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Screen Shots & Obituaries / Re: Mebril Blackhearth, the Jack Rabbit
« on: February 07, 2023, 05:19:51 PM »
Screenshots for June 2022

June was whereabouts Blackhearth as a house came together. It was a period of transitional threats as the Castells/Orza sort of ebbed back away with a few of them dying. The Patriarch business was in the background of this as well but it was mostly glancing blow things. It turned out I only ever 'met' the actual patriarch, twice in passing in the end. Different time zones. The changeling civil war between Rin and Valmoira ramped up here with Blackhearth caught up in it in their way. And Recondites too. Blackhearth hit the critical mass of retainers for a channel this month too as a few curious parties joined up.

The Tourney happened as well around now, and Blackhearth was involved with the politics behind the scenes of that to keep the prize out of Orzan hands. Bristol and the Belmores got the Keep and the Bristol-Mebril wedding happened if not without incident. Oliver and Kinsley invited themselves up with the aim of probably taking a swing at that dastardly Rin Farrell. Rin excused herself from the ceremony before they show up to avoid bloodshed on Mebril's day, but it was bittersweet that she was hedged out.

Screen Shots & Obituaries / Re: Rin of Oldflowers
« on: February 07, 2023, 01:22:12 AM »
There really aren't enough words to describe how special playing with Rin Farrell was. It was always an absolutely delight to play with- and try to keep up with- moon mom. I have so many screenshots (that I'm going through now) but one of the ones I found that makes me feel like I'm ready to make this post is this one.


It perfectly encapsulates, I think, the core of some of Mebril's struggles and the balm that Rin provided to her heart. Mebril was very much a young woman who felt trapped and doomed by the circumstances she awoke into and later got herself into of her own choices. As friends died around her thanks to the violence of the ward Rin offered Mebril another more hopeful, if seemingly impossible, road to peace. 

Rin's little what-might-be stories touched her particularly. Mebril had few illusions, ultimately, that she would ever get the happy ending she wanted in the form she wanted with the apocalyptic nature of the city. And part of her hoped that a future imagined fiercely enough, vividly enough, would be as good as true, somewhere.  Rin helped her believe a better world could exist, even if she might not live to see it in this life- maybe the next as she hoped. That she couldn't make things better forever, but she could make them better for now, and really sometimes that's enough.

Mebril learned an incredible amount from Rin and she was one of her moral lodestars. And Rin was generous to everyone with that sort of love and energy. She was her adopted mother, ultimately, and they would go on to pull each other through hell after hell until, ultimately, Mebril did her part to get Rin over the proverbial finish line. I hope they'll see each other again one day by the grace of the Moon's love. Some way or another. Some life or another.

There really is too much to say, Merrychase, and it will probably just come out in dribs and drabs as we reminisce bout the auld times but Rin was a vital, living and evolving character with a deep characterization that didn't compromise principles of the bit. Easily one of the best PCs I've run with or for in any medium. And my favorite PC I've known in my relatively brief time in EFU.

Thanks for the memories.

Screen Shots & Obituaries / Re: Mebril Blackhearth, the Jack Rabbit
« on: February 07, 2023, 12:16:12 AM »
Screenshots for May 2022

May was a very make or break sort of month for Mebril. Bristol and Mebril's house wasn't much of anything beyond Mebril having seized and politic'd her way into Grey Keep. Bristol, himself, had not even ringrun to reach that far himself because of the Torment and some IRL scheduling woes. Further, this was a time of high animosity toward changelings fanned by the Castells mostly who later became Orzans and bullied the rest of the ward with impunity for a time.

We were ready to throw in with Phelan's house when the time came, entreated by Rin but when the masterstroke of the plan resulted in Phelan becoming a tree and dissolving the house- which none of us saw coming- it was sort of back to the drawing board.

Also during this time Mebril joined the Brotherhood of the Broken Groat (I think?) in their ill fated attempt at 64. They met with an overwhelming force within and half of them died, including Wesley Madoc who had planned to go to the King to wish for the restoration of Lord Lyon. Mebril was shredded for awhile after. She nearly died in the fight herself if not for her Defensive Roll belt and Rin sliding into home plate with the heal. This put her off attempting 64 for many, many months.

Also during May, Bristol proposed to Mebril. Part of it was for the purpose of consolidating their feudal titles so she wouldn't be like "yes im a baroness with a castle who is a retainer to a lord with no lands" and because they did care for each other in their ambiguous sort of way. She nearly died several times in May. Besides 64 she was also nearly caught up in a burning of the Groundskeeper's Cabin. Mebril went there to tell Rin that she got engaged, and it was at this point a giant crew of Orzans decided to burn the place. Rin and Mebril snuck out in their own respective ways though, else more than likely they'd've been done for.

Screen Shots & Obituaries / Re: Mebril Blackhearth, the Jack Rabbit
« on: February 06, 2023, 05:13:39 AM »
A whole ton of screenshots from earlier in the PC. Will put together albums with more later as this kind of took longer than I thought and also was fairly emotional at times.

The Moonspear Era: (November '21-March '22)

Early Blackhearth and Castellanship (March '22-April '22)

Screen Shots & Obituaries / Re: Mebril Blackhearth, the Jack Rabbit
« on: February 06, 2023, 02:42:34 AM »


Screen Shots & Obituaries / Mebril Blackhearth, the Jack Rabbit
« on: February 05, 2023, 05:42:25 PM »
It is, at last, over.

Mebril Kelteel, a cat burglar from Westgate, Awoke in the city of rings in a pile of trash. Tenacious, she bent her mind to surviving and, eventually, thriving. Early, she found herself on a path into entrance into House Moonspear when she interefered in a bridge duel at level 5 trying to help a Carmine Desmarais that didn't need any help at all. The death of Carmine and Mebril's revenge on those responsible set the tone of the danger of the City. Her first several months were in Moonspear as a scout and spy of sorts, navigating the politics of the Ward and worming her way into anything that she could weasel into.

She wore a lot of hats. Took up painting and would continue to throughout her time here. She took up ringrunning and gained the trust of certain druidic ponds elements. Eventually she would be kicked from Moonspear for her association with Rin Farrell, though. Fatefully.

She fell in with Bristol Blackhearth with an eye toward reviving the name of his minor house and through opportunism and diplomacy found herself the Castellan of Grey Keep- a Baroness. She and Bristol would eventually wed, consolidating their feudal 'titles' and cement the makeshift legitimacy of their minor house. Contraversial, Blackhearth weathered its share of threats as it sought to cultivate allies and mitigate enemies.

Very eventually, events would conspire to see the Grey Keep out of Blackhearth hands and spur Mebril and company to go over the Smoulderpeaks to Baz'eel. This didn't solve as many problems as one might hope. Returning to being a presence in the Ward that ultimately didn't want her, internal House matters and the crumbling of the City of Rings would come to slowly snap the ties one by one that held her here. Until ultimately, with some of her closest friends, she took those first steps on her final journey toward Ring 1.


Mebril was my first PC in City of Rings. Put together more or less on a whim at Diablo's suggestion at the end of November '21 and I got sucked in. I went in completely blind playing an Awoken and just decided to try to weasel and survive and see what she could wring out of a world that so wanted her dead. It turns out quite a bit. Her [Journals] and [Letters] are all about the forum for those with an interest.

Special thanks to specific players would be very long to list as she has been about for more than a year at this point. You probably know who you are but special mention is due:

Rin Farrell


Mebril's closest and most influential friend. More than that theirs was something of a mother-daughter relationship with the young rogue seeing her as the mother she never had- or at least never remember. Her association with Rin caused no end of trouble especially as Rin's profile as an open changeling continued to rise. I lost count of the times some retainer or another- from established knights with whom she'd had long friendships to fresh faced armsmen in fresh-bought livery she'd never ever seen before- would demand Mebril kill Rin Farrell to prove something or another.

Mebril didn't, of course, in the end and never would betray Rin. She was drawn into her cause to seek an end to the cycle of death and animus between changelings and the King, bone weary of losing so many to it. There aren't really enough words to go into wonderful it was to hang out with Rin and their year of adventures before culminating in this final arc. Merrychase is an incredible roleplayer and one of the things that really made the City of Rings come alive for me. Merrychase- thank you.

Bristol Blackhearth


The other most influential person. What started out as a chance friendship in Moonspear born out of a mutual interest in each other's artistic works developed into something nuanced and little... ambiguous. Bristol still being around I won't get too much into it but Bristol/SgtWombat is an absolutely incredible player that wrote a [whole dang book of poetry] that I was lucky enough to provide 'art' for as Mebril (insofar as text based 'painting' is doing up tone poems anyway). Also a [history] and a [play] and an incredible [journal] that I cannot recommend enough.

Sorcha O'Conner & Brie Cesme
Spy club. :) Sorcha and Brie were influential. Sorcha was one of the prevailing voices (among many such as Isaiah and Rin) telling Mebril that she could be better than she was, and resulting in her alignment drift toward 'good'. Brie showcased that one can, through spycraft, effect great change and, as well, that one can walk away from a house.

Isaiah ibn Hazr
It's probably too much to get into here what a great friend and influence Isaiah was. Don Nadie knows. He presided over Bristol and Mebril's wedding and noone even died despite the best efforts of some. A rarity in the City. The Metalworkers guild and all the drama that came with Bristol's feelings for Isaiah were great to bounce off of.

Oliver Merryweather-


You were the best on again off again nemesis a rogue could want. That we spent over half a year trying to get each other killed without it ever coming to some bridge duel or trite ambush was pretty great.  A wonderfully complex relationship.

Carmine Desmarais, Luc Deveraux and Bartimus Steel
The original formative Moonspear crew... Thanks for showing me the ropes. The deaths of her friends in Moonspear helped highlight to Mebril the sickness at the core of the Ward, and spur her resolve to try to become someone who would be listened to to avert such things in the future. Mixed results even after becoming a "Lady". The ward saw Mebril as a perennial punching bag to try and make their bones which led to serial exiles that Mebril and company had to put no small political effort into overturning and subverting.

All the retainers of House Blackhearth. Diethard, Lalena, Daniel, Ranald, Wolfgang, Kori, Miles and Lucian. As well as all the people that were basically Blackhearths in all but livery- you know who you are I imagine
Thank you for becoming part of our own little story and faction. Blackhearth bootstrapped itself up entirely on player initiative and I like to think is a fine example of what can be accomplished in the medium purely through players. That it was able to maintain its internal mysteries well enough that outsiders still didn't seem to get its 'deal' is probably good. I'll probably leave exposition on this for another day though as House Blackhearth does still exist even without Mebril's presence. Lalena and Deithard  were in particular some of Mebril's closest friends.

We Hopeful Eight, and its inner ring successor group, Bristol, Daniel, Lalena, Dela, Meryl, Nyx, Calliope and later Rin, Dela, Calliope and Boots-
Thank you for a wild ride. Our run from 64 to 55 especially was just incredible. Dela in particular was a long-time close friend of Mebril. And to everyone else I ran with over the year in one form or another with a special mention I think for Wesley Madoc. Karpie you heartbreaker.

Everyone who did a Grey Keep Challenge-
This was one of the most fun and rewarding things in my time on EFU and an example of the sort of player-driven, socially-focused, 'event' that could be fostered in the setting. Getting over 40 PCs to create introspective works and art as part of their journey through the Rings was an absolute highlight and I do hope we can get around to collecting them properly. They are, save for a few spoiler ones, collected in Mebril's [Letters to Bristol].

If I got into every single person I'll never finish this. I think, if you interacted with Mebril, you probably know if you had an impact on her or not. Despite being a practiced liar she had a way of wearing her heart on her sleeve with trusted company that I think had as much to do as anything with why she was able to attract so many friends and followers. She was trying her best to be better and to make things better. Trying to thread a needle through a city so often seeming bereft of hope. To seize something from it. Safety, happiness. And at times she even succeeded.

I'll probably try to put together an imgur piled with screenshots in the next few days. I posted a lot in the screenshot thread as well in discord for those looking for something more immediate. Going through shots is sort of emotional at the moment.

And, loot, I suppose:

Mebril actually only had two bits of DM loot from her first month in action and that was it, but they were extremely good for her purposes as a sneak survivor:

Mebril was, by and large, honest 99% of the time. People would be regularly surprised when she just sort of... did what she said she was going to do.


Compiling the Albums posted in-thread with links below:

The Moonspear Era: (November '21-March '22)

Early Blackhearth and Castellanship (March '22-April '22)

Screenshots for May 2022.

Screenshots for June 2022

Screenshots for July 22

Screenshots for August 22

Screenshots for September 22

October 22 Screenshots

Screenshots for November '22

Screenshots for December 22-Feb 23.

Screenshots from the Road after 64 but before Baz'eel. (scattered across November to January)

Also! Mebril and House Blackhearth were lucky enough to get fan art on occasion : )

My original concept sketch after a week or two and getting my feel for the character.

Karpie did some early art in Moonspear times. Then one much later as Benji for the the Blackhearth times.

Boots/Runic's Grey Keep Challenge Art

RPG made some Mebril art and also Blackhearth's extremely cool heraldry.

SqT art!

Boots/Runic's art of our Kingward coterie


Thanks for the memories.


Screen Shots & Obituaries / Re: Linden Blanque - The Blanque Slate
« on: February 03, 2023, 08:45:58 PM »
Boots T_T...

Glad you got to come with us. His journey through the rings in one group after the next was some peak social rogue wrangling. And his drawings were some of the best Grey Keep work I received.

Screen Shots & Obituaries / Re: Lalena Steele Epilogue (retired)
« on: January 04, 2023, 02:43:04 PM »
Lalena was a real one and the organic way in which Lalena, Deithard and Mebril- three awoken being played by first time players, was very fun to see and be a part of.  The transition from acquaintance to friend to political ally to, eventually, a member of Mebril's own nascent house and ultimately practically family was seamless over the months. Bonded, primarily, by the trauma of the place, it did feel like Lalena was in many ways defined by the things she lost but- defiantly- rose above.  Kidnapping by the Martyrs, getting betrayed by Velstran quislings like, at least twice, all the dead friends, but still soldiering on and achieving and getting me roped into collecting a million pounds of deer meat.

Lalena survived a whole lot and not by being some sort of unstoppable powerhouse collecting scalps (though the 'lets give lalena a gun' strategy worked incredibly well when we finally executed it) but on the strength and durability of her friendships and the extremely mysterious ways people who would dare the threaten a hair on her head would die. I am bad about posting screenshots simply because there are so many, but hopefully I will remember to go hunting for some good ones later. Thanks for playing with us :)

Screen Shots & Obituaries / Re: Kobold Warrior A & B
« on: December 21, 2022, 11:37:36 PM »
karpie you dork

Screen Shots & Obituaries / Re: Heron, Songlark of the Eastern Wind
« on: December 12, 2022, 03:25:12 PM »
Heron and the rest of the crew were great to interact with. The tug of war for you guys that the Count ultimately won was a sad if inevitable sort of thing looking back. Our last meeting by chance out in the rings was bittersweet. Still dreaming of that rocking chair, I suppose.

EFU:CoR is a setting that does absolutely reward just diving into it blind as an Awoken and just seeing where the ride takes you. Well done.

The work your did for your Grey Keep challenge moved me to tears in real life. Pouring one out for a real one.

An absolute queen. Meryl was incredible and I'm so glad we got to run the rings together. Going to carry this one for awhile T_T

You absolutely crushed it. I'll have to dig up some non-ring-spoiler pictures sometime.

Suggestions / Re: /c show_allies command
« on: November 10, 2022, 06:06:10 AM »

Suggestions / Re: Add a merchant stall to the Steadings
« on: October 18, 2022, 01:42:19 PM »
The shop stall display mechanic is as much a Quality of Life/UI thing for merchanting as anything. Otherwise displaying/explaining wares would be an incredible hassle. A way to set up a display without the accompanying global shop bark would probably go a way toward people setting up their own little side shops by word of mouth or bronze sending or what have you. Become the Resident Evil 4 Merchant Guy, whatever.

Like if you want people laboriously updating forums shop lists/paper placable lists or place every for sale item on the ground or something I guess they can do that too but it's just annoying when a system to display your goods exists. Stalls aren't magic after all. It's just the mechanical means fig leaf to show stuff.

Suggestions / Re: Add a merchant stall to the Steadings
« on: October 15, 2022, 01:37:11 PM »
Being a "Steadings" person is pretty distinct from being a "Ponds" person.

If their concept is 'fomenting anti-peer sentiment in the Steadings' and it entertains the idea of beating up peers I think your concern over them being 'neutral' is not really a concern here.

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