Character Roster Threadhttp://elliquiy.com/forums/index.php?topic=124205.0
Inaba, Human World, IC thread.
I couldn't think of a better title at the moment but if you know anything about Persona, (prior knowledge not required but is appreciated
), then hopefully you'll love this game. I accidentally came across six episodes that are directly related to the game Persona 4 oddly enough, thus the inspiration for this little get together. If all goes well and I get someone that's has good experience running a school type of setting to act as my Co-GM, I'll be more than happy just to get a few people, let alone the big group I'm hoping to get for this lol. At any rate, here's a few things to consider for the game I am putting together before getting into the setting itself. I'm always willing to accept ideas and the like, so feel free to drop a line along with any interest you might have for this. So, without further delay!Personas themselves....
What is a persona anyway? Well, to put it simply, a Persona is a 'mask' we wear to deal with day to day hardships. On the outside we might appear more or less alright, but to reveal one's inner thoughts is simply crazy since we all have problems or dark feelings about people or places that we wouldn't wish anyone to find out. Dealing with the negative emotions you possess, taming them and training them to make you stronger in a positive way gives form to your personal Persona summon that is a physical manifestation of your personality. Each Persona is classified into the Tarot Arcanums, (the Chariot, the Magician, etc), and each has their own unique powers and abilities, but more on that later. Needless to say, every Persona, either first or second level, will have strengths and weaknesses that can be exploited. Working together, defending against said weaknesses, will be key. (No system game here, so no worries.)Shadows....
Shadows are just as numerous and diverse as Personas, more so in fact since everyone has the potential to have either one. Shadows are the dark parts of a person's soul, their very being. When a normal person comes into contact with their shadow selves, it is possible to see an exact look alike of themselves that knows EVERYTHING about you; your every secret, desire, and personal issues. Denying you have anything wrong with you, saying that there's no way that's a part of you will make your Shadow self expand and grow by absorbing nearby lesser Shadows, becoming a terrifying monster that can and will try to kill its creator. Only by beating it down and/or admitting to its existence as well as acknowledging you do have that within yourself will the Shadow clone calm down, giving you the power to use Persona in turn. Friends help but can also make things worse, depending on how the situation is handled. Tread lightly here when dealing with souped up Shadows.Personas and you.
Because this is E, and because I just like to hear myself talk,
, I wanted to add a nice little twist to this game. So far the tradition has been to have Personas be silent guardians to their hosts, to act as their physical manifestation of will and their personalities when facing Shadows in any number of different worlds beside our own across multiple games. While this will still hold true, I'm cutting the silent act and I am going to allow others to play as both a normal person and someone else's Persona partner when obtained. The only rule is that you have to be work this out with your partner, agreeing to shape and form of the Persona in question, essentially becoming their best friend or more if you so wish. I will be putting a few rules in place regarding Persona and partner interactions but nothing major, so no worries there. For the most part Personas won't be able to hold a physical, tangible form in our world, so anything intimate will have to wait until you are either asleep in your own bed or in the alternate world where Shadows could attack if you're not on your guard. Beyond that, you can still see your and other Personas and interact with them as you like, but anything physical will have to wait as I said. Beyond that, go nuts.Before obtaining your power.....
I'm a huge fan of Persona 4, and thus that's where I'm getting most of my ideas for this from. However, I'm also open to ideas as previously stated, so feel free to drop whatever you think might make this more entertaining. Getting back on track however, I will say that I'm going to use the setup that has characters being taken to the other world against their will and left there to die unless saved before the fog lifts or some kind of unnatural phenomena occurs as seen in P4. (Still working on this part lol.) Regardless on how this is put together, each area that is created in the 'Midnight Channel' as it was called in P4 has a theme to them. For example, a men's spa....a castle, a strip club, a secret underground base that can be seen in any old fashion comic book, you get the idea. I want you to think of themes and creatures to populate each area that match up with the scenery you're going for. They also have to match up with what you're trying to hide or put on a brave face for or you wish you could escape to, to some degree or another. Yukiko Amagi for example wanted someone to take her away from everything she was being forced into as far as her family inherited and run in located in the town of Inaba, where P4 takes place. She had a Prince Charming complex in mind, hence the castle theme aforementioned. You don't have to have this ready to go right away, but consider it is all I'm asking. I'll leave a spot in the character sheet if I get enough interest for this to be filled at your leisure. If done later, please include a note either in my or my Co-GM's inbox or on the OOC should this get far enough. Thanks!Fighting and how it will be handled.
They have an interesting thing going for the Personas and their hosts as far as the six episodes have shown. If damage is done to the Persona, the host feels it just as much. If your Persona is pushed into a wall or knocked back, you too will be knocked around to a relatively same degree. Because Personas are much stronger in most cases however, you'll be able to take quite the beat down before you are ready to drop dead from exhaustion. 'Death' of a Persona, (which won't happen since I'd guess it would mean you would follow soon afterward anyway,) would mean dropping to the floor, too tired to fight any longer, leaving you wide open to be torn apart by whatever you're up against. The way I handle fighting more times than not, and this won't be a fighting central RP, but it will still have bouts and the like from time to time, is like this. The more detailed the post, the better your chances will be. Simply putting a one line or an automatic hit/kill shot or anything like that I will not go for at all. ATTEMPTS at hitting the enemy if it's a major one or if it's a first encounter, etc, those I like. The more detail you put into your posts, the more effort you put into this, the more generous I'll be when deciding how a fight goes down. For example....
Zack and his Persona were up against the wall, fighting the serpent headed Shadow clone that had come out of his best friend, the girl in question having issues he had no clue about. Dodging to the side at the last second as a green gas cloud shot out of the creature's mouth, the young man looked up, fire in his eyes as he turned his gaze to his Persona who looked quite the part of a masked swordsman, dressed in a black shirt, pants, cape, buckled boots, and white gloves on both of his hands. Two straight swords seemed to be right at home in his Persona's hands, a gilded dragon's mask that covered his entire face. Who would have guessed his personality would manifest into that? "Go, Masked Dragon Knight! Take that bitch down once and for all! Samantha! This is for you!" The Persona charged in quick, his twin swords already thrusting out forward to hopefully nail the serpent beast in her chest and head. If it worked, they'd be one step closer to freeing Samantha from her prison. If not, he didn't even want to consider the alternative....
It was a quick and nasty example but you get the idea I hope lol. The more detail, the better, that's all you really need to know. What I forgot to mention however is that it does have to follow what's been put up before hand, so be sure to read each post carefully and follow through as best as you can and adapt as you need to.The Arcana as it pertains to you.
The Arcana are the different classes of Tarot cards. They are a major thematic element of the Persona series. The Arcana are divided into the Major Arcana (22 unique cards) and the Minor Arcana (four suits of cards, not unlike those of traditional playing cards). That's the Persona definition found in the wiki for the games. Each Major Arcana fits a personality type almost to a tee, so when making your profile, I ask that you read each one carefully so as to find a good match to when you find your inner strength and make it real. When a new Persona is attained, it is forever attached to your soul. The only Arcana that I may or may not include is the Fool, since that is and always has been considered to be the Wild Card, meaning you could potentially obtain multiple Personas across all Arcanas. The only problem with that is that it allows a single person too much power, that and every Fool holder I have seen thus far hasn't had to deal with their darker halves, always able to activate and bring out their Personas because of some outside interference.
Persona 4 spoiler warning.
Such as coming into contact with a dark goddess of the dead posing as a human who ironically enough poses as a gas station clerk.
Here is the wiki page that lists all of the Major Arcana and has detailed descriptions of what Personas are available in each one. That's not to say you can't make your own of course, I just ask that it fits the theme that your chosen Arcana seems to be. Beyond that, go crazy.
PLEASE, no repeats of Arcana or Persona form. Personas come in two forms, one when you first obtain it, and one when you are completely free of your darker halves, coming to a resolution or to terms with your darker self, releasing even greater power within your being when that happens.http://megamitensei.wikia.com/wiki/ArcanaEvoking one's Persona, a personal preference.
Whether it's an Evoker shot to the brain, smashing a glowing blue Tarot like card, or some other means that's original or used in another game, I leave this one to you. However, if you're using a canon way of doing so, I ask that you follow their example to a tee. Beyond that, if it's a completely original idea, then I simply ask how it works and what it looks like as your Persona comes out. It's all yours to do as you like after that.
At any rate, I plan to have this go up in the Extreme section only because I don't like to limit anyone in their preferences. Considering most Persona games are horror/comedy games as far as I've been able to tell, it would fit perfectly there anyway. Will there be blood and guts? Depends on who we end up getting and what their issues are, but for the most part the only dying I see happening will be Shadows and any that help them should it come to that. Regardless, this won't be heavy in gore or anything like that, but I would expect SOME injuries to occur, but again that is preference related so if it's a no on some people's thing, then I'll skim over the messy bits.
At any rate, I love Japan, but I don't know nearly enough to make it convincing to have the story take place there, but if I get a good partner that does know the area well enough, then I'll be willing to have it in a town in Japan or a city, either way it'd be cool by me. Otherwise, it'll be here in an American small town with a city within easy driving distance. Your profiles will shape how the town is formed if for example we have an inherited business or whatever, things like that. Think carefully when doing your profiles up again should we get that far. Because of the nature of this game and how detail oriented it can get, I want NO LESS than 3 paragraphs with four sentences a piece for your personal history. I want AT LEAST 2 paragraphs for your personality with 4 sentences a piece as well, so NO ONE LINERS. The rest I'll detail when and if I get enough interest to warrant a character sheet and all the rest. For now, good luck and here's hoping.