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  1. #131
    Originally posted by Serpenteye

    Except for you of course.


    And now Hope Island... LOL. Welcome, I suppose.
    Hey, I needed a lot of support in the early rounds to get to where I am right now. Some people turtle, others make diplomatic overtures and join alliances.

    Guess what happens to turtles caught in the middle of the road?

    Re Serpenteye's next post: Let's comb through the Dork Union posts of the last couple turns and come up with some choice quotes, shall we?
    Last edited by Forrester; Wednesday, 6th March, 2002 at 07:28 PM.

  2. #132
    William, you say that peace is not possible with the Shade. What about the Dark Union? I'll rename it the "Light Union of Oerth" if you want. What is the Oerth Alliance view of us?

  3. #133

    Forrester, let's talk.

    Forrester and Anabstercorian meet at the same little roadside cafe, the sky still blue with that perfect weather that only 10th level magical engineering can form. It was a constant reminder to Anabstercorian of what he was facing. If only it had been overcast or deathly humid or frigid cold, he could have stared at Forrester with confidence. But this wretch, who he had been forced to rename as an honorary Illithid to retain his life and his honor, held all the cards, now... It seemed they would need to talk.

    Forrester's utensils worked without his hands to guide them, only the most rudimentary of his telekinetic powers needed to guide them. The fork lifted a small piece of Filet Mignon to his jaws as Anabstercorian lifted a dainty globule of sweetmeats from the fondue to his maw with his tentacles.

    << Forrester, there have been difficulties in creating the Dictum. I am afraid that we found ourselves unable to create the effects we desired. It cannot pierce 10th level magic, I'm afraid, at least not reliably. But it can be used to control almost anyone else. No one on Oerth, aside from Kalanyr, will be safe from you with it. >>

    Forrester nodded. "But there's more, isn't there?"

    << Indeed. There are certain entities who it simply will not affect. The reasons for this are unknown as yet, but we have determined that it will only affect NPC's. >>

    Forrester nodded again, closing his eyes as he nibbled at his meal. "It's certainly not going to be acceptable for tribute."

    << We didn't expect it to be. We... We will pay your tribute, Illithid. >>


    << And you, in return, will place my manuscript on your information networks for free distribution, as well as integrate it in to your education system? >>

    "Possibly. Definately the first, but don't count on the second."

    Anabstercorian glared, and his tentacles crushed the small globule of fondue. << So be it. We will serve you... But we will have more to say to you later, Forrester. >>

    Rather than teleport, Anabstercorian flitted away, hovering down the street. << Thank you... For speaking with me. >>

    Forrester grinned. "My pleasure."

  4. #134
    Okay Forrester.

    Alyx, Gnomeworks, Dagger, Willam, Uvenelei, Darkness, you receive the Sending from the Shade. In this sending you see thousands of humans, elves, gnomes, dwarfes, including women and children, being ruthlessly slain, as Shade summon Shadows to consume them, piece by piece. Screams of total terror and pain fill the air, as Shade slaves are pleading for mercy, and mothers try to protect their children, , but Shade soldiers only laugh, and don`t let anyone escape. Soon all are swallowed into The Darkness. Than you see an image of Shadowlady Ahlissa, beatiful female Shade Drow with a cruel smile on her face

    - Greetings! Know that eternal dammation awaits your brethren you have seen a moment ago, for they souls will go to Plane Of Shadow, they belong to Lord Melkor and shall be tormented before him, and this fate shall await all that defy his will! We have millions of slaves, almost all population from Dyvvers and Wild Coast, and many from Celene. Because your ally Forrester rejected our non-agression pact, we will be sacrificing 5000 of them every day, until you convince him to change his mind.
    Last edited by LordMelkor{Talos}; Wednesday, 6th March, 2002 at 08:08 PM.

  5. #135
    Very well, Talos. If that's the way you want to play it.

    However, there is in reality very little time for non-diplomatic actions (such as the mass slaying of slaves) between Turn 3 and Turn 4.

    You've managed to kill some, though. I'll grant you that.


    Lord Forrester

  6. #136
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    Read my other post, Melkor, there will never be peace, you have attacked my lands twice, prepare to pay the price.

  7. #137
    Forrester wait! Shade might change their mind, what tribute do you want from us?

  8. #138
    Read my other post, Melkor, there will never be peace, you have attacked my lands twice, prepare to pay the price
    Oh shut up you pathetic dwarven scum, return to kissing the butt of your Torillian master!

  9. #139
    Ah you're gonna help him to 11th leel magic so he can klill you with even lesser losses!

    Jesus christ man, if we all stand firm and if we ALL refuse to donate PL for reasearch he can do 1 thing and that's to kill us all. And no way that will happen so jesus c'mon and do not give into any of his crap. Think for a change.. some people

    And yeah the stupid dwarf has no will of his own, pathetic butkissing minor
    And you are about to make him your master the second you make a deal with him.
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    To Spoof (Alzem)

    For everyone's information, Alzem was the player of Hope Island, Toril, during the 2nd IR.

    Alzem, here is an overview in brief:

    40 years have passed since the 2nd IR.

    On the world of Toril, peace and prosperity have ensued.
    The world has become divided into several great powers:

    The United Commonwealth of Toril, PL (Power Level) 10,000
    The Eternal Empire of Toril, PL 5,000
    The Scro Star League of Realmspace, PL 3,000
    The Church of Toril, PL 1,000
    Hope Isle, PL 3,000

    Meanwhile, on the world of Oerth (the Greyhawk Campaign Setting) the Greyhawk Wars (see the boxed set From the Ashes) ended, and the world has spent 40 years rebuilding and recovering in peace.
    In that time, the medieval world of Oerth became divided into many alliances:

    The Alliance of the Crescent
    The Sunrise Alliance
    The Baklunish Confederation
    The Kevellond League
    The Kingdom of Ulek
    The Eastern League
    The Iron League
    The Delrunian Alliance
    The League of the Warlords
    The Dark Union
    The Scarlet Brotherhood
    The Empire of Iuz
    The Sky-Sea League
    The Black Brotherhood
    The Coalition of Light and Shadow

    Most of these had PLs ranging from 50 to 100.

    The United Commonwealth of Toril voted to secretly aid a group of gnomes and dwarves in the Lortmil Mountains of the Flanaess, Oerth.
    The result of this was the secret Lortmil Technomancy, which over the 40 year period flourished, passing through the Renaissance and Enlightenment into the Industrial Age.

    Also, the Church of Shade, unable to get a grip on Toril, moved it's base of operations into the Plane of Shadow.
    From there, they infiltrated Oerth, and their agents went about subverting the City of Greyhawk.
    Which they finally succeeding in doing.

    At the start of Turn 0, the Shade came in force to the world of Oerth, took Greyhawk City and all it's surroundings, and renamed the area Shadow Throne.

    In a further complication, at the beginning of Turn 0 Kas and his Legions emerged into Oerth from the Past.
    Shortly thereafter, Vecna and his Legions emerged into the Present.

    Vecna had foreseen that Kas would kill him, in his own time.
    He sought to cheat this death by leaping over it into the future.
    However, Kas also saw the future where he would betray and murder his employer.
    Kas saw Vecna leap into the future.
    So Kas leaped into the future, and got there first.
    When Vecna arrived, Kas had hoped to be ready and waiting for him.

    Instead, Kas and his Legions opted to ally with the Dark Union, and marched eastward across the Flanaess to join up with them.

    Finally, Turrosh Mak, leader of the orcs of the Pomarj, became a major force and power, allying with many evil humanoids, evil giants, and other nations.

    This was the start of the third IR.

    - - -

    At the beginning of the 3rd IR, a someone called the Wanderer (nobody knows much more about him) made a long and terrible Sending to everyone on Oerth.
    In this Sending, he portrayed Toril as a place of horror, filled with evil and wickedness.
    He revealed to everyone the secret of the Lortmil Technomancy, and urged all Oerthians to destroy it, and drive the Torilians off of Oerth.

    War broke out that day.

    With the news out, all of the Powers of Oerth starting helping themselves to the new technology, obtaining it either from the Shade, or from the Lortmil Technomancy, or making it themselves - inspired by the Sending.
    They came to call this the Technological Arms Race.

    With the arrival of Kas and Vecna into the world, the Arcane Age came back with them.
    All the Powers of Oerth started the long, painful research that would lead them to mastery of 10th level magic (and, eventually, 11th level magic.)
    This became known as the Magical Arms Race.

    Nearly all of the Powers started summoning Planars to their aid, be they celestials, demons, slaadi, elementals, planar faerie, planar unseelie, planar dragons, or whatnot.
    This became known as the Planar Arms Race.

    Most of the Powers began summoning undead, or creating them.
    Some brought good undead, but most brought evil undead.
    This became known as the Undead Arms Race.

    Most attempted to recruit or create monsters to aid their armies.
    Others created armies of constructs, such as golems, to help them.
    These became known as the Monster and Construct Arms Races.

    Some of the Powers progressed from their medieval state into the Renaissance and Industrial Revolution much more rapidly than others.
    This was known in the rules as Advancing your Civilization.
    Those who did this found their Power Level soaring.

    War raged across the Flanaess as the Powers struggled for dominance.
    The Pomarj (Turrosh Mak), Kingdom of Ulek (Dagger), Lortmil Technomancy (GnomeWorks), Eastern League (GnomeWorks) and Iron League (GnomeWorks) all formed a tight confederation.
    The Kevellond League (William) lent them aid and protection on the west, northwest, and north.

    The Shade stood strongly at Shadow Throne, and allied with the Dark Union.

    The Dark Union, after many bitter battles and reversals, went on to conquer most of the Eastern League, and Kas and his Legions came to their aid.
    Vecna (Bonedagger) attacked the Legions of Kas, but withdrew after Iuz showed up.

    (Then Bonedagger left the IR, and I assumed his place.)

    Vecna then joined forces with the Shade.

    Acererak the Demilich and his allies the Scarlet Brotherhood arose in power in the southeast.
    They conquered Sunndi, then the Hestmark and Hollow Highlands, then all of the Iron League except Irongate, which they besieged.

    This drew in Forrester and his forces from Toril, representing the United Commonwealth of Toril, for Irongate was pleading for their help.

    Forrester was only able to employ 1,000 of the 10,000 PL of the United Commonwealth because the World Forum of the UC refused to grant him more than that to deal with the Oerthian situation.
    And then, Forrester found that the high technology of Toril could not be taken to Oerth, and the Torilians had to relearn technology - as it works on Oerth - from the ground up ... a process they have been working on furiously.
    They also discovered that magic worked differently, and they had to relearn how to use 10th and 11th level magic, a process they have also been working on furiously.

    Thus, Forrester was only able to deploy a maximum of 500 PL to the battlefield, and was loath to deploy more than 250.

    None of the other powers of Toril became involved.
    Hope Isle was too busy trying to figure out a way to stop, forever, the threat of the Elder Ones.
    The Scro Star League lost a fleet that was going to Krynnspace, and disappeared without a trace, and they were busy trying to find their lost fleet.
    The Eternal Empire was watching the United Commonwealth with jealous eyes, hoping it would weaken itself, so that the Eternal Empire could gain an advantage. They cared not for the problems of Oerth; they could not be bothered with the doings of medieval savages.

    Or, to make a long story short, Forrester's UC was not the dominant power in the game.
    He wasn't involved at all, really, except for some secret aid to the Lortmil Technomancy, until Acererak started (personally) eating all the people of Irongate.

    Forrester sent people to rescue the Irongaters.
    Acererak sent an evil, magical plague against Forrester, and it spread worldwide. It became known as the Red Death, and for a brief time it looked like all of Oerth might die from it.
    However, before the first incubating cases showed symptoms, the Alliance of the Crescent successfully created a counterplague, that was fatal only to undead, and which cancelled out the Judas Kiss Plague, as Acererak called it, or the Red Death, as everyone else called it.

    Nevertheless, this drew Forrester fully into the war, and the army of the United Commonwealth landed in Lyrn, offmap far to the west of the Flanaess.

    Then Vecna, infuriated at the failure of the plague, launched his great attack against the Lortmil Technomancy.
    However, everyone allied against him. The Alliance of the Crescent (Uvenelei) and the Baklunish Confederation (Darkness) had their forces ferried by the Sky-Sea League (Kaboom) into the conflict, while the forces of Keoland (Dagger), the Pomarj (Turrosh Mak), the Lortmil Technomancy (GnomeWorks), the Kevellond League (William), and Iuz and the Empire of Iuz (John Brown), with some help from the Coalition of Light and Shadow (Black Omega) fought against Vecna, his Legions, and the Shade.
    The Dark Union (Mr Draco and Serpenteye), the Scarlet Brotherhood (Maudlin), the League of Warlords (Sollir), the Delrunian Alliance (Creamsteak), the barbarians of the Thillronian Peninsula (Zelda), all stayed out of the conflict.
    However, Celene and it's allies in the Alliance of the Rising Sun (Alyx) were in the thick of the war.

    Vecna was defeated and killed, and his Legions destroyed, but the Shade escaped back to Shadow Throne.
    Vecna arose again, because only his body had been destroyed, and not his phylactery.
    The Oerthian Alliance (as the confederation of allies called themselves) suffered severe losses in the great battle.
    All the region that had been Dyvvers, the Welkwood, the Gnarley Forest, and the Wild Coast was renamed the Bloody Waste, for nothing lived there, and pools of blood sat undrying (and no magic would affect them) on the broken ground.
    When magma came up through the cracks Vecna created in the earth, it merged with this blood and the Shade poisoned waters of Wolly Bay to produce a strange and terrible substance, similar to Oerthblood, but with a lethal side.
    As a result, the Bloody Waste became impassible to both foot and air travel.

    In spite of all of this, the Industrial Revolution commenced and flourished across the Flanaess.
    Railroads, the wonder of quick troop transportation without magic, went in.
    Telephones were created, the wonder of instantaneous communication without magic.
    Electricity was harnessed, the wonder of the lightning of the heavens taken and tamed for use by mere mortals.
    Books became commonplace. The Workday became an Oerthian term. Factories arose. Cities sprang up around them. The ways in which life had existed for millennia was fundamentally altered in country after country.
    And finally, the Lortmil Technomancy created the first flying ship that flew without magic, the aircraft, and the moving war machine, which they called the tank.
    Dissatisfied with the railroads, and the poor state of the horsetracks the Oerthians called roads, the Lortmil Technomancy began pouring asphalt down to create a hard surface their machines could travel on.
    The Paved Road came to Oerth.

    All of this required mines and quarries, refineries for oil, great factories to make steel and shape it, and great factories to produce war materials.
    As the sword and armor were abandoned across the Flanaess, they became quite a different place than people had known.

    Then, simultaneously, both Forrester and Kalanyr (who plays the Drow of the Underdark, while his allies, Forsaken One and Festy Dog, play the other Underdark Races) gained the secrets of 10th level magic.
    With those secrets, the promise of a new and far more terrible war hung over the Flanaess.

    Forrester, now with a great army in Lyrn and able with 10th level magic to bring his forces much more directly to bear, demanded tribute from the Dark Union and other Powers on Oerth, and took a pro-agressive stance.
    Many of the Powers of Oerth became terrified of the Torilians.
    It seemed that the Sending of the Wanderer would prove true, after all.

    The Angels of Hope Isle attempted to rescue the civilian population of the world of Oerth prior to the outbreak of war.
    However, the Angels found they could not enter Greyspace, or go to the world of Oerth, and in sadness and grief they watched events unfold.
    They chastised Forrester, unfairly, for not sending immediate all-out aid to Irongate (which fell to Acererak.)
    When the Red Death threatened Oerth, the Angels blocked the route to Realmspace from Oerth, even to Forrester, for reasons that are still being questioned - apparently out of fear of what Vecna would do.

    That brings us to the current situation.

    The current situation being:

    Hope Island has finished blocked the Elder Race, and can now finally get involved on Oerth (since you have arrived to play them.)
    The World Forum of the United Commonwealth refuses to give Forrester more than his 1,000 PL of forces to deal with the Oerthian situation, and 100 PL of them have been killed.
    The Scro Star League is STILL searching for their lost ship.
    The Eternal Empire repudiated the Oerthians, and has remained strictly neutral, although they would love to conquer the United Commonwealth if they could.
    They secretly hope the UC sends all it's force to Oerth, so they can launch a coup and take Realmspace for themselves (the Eternal Empire is the high tech alliance of the continent of Kara-Tur, and many allies.)

    The Alliance of the Crescent still stands on Oerth, much stronger than it was.
    The Alliance of the Rising Sun is grimly cleaning up the ruins of Celene.
    The Baklunish Confederation is counting it's losses against Vecna.
    The Coalition of Light and Shadow is warily watching the Torilians.
    The Lortmil Technomancy, untouched by Vecna, continues to produce more and more advanced weapons.
    The Kingdom of Keoland is cleaning up from the great battle.
    The Pomarj is trying to recover from it's losses (and from the fact it's player, Turrosh Mak, just left the IR.)
    The Dark Union has grown into a great power, thrice as great as it was at the start of the IR.
    The Sky-Sea League has done likewise.
    The Delrunian Alliance and League of the Warlords have engaged in their own rivalry.
    Acererak and the Scarlet Brotherhood have been untouched, allied with the Dark Union, and comfortably in control of the southeast.
    Iuz has been massively upgrading his empire, industrializing at a great pace, demanding higher standards and ethics out of his humanoids, civilizing them into a real fighting force.
    The barbarians of the northeast, together with aid from other Powers, have created an army called the Swanmay Army, which sits off the Dark Union's northern border.

    Hope Isle is in for a shock if it attempts to send forces to Oerth.
    Most of Hope Isles 5,000 Power Level (PL) is in the Angels themselves, and they will not, or cannot, go to Oerth.
    Of the remaining 1,000 PL that Hope Isle could send, they could send all of it, but they find that on Oerth, their 10th and 11th level magic does not work, and their high technology does not work either.
    As a result, Hope Isle can send only 500 PL worth of forces into the Oerthian fray, should they choose to do so.

    - - -

    Because of the number of players in this IR, and due to problems that occurred in the first two IRs, I am running this 3rd IR in Turns.
    Each Turn represents a month of game time.
    Each Turn has two threads of 200 posts each allocated to it ... when those 2 threads are filled, the Turn is over.
    Anything, be it roleplaying, diplomacy, threats, bribery, attack, defense, and everything else, is possible within a Turn, but one cannot do more in a Turn than their Power could do in a month.

    Welcome back to the IR, Alzem!

    Alzem, are you interested, based on the general history I have given you, in joining this IR?
    If yes, then I have more specific information I need to give you.

    Last edited by Edena_of_Neith; Wednesday, 6th March, 2002 at 08:36 PM.

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