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Goran, Taiyou da yo / Re: NaNoWriMo 2017
« Last post by Camisado on October 29, 2017, 04:05:10 PM »
I'm participating! I'm writing a new Pokťmon fanfic based on Gold/Silver/Crystal, and I'll try to update my other two major fanfics if I get stuck for inspiration, one of which is Rayearth. So I'm definitely a NaNo rebel but productivity is productivity, right?!

If you have anticipated scheduling issues with NaNo, I recommend setting yourself up a plan at Pacemaker :D

If you want me as a writing buddy, I'm Camisado89
Goran, Taiyou da yo / NaNoWriMo 2017
« Last post by Milieva on October 28, 2017, 11:55:55 AM »
So..... It's that time of year again.... 

Who is planning to participate? 

What are you thinking of writing? 

What is even going on?

(For those that may not have heard of it. NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. Basically, the goal is to write a 50,000 word ROUGH DRAFT of a novel over the 30 day month of November. Which, for Americans can be a little..... complicated, as there is a big family holiday right in the final stretch. You can join other people in your area with write-ins and things on the NaNoWriMo website.)

If we are not already writing buddies, and you want to add me, I'm Sideshows & Gorillas.

I'm still undecided this year.  As I keep having Sanctuary stuck in my head, I might as well try to finish the next five chapters or something....  Who knows....

Who else is writing this year?
Yami no Yume / Re: Tea Appreciation Post
« Last post by Milieva on October 28, 2017, 11:30:01 AM »
I'm now running low on one of the teas I really liked from Teavana so I have looked up the ingredients so I could try to work out how to make my own when I am completely out. It was such a nice tea.  But between the fact that they all have 'natural flavor' as an ingredient, and I would have to order rather a lot if I wanted it shipped over, it is more sensible to just put my own together.

There were two that were very nice together, and looking at the ingredients, I can see why.

Samurai Chai Mate:
Green matť, rooibos, cinnamon, candied pineapple pieces (pineapple, sugar), candied papaya pieces (papaya, sugar), orange peels, natural flavor, lemongrass, anise seed, coriander, cardamom.

White Ayurvedic Chai:
White tea, cinnamon, lemongrass, candied pineapple pieces (pineapple, sugar), candied coconut pieces (coconut, sugar), ginger pieces, cloves, natural flavor, black pepper, cardamom.

Though, looking at the website, I see they are now offering a blend of Samurai Chai with a newer blend called Maharaja Chai Which sounds interesting.

Maharaja Chai:
Cinnamon, oolong tea, ginger, carob pieces, chicory root, natural flavor, black pepper, cloves, cardamom.

Again with the natural flavors....  *rolls eyes*  But I will have to play with some of my own blends.  I'll post a recipe if I work out something nice.
Yami no Yume / Re: Introductions
« Last post by Milieva on October 28, 2017, 11:02:00 AM »
I send you my belated welcome greetings, then.

I think you wandered over here from a link I must have posted on your Rayearth forum ages back. Probably...  But that was years ago.

The forum is a bit quiet lately, but we are all still around.
Yami no Yume / Re: Introductions
« Last post by Shiidou Hikaru on October 28, 2017, 03:28:39 AM »
Hello Milieva! It seems like I never introduced myself even though I've had an account here for a really long time O.o;; I can't remember why, but I'm really sorry about that. Maybe it's because I've seen a lot of different anime series over all of that time and haven't been doing much with Rayearth in recent times. I still haven't forgotten though and Rayearth will always be one of my favorites!
Honto no Shiawase / Immortality (Random thoughts 1.2)
« Last post by Eizme on October 27, 2017, 12:31:37 PM »
What do you think is the life expectancy of a Cephirian? Are they capable of dying of old age? Or are they immortals? Immortal in the sense that they dont die of natural cause but rather death caused by murder or suicide (external factor) something like that.

Random thoughts.

1. We all know Clef is somewhat like 7 centuries old and counting and i think he is the oldest Cephirean   we know for sure. Up to what age do you think he could live?

2. Do you think long life expectancy only applies on those who use magic?

3. If life expectancy of the villagers are like those of Clef, how do you think they could manage their population?

Mokona no Yume / A Cephiran Calendar & Character Birthdays
« Last post by Milieva on October 27, 2017, 12:13:33 PM »
I said in chat that I would make a post about this. 

For my fic Sanctuary and other fics in that same universe I have come up with a Cephiran calendar. Itís very simple and basic, but means that I have a very good reason for the New Year festival to have been at a time the girls couldnít attend until the year before.

Basically, I have given Cephiro a 365 day year. Though, you might technically say it is a 364 day year with a bonus day.

Weeks are still seven nights. The days translate very simply to Firstday, Secondday, Thirdday, Fourthday, Fifthday, Sixthday, and Seventhday. I havenít decided if the reckoning is from sunrise or sunset or an arbitrary time in the middle somewhere (like midnight).

There are 13 months of 4 weeks (28 days) each.  I have yet to work out what the months are called right now. Iím guessing things having to do with the agricultural industries, perhaps. Or they could just be numbers.  Weíll see what I decide before Clef starts dropping month names in about six or seven chapters time.

The festival day part of a three day festival thing. Every thing in the country sort of stops. There are parties and celebrations all over. The biggest being the one held at the castle.


Day 1: The last day of the last month.  It is the  celebration for the end of the year, and everything that happened. There is always a big party of some sort. And at the castle, you have that yearís chronicle scroll unrolled around the great hall turned ball room with lots of dancing and celebration before it is rolled back up. There is lots of talk about the bits that people read while the chronicle was unrolled, if it was interesting.

Day 2: Is the Festival day. The festival day itself is for general revelry. It tends to be an excuse for many to cut loose and have a good time.  It is the wildest night of any of the celebrations. Lots of alcohol, lots of dancing, lots of enjoying the night and company it brings.

Day 3: The first day of the first month of the new year. It is a time for looking ahead toward the connections to be made and things to be done in the new year. This is the time when people start making plans about what they want their new year to be.  The new chronicle scroll is started and the year begins anew. It is also a time to gain a blessing or a prayer on your house and family. I havenít worked out exactly how temples and shrines work in this cephiro, so bear with me while I work that out?

Added bonus fun of the festival day not being counted into the year or week specifically, means that the days of the week keep shifting between Earth and Cephiro.  Like for one Cephiran year Firstday may correspond with Sunday, then after the New year begins, Firstday is now on the same day as Monday on Earth. Meaning the activities everyone is doing in Cephiro shifts. 

Like if Council meetings are the first and second Sixthday of the month, then they were on Friday between March - 1st half of Nov 1996  according to my reckoning, and after the Festival (which was the first time the actual festival day fell on a Sunday while the girls were visiting) Sixthday is now Saturday, so council meetings happen then, changing Sunday visits because the week shifted, but not everyoneís work patterns did.
Honto no Shiawase / Re: Talking about Physical Appearance (Random Thoughts 1.1)
« Last post by Milieva on October 27, 2017, 11:02:05 AM »
Some elements of post have been discussed in Do Cephirans remain youthful in appearance until they die? You might want to go check that out. But this is an interesting topic and always fun to discuss from a new angle.

1. Is every one in Cephiro capable of willing themselves to youth? Including the ordinary people like the villagers? Or its just only applicable to those who could uses magic?

Like everything else in Cephiro, I think age appearance has a lot to do with will power.  How strong is that personís will? Just your average person, no, I donít think there is all that much variance on what they look like or how fast or slow they age.

The stronger someoneís will, the stronger their ability to change their appearance.

Like Ferio. Ferio hasnít shown us that he has any magic ability, but I do think he has a very strong will. Not nearly as strong as say Clef or even Umi, but still strong enough that he is probably older than he looks. (Not a lot older, but still older)

2. If everyone (ordinary people/villagers) could will themselves to their youthful appearance why is that there are old people? I mean really, who would want to look old if you have the ability to be young.
Well, with age you gain a different level of respect in other places. I think it can go the other way in Cephiro. Someone who is very old, but able to hold a very young form would be considered to be a very powerful person in some ways.

I do think there are old villagers. I also think that Cephirans who could change their appearance when they were younger lose that ability when they are reaching a very old age, and or getting close to death (even if it is illness and not age that gets them)

3. Can a child will themselves to adulthood? (I was thinking of Ascot who instantly made himself adult)

How do their spawn grow? has more conversation about children growing, if you are interested.

I donít think Ascot changed instantly. It seems instant because, like the girls, we didnít see the time that passed in Cephiro between the end of MKR and the beginning of MKR 2. I feel like it could have been longer than it was for the girls. A few years even!

I do think that Ascot grew up faster than he probably should have. Mostly because a lot of things are happening and his outer appearance is probably a reflection of the maturity he has gained through his experiences. And I am not entirely sure I consider Ascotís form that of an adult so much as a teenager. Just a very tall (and a list gangly) teenager.  Maybe about 15-16-ish?  Which is getting into that grey area of when do you consider someone to be physically mature?

As I mentioned the above post, I donít think children have control over their appearance until they are somewhere between 3-5 years old. And even then, I donít think they can do much adjustment beyond their emotional maturity level. It would not be a good idea for a child to be able to take an adult form before they are ready to be an adult. That could lead to all sort of difficulties for them, especially in the fact it would leave them more open to exploitation. They can look a little older, or a little younger.

Ascot may have stayed smaller longer than usual because of his history. Emotional trauma can effect when you emotionally mature (either holding you back or thrusting you forward), thus could also have an effect on physical maturity.   So an emotionally safer space with Caldina and LaFarga, etc may have been what he needed to grow up to what he should have beenÖ

(Where did all the Ascot thoughts just come from?)

4. Why do you think Emeraude and Clef chose to look like a child than a teen or on their mid-twenties?

I think Emeraude looked like a child for protection. It was probably thought that holding a child form would keep you from having adult feelings, so you couldnít fall in love. Which is a sensible thought if you are the pillar and not allowed to fall in love.

But it probably just keeps you from getting the physical responses, not the emotional ones. So you can still fall in love, but you wonít want to sleep with that person.

I think Clef took the form in respect for the pillar holding it. I mean I have at least one fanon idea that he is also under some of the same rules and regulations as the pillar as far as love goes, so he thinks it a prudent choice for many of the same reasons. But even if that were not the case, it would be impolite for the person closest to the pillar to be in a relationship with someone when the pillar is not allowed.

There is an old thread (from the first year of this forum) where we started talking about Clefís choice: Why does clef stay in his small state?

5. Do you think everyone in Cephiro doesnít have the appearance that matches their age?

I think for the most part (baring exceptionally strong willed people who hold the form of children for specific reasons) most people look the age their emotional maturity level dictates.

6. How about Caldina? She is mainly from Chizeta, is she also capable of willing herself to youth? Because she now lives in Cephiro.

Caldina has strong magic, but it is Chizetan magic.  I donít know exactly what her will power level would be, so I donít know if she would be able to change her age in the future.  At the moment, I donít think she is terribly old. maybe 25-30 in maturity level? 

I havenít actually given it much thought.  Perhaps someone else might like to weigh in?

But most of all, what are your thoughts on the matter?
Honto no Shiawase / Talking about Physical Appearance (Random Thoughts 1.1)
« Last post by Eizme on October 25, 2017, 01:56:24 PM »
Lots of questions suddenly popped out in my mind about Cephiro. It really is a fantasy world but somehow deep in our thoughts i knew you too have some questions about their world. Im not really looking for a right answer because i know i will never have it for sure. Maybe i was just looking for some logical answer, just opinion based answer because i think it would be interesting.

So lets begin the discussion with this topic "Physical Appearance". We all know that Cephiro is a land of will which you could actually will everything you want so you could have it and that includes their "Physical Appearance" for example Clef, Ascot, Emeraude etc. Having the appearance that doesnt match their age.

Im gonna post here some series of question related to the topic and ill put numbers to it so we will know which question you answerd. Okay?

1. Is every one in Cephiro capable of willing themselves to youth? Including the ordinary people like the villagers? Or its just only applicable to those who could uses magic?

2. If everyone (ordinary people/villagers) could will themselves to their youthful appearance why is that there are old people? I mean really, who would want to look old if you have the ability to be young.

3. Can a child will themselves to adulthood? (I was thinking of Ascot who instantly made himself adult)

4. Why do you think Emeraude and Clef chose to look like a child than a teen or on their mid-twenties?

5. Do you think everyone in Cephiro doesnt have the appearance that matches their age?

6. How about Caldina? She is mainly from Chizeta, is she also capable of willing herself to youth? Because she now lives in Cephiro.

I think i have to leave this question at #6 since i still got a lot more question with regards to "immortality"

Enjoy bursting your opinions here.  ^.^

[edited title so thread topic is first - Mils]
Yami no Yume / Re: The Post Your Pet Thread
« Last post by Down on October 22, 2017, 06:08:18 PM »
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