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About The Overlord

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    Vandal
  • Birthday 08/12/1972

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    Vice City
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    Canada

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    Eastern Canada
  • Interests
    I enjoy writing, mostly as well as helping others in areas I have strengths in. I get a fair bit of enjoyment out of helping someone better themselves and seeing the improved self-image it generally brings.
  1. The Overlord

    Photoshop?

    Elements is, as stated a stripped down version of PS. It's a bit more user friendly, but it is also, as a result, limited in it's ability to work with images. CS is the version I run and it will do about a billion things I don't use. I found, however, that the missing goodies in Elements wasn't a good tradeoff, so I went back to using CS. Prices are going to vary, and as expected, Elements is likely the cheapest version you'll find. If you look hard enough, you'll likely discover, as some of us have, that getting it to your PC can be very.....cost effective?
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    any smokers?

    While I agree that smoking has loads of negative side effects, some of the idiocy spewed by militant non-smokers is beyond belief. Honestly now, you make the claim that you developed asthma from your grandmother smoking around your mother while you were in the womb. You go so far as to state that it was from the harmful smoke going into your lungs. While inside the womb? Your family must be MUCH closer than mine, if granny was blowing smoke up mommy's baby chute, ok? Fine, be against smoking, hell, I'm a smoker and I am against it. Try, however, to NOT be one of those annoying pricks who spends too much time preaching to people who usually don't care. We smokers are hoping, with ALL our hearts, that the extremists develop cancer themselves, from spending so much time in smoke-filled areas bitching to us. I had one of these twits one afternoon, walk into the bar I was in, look around (place was less than half filled) and decided that he needed to sit beside me. I was, at the time, smoking. So after a few hours, he turns an evil eye my way, coughs loudly and points at my cigarette. He tells me "You know that for every cigarette you smoke, I get as much harmful smoke out of it as you do?' So I raised an eyebrow and said "Really?" He said to me "Yes, so how do you feel about that?" I told him "I think you owe me for half a pack of smokes, you f***ing leech!" Silence and an exit was what I got. Spare me the lecture, I've heard it all a thousand times before and I can promise that one more bleeding heart radical isn't going to do anything but make me want a cigar to blow a thicker cloud your way. This thread doesn't promote smoking, and if you'd read it all, you'd know that. It discusses a lot about smoking and how it affects people and offers the opportunity for people to read about others experiences and make a choice based on that, if they wish to. This thread doesn't promote smoking, it promotes choice. If you don't like that notion, find some communist country to hide yourself in, where you won't have to face things like choices.
  3. The Overlord

    Rp area

    The RP aspect of GTAWH is more of a writer's area than brief, often pointless mini-posts. There, the RP work and talents are more authors than bit scratchers, offering up long, detailed stories about the GTA world. There's a bit of misunderstanding a lot of times, as displayed above, about RPing and ANY genre/game world. See, RP work isn't limited by anything, nor does it "clash" with anything, because the term "RP" stands for "Role Play" As soon as you log into your fave GTA title, like it or not, YOU are now playing, in a loose sense, an RPG. You are, for the duration of your play, pretending to be the character, which, by definition, is role playing. GTA, with SA went deeper into the RP side of things, with stats you need to improve on, much like any standard RPG available. The "RP" area here is, without doubt, light on writing and depth. That's because here the staff caters to a different breed of GTA fan, and story writing isn't of much interest to the member base. In order for a deeper RP system to be worth anything, a decent population of strong writers would have to emerge, and I don't see that as likely. The setup here, as on the warehouse and many other GTA type forums who support "Gangland" areas, is tailored to suit the population. Again, the format is neither "right" or "wrong" in a general sense. The format is right if it meets the needs and wants of your member base, which it seems to, for the most part.
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    any smokers?

    Well, from a technical aspect, taking the section of the bible that tells you to treat your body like a temple and to not destroy it (not exact wording, obviously) smoking and a lot of other things we do are sins. Drinking booze, harms your liver...sin. Any type of contact sport hurts others...sin. Any form of competition where one side wins, puts one person higher than the next...sin, we're all supposed to be equal, made in God's image. Talking about it as a sin is kind of reaching, though, so I ignore that argument point. Cigarettes are, in my mind and in the eyes of MANY studies over the years, the hardest thing to kick an addiction to. When a smoker tries to quit, he or she is trying to give up an addiction to hundreds of different chemicals, many of which create a dependency over time. Cigarettes are one thing I would implore ANYONE who hasn't tried to NEVER try. I'm a smoker, so I know what I'm talking about. I haven't actually tried to quit yet, but I have, on several occasions, cut myself way back, to get a feel for it. Being edgy, tense and as growly as a bear you woke up in January is not a good time. Weed now, there's a different animal altogether. Your standard pot, smoked pure (no tobacco cut) carries nothing that causes lasting harm to your body. The smoke contains less tar than tobacco smoke and the nicotine that drives the core of a smoker's addiction isn't there either. Only the weaker willed folks will get addicted to weed and allow it to control their lives. I've smoked pot for longer than most of you have been alive and I've stopped a few times, just to prove to myself I could. The first day I tend to have some trouble getting to sleep, but after that hurdle is done, I'm fine. No jittery cravings, no burning desire to spark up a doobie, nothing at all to indicate my body is crying for a THC fix. If you don't smoke now, don't start, that's as simple as it gets. There are zero benefits to smoking cigarettes if you've never smoked and a list of harmful effects longer than some streets. If you don't now, don't ever.
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    Grand Theft Auto: The Conclusion

    Your style reads like a movie script, I notice, and it seems that's a big hit here. Personally, I have a hard time getting into that style of writing, so my opinion on the quality would mean nothing. Nice dedication, however, and if you're able to get people reading, I highly encourage you to continue. It's obvious you enjoy writing, or you'd have never gone as far as you have with the tale(s?) With the rave reviews you're getting now, I would assume you would have writer of the year sewn up for next year. I've plopped a couple of my own pieces here, but they appear to be a bit overwhelming to most, so my reception hasn't been nearly as enthusiastic. Time to move on and find the proper audience for me, I guess. Again, I offer a pat on the back for your efforts and a congrats for hitting the mark this audience seeks.
  6. The Overlord

    SEX

    I'm old enough to be the father of most members here and I can tell you, without hesitation, that 14 is too young to fully appreciate and enjoy the act for what it is. Over 90% of young teens who decide to dip their stick tend to bang like crazy, from the intense pleasure, thinking nothing of their partner. Waiting until you're old enough to appreciate the act, as well as "perform" in a decent fashion is the best route. Anyone who's ragging on you, especially if they are REALLY ragging on you about it, you can almost guarantee hasn't done it. Big mouths mean little action, every time. By holding out and developing a deeper relationship with your partner, you'll not only earn a lot of respect from her, but get a LOT more out of the act when the time comes. By having the relationship stronger and more meaningful, you'll be more interested in pleasing HER as well, and women, to be honest, tend to take forever to get "there" for those who know what I'm talking about. Of course, there's few things that compare to your lady going absolutely crazy while you're in, so it is well worth the effort. The advice here so far is good. Waiting until you're both fully ready is top notch and the only way to go if you want it to be good. As well, precautions, condoms, the pill or what have you are a requirement. Sure, the government paying your way sounds awesome when you're a teenie and know next to nothing about the real world. When you get older, however, and find that having a child so early throws a wrench into any major plans you had for your future, the glamor of welfare wears thin quickly. Keep your goods in your hand for now (or hers, if she's up for choking your chicken for ya!) and perhaps start slowly. Some heavy petting will hold you over for a time, if done with care, and if she's really into you, she'll find the gentle touch that sets the guns a blazing. Downside is you've got a bit of a mess to deal with afterwards, but it's better than cleaning shitty diapers sooner than you should!
  7. The Overlord

    Do you have any talent?

    I guess if we can just state our gift, I'm clear, heh heh. I write, a lot and I'm pretty talented there. I debate well and influence people, usually by showing them a different perspective on their opinions, as in "What you're saying is.....That's how I am hearing it." I tinker a bit with PhotoShop, but I can't really create anything from scratch, just work with images, blending and arranging them. I'm not great, by any stretch, but I get by. There are some truly impressive artists on here, though, kudos to you all for that. I can't draw at all, so I have a lot of respect for those who can.
  8. The Overlord

    Which country will drop the first...

    With regards to North Korea, I think the idea of "sensible" fell aside when they ignored the UN's request to NOT test their nukes. By ignoring the demand, they showed a lack of sense, and as for any "help" they're getting, the test they ran cut off a lot of aid from other countries, negating that end of the argument. Looking to who will be the first to launch a nuke isn't a case of wondering who can "win" a nuclear war, since everyone loses in that instance. It's more a case of who is crazy enough to take the step that could spell the end. Rational thought, logic and demographics of the world (who can kick whose ass) don't play as much a part of the decision as who feels they are most independent. Russis relies too much on outside aid to stir up a lot of trouble and they have sensible enough leaders to make them a low-risk party. Iran, while volatile and often irrational, by our standards, are wise enough to see that launching a nuke would hurt their cause more than help it, so they, too, fall aside as a potential threat. Japan, well, they have first-hand experience with what will happen in the event of being nuked, so we can hope their history would temper any rash decisions. The US prefers to bomb an enemy flat without using nukes, so they'd be more likely to wipe a country from the map with massive, ongoing bombing runs under conventional weapons than go for the one big boom. At the end of it all, only North Korea has shown a blatant disregard for any of the world's opinions and views of their actions. They are the one country on the list who has enough independence to have a real chance of "living" without massive outside aid. Every other country on the list has either too much history or too much to lose to be a high risk of being the first to push a button. Of course, this, like everything else posted thus far, is an opinion only, with my personal views to support it. Could turn out we're all wrong and maybe the UK (i believe they are nuke-enabled) will be the first to launch, for reasons we can't begin to imagine right now.
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    The Tale of Vagas

    Without going into detail and revealing the actual number, I would guess I'm the oldest on the site by a fair margin. Regardless, I'm glad my work is being enjoyed, thus, I offer chapter 3. The tale itself appears to have the potential to run 6 to 7 chapters if I want to wrap it up, or much, much longer, if I prefer it to carry on. I'll let the work take me where it may, and see how things go. The Ritual The Feast lasted for hours, and the dawn was about to break when finally the carnage wound down. As the horizon brightened to a deep purple hue, the Sphingarrs left the bloodied rooftop and vanished into the hidden tunnel once more. Vagas stood for a moment, surveying the slaughter, a wide smile creasing his otherwise smooth face. “Yes, my children,” he said softly, looking to the ravaged bodies of the night before. “We are on our way once more, returning to power within the hamlet of Pineshade. Soon the people will know, soon they will tremble in fear.” With that, he slipped in through the door and down the stairs, passing Waldorf, who shuffled along, broom and dustpan in hand, to clean once more. The zombie made his way up the steps in lurching strides, moving toward the balcony to cleanse it of the night’s carnage. Vagas moved deeper still into the house, coming to a halt before the huge coffin in the cellar. With a wave of his hand, the lid slipped to the side, the heavy stone grating as it moved. Settling in, Vagas smiled once more, thinking already of the rites he would carry out tonight, to bring yet another servant under his sway. The coffin lid slipped tight once more, closing off the soft, yet ominous chuckling from within, as the sun broke over the Eastern skyline, basking the house and its grounds in its warm rays. ++++++++++++++ Vagas awoke many hours later, as the sun settled below the horizon. Again, the grating sound of stone on stone filled the room and the vampire sat up from his resting place. Glancing about, he was pleased to note the Sphingarrs stood, silent and patient in their niches, guarding the room as he slept. He effortlessly slid from the stone coffin, then pushed the lid back into place, forgoing the mystical shift he generally favored. Vagas wished to carry out this evening’s projects himself, without the aid of his magic, to renew the feeling of control. Upon reaching the foyer, he stopped, pondering exactly what step to take next. The woman his minions had brought back slept still, under the sway of his spell, on a day bed along the wall of the foyer. The man, however, was little more than a drained husk and Waldorf, as part of his cleaning, had tossed the remains over the cliff to dispose of them. Moving to the woman, Vagas smiled, picking her up as though she were a feather and starting up the steps. His task called for a few trinkets, stored in the upper study and this was his destination. Waldorf had carried out his tasks admirably, but with the Baron’s return, there would be much more work to do. Another servant about his home was essential. Draping the limp form across the marred and scorched table in the middle of the room, Vagas went to a tall, glass fronted cabinet on the wall. Selecting a few vials from it, he laid them out alongside the body, humming a ballad of loss and woe he’d picked up during his travels. Double-checking the heavy tome set on the desk in the corner, he nodded, satisfied. All the pieces were in place and the ritual could begin. Lighting candles along the wall, he took one, a large, flesh colored table candle, and set it on the table, directly above the woman’s head. “Now, my dear, you get to join the esteemed Waldorf in servitude,” he said, taking a pair of the vials and pouring a small amount of each into the bowl of the candle. As the mixture caught and smoked, pouring a swirling blue haze from the candle, he began to chant. Words long forgotten to mortal men rolled off his tongue with ease, filling the room with their harsh and guttural symphony. The candle by her head flickered and pulsed, as power from eons of mystical rites surged through the room, channeled here by Vagas’ call. The woman moaned softly, shaking her head weakly. Vagas smiled again, as this was the final stage of the simple ritual. Her eyes fluttered as she struggled to come awake and he head lolled more forcefully as she fought to deny the evil energy seeping into her. Her eyes snapped open and her mouth opened to scream. As the first note of her terrified shriek began to form, Vagas thrust his hand down, grasping her tongue between his fingers with a strength borne of his undead nature. The woman’s eyes bulged, the scream caught tight in her throat as the dark creature above her twisted with brutal force. A wet tearing sound drifted across the span from her mouth to his ears as her tongue was wrenched free. Blood gushed from her mouth as she gagged and heaved, struggling to rise. Spilling across the table and spraying up as her lungs fought to expel the fluid, a crimson shower rained down on the sputtering candle by her head, erupting in a jet of green flame. Vagas brought the torn organ he held to his mouth and bit it cleanly, moaning as the power of the ritual surged through him and the blood streamed from his chin. The woman’s struggles ceased as her body lost the battle to clear her lungs and thick blood replaced the air she so desperately sought. With a final heave, her body lay still, dancing shadows from the green tinged pyre above her head raged on. Vagas barked a final, powerful word and the candles in the room extinguished, as one, dropping the room into utter darkness. Lightly brushing her soft brow, Vagas kissed his latest servant on the cheek, whispering to her softly. “Rise, now my dear and prepare to serve your new Lord,” he said, his gentle tones wafting to her ear. “Your name shall be Maria, and you shall serve me well for many years.” The new minion twitched a time or two before the eyes again snapped open. Vacant and staring, they showed no hint of humanity as the head swiveled to take in the surrounding room. Sitting up smoothly, the zombie spun her feet to the side and came to a stop, seated on the edge of the table, legs dangling over the side. Standing, she turned again, to face Vagas, who stood a few paces back, watching her closely. The zombie bowed deeply, keeping her unwavering gaze upon her master, then stood stock-still, awaiting orders. Vagas smiled and nodded, pleased with his latest addition. Fresh and healthy, she would be an ideal choice to keep up on the more delicate tasks of keeping his house. “You will keep this room in order,” he said firmly, gesturing about. “Also the kitchen and larder are to be kept organized at all times, in case we have,” he paused, an eyebrow cocking high in a sardonic leer. “Guests.” With no further orders spoken, the zombie began her tasks, taking the fleshy candle from the table and replacing it on the shelf near the window. The vials followed, each going to its exact place, the layout and arrangement of the room having been burned in her mind as the final orders had been issued. Turning slowly, as though to confirm all was in order, the zombie walked out of the room and headed for the kitchen area to continue. “With that out of the way,” muttered Vagas, moving out of the room himself, “It’s time to pay a visit to the city itself and see how my old friends are doing, I suppose.” Reaching the front door, Vagas eyed the handle in contemplation. The energy from the ritual coursed through him, making him edgy and tense. Expending some now might be a good idea, previous plan be damned. With a gesture, the doors flew open and he stepped into the cool night air. Vagas tapped a finger to his chin in thought as he stood on the wooden planks of his front porch. Methods of travel were numerous, he could walk, fly or assume bat form to skitter unseen across the countryside en route to town. Glancing to the skies, he decided flight was best, as he did still enjoy the thrill of soaring above the treetops in his current form. With a thought, he rose from the ground and angled toward town, climbing above the treetops as he went. Reaching the trade road, he decided to follow it, in hopes of perhaps finding some fool who dared travel the night. His hopes were soon rewarded. A tall, powerfully built man trudged down the lane, a large sword swinging at his side as he walked. Battered armor and a dented helm spoke of his status as a veteran warrior of some type, drawing a soft chuckle from the Baron as he dropped silently into the woods ahead of the man. Warriors were always the most fun, being bold, brave and, with few exceptions, stupid. The warrior pulled up short as the dark figure stepped from the trees before him. The tall, willowy stranger was draped in a long, flowing cape and his impeccable tailored suit was as black as the night itself. Hand straying to the large steel blade on his hip, the warrior stepped back and cocked his head slightly. “Lost, or somethin’, stranger?” he asked warily. “No,” came the silken response as Vagas moved fully onto the lane, squaring off with the burly warrior. “Just out for a stroll and thought I might say hello to a fellow traveler.” “Dang’rus out here at night,” growled the man, never moving his hand from the hilt of his weapon. “Monster an’ such out here, can kill a fellow if he’s not prop’rly armed, ya know.” “Oh, I know,” said Vagas, a smile twitching at the corners of his wide mouth. “Monsters more terrible than anything most can imagine, I’m told. I’m not concerned, though, I can take care of myself, most times.” The warrior had moved as Vagas spoke, seeking a better angle to the stranger. The steel blade showed slightly now, as the man’s caution deepened and he prepared for some treachery. As Vagas turned to face him more squarely again, the blade hissed free of it’s scabbard, glinting in the faint moonlight that trickled between the overhead foliage. “Maybe you’re a monster, then,” the big man said evenly, bringing the blade to a defensive position before him, his eyes narrowing. “Otherwise I reckon you’d be a bit more careful out here.” “Perhaps I am,” the vampire replied, his smile growing, revealing the long, sharp canines jutting from his mouth. “You’re a bit slow realizing it, though, not that it would matter.” The warrior was well trained and not new to combat, launching a series of attacking blows even as Vagas spoke. The sharp, steel blade whistled through the air as he slashed at the vampire, Vagas easily eluding the attacks, his undead reflex well beyond what this mortal was capable of. Vagas snapped a hand out, the sharp talons that had grown seeking the man’s neck. The big warrior moved to the side, bringing the blade up to block and scoring a deep wound to the vampire’s arm as they met. Vagas hissed, part annoyance, part pain as the blade, obviously enchanted somehow, burned his arm. “I ain’t scared o’ monsters,” the big fighter growled, brandishing his weapon and circling, looking for an opening. “You won’t be da first I come up aginst, fer sure!” Vagas scowled at the man, keeping his distance for the time being. While the blade didn’t carry the usual glow of enchantment, it obviously held some magic, or the wound wouldn’t have hurt at all. He decided then that this fight was not going to drag on. The warrior lunged, spotting what he thought to be a weakness as Vagas allowed him to get a better angle. The gleaming blade danced in, driving for his chest with an accuracy and speed born of many years experience. Even as it looked like the strike would land, Vagas seemed to flicker, appearing to the now stumbling man’s left and shooting his hand out to grab the warrior’s arm. Vagas squeezed, with all of his undead strength, crushing the fighter’s wrist with a series of grinding snaps. With a cry of agony, the sword clattered to the ground as Vagas yanked, drawing a soft pop from the man’s huge shoulder. Being dragged like a rag doll, the warrior lost his footing, tumbling painfully to the ground. Vagas stalked after him, eyes now blazing with unholy light as the rage of bloodlust fed him. The warrior, injured badly, but still a veteran, drew a short dagger from his belt with his uninjured hand and slashed at the approaching monster. The steel again kissed across Vagas’ outstretched arm, scoring a deep gash that leaked a trickle of dark blood to the ground. Vagas’ smile grew wider as the wound closed, vanishing as he snatched the man by his breastplate, the inhuman strength denting the thick steel. Hauling the man to his feet and batting aside the worthless dagger, Vagas whipped his free hand across the man’s face savagely. Blood sprayed across the leaves as long talons ripped through flesh, shredding one side of his face. Flesh hung in ribbons from the man’s cheek and he cried out again as the backhand slash matched the other side. Vagas threw him to the ground again, now in complete battle frenzy. Kicking the man’s side, he crumpled the edge of the breastplate he wore, driving the steel into the man’s flesh and shattering his short ribs. Gasping in unspeakable pain, the man tried to roll away, as his lifeblood poured from the new wound. Vagas drove his hand down once again, striking the man’s thigh with extended fingers, the talons digging in deep. Clenching his hand, he pulled hard, literally ripping a hand-sized chunk of flesh from the back of his victim’s leg. The warrior groaned again, now beyond screams as his blood gushed forth, pooling among the stones of the lane. Repeating the process on the other leg, Vagas brought the second chunk to his mouth and bit deeply into the dripping meat. The warrior, having rolled to his back to try and defend, gaped in horror as he watched the towering vampire devour his very flesh. Eyes wide, the man groaned softly again and tried to move back, collapsing as the agony from his destroyed legs proved too much. Death was upon him and he knew it. Vagas dropped the piece of meat with a wet plop to the ground, licking his fingers. “You know, I may have let you off easier if you hadn’t ruined my coat,” he said, moving in once more. “Now, however, you’ve caused me inconvenience, I can’t very well show up in town with this huge hole in my sleeve.” The helpless warrior sobbed, thinking of the unfortunate town he’d left behind. This monster would go there and slay, he knew, killing at will until someone stopped him. Another sob wrenched itself from the man’s chest as a picture of his beloved Julianne formed in his mind and he closed his eyes, to muster his last bit of strength. Vagas dropped down on top of the man, his right hand powering down. The warrior shot his own hand up, grabbing the undead creature by it’s throat and clenching with all his considerable strength. The smile that crossed Vagas face confused him, until the hand re-emerged, clenching something. It was then the warrior felt the cold pressure on his chest, and managed to glance at what this monster held. His eyed widened once again as recognition settled in and his hand fell weakly away from the vampire’s throat. “You just don’t have the heart for this kind of thing,” Vagas said, cocking an eyebrow at his own, dark humor. Bringing the still pulsing organ to his mouth, the vampire took a huge bite, watching with satisfaction as his victim’s eyes went dim, life fleeing from them. “Well,” he said to himself, rising and grabbing the body again, hoisting it over his shoulder. “May as well go home and change, I don’t think they’d like the sight of this in council hall. Hard to be invited in if you look so ragged.” With those words fading on the breeze, the vampire lifted off once again, banking toward his home. Not quite the start he’d hoped for this night, but entertaining nonetheless. He thought again of his last words to the dying fighter and laughed aloud. “Haven’t the heart,” he muttered, his dark, evil laughter ringing across the forest as he headed home. “Sometimes I’m too much.”
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    Which country will drop the first...

    Nuclear bombs are, without doubt, the single biggest threat to our planet today. Forget Global Warming, ignore the notion that we're eating up fossil fuels like crazy and all the other stuff. Nukes can, in a single day, eradicate life as we know it. Now I'm no expert, but I do know enough about nuclear bombs to understand it will take a lot of them going off, in a lot of areas, to destroy the whole planet. That is not to say a few going off in wide spread areas would screw us all up pretty badly. It's sad, really, if one considers what we've done. Mankind, as a whole, has created the method of destroying the entire planet in a single day. Imagine it. Man has worked, night and day, to create devices that can remove him from the equation. Pretty stupid of us, if you think about it. My vote for who pops the next nuke (in anger, or war) is North Korea. Their lack of concern over the world being ticked is a big indicator, as it shows a lack of concern for what the rest of the world thinks of their actions. If they don't care that people, on a whole, are miffed about their testing, why would they hesitate if they felt threatened? There is no real guarantee that anyone will actually take the ultimate step in stupid and press the button, precipitating the end, so if luck rides with us, maybe we'll start moving faster on dismantling the nukes, to make our planet at least a little safer.
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    What other sites are you on?

    I'm a member on the following sites, my role there is listed, but my username is not for public release, although it's not hard to figure, especially to any who visit any of them. www.GTAWH.com = Moderator http://societyforums.com/ = One of the Admins Lanys Community forum - member and of course, The GTA Place = lowly nobody.... I used to be parg of the DragonballZ forums, but I didn't think much of it, so I left. I was also part of NRPGN for a time, but again, it was dead so I vacated. I've been part of a handful of forums that some online contacts created, but most are now dead, so I don't list those.
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    Award Badge Contest

    OK, it's not that great, but I am a writer more so than a graphic designer. I have the PSD that can be e-mailed to someone for text changes or whatever if they want. Laugh if you will, my ego is tough enough to handle it, especially since my brain tells me my photoshop skills are lacking.
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    The Tale of Vagas

    Vagas returns The rain pelted from the skies as he strode down the cobbled lane, turning along a lesser traveled side path that wound into the woods. The overgrown path could be seen ahead, as the land sloped up a small rise to where a deserted house stood, dark and foreboding on the small hillock. The Baron’s steps were sure and steady as he paced up the pathway, the overhanging branches scratching at his cape. His gently glowing eyes showed him all around, from the small rodents that cowered in the underbrush to the trembling night birds, perched in the nearby trees. The animals resumed their routines as he passed, the evil aura about him falling aside as their tiny brains returned to the grind of survival. Vagas emerged from the brush along the lane and walked to the wrought iron gate that stood, blocking the lane. Touching the lock, it flared briefly, then the gates swung open with a groan of protest on their rusted hinges. Cocking an eyebrow at the gates, he made a mental note to have them cleaned and oiled soon. Mounting the steps, he smiled at his home. Having left almost 20 years ago, he’d hoped to find the house still standing, but it was in much better shape than he’d expected. The windows were unbroken and the shutters were mostly intact. Provided the roof hadn’t leaked, it would be almost ready for guests now. A touch to the doorknob evoked another brief flare of energy and the door swung wide to receive him. Stepping through, he inhaled deeply, a look of puzzlement crossing his face. Sniffing the air again, he cocked his head and listened. No sound greeted his ear, but there was a scent about the place, the scent of death. “Waldorf,” he called softly, looking around the pitch-black room, noting the pristine condition of both furnishings and articles. “Waldorf, my old friend, do you yet live?” Shuffling footsteps sounded from the hallway to his right. A glance down that hall revealed the man he’d called to, shuffling slowly toward him, eyes vacant and mouth agape. Vagas muttered a word of power and soft light filled the room, displaying more clearly what he could see already. A tattered zombie shuffled to a stop before him, bowing it’s rotting head in deference. The zombie was clothed in tight wrappings of robes, keeping its putrid flesh from falling off and garbing it in some semblance of presentable fashion. The creature’s hands held a large, silver tray, with a rounded lid. From within the lid came scuttling sounds and the occasional squeak. With a wide smile, Vagas lifted the lid and snatched the massive rat that was beneath. Holding the writhing creature by its tail, he favored the zombie a wider grin and patted it’s shoulder gently. “You’ve ever been my most faithful, Waldorf,” he said, bringing the rodent to his lips. With a meaty crunch, he bit the creature’s head off, allowing the blood to spill down his cheeks as he drew it back. Handing the carcass back to the emaciated undead servant, he looked about the foyer once again, taking in the details. As the zombie began to crunch noisily on its treat, Vagas’ smile widened again. The room, in fact, the house, appeared to be in almost perfect condition. A huge, winding staircase led to the second floor from the opposite side of the foyer. A hall ran along the length of the house up there, ending in doors on either end. The hallway the zombie had come from was thickly carpeted and sported a trio of doors at equal intervals along its right wall. The left wall held the front windows, looking out across the yard. Both foyer and hall were almost spotless, a tribute to the dedication of this mindless, undead servant he’d left behind. Obviously, Waldorf had been attending his duties each day since Vagas had left. Cleaning the house, mending broken shingles, likely and overall, keeping it ready to reside in once more. Turning to the zombie, who had finished his meal, Vagas tilted his head slightly. “I assume my sleeping quarters remain undisturbed?” he asked. The zombie nodded immediately, pointing to the back corner of the foyer, where a door nestled in on the back side of the spiral staircase. Vagas nodded in approval and started for the door. Dawn was only a few hours off; he’d best be prepared for a nap when it arrived. “As you were, good Waldorf,” he said as he opened the door and started down the dank stairway to the cellar. As the door snicked shut behind him, he faintly heard the shuffling steps of the undead minion wander back down the hallway. Making another mental note to add to his staff, Vagas stepped into the cellar proper and uttered the word of power once more, bathing the room in soft light. A large coffin sat in the middle of the room, with a huge golden symbol embossed on its lid. The walls of the room were filled with alcoves, still dark, even under the scrutiny of the mystical light he’d conjured. A smirk etched his face as he surveyed the niches, and he spoke a single word. From each niche stepped an abomination of nature. Hulking, savage creatures, their massive arms ending in huge hands, tipped with long, curved talons. Their heads were those of nightmares, long and slender, with a mouth too big for the head itself, ringed with long, dagger-like teeth. The minions each took two steps from their alcoves, then knelt in reverence of their master. “Yes, my children,” he said softly, his voice drifting like cold death across the room. “I have returned. Tonight, we feast, tomorrow, our return to power begins.” The creatures hissed, snarling and spitting as they crowded to get closer to the coffin. As they moved, Vagas noted their wings lifting in anticipation as their clawed feet scrabbled at the floor. With a chuckle, he pointed to a darker niche than the others and spoke. “Go forth, my minions, and bring us our feast,” he commanded, his tone stern and powerful. “I expect at least two of these to be human and in suitable condition for servants.” The creatures hissed and spat again at the last. The Baron meant the pair of servants must be brought to him alive and in good repair. Wanton slaughter was a better task for them and more enjoyable as well. “Know that I will hold you accountable for the condition of my servants,” he said, looking to the six monstrosities milling about the room. “To fail me is to know my wrath.” With a final hiss of displeasure, the creatures scuttled out through the niche, vanishing into the night beyond. Vagas stared after them for a minute or two, watching them vanish down the hallway. A long tunnel led from here to a barred gate on the sheer face of a cliff behind the house. The creatures would light out from there and find their prey. He needed but one viable servant, which was why he’d demanded a pair. Knowing the creatures as he did, Vagas was fairly certain they’d damage at least one. With a sigh, he turned and made his way back up the stairs. He would finish checking his home, ensuring his safeguards were in place, then go to the upper balcony to await his minions return. The Sphingarrs were loyal and powerful servants, but not overly bright. Their enthusiasm often resulted in conflict and Vagas wanted to be ready. Fully energized from the hapless clerk, he was ready for conflict with the dangerous beasts, prepared to share his wrath. ++++++++++++++++++++ A mere two hours passed before the Sphingarrs returned, each clutching a prize in it’s clawed hands. The first three to light on the rooftop balcony toted slaughtered farmers, by the look, still dressed in their nightclothes. The next pair carried what he assumed were to be his servants, as they were both breathing, one struggling in the talons of it’s captor. The last landed and dropped its load, a half grown cow, which thudded heavily to the floorboards. Vagas stepped in to examine the still living victims. The one struggling ceased as his gentle touch caressed her cheek. She went limp, hanging loosely in the powerful arms of the hulking monster. Nodding, Vagas took the body and laid it in the corner for the moment as he went to examine the next potential servant. Lifting the man’s head, he noted a series of deep slashes across his chest. Blood still oozed from the wounds, testament to the man being alive, but he was seriously wounded and wouldn’t live much longer. While still suitable for his purpose, the man was not in the shape Vagas had demanded. The creature holding him seemed to sense the vampire’s displeasure and hissed nervously, shifting from one clawed foot to the other. Vagas took the body from the creature and moved to the far corner. Leaning down, he drove his fangs deep into the man’s wounds, sucking deeply at the crimson treat within. Within seconds, the man was still, his body as pale as that of the Baron himself. Dropping the body, he turned and leveled his evil glare on the Sphingarr who had brought it. “This is not how my servants are to be presented,” he said evenly, stepping toward the creature. The others lifted off, moving to the roof’s peak to both keep out of the way and to enjoy the show. “You were warned and now must serve as an example to the others.” The creature bristled, assuming a defensive stance. The rest chattered and hissed in excitement as the massive creature towered over the vampire. Vagas smiled, pushing his will and growing larger himself. His shoulders widened, his mouth enlarged and his hands grew long, sharp nails. As the fangs in his mouth grew to rival those of the Sphingarr, the creature’s nerve broke and it attacked. A huge, clawed hand shot out, grasping the vampire’s collar in an iron grip. Pulling the still smaller man toward it, the creature tilted it’s head down and to the side, to protect it’s own neck and deliver a possibly fatal bite of it’s own. The bite never landed. Vagas allowed the creature to pull him in, allowed it to bring him within truly lethal range. As the creature’s head twisted, his hands shot out and grabbed the inside edges of it’s jaws, driving his thumbs in under it’s tongue. Pushing back, he easily lifted the creature’s head away and lunged in himself, tearing a huge chunk of flesh from its neck. The Sphingarr screeched in agony as the flesh tore from its neck in a shower of black blood. Flailing with its huge arms, trying to bat the pressing vampire back, the creature’s clawed toes dug deep gouges in the thick planking of the deck. Vagas twisted again, maintaining his hold with unearthly strength on the beast as he turned it to the side. Slamming his knee up, the sound of ribs shattering broke the night air, in symphony with a wheezing hiss as the air left the creature’s lungs. Again the knee drove up, splintering bone and driving another gust of air from the beast, this time thick with dark blood. Twisting again, Vagas drove the creature to the floor, falling atop it and pinning it down. Driving his head in, he tore yet another massive bite from the Sphingarr’s throat, drawing a final, weak cry of pain from it. Spitting the flesh to the ground, Vagas released the beast and rose, leaving it lying on the floor of the balcony. “Thus is the price of failure,” he said, pointing to the creature, writhing on the bloodied planks. “Should any of you fail me again, the price will increase twofold, am I clear?” The five remaining on the peak of the roof bobbed their heads in unison and hissed their assent. They knew well that Vagas could easily have killed their comrade and felt fortunate to not have faced the wrath themselves. The lesson would serve. “Now,” said Vagas, resuming his human form and wiping the blood and gore from his face with the hem of his cape. “We feast.”
  14. The Overlord

    The Tale of Vagas

    Well, you need to keep in mind that this, like many of my works, is part of a much bigger project. I scanned through and I do notice that many of the "stories" here are a few paragraphs, so anything of length is likely a bit of a shock to the system to some members. If anyone enjoys reading fiction, specifically the genres mentioned above, this, as well as some of my other works, may appeal to them. For those who shudder when they have a full page to read in school, you're better off skipping anything I post in creativity, as the depth of character development and attention to detail will, to quote some "bore" you.
  15. The Overlord

    The Tale of Vagas

    Well, I shared this on another site some time ago, but with no response to it, I deleted the post and carried on with the tale. I have 3 chapters done, although the 3rd was written about 2 months ago, so the project, as a whole, has been shelved. It's something to share, though, so if your tastes wander to the macabre/horror genres, it might be of interest. I also write a fair bit of High Fantasy and a truckload of GTA-type gangster stories. For now, enjoy...... Baron Vagas comes home The thunder rumbled ominously in the distance, promising rain before the day broke. Stars winked here and there through the thickening cloud cover, pinpoints of light in the pitch black sky. The moon, full and bright, peeked through at less frequent intervals as the rolling clouds swept in and the air itself carried a scent of rain as well. The Baron strolled casually down the rutted lane, oblivious to the changing weather. His long, dark cape trailed behind him, fluttering gently in the evening breeze. The stones ground softly beneath his shoes as he paced and the forest about him went silent as he passed. Crickets, frogs and the night birds all held their song as he passed, a shadow of evil, emanating an aura of darkness. The sound of a horseman drifted down the lane, approaching at a steady trot and the Baron held his steps. Cocking an ear, a wide smile creased his pale features. Slipping to the side, he focused his thoughts and within seconds became translucent, as though only a shadow of the man who stood there. The rider came on steadily, and the Baron licked his lips hungrily. His perfectly tailored suit made no sound as he shifted, angling toward the road. The soft fabric carried it’s shape and repelled the general dusting of soil that often clung to a man’s clothing in this remote locale. His eyes, now blazing red, narrowed as the horseman appeared from the gloom, the animal’s pace slowing instinctively. A dozen paces out, the horse stopped altogether, eliciting another smile from the dark presence hiding along the roadside. The rider gently rapped the reins, urging the animal on, to no avail. Shuddering from some inner chill, he dismounted, drawing the slender blade at his side. The rider was a traveling clerk, armed with the standard long sword of the clerks in town. His dusty brown breeches were rumpled and twisted from many hours in the saddle and his boots were well worn and faded. A tall man, over 6 feet, he was as tall as the creature that watched, silently from the fringes, but carried more weight. Heavyset and rugged, the clerk felt no fear yet, just a sense of unease. Moving to the front of his horse, he tugged the reins again, trying once more to urge the animal on. “Come, now, Marie, we’re late as it is,” he huffed, agitation and weariness clear in his voice. “We’re near the last stop, old girl, then we’ll rest for the night.” The Baron dropped his camouflage and stepped onto the dark road, behind the clerk. The horse reacted immediately and violently, rearing and neighing in fear at the appearance of the stranger. Balking, she yanked the reins from the clerk’s hand and bolted down the lane, vanishing from sight within seconds. The clerk, oblivious to the intruder, sighed heavily and shook his head. “When I get you back,” he muttered, looking after the now vanished mount, “I’ll be trading you for one less skittish.” “She has good reason to be skittish,” said a silken voice from immediately behind him. The clerk whirled and yelped in surprise, bringing his sword to bear on the sudden company. “By the gods!” he cried, anger wrinkling his face as he gestured threateningly with the naked blade. “Scaring a man on a dark night isn’t good for one’s health, you know.” The Baron smiled easily, stepping forward, within easy reach of the sword. Opening his arms, he held them out to his sides, showing he was unarmed. The clerk stared, sizing him up as they faced off. The newcomer stood at his height, around 6 foot 4, but was slender, almost cat-like in build. His pale features were hard to discern in the fluttering light of the moon, as it slipped from behind the clouds, then out again, but the long, black hair was slicked back, showing a pronounced widow’s peak on the man’s forehead. “Threatening one with a blade isn’t a great deal better,” replied Vagas, pointing at the blade the clerk was waving at him. “In fact, I’ll have to take that, so I feel a bit safer.” He reached out for the blade and the clerk jabbed it at his hand, seeking to ward him off. As the blade reached the tall, pale stranger, he grabbed it, yanking violently from the clerk’s firm grasp. Holding the blade before him, the Baron frowned at the clerk. As he did, the moon peered out from behind the cloud cover, revealing a trickle of blood, snaking down the remainder of the blade from his hand. “Now you’ve cut me,” said Vagas, annoyance in his tone. “That is quite rude, especially seeing as I’ve not even attacked you.” The clerk gaped, glancing left and right for either a weapon to replace the sword or an escape route. He’d been in enough fights to know his skill and this man had just pulled the sword from his hand with no effort. He’d felt the raw power of his foe and knew he wasn’t likely to win the encounter as they stood. Even as the thoughts entered his mind, he felt the preternatural cold emanating from the man before him. Shuffling back, his eyes widened as he realized the scope of what he was facing. This was no man, no warrior or brigand, this was a monster, in the guise of a man. Vagas’ smile vanished as he lunged, his mouth opening wide, wider than a man’s mouth could. Jagged fangs came into view as he came, and the hapless clerk froze in terror. As Vagas struck, the paralysis broke and a scream began, deep in his chest. Before it passed his lips, however, it drowned in a gout of blood, erupting from his torn throat. Falling back to the hard road, the monster atop him, the clerk’s mind registered his fate. He’d become the next victim of the stalker in the night. The tales around town were true, something was hunting the citizens and it was more terrible and frightening than any of them expected. The idea of a bear or wolves taking down travelers left his mind as his life fled, sucked in by the demonic beast hunched over him. Evil had come, and he died, knowing it’s face.
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