Roleplay: The Gungan Council
The Gungan Council
(frequently abreviated as TGC) is a Star Wars
-based role playing and discussion board established in 1999 by General Ceel in the wake of The Phantom Menace
craze. It began on SWFans.com before moving to ezBoard and has since been one of the most active boards on the system. Since then, it has had its ups and downs, several restructuring of the rules, a massive ezBoard-wide hack, and a migration towrad Yuku. Yet, it has managed to stay incredibly active and open to anyone that wants to roleplay or just talk about Star Wars
and other topics.
The premise of The Gungan Council
is simple: it is an entirely character driven roleplay. Characters of any type can be freely made and introduced. After that, the characters join one of the many factions of The Gungan Council
for both out-of-character and in-character training. The OOC training comes from being introduced to the setting and style of The Gungan Council
as a writer, while the IC training comes from skills one's character learns. This makes TGC easily accessible to writers of any skill.
Rather than taking place during a set time in the Star Wars
universe, The Gungan Council
is almost like its own separate universe where all the events of Star Wars
canon happened yet elements from the earlier chronological dates of Star Wars
canon can be used. Also, the continuity for characters is defined on an individual basis. Many times, characters can easily retcon details of their past without any worry. General Ceel wrote an essay
that goes into detail about the timline.
TGC can be found here
. It also has its own wiki
In 2011, a podcast
for TGC began. It frequently features active TGC members for interviews and segments. Recently, it managed to interview James Arnold Taylor
, which can be listened to here
This roleplay provides examples of the following:
- Aborted Arc - Frequently happens for one reason or another, due to being a roleplaying board.
- Above Good and Evil - Karma, Peiori
- Acceptable Breaks from Canon - Alderaan still exists. Many of the Vongformed planets show little to no signs of such a thing. Star Forges can still be found lurking in space.
- Ace Pilot - A frequently used archetype
- Achilles' Heel -
- With a splash of lightning or EMP explosion, Darth Apparatus is severely crippled
- Action Girl - Saede Taggart
- A House Divided - The Jedi, especially recently
- The Alliance
- The Alliance, which is actually two factions against every known evil in the universe: The Jedi Council and the Rebellion
- United Triumvirate, a faction that's has an aliance among the Hapans, Mandalorians, and Chiss to end the oppression of their people
- The Rebel Alliance, a defunct faction that held Jedi, Rebel fighters, or really just anyone that wanted to fight against the dark side
- The Jedi Brotherhood, an old Jedi faction that actively fought against all Sith factions until it merged with the Jedi Council
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us - Any attack on Naboo
- Altum Videtur - Regnum In Potestas, the name of a defunct faction
- Amusing Alien - Utkon Mai
- Anachronism Stew - An in-universe example, where technology from any era of Star Wars can be used. For example, an Imperial I Star Destroyer can be in the same fleet as a Sith battlecruiser and no one would mind.
- Anti-Hero - Too many to count, but notable examples include Saede Taggart, Chaos Maxtor, and Je'gan (Darth Shule).
- Antimagical Faction - The Crimson Order made its ultimate goal to be the eradication of all Force users. The Galactic Empire also once had a campaign that got the common people in its domain to believe the Force did not exist.
- Anti-Villain - Many Sith have attempted this. Enton, who showed up in late 2010, did so to great failure by practically being a Jedi in everything but name. Imperials frequently come off as this in their attempts to great a Pellaeon-esque Empire.
- Apocalypse How - It happens, and whether or not it sticks depends on how long people remember it and whether or not they want to deal with it.
- Taris experienced a Class 6 after Rogue Moon crashed into it in the Galactic Crusade
- Coruscant had a Class 1 after the Death Star exploded just a few thousand kilometers from the planet. It's sometimes described to have damaged at least half the planet
- Art Evolution - Both writers and the community as a whole have seen this. Writers usually improve in their writing capabilities through time, usually getting to the point where their very first posts seem so immature and alien to them. Through time, the community's ability to write as well as roleplay has increased dramatically as a whole through the years. Many writers have developed the ability to discern whether or not to write novels or short, to the point posts based on the roleplay's needs.
- Artifact of Doom - The Heart of Darkness from "Quest - Part 5" and "Tainted Heart"
- Ascended Extra - LiSah Mao and Deagan Hunt began as NPC's but are now their own player characters
- Authority Equals Asskicking - Played straight or inverted with Masters and Elites are regarded as the strongest characters and usually have or are granted high ranks in-character. Can be subverted or even averted for Padawans, Apprentices, and Trainees that roleplay high ranks in-character.
- Author Existence Failure - Unfortunately, TGC has had members die. Regardless of their previous reputation on the board, they're always remember fondly in death. RIP:
- Revan Kornan/ravendarknes88/Dark Umbra
- Skelosh Delaroche/Jaeger Delaroche
- Bachelor Auction - The 2010 Yule Ball featured one
- Back from the Dead - Due to the fluid timeline and several elements of Star Wars, a very frequent occurrence for nearly all characters that have died.
- Backstory - Everyone has one, whether or not it's well known or relevant to roleplaying depends on the writer.
- Badass Grandpa - Mak Manto, who is over two hundred years old, is an example of a wizened Jedi Master who still is dangerous as a master sorcerer and lightsaber duelist.
- Badass Mustache - Captain Marcus Gray
- Badass Pacifist - Bethany in "Beloved of the Gods" and "Beneath the Feet of Angels."
- Bad Dreams - Ti'Cira Hawk
- Baddie Flattery - Kaz Valnor
- Bald of Evil - Darth Apparatus
- Ballroom Blitz - The 2010 Homecoming Ball turned out to be this. Not surprising considering that it was hosted by the Sith
- Ban on Politics - Hilariously averted, much to the dismay of several Gungans
- The Baroness - Xochitl
- Be All My Sins Remembered - Xyra, Patches, Ayden, Delek
- The Beastmaster - Kaz Valnor
- Becoming the Mask - Kassey Daklin, Patches
- Beige Prose - In fast paced threads, this is actually perfectly acceptable. However, there are still some complaints about those that only use Beige Prose for roleplaying.
- Beneath the Mask - Chaos Maxtor, Jonathan Patches, Xyra Sizhran, Ayreon Faraway
- The Berserker - Darth Apparatus
- Betty and Veronica - Anara and Kith are this to Tantor
- Beware the Nice Ones - Adira, please don't smash Io's datapad again!
- Birds of a Feather - Tris/Chaos, Beth/Corri, Moira/Apparatus
- Blood Bath - As their namesake would suggest, this is a habit enjoyed by The Bathorys.
- Blood Brothers - Ryori/Ti'Cira, Chaos/Mason
- Blood Lust - All the Bathorys, naturally, Anubis Starkiller
- Bounty Hunter - Kane E. Smart
- Breakthe Cutie/Haughty - Very frequent, and it sometimes gets very graphic for a Star Wars roleplay.
- Notable examples include what Steph and Ti'Cira have done to their characters.
- Morgan and Lana haven't gotten much love either.
- Kassey Daklin, due to torture to herself, her father, and her fiance has essentially become a schizophrenic.
- Broken Bird - Too many to count.
- Brotherhood of Evil - The Sith Brotherhood and Brotherhood of the Sith
- Brother-Sister Team - Rian and Corrine Kismet
- Calvinball - Takeovers on the current "rule-less" form can be this way, with many people taking up unwritten rule to make the experience as conflict free as possible.
- Came Back Wrong - Phylis Alince, though in a more benign fashion as she has no memory after being 18
- The Captain - Saede, Marcus
- Cast Herd - Formally, the factions act like this by grouping like minded characters (Lightside characters joining Jedi, darkside character joining Sith) together and instill a sense of galactic conflict. Informally, cliques have formed, both just to get a reliable group to roleplay with and to further out-of-character interests.
- Cat Folk - Kuraii
- Character Filibuster - Ryori Holloway takes the cake
- Characterization Marches On - Commonly happens due to changing tastes and styles of writers, especially if a character has been written for a long time.
- Charity Ball - Nearly every ball hosted by a Jedi, Rebel, or non-evil Imperial is this
- The Charmer - Deagan Hunt
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder - Darth Apparatus
- Chronic Hero Syndrome - Bethany, Corrie, Ayden Cater
- Claustrophobia - Ti'Cira Hawk deveoped claustrophobia by being locked in a cage by her former master
- Cloudcuckoolander - Spencer Jacobs, Io Akima
- Colony Drop - In the Galactic Crusade roleplay, a moon was dropped on the planet Taris, killing all life on the planet.
- Combat Pragmatist - Darth Apparatus
- The Corrupter - Many Sith are this
- Creepy Twins - Setesh and Sokara Vu Noi
- Cross Player - Many writers, notably those of Phylis, Relen, and Jessan, frequently write the opposite sex. It's more common for women on the site to write males, as well.
- Cute Bookworm - Spencer Jacobs
- Cute Bruiser - Xyra, Serrena
- Cut Short - For roleplays that died before their fortieth post, they were usually deleted. Now, they have a chance to live again with the Thread Necromancer.
- Cyberspace - Holo Fun World
- Daddy's Girl - Dominique England, at first.
- Dances and Balls - At least three are hosted each year, and they're usually non-violent.
- Dancin' in the Ruins - Peiori loves doing this.
- Dark Action Girl - Xyra Sizhran
- Darker and Edgier - When compared to the movies, TGC is definitely more mature across the board. However, whether or not it beats out Star Wars: Legacy depends on the writer and character.
- Dark and Troubled Past - Most characters have a tragic past
- Death Is Cheap - Again, due to the fluid timeline and technology in Star Wars, death is not much of a concern when it actually happens.
- Deceptive Disciple - Moira Vu Noi
- Despair Event Horizon - Xyra in "The Galactic Crusade" after the moon crashed into Taris.
- Disguised in Drag - C'orringath Ven'Traas and Ayin Kaes looked great as handmaidens for the queen of Naboo.
- The Drifter - Trent Wayne
- Early Installment Weirdness - As time goes on, many small inconsistencies and changes in writing style frequently leads to this for many characters.
- The Empire
- The Sith Council, a faction that compose of all Sith in TGC and has the second largest collection of planets
- The Galactic Empire, has the largest amount of planets under its control yet models itself after the Pellaeon empire
- Dark Sith Order, a Sith faction that lasted for roughly eight years before merging with Sine Ocassu
- Regnum In Potestas, a Sith faction that quickly grew to be one of the largest factions at the time with a huge member base
- Everyone Is Related - Also known on the board as the Family Wreath
- Evil Albino - Peiori, Skelosh
- Evil Matriarch - Santeria Decuir
- The Exile -
- Abigail Taylor from the Chiss Ascendancy
- Ti'Cira, Je'gan, and Caleb were exiled by the Jedi Council
- All Nightsisters from Dathomir
- Expy - Several characters use avatars from the Star Wars films, including C'oringath and Ceel. Others use avatars from the Expanded Universe. Sometimes, these characters even match their avatar's in personality.
- The Faceless - Reyven Samoth
- The Federation - The Galactic Republic
- Fish out of Temporal Water - Lord Valentai, Dominique England, Bianca Holloway
- Flashbacks - Frequently invoked in order to explain why a character has or does something.
- Fleeting Demographic Rule - An unintentional example. Due to TGC being a Long Runner and the member base is constantly replaced, many roleplaying ideas are redone every few years, and the majority of the present members do not know or remember roleplays from two or more years ago.
- Foreign Language Tirade - Kuraii, Serrena and Nate, Ti Cira frequently dip into this
- Friend to All Living Things - Bethany
- From Nobodyto Nightmare - A frequently used backstory for new Sith and villains, such as Xyra, Skelosh, Maleficus, and Ayreon.
- Funetik Aksent - A natural part of attempting to write an accent, such as Mao, Trent Wayne, and Steph.
- Funwith Acronyms - From TGC, factions, Star Wars titles, to PLOTS, many members frequently shorten phrases into acronyms out-of-character
- Game Master - Mostly averted. The only time there would be a game master in a roleplay would be if all parties involved agreed invest such power in someone and closed the thread off from the general public.
- Gender-Blender Name - Spencer Jacobs
- Going Down with the Ship - Saede when the Revenant was nearly destroyed over Naboo
- Government in Exile - The Witches of Dathomir faction claims to be one of these. Yet, being composed of only Nightsisters and their allies, such a claim is contested by the rest of the witches.
- Hates Being Touched - Ryori Holloway and Ti'Cira Hawk in the beginning
- The Hedonist - Deagan Hunt, Kirk, Xo Chitl Salvaje, Lana, Avicus Dusang, Quinn Raxel
- Heel-Face Turn and Face-Heel Turn - Many Jedi and Sith have crossed over to the other side of the Force over 12 years of TGC roleplaying.
- Heroic Sacrifice - Phylis Alince destroys the Heart of Darkness to keep it out of the Sith's hands. Some spectacular fireworks ensue as everything near her, including herself, disintigrates!
- Heroic Spirit - Bethany, Spark Vallen, Corrie
- Hidden Agenda Villain - Some Sith and villains, such as Xyra, Ayreon, Darth Apparatus, attempt to go around with a "super secret" ambition, which usually involves just taking over the galaxy.
- Hope Bringer - Bethany, Eden Kisori
- Horsemen of the Apocalypse - Regnum In Potestas, a Sith faction, ran off of this idea by having the horsemen leading the faction
- Conquest - Dark Sky Kerberos
- War - Darth Roul, later replaced by Darth Phantom
- Famine - Malice Draclau
- Death - Anubis Starkiller
- Hot-Blooded - Saede, Ti Cira, Satkia
- Hot Witch - In spite of Star Wars canon, most Nightsisters are hot.
- How We Got Here - "It's Not That I Keep Hanging On, I'm Never Letting Go" slips into three different flashbacks to explain how Bianca and Darth Apparatus found each other and were separated.
- Human Popsicle - Bianca Holloway
- Humans Are Morons - Kuraii claims this.
- I Do Not Own - The podcast for TGC features one of these at the end of each episode.
- I Just Want to Be Normal - Lana does not want psychometry.
- Image Song- For nearly every character
- Immortality Seeker - Darth Apparatus does!
- In Harmony with Nature - Kuraii
- In Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves - Peiori, Skelosh, Maleficus claim this
- Jerkass Has a Point - Ayreon Faraway
- Knowledge Broker - Jonathan Patches
- A Lady on Each Arm - Chaos Maxtor, Ayden Catar
- Lampshade Hanging - Commonplace, but Steph Zenima brings it in style
- La Résistance - The Rebellion, which has appeared in many different forms throughout TGC's history
- Law of Inverse Fertility - A frequent occurrence in roleplays, such as with Beth, who got pregnant on her first time. Most of the time, sex is only written out (in vague metaphors) for the purpose of conception.
- Legal Jailbait - Toph Graystone (is 18 but uses Toph)
- Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards - While not true, several writers claim that from how some people write Force-users, even the strongest non-Force-users cannot handle similarly ranked Force-users. They obviously forgot the Jango Fett and Obi-Wan fight.
- Like You Were Dying - Kirk
- Literary Allusion Title - A common way to title a roleplaying thread is to allude to another work. Many of them are from Star Wars. Notable examples include: