Welcome to Vastus

Coastal tribes of humans, elves, minotaur and hobgoblins have their world upset when high elves from another world loot the astral plane and crash the bones of a skeletal fist from and astral titan across the land.

New islands sprout, vast craters are torn, leaving deeply buried magical rubble with an enchanted mineral, Ruklaf, that aids teleportation and planar travel. This meteoric hail gashes the planar fabric of Vastus, permitting other-worlders opportunities to invade this previous hidden world.

These foreign high elven conquistastors colonize various areas along the west coast of Vastus, attempting to stake out the obvious Ruklaf craters. Ruklaf spreads chaotic magic into the surroundings while the high elves displace the hobgoblins and banish the wood elves. Monstrosities destroy the southern naga city of Danil. Dragons start wars over Ruklaf. The minotaur of Danil bay become seafaring refugees. As the destruction settles, evidence of a high-magic economy emerges.

A thousand years and three wars later, the 1000 leagues of coast line from Sing’jar in the north to Danil bay in the south are now a complex web of trade and intrigue. Ahoy!

Meet Moon Wag, Werebear

Waking up from a dream where you hear yourself pleading, “choose the wolf? Choose the WOLF?” has always been a bad sign. Moon pulled his thinning wool blanket closer across his shoulders and watched the diffuse light of pre-dawn slowly illuminate the forest outside the hollow log he slept in. He had slept in better…

Recent Battle to Use Thunderbird

I am a daily Ubuntu user, and I’ve been been one since 10.04. The use of Snaps in 22.04 took me for a very unhappy drive down frustration lane recently. Around February 2023, both Firefox and Thunderbird appeared with display rendering problems, like the were using bad video driver code. But also, Thunderbird became unkillable.…

Programming and Escape Characters (PowerShell)

Having started using Perl back in 1996 and learning conventions for character escaping in like eight to twelve other languages since, I’m continually impressed by how escape characters vary by language. And in the case of PowerShell, the (`) character really pulls the majority of the weight in the language. PowerShell, coming from the Microsoft…

Text Editor Debate

There was a listener question posed on Coder Radio 477 that asked: dafuq with the vim an shit, bruh? Having edited code since about 1988 (DOS 3.5 Bible era) and actually having taken classes programming in OG Unix (SunOS 4.1, 1993) before the time of vim, there was Bill Joy’s vi. But around that time,…


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