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Going off Skie's idea. Perhaps something even more radical? I mean we don't know whether the iron wind can affect something in a different phase of being but surely it can't affect something that's not there? What if we somehow launched an expedition to the moon to get the time displacement tech that seems to be working there and make the town disappear into the time stream for the duration of the wind. I mean, what could possibly go wrong!
Very cool! I am an All The Books in Print backer, and I was thinking I might have to lower my pledge level. With this and the Bestiary 3 announcement, I'm redoubling my efforts to keep my pledge right where it is. I was impressed with the amount of value the equivalent backer level in the Invisible Sun campaign reached, and this campaign is shaping up to contain comparable value.
@Stormquiss- I hope you feel better! I know from experience some rest and watching sci-fi TV and movies works wonders. Sorry I didn't write anymore stories, I admit I feel kind of daunted trying to start from where I left off.
Hi, all! Wow, what an incredible day we had yesterday! (The end of a pretty great week, considering this is usually the slowest part of any Kickstarter campaign.) We have two weeks left, and with your help things should start ramping up as we get closer to the end. We've set the next stretch goal at an unusual number, to celebrate passing the grand total of the original Numenera campaign. There's no reason we couldn't hit this in a matter of days, and go into the final week of the campaign looking at even more great stretch goals!
If you're backing for all the titles (ALL THE BOOKS IN PDF, or ALL THE BOOKS IN PRINT and higher), you just got the Ruin Deck added to your rewards for free. If we unlock the NWB3, you'll get that book added to your rewards for free. So let's make this happen! (And if you aren't backing for a level that gets you everything, maybe it's time to upgrade.)
And remember, we have a cool little announcement on Monday, so be sure to check back in!
Just a though on the Iron Wind incoming.... Converting the current forcefield projectors into phase shifters might be useful in making sure the town just isn't there when the wind hits... Or some sort of antimatter shielding, with the parts within the field?
Also totally thrilled about the beastiary! I love those books!
I have a question..maybe i will get the answer in 2019...calaval is the founder of the order of truth right?...yet in "the amber monolith"it talks about him wanting to join the aeon priests..so were there aeon priests before him and he simply organized them or what?..or is "the amber monolith church propaganta...
Woot! Looks like we've unlocked the Ruin Deck! I'll have an update out shortly.
@LCC I'll take a look!
I just began to read Ordovico's tale yesterday, I didn't have time to read everyone's contribution yet :(
But after a first KS week full of writing, my writing pace has much reduced. I'll see if the Ashen Band stimulates my imagination ;)
Yea, lost almost $1000 in the last 3 hours.
I get up and we're at $480k. I go to break and we're down about $400.
Ugh flu - watching b&w sci-fi movies and checking for updates is the best my brain can manage atm.
@Stormquiss This next piece won't be wrapping things up. It will be the true beginning of the story I told when I first decided to add Xandra to the mix
I have set up a tumblr account to gather my previous tales together. I am a bit clumsy when it comes to IT so hopefully this works. Please let me know if you have any trouble.
@secondrevan all I can say is that I have enjoyed what you have written so far and I am sure your instincts will be good when it come to wrapping it up.
@Stormquiss It is less about the community and more about my own standards. A lot of my stuff (especially my mos trecent stuff) is really first draft and I owuld wnat to redraft multiple times (hell, I'd love to plan and properly plot a lot of stuff, but the nature of this means having to break a lot of my usual techniques. Not doing scene breakdowns etc because I'm usually take thigns one post at a time. WOuld be writing thigns really differently in other contexts). But every so often there are scenes that you really want to pull off.
Everythign I've been doing comes together for this one scene. Both leads, and literally every part of their stories will play a role. And I'm loving writing these characters so much I want to make sure this scene of all scenes is done justice. And yet, the same thigns that make it so ruch are the same things that make it so complciated. SO many balls in the air, and even choices as basic as perspective are hard
#secondrevan if it helps I think this is a very kind and supportive community for everyone who has contributed creatively.
I had my own "gulp" moment a few minutes ago after doing the scene breakdown for my next piece. It will be thirteen scenes with multiple character perspectives covering the six months leading up to the iron wind and a bit after. I am not even sure I will get it finished before the KS ends! (I have the flu which is unhelpful so I could just be delirious).
Awesome to see we passed another stretch goal.
Also, I am really nervous about my next piece. I'v ebeen building to this scene for a long time, and I really want to pull it off. Both characters have so much going on, so much drama building. And I really want to do it justice. Even working out whose perspective I'm going to tell it from is a challenge
Congrats on the new stretch goal, everyone -- and thank you!!
Keep an eye out for the update first thing in the morning!
@Ben That’s Jade Colussus ;)
Stretch goal unlocked! I believe it is Bestiary 3 next? My vote is for a book of the Ruins of Numenera....with adventure sites, key npcs/ organisations, points of conflict, moral dilemmas... And new kewl Numenera of course!
Look at that - we're almost unlocking the Ruin Deck. Thank you all for making me work tonight and prep the next graphics! It's truly a pleasure to prep these things and know we're making more cool products due to your support and enthusiasm.
A makeshift council made been prepared. With no real leadership decided, they were instead gathering everyone they could together. Anyone who could possibly lead in this crisis. Kira had naturally been chosen.
Tiri followed her as they approached. “Is this meeting what I think it is for? For the Iron Wind?”
“Yes” she replied. She didn’t know what else to say, if she should try and comfort her. She had never been good at that, and neither was the Kira persona.
“Am I just to take notes?” Tiri had realised that she did not trust her with that sort of task. Tiri was questioning her, trying to work out the game.
“Participate. We need leaders. You’re too good to be wasting your time with me. We’ll need you to be managing like me, not following me around”
“We’ll get you an assistant to do the numbers” she replied. But Tiri was still uncomfortable. “I know this isn’t what you had planned. I know you’re uncomfortable. I don’t really know what to say. I’m military. I was in a system where you do what you are told, because it is your duty to. Because the only way for everything to work is to do your duty, no matter how uncomfortable it makes you” She looked around, somewhat theatrically. “All I can say is look around. Everyone in Ellomyr needs all the help we can give them. That’s our duty”. Tiri did not look comforted.
The meeting itself was a start. Only a start. It begun with arguments over who should belong there. Petty rivalries being exploited and argued about. She didn’t know if it was to distract from the task they had to face, or a dysfunction that could not be surpassed.
Kira was almost at despair. The council was too big, too unwieldy for any real discussion. But any attempt to make it smaller stoked division, only created problems. Kira was just hoping that they kept everyone at the table, and then most of the assorted members would have the sense to shut up.
Tiri seemed to have similar thoughts, eventually getting fed up at the eleventh round of accusations. The current target was a guy called Bart. No one exactly wanted to say what there problem was with him, but many thought he hadn’t contributed. His reply was simply that this was why he was here in the first place.
“Honestly, I really don’t care if he’s useful or not. Let him stay. Let them all stay. If they are idiots, let’s just ignore them. I’d rather have him, or Sara, or Jonas say something stupid than spend more time not talking about the damn Iron Wind”.
She realised she had chosen well, placing her trust in Tiri. Exactly how she would have done it, in another persona. As Corti. Or Marts. In a persona that could handle this sort of situation. Confronted with the truth, everyone else had only two options. Stop this bickering, or turn on Tiri.
Naturally, they chose the latter. But that didn’t matter. As they launched accusation at Tiri, questioning her place at the table, the council was finally united. And Tiri naturally guided it to the topic at hand. She presented ideas, letting that act as proof of her place here. And the moment that they started to discuss her ideas, she subtly handed the discussion off to someone else. Soon, they had forgotten about questioning her, and started discussing the content of the meeting.
It was a masterclass of manipulation, and she noticed that many others on the table, those feeling similar frustrations at the bickering, had noticed what Tiri had done.
If only the discussion had been more successful. In truth, there were no ideas. Just dreams. Empowering the shield was popular, but no one knew how, exactly. The bunker was another possibility. It would protect everyone from the Iron Wind, only to trap everyone underground when the hatch itself was permanently changed by the Iron Wind. Evacuation was unpopular.
She had no ideas, her strategy had always been to leave towns long before such threats had to be addressed. But the Kira persona preferred evacuation. The fact that no one else did was a poor sign.
The council ran long, kept going as debate raged. She started to feel more and more unwell, as her body once again started rebelling against Kira’s façade. That should feel a good sign. People wanted to talk. Wanted to plan.
But to her, it didn’t. With every moment passed, dread built. Could they really save Ellomyr. She wanted to save them. She had committed herself to being Kira. To being part of Ellomyr. And yet, it felt like it was all going to go wrong.
When the meeting finally ended, she stormed out, as fast as she could. She would be sick if she spent any more time in there. She didn’t know if it was transformation fatigue, or despair. All she knew was that she needed an escape.
But when she returned to her office, someone else was there. Waiting. “The name’s Xandra. And we need to talk”.
As soon as he could, Bart cornered her alone. He slammed her against the wall, arm pushing against her neck “You were trying to embarrass me in there, Tiri” he said. “You need to help me in there.”
“I did. That was the best way” she replied. She felt sweat on her brow. “You stayed at the table. People stopped talking about you”
“Xandra wouldn’t want you to disappoint me”. That was all he needed to say. Leave the threat to Simin hang over her. He released her and walked off.
@MonteCookGames I am also wondering what happened to Nieten. She has not been mentioned for a while and I was hoping to feature her in my next story about the iron wind.
@Throwontax If you'd like to fit it into your story, Ordovico, learning of Faël's inquiries, would anonymously send him the Ashen Band* to analyse, with a brief note on its provenance and abilities.
*see my most recent snippet.
@MonteCookGames: So, the narrative is a bit confusing. Was the expedition that Viel went on, the doomed expedition, separate from the one Jun Nir went on with the giant floating orb? And is the town now years removed from the margr attack? Trying to write stuff that fits better with your guys' narrative and getting a little lost.
Faël - Chapter 7 – the Iron Wind
The Iron Wind. During his wandering years, Faël had come across a wide range of strange phenomenons. Weird and dangerous beasts. Vicious traps and mind-blowing machineries. Cruel abhumans. But the worst thing he had ever seen in the Ninth World, and on that point he agreed with Nieten, was the Iron Wind. Unpredictable. Merciless. Insatiable. Corrupting everything it touches, perverting the very nature of its targets. Fortunately, Faël had only seen the orange cloud from afar. But he had seen what happened to the caravan upon which the cloud fell. He shivered. The Iron Wind. Coming to Ellomyr.
The latest expedition to the Valley of Sins had returned with these dreadful news. In fact, only Viel had returned from this expedition. And in what state! Having survived the first expedition, Faël felt guilty. Maybe he should have gone back to the Valley to help them, instead of building himself a small farm in the ouskirts of the town? But dwelling on the past wasn't helpul, he'd better think about the incoming threat.
Somehow, from his first days in Ellomyr, Faël knew the Iron Wind would eventually reach the village. Maybe not during his lifetime, but few places in the Ninth World were out of its reach. Anyway, how to fight the Iron Wind? A cloud of invisible ennemies without any comprehensible purpose? Terror and dejection were dancing on the edge of Faël's mind. But he refused to give in to them. What if someone heard that message he sent to the datasphere with the help of the Trilling Shard? What if someone who had lived with him in the Oasis long ago was on their way to Ellomyr? If he wanted the town to remain the welcoming community he had known, he'd better help it live through the menace.
Faël closed his eyes and breathed deeply, pushing away the agitation of his thoughts. What did he knew about the Iron Wind? He focused on its essence, dispelling the images of its consequences. An orange red cloud with an iron smell. Always in movement. What was it made of? From what he had heard, it was formed by a multitude of nanospirits. Twisted nanospirits that had gone awry. Uncontrollable, even for a skilled nano. Even for the Aeon priests. Nobody in Ellomyr could claim they could control the Iron Wind. But he had also heard of people crossing the storm unscathed. How did they do it? What did they use?
Faël called on his memories, seeking knowledge among the stories he had heard, trying to remember artifact names, strategies developped, cypher effects descriptions. He remembered a nano using a belt that moved people around him to another strange place, letting the cloud pass before coming back. The problem was to know when to come back. He had also heard of phase changers, cyphers that could put you out of phase for a moment, letting the nanospirits pass through you without harm, provided you could stay out of phase long enough. Force fields could also work, theoretically. But fighting against the Iron Wind demanded considerable energy, and Faël doubted that Ellomyr force field would last long in such a situation.
But even considering the terrible threat the Iron Wind could represent, maybe the nature of the nanospirits within it was not so different from that of the nanites he relied upon for his esoteries. Faël thought of a nano he once met, who had developped a technique that could end a numenera effect, or even cancel an esotery from another nano. If he could find a numenera that had the same effect, maybe there was a way to connect it to Ellomyr force field and keep the Iron Wind at bay...
Faël spent the next days visiting merchant shops and speaking with other nanos. He even went to see some explorers who were blatantly mistrustful of nanos. Those were more inclined to possess cyphers annihilating the power of nanospirits. Eventually, Faël ended up with a handful of borrowed artifacts and cyphers, and a few numeneras bought with his remaining shins.
Long days of experiments then began. In his little farm, Faël cautiously activated the gathered numeras, one after another, each time testing if his nano abilities were still working in the vicinity of the device.
Finally, he went to the wrights of Ellomyr with three selected numeneras: a metal wristband, a light pulsing synth egg and a small flat device with sharp angles. When activated, each of them durably disrupted his grasp on the nanites. And contrary to other numeneras -especially those given by the nano detractors- without causing his hair to turn a variety of bright hues or greatly randomizing his digestion process. Faël hoped there was a way to enhance the effect of one of these numeneras through the orb grid of Ellomyr force field generator.
Hi, everyone! We had a great day yesterday, and today is on fire as well. We're closing in on our stretch goal--could we do it today? I personally would love to have a Ruin Deck, and I'd really like to unlock the NW Bestiary 3 as well!
@Carsten Chalk: Because MCG is located in the United States, Canada does count as international shipping. IF you go on their website, they have a calculator for what the shipping cost might be....gives you some idea at least what it might cost at least.
Canada isn't included anywhere under shipping, does it count as other international shipping?
@Kurtis Theorin: Iron Wind effects everything. Best example of what it does it Yrkallak Tower, once a tower and now a large green pool of water and such, which is covered in the Ninth World Guidebook.
Does the Iron Wind effect inanimate things like landscapes and buildings or just creatures?
So now I'm trying to catch up, and get back out of the Valley.
So Part 12: Into the Valley is finally done.
Don't forget that there are already tunnels and spaces under the town. With a bit of work and repair, they should be good to go.
@LLC: could work
@Dany @Aubrey & others: Maybe broadcast the signal from the Ashen Band? It would have to be greatly enhanced.
@Aubrey: ho you are right but will the shield be enough to protect the city? I am not sure... I think we need to find a way to go deep, and I am not discarting the shield generator (even more layers of shield would be ideal, but that would requires a lot of power) The field should grow back... The Shard can broadcast to the Datasphere, could we find a way to use it to repell the Iron wind in some ways?
@Aubrey: And don't forget the water purification site, which Ellomyr will need too. Lucky we have that already set up. (Looks at the soon to be...whatevered...water sources)
Btw, a few ideas (but by no means all of them):
- The best way to minimize casualties would probably be to construct a below ground bunker. Several feet of stone and a series of thick, fully sealed doors should buy all but guarantee the lives of anyone stored inside. Top priority imo (great for civil engineers, geologists, construction craftsmen, and general laborers)
- Small shield generators could be crafted to shield the food making machine, and the entrances to the bunker so the iron wind can't seal the doors closed. (Great for the machine inclined)
- The towns shield generator could be buffed (also great for the mechanically gifted)
- A metric ton of tarps and thick wozen fabrics could be made/purchased so as to fully blanket buildings and provide a cheap, removable barrier that would buy a building precious time should the main shield fall. Simple metal poles could raise the tarps just off the surface of the building so the iron wind would have less chance of simply fusing the tarps to the building as they eat through them. (Great for seamstresses, weavers, and mechants)
- Environentally sealed armor and thick padded clothing could be made for people outside the bunker maintaining the shield generators and what not. (Great for smiths, clothing makers, traders, and anyone with knowledge of past world protective clothing)
-Estories could be learned and cast to grant a degree of resistance to anyone outside the bunker or key buildings. (Great for nanos)
- Oxygen and food stores could be gathered for people in the bunkers in case the storm lasts longer than expected.
- work coordination and morale could be improved by people traind in those fields (great for archus, glints, or entertainers)
@Dany: We already built a shield generator for the town. It was one of the options we selected in a poll. We also chose to make a device that supplies bland food in case of a food shortage. (Looks at the soon to be destroyed fields around the village)
I agree with the Artifact Shield Dome, but what do we need to build one? Do we have enough ressources to send a team out there to search for the components? Couldn't we simply just hid in the tunnels under the city? It feels like the Gods are against us
@LCC Just read your recent Ordovico the Schoolmaster post. TY for including Flavik, will have to find a way to incorporate this "Mad Sarrak" Deklos into the next installment. You got Flavik's read right too...he seems to be becoming more and more of a lone wolf lately...I think the memories of Pasha and Gronick's deaths still haunt him and he's still trying his best to run away from it all....
3 words Artifact Shield Dome
Patrick Star voice: "We should take Ellomyr... and push it somewhere else!"
Great, the Iron Wind in six months. Somehow I knew that was going to happen but was hoping not. Somehow I forsee Flavik cursing up a storm of his own and then a whole lot of thinking about where to go next and asking himself why the hell did he stay in Ellomyr after the horde....fun fun fun...
No! You're not chucking the Iron Winds on Ellomyr! That's madness! Why are you doing this? I dont want to see everyone kick it like that! :(
@Filipe Cunha: I think the only product defined as exclusive of this campaign so far is the book "The Trilling Shard". Besides that, apparently the "player's kit" also has options unique to the backers, such as customizing the dice tray with the name you choose. In addition, there are the exclusive options of the Patreon Levels, including access to playtest materials and the printed version of the book "The Essence of Numenera".
There is no information so far regarding the pdf version of "The Essence of Numenera".
There have been so many rewards that I'm lost here. What exactly is kickstarter exclusive?
@Ethan Thanks, I did a little ab-libbing since sticking exactly to the text made me more likely to trip up mid narration. I am curious as to how you thought Hiero's name was pronounced.
@Darcy: Glad to hear it! And yes, that is my voice as both Hiero and the narrator. The narrator's voice at the end is probably the closest to what my everyday voice sounds like.
It was my first time recording narration. I made a few rookie mistakes in the first 1/3rd, but I'm happy with the latter 2/3rds. ^^
Thanks for inspiring me to do so.
Reports from the datasphere:
1) Stormquiss has acquired a spring flu and may be unable to post as much for a few days (you know this happened during Invisible Sun too).
10) There is a storm stalking my house and the humidity has just gone crazy.
11) it has given me the chance to actually read the updates (I usually have to skim them on breaks).
100) Ellomyr already has a source of plans (Calistina the Wright has them from a VoS expedition - update 30).
101) Ellomyr already has force fields (update 34) though I suspect they will need to be beefed up.
110) MCG has inadvertently given me an escape route for the twins in update 35.
Keep writing everyone - I wonder how the Iron Wind will reshape the lands around Ellomyr :-)
It might've been asked but the ninth bundle and Gm bundle are only add ons or are they included in pledges? Cheers
Faël finally used the Trilling Shard to send a message:
(After struggling several days with SoundCloud, it discovered my secret: I am a robot. So I turned to tumblr ^^)