4 April 2015 - Joined Lake Valor. 22 November 2015 - Nominated for (and won) 2015 Lake Valor Awards. 1 April 2016 - Awarded Member of the Month (yes, the date is correct). 7 July 2016 - Accepted as a Writer. 6 October 2016 - Accepted as a Moderator.
My name is Eclipse. When the world is at its darkest, I shall appear.
In times past I dwelt in a fountain, the centrepiece of a forgotten city hidden at sea beneath an impenetrable fog. I have also been sighted atop a large ancient tower, constructed to absorb sunlight. Now, I dwell here at this lake, observing and being observed by the humans that live therein, from whom I learn and who in turn learn from me.
I've resided here for a long time now, and I've grown to love the culture, which has integrated me in as one of its own. Much of my joy is observing and interacting with people, watching how they move, how they act, how they speak, how they laugh, and more. For those who choose to interact with me, I turn none away - rather, I welcome it, as it satiates my thirst for knowledge and social growth.
Some things about me, as stated by other Valorians:
Achromatic: "you post the best images, eclipse"
LadyRaven: "Eclipse is a Fucking DRAGON GOD KING." "Eclipse is scary, let's leave it at that."
Nova: "Eclipse is... Eclipse."
Satix: "1. You will never know Eclipse's gender 2. You will never know what Eclipse looks like 3. You will never know Eclipse's name 4. Eclipse will meme you thoroughly" "You make delicious tea and baskets" "Eclipse's irl name is Dr. Thorough, in every sense"
Seprix: "Eclipse can't be tamed, can't be blamed" "Satix didn't tame Eclipse. Eclipse tamed Satix." "Eclipse is not sociopathic. It is only pure logic." "Eclipse can destroy you so badly, that when you die, you die. No going back!" "When Eclipse comes, there will be no sun for you It will be darkness, pain, and misery And that thing where you were about to say something but you forgot"
TheBlazingInfernape: "you are an inquisitive one aren't you. I like that." "you beautiful inquirer you." "THERE YOU ARE YOU BEAUTY!"
Now then... Come forth, pull up a chair, and have a seat. What's on your mind?
Greetings, friends; my name is Eclipse. I'm Lake Valor's resident dragon, a timeless creature, and the oldest(?) member of the staff crew at present. I have a passion for knowledge, both to give and receive it, and I occasionally dabble in signatures now and again. I enjoy meeting and getting to know new people (usually with a series of particular questions), and I wish to make sure your experience here, be you a new arrival or a veteran, is overall a pleasant one.
If you see this status while scrolling, STOP! You have been visited by the Dragon Deity of Questioning. Plentiful posts will come to your Q&A thread, but only if you reply "Question me, please!" to this status. (I will also accept "clear your cache".)
But then everyone will pass you on the Discord ranking board!
...It's okay, I know you have things to do that are important, and you need time to do them. Besides, once they're done, you'll get back and reclaim your rightful spot again. Now go forth and kick ass, and get your assignments done!
Yes, you heard me - Lake Valor has a team of Writers!
For those curious as to what Writers do, the Writers are the peeps at LV that write articles for your viewing pleasure. Things written can range from video game reviews to interviews to gaming news, and everything in between - if people want to read it, it falls under being a Writer. It's a small little thing, but it's enough to show a lot of enthusiasm for LV as a whole.
In addition to the perks of having an expanded inbox and a spunky pink username with matching userbar, you'll get access to a special section on LV to write your works and collaborate with your fellow Writers on LV. This pitch sounds very similar to that for the Social Crew, but the difference is while Social Crew is concentrated with drumming up interest for LV on the outside, the Writers keep it going on the inside. (Don't get me wrong - they're both vitally important!)
Applications for Writers are always open as there is need, and are reviewed near the end of each month. This keeps applicant influx fairly steady, so you'll know about when to expect any new pink names to pop up. Being a Writer does require both good writing skills and a willingness to work with other people and keep them engaged, but if you feel you aren't up for the position, don't fret - you can always suggest ideas for articles that you'd like to see written.
Do I? Yes, intentionally. Not always with the avatar that person is currently using - perhaps more with a past avatar - but I definitely do this by choice.
I have to associate people with some sort of quality that I remember about them. I deliberately don't want to try and segment people either by appearance or voice, since those are physical traits, and not things I want to remember people by - they have a lot of power (at least for me), and I want to avoid that. I much rather remember people by their mental attributes, like choice of speech, personality, actions, that sort of thing. If I want to try to match a face to the name, I use the person's avatar - or at least an avatar that person has used before.
This means that, based on that standard, I perceive Wolfey as being flamboyant and LL-obsessed - and therefore meme-loving. Coincidentally, I'm completely correct.
I am kinda gone but not fully, i am trying to check in a little at a time but when i am working 12 hours days i wont be able to pop in when i really wish to. I will still be here but kinda not.so i just kinda wanted to let someone know.
Understandable. I do hope your work schedule isn't too taxing, and you'll be able to find a balance between work and free time in your life. Your company is always appreciated.
To be fair, there's nothing that says you can't be nominated again in future months. Any person can only be MOTM once, but as long as you've not been MOTM yet, a nomination in any month present or future is still fair game.
Be patient. MOTM is the same regardless if you get it now or a year from now.
I nominate @Seprix and @Hanzo, for reasons given in prior months.
To save time, I'll C/P in the reasons from my older posts:
I'd like to nominate Seprix, for being a very upbeat and entertaining personality on both the Discord and the forums.
And, if all else fails, several of the nominees that don't make it this month should easily roll over into next month.
She's been all about the forum lately, going here and there and generally being an all-around nice person. She's made a ton of threads in the Lounge and I believe she's a big reason that the Lounge is so active right now, either directly or indirectly. I just wish her username would stand still for a while, but I'm just picky.
What do you think your best feature is? My rational outlook, in that I view things objectively and as a logical progression, while not letting personal stances getting in the way of my work. Technically that is a combination of smaller things, but that's the best way I know how to answer your question.
Well, you say you are a pure black dragon. So is it only color? As I know black represents darkness, is it related to that, or do you just like the dragon who is black?
This question has been asked before, albeit with a slightly different wording; look under the header "Meaning and/or intention behind 'pure black dragon' in title?"
What should I do to improve my English, besides just using the dictionary? I'd also recommend looking at how other people write. See if you can find works or articles by authors you know or respect, and look at the style with which they write, in addition to the vocabulary choice. Reading featured articles on Wikipedia could be a good start to that as well (just pick one at random); those usually tend to be very well-written, even if they are a bit lengthy. I know not everyone learns by just watching and doing, but I think it's a good starting point at least, if only to note or emulate another writer's style. (And, of course, have the dictionary on hand if you stumble upon any words you don't recognise.)
Am I a fish because I am alive in lake for so long?
Does collecting images off the Internet count? I've had a habit of perusing Google Images at times and just saving any landscape image I find exceptionally beautiful. I don't find very many, but if I do stumble across one, I make sure to nab it. My folder for such is at about 20 now, not counting any pictures of space which I just harvest compulsively.
Failing any digital media collection, I used to collect Monopoly variants over the years, up to about 2006. The reason for such is that some of the boards and designs were very beautiful (the Astronomy one is my favourite, no surprises there), but eventually the habit got too expensive to perpetuate, and on top of all the boards being rather bland and samey, the incentive to collect them was also lost.
Ha! I wish. The worst I ever done was spoonerise somebody's name, and even then I instantly caught the error and corrected myself. (The name was David Johnson, and I said John Davidson but immediately noticed my mistake.)
Have you ever tripped up in a humourous manner, either to yourself or to those who were watching you?
Suppose you were given a magical potion that can change your height. You have the option to choose to be either 24 inches (2 feet) taller or shorter. Which do you pick and why? A whole twenty-four inches? You can't make this easy, can you? I'm roughly 67 inches tall right now (5'7"), so I basically have the choice of becoming 3'7" or 7'7" here. I value mobility and ability to do things fairly easily and with no hassle, plus I have to drive myself around everywhere I go. So to that end, I'll opt to become taller; even though it has complications, I have met people over seven feet tall so I know it's possible. Besides, not only do I have a complex about my height (I know 5'7" is actually slightly above average, but it still bothers me because of comparison to the people I'm around), but I can't really do much when I'm only as tall as an eight-year-old child.
Are you a slow walker, or a fast walker? Would I have to speed up to keep at your pace, or slow down? I'm a fast walker, definitely. My precise measurements aren't empirical, but: the average stride (pace) length for an adult human is about 2 feet, and mine is roughly 2.4 feet (2 feet, 4.8 inches), with some margin for error. Those may not be the exact numbers, but suffice it to say that my stride is 20% longer than the average. As for whether or not you'd be at, above, or below my pace, I don't know - you tell me - but based on what you've implied, I doubt we'd be far apart.
If you could reach for the stars (not that you can't, but not everything is possible for everybody...), what would your ideal career be? Just take my hand; we're gonna reach for the stars~ This thread has been around so long that I honestly thought I'd answered this question before - but in nearly 2 years, I haven't! I'd actually like to be an actuary some day; even though I know it's a very long-term goal and requires a lot of training and expertise (something like 15 years?), it's something I'd certainly like to aspire to, unless something more appealing comes my way. Plus, actuaries are in charge of assigning risk values for insurance policies, like figuring out how likely it is that somebody will die. And when I found out about that, the urge to have my job description as 'somebody that calculates the probability of death' awakened.
Are you really pure 100% dragon? Indeed I am. Why, do you doubt me?
Have you made a costume before? Can't say that I have. Too time-consuming or pricy, and besides that, there's no occasion that I would ever use it for.
Are you cheap? I like saving money wherever I can, if that's what you're asking. Money is something that is at a bit of a premium for me, so I want to be frugal with it. Never know when I'll need some for an emergency situation - never mind changing my living arrangements.
Halloween or New Year's? Neither. I don't see the appeal in celebrating either.
How did your vocabulary level reach where it's at currently? I own a dictionary, and have since I was about 12 years old. It's been my ever-present companion, and I always look up new words when I don't recognise them. I did once use vocabulary flash cards as a starting point, for when I just decided to read the dictionary arbitrarily (which I still do on occasion recently), so the more I learn and read, the more words and knowledge I'll acquire.
Writing or reading?
Could you be a bit more specific? There isn't much context here.
If you could have a quick 10-minute chat with either MLK or Abraham Lincoln, who would you choose? I'd probably flip a coin. I don't have a strong leaning towards one or the other, and to me they're just historical figures. I'm not sure how much worth I'd derive from it either, as I don't really rely or utilise the past at all; I am of the opinion that the present is more important than the past, because it has capacity to change and be influenced, unlike the past, which states only where you've been, not where you are or where you're going.
Whoooooooooo. Seems I have competition for creating walls of text.
:: Where do you stand on the emotions-versus-logic spectrum?
:: Do you enjoy or savour a challenge?
:: Is this the part where I state that I'm also a Christian? (Seprix and a few others can vouch for this.) because while none of us were really secretive about it, I guess a lot of them are coming out of the woodwork now because of this thread.
Also sorry Eclipse for kotophotobombing that conversation in the Discord lol. It makes your Mewnium Z seem less important because I had to exclaim how rich I had become.
I could have edited it out, but I thought it wouldn't really be worth it, because I don't think taking it away would have done many favours. Also, the context made it amusing, when you read the first and second lines together. Don't apologise - I'm perfectly fine with it.
I know that not all of you managed to get a full list of guesses in after you asked the questions, partially because I didn't think asking the questions would take so much time! Therefore, in the interest of fairness, for anyone who didn't submit a finished list to me, I did give you points based on how many questions you asked that you got "Yes" responses to.
That said, some people didn't get back to me at all, but they each got 1 point (for their own names) for the event.
Now then, I'm sure you are all positively anxious to know who was what name, so I will reveal both the answer key and everybody's scores.
First...the answer key!
Format will be the member's name, followed by his/her chosen character's name. The order shown here is the order you signed up in.
You probably can guess what score you got from that, but for the event, I'll put everyone's scores in the spoiler tag below. Nobody got a perfect 16 (that would be an absolute miracle), but I'm sure you're anxious to see who got first!
In first place we have SyWry, with an astounding 9 points! SyWry will receive 3 Event Points, plus the Contest Winner medal. In second place we have luxuryluxray, only a hair behind with a cool 8 points! luxuryluxray will receive 2 Event Points. Everyone below that will receive 1 Event Point, though Arc1Dragon comes in as a notable third place mention with 5 points.
Thank you everyone for playing the Name Game, and helping to make this event a resounding success!
I'll leave this topic open for a few days so you can share your opinions, your stories, your hunches, your guesses - you name it! After that, this event will go into the Archive over the weekend. Before then, I'd like you to ponder this question: Would you like to see a variant of the Name Game event like this as a regular thing in the Game Corner? The rules will obviously be tweaked slightly to accommodate for a real-time playstyle, but I'd like to know what y'all thought of it, if you thought it was fun, what you liked about it, what you think could be improved, and so on.
Discuss, like, subscribe, comment, and so on and so forth.