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Rurik Harrgath

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  1. First things first, if you notice anything not working properly around the forums (or even outright borked) please let us know over at the Bug/Issue Report Thread! I hope you all enjoyed a productive and prosperous November challenge, but stand fast! There is frivolity afoot You'll notice the weather's-a-changin', strangely festive-clad folk are about, and your arms and armor have magically been transmogrified to candy canes and all sorts of greens, reds, silvers, and golds! Even the bartender is dressed like Santy Claws! Challenge How-to (Updated 2/6) Guild Chat and Discussion Threads Adventure Parties and PVP Challenges 2023 Challenge Dates
  2. First things first, if you notice anything not working properly around the forums (or even outright borked) please let us know over at the Bug/Issue Report Thread! I hope you all enjoyed a productive and prosperous September/October challenge, but - Hurry now, there be no time to waste! We have yet an adventure afoot! Leave no side quest left uncomplete, no rock left unsearched, and no wise old NPC left ignored. You'll see tavern security issuing everyone their cloaks, armaments, and adventuring gear, and the travelling alchemist is around here... somewhere... for all your health and combat potion needs. If you need it, that scroll with the challenge dates for 2023 scrawled upon is nailed to the Messaging Post, make sure to check them out, and don't forget to invite your adventure parties along! Challenge How-to (Updated 2/6) Guild Chat and Discussion Threads Adventure Parties and PVP Challenges 2023 Challenge Dates
  3. If there's one thing I've come to learn/accept with mine, it's that even every superhero has a weakness and an archnemesis... But you don't have to make it easy for your nemesis to turn that weakness against you.
  4. Doesn't just attain her certification, but jumps right into putting herself out there too?!
  5. *Conspicuously absent in mentions* Harumph. I'll just be out in the hot tub then. ๐Ÿ˜›
  6. I hadn't congratulated you yet, but I'm so happy you've moved onto a better environment!
  7. Allow me to introduce Wingrave straight out of Wayfinder... And a Niss for you!
  8. [Gloom Break Quest Log] Challenge Journal: This 13th day of September, in the year 2023. Somehow it's like mid September already, and I don't even remember giving my consent for 2023 to f*ck me that hard. Annnnnnnywho, it's no secret I haven't been able to make a challenge stick of late; life is pure Chaos and it hasn't been easy nor pretty, but I'm back again and giving it another go! This time with much simpler goals, as suggested by my Darling Old Lady. We actually came up with these goals a couple weeks ago and they've been going half-decently. Scheduling is massively important, which is a struggle to stay on track with, but it's slowly coming. @spezzy revamped the Sanctum Parabellum with a much better garage layout and a sweet MDF lifting playform for deadlifting or Olympic lifts. ๐Ÿ’ช I've been making sure veg/protein are a staple in each meal I make for us, so that's relatively straight-forward. And yoga evenings have been helping everyone to unwind without animals stampeding across our faces before bed. So let's see how this one goes, shall we? #MomoaMonday back in action, y'all. Gonna need that Dante energy this time around! Prepare to enter the Gloom: [ARCANE FOCUS]: โ˜‘โ˜‘โ˜โ˜โ˜โ˜โ˜ The schedule has been a bit wonky this week, but I am proud to report that I've done a much better job of Controlling the Chaos and making sure we get to the gym/yoga every day so far. [DOUBLE DAGGERS or RIFLE?]: โ˜โ˜‘โ˜โ˜โ˜โ˜โ˜ . โ˜‘โ˜‘โ˜โ˜โ˜โ˜โ˜ One gym workout successful, two evening yoga sessions completed. [WAYFINDER PROTOCOL]: โ˜‘โ˜‘โ˜โ˜โ˜โ˜โ˜ No problem with 3 protein/veggie servings so far, yesterday had 4 servings of protein easily.
  9. Welcome to Starlight, wayfinder. [ARCANE FOCUS]: A self-improvement junkie with a stylish twist. Follow the schedule. Plan the day the night prior. Execute. โ˜โ˜โ˜โ˜โ˜โ˜โ˜ [DOUBLE DAGGERS or RIFLE?]: The agile arcanist or tickets to the gun show? 10mins workout daily, attend the gym at minimum (or Gyminumโ„ข) on a bad health day. โ˜โ˜โ˜โ˜โ˜โ˜โ˜ Yoga daily. โ˜โ˜โ˜โ˜โ˜โ˜โ˜ [WAYFINDER PROTOCOL]: Prepared for any Expedition into the Gloom. 3-4 servings of veggies per day. โ˜โ˜โ˜โ˜โ˜โ˜โ˜ 3-4 servings of protein per day. โ˜โ˜โ˜โ˜โ˜โ˜โ˜ [CHALLENGE INSPIRATION]: The World of Evenor is shattered. You must harness the power of a Wayfinder to Control the Chaos that has overrun your world! So let's try this again, shall we? Grab your Gloom Dagger (and handy-dandy-dangly weapon charm) for this foray into the Gloom! We're reordering Chaos, we're on the hunt, we're searching for powerful Precursor artifacts, we're pulling other Wayfinders from the depths of Lost Zones, and we're doing it in that iconic Wayfinder style. I've been dabbling in this Early Access title on Steam that's proving to be an enjoyable hero-based MMO lite in a plucky, lively neon-modern take on a fantasy RPG with an art style vaguely reminiscent of an old favorite of mine, Wildstar. It even has a swell playing housing mode in the Starlight Apartments that overlook the same-named town. Also, the soundtrack is absolutely sublime! Wayfinders are born of the Gloom, but sworn to push it back to reconnect humanity. Wielding arcane magic, mystical tech, or cunning weapons, only Wayfinders can slay the invading forces and push back the Gloom. Customize the way you fight (or workout) by choosing your weapons and gear and augmenting your powers with the echoes of your fallen foes. Become a Wayfinder, and unlock their powers as you choose your path and playstyle while pushing back a hostile force that has overtaken this world. Just like in the game, we can Control the Chaos as we directly shape and customize the endless adventures (or workouts?) we go on with friends, because Wayfinders (just like Nerds) are stronger together. I will be your Wayfinder, and I'll be keeping things as simple as possible this time around. So let's get right into it.
  10. I do what I can to assist in the adventure Seriously though, I'd like if you approve my requested PTO and maybe throw in a back rub sometime ๐Ÿ˜† You're married too, my friend... you know it isn't a matter of choice ๐Ÿ˜› tis a matter of duty!
  11. Welcome one and all! First things first, if you notice anything not working properly around the forums (or even outright borked) please let us know over at the Bug/Issue Report Thread! I hope you all enjoyed a productive and prosperous August challenge, but - Hurry now, there be no time to waste! We have yet an adventure afoot! Leave no side quest left uncomplete, no rock left unsearched, and no wise old NPC left ignored. You'll see tavern security issuing everyone their cloaks, armaments, and adventuring gear, and the travelling alchemist is around here... somewhere... for all your health and combat potion needs. If you need it, that scroll with the challenge dates for 2023 scrawled upon is nailed to the Messaging Post, make sure to check them out, and don't forget to invite your adventure parties along! As for me, I'm ordering a tankard of the barkeep's finest autumn ale for the road! My mount is hitched, my saddlebags are packed, and my weapons keen and sharp for the September 2023 challenge! See you out there Challenge How-to (Updated 2/6) Guild Chat and Discussion Threads Adventure Parties and PVP Challenges 2023 Challenge Dates
  12. Aye, I'll check in over yonder and prepare my cutlass! Three of my favorite activities; drinking beer, throwing axes, and pretending I'm Jason Momoa! ๐Ÿ˜† So much sass from the peanut gallery!
  13. [Rise, Ashen One Quest Log] Challenge Journal: This 8th day of August, in the year 2023. Weight: ? A little overdue for an update, so let's get into it! Did one little workout last week, but had several tough days of roofing the barn and then desperate priming/painting where I was going hard all day, so I'm gonna count that combination of manual labor as my other workout because that would have been all I had in me. Also didn't get a ruck in, mostly because my ruck's been buried under clutter in the porch we're working on! Also tracked every day; mostly decent eating, minus Friday pizza day (which wasn't excessive in the slightest anyway, although who the heck puts tomato sauce on a BBQ chicken pizza? ๐Ÿคฎ) Didn't keep up my posting commitments, but again, busy. Also, kind of treated last week as my Week Zero anywho. But it's Monday and I'm here for it at least. Compliments of Fast X, I have plenty of new Jason Momoa gifs for #MomoaMonday! Here decree the Tenets of my Iron Vigil: Suffer not the profane (body) to exist: โ˜‘โ˜‘โ˜‘โ˜‘โ˜‘โ˜‘โ˜‘.โ˜โ˜ Uphold the glory of the Sacred Flame: โ˜‘โ˜‘โ˜‘ Abhor chaos. Destroy indolence: โ˜‘โ˜โ˜.โ˜ No commitment left unfulfilled, no matter the odds: โ˜‘โ˜‘โ˜‘โ˜‘โ˜‘โ˜‘โ˜‘
  14. Glad to be here! As you should be Damn, that's some tough love. I accept the challenge. I appreciate having you along for the ride!
  15. Make of thyself that which ye desires... be as a lord, be as a god, but should ye fail to become ought at all, ye shall be forsaken, amounting only to sacrifices. A shen One; suffer ye not the profane to exist. Though ye have fallen, so shall ye rise; Eternal flame roaring and thy indomitable armor forged anew. Ye crusade long past and thy hands seized by long-rigor of death's cold stillness, Save thy conviction unspent and thy grim desire kindled o'er eons. Ancient hands remember forgotten dire purpose wrapped around hilt of ye blade. Uphold glory in thy sacred flame - lest it be extinguished and ye left lost and forsaken. Do not go gentle into bleak night; ye must burn and rave at close of day. Rage, rage against the dying of ye light! Abhor, you must, thy indolence. Ye righteous purpose burning with flame of conviction. Wrest from thy languor like a meteor expelled into the deep abyss of long night. Let none who oppose thy will survive. Here lay the Tenets of my Iron Vigil: Suffer not the profane (body) to exist: Daily walk. Embark upon 2 rucks during the walk every week. Uphold the glory of the Sacred Flame: Complete 3 garage gym workouts per week minimum. Abhor chaos. Destroy indolence: Check-in on the Forums 3 times per week, and weigh-in for/update the 12lbs/12wks Weight-loss PvP weekly. No commitment left unfulfilled, no matter the odds: Don't eat like an Asshole & track nutrition every day.
  16. it goes! Thank you for the checkin, Rho. Iโ€™m quite overdue ๐Ÿ˜… Weโ€™ve been working on a vitamin cocktail to help with my migraines, in addition to doing my level best to keep stressors low, and itโ€™s helping. Iโ€™ve been tracking my nutrition more or less faithfully still too. Daily walks, etc. Iโ€™ve only done a ruck or two these past few weeks, no proper workouts, butโ€ฆ manual labor every day that isnโ€™t an absolute head-trauma meltdown. So Iโ€™ve finished framing the porch, huge yard cleanup so we can prepare the perimeter fence in anticipation of goats coming home a month out or so. Built a big chicken coop thatโ€™s taken days and days to perfect. Lots of general house husbandry. Iโ€™m active. Iโ€™m busy. Just not much mental bandwidth left at the end of the day, so Iโ€™m just crawling into bed at a decent time (usually) and pouring through a book until my mind is too mush to stay awake! ๐Ÿ˜† The new puppy is coming home in exactly two weeks, so weโ€™re planning an overnight vacation in Maine (new brewery!) and that little ray of sunshine will keep us further busy, Iโ€™m sure. The beat of life continues, yet Iโ€™ve no complaints for now. That said, Iโ€™m looking forward to upgrading the healthier lifestyle shortly. Just living like a farmer at the moment though ๐Ÿ˜‰ Although the argument could be made that farm lifestyle basically paved the way for strongman, if indeed not ALL lifting, soโ€ฆ haha
  17. I get this. We are currently in a one-income situation where I cannot legally work here yet, and while The Wife can keep us afloat on her own for now, we absolutely could not afford to buy a house here under normal circumstance. The housing market is absolutely positively NOT the slightest bit single-income friendly in all honesty. But we got in at a steal due to an intra-family sale, and I'm working my arse off to upgrade and renovate this place enough that we'll come out ahead when we sell in a few years or so to act as my annual salary contribution while I'm not working, and I'm House Husbanding like crazy to make it an equal situation, but it's still tough AF in its own way. I don't envy stay-at-home parents, and we only have animals ๐Ÿคฃ It's been really, really hard on me not being able to contribute financially, at least directly. At least I can have a chuckle about the weird situation I've found myself in though ๐Ÿ˜› Don't beat yourself over 'failing' in an economy where people with dual incomes are stuck in perpetual renting situations. You're doing more than most would to better their family living arrangements!
  18. [Fires of Battle Quest Log] Challenge Journal: This 3rd day of April, in the year 2023. Weight: 227.0 lbs How is it already April?! Life has been a whirlwind of late. Between my broken brain rebelling at even the implication of much in the way of stress, we had an electrician in today to upgrade our electrical panel and home service to 200amps so our lights don't flicker when the well pump kicks on, and we're preparing for the puppy to come home at the end of the month, needing to move our rapidly growing chickens around, as well as their needing an outdoor coop to inhabit post haste, on top of my usual routine of home improvement projects, it's been quite the thing to survive. But I've reached something of a productive impasse with the bathroom (vanity installed, faucets working, mirror and lighting functional), and now have moved onto framing in the backdoor in our porch which will seal off the cellar stairs and provide the main floor with additional square footage since the porch will be more weather proofed. Somehow I've managed to keep my nutrition on point, even if my aching cranium has resisted my best attempts at exercise above and beyond manual labor, resulting in some profound gains in the weightloss department. I weighed in at my heaviest (of recent years at least) on January 3rd/23 at 244.0 and am now down 17 lbs in the New Year at 227.0 lbs. That's awesome and I couldn't be happier. That said, there is much more to do and I have every intention of dialing in those workouts and daily activities but they just haven't been possible - or even honestly realistic - yet. So the goal for the week is to try and manage any kind of workout, still get my 3 rucks in, and keep nutrition momentum going. And now we can take a moment to celebrate the landmark of dropping below 230... โžก๏ธ โžก๏ธโžก๏ธ An armor category upgrade! My poor-quality [Leather armor] of 230-235lbs has been replaced by a superior [Studded Leather armor] for 225-230lbs+. That means it has fancy buttons and junk that'll help protect me even more. And soon, yet another unto increasing protection. I am now further prepared and reinforced to endure the austere conditions of my Eternal Crusade. ๐Ÿ’ช Fire & Iron, friends. We march on! With this armor, I am the hammer of my own will. Here decree the Iron Tenets of my Eternal Crusade against the Ruinous Powers of Chaos: [SUFFER NOT THE PROFANE (BODY) TO EXIST]: โ˜โ˜โ˜ Still managed to get one Ruck done last week. [UPHOLD THE GLORY OF THE SACRED FLAME]: โ˜โ˜โ˜.โ˜‘โ˜‘โ˜โ˜โ˜ Zero garage gym workouts, but two days of my 5 minutes exercising. [ABHOR CHAOS. DESTROY INDOLENCE]: โ˜‘โ˜โ˜ I checked in once, not quite up to snuff. [NO COMMITMENT LEFT UNFULFILLED, NO MATTER THE ODDS]: โ˜‘โ˜‘โ˜‘โ˜‘โ˜‘โ˜‘โ˜‘ Didn't eat like an asshole at all, even considering beer and pizza and desiring comfort food more than life itself. Being on the receiving end of that suplex is almost exactly how my head feels most of the time lately ๐Ÿ˜† But I am alive and (mostly) well. I endure, if nothing else! It might be one of those Boss Battles where you're throwing yourself (and your controller) against the wall for quite some time before making any leeway. But I don't mind the grind.
  19. I occasionally have the same issue, so I'll put the rest of the pan in the freezer. At least it creates one barrier toward access.
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