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Whelkshore Alliance

The Whelkshore Alliance are the semiofficial "main characters" of ORP and the go-to heroic group. They range from far-seeing idealists like Zebedee and Sly to more present-focused pragmatists like Natalie and Ender, but all share a basic understanding of the right thing to do and a drive to do it. Zebedee has two houses and Sly has a mansion in the same neighborhood in Whelkshore, so other members can often be found putting up there as tenants.

Rie Nepas and Ender Kimoned (Genlab) are longstanding friends of the Whelkshore group and are often counted within this alliance. Terrian Brogue (Rogues & Brogues) is also friendly with some of the Whelkshore group and spent a brief period living here. Albatross Trevelyan and Prime are friends and often allies of the group as well.

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Thyra Russell

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Played by: Lee

  • Anchored Ship: Zebedee and Thyra are one of those "painfully slow" couples, who clearly think of the other one as their "one", but neither is very forthright about it, and they've had a total of one hug.
  • Improbable Use of a Weapon: Her sling is apparently indestructable, leading to her using it as a garotte, a snare, and even for blocking swords.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Thyra’s forcefield powers cut off airflow when she uses them, providing a hard limit to an otherwise powerful defensive tool.
  • Self-Deprecation: Mild meta example - has a conversation with Kilik about how most Powers are more than willing to jump into adventures instead of teach a bunch of kids. Both Lee and Elliot are extremely guilty of this.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: From Lee's Formspring:
    Used right, she's a subtle but powerful leader who can run events and play people without ever visibly seizing control of the situation. (I guess you could say her style is the ideal Biblical wife. Though not as overt as the male leader, she uses thrift, cunning, charisma, and raw talent to govern and protect her domain, all without abandoning her dignified nature.)
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(Sylvia) Natalie Ulima

Played by: Lee

  • Adventure Duo: With Emily. Natalie's the serious Hero variant here, of course.
  • Animal Motifs: A general theme; Natalie's literary voice frequently uses terms that more commonly used for animals than people (haunches, growled, roared, darted, purred, and so forth).
  • Barrier-Busting Blow: Rips a mook through a wall using her whip-sword in Ishkabibble.
  • Berserk Button: She, um, has a few. Mostly other characters. You know, like the Summoners. And Terrian. And... we could go on.
  • Fights Like a Normal: Besides the occasional Flash Step, you wouldn't know she's a Power in most of her fight scenes. She basically only uses her shapeshifting to heal. According to her author, "Natalie's most dangerous form is Natalie."
  • Healing Factor: When she changes form, her body recovers some damage in vital areas.
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  • Hero Antagonist: In recent years, she's spent a lot more time as The Dreaded among the Summoners and Fascere Order than she has as the main character of any RP.
  • The McCoy: Conspicuously, she seems to be this without necessarily being The Heart of the Whelkshore Alliance.
  • Mook Horror Show: When not fighting other characters, she's known for ripping through dozens of enemies in rather horrifying and crippling ways.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Rie. Best seen in their reactions to Ender's vanishing, where Natalie starts destroying furniture and chewing out everybody.
  • Whip Sword: Natalie’s Sceard blade is usually this. It gets around the issues by sacrificing flexibility (it’s more bicycle chain than whip), and her powers allowing her to control it more precisely/repair it when it’s damaged.

Zebedee Taylor

Played by: Lee

  • Ambiguously Jewish: What with the blatantly Hebrew first name and technique names like "Kefitzat Haderech". His author sets him as a Seventh-day Adventist, which according to Lee is "pretty much a cross between Protestant Christianity and Judaism".
  • A Bloody Mess: On several occasions, he's faked out opponents by stealing blood from blood banks. As he became more mature, he stopped using this trick and started using outright illusions.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Inverted. He doesn't like being called "Lee", a pseudonym he went by for a few years (a handwave to help detach a Self-Insert from the author). After the Cosmic Retcon, it turns out he never went by Lee in the first place.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: His most damning flaw- he'll continuously try to redeem a foe, even if it's obvious that they'll just take advantage of his mercy at their first opportunity.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Zebedee probably isn't any RP's "wackiest party member", but let's face it: he wields a tennis racquet.
  • Multi-Melee Master: A bladed racquet, a mace, and a holy "blade". Justified in that he can teleport weapons in when he needs them, so doesn't have to lug all the baggage around.
  • Situational Sword: Zebedee's holy blade, the Maranatha, takes a toll him on him and deals damage proportional to the righteousness of his cause, and the need for him to use it. So naturally, it's a last resort weapon.
  • Theme Deck: Zebedee can pretty much do anything that involves the manipulation of matter or energy. However, he pretty much sticks to illusions, gusts of wind, and holy energy attacks. Justified somewhat in the nonlethality/selective lethality of his preferred tricks.
  • Winged Humanoid: Subverted. Despite having an angelic motif, using several attacks with "Wings","Pinions", etc. in their names, and deriving his powers from a device disguised as a feather, he's never had even the illusion of wings.

Sly (Salon-Learwie-Yardic)

Played by: Bulbs

  • The Spock: Sly is certainly not incapable of emotion but tends to play the superego.
  • Superior Species: In Sly's own view, at least. Even though he isn't a dick about it, Bulbs has indicated that he regards most humans as lower lifeforms. Zebedee is one exception.
  • Team Dad: To the Whelkshore Alliance. Of course, he's also a literal father figure to Rick.

Rick Jora Yardic

Played by: Bulbs

Merlin

Played by: Bulbs


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