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

Classes of Auria

  Kingdom of Auria has six different classes: the Nobles, represented by the three Houses (House of Stroganov, House of Magedon and House of … – to be decided-), the Free People (represented by our tavern keeper, Justine), the serfs (peasants submitted to one of the Houses), who still look for someone to represent their rights, the Pirates (represented by Captain Jack Black Pearl), the villains (not sure they need anyone to represent them!) and the slaves (represented by our head slaver, Gravel Stadnent).

                                                          ***THE NOBLES***

The Nobility, called the Noblesse de Race by some…arrogant bastards by others. Who are they?

The nobility first of all, is the highest social class of medieval times. They can be kind or evil, generous or greedy, humble or arrogant, just like everyone else. The only difference between noble and commoner…is title.

1. The Noblesse de Race….titled nobility

The NdR are typically from a long-established bloodline of nobility, with a proud heritage in place. To insult the family name of a noble will always invite a severe response, up to and including declarations of war between noble houses. Watch what you say about a noble’s bloodline if the noble is present…

A. Chain of Command
King/Queen
Prince
Princess
Duke/Duchess
Count/Countess
Earl/Lady (Lady may or may not be the correct female title for an Earl’s wife)
Baron/Baroness
Knights (Varying levels within the class)
Why does Princess rank below Prince…because quite frankly, medieval times were weighted towards leadership by men. The Crown Prince is the Royal Heir, followed in birth order by his brothers, even if the Princess is the oldest child. Female players in medieval RP must live with the fact that male players will outrank them. It’s realism, and that’s how we play it. The titles of Princess and above are actually not nobility, but Royals…they were included here for a complete list.

B. Hospitality

Nobles love to impress other nobles…for this reson, unless two Houses are at war with each other, a noble will always grant entry to their home to another noble, and show them full hospitality even if that noble is visiting from another land. A noble marked as inhospitable can count on no help in times of trouble and will be an outcast among his/her peers…very serious in this era.

C. Nobles and the Law

In many cases, depending on the realm, the nobles have made the law…but they are not always above it. Crimes commited against a noble by a commoner are always solved with anything from public humiliation to outright death, depending on the crime and the affected noble. Offenses by a noble against a commoner are almost always ignored…unless the victim can convince a noble of higher station to represent them in the courts. The offending noble could then be charged with damaging royal property..or whatever the court should decide. Nobles against other nobles can vary…crimes like murder or rape will be dealt with severely, but lesser crimes will usually result in public apology and/or renumeration. Noble crimes against the King…can be dealt with harshly. Public humiliation (rare), imprisonment, forfieture of titles and land, up to death. The crime of treason can also include the execution of immediate family. So a noble better be careful if thinking of plotting against the King!

D. Nobles and Travel

I always love to see a noble player accosted by other players while walking alone across the land…truth be told…Nobles will NEVER be alone, unless the player states in RP that they are. A nobleman will have some guards and a couple of servants..a noblewoman will have guards, servants, a personal assistant, and those people, whether players also or NPC’s will stand between the noble and commoners. A noblewoman will have more attendants than a nobleman. For two reasons…appearance, and because most noblewomen do NOT want to be touched by people with dirty hands…and their husbands don’t want them being defiled in any way either. Nobles are above the common people and will normally act like it.

                                                 ***THE FREE PEOPLE***

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.

                                                           ***THE SERFS***

Serfs of Auria are the peasants working to support their lords and ladies in any way the are required to do it: work the land, take care of the animals, cook, clean, wrestle for their amusement, dance, anyway, whatever would cross their owner`s mind. In time of war, the young male serfs will fight to support their lord. As descendents of the Roman slaves, they have no rights whatsoever, except those granted by their lord or lady. They cannot leave, but they can run away- on their own risk, of course, for that might lead to grave consequences if they ever get caught. They can also seek protection to another House, if the lord or lady of that House wishes to offer them a shelter. They can get kidnapped, in time or war, but not only, by the soldiers of another House, in order to increase the number of workers for that specific household. If that happens, they better obey the new lord or lady just the same. If their former owner wants them back, they will get them back.

The serfs of Auria, however, are not slaves, though they are something very close to that. They have the right to ask for protection from their lord or lady if the situation requires it and they should be protected by their owners, especially against aggressiveness of other serfs or the free people. They also should obey the orders of any other lord or lady, from any House and, if abused, they, again, have the right to complain to their owner, but that will rarely solve any problem, anyway. Avoiding getting into trouble is the best way to go, always!

 

***THE PIRATES***

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.

                                                        ***THE VILLAINS***

Gathered together by

The Villains of Auria are a very colorful category including: thieves, pimps, criminals, beggars, rapists, trouble-makers, prostitutes, witches. The commoners are the people without an actual job lurking around, not being necessary criminals: retired sailors and soldiers, runaways, former prisoners, drunkards, slackers, adventurers. They spend most of their time around the Under City.
Please always remember your rank: you have no rank. Respect those higher than you, especially the Nobles and Soldiers. Watch your tongue and attitudes around them. Speaking bad or acting bad towards any Noble or Soldier of Auria might lead to your quick death and, therefore, your character`s end of story ICly. Acting nasty can also lead to your status change: from free to slave, if the offended considers so. Not to mention the jail.
Speaking of jail, whatever mischief you do (kidnap, rape, steal, start fights) remember you can be punished, so try to hide such things. Avoid such activities in Auria Town and around it. Of course, you can walk around the Town, but try behave as much as possible.

                                                                    ***SLAVES***

Auria has only one Head Slaver – Gravel Stadnent and can have few other slavers. Almost anyone can buy a slave in Auria if they can afford it; those most probable to have slaves are the Nobles, Officers, Pirates, Keepers and workers if they can afford it.
The slaves should be sold/bought with Auria Roleplay Money, no other currency allowed (Absolutely NO Linden Dollars, whoever uses L$ for whatever RP transaction in Auria will be banned from the sim immediately). Details about Auria Monetary System can be found at the Shop, in the Square (Behind the fruits stall).
Slave trades can only take place at the Docks (Under City), where a special place was build especially for this activity. If a Noble asks you to visit their house and show them the offer, you, as a Slaver, can do that, but remember the rule: no collars. So you shall ask your slaves remove their collars while you walk together around Auria Town. Slaver can keep his slaves naked if he/she wishes, but please try stay dressed up when walk around the Auria Town. Not so much important for the Under City.
Important note for slaves: again, we are not a Gorean sim, so please remember it. Words like Master and Mistress are not the best idea, Lord and Lady are more proper for Medieval Times. If your owner has a special rank (Like Baron, Count, General, Captain etc) address them by their proper rank.

Eden Stroganov

Soldiers of Auria

OSKAR ELIADES, General of Auria

     Oskar Eliades, the abandoned son of the barbarian chief Etar of North and Kalia, Armand Karam`s lover, was raised in a family of soldiers, and began to learn the skills of fighting and horse riding at an early age. On a cold winter’s night, the man whom he believed to be his “father”, was very ill and on his death bed.  He revealed the truth to Oskar just at the moment he died.  The very next day, Oskar, who was only 19, mounted his horse with a prized possession, his “father’s” sword.  He set out to find his true mother at King Armand`s Keep.  But when he arrived, he was not at all welcome as King Armand refused to have an illegitimate son of another man around his Keep.  Kalia was heartbroken but powerless to intervene.  Oskar was set free and he soon found himself heading for the gates of King Rene’s Castle.  Rene heard his story and decided to keep the young man around. Oskar soon proved himself as a very skilled fighter and quickly rose to become the trusted General of King Rene’s army.

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 SIR MARKUS, Knight of Auria

     I was born in a town called Ratisbona. This town is a free imperial, laying on the river Danube, north of theAlps, in the Bavarian Countries. It is a rich city because many influential Patrician dynasties live there and make a lot of money with trading. I am the 3rd son of one of these dynasties.

But times has changed now and freedom and peace were repressed by envy, intrigues and hate between the Patrician Clans. This was also the beginning of the downfall of Ratisbona. My ideal world broke down as my father and 2 of my brothers were stabbed to death by some rivals of my father. I really had so much luck, that i could flee at the last second.

So i leaved my town, just with my clothes i wore, my sword and fortunately some money, what was hidden at a secret place by me, years ago.

I never was a good salesman but i always was interested in sword-fighting and i learned it against the will of my father.

I went north, with no idea, what i should do or where i should live. I changed my name because of my safety and strayed through the countries, working this and that. Because i was good in writing, i mostly worked as a secretary for several businessmen. but that was not he kind of life i wanted. I always had the dream to serve a king as a soldier or a knight, so i also improved my sword fighting, what was very useful.

One day i met a strange guy from the Northern lands in a tavern, we talked about our lives and as i told him my past life he persuaded me, to come with him to Auria. There i would have a chance to serve his King in his army, if i am good enough.

So i arrived here, far away from my past, starting a new life as the knight of King Rene.

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SIR DAGRON ALVARNA, Knight of Auria

  Dagron Alvarna was born into nobility, the son of a baron. During his service as a squire to a knight of the realm, he was thrust into battle in the midst of an invasion of the land. His tenacity on the field caught the eye of the King, who promptly knighted young Dagron on the spot. Sir Dagron would soon cast off the trappings of court, joining the knightly Order of the Gryphon, a Holy Order.

Sir Dagron came into the service of Lord Argonn Magedon after the Order began asking its knights to join with noble Houses, and rose to be First Knight of House of Magedon. His relentless approach on the battlefield earned him the endearing title “Dagron the Black”,  prompting him to wear black plate armor in battle and tournaments. He was away on a quest when news reached him of Lord Argonn’s death, and returns to Auria to continue his service to Lady Zara, the eldest daughter and heir to the lord.

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Gathered together by,

Eden Stroganov