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About Luftahraan with 0 comments by Vizard38 on Sep 6th, 2014

The Writing Corner: Part 1

Introduction

NOTE: The following is NOT part of the regular update series and has no effect on the regular Luftahraan updates. This article series is simply a set of supplementary information detailing decisions and steps in the writing process of Luftahraan.

Hi guys! I’m vizard38, the previous Head of the Writing Department for Archon Entertainment from April 2012 to sometime in early 2013. Due to school commitments and some inexperience with Elder Scrolls lore, the reigns of the project were handed over to Arkaash, who leads the writing team to this day.

This is the first part to a several part series that dissects and analyzes the thoughts, influences, and decisions behind several areas of the the Luftahraan lore and storyline. These pieces will show the writing process and highlight the many steps and processes in writing implementation.

SOME LOGISTICAL HISTORY

The writing process is one with many layers. Engaging storylines are built off of entertaining quests, which are in turn built off of backgrounds, characters, and other key aspects; all of which are built off of the lore behind Luftahraan. The backstories and legends, histories and tragedies, are all necessary in order to build a setting that not only is realistic and fitting to the Elder Scrolls lore, but also differentiates from the basic cookie cutter city structure Bethesda uses.

Writers come and go but each has left his or her own mark onto the city. The overall sum of all of their efforts has led to a city rich in its lore. However, the early formative years of the project in early 2012 were marked and marred by a lack of centralization. The development was being facilitated through the online forums of Facepunch, employing a contribution system; people would contribute to the city in whatever aspect he or she wanted. Some chose interiors, others chose voice acting, while others wanted to write. These early writers offered numerous ideas, many of which have been worked into modern iterations, but a good amount of these ideas were implemented in a very disjointed fashion back then. Many characters were written as jokes and the vast array of wildly different personalities and backstories simply did not make sense for a city in the region of Skyrim.


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However,  in this disorganised mire, several key writers would appear; these individuals would play significant roles in the writing department, and would have major influences on the modern version of Luftahraan. More mature and more complete ideas were being developed.


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Eventually, in the later days of the 2012 development era, a consensus was held that all of these ideas and concepts for stories and characters needed to be centralized and kept appropriate in terms of Skyrim lore. The first meeting was held on April 14, 2012 and had a whole host of individuals. Topics discussed at the first Luftahraan team meeting included concerns over NPC connections and their roles in the city, implementation of radical side quests, and most importantly, ideas regarding the main quest. With the advent of this meeting, the writing team was established, and many familiar faces were born out of the cosmic chaos.


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Sometime in June 2012, Orvar “Wheeze,” having taken reigns of the mod from the city’s founder Oskutin, began a wave of centralization over the project. The workplace of the developers would migrate away from the Facepunch Forums, and instead the project would be discussed and progressed via the Luftahraan Forums (at this point Archon Entertainment had yet to exist). The olden days of Luftahraan’s development, one of contribution and idea implementation had died, and instead a more orderly, team based development system was born.


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However it would be wrong to say that the ideas from the Facepunch Forums was forgotten. Indeed much of the writing, whether it be lore, books, or quests, owes much of its influence from the ideas of those on the Facepunch Forums. In the following articles, we will explore the emergence of key writers, their influences, and ultimately witness the evolution of the lore, characters, and city from the ground up. These articles will focus on concepts and ideas that shaped the current iteration of Luftahraan, as well as point out motifs and other literary elements that were molded into the city. This is the tale of not two, but just one city, and the people behind its birth and evolution. Let’s meet the writers (note: not ALL writers could be included, but those that I deemed most prominent will appear in these articles).


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ON THE NEXT ARTICLE: A detailed look at the city Luftahraan itself.

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LordGuido Sep 11 2014, 7:17am replied:

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Lordkarranyi Aug 26 2014, 6:33am says:

is there a crusader mod ?

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maxammo Aug 27 2014, 9:12pm replied:

Try looking at Skyrim Nexus, there you will find one.

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Broly(TrunksEdition) Aug 14 2014, 10:28pm says:

is there an actual download?

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DonBre Jun 11 2014, 8:02pm says:

Bought it right the way when it came out $60 still worth it.

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rooster100
rooster100 Jun 11 2014, 11:01am replied:

Also, you say that the game stripped away several RPG elements such as spellcrafting and such. This is the point of confusion to me, because if i recall it correctly, Skyrim didn't remove features, Oblivion did however do that. Now i haven't played Morrowind that much but still my point holds true. If anything Skyrim not only regained but added several RPG features such as: Smithing, Enchanting, Alchemy, Mining and woodcutting and lumber sawing. So what elements are you talking about?

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Goat‪
Goat‪ Jun 16 2014, 1:03pm replied:

Role playing is essentially playing the role of a character with their own backstory while on their quest for whatever reason it may be with their own personality, voice and dialog to act out, and they are addressed by name by other characters.

In TES games you don't really play a role of a character like this.

Those features you mention are usually tacked on to RPGs but don't in anyway count as the actual role playing.

Oblivion didn't remove spell making at all when Skyrim in fact did, what Oblivion removed was the enchant skill but it still allowed you to create enchantments but with the certain skills available only after you advance in the particular magic skills for them.

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rooster100 Aug 15 2014, 4:50am replied:

So basically what you're saying is that none of the TES games fit the definition of an RPG. Yet according to you Skyrim has moved away from the series RPG roots. That's makes a lot sense dude.

Also the game removed one feature, is that really a big of a deal?

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teslaptak
teslaptak Jun 11 2014, 4:52pm replied:

leveling and mostly stats ( also no more athletics and acrobatics)

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