(Inspiration for this role play idea comes from the video game, Fatal Frame. And, the legend that was featured within it, a real legend that haunts the city of Tokyo, to this very day.)
According to urban legend, lying just beyond the city of Tokyo is one of the most haunted locations in all of Japan. The exact location of the Himuro Mansion (or Himikyru Mansion as it is sometimes known) is widely unknown but the legend puts the mansion in a rocky region just beyond the city limits of Tokyo.
The mansion is said to have been home to one of the most gruesome murders in modern Japanese history. Local lore has it that for generations, the Himuro family had participated in a strange, twisted Shinto ritual known as “The Strangling Ritual” in order to seal off bad karma from within the Earth, every half century or so.
The most popular version of the tale states that bad karma would emerge each December (other versions simply say “toward the end of the year”) from a spiritual portal on the Mansions grounds. In order to prevent this, a maiden was chosen at birth by the master of the household and isolated from the outside world in order to prevent her from developing any ties to the outside world, which would in turn, jeopardize the effect of the ritual.
On the day of the Strangling Ritual, the maiden was bound by ropes on her ankles, wrists, and neck. The ropes were attached to teams of oxen or horses to rip her limbs from her body, quartering her. The ropes used to bind her appendages would then be soaked in her blood and laid over the gateway of the portal. They believed that this would seal off the portal for another half century until the ritual had to be repeated.
During the last recorded Strangling Ritual it is said that the maiden had fallen in love with a man who tried to save her from the ritual. This “tie” to Earth tainted her blood and spirit and ruined the ritual altogether. Upon learning of the maidens love, the master took up his sword and brutally murdered all of his family members, before finally, in fear of what would soon happen, fell upon his own blade.
This is the basis of the “haunting” of the Himuro Mansion. Local legend has it that these souls of the murdered family wander the mansion attempting to repeat the failed ritual using whomever enters the abandoned building. Blood splashes on the walls are reportedly seen, as if they were flicked from the blade of a sword that had recently sliced through flesh. Many have reported seeing spirits and apparitions dressed completely in white, rinsing cloths and preparing the grounds for the ritual.
A Purported Image of the Himuro Mansion Hallway
But, recently, this once forgotten mansion. Lost in the tides of time, obscurity, and legend. Has been found. Historical Professor Akira Takahashi, expert in the paranormal, and a well known enthusiast of the legend. Has found the mansion, and has begun the process of forming a group of like minded researchers, to venture through it's halls, and discover it's forgotten secrets. Most importantly, to gather information on the paranormal. Researchers, journalists, psychics, and even monks, priests, or anything else of that nature for protection.
But, what if the legend, is not just true, but in fact... More then they can possibly ever handle?Details!
This is a normal role play, no role playing systems required. Except for the possible consideration, for some dice rolling involved in fighting the supernatural. There are 4 character types you can be. Each is unique in what they do, and how they can solve issues, or discover clues to the mysteries, that is the Himikyru Mansion. Characters can be any race, gender, etc. They dont have to be from Japan, just because it takes place there.
Psychic (Sensitives, to the paranormal.)
Spiritualist's (Monk, priest, shrine maiden, etc.)
This is meant to be a paranormal, mystery, with horror, and intrigue. Other then my characters, I shall play the 'GM'. In terms of making a path for the story, and making the scary, or paranormal events. I will have a header specific to this, which shows you that an event, is in that post.'Event'
^, That will be the EVENT, sign. for when a event, is in my post.
I wish to make this as simple, and fun as possible. Just a simple mystery, with little concern of dice, or character death outside of wishing it to be an outcome. Once I have enough interest, I will request a sub forum, to start this under.
Any one other then a Psychic role, can be sensitive. Just not as. Meaning, Minor sensitive/psychic.
All still very needed.
Edit: More then one, for every role. Dont feel you cant be something when it is already taken.
Akira Takihashi, head researcher (Prosak.)
Researcher 1, french. ( reserved ,Photo)
Journalist 1, minor psychic. (Reserved, Prosak.)
Psychic 1 (Reserved, Firewave)
Psychic 2 ( Reserved, Karasu)