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Is there any way to search the old official forums?

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This doesn't work anymore.

Would really appreciate if someone has some insight into how to search the old Bethesda forum without spending an hour manually scrolling through page after page.

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As far as I know, the best way is to type in as exact of a phrase as you can remember and hope that google finds the result on one of those weird cloning sites :(

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I've actually been working on a solution with one of the developers of WebCopy. The plan is to download the entire lore forum. Still in the scanning process which will take many more hours. If everything scans correctly I'll begin the copying process. If not we'll start over again. I'll update this thread with further developments.

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Interesting solution, I'd be interested in seeing it if successful. Would have been even better if had been done before they deleted half the posts.

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***nostaligic overload***
 
Except that last one, that was before my time, and good lord if that isn't an ugly website.

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Use IE 3.0 if want to see the site as intended lol

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Now I'm kinda curious what was in the "Rare Photo Gallery."

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"Well, you know what they say about sailors...
100 men leave port and 50 couples come back."

Glad these pics are gone eesh

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Crodo's site was the last place you could find The Worldskin with MK's cast to all the characters. People were saying Ruptga was Akatosh or Lorkhan for awhile, presumably after his site went down and the old timers left, but that wasn't true according to Kirkbride's key that he posted in The Worldskin.

Too bad its gone:
http://imperial-library.info/~crodo/teaser/myth-yokudan.html

I might have saved it somewhere, but I don't remember where, and its been so long since I cared...

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We still have crodo. Just not activated because it's cgi scripts and I don't know how to properly secure those. If you fiddle them right you can read anything on the server.

Below is a rendition of the original text. Note that the small red text are Andels notes. We also have this text as part of the Monomyth

Yokudan (Redguard) Creation Myth
"Satakal the Worldskin"

(Anu as Satak, Padomay as Akel, Akatosh as Satakal, Lorkhan as Sep.)

"Satak was First Serpent, the Snake who came Before, and all the worlds to come rested in the glimmer of its scales. But it was so big there was nothing but, and thus it was coiled around and around itself, and the worlds to come slid across each other but none had room to breathe or even be. And so the worlds called to something to save them, to let them out, but of course there was nothing outside the First Serpent, so aid had to come from inside it; this was Akel, the Hungry Stomach. Akel made itself known, and Satak could only think about what it was, and it was the best hunger, so it ate and ate. Soon there was enough room to live in the worlds and things began. These things were new and they often made mistakes, for there was hardly time to practice being things before. So most things ended quickly or were not good or gave up on themselves. Some things were even about to really start, but they were eaten up as Satak got to that part of its body. This was a violent time.

"Pretty soon Akel caused Satak to bite even its heart and that was the end. The hunger, though, refused to stop, even in death, and so the First Serpent shed its skin to begin anew. As the old world died, Satakal began, and when things realized this pattern so did they realize what their part in it was. They began to take names, like Ruptga or Tuwhacca, and they strode about looking for their kin. As Satakal ate itself over and over, the strongest spirits learned to bypass the cycle by moving at strange angles. They called this process the Walkabout, a way of striding between the worldskins. Ruptga was so big that he was able to place the stars in the sky so that weaker spirits might find their way easier. This practice became so easy for the spirits that it became a place, called the Far Shores, a time of waiting until the next skin.

"Ruptga was able to sire many children through the cycles and so he became known as the Tall Papa. He continued to place stars to map out the void for others, but after so many cycles there were almost too many spirits to help out. He made himself a helper from the detritus of past skins and this was Sep, or Second Serpent. Sep had much of the Hungry Stomach still left in him, multiple hungers from multiple skins. He was so hungry he could not think straight. Sometimes he would just eat the spirits he was supposed to help, but Tall Papa would always reach in and take them back out. Finally, tired of helping Tall Papa, Sep went and gathered the rest of the old skins and balled them up, tricking spirits to help him, promising them this was how you reached the new world, by making one out of the old. These spirits loved this way of living, as it was easier. No more jumping from place to place. Many spirits joined in, believing this was good thinking. Tall Papa just shook his head.

"Pretty soon the spirits on the skin-ball started to die, because they were very far from the real world of Satakal. And they found that it was too far to jump into the Far Shores now. The spirits that were left pleaded with Tall Papa to take them back. But grim Ruptga would not, and he told the spirits that they must learn new ways to follow the stars to the Far Shores now. If they could not, then they must live on through their children, which was not the same as before. Sep, however, needed more punishment, and so Tall Papa squashed the Snake with a big stick. The hunger fell out of Sep's dead mouth and was the only thing left of the Second Serpent. While the rest of the new world was allowed to strive back to godhood, Sep could only slink around in a dead skin, or swim about in the sky, a hungry void that jealously tried to eat the stars."

Taken from an official Bethsoft post on The Storyboard 09/07/99

 

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Makes more sense with Aka as Satakal, but good to know those aren't MK's notes, so at least people can argue about it for years to come.

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Do we still have the Old Storyboard accessible? I remember it was for a while (at least through Wayback Machine), but doesn't seem to be any way to access it now.

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I believe we still have the old Yabb board.  Perhaps the one before that too somewhere on disk in B's attic.