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  1. Something that has come up (and has always been a struggle with myself) with some new/returning people is that it is very difficult to navigate between main/OOC usernames here, various characters, Discord usernames, and real names. Lord knows I have been here for quite some time and even I have problems with it constantly. So, I am wanting to get together a list of everyone's names and will update this post frequently. Please respond to this topic (with your primary or OOC account to make it easier) with the following (eliminate the parenthesis, please): Primary Account: (ie, the one we would send PM's to) Discord: (what your nickname is in the Jnet chat) Real First Name: (if you are comfortable with that, if not, leave out) Active Characters: (list their site username and IC character name if different) __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ Ary the Gray Primary Account: Ary the Grey Discord Username: Aidan Darkfire/Ban Ulfson Real First Name: Charles Active Characters: Aidan Darkfire, Ban Ulfson Commander Cody Primary Account: Commander Cody Discord: Chief2443 Real First Name: Cody Active Characters: none Darth Nyrys Primary Account: Darth Nyrys Discord: Darth Nyrys Real First Name: Chad Active Characters: Darth Nyrys Delta73 Primary Account: Delta73 Discord: Scout#5653 Real First Name: Timothy Active Characters: Delta73, Sandy Sarna, Raven Zinthos, Rose Cariadus, Telperien Ar-Pharazon, Beth Andromina Exodus Primary: Exodus Discord: Exodus Active Characters: Exodus, Berserker Frond Primary Account: Frond Discord Username: Watcher (Frond-Ben) Real First Name: Ben Active Characters: Frond, Rruror’rur’rr Fynn Relmis Primary: Fynn Relmis Discord: Fynn-Kern Name: Baron Kern Active Characters: Baron Kern Genesis Primary Account: Genesis Discord Username: ScorpioArmegedon#3930 Real First Name: Chad M. Active Characters: Mjan Sadow iv-Adas, Genesis Stormhelm, Mythos Von Howlster, Mi'lan Ziza, Shiro Seven, R3-M0, Kari Koi Shadow91062 Primary Account: Shadow91062 Discord Username: Shadow91062 Real first name: Ryan Active Characters: Jax Sheog the Mad Primary: Sheog the Mad Discord: Fieldgrey Active Characters: Fieldgrey, Kyrie Eleison Travis Primary Account: Travis Discord Username: Travis Real First Name: Travis Active Characters: Adenna Alluyen, Qaela, Lendron Neldis Vox Primary Account: Vox Discord: SaucyPilgrim First Name: Joshua Active Character(s): Vox
  2. STATE OF THE GALAXY for the JediRP* Decades of warfare and nearly endless carnage following the destruction of the Second Death Star over Endor cumulated in the fleets of the Galactic Empire and the New Republic along with their respective Sith and Jedi converging on a hidden, partially completed and damaged Death Star long abandoned in deep space. That massive battle was so bloody that, despite ending in a stalemate, all sides were exhausted of fighting and came together to discuss alternatives to the status quo. The result was the formation of the Galactic Alliance: a Galaxy spanning government headquartered on Coruscant but made up of planets and regions from both sides. A blanket amnesty was issued for all who fought in the previous wars and all were allowed to start with a clean slate. The massive navies and armies on both sides that had survived the war were largely disbanded in favor of a small centralized and officially neutral Galactic Alliance peacekeeping force. For several years, the Galaxy was able to maintain an unsteady peace under the eyes of the Galactic Alliance. Despite an attempt to completely end the Force by the Sith Master Faust that saw even the Jedi and Sith fight side by side, there were no major wars or conflicts during that time. Despite the outward peace, there was still strife and conflict brewing beneath the surface. The criminal organization Black Sun was chafing under the rules and regulations of the Galactic Alliance and frequently resorted to overt criminality and terrorism sparking the ire of CoreSec, the law enforcement agency of the Galactic Alliance. Conflicts between those two organizations eventually drew in both Jedi interested in keeping the peace and Sith interested in power and carnage. The constant skirmishes and seeming ease in which Black Sun operated only further revealed the weakness of the Galactic Alliance which caused many member planets to lose faith in the central government. On the edges of the Galaxy, the Sith began to experience a new Dark Age of power and strength as the Dark Lord Exodus rose to power. Slowly and deliberately, he took control of the Sith and purged those who refused to yield to his authority. He managed to reign in the self destructive tendencies that marked the Sith's traditional society and directed those energies to building a powerful war machine: something that went against Galactic Alliance laws. To further boost their number and resources, the Sith allied with Black Sun, creating the Axis and adding criminal organization's monies and manpower to the Sith's. Though there was some alarm at this Sith rise, little action was done due to corruption, ineptitude, and deliberate internal sabotage. Seeing the weakness of the theoretically democratic society of the Galactic Alliance and becoming increasingly alarmed at the rise of the Sith, Imperial Remnant Head of State Raven Zinthos declared independence from the Galactic Alliance taking most of the former Imperial worlds with her. She began preparing for war, but faced an uphill climb to catch up with the Sith. Though they were no longer a part of the Galactic Alliance, the Imperial Remnant maintained a nominal peace with them and the Jedi Order. After the formation of the Galactic Alliance, the Jedi Order saw a chance at peace at long last. Its bloodied and war wary leaders took the opportunity to guide the Jedi away from war and to a more peaceful, introspective route that they believed were closer in line with traditional Jedi values. They felt that Jedi had been fighting a war for so long they had began to lose their way and slide toward the dark side. Despite signs of escalating war, the Jedi attempted to prolong the peace and worked tirelessly to prop up the fragile Galactic Alliance while preventing their number from actively confronting the Sith and provoking them to greater violence. This created discontent within the Jedi Order as some wanted to directly and violently oppose the Sith and other rising evils within the Galaxy. Leadership within the Jedi Order changed hands multiple times creating instability and discord that finally drove hundreds of their number out of the Order and into the newly independent Imperial Remnant. These Jedi and other Force users formed the Imperial Knights under Kyrie Eleison and adopted a set of stringent codes that helped them navigate the more martial side of their Order while preventing themselves from falling to the dark side. Sensing the time was right, Dark Lord Exodus led the Sith on a strike to take Onderon, a traditional Sith friendly planet. Through both manipulation and genuine support, the people of Onderon rose up against the Galactic Alliance and sided with the Sith fleet that appeared above their planet. With fairly little bloodshed or effort, the Sith took Onderon, named it the capital of their new Sith Empire, and began a war of conquest to take over the Galaxy. On Coruscant, the Galactic Alliance Senate was in shock at this move and immediately condemned it, but the response was hampered by corruption within the Senate. Rallying their own forces and a small Jedi fleet, they launched a hasty and poorly coordinated attempt to retake Onderon. The Sith and their Black Sun Axis were waiting and inflicted serious casualties on the attacking force before driving them off. Over the next several months, the Sith began launching small raids and attacks against the ill prepared Galactic Alliance and their Jedi allies, slowly gaining more and more territory. The Imperial Remnant began waging their own war against the Black Sun and other criminal organizations. After taking Nal Hutta and Nar Shaddaa, the Remnant focused on liberating Kashyyyk from the Axis powers. Head of State Zinthos was proclaimed Empress Zinthos as the Remnant struggled to rally as many as they could to prepare for the inevitable confrontation with the Sith. Despite their initial victories, they soon drew the attention of the Sith Empire which began a campaign for Kuat. In a brutal battle the likes of which the Galaxy hadn't seen since the old Imperial/New Republic Wars, most of the Remnant fleet was destroyed by the Axis and the shipyard planet was taken by the Sith and their Empress captured. With the Galactic Alliance's attention focused on the Sith Empire, there was little energy directed at Mandalorian space. From the ashes of a Mandalorian civil war rose a new Mandalore by the name of Terra and a new Crusader army that worshiped the old war gods of ancient times. This bloodthirsty band of warriors quickly built a fleet and raised an army to march into the Galaxy to bring their gods glory and death. With little warning, these Crusaders began raiding and pillaging with overwhelming force born of powerful weapons and religious zeal, leaving few survivors in their wake. At this point, Coruscant suffered two major catastrophes. The first was the attempt by Sith Master Faust to once again destroy the planet by pulling down one of its moons. This effort was staved off by the combined effort of the Jedi Order's most powerful members, but not without a heavy cost. The moon grazed the outer atmosphere of the planet causing immeasurable damage to the surface and killing hundreds of billions. To make matters worse, before the planet could even begin recovering, the Mandalorian Crusaders emerged from hyperspace and began a devastating assault on the planet. The Galactic Alliance and the Jedi forces were routed over Coruscant and forced to flee to Borleias. There, they were joined by survivors of the Imperial Remnant's fleet fresh from their crushing defeat over Kuat. The Galactic Alliance Senate was nearly entirely wiped out on Coruscant leaving Admiral Slaughter in de facto command of its forces. In the Jedi Order, leadership was so decimated and shattered that the mantle of Grandmaster fell upon a mere Jedi Knight, Adenna Alluyen. She immediately reversed the direction of the Jedi and directed them towards a more confrontational stance to actively fight the rising evil of the Sith. Together, these three groups formed an Alliance for the sake of survival even while continuing to take losses from the Sith and Mandalorian Crusaders. The first step for the stunned Allies was to free the captured Empress Zinthos. Intelligence led them to Dark Sun Station: a Black Sun controlled bank in the middle of deep space. Scouts reported the majority of the Black Sun's fleet there, stuck without support from their Sith allies. Hoping to strike a blow that would destroy the criminal organization, the Allies brought all of the forces they had amassed at Borleias and launched an attack on the Black Sun fleet. This proved to be a dangerous choice as the delay in rallying additional forces allowed the Sith to spring a counterattack against them. Though the Empress was freed, the ensuing battle saw the devastation of Black Sun's fleet, but also severe losses among the Allies. After fleeing Dark Sun Station, the Allies regrouped at Nar Shaddaa and formally created the Rebel Alliance. The Galactic Alliance and the Imperial Remnant merged entirely into one temporary government while the Jedi Order extended an offer for the Imperial Knights to rejoin the Order as an autonomous entity. During that time, the Sith under Dark Lord Exodus arrived in force over the shattered Coruscant and began crushing the Mandalorian Crusader garrison that remained and working towards establishing a semblance of order on the chaos. Currently, both sides are consolidating their positions and preparing for a new round of warfare. The Rebels are building small bases and launching raids against the Sith who are attempting to quell resistance in their newly conquered territory. *Editor's Note: This summary is designed to bring new or returning members up to a basic understanding of the current state that the RP is in. It is designed to present the most major or important events of this RP in a neutral light with more emphasis on the most recent (and therefore relevant) events. Though there are a number of key names and events listed here, it is not an exhaustive or comprehensive collection of characters, battles, or events. It is not the intent of the author to minimize the contributions of any player and character as everyone has a part to tell. Unfortunately, just as in the history books, only key events are told.
  3. I have fortunately never had such a creature attack me. I have accidentally slept in a pile of ants before (out taking a nap in the woods). That was a lot of fun.
  4. I definitely agree with all of your points, though I would also add that we definitely didn't need any of the political messaging that were very un-subtly put in.
  5. I am deeply offended by the presence of Antarctica. Seriously, why does that continent need so much of our fresh water? I mean, it has almost no population (penguins don't count in my book) and no agriculture. Despite that fact, that continent has frozen up a disproportionate amount of the world's fresh water. So offensive.
  6. I wouldn't use a tomahawk, I would use my Viking ax.
  7. Hey man, how are things going?
  8. Steve was a solid roleplayer who, back in the day, helped serve as a master to Adenna and as a frequent, hilarious addition to the site and roleplaying. He was instrumental in reviving this place which breathed in new life and brightened so many of our lives through the renewed connections and friendships we share now. I also remember his corny jokes and quirky humor in the Firesides we had and will miss that in the future. Let us all remember him on this site and never let his memory fade.
  9. Empire Strikes Back A New Hope Rogue One Return of the Jedi Revenge of the Sith Attack of the Clones Phantom Menace The Force Awakens The Last Jedi Being honest, the new movies are just getting worse and worse. Not just that they are predictable (excluding the whole killing Snoak, literally the only major surprise for me in the movie), but in terms of logic and character development. I simply cannot abide or suspend belief when movies are just blatantly insulting to their audience's sense of logic. Plus, I truly, deeply hate the changes to Star Wars that were made in the new movies (Rogue One excluded).
  10. Hmm, not sure what is up. I am on Chrome and it works just fine for me. I presume your Chrome is updated and you restarted your comp?
  11. Fairly certain he was perma perma-banned.
  12. Hey, I tried. I made a post in practically EVERY subforum other than fanfic. Let's bring back Archer and Scorp then put up a topic saying how awesome Christians and Trump are. There will be hundreds of posts back in forth just from the two of them spazzing out.
  13. Most of those topics are old, long archived, and had nothing to do with the roleplaying. There was a time when most of the posts were not about roleplaying at all, but now the site has evolved to focus more on the actual roleplaying as that is what unites us here.
  14. That is awesome, Stephen. Thanks for bringing it up. I have seen the main fight before, but not the whole thing. Very, very well done.
  15. I am an ENTJ (Commander). That doesn't surprise me at all. Didn't see any sort of breakdown or anything, it just went from questions to interpretation. My favorite quote from it: "The underlying thought running through the ENTJ mind might be something like "I don’t care if you call me an insensitive b*****d, as long as I remain an efficient b*****d."
  16. Travis

    My Life Update

    Okay, it has been a roller coaster of late. After my last post, fecal matter hit the fan and things were permanently ended with my ex (no possibility of us getting back, she moved on fully). That hurt a lot resulting in me all but severing communication. Job has been going great, I love it and am fitting in well. It has really helped get my bank accounts refilled a little and gives me a sense of purpose. I have been more active socially and spending less time alone which is great. I am now officially out of what I consider depression and am trying to get into an actually happy place instead of just living day by day. That being said, I hope to reengage here. Last time, a lot of my desire to get back into things was because my ex expressed interest in it and I wanted to have something to occupy my time and tell her about. When that relationship went to feces, it really sapped a lot of appeal out of me. Couple that with the heartache and depression and it was tough to get motivated to do much. Now, I am clear of that and want to get back into the fight.
  17. Travis

    My Life Update

    Yea, so my ex came down this week and we have managed to hang out a bit. I am quite pleased at the lack of problems and feelings I feel. I am quite fine with how things are, and seeing, talking, and being around her is giving me some perspective. I still think she is an amazing woman, but my head and heart have cleared enough to see a lot of issues that I had ignored previously that might have been a serious problem over time. Starting work this last week and a half has drastically improved my mood and how I am functioning. It is almost night and day how different and much better I am. I haven't felt this good in about four months which is great news and allows me to state that I am well on my way out of this latest depression cycle. I am networking more with some in person friends to join their social networks and start doing things with other people which may open opportunities for me.
  18. Travis

    My Life Update

    I spent over a decade in counseling and, in the end, found they did almost no better than talking to friends or dealing with things on my own. I am sure there are people who need it, but I am not one of them. Not only that, but as an uninsured person, I can't afford to drop hundreds of dollars to talk to someone.
  19. Travis

    My Life Update

    I do apologize for my prolonged absence. You guys have always kinda known I wear my emotions on my sleeve and have little problems opening up to my friends here, so I am going to do it. It really feels good to be able to share, and I am not looking for sympathy or guilt tripping people here. I am simply letting you know because many of you are friends and most of you are good people. Plus, it is therapeutic to write it all out. I got back into this site when things were going well in my life. I had a bit of money (after not having any from being laid off) from a temp job, I had a girlfriend whom I fell in love with (after an extremely long time without one), I had a place of my own with my best friend, and I had a lot of hope with how my life was going. In December, things took a turn for the worse when my girlfriend broke up with me right in the middle of the stress of the retail holiday season. Foolish or not, we stayed as friends with the hope and understanding that in the future, a relationship might be possible once more as we both really liked each other (she was going through a very messy divorce and had a lot of outside stressers and things that made the concept of a relationship not possible). I lost the seasonal job I was hoping to keep in mid January leaving me with no cash and having to dip into investments. Not finding a job, being unemployed, my roommate getting a girlfriend and not being around, my friends being busy, having nothing to do, social isolation setting in, and the rapid deterioration of what connections I had with my girl weakened me so much that I began to lose my lifelong struggle with depression. Normally, I can handle several of those things with ease, but all of them together created a perfect storm that wrecked me. The past several weeks have been especially brutal for me. The only saving grace is that I was made a job offer at Bank of America, but it took three and a half weeks to process paperwork (my time in China made it complicated). Other than that, I have been suffering extreme isolation, high level manic depression (good one hour, in the pits the next), extreme negatively about the future, lack of will to go on, and a whole bunch of other stuff that is just not pleasant. My roommate, a guy I have known all of my life, went from being home almost every evening and two to three days a week to being home possibly 5 hours a week (excluding sleeping) and spending the night with his girlfriend 3-4 nights a week thus creating a sense of isolation and lack of social contact. To top it off, and probably the most devastating thing, my ex made it clear a week and a half ago that she no longer saw a romantic future for us and that she was closing that (already slim) chance of us getting back together. I will make it clear: I do not blame her in this as she was always quite up front about how slim our chances were after breaking up just before Christmas. However, I blame myself for allowing my depression, vain hope, and tunnel vision for not realizing or accepting that possibility and allowing it to drive me. Over the last week, I have come to grips with my situation regarding my ex, started my job (second day, going great so far), and began to clear the deceptions of depression from my life. I am not saying it has been pleasant or that I am always improving, but I have hope that the darkest days are behind me. My focus now is to start integrating back into society via work, making new friends, and possibly through Jnet. In truth, my ex has actually become one of my best friends and a great help because she does really care about me and knows me very, very well. Now that I have accepted we aren't getting together, I feel much more comfortable around her and am able to switch the relationship to a very close friend, something I really need. I have also come to really appreciate Delta and Sheog for their moral support, prayer, advice, and just being there. I am desperately working on curbing my depression and reestablishing a healthy life and mindset. Having a sense of purpose (job), income coming in (paycheck), and social interactions are huge helps for me and allow me to focus my energies on where they are needed. I do want to make it clear: I blame nobody (including my ex and roommate) and anything they may have done or didn't do for this. The "blame" is to be placed on the multiple unfortunate situations that I found myself in (nobody's fault), my genetics, and my own choices. For now, I simply cannot generate the urge or desire to post in the RP. I hate that, I really do. I don't like leaving commitments or anyone hanging, but I simply cannot add that (comparatively minor) commitment and stress to myself right now. I also really enjoy roleplaying with you guys. For now, assume the following of my characters: Qaela is MIA after the destruction of her clan on Dathomir, presumed dead. Adenna is on Catnip Station quietly preparing it for Jedi arrivals or, if that doesn't work, she will return to Tython (whichever Tobias feels is best). Sandy is free to stay with her or go back to Tython for a new master. Mazzari is busy rebuilding CoreSec and is chilling on Kuat. If there is a desperate need for one of my characters, esp Mazzari, feel free to PM me here or on Facebook and I can at least offer advice or see if I can come post. I will try to check in here periodically for PM's.
  20. It definitely wasn't eager to watch it (at least in theaters), but I was persuaded to do so by my roommate. Was highly disappointed. Still, I loved Rogue One, so it was not at all due to the destruction of the old EU that I hated Episode VII, it was that it was just too full of plot holes and an all around poor movie to anyone who looks at it logically. If it weren't Star Wars, it would just be another bleh movie like so many other sci-fi attempts of recent years.
  21. I found Rogue One far, far better than TFA. Like, Rogue One was maybe an 8 of 10, TFA was about a 3. I have my reasons, very, very many reasons, but I don't think this is the place to derail the topic listing them.
  22. After the disaster that was Episode VII, I am holding out my hopes for this. They are pretty low, but I am willing to give them another shot.
  23. Yup. It was constant flow of people. Couldn't move without someone wanting help. Fortunately, I only had one really pissy customer and that was entirely their fault (woman was sitting on a $300 item and they got pissed when I cautioned that the box could collapse and she could fall). Overall, as the new guy, I had it fairly easy and did quite well.
  24. An Ode to Black Friday* by an extremely exhausted, exasperated, emotionally eviscerated electronics retail worker Oh Black Friday, how we all loathe your mere existence, despair of your arrival, and hate you so very, very much. Oh Black Friday, how you suck the life out of holidays turning them into mass times of wretched despair and misery. Oh Black Friday, how you destroy family time, take us away from our loved ones, and vaporize our quality time. Oh Black Friday, how you steal our energy, dash our hopes, drain our lives, and leave us hollow husks of humanity. Oh Black Friday, how you create monsters out of men, inspire selfishness and crudeness, and bring out the worst of all. Oh Black Friday, how we all wish you would just vanish, disappear, no longer be a thing, and be burned out of memory. *For all of our foreign friends, Black Friday is the day after American Thanksgiving (always on a Thursday) where all the companies decide to put out ridiculous sales that draw out the mindless hordes of consumerism driven zombies that mob stores and basically make up the bulk every retail worker's nightmares. As a worker in a very large electronics retailer, I was forced to work very late on Wednesday, half of Thanksgiving, and extremely long shifts the following few days all to feed this horrible mentality that results when people give into consumerism.
  25. Indeed, it has been too long. Missed a lot of our rather colorful conversations.
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