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Traces

Unfortunately, I have no Ales and Tales writeup for you this week, as this Monday I was with family for Christmas and couldn’t handle the A&T lag on my netbook. Someone who was there, post some pictures pretty please? 🙂

Instead, I offer the first chapter in a collaborative story project that was born from the Winter Blogmoot at the home of poor absent Telwen. Though we’ve since heard from Battlemaiden, we’re going ahead with the fictional search. I open with this chapter, and will be creating a Table of Contents page here to keep track of the chapters each writer adds. (There are eight so far, and if you want to join us in writing, feel free to do so at the google group!)

Traces

By Ranna Dylin

A flash of coppery hair. A girl’s laughing voice, singing along to the strumming of a lute. She turns, and her grey-blue eyes meet mine, for just a second, before—

Linett woke up, suddenly, with the image burned in her memory but without any idea what the dream had been about. There was something familiar about the singer, though. Was it someone Linett had met, or just caught a glimpse of, a glimpse now risen to the surface as she slept? She could not shake the feeling that she should recognize the girl with her lute and her copper hair.

It was a bit early yet, but she rose anyway, unable to sleep again with this mystery prying at her. It occupied her thoughts as she stopped by the kitchens of Duillond for a breakfast muffin; it distracted her all morning as she tried to carry on with her research tasks in the Scholars’ Enclave. It troubled her so that she barely noticed when the elf Lennidhren, senior researcher, drew near.

“A message has come for you,” Lennidhren said, jolting Linett from her reverie. The elf handed her an envelope, smiling, and drew up a chair nearby. “Good news, I hope.”

“You know,” said Linett, breaking the seal and trying to look stern, “in Bree we have a saying: Curiosity killed the cat.”

“Ah, but I am no cat,” Lennidhren pointed out, “so I think there is no danger. And after all, we would not be researchers were it not for our excessive curiosity, would we, my dear?”

Linett conceded the point with a grin and a nod as she unfolded the letter and quickly read through it. Then the grin vanished and she sat up straighter and read through it again, more slowly. Lennidhren tilted her head and frowned in concern but sat silent until Linett finally found her voice.

“From my cousin Linnore,” she said. “And now…now I remember. That face. Lennidhren, I dreamed of a woman last night, a minstrel who seemed so familiar, I’ve been trying to remember her name all day. It seemed so important somehow, yet it wasn’t much of a dream, just a glimpse of her really. But I remember her now. Linnore knows her better than I. And it seems…she’s gone.”

“Gone?” the elf prompted.

“Linnore writes that Telwen, that’s the minstrel’s name, I remember now, had invited a few friends to her house but they arrived to find it boarded up. And it seemed to have been unoccupied for some time, too. She travels a lot, Telwen – a family of traveling bards, performing in town after town. That’s how I remember her, I think, for we met when their show came to Bree some years back. Ah, but she was still just a girl then; she must be a grown woman by now. She might be on the bards’ circuit again, but for her house to be abandoned even as she invites friends there…”

Lennidhren nodded. “Something isn’t right.”

Linett rose suddenly from her desk and gathered her cloak from its hook, her staff from where it leaned against the wall. “I must see this house.”


It wasn’t far to Telwen’s home, a stately abode in a Falathlorn neighborhood near the refuge of Duillond. Linnore met her there, summoned by a message Linett sent ahead with her raven-friend, though the bird seemed to pout at being used as a carrier pigeon, and would not quite look at Linett when it arrived with her cousin at Telwen’s house.

Boarded up the house was indeed, and a note on the door indicated that it was to be reclaimed by the Housing Commission for delinquency of payments.

“Can Telwen have fallen on hard times, and been unable to afford the payments?” Linett asked.

Her cousin shook her head. “As far as I know, she owned her home outright. Shouldn’t have been any payments left to make. This notice – I think it’s to cover something. I don’t know if there even is a Housing Commission in her neighborhood.”

Linett tried to force the door but found it too firmly boarded for that. So the two of them started searching the grounds for any clue. But it was Frigga the raven-friend who found what they sought. Its loud caw drew Linett’s attention, and she looked up to see the raven flying down from a hole in a hollow tree, with a bit of paper tucked in its beak.

Linett took the crumpled paper from Frigga and unfolded it carefully. It seemed to be a page torn from a book, with words carefully handwritten. Names. She showed the list to Linnore.

“I recognize some of these,” her cousin said. “Hey! Even my own name! And these – they were here for the party too. Maybe it’s some sort of guest list?”

“But is it Telwen’s writing?”

Linnore shrugged. “I couldn’t say for sure. But here’s one that wasn’t at the party. And another. I’ll warrant they’re friends of Telly’s, though. Don’t you think?”

It seemed as good a theory as any other they could come up with then. “The first thing to do,” Linett decided, “is to find these friends. You write to the ones who were at the party. I’ll take the list back to Duillond and see if we can track down the rest. Between us all, maybe we can find out just what’s become of this bard.”

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Bloggers Alive and Well at the Winter Blogmoot!

Despite the great cataclysm of the new community sites, eleven brave My.LOTRO bloggers made their way to the land of Silverlode tonight to gather at the home of Telwen for the Winter Blogmoot. Sadly, our hostess was detained…somewhere…we think she’s been captured by the Enemy, for we found her house all boarded up and no signs of life there. But we had a wonderful time chatting in Telly’s front yard nonetheless!

We began with the usual round of introductions – all the more necessary as I don’t think any of us there were Silverlode natives, so many names were eerily familiar and yet not quite the names we know each other by! In attendance were Travisimo, in the form of Doldaegr; Byrdie, as Janellah, the hobbit who thinks she’s a dwarf; Fronagon of Windfola; Sweetpeas of Kementari’s Sanctuary in the guise of Celwise; GV-Tanith as Tanisil; Gaiagil looking unusually fishy as GaiaGILL; Kaleigh Starshine pronouncing her name as Kaeyleigh in the Silverlodian dialect; Whart poking fun at the new user-number My.LOTRO URLs with her name of Useroneotosvnfivtooh (because TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsWhart was too long to use 🙂 ); Pineleaf being relievingly recognizable as the great Spear and Skirmish Guide master; Escadora standing in for Galaddis from ChickyChicky‘s blog; and of course me, represented by Linett’s Silverlodian cousin, Linnore! It was grand to see so many beloved bloggers there, as well as some less familiar whom I shall now have the pleasure of adding to my reading!

The Blogmoot lasted about two hours, and one of the main topics of concern was the sad state of My.LOTRO since the release of the new beta community sites. It has disheartened many of us to see bloggers falling silent or scattering to My Lotro United and their own individual blogs. It has frustrated us to post our stories as we used to do and yet see very little feedback in the form of such comments and ratings as we used to get. Is anyone listening? Does anyone still read My.LOTRO? Does anyone still post here? If not, why are we bothering to post?

The problem seems to be that it is difficult to even find new posts because of the non-functionality of ML’s new home page, where the Featured Blogs list is gone and the new posts list doesn’t even list the name of each blogger. It turned out that many did not know about the Global Posts RSS feed, or did not know that it was now working again, so I will be posting a guide to how to use the feed to keep up with EVERYTHING that gets posted here! It’s a great tool for building our blogging community.

We also tossed around other ideas for building the My.LOTRO community back to the wonderful place it was before the scattering. One thing we can do is to reach out to new bloggers – of which there are plenty, if you follow the global posts feed! – through comments and feedback, and invite them to the blogmoots as well as discussions on blogs. And it also seems that just getting together for this blogmoot was an inspiration to us all, with many feeling revitalized to start writing again as a result!

It was not all doom and gloom, however! We talked a good bit about Travisimo’s Fall of Gondolin project. Gaiagil, Whart, and I have contributed stories to the project/contest (as well as Travisimo’s own story) but there is still time for more bloggers to chip in with a tale of one of the Houses of the Gondolindrim. See the link there for information, and see Travisimo’s blog for updates about the storytelling get-together planned for next month. We’re going to gather – on Elendilmir, I believe, with Gaiagil and Doldaegr/Travisimo cohosting – and tell all the stories we’ve written. It will be an epic night of tales! Even if you don’t write anything for the contest, you’ll want to come hear the stories for sure.

We also discussed plans for more player events, such as a Shire edition of Whart’s housing revolution – Block Party day. Falathlorn Day was fantastic, and I can’t wait to do it again in the Shire homesteads! Events like these are such a wonderful outcome of the blogging community that has grown up in My.LOTRO.

And it really is a wonderful community, you know. Even with many of our dearest bloggers missing – some gone to My Lotro United, some scattered to individual blogs, and far too many just discouraged from blogging at all and fallen completely silent – nevertheless there is still a vibrant group here of creative people posting things that are a delight to read. And these bloggers are a delight to interact with! That is the strength and the joy of My.LOTRO, that with our usernames (NOT the dreadful new numbers) and avatars making it easy to associate each comment with a familiar face of a friend, we don’t have to just post into the void. We have a great tool here for collaboration, interaction, and community-building. It’s through My.LOTRO that I have discovered most of my dearest friends in this game, and it’s largely because of blogging here that I continue to enjoy playing so much. The same holds true for many of those who attended tonight’s blogmoot, I know. Our community took quite a blow when the “upgrades” messed up our means of connecting to each other; but things ARE getting better. My.LOTRO still has plenty of bugs but I think there’s hope for them getting fixed – and one of the outcomes of the Winter Blogmoot will be a letter from us all on the forums, like the blogger manifestos we’ve posted in the past, detailing the changes we need to see at this site, the broken things that need fixing, the functionality necessary to make the community work. As Byrdie pointed out, our blogs have the power to draw people to the game – she spoke of several who had actually subscribed because of reading her blog, and I don’t blame them! 🙂 Shouldn’t the blog community be a priority for the Turbine web developers, considering its great potential both to draw people to LOTRO and to keep them engaged in it?

And as for those who have fallen silent since the changes…welll…


“What has become of poor Telly?” the eleven bloggers gathered at the house of Telwen asked, concern darkening their faces. They had traveled to Silverlode at her invitation for a time of fellowship and discussion. Yet their friend was nowhere to be seen, and even more ominously, her house was all boarded up with a notice from the Housing Commission that it was closed till accounts that had gone unpaid could be settled up. How unlike Telly! Surely some grave peril had befallen her, to keep her so long away from her beautiful home…and away from the friends who had gathered there.

It could mean only one thing.

Telwen was in the Enemy’s clutches.

It must be so: In some dark dungeon, somewhere in the foulest places of Middle-earth, Telwen must be held prisoner by the Dark Lord himself, or his minions. No other explanation could account for her absence for such a long time. The bloggers were worried now. Where could she be? Had their invitations to this party been sent before her disappearance – or were those letters somehow smuggled out from her place of captivity, a cry for help? That must be it! Then it was up to them, the brave bloggers, to band together and seek their missing comrade.


So, the idea is this: We’re going to write a collaborative story about the rescue of Telwen – and possibly of a few other bloggers who’ve gone missing in action – from the Enemy’s very clutches! Any My.LOTRO bloggers who want in on the story are welcome. Just go to http://groups.google.com/group/mylotro to sign up. We’ll use that group/email list to plan out the story, and we’ll take turns writing chapters in it until we have found and rescued the missing bloggers. Each chapter will be posted on the writer’s blog when finished and we’ll have a page to coordinate it all so readers can find the chapters in the right order. (And hopefully the missing bloggers will get in on the story too, at some point, and come back to blogging when we “rescue” them… 🙂 )

Oh and speaking of the power of a blogmoot to inspire bloggers – Look who beat me to posting about it:

Blogmoot writeup by Kemen!


Blogger Gatherings!



Click the button for reports from the 2010 Spring Blogger Gathering, hosted by Linett of Nimrodel!

Berethron of Brandywine hosted the 2010 Summer Blogmoot.

The Winter Blogmoot was held on December 4, 9 p.m. EST at the home of Telwen of Silverlode.

Next up: The Spring Blogmoot of 2011 shall return to Nimrodel with Tuiliel (Whart, aka user-1027520) hosting! Linett is looking forward to another local moot!

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