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Announcement! [Jan. 8th, 2008|11:30 pm]
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By now many of you have been wondering about why there was no announced Vic Holiday present this year.  And the answer is, well...because I (Zinnia) have been moving house and therefore not on top of things as I ought to be!  But...it's still *technically* the holiday-ish season, at least in Vic world (where some of you are still working on October...) so I hope that's well enough!

To save words, I'll just give you a link. 

 - http//clockworklullabye.com -

Happy Season, Players!  Hope you enjoy.
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We are geeks, oh what geeks we be. [Jan. 8th, 2008|06:32 am]
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[music |Tom Waits - Poor Edward]

[06:05] 1: I read a book today that was pretty much just one long slashfic.
[06:05] 2: ......oh, zounds.
[06:05] 2: don't tell me Tesla/Marconi!
[06:05] 1: Even better!
[06:05] 2: because that's <i>patently</i> wrong.

....it should comfort any of those reading that yes, thirty lashes were delivered for that pun.
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conversation between two players. you know who you are [Jan. 3rd, 2008|11:54 pm]
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One: Girllove was considered quite tame and innocent! It was just what girls do, the silly creatures

Two: Too bad they didn't feel the same way about men, or else we'd have much more lovely Victorian slash fiction.

One: actually, now that you mention it, that is rather sad.
One: not that there wasn't a serious and formidable british gay underground...

Two: Can you imagine Victorian ladies swapping fanfics about Phileas Fogg and Passepartout? Mr. Darcy and Mr. Wickham?

One: HA!
One: that's fantastic. God, I love it.

Two: Darcy/Wickham sounds hot. Wow.

Two: Hatesex! XD
One: Heathcliff and....random stable hand!
Two: Woot!

One: all night looong, baby
One: actually, Heathcliff and anyone

Two: Oh! Mr. Rochester and....another random stable hand!

One: as long as he tops
One: HA!

One: ...I think I just went too far....

Two: No, no! It's good! Spring Heeled Jack/Helpless victim would be hot!
Two: Jeeze, I really want some Darcy/Wickham now.
Two: Oh! Oscar Wilde/Lord Tennyson!!! @.@ *dead from sexyness*

One: !!!!!!!!!!!!
One: ....actually..I kinda want to PLAY SHJ/Helpless Victim

Two: Lawl.
Two: Can you imagine the awesomeness that would be Tesla/Edison hatesex?

One: {OWRUi43rd78*^$*#^$)(*&$)*&#&$)(#&$
One: ehj#&$#
One: OH. MY. GOD.

Two: Especially if Tesla is played by David Bowie!
One: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
One: and Edison is Willem Dafoe!
Two: alkdjfoiweujgoiwhngf
Two: !!!!!!!!


Two: lakdsfjjjjjjjjjjjjja;;jfoweirg hnvoiagewhjoiahewg
Two: *dead*


Two: ....
Two: um

One: ok...
One: not that last bit.

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Weekly (Autumn) [Sep. 25th, 2007|01:51 am]
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As most of you know, Autumn is an exciting time around t'Vic, and we like to stave off the Winter Hibernation as long as possible by having something extra exciting for All Hallows Eve. However, I need hardly remind all my players (yes, even you...) that the Staff, wonderful as they are, can't keep the board going without you.  Stories won't move unless people post!  So don't be afraid to start threads, or to jump into them.  In fact, try to get into something new every week or so!  You may not be able to post every day, but be involved in something, at least.   Rest assured the the staff and myself are working to come up with something to affect every single character on the board.  And yes, this year there will be something affecting all of London, as well!  So check often, and read Clippings and Talk for more information.  Dig deep, so that you won't be taken *completely* by surprise.

As you know, we already have Clippings (news articles) and Talk (rumours about the town), and I'm very happy with the way Talk has been working out.  There has been a third Information category proposed, called something like Going's On...that is, myself dirsctly providing players with certain things like local happenings, closings, catastrophes, and such in a more direct fashion than the other two.However, there will still be a LOT of information given in Clippings and Talk, so read over them arefully!  I'll be taking a sounding from players, so please either pm or email The Monarch to let us know what you think of this idea!

At any rate, players will notice that the spate of mysterious going's on in Whitechapel and the Docklands continues, as always...and that a there is a new mystery surrounding the trains systems. Also, there's a circus come to town, a smallish family affiair owned by the Brothers Farraday.

Welcome to new player Sister Drusilla!  The player is eager to work out the kinks in her very Interesting character, and eager as well to find some interesting plot for the Sister to barge her way into.  Please feel free to contact her player with ideas for plots, and make her feel welcome.

As some of you may have noticed, there is a new Staff Member helping out on The Victorious!  We're very excited to welcome 'camphor' to the staff team, and look forward to his input and writing in the future.  As far as staff duties, Camphor will be managing Clippings and other things out in the print media of London, so if you have a submission or a question about what your characters may have read about, he's the person to ask!  

Some new threads for you to read!
Please keep in mind that although we all love Events, open threads are the bread and butter of any forum like this.  Don't be afraid to toss your character out there to meet someone new!  And if you see an open thread, don't leave it without reply!  

FEAR: Liz and Redjack go to meet the Dockwitch, and see what sort of bargain they can strike for Valentine's life.   However, in another thread, we get a glimpse of events immediately prior to their arrival at the Blue Shark Pub.

This thread is linked at Mum's request, as she's proud of how much Plot she managed to allude to.  I have to say, I do think it's interesting reading.

JOY: An Older thread, but this sweet plotline between Wilkie and Livi has been getting a lot of attention for it's charming writing and certain elements of...forewshadowing?  Once in a while, a sweet and silly plot like this one helps to break up all the Doom a little. .

CONSPIRACY: Those following the Sorcery plot will remember that Margaret Garnier has been enlisted by Lily Clarke to help her bring Valentine back.   In this thread, Margaret goes to see a certain...associate of hers for advice and help.  This thread is being featured for it's introduction of a new, amusing NPC, and even more amusing writing.

At request of various players, there is now to be a chat on one day, every single week. One chat days, the Irc room will likely be open all the day, and there will be an aim room as well.  For now, that's Thursday, although a chat will likely be hosted on Friday as well.  Be sure to show up!  

Just a reminder, for those of you who haven't yet managed to get onto IRC.  There is a room for Vic chatting, on 'uk.quakenet.org', It's on channel '#vicchat'.
Here it is a simple irc client for windows. http://www.mirc.com/
Here is an irc client for macs. http://colloquy.info/
Also, trillian, for those players that use it, handles IRC perfectly well.  Just ask a trillian user to explain things to you!  If you turn on the irc plugin, it shoud have spaces for all the relevant information.  

(Police Gazette)

Superintendent Williams has appointed Inspector Collins to investigate the series of mechanical accidents that have occured at Euston Square. The tally of deaths has now reached five, and grave concerns have been raised over the safety of the remaining railway workers as they struggle to provide necessary repairs.

(Inflammatory pamphlets stuffed into copies of the East India News & Report)
The BLUE SHARK last night was the scene of a DISGUSTING and MONSTROUS murder, where Jasper Wilton, an apparently innocent sailor, was found in his bed, EATEN ALIVE! Minutes before, the monster, which witnesses said looked like a FIEND from Hell in the DECEITFUL form of a WOMAN, entered the building, causing all within to FLEE in TERROR. Finding Jasper ASLEEP in his bed, she STRIPPED him of his clothes and committed VILE DEBAUCHERIES upon his flesh, in keeping with her FOUL SAVAGE nature. Having slaked her UNHOLY lusts upon her victim, she TORE him open and FEASTED upon his ENTRAILS. in a manner befitting her origin of the very DEPTHS OF HELL itself. Close your ears to the LIES of the EIC. They brought this FIEND to us. They have taken charge to CONCEAL the origin of the DEMON - the hills of darkest INDIA, where it was CAPTURED and brought to ENGLAND as a CURIO.

(The Wax Hand)
All ladies, children, and those of weak stomach, turn your eyes to the next page, where you will find a lively account of the coming attractions brought by the upcoming Circus.
Those whose eyes can bear it, read on. Our contacts at Scotland Yard have yet to inform us as to why the East India Company has been granted jurisdiction over a murder that took place late last night. Indeed, Metropolitan Police Inspectors have been barred from the horrific scene on more than one occasion. From what little we have been able to learn, it would appear that shortly before closing time, when those within had plumbed the deepest levels of inebriation, everyone in the pub exited the premises for reasons unknown. Witnesses reported a confused series of details that together serve to indicate that someone - or something - entered. The victim was Jasper Wilson, a seaman on leave who leaves a young wife in Portsmouth. Also whispered are hints that whomever committed the foul deed was was heavily disguised, presumably in order to ensure that he would not be recognised. And who could wonder, as we have received anonymous reports that the walls of his room were left smeared with gore, and his body in a state not only disgraceful but morbidly perverse. More worrying than the unspeakable brutality of the crime is that apparently, a large portion of his organs are absent, having been removed from the scene by his bloodthirsty unknown attacker. Mr Wilson, mercifully, must have died of his injuries almost immediately.
Reports have been dubious as to the identity of the vile culprit. Whether this crime, too was committed by the dread 'Longshoreman' that terrorised Whitechapel, or some darker fiend is not yet known, but be assured, dear readers, that you shall know all our reporters are able to discover.

(Found in the pages of The Times)

Ladies and Gentleman, see SIGHTS of DARING and AMAZEMENT!
Not for the FAINT OF HEART!
Come see the ASTOUNDING Hercules O'halloran as he engages in FEATS OF STRENGTH never before seen on the English Stage!
MARVEL to see Keanna MacGregor and her horse Macha as they DANCE TO THE STRAINS OF MUSIC, capering GRACEFULLY around the ring.
And THRILL as Archibald Horton displays his unearthly skill with a THROWN KNIFE, striking the smallest of targets EFFORTLESSLY.

(This week provided by one Lily Clarke, taken down by a solicitor in the Horn of Plenty)

Some of you may doubt that a girl in a 'fallen' state has a heart that can feel joy and sorrow in great measures.  But I can tell you, even a state of fallenness has no bearing on what a human heart can feel!  As much happiness, and as much agony in emotion, sometimes even in equal parts, and together, can torture the poor heart of any woman, who, as the delicate creatures that we are, are more prone than anyone to extremities of feeling.  In fact, many girls I know that share my state of misfortune have the tenderest feelings and dearest tears, and gayest laughter of any I have ever known.  It is no life of constant sorrow, but nor does the heart rest easy, and both mirth and tears come easily enough, though the minds of men, so strong and untouch'd by the winds that blow a woman's heart as they can be, may scorn at such tender creatures, and the storms that ride us.
So remember, you fellows, that even though a thing may seem fond and trifling to you, your gentle mistress may not find it so.  Be patient with her, be kind, remember she has none of your strength and fortitude, and thus no defense against the rough sallys of emotion that make her cling to you, her stalwart and her Lord, her small diety, in desperation.  Remember that it is for her fondness and silly ways of laughing and crying that you love her as our Lord loves us all, even though we all seem silly creatures, and every one of us sinners, too.  
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Weekly - August [Aug. 10th, 2007|03:01 am]
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Congratulations to our Top Posters! The players with the most posts (playing currently living/active characters) are Wilkie with 110, and Lady Wrackton with 109. Close behind are Mum, Livi, and Oriel with 107, 95, and 86, respctively. Good luch to Livi and Oriel getting to Paddington Station when they make 100 posts! Valentine is actually at the top with 113 posts, but he had to ruin it by going and dying on us.

Welcome to new players Tim Andrey, Rose Brady and Amelia Callahan! We're very glad to have both of them, and they've both shown themselves to be fantastic players. We also have recently welcomed a new player for Violette LaRoux. Please make them all feel at home.

Also, there's a new charater profile up - a nun! Register your vote by messaging me at aim: tatterjack.

Some new threads for you to read!
FOLLY: Lily, Redjack Ryan and Liz are at the docks, Summoning the Dockwitch. What folly! Elsewhere in London, someone else is seeking her...and sending their minions out after the three.

PERIL: Late in the night, two children go seeking excitement. However, they find something far darker...and infinitely more dangerous than just any alleyway adventure.

MURDER: Lucy, who seems a fair and delightful young lady to all who meet her, is seeking someone. Wilkie follows herl...and witnesses...

SORCERY: Margaret Garnier has agreed to perform acts unspeakable and profane. Will her magic fail, succeed...or will she accomplish more than she bargaine for?

As some of you have noticed, Group Scenes are now played in IRC. It allows somewhat longer posts, and is a bit more stable than the average aim chatroom. There is, of course, a room for Vic chatting, on 'uk.quakenet.org', It's on channel '#vicchat'.

Here it is a simple irc client for windows. http://www.mirc.com/
Here is an irc client for macs. http://colloquy.info/
Also, trillian, for those players that use it, handles IRC perfectly well. Just ask a trillian user to explain things to you! If you turn on the irc plugin, it shoud have spaces for all the relevant information.

As some of you may've noticed, in London Calling there is a new pinned post - called Talk. Instead of only newspaper clippings from London's various papers, we now have bits of overheard gossip from London's residents. And yes, just like the Clippings there will be bits of plot (and even Plot!) within...so read o'er carefully with a magnifying glass!


(From the Weekly Journal)

Chinatown claimed another Englishman today when mud-larks found the body of Randolph Davies. Davies, 34, was a shipping clerk with the East India Company and father of two. Ordinarily, libel law would preclude disclosure of the cause of death but in the late Mr. Davies' case, it was all too clear.
The broken stem of an opium-pipe was found lodge in his gullet, with his jaws locked too tight for anyone other than himself to have placed it therein. Further, even wet, his jacket, trousers and neck-tie were nearly suffused with opium-residue according to a source in the Bow Street Runners. The Runners are treating this as a serious matter, but have not revealed who is to be charged, or even what charges will be filed in the event of an arrest.
Mr. Davies is the fifth Englishman this year to have died from opium-related causes that was not ruled a suicide or an "accidental drowning." Perhaps now the Crown will finally recognize the dangers of the Heathen Chinee and take appropriate action.

(from the Times)

Almost a month after the mysterious explosion that devastated Miller's Court, Scotland yard has made little progress. Despite reports of shadowy figures running from the scene moments before, none have been apprehended for this vile deed, and in fact, there is grave doubt that these figures were more than the wishful thinking of helpful neighbours. As a result of this lack of progress, the East India Company have petitioned to be allowed to investigate, claiming that their specialists may be able to succeed where Scotland Yard have failed. This request is currently being considered, although it did prompt Scotland Yard to release further information. It appears that an unusual type of explosive was used, and that this is hampering progress. This explosive, which can only be made using certain extremely difficult techniques, uses an exotic substance, previously only seen in the handiwork of Partie d'Unitie. Scotland Yard is apparently questioning a former member of this party, currently being held at Her Majesty's pleasure in Newgate Prison, on unrelated charges.

(A notice up about town and in the Wax Hand)

It has come to our attention that the METROPOLITAN RAILWAY is in urgent need of ADDITIONAL WORKERS to aid it in essential repairs, caused by circumstances beyond their control. Consequently, they have declared this UNRIVALLED opportunity for any and all able-bodied men seeking EMPLOYMENT. While experience is desirable, even the unskilled have their part to play. Pay is at a very satisfactory level, and as an additional INCENTIVE, serving as an indicator of how gravely this situation is regarded, there will be a BONUS for each worker after a mere FORTNIGHT's work. Those EAGER to take advantage of the Metropolitan Railway's GENEROUS offer, should make their enquiries at 45C Stepney High Street at their earliest convenience.

This week provided by Tim Andrey

Blackmail? Such a dirty word, and so unjustifiably maligned. Sometimes one is in a position to perform a favour for someone, in exchange for which they will agree to do something that they would not otherwise do. This is a perfectly normal transaction, surely? Perhaps you have caught wind of a scandalous peccadillo or two, and you intend to pass this information on to the relevant people, which would, of course, be the correct thing to do. Of course, the individual concerned may well prefer that this information not come to light, and may attempt to persuade you that they are in the right. In order that you may be better disposed toward them, and thus more inclined to hear them, they may well offer something to you – further information, objects of mutually agreed worth or services of some kind. Again, these are perfectly normal and acceptable. Having received these, surely you will be persuaded to err in their favour and thus forget to mention their peccadillo. For a time at least.
Now, there may still be those who are dubious as to the acceptability of this practice, and so I turn to the example provided by a recent client of mine. Assume, if you will, that you have a daughter of marriageable age, but who is pursued by an unworthy suitor. If this suitor is unwilling to desist, it may become necessary to observe that you had heard, for example, that their gambling debts are unlikely to be paid in the near future, and that their creditors would be unlikely to look kindly on this. It would, of course, be your civic duty to mention this to the creditors in question, but perhaps you could be persuaded to overlook this for the moment. After all, by the time you next remember it, undoubtedly the suitor will have found the means to pay his creditors. Perhaps he needs more time, time that he would have, no doubt, were he not pursuing an engagement with a certain young lady.
As you can see, it has its place.
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PLEASE ADVISE STOP [Jul. 2nd, 2007|10:31 pm]
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[mood |exanimateexanimate]

hey so for anyone who has an irc client, let's all try and keep a room going?
server is uk.quakenet.org join the channel #vicchat
i'm going to try and keep colloquy open whenever i'm on my machine.
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For Everyone who's Anyone... [May. 21st, 2007|02:42 am]
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The Garden Party Thread is now open! 


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t'flic cast lists??? [May. 21st, 2007|02:31 am]
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ok so may demanded that i post the full "real" cast list for the baroque, and so i figured i would just post all the "casting" work that was done as a product of z and me and vodka and my kitchen floor a few months ago. please keep in mind that these are rather random and arbitrary and some of these characters are essentially "extras" who we just wanted to throw in the actor/person for whatever reason. these in no way reflect the views of this network!:

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LAWLZ [May. 16th, 2007|06:01 pm]
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[mood |gigglygiggly]

[03:56] lollipopatrixxx: not to mention shes HOTT
[03:56] lollipopatrixxx: so they would all be all "shit, Oriel your lady is fucking sizzlin'"
[03:56] lollipopatrixxx: and he would be all "Oh man. I know. I KNOW."
[03:57] lollipopatrixxx: and Lily would be all "*rolls eyes* whatev. ten pounds plzkthnx"
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Update [May. 14th, 2007|01:07 pm]
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Hullo!  As some of you may know, various issues took me away from the internets for a while.  But I left my world in very good hands, and I'm happy to say that the staff has done a wonderful job of thinking up some really twisty, doom-filled plots.   So many, in fact, that I've been having trouble keeping track of them myself...  After a winter of hibernation, I'm sure you're all ready for things to pick back up for summer.  So are we! Keep an eye on the clippings and staff solos, they have some..interesting  things in store for you. Ah yes, the Newspaper clippings.  Anyone who visits London Calling may noticed that the posts have been compressed into larger posts by season.  They can seem like an intimidating read, to be sure, but I would encourage players to visit sometime and read through.  Not only are certain clues in there dating quite a way back, but they contain some excellent writing done by the staff and even (one or two) volunteer players.


Some fantastic character work and a very tender and sad scene overall.  Most of you have read this already, but give it a look.  There's Plot, as well as entertainment value.

One of the game's most socially...in-adept character goes...on a date?

Anotehr hallmark of t'Vic...character getting in far over their heads, with no idea what they're about.  A deal is stuck and a bargain is made....well, not much of a bargain, but...

If any players haven't taken a look at the wiki in a while, examine it now!  It's grown a bit and amazingly, new content is being added all the time.  For your convenience, a few links have been added to the sidebar to help you get your character page started. The Staff appreciates every bit of help form all of you in keeping plot and storyline pages updates. The word you need for editing the wiki is, of course, the name of the City itself.  Those of you who haven't gotten around to making a character page, take a few minutes and set something up!  There are several character pages done, but a few that aren't done yet, either.  Ask any of the staff if you're having trouble figuring out how to do links and things like that...it's generally pretty simple.  Just put links to other characters in [brackets].

A few people have asked in chat if the Fractured and the Baroque are going to get wikis.  The answer is that both of then already *do* have wikis, but that said wikis are still under construction and have not yet been unveiled.  When they are, however, all of you will have two new time periods to explore.

Brought to you by Miss Olivia Harte.
Haven't you ever had a secret? Something precious that was yours alone, and not anyone else's? Would you want others to just come along and demand those things from you? Of course not! Imagine your own private business being interrupted by unwanted interlopers or nosy newsies. Not fun at all! That's why people should mind their own business and not interfere with others. Next time you decide to question someone, think about it and imagine if you were in their place. They probably have a good excuse for sneaking out in the middle of the night, or skipping out on helping with errands. Really they do! They just need to think of it. Remember, privacy is a blessing. Please, think twice before taking someone else's away.

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