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Richard III has his own page. Your edits are being placed on a category page, which is not the best way to run a wiki. Please make your other edits on Richard III (and a fine contribution to IB, I must add). BoArthur 12:26, 23 Sep 2005 (PDT)


Media Related Articles

First and foremost, let me say that I appreciate the veritable flood of articles that you've brought to IB. I give you a caution, however. Hollywood and the rest of the media world guard their property very jealously, and I know that they go for blood once they get moving. I think that you should be very careful in adding links to everything here. If you're going to bring in a story, be careful as you do so. Mix it up with other points, as you've done with Guardians and as I've done with Space Voyage 2245. They're mixtures of things, and they are, in essence, their own creations. That being said, keep up the good work, and anything that you think may need some tweaking to distance itself from *here*, go right ahead and edit it (or comment on it). I look forward to much good things. You need to number yourself with the list, and of course, send your dues to Padraic, purchase your Tricorn hat and ceremonial robes, and please cast a vote for catering by someone OTHER than the Helvetian cook we had last year. (Turning Green)


Okay. Thanks for the feedback. I already went back and changed the picture of V.A.Howard to a blended one of two faces. And I think she actually is more of what you have in mind, yes? Zahir

C'est parfait, Monsieur le Docteur. BoArthur

Once you've got the Kemrese kinglist sorted out, feel free to work on the Dumnonian highkings! ;) [PB]

Hee hee hee... Zahir 18:04, 27 Sep 2005 (PDT)
I have to quibble because I'm a etymology nazi. Normally I take names, especially Romance and Latinate ones and tweak them according to Brithenig's Grand Master Plan (on the Brithenig website under Alphabet). I have no problem with Emrys, which is the variant of standard Brithenig Emreis. I would like to know the background of the name Ean. There is an onomasticon at the Brithenig website, but I don't feel constrained by it. (PS love the idea of a king who died at the hand of his own marrows!) - AndrewSmith 02:51, 28 Sep 2005 (PDT)
Ean is a variation of "Ian" that I've seen exactly once and stuck in my mind. If you've any objection, I'm perfectly willing to change it. For that matter, would you prefer "Emreis" rather than "Emrys"? Zahir 07:00, 28 Sep 2005 (PDT)
I would suspect that for Official Matters (such as the regnal name of a reigning monarch) the forms found in the Onomasticon would be insisted upon. [PB]
The problem being that the Onomasticon we have is not a universal list. The current list is short and only occasionally updated. Nevertheless let us err on the side of tradition and go with Emreis and Iewan. Not sure what to do with Donal yet. It probably has slipped into Kemr from Scotland and Ireland. Don't lose the name Ean, it could still be used in an article. Keep up the good work! - AndrewSmith
Okay, Emreis and Iewan it is. And thankee! Zahir 21:44, 28 Sep 2005 (PDT)

Ferko's e-mail

the e-mail addy for Ferko is destron at vcn period bc dot ca.

Provincial Flags

Hey Zahir, a little while ago, I had designed a flag charts for the FK:

It was meant to give a standard design guide for various flags (as used by the UK *here*). You are of courese under no obligation to use it but it might be fun if some had a tenuous link to it (similar but different colour for example). Anyway, up to you.--Marc Pasquin 07:08, 1 Oct 2005 (PDT)

Cool-ness! Thank you! Zahir

Help with French

You`re welcome. Don`t hesitate if you need translation of longer text.--Marc Pasquin 10:14, 8 Oct 2005 (PDT)


Most esteemed Dr. Zahir, did you receive the 2 PSD's I sent? BoArthur

Yes, I did. Many, many thanks! I will be using these as a template if I may for some GW2 maps. 17:45, 20 October 2005 (PDT)
By all means! If I can be any help at all, let me know! BoArthur 18:20, 20 October 2005 (PDT)
WARNING: I think I got the borders wrong on Aragon, so you may very well have to do an update on your maps. I'll have to see if Carlos has any issues with them. BoArthur
Thanks for the head's up. Zahir 22:10, 30 October 2005 (PST)


The study and making of flags. By creating flags, you have become a vexillologist. :) BoArthur

That would make him a vexillograph. If he just like looking at them, it make him a vexillophile. If he is interested a bit too much in a creepy kind of way, that make him a vexillofreak.--Marc Pasquin 02:49, 16 November 2005 (PST)
And if he is so completely obsessed with flags that he sees them everywhere and turns everything into a flag? A vexillomaniac? --IJzeren Jan 03:43, 16 November 2005 (PST)
Last time we had a discussion like that on the FOTW mailing list, we ended up with quite a few terms:
--Marc Pasquin 14:44, 16 November 2005 (PST)

Thanks for the word to newcomers. I think it's very well done, and I'm glad you thought to do it. :) BoArthur 12:26, 3 December 2005 (PST)

Thank you! I really hope to encourage folks to take part, and not be discouraged that so much is "taken." The truth is, there are huge areas left to be explored in IB. Zahir 12:29, 3 December 2005 (PST)


Did you write the news report? I should imagine so, and I must say, well crafted solution. You're coming into your own here in IB. BoArthur

Yes, yes I did. strut strut strut Zahir 09:55, 10 December 2005 (PST)

What the ### is going on here?!

That was my first thought when I saw the Recent Changes, anyway. A really spam attack, it seems! Thank you for reverting the pages in question. But in this case, there's no need, really. Since it seems like all of them are talk pages newly created by the spammers, I'll simply delete them instead of blanking them out! --IJzeren Jan 12:38, 11 December 2005 (PST)

Okay fine. About three are adding to page that already existed, but I already did them I think. Jeez. Zahir 12:40, 11 December 2005 (PST)
Yeah, very unpleasant this kind of things! And the worst thing is: I'm not even sure if it's really worth the effort to block IP number, since apparently they constantly use a different IP for the same piece of spam. Well, I've blocked them anyway, and deleted the pages in question. And yes, you had already done the pages that already existed! :) --IJzeren Jan 12:57, 11 December 2005 (PST)


I've given you sysop privileges Nik 18:39, 12 December 2005 (PST)

Oh! Cool! Neato! Thanks! What does that mean? Zahir 19:51, 12 December 2005 (PST)

It means you can delete pages, protect them, block users, revert pages more easily, and you get a pound off your annual dues. Nik 19:56, 12 December 2005 (PST)
Okay. Well, glad to be of service! Zahir 19:57, 12 December 2005 (PST)

SV2245 Episode Twist

I like the twist you threw in. Is this something you're planning on fleshing out in Season Two Episodes? BoArthur 18:04, 4 January 2006 (PST)

I'm going to have to use the R'Zikk! I love the idea. I may even stipulate that they have to appear in a handful of episodes in Season Two! BoArthur 18:07, 4 January 2006 (PST)

Thank you and thank you. Yes, I have a few notions about Season Two--something kinda B5-ish in some ways. It involves another vessel, the SUM Centurion and her commander. I was hoping you'd like the R'Zikk. Heh heh. Zahir 18:14, 4 January 2006 (PST)
As we see, your hopes were well founded. Tell me, how do you plan on incorporating the Centurion? Are we going to split the staff of Vanguard? What causes it? For the Movie, we will need to have them all back aboard Vanguard. BoArthur
I was thinking a member of Earth's royal family/families commands the Centurion, and is a brilliant military leader. Problem--he is very ambitious. His idols are Julius Caesar and Napoleon, and he thinks the Condominion needs unity in the face of a cold, dangerous universe. Nor is he without followers. Zahir 18:18, 4 January 2006 (PST)
So, to clarify, he will be an antagonist to our intrepid crew, am I right? How many episodes do you expect him in? (Rough Guess) BoArthur 18:24, 4 January 2006 (PST)
A sometimes ally, but ultimate antagonist. I would think at least four or five episodes. Zahir 18:42, 4 January 2006 (PST)

The League

How do you like my comic book series so far? -- Sikulu 16:07, 11 January 2006 (GMT)

What I've seen so far looks fine, but there isn't yet a sense of who these folks are. Just a collection of names. What are their powers? What are their back-stories? Do their adventures take place in "real" places or imaginary ones a la Metropolis or Gotham City? Zahir 08:12, 11 January 2006 (PST)
Could you help me with the covers and costumes please? (I don't have the right software on my computer to draw them; plus I'm rubbish at drawing.) -- Sikulu 09:52, 12 January 2006 (GMT)
Ok, I've done some updates for Storm Surge, Magnus and Rabbit. Check them out if you like. -- Sikulu 11:27, 12 January 2006 (GMT)
I've checked them out. Looking good. I'm still trying to get some kind of "feel" for this cluster of superheroes but I can see you're hard at work so I'll patiently await future developments. Unfortunately, drawing isn't my strong suit either. Even a little bit. I can manipulate images very well, and that is what I've done. However, at present (and for several months at least) my schedule would not allow me to take on an extra project of doing covers and costumes. Sorry. Zahir 07:44, 12 January 2006 (PST)
Never mind. Could you recomend anyone to help me out? -- Sikulu 08:19, 13 Jan 2006 (GMT)
Have a look at the latest developments if you want: Foxbat, Silverwind, White Spider --Sikulu 07:49, 20 January 2006 (PST)
Would you like to see these?: Prelude to Darkness, Brainbox, Cabuqui, Nightingale and Starling --Sikulu 04:43, 6 February 2006 (PST)


I've got a proposal for the flag of Tenisi. I'd like stripes from Virginia's Flag, with the Kemr Proposal's all-red dragon.

-- Sikulu 10:26, 16 January 2006 (GMT)

The flag's perfect. Thanks Zahir. -- Sikulu 10:48, 17 January 2006 (GMT)

Steg Belsky

His e-mail starts with boroparkpyro and is through the e-mail provider I listed on the UAR page. (protecting from Spam, you see.) BoArthur You may want to e-mail him as I don't know how often he comes to the wiki.  :)

Minor edits

What's the minor edit feature and what's it for?

Oh, and PS. Can people stop subst'ing Template:Nations and forgetting to regatogorise things properly? --Quentin 07:46, 24 February 2006 (PST)

When you edit a page there is a box at the bottom that reads This is a minor edit. By checking that box, those viewing the "Recent Changes" page can have the option (which I know I nearly always use) of "Hide minor edits." Thus the page doesn't become clogged with correcting minor typos, adding a category to every single article that it falls under, correcting tiny mistakes that needn't have any attention drawn to them, etc. Zahir 07:52, 24 February 2006 (PST)


Hi David, my compliments and a big thankee for your recent work on Oltenian leaders. I really lóve the picture of Mr. Gheorgiu. And that remarkable Oltenian airship is quite cool as well! Cheers, —IJzeren Jan Uszkiełtu? 14:51, 19 March 2006 (PST)

Thank you. Your kind words mean much. I am hoping to eventually give fairly complete biographies and portraits of all of Oltenia's Lord Protectors as well as (perhaps) some other figures. For example, I strongly suspect that at least one or two members of the Florea family were on the Council at one time or other. Zahir 15:19, 19 March 2006 (PST)


I'm interested, as you know about IB Egyptology, where does this Lla_Dafern#Is_this_any_good_in_IB.3F fit in?

That is just a bit of hieroglyphics used in the television show Lost (a program I highly recommend, btw). As such I would presume it means as much by itself (or as little) as it does outside that t.v. show. Zahir 07:25, 28 April 2006 (PDT)


Where did you get the background SNOR logo, out of interest? --Quentin 12:53, 9 May 2006 (PDT)

I used photoshop to alter a photograph of a cathedral in Romania, and added to it a graphic element from the IB flags page coupled with a photograph of an airship, all modified with Photoshop. Zahir 18:02, 9 May 2006 (PDT)
I think he was meaning the eagle and orthodox cross... BoArthur 07:10, 10 May 2006 (PDT)
And I answered that. Zahir 07:27, 10 May 2006 (PDT)
Ah. I see that. Didn't strike me very clearly though, but then, I am sleep deprived, so that could account for lots. Nice poster, BTW. You have carte blanche to do anything related to Louisianne of this nature. :) BoArthur 08:18, 10 May 2006 (PDT)
Thankee kindly, sir. Here's hoping you get some more sleep very soon. Zahir 08:23, 10 May 2006 (PDT)

Time to start on SV2245 and Mariner?

I'm starting to feel the itch...are you ready to begin, Herr Kommandant? ;) BoArthur 12:29, 9 June 2006 (PDT)

Soon. I've got a few more irons in the fire but certainly within two weeks. Zahir 14:29, 9 June 2006 (PDT)


Zahir, I'm going to go ahead and do the SV2245 webpage, but feel free to do the others. :) let me know if I can render any graphic assistance. BoArthur 14:14, 23 June 2006 (PDT)



The webring is at The webring is 199707. You can actually get to a screen you can join on from Jan's webpage by clicking the Home/Join section. Hope that helps! :) BoArthur 12:16, 26 June 2006 (PDT)



I think you can safely deproposal all the pop-culture stuff that you've created up until recently and everything about Oltenia. BoArthur 19:08, 20 July 2006 (PDT)

Hi, Bo. Just got back from a trip. I have zero problem with this, or with the MMP idea. Zahir 11:00, 24 July 2006 (PDT)
A trip? Where'd you go? BoArthur
To Atlanta actually. The event was WriterCon, a convention of those who write and/or read (but mostly write) fanfiction as well as other kinds of fiction. Mostly oriented around Buffy and Angel and Firefly but Stargate especially had a lot of fans there as well. Apart from a bunch of really interesting panels (including one of the editors of TOR Books, btw), I had the enormous fun one night of watching the Dr. Who spoof "Curse of the Fatal Death" with Rowan Adkinson as the Doctor and Johnathan Pryce as the Master. Zahir 16:58, 24 July 2006 (PDT)

NAL provincial governors

Can you please check over this page and see if it's OK? --23:29, 30 September 2006 (PDT)


Exactly what were you refering to? In Britain, court cases are R. vs, where R stands for Regina; I presumed as Illinoise was English and had a queen, then would this be followed rather than NAL vs.? Do the Mafia exist in Ill Bethisad? --Quentin 07:46, 13 November 2006 (PST)

Yeah, you must've missed that conversation. It's called Le Pègre.
Okay here are the sentences to which I was referring:
Also, the province began much tougher fines, including those exemplified in the R. vs. Anglish & Brown trading co. It was said that the Pègre and Mafia were not so said, especially following the St._Patrick's_Day_Massacre in Chicago, Ouisconsin.
First of all, why does the province start having much tougher fines when it is a Federal (i.e. League-wide) law that seems to be discussed here? But much more importantly--what does the second sentance even mean??? It was said they were not so said? Huh???? Zahir 11:19, 13 November 2006 (PST)
Oops; silly me. Should probably say; "The province ensured the laws were kept under order more easily" or words tothat effect.

Can you check this over?

I've seen some references to frankly wierd NAL political parties I've never heard of whilst sifting through the source material on NAL - do you know about any Conservative Party, Adullamite Republican Party or Conservaite Party? There should probably be a reference to the CLs too. --Quentin 05:01, 19 November 2006 (PST)

Okay, Quentin, please keep in mind that I am the caretaker of the NAL. So while I appreciate efforts to steamline the main article, something quite this large-scale should be done either by me or step-by-step. For example, did you check and make sure ALL the information you deleted is in fact duplicated elsewhere? If not, you have some salvaging to do and very quickly! If so, then noting that fact would soothe my nerves quite a bit. Please check on this. Now.
The NAL has plenty of political parties, many of them local and/or regional. The Adullamite Republicans are a fairly right-wing party, more than merely conservative ("Adullamite" is a biblical term that was used by Conservatives in the England during the 1800s I believe). Until very recently they were part of Gore's coalition in Parliament. I myself am unfamiliar with the Conservative Party or the Conservaite. But I will check on them.
And thank you very much for the article on Railways of the NAL. You have actually anticipated my thoughts in that regard, thus saving me some extra work. Many, many thanks. Zahir 08:31, 19 November 2006 (PST)

SV2245/Mariner Crossover

So, David, I'm thinking of it being a 3 parter for the SV2245 side of things, and maybe a 2-parter for Mariner?

Here's what I see happening:

  • Vanguard removes the Rector Primae and tries to restore order.
  • An Assassin attack decimates the human colony on Mars, and the Condominium realizes how close things are.
  • Vanguard shepherds a flotilla of colonists toward a rendezvous with Mariner, but tensions arise between the colonists.
  • Mariner takes charge of the flotilla and troubles continue
  • Vanguard ferries in supplies from nearby space colonies, but encounters troubles in the region Mariner's exploring.
  • Mariner leaves the flotilla on course for the Redoubt, helps Vanguard, but finds that the flotilla is also under attack.
  • The two ships bring their efforts to bear against the attacker, and save the day. Yay.

Obviously, this needs refining. What do you think? BoArthur 15:47, 19 May 2007 (PDT)

I need to get back to you in about a week. I'm finishing up a project that has a deadline. Zahir 07:27, 20 May 2007 (PDT)
Okay. Reached a stopping point on the project earlier than I'd expected, so can offer reply to this. I like it, save that I'd personally prefer events to be a little less "battle-oriented" than this. Recall Mariner is not well-armed. In this respect the series was designed to be more like FARSCAPE rather than ANDROMEDA or STAR TREK. So rather than the flotilla being under attack, I would say they are under threat of some kind. But that is probably nitpicking. Methinks, though, that this would be a source of conflict between the respective captains of the Starmada vessels in terms of style. Zahir 10:51, 21 May 2007 (PDT)

Jihad Crossover?

So, how would you like to proceed, since the season should be long over? BoArthur

My apologies! I'll take a good, thorough look at both series and have a specific proposal for you within seven days. Zahir 19:20, 18 August 2007 (PDT)
Okay, here's my idea. The Redoubt is a planet the Mariner has reported to Starmada HQ. This is the planet in "Never The Twain" one of the episodes I just put up. I would make this the season finale trilogy of Mariner which would be make up episodes 22-24 of Space Voyage: 2245. Probably in eps 19 or 20 Captain Klausfelder would receive news of the flotilla and where to meet them (this gives his crew a chance to have a misadventure or two en route to the rendez-vous).
  • "Rendez-Vous" is ep 22 of Mariner wherein the flotilla and its colonists are handed off by the Vanguard. We could have each crew taking care of a different but related set of problems with the colonists and the situation.
  • "En Route" is ep 23 of Mariner in which the flotilla is taken to Redoubt. Some kind of external threat makes itself known (the Vot?) which the Vanguard crew handles while Danning is at-long-last revealed to be under the control of an Ullah, seemingly setting up the colonists to become hosts to more such creatures.
  • "Mise En Scene" is ep 24 of Mariner and the season finale. At Redoubt, the colonists have begun to behave strangely. So too have the crews of both Starmada ships. It turns out only Professor Gideon is totally unaffected, and it is through his efforts that an ancient device is found on the planet--one that evidentally was supposed to prevent mental illness yet has broken down. The Vanguard's weapons can be used to destroy the cloaked orbital device causing the effect. Once this is done, everyone calms down and leaves the colony to itself. Methinks this episode could be a little bit like "The Naked Time" on TREK or FARSCAPE's "Crackers Don't Matter".
What do you think? Zahir 10:21, 25 August 2007 (PDT)
So my episodes would tell the Vanguard's side of the stories, or should I be exploring other points? BoArthur 18:19, 25 August 2007 (PDT)
Exactly. The Space Voyage 2245 episodes would deal with events directly concerning the Vanguard, which are happening in tandem with those on Mariner. Or at least, that is how I see it. Does that sound okay to you? Zahir 19:13, 25 August 2007 (PDT)
So are we looking at my stories being a continuation of the one you just unfolded, or a "Frodo-Sam / Merry-Pippen" type thing, where we show one, then the other at the exact same time? or are you thinking to have a little bit of both? BoArthur
Little bit of both. Or, if you prefer, we can do the "Frodo-Sam/Merry-Pippin" thing. Zahir 00:09, 30 August 2007 (PDT)
I'm all for little bit of both. I'll work up my side of the equation tonight, hopefully. BoArthur 17:02, 30 August 2007 (PDT)

Please review my updates, good Doctor, and extrapolate your episodes accordingly. BoArthur 20:58, 5 October 2007 (PDT)


Hi David! As you may have noticed, I've been deproposing a few old proposals, and it occurs to me that you've been doing the same. While looking through the Long List Of Proposals, I noticed that a lot of proposals - if not the vast majority of them - are way older than a year. I also stumbled upon these five: Banat, Bucovina, Carpatia, Dobrogea, and Valahia. I actually wanted to deprop them myself, but thought it wiser to ask you first, since they all deal with Romania and Oltenia. Your opinion please, Sir? Cheers, —IJzeren Jan Uszkiełtu? 04:24, 26 August 2007 (PDT)

I totally approve. In fact, the only reason I held back from doing so myself was the hope that Richard would come back and deprop them himself. Don't know what's going on with him. *sigh* But please, go ahead! Hmmmm...should probably make an Oltenia Template to incorporate these provinces, eh? Zahir 06:55, 26 August 2007 (PDT)
Well, yeah... People come and go, sometimes they come back, sometimes they don't. I genuinely hope Rickard will make it back! I'm not sure if these would fit into a provinces template though. These are mostly historical regions. Of course, it would be nice if they, or some of them, still had some sort of status. Or not, I leave that totally up to you. I'll deprop them now! Cheers, —IJzeren Jan Uszkiełtu? 07:00, 26 August 2007 (PDT)
NB, oh, and feel free to deprop anything related to Oltenia. Ionescu and the like. I've read them and think they're excellent! —IJzeren Jan Uszkiełtu? 07:07, 26 August 2007 (PDT)

Lord Governors of Jacobia

Hi David, I took the liberty to nominate Lord Governors of Jacobia for deletion, moving its contents to Jacobia. I did the same with Jamaica. My impression is that pages like this are the result of the {{ruler infofox}} automatically creating a link to a page [[<TITLE>s of <COUNTRY>]], which IMO only in rare cases is really warranted. I'm actually wondering if it wouldn't be wise to change the infobox itself. Anyway, I hope you approve! If not, then feel free to revert my changes. Cheers, —IJzeren Jan Uszkiełtu? 05:31, 31 August 2007 (PDT)

No problem. Zahir 06:43, 31 August 2007 (PDT)

Antonia Guelph

I've had an idea: Guelph and Vladescu announce their marriage, go through the treaty-ness, and finally get married. Then, a few months into their marriage, Bianca II and her family are in a terrible car accident while traveling to Milano on official state business. Guelph is now Queen of Mantua, and she and Vladescu must return, leaving them with a political dilemma. Assuming they announce their marriage in the near future (perhaps on 3 October, Italy's Federation Day), this could be sometime early next year. Sectori 17:13, 20 September 2007 (PDT)

Another thought--I notice Vladescu likes fencing. Perhaps Guelph does, too, and the two first met at a fencing club while attending a summit regarding the 2005 cunami. They enjoyed each others' company, and later in 2005 began to visit each other on a more regular basis. Sectori 18:00, 20 September 2007 (PDT)
I like both your ideas very much. Since Juan Carlos is supposed to be crowned later this month, the article about the two of them attending the coronation together should probably be next week. I have a notion that Juan Carlos might be a mutual friend and (being somewhat mischeivous) might say something that kinda/sorta hints at what he thinks is going on. Heh heh. Zahir 21:35, 20 September 2007 (PDT)
Well, as the coronation's in two days, perhaps we should get on that. Which newspaper should carry it--Oltenian or Italian (or the IBAP, then picked up by both Oltenian and Italian newspapers, although it doesn't seem quite like their style)? Sectori 04:54, 25 September 2007 (PDT)
The article is mostly written at this point. Since it is an international event (rather like Charles & Diana's wedding *here* in some ways) I was writing it as an article in the New Amsterdam Post. Do you want to proof it before posting? To be sure, the article itself is almost entirely about Tejas, Juan Carlos and the coronation itself. Zahir 07:41, 25 September 2007 (PDT)

Many Thanks!

... for fixing the pages of the Xliponian provinces - great work! Kyrmse 11:18, 14 October 2007 (PDT)

Matthew Cuomo

I hope it was all right of me to add to his article. He's sort of a combination of both of our ideas, so I thought it was probably fine-- but since you started the article, feel free to change things. Benkarnell 07:02, 15 October 2007 (PDT)

Totally alright!! And thank you! Zahir 07:54, 15 October 2007 (PDT)


I've explored a piece of Jacobian culture, which seems to be your area. Please take a look! Benkarnell 07:19, 16 October 2007 (PDT)

The ouka vs Council Fire

Could you please take a look at Talk:Viceregal_College#The_Ouka_and_the_Native_Viceroy? I think the Ouka is a member of Council Fire? --Quentin 08:40, 23 May 2008 (UTC)


I sent the missing message to the gmail account listed here. Is that correct? Benkarnell 19:21, 30 June 2008 (UTC)

The gmail account is right, but I haven't received it yet. Zahir 20:18, 30 June 2008 (UTC)

Yet another Crossover?

A crossover with Sv2245? I'm thinking that Magnus and the crew must find a way to help stabilize a wormhole that is allowing the Vanguard to return to our corner of the universe. What do you think? BoArthur 16:11, 2 July 2008 (UTC)

I'm perfectly willing to go along with this idea. Honestly, I feel kinda bad for letting Mariner languish for so long. Zahir 19:04, 7 July 2008 (UTC)


If you wouldn't mind taking a second look at Ouisconsin#Creve Coeur, I'm still confused about the status of Peoria/Creve Coeur and the border dispute between Ouisconsin and Illinoise. It doesn't seem plausible for a border dispute within the NAL to linger for over a century over a fairly major regional city. Who, for example, collected the garbage during that century? Was it maybe a typo, and the border was set in 1868, not 1968 as written? I asked Quentin, who I had thought wrote it, but he told me that it wasn't his; that leaves you, I think. Benkarnell 14:37, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Thanks. I hadn't realized that it was a condominium and not an actual dispute. Benkarnell 16:40, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Constantine's Evzones

I was wondering, would you be able to create an evzone for IB's Greece? I have a picture of various ones and I wanted to take aspects from almost all of them. After I (crudely) draw my own and know what I want, would you be able to remake it? Misterxeight 01:13, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

Depends. What is an EVzone? Zahir 01:43, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

Those guys you see. With the pom-poms on their feet, with the kilts. Usually portrayed in white, with old style moustaches and usually always having black hair. Misterxeight 01:45, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

Like I said, I can manipulate pictures but not draw them. Zahir 02:36, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

Yeah, sorry. I should have read that before I wrote this. Again I'm really sorry. Misterxeight 03:02, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

A Bit of Heraldry

Formally, the arms of the de Mersdon family violate the Rule of Tincture (on which I quote the Wikipedia):

"metal should not be put on metal, nor colour on colour (Humphrey Llwyd, 1568)."

But it is also said:

"However, in German and Eastern European heraldry, sable is usually considered a fur and thus its placement on colour is not considered in violation of the rule."

The de Mersdon arms may thus be considered one of the rare examples of armes fausses or armes à enquérir, of which (Wikipedia again) it is said that

"any violation is presumed to be intentional, to the point that one is supposed to inquire how it came to pass."

Thus I explain: Back in England, the head of the family - Sir Hugh - was cornered, during a battle, between a wide river and a fence which was so high as to be almost impassable. He saved himself by climbing the fence, in armour and all, then taunting his enemies from the other side. He accordingly adopted his coat of arms with seven black fence-posts on a grassy field, well knowing that the rules of heraldry did not formally allow such a design. I hope this satisfies you and any hardcore heraldist that Ill Bethisad may produce... Kyrmse 12:24, 31 July 2008 (UTC)

Very nice! Of course the really formal rules of heraldry didn't get nailed in place until (I believe) the end of the Middle Ages. Old coats of arms often don't follow the rules of tincture. Nevertheless, your explanation is a delightful reason for this particular coat of arms including the field in does. Bravo! Zahir 14:30, 31 July 2008 (UTC)

War in the Heavens

I tried emailing this a long time ago, but to no avail. I noticed that after a decade of waiting, the new "War in the Heavens" was/is set to come out this summer. I had wanted to put a news item together about the hype and reception in Ouisconsin. I had also wondered how receptive Mr. Lukas or his staff would be to a letter from the Hangaroa Movie Studio asking for an early copy of the film so that it could be subtitled and released close to the time of the global release. Henua usually must wait 1-2 years for movies to reach their island, but Taû'a i te Rangi holds a special place there. Winter White (Teatea Tonga) was the first film subtitled in Henua and the movies are by far Henua's most popular. Henua fans have been waiting for Ho'ona Ma'eha (Bright Revenge) with all kinds of anticipation. Benkarnell 15:42, 12 August 2008 (UTC)

I'm sorry, but I don't think your email arrived for some reason. I think Mr. Lukas would probably be in favor of a genuine world-wide release as part of a huge "publicity event" (stunt) partially to protect his WIH franchise from the upcoming two LOTR movies. I'll be writing an article on the Bright Revenge soon. Zahir 16:42, 12 August 2008 (UTC)
OK. When you do, do you mind if I write some companion articles for Ouisconsin and Henua? Benkarnell 16:55, 12 August 2008 (UTC)
I do not mind at all! In fact, I would be thrilled! Zahir 17:03, 12 August 2008 (UTC)

Palaiologos Crest

With the revised info of Emperor Constantine being from a long line of wealthly counts, dukes, and Emperors it would be odd he didn't have a crest. Now the Byzatines did have crests and heraldry, it was just more like symbols. The last family of the Palaiologos Dynasty has a red background with a golden eagle on it (if fact, it's the symbol on my page). Could you design a crest around that? Misterxeight 22:43, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

Probably Constatnine's family would have picked up a Western style arms in the centuries since Constantinople fell. But has there been actual continuity over those centuries? I know he's well-connected, but I didn't think that the actual Palaiologos family had been intact all this time, has it? Benkarnell 03:04, 15 August 2008 (UTC)

That's what I thought. I just wouldn't want it too western looking. Misterxeight 03:18, 15 August 2008 (UTC)

Quite right. Let me work on it a little bit and see what I can come up with for a modern Palaiologos coat of arms. Zahir 03:55, 15 August 2008 (UTC)


Your thoughts and input are requested here.

One-man College of Arms

You've spent an awful lot of time lately drawing coats of arms for other people's nobility, and I just want to say thanks. Benkarnell 18:41, 15 September 2008 (UTC)

Thankee! I do enjoy it, but all the same a little bit of applause is always welcome. <g> Zahir 18:46, 15 September 2008 (UTC)

And if you're interested, I've been thinking about my Bush family coat of arms lately (Image:Bush coa.PNG). There's no helm or crest. I was thinking that the helm would be mantled azure, doubled Or, and that the crest would be a Canada goose proper, although IB surely calls the bird by a different name. I don't have the skills to put together such an assemblage, but if you have the time and interest, go right ahead.

Oh, and the family would not get supporters but might use a motto. My idea is In manibus avis ("a bird in the hand..."). It could be a punny motto used informally by this family of Ivy League jokesters. And it would be ironic, too, since the two most famous Bush scions took great risks in Latin America and lost, thereby ignoring their family motto. Benkarnell 17:35, 14 January 2009 (UTC)

Full Bush Achievement of Arms (maybe)
Like this perhaps? Let me know what you think! Zahir 21:43, 15 January 2009 (UTC)
Oh, excellent. Makes me smile. Thank you! User:Benkarnell|Benkarnell]] 22:08, 15 January 2009 (UTC)

SV2245: Season Six Miniseries

You'll want to take a look. ;) BoArthur 22:57, 22 October 2008 (UTC)


Your help is much appreciated with cross-linking the Jorge Bush article! BoArthur 22:22, 20 February 2009 (UTC)

Al Capone

Zahir, since you seem to be the "discoverer" of most things related to the Pègre, and since my recent efforts have discovered the Priondragas Syndicate, I thought you might want to give the article a look see when I've finished with it. I also wanted to ask you what you thought about Al Capone turning out to be the top Prohibition enforcer in Chicago during that time? (Kind of a riff on the changes we've done to Hitler and others). What do you think?

This sounds splendid! Alphonse Lambert is my analog of him, but only superficially. Presumably there might be a television show about him and his CBI "Untouchables"? Zahir 23:23, 6 March 2009 (UTC)
Our Capone could go by Gabriel -- showing the difference (or not, I'll let you decide). Here's what I had in mind:
  1. He witnesses Johnny Torrio1 get murdered outside a club in New Castreleon, and Johnny, in a dying wish begs Gabriel to shape up his life, and not choose the path that he, Torrio had started.
  2. Capone is taken in hand by an Irish Police Officer.
  3. Capone starts the Circharo dill Gwerdad -- Truth Seekers, a youth group set on informing to the police.
  4. He joins the police force of New Castreleon, then applies to the CBI?
  5. Goes to Chicago to take on the Pègre.
And he can either live to a ripe old age, or work until Prohibition ended and then because a used furniture salesman as Marc proposed on Conculture. What do you think? BoArthur 00:14, 7 March 2009 (UTC)
Methinks it possible he was killed by the Pegre, or perhaps he lived and was elected to Parliament, becoming in time a Viceroy! Or whatever makes most sense to you. Zahir 00:19, 7 March 2009 (UTC)

Seven Generations

I wrote Seven Generations a while ago. BoArthur and I figured it was QAA and not worth labeling as a Proposal, but I think you should see it if you haven't yet. Benkarnell 15:49, 27 March 2009 (UTC)

Saw it and thought it very cool and logical. Zahir 16:59, 27 March 2009 (UTC)


Your review of my offering for the game board is requested. - BoArthur 18:29, 4 June 2009 (UTC)

Petticoat Scandal

Actually--would there be an Anti-Mormon Party in the NAL since they predominantly lived in Louisianna? BoArthur 18:46, 23 June 2009 (UTC)

Well, I am assuming that Mormons -- like here -- began east of the Mississippi and stirred strong emotions. I view the Anti-Mormon Party as akin to "Birthers" (the idiots who insist Barack Obama was born in Kenya) today. In other words, Mormons were held up as as a demonic "other" for whom all the troubles of the day could be blamed. It made little enough sense, but then meeting the rigors of logic is not the point of such movements. And I'm further assuming that some Mormons remained in the NAL, associated in bigoted minds with those traitorous republicans over the river in Louisianne. That is my take on it, anyway... Zahir 21:14, 23 June 2009 (UTC)
Ah. Well, I don't know how many stayed north of the Mizouri that followed Joseph Smith, but obviously, there are the Strangites who settled in Lake Michigan's equivalent *there* so I would agree that there are some, and the church did push missionary work, and that would likely be close to the time that they would begin proselytizing in earnest, so I suppose it could work. It might do to bring this up in the article, if you're so-inclined. --BoArthur 21:27, 23 June 2009 (UTC)
Good idea. Been meaning to do that eventually anyway. Zahir 21:35, 23 June 2009 (UTC)

Comments needed from the Pop Culture Maven

Dr. Zahir, would you mind casting an eye over this proposal? BoArthur 19:37, 19 August 2009 (UTC)

Heraldry suggestion

Please also take a look at my proposal at Talk:NAL Heraldry.

Black Sheep Comics

May I suggest this webpage for some really useful fonts, especially for all the work that's bubbling up with comics? BoArthur 18:47, 11 September 2009 (UTC)


I was curious just what you had in mind for the Eldren in Mariner, what you had envisaged. BoArthur 20:21, 23 September 2009 (UTC)

I've kind of thought of having the Eldren and Ancients being facets of the same culture. Does what I've shown on Outpost Space Seed Season One jive with your mental idea of the Eldren? BoArthur 17:17, 25 September 2009 (UTC)

Radu Normandie

AKA, Jean-Georges Radieux Guerrier de Normandy Bourbon Le-Moyne, third son of the ruling King of the Three Frances. (You like that ret-con?) What happened to him? He disappeared after he angry episode in Mariner, and we haven't seen him since. I ask because, well, I have use for him in Space Voyage 2245 Season Seven. BoArthur 23:45, 15 December 2009 (UTC)

Thanks - I'm excited to see how the final season of SV2245 turns out! BoArthur 15:41, 21 December 2009 (UTC)


Can we depropose some of the pages you've got the proposal tag on? I think we can accept, for example, Guillaume Chatre BoArthur 13:55, 22 September 2015 (PDT)


The esteemed squire Martin has made some tentative additions to your band, Jailbait. Please review, and otherwise, I think we can deprop it. BoArthur 14:36, 22 September 2015 (PDT)

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