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Turning Inwards ..

About 80 % done ...

How I got here..

A part of you wants to share, win, succeed, gain and what not . Other part wants to be at peace, content or may be even lost .. why? What happens and how the journey looks like? And most importantly, who wins? These questions have intrigued me for decades but they are getting very troublesome in last four five years. Here is a gist of my discoveries on this quest ..

First clue from SMB Gita

Krishna tells Arjuna that I will share the secrets with you coz you have Anuraga in your heart. That means Anuraga is a pre-requisite for the communication. The person who holds the key to all your locks, your navigator, needs you to have something in your heart even to start the conversation. The obvious question than was what is Anuraga? . Unfortunately Krishna is silent on this in Gita or I couldn't find it yet.
Nevertheless, my search, led me to another aspect of Krishna that is solely focused on defining and elaborating Anuraga.

Second Clue from epic Radha Krishna

Turns out Anuraga is just the first step of a broader concept Prema. In the story of Radha Krishn, Krishna teaches Prema to Radha. Prema is many times confused with Love. I don't want to use the word, coz "Love", based on situations and cultures, has many meanings to it. Why don't we just stick with Prema for now and build a new concept..

Longing - An eternal pull

The first aspect of Prema is intense longing ... to meet. To see and to listen. Longing begins with Anuraga and culminates into a deep inwards pull. In a way, this is understandable as the gravity . You can feel it but you can't really hold it or see it or even visualize. People explain gravity through space-time four dimensional models. But the truth is, its beyond our senses. There is an unknown pull. It just exists as part of our fabric, our being. Everything, everyone feels it. Its a pull towards the core. To a more comfortable lower orbit. Your longing may appear different from mine. That is coz you are a different system. Just like on earth we feel being pulled towards the center of the earth while at moon we feel same towards the center of the moon. Though everything is connected in a broader scheme, yet there are local configurations that may overpower the effect of global system(s). Though longing is universal, you may choose to ignore it. For example, in physical terms, we are here on earth, always feeling the gravitational pull, but we don't care about it. We don't discuss it. It's not in our focus. However, for Prema to shape up, one needs to have a constant vigil of her longing. The appreciation of its beauty is Anuraga. The realization and a focus on your longing is the first step of Prema
One of the key characteristic of longing is there is absence of greed. Means, you are not chasing an outcome, or money or recognition. Its something, you would happily spend time on; invest all your resources and still feel blessed even if there is no return. This is different from worldly desires that always come with expectations. You just want to lose yourself in your longing.
It's immaterial if the longing is for Krishna or the Soul. If you long for a specific thing or a specific person, the journey to the door has already begun. In fact your longing is pre-decided based on the local sub-system you are in. You just can't long for any thing else. And it doesn't really matter. The idea that you must long for God (or your Soul) is something that has been popularized by the religious dogma. May be it was easier to explain to the people by using an arbitrary concept or there were other reservations to abstain truth or people didn't have the tools to explain or whatever. You can not long for God if God is not the one pulling you towards him. If it does, probably you are in God's subsystem. Or God (whatever it means) could be the center of global system. I am not too sure. What appears to me is plain and simple. There exists something that always is in your dreams. You may not have realized the existence of this pull yet but it is there and its certain eventually you will know.

The three fundamental bugs

The second aspect of Prema is to actively seek exclusion of three fundamental bugs - Fear, Anger and Jealousy. Everyone feels longing . Its universal. But very few are liberated from the three bugs Or even try to overcome these. Most of the epic stories, are the tales of Fear, Anger or Jealousy. In Radha Krishna too, Krishna helps Radha navigate, experience and overcome these three bugs experientially; commonly known as Ras Leela.
As said earlier, it doesn't really matter what you are longing for. What determines your success (beyond the door) is how you negotiate the obstacles on the path to become one with your core calling. The path is not easy and it is experiential. The actions you take on this path are called Karma. Karma that is done under influence of the three bugs are the cause of the Bondage(or Manifestation ..cuz Manifestation is nothing but bondage). The actions that are done to eradicate the three bugs are called Nishkam Karma(actions that dilute the manifestation). Rest everything is waste of time. Gita calls it vyartha cheshta ..the wasted effort.

Two paths leading to the same door.

The path of Prema, also known as Bhakti Yoga, is the preferred path to self discovery. The other path being the Gyaan Yoga which ultimately leads to the same door. Only the beginning is different. Prema begins with intense longing where as Gyaan Yoga begins with extreme quest for knowledge. They both ultimately bring you to the same door. The door for inwards journey. Self discovery. The journey in itself is called Nishkam Marga. As in story of Radha Krishna, this journey is experiential. Which means, if you fear climbing the heights, you got to overcome your fear by standing on the rooftop. Same with your anger and jealously. You can't just read the book and feel free.
It might sound counter intuitive to say your longing can be any thing. Let's do a little a thought experiment. Lets say you are in such a subsystem that you long to consume alcohol. How can fulfilling your addiction be a good thing? Now imagine you drink making sure you are free from three bugs. That is you have no fear of losing your drink. Means, you are happy to give it up to someone more thirsty. You have no anger if you don't get your evening fix and you don't envy people with a basement full of wine cellars. What do you think? Are you not a righteous person? Are you any less than a devotee of Gods? Bottom line - its not important what you long for. The important thing is how you approach it. Even more important is acceptance and clear visual of your longing at all times coz that is the guiding force that keeps your feet glued to your path.
A word on desires - Its easy to confuse desires with longing. Desires are random. They come and go. Today its finding a new job. Tomorrow its promotion and then a career. Likewise a new car. A new smart phone while older one is working fine. Shoes, clothes, homes, gardens ... you name it. There are thousands of them and one more. They are temporary and transient. You may buy a new car but there is no guarantee of elation. Your expectations can change in a blink of an eye. For example you chose a Red Tesla. And as soon as you took to the driving seat and greener one passed by. Now you are repenting the choice of color. It actually happened to me with my silver Prius. I still wish I had gone for Silver Gray. Longing is beyond elation. Its something you want to lose in. Imagine the world as a large roulette table. You bet your time (only currency)for a simple doze of elation. The ball can slot into any number. You may win a jackpot or lose or just retain your hand. There is no Karma here. You act in line with a temporary chase. You build things driven by random drives. Quick and dirty. And you hope for good luck. All chance and over a longer run, you have a fair share of wins and losses, but time is something you always lose. This is what Gita calls out loud as Vyartha Cheshta.. the wasted effort. Most people waste their time this way, gambling their time, without even realizing their longing. Just as we go around the earth without knowing the gravity. We continue to pass our days without even realizing what is holding us on ground. And constantly pulling us in.

Longing vs material success..

Material success is NOT fulfillment of desires. Material success is building or creating an artifact of lasting value. Something that drives a community of admirers. Karma for the followers of path Nishkam Marg are the actions that you take to overcome the three bugs. Imagine you have intense longing for someone or something and you are not supposed to feel fear of loss, anger for not getting what you want or jealousy if they are with others. This is the ultimate fight, the final battle. In a way, it is giving up perception of yourself in favor of meeting with your core. The self perception is nothing but the make up and rise of Bondage. Strengthening the perception of self is material success (not to be confused with random fulfillment of desires). In that, success is opposite of longing. Longing is what pulls you towards your core, one orbit at a time. Success is what pushes you out into a greater and bigger self, one orbit at a time. As such longing is deflationary. Success is inflationary. Thus even for material success, you need core purpose. In pursuit of your purpose, when you act influenced by the bugs aka passion, you get material success. If you act free from bugs, you get everlasting peace and realization of your longing.
However, you have help on this path coz the object of your longing will guide you at every step. Correct your course. On the other hand, Gyaan Yogi will be quite lost once he opens the door. He will need to develop the longing. There is greater probability that he will be lost in outwardly success. Mostly in the shape of recognition of work or an organic build up of a community (of admirers) around. A Nishkam Yogi singularly focuses on his longing. He consciously practices Karma to stay away from three bugs. A daily ritual of understanding your longing and practicing set of activities to keep you away from the bugs or enable your mental immune system to fight them is called Yajna. In a way Yajna is the meditative force to cleanse yourself from the bugs. You repeatedly go over your fears, jealousy and anger and sublimate them into your longing. Also known as Aahuti.

How long? Does the suffering ever ends ...

Krishna tells Radha, you already have longing for me and I for you. I have you always with me coz by divine design I don't attach to these bugs. The moment, you overcome these, I am already in you, with you. Its obviously not possible for us mortals to reach the destination in one shot. There are going to be multiple iteration where bugs take over our minds. The suffering, however, will start receding as soon as we understand the framework and make a concious choice to put on a fight. At least we will stop manifesting more bondage. That in itself is a big take away.
In other words, the physical manifestation of obstacles between you and what you want is the 'bondage to self ' on account of three bugs. Appreciation of self is a two body problem. Means, you must have someone else in order for you to realize, replenish and strengthen your self. To see others and compare yourself with them, you need to be outwardly focused. This means outwards vision, leads to comparison and forces you to chase success. Success comes through artifacts created in pain - songs , books , music - all are expressions of suffering of pleasure. As soon as you start looking inwards, you lose the sense of self because there is nothing else to compare. You now think of your longing and find peace in yourself. This is where there is no influence of bugs. You are above fear , anger and jealousy. Such state is state of bliss. People sometime mistake this state with the word "passion". Passion is when you are creating an artifact to prove something. Passion leads to success. The inward looking state of bliss is not passion. Gita describes this state as Udaseen means someone who is not interested in success. Someone lost in herself.

Back to the story

So what makes you inward looking?
When you long without bugs you are going inwards, to lower orbits. A more and more peaceful state. When your longing is tarnished with bugs and you don't develop tools to actively conquer them you create (and share) real artifacts. These could be poems, paintings or inventions of lasting value. In other words, you accomplish success. A community crops up around you. You become center of a new concious sub-system but you can never be at peace coz the new system you create is not the one you belong to even though its built by you. Gita says that a Yogi must not give in to the community even out of benevolence for this will soon lead to random desires and matrix will engulf you in no time. A Gyan Yogi has more to fear here than someone on the path of Prema. A tree that bears fruits too soon, never grows tall for the people and birds flock around disturbing your inwards journey . Gita thus says that Yogi should keep his journey hidden even from friends and family. Only your guru (if you have one) should know your accomplishments. This is inwards journey. You know your longing. You fight the bugs on daily basis through a well thought out plan. You know you can change the world with your work but you wait quietly, till you are one with the your longing.
When you start looking inwards. You don't want recognition for your work. You don't want community around you . Money is the last thing you look for. For you don't need worldly things coz they don't really enable you to meet your calling. They are just obstacles killing your time. This should, however, not mean that you are less exuberant. The shades of pain are momentary coz you know the truth. And you have already hit upon or working on what you need to do. You will find yourself giving up your addiction. With each small win over your fear you will blossom a new spirit in you. You will know how to shut the door on your jealousy. And you will be ever free from anger. You will bless even those who didn't do right by you for you know that anger hearts you more than anyone else. And lastly, you will win your fears. Things will be easy for you. Your presence will solve the problems. People will cherish your quiet company. Your peace will be everlasting and so will be your joy.

What if I relapse?

On the path of Prema, longing breeds true knowledge. Knowledge, however is not a guarantee of success for the journey is experiential. Thats the reason journey doesn't even start without longing coz bugs start acting only when you start acting on your longing. And thats the reason there are pitfalls. Almost every minute of the day - Anger, fear and jealousy alter your mind. Show you infinite possibilities of doubt. Being steadfast on Prema is the key. It needs to be your way of life. The good news is the work done on this path, never goes wasted or perishes. Even if you lose your way, you can always come back and start exactly where you left.

Knowledge

The world we perceive - see and feel is just a three dimensional interface to placate our senses. The scripture calls it Maya. The movie called it Matrixand now thanks to research by likes of Don Hoffman and Prakash Chandra there is a solid case against our perceived reality. Both scripture and science point to what is already known to the practitioners of Prema and that is we are concious agents in a vast field of conciousness.

The 3D interface

The idea of an interface is to limit the choices. If you are in the program, you can change anything. If you are on command line, you can use the program with very many options. The 2D graphical user interface further limits your choices. Touch and voice interfaces make it almost a straight line experience. Imagine how many more restrictions a developer needs to put in to create a 3D interface that we live in. Any improvement in experience comes with increasing limit on the choices. Success is building new layers of experience. Longing or the inwards journey is removing these layers.
Thus longing can also be thought as something for which there is no choice in material world. Almost impossible to get coz the choice exists at a lower level of experience. Which will force you to let go the current interface and explore a lower layer. You may get an option immediately or you may be forced to go to a further lower level. And there is no end but that is not important coz the goal is not to reach the longing, the goal is to conquer the bugs. As soon as you get rid of them, you are set free. Free is beyond manifestation thus the end of longing. If you keep on digging the interfaces, you will continue to fight the bugs. The proceeds will be beautiful jewels and you will be required to keep them secret. That is the source of consistent pain. The moment you make your artifacts public, you will create a new interface. A better understanding of the world is in fact a new interface. Einstein created a new view of the world.
The things that you can get in current interface are desires. Some are easy , others are hard . The outcomes are random. Thus an equal distribution of elation and sorrow. After a brief moment of turmoil, you may move on to the next desire without ever getting a chance to see and conquer the bugs. What you waste in the process is physical time. If you fight and conquer the bugs by going a layer deeper, desires of current interface become quite meaningless. Thus journey inwards is righteous. Even if you are unable to conquer, you will create artifacts of real success. You may not get peace but you are assured that experience you thus gain is not perishable. Thus time invested on this path is never wasted.

Plausible definition of God

Longing of every one pursuing the path may be different but the actions are pretty much same. That is to eradicate the bugs. Thus we can say the every one has one same goal. The journey , more or less, looks the same. This means someone can create a broad action plan without looking at the object of longing. Kinda a software project template. You may be implementing a web project for e-commerce, or writing a real time maps app, you can always use a preexisting framework with little tweaks. So the framework provisions a broad guideline to get what you want. In this context the framework is kinda God. It gives common ways or working, a set of vocabulary. Over a period of time, following the framework becomes more important coz you know if you followed the rules you will accelerate your journey to destination. I fear when it becomes sacred but for most people it might serve the purpose. Well ..lets just call it God if that helps.

The duality

Old adage - it takes two to tango. Knowledge must manifest to experience. And it must resolve the experience to set itself free. The knowledge is called Pusrusha (not to confuse with male). The experience is called Prakriti or the Maya or the matrix. The matrix comes with set of tools - fear, anger and jealousy to preserve the knowledge into a 3d shape so that the shape could experience the interface. The experience is always source of pain coz it severely limits the choices. It feels like a jail.At some point you want to set yourself free again. You search for the path. That is the eternal quest. The other way being deep longing for something that matrix doesn't expressly provides an option for. Both lead to same door. That is how to handle the fabric of nature. You can't just wish it away. Thus you must act to eradicate the bugs - the tools of nature. That is - you must engage in Karma.

The state of consistent bliss.

The state when you understand the bugs and well equipped with tools to play with nature is the state of peace. It brings exuberance coz now you can play on the waves. You can surf the way you want. You have matrix for you to play without ever indulging in fear, anger or jealousy. Yogi lives for this. Such a Yogi is also called Sthitprgya- one whose knowledge and nature is stable. One who can surf on the waves. The fun of being is this. Its not in being totally lost in matrix and is neither in being totally free. You must play the game but not for win or loss. You play the game coz its meant to be played. This is Ras Leela and this is eternal joy. It automatically lends you exuberace. It allows you to engage without indulging. It is being in Matrix but always at a safe distance. You are able to see both and you are able to see the whole play. Such a vision is called Atmoupamyen Drishti.

The "why" - and the Faith

Its naive to ask for the complete understanding of the design coz inflationary mind always have a why after every answer. If you are expanding in unknown, you will always have curiosity to know what next and expansion can be quite endless. For someone who is peeling his own layers (expanding inwards), the next is always already known. There is no question to be asked. On this path, actions to reach your longing is more important than knowing the reason of your longing. This attitude of trust is called Faith. Not to be confused with religious faith.

Focus on the goal

Getting to a lower obit (journey or expansion inwards) is essentially peeling off a layer of unnecessary sophistication. We are used to graphical user interface. Getting to a command line interface is one action (Karma) of renunciation. Arguably, a command line expert is more knowledgable than a GUI users. Thus renunciation is not reductive. Its in fact expansion inwards. Yes, there are infinitely many layers. But the goal is NOT to un-peel everything either. The moment journey begins and you reach a freedom from three bugs, the peace is yours. You don't need answers. You are looking for eternal peace, joy, bliss or whatever you want to call it. In fact, having no quest is the very definition of peace. This is one reason Gita prefers Prem Yoga over Gyaan Yoga. A Gyaan Yogi needs to unlearn many ways of his working.

Consciousness Field

We don't need any instrument to see conciousness field. There are patterns in our on three dimensional world. If you see any network, the branches of trees, neurons structure in brain, the arteries, social media graph .. you already know how the information flows. When complexity increases, there is a need to preserve or to back up, thats when a branch breaks off (or a fruit shows up), to preserve the entire knowledge base or to start a new network. The new network is exactly same as the parent but over time with interaction with environment (random desires), it takes on slight changes. The environment is nothing but the roulette table. The tree shaped network that we perceive is just a 3d representation of conciousness field by our senses. The actual field is the lines of longing. Effectively you carry the same purpose as your parent knowledge network. Connection is in the symmetry. And it grows more granular as we travel back. Family, to race to mankind to living beings to just one single molecule of origin. But again the knowledge and "why" of the design is unimportant. Knowledge of existence is more important and how to work for the purpose.

Who am I?

Manifestation is nothing but preserving something. Preserving requires a physically bound space ( a limitation of our 3D interface observed by sense organs) . Based on your subnetwork, you can be anything - a leaf of the tree, a branch or a fruit / seed. A branch is a complete codebase and its purpose is to add a feature - could be a leaf or it can split into more branches. A seed is a backup or a fork to start a new network.
Your purpose is to act in accordance with the subsystem also called swabhava and three bugs are there to provide you a physical shape in our 3D world. You wouldn't survive as a separate entity, or in other words - Knowledge will be lost (get unpreserved) if you lose the physical shape. To that extent - anger, fear and jealousy are important to manifest you. But whats the point of physical manifestation if you lost eye on the core calling?
In a way knowing yourself is the common denominator. You could be a seed or a branch or a leaf - you need to know what you are before you take on any additional mission. And that's exactly is the journey inwards. You start with either a quest bugging you with questions of your origin, or you are aware of and have intense longing. Both paths will lead to same gate. The journey henceforth will be remove your focus from the bugs and shift it to yourself. At the same time you need to live to keep the knowledge preserved. Thus you need to indulge in these bugs at your will. That's exactly what Krishna teaches us. His indulgence with Radha takes him into all the bugs but he stays there detached. Sustaining everlasting peace and always involved in his longing such that Radha is only an imaginary construct for him.

Cost of the system

The matrix is created to reduce the effort it takes to preserve the backups or new projects. We call it system or organizations. In physical world, it could be family, city, country. The systems are inefficient by design coz they are supposed to support multiple variants of the same project and many time many different projects. The system is never free. It needs resources to maintain itself. Thus the random goodies. Casino can only run if you play a hand. Can you (the knowledge base that you contain) live without the system. Yes you can. And in fact that's the best way to minimize the distractions. Performing chores yourself is thus important. Even if you can't fully give up the system, you can attempt to minimise your plays.

Notion of Time

Time in physical world depends on what orbit (or layer of sophistication) you are. Farther you are from core, the faster time will pass. System will demand more of your time. We think automation reduces our work but the fact is we are working harder than our parents and they worked harder than theirs. When you are at the core of your subsystem, the slows down. Now it moves at the distance your subsystem is away from its core. Finally at the super center, the time stops. There nothing to traverse anymore.

Communication

We are already connected with variants of our knowledge systems coz we have knowledge base and same longing. Information automatically travels from us to our sister replicas. And than upwards. That's the reason no other species need internet. The external communication tools we humans create interfere with our internal system. That's the reason we feel disconnected, alone and depressed.
...WIP...
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Tools & services to help you systemize your business

I’ve compiled a list of a few resources and services that can be helpful in documenting your business’ procedures, processes, and workflows.
If you know of any additional services that aren’t mentioned, please comment and I’ll add them to the list!
I’ve also included an excellent SOP template at the bottom of the list.
Services
SOP Template
This excellent SOP template was kindly provided by Andy McCormick, Director of Operations at a US digital web company, DuBose Web — he currently is participating in an open AMA here on the Systemizing subreddit; which has a ton more helpful info and you can even still ask him your questions in there over the next few days.
Title: [Subject] - [title of document] ( i.e. Financial - Accounts Receivable Process).
RACI: Then in each Document it starts with RACI (Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, Informed).So, who is responsible for carrying out this procedure. Who is ultimately accountable for ensuring this procedure is carried out correctly (this is always a leadership team member). Who needed to be communicated with about this procedure and allowed to give input. Finally who needs to be informed about this process. RACI comes from the project management side of me. You can learn more about there here: https://thedigitalprojectmanager.com/raci-chart-made-simple/
Why: I always like to start with Why (yeap, shout out to book of same name). Why do we have this process and what's it's impact on our company and our mission.
The process: This part is just a hodge-podge. soemtimes it's just all typed out in paragraphs, sometimes it's business process maps, sometimes it's just links to checklists and spreadsheets.
Version: at the end I like to note when was the last edit this process and by whom
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Beyond Horizon [Semi-Vanilla] {Staff Wanted!}

Hello everyone, please check our minecraft forums post for proper post formatting, reddit is unkind to us :( https://www.minecraftforum.net/forums/servers-java-edition/server-recruitment/2963891-beyond-horizon-mature-looking-for-staff-players
Welcome to the recruitment post for Beyond Horizon. Back in 2011-2014 Beyond Horizon was a server with an active player-base of 200+ players daily. The server was driven by custom plugins, a rich dynamic player economy and the fastest hardware available. A few loyal players are interested in recreating the server in minecraft and eventually Hytale when it launches.
The current group is a bunch of mature gamers who have been playing minecraft for a very long time and are interested in recreating the experience we had years ago.
Currently, we have a large portion of the setup already completed. I am hosting the Minecraft Server and Website off a dedicated Server. GL380 G7, with duel Xeons 2x 240GB SSD's and 64GB DDR3 Ram. There are very little background costs for the project with the only bill being the electricity used to run the server. ($40 a month approximately).
That being said we're not really interested in running the server as a cash grab with micro-transactions and are looking to make a core minecraft experience based server with a rich economy. That being said there is a ton to be done as the server is no where near where it needs to be to actually launch.
Current Rule Set Do not grief (Steal / Destroy / Modify other player structures). Do not cause harm to other players or staff outside of PVP. Do not spam / advertise external servers on the server Do not curse / use offensive racist or sexist language. Do not be immature Looking to expand rule list...
Server Hardware
GL380 G7 Hp RackMount Server
Duel Xeon X5675
64GB DDR3 RAM
240GB SSD RAID
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Relaunch beyond horizon and capture back a large quantity of players. - Very hard with the current minecraft server / player ratio. Run as a fun server - not a business - Looking to create a fun place which doesn't try to grab money at all possible opportunities. Maintain player count & actively recruit new players - I need staff who is are willing to post about the thread elsewhere to generate interest and new players. Redevelop some of the older plugins which differentiated the server. - I am able to handle some basic porting of plugins to newer craftbukkit/spigot builds, however are no where near good enough to handle complex ports of plugins.
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Trading & Currency
The beyond horizon server has a plugin that provides a way to track a real currency, ingame at all times. This currency (we lovingly call it Silver) is used to pay for materials, products, teleports, perks and so on. This currency is really involved in everything that happens on Beyond Horizon.
There are plenty player run shops in Beyond Horizon, mostly run by people from the Trader Caste (see below). They get special perks and features which allows them to sell products to the City, and even buy products from the City. They are thus an ideal middleman to sell your spare materials to, and make yourself some early Silver!
Caste System
In Beyond Horizon everyone is a Miner and a Builder, after all, that is what Minecraft is about, so there's little restrictions on either of those activities.
In addition to allowing people to mine and build as much as they like in the Wild (more about that later), Beyond Horizon also comes with a highly advanced and unique Castes system. This has been specially designed for and by the BH staff. There are 3 main Castes: Traders, Constructors and Politicians. However there are many more roles included in those Castes than just the ones mentioned, so keep reading.
Everyone starts out ranked a Peasant, without any Caste. You will need to make your first Silver working for others, mining materials to sell to a shopper, transport goods around, you name it. Once you have made enough Silver to join a Caste, you have a decision to make!
With every rank you go up in your Caste, you unlock new roles, new abilities and new perks. Not to mention more respect within your Caste and Beyond Horizon and sometimes a shiny new chat color as well :wink.gif:
More perks, features and ranks will be added to the system over time. I have only added condensed Caste information here, or this post would become huge. I need some help in developing this more.
Construction Caste Responsible for: Building, Zoning, Reclaiming, Demolition, Special installations, Infrastructure, Flora.
Players in this Caste are efficient builders, can reclaim stale constructions or abandoned lots (with TNT!), can install complex installations, build roads, maintain flora, and provide zoning protection to other players in the Wild.
Rank 1 - Tradesman Rank 2 - Foreman Rank 3 - Contractor Rank 4 - Architect Rank 5 - Visionary Rank 6 - Genius
Trading Caste Responsible for: Buying, Selling, Gambling, Auctions, Banking, Loans.
Players from the Trading caste function as lottery or gambling facilitators, they run shops to buy and sell to others, and have the ability to use the global shop, thereby being able to even accept less valuable materials to sell on through to Beyond Horizon itself. In summary, these people are the center of the Beyond Horizon economy, if you enjoy trading above all, this is your Caste!
Rank 1 - Hussler Rank 2 - Vendor Rank 3 - Merchant Rank 4 - Mogul Rank 5 - CEO Rank 6 - President
Political Caste Responsible for: Politics, Guiding, Teaching, Ruling, Voting, Punishing, Travel, Guarding.
A variety of different roles are filled by the players in the Political Caste. Lower ranked players guide new players and answer questions, higher ranked players have a big influence on the world by being able to start votes, teleport players around, gain unique combat bonuses, and so on! If you enjoy interacting with a lot of different players, helping and applying rules, this could be your Caste!
Rank 1 - Intern Rank 2 - Teacher Rank 3 - Regent Rank 4 - Senator Rank 5 - Consul Rank 6 - Ambassador
Misc Features
Magic
Everyone on Beyond Horizon has access to the /cast command. Basically the Magic system is a list of spells, which are not assign to people by giving them command access, but by learning them from a Spellbook.
What is a spellbook? A spellbook is basically a Bookcase charged with a magical spell. When a player right-clicks a magical bookcase, it will display a message that you have learned a new spell. Apart from bookcases, spells can also be manually taught to players by a powered admin. We will introduce different ways to learn these spells, by hiding Bookcases on the map, by holding auctions or contests, anything is possible really!
Stargates
Stargates allow travel between gates within one network on Beyond Horizon. There is a network connecting Towns, but you must first rank up your town to get a Stargate rewarded. In the future, high ranked Construction Caste members will be able to build their own Stargate network, or sell them for big Silver!
Nothing is free, especially when you travel through the stars, Silver are automatically charged upon activating a gate.
Cauldrons
Higher ranked players from the Construction Caste can build a cauldron. There are several unique and rare items which can be crafted in these Cauldrons. You do this by actually placing a pattern of blocks in the Cauldron, then activating it with a flick of the mouse, and poof, your crafting is done!
Elevators
Make it easy to go from level to level with this nifty elevator. Anyone can build and install them in their own home:
Light Switches
This will toggle on the lights in the area on/off (about 10 units away, 5 units up/down). Just make a wall sign with the second line as :|: and have a torch above the sign.
Bridges
Make easy bridges! Just put three blocks in a row, put a sign on top (facing the way of the crossing) with [Bridge] as the second line, and do the same thing on the other side (with the sign facing back). Right click the sign to toggle the bridge.
Gambling
Beyond Horizon has two types of lotteries:
/raffle - Everyone, cost 5 sponges: a lot of nothing, a few grand prizes, a few unique items. /tombola (/tom) - Traders only, cost: 512 cobble, 256 dirt, mixed prize pool.
Further more, many players run their own Casino!
Towns & Wild
There are two main zones in the game world
Beyond Horizon City
The main central city of the world. A big area around it is also part of it. Building and mining in this zone is restricted to City Staff. However, it is possible to rent a piece of land in Beyond Horizon City, which then becomes yours for a weekly fee.
There are different lot sizes and locations to rent, with different pricing. Any lot you rent will become protected and other players are not able to destroy or build on your lot! To rent a lot, you simply contact someone
Towns
In Beyond Horizon, players are able to start a new town with a group of players. These towns feature automated protection. Players can become official residents of towns, thereby automatically extending the protected territory of the town! The elected Mayor will have the ability to decide where the Town expands, and Towns will gain special benefits like a Teleporter to Beyond Horizon City, a seat in a BH Council (to be formed) and other things we can think of.
For an idea how Town expansion looks like on a Grid, check the image below. You can see the red, yellow and purplish towns have a number of blocks that belong to them on the grid. Those blocks are protected. As soon as the Town gains more residents, they will be able to claim more blocks!
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The Wild
Anything that is not Beyond Horizon City or Claimed by a city belongs to the wild! You are totally free to build and mine in this huge zone. There is plenty to discover and create. However, the server rules still apply. If you see this please add the following information to your discord application (this sounds like a buxville clone).
If you want, you can request protection for any outdoor build location to prevent griefing. This is not required, and comes with a one-time fee of 100 Silver. (More for size, requires constructors).
Map regeneration and dynamic border expansion
There are a few huge zones on the map that are deemed and marked as dedicated Mining zones. You are allowed to build and mine in those zones, however, every X days, these areas are completely cut out of the map, giving them a chance to regenerate fresh and new resources.
Beyond Horizon has a virtual border. Players are not able to pass this border. However, this border is totally dynamic, and once every while, we will keep expanding the border to keep, there is always more to explore and discover!
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To apply, please post on the thread below and also post it in discord via direct pm to myself. I am interested in candidates for the following positions, all volunteer. This server is run as a spare time activity, and not a business, so I understand commitment and availability concerns.
Moderation Positions
Server Moderator Available Positions: N/A (Infinite) Responsibilities: - Be active - Moderate the server
Break up arguments, fights, etc Forums Moderator / Discord Moderator Available Positions: N/A (Infinite) Responsibilities: - Be active - Moderate the forums
Help dispute bans, mutes, etc Management Positions
Deputy Admin Available Positions: 2 (If you're a very good application, we might be willing to add you in as another manager) Responsibilities: - Takes over when the founders aren't available.
Deputy Coordinator Available Positions: 2 Responsibilities: - Coordinate all the creative ideas
Talk to the staff team and community to generate new content
Reform and recreate old content into new and exciting content
Network Staff Positions
Artist Available Positions: 1 Will be creating custom GFX for the server. (logos, icons, buttons, etc.)
Web/Plugin/Software Developer Available Positions: 1 Will be developing Bukkit / Spigot & BungeeCord plugins or the network’s website. Requirements: - HTML, CSS, JS (Obviously) and proficiency in whatever Stack you use. (for web developer) - High quality Java code (for plugin developer)
YouTube Staff Positions Staff positions for the network’s YouTube channel, videos will be posted to Beyond Horizon's YouTube channel.
YouTube Recorder Available Positions: 2 Will film all videos for the network and send them to the editor. Requirements: - Good quality screen recorder. - Preferably a computer that can handle Shaders at at least 30FPS while recording.
Application Process
An applicant fills out the application form. The applicant gets accepted or denied. If the applicant is accepted, he/she will be interviewed by our server staffs. If denied, they can apply again. The staffs will give the final decision on what rank you will receive. At this stage, if an applicant is denied, they will have to fill in the application form again. If you are accepted, congratulations! You are now one of the members of the community ! Enjoy your stay ! There is not an age requirement, we accept staffs depending on their maturity and skills. If you are interested, please put your application form down the replying section or join the discord server and send out the application form , thank you. *If you have questions, feel free to ask me in discord.
Discord : See Top of Post
Application Template: Position Applying : What is your name ? What is your in-game username? How old are you? What time zone do you live in? Are you multilingual? If so, in what languages? Have you ever been kicked/muted/banned on a server, Why ? At what level would you rate your maturity (10 being most mature)? What past experience do you have at being a staff member? What advice would you give to someone who had to deal with someone younger than them? How many hours do you play a week on the server? Why do you want to be a staff member on this server? Why should we accept your application over others? How many applications have you made before? Any additional information?
Stay to the FORMAT ! * Accepted applicants will be interviewed on Discord *
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[Mature] Beyond Horizon [Relaunch of 250+ daily player server] [Need Staff!]

https://discord.gg/MS2HCEM
Welcome to the recruitment post for Beyond Horizon. Back in 2011-2014 Beyond Horizon was a server with an active player-base of 200+ players daily. The server was driven by custom plugins, a rich dynamic player economy and the fastest hardware available. A few loyal players are interested in recreating the server in minecraft and eventually Hytale when it launches.
The current group is a bunch of mature gamers who have been playing minecraft for a very long time and are interested in recreating the experience we had years ago.
Currently, we have a large portion of the setup already completed. I am hosting the Minecraft Server and Website off a dedicated Server. GL380 G7, with duel Xeons 2x 240GB SSD's and 64GB DDR3 Ram. There are very little background costs for the project with the only bill being the electricity used to run the server. ($40 a month approximately).
That being said we're not really interested in running the server as a cash grab with micro-transactions and are looking to make a core minecraft experience based server with a rich economy. That being said there is a ton to be done as the server is no where near where it needs to be to actually launch.
Current Rule Set Do not grief (Steal / Destroy / Modify other player structures). Do not cause harm to other players or staff outside of PVP. Do not spam / advertise external servers on the server Do not curse / use offensive racist or sexist language. Do not be immature Looking to expand rule list...
Server Hardware
GL380 G7 Hp RackMount Server
Duel Xeon X5675
64GB DDR3 RAM
240GB SSD RAID
Relaunch beyond horizon and capture back a large quantity of players. - Very hard with the current minecraft server / player ratio. Run as a fun server - not a business - Looking to create a fun place which doesn't try to grab money at all possible opportunities. Maintain player count & actively recruit new players - I need staff who is are willing to post about the thread elsewhere to generate interest and new players. Redevelop some of the older plugins which differentiated the server. - I am able to handle some basic porting of plugins to newer craftbukkit/spigot builds, however are no where near good enough to handle complex ports of plugins.
Trading & Currency
The beyond horizon server has a plugin that provides a way to track a real currency, ingame at all times. This currency (we lovingly call it Silver) is used to pay for materials, products, teleports, perks and so on. This currency is really involved in everything that happens on Beyond Horizon.
There are plenty player run shops in Beyond Horizon, mostly run by people from the Trader Caste (see below). They get special perks and features which allows them to sell products to the City, and even buy products from the City. They are thus an ideal middleman to sell your spare materials to, and make yourself some early Silver!
Caste System
In Beyond Horizon everyone is a Miner and a Builder, after all, that is what Minecraft is about, so there's little restrictions on either of those activities.
In addition to allowing people to mine and build as much as they like in the Wild (more about that later), Beyond Horizon also comes with a highly advanced and unique Castes system. This has been specially designed for and by the BH staff. There are 3 main Castes: Traders, Constructors and Politicians. However there are many more roles included in those Castes than just the ones mentioned, so keep reading.
Everyone starts out ranked a Peasant, without any Caste. You will need to make your first Silver working for others, mining materials to sell to a shopper, transport goods around, you name it. Once you have made enough Silver to join a Caste, you have a decision to make!
With every rank you go up in your Caste, you unlock new roles, new abilities and new perks. Not to mention more respect within your Caste and Beyond Horizon and sometimes a shiny new chat color as well :wink.gif:
More perks, features and ranks will be added to the system over time. I have only added condensed Caste information here, or this post would become huge. I need some help in developing this more.
Construction Caste Responsible for: Building, Zoning, Reclaiming, Demolition, Special installations, Infrastructure, Flora.
Players in this Caste are efficient builders, can reclaim stale constructions or abandoned lots (with TNT!), can install complex installations, build roads, maintain flora, and provide zoning protection to other players in the Wild.
Rank 1 - Tradesman Rank 2 - Foreman Rank 3 - Contractor Rank 4 - Architect Rank 5 - Visionary Rank 6 - Genius
Trading Caste Responsible for: Buying, Selling, Gambling, Auctions, Banking, Loans.
Players from the Trading caste function as lottery or gambling facilitators, they run shops to buy and sell to others, and have the ability to use the global shop, thereby being able to even accept less valuable materials to sell on through to Beyond Horizon itself. In summary, these people are the center of the Beyond Horizon economy, if you enjoy trading above all, this is your Caste!
Rank 1 - Hussler Rank 2 - Vendor Rank 3 - Merchant Rank 4 - Mogul Rank 5 - CEO Rank 6 - President
Political Caste Responsible for: Politics, Guiding, Teaching, Ruling, Voting, Punishing, Travel, Guarding.
A variety of different roles are filled by the players in the Political Caste. Lower ranked players guide new players and answer questions, higher ranked players have a big influence on the world by being able to start votes, teleport players around, gain unique combat bonuses, and so on! If you enjoy interacting with a lot of different players, helping and applying rules, this could be your Caste!
Rank 1 - Intern Rank 2 - Teacher Rank 3 - Regent Rank 4 - Senator Rank 5 - Consul Rank 6 - Ambassador
Misc Features
Magic
Everyone on Beyond Horizon has access to the /cast command. Basically the Magic system is a list of spells, which are not assign to people by giving them command access, but by learning them from a Spellbook.
What is a spellbook? A spellbook is basically a Bookcase charged with a magical spell. When a player right-clicks a magical bookcase, it will display a message that you have learned a new spell. Apart from bookcases, spells can also be manually taught to players by a powered admin. We will introduce different ways to learn these spells, by hiding Bookcases on the map, by holding auctions or contests, anything is possible really!
Stargates
Stargates allow travel between gates within one network on Beyond Horizon. There is a network connecting Towns, but you must first rank up your town to get a Stargate rewarded. In the future, high ranked Construction Caste members will be able to build their own Stargate network, or sell them for big Silver!
Nothing is free, especially when you travel through the stars, Silver are automatically charged upon activating a gate.
Cauldrons
Higher ranked players from the Construction Caste can build a cauldron. There are several unique and rare items which can be crafted in these Cauldrons. You do this by actually placing a pattern of blocks in the Cauldron, then activating it with a flick of the mouse, and poof, your crafting is done!
Elevators
Make it easy to go from level to level with this nifty elevator. Anyone can build and install them in their own home:
Light Switches
This will toggle on the lights in the area on/off (about 10 units away, 5 units up/down). Just make a wall sign with the second line as :|: and have a torch above the sign.
Bridges
Make easy bridges! Just put three blocks in a row, put a sign on top (facing the way of the crossing) with [Bridge] as the second line, and do the same thing on the other side (with the sign facing back). Right click the sign to toggle the bridge.
Gambling
Beyond Horizon has two types of lotteries:
/raffle - Everyone, cost 5 sponges: a lot of nothing, a few grand prizes, a few unique items. /tombola (/tom) - Traders only, cost: 512 cobble, 256 dirt, mixed prize pool.
Further more, many players run their own Casino!
Towns & Wild
There are two main zones in the game world
Beyond Horizon City
The main central city of the world. A big area around it is also part of it. Building and mining in this zone is restricted to City Staff. However, it is possible to rent a piece of land in Beyond Horizon City, which then becomes yours for a weekly fee.
There are different lot sizes and locations to rent, with different pricing. Any lot you rent will become protected and other players are not able to destroy or build on your lot! To rent a lot, you simply contact someone
Towns
In Beyond Horizon, players are able to start a new town with a group of players. These towns feature automated protection. Players can become official residents of towns, thereby automatically extending the protected territory of the town! The elected Mayor will have the ability to decide where the Town expands, and Towns will gain special benefits like a Teleporter to Beyond Horizon City, a seat in a BH Council (to be formed) and other things we can think of.
For an idea how Town expansion looks like on a Grid, check the image below. You can see the red, yellow and purplish towns have a number of blocks that belong to them on the grid. Those blocks are protected. As soon as the Town gains more residents, they will be able to claim more blocks!
The Wild
Anything that is not Beyond Horizon City or Claimed by a city belongs to the wild! You are totally free to build and mine in this huge zone. There is plenty to discover and create. However, the server rules still apply. If you see this please add the following information to your discord application (this sounds like a buxville clone).
If you want, you can request protection for any outdoor build location to prevent griefing. This is not required, and comes with a one-time fee of 100 Silver. (More for size, requires constructors).
Map regeneration and dynamic border expansion
There are a few huge zones on the map that are deemed and marked as dedicated Mining zones. You are allowed to build and mine in those zones, however, every X days, these areas are completely cut out of the map, giving them a chance to regenerate fresh and new resources.
Beyond Horizon has a virtual border. Players are not able to pass this border. However, this border is totally dynamic, and once every while, we will keep expanding the border to keep, there is always more to explore and discover!
To apply, please post on the thread below and also post it in discord via direct pm to myself. I am interested in candidates for the following positions, all volunteer. This server is run as a spare time activity, and not a business, so I understand commitment and availability concerns.
Moderation Positions
Server Moderator Available Positions: N/A (Infinite) Responsibilities: - Be active - Moderate the server
Forums Moderator / Discord Moderator Available Positions: N/A (Infinite) Responsibilities: - Be active - Moderate the forums
Management Positions
Deputy Admin Available Positions: 2 (If you're a very good application, we might be willing to add you in as another manager) Responsibilities: - Takes over when the founders aren't available.
Deputy Coordinator Available Positions: 2 Responsibilities: - Coordinate all the creative ideas
Network Staff Positions
Artist Available Positions: 1 Will be creating custom GFX for the server. (logos, icons, buttons, etc.)
Web/Plugin/Software Developer Available Positions: 1 Will be developing Bukkit / Spigot & BungeeCord plugins or the network’s website. Requirements: - HTML, CSS, JS (Obviously) and proficiency in whatever Stack you use. (for web developer) - High quality Java code (for plugin developer)
YouTube Staff Positions Staff positions for the network’s YouTube channel, videos will be posted to Beyond Horizon's YouTube channel.
YouTube Recorder Available Positions: 2 Will film all videos for the network and send them to the editor. Requirements: - Good quality screen recorder. - Preferably a computer that can handle Shaders at at least 30FPS while recording.
Application Process
  1. An applicant fills out the application form. The applicant gets accepted or denied. If the applicant is accepted, he/she will be interviewed by our server staffs. If denied, they can apply again.
  2. The staffs will give the final decision on what rank you will receive. At this stage, if an applicant is denied, they will have to fill in the application form again.
  3. If you are accepted, congratulations! You are now one of the members of the community ! Enjoy your stay !
There is not an age requirement, we accept staffs depending on their maturity and skills. If you are interested, please put your application form down the replying section or join the discord server and send out the application form , thank you. *If you have questions, feel free to ask me in discord.
Discord : See Top of Post
Application Template: Position Applying : What is your name ? What is your in-game username? How old are you? What time zone do you live in? Are you multilingual? If so, in what languages? Have you ever been kicked/muted/banned on a server, Why ? At what level would you rate your maturity (10 being most mature)? What past experience do you have at being a staff member? What advice would you give to someone who had to deal with someone younger than them? How many hours do you play a week on the server? Why do you want to be a staff member on this server? Why should we accept your application over others? How many applications have you made before? Any additional information?
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What's happening around town (Wed, Sep 6th - Tue, Sep 12th)

Tulsa's event list.

Wednesday, Sep 6th

Thursday, Sep 7th

Friday, Sep 8th

  • All Local Show w/ County Lights and More! (The Vanguard - Tulsa) Start Time: 7:00pm Native Strange, Oceanaut, RedWitch Johnny, The Beaten Daylights
  • American Miniature Horse Registry National Show (Expo Square - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Sep 17th The American Miniature Horse Registry and American Shetland Pony Club are bringing their National Show to Tulsa’s…
  • AMHR Nationals (Expo Square: Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Sep 17th
  • 🎭 Beyond the Curtain - Gender and Dance (Tulsa Ballet - Tulsa) Start Time: 5:30pm FREE EVENT featuring an interactive panel discussion with female leaders in the fields of dance and creativity. This year, Tulsa Ballet’s annual new works program, Creations in Studio K, is dedicated to the power of the female voice. Showcased are three female choreographers: Helen Pickett, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Young Soon Hue. Join Tulsa…
  • Bluegrass & Chili Festival (Claremore Expo Center - Claremore) 1 day left Claremore's Bluegrass & Chili Festival is cooking up plenty of family fun in the month of September. Join…
  • 🎡 Blue Whale Comedy Fest! (Soundpony Lounge - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Sep 10th Savor four days of hilarity when the Blue Whale Comedy Festival takes over Tulsa's Brady Arts District. Held at…
  • Both Sides Now: Joyce J. Scott & Sonya Clark (108|Contemporary - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Sep 10th Start Time: 12:00pm
  • BWCF VIP Pass (Must pick up pass at box office) (Multiple Venues - Subject to Availability - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Sep 10th Start Time: 6:00pm ATTN: THE VIP PASS DOES INCLUDE ALL CAIN'S BALLROOM SHOWS. WHAT A DEAL!!! WE WILL EVEN SAVE YOU THE GOOD SEATS. PLEASE NOTE DIFFERENT AGE RESTRICTIONS AT ALL VENUES. AGE RESTRICTIONS LISTED ON VENUE PAGE ON OFFICIAL WEBSITE.
  • Day of Caring 2017 (Tulsa City County Library - Tulsa) Start Time: 7:00am More than 5,000 volunteers are expected to work on hundreds of community service projects during the Tulsa Area United Way’s 26th annual Day of Caring on Friday, Sept. 8. The Day of Caring will begin at 7 a.m. with a free breakfast and program for volunteers at the downtown Central Library.
  • The Dirty River Boys (Mercury Lounge - Tulsa)
  • Tulsa Drillers versus NW Arkansas - PLAYOFF (ONEOK Field - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Sep 10th Start Time: 7:00pm
  • 🏆 Drillers vs Naturals (ONEOK Field - Tulsa) Start Time: 7:05pm vs Northwest Arkansas Naturals
  • Dr. Squealsgood W/ The Sex (The Shrine - Tulsa) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • Eleanor Ray: Recent Paintings (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) 1 day left Start Time: 12:00pm
  • FRIDAYS IN THE LOFT CHAMBER SERIES: MOZART (Tribune Lofts - Tulsa) Start Time: 6:30pm The opening of the 2017-2018 Fridays in the Loft Chamber Series will feature one of Mozart’s grandest works for woodwinds – Serenade No. 10 “Gran Partita.” Mozart composed three great wind serenades after settling into Vienna in 1781.
  • Friday Salon: Calidore String Quartet (Harwelden Mansion - Tulsa) Start Time: 6:30pm Join us for an special salon performance from the Calidore String Quartet in the histroic Harwelden Mansion! Enjoy complimentary hor d'oeuvres and wine and listen to a world-class string quartet in a beautiful, intimate setting. “The Calidore players performed with synergistic brilliance and ferocious commitment...” - The New York Times…
  • Identity & Inspiration and Game On! - Oklahoma superstar larger than life (Philbrook Downtown - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Sep 10th Start Time: 11:00am
  • In-Quest: Aesthetics of Research (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) 1 day left Start Time: 1:00pm
  • Jeremy Hart (The United Pentecostals of Broken Arrow | 2PM - Broken Arrow) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • Kyle Kinane (Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • Kyle Lacy & The Harlem River Noise (Soul City - Tulsa)
  • Leeland (First Baptist Church - Broken Arrow) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • Liza Treyger & Gina Brillon (The Yeti Indoors - Tulsa) Start Time: 9:30pm w/ Shawna Blake, Katie Van Patten, & Aiko Tanaka Mature content. 21+ only. Buy a weekend or VIP pass to enjoy more shows for one price! Tickets available for purchase at the door day of show for this event [if not sold out].
  • MARLEY’S GHOST IN CONCERT (Woody Guthrie Center - Tulsa) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • MASK OFF w/ Byron Bowers (Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa) Start Time: 11:00pm Curated show by Byron Bowers. Special guests include Aaron Wilder, Cameron Brewer, and more to be announced. This is a show you don't want to miss! Mature content. 18+ only. Buy a weekend or VIP pass to enjoy more shows for one price!
  • Mr. Burns, A Post-electric Play (IDL Ballroom - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Sep 10th Host: Theatre Pops
  • Okie Homie Showcase w/ Evan Hughes (Soundpony Lounge - Tulsa) Start Time: 5:00pm BWCF will feature our amazing regional talent from Oklahoma, our Okie Homies! Want more comedy? Purchase a weekend pass or VIP pass and get more bang for your buck! Soundpony is a 21+ only venue.
  • Pie Night (Antoinette Baking Co. - Tulsa) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 5:00pm
  • Podcast Taping: View From the Cheap Seats (previously Sklarbro Country) (Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa) Start Time: 6:00pm Want more comedy? Purchase a weekend pass or VIP pass and get more bang for your buck! Podcast guests tba. Mature content. Check out episodes of SklarBro Country here.
  • Restaurant Week Kickoff Pie Night (Antoinette Baking Co. - Tulsa) Start Time: 5:00pm
  • RHYMES & REASONS: THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER (Woody Guthrie Center - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Sep 10th Start Time: 10:00am
  • 🎡 Second Fridays: Lindy in the Park (Guthrie Green - Tulsa) Start Time: 6:30pm
  • Spinster Show: Loafers, Lizzie Boredom, and Special Guest (Spinster Records - Tulsa) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • TOTO and Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo (River Spirit Casino - Tulsa)
  • 😂 Trixx (Loony Bin - Tulsa) 1 day left
  • When Is a Quilt Not a Quilt?, The Art of NEOWTA & Fiber Works 2017 (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Sep 10th Start Time: 10:00am
  • Zach Short Band (The Hunt Club - Tulsa) Start Time: 10:00pm

Saturday, Sep 9th

  • 2017 Comics to Watch (The Yeti Indoors - Tulsa) Start Time: 7:30pm 5+ Comics that Blue Whale Comedy Festival suggests you check out. You do not want to miss this lineup! [Discounted tickets] Mature content. 21+ only. Buy a weekend or VIP pass to enjoy more shows for one price! Tickets available for purchase at the door day of show for this event [if not sold out].
  • American Miniature Horse Registry National Show (Expo Square - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Sep 17th The American Miniature Horse Registry and American Shetland Pony Club are bringing their National Show to Tulsa’s…
  • AMHR Nationals (Expo Square: Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Sep 17th
  • Bluegrass & Chili Festival (Claremore Expo Center - Claremore) Last Day Claremore's Bluegrass & Chili Festival is cooking up plenty of family fun in the month of September. Join…
  • 🎡 Blue Whale Comedy Fest! (Soundpony Lounge - Tulsa) 1 day left Savor four days of hilarity when the Blue Whale Comedy Festival takes over Tulsa's Brady Arts District. Held at…
  • Both Sides Now: Joyce J. Scott & Sonya Clark (108|Contemporary - Tulsa) 1 day left Start Time: 12:00pm
  • Brian Moses & Nick Vatterott (The Yeti Indoors - Tulsa) Start Time: 9:15pm w/ Stetson Banks, Joe Bates, and Ryan Green Mature content. 21+ only. Buy a weekend or VIP pass to enjoy more shows for one price! Tickets available for purchase at the door day of show for this event [if not sold out].
  • BrickUniverse (Cox Business Center - Tulsa) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 10:00am Brick Universe is back with the Ultimate LEGO Fan Experience!!! This year's event will be 2x bigger!! Attractions will include: -Minifigure Caricatures -Brick Theater -Brick Market -Challenge Zone -Building Zone... and SO MUCH MORE!!! For more information, or to buy tickets, please visit BrickUniverse.
  • BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Convention (Cox Business Center - Tulsa) Day 1 of 2 Release your inner builder at BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Convention in Tulsa, the ultimate LEGO lover's paradise that…
  • Brujoroots (Blackbird On Pearl - Tulsa) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • 🏃 Bubble Run 5K (NSU - Broken Arrow) https://runsignup.com/bubblerun5k
  • BWCF VIP Pass (Must pick up pass at box office) (Multiple Venues - Subject to Availability - Tulsa) 1 day left Start Time: 6:00pm ATTN: THE VIP PASS DOES INCLUDE ALL CAIN'S BALLROOM SHOWS. WHAT A DEAL!!! WE WILL EVEN SAVE YOU THE GOOD SEATS. PLEASE NOTE DIFFERENT AGE RESTRICTIONS AT ALL VENUES. AGE RESTRICTIONS LISTED ON VENUE PAGE ON OFFICIAL WEBSITE.
  • Cherry Street Farmers Market (Tulsa) Thru Sun, Oct 22nd Start Time: 7:00am
  • Tulsa Drillers versus NW Arkansas - PLAYOFF (ONEOK Field - Tulsa) 1 day left Start Time: 7:00pm
  • 🏆 Drillers vs Naturals (ONEOK Field - Tulsa) Start Time: 7:05pm vs Northwest Arkansas Naturals
  • Eleanor Ray: Recent Paintings (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) Last Day Start Time: 12:00pm
  • Eugene Mirman (Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa) Start Time: 10:00pm
  • Fossil Youth (The Vanguard - Tulsa) Start Time: 7:00pm Rose Gold, Downward (formerly known as Dad. The Band), Goodfella, Forswear
  • 🏃 Gold Rush Walk and 5K (ORU Aerobics Center - Tulsa) The Gold4Kids Foundation of Tulsa serves Northeast Oklahoma, dedicated to helping children fighting cancer and their families by raising money for clinical trials and research projects at the local pediatric oncology clinic.
  • Identity & Inspiration and Game On! - Oklahoma superstar larger than life (Philbrook Downtown - Tulsa) 1 day left Start Time: 11:00am
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[Sidereals : Where Fate Has Led] Chosen by Destiny - the Bureau of Destiny & the Factions of the Sidereals

The Most Excellent Designers of Destiny and Sidereal Conjunctions (The Bureau of Destiny)
Between Heaven and Creation stands Destiny. The Bureau of Destiny, to be precise. It is here that the gods discuss, debate and plan for Creation’s future, jockeying with one another, taking petitions and measuring destinies. At the center stands the Loom of Fate, where the physical stuff of the future is spun, set and crossed in a web of infinitely intricate design. All Sidereals have membership in the Bureau of Destiny unless they have been exiled from Heaven, for the Chosen of Destiny are the most valued agents of Heaven. The Purpose of Destiny
There are ten thousand thousand thousand spirits that walk the Celestial City and in Creation; many of them puissant, many of strong will, many of limited scruples. Why, then, have they not rent Creation asunder with their games and wars and intrigues?
Destiny is the compact between Heaven and Creation; it is the means by which divine desires are moderated and molded into something pleasing to all rather than only the most vicious. When Destiny is followed, Heaven is satisfied even if all her gods are not, and the ability for the malcontents to act in Creation is limited to observation, lest they risk terrible punishments.
In theory, Destiny is always followed save that some force from outside Creation acts- in which case, it is just and proper for the Gods to fulfil their ancient duties as the preservers of the world, gaining latitude to act as they see fit to make right what has gone wrong. Perhaps once, this was even so- but if so, it was a long, long time gone.
In these later days, gods granted their liberty within Creation find themselves in no great rush to correct matters. With their latitude, they can shape mortal societies as they desire, outside the limits placed by the Bureau of Destiny. Technically, such abuses are still criminal- but the gods have a great deal of latitude when it comes to determining how best to tend to their portfolios within Creation. By forcing the course of society to change, they can even effectively hold Destiny hostage- either the Bureau begins to weave in alignment with the desires of these spirits, or they will gain even greater freedom to wreck perhaps greater damage.
Nor is destiny purely descriptive. Creation does not exist at the sufferance of the Loom, but it is not independent of it either. If destiny were a river, then Creation would be a water wheel being driven by that river. The wheel is not the river, and if the river were to dry up, the wheel would still exist; it could still even be turned with great effort. And likewise, the Loom of Fate could weave without weaving Creation’s destiny in particular- it could weave stories of people that do not exist, or that existed long ago. The river can flow with or without the water wheel’s presence.
Destiny does exert a pressure on Creation, as water does the wheel. People, families, whole cities and nations, may find themselves swept in the tide of history- acting, sometimes without reflection or intention -towards fulfilling Heaven’s design. Individuals can resist this pressure- they can even change the course of the river. Doing so is not easy, even for the Exalted, but it has been done before and will be done again.
Because of this pressure that the weave of destiny exert of Creation, sometimes matters will grow confused. When a thread is mislaid in a weave, you will feel a burr or knot; when the wheel becomes jammed, the timbers will groan from the pressure of the river- until finally, the jam gives way, or the wheel breaks. The technical term for such sorun; the damage wrought by destiny denied. Sorun rarely appears sensible to the outside observer- just as the pressure from the stuck wheel may cause a shattering moment far from the jam itself, or the tear from the knot in a weave may come far away, due to inequitable distribution of stress on the cloth. To those who experience sorun, it seems to be bizarre runs of chance, both good and ill. Sometimes, the deathly ill make miraculous recoveries, blood feuds end in marriage and peace, the lame walk and the blind see. More often, sorun results in destruction of wealth and lives, villages and whole towns burning, or men drowning on dry land and women falling into the sky.
When destiny runs straight and smooth, sorun is minimized, and the spirits of the world are kept limited in their capacity for mischief. When destiny is thwarted, sorun runs rampant and the gods may have their way with a people nearly helpless before them.
Thus do the Sidereals act as the agents of destiny. They are not gods, and so they are always free to act as they best see fit. They are kept aware of Destiny, but also moderate how it comes to pass. They have seen the effects of sorun and the damage unchecked divinity can wreck. A world without destiny would be prey to spirits with no concern for humanity. A world with unmoderated destiny would be wracked by strange fates, as disaster sought to balance disaster. The Sidereal Exalted stand against these possibilities; they strive to ensure that fate and destiny pass smoothly from day to day.
Divisions of the Bureau
The Bureau of Destiny is nominally overseen by the Maidens of Destiny- however, as with the other Incarnae, the Maidens have largely abandoned the day to day operations of the Bureau to the five division heads in favor of participating in the Games of Divinity. In theory, the five divisions work together to harmoniously compose the most perfect destiny achievable, one which minimize sorun while also satisfying the various factions and petitioners of Heaven. In practice, the five divisions often engage in vicious internal political infighting and plots- while they will always band together against schemes from outside the Bureau, far more decisions are decided by a slim majority vote than most Sidereals would be comfortable admitting.
The Golden Barque of Heaven
The Golden Barque is one of Heaven’s mobile offices, travelling a regular circuit around the Celestial City over the course of a month, pausing only for Calibration- during which time it enters dry dock and undergoes any necessary maintenance and repairs. The Barque itself is a monstrously huge sailing vessel, one thousand and eight li long and half as wide, with walls that rise over two hundred li tall. ‘As an ant to a man’s home, is man to mine’ claims Ruvia, God of Roads, Captain of the Golden Barque, and chair of the Division of Journeys. The crew of the Golden Barque is forever engaged in the business of noting when matters in Creation have grown too still, of initiating change and beginning new things. They also are tasked with monitoring journeys and changes in progress, coordinating with the Violet Bier to ensure that such matters conclude in a timely fashion. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, they are charged with monitoring the Gates of Heaven cataloging who has been allowed to pass from Creation to Yu-Shan. This, combined with the Golden Barque’s own mobile nature, makes it one of the premier smuggling dens inside Heaven. Sidereals on assignment from the Golden Barque of Heaven are typically charged with shaking up the status quo. They inspire deeply rooted individuals to suddenly leave hearth and home, the sing the song of the horizon to explorers and whisper of untold riches to smugglers and merchants alike.
The Cerulean Lute of Harmony
Stories say that the Cerulean Lute of Harmony is designed in the same fashion as the first public house and bordello to be built on Creation by humanity. Of course, the original Cerulean Lute was likely not one hundred twenty-eight stories tall, craft of blue jade, or constantly resounding with the song and every sound of merrymaking, but never mind that now. Nominally, the jovial madness is overseen by Yaogin, God of Beautiful Dreams and Bearer of the Lapis Ewer- but in truth, Yaogin prefers working on his art, sampling the latest intoxicants from Burning Feather, or acquiring additional days to view the Games of Divinity apart from the one in five he shares with the other division heads. If he were more effective or attentive at his duties, one of his subordinates would likely have replaced him by now- but he’s so grossly negligent that they’re too busy fighting one another for control instead.
The Cerulean Lute is a repository for every balm, medicine, and nepenthe known to Heaven, as well as the means to indulge every vice and sate every passing desire. It stands between the Neighborhoods of Refuge and Water, hospital and casino, music hall and medical grounds. Over time, more and more of the Cerulean Lute has been taken over by merrymakers who exaggerate or even outright fabricate an illness that gives them sharply discounted rents while also allowing easy access to the pleasure houses of Water. Venus once opined that only by allowing the ultimate indulgence of all things could one be open to true serenity; this theory is often tested and found wanting in the Cerulean Lute.
Sidereals on assignment from the Cerulean Lute of Harmony are typically charged with ensuring that things can settle down. They go to bring a wanderer home, or to witness a marriage that ends a war. They are also frequently dispatched on joint operations with other Sidereals, employing their knowledge of what people want and need to bring them to where fate wants and needs them to be.
The Crimson Panoply of Victory
Between the Neighborhoods of Fire and Groves, there is an open field, covered in tents, fortresses and parade grounds, surrounding a central edifice of crenelated red jade and scarlett steel- the Crimson Panoply of Victory, the Invincible Fortress of Battles. It is from here that Hu Dai Ling, Goddess of Soldiers, Shogun of the Crimson Banner and division head of the Crimson Panoply meditates upon the nature of conflict. She is the most recently raised of her peers amongst the division heads, and contends constantly with upstarts- especially from the directional war gods, each of whom feel that they would better direct the nature of battles in Creation than the taciturn, butterfly winged goddess.
The Crimson Panoply forever rings, with the sound of hammer on bronze and steel, the hiss of quenching metal, the cries of men and horses drilling and training. Incongruously, it is also often interrupted by delegations of rose and cherry scented gods, representing various sides in conflicts around Creation, offering considerable arguments, pleas, and gifts to expedite their petitions of victory in this or that coming battle. Such petitions are never officially honored; unofficially, however, the petitioners and their gifts keep coming, using the spoils of one victory to finance the next. The Crimson Panoply has the most official contacts in the Bureau of Humanity of any of the divisions of Destiny, rivaled only by the Cerulean Lute- Mars speculates that war and peace is the primary duality around which Creation revolves.
Sidereals on assignment from the Crimson Panoply of Victory are almost always sent to a scene of open violence and conflict. Sometimes, they are there to ensure that one side is victorious, or another side defeated- but as often, they are there to ensure the survival of someone participating in the battle. Their extensive contacts amongst the rest of the Bureau of Humanity can also see them doing unofficial favors of almost any nature, wherever people are found in Creation.
The Forbidding Manse of Ivy
Between the Neighborhoods of Wind and Wood is a deceptive building. It seems like no more than another palace-template in an upscale neighborhood, white marble and jade columns and a roof of beaten gold. Indeed, not even the nicest, as it is simply overgrown with climbing ivy that conceals much of the building’s beauty. It is only as a visitor approaches the building that they can begin to recognize the subtle tricks of perspective, expectation and space-warping sorcery that conceal the true size of the Forbidding Manse of Ivy. In this way, it is much as it’s leader, God of Secrets, Bearer of Ten Thousand Veils, Nara-O, head of the division of Secrets - about whom little more may be said.
The Forbidding Manse is the repository for all of Heaven’s lore and learning. Here are three dozen divine sorcerers, each studying occulted arts to further their knowledge. There, the Obfuscatory Order, celestial cryptographers who each seek to be the one to discover the True Lie by which any truth may be concealed even in broadest view. Every where, teachers, students, thieves, liars, wise men and charlatans of every stripe. Within the depths of the Forbidding Manse are the Vaults Untouched, wherein are sealed works deemed dangerous by Heavenly censors, such as Rakan Thulio’s manifesto, the Eyre of the Sleepwalker, or fragments of the infernal and aberrant prayer book known as the Broken Winged Crane. Only those with good cause or deep pockets may access such works, and then for only limited times and under close scrutiny.
Sidereals on assignment from the Forbidding Manse of Ivy are almost always going to retrieve some information which Heaven has not yet approved for Creation, spiriting it away and bringing silence to any mortals that have learned too much. They may do this with violence, but most prefer trickery- discrediting the discoverer as a madman is popular, as is falsely accusing them of slanderous allegations that can distract from their invention. They are also Heaven’s eyes and ears, and have cultivated a network of contacts and informants without peer in Creation, Heaven and even the realms beyond. Any secret shared is one known by the Forbidding Manse- and Nara-O is said to know even those secrets that have gone unspoken.
The Violet Bier of Sorrows
The Violet Bier of Sorrows stands alone and in silence, within the Neighborhood of Heaven. Four hundred forty-four li around the mausoleum of basalt and white jade, the graveyard of heroes and empires. Here are memorials to gods fallen during the ancient war, martyrs who perished in gaining freedom for their comrades. Here are countless rows, each one bearing a simple plaque of a magical material, marking the internment of the Exalted that fell during those battles. Silence covers the Violet Bier like a shroud, and flows from Wayang, the Black Puppet Mask, eldest of the division heads, God of Silence and founder of Sijan.
The bittersweet scent of myrh and natron is omnipresent on the grounds of the Violet Bier, and clings like a second shadow to those who enter its halls. Few do; most gods do not like being reminded that they can perish, and that Saturn promises an end to all things. As with any place that people avoid, rumors grow like mushrooms- an order of godly assassins train in the Violet Bier, dispatched by Wayang to murder rivals who grow overbold, armed with toxins that can rob a spirit of immortality. The Violet Bier has no basement; a central staircase descends forever downwards, until it reaches the heart of the Labyrinth of the Underworld, where Saturn has made secret pacts with the Deathlords. The taciturn gods who work within the Bier remain nearly as silent as those of the Forbidding Manse, to the admiration of the later- the dead hold their secrets well.
Sidereals on assignment from the Violet Bier of Sorrows are, unsurprisingly, generally dispatched to bring an end to something or someone. An end does not always mean death- but it always means change, often sudden, rarely welcomed. They are also amongst the most likely to be sent to investigate and correct aberrations of fate and instances of sorun within Creation- trusted to bring an end to that which has thrown out the balance of destiny.
The Loom of Fate
The Loom of Fate connects all five of the division offices. It can be reached from any of them. However, you may only exit the Loom by the office which you entered it from. The Loom of Fate cannot be spied from outside, because it is outside. Suspended in a realm where space twists to accommodate the impossible needs of the Loom, the Web of Fate and Destiny hangs on invisible hooks, while threads of life and essence are spun, patterned, and brought tight together by the tireless efforts of the pattern spiders. With diligent effort, one can even find Asna Firstborn, the original pattern spider, who now oversees the rest of the brood as they work to create, maintain and repair the patterns. Asna is not much for conversation, of course, but is inordinately fond of poetry, and rather fancies himself as a connoisseur of the classics.
Contrary to popular belief, few Sidereals spend much time admiring the Loom. The spiders don’t appreciate having someone looking over their shoulders, and have limited tolerance for unauthorized second-guessers and armchair weavers. They instead take their direction from a small, highly trained and deeply eccentric group of gods who have specialized in learning to speak to and understand the spiders- taking the designs and projections of the rest of the Bureau and transforming them into instructions the spiders can understand. Despite their enormous value, most of these gods are relatively unpopular- spending so much time with the pattern spiders leaves them somewhat deranged and grossly informal compared to the rest of Heaven. The bureau generally tries to keep them out of sight when deities from other parts of Heaven wish to visit.
Sidereals almost never receive assignments from the Loom of Fate directly; if they do, it is certainly a sign of some grave disaster- horrifying instances of sorun that threaten to rend the entire pattern, wholesale dissolution of Creation, coordinated invasion by the Wyld- that sort of thing. The most recent one was relatively mild; five hundred years ago, Rakan Thulio somehow corrupted one of the spider-speaking gods, and used them to incite a virtual civil war amongst the pattern spiders, as corrupted clones replicated like cancer while weaving mad designs.
Visions Gold and Bronze
Since the earliest days, the Sidereals have tended to internally fragment amongst themselves. Given the nature of their responsibilities and the possibilities available to them in the resolution of their problems, not to mention a dozen, often conflicting, forms and sutras of enlightenment embedded in their Charms and martial arts, and it is often a wonder that the can bring themselves to working together. In general, Sidereals broadly agree on the following- Destiny is a necessary balance between Heaven and Creation. Those who don’t agree with this generally throw in their lot with the Sleepwalker, or simply become ronin. Beyond that, one hundred stars have one hundred paths, and no two are exactly alike- but broad similarities may be found. Most Sidereals do not consider themselves as first and foremost a member of any faction- they see themselves as free agents, willing and able to follow their conscience. Most will also tend to find themselves drawn towards one of these informal factions, reinforced by their relationships, where they live, and what missions they are assigned.
Ways and Means of the Golden Stars
The Sidereals are privileged to see the best of all possible worlds. However improbable such events are, they know the outcome that leads to the greatest good and the purest justice. Many, armed with this knowledge, refuse to settle for anything less. They feel that by accepting the merely good in lieu of the perfect, they become culpable for the suffering that they have tacitly endorsed. To these Sidereals, the way you pursue your goal and your intentions while doing so are as important as the actual accomplishment of the goal itself; good seeds will grow bitter fruit if sewn in poison soil. During the First Age, such Sidereals were known as Golden Stars. Even when they disagreed amongst each other as to what the greatest good was or how to best pursue it, they were united in agreement that settling was unacceptable. The moniker of gold was given to them derisively at first; gold was pretty to look at, but not much good for actual use. Gold bends under pressure, and cannot hold up under sustained wear. The Golden Stars accepted the sobriquet with good grace, however; gold was precious, they would argue, just as the pursuit of perfection is. Moreover, gold is noble; it has no truck with common metals, and the fire of gold does not tarnish and rust over time.
When the Sidereals came together to perform the Great Prophecy, the majority of the Golden Stars wished to forsake Heaven and attempt to save the Solars. The risk was great, but the rewards immeasurable, whereas the consequences of giving up were simply unthinkable. But as the debate wore on, more lost their nerve, siding with the Bronze as a means of averting the third vision; the handful that were adamant to the end were killed or driven out of Heaven. Since then, it is the Golden Stars that have reached out the most often to the Lunars, seeking to form a peace with them. It is they who attempted to hide and teach the few returning Solars after the Usurpation, seeking to prove that the madness of the Lawgivers had been expunged. Golden Stars often come down hard on divine tyranny, but also have provided tacit support for places where gods and men coexist without abuse and exploitation. The point to the constant warfare of the Shogunate and the devastation of the Contagion as proof that the decision to attempt to withdraw from Creation was not merely morally wrong, but ultimately ineffective. Golden Stars are the Sidereals most likely to accrue Paradox by opposing the known will of Heaven, and advocate for active intervention in Creation to repair fates gone awry.
Means and Ends of the Bronze Faction
The Sidereals are doomed to know the worst ends the world can come to. Whatever the costs they pay, they know that they are averting a worse future by paying them. Many, armed with this knowledge, cannot countenance gambling with the future- the most important thing is to minimize the harm that can come to pass, to take the route that has the greatest chance for the minimum of pain in this veil of tears. To these Sidereals, the ends are all that matter- the means used to achieve them are immaterial.
During the First Age, Sidereals who adopted this attitude became known as Bronze Stars. A mocking title given by the more idealistic Golden Stars, the Bronze Stars soon proclaimed the rightness; bronze was a noble metal, a practical alloy of lesser substance into a greater whole, a substance stronger than copper and less brittle than iron, and vastly more common and useful than gold. When the Sidereals came together to perform the Great Prophecy, the majority of the of the Bronze Stars wished to forsake Creation, cast down the Solars and raise up the Dragonblooded. The risks and costs of such an action were great, but could be managed, while the consequences of doing nothing or trying and failing to reach the Solars were unimaginable.
Since then, the Bronze Stars have vigorously attempted to reunite Creation beneath the Dragonblooded host. They do not think it likely that the Lunars will ever forgive them, and believe a united Creation to be the best hope for a better tomorrow, even if it comes at a cost today. The point to the ruin wrecked by the few Solars who have returned as evidence that the Lawgivers were past redemption, and many believe that the Contagion’s roots can be traced back to a Golden Star plot gone awry. The support the laws of Heaven being obeyed to minimize sorun and the mistreatment of men by gods, but are practical about such things- turning a blind eye to some lesser crime can secure a powerful ally against a future contingency. Bronze Stars are the Sidereals most likely to accrue Paradox by enforcing the will of Heaven even against their own defining Principles, and advocate for more passive solutions; raising up people near the problem to take care of it, without risking the limited resources of the Bureau of Destiny or precious Sidereal lives.
Wandering Stars
Some Sidereals find themselves drawn towards neither idealistic gambling or pragmatic compromise. The follow their own path, guided by a compass that points towards a pole only they can see. Such individuals most typically forsake Heaven and the Bureau of Destiny entirely, or were somehow lost and took their Second Breath without being recovered. They are collectively called ronin, Sidereals who have no master save their conscience. It is not easy to walk Creation under the burden of Arcane Fate; even the most idealistic Golden Stars acknowledge that they can do more good from within the system than outside it. Without the support of the Bureau of Destiny and Heaven, most ronin lead short, brutal lives, killed by vengeful Lunars and angry spirits threatened by these wandering mystics with their star-filled gazes. However, to some unquiet souls, the danger is not merely acceptable, but a small price to pay for following their conscience.
Sidereals who were missed and forced to survive for several years on their own will often refuse the offers of their brethren when found. They have created roots in Creation, people that depend on them, even if those people are ignorant. While these ronin generally do not hold any animosity towards Heaven, they place their personal ties above some abstract destiny that has apparently been getting along fine without them. Such ronin most often do rejoin the ranks of the Five-score Fellowship in their own time, as they come to realize how much larger the world is and how much more they could accomplish. Even less common are those Sidereals who walk away from Heaven after years of loyal service. Sometimes they are seduced by Rakan Thulio’s cause, but others are simply tired and desire a permanent sabbatical from the burdens of being an agent of Destiny. Essence fever and the pull of kismet are powerful things, and often draw such ronin back into the thick of action, whatever they may think they want.
--Sidebar: What’s the difference between Ronin and Golden Stars?-- Many Sidereals, especially those with inclinations towards the Bronze philosophy of pragmatism, would say there isn’t a difference; the Sidereals exiled from Heaven prior to the Usurpation are sometimes called the first ronin for their refusal to compromise. However, there is a subtle but important difference. Golden Stars believe that working within the system is the best way to realize the best world. There is a risk that the lure of an easy life and valuing results over reasons could turn them from this noble course, but it is better to accept this risk and steel against it than to reject Heaven out of fear of personal weakness. Of course, this only applies to those ronin who intentionally forsake Heaven but do not throw in with Rakan Thulio. --End Sidebar--
The Darkness Between
And then there is the Sleepwalker and the War on Heaven.
Rakan Thulio believes that destiny is a corrupt joke, and one that Creation would be better served without. He contends that by supporting it, Sidereals are culpable of every ounce of suffering they inflict, whatever their goals and whatever the outcome. Ignorance is an excuse only for so long as a ronin remains ignorant; once the veil is lifted from their eyes, how can they not see that Heaven must burn?
Naturally, no Sidereal entertains such thoughts. Not when they ensure a disaster occurs on schedule to dispossess an entire people and leave them wandering with no home to call their own. Not when they arrange the treacherous affair that plunges a nation into civil war. Not when they watch brutal soldiers rape and pillage and enslave towns after one failed crop too many. Not when they withhold the secrets that could cure a plague because Heaven does not yet deem it time. Not when they are sent to end the life of a friend or lover. Naturally not.
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