"Welcome weary traveler... Take a seat and hear my tale as you rest your tired bones. I shall tell you a tale of a distant planet known as Raorae. There, the times were different. There were proud kingdoms, powerful city-states, and meritocracies. There, life was fought and won by the sword, the pen of diplomacy, or outright blood money. There are heroes and villains and the shades of gray in-between.....
"But this particular tale.... ahh.... It needs heroes. In the great trade city of Alden, slavers have paid off the law and turned many an eye to look away. Leave us be, they say, and we'll not steal you or your family to sell. And so it has gone for some time. However... some are not so willing to be paid or threatened away. I speak of one heroine, though she herself would not think so. In an attempt to do the right thing, she has been captured. Others have become unfortunate prisoners as well.
"In those attempts of freedom, knowledge has been gained. Knowledge of a great warlord quietly building his army, weakening his enemies through clever means. He intends to conquer, and not all conquerors are kind to the ones who lived before.
"Will you join the heroine? Will you fight against the wrong-doers? Or will you join the many who are simply relieved to be left alone?"
This is just as it is said. I'm going to try my hand at a small
roleplaying group. I've never really done this, so I am asking all who look at this thread to take that into consideration. In fact, I encourage careful reading of everything before saying "yea" or "nay". Oh and a note: I will be accepting up to four people. MAYBE five, if I can be convinced. Thank you.Section the Game will be placed in:
I'm thinking Humans: Bondage, small groups. That's my max.Setting:
Completely original/freeform/sandbox. I have a general idea of what the world will be like, but we're focusing on, right now, a small section of a country/city-state. If you want your character to be from some exotic XYZ, please run it by me first. If I like the idea, we'll throw it in. Generally, it's a lot like generic Dungeons and Dragons, but on the low scale of fantasy. Think "Conan the Barbarian" but with just a touch more magic and the occasional exotic race (like elf, dwarf, whatever) thrown in. There's some super-expensive healing potions, maybe a magical artifact here or there, a person with some low-level healing ability... stuff like that. But it's more or less "swords and armor". (I think this makes it easier for me!)Plot Outline.
General idea is: Our four/five man group had, somehow, gotten captured by the slavers in the city-state trade city of Alden. Finding each other possessing skills and abilities that could help them escape, they work together (ideally) and end up escaping. During said escape, they learn chilling information that would encourage them to do more than just escape--it encourages them to fight back and stop a would-be conqueror from bringing war. Whatever motivates your character can change the direction of the story; so be creative and have fun!Character Creation Guidelines:
There will be a general form to follow if you want to join, but here are a few.... let's say, strong
suggestions, just to make the game easier and enjoyable to all. I do recommend creating a character with some reason as to why they were found and caught by the slavers. It can be because of revenge, deciding you want in on the action but as the leader, doing the right thing, accidental-stumble-turn-captive.... I don't really care, but at least give me something to work with! I'd also like a character that will at least talk
to others. I cannot tell you how many games I've joined only to find everyone wrote the "Loner" and it was hard to keep the story going when no one would talk to each other! That's really all I'm asking.Game Pacing:
I don't know about the rest of you, but I have a life. An exhausting one to be sure, but I do. So as long as you can maintain one post a week, we'll be fine. Will it always be one post a week? No. But that's the bare minimum.How much sexual activity is likely to occur or expected, if any?
This game is adventure, character-driven, story first
. Sex, smut, whatever.... only if it feels like a natural occurrence. And I'd rather it not dominate the plot. Additional Information:
I've looked over the suggestion outline in the GM Corner. Admittedly some of it is just beyond me, because I've never actually had to do it. So I'm going to try and answer what I think can be clear.
The whole GM directing part? It'll be a mix. Some scenes I'll just say "Go ahead and decide how the outcome of said conflict will be on your own; it's not so important to do step by step". And some I'd rather go back and forth because some NPCs will be important enough to deserve the care of attention.
Writing Style: Definitely past tense, please, with as much third person and details as you can get without boring yourself. Preferably at least a couple of paragraphs, though if you can't time to time, that's fine. I love details. I like knowing what a character is thinking. This helps me tremendously. But here's an additional caveat: I've seen in other games where they use colored or bold text or whatever to indicate speaking. Please... don't do that. To me, it's disruptive as heck. I prefer to see bold
only for additional emphasis. Italics
We will be using mini-avatars for images. Clothings. Whatever the situation calls for. I think we'll also tag, just to help others. I will be using a separate, personal avatar in post for the GM, and a separate one for the PC I will be playing.
If you have any questions, express of interest, whatever... please ask me here. If you're uncertain about asking, PM me. I do try to answer them daily. If you think I missed something or... whatever... also poke me.
Use this template (optional but preferred, click on Quote to get the tags) :DescriptionWriter Name:Name:Race:Age:Height:Weight:Eye Color:Hair Color:Skin Tone:Distinguishing Marks:
If you've ever played D&D.... this could mean many things. Generally I just want to know if your character has skills in, say, horse-back riding, archery, dual-wielding, rope-tying.... meaning, they're a level above the average person in these kinds of skills. They practiced, trained, etc, to achieve these skills.Equipment
If you've ever played D&D, you know this means: armor, weapon, what they were carrying before being rudely knocked out and captured by the slavers. You just may regain most of it back....Background Information:
It doesn't have to be grand or detailed, just an idea of what your character's past is like. Any families? Orphaned? A mercenary?Picture
Please use the Elluiki. Prefer pictures of either celebrities, artwork.... The only type I'll refuse is anime/manga and that's just because of the sheer lack of details on most. Host it on Elluiki, no larger than 250x250, please. If you have multiple pictures, feel free. When we post, I ask you pick one