Romulus, The Expert Scrivener

Member Since

2/16/2011

Last Activity

6/24/2017 5:59 PM

EXP Points

2,737

Post Count

817

Storygame Count

6

Duel Stats

84 wins / 91 losses

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Just an ordinary student from the deep southern depths of The Netherlands. Well apart from saying that I write really really slowly and that I often have loads of ideas for stories, but I then abandon them for a couple of months/years, there is nothing else I can think of to write here.

Oh, and I am always happy to help out with something, just send me a message.

P.S Since you have time to read my profile page, why not read (and of course rate and comment on) one of my stories. ;)

 

Trophies Earned

Earning 100 Points Earning 500 Points Earning 1,000 Points Earning 2,000 Points Won 2016 Ballad Contest (traditional) and 2016 Mizal Short Story Contest Having 2 Storygame(s) Featured Given by BerkaZerka on 01/10/2017 - Quality Contributions to the Site~ Given by EndMaster on 01/18/2017 - For multiple contest wins and featured stories. Given by madglee on 07/01/2013 - Sonnet Contest. Congrats, very well written!

Storygames

Featured Story A Hero's Odyssey

A great war is about to erupt, the greatest  the world has ever seen since the Trojan war. As the Greek city states are about to be engulfed in civil war, one man has to undertake a great journey. A dangerous road lies ahead, but you must take it, for the odyssey of one will decide the fate of many. This story is loosely based on the famous Greek epic: the Odyssey, by Homer.

Note that this is more of a story than a game. Depending on your choices, it can be either pretty long, or very short.

 


Rise of a Hero

The people of Azrya live in fear. An evil group of wizards, that call themselves The Black Veil, hold the country in an iron grip. Their leader: Sarces, singlehandedly killed the previous king and his royal guards. When all hope is lost, a small light appears in the darkness. A hero is born ...

 

I know that this isn't a masterpiece, but this just my first story and I'm not a native speaker of English so advice or comments are welcomed.


TBLHQ: Round 2

The sequel to my first quiz. Welcome back to the Big Little History Quiz! After ending at the Middle Ages last time, we now focus on the time between approximately the 14th and 16th century in a few, short questions. 

In this instalment, I've added a wildcard system, that let's you continue after a wrong answer, and a scoring system. Though I guess you'll notice when you get a question wrong, 850 means you have answered everything correctly. You can view your score after you comment ;)


The Big Little History Quiz

Welcome to the Big Little History Quiz, the best quiz about history from all over the world! This first part mainly focuses on ancient history of European and Middle-Eastern civilization, but later parts will discuss later historical era's and other parts of the world.

Edited 17-07, added some more historical info and corrected some spelling errors.


Featured Story The Raven

Inspired by the famous poem by Edgar Allan Poe, 'The Raven' tells the sad and dreadful tale of a man torn apart by his love for his lost love. However, the past does not rest easily and the arrival of a shadowy messenger unlocks memories the heart desperately tries to forget.

 


The Thief and the Crown Puzzle

The fate of a nation lies on your shoulders. You have infiltrated the royal palace of Arkhendale to recover the most priceless object in the realm. After fighting your way to the treasury, you are but five locks away from your prize. However, time is short as guards are coming your way. Will you be able to solve the puzzle in time?

I made this short game as a test of a puzzle type that I might implement in a future game. It also functions as a teaser of a story that I'm thinking of writing.


And His Name Was War
unpublished

From Out the Verdant Sea
unpublished

It's the middle of the 19th century: Napoleon is rotting in his tomb, industrialisation is speeding up, and the Great Powers of Europe are scrambling to colonise the furthest reaches of the Earth. In the far East, on the tropical islands of Southeast Asia, tales are emerging of immense riches: temples to deities long forgotten, filled to the brim with treasure. It only takes the conquest of the untamed jungle for any dedicated adventurer to earn wealth and fame for all eternity. 


The Ghost of Pembroke Hall
unpublished

"Dear Watson, you do not really believe in ghosts, do you? No, I believe that we are dealing with a mere mortal man."

When the jewels of the dowager Duchess Marbrough go missing and mysterious deaths shake up the town of Brightmore, Holmes and Watson are called in to crack their hardest case yet.


The Last Days of Winter
unpublished

The Panopticon
unpublished

"...A huge, grey monolith, towering above the run-down tenements arrayed in a circle around it. Its smooth surface broken only by a thousand mirrored windows, giving it the impression of being a restless giant. Never was one certain if he was being watched. Even within the 'privacy' of one's home, one could feel the eyes of the Party prying into them, looking for the slightest hint of deviancy."

Welcome to Whynaere, the marvel of the modern world. A society under the watchful eyes of the Party, where crime is non-existent, and the people prosper. Follow John Blair, as he delves beneath the surface of this so-called utopia. Would you sacrifice the safe status-quo, for the promise of freedom? Risk breaking down the pillars of society, to pursue a dream for a better future? For when the day is done, what is freedom compared to security?


Recent Posts

New Contest Starting Soon on 6/23/2017 2:28:15 PM

Nice, thanks for hosting Berka! I might actually complete a contest-CYOA this time. 


Interesting comments 2 on 6/22/2017 6:47:25 AM

Aha, brb, am re-rating your stories...


Interesting comments 2 on 6/22/2017 4:14:08 AM

Wait, you can see how individual people rated stories?


Poetry Prompts - Week 10 on 6/19/2017 7:20:37 AM

@Bannerlord @Crescentstar @Orange @Mizal @Lancelot @Mayana @Betaband @Kwism1127 @Leoscales7 @bbshark @Drew8521 @BerkaZerka @TheBlackDragon04 @StrykerL @Palepaper @crazygurl

Here's the point list from last week. I really enjoyed last week's entries, though I haven't had time to deliver proper feedback. Just to be clear, I've given everyone who participated in last week's thread one point, and awarded an extra point for poems who incorporated some example of either an anapest or a dactyl. However, I know I'm prone to making errors, so please tell me if I missed something. 

Crazygurl:    2
LeoScales7:    2
Orange:        2
Mizal:        1
StrykerL:    1

As always, giving feedback is encouraged, but please do so in a reply to the main post, unless an entry is edit-locked, so people can still change them if they want to. Everyone's also free to join these threads.


Poetry Prompts - Week 10 on 6/19/2017 7:16:48 AM

This week's topic: Anything you want. 

Call it lazy, call it giving you the creative freedom to write whatever you want to write about, but this week's prompt has no set topic. Though I would highly recommend writing a limerick for this week's prompt (see below), you're free to submit any piece of poetry you want to in this thread. 

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This week's optional requirement: Write a limerick. 

The limerick is probably one of the best known forms of poetry. With their often comical and/or bawdy contents and simple rhyming and metric schemes, they're often easy to read, and easy to remember, and even most elementary school students can recite a couple of them (albeit often not within earshot of any attentive parents). However, despite the relative ubiquity of limericks, the rules for writing them are often quite loose. In terms of a short summary, I personally quite like the following limerick, written by an unknown author: 

The limerick packs laughs anatomical
Into space that is quite economical
But the good ones I've seen
So seldom are clean
And the clean ones so seldom are comical. 

So the limerick is both a humorous verse, in a tightly packed space, that often has a bit of a bawdy undertone. In terms of a bit more detailed explanation, the limerick often exists of five lines, containing a aabba rhyming scheme (as in, lines 1,2, and 5 rhyme, as do lines 3 and 4). Lines 1,2, and 5 are thereby longer (contain more syllables) than lines 3 and 4. The first two and the last lines don't have to be of the same length, but they are usually around 8-10 syllables long, while the third and fourth ones are usually around 5-6 syllables long. 

In terms of metre, most limericks have some form of metric scheme (the above example makes plenty use of anapests), but these usually differ from poem to poem. Most limericks make use of some combination of iambs (da-DUM) and anapests (da-da-DUM), but this is not a hard rule, and I think most people just go with what sounds right to them, or what sounds like other limericks they've heard. 

However, the most important part of any limerick is that it at least makes some attempt to be funny. As I personally like somewhat satirical/sarcastic/cynical poetry, my attempt at limericks for this exercise is:

I once wrote a tale nice and gory
With choices of greatness and glory
Despite the young traffic
It was quite pornographic
And I dubbed it a Warrior Cats Story.

I know, it's not a great example... Anyhow, that's all for this week. The only thing you have to remember for this exercise is: 

Limerick: Five-line poem with an aabba rhyming scheme, with the third and fourth lines shorter than the other ones, and with often humorous/bawdy intent.

Have fun writing! 


Riddles on 6/16/2017 1:44:54 PM

The Little Mermaid?


Riddles on 6/15/2017 2:33:15 PM

Yup, that's correct.


Riddles on 6/15/2017 2:16:34 PM

I'm terrible at making riddles but, given the quality so far in this thread, I though I'd give it a try: 

I am a part of so many sums
Though not for all to see.
Like, one and two make two of me,
While two and three make one.
There are plenty to see in the whole wide world,
Though in daily life there are none. 

What am I? 


Riddles on 6/15/2017 2:14:51 PM

Haha, yeah, I happened to see it when you just posted it. Nice riddle though.


Riddles on 6/15/2017 2:02:19 PM

A sword?