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Ckey/BYOND Username: James Campbell

Position Being Applied For (coder, mapper, spriter): Lore Dev

Past Experiences/Knowledge: Ive been writing all my life. I've always written short stories and have progressed to writing a novel. I have an A1 in english from my school. I'm very good with formatting and presentation.

Examples of Past Work: I can provide links to some of my short stories, or exerpts of my novel im working on. I have also written the lore for New Magnetka and will be writing plenty more in future.


I’m the last man alive. I have been fifty miles in every direction of my own home. I have mapped each and every inch of the lands around me. I have examined every square foot of every room. I have not seen anyone since my father died all those years ago. I have seen everything from human corpses with revolting appendages, grown from mutation, to dogs unchanged by the skyfall, and this is what disturbs me the most.

There is a footprint in my garden.

And it’s not mine……

I know this because I walk the same route to my derelict fence every morning, never deviating. The footprint is in the shape of a bare foot, very small and feminine, meaning no shoes. I wear boots. I could not have left that print. Someone is out here, and I’m determined to find them.

I saw this print after leaving my house for what felt like the millionth time. It’s funny how when you see the same scene every day of your life, you notice when there’s something insignificant that has changed. What changed then was my whole life. My whole attitude to living was to survive, and to thrive on what I could find, kill, cook, eat and drink. Now all I wanted to do was find whoever this woman was. I left the pathway to take a look at the print. Shallow, slightly smeared, and more imprinted towards to front of the foot. She was running, and knew how to run; driving herself with her forefoot, never leaving her heel hit the ground properly. She skipped my fence like it was nothing. Hurdling was an old sport before the war, taking set height obstacles at a run, but the way her foot skimmed over the earth illustrates the sheer speed that which she was moving, and continued to move. She was used to running.

That poses the questions; why was she running so quickly, where has she run from, where is she running to, and what is she running away from. Noone runs that quickly unless they are being chased, followed or late. There aren’t many things to be late for this weather, so I assume she was being followed. Now I have multiple individuals to account for. Who was chasing her and why?

My head spun at this new exercise of unsolved mystery. I was used to solitary activity; reading, hunting, music and my latest distraction; meditation. For the first time I was thinking about how I could not be alone.

I slung my rifle over my shoulder and strapped my goggles over my eyes. I stepped over my gate and took in what I could from what I could see. I judged from the footprint that she was running west, the direction my house faced, and it was last night. I knew nothing about her, her size, stamina and weight to imagine how far she may have gone or come from. Outside my gate there was no soil, only hard shattered concrete that left no footprint. I looked to the direction she ran; assuming she kept a good bead in that direction it put her in the valley. My house sits facing a valley from the west, and has a rough and rapid drop to the east. She climbed up the rough cliff face and ran west. So far so good. I was heading west today anyway.

I checked my bag for anything I might need. I had my usual gear with me. My rifle, an ancient Lee Enfield MkIII No.4 SMLE, An old British service rifle from another age, slung over my shoulder. My knives, two that served me different purpose, one for killing and one for the work after, skinning and such, were strapped to my waist. My telescopic sight I had for the rifle lay in my bag. I had a water bottle that always remained half empty; I usually try and fill it when I pass some kind of pure source. My “chow” as my father called it, dried dog meat that I can chew when I get hungry, or can’t find anything to kill. Ten bullets for the SMLE, and a foot-long bayonet that I liked more for antiquity sake then for anything else lay in the side pouch of my bag. I heaved the bag up onto my shoulder and over my back and set out west.

I make a habit of being loud. Walking, talking to myself and whistling, singing, often quite tunelessly, and working the bolt of my rifle to make sure there are no predators around. It served a double purpose today, which was to let that woman know I’m here, though I did leave the bolt of my rifle alone, wrong impressions and all that. The smell of my house faded. A mixture between old sodden wood and a smell I can’t describe. Every building or room has a smell. Soon after I hit the valley I was aware of a smell that was new. Pungent, and unbearable. I pulled up my scarf over my nose and carried on. The smell was carried on the wind, which was moving against me, which hinted at activity up ahead. The rocks all around me shaped into a deep corridor, I dared myself to go in there, as I was hemmed in and easily surrounded. As I moved towards the smell I caught sight of movement ahead. My heart raced and my breath quickened; the wrong thing to happen if I need to start shooting. I dropped to one knee and breathed heavily, forcing my heart rate to drop, and myself to calm down.

I moved quietly over the rough ground and knelt next to a small pile of rocks, concealing myself. I poked my rifle over the top of the rock, taking aim through the tiny sights, and slowing my breath even further. The longest shot I would have to make here would be about a hundred feet, but I was taking no chances.

“Who’s there?” I shouted. The shout echoed throughout the valley and came back again so late that I was afraid it was someone else. My voice so strange to me, so aggressive that I shouted a second time to make sure it was still me.

“I’m not going to hurt you. I just need to see you.” The sheer absurdity of my comment made me smile strangely. My hand was shaking, and my eyes were watering with nerves. I didn’t fear for my own life, I feared I would kill the only person that I had met in nearly fifteen years.

A shape darted from one rock to another. I followed it with my sights. It moved back the direction it came, and as it moved I couldn’t see exactly what it was.

“Show yourself! I have nothing to give you!” My panicked shout was such that it embarrassed me to no end. I decided enough was enough. I stood and walked to the open, arms open, rifle down by my side.

“Look! I mean no harm. I just want to talk.” I stood there in silence for more than a minute. The shape, whatever it was stopped darting, and remained behind a rock face. I stepped forward and raised my rifle to my waist. I looked down to the ground and noted my shadow. The sun was in front of me, and was blinding. It left me in an awful spot to defend myself. I prepared myself to go on the defensive. I’ve never had to defend against a human before, let alone one so obviously quick. I move back to the rocks where I took aim before, and sat there waiting. A tense few moments passed which felt like a lifetime, until I saw my adversary for the first time. Out from the rocks, as if nothing had taken place, padded a dog.

I let out an immense sigh that deflated me entirely. I took quick, sharp aim and put a bullet through the eye of the dog. The recoil kicked hard in my shoulder, and the bullet exited the dogs head with a pink splash. Dead before he hit the ground. I took my smaller knife from my belt, and set about my work. I had done it a hundred times before and it gave me time to think. The smell of the air was dry and bare. There was no one else here. I could taste the solitude of my life in the dry air, and it made me gag. I finished up with the dog. Small strips of skin and the larger muscles of the hind quarters made for meals to go for a few days. Enough was enough for this afternoon.

When I made it back to the house I sat in my chair facing out my window. The window overlooked the back of my house, which stretched on over mountains and the remains of whatever was there before the war. At the sight of the ruins, I always let my eyes flick to my books. My most treasured possessions, and the ones that taught me almost all that I know. My father taught me the rest.

I moved to my upstairs window. An ancient oak desk sat there where I often read and clear my thoughts by looking out the window. I can see almost ten miles in every direction. Ten miles of long nothingness full to the brim with absolute hollow solidarity. Nothing but the wind, the dust, the hills and the wild to keep me company.

Except this time there was something else; a small black dot moving across the hill, about a half a mile away. I ran back to my chair, dug my hands in my bag and came out with the telescopic sight for my rifle. Grabbing the rifle too I scrambled back to my perch. I turned my desk halfway around so I could lie down and steady the rifle. The desk easily took my weight. Pushing the books and writings off, I pushed open the glass, which came loose with a crack and a flourish of dust. It had clearly never been opened in my lifetime. I took my binoculars from beside me, my father’s old, black, metal and plastic binoculars, and peered through. The powerful lenses were out of focus, and too withdrawn to see the shape. As I adjusted the dials by the edge of the objective lenses and eyepiece, and the shape began to take form. I hoped it was of the woman; the woman who ran through my garden this morning or last night. As it took shape, it was clearly another person. Not the woman however, this was of a man.

I focused further and was able to get a good look at him. He was a savage looking creature with rough, hide clothing, a long, intimidating spear, and harsh, almost yellow skin. He wore a sick and mean scowl, and his face looked scarred and worn. His clothing was improvised, made from cloth, wool, and animal skin. He seemed lost. He didn’t seem to know where he was, what he was doing, or where he wanted to go. I wanted him gone. Selfish, I know. Honestly I was terrified. He looked in no way friendly, and I only wanted to scare him away. I loaded a tracer round into my rifle. Funny looking things they were. They looked the same as my regular ball shots, but stamped with a “G” at the bottom, and the tip was coated in a red substance. I never fired one before, but I read that they were used to mark accuracy, because one could see the bullet after firing, and get adjusted to the conditions, and in turn adjust the shot. The round slotted in and I worked the bolt into order.

Half a mile is a long way for a shot to travel. Everything needed to be taken into account. There was only a little wind, so if I got the distance right I could let loose a shot right over his head, and get him high tailing it back to where he came from. I could track him and find out more about his people, and where he came from. All going to plan, new friends and a new life could be around the corner.

Did I want to do that? Find new people? Whichever path I chose, I needed to take this shot, and get him moving back to where he came from.

I noted the time in my journal that I saw the man. My watch said six o’clock, but it felt much later. I started dialling in my sights shortly after that. I took the distance as about eight hundred metres, or half a mile. With my notebook and texts I rounded that to about eight hundred and seventy four yards. I dialled in my sights to nine hundred to overshoot the target. Lots of vague numbers but I needed the shot to be very close, with not a lot of time to spare. He might have moved slightly, even twenty metres can spoil the shot. I noted the dust coming off the ground and saw the wind was starting to kick up. I decided to wait a few moments for it to die down. It didn’t. It started blowing from my left, which was north. It changed and began to blow into my face through the window. I made another adjustment up on my scope. This had to be it. It was now or never.

I slowed by breathing, and listened to my heartbeat. Two thumps. Two thumps. Two thumps. In. Out. In. Out. I exhaled slow and easy. My heartbeat slowed slightly. One more breath in, and one more out and my heartbeat was in my ears. Two thumps.

The shot thundered throughout my house. It nearly took me by surprise. I pulled a bit hard on the trigger and the crosshairs dipped at the last moment. The shot still looked high. It spun out to the right before the wind carried it back left and kept the trajectory elevated. The bullet glowed white with a red centre and traced a slight line through the evening darkness. It was travelling high above his head until it dipped down about three hundred metres to go. It sank hard into the humid air of the valley and barrelled straight for my target. A smile tugged at the corner of my mouth as I revelled in how near the shot was going to land. Through my scope I saw his perplexed face still looking around in absolute awe at his surroundings. The shot dipped with gravity and humidity pulling at it. It dipped, and dipped more. It kept falling until it was aiming strait for his head. He took his last moment to look right at my house, almost like it was right into my eyes before the bullet shot straight through his throat. He stood for a moment, even more dumbstruck than when he figured he was lost. The back of his neck plumed scarlet and his eyes flared bright white. He fell on his knees and put his hands to his neck in a futile attempt to control his blood loss. He coughed a solid mouthful of blood, tried to take one deep breath before coughing another, and that’s when the shock kicked in and he died, alone, in the middle of nowhere, struck down from a half a mile away. He was struck down, by my hand, and he had no idea from where and no idea why. He was dead before he heard the shot.


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Noooot to nitpick, but if you're applying to be a lore writer, you probably want to proofread your application and fix your capitalization and grammar.

Also, unless examples of your own work are all something private you have a specific reason not to post publicly, you're probably best off including some writing excerpts with your application right away, not when someone asks for them.

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Guest Marlon Phoenix

I'm making a new round of looking for new developers. What experience do you have in managing and editing wikipedias?

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Guest Marlon Phoenix

As it stands I currently have enough writers and general wiki workers to continue along with the goals I have in mind to fulfill by next month. I'll lock this thread and have it archived for future reference if you remain interested when I'm looking for more developers, but as it stands I have to deny it at this moment. Thank you for your interest, though!

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