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Psionics are a form of supernatural power manifested purely by mental discipline. Sometimes the term Psion can also refer to a person with the power, i.e. She is a psion, she has psionic abilities. Sometimes other terms used for psionic people are “psychic”, or “clairvoyant” though these only apply to a specific type of psion. Not everyone with the ability practices the same way, and there are three common sub-categorizations of the ability, which are described in detail below. Psionic powers can often be abused and misused in roleplay, and this guide is to help you to shape your roleplay in such a way that it adds to the storyline without overstepping your bounds in terms of power-gaming or meta-gaming.Read More
While there are a number of different psionic abilities, the three most common and widely accepted ones are Clairvoyance, Telekinesis, and Telepathy.
Buried in the bowels of Mystara lies the most extensive underground complex made of caves, tunnels and sometimes even antique ruins and buildings. Down below - where few dare venture without a good reason and a solid lantern - hide the monsters, the misfits, the creeps and the criminals. All those who may not walk openly the surface, those who need to keep a low profile, or simply the victims of prejudice have found refuge in this underground maze and thus called it the Sanctum.Read More
It would be illusory to consider the Sanctum dwellers a homogeneous population. As a matter of fact, it is composed of diverse tribes, gangs and races that have little in common except the desire to remain away from Outsiders. Organized like gangs, most occupy a territory in the underground complex they make theirs and where they either reside or conduct their business.
An NPC (non-player-character) is a temporary character whose sole purpose is to provide entertainment, roleplay, companionship, and/or target practice for the players on sim. For instance, when you play a game like “World of Warcraft”, NPCs would be the computer-controlled creatures and monsters that the player hacks and slashes! In Mystara, our NPCs are played by players, rather than being controlled by a computer. They serve to enhance roleplay by giving players a more realistic experience.Read More
NPCs can be for special events or everyday use and do not roleplay with complexity to their personal stories or purposes but instead are there to serve the player base. Whether you want to play a zombie, house cat, forest animal, or sea dweller, the possibilities are nearly endless!
Mystara operates on a common system of currency, throughout the many kingdoms of Stromness, Ered Eithel, and the Sanctum Underworld. While trading and bartering of goods is a highly common and acceptable practice, most businesses operate on the currency system - a range of coins varying in material and value. The coins minted in the archipelago of Mystara are copper, bronze, silver, gold and the exceptionally rare platinum coin.
When considering your character's net worth, that is, the total amount of liquid currency assets either on his person or stored in a bank/vault -- think about what type of coins he might have on hand. Consider that pulling out a bag of gold would be a showy, if not distasteful, boast of wealth -- which may put a target on his head!Read More
Vampires are humans who have come under the effect of a blood curse, thereby turning into the undead creatures of the night that we are all very familiar with. Though vampirism is commonly considered to be an incurable disease, according to Mystarian lore it is a curse.Read More
Playing a vampire in Mystara can be both challenging and rewarding. The vampire must learn to quickly adapt and stay hidden while being in plain sight. Trusting the wrong person with your secret can lead to everyone knowing what you are -- even the passing of coin at the monthly Bazaar could give away your allergy to silver. One thing's for sure, however, there are other vampires vampires out there, hidden in plain sight...
November is coming to a close and so is Autumn, marking the start of a really fun time for Mystara. We’ve got our Winter Wonderland celebration coming up, which is one of the best holiday parties any roleplay sim offers (in my not-a-bit-humble opinion!). All in all, it’s a good time to be a roleplayer in Mystara. As many Americans do, I take some time on Thanksgiving to really ponder on what I’m grateful for. Those cherished players who’ve stuck with this community for at least a year, even two, know that every year I put out a thanksgiving message. What a lot of you may not know is that 2013 has been a tough year for me, personally. Between immense stresses at my job, and medical issues I’m working through, and spreading myself even thinner for the sake of a new creative endeavor Stormwood, I haven’t had the personal time to dedicate to Mystara as I once had. Relinquishing responsibility, and placing trust in the hands of others has been a new exercise and lesson for me. And I have not been disappointed. The leaders team, the mentors team, the event planners, the race leaders, and my trusty admin team has been so much an immense help its really hard to put into words how thankful I am these people believe in Mystara, and love it enough, to pick up a little of the burden and help me carry it. I cannot name every name because it would take too long and there’s just so many people on a day to day basis who pitch in, offer help, get shit done, assist, advise, manage, and otherwise are Mystara’s very own little workshop elves that keep everything going and without them the entire system would collapse.
I am grateful for my health, my employment which allows Mystara to happen, Stormwood: my other creative outlet and passion, the players who IM me just to say hi and let me know they care, the players who remain loyal to the sim and uplift the community, the leaders, race leaders, business owners, admins and mentors who keep this ship going, I am thankful for my real life friends of course, and my friends from afar. Thank you all for helping make 2013 one of the best years of my life.