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Wtf. Team red vs. Team blue was not "fun." It was "I wanna be a Mhaldorian while pwning with all my Ashtani friends. Screw RP. Wat's that?"
Well-RPed, temporary alliances would be fine, from a theoretical standpoint, but players have shown time and time again that they aren't really capable of this. OOC friendships and OOC enemies form, and RP factional differences dissolve into simplistic Team Red vs Team Blue.
And you won't understand the cause of your grief...
...But you'll always follow the voices beneath.
The obvious quip where Ashtan's numbers are bolstered whilst keeping current opposition must have been missed.You say Team Red/Blue were boring, I disagree. Shallam would be raided by Mhaldor/Ashtan and be rescued by Eleusis guerillas. Ashtan guerillas would dive into Hashan (even while enemied) to shove off a Shallam/Cyrene entrenchment. Shunning city relationships stifles politics, and war outcomes can be guessed before they're waged.Anything on a long enough timeline bores, but not as quickly as our current staling factions. Singular factions are limited, there's no mix, no internal mixing or rivaling of politics/beliefs. The eternal struggle between Mhaldor and Targossas has grown secondary to Ashtan's dominance over everything. No one can beat Ashtan alone, it would take an alliance. Hashan gets beat on with the obligatory minimum 10 man Targ crew, while knowing they don't know how to fight back.Eleusis is absolutely useless on a political level, as even @Rangor says they tried to aggress against Targossas and somehow, inexplicably failed. Which is actually impossible. Against Cyrene, the best they do is take passive aggressive jabs with their "There were trees in those mountains, bro" approach.Also, look at attitudes of "X was fun without A-Team around" and the acceptance that Hashan is an entity that should remain beaten.Your views are outdated, @Silas. Your Achaea isn't all it can be.
How would you even combine Vastar's RP with that of Mhaldor? :P
The funny and/or awkward thing about being in Cyrene, from my character's experience, isn't that the city proper has zero interest in what the other cities do beyond Cyrene's borders and its people - that's more or less been par for the course for some time.The funny and/or awkward thing is the vitriol that one often experiences when a character wants to improve inter-city relations. This is less true regarding Mhaldor, as they're currently in maximum trollerdrive, but for a long time my character's been trying to find common ground with people of other cities - ironically, between Mhaldor being Mhaldor and members of Ashtani leadership attacking Cyrene for "being under the yoke of Targossas'/creation's control", my character's found common enemies with people of Eleusis and Targossas.I've found that there's a deep reluctance to take this to the logical next step (Team Red vs. Team Blue) on both sides of the fence. Cyrene, by and large, isn't interested in being anyone's pawn in a war machine. Targossas, as a city and not necessarily as a people, hold Cyrene in contempt because it "doesn't take enough of an active enough role in the defense of creation". Eleusis isn't a huge fan of Cyrene because of the destruction of nature that necessitated its founding, although Bron's quietly hoping that things may change given time and cooperation on that front.I'm not complaining, because it's the nature of the game; however, if one truly wants to encourage inter-city relations, then the first step is to encourage them through activities, discourse, trade, or just open communication.Just sayin'.
One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important
Yes, because Mhaldor has no RP reason to be there. Just troll things!
it wouldn't be team red vs team blue in terms of what you described either bronislav. It would be team blue vs mhaldor vs ashtan. Mhaldor and Ashtan fight on a very regular basis at the moment.
I still want to see order V chaos someday. Mhaldor/Targs V ashtan would be so interesting and hillarious to watch.