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Author Topic: Sha'ib: City of Mazes (Arabian Nights/Fantasy Sandbox LGBT Accepting Characters)  (Read 5319 times)

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Offline yesiroleplay

Yesiroleplay - Sorry Sultan and his family is off limits.

MdG - She looks great.  Would be fun to have her run into Devi if I can ever get her finished.
So I can't play a member or former member if the Sultan's harem?

Offline CrashTopic starter

There are other high ranking nobles in the city, but no not a member of the Sultan's Harem.

Offline yesiroleplay

There are other high ranking nobles in the city, but no not a member of the Sultan's Harem.
I only picked the Sultan as the noble for the tie-in with RedPhoenix's character Majidah.

=(  sorry RP, but it seems our character's didn't meet in the harem

Offline CrashTopic starter

RP - I am sorry, I did not realize you had the Sultan down as part of your character.  I would rather people not have any direct ties to the Sultan.  There are other powerful nobles like Emir's that would be more appropriate for this game.

Yes and RP - You could easily be part of a Emir's harem at the same time.

Offline RedPhoenix

How many Emirs are there?

Offline Dhi

Ablah and Majidah both served in the Sultan's harem.  They should certainly know each other, and were probably both friends and rivals. 
I really want my character to have met Farrah at some point.  Sultans are pretty careful about no man ever seeming their consorts and concubines, but Farrah is no man.  I see possibilities...

I've got lots of ideas for my background, but didn't want to post it until I tested the waters regarding prior connections.

I will say that she lost favor with the Sultan because she saved his life from an assassination attempt using her Wizir magic.  This, to put it mildly, freaked the guy out.  He can't look at her as he used to, but he can't punish competence and loyalty.  Frankly, she scares him, and she reminds him of a situation where he had to be rescued/saved by a woman.  Something his fragile male ego finds difficult. 

so.. ties with others anyone?
Part of the idea with Majidah being a white elephant is that Majidah's former master (whoever that is, an emir maybe) is keeping Farrah in his pocket by loaning her the money to care for Majidah. He's essentially still paying for Majidah's expenses, but now Farrah is indebted to him for doing so. Customs for moneylending probably demand that Farrah pay a personal visit and stay for every hospitality, so she may have met Ablah this way!

Offline CrashTopic starter

How many Emirs are there?

Probably only two or three for Sha'ib.  They would be the Sultan's most trusted friends or family.

Offline RedPhoenix

Okay it can be an Emir as far as I'm concerned then. I will edit my sheet.

yesiroleplay since he's more important to your character than mine I will leave all details of said Emir to you. :)

Okay I also changed it so that it was the Emir that gifted Majidah directly, based on certain advice, which can be from your character if you like yesiroleplay. :)
« Last Edit: February 26, 2015, 05:56:44 PM by RedPhoenix »

Offline CrashTopic starter

On the cheesecake chainmail bikini side...but I like how the face looks with the ears for a Nafasi.  I may use her instead of my original choice.  What do you all think?




Offline MdG

I should probably add that while my PC is WIP, I'm happy to entertain any and all ideas for background connections. My general idea is to make her an urban ranger: a fixer and scavenger who makes her living exploring, charting, and looting the underground caverns of Sha'ib.

Offline yesiroleplay

Part of the idea with Majidah being a white elephant is that Majidah's former master (whoever that is, an emir maybe) is keeping Farrah in his pocket by loaning her the money to care for Majidah. He's essentially still paying for Majidah's expenses, but now Farrah is indebted to him for doing so. Customs for moneylending probably demand that Farrah pay a personal visit and stay for every hospitality, so she may have met Ablah this way!
I love this idea.  I'm sure Farrah will make quite an impression!
Okay it can be an Emir as far as I'm concerned then. I will edit my sheet.

yesiroleplay since he's more important to your character than mine I will leave all details of said Emir to you. :)

Okay I also changed it so that it was the Emir that gifted Majidah directly, based on certain advice, which can be from your character if you like yesiroleplay. :)
Now I need to go back and read your sheet again.  But I like it, and thank you.
On the cheesecake chainmail bikini side...but I like how the face looks with the ears for a Nafasi.  I may use her instead of my original choice.  What do you all think?




Like you, I like her look in the face and ears.  Such a bad-ass expression.  That could be ceremonial armor or something, I suppose.  Certainly not anything worn into battle.
Or perhaps she does wear it into battle...  http://oglaf.com/newmodelarmy/
« Last Edit: February 26, 2015, 06:08:03 PM by yesiroleplay »

Offline Dhi

Between being elves, having natural dark complexion to deal with the veldt sun, and possibly inspired by Zulu, it would not surprise me at all to see Nafasi with the girls out.

Offline CrashTopic starter

Between being elves, having natural dark complexion to deal with the veldt sun, and possibly inspired by Zulu, it would not surprise me at all to see Nafasi with the girls out.

Yeah that is what I was thinking too. The armor could even be her attempt to fit in and failing horribly. ;)

I was going a little more Maasai with the Domadh being a little more Zulu, but the girls are out often in either culture and I am not sticking all that closely anyway as I am not an expert at either.
« Last Edit: February 26, 2015, 06:21:36 PM by Crash »

Offline MdG

Between being elves, having natural dark complexion to deal with the veldt sun, and possibly inspired by Zulu, it would not surprise me at all to see Nafasi with the girls out.

Agreed, which is exactly why I chose my PC pic. You would expect a male tribal warrior from the tropics to go barechested, so there is a definite cultural double standard in feeling the need to put women in bikinis.

Offline CrashTopic starter

I was originally going to put ears on the pic Yesiroleplay is using, but I prefer players to get dibs on art first.

Offline Paladin101

Dhi, was thinking your character and mine could have met, perhaps be friends or at least acquaintances. Since mine serves as a guide from the city to the Bedu tribes and does a lot of traveling he could have helped guide you to some oasis in the past, or gone with you to go resolve a dispute at a distant tribes oasis? Just a thought. :)

Dhi, any interest in our characters being old acquaintances?

Offline Dhi

Oops! Let me get back to you with ideas later tonight. Right now I have a D&D game starting.

Offline Ouroboros

I am also always interested in making ties for what it's worth - especially as my acceptance at present is contingent on getting ties with people. ;)

Offline CrashTopic starter

I am also always interested in making ties for what it's worth - especially as my acceptance at present is contingent on getting ties with people. ;)

Or just making them NPC's

Offline Ouroboros

Yeah but that's no fun. :P

(Given the dearth of other Djaffir though...)

Offline yesiroleplay

Part of the idea with Majidah being a white elephant is that Majidah's former master (whoever that is, an emir maybe) is keeping Farrah in his pocket by loaning her the money to care for Majidah. He's essentially still paying for Majidah's expenses, but now Farrah is indebted to him for doing so. Customs for moneylending probably demand that Farrah pay a personal visit and stay for every hospitality, so she may have met Ablah this way!
From Majidah's background after she changed it...
Fate, however, had other things in mind. he priestess Farrah bint Khaleel had taken over monitoring the water use near to him and was immovable through threats or bribery. So the Emir, listening to certain advice, decided to make her a gift she couldn't possibly afford to ruin her. He gave her Majidah, sending the confused concubine to the spartan madrasa that the Bull of Apsu resided in, with a perfumed message of peace and friendship.
It seems the Emir's plan is to bury Farrah deeply into debt to him.  A powerful obligation.

Offline CrashTopic starter

Name: Amrita-Devi
Player: Crash
Concept:  Spirit-Questing Nafasi Elf
Trouble:  Stranger in a strange land
Sex: Female
Age: 40 (Appears 20)
Orientation: Lesbian
On’s: Players On’s
Off’s: Players Off’s
Race or People: Nafasi Elf

Appearance:
Hair: Long straight red hair
Eyes: Dark Brown
Height: 5’6”
Weight: 110 lbs

Description: Lithe and willowy Amrita-Devi has little fat on her body and muscular legs that can eat up miles.  Her tribe is known on the Veldt for their running ability and stamina. Among her tribe there are few that could beat her in a race of speed or stamina.  Amrita decorates her body in pigments befitting her spirit quest giving her already exotic look a fierce appearance.  The Nafasi have no taboos against being bare of chest but Amrita has taken to covering her body in old clothing since arriving in Sha’ib.  She finds the human’s conservatism strange, but understands the need to navigate their culture and bows to this social convention.

One Unique Thing:  Amrita’s red hair is unusual among the Nafasi.  A sign of a special destiny, though what that destiny was her Shaman could not tell her.

Personality: Curious and confused are often expressions the residence of Sha’ib receive when talking to Amrita-Devi.  The young Nafasi Elf does not understand why the Hadaree use so many words to say so little and comes off as pretty blunt to the people of Sha’ib.  She is aware that her ways are as strange to them as theirs are to her, but her ancestors lead her to Sha’ib for a reason and she is determined to stay until she understands why.  Amrita-Devi has had to lean the value of coin as in the Veldt it was the size of your Basuro herd that defined one’s wealth.  Amrita-Devi makes some money as a guide for merchants wanting to trade with the people of the Veldt.

Skills: Running, Hunting, Spear-fighting, Survival (Veldt), Spirit Medium

Residence: Amrita-Devi stays in one of the empty homes in an unpopulated neighborhood, often sleeping on one of the roofs so she can be under the stars.  She is aware that she is not alone in empty neighborhood, but is not yet sure what stalks the streets at night.

History:

The Tale of Duzami and the Great Race

One day, the village held a great race. All the young men and women competed, and many of the people made bets on the runners they believed would win. The race was very close, and Duzami, the village's swiftest runner, ran ahead of only one other man. When Duzami passed the finishing tree that many others had touched before him, he did not seem winded, nor was there a sheen of sweat on his skin. The Screaming Elder walked up to Duzami and cursed him, for he had bet all of his food that Duzami would win. But Duzami only shrugged at the Screaming Elder and walked away.

That night, a terrible gitta rampaged through the jungle. Every Nafasi in the village fled from the thing, including Duzami and the Screaming Elder. As Duzami ran, he saw that the Screaming Elder was right behind him, shouting angrily at him as always.

"Why do you not run faster, Duzami?" the Elder shouted. "The gitta is right behind us!"

Duzami did not speak, but kept up his steady pace. When he heard the gitta catch the Screaming Elder, Duzami yelled over his shoulder, "You do not have to be first to win the race. You must only out run one man."

Too late, the Screaming Elder recognized Duzami's wisdom as the gitta ate him.


The Duzami Tribe has always been runners and the tale above is a favorite of many of the young Nafasi of the Duzami Tribe.  For Devi they were words that rang true.  Even as a child she was swift runner able to beat children much older than herself, but often chose not to flaunt her gift.  It was better to use a gift when it is most important and not for personal pride.   Devi ran messages between villages as soon as she could wield a spear and the sight of her wild red hair in the tall grass became synonymous with news from the elders.  This reputation only grew when one of the Honored Dead chose her as her personal envoy when she reached her twenties and she became a full member of her tribe.

The Honored Dead or Amrita-Chiokowa taught Devi the ways of the spirits, how to channel her ancestors and speak to them in dreams. She was given the honorific Amerita so that others would know she was accepted in the Lodge of the Dead.  She did the bidding of the Amrita-Chiokowa for a brief twenty more years before the Amrita released Devi from her duties.  Devi, concerned that she had offended the Amrita, begged the Honored Dead as to why she was being released before her training could be completed.  The Amrita could only tell her that her path was elsewhere, that she should seek the guidance of her ancestors and follow the path they lay before her wherever that may lead.

Devi followed her path to Sha’ib where her ancestor’s voices fell silent.  She is not sure if they cannot enter this strange land of silk covered strangers or if she has reached her destination.  Uncomfortable with the strange customs of the city dwellers Devi has taken up residence in one of the underpopulated sections of Sha’ib where the few that survive their leave each other to their own devices.  Devi earns money as a part time guide into the Veldt for merchants looking to trade with the Nafasi and the Domadh.  She refused to guide hunters into her lands to kill animals for sport.

Equipment:
Mismatched armor
Nafasi Hunting Spear with new steel tip.
Janbiya (Curved Dagger)
Pigments
Medicinal Herbs
Ancestral knuckle bones
A small amount of coin in a pouch she keeps tied around her neck.


Offline MdG

Crash, some ideas I had on the Nafasi I thought I might pass by you:

- Multi-gendered society, with biological sex subordinate to social role.  Generally, Nafasi find it difficult to understand human societies where gender roles are dictated by biology.

- Unlike most Elves they are not lactose intolerant. They have adapted to live closely with the Great Basuro, and, like the Masai, the milk and blood of their livestock are staple foods.

- Names are given by ancestors, so naming taboos abound.

Offline CrashTopic starter

Crash, some ideas I had on the Nafasi I thought I might pass by you:

- Multi-gendered society, with biological sex subordinate to social role.  Generally, Nafasi find it difficult to understand human societies where gender roles are dictated by biology.

- Unlike most Elves they are not lactose intolerant. They have adapted to live closely with the Great Basuro, and, like the Masai, the milk and blood of their livestock are staple foods.

- Names are given by ancestors, so naming taboos abound.

I am good with all of this.

Offline CrashTopic starter

A Nafasi with a Great Basuro.