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30 Nov 2016 9:50
In spite of man's proud domination of nature, they are still her victims, for they have not even learned to control their own nature.


The Harbinger of Ferocity

Agent of the Wild, Aspect of the Ferine
Nature, red in tooth and claw.

"There is, indeed, no single quality of the cat that man could not emulate to his advantage."
- Carl Van Vechten

I am, at my core, a personification and manifestation of those characters whose blood and hearts run red with the ferocity of the animal world. It is that which convicts and controls my works - my writing; the force and guidance in which I gain creativity from. It is what inspires me as a creator and weaver of words, the very thing I admire as an author.

My leanings, savage as they are, are of the feline sort and there exists no greater lineage of beasts whom I draw from. No others captivate and motivate my talent as the greatest of cats do.

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"Hi. What happen? We kill dragon?"

Brannor's return to consciousness from his meditative place in mind earned him witnessing the almost casual greeting by Orchid, a man a number of others likely now thought dead.

"The beast left on the wing, but we can only pray that is for good tonight." He replied, certain to himself the orc would not be sated with that answer; after all they both survived.

The man grasped the weapon upon his leggings by its handle and bindings, taking it up with him as he rose from being seated. A time had passed, enough that the calm had returned in the world itself and in his own spirit. Again he had shrugged off the distractions as best he could, but now he was left to wonder what else was coming for them. A dragon was an impressive feat, one they would need investigate into in the morning when the sunlight removed what advantages the kobolds and the rest of their lot had.

Placing the sizable buckled leather strap across his armored breast before donning the quiver and bow at that, Brannor then set about dusting himself off, adding in conversation during this process; "Now that you are with us again, we should probably see what the others have found themselves up to."

"Last I recall they were attending to the other wounded." The stern man finished, looking over the half blood who indeed was no worse for wear in the slightest.

At the moment Brannor was not about to admit he worried that Orchid would not have survived such an insane attempt; there would be time to ask later as he assumed the man was about to be on his way again, looking for the next monster to slay and the next enemy to defeat. It was as though nothing phased him, which for a mortal was an impressive accomplishment seeing that he had no overt magical aptitude in the slightest.

@Hekazu@Ryonara@Lucius Cypher@Gordian Nought@Norschtalen
I am not suggesting all of our characters have to do that or should do that, @Norschtalen. Inspiration should be awarded for acting out character flaws, bonds, traits or plot elements even at risk to themselves, for better or worse. Those does not mean another character should not have been awarded it if they handled a situation brilliantly in character or in the most charming, charismatic fashion.

The example case is that based upon what we have known about Orchid, his character, what he does what he does and why, he is a qualifier for it and that is why I suggested it. None of the other characters would have or should have attempted that and it was unclear what the intention was for us to do with the dragon short of fight it, presumably to the death. Thus far while the dragon hasn't come back, I sincerely doubt this is the last time we will see it; it already is none too fond of Parum, which is an interesting plot element for the future for her to act on and even better she's aware of it.

Inspiration is not a contest, especially one where we have to blow for blow meet everyone else, but an incentive for playing a character out completely. In a way, mind you this is how I perceive it, @Lucius Cypher now has to either top his own effort previously and make it again totally reasonable in character and not just for the sake of Inspiration or now play out a completely different element of Orchid in order to try to gain Inspiration.

And that is exactly how it should be, as by the time he is likely to do so in such a hypothetical environment, at least one other person should have carried out a major element of their character.
On the other hand I also believe that some things, even if not successful, could be rewarded with inspiration. whether it's Orchid's stunt, or Parum rallying others, Brannor landing a critical shot, Kyra stealing someone from the grasp of death, or Travor shielding everyone from certain doom. While all these things are subjectively "awesome@ an "heroic", it would still be nice to have some sort of consolation for going above and beyond what is necessary for our characters to do to survive and fulfill our objective.

This was primarily the reason I was talking about it, not so much "good writing versus exceptional writing", but more that players are willing to put their characters on the line to play out their story. That ability to go above and beyond to play out what they would do rather than should do in many cases because the goal is to make them not characters, but relatable people.

Inspiration all too often is used as a coveted currency because it has the power of advantage, but I would like to think we are all mature enough as roleplayers to know we probably should pass it off to another player or that we should use it so we are not tying it up so to speak. While difficult in a forum setting, I think this environment actually offers a better spotlight for it because we can read and see exactly where the character is going with this; is it in line with their motivation, personality, objectives, desires, faith and so forth? The other reason I brought this up is because we are not receiving experience gain, there feels like minimal character progression mechanically is occurring; Inspiration costs nothing but feels like the character in question really went to the limit.

While I understand your rationale, I had to pose this first, @Hekazu.
Something that occurred to me that as of yet still has gone unmentioned, but I would like to now that I too remembered it existed, is Inspiration. Although it is not something the players can award unless we already have it, I would like to pose that Orchid would be reasonably deserving of it. @Hekazu, what say you?
If @Ermine would not be running it, I would be willing to teach the system as well, @Monster, @Mesonyx. While my air of seriousness will not be gone in such a light, know that I am not unforgiving and certainly do understand I intend for you to enjoy the experience, especially that it is your first voyage into the material.
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