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Akineko

Ideas for RP (- guilds)

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So, after rummaging through some old stuff on my PC last night, I found a folder of stuff I wrote for the CF guild I was part of. Back then, they were searching for a concept. A lore upon which a guild structure & possible guild RP could be build. So I wrote a few possible ideas, focused on the gods. Of course - I mean, there's not much else you can focus on in Crowfall Lore.

Now, seeing as that guild didn't make it, and wont get back to being a Crowfall Guild either, I was thinking....what a shame. That stuff shouldn't just catch dust here, no? So, here you go. If anyone wants to use it, for their guild, or their RP concept, or a story or really whatever - you are very welcome. I'd love to see it living on in some form :)

PS: I know that there's some new info with that lore centered Livestream. I have not updated these concepts since then. So don't come to me throwing owls if something doesn't fit anymore ;)

 

Guardians of Time, Keepers of Memory
“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” - Leo Tolstoy

When given an eternal life, one tends to disregard the passing of time. The coming & going of seasons becomes the never ending circle of life itself, one battle follows another in this great war of the gods. But there are signs, markers, and if you can read them, understand the meaning, then the ever repeating murmur of flowing time will be like a language to you, the voice of our god whispering secrets into your ear. We follow his calling, we witness and record, we stand beside the river that is time – for one day he will speak to us plainly, and we will know the secrets of the broken moon and the steps we must take towards a brighter future.

For we are [...] – blessed with immortality, to stand guard eternal until time itself ceases to exist – until we ourselves can see time clearly.

This idea focuses heavily on the God of Time, all seeing Kronos. Following the idea that he knows past, present & future and witnessed Geas death, it is highly likely that he also knows the outcome of the war against the other gods and, above all, against the hunger. Combining this with the idea that by studying the past we learn more about what might happen in the future, this concept opens up ways for a religious, scientific & historical/bardic approach – or a mix of all three.

 

Travelers, searching for Home
“Not all those who wander are lost.” - J.R.R. Tolkien

In a time were gods walk between us, worlds shatter and countless lives are lost each moment, isn't it only reasonable to search for peace, for that place and feeling we call home?
For the gods created us, but not in their likeness – we are only pawns in their game of war, doomed to forever fight in battles not of our making.
Tell me, why should we labor for beings that never reached us a helping hand, work for a cause determined by someone else?
They cursed us with immortality, then gifted us with worlds to call our own like you would throw a bone to your dog. But we are not mindless beasts to do their bidding for eternity.
We are proud warriors, architects, artisans & bards, and we follow a dream to one day be free. Until then, let us build a refuge, a place that is truly ours, a place to return to that is home and hearth and peace of mind.

For we are [...], not by grace of gods or decree of man, but by choice – and we shall follow our own creed and create our own myths.

This idea can either be about rebellion & the search for a true purpose, following Halup as the first Crow or renouncing ties to all gods; or depict indifference, following Illaras example.
Depending on the choice of gods, details & thoughts may change, but both concepts focus on the idea of crows building their own community, being independent & a force upon themselves. This opens up ways for a social, EK centered approach while at the same time offering explanations for heavy PvP under every flag – while fighting only for our own.

 

Priests of the holy Trinity
“Dance like the Maiden, Laugh like the Mother, Think like the Crone. “- Wiccan Wisdom

All worlds must die, all life will end, but were one story finishes, another will begin – for all endings are beginnings, and all beginnings lead to an end. But the hunger halts life before it's time, destroys worlds before the seed for a new on can be laid. So we look to the guidance of the three goddesses that are one, the three faces of life – and we believe that there are still three of them, for the concept of life itself can't be killed, and we can find it in every world, clinging to existence.
This is our calling, our creed, to build and nurture, to save and protect, to grant the gift of passing where death is the kinder end. For we have been given the gift of eternal life, and a holy purpose to defend all those who look up to the three goddesses. We are [...], we are the eyes and ears of the three faced goddess, and we are their hands to help up the fallen & keep away evil.

This idea focuses on the three goddesses Cybelle – Gea – Yaga, embodiments of the three faced goddess found in many cultures and religions.
Believing in all three of them as the combined circle of life enables us to fight in every faction, as each of the three stands for one aspect of life & swore allegiance to one faction.
The core idea would be life, in itself, as something to be protected and revered, while at the same time accepting that death & destruction are on part of it.
This concept relies on a heavily religious approach, combined with PvP and/ or EK building, this can be measured differently or even change over time.

 

Followers of the All Father
“War is what happens when language fails.”- Margaret Artwood

When the hunger came, he who we call the All Father, the first God, raised up from the Dragon Throne that is his heirloom and his alone, to battle the Hunger that threatened to destroy all he had created. And he vanished into the heart of the universe, but the Hunger kept growing, and no mortal, god nor immortal crow has ever heard from him since.
But he was the first God, the mightiest of them, and still the Dragon Throne stands and the great Wyrms keep our universe centered – so he must still be out there, battling the Hunger whilst his siblings, his children and their creations fight each other in mindless battle to decide who might inherit the Dragon Throne. But he is not gone, for he cannot cease to exist, and the Dragon Throne is only his to sit upon. In his absence the gods should seek consent between themselves and work together to protect his creation – instead they turned to petty squabble like children when the father turns a blind eye.
So it falls upon us to counsel wisdom and cohesion, to form alliances and defend the Dragon Throne in the All Fathers absence.
For we are his last loyal subjects, the guards tasked with the holy duty to defend what he brought into being and to unite all of creation to await his return. We are [...], the first and the last of the holy Crows under his command.

This idea centers around Valkyn, the All Father, Oldest of the Gods and the one who created the whole universe.
In his absence the great war started, instead of alliance the gods worked against each other. It is unlikely that this outcome would please the Creator, and one would suspect that seeking to protect his creation would be his highest goal – after all he vanished battling the hunger.
We know that even before Valkyn vanished there had been crows, Halup is revered as the very first crow, fighting in Valkyns army. It's not to far fetched to think that some other, very old crows might still hold to Valkyn instead of fighting for one of the other gods.
This highly religious concept focuses on social aspects & diplomacy, while providing a good reason to fight – without restriction to one faction.

Edited by Akineko

Let me sing you a song / Of a world that just vanished / Of a story that ended to soon
Let me bring you a cup / Make a toast to the living / And a toast to the legends we share

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(Oh, yeah, and there was this as well....addendum to the Kronos centered idea. It's a bit like "CF lore reimagined - from the point of view of a fanatic Kronos follower". Derp.)

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“When you join our ranks, we will not ask you 'Can you read? Can you add numbers and write a hundred words in mere minutes?' - we will only ask you 'Are you willing to learn? Are you willing to see and to listen, and will you remember?'.
For no matter where your story began and your journey started, this is the first step that you must take with us: to learn the traits and knowledge of our work, not only to wield a sword and draw a bow, to forge a dagger and carve a staff – but also to notice the moments when history unfolds, to preserve them through written word and retelling and songs of the bards.
But above all, we will tell you about the past, that which began and ended, that which echos can be heard even now, and that which has not yet shown it's true effects.
For those who know the past, may know the future, and grow ever nearer to His side.”

- Mentor Izahja Lea'nin,
Head of the historical Faculty

 

The Creation
Different Races may speak of different beginnings, for each have opened their eyes at a different time – but all of us know of The Creation, as the gods tell the story of how our universe was made. Thus is the story of Valkyn, the Allfather, and The Beginning of all life, as written in the chronic of the gods.

Before Time began it's journey and Kronos stepped into this realm, Valkyn was the first of the gods who encountered the great Wyrm Etemal.
Some sources say Valkyn ambushed the beast without mercy, or maybe there had been a great battle fought valiantly. No one remembers why those two great beings fought, but we know of the outcome – for this is the moment our Universe began.

Valkyn won over the beast, and he ripped it in two – forming Yaemir and Lyssa, King & Queen of Wyrms. This first act of murder was, at the same time, the very first act of creation – and many argue that by thus linking those two inseparable, Valkyn doomed this universe on it's very first breath. Or, maybe, it was a curse laid upon him and his kin by Etemal in his dying moment.
Fact is, and here all historians agree, that almost all acts of creation from that day on were overshadowed by darker events or laid upon the creator a dreadful price to pay.

Nevertheless, ignorant or simply uncaring, Valkyn proceeded to form the two beasts as he willed. And they say he formed them to be the base and backbone of our universe, as he twisted Lyssa to encompass and guide, her breath the eastern wind and the light on her scales the stars to which we look at night.
And we know that at this moment He stepped into this realm, Kronos, god of time and brother to Valkyn. And he saw what had been done, and he advised his brother – for Valkyn had created the five heavens and room beneath for hundreds of worlds to spring into existence, but how could he be there and start every single creation, be the point of every beginning for time eternal?

And so they consulted, and Yaga, their sister, stepped up to them and counseled them – for every beginning needs an end, and every end will be a new beginning.
And Valkyn took Lyssas Unborn and hung it in the sky to be the Moon, and he took Yaemir's fire and hung it in the sky to be the Sun, and then he divided both to form Night and Day, and thus the endlessly flowing river of time was formed – and on clear and cold days, you can see it's waves mirrored in all colors on Lyssas scales, high in the sky.

This is the legend, as the gods tell it, of how our universe was created and time began to flow between and around and in everyone and everything.

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PS: The totally meaningless name of that Head of Faculty was totally Kraahks fault. I'm innocent. Really.


Let me sing you a song / Of a world that just vanished / Of a story that ended to soon
Let me bring you a cup / Make a toast to the living / And a toast to the legends we share

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