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[Historians Union] Archaeology Site Excursions

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The Historians Union will host excursions to different sites in Altera.

How does it work? - Short Overview
Characters get 3 Action Points to carry out an Archaeological Dig.
They start by gathering at a place with potential historical significance, which is called a Dig Site.
They then search the Dig Site for places that might contain historical items, these places are called Excavation Sites.
After locating the site, they prepare the site, in order to find historical items, these are called Thematic Relics.

To get a Thematic Relic, one emotes out their actions and rolls their lore dice near a prepared Excavation Site.
Depending on the number of successes, they find a Relic in classes Common to Legendary.
Once found, they will need to repair the damaged Thematic Relic with HC items.

Once repaired, they can then add the Thematic Relic to their collection, sell/gift it to a museum, or sell it to the Historians Union for Renown.
Renown is spent on increasing the chances to find rarer relics, saving up on AP, or buying the Archaeologist title.

Read the full guide below!



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A chart of our continent with an indication of the location of the dig sites currently known to exist.



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Dig Sites are places with Historical Significance that yield Thematic Relics.

Each Dig Site has specific Damaged Thematic Relics which need specific HC Resources in order to restore them.


Public
Storm's Landing - First Footfall - Novice - Iron Ore, Maple Wood, Simple Leather
Astrakhan
- Tarnished Water - Expert - Garulf Pelt, Exceptional Leather, Machanite
Grand Temple
- Precursors - Master - Irrut Wood, Immortal Dust, Spidersilk


Yet to be opened
Nid Arach - Before Chaos - Journeyman - Gold Ore, Yew Wood, Fine Leather

Restoring can be done at any time by /sendmailing the items required.
If you have a higher tier material than the prerequisite, you're free to use that instead.
For instance; using exceptional leather in place of simple leather.

If you wish to have a Dig Site in your region, just post below and we'll get it done!




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During your visit you have 3 AP and may spend 1 AP on the following things

- Clearing Debris -
Some parts of Digsites may not be accessible right from the start.
You'll have to use 1 AP to clear the debris to find new and pristine Excavation Sites.

- Prepare Excavation Site -
Once you've cleared your way to a new part of the Digsite, you need to locate the excavation site.
Use 1 AP to prepare your work: Fencing off the area and carefully digging away the major chunks of dirt.

- Attempt Excavation -
You're now ready to excavate, use 1 AP to roll Mind+Lore to determine what you may find:
Failure - 0 Successes
Site-Specific Debris - 1 Success
Common - 2 Successes
Uncommon - 3 Successes
Rare - 4 Successes
Unique - 5 Successes
Legendary - 6+ Successes

Only the opening event of a Dig Site will have an organized event thread.
All subsequent visits to dig sites will be hosted sporadically.
You can't book them in advance.
It's just a matter of us being online at the same time and 1 to 5 people being interested in attending.




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You can sell your Thematic Relics to the Archaeologists for Renown.
With Renown, you can increase your chances to get higher-tiered Thematic Relics!
Or get more out of these events by holding onto your AP for the actual excavations.

Archaeologist Team - 1 Renown - One use only
Use this to skip the clearing debris step by letting a team of Archaeologists do the work
OR
Use this to skip the locate & prepare step by letting a team of Archaeologists do the work.

Archaeology Manuals - 1 renown - One use only
Use 1 manual for +1 success on your excavation roll. These do stack.

Archaeologist Title - 10 renown - One use only
Buy the Archaeologist Title which will appear in front of your username!



Price Chart of Thematic Relics per Renown
2x Common = 1 renown
Uncommon = 1 renown
Rare = 2 renown
Unique = 3 renown
Legendary = 4 renown

If you use 2 or more AP on things other than excavating Relics, you also get 1 Renown for being selfless.

You can also spend your renown to buy any Thematic Relics someone else has sold to the Union.
Depending on the stock available, you can buy a Common Relic for 1 renown up to a Legendary Relic for 5 renown.
See all available Thematic Relics at Candlewood's Museum!




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An Archaeology Set is a collection of all possible Thematic Relics from a specific Dig Site.

Folks may want to collect all separate Thematic Relics from one dig site.
In that case, here's a useful list of known Thematic Relics.


Storm's Landing - First Footfall
It appears to have been a commercial cargo ship, fitted with cannons to protect the haul onboard.
It was a seaworthy vessel that has run into a rock in the shallow waters and sunk right before the coast;
never making it ashore. Piloted by a skilled captain and crew, who abandoned the ship as it sunk.


[Keepsake] - Sandy Debris
[Common] - Barnacled Rope
[Uncommon] - Wooden Footlocker
[Rare] - Sailor's Pipe
[Unique] - Old Cannon
[Legendary] - Captain's Compass

Nid Arach - Before Chaos
There is very little known about this site.

[Keepsake] - Muddy Debris
[Common] - Unknown
[Uncommon] - Unknown
[Rare] - Unknown
[Unique] - Unknown
[Legendary] - Unknown

Astrakhan - Tarnished Water
There is very little known about this site.

[Keepsake] - Coarse Debris
[Common] - Royalist Spangenhelm
[Uncommon] - Royalist Paramerion
[Rare] - Unknown
[Unique] - Metal Curse Tablet
[Legendary] - Royalist Commander's Breastplate

Grand Temple - Precursors
The Precursors have long been elusive, although they were on the continent before we were.
Through the efforts of a team of researchers led by Lana Wake, we now know the location of their Grand Temple.
Look for publications on this subject by this team of intellectual Alterans if you wish to know more!


[Keepsake] - Coarse Debris
[Common] - Black Spear
[Uncommon] - Moonstone Orb
[Rare] - Moon Goddess Banner
[Unique] - Death Stick
[Legendary] - Carapace Ring


Museums and Collectors interested in purchasing your Thematic Relics
Museum - Laisa's Museum [ Samiwashere ]
Museum - Aesi Ro'van Museum [ LyricalArtist ]
Collector - Lana Wake [ I am Wake ]
Collector - Lewis Doggett [ Squidziod ]


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Each Dig Site has a maximum of 3 Excavation Sites available.
Each Excavation Site has 5 Common, 4 Uncommon, 3 Rare, 2 Unique, and 1 Legendary Thematic Relics in it.

When an Excavation Site is depleted of Thematic Relics, new sites need to be uncovered by clearing debris.
This goes on until a site is entirely exhausted. Thematic Relics will never be refilled.


HAPPY DIGGING!
A small elaboration of the terms used in Archaeology, using Storm's Landing's First Footfall site as an example:
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The red square is the Dig Site, located somewhere in Altera.
The blue square one of the three Excavation Sites that can be found within the Dig Site
The green square represents the place in the Excavation Site where you can find Thematic Relics.
 
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Heie

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If digging in the landing. Individuals may want to seek permission from the council ic.
 

Heie

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I don't see a problem. Was just saying it may be an ic consideration and opportunity for char rp.
 

Bartooliinii

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I don't see a problem. Was just saying it may be an ic consideration and opportunity for char rp.
There isn't any, that's why you don't see it haha
These events will just be me DMing digsites and allowing for some history that starts at the moment Alterans arrive on the continent to be pulled from the ground. If folks want to interact and do stuff and sign contracts or whatnot they are encouraged to do so. I'm just providing the sites.
 

Blorbis83

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Blorbis83 I'm hoping Astrakhan would be up for a digsite. I think its rich culture will give us plenty of ideas for an archaeology set!
Sure thing! I bet there are probably some old battle sites left over from the days where Astrakhan had its civil war, and there are definitely artifacts laying around from the earliest foundations of the town.
 

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The server is absolutely brimming with history on this Continent alone, there is so much people can find. The old Anhalders, some battle/death remnants from the Blight of 2305, the ruins of the fallen culture and city of Amalfia-- there are even entire cities that have vanished for OOC reasons that you could delve into ICly, like Natri'Evar or-- far, far better-- the entire Wise Empire! :D
The forums provide quite decent information regarding these old cultures, even if some have deleted their threads, you can search the keywords and scour threads for a while. You'll pick up bits and pieces of lore about these culture to scramble together some manner of artifact or pottery.

I love this idea and will involve Lana fully after the Precursor event chain and, hopefully, after the Planar Convergence has been solved.

 

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As someone who has had an archaeologist character for a long time now its nice to see something that will actually let me act on that
 

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After the first event, I've tweaked some stuff to make it all go more smoothly and to make sure everyone is rewarded accordingly. Now all I need to do is clean this thread up so it's easier to find what you're looking for... HMM
 

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After being at a loss as to what to do with the relics that were sold to the Historians Union, I've decided:

You can also spend your renown to buy any Thematic Relics someone else has sold to the Union.
Depending on the stock available, you can buy a Common Relic for 1 renown up to a Legendary Relic for 5 renown.
 

Samiwashere

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Laisa will let y’all talk to your dead loved ones in exchange for cool donations to her museum ;)
 
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By the efforts of different groups of people over the course of three days, all the different Thematic Relics of the First Footfall digsite have been found for the first time!

That means the Archaeologists have enough information and together with the folks who helped they solved the puzzle of Storm's Landing's sunken ship. It appears to have been a commercial cargo ship, together with cannons to protect the haul onboard. It was a seaworthy vessel that has run into a rock in the shallow waters and sunk right before the coast, never making it ashore. Piloted by a skilled captain and crew, who abandoned the ship as it sunk.

Each of the items are still there in excavation sites; they have not been fully depleted. So plenty of reason for future visits :)
 

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Historians Union books about the uncovered secret history of excavated dig sites will now be available for purchase. They will list all the thematic relics found there, but also give extra information and theories about the dig site. I will do my best to include theories in it that player characters came up with during the roleplays at the site. As soon as all kinds of thematic relics have been found, a new book shall be written about that dig site :)

The first book is now available on /ah; [HU] First Footfall!
 
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