August 15 2014

Shardfall and the Village of the Damned-Written by Lich Lord Ravicus Domdred-Narrated by Lord Baldrith

Hello All!  Lord Baldrith here with an awesome story by Lich Lord Ravicus called Shardfall and the Village of the Damned.  Very dark and excellent story!

Here is the text:

Background Music: Alexandr Zhelanov Pioneers of the Future https://soundcloud.com/alexandr-zhelanov and Gichco by Shinsei

Shardfall and the Village of the Damned by Lich Lord Ravicus Domdred

Ravicus glanced with a steel cold look over the Shard covered plains. as he looked on, the images flood through his mind, of what has been done, and what yet has to be done……

The memoirs of his family have passed from generation to generation in a blood covered grimoire made of flesh that had been rendered and stretched to cover the insidious pages. The grimoire talks of how the Shardfall was the ruin of the land, depriving the villagers of bird and beast. Nothing grew, not grain nor grass. Trees where non existent after the pummeling of the shards.

It is this that leads to the blight that has perpetuated the present circumstances. After the loss of food, be it flora or fauna, the people became desperate, and in desperate times, people do desperate things.

On a trip foraging for food, It might have been fate, or a curse that brought the villagers to an unknown area. A mausoleum lay in ruins, cracked open with the force of huge stones thrown from the heavens. Spirits that were trapped in the mausoleum where not kind, nor friendly. One of them was especially sinister. The undead quickly felt the desperation and hunger in the villagers and quickly moved to possess them, bending their minds to the will of the evil necromancer that lay in the tomb.

The mind of the necromancer was full of dark and forbidden magics and alchemical formulas…..all stemming from the death, and flesh of humans…..(which are printed in blood in the grimoire).

Powerful was this necromancer, commanding raiding parties to scour the lands, rendering flesh and bone, for feast, potions, and the beautifully corrupt art of his evil craft………

Ravicus jolts, steering his thoughts from the past, and smells human flesh, nearby, and just in time too, for the hunger is upon him……Muhahahahahaah. ~Ravicus Domdred~

Shardfall and the Village of the Damned Pt 1 (the Curse of Anthor Poagphus the Hungered)

While stirring restlessly in wait, after laying the bait for some unfortunate passerby to notice…….he again turns to the dark crimson text in the Domdred Grimoire, and begins to revisit the tale of the origins of the City of the Damned….

…..As starvation took hold of the villagers, formation of scouting parties where fully attended in hopes of finding some means of sustenance. One party in particular, led by a young lean farmer’s son, struck out eastward, for it was in that direction that laid unexplored areas since the massive shardfall that decimated the region. With watchful eyes the group journey toward the rising sun, up and around the huge pillars of stone which littered the plundered soil in every direction. Crawling across the lowest point of one of the horizontally laying pillars, an eerie image presents itself.

Shattered stone pieces of what resembles a crypt, a mausoleum of ancient craftsmanship lay in tangled piles earth and stone. Upon closing in on the ruins, a foul must lay in the air, stinging the nostrils and setting in an itch that could not be rid of. It was a mist, a mist sort of like what you would see viewing through a piece of thin black satin. A mild distortion of the rabble strewn about.

With trembling lips and cautious advancement, the farmers son pierced the opaque veil and was stilled in his steps, the breath escaped his lungs as he tried to force out a warning. Instantly, vise like grips of twin skeletons grabbed at his arms, forcing him in place. Out of the debris, a shadow stirs, then becomes visible, an apparition of unspeakable horror! It glides closer, with tattered rags flailing around him. Within an inch of his nose, the ghostly eyes of the necromancer stole into his own, reaching in to his very core. It was with no more than a whisper that his very soul was ripped from his body and absorbed into the shifting form of the undead lich. He closed his eyes………

The skeletons quickly released the body, which for a brief second slumped, then quickly animated back to form! The body seemed to double in size, perhaps an illusion. He then spoke and with the voice of the young man abruptly stated: “I, Anthor Poagphus , have arisen once again!” With saying that, he turned and walked back into the mist, onward toward the unknowing remaining party members……muhahahahah…….

Ravicus Domdred circa 2014

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August 15 2014

Necropolis-Written by Sir Frank-Narrated by Lord Baldrith

Hello everyone!  Lord Baldrith here with a 4th installment of the Sir Frank series called Necropolis.  Very good work again!

Background Music by Zander Noriega called Black Drought

Here is the text:

Necropolis By Sir Frank

The rain fell softly upon the canopy of the trees, and ran in rivulets down the branches and trunks, as if being careful not to disturb what lay beneath.

Weathered bones lay scattered among the weeds and brush that had sprouted among the cobbled pathways of an ancient necropolis.  One mausoleum remained standing, its door wedged open while two travelers kept dry and enjoyed the cool air inside.

“An interesting choice of refuge from the walking dead”, said sir Frank.  “Why leave the safety of Kingsport to live in a grave yard?”

The former innkeeper smiled a broad smile.  “The dead were bubbling up from the sewers underneath the tavern!  I figured it would only be fair for me to invade their place.”  He leaned heavily upon the door jamb and vomited a geyser of foamy stout porter, belched loudly, and then screamed “Everyone is welcome at the Hearth of Britannia!”  into the trees.  Then he laughed an insane sort of laugh.

Sir Frank leaned back against the wall and waited for nightfall.

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August 14 2014

Shardfall – by Languard – Narrated by Asclepius

Hello everyone, Asclepius here, with a wonderful poem by Languard. This is a rather complex poetic form, called a sestina, and the piece is entitled Shardfall.  Background music “Romance Sonata” by Smartsound.

Shardfall

In the past hung two moons,
Silvery light drifting with grace so cool.
The lake shining with gentle glare,
with all the night taking a moment to be still.
Smoothly swaying with no chaos,
a gentle and loving lunar dance.

But what could be changing the dance?
When you should be there, why are you here moon?
Should we fear this new chaos,
Let our lunar passion cool?
The night may be still,
but the water has an ominous glare.

What is this fearsome glare?
What is happening now is no lunar dance,
A moment when all is still…
Then where there was two, now but one moon!
Heat and raging streaks of fire replace night’s cool.
Absolute. Unrelenting. Chaos.

Cries echo to uncaring chaos,
the lake holding red death’s glare.
To mourn a friend now cool,
seeking shelter in a morbid dance,
what more do you wish for us moon?
When will you again be still?

But if you will not relent, we will not be still.
Virtue will shine in the chaos.
Glow shards, a new moon
casting and flickering across the lake’s glare.
With strength and stride we dance,
and wait for the night to cool.

With time passed, the fires are cool.
Once again the night is still.
With new heart and name, Deadalus does his dance.
Virtue changed but virtue still, re-forged by chaos.
Gentle lake holding this glittering glare
of our new sharded moon.

Virtue shines best in the fires of chaos,
but take care you don’t lose sight in the glare.
The world spins on with its new moon.


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Category: Poetry
August 14 2014

Journey to Kingsport – written by Womby- Narrated by Asclepius

Hello everyone – This is Asclepius with a great story by Womby, entitled “Journey to Kingsport”. Background music is “Prologue” by Telaron, at http://www.opengameart.org.

Here is the text:

Journey to Kingsport

According to his hastily scribbled map the tavern was somewhere in Kingsport. He wasn’t entirely sure though.
The information was incomplete, and it had taken hours of torture to extract that information from Lord Xychra. Not much of a result after investing all that valuable time.

Still, Lord Xychra had mentioned an associate and a tavern in Kingsport. If there was loot to be found, he had best make his way there.After locating the tavern nestled by the Kingsport docks, Dhank stepped inside to discover a small, dimly lit bar that had obviously seen better days.
The only occupant was the bartender, who paused what he was doing to glance up. A slightly raised eyebrow demanded an explanation for this intrusion.

“Lord Xychra sent me” said Dhank. “He has directed me to collect his belongings, and asked me to show you this as proof”.
With that he dropped Lord Xychra’s ring on the bar. The same ring that less than 24 hours earlier he had removed from his Lordship’s severed finger, as he lay screaming in a pool of blood.

Slowly the bartender picked up the ring and examined it carefully. “Very well. Wait here while I fetch the key and write down some directions.” With that the barman left the room, and Dhank replaced the ring on his finger.
The barman eventually returned with a rough parchment and a large iron key. “Follow these directions, and they’ll take you to Lord Xychra’s associate. I have no doubt that he’ll be very helpful in carrying out Lord Xychra’s wishes.

Following the directions was straightforward, as the location was only a short walk away, beneath the docks. The key opened a door into the town sewer, and Dhank slowly made his way forward, cursing his oversight in not bringing a torch.
He could no longer see the map and inched forward slowly, first following the wall on his left, then the wall on his right before becoming hopelessly disoriented.

Eventually the passage he was in led to a small platform overlooking a large channel filled with a dark and menacing liquid. It might have been water, but Dhank wasn’t about to bet his life on it.
Suddenly he found himself rooted to the spot as he was struck by a spell cast from somewhere behind him. Dhank heard footsteps circle around him, then a torch flickered to life revealing the bartender who had sent him here.

“You should feel honoured.” The bartender came closer as he spoke, and Dhank could see that he wore a butcher’s apron and carried a large set of knives hanging from a leather belt around his waist.
On the opposite side of the platform, visible for the first time in the light of the torch, Dhank could see a butcher’s station, a tanning station and an alchemy station.
“Not everyone is selected for harvesting by his Lordship. He only sends about one a month. Now, let’s start with that finger.”

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Category: Fan Fiction
August 13 2014

Removing Soundcloud syndication!

I am removing the Soundcloud syndication of podcasts.

The limited amount of space for a free account creates more work to rotate our pod-casts in addition to the already additional work needed to add them in the first place.

I don’t believe anyone is using Soudcloud for these podcasts! It is probably good to have from a marketing standpoint, but that’s about it!

In the event anyone ever want’s us on soundcloud and is willing to cover the costs for an account OR wants to request I run a fundraiser for it due to a perceived interest, I could re-visit it at that time. I think right now though its not an added benefit and just creates more work so killing it!

The account will remain active with an intro piece though!

Echoes from the Caverns’s stream on SoundCloud – Hear the world’s sounds.

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August 13 2014

Introductory post by Asclepius

Hello everyone, Asclepius here with a short introductory post. Recently I joined the Caverns as part of the news team with Lord Baldrith. Since then the volume of fan fiction work sent in by the community has increased dramatically, to the point where Lord Baldrith can’t handle all the work on his own. I have been asked to come on board and voice some podcasts as well.

This post serves two purposes; firstly to let you know that there may be another voice bringing your creations to the wider community, and secondly if you can see and hear this, then I’ve mastered the trick of posting the podcasts to the Caverns site!

We do have a bit of a backlog at present, but we will try to clear it as fast as we can. In spite of that, we still want to bring as many original creations to the community as possible, so don’t stop posting.

Echoes…Echoes…echoes from the caverns was brought to you by Lord Baldrith, Asclepius and Sir Stile Teckel. Do you have a piece you would like us to read? Please contact us at LordBaldrith@thecaverns.net, Asclepius@thecaverns.net or stile@thecaverns.net

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August 12 2014

Indi Martin and William O Billman II to Guest Star on weekly newspodcast 8/15/14!

Indi Martin and William O Billman II have agreed to do a guest spot on the weekly news podcast on 8/15/14! So be sure to listen to this podcast after it airs and join in with Lord Baldrith and Asclepius after they cover the last weeks worth of Shroud of the Avatar followed by an interview of our special guests! A special thank you to both of them for agreeing to come on the show.

If your not familiar with the Newscast by now, then head over to the website and read up on it!

Calendar – Echoes from the Cavern.

If your not familiar with our guests.. I have to ask – Do you read ANY of my stuff??? Currently making a Geo-caching card game, Creating Shroud of the Avatar Geo-caches, Graphic novels, Novels, Comic Books, and custom artwork – OH MY!! Busy people!!! Do a search on them at my site and you’ll find out plenty!

Now this is just pure coincidence as far as timing goes. I recently hired Indi to do a Custom Character Portrait for me of Stile Teckel. I did an article over on my site not to long ago about her being the best go to place for Character portraits for us Shroud of the Avatar backers! I also gave you a link to one Sir Frank commissioned.. I don’t like to talk the talk but also do what I say, and so I commissioned one as well! Check it out and be sure to check out their other work!

(15) Tortoise & Hare Creations.

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August 10 2014

We need a voice actor – that can pull” Loud booming and evil”

We need YOU

We are working on a really large podcast for some fan fiction. Currently we are in need of someone that can do a voice that is evil sounding, and loud booming.

This is NOT a processional gig! Were not professionals and were working with a LOT of people. Its a “just do the best you can” gig. If you think you can even somewhat pull off a voice like that, then we can use you.

Do NOT offer to help us out unless you will be able to do it for us withing a timely manner (A week?). We are already replacing many people who have as long ago as two months ago offered to do voices and we still do not have their lines. At this point we would like to finish this podcast and get it out to the community and its going to take time to put it together and publish it!!

So anyone that offers to help, needs to be earnest in they will do so within a reasonable time line please!

ITS EASY!! VERY EASY!!!!!!! TAKES MAYBE 10 MINUTES!!!
You really don’t have THAT much to do. You can use whatever recording software you have. If you need something you can download audacity which is free and only takes a moment to install.

We send you the story with your lines highlighted to make it easy for you!!! You use whatever mic you would normally use (A headset is ok!). We will edit out background hiss and things like that – just please try not to have background noises when you record (TV, kids screaming, dogs, these are things wed like you to avoid).

Then press “Record” on audacity, and read your lines!! Try to capture the mood as best as you can and such. Aim for that evil loud booming aspect!!! Put a bit of a pause between each line to make it easier for Lord Baldrith to cut them out and edit them into the producing.

Save the file and arrange to send it to me. THATS ALL!!!!!

WHAT DO YOU GET?

  • Its fun
  • You are participating in a project that involves a lot of community members
  • you will be heard by many!
  • You will be listed in the cast credits!
  • You will be listed as a member of The New Britannia Theater troupe! (Like the actors guild of real life, if you participate one time, in any production, you are a member!)

Please contact me if you can help!!!

Don’t have a loud booming evil voice but want to do stuff like this? WE may have some other voices we need for this production (but maybe not, were wrapping up the last of them). But even so – we will do other stuff we can use voice actors for on a continual basis – so if you want to do one and we can’t get you in this one, let us know. Well get you in others. My one condition to anyone is: We need stuff back from people in a reasonable time limit – or we WANT to be TOLD – “I dont have the time right now, but ask me for the next one”.

Thank you everyone for your time and consideration!

The New Britannia Theater Troupe


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August 10 2014

September 5th News cast annoucement

Hear Ye, Hear Ye,

Strangely somehow Lord Baldrith is on vacation on September 5th. We are a bit confused as to how this as valid as no one in the New Britannia Theater Troupe seems to have signed his vacation request, yet he says he is on vaction. Their will be an internal investigation on this to figure out who gave him this authorization!

However the show SHALL go on! Asclepius had offered to do the show on his own but really now! When I think of many talk shows when a regular cast member is missing, they susuallly choose a “friend of the show” to fill in for the missing participant.

So it is with great pleasure I announce that for that weeks show Lord Jouten shall be filling in for Lord Baldrith!

Indeed!

 

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August 9 2014

Have News, Advertisements, events, or looking for something to do?

*Crack goes its wippy tail!*

Lord Baldrith and Asclepius cracked the wip at me and said “Hey Stile, get off your arse and start having some of the community send us some news!!” So please help me out so they don’t beat me to badly! If you have news articles you see in the forums, on the net, that you are involved in, about yourself, your guild, advertisements, or anything else Shroud of the Avatar related drop us a note!

You can use one of these contact forms, although ideally send it to myself (Stile), and ill forward onto them – as that way I can also do it as a text post at the Caverns for you.

Contact | Caverns, Dungeons, and Beyond.

Contact Baldrith | Echoes from the Cavern.

Contact Asclepius | Echoes from the Cavern.

I Figured id put together a couple of topics together on this post though. I’m always looking for “reporters” for the Caverns, Dungeons, and Beyond also. Someone to help do news pieces. I empower the people I work with, I do not direct or dictate. Ask Lord Baldrith, Sir Iscyle, Gabriel Nightshadow, Timelord, Amber Raine, Asclepius, or any of the many other people I have or do work with! I do not take credit for your work and in fact I will help try to get you recognition for it! I am very easy to work with – its a hobby, its for a game, its supposed to be fun!

You can do news on:

  • Specific topic(s) that you follow or that are important to you
  • On things from certain places or locations (MMO web sites? The forums? etc..)
  • On nothing particular just what you fill like when you feel like it.
  • You can do one post a year or 20 a day.
  • I can forward you stuff right to your email so you don’t even have to look for news!

If you have:

  • WordPress experience that is great!
  • If you do not its not hard, and ill help teach you as you need and want (I even have some instructional videos..)

If you want:

  • Ill help make some custom graphics for you
  • Ill give you an Ankh quill of your own color
  • A Caverns.net email address if you want one (not required)
  • A contact page on the site(s)

What I ask is:

  • Try to be casual – don’t worry about being mr. stuck up professional
  • Be yourself, have fun with it
  • Put your life first
  • Stay away from politics
  • When criticizing something by adding opinions always be do it constructively
  • Don’t do anything illegal or in violation of Portalariums TOS
  • Don berate other people and treat them how you want to be treated
  • Don’t public Founder, Dev+, or things told to you in confidence that are not public
  • Disagree with Portalrium or someone else relevant to your topic but do it politely and don’t start a war
  • Use common sense
  • That you ask me for anything you need so I can try to help it, because otherwise ill leave you alone
  • You let me thank you often
  • That I can communicate with you be email – It is more powerful in that its not limited to any one platform

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