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Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting All Characters
« on: November 20, 2017, 07:34:49 AM »

   Rookshaven is an academy in the Scottish countryside. Originally founded by the eight royal families, each skilled in one type of magic, the school was built in an attempt to create a safe place for their children to grow and learn away from non-magic users. In the early days, there had been two separate academies - St Margaret's for girls and St Andrew's for boys to maintain the pretense of piety and wholesome Christianity - eachbuild on opposite sides of a low valley. However, in the late 1850's,  rebellion broke out between the Mages of non-royal bloodlines and those in the eight ruling families. Among the ensuing fight, St Andrew's was burnt to the ground. The school grounds were abandoned while mages retreated into smaller communities to teach their young privately.

   It wasn't until 1938 when Walter Elliot, with the help of David Freeman-Mitford, purchased the land both schools sat in ruin on. Construction began to expand the Saint Margaret structure while what was left of Saint Andrew's was infused with magic to be used as a safe conduit. As the castor community slowly began reconstructing itself, it was soon made public that during the rebellion, a number of the found families had either died out or lost their ability to use magic altogether. By the time the academy reopened under its new name with a coed syllabus, there were only 4 surviving royal families. The community dismayed, believing this meant an end to certain types of magic as well.

   Fast forward to Modern Day. Since the 1980's, two new magic types have been discovered from other countries and brought into the fold. While once upon a time, the ruling families were true royals - leading their community with iron fists and starting wars based on mage classes; the world today has gotten smaller with the rise of the internet and the loss of half the ruling families. In order to prevent another uprising, the Grand Council was formed of the remaining four royal families at the request of their noble supporters.

   From within each royal family, one member was voted to be representative of their line within the Council. The Council of four then voted on laws to keep their communities safe and secure. Often times, to the dismay of the other mage classes, the Council rules in favor of their own. Over decades of this, there is a bias prevalent within the laws that protect the mage community toward Air, Fire, Spirit, and Dark castors. Once a representative is voted into the Council, a new Head of House is appointed. The title of Prince and Princess is afforded to the oldest living female and male family member who is not seated at the Council, and the Prince is considered the Head of House, as the patriarch for the family. Beyond that, the mage community has been around for centuries. The bloodlines, even royal ones, are broad. Within each noble line, which exist in other classes despite not having a royal line or seat at the Council, the members are titled as lords and ladies when they reach 18 as a show of respect for their lineage and family history.

   Many non-royal families maintain sway in the Council through financially supporting one family over another. The noble families are often off-shoots of the initial royal families who stemmed from second-born or female children generations before the first uprising, or rose to power by way of wealth and were later gifted with lands. Even in the non-magic world, the noble and royal lines have authority over the regions from which they come, meddling in political and business affairs of the humans littering the world to benefits themselves.

   While many titles exist in name alone, the four royal families are still approached with reverence, respect, and fear knowing the laws almost always rule in their favor. Outside or more unforgivable crimes, they're essentially untouchable with only breeds more contempt toward them in the growing mage circles outside of Europe.

Magic Types:
   - Water Binding
Royal Family - Laurent deceased
Water Binding

     - Hydrokinesis - manipulate and control liquid water and mold it into any desired shape or form
     - Aquatic Adaptation/Respiration - adapted to underwater living
     - Hydroportation - teleport across short or long distances through liquid water
     - Water Mimicry - turn into liquid water
     - Water Generation - generate water
     - Holy Water Manipulation - create, manipulate and control graceful waters (found in pure Water lineages only)
     - Dark Water Manipulation - create, manipulate and control evil and dangerous waters (found in Mages of lineages mixed with necromancy)
  - Fire Binding
Royal Family - Vlastimir

Fire Binding

     - Pyrokinesis - create, control and manipulate also generate fire, flame and heat.
     - Fire Breath - breathe out flames.
     - Fire Mimicry - have a body made up of fire
     - Melting - heat molecules to melt things.
     - Pyrotechnics - create fireworks.
     - Self-Detonation - explode self and reform.
     - Thermokinesis - create, control and manipulate heat.
     - Pyroportation - teleport or move though fire.
  - Earth Binding
Royal Family - Moreau deceased

Earth Binding
   
     - Geokinesis - control, manipulate, create, generate and reshape or shape earth/rocks/stones
     - Earth Mimicry - have a body made up of earth or earthen substance
     - Ferrokinesis - manipulate metal at will.
     - Golem Creation - make golems out of inanimate materials like rocks, wood, plants, magma, etc (only found in Mages whose lineage crosses with Dark Binding)
     - Halokinesis - control and manipulate salt.
     - Hyalokinesis - control and manipulate glass.
     - Psammokinesis - can control and manipulate sand.
     - Terrakinesis - control, manipulate and alter/reshape the surrounding terrain and landscape at will.
     - Terraportation - teleport via the earth and earth-based materials.
  - Air Binding
Royal Family - Harrington

Air Binding

     - Aerokinesis - manipulate the air, wind, and gas.
     - Aeroportation - teleport using air/wind currents.
     - Air Mimicry - transform into a cloud of gas, fog, or mist.
     - Deoxygenation - suck up all the oxygen from a place.
     - Lung Adaptation - breathe anywhere.
     - Wind Generation - create blasts of wind.
     - Flight - have the ability to fly at will.
     - Levitation - the ability to make anything rise up in the air and move around under your control.
  - Light Binding
Royal Family - Beaumont deceased

Light Binding

     - Photokinesis - create and manipulate pure light and photons.
     - Force-Field Generation - create protective shields of solid photons.
     - Invisibility - be unseen.
     - Laser Emission - bend light wavelengths to create lasers.
     - Light Absorption - absorb the light around you.
     - Light Generation - emit blinding light or glow in the dark.
     - Light Mimicry - take on the traits of light.
     - Photoportation - teleport by using light.
     - Projective Invisibility - turn other things invisible.
     - Evil Banish - banish all spirits of evil and black magic, resistant to possession, hyper-aware of spiritual presences
  - Dark Binding
Royal Family - Notte

Dark/Shadow Binding

     - Umbrakinesis - can manipulate and control darkness or shadows.
     - Animated Shadow - Animate one's shadow, stronger mages can create sickness in others by removal of their shadows
     - Light Absorption - block out light in an area.
     - Night Vision - see in the dark.
     - Sacred Darkness - create holy darkness.
     - Shadow Camouflage - be unseen in shadows.
     - Shadow Mimicry - become a shadow.
     - Umbraportation - teleport via the shadows and darkness.
  - Beast (choose 1 species of animal)
Royal Family - Lupei deceased

Beast

     - Animal Transmutation - the power to turn others into animals
     - Animal Morphing - the ability to turn oneself into an animal
     - Animal Imitation - the ability to take on traits of specific animals
     - Animal Telepathy - ability to understand and be understood by animals
     - Animal Possession - take over the body of chosen animal
  - Spirit
Royal Family - Ivanov

Spirit

     - Psychic Manipulation - putting thoughts and images into another's mind
     - Psychic Shadow  - can hide one's presence as a magic user from others
     - Psychic Possession - can take over the minds and bodies of non-magic users, in some cases possessing other mages but very rare
     - Healing
     - Regeneration - bringing the near-dead back to life to serve as linked subjects
     - Aura reading - able to read emotions and energy off those around them
     - Anti Psychic Presence - able to shut off psychic powers from those around them
     - Psychic shield and attack
  - Necromancy (New Power)
New Power / No Royal Family - Rooted in the Americas

Necromancy

     - Death Transcendence - he ability to transcend through death, undeath, or necromancy
     - Soul Manipulation - ability to manipulate spirits of those that are dead or in a comatose state
     - Life-Force Manipulation - The ability to manipulate the essence of Life, which is present in all living beings throughout the universe (rare)
     - Undead manipulation - The power to hold command over the undead
     - Reanimation - Power to reanimate corpses and dead beings
     - Voodoo
     - Summoning - ability to call forth a dark entity to do one's bidding
  - Mythic Physiology
 (New Power, discovered circa 2001, still largely unknown) Choose one mythical creature

Mythic

     - Summoning - categorized as the ability to summon forth certain mythical creatures to act as one's familiar, guardian, and conduit
     - Mimicry - the ability to turn oneself into the specific mythical creature to whom they are tied
     - Possession - the ability to inhabit the mind of the mythical creature which they are capable of summoning


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« Last Edit: November 30, 2017, 03:00:56 PM by Anouk Daae »

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2017, 08:07:08 AM »
Previously asked questions:


  Are all the characters human?
       - For the most part, the characters played will be human. There are, however, situational exceptions to this rule.
           1) Characters with summoning abilities may choose to play their chosen subject as an NPC or as a secondary character.
           2) Characters categorized as Mythics may choose to identify as their specific mythical creature if their ability is to assume the shape of one.
   Is there some sort of danger to drive plot, or is it just a school with witches?
       - As the students begin to return to Rookshaven, their community is in a state of turmoil.
           1) With civil unrest in the world at large, similar events to the lead up of the 1850's rebellion begin occurring. Magic-users are going missing, homes are being burnt down with a combination spell called Shadow
                Fire after which the land is desecrated so officials can't help the spirits move on.
           2) This leads to suspicion of all Dark Binders as well as Fire Binders.
               2-a) Dark Binders and Fire Binders are still allowed, just play as though their community has a biased against them.
           3) Previously, the magic community was governed by a council made up of the 8 ruling families. With half of the royal lines snuffed out, a dictatorship has formed with the four remaining families placing their
               needs above the needs of the community at large.
           4) Without a right to vote, the remaining 6 magic classes grow disgruntled, causing them to fall under suspicion as well.
           5) There are two new mage classes now, neither of whom have any representation whatsoever within the community and are largely met with mistrust and scrutiny.
           6) Necromancers are seen as  dangerous fakes who steal power from the dead, while looked down upon for practicing forbidden arts like Blood Magic.
           7) Mythics are viewed as sub-human in many aristocratic circles both for racial purposes as well as because their class is still very much unknown. It wasn't until the Right to Free Education Act of 2013 that
               Mythics were even allowed to attend Rookshaven. Many still don't agree with the decision.

*Parents think that by sending their offspring to schools like Rookshaven, they'll be safe from the attacks. The issue is that with the ruins of St Andrew's being spelled to work as a conduit plus the recent addition of Necromancy to the curriculum, the campus grounds are now steeped in dark energy.  Possessions occur and no one is any wiser for it. It's not long before whomever or whatever is causing the attacks on the mage community makes their way behind the wrought iron gates of Rookshaven.

  How old will the characters be?
      - Rookshaven Academy was originally a primary and secondary school (ages 4-18). However, in the last 30 years, a university has been founded on the property. For the purpose of following E rules, I will ask that
        any students under the age of 16 be strictly NPC. This means all playable characters will be at the minimum of their fourth year of school, if not higher. It is preferred that all student-characters have been enrolled
        at Rookshaven throughout their childhood, especially since the campus is funded by taxes upon the mage community - making it free for students.
         A) Teacher-characters will be allowed to be created as well, however, they will only be allowed as secondary characters until we have more players. The focus of Rookshaven will be the students.
   Can my character be mixed with two magic classes?
      - Technically, the magic community cannot stop an Air Binder from mating with a Dark Binder. It is therefore possible for a character to have traces of either power-tree.
        That said, the character won't have full access to both classes. While they're young, they may show signs of going either way, but during puberty one class will overtake the other.
         A) In some cases, mages may not develop their specific ability - in which case their powers from childhood will remain muted, if not leave altogether.
         B) Students whose powers diminish after puberty are still allowed to take general education classes with their peers.
   How many abilities can my character have?
      - For the purpose of keeping the game even: Choose 1 class and 2 abilities within it.
   So, you're saying my character can't have all the abilities listed in their class?
      - Correct
        A) Teacher Characters may choose a third.
             A-1) If the group grows big enough, I'd like to eventually introduce council members. Council Members, depending on their age, can have up to 5 abilities within their class, but are presently unavailable.
   If my character is a royal - will he/she ever be King/Queen?
      - The short answer is no.
         In this 'verse, Royalty refers to the original 8 founding families, each with a different class of ability. Each family would elect from among themselves 1(one) representative to have a seat on the Grand Council.   The Grand Council decides on laws, punishments, and taxes among the magic community at large. A Council Member is the highest level of legal authority. Under them, the highest level of authority within a royal
         family is called the Prince or Princess - this title is given to the eldest member of that family by blood. Anyone who isn't Council, Prince, or Princess within a royal family is called Lord or Lady after their 18th
         birthday.
            - In summation, Royalty in this game is not like royalty in real life.
   Are the royal families at least stronger in their abilities?
     - Also no, sorry. While the pure blood of the founding families does give them a wider pool of abilities for their genes to pull from, the strength of their abilities is determined by the strength of their character as
       individuals as well as upon how much they practice. The Royal characters strength lies in other areas - respect and fear from those beneath them. Generally, non-royals are spell-bound at birth to avoid another
       uprising, making it almost impossible to cast against a member of a royal family.
       In addition, most royals are accompanied by a Guardian, which are notoriously spell-resistant.
       



 
« Last Edit: December 06, 2017, 11:15:10 AM by Anouk Daae »

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2017, 08:10:41 AM »
Checking for interest right now. If there is interest, I'll add an application.
For now, ask questions or tell me about a character idea you have.

I'm also going to be adding a few premade characters that are mostly NPC, but they can be adopted later on.

Offline Chreestafer

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2017, 02:07:45 PM »
I quite love this idea :)

Planting my interest flag here!!!

Online Angie

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2017, 02:11:23 PM »
Oh I am interested. Very interested. I have a small idea forming around an Earth Binder Teacher who runs physical education classes as well.

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2017, 04:47:39 PM »
Oh I am interested. Very interested. I have a small idea forming around an Earth Binder Teacher who runs physical education classes as well.

That sounds really interesting and original. I like it.

Offline Caela

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2017, 05:25:55 PM »
Most definitly and interesting concept!

Offline Kathyan

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2017, 05:43:31 PM »
Thinking on a conceited and bitchy student with spirit magic who would be overly manipulative and could use someone teaching her a lesson.

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2017, 05:47:55 PM »
Thinking on a conceited and bitchy student with spirit magic who would be overly manipulative and could use someone teaching her a lesson.

I really like that idea.
Royal family members are open as well, which could add to her arrogance.

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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2017, 06:38:30 PM »
Interested.

Offline Yoda

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2017, 06:48:34 PM »
I am interested  ;D I am thinking of maybe water or beast.

Offline Chreestafer

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #11 on: November 20, 2017, 07:09:37 PM »
Yup, after our PM I'm definitely going to stick as a Fire Binder with the abilities of Pyrokinesis and Fire Mimicry.

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #12 on: November 20, 2017, 07:12:23 PM »
Applications:

Code: [Select]
[floatleft][img height=300]https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DF06w2oWsAE4OG2.jpg:large[/img][/floatleft]
[b]Player Name:[/b]

[b]Character Name:[/b]

[b]Character Nickname (if applicable):[/b]

[b]Age:[/b]

[b]Grade Level: [/b]

[b]Mage Class:[/b]

[b]   Sub-abilities:[/b]


[b]Brief History:[/b]


Go forth!

Offline Dhi

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #13 on: November 20, 2017, 07:13:03 PM »
This looks amazing.

Offline Yoda

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #14 on: November 20, 2017, 07:31:21 PM »
Can we use art for our character's picture?

Offline Caela

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #15 on: November 20, 2017, 07:40:49 PM »
Will work on a sheet tomorrow...am thinking a DarkBinder of the Notte line.

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #16 on: November 20, 2017, 07:44:58 PM »
Can we use art for our character's picture?

Apologies, for this story, please use "real" images. They can be doctored or photoshopped to show abilities, but otherwise no drawings, graphics, anime, etc.

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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #17 on: November 20, 2017, 07:50:52 PM »
Out of curiosity, the Mythic ability to shape-shift into a mythical creature; is that solely limited to creatures like animals? Or does it encompass humanoids, like mermaids, vampires, succubi/incubi, etc.?

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #18 on: November 20, 2017, 08:17:22 PM »
Out of curiosity, the Mythic ability to shape-shift into a mythical creature; is that solely limited to creatures like animals? Or does it encompass humanoids, like mermaids, vampires, succubi/incubi, etc.?

It can be humanoids like mermaids. Werewolves would fall closer to Beast Binding. Vampires, Succubi/Incubi (demons and undead) are too close to Necromancy, so I would have to veto those.
Also keep in mind that Mythics weren't allowed into the school until 2013, so the oldest Mythic students would still be in primary school. Teacher positions as Mythic are available though, as a way to break apart the stigma and mystery surrounding Mythics. Another bit to keep in mind - Mythics originate in South East Asia, so it may be better to choose from mythical creatures and beings from folklore in that region.

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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #19 on: November 20, 2017, 08:52:44 PM »
Real pics only? Good thing I was already considering Terry Crews!

Player Name: Angie

Character Name: Johnathan Hodsen

Character Nickname (if applicable): Earthbreaker

Age: 39

Grade Level: Teacher

Mage Class: Earth Binder

   Sub-abilities: Geokinesis, Terrakinesis

Brief History: Johnathan, like many Earth Binders of the current day, was born a bastard of the royal family. However, by the time of his birth, when anarchy was fermenting, his true parent gave explicit instruction (and a large sum of money to make sure it happened) to flee the country if a certain code phrase was sent to the people who raised him. The code was sent, and they fled all the way to China, where allies of the Moreau family were at least able to give the boy proper teaching in his arcane abilities when they manifested. A good amount of his education also consisted of martial arts training, which ended up enhancing his abilities. Once knowledge of his abilities reached the ears of the rebuilding council, they invited him to take a position as a physical education teacher, which he has accepted. While he has no knowledge of the current political situation, he is confident that regardless of struggle, he has the will to carry himself through it.

(Since I'm first, I have no idea how this will work out, but feel free to rate it as you feel like! This is more of a draft, suggestions are welcome)

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #20 on: November 20, 2017, 09:59:34 PM »
(Since I'm first, I have no idea how this will work out, but feel free to rate it as you feel like! This is more of a draft, suggestions are welcome)

I really love this character.
One thing, I probably didn't make this clear enough in the initial post. The four royal families were killed off between 1858 and 1912. Non-royals don't necessarily need to be bastards in present day. It's more that the royal lines of those particular classes were snuffed out. Basically those events took place a long time ago, so someone alive today wouldn't have had to sneak away like that - unless your bio is referring to the more recent terrorist attacks. But then those only started happening within the last few years, which wouldn't have effected his childhood.
Otherwise, I think he'll be a really cool addition to the staff at Rookshaven.

Oh, also, as a teacher, you can choose a third ability.

Offline Yugishogun

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #21 on: November 20, 2017, 10:26:17 PM »
This game looks quite interesting. (Not to mention, Angie, Sephie, and Dhi are here :) ) I think I'll join. However, may I ask how the abilities of the cross-blooded work at the start of character creation? I'd like to have my meek mage to have a stoic golem guardian.
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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #22 on: November 20, 2017, 10:46:00 PM »
This game looks quite interesting. (Not to mention, Angie, Sephie, and Dhi are here :) ) I think I'll join. However, may I ask how the abilities of the cross-blooded work at the start of character creation? I'd like to have my meek mage have a stoic golem guardian.

Aww! Well hey there, you charmer! lol

Offline firepyre

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #23 on: November 20, 2017, 11:01:41 PM »
Hmm. Interesting.

A couple of questions.

Would playing a character who can only use one power, but is a prodigy with it be ok?

Just to clarify, are we playing as school students or Uni students?

If university students are ok, could we play older students say 25-30, who is doing some kind of postgrad, and maybe doing some tutoring on the side?

And probably most importantly, how is magic seen? Is the curriculum based around say, battle magic(with a lot of infighting or w/e going on in secret), or more aimed to be a more mundane everyday type of thing?

I'd love to do something around ferrokinesis. Exactly what depends on the answers to the questions, but I envision some kind of blademancer type of concept.

Online Angie

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #24 on: November 20, 2017, 11:16:22 PM »
I really love this character.
One thing, I probably didn't make this clear enough in the initial post. The four royal families were killed off between 1858 and 1912. Non-royals don't necessarily need to be bastards in present day. It's more that the royal lines of those particular classes were snuffed out. Basically those events took place a long time ago, so someone alive today wouldn't have had to sneak away like that - unless your bio is referring to the more recent terrorist attacks. But then those only started happening within the last few years, which wouldn't have effected his childhood.
Otherwise, I think he'll be a really cool addition to the staff at Rookshaven.

Oh, also, as a teacher, you can choose a third ability.


I'll just alter it so that the fleeing happened earlier and the family basically transplanted themselves into China, and his talents have caused the leadership to notice him.

Also I'm forgoing having a third ability-I forgot to put it in the bio or anywhere in the sheet, but I want him to be incredibly skilled at martial arts but the training for that cut into magical training so he has two abilities plus kung fu or tae kwon do or something.

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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #25 on: November 21, 2017, 12:55:28 AM »
It can be humanoids like mermaids. Werewolves would fall closer to Beast Binding. Vampires, Succubi/Incubi (demons and undead) are too close to Necromancy, so I would have to veto those.
Also keep in mind that Mythics weren't allowed into the school until 2013, so the oldest Mythic students would still be in primary school. Teacher positions as Mythic are available though, as a way to break apart the stigma and mystery surrounding Mythics. Another bit to keep in mind - Mythics originate in South East Asia, so it may be better to choose from mythical creatures and beings from folklore in that region.


I understand. I was just throwing out random examples I could think of off the top of my head.

Offline Steir

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #26 on: November 21, 2017, 01:19:55 AM »
This idea interests me.

Is it possible for characters to originate from any part of the world?

Been thinking if it were possible for an upstart clan to attempt grooming offsprings to have their preferred types of magic (for example arranging a marriage between a light mage and a dark mage, and then training their offspring to see if they can manage the use of both magic). Would this idea be probable in the setting? What are the possible complications for such a combination?

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #27 on: November 21, 2017, 06:50:26 AM »
This game looks quite interesting. (Not to mention, Angie, Sephie, and Dhi are here :) ) I think I'll join. However, may I ask how the abilities of the cross-blooded work at the start of character creation? I'd like to have my meek mage to have a stoic golem guardian.

With the cross-blooded characters, they would start at birth with an ability to access 1 ability from each class of their parentage, albeit neither ability would be overly strong. However, by the time they reach puberty (11-14, depending on the character), one ability would dissipate until they can feel it but not access it while the other ability would grow in power. For this reason, cross-breeding is frowned upon among the older, more powerful families - it dilutes the bloodlines as well as the powers. That said, if I'm understanding what you plan to do, your character sounds 100% plausible.

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #28 on: November 21, 2017, 07:07:35 AM »
Hmm. Interesting.

A couple of questions.

Would playing a character who can only use one power, but is a prodigy with it be ok?

Just to clarify, are we playing as school students or Uni students?

If university students are ok, could we play older students say 25-30, who is doing some kind of postgrad, and maybe doing some tutoring on the side?

And probably most importantly, how is magic seen? Is the curriculum based around say, battle magic(with a lot of infighting or w/e going on in secret), or more aimed to be a more mundane everyday type of thing?

I'd love to do something around ferrokinesis. Exactly what depends on the answers to the questions, but I envision some kind of blademancer type of concept.

Ok, so as writers, I hate to squish creativity, but there has to be limits.
To answer your questions, I would have to veto a prodigy character. Even with one ability, still no.
The group is for later secondary school (American high school) aged teens through to university.
I would prefer it if student ages were capped at 26, with older characters taking the roles of teachers.
It sounds like you're setting your character idea up to be something of a lone snowflake-y wolf, which I would really like to avoid since it tends to create stagnant plots in groups.
Among the classes that students take, after they've declared their abilities, specialty classes are added to their curriculum.
  Students take classes on the history of their specific abilities. They also take classes teaching them how to control their abilities, how to use them to protect themselves and others.
Battle magic is not taught, but perhaps if we ask nicely, we can convince our resident PE teacher to start a club or a team that teaches how to use abilities on the offense (in a safe and controlled facility with healing mages on staff).
One big issue within the game is that the Council/Government is trying to keep a very tight hold on the mage community. They wouldn't take kindly to mages learning how to battle, preparing for a war.

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #29 on: November 21, 2017, 07:27:30 AM »
This idea interests me.

Is it possible for characters to originate from any part of the world?

Been thinking if it were possible for an upstart clan to attempt grooming offsprings to have their preferred types of magic (for example arranging a marriage between a light mage and a dark mage, and then training their offspring to see if they can manage the use of both magic). Would this idea be probable in the setting? What are the possible complications for such a combination?

Characters can come from any part of the world, provided they speak English. The royal families are from around Europe, with the exception of the Moreau who migrated from North-Western Africa and settled into France in the early 1600s. Mythics originate from South East Asia. Necromancers from America. If you can work into your backstory how your character and their family got to where eventually came from, then I see no qualms with them coming from anywhere.

Regarding your plan to wreck my precious world that no one's even started playing in yet, yeah ok fine. I can get behind an upstart clan attempting to overthrow the current order. Cross-classed mages, regardless of training, would not be able to use abilities from both sides after puberty. In order for a plan like that to work, you would need generations of cross-classed with the same blend of abilities in their early life to mate over and over, within the same genetic family for at least 6 generations. Not saying it's impossible, just really unlikely. Martha with Photokinesis and shadow camouflage in her early life would need to mate with Ted who had light absorbtion and light mimicy in his early life. That baby would have light absorbtion and photokinesis in early life. Baby Jane would need to mate someone blood related to her that had light mimicry and shadow camouflage. And so on, resulting in a very inbred science experiment. Then the clan would need to replicate that experiment several times over with other pairings in order to have enough people to to the kind of harm, I think you're thinking of doing.
It's an interesting concept, and I like where your head is at.

Offline Yugishogun

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #30 on: November 21, 2017, 07:43:34 AM »
With the cross-blooded characters, they would start at birth with an ability to access 1 ability from each class of their parentage, albeit neither ability would be overly strong. However, by the time they reach puberty (11-14, depending on the character), one ability would dissipate until they can feel it but not access it while the other ability would grow in power. For this reason, cross-breeding is frowned upon among the older, more powerful families - it dilutes the bloodlines as well as the powers. That said, if I'm understanding what you plan to do, your character sounds 100% plausible.

Thank you for explaining. I'll have a sheet up soon. :)

Offline firepyre

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #31 on: November 21, 2017, 07:44:50 AM »
Ok, so as writers, I hate to squish creativity, but there has to be limits.
To answer your questions, I would have to veto a prodigy character. Even with one ability, still no.
The group is for later secondary school (American high school) aged teens through to university.
I would prefer it if student ages were capped at 26, with older characters taking the roles of teachers.
It sounds like you're setting your character idea up to be something of a lone snowflake-y wolf, which I would really like to avoid since it tends to create stagnant plots in groups.
Among the classes that students take, after they've declared their abilities, specialty classes are added to their curriculum.
  Students take classes on the history of their specific abilities. They also take classes teaching them how to control their abilities, how to use them to protect themselves and others.
Battle magic is not taught, but perhaps if we ask nicely, we can convince our resident PE teacher to start a club or a team that teaches how to use abilities on the offense (in a safe and controlled facility with healing mages on staff).
One big issue within the game is that the Council/Government is trying to keep a very tight hold on the mage community. They wouldn't take kindly to mages learning how to battle, preparing for a war.


Ouch! Snowflake?

Harsh, but fair enough. I was hoping for something a bit more... edgy.

Offline Yugishogun

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #32 on: November 21, 2017, 08:20:51 AM »
Player Name: Yugishogun

Character Name: Sakurako Oba

Character Nickname (if applicable): Halfbreed (Commonly used by the racist mages that encounter her), Saku-chan (A nickname used by her deceased family)

Age: 18

Grade Level: First Year of Uni

Mage Class: Earth Binding/Dark Binding

   Sub-abilities: Golem Creation / Umbraportation (Dissipated)


Brief History: Sakurako's family wasn't exactly "tolerated" by her hometown of Odaiba due to her father's dark lineage and the odd abundance of mages in the Aomi District they resided in. Hence, while the meek bookworm was aware she could use shadows for a personal door at a time in her life, she usually feigned from using it. What she more focused on was creating a "friend", as those seemed to be in short supply. So the soft-spoken wallflower created "Kakuri", a golem she personally perfected over time to be her personal guardian and companion of a nice six feet tall. She happened to be a big help when the racism of several mages in the area grew to the point of setting her family's home ablaze at the age of 18. The authorities read it as arson, while the offending casters just pinned it off with something related to the rebellion and other forms of poor justification. Without the chance to even give her parents a proper burial, she fled the country with her only friend as she didn't know exactly who she could trust on the island anymore. She applied for Rookshaven mostly for the purposes of a some room and board more than anything.

Kakuri
« Last Edit: November 21, 2017, 08:23:31 AM by Yugishogun »

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #33 on: November 21, 2017, 10:57:24 AM »
Ouch! Snowflake?

Harsh, but fair enough. I was hoping for something a bit more... edgy.

Apologies. My concern is that the character you appear to be toying with would be too different and not have a place within a group story. Originality is exquisite and encouraged. The overall idea of a ferrokinesis blade master is a really cool take, that I hope you pursue. I understand, however, if you feel this SL will pigeon-hole you too much.

Player Name: Yugishogun

Character Name: Sakurako Oba

Welcome, Yugishon! Glad to have you.

Online Angie

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #34 on: November 21, 2017, 11:10:33 AM »

Player Name: Angie

Character Name: Johnathan Hodsen

Character Nickname (if applicable): Earthbreaker

Age: 39

Grade Level: Teacher

Mage Class: Earth Binder

   Sub-abilities: Geokinesis, Terrakinesis (Martial Arts training happened instead of learning/manifesting/somehow gaining a third ability)

Brief History: Johnathan's family history is muddy, but what is known is that his ancestors fled to China during the first rebellion. No one is quite sure why, though it is suspected that a child was recently born and the move was made for protection. As for Johnathan himself, he spent more time practicing more physical disciplines instead of practicing his magic, to his parents eternal disappointment. However, with the rise of the internet, his talents both for Earth Binding (he did learn, just not as quickly or as much) and physical prowess got him noticed by the administration of Rookshaven, who offered him a job. He has graciously accepted, though he has no idea what he's getting himself into with the political situation.

Second draft, should be better then the first.

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #35 on: November 21, 2017, 12:16:47 PM »
alrighty, you're all set, Angie.

Offline Yugishogun

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #36 on: November 21, 2017, 12:25:42 PM »
Welcome, Yugishon! Glad to have you.

Glad to be here. :)

Offline Dhi

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #37 on: November 21, 2017, 01:05:23 PM »
Could aerokinesis (air binding) be used to affect music? I'd like to write a character whose magic is musical in nature, but I'm not sure which element to plug her into.

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #38 on: November 21, 2017, 02:11:04 PM »
Could aerokinesis (air binding) be used to affect music? I'd like to write a character whose magic is musical in nature, but I'm not sure which element to plug her into.

Could you elaborate what you mean by "effect music?"

Offline Dhi

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #39 on: November 21, 2017, 02:23:23 PM »
Sure! A vocal musician masters the instrument of her voice by controlling how air leaves her body, right? I'd like to apply the same kind of technique to someone who plays an instrument, influencing the air around her instrument to create new harmonics and bend acoustics into sounds that are supernatural, but not in any way dangerous.

Offline Dhi

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #40 on: November 21, 2017, 02:42:47 PM »
I'd like to write a student who plays a guzheng

and transforms the sharp chords into eddies of sound.
« Last Edit: November 22, 2017, 12:59:28 PM by Dhi »

Offline Crash

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #41 on: November 21, 2017, 03:03:04 PM »
This looks interesting.  *bookmarked for future consideration.*

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #42 on: November 21, 2017, 05:21:54 PM »
Sure! A vocal musician masters the instrument of her voice by controlling how air leaves her body, right? I'd like to apply the same kind of technique to someone who plays an instrument, influencing the air around her instrument to create new harmonics and bend acoustics into sounds that are supernatural, but not in any way dangerous.

it might be the rum, but I dig this shit. if you can write it, you can play it. Go forth!

Offline Steir

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #43 on: November 21, 2017, 10:13:00 PM »
Characters can come from any part of the world, provided they speak English. The royal families are from around Europe, with the exception of the Moreau who migrated from North-Western Africa and settled into France in the early 1600s. Mythics originate from South East Asia. Necromancers from America. If you can work into your backstory how your character and their family got to where eventually came from, then I see no qualms with them coming from anywhere.

Regarding your plan to wreck my precious world that no one's even started playing in yet, yeah ok fine. I can get behind an upstart clan attempting to overthrow the current order. Cross-classed mages, regardless of training, would not be able to use abilities from both sides after puberty. In order for a plan like that to work, you would need generations of cross-classed with the same blend of abilities in their early life to mate over and over, within the same genetic family for at least 6 generations. Not saying it's impossible, just really unlikely. Martha with Photokinesis and shadow camouflage in her early life would need to mate with Ted who had light absorbtion and light mimicy in his early life. That baby would have light absorbtion and photokinesis in early life. Baby Jane would need to mate someone blood related to her that had light mimicry and shadow camouflage. And so on, resulting in a very inbred science experiment. Then the clan would need to replicate that experiment several times over with other pairings in order to have enough people to to the kind of harm, I think you're thinking of doing.
It's an interesting concept, and I like where your head is at.


>:3c

Let's see how this works then. It just happens that the picture has lots of black and white in it. Let me know if this idea needs any adjustments. ;)

Player Name: Steir

Character Name: Jonathan Zhou/Zhou Yang Guang

Character Nickname (if applicable): Ah-Yang by his family, or just Yang or Jon for everyone else

Age: 18

Grade Level: First Year of University

Mage Class: Light Binder (officially)

   Sub-abilities: Photokinesis, umbraportation


Brief History:
Jonathan hails from a long line of mages from China that belonged to a clan better known as the Dao Congregation. The clan was most known for cultivating great mages of the country through the ages, and less known for a complex breeding program that involved crossbreeding of mages of various talents in an attempt to overcome the limitation of mages being limited to a single magic type. Jonathan happens to be one of a handful of children from the congregation to first manifest this trait, hailing from a family whose lineage involved the extensive crossbreeding between light and dark mages.

While the young man's entry into Rookshaven Academy has political motives from his clan (to show off how superior magic from the clan was compared to others among many things), Jonathan was simply more than happy for the change of scenery. Most of his life was spent in rigorous training and tutelage to ensure he could use both of his abilities that he never had the chance to do anything fun during his childhood. He sees this move as a chance for him to loosen up and experience things he didn't get a chance to back home.

Offline TheBlackThrone

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #44 on: November 22, 2017, 04:58:00 AM »
I'm going to apply for Spirit/Ivanov if you'll have me.  :-) I only have less than an hour so I may not get a CS up in time, but I definitely will later today.

I have a question.

1. What is the date that this game takes place?

You say Modern Day. Are you using 2017?
« Last Edit: November 22, 2017, 05:25:37 AM by TheBlackThrone »

Offline Paladin101

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #45 on: November 22, 2017, 08:41:23 AM »
Interested! Think I will put together an air mage, aerokinesis and flight, for consideration later. :) Thinking someone who loves new sights and experiences, learning new things, a gypsy soul that drifts on the winds he conjures, which makes sitting still for school a real challenge.

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #46 on: November 22, 2017, 08:44:09 AM »
>:3c

Let's see how this works then. It just happens that the picture has lots of black and white in it. Let me know if this idea needs any adjustments. ;)

Player Name: Steir

Character Name: Jonathan Zhou/Zhou Yang Guang

Character Nickname (if applicable): Ah-Yang by his family, or just Yang or Jon for everyone else

Age: 18

Grade Level: First Year of University

Mage Class: Light Binder (officially)

   Sub-abilities: Photokinesis, umbraportation


Brief History:
Jonathan hails from a long line of mages from China that belonged to a clan better known as the Dao Congregation. The clan was most known for cultivating great mages of the country through the ages, and less known for a complex breeding program that involved crossbreeding of mages of various talents in an attempt to overcome the limitation of mages being limited to a single magic type. Jonathan happens to be one of a handful of children from the congregation to first manifest this trait, hailing from a family whose lineage involved the extensive crossbreeding between light and dark mages.

While the young man's entry into Rookshaven Academy has political motives from his clan (to show off how superior magic from the clan was compared to others among many things), Jonathan was simply more than happy for the change of scenery. Most of his life was spent in rigorous training and tutelage to ensure he could use both of his abilities that he never had the chance to do anything fun during his childhood. He sees this move as a chance for him to loosen up and experience things he didn't get a chance to back home.


Out of curiosity, are you playing a character that has already been through the six generations of inbreeding to create a dual-class mage?
If so, I'm sorry I can't approve this character.

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #47 on: November 22, 2017, 08:46:14 AM »
I'm going to apply for Spirit/Ivanov if you'll have me.  :-) I only have less than an hour so I may not get a CS up in time, but I definitely will later today.

I have a question.

1. What is the date that this game takes place?

You say Modern Day. Are you using 2017?

Sounds good, just specify somewhere in your app that you'd like your character to be an heir to the Ivanov royal family.
The SL takes place in present day.

Offline Kathyan

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #48 on: November 22, 2017, 12:09:17 PM »
I'm going to apply for Spirit/Ivanov if you'll have me.  :-) I only have less than an hour so I may not get a CS up in time, but I definitely will later today.

I have a question.

1. What is the date that this game takes place?

You say Modern Day. Are you using 2017?
Oh that should be interesting :) having two members of the same royal family, maybe competing for the heir title. I assume the Ivanov family is big enough so they are not necessarily are closely related right?

In the meantime here is my application, let me know if something needs changing.



Player Name: Kathyan

Character Name: Dominika Ivanov

Character Nickname (if applicable): Princess, Domme

Age: 17

Grade Level: Last year of high school but already looking into the sororities of the university

Mage Class: Spirit Magic

   Sub-abilities: Psychic Manipulation, Psychic Shield and Attack


Brief History:
With her being an heir to the Ivanov Royalty and her family having always being so close to the czars it was expected of Dominika to be as arrogant and conceited as she was. Her own magical ability to influence others further contributed to this, or that's if they allowed to use it more freely but at home she had always been repressed, for her own safety they said, not allowing her to practice her magic with the freedom she wanted. To that it should be added that after the rebellion broke out the Ivanov wanted to protect their heirs thus not letting Dominika go out to the outside world so it was a double blessing for her when she was taken to the academy. In there she would instantly find her niche as a popular, though bitchy, student who could get away with almost anything that she wanted.

Offline TheBlackThrone

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #49 on: November 22, 2017, 12:13:07 PM »
We chose the same skills lol. I'll change his skills up. I have the CS in a post on preview. I just haven't posted it yet because of YouTube.

He is also 21.

Offline TheBlackThrone

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #50 on: November 22, 2017, 12:43:00 PM »

Face Claim: Tyler Bachtel
Player Name: TheBlackThrone

Character Nickname (if applicable): Alex, Alyosha, Sasha

Age: 21

Grade Level: Third Year

Mage Class: Spirit

   Sub-abilities: Psychic Possession and Anti-Psychic Presence


Brief History:

     Aleksey is the son of Dmitri and Gamila Ivanov, the remaining surviving bloodline of a royal family near driven to extinction. The Ivanovs were as resilient as Russians were expected to be. Their generations not only survived persecution by the non-bloods, but the cold. The Ivanovs lived in an elaborate mansion in Ekaterinburg. Dmitri made a living as a professor at Ural Federal University, while also being a consultant for the Federal Security Service (FSB). His mother was a famed wedding planner. The family’s secret had been closely guarded until Aleksey began to openly demonstrate his powers. He possessed several of the servants, and even attempted to possess his own father.

     The Ivanovs were reminded of the Rookshaven Academy when they received a pamphlet/newsletter in the mail informing them of the changes made to the school. They were among the alumni there, and in order to instill some self-control into the heir, they thought it best he attend school among fellow casters. Aleksey had since been at the school for three years, charming the panties off the fresh meat and enjoying how he always had guinea pigs to test his abilities on. Each year seemed to only make him more and more adept.

Offline Paladin101

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #51 on: November 22, 2017, 01:07:39 PM »
Out of curiosity, what would the difference be between Aerokinesis and Wind Generation? So an Aerokinesis can affect wind that is already there and reshape it, but not start a gust of wind from scratch, or simply can't produce as forceful a gust as Wind Generation?


Player Name:

Character Name: Richard Hawkins

Character Nickname (if applicable): Richie or Hawk(due to his propensity for spending more time flying than walking when allowed) by his friends. Gypsy, by those who look down on his lack of roots.

Age: 21

Grade Level: Third Year Uni

Mage Class: Air

   Sub-abilities: Aerokinesis, Flight


Brief History:

Richard is the son of a family of Immigrants who moved to America from England shortly after the rebellion. They have traveled and relocated frequently throughout the following years, never sitting still in any one place for too long. Growing up Richard was always curious why they were always moving, never sitting still, but it didn't truly bother him. The first magic he developed was flight, which he discovered when he tried to leap up to see over a wall out of curiosity, and ended up soaring upwards 15 feet to smack his head into a tree branch and pass out. Curiosity has continued to get him in trouble ever since!

Tragedy came into his life however when he was sent word at the school when he was 16, that his parents had died in a sudden freak wildfire. Some locals tried to blame it on them, claiming his mother, a fire binder, had lit the flame, and his father, an air binder, had fanned the flames and fueled the fire by trying to use his air magics to snuff it out. Richard has never believed that, he thinks someone killed his parents, because they were set to tell him that year when he came home, why the family was always moving, and why they had never wanted to live in other magic communities. His parents left him enough money in their will that he won't be left wanting, and can finish his schooling before he has to worry about how he is going to earn a living. Still, his clothes tend to be one step above that of the poor members of the school, and one step below that of the rich students, as he husbands and tries to preserve as much of his money as he can.



Hope this works, was just an idea that came as I started writing. Can certainly change if desired!

Offline firepyre

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #52 on: November 22, 2017, 01:22:29 PM »
Took another stab.

So many good puns to use! Hopefully this one is more to your liking. I still don't know what to pick as a second power though.

Player Name: Firepyre

Character Name: Eric Demoux

Character Nickname (if applicable):

Age: 19

Grade Level: First year uni. (Took a gap year)

Mage Class: Earthbinding

   Sub-abilities: Ferrokinesis, Alloplasty


Brief History: Coming from a far less privileged background than most, Eric is attending university on a scholarship grant. He is a fairly vocal supporter of the anti-establishment movement, believing that individual merit ought to be the basis for advancement, rather than the blood in your veins. Though this makes him a favored target of the old bloods, constantly on the verge of being pushed out, he weathers it with the same unyielding resilience as the metal he manipulates, and is ever ready to fight in the name of others, often taking it upon himself to step in for those who won't or can't defend themselves(often whether they like it or not), and frequently finding himself in the headmasters office, and cementing his reputation as a troublemaker, albeit a talented one, showing exceptional finesse with metal manipulation. It's rare to see him without some small metal object orbiting his person, something he does subconsciously, in much the same way others might fidget.
« Last Edit: November 22, 2017, 08:30:27 PM by firepyre »

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #53 on: November 22, 2017, 02:07:57 PM »
So many awesome applications to process. I dig the overall fee of all of them. There's a real sense of depth to them, and I'm thrilled to have you all on board.
I just have a couple of notes.

Kathyan, greek life isn't as big a thing in the UK as it is in the states. Outside of that, you're perfect and so is your character. Welcome.

TheBlackThorne, your character is zesty and I dig it. I'll be posting in the actual rp forums more information about the classes, but if you want to jump ahead of the curve - I highly recommend messaging either Kathyan  or myself regarding the specific limitations of Spirit.
Regarding your two characters, while the "Heir Apparent" would be the oldest living, non-council member. Prior to joining the council as the official Heir and Head of the Bloodline, it is put to a vote among the nobles of that mage class. That being said, Alex is the Heir Apparent, but don't count Domme out juuuuust yet. Welcome aboard!

Firepyre, regarding your sub-abilities - are you asking me to choose a secondary one for him?
Aside from that, your character is awesome - welcome the fuck to Rookshaven!

Paladin101, to answer your initial question and verify your answer to it. As you suspected, wind generation is the ability to create wind where there isn't, like indoors. Aerokinesis is using the wind that's already present and shaping it to your will. That said, welcome to Rookshaven!

Offline Paladin101

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #54 on: November 22, 2017, 02:11:43 PM »

Paladin101, to answer your initial question and verify your answer to it. As you suspected, wind generation is the ability to create wind where there isn't, like indoors. Aerokinesis is using the wind that's already present and shaping it to your will. That said, welcome to Rookshaven!


Woot!

So question, would Aerokinesis still be able to do things like manipulate air to lift a book/something lighter off a table, or direct the flight of a paper airplane? or Would they be very limited in capabilities while inside? Just want to get a feel for it so I don't overstep later. :)

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #55 on: November 22, 2017, 02:36:30 PM »
Woot!

So question, would Aerokinesis still be able to do things like manipulate air to lift a book/something lighter off a table, or direct the flight of a paper airplane? or Would they be very limited in capabilities while inside? Just want to get a feel for it so I don't overstep later. :)

There's air conditioning inside and some teachers tend to keep the windows open, so your character will still have access to wind. But if there's no air movement, he could find himself stuck. i don't see that happening often though.


On another note, I'm working on consolidating all the apps and information to create an RP thread now that there's a solid handful of players. If you don't see your characters up, everyone, just give me a minute.

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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #56 on: November 22, 2017, 04:22:35 PM »
I'm working on a teacher character. Just have to figure out her history... lol

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #57 on: November 22, 2017, 05:08:59 PM »
Another teacher sounds awesome!


Also there are some abilities that are universal to all castors. I'll be adding the information for that to the RP thread. The link to the RP thread is at the bottom of the first post in this thread. Check for it around 6:40 pm eastern standard today.

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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #58 on: November 22, 2017, 05:25:53 PM »

Player Name: Caela

Character Name: Ellesbeth Jasmine Ombra-Notte

Character Nickname: Close friends can call her Ell...anyone else shortening her name will be pointedly ignored

Age: 20 

Grade Level: 2nd year University

Mage Class: Darkbinder

Sub-abilities:
  • Animated Shadow
  • Umbraportation

Brief History: The daughter of two Darkbinders (Xavier Notte and Francesca Ombra) she grew up playing with shadows. Her favorite game as a child was hide-and-seek with her cousins because she always won! It took them years to realize that the reason they could never find her was that she switched rooms (and sometimes entire houses!) anytime she hid. Noting her mischeivous nature, her parents sought to quell some of her more impetuous games because they recognized that people would be suspicious of her simply because of the branch of magic she was born into. They sought to teach her kindness and generosity while also instilling pride in her family line and the power that came with it. What she learned was that oftentimes people would be bigoted against her simply because of her name and while she is kind and generous to those in need, or those she cares for, she is also slow to trust new people. She knows that being a descendant of the Notte line, people will often have preconcieved notions of what Ellesbeth will be like and she usually seeks to confound them....though sometimes she deliberatly feeds into their ignorance and bigotry simply for the amusement of it. Her parents didn't send her to Rookshaven for her primary schooling, instead they sent her to private schools and worked on training her abilities themselves. She didn't appear at Rookshaven until she was 18 and her parents decided it would be the best place for her to take University level classes and receive advanced training in her particular abilities.

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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #59 on: November 22, 2017, 05:40:23 PM »

Out of curiosity, are you playing a character that has already been through the six generations of inbreeding to create a dual-class mage?
If so, I'm sorry I can't approve this character.


That was the intention, though I'd want to hear your thoughts on why the character is not to your liking. Would it be better to pick one that is still in the process of inbreeding, like somewhere along the first to third generations?

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #60 on: November 22, 2017, 06:07:10 PM »
Caela, welcome to Rookshaven!


Steir, at this point in time I am not willing to have a character with dual-class in the SL. I chose the abilities, classes, and lore specifically to avoid this. Any mixed classes have 1 ability only in this current carnation of the story.
I am open to the idea of a group trying to overthrow the government and recruit students to their side, but right now the answer to dual-classing is no.

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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #61 on: November 22, 2017, 06:14:09 PM »
Annoying Sephie has another question. lol

I'd like to go with the Mythic teacher idea. The FAQ in the second post says that teachers can choose a third ability; but there are only three abilities listed for the Mythic class. Should I just stick with one, or two? I don't want it to seem like I'm trying to make an OP character if I list all three. (I hope I phrased this in a way that makes sense. lol)

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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #62 on: November 22, 2017, 06:20:47 PM »
I'm going to email you in response, if that's ok?

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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #63 on: November 22, 2017, 06:21:54 PM »
I'm going to email you in response, if that's ok?

Sure!

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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #64 on: November 22, 2017, 06:53:48 PM »

Firepyre, regarding your sub-abilities - are you asking me to choose a secondary one for him?
Aside from that, your character is awesome - welcome the fuck to Rookshaven!

Not really worried what powers he might have besides the ferrokinesis. I can't really see him using any of the others. Hence the original one power pitch.

However, after the explanation of wind generation and aerokinesis, I've been thinking there should probably be a complementary power to ferokinesis, something like... Alloplasty. Ferokinesis is the ability to control metallic objects, and Alloplasty would be the ability to soften metal to a putty or liquid so it can be moulded into shapes or even alloyed with other metals, with uses ranging from shaping a model or bending iron to restrain someone, at a basic level, to advanced uses like drawing metal directly from ore, or forming intricate objects at an expert(teacher)level.

If you're ok with it, I'd like that as a second power.

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #65 on: November 22, 2017, 07:10:57 PM »
Not really worried what powers he might have besides the ferrokinesis. I can't really see him using any of the others. Hence the original one power pitch.

However, after the explanation of wind generation and aerokinesis, I've been thinking there should probably be a complementary power to ferokinesis, something like... Alloplasty. Ferokinesis is the ability to control metallic objects, and Alloplasty would be the ability to soften metal to a putty or liquid so it can be moulded into shapes or even alloyed with other metals, with uses ranging from shaping a model or bending iron to restrain someone, at a basic level, to advanced uses like drawing metal directly from ore, or forming intricate objects at an expert(teacher)level.

If you're ok with it, I'd like that as a second power.


I will hesitantly allow Alloplasty.

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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #66 on: November 22, 2017, 08:34:30 PM »
Steir, at this point in time I am not willing to have a character with dual-class in the SL. I chose the abilities, classes, and lore specifically to avoid this. Any mixed classes have 1 ability only in this current carnation of the story.
I am open to the idea of a group trying to overthrow the government and recruit students to their side, but right now the answer to dual-classing is no.


I understand. Let me fix my character and pull that out. Thanks for letting me know!

Player Name: Steir

Character Name: Jonathan Zhou/Zhou Yang Guang

Character Nickname (if applicable): Ah-Yang by his family, or just Yang or Jon for everyone else

Age: 18

Grade Level: First Year of University

Mage Class: Light Binder

   Sub-abilities: Photokinesis, Evil Banish


Brief History:
Jonathan hails from a long line of mages from China that belonged to a clan better known as the Dao Congregation. The clan was most known for cultivating great mages of the country through the ages, and have been starting to spread its influence outside the country recently by sending their younger members to join in schools and other institutions of other countries.

While the young man's entry into Rookshaven Academy has political motives from his clan (to show off how superior magic from the clan was compared to others among many things), Jonathan was simply more than happy for the change of scenery. Most of his life was spent in rigorous training and tutelage to ensure he could use both of his abilities that he never had the chance to do anything fun during his childhood. He sees this move as a chance for him to loosen up and experience things he didn't get a chance to back home.

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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #67 on: November 22, 2017, 09:01:08 PM »
Still in for this as a Fire Binder. :)

Going to work on my character asap!

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #68 on: November 22, 2017, 09:32:05 PM »
Still in for this as a Fire Binder. :)

Going to work on my character asap!

glad to hear it.

I've been updating the RP thread with the new admissions. So far, everyone's up.

 
« Last Edit: November 22, 2017, 10:10:58 PM by Anouk Daae »

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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #69 on: November 22, 2017, 11:05:59 PM »
Since I'm not seeing one, might I suggest the creation of an OOC thread for this game? It helps with planning and also just being friendly with each other if we have a place to 'hang out'. And it'll really help me so that Terry-I mean Johnathan-can be offered as a moment killer for IC threads! (Like say, two players are about to get involved and they want an interruption for comedic purposes)

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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #70 on: November 22, 2017, 11:32:26 PM »
Player Name: Chreestafer

Character Name: Tristyn Bishop

Character Nickname (if applicable): Fire Child

Age: 19

Grade Level: College Freshman

Mage Class: Fire Binder

   Sub-abilities: Pyrokinesis , Mimicry


Brief History: Tristyn Bishop never knew who his parents were.  His earliest memory at this age was the multitude of fights he'd get in at the orphanage.  Tristyn was often bullied due to the redness of his hair and the auburn hues to his eyes.  It wasn't until one of the fights he had gotten into that he earned the name Fire Child after trying to set one kids bunk on fire after an out break.  His orphanage was a small unknown organization.  However one of the directors, secretly a binder herself, noticed his potential.  It didn't take long before he found himself leaving for the schools to learn to control his abilities.

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #71 on: November 23, 2017, 06:54:31 AM »
Since I'm not seeing one, might I suggest the creation of an OOC thread for this game? It helps with planning and also just being friendly with each other if we have a place to 'hang out'. And it'll really help me so that Terry-I mean Johnathan-can be offered as a moment killer for IC threads! (Like say, two players are about to get involved and they want an interruption for comedic purposes)

Excellent idea.
Things might be a little slow moving today because of the holiday, on my end, but I'll make that ASAP.

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
« Reply #72 on: November 23, 2017, 07:07:04 AM »
Welcome to Rookshaven, Chreestafer.

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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Open Admission
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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Still Recruiting
« Reply #74 on: November 24, 2017, 11:25:54 AM »
Still recruiting for royal students, Mythics, Beast class, Light class and teachers.
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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Still Recruiting
« Reply #75 on: November 26, 2017, 02:54:16 AM »
I'm still interested. Just having a hell of a time trying to think of a history for my character. As well as choosing a mythical creature. lol

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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Still Recruiting
« Reply #76 on: November 26, 2017, 05:19:20 AM »
Very interested and open to possibilities...
Please contact me to recruit me into a Royal Family or magic type.
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Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Still Recruiting
« Reply #77 on: November 26, 2017, 10:20:37 AM »
I'm still interested. Just having a hell of a time trying to think of a history for my character. As well as choosing a mythical creature. lol

No problem. If you want someone to bounce ideas off of, I'm always around.

Offline devish

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting Female Characters
« Reply #78 on: November 26, 2017, 04:44:54 PM »
Interested!  Will work on a character sheet and find a photo today.

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting Female Characters
« Reply #79 on: November 26, 2017, 04:45:41 PM »
Yaaaaay!!!
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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting Female Characters
« Reply #80 on: November 26, 2017, 09:09:31 PM »


Player Name:
Devish

Character Name:
Guinevere Lange

Character Nickname (if applicable):
Gwen

Age:
21

Grade Level:
3rd year

Mage Class:
Spirit

   Sub-abilities:
Psychic Posession
Aura Reading

Brief History:
Gwen was born to parents who both served in the US military.  Growing up, Gwen and her older and younger sister were moved around frequently depending on their mother's current station until finally settling in Germany for most of her early schooling.  Unknown to either parent, a line of magic ran through her father's line, skipping a few generations or manifesting too subtly to be noticed.  When she began to feel the emotions and thoughts of those around her, her family took her to a psychiatrist, keeping her in therapy for over a year.  While the therapy was not treating the correct underlying cause, it did allow her to create barriers between herself and others, dimming or raising the intensity with more control.  Therapy also provided a better path for her: St. Margaret's and Gwen was able to attend the school at eighteen, shaping and forming her abilities and finding herself among peers she understood and felt she belonged with.


Let me know if I should make any revisions to it, looking forward to catching up on the IC thread!

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting Female Characters
« Reply #81 on: November 26, 2017, 09:46:11 PM »
Aside from the school name, you're good. St Margaret's was the name of the girl's academy back when there were two schools, before the first uprising. Now, the boy's school is in ruins and St Margaret's was expanded and turned into Rookshaven. I'll add you right away.
Thank you, and welcome!

Offline Dashenka

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting Female Characters
« Reply #82 on: November 27, 2017, 03:33:03 AM »
This looks really interesting. Have I missed the start or are you still in the recruiting phase?

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting Female Characters
« Reply #83 on: November 27, 2017, 10:25:15 AM »
This looks really interesting. Have I missed the start or are you still in the recruiting phase?

We are still recruiting, but have also already started playing. Once applied, you can jump right in.

Offline Dashenka

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting Female Characters
« Reply #84 on: November 27, 2017, 10:32:51 AM »
I have missed the OOC and IC thread then :D

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting Female Characters
« Reply #85 on: November 27, 2017, 10:37:17 AM »
I have missed the OOC and IC thread then :D

Not a problem. Both are listed at the bottom of the very first post.

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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting Female Characters
« Reply #86 on: November 27, 2017, 10:48:06 AM »
I'll get to making a character asap.

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting Female Characters
« Reply #87 on: November 27, 2017, 11:53:31 AM »
I'll get to making a character asap.

Hurray!!!

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting All Characters
« Reply #88 on: November 30, 2017, 03:06:51 PM »
This is sort of a bump.

The school is set in present day and times. Within the upcoming weeks, there will be a Yule Ball - great way for all characters to come together, in one location, wearing their fanciest clothes.
After the ball, shenanigans in the haunted, abandoned boy's school. Followed by a week and a half of "holiday" where there's no classes to be had - just magical students in coed dorms, where demons may or may not be unleashed.
And speaking of demons, ritualistic sacrifices of virgins and the like is also on the menu for 2018.
If any of this sounds interesting, definitely apply!


Lastly, if you have experience as a GM and think you want to take on that role as a Co-GM, message me privately. 

Offline Amarlo

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting All Characters
« Reply #89 on: December 01, 2017, 01:11:54 AM »
I have to say, I'm intrigued. Is there a character thread though?

Offline Dashenka

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting All Characters
« Reply #90 on: December 01, 2017, 02:52:11 AM »
First post of this thread, in the IC is a character roster :)

Offline Chaosfox

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting All Characters
« Reply #91 on: December 01, 2017, 08:36:36 AM »
 Marking an Interest in  this I have an idea for a light or beast  caster  Will probably end up doing a coin toss to chose  the write the character and change my mind.... or just write two characters and have some freinds help me decide who I should play XD.  Either way  I love the story you have put together for this. 

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting All Characters
« Reply #92 on: December 01, 2017, 03:03:12 PM »
I have to say, I'm intrigued. Is there a character thread though?

Hey Amarlo, as Dashenka mentioned the character list is on the IC thread. The link to the IC thread is at the bottom of the first post for this thread. But just in case that sentence didn't make as much sense on here as it did in my head, you can also click here, and it should take you directly to the the thread with the characters.

Marking an Interest in  this I have an idea for a light or beast  caster  Will probably end up doing a coin toss to chose  the write the character and change my mind.... or just write two characters and have some freinds help me decide who I should play XD.  Either way  I love the story you have put together for this. 

Chaosfox, a Light or Beast character would both be great additions to the group. We currently don't have any Light castors and only one Beast castor, so you're welcome to either. You can also make two characters and apply them both. I, myself, have two characters. If you have questions or ideas you want to toy with, feel free to message me or any other writer in the group for feedback or to establish pre-made connections between characters.

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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting All Characters
« Reply #93 on: December 06, 2017, 02:15:40 AM »
this really caught my eye and I am interested on. I have a character idea about a goth chick who is a necromancy caster.

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting All Characters
« Reply #94 on: December 06, 2017, 04:10:00 AM »
this really caught my eye and I am interested on. I have a character idea about a goth chick who is a necromancy caster.

Ooooooh that sounds really cool!

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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting All Characters
« Reply #95 on: December 06, 2017, 04:45:16 AM »
Player Name: DummieBlondie

Character Name: Emily BLACKWELL

Character Nickname (if applicable): Gimbo (mostly behind her back or by close friends to tease her)

Age: 18

Grade Level: First Year of University

Mage Class: Necromancy

   Sub-abilities: Life-Force Manipulation, Voodoo


Brief History: Emily's father was from a newly formed necromancer family which managed to climb the ladders of power quickly in the past hundred years at least for financial power. The necromancers are still new in the mage society and organised houses even rarer then necromancers. They were trying to build an empire, a royal blood in the necromancer mages to be able claim that it is their right to be accepted as royal family in the mage society. Maybe not in the near future but their affinity with dark arts gives them to be able to wait for centuries. It was a disaster for Emily's father when his father who was the head of the Eversouls family had found out that his son, his heir expecting a child from a necromancer mage who isn't part of their family who isn't even a pure blooded necromancer like them. They ran away together and tried to lay low but his father had found them eventually. Emily's Grandfather killed and magically made sure that her low life so called mother cannot be revived back from the death. Forcefully brought back his son to be who he planned him to be and ordered the girl to left an orphanage. Even if her father was the next heir to the family, he hadn't have the political power to fight or deny that from happening and one night she has left in front of an orphanage where is known there were some mages taking care of fellow orphan mages.
Emily's childhood was not easy. Being an orphan was something but on the top of that even the other orphan mage children were having second thoughts about getting close to her because of her necromancy. So she picked the easy route and started to stick around with other cast away souls like herself even-if  they were non-magic users. That was when she has found herself in the goth lifestyle. As the years past, that goth lifestyle had a part of her even while she like to look adorable, beautiful or sexy, Emily couldn't stop herself look like a goth chick at the same time. She mostly didn't care about her magical powers or wanted to be a part of the magical community. Emily's beauty was already caught some eyes and she started to work as a photo-model for some heavy metal magazines or sometimes as an eye-candy for rock festivals. Her life as a non-magic user was going great according to her until one of the mages from the orphanage appears after a few months later her 18th birthday and send her to the so called Rookshaven Academy and ends that life. Which she doesn't know that was her father's doing a father who she doesn't have any ideas about who is now the head of the Eversouls family. He had always watched over his little girl and even he hated the life she is living, he couldn't do anything. Least he could do make her get a proper education on both magic and literature while also keeping her away from that rotten life which probably won't end good for eventually.
« Last Edit: December 06, 2017, 01:06:29 PM by DummieBlondie »

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting All Characters
« Reply #96 on: December 06, 2017, 09:34:59 AM »
Player Name: DummieBlondie

Character Name: Emily BLACKWELL

Character Nickname (if applicable): Gimbo (mostly behind her back or by close friends to tease her)

Age: 18

Grade Level: First Year of University

Mage Class: Necromancy

   Sub-abilities: Life-Force Manipulation, Voodoo


Brief History: Ashley is daughter of a two light binder mages. her parents are coming from maybe not one of those big royal families but both of the families are proud users of light magic for generations. Her father's family is taking that light binding magic so highly that every new born child should be able use the light magic to get the family Surname, Everlight. those who are unable use light bending or not any magic at all have to use the Blackwell surname. When Ashley was born her mom past away during the birth even the magical rituals couldn't save her beloved mother Samantha from the death. when the family had found out that she was not a light binder and on top of that she is one of those abominations, the necromancers. Some says that was because of the rituals they tried to save her mother, some says that she was child of a lover affair her mother had with some dark binders. The truth about source of her uncommon powers maybe still unknown both to her and her family. But when her powers was started to be known in the family, most of the members wanted to cast her away. Even if her father was the next heir to the family, he hadn't have the political power to fight or deny that from happening and one night she has left in front of an orphanage where is know there were some mages taking care of fellow orphan mages.
Emily's childhood was not easy. Being an orphan was something but on the top of that even the other orphan mage children were having second thoughts about  getting close to her. so she picked the easy route and started to stick around with other cast away like herself even they were non-magic users. That was when she has found herself in the goth lifestyle. As the years past, that goth lifestyle had a part of her even while she like to look adorable, beautiful or sexy, Emily couldn't stop herself look like a goth chick at the same time. She mostly didn't care about her magical powers or wanted to be a part of the magical community. Emily's beauty was already caught some eyes and she started to work as a photo-model for some heavy metal magazines or sometimes as an eye-candy for rock festivals. Her life as a non-magic user was going great until one of the mages from the orphanage appears after a few months later her 18th birthday and send her to the so called Rookshaven Academy. Which she doesn't know that was her father's doing who is now the head of the Everlight family. He had always watched over his little girl and even he hated the life she is living, he couldn't do anything. Least he could do make her get a proper education on both magic and literature while also keeping her away from that rotten life which probably won't end good for eventually.

A few things
1) Who is Ashley?
2) If your character is a mixed class, they can only have 1 ability.
3) If Ashley is a typo and you meant Emily, then the first sentence says her parents were two light binders - in which case she would be a light binder and not a necromancer.

Fix or clarify those notes, and she'd be good to go.

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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting All Characters
« Reply #97 on: December 06, 2017, 10:09:01 AM »
A few things
1) Who is Ashley?
2) If your character is a mixed class, they can only have 1 ability.
3) If Ashley is a typo and you meant Emily, then the first sentence says her parents were two light binders - in which case she would be a light binder and not a necromancer.

Fix or clarify those notes, and she'd be good to go.


1) it was a typo and should be Emily.
2) I wasn't planning her to be a mixed class actually a true and pure necromancer.
3) I was thinking about the rituals they performed to save her mother during the birth  awaken the dormant necromantic heretic which they had in the bloodline from before.

if those are okay i will update the character info accordingly.

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting All Characters
« Reply #98 on: December 06, 2017, 10:44:14 AM »
1) it was a typo and should be Emily.
2) I wasn't planning her to be a mixed class actually a true and pure necromancer.
3) I was thinking about the rituals they performed to save her mother during the birth  awaken the dormant necromantic heretic which they had in the bloodline from before.

if those are okay i will update the character info accordingly.

1) Ok so Emily then
2-3) How would she be a pureblood necromancer if both of her parents are light?
I would have to veto the ritual/birth idea, since we already have a character that had something similar happen.

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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting All Characters
« Reply #99 on: December 06, 2017, 12:21:40 PM »
1) Ok so Emily then
2-3) How would she be a pureblood necromancer if both of her parents are light?
I would have to veto the ritual/birth idea, since we already have a character that had something similar happen.


okay fair enough, I will rework on her family background and excuse to left her orphanage and update the character information accordingly

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting All Characters
« Reply #100 on: December 06, 2017, 12:42:12 PM »
Awesome, thank you!

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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting All Characters
« Reply #101 on: December 06, 2017, 01:48:00 PM »
Awesome, thank you!

I have edited the background story please check on it.

Offline Anouk DaaeTopic starter

Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting All Characters
« Reply #102 on: December 06, 2017, 03:15:27 PM »
Looks good. Welcome to Rookshaven!

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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting All Characters
« Reply #103 on: December 06, 2017, 05:04:41 PM »
Bookmarking. Once I'm not so behind I might consider bring in my Selena.

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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting All Characters
« Reply #104 on: December 06, 2017, 05:07:25 PM »
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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting All Characters
« Reply #105 on: December 06, 2017, 05:11:21 PM »
My Selena has an addiction to cocaine, would that be something I could keep with her?

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« Reply #106 on: December 06, 2017, 06:58:58 PM »
Yeah. Just hide it from the teachers.

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« Reply #107 on: December 06, 2017, 09:31:05 PM »
This looks incredibly familiar to me.

Out of curiosity, did you at one point years ago create something similar on AOL back when it was still around?

If yes, I think I might have been part of it back then. XD

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« Reply #108 on: December 07, 2017, 10:31:06 AM »
This looks incredibly familiar to me.

Out of curiosity, did you at one point years ago create something similar on AOL back when it was still around?

If yes, I think I might have been part of it back then. XD

Initially, Rookshaven was based on someone else's SL on AOL called Ravensbrook. The Admin logged off one day and never came back, so I rebooted it on AOL as Rookhaven. It didn't take off as well as I would have hoped. But yes, this was an AOL SL originally. Both my characters were involved in that incarnation as well. Who did you play?

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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting All Characters
« Reply #109 on: December 07, 2017, 07:11:21 PM »
Initially, Rookshaven was based on someone else's SL on AOL called Ravensbrook. The Admin logged off one day and never came back, so I rebooted it on AOL as Rookhaven. It didn't take off as well as I would have hoped. But yes, this was an AOL SL originally. Both my characters were involved in that incarnation as well. Who did you play?

Thought so.

I played the lady Necromancy teacher, if you even remember her. It was a shame it didn't do better. It was an fun idea.

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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting All Characters
« Reply #110 on: December 07, 2017, 07:39:27 PM »
Thought so.

I played the lady Necromancy teacher, if you even remember her. It was a shame it didn't do better. It was an fun idea.

I don't remember her. Unless her PB was Monica Belluci? Otherwise, zero bells, I'm sorry.

it seems this group is doing ok though. Slow, but steady. If you're interested..

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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting All Characters
« Reply #111 on: December 09, 2017, 08:02:51 AM »
I may make a sheet, if game is still active/alive.

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« Reply #112 on: December 09, 2017, 08:52:33 AM »
Still active, still recruiting.

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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting All Characters
« Reply #113 on: December 11, 2017, 10:07:41 AM »
Can players submit additional powers to a category that may not be listed or are limited to what is listed?

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« Reply #114 on: December 11, 2017, 10:21:40 AM »
At present, players are limited to what is listed in order to maintain balance within the story.
However, if you can make a strong case for the addition of another ability to a class, it may be allowed.

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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting All Characters
« Reply #115 on: December 11, 2017, 10:44:29 AM »
Well, umbrakinesis in itself does sound pretty limiting as far of its capabilities. Less it also extends to solidifying darkness. Otherwise I would suggest a Darkness Solidification ability.

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« Reply #116 on: December 11, 2017, 02:42:58 PM »
Well, umbrakinesis in itself does sound pretty limiting as far of its capabilities. Less it also extends to solidifying darkness. Otherwise I would suggest a Darkness Solidification ability.

Elaborate, please? Give me an example of how that could be applied.

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« Reply #117 on: December 11, 2017, 03:22:09 PM »
Such as shaping and constructing darkness into something more tangible/solid? Otherwise I don't see darkness magic having any real offensive capabilities.

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« Reply #118 on: December 11, 2017, 08:31:24 PM »
Such as shaping and constructing darkness into something more tangible/solid? Otherwise I don't see darkness magic having any real offensive capabilities.

I see. That ability is spaced out through Umbrakinesis, Animated Shadow, and Shadow Mimicry, so I would have to veto Darkness Solidification as an ability unto itself.

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Re: Rookshaven Academy - Recruiting All Characters
« Reply #119 on: December 11, 2017, 10:10:23 PM »
...Not really.

Umbrakinesis - can manipulate and control darkness or shadows. (Nothing about solidifying/hardening)
Animated Shadow - Animate one's shadow, stronger mages can create sickness in others by removal of their shadows. (Again, nothing on solidifying since animation is more to bring to life, but there isn't any given extent to this.)
Shadow Mimicry - become a shadow. (Has nothing to do with it.)

The end result is Dark power is pretty weak and needs something to make it more tangible; considering every other power has something much more aggressive aspect to them that makes Dark Binding look more like a filler ability.

I don't think I need to really quote every power in the list to make that case known.

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« Reply #120 on: December 12, 2017, 09:43:47 AM »
I understand your confusion.
Within this group universe, a shadow isn't just the dark patch on the ground where light is blocked. It CAN be, but when combined with the energy of a dark castor's essence - it's different. It can blind, it can overtake another person - wrapping them in darkness where they can only hear what the castor projects into the darkness. Spell bound darkness is likened to deathly chill. Mages and non-mages are driven to insanity if a powerful enough Dark castor can project a shadow onto them for long enough. It won't harden or solidify - it would look more like a smoke or fog when it's being controlled by an umbrakinetic.

Animated shadow can also drive people to insanity because ripping someone's shadow from them is akin to removing their essence. It weakens others. Depending on how strong your character is, they could remove another mage's shadow, momentarily, and that shadow would have a muted version of their original castor's abilities.
Example:
Fred, the Dark Castor with Animated Shadow, is fighting Eric, the hydrokinetic. Fred animates Eric's shadow. Eric is now weakened having part of his essence siphoned off into his shadow. In addition to this, Eric's Shadow has some hydrokinetic abilities of its own and is now under the control of Fred.

Shadow Mimicry can do most of the things an umbrakinetic can do, except now the castor is in the form of the shadow instead of controlling one.

It's come up in many conversations with other players within the group that they feel their chosen class is weak. Spirit, Light, Dark have all had these grievances. They all have said some variation of what you just said, that the ability seems more like a filler, that their class is the weakest one. These three are not meant to be overly physical classes - they're supposed to be mental. Healing or destroying the mind.
If you want something dark but also powerful, go for Necromancy. Or find another group. Not every story will be a winner or a perfect fit, and I fully respect that, as a writer, you have to find the story that fits the character you want to make. No hard feelings.