Keimun Reigumon's picture is fantastic, and his background story is delightful. He's also chosen the Japan-themed continent!!! Very well written, Lord Johnny. It gave me a much better feel for the world then I had before!
Johnny's been my most faithful participant through the creation of Axiom, before it ever became this hyper-detailed giant. He's been very busy lately, but hopes to have to time to come back to play soon. :) I feel quite safe to publically admit that his character (even before we worked together, in PMs, to edit in the asian themes) was a very large inspiration behind the creation and implementation of Paramnar.
Julianne 'Jules' Morgenstern is also delightful though she chose the other world! Which brings me to a
question … Usually I ask Haloriel to proof read my stories, and vice versa. Do let us know if certain plots will be put into effect that would be diminished if we shared stories before the two worlds collided!
You have made a more-than-ample impression that you are capable of keeping OOC and IC knowledges separate. My admiration of you already knows no bounds, miLady. Also, if Johnny's absence must continue (though I'm sure he wishes otherwise), I may have to adapt certain plans that I had for him to balance between myself and you, provided that you would be intrigued by such responsibility in the evolution of the plot. :)
Teisei Asomun, whose background story is wonderful and fills me with questions … but is also cleverly crafted to not give too much away! Nicely done, Clockwork! And I am pleased you will have a character on the Japan-themed continent.<blushes profusely>
Your compliments are very heartwarming, miLady. My interest is quite piqued, concerning your questions. It has always been my plan to have a primary character involved in each of the two story-arcs. And I have encountered the possible need to create profiles for a few more, secondary and tertiary, support-role characters.
Proto Menamia's background story is so very sad! And what on earth are you hinting at?? This one is also yours, and plays on the Victorian side. "All things must end, and, from that ending, something new (and magnificent) invariably begins."
Perhaps it is not a direct quote, but it is close enough to get my point across. :)
My ideas for the sub-plots enriching the Nu Logikan story-arc are clamoring into existence much more rapidly than the ones concerning Paramnar. Yet, curiously enough, they seem to have the potential to interact
with that otherwise-entirely-separate "world." Since you are presently in contact with Haloriel by other means, you are more than welcome to inquire of what I have shared with her, on this premise. :)
I am thinking of a young woman of Paramnar, still bound to her clan. For me, though I love the notion of Victorian gowns and lovely robots (I LOVE robots), the Kimono won. I just … couldn't resist that aesthetic and tradition.
This is also why I had to create two primary characters. Not only is it my responsibility, as a GM, to be in the thick of each plot development, but the inspiration for these worlds - while vastly different from each other - each share a very special place in my heart.
And as for the robots... I'm a child experiencing Yule/Christmas/Hannukah every time I am around one of them, or am lucky enough to be at a convention. I can't possibly describe the elation I experience when I even have the resources and opportunity to build
I had sensed we were, quite likely, birds of a feather, and this has affirmed that suspicion rather nicely. :)
I would like her to have skills in herbal remedies, acupuncture/pressure, massage therapy, and tei ikaoi (The Tai Chi). My goal is for her to be a Healer, and use the Ikaoi Daomasu - Life Manipulation - (a moderately advanced mastery pertaining to the ability to sense, then gently encourage, then actively redirect a human subject's natural static electricity (chi) ).
What would fascinate me, if there is a way, is for her to be able to mend things. To be able to sew up a wound in a fashion that it would not scar, and would heal fast; to be able perhaps to likewise mend silk kimonos, perhaps organics? I did not see an energy manipulation for that sort of thing, unless I went with Meilar Daomasu - Wood Manipulation (a journeyman mastery pertaining to objects that contain a percentage of wood; low- to mid-level mastery involves the extraction of quantities above 50 percent) and sub-mastery: Meilaoi Daomasu - Growth Manipulation (a journeyman mastery pertaining to anything that would be the equivalent of Earth's term "flora") which would have the added benefit of adding to the quality of her herb and kitchen gardens. Perhaps some day she could even learn how to mend armor, and eventually Automatons! Who knows?
I cut off the list of manipulations where it is because I already felt that Axiom was burgeoning into such an epic existence as to overwhelm. This is not
to say that I am not (very) interested in further expanding it if you have an idea for another sub-manipulation. I love
player-inspired additions to a theme. That's why I've encouraged people to continue creating their own unique terminology, based upon the precepts that I used in the existing glossary. :)
I'm also a very interactive GM. I don't just specify the guidelines and throw them out there, expecting people to sink or swim. Nay, for I jump right in, and am as hands-on of a "swimming instructor" as each person is comfortable with. <3
As far as mending is concerned, I love the idea, and would be delighted to see what you would make of it. Perhaps your character discovered a particular anomaly, unique to her, while she was learning the Meilar
and Meilaoi Daomasui
, and she found an additional aspect when she merges the abilities in a particular fashion? If she came from a Meilarma
Primary clan, this could also enhance the particulars of the situation. There are plenty of potential concepts to negotiate, that would balance this anomaly quite well. I am very curious to see what you would make of the potential manipulation-consequences.
I have found a picture that I just LOVE … I would really like to use it. I have not yet found answers to what the marks on her forehead are, unless they are clan-specific, and speak of her lineage or ownership.
The picture is amazing
. I'll leave you with a choice: to figure out what sort of meaning the markings might have, or have me to graphic edit the picture so that she appears exactly as she is, except without the markings. If you opt for the first choice, I would be interested to read what you come up with, and in probably implementing the concept into entire Paramnarma culture.
If these basic mechanics seem to you like they will work, I will concentrate on her family and character. How much of her family are you interested in seeing? Should I populate a whole clan? Just her immediate family? A three generation family tree?
I would like to encourage you to be as detailed with her origins and support character concepts as you would feel so inclined to contribute, my Lady. :) In remaining with her Clan, is she Beholden to another, therein, or has she managed to escape the bonds of the Paramnarma take on marriage? (Either is entirely viable, mind you). Is she presently in a student and/or apprentice capacity to her family, thereby delaying the necessity of her being Beholden to someone?
Hopefully that is sufficient enough to spark another one of your lovely brainstorming processes. :)
With these goals and the very lovely picture, where would she fit socially? Here is the picture I found. I used Tinypics and chose the Bulletin board code and size; please let me know if that was not the correct thing to do!
All Paramnari are quite skillful with energy manipulation, and tend to know, instinctively, how to keep from pushing the boundary of consequences too far. There are, of course, always exceptions to every rule. However, for the most part, it's a pretty static theme. That being said, take the White Wolf merit/flaw system into consideration. If you want to enhance her abilities beyond the average Paramnaran, then all I need you to do is legitimately balance it out. :) There are no actual rules, or points guidelines, concerning said merits/flaws. I trust your creative judgement. :)
While she would be expected to adhere to the same standards as any other, female Paramnaran (subservient, objectified, etc.), I see plenty of (subtle) rule-bending potential with her. If you let me edit her picture so that her eyebrows were white (like her hair), she'd really
appear to be albino. This could have been a genetic circumstance, or a manipulation consequence. I'll leave that choice up to you, as well.
There's also the consideration of the genetic predisposition to lose one's hair pigmentation at an early age. Anne McCaffrey's Rowan
comes to mind (I was obsessed with her books, as a teenager, and especially that series). She could be the next generation of a particular strain... actually... what just popped in my head was that she could be one of the Param's direct relatives. While not all of the ruling family would be predisposed to early pigmentation loss, and/or being albino, that could very easily make her
that much more of a sacred individual (in their belief system), and possibly privy to particularly sensitive information...
I'm very curious to see where you take this. :)