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  • Hi Sarah! I'm re-reading 'Briar's Book' where the blue pox plague emerges, and I'm wondering if Tammy talked to an epidemiologist or based it on the 1918 influenza pandemic. It's very accurate (besides the magic part, of course) with how a pandemic can rip through a city. It's interesting to read it alongside the coronavirus pandemic now.

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    • Hey, sorry for the late reply! The great thing about working in a library is also that publishers approve me for upcoming books and I have a lot of ARCs! One that I really liked recently was a fantasy romance, "The Midnight Bargain" by C.L. Polk. It's coming out later this year. I really like her other stuff, too, the Witchmark books.

      I also really liked "Mexican Gothic" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Very creepy and very good!

      Have you read anything good recently?

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    • Oh, no worries! We’ve both got lives in the real world that are more important than wikia :)

      I actually haven’t read anything for fun in awhile but I do enjoy Janet Evanovich’s novels (I’ve read all but a handful of her more than 40 crime and mystery books). I’m currently partway through several books that I started months ago and never finished... “The Help”, “A Brief History of Time”, “Harry Potter e la Pietra Filosofale” (Book 1 in Italian - it’s slow going as it’s not my first language).

      Most of my reading time right now is spent studying for the first of two exams toward my engineering license.

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    • Looks like it does on my end!

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    • Yay!

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  • Hi Sarah. Because there seems to be agreement from the only two continually active members on this wiki haha, we should plan to revamp the page. We are both busy people (so neither of us could get this changed in a day) but it might be a good idea to first brainstorm what kind of stuff we would want. Is there anything from perusing other wikis on fandom that have a certain thing on their main page that you would want on ours?

    For me, the featured article and the quote of the week templates that Purzel had are good ideas, we would just need to change them out more often to showcase different articles and different quotes.

    I personally don't think we should even try to fix the links to show pictures in the revamp. Although it was cool, I think we should have actual pictures on the main page.

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    • Can you see the blue glow again?  I like it with the wider border.  I think the border could be a little darker though.  More like the color that our usernames are showing - the text color.

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    • I like the blue glow and the wider border!

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  • Hey! Do you know if the Chioké from Tempests is the same as Ilom Chioké from Emperor Mage? I assume so but since usually masters are called by their first names (like Master Sebo and Master Cosmas), it breaks the mold. It also seems like he's undergone a complete character transformation. 

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    • It seems more like she’s trying to explain what happens at the Carthaki University than what happened to Numair, though... that certainly could have been done in a book set later in time with a new mage character studying there. We already knew that Numair, Tristan, Ozorne, Gissa, and Varice knew each other from school, and haven’t really learned that much more about them, except that Numair and Ozorne were REALLY, REALLY close.

      I think it would have been a much more interesting story had Sarralyn attended the University and we could have heard the stories that way as a father telling his daughter (or whatever Sarralyn actually is... his child) instead of as a prequel starring Numair. This may be an unpopular opinion, but Numair was never one of my favorite characters anyway.

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    • I agree with your feelings on Numair. I think it's a lot less niche than you'd think. Other friends who have read the books have been less than thrilled with his character. I think Sarralyn definitely would have attended the Royal University though, since there's some patriotic pride to it now. But Sarai's children might be mages, what with Zaimid's bloodline; and the magic bloodline runs strong in both Kalasin AND Kaddar's lines so that would have been cool to have a book centered on them/their children to explain the same thing.

      I definitely wish she moved on to the children of Kel's generation, including Neal's daughter and Sarralyn.

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  • Hello Magewhisper! I hope you're doing well.

    I wonder if it would be better/cleaner to organize the character lists on book pages by main character/royal and noble/commoner/scanrans/pages (category examples), etc. It would help make the lists more searchable for specific characters, and would look less bulky.

    Let me know what you think!

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    • You can't blame me for thinking that you were planning to make individual pages for all of them, considering many minor/lesser/mentioned in passing characters are linked in the lists you have made. That's not a wide conjecture for me to make, considering that's the way it's always been. If you link it, it means you think a page should exist about it.

      And I was asking about the navboxes? Not that only main characters should be on the book pages. One liner descriptions are fine. Personally, it looks good if the main characters at least have a bit more oomph to their description, however.

      And in response to your last question, yes, link to specific categories about characters in specific books.

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    • I think we're still having some miscommunication problems.  I think that there should be individual pages for all of the characters, no matter how minor.  The Three Sorrows can be lumped together if you want, but I will say the Ysandir have a collective page and individual pages, and the Horse Lords do as well.

      I do not think that all the characters need to be left in the lists on the main book pages after their individual pages are made.  Only the important/recognizable characters need included.

      I know you were talking about navboxes - I agree that I don't think every single character needs to be in a navbox.

      How about one-liner descriptions for all but the main three or four characters, who can get a small paragraph description on the book page?

      Does that make sense?

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  • I don't think we should use past-tense for inanimate objects, as they would still be constant in the universe. When the inanimate object is the subject, I think we should use present-tense. It is how it's been in most of the wiki (e.g. cities). It's only when it's the object, and the subject is a character, that I think it should be past-tense. (unless written in a book summary, which are always in the present)

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    • That's fine.  I just looked odd to me for half the article to be present and half to be past.  Thought looking back the Gold Street page I created a few days ago, I made it half present and half past myself... I'll roll back the change I made to the Smiskir River page.  It all makes sense now, ha. :)

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    • That's ok. I was just wondering about what you thought was wrong with it when most of the other non-character pages are in present until you get to histories.

      What helps is if you look at it from an in-universe perspective. For characters, everything has already happened, so past-tense. But non-characters are pretty stagnant and unchanging, unless indicated by the author. Personally, I think the introductions of character pages should be in present-tense (or a mix between the two) if they are Circle Universe characters or 5th century Tortallan Universe characters and are not dead, as in-universe perspective means they are still alive.

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    • I think it should be more case-by-case really.  If a character is still having their story be told, then present tense for the introduction is fine I think.  But if they only appeared once, or only appeared a long time ago, or if they're dead (obviously), then I think intros should be past tense.  I think the same should go for places that were only visited a while ago, or where all the events there have already taken place.  This is the English in me, keeping everything in one consistent tense.  For rivers, though, and for streets like Gold Street that I made, I think it should be fine to keep the first paragraph about location and whatnot in the present, and the second paragraph about events there in the past.  Just don't mix the tenses in the same sentence or paragraph and I can handle that. :)

      Does that all make sense?  What do you think?

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    • Yeah, sure. That makes sense. You can also go further to separate them by keeping the present tense in the intro, and any past-tense under a different header. So it doesn't go back and forth.

      Ha. The linguist in me is thinking, languages change anyway, why don't we help speed it along?

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  • I don't know if you heard yet, but it's available for pre-order. Here's the Random House link

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  • I added a few things to the family infobox: "deposition", "enthronement", and "founder". I'm wondering if "deposition" should be in the Establishment section or Background section, not Affiliation. I put it above events because I thought it made sense for them to go together, but I'm wondering if both fields should be in Background, or if there should be a separate header for History. Tell me what you think. Template:Family infobox

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  • When I created the event infobox, I wasn't thinking in terms of colors just content, so it uses the same color scheme that the location infoboxes used to have. I think we should move away from that to make it more interesting. Do you think we should just have one all-encompassing color scheme for events, or should we split up color schemes by "wars", "crime", "disease", etc. 

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    • I think we should have one color encompassing all events. We are running out of unique patterns for Infobox types, and we should make sure they're all different.

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    • So, I did a bit of work on the Event infobox. For wars, I put a belligerent1 header, and belligerent2. I know in the Immortals War especially, there are several on one side, but if that happens then they should be lumped together in one section, belligerent1 or 2. By sides. 

      I also chose colors for all event infoboxes, and let me know if you like the color combo. See Scanran War for the use of the new infobox.

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    • Infobox looks good. :)

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  • So I'm going to start fussing with the location infobox. I think there should definitely be coordinated colors based on type of location: the blue can stay for landforms or just bodies of water, but I was thinking of doing a white bg1, black fg1, and the bg2 can be based on what it is or just a random color. That way it's differentiated from the character infoboxes, and this can be a sitewide distinction, not based on universe. 

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    • I actually like the pale pink. :)

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    • Yay!

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