• 7/18/2015

The Plots section

How should we go about tackling this section? I was debating between doing a general description of each storyline or a step by step walkthrough with tips on how to reach each particular ending. 

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• 7/19/2015

Samanthalin, thank you! A couple questions for you (or anyone else with the techinical know-how)...

- I want to update Mr Ashcroft's plot line. I think it might eventually start looking very messy if I just copy and paste the general summary into the Plots section though. I am hoping it might be possible to turn the line that says "Mr Aschroft" into a link that, when clicked upon, displays the general summary. Does that make sense? 

- Since some users migth want to see a general summary of the storyline but not have the spoiler of a super detailed epilogue, it is possible to create an epilogue section where the endings can be placed separately? And with a word of caution about spoilers preceeding it? 

I apologize if this is all very confusing. I have never used a wikia before, so this is all new to me.

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• 7/19/2015

Also, since I don't yet want to place the summary of the Mr Graham storyline into the plots section without knowing how to properly format it, here is an idea for what we could do that I will leave here.

You are walking about your lovely hometown of Darlington when you unexpectedly collide with a handsome stranger in regimentals. It is Mr Graham, who is a soldier temporarily residing in your fair town with the rest of his regiment. He is quite apologetic, but you don't have much opportunity to get to know him further and are soon on your way. However, it is not long after this that you are officially introduced to each other by Mr Earlwood at a small gathering, and you quickly learn that Mr Graham is a most charming, friendly, and kind man.

Because he is temporarily staying with Colonel Watson, an acquaintance of your late father's, you see him often at balls, picnics, and about town. Mr Graham also has a curious way of managing to run into you on walks, as you run errands, or when you are at the library. As you get better acquainted with him, you see that he is a sincere and gentle person, content to simply read while you work on your embroidery. On one occasion, he even helps little Lettice who falls and scrapes her knee. It is during this event that he learns of your great love for [cake, flowers, or ladybugs/birds], and you later receive a mysterious package containing your favorite item.

Mr Graham proves also to be an astute judge of character and is thoroughly unimpressed and unmoved by those of high rank if their behavior is unkind or selfish. While your friends are completely enamored with a new young woman passing through Darlington, he is able to see through her fashionable facade and suspects her to be a petty, self-absorbed person. This is later confirmed when a small child runs into her on accident and she throws a fit about the event. In spite of this, he surprises you by keeping company with Lord Sutton, a haughty and cold man who takes no trouble to disguise his dislike of you. You even overhear Lord Sutton contemptuously describing you to his friend and pleading with him to reconsider his attachment to you; Mr Graham is loyal as ever, though, and while he does not take his friend's advice, he continues to keep his friendship with him.

Your friendship with Mr Graham takes an unexpected turn when he confesses to you that he has been estranged from his family. His parents died long ago and his older brother just recently passed away. He is conflicted about whether or not he should attend the funeral, considering they were strangers. You can either urge him to attend or skip the funeral.

Shortly after this, Mr Graham is absent for Darlington for a rather lengthy amount of time. Your mother and friends wonder where he is and if he even intends to return. He does, and when that happens, he takes the time to explain to you his background.

Mr Graham came from a modest family of humble property. They had a neighboring family who came into money and after this time, his own family became fixated upon wealth and its accumulation. He entered into an engagement with the neighboring family's daughter, but later broke it when he saw how much she had changed and how selfish, disdainful, and proud she was. She did not take this well, and either for spite or othe reasons, married his older brother just a short time later. Mr Graham did not see his family after this and instead considers Colonel Watson and his brothers in arms to be his family.

You also learn that Mr Graham has a decision to make. He is the rightful heir to his deceased brother's estate. However, Mr Graham loves his life in the miltary. He is not sure it is wise to accept the inheritance and asks for your counsel. You can either urge him to accept the inheritance and manage the property himself or to stay with his regiment. He values your counsel and considers your opinion carefully in making his decision.

Mr Graham makes his decision and seems content with it. You and your mother continue to spend a good deal with both him and Colonel Watson. You wonder if there is something between the Colonel and your mama, but she says nothing about it and seems peeved if you ask. However, this is forgotten once Mr Graham confesses his love and admiration for you and asks that you become his wife, which you can either accept with pleasure, with reservation, or decline entirely.

Assuming that you accept his offer, you are unexpectedly visited by Lord Sutton. It is evident he takes no pleasure in visiting you and his disgust at the situation seems evident. He informs you he is only there because he has been advised that you are to marry Mr Graham and has something to tell you. He is in love you. He has not told Mr Graham this, but he wants you to know why he has been distant and condescending to you. You can either respond with sympathy, stay silent, or suggestively request his own attentions. 

The epilogues vary depending on your decisions and your personality.

..If you encouraged Mr Graham to accept the inheritance, you live with him on your magnificent estate, have several children, and your mama - seeing that you are so well settled - marries Colonel Watson.

...If you encouraged Mr Graham to stay with his regiment, you have a daughter, move frequently, and it is a challenging several years before Mr Graham rises in the ranks and can afford a comfortable home. However, at that time, he purchases a little place in Darlington where you can all be with your old friends.

...If you are sympathetic to Lord Sutton, he continues to be a signifiant part of your lives. He warms up to you and cherishes your friendship as well, though he is always the perfect gentlement. [Note: if you are vulgar or licentious, he admits his numerous dalliances to you.] He is content to grow old with you and Mr Graham and is godfather to your child[ren]. If Mr Graham is still in the regiment, he makes your children his heirs.

...If you are silent to Lord Sutton, his still continues to be friends with Mr Graham, but is still a bit distant with you.

...If you are suggestive to Lord Sutton, he is appalled at you, and realizes he never knew you. His relationship with Mr Graham crumbles, he has numerous illegitimate children, and though he nad Mr Graham later try to repair their friendship, it is never the same.

If there are any ideas for additions, deletions, etc., let me know. Also let me know if you see any typos. I am writing quite hastily and trying to get this done before my toddler wakes up, so I wouldn't be surprised if I missed something. Once we figure out the Plots section, I will place it there.

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• 7/19/2015
Your summary of Mr. Graham is well written. I would like the various epilogues in a separate area with a spoiler alert for those who want to be surprised of the outcome.
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• 7/19/2015

Missewbusy, what if I concluded it in a similar way to the Mr Ashcroft storyline?

The epilogues vary. In happier ones, you all live happily ever after, are close with Lord Sutton, and even your mother finds love. In less happy conclusions, you never get to know Lord Sutton very well, have a stilted relationship with him, and your marriage is more of one of convenience than of love, though Mr Graham is always loyal to you. 

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• 7/19/2015

Sounds good to me :)

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• 7/20/2015

OK, as soon as I get an idea of how to format the section, I'll get to work. :)

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• 7/20/2015

Thesecondmissbennet: I'm afraid I'm not that well-versed in the technical know-how of Wiki... I think there's a list of Wiki coding somewhere...?

As for the epilogue-related things, I'm happy to send over whatever's required/decided. Perhaps if someone volunteers to look after the epilogues, he/she could email me and I'll forward whatever is requested. My address is myfirstname @ teaforthreestudios.com.

  • tiptoes back to her writery cave*
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• 7/20/2015

Samanthalin: I will volunteer to look after the epilogues. I think I have played through so many times, that I have likely seen most, if not all, of the epilogues. So there will likely be no (or few) spoilers for me. I will shoot you an email. :) Check your junk folder for an email from aelstuart(atsign)gmail.com. Thank you!

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• 7/24/2015

- I want to update Mr Ashcroft's plot line. I think it might eventually start looking very messy if I just copy and paste the general summary into the Plots section though. I am hoping it might be possible to turn the line that says "Mr Aschroft" into a link that, when clicked upon, displays the general summary. Does that make sense? 

Are you referring to whenever the words "Mr Ashcroft" appear in general or a specific instance? I've had a look at the plots page and it looks fine!

I found http://community.wikia.com/wiki/Help:Links helpful in figuring out hyperlinks, the main thing is to use [ [ Page Title ] ] (without spaces in between) to link to another page.

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• 7/24/2015

Thank you, Dissipatience! It was much more messy earlier, but I was able to figure out how to create pages and links, which has helped a lot. Thank you also for making the epilogue titles a bit easier to understand! I don't have a creative bone in my body, so I pretty much just copied and pasted epilogues as they were with their original titles. It looks and flows so much better now!

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