OOC Info The Syka Calendar - Summer 521 A.V.

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The Syka Calendar - Summer 521 A.V.

Postby Gossamer on June 3rd, 2021, 2:42 am

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“"If it could only be like this always—always summer,
always alone, the fruit always ripe."”

― Evelyn Waugh


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Greetings Sykans!


Literary themes are super important. They are what drives the plotline and frames a story. They can be varied or elusively hidden deep in the words we write and the pictures we paint with those very words. They tend to be tried and true, situations and events we all can relate to. This season in Syka, we will be exploring Literary Themes. Please select (or dice for one) from the ninety items on the list below and center your threads around your theme.

This season is going to be personal. Each of you will have something probably different to work on. It is my hope to have this create more diversity of plot in Syka this season. It will also add an air of a bit of chaos since players this season won't be working towards a common goal (unless they have a common theme).

Now, the atmosphere in Syka will be soothing, low-key, and relaxing. Foraging is at its prime with almost everything in and around the Settlement fruiting and flowering.

The tides are bioluminescent this season making the beaches at night absolutely breathtaking as the waves crash gently upon the sand. Anything swimming in the ocean after dark will leave beautiful trails. Dolphins and whales - even sharks - breaching the surface, leave glowing trails of light. Lobster fishing is particularly good during this season.

The Verusk are more often in the city, mingling with the locals and trying harder it seems to make nice with the locals and be included in their festivities.

The List :
Literary Themes

  1. Beauty of simplicity
  2. Capitalism – joining the business world
  3. Change of power – gaining, losing, sharing
  4. Change versus tradition
  5. Chaos and order
  6. Character – destruction, building up
  7. Circle of life
  8. Coming of age
  9. Communication – verbal and nonverbal
  10. Companionship as salvation
  11. Convention and rebellion
  12. Courage
  13. Dangers of ignorance
  14. Darkness and light
  15. Death – inevitable or tragedy
  16. Desire to escape
  17. Destruction of beauty
  18. Disillusionment and dreams
  19. Displacement
  20. Empowerment
  21. Emptiness of attaining the false dream
  22. Everlasting love
  23. Evils of prejudice
  24. Facing darkness
  25. Facing reality
  26. Faith versus doubt
  27. Family – blessing or curse
  28. Fate and free will
  29. Fear of failure
  30. Fulfillment
  31. Good versus bad
  32. Greed as the downfall
  33. Growing up – pain or pleasure
  34. Hazards of passing judgment
  35. Heartbreak of betrayal
  36. Heroism – real and perceived
  37. Hierarchy in nature
  38. Identity crisis
  39. Illusion of power
  40. Immortality
  41. Individual versus society
  42. Inner versus outer strength
  43. Injustice
  44. Isolation
  45. Knowledge versus ignorance
  46. Loneliness as a destructive force
  47. Losing hope
  48. Loss of innocence
  49. Lost honor
  50. Lost love
  51. Love and sacrifice
  52. Man against nature
  53. Manipulation
  54. Materialism as the downfall
  55. Motherhood
  56. Names – power and significance
  57. Nationalism – complications
  58. Nature as beauty
  59. Necessity of work
  60. Optimism – power or folly
  61. Overcoming – fear, weakness, vice
  62. Patriotism – positive side or complications
  63. Power and corruption
  64. Power of silence
  65. Power of tradition
  66. Power of wealth
  67. Power of words
  68. Pride and downfall
  69. Progress – real or illusion
  70. Quest for discovery
  71. Quest for power
  72. Rebirth
  73. Reunion
  74. Role of Religion – virtue or hypocrisy
  75. Self – inner and outer
  76. Self-awareness
  77. Self-preservation
  78. Self-reliance
  79. Social mobility
  80. Technology in society – good or bad
  81. Temporary nature of physical beauty
  82. Temptation and destruction
  83. Totalitarianism
  84. Vanity as a downfall
  85. Vulnerability of the meek
  86. Vulnerability of the strong
  87. War – glory, necessity, pain, tragedy
  88. Will to survive
  89. Wisdom of experience
  90. Working class struggles


Good Luck! It is my hope you enjoy this season.

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“"Summer has filled her veins with light and her heart is washed with noon."”
― C. Day Lewis


Please keep these requirements in mind. If you go inactive in Syka or take a break for a season or two, you lose your free claims (that have been awarded in the past) because you haven't contributed to the community. If you have purchased your property and it's paid in full, you can feel free to go inactive with no penalty. If you are still paying on it, inactivity isn't an option without the loss of your property for missed payments. Please be aware job threads and placeholders can be no older than a season behind. Nothing will count or be paid for that is older. The list below is things you need to include in your Fall threading.

    Start a post in this thread keeping track of how many requirements you have completed.
    ❖ Set some major character goals. List them in the post below.
    ❖ Explore what drives your character in a very self-reflective thread.
    ❖ Pay Seasonal Expenses of Common or higher.
    ❖ Be active.
    ❖ Work on one or more recommended Syka Skills (Wilderness Survival, Tradeskill, etc) and increase it by 5 points.
    ❖ Include one of the NPCs listed in the NPC Masterlist in one of your threads.
    ❖ Utilize at least 2 storyseeds in a creative way. The storyseeds can be used in whole or part or could even be used as an inspiration for a whole different story arc. Folks will just have to be able to see the connections.

If you complete all these tasks successfully and fulfill the requirements, then you will get an award in the form of Quest Coupons of your choice. Incomplete threads do not count. These items must be completed by the end of the season.

Please note. These are Syka challenges. The threads must be completed in Syka.

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“I love summertime more than anything else in the world.
That is the only thing that gets me through
the winter, knowing that summer is going to be there”

― Jack McBrayer


Please remember, storyseeds are just ideas, hints, and nudges for you to craft a greater plot from. They are a starting place. Feel free to mix, match, and combine storyseeds and knock out more than one in one thread. For example, a survival situation could easily be combined with a deep-seated unbearable pain while hunting whales. Got it? Great!

    ❖ Face a major regret.
    ❖ Go fishing with a Founder.
    ❖ Build something.
    ❖ Realize something is lost you are very attached too.
    ❖ Have an encounter with a more exotic NPC in the Masterlist.
    ❖ Acquire a pet.
    ❖ Go lobster hunting by the light of the moon in the sea.
    ❖ Study a religion or the pantheon.
    ❖ Realize something about yourself you were blind to before.
    ❖ Become obsessed about something.
    ❖ Host a Tenday.
    ❖ Find and explore a bat cave.
    ❖ Sleep out under the stars.
    ❖ Try out a very unusual skill or improve a very unusual skill you have.
    ❖ Discover something unknown about your PC's history.
    ❖ Explore a new location in Syka - new to you, not necessarily new to the settlement.

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“Oh, the summer night, has a smile of light,
and she sits on a sapphire throne.”

― Bryan Procter


Syka cools off a bit now. It's still a warm humid place, but the heat isn't blisteringly hot now. The rains are back and refreshing, coming at regular intervals in the morning and afternoon almost every day or every other day. The season has three full moons, all of which are migration clues for bats, so a lot of bats are out flattering about.

Treasure point is living up to its name, with the few rare storms blowing through leaving new trinkets on the beach. There will be a good blow the 22, the 49th and the 63rd. These storms will force denizens to seek shelter.

The wind is warm in the daytime and cooling at night. Everything is alive. Bugs are particularly bad, so take precautions, since nothing is happening to actually kill them off with any particular efficiency.

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I'm always willing to run a personal storyline for anyone who joins Syka for the season. People get such few opportunities to interact with their actual storylines in generic calendar situations within various domains, so in Syka I'd like to change that. I will be willing to run the following:

  • Personal Quests
  • Gnosis Threads
  • Flashbacks & Future Foretellings
  • Training Threads

Just let me know what I can help you out with. Syka might be small but we have had some really incredible storylines here in the past.

Happy Threading!

Goss


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The Syka Calendar - Summer 521 A.V.

Postby Moritz Craven on June 5th, 2021, 11:35 pm

❖ Set some major character goals. List them in the post below.
-A-Complete a new thread in Syka using Competent Pathfinding (current have 1 XP, so this involves pre-work of grading a lot of threads, the active part in Syka will be the thread once he's at L2).
-B-Visit at least 3 locations in Syka in thread(since he's new to the city and needs to look around)
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❖ Explore what drives your character in a very self-reflective thread.
❖ Pay Seasonal Expenses of Common or higher.
❖ Be active.
❖ Work on one or more recommended Syka Skills (Wilderness Survival, Tradeskill, etc) and increase it by 5 points.
❖ Include one of the NPCs listed in the NPC Masterlist in one of your threads.
❖ Utilize at least 2 storyseeds in a creative way. The storyseeds can be used in whole or part or could even be used as an inspiration for a whole different story arc. Folks will just have to be able to see the connections.
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❖ Start a post in this thread keeping track of how many requirements you have completed.-This post.
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The Syka Calendar - Summer 521 A.V.

Postby Tazrae on June 6th, 2021, 3:19 am

Calendar Tasks


Start a post in this thread keeping track of how many requirements you have completed.
❖ Set some major character goals. List them in the post below.
  1. Use "Fulfillment" as a Literary Theme (as per a roll).
  2. Finish Increasing Syka-Required Stats
  3. Pay off my Inn Loan.
  4. Acquire a Gnosis Mark from Kihala
❖ Explore what drives your character in a very self-reflective thread.
❖ Pay Seasonal Expenses of Common or higher.
❖ Be active.
❖ Work on one or more recommended Syka Skills and increase it by 5 points.
  • Foraging -
  • Hunting -
  • Weapon -
❖ Include one of the NPCs listed in the NPC Masterlist in one of your threads.
❖ Utilize at least 2 storyseeds in a creative way.
  1. TBD
  2. TBD
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