This begs the question, “Who are The Order of the Dark Flame?” The answer to that lies within the many pages of five previous story threads, created through an amazing amalgam of writers and friends. This amalgam is in a constant state of flux, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the story someday took on a life of its own. In fact, even as I write, several new additions have come on the scene; whether they can survive the Dark Flames, only time will tell.
On that subject, I would like to reiterate something I had once said about the story:
We have gone to great pains to weave a rich tapestry, a history, a tall tale, set loosely in the world of Baldur’s Gate II and D&D. ‘Loosely’ being the key word here. We have a particular tone, a flavor, a voice, which combines some the best elements of personal fantasy, adventure, drama, romance, humor, and action. Often, the story becomes improbable and tongue-in-cheek. We also have an important background story that is unfolding in a kinetic or biological way (it has a life of its own)(but we often deviate). Consequently, I would now like to strongly suggest that new writers who wish to introduce new characters into our story should read as much of the previous story as they can stomach. The story started deep in the bowels of the great discussion thread of [url="http://www.gamebanshee.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=2188&highlight=Anomen"]Anomen[/url] in the BGII forum, but really took shape in [url="http://www.gamebanshee.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=10666&highlight=Harem"]The Harem Tent[/url] here in SYM. [url="http://www.gamebanshee.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=11036&highlight=Dark+Flame"]The Order of the Dark Flame[/url] is 34 pages of pure story, and [url="http://www.gamebanshee.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=11239&highlight=Dark+Flame"]Order of the Dark Flame: The Adventures Continue[/url] should be required reading. The current story line may be found in [url="http://www.gamebanshee.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=11223&highlight=Dark+Flame"]The Order of the Dark Flame: Book 5[/url].
We put our hearts and souls into much of this work, our families and work responsibilities have been neglected. Please read our work. You might enjoy it. You’ll also find that this isn’t your typical hack-and-slash, look-at-my-neat-armor-and-powerful-sword kind of story. We deal more in interpersonal relationships, gender issues, surprising situations, culinary delights, and explorations into the human (or demi-human) psyche. Serious drama, thrilling action, disparaging remarks, jabs, bad puns, and lame attempts at humor are par for the course, all in a light-hearted, fun way.
Many of the relationships between characters in the story are enriched by relationships between the writers that developed while posting on the SYM forum. New-comers are welcome, and we look forward to getting to know both the writers and their characters better. Please feel free to chat, either here, or elsewhere in SYM.
Now, did someone remember to grab all that booze from the other discussion thread?
[ 01-12-2002: Message edited by: Gwalchmai ]