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  1. Hear! Belet’s horn heralds the coming of a new dawn. It praises those still left to Hunt in the day, and it mourns those who have been Hunted in the night. It instructs the weak to become mighty, and it instructs the mighty to reach greater heights. It calls us all to Hunt- for game, for glory, for godhood. To live is to Hunt. To Hunt is to kill. To kill is to live. The Hunt gives, and the Hunt takes away. Praise be to the name of the Hunt! for your consideration: KAIAKAN CLAN- OKHOTNIK EYRIE Jabbar Peak, east of the High Eyrie, is generally regarded as the Okhotnik clan’s territory. A frequent victim of blizzards and avalanches, it nevertheless houses a great many resources for those with the tenacity to Hunt for them. The clan’s decently sized main village consists of many dome-shaped huts made of bone, hide, and fur, able to be collapsed for relocation. Hunters’ huts form a protective ring around the yard, which houses the cookfires, stables, and leaders’ huts. Offshoot “villages”- little more than outriders’ campsites- can be found close by, or far away from, the village, and follow it wherever it goes. The clan frequently travels up and down Jabbar Peak, going where the resources are, never lingering in a spent spot for too long. Their emblem- the skull of a great cat beast, thrust through with a spear- marks every resting place, new and old. Okhotnik was here. CULTURE The Okhotnik clan and its responsibilities are divided into three groups- Hunters, priests, and administrators. Each group is overseen by a chingghis (Kaiakan word roughly translated as “chief”), who are themselves overseen by a chingghis eh-chingghis (“chief of chiefs”). While everyone is expected to know how to Hunt, Hunters Hunt as their primary job. They seek out resources in the region they have settled down in- primarily beasts, to use as food and construction material, but also lumber, valuables, and sometimes other sapient beings- conquer what they can each day, and bring it back to the village. Some Hunters take on the role of outriders, surveying as-yet untouched territory to see if the village will be able to survive there. Priests are charged with conducting religious ceremonies and overseeing other traditional rituals. Administrators are the closest thing the clan has to royalty. They oversee the allocation of resources and manpower, uphold clan law, and in general makes sure that the clan survives another day. Administrators also tend to be the greatest of the clan’s Hunters, and are always at the head of the caravan when the village relocates, ready to act as the first line of defense. TRADITIONS The Okhotnik clan has taken the Kaiakan mantra of survival to its logical extreme and turned it into a religion. Eschewing the idea of cosmic beings that embody good and evil, they instead worship the Hunt- a metaphor for the daily chance to prove that one can weather the constant hardships of life and make themselves worthy of seeing another sunrise. As famous clan scripture says, “To live is to Hunt. To Hunt is to kill. To kill is to live.” Every aspect of clan life is tied in some way or another to the Hunt. The closest thing they have to gods are their folk heroes, whom they exalt as prized trophies claimed by death itself. The chingghis eh-chingghis is expected to be knowledgeable in matters Hunt-related, religious, and administrative. When he dies, his first male heir is tentatively named his successor. The clan is then assembled to witness a ritual of challenge, where the heir and the eligible chingghis fight bare-handed in a ring of stones. The result of the ritual can only be determined by bloodshed. If a chingghis spills the heir’s blood, they become the chingghis eh-chingghis. But if no drop of the heir’s blood is spilled, he remains the successor. There can be- and have been- female chingghis, but the chingghis eh-chingghis is always male. Holders of the former title are addressed with the honorific gol (“sir/ma’am”), and holders of the latter with the honorific tem-gol (“great sir”). ATTITUDES The Okhotnik clan believes that outsiders should remain outside unless specifically allowed in. They see an uninvited guest as a challenge to prove that they are still the dominant force on Jabbar Peak. It is not uncommon to see strange and foreign weapons scattered among their more traditional arsenal, trophies taken from defeated outsiders. When everyone is in their place, however, clan opinions soften somewhat. They at best tolerate the other Kaiakan clans, begrudgingly respect the Skakdi- especially those who have gone the way of the warlord- and view non-combatant types like the Lesterin as pushovers who did not earn their lives through triumph in the Hunt. good evening bzprpg, it's ya boy capMARVELOUS. are things on seprilli happening just a little too slowly for your tastes? do you feel as if your profiles post is missing a certain rustic flair? do you want to take advantage of a currently unexploited niche like the filthy capitalist you are? do you like snow? if you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then congratulations! the okhotnik clan, the first(?) player-created kaiakan clan, is for you! the tl;dr on these guys is that they've basically spent the last however-long-it's-been mucking about in the eyries of seprilli and doing their best to survive- the usual kaiakan shtick. but with all the weird goings-on going on lately, and with a massive clan shake-up on the horizon, just surviving may end up becoming much harder than it already is. if you're interested in making important clan figures, or clan figures in general, graduate from mere npc's to full-fledged characters (and by extension, helping lighten the load of running this entire thing), then don't hesitate! apply now!
  2. IC: Long Hyan-Fei - Odaiba - Western Wilderness, heading south Hyan-Fei knows she should probably say something to comfort Kura, tell her that the people of the Long temple are going to be okay, but it would be a lie coming from her. Even if they are her clan, she feels little goodwill for them beyond the standard vague desire that they somehow survive. Her much stronger desire for them is that they change. Flashbacks of her time with the temple mothers dance across her brain- always chastising her for never sitting still, never having detrimental levels of discipline, never staying "rooted." The people of the Long temple dedicated themselves to sitting in one place all their lives, and where did it get them? A front-row seat for the apocalypse. She cannot help but feel a sort of condescending pity for them. Can their rigid discipline hope to stand against Zataka's chaos- if it is truly Zataka? Maybe this will be the wake-up call she feels they desperately need. Maybe this will open their eyes to the need to fight chaos with chaos, and leave the refined behind. Of course, these thoughts are wisely left unsaid. Hyan-Fei settles for a vague, "Like I said, you shouldn't worry. I have a feeling that everything's going to turn out fine, in some way or another." OOC: @Palm
  3. don't mess with us bionicle fans, we're completely determined to ruin every instance of ambiguity or creative wiggle room in the series

    1. Mushy the Mushroom

      Mushy the Mushroom

      Aw.

      I don't mind.

      But I do put Bionicles in dresses.

       

    2. Zasshu

      Zasshu

      bionicle is all about doing what you want to do with it, so if you want to put them in dresses, totally go for it.  i was mainly making a jab at the guys at TTV, who'd screech "um akshually greg never said that bionicles wear dresses so it's non-canonical and should never be done" if they heard about what you're doing.

  4. aw sweet time to challenge for leadership in traditional hunter's combat
  5. IC: Chiaki - Ta-Wahi - The Charred Forest I nod in greeting to each newcomer as the Lesterin introduces them, though with my luck I'll end up forgetting their names soon and resorting to calling them by descriptors. Sure enough, all thought of names flies from my head as the Lesterin goes on to mention a wildfire in Le-Wahi- my home turf. I frown. Where in Le-Wahi, I think? Did it get to my old village? I suddenly feel a pang of guilt over leaving. Even though they mistreated me for being friends with a witch, the Matoran there are still my fellows; as a Toa, isn't it my job to help my fellows and leave old misdeeds behind me? The merry jangle of a pouch of widgets jolts me back to the present. It would seem that preparations have begun for the parting of ways, if the gray one offering to play guide back to Ta-Koro is anything to go by. I move to stand beside the newcomers and nod assent, remembering that I, too, wanted to go to the Koro before I got sidetracked by the little scuffle. (I can't help but notice that my eyes keep drifting back to the tree man. What was his name? Something with an L? I've already forgotten, perhaps due to my fascination with him overriding the common courtesy of remembering. Again, maybe it's my sheltered upbringing, but I've never seen such a being before. How much of him is actually tree- is it just his armor, or is it his body too? Was he always a tree, or did he used to be a regular being? If so, how did he become that way? All these questions and more I want to ask him, but fortunately I retain enough common courtesy to know that asking this early into our acquaintanceship would likely be a gross invasion of privacy.) OOC: @Razgriz @Geardirector @Harvali @Snelly @ARROW404
  6. thinking of making one of those kaiakans and mucking about in seprilli. anything significant going on there that i should be aware of?
  7. IC: Long Hyan-Fei - Odaiba - Western Wilderness, heading south For a while they journey on through the easy foothills in amiable silence. Having never really traveled south before, Hyan-Fei takes the slow ride as an opportunity to observe the beauty around her. The river beside them twinkles brightly in the sunlight, the grass gently bows against the breeze, and Kahu flutter cheerfully through the sky. It is sights like these that make Hyan-Fei glad to wander, and sad that they are under threat by some new evil. Her shoulders slump under the weight of these new thoughts. She is just about to try distracting herself by asking Kura if i is too early to learn a fancy riding trick, when she notices her friend also seems upset about something. "What's wrong? Are you still worried that you're not going to find who you're looking for?" she asks. "You shouldn't be." OOC: @Palm
  8. finally got my computer fixed, time to get back on that Gamer Grind Fellas
  9. happy 30 year anniversary to the fall of the soviet union

    1. Mushy the Mushroom

      Mushy the Mushroom

      A creative thing to celebrate..? ^_^

  10. IC: Chiaki - Ta-Wahi - The Charred Forest It would seem that my makeshift shields ended up almost wholly unnecessary, but I'm still glad I pulled them up. The column of lightning shoots into the sky with a brilliant flash, one I might admire were it not for the storm of crystal shards that accompany it- a storm that I didn't get fully out of range of. Instead of ripping up a new shield for myself, I simply brace myself as best I can while exposed on a tree branch. Plenty of smaller shards open my armor and skin as they shoot past... and do the same on the way back. I watch, fascinated, as the blue one coaxes shards both large and small to her and compresses them in her hands. I've never seen a Toa of Crystal at work before. That, it would seem, is the end of that. Leaping down from the tree- gritting my teeth against the impact jarring my hurt leg- I rejoin my acquaintances in sweeping the area around the downed Skakdi for any extra goodies that might have gone astray. The blue one offers me spoils for my efforts. "I'll not say no," I reply, picking up my ruined hat. "Maybe just enough for a new hat, though." The gray one announces company, and I hear their approach with him. Perhaps, like me, they're making themselves obvious to show that they harbor no ill intent. I don't want to be on my guard again so soon after a battle, but as has been noted, better to be safe than sorry. Being on guard doesn't stop me from cupping one hand around my mouth and calling to them, "Ho there! 'Fraid you missed all the action, friends." As they approach, I get a better look at them. A bronze Matoran, a teal Lesterin, and a... tree man? OOC: @Razgriz @Geardirector and that'd be @Harvali @Snelly @ARROW404
  11. happy crimmas

    1. Mushy the Mushroom

      Mushy the Mushroom

      I saw three ships come sailing in

      On Crimmas day, on Crimmas day,

      I saw three ships come sailing in

      On Crimmas day in the morning

      Merry Crimmas, Cap'n!

  12. destroy your great enemy that is called I

    1. Mushy the Mushroom

      Mushy the Mushroom

      Sorry but had to ask, "I" meaning you, capMARVELOUS, or "I" as in myself? 

       

    2. Zasshu

      Zasshu

      meaning is only revealed by the receiver

    3. Mushy the Mushroom
  13. new fic droppin in 2022

  14. IC: Long Hyan-Fei - Odaiba - Western Wilderness Kura's words succeed in somewhat lessening the feeling that Hyan-Fei refuses to call nervousness. Knowing that her new friend used to be in the same place she, Hyan-Fei, is now makes the task of becoming a Soko horsewoman a little less daunting. Naiana's initial takeoff startles her, and for several moments she keeps her muscles tight and her back painfully straight. As she gets more familiar with the creature's gait, however, she visibly relaxes, allowing herself to follow the sways and lifts instead of fighting against them. (Through all this, she does not deactivate her mask power.) A smile begins to break out on her face. She finds that she is enjoying herself. OOC: @Palm
  15. IC: Chiaki - Ta-Wahi - The Charred Forest "Get to cover!" the blue one yells. And with whatever's going on with the red Skakdi, the surge of electricity around him and the crystal growing to swallow him up, getting to cover sounds like a great course of action. Maybe it's my sheltered upbringing, but I've never seen anything quite like this, so I have no idea if it will go wrong, or what will happen if it does. I kick the green Skadki off of me- no easy feat, considering his considerable heft and my hurt leg- and toward the swirl of electricity and crystal. (It's not ruthless, I tell myself; it's pragmatic.) Before I leap back into the high branches of a nearby tree, I activate my mask power again to rip thick, body-sized slabs out of the ground and move them near the blue one and the gray one, ready to drop in front of them should they need shielding. If something does go wrong, hopefully whatever blast ensues wears itself out on the makeshift shields before it gets to my acquaintances. OOC: @Razgriz @Geardirector
  16. IC: Long Hyan-Fei - Odaiba - Western Wilderness Hyan-Fei tries to return Kura's smile in full, and almost succeeds. Almost- a small remnant of nervousness slightly weighs down the corners of her mouth. Nonetheless, she places her hand where she is supposed to on the saddle and jumps up into the seat. She overshoots the landing slightly, and begins to fall out. Just before she hits that point of no return, however, she instinctively activates her mask power, heightening her sense of balance just enough to keep her on Naiana. She adjusts herself upright, and when she is comfortable, tosses her head in satisfaction, as if that were the easiest thing in the world... despite the faint glow around her mask clearly hinting that she did not actually do it unassisted. "Okay, what's next?" she asks Kura. OOC: @Palm
  17. IC: Chiaki - Ta-Wahi - The Charred Forest Good thing I have my jitte out, because that green Skakdi just doesn't seem to want to go down. It's time to take a more active role in changing that. While he's occupied charging up his laser vision, I make my move. I dash forward, boosting myself with a blast of air energy. (The sharp movement hurts a little; I'm going to feel it more when the adrenaline wears off.) My aim is true, and I end up landing exactly where I wanted to- right around his unguarded midsection. I thrust my jitte forward, its blunt point making contact with him and sending jolts of electricity running through his body. In the moment, it never occurred to me to apply brakes, though. Instead of a clean stop, I end up practically slamming into him, taking us both to the ground. (That one I'm definitely going to feel when it's over.) The only benefit I can find to this new situation is that he can't take the jitte away from his body... if only because they're pinned between us while we're down. OOC: @Razgriz @Geardirector sorry about the wait mates
  18. history is a wheel, and the wheel weaves as the wheel wills
  19. seems like my thread has attracted more absolute clown behavior. oh, my sweet summer child. i'm going to focus on two points in this circus of a post. first, it is the nature of powerhouses to eventually crumble. it happened with bionicle G1, and- because i already know somebody's going to bring them up at some point- it's happening with the marvel and star wars movies. (slower, in their cases, but it's still happening.) corporate mishandling, lack of truly fresh ideas, and general fading interest in a thing that's been at the pop cultural forefront for a long time all combine to produce the thing called seasonal rot. and when seasonal rot sets in- like it has with bionicle, marvel, and star wars- it is the nature of people to seek out something else that will soothe the itch that the "powerhouses" are failing to scratch. second, you've got the pitching process backwards. bionicle is an intellectual property owned by lego. they're going to be the ones pitching it to outsiders in the hope of getting them to work on it, not the other way around. if you, not being on lego's payroll, waltzed into their headquarters and said "here's how you're going to do bionicle again," they'd laugh you out of the room. and if they caught you advertising- or, as you put it, "generating demand-" for something they own, without their consent or involvement, they'd slap you with a cease and desist. "generating demand" for bionicle is their job, not yours. hypothetically, if you weren't going to get in serious legal trouble for it, how would you generate enough demand? it's highly unlikely that anybody, professional or otherwise, would be interested in investing time and money into another reboot of a toyline that died twice. even the current fanbase still clinging to the corpse is slowly dying. if anyone you're trying to impress is going to take you the least bit seriously, maybe you should actually become one first. nobody wants to work for free. without money, you can't invest in people. or your guerilla marketing. why do you people keep insisting on comparing bionicle to transformers no, the reason we have transformers toys today- and the reason that G2 ended- is because hasbro switched from developing transformers toys directly to having one of their subsidiaries do it instead. while the complete reinvention did attract enough new fans to keep it financially viable for a while, older fans only came to enjoy it after the fact; they hated it at first. are you suggesting that lego should do this? saddle a different company with developing a complete reinvention in the hopes that a potential influx of new fans will be enough to offset the alienated older fans who will not want to buy product? spoiler alert: bionicle's reinvention failed hard enough- both in bringing in new fans and recapturing the attention of older fans- that it was cancelled prematurely. based on that failure, lego is not likely to try again for a very long time, if at all. leave the worldbuilding and research to the hypothetical people who would actually be employed by lego to produce another bionicle reboot. focus on your personal projects instead. better yet, if you really want to be "sharpened and hopefully more prepared," then go to business school and learn how to do the things you claim you want to do. mate, your first post in the thread literally said you wanted a hypothetical reboot to happen later so that you can "be a huge part of bringing it back." you want lego- a billion-dollar company with thousands of qualified employees- to bend to your timetable, for the sake of your interest. how is that not the definition of arrogance and entitlement? so you really have nothing. noted. actually, no. i invite you not to reply here next week. you've completely derailed the intent of this thread, which was to talk about why the very thing you're proposing doesn't need to happen in the first place. formulate your "plan" if you still want to, but please take it somewhere other than here.
  20. you seen how hasbro treats transformers, mate? media output that's mediocre on a good day, constant reuse of- and failure to reinvent- the same tired roster of six characters, giving to people who might like other installments of the franchise mere crumbs only once every three or so years, and in general constantly trying to please the ever-shrinking group of "G1 is best1" elitists (who, by the way, are getting close to retirement age). do you really want bionicle to be treated like that?
  21. IC: Chiaki - Ta-Wahi - The Charred Forest Well, that didn't exactly go as planned. It seems like my two new... not exactly friends... have the two ugly Skakdi fully occupied. I could just leave them to it, but some sense of obligation compels me to stay. I decide to play support. Keeping my mask power on, I aim my telekinesis at the tree branches swinging and groping and, in general, just getting in the way. For every one that lashes out at either the gray one or the blue one, I snap it off. Pretty soon there's a small fleet of broken branches hovering above the battlefield. An idea comes to me. One at a time, I telekinetically twist the branches into rough spears and propel them at the two Skakdi, aiming for their necks and backs while their fronts are being occupied by the other two. OOC: @Razgriz @Geardirector
  22. IC: Long Hyan-Fei - Odaiba - Western Wilderness Here and now, at the beginning of their journey, is as good a time as any to begin learning to ride. "S-sure," Hyan-Fei answers, before trying again, more confidently, "Yes, I would like that." She tells herself that this time will be different, mainly because this time, she is in full control of her senses. Despite Kura's claim of Naiana being very gentle, Hyan-Fei decides that some caution is still in order; this is, after all, a cultivated creature belonging to someone else, not a wild stray that she can be rough with and suffer no consequences. She approaches the Soko slowly so as not to frighten her, reaches out a hand to gently pet her on the nose. Up close, she truly is a beautiful specimen. OOC: @Palm
  23. looks like i didn't stir the pot nearly as much as i thought i would. let's change that lol this is an interesting point, and one i didn't think about until you mentioned it. you're absolutely right- lego's become something of a mini franchise machine in recent years, and with so many multimedia aspects they have to finance in addition to the toys, they can't really afford to pour as much time and money into making any of them as in depth as G1 anymore. to add on to that, diverting funds from one line to finance a new one could spell the end of both if neither of them make those figures back. i could be misremembering, but didn't something like that happen back in 2013? didn't lego "end" ninjago and use some of that money to finance G2, and that turned out to be an awful decision? feel free to correct me if i'm wrong. you're right about this one, too. there definitely has been a huge shift in media consumer culture over the past decade and a half. stories that take themselves seriously just aren't in demand anymore. personally i blame the mcu for conditioning people to believe that quips every five seconds and mocking tropes at every turn should be the storytelling norm that last bit right there, i think, is spot on. overinflated expectations were/are a massive contributor to not just G2's weak reception, but to weak receptions of reboots in general. people tend to treat reboots, remakes, sequels, etc., as the second coming of christ, when in reality they're often shallow as a puddle with no real influence from the original beyond names and maybe a few superficial fanservice moments or mythology gags, made by people who just want to siphon a few more dollars off of a bunch of fanboy shmucks. (i'm of the mind that reboots and remakes are unnecessary because the originals still exist and they're fine as-is, but that's a convo for a whole other site.) i'm not saying it was the sole factor, i'm saying it was a factor; how big or small a factor, we'll likely never know. but you're right, fan demand can't be the only reason for G2's existence, considering how much of a minority bionicle fans are under the greater lego umbrella. maybe that's because trends come and go so fast nowadays that the engagement with them dies off before lego can finish developing their contribution to them. or maybe they really are "how do you do, fellow kids" levels of behind the times. oh look, the parrot's mindlessly repeating words again. do you want a cracker, parrot? you're more than welcome to engage with my thread, but- and forgive me if this sounds selfish- until you choose to genuinely address the points i've laid out in the OP and not just spout the same "um actually we need bionicle G1 and hero factory back" shtick you've been going at for the past several months, i kindly invite you to get off my porch.
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