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[A poster is nailed up in the Open Door, at Ticker Square, in Glumdrum Hall, in the Peerage, and at the Burgage in the wake of the Peerage victory over the forces of the Copper Torc.]


     Men and Women of Ring Ninety-Nine,

A great trial of public health is upon us. Ere the recovery of Ticker Square by the Peerage, a great infestation of small green roaches was loosed by the actions of the Torcish dredging of the docks of Ring Ninety-Nine. Those roaches have rapidly spread, devouring all the grain in sight and stealing coin and shining objects from purses and tables alike.

They are now loosed upon the cheese halls, burrowing deep beneath them. They shall spread plague and increase the risks that the poorest among us go hungry. Yet they are dangerous creatures indeed; attracted to flame and possessing a terrible bite. A company will be needed to root them out!

If you would aid in this matter, put your name to one of these pages. We shall rally to the matter at some point in the coming week.

     Saibhon Dumein
     Phys.; Mend.



// Space is left below for the addition of any messages or names of those who are willing to aid.


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[A letter is delivered to House Velstra, a short introduction followed by the meat of the matter: a sonnet, enclosed on separate paper, two copies for the couple. A small sprig of coriander included.]


     Honored House Velstra,

My contributions to the wedding were regrettably cut short by the Will of another. I regret that I could not finish the reading. However, for you and yours, to the health of your House and the couple bound in marriage, please find a copy of the sonnet attached.

It is entitled "The Wedding of Velstra and Webber."

     Best Wishes,

     Saibhon Dumein
     Phys.; Mend.





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I'm creating a set of robes to complement the current set that Saibhon has for non-religious ritual/combat/travelling circumstances, like walking around the Peerage.

The skill enhancements don't include Heal, however, among the list of knowledge-esque skills. Not certain if this is intended or an oversight, but it would be a helpful addition!

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Correspondence / [Letter to Solomon Krown and the Copper Torc] [DM]
« on: July 02, 2020, 09:01:14 PM »
[A letter is delivered by way of courier to whatever Torc passes for Solomon Krown's deputy, if such a man can even be reached.]


     Solomon Krown,

     Leader of the Second Army of the Copper Torc,


Starvation threatens the fiefdom of Lord Freward, made far worse by the presence of the tens of thousands of green roaches that now seek after coin, grain, and meats alike. This ravenous horde is traced to a box that was opened while the canal that borders Ticker was being dredged. It is very likely that the roaches are either within the canal or have burrowed to a central hive near to where the box was opened.

I am a physician and a Mendicant. It is my professional responsibility to try to do something about this. If you will give me access to the canal that is now being deredged, I and a group of like-minded souls will seek out and destroy the haven that these roaches have established. I require no groat, no item, nothing for this aid save the opportunity.

Please do not delay in considering this. Ticker Square cannot long abide the shortages; men and women already fall sick and some shall not recover. In a few days time the death toll may go from tens to hundreds of people.


     Sincerely,

     Saibhon Dumein
     Phys.; Mend.

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Bug Reports / True Seeing and Ultravision GSF: Divination Spot Bonus
« on: July 01, 2020, 05:34:12 PM »
EDIT: restated for extreme clarity:

Ultravision gives +2/4 Spot with SF/GSF: Div respectively
True Seeing grants Ultravision now, but doesn't give the spot bonus.

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Correspondence / [A Letter Addressed to Lucille Olivier]
« on: June 30, 2020, 04:19:40 AM »
[A letter is left at the Open Door, addressed to "Madam'sil Lucille Olivier."]


      Madam'sil Lucille Olivier,

I am grateful for the conversation that we had this past day. I will not rehash my encouragement that we collaborate as Mendicants on work that is borne of supremely similar philosophical outlooks, but to emphasize that I agree that collaboration enables greater works to be done upon this weary world. For me to emphasize the virtues of Enduring the pains that enable us to understand the pains of others, while you emphasize the interconnected nature of all souls and extend that to the world at large -- these are two sides of the same coin.

What I call "Renunciation" is the act of setting aside our own desires in order to see the pains that others feel. It also permits us, through Empathy, that soul of Reason, to understand the joys and experiences of others. This thesis orders our actions best, I think: "XXIV. Empathy demands that sapient souls undertake only those actions that do not bear additional Suffering into the world." So we counsel, heal, and seek to better the world writ large and all the souls who Endure upon it.

Please think on it. I have attached recent works for your review, consideration, and criticism. Also, please give my regards to Mandy when you see her.

     Best,

     Saibhon Dumein
     Phys.; Mend.

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Correspondence / ["Order of the Black Ram": Beauxregard Winespill]
« on: June 30, 2020, 02:01:08 AM »
[A letter is addressed to the "Order of the Black Ram", to the care of Beauxregard Winespill at the Spinning Groat, writ upon simple parchment.]


     Beauxregard,

Thank you for your recent works detailing the trollish threat. I have summarized my own findings, incorporating some of the knowledge of my colleague Dr. Narkus Brogan, in an informational treatise that I have attached. Rest assured that I have not forgotten the collaboration upon matters of the lycanthropic and vampyr even as matters of my philosophy have of late dominated my time. Please pass this on to the other current members of the Black Ram.

We should converse soon on the subject of the Répugnante and others besides.

May you Endure in your work, Suffering for all those who are deeply mired in this Razor Web of Want and Will.

     Regards,

     Saibhon Dumein
     Phys.; Mend.

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[A small tome, published in the format of a quarto, appears in various places throughout the Rings. They are delivered to the Royal Archive, the Curios shop in Ticker Square, and the Open Door in Ring Ninety-Nine; to Cooper Crum in Ninety-Eight; to the Candid Hemlock and its wayward Antoli in Ninety-Seven; and one tome still deeper where Akechi stands his vigil.]


Twenty-Five Theses on the Foundation of a True Renunciation

Saibhon Dumein

Phys.; Mend.

First Edition, Annotated


~-----~

Foreword: I have written this variant of the philosophy that burns at the heart of the Renunciation in response to questions seeking clarification on specific theses. The theses are named as they were originally published, with details according to each section following. I hope it is of aid to all who wish to live a life removed inasmuch as is possible from the specter of the Tyrant Want. Let us in the light of Empathy, borne of Reason, turn our works to the betterment of our neighbor.


Upon Ring Ninety-Seven stands an open-air monastery, called the Candid Hemlock, where the Mendicants of the Renunciation base their works. Yet there is a corruption there, a deep-seated misfeasance wrought of failing logic. No coherent philosophy endures behind their placid smiles, but rather cultish devotion devoid of Reason, eschewing Empathy for empty hearts and bitter acts wrought of misguided Will.

There is an alternative in this weary world: Renunciation that is borne of Reason and that aspires to high virtue. The flame that Endures in the hearts of all sapient souls, struggling as we are upon the Razor Web, is not to be suppressed, but guided forward to the betterment of all those who stand upon this world through the restraint of base impulse.

I here propose a philosophy that corrects the flawed system that Antoli has espoused.  Turn to it, Mendicants, for the Renunciations to come are borne of Want and Will! Turn to it, those of you who Endure upon this Razor Web -- all you weary souls scattered through the rings -- for it is a better way forward.

~-----~

      CONSCIOUSNESS

I. Consciousness is the condition of perceiving the world.
II. Perception defines the outer boundaries of our consciousness.
III. The outer boundaries of our consciousness are bounded by the experiences of the living body.
IV. The living body has innate limitations on what it can perceive.
V. The limitations on perception are the stuff that defines individual experience.

     WANT

VI. Experiences are impacted by the conditions of the living form.
VII. The living form is subject to natural requirements in order to remain alive.
VIII. The natural requirements of life give rise to physical drives.
IX. Physical drives are enforced through pain if unsatisfied.
X. Pain is a constraining experience that creates a compulsion called Want, trapping life in a Razor Web of torment.

     WILL

XI. The compulsions of Want, inherent to every living being, are controlled through the exercise of Will.
XII. Will can be used in order to fulfill separate Wants or to achieve an end that is a step removed from fulfilling a Want.
XIII. The ability to use Will to achieve an end that is a step removed from fulfilling a Want is what defines Sapience.
XIV. Yet the exercise of Will is necessarily reliant on the stimulus of Want.
XV. Want and its limitations on perception pervert the exercise of Will even when the objective is far removed from Want.

     RENUNCIATION

XVI. Limiting the influence of Want is achieved through Renunciation.
XVII. Renunciation is the conscious Endurance of the Suffering of physical Wants in order to minimize their influence upon the exercise of Will.
XVIII. Minimizing the influence of Want improves the perception of the individual.
XIX. The expansion of an individual's perspective improves their capacity of consciousness.
XX. Consciousness gives rise to the understanding of the Razor Web: that sapience requires Suffering.

    REASON

XXI. The exercise of Will in order to minimize the influence of Want through Renunciation is the exercise of Reason.
XXII. Reason gives the individual the power to exercise Empathy, the understanding that all sapient souls exist in the Razor Web.
XXIII. Actions predicated on Empathy can only be achieved through the minimization of Want through Renunciation.
XXIV. Empathy demands that sapient souls undertake only those actions that do not bear additional Suffering into the world.
XXV. Knowing whether actions bear additional Suffering into the world requires a constant exercise of Reason, expanding perspective and consciousness through Renunciation, driven by the acquisition of knowledge and continual works of Empathy.


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Correspondence / [Antoli of the Renunciation] [DM]
« on: June 23, 2020, 05:39:42 AM »
[A letter is delivered to the blind Antoli, with instructions passed to the Mendicant who receives it to read it aloud to him. The words of Saibhon Dumein to his once-revered mentor. The Open Door is the return address, though the author does not expect a reply.]


     Antoli,

I called you my brother, but the Renunciations that you demand conflate Want and Will, pretending that one can exist without the other.

We are indeed upon a Razor Web, for with consciousness and life comes Suffering, and we are all the more to be pitied for our sapient understanding of our condition.

Moreover, there is value in the act of Renunciation, for the rejection of Want is a prerequisite to the exercise of Reason.

But the emptiness that you claim cannot exist in tandem with acts of Will. The Renunciation as you have writ it should eschew all acts upon this world for Will and Want are inexorably linked. By undertaking acts of Will, by intoning through word and gesture, by formulating the very thought within your mind that a man should cease to be, you have subjected yourself to Want.

You have given yourself to acts of bitter misfeasance, wrought of Want, removed from Reason, with no consideration to the high virtue that is Empathy that must order our acts of Will upon this world.

You are still my brother, in one respect: the care of this whole world is my charge and you Endure upon it. So I say, a worthier course is before you. My theses are below -- you shall have to grapple with them in silence or reply.

     Saibhon




[Included, then, is a section of a much more prominent posting.]

 CONSCIOUSNESS

I. Consciousness is the condition of perceiving the world.
II. Perception defines the outer boundaries of our consciousness.
III. The outer boundaries of our consciousness are bounded by the experiences of the living body.
IV. The living body has innate limitations on what it can perceive.
V. The limitations on perception are the stuff that defines individual experience.

     WANT

VI. Experiences are impacted by the conditions of the living form.
VII. The living form is subject to natural requirements in order to remain alive.
VIII. The natural requirements of life give rise to physical drives.
IX. Physical drives are enforced through pain if unsatisfied.
X. Pain is a constraining experience that creates a compulsion called Want, trapping life in a Razor Web of torment.

     WILL

XI. The compulsions of Want, inherent to every living being, are controlled through the exercise of Will.
XII. Will can be used in order to fulfill separate Wants or to achieve an end that is a step removed from fulfilling a Want.
XIII. The ability to use Will to achieve an end that is a step removed from fulfilling a Want is what defines Sapience.
XIV. Yet the exercise of Will is necessarily reliant on the stimulus of Want.
XV. Want and its limitations on perception pervert the exercise of Will even when the objective is far removed from Want.

     RENUNCIATION

XVI. Limiting the influence of Want is achieved through Renunciation.
XVII. Renunciation is the conscious Endurance of the Suffering of physical Wants in order to minimize their influence upon the exercise of Will.
XVIII. Minimizing the influence of Want improves the perception of the individual.
XIX. The expansion of an individual's perspective improves their capacity of consciousness.
XX. Consciousness gives rise to the understanding of the Razor Web: that sapience requires Suffering.

    REASON

XXI. The exercise of Will in order to minimize the influence of Want through Renunciation is the exercise of Reason.
XXII. Reason gives the individual the power to exercise Empathy, the understanding that all sapient souls exist in the Razor Web.
XXIII. Actions predicated on Empathy can only be achieved through the minimization of Want through Renunciation.
XXIV. Empathy demands that sapient souls undertake only those actions that do not bear additional Suffering into the world.
XXV. Knowing whether actions bear additional Suffering into the world requires a constant exercise of Reason, expanding perspective and consciousness through Renunciation, driven by the acquisition of knowledge and continual works of Empathy.




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[The first copy of these theses is nailed up by Saibhon himself at the Monastery of the Candid Hemlock, focal point of the Renunciation, in Ring 97. Shortly thereafter copies written in different hands appear on the notice boards of the Open Door, Ticker Square, the Peerage, near the Sunpurse Manor in the Ponds, and at the Muckboy's Passage in 97.]


Twenty-Five Theses on the Foundation of a True Renunciation

Saibhon Dumein

Phys.; Mend.


~-----~

Upon Ring Ninety-Seven stands an open-air monastery, called the Candid Hemlock, where the Mendicants of the Renunciation base their works. There is a corruption there, a deep-seated misfeasance wrought of failing logic. No coherent philosophy endures behind their placid smiles, but rather cultish devotion devoid of Reason, eschewing Empathy for empty hearts and bitter acts wrought of misguided Will.

There is an alternative in this weary world: Renunciation that is borne of Reason and that aspires to high virtue. The flame that Endures in the hearts of all sapient souls, struggling as we are upon the Razor Web, is not to be suppressed, but guided forward to the betterment of all those who stand upon this world through the restraint of base impulse.

I here propose a philosophy that corrects the flawed system that Antoli has espoused.  Turn to it, Mendicants, for the Renunciations to come are borne of Want and Will! Turn to it, those of you who Endure upon this Razor Web -- all you weary souls scattered through the rings -- for it is a better way forward.

It is characterized by these twenty-five theses separated into five parts, not five Renunciations; the vows that an adherent should keep are separate and removed from each step of this chain of Reason.

~-----~

      CONSCIOUSNESS

I. Consciousness is the condition of perceiving the world.
II. Perception defines the outer boundaries of our consciousness.
III. The outer boundaries of our consciousness are bounded by the experiences of the living body.
IV. The living body has innate limitations on what it can perceive.
V. The limitations on perception are the stuff that defines individual experience.

     WANT

VI. Experiences are impacted by the conditions of the living form.
VII. The living form is subject to natural requirements in order to remain alive.
VIII. The natural requirements of life give rise to physical drives.
IX. Physical drives are enforced through pain if unsatisfied.
X. Pain is a constraining experience that creates a compulsion called Want, trapping life in a Razor Web of torment.

     WILL

XI. The compulsions of Want, inherent to every living being, are controlled through the exercise of Will.
XII. Will can be used in order to fulfill separate Wants or to achieve an end that is a step removed from fulfilling a Want.
XIII. The ability to use Will to achieve an end that is a step removed from fulfilling a Want is what defines Sapience.
XIV. Yet the exercise of Will is necessarily reliant on the stimulus of Want.
XV. Want and its limitations on perception pervert the exercise of Will even when the objective is far removed from Want.

     RENUNCIATION

XVI. Limiting the influence of Want is achieved through Renunciation.
XVII. Renunciation is the conscious Endurance of the Suffering of physical Wants in order to minimize their influence upon the exercise of Will.
XVIII. Minimizing the influence of Want improves the perception of the individual.
XIX. The expansion of an individual's perspective improves their capacity of consciousness.
XX. Consciousness gives rise to the understanding of the Razor Web: that sapience requires Suffering.

    REASON

XXI. The exercise of Will in order to minimize the influence of Want through Renunciation is the exercise of Reason.
XXII. Reason gives the individual the power to exercise Empathy, the understanding that all sapient souls exist in the Razor Web.
XXIII. Actions predicated on Empathy can only be achieved through the minimization of Want through Renunciation.
XXIV. Empathy demands that sapient souls undertake only those actions that do not bear additional Suffering into the world.
XXV. Knowing whether actions bear additional Suffering into the world requires a constant exercise of Reason, expanding perspective and consciousness through Renunciation, driven by the acquisition of knowledge and continual works of Empathy.

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Correspondence / [Mendicant Mandy Mank]
« on: June 18, 2020, 01:29:32 PM »
[A hastily-penned letter is left at the Open Door, with specific instructions as to who should receive it.]


     My Mendicant Sister Mank,

We must speak at length, at your earliest possible convenience. I have spoken with Antoli in some considerable detail regarding the tenets and Renunciations of our shared philosophy.

Find me.

     Yours,

     Saibhon

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Notices and Bulletins / Mendicant Physician's Services Available
« on: June 15, 2020, 07:02:20 PM »
[These notices appear on notice boards at Ticker Square, Glumdrum Hall, the Open Door, and the Peerage Ward in Ninety-Nine; a post near the "doctor's" hall in the Mongrelwoods and near to Groat the goat in Ninety-Eight; and at the Muckboy's enclave upon Ninety-Seven. One is also nailed to the gates of Ninety-Five. Noticeably absent is a posting at the Candid Hemlock. //Most are viewable in-game on the noticeboards  in the Rings.]

~----~

This servant of a True Renunciation of Want continues to provide the services of doctors, healers, and alms-givers to any who should need assistance through these wide rings. My many years of practice as a physician are given over to the improvement of souls from all walks of life. Indeed, no living person shall be turned away.

The services that are offered include:

  • Surgeries to address serious wounds upon the battlefield;
  • Surgeries to cut for the stone;
  • Removal of warts and malignant calluses;
  • Removal of tumors of the flesh;
  • Removal of magical ailments and Rot;
  • Diagnosis of unusual ailments;
  • Identification and removal of curses;
  • Expert divination services;
  • Identification and removal of the draining effects of malignant undead;
  • Delivery of children and midwifing;
  • Autopsies; and,
  • Counselling.

No tithe is required for any services rendered, though contributions of healing herbs are appreciated.

Contact Doctor Saibhon Dumein or Mendicant Mandy Mank with requests, or seek them in their rounds throughout these the Rings. Letters may be left at the Open Door in Ring Ninety-Nine or in the care of the Muckboys upon the canal in Ring Ninety-Seven.

     Saibhon Dumein
     Phys.; Mend.

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Correspondence / ["Knave of Ninety-Nine"]
« on: June 12, 2020, 07:36:38 PM »
[This letter is actually posted publicly in the Open Door, seeing as its recipient keeps odd hours and less well-known haunts. A copy of the original prompt, minus the artistic rendering on the back, appears to have been tacked up alongside this letter for context.]



     Knave of Ninety-Nine,

     Dear Sir,

You have wrought poetry at me, but I appear to have already Renounced my rhymes. This shall have to serve in reply:


     You're hardly the first one to seek me
     You're nary the first one to dare
     But in you, sir, I sense something lacking
     Could it be ancient Murkoph's dark flair?

     Or Skullweaver, shadowed in silence
     Midnight Caller, moving adroit
     Those storied Knaves, now lost to the ages
     Leaving you (as an in-joke I fear)

     But it's hardly too late for you ser:
     Abandon this ill-fitting strife
     Renounce those bitter Wants of destruction
     Bear this world up, not down to the mire


I will speak on the matter of the Arbiters when I am prepared and know more of them. Not on your schedule, for threats to me or others. For to give into a threat as you have put it is to give you unlicensed power, to be exercised at the discretion of your future malignant Will. To agree to it is to be enslaved to a common brigand's threat.

I am certain you will find me if you wish to leave a reply.


     Regards,

     Saibhon Dumein
     Phys.; Mend.

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Bug Reports / Posting Notes: Character Replacement in Titles
« on: June 11, 2020, 08:49:18 PM »
When posting a note on a public board, the apostrophe character is substituted for a tilde.

Thus: "Mendicant Physician's Services Available" becomes "Mendicant Physician~s Services Available". The only time this seems to occur is when the messages are listed on the "Messages are located below. Select one to read" prompt after clicking on "[Look at the messages]". Screenshots can be provided! The apostrophes appear correct in all other contexts.

Character is Saibhon Dumein, a cleric, but it appears to affect others as well.

Thank you again for the noticeboard system! :)

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Bug Reports / Purifier Item Set Gloves Usable in Other Item Sets
« on: June 11, 2020, 08:38:44 PM »
The item "The Purifier's Grasp" gloves, part of an item set found in [REDACTED], can be equipped in place of the "Alley Surgeon Patch Gloves" that are part of the Alley Surgeon Item Set. The gloves can also be equipped alone, without any other items of the set. This occurs in all areas. The character is Saibhon Dumein, a cleric.

This could be a feature, not a bug, if the items are permitted to be swapped out as sufficiently healing-related. Though I don't know if such "cross-set" items exist. Can they be used together, or is this in fact a bug?

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