Jevanicia

Jevanicia

Jevanicia was a small mining town of around 3,000 inhabitants established by Queen Anajakaze after the destruction of Tectoctar. The town was named in honor of her son, Jevaninada the Second. Jevanicia was built with military precision after scouting out a good location, both in terms of access to resources, such as the nearby mines and farm fields, and firm ground for construction of permanent buildings. In almost every way that Tectoctar was bad, Jevanicia was good.

Jevanicia was expanded from the basic plan of a military encampment. A stockade surrounded the town proper with areas marked off outside the walls for planned expansions. This blueprint gives the town decent defense capability and provides a clear layout for foreigners. Most buildings were made out of wood while permanent structures were built out of stone. The intent was to move the “temporary” structures such as the smithy and stable, to alternate locations if the town expanded in the future.

A fair amount of rice was grown in Jevanicia just as it was in Tectoctar before. Shorehorn flowers were also often used in dishes. Jevanician citizens used similar protein sources, lizards, fish, and snails, as the people of Tectoctar but with one important difference. Jevanicia was not cut off from the Xoria Empire and thus the new city had  ample access to spices to make their vile food much more palatable. Peppered snail and curried leeches are only a few of the delicacies one could’ve eaten in Jevanicia.

The new city did not serve as a refuge for exiles as Tectoctar did. Jevanicia’s primary draw was working in the mines. The city had an iron mine, a silver mine, and a stone quarry. Hundreds of tons of metal and stone were taken from the earth and sent downriver to the rest of Xoria. These raw materials were made into coins to fund the war, weapons and armor for soldiers, and keeps that protect the roads of Xoria. Unfortunately, the flow stopped recently due to an attack on the town by the Geriviar giant, Bill.

Bill believed the town was responsible for the death of his pet dog, Scruffy. He beat the buildings of the town into dust and splinters. Hundreds died in the attack in a vain effort to save their town. After Bill left Jevanicia in ruins, slavers descended on the area, capturing those who attempted to rebuild their homes. Many miners were taken captive and sold downriver. By the time the Xorian government learned of the destruction of Jevanicia it was too late to reverse the decline. No manpower could be spared to rebuild the town, so it was left abandoned.

-GoCorral

Gurutama Timeline Revising Part 5

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This post marks the end of the Avian race as a significant force in our Dawn of Worlds game.

We’d started playing Dawn of Worlds with four players, but one of us ended up not having enough time/energy to commit to the rest of the turns, so their creation was phased out.

The Avians lost the war with the Merfolk. Due to the largely racist motivations for the war we decided that the Avians became a slave race of sorts. Avians are captured by Merfolk and exported to the rest of the world through the Great Canal.

Kind of horrible, but if people can rationalize it based on skin color then why wouldn’t slavery be rationalized based on “I’m a fish person and they’re bird people.”

It’s likely that an abolitionist movement will be introduced into the game at some point, but that will have to wait til later in the creative process.

644 BE: At Drolfo’s command the Merfolk built the city of New Drolfonia at the tip of the Swordback Peninsula.

632 BE: For long centuries the Avians had mourned the loss of the Wing-prophet, Trebor Ydorg, and the new Merfolk city proved the final straw. Word spread throughout the whole continent and eventually the Avians converged on New Drolfonia. The garrison at Tortuga could not be alerted in time as what seemed like the entire Avian race fell upon the Merfolk. The new city burned and the underwater caverns were buried under mountains of rocks dropped by the bird people. Accounts vary on what exactly happened in the aftermath of the sacking of New Drolfonia, but all agreed on one point, there were no survivors. Their bodies were viciously impaled upon stakes and set to line the coast between the remnants of the city and its sister, Tortuga.

629 BE: Drolfo demanded retributive action from his Merfolk followers. The faithful followed his orders to attack Nanatok. They were at first held off by its defenses. Then Selcatnet entered the fray and his fifty tentacles buried Nanatok in stones. No Avians were spared.

473 BE: The Kenracktopar oversaw the founding of a third Dwarven city, Iron Wing, forming the Triad.

432 BE: The Books of Dwarven Legend told of dark times ahead before the world was ready to accept the wisdom of the Dwarves into its heart. The Dwarves fortified their cities as per the Books instructions. An army was drafted and spread through the Dwarven lands to defend every corner of the Metal Tiers.

322 BE: The Cold Woods grew, and the New Ice fertilized the Pure Plains with water.

145 BE: The Landers used their skill with water to attempt irrigation in the Maw Islands. The first three attempts failed miserably, with far too much water taking over the islands. The final attempt created a lush paradise on Crautor Island, similar to the Hrududu Jungle.

-Mister Ed

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Skyfall Movie Review

The other day I watched the latest James Bond movie, Skyfall.

In the past I’ve been a little disappointed by the newer James Bond films with Daniel Craig.

The newer movies are too violent.

Not that the old movies weren’t violent, but in the newer James Bond movies, James Bond himself is too violent.

In the older movies it was always the villain who was doing cruel things, like how Goldfinger dipped people in gold to kill them.

The new character doesn’t torture people, but he is reckless and uncaring for civilian life beyond what I would expect from a secret service agent.

Part of that is required in a James Bond movie. If he acted more reasonable then it would be a cop movie, not a spy movie (Not that the cop genre doesn’t have its own problems in this area).

For example, in Skyfall the opening scene is a perfect example of Bond’s recklessness.

In the process of chasing down a criminal he wrecks pretty much every street vendor cart in the city’s market district.

The criminal gets trapped in an open area and fires on Bond with an Uzi or something. Bond isn’t hit, but what are the odds that the dozens of bystanders weren’t?

The criminal shoots three cops who showed up on the scene and steals one of their motorcycles.

Bond steals a civilian’s motorcycle to follow the criminal on the rooftops of the historical market district.

They end up on a bridge where the criminal jumps onto a passing train.

As the train speeds up, Bond wrecks his stolen bike into the side of the bridge to give himself the momentum to catch the train.

On a cargo car of the train, Bond starts driving a backhoe and wrecks the 5 BMWs on the next car with it to try and reach the criminal.

The criminal decouples his car, but Bond won’t allow that! He digs his backhoe into the roof of the passenger car in front of him to keep it attached to the cargo car.

Bond climbs up the backhoe and jumps through the hole he created in the roof to stay on the train.

The cargo car then detaches fully, leaving an obstacle in the railroad.

Total casualties: Several business ruined, several civilians shot, three policemen shot, one wrecked motorcycle, five wrecked cars, three wrecked train cars, and other possible obstructions created during the chase that could create further accidents.

It just didn’t seem worth it to me. Any rational person in Bond’s position would’ve told himself, “I can chase him, but I have to do it discreetly or the people around me will get hurt.”

So that’s why I don’t like the new Bond films. He did this sort of stuff in Quantum of Solace too.

The villain is introduced after the first hour and the film improves rapidly from there. I just wish the movie could’ve skipped to that point a little faster.

-Mister Ed