There doesn't seem to be a convenient way to introduce oneself on this site (barring the New Member introductions) without creating a post in a game. So, here it is, a post in this game. I'll try to remember it's here and update it with new information.
Anyway, my name is Aethera (eth-eer-uh). This is not a given name, but a chosen one. It has more meaning to me than a username (I use it here and there as such), though very few people I interact with actually use it in conversation. That may change, but it doesn't really matter to me what people call me as long as I'm aware they mean me. Aethera is a promise I made to myself, a goal for life, and if I'm the only one who uses it, that's all that matters.
I'm disabled, and I fill my time with multiple games on this forum, my deviantART
gallery and community, and I've posted a few of my poems here as well. (It's harder to post longer pieces, but maybe if I ever finish
one, I'll post it in the Library here. We'll have to see how that goes.)
Speaking of the Library,
Klazzform's wonderful short story competition jarred to a halt with Klazz MIA last summer, so I volunteered to get August's competition going. Everyone should participate, it's a lot of fun to read the entries that come out of the simple prompts.
- Short Story Competition
Every month I post a theme and a few challenge elements for anyone to write a short (500- to 3K-word) piece. At the end of the month, popular vote determines the winner. For 2013, I'll be giving away quarterly 3-month subscriptions to the site. December has been posted, January and February are your next chances to win.
- Writing Prompts and Critique
In the interests of encouraging writing outside of gaming, I've posted two challenges so far to prompt people to write; a 100 Themes Challenge, with (yes) a hundred prompts to respond to, and a Zodiac Cycle Challenge, which challenges a writer to use aspects of the Greek Zodiac to write several pieces of a longer story (for the novelists among us).
- New Player Solo Games (Pathfinder)
I'm one of the DMs for the NPSGs that get run for players new to the game, new to the site, or otherwise new to play-by-post. The canned adventure is designed for a single player to grasp the majority of the mechanics of their chosen ruleset (I run Pathfinder, but there are 3.5e and 4e versions of the game) and get the hang of Play-by-Post gaming.
As a gamer or storyteller I consider myself fairly skilled, but it should be noted that about every three months I've disappeared for a week or so, outside my control. I get migraines that make me too sick to keep my regular medications down, which then means I hit really nasty withdrawal. This will likely happen in the future as well, there's nothing I can do to prevent it, just minimize it.
- Storytelling with a Vengeance (Pathfinder)
In my game, my players play two characters: a realistic young adult D&D player, and said gamer's D&D character. Story is based in both levels, as table talk between the gaming group and as in-character adventuring for the PCs. My kickoff campaign (3.5e) was a test run of the idea, before I got into a longer series (Pathfinder) extending quite a bit further.
- Out of Sight, Out of Mind (d20 Modern)
Digorig asked me to co-DM a game with him, and between the two of us, this team of experts is going to have a hard time tracking down the rumored prototype of an invisibility device.
- ARC: Alien Rapid Construction Team (d20 Modern)
I started out offering to play one of the many NPCs Digorig included in this game, loosely based on Stargate: Universe the TV show. By the time I finished offering many ideas, several quick NPC writeups, and a few suggestions, I was a co-DM. Happy to cause trouble for PCs, that's me.
- The Tower of Mage Newby (NPSG Pathfinder)
I'm one of the DMs for the New Player Solo Games (NPSGs) that get run for players new to the game, new to the site, or otherwise new to play-by-post. The canned adventure is designed for a single player to grasp the majority of the mechanics of their chosen ruleset (I run Pathfinder, but there are 3.5e and 4e versions of the game) and get the hang of Play-by-Post gaming.
My NPCs: (minor characters or cameo appearances)
- Victoria "Tory" Agareva, in Aeternis' The City of Eternity, currently on solo mission (Pathfinder)
One of a six-man special ops team now freelance, student of martial arts and weapons alike, and about to find out what mission could possibly bring her team back into play in some official capacity. In the world-city of Agartha. I've begun writing some of her history, just in bits and pieces, but if you're interested... it's here.
- Veronica Jhanniovvar, in idillippy's Kingmaker: Diethelm (Pathfinder via IRC)
A noble young woman with a passion for nature, hiding from possible treason charges in a different country... oh, and helping out some on the side while she's there. Along with her Large bird companion.
- Maria "Masha" Zvereva, in Digorig's What A Long Strange Trip It's Been (3.5e)
One of six modern-day people dragged back in time to fight the good fight alongside people who claim to be their ancestors, whether human or not, against a likewise futuristic bomb-maker who's in league with the bad guys. I'll be writing some modern-day flashbacks to accent her narrative, the first of which is here, about the prophetic dreams leading up to the campaign.
- Viviana "Ana" Ivona Dravkin, in Greaven's Treading the Veil (Pathfinder)
A very young and naive life oracle whose latest friend (and/or pet, depending on who you ask) Zephyris the pseudodragon has convinced her that she needs to see more of life than just the temple grounds. Trouble, partially involving her dread necromancer half-sister, is no doubt upon her.
- Keisha, in idillippy's Way of the Wicked (Pathfinder)
Thrown in jail and sentenced to death for murder, Keisha is about to break out and run amok with her co-cellmates. She's not evil, she honestly believes that eradicating the corrupt and hypocritical priest caste of Mitra is the right thing to do.
- Elienna, in idillippy's Scary Monsters (Pathfinder)
Elie is the spawn of a hag and a fey creature of unknown origins, left as a baby on an unsuspecting family's doorstep, known as a changeling. As if the two-colored eyes weren't enough to set her apart (and of course, for the narrow-minded, they are), Elie has a predilection for trespassing in dreams. Yours, her mother's, the priest's... She and her foster-brother are both in trouble now, and not planning to take it quietly.
- Rozalina Dzosi, in Admin Chuck's Expedition to Castle Ravenloft (Pathfinder)
Rozalina is a half-gypsy ranger and seer. Due to a vision of some importance that she hasn't entirely deciphered yet, she deigns to travel with a group of giorgio (non-gypsies) as they try to cleanse the undead problem the locals are having.
- Amy Carter, in Digorig's ARC: Alien Rapid Construction Team (d20 Modern)
Amy is the linguist that ended up on an alien spacecraft when a StarWindow was dialed incorrectly. (The game is based loosely on the original premise of the Stargate: Universe TV show.) A former air force lieutenant, Amy had a bad crash that deprived her of her legs, which were amputated above the knee. When she was ready to work again, she had the USAF's recommendation to get her into the mix of specialists that are involved in assembling StarWindows on alien worlds.
If I think of anything worth telling you all, I'll update this.
Last edited by Aethera; 05-17-2013 at 04:09 PM.