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Re: Ditto Town Library

Postby leuthilalda » May 21, 2012 1:14 pm

Depending on how the "explanations" work out, I may have one more interesting post in my dream arc. I still am not sure how this is resolved, or if it is resolved. :D
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Re: Ditto Town Library

Postby stargazer » May 23, 2012 2:57 pm

Ryadian wrote:...my next segment (for now) is starting with Kirane asking Ryana more questions about the town's history...So, how much do we want to say is common knowledge for Dittopians, and how much might a member of the Patrol know compared to others?


I think it's fair to say that, as a member of the Patrol, Ryana would be privvy to some of the details of battles that happened before her arrival. But I suspect most of her information would be strategic rather than historical - for example, local landmarks that have been of interest to the Organization in the past (like the Fountain), battle tactics that have worked (or not worked), and so on - rather than focusing too much on the details of of those battles. Make sense?

leuthilalda wrote:If there is going to be an explanation of this, some of my characters would love to be around to hear it ;). Of course, they are already in the next morning after the events in question...


So I'm inclined to skip ahead until dusk (the night before Toby and Rose head for the Emporium) so Abby can grill Erik about what he knows.

But before that, Erica and her brother are still visiting. Aravanna, you're welcome to write about how all this looks from their perspective. :)
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Re: Ditto Town Library

Postby Ryadian » May 31, 2012 3:13 pm

Thanks for your thoughts, stargazer! :)

I don't really have much to add right now, except.... I was re-reading Ditto Story 7, and I happened to come across a certain old post. Erik, Iaffn and Angharad are trying to get in touch with Aria, while she's still on the StarSeeker somewhere in deep space. So, Aria's trying to figure out what emergency prompted the call. I kid you not, this is what she said:


"What’s up? Did the Emporium blow? Is somebody dead?"


...Oh, the irony. =))
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Re: Ditto Town Library

Postby stargazer » Jun 06, 2012 1:23 pm

Good find, Rya! ;))

I really didn't have that in mind when I wrote that segment, though now that you mention it, I do recall that bit.

Ironic indeed.
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Re: Ditto Town Library

Postby leuthilalda » Jun 10, 2012 2:05 pm

Someone reading the whole series from scratch would be convinced that someone had a planned it from the beginning and had planted it in as "deep sleeper" foreshadowing.
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Re: Ditto Town Library

Postby Aravanna » Jun 10, 2012 7:01 pm

I love the Ditto Story. Have I ever mentioned that? :D

Seriously, even the plotting going on in the Library is a fun read! I love Sonny's idea for connecting the two realities. If that actually happens, Rya, I'd love to continue our collaboration and see what Phoenix Archer does in that situation (and how poor Alex gets out of his fix.)

Leuth, I enjoyed your contributions. They were very clever. And would it be all right for my characters to be present at the Emporium when this all gets discussed?

I'm going to go ahead and try to put a post up tonight in the "good" reality and wrap up Erica, Alex, Val, and Ember's plot.

Oh, and Rya, that is an exceptional find. :p Maybe JillPole knows the future.
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Re: Ditto Town Library

Postby Ryadian » Jun 11, 2012 12:58 pm

Aravanna wrote:I love the Ditto Story.


Ditto! :D ( ;) )

Aravanna wrote:...If that actually happens, Rya, I'd love to continue our collaboration and see what Phoenix Archer does in that situation (and how poor Alex gets out of his fix.)


As would I; I have been trying to figure out how they'd get out of this, now that the bad reality is sticking around (instead of poofing into non-existence). :P I'll PM you.

leuthilalda wrote:Someone reading the whole series from scratch would be convinced that someone had a planned it from the beginning and had planted it in as "deep sleeper" foreshadowing.


Aravanna wrote:Oh, and Rya, that is an exceptional find. :p Maybe JillPole knows the future.


Leuth, I'm beginning to believe your theory, since I remember finding another one of those ironic quotes earlier. :P Sadly, I can't remember what it was or which story....

I'm not sure if it was Cymru or JP who wrote that line (it was a Cymru segment but Aria who said it), but either way, I'm beginning to wonder if we should tell them. ;)) Problem being, of course, there's no way to do that without mentioning that, y'know, we blew up the Emporium and killed Erik and Abby.... :P (But they got better.)

EDIT: Posted this before I checked the story for updates. :P Love your latest post, Ara; I loved how you incorporated Erica's "memories" into the rest of it. :D (Also, that ending was just perfect. I don't know if I should call it foreshadowing or what, but it simultaneously made me chuckle and want to give alternate Erica a hug....)
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Re: Ditto Town Library

Postby Varnafinde » Jun 12, 2012 12:19 pm

Varna hasn't said a word through all this - I've decided it's because she's in London and won't know about it until she's back, which is probably when everything is back to normal.

I need to find the book where I wrote down the beginning of her journey to England and to London. Now, where did I put it? :p
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Re: Ditto Town Library

Postby shastastwin » Jul 03, 2012 12:45 pm

Hello everyone! After an absence of far too long, I think I shall be returning to the Ditto Story. :) Mostly, I want to get my characters through the arc I had in mind for them, so that I don't have that doom hanging over me the rest of my life. ;) Also, talking with a couple of the Dinklings at the recent Mod Moot stirred my interest anew. I shall likely be spending the next week or so reading and catching up, drafting Story posts and PMing those with whom I had intended to collaborate. I look forward to rejoining this zany madhouse!

Edit: And now I see that my last post was almost 2 years ago. ;)) I'll be doing a lot of catching up.
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Re: Ditto Town Library

Postby Silvan_Haven » Jul 03, 2012 6:32 pm

Hello there Dinklings! (Or whatever you call youselves :p) As you know I am but newly arived and decided to come and say hello to my fellow writers.
I look forward to a long time of happy writing with all of you and many good stories.
On another note. Mind if Dernhelm and my characters drop by the Emporium or some such place? We need somebody to get them acquainted to Ditto Town and it is so much more fun with other people.
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Re: Ditto Town Library

Postby stargazer » Jul 05, 2012 3:41 pm

Welcome back, shastastwin! We've missed you and your characters, and I look forward to seeing what you have in mind for them.

Nice job writing Abby in your latest segment, Aravanna - she can't help but have picked up some knowledge of science over the years, and can offer her opinions, but will usually defer to Erik in this area.

Dernhelm and Silvan_Haven, you certainly entered the story with a bang (sorry, couldn't resist ;)) ). Your characters are welcome to stop by the Emporium - and as it seemed to be heavily involved in the recent interdimensional incident, you're likely to meet a variety of Ditto Town's residents there.
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Re: Ditto Town Library

Postby Ryadian » Jul 05, 2012 3:46 pm

stwin: :D!! YAY!!! I can't wait to see your characters come back. :D (Oh, wow--sometimes I forget how long this story has been going!! @-) )

Silvan_Haven: Welcome to Ditto Town! :) (Yeah, we call ourselves Dinklings. :P :) ) Actually, my characters are in the Town Square right now--I think they can introduce themselves. :) (As soon as I get around to writing them again! :ymblushing: ) I'll PM you two about it, just to make sure I get the details right. (My characters are planning to visit the Emporium later that night as well, if that helps at all. :) )
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Re: Ditto Town Library

Postby shastastwin » Jul 05, 2012 6:47 pm

First return post is up. A little flashback and catch-up and a lead-in to the current uber-plot. ;)

Thanks, guys and gals. I appreciate the welcomes back. I've really missed writing with you all.

Also, wonderful writing on all of the segments so far. I can't make specific responses, except to say that even though I had been spoiled about the April Fools posts, they still shocked me. ;))
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Re: Ditto Town Library

Postby Silvan_Haven » Jul 05, 2012 6:50 pm

Thanks! I'm also planning on bringing in a villain soon although not through th same way. He will be staing for a while and my plots will be a good deal more action packed then most of the one going right now.
I will make sure to stay within the limits though.
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Re: Ditto Town Library

Postby shastastwin » Jul 06, 2012 8:35 am

While digging around the old forum and looking for my character bios (alas, to no avail!) I stumbled upon a conversation betwixt starkat, JillPole and myself about the Nine and my villain plans for this Story, spoilered below.

ST: I have one of my villains set to replace Number 6, the Nine character I write. I also have an idea for an order to the universe, with major players representing Good, Evil, Chaos, and Order. However, that was only conceived with my characters involved, so I can keep it that way or we can incorporate it into the overall scheme.

*Kat’s idea regarding taking away the Gibsons’ powers via a rogue time traveler*

ST: Kat, your plot actually works well with mine. The basic premise of my idea is that Good, Evil, Order, and Chaos all have agents in the world. Sounds like your time traveler in an agent of Chaos.

Kat: I'd already planned on him being an agent of one of the Nine. If that works in with yours, sounds fine to me.

JP: St, Are these good/evil and order/chaos pairs all part of the same organization? Because I could see one of the Nine being in charge of some kind of organization that would strive to balance both forces- sort of some weird yin/yang thing- and have agents for all of them.

ST: The term "agent" is more in the sense the Joker used in The Dark Knight, calling himself "an agent of chaos" than it is in the sense that these agents are employed by the forces of Good, Evil, et al. Also, the agents of the four forces are not in an organization of any kind collectively, though they may be individually. It's more that they just serve their force. I. E. agents of Good stir up Good, oppose Evil, ally with Order; agents of Chaos stir up Chaos, oppose Order, ally with Evil. Generally speaking, of course. Obviously, the Nine are more likely to be agents of Evil and/or Chaos and there might be one who's an agent of Order (because of their high organization levels). JP, I like your idea of one of the Nine having employees from all four forces in an attempt to balance them. We might even want to have one agent from each force know about the Grayson group's existence and such just to make things interesting.

JP: ST, I'll admit I have a hard time seeing how that works, given that every person has a bent in at least two directions. I don't think you can be just "good"; I think you'd have to be either "chaotic good" or "orderly good". Sort of like those personality tests- "abstract random" and "concrete sequential." Of course, I also kind of feel like that goes without saying...? so maybe I'm misinterpreting?

ST: That works (and actually explains some of my characters better) but it's not so much that each person is strictly equivalent to the force he serves. Rather, he will serve that force primarily. So an Evil person is capable of the other three forces, Good is capable of the other three, etc.


Anyone have thoughts on this line of thinking and its possible relation to the current story? Also, given the slightly different nature of the Balances (which are the agents I mentioned in the conversation above) in my newest post (it was written and posted before I looked back), does that affect our understanding and the usefulness of this potential plot?

Edit: Also keep in mind that Kar was having to translate the Salesman's words himself, without the help of Christie or the Narrator, so everything he thinks he knows about the Balances can be just as true or flawed as we need it to be.
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Re: Ditto Town Library

Postby Silvan_Haven » Jul 08, 2012 7:46 pm

I think it will work pretty well.

My new villian is part of a race created out of Chaos. They go around destroying realities and drawing power from the ensuing Chaos. I don't plan on letting him do that to this one but it will add some extra drama to the situation.
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