At this moment, this scenario has passed the initial recruitment phase and is about to start. If you still want to participate, please post your character sheets. Feel free to include any information you like. Pictures are not required, but encouraged. Playing multiple characters is allowed/ encouraged! Please make sure to include at least the following information;
Information about sexual preferences (orientation, ons and offs) are not specifically required.
1) Danish/Scandavian for Thule inhabitants, Germanic for Badeners
2) If a role is available by request
, please discuss it with me first
This roleplay consists of two civilizations/factions in a rather unique post-apocalyptic world that meet each other for the first time.
First, there is island of Thule
(Greenland). This pacified communist/ultra-feminist society worships Mother Earth, remains without advanced technology and is ruled solely by women. Men are barred from having any sort of important leadership position, weapons are strictly forbidden, violence is shunned. The utopian society is extraordinarily peaceful, crime is virtually non-existent and life is comfortable.
Secondly, the Great Baden Empire
is an imperialistic nation that rose from the ashes of former Europe. It is ruled by dictator and has advanced its technology to the early industrial age. Hungry for expansion and with a dwindling supply of raw materials, the Badeners send out expedition ships across the oceans.
You might see where this is going already. The idea is to let this roleplay start just before one of the expedition ships reaches the island of Thule. How will the people from either side react to the cultural shock?
* Participants are encouraged to play multiple characters, though preferably not too closely related to each other.
* Participants are expected to be able to reply at least three times per week
, in posts of a reasonable size. If you feel you are unable to keep up with the posting frequency or don't have time enough to post in the coming weeks, please look elsewhere.
* I am planning to put this in the Human/NC section of the forums. While not specifically planned, the nature of this plot is somewhat inviting to NC scenes and as such I would like to give people the freedom to roleplay this.
* For those interested, I am looking to receive help organizing this roleplay from a Co-GM
. If you're interested in this, please do let me know!
* Those who read this thread and know
(without looking it up) where I took this idea from, you receive 10 internet points! Congratulations.
Island of Thule
(min 4, no maximum)
Inhabitants of Thule are both female and male, though the organizational structure of the country is entirely dominated by women. Exceptions are male members of the 'royal' family that sometimes hold somewhat important or honorary positions, and the Rangers. The people are almost exclusively kind spirited, have Scandinavian/Danish-like names and features. People wear clothing that would fit in either ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, or Medieval Europe.
* The Queen - Freya
* The Queen's son - Axel
* Member(s) of the Queen's immediate family
(male or female) - available
(females, can be next in line. male, uncles, nephews, etc)
* Julianhab Harbormistress - Agnete De Vann
* Inn Owner - Anika
* Female(s) in other leadership position
(mayor/harbormaster/etc) - available
* Rangers - available
(30s-50s male, experienced trackers and guardians of the wildlife)
* Common people
(male or female) - Sigrid, unlimited
(possible girlfriend of the Queen's son?)The Baden Empire's Expeditionary Force
(min 4, max 8)
All members (male only) of the expedition are navy/military trained, except for the scientist. They are used to a male dominated society (dictatorship) that is opportunistic and eager to discover new lands. They will most likely have Germanic sounding names and similar statures/physical features. The technology level can be compared with Europe around 1780-1840. Firearms, steam power and electricity have been discovered. Outfits of the people aboard the exploration ship Badenfelder are likely to range from military/naval uniforms from Europe between 1750-1950, with exception of the civilians on board. Whilst most of these men are military, this is not an invasion expedition.
* Expedition Commander
/Captain of the Badenfelder
- Anders Mueller
* Quartermaster - available
* Scientist - Conrad von Sydow
(only one who can talk to the other faction on a reasonable level
, because of the language barrier)
* Marines - available, Max Braun
* Diplomat - Baldur Arwin, Hanz von Nassau
* Other roles - available by request
(junior scientist, diplomat, whatever else you can come up with)
If anything isn't clear to you or you wish to have something elaborated on, please please please just ask! I'll do my best to clarify!
The Island of Thule
The geography of Thule represents Greenland, but with a much more better climate. There's plenty of wildlife, up the occasional bear in the woods in the center of the island. Civilization is mostly limited to the coastline, save for a few villages in land. The capital is the Western city of Gothab (bit difficult to see on the map). The ruling family's summer palace is located on a small island on the East coast, next to the Vastman fishing village. The expedition ship will most likely arrive in the Southern port town of Julianhab.
The hunters are referred to as Rangers. They're a group of trusted men who are the only men allowed to arm themselves. They look after the wildlife and chase after creatures who form a great threat to society. Even then, they'll still attempt to subdue the animals rather than kill them. They're armed with tranquilizer guns, spears, machetes, bows, nets, etc. They're employed by the national authority, well paid and extremely well respected by the general population. They're the keepers of the wildlife basically.
The steam engine was invented in Thule 2 centuries prior to our storyline, but banned by the then reigning 'Queen', since it was found to be unhealthy and it consumed a lot of fuel (wood/coal/etc). As such, the main source of power (not electricity) comes from windmills and watermills. This development is somewhat natural in my understanding and the ban isn't explicitly enforced because there's no one breaking these rules. Basically, the women in charge make sure it doesn't happen, which means it doesn't happen.
There are 'guards' but they're basically the women who are otherwise already in authoritarian positions. They are allowed to carry tranquilizer pistols (I can't believe I forgot these, they're quite important) and can disable people who decide to break the law. As for punishments, the island doesn't know any prisoners, prisons jails or anything of that kind. Anyone who has been found breaking the laws of the island is branded/tattooed on the forehead/face. Depending on the severity of their crime, they have different colors;
- red (for poaching, doesn't come off for at least 3 years)
- green (mistreating nature, disappears within a few months)
- purple (assault, etc 4 years)
- black (murder, 7 years)
As such, anyone branded cannot avoid being seen as a criminal. Women (or men) won't look at you any more if you're branded, you get all the dirty/annoying/difficult jobs that need to be done and in the case of a black stamp, the society will push you out (and take away any children you may have). Being shunned by the rest of society for several years is considered a harsh punishment.
Thule is a self sufficient island with a Communistic economic system where every individual is free to move around, but is expected to do work in return for food and housing. Specific activities depend location and geography. Fishing, farming and basic workshops are prevalent throughout the island. Mining activity is limited but allowed in certain areas (referred to as "Mijnenstreek" on the map). Basic needs such as food, housing, clothing, etc are provided by the community. Shops are somewhat scarce and provide more specific goods or luxuries.
Thule has its own language, which isn't really based on any real language. Thule trades with the nearby nation of Kanada and as such some people speak Kanadian, which is closely related to English (refered to as British). The Badeners speak a language related to German and some of them know British due to the proximity of the The Baden Empire to the British Islands. Both of these nations are unknown to the people of Thule.
What's the level of both countries' a) medical knowledge and b) medical technology?
Thule's knowledge is fairly limited. It can come as no surprise that they prefer to use natural medicine of anything else. There is no chemical industry and as such there is no production of synthetic medicine as such. I imagine that there will be people who specify in the arts of healing. There will be small clinics, but that's it.
The Badeners' knowledge will be a little more advanced, mostly out of necessity. They would have hospitals and the beginnings of a chemical industry which allows for some basic medicine production. They don't however have a medical expert or a doctor on board, yet. This may change depending on future character applications. At least one of the men will have some basic first aid knowledge though.
Comparing the Baden Empire with Thule will show that the Badeners are more advanced when it comes to medical knowledge. Comparing the expeditionary force with the island though, it would be more even. Traditional and preventative medicine used by the people of Thule might even be more effective overall.
What's the level of their plumbing - do they have indoor or outdoor toilets? (Weird question I know, thought it would give me a feel for the setting though )
Both indoors and outdoors. They have running water.
How much do they know about the world pre-apocalypse? E.g. do they know that the Internet existed?
All the knowledge they have comes from maps and ancient stories. I am going to go ahead and assume that there's no knowledge of the internet at all and whilst the Badaners may have maps, their knowledge remains limited to what they have discovered. As for the people of Thule, theirs is even more limited. Much of this can be attributed to their lack of interest though. They have nearby trading partners, but otherwise they like where they are. They realize that there are probably other peoples around the globe, but direct proof is only available for the country of Kanada and America.
How big is the Baden Empire? Do we know what countries it covers?
It's quite expansive, but not just as large as the Roman Empire. For current Europe, you can assume it covers Western Europe consisting of the current countries of Germany, France, Benelux extending further towards the East as well. Further South and the climate becomes uncomfortably cold. For instance, the Mediterranean is covered in ice.
Do we know how the apocalypse came about and what happened?
Knowledge of the events has become more of a myth as it happened many centuries ago. What is common knowledge though is that a World War took place. A rather sizable explosion (nuclear, but that technology is too advanced for either side to understand) caused the Earth's median to shift which in turn dramatically changed the climate.