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Old 07-01-2015, 12:57 PM   #121
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Old 07-01-2015, 01:29 PM   #122
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It's been that kind of week (or three). Thanks.
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(I have been busy and slacking and forgetful, but I'll write something for all my characters during the remainder of this week, pinky promise!)
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(I have been busy and slacking and forgetful, but I'll write something for all my characters during the remainder of this week, pinky promise!)
I must say the same for myself (even though I have a lot less characters to write for than you do ). I have a very irregular schedule, so I can't sit down to write regularly. Just as I think, "I should have Ledwyn start talking to this person", someone else jumps in instead (which is probably for the better, since, once again, I can't always write in a regular and timely manner). But I was thinking of having Ledwyn just start a conversation with one of the newcomers - potentially Brith, if you're ok with that - unless someone wants to bump into her first.
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Old 07-01-2015, 09:10 PM   #125
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Does anyone have any thoughts about where the unloaded goods are going? Just a pile in the main room of the Hall until things can get sorted out? Or directly to the kitchens with the food? (Trying to imagine how much stuff we're talking about...)

And is someone 'directing traffic'? Seems like a reasonable role for Thornden, maybe? Or is everyone sort of running amok?
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Probably running amok. Eodwine is weak and therefore somewhat ill of mind (of some sort).
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Old 07-03-2015, 09:17 PM   #127
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Done! Lommy, I avoided any specific descriptions of Brith, but if something is inaccurate, please let me know, or if you want to change anything at all.
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If the question "Is everyone sort of running amok?" refers to me, then the answer is decidedly, "Yes."

I'll try hard to post today. I think Javan will hop in and help with the horses, and Thornden can direct the traffic stuff.

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Also, usually medieval ladis didn't just sit around and do embroidery but actually run the household. So if something needs organizing, where is Saeryn?
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Where is she, indeed. Not quite certain yet.

Thornden has finally shown up on the scene. He gave Cnebba and Garmund a job, directed Javan to help Leof with the horses, and sent a few men to stack wood (I didn't name anybody, but if someone wants to do that, that'd be fine). Oh, and he send Leodthern to find Modtryth. So...that should give a few people something to do.

I'll try to write something for Saeryn today, too. Sorry it's taken me forever to get on and start. I found it surprisingly rough to break the ice and write a post. And then when I did, I felt maybe Thornden was being too bossy, but then I thought this was probably his job, so it's ok. Tell me if I'm wrong.
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Amazing posts and I love all the new characters! I have to say Legate may have stolen the show though with Áforglaed talking to the chicken.

LMP, I decided to continue Wilheard and Eodwine's dialogue after all. I'm afraid Wilheard is even worse at niceties than his father...

Gal, I had Brith reply to Ledwyn. Language troubles ahoy. Brith speaks very little of Rohirric, mostly what she picked up in Edoras over the winter. I don't know how many Rohanians would speak the common tongue? Everyone seems to speak it in The Lord of the Rings, but the "everyone" we see are soldiers, often officers. It sounds a little odd that a majority of the peasants would know a second language. Brith might need her "uncles" - or *nudge nudge* maybe someone else eventually? - around to translate with some people!

Firefoot, Folwren and whoever else is writing about the stables, just a heads-up that you've got to newcomer veteran soldiers bringing in horses, first an Eorling with two horses and the a Gondorian with one. They are NPCs so do what you will with them, but just so you know there's traffic that way.

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, I just wrote a little filler for Modtryth. If Stigend is too weepy, please let me know. He just seemed quite rattled (and I'm not saying it's not for a reason. I find it very amusing how he's always so much more emotional than Modtryth). Now it looks like Leodthern has been told to tell Modtryth to take care of the arriving things in the kitchen, so I think she'll be busy with that and doesn't have time to chat with her husband, so I guess you can figure out something else for Stigend to do?


PS. I actually found more old Brith posts back from 2006! Turns out she has even worse tolerance for alcohol than Wilheard and becomes very self-pitying when drunk. Can we have a feast so my characters can embarrass themselves? Also apparently her horse is called Grayday (what a silly name!)

PPS. Added Heafoc to my list and updated Wilheard's bio a tiny bit. He now has a nasty war scar.

PPPS. Don't you worry Folwren. It is Thornden's job to boss people around.
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Old 07-05-2015, 08:48 AM   #132
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Gal, I had Brith reply to Ledwyn. Language troubles ahoy. Brith speaks very little of Rohirric, mostly what she picked up in Edoras over the winter. I don't know how many Rohanians would speak the common tongue? Everyone seems to speak it in The Lord of the Rings, but the "everyone" we see are soldiers, often officers. It sounds a little odd that a majority of the peasants would know a second language. Brith might need her "uncles" - or *nudge nudge* maybe someone else eventually? - around to translate with some people!
I sort of can't believe this has never (to my knowledge) come up before. I have no idea.

I also recently realized that I have probably vastly overestimated the literacy rate of a people that are "wise but unlearned, writing no books." Guess that's why the pros have editors... But on that note, would Rohirric have a written alphabet?
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I don't know how many Rohanians would speak the common tongue? Everyone seems to speak it in The Lord of the Rings, but the "everyone" we see are soldiers, often officers. It sounds a little odd that a majority of the peasants would know a second language.
I'd wondered about this. I guess Ladavan's been doing some serious studying of the language of the Rohirrim. He'd be more likely to know something of that tongue than the Common anyway. Maybe he bought something to help him. Call it Orthanc-stone.
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Old 07-05-2015, 11:26 AM   #134
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Undome and Envinyatar --

I was thinking we could wrap up this day's scene with either a post just from Envin or maybe one from him and one from you.

Then, once the Meadhall's present day has turned to the following day, we can be down the road to the Meadhall.

How does that sound to you?

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The problem with that, Arry, is that days at the Meadhall tend to take forever, unless people make a concerted effort to move along. Maybe we can, if you three are out of action until we continue.

I think that it would work if we decided moved on without too much delay. I don't think a large celebration would be got up that very day. I think the people would be more focused on regaining strength and whatnot before putting on a whole big feast or anything. So, Lommy, your characters may need to wait a bit before embarrassing themselves too badly.
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Hmmmmm... well if the day takes toooooooooo long to turn to the next - maybe we should rename the game. How about:

-------------------- Hard Winters, Day 1 ---------------

Just joking!

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But, more seriously, this is an RPG now and not just a slow-moving Inn-ish (Ent ish) sort of piece. Maybe it could move along at a slightly quicker pace than the original Mead-hall. What do you think?
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Thanks, Pio, for the edit!

Undome, Envin --

We can always make this day our group is in to be a day prior to what's going on in the game and keep writing a bit more backstory and interaction in our little group.

I don't think it would require much editing on our part.

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Just joking!
Bahaaha! That's what I thought when the title was originally suggested!

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I tend to agree, at least until all our characters are in position to be played, where as now we have three people's characters in a separate location waiting to be brought in.

Firefoot, Saeryn has spotted and addressed Scyld.
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Arry Lets do go ahead and move our own timeline back. I'll look at the posts for our group and see where we need to edit.
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Sorry I did do a post for Elfthain but my computer ate it and then I had to go away to househunt.. and have been unwell again. I will try to redo tonight but it may need to be tagged in. If necessary I can do a much shorter post than was lost and let the lad brood on his backstory if an occasion arises

Anyway Elfthain, should speak the common tongue well enough and may even have a smattering of Elvish from his year in Gondor when he was ten. Though given his age at acquisition he may have serious gaps in his vocabulary .
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Working on posts for Leof and Scyld now.

One thing to keep in mind for the current day is that a true feast would be a really terrible idea - everyone would get really sick (it's called refeeding syndrome).
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Gal, I had Brith reply to Ledwyn. Language troubles ahoy. Brith speaks very little of Rohirric, mostly what she picked up in Edoras over the winter. I don't know how many Rohanians would speak the common tongue? Everyone seems to speak it in The Lord of the Rings, but the "everyone" we see are soldiers, often officers. It sounds a little odd that a majority of the peasants would know a second language. Brith might need her "uncles" - or *nudge nudge* maybe someone else eventually? - around to translate with some people!
Oh, that's brilliant! Ledwyn is the most old-fashioned village rustic, she probably knows a few words at most in the common tongue. Ohhh, I can't wait until I get the chance to reply for her - misunderstandings galore!!!

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Hmmmmm... well if the day takes toooooooooo long to turn to the next - maybe we should rename the game. How about:

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Just joking!
Or more like Hard Winters: The Arrival of the Caravan.

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One thing to keep in mind for the current day is that a true feast would be a really terrible idea - everyone would get really sick (it's called refeeding syndrome).
Haha, used to fill up hospitals every Easter when people would stuff themselves on fatty food after a 40 day fast that precedes it by the religious calendar... But either way, I think everyone is too exhausted to put up a proper feast - a good meal is more like it.



EDIT: Lommy, did Brith address Ledwyn in the Common Tongue or in Rohirric? I'm assuming Common Tongue.
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Haha! Gal55, you made me laugh aloud with your post. Poor Ledwyn! As tempted as I am to step in with a post from Thornden, I'm going to hold off and let Legate and/or Lommy respond.
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As to language.

The Hobbits spoke nothing but Common Tongue.

The Eorlings spoke Common Tongue to everyone not from the Mark.

Same for Elves. Same for Gondorians. Same for Dwarves.

So it seems like everyone new Common Tongue. I suppose that's why it's called "common."

Second point on language: Please same me a lot of time having to remind you and ask you to correct your posts. The people of the Mark don't say "Rohirric" or "Rohan" - those are Gondorian terms for them. They call themselves Eorlings, and they speak Eorling, and they live in the Mark.

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Lommy, what does the letter say? Any ideas? It's from Athanar, right?

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I took the initiative and read through our little group's series of posts. As far as I can see we've all been fairly vague on relating our posts specifically to the events-at-the-meadhall's time line.

How about we label our posts for now with a heading that indicates our group is proceeding on a timeline a few days previous to the game's main timeline. Maybe something like:

Forest-dwellers timeline: a few days previous to the arrival of of the convoy

Then, when this arrival day (or maybe even the following day), is completed in the game we can make our arrival at the Hall.

How does that sound?

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Also, I'll go ahead and post next - a story for the boys
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Thanks, Envinyatar. I'll go ahead and label my posts as you suggested.

Arry - can you please do the same - and maybe make this post a little more vague about when we're planning to start for the Mead Hall,

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Done and done!!!!!

Looking forward to the story, Envin

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And done, again!

I'll work up the story tomorrow.
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The Hobbits spoke nothing but Common Tongue.

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Same for Elves. Same for Gondorians. Same for Dwarves.

So it seems like everyone new Common Tongue. I suppose that's why it's called "common."
But not necessarily all of them. Hobbits and some men speak it because it has replaced their own tongue, Dwarves won't share theirs. The Rohirrim presumably spoke their own tongue among themselves but I can't imagine that all were universally fluent in westron especially in remoter areas - how often would they encounter other folk? They were pretty suspicious of Aragorn and co when they turned up though I expect there was more toing and froing in peacetime.
Westron wasn't universal even among the elves with their facility for languages and all the time at their disposal. Haldir was definitely rusty and his brothers didn't speak it hardly at all....

Anyway I have finally reconstructed my post... it Is a bit of a tome but I doubt he will usually be anything like as verbose.. so will go and hook in somehow... oh I don't believe it it has swallowed my edits and I know I saved them... I may bave to go and cry..

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I am finally back from my two-week retreat into absolute wilderness... it's great to see the posting activity. I really liked everything so far, great stuff One minor observation: Folwren, wouldn't Thornden know that Wilheard is dead (your post #29, beginning)? Athanar's men had visited Scarburg after the war in the East once in the fall of previous year, so...? (But of course maybe Thornden just forgot, or wasn't as focused on that...)

Anyway, I hope I might post something small tomorrow. Let's see
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I am finally back from my two-week retreat into absolute wilderness... it's great to see the posting activity. I really liked everything so far, great stuff One minor observation: Folwren, wouldn't Thornden know that Wilheard is dead (your post #29, beginning)? Athanar's men had visited Scarburg after the war in the East once in the fall of previous year, so...? (But of course maybe Thornden just forgot, or wasn't as focused on that...)
Yes? I don't know. I will take your word for it. I was unable to pay as close attention to the early posts and planning stuff as I should have. I'll alter that.

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HEY, WILHEARD ISN'T DEAD. WULFRIC IS.

Seriously though, you guys make me giggle, both in the game thread and here. I will write for Brith after Legate has written - or at least I have consulted him about Hilderinc's immediate reaction to Ledwyn's stumble. Poor Ledwyn!

As for the language issue, LMP is quoting canon, but I still find it a little odd all the peasants in Rohan would speak the common tongue, as they have very limited contact with outsiders. Basically what Mith said.

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Lommy, did Brith address Ledwyn in the Common Tongue or in Rohirric? I'm assuming Common Tongue.
In the common tongue, like you assumed.

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Lommy, what does the letter say? Any ideas? It's from Athanar, right?
I didn't think much, to be honest, that just came out of my keyboard. I would assume Athanar wrote a short letter saying what Wilheard basically already said: that Athanar wishes for Wilheard to stay in Scarburg and Eodwine to put him to good use... And if it is his style, then maybe warn Eodwine of Wilheard's slightly erratic recent behaviour. Nogrod? Ideas?
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Anyway I have finally reconstructed my post... it Is a bit of a tome but I doubt he will usually be anything like as verbose.. so will go and hook in somehow... oh I don't believe it it has swallowed my edits and I know I saved them... I may bave to go and cry..
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Haha! Gal55, you made me laugh aloud with your post. Poor Ledwyn!
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As to language.

The Hobbits spoke nothing but Common Tongue.

The Eorlings spoke Common Tongue to everyone not from the Mark.

Same for Elves. Same for Gondorians. Same for Dwarves.

So it seems like everyone new Common Tongue. I suppose that's why it's called "common."
Fair enough. But not everyone automatically knows the Common Tongue, especially in isolated places (e.g. Lorien). So if you feel it would be more proper that way, I can change my post to reflect that Ledwyn, hailing from an isolated little village and never seeing a foreigner until she came to the Hall, is exceptionally bad with that language. Maybe even have her understand, but still run away on a different pretext. Would you say that's more true to the canon?

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Second point on language: Please same me a lot of time having to remind you and ask you to correct your posts. The people of the Mark don't say "Rohirric" or "Rohan" - those are Gondorian terms for them. They call themselves Eorlings, and they speak Eorling, and they live in the Mark.
Thank you. I sometimes need that reminder.

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But not necessarily all of them. Hobbits and some men speak it because it has replaced their own tongue, Dwarves won't share theirs. The Rohirrim presumably spoke their own tongue among themselves but I can't imagine that all were universally fluent in westron especially in remoter areas - how often would they encounter other folk? They were pretty suspicious of Aragorn and co when they turned up though I expect there was more toing and froing in peacetime.
Westron wasn't universal even among the elves with their facility for languages and all the time at their disposal. Haldir was definitely rusty and his brothers didn't speak it hardly at all....
Exactly! So fluency shouldn't be assumed, and if you think that everyone would know at least a bit of it, then once again, I can always compromise.

And aww, I'm sorry your post keeps doing that! I hate when that happens. But I hope you'll be able to outsmart the computer soon.
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Arry and U -- left you a hook to interject as you wish.

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I think Fana will want to chime in
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Nice start to a story, Envin!

I noticed that Gran chimed in, too. What's the "two hawks" reference she muttered there at the end?

Anyway, I will write a little something for the boys later on this evening.

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