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Earl Nicholas Howard (Evan)
May 27, 2021
In Backgrounds and Character dev
(shifting a version of this thread over here since this category exists now, figured I'd break the ice) General Info Nicholas has recently come fully into the title of Earl, and the inheritance of his father's estates, after Edward Howard's death at the end of 1810. It's reasonably well-known that the relationship between Nicholas and his late father was strained at best, and for the past number of years Nicholas has avoided any event which Edward and his second wife, Helena, even so much as might have attended. Instead, he's kept to less prestigious gatherings or more private salons, where he still has his fair share of notoriety about his rather eccentric ways and substandard reputation. Having now come into the family estate and free from any worry of his father's influence, it seems Nicholas is almost determined to squander as much of his inherited wealth as possible, both on petty whims and on unrestrained generosity. In particular, he has a fascination with exotic animals, and has begun to build up his own menagerie, and also has a tendency to collect unusual hoax taxidermy ("mermaids" and the like) for his own amusement. As a person, Nicholas is outgoing and reasonably charming (if a bit loud and more than a little bit odd), with little mind for strict "propriety" or polite reserve. He is unabashedly friendly, and tends to treat others -- whether a duke or a servant -- with nearly the same congenial familiarity regardless of what would be considered appropriate, which often does little to endear him to others within his own social class. Being rather rash, reckless, and immature, he often tends not to think about what effect his words and actions might have on others, nor consider the consequences of such, especially in the long-term, although he is never malicious with it, and often even has good intentions (but as they say, the road to hell....) Details Pronouns: He/Him Title(s): (6th) Earl of Carlisle Age/Birthdate: January 7th, 1787 Height: 5'8" Build: average/slightly squishy Hair: dark brown/black - messy Eyes: gray Orientation: gay (but most PCs don't actually know that) Romance RP/Comfort Level: I'm fine with anything that follows the game rules -- Nicholas may or may not be receptive lol Forms of Address: Formal: My Lord/My Lord Carlisle Social: Lord Carlisle (if we've just met or don't like each other); Lord Howard (if we've known each other for a little while) Familiar: Howard (distant friends); Nicholas (closer friends, family) Homes/Estates: -- Naworth Castle; Brampton, Cumbria - main home/seat of the family -- Lanercost Priory - a disused priory & church slightly north of Naworth Castle -- Dunraven House; 4 Dunraven St., Mayfair - a London town house right next to Hyde Park - current residence -- Eilean Donan Castle; Scotland - disused, needs a lot of work, probably haunted -- Luton Hoo; Hyde, Bedfordshire - a country estate for entertaining -- Norton Priory; Norton, Cheshire - a recently-acquired estate somewhat in a state of disrepair; on a canal used for trade -- Orsdall Hall; Orsdall, Lancashire - the house & estate rented out to tenants and farmers -- Rievaulx Abbey; Helmsley, York - ruins of an abbey, once a site of substantial iron production. -- Easington Fell - a substantial tract of undeveloped land in Lancashire -- Billsmoor - a substantial tract of undeveloped land in Northumberland Connections Known Family: -- Lord Edward Howard (father -- deceased) -- noted to be a stern, strict, and practically emotionless man of business and duty. Spent much of his lifetime attempting to repair the somewhat damaged reputation of his family left by Cornelius and Ernest. Many were shocked with how quickly he remarried to Helena mere months after Adelaide's death. 5th Earl of Carlisle. -- Lady Adelaide Carteret (mother -- deceased) -- noted to be a kind woman, virtuous and well-respected by those who knew her, but also somewhat materialistic and could be somewhat aloof. Very close to most of her family and made attempts to facilitate a relationship between them and her son. -- Lord Cornelius Howard (grandfather -- deceased) -- known for his humor and kindness, but also for letting his opinions and emotions flow freely, leading to no shortage of enemies and scandal. 4th Earl of Carlisle. -- Lord Ernest Howard (uncle -- deceased) -- definitely somewhat of a wild child, a younger son with little responsibility and less reserve. A rake, gambler, and general rascal, but a generous giver and loyal friend as well. -- Lady Helena Blankeny-Lennox (step-mother -- alive) -- Lady Emmeline Petty-Fitzmaurice (PC, cousin on his mother's side) -- Lady Eleanor Savery (PC, step-sister) -- David, Arthur, Sophia, Graham, and Juliet Savery (other step-siblings) -- Lady Yvette Bellamy (PC, distant cousin) Other PC Ties: -- Duke James Richmond -- generally considered his best friend of many years; attended Cambridge together and got into no small share of trouble. -- Duchess Eudora St. Claire -- another troublemaker friend from around Nicholas' time at Cambridge. -- Lady Violet Blankeney-Coventry -- one of Nicholas' closest friends; there has been a pervasive rumor as of late that they are courting. -- Lady Sophrona Ramsbury -- their parents arranged a courtship between them hoping that it would lead to marriage; Nicholas ultimately called it off (before anything was official) for unknown reasons, damaging Sophrona's marriage prospects and both of their reputations (to which he is oblivious). Sophrona still holds a substantial grudge. -- Elder Armitage Sleeping Bear -- a childhood friend and long-time pen pal, and now business partner. Nicholas has gladly taken on part of the duty of showing them around England. -- Lord Abraham Griffen -- a business partner in the sense that Nicholas has roped Abraham into transporting exotic creatures for him from overseas. -- Lady Amelia Rutherford -- briefly engaged to his second cousin, Thomas Everly. Timeline -- Born in January of 1787 to Adelaide and Edward Howard, after 5 years of their marriage. They have no more children. -- Adelaide dies of an unknown condition in the early part of 1797. Near the end of the same year, Edward remarries surprisingly quickly to Lady Helena Blankeny-Lennox. -- Nicholas is routinely sent away to different boarding schools and far-away tutors, citing general rumor of "difficulty with the family" or being a "troubled child". He is just as frequently kicked out (or withdrawn) due to behavior -- disinterest in learning, general misbehavior & pranks, or occasionally fighting. -- In 1803 a courtship is arranged between Nicholas and Sophrona. Nicholas ultimately abandoned the engagement very suddenly and with no further explanation. -- In 1804 Nicholas returns home only to visit his dying grandfather, at which point some argument between him and Edward which summarily results in Nicholas leaving the estate and never returning - not even for his grandfather's funeral days later. -- In 1805, enrolls in the University of Cambridge, where he gets into another share of trouble (often with the help of James). Drops out in 1806 and is largely cut off from the family estate for being a "general disappointment." From that point forward, Edward rarely even acknowledges Nicholas, and never without being directly prompted. -- Nicholas spends the next several years around London without any permanent residence, subsisting on what was left to him by his mother and grandfather & gambling and a little of secretive assistance from Emmeline. -- 1806 Eleanor is makes her formal debut. Nicholas was slated to debut at the same time (being that they are the same in age to a matter of months), but Nicholas refused to be in the same room as his father and thus didn't follow through. -- Nicholas debuts in 1807, with the help of Eleanor (ensuring that their parents would not be present) and James, Eudora, and James' sister, Anne, to have a small reception for him separate from the official debut ball. -- Edward finally dies in November of 1810. Nicholas does not return home to formally take over the title and estate until December, well after Edward is laid to rest. Other Notable Pets: -- Bartholomew -- a vervet monkey that accompanies Nicholas most places. wears clothing. a well-behaved and proper gentleman. probably more popular than Nicholas is. -- Sir Nicholas II -- a Chinese crested hairless dog, Knight of the Bork. also frequently accompanies Nicholas places (but can't really sit on his shoulder like Bartholomew can). -- Captain -- an African grey parrot once belonging to his grandfather (and subsequently his father), which Nicholas occasionally brings to social events. can talk a little, makes a great deal of use of it. -- Horace -- a well-bred Welsh springer spaniel that served as his father's primary hunting dog, and companion animal. -- Beasley -- a fine English setter that formerly belonged to his late second cousin, Thomas Everly. A hunting dog and companion. -- Mira -- a valuable English setter, currently in use with Primrose Hazelton's breeding program. Primarily a hunting dog. -- Ivory Dune, Atlantic Storm, Ivory Storm - three valuable Arabian racehorses - Ivory Dune is an older horse nearly ready for retirement, but still extremely noteworthy as a stud horn. Atlantic Storm is a broodmare with a notably volatile temper. Ivory Storm is their offspring, a younger, very fast - but slightly unruly - white stallion. Ivory Dune placed first in his race at the Newmarket races; Ivory Storm placed second. -- Ramili -- a dromedary camel said to be the first in England - has been seen around London, including his initial delivery at the docks and running amok in St. James Park in early April. known to spit. -- unnamed -- a zebra mare, known to be a bit irritable. -- Cleopatra -- a golden eagle used for falconry. Conversation Starters/Rumors/Possible Connections: -- Maybe you saw him (or thought you saw him) somewhere/doing something vaguely scandalous, embarrassing, or just confusing. Maybe under a different name, but you're certain it was him.... -- Maybe you heard some of his questionable poetry and want a written copy, or just to shame him. -- Anything concerning his father -- maybe you knew the bastard, maybe condolences on his passing (although it's been a solid like 6 months now), maybe you had business with him and want to follow up with the new Lord Carlisle. -- Maybe I owe you money or a favor, probably from gambling. -- You are in need of high-quality animals, either to purchase or potentially as breeding stock: horses, dogs, carrier pigeons, cattle/sheep, fowl, etc. -- You saw/met Bartholomew, Sir Nicholas II, or Captain out and about or at a salon or something. -- You want to shame him for the number of "innocent, proper young ladies" he's been seen around/rumored to be courting. -- You've heard about any of his exotic animals and have questions -- especially the camel or zebra. -- You want to verify [whatever outlandish rumor you might have heard about him]. -- Write me as one of your servants writing to one of my servants with some wild gossip; the more speculative/out of context the better.
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Earl Nicholas Howard (Evan)
Apr 04, 2021
In General Discussion
Hello I am incapable of chilling for even half a second and I'm back at it again with excessive record-keeping. Today I have brought to you a Google Drive map where we can pin the locations of various in-world locations mostly for the sake of figuring out loosely where we all are in relation to each other, and occasionally figuring out approximate transportation times. How To Use If the location you want to pin is one that exists in real life, it's best to search for that location, click on it, and then add "add to map" - that way you don't end up with redundant location pins for that spot, and existing information (such as names and pictures) will be attached to your pin. From there, you can change the color and symbol of the pin, add a description, or alter the title as needed. If your pin is not a location that actually exists (for example, you moved the location of a home or completely fabricated it) you can click "add pin" and place it where you want, and edit it accordingly. Make sure the color of your pin aligns to the category and layer it fits under -- pins can be dragged between different layers if you accidentally create it in the wrong one. For PC pins, you can use any symbol not already used by a different PC (first come first serve), and other than the blank diamond shape (which I am using for NPC places). In the description of the pin, make sure you put your character's name or family's name so we know who made the pin/owns the property. You can add some additional information if you feel it's necessary, but try to keep it relatively short. The map includes five "layers" that divide the different types of locations, visually distinguished by color: NPC Places - red markers - places such as NPC residences and places of businesses; locations tied personally to a particular NPC or NPC group. PC Businesses - green markers - places of business (strictly not residential) owned by a player character. PC Residences - blue markers - homes and estates owned by player characters. these do not have to be a character's primary residence, just any livable estate or property they own. Extraneous PC Places - yellow markers - other kinds of properties owned by player characters that wouldn't count as a residence or business, such as open tracts of land, ruins, historical sites (that are not used as a business/residence), etc. Misc. Places of Note - black markers - places not owned by a player character or any particular NPC or NPC group - more public/general places such as the Newmarket racetrack. Please do not edit other people's pins. https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1NoZrRvCE005t_mMwRRCqzBEaJ6na_DmR&usp=sharing
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Earl Nicholas Howard (Evan)
Apr 03, 2021
In General Discussion
We're doing something a bit similar on the Discord, but wanted to make sure forum-only people (or those who find the Discord confusing or overwhelming) got a chance to something like this instead, so we can get some of our stories straight before we submit our accounts of the race day to the GMs -- the thread should work a bit similar to Emmeline's party thread from before game started. It is not a thread for roleplaying or in-character interactions, only establishing general facts like who you arrived with, what you wore, who you might have spent time with, if you had horses entered or bet on them, or anything major of note that might have been publicly observed. Try not to lavish too much detail on the minutia or things other characters wouldn't have readily noticed, to leave some things for the Gazette/Crier to reveal! Also, if you are someone (like me) who uses both the Discord and the forums, and have made any comment/posts in the Newmarket Race channels in the Discord, please do the best you can to keep your post there and your post here in sync! We certainly wouldn't want to end up with alternative or conflicting timelines going on for your character. To keep everything orderly, please try to keep to this general template of information as much as possible: Your name: Attended with/seated with: Horses entered/supported/bet on: Additional activities: Anything else of note: Connections wanted: (such as if you are looking for someone to attend with, or get into a fight with, etc. etc.) Remember that this post is not the end-all, be-all of your activities at the races -- just a general starting point. The bulk of your information on the interactions should be submitted to the GMs as well as discussed through letters.
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Earl Nicholas Howard (Evan)
Mar 04, 2021
In General Discussion
Not that this is anything particularly vital to the gameplay, but I'm sure we all like to have a good idea what our characters look like (and give a good reference to others). This is something I've shared with a couple of my chats but I figure others might find some use in it as well, for those of us who don't feel comfortable showing our faces, don't have the costuming, or just look nothing like our characters. https://www.artbreeder.com/browse - AI generated images, good for painting style portraits or pretty realistic portraits, although it takes a little bit of practice, patience, and the right "parents" to get something that's not too uncanny valley (especially with the painting creator), and it can be admittedly difficult to control specific facial features. (generated with the painting creator and portrait creator respectively) https://www.portraitai.app/ - upload a picture and the AI will make it painting/portrait style. The caveat is that it definitely tends to round out the face a lot and is not good for characters with dark skin or light hair, or older characters, but if you have any skill with editing this might be a minor problem for you. (I actually used Artbreeder first and then ran one through PortraitAI for this) Anyways, hopefully this helps some people get a more personal feel for/more control of what their character looks like rather than having to dig through stock images to find something that seems mostly appropriate. Feel free to add more resources/tools if you have them!
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Earl Nicholas Howard (Evan)
Feb 23, 2021
In General Discussion
Just wanted to share something I had been thinking about when it comes to starting off roleplay/writing letters, since I am honestly a little bit stumped when it comes to mine. Obviously new introductions are easier (you just make the introduction as you would) but letters that would theoretically, for example, be one in what has likely been a chain of exchanges between, say, family members or long time friends is a little harder. Anyways, my suggestion definitely isn't anything convoluted or profound, but I thought it might help anyways. Just arranging with people your character will have been in regular correspondence with who will be the first to send a letter in play, and the person who is NOT sending the first IP letter (ie, the character that would have in theory sent the last letter) can give a general synopsis on what that letter might have entailed (general topics, tone, maybe a single line or two just to get the feeling across, especially since it should be easier to come up with a few bullet points than an entire goddamn letter), so that the first in play letter can be formulated as a "response" right from the get go (as opposed to having to come up with a "response" to something that never actually existed). Anyways, just thought the suggestion might help anyone who is also a bit stuck with figuring out where to start! Feel free to add any other ideas/tips you might have on getting started.
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Earl Nicholas Howard (Evan)
Feb 20, 2021
In General Discussion
I wasn't initially going to do this because I figured I probably had plenty of connections, but at this point it's getting in-depth and complex enough to warrant at least consolidating into a thread for general reference (if not to specifically seek out new connections, although suggestions are not unwelcome if it seems like they might fit well). I also apologize in advance for any weird typos or phrasing; my cognitive function has been a bit impaired the last couple days just due to chronic illness so sometimes skull meat do weird thing and I don't catch it til later after the pudding has rewired itself a few times. General Description: Nicholas has recently come fully into the title of Earl, and the inheritance of his father's estates, after Edward Howard's death only a few months past. It's reasonably well-known (or at least inferred) that the relationship between Nicholas and his late father was strained at best, and for the past number of years Nicholas has avoided any large event which Edward and his second wife, Helena, even so much as might have attended. Instead, he's kept to less prestigious gatherings or more private salons, where he has still managed to gain his fair share of notoriety about his rather eccentric ways. Having now come into the family estate and free from any worry of his father's influence, it seems Nicholas is almost determined to squander as much of his inherited wealth as possible, both on petty whims and on unrestrained generosity. In particular, he has a fascination with exotic animals, and has begun to build up his own menagerie, and also has a tendency to collect unusual hoax taxidermy ("mermaids" and the like) for his own amusement. From a practical standpoint, Nicholas' family's wealth largely derives from their land, both the resources such as timber and farmland, as well the livestock held there, from large herds of sheep and flocks of quill-producing birds, to more prized individuals like valuable horses and hunting dogs. They maintain a number of properties of substantial acreage, but Naworth Castle in northern Cumbria is their primary residence, besides a comparatively modest home kept near London for the summer social season. Edward was a man of business and had trade deals with a number of other families, companies, and individuals, some of which Nicholas is still uncovering as he organizes his late father's affairs. He also has a pet vervet monkey that often accompanies him, named Bartholomew. Some say the monkey is more proper than Nicholas is. He has a number of stories of how he got Bartholomew (he's had him for a few years), each slightly more absurd than the last. Established Kin: https://familyecho.com/?p=ZNXVB&c=hl14f7er54&f=737169162527464936 -- Lord Edward Howard (father -- deceased) -- noted to be a stern, strict, and practically emotionless man of business and duty. Many were shocked with how quickly he remarried to Helena mere months after Adelaide's death. -- Lady Adelaide Carteret (mother -- deceased) -- noted to be a kind and generous woman, virtuous and well-respected by those who knew her. -- Lord Cornelius Howard (grandfather -- deceased) -- known for his humor and kindness, but also for letting his opinions and emotions flow freely, leading to no shortage of enemies and scandal. -- Lady Helena Blankeny-Lennox (step-mother -- alive) -- @Lady/Marquess Emmeline Petty-Fitzmaurice (Robin) (cousin on his mother's side) -- @Eleanor Savery (Hilary) (step-sister) -- Lords David, Arthur and Graham Savery; Ladies Sophia and Juliet Savery (other step-siblings) Other Established PC Ties: -- @ Duke James Richmond @Avery/Abigail Pembroke @Duchess Eudora St. Clair @Lady Marion Pembroke (Marshall) -- The Trouble Squad (TM). Group got into their share of trouble together during the years of 1806-1808. -- @Lady Violet Heloise Blankeney-Coventry (Elizabeth) -- He stared at her slightly too long at a party recently and now everyone thinks they're in love. -- @(Rachel) Hazel Wynnewood -- Causes her no shortage of exasperation by randomly wandering backstage to comment on the scenery. -- @Sophrona Ramsbury -- A brief courtship/presumed engagement when Nicholas was 17, which he ultimately called off. Potential Other Ties: -- Business ties via Edward Howard, or any other kind of deal Edward may have made prior to his death. These can be to Nicholas' chagrin/detriment if it's funny and/or creates drama. As long as it's nothing too terrible, you can reveal what it is in game. -- Any other familial ties (probably on his father's side), distant or otherwise (I think we're full up on siblings though). -- Anyone he might have gotten into trouble with at some point! Public Timeline (things that other people might know): -- Nicholas is born in January of 1787 to Adelaide and Edward Howard -- their only child after supposedly having been trying for children for a number of years without success. -- Adelaide dies of "generally poor health" in the early part of 1797. Near the end of the same year, Edward remarries to Lady Helena Blankeny-Lennox, a mother of six who has been widowed already for two years. They have no more children. -- Nicholas is routinely sent away to different boarding schools and far-away tutors by his father. He is just as frequently kicked out (or politely "requested" to be withdrawn) due to behavior, often fighting. -- In 1803, Edward arranges a match between Nicholas and Sophrona. After a very brief "courtship" (largely a few meetings arranged by their parents) and a presumed engagement, Nicholas called off the pairing. -- Cornelius' health worsens to a critical point in 1804. Nicholas returns home to visit his grandfather on his death bed, but leaves rather abruptly and does not attend the funeral, reportedly due to a fight with Edward. After this point, Edward rarely mentions his son unless asked directly, in which case his responses are curt. -- In 1805, Nicholas is enrolled in the University of Cambridge, where he gets into another share of trouble (often with the help of James). He promptly drops out in 1806, to Edward's great displeasure, and is largely cut off from the family estate for being a "disappointment." -- Nicholas spends the next several years basically doing the aristocratic version of couch surfing (or else breaking into his own family homes to stay there when he knows the rest of the family won't be). Spends a substantial portion of this time getting into Trouble with the Squad. -- 1806, Eleanor is makes her formal debut. Nicholas was slated to debut at the same time (being that they are very, very close in age), but Nicholas refused to be in the same room as his father and thus didn't follow through (which caused no shortage of gossip, no doubt). -- In 1808 (?). James and Eudora, with the help of Eleanor and James' sister Anne, set up a formal debut for Nicholas in which his parents are not involved (Nicholas is adamant that it was not necessary for them to do so, very thinly veiling his gratitude for it). -- Edward finally dies rather suddenly in November of 1810. Nicholas does not return home to formally take over the title and estate until December, well after Edward is laid to rest.
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Earl Nicholas Howard (Evan)
Feb 17, 2021
In General Discussion
It's been pretty clear that the keeping of animals (exotic and otherwise) is something that many of our characters are interested, so I did a bit of looking into what that was like in the late 1700s and early 1800s. I found that it was apparently a lot more prolific than I expected, even commonplace. Even the common folk, especially in London, had easy access to pay to go see animals as exotic as tigers and lions, to the degree that the roars of big cats was noted to be simply one of the "sounds of the city." That said, given the changes in history in this game, I imagine that it's slightly different in this setting (although not entirely). In the real world, owning exotic animals was very much an imperialist symbol -- in addition to simply being a sign of wealth, the English took a particular pleasure in displaying beasts from places they had conquered. Obviously, most of these animals were poorly understood and perhaps even more poorly kept, many surviving only a few years after being brought to England (seemingly with the exception of parrots, which were common pets for the upper class, and the kangaroos kept and very successfully bred initially by the queen). As if to highlight this fact, nearly all big cats were commonly called tigers (or tygers), and it seems as though just about any small rodent-like animal was called some kind of hare. Of course, interest in biological science was also rising at this time (perhaps because of this), and so animals were also valuable dead, as their pelts, bones, and other parts of their body could be more... intimately studied after death. In this setting, however, I imagine that while this remains partially true, there would be some changes. Obviously, humans forever remain fascinated with animals, especially the exotic (and often the deadlier the better as well). However, since imperialism never really took off in this timeline, I imagine that the keeping of exotic animals is more of a curiosity, source of study, and symbol of trade wealth rather than that a symbol of conquest. Since the English maintain a better relationship with the cultures originating from the same places as these animals, they likely have a better understanding and greater respect for them, leading to better care and (at least slightly) more accurate identification. They still, of course, probably wouldn't commonly receive the type and level of care that animals do in (good) modern zoos, probably with less effort put into emulating natural habitats, and conservation of the species, but some effort would probably be put into providing, at the very least, a home that is not entirely unsuitable or deadly. It also means that exotic animals are probably slightly less common than they were in the real world, as better care means more expensive care, and more respect for their native lands means that rare or valuable animals are probably less likely to be stolen or poached. Instead, I imagine keeping exotic animals would be a sign of substantial wealth and/or strong overseas trade relations, having to buy the animals (or get permission for capture) from their native cultures, or be gifted them. Of course, not all valuable animals are ones from overseas, and there are plenty of domestic or native animals in which their owners are quite invested, like purebred horses and dogs, or valuable livestock. I imagine much of this remains unchanged from the real world, but I would have to look into it a lot more to offer an opinion (if you're knowledgeable on any related topic, please feel free to contribute that knowledge!). In any case, I thought this could be an space in which those with characters who are interested in either exotic animals or more domestic ones could talk about the types of creatures their characters own or are interested in, from tigers to hunting dogs. It could lend to a good subject for which characters to correspond in play -- inquiring about animals they'd like to get their hands on, breeding prospects for ones they already have, or just plain curiosity.
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Earl Nicholas Howard (Evan)
Feb 15, 2021
In General Discussion
This is like the 5th time I've tried to type out this damn post but my webpage keeps doing weird shit. Anyways, here's the summary: Thought it would be cool to set up a visual family tree to help keep track of different noble families, titles, ages/birth dates/death dates, relationships, etc, because sometimes it helps to just see it all laid out visually. I'm using Family Echo, since it's the best free collaborative family tree maker I've found to date and offers an appropriate range of information inputs. You do not have to be nobility/gentry to utilize the family tree, although the main purpose is to keep track of relationships between different families, as well as titles. How to use: -- Upon inspection, it does appear you have to make an account in order to actually add to the family tree. Fortunately, this is super basic & easy. -- If your family is not connected to any of the other families already present on the family tree, connect it to the "Baseline" box. Try to keep the generations roughly even visually (so like, don't connect your 20-year-old character directly to the baseline box -- if you don't have/know parents or grandparents, just put in "filler" boxes to connect to the baseline, etc). -- Please set all NPCs' gender to "other," which turns their box white. Sorry that that constrains PCs to male/female, I couldn't think of a better way to do it (other than perhaps setting all PCs to one gender and all NPCs to a different gender). -- Use "profession" for your current highest noble title (or just your profession, if you're not a noble). Feel free to fill in any of the other boxes you like (such as bio, interests, address, etc. as well as birth and death dates to the day or to the year as you desire). Obviously just don't fill in anything you don't want to be publicly visible! -- You can also add a portrait. Has to be uploaded directly from your computer/device (I honestly don't know hell well FE works on mobile). -- Feel free to add stand-in or "connections wanted" boxes if you, for example, know for a fact that your character has a younger sibling but the sibling isn't named/claimed/etc yet. However, try not to scramble the family tree with too many filler/stand-in boxes. Link: https://familyecho.com/?p=ZNXVB&c=hl14f7er54&f=737169162527464936 Sorry, I just really like family trees and having the visual format of it lol.
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