I had this sudden urge to FINALLY start on my very own, and very first, Elliquiy story based roleplay. Dont know why or how but I was just suddenly inspired after some thought. As a habit with all my literary workings, I tend to make things structured, colorful and as complete to the bare basics as I can before I set loose plotted freeform mode. This means as long as this idea keeps going, I will be adding more and more things for the reading pleasure of others, as well as something for the players to play around with.
Everything here is subject to change and additions. This is just the initial draft stuff. It may appear to be post apocalyptic in the beginning, but it relatively isnt. Think of a Fantasy themed land after a very major war.
A note. Most of the threads I will be putting up will be dynamic
. This means I will constantly update them as we go along, especially the information threads.It has begun! Anyone approved of their profiles in the Character Thread may now post in the new Main Thread. Anyone still in the process of doing it, its ok. Once you've posted it up on the Character Thread, you may start roleplaying and I'll get right to you about the character details later. All OOC stuff, inclusive of questions, comments and suggestions will also be moved to the new OOC Thread.
Everything here can now be found in this link with updates:General Info and NPCs
: http://elliquiy.com/forums/index.php?topic=85542.0Character Sheet
: http://elliquiy.com/forums/index.php?topic=85549.0 Important NPCS
: Combined with General InfoOOC
: http://elliquiy.com/forums/index.php?topic=85904.0Main Thread
: http://elliquiy.com/forums/index.php?topic=85902.0 Start date
: 20th October 2010EDITED
: 16th October 2010Gun Kata: Legend of the Gun FightersSettingTimeline Genre
: Not so distant future from our time but technology is greatly futuristic with a dash of steampunk
Several centuries have passed since the Heaven's Ritual incident, when the Neo Terminus Gene was first put out on the old public market. The world of Sanguine is now a shadow of its former self. Cities have crumbled into ruins. Nations have splintered into a variety of factions, some as small as a handful of men and women, some as vast as mighty empires. Much of the landscape laid barren, stripped of most natural resources, the horizon normally strewn with husks of metal and concrete. Humans now live in dire times. Dire times call for desperate measures almost anywhere in Sanguine. Smaller factions battle each other for precious food, water and medicine. The larger ones have little care, for they are the ones who are still able to produce the resources they need to subsist, using advanced pre war technology to provide them with knowledge and renewable energy, and only allowing trade with the lesser factions if they have something that they want. Normally, they trade for old war relics and technology from the time before the incident, which they can convert and reverse engineer for their own uses. The largest empire of of them all was named Judith, ruled by the militaristic Emperor Jonas Herman III, and much of Sanguine's supply of trade comes from this empire alone. Due to this, Judith has been known to ruthlessly flex every bit of military muscle when it came to their dominance over almost everything. It was this dominance that brought a number of other factions under the emperor's influence and control, and also subsequently forming the alliance known as the Free Peoples of the Sanguinia, secretly based far to the east, in opposition to the Emperor's rule. The downtrodden and lost who could not earn the favor of the Emperor, or could not make the journey east to join the Sanguinia, were usually left to fend for themselves, becoming bandits and forgotten vagabonds. This was where the legends began with the story of two such bandits, Yuma and Uriel.
Yuma was a highwayman, forced to prey on the Emperor's supplies wherever he could find them to feed himself. Uriel was a castaway priestess of a cult that worshipped Aladi, the Patron of Death. Both were born possessing unique abilities, almost superhuman, as their parents were secretly known to have the Neo Terminus gene. By chance encounter, they joined forces and began stealing from Judithian convoys for money and giving them to the poor. Their life of crime and free living spanned for many years, earning them much fame and recognition with each convoy they ambush. A special name arose in their rather large bounty papers and soon enough, everybody in the Wasteland Barrens called them 'The Gun Fighters' from the unique, personalized guns they carried with them. It was not known what happened after they were hunted down by the Emperor Jonas' soldiers, bent on revenge for the numerous public humiliations on their dominant image, but they were said to have lived on and died old together in a run down and reclusive mansion. After their supposed passings, the legacy they left behind, the shining, attractive idealic image of the dashing pistol twirling hero and the voluptuous rifle totting heroine played among the imaginations of younger generations, and soon enough, copycats emerged. After a decade, the 'Gun Fighter' became normality in all walks of life, a skilled combatant of firearms. It was those who had the Gene that shined over the rest, and for the rest of history to this day, countless famous names piled one on top of another, working their dangerous vocations in every faction, of every shape, size, background and origin. The Age of the Gun Fighter has arrived and it is this age where our story begins.Main Regional Areas
North - The Wasteland Barrens. This is where the ruined lands generally reside. Pockets of civilization still exist here. Bandits and Judithian army are plenty in this region but not easily encountered, since the area is so vast.
South - Unknown. Unsure what to put here.
East - The Free Peoples of the Sanguinia. More detailed here later.
West - The Empire of Judith. The most powerful faction of the new world.Our Story
Our story begins in the town of Edith in the Wasteland Barrens. This place is a small out of the way town that is located near the ruined and abandoned city of Valen. It is a town where people come and go just as a brief stop over, but it is mostly known as a Gun Fighter town. The Gun Fighters here are normally mercenaries and treasure seekers, taking advantage of Edith's convenient location as a rest stop from their adventures in the ruins. Player characters either all start here or are only just arriving. We'll spend some time RPing a little before I kick in some progression on the main storyline.
Where it goes from there, we'll simple play through. I do have a basic plotline in mind already, which I shall keep to myself for now.Technology
- The Neo Terminus Gene
A special gene that, once spliced and added to the human gene helix, will alter and discreetly enhance every last bit of the human physique into something superhuman. The initial version of the artificially created gene, simply named Terminus, was a catastrophic disaster and only after years of alteration did scientists manage to control its unpredictable mutation patterns. The improved gene did not cause any visible physical change and any subject would look exactly the same as they would have before splicing, but the gene will still provide with the enhancement that it was proposed to produce. Politics and administration from corporate hierarchies then took over, intending to sell the gene to the public, much to the ignored protest of those who developed it. The result of the large scale wholesale of the gene into human life was a failure. Those who could not afford the gene incited rebellion and the civil war known as Heaven's Ritual began, coined by a fanatical group which greatly opposed the use of the gene. After the incident, 50% of Sanguine lied in utter destruction, plunging the world into a world of despair and suffering. All manufacturing of the Neo Terminus Gene has ceased to exist, but the families of those who took the gene still lived on. Their offspring bare the same gene in various generations, and normally, the gene will not become fully realized until the child has reached a certain age, when his/her physical abilities will notably become enhanced. 70 to 80 percent of all Gun Fighters of the day possess the Neo Terminus Gene.
OOC note: When I mean superhuman, I dont mean like Marvel character type. I mean something like those in anime shows.
- Robots and cyborgs
During the Heaven's Ritual incident, mechanical soldiers, technology implants and humanoid machines were used as a counter to combating soldiers enhanced with Neo Terminus. These machines were powerful and state of the art of the time. Their power and technological advantage over many of the day's early war machines were near second to none. Whenever an army of Gene carriers approached, these Pre War machines will be sent in to even the odds. After the war, a majority of these machines have become abandoned in the ruins of Sanguine. Scavengers and junkers would collect parts or even whole collections of these Pre War relics to sell to the Empire of Judith, in exchange for food, water and medicine. The price for even a scrap of a power conduit is very high, the relics considered the most valuable source of income for many Wasteland denizens. They are also a source of thier greatest fear. Pre War machines which have survived to this day normally are still active in the ruins and are malfunctioning beyond repair, attacking anything that comes within their sensor range. Post war technology builds upon reverse engineering the old salvaged technology to become something new for the richer factions to exploit. Most of this new technology are used to create new machines, less powerful than the ones of the past, but still formidable.
The weapon of choice for any regular fighter in this time is the firearm. Melee weapons are still used but mostly among civilian public. There are a mass of many types of guns, constantly being manufactured, distributed and modified throughout Sanguine. Unlike the firearms of the past where bullets and ammo were an issue, the guns of today require no ballistics and are instead powered by self rechargeable power packs that vary in size, shape and type, dependant on the manufacturer and type of gun. Each gun type has their own heat sink system to manage the large amounts of heat generated from each shot, and one can only shoot so much before the weapon has to cool down enough to be fired again. Each gun type is designed to follow specific weapon patterns, with each type of gun having sub patterns.
Gun Fighters are known to specialize, modify and personalize their guns, and a Gun Fighter's guns are usually symbolic with his/her identity and fame, like a katana is symbolic to a samurai family. Bounty papers on a Gun Fighter's head usually asks to bring back his/her guns as proof of the deed.
Below are some examples of a few firearms weapon patterns:
Plasma - The standard gun type for most guns. Fires concentrated high speed bolts of plasma energy.
-> Blue Bolt - High energy concentrate. Used to damage flesh and light armor. Small recoil, low heat.
-> Red Bolt - Explosive energy concentrate. Used for heavy duty damage against heavy armor. High recoil, high heat.
-> Yellow Bolt - Low energy concentrate. Used as a stun gun. Unable to penetrate heavy armor. Small recoil, low heat.
Ion - High powered, high heat, high velocity bolt shots normally found in single shot rifles, specifically sniper rifles.
-> Alpha - High energy concentrate. Used as antipersonnel across great distances. High recoil, high heat.
-> Beta - Medium energy concentrate. Used in semi automatic weapons. Range average. Medium recoil, low heat.
-> Omega - Special energy concentrate. Requires external heat sink and balance tripod. Used for armor penetration over great distances.
Trinium - Medium powered, low heat bolt shots normally found in automatic weapons.
-> Kilo - Standard automatic rifle power pack. Medium energy concentrate. Used as antipersonnel. Medium recoil, low heat.
-> Tetha - Standard machine gun power pack. High energy concentrate. Used as antipersonnel and anti-vehicle. High recoil, medium heat.
-> Tetha V2 - Heavy power pack used for personal carried machine guns. Backpack mounted with heat sink. Medium recoil, high heat.
-> Juno - Designed for extended rapid fire. Used in mounted guns and automated defence systems. Low recoil, high heat.Gun Fighter Type/Classes
(More to come soon, and possibly better, fancier names too)Gun Combat
Fights between Gun Fighters can be highly acrobatic and fast paced, thanks to the Neo Teminus gene. Think John Woo, Matrix and Wanted. Taking down a Gun Fighter as a regular person and normal weapons will not be an easy task. The soldiers of the Judith know this, so they make up for their lack of speed and flexibility with brute force, heavy armor and sheer numbers. Taking on Judithian solders is considered dangerous, even for a regular skilled gunfighter, as they possess the best kind of guns and armor that only the best amounts of money can buy. The hardest challenge comes from fighting Pre War machines, as they were designed specifically to fight and kill Gun Fighters.RP Features
- Anime/game based - I tend to notice a lot of influences from popular anime/game such as Trigun, Hellsing and Gungrave. The RP is mostly based on concepts found in anime and games.
- Mainly coop - We will all be working together to get through the challenges I throw out. Lots of team play involved, so that everybody wont get separated too often.
- Story based (not a game) - I will be guiding along our motley crew through the world of Sanguine and will provide with challenges as the story progress. Other players are welcome to add their own plot twists, as long as they are not to major. More details on this later on.
- Long term - This RP will be long term running, so if anyone is no longer interested, please notify everyone via the future OOC thread.
- Character classes - There will be a list of character classes with their details coming soon. A brief example can be found above.
- Lots of neat guns! - I am allowing anyone and everyone to invent their own guns! Yes. You heard me right. As long as they are not too powerful or outlandish and fit into your character's class.
- Unlimited ammo! - Explained above. No ammo issues, since I intend to use a futuristic theme with it.
- Some kinks. Im fairly new to introducing this to my experience as a writer but I'll give it a try.
- Likely to be under NC, but still deciding.Approx. Start Population
I say about 3 or 4 players would be a good start population.