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Demongate: Wrapping up the Loose Ends.
« on: March 11, 2014, 10:34:39 am »

The successor to Steelhold

It uses the same wiki. The wiki is your friend. You should visit the Steelhold wiki before it gets lonely.

For those interested in the expansion of the major storyline, there's a chat thingie for discussing developments here

Hundreds of years ago, the fortress of Steelhold was founded to imprison the various wrongdoers of dwarven society. As could be expected, the fortress almost immediately was consumed by anarchy and madness. Heroes rose and fell, and evildoers fought among themselves for supremacy. In the end, the fortress was destroyed by the death of a demonic entity, but not before producing a threat against all that is good in the world (and elves): the Bloodkin. Created by Corley, augmented by Asmoth and led by Shank, these vampiric creatures went to war against every other creature on their home continent, killing the lucky and capturing the unfortunate to join Shank's farms. Those that were able to flee did so, seeking new homes across the western seas. Unfortunately for them, the bloodkin followed, driven either by their own bloodlust or the will of their masters. They have all but conquered the southern kingdoms of our continent, but we are the dwarfs of the First Iron, and we will not simply wait for our enemies to defeat us.

Queen Datan Govosusrir has ordered the construction of a fortress named Demongate in the pass between the Famous Seas and the Adventurous Ocean to serve as both the first line of defense against any attacks from the south and a base for any attacks against the invaders. We are the gate between the great north and savage south, and we shall not be broken.

Demongate is a succession fortress that's a sequel to the madness that was Steelhold. It's mostly vanilla Dwarf Fortress, but with a challenge race called the Bloodkin that represent everything evil that the fortress produced. As with Steelhold, the plotline is influenced by all players. To join as a player, you must have a dwarf in the fortress, and to get a dwarf in the fortress, you have to provide a backstory. Should your dwarf die, you have to provide a new name and a new backstory, barring plot relevant shenanigans.

Rules:
1: A turn spans one dwarven year, from the first of Granite to the first of Granite. If a player ends their turn early, the next player in line can play through whatever time is left in addition to their own turn.
2: There's no set time limit for a turn, but keep the thread updated as much as possible.
3: No intentionally destroying the fortress. This includes purposefully murdering large numbers of dwarfs for no apparent reason.
4: No third party tools. This includes checking the syndromes of a forgotten beast before fighting it, and it especially includes doing that for someone else without them asking you to.
5: The graphics are vanilla DF graphics, please don't change them. It does strange things.
6: Players can take extra turns, providing there are at least three turns between their turns. Players who haven't taken any turns yet will be given priority.
7: While plotting is encouraged, don't kill another player's dwarf without asking them first.

Turns (MDF has a list of links further down the page that don't have silly titles):

I: Deus Asmoth
Arrival.
Can you Dig it?
Puppies>Kobolds.
Retirement.
Save.
II: 4maskwolf
Assuming Direct Control.
The broker who actually trades.
Cornelius goes Crazy(er).
NEW UPDATE!!!! YEAR NEARLY OVER! BRENZEN IS PARANOID ABOUT BLOODKIN!
Maternity Leave is Undwarven.
Long live the twenty three notes!
III: Gnorm Tallow Roasts are Delicious!
Feedrouts the Torch of Connecting.
Lokast gets Possessed! Again!
The time where absolutely nothing bad happened!
Enter: Corley.
Things that go bump in the night.
Cover Story Time!
Return to the Fields.
IV: Rhaken
Education for All! BOO! 
Attack of the Overseer Killer.
Tarmid Likes Horses.
Dwarves don't have a Geneva Convention.
Hydra Dominatus.
Hammer Time!
So much for the Captain.
Research!
Imóla gets Immolated.
V: peregarett 
"Someone drowned today, but let's talk about the interesting stuff."
Na na na na na na na na Blood Man!
Goblins! If only this kick ass trumpet worked!
Angry Horses?
Vlad cheats on Thane.
Swordsdwarf, the Friendly Ghost.
Medtob: Like Cupid, but dwarven.
An offer we couldn't refuse.
The Face of Nobility.
The First Day of Goblin Christmas.
VI: MDFication
Hail His Grace Vladamir Uristovitch, First of His Name, Baron of Demongate, Stealer of Boots, Blackboard Monitor!
Being leader of the military puts you in a great political position.
Dwarves get Bedrooms.
Ah yes, "Slade Fortress". We have dismissed that claim.
Some residents get evicted.
Forgotten Beasts are not known for their forward planning.
Vlad is a Tyrant.
Pump the magma to melt the ice to pump the magma.
VII: Captain Archmage
The Wizard is doing it.
Party of One.
The Pimping Station!
The Power Level is... forget it.
The DSPCA.
Securification.
Demongate Uses Traps! They're Super Effective!
Thane gets a Statue.
Magma Powered Forges! They Never Run Out Of Magma!
Soil!
Green bolded italicised mayoral announcements are difficult to read.
"Boss? We found some more damp rocks. Is it breaktime yet?"
Dress code: extremely casual.
Humans wait until you're not busy to attack you. They're polite.
Ghosts are people too.
Making money.
Giantess?
More like giant mess!
CSI:Demongate.
The laws of thermodynamics? What are they?
VIII: Spear
IX: TheFlame52
Angst over destroyed art will make him a better artist.
Carving your private diary into a wall.
Ilral is paralysed! He can't move!
Onul Kolsazir, steadily chipping away at the walls between worlds.
Dog versus Goblin! Who will win? (Spoiler: Goblin)
Humans think better of trying to kill us.
Peace everlasting?
The lopsided temple.
I think there might be something to catch in the eastern cavern...
As long as no one is stupid enough to open the third cavern, we should be fine.
The Haunting of Kangaroo Jack.
X: FallenAngel
I heard that birds have hollow bones, so I made a shield out of some bird bones. Doubtless, it is indestructible.
People like having to swim up the stairs in the morning, right?
"Haha! See! He was only "put off" by my living arrangements! It's the ghosts in the food areas that caused him to throw stuff."
Bow before the spider god, God of Spiders! ... or the god who is a spider... or both.
Well, that was easy.
Salt kills snails, right?
It's not illegal to produce gypsum if you're not planning to distribute it.
They can't blame us for every little political assassination that happens on our land.
The dung beetle's noxious secretions do not smell pleasant.
XI: Deus Asmoth
Dwarves read George Orwell, apparently.
"Vladamir is naked. Again."
Today's episode of Demongate was brought to you by the letters G and R, and the surname Martin!
Many dead, I'm afraid. Many others, also dead.
Glowing portal in the middle of a zombie infested building? Nothing sinister about that at all.
Straight answers? We don't believe in those here.
Law and Order: Demongate (This is a totally different joke to the CSI one.)
If you wake up in jail with your chains broken, stay in jail!
Thane reduces weaponsmith unemployment by 100%. Weaponsmiths go on holiday.
XII: Dantheman
Death is not as permanent as it once was.
Our extensive background checks indicate you will make a good leader, or something.
Presumably, 'stool' means 'small backless chair', not that other thing...
What goes around...
Where does he keep finding these stools?
Ghost baby!
It's a hybrid of  dwarf and... something.
XIII: Gnorm
Torvald's father may be a plot point.
Violating export bans is a poor idea.
The queen is not one for sesquipedalian loquaciousness.
Thane invents breakdancing.
Vladamir really likes speaking with diplomats.
Liwa's one step rapid fat burning weight loss program!
Hopefully, someone stole his boots. It's what he would have wanted.
The streaking elf.
Pilat, Nathob, Gulo, Josef and Datan have not watched Fullmetal Alchemist.
Torvald has not played Final Fantasy 7.
For the greater good.
Torvald picks a winner.
XIV: peregarett
There is nothing in the Overseer guidebook about needing a shield.
Though it's useful when angry people throw things at you.
Cornelius gets drunk does vital product testing.
Na na na... wait, we've done this one already.
The dwarven elevator.
'At peace with nature' does not include angry horses.
Attack of the fifty foot dust bunny!
Ettins tend to have pronoun trouble.
That's a lot of goblins.
XIV: FallenAngel
XV: Zaerosz
XV: 4maskwolf
Whispers in the night.
The Demongate Guardians! Ooga chaka!
This secret society has nothing to do with alcohol.
Evil is a hard thing to kill.
If your whole life is a lie, how do you find the truth?
Wearing us down, like water on a mountain.
Demongate becomes a military state.
She should have struck him down with all her hatred. It'd probably save her trouble later.
Fighter level 37 out of 15.
Ragnarok begins.
XVI: Doctor_Whiteface
(XVII): theflame52
(XVIII): Deus Asmoth

(Bracketed turns are subject to change, generally due to repeat turns)
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Re: Demongate
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2014, 10:36:23 am »

Dwarfings, quotes, etc.

Residents of Demongate:
* To arrive:

* Alive:
- Thane, Aspiring Champion
- Sir Brenzen, Knight of Saint Zane
- Brother Cornelius, Healer
- Tarmid, Scribe of St Zane
- Fractalentity, Immortal
- Thanatos, Olympian
- Lokast, Silent Scribe
- Flame, Possessing Spirit
- FallenAngel 4, Bodysurfer
- Spiral, Alleged Champion of Demongate
- BALLS, Mayoral Enforcer
- Danman, Lich Hunter
- Torvald, DWEORH Leader
- The Host, Gem Keeper
- Zaerosz, Warrior Bowdwarf
- Burto, Hybrid Dwarf
- Beef Vanderhuge, Gypsum Addict
- Kadol One-Hand, Not a Player Dwarf but Still Awesome
- Urist McWhiteface, Sawbone

* Dead:
- Olin, Knight of St Zane (struck down in battle against goblins)
- Captain, Wizard (struck down in battle against goblins)
- Jim the Fifth (struck down in battle against goblins)
- Gnora, Farmer (struck down in battle against goblins)
- Talonis Wolf, Heretic (killed by Artyom Barkov)
- Dantheman, Beast Hunter (struck down in battle against forgotten beasts)
- Besmar Forbes, Former Mayor
- Mistress Nero (struck down in battle against forgotten beasts)
- FallenAngel(x3) (various)
- Artyom Barkov, Captain of the Guard (killed by Thane)
- Helgarde, Miner's Guildmaster
- Mattias, Philosopher
- Vladamir Uristovitch, Mecenary, Duke of Demongate (died in battle against goblins)

* Other:
- James Joyce (vanished into the caverns)

* The Factions of Demongate:
- The Knights of St. Zane, a warrior clan who battled the threat of the bloodkin invaders. They see the warriors of Steelhold as saints, especially if they didn't directly contribute to creating the menace that ravaged the civilised world.
- The Guardians of Demongate, a small group set up by Sir Brenzen to deal with threats to Demongate, both internal and external. This may or may not prove ironic in the future.
- The Evening Prayer Group, a loose affiliation of the major players of Demongate. Its primary function is to allow them to imbibe copious amounts of alcohol, though they also influence the fortress' politics.
- The Olympians, a guerilla force who did battle against the bloodkin in the overrun southern regions. They have not been heard from in several years, and may be wiped out.
- The Beast Hunters, a group who hunt the great beasts of the world. They trap the souls of these creatures in gemstones and use them to power magic. This is not morally reprehensible.
- DWEORH was founded by Torvald for purposes unknown. They constructed a large, though as yet unfinished, framework of minecart tracks throughout Demongate.

Link to mask's compilation post of plot related items.
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Re: Demongate, a Succession Fortress Against Evil
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2014, 10:41:47 am »

I'll take the third turn; I'll post a proper profile for a character soon.
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Re: Demongate, a Succession Fortress Against Evil
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2014, 10:44:20 am »

Put me down for turn 4. Fair warning, though: my free time has taken a massive hit, and I may have to postpone my turn. Repeatedly.

Maybe I should stick to write-ups and stories. I could go on about Steelhold's world and history for days.
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Re: Demongate, a Succession Fortress Against Evil
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2014, 12:52:12 pm »

A turn, please. Will delay my dwarfing a bit before first player posts a few tales.
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Re: Demongate
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2014, 04:24:28 pm »

My dwarf's backstory:

Thane is a follower of the god of iron and forges who dreams of becoming a hero to all of dwarfkind. He spent several years trying to forge the perfect weapon to wield into battle, selling the rejected pieces to make a living. He might have fulfilled his dream if a noble hadn't come to him, asking him to design a self swinging sword. Not familiar with the idea of lying, Thane told him exactly what he thought of that idea, and woke up the next day in a caravan headed for the newly founded fortress of Demongate.

Thane should be a weaponsmith, and if he ever makes an artifact, he should join the militia using that artifact.
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Re: Demongate, a Succession Fortress Against Evil
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2014, 04:50:42 pm »

First player will get to you all shortly. He is currently on an iPod at a Starbucks, but rest assured that I will get to this in an hour or two.
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Re: Demongate, a Succession Fortress Against Evil
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2014, 05:16:16 pm »

Can you put me on at the bottom of the heap? I should be able to get a new laptop by then.

Until then, dorfing time? I'd like a male woodcutter/militia dorf by the name of Vladimir Uristovitch. A foreign dwarf who initially signed up as a mercenary, and/or to loot bodies. He comes from a long line of illegitimate children with a family tradition for thuggery and not really knowing precisely who their father was.

EDIT: I'm operating a 'shadow OP' just in case the OP goes down or gets filled. But it's pointless, as I'm gone all summer.


Turns


It's best to read the entire thread rather than just the turns. However...
Asmoth: 12345
4maskwolf: 1234567
Gnorm 12345
Rhaken: 1234567
Peregarrett: 1234567891011
MDFification:12345678
Captain Archmage: 1234567891011121314151617181920
TheFlame52: 1234567891011
FallenAngel:


Quotes & Madness


Quote from:  MDFification
What I can't believe is that we've had adamantine for 3 years now and all we've used it for is building a goddamn trade depot.
Quote from:  Deus Asmoth
Steelhold has obtained a vampire baby. A vampire baby who, I suspect, drained his mother of blood when he was a month old. I think he should become our mascot.
Quote from:  MDFification
Now I look technically competent, maybe we can forget about the whole albatross civilization/spontaneous bloodkin combustion thing, yes?
Quote from:  Rhaken
Everyone on the continent was of unknown parentage, apparently. What gives?
Quote from:  FallenAngel
Legs are for cowards.
Quote from:  4maskwolf
READ ALL THE NOTES, GNORM.

ALL 23 OF THEM.
Quote from:  Rhaken
RETREAT IS JUST ANOTHER WORD FOR ADVANCE THE OTHER WAY
Quote from:  MDFification
Everyone is crazy except Vlad: The Musical
Quote from:  CaptainArchmage
Please don’t make me write fucking fire regulations for Demongate. Trust me, you have good dwarves and it would be a shame if something were to happen to them.
Quote from: FallenAngel
Seriously, this place makes Boatmurdered look like the house of a perfectly organized person who also bleeds and vomits a lot


Fan Creations


Fan art, fan compositions, fan everything. Although when I say fan, most of them come from people who have/requested a turn here. (WIP)
The Wiki (always in need of an update)
The TVtropes Page (again, always hopelessly outdated)

Bad photoshops by MDFification
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Gnorm's MSpaint Drawings Adventurer's Art
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Re: Demongate, a Succession Fortress Against Evil
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2014, 06:02:05 pm »

I am Sir Brenzen, low magebane of the knights of St. Zane.  Our founder, Urist McKnight, bravely tried to follow in the footsteps of our patron saint and turn back the tide of the Bloodkin invasion, along with the founders of our order.  None survived, but the order has lived on, joined by the bravest dwarves of every generation.  As low magebane, it is my role to lead our local group, but this time my superiors have given me a far greater task.  The bloodkin have found us, and it is my job to stem the tide of the invasion.  To arms, my brothers, to arms!!!!!

There are a couple of points I would like to make here:
The knights of St Zane are one of the few groups that still believes in the existence of the bloodkin.  Also, the hierarchy of the order will be explained more as time goes on.

The second point is that I don't expect others to actually be members of the order.  You can be if you want, but don't take my last sentence of the description to imply that you have to be.

Feel free to establish organizations, everyone.  That's one thing the original Steelhold lacked.
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« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2014, 06:52:29 pm »

My Dwarf's backstory:

Gnora grew up in a small fortress on the mainland. This fortress had already been around for some years, despite it never growing into anything impressive. By the time Gnora was a young adult, she had decided that she would take up farming in the fields, a noble profession that would allow her to provide the food for the fortress. Unfortunately for her, the fortress relied mostly on its hunters to obtain food, rather than organized agriculture. Thus, she spent her days working on an atrociously small farm with almost no seeds to plant. This went on for many years, before she caught word of a new expedition; she signed up immediately and joyously -- and with a complete disregard as to the purpose and destination of the expedition.

Gnora should be a planter and a cook/brewer. She's a rather simple-minded one, so one shouldn't expect too many schemes from her yet.
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« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2014, 07:07:17 pm »

Also, I'm going to have links to all community contributions and overseer posts here, to take that burden off of our fine host Deus Asmoth.  Asmoth, if you could link this in the second post, that would be great.

Deus Asmoth:
Thane the Weapon Crafter
Journal Entry 1
Asmoth's log 1
Overseer journal one
Overseer journal 2
Overseer journal 3
Overseer journal 4
Overseer journal 5
Journal Entry 2
Journal Entry 3
Song of the Forges + Journal Entry 4
Response to test of faith
Journal Entry 5
The Marble Faction
An Educated Discussion
Journal Entry 6
Uncertainty
"Tell me the oath"
Gnorm:
Enter Gnora
Journal Entry 1
Journal Entry 2
The fight
Journal Entry 3
Letter to Brenzen
Demongate: The Beginning
Journal Entry 4
Journal Entry 5
Response to test of faith
Abruptly halted
Journal Entry 6
Enough is Enough
Overseer Journal One
Overseer Journal Two
Rhaken:
Tarmid, scribe
The Dark Tomes
The Missing Tomes
A Meeting of Minds
The Bad News
Peregarrett:
Brother Cornelius
Why monks don't drink
Back at the barrel
A monk's records
Hospital Journal
4maskwolf:
Sir Brenzen the Bold
The night before departure
The morning of departure
Death of the Parents, part one
Transfer of Power
Codex Arcana excerpt 1
Codex Arcana excerpt 2
The Oath of the Knighthood
Overseer Post 1
Overseer Post 2
The Test of Faith
The Test of Faith, part 2
A Lesson to be Learned
St Rhaken's Day/Mystical Powers
Overseer Post 3
Overseer Post 4
Transfer of power 2
Summoning the holy fire
A Peculiar Occurance
MDFication:
Vlad Uristovitch
Journal Entry 1
Journal Entry 2
Opinion poll
Journal Entry 3
Response to test of faith
Journal Entry 4
Journal Entries 5 and 6
Danmanthedog:
Dantheman, monster slayer
Single miner proposal
Journal Entry 1
Response to test of faith
Yelling at Gnora
Discovering the tomes
Sniffing out magic
Following the trail
"I don't like cheese!"
Pondering
Searching for answers
Mocking the newbies
I can sense magic, what of it?
Desperate Search
Who is the thaumateurge?
Senshuken:
Artyom Barkov
Journal Entry 1
Journal Entry 2: A loner's indifference
Memo to Self
A Polite Reminder
Strange Sightings
TalonisWolf:
And his namesake
Response to test of faith
Horseplay
Sarrak:
Lokast
Route to the fortress
Fractalman:
Return of the Fractal Entity
jrocks50:
Thanatos
Journal Entry One
Journal Entry Two
Response to test of faith
Journal Entry Three
Journal Entry Four
Journal Entry Four, part two
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« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2014, 07:14:33 pm »

Is there already a selected site, or does that still need to be selected?
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« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2014, 07:57:31 pm »

My back Story
I am Dantheman, I come from a long line of warriors dating back to the first dwarfern fort who found the ways to hunt and survive off Forgotten beasts. My family has always been a noble warriors who each must each pillage to defend one fort chosen by the elder till they kill a Forgotten beast and feast on its flesh in hopes of gaining its strength and knowledge. My great great grandfather choose the fort Steelhold as his fort, unknown to him of the great evil residing there. I was only 17 about to choose my fort pillage when I heard of demon gate. Knowing all to well that this fort would be the site of many battle and wars to come against the Forgotten beast's of old and also the terrible Bloodkin. I decided even against my father's, the Greatest of our people, wishes I boarded the next wagon to Demongate in hopes of finding my glory.
Hows that my first backstory. :P

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Re: Demongate
« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2014, 08:16:57 pm »

I'm not sure of the exact timeline, but great grandfather might not be long enough back. Great grandfather would be about two hundred years or so for a dwarf, right?

We could just keep using the Steelhold wiki for character things, it's not like there's all that much there at the moment.
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« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2014, 09:37:16 pm »

I'm not sure of the exact timeline, but great grandfather might not be long enough back. Great grandfather would be about two hundred years or so for a dwarf, right?

We could just keep using the Steelhold wiki for character things, it's not like there's all that much there at the moment.
I changed it to great great grandfather, also don't forget how old dwarfs can live. My clan of dwarfs do also eat Fb flesh to survive which will maybe increase their strengths and live span for a bit

Edit 1- Have you generated the world yet because if you haven't i was wonder if we could use a monster I made its a megabeast. Heres raws Its up to you but thanks for looking at the raws anyways.
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