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Roleplay: Ataraxion
Don't believe everything they tell you. :)

Here. A Survival Horror panfandom game on Dreamwidth.

Player characters wake up in stasis pods aboard an empty colony ship, the Tranquility. They must adapt to life in space, all while the ship and the two surviving members of the crew keep any sort of useful information under wraps.

Ataraxion is notable for combining elements of ARGs into its mod plotline, which allows for a high level of interactivity and personal involvement both in and out of character.

This game provides examples of:

  • Abandoned Hospital: What exactly was in those locked morgue cells?
  • Action Girl: Even the ones not traditionally expected to be action girls get in on the action sometimes.
  • Action Survivor: Edgeworth, Stiles, Nathan Petrelli
  • Adorkable: Mouse, Eridan, Topher.
  • Adrenaline Makeover: The entire ship lbr.
  • The Alcoholic: Half the damn ship struggles with alcoholism, most notably Alaric, Haymitch, and Jack Sparrow.
    • You forgot Tony Stark
    • Stefan Salvatore too. Ripper, anyone?
  • Almost Dead Guy: So many portentous last words, so little time. Doesn't anyone just die on this damn ship?
  • Arc Words: Certain words and phrases keep running through metaplot releases.
  • Ax-Crazy: Many, many people.
    • Most notably Neal Caffrey and his cryptic posts.
  • Beard of Sorrow: Space crazy makes you stop shaving.
  • Becoming the Mask: The Stark sisters, despite their brothers being present and knowing full well who they are, are unwilling to let go of their masks.
  • Berserk Button: Dear god, don't call Wheatley a moron.
    • Conversely, hitting Edgeworth's is like an extreme sport for some people.
  • Big Bad: ??????????????????????????? FUCK IF WE KNOW.
  • Big Good: We don't have one of these.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The only wins allowed in space.
  • Brain Uploading: Allegedly it's how the AI's got into those human bodies in the first place. Cave Johnson and Topher Brink have both been working to reverse that process.
    • GLaDOS has been a victim of this twice, going from human to AI then back to human and her reveal that she used to be Caroline to Wheatley has convinced him he had a similar thing happen.
  • Brains and Bondage: Irene Adler. (No, not that one. That one.)
  • Brand X: Two words: space booze.
  • Buffy Speak: Buffy Summers and Topher Brink take the cake.
  • Cabin Fever: What leads to Space Crazy.
  • Cain and Abel: Wasnik and Smiley, Stefan and Damon Salvatore.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: Murphy Pendleton, anyone?
  • Cassandra Truth: Played with, to an extent. Tony will often make casual observations that end up coming true. It's not that no one believes him- it's just that he wasn't actually being serious.
    • Hilariously, his codename for the anonymous network is Cassandra.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Topher and Ariadne. It's so bad that Ariadne actually thinks he's gay.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Both Tyke and Kirk have had public mask related meltdowns.
    • This is rly anyone in charge of anything, after long.
  • Chekhov's Armoury: The modplot.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Assume all NPCs will be these.
  • The Chessmaster: Smiley. (Or is he.)
  • Con Man: Keller and Neal.
    • The Irenes are a female example.
  • Convenient Coma: Both Aberdeen and Chell have gone into comas to explain away mun hiatuses.
    • In the month of December muns had the option to put their characters in comas to explain away hiatuses, leading to a month of HEY MY FRIEND DIDN'T WAKE UP.
  • Conversational Troping: Many of the pop culture savvy characters like to compare the ship to various mediums.
    • LOST meets Resident Evil meets Dead Space, anyone?
  • Crazy Survivalist: Riddick.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: On Strela, Wheatley beat off the hivemind with a spanner to escape.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Being locked outside the pods during a jump is messy as hell.
    • Shale getting swallowed by a black hole.
  • Cryptic Conversation: Anything having to do with what the fuck is actually happening on this ship. Space crazy makes you cryptic.
  • Culture Clash: Robb Stark's battle to make Tony Stark a member of Westerosii society.
    • Hell, any time the Ren Faire speak to anyone.
    • Notably Jon Snow and Faith and the "celibacy" conversation.
    • Let's not forget Arthur and magic... anything.
  • Curiosity Is a Crapshoot: Topher
  • Deserted Island: IN SPACE
  • Disaster Democracy: Nathan Petrelli would like the ship to start up one of these.
  • Divided We Fall: Let's just say that there's not a lot of trust between the characters on the ship and the NPC duo that is Captain Ward and Chief Engineer Resnik. There was also a full-fledged Mutiny plot, courtesy of Megamind.
  • Down the Rabbit Hole: There aren't rabbits in them, spoiler alert. Just death.
  • Driving Question: what the hell is even going on?
    • AND WHO IS SMILEY OH MY GOD TELL ME
  • Dysfunction Junction: Ask every single character about their traumatic pre-ship past.
  • Enemy Mine: Several plots have involved enemies working together to achieve a common goal.
    • Still waiting on Kirk and Tony's buddycop adventure.
  • Eye Scream: Tony Stark and his missing eye.
    • and Cambridge and his choice words about said missing eye.
  • Famous Last Words: "It wasn't our fault."
    • And then Hotspur repeated "Don't believe everything they tell you" before he went splat. (Never forget.)
    • "It's only just beginning."
  • Fan Nickname: Ward and Resnik are usually referred to as Wardnik or Wasnik.
    • The Westerosii and Middle-Earth contingent are usually referred to as the Ren Faire.
  • Femme Fatale: The Irenes
  • Fight Clubbing: Once a month everyone gets together to beat the crap out of each other and bond over mutually induced injuries.
  • For Science!: Tony and his Science Hipsters.
  • Foreshadowing: Everything bad that happens was predicted ages ago, we just didn't get it then.
  • Friendly Enemy: Smiley was pretty horror inducing. And then he might have helped?
  • From a Certain Point of View: Anything anyone learns from the NPC characters, ever.
  • From Bad to Worse: The tagline to the game may as well be, This escalated quickly.
  • Fun with Foreign Languages: Subverted by the Universal Translator built into the game's setting.
  • Geographic Flexibility: The mods introduce new ship locations every so often to further the plot.
  • Ghost Ship: The Tranquility
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: what happens when you go out into the ship alone.
  • Going Native: Happens to everyone who stays long enough.
  • He Knows Too Much: Suspected to be the reason for the mysterious circumstances surrounding Hotspur's death.
  • Hive Mind: The Strela Space Station was one.
  • Hates Being Touched: Wheatley developed a complex about being touched while in his human body. Topher keeps forgetting it.
    • Derek Hale suffers from this, making his jump log reunions all the more hilarious.
  • Humanity Ensues: The AI are given human form when they arrive on the ship, ranging from android forms to actual human bodies.
  • Insufferable Genius: All the AIs except maybe Jarvis - hilarious because Wheatley is actually a moron. Also Edgeworth.
    • And Tony and Topher.
  • Ironic Nickname: Topher refers to Chell as "Mute Girl," which is funny because of the several mute female characters, she's the only one not actually mute.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Pretty much half the ship that isn't secretly Ax-Crazy is this.
  • Killed Off for Real: A partial appear of the game is that, compared to other Livejournal Roleplay games, there is no standard system to revive characters who have died. Once a character's gone, they're gone.
  • Last Name Basis: Riddick (assuming you even get to know his name), Sark, and Keller.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Ward and Resnik have done this to the entire ship, much to the detriment of everyone.
  • Medieval Morons: Sort of. The entire Song of Ice and Fire and the Lord of the Rings crew, while not stupid, are constantly surprised by technology. Also vernacular.
    • Except Rickon, he figured out how to type faster than Stannis.
    • Subverted with Robb Stark, who was tutored by Aberdeen to use encryptions and locks.
  • Mind Virus: Thomas "Durham" Sutton's ability to erase memories.
  • Name's the Same: So you're looking for a Jade. Would that be Curtiss or Harley? There's also a surplus of Johns(Buchanan aka Oxford, Watson, Tillman, Egbert and Shepard), Jacks(Harkness, Gibson and Noir), and Isaacs(Mendez and Clarke) you could be looking for.
    • Also there's three Sherlock Holmeses, two Irenes and three John Watsons, so good luck.
  • Nanomachines: The tattoos everyone has that designates their numbers are made out of nanites. You really shouldn't hack them. Just ask Aberdeen, who went comatose, and Chapel, who's still under house arrest.
  • Odd Friendship: The list goes on and on.
  • Ontological Mystery: They're stuck on the ship, have no way of getting back, and the ship could be less than friendly...
  • Quirky Household: The Starks and their assorted bannermen
  • Running Gag: GUYS, ERIDAN TOLD YOU TO MAKE SURE YOU MAKE IT TO THE GRAV COUCHES BEFORE THE JUMP.
    • Tony, you made it angry.
    • Keeping Sherlock from calling dibs on dead bodies is quickly becoming one.
    • Moriarty and bacon.
    • Is there a department for it? Sulu's a member.
    • Moran and tigers, the romance that can never be.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Hotspur.
  • Ship Tease: AND HOW. They don't call it the SS Space Orgy, for nothing. Almost every character is shipped with someone if not multiple someones. Surprisingly, there are very few actual serious romantic relationships.
    • Averted with Jon Snow and Ygritte, the couple no one wants together (especially Stannis). Naturally, they finally did.
  • The Speechless: Nill, Seraphim, and Chell.
  • Survival Horror
  • Tall Darkand Snarky: Tony Stark, Petyr Baelish
  • The Computer Is Your Friend: Some people have sneaking suspicions that Smiley is this trope.
  • The End Is Nigh: Neal Caffrey, Smiley
  • The Maze: The path to the old science labs is one.
  • Too Much Information: Might as well be Dave Strider's middle name.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Tyke and Dean Winchester's gun
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Jaye's an animal shifter.
    • Alias also qualifies.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Pretty much Tony and Howard's entire relationship.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Robb Stark and Lucrezia
  • You Do NOT Want To Know: ... Pretty much anything that happened before the Tranquility began picking up strays falls under this category.
  • You Just Had to Say It: Topher tries to explain to Edgeworth that Wheatley's perfectly easy to get along with so long as you don't say the "m" word. Cue Edgeworth trying to figure out what said 'm' word is.
    • It ends exactly how you think.
    • Topher telling Howard that Tony is his son. Good job.
    • Anyone else remember Mike and Josh fourth-walling the Star Trek cast, leading to the biggest nerd pile up this game has ever seen?
  • Zen Survivor: If you don't go Ax Crazy or just up and die, you could be a zen survivor.

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