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26st May 2018 | Thanks to everyone for voting on Discord for our default skin! Reveries has won and enjoy your prizes. If that's not your cup of tea, don't forget that we have nine skins to choose from!

21st May 2018 | Of the Month Nominations are now up! Go spread your love with your nominations here

16th May 2018 | After serious deliberations among the staff, we would like to welcome our new moderators: Delirium, Briallu, and Cinder! Congratulations! Thank you so much to everyone who auditioned; it was one of the toughest decisions we've ever had to make! We loved reading all of your applications!

30th April 2018 | Interested in becoming a part of the moderating team of Caeleste? Staff auditions are being held here! We welcome all to apply!

30th April 2018 | With all the battles underway right now, we are in need of guest battle judges! Please take a look here if you are interested!

30th April 2018 | Of the Month Voting is up - go vote for your favourites here!

18th April 2018 | Please congratulate the our two newest admins, Kiwi & Mallory! They were promoted thanks to all their hard work and dedication! We also want to thank all our current staff as they have been working really hard to make sure Cae is running smoothly! Keep your eye out as we are going to be hosting auditions to add two new moderators to our staff team!

15th April 2018 | The staff is at it again! A wonderful new type of quest is now offered to you wonderful members of Caeleste by the name of Misc Quests. No matter what it is your character desires they can now got to their Deity and see if they are willing to make their wildest dreams come true! Check out the info and rules here!

2nd April 2018 | We have amazing news!!! Immortality is now attainable through In Character achievement! Be sure to check it out in the guidebook, under Immortality!



* 25th February 2018 | The guidebook is undergoing a well deserved revision! Many things are being clarified and a few additions are being added. When the entire guidebook is finished being revised we will inform all members with an announcement following its finishing. Until now a new change log has been added for future references. Any new additions or changes to the guidebook will be added there for everyones sake, we wish for all our members to be 'in the know' and not feel left out. For now until the entire guidebook is finished you can follow the progress here. Understand that each section that is currently dated has been revised, if it is not dated it has not been revised yet, all new rules are being enforced starting the day they have been added. Be sure to keep up with the revisions and make yourself familiar with them as we go.

22nd February 2018 | After some staff discussion we have made an announcement regarding character names and some extra clarification that is not detailed in the guidebook. Please be sure to look over this announcement here and reply if you need.

21st February 2018 | Of the Month Nominations are up this month, go and nominate your favourites here!

20th February 2018 | We have a new poll up, Leadership Battle Grace Period Poll! We are considering changing our grace period for leadership battles to offer some more down time. Go read about it an give us your vote!

18th February 2018 | Additional news for today, we now have an absent/busy page that shows all members currently absent/busy as well as the reason stated for such! This page is controlled by the away status you set for your account (by going to edit profile --> away status). We will be going through the absences board as well and adding in current absences to some members profiles. If you had an absence thread posted but are no longer absent please delete the thread. <3 Thank you!

18th February 2018 | NEW SITE INCENTIVE!!! Weekly Challenges were set up in an effort to give members a chance to do something out of the ordinary with their character while receiving a reward for doing so. Be sure to check out the thread, challenges start today if you wish to get involved.

31st January 2018 | February OTM's are now open for voting! Cast your votes whenever you get a chance.

28th January 2018 | New quick link MyCodes available! Easily link a profile, thread or specific post in a thread. To read more on how to use them please see the More Resources section of the Guidebook. They can all be found under the Miscellaneous --> Useful MyCodes area.

25th January 2018 | New way of tagging. Instead of @username it is now @[username] and you will also see nifty little reminders in both posts and profiles that you can easily copy and paste instead of having to type out names! Hoping everyone has an easier time with tags now.

23nd January 2018 | Of the month nominations for February are taking place, be sure to nominate your favourites here!

22nd January 2018 | Thanks to the wonderful isoldehn, we have new rosters for each individual herd! They can be found in the navigation menu as a drop down under "Census". The Census & Player DB as well as all rosters now update automatically! We also just updated (moved accounts inactive) and deleted accounts (that were inactive for three months or more). This is a reminder to login every thirty days to keep accounts active and every ninety days to keep accounts from being deleted!


10th January 2018 | The poll has closed and Greeshma has a new Emperor!

7th January 2018 | Greeshma leadership voting is now open! Please go and cast your vote after your own deliberation on the applications for our leaders; thank you to everyone who entered! Go vote!

1st January 2018 | Happy New Year to all of Caeleste and all the lovely people in this community! To celebrate the new year, we are holding two contests alongside each other; a Posting Contest and an Advertising Contest and both have super prizes. It is a contest against yourself and not against other players, all in the name of earning some fantastic prizes, so we hope you'll really enjoy it! Let's have another fantastic year! And have fun posting!
IC News
[ Archive ]
26th May 2018 | Congratulations to Leonidas for defending his title as Emperor of Sharad from Caoimhe! Thank you to both participants for an exciting thread!

24th May 2018 | In an unexpected change of events, Caoimhe challenged the Emperor of Sharad Leonidas for the Silver Pines! Read it all HERE to see what happens next!

23th May 2018 | Thanks to one of our wonderful members, Jabberwocky, Caeleste has a special Masquerade Ball in full swing. Don't miss out on the fun! Before you do please be sure to check out the rules and check out this latest update.

19th May 2018 | Congratulations to Hassan for defending his title as Emperor of Greeshma from Rex Igni! It was a hard-fought battle, but in the end, Hassan emerged victoriously. Thank you to both participants for an exciting battle!

15th May 2018 | Due to Milly Mae's forfeit, Antiope is the new leader of Vasanta! Check it out here!

30th April 2018 | Everyone is in the fighting spirit in Caeleste today! Three new challengers have approached to take the throne of the Vasanta, Greeshma, and Hemanta leaders! See the battle between the elegant Milly Mae and her challenger, Antiope right HERE! While you're at it, check out the fierce battle between the fiery Hassan and his challenger, Rex Igni right HERE! Finally, watch as the stately Nylah takes on his challenger, Wessex right HERE! You won't want to miss these battles, so go see what all the excitement is about!

30th April 2018 | Due to Vithmiris's forfeit, Ylva is the new leader of Shishira! Check it out here!

28th April 2018 | The stunning Ylva has challenged the powerful Vithmiris's title of emperor! Don't miss out on this enthralling battle found here

16th April 2018 | Caeleste's Seasons and Years are now organized in an easy to read table. We are currently working on a coded version but please feel free to check it out at the bottom of the page here! With that being said our Year and Season has been updated! It is now Fall in Year Three!

13th April 2018 | It's Friday the 13th and Leonidas is out for blood! Come join the Sharads as they confront the Shishira demanding answers about the death of their Emperor's child! It's sure to be an enthralling thread! Check it out here!

2nd April 2018 | We have amazing news!!! Immortality is now attainable through In Character achievement! Be sure to check it out in the guidebook, under Immortality!

28th February 2018 | After a long battle, Vithmiris has been declared winner and keeps his reign as the Shishira Emperor! Thank you to our guest judges and staff who judged the riveting battle. You can check out the results here!

3rd February 2018 | The Emperor of Sharad, Leonidas, is calling an Emergency Herd Meeting! His first and only daughter has been murdered in cold blood! He needs your help, don't miss out. This is the beginning of something big! Check it out here and paticipate in this thrilling plot!

1st February 2018 | A newcomer by the name of Destroyah has challenged Vithmiris for leadership of Shishira. What will come of this? We do not know but you may follow the battle here!

10th January 2018 | Congratulations to Hassan on winning the place as Emperor of Greeshma!
Setting
Year III | Winter
The once auburn leaves and crimson colors are now gone, swept away by the strong winds leaving bare trees in its wake. The clouds also seemed to have swept in fast, plummeting the ground with snowflakes. All of Caeleste is quickly blanketed in snow and not just a thin layer of it either. The snow already reaches up to the knees of the more taller equines in most areas. Even the temperatures feel a lot colder than what they normally would be for winter. Snow storms tend to be hitting every other week or so, making all the habitants dreading what it will be like further into the winter. The rumours of a harsh winter are proving to be correct. Even the ice coating lakes are difficult to break through. Word is beginning to spread that this will be one long tough cold winter.
Monthly Herd Post Totals

Greeshma

119 posts

Hemanta

147 posts

Sharad

198 posts

Vasanta

198 posts

Shishira

185 posts
  • Member of the Month
    jabberwocky
    Despite being a member of Caeleste for only a short time, Jabber has managed to dive right into our community! She's always willing to talk or plot, and with her wonderful, active characters, she's already added so much to Caeleste! We look forward to seeing what else Jabber will bring in the future. Congratulations!
  • Thread of the Month
    Come As You Are
    An emotional thread and a great read with many of of our gifted members taking part! Emperor Leonidas, of Sharad, and his loyal followers storm through the ice and snow to face off with the horses of Shishira. Each horse at his side shows what dedicated subjects he has. The horses of Shishira are not apt to help but with his friends at his side, we're sure the truth will come out!
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    Resin & Xavier
    Our duo who won TOTM last month, here they are again as our POTM! Resin and Xavier bring an interesting dynamic to the table in regards of a pairing. A tormented soul meeting another full of confidence, the sparks have been flying ever since. With Xavier recently confessing his feelings to Resin, only time will tell on how our lovebirds will continue to develop!
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    Aeoloni
    Aeoloni is a skilled warrior and is exciting to watch in battles. Even watching her in battle it is easy to see that she stands up as being a leader naturally. These skills are utilized well within Illustris Monastery - which was rebuilt and managed by the pegasus. It shows the joy and kindness the mare has towards others here within Caeleste. She is a mare you can count on if you need a helping hand.
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    "Girlie, it's time to go. Unless you want to end up fried."

    A moment found in Oops, I did it again where Pilot helps a small filly named Cirrus and helps guide her out of the Dragon Isle. It is a tender moment that highlights Pilot's concern for Cirrus's safety.
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LyraLyra
Overview
Appearance
Personality
History
Mind control (Primary Sorcery)
Confidant
Credits

Overview
Gender Mare
Age 5 year old
Height 16.0 hh
Breed Thoroughbred
Sexuality Heterosexual
Player Blushie
Items
Appearance
"and it calls me"

Being a siren, Lyra has two forms. These forms are very similar, with the exception of the magnificent tail she has in her aquatic one.

In both forms, her cream coat is mixed with patches of bright orange and black. It brings to mind a koi fish. Her eyes are an elegant and subtle teal. Her mane begins as the same cream as her body but it brightens to hints of orange at the tips. She has fish-like scales along the inside of her leg joints and under her jaw. She has a very unremarkable, thoroughbred build.

Her accessories of double pierced ears and an armband remain in both forms as well. Her armband is enchanted to project a gentle water-repelling shield about her. This shield is meant to prevent accidental splashing and maybe some scattered showers. Her voice is soft, quiet in tone, and musical in nature. It is incredibly pleasant to hear her speaking. She does in fact have perfect pitch… but you probably shouldn’t ask this siren to sing. Which she certainly doesn’t.

Hippocampus Form: In this form, the back half of her body fades into a magnificent and powerful tail. This tail follows similar coat patterns to her back. Her rear and tail are completely covered in scales. Along her spine is a delicate, translucent dorsal fin. In water, it moves and waves with the water around her. She also has pectoral fins along her sides. Like her coat, they are colored in patches of black, orange, and cream. Her powerful flippers are also translucent, but do not mistake these for weak limbs. A smack from this tail could knock someone unconscious.

This form grants her incredible maneuverability in and under water. She is incredibly graceful here. One would say this is her true element. She has the ability to breath under the waves and if she needed to has little reason to surface. She will return to this form whenever she gets wet. Even just a small drop will render her stranded on land for a good hour.

Terrestrial Form: In her terrestrial form, Lyra stands at 16hh. Her body is lean and well toned. She obviously has the appropriate back limbs, and one limb carries the cream all the way to her hoof. She no longer has her pectoral fins, but her dorsal fin remains, although it is slightly different. It is much stiffer than the one under water, it will bend a bit in strong winds, but for the most part it remains standing. It is begins as a black fin just over halfway across her back and finishes in a bright orange just above her tail. Her tail is the same cream to orange ombré as her mane.

She moves less gracefully on land than in the water. And she is certainly slower. She knows how to walk, but a careful observer might be able to descent how strange she feels on four legs.

Personality
"and no one knows how far it goes"

⦁ Shy ⦁ Passive ⦁ Sorrowful ⦁ Quiet ⦁ Nervous ⦁ Kind ⦁

Shy: Having little experience with equines, Lyra is a shy creature. She finds initiation conversation and continuing socialization to be draining ordeals. If you ask her a gather of more than two equines at one time, you will probably find that she has faded into the background or managed to move to the outer edge. Once she is comfortable, this shyness fades quite a bit. She will never run a conversation, but she won’t back down from one either.

Passive: She is passive in a roll-with-the-punches sort of way. She has been ruled by ocean currents long enough to understand that there are in fact forces outside of our control. She will be more likely to follow the flow of a situation rather than try and fight the current. But do not mistake this strength for a timid or easily guided nature. She wouldn’t put up too much of a fight, but she is very good at slipping away.

Sorrowful: There is something undeniably sad about her. It is in the way she looks at you. The way her voice carries a note of longing. This outlook of a heart unfulfilled seems to define her being and the wisdom she bares has it’s roots within.

Quiet: Lyra is quiet. She prefers to watch rather than engage. She is perfectly content to sit on the sidelines and observe all the other ideas. In fact, her voice even is quite. It isn’t a whisper, but you might have to stand just a little closer if you are going to actually understand her. She doesn’t voice her opinions or thoughts often, and when she does her voice (and even her body) will shrink so as to avoid attention.

Nervous: Some might find Lyra socially awkward and she feels she is too. She is very nervous around others and nervous about social dynamics. Her loneliness has defined her for a very long time, and she is only comfortable in her own solitude. Around even small groups, Lyra can start to get a little panicked, try and push her into a larger gathering and she very well might have an anxious breakdown. It is best to bring others to her.

Kind: At the end of the day, Lyra is one of the kindest creatures you will meet. She doesn’t judge and will always try and see the good in others. Even in the worst of situations, she has learned how to believe and hold onto the light. This makes her origins and abilities as a siren quite a unique combination. Perhaps it is some lurking knowledge deep in her heart that remembers love and wishes to offer it once again. But it is certainly her kindness that has kept her in her watery prison. And perhaps, it was kindness that set her free.

History
“And it seems like it's calling out to me”

Enter the Deep

The first memory Lyra has is of darkness. She came to on the ocean floor. There was no light. There was no sound. She called out in a voice she only knew was her own because of the complete nothing around.

She never was answered

Lyra knew nothing. No memory, no name, and as a fully grown mare, she had no knowledge of how she came to be. Eventually, she managed to pluck herself off the ocean floor and swim. She doesn’t know how long she swam, lost in the Deep. Time is hard to keep track of when you have little reference.

Over time, she came upon others like herself and pieced together something of a story: she had become a Siren. She knew this because Sirens were not born, every one of them was made. Or so the legends say. It is held among their kind that a Siren is made when a broken hearted equine casts themselves upon the waves in an attempt to rid themselves of the pain of living with that heart. However, those who still had some desire to live but without the pain are granted a new chance at life. An exchange between an existing Siren and the dying equine is made. The previous Siren is able to cross onto land and the former equine gains a completely clean slate: no memories, no pain, no identity.

Lyra is sure it seemed an attractive alternative at the time.

Vagabond of the Sea

She chose the name Lyra for herself after, well, she isn’t sure how long or where she came across it. But she liked the way it sounded. Many Sirens do not bother with names until after they have returned to land, but it felt strange to think about herself as just the Siren-Girl.

She never was satisfied with her life, and never much liked the idea of condemning some other unfortunate soul to this existence in exchange for her getting back to shore. Yet, like other Sirens, she found herself often stalking coastlines watching from the waves as other’s lives touched her prison. She wasn’t satisfied with this life, but it was hers.

That all changed one spring night. Under a new moon, Lyra watched as a stallion approached the cliffside. Siren instinct said he was suicidal, his broken and beating heart almost too tempting for Lyra to ignore. She crept closer and to her hope and horror he ended up jumping into the sea. She waited and then approached. Freedom was close, so very close. And in her approach, just before the mysterious magical agreement was made, her conscious roared to life. No, she could not live with herself knowing she had claimed this stallion’s life, even if he could live anew. So instead, she decided to rescue him from the Deeps. It was difficult going, dead weight is not easy to carry. But she managed to keep his head above water and deposit him above tideline.

And onto Land

The effort was enough to exhaust her. She spent the next few hours on the beach of Amber Shores just trying to recuperate. Lyra felt torn during those hours. Her freedom had been so close, and what if he tried again? Had she really just thrown away her only chance at getting legs?

But when low tide came, and the warm sun rose over her back, Lyra discovered something strange. In place of her powerful tail, two legs lay curled under her body. Terrified, Lyra looked around. The stallion of the previous night was no where to be seen. Perhaps the agreement had been made after all? Lyra managed to, after several attempts, figure out how to operate her back legs as independent limbs. It felt good to stand on solid ground, but her heart ached at the idea of having forced someone else into her sentence. There was no going back, she figured.

Fate struck at that moment as a large wave splashed nearby, pelting Lyra’s coat with a few droplets. Lyra felt a sudden surge and fell, as her back legs once again transformed into a siren’s tail. It took some time for the siren to figure out that somehow she held two forms. On dry land she could have legs and when she was wet she would have a tail. She no longer belonged to either world and found that even more isolating than her previous existence had been.

She mostly stayed in the vicinity of Amber Shores or Cerulean Lagoon, allowing information to slowly come her way. Then during the strange winter, Lyra found herself forced back out to Sea as the wet everywhere prevented her from walking. She finally regained the courage to try again as summer returned to Caeleste and once again, she had a chance to discover more about her existence, how her situation occurred and maybe a way to finally escape the pull of the sea forever.

Return to Caeleste

Lyra wandered back on shore with a new trinket to help her prevent spontaneous hippocampus transformations in summer of year two. Her first order of business was to gain at least some control over her mysterious siren's voice in visiting the Shrine of Shishira. (read more) Shishira found it necessary to grant her the power of mind control. While it wasn't the same as taking it away, Lyra found that perhaps in time she would be better able to harness the ability.

Lyra continued to explore Caeleste and found interacting with people difficult. (read more) She met another of her kind, and yet still did not learn more about her own nature. (read more) And she still found herself drifting. Between the shore and the sea, she found there wasn't really a place for her.

Beyond the Veil

Like all the equines of Caeleste, Lyra was pulled into a fateful and dangerous nightmare. (read more) Upon awaking, Lyra found herself drawn to Silver Pines, and was terrified to find many other horses there as well. What was the meaning behind all of this?(read more). Upon Sharad's appearance, Lyra and two others, Waratah and Roskva, were assigned the task of finding and bringing back a House of a Crab. After searching the beach, the party was successful in discovering an appropriate crab. (read more) The group returned to the Shrine victorious, but there was already a gathering crowd. And so, Lyra worried about what would happen next. (read more) Sharad then appeared to speak to the gathering. He offered a portal to a distant place and begged them to come through. Lyra like so many others followed the god's request and found herself on Dragon Isle. (read more) She found herself, once again, leading a small group in search of something vague, the prison of Vasanta. They did not know what it would be nor did they know discovering it would bring dragon fire on their heads. (read more) Lyra bravely joined the fight against the dragon, though she did not make it through the fight unscathed. (read more) She quietly left Dragon Isle and slipped back into the Depths to find healing and recover from the long time ashore.

Settling into Routine

Lyra discovered that she was not as alone as she had always thought. For the first time, Lyra began to feel like she was not alone. While none of the other Deep Dwellers (as she called them) were sirens, it was exciting to discover that she was not as unique as she had always believed. She couldn't help but wonder, however, why all of their kind were finding one another. Was it some sort of innate gift? It seemed to be as one by one they slipped out of the Deep and into each other's company.

Jersey

But despite all of these new hippocampi in the waters of Caeleste, Lyra still felt alone. She was still the only Siren and her own tragedy still fell heavily on her. She went to Vasanta and begged for a companion that would be with her. (read more) The goddess heard her and sent her on a quest to Cerulean Lagoon. (read more)

Where will the Road take her next?

Mind control (Primary Sorcery)

"so come find me"

Mind Control — A most dangerous and sinister of abilities it is the magic to bend other’s minds and wills to your own. Beware the siren’s song for it lulls you to follow her heartfelt instructions. It’s powers are felt even after the spell is over, silently whispering in forgotten dream at the back of your mind. And once commanded, it is much easier to fall again.

Emerald Stone

Now Lyra’s voice carries a bit more power. With the emerald stone, she can begin to plant ideas that go along with the songs she sings while singing. It is much harder to resist her voice at this point, greatly increasing her chance of being able to complete the song and implant ideas. In fact, her voice has begun to carry a draw to it - those who hear it will feel pulled towards her. The enchantments begin when the song begins, however, in order to reach full potency Lyra must still complete the song without interruption.

After the song ends, Lyra will have a few more minutes to implant ideas or even simple commands. This daze is now much harder for people to recall afterwards. While you will still be able to remember the song, even memory of the song will bring back a bit of the compulsion within in. However, remembering the siren’s words after the song begin to get hazy.

The strong willed are still rather immune to her, and any who carry this power equal or greater than her own. Those who carry the same power but who are still weaker are effected at the level of the Sapphire stone. Naturally weak willed, those who are inebriated, or those with broken hearts are still far more likely to fall to her suggestions. That is all they are at this point. Suggestions, ideas, and maybe even a little bit of an unnatural compulsion.

Sapphire Stone

Her powers are entirely locked into her singing voice. Currently, in order to utilize this power, she must sing and sing a full song from beginning to ending without interruption. Those who hear it find themselves more open to her suggestions for about five minutes after the ending of the song. At this point, these are suggestions and small conditioning, but are easy to shake off. You will also have more or less, a clear memory of the encounter.

Lyra herself must act quickly after the conclusion of her song if she wishes to plant suggestions and should she wish to keep it unnoticed, she must be sneaky. This requires a lot of preemptive thinking and is not something to be done impulsively. Those who are most susceptible to her hypnotic voice are going to be those of naturally weak wills, those who are drunk or otherwise inebriated, and those with broken hearts.

You shouldn’t have to worry too much, however, if you don’t fall into one of those categories. At most, she might be able to plant an idea. Nothing that will command your attention. In fact, she’d prefer if you didn’t.

Confidant
"and let me know"

Jersey is a typical male bull shark. He is eight feet long, so still rather young. He has a dark upper with a bright white belly. There is a rather large chip out of his tail fin though from where he was trapped under rocks when Lyra first met him. Jersey also has a rather large scar along his back that he had when Lyra found him.

Personality-wise, Jersey cares a lot for Lyra, and seemingly enjoys pranking equines by coming up to them and either ramming them, merely letting his dorsal fin cut the water then darts below, or swimming up to them and “smiling” by opening his jaws and showing off his many rows of white teeth. He seems to enjoy watching both groups flee in terror. Lyra terms this as still “very wild” behavior.

He is able to go up rivers and open oceans, though he mostly sticks with Lyra. He speaks with a heavy New-Englander accent and certainly is not shy about voicing his opinions. Lyra seems to adore him, but finds herself constantly having to remind him that other equines are not a) food, b) do not like being spooked, and c) there to entertain him specifically. It’s an interesting relationship.

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