Weekly Plot Update

Anyone can pick up any plot that is unassigned and work on it, I simply request that updates to the Infinite Codex are posted on a semi-regular basis and / or any documents, notes, or anything else are attached to the card in Trello so we can find them.

This week’s plot update is a bit shorter than the last, mainly because I need to pear down the number of plot elements I’m working on at once. Real life has again been pressing on my time and I have found that plotting and planning has become too cumbersome, I’m doing too much at once. Thus, I’ve decided to rate plots to develop based on a few criteria, one of which is the level of interest generated by the RFC (Request for Comment) posts on the forum. These posts are cross-posed to the server as well. Moving forward be considering the amount of interest in a plot to be measured by the amount of interest generated by my requests for help in planning and plotting.

This does not mean I won’t develop any other plots but it will determine what I work on when. Plot ideas are all up on the Trello account as well as the forum (Infinite Codex), the Wiki, and on OneNote. I believe I’ve expressed before but anyone who wishes to look at the OneNote account for the game can do so here. Everything about every plot I’m doing or considering doing is on a combination of those four places, Trello, OneNote, forum, and wiki. This follows the work-flow. Anyone can pick up any plot that is unassigned and work on it, I simply request that updates to the Infinite Codex are posted on a semi-regular basis and / or any documents, notes, or anything else are attached to the card in Trello so we can find them. I’ve said this before, but I really would like this to be collaborative, the game only benefits from as many voices as possible participating. We have some amazingly creative people who just lack confidence, this is a safe space for new ideas.

Blazing Umbra Plots

Since Blazing Umbra has more plots than the other settings, it has been heard to cut back as several plots are in progress. The main plots being worked on right now are:

  • Desert Phone Booth (Rewriting)
  • Onyx MFR Raid (In Progress on Discord)
  • Final Hail Mary (In Progress on the Forum)
  • Midnight on Sol 3 (In Progress on the Forum)
  • Stellar Horizon (Stalled on Discord)
  • Exploring a Derelict (Planning)

That’s a lot going on at once. The other plots still exist, such as the Schatten System Trading Hub group of plots as well as the Onyx False Flag plot, planning those is paused until I can clear some of these off of my plate.

Final Hail Mary

This plot has stalled a bit, waiting to start the 2nd act, which I’m going to try to get doing by the end of the week. I’ve got a good idea of what needs to happen, though I may need to make a few characters. The 3rd act is still being planned as to exactly what that will look like. The plot should only have 3 acts, but may add a 4th if the story calls for it.

Exploring a Derelict

I had planned to have this going already, but unfortunately the above-mentioned real life. We’ve got players and I’ve got the background almost all the way done. I have to finish coming up with the alien who is on the derelict and once that is finished, we’ll be ready to begin. I’m figuring to be done with that by next week and be able to begin at that time. I’ll make a final call for players to join before beginning.

Onyx MFR Raid

This has been stalled online but we have begun. The group has just gotten onto one of the enemy stations and has yet to be discovered. It is a very large assault force so stealth is going to be tricky. I look forward to seeing where it goes. I plan to kick this one in the pants today and see about getting it moving.

Stellar Horizon

As I mentioned before, this has stalled out. I plan to push this forward today and see about getting the game moving again. If this fails I am considering just cutting off the plot line until it can be rewritten. I like the plot and there is definite interest but it doesn’t seem to move anywhere.

Angelic Sins

I’ve narrowed this down to a single plot. There hasn’t been a lot of interest in any of the plots for this game that I’ve introduced, so I’m going to work on a single plot and see if we can get it going. This will be the Corrupted Children plot line (related forum posts can be found here and WordPress posts here). I plan to get a call for players going by the end of this week and have the first act outlined by then. Some background posts are already posted to set up what’s going on to make things urgent.

Embers of Soteria

I am trying to work on 3 plots, they all are part of the group. The main plot is the Weakening of the Veil post which broadly covers the weakening of the protections for Elder Soteria from the Dark Aether and the ending of the Peace of Ages. This will be intended to be an overarching plot where the world slowly descends into chaos and potentially war. Right now the two main plots are:

  • Return of the Fae (Planning & Setting Up)
  • Necromancer on Elder Soteria (Planning & Setting Up)

Return of the Fae

I’ve got a lot to do yet on the Return of the Fae, characters need to be made but I’d like to (again) call for anyone who wants to put a Fae character into the context of returning from the Backlash (wrongful / erroneous banishing of Fae from Elder Soteria) so that I’m not having to play everyone. It’s pretty simple, any Fae character would do (Elves, Dwarves, Gnomes, etc.) will do just fine in the context of like 1000 years of being banished to a horrible place.

Necromancer on Elder Soteria

The main antagonist is made I just have to write up the plot, which I plan to have something for next week and be able to do a more general call for players. We’ve already got 2 (Chubby and Dasfier) who will be with my character on this. I’m mainly catching up the planning / plotting here so that I’ve got an actual outline / plan to go off of. I estimate we’ll be ready to begin in a week or two.

Boarding Schools See Violence

Violent offences among young children in Los Angeles boarding schools. Recently reports have started to circulate within the educational community that those high priced boarding schools may not be the safest place to send your children. Over the last month 3 of the most prominent boarding schools in Los Angeles have seen a troubling surge in violent offences. Not from adults in the school, but from the young children. A 12 year old boy was hospitalized when another student leaped over several desks in the middle of class and began to beat the boy with a stapler. Our investigation revealed this is not the first such case, not even close. Over the last month 14 different kids, with the youngest being just 7 year old, have been sent home after a mix of violent outbursts, paranoid behavior, and in one case a near suicide.

Police are investigating on several fronts, at this time they have declared the incidents are not related. The schools themselves declined the comment. We did speak to a number of parents with children attending the different schools who are concerned. Disciplinary cases of other kinds are on the rise as well. Though public schools have not seen a matching rise in disciplinary actions which has some parents wondering if the problem is not during the day, but at night when the children are boarded at the school.

With the recent rise in violent crimes at group homes there are some hard questions to be asked. While police and other officials continue to say the two events are unrelated, it is difficult to believe they are.

City Officials Accused of Mistreating Children

Los Angeles city officials have been baffled by a recent surge of violent offences committed by minors in the juvenile detention system. Over the last several weeks the rate for violent offences within the system has surged by almost twice the number of active cases. Officials are at a loss to explain this surge but issued a statement assuring the public they everything is under control and there is no cause for alarm.

Activist groups are raising the alarm though, stating that such a surge must be due to the worsening problem over overcrowding and poor conditions in juvenile detention centers and city run group homes.

“It’s insane, these are children, not dangerous criminals. If a child is acting out in these disturbing ways, it’s the fault of the adults who are supposed to care for those children. Most of these kids are from low-income communities and many do not have family to go home to. We need to take care of these kids!”

Director of the Citizens Against Child Violence Los Angeles Office

We were granted a tour of one of the cities most decorated group home facilities. The facility is a minimum security group home specializing in criminal cases for children under the age of 12. What we say there was startling. The facility was on lockdown, a 9 year old girl had stabbed a staff member in the chest with a ballpoint pen and tried to escape. While she was caught, she violently clawed a police officer and security guard in the face. The lead therapist of the facility had this to say:

“[She] has always been a kind girl, she has anger problems but never like this. This violence is totally unlike her, she’s never had anything close to an outburst like this before.

Lead Therapist

The facility is designed to help children who’ve been convicted or are on trial for non-violent offences before they enter the foster care system. Most of the children we saw do not have a home outside the facility. Up until 2 weeks ago the facility had the best record in terms of recidivism and resident care in all of Los Angeles County. We asked what was going to happen to the young girl, the facility is considering transferring her and 4 others to in-patient psychiatric care hospitals, though beds in such facilities for children are extremely limited. The facility director refused to comment on the record, but has publicly voiced his concerns as early as last month that public funds were badly needed for psychiatric care for minors at facilities like his.

Plot Updates

Here is some general information about the plots we have going on / being developed right now.

For those people waiting to get into some plots, here is some general information about the plots we have going on / being developed right now. Just for general information, note that I’m about a week or so behind on everything due to last week turning into a work-bomb. I ended up working most of my days off and could not do nearly as much as I wanted to on plot development.

Some of these plots are not as complete as others, I’m still working on putting together the workflow to complete a plot and get everything done. Thus I’m sorry for the wait for those people who’ve been waiting for me to finish things.

Blazing Umbra

Exploring a Derelict

Development is nearing completion, I should be ready to start the game by somewhere around the 15th. Looking to start scheduling things on the 10th or 11th or so. Most of the backstory and other characters will be ready by that point. We have 2 players signed up already, I’m sorry for the wait to Bucket and Haladur, you’re both awesome for your patience and your help in development.

Plot notes are posted on Discourse.

Desert Phone Booth

Still brainstorming how to rewrite the plot. I will have an RFC (Request for Comments) post for everyone posted by the end of the week. We will be continuing this plot and I hope to create something for everyone to join in. We’re going to start from the point that our hero, Samuel, was “rescued” from being killed by police and is dropped off somewhere random. I haven’t decided more than that yet though, so I’ll get more updates out when I have them.

Onyx Raid

Our Onyx Raid is actually ready to kick off. The plot itself isn’t that complicated and we’ve got the setup done. For this I’ve set up this Doodle Poll to help get this scheduled. If you’re interested in joining please let me vote for your best time. Poll will be open until the end of the week.

Plot notes are not yet posted to Discourse but I will be doing that this week as well.

Onyx False Flag

We are still in development here. I’m looking to have the initial plot notes and outline up by next week with the outline of the acts up by the following week or sooner. Once we get to that stage I’ll know if any other development is necessary. I will also be coordinating with Bucket at each stage so that he’s as involved as possible in plot development, this was his original idea and I welcome his participation.

From All to None (Disavowed)

There hasn’t been a whole ton of interest here but I’m continuing to develop it. We’ve got the characters in place for the antagonist as well as the ship AI that will need to be convinced to help (or avoided if that fails). I’ve got a few other pieces to figure out, looking to have those in place by the end of the week and probably post a general call for players some time next week. Once I know if anyone actually wants to play in it, we’ll move forward with scheduling.

Plot notes are up on Discourse.

Stellar Horizon

I’m looking at how to revive this game. I like it, there is interest in it, but I will be trying to talk to players about how best to get this game on better footing. I’ve got outlines so we should be able to get the general plot going, especially if everyone is going to move forward with this inciting a revolt plan. I’m really excited to do it, but haven’t had a lot of luck getting it done.

Moving forward I’ll be possibly taking a more hands-on approach to leading the game from an in-character standpoint. Decision making and follow through in-game seem to be an issue. I don’t fault anyone for that, life has enough choices in it and making choices for characters in a game on the Internet takes a low priority.

Miscellaneous Schatten Trading Outpost Plots

Finally for Blazing Umbra there are the miscellaneous plots discussed on Discourse which I have gotten onto our Trello Board for development but have not started yet. Right now my plotting and planning is a bit backed up, I’m going to start on those when I get some more stuff off my plate. In the meantime the outline of what needs to be done is up on Trello if anyone wishes to work on them. Just post on the forum or with comments / links on Trello if you do.

Angelic Sins

Cargo Container

I should have most of the outlining done by the 16th. I plan to have the initial post up next week and we can gather players by the week after. Planning to get something scheduled the week of the 16th or the following week. The plot notes are not yet up on Discourse yet but I should have them up by the end of the week.

Corrupted Children

I’m about ready to start getting some setup stuff posted in the form of news articles. Will have them posted by the week of the 15th and try to gather players around that same time. The main plot outline is up on Discourse but I still have to outline the first act and tomorrow or the next day I should have the demon properly posted to the wiki. More will be filled into the notes as I’m able to do it.

Haunted Dreams

I just posted a call for players on this plot and am ready to get the first act outlined. I plan to get players together and be able to schedule the first session next week or the week after. The antagonist is up on the wiki and notes are upon Discourse. The notes are a bit lean yet but I’ll be getting more up as I get the first act outlined next week.

Mysterious Door

This plot is going to take a bit longer. There hasn’t been a ton of interest and the more I develop it, the more it looks like a good story but perhaps not as good of a plot. In short, it’s still baking. I have the notes on the antagonist up on Discourse and should be posting them to the Wiki this week.

Embers of Soteria

My main focus here has been the Necromancer on Elder Soteria plot. To that end I’ve developed who will be the main antagonist for the plot and the bio is up on the Wiki already. I still have a lot to do here, I am considering introducing the Necromancer character at some point in the near future but not for anything big. Probably just some minor developmental stuff. Starting next week I plan to get the ball rolling on actually developing the plot. I know that Dasfier, Chubby, and some others wanted to join in there so I’ll be looping them in as a I develop things.

While not an official call for players yet, anyone who wishes to help develop it is welcome to do so.

Other Plots

There are 2 other plots in early development.

The first is an idea I had a while back and posted to Discourse I’ve tagged as A Demon is Born. To that end probably around the end of the month I’m going to start getting this further developed. I’m still not sure what I want to do with it.

The second is the Return of the Fae which I hope to get some posts up about by next week, still not sure where I want to go with it though. Probably going to call for players to perhaps make some Fae characters who are in-universe and went through “The Backlash” which banished them. Information on that can be found on the Wiki under Peace of Ages.