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Honestly, either is alright with me. If we do make a reboot, I'm thinking of playing as a Chaotic Neutral summoner.
 

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Some...

Sorry everybody, I'm going to have to fall back on that "tentatively" I put in the previous announcement. I spent a long time today working out plot elements, but I still need more time. Essentially, I wrote myself into a tangled mess that I'm still trying to untangle. It's most of the way there, but that last 2% is a doozy.

I'm considering rebooting the whole thing with a more coherent narrative strategy from the get-go, not to mention in a way that would be easier on me as a DM and allow for others to assist me as needed. What do you guys prefer? Wait for the current Umbra Rumble plot to resume and proceed in fits and starts as it has been, or start from scratch with a more consistent update schedule?
I figured as such. I wouldn't mind either way. I do think you should do what you want from this most. If I'm reading the "subtext" correctly, you want to restart, but you don't want to waste the work you have already done. Don't fall for the sunk cost fallacy. Unless you just bit off more than you could chew, if that is the case just slow down a bit I guess. Don't overwhelm yourself.
 

Val

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@Avidro has Val had any luck?
I would've had more success if @Avidro had the time to RP x)

Sorry everybody, I'm going to have to fall back on that "tentatively" I put in the previous announcement. I spent a long time today working out plot elements, but I still need more time. Essentially, I wrote myself into a tangled mess that I'm still trying to untangle. It's most of the way there, but that last 2% is a doozy.

I'm considering rebooting the whole thing with a more coherent narrative strategy from the get-go, not to mention in a way that would be easier on me as a DM and allow for others to assist me as needed. What do you guys prefer? Wait for the current Umbra Rumble plot to resume and proceed in fits and starts as it has been, or start from scratch with a more consistent update schedule?
Honestly, do as you prefer.
If you've already poured that much time into it, might as well continue? Idk.
But yeah, like @The Summoned said, don't overwhelm yourself.
 

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I'm really interested to see how this plot turns out, but not if it's overwhelming to you! I'll be happy, no matter what you choose to do :D
 

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Thanks, y'all! I'm going to do my darnedest to keep this little spark alive, based on your feedback. I'm in a much better place with planning than I was before, so I'm optimistic that I'll be ready to move forward soon!
 

Jimothy

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Anything new?
 

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Anything new?
@Avidro has authorized me to respond in his stead and say: no

He's full steam into the fall semester and it's keeping his plate full. :HLUBPH:
Noteworthy is that he's taking a literature/creative writing course, and he's written at least one really entertaining short story. (He actually wrote two so far but I haven't read the second one yet because my plate is also pretty full)

Making a post like this makes me sad, though, because we both love Cresnov and want to spend more time contributing good stuff here ❤ We appreciate everyone for sticking around even in times of low admin activity!! WE. LOVE Y'ALL.
 

The Summoned

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:amberapproves:

I sorta figured that yall were a bit too busy. That is the way it has to be though. Life comes before hobbies.
 
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@Avidro has authorized me to respond in his stead and say: no

He's full steam into the fall semester and it's keeping his plate full. :HLUBPH:
Noteworthy is that he's taking a literature/creative writing course, and he's written at least one really entertaining short story. (He actually wrote two so far but I haven't read the second one yet because my plate is also pretty full)

Making a post like this makes me sad, though, because we both love Cresnov and want to spend more time contributing good stuff here ❤ We appreciate everyone for sticking around even in times of low admin activity!! WE. LOVE Y'ALL.
So, in 3 months?. Sounds good *grimace*
 

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Hey Rumblers! I decided as I was re-reading the whole thread last night that I really should compile all of the canon posts into one easily readable thread. So, here it is! Link: "Umbra Rumble I - IV (Canon Edit)"

Please enjoy, and let me know if there are any issues that I can fix, or ways I could improve the reading experience! :)
 

Jimothy

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*gasp* I don't need these forum bookmarks anymore!!
 

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"Well, anyway, what do we do now? Val, any luck?"
Before @Val has a chance to reply, the Tantabus appears to erupt, ghostlike, out of the Deimon Master's comatose form.

The Deimon Master remains unconscious.
 

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The Creation Phase has begun!

Submit your deimons to Deimon Master Avidro using the Conversation feature!

Remember, deimons must have the following traits to be approved:
  • Animal shape
  • Umbration
  • One (1) magic talent
  • Name
Feel free to add a personality, physical description, backstory, or any other extra information.

I would love to give constructive criticism, but as Deimon Master, my role is simply to facilitate your own efforts at defining each umbra. If I imposed my own ideas on how the umbras work, it would only serve to stifle your creativity. As long as I can see the logic behind a particular talent deriving from a particular umbration, you'll get my approval on that front. If the logic is fuzzy or hard to understand, I may ask for clarification on the link between the talent and umbration before I approve it.

In other words, if your goal is to get a better idea of how Cresnovians understand the umbras, I can't help you. If your goal is to get a better idea of the possibilities each umbration holds, from our own limited Amathæan perspective, then I would recommend submitting deimons that, in your view, push the boundaries of what might be possible through a given umbration. You might surprise yourself!



Phase 2 begins Monday, ????????? ????, 2021 at 9:09 PM CST.
 

Val

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The Tantabus gently floats down and lands at Val's side.

"So ? What happened ? Is he alright ?"

"He will live. But his soul must now go on a perilous journey, and as long as this journey is not over, he may not awaken."

The deimon looks at the Deimon Master's inanimate form, and a soft purple glow starts to emanate from its horn.

"He did, however, ask me to pass along a message."

The glow gets brighter and brighter, and in a blinding flash, an illusion of the Master appears in the air, floating above his body.

"I am afraid I shall not see you all again for quite some time.
"Please, take good care of my mortal body while I'm away. Try not to let me or my apparel fall into the wrong hands.
"Should I perish, so too will your deimons. This is no threat, but simple fact. My title is quite literal, you see.
"Speaking of my apparel, I hereby bequeath the right and privilege to don and use my magic boots, cloak, clasp, and cane to whomsoever currently holds the coveted title of Supreme Summoner. Wear them humbly, use them wisely, and share them as graciously as I've just shared with you.
"And, speaking of the coveted title of Supreme Summoner, in recognition of @Jimothy's skillful victory in this most recent Umbra Rumble, I hereby bestow Gimbyre with four power ranks, thus making Jimothy our newest Supreme Summoner!
"Ah yes, and do please thank Cassandra and Hector for their cooperation thus far. Tell them I hereby release them from any obligation to continue in my quest. The Torch has been passed."

With another flash of magic, the illusion disappears.
"I pulled this illusion from the dreamspace we shared. I managed to convince him not to let himself die, so as he said, it is now your task, all of you, to take care of his body while his soul journeys." the Tantabus says, looking over the small assembly of varied people.
"Now, summoner Val, if my duty is complete, please allow me to return to my realm."

"Very well, you may. Thank you, Tantabus, I shall summon you again one day..."
With his words, Val flicks his hand, and the unicornshape deimon disappears in a flash of purple light.

The room is quiet, everyone looking at each other and at the limp body of the Deimon Master, processing what they just heard and saw, until one voice breaks the silence...
 
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What the hell just happened?

Well, someone apparently named their child Hector in this day and age but, more importantly, I... I'm the new Supreme Summoner.
Jimothy rubs his eyes with one hand, pinching the bridge of his nose as he processes this newest development of the night's insanity. Gimbyre scuttles in nervous circles at the edge of the collapsed cave entrance. The echoes skitter around the edges of the otherwise-deafening quiet that envelops the group.

"So I- ahem, I think I'll leave his boots for now, but..."

Carefully, the Supreme Summoner kneels down and undoes the cloak adorning the Deimon Master's unconscious frame. A gust of wind tugs at the cloak, as if to claim the empty garment for itself, but Jimothy's grip holds firm. With a swish and a flick, he rises to his feet, the edge of the cloak fluttering at his heel. The crescent-embossed clasp on his collar flashes unnaturally bright under the cloud-obscured moon as he unconsciously corrects his posture, transforming his slumped and hesitant demeanor to one of tranquil confidence. He looks around at his fellow summoners and questants, and lowers his hood.

"How do I look?"
 

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The Creation Phase has been extended!

Submit your deimons to Deimon Master Avidro using the Conversation feature!

Remember, deimons must have the following traits to be approved:
  • Animal shape
  • Umbration
  • One (1) magic talent
  • Name
Feel free to add a personality, physical description, backstory, or any other extra information.

I would love to give constructive criticism, but as Deimon Master, my role is simply to facilitate your own efforts at defining each umbra. If I imposed my own ideas on how the umbras work, it would only serve to stifle your creativity. As long as I can see the logic behind a particular talent deriving from a particular umbration, you'll get my approval on that front. If the logic is fuzzy or hard to understand, I may ask for clarification on the link between the talent and umbration before I approve it.

In other words, if your goal is to get a better idea of how Cresnovians understand the umbras, I can't help you. If your goal is to get a better idea of the possibilities each umbration holds, from our own limited Amathæan perspective, then I would recommend submitting deimons that, in your view, push the boundaries of what might be possible through a given umbration. You might surprise yourself!



Phase 2 begins Friday, August 13th, 2021 at 6:09 PM CST.
 

TheJLT

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What the hell just happened?

Well, someone apparently named their child Hector in this day and age but, more importantly, I... I'm the new Supreme Summoner.
Jimothy rubs his eyes with one hand, pinching the bridge of his nose as he processes this newest development of the night's insanity. Gimbyre scuttles in nervous circles at the edge of the collapsed cave entrance. The echoes skitter around the edges of the otherwise-deafening quiet that envelops the group.

"So I- ahem, I think I'll leave his boots for now, but..."

Carefully, the Supreme Summoner kneels down and undoes the cloak adorning the Deimon Master's unconscious frame. A gust of wind tugs at the cloak, as if to claim the empty garment for itself, but Jimothy's grip holds firm. With a swish and a flick, he rises to his feet, the edge of the cloak fluttering at his heel. The crescent-embossed clasp on his collar flashes unnaturally bright under the cloud-obscured moon as he unconsciously corrects his posture, transforming his slumped and hesitant demeanor to one of tranquil confidence. He looks around at his fellow summoners and questants, and lowers his hood.

"How do I look?"
*Looks at the Ardent Ascent thread.*
*cough cough*
 

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The Creation Phase has ended.

No deimons submitted after this point will be eligible for the current Umbra Rumble.

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The Setup Phase has begun!

The Deimon Master will arrange balanced matchups, selecting from the approved deimons. Please wait patiently while the battlefield is prepared.

The Umbra Rumble (Phase 3) begins Monday, August 16th, 2021 at 9:09 PM CST.
 

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"So ? What happened ? Is he alright ?"

"He will live. But his soul must now go on a perilous journey, and as long as this journey is not over, he may not awaken."

The deimon looks at the Deimon Master's inanimate form, and a soft purple glow starts to emanate from its horn.

"He did, however, ask me to pass along a message."

The glow gets brighter and brighter, and in a blinding flash, an illusion of the Master appears in the air, floating above his body.

"I am afraid I shall not see you all again for quite some time...
"...The Torch has been passed."
In the land of Cresnov, there are deimons.

Taking the shape of animals, each deimon is born of a certain umbra, bestowing it with a unique magic talent.

In the land of Amathæ, deimons are scarce.

Few humans know they exist, and fewer still know of umbras.

You are one of those select few.

...

Armed with this knowledge and a wealth of imagination, you and your circle of friends decide to make a roleplaying game out of it.


Nerds.​
"Know that everything you believed was possible is but a mote of dust compared to the raging sandstorm of magical possibilities."
"And now, let us make history! Let your curiosity be stoked into a blazing wildfire!"

"Let the Fi??? Amathæan Umbra Rumble... BEGIN!"


[The Deimon Master cannot describe the participants because he is currently unconscious!]
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The Combat Phase has begun!

Umbra Rumble V is officially underway!


Summoners, begin narrating your description of how your deimon's battle will unfold!

The matchups are as follows:

??????? (The Summoned) ___ vs? ________________ Ezri (Val)
_vs? ______________ vs? ______________ vs?
_ Bouldy (Jimothy) ________ vs? ______ ??????? (Smiley100P)

Umbra vs. Umbra rules are in effect!

The Combat Phase will end Monday, August 23rd, 2021 at 9:09 PM CST.
 

TheJLT

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Oh shoot. hurry up and wake up!
Meanwhile, in a parallel dimension where babies explode:
"Honey, I'm pregnant."
 
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