I give you guys a hard time and god knows there are decisions I disagree with (I'm right, btw ), but I'm impressed with what you've gotten done in the past few months. Things seem to really be picking up.
I'm not counting my chickens tickers (boo!) before they hatch, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Second-account ghost scouting in UO was an issue because there was no way to get rid of the ghost. So players would just park their ghost at a dungeon entrance and leave it there to watch, while farming inside the dungeon on other computer.
Stealth or corpse scouting with second accounts could be an issue in CF only if there is no counter to it.
So after making The Three Factions thread, I figured I'd go ahead and make a sister thread that further breaks things down. Now, while I may not like any of the three factions, there are at least a small number of gods that seem appealing. I'll put an asterix next to the names of the Gods I find somewhat appealing. What are your thoughts of the gods? Perhaps you may have some insights that I lack as well that would make a nice addition here ;3
Here is my understanding of each of the 12 gods of the 3 factions and the 13th god, Valkyn, who belongs to no faction.
Valkyn: The All Father, the first of the gods. This dude is kind of a hooligan. He saw a dragon and cut it in two simply because he didn't like the way it looked. He then tied one of those halves (each half having become its own separate entity) into a throne for him to sit on. He then took the Sun and Moon from these dragons and gave them to his sons. For whatever reason, he gave his son Arkon, god of Justice, the Sun and his son Kane, god of craftsmanship, the Moon. Kane was envious of the Sun, as its fires would be far more useful to him and his forge. Furthermore, Valkyn forced his son, Arkon, and daughter(?), Gaea, to marry each other. Then, as the Hunger began devouring everything from the center of this universe Valkyn created, he went to stop it and never returned. Not exactly sad to see him go myself.
Arkon: God of Justice, he seems 'alright' though may be a little warped by grief at this point. His marriage with Gaea doesn't sound like it was the best, though it was fruitful. Arkon is furious with his brother Kane who seems to be behind the deaths of both his wife, Gaea, and his son, D'orion. What I've read though makes me think there is some kind of sick misunderstanding here though. I'll explain more below...
Kane*: Twin brother of Arkon, I am not sure how I feel about this guy. He is either a rapist, or the victim of a tragic romance. I can't find anything covering -exactly- what happened between him and Gaea, but whatever happened, whether assault or forbidden love, resulted in the birth of the Forgemasters, a birth that Gaea wouldn't survive. Arkon then challenged Kane to a duel in the house of their father. Kane, feeling guilt over Gaea's death, arrived unarmed, ready to accept death. However, Arkon hadn't yet arrived and D'orion, Arkon's son sprung an ambush. Kane, startled, reacted in surprise and struck down D'orion in a single unarmed blow. Only then did Arkon arrive to find Kane standing over the corpse of his son. Arkon was too shocked by grief to fight Kane, and said his son had championed his cause and failed, thus proving Kane's innocence. (Trials by Combat are pretty jacked up yea?) Arkon still seethes with a desire for justice to be done, but hasn't pursued it openly against Kane since.
Gaea*: Goddess of Life who died giving birth to Kane's children. Not much more to be said about her that I didn't already cover above...
Maeve: Empress of the Sea. This gurl is a complete psycho. She hates Gaea so much (Gaea represents land while Maeve is the sea) that she continues to try and destroy everything Gaea created in life and symbolically savages her corpse to this day by battering lands with waves and storms. Not exactly sure what her problem is. If the gods can all agree on one thing, it's that Maeve shouldn't inherit the Dragon Throne, so even her "allies" in the Order faction work against her openly in regards to that issue.
Cybelle*: Not much to be said here. She is the goddess of virginity, young love, etc. Prone to tantrums but overall she seems to be a decent person.
Hero*: Does this guy even count as a god? The First Crow, Hero was made an immortal soul as a punishment and is forced to live out the final battles of wars across the cosmos over and over again. His amnesia doesn't exactly help matters either.
Yaga*: Goddess of death and knowledge. She collects the final breathes of the fallen, recording their sins so that they may be judged properly in the afterlife. Yaga has a weird problem in that she is incapable of seeing the present and can only see the past and future. I have a theory behind this, hear me out. What if she wasn't always blind to the present? With the limited lore on the gods we have access to, she could very well have had sight of the present at one point. Now what if this blindness set in when a certain goddess died? See where i'm going? Cybelle, Gaea, Yaga, they all have a strange connection it seems. Cybelle represents a woman in the prime of her youth. Gaea is that woman in motherhood and Yaga is her as an elder crone on death's doorstep. Yaga's loss of present sight could be tied to the loss of Gaea, being the middle bridge in life between youth/the past and old age/the future. If this theory proves true, it could also suggest that the three goddesses may in fact form one complete being, but who knows? Just a theory I have.
D'orion: He's dead. He was also kind of a jerk in life.His best friend, a mortal hunter, died due to D'orion's arrogance and D'orion didn't seem to care all that much, he got a sweet new cloak out of the deal. In this story, we actually see Malekai (who is admittedly incredibly evil nowadays) take on a sort of twisted anti-hero role by taking the corpses of the slain beast and the mortal hunter and combining them into the first Minotaur to seek eternal vengeance against D'orion.
Malekai*: Now, this guy doesn't seem like he was always so twistedly evil. He was once a merry god, but his father, Kronos, didn't quite approve of his son and took away his tongue and mouth. This over the top punishment twisted Malekai into a psychotic monster who sends spiders into the brains of mortals, driving them insane. Not the nicest dude these days.
Kronos: Read the bit about Malekai? Then you know how cruel this god is already. Kronos isn't known for taking action very often, preferring to watch events unfold. However, as we see with Malekai, action is not beyond this voyeuristic deity. There is a bit of a recent mystery surrounding Kronos, for you see, the moon was destroyed and nobody is quite sure how or why. However, everyone knows one thing for sure. As the debris cleared, it was the image of Kronos who stared down from on high. Whether he caused the Moon's destruction or simply bore witness to whoever did, he isn't saying.
Zaleena*: She is the one and only god not in some way descended from Valkyn. Even Hero was human once, and humans are the children of Gaea who is in turn the daughter of Valkyn. Zaleena is instead descended from the Dragons Valkyn tied up like pretzels to form the universe. Malekai stole one of their eggs and hid it away to raise as his own child. As such, Zaleena is very much a trickster like the man who raised her, but seems to favor deception through seduction rather than twisted humor.
Illara*: Last but certainly not least, Illara is probably one of the more powerful divines. She is the only one with the knowledge and power to escape the Hunger should it consume all, really, she could save everybody if she wanted to, but that's the thing, she really doesn't give a flying squirrel. Goddess of Cats, she is about as disinterested and uncaring as those felines are. She is also easily annoyed and easily bored. Mortals who seek her out rarely survive their conversation as she seems to wipe away the life annoying her as easily and coldly as a bored child might burn away ants with a magnifying glass. In some ways, I actually really like her. She doesn't get involved in the politics of her family or of mortals, instead pursuing her own desires and interests, which is how she found a way to escape the Hunger in the first place. I can also sort of relate with the easily bored and disinterested thing admittedly...
Yes we all know shadowbane wasn't truly hardcore pvp. Which is why shadowbane players often pretend to be hardcore and then act as if a ghost walked over their grave when people actually suggest hardcore features. You can have your softer loot, in softer rulesets.
HD and SP are not release versions of open world pvp, it is a testing stage, meant for testing, if you are trying to win at this point of testing you aren't really understanding what testing is about.
Dominant players do not have insecure reactions to other dominant players.