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Tea For my Uncle Book 1, Chapter 8 [15 Jun 2009|12:28pm]
As this is the last game of Book 1, I have a very very special previously, one that takes the important stuff from each prior session. It's also helpful now, because it's been so long since I posted the last recap, and since the last session, it may help to remind the like five of you who read this what's going on.

"Air...Water...Earth...Fire

In Ancient days, the four Nations lived in harmony. Then the Fire Nation made it's war. Wiping out the Air Nomads, and subjugating the rest of the world. Everyone said the only way for peace to be restored would be by the Avatar, master of all four elements.
After a hundred years of waiting he finally did. It's been One year since the defeat of Fire Lord Ozai, and the end of the war. The old scars are healing, and peace, however fragile has begun to blossom amongst the people. But there are mysteries now, and people searching for answers. There are some who can't let go of the feelings they've had for their entire life, and there is a dark cloud on the horizon that threatens everything the Avatar and his friends worked to build.
But with so many occupied, this new danger could go unnoticed. It is time for new heroes to step up, and new stories to be told, no longer does destiny rest on the shoulders of one, instead all the nations must work together to defend the world we have created."



Previously on Avatar:Collapse )


Book 1: Air

Chapter 8: The Battle of the Southern Air Temple

In Which Book 1 ends with the death of both; a hero and a villianCollapse )

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Tea for My Uncle [27 Apr 2009|12:33am]
Sozu continues to make the rounds, this time, engaging in a further discussion with Yan about honor, and the Fire Nation.

In Which Sozu and Yan walk the thin line between friends and a bar fight.Collapse )
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Tea for My Uncle bonus content [22 Apr 2009|08:53pm]
Another conversation, again Sozu is conflicted.

In which Nilak and Sozu's feelings for each other become obvious to everyone but themselves.Collapse )
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Tea for my Uncle bonus content [22 Apr 2009|08:39pm]
A whole bunch of conversations happened, I guess people are trying to get things done before the final game of Book 1.

Starting with a the conversations with the Fire Society Prisoner the Party captured at the last game.

In Which the Fire Society becomes just a bit more complex.Collapse )

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[19 Apr 2009|05:26pm]
Oh, this time I took notes during game, you know what that means? Quotes!

"Air...Water...Earth...Fire

In Ancient days, the four Nations lived in harmony. Then the Fire Nation made it's war. Wiping out the Air Nomads, and subjugating the rest of the world. Everyone said the only way for peace to be restored would be by the Avatar, master of all four elements.
After a hundred years of waiting he finally did. It's been One year since the defeat of Fire Lord Ozai, and the end of the war. The old scars are healing, and peace, however fragile has begun to blossom amongst the people. But there are mysteries now, and people searching for answers. There are some who can't let go of the feelings they've had for their entire life, and there is a dark cloud on the horizon that threatens everything the Avatar and his friends worked to build.
But with so many occupied, this new danger could go unnoticed. It is time for new heroes to step up, and new stories to be told, no longer does destiny rest on the shoulders of one, instead all the nations must work together to defend the world we have created."



Previously on Avatar: - Aang showed the Party Tian Chi, the Air spirit. The bird showed a strange affection for Miyak, - Suki and Sozu got into a very heated argument on Death Trap. - The Captured Fire Society Officer told them that the Fire Society would attack. -  Sozu realized, Zeng is going to attack the Southern Air Temple, and try to kill the Avatar - It was determined it would take two airships, along with the engines of a third to get a Fire Nation battleship to fly. the group realized that three airships, and one battleship had gone missing - the Party felt that Aang should be warned immediately. - they had no time to waste and ran to the Death Trap.

Book 1: Air

Chapter 7: Before the Storm


In which the Party took time out of the action adventure game to talk about the economics of post war Fire Nation for an hour, and it was AWESOME!Collapse )
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[11 Apr 2009|11:59pm]
"Air...Water...Earth...Fire

In Ancient days, the four Nations lived in harmony. Then the Fire Nation made it's war. Wiping out the Air Nomads, and subjugating the rest of the world. Everyone said the only way for peace to be restored would be by the Avatar, master of all four elements.
After a hundred years of waiting he finally did. It's been One year since the defeat of Fire Lord Ozai, and the end of the war. The old scars are healing, and peace, however fragile has begun to blossom amongst the people. But there are mysteries now, and people searching for answers. There are some who can't let go of the feelings they've had for their entire life, and there is a dark cloud on the horizon that threatens everything the Avatar and his friends worked to build.
But with so many occupied, this new danger could go unnoticed. It is time for new heroes to step up, and new stories to be told, no longer does destiny rest on the shoulders of one, instead all the nations must work together to defend the world we have created."

Previously, on Avatar: The Captured Fire Society Officer told them that the Fire Society would gather for the first time in their history, but they had not yet been told where the attack would fall. - Four women, dressed exactly like Ty Lee leapt from the nearby buildings. They launched rapid hand to hand combat attacks at the group. - Nilak, turned to incapacitate the last remaining attacker. she lashed out with her water whip, and the woman fell to the ground, dead. – The Omashu scouts told the party Three airships, and one of the naval ships have all vanished.

Book 1: Air

Chapter 6: The Secrets of Omashu


In which the Party completely abandons the plot rails...Collapse )
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Tea For My Uncle bonus content [11 Apr 2009|11:22pm]
Before the grand Pai Sho match of the previous session, Sozu hung back to speak to Iroh. Later the two worked on her Firebending. I have put both conversations together.

In which Sozu hangs out with the coolest guy in the universeCollapse )
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Tea For My Uncle Book 1 Chapter 5 [28 Mar 2009|03:23pm]
"Air...Water...Earth...Fire

In Ancient days, the four Nations lived in harmony. Then the Fire Nation made it's war. Wiping out the Air Nomads, and subjugating the rest of the world. Everyone said the only way for peace to be restored would be by the Avatar, master of all four elements.
After a hundred years of waiting he finally did. It's been One year since the defeat of Fire Lord Ozai, and the end of the war. The old scars are healing, and peace, however fragile has begun to blossom amongst the people. But there are mysteries now, and people searching for answers. There are some who can't let go of the feelings they've had for their entire life, and there is a dark cloud on the horizon that threatens everything the Avatar and his friends worked to build.
But with so many occupied, this new danger could go unnoticed. It is time for new heroes to step up, and new stories to be told, no longer does destiny rest on the shoulders of one, instead all the nations must work together to defend the world we have created."

Previously on Avatar:

- Sozu informs the others that the men are from a group called "The Fire Society." She calls them a cult, who worship Fire Lord Ozai - The Fire Society soldier says they serve a man named General Zeng - The Captured Fire Society Officer told them that the Fire Society would gather for the first time in their history, on the peninsula north west of Omashu, from there the army would attack, but they had not yet been told where the attack would fall. - Oma refused to let her city go unwarned. Finally they agreed that they would go to Omashu.

Book 1: Air

Chapter 5: The Lessons of Omashu


In which our heroes must chose which party is more perilous to attend; The Fire Society's Beach Blanket Bash, or King Bumi's annual Old People Paisho-a-thonCollapse )
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Tea for my Uncle inbetween game conversations [24 Mar 2009|03:06pm]

Without futher adue, a discussion between Oma and Sozu on the trip trip to Omashu,
 
it's short, but in the interests of a complete record, I post it here.


In which Team Princess has a discussion about military tactics.Collapse )
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Tea for my Uncle Book 1 Chapter 4 [23 Mar 2009|01:10am]
"Air...Water...Earth...Fire

In Ancient days, the four Nations lived in harmony. Then the Fire Nation made it's war. Wiping out the Air Nomads, and subjugating the rest of the world. Everyone said the only way for peace to be restored would be by the Avatar, master of all four elements.
After a hundred years of waiting he finally did. It's been One year since the defeat of Fire Lord Ozai, and the end of the war. The old scars are healing, and peace, however fragile has begun to blossom amongst the people. But there are mysteries now, and people searching for answers. There are some who can't let go of the feelings they've had for their entire life, and there is a dark cloud on the horizon that threatens everything the Avatar and his friends worked to build.
But with so many occupied, this new danger could go unnoticed. It is time for new heroes to step up, and new stories to be told, no longer does destiny rest on the shoulders of one, instead all the nations must work together to defend the world we have created."


Previously on Avatar:
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Sozu informs the others that the men are from a group called "The Fire Society." She calls them a cult, who worship Fire Lord Ozai - The Fire Society soldier says they serve a man named General Zeng - Song examined the fallen Skydancer. He found that her belt was rope woven from a strange fiber. He opted to hold onto it.-  Sozu commented "After the Northern Temple, we'll call everyone together and talk" -

Book 1: Air

Chapter 4: The Fire Society

In which the party receive a very odd invitation to dinner, Chiyoko, and Miyak miss the invitation entirely, Yan and Nilak polietly decline, and both Song and Oma realize they have a prior commitment, leaving Szu to attend alone.Collapse )

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More Tea for My Uncle in between game discussions [22 Mar 2009|09:02pm]
Time for more between game discussions for T.F.M.U. First off, a talk between Oma, and Yan before they head out for the Northern Air Temple. It's very brief, but I include it because it is so very vital.

Yan and OmaCollapse )

Then a lengthy conversation between Sozu and Nilak as the Death Trap flies along.

Sozu and Nilak talk about their future.Collapse )

And finally, Sozu received her response from Fire Lord Zuko.

Find out Sozu's fateCollapse )

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Tea for my Uncle: Book 1, Chapter 3 [19 Mar 2009|08:16am]

"Air...Water...Earth...Fire

In Ancient days, the four Nations lived in harmony. Then the Fire Nation made it's war. Wiping out the Air Nomads, and subjugating the rest of the world. Everyone said the only way for peace to be restored would be by the Avatar, master of all four elements.
After a hundred years of waiting he finally did. It's been One year since the defeat of Fire Lord Ozai, and the end of the war. The old scars are healing, and peace, however fragile has begun to blossom amongst the people. But there are mysteries now, and people searching for answers. There are some who can't let go of the feelings they've had for their entire life, and there is a dark cloud on the horizon that threatens everything the Avatar and his friends worked to build.
But with so many occupied, this new danger could go unnoticed. It is time for new heroes to step up, and new stories to be told, no longer does destiny rest on the shoulders of one, instead all the nations must work together to defend the world we have created."
 
Previously on Avatar: Chiyoko, Aang’s only student to have learned Airbending, Nilak, Pakku’s first female waterbending student since Katara, Miyak, Katara's top student from ther Southern Watertribe, Yan, former Dai Li agent, and defender of Princess Oma, Bumi’s granddaughter, Song, student of the Kyoshi island “school”, and Princess Sozu , distant relation of the Fire Lord, all introduced themselves. –  Earth King Kuei announced that the heroes of the evening would be selected to fulfill the purpose of this meeting, they would go to find the truth about what happened to the Air Nomads. - Aang told the group that as they are searching for Airbenders, they may want to check the Air Temples, and the only Air Temple that isn't currently occupied is the Western Temple.
 
Book 1: Air
 
Chapter 3: A Haunted Temple


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TFMU: Between Game Conversations [19 Mar 2009|07:29am]

So I told people that they should engage in between game e-mails, and since they wouldn't fit in any of the chapter posts, I'm gonna stick them all in between, so I put them here for the sake of completeness.

Also, as I'm showing this to as many people I know who actually are fans of Avatar: the Last Airbender, feel free to to spread it around, show it to other people who watch Avatar. I won't consider this a good story until we have fanfiction!

anyways...


 

Onto those special little moments:Collapse )
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Tea for my Uncle Book 1, Chapter 2 [17 Mar 2009|09:35am]

(yes, there are spelling errors, the computer I'm posting this from doesn't let me correct them like mine, and unless I'm reading it wrong, I do believe live journal has the worst spell check ever invented... ever.)

"Air...Water...Earth...Fire

In Ancient days, the four Nations lived in harmony. Then the Fire Nation made it's war. Wiping out the Air Nomads, and subjugating the rest of the world. Everyone said the only way for peace to be restored would be by the Avatar, master of all four elements.
After a hundred years of waiting he finally did. It's been One year since the defeat of Fire Lord Ozai, and the end of the war. The old scars are healing, and peace, however fragile has begun to blossom amongst the people. But there are mysteries now, and people searching for answers. There are some who can't let go of the feelings they've had for their entire life, and there is a dark cloud on the horizon that threatens everything the Avatar and his friends worked to build.
But with so many occupied, this new danger could go unnoticed. It is time for new heroes to step up, and new stories to be told, no longer does destiny rest on the shoulders of one, instead all the nations must work together to defend the world we have created."


Previously on Avatar: Chiyoko, Aang’s only student to have learned Airbending, Nilak, Pakku’s first female waterbending student since Katara, Yan, former Dai Li agent, and defender of Princess Oma, Bumi’s granddaughter, Song, student of the Kyoshi island “school”, and Princess Sozu, distant relation of the Fire Lord, all introduced themselves. – The conference was attacked- The heroes defended it- Earth King Kuei announced that due to their cleverness, and bravery, the heroes of the evening would be selected to fulfill the purpose of this meeting, they would go to find the truth about what happened to the Air Nomads.

Book 1: Air

Chapter 2: The Southern Air Temple
 

 
 

The Full RecapCollapse )

 


 

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Tea for My Uncle Book 1, Chapter 1. [06 Mar 2009|05:55pm]
Here we go, first game session recap, it's a long post, but that's mostly because my computer and I had an argument when I tried to put in cut text. In short, I told it to do something with the very limited amount of HTML I know off the top of my head. It told me every thing worked how it should in the HTML thing, and the preview, and the Rich Text, and then when I posted it it ignored all of those things and posted it wrong.
So I went and looked up the HTML code, and turns out I was right, and yet computer still uncoperative, so my computer can suck it, and just post long live journal recaps.

All that legal stuff applies, I don't own this, and I'm not trying to make money off of it.


"Air...Water...Earth...Fire

In Ancient days, the four Nations lived in harmony. Then the Fire Nation made it's war. Wiping out the Air Nomads, and subjugating the rest of the world. Everyone said the only way for peace to be restored would be by the Avatar, master of all four elements.
After a hundred years of waiting he finally did. It's been One year since the defeat of Fire Lord Ozai, and the end of the war. The old scars are healing, and peace, however fragile has begun to blossom amongst the people. But there are mysteries now, and people searching for answers. There are some who can't let go of the feelings they've had for their entire life, and there is a dark cloud on the horizon that threatens everything the Avatar and his friends worked to build.
But with so many occupied, this new danger could go unnoticed. It is time for new heroes to step up, and new stories to be told, no longer does destiny rest on the shoulders of one, instead all the nations must work together to defend the world we have created."


It has been one year since Avatar Aang defeated Fire Lord Ozai, and Fire Lord Zuko ended the Century long war. Wounds have healed, alliances made, and the world is a very different place then it once was. The Avatar, and Water bending Master Katara now live at the Southern Air Temple. They have been teaching a small group of like minded students in the hopes of bringing back the air nomads.
In the Water Tribes, The Southern Water tribe, with it's influx of returning soldiers, who bring friendly relations with the rest of the world, is growing in both status and power. The Nothern Water Tribe is a darker place, with their leader having lost his wife in the time since the end of the war, he clings to his both his isolationist stance, and his fleeting power.
And the Earth Kingdom, soldiers are returning home, and the Earth King (plus his bear) now rule, more wiser and more in touch with the people. In fact there seems to be a greater unity between the two mighty Earth Kingdom cities. With King Bumi often coming to discuss matters. Of course the biggest celebrity in the Earth Kingdom is Master Toph, the greatest Earth Bender in the world, who now travels the Earth Kingdom teaching and signing autographs. (Figure that one out.)
Though the war has ended, many still harbor angry feelings toward the Fire Nation, and in truth there are many in the Fire Nation who supported the war, and the choice to end it has proved an unpopular one. The Fire Nation faces a massive economic crisis with the dismantling of their army.
The best place for non-benders to learn the art of combat is now the school on Kyoshi Island, where students can learn from Master Sokka, or the Kyoshi Island Warriors themselves.


Into this slowly recovering world, something odd has popped up though. As the autumn leaves fall, sightings of Air Nomads have been reported all over the world, from Ba Sing Se, to Fire Nation Capitol there have been people apparently air bending. Masters even, wearing the clothes of the old monks of the Air Temples.

The Earth King has called for a Conference in Ba Sing Se, with delegates from each Nation coming to discuss what this could mean, and to select a group that  can be sent to investigate these sightings.


Book 1: Air

Chapter 1: A Gathering of Minds


The Full RecapCollapse )
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Announcing, Tea For My Uncle recaps! [03 Mar 2009|10:36pm]
Hello live journal did you miss me? I know, I know you didn't notice I was gone. I was using this as a film journal, but since i'm not working on the film anymore I hadn't had much need for you. Now though, now I'm running an Avatar the Last Airbender table top role playing game.
I've been contemplating the notion of recapping each game session. I'm trying to run each game as an episode of Avatar, so I figured I'd do recaps, and write each session up like it's an episode. That way those players who can't attend game, or even people who like Avatar can enjoy the story.

So I'll start posting them including the "Previously on Avatar" and all that stuff. I hope you guys enjoy.
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Stories and such [09 Apr 2007|02:00am]
SO I've finished the opening scene for the movie for the most part, and I'm working on the rest We've got a big filming day scheduled on the 21st and 22nd of April so I get to spend my 26th birthday sword fighting zombies.

In semi-related news, I thought I'd post the story I wrote for my creative writing class, since most of my friends are writers I thought they'd enjoy. I also have a poem about the Dirty Maid which I'll probably post later.

Since I don't know how to do that cool private link thing, I'm gonna copy/paste ;


The Button

It didn’t seem fair, Mark thought. After all he sacrificed for the State, after all he been through, they wouldn’t tell him anything. He was now a hero because of his actions, and he deserved to know. He had to know, no matter what it cost him.

Day One, Week One:
It was Gregory’s first day. After weeks of working maintenance and clean up he’d finally been promoted. No more white uniform. From here on out he’d be wearing the pressed grey uniform of a guard. Guard duty was the highest honor a citizen could have. Gregory knew this because the State told him so. He’d be working with Mark; Mark was a hero of the State, and he’d sacrificed much for the peace of everyone. Gregory knew all of this, again because the State had told him so.
Arriving at his assigned position Gregory exchanged cursory introductions with Mark, and took his post. The two men stood opposite each other, in a darkened room, defending the door. The only light source was a small spotlight in the center of the room shining down on the button.
The button was set in a grey pedestal in the center of the floor. The floor, walls and ceiling were also grey. Gregory was struck by the notion that the only other color in the room was red. The button was red. It stood so polished that it almost glowed with an inner light. It was the sworn duty of every guard to ensure that the button was never pressed. It was watched all day, everyday. Should the button ever be pushed, it would be disastrous for the State, for all of society. Because of its importance, guards were even allowed to kill to protect the button. In addition to the standard grey uniform, each one was given a gun that he carried in a holster at his hip.
After two hours of standing guard in silence Mark looked to Gregory and spoke. “Greg,” he asked, “What do you think of the State?”
Gregory scowled, confused by the question. Was the hero of the State testing him? If so it was a simple test. The answer had been told to him over and over in all the state-sponsored broadcasts. “The State protects us. They protect society, and without them there would be no laws, or civility. There would be only chaos, sir.”
Mark frowned, and Gregory became worried. Had he given the wrong answer? Mark scratched his head, and spoke again. “Really, what do you think of the State? Without the rhetoric they tell us to say, what is your honest opinion?”
Gregory nodded at the question. He saw through this test as well, and knew it to be a trick. “The State is what keeps order amongst the people. Without it, children would go hungry, and people would be without homes and jobs. Honoring the State is the only way to ensure that we will not see the horror of what would happen if we were to push the button.”
“Do you want to know what the button does?” Mark asked.
“Our job is not to question the State, our job is to guard the button. If we all do our jobs society will flourish.” Gregory answered.
“But what if this is wasting our time? What if the Button doesn’t do anything? Don’t you want to know?”
“What if it does something horrible, sir? We know what we know for our protection. It is not our job to deal with what the button does, only to see to it that it is never pushed.”
When Gregory gave his answer, Mark lapsed into silence. They resumed their guarding in silence, and remained that way for the rest of Gregory’s first day.

Day One, Week Two:
Over the course of the previous two weeks, Mark had begun to act differently. It was unheard of for a Citizen to arrive late, but Mark was coming dangerously close. His clothes were no longer perfectly pressed, and his tie was not pulled completely tight against his neck. What’s more, when he arrived at the room to work, he was accompanied by a young woman. She was pretty, with light eyes and light hair. She wore the white uniform, and didn’t seem to want to say anything to Mark in front of Gregory.
Gregory had begun to worry that perhaps the event that made Mark a hero of the State had somehow effected his ability to perform his duties. He decided he would speak to Mark about it when the two of them were alone, sealed in with the button.
“Her name is Jessica.” Mark said. He’d managed to deflect the questions about the incident onto the woman. “We met on the passenger train, and it turns out we have a considerable amount in common.”
“I’m glad you’re happy,” said Gregory, letting his eyes idly drift to the button.
“She does make me happy.” Mark continued. “For the first time I feel free. I think a lot of people take personal freedom for granted.”
“Personal freedom cannot be enjoyed without responsibility. If you can make choices, you need to be able to be responsible for those choices.” Gregory told him. Their conversations had been relatively casual, except when Mark brought up the button and things like choice and freedom. Gregory had begun to believe Mark was not testing him, and the implications of that worried him a great deal. “The State takes the responsibility from us, allowing us to enjoy our choices without worry.”
“But that renders us blind children.” Mark responded. “We have no worries but we do nothing for ourselves. We simply obey. There’s no sense of accomplishment of personal achievement, simply capitulation. What if this is a test to see if we’d do it? Do you want to spend the rest of your days standing here in silence?”
“Would you prefer we cast off all the laws? Do we want to destroy everything our race has worked for in order to be allowed to make any choice we desire? How many people would make bad choices?”
“Making bad choices is how we learn to make the good ones. Besides, we don’t need to wholeheartedly disregard all of society. The State can still stand in power. I don’t want to break all the laws, I only want to know what the button does.”
“But that’s just as bad. Who is to say what rules we follow versus which ones we don’t? First you want to know what the button does, next people will want to be allowed to choose their job, and soon they’ll want to push the button.”
Mark’s response sent a chill down Gregory’s spine. His voice was calm as he spoke and asked a simple question. “Would that be so wrong?”
“You sound like a member of the Underground.” Gregory said. The Underground worried every respectable Citizen. They were a radical group who believed the State was lying, and were willing to use violence to get what they wanted.
“The Underground has some good ideas,” Mark said, “They don’t really want to see the button pushed, but they would like to see the system changed. Unfortunately the State won’t listen to dissent of any kind, so the Underground needs to resort to drastic means to be heard.”
“You think we should listen to the Underground and do what they say?”
“No Greg, it’s what I’ve been saying all along. I think you should listen to the Underground’s ideas, really listen. Listen to what the State has to offer and make your own decisions. Make your own choices.”
“This is a dangerous line of thinking” was all Gregory could manage to say in response.
“But you know you want it.” Mark said. “You want it because you know people should have freedom.”

Week Two, Day One, Evening:
When Gregory’s time guarding the button ended he returned home. He stayed awake into the late hours of the night, contemplating Mark’s words and the situation he was in. His mind was filled with questions and confusion. He wondered what he’d do if Mark attempted to push the button. Part of him, though, wanted to believe in Mark. That he was right about freedom and the importance of choice. He thought long and hard about the two sides until his mental reverie was broken by a knock on his door.
When Gregory opened the door he stood in mute shock. On the other side stood a beautiful woman. She had pale skin, dark eyes, and dark hair that was pulled back. She wore the black uniform that was instantly recognizable to any Citizen. She was an Official of the State.
“Good evening Gregory.” The Official said, “May I come in?”
“Of course Ma’am.” Gregory said, stepping aside to allow her entrance.
“I’ve come to see you this evening, Gregory, because the State is worried about your fellow guard, Mark,” she said.
“If there is a concern of the State, I will help in any way I can,” Gregory answered.
“The State believes that Mark may have been compromised.” The Official told him. “As you can imagine the idea of a guard being compromised is one of the worst situations that could befall the State, so I must ask you, Gregory: has Mark been acting strange?”
Gregory thought long about the question. The conflict in him raged, and he stood in silence debating how to answer and trying to play it off as recalling Mark’s behavior. Finally he settled on his answer.
“No Ma’am, I don’t believe so.”
“You realize, of course, if Mark were compromised how bad it could be. He could make an attempt to push the button. And as a guard you know that if the button were to be pushed, all of us would face a tragedy the likes of which has never been seen. So I must ask you to consider again just to be sure.”
“No Ma’am. I don’t believe Mark to be a danger.” Gregory said, trying hard to keep his hands from shaking. It wasn’t really a lie. Mark had some dangerous ideas but the situation couldn’t be so bad the State need worry about it.
“I understand Gregory.” The Official said. “May I ask you something else?”
“Of course Ma’am.”
The Official took out a picture, and handed to Gregory. “Have you ever seen this woman?” she asked.
Gregory stared down at the drab picture in his hand. It was slightly blurry, but the image was unmistakable. Staring back at him were Jessica’s light eyes. “Wh-who is she?” He asked.
“Her name is Jessica. She’s a high ranking member of the Underground.”
Gregory’s stomach went cold. He felt a slight sense of betrayal and his feelings became even more conflicted. “Ma’am,” he said softly. “May I ask you a question now?”
“Of course you may Gregory.” She said in response.
“How does the State feel about personal choice?”
The Official smiled. “The State fully supports the Citizen’s ability to make their own choices. We are not a dictatorship. The State does not force people to be a part of the system. They choose it because they want to be part of society. They want to see our race advance. They believe that if we are going to become a great people we will do it working together, not fighting amongst each other.”
Gregory took in her statements. The answers she gave only provided him with more questions, and more problems.
“Don’t worry Gregory.” She said, “When the time comes for you to make your own choice, I’m confident you’ll make the right one.” With that she stood, and walked to the door. She let herself out, and left Gregory alone with his thoughts.

Week Two, Day Two:
Gregory arrived early to work the next morning. He spent the whole morning thinking about Mark and Jessica and the things the Official told him. He stood in the doorway and waited for Mark to arrive. Mark finally showed up, one minute before their time with the button was to start. The two men entered the room, and the door was sealed shut behind them, it would not open again until their time with the button was over. The two men assumed their posts and Gregory looked at Mark.
“I’ve thought about what you said yesterday.” He said.
“Oh?” Mark asked.
“Yes.” Gregory said simply. He reached to the gun at his side and pulled it free. His thumb flipped the safety off and he aimed it at Mark.
“Greg… what are you doing?” Mark asked.
“You’ve been compromised. You’re part of the Underground.” Gregory said.
“What?” Mark said in utter shock.
“That woman, Jessica, she’s a member of the Underground.”
“Greg… I had no idea.” Mark said, “I just spoke to her about her thoughts on the State. She never told me she was in the Underground.”
Gregory’s hand tightened on the gun. He wasn’t going to be fooled again. “This is the only way to be sure that you won’t push the button.”
“Greg, listen, I don’t want to see the button pushed, I just wanted to know what it does.”
“I don’t know that I can believe that.”
“You can. It’s your choice, remember? You agreed with me, we agreed that people should have freedom.”
“I did, but now you might be in the Underground. You might push the button and this is the only thing I can do to stop you.”
“That’s not true, Greg. You make the choice. You can kill me, but that’s just giving up. Make your own decision instead, weigh the options. Think about what I have to say versus what you’ve been told, and make your own decision.”
Gregory’s hand sat frozen on the gun. Deep in his heart he felt that Mark’s words rung true and he began weighing the two ideas against each other. The State offered the people safety and order. Under them every Citizen had a home, they had a job, they had food and shelter. All their needs were provided for. But by accepting all the State had to offer, people had given up the ability to truly be free, to make their own choices and to have the responsibility of those choices. They gave up the ability to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes.
The other choice was freedom. People would have to make their own decisions, learn their own lessons. The responsibility of those choices would be on everyone’s shoulders. They would follow the rules of society because they wanted to, not because they were forced to. There was a chance for poverty, for people to be out of work, but at least the reigns of humanity would be placed in the hands of the common man.
Gregory stood silent for two minutes, but it felt like an eternity. “Alright Mark, I’ve weighed my options and made my choice. It’s hard to image what the world will be like without the State, but we are an oppressed people. We do not have personal freedom and in all honesty, it’s better that way. The State may be seen by some as cruel, but without it we would fall into a new dark age. I’m sorry Mark,” Gregory said, “But I choose the State,” and with that, he squeezed the trigger.
Mark’s eyes widened with the shot, and froze that way. His body crumpled as the bullet tore through his midsection and he collapsed backwards. Gregory stared at the wall behind him for a moment, watching the splattered blood drip down. It struck him that even now the only other color in the room was red.
He slipped the gun back into the holster at his side, and returned to his position, and remained there, silent until the door opened.

Week Two, Day Three:
The next day the room was spotless. Mark’s body was gone and every inch of blood was completely cleaned up. It was if he’d never existed. Someone new had been promoted to guard status. A young man named Sam. Gregory was now considered a hero of the State, someone who’d sacrificed much for the peace of everyone.
Sam arrived early and exchanged cursory introductions with Gregory, then took his post. The two men stood opposite each other, in a darkened room defending the door. The only light source was a small spotlight in the center of the room shining down on the button.
In the silence, Gregory began to think. The State was safe, and society would continue to function. Though he had to kill Mark his actions saved everyone, because Mark would one day have pushed the button.
Although…
It didn’t seem fair, Gregory thought. After all he sacrificed for the State, after all he been through, they wouldn’t tell him anything. He was now a hero because of his actions, and he deserved to know…
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First day of new filming [29 Jan 2007|01:21am]
[ mood | accomplished ]

Wow, an amazing wow...
I guess it's a new year and it's a new us, what an amazing day.

I'll start with the bad since it is a short list;

I still can't get all six pirates in one place, and we still have a long road to go.
Also my repairs to my sword didn't exactly take... doesn't bode well for Tom's sword either so I should re-enforce that. As far as my sword goes, I think I'll have to get a new one. I found it on froogle for about a hundred bucks so I suppose that's gonna be put into the film budget. On top of that, I think I may soon need a new external harddrive, the Laci drive is filling up fast. I can maybe delete some of the footage that's not gonna be used at all maybe...

Anyways that was the bad here's the good;
Saturday, went down to the green screen got it all set up and prepared for Sunday, got a list of problems, and figured out ways to fix them

Sunday, we got Ben, Kim, Alice and me which I expected then Nate shows up, I got five pirates! we took about 3 hours to set up, drink goof around get some food and get dressed. Hell I was having so much fun I almost didn't actually wanna film.

But then we started filming. We spent from about 3 pm to 8:30-9 filming, and it was amazing. Started off with the Hazy introduction scene. I had given Ben notes about his performance prior to the winter break and he really took it to heart, I told him to push it, and he really just went all out, I think the copius amount of rum he'd begun drinking even before we picked him up helped. He gave me a few takes normal and then we just improved his stuff for about 20 minutes, it was funny it was amazing and it totally set the tone for the rest of the day. Everyone else wanted to hit as much of a stride as Ben did, and wanted to be as funny as him, so they all pushed their performance as far as they could go. Even the people who at the beginning I'd thought might need a bit more work to act ofr the camera were just hands down giving me the most amazing stuff.

In addition ot that they were helpful and easy to work with, no one complained that it was too cold, or they didn't want to do something If I asked them to try something they were more then happy to, they asked me for ideas on the performance, I won't say they respected me as a director cause the second I do they'll stop but it made the whole day so much easier. It made me feel more comfortable in the job, and in asking people to try something again to get it just right.
Oh and the craziest thing happened, we were mostly on time! We ended up being half an hour late, but hey, picking people up half an hour later then we said, and getting to the set half an hour later and getting done half an hour later and getting everyone home half an hour later is not that bad a deal. We mostly got done on time, and we got everything I wanted to get done done. If the footage turns out as good as the day was we're going to have such a good sequence.

Added to that, I sent out the e-mail and script to the suggested person to compose orignal music for this whole shabang and she sent back that she loved the script and she'd love to compose it. Lord knows she'll probably have enough time at the rate I'm going but I'm super excited,

It's been a good day.

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On Vacation [26 Dec 2006|07:07pm]
I hate to have to amdit it, but we've really taken a break from filming. The reason? We can't film outside, I can't trust the weather ot be warm, and so I'm religated to green screen, which would require driving in to Philadelphia.

On the subject of the green screen, the good news: no one's green matches the screen so i won't get keyed out. The Bad news? Whenever something dark is keyed out and a dark background put in it's place, I get htis funky green aura around the characters.

This doesn't seem to happen with the blue screen, it's possible and very likely that I'm over lighting the green screen, considering that the best key I've ever gotten was on the blue screen outside in natural light. So the options are to use less directed light in lighting the screen, or just key in light colored backgrounds to avoid the green aura.

My big worry now that we've stopped in getting us back into it. It's really easy to stop now, lord knows everyone is enjoying their weekends off, at the very least we're holding off on any big filming until about halfway through January. Nate's getting married, Alice and I are going to Florida (where I expect to get some killer ocean footage.

Evening shooting a the green screen is still an option, most of the cast has the evening free now, so we'll see how people's scheduals work out. Until Feb. I'm not gonna push for any real shooting, just see what we can get done, and when.

For those that haven't seen I've posted a bunch of videos on YouTube so check them out;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uo4Z4Po9vU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiSOO3W5BIE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gx-0sx4nhLo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCEGglxB1kM
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On Vacation [26 Dec 2006|06:31pm]
I hate to have to amdit it, but we've really taken a break from filming. The reason? We can't film outside, I can't trust the weather ot be warm, and so I'm religated to green screen, which would require driving in to Philadelphia.

On the subject of the green screen, the good news: no one's green matches the screen so i won't get keyed out. The Bad news? Whenever something dark is keyed out and a dark background put in it's place, I get htis funky green aura around the characters.

This doesn't seem to happen with the blue screen, it's possible and very likely that I'm over lighting the green screen, considering that the best key I've ever gotten was on the blue screen outside in natural light. So the options are to use less directed light in lighting the screen, or just key in light colored backgrounds to avoid the green aura.

My big worry now that we've stopped in getting us back into it. It's really easy to stop now, lord knows everyone is enjoying their weekends off, at the very least we're holding off on any big filming until about halfway through January. Nate's getting married, Alice and I are going to Florida (where I expect to get some killer ocean footage.)

Evening shooting a the green screen is still an option, most of the cast has the evening free now, so we'll see how people's scheduals work out. Until Feb. I'm not gonna push for any real shooting, just see what we can get done, and when.
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