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Resource The Fanon Thread | Announcing the GAMIEL GAMES Bonus Round! (noncompetitive; Dec. 7, p. 60, #1490)

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction and Writing Resource' started by FanonSock, Nov 11, 2014.

  1. FanonSock

    FanonSock Jedi Knight star 1

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    The index has now been updated! Gahmah Raan and Gamiel, let me know if everything looks accurate in your newest index entries. (Gahmah, I put the Forceless under "species, cultures, and creatures" for now; I hope that's an OK way to classify them.)

    Just one little reminder to everyone: please don't forget to PM this sock when you make your monthly fanon posts. It will help me keep better track of things better. :)

    Thanks again!

    EDIT: In the meantime, if you've been having trouble PMing this account, things should work now. There was just a preference that needed to be checked. Sorry for the inconvenience!
     
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  2. Gahmah Raan

    Gahmah Raan Jedi Knight star 2

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    FanonSock I'd say that's the best way they can be classified for now (unless you can create a category for supernatural entities; and nice touch designating them as a creature and not a species). Their intelligence potential is too high to put them under "flora, fauna and nature" (although, it is possible for them to become animalistic if their Herald was, say, a nuna).
     
  3. Briannakin

    Briannakin Grand Moff Darth Fanfic & Costuming/Props Manager star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    Hey guys, just a note. The double/triple posting rules do not apply here because the posts were getting too long, however, there does come a point when it is spamming.
     
  4. FanonSock

    FanonSock Jedi Knight star 1

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    And I have just clarified the rules to reflect this: consecutive posts for the same topic are OK, but please no more than three posts per topic. Thanks.
     
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  5. Chyntuck

    Chyntuck Force Ghost star 5

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  6. Gamiel

    Gamiel Force Ghost star 7

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    Should we ask the members that are still with us that posted there if they want to post their stuff here?


    Also as an excellent inspiration for world building if you ask me are the Best of Fenix and Best of Pyramid article collection books, even if I personally find Best of Fenix better.
     
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  7. Chyntuck

    Chyntuck Force Ghost star 5

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    I'm not the FanonSock anymore, so that's a question for Findswoman :) but maybe the easiest way to go about it is to add these threads to the index?
     
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  8. Gamiel

    Gamiel Force Ghost star 7

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    It was more of a open question then one to the manger.

    P.s. how is your post about the Unknown region going?
     
  9. Chyntuck

    Chyntuck Force Ghost star 5

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    You like asking the painful questions, don't you :p Actually, I worked on it this morning, so with a bit of luck I should be able to post it tomorrow.
     
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  10. Ewok Poet

    Ewok Poet Force Ghost star 6

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  11. Gahmah Raan

    Gahmah Raan Jedi Knight star 2

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    Added some more info on Forceless I forgot to add the first time around. Particularly how hive-sense (higher-ranked Forceless seeing and hearing what lower-ranked Force sense) works within a Collective pecking order and some info on Sleeper symbiotes.
     
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  12. FanonSock

    FanonSock Jedi Knight star 1

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    Chyntuck and Ewok Poet, thank you so much for sharing those links. I've added them to a new category in the index: "Further Fanon and Worldbuilding Resources." And if anyone else can recommend any other such resources, I would be glad to add them there, too. :)

    And Gahmah Raan, thanks for the heads-up. :)
     
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  13. Sith-I-5

    Sith-I-5 Force Ghost star 6

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    I quite like that cheat sheet.
     
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  14. Chyntuck

    Chyntuck Force Ghost star 5

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  15. FanonSock

    FanonSock Jedi Knight star 1

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    Done, Chyntuck. I also added individual entries for Talz and Troukree under the "Species" portion of the index, both of which also link to that same post, and I can do the same for those that come up in your future Unknown Regions entries as well.
     
  16. Chyntuck

    Chyntuck Force Ghost star 5

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    That was fast 8-} Thanks!
     
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  17. Gamiel

    Gamiel Force Ghost star 7

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    Finally Chyntuck I have been waiting for that post, now some questions. [face_devil]

    * Any ideas about Troukruka’s animal life beside three horned lizards? Do Troukree make their own spaceships? If yes how do they look? How do their architecture/s look like? Any group/species that they have prejudice to? Any unique superstitions? Is there a kind of technology/gadget/items that they don’t have/use or is unique to them? How is their food?

    * Any ideas about New Alzoc’s animal life? Is there a kind of technology/gadget/items that they don’t have/use or is unique to them? How is their food?

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    any ideas about animal and/or plant life?

    Do they eat their food raw or do they cook it and if so, how do they prefer to cook their food?

    any special kind of metals and gemstones they specialise in shaping? And do their jewellery have any kind of distinct look?

    Any new thought about their technology?


    Do the hoatzeri have any special relationship with any other species, planet, group or similar? And do they have bad feelings against any other species, planet, group or similar?

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    Do people remember my post on creating cultures, alternative technological levels and quirks for worlds/cultures http://boards.theforce.net/threads/...-world-building.50024318/page-9#post-52495000? I have something similar for Force traditions and wondered if it is something people would be interested in?
     
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  18. Gamiel

    Gamiel Force Ghost star 7

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    Ordo Aurorae Aureae

    "Be as sceptical as you like, but our secret systems have steered the world towards greater good for centuries."
    - Lord Tom-Tom Blackwood, grand master of Ordo Aurorae Aureae’s Corellian lodge

    The Ordo Aurorae Aureae are primarily a gentlemen’s club with secret handshakes and rituals, but with an occult background that the invited has a chance to delve into. Most members don’t. Membership is primarily about connections and distribution of power; a secret sect with wealthy connections, but for those few with the talent there are mystical secrets to be learned.

    The order claims to have originated sometime at the dawn of the first Republic and to have guided the Republic to the greatness that it is today. They also say that more or less any historical person of importance for the Republic was a member. This is a lie that few truly believe in. In reality Ordo Aurorae Aureae was formed sometime after the Ruusan reformation as a club for the rich and powerful.

    The order has loges on all planets of importance in the Republic and on some outside it. To gain membership you need to be recommended by, at least, two members and be able to pay the rather large entrance fee. Members are ranked into nine grades, or rather three grades that each has three sub grades. The difference in grades are mostly symbolic, with higher grades being served first and being allowed to partake in more the order’s different ceremonies.

    What most pepople, including a majority of the members of the order, don’t know is that among the mystical texts, occult rituals and ceremonies that the members have to read, learn and participate in are real secrets hidden. Secrets that, if understood correctly, teaches some basic Force techniques.

    If a neophyte succeeds in cracking the secrets and is able to learns the Force techniques he/she will be approached by an older member of the order who will discreetly see if the neophyte is interested in learning more and seems capable of holding secrets.If they are interested, and able to keep the secret, they’ll be initiated into a secret part of the order where they’ll be taught additional force techniques. The members of this secret part of the order call themselves the ‘inner lodge’ and the un-invited order members are called the ‘other lodge’.

    The Force belief of the Ordo Aurorae Aureae’s inner lodgeis a mixture of jedi philosophy, Tund mysticism, Ororoian geometry, Kal-Dex-Ward meditations techniques and bits and pieces of other philosophies and Force secrets. They put faith in sacred geometry, feng shui, numerology and mysticism.

    The inner lodge knows about the dark side and its corrupting effect but believe that as long you have a strong enough character, which their high ranking members of course have, and just use it in small amounts, you will be able to use it without losing control. Since many of them use the dark side and only a handful have been caught by the Jedi, do they see their belief as true, even if it is actually more a testimony of the order’s subtlety, ability to quickly clean up their mistakes and lack of greater power that have made it possible for them to mostly fly under the jedi’s radar.

    The other lodge don’t really have any real mystical philosophy. It is a very worldly order that shrouds itself in rituals and mysticism, even if some the inner lodge’s belief in geometry, feng shui and numerology have bleed over to the other lodge.

    Ordo Aurorae Aureae teaches its members to work for the betterment of society, live a life of moderation and take care of those that are not as blessed. Of course what a moderated life means is usually something different for people that can buy and sell space stations and moons. Most order members have a “what’s good for me, is good for society” philosophy even if many of them donate money to worthy causes and the betterment for society.

    The order’s elitist tendencies are nearly all pervasive in the inner lodge whose members fully believe they have both the right and duty to govern over lesser people, a.k.a. everybody else. The inner lodge see themselves as the true guides of the Republic and believe that more or less anything good that have happened to the Republic was because of them.

    Many members of Ordo Aurorae Aureae were in favour of Palpatine and his empire with its promise to restore peace and order. And many of them could be found among the upper levels of the Empire’s bureaucracy as governors, advisors, moffs, imperial contractors and similar.

    Most of the members of the inner lodge were also recruited, one way or another, into the service of one the Emperor’s Force using organizations. The powerful order members that didn’t want to join just disappeared.

    When the Empire fell did a majority of the order continue to support the empire but a rift begun to form within the order. With the destruction of Byss nearly all of the order’s high and grand masters were lost or dead and an open split, between those who supported the new Republic and those who supported the Imperial Remnant, become obvious. There was also a third group who believed that the order should stay neutral.

    Force philosophy
    As stated earlier so is Ordo Aurorae Aureae's inner lodge’s Force belief a mixture of jedi philosophy, Tund mysticism, Ororoian geometry, Kal-Dex-Ward meditations techniques and bits and pieces of other philosophies and Force secrets. This is combined with a belief in sacred geometry, feng shui, numerology and mysticism.

    The members of the order are taught to meditate to achieve an inner balance and focus to help them reach their true potential. All order members, from senior fellow rank and higher, are expected to meditate at least one hour a day. This is not really enforced for members outside of the inner lodge but a member who is found lapsing will be punished, usually with additional work. The members of the inner lodge believe that they need to meditate in order to focus their powers and if they don’t meditate for at least one hour each day their powers will wane. This is not true, even if the meditations do help with focusing and gaining balance, but since most members think it is true they will act as if their mystical power has weakened if they have not meditated. Members who have been unable to meditate for a longer period of time have shown themselves unable to utilise anything but the most basic of Force abilities.

    Their faith in sacred geometry, feng shui and numerology mean that all lodge houses are built after a certain pattern following the sacred geometry rules that the order believes in. Most of the order’s buildings also have lots of secrets corridors and hidden rooms because of the order’s love of secrets. Many members, especially the high ranking ones who have built their own houses, and other buildings, following those rules. They believe this increase their power, protect them from other mystics and/or keep bad fortune away when they are in them.

    All members of the inner lodge, and many outer members, have created personal, usually hidden, mediation chambers everywhere that they expect to spend a lot of time in (like their home, country house, personal space ship, business headquarter, etc.). Most members do show greater powers when in their mediation chambers and sometimes when they are in buildings that follow the sacred geometrical rules they believe in. This is usually due to their own belief that they are more powerful there so they draw more power from the Force then they usually do.

    The inner lodge knows about the dark side and its corrupting effect but believe that as long you have a strong enough character, which their high ranking members of course have, and just use it in small amounts, you will be able to use it without losing control. Since many of them use the dark side and only a handful have been caught by the Jedi, do they see their belief as true, even if it is actually more a testimony of the order’s subtlety, ability to quickly clean up their mistakes and lack of greater power that have made it possible for them to mostly fly under the jedi’s radar.

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    Appearance and equipment
    When they are being initiated each member of Ordo Aurorae Aureae get a ring with the stylized rising sun symbol of the order and a stole.

    The ring hides a transmitter and receiver that reacts when two worn rings are within ca 10 m of each other giving the bearers a pricking feeling in their finger.

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    Powers and Practises
    Despite what some members of the order claim, the masters of the Ordo Aurorae Aureae are not the most powerful Force users in the galaxy nor do they have secrets that the jedi could only dream of.

    The powers the order teaches its members are focused on the ability to influence others, see into the near future and master their own body. They only know few powers that are useful in combat and many members ignore those powers since they consider fighting beneath them.

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    Below are standard Force techniques that are being taught to order members after the rank they are being taught at. They are not set in stone and some lodges teach some techniques earlier or later then other and some lodges have knowledge that other lack.

    Fellow
    Common: Animal friendship; Aura of attraction; Aura of merriment; Control pain; Danger sense; Detoxify poison; Dramatic Entrance; Good guest technique; Remove fatigue; Create temporary artefact: Focus; Create temporary artefact: Protective talisman;
    Mind: Closed Mind

    Warden
    Common: Accelerated healing; Aura of unimportance; Bind item; Dramatic Entrance; Good guest technique; Remove fatigue; Short-Term Memory Enhancement; Substance analyse; Telekinesis*; Create permanent artefact: Focus; Create permanent artefact: Protective talisman;
    Mind: Brain skimming;
    Dark side: Aura of fear; Aura of uneasiness

    Master
    Common: Aura of awe; Dopplegänger; Dramatic Entrance; Enhanced Coordination
    Mind: Mind probe; Psychic Citadel
    Dark side: Life draining aura; Memory wipe

    * The order don't understand that "size maters not" and most members can only lift around 1-5 kg at most and many can not even do that.

    Organisation and structure
    The members of Ordo Aurorae Aureae are divided into three ranks, each which in turn are divided into three levels. The ranks and levels are: junior fellow (also known as neophyte); fellow; senior fellow; junior warden; warden; senior warden; master; high master and grand master.

    A fellow will be asked to study basic mathematics, geometrics and [more] they will also be given missions by the lodge to fulfil. These missions can be sponsoring a special bill or artist, lie in court, etcetera. They also have to pay a yearly membership fee and must participate in some order’s important gatherings: at least one for a junior, two for a fellow and three for senior.

    As a warden the member will be given more advanced material to study and will be asked to mentor and lead their lower members.

    The levels of high and grand master are only open to the members of the inner lodge, something that is unknown to lesser members.

    To reach the next level a member have to have been at their current level for at least a year, be recommended by two members of a higher level, and successfully fulfil some tests to show off their understanding. If the member fulfil all those criterions will they go through the ritual for entering the next level within the order. The ritual differs between levels and lodges, but often part of it takes the form of a test, which is more of a formality then a real test since a person that two senior members have recommended should already have mastered everything he/she needs to reach the next level in the order.

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    In the Galaxy

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    Outsider’s perspective
    The Jedi thought of Ordo Aurorae Aureae as self-important dabblers with more influence and knowledge than wisdom or common sense. As the order is rather good to hide their mistakes and know not to use their power in the presence of a jedi, do the jedi think that they, as an organization, don’t dabble with the dark side and that the members of the order that they’ve had to put down are the exception rather then the rule.

    The Sith know of Ordo Aurorae Aureae’s dark, if you excuse the pun, secret and many sith who have had respectable worldly influence have been members of the order. Overall have the sith seen the order and its members as a useful tool who, in its self-importance, is so easy to manipulate.

    The Common People overall see the Ordo Aurorae Aureae as that kind of society in which nepotism and decadence flourish. Some people believe the stories that the order actually deal with magic and occult science, even in some cases dark powers, but many who superficially know about the rituals and hidden symbolic just find it silly. At the same time do the order helps a lot of people so there are many, especially on less fortunate worlds, that feel an obligation to the order.

    Inspiration
    Freemasons; the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn; the Temple of the Four Orders [Sherlock Holms (2009)]; Hellfire Club (X-Men comic); the High Guild (MAGE: the Sorcerer’s Crusade)[…]

    Suggestions on how to use them
    As presented is Ordo Aurorae Aureae an excellent to use whenever you need a Freemasons or Golden Dawn like organisation for your story, you don’t even need them to have any Force powers since many of the order’s members are not Force sensitive.

    Membership in the order, and maybe Force training from it, is a good way to make a bad guy or the target for a scam even more dangerous. Membership could also explain why a character has some Force training, even a hero, after all not all members of the order are self-important nobles, oligarchs or business magnates.
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  19. Chyntuck

    Chyntuck Force Ghost star 5

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    Gamiel I included answers to your questions in my post about the Troukree and the Talz, just scroll down to the end of each entry.

    I'll also be adding info on two more species of the Unknown Regions (Gree and Vagaari) in this post in the coming days.
     
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  20. FanonSock

    FanonSock Jedi Knight star 1

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    A quick announcement for all who have contributed to the Fanon Thread so far:

    First of all, thank you for making this thread what it is! =D=

    Second of all: I’m preparing this thread's first challenge, which will be a fanon roulette of the typical "pick a number, get a thing to write about" variety. Thus, I would like to ask all of you who have contributed fanon posts to this thread (you're listed in the index post) for permission to include material from your fanon posts in the roulette. You may reply here in the thread.

    Early next week I'll ping anyone who hasn't responded, and for those I don't hear from within a full week, I'll take that as tacit permission to use your fanon material (per the guideline in the Fanon Thread OP stating that “If you post in this thread, you agree that, once your ideas are posted, anyone can take any or all of it and do whatever they want with it.”) But I did think I'd at least check first. :D

    Thank you all so much—I'm looking forward to this!

    Finds
     
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  21. leiamoody

    leiamoody Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Permission given to use my stuff in the roulette...I'd recommend the food and beverage post, if only because the other one I did (for "dreamwork") is a rather odd concept. The food/drink post is more readily accessible.
     
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  22. Sith-I-5

    Sith-I-5 Force Ghost star 6

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    What is the minimum that can be posted here initially, and once I post, do I. wherever possible, simply add to that one post, ad infinitum?
     
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  23. divapilot

    divapilot Force Ghost star 4

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    oooh, fun idea! Go ahead and knock yourself out. Any questions, send me a PM!
     
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  24. Gamiel

    Gamiel Force Ghost star 7

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    I am all for it.
     
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  25. FanonSock

    FanonSock Jedi Knight star 1

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    Thanks, leiamoody, divapilot, and Gamiel. leiamoody, does this mean you would prefer I not use the Dreamwork post in the roulette? (I am open to similar requests from other authors, too.)

    Sith-I-5, there isn't any minimum length for fanon posts—they can be as short as you like, or (within reason) as long. If you want to add more on a topic you've already posted on, we ask that you please add to the fanon post you started on that topic rather than putting the new info in a new post. When you do that, just make sure to send a PM to this sock letting me know you've done so. (And of course if you have a new idea for a new topic, that can be a new post—but, there too, please give me a heads-up by PM.)

    Here are some of the relevant guidelines from this thread's original post:

    Hope this helps! Any other questions, just let me know. :)

    Finds
     
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