On Virtues

On Virtues


Welcome to my series on self reflection as part of my journey during this current deployment to an undisclosed location.  I find myself in need of an outlet of random thoughts that help encourage me and hopefully you can find some use for it as well.  Comments are always welcome and dialogue is definite plus as part of this exercise.  Thanks for reading!

One concept out of the myriads of things and stuff I love about the Society for Creative Anachronism is the constant discussion of virtues and honorable conduct.  In the military there are core values and many companies include codes of conduct and extensive documents outlining expected employee behavior.  Christianity outlines seven heavenly virtues and many other religions offer up their morale compasses, but what I enjoy about the SCA is the constant search for a personal set of virtues.  Just as varied as the Society is in demographics, there are a wide variety of virtues and to me it is less about the content from person to person, but more about the journey to determine just what those are.

I have witnessed some households and peers outline virtues to their members and dependents, but I’ve also been privy to the practice of encouraging individuals to seek their own.  Issuing a person a set of morals is not a new practice.  As I indicated earlier, many religions, governments, businesses and organizations outline expectations for behavior.  I have always found it useful to capture organizational values in my own words and understanding.  I have even developed my own leadership and behavioral models to ensure that I can demonstrate understanding and ultimately influence the organization as a whole if I feel the need to change course or keep everyone on the same path.  By developing a personal set of virtues that are nested within the spirit and intent of the overall organization I can keep my personal moral compass, personal and still align my goals with that of the parent group.  It helps with marching to the beat of the same drum and all that good stuff.

For me, I share my virtues with the online gaming community that I have operated for over 15 years, the Silver Sun Republic.  These virtues have even spilled over into my own business and help encapsulate how I function as a leader in the military and the volunteer organizations in which I participate.  Over the next several months I will meditate and reflect upon these virtues to help strengthen myself and encourage others to discover their personal values and virtues.  Regardless of what you choose for your personal virtues, consistency is one of the keys.  It can help you pre-decide how you’re going to act in a situation.  By meditating and reflecting upon each one you can conjure up scenarios in which you may have to demonstrate these virtues.  In an organization driven by honor and courtesy, virtues provide you a bedrock from which you can contribute positively.

For me, my personal virtues consist of Faith, Strength, Nobility, Mercy, Justice, Hope and Prowess.  Each one is interconnected and bolsters the other to help me make decisions and act in a respectful manner to contribute positively to my community and environment.

Faith is important to me because it reminds me to celebrate trials and tribulations in life.  By having faith in myself, others and a higher calling I am able to endure greater stress to come out on top.  When I struggle with faith I find that I am much more vulnerable to making poor choices and ultimately being unhappy.

Strength covers a wide variety of characteristics, but mainly I focus on strength of mind, body and soul.  If I am not getting stronger, I am getting weaker.  I work to strengthen my body, mind and soul to stay healthy so that I am able to contribute to my community.

Nobility is a matter of providing charity and benefit to those around me because of the position in which I find myself.  Any rise in my social or economic station is to benefit those around me, not to be selfish and greedy.  I rise because I am surrounded by a supportive community and will in turn benefit those to whom I owe my success.

Mercy keeps me grounded and guides me down a path of strength through forgiveness to those around me.  There is no need to press such an advantage as to completely destroy one who may have trespassed against me. A truly strong individual shows strength in mercy because they will be able to overcome an adversary should they attempt to take advantage of one who is merciful.

Justice is a core element of truly loving yourself and your neighbors as one will understand when to speak honestly about a misdeed rather than turning a blind eye to it.  I will seek satisfaction of the law as it requires regardless of personal opinions or emotions. The law has no bias; only those who sit unfairly in judgment to apply the law harden their hearts to its true purpose.

Hope drives me to serve as the rallying point when all else is thought to be lost. Despise the words of those who despair and lift them up through actions of courage, bravery and righteous example. When all others falter it is the one who is hopeful who takes up the banner and leads the charge towards victory.

Prowess is my gift back to the community and the one who grants me life every day.  In celebration and appreciation for the life I have been given I will strive to hone my skills to the best of my ability.  In developing prowess I become more valuable to my community and will be in a position to contribute positively.

These are my virtues and I use them to question my own behavior each day.  I will reflect upon my day and ask myself if I held to my faith, if I was strong, noble, merciful, just, hopeful and advanced my prowess in some way.  If I have to respond internally with a “no” then I consider what I need to do in order to make sure I do not make the same mistake tomorrow or the next day.  No one is perfect, but even if I make a little progress then I will be moving in the right direction.  If I’m not getting stronger, I am getting weaker.


Source: Brando’s Personal Feed

Life is Feudal – Recruiting Helps the Republic Grow!

Recruiting is essential to the survival of our community and it’s not just a job for the officers.  The more everyone recruits, the more activity you can benefit from having throughout the Republic.

Since we’re currently most active in Life is Feudal, we want to offer up a menu of various threads to keep an eye on to help push the good word of SSR, but don’t limit yourselves to only these threads or even these forums.  Spread the word on your own Social Media profiles and pages to help us grow our group.

Additionally, please ensure you are checking the SSR Forums each day at: http://www.silversunrepublic.com/forum.php for new introduction posts from recruits and interested players.  The more active our forums are, the better presentation of activity we will have for new arrivals.

Life is Feudal Forums

Visit the Recruiting forums on the Life is Feudal: MMO for LFG/looking for clan posts and respond or refer potential recruits to a Prefect: http://lifeisfeudal.com/forum/recruitment/.

Please bump the SSR thread in that forum: http://lifeisfeudal.com/forum/silver-sun-republic-t553/

We also have posts in the sub-category on the LiF forums for the MMO at: http://lifeisfeudal.com/forum/silver-sun-republic-lifeisroleplay-com-t18034/

For MilitaryGamers.com members, please visit your recruiting thread at: http://lifeisfeudal.com/forum/militarygamers-com-t552. SSR also please help them out by bumping the thread.

Life is Feudal Steam Discussions

Also note the LiF Steam LFG/Guild Recruitment forum at: http://steamcommunity.com/app/290080/discussions/1/ and our specific recruiting thread at: http://steamcommunity.com/app/290080/discussions/1/1457328927828103935/

Posting Recommendations

We realize not every post is going to result in amazing or extraordinary contributions to the conversation, but we also don’t want to be putting out spam with a simple, “bump” message.  Updating everyone on progress in the MMO or on the Life is Feudal: Your Own server is one of the best ways to keep things going.  Talking about how great training is going or some of our upcoming events or plans is also a solid way.  One of the best ways to push the conversation along is to provide screenshots of progress or just really cool scenic views.  If people can come to our thread to see some great screenshots then they become regular visitors and eventually they may even dig into us more to consider joining.

Quick Reference List of Threads

General MMO LFG Forum:  http://lifeisfeudal.com/forum/recruitment/
SSR General Guild Recruiting Thread:  http://lifeisfeudal.com/forum/silver-sun-republic-t553/
SSR MMO Guild Recruiting Thread:  http://lifeisfeudal.com/forum/silver-sun-republic-lifeisroleplay-com-t18034/
Steam Discussion Forum:  http://steamcommunity.com/app/290080/discussions/1/
Steam SSR Recruiting Thread:  http://steamcommunity.com/app/290080/discussions/1/1457328927828103935/

MilitaryGamers.com General Guild Recruiting Thread:  http://lifeisfeudal.com/forum/militarygamers-com-t552

Social Progression in the Republic of the Silver Sun

A brand new citizen will start as an Immigrant being brought into the capital city to register with one of the Prefects and offered beginniner training as well as starter equipment. Once an Immigrant has demonstrated basic competency, registered on the forums and logged onto the Discord server they are assigned to a Fiefdom or Baronetcy and promoted to Contadino or Commoner. From here they report to their new location to work the land and begin their life as a citizen of the Republic.

Those who are Contadino will work the land for their Liege Lord in exchange for shelter, security, equipment and mentorship in their chosen tradecraft. Each Liege Lord may also maintain their own military for defense and to answer the Doge’s Call to Arms. Terms for military service and working the land are handled within each Fiefdom or Baronetcy. Once a Contadino has earned the trust of their Liege Lord then they may be promoted to Popolano or Freeman/Free Populace. A Freeman may stay on as a Tenant, paying rent on the land, but now also keeping a portion of their harvested resources or trade goods. Depending on the terms, the Popolano may have to buy their own equipment or continue to enjoy free equipment from the Liege Lord.

Once a Popolano has earned enough money or trade goods they may move to the city on their own and rent property there. Some may chose to continue renting property in their Fiefdom and own property in the city, especially if they are looking to become a merchant or enterprising artisan. Those who are capable of doing so, may start their own business, hiring on other artisans and buying/selling resources from the various Fiefdoms and Baronetcies.
Popolano or even Contadino who are more interested in service to the Republic may volunteer as officers. Those who are accepted (if they are Contadino), automatically become Popolano and are released from their feudal obligations entering into service of the Republic.

Officers are known as Cittadino and live in apartments provided by the Republic with their equipment and a small stipend depending upon the position. Prefects are members of the Ministry of State and are law enforcement and guides for new members. Clerks are senior officers of the Ministry of State and function in a more general administrative role dealing with logistics, finances, higher matters of justice and other issues. Heralds are senior members of the Executive Ministry dealing with diplomacy, civic matters, oversight of meetings and courts, registration of coats of arms and the lore of the Republic. They have junior officers known as Pursuivants that are learning how to be full Heralds.


This article is pulled directly from the Codex of the Republic from the following link: http://codex.silversunrepublic.com/index.php?title=Social_Structure#Social_Progression

For more information on the overall structure and lore of the Republic you can check out our Codex at codex.silversunrepublic.com.

A Sonnet of Invocation to the Once and Future King

A Sonnet of Invocation to the Once and Future King


A Sonnet of Invocation to the Once and Future King

by Sempiternam
Reposted from Life Is Feudal Forums

O Muse of Glory, sing thou of Manus,
Sun tanned and magnificent, who once strode
Girt in splendour ‘cross’d the ‘net. He won us
Triumph; to him our legacy is owed,

Driving that colossal Hyperion
To topple clanstones, men, and fortresses
-Nor are these conquests Fame’s sole criterion,
For just his mere glance felled panties and dresses.

O that brightest Sol might stretch his gold bow
And loose his shaft to crack the vault of hea’n
One last time, and send a ray to bestow
Upon the brow of Manus, so that then

His countenance might look on us once more,
And we might know him as he was before:

By the Grace of God,
His Royal Majesty, King of Hyperion, Duke of Wessex, Count of Elba, Baron of Yew, Lord of Long March, Grandmaster of the Solar Legion…

Oh lord, where have you been these many years?

Source: Hyperion

Source: Brando’s Personal Feed

Kingdom of Hyperion Hosts a New RP Experience for LiF: YO

Kingdom of Hyperion Hosts a New RP Experience for LiF: YO


Kingdom of Hyperion Hosts a New RP Experience for LiF: YO

There are a lot of Roleplaying communities out among the myriad of MMOs these days, so results may vary when selecting one to join.  The Kingdom of Hyperion has always adopted a practical roleplay approach to the question of, “what’s the best balance to strike?” when it comes to encouraging RP interaction in open PvP games.  Now they’re taking that approach and bending it to flex to the mechanics of Life is Feudal: Your Own on a custom map called Riverside.  The fresh ideas of curated Roleplay mesh perfectly with the new landscape that the custom map provides.  Thanks to TerraTool that was built by Nyuton (Open TerraTool in a New Window) players can now load new maps and tweak the original one using a relatively straight forward process.

The server is called [US] LifeIsRoleplay.com | Riverside Map | RP PvP Events and can be found through the in-game server list.

Step into the Kingdom of Hyperion

So what is “curated roleplay?”  Essentially, it is the answer to the frustration felt by gamers who want to play on an RP server, but don’t want a laundry list of rules to have to follow.  Often times admins of other servers approach typical griefing and ganking scenarios with the best of intentions, but come out the other side with a quagmire of rules and procedures to accomplish even the simplest of PvP skirmishes.  Hyperion is looking to turn that problem set on its head and offer a slimmer set of rules that don’t require a criminal investigation the likes of which NCIS wouldn’t even touch to prove or disprove who didn’t follow the codified laws of the RP server.  Instead, through the presence of the different groups of Hyperion on the server, the players police themselves.  The political climate of the map ensure that groups look out for others and that PvP is encouraged and in fact, driven by the interaction with the Kingdom which provides the stage and the backdrop for conflict.

Hyperion patrols are meant to engage new groups coming to the server acting as emissaries on behalf of the crown.  The Kingdom has been given guidance to act as a non-belligerent entity in the affairs of those outside the borders of the crownlands.  Instead of picking all the fights, the Kingdom will work to quell conflict between those living on the frontier.  GMs will still be present to deal with glitches and bugs as well as exploiters, but interaction between groups is outside of their realm.

Organic Conflict is Best Conflict

With each of the principal shires of Hyperion being mostly settled in their structures and rosters, they are in a unique position to act as the third party to many of the conflicts that will arise on the server.  Groups who come in to construct peaceful settlements will be able to trade with the other shires and participate in trade markets.  Those who are more aggressive will be able to engage Hyperion patrols, ambush VIP convoys and trade missions out to the other settlements.  Overtly aggressive groups will find themselves at odds with Hyperion and can find the PvP that they desire as both sides are given the opportunity to prepare for the MMO organically rather than through scripted events and battles.

Slim Rules for Slim Administration; Let Them Play!

The rules are pretty straight forward and restricts most PvP to the wilderness between claims, but does give the ability for groups to pursue PvP consensual on claim.  Judgement is coming soon once the population rises, but for now the goal is to encourage wilderness PvP without the need to give warning or lose the element of surprise.  PvPers may bombard a claim or any point on the map with ranged weapons so there is still an aspect of danger, but if a claim is built up properly then players will be able to weather the raid unless they feel inclined to allow the assailants to enter their claim and PvP as they wish.

  1. No Judgement Hour on the server (subject to change soon); No PvP initiated on claims unless the owning guild consents, but PvP does not require contact or consent off claims.  Ranged and siege weapons may be fired into claims at any time.
  2. No claim camping.  If a cease fire is declared by the claim owning group, consensual PvP ends and attackers must clear off the claim.
  3. No PvP in the starter city including ranged and siege weapons fired into the claim area.

The only spot where No PvP at all is enforced is in the starter city, which serves as the Capitol for the Kingdom of Hyperion.  The expectation in the Kingdom is that travel will be safe unless raiders are able to break through the Kingdom’s borders and roam freely, unfettered by the soldiers of Hyperion.

To Sum it All Up

Overall, the server rules are an answer to gapping the distance between RP and PvP to maintain the element of danger, but to encourage interaction and immersion beyond just griefing and ganking.  The rules are subject to change and most likely will at some point, but for now we’re looking to push out a focus on the interaction between groups to enhance the game and develop more depth.

In order to join, search for [US] LifeIsRoleplay.com | Riverside Map | RP PvP Events on the server list.

Our website also has rules and a live map to give you a feel for the layout of the server that can be found at http://www.LifeisRoleplay.com.

Source: Hyperion

Source: Brando’s Personal Feed

Duchy of Wessex – Structure Information (part 4)

Duchy of Wessex – Structure Information (part 4)


Duchy of Wessex – Structure Information (part 4)

Yeomen are the officers of the ducal court that perform the administrative and other day-to-day tasks to ensure the smooth operation of the shire. The cabinet officers direct and oversee their activities.

Any full member may take the yeoman examination to qualify. Members of the gentry may serve as an officer of the court, although they are more likely to be cabinet officers.   There are five types of yeoman in Wessex:


Appointments are made subject to need and dismissals can be made on account of unannounced inactivity of more than a week in which case the yeoman will return to pauper status.

HERALDS  are responsible for the design of coat-of-arms, forum signatures, new member orientation, recruitment, assisting members on matters of ceremony and the recording of acts of valour by our soldiers. They are directed by the Master of Heralds as head of the College of Arms. In the absence of the Master of Heralds in a county one can be designated as Herald Emcee, a role which is limited to that county.

PURSUIVANTS are heralds in training and must be sponsored by a herald. To become a full herald a member must pass the yeoman exam. It is acceptable for a pursuivant that is purely interested  in  art and design work to not take the exam and remain in his current position indefinitely.

CLERKS perform clerical duties such as keeping member and other lists, reviewing trial membership applications and forum title administration. Both the Chancellor and Chamberlain direct the clerks of the Ducal Chancery. The clerk position is mostly a forum administration role and not county specific.

REEVES  work in the Ducal Treasury and collect taxes and carry out commercial activities on behalf of the Treasurer, bailiff or high-reeve. A reeve’s position is usually county specific.

QUARTERMASTERS are yeoman within the military and appointed by the leader of each military branch to administer to that branch. As yeoman they must pass the Yeomans Exam.

A HIGH-REEVE can be appointed by a Bailiff to be responsible for any and all of the following: county’s treasury, mediate disputes, enact assizes against members violating the Common Law, carry out sentences or act as the principal forum moderator for that county.  The high-reeve position is usually county specific and very rarely appointed.

Source: Hyperion

Source: Brando’s Personal Feed

Kingdom of Hyperion Assemblies Agenda for 02 Apr 2017

Kingdom of Hyperion Assemblies Agenda for 02 Apr 2017


Kingdom of Hyperion Assemblies Agenda for 02 Apr 2017

Included here is the agenda for the assemblies of the populace of the Kingdom of Hyperion taking place on our Discord server at discord.kingdomofhyperion.com at 2 PM Pacific / 3 PM Mountain / 4 PM Central / 5 PM Eastern Standard Time on Sundays.

Agenda of Assemblies


Popular Assembly

  • Latest LiF Updates and Beta Watch
  • Judgement Hour on LiF:YO Server
  • Petitions from the Populace
  • Popular Committee on Common Law

House of Commons

  • Common Law Review
  • Petitions from the Commons

House of Lords

  • Executive Session

Source: Hyperion

Source: Brando’s Personal Feed

Article-ception! An Article About Writing Articles

Article-ception! An Article About Writing Articles


Article-ception! An Article About Writing Articles

One of the best ways to generate content and extend the exposure of the Kingdom is to author content and the main mechanic for doing so take the form of articles.  Guild structure, history, lore, RP stories, game news and updates, and multimedia from the game are all perfect topics to help push content to draw viewers in to visit the website and explore all that we have to offer.

We have installed and activated several plugins that make sharing that content and spreading it throughout social media and within the website itself a breeze.  Much of what we post as articles will be spread throughout the website, Facebook and Discord automatically.  The Silver Sun Republic has also set up automated sharing plugins that will pull from the website when articles are categorized for Kingdom of Hyperion.

In order to ensure the content lands in the right spot, it needs to be categorized correctly.  Hyperion currently hosts several categories, some that are specific to each of our member guilds, a category for guides, one for events and yet another for Life is Roleplay, which is the LiF:YO server that we operate.

Additionally, adding tags to the post help with Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and allow viewers to find similar articles that might interest them.  The website also hosts an automated sharing plugin that will pull each of the posts to Facebook allowing for more exposure on social media.  Couple that with the Discord bot that automatically posts articles in a channel on the Discord Server and we’ve got ourselves a baseline sharing network that pulls viewers into our main site.  From there, each member guild can advertise themselves and market what makes them unique to potential recruits leading to players finding the right home to join up with and begin their time within the Kingdom.

Anyone who wants to contribute content can submit a writing sample to Brando and you can begin posting articles once an account has been created for you on the site.  It’s a great way to promote the Kingdom, your guild and of course, yourself.

So, remember, when posting make sure you choose the right category, add some tags, throw in a featured image and get that post published.  All of these additional features can found on the right hand side of the Post page making it easy to follow from the top to the bottom setting up the post to be the most effective it can be.

Source: Hyperion

Source: Brando’s Personal Feed

Are You Using Your LiF App?

Minigames are out now thanks to the Life is Feudal App that can be downloaded via the Apple and Google Play stores. What does the app do for me? Well, first off it lets you track on the status of the servers from your phone, which is great for those of us who have busy schedules between ‘significant other’ aggro and planning out our evenings. Perhaps even more importantly, it features the minigames that are now present in the MMO.

You can even invite guests using a ‘guest link’ so your unsuspecting friends and family can enjoy mindless hours of fun and benefit your game time in Life is Feudal. Think of it as bringing your family closer together through slav … I mean semi-voluntary labor. You can opt to use results from the minigames to replace your standard timer resulting in faster completion of various tasks. As of right now the minigames will enable the use of result pools for Logging, Mining, Herb Gathering, Materials Prep, Bowyering and Smithing.

While the minigames aren’t amazing, they do help pass the time and will contribute to your results in the game when you finally find time to log in. With the slowing of the skill gain in the MMO compared to what most people are used to in Your Own, anything will help especially if you can do while you’re not logged in an actively playing.

Bottom line, make sure you grab the app and start building up your result pools for when it truly counts!


For the main post from the devs, you can find the link HERE.

Calling for Reinforcements!

Written by Hannibal Amerys

Good Evening fellow Republic Citizens,

It is, I, Hannibal, Ranger of the Garrison; I send this raven for hope of reinforcements to the {US} Feudal Realms server.  It is a land with lots of resources, and population, but currently it is in state of chaos and war, which is why I decided to follow The Church Of Soldeus into this land, these people need soldeus and order into their hearts; meaningless barbarism and violence has plagued this land for ages. The Church has established a monastery for any who seek soldeus to come into their hearts, and it has worked, many have come in pilgrimage to the monastery.

But there are also the northmen who seek to drive us off the land, they hate soldeus and believe in a god called the “Cookie Monster” another name for Umbra.  It is for this reason I call upon any SSR reinforcements to join us, and to establish a SSR Colony not far from the Monastery.

long ago there were a band of foresters who lived in this area, because of them the trees are of high quality and good for building. the distance from the monastery is a minute walk.

We have successfully defended ourselves from raiders & bandits several times, but I fear the raiders plan a great siege next week, which is why we need reinforcements from Hyperion.

Citizens who are looking for opportunity, this is your chance; there is plenty of land to farm, ample work and lots of populace to convert.  ((Let me know if interested, in discord, PM Hannibal Amerys))


This is a very good opportunity to practice teamwork, PvP, and cooperation with those from our Kingdom.  The skill cap will not be 400 like the MMO but we can still get a lot of experience from this server.  Good luck and good night fellow members of the Republic.