Hi ho, hi ho, its off to LARP we go!

Sorry folks, there wont be any planned updates for this blog this week as I’m heading off to indulge in another geek-tastic hobby of mine this coming weekend.  I will be LARPing in a field somewhere hopefully in sunshine but recent experience shows me that its probably not the going to be the case.  I’m a volunteer at GOD (Games Operations Desk) for Profound Decisions Empire LRP events.

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I will be playing the part of my Highborn Unconquered Benefactor, Archelaus, formerly of the Grey Watchers of Peytaht but now of The Silent Tide.

The Highborn are a people supremely confident of their own place in history. They revere the highest ideals, to epitomize Imperial Virtues, to reflect the noble obligations of leadership and thereby to embody the very spirit of the Empire. They created the Synod so that they might stand vigil over the collective soul of the Empire. Their manifest destiny is to drive the barbarians from the land and unite all humankind; they will accept nothing less.

The children of Highguard are a blazing beacon of righteousness in a dark and grimy world that too often chooses to take the easy way, to reach a compromise with vice. They stand against the tide of wickedness and say “No. This is not acceptable. We can be better.” Regiments of disciplined soldiers march to battle, shoulder to shoulder, determined to take the fight to the enemies of civilisation. Their first thoughts and their last are for their beloved Empire, and they know that even if they are struck down a life of virtue will see them reborn once more, given another chance to bring humankind to its shining destiny.

The chapters, the great stone settlements in which most Highborn dwell, are scattered across the plains that lie between Urizen and the Bay of Catazar. Many are built on ancient battle sites, scenes of triumph in the historic wars that wrested control of the land from the barbarians. All are heavily fortified, with granite quarried from the southern mountains, for the Highborn will brook no expense to protect what is theirs. “Wood burns, stone endures” is an old Highborn aphorism that says much about their perspective.

Although the First Empress put aside her nationality when she united the Empire, the Highborn consider their nation the proud parent of the Empire, and themselves to be its founders, tutors and guardians. They protect the Empire with their armies, guide its hand in the Senate and guard its soul in the Synod; perhaps most important of all, they keep the Imperial Histories to record and tell of the deeds that make the Empire great.

The Unconquered are skilled warriors who undertake scouting missions, employ sabotage and terror as weapons to weaken their foes, and seek out specific targets on a battlefield. In contrast to the archers and skirmishers of many other nations, the unconquered favour medium armour and short bows, and are not shy about engaging in close combat with hand weapons if the tides of battle make retreat-and-fire an unappealing option.

Think of them as a cross between the Nightswatch from Game of Thrones and the Rangers of Gondor from Lord of The Rings.

You can find out all about Empire and the world in which it is set on the Profound Decisions website:-

http://www.profounddecisions.co.uk/home?0

For those unfamiliar with the idea of LARP (Live Action Role Play) or LRP (Live Role Play) you can pick up the vague idea of it from wikipedia:-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Live_action_role-playing_game

If you’re interested then feel free to comment and or drop me a line and I’d be happy to discuss it with you and point you in the direction of a group or event suited to your requirements.  There are various events throughout the year and some from very familiar settings such as Stargate and Serenity.  There are also LARP events set in the expanded universes of other games such as World of Darnesses Vampire:The Masquerade and Games Workshops Warhammer 40K.  Whatever style of background you;re looking for there is likely to be an event for you somewhere.

So, if I get the chance to update then I certainly will but I cant make any promises as prep for an event usually involves most of my free time….mainly remembering where my kit is and arranging vans and ensuring tents are cleaned and have all their pegs and guy ropes.

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