Living for the Thrill

Being a Gifted has its perks! Immortality being the most obvious one, but not to mention fame and recognition throughout the vast empire.

However, there are those who do not recognize the Gifted. No, I am not talking about the Withered Aegis – although I’m not quite sure if they know whom they are battling. No, I’m referring to the regional creatures, animals, golems, and other mysterious inhabitants of the land. These creatures seem to be thriving in their own little secluded areas, and those same areas happen to be where we, the Gifted, find our resources. I have mentioned before of how we take away from them.

Of course, when you wander into Marble Golem territory, you have to be extremely careful. But for me, as a Gifted, tempting fate has somewhat become a hobby. I enjoy pushing myself to the limit – living on the edge, so to speak – and see how close I can get to that massive Marble Golem before it decides to hurl a boulder on me.

I take great pleasure in the pain. Not because I am a psychopath – though, you must admit that Gifted quickly acquire some strange psychological traits over the decades – no, simply because I enjoy the thrill.

And maybe I am a bit sadistic, too, for I enjoy angering these grim-looking golems.

What a joy to be Gifted!

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The Economy of Istaria

Istaria’s economy is very unique. Let me give you an idea.

Gold is not worth what you might expect it to be worth. Gold pieces, however, are worth far more than gold itself. I suppose you can say it’s worth a lot because the empire says so.

But as for raw resources, they are very abundant in the land of Istaria. One never has to starve or go hungry. Literally, that is why you will never find a single beggar in Istaria. Food is extremely abundant. Despite the Withered Aegis having their forces and their nasty Blight advancing, resources continue to be plentiful.

Oh, and there’s one positive side-effect from the Blight. Blighted resources! How in the world is that good? I know you might wonder that. Well you see, blighted resources do not corrupt anything they come in contact with. While they themselves get corrupted, they do not spread the corruption. This has enabled many master crafters of the realm to construct some of the most powerful weaponry and armors.

Back to my main point. Resources flourish. But surely with so many Gifted ravaging the land there has got to be a time when that ends. Indeed not! You see, resources in Istaria regrow and regenerate at a rapid pace. Whole outcroppings of the expensive and not-so-rare mithril return in a matter of minutes! That is how fast they regrow.

I have a theory that this is also why processed metals – like swords and armors – never break entirely. They regrow themselves when made blunt and broken.

Now, there is a downside to all of this. It means that nearly every resource is available to everyone one. No, not all have the aptitude to gather and collect certain materials, but surely all can learn. All the Gifted, that is. The non-Gifted are constrained to their mortal lives, their spouses and children, not to mention their meager 9-5 jobs. Bunch of losers.

The fact that every resource is available to all Gifted means that the demands are very low. Most except the most rare items can be crafted by the Gifted themselves. Why ask for help? Well, at least there are a handful of Gifted who see community as a wonderful thing and are not swallowed by self-pride and their ego.

What a wide world!

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Ode to the Hatchling

Oh, my dear hatchling. I know you wish to fly. I know you wish to soar on the wind, ride upon the sky on wings of fury.

For all you care about is you. From the day you awoke on Skalkaar, you have one goal. To ascend and fly like a majestic beast. Damned be the non-gifted and everyone else who stands in your way.

The world is your center, the sky is your playground. You already flaunt your supposed superiority by spreading your tiny wings and floating – something a naka-duskael shall never achieve.

Brag today, young one. For tomorrow you will be old and withered, ancient and fat, slumbering like the rest of the ancients in New Trismus.

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What if the Gifted are the Evil Ones?

This is something I have often speculated. Before you bash me and label me an insane escapee from the loony institute, hear me out.

We reap the ground endlessly, destroying minerals, resources, and taking of it recklessly with abandon.

We come upon golems who want only to live in peace in their own element, only to take away their children and use the intestines of their young ones for our own wicked advances.

We strike the axe into the wood of a treant, recklessly taking it down, along with its entire family. The pickaxe never ceases to chip away pieces off of golems. The sucking-device absorbs the very life of these essence orbs as they can only helplessly cry out for mercy.

I am coming to the conclusion that surely we, the Gifted, are the true Blight of Istaria. Maybe Istara is punishing us by letting the Withered Aegis exist and take our homes from us. Perhaps the Gifted are only here to keep the Aegis at bay, so that we may learn from our ways. But instead, we have become much like the undead who seek to conquer our lands.

We have become the monsters we seek to defeat. May we be shown mercy when the day of reckoning comes.

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A Burning Fire Within

There’s something beautiful about being a group of people, a group of many individuals, yet sharing and pursuing one goal, one purpose, above all else.

In my guild, the Ethereal Thunder, that purpose is to remain united as a family. To be a strong fortress where we each can take refuge in each other, and a get taste of what it feels like to be a group, to be a together, in unity. A community of people who, despite their many differences, bring those diversities together and make an amazing combination of personalities, talents, and most importantly, our ability to help each other.

That makes up an absolute. In a world of relatives and shallow relationships, it is quite an achievement to erect such a foundation for a guild.

I do not say this in pride nor in gloating. I wish all guilds would experience such a strong bond such as ours. In fact, perhaps because we do not readily bash nor attack other guilds, we look all the more attractive.

It is easy to find what you are against. When you find something you are for, that is when you become attractive.

What a deep message this week!

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The Last Traces of Winter

Finally! The snow is gone!

With it, the double-experience event. Sure, that is sad. But my goodness how I was getting tired of seeing snow constantly everywhere. No sunlight, no clear sky. Just snow and blizzard. Now I understand why people in the North are depressed in the winter. It is surely depressing!

Alas, my work must continue! I am currently working my buildings on the plot. 2 houses have been completed, one silo, a consigner building, and a tent! Signs of civilization are beginning to show on our glorious Guild plots.

The snow continues to fall, though I doubt it will last for long. I am so ready for the snow to be gone entirely.

Istaria has not succumbed to winter. In an alternate dimension – the one known as Blight – parallel versions of the Gifted have defeated whatever threatened the world of Istaria. Funny how the changes carried over to our realm.

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Tailgrimm the Landowner

I am officially a landowner now. I have bought a most wonderful piece of land, or also known as a plot – though I question why, it is not like I am plotting to do something sinister… Or am I?!

But it is quite amazing to be a plot owner, to plan out my buildings on that little piece of land, and to finally begin to construct them, a process that takes an incredible amount of time.

The best part is that it is right next to our main guild plot, so I’m guaranteed to be in a good neighborhood.

Just look at this lovely establishment. Right right, it is not much yet, but you certainly see the potential. Well, at least you see the scaffolds. That’s gotta count for something!

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