Ithronian Adventures #131 – Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered

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In the north of Berwickshire there are a collection of small hamlets that make their own way. Occasionally visited by traders, travellers and the occasional itinerant priest of the Gods they can hold their own against foulspawn and the undead that linger in Berwickshire. However, sometimes things come along that they just can’t fathom.

Who you gonna call?

Yeah, those guys …

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Ye Olde Pockets – but where to put the thing?

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In our last tutorial we looked at creating a multi-coloured curved bottom pouch, but I showed you a sneak peek of today’s tutorial – adding a belt loop. Most larpers will hang their pouches off their belts rather than their wrists, and adding a sturdy belt pouch is a wise move if you intend to use your pouch often or to carry useful bits and bobs.

A belt loop can be added to any pouch, so long as it is done early on when all the bits are laid out on the table, though you could add one at any time with a bit of patience and needle and thread. However, I will show you how to add one that is planned as part of the pouch in this tutorial.

For more tutorials and walkthroughs, go to Tutorials.

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Ye Olde Pockets – all shapes and colours, oh my

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The last tutorial showed how to make a simple drawstring pouch, which forms the basis of most of the pouches I make. Why? Because there are many different and interesting things that can be done with a drawstring pouch.

Up to now we’ve only seen rectangular pouches, however today I’d like to show how to make a curved bottomed pouch, and how to make the bottom a different colour to the body.

For more tutorials and walkthroughs, go to Tutorials.

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Ye Olde Pockets – the pouch of many things

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In the last pouch tutorial I showed how to make a simple coin purse with tie, however there are other ways to make a basic pouch to hold odds and ends, coins or other assorted things that should be carried when one is considering an adventure. I have found drawstring pouches to be a very versatile way of having in-character pockets, with the only limitation being the amount of cloth to hand and the things you want to carry.

In this tutorial I will show you how to make a pair of drawstring pouches out of scraps of cloth.

For more tutorials and walk-throughs, go to Tutorials.

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Introducing Ravenna Corvidae

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Last year I introduced the Lady Miriam to you, my Sidhean priestess who I retired (and killed off as an npc) in late April 2014. She served her purpose, got me in touch with the softer feminine side of playing a true noblewoman but should never have been an adventurer. Her genteel nature made adventuring a bit of a shock to the system and rather than toughen up or find something strong inside her she caved in. Partly due to the emotional froth of losing your shadow (which was hilarious to role play with, particularly in solving some of the plot in branch at the time), but she was too delicate to survive long. But she was fun to play when I wasn’t out in the field. Sadly LARP is an “in-the-field” system and so I decided it was time to pack her away.

I then played Wren, the mad Elven Blacksmith who originally had a limited human vocabulary and no faith at first. She was fun, pure and simple and got to play hard and fast with the rules. Sometimes she went a bit far, but that was a learning experience in itself and I got to live through the big fests of the season as a character that could just pick up her gear and wander off into the woods if the mood took her. She ended on the field of battle, but I was already preparing my next character and as much as it hurt to lose her, I was not as broken hearted as when I lost Rowan. Heck, I got a public battlefield lay-to-rest from the then Defender of Crowa who I’d met once in character and who recalled our meeting in tear-jerking detail. The corpse might have been crying at the end of his prayer to her God, to properly burst into tears when I was “dragged” back into camp and left in the Guild tent alongside the deceased Forgemaster. To be able to say goodbye for now to my guild mates had that effect on me.

But to walk into camp that night as Ravenna was a good feeling. And if you let me, I’ll explain why.

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