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Storytelling / Performing
I have been gone from Achaea for a long while now and in that time I made a visit to Midkemia Online where I discovered an amazingly kick-ass skill that I was wondering if we could bring to Achaea? The skill is in the Performance skill tree for rogues and it is called storytelling. This is the AB file for it:
"PERFORMANCE - STORYTELLING
Syntax: STORYTELL PERFORM
STORYTELL WEAVE [color] <illusion>
STORYTELL SING/SAY [adjective] <text>
STORYTELL EMOTE <text>
Cooldown: 24 hours
An irrefutable talent of any aspiring bard is their ability to captivate audiences with songs, poems and stories in taverns across Triagia. With their amazing voices, agile and well honed skills, and their many years spent training - most bards are capable of such inspiring works that both themselves and the audience leaves the tavern feeling more worldly and more experienced than ever before.
Upon finding a tavern, a bard with the storytelling ability may use STORYTELL PERFORM to begin a performance. Then, using the three storytelling abilities - weaving, singing or saying, and emoting - they build up their performance and gradually build the tension, drawing the crowd into a state of enrapt adoration. An optional color from 1-15 (See CONFIG COLOR) may be used to augment the illusions you perform, and an adjective (visible by simply using the command without any arguments) can be also optionally added to any singing or speaking. When the performance has drawn to a close, the bard will be able to STORYTELL FINISH to end their piece, with everybody present and yourself recieving experience dependent on how well the performance went.
A warning to all performers: crowds usually disperse with great haste should the bard cease to act within 10 minutes of their last action, or attempt to leave the venue! "
How this skill actually works in the game is that a Bard would walk into an Inn/tavern/bar and start a storytelling show. If you walked into the room you would see a line saying "So and So is performing a story in the corner, JOIN STORY to listen". The only way you could see the performance was to JOIN STORY, that way random people in the room wouldn't be spammed with the show. As for the abilities, it mostly amounts to the performer being able to do a long form of hocus pocus, enact story specific emotes, and put on a good show. The benefit to this was that the performer and the audience would then gain some experience from the show!
I feel like getting A performance skill like this would go a long way towards bringing storytelling back into the realms and also giving jesters and bards a serious way to put on shows. It would also give the general populace a good reason to go to these shows (other than the obvious awesomeness of the performer). My apologies if this post seems rambling and doesn't make much sense, but I am tired and wanted to put this up before I forgot about it. If anyone has any questions, comments, or smart remarks feel free to say so and i'll reply tomorrow when I am more energized.