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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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Goat‪
Goat‪ May 23 2014, 7:54am says:

Skyrim's story of terrorizing dragons is very unoriginal and overused out of a majority medieval fantasy stories as it's been done many times before with minor differences.

I remember reading something about Bethesda losing their original story writer so whomever they had as the replacement was surely an amateur who couldn't even think of anything very creative which hasn't been done many times before, otherwise it's because they wanted an easier to create story to cut development time a little.

I can understand bringing back dragons for monster variety but not at the expense of a original story, Daggerfall Morrowind and yes even Oblivion had more original stories compared to Skyrim's, I haven't played Arena so I can't comment on it.

I don't mind if you wish to vote me down, I am entitled to express my opinion just the same as every one else is. :)

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rooster100
rooster100 Jun 11 2014, 10:48am replied:

Alright, i have read your comments and i it's good to see someone explaining his reservations about something. But i still have some counter arguements against you. First off, sure i'll admit that Skyrim doesn't have the most original story in the world, but is it really a bad one? What makes it interesting to me is that they use the series own lore and also creates some new things such as the dragon language and the thu'um. By doing that they put a somewhat new spin on a classic tale. Also i like it because it's my story and my choices. So instead of reading or watching a tale unfold, i live through it. Now granted, i haven't played through the entire story yet because i mainly play the game for side quests and exploration but i still think it's something to think about.

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Goat‪
Goat‪ May 29 2014, 8:36am replied:

One problem with people on this site is that it doesn't matter if you provide construction criticism or not, you will still get down voted regardless, it's just very one-sided and biased.

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teslaptak
teslaptak May 30 2014, 3:43pm replied:

But you must admit that dragons language and thu'um and guy that is half dragon is original concept(at least for me)
Buti i also agree that Oblivion and Morrowind were more creative in quests and main story, most of guild quests aree so boring in skyrim.

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maxammo Apr 26 2014, 4:32am says:

Its quite disappointing that Skyrim removed most of the stuff in the previous Elder scrolls. Like spellcrafting and weapon variety found in Morrowind.

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draenei Feb 7 2014, 2:05am says:

Can someone please upload the lich king armor here please?

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Scamosu Dec 28 2013, 3:25pm says:

If u want an exellent mod, search frostfall

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šøñ_öɟ_ɭĩɓεřʈŷ Mar 12 2014, 12:39am replied:

You 2 are stupid. This game is awesome. Go play older TES titles if you like it so much.

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