As so many before me, I have a suggestion about the time frame of Allura. Following the previous discussions in similar topics, already back on Atlas, I know that it is hard to make everyone follow the same year line and timeline, which according to me is fine, as long as we can agree on what year is what year in another calendar. Even in the real world, different parts of the world have different ways of counting time, for example the Gregorian and Chinese calendars. But how can all this be achieved?
My proposition is that from a set date, e.g. new year and onwards, time moves at the same pace everywhere.
We can obviously not have time 1:1, as that would slow RP down past possibility. However, we could have every Alluran year last 4 Earthly weeks, making each week IRL a season IG.
This would be helpful for lore writing in many ways. It would solve many time-related issues that easily arise. Today, people can just fast forward 10 years all of a sudden if they feel like doing so in one faction (as we sorta did in the NR after Cept threw his rampage), while another hasn’t progressed at all, meaning that two characters who could be similar in age on one day could have an entire generations worth of age difference on the next.
It’d also stop people who stay in their twenties forever, being as strong as ever. Another good thing with making this set time pace, is that now time can become a motive. For example, someone could set out on a quest to find a way to age backwards or something, and that could be an episode, where that character is actually racing the clock as he/she is aging!
The 4 week years would mean that we could squeeze roughly 13 Alluran years into each actual year, and as most our characters will be celebrating somewhere between their 35th and 60th birthdays by next Christmas, I think this’d make the time frame quite reasonable.
About those who don’t want their rp characters growing old and weak, you can announce that you will from a set date on be playing as said characters child, or a completely different person. Only important thing here though, is that you give a heads up plenty of time in advance, as well as making sure that your new character differs from the old one in at least some minor ways, meaning you don’t merely copy paste your Character Profile, change James to John and keep on with the same guy.
Lastly, I believe that all those who are taking part in RP and are the leader of a faction, should send their time frames, including all truly major stepping stones for their respective faction to me in a forum dm, allowing me to create a general timeline to give everyone a historical lookback, probably relative to the Ebongrasp one, as theirs go back to over a thousand years ago. The mods can feel free to add the Empyreans and AXCOM here as well.