[Contest] Welcome To The Game

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[Contest] Welcome To The Game

Postby Jade » Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:08 am

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Welcome To The Game


Hello players! First and foremost, thank you all so much for your patience with the recent style change! I'm quite pleased with it as it seems to be a good mix of what we had originally and the darker style. Thankfully, this will be the last time we update the style, unless to make minor tweaks and changes with links and what not. Since this is the case, I will be hosting an event for all players and staff members, new and vetern, to leave their mark on the site permanently. I bet you already know how you can do that!

The World of Idalos box on the homepage needs welcoming information for guests accessing the site for the first time. That's where you all come in. This contest not only tests your creative writing skills, it also shows how much you know about the world your character experiences. If you feel like taking a stab at it, enter the contest! There are prizes, of course!

Rewards

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Winner - 100 Points for the Point Shop and 2 Free Item selections from the Price List (Cannot cost over 300 GN)
2nd Place - 50 Points for the Point Shop
3rd Place - 25 Points for the Point Shop


Participation Requirements

  • You must write at minimum 350 words or 1 nice sized paragraph detailing the World of Idalos. This paragraph should entice the new player to want to discover what mysteries and/or chaos is housed within the game. If you wish to write more than 350 words, you may.
  • You may include images in your submission, however, they may be no larger than 90 x 60 pixels. Remember that what you submit may be what's posted to the home page for people to see.

Voting Period

This event will run all the way until October 6th. All submissions will be collected on October 7th and posted for voting purposes. Voting will then take place from October 7th to October 20th. Rewards will then be given to winners and all participants.

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[Contest] Welcome To The Game

Postby Noth » Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:04 pm




Standing Trials is a fantasy role-playing site which takes place on a world known as Idalos about several races attempting to simultaneously coexist with one another, and deal with the seemingly endless war between rivaling factions of Immortals; god-like divine beings created after the original creators of the world were shattered in an unknown cataclysm. The Immortals are incapable of harming one another, and therefore use mortals in their perpetual conflicts, some seeking to finally annihilate mortals entirely, others attempting to protect the rights and freedoms of the mortal races, and others simply trying to achieve their own agendas. The World of Idalos is one filled with rich history and lore, and your choices may very well shape the future. Will you zealously stand with the divine Immortals, following after them and heeding their every word, or will you decide that they are tyrants to be scorned. Will you be a hero, attempting to help others, or will you be a villain, crushing them underfoot for your own nefarious schemes. Will you be the craftsman responsible for forging fascinating crafts, or will you be a spy skulking in the shadows. Will you decide to leave power to the Immortals, or will you master a discipline of magic and become the master of your own destiny. All of these and many more are choices that you will make as you write your own story here, and by doing so, affect the greater story of Idalos itself.

Only you decide whether someone will tell your story, whether you are seen in the eyes of gods and men as guilty, or as innocent, paragon or pariah.
After all, you’re the one Standing Trials.
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[Contest] Welcome To The Game

Postby Kyin » Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:20 pm

All who spend time in Idalos will attest, albeit in different words, your character's time in Idalos cannot be qualified easily. There are a few reasons for this the most prominent being it is your time, it is what you make it. Your time here becomes who your character is, what you do and most importantly who you spend your time with.

Who do you want to be? Perhaps a seafaring Biqaj, A pacifistic Qi'Ora or a cute little Tunawa. The point is you can be any of those things, but more importantly you can be your best self or if you are a little bit devious you can be your worst self. Playing a game where you can be anything or anyone is an exercise as old as imagination, and there is a reason for that... It is fun!

What do you want to do? There is more to a character than just their personality and physicality. They need to be able to do amazing things, perhaps they are initiated into the magic of Rupturing and can therefore teleport or maybe they're a poor tavern brawler who fights people to earn their next meal.

Who do you spend your time with? There is an absolutely amazing community here at Standing Trials. They are supportive, amiable and fun to play the game with. There are multiple active cities all with their own personality and player populations. There truly isn't a better community in a game.

Idalos is an amazing place to spend your time, we appreciate you reading this far and invite you to join us in chat, make a character and start writing.
Furthermore, I am of the opinion that Carthage should be destroyed!
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[Contest] Welcome To The Game

Postby Kirei Qe'Azour » Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:18 pm

Idalos is a world of conflict, and chaos. Good and evil are relative terms here. A myriad of races struggle to survive and coexist with one another in a hostile world that will kill them if it can. Spirits, unseen by most, often have a way of making themselves felt by those who attract their attention. Depending on which spirit one has attracted the attention of, this can be either very beneficial, or very dangerous. And if one manages to survive the dangers offered by warring races, curious spirits, and the natural world, they must face the dangers of the Immortals. Some wish to help the mortals. But others wish to use them for their own needs, or destroy them altogether. Even dreams are not completely safe. Despite being protected by a powerful guardian, nightmares can sometimes infiltrate normal dreams, and become very real. Every day is a trial, and survival is not guaranteed. But great wonders await those who do.

Standing Trials is a website that is a window into the world of Idalos. It is a gateway that can transform you into whatever you may wish to be. Will you be a noble commanding the masses, or a pauper merely trying to survive? A proud, seafaring Biqaj rogue, or a simple Sev'ryn hunter? A healer who can cure any illness, or an assassin; a bringer of death to all? Will you be a powerful user of magic, or a mage hunter? Perhaps you will be a skilled craftsman who will forge an artifact that will save millions. Or perhaps you will be the warrior who wields a magic blade, and defends only what is dear to you. Will you own slaves and command them to do your bidding? Or will you be one yourself, longing for the freedom that has been forever denied to you? Will you serve the Immortals willingly, and be rewarded by them? Or will you be their slave, or unwitting pawn? Then again, perhaps you will choose to try and destroy them before they can destroy you? You might even be one of their children. Only you can decide what you will become. Anything is possible. Your own imagination is your only limitation. Come join us.
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[Contest] Welcome To The Game

Postby Ilinis » Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:48 am


Idalos. A world where you have true freedom. Freedom to save a village being attacked. Freedom to attack that village. Freedom to learn over 100 unique skills. Freedom to be whatever you want to be. However, you are not alone in this world. The path you forge shall be filled with other players, each with their own unique characters. Not only that, but your path will also be guided by the Immortals of the world. The time to begin your journey is now.

Standing Trials is a roleplaying website that is your gateway into Idalos. Choose from 15 unique races. Determine whether you wish to be adventurer, pauper, noble, merchant, mage, healer, or something else entirely! Idalos is far more than a stagnant world for you to inhabit; your actions can change the very course of the staff-guided story! Your actions can create new locations. Your actions can create new enemies. Your actions can make their way into history.

To begin your adventure, please take a look at the New Player Starting Guide. If you need help, please do not hesitate to ask one of the staff members. Once you have your character sheet approved, you will receive a quest given by one of our staff members to help you begin your adventure. Remember, your journey is what you make it. Welcome to freedom.

Remember, the world of Idalos changes with your actions. If you do not yet have an approved character sheet and have not received a beginning quest yet, think of what you want your character to do. What are their goals? What do they wish to be? What mark do they want to leave upon the world? Then begin to plan. Find a city that has a plot that you feel you would like to participate in. Most importantly, at any time if you feel lonely, connect with the other players. Standing Trials has an amazing community, and many members will be happy to roleplay with you -- to develop plot together with you so that you both may achieve your goals. Who knows, perhaps connecting with other players will move you plot in unexpected ways that leave a smile upon your face.
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[Contest] Welcome To The Game

Postby Tio Silver » Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:29 am

There is a world where anything is possible. A world where swords and shields clash with otherworldly powers, where strange and mysterious races struggle against terrifying beasts and monsters, and where gods walk in secret among the courts of commoners and kings.

That world is Idalos. That world is here.

Standing Trials is a place unlike any other, a game where the only limit is your own imagination. Here you can become anything: a noble knight or a vicious bandit, a travelling sorcerer or a powerful king, the child of a god or a self-made monster. You can carve your own legend and choose your actions for yourself, and no matter what you choose there'll be a whole host of other like minded adventurers ready to share in the story with you. Idalos is not an easy world to live in: every day is a new trial, and in order to gain anything one must be willing to struggle and fight for it, but to those with a strong enough heart to face the challenges there is an opportunity for fame, fortune and power beyond your wildest dreams.

Interested? Well joining in is easier than you think. Have a read of our starting guide and familiarise yourself with the gods and schools of magic in our lore page, then pick a city to start your adventure in and create your own character. Every city has a moderator here to help if you have any questions or problems, and will help you to bring your ideas to life within the Standing Trials world as well as run fantastic events each season for all players to join in with.

What we value here at Standing Trials is creative freedom, and so not only are players able to create and run epic quests for themselves and others, but even leave their own mark on the rich lore of our site. From locations and folklore to men and monsters the development team keep bringing new and excited features to our world, and you to can submit your ideas so that your creations become a permanent part of the story.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up now and start your first trial today.
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[Contest] Welcome To The Game

Postby Faith » Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:08 pm

Have you ever dreamed of a place where anything is possible?

Welcome to Idalos, a fantasy world where the only limit is your imagination. Whether you want to play a devout follower seeking power from the blessings of the apparently all-powerful Immortals, a user of Domain Magic with a thirst for knowledge, a warrior, thief, alchemist or politician then you are able to do so here! This community of RPers and writers is as diverse as the characters played and the places within the world. Stories of friendship, romance, family and fortune are written on these boards alongside tales of bitter enemies, murder and betrayal. All are welcome here, from the utterly fantastic to the mundane, we celebrate the stories written.

Idalos as a setting has a variety of unique cities and areas open for play, a vibrant selection of Immortals who walk on the earth and mess with the lives of their followers and the general populace both and an array of races which give multitudes of opportunities to players. With a continually growing suite of skills and a team of dedicated and active staff, Idalos is truly a land of opportunity.

Characters here struggle to survive in a world where great powers exist and might be around every corner. The Immortals scheme in the lives of mortals, mages are changed by the ‘spark’ within them from which their magic is born and the political landscape is constantly shifting. Your part in this ongoing saga is waiting to be written and your character’s place in the history of Idalos will be forged by you!

We encourage collaborative writing and solo stories; our interest is in helping you to tell the tale of your character. There are vast repositories of information, which grow continuously and we are proud to say that pcs truly shape this world. Whether you seek to be a ruling monarch, a tyrannical leader, a shop owner, roaming warrior, Mage, pirate or scholar, there are stories to be told. We run regular Global Plots and have a vibrant community which we have fostered and grown here. Our focus is the story and that is where we excel.

Will your character stand and face the trials of Idalos? Join today and discover your destiny.
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[Contest] Welcome To The Game

Postby Pash Raj'oriq » Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:34 pm

Welcome to Idalos! Whatever expectations you have of play-by-post medieval fantasy, my internet-weary traveling friend, leave them behind you there—go on, I’ll wait—and come on this way over the Sea of Desolation to explore somewhere refreshingly different. What are you looking for, anyway? I bet you’ve been around a few places, trying to find that writing home for those characters that live in your mind. It can be so frustrating, right? Well, with rich, growing lore full of curious secrets; high risk, high reward adventures with witty companions; and enough Immortal-given power and strange magic to keep you busy for thousands of words, Standing Trials is not your elvish friend’s Tumblr play-by-post, not one bit, that much I can assure you. Grow and develop your character through a simple, inspiring skill system while challenging yourself as a writer to come up with creative ways to tell collaborative stories with others exploring the world and themselves right along side you.

The community here is supportive and helpful, guaranteed to be genuinely excited by your ideas (especially in our lively and active Discord channel), and always adding to the development of a large, interesting landscape teeming with a variety of races, flora, and fauna. The cities and regions are full of interesting sights, events, and secrets for residents to discover or be discovered by, and for those players who choose to dig themselves in, there are always some amazing opportunities to become a living part of the shaping of the future of that part of the world. The pantheon is full of powerful personalities called the Immortals, each with their own agenda and who often view the swath of mortality on the world as allies or enemies, tools or experiments, working along side the races they created, blessing or cursing them with fantastic abilities or horrible fates, and even leading them on amazing or horrifying adventures. With magic that changes you from the inside out, a living, growing creature all its own, your possibilities as a character are varied and offer some really delicious chances at development and struggle, which we all know we like to grind our characters through, after all.

So, what are you waiting for? Come and write with us!
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[Contest] Welcome To The Game

Postby Nightshade Eld » Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:50 pm

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"We can exist here just as a piece of creation or as the source of creation. This is the choice we need to make." - Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

Long ago there was an earth ruled over by spirits and wild hearted beasts. It was a beautiful and untouched world. That was, until the Originals came. With blood and war, the beings who most would call gods claimed this world. To solidify their grasp on the world they created the Immortals before shattering. These were the undisputed rulers, the inheritors of the world now that the true rulers had been driven out by Original hands. Each one held complete power over their own domains. They were beings who together could do just about anything, except kill each other. They were all powerful and unkillable. Fate has never been kind though. Humanity came to change that.

Welcome to the world of Idalos, a role-playing website where you get to craft the story. Nothing in this world in unchanging, and this site takes that idea to heart. Your stories are your own to tell. They are limitless and completely yours, be they epic tales or bitter sweet memories. With a very large and very active player base you’ll never be at a loss for companions and moderators are always standing by to try and make the site amazing as it can possibly be. With lovingly crafted cities, lore, skills, and more to make the world feel truly alive. Adventure through an endless world with endless story possibilities, all at the end of your fingertips. Perhaps you’ll take over a city? Ride a dragon? Kill what amounts to a god? This tale is yours to tell!

Enjoy your stay, and do try not to die.

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[Contest] Welcome To The Game

Postby Zipper » Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:36 pm

There's a city ruled by the deity of Lightning and brawl where the drink is king, where priestesses are spies and fisticuffs is culture. There's an empire where the Goddess of War plots a conquest that will take every nation, every land, and grind it under the heel of imperialistic prosperity. There's a civilization deep in the jungles where a Plague Goddess rules from her throne of poison, engineering that one blight she knows will eat the world alive. There's a sea where the storm herself swims, where no sailor is safe from her wrath made manifest. There's a field of beasts where the hunt is eternal, where Gauthrel's warriors wage their forever war against the hungering wilds and the monsters that carry its banners.

There's an island to the east where the old pirates lords have vanished, where caverns and volcanoes and beasts big and small make it ripe for adventure. There's a kingdom in the North where dukes and barons hold court, where skyriders and their gryphon-like steeds take flight. There's a city of stone where the gods are rebuked, where magic finds a long lease, and new powers rise to confront a regime old. There's a world in the dark where the shadow queens rule, where men are less than the dirt beneath your foot. There's a place in between sleep and the waking world where dreams come alive, where straying a little too far could mean the difference between life and oblivion.

There's a character that's going to jump into this fascinating world of gods and magic and conflict. That character is you.

Welcome to Standing Trials, a fantasy roleplay site where the choice is always yours and yours alone. With more than a dozen unique cities to choose from, 16 types of magic, and 26 immortal-given blessings and more on their way, along with an incredible staff team and playerbase, the world of Idalos welcomes you and your characters to partake of its wonders and its horrors.
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