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Offline MarissaSeraphOfInsanityTopic starter

Re: An Empire Asunder ~ In Need of An Emperor
« Reply #150 on: August 07, 2013, 09:13:36 PM »
Yes, I'm from the future and that means my posts TECHNICALLY COUNT AS TIME TRAVEL!!! :o

As Chrono said, it's currently noon over here. So I guess they'll go up after I've had my breakfast (I don't care what the time is. It's my first meal of the day.) and a shower and a few other odds and ends. So within the next couple of hours, depending on how long it takes me to feel beautiful enough to confront a day of watching cartoons in my underwear like a productive member of society XD

Offline Countdown0

Re: An Empire Asunder ~ In Need of An Emperor
« Reply #151 on: August 07, 2013, 09:42:00 PM »
Well, its late here, so most people wouldn't be awake to possibly reply to things this Australian afternoon. I, however, am semi-nocturnal :D

Offline Strifesblaze7

Re: An Empire Asunder ~ In Need of An Emperor
« Reply #152 on: August 07, 2013, 10:02:39 PM »
It is only 8 P.M. for me.

Offline Caela

Re: An Empire Asunder ~ In Need of An Emperor
« Reply #153 on: August 07, 2013, 10:08:22 PM »
11pm for me and I have to be up early to get the mini off to school. :) Will look forward to seeing the threads when I wake up on my tomorrow. :D

Offline doodasaurus

Re: An Empire Asunder ~ In Need of An Emperor
« Reply #154 on: August 07, 2013, 10:13:08 PM »
I am just online all the time.  I would say I have no life, but that's not true.  I actually do a lot of things, it's just that most of them involve me being six feet away from a computer.  :p

Offline AribethAmkiir

Re: An Empire Asunder ~ In Need of An Emperor
« Reply #155 on: August 07, 2013, 10:21:34 PM »
Any Imperialists up for some collaboration?

Offline doodasaurus

Re: An Empire Asunder ~ In Need of An Emperor
« Reply #156 on: August 07, 2013, 10:22:03 PM »
I am a happy collaborator with all comers!  ;D

Offline Countdown0

Re: An Empire Asunder ~ In Need of An Emperor
« Reply #157 on: August 07, 2013, 10:35:15 PM »
What kind of collaberation, Aribeth? Also, did you get that name from Neverwinter Nights?

Offline AribethAmkiir

Re: An Empire Asunder ~ In Need of An Emperor
« Reply #158 on: August 07, 2013, 11:12:33 PM »
Yes, I took Aribeth from NWN.

Collaborate about joint character histories, that type of stuff.

Offline Countdown0

Re: An Empire Asunder ~ In Need of An Emperor
« Reply #159 on: August 07, 2013, 11:39:27 PM »
That game was awesome :D

So, interactions between them before the RP takes place? I'd like to do that. I've already done a bit of it with another Imperial character, but I think the important people at the peace conference would probably know eachother at least a little bit if they are from the same faction =D

Offline doodasaurus

Re: An Empire Asunder ~ In Need of An Emperor
« Reply #160 on: August 08, 2013, 12:34:04 AM »
Since almost all of the characters are high ranking nobles, I just generally assume they at least know *of* each other.  I mean, it seems highly likely that Aeren and Aurelius know each other - they're near the same age, they're both great lords, they're both navy men.  How could they not know each other?  ;D

Offline Countdown0

Re: An Empire Asunder ~ In Need of An Emperor
« Reply #161 on: August 08, 2013, 12:45:06 AM »
This is true. They have probably even been in some battles together, sinking pirates and Sahali scum en route to claiming glory for the Empire.

Offline RedEve

Re: An Empire Asunder ~ In Need of An Emperor
« Reply #162 on: August 08, 2013, 01:14:29 AM »
So what is going on here? :)

Offline AribethAmkiir

Re: An Empire Asunder ~ In Need of An Emperor
« Reply #163 on: August 08, 2013, 01:40:49 AM »
So what is going on here? :)

Just hatching plot bunnies.

Offline Countdown0

Re: An Empire Asunder ~ In Need of An Emperor
« Reply #164 on: August 08, 2013, 02:09:06 AM »
Bunnies hatch? O.o My world just got turned upsidedown :P

Offline Ember Star

Re: An Empire Asunder ~ In Need of An Emperor
« Reply #165 on: August 08, 2013, 03:04:48 AM »
may I make a humble suggestion when you put up the character thread? At the top, please perhaps put a list for each faction and list what characters are a part of that faction and what their title/rank is?

Offline MarissaSeraphOfInsanityTopic starter

Re: An Empire Asunder ~ In Need of An Emperor
« Reply #166 on: August 08, 2013, 03:22:06 AM »
I can indeed, my lovely.

Also, the OOC is currently up and running: http://elliquiy.com/forums/index.php?topic=181938.0

Offline Ember Star

Re: An Empire Asunder ~ In Need of An Emperor
« Reply #167 on: August 08, 2013, 03:30:37 AM »
I can indeed, my lovely.

Also, the OOC is currently up and running: http://elliquiy.com/forums/index.php?topic=181938.0
Thank you! That'll make it easier to know who is what at a glance.

Offline xSnorkleRainbow

Re: An Empire Asunder ~ In Need of An Emperor
« Reply #168 on: August 08, 2013, 04:08:02 AM »
I am hoping to get MC up later today. (:

- Rainbow

Offline doodasaurus

Re: An Empire Asunder ~ In Need of An Emperor
« Reply #169 on: August 08, 2013, 10:39:02 AM »
If needed, I could also play the Emperor, to get things going and all!  :D

Offline Vostroya

Re: An Empire Asunder ~ In Need of An Emperor
« Reply #170 on: August 08, 2013, 01:32:10 PM »
Saw your need and I would gladly play the Emperor if the spot is still open.  :-)

Offline doodasaurus

Re: An Empire Asunder ~ In Need of An Emperor
« Reply #171 on: August 08, 2013, 02:25:42 PM »
I believe all your children would hate you.  ;D

Offline Ember Star

Re: An Empire Asunder ~ In Need of An Emperor
« Reply #172 on: August 08, 2013, 02:29:13 PM »
I believe all your children would hate you.  ;D
And y'all may have wondered why I didn't want children. LOL.

Offline xSnorkleRainbow

Re: An Empire Asunder ~ In Need of An Emperor
« Reply #173 on: August 08, 2013, 05:02:30 PM »
Here is my character sheet. Let me know what you think (: Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

- Rainbow ♥




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Name: Kali Azar Charna.
Title: Princess
Faction: Kingdom of Sahal.
Age: 20 years.
Sexual Orientation: Bisexual, with a strong preference for men.

Goal: Kali's ultimate goal is to see everything end in distruction and chaos. She wants to mess things up at the conference and will try to have The Grand Duchy of Nobles and The Selician Empire to continue to fight one another, ultimately ending in her faction taking over them both. (She's never known anything different, but her goal may change depending on who she meets there.)

Personality: Kali enjoys playing dumb and acting as innocent as her looks will get her. She's used to getting what she wants and will do pretty much anything to get her own way. Mischievous and daring mixed with her blatant curiosity leads to more than one occasion of trouble; it seems to follow her wherever she goes. Her words tend to be blunt and harsh most of the time, even if she's friendly with someone. Kali finds it hard to trust most people, but when she develops that trust there's nothing stopping her from believing every word they say. Some may call her gullible, though she resents that. The youth isn't afraid to say or act most of the time, but when it comes to love she's very anxious and inexperienced. Kali can handle lust, but when it comes to her feelings she gets constantly confused and her hot temper doesn't help her from her words to her actions. Another trait which can become quite obvious is her stubbornness and she can get quiet possessive and jealous, depending on the person.

Over the years, Kali has picked up a few tricks when it comes to holding her own in battle. She relies on her speed and tiny stature most of the time and is deadly with a dagger. It is said that poison is a woman's weapon, however this woman would much prefer to stab you through the chest and what your blood spill.

Appearance: Standing at only 5'0", Kali is a short girl with porceline-like flesh. Her eyes are wide and a bright green colour lined with thick, dark lashes; as mentioned above, she uses her looks to appear innocent and sweet. Though her face may portray that of a young girl, her body makes it obvious she is a woman. She's fairly curvy with wider set hips and a larger bust than someone of her stature, creating what most would call an hour glass figure. Her hair reaches her hips in long, luscious curls and waves. It's a strange mix of colours, though she's mostly brunette with natural golden and red highlights.

Biography: Kali grew up in the Kingdom of Sahal, born to a single mother. Her father was some Warlord somewhere who'd happened upon their village and decided to fuck everything he possibly could, along with his men. Her mother had always told her that he wasn't a bad man, but Kali knew different. Being raised up was a bit of an understatement, it was more like she was dragged up. Her childhood wasn't great, but she stole what she wanted and managed to get along fine by herself. Her mother somehow managed to get involved with some nasty fuck who convinced her to earn more money by prostituting herself out to whoever could afford a pretty penny. Kali didn't venture home much after she found her mother in bed with three, bald, fat guys while her self proclaimed step father watched the whole thing. That was all she could take. She only ever returned home to pass on some food to her mother, though she wasn't even sure she got it; most of the time they weren't in, so she put it in the hidy whole her mother had showed her as a child.

Living on the streets was hard, by the age of nine she was practically a pro-thief and even ended up stealing for some other little street rats who couldn't survive alone. When she was around thirteen years old, Kali got into a confrontation with an older boy who'd come into her home, which was nothing more than a cardboard box in some alleyway that consisted of her and two little twin girls. She returned after a 'hunt' and saw him and two of his friends picking on the twins, being discusting like boys were. It didn't take her long to jump him, it was as if Kali had turned into some rabid animal, and that was when the fight broke out. Sure, she took a few nasty hits, had a black eye, knocked out some teeth and split her lip in not one but two places. In the end though, she'd bit him so hard that he started crying, calling her a mangy dog as he scrambled to his feet to flee; his friends were just sheep who ran after him, also in tears. It was the proudest she'd ever been, despite the damage to her body.

It wasn't long after the incident with the boys that the twins left; she just came back and they'd gone. She was accustomed to living alone, so it didn't bug her too much, though she couldn't hide her concern for the twins. She didn't see them again after that. When she reached the age of fifthteen, Kali met a woman named Annora Évreux, completely by chance. Kali had actually stolen something from one of the market stalls when she turned the corner and bumped into the woman who practically smuggled her to safety. Her thieving skills had improved over the years, but there was still times that she screwed up, mostly from fatigue; you had to keep your eyes open constantly on the streets, even more so at night. Annora and Kali became good friends and Kali even smuggled for her from time to time. The years were kind to their friendship and the two became closer very quickly. It was only when Annora came into her power that Kali became 'Princess', though it was more a title for her own enjoyment than being actual royalty; Kali was more like her 'second-in-command', her right hand woman, so to speak.
« Last Edit: August 08, 2013, 05:57:43 PM by xSnorkleRainbow »

Offline MrBubbles

Re: An Empire Asunder ~ In Need of An Emperor
« Reply #174 on: August 08, 2013, 06:46:57 PM »
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Name: Valerian "Ironside" Magnus
Title: Emperor
Faction: The Selician Empire
Age: 51 years
Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual

"My enemies are many, my equals are none. In the shadow of mighty castles old in honor they said Manneheim could never be conquered. In the land of brine and sand they said the merchant-kings of Valens could never be humbled. In the realm of forest and snow they said Krasnosk could never be tamed. Now they say nothing. They fear me, like a force of nature, a dealer in steel and death. I say I am Valerian. I am Emperor."

Goal: Valerian's goal is no less absolute than the total annexation of the Free Duchies, the dissolution of Sahal and the complete cessation of hostilities within the Empire. Valerian believes himself more than capable to achieve these goals through martial prowess, but for the time being he's willing to entertain the prospect of such aspirations being fulfilled at a peace summit. If neither of those goals seem feasible, he's willing to bide his time and acquire what "lost land" he can through swords, words or (given his status as a widower) the marriage bed.

Personality: Valerian has a mind of steel and stratagems, war and courtly intrigue. A life devoted to controlling an Empire steeped in conflict has made the Ironside a harsh, pragmatic and ultimately humorless man, his cold and calculating demeanor only exacerbated by the death of his wife during childbirth. Indeed, it is difficult to get the Emperor to smile at all, even amongst friends and family. Although Valerian could be described as a just and honorable man, he is ultimately willing to "do what needs to be done" in the name of aiding the Empire and her citizens.

Beneath his icy exterior however is a man that could best be described as tired. Paradoxically, the mastermind that has brought the Empire to victory again and again is tired of war and the ruin it causes, so much so that Valerian sees himself as a necessary evil; a monster created from the shortcomings of his forefathers that ultimately does not have a place in the world he is making ("An Emperor of Steel has no place in a Dominion of Silver.") Of course, such an internal opinion has rarely been brought up to others, especially in the presence of courtiers; amongst the nobility Valerian practically exudes an aura of power and control, granted to him both by the enormity of his title as well as the prestige brought upon by his extensive military conquests.

Appearance: Blessed with a powerful physique and hardy constitution, Valerian looks every bit the part of an Emperor-General. Broad-shouldered, tall and finely proportioned,  Valerian is unmistakable on the battlefield as a figure almost larger than life, especially when bedecked in his imperial raiment and escorted by his retinue. The ravages of time have left naught but a few wrinkles upon The Ironside's visage, although the sharp bite of steel tells a different tale; beyond a few nicks and cuts upon his face, Valerian's body is littered with the scars of a dozen blows, some more seemingly mortal than others.

Beyond his considerable physical attributes, Valerian is deceptively handsome for a man of his personality and station. With expressive gray-blue eyes and a finely weathered face dominated by a strong, square jaw covered in salt-and-pepper stubble (the same color as the stuff growing atop his head,) the Emperor has been described as looking like "some little girl's favorite grandfather," a stark contrast to his otherwise iron demeanor.

Biography: Born as the second son to Emperor Octavius, Valerian's early life was dominated by the specter of war and failure set by his predecessors. The sins of their forefathers weren't just a fact, they were a birthright; something Valerian experienced year after year as he saw his father head out for campaign, or look over ways to rebuild what remains following the inevitable cease-fire. It was because of the latter that Octavius was eventually known as "the Conciliator," but it was his failure at the former that made his penchant for politics a mere triviality and ultimately add nothing to the Empire's sphere.

This hypocrisy between the efficacy of diplomacy compared to military might was not lost on the young Valerian. Already showing a knack for command, Valerian's realization that martial skill was the only true means to end this endless conflict drove him further into his studies, learning from the great military commanders of the past and incorporating their tactics and strategies into his own.

By his 16th birthday, Valerian was given command of his own personal retinue for use in the Eastern front against the Free Duchies. It was there he cut his teeth as a general, earning a reputation for natural leadership and an innate understanding of warfare. As Valerian's prestige grew, murmurs of disposing Octavius's eldest son began, until eventually a plot was hatched to assassinate Valerian's brother to make him next in line for the throne. Although it's still difficult to say the extent of Valerian's involvement in this plot was, the effects were felt throughout the Empire; Valerian's brother was killed in a "tragic" hunting accident in the Imperial Woods near the capital, and upon hearing of the news Octavius had a heart attack.

With the Emperor indisposed and the line of succession in temporary disarray, the enemies of the Empire saw their chance to strike; Sahali hordes and Free Duchy hosts pushed into the Imperial borders a mere month after hearing of the hierarchical woes. Historians would later call this the "Imperial Campaign," but for Valerian it would be the tribulation that would earn him the moniker "Ironsides." After a year of brutal slaughter, Valerian (with the notable aid of his second-in-command, Hellatius) and his staggered forces remained standing, having broken the wills of his enemies and smote ruin upon many a Ducal/Bandit noble. During the fighting Octavius had passed away, making Valerian the new Emperor of Selicia, although the title at that point was only a formality; Selicians lowborn and high had seen him as the true leader of the Empire ever since his first string of victories.

The peace terms were generous, with the Empire regaining ancient Manneheim as tribute. To Valerian, it was not enough; the decades that followed the Imperial Campaign would be known as a Selician Resurgence, the Emperor seeking out independent countries unassociated with either the Sahal or Duchies and conquering them, although not all were won on the battlefield; the Republic of Valens was won through Valerian gaining a bride. Although the marriage was initially loveless, Valerian eventually grew fond of the woman, and through her he sired three sons... Although the last had cost Valerian his wife. Valerian eventually remarried (and had but a single daughter before that wife was lost to Slow Fever) but he had never been able to quite forgive his youngest son, Aurelius, for his role in his wife's death. Disgusted with the young man, Valerian eventually sent him away on an expedition to rid himself of the troublesome son.

It was in the campaign to retake Krasnosk that Valerian heard of Aurelius's return. Disappointed yet ultimately unsurprised at his son's luck in surviving his mission, Valerian elevated the young man to a notable position in the navy, giving honor where honor was due. The decades rolled on, and with them more wars; no matter how many Valerian won, the cycle of conflict continued; after all, for all his skill he was only one man. Even the death of the Duchies leader, Archduke Hamilton, in one of his campaigns did little to end the conflict, his position instead being given to the man's daughter. War became a routine, and as with all routines, Valerian grew tired of it... So when the chance for a proper peace summit held by an independent nation reached the Palace, Valerian was willing to entertain it's possibility of peace.
« Last Edit: August 11, 2013, 05:44:51 PM by MrBubbles »