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Jyre
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posted March 15, 1999 08:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jyre   Click Here to Email Jyre     Edit Message
*Advert warning*
Having completed my wallpaper, music, desktop theme and WinAmp skins projects (the later two still awaiting approval) I have decided on my next project. It is my aim to write 'a day in the life of..' every creature in Thief. (Mad! She's mad I tell you !) And yes, that includes the frogs and spiders and such. All of which tells you that I have WAY too much time on my hands. I'll probably write them all up and send them to DN (who is no doubt sick of me ) but I thought I'd just post the first one here and then maybe you could tell me whether you think I should bother with the rest. And please don't pick on me too much, I don't do the first person angle much.
*Advert over*

A day in the life of a ZOMBIE!

It has been many years since I felt a gentle wind brush my skin or the sun heat my blood. Often the memories of a soft word or even softer kiss linger in my head. When the night closes in I hear again her voice, bidding good day and a swift return. And I see my children, Lise and Eiron, waving me goodbye as I leave for work at the Market Street power house. Bitter memories they are, reminders of what my world has become. I am dead many years now, as are my family. When The Wall went up, they were rescued and found piece whilst I was left behind to suffer at the hands of The Eye. I have nothing left to do now but wander the streets and mourn what is lost...
Another chunk of muscle tears free and falls to the ground with a sickly sqidge. I pause for only a second to stare at the rotting flesh. There was a time when watching my body rot left me feeling disgust, but now it is the same as the memories. It pains my mind but it distant and I have grown numb to it all. I continue on, following the path The Eye set for me many years past, the muscles in my legs so rotted I can barely manage to shuffle along, the air wheezing through my collapsed wind pipe as the part of me that was once human futiley trys to draw breath. I hear the moan of the other zombies and the quick pacing of the haunts but The Eyes power prevents us approaching each other. And then I smell it...
Blood! Fresh, human blood. Living blood. I round the corner and there he is. A human draped in a heavy black cloak and carrying a bow. I try to warn him but my vocal cords have long lost the ability to produce speech. And then the darkness comes. Every thought, every agony, that I have been forced to endure since The Wall, fills my mind and The Eye's evil sweeps through me. The thing that sets out to destroy this human is no longer under my control! I stumbled forwards, ever inch of me screaming for blood whilst my mind cries out for that which is lost. I want so much to feel again, that I will kill just for those few brief seconds of shared life...
Fire explodes in my chest, sending me reeling backwards. There is no pain but the thought of freedom is enough to make me hesitate. There is another explosion, followed by a burning agony the likes of which I have not felt since my death. And then... nothing...
But already The Eye is pulling me, holding my spirit captive even as I struggle to escape. My body has already began to coallese, although the human does not see it. And I know that, come tomorrow, I will be walking the rounds of the dead once more.
Only one thing, the touch of the holy water, may grant one such as I peace. So, next time you stumble across my kind, grant us rest...

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Nasha D'Shanta - Peace be thy friend.
Algar D'Shanta - Peace be thy guide.
Rach D'Shanta - Peace be thy death.

Zanatar
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posted March 15, 1999 08:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Zanatar     Edit Message
WOW.. All I can say is WOW. I can`t believe you actually made me feel sorry for a Zombie. I feel compelled to never again use my fire arrows on those poor poor tortured souls. I now feel pity for a creature
that has made me feel so much terror, hearing their moans, and the scraping sounds as the walk. Holy arrows are going to be my only way to save them now.

Damn you Jyre, if you succeed in making us feel sorry for each and every creature in this game, we`ll never be able to complete a level of Thief again.

Great job man, that was an amazing peice of work.

Oslo224
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posted March 15, 1999 09:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Oslo224   Click Here to Email Oslo224     Edit Message
Good story, Jyre! Keep going with those ideas of the one day in the life of each creature, and have Garrett in each one. I like it. I cant wait to read the burrick one.

Lytha
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posted March 15, 1999 11:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lytha   Click Here to Email Lytha     Edit Message
This idea is really great, Jyre! It reminds me that I was known as "Lytha o'the golden heart" a long time ago - if I ever would need a reason for my "nice" behavior, I could quote your story.

Ghost
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posted March 15, 1999 02:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ghost   Click Here to Email Ghost     Edit Message
nice...i can't wait to see how the froggie one comes out LOL

and don'tworry about DN beign sick of you..i felt the same way for a while but then i said SCREW HIM! he asked for it! LOL mail him everything you got =p

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Jyre
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posted March 15, 1999 05:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jyre   Click Here to Email Jyre     Edit Message
First off, does anyone have a decent screen dump of a burrick? I need one for the page I've designed for DN but I've no saves on burrick levels. E-mail it if you have. Please.
I've done the Burrick but I'm not going to put it on the forum.
Here's the spider, though.

Watch and wait,
Guard the gate,
Serve the Trickster,
Who made us great

*Huuuchichichichichi*

Stand, be bold,
Do as told,
No-one must The Eye behold

*Huuuchichichichichi*

Spin the web,
Soften the thread,
Ready the poison,
To make invaders dead

*Huuuchichichichichi*

Watch the light,
Watch the dark,
Movement there?
Who would dare?

*Huuuchichichichichi*

Shadows change,
Fire burns
The eyeless one,
He hath come !

*Huuuchichichichichi*

Must protect,
Kill the threat!

*Hiiyyuuugggh*

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Nasha D'Shanta - Peace be thy friend.
Algar D'Shanta - Peace be thy guide.
Rach D'Shanta - Peace be thy death.

Ithel
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posted March 15, 1999 11:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ithel     Edit Message
Jyre, this stuff is great! I can't wait to read the rest.

Ninja
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posted March 15, 1999 11:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ninja   Click Here to Email Ninja     Edit Message
I have one word for you Jyre... Wow!

Pilfer
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posted March 16, 1999 02:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pilfer   Click Here to Email Pilfer     Edit Message
*Sniff* How sweet.

Who'd ever guess that beneath those spindly legs and bloated butt lies the soul of a poet.

I guess if you spend all your days spinning around and around you've have plenty of time to compose poems too.

Pilfer, What a cute little spider -- eat fire arrow!

redEye
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posted March 16, 1999 05:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for redEye   Click Here to Email redEye     Edit Message
heehee... man, Pilfer. for just a second, i thought you were talking trash about Jyre. then i realised you were referring to the spider .

but yeah, this be good stuff. keep it a-comin'.

-redEye the narcoleptic

Jyre
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posted March 16, 1999 09:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jyre   Click Here to Email Jyre     Edit Message
Just want to make sure I've got all the creatures (not humans). List so far:
Burrick - done
Zombie - done
Spider - done
Frog - almost there
Apeman
Insect beast
Haunt - Ummm, rough idea
Viktoria - good idea
Constantine/trickster - should I?
Any others?
And I got my pic of the Burrick.

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Nasha D'Shanta - Peace be thy friend.
Algar D'Shanta - Peace be thy guide.
Rach D'Shanta - Peace be thy death.

[This message has been edited by Jyre (edited March 16, 1999).]

Lytha
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posted March 16, 1999 10:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lytha   Click Here to Email Lytha     Edit Message
Others are

- Apparitions
- Craymen
- and the Guards (but they think only about their dinner)

Your stories are really great!

Jyre
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posted March 16, 1999 10:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jyre   Click Here to Email Jyre     Edit Message
Guards are human, they don't count.
Thanks.

Jyre
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posted March 16, 1999 01:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jyre   Click Here to Email Jyre     Edit Message
Not totaly sure about this one.

Haunt\Apparition

Once I did the Builder serve. My life, my soul, I gave to him. I walked in his halls, prayed at his altars. My only desire was to see his justice upheld. With my hammer as my weapon and my faith as my shield, I did protect his halls and his chosen with my life. I broke not one stricture, told not one lie, but still he chose to desert me.
The Eye was brought to us by the False Priest and entrusted into our care. If we had known it's true nature we would have refused. It worked on us from the first day, invading our dreams at night and bringing doubt into our minds at night. As soon as the truth was realised we fought it in the only way we knew how, with our hammers and our prayers. The city was evacuated and the Wall erected but for those of us left behind the world became a nightmare.
It was then that I did see the Builder had forsaken his children. Seeing this truth I did turn to The Eye to pledge service. My pledge accepted, I do serve The Eye in death as I did the Builder in life. Still, some resisted. They refused to acknowledge the truth. They are walking corpses now. All of them. In my service to The Eye I made it so.
I have been granted the honour of serving in the room in which The Eye itself does wait for the destruction of The Wall so that the invasion may begin. I wait now before it, my vigilance high. There have been rumours that someone has found their way over The Wall. The Eye must be protected!
Above me a zombie groans out its warning. I look up but see nothing. Things become quiet again. I watch and pray to The Eye for strength, turning once more to face the main doors. It was a mistake. Even as I took my first step on my patrol The Eye cried out for help. I ran to it, as did the others, only to find it held in the clutches of one of the living. The human was crouched atop the false hammer, his dark cloak making him hard to see. I raised my voice in supplication. Without The Eye none of us would survive. My prayers went unanswered. Something dropped on us from above, exploding in a painful blast of light. All around me I heard death cries. And as the next bomb came hurtling towards us I knew that we were betrayed. Again.

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Nasha D'Shanta - Peace be thy friend.
Algar D'Shanta - Peace be thy guide.
Rach D'Shanta - Peace be thy death.

Ghost
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posted March 16, 1999 02:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ghost   Click Here to Email Ghost     Edit Message
yay =]

i wouldn't worry about doing constantine and Viktoria..they are already more or less explained why they are that way =]

Jyre
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posted March 16, 1999 04:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jyre   Click Here to Email Jyre     Edit Message
You're probably right but as I've already done them I'm not going to listen
Just the apeman to go now. This is Constantine's bit.
My words are powered by power unseen on this world for eons. A ritual prepared in the dawn of the human coming only to be thwarted by The keepers. But many years of planing and manoeuvring have finally brought me to this stage. The dawn of a new era. The return of The Woodsie Lord!
I step away from the last of the podiums are turn towards The Eye. An entity itself, it will serve me now as it once would have served itself. I will take its power and make it my own and I need say but a few simple words. I cannot help but smile at my triumph. My blood already sings with the power.
Was that movement I saw there? Peering into the shadows I see nothing but rock. Nerves, nothing more. The only one capable of breaching The Maw, the fool Garrett, is long dead. The Keepers will not interfere this time, their fear is too great. I stand before The Eye and look upon its splendour. It looks duller now than when I first held it but that is nothing more than a change in lighting. The flesh eye, once the manfool Garrett's, blinks at me. The magic that flows through me is like a drug as I begin the final verse...

Open for me,
Open to me,
Open my way,
Open the path,
Open for me!

As I speak the words the power of The Eye floods me and I feel the vortex grow. A column of spinning air encloses me and my vision narrows until I see nothing but The Eye, a glowing light in the darkness. Now they will see! The work of the Builder will be crushed, the hammerites overthrown. As I speak the last word I see before my eyes the world as it will become. The temples destroyed, the unbelievers dead and the flesh of my making walking the earth once more. Nothing can stop me now. Nothing!
The Eye flares, blinding me! Power rips through me like knifes. The Eye has turned! This is the force of the Builder! Even as I fall I see him on the ledge above. Garrett! That smug smile back on his face. "It betrays me...!"




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Nasha D'Shanta - Peace be thy friend.
Algar D'Shanta - Peace be thy guide.
Rach D'Shanta - Peace be thy death.

grendel
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posted March 17, 1999 12:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for grendel   Click Here to Email grendel     Edit Message
Jyre, the stuff is great. Please don't forget the Gumby looking freaks with the insects shooting out of their heads.

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O barbarous and bloody spectacle!

grendel
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posted March 17, 1999 12:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for grendel   Click Here to Email grendel     Edit Message
Oh! Just saw'em on the list as "insect men." :0 Please disregard previous reply, Cept the part about the stuff being great.

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O barbarous and bloody spectacle!

Pilfer
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posted March 17, 1999 03:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pilfer   Click Here to Email Pilfer     Edit Message
I still haven't read through all of Jyre's latest prose. But you know how it is when you think of a point and then forget it by the time you read a few thousand lines of responses.

What about a day in the life of a fire elemental?

Pilfer, ball ball burning bright in the lost city of the night...

Jyre
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posted March 17, 1999 01:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jyre   Click Here to Email Jyre     Edit Message
If I can come up with an idea for the fire elemental I'll include it. And as I type this I think to myself, link it to the fire talisman, the dead keepers mentioned something about in their diaries.
Thanks, Pilfer

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Nasha D'Shanta - Peace be thy friend.
Algar D'Shanta - Peace be thy guide.
Rach D'Shanta - Peace be thy death.

Jyre
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posted March 17, 1999 03:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jyre   Click Here to Email Jyre     Edit Message
When you have an idea, act on it.

Fire elemental:
The earth did break, the fire pour forth,
Molten rock and bloody earth,
When the man-fool's did the crust invade.

Into our world they did come.
And for their sin, they did burn!

But before they fled, one thing did they take,
The talisman of fire, our magic's key,
For without it's power we could not be.

Our fuel did burn, time did run,
And one by one, we did flicker and die.

Few we had become when they did return,
We watched and waited as they carried it on,
And placed it in the tower where it would remain anon .
(Does anon fit here. I think it means something like 'forever' in old English)

Into our world they did come,
And for their sins, they did burn!

In peace we stayed as the sands did turn,
Watching and waiting for him to come.

Then came another, a cheat and a sneak,
With water he did snuff us, with guile he did elude as,
And from the tower the key did he snatch,
Then fled the city before we could react.

The key is gone,
Our power does fade.
But revenge will be ours,
In the metal age!

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Nasha D'Shanta - Peace be thy friend.
Algar D'Shanta - Peace be thy guide.
Rach D'Shanta - Peace be thy death.

GreyMouser
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posted March 17, 1999 03:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GreyMouser   Click Here to Email GreyMouser     Edit Message
If I may give it a try - I am not as good as Jyre, but for the fire elemental, there are some lines that just came to my mind. Please excuse my english being not that excellent; feel free to correct or improve it.


hot hot look guard my fire
this my place I am
hot hot burn my pyre
here I was, here I am

there a movement
crumbling stone?
go there look, talk some flames
ask for news, play some games
could it be?

just a cold
lump of meat
fell down scorched
when I greet

sorry.

hot hot look guard my fire
this my place I am
hot hot burn my pyre
here I was, here I am


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The Grey Mouser.

[This message has been edited by GreyMouser (edited March 17, 1999).]

Jyre
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posted March 17, 1999 04:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jyre   Click Here to Email Jyre     Edit Message
I like

eciton
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posted March 17, 1999 05:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for eciton   Click Here to Email eciton     Edit Message
They're really good.
I hope you make money from your talent

eciton
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posted March 17, 1999 05:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for eciton   Click Here to Email eciton     Edit Message
Better elaborate
That is REALLY good.

Shadow-Holder
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posted March 17, 1999 05:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Shadow-Holder   Click Here to Email Shadow-Holder     Edit Message
Jyre although i am not the first to say this I am going to say it anyways, awsome job just great just keep those stories coming and I will be very happy Two thumbs way way up

redEye
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posted March 17, 1999 07:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for redEye   Click Here to Email redEye     Edit Message
daaaaaamn... we're just a wellspring of talent here. i'm impressed to hell.

these are some hardcore fans, eh?

-redEye

Jyre
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posted March 18, 1999 01:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jyre   Click Here to Email Jyre     Edit Message
I do blush from all the compliments. Thank you.
If you want to read the rest they should be on T-DP.com within the next day or so. But, as I'm feeling generous, meet the apeman.
"Warmsiesss us by the fire."
"Yes. Warmsiesss. Heated by the burning woodsie. Gift of The Woodsie Lord." I shift my feet, slash my tail and shiver in pleasure. "Remember the woodsie you?"
"Remembers doess I."
"We was not clever then, hnnn. Not so bright."
"Noes. We wasn't."
"But happy we was. Up high in the treess."
"Yess. Treess."
"The humans took our trees!" I crack my tail against the pillar in anger.
"Gone now."
"They did burn and build and destroy our treess!" I twitch in agitation. "They take away our homess!"
"But The Woodsie Lord did come."
The softness in my companion's voice calms me. "Yess. He did come. And ours will revenge be soon."
"Revenge..."
We stand silent and listen to the fire as it crackles and burns. Nothing moves. No-one speaks. We await the word of The Woodsie Lord.
"Hear you that?" My companion turns to face the darkness. "Sneaksie I hear."
"Sneaksie?" I drop my hand to my sword and crouch, my eyes searching the dark. "I see no sneaksie."
"There!" Even as my companion speaks a shadowy figure darts from the corner and through the door. "See you that?!"
"Yess. I seess!" Sword out, I chase the man flesh. "Revenge! Reveeenge!" I stumble through the door and come to a stop. The fire is out, the room filled with darkness.
"Where'd he go?" My companion asks behind me.
I do not answer put move forward into the room. "Come sie out, sneaksie. You cannot hidess."
"Yess. Comess out!"
My companion and I scour the whole room but find nothing. "Perhaps a shadow it did be, cast by the woodsie fire."
"Perhaps," my companion agrees. We return to the fire to await The Woodsie Lords decree.

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Nasha D'Shanta - Peace be thy friend.
Algar D'Shanta - Peace be thy guide.
Rach D'Shanta - Peace be thy death.

redEye
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posted March 18, 1999 02:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for redEye   Click Here to Email redEye     Edit Message
heehee... niiiiiice. i like that apemen one, except they're rats, dammit!
mouser - that's real good; don't worry about the english.
and Jyre - you need to have the apes tell the sneaksie "Lass mal deine dotteln sehen!"

-redEye

Jyre
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posted March 18, 1999 03:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jyre   Click Here to Email Jyre     Edit Message
THEY'RE APES! In the sound files they're found in the directories Ape1 and Ape2. (Besides, it wouldn't make much sense if they were rats)
And, though I hate to admit my ignorance, what am I 'spoed to tell the sneaksie? In English please.

Lytha
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posted March 18, 1999 04:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lytha   Click Here to Email Lytha     Edit Message
I like to call them "monkeys"... the "Oooook!" is so cute.

The stories are great, Jyre!

Jyre
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posted March 19, 1999 02:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jyre   Click Here to Email Jyre     Edit Message
Want to read the rest? (lots of nods please) Then go to T-Dp.com and you'll find it all looking nice and pretty (IE users will anyway, netscapes got a 'tailored' version). DN did a good job.
GO AND READ IT!

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