Icemule Historical Society

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Icemule Historical Society, located in a three-sided stone building on Commerce Burrow, Giantman Path, holds a collection of player character histories. Adventurers can visit the society and answer a personal questionnaire of over 80 multiple-choice questions on a variety of subjects: Infancy and Early Childhood, Adolescence and Young Adulthood, Adult Life, Opinions, and Religion. Answers to these questions are kept for as long as the adventurer is active in Elanthia and can be revisited at any time.

Mind you, only some adventurers can create character histories in this fashion. Some races (half-Krolvin, Burghal gnomes, forest gnomes, Erithians, and Aelotoi) cannot take the questionnaire. If an adventurer is of a race that the questionnaire does not cover ASKs NPC ABOUT LIST, the NPC will respond, "I'm sorry, we aren't equipped to deal with your kind yet."

The questions are as follows:


Topic #1--Infancy and Early Childhood

Question #1--"Where were you born?"

Question #2--"In which area of the Turamzzyrian Empire were you born?"

Question #3--"In which Elven city were you born?"

Question #4--"In which Sylvan village were you born?"

Question #5--"In which Dwarven town were you born?"

Question #6--"Please choose the option which best describes the location of your place of your birth."

Question #7--"Please choose the option which best describes the population of your place of birth."

Question #8--"How many siblings did you have?"

Question #9--"What was your birth order?"

Question #10--"Given your cultural perspective, what was the economic standing of your family during your infancy and early youth?"

Question #11--"What was the social standing of your family during your infancy and early youth?"

Question #12--"Which best describes your parental figures during your infancy and early youth?"

Question #13--"Which best describes your family during your infancy and early youth?"

Question #14--"Which best describes your relationship with your family during your infancy and early youth?"

Question #15--"Were there any significant deaths of family or friends during your infancy and early youth?"

Question #16--"Did you experience any other significant deaths of friend or family during your infancy and early youth?"

Question #17--"What other significant deaths of friends or family did you experience?"

Question #18--"What type of work did your parents do during your infancy and early youth?"

Question #19--"Choose the option which best describes your health during infancy and early youth."

Question #20--"Choose the option which best describes your situation during infancy and early youth."

Question #21--"What did you fear the most during your infancy and early youth?"

Question #22--"What did you desire most during your infancy and early youth?"

Question #23--"What did you wish to be when you grew up?"

Question #24--"Did you have a happy childhood?"


Topic #2--Adolescence and Young Adulthood

Question #1--"Were there any significant deaths of friends or family during your young adulthood?"

Question #2--"Did you experience any other significant deaths of friend or family during your young adulthood?"

Question #3--"What other significant deaths of friends or family did you experience?"

Question #4--"Choose the option which best describes your health during your early adulthood."

Question #5--"Choose the option which best describes your situation during your early adulthood."

Question #6--"Choose the option which best describes your social situation during your early adulthood."

Question #7--"How did your social circle feel about you?"

Question #8--"What did you fear most during your early adulthood?"

Question #9--"What did you desire most during your early adulthood?"

Question #10--"Where did you primarily reside during your early adulthood?"

Question #11--"In which area of the Turamzzyrian Empire did you reside?"

Question #12--"In which Elven city did you reside?"

Question #13--"In which Sylvan village did you reside?"

Question #14--"In which Dwarven town did you reside?"

Question #15--"Please choose the option which best describes the location of your place of your residence during your early childhood."

Question #16--"Please choose the option which best describes the population of your place of your residence during your early childhood."

Question #17--"Were you educated?"

Question #18--"How did you obtain your formal education?"

Question #19--"How did you obtain your informal education?"

Question #20--"Where did you complete your apprenticeship?"

Question #21--"Did you complete your education?"

Question #22--"How did you spend most of your time during your early adulthood?"

Question #23--"Choose the option which best describes your early romantic life."

Question #24--"Choose the option which best describes your first love."

Question #25--"Did you have a happy young adulthood?"


Topic #3--Adult Life

Question #1--"Have you ever followed another profession?"

Question #2--"What other profession did you follow?"

Question #3--"Why did you choose your current profession?"

Question #4--"How closely is your profession tied up with your identity as an individual?"

Question #5--"Have you ever killed another person?"

Question #6--"How would you best describe the situation involving this person's death? (If there is more than one, select the most significant.)"

Question #7--"How much have you traveled?"

Question #8--"Why did you take up adventuring?"

Question #9--"Were there any significant deaths of friends or family during your adulthood?"

Question #10--"Did you experience any other significant deaths of friends or family during your adulthood?"

Question #11--"What other significant deaths of friends or family did you experience?"

Question #12--"What is your marital status?"

Question #13--"Do you have any children?"

Question #14--"How many children do you have?"

Question #15--"How important are your family and/or friends to you?"

Question #16--"How many close friends/important people are in your life?"

Question #17--"How do you feel about relationships?"

Question #18--"Do you maintain the traditions with which you were raised?"

Question #19--"How do you feel about the arts (music, song, dance, stories, poetry)?"

Question #20--"When you die your final death, what do you hope your most significant achievement will have been?"


Topic #4--Opinions

Question #1--"Please select the option that best fits your views on the Elven Empire."

Question #2--"Please select the option that best fits your views on the Turamzzyrian Empire."

Question #3--"How do you feel about your race?"

Question #4--"How do you feel about your race in relation to others?"

Question #5--"How do you feel about the undead?"

Question #6--"How do you feel about the law?"

Question #7--"How do you feel about politics?"

Question #8--"What sorts of foods are your favorite?"

Question #9--"What is your favorite beverage type?"

Question #10--"How much do you drink alcoholic beverages?"

Question #11--"How do you feel about magic?"

Question #12--"How do you feel about weapons?"

Question #13--"How do you feel about combat in general?"

Question #14--"How do you feel about your abilities and talents?"

Question #15--"How do you feel about honor?"

Question #16--"How do you feel about silvers?"

Question #17--"How do you feel about wealth?"

Question #18--"How do you feel about shopping?"

Question #19--"How do you feel about material goods?"

Question #20--"What is your grasp of language?"


Topic #5--Religion

Question #1--"Describe the subject of your religious persuasion."

Question #2--"Toward which Arkati grouping are you more inclined?"

Question #3--"Toward which god are you MOST inclined?"

Question #4--"Describe the nature of your religious persuasion."


NPCs

a potbellied halfling historian (asks no questions, but answers questions about lists)

look at historian

Wrapped in a fur-trimmed robe, the round-faced halfling historian looks very cozy and settled. His soft-soled slippers are ornamented with crewelwork in dark black wool and his curly brown hair is partially restrained by a tasselled cap.

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an energetic halfling matron (covers List 1 -- Infancy and Early Childhood; ASK MATRON ABOUT LIST, ASK MATRON FOR QUESTION [insert number])

look at matron

The halfling matron has bright, rosy cheeks and her steely grey hair is coiled around her head in a tight braid. A white cotton apron with decorative hemstitching protects her sunny yellow dress. Hanging around her neck is a large brass key on a linked chain.


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a stern halfling lecturer (covers List 2 -- Adolescence and Young Adulthood; ASK LECTURER ABOUT LIST, ASK LECTURER FOR QUESTION [insert number])

look at lecturer

Peering out from under his peaked black cap, the halfling lecturer looks ready to administer discipline at any time. White eyebrows like furry caterpillars shade his watery grey eyes, and his heavy jowls drape over the high collar of his quilted wool jacket. In one hand he carries a long, tapered haon pointer.

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an old halfling woodcarver (covers List 3 -- Adult Life; ASK WOODCARVER ABOUT LIST, ASK WOODCARVER FOR QUESTION [insert number])

look at woodcarver

Snowy white curls of hair top a face deeply touched by the passage of time. The halfling woodcarver wears a thick leather apron and a patched flannel shirt, though his large feet are quite bare. Peeking out of one apron pocket is a tattered book with a saffron cover.

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a lethargic halfling chronicler (covers List 4 -- Opinions; ASK CHRONICLER ABOUT LIST, ASK CHRONICLER FOR QUESTION [insert number])

look at chronicler

The halfling chronicler gazes out from under heavy lids, his very skin drooping with weariness. The wrinkles in his coat have settled into permanent furrows, mapping out alluvial fans across his hollow chest. A fresh iceblossom adorns his lapel.

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a quiet halfling acolyte (covers List 5 -- Religion; ASK ACOLYTE ABOUT LIST, ASK ACOLYTE FOR QUESTION [insert number])

look at acolyte

Her graceful form wrapped in layers of pale green silk, the halfling acolyte looks like part of the garden herself. A circlet of braided holly branches is perched atop her mass of sandy blonde hair, and a knotted rope belt is wrapped around her waist three times.

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a bewildered halfling notary

look at notary

Frantic-looking eyes dart about under a thatch of matted black hair. Crumpled scraps of paper spill out of the bulging pockets of the halfling notary's braid-covered doublet. Perched on his shoulder is beady-eyed black and white magpie.

If you ASK NOTARY ABOUT LIST, this is his response:

The halfling notary looks at you eagerly and says, "If you have comments or suggestions about the information we gather, just TELL me what's on your mind."


See also: Ta'Vaalor Historical Society, Wehnimer's Historical Society