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Fate of Golems

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  1. Ban

    Ban Sir Laserface Article Team

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    In the beginning, there was sand.

    Dunes stretched as far as eternity in the darkness of nothing above.

    But all things fall to entropy, and as sand decayed, dust came about, drifting through the world as wind.

    And as dust decayed, small, weightless particles drifted upwards to form a blanket of clouds.

    And as clouds formed, their particles pressed together to create light, dim against the depth of darkness,

    And with light, created by the pressure of clouds drifting in void skies, sparks fell down upon sand.

    It is from a spark of light, and the heap of sand it landed on, that you are born.



    Go here to discuss the game

    Welcome to Fate of Golems, in which you play as a Golem birthed in a land of sand, dust, light-emitting clouds and a deep, dark sky above you. The world you are birthed in is rough and bare, but through your actions you will change the make-up of this world by discovering caves, building homes, growing tribes, creating new forms of life… or your golem might die immediately as it is destroyed by a strong gust of dust and wind. To understand how this fits together, let’s go over the rules and gameplay, but first let’s go over character creation.



    Character Creation

    You start the game by creating a character, which consists of the following steps:

    1st you give your character a name. In the simplistic world of Golems, who have yet to devise a deeply developed culture or language, your name consists of one vowel and one syllable. Examples: Ak, Un, Ne, Ge, Yk, Vi.

    2nd ...There is no second step. You’re already done. You’ve started the game as a nondescript golem made of sand. Simple right? As the game advances and your character experiences more and more things, their appearance may change and so might their attributes. This will play out in game. No need to worry for now ;)


    Gameplay

    With that out of the way, let’s go over the gameplay. In Fate of Golems you play the game by writing down one thing you want your golem to do for each round. What sort of things are these? Anything. If you want your nondescript golem to find a cave to build a home in, you can write this down. If on the other hand you want your golem to try and discover flight, you can also write this down.

    For each choice you make, the game master will decide whether this act is a common one (finding a cave and building a home in it), an ambitious one (founding a city) or a delusional one (learning flight). For each of these options a 100-sided dice will be rolled (online) to determine whether the act is successful or not and the game master will describe to you what happened exactly. The more difficult the act is, the more likely your character is to die trying to accomplish it and the less likely the chance of success is.

    A common act has a 39% chance of absolute success, a 35% chance of moderate success, a 25% chance of moderate failure and a 1% chance of death.

    An ambitious act has a 25% chance of absolute success, a 35% chance of moderate success, a 35% chance of moderate failure and a 5% chance of… Grim reaper time.

    A delusional act has a 15% chance of absolute success, a 20% chance of moderate success, a 40% chance of moderate failure, but a whopping 25% chance of... Well, you're gone.

    What's the difference between absolute and moderate success? Flavour and epicness of what will happen to your golem for the most part.

    Rounds and Time

    For each round that is played, 10 years will pass in the Fate of Golems world. Don’t worry about that, for Golems are functionally immortal… unless you have a bad dice roll, in which case your golem will live on in the legacy of this world and you will get to create a new character.

    Besides adding flavour to the world, there is one role that the passage of time plays in Fate of Golems. If your character does not interact with the world for two consecutive rounds or more, they will die, retire or simply get lost to time. This mechanic exists to make sure that the world remains fresh and players stay interested in playing the game. Don’t worry, if your character dies you can simply create another one. Remember, you only need a two letter name to play this game.

    So, that’s all that’s to it. Remember when playing that there’s a good chance your Uk or Ho will die in a few rounds, so don’t get too attached to any of them ;) Now let’s find out if this game leads to a fun collaborative game as I will try my best to incorporate your actions into the world of Fate of Golems.
     
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    Ban Sir Laserface Article Team

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    Round 1: Year 0 has started.

    Name your character as described above and write down the action you wish to take. Remember that this is a world of sand, dust and not much of anything else at this moment.

    This round will conclude on Wednesday 14th of April.
     
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  3. Svrtnsse

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    I am Wu.
    I will stand tall, face the sun, and contemplate my next step.
     
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  4. Orc Knight

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    I am, um, Um!
    I will stand and explore and try to find other life in the sands. Um...
     
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  5. Lynea

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    I am Ga! I will discover how to create sand-balls and chuck them at people.
     
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  6. S.T. Ockenner

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    I am Po! I will invent a new name for myself...Poo! I endeavor to add a third letter.
     
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  7. I am Qa.

    I will seek shelter from the wind.
     
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  8. Ban

    Ban Sir Laserface Article Team

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    SvrtnsseSvrtnsse
    Wu stood tall and searched the dark skies above to find a sun. Sadly they didn't find any, only the light-emitting clouds. Although this lack of sunshine was a bit disappointing, Wu's main goal of contemplation went without hitch. Wu came up with so many things they could do. For example, what if Wu decided to paint the deserts green? A bit ambitious, some would say deluded, but what if Wu wanted to build a bunch of little Wu's? Perhaps Wu could build little Wu's on little legs with little wagging tails.

    But then something curious happened. Wu continued contemplating. Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? Why isn't there a sun? Wu didn't find the answers, but having been the first golem to contemplate existence and everything therein, Sagacious Wu has become the first philosopher in the world of golems.
    ( Common Act. Roll = 68. Result = Absolute Success! )

    Orc KnightOrc Knight
    Um stood up from the sand beneath their sandy feet with an ambitious goal in mind: Um would find life in the dunes. It would be quite the task, but Um was up for it. Um scaled dunes, scoured caves, looked up at the light-emitting clouds wondering if they could get up there and find some life in them, but wisely figured that that would be a bit too dangerous. Um's search was labourious and for a few years seemed downright foolish, but then!

    Um found life! Small, unintelligent life admittedly, but life it was. In the depth of a cave they delved into, lived large colonies of tasty little worms. Lovely! Food was discovered, and sure, a golem could just live without eating, but even a golem knows that food is fun. Um's mind went wild with all the possible dishes they might be able to make with worms and sand. Sand patties with worms on top? Worm patties with sand on top?
    ( Ambitious Act. Roll = 51. Result = Success! )

    LyneaLynea
    Ga the golem came into the world of golems with a desire to see balls of sand fly through the sky and land on the bodies of unwitting golems who traversed the dunes. Ga chuckled with delight over the great and destructive power they would soon have at their nubby, sandy fingertips. With those same fingertips Ga would grab handfuls of sand, learned to shape those handfuls into balls and succesfully threw them into the dunes. Wonderful! After a lot of hard work, step one was completed.

    Step two turned out to be the problem however, for no matter where Ga looked, with sandy hands full of balls of sand, Ga could find no other golem to hit. Ga was dejected, but then Ga came up with a great idea. What if Ga threw the sand balls at Ga? And so it was that Ga threw balls of sand in their own face. Take that! ... Then Ga thought: Ga... why are you hitting yourself? Still, Ga can throw a mean sand ball nowadays.
    ( Common act. Roll = 5. Result = Fail )

    S.T. OckennerS.T. Ockenner
    Po wanted to call themselves Poo. They thought it over for a while, then figured there was no one around to say they couldn't be called Poo, so they turned their name into Poo. There was not much more to it, so Poo just sat in the Dunes for a few years, smirking at the thought of their new name.
    ( Common act. Roll = 45. Result = Success)

    Maker of Things Not KingsMaker of Things Not Kings
    Qa heard the winds howl, and realizing the great, destructive power of dust in the winds, Qa wisely decided to find shelter in the caves scattered throughout the dunes. They found big caves and small caves, narrow caves and wide caves. Without much else to do, Qa took their time to not just take any old cave to be their shelter, but to find the perfect cave for them.

    Perfection is hard, if not impossible to attain, so after a long time of searching, Qa figured an imperfect cave wasn't too bad either and settled on a homely cave, wholly unthreatened by the winds due to its fortuitous positioning at the base of a bunch of tall dunes. Qa would need to spend more time on shaping sand into furniture to make the place truly fit for a self-respecting golem, but Qa was fully protected from the winds now due to their possession of a lovely, comfy golem home.
    (Common act. Roll = 40. Result = Success)
     
  9. Ban

    Ban Sir Laserface Article Team

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    Round 2: Year 10 has started.

    The world is one of sand, dust, dunes, caves and light-emitting clouds below a deep, dark sky. Tiny little worms that taste pretty good can be found in caves.

    This round will conclude on Friday 16th of April.
     
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  10. S.T. Ockenner

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    I, Poo, shall create a colony of educated worms!
     
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  11. Lynea

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    Ga the golem is going to search for other golems.
     
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  12. Qa flirts with the idea of starting, Better Cave and Golem Magazine but, seeing no niche in the market just yet, instead opts to see if the worms which, admittedly, can be tasty, could be trained to work together, tunneling beneath the dunes to create a network of passageways.
     
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    Perhaps we should work together to create a powerful worm kingdom!
     
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    Sagacious Wu has tried standing still and engaging in contemplation. It's time to test the dynamics of the world and attempt movement. Sagacious Wu longs to feel the wind in its hair, and as such, Sagacious Wu undertakes a journey in order to learn how to grow hair, and if possible practice the art of growing hair.
     
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  15. TJPoldervaart

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    I am Ol.
    I will try to make worm food haute cuisine.
     
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  16. Orc Knight

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    Um, having found life (and food) shall continue with this line and attempt to culture the worms. Perhaps learn to farm such creatures and expand varieties of these worms. To slowly understand soils and the caves they are in and expand upon the new knowledge. Um shall learn as much as possible of these worms. Um.
     
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  17. Mia

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    I am Ra. i follow the clouds, seeking thunder. i want to see it hitting the sand.
     
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  18. Ban

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    Poo, after spending ten full years on the act of expanding their name by one vowel, heard that new life had been discovered in the dunes. Rumour had it that there were tiny worms to be found in the caves scattered around. Poo decided at that moment to dedicate their next ten years to a truly grand project, a project so ambitious it should rightfully be called delusional. Poo would bring education to a bunch of tiny, little worms portraying no signs of intelligence whatsoever.

    It took some time for Poo to figure out the best way to bring education to a species that seemingly had no knack for it whatsoever. Poo found out that no matter how many classes they gave the worms, they just wouldn't respond, it didn't matter if they gave them a golem history class (very eventful ten years according to Poo) or a course in linguistics (Ha Wa Uh Gi?!).

    But then Poo discovered something grand. While the worms weren't too clever on their own, Poo found out that they're a bit more clever when they're in close contact with each other. The worms could form a hive mind. The next step was simple. Poo grabbed a few handfuls of worms and tied them together into a tight-knit ball of worms, thus creating the first Wormball. After the creation of the first wormball in existence, the worms forming the ball asked their creator in unison: "Why?"

    Why indeed? Well, who knows. Poo successfully taught their colony of wormballs all the nuance of golem history, golem math, golem linguistics and more. Sentient, sapient wormballs await to see what in the sandy golem world their purpose might possibly be.
    (Delusional act. Roll = 88. Result = Super Success)

    LyneaLynea
    Ga, still dejected over their lack of sand-ball victims, decided it was high time that they discovered other golems in the dunes. That proved to be easy enough, for there turned out to be another golem on the other side of the dune they had been on. Lovely. The golem they met was a bit dull, having not even figured out a name for themselves, but a golem they undeniably were.

    Ga figured they had time to kill, so with their golem companion they set out to find even more golems, which proved to be overwhelmingly successful. There were quite a few golems out there, with them finding a dozen or so in the first year alone. By the end of the ten years of searching for golems, Ga had amassed a following of nearly a hundred golems. And sure, those golems were all a bit dull, still unable to figure out how to give themselves a name, but they all thought Ga was pretty cool, who was now, de facto, the first tribe leader in the history of the world of golems. Praise the tribe of the sand-ball throwers.
    (Common act. Roll = 78. Result = Super Success)

    Maker of Things Not KingsMaker of Things Not Kings
    Qa lay in their comfy golem cave, where they had shaped a comfy golem bed out of sand, with a wonderful idea. What if the newly discovered worms could be taught to dig sand on command? What a wonderful thing that would be. Qa would be able to expand the rooms in their homely cave and perhaps, while they're at it, see if the worms were any good at shaping furniture. For example, Qa could really use a sturdy bath-tub to pour some dust into. Oh, and of course, being able to create passageways and underground tunnels would be a nice bonus for golem-kind as well they guessed.

    Sadly, Qa's attempts at teaching the worms how to dig turned out to be downright destructive. The few worms Qa tried to teach tunnelling to found it more fun to simply tunnel in any direction they pleased without caring what the golem wished them to do. These worms, so pleased with their newfound tunnelling abilities, taught their fellow worms how to tunnel as well. It wasn't long before the worms of the dunes had turned into an annoying worm nuisance, who would tunnel wherever they pleased. Qa's comfy bed was a sad casualty of the uncontrollable tunnelling worms. Qa thought it might perhaps be best to focus on their magazine or music ideas. Fewer destroyed beds, they reckoned.
    (Common act. Roll = 23. Result = Fail)

    SvrtnsseSvrtnsse
    Sagacious Wu, after ten years of philosophizing all that existed everywhere forever and always, decided to use their mind to conquer the realm of movement, finding great success. Sagacious Wu discovered they could wave their arms around, do a little dance and even do revolutionary stuff like walking around. Then Sagacious Wu thought: "What if I had little worm-like things growing from me which could also move around?"

    Sagacious Wu thought very long and very hard on what these worms would be. They figured that the worm things could be very thin, yet capable of growing very long. They figured the worm things could come in all sorts of colours, from dark sandy brown to bright dusty brown. All of this thinking led nowhere for a few years, until Sagacious Wu got hit by lightning while contemplating the precise way in which these worms could function. All of a sudden, Sagacious Wu's skin began to grow what they had so long theorized. Long, luscious locks of brown hair, somewhere in between dust and sand brown but not quite either, grew from Wu's scalp, while a thin fuzz grew all over their body.
    (Ambitious act. Roll = 86. Result = Super Success)

    TJPoldervaartTJPoldervaart
    Ol emerged from the fog of creation with a mission; To create the concept of haute cuisine. It took Ol some time to orient themselves, but they quickly got the hang of golem things, discovering to their dismay that their ingredients would be somewhat limited. The world only had sand, dust and worms for ingredients, and of the three, worms seemed the best option to base their cuisine on. "So", Ol thought, "How to start?"

    The following years were filled with many, many dishes, from simple worm stews made of worms cooked in mashed worms to flattened worms with worm bits sprinkled on top, then rolled up into worm wraps. But were any of these simple dishes truly worthy of being called haute cuisine? No, not really, Ol had to step it up a notch. It took a lot of hard work, but Ol came up with hundreds of worthwhile worm dishes which they now keep stored in the culinary encyclopedia that is their noggin. Ol the Walking Cookbook is the world of golems' first chef.
    (Common act. Roll = 62, Result = Super Success)
     
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  19. Ban

    Ban Sir Laserface Article Team

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    Um proved to have the mind of a true researcher. After first having discovered the first life in the dunes other than golems, they had now decided to further research their great discovery which had so revolutionised the primordial golem world. Um went from cave to cave, sitting down to study the behaviour of the worms, seeing what sort of sand they preferred, watching the way they moved, and along the way made mental notes of all that they discovered.

    And discover they did. Um found out that the worms were uniform in all of the caves, comprising a monoculture with little diversity, showcasing little to no preference in terms of which caves they did and did not live in. All of the worms were greyish with few features. In essence, the worms were all just tasty worms. However, Um did discover a unique property they possessed. While worms lived underground in caves, they did remarkably well when brought to the surface. When exposed to the light of the clouds, the worms Um had found would grow to much greater sizes. In the confines of the caves, the worms were just tiny, fat strings of tasty flesh, but out on the surface, the worms would rapidly expand.

    Interestingly, these big worms would give birth to big worms as well, even if they were never exposed to the surface themselves. And so it was that Um used the newfound property of the worms to cultivate a race of big juicy worms the size of a golem arm. Um wisely chose to not leave any worms out on the surface for too long, lest the world be filled with giant sand worms... unless?
    (Ambitious act. Roll = 62, Result = Success)

    MiaMia
    Ra emerged in the dunes of the golem world, looked up and was smitten by all that drifted though the darkness. There were clouds there, whose murky surface shimmered with the lights of thousands of tiny explosions, which would quickly be refilled with dar. Ra could hear the echoes of the sounds of that sheer light-birthing power faintly bounce off the sand below them.

    Ra figured that if there were tiny explosions leading to tiny lights with small rumbles of sound to accompany those lights, than surely it would be possible for big explosions with big lights and loud sounds to exist as well. That all made sense to Ra, so Ra scoured the dunes to seek out the tallest dune they could find and then climbed to its summit. Up there, on the tallest dune around, Ra was stumped. What to do next? For while yes, the sounds and lights of the clouds looked and sounded a lot bigger and louder than they did down below, they still didn't have the destructive weight Ra envisioned.

    So Ra did the clever golem thing and decided to throw some sand towards the nearest cloud they could reach. At first it didn't accomplish much, but then they remembered they had heard someone talk about the invention of a thing called "sand balls" while they were searching for their dune to climb. Ra figured out how to make such a sand ball, threw it into a cloud and...

    *Boom*

    The cloud struck a great big spear of light into the sand of the dunes, and then the cloud struck again, and again, and again, and... Then Ra noticed that when lightning from one cloud struck another cloud, it would lead to that cloud to also strike light. Before long, all the clouds in the world of golems had infected each other with the gift of lightning strikes. The world of golems is now enveloped in thunderous storm clouds.

    Ra the Lightning-Bringer was overjoyed, though they did realize that standing on top of a giant dune beneath a sky of lightning clouds was a bit silly, so after a little victory dance they scaled down the dune's slope. Back on the base-level sand, Ra discovered something else; Wherever lightning struck, the sand disappeared and was replaced by something see-through and hard, which would shatter quickly whenever Ra stepped on a thin portion of it. Ra's lighting had created a new substance called glass.
    (Common act. Roll = 79, Result = Super Success)
     
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    Ban Sir Laserface Article Team

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    Round 3: Year 20 has started.

    The world is one of glass, sand, dust, dunes and caves enveloped by thunderous, light-emitting clouds which strike the lands below with plentiful bolts of lightning. A deep dark sky lies beyond the clouds.

    Tiny little greyish worms who tunnel through sand can be found in caves. They taste pretty good.
    Big, arm-length juicy worms that taste pretty good have been cultivated for farming.
    Sentient and sapient hiveminds called wormballs, made from tying worms together in a ball, wonder what their purpose in life is.

    This round will conclude on Monday 19th of April.
     
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