A lot of people have shown interest, but I really can only take 4 to 6 people, no more. From here on in, only those who've already posted in this interest check should continue onward with interest/character creation.
(They are listed in the 'Current interested players' list.) I will ideally pick my 4 - 6 players from this group. It is not first-come first-serve, but rather who has strong concepts for characters and which players that I feel would mesh (with each other and me) and make a good group. I am sorry for anyone who may have seen this before and couldn't post interest in time, but I have to have a cut-off point somewhere. If I don't get my 4-6 players with this batch of interest, I'll re-open for further interest.Current interested players:
Geeklet, RubySlippers, Kolbrandr, wander, VonDoom, Orange Marmalade, AndyZ (unsure?), Wolfling72, Elven Sex Goddess, CShades, VioletPanda, lockepick
Tulsa, Oklahoma was known at one point as "the oil capital of the world." While that usage has eroded over time and as other cities emerged into prominence, Tulsa remains a city that attracts certain kinds of business. Located in a state that is otherwise construed as inconsequential or meaningless by many other places in the USA, it has been and still remains a hubbub of Kindred activity. You can tell because Tulsa has one of the highest crime rates in the nation. Racial tensions are at the highest they've ever been, too, which doesn't make living in Tulsa any easier.
The city tentatively remains under Camarilla control...but not without heavy cost. Neonates meet their Final Death frequently in these modern nights. The Sabbat is prevalent in the South, particularly this close to Mexico, and the Lupines often dominate the southeastern portion of the state for the strong ties to nature it maintains. The Prince of Tulsa, an enigmatic Gangrel referred to as Silverwatch, frequently is in torpor, which leaves the Sheriff and Keeper more often than not responsible for keeping things stable. With rather limited success.
Cue the beginning of this particular tale...Something has been discovered
in one of the deep oil wells outside of Tulsa. The Prince has awoken from her latest Torpor. Lupine attacks are on the rise, and a truce with them is nowhere in sight. The Camarilla establishment is struggling to avoid catastrophe and have, with Silverwatch's permission, been siring exceedingly frequently in order to keep up their numbers.
Your characters are some of these new Kindred, Embraced within the last 25 years.
These new neonates will find themselves in the middle of the Prince's mad schemes, the chaos of the Tulsa night, and the encroaching potential doom of death at the claws of the Lupines or by the hands and fangs of the Sabbat.
~ FAQ for this game, if I run it ~
- You must be willing to write with crossgender writers (Lords who write female characters, Ladies who write male characters, Lieges who write characters not of their own gender identity).
- We'll either be using the Revised edition or V20. I haven't decided yet. But yes, this is a system game. You'll need the rules to play. I'm open to player input about which ruleset to use.
- Game will go in the Extreme Small Groups section.
- I am requiring all characters be 18 or older.
- I strongly prefer no anime images for characters, please.
- Any issues with another player should first be attempted to be resolved with that player privately
. If that's not possible, approach me in private to discuss the matter. I don't particularly like drama.
- Respect people's O/Os. Should go without saying, really.
- LGBTQA characters welcome. Any character gender is fine. Characters of all ethnicities accepted.
Prince Silverwatch: The current Prince of Tulsa, also sometimes referred to mockingly as "Big Chief." She is a member of the Choctaw Native American tribe. Anyone calling her "Big Chief" within her hearing is typically never heard from again. Commonly assumed to be a Gangrel of the 7th generation and assumed to have been Embraced some time in the 1700s. She is a lean looking woman of caramel complexion, long black hair, and burning silver eyes, which many believe is the origin of her current name.
Twister: The resident Harpy. A rather irritating Nosferatu of the 11th generation who is very tech-savvy and well-known for spying on virtually everyone. He also flirts with or hits on pretty much anything that moves. Want someone's reputation tarnished? You go to Twister. Want to buy or sell information? Go to Twister. He's one of the few Kindred who isn't disdainful or hostile to neonates, although he isn't exactly friendly, either. Twister is a skinny gnarled looking thing with a mouth full of horrific razor-sharp teeth. He's frequently at Elysium...much to the chagrin of other Kindred. Alone of all the 'big names' of Tulsa, he is not from Tulsa personally, having only moved there in the past ten years.
Esteban Vasquez: The current Sheriff is a 12th generation Brujah. He's a chatty sort, fluent in several languages, and he enjoys playing the rough game of politics in Tulsa. He longs to take Silverwatch's place, but he knows he has no chance of taking her on in fair fight, nor has he had the opportunity to diablerize her. Most people are aware of his ambitions in that regard. Esteban is a proud Latino, and he was Embraced fifty years ago. That being said, Esteban is currently responsible for the mass-Embraces under Silverwatch's direction.
Agnes Gray: A 12th generation Ventrue...and the local Scourge. She is icy pale with a head of white-gold curly hair, silent as a mouse, and most 14th and 15th generation vampires never hear her approaching. She is insanely loyal to Silverwatch, and many hypothesize that Silverwatch has her under a Blood Bond. Agnes was Embraced about seventy years ago. She is incredibly conservative in her ideologies...but Silverwatch tends to keep her in check.
Marian Acker: A prim looking Toreador who functions as this Domain's Keeper of Elysium. She is a tall curvaceous woman who is always dressed in the finest fashions. She is of German descent. While she looks prim on the surface, she's well known for being an incredible gossip and sexual deviant. Marian keeps her lovely brown-black curls tied in a bun and is usually seen only at Elysium unless otherwise by appointment. She's most likely of the 13th generation, Embraced to replace the last Keeper, and has a chip on her shoulder about this.
This is just an interest check so far; if there's sufficient interest, I'll elaborate on a story and get a possible character sheet skeleton up. The story will revolve around trying to stabilize Tulsa. I'd only want maybe 4-6 players, tops. Camarilla clans are all acceptable, no Sabbat clans permitted as playables, Bloodlines are possible but need to be vetted with me first.
To answer a couple of unspoken questions: - Why Tulsa?
Unlike many other places in the classic lore, there's not a lot about Tulsa. It's a good blank slate, and I'm familiar enough with it to feel confident writing it.- Why Masquerade instead of Requiem?
I have a nostalgic preference for Masquerade.
~Backgrounds, Disciplines, and Virtues~
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~Specializations & Languages~Attribute/Ability:
(- pt) Merit
(- pt) Flaw
Disciplines: 3 Points
Backgrounds: 5 Points
Virtues: 7 Points
Freebies: 15 Points
Attributes: 5 per dot
Abilities: 2 per dot
Disciplines: 7 per dot
Background: 1 per dot
Virtue: 2 per dot
Humanity: 1 per dot
Willpower: 1 per dot
Edit: (credit to Wikipedia for the info)
Tulsa's current population is around 400,000 people. Typically Kindred ratio about 1 to 100,000, but the Domain of Tulsa is not just the city, but much of the outlying Tulsa County and other areas, which ballons the population up a couple of hundred thousand. There is a larger concentration of Kindred in this area than normal. The meandering Arkansas River passes through the city of Tulsa, so for a landlocked location, there's actually some river-based traffic and commerce that heads east towards the Mississippi river, of which it's a tributary. It's also around the Ozarks, so this is a city right on the cusp of nature. Kindred don't have to go far to be away from the city. Finance, the tech industry, big oil--these are the big industries of Tulsa. Tulsa is more diverse than other cities in Oklahoma, but it should be noted that Oklahoma is often religiously conservative...which is something the local Kindred often struggle with. Tulsa can best be divided into a few sections (information pulled from Wikipedia, which is fairly accurate):The Downtown:
This section of Tulsa is around one and a half square miles and is the nexus of several important highways through the state of Oklahoma. This is primarily Tulsa's business district. There have been attempts to highlight tourism through this area and capitalize on historic value, but in truth, Midtown is better for that. It is the location for a lot of arenas and convention centers. With it being a space highly in the public purview, Downtown is the most likely location of Masquerade breaches. The Prince, Sheriff, and Scourge are all likely to be harsh with offenders in this area. This is where Ventrue and Toreador are most likely to have business connectionsMidtown:
This is a more historical/residential section of Tulsa. The architecture ranges from Greek Revival to art deco. The iconic and almost unbelievably beautiful Swan Lake neighborhood is in this area. The Woodland Hills Mall and the Southern Hills Country Club are both located here. There is also a prominent museum, the Philbrook Museum, which sprawls over 23 acres....and it is location of Elysium. It is typically bought and reserved in advance for Elysium in order to keep out mortals, although it isn't always. Tremere are more likely to be able to establish chantry houses in this area. Much to everyone's chagrin, the Nosferatu also seem to like Midtown and dwell in the sewer systems here more often than they do elsewhere.West Tulsa:
The favorite spots of loners, Gangrel, or anyone who likes nature and being left the hell alone. Includes major parks, reserves, and the big oil refineries. This is where you see the biggest nexus of business and nature, though, and periodically there's some conflict about drilling vs. preserving the wildlife. Oftentimes people trying not to be noticed by the Camarilla establishment hide out here.Northern Metro:
This is where a lot of the travelling gets done. The airport, a couple of museums, the zoo, etc., this is where a lot of foottraffic comes in. This is where Tulsa used to funnel tourism, and where it still makes a lot of its money. Masquerade breaches are very common here as well, and again, the establishment is harsh about it in this area, as it's harder to cover up.