An old character had asked about the possibility of their character having escaped from a traveling zoo, but the staffers discussed it and decided against it (I believe we researched the prevalence of zoos during our timeframe and the reality of such a thing happening, and found it wouldn't be very probable). As such, I'm not sure making an entire TP from the unapproved background idea is the best way to go about things. Besides, how would this be any less "ooh, weird animals, now what?" than the critique that's been mentioned about utilizing South American (or Canadian/Mexican) species as a plot point?
Also, again, don't feel limited to just what I've mentioned about external species...I'm definitely open to other MUCKwide plot ideas, so think outside the box! Original and unique ideas are definitely something I want to encourage, because they're usually the most fun. =3
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What about a traveling band of other creatures? Remeber we almost had a coalition of random animals, almost like a council, made up of species from all the different groups at the time. What if we had... coyotes, or something to that effect, who had a clan escaping from... something, and making their way through the map to... the golden land, or some myth of theirs. Ala CotK, what if they had some deep mythos that none of the other creatures were aware of, and we searching for that?
Nevermind ;D It's another 6:30am idea. Just sort've popped up with no coherancy whatsoever.
What if the snows melt, and... a bit of the mountain has eroded away? After sometime, it plummets, causing a small avalanch. Rocks fall into the water, just a little before the waterfall. Now the river is blocked, and the animals down stream are going to lose their major water supply.
It's spring, however, and they do manage to subside on rain water, but tensions may get high, and fights may break out over the now dwindling water supply.
Elsewhere, a heavy rain storm has resulted in water spilling out and there's a flash flood in the lowlands, and the valley(if I'm envisioning the geography right). Families might be separated, as everyone scrambles for high ground or gets stuck and drowned.
The rocks themselves are varying in size, some small and easy to dislodge. Other are massive and would take a huge team effort to move.
Or is that too much happening at once/too complicated? It would affect everyone on the grid, just differently depending on where they are.
Post by dunderhead on Nov 15, 2008 23:52:09 GMT -5
The only problem I can see with Whyk's idea is that I imagine the stream running through the forest and meadows flowing south, draining into the river that appears to flow east (off map), where the waterfall also drains into. And if that is the case cutting off the waterfall wouldn't really have a terrible consequence on the long stream flowing through most of the map, right?
Here is another random idea if we're gonna be combining multiple concepts here.
How about a group of unexpected visitors come in to the muck AND there is a famine?
How? Simple. An unprecedented grasshopper/locust swarm comes into Meadows and threatens to eat up all the greenery, throwing the entire ecosystem into wack!
*needs to sit and watch his Kimba: The White Lion DVDs again to get more ideas... or read more of the Bible*
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Ack! You're right. I forgot about the river flowing south. Scrap that idea, then. XD
I thought about locusts, too. I think it's a good idea. To my knowledge, the Rocky Mountain locust came is swarms of 13 trillion, or something big like that. However, they went extinct toward the 1900s, though, so I don't know if they're be in our time line. Maybe in slightly smaller(but still destructive) numbers?
Post by dunderhead on Nov 22, 2008 17:22:26 GMT -5
Really? Well, I didn't know there was really a historical basis for a locust swarm. That's interesting. Yeah, good ol' wikipedia says apparently they were in record numbers in the late 1870s early 1880s, producing some 12.5 trillion insects in a single swarm encompassing an area bigger than California, and then went completely extinct by 1907, quite ironically because farmers began inadvertently tilling their permanent breeding grounds.
No, it wouldn't really be stretching it that much to involve the things in a TP, I don't think. We could call it the last great swarm, and say that they had not really previously come to the area Meadows encompasses before. Hopefully this might also work with whatever Curiosity had in mind with a "visiting species"?
Here's a rather undeveloped idea I had last night, that could certainly use some expanding and some constructive criticism.
Perhaps something happened to fertility of the animals on Meadows? No more pups/cubs/etc being created for the length of time that the plot's going on, either including or not including the current pregnancies.
This could be a nice, general background to a MUCK-wide event, with more specific interaction going on within the different special groups. There could be many different reasons behind, ranging from the mundane (perhaps human involvement) to the spiritual (perhaps a curse of some sort), and could definitely lead to some interesting RP as characters try to figure out what's going on. Naturally, this could include an array of different ideas already included, such as a new species travelling north to investigate what's going on.
Just a very raw idea, and hopefully a different one.
So I had a little bit of spontaneous inspiration. I think we all agree that a lot of us have it good, yeah? Procreation abounds. The meadows and woods are gay with joy, and merriment. Lets throw in a Trex. Better yet a very angry Trex. I'd really like to see that.
I'd also like to request setting up a beaver dam for some NPC beavers.. they're angry beavers that have territorial issues, and demand a toll to pass. Basically I'm trying to design cannon fodder for anyone passing through who happens to have claws and fangs. Everyone else either can solve riddles, or find them shinies.
Last Edit: Jan 25, 2012 20:56:35 GMT -5 by Deleted