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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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Dragonlord
Dragonlord Jan 25 2011, 8:47pm buried:

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Hm... according to that quote the game sucks already right now:
"Enemy level-scaling - that is, enemies that keep pace with your character level - returns."

Why do developers not learn out of mistakes of the past... :(

But the worst is that they turned dragons evil... Akatosh is going to be ****** at Bethesda :(

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OnlySolus
OnlySolus Jan 19 2011, 9:12am says:

Owh boy I'm going to play this till its broke or till I explored every little pixel I just hope I can put on some other epic armor besides nordic stuff and I hope there are Dwarven Dungeons like in Morrowind cause those where facking epic well I hope there is everything (caves/elven ruins/dwarven ruins and new things just everything and more). And dragons? Never expected to see a dragon but sweet.
Owh and I really hope there is not just snow well I guess you can have snow forests, snow mountains, snow valleys, snow well whatever but I hope its very diverce not like Oblivion more like Morrowind... well I guess what I mean is I hope they combine the best things of all the games into one epic package with brand new graphics/story/sounds/items etc :)

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OnlySolus
OnlySolus Jan 19 2011, 9:36am replied:

Sorry looked at the screenshots the diverceness seems alright :)

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hardcoregamer24
hardcoregamer24 Jan 30 2011, 8:46pm replied:

if you think the landscapes are diverse check out the screenshots of weapons they look awesome. :)

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Waffleking
Waffleking Jan 19 2011, 4:25pm replied:

Believe me, snow everywhere dosen't make the lanscape boring.

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Waffleking
Waffleking Jan 18 2011, 10:56am says:

Skyrim will have dual wielding! Not just for weapons, but for spells too! Imagine how it will be to rain fire and death upon your enemies with two hands XD

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CoIIe
CoIIe Jan 17 2011, 2:19pm says:

I hope it will become as good as Nehrim is.

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Pyryp
Pyryp Jan 19 2011, 9:02am replied:

But more stuff in cities.

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CoIIe
CoIIe Jan 20 2011, 5:27am replied:

True. Lively cities are a must this time. The citylife in Oblivion wasn't really reliable. Think about the following situation. It's the main market of the capital city and there are only two NPC walking around. I hope I will never see such a boring and sad level agian in a TEC-game.

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chris1123100
chris1123100 Feb 24 2011, 4:04pm replied:

if there are only a couple NPCs then all the better for a thief ;). use that to an advantage, I do.

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