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I am not a role-player, nor am I a Chaucer scholar. But this sounded like fun.

Here are some ideas I've had on how to run things. Your suggestions/feedback are more than welcome, because I really have no idea what I'm doing.

Characters
The idea is to create a Livejournal account for a Chaucer pilgrim and post as that character. Character requests will basically come on a first-come, first-served basis. If more than one person initially wants the same character, there will have to be some sort of showdown or something. My only request is that important/popular characters go to people who will #1 post/comment regularly and #2 not suck (a.k.a. be interesting/engaging/entertaining and somewhat true to the character). If someone gets bored or is AWOL we can always reassign characters. Oh, and I figured that as maintainer of this community it would make sense for me to be the Host, ja?

Language
The original idea for this community came from my ponderings of "what if Chaucer's pilgrims had Livejournals?" so I'm thinking modern English with a little Middle English thrown in for fun if the poster wishes. Hell, if it makes sense for a certain character to trash-talk in chatroom speech, so be it.

Layout
I'm no layout guru. If someone knows of a tapistry image we could use as a background, that would be cool. If someone gets bored and likes to make icons, it'd be cool to make up some icons for fellow characters. Oh, and we need a community icon! I'll make one myself if no one else does but I'll bet someone else could make something prettier.

Reply to this post with suggestions and character claims! archaist laid an early claim to the Clerk.

P.S. This community does not have open membership, but does have open commenting, so non-players can interact with the characters in the comments. If someone has a better idea please let me know :)

P.P.S. Tell all your geeky friends about this place!
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On April 4th, 2005 09:38 pm (UTC), breathesymphony commented:
you rock! i'll take the prioress :)
On April 4th, 2005 10:03 pm (UTC), ex_rita replied:
A necessity for a humerous community! Maybe we'll even be able to find you a few nuns, so they can jump to your defense whenever someone makes fun of you :)

Anyways, go ahead and create a journal for her and apply for membership to the community. Once we have a handful of pilgrims, I'll make an introductory Host post, and the fun shall begin!

Thanks for your interest! I hope this will be lots of fun!
On April 4th, 2005 10:37 pm (UTC), pandorasmuse replied:
I'll be a nun! I could do with a nice, minor role. :D
On April 5th, 2005 12:11 am (UTC), pandorasmuse replied:
Further note: while reading the descriptions in the portrait link below, I noticed that the Prioress is accompanied by 3 priests and a nun. So if you decide to assign me to the nun's role (please please!) 3 priests will still be needed. :)
On April 5th, 2005 03:43 am (UTC), pandorasmuse replied:
I've given thought to this, and I really don't have the time to manage a second journal or do justice to the character, even if it is minor. I withdraw my request. I'm looking forward to seeing how this pans out. :)
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On April 4th, 2005 10:18 pm (UTC), archaist replied:
awesome! don't dip your fingers too deeply!
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On April 4th, 2005 10:11 pm (UTC), _prioress commented:
added!
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On April 4th, 2005 10:19 pm (UTC), archaist commented:
Thank you for allowing me the early claim of mine. I'm interested in seeing where this goes. You might link the general prologue in the user info for the sake of giving people an idea of who they'd like to claim.
On April 4th, 2005 10:25 pm (UTC), ex_rita replied:
True, but I'd hope people wanting to participate already know who the characters are. I'll do it anyway, as a reminder.
On April 4th, 2005 10:36 pm (UTC), clerkofoxenford replied:
Hey there, another suggestion:

I like what you've done with the user information, but you might mention usernames next to the "taken" characters (the prioress, the host, and the clerk), just as a way of organizing which roles are available.
On April 4th, 2005 10:41 pm (UTC), ex_rita replied:
Actually, that's what I'm doing right now!

This is gonna be awesome.
On April 4th, 2005 10:48 pm (UTC), clerkofoxenford replied:
You bet!
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On April 4th, 2005 10:28 pm (UTC), clerkofoxenford commented:
Okay! All set. I'll fix this up when I'm not procrastinating the night before an essay's due (but soon, I promise!)
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On April 4th, 2005 10:41 pm (UTC), clerkofoxenford commented:
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On April 5th, 2005 12:23 am (UTC), mm511 commented:
If we just want to follow along but not necessarily role-play, should we not join the community, but rather simply "watch" it?
On April 5th, 2005 03:18 am (UTC), ex_rita replied:
Membership is moderated, so only characters can join the community, but anyone can (and is invited to) post comments.

Thanks!
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On April 5th, 2005 01:06 am (UTC), turabiannights commented:
Oh gosh. I think I'm going to have to go with the Wife of Bath...
On April 5th, 2005 03:14 am (UTC), ex_rita replied:
Yay! Make her a journal and apply to the comm!
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On April 5th, 2005 08:17 am (UTC), _wife_of_bath_ replied:
Woot!
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On April 5th, 2005 03:09 am (UTC), lostin commented:
monk?
On April 5th, 2005 03:16 am (UTC), ex_rita replied:
He's all yours. Create a journal for him and join the community!
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On April 5th, 2005 04:23 am (UTC), shiara_ commented:
If I could be the one nun who accompanies the prioress, if possible. I see that pandorasmuse has withdrawn her offer... please let me know.

Thank you!
On April 5th, 2005 04:36 am (UTC), ex_rita replied:
Sure thing!
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On April 5th, 2005 04:38 am (UTC), shiara_ replied:
The moment I hit "post" I realized what a horrible sentence that was. It should have read, "If possible, could I please be the one nun who accompanies the prioress...."

Thanks! Will be applying as prioress_nun.
On April 5th, 2005 05:01 am (UTC), prioress_nun replied:
Ok, I'm here! Thank you :)
On April 5th, 2005 05:13 am (UTC), ex_rita replied:
I love the icon! (Clerky - I love yours too).

I tried making the Host an icon but apparently I really, really suck at Photoshop. I'll have to bribe someone eventually.
On April 5th, 2005 05:53 am (UTC), clerkofoxenford replied:
I do try!
On April 5th, 2005 06:24 am (UTC), ex_rita replied:
Clerks! Hah!

...ok, I really am going to bed now.
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On April 5th, 2005 11:15 am (UTC), _wife_of_bath_ commented:
Luminarium.org is a good place to find images related to some of the major tales. It also has some great parallel texts...

What are we looking for in a community icon?
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On April 5th, 2005 09:14 pm (UTC), conrad_zaar commented:
archaist

r0x0r! The Clerk has got to be at LEAST a 9th-level Cleric!!1!
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On April 5th, 2005 09:40 pm (UTC), archaist replied:
There's one in my bag of holding
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On April 5th, 2005 10:33 pm (UTC), turabiannights replied:
Wow. Just wow.
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On April 6th, 2005 04:16 am (UTC), vanyel42 commented:
Wow, this sounds completely awesome. I'm not sure if I'm up to playing a character but I'll definitely watch to see how it goes!

On April 6th, 2005 07:53 pm (UTC), ex_rita replied:
You're most welcome to join up later on if you wish!
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On April 9th, 2005 02:38 pm (UTC), hodsthorn commented:
I've already sent an e-mail, but it seems like this is the entry in which to officially lay claim to characters. I'm submitting my bid for the Cook and the Pardoner...we'll see whether I can maintain them both, but in the meantime, it should be interesting.

Besides, the Cook passes out drunk a lot, so he's probably going to be easy enough to handle...
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