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The AJCO coat of arms, as designed by Pythosblaze

AJCO is a Minecraft-based roleplay server created by the eponymous AJ alongside her friends Celest R and Pythosblaze, and quickly built upon by various friends-of-friends from across the net. Who then brought their friends. Who brought theirs. Who brought - well, you get the idea.

Its genre would be best described as fantasy/sci-fi and, with the introduction of the State, dystopian. The plot tends to be seperated into 'arcs' resembling seasons, with smaller character-driven arcs taking place within their respective factions. AJCO (briefly Pi-TEC), the Deserters and the Castle Crew are the primary rivals while the neutrals watch on and occasionally interfere.

Numerous blogs are dedicated to recording the conversations that take place so that those who can't participate can still enjoy, with ajco-ltd and castle-crew being the most active. Many RP participants also have AJCO-specific blogs, the most noteworthy of which being angelkaja due to the amount of recorded RPs that get posted there. Now has its own official serious wiki.

AJCO contains examples of:

  • 2 + Torture = 5: What re-education aims to do, and after experiencing it first hand A_J is clearly taking Friendship in much the same direction.
  • Accidental Murder: The Doctor and A_J went into a re-education chamber and only one of them came out. Considered Murder by Inaction by Egg, who was asked to make the final decision and let it go ahead.
  • Alternate World Map: The various servers/worlds/mods.
  • Angst: And wouldn't you know it. Worth noting: the server tends to go through periods of angst, usually because the plight of one character will affect several others. The Castle Mages are both the crowning example and the crowning counter-example, fretting about the consequences of blood magic one week and then snowball fighting the next. They make it work.
  • Big Labyrinthine Building: AJCO in all its incarnations is huge and difficult to navigate for visitors.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Due to many changes of modpacks, server hosts, and people's general ability to keep up, characters tend to disappear suddenly.
  • Clerk: One of the major cliques within the FAIR-CO faction. Their leader, C_C, is Fairfax's right-hand man.
  • Dumb Muscle: The AGRI-FAC workers are largely this, which puts them at odds with the Clerks and the Unwards.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: In the early days of RP, so it's just as well that it wasn't until much later that anyone thought to start recording them. A lot of the very early canon is being disregarded or rewritten entirely as it no longer fits with current canon, which fortunately doesn't have too much of an impact on anyone as so few characters were around back then (and several who were have been Put on a Bus).
  • The End of the World as We Know It: Whenever modpacks are updated or switched, this usually happens. The most spectacular example was A_J activating The Needle and blowing a hole in the world.
  • The Evils of Free Will: The State runs on this trope and therefore so does AJCO. A_J believes in it rather more than most, and tries to rectify 'non-compliancy' with "Friendship".
  • Evil Versus Evil: During the Deserter arc, which was pretty much Deserters vs AJCO vs the State, the Deserters were certainly A Lighter Shade of Grey, but none of them were as 'good' as Katton or the Crew, the rivals from previous arcs.
  • Framing the Guilty Party: What the investigation team (Kaja, Crez and Egg) were doing by breaking into Pi-TEC and rifling around. The Doctor was clearly hiding something from the start, it was simply a matter of finding the evidence to prove it.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • Not usually part of the RP but when one is going on you'll often see '[player] was killed by [death reason]' in the chat. They're obviously ignored and removed from posted chatlogs. Special mention goes to:
      • "Little Krauzer was slain by Krauzer"
      • "The entire Deserters was slain by Krauzer"
      • "Pi-TEC was slain by A_J using a rather sharp rock I found on the ground"
    • An in-universe example: Kaja and Clovis are arguing about the matter of Mei and Clovis' position in the Silo... while Cain and Tybalt stumble around in the background, the former of which is desperately trying to stifle nervous giggling.
  • Gas Mask Mooks: The Breather clique, though unlike most examples the masks have a function. Namely, to stop the person wearing it from dying.
  • Grey-and-Gray Morality: While there are a couple of characters who are entirely good, and maybe one or two who are entirely bad, almost everyone has extremely ambiguous morals - evil when it suits them, good when it suits them.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Several characters, such as Pythos, Nights and Egg have pulled this one off, though in most cases it is simply the side that has changed and not the morality.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • After a trip into the Silo's Friendship Chamber, Nights experiences one of these, though 'heroic' is stretching it more than just a bit.
    • Conversely, Egg (who definitely does fit the 'heroic' bill) experienced moments of BSOD with increasing intensity during the Silo arc. First, after gassing Pi-TEC. Second, after letting the Doctor die. Third, after her failed rebellion gets everyone trapped with no food in the Silo hangar.
  • Holy Burns Evil: When A_J sent Finn into bloodlust-mode and threw him down the elevator shaft of the Silo, the only thing that saved the hangar's inhabitants from him was the fact that Kaja could do this.
  • Interspecies Romance: Considering that the majority of the cast are human, there are a surprising amount (admittedly, most are one-sided). Notably:
    • Clovis/Mei: Plant Person and undead anthropomorphic wolf. Considering they were married until Mei's untimely trip into the Void their relationship was probably the strongest.
    • Finn/Nights: Demon and human; the feeling is mostly on the side of Finn.
    • Kaja/Crez: Angel and... Crez. They run Katton together.
    • Egg/Kube: Human and Plant Alien.
    • Py/Req and A_J/Req: Human and Wisp-being respectively. It could be argued that Py is a cyborg, though she was born and raised completely human.
  • It Makes Sense in Context: There is an entire blog dedicated to recording these, though it ought to be noted that the vast majority are from out-of-character banter. Also ought to be noted that the vast majority make just as much sense in context.
  • Kick The Son Of A Bitch: Most residents of the Silo/AJCO spend their time trying to one-up each other. It's hard not to feel cheerful when Breyos, for example, gets batoned across the knuckles even if it's by the equally as despicable A_J.
  • Leave Behind a Pistol: A variation of this trope occurs when A_J expels Egg from the Silo onto the surface, which is believed to be extremely toxic. She is given a choice of dying from radiation sickness, inhaling undispersed chlorine gas...or from the single bullet A_J gives to her, for her pistol.
    <Facilitator A_J> Before you leave, I will be pleased to offer you…
    <Facilitator A_J> One bullet. As your friend.
    <Facilitator A_J> I suggest, Prosecutor….
    <Facilitator A_J> That you would be strongly advised to consider its use, once you are outside.
  • The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday: The Diner served as this in the previous world and so did the courthouse.
  • Lonely Together: It was in the Silo that Egg and Kube's Interspecies Friendship became an Interspecies Romance for this very reason - Kube felt alone without Vinnie and Egg felt alone being the only non-AJCO resident of the office level.
  • Mad Scientist: A_J, Pythos and arguably Nights all dabble in Mad Science.
  • Million to One Chance: There was a million to one chance that the nuclear fallout would have been blown the other way and that the chlorine gas would have been dispersed - a million to once chance that A_J and Egg would survive upon leaving the Silo. And they did.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal:
    • A mild example in the Castle Crew, who splintered off from AJCO due to being ignored by their superiors.
    • A stronger but short-lived example can be found in A_J, who watched Pi start to die as her mechanical heart short-fused, and broke an antique that held sentimental value to the Doctor in front of her shortly after.
  • Museum of the Strange and Unusual: Breyos was constructing one before all of the nuclear missile shenanigans. It had a giant open skull for a door. He was planning on having Holar's withered skeleton as the first exhibit.
  • Oh, Crap!: The deceased bandit Mercy had a moment like this when he realised that he happened to have blundered into Kaja, an angel, and one of the few beings capable of exorcising him from Egg's body without harming her. He eventually accepted his fate.
  • Ominous Multiple Screens: The Silo has several, used for surveillance.
  • One Bad Mother: State characters refer to their homeland as 'Mother'. It's very creepy.
  • Porn Stash: Vinnie and Kube's reading material is somehow making its rounds around the server. Its content is fanservice for them, gross for everyone else - it basically describes two cactus people making out while surrounded by bees (who do
  • Put on a Bus: When a new character is wanted/needed for new story-lines, this happens. Also sometimes results as a case of Real Life Writes the Plot.
  • Room 101: AJCO's Friendship Chambers, and Pi-TEC's Re-Education Suites. They use different tactics, but they're both places you don't want to end up in.
  • Shout-Out: When scoping out an abandoned castle:
    <Krauzer> Ranger, what do your elf eyes see?
  • Torture Technician: While A_J herself does enjoy carrying out most of the torture, this role often falls to whoever her second in command is at the time - usually it's Pythos, though during her absence the role was taken over by Breyos (which she wasn't too happy to find out when she got back).
  • Truce Zone: Currently, the town of Katton acts as this. In the past, places such as the Library, the trading post, the Mead Hall, and Shark Town have all been neutral ground.
  • Unwitting Test Subject: Most characters find themselves in this predicament at one point or another.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: The State and the country A_J and Pythos grew up in, being a combination of various totalitarian regimes across history.
  • Vast Bureaucracy: The facility functions as one, run by the Clerks. To a lesser extent the State itself qualifies as one too.
  • Wacky Fratboy Hijinks: What Kube and Vinnie were indulging in when they stole a spaceship and took it for a joyride across the universe, eventually crashing it on a planet so far away from their home it hadn't even been discovered by the Inter-Galactic Federation yet.
  • Wham Episode: There have been so very many RPs that fit under this, but a noteworthy example is A_J revealing just what is underneath Nights's mask. The numbers '4' and '2', branded across her face, from her time as a slave of the State.
  • Wham Line: In a conversation in the nuclear bunker between A_J and Egg after the latter's failed rebellion:
    <Facilitator A_J> To ensure the continued safe operation of this FAC…
    <Facilitator A_J> You will be expelled from it, tomorrow.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: "The State" and other government forms are mentioned but there seem to be no defined countries or borders (though they are slowly being developed).
  • Worldbuilding: Worlds plural, in fact, since most characters come from unique worlds.