine Moyet.

Tables removed! Let the party begin!

Our singer, Gino, and two beautiful dancers: DJ Astoria and our nice guest, Blair

Tess and Harkon, the new Sheriff.

Our dancers from above! Nice view...

`Coz this is Thriller... Thriller night!

Still thrilling... I guess MJ is quite popular in Middle Ages!

You scared yet???

Great Saturday, great Tournament, great Party! Waiting for you all, again, at the end of March (or beggining April) with another surprise. Shhhh!

Long live Auria!!!

Oskar Eliades, General of Auria

Kings of Auria

***King Rene Saarinen***

 

     King Rene, a descendant of Charles IV of Bohemia, has recently assumed the throne of Auria, after a long struggle with his cousin, Armand.  As a result of all the turmoil, his Queen left him to join the coven of Priestesses on nearby the Isle of Lezonia.

King Rene’s early years were much more tranquil.  He grew up as one of two sons of King Karel.  He and his cousin Armand, son of King Theodosius, enjoyed idyllic times together in their youth.  But as adulthood approached, the kingdom was thrown into a bitter dispute between the two Kings, as each pursued the family treasure and throne.

The prosperity that theKingdomofAuriahad known for centuries began to vanish.  Rene, faced with this new reality was forced to carry on the family burden after his father met an early death on the battlefield.  He reluctantly decided that he must carry on the burden of his family to protect the crown and rebuild the island kingdom.  In doing so, he has created four noble Houses and found capable,leaders for each of them.  The four noble families are the House of Stroganov, led by Baron Eden Stroganov, the House of Magedon, led by Baroness Zara Magedon, The House von Binarz, led by Baron Blair and The House of Wenceslia, led by Baroness Sashay Wildrose.  King Rene now concentrates on strengthening his court and his army, and possibly finding a new Queen.

It is King Rene’s solemn wish, a wish he has thoroughly dedicated himself to fulfill, that the new noble Houses will expand and thrive, along with his court, and help him return Auria to its rightful position as one of the strongest and most prosperous kingdoms in all the land.

***King Armand Karam***

Son of Theodosius, Armand tried, after his father`s death, to keep his position as a King of Auria, even that meant to also keep the good relations with his cousin, Rene. But recent events and Rene`s greed for power and gold (gold which Armand hides very well, still!) turned the situation against him, making him a prisoner in his own Keep, guarded by Rene`s trustful friend, Baron Eden Stroganov. Armand`s story, however, won`t just finish here, as he plans things to make his way out the situation, one way or another, regain his throne and his lover, princess Kalia, who was taken away by Rene`s former queen in order to keep her safe; or find a new Queen. Time will tell!

 

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Eden Stroganov