Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Year, Old Loves (or, back to Dune)

After a storm of roleplay action during November and December 2008, the end of the year felt too calm and quiet for me. And as I often do in those tiny bits of times when I feel boredom, I decided to start something new.

Well, not so new actually, since DUNE was the first roleplay I did when joining Second Life back then in January 2007. I played the daughter of the Atreides Duke, I played a Harkonnen Suk Doctor, and I played a Fremen child.

The sim was sold and re-bought by a player, who transformed it into Splintered Rock. Still a Dune-themed sim but not the Arakeen city.
I then moved to another Dune sim and played the young sister to the Atreides Duke in a different timeline and story. This sim collapsed too after a lot of drama I am not the best to talk about.
So I turned to New Babbage, to building things, to just have fun, explore and go on adventures with my friends.

Now, about one year later, I miss Dune.

I went and explored the two remaining Dune sims, Dune Imperium and Splintered Rock. I chose the second one because it was the first sim I played in, and because I love the very large desert they added, and the Sietch.

My first character will be a Fremen kid and here's her backstory :

Name : Myrit al-Zaki
Age : 13

* * *

Noor was young, maybe 16 years old, when she disappeared in a sand storm outside the Sietch of Desert Basin East.

When she walked back into the Sietch, ten months later, like a ghost, everybody stared at her in surprise. Everybody thought she was dead. She was dirty, pale, clearly very weakened, and above all, she refused to speak.

Four months later, she gave birth to a girl, but she refused to see her, give her a name or tell who the father was. The girl was named Myrit and cared of by Noor's parents.

Myrit grew up, raised by her grand-parents, and at 3 years old, she was a merry, bold and cheeky child. She vaguely knew that Noor was her mother, but she wasn't that touched by the fact she refused to see or talk to her, because she was raised by the whole tribe, together with the other little Fremen of her age.

Noor never really opened up after coming back to the Sietch, but a young Fremen named Zaki managed little to little to gain her confidence, and finally something that was as close as love as Noor was able of. Zaki was sweet and nice with Noor, and he had never given up the hope to see her coming back alive after the storm that took her. They got married along the rituals of the tribe, and Myrit took the name of her new father, to become Myrit al-Zaki.

Two years later, Noor gave birth to a second child, a boy whom she named Tarub, meaning "Merry".

Sadly, when Tarub was two years old, Zaki died in a worm attack while he was harvesting spice, working for the Atreides.

At these news, Noor fell definitely into madness and left the Sietch the same night, without a stillsuit, without water, with nothing. Nobody ever saw her again.

Myrit was 7 years old and her brother was only 2. She decided she would take care of him instead of his mother who had abandoned them both and she swore she would never do that.

* * *

Myrit is now 13 years old and she is growing more and more curious about the identity of her "father". Not the one who gave her her name, but the one who gave her half of her genes. She is cautious and doesn't like to draw her crysknife, but she takes every occasion to wander around the Rock and spy on the offworlders. She has the vague hope –or would that be fear- that maybe she will recognize her father amongst them.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

SR is no longer Dune, and there is no more Dune RP left in SL. If anyone wants to start an underground RP, please do...