Post:And yet - 11/16/2003

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? · on 11/16/2003  ?
And yet... there are books that claim there were shots from the grassy knoll, too :D

There is a lot of RP and history that went on before and after various books were written, either by GM or player; information that NPCs themselves say that never quite makes it into the "official annals". Vorclaf's mother, for instance -- supposedly she died in childbirth bearing Vorclaf's younger brother (who was stillborn). Belirenderick was grief-stricken and never remarried. And Sirolarn being brought up a commoner? Perhaps. But other sources would indicate that you that Belirenderick raised Sirolarn. Sirolarn himself said so at one point. Some sources will say that Sirolarn was actually Belirenderick's brother, or his half-brother, not his nephew. And Belirendrick's father's liaison with an Elvish woman that resulted in Lindryl's line, which has produced the current heir to Zoluren, is rarely spoken about at all and not mentioned in any book (illegitimate children usually get ignored!). But, Lindryl is fortunate that Belirendrick's affection for her (and perhaps her mother, who would have been Belirendrick's "natural" half-sister) was such that he recognized both as family and conferred legitimacy upon them -- which Vorclaf has continued.

That's one of the fun things about having a variety of versions floating around; you never know what is REALLY the truth and gives a good bit of leeway for RP.

One of the best sites for what's happened in the past, rumors and perhaps-fact, are the things players have written on their websites at the time an event ocurred. The Wren's Nest articles are an excellent source. Rayth's discussion of the governments of Elanthia is interesting and from a "what happened during the in-game event" aspect is quite accurate. Books are a good source, of course; but remember like the real world you'll find all sorts of things being written with varying viewpoints and accuracy. And, like the real world, I'd more trust the eyewitness sources over any book. (Of course, there's always the chance that maybe the CIA =did= do it!)

One of the things that startled me when doing a search on Belirenderick regarding his assassination (and remember my NPC was THERE) was seeing a capture of the whole thing at Wren's Nest. There were things I remembered, things I didn't remember and it was very interesting to see it from a player point of view. I'm sure that player would have written a very different book from the one my NPC would have.

So... just relax and enjoy playing. You're never going to prove that you're exactly right and Vorclaf is a murderer; nor is it likely that you'll ever be disproved entirely that you're wrong and he isn't. Just have fun :)

Oh... and remember -- as always, this is my personal point of view.

This message was originally posted in an unknown folder, by DR-MERIEL on the play.net forums.

Name is made up, as the archive it was taken from did not include it.