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The Desert Campaign
A sweeping tale of Fascists, Communists, and the unfortunate disenfranchised peoples stuck between their machinations. The action would begin at a single city under siege so the native peoples and players on either side of the conflict could interact reasonably well without being far from one another.
While systemless, there will be a relatively guided plot directed by the wishes of the players as a whole both iC and OOC--no breaking up the band beyond a vignette of sorts. The story will initially begin in the occupied city, but the eventual plot is tentatively set to revolve around a rag tag fragile alliance who for various conflicting reasons all escape aboard an experimental airship during the height of the siege--and those who pursue them.
Players are free to engage in intrigue, sabotage, innocent attempts to continue on with their lives under the circumstances, or anything else they can think of short of god-modding. You'll be free to invent your own unique culture\tribe if you seek to play one of the Desert Alliance nationals, or else the region of the Hegemony from which you hail. It must be said that this is a cold and practical world where stary eyed idealists are unlikely to win the day, but everything is malleable with player demand and a bit of luck and gumption.
[b]Physical Characteristics[/b]: (well oiled beard, shaved head, big boobs, scars, birth marks--anything you want to describe in particular detail and is maybe not obvious or/And present in your picture)
[b]Allegiance[/b]: (Fascist, Communist, Desert Alliance, or Neutral\None-of-the-Above)
[b]Occupation[/b]: (Hair dresser, assassin, street performer, cabaret dancer, radio show host, stripper, secret policeman, government censure, [REDACTED], professional couch surfer--you do you)
[b]Rank[/b]: (If applicable, anything above Lt.Col requires permission--this isn't a milCentric RP, you don't need to be a soldier or anything if that's not what you're feeling)
[b]Nationality/Ethnicity[/b]: The Twin Eagles(F) \ The Firebird(C) (if different, explain in bio)[can create one or request help in creating one, Facsists have a large continent to south of the Theatre of War map so there's lots of room for them to exist--client state members probably of far less standing and technical knowledge unless explain in bio; Fascists in particular do not favor ethnic minorities with much esteem)
[b]Biopic[/b]: (Give us the character's elevator pitch, 1 to 3 sentences, 4.5 max)
[b]Full Bio[/b]: (Explain any apparent idiosyncrasies, such as differing Nationality and Ethnicity,
The Fascisti - Grey Tide - The Glorious Reich
Colors yellow and black with grey as the field uniform variant. The Fascists are WWII Germany/Austria and It'Ly rolled into one and smoked as a joint. Expect biological determinism, Mad! Science, occult mysticism being the scenes, overwhelming force, and an "always just-one-more" conquest kind of attitude to propagating their living space.
Subservient states are used for forced labor or else shock troops, drawn easily under the auspices of the Reich their frail governments serve as little more than sock-puppets for the will of the Fuhrer.
The Reds - The People's Front - Communists
Colors are crimson red and overall brown; turning neighbouring rulers into yes-men before knocking out the underpinnings of their traditional society and supplanting it with subservience to the rusting Communist hive-mind back in the Capital.
The Desert Alliance - Green Heads - FreeStaters
A fragile alliance of free states caught between the ambitions of the two Hegemonic factions, many left or fell to invaders at the outbreak of the war one year ago--the few remaining are hardened nomads, exiles on the lamb, or hardened desert and steppe dwellers who hold delusions of delivering so many Pyrrhic victories to the invaders they decide to leave their particular scratch of land well enough alone.
All but fratcal'd into obscurity, many who remain are quickly choosing which side to take. Unwilling to utterly rape the earth in technological pursuits, they have tamed mega-fauna and commune with other preternatural wildlife unique to this world. That's not enough to stand against Tesla coils and 75mm shells, but it's sure as shit enough to make them a deadly guerrilla force where they're willing to stand and fight before fading back into the night.
Relatively Arabian/African peoples have enjoyed a period of relative piece as their neighbors murdered one another. Undergoing cultural renaissances and coming to greater understanding of their role in the world's ecosystem as societies as a whole, most of the states in the so-called Desert Belt on the continent which is to play theatre to this Great War are technologically advanced, but lack the resources or desire to literally "rape the earth" in pursuit of dominance. They are as likely to be run by democracy, oligarchy, theocracy, or monarchy--but all of them band together in a loose alliance when their oil-rich land becomes the battleground between two ideological hegemonic powers. They are rough analogues of Fascisti and Communists. Democracy loving Capitalists lay heavy on the Capitalist side of the spectrum and are not willing to intervene militarily.
As the Desert Campaign grinds to the end of its first year, lots of blood has been shed, and most of the nations bordering the hegemonies have betrayed the alliance in favor of the nearest "winning team" hegemony, becoming little more than glorified puppet states from which to draw conscripts. Those that have not were crushed and their governments and militaries, or what remained of them, fled ever inward into the deserts and steppes.
The flash-point will be a hitherto neutral port city-state which falls under Communist occupation all but overnight when their battleships sail into harbor and their spider mechs clamber over the walls, bomb-laden zeppelins smogging the sky above it all. Various expats and those fleeing the conflict due to their own participation in it or a desire to avoid it are ensnared in the Red Net.
Meanwhile, the Fascisti are not far behind, and with superior numbers on land and better working machinery far less likely to break down in the sands force the Communists into a defensive posture within the city's archaic stone walls.
RTD-esque (D20 and fate alone) rolls may decide the outcomes of battles and skirmishes, but by and large this would be a freeform RP--unless there was significant desire to see that changed.
Ultimately, I could come up with metric tonnes of minute details per request, but I figured it'd be best to know if anyone's interested at all and if so where they'd prefer to see things head before running ahead of myself here.
WTF is Dieselpunk? you ask, to which I lamely quote an internet definition found here
"A postmodern genre of art as well as a budding subculture that combines the aesthetics of the interbellum period through World War II and ending circa 1950s (a range of time often referred to as the “diesel era” by the dieselpunk community) with contemporary creations."
Final Fantasy 7 and BioShock are heavily Dieselpunk inspired works, for a frame of reference--although the paranormal in terms of magic\etc. would likely be absent from this RP, there may be unique "non-earth" wild life, to add to the flavour of the setting. Up to those (if any) who are interested to decide if that's to their preference.
Theme pictures to give a vague inkling of direction if you're not quite sure still what it is I'm on about.
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Tagging will work as a system for encouraging responses--basically it's the person saying that they expect or hope your character responds to the events described within their post.
Максим Вячеслав or in English, майо́р Maxim Vyacheslav Age
: Tall and slim thanks to the lack of food.Physical Characteristics
: (well oiled beard, shaved head, big boobs, scars, birth marks--anything you want to describe in particular detail and is maybe not obvious or/And present in your picture)
- Meduim sized cock
- Scar on the left side of the face
- Blue eyes
- Straight form
: Communist with the 4th divisionOccupation
: CO in the Communist armyRank
: майо́р or known as MajorNationality/Ethnicity
: The Firebird(C)/SiberianBiopic
: майо́р Maxim Vyacheslav, a man seeking justice for his people. Trying to fight off the force of tyranny that has opposed his nation for almost two years. Seeking to bring peace between the two nations he fights though he doesn't like sending men to die. Though in the end they would have sacrificed for the continuing of the FirebirdFull Bio
: Born in the middle of no where he had the chance to continue life without the influence of other people but that wasn't майо́р Maxim Vyacheslav style. Leaving his home for the capital of the Firebird he ran into soldiers marching in the streets. Being just eighteen years old he ran to the nearest recruitment center where he one day would be like those men protecting mother Firebird.