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Offline TheBlackThroneTopic starter

Re: The Syndicate [Paranormal/Noir/Modern] - [Recruitment Thread]
« Reply #25 on: May 20, 2018, 05:01:12 PM »



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Name: James Daniel MacDonnell
Nickname: Jamie, Jame, Danny, McDonalds
Age: Spoiler - 103
Race: Cursed
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 175 lbs
Hair Color: Dark Blonde
Eye Color: Blue

Description: James is a pale and grizzly man. He is tall to some and possesses an athletic build. His left and right arms are covered in sleeve tattoos that meet in a woven, vine-like knot between his shoulder blades and at the base of his neck. His tattoos attempt to hide the unnatural scars that appear cut into his skin and hypertrophied. The scars are actually an eldritch language neither angelic nor demonic in nature. The symbols cover his body starting at his wrists, neck, and ankles. A scar unlike the ones described is a two-inches on the left side of his ribs—caused by a blade maybe? James’s hair has lightened from its original brunet color. His eyes are blue and a black hoop piercing bites into his right brow. A pair of old dog tags hang around his neck beneath his clothing. When at HQ, James will wear a suit and tie to appear somewhat professional. Honestly, he does it so Bill doesn’t get on his ass about maintaining a professional appearance. This from the guy who wears a tie with no jacket. To the average being, James appears to be just an ordinary human.

Personality: James is a man you wouldn’t expect to have any big secrets, but he does have them, and he doesn’t tell them to anyone. He is laid-back, and no matter how much Bill rants and raves, he always makes sure to drag ass just to irritate him. He finds it amusing. Despite their father-son relationship, James respects Bill and Bill knows he does. James is hardly on Bill’s list of people he has to worry about. No, there are other agents more deserving of such an honor and James dislikes babysitting them or feeling like he’s babysitting. When he goes to work, he asks that such problem-children and –monsters stay out of his way. He only wants sane and reliable agents covering his six.

There’s an unusual discipline about James. Some might suspect that he might have served in the military once upon a time. He is always a few minutes early before a meeting starts and he can be found training in order to stay in shape when he’s off. James could be a partner in shenanigans. Agents often find him reliable when it comes to keeping secrets. He, however, isn’t a fan of demons and magic despite being in an organization chalk full of such. He’ll work with them, but he won’t invite them to dinner.

Background:

     James MacDonnell was a Scottish soldier serving in the British army as a German linguist and codebreaker, but he wasn’t just any codebreaker (such as the ones of Bletchley Park). The Nazis had encrypted their messages in an unearthly language, and James was one of the few unique individuals who could not only see it, but read it. News of his strange ability passed throughout the British army and made it to special ears. James was approached by The Syndicate’s London branch and joined as an agent. His gift eventually led him to a young Arthur Hadley who would use him to track where the Nazis were planning their next ritual. With James’s ability closely-guarded, The Syndicate was able to appear just in the nick of time to foil the Nazi’s plans. The Nazis grew suspicious and summoned a succubus to infiltrate The Syndicate and find whatever magic or device they were using and destroy it. Arthur, however, got in her way for he became enthralled by her. The succubus learned that Arthur was The Syndicate Director, and helped the Nazis devise a plot to kill two birds with one stone.

     The next message The Syndicate would receive would lead them to a secret compound in Normandy, France prior to the invasion. The succubus had chosen to go with Arthur, and likewise, James had chosen to follow to keep an eye on his close friend. With the succubus’s help, they infiltrated the compound and found a group of ten Nazi cultists circling a massive magic circle in which they drew from the blood of POWs. Before they could act, Arthur and his group were ambushed. The whole plan was a trap. The Nazis were not only pleased to have captured the Director but their codebreaker. Arthur surprised the Nazis with his imaginary friend—the father of Kissy. His imaginary dragon began vaporizing the Nazis until their captain, Falk Engelbert, captured Arthur’s beloved and threatened to shoot her in the head if Arthur dared set his invisible ally on him. Arthur and Engelbert were at a standstill. James kept his rifle trained on the captain, whilst the captain tried to stall.

     Zee ritual must go on… said the captain. It required a human sacrifice. Engelbert threatened to spill the blood of Arthur’s perceived lover. James demanded that Arthur allow him to risk taking the shot. The room was tense. The succubus cried dramatically for Arthur to forget about her and end it all, but Arthur was too smitten by her. Irritated, James told Arthur that he was going to take the shot, and out of fear of him missing, Arthur reacted. The bayonet of his rifle pierced through James’s side. James in his last effort, shot Falk in the head, freeing the succubus who sadistically started to laugh. Arthur was stunned when she revealed her true nature and was left holding the body of a dying friend. Unfortunately, both the bodies of James and Falk had been sacrifices to the entity of the circle. Arthur took James’s dog tags just before he watched in horror his friend get dragged into Hell by demons. The succubus escorted both Falk and James into The Pits, laughing as she left her lamenting lover.


     James suffered multiple tortures and deaths at the malevolent hands of the demons in Hell. They played with him, sending him to an undead maze of World War 2 trenches and noxious gas where he would playout the war with false friends who would only turn on him and try to kill him in the end. James endured the demon’s games until one day he snapped. He made a futile attempt to attack one of the demons who merely dashed him across the ground. Other demons greedy to do him harm lunged at him and James evaded their lunges to watch them crash into each other. Furious at each other, the demons fought. One of the demons wielded a thorn that it used as a sword in which it slayed the other. The demon soul was absorbed by the thorn, and James watched as the thorn warped into an actual blade. Intrigued by the weapon, James committed his un-life to claiming the thorn as his own and succeeded when he sparked another battle between the demon and another who had also wielded a thorn. The two demons fought and before the victor could claim the thorn, James claimed it, and slayed the victor with it. His sword now not only possessed three souls, but it consumed the other demon thorn. With his new weapon, James waged war within Hell, which wasn’t an unwelcome thing to do. The demons enjoyed the death and destruction even if it was their souls being devoured by the sword. James fought for survival enduring the chaos and nightmares until he was suddenly called. No; summoned?

     Like an abduction beam, James was summoned onto the mortal plane, which infuriated the demons. No one escaped Hell! James arrived in The Syndicate’s lab body suffering multiple burns for he was defying a natural order. He found Arthur, old and not young as he remembered, standing with a young man who gawked at the man and not a demon who had appeared in the circle. Arthur placed James’s dog tags about his neck saying he would need them in order to stay above ground. It was 1978, and he soon learned that he wasn’t in the UK but in the States. He had a strong desire to kill Arthur, but Arthur had introduced him to his son, Bill. There was so much to take in, and the shock and relief of having escaped his eternal torment made him faint.

     James woke once again as a Syndicate agent and Arthur informed him of his pleas. He was never to tell Bill what had happened and who he really was. He was a demon. James initially refused not wanting to be compared to the creatures he loathed, but after much crying between the two of them, he agreed to Arthur’s request. His last request was to watch over Bill. James was unable to forgive Arthur for what he had done, but he agreed nonetheless. As much as he had hated it, what had happened, happened and Bill was not to blame. James served as an agent under Bill and attended Arthur’s funeral. Would Bill go to Heaven or Hell for what he’s done? Heaven seemed like it would be fucked up, but while James is rooted to the mortal plane, he is unable to find out for certain.

Weapon(s): M11 SIG Sauer Concealed Carry – he carries a magazine of silver, UV, and normal rounds.

Skills:
  • Polygot: James is fluent in English, German, Scottish Gaelic, and Demon. He has a gift when it comes to learning languages.
  • Master Combatant: James has experience fighting in the Second World War and various demonic warriors in order to survive Hell. He will selectively choose to fight honorably or dirty. He is accustomed to just winning for honor doesn’t matter in Hell. The winner was the one who survived.
  • Master Swordsman: James can use his weapon, Demon Thorn, as a shield against projectiles and magical assaults. He can deflect attacks back at enemies and open their guard. Bringing a knife to a gunfight?—yes!
  • Indomitable Will: When you have survived as much as James has—betrayal and torture—not much else fazes you. His mind is strong and he will use it to overcome pain, torture, and bewitchment. He is not easily cracked.

Weaknesses:
  • Grudge: Even after Arthur’s death, James still clings to a horrible grudge. He was betrayed by someone who he believed was a friend and a comrade. Because of him, he is unable to find peace in heaven. He could have lived his life until he was an old man like Arthur. He deprived him of so much!
  • Dog Tags: If James’s dog tags were removed, then he would be cast back into Hell to resume his eternal struggle. His dog tags are the only things keeping him rooted to the mortal plane.
  • Holy Objects/Symbols/Water/Magic, Prayer and Places: Even though he isn’t a demon, James is still cursed by Hell, and therefore, sacred things burn. He will suffer like a devil and flee from the very God he once worshipped.
  • Stuck in Limbo: James is uncertain if he’ll ever find salvation. His dog tags imprison him on Earth. He will watch the world grow and perish while fleeing from the evils which try to drag him down. Because of this reality, James will not commit to relationships. His chance at a life was taken from him, and he isn’t about to start a new one just to watch it all grow old and die before his eyes. It is unfair!
  • Nightmares: James has seen a lot. He sometimes doesn't stop seeing things even when he sleeps. His nightmares will make him endure sleepless nights.
  • Hell: He doesn't ever want to have to go back if he can help it. The thought of him returning terrifies him.

Power(s):
  • Demon Thorn: A sword that started as a thin thorn and ravenously absorbs the souls of demons and the enemies of Hell (ie. angelic beings). As the sword absorbs souls, it grows and becomes stronger. As the sword becomes stronger, so does the wielder, making them both starving for more. James has noticed the blade’s greed and often fights it using his Indomitable Will. The demons of Hell often willingly gave into the desire, but James cannot risk giving into such a thing. The sword has been known to devour other weapons imbued with power. It is frightening in appearance. It is clearly a weapon, but it also seems to be alive. The sword is sheathed within James and grotesquely emerges from his body when he draws it.
  • Codebreaker: James can uncannily decipher codes, passwords, and even ancient and arcane languages. It is believed that this was his gift before he died. He can just see the solution to the problem. The numbers and symbols appear to him as clear as day.
  • Demon Magic: The demonic tongue is an ancient and powerful language. It is what gives demons their names. Envoking a demon's name is powerful on its own. James uses demon magic to cast basic spells like: hellfire, levitation, sense presence, and astral body. He can also communicate with demonic entities. He is fluent in their speech.
  • Immortality: James doesn’t age for he’s technically already dead. He is a visitor and intruder to the mortal plane. But who is to say he is supposed to be in Hell and not Heaven? At least that’s what James would argue. Who’s to say he isn’t meant to be in either place? There are other religions after all. When he is injured, his wounds rapidly mend. Blessed, holy, and other magical assaults will harm him and he will be unable to rapidly heal. However, removing his dog tags would be the only way to defeat him and send his soul back to the one realm that has him bound (Hell).
« Last Edit: May 22, 2018, 04:24:42 PM by TheBlackThrone »

Offline TheBlackThroneTopic starter

Re: The Syndicate [Paranormal/Noir/Modern] - [Recruitment Thread]
« Reply #26 on: May 20, 2018, 05:04:45 PM »
@TheBlackThrone

1. It's not an anime picture, she's a character from a video game, but the digital/3d art of her kinda sucks or makes her look too young.  If it's still a problem, I'll find one of said digital/3d images and replace it.

(Yes. Please. I would like it changed. Maybe try for digital art.)

2. I'll edit that in, the face belonging to one Pauline Nordin.

3. It's a type of 13mm ammo made for the handgun, meant to take down heavier, supernatural targets.  It's not, like, anti-material rifle stuff in a handgun, or anything, but it definitely packs one heck of a punch.

(You should add this in the CS as well as why she is the only one able to make it. Because it clearly seems supernatural and requires magic. This should be thoroughly explained in the CS.)

4. No, she's just a fallen angel, not half angel, half demon.  I just used the Holy/Unholy for flavor text.

Made my comments in bold.

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Re: The Syndicate [Paranormal/Noir/Modern] - [Recruitment Thread]
« Reply #27 on: May 20, 2018, 05:15:40 PM »
I've edited my post, and hopefully it passes muster now.

Offline Chantarelle

Re: The Syndicate [Paranormal/Noir/Modern] - [Recruitment Thread]
« Reply #28 on: May 21, 2018, 12:44:32 AM »

Name: Morrigan Aensland
Nickname: None
Age: 120 (Descended November 5, 1898)
Height: 5'10
Weight: 132
Hair Color: Dark brown
Eye Color: Blue-green

Description: Stoic and curious, secretive and sensual, Morrigan is a tall Raven-haired beauty with fleshy lips and a sculpted flawless body.

Visual: Adriana Lima

Personality: Both affable and gregarious, Morrigan has an eagerness to help those in need and learn as much about life on the mortal plane as she can. She has a confidence unaffected by the outer world. Her entire demeanor radiates peace and tranquility.

Background: "Born" seraphim, she was gifted with love, kindness and generosity. She was blessed with beauty, grace and a voice so sweet it made grown men weep. She used to love watching over the seedling worlds with her brothers and sisters while listening continuosly to the ever-present hum of Source.

Her favorite passtime had been peering into the pool of sight, that lay just below the temple of worship. She would watch the this species or that, as they toiled and lived their lives, but her favorite among these was earth and its inhabitants. The mixture between good and evil beings brought drama, politics, and bias into Morrigans world.

It was at these very waters that she got the call from God; from the hum that pervaded all. She was to descend to earth at a specific location: Baylor. There, she would be met by one Arthur Hadley who would show her around and explain to her what was called the 'syndicate.'

Weapon(s): Smith & Wesson .500 with silver, enchanted bullets.

Skills:
Detective - Over the decades Morrigan has made alot of friends giving her access to various intel.

Speaks Romanian, French, Japanese, Russian and Angelic

Acute Senses - About that of a vampire.

Trained in Krav Maga (a fighting style introduced in the war by the Israelis)

Weaknesses:

She has a soft heart which can get in the way of the harsh realities at work.

Temptations - She is forced to meditate many times throughout the day to keep her resilience focused.

Sex - Her biggest temptation and has been for years. Once she fell she took a vow of celibacy. That was 120 years ago, she has been a virgin ever since. 

Homesickness - This job was meant to be indefinite, because of this, at times, you can see a sadness in her eyes just underneath the smile.

Power(s):
Solace - If someone is close to death she can alleviate there pain and transition them to the other side in bliss.

Nails on a Chalkboard - The ability to create a buzzing or whining sound in the auditory cortex of the brain. Morrigan can increase this sound to the point where the victim is clawing at his skull and bashing his head against the wall to make the grating noise stop, or she can diminish to the level of 'annoying'.   

Mind Breaker - It starts as a buzzing or whining sound but quickly escalates to a pounding in your head, the pain so intense you black out only to wake up in a puddle of your own drool.

Heal - She can heal wounds with a touch, even deep wounds. It would take alot of energy but she could bring someone back from the dead if they haven't been dead for too long.
« Last Edit: May 28, 2018, 11:08:53 PM by Chantarelle »

Offline TheBlackThroneTopic starter

Re: The Syndicate [Paranormal/Noir/Modern] - [Recruitment Thread]
« Reply #29 on: May 21, 2018, 12:58:01 AM »
@Everyone:

I have received a lot of CSes in this short period, and a lot of writers are concerned about game balance, which is actually my job to be concerned about. No one else should be worrying about that and instead should just be writing up a character they want to play in this game. However, I will be outright rejecting character concepts if I have to in order to balance the game how I would like it. So continue to submit your character ideas, but if the character isn't going to work accept that and move on.

Offline Chantarelle

Re: The Syndicate [Paranormal/Noir/Modern] - [Recruitment Thread]
« Reply #30 on: May 21, 2018, 01:03:17 AM »
Are we still waiting for the room to play in to be built or am I just slow?

Offline TheBlackThroneTopic starter

Re: The Syndicate [Paranormal/Noir/Modern] - [Recruitment Thread]
« Reply #31 on: May 21, 2018, 01:06:00 AM »
Are we still waiting for the room to play in to be built or am I just slow?

I won't be making an OOC or IC for a while. We are in the recruitment phase.

Offline Chantarelle

Re: The Syndicate [Paranormal/Noir/Modern] - [Recruitment Thread]
« Reply #32 on: May 21, 2018, 01:08:49 AM »
Ok just making sure I didn’t miss anything.

Offline la dame en noir

Re: The Syndicate [Paranormal/Noir/Modern] - [Recruitment Thread]
« Reply #33 on: May 21, 2018, 02:10:20 AM »
I won't say a hard yes, but I will put a hard interest. Only because I'm notorious for taking my sweet time with character sheets because they suck the life out of me. But I"m very intrigued.

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Re: The Syndicate [Paranormal/Noir/Modern] - [Recruitment Thread]
« Reply #34 on: May 21, 2018, 02:15:43 AM »
Damn you TBT...DAMN YOU! LOL Totally interested, I have a character already in mind. One I thought of a while back and simply hadn't found the right place to play her yet. I'll see about getting something pulled together soon.

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Re: The Syndicate [Paranormal/Noir/Modern] - [Recruitment Thread]
« Reply #35 on: May 21, 2018, 03:54:53 AM »
withdrawn for now.
« Last Edit: May 25, 2018, 05:21:09 PM by CurvyKitten »

Offline TheBlackThroneTopic starter

Re: The Syndicate [Paranormal/Noir/Modern] - [Recruitment Thread]
« Reply #36 on: May 21, 2018, 04:33:00 AM »
@la dame en noir: Ok lol.

@CurvyKitten:

I have only two comments:

Unable to die: I don't think this will make for a dramatic game if there is no consequence or risk. If she can't die, then there has to be an actual weakness that puts the character at risk. Otherwise, I don't see why she can't handle the world herself.

Energy siphoning: This needs a limit. Being in a room of people and then flipping the kill switch to empower your character is very overpowered for a character that's supposed to be weaker than what she was before. Physical contact with whoever she's stealing energy from maybe? Also, doesn't death only come if someone is about to die?

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Re: The Syndicate [Paranormal/Noir/Modern] - [Recruitment Thread]
« Reply #37 on: May 21, 2018, 04:41:34 AM »
@la dame en noir: Ok lol.

@CurvyKitten:

I have only two comments:

Unable to die: I don't think this will make for a dramatic game if there is no consequence or risk. If she can't die, then there has to be an actual weakness that puts the character at risk. Otherwise, I don't see why she can't handle the world herself.

Energy siphoning: This needs a limit. Being in a room of people and then flipping the kill switch to empower your character is very overpowered for a character that's supposed to be weaker than what she was before. Physical contact with whoever she's stealing energy from maybe? Also, doesn't death only come if someone is about to die?

No problem, I shall tweak the immortal thing and edit the siphoning or switch it for something new. I have a list of different powers a reaper might have pulled from tons of legends about it.  But bit of sleep is needed first! I am off to bed now. Night night :)
« Last Edit: May 21, 2018, 04:42:35 AM by CurvyKitten »

Offline TheBlackThroneTopic starter

Re: The Syndicate [Paranormal/Noir/Modern] - [Recruitment Thread]
« Reply #38 on: May 21, 2018, 05:15:19 AM »
I went against what I said (only about an OOC). I made an OOC so that you guys who are approved can discuss character relations. I'm going to say this now. For those of you with characters who are old enough to have joined during World War 2, we're going to have to create a timeline because if you're joining around that time then your character knows other characters from that time and we're not going to pretend like they never saw each other.

Here is the OOC link, please bookmark this. I will be posting it on the OP: https://elliquiy.com/forums/index.php?topic=288083.0

Offline DummieBlondie

Re: The Syndicate [Paranormal/Noir/Modern] - [Recruitment Thread]
« Reply #39 on: May 21, 2018, 12:20:30 PM »
@TheBlackThrone & @Chantarelle;

I am missing something or is there a misunderstanding because Chantarelle's CS is stating that she is a Succubus while the approved character is written as a Fallen Angel.
just to clarify the point so we will know that if there are 2 or 1 Succubuses here right now :)

Offline TheBlackThroneTopic starter

Re: The Syndicate [Paranormal/Noir/Modern] - [Recruitment Thread]
« Reply #40 on: May 21, 2018, 01:51:33 PM »
@TheBlackThrone & @Chantarelle;

I am missing something or is there a misunderstanding because Chantarelle's CS is stating that she is a Succubus while the approved character is written as a Fallen Angel.
just to clarify the point so we will know that if there are 2 or 1 Succubuses here right now :)

*Points to OOC link* This thread needs to be used. I will answer that question there.

Offline TheBlackThroneTopic starter

Re: The Syndicate [Paranormal/Noir/Modern] - [Recruitment Thread]
« Reply #41 on: May 22, 2018, 12:23:34 AM »
Looking for some male characters!

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You might end up being a lucky man. *giggles*

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Let me know if you wind up looking for women again!

Offline TheBlackThroneTopic starter

Let me know if you wind up looking for women again!

You can still apply if you're making a CS for a woman. I did not halt accepting female characters. I am just asking for more male characters because this game has a LOT of female interest lol.

Offline DummieBlondie

Re: The Syndicate [Paranormal/Noir/Modern] - [Recruitment Thread]
« Reply #45 on: May 22, 2018, 04:41:26 AM »
Looking for some male characters!

I will prepare a Male Necromancer character in reverse in any case if that is okay? But let me be clear about that l can't be able to play both at the same time.

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I've got a character I'm working on.

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Possibly interested as well.

Offline Honeycrisp

Looking for some male characters!

Matthew 7:7!

Not going all churchy, but there will certainly be religious references in the game and used properly they can add rich texture to the story. 

Juggtacular and Deamonbane, I hope you're able to find inspiration and join us.

Offline TheBlackThroneTopic starter

I've got a character I'm working on.

Possibly interested as well.

Curious to see what you gentlemen bring to the table. Thank you for your interest. Also, no rush. Take your time.

@All: Once we get enough participation, I will allow you all to make second characters if you so desire. For now, you can add NPCs to your repertoire if you so need or would like them. When I get the character thread up, NPCs will have a section.