Arabelan? Arabellian? Whatever….
Anyway, back in this thread /forum/viewtopic.php?t=142583&start=0 I talked about wanting Celas' book-fetching quest to be about fetching books on Arabel, so that new players can read up on stuff that's happened here if they so choose. Abby suggested that if I want to see this happen, I should write the books myself. The writing part I can do (who's got two pencils and is an English major? This gal.) BUT I just returned to playing Arabel after being away almost two whole years. I have no idea what is going on….
So! This thread is where you can help me accomplish this task. I want these books to be short and sweet, offering basic and helpful information to players that are either new, or are returning after a long hiatus. They should offer general information that most people would know.
Things I want to see in this thread:
General Topics To Be Covered
This is essentially book titles. Ex. A Brief History of Arabel, a Recent History of Arabel, Factions of Arabel, Temples of Arabel. Also if you can come up with a clever book title for one of these topics, that still is informative enough that a newbie player will be able to tell what topic is covered, feel free to offer it up.
Elaboration on Topics to be Covered
Specific information. For the "Factions" example, the type of info I'm looking for is: the name of a faction, what its goal or mission is, where it is located, what areas it might control, the name of its founder/leader, what type of members it looks for, etc. I'm only looking for info on DM factions, since I don't want to start writing a book on a Player Faction that will be gone by the time I finish writing it.
These should be quotes that sum up big ideas, ideally said by important people, such as a faction leader saying a faction's motto. These should be important enough to have been actually recorded into a book. Only the most relevant quotes will be included. Please include both the quote and who said it. You are quoting something actually said in game so don't just make something up (a screenshot would be nice, but not required).
If you know everything there is to know about CoA, feel free to write whole passages or books for this. I'll edit it for spelling/grammar errors, and when this is finished and I submit them all to Abby, I'll make sure you get credit for your work. I don't mind the help at all!
If you see in anyone's posts any incorrect information, or information that is irrelevant or not widely known, or even an important name or place that is misspelled, please quote the parts of their posts (including mine!) that you disagree with and tell me why.
Both DM's and players, old and new, regardless of writing ability, are welcome to join in the discussion. I've wanted to have these books in this quest for a long time, and would have found them very helpful both when I started and when I returned.
This is a place marker for where I'll compile all the info gathered so far.
Essentially all I've got so far are book topics.
A Brief History of Arabel
Factions of Arabel
Temples of Arabel
Arabel's Noble Houses
I would like to write a section on house Deshurr. My brother used to play a Deshurr retainer and I am fascinated by the mythology already. I will do some research and get back to you with what I get.