The AJCO coat of arms, as designed by Pythosblaze
AJCO is a Minecraft-based roleplay server created by the eponymous AJ alongside her friends Celest R and Pythosblaze, and quickly built upon by various friends-of-friends from across the net. Who then brought their friends. Who brought theirs. Who brought - well, you get the idea.
Its genre would be best described as fantasy/sci-fi and, with the introduction of the State, dystopian. The plot tends to be seperated into 'arcs' resembling seasons, with smaller character-driven arcs taking place within their respective factions. AJCO (briefly Pi-TEC), the Deserters and the Castle Crew are the primary rivals while the neutrals watch on and occasionally interfere. As you can guess, there are Loads and Loads of Characters
. All tropes specific to characters should go into the Characters page!
Numerous blogs are dedicated to recording the conversations that take place so that those who can't participate can still enjoy, with ajco-ltd
being the most active. Many RP participants also have AJCO-specific blogs, the most noteworthy of which being angelkaja
due to the amount of recorded RPs that get posted there. Now has its own official serious wiki
- Alternate History: The current world.
- Alternate World Map: The various servers/worlds/mods.
- Angst: And wouldn't you know it. Worth noting: the server tends to go through periods of angst, usually because the plight of one character will affect several others. The Castle Mages are both the crowning example and the crowning counter-example, fretting about the consequences of blood magic one week and then snowball fighting the next. They make it work.
- Cast Full of Gay: Or it certainly seems that way sometimes.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Due to many changes of modpacks, server hosts, and people's general ability to keep up, characters tend to disappear suddenly.
- Early Installment Weirdness: In the early days of RP, so it's just as well that it wasn't until much later that anyone thought to start recording them. A lot of the very early canon is being disregarded or rewritten entirely as it no longer fits with current canon, which fortunately doesn't have too much of an impact on anyone as so few characters were around back then (and several who were have been Put on a Bus).
- Funny Background Event: Not usually part of the RP but when one is going on you'll often see '[player] was killed by [death reason]' in the chat. They're obviously ignored and removed from posted chatlogs. Special mention goes to:
- "Little Krauzer was slain by Krauzer"
- "The entire Deserters was slain by Krauzer"
- "Pi-TEC was slain by A_J using a rather sharp rock I found on the ground"
- And an in-universe example: Kaja and Clovis are arguing about the matter of Mei and Clovis' position in the Silo... while Cain and Tybalt stumble around in the background, the former of which desparately trying to stifle nervous giggling.
- Grey and Gray Morality: While there are a couple of characters who are entirely good, and maybe one or two who are entirely bad, almost everyone has extremely ambiguous morals - evil when it suits them, good when it suits them.
- Hazy Feel Turn: Linked to the above. It's pretty much a given.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Several characters, such as Pythos, Nights and Egg have pulled this one off, though in most cases it is simply the side that has changed and not the morality.
- In-Joke: The mankini. Oh my god, the mankini!
- Mad Scientist: A_J, Pythos and arguably Nights all dabble in Mad Science.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Naturally, the actors or creators playing these characters are lovely people in real life.
- Interspecies Romance: Considering that the majority of the cast are human, there are a surprising amount (admittedly, most are one-sided).
- Clovis/Mei: Plant Person and undead anthropomorphic wolf. Considering they were married until Mei's untimely trip into the Void their relationship was probably the strongest.
- Finn/Nights: Demon and human; the feeling is mostly on the side of Finn.
- Kaja/Crez: Angel and... Crez, mostly just Crez crushing on his mayor.
- Egg/Kube: Human and Plant Alien.
- Py/Req and A_J/Req: Human and Wisp-being respectively. It could be argued that Py is a cyborg, though she was born and raised completely human.
- It Makes Sense in Context: There is an entire blog dedicated to recording these, though it ought to be noted that the vast majority are from out-of-character banter. Also ought to be noted that the vast majority make just as much sense in context.
- Put on a Bus: When a new character is wanted/needed for new story-lines, this happens.
- The End of the World as We Know It: Whenever modpacks are updated or switched, this usually happens. The most spectacular example was A_J activating The Needle and blowing a hole in the world.
- The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday: The Diner served as this in the previous world and so did the courthouse.
- There's No Place Like Home: Several characters' motives.
- Truce Zone: Currently, the town of Katton acts as this. In the past, places such as the Library, the trading post, the Mead Hall, and Shark Town have all been neutral ground.
- Wham Episode: There have been so very many RPs that fit under this, but a noteworthy example is A_J revealing just what is underneath Nights's mask. The numbers '4' and '2', branded across her face, from her time as a slave of the State.
- Wham Line: Much like the above, several examples. Most recently, in a conversation in the nuclear bunker between A_J and Egg after the latter's failed rebellion:
<Facilitator A_J> To ensure the continued safe operation of this FAC…
<Facilitator A_J> You will be expelled from it, tomorrow.
- Where the Hell Is Springfield?: "The State" and other government forms are mentioned but there seem to be no defined countries or borders.
- World Building: Worlds plural, in fact, since most characters come from unique worlds.
- 2 + Torture = 5: What re-education aims to do, and after experiencing it first hand A_J is clearly taking Friendship in much the same direction.
- Accidental Murder: The Doctor and A_J went into a re-education chamber and only one of them came out. Considered Murder By Inaction by Egg, who was asked to make the final decision and let it go ahead.
- Big Labyrinthine Building: AJCO in all its incarnations is huge and difficult to navigate for visitors.
- For Science!: Almost every decision A_J's ever made was made with 'For Science!' in mind; she even says it outright at times. For example, during the Trial:
Aimie_Jane: I serve you all. For the greater good. In the name of progress. And science.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: What tends to happen in Friendship Chambers.
- Deadly Nosebleed: A side-effect of re-education, one that plagued A_J for quite some time. It occassionally re-emerges.
- Doppelgänger Replacement Love Interest: Pi and A_J had a Slap-Slap-Kiss version going on.
- Elaborate Underground Base: AJCO and Pi-TEC ARE this trope.
- Hoist By Their Own Petard: In order to escape the consequences of the defeat she suffered in court at the hands of Egg A_J blew a hole in the world and escaped into the next. And lost everything, not least her own facility, AJCO itself.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Most residents of the Silo/AJCO spend their time trying to one-up each other. It's hard not to feel cheerful when Breyos, for example, gets batoned across the knuckles even if it's by the equally as despicable A_J.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: A mild example in the Castle Crew, who splintered off from AJCO due to being ignored by their superiors. A stronger but short-lived example can be found in A_J, who watched Pi start to die as her mechanical heart short-fused, and broke an antique that held sentimental value to the Doctor in front of her shortly after.
- My God, What Have I Done?: A_J has a moment of realisation after she forces Egg out of the bunker into the potentially irradiated poisonous wasteland above.
<Facilitator A_J> This is always how it ends. With our betters making an example of us.
<Facilitator A_J> … Why then…
<Facilitator A_J> Am I not content.
<Facilitator A_J> Why then do I feel a grave error has been made.
Aimie_Jane lays down the clipboard, finally
<Facilitator A_J> What has become of me.
- One Bad Mother: State characters refer to their homeland as 'Mother'. It's very creepy.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Completely inverting Colour-Coded for Your Convenience, A_J is the Blue Oni to Py's Red.
- Room 101: AJCO's Friendship Chambers, and Pi-TEC's Re-Education Suites. They use different tactics, but they're both places you don't want to end up in.
- The Evils of Free Will: Linked to Utopia Justifies the Means below, the State runs on this trope and therefore so does AJCO. A_J believes in it rather more than most, and tries to rectify 'non-compliancy' with "Friendship".
- Torture Technician: While A_J herself does enjoy carrying out most of the torture, this role often falls to whoever her second in command is at the time - usually it's Pythos, though during her absence the role was taken over by Breyos (which she wasn't too happy to find out when she got back).
- Unwitting Test Subject: Most characters find themselves in this predicament at one point or another.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: The State and the country A_J and Pythos grew up in, being a combination of various totalitarian regimes across history.
- A Lighter Shade of Grey: When analysed individually they're not much better than AJCO at all - several of their members are outright murderers - but they still qualify as this since several other members (notably Blue and formerly Egg) are the least evil characters on the whole server.
- Badass Crew: Asides from the obvious fact that they are a crew, each and every one of them is capable of having moments of utter badassery. Whether it be something as dramatic as taking a stand against AJCO/Pi-TEC, summoning a demon (and surviving), being a master of the arcane, being a Badass Pacifist or at times simply being alive after all that's happened. They're quite a force to be reckoned with.
- Big Fancy Castle: Nights and her crew always build and reside in one of these, the most recent being Ravenhold Castle
- Blind Obedience: Despite not being the most tight-knit group of people and despite having very different goals, they all remain loyal to one another no matter what - even when it seems completely unreasonable.
- Somewhat questionable in the case of Krauzer and his loyalty to Nights, both before and during the Silo Week. He even tried to get himself elected new Crew leader. At the same time Will was also trying to take the same role, but his loyalty is less in question.
- Comm Links: Since the Crew's creation Nights has always kept them well-connected with earpieces and headsets, usually far too small to be of any bother but just large enough to be noticeable. They are occasionally helpful for other things, such as recording a conversation or alerting others of the fact that one of their own has been captured.
- Confusion Fu: They're a disorganised bunch of mages, all wielding different types of magic and unable to decide which is the most efficient. When up against the highly structured but magically inept AJCO they may be able to use this to their advantage.
- Deadly Gas: Ravenhold Castle has been plagued by gas both in character and out.
- Denied Food as Punishment: After threatening her and the rest of the crew, Nights locked Krauzer in his room and gives him a limited supply of water and no food for three days. It's up there among the darker things she's done, though the other mages used magic to sneak food to him.
- Elaborate Underground Base: The Crew briefly inhabited a naturally-occurring dungeon that served as one of these while they constructed Ravenhold.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Debatable, given that the first Crew came together after leaving AJCO and the addition of new members has led to some conflicts of interest at times. The one thing they share though is that they dislike A_J and she dislikes them!
- Floating Castle: The second castle build by the Castle Crew was one of these.
- Honor Before Reason: The Crew have a tendency to attempt to rescue or help anyone in need (even A_J), whether or not that is in their best interest or the party in question wants help.
- Magic Misfire: The Castle Mages are a walking example. It would be easier to count the number of times their magic worked the way it was intended than the times it didn't!
- Oh, Crap: The deceased bandit Mercy had a moment like this when he realised that he happened to have blundered into Kaja, an angel, and one of the few beings capable of exorcising him from Egg's body without harming her. He eventually accepted his fate.
- Shout-Out: When scoping out an abandoned castle:
- Summoning Ritual: Curls has made numerous attempts at them. The first time she accidentally summoned an evil ghost when she was trying to get a friendly spirit, and the second time she summoned Finn and couldn't send him back. The others are starting to get rather fed up of it.
- Voo Doo Doll: You're unlikely to find any outside of Curls and Lavender's magic.
- Cherry Blossom: Have been a defining feature of it ever since it was first created, never mind the fact that it is a water village.
- Close-Knit Community: Only five people live in Katton presently - Kaja, its mayor, Crez, Lorelei and the two teens Kube and Egg. They get along rather well.
- Crush Blush: Egg normally just stammers due to being even more nervous than usual, but has been known to go red when around Kube.
<Kube> *looks at Egg fondly*
<Kube> *brushes a strand of hair from her face*
<Kube> Told you I’d be fine…
- Framing the Guilty Party: What the investigation team (Kaja, Crez and Egg) were doing by breaking into Pi-TEC and rifling around. The Doctor was clearly hiding something from the start, it was simply a matter of finding the evidence to prove it.
- Headbutt of Love: Kube occassionally does this to Egg, as they have to wear a gas mask and can't actually kiss her.
- Protectorate: To Kaja. She will help other people if they ask for it, but she's not going to deliberately go out looking for trouble to ease unless trouble comes to Katton.
- Really 700 Years Old: Both Kaja and Crez are much, much older than they look (especially Kaja, who is bordering-on-ancient). Crez, however, is actually more like 500 (and has no idea of it).
- Heroic BSOD: After a trip into the Silo's Friendship Chamber Nights experiences one of these, though 'heroic' is stretching it more than just a bit.
- Conversely, Egg (who definitely does fit the 'heroic' bill) has been experiencing moments of BSOD with increasing intensity. First, after gassing Pi-TEC. Second, after letting the Doctor die. Third, after her failed rebellion gets everyone trapped with no food in the Silo hangar.
- Holy Burns Evil: When A_J sent Finn into bloodlust-mode and threw him down the elevator shaft, the only thing that saved the hangar's inhabitants from him was the fact that Kaja could do this.
- Leave Behind a Pistol: A variation of this trope occurs when A_J expels Egg onto the surface, which is believed to be extremely toxic. She is given a choice of dying from radiation sickness, inhaling undispersed chlorine gas...or from the single bullet A_J gives to her, for her pistol.
<Facilitator A_J> Before you leave, I will be pleased to offer you…
<Facilitator A_J> One bullet. As your friend.
<Facilitator A_J> I suggest, Prosecutor….
<Facilitator A_J> That you would be strongly advised to consider its use, once you are outside.
- Lonely Together: It was in the Silo that Egg and Kube's Interspecies Friendship became an Interspecies Romance for this very reason - Kube felt alone without Vinnie and Egg felt alone being the only non-AJCO resident of the office level.
- Million-to-One Chance: There was a million to one chance that the nuclear fallout would have been blown the other way and that the chlorine gas would have been dispersed - a million to once chance that A_J and Egg would survive upon leaving the Silo. And they did.
- Ominous Multiple Screens: The Silo has several, used for surveillance.
- Promoted to Scapegoat: After A_J and the last person to have the position are presumed dead, Pythos promotes Breyos to be the Liaison Officer. This means that any misbehaviour by the Castle Crew or neutrals will mean he is punished, and unlike Egg they don't like him at all.
- Fortunately for him, they get to leave before they have a chance to cause him any trouble.
- Evil Versus Evil: The current arc is shaping up to be Deserters vs AJCO vs the State, and while the Deserters are certainly A Lighter Shade of Grey none of them are as 'good' as Katton or the Crew, the rivals from previous arcs.
- Museum of the Strange and Unusual: Breyos was constructing one before all of the nuclear missile shenanigans. It had a giant open skull for a door. He was planning on having Holar's withered skeleton as the first exhibit.
- Porn Stash: Vinnie and Kube's reading material is somehow making its rounds around the server. Its content is Fetish Fuel for them, Squick for everyone else - it basically describes two cactus people making out while surrounded by bees (who do the...work).
- Wacky Fratboy Hijinks: What Kube and Vinnie were indulging in when they stole a spaceship and took it for a joyride across the universe, eventually crashing it on a planet so far away from their home it hadn't even been discovered by the Inter-Galactic Federation yet.