For prospective members
If you're thinking that you might like to join the Red
Quill, then there are a number of things you ought to
know, and (most likely) a number of things you think you
know, but really don't. You will have heard a lot of bad
things about us, and maybe even some good things, but
most people don't really know much about us, and suffer
from a number of misconceptions. Here, I'll try to address
as many common questions as I can think of.
Question: Is the Red Quill an evil clan?
Answer: No, we're not, but we're not really a goody-good
clan either. We don't require that members be nice to
others, or follow the usual rules of "Help others,
always be good, go on rescues, fight Mobius, aid the community,
blah blah blah". We have only one requirement
for members - that they be dedicated to the search for
knowledge. Even if that knowledge is widely regarded as
"evil" knowledge, we still respect it.
Question: Should I believe what the Dwarven Militia say
about the Red Quill?
Answer: Hell no. They're just dorfs
Question: Will I get bad karma for joining the Red
Answer: It is possible you will. Some people are opposed
to our ideas, and show their dislike by cursing us frequently.
You may find some exiles hostile towards you, and others
who want to stand around and argue aggressively. We believe
in moral ambiguity. If you want a more clear-cut set of
moral standards we're probably not the clan for you.
Question: Do you just do lots of pathetic scripted pseudo-roleplaying?
Answer: No, of course not. That was a dumb question.
We've been around for a long time, and we have done one
scripted drama (the Dolorous Knight). This was one of
the first big roleplaying (RP) dramas in the game, and
entertained a large audience for quite a while. However,
the RQ has done only this one scripted RP event that I
know of, and even that had an uncertain ending.
Since that time I don't know of any scripted RP things.
As a clan we do like to RP a lot. Some of it is good,
some of it isn't. Hey, nobody's perfect. And some of us
don't really like melodrama at all, and just carry on
quiet and normal lives. So we are a real mix. However,
RQ members are expected to stay In Character pretty much
at all times. We don't talk about our latest computers
when we're online, at least not to strangers. We often
do to each other, but that doesn't count :).
Question: But you do lots of Role Playing, yes?
Answer: All of our members like to role play, in every
sense of the word. Sometimes that means you get an annoying
Knight who speaks funny and indulges in melodrama. Other
times you just get a normal (but poor) musician who hangs
around Town Square waiting for handouts. Some members
are quiet, others are not. We stay In Character and we
usually encourage interactions with others who like to
role play. But it's up to the individual how they approach
In some ways we provide a group of characters that are
known to be interested in role-playing. In the past other
clans or individuals have relied on this to instigate
story lines, or interclan conflicts, safe in the knowledge
that Red Quill members will play along, or at least not
rubbish them for role playing. So Red Quill members tend
to get involved in things.
Question: Do you get lots of GM help and favouritism?
Answer: No, we don't. Hell, Chum can't stand us, and
that's just a start. We've had a little GM help with some
of the things we've done, but not much. See the next question.
Question: Should I believe what Outcast says about the
Answer: Who'd be stupid enough to believe Outcast about
anything? But he's great press for us and we love
Question: So, what's the point of the Red Quill?
Answer: Nothing more (or less) than the search for knowledge.
That is the whole point of the Clan. This could mean knowledge
of fighting skills, of music, of Falinea, of the Orga,
of language, of religion, of history. What we are not
about is just being a bunch of chummy pals who all like
to play a game together, hang out, and go hunting. Of
course, we do some of that too. But that's not our mission.
Question: How do I go about joining?
Answer: Well, asking a RQ member is probably the best
way. But it's best if lots of RQ members know about you,
and if you've already demonstrated some commitment to
the search for knowledge of one type or another.