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The NDL by its very nature offers nothing at all except a place to write and to read the writing of others. That's all we're about, and all that we have.
Neo-Duelist League is a humble sub-forum of Neoseeker, a computer hardware and gaming website. The Neo-Duelist League is dedicated to a specialized kind of role-playing. Members create original characters, who can take part in "Duels", friendly competitive role-plays where each person introduces his or her character to the chosen setting, then take turns posting to advance a conflict between said characters. Upon reaching a pre-agreed number of turns, other members of the League step in as judges to provide feedback and decide the winner based on quality of writing. The victor may then write out the conclusion of the duel as they see fit (with consideration for their opponent of course), which is traditionally used to depict their character triumphing over the other.First created early in 2004, the NDL — as it is often called — has been through many changes in its membership, management and structure. It is built around duels, but has expanded over time to include other features, such as a thread for writing about NDL characters in non-duel situations, monthly writing challenges based on themes and use of same characters, forum games, and so on. There is no defined setting, universe or canon; every duelist is free to create their own plots, histories, mythologies, abilities, worlds and more, and to set their duels in any location they can dream up. The NDL serves as a blank canvas without limits, and with obvious compromise when agreeing to duel other characters, any member may acknowledge the work of others and seek to write together, or dismiss it to do their own thing as they please. After all, the NDL's creed is "Unlimited Freedom".The NDL is a small and friendly forum, and a definite beneficiary of the There Is No Such Thing as Notability rule. Anyone can join, provided they have a Neoseeker account (which is free) and get a character approved (which is easy). If you like the sound of it, and what you read here, why not come have a look around (or maybe even join)?Note: When troping specific events, rather than general recurring circumstances or character traits, please include a link.
Absurdly Sharp Blade: With so many sword-wielding characters running around, this one was inevitable.
Malali's main melee weapon, the sword Kaavel, can cut through "almost anything", depending on the strength of the wielder.
Achilles' Heel: In A Night of Death, as the Duelists fight the Deathknight, they begin to argue over whether or not he has some weakness. Malali contacts them telepathically to let them know this is the case.
Action Girl: Although often possessing other skills, a fair few female characters can mix it up physically.
Alarielle mostly uses magic, but her sword skills and demeanor make her quite the Lady of War.
Alexis Merryweather uses magic in handy situations, but mostly fights with her katana and her twin pistols.
Badass Army: A Night of Death features Malali, Emote, Basis, Zerith Dathka, Tetrath, Crysis and Zone, Ret Herefit, Saint Pagan, Alarielle, Smikals Jeofreddy, Severein Auronis, Belatu, Origin, The Executioner AND a legion of alien soldiers armed to the teeth with guns, cannons and giant power-suits.
Badass Grandpa: Cade is an aged traveling mercenary who has lived long enough to see his past heroism exaggerated into legend.
Emote, as a sum total of her forms, averages out to this.
Chekhov's Gun: During A Night of Death, Arimus confronts The Executioner and considers using him against The Deathknight; ultimately he tells people that it would be too dangerous, and he wouldn't be used. Later it's shown that he lied.
Downer Ending: For Arimus in A Night of Death - the love of his life is dead, his original mission of sealing the void was a huge failure, and while he was possessed by Prince Tiger he destroyed his base. Then he transforms into some form of monster.
Malali, Nae’Blis, and the Executioner manage to ignore their desire to kill each other in the face of the greater threat that is the Macross.
Entertainingly Wrong: In The Antartic Incident, The Executioner assumes that the combination of a large power source and advanced robotic research means Grey Matter Industries must be trying to replicate and improve upon his work, with the ultimate goal of destroying Germany.
Everyone Meets Everyone: Malali goes about recruiting the cast one by one for A Night of Death, eventually gathering them into one place; there's even a nice little scene in which Arimus summarises the basics of each character.
Flaming Sword: Ret's sword can harness four elements, and his favourite of those is fire. When Alarielle focused her powers (also favouring fire) into it during A Night of Death, it was taken Up to Eleven.
Finishing Move: Featured in the July '10 Writing Challenge, and many of the characters use one in their victory posts.
Also used by Cojisto and Moose during this exhibition duel.
G-Rated Drug: Although never expressly stated as marijuana, the herbs that Blitzkrieg and Selig put on their pizza does have hallucinogenic effects.
Give Me a Sign: Malali prays to her Deities for a sign of what to do about Severein. When Zerith Dathka arrives shortly after this prayer, she believes she has gotten her answer.
Godzilla Threshold: Zig-zagged in A Night of Death. The situation hasn't crossed the Godzilla Threshold, however if drastic measures aren't taken prematurely it would be forced upon the group later, thus even though The Executioner is clearly an evil machine of death and destruction (and though using him directly worsened the rips in The Void), Arimus accepts it as a necessity, so as to save power for later.
Guns Are Worthless: Characters can wield pistols, shotguns, rifles and rocket launchers. But because you can't kill your opponent's character, the worst a duelist generally gets to inflict on another is a wounding shot.
Healing Factor: Kira is able to heal herself with some effort, and others by touching them. Alexis Merryweather can heal herself as well, and Emote's Love form is based around this ability.
The Druid Silvertonuge can heal from almost everything, due to a gift from The Troll Queen.
Hearing Voices: A Night of Death - upon observing Saint Pagan, Emote realizes that the man is crazy and speaks to his doll, (whom he calls Bella). Seeking to use this to her advantage, she pretends to be the voice Saint Pagan is talking to. He immediately recognizes her trickery, but is held back from his vengeance by the words he hears from his doll.
Hell Is That Noise: The Deathknight's laugh is described as being able to leave a weak mind scarred and a poor soul broken.
Heroism Incentive: Several of the duelists have to be bribed to join Malali in A Night of Death. He'll destroy the universe? Sorry, I'll need more than that.
Make a Wish: Daevon Le Sanches goes into a forgotten forest and finds a fairy. When asked what he wishes for, he says he wants power so that he might take his revenge. The fairy horribly burns his arm and he runs back to his castle. He later discovers the burnt arm can now control fire.
Memetic Mutation: Camo Man (man man man man) was originally only to have his name echoed by highly important characters in a bid to echo the way the camo jacket resonated with them, rather than just having it echo every time his name is said. His writer may continue this trend but nobody else will.
Once upon a time, Malali was called Mally by Basis. Now this is how almost all forum-goers, and even a few characters, refer to her.
Mental World: Sometimes referred to as a mindscape. Ion has entered Malali's, Clief's and part of Emote's, Emote has entered Ion's and Chase's, and Tetrath has entered Malali's.
Outside-Context Villain: Since different characters rarely share personal story elements, pretty much every duel starts off with the other duelist being an Outside Context Opponent. How much and how well they integrate from there is a case-by-case situation.
Glados, a human who doesn't really have any similarities to the computer from Portal beyond being in control of a large/shady organisation, but it's not exactly a common name.
Fade Prise, a time traveller, shares a body with a man named Inferno. Both have names from Claudio Sanchez's The Amory Wars, and in Fade's future, the planets are connected by a lattice of energy, similar to The Keywork.
To the same extent, we have The Writer, or "C," who has The Writing Well, as compared to The Willing Well. Not to mention a character in The Amory Wars is named "The Writing Writer."
A Night of Death has a minor Australian character called Zachary, who is not unlike a certain member of the forum, including their name.
Sir Swearsalot: Most duelists are rather tame in their use of language. This is not the case for Smikals Jeofreddy.
Sliding Scale Of Freewill Vs Fate: Emote and Malali have a discussion about where the world falls. Emote seems to believe in a combination of Type 0 and Type 1. Basically our genetic traits and environment mean that we will be a certain way and then Higher Beings decide when we will be born to try and maintain a balance.
Storming the Castle: A Night of Death was pretty much built around reaching and then storming The Deathknight's castle.
Stupid Jetpack Hitler: Dr Kaufmann, a quite insane Nazi when his Demonic Possessionisn't making matters worse, is a walking tank with an arsenal large enough to give most superpowers penis envy. And yes, he has a jetpack.
Super Mode: Many variants, often with a catch to limit their use.
Malali can achieve something like this by using a dose of the Tiaoro Strand Serum X5.
Tiger Versus Dragon: Malali and Basis constantly find ways to fight, whether it's out of drunkenness or just plain for fun. Neither has conclusively proven themselves stronger, and Basis is adamant that they'll be fighting for a long time.
Tomboy and Girly Girl: Malali and Emote respectively (at least when the latter is in her less volatile forms).
Tough Act to Follow: Ret Herefit is a direct descendant of one of the eight great heroes of the War of the Realms, and realises what that implies, but unlike most feels his destiny is something he must earn, rather than simply being entitled to it.
Subverted when a zombie-like infection started to spread through the group of duelists in A Night of Death - the already strained alliance crumbled to an all out brawl. Eventually the situation is resolved.
Video Will: Arimus leaves one of these for Malali to explain why he had to do the things he did.
Vigilante Man: When Stayler is hunting down criminals he does not aim to wound.
Villainous Breakdown: It's a long time coming, but The Deathknight finally suffers one of these in A Night of Death, complete with the symbolic loss of his imposing armour to reveal the withered being within.
Voluntary Shapeshifting: Hyuga is able to fuse with anything near him and gain powers based off the property of the item he fused with. He is even able to fuse with God, but the stronger the transformation the harsher the consequences for his mind and body.
Warrior Prince: Daevon Le Sanches is the heir to his kingdom's throne.
Emote: "I've heard what (The Firins) do in their alone time, I will not condone such things whilst you're within my city, do you understand?! I don't care how black these souls that they target are, if there is even a chance for change allowing what your pets do to them is not right and you know it."