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THE GLORY DAYS---- IN MEMORY OF…


I used to RP.

How do you think I became such a good writer?

But as it stands, the days of my RPing are just a memory now, their glory gone only to be seen once more in a burst of nostalgia... ah we had such a time. There was just us, and no candid storyline, and all the action we could ever think of.

I can only tell you that RPing with my old friends was an experience like no other, one that I've never found in any other group. We KNEW what the other was thinking, we all were interconnected almost, one mind nearly. Such days are long gone, and I cannot help but miss them with all my soul, but I realize that those days are again, over, and I will never see days like that ever again.

Oh, how time has passed, and yet, I can remember every moment that we spent together, though in front of a computer, bodies inactive, but minds running at the speed of sound. An adventure unparalleled, a creative adventure, no limits, and all the time in the world. An ecstasy better than any drug, better than any alcohol! We were conquerors! We were heroes! We were immortal to each other!

But time passed, new members came, and as usual, we greeted them with enthusiasm and joy, it was always thought the more the merrier! And it was… for a while. We had a leader, we all cared for his guidance, and he was a master storyteller, a God, in the literary sense. He knew of all the plot devices, how to fix a plot hole no matter how big it was, how to integrate every character. Oh, he was my teacher, and I owe him much, as I do everyone who used to be with us but he was an especially good teacher, blunt but forgiving!

All was well, for so long. We had all developed a bond; one that we thought was inshatterable. But one day, some of our younger members became dissatisfied with his guidance. Within time, the younger members banded together, and made him unhappy. My teacher left. His friend left first, but then he left! He told us that he was tied of being a leader.

I was one of the few who knew of his thoughts before he left. I was his second set of eyes, watching the younger members, noting their dissent. I told him of this, and then he initiated his grand experiment. He wanted to see if we could lead without him. And so he did. I am unsure any longer if he told me of this but the result was exactly of what he expected nevertheless.

We could not RP without him. It was impossible.

And so, he left. I spent much of my time afterwards attempting to track him down, but to no avail.

In time, others left, leaving in my hands a broken, destroyed chatroom, an RP without any sense of order. I had taken up the reins many a time in those days. But all my attempts had failed.

Our leader had fallen.

In time, I too left; seeking a new place to find the same feeling of unity and brotherhood that my pupils and I had sought and found in the chatroom.

Again, I failed. Nothing could compare to what I’d had before.

I left the chats altogether.

Then in two months I returned, determined to resurrect our old chats, to once again feel the nostalgia and experience the ecstasy of our glory days. I thought I could do it…

… And I did.

For two more months, I lead the RP back into the light, bringing forth a new era of storytelling! Once more I felt the ecstasy of our brotherhood.

But once again, it fell…

Not to dissent, no! This time it was to disinterest. No one wanted to open up the old wounds, and so… they left again too. They became uninterested in reliving the feeling that we’d all once shared and enjoyed!

Once more, it fell.

But this time it was different… I was happy, though it had fallen, though I had failed, I realized something!

I still could remember them, my friends! I could remember them in my writing! And so, in their honor, in my teacher, my mentor’s memory I wrote! I began to tell stories once again, and though it wasn’t the same, it was close, and that was enough for me.

Heck, it still is.



-----In honor of Project-XIII, Uryx, Takky-san, Avantguarde, and all of the others who were involved in DigitalChaos during the first fall, and second rising.

Written by: DC

-Damn I miss you guys.
And I always will.
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bobtf Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009
That was beautiful. I love your writing. Sorry I never took a look at this before, I just found it ^^; but I love it. Uryx told me how you tried to start it back up, I really didn't know it meant that much to you. Sorry about never fixing the admin problem either.

I dont want to make this about me which I realized I did way too much of (or at least I think I did) when I left, I just want to say I'm sorry that its over and that that was some beautiful writting.
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Desert-Chimera Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, but as we know, all good things end. No matter how awesome they were.

We had good run.
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bobtf Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
yeah ^^ we did, I loved every minute of it
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Desert-Chimera Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed.
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ShrubNinja Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is truly moving, DC. RP is better than most video games I have played, because everything is left completely to the imagination, yet everyone is thinking the same thing. I wish I could have roleplayed with you guys when there were a lot of interested people. I never really knew how fun it could be until I tried it.
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Desert-Chimera Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. It's true, games aren't nearly as fun as RPing, especially since, even with MMORPG's, though I don't play them, because there aren't those minor, yet annoying limits.
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ShrubNinja Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, in an MMORPG you and your friends might die at an important point, and that kinda ruins the whole setting.
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Desert-Chimera Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
So true.
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Viddax378 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
You have fantastically distilled your RP experience into an intoxicating elixir. I am truly sorry to hear that the glory days could not be brought back but all is not lost. We have you of course, without this fall from RPing grace you would probably never had changed into the person who you now are.
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Desert-Chimera Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I thank you for those words. Yes, those days are gone, but again, like you said, I may not be the same had they continued. Besides, I know I wouldn't have written Inert-G if they had.
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Viddax378 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
In a way, its greatness from failure. No, wait there is a better phrase. 'You must suffer for your art!'.
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Desert-Chimera Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
So true.
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Kerpow Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Student General Artist
Aww DC you can make even writing about roleplaying on the computer seem so emotional. It's wonderful!
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Desert-Chimera Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I wasn't really sure about what the reaction to this kind of thing would be, but so far it's been monumental! Thanks!
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Kerpow Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Student General Artist
^^ You're welcome. I miss rping too.
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Desert-Chimera Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
You should come to ivalicerp. I just got firefox 3 and IT WORKS.
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Kerpow Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Student General Artist
I've never heard of that before.
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Desert-Chimera Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a chatroom that's still semi-active, that I'll be returning to today, and for however long I'm on Dev-aRt. You should check it out and meet me there if you wan to RP again.
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Kerpow Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008  Student General Artist
I'm very sorry for being unavailable. My brother has consumed the computer with WOW. -_-
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Desert-Chimera Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
There goes the neighborhood.
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Takky-san Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was wonderful work and I miss you too Chimera-kun T^T
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Desert-Chimera Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.

I'd drop by if my computer would let me.

Is Uryx still there?
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Takky-san Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I haven't seen him in a bit. Nii-san either..
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Desert-Chimera Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Project's comp blew up, he mentioned it in his last journal I think.
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Takky-san Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah. Must have missed it then
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Authenti Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I saw the words 'I used to RP' and my hand moved before my mind did.
Inspiring and well-told, and I can understand this to well because the same thing happened to me. I remember my first 12-lined post, and how after that I found myself writing them in sets of 24.
Then of course, all good things must come to an end, and people started leaving roleplays halfway through with the excuse of 'someone else needed them for something'.
Yeah, I caught your drift on this one, though not in quite the same way - the place I used to roleplay at, people could really write.
Unfortunately, everyone there seems to have either moved on or forgotten how to roleplay. Their characters are all the same, the storylines suck and the background stories behind the characters were ALL dismal and death-filled.
It's a new age, DC. Originality is scarce, and I seem to be caught up in the Age of the Ninjas - at least for a while, until I manage to find people with new heart in what they do.
I salute you, and I salute your mentor. Good work.
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Desert-Chimera Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, thank you! *hugs*

Yeah... I know what you mean too. Characters that DO have parents are rare, everyone's got a death in the family, usually a direct family member, EVERYONE'S got one of the four basic elements as their ability, and few knwo how to use it beyond a couple of "signature" moves.

I made it a point when I RP'd to bring something new to the table every time I madea charracter. whether it had been in the way he or she was created, or just and simply the fact that I'd taken an old element and expanded on it, in an attempt to essentially "reinvent" the element itself, or make a new one stemming from its properties. Sometimes I'd even make an obscure element that would allow me an unforseen amount of maleability. Who would have ever thought of using fire as a cooling agent and making a believable, scientific reasoning behind it?

Oh, I wish I could get back into it now, again... if not just for the sake of showing some new players how to really *use* an element or ability!
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Authenti Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
........that, or we could go kill all the Naruclones.
:iconfacepalmplz: LOL, JOKING

Anyway yeah. I can't remember the last time I saw anyone with metal or nature as their element.
My only character without an intriguing history is Authenti herself, and that's because she is GENUINELY a figment of my imagination, and therefore if I'm trying not to involve long explanations of how she can exist outside my head then I leave out that part and just have her tell people she doesn't remember.
A couple of ideas I reckon are just slightly abnormal:
- A homosexual chicken called Jeff, who's nice and bubbly and pretends to be a human because he can speak the language.
- A reanimated corpse called Kingsley, who is COMPLETELY DEVOID of a personality AT ALL because hello, guys, he's a ZOMBIE and therefore does not think for himself.
- That brings us onto Cadaver, who is... *shudder* a demon... but don't worry, he's not smart, he's not skilled and he certainly isn't powerful. He's a floating skull with a radio antenna out of one side, on fire, who likes pink and is terrified of spiders. He gave Kingsley a life force of sorts, so he could use him as a slave.
- Princess Hangy. That's not her real name, but I call her that, and the mystery Voice who keeps her prisoner hanging by a rope in a completely black space calls her that. I don't know what she's for and I don't know why she's there, but the Voice occasionally cameos in a couple of my other characters and hangs them from rope too so Hangy has someone to talk to.

See, my characters are all so USEFUL and they fit into ALL plotlines EVER with their AMAZING versatility... yeah, that's my only problem right now. I can't seem to fit them into each others' stories. I'll think of something, though. ;)
So um, ya, what do ye think? xD Jeff's not in my stories or roleplay... he's just kind of there. xD
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Desert-Chimera Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Uhm... wow?

Is this mostly sarcasm?
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Authenti Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...No... all the characters are genuinely being used by me (or if not, INTENT to use)...
Yup.


...the kill all the Naruclones bit was a joke.
maybe.
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Desert-Chimera Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Naruclones must die.


they are itneresting. Not my style, but interesting characters, especially the homosexual chicken.
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Authenti Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha, yeah, Jeff rocks. I doodle him a lot at school. A teacher came over and pointed, saying 'that's cute... but get on with work blah' and I was like... *covers up the necklace and the speech bubble next to him*

The speech bubble said "I like handsome men! <3"
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Desert-Chimera Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
lol, wow.
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Inume1551 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008  Hobbyist
wow, you seem to have been really inspired on this one^^
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Desert-Chimera Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a small tribute to my good friend, and writing mentor, even though he may deny that statement.
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Inume1551 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist
XD
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