On The Book of Thursby.
The Book of Thursby (BoT) is a long running work of fan fiction rooted in several major Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games. It chronicles the history and adventures of Benjimir Thursby and the lore of the gaming guild I founded in 2008 as part of The Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO). Now that story has reached FFXIV. The work has grown to envelope many characters, most my own, others included with the blessing of their creators.
In every game I play there is a Benjimir. I take my inspiration from Gen. George Patton’s poem “Through a looking Glass, darkly.” Many face, many names, but always me. In this way the Lore behind each game has ties to that of the next game and coming of Benjimir. Thus in my gaming and role playing I enjoy the personal fun of always being rooted in a grand never ending adventure.
For each game I play there is a new Volume of the BoT.
Read long enough and you will notice the links connecting the worlds and story together. The connecting lore is personal headcanon of course. I don’t hold anybody to it in RP or for guild membership. I have carefully written the BoT to keep the nods to headcanon out of sight and not a part of in-game RP. And within a single volume the story is essentially self contained.
So when interacting in-game you would never know or hear of anything but compliant FFXIV lore for example. I dislike doing things that ever require people to bend their IC foundations.
It is a topic I handle carefully as there are some that recoil at even the concept of headcanon that isn’t entirely orthodox. I am always happy to answer questions.
Since 2008 I have occasionally written characters I RP with, with their permission, into my stories. With FFXIV that practice has expanded and there are several characters are or were actual player characters not my own. I wouldn’t mind ghost writing for more characters but my plate is full at the moment.
The BoT timeline bounces all over the place. To give some context to it all I created these tags, starting with FFXIV.
1.0 - FFXIV 1.0
RR - A Realm Reborn.
HS - Heavensword.
SB - Stormblood.
SBr - Shadowbringers
P [Post] - (prefix denoting after released MSQ. Meaning all MSQ content in-game at release of an expansion. All MSQ afterward is deemed Post MSQ and a build-up to the next expansion)
PSB: chapter takes place in the time after Stormblood's release MSQ and before the start of Shadowbringers.
Mainline story - The Book of Thursby: Scions of Numenor
Epigraphs, anecdotes, and items not tied to a chapter. Intended for adding insights and context to mainline chapters - The Appendices of the Book of Thursby
Special chapters of the BoT intended to be read together for effect. Also chapters written by or from the perspectives if antagonists. - The Codicies of The Book of Thursby