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A few plot ideas
« on: March 13, 2013, 08:14:02 PM »
Just listing a few plotlines I've thought up. If something interests you, let me know. Any particular cravings will be marked with red titles and all roles and genders are flexible. The plots are a fair example of my writing style. I post between 3 and 15 paragraphs and will always proofread. Post length isn't horribly important to me, but please have passable grammar and spelling. PMs of all sorts are welcome! There are also some fandoms I'm interested in listed below.

Water birth-

Pongiora is a massive leviathan whale in the ageless sea, worshiped as a goddess by the people of the small country named for her. The Pongioran people as a whole no longer truly believe that she is the mother goddess, but the princess is still faithful. You guard the princess on her full-moon pilgrimages to the bay every month, and walk with her to the shrines on the canals whenever she wants. You love her as best you can while respecting her station, and you start to think that she might feel the same way.
One afternoon, you walk with her barefoot through the palace's marble halls to the pier on the bay. She's seen unfamiliar ships in the distance and wants a better look. Before you can get too far, explosions rock the building. Soldiers are screaming, running everywhere in a panic looking for more cannons. The city is under attack, the king is dead already, and now the ships in the distance open fire. The princess demands that you take her to the water. If she could only get into the sea, she could call Pongiora for protection. It's a ridiculous thought, but she is so earnest... You agree to fight through the waves of enemy soldiers for her, to bring her to the ocean and hopefully call her god.
Barefoot and unarmed, the now-queen of your home joins the lines. She pushes cannons down the halls in her silk gown and passes bags of gunpowder to her guards. It's a hard fight, but you and a few men manage to bring her within sight of the sea. It might be close enough, she says before dropping into the bloodstained canal. She should be well over her head, but the water only comes to her waist. She looks at you in fear for just a breath then staggers as the water heaves around her. A huge machine rises from under her feet, disgorging more enemy soldiers onto the canal banks. You can't reach her, but you can see her darting over the slick surface, still trying to get into the water. Then she is caught. The soldier grabs your beloved and slits her throat from ear to ear before tossing her corpse into the water.
So you fight. What else can you do? Hours drag and men fall, but you press on towards the ocean. When you finally get to the pier, the canal is more blood than water. Sharks churn the waves. Numb, you realize that many of the enemy ships are sunk. One lovely vessel with a huge cog on the sails is sending out boats. When the landing party reaches you, they great you in friendly voices. Exhausted, you collapse only to wake up days later aboard a strange ship, very far from home.

The saint is evil-
A few hundred years before our story starts, an adventurer finds a dragon's lair in a far-away mountain. He and his party load up their packs with as much treasure as they can carry, as well as five  dragon eggs. They return home and make lives with the loot they stole. The adventurer, by virtue of shrewd lending and clever gambles, soon becomes the wealthiest man in his homeland. Money leads to power, and after hatching one of the eggs, he becomes king of his region. The dragon-ling, after it's grown too dangerous for him to keep as a mount, is killed. Over the next few centuries, one or two of the dragons are hatched, as symbols of power for the new royal family.
Well, remember the dragon the adventuring king robbed? In it's homeland, the dragons are respected and worshiped. This dragon sends out some of it's warriors to hunt down the stolen treasure and eggs. Nothing really comes of the search, but the dragon has a long memory and keeps sending our it's best assassins.  After all this time, one of the men finally finds a small and wealthy territory. He is welcomed in by the gracious young queen
who shows him every courtesy. She eventually shows him the remaining eggs, proving that she's descended from the thief. Even though his dragon-god declared that the thief's family must die, the warrior can't bring himself to kill this virtuous woman.

Dirty King-
A very old and once-respected kingdom has gone bankrupt. In a last-ditch effort to save the throne, the king sends his son to post after post in other nations' armies, essentially whoring him out to the highest bidder. Eventually the boy is sent to serve in a position far off in the woods. On arrival, his soldiers turn on him and try to assassinate him. Barely escaping, the price goes into hiding as a common farmer and learns that his assassination was part of a larger plan. His family has been wiped out and his kingdom is now struggling against a mighty siege while he's trapped in a hostile land. Will he return home to break the siege and save his home? Or will he try to hide as a ragged farmer and embrace the poverty he was left in?

Master Thieves-
 (Medieval/fantasy) Street urchins don't live long in this city, but you've managed to last. You're clever and quick and know just how to keep your head down to avoid trouble. Well, okay, most of the time. Today you weren't so lucky. Maybe you picked his pocket a little too roughly, or borrowed money without being able to pay it back, but this great hulking brute is determined to beat you to a pulp in this rancid, dead-end alley. No problem, you've been beat before and survived it just fine. But the blows keep coming and he's not stopping. In horror, you realize that there's no coming away from this one. It's too late for an escape, and just as you start to black out you hear someone swearing at your attacker. You were so sure the alley was empty, but does it really matter? The beating has stopped! Three figures of varying heights and builds manage to chase off the brute. In your confusion, the tallest man helps you up while the shortest figure (a young woman, apparently) starts examining the damage. The middle-sized one, wiry and androgynous with his smooth face and short wavy hair, appears to be the leader. he looks you over with a stern expression before nodding to the girl.
"Okay, what did you do?" They all wear fine dark clothes with belts holding various tools. You recognize a set of lockpicks, an expensive glass-cutter, and more than a few knives. These are thieves, and wealthy ones. If you could only get them to take you with them, maybe you could save yourself from a life (and likely death) on the streets.
Those that suffer-
In a city similar to Paris in the 1750s, revolt is brewing. The common folk are starving in the streets or being used for bloody entertainment for the rich. One idealistic aristocrat has just come into his family's fortune and seeks to use his new power to better the world. His fellow members of the upper-class want nothing to do with it, of course, and undermine his good work by making his lands even more unbearable. They steal food, kidnap women and children, and beat his serfs in the streets while claiming to be sent by the young man himself. The people have finally had enough, and send some of their own into his house with intent to kill.

Civilized behavior-
Goethen is a primitive, brutish nation in the north made wealthy by natural resources and a fierce army. They have no organized religion and the central government consists of a committee of chieftains spending their annual gathering getting drunk and fighting. Manalue is a rich land on the banks of a great river in the southern deserts. They have mastered agriculture, build magnificent villas, and have some of the most celebrated artists in the world. A rigidly structured church rules even the royal families and runs daily life with an endless stream of feast days and mandatory worship sessions. So when a Goeth heir is sent to Manalue to learn the "civilized" way of doing things, it's a huge culture shock. The weather is hot, the wine is sweet, and the food is different. He fights against the leadership of the church, even as he finds himself enjoying the festivals.

Favor and Fate-
A Hedge-lord's second (see also: least favorite) son gets sold into slavery as a way of paying off his elder brother's gambling debt. The gods must have smiled on him, because the young man is bought as a companion to his country's heir. The princess treats him as an equal, and they eventually develop a friendship. The "slave" enjoys status higher than he ever knew at home, and soon earns respect among the military leaders for his advanced knowledge of the enemy.
You see, the human world has been at war with the Medu (think big, magical, ugly canines that can walk on two legs) for as long as anyone can remember. The slave's home town was near enough to a Medu village that he was able to gain a bit of insight.
After a few months, the boy receives a letter from his brother (the gambler). The older brother wants to court the princess and win her hand. His plan is to marry the girl, then sell her to the enemy in return for wealth and power over a portion of land.
This plot could go a hundred ways, really. Perhaps the Medu burn the palace and the pair are forced to flee into the countryside; or maybe (for something more slave-ish) they never become 'friends' exactly and he turns around and makes the princess his slave.

Mama is in the crypt-
You are a soldier in you nation's army, occupying a kingdom that was conquered a few years back. Never have you felt the need to question your superiors but on arriving in the near-demolished palace, you start to feel that they might be too cruel. The royal family is dead, though one or two minor members are kept in the dungeon to be paraded around once in a while. The people are starving and beaten-down, while your generals feast in the royal halls and enjoy what wealth is left. Voicing your opinions doesn't go so well and you get stuck guarding the old palace graveyard.
It's a lovely garden, full of overgrown plants and elegant crypts, but boring and far enough from the barracks that you're forced to camp out in the graves. After a few days out, you notice something odd. The fruit trees rarely have any fallen fruit under them, but you've never seen a deer. Rabbits are also more scarce than you expected but nearly all the herbs show signs of being clipped. Staying up one night, you see a small figure slinking around the garden. You catch the trespasser and it's a young boy; very young, nearly starved, but only covered in a thin layer of dirt. His clothes are awkwardly sewn from battered silk and his little cloak is made from faded but expensive wool. Tearfully, the urchin tells you that he lives in the graveyard with his mother, but she is very sick and he doesn't know how to help her. This boy would have been just a toddler during the invasion, but you can tell he's already seen too much death. Do you offer your help? Or do you turn him and his mother in as thieves?

Angel of mercy-
Dying on the battlefield, a soldier looks up and sees a lovely face in the dim light.
"No one should die alone." The figure says. As the pain fades and numbness sets in, the figure asks: "Some shouldn't die at all. Is that you?"
The soldier passes out with a strange feeling of comfort. When he awakens, his wounds are healed and the figure is gone, but he's left wandering in a dark forest that looks nothing like home.

Zombies?-
Something is seriously wrong. Maybe you shouldn't have taken that apartment next to the cemetery, or maybe there was nothing you could do. Either way, the news has been reporting walking corpses all day and even though you haven't seen one, your neighborhood seems to be 'ground zero' for reanimations. You're quarantined and running out of food fast. Why don't you go talk to that sweet little Haitian girl next door and see how she's doing?

The Bells-
Six months ago, and for no apparent reason, every bell on the planet rang at once. Ancient church bells without clappers and the glittering brass trinkets that fringe a dancer's belt, all of them sounding at once. The noise was tremendous. One hour later it happened again. Between the ringing, the bells would make no sound but a muffled and dull clang. Two hours after the first ring, the bells rang one more time before shattering. Every bell reduced to soundless fragments that left scientists baffled.
Then the death reports started. At the exact moment of the last bell toll, ten percent of the human population fell over dead. There seemed to be no pattern. Young and healthy young men would drop while the weak and elderly would be left untouched. An accident victim's life support machines failed inexplicably, while the terminally ill man in the next ward found the strength to keep breathing. One hour later, it happened again. A tenth of the remaining population dropped. Every hour, on the hour, one tenth of the survivors would die without any visible reason or pattern. Whole families were wiped out while others were untouched. This continued for ten hours before stopping just as suddenly as it began. It's estimated that just over a third of the population survived the first day, though riots claimed so many more.
Small groups of survivors are banding together, trying to preserve the old way of living, though it's becoming increasingly difficult in the cities. So many of the technicians are dead, those remaining are having too much trouble keeping up with damage to infrastructure. And the bodies. Six months later and the air still smells like charring flesh. Everywhere you can find burnt piles of ash surrounded with old photos and flowers. So many mass graves.

Fandoms:

Harry Potter: I have a soft spot for the devious and ambitious, so Slytherin characters are a pretty sure win. Original characters are welcome, but I don't have a problem playing canon characters either.
Avatar, TLA: Haven't seen Legend of Korra yet, sorry.
Warcraft: I play Horde characters mainly, so I'm only familiar with that side of the lore. LOVE the Forsaken and anything to do with the Lich King storyline.
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Re: A few plot ideas
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2013, 10:50:12 PM »
I like the Angel of Mercy RP it sound very interesting.

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Re: A few plot ideas
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2013, 09:36:28 PM »
Hi there, Snapespersephone! I'm more than game to play with you. If you're still interested, pm me and we can work something out!
I've also reworked the original post to make it a little easier to follow. There are a couple new plots too!

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Re: A few plot ideas
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2013, 01:59:42 PM »
Added two new ideas, one post-apocalyptic and one medieval fantasy. Both have a little mystery planned, so if you like adventures check out "Master thieves" and "The bells"

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Re: A few plot ideas
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2013, 02:01:56 PM »
Added another plot starter. Looking for a steampunk/horror feel to this one. Check out "Water birth" if that sounds fun to you!

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Re: A few plot ideas
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2013, 11:43:06 PM »
Added fandoms! These are just hte ones that came to mind as of this moment, so I might add more as they come to me.

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Re: A few plot ideas
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2013, 01:19:14 PM »
OMG!! I would to do an Avatar roleplay with you.

Did you already have something in mind?

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Re: A few plot ideas
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2013, 11:33:04 PM »
Hi Corbin! I didn't have anything in particular in mind, though I'd prefer to keep canon characters out of it for the most part. Maybe set it before Aang wakes up? Playing out a story in the occupied regions of the Earth Kingdom could be fun too. Did you have anything in mind?

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Re: A few plot ideas
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2013, 12:05:11 AM »
Well, I do have this story where one of us play as the Avatar:

The Story:

The Legend of Insert Name here.


Before Avatar Aang and his successor Korra, there were many more. Recorded history, however, has a trail that fades away whilst tracing back in time. Going backwards, before Avatars Roku, Kyoshi, Kuruk, Yangchen and the unnamed Magma Bender, the Avatar Spirit was within an (Whatever type of element) host. This is hundreds of years before Aang triggered the Avatar State that would freeze him in a glacier for Sokka and Katara to find. Hundreds of years before Korra was even conceived.

I take you back before recorded history in the world of Avatar faded away to the memories of the dead lurking the Spirit World. Dragons have not been hunted to near extinction, and the Air Nomads did not yet fall victim to the wrathful genocide the Fire Nation would inflict hundreds of years later. The world is at peace, or perhaps I have spoken too soon? The previous Avatar has passed away, and the new host has been chosen. Whoever(the current Avatar) is the new host. At the time of his birth, to eighteen year later to when our RP will take place, the world has been threatened. An unknown villain has lead a force assumed to be chi blockers to destroy benders. They have gone to villages and towns to "purify" the gene pools. They, however, leave the leaders alive and, instead, removing their ability to bend. If you've nostalgia to the Legend of Korra, think again. It is said that a powerful chi blocker has mastered an ancient, forgotten art and is out to not destroy only the Avatar Spirit, but the nobilities and councils of the four nations so that the ancient art could again be dominant. And they are training more to fuel this unjust cause.

Sounds promising enough?

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Re: A few plot ideas
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2013, 09:15:53 PM »
Sounds fantastic! I even have a character that would settle into your world pretty well. I made a thread for us to work out the knots (and hopefully start the rp in).
http://elliquiy.com/forums/index.php?topic=171386.0
See you there I hope!

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Re: A few plot ideas
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2013, 04:53:47 PM »
These are all fantastic ideas! I'd certainly love to rp with you sometime.

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Re: A few plot ideas
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2013, 08:51:39 PM »
That's great to hear! Did anything in particular sound appealing?

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Re: A few plot ideas
« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2013, 12:45:00 AM »
I posted in the thread.

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Re: A few plot ideas
« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2013, 04:30:35 AM »
hi there I was reading your post and the idea master thieves caught my eye if you don't have any takers Id like to do that one with you