Trailers and Teasers – Hope Lies

“Howdy stranger. Take a seat by the campfire, we got plenty of room.”

The girl tips her cap and smiles. Both the fire and the invitation are warm enough, but the man to her right doesn’t seem too happy about it. His stare stretches for thousands of miles, far enough to see the back of his own head. It’s bald and dirty, with a scar running across the middle like a zipper.

“Oh, don’t pay him no mind. He ain’t much for talkin’. But, if you make trouble, he’ll put two…”

The girl makes a peace sign with her fingers, before pointing them at her head like a gun.

“…in your skull.”

I tell her I’m not here to make trouble, waves, or even conversation. All I want to do is rest my aching feet. The girl sympathizes. She tells me her soles are so worn not even Jesus can save them.

Maybe it’s the pun that makes my shoulders relax, or maybe it’s her southern charm, but I drop my knapsack on the dirt with a great big thud. Guns, ammo, and whiskey spill onto the ground like a diary.

“You starting a war, sheriff?”


“Then you’re gonna need a good deputy.”

Maybe I will.

“The name’s Hope,” she says, breaking the silence. “Hope Lies. Funny name, I know. German, I think. The lying part, not the hope.”

I ask her the obvious. Well, does it? Does “hope lie?”

I don’t know,” she says, “You’ve been traveling these wastes. Why don’t you tell me?”

News, Notes, and Elves Ear


They say the Elven ear was a once a leaf, and this is important, because leaves are the lifeblood of any plant. They are the vital organs that make food out of water and sunlight. Ears are cool too I guess but they are horrible at photosynthesis. On the other hand they don’t fall off in September.

That must’ve been hard to be an Elf and have leaves for ears. You’d lose your hearing every autumn and what sucks even more is you just got your ears pierced and it hurt like a bitch and now you’re going to have to do it again. It’s also kind of lame that you’re stuck in this low-walled cubicle and can’t hear what the human next to you is saying for another five months but then again that might not be a bad thing. Depends on the human, really.

Anyways, this is just an excuse to talk about Elves, particularly the one in Radiant Raiment. Right now he is a deaf mute who will do nothing save acknowledge your existence before moving on to the nearest chair. It looks like that will change before v3.07 though, in fact you can almost see the buds starting to form.

In other news:

  • Pelzknaeul made an excellent suggestion to add more fields to the profile section. You can list your contact info, give a little information about yourself, and even post an image.
  • I also added the ability to form groups, although I’m not entirely clear on what it’s for. Either way, let me know if there are any other profile or social features you want enabled. Look out, Zuckerberg, we coming for you.
  • I’m still in need of helpers for the wiki, mostly with regard to making quest pages since the NPC pages are more or less done. Also any stories, art, screenshots and other blog contributions are welcome.
  • I’m still tinkering with the Fan Patches page – ultimately a list might work better, but that’s a problem for later, once we get more fan patches than the one. Speaking of which, William Handford has voiced the Skjel marriage patch, so I’ll see if I can add that to the list in the coming days.