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Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:38 pm

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Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:32 am

Skill Goals
Skill Rank Knowledge Total Point Total Point Ratio
Novice 0-10 0-25 1:1
Competent 11-21 26-50 2:1
Expert 22-32 51-75 3:1
Master 35-59 76-99 4:1
Grandmaster 60 100 5:1
This needs reworking. Hold please.
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Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:33 am

Solo Planner
[columns=2]Printmaking 1:
Printmaking: Carved wood image is called a “cut”
Printmaking: Making sure the block is type high
Printmaking: Locking the block in the chase
Carpentry: Choosing the right size block for the job
Carpentry: Wood carving: Carving fine details
Carpentry: Wood carving: Carving large areas

Printmaking 2:
Printmaking: Choosing the right paper for the job
Printmaking: Inking a wood block
Printmaking: Using a beren
Printmaking: Registering paper over a wood block
Carpentry: Sanding away rough edges
Carpentry: Wood Carving: Know your tools

Printmaking 3:
Printmaking: Combining a cut and metal type
Printmaking: Using lead spacing
Printmaking: The “em” space
Printmaking: The “en” space
Printmaking: Laying out compositions in a galley tray
Carpentry: Wood Carving: Carving type

Bookbinding 1:
Bookbinding: Essential Tools: Bone folder
Bookbinding: Essential Tools: Straight Edge
Bookbinding: Essential Tools: Awl
Bookbinding: Essential Tools: Cradle
Bookbinding: Essential Tools: Book press
Carpentry: Using a block to add more pressure to a book press

Research 1:
Research: Cross-referencing
Research: Using a historical text to make connections
Research: Creating a hypothesis
Research: Avoid manipulating text to meet your theories
Research: Understanding reference material
Investigation: Comparing multiple sources to determine the truth

Business Management 1:
Business Management: Managing shop inventory
Business Management: Caring for equipment
Business Management: Delegating to other employees
Business Management: Accepting a role of authority
Printmaking: How to clean up ink
Printmaking: Oiling the press

Business Management 2:
Business Management: Setting professional guidelines
Business Management: Prioritizing the necessary steps
Business Management: Coming up with a plan
Leadership: Clear instructions
Leadership: Working together as a team
Leadership: Designating tasks



Strength 1:
Strength: Using your core
Strength: Keeping your breathing steady
Strength: Repetitive movements to build muscles
Strength: Slow movements require concentrated strength
Strength: Recognizing your limitations with an injury
Unarmed Combat: Pressure points

Strength 2:
Blades (Saber): Changing movement mid-strike
Strength: Holding a parry
Strength: Standing your ground
Strength: Using your weight to overpower an opponent
Strength: Holding yourself ready for impact
Strength: Lift with your knees, not your back

Meditation 1:
Meditation: Clearing your head
Meditation: Correct breathing requires focus
Meditation: Finding a rhythm of breathing
Meditation: Visualization through writing
Meditation: Using words to focus your thoughts
Writing: Steady handwriting

Meditation 2:
Meditation: Writing memories to sort them
Meditation: Sifting through thoughts one at a time
Meditation: Careful pruning of the mindscape
Meditation: Thoughtless writing as a path to calm
Writing: Creative typographic compositions
Writing: Ignoring writing conventions to explore personal expression

Investigation 1:
Investigation: Reading body language
Investigation: Determining social status by appearances
Investigation: Ask questions about who is not involved
Investigation: Leading conversation vs asking direct questions
Intelligence: Don’t assume motivations
Intelligence: Organizations in Rynmere

Intelligence 1:
Intelligence: Identifying places to gather information
Intelligence: Knowing when to question and when to listen
Intelligence: Seeking multiple sources of the same information
Intelligence: Determining the best source
Investigation: Knowing which details are the most important
Investigation: Putting yourself person’s position for perspective

Writing 1:
Writing: Regular breaks improve legibility
Writing: Chronological organization
Writing: Structuring writing for re-reading
Writing: Taking grammatical liberties
Writing: Using structure to ensure clarity
Research: Family history[/columns]
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Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:33 am

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Ink and Prophet
Character Name: Caius Gawyne
Current Wage: 2(base)+2(skill) =4gn/day.
(I'm hoping to wrap up my Certificate in Printmaking in Cylus to make this 6gn or more/day, but I gotta get there first. Ha.)
Profession's Main Skill: Printmaking (26), Drawing (25), Bookbinding (10)
Business Management Skill: 25
Business Name: Ink and Prophet
Business Location: Mid-town, Andaris
Type of Business: Letterpress Printing and Book Bindery

Business Description: Printmaking and bookbinding, at its basic roots, though additional services would include drawing and/or carving of images. Caius is specifically a letterpress printer offering his own own freelance "job printing" service, designing and printing posters, stationery, calling cards, formal certificates and contracts, as well as books. He can also repair and rebind books should a customer have a book in need of such services. He is available to any customer regardless of social class who can afford his services, but generally declines clientele unless they meet his rigorous creative standards. Loan Amount: No loan from bank necessary. See the following:

Total of Inventory and Land Costs (see below): 3260gn
Loan from Nathaniel Endor: 1500gn (upon request)
Personal Expenses: 1760gn (in bank)
Nathaniel's Promise
Zi'da 717

Caius,

The chilling winds of Zi'da have often instilled within the Kingdom a generosity not commonly seen in the previous seasons of the arc. Whispers of Saoire have often lulled me to sleep as a young boy, but her teachings live long into one's life. I hope you find the mask and cane appropriate. Although I do not understand the depicted person on the cane itself, it seems very scholarly. Both are a great representation of your desire to learn.

This is a promissory note to be an investor to whatever business you may be interested in starting. I have noted your inked hands on many occasions. There is something that you enjoying that I see potential in. Perhaps this investment could better us both as well as the connection between our families.

Come to me when you need the funds. We shall discuss logistics at that time. For the sake of transparency, tentatively assume that this promissory note is good for the following loan:

Business Starter Loan: 1500 GN
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Additional funds can be negotiated.



Sincerely,

Nathaniel Humphrey Endor
Lord of House Endor
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Number of Employees: 2.5
Caius
+ PC: Darcyanna Venora, Receptionist and Organizer of Things
+ NPC: Shop Dog, Smudge Shop Details:
[columns=3]Letterpreess Shop Furniture
Item Price
Printing Press 450gn
Flat Files 20gn
Type Case 50gn
Metal Type, 5 fonts 200gn
Furniture Case 20gn
Work Table (2) 40gn
Composing Table 30gn
Chases, Quions 20gn
Leading Case 20gn
Smelting Stove 50gn
Type Matrices 50gn
Composing Sticks 10gn
Galley Trays 10gn
Brayers 35gn
Beren 5gn
Composing Toolkit 30gn
Wash Basin, Lg. 10gn
Other Supplies
Item Price
Paper, Master Sheets 80gn
Wood Blocks for Carving 45gn
Lead for Making Type 30gn
Sand for Making Type 10gn
Ink Supplies 80gn
Rags, Cleanup Supplies 10gn
Book Binding Supplies
Item Price
Book Press (2) 80gn
Nipping Press 25gn
Sewing Cradle 10gn
Glue and Brushes 5gn
Binding Ribbon, 20yd 10gn
Sewing Kit 6gn
Leather Worker's Kit 60gn
Leather, 5yd 80gn
Artist's Kit 19gn
Backing Boards 12gn
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SUPPLIES TOTAL: 1610gn
LAND/BUILDING TOTAL: 1500gn
800sq ft of open space below current rental home in Mid-Town (will buy the rest later), which is wood, stone, and plaster with stone flooring. 600 sq ft of workshop space, 200 sq ft of space just for the custom-built printing press.
BUSINESS DOCUMENTATION: 150gn
PERSONAL INVESTMENT: 500gn
FINAL TOTAL EXPENSESs: 3760gn
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Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:35 am

Umbridge
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Location: Northern Gawyne
Baron/Baroness: Baron Frederick and Baroness Jade Gawyne
Appeal: Close to Warren's Peak. Wild and untamed. Rumors of an entrance to the Labyrinth. An amazing library. Great quarries.
Drawback: Small. Isolated. Frigid. Mountainous. Unpopulated. Feral. Lack of sufficient agriculture.

Umbridge is the northernmost Barony of Gawyne, nestled tightly in the shadow of Warren's Peak. Rumor has it that an entrance to the Labyrinth underneath Rynmere, the Labyrinth that Warren Gawyne disappeared into arcs ago, is somewhere in the caves under and behind the estate, Warren's End. The landscape is breathtaking and wild, perhaps some of the most untamed in all of Gawyne. The hardiest of folk live here. Warren's End estate is home to one of the most exquisite libraries of all of Gawyne, meticulous records of the history of Rynmere and other secrets are kept here in its cold stone halls. Being at the foot of Warren's Peak means that Umbridge is a very cold Barony: the hot cycle is fleeting and the cold cycle is frigid and harsh. Very little grows here, but what does has a short season and the inhabitants are forced to be hardy folk, importing much of their food from elsewhere in Rynmere. Umbridge is a feral place, full of natural dangers from the landscape as well as the wildlife, if not the weather itself. It's isolated for much of the cold cycle—impossible to visit except for the most skilled of travelers in Zi'da and Cylus until the great thaw in Ashan.

Umbridge is a large Barony of mostly uninhabited, harsh land: swaths of rocky landscape with rolling hills and thin forests of thick evergreens. Clearly untamed, the villages and towns that dot the landscape are full of warm-hearted, strong people who know how to keep their hearths stoked with flame and can hold their own in a fight against both the frigid weather and the hungry wildlife. The Barony is known for its pines and cedars, its quarries of various building stones, and its warriors: what little forces Gawyne contributes to the Rynmere military largely hail from Umbridge. Carpenters, stonemasons, and builders from Umbridge are priced throughout Gawyne and Rynmere for their skill and knowledge, and just as miners from Endor are a welcome workforce, Umbridge-born craftsman are a welcome addition to any mining team.

The population of Umbridge is very low compared to the rest of Gawyne, which is already a sparse Dutchy, but those who live there love the land, endure the winter with warm stories and loud song, and tend to learn how to use a weapon early in life. Homes are made of stone and wood with thatched roofs, often built into the ground for warmth, and farms are scraggly, tough collections of the hardiest vegetables. While wild game is a huge part of the diet of Umbridge people, cattle and sheep, a few tough goats, and other animals are also kept. Horses are shaggy and strong, like their masters, and almost every home has a dog or two for hunting.

The cold cycle is long here—roughly two thirds of the arc is cold and snowy, with a short, gorgeous hot cycle that begins with the Thawing in mid-Ashan. The hearth and fire are a central part of Umbridge (and Gawyne) culture, perhaps because staying warm is a life or death situation in Zi'da and Cylus. Umbridge people are just as warm as their hearths, looking out for each other and toiling alongside each other in their painfully short growing season. Travel is nearly impossible from the end of Vhalar until the Thawing, and though the most experienced of travelers can make it in and out of the Barony, coaches and mounts cannot. Vhalar is icy, but still traversable, with Ymiden and Saun being the golden time of travel, trade, and activity in all of the Barony.

The largest village is nestled up against the Barony Estate of Warren's End, and generally shares the name. Warren's End is built into a cliffside, half the estate literally inside the mountain itself, one of the many foothill-sized rocky outcroppings that are under the shadow of Warren's Peak. Warren's End is a quiet, restful place, known for it's library, education, historians, scribes, and bookbinders. It's known for it's foolish explorers, too, curious folk from all over Rynmere who come to try to find the secrets underneath the island, for rumors abound that the entrance to the Labyrinth that Warren Gawyne himself entered is somewhere in the mountain the Estate is built into. No one's telling, that's for sure.

Umbridge-Specific Holidays

Cylus 15 - The Vigil: Cylus is the coldest, bitterest, deadliest season in Umbridge. It's dark, snowy, and the temperatures are literally fatal in the mountains. Mid-Cylus is a time of quiet contemplation for all Umbridge locals. Some even go outside to do so—though it depends on the weather. Prayers, songs, and candlelight meditations are an important aspect of this somewhat understated holiday, a day focused on hope for the sun's rising in just a few more trials.

Ashan 62 - The Thawing: By mid-Ashan, the snows are beginning to melt and the great thaw begins. Rivers swell and northern Gawyne people get outside to begin preparing for their short growing season. The Thawing is a time of celebration across all of Umbridge, and local people break out the best of their preserved foods and best crafted beers for a Barony-wide party with bonfires and outdoor meals.

Ymiden 27 - Trial of Vows: Ymiden is a popular season for marriage in Umbridge, given that it's warm and the landscape is verdant green. The Trial of Vows is a particularly popular holiday for weddings, and often there are several at a time in any given town or village, creating a huge celebration of life and love for trials at a time.

Saun 40 - The Hearthlighting: When the suns set on the last day of Saun, Umbridge residents know that the cold cycle will come crashing on them. All across the Barony, candles and hearths are lit brightly, burning long past sunset as locals stock their pantries and make their last preparations for the coming snow that hits hard usually within the first few days of Vhalar. This is a time of giving: neighbors exchange practical gifts of preserved foods, woven blankets, warm coats, firewood, or other winter-boosting supplies.

Vhalar - First Snow: By the first quarter of Vhalar, travel is no longer possible outside of Umbridge. While there is no official day or title for this event, across all of Umbridge, the first snowfall is celebrated with a wild-game heavy feast, drinking, and tale-telling. The stories of First Snow are usually genealogical in nature, families telling of their history and celebrating their generations of survival in the harsh landscape of northern Gawyne.

Vhalar 31 - Last Harvest: Once the snows come, little grows in Umbridge. The Last Harvest is celebrated with the baking and giving of bread and other pastries, exchanged between neighbors and friends. These are the last gifts of the harvest and a given with the hope and prayer for a well-fed winter and a good harvest in the next arc.

Zi'da 93 - Last Light: By the end of Zi'da, it is more dark than light across northern Gawyne, the shadows of the mountains long and the sun retreating. On the last day, before the darkness of Cylus, Umbridge Gawyne light torches and candles and lanterns and watch the sun set, often with songs and prayers for peace and warmth during the coldest season of the arc. Gifts are sometimes given between lovers and the betrothed—promises made for when the warmth returns after the Rebirth Cycle.
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Warren's End
Literally carved into a cliffside in the mountains from which grow Warren's Peak, the Estate of Warren's End is an impressive structure. Isolated, well-protected, and carefully constructed, the Estate is both a fortress and a residence, a place of refuge during the worst of the winter and a place of learning. Great halls and roaring hearths are an important part of Gawyne life, and Warren's End is no exception. Half of the Estate is literally inside the mountain, with the exterior half made of well-carved, carefully crafted pale stonework as a contrast to the dark cliffside. A small garden surrounds the rocky wall, and green grass grows in the painfully short hot cycle of mid-Ymiden to Saun.

Fortifications are present and the Hearth Guard of Gawyne are in a healthy presence, their barracks and main training ground in the village that spreads out sparsely beyond the walls of the Estate.

Warren's End is well-known for its library, the most exquisite in all of Gawyne (and rumored to rival both libraries combined in Andaris proper), Baron Frederick Gawyne a meticulous record-keeper himself and the Estate a place of learning and education for many Gawyne residents who wish to pursue knowledge. It is also known as a place of peace—any who seek refuge within Warren's End will find it at Frederick and Jade's hearth. The Estate is sparsely decorated, mostly with trophies of great hunts, beautiful tapestries woven by womenfolk to tell the Gawyne history, and a few paintings of family and of the harsh but beautiful landscape of Umbridge itself.

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Elias Nolein

Race: Human
Age: 54
Title: Captain of the Hearth Guard
Skills: Blades: Saber (80), Ranged Combat: Shortbow (75), Shielded Combat: Buckler (60), Leadership (50), Field Craft (50), Tactics (50), Teaching (50), Unarmed Combat (50), Mount (35) Etiquette (35)

Elias is a perfect hardy example of an Umbridge local. He's a mountain of a man and even at 54, is still going strong as Captain of the Umbridge Hearth Guard, personal protectors of the Barony, the Baron's family, and the estate. In addition to heading the barracks stationed in Warren's End, Elias enjoys teaching his skills and was the combat tutor to the Gawyne children.

Kyla Poretta

Race: Mixed blood
Age: 34
Title: Stable Mistress
Skills: Animal Husbandry (75), Mount: Horse (70), Animal Training (60), Field Craft (45), Leather Working (35), Storytelling (35), Medicine (30), Surgery (30), Singing (20), Resistance (20)

Kyla keeps the animals of Warren's End: the hardy Gawyne horses, the sheep, the fowl, and the cattle. She makes sure that as many animals as possible survive the winter. She enjoys drinking and singing and telling stories, can stitch up a gash in a pinch, and is somewhat of an entertainer when not busy with her duties.

Corinth Ward

Race: Mixed Blood
Age: 42
Title: Keeper of the House
Skills: Etiquette (80), Politics (60), Caregiving (60), Intelligence (50), Leadership (60), Discipline (40), Running (30),

Corinth is the epitome of a butler, only he actually has a sense of humor, isn't above chasing children around the estate, and seems to enjoy every aspect of his job taking care of his Baron, Baronness, and their family. He commands a small crew of maids and housekeepers with flair and pleasure, keeping a gregarious household.

Niall Vathor

Race: Human
Age: 25
Title: Coachman
Skills: Cartography (30), Navigation (80), Fieldcraft (70), Mount (70), Strength (30), Gambling (30), Whips (50), Smithing (20)

Niall is just a young local horseman, friend of Kyla, who demonstrated his skill driving a coach and caring for the animals. He took over for the last Coachman four arcs ago when he retired. Always ready with a joke or a prank, he brings a bit of a wild ride to his trips and is somewhat of a friend to the Baron's children, though perhaps only one of them would admit it.

Ra'yei

Race: Mixed blood
Age: 38
Title: Head Cook
Skills: Baking (80), Cooking (80), Butchering (40), Agriculture (50), Vinting (30), Brewing (30), Medicine (40)

Ra'yei must deal with the limited Gawyne produce, the abundance of game, and the rarity of imports this far north. She's a creative cook, always coming up with hardy meals to fuel her household no matter what the season, she is an accomplished preserver, butcher, and a hobbiest at brewing delicious alcoholic beverages in the chilled caves of Warren's End. Her love of cheese knows no bounds.
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  • So much has changed. This needs some real focus.
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