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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...
I recently received an ardent letter from a player who was very offended that we are “taking the Christ out of Christmas” by using the term ‘Mystmas’ for our holiday celebrations, a tradition as you know going back several years. That we should choose to use this word, the player claims, we are ‘deaf in mind and spirit’ and that this holiday time is about Christ and its a Christian holiday. I would like to take a moment to address this, publicly to you all, so that it is clear where we stand.
For tens of thousands of years, mankind has been celebrating the winter solstice in some form or another. Some people have Chanukah, some people have Jul, some have Christmas, and some have Festivus (for the rest of us). I would like to assure the writer that this special time in December means many different things to many people and we acknowledge and respect this fact deeply.
By choosing the term Mystmas, i.e. “Mystara’s Mass”, we are not taking the position of being exclusionary to people who believe in Christianity. We are choosing to be inclusionary. We are telling every player, whether you celebrate religiously or not, whether you believe in Allah, Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, Gaia — you are WELCOME here and you are invited to celebrate with us, this special time of the year. You are included. You are Family. And we all celebrate Mystmas!
Could I have said “Happy Holidays”? Certainly. But that would be neglecting the one very thing that makes this community strong and ties us all together — Mystara.
Mystara is not a Christian sim. Mystara is not an atheist sim. Mystara is not a pagan sim. Mystara is a sim that openly welcomes everyone regardless of their beliefs or lack thereof and we simply will not cater toward one specific religious group.
The winter solstice is an astronomical phenomenon (for us northern hemispherians) which has a lot of symbolism in it, which we can all relate to no matter our creed or background. It is a time of closure. A time of reflection. A time when the year comes to a close and hits a shifting point — a point of renewal, a time for rebirth, a time for expansion and clarity as the shortening days reverse their trend and light comes once more.
I invite you all to join me in reflecting on this past year, celebrating all that we’ve accomplished in 2013, and sharing our good intentions for the new year. 2014 ushers in more changes, improvements and evolution for our little roleplay realm and I think it will be our best year yet. With that I bid you all a very Merry Mystmas, and Happy New Year!