Clan War 10th Anniversary Edition: Kiss of Death

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Title: Kiss of Death

Author: Bj Jones

Creative Consultant: Timothy Quinn

Link to 10th Anniversary Page

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As we’re gearing up to start posting Clan War 10th Anniversary Edition, we wanted to take you back to last November when we showcased Kiss of Death.   The beginning is always a good place to start.

Also you might want to go back and reread the CSI: Anthology series to catch up with our boys.  The last two stories of that series will be posted with Clan War as they are specifically attached to the Arc.

Link to CSI: Anthology

 

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Sylum Advent 2015: Sign Ups

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Sylum Advent 2015: Sign Ups

Is it really that time again?

Yes it is!!

Sylum Advent is just around the corner.  There are stories already in the works!!  Along with, art, videos and fanmixs.  And other great surprises!!

This is our fifth year doing this!! *blinks* Damn…. Sorry got distracted there!! We’re looking to make this a great Advent so come on …  sign up already!!  Remember you don’t have to do a story, there are other options: Art, Fanmix, Video.

Sylum is a vast universe – try your hand at working with us on creating something spectacular.

What is Sylum Advent? 

Sylum Advent s is our Annual Winter Event.  It will start on December 1st and go through to Boxing Day, December 26th.  It will focus on Sylum Stories, but we also accept Sylum Art, fanmix, and videos.  It’s not uncommon to see stories that are set up that will relate to major Arcs.

What do you need to do to participate?

You will need to sign up and state what your interested in doing.

REMINDER:  All Sylum Stories will need to be approved by Bj Jones.  If you’re interested in doing a Sylum Story contact Bj (sylumclan@yahoo.com).  DO NOT write the story then send it, the story will likely get rejected and you would have to start all over again.  So email Bj first!!!

How do I sign up?

Reply to this Post.

Just click reply and let us know what your interested in doing, don’t forget to give us your contact info so we can get a hold of you.

Sign Ups close September 10th.  If we do not get your request, by the 10th it will not be included.

Is there a deadline of when the Fic/Art needs to be Finished?

Yes!

– Posts will be made on October 1st, 15th & November 1st to check on progress.

– All Fic/Art will need to finished and emailed to (sylumclan@yahoo.com) by November 25th.

I have questions?

– Drop a reply to this post with a *FLAIL* *HELP* with contact info and we’ll get back to you.

– Email: sylumclan@yahoo.com

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Sylum 10th Anniversary: Q&A

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Q: What exactly is Jack the Ripper? He doesn’t seem to be a regular vampire like everyone else?

A: Jack the Ripper is a Vampire.   He’s also a cold-calculating, highly-intelligent, serial killer.   He has a mission, and sets out accomplish that mission.  When it doesn’t work to his exact specifics, consequences are paid.

The only reason he has the name Jack the Ripper is because no one knows who he really is, where he comes from, or when he was Turned.  He comes to the Vampire Communities attention and focus in 1888.

Q: What’s the connection between Jack the Ripper and Dean?  Why is he protecting him?

A: At one moment in time Dean showed Ripper mercy.  Not necessarily in this lifetime or the one before, or even the one before that … And from that he protects him no matter the incarnation.

More of his connection to Dean will come out in further stories.   Dean isn’t quite sure how to handle a psychotic fairy godfather that will not just kill, but torture for him.

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Character Introduction: Carl Casper

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Name: Carl Casper

Turn Date: 2015 AD

Sire: Happy Hogan

Mate: Inez Casper

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Miami-born Carl Casper is the head chef of Gauloise in Brentwood, California. While popular with his kitchen staff and hostess Molly, the restaurant owner Riva wants Carl to stick to tired “classics” rather than innovative dishes. Carl has a strained relationship with his tech-savvy preteen son Percy and wife Inez (the two are in a trial separation).

When Carl has a chance to prove his talents during a visit from prestigious critic and blogger Ramsey Michel, Riva demands that he to stick with old favorites at the last minute, causing Carl to concede, leading to a scathing review. On Twitter, Carl insults Ramsey, not realizing that his reply is public, and gains a large Twitter following. Carl comes up with an inspirational new menu that his staff loves and invites Ramsey to a “rematch”. After a confrontation with Riva, Carl walks out, quitting. At home, he prepares the menu he wanted to serve to Ramsey, goes to the restaurant, and angrily berates Ramsey.

Videos featuring Carl’s meltdown go viral, and his professional credibility evaporates. Molly and Inez encourage him to run a food truck. He accepts Inez’s invitation to Miami, where he spends some quality time with Percy and rediscovers his love for Cuban cuisine. Inez’s father offers him a dilapidated food truck, and Carl reluctantly accepts. He and Percy bond while restoring the truck and buying groceries and Carl buys him a chef’s knife. Martin, his friend from Gauloise, turns down his restaurant promotion to work with Carl, who has become an exuberant and passionate chef again.

The three drive the food truck across the country back to Los Angeles, serving top-quality Cuban sandwiches and yuca fries. Percy finds ways to promote the food truck on social media websites, and the truck becomes successful in New Orleans.

It was while in New Orleans he finds out there is more to life than food.

He’s invited along with Gaullist and Percy, to Sylum Manor. It’s where he meets Nico Meridius, who wanted him to train his kitchen staff how to make the proper Cuban Sandwich. He also sits him down and explains a situation that Carl has now found him in.

It would seem his father had an affair with another woman, and had another son. None of this shocked Carl. His brother though is Happy Hogan, the bodyguard to Tony Stark. And now that Carl is ‘famous’ it wouldn’t be surprised that Stane or others would use him to get to Happy.

Carl overwhelmed with the situation asks to see Happy.

The two are surprised at how much they look alike. They sit down for a long time to discuss everything.

In the end Carl decides to be Turned.

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Note:  As the new wiki is being built (almost there…almost there) bios of Characters are inputted who’ve been Turned up to 2015.  So you’ll see some new characters that will impact storyline.  Carl Casper is one of them.  He will actually have a roll in one of the Advent Stories.

Image: Jon Favreau

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Sylum Inspiration: The Great Pyramids

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The Great Pyramids

They are a World Heritage site, and one of the Wonders of the World.  It’s a recognizable skyline, and the moment anyone sees it, you know what it is.

These Pyramids are distinctive for the Medjai Clan and have been for thousands of years.   As more stories emerge for the Medjai, the history of these great structures will also start to be showcased.

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Coffee House Friday

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While on vacation we took some photos of locations that you should recognize from the CSI: Anthology!

See if you can figure out where they fit into the stories!

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Character Introduction: Nathan Collins

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Border: Hunter

 

Name: Nathan Collins

Turn Date: 1992 AD

Sire: Adam Franco

Mate: Adam Franco

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Nathan Collins was born in Anaheim, California on April 30, 1956 to Michael and Laura Collins. He went to community college for two years after high school before he transferred to the police academy. He ended up with the LAPD where he made Sergeant before he was wounded in a shootout.

Upon waking the hospital, he was told his injuries were career-ending. He also met his surgeon, Adam Franco, who befriended him and upon Nathan’s release from the hospital, told him of his true nature and what Adam meant to him, and offered to Turn him. He agreed.

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Image: JR Bourne

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Sylum Inspiration: J.A.R.V.I.S.

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J.A.R.V.I.S.

Just. Another. Really. Very. Intelligent. System.

Also known as:

Friend, confidant, pain in Tony’s ass – best friend.

He’s a sophisticated AI … that has spread beyond boundaries he was once regulated to.  He is also very important in the future of Sylum as an AI.

Hmmm – Maybe I should’ve done this as a Character Introduction!

 

 

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Coffee House Friday

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My Vacation is almost over :(

So figured for today a good discussion – what is your post vacation ritual?

Laundry first?  Check the mail? Toss suitcase into closet, shower and crash on couch?

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Throwback Thursday: Caesars Palace

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Figured since the Sylum Inspiration has been Caesars and we haven’t done a Throwback Thursday in a while – we’ll take a look at when the hotel was being built and when it opened.

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Sylum Essay Series: Sylum Characters

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Sylum Essay Series: Sylum Characters

 

This particular essay will combine a few of the questions that asked about adding characters or shows.   We briefly touched base on some of our reasons on a previous Sylum Q&A, but figured it would be best to go into more detail.

Not every show will go into Sylum. Yeah I know it doesn’t seem like it, but there are a few shows that will always remain off limits.   There are many reasons why.

* It could be that the characters are so bad that even Sylum can’t redeem them.

* There could be issues with the showrunner/creator of the show that makes us run away screaming as fast as possible.

* It could be the actor/actress is on our ‘Oh Hell No List’.

* None of us watched the show so we have no idea how to even build a storyline or background for the characters involved.

* The storyline/concept doesn’t fit within Sylum parameters.

* Characters and/or story slams against established Sylum storyline or characters.

* Sometimes it comes down to we created Sylum and no I’m not putting that show in it.

Q: In Alias tv show the hunt for Rambaldi’s artifacts is one of it’s main plots, with Rambaldi considered a renaissance man an inventor ahead of his time, would any of his work be of interest to Galileo? Among Rambaldis work are an equation for zero point energy, a neutron bomb that delivered micropulses that disintegrates organic matter but left inorganic matter unharmed, and a key to immortality.

A: Alias in one of these shows that fall into the category of none of us watched it.  I have no way to build any story for the characters in or around the show.   I have no idea who Rambaldi is, so trying to add him to an established storyline like Galileo would be impossible.

Q: Dollhouse tv show with Eliza Dushku, would the technology of wiping memories and implanting new memories be of interest to Crimson Moon? The whole illegal operations would be right in their wheelhouse.

A: Dollhouse falls into two categories.

First off the concept of the show, wouldn’t work within Sylum.  As said we try to have a good reason and, even with sci-fi elements, plausibility.   Basically Crimson Moon are assholes and experiment on variety of people, vampires, and things – but the technology for something like this – much like Nolan’s idea in Inception – is a few steps too far.

Second. Well let me just admit it.  I’m not a Joss Whedon fan.  Never have been, never will be.  The only character I actually liked was Angel, hence his position in Sanctuary. The Buffy and Firefly characters were introduced early in Sylum.   Even with the re-writes they were too established for me to just get rid of completely.   Hence histories and backgrounds have been changed and storylines updated.   The likely hood there will be any other Whedon characters is non-existent.

Q: Outlander tv show based on a book series, has beautiful shots from Scotland, a love story in the past involving a time travelling nurse from WWII, and a cruel villain in the past, which descendant is the woman’s husband in present time. Convoluted? Probably as much as the Back to the Future series. Would Galileo be interested in Claire journey in time?

A:  This particular idea goes against ideas and stories we already established.   When we put in Back to the Future series it was for a reason and the established storyline has ramifications that will be seen throughout the series.   Any elements that attach itself to a Time Travel idea have to be well thought and planned out.   Adding too many elements makes it more convoluted than it already is.

Q: We know that we have our racing group in the clans, that make clan leaders want to tear their hair out, will they have more additions to it like Aaron Paul from Need for Speed?

A: This is a good example of characters that are so bad they can’t be saved for Sylum.  Just to take him to be a ‘racer’ is not enough to establish him in any Clan.   We can also use this movie to showcase how we do get around the ‘OMG what was that and why Dominic why were you in it?’ Those characters or movies that can’t be redeemed or put into Sylum, but have an actor we’ve established – we can use the name as a pseudonym for the established character.

Q: Keanu Reeves was in an awesome kickass movie John Wick last fall reminding me of Neo, would this two characters be connected in a vampire world?

Q: Nick Buckhardt from Grimm tv show, descents from a line of hunters how perfect is he to be a character for the clans?

Q:  I saw this awesome sci fi movie in the summer Edge of Tomorrow, Emily Blunt as Sergeant Rita Vrataski was kickass, you think those exoskeletons and her could exist in the future of the sylum storylines, some of those are pretty far in the future?

A: These last three questions fall into the – we haven’t seen them, but will take a look to see if the characters are viable.   There is future storyline that we’ll need a Keanu Reeves character so it is something we’ll look into.  And we’re always looking for good woman characters.

By answering these questions, we wanted to showcase how we look at suggestions and additional characters when working with Sylum.   We are always happy to get suggestions,  sometimes it works out perfectly.  The suggestion for the TV Show Marco Polo was a good example and worked out beautifully.

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In the beginning of Sylum it was all about the pretty or everyone’s favorite fandoms.   Now that we’re working through the wiki, establishing stronger character motivations, and re-building storyline – we had to start thinking about the characters and how they fit into the overall universe.

The questions answered showcased some of the reasons why we take or don’t take particular characters or shows.  There are a few more reasons that are much more complicated.

You’re probably asking what is the ‘Oh Hell No List’.

The list is a group of actors/actress that have made their political views clear enough that if they were to discover Sylum they would likely sue are asses.  We’ve listed a few names from this list who have impacted storylines and the wiki.

* Adam Baldwin – all roles have been moved from the series.

* Kevin Sorbo – the roles of Hercules and Iolaus have been re-cast.

* Mel Gibson – Maximilian was re-cast, other roles were removed.

* Charlton Heston – who would rise from the dead to sue – Michelangelo and Ben Hur were re-cast.

* Shia LeBeouf – I’m not actually sure what the fuck happened there but in good conscious we had to remove him.  So yes the role of Sam Witwicky has been re-cast.

* Jeff Davis – Now Teen Wolf is a show that wouldn’t have made it into Sylum for many many reasons.  The simplest one is just no.  Second, storyline doesn’t fit within parameters. Third, the showrunner would hunt us down.   Which indicates that if he does any other shows – they won’t be making it into Sylum either.

And yes we have some names on the list that are for personal reasons.  Benedict Cumberbatch – just don’t even ask.  Ever.  It’s not going to happen.  And don’t try to convince me other wise.  Seriously guys not happening.

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All these parameters we’ve showcased also work on the Historical Characters through out Sylum.   Our #1 Rule is never take any ‘Real Person’ who is still alive.  Hence as much as there’s an interesting story for Tony Mendez – that isn’t happening.

But you have the Crab Fishing guys.

Yes and No.

We based the characters off of them, but I’m pretty sure Sig isn’t a 1800 year old Nordic Fisherman.  And yes we’ve used their images, but these guys are in the limelight of ‘hollywood’ not a private citizen who’s life depends on not having his image all over the internet.

Once we established the character we want is dead *smirks* we have to make that there isn’t family around that can hunt us down.   Hence recently we had to remove William Wilberforce – we won’t even mention how many kids he had, and a few of them are psychotic when it comes to the family name.   Also, there have been a few characters we decided against, mainly for very similar reasons.

The last thing we have to do is find images to suit them.  We look at the images, paintings, busts or hopefully some form of description of who they are.  Seriously every person in Ancient Greece has a beard!  We then search for actors/models of the ethnicity of the character.  We try hard not to ‘white wash’ the characters.  There are times we have no choice and take who we can use or if they are already played by a particular actor.  But we work hard to keep the ethnicity of the historical figure to match the image we’ll be using.  And of course this still lines up with our ‘Oh Hell No List’.

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So as you can see a lot of work goes into picking characters for Sylum.  Let alone where they’ll end up at!  Never feel shy about asking about a certain character or show, you might be surprised and find out a) we already have them b) it may be usable.  But also be prepared for the no that’s not going to work.

 

 

 

 

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Character Introduction: Leonardo

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Lealta Kin Clan: Advisor/Scientist

 

Name: Leonardo

Turn Date: 75 AD

Sire: Archmedes

Mate: Robert Langdon

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Leonardo was youngest son of a small Patrician. He was educated by the finest tutors, and had shown his gift in art and mathematics. His father encouraged his inventions and artistic endeavors.

He was apprenticed to an archetict who worked for Caesar to build new buildings for the glory of Rome. He watched in horror as many of them burned in 64 AD. In the following years he started to work on rebuilding areas that were destroyed.

It wasn’t until he started working on the Colosseum that he felt for once he was helping something grand for Rome.

He met Archmedes during this time, who had come to see the new constructions. The two became friends easily, though Leonardo’s frantic work and inability to rest had the older Greek worried. When he found Leonardo collapsed on his workshop floor, he nursed him back to health then gave him an option to be Turned.

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Note: Yes we changed the image of Leonardo due to a rumor for the Assassins Creed movie – that kinda stuck and wouldn’t let go.

Image: Robert Downey Jr.

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Sylum Inspiration: Teaser Fic

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Advent Fic: Teaser

As I’m away on vacation thought I would tease everyone with a fic that will be posted for Advent this year.  I blame Travis for this particular bunny and Speed for feeding it!

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His focus was on Warrick, who was standing at the entrance of the famed alley.

Taking in everything around him, it wasn’t hard to figure out that the ‘something’ Brass was up to, was about to go down.  Kenway reached over and took Sam’s leash, pushing Nico towards Warrick.

Yeah whatever was going on, it seemed everyone was in on it, except for Nick.

God he hated surprises.

Nico pulled the bandanna down from his face, and then took off his sunglasses, hooking them around his neck.  He walked across the small area, stopping in front of Warrick.  He couldn’t read his Mate, though he could feel some anxiety, the Pirate seemed calm.

“Warrick.”

“Nico.”

The SWAT Officer smirked, his stance falling into a more relaxed position, hands hooking into the edge of his holsters, fingers settling against the weapons.

“Want to explain what’s going on?” He asked glancing around, not really shocked to see the kids and a variety of members from their Clan.

“I…” Warrick took a calming breath.  “We’ve been together now for almost three hundred years.”

Nico nodded slowly.

“And we’ve been many things to each other.”  He kept his hands in his pockets, not to show them shaking.  “Captive to Pirate.”  He got a chuckle out of Nick for that one. “Master and Slave.”  Nico frowned but waited patiently.  “Friends. Co-workers. Lovers. Mates.”  He nodded with each on not sure where this was going.  “I never thought we needed another title or label for who we are to each other.”

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Sylum Monthly Calendar: August

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A quick Thank You again to Taibhrigh for an amazing Calender!!!

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Coffee House Friday

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Vacation!!

Yes I’m heading out on vacation next week! WOOHOO!!

So a few last minute things before coffee house discussion!

Follow us on Twitter: @Sylum_Clan to see some interesting fun stuff while I’m on Vacation!!!

I’ve set up some schedule posts for the week that should be fun and interesting!

So while we’re discussion VACATION!! What I’m excited :)

Where did you go this year? Or still planning one for later this year?

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