The ship glides along the coast. In the distance, a sprawling city appears, bigger than any I've seen before. Perhaps this is where I can find a new life.
My name is Ellyc Silverpsalm. I heed from a land called Vasalar, although I don't consider it to be my home. I don't really have a home, actually. To explain why that is, I need to go beyond my own life.
25 years ago, a human man from Vasalar was exploring the forests of the neighboring kingdom, when he heard through the trees the most beautiful sound--a song, sung in a heavenly voice. He followed the song and came upon a young elven woman, brushing her long white hair beneath a tall willow. Immediately he was smitten, and when he introduced himself if was obvious she thought him attractive as well. He continued to come visit her in these woods, and she would play songs for him on her magic lute, and eventually he convinced her to come home with him and live in his house--he was a nobleman, you see, a Lord, and he promised to shower her in his riches and treat her like a queen. The woman simply wanted to spend as much time as she could with her lover, and so accepted his proposal.
The first few years were ecstasy for the elven woman. The mansion she called home was massive--she could visit a new room every day for a month and still not see it all--and it was filled with willing servants, more food than could ever be eaten, and surrounding it all was a beautiful forest that reminded her of her home.
Soon, however, she began to miss the home she'd left behind. She spent more and more time in the forests, walking barefooted between the trees and singing melancholy songs to the winds. The Lord noticed this, and became jealous. He believed she must be meeting someone out in the woods just as she'd met with him. And so he began restricting her freedoms. First she was forbidden from crossing into forest. Then he kept her from leaving the house. Finally, he locked her in a small room and came only to bring food and hear her sing. He left her only with the clothes on her back and her magic lute.
But then she gave birth to a child. A tiny baby boy, endowed with the same white hair as his mother. The woman vowed to never let the boy be seen by his father, and as several years passed and he learned to sing like her, she did all she could to never let the Lord hear his pure, innocent voice. She taught him their history--how the Silverpsalms had sung for the gods for longer than living memory could tell, and how his father wouldn't let them leave and return home to their people. She taught him the ancient songs, taught him to play the lute, and promised him that the gods hadn't forgotten them. Some day they'd escape, and live freely.
At five years old, they made their attempt. When the Lord came into the room one day, the woman attacked him. She told the boy to run, to take the lute and bless the world with his song, but in the struggle, she was stabbed. The Lord became distracted, having just murdered his wife, and the boy managed to flee from the manor.
The boy ran and ran, until he could run no longer. He was lost in an enormous world he'd never seen before, with nothing to keep him alive but the generosity of strangers. Fortunately, he was young and amicable, and undeniably talented. He performed on the streets in exchange for food, clothes, sometimes even a room in an inn on some nights. But he we was always on the run from pursuers, sent by his father to apprehend him. This was how he lived for the next fifteen years. And although he made a decent living with his skills, enhanced somewhat by the magic of his mother's lute, he was tired of being on the run. He had to get further away. So he scraped together as much gold as he could, and booked a ticket on a ship that would take him to a kingdom across the sea.
And so here I am. I carry with me my mother's lute, and the dream of a better life. Perhaps I'll find fame, or at least a life free of persecution. Whatever the case, I want to bring pride to my mother's memory.
Hello! My name is Johnathan! I'm 20 years old, I live in Virginia, and my minecraft username is itbethatwaymyguy. I've been playing minecraft since late beta (I started around beta 1.8), and I have a bit of experience with servers. I've never been an admin or anything, and I don't usually play on bigger faction servers and such (despite my love of the idea), but that's mostly because I can't stand griefing and trolling. I love the worldbuilding and community aspect, the idea of different groups working as sort of nations, and not so much the fighting and destroying each other's bases. That's why I'm incredibly interested in becoming a part of this project, as it seems to incorporate all the things I love about factions servers, without all the hostility and annoyance.
In terms of world building, I'm actually working with some friends of mine on a project to create our own DnD/Pathfinder-style tabletop RPG. For me, it's mostly just a creative outlet, but we have a lot of fun with it. In fact, the character I wrote about in the first part of this application is almost entirely based on one of my characters I played during an early campaign of our game, just without the actual place names from the game (which I did not create, so I didn't want to use. Just feels like stealing, y'know?). All of this is balanced with school, work, and our social lives, not to mention we started with gameplay before getting too in-depth with our worldbuilding, so not a lot is done. But I digress.
Aside from that, I spend most of my time working on my own small worldbuilding projects (mostly the occasional map with some light history and culture), playing Minecraft, or hanging out with friends (before COVID, that is). I also like the read and write, although I don't do as much of either for fun as I used to or would like to.
's a few pictures from a build I've been working on within the past month on a small server.
Thanks for giving my application a read, and I look forward to hearing back from you guys!
Hello! Here are some of the usual questions:
What is/are your favorite colors(s)?
What type of fantasy races are you most interested in?
Do you have a general understanding of progression in this server?
What's your favorite biome to build in?
What's your favorite type of wood in Minecraft?
On another note, your app is absolutely amazing and I will be giving you your first vote even before the questions! 1/5
Hello! I'm the OP of the reddit post you saw. Thanks for the application!
I like the lore and builds.
I Like your builds. here's a vote, 3/5.
You're looking fine and dandy feller, take a 4/5 home with you
What is/are your favorite colors(s)? My favorite is pink, but I love all colors. If I had to pick like... top 3, it'd be pink, like a lime green, and yellow. Odd combo, I know, I just like bright colors.
What type of fantasy races are you most interested in? Gosh, I don't really know. It changes a lot depending on what I'm doing. Often it's human-like but not-quite-human races, like elves or dwarves, half-animal races like satyrs or mermaids, or even just races of humans that look really different from what normal humans in the real world look like. Maybe they have different skin or hair colors, maybe their facial features are just a bit off. At the moment, though, I'm particularly interested in fully-animal races. If you're familiar with the lore of the Elder Scrolls games, you may know of the continent of Akavir, which is said to be populated by tiger people, snake people, and monkey people, which are never seen in-game. The mystery intrigues me, and the potential for interesting cultural characteristics is really cool too.
Do you have a general understanding of progression in this server? I believe so. Everyone has a rank, and the more you build on the server or post to the forums, the higher your rank goes. Higher ranks get you neat perks like founding realms. So on and so forth.
What's your favorite biome to build in? I don't have one. I think making use of any biome is a part of building in minecraft, especially when it comes to building big kingdoms and stuff like that. For example, people don't tend to like building in swamps or mushroom biomes, but I know for a fact there's a realm in this world built on a mushroom island, and that's the spirit of the game! Build anywhere and everywhere! If I have to choose one, I'd pick plains biomes, because it's nice not to have to cut down a lot of trees to make space. But again, I don't really have a favorite.
What's your favorite type of wood in Minecraft? Depends on what I'm using it for, but in general I always find myself using plain old oak wood for stuff. Bridges, docks, fences, just random stuff out in the world, it all looks better with oak.
Thank you for the vote and the kind words!
Thank you so much! And thanks for making that post. Without it, I wouldn't have found you guys!
Pretty exceptional application, well done. Vote 5/5.
EDIT: I have been informed that people have to be interviewed first. The offer will become assuming the interview goes well. Best of luck!
I don't have fancy offer templates like the others, but I do have cool mushrooms!
Consider this your official offer to join Domoutso!
A bit soon for offers, as that is the stage after the interview
@itreallydobethatwaymyguy has passed his interview. And can now entertain liege offers for the next 24 hours.
I would like to extend the offer for you to join me in Obrexia, a land of magic and growth in a turbulent time. If you have any questions please feel free to ask on here or discord.
I am in EST but feel free to message me whenever or every minute until I respond, but I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Some more images can be found here on my imgur.
Join soon and get a free 13.00+ speed horse! Also, I am more than willing to do a tour whenever you want.
Late to the party but still first to the draw if you don't count false starts
Thank you for your interest in Helios, the Dawn Lands." We are a realm who pride ourselves on vivid story telling and cohesive building. The framework of the Realm is such that stories can come from many avenues and a good story is far more important to me than building without purpose. Hopefully the brief information below, and the more detailed information on the Wiki will peak your interest and you will consider Helios in your search for a realm.
Helios is a land shaped by the brutality of its surroundings, and the protection of the Gods. Helians are a strong and dependable people who are tempered by horrors that would break lesser peoples, and often does. The Six Gods of Helios shape every aspect of life for Helian people. Sol the chief, Wenna the Gddess of good and light, Lorna the Goddess of dark and secrets, Alkourie the God of war and violence, Omar the God Nature and death, Zayl the God of magic and knowledge.
Helios as a nation was fractured for generations, besieged on all fronts by monsters and violence. Only in the last century have they come together under one banner again. This unification has seen the lands of Helios prosper and grow as trade became safer and more resources could be shared for the common good. None of this could have been done if not for a group of monster slayers known as the Knights Valiant who are blessed by the gods to be holy warriors. If not for them the horrors of the wilds would still be endlessly ravaging the Helian populace. Even with the renewed strength of the Knight Valiant the wilds of Helios are filled with monsters and other horrors and only the strongest and most resourceful have survived through it all.
Expansion looms on the horizon as the Great Houses of Helios finally become fully connected. What form that expansion will come in is unknown, but like anything to do with the warrior Helians it will involve a fair share of violence.
- Beacon Quarry
- Communal Storage
- Starting Package of basic tools and armor
- Writing editing and advice
Your Place in it All
I have always felt that Helios is a framework to tell stories. The grim dark of the land can feed uplifting and terrifying tales. Helios is shaped by it's people, and as such character driven storytelling is something that is paramount. While the general application process has you create a character to plop into a realm, Helios implores you to make a native Helian to explore the world with, rather than an outsider who may supremely struggle with the foreign and brutal landscape. While this isn't required it is something that could help to more easily tell stories within the realm.
Builds. As important as the story telling. The land is sprawling and there are ample opportunities to build both small and large scale projects through out the land. Helios has several counties that each sport a unique, yet unified build style and culture. You can spend time in one or perhaps branch out to many. There is no set path in Helios and the goal is to get you invested in the realm either through builds or storytelling (ideally both) Those who stay with Helios in the long term are afforded large amounts of creative control over many projects both building and story so there is a fair amount of progression to be had.
Ultimately what mark you leave on the realm is yours to decide and I, and the other Helian's will be here to help you realize that mark.
Read more about Martoise on our wiki!
Note: Martoise requires use of the Excalibur resource pack.
Full disclosure: Martoise is a much smaller and less developed realm than some of the others here, which I like to think means there's more room for you to influence the realm. But if you're looking for a huge collaborative effort with many vassals, it may not be the place for you.
Thank you to everyone for your offers! I've decided to join Martoise.