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Offline AtlasTopic starter

Re: Free Love in the British Empire (All Welcome - Recruiting)
« Reply #175 on: May 16, 2013, 12:57:44 AM »
Alright, alright, I have been away (being a performer and all. Now, I said I was interested a while ago, but I never really came back to having any free time until now. Alright, to make a long story short, is thee any room in this (very lovely, by the way) RP?

there is indeed :)

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Re: Free Love in the British Empire (All Welcome - Recruiting)
« Reply #176 on: May 16, 2013, 01:32:31 PM »
*Wonders what kind of performer Vassus is*

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« Reply #177 on: May 18, 2013, 08:42:48 PM »
Oh, nothing too bad. Some stage work, and I'm actually going off to act in a small film. Exciting stuff. But, to business. The character I've been writing is a young German man of means, escaping the upheaval and tensions just before the Franco-Prussian war. I think I'm going to put him as the second son of a wealthy trader from Hanover (A state in Britain's influence, which is why my character chose England as his new home). I think he would be friendly towards most, though I don't think he would like Jane's character, as she's French. Would it be possible in Germany (Well, Hanover, or the North German Confederation, or Prussia, or... at the time to buy a title of nobility? I'm pretty good with history, but I I knew that, I can't recall it now.
« Last Edit: May 18, 2013, 08:44:09 PM by Vassus »

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Re: Free Love in the British Empire (All Welcome - Recruiting)
« Reply #178 on: May 18, 2013, 08:46:27 PM »
Oh, nothing too bad. Some stage work, and I'm actually going off to act in a small film. Exciting stuff. But, to business. The character I've been writing is a young German man of means, escaping the upheaval and tensions just before the Franco-Prussian war. I think I'm going to put him as the second son of a wealthy trader from Hanover (A state in Britain's influence, which is why my character chose England as his new home). I think he would be friendly towards most, though I don't think he would like Jane's character, as she's French. Would it be possible in Germany (Well, Hanover, or the North German Confederation, or Prussia, or... at the time to buy a title of nobility? I'm pretty good with history, but I I knew that, I can't recall it now.

Title purchase I'm not entirely sure on when it comes to other european nations, so assuming it was possible, go ahead and do that, just might take a quick wikipedia search to find out. It seems plausible however. Also hoorah, as we currently have a lack of younger male characters, so your in much need. :) has he come to england to do something in particular? what fortune does he seek as they say?

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Re: Free Love in the British Empire (All Welcome - Recruiting)
« Reply #179 on: May 19, 2013, 05:49:17 AM »
@Vassus: that's something I wouldn't mind. In fact, on the contrary, every story needs conflict, be it subtle, less important or otherwise. I can't wait to see your character taking shape.

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« Reply #180 on: May 31, 2013, 04:27:08 PM »
Character #2
Name: Don Carlos O'Donnell, Marquis of Altamira

Played by: Madmartigan
Nationality: Spanish
Age: 28
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blonde
Height: 6'1"
Sexuality: Straight

Likes/Turn ons: Tequila, pornography, women of all nations
Dislikes/Turn offs: Censorship of art or ideas, prudish behavior, most other members of European nobility

Role/Archetype: The Progressive Rake

Personality: Opportunistic, uninhibited, adventuresome; always attracted to the latest inventions, conventions, and experiences.
 
Background/History: Carlos had the luck to be born into one of the richest families in Spain. He also had the luck to be not the first or second son, nor even the third or fourth. He was a seventh son, the youngest and consequentially most spoiled of the lot. With no expectations to hold him back, Carlos spent most of his youth touring Europe, Africa, and the family's expansive holdings in Mexico.   

It was during these long voyages that he developed a voracious appetite for literature. Not fine literature, either, in spite of his tutors' best efforts. Rather early on Carlos discovered a certain genre - erotica - proved appealing in both speculative and practical ways.

Oddly enough, the production and distribution of pornographic material were enterprises that made extensive use of the latest technology. Photography, in particular, was a new invention that Carlos immediately embraced (he had the money to do so). He promoted its artistic use in high-profile circles.. and its prurient use among underground networks. 

Having developed friendly correspondence with some of the most prosperous publishers on Holywell Street in London, Carlos paid a visit to merry olde England to discuss publication of an explicit photographic magazine, perhaps the first of its kind.

Additional Character Info: Carlos was directed towards the Castello to enjoy the atmosphere and to discuss with Maxwell the possibility of "borrowing" a few of his beautiful employees for a series of photographic sessions. And yes, he is of Irish decent on his paternal side.  It's complicated, but he'll be happy to tell you the whole story if you'll be so kind as to get out of those clothes and pose right over there...

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Re: Free Love in the British Empire (All Welcome - Recruiting)
« Reply #181 on: June 02, 2013, 08:17:13 PM »
approved that character. Anyone else want to come and play?  >:)

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« Reply #182 on: June 12, 2013, 05:01:53 AM »
I want to play, though I have a few questions.

Do you happen to have room for a young naive, street urchin? Or would I be better off playing a snooty young noble?

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« Reply #183 on: June 12, 2013, 05:06:11 AM »
I dont see why not. could you provide me a character sheet so I can take a look at your idea in full? Dont want you to end up feeling out of place.

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« Reply #184 on: June 12, 2013, 05:13:20 AM »
it would be my pleasure. I'm working things out now.

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« Reply #185 on: June 12, 2013, 04:56:15 PM »
Name: Simon Blackwell A.K.A Louise Augustus The Bastard of Hanover
Played by:Spooky
Nationality: British/German
Age: 19
Eyes: Black
Hair: Black   
Height: 5'11"
Sexuality: Hetero

Likes/Turn ons: Painting, Blank canvases, and wine.
Dislikes/Turn offs: Anything foul smelling.

Role/Archetype: Starving Artist-young and idealistic.
Personality: Simon is a shy and very quiet youth, yet his ideals and views are as grand as the images he creates on the canvas. He enjoys placing his world into a painting, almost as if to translate the things he sees and the way he sees them so that others may share the vision. He likes to watch things from afar, as he is too introverted to step up and act on the things he may desire. Outside of his world of acrylics and brushes he holds little faith in himself. If cornered intellectually it's quite possible to get a word or so from him, but for the most part he sticks to himself. He has his secrets and intends to hold them close, and that has caused much of his mildly anti-social approach to life.

Background/History: Louise Augustus was born to a nameless harlot whom his father, George Frederick Alexander Charles Ernest Augustus, allowed himself to enjoy in a lapse of judgment. His father, being blind, was unable to ever describe the woman, and never desired to speak on the subject. Being born the bastard son of a Prince just months before George V was titled King of Hanover didn't much help the matter either. As such his childhood consisted of a guilt ridden game of pass the bastard across the whole of Hanover. His siblings saw him as a threat and his mother seemed to simply dismiss his existence. Louise was only 6 when he was dubbed The Bastard of Hanover by his royal elder siblings.

Louise had very little if any contact with his father, and the mother he never knew had died in childbirth. He knew nothing of the woman, other than her harlotry and filth. That, and all the rest of the things he heard from his mother and siblings. He lived sequestered in one manse or another through his youth and knew no comfort outside of art and food. His tutors and instructors taught him in a strict and fierce manner, often leaving him in silence after a botched lesson or session. He found solace in art at the age of 12, when for once he was sent a tutor under his father’s order instead of the Queen. A man named Victor Sullivan, a kind and patent man with a head of ideas that went nowhere. Louse took a liking to a great many of Victor's wild and imaginative stories, often told as pictures where painted with his rendition.  After a year or so, Louise found himself painting out the stories that he dreamed up, and remaking the world on canvas.

At the age of 15 Louise was rushed out of his latest lavish cage and taken into the Empire of Great Britain by his tutor, Victor. Louise was told that he was no longer Louise Augustus, The Bastard of Hanover. Victor dragged Louise through the streets and dumped him in the midst of the dark street saying his goodbyes and apologizing. In shock, Louise stood in the rain, simply lost and confused, truly alone and without aid. After a moment of terror and realization he looked over to the orphanage he was in front of and waited under the awning till dawn.

Louise, now known as Simon Blackwell, was taken in by the St. Bartholomew home for wayward boys and felt far more love than he had in the cushions of his royal cage. His skill with a brush and canvas quickly gave him a meager income and something to move away from the new home he knew he couldn't keep. His love for the place merely saddened him, as he could not even tell them his name. Simon thought it unlikely that his name would be known to many, but none the less he kept the secret his old tutor seemed determined would ruin him. As such the young artist lived poorly, moving from place to place peddling portraits and mosaics as years past.

As Simon celebrated his 19th birthday, alone and wondering the streets he approached a The Castello, wondering what chances he had to find work at the massive hotel. After a few weeks of repeatedly walking up to the door before turning away shaking his head, Simon finally found himself placing a pale knuckle to the door. His stammered explanation of his purpose was greeted with a kindness, at least more kindness than he had grown accustomed. Simon was then given work as an artist, painting portraits and whatever else was demanded of him. In exchange for this service Simon was given... well he now had a place to stay.

Additional Character Info: Simon, is shy but very interested in the goings on of The Castello. He has occasionally done very lovely paintings of members and staff, both clothed and nude. He is still a virgin of course, though not as a matter of intention as much as bad luck.
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« Reply #186 on: June 12, 2013, 06:57:18 PM »
Character approved! Get in the IC!

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Re: Free Love in the British Empire (All Welcome - Recruiting)
« Reply #187 on: June 12, 2013, 08:34:35 PM »
Very cool character!! I really like your background. It'll be interesting to see your character in play.

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« Reply #188 on: June 12, 2013, 09:08:52 PM »
This looks like a LOT of fun! Do yuo have room for one more girl, and if so, what do you need most? If not, I'll just enjoy reading along. :)

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« Reply #189 on: June 13, 2013, 06:03:22 AM »
Theres always room at the castello for you caela! Let me get back to you on what we are lacking. Is there a role particularly captures you imagination atm

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« Reply #190 on: June 13, 2013, 06:19:56 AM »
Character approved! Get in the IC!

I'll put him to work post haste, thank you for approving him.

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« Reply #191 on: June 13, 2013, 09:03:17 PM »
Theres always room at the castello for you caela! Let me get back to you on what we are lacking. Is there a role particularly captures you imagination atm

I like the idea of a girl that works at the Castello, but then a client, or spoiled rich girl could be fun as well! lol There are enough options in this game that my brain wants to bounce from one to the next...which was part of why I asked what you might need, it would help give my Muse a direction to look in. :)

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« Reply #192 on: June 19, 2013, 11:18:16 PM »
Here is my character idea.  :-)

Name: Amelia June Collingwood
Played by: SpiralSpider
Nationality: British
Age: 19
Eyes: pale blue
Hair: platinum blonde
Height: 5'3
Sexuality: straight
(or so she believes...)

Likes/Turn ons: Mostly unknown and will be discovered during RP. Amelia has limited sexual experience and has found nothing she enjoys so far. However, romancing her, confidence, fair treatment and a show of talent might gain her interest. She is also a sucker for a foreign accent.
Dislikes/Turn offs: My own offs apply here, as everywhere: Extreme non-con, bodily waste, incest, dead things, underage persons.
Amelia's personal Turn offs are largely unknown and only discoverable during RP. The exceptions are: poor hygiene, ignorance, chauvinism, a strong smell of alcohol and a selfish partner.

Role/Archetype: daughter of the nouveau riche; married into old nobility

Personality:Amelia is well-mannered, honest and down to earth. She can find happiness in the little things in life and so is easy to please as long as she is treated well enough. In many ways, though, Amelia is naive. She was brought up with conservative parents who rigidly taught her to follow the rules of polite society. She believes there is usually only one “right” way of doing things – mostly due to the fact that she was exposed to so little. She fears change until she becomes accustomed to it.

Background/History: Amelia's mother (Winnifred Dawson) was English and her father (Julian Colbert) was a Frenchman who dropped everything to give her whatever she desired. Through a bit of luck and a lot of determination, he managed to strike his fortune as the industrial revolution took root. After the couple became firmly planted in their new moneyed status,Winnie began to panic. She was a new mother of two young children and she would do everything in her power to provide them a bright future. She carefully invested extra money and hid bits away here and there, but also took care to give Amelia and Henri a solid education. Winnie was also firm in her resolve to never have another child, having one of each sex meant that both parents should be happy, in her eyes, and she wanted to make certain she could provide well for them if disaster were to strike. Even when it became obvious that they would never have to want again, she stubbornly refused to chance another child.

In Amelia's case, she was always a well behaved child – a nearly stark contrast to her younger brother. Henri ended up a playboy and she went as far in her education as was permitted a young lady. She even taught at a local orphanage for a short period of time before her betrothal. Amelia's dreams were small and a bit of the usual: fall in love, marry well and raise a family. Her parents were very careful in how and when they presented her to the public and would screen her suitors before they were ever allowed to meet with her in a semi-private way. Several men were rejected  by the two outright and on the other side of things, the first match they approved of didn't end up taking. When Lord Theodore Collingwood entered, everything seemed picture perfect. He was as madly in love with Amelia as her parents were with him... or more the fact that he would be able to further her standing in English society.

Ted was persistent in his wooing and even though he was nearly twelve years her senior, she did eventually become fond of him. Nothing in her understanding of romantic love made her think that it was what she had with Theodore, but she did care for him and enjoyed his company and she felt she would come to love him in time. The couple had a proper, nine month engagement and then she married him with confidence that they were a smart match.

However, not all was what it seemed. Not one week home from their honeymoon and Ted began unseemly behavior. He would leave without a word and be gone for any length of time. He drank too much and ate too little – at least at home or with her. And then, three months in, the worst happened, Amelia found out that he had taken mistresses. By the end of six months, he wouldn't even do her the courtesy of hiding them from her sight. Heartbroken, Amelia had no clue how to handle the situation. Theodore began requiring a curfew of her and demanded to know whom she was with and where she went half the time – the other half being when he was drunk. But Ted was good at keeping up appearances – at least amongst the gentry and especially his family. If Amelia were to speak out against him, her name would be ruined, along with her family's as well. What's more, in Victorian society, a wife's property becomes her husband's when she marries, so if she were to leave him she would be not only disgraced but destitute.

Her home life being a great deal of stress, Abigale takes to charity work as a means to take her mind off of things. It gives her a chance to get out of the house and have social interaction, although it isn't proper to speak of such things as her troubles in public. Each day she has to walk with that clay mask on her face, another part inside her dies. It won't be long until she finally breaks and does something drastic to deal with it all.
Additional Character Info:
  • Amelia has one friend already in the game – a lady by the name of Abigale Ashworth.
  • She knows very little about other lifestyles but will become open to them in time, particularly when it comes to things that empower women or disempower men. (Even if only symbolically)
  • She has never once enjoyed sex. Theodore is crude and selfish. The one saving grace in those encounters is that they have been short-lived.
  • I encourage others of all kinds to reach out to her in friendship – or as a lover, however you see fit. I plan on exploring her reactions to different experiences within roleplays and would like to have partners help her find out what she enjoys.
  • She will be very resistant of the Free Love lifestyle at first ad it will take some gentle persuading to open her up to it.
« Last Edit: June 20, 2013, 09:10:48 PM by SpiralSpider »

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Re: Free Love in the British Empire (All Welcome - Recruiting)
« Reply #193 on: June 20, 2013, 08:32:21 PM »
I like the character, however I'd quite like you to fill in the O&Os section before I approve, even if it's just your RP O&Os

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« Reply #194 on: June 20, 2013, 09:12:13 PM »
Hmmm... I'm not sure how many of my vague 'ons' will apply to her. But I tried to edit her Ons and Offs a bit. I hope that it is satisfactory.

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« Reply #195 on: June 24, 2013, 12:50:54 PM »



Name: Emmaline Rose Fairfax (Emma)
Played by: Jezebell
Nationality: British
Age: 20
Eyes: Warm brown
Hair: Brown with some blonde and darker pieces
Height: 5'2"
Sexuality: She'll tell you heterosexual, but that may change

Likes/Turn ons: Intelligence, ambition, good food, and good conversation as far as her likes go. In the bedroom she prefers to be dominated, and is very open to all sorts of toys and positions. Though her sexual experience is limited, she has done her research and has a pretty good idea as to what she will and won't enjoy.
Dislikes/Turn offs: Outside of the bedroom she cannot stand weak personalities, people who simply let her win arguments, men who think of women as the weaker sex, and unclean things. Beneath the sheets she will not allow anal, anything that belongs in the toilet, dead things, and anything that has to do with pain.

Role/Archetype: New Rich
Personality: Emma isn't your typical Victorian lady. She's extraordinarily intelligent and outgoing, and will not back down to anyone. Regardless of the consequences, she fights for what she believes in and never gives up. Being an outspoken person, she often gets herself into trouble but can usually talk herself out of a sticky situation. The young woman is very charming, and can hold conversation with practically anyone. If anyone crosses her do not think she won't seek revenge- indeed, coming up with creative plans to get back at someone is one of her skills. Shyness is something that she does not understand, and neither is the tendency to only half-ass something. She gives everything her all, no matter what.
Background/History: Emma grew up in a small village and was raised in a large family. She got used to going without, and became very resourceful when it came to getting food. As a child she'd run in the way of a passing cart and pretend to become hurt by it simply to gain food or money from the shocked owner. Quite the pickpocket, she was always picking up food nd money to keep her family going. Emma had always been an intelligent child, and learned to read at age 7 when the local priest offered to teach her. She read only the bible at first, it being the only book her family owned, but soon enough books began to "turn up" out of nowhere. Reading became her favorite thing, and she taught herself to write.
  She had a lot of big ideas that simply could not be realized within the confines of the village, so at age 16 she moved to London to pursue her writing career. She got hired at a local flower shop, but that income alone wasn't enough to pay rent on her small apartment so she also worked for a brothel. In between jobs, she began work on a book of poems. Her poetry was very deep and mesmerizing, and when she self published it at age 18 it instantly became a hit. Rich and middle class persons alike were touched by her words, and she was skyrocketed to stardom.
  Soon she gained enough money to move out of her apartment, and rented a town house. Her social status climbed to that of the lower elite, and she soon became very popular amongst the rich for her clever conversations and brilliant ideas. Now at age 20 she's pretty well known in London, and has decided to go to th Castello to gain inspiration for her upcoming novel.
Additional Character Info: -She worked at the brothel for only 2 months, and only entertained 4 clients in that time. Suffice to say, she was fired.
-Some despise her for making her own fortune as a woman
-She has researched the Castello and all sorts of sex, though she hasn't participated in anything other than the classic missionary.
-Emma has never been in love, and seeks it or at least lust for a source of inspiration
-For someone who had never been properly educated, she reads and writes extraordinarily well. Only recently has she taken up etiquette classes, and still doesn't know much about math but the basics.
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« Reply #196 on: June 24, 2013, 01:30:58 PM »
We need more men too! XD

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Re: Free Love in the British Empire (All Welcome - Recruiting)
« Reply #197 on: June 24, 2013, 01:35:00 PM »
I think the game would definitely benefit from some more men, yes.

Jez: You've probably heard this already, but your avatar image is a familiar one. A lady named Nightbird used to use the same image, before she passed away. It's not a bad reminder, so please don't think that, just.. it brings her to mind. I didn't know her personally but she was a friend and roleplaying partner of my husband's. No weirdness is intended by mentioning it.

Also, welcome. :)
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Re: Free Love in the British Empire (All Welcome - Recruiting)
« Reply #198 on: June 24, 2013, 02:10:11 PM »
So I should write up a male character. Check.

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« Reply #199 on: June 24, 2013, 02:10:44 PM »
Amber: No weirdness felt c: I actually haven't heard that before, surprisingly enough. It's sad to hear that she passed away, and that's rather interesting how I chose the same one! At first I thought you were going to respectfully tell me to change my avatar hahaha x)