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Well met! I’m Kalista, and I co-admin Istari with my husband, Arius. We've run a few other sites together, from an old west Supernatural roleplay to a Tron Legacy board, but Istari is our first original creation. It was originally adapted as a D&D campaign setting for a group of friends, but I always loved the idea of mixing magic and technology to get both a classic and urban fantasy feel. I still enjoy playing tabletop D&D, but these days I tend to spend more time on writing and online roleplay.

Along with avid writing comes avid reading, and I always have at least one book going. I tend to bounce back and forth between urban or high fantasy and science fiction, but I also enjoy crime novels and a handful of the classics. I also love gaming on the Playstation and Nintendo 3DS. I love a wide variety of games, but the original Mass Effect trilogy is nearest and dearest to my heart.

I tend to be online from midday to late evening, depending on my work schedule, and I usually lurk throughout the day. I love working with coding and graphics, so if you’re having trouble with something or have questions about the setting, feel free to message me or hop into the chat box. I’m always open to feedback, and I hope you enjoy playing in Istari as much as I’ve enjoyed working on it!

Heyla! I'm Arius, one of the admins here on Istari, and Kalista's lucky husband. I love writing (obviously), especially horror, fantasy, and sci fi, though I've been known to dabble in poetry and even fanfiction in the past. Though I don't seem to find the time for them as much as I used to, I enjoy playing games, both video and tabletop, and if I'm not around on the site it's probably because I'm playing my PS4 or 3DS.

I'm a great devourer of all sorts of literature, from high fantasy epics to dry historical tales, from fiction to non-fiction, and even comic books, which I have a huge passion for. I co-own a small comic shop in my hometown, which is something of a dream come true for me, and I've been collecting and reading comics and graphic novels since I was about five years old.

I'm usually around in the evenings to answer questions, play in the cbox, or even just shoot the breeze, so feel free to hit me up if you ever need anything!

Hey there! I’m Kay, Istari's moderator, and it’s nice to meet you! I’ve been roleplaying and writing for more than ten years and have been playing on Istari for about the whole time that it’s been open. I’ve known Kali and Arius for almost ten years now and actually got my online handler name from Arius. I’m a frequent writer and I do get distracted relatively easily as I’m always on social media sites. But currently I’ve been distracted with watching TV shows.

I’m an avid TV watcher ranging from Supernatural all the way to anime and nostalgia TV shows. Currently I’ve gotten myself stuck on Gargoyles. I’m also a classic anime fan, I’ve seen some of the newer animes, but the classics are my favorite. I’m also into a lot of superhero movies and horror movies, but movies in general are the things that I’m doing if I’m not writing.

I used to be a night owl, but given my 4am work schedule, I can be found lurking around here at high noon to about early evening, I’m a lurker so there will always definitely be someone there to answer your questions! Welcome to Istari!


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 Announcement XXV, Board Updates and Welcome, Kay!
 Posted: Aug 3rd 2017, 05:54 PM
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Well met, fellow Istarins! Arius and I are excited to announce that we are continuing to update the site with goals to make things more visible and accessible to help draw in new members and stimulate new plots. To that end, we have rewritten and updated the Plot with a revamped advertisement to follow. Please check it out when you have a chance so you can decide how it might affect your characters going forward and so you’ll be up to date on the site’s current events. We will be making efforts going forward to further the plot, and we’re excited to include your characters as we do!

The Rules have also been updated, so please re-familiarize yourselves with them as soon as you’re able. Most of the changes dealt with simplifying or clarifying the wording, but there is one major change. Starting now, we will be incorporating player accounts on Istari. Every player who currently has an approved character on the site can register an OOC account immediately, which should be designated as the parent account and will be used for communications and OOC posts going forward. If you need help delinking your character accounts for your current parent account or have questions on how to register, please see a member of the staff for assistance.

EDIT: It has been brought to my attention that the "Delink Accounts" option was not displaying in the Sub-Accounts section on the new skin. This problem has now been addressed. I apologize for any inconvenience.

You can also expect to see a site timeline in the near future, which will incorporate both important events in the world’s history and noteworthy events taken from characters’ histories. We’re hoping this will help fuel ideas and help new players incorporate their characters into the site while giving everyone lots of opportunities to network and plot with each other as well. Once this has been implemented, we’ll be sure to let everyone know how they can submit additions!

We would also like to do something similar with groups or factions. This would include things like a werewolf’s pack, a witch’s coven, a guild or adventuring company, a military group, etc. and will give players a place to display a little info on their group and recruit new members, if they wish. We are looking at creating templates or forums that will let you list the group members and track group threads for easy reference and to help with potential plotting. Unfortunately developing a map of Istari has proved and impossible undertaking with nations growing and changing as players come and go, but its nations will get similar write-ups so that their general location, climate, and basic information will be easily accessible in reference to the other areas of Istari.

To conclude the current batch of updates, we have included an easy-to-use basic posting template available to all players and characters. In the posting window, you will now see a “post” BBCode and a “postd” BBCode. The first will display your text normally in a format which does not require <p> or <br> tags between paragraphs. The second is exactly the same, but will add a spiffy drop-cap effect to the first letter of your post, which you can see above. I am also working on a code that will let you display an image at the beginning of your post within the template, which you can expect to see shortly.

And finally, Arius and I are pleased to announce that Kay will be joining Istari’s staff as a cbox and advertising moderator. She has been an active member of Istari since its creation, and we appreciate her friendly personality and her willingness to jump in and help out new members. We’re very grateful she agreed to help out as Arius and I actively work to grow Istari’s player base and activity! With that in mind, thank you to everyone who has helped us make Istari what it is today – I look forward to what’s in store!
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