May 2016



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May. 8th, 2016


Network Post

The new settlements will be an exciting change, even above the practical aspects. It will good to be more a part of this world.

We're soldiers. We'll go where we're ordered, of course. After, though, what do you think? I wouldn't object to having less stone between myself and the sky, but I'd rather stay together.

At home, we celebrate Mothering Sunday earlier in the year, so I nearly missed this until someone mentioned it at breakfast. Happy Mother's Day to those who mother, whether your own children or someone else's.

May. 7th, 2016


network; asala adaar (042)

I'm heading up the committee for the northern settlement, and as much as I'd love to go up there and trudge around in the mud all by myself, it would get lonely.

The mapmakers' Alpha squad is already assigned to mapping out the terrain, and further assignments of military and infrastructure personnel will be made closer to the date, but I'm also asking for volunteers for when the time comes. Why am I looking for more people? Because not everyone assigned to work on the settlement will end up living there, and the assignments aren't going to give us the numbers that we need long-term, especially not with three other settlements in the works as well. I would like as many people as possible who want to live in the northern settlement to be the ones building it.

We're closest to the Azgeda border and the last stop between Mt. Weather and Polis, so even if you're not volunteering or assigned as military, we recommend that you consider what sort of combat skills you bring to the table before volunteering. It's very possible that war may break out between Azgeda and the Coalition, and as the 13th Clan, we'll likely be roped in at some point. If you're squeamish about killing in battle, this may not be the place for you.

We're specifically looking for medical personnel and other skilled workers, as well as people with skills that would suit the military or infrastructure work. Our numbers in those last two aren't so great that we can expect them to work on multiple settlements at once and make it livable before we all get old(er). It's likely you'll be assigned to a specific task or build site once we get started, but consider this an all hands on deck project. Our first building goal will be a barracks, but you should assume that until that roof goes up, we're roughing it in tents. If you've never gone camping before... I don't really care, just don't volunteer and then complain.

We aren't starting this right away, of course, we need some time to map out the area and make a solid plan. For that I'll be picking a small committee out of my available volunteers that will include members from each specialty, and we'll contact the rest of you when it's time to move out and get our hands dirty.

Keep in mind that there will be at least three other settlements to work on in the very near future, with different terrains, social requirements, and levels of danger. If you want to help but the north settlement doesn't sound like a place you'd want to live in, sit tight. At some point we're likely to be working on all four at once, so we need to spread out in general.

(ooc; hey hey! even if you miss this post, there is one up in asala's journal to keep track of the north settlement stuff specifically, including the small planning committee, a full list if volunteers, and a spot to suggest names for the settlement once it's being built!)

May. 2nd, 2016


See, that's what my last apocalypse was missing: the religious crazies.

They also missed a huge opportunity for an acronym. If they'd just called themselves the Order of Pod Sayers, they could be OOPS.

This is probably totally offensive to any of you who are part of The Order that Should Be OOPS, so I apologize.

Apr. 25th, 2016


Network Post

If anyone would like extra practice for Weapons Club on Wednesday, I'll be in the gym. Quite a bit of effort has been put into preparing for it, and I believe it will be enjoyable for everyone.

Apr. 23rd, 2016


I can't claim to know Peter half as well as his close friends but I did like his music and he made rather idiotic choices with women but at least he was aware of being an idiot, which often goes a long way because most people just stay idiots until they die.

Does anyone else not miss Storybrooke but maybe the idea of having ... normality? WHatever that is. But living a life. Being married. Having kids. Jobs. Not worrying about death and darkspawn and maker knows what else because you're set on a path where you can never be content with anything and you're destined for more. I'm not supposed to be the destined one. Garrett is. He's a good brother, you know, even if it's easy to get overshadowd by him but that isn't his fault, hes just larger than life and doesn't realize it sometimes. being a warden helped me step out of that shadow, but it always feels like there's some other shadow. the darkspawn. the calling.

maybe I'm not meant to be content unless it's done by magical spell and stripping me of all else i know

drinking alone was probably a mistake.

Apr. 22nd, 2016


Many of you were wondering about the activity reported in and around the mountain last night, and after a debriefing, it was revealed that the entity known as Lucifer who had been possessing Castiel, one of our Podkru, was actively plotting to take lives. Several of our citizens engaged in a fight to remove Lucifer from possessing Castiel and locked him away permanently in what is known as The Fade. The Earthquakes and flickering lights were due to this fight between angels.

Castiel and our other citizens are recovering from the ordeal, should you want to wish them well.


I wanted to thank you for being kind, and hope you're doing well, ser. I enjoyed your company regardless of anything else, and I know it's incredibly awkward but I wouldn't be adverse to friendship?

If it's too much, I understand. Magic can take a toll, though, and I at least wanted to check on you.

At least there was one minor bonus for me in the other town; I was a nurse, and came back with more than a little knowledge of that.

Does this mean I can stop listening to Simon's lectures about leeches?

It seems you being terrible with women is universal.

Apr. 19th, 2016


Network Post

[Separately to Pevensies and Reyna]
There are times I miss can't decide if I miss ruling or am grateful not to have to preside over such madness anymore.
[Bethany Hawke]
I haven't spoken to you since you returned. How are you?


Today's forecast:
Ripe for vengeance, Mount Weather will tip the scales of Spring and catapult directly into Summer. As there is not a dose of sympathy for miles, be prepared before you venture out of your rather well-appointed rooms and ensure that you do not anger the mob, desperate for someone's head.

Apr. 18th, 2016


network; asala adaar (038)

The next time one of you wants to use big magic or a big powerful ability and you're not sure exactly what it will do, don't. There will be consequences for this flagrant misuse of magic, regardless of intent, and you can assume for the immediate future that I am not the authority figure to come to with your sad little feelings about how intent somehow negates consequences just because one of you could be the next ones to fuck it up.

This isn't prejudice. This isn't someone who's anti-magic cracking down on anyone. This is a powerful mage reminding you all that magic has its price, that anybody using magic or powers has a responsibility to use them in a way that does the least amount of harm to innocent people. We were given gifts, whether through accidents of birth or circumstance or through our own desires, and those gifts come with a significant burden. There are people here who could lobotomize the population, who could crush the mountain in a bad temper, or who could tear this place apart in a moment of unbridled power. It's our responsibility to make sure that those things don't happen, either intentionally or by accident, and it is our fault when mistakes happen.

As a Council member, I can promise you that charges will be pressed and that every police report filed about this incident will be taken into account. If you've suffered any kind of physical or psychological trauma as a result of the last three weeks, set up a time with anyone working in Law Enforcement who was not also a victim of this magic; it will take some time to get all of them squared away with the reparation efforts going on from the goblin attack that we missed, but you will be listened to and justice will be served, I swear it.

As a person who has had her mind and her life thoroughly fucked with recently, if you can't find me for whatever reason in the immediate future, you can assume I'm elbow-deep in none-of-your-business and not interested in receiving any visitors.

ETA: Because people keep asking this as if I'm calling for blood: yes, of course intent will matter when charges are eventually leveled. I'm saying that damage was done regardless of whether or not it was intended to. The idea that actions have consequences should not be nearly as surprising as it appears to be.

And no, of course nobody is in any danger here. We do not physically punish or kill the guilty in this community, as per the legal system we were asked to create. I'm promising justice and an application of the court system we've created, not a goddamn witch hunt, and if you read "witch hunt" from "charges will be pressed", then that's a personal perception you need to work on, because that is not what I said. Not even a little.

I find it very distressing how much focus is going into making excuses for someone who cast awful magic and hurt others than is going into having some compassion for the people she hurt, especially when she's admitted that she did cause harm. Respect her honesty enough to take the damage seriously instead of trying to act as if it's less severe just because she feels bad about it.


I understand the mage responsible for the latest disaster is in custody. When will charges be brought, and who will sit in judgment of her wrongs?

Apr. 17th, 2016


Storybrooke: 1 hour panic time

Has anyone seen Hawke?




You're probably all freaking out right now. But word of warning.

Don't cross the town line. If you do you'll forget everything that you know. Like wiped clean, don't know who you are, no memories or anything kind of forget. And you can't get them back. They're just gone forever.

Mar. 31st, 2016


It's done, then?

Can someone please check on the Grounders that I unfroze? I need to make sure everything went well but I'm not allowed out of the bed.

Mar. 29th, 2016


Network Post

[Command + Pevensies + Legal + Law Enforcement + Containment Team + Bethany Hawke]
Will the Witch's wand be needed any further for the trial or in helping heal the statues? If not, we should dispose of it now.
[Private - following this]
Peter would not have done it this way. Aslan may not most likely would not approve. Perhaps that's why He I know better than that. He will come when He comes, and that time will be best. If He doesn't come, He will send.

Ceding control is still the hardest. I can think of very little I would do differently.
Added late March 29
[Shepherd Book]
Are you free to speak, or to write rather, tonight?
Added early March 30
[Reyna and Jacob]
So. I'm doing something foolish.

Mar. 28th, 2016


[OOC: After Asshole Minotaur]
I'm sorry-

I thought I just needed Maker, I'm so sorry. I know that isn't- I know that never helps. I hoped I would've- But I didn't and-

I'm sorry.

I've known a great deal of horrible people in my life. Thedas fosters it, I suppose. A life far less comfortable, never knowing if you're going to sleep in a bed or on the road, always having a weapon handy out of necessity.

I've become far too complacent here. Back home, my life was pledged to the Wardens. I'd be dead otherwise. I used to hate it, to think I'd rather die instead of fighting for a good cause, because it was difficult. I was young, sheltered and thought I deserved more out of life. But that life was spent hiding, that life was spent in fear that I'd be caught and killed for being an Apostate. That life was nothing.

It took me years to realize that being a Grey Warden was the one thing that made me free. No matter if I was pledged to them or not, I was safe from Templars and if anything was going to kill me, it was going to be on my own terms against the Darkspawn.

This horrid, wretched beast and her minions are not going to destroy our freedoms. Not now.

Emma and Jean - would the two of you be willing to meet me near the blast doors? I failed at saving Marie, but I'm not going to let that failure carry over to the Grounders or the animals that are frozen, as well.

Mar. 21st, 2016


In some ways, the PodGod must have been working with Andraste to smile upon us, as I received a chest full of magical items from my home. Lyrium - in multiple forms - was just one of the items.

I think it's going to work. I think my idea with the rite has the potential to work. This morning, I got ... a flutter. Almost. A glimmer of change. But I don't know if I'm simply not powerful enough or the stone magic is just too much for it to break through. I admit I'm being overly cautious, as anything that could harm the butterfly could easily harm Marie, and I will do everything in my power to prevent that from happening. It is not a full Rite, by any means, especially by the fact that Marie is not connected to the Fade, and neither is Jadis. It's... magic is especially fluid, and this is a bit like reshaping something that would otherwise be ugly.

I suppose I should come up with a name for whatever it is I am doing, now that I think on it. Something about stripping-

No, no. Too open to dirty minds running with it. Don't get any ideas!

Mar. 19th, 2016


Network Post

Double-edged promises and ominous threats. She hasn't changed.

[Friends, Family, Charlie Squad]
At least, you don't have to listen to me grumble about not having a proper sword anymore.

I don't care for anyone in my head, but maybe.

Edited to add:

I might not be back tonight. I'm not off doing something foolish probably. I'm with Reyna.

Mar. 16th, 2016


Fellow Thedosians, you'll be pleased to know that neither Alistair nor I senses any darkspawn, so it's not the "tainted horrors tunneling below us" kind of earthquake.

At least, not those tainted horrors. Can't really rule out anything around here.

Mar. 15th, 2016


My situation is handled, at least I think Well, I'm not entirely sure bu thank you very much. You can stop glaring at him, and I know you are because he said you were. Maker, half of you act like children. There are bigger things to worry about than my failed love life, now can we leave it at that?

This butterfly is ... interesting. Exceptionally powerful magic, but we already knew that.

I know we're aware of the cause now, but at the same time I'm uncomfortable with just waiting to see if she can reverse it, and have been looking into my own methods. With time and more research, I do think we'll be able to reverse it using methods similar to the Rite of Tranquility in our world, but I need to look deeper into the possible effects it could have on someone like Marie, I don't wish to cause her more harm.

For those of you not from Thedas, the Rite of Tranquility is a process that effectively cuts off a mage's pull to the fade and draws their magic from them. It's... well, a rather deplorable method to silence mages, and it was grossly overused, but if we could adjust it to merely draw the magic out without harming the mind, it may be enough to reverse the stone-spell on the animals and Marie.

Cassandra, you mentioned research on the topic? Do you happen to have any of that with you? Or if you and Cullen could go over the specific Rite with me, that would be helpful.

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