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About Aethera

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.

RPGX Chat Server!I spend a lot of time hanging out in the unofficial RPGX Discord server. We're a crazy and often rowdy lot, but we're a lot of fun, if I do say so myself. (Think of it like a tavern. There'll be a range of personalities and people, some may be intoxicated, but the overall feeling is one of revelry.) C'mon over to Discord and introduce yourself!
The OathI have taken The Oath of Sangus to never disappear from a game without notice, however brief. I recommend this to everyone! My notice is usually in my signature if I do not get a chance to visit every OOC thread.

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 (though I've been inactive there of late), and I've posted a few of my poems here as well. It's harder to post longer pieces, or I'd try to post those. If I have any hope of a publishing contract, though, I can't make public any of the manuscript(s) I hope to publish. It is what it is. (I've got one finished manuscript, but chapter one needs hack'n'slash revision before I can try to find an agent or progress further. And yes, if you ask me about novel writing I'll gush and go all 'fangirl' on you. )

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. This last time it wasn't a week, and I didn't truly leave, but my posts dropped to next to nothing in-game. I hope this means progress.

My Games:
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    That Fine Line Between Genius and Insanity (13th Age)
    Set on a quest to take the princess to a safe haven in the face of many dangers threatening the Empire, the six PCs are going to have a hell of a time figuring out what to do next now that they have woken up realizing they are the main characters in a fantasy adventure novel. They'll have enough facing them to continue on, but sooner or later someone's gotta ask... we're the PCs, right? We can totally [insert dumb idea here]. Right?
    >> Our Story So Far...

My Characters:
  • Puma, in Sassafrass' Tyranny of Dragons (D&D 5e)
    The druid who is far more comfortable wandering around in beast form was sent to investigate the upheaval in the natural forces in the area by the Emerald Enclave. They know something is wrong, but not the details, so Puma (as a black cat) wandered around the town of Greenest and found an adventuring party that was going to return to the raiders' camp and try to fight them off again. He offered to go, too.
    >> Defenders of Greenest listing

    Highlights of Playing PumaStartling your allies, and startling your enemies!

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  • Breya Greenfinch [d'Medani], in Unko Talok's The Fickle Tendrils of Fate (D&D 5e Eberron)
    Young life and memory of it lost on the Day of Mourning as she floated out of Cyre on the wreckage of a boat, Breya (so called for the River Brey) has had to piece together a lot in the last few years. The half-elf of EberronKhoravar young woman knew music, could sight read and play a number of instruments, but had no memory of ever having learned to do so. Other than a locket cleverly made from a House Medani signet ring with a painting of an older woman very similar in appearance to herself, she had nothing else to go on. When her dragonmark appeared, she traveled to the home of House Medani in hopes they could fill in some of the blanks; they could not, but they could train her in magic and weaponry. Shortly thereafter the mark changed in a way she can't explain, both visually (the color was wrong, and there was a faint tracing of light under her skin) and in how it affected her magic. Adventuring made the most sense as she sought to answer her ever-growing list of questions.
    >> strange case of Breya d'Medani

  • Taika Aeshferth, in Sassafrass' Planescape: Tales from the Outlands
    To say that someone is enigmatic usually just means they aren't open with their secrets, they're mysterious. That is such an understatement with Taika it's not even funny. It's hard to describe her because she's a changeling (or at least that's what she seems to be once she knows an ally well enough to trust them with knowledge of her shapeshifting), and she has used so many faces over the years that if she weren't using one as a main identity (the one that answers to 'Taika'), she might not really know which one was her. As such she has about six identities in use when she gets pulled into a job rescuing a friend of a friend who dove into a portal that opened in his basement without knowing where it went (and the rope leading home was cut). I'm attempting to make something slightly different of each Taika, Dushana, Euthymia/Thea, Jin, Manoja, and Ruq'yyah/Ruke, but we'll see how well I do.
    >> the curious creature that is Taika

  • other character ideas archived

My Projects:
  • Site Moderation
    In June 2016, the admins invited me to join the site moderation staff (otherwise known as "the reds"). My duties change periodically, but mostly I keep track of The Library, pinch hit with the multiple Advertisements subforums (including the game approval process), help out with Outplay annually as much as I can, and now I help Nimlos with the Hall of Fame nomination/voting process. Feel free to contact me for anything you need, though, whether it falls into those categories or not! I'm happy to help with whatever I can.
    • I do have a to-do list in the staff forum, but for obvious reasons, it's only accessible by staff.

  • Hall of Fame! (yearly)
    I've helped Nimlos with the Hall of Fame process for a few years now. Mostly you all go and nominate the best games and then we check through them to make sure each fits the criteria, and so forth. Then nominations become a public poll and there's oversight required to keep it on course. Finally the Community Supporters vote on the favorites from the public poll. Not sure whether I'm taking this on indefinitely, or if Nimlos was just busy this year.

  • 13th Age Resources
    I'm a big fan of the new (2013) 13th Age game system. It's streamlined and story-oriented, with just enough mechanics to get by, without getting hung up on minutiae. hippo started collecting resources in one place to try and fuel more community members getting involved. I signed on to help with the resources, as I'd love to see a bigger 13th Age footprint on this site. Likewise, when Outplay could run it, I jumped on the chance.
  • 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).
 


My Poetry:

If I think of anything worth telling you all, I'll update this.

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End of October 2019
Very slow, multiple medical issues.

Hello all, I had warned my players about my slow-down, but it seems like I owe the explanation to more than just those six, so here it is. I've had a tooth pulled and I'm in a lot of pain, so I've been taking pain meds and other things that impede function. I expect it'll be down to just irritation levels by the end of the month.

Of course, I'm then having a surgical procedure on November 1st, in conjunction with the start of National Novel Writing Month, so any recovery from the tooth will be forgotten once I need to recover from surgery and write lots of words daily. I don't think I'll be quite as useless, assuming I only need a minimum of pain medication, I'm likely to just curl up in my armchair or bed with my laptop during recovery. Not really sure what will be, though, so I don't quite know what my November will look like until I get there.
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November is National Novel Writing Month!
Slow and steady is the plan.

At this point I think I'm done "doing" things to my body, I just need to spend some time recuperating. I'm doing pretty well (I'm out and about), but I hurt by the end of the day, making late night "just let me get this post finished" unwise at best. I was wondering how I could kill my players last night, and that's with me knowing full well they'll kill the monster in the next round. It just seemed like my goal should be total destruction. >.>

NaNoWriMo is also stealing my focus, so I'm going to have to get some kind of schedule going where I write my words for the day, then do other posting, and then go back to the novel if I still have energy left. I'll figure it out before the end of the month, I hope.
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End of November 2019
Woooo! Screw slow and steady, I wrote 50,000 words this month!

NaNoWriMo has been stealing my focus, but I'm hoping that will mostly be done with. There's plenty more to write before the novel reaches "the end", but having now won NaNoWriMo means I can cut back and trade off days writing, days posting, and days sleeping in to try and catch up.
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10 Dec 2019
Caught up just in time for the bedbugs to return.

Uh, if you've never known anyone who has been afflicted by bed bugs, allow me to explain. They infest buildings to the point where it is simply impossible to get rid of them all. This appears to be the case with our building now, as this week the exterminators will be coming to my apartment for the seventh or eighth time in three and a half years. I've developed an allergy. I'm already broke but must throw out many things and commit the rest to the xhot washer/xhot dryer cycle of clothing death. Oh, and the holidays are coming.

Short version: my stress level is going to skyrocket for the next couple months. This will definitely impact my mod responsibilities, my GMing, and probably my playing as well, but the PC posts do offer me an escape so I get some of them done. Sorry if this affects you, there's not a darn thing I can do about it.
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Rule of Three
One step forward, two steps back.

So, apparently things come in threes... new medical treatment starting tomorrow 5 days a week for the next six weeks or so. Bed bugs are back (see previous status update). And I'm not getting any sleep because sportsball resulted in drunk neighbors shouting at each other.

Update: treatment going well without any of the concerns I had, though tiring me out more. Exterminators will be here to respray vs bed bugs 18 Feb, hopefully killing the last of them.
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