Sorry for the slow rate of posts recently folks we’ve been in LARP prep mode and getting ready for Empire.
We’ve had loads to do with getting all the camping gear ready, making big pots of food for the group to eat, shopping for new bits to replace those lost or broken and making sure all the important bits and bobs we needed were there. Thats only the start of it though then comes the actual setup and that involves pitching tents, blowing up airbeds, making wooden benches and oddly for me chopping firewood for the group fire.
This last weekend was Profound Decisions Empire in Studley. Once again the nations of the Empire gathered at Anvil to discuss matters of imperical importance, share stories of glory, shape the destiny of the Empire, drink to fallen foes and do battle with the Barbarian nations that assail the Empire.
Im in the nation of Highguard:-
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.
So thats what I’ve been upto this weekend. I’m really very tired and could do with some time off.
Im happy to talk about my LARPing and what its all about so if you have any questions or want to know more just ask away. Im happy to help.