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Posted by: Vehk Sep 1 2006, 02:20 PM

Milord,

You have asked me why we should meet if there is nothing there but memory and stress; that even the tiger-touch of our bodies is not enough to risk a goodbye in person, though I would wear her skin for you again; that it all seems like bad literature or, worse, revisiting the scene of the crime.

Which, my sweet, whirling maker, is how it would look three inches to the left of hope. It’s in how you see things. There is a space where I live that disagrees with every one of your points- there are good memories that can stay unspoken, stress can be left at the door in the name of civility, in the name of he-is-leaving, that heroic large-love mega-sex is the point of living, anyway; that some scenes don’t play according to script but according to the laws of closure, and that, finally, there was nothing criminal in what we had except for the lamentable lack of sustainability. In other words, it would be romantic.

You know me better than you think. When you say there is nothing you might gain from my company again, one can hear that you’re overdoing it. Saying that you loved me more than you’ve ever loved anyone before—I ask you, which is the truth? And if both are truths, because they can be, which would you rather really side on: a love no longer or a love rewritten, with horrible details added later?

I’m not saying that it was wonderful, for if it were this letter wouldn’t exist. But I am saying that there was WONDER in it. Glows and feelings and moaning sounds that I cannot explain, that drew two seemingly-opposing forces into a beautiful heat that would burn itself out eventually but that we could ignore for awhile. I can’t explain the connection we made, Michael, and neither can you.

But we COULD celebrate it. Enough time has passed that we can guard ourselves against talking about what could’ve been, or what went wrong, or who did the worst of it, because in the end none of that will ever matter. You’re not coming back and I’m leaving for the myth-lands again.

We’re old enough to leave the in-between where it needs to be: filed away in the dark of regret, where it remains as a confusion that might one day make sense. I’m saying we leave it there, that our approaches to it will be personal, a navigation without one another, as in all things that come and change or wound our hearts which can only heal themselves in solitude anyway, away from the source that we associate it with.

This is not the same as enjoying a goodbye, in acknowledging that something beautiful WAS there, however ineffable; that was mad, as well, that was fire in bed and field and temple floor and alley and palanquin, with intermissions where we laughed and told stories about our families....only to go share our sweat again. In other words, it would be passionate.

A romantic, passionate, goodbye with no regrets, tinged at the corners with hope and forgiveness. This is how I see it. This is my why.

And, of course:

Happy Birthday, my love.


***

Vehk
and
Vehk

Posted by: Murr'pau Sep 1 2006, 02:27 PM

Right...

***

Murr
and
Pau

Posted by: One87xe Sep 1 2006, 02:31 PM

...oh, your birthday so soon...well then happy birthday...but Ill pass on whatever kind of cake your thinking of eating, its probably filled with the tortured souls of a hundred dead UPS guys...


Posted by: gilan Sep 1 2006, 02:32 PM

Goodbye with no regrets (no really!), hello and happy birthday.

Posted by: Cow Guru Sep 1 2006, 02:33 PM

Actually, my birthday was in June.

Posted by: Athesdas of Indoril Sep 1 2006, 02:35 PM

Would anyone care to explain?

Posted by: gilan Sep 1 2006, 02:37 PM

QUOTE(Athesdas of Indoril @ Sep 1 2006, 01:35 PM) [snapback]7932154[/snapback]
Would anyone care to explain?

Not really. It's all been said.

Posted by: the vrrc Sep 1 2006, 02:37 PM

QUOTE(Athesdas of Indoril @ Sep 1 2006, 02:35 PM) [snapback]7932154[/snapback]

Would anyone care to explain?


Uhm, Vivec is sending out a love note to someone who he says it would be risky for them to get back together with? Half the fun is figuring out what it means yourself.

Posted by: Athesdas of Indoril Sep 1 2006, 02:47 PM

Well i've already done THAT.

I'm curious to see someone else's point of view.

I'm not dumb after all. I even know what vexing means remember?

Posted by: JONJONAUG Sep 1 2006, 02:49 PM

Happy Birthday creator person.

And here's a birthday present.

I hope you actually HAVE Oblivion to run this...sorry it's so small, but I didn't have much time to prepare a gift...took me about 20 minutes to make this.

http://tessource.net/files/file.php?id=6659

Posted by: the vrrc Sep 1 2006, 02:50 PM

QUOTE(Athesdas of Indoril @ Sep 1 2006, 02:47 PM) [snapback]7932259[/snapback]

Well i've already done THAT.

I'm curious to see someone else's point of view.

I'm not dumb after all. I even know what vexing means remember?


Well, it seems like it's MK's birthday, in the Incantation thread.

Sooo I'm guessing MK and Vivec were... lovers? Or it's metaphoric for something--MK's desire to play as Vivec again and Vivec is saying to do it, while MK is saying to himself that it will cause a commotion like the Trial of Vivec is doing, I dunno, I never claimed to be overwhelmingly clever.

Posted by: Athesdas of Indoril Sep 1 2006, 02:52 PM

Beth should let MK just write whatever lore for Vivec there is and just add it into future games. Not like it could hurt.

Posted by: the vrrc Sep 1 2006, 02:53 PM

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Beth should let MK just write whatever lore for Vivec there is and just add it into future games. Not like it could hurt.


Until they make Vivec an NPC who attacks with the power of Muatra!

I shouldn't post when I haven't eaten at all.

Posted by: Athesdas of Indoril Sep 1 2006, 02:54 PM

Yea...probably a good idea comrade.

I should get something too actually.

Posted by: renneth2 Sep 1 2006, 03:01 PM

Vivec, it's over between us! Accept it and move on.
By the way, I'm keeping those photos of you dressed as Almalexia. YES. WE ALL KNOW.

Posted by: Luagar2 Sep 1 2006, 03:04 PM

Such a sad letter for birthday wishes, would seem as if Michael were to part ways with Vehk and no longer give story to his life, leaving it to only obscurity and the 'myth-lands'...

Anyway, Happy Birthday MK...

Posted by: Loranna Sep 1 2006, 03:06 PM

Love knows the truest gifts are to oneself.

With wishes my words were prettier, Happy Birthday my lord, and thank you.

Loranna


Posted by: KuKulzA Sep 1 2006, 03:07 PM

I got the image that Vivec was "wearing the skin" of a woman and making love with Michael...

Posted by: JONJONAUG Sep 1 2006, 03:07 PM

Heh...

MK is the only person I've met on the forums that can make a Birthday thread for himself and not come off like an ass while doing so.



Happy Birthday oh great 36 Sermon writer.

To KuKulzA: Good, so it's not just me

Posted by: renneth2 Sep 1 2006, 03:08 PM

QUOTE(KuKulzA @ Sep 1 2006, 02:07 PM) [snapback]7932457[/snapback]

I got the image that Vivec was "wearing the skin" of a woman and making love with Michael...


.. and you felt the need to share this image with us why?

Posted by: Adanorcil Sep 1 2006, 03:12 PM

QUOTE
Love knows the truest gifts are to oneself.


That is not very difficult in Nirn.

Happy Birthday, MK and Vehk.

Posted by: Allerleirauh Sep 1 2006, 03:17 PM

Hello again, Vehk. It's so good to hear your voice, even when you aren't talking to me.

I said the other day that all a woman ever wants is the virgin in a man, and he never, ever lets her have it, not for any price... the most devoted lover is at his core a boy playing with toy boats, sailing to the sword-edge of the sea, taking long, long vacations in Aetherius. Which is why women were made patient, and love at a distance is still the same love, even when it's a distance in time.

September 1st is Valentine's day, how could I have forgotten?

Posted by: WKinkade Sep 1 2006, 03:18 PM

Lovely letter it is Vehk, beautifully romantic, or is it trajic... hmm...


Posted by: MK Sep 1 2006, 03:32 PM

QUOTE(Allerleirauh @ Sep 1 2006, 03:17 PM) [snapback]7932571[/snapback]

Hello again, Vehk. It's so good to hear your voice, even when you aren't talking to me.

I said the other day that all a woman ever wants is the virgin in a man, and he never, ever lets her have it, not for any price... the most devoted lover is at his core a boy playing with toy boats, sailing to the sword-edge of the sea, taking long, long vacations in Aetherius. Which is why women were made patient, and love at a distance is still the same love, even when it's a distance in time.

September 1st is Valentine's day, how could I have forgotten?


Beautiful. You're the best, Allie.

Thanks, J, that app rules, but not enough bourbon!

Thanks, Stargazey, and damn straight!

To all of you, thanks so much, and forgive me the ego that makes threads like this.

New lore coming soon as recompense for all the gifts!

-MK

Posted by: JONJONAUG Sep 1 2006, 03:41 PM

Edit...what edit...I see no edit here...

Move along...

Posted by: Lorenor Zorro Sep 1 2006, 04:14 PM

Happy birthday [insert name]!

Posted by: proweler Sep 1 2006, 04:37 PM

With a Birthday people celebrate the passing of time. The day that earth has yet revolved around the sun for another n+1 rounds you come to realize that what you truly are celebrating is the decline of the body and spirit.

So you'll understand I won't celebrate your decline, celebrate you health.

Happy Birthday MK.

Posted by: Stargazey Sep 1 2006, 05:29 PM

QUOTE(MK @ Sep 1 2006, 03:32 PM) [snapback]7932726[/snapback]

Beautiful. You're the best, Allie.

Thanks, J, that app rules, but not enough bourbon!

Thanks, Stargazey, and damn straight!

To all of you, thanks so much, and forgive me the ego that makes threads like this.

New lore coming soon as recompense for all the gifts!

-MK

Happy Birthday, MK. Keep writing, keep rocking.


Posted by: SloadTR Sep 1 2006, 06:01 PM

QUOTE(renneth2 @ Sep 1 2006, 12:08 PM) [snapback]7932478[/snapback]

.. and you felt the need to share this image with us why?


Because it's HOT.

Posted by: Zerithan_The_Spellsword Sep 1 2006, 06:07 PM

Words cannot describe the contributions you've made. They fail on the lips of those who try to summarize it. The one word I must use: Thanks.

Zerithan


Happy B-day MK!

Posted by: Legendary_Gary Sep 1 2006, 06:09 PM

Happy Birthday!

Posted by: Snake-Neath Sep 1 2006, 06:19 PM

I should start replying to birthdays.

Happy Sept. 1st, Vehk and MK.

More !

Posted by: MmK Sep 1 2006, 06:29 PM

I guess ill wish u a birthday.

Posted by: Marlo LaCroa Sep 1 2006, 06:36 PM

Happy birthday MK, have a good day getting plastered and playing with your Muatra.

Posted by: syronj Sep 1 2006, 06:36 PM

Happy Birthday, MK. Thanks again for the lore and all the thought-provoking discussions it enabled.

Posted by: Zerithan_The_Spellsword Sep 1 2006, 06:48 PM

QUOTE(MK @ Sep 1 2006, 03:32 PM) [snapback]7932726[/snapback]

Beautiful. You're the best, Allie.

Thanks, J, that app rules, but not enough bourbon!

Thanks, Stargazey, and damn straight!

To all of you, thanks so much, and forgive me the ego that makes threads like this.

New lore coming soon as recompense for all the gifts!

-MK


How Beautiful You Are That You Do Not Join Us.

Rock on, comrade!

Posted by: Aki Sep 1 2006, 06:51 PM

That had to be, well, the single most bad-ass "Its my birthday" kind of post ever.

Happy Birthday MK!

Posted by: the vrrc Sep 1 2006, 06:59 PM

I don't think I said it and birthday wishes from someone you don't know are pretty pointless, but MK is still pretty much my favorite author of all time so I kinda have to say

Happy Birfday
Eat Fish and Grow Fat

Posted by: Flannigus Sep 1 2006, 08:07 PM

Happy birthday MK! The biggest reason I got so obsessed with Elder Scrolls lore in the first place. Never stop rocking.

Posted by: Xanathar Sep 1 2006, 08:12 PM

What? The birthday of the guy behind all these Elder Scrolls madness?

Ah, um... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Posted by: Carrickfergus Sep 1 2006, 08:14 PM


Words are a gift to those who would hear them, and so these words are. What does one give a poet that means more than vague wishes of happy returns? Ah, perhaps I shall say what I know poets like to hear:

You are inspiration. More than you know.

Happy birthday.

Posted by: Vohod Sep 1 2006, 09:39 PM

Cheers for the Birthday boy!

Posted by: Marauth Alaí-Rán Sep 1 2006, 10:39 PM

MK: as I have no talent for poetry, I'll be content just wishing you bun cumplianu (happy birthday); and thanks for the freaky mental image your thread has given several forum members.

Posted by: Solin Sep 1 2006, 11:56 PM

Sou varlais ry lattia mallari va loria. Av latta, magicka. Sou granda baunabe.

Suna ye sunnabe.

Edit: Got my fingers crossed hoping that is mostly correct.

Posted by: calgor Sep 2 2006, 06:51 AM

A bit late, as always... But still, happy birthday, o' confounder and illuminator! Our brains would be much more stale were it not for your multi-hued words...

Posted by: Feydynaz Sep 2 2006, 10:03 AM

What?

Posted by: Khajiit_Thief01 Sep 2 2006, 11:45 AM

Happy Birthday MK!

(yeah, i know it's a day late, I was on the forums for like 2 minutes yesterday, gimme a break! ).

Posted by: Arynel Sep 2 2006, 11:53 AM

There is a moment that children speak of but the rest only remember in dream, the dreams you forget when dawn beats down upon your eyelids and the castles you fashion in the house of longing are washed away by the coming tides, carried out to where all dreams go, stored away in a paradox that the sages will contemplate unto their own demise, but it will open if you can only step beyond your soul. That moment is the formulae for a forgotten age that never was before but in another world entirely, not past or future but stretched parallel, captured and entwined. She died in the embrace and her fragments are witnessed by the stars and remembered in the space between light and light. In this place I will build a house that will stand firm when all else is declared as sand and is washed away to infinity, and we will live for all our days dancing and drinking and playing music by strumming the hair of angels.

Posted by: Nalion Sep 2 2006, 09:31 PM

Well, I hope I can sneak this in, in a moment where the Dragon doesn't look too closely, or else I have to shake him just so.

"There I came, riding the winds before the storm, into the city bereft of sleep, tired and with weary feet, my head heavy with the proper procedures of reclaiming and pathfinding. Removed I was - by time, distance and means - from the places within and without that I would have rather spent my time in - and most importantly, removed I was from those friends I would have loved to spend time with these days.

But, however busy my head was, there is always and ever a part in it that resides in these places and thinks of these friends, and it was like a house of pleasant memories that was built by poetry, love and magic.

Noone is ever truly alone when there are people - no matter where they are - who love him. It's a feeling I have known for many times, so I know it is true, for me and everyone.


All the best Michael!

In the end, I think, the Thief of the World gave us his parts of the world as a gift.
"



Posted by: TheFool Sep 2 2006, 10:20 PM

I thought that Vehk was writing to Molag Bal for a moment there...whew.

Anyway, happy birthday MK.

Posted by: Kikaimegami Sep 2 2006, 11:35 PM

Another year, another unit of time nobody ran you over with a truck and then sued you for denting their truck even though your dead!

Happy (belated) Birthday

QUOTE(TheFool @ Sep 2 2006, 09:20 PM) [snapback]7948981[/snapback]

I thought that Vehk was writing to Molag Bal for a moment there...whew.

Anyway, happy birthday MK.


Oh, good, it wasn't just me that was confused for a second.

Posted by: Lorus Sep 3 2006, 04:01 PM

Awww, how beautiful...

I hope you had a wonderful birthday! Sorry, for the lateness on my part.

I'd write something more beautiful and moving if I were only capable, but it does seem those from others and yourself have been sufficient at least.

Posted by: Romano Sep 3 2006, 07:10 PM

Little late. MK this thread looks to me like a small ego-trip, but since you are one of the people who hooked me on TES, you can go egotrippin' as much as you like. Morrowind helped me to escape from harsh reality, that was gift from entire Morrowind team to me. Only small cake for you, but you have deserved it.






(Sp?)

Posted by: Vipera Sep 3 2006, 09:49 PM

Please allow me to offer a late Happy Birthday!

Maybe next time you can write something that I can readily comprehend?

All the best MK,

-Vipera

Posted by: DragonKnight9 Oct 16 2007, 03:26 PM

Happy Birthday MK!




(because you're so cool you get a flamethrower to light the candles )

Posted by: Brian S Oct 16 2007, 03:28 PM

Uh, you're kind of a year, a month, and 12 days too late, DK9.

Posted by: paw-prints-in-the-mud Oct 16 2007, 03:31 PM

Necromancy!

Posted by: Sheogorath Oct 16 2007, 03:32 PM

QUOTE(Brian S @ Oct 16 2007, 03:28 PM) [snapback]11111129[/snapback]
Uh, you're kind of a year, a month, and 12 days too late, DK9.


Well, MK didn't wish himself a Happy Birthday this year.

Why DK9 dug this thread up, though, is another question ...

Posted by: DragonKnight9 Oct 16 2007, 03:33 PM

QUOTE(Brian S @ Oct 17 2007, 08:28 AM) [snapback]11111129[/snapback]
Uh, you're kind of a year, a month, and 12 days too late, DK9.



ZWHAT!?!? Oh dear, I didn't look at it on the first page of then Lore forum, I took the link from a search fuction and thought it was new.

Man I can be dumb.

Allthough I never saw MK's Birthday thread this year. Was that the Cult of MK thread?

Anyway I wish you a Happy Birthday for this year since I haven't yet.

Is their any way my post can be deleted and this thread move back down the list? Just to hide my stupidity?

Posted by: paw-prints-in-the-mud Oct 16 2007, 03:40 PM

Yeah, we just all need to stop posting.

Oh wait... what did I j- MUAHAHA
Shame! Shame!

Posted by: Aldanaril Oct 16 2007, 03:42 PM

I consider myself world emperor now!

All hail Aldanaril!

Posted by: Dogsbody Oct 16 2007, 03:47 PM

I think we'll put this thread out of its misery. Zombie threads have a tendency to go spammy.

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