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Rurik Harrgath

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  1. eapecially when you’re married to a kilted lumberjack. also: https://fb.watch/fEMlzDhdts/ this gives me… wait for it… wood.
  2. I devoured the Gotrek audiobooks and a couple novels already although lately I've been soaking up Beastmen lore and gameplay from Total War. Basically pretending my Tauren Warrior is Taurox from WAR 2
  3. 'Hither came Rurik Harrgath, wild-bearded and sullen-eyed, axe in hand; a ranger, a reaver, a slayer; with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the wild places of the world under his booted feet...' ~ From the Saga of Harrgath. 'The gods themselves have tried to betray me, slay me even. I have broken daemons and fought deranged wizards and slain beasts and monsters that would tear apart legions of your gold-armored champions. I have fallen from skies amidst fire and battled through the depths of the earth for days at a time. I have been flung into an ocean of madness and filth and clawed my way out. The boy knows nothing of fear, because these realms know nothing of it. I spit on your idea of fear.' ~ Gotrek Gurnisson to Malaneth Witchblade. Behold the Slayer! Tattoos, elaborate braids, kilts, and heavy boots mandatory from here on out. Challenge Inspiration: I am returned once more, now as Harrgath the Brazen Warlord, the Bronze Bull, the barbarian who would be a minotaur if the Fates had but allowed it. In mulling over whether or not I should bother with a challenge this round, I have been deep in a few new fictional fantasy reads during my downtime, plus a new Warcraft character I am particularly enjoying, had me returning to my NF roots entirely by accident. When I first joined the forums, my character was a raging Barbarian Ranger who really wanted a kilt. Now that workman's kilt has arrived (and thankfully so have replacement work boots) and I'm inadvertently living the dream I had envisioned back as early as 2014. I even came across this wish from an old challenge: But we are rarely who we thought we'd become in elder days. Working 6-7 days of hard labor around the house, getting in workouts has been the last thing on my mind and that hasn't been super helpful for my co-habitant in the Stronghold around here. I've been wanting to try some strongman-style workouts but holding off until the garage is reroofed and the overhead door functions again, even going so far as wishing for a 'log' bar for my birthday next month. But even with the daily labors, I want to do something that feels workouty - maybe even something we could share! And so I realized that we have my sledgehammer, and enough automotive tires for three or four vehicles behind the garage now I have a workout option fitting for the greatest barbarian of an age! [FURY]: Any worthy death will not be an easy one, and going quietly isn’t in your nature; only by testing your might against the most dreadful denizens of the Old World can you hope to regain your honor through a worthy death. Complete two sledgehammer/home/gym workouts through the week, along with 3+ days of hard labor. [BLOODTHIRST]: There's no use sitting back and licking your wounds; want your health back? Go out there and kill for it! Violence breeds vitality, thus keep to the Guidelines: daily tracking using MacroFactor with a proviso to add extra veggies with every meal. [INEVITABLE DOOM]: Come Hell or high water, an oath-sworn barbarian knows his doom could be the next worthy foe, and just like that foe, the need to stretch is inevitable. Complete some form of daily stretching or rehabilitative movement like yoga. Additionally, I would like to harken back an earlier challenge idea I never followed through on; introducing a barbarian king or warrior poet of particular driving inspiration each week and talk about how that aids me in guiding the thread of my journey herein. May we reclaim what is ours through Blood and Fury!
  4. I make this solemn oath here and now, that I shall do the Workboots Shuffle™ when the yoga porch is done, and again when the garage gym is complete (or at least workable). 110% accurate depiction of my part in the ascent:
  5. I can also tell you how hard it is to enjoy your nightly read from bed while your wife madly paces around the house And, oh yes, I shall be completing the walking mini because I follow her lead haha
  6. Ahh yes, the infamous sneeze-cough backbreaker. Though nothing quite so awful as yours, I too have faced this beastie and lived to tell the tale.
  7. My solution to most problems: Coming soon to theaters near you... SPIDER NADO http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/36900000/-Sharknado-gif-whiteclaw-36979487-600-425.gif Then you need MOAR FIRE Can confirm we have not come across a gol-danged thing of value yet although we've sequestered some home goods and tools away, even those are of dubious quality at best! Even things like yard tools, the lawnmower and snowblower, all need refinishing and tune-ups to even function. She was ready to throw out of the weed whacker but all it needed was a carb tune-up and to properly prime it before firing up haha
  8. Ditto, and fortunately or unfortunately - depending how you look at it - I seem to have mostly lost the crippling lactose intolerance which limited my enjoyment of said aforementioned frozen sugar milk!
  9. [Baruk Khazâd™ Quest Log] Challenge Journal: Date of 8.4.22 Weight: 230 lbs (ish) *begin transmission* The Great Work continues. We forge on. Until death, or ruin. I've begun the arduous quest (dungeon boss, really) that is the rotted out and collapsing back porch. Most of my day last was spent masked up and gloved, tearing decayed insulation from the ceiling/roof and removing loads of rubbish to fill our dumpster and just prep the area for full demolishing. It's bloody hot (again) today and I'm illsuited to this weather, coming from norther climes, but I've set a reasonable goal to accomplish that both propels the Work forward and allows for some respite. Blood & Glory! None spared. *end transmission* I could see Kratos becoming this challenge's unofficial mascot. [Inevitable Doom] ☑☑☑☑☐☐☐ Run/Walk: I both love and hate our backwoods hill walking path with equal fervor. [Dragonslayer] ☐☐ Workouts: Hoping to get into town for the gym this weekend, although I should really unpack some of our workout kit. [Embrace the Pain] ☐☐☐☐☐☐☐ Stretching: We're way behind on the limbering effort but seeing this is a good reminder! [Deadly Determination] ☑☑☑☑☐☐☐ Nutrition: Haven't eaten like an arse at all this week, even shied away from Dairy Queen instead of home ice cream even though I was in town and drove by it twice, and as of today I've added a protein shake to breakfast just to dial that macro up a bit - shouldn't affect my calorie intake much although I need to keep an eye on fats with sausage or bacon for breakfast and fattier cuts of beef commonly for dinners lately.
  10. It's true, really it is! http://37.media.tumblr.com/7d57447ae436bab489faccb4550565ba/tumblr_n1mjniLKy01ql56ddo1_500.gif Legit love it here. Especially this place we found... Laconia? Yeah, I hear they like motorcycles as much as I do. I especially like it there. I am definitely a convert, which is saying something because I've been historically averse to 'hard work' conditions Really can't wait to get around to renovating the garage though so I can get that indoor gym built! As ye request!
  11. my tool belt brings all the boys to the yard they’re like, it’s better than yours damn right, it’s better than yours I could teach you (how to renovate) but I’d have to charge
  12. [Chaos and the Art of Jetbike Maintenance™ Quest Log] Challenge Journal: Date of 7.28.22 Weight: 230 lbs. *begin transmission* As with any Great Work, one begins with humble hands and a fire in their belly. So too with this... And so it begins. We've been busy AF, to the point my feet haven't given me a pain free day in weeks - too many days on the couch have made them soft and weak. I was weighing around 243lbs before we left Canada and I checked the MIL's mechanical scale the other day to see 230lbs which feels about right given the endless march of clearing out the house and projects since we've been here. Plus that's with the added decadence of eating a bowl of ice cream together every. single. night. The dumpster for our main push will be delivered on Monday, so next week will be especially productive and demanding physically; I'll definitely be looking forward to seeing what the scale says after a week spent gutting porches, wrecking garage roofs, and demolishing walls! At least our brand new king size bed arrived today! Plenty of space for the whole family to sleep the night away now. I also have my eye on two motorcycles that I'm particularly excited to take a closer look at as they're a model I hadn't considered before (when did I become an old bagger guy anyway?) and I'm badly in need of a relaxation outlet lately, hence the title of this challenge. These batteries be in sore need of recharging! Apparently it's Thursday or something (I can't even tell at this point TBH) so let's just call it #MomoaMonday to kick things off and get down to business. Lifts Hard work for the Gains God! Fuel for the War Machine! *end transmission* Even 'Old Man' Momoa is inspirational AF. [Cover is for Cowards] ☑☑☑☑☐☐☐ Run/Walk: Daily walks, halfway uphill New England style, continue inabated. [Powers on Tap] Workouts: My whole life is an unceasing workout. [Think Aggressively] ☐☑☑☐☐☐☐ Stretching: I initiated two nights of yoga this week! [Kill to Heal] ☑☑☑☑☐☐☐ Nutrition: Hearty breakfasts and fulfilling dinners with a bowl of ice cream to top the night off have been the norm! The few times I've tracked a typical day to check calories, I've noticed I'm coming in just around or below maintenance calories which explains why I've been steadily losing weight the past month without even trying. I totally understand how a daily routine of steady hard work truly is the perfect substitute for exercise.
  13. Accurate representation of me on our walk this morning: Close, but...
  14. ‘The gods themselves have tried to betray me, slay me even. I have broken daemons and fought deranged wizards and slain beasts and monsters that would tear apart legions of your gold-armoured champions. I have fallen from the skies amidst fire and battled through the depths of the earth for days at a time. I have been flung into an ocean of madness and filth and clawed my way out. The boy knows nothing of fear, because these realms know nothing of it. I spit on your idea of fear.’ ~ Gotrek Gurnisson, to Maleneth Witchblade. Behold the Slayers! A grim countenance is as much a necessary accoutrement as their tattoos, brightly-dyed mohawks, tattoos, and scant armor. Challenge Inspiration: Axes of the Dwarves! The Dwarves are upon you! This challenge is inspired by the greatest RPG/fictional class of all time, the Dwarf Slayer! Vengeance is deep and dark and sweet and we all walk with the weight of our sins; the Great Work has been underway some 4 weeks now and we've been living out of a camper during a heat wave - which thankfully has marginally effective air conditioning. We're finally into the house while renovating at least, which means multiple AC units in different rooms to help mitigate the heat and humidity, plus (and most importantly) a real bed to sleep on! So we're juggling the cares and concerns of six different beasties (four cats, two dogs) who aren't sure what's what or who's who, while balancing all sorts of logistical nightmares - like Warp-spiders (seriously there are so many fucking bugs here)! In a word, life is absolute Chaos and it’s my job to stand to though it abounds around us. Now I have to uphold my Slayer Oath and sally forth with grim determination and unwavering vigor to accomplish the duties I agreed to. No one ever said the Big Game of Adulting was going to be easy! I feel rusty and the sheer hours on my feet lately are unprecedented, so the old War Machine™ is running a bit rough and in need of a tune-up - but world weariness is not excuse for breaching a god-oath. [Inevitable Doom]: Come Hell or high water, a death-sworn dwarf knows his doom could be the next worthy foe. Hit the road or open country like a proper Slayer on an oath-quest to pit himself against only the toughest foes through daily mileage, whether walking, running, or rucking. [Dragonslayer]: Any worthy death will not be an easy one, and going quietly isn’t in your nature; only by testing your might against the most dreadful denizens of the Old World can you hope to regain your honor through a worthy death. Any workouts during the week counts, aiming for at least two above the daily workload. [Embrace the Pain]: There's no use sitting back and licking your wounds; want your health back? Go out there and kill for it! Violence breeds vitality, thus keep to the Guidelines: daily tracking, eat more veg, join the Weight Loss PvP, etc. And finally, a guiding philosophy to add - determination matters, and yours is deadly: [Deadly Determination]: Complete some form of daily stretching or rehabilitative movement like yoga. ‘I am a Dwarf! My honor is my life and without it I am nothing. I shall become a Slayer. I shall seek redemption in the eyes of my ancestors. I shall become as death to my enemies, until I face he that takes my life and my shame.’ the Slayer Oath.
  15. Welcome one and all! Come rest ye weary guild champions, put your feet up and order a beverage. Security at the door will check your cloak, weapons, and armaments (but I wouldn't trust them with your valuables wink wink). The fires in the hearth are roaring and the barkeep is freshly returned from both a specialty cocktail course and a smoothie retreat, so they can handle just about anything your heart could desire! Since we're entering the late summer months (depending on your hemisphere and/or multiverse), I have it on good authority that the Guildhall staff have set us up with a seasonal bounty out back... enjoy the NF Tiki Bar™ and beach, we have kayaking and other water sports down by the river for those of an adventuring persuasion, and I hear the Powers That Be™ even managed to put together a a rock climbing course to dabble on! Going into this August, remember our message in memory of friends current, newfound, and those whose memories we'll keep close to heart always: I'm a sentimental old curmudgeon; can't blame me for sticking to what works That said - Welcome, one and all! Our next challenge is about to begin! Please pull up a chair and take a look at our menu: Challenge How-to (Updated 2/6) Create Your Challenge Guild Chat and Discussion Threads Adventure Parties and PVP Challenges 2022 Challenge Dates
  16. Challenge Inspiration: It's all Warp-juice at this point anyway. A little over a week now until Initiation of the Great Work (our big move out of the house and into the camper) and everything is absolute Chaos. A thousand messages for a thousand things for sale on Marketplace, praying for favorable news on the various chess pieces we have invested, while trying to keep it all together and look after myself. No one ever said the Big Game of Adulting was going to be easy. So I am sticking with a familiar and effective challenge set-up, focusing on not eating like an arsehole, getting as many workouts in as I can manage, and just keeping the old War Machine™ moving less I rust up and decay into immobility and sloth - which is all too easy right now. Lifts for the Gains God! Fuel for the War Machine!
  17. "I am become terror, the unseen predator, a rupture that obliterates without warning. Alone, the hordes of Enoch will fall before me. but together this entire planet will fear us. The Anomaly alters us each in our own ways but we are drawn down the same road into the dark heart of creation. We will find the Source - whatever it holds, whatever it takes." Here are my Mantras for Survival... [Cover is for Cowards]: You're a biological sledgehammer; act like one and chuck yourself into the fray! Go pound sand, dirt, or pavement like an Outrider through daily mileage, whether walking, running, or rucking. [Powers On Tap]: Feel that tingling in your fingertips? Your powers are ready to be unleashed. Don't keep them waiting! Master my Anomaly Power through four workouts, be they Muai Thai or Kettlebell/Dumbell, bodyweight or other. [Kill to Heal]: There's no use sitting back and licking your wounds; want your health back? Go out there and take it. Violence breeds vitality (and the meek never actually inherit the Earth), thus keep to Rurik's Guidelines to Vitality: daily tracking, eat more veg, join the Weight Loss PvP. And finally, a guiding philosophy to add - you have to [Think Aggressively]: Complete some form of daily stretching like yoga. "You waste your gifts, trying to win that meaningless, endless war. You're not like them anymore." "So what, I should play at being a god, like you?" "I... am not playing."
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