Xephrim: The Life and Times of a University Professor.   Posted by GameMaster.Group: archive U
GameMaster
 GM, 344 posts
 Omnipitent Being
Tue 10 Mar 2015
at 17:28
Xephrim: The Life and Times of a University Professor
"...which is why, if you look at the lines here, you can see this is a forgery. A real piece of armor from Mandalore the Shadow would have been created with tools that were not as sophisticated.  This would make the marks shallower and less precise. So whoever brought this is either lying or was tricked. Now, in armor of that era..."

Professor Phol droned on about the tool marks and scratches on this piece of armor. His tone, even when translated from Rodian, was dull and flat. For someone with his levels or expertise, he was truly boring and monotonous.
Xephrim
 player, 1 post
Wed 11 Mar 2015
at 20:50
Re: Xephrim: The Life and Times of a University Professor
Zephrim struggled to keep himself focused on the professor's lecture. *Professor Phol's the best they said. Professor Phol really knows his stuff they said. Take Phol's class and you'll be amazed what you can learn from him they said. Well, the one thing they didn't say was how monotone and monotonous he would be. I guess though, getting through this class means that can stay awake through nearly anything, so it's definitely worth it for that at least...*

He shook his head and waited for a pause in the professor's speech where he could interrupt. "Professor? What's the oldest era you've come across an artifact for? "

[Private to GameMaster: question, is this Xeph's past or present? my first thought is that this is during his studies just before his mother came across the Rakatan outpost, but i wanted to be sure. :)]
GameMaster
 GM, 355 posts
 Omnipitent Being
Thu 12 Mar 2015
at 13:13
Re: Xephrim: The Life and Times of a University Professor
OOC:

We can do it either way. I was going to have it at the present, and he is just a collegue giving some boring lecture.  But if you wish it in the past, that is fine too.

I was going the "present" route to get you in line with the other players.
Xephrim
 player, 2 posts
Thu 12 Mar 2015
at 14:02
Re: Xephrim: The Life and Times of a University Professor
OOC: that works too. :) the question would be the same, with the intent of trying to steer him out of his monotoning..
GameMaster
 GM, 358 posts
 Omnipitent Being
Thu 12 Mar 2015
at 14:54
Re: Xephrim: The Life and Times of a University Professor
"Well the oldest era was an ancient tablet that some say was from the Jee'dai era. It had writings and was supposed to be an early influence on the teachings of the current-day Jedi. Now I found this item when I was on a dig...."
Xephrim
 player, 3 posts
Sun 15 Mar 2015
at 17:30
Re: Xephrim: The Life and Times of a University Professor
That caught Xeph'a attention and he had to force himself to not show his excitement. "Was the tablet one you still have access to? That era fascinates me for exactly that reason you mentioned. I find it fascinating to see how the philosophy has developed and changed. From some research I've done, it even seems like at that point in time Sith were learning the same teachings. Did the Jee'dai teachings get corrupted in some way or did they simple evolve into two distinct philosophies?

Also, have you heard anything about some great war during that time?"

GameMaster
 GM, 386 posts
 Omnipitent Being
Sun 15 Mar 2015
at 21:49
Re: Xephrim: The Life and Times of a University Professor
He shook his head and sighed.  "Unfortunately, no. Once I published my findings and theories, the Jedi came and confiscated the tablet. Something about Jedi history, and sacred rites, and protecting information from the wrong hands. All kinds of facny terms to take what was mine and prevent my findings from reaching the galaxy in general."

He paused for a moment before looking back up at Xeph.  "I have heard rumors of a war. A great war. Supposedly the origin of the Sith. But most of that history and artifacts are taken and locked up by the Jedi Order. So I cannot confirm anything."
Xephrim
 player, 4 posts
Thu 19 Mar 2015
at 17:17
Re: Xephrim: The Life and Times of a University Professor
Zephrim sighed and shook his head. "it does amaze me at times how some in the order go to extremes in such cases. I would have loved to have taken a look at the tablet itself. Do you happen to know if your published reports might still be available anywhere?

*I guess the order has a hard time understanding that if we don't pay close attention to what's happened in the past regarding the beginnings of our order and how it has changed, that we'll just repeat mistakes and get complacent and arrogant thinking we know the only way to interpret the Force.*

A realization struck him regarding the professor's last statement. A quizzical expression came to his face as he asked his thought out loud. "You said ~most~ of the history and artifacts were taken by the Order. But not all? Would you have any suggestions on where to begin looking for those missed items?"
GameMaster
 GM, 424 posts
 Omnipitent Being
Sun 22 Mar 2015
at 22:34
Re: Xephrim: The Life and Times of a University Professor
"Some of them are still at the University.  I do not think anyone has looked at them since me, but I think they are locked up in the library archives somewhere. I am not sure where, as most items of that era are preserved and locked in one of the special vaults so no one will steal or destroy them."
Xephrim
 player, 5 posts
Mon 23 Mar 2015
at 16:46
Re: Xephrim: The Life and Times of a University Professor
"What do i need to do to get access to the archives? Are there any special steps i would need to take or do I just request it from someone?
GameMaster
 GM, 432 posts
 Omnipitent Being
Wed 25 Mar 2015
at 17:07
Re: Xephrim: The Life and Times of a University Professor
"I believe the head librarian can give you access. He has full say on who is or is not allowed into the restricted archives. Now, getting access is a whole other issue. Not everyone is allowed in that area. Otherwise it would not be restricted. See, there was this incident there many years ago.  Two students....well, to understand, you really need to know the background.  Where to start......ah. Three hundred years ago, when the university was just getting started, the old..."

Phol started on another long story about urban legends from the university's founding.
Xephrim
 player, 6 posts
Wed 25 Mar 2015
at 17:23
Re: Xephrim: The Life and Times of a University Professor
Zephrim politely listened to Phol's story, hoping that there might be something interesting in it. After the story completed, he politely interrupted the professor before he could get started on another tangent and thanked him. "Thank you sir. If i find out anything, i'll gladly share." He rose and headed for the library. Along the way he considered his options. While he had never met the head librarian personally, he had heard rumors that he at times was a tough nut to crack. And Xeph headed cracking nuts...

OOC: What do i know about the head librarian? have i heard about any interests he might have or anything that i could share with him to help me gain access to the restricted archives?
GameMaster
 GM, 434 posts
 Omnipitent Being
Wed 25 Mar 2015
at 18:00
Re: Xephrim: The Life and Times of a University Professor
The Head Librarian is an old, grumpy Herglic. It is rare for a Herglic to take on a university position, and Uda Seylor was not a typical Herglic. He was a bit standoff-ish and always seemed annoyed by something. He was very meticulous about his appearance and his library and did not like when things, no matter how small, were out of order.  Most students, and some professors, hated dealing with him. But he was an absolute master at his job, and no one could ever say anything bad about his competency and professionalism.