Roleplay: Personification Life

A NationStates RP created by Dabfia and maintained by Swith Witherward. As of May 2013, the IC page is run by Cerillium, and OOC by Swith.

The self-given, and probably most fitting description of the RP: "'It's supposed to make sense?'" Some characters are from the nations created by their users, while others are...of uncertain nature. A reading of the effin' manual says: "'We have anthros, velociraptors, gods, demons, angels, cyborgs, robots, magic users and mystical beings, warriors/soldiers/super soldiers, average mortals, A.I.s, thieves, spies, emperors, mad scientists, and whatever Bones and his brothers are. Anime seems to be a big theme, followed by offshoots of various pantheons and fiction.'"

In a more clear nutshell: Personification Life takes place in the fictional country of Bielefeld (no, not the one you're thinking of...), and is centered around the lives of the residents of an apartment complex located on "42nd Subabsurdus Street" (frequently referred to simply as, "the Building"). The residents come from all walks of life across the multiverse (as described above), with the esoteric properties of the apartment complex itself allowing them to coexist. While the Role Play primarily focuses on wacky, sometimes nonsensical, Slice of Life scenarios between individual characters, as well as individual story arcs, it in fact does have a primary plot that undertones the rest of the average play which, while never explicitly stated, seems to at least partially involve the residents' inadvertent role in setting up the beginning steps toward the rise of the future as depicted in Warhammer 40,000. This, however, is never confirmed nor denied, as the Role Play continues to center itself mainly around the stories of individual characters and groups, as created by their players.

Among many others, some genre that is currently in use includes Portal, Cthulhu Mythos, Warhammer 40,000, Star Wars, Star Trek, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, and Doctor Who, as well as numerous original concepts and creations. All Myths Are True, but some figures and pantheons are relegated to control by certain players. Mythopoeia also comes into play (Kei, Pearlelei, etc.).

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  • Anti-Magical Faction - The growing anti-abhuman sentiment.
  • Arc Welding - The setting every time someone wants to do an invasion or some other nonsense that would be easily defeated due to current characters/things in place/current tech. In some cases, we don't succumb to Arc Welding, such as the Innovators wanting their tech to be superior, because doing so would open the door to "Dani Spanks the World Part IV".
  • Aristocrats Are Evil
  • Adorkable
    • Fortu
    • Sterling Venture
  • Affably Evil - The Raptors are quite pleasant when not murdering random people for food, building weapons of mass destruction, or plotting to take over the world.
  • Afraid of Blood - Chrys.
  • Almighty Janitor: Literally.
  • All Myths Are True - Heavily implied, especially here.
  • All Nations Are Superpowers
  • Alternate Timeline - The most notable being the "Fallout Bielefeld" timeline, a Crapsack World timeline in which the first Drone Invasion was successful, but was subsequently met with resistance by Chaos, the Nifid, Cthulhu, another attempted invasion by Raptorkind, thus taking the world itself through a Trauma Conga Line, resulting in the deaths, corruption, and assimilation of several characters.
  • Amnesiacs Are Innocent
  • Anthropomorphic Personification - Just about every last Chaos avatar and the gods themselves.
  • Anything That Moves - Dora, initially, though she's toned it down some.
  • Artifact Title - The roleplay was originally a branch-off of the "Meanwhile, in your nation..." thread, intended to solely star characters who were literal or metaphorical personifications of their players' nations. However, people quickly began to introduce more original concepts and characters based on other franchises and genres outside their NationStates canon, until the actual "personifications" were inevitably outnumbered. Thus, not only is the title "Personification Life" an artifact, but as are many of the names of the older characters (Bran, NVE, Swith, etc.).
  • Artistic License - Often necessary due in order to keep the peace between the various, widely versatile genres in play.
  • Badass Family
  • Batman Gambit
  • Beatnik - Willow Streaks.
  • Bishōnen
    • Bran tends to lean toward this, especially in the beginning as a deliberate emphasis on his youth and newness to the world (though he has grown immensely more worldly and savvy since then).
    • Many of Urran (the former player)'s characters milked this to an extreme.
    • Willow, who is depicted with the small-snout body design normally reserved for female ponies. His player excuses this as him being unusually petite for his sex and age.
  • Bi the Way
  • Black and Gray Morality
  • Blue and Orange Morality
    • The Raptors
    • The Luxans
  • Brown Note:
    • Erich Zann in the God Eat God arc
    • Bones' new musician.
    • Equestria is this for all of raptorkind.
  • Canon Welding
  • Character Aged with the Actor - Whether due to originally being self-inserts or just closely held by their players, several characters' ages and birthdays sync up with their players', thus aging along with them as thread progresses. This can sometimes get confusing due to the fact that a single day in the thread can easily be expanded into several weeks, depending on the progression of the story and the schedules of the players.
  • Child Soldier:
    • Tora was kidnapped by her nation's rebels and forced to help them. After they were crushed, the military recruited her.
    • Cinnamon is more of a child pilot but still fits. She was put into training for the government military at the age of 6.
  • City of Weirdos
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe - Klaus and his Men
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander - Neil thinks waffles come from the waffalo (a waffle/buffalo hybrid) and Gretta is only marginally saner than him.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl - And how?
    • How Tsu can get with the people she has dated, especially Torii, going on occasion into full-blown Yandere.
    • Torii herself towards her sister, Katya, when she began dating Yoshi, and to Bran, who has served as a father figure to her.
    • Giovenith, of all people, showed a rather disturbing side of this when her older brother began dating, to the point of making up stories about the woman assaulting infants just to antagonize her to the others. Word of God states she has behaved this way to every person her brother has ever tried to have a romantic relationship with.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them - Implied with Gio.
  • Cute Critters Act Childlike - Averted with the ponies. Sterling and Willow make it clear many times they are legal adults who lived alone and held jobs before coming to Bielefeld, assert their authority to characters under 18 when the situation calls for it, damn things to Tartarus, and get drunk. Willow enjoys drinking strong coffee brews, is a Deadpan Snarker, has an aversion to young children, and at times considers himself Gio's de facto legal guardian by virtue of living with her. Sterling has received higher education, and runs his own library.
  • A Darker Me - Dab with Evil Dab and a Few of the Raptors counterparts from other universes and definitely clone NVE.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Death Is Cheap - Almost every character has died and been revived, either through some local divine intervention or the resident mad scientists.
  • Death's Hourglass - Readouts.
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu? - Neil does this often.
  • Eldritch Abomination - Too many to name but we can try...
    • Bones
    • Scarface
    • The Great Old Ones
    • The Chaos Gods
  • Eldritch Location - Many.
    • Bones' room
    • Prim's room
    • Swith's room
    • The City at one point
    • Bielefeld
    • The Building
    • The Ruins
  • Embarrassing First Name - Cinnamon Thompson
  • Embarrassing Tattoo - Dora, thanks to Larry. No longer applies, as she has a new body.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins
  • Expy - Kelly Regina, when played to her more serious side, is practically a giant walking Homage to Clint Eastwood
  • Eye Color Change:
    • Chrys and Luce, using their powers.
    • Applies more generally to Conservators, but hasn't been seen.
    • Anyone who becomes Tainted gets pretty new purple eyes. Ei
  • Exposition of Immortality - Septimus, Hans
  • Fantastic Drug - Wa N Ts
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink
  • Fate Worse Than Death:
    • Insidiousís telepathy seems cool, until you realize she canít turn it off
    • Minerva has eternal life but dies and rots every 12 hours. Ew.
  • Fauxlosophic Narration
  • Five-Bad Band - The Raptors
  • Foil - Naomi and Swith.
  • For Happiness
    • Giovenith
    • Naomi
  • Funetik Aksent - Totenkopf, Jaluk
  • Genre-Busting
  • Happily Married: A pleasant abundance of couples are this.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl:
    • Dora
    • Kei
    • Insidious (+ with drugs)
    • Chrys
    • Katya (once)
    • Minerva, as Lust's cultist leader
  • Healing Factor
  • Hollywood Tactics
  • Hot God - Swith/Charumati
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl - Relatively, with Dia (7'5") and Chrys (5'1").
    • Volturius and Tipper.
    • Ceril and Naomi.
  • I Am X, Son of Y:
    • Sigtrygg Karlsson Snjalli
    • Mezran, Son of Jag'oth, of the House of Sto H'raQ
  • I Just Want to Have Friends - Bran.
  • Identity Amnesia - Snowskeeper.
  • Immortality Bisexuality:
    • Dora
    • Kei.
  • I'm Taking Them Home With Me - Giovenith's first meeting with the ponies.
  • Immune to Drugs:
    • Insidious
    • Prim
    • Aegis
    • Minerva and her Lads
    • Ogoti
    • Swith
    • Deuce
  • Insane Troll Logic:
    • Bones
    • Neil
  • Instant-Win Condition - Most of the Arcs have this.
  • Interspecies Romance
    • Septimus and Neste
    • Fortu and Monique
  • It Amused Me:
    • MB
    • Baen
  • Kiddie Kid - Gio facilitates between this, and Wise Beyond Their Years, depending on the gravity of the situation.
  • Killed Off for Real - While in theory (and by theory, we mean the threats of Cer) this could happen to any character, it almost always is averted. Characters are constantly being killed and resurrected by one method or another.
  • Le Parkour - Torii is adept.
  • Local Hangout - Chaos.
  • Noodle Incident
  • Mad Artist
    • Insidious.
    • Giovenith would be a relatively harmless, non-evil example. She can get extreme and wacky with her projects, but she would NEVER hurt anyone with them.
  • Mad Scientist - Many residents fall under this category. Some outright where it as a badge of pride.
  • Married in the Future - Marcus and Gio are implied to possibly be.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Neil Von Eldritch stands in conjunction with the acronym "NVE" which also stands for New Velociraptor Empire, the name of the nation
    • Chernaya Varona's name translates out to "Black Raven" in Russian and take into account her callsign, her name comes out as "Black Shadow Raven"
    • Sinyaya Ptitsa's full name is "Sinyaya Ptitsa Schast'ya" which also translates out from Russian into "Blue Bird of Happiness"
    • Neste - NST 3v1. Portuguese for "into", in reference to her "Ghost in the Shell" existence.
    • Minerva Blackwater - "of the mind", referencing one of her potent (seldom seen) powers: mind control.
    • Malaise Abondante - Ogoti's clinic nurse. Abundant malaise/illness
    • Naomi Cerillium - Naomi means love, Cerillium is the thade word for "sound logic". Naomi is love and logic combined.
  • Me's a Crowd - Often happens to the raptors after some mad science.
  • Mind over Matter - Primordial's main power
    • Neste
  • Mini Mook:
    • Chi
  • Mysterious Past - Dora explaining something about the Conservatores to Giovenith
    • Rodney and Neste, and Minerva, Klaus
  • Modesty Shorts - Gio is mentioned to wear these.
  • Mysterious Waif - Giovenith was this in her original appearances, having been found on the street by Bones and Co. in a state of artificial insanity.
  • Mystical White Hair
    • Giovenith. Described as a running trait among the females in her pantheon.
  • No Name Given:
    • Bane is not that entity's real name. It doesn't have a name.
    • The deities known only as the 'boss-couple' among the Conservatores.
  • Oh My Gods!
  • Older Than They Look
    • Thomas Quirkland
    • Cornelius Thriller
    • Snowskeeper Ferenczy
    • Baen
    • Primordial's group
    • Flint
    • Barox
    • Mon
    • every Chaos avatar and cultist
  • The Omniscient:
  • Only Known by Their Nickname
    • Flint (Veronika Konstantinova)
    • Prim
    • Insidious
    • Aegis
    • Swith (Charumati)
    • Deuce (Dexter Usseio, the number 2 being his unit standing)
    • Deader
    • Cuisine
    • Fortu (the 42nd clone)
    • Tipper (Calista of Usseio)
    • MB (he does have a name)
    • Ceril (Cerillium is a descriptive nickname. Thaddeus Usseio)
    • Monique (M-Series Q v3.1)
    • Jacob and Albert
  • Only One Name
    • All Conservatores. So far, at least.
    • Zarkani, for the brief time that he existed.
    • Herean
    • Baen; he doesn't remember it, anyway
    • Jacob/Albert
  • Overly Long Name - Gio's full name is given as, "Encantress Giovenith-Serina Jerid of Pearlelei's Own." Even she thinks it is way overboard.
  • Pals with Jesus
  • Physical God - Several characters.
  • Powers That Be - Constantly referenced, occasionally seen. Includes Elohim, Swith's Higher Being, Pearlelei, the Conservatores' bosses, and others.
  • Psychic Radar - Chaos forces, especially Tipper, Siduer and Ogoti
    • Neste
  • Rant-Inducing Slight
  • Raptor Attack of The Reptilians
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin
    • Dani
    • Prim
    • Neste in her human form
  • Reality Warper - Swith
  • Real Life Writes the Plot - In instances where a player leaves, has to take a break from, or is kicked from the thread and/but their characters have a thoroughly established relationship with other characters.
    • When Tsu's player left, it was played as the character simply abandoning the apartment without telling anyone. Due to this, and previous concern voiced by other characters, the character's girlfriend Torii viewed this act as the last straw in a neglectful and abusive relationship, to the point that when the player did return, Torii the character gave Tsu a scathing "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
    • Due to technical difficulties, the von Eldritch family was wrote as taking an extended vacation while their player was getting a new computer.
    • When Dani's player returned after a long hiatus, it was played as the characters not having seen her for a long time.
    • After New Asksarben (the player) made the choice to leave the thread Giovenith (the player) was given permission to write his characters out of the thread. The citizens of New Aksarben (the nation) and those in Bielefeld under it's permission were carted away by Octavian, Sigtrygg was written as being transported back to his era and dimension by Loki, and Sterling was brought back to Equestria by Screwball after having been decided he was no longer needed on Earth (with no chance to inform Willow, much to the other pony's shock upon finding out).
  • Really 700 Years Old
    • All Chaos Cultists and their daemons
    • All Conservators
    • Ceril
    • Daemons
    • Superbia
    • Lucius
    • Jacob
    • Albert
    • Kei
    • Septimus
  • Running Gag
    • Cactus Bran
    • Indonesian Prime Minister
    • Flying tea trays
    • The ponies are mistaken for Slaaneshi.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training - Cinnamon is a great pilot, but a not-so-great cook.
  • Sadistic Choice - Bran was given the classic choice of either switching a trolley to a rail that would run over Rylli, or a rail that would run over Naomi, Natiya, and Gio. He chose to step in front of it himself.
  • Save Your Deity:
    • Naomi, Ceril, Neil, Torii going to help get Swith to a new matrix
    • Swith, Thriller, Bran and two others saving Kei's space-station-based essence thing
  • Shout-Out:
    • Dia addresses some of the teenagers as such when he finds them fumbling around.
    "I see a bunch of kids, but no meddling dog. Or rabbit. Or whatever cute furry creature might be 'round you or about you."
    • MB eating part of the Eiffel Tower is a reference to GI Joe: Rise of Cobra, with the Eiffel Tower being partially destroyed by metal-eating nanomachines.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality - Dora, especially when others get too attached to her.
  • Super Soldier
    • Conservatores
    • Deuce
    • Volturius
  • Stone Wall
  • The Alcoholic - Flint, like any good Stalker of the Zone, has a taste for vodka. She, however, takes it a step further due to her high alcohol tolerance.
  • The Jail Bait Wait - It was very briefly implied that Pan was doing this for Gio, until she enlisted the Luxans in conjuring up what amounted to a magical restraining order against him.
  • They Killed Kenny Again - Yoshi
  • The Spartan Way - How Cinnamon was raised.
  • This Is My Boomstick - Slightly inverted, in that the ponies come to a technologically advanced society rather than receiving a visitor in their own.
  • Time Abyss:
    • All Chaos avatars excluding Naomi
    • Krieger
    • Purna
    • Bane
    • Rodney
  • Tome of Eldritch Lore
  • Trapped in Another World - Though most residents come into Bielefeld without knowing how they got there, a few seem to be unable to leave as opposed to the others who just vanish as quickly as they came.
  • Truly Single Parent - Pearlelei.
  • Tyke Bomb - Zarkanian Secret Policemen.
  • Victor Gains Loser's Powers - How demon hierarchy in at least one version of Hell works, according to Superbia.
  • Villain Has a Point - The unnamed darkness-boy from one of the earlier threads brings up the valid point of the apartment-dwellers having no more reason to trust Giovenith than they did him, saying they only do so because they met her first, and her being "cute and innocent-seeming". Despite the fact that in the end he did turn out to be evil (on the side of the God War that wished to delete existence), and that they were right to defend her, many of the people did not know any of this before coming to Gio's defense, giving some partial weight to what he said.
  • Vodka Drunkenski - Though technically not Russia, the Zone might as well be. As such, Flint fits (maybe a bit awkwardly) into this trope.
  • War God - Klaus and Atosh, who are both avatars of Khorne.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever? - Dora, to Torii, during Hastur's invasion and the associated nightmares.
  • You Gotta Have Red Hair - Dora and Minerva
  • You Are Number Six:
    • Alpha; before he was assigned that nickname he was called exclusively 101.
    • Colonel 187
    • All members of the Zarkanian Secret Police.
    • Fortu (42)
    • Monique (MNQ)
    • Neste (NST 3v1)
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