Friday, November 24, 2017

Question of the Week and Responses

Question of the Week, Week 2


Thank you everyone who responded to our first Question of the Week! We'd like to share everyone's responses with you below!

Below that, the question for this week appears. Please take a moment and respond. The more community involvement we have with this feature the more fun the results are to read!


The question answered below was: What is the most important thing your character has ever owned?

Syruss
A Casino(New Eden Casino) A Bar and Brothel (Rohde and Syruss's Hump House and Bar)  A Pirate Ship (The Hand of God) but I guess the most important would be White Coast City where I founded the church of Dark Haven.

Orion Mars
My tabard

Sir Therian
My soul

Mouse
Templar Belt from the Church of Vandor.

Jericho Axelthorne
His heraldry

Rio
Squires belt to King Sir Pyr

Lako
A lot of people probably think the answer is my Banana weapon. However I carry a lot of small trinkets in my from quests over the years, honestly all of them are very important to me.

Avendar
A wish from the hidden order that used to save Rel

The Spider
Unicorn blood( always looking for more)

Ivory/Rolland
One of my old characters' masks. It allowed him to find out more about him and how they're connected. Thus finalizing their character progression.

Lupa
A necklace from my brother.

Bart
A pair of rings I carried around until I suddenly needed to make a wedding happen.

Drovic
His familiar

Drax
Nothing stands out

Zoh'Ken
My Tabard


And now our question for this coming week! Please answer right away!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Below, some of the View Staff share what they are thankful for this season: 


Today, I had to describe to my preschool classroom what it means to be thankful. I told them it was something that you love, appreciate, and something you wouldn’t want to lose. Then, I told them what I was thankful for.

I highlighted my family, describing my kids; then, I brought up where I lived; my job, how much I loved my students, and finally I brought up my friends. My friends, almost all of which I’ve made in my adult life, mostly became my friends through Realms. These friends, which are closer to me than some of my family, are the people I choose to hang out with and look forward to seeing at Realms, at Birthday Parties, and other social gatherings. All of these people I never would never have met were it not for Realms. I am so thankful to have these people in my life and that I have the opportunity to meet so many more new ones.

- Diana "Kiira" LaPierre


I am blessed to be a part of a community that loves so freely, cares for one another, and strives to be better every day. I cannot understate the importance of the support that I’ve received over the past decade of my time in the Realms. It has truly shaped me into the person that I am today. I am grateful to find beauty in both the small and large things in my life--a beautiful morning, an awe-inspiring storm, breaking into uncontrollable giggles with my friends and family, a nice stiff drink at the end of a long day, dancing my heart out, the look in a student’s eye as they finally understand a life-altering concept, reading stories to the babies in my life, sitting down in front of my sewing machine to tackle another project, watching the ones I love push themselves to be the best versions of themselves--these are the things that bring my life meaning, and I am certain that I would not be in a place to appreciate these gifts if it weren’t for the people of the Realms community. Thank you all, and Happy Thanksgiving.

 - Lani "Gwen"


If I’m thinking about the Realms and the many ways that I want to give thanks, there are certain things that immediately come to mind.

I feel so fortunate to be a part of this amazing community. All around me I see incredibly impressive things each and every day, year after year. I see people giving back to help the community grow and flourish and love every minute of doing it. I see people coming together to back each other up in hard times, like when we’ve had benefits or when we do charity auctions for good causes. People teach each other and help each other and push each other. I sometimes wonder where else in the world you can find a gathering of such incredible people who have the same purpose as each other and take care of one another so well. And as if that wasn’t enough, we have fun doing it too.

And because of this amazing community I’ve been able to build so many important parts of my own life. My country is made of my best friends and what we do together as a group is inspiring to me. When I first joined the Realms I never imagined myself being a part of something like Rhiassa or doing all of the things that we do as a nation but I’m so thankful to have found this group of people that has so readily accepted and embraced me. Of course Realms is also the reason that I met my husband and had a wonderful son together with him. Without this community none of that would be possible and I can’t imagine a life of family and friends as enriched as the one that I have now.

And finally, I have Realms to thank for the changes in myself over the years. Realms gave me a chance to come out of my shell. There are so many supportive people around me all the time and it helped me to become more outgoing and find my voice. I was able to learn lots of crafting skills through the help of people in the community and I got to develop and express my creative side in new ways. And becoming a part of the View from Valehaven staff has been an amazing challenge and experience that I’ve learned a lot from as well.

So I have a lot to be thankful for because of Realms. I met my friends and built my family. I grew in many ways and still see that there are new ways I can grow. I’m surrounded by a community of good people who care about one another. Realms has made me a better and more well rounded person. I owe a lot of who I am to this community and what I’ve learned here and I certainly wouldn’t have been here today without it. Thank you everyone.

- Jen "Areni" DeNardis-Rosa



Wherever you are or whatever you're doing today, please take a moment to reflect on the past year, both in Realms and out, and enjoy your food! Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at the View from Valehaeven!




Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Bardic Circle: Mouse's Bardic from Nedengiving 2


A Parody of Paddy Murphy for Neden
by Renee "Mouse" Booke

Oh the night that Lord Nymbous died, is a night I’ll never forget
Some of Neden got wicked drunk, and they ain’t got sober yet;

As long as the Siffy Sauce was passed around, every boy was feelin’ great

Syruss then broke out in song, til it was way too late

That’s how they showed their respect for Lord Nymbous
That’s how they showed their humor and their pride;
They said it was a gosh darn shame and they grinned at one another
And every glass in the place was raised the night Lord Nymbous died

As poor ole Sarix sat in the corner pourin’ out his grief
Priest Z and the boys came tearin’ down the street
They went back into the pub and a bottle of whisky stole
Then put the bottle with the corpse to keep that whisky cold

That’s how they showed their respect for Lord Nymbous
That’s how they showed their humor and their pride;
They said it was a gosh darn shame and they grinned at one another
And every glass in the place was raised the night Lord Nymbous died

Round two o’clock in the morning after emptying his mug
Jean Baptise opens up the box to see the poor dead lug
Naj then stopped the clock, so Dresden couldn’t tell the time,
And quarter after two they argued it was after nine

That’s how they showed their respect for Lord Nymbous
That’s how they showed their humor and their pride;
They said it was a gosh darn shame and they grinned at one another
And every glass in the place was raised the night Lord Nymbous died

They stopped the hearse outside the O’Leary Boys Saloon
They all went in at half past eight and staggered out at noon
They wandered to the graveyard, not knowin’ what they’d find
Found out when they got there, they’d left Lord Nymbous behind.


That’s how they showed their respect for Lord Nymbous
That’s how they showed their humor and their pride;
They said it was a gosh darn shame and they grinned at one another
And every glass in the place was raised the night Lord Nymbous died

Oh the night that Lord Nymbous died, is a night I’ll never forget
Some of Neden got wicked drunk, and they ain’t got sober yet;
As long as the Siffy Sauce was passed around, every boy was feelin’ great
Syruss then broke out in song, til it was way too late

That’s how they showed their respect for Lord Nymbous
That’s how they showed their humor and their pride;
They said it was a gosh darn shame and they grinned at one another
And every glass in the place was raised the night Lord Nymbous died





Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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I Can't Even



I Can't Even 
by, 
Sara 'Zarine' Jessop
Plating




A few weekends ago I attended Nedengiving, because someone finally understands that Sundays are better than Saturdays. It was indeed the fantastic time that was promised.

Games of chance were awarding tickets for the raffle quicker than the spread of the plague. Of course my gold did get stuck halfway down the Plinko board a few times, but I'll let that one slide because Plinko is clearly the easiest way to get a hand cramp from writing your name on hundreds of tickets.

The cheddar broccoli soup, while no Blackwood meatloaf, was delicious and I ate far too much of it. The sandwich buffet was excellent, and as we all know I am an excellent judge of meats. All of the food was quite delectable. And of course having a fully stocked tavern next door did not hurt the ambiance at all. In fact, I find having ample access to alcohol really improves my opinion of our social gatherings.

I was asked by some high muckity muck in Neden to give their gathering a good review. I have to say, I was well on my way to, and then I saw this...


Photo courtesy of Tucker 'Temorse' Noyes 

… and I like, literally could not. What even is this? “Zarine, that's cranberry sauce,” I am sure you are saying in your large empty head. I know what it actually is, you ignorant plebs. I mean, what kind of presentation is this? This doesn't say 'eat me, I'm delicious', it says 'throw me in the trash, I'm gross.'

Food plating is important. Why, you are undoubtedly asking? Because, (with the exception of that blind dude at the table next to us, who I am pretty sure won some sort of weaponry, which is highly concerning) we see food before we taste it and presumably you want people to want to taste it. People want to try things that look good, not like a cranberry-ish colored blob.

Now, plating something like cranberry sauce can be challenging, especially when you purchased the jellied kind in a can, and no matter what you try to do with it, still seems to resemble said can. So my first bit of advice is to acquire some real, homemade cranberry sauce. But if you find yourself with the canned stuff and need to plate it, I have some ideas for you.

Use the moldable nature of the jelly to your advantage: Use cookie cutters to turn your cranberry sludge into festive shapes. Garnish with an orange, as both the colors and flavors compliment each other well. 

http://www.oceanspray.com/Recipes/Corporate/Crafts/Cranberry-Sauce-Garnishes.aspx

Put it on an interesting plate. And no, a plain paper plate is not interesting. I get that we don't want to be spending a lot of time washing dishes, so I am sure if you look hard enough you could find some sort of disposable plate that fits the bill. Something that isn't too much bigger than your cranberry log and compliments its loggy shape would be preferable.



Garnish it with some for reals cranberries. 



Slice it. For some reason people respond to food that is already partially prepared for them. It's like they aren't sure where or how to cut it unless you've already started it. Add a fancy garnish for fancier fanciness. 



Don't serve it. Seriously. It's disgusting anyways.

This plating issue aside, it was quite an enjoyable feast. Will I attend in the future? I could maybe...

See you next Tuesday.

Zarine is the proprietor and Madam at Alchimia Lupanar, a magic marshal approved practitioner of medicine, an award winning author, and has 36 years of experience in giving her unsolicited opinion. 






Monday, November 20, 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017

Question of the Week

Question of the Week, Week 1

Welcome to an old feature that we're bringing back with some new life for this winter season. Every week we'll be asking our adoring readers to fill out the answer to a single question that we'll embed on the page, and every week we'll be posting everyone's answers. It's a great way to share some interesting information about your character with the rest of the Realms!