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AS Afflatus: Issue Thirteen

Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:12 am

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If you are a new reader of the Afflatus, welcome! This magazine is meant to be interactive with our members, meaning submissions, suggestions, and nominations are encouraged! For each contribution to the Afflatus, points will be awarded to the house! Through this magazine, we aim to provide tips and inspiration as well as updates regarding the site. To make a submission, you can do so by using this form or even posting directly to the thread.

Submissions that are meant to be shown for the next issues are: Dear Stag, Featured Writing, & Anonymous Compliments/Critique.

Afflatus Contents: Title Post, Updates, Dear Stag, Writing & Life Tips, Character Interview & Prompt, Member Corner, Featured Writing, Adventure Story, Activity Center and Anonymous Compliments and Critique.

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AS Afflatus - Issue 13 - Updates

Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:13 am

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Inactive/Active House Members: Inactive house members are members who have chosen to no longer be an active role in their house. No user will be removed from their house, but they can choose to become inactive. Being an inactive member simply means that they are unable to earn points for their house through things such as the competitions and submissions to the Afflatus. In order to go from an inactive member back to an active member, simply send a message to the keeper of the house to be added back to the house list which can be found on the first page of the common room.

New Staff: Changes have been made to the staff. Two of our staff members have been promoted and we have recently added more new staff members to the team. A big congratulations to Snow for her promotion from Attendant to Global Moderator, and Commander Shepard for her promotion from Global Moderator to Admin Aide. We would also like to welcome our new staff members. In addition to Meraki as our Overseer, we have also a new overseer, andromeda. We have two new Global Moderators: important and Lady Noellia. We also have four new attendants: caim, cerise, darkness, and MickeyRose. Check out the announcement for the complete information!

Summer Prompts: With the new month upon us, we will be reaching the halfway point for our 100 Days of Summer competition. We have loved reading the awesome writing people do; keep working hard on the prompts!
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AS Afflatus - Issue 13 - Dear Stag

Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:14 am

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AS Afflatus - Issue 13 - Writing Tips

Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:14 am

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This month's Writing Tips theme is on Strong Character Relationships. To read more in depth about this, check out this article here.

Character building is an important step of the writing process, but the relationships that exist between our characters we create can often be overlooked when focusing on developing individual characters. Here are eight tips to writing strong character relationships.

1. Characterization
Describe your character in relation to your other characters using their physical appearance or personality. This is especially useful when writing in first person or third person limited. By doing this you will create a vivid image of your character in the reader's mind - show, don't tell.

2. Setting
A character's actions, mood, experience, and sensory experiences are things that bring life to a setting. A setting can help the reader build expectations of a character's relationship with one another.

For example, when writing about a thunderstorm, you can choose to describe it in a foreboding manner which indicates to the reader that the relationship two characters have is doomed. However, you can also choose to write about the thunderstorm and describe it in a manner that evokes a different mood. By using evocative phrases, you open up a portal of emotion that allows the reader to see turbulence or unity between the characters.

3. Dialogue
Authentic dialogue can convey quite a bit of information about a character's personality and feelings towards another. It brings the relationships between characters to life.

Avoid using dialogue as information dumps and blocks of unnecessary utterance. Readers want dialogue that is authentic. The dialogue should always play a role in developing the plot, characters, or character relationships. Write dialogue that is purposeful and incorporate actions, such as a lingering glance or adjustment of clothes. By doing such things, the reader will question why a character behaves in such a manner with the other.

4. Internal Monologues
What can't be said in dialogue that you want to reveal about your character will go here. Internal monologues allow the reader so see behind the scenes. It allows them to see what the characters are thinking about that they aren't conveying through speech.

Internal monologues can become the reader's most intimate connection to a character since it grants them the power to enter that character's thoughts. Giving this power to them allows them to access the rawest, most vulnerable states of mind of the character and allows them to gain insight of their true opinions of other characters.

5. Backstories
It is important to remember that your characters have a history that usually takes place outside of the story you're writing. So, you should ask how your characters' pasts intertwine. Building solid, believable backstories is important to give the reader the nudge to ask 'why' questions. Once these questions are floating in their mind, then you slowly reveal the backstory.

6. Character Motivations
Your character's backstory is what motivates them and their actions. Their backstories and motivations can cause conflicts with other characters or general conflicts in their future. Make sure you question how different characters may have separate drives and views even if they are working together towards the same goal. Then question what issues may arise because of these different view points. Will it effect their ability to work together? As always, ask yourself why. Why does your character think, feel, or speak a certain way? Consider how their motivations may build on or undermine each other.

7. Character Arcs
Character arcs are important to build your character and to give the reader something to gain from your story. Note to pay attention not only to how your own character moves forward in the story, but also how other stories intertwine with them. Does meeting someone else change the way your character thinks about something? Do they reconcile with someone after learning their true intentions? Or do they become enemies after a betrayal that's unforgivable? How do the dynamics of the relationships change over time and as more is revealed? Always ask what your character and the reader will learn from the encounters they have.

8. Minor Characters
Though minor, side characters provide an important role in your story. They give your story the real feel it needs for your reader and the creation of your world. The subtle exchanges these characters have with your major characters offer nuances your story needs. These minor characters give you the glue to keep everything in your story together. Understanding how even small encounters may impact your character - or how they react to these encounters - help the reader better understand the character, their goals, and their motivation.
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AS Afflatus - Issue 13 - Life Tips

Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:15 am

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This month's life tips is over Flying/Travelling Alone.

To state this first and foremost - the internet is your friend. When you travel, there can be SO many things to consider and prepare for, and it can quickly become overwhelming, expensive, and confusing. While websites should still be evaluated briefly for their credibility, it is incredibly easy to find a large amount and variety of helpful information for your travels!

The first step is to look at what you can afford. Whether you have saved up the money, intend to put it on a credit card to pay off, or some other method, pay attention so that you are staying within that budgeted amount. Whether it’s 500 or 5000, be ready to break that down into different expense categories.

Location, Location, Location.
Firstly, where do you want to go? There are multiple parts to consider for this - how far away it is (and therefore how long it will take to get there), and how long do you want to stay there for. For example, if you are staying within your country, then travel may only take 8 hours or less and is typically cheaper than flying abroad or overseas. Usually the farther you go, the longer you may want to go to make that travel time worth it. For example, for an American it may be a good rule of thumb to go abroad for no less than a week since it may take a solid 12-24 hours to get there. However if you are flying from Idaho to Chicago, only 2-4 days may be enough to feel ‘worth it’.

For accommodations, try to balance cheapness and safety. Don’t be afraid to look at reviews but allow a grain of salt since even the best place could have a deeply unhappy customer. If staying with friends, great! If you are splurging, such as staying at an all inclusive resort, pay attention to any additional fees and what is or isn’t included.

Food and Currency.
What will you do for food? Eat out every day? Might you have a space to cook? Is food included? Make sure you include space in your budget for this, such as $20-50 per day depending on your anticipated itinerary. Speaking of money, look up the currency of your destination if you are traveling abroad. Decide whether you feel comfortable using your credit card abroad or whether you would prefer to use cash (in which case you can either get cash at home somewhere or at an ATM when you arrive using a debit card).

Booking the Flight.
-- What sort of identification will you need? When in doubt - have a passport. Make sure your passport is not expiring in the next few months. A passport is your go-to for flying and cruising.

-- If you bring carry on that’s bigger or you don’t need, like a backpack or small suitcase, there MAY not be enough room overhead. You may have to check it at the gate. That's not such a bad thing! That means it is checked for free, and will be waiting for you right in the boarding tunnel as you disembark the plane, exactly the same place as where you handed it off.

-- Pay attention to whether you can choose your seat. Typically I prefer to sit by the window, but if the view from high up may bother you or you want unobstructed aisle access for stretching your legs or bathroom visits, you may prefer an aisle seat! Generally, no one likes the middle seats, but sometimes that’s all that’s left. It’s part of life. As for the supposed amount of foot space (such as 30 inches), keep in mind that whatever you choose to keep with you and stow on the floor will use up some of this space.

Packing.
Prepare for the climate of your destination. Look up the typical highs and lows for that area for that time of year, and as your trip approaches, keep an eye on the current weather conditions. Always bring a packable rain jacket just to be safe! Having items that can be packed up small is very beneficial for saving space, but that doesn’t mean you need to go out and buy all new gear. Travel sized toiletries are also great, but again, you don’t have to go buy everything. Those tiny tubes of toothpaste and the simple toothbrushes from dentist visits? Save them for travel! Remember - many airports require your liquids and such to be in a clear, quart sized bag (like a medium ziploc bag) though usually any sort of makeup or toiletry bag of a similar size will get through with no trouble as long as you've pulled it out of your luggage to be scanned individually.

In your carry on, consider bringing some handy items including bandaids, itch cream, cut ointment, pain reliever medicine, and anything you may want to access during or immediately after your travels.

Security and Timing.
If you are flying, go ahead and look up what is not allowed on airlines/through security, or what items are allowed in the cabin but not below in the unpressurized cargo area. When you pack your carry on item, typically a purse, tote, backpack, or laptop bag, add a few small things just in case something happens and you have to spend an unexpected night somewhere. A toothbrush, toothpaste, any contact needs or medical needs, your phone charger, and an extra pair of socks and underwear. For any luggage you are checking, be aware of any size or weight limits! Some airlines allow 1 free checked bag and some do not. The common weight limit I have seen is 50 pounds or 23 kilograms.

When it’s time to pack and get ready, allow EXTRA TIME for travel!! If it’s recommended to get there a whole three hours early at the airport, just do it. That’s better than showing up and realizing the security line is longer than you expected, or checking a bag for the first time turns out to be more confusing than you thought. With that extra time you can always find an area to sit, get something to eat, listen to music, etc. Food and other purchases such as headphones, souvenirs, or even deodorant are often going to be extra expensive at the airport, so don’t be afraid to make a packing list so you aren’t stuck buying $6 travel sized deodorant. While drinks are prohibited through security, you can bring an empty bottle to fill up after at a drinking fountain and typically have a sandwich and other snacks packed along. Nearly every airport I have ever been to has at least one Starbucks, so I also like to make sure I bring along any Starbucks gift cards! Yes, you can bring your food and drinks with you onto the plane. Don’t bring yogurt through security; it may be considered liquid at some airports.

Tidbit: Using the app and intend to scan an electronic ticket? Take a screenshot so that you aren’t relying on cell signal and data since airports may have slow signal due to the amount of people there.

Navigating the Airport.
Finding the right gate for your flight can be confusing. Ultimately, the gate number is what you are looking for, but there may be different buildings or terminals at the airport. For example, at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris there are several buildings including A, B, C, etc. When this is the case, there may be a corridor or tunnel between buildings that you can walk through, or alternatively the airport may have a little shuttle subway or bus. Charles de Gaulle airport, or CDG, has a shuttle bus that runs in a loop between the main buildings. So, you may be at gate 57 terminal B. Don’t be afraid to ask for directions!

International Stops.
If traveling through multiple countries on the way to your destination, keep in mind you may need to go through security at each airport. If you have separate bookings on different airlines, such as 2 flights via Delta to Bogota, Colombia, but your final destination is Barranquilla which Delta doesn’t go to so you have another booking with a South American airline to get to that final place, you will need to collect your luggage in Bogota and then proceed to the appropriate place to check it in again at that second airline you are switching over to. Typically each airline has its own counter or area to receive passengers for checking in and checking luggage.

Getting on the Plane.
Typically boarding begins AROUND 30 minutes before the scheduled takeoff. Better to be at the gate 45 minutes before. Often times your ticket will say a boarding group number. Airline employees will call this over a speaker “Boarding Group 3 now” and you go join the line when your group is called. Follow the others onto the plane, and be mindful of your seat assignment as shown on your ticket. The pattern is always A at a window and then continuing across a row. The seat arrangement is also usually depicted in a diagram over each row of seats and will show a little drawing of a window next to A. Yes, you need to sit in your assigned spot.

In your space, be courteous of other passengers - don’t be loud or sprawl out in their space. Also, planes are dirty. Although passengers don’t change as frequently on a bus, planes are still not sanitary and you really shouldn’t snuggle too much with your seat. Hand sanitizer is a great idea. Be respectful and don’t leave trash if you can help it. The flight attendants typically come around twice after serving the snacks and drinks so be on the lookout for trash opportunities, or you can always carry it out with you.

Miscellaneous
Get the airline app. It often includes great information such as your electronic ticket, your terminal and gate information, opportunities to change or upgrade your seat, contact information for the airline, updates of if your next flight has been delayed, and even maps of the airports you are flying through.
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AS Afflatus - Issue 13 - Character Interview & Prompt

Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:16 am

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1. Is your character a cat or dog person? Or neither? Why?
2. What do they have a picture of as their phone background?
3. Is there something that they once hated but came to love? What is it?
4. What do they do to relax?
5. How do they react to someone they care about being hurt or upset?
6. Are they more of an indoors or outdoors person?
7. How do they act when they’re lacking sleep? Do they find it easy to get sleep?
8. Are they close with their family?
9. Do they like having their photo taken?
10. What’s their go-to comfort food?
11. If they could only pick three things to have with them on a desert island, what would they be?
12. What's their most used emoji? (Or what would it be, if they don't have a phone?)
13. Are they good at being on time for things?
14. If they had the opportunity to change any one thing about themselves, would they?
15. If they could only pick one, which would it be: money, power, love?

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“I reserve the right to change that by tomorrow.”
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AS Afflatus - Issue 13 - Member Corner

Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:17 am

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Anonymous Unicorn wrote:Is there anywhere we can find updates if the site is down again like happened today? It was sort of odd not knowing what was going on.
  • The best thing to check would be the AS Twitter, which you can find at @advancedscribe. We also have a tumblr that you can find at advancedscribes.tumblr.com. Both are run by our lovely attendants and we hope to make them more active! We highly encourage our users to follow the accounts and like and share things!
Anonymous Unicorn wrote:The 100 DoS prompts seem a bit grammatically off lately... Especially the dialogues. Could they be refined/reworded a bit in the future prompts?
  • We'll definitely make note of this! We did take a look at the previous prompts and don't quite see the grammatical errors, though we do apologize for any confusion that may have been caused!
Anonymous Unicorn wrote:A suggestion for the activity center: a "which character/oc would ______?" type quiz. Questions could be along the lines of "which oc is the most reckless?" and the like - to give people a chance to answer questions about a variety of their characters in one place!
Anonymous Unicorn wrote:Activity center suggestion: a ship/otp quiz. "Who always remembers important dates?" "Who wakes up first?" "What's the best gift they've gotten each other?" - that sort of idea!
  • Thank you for these amazing activity suggestions! We'll definitely look into using them in the very near future!
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AS Afflatus - Issue 13 - Featured Writing

Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:17 am

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Fairy Court by Jazzyleia
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Xavier was currently planning a little outdoor picnic with his family in the backyard, having set up everything yesterday and was just getting ready to take out the food. However the sounds of his daughter laughing made him smile. So Xavier tried to be quiet while he eyes sought out his daughter, watching her play underneath one of the large trees in their backyard. She had all of her favorite toys liked up in a semi-circle, dancing around before settling down and acting as if she was pouring them tea. Melody had such an imagination like her mother. He wouldn't be surprised if she would turn out to be a painter or some other sort of heart-driven path.

"Melody, princess, what are you doing?" She looked so much like her mother with that dark red hair, but she had his eyes that were adorable when she looked around. Not only was she imaginative, she also had a side of her that was all business. You know, as business as a five year old could get. "My court and I are having a tea party." Chuckling, Xavier leaned down and swung his daughter up into his arms, giving her a smile. "Your court huh? Come on, food is ready. Your mother is almost ready too." About that time Rena walked out into the garden wearing one of those beautiful dresses he had bought her that she always looked so good in. Immediately his daughter was squirming in his arms, Xavier releasing her as she tore across the lawn to wrap her little arms around her mother's legs. Of course Xavier followed, settling on the blanket with the two girls that were his world.

They sat there and talked mainly about nothing, watching as the sun set and the stars started to come out. When little lights started to twinkle around them, Melody was immediately drawn to them, asking what they were called. "Those are fairies darling. They came to join your court." Xavier watched as she started running around the yard, trying to catch the fireflies and telling them to get in order. It was her own fairy court and Melody wanted to catch them all. Xavier settled next to his wife, wrapping his arm around her shoulders and pulling her close to him.

"So, when do you want to have another Rena?"
Date Night by Kami
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She gazed out the car's window, barely acknowledging her companion. A bored look was visible on the girl's sun-kissed face and in her green eyes; there was nothing interesting to discuss with her escort for the night. The man had attempted boosting her mood earlier into their drive, but his tries failed quickly. She honestly didn't yearn for a long weekend in the dull company of her fiancé. The man simply wasn't able to keep her in a state of bliss like the rest of her family could. Just having to remember this whole charade was forced made her sick. The girl had a right to look bored.

"We're almost there, darling," the words made her flinch. "I expect you to behave, Rena. We must impress my family."

"My name is Serena," the girl answered, still not looking at him. "I'm always well-behaved if you haven't noticed it yet."

The brunet fell quiet; he didn't know how to answer without lashing out at his fiancée. While the youth annoyed very much, he couldn't reveal this piece of information to her. Sighing at her rotten attitude, he kept driving, focused on reaching his destination at least a couple of minutes before sunset. The pair didn't speak to each other for the rest of their journey, preferring to focus on the marvellous views outside of the car's windows. They were both on edge.
Tequila! by Deer
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Game time. The man looked down at his pupil with a proud glint in his eyes, even if he would never admit it. "This time it will be different, Sparrow. You know that, right?" he asked, watching as the redhead nodded. "I am aware." she said, glancing around the warehouse they were currently in. She fiddled with her bracelet, looking somewhat nervous. "You can do it. You have seen it plenty of times." Rubbing her cheek, the man tightened the dark green bandana around his head before grasping his sniper from the table. With that, he left the woman in black alone.

She checked on her equipment every few seconds, the female letting out a deep breath as she stared down at her skinny jeans. The female waited patiently for her client to show up, eyes focussed on the only entrance as she knew better as to be surprised.

After a minute or ten, the door opened. A man entered the room, two guards following as he had a pervish smirk on his features. "Hello there, darling. I was unaware I would meet such a beautiful woman." he spoke. The brown haired man was probably ten to fifteen years older as she was. Then again, all the men she met in this world seemed to be quite condescending towards women with the thought they could fuck any of them if they just used enough sugar.

"I don't have a lot of time. Let's come down to business." Serena simply said, hearing the man chuckle as he stepped forwards. "Cut straight to the case. I like that." he said, trailing after her as Serena headed over to the other side of the table, opening a suitcase to reveal several packages of cocaine. "Here is your sugar." she said, a sweet smile curving her lips as she eyed the two guards, seemingly frozen to their position at the door.

"One tequila." she heard Brandon say through the device in her ear. A quick glance at the guards showed a red dot lingering on the left one. "How can I know that it is good candy?" the man asked, Serena feeling how he rested his hand on her hip as he leant his face in to her.
Spores by andromeda
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Spores tickled the air as if they were innocent pieces of dust. Carefree, they floated wherever they so pleased. Brave - to wander around the world without caution. Silence acted as a vacuum, creating a tight space which no one dared to shatter. Dot upon dot intertwined its soul with somebody else, never faithful to a singular speck. Through the gaps of the tattered potato sack, Sloane wondered if it only took one of the particles or many to relieve a person of what made them them. She hoped the two men dragging her through the splintered building, once the town’s city hall, were smart enough to wear a mask. What a pain in the ass that would be; her captors getting infected.

Broken furniture caught her legs as she was hauled away. She felt the strain over her arms tighten when she was hefted up a flight of glass caked stairs. They jabbed at her limbs. A rather large shard sank its way into her jeans, but abandoned ship when her knee clapped the next step. Sloane counted the breaths that came until she was deposited, chest first, onto the floor. She felt her lungs lose their precious treasure and imagined her breath as vapor seeping over the floor. The potato sack was ripped unkindly from her head.

Blinding light was revealed to her - spinning and swirling abstracts, struggling to piece together. One by one, the atoms of the foggy room stitched a feeble scene. She followed the boots in front of her nose until her eyes clawed over a face that filled her with twisted monsters who lived free of charge in her stomach. Through his rugged outlook - the beard, the bruises, the snags and tears on his clothes, he could inflict fear. She’d seen people piss themselves. Never her. Not even one shake had been paid to him by her hand. Perhaps that’s what he found so intriguing about her; the sheer resilience to a simple quiver of rightful fear.

“Sneaky little shit, ain’tcha? James and Howard say you’ve been hiding right under my nose this whole time. In that little community to the West. I should’ve known you’d be moronic enough to believe you’d be safe there. Guess I’ll just have to set that on fire, too.” Jonathan asked her. Wry pleasure had fish hooks stretching his mouth from either side. The way his balled fist rested against his cheek might have suggested adoration. Sloane kept his stony stare, unafraid of the mslice betraying that lopsided grin. Sloane struggled to right herself, relying on upper body strength. She twisted her hands, straining against the rope that bound them.

“They’ve nothing to do with it, Jonathan,” Sloane argued, glaring through a curtain of hair. “They have no idea who I am. Leave them be. Punish me. Not them.”
Date Night by caligo
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The stars had just started shining outside. A pair of green, worried eyes observed them quietly. And after a moment of silence, he turned to the walkie-talkie that was on the small table next to his bed. “Are you sure about this?” Sebastian asked, hoping the other two would still be there. Listening. His hands worked on the bow around his neck, trying to fix it.

“I’ve never been so sure in my life.” The voice of the other quickly replied.

Sebastian let out a sigh, inflating his lungs in an attempt to calm himself down. Feeling strangely nervous and fidgety that night. After all, it had been a while ever since he had had a date. Furthermore, it had been a while ever since he had had a date with someone he liked this much. Sebastian looked at his own reflection one more time, analysing his own figure from head to toe.

“Do I really have to wear this thing? I look like a penguin.” The young boy commented in a sort of groan, obviously unsure of the outfit. “It looks… a bit too formal.” He added in with a certain annoyance. The two voices on the other side sighed with exasperation in a perfectly synchronised duet.

“That thing is called a tuxedo, and you look great in it.” A softer, female voice spoke rather firmly. Sebastian smiled slightly, grabbing the walkie-talkie as he walked out of the room and into the living room.

“Thank you, but you can’t even see me.” The brunette replied.

“I don’t have to, silly.” Lyra said, causing him to grin.
Goddess by Kelemvor
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It was the middle of summer. Outside, the land was so hot animals had taken shelter beneath the umbridge of trees, the flowers wilted and townsfolk had taken shelter inside their hovels and huts. Yet as the five mages descended underground, they could see their breath exhaling between their lips in an icy mist.

The steel of their staffs gripped tightly in their palms was cool to the touch as they followed their leader, an aging man with a twisted silver beard that was braided down nearly to his knees. “Keep up,” he called, his voice echoing down the tunnel.

No one dared to speak a word. Behind them, their skeletal assistants followed, each creak and rattle of their dried bones sending chills up one mage’s spine as he struggled to ignore the fact that with every step they took, his very life seemed to be seeped from his very soul. He knew what he was getting himself into. The Cult of Night, that promised power unbridaled. Yet this...

“Please, please no!”

He glanced over his shoulder. They were dragging along a man, an elderly chap that they’d dragged from the nearby village in the dead of night. A farmer, widowed and alone. No one would miss him. He was the perfect candidate. “Shut up, you peasant swine,” snarled one of the mages, cracking his staff across the old man’s spine and he stumbled forward, giving a pathetic whimper of fright.

The young mage felt nothing for the old man’s agony. After all, his suffering would prove to be worthwhile, once he was given to the goddess.
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AS Afflatus - Issue 13 - Activity Center

Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:17 am

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Instructions: Use the word bank of staff names provided. Type up your answers in the format of:

1) name
2) name

and so forth. PM your answers to thunderofthebun. Make sure the subject line of the message is: STAFF TRIVIA - ISSUE 13

You get ONE try. Answers will be revealed at the end of the month so you have until then to submit. Each correct answer earns one point towards your house! Just trying in itself earns eight points. That means that you can earn up to 25 points towards your house in this one activity.

Rakuen, Thunderofthebun, Night Fury, Commander Shepard, Snow, Important, Lady Noellia, Ichor., Faolan, Kami, Blue, Meraki, Andromeda, Cerise, Darkness, MickeyRose, Caim

1. I just dyed my hair for the first time this July and I like pineapple on pizza; judge if you wish!
2. When I was younger, my favorite animal was a dolphin and I used to be apart of the swim team in high school.
3. I became interested in writing during 4th grade and wanted to write a book about chinchillas.
4. I'd like to major in communications and marketing in college and I've been learning Spanish since I was 5 and I'm nearly fluent.
5. I have 30+ cousins and I don't like chocolate.
6. I was in high school before I could do a zip line (began trying in elementary school) and have never been to a concert.
7. I am colorblind - I cannot see the color purple at all - and I am terrified of birds, especially ducks.
8. I'm a very sarcastic/cynical person, so my friends have trouble deciphering when I'm serious and I have memories from as young as 4 years old but nothing as a preteen.
9. I've never broken a bone or had stitches and I played clarinet in concert and marching band.
10. I never get scared when watching horror movies alone, but with company I flinch, gasp, or whimper which is baffling to everyone. When I was little, I liked playing with knives, so my grandma decided to pull one out of my hand and ended up cutting off three of my fingers; I still have the scars.
11. My favorite painter is Van Gogh and my favorite book is Martin Eden by Jack London.
12. I used to participate in martial arts and was in several competitions and I can hold my breath when I'm focused and sometimes forget to breathe.
13. When I was a kid, I tried to swallow a bolt when home alone - ended up choking on it and my father came home from work just in time to fish it out of my throat before I (possibly) died. My favorite hobby is crocheting.
14. I play the saxophone as a casual hobby and my favorite series is The Bartimaeus Trilogy.
15. I have an insane amount of expensive weapon props and struggle to meet new people due to being a shy and antisocial individual.
16. I have a collection of over 400 stuffed animals and I have a weird tick where if my drink has a straw, as long as I'm holding it I'll drink the entire thing gone.
17. I have an allergy to black pepper and I'm weirdly good at claw machines.

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AS Afflatus - Issue 13 - Anon Compliments & Critique

Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:18 am

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Anonymous Unicorn wrote:Savannah has always seemed like a decent person who tries to give people a chance. Some people online can be so mean so it’s nice when someone tries to be kind!
Anonymous Unicorn wrote:Hello friend (apathy), just a reminder that I love you and you deserve many great things to happen to you in your lifetime. lolokaythat'sitbye
Anonymous Kitsune wrote:Deeplight is one of those gems that go unnoticed by many. He is such a genuinely brilliant writer that deserves so much recognition for his work. From his brainstorming sessions to his plots and to his writing, he is genuinely one of the best writers and best partners a girl could ask for. And, definitely, a best friend.
Anonymous Unicorn wrote:I want to give a big shoutout to our lovely Kami! She is always around for people and such a helpful, kind soul. Even if things are not going that well for her, she still tries her hardest to fulfill her staff duties (with success) and be a helpful hand in the community. Her writing is formidable, especially the 100 DoS prompts she is writing! Kami, I love you a lot and please continue to stay awesome!
Anonymous Unicorn wrote:Ziegler is a huge gay furry, as well as the best wife anyone could ask for and I love her for it. I am very (platonically) gay for you & I would choose you over Marko any day. <3
Anonymous Unicorn wrote:Important is a very great writer & a very chill person, thank you for being awesome & blessing my eyes with your writing.
Anonymous Unicorn wrote:aaaaaaaa, okay seriously I love this (important) dude so much? Like ??? My dear, you are a lovely person and I freaking love chatting with you every single night. There are too many words, and I should really put this into some type of letter, but I just wanted to say that you are a beautiful human being and I don't believe in God, but I feel so blessed to have someone like you in my life ♥
Anonymous Unicorn wrote:for katriona: i can't even begin to explain how much it means to me that you're now apart of my life. i know i was kind of just... dumped on you, where neither of us had an honest to god choice, but dammit -- i'm so happy it happened. you're a wonderful friend and an even better person. you always know how to cheer me and everyone else around you up, even when you haven't had the best day yourself. it means so much to have so much positivity in my life. (plus the dog videos. i live for those.) thank you so much for all that you do. you're a bright ray of sunshine. keep on doin' what you're doin', and i know things will fall in place for you. i love you <3
Anonymous Unicorn wrote:for Bleating Ram: I don't think I've written you a letter yet, and I know we haven't really talked all that much. But, I just wanted you to know that I really love and appreciate the role-play that we have, as well as the conversations that we used to have together. I appreciate you, and I hope you are doing well.
Anonymous Unicorn wrote:Thank you (important). For everything. And I'm sorry. For everything.
Anonymous Unicorn wrote:for andromeda: first things first, you're a beautiful singer. and a beautiful person. you'll deny this, but that's okay. i won't back down from what i said. it means a lot to me that i've had the opportunity to get to meet you and get to know you better. i wish you all the best in all of your future endeavours. <3
Anonymous Unicorn wrote:anika, anika, anika. there's so many things that i want to say but i doubt i'll ever be able to properly express anything to you. i've known you for three years, though i've only just started to talk to you and really get close to you over the course of these past months. it means everything to me, too. i am so attached to our writing, the story that we're building together, and i'm ever so grateful for the love and kindness that you've shown me throughout the years. you've never missed telling me happy birthday once. i know it's such a small thing, but gods ever does it mean so goddamn much to me. thank you for all that you do, doll. i love you <3
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Aki's tail twitched at the tip as she watched James with confusion. She'd just revealed to him her true form, he should be bowing, or screaming, or something! Instead, he had his face buried in his hands and was apparently doing his best not to look at her. "James?" she asked, voice a soft mew-like pitch. This only seemed to further freak him out, as he flopped backwards on his bed.

The former cat stood off the floor where she'd been crouching, and leapt nimbly onto his bed. "James, please respond!" she insisted, batting at his hands gently. She needed him responsive, able to hear her if she was going to do her job. She couldn't very well punish a frozen man.

Then James began to laugh, a deep low sound that caused Ani to jump backwards, tail lashing slightly. "Respond?" James finally said, sitting up and staring at her with broken eyes "My cat just turned into a fucking girl, what the hell do you think I'm going to do?"

Aki's ears drooped for a half second, and then her green eyes flashed into a glare "Well you could start by showing a little respect!" she hissed. James snorted "Why? Your probably just a fucking hallucination." Aki's eyes began to glow, and she stalked forwards "Tell me, James. Have you heard of the gods?" James snorted "The gods? They're a bunch of myths. Stories people tell to kids and idiotic adults." he waved his hand "Gods don't exist."

Aki's eyes were now glowing fully, pure green with golden flashes of lightning. Her tail lashed, and James gulped. "The stores of the gods, as you call them, are not stories. I am Aki, Goddess of Felines and Luck. And your luck James, has just run out."
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