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'What would you do if, one day, you found your entire world had flipped upside down... with a bottomless expanse of sky below and, above your head, the very ground you used to walk on?'
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The city of Phaeton used to be perfect; its people content, its government fair, and its way of life normal and easy. Nothing could have prepared its people for “The Switch”, an event which rocked their world and turned their world upside down... in more ways than one.

No-one in Phaeton can seem to remember The Switch exactly, if at all. All that is known, is that one minute everything is fine, the next, gravity reversed.

Since then, things haven’t been the same. Walkways and ropes swings and pulleys have been installed to get from one place to another. Contact from anywhere outside Phaeton has been lost. It is no longer safe to go beyond the city, for you may fall into the sky. A new government has risen to power, headed by the mysterious Regent Black, and is enforcing a dictatorship on the significantly reduced populace in the wake of the catastrophic Switch through the use of ‘Polis’; the police, secret police and army of Black’s regime all rolled into one.

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Anyone who defies Black, or tries to figure out what exactly happened in The Switch, or is of particular interest to the government, is arrested without trial.

But a resistance has risen, and with a device able to generate portals to other worlds, they aim to bring in help from beyond…

The Switch is a cyberpunk / dystopian Original Character Tournament where you must explore the city of Phaeton, fight other competitors to prove your strength and trustworthiness, and find out why The Switch occurred - and if there is a way to reverse it!

An Original Character Tournament currently under way with Round 2 (comics or flash only), which can be found at deviantArt

The Switch is brought to you by: Hipster-Coyote


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Basic Tropes in The Switch:

  • After the End: ...Well, after the end of Phaeton, anyway (as far as the city is aware).
  • Art Shift: Between different artists' interpretations of the characters, and entries where artists began to run low on time.
  • Alien Sky: It may not be THAT alien, but it sure is disconcerting to see an upside-down skyline with no sun or moon.
  • Being Good Sucks: On the run from people who want to imprison you all the time, on another world entirely, with no guarantee to the state of where you'll be sleeping next, or even if you'll be safe there. Being part of the resistance is HARD.
  • City Noir: Imposing skyscrapers and walkways dominate the background.
  • The City Narrows: Phaeton may have once been a shining utopia, but it has fallen into varying states of disrepair after The Switch. Naturally, it now has many of these around the city.
  • Common Tongue: Despite Phaeton being on another world, and the resistance going to multiple different universes, and planets therein, ONLY ONE OF THE CHARACTERS CANNOT SPEAK ENGLISH.
  • Crystal Spires and Togas: What Phaeton was before The Switch... minus the togas.
  • Evidence Scavenger Hunt: As well as the fighting, the contestants should also be looking for clues to why The Switch occurred, and if it can be reversed…
  • Stern Chase: …as well as hiding from the Polis. This doesn’t always go as planned, though.
  • Evil Tower of Ominousness: The central tower of Phaeton is the tallest building in the city, and can be seen anywhere throughout the place. It’s also home to Regent Black.
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: Despite everyone and everything in Phaeton being able to fall into the sky, the weather still works normally; rain and snow (if it should ever occur) still fall towards the pavement as it should.
  • Gravity Screw: A good chunk of the entire premise.
  • La Résistance: Who you'll (hopefully) be fighting for and alongside.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Part of the point of the whole OCT.
  • Not in Kansas Anymore: This reaction can largely sum up the contestant’s thoughts on first arrival into Phaeton.
  • There Are No Therapists: to help the citizens of Phaeton deal with losing loved ones, friends, and colleagues, along with a good chunk of their possessions in a catastrophic gravitational disaster. Ammunition for angst and repression is rife. Not everyone lets this affect them though.

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     The Judges 

  • Command Roster: Most of the judge characters fulfill roles within this.
  • Noble Fugitive: The resistance is just trying to figure out what happened in The Switch.

Dr. Genevieve 'Gene' Hawkins

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The leader of the resistance against Regent Black and his regime, and the inventor of the device used to bring the competitors to Phaeton. Before The Switch, she was the Chief Scientist in several government-owned labs.

Alvaro

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Creator: Venomouswolf
Before The Switch, he was a detective; now he's a spy (through his mastery of disguising himself) for the resistance. And he's damn good at it. Not much else is known about his past, though.

Philip Grode

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Creator: stephi-JK
Head Medic within the resistance, Philip was a military surgeon. On the day of The Switch, he was attending a funeral with some of the top brass in Phaeton's military. He briefly stepped inside to make a quick call, only to be hurled against the ceiling, and watch helplessly as his comrades, friends and bosses hurtled off into the sky.

Mathias Reiner

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Creator: ReidoBiwa
A young man known for his prowess in guns and once a member of the government's artillery, Mathias is fast and destructive on the battlefield. He was quite the loner before The Switch and, when it happened, he only barely avoided falling into the sky along with many others.

Lulah Paz

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Creator: Huoryu
A young postal worker in Phaeton that carries messages around for the resistance. Thanks to the yet unknown properties of the planet, Lulah's fascination for the city and her sens of exploration grew through the years. She eventually became the youngest member of the postal service of the city that still plays an important role in their society. Her main job is express delivery, meaning that she must deliver her packages as soon as possible and through routes that some vehicles cannot access.

Alex Petricov

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Creator: irish-hugz
A scout, explorer and scavenger for the resistance. Alex is a friendly sort of person, finding enjoyment in socializing with others and sharing what he's discovered while scavenging. He has the most fun, though, mixing and testing his own dynamite, which comes in very handy when clearing debris and finding ways into the buildings he explores. He doesn't like talking about his life pre-Switch. When asked, he'll dodge the question and change the subject. Others have been able to glean a few things from him with casual conversation, but not much else.

Oscar

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Creator: captainflip
A young man working for the resistance. His only known concrete skill is following orders really well... and that's about it, so far as we know.

     The Enemy 

Dr. Regent Black

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The current ruler of Phaeton, Regent grabbed power in the wake of The Switch, and the subsequent loss of Phaeton's government. The people trust him as a whole, because he hasn't made any mistakes (at least, none that the public know about). Not much is known about him; resistance agents have attempted background checks, but have thus far found nothing, and have been caught shortly afterwards. He controls the Polis, and directs them against the resistance.

The Polis

The embodiment of Regent's will within the city of Phaeton. No-one knows exactly how big the Polis is, or what their definitive uniform is, but this doesn't matter usually; if they come, they're instantly known to be the people to run away from very quickly in a direction that leads to somewhere that isn't towards them.

  • Depending on the Artist: There is no set official uniform for the Polis; it's up to the contestant creators to decide what the Polis look like.
  • Mooks: They usually fall into this category; the contestants have to plough through SOMETHING when it's not one another.
  • Praetorian Guard: As well as policing Phaeton, they serve as THE obstacle between the resistance and Regent.
  • State Sec: A complete summary of what they do in Phaeton, minus the above.

     The Contestants 

Cottus & Hector

Creator: NoneToon

Rattle

  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Rattle's species don't seem to wear clothes, but despite being largely close to human biologically, they don't seem to have nipples or genitals. At least, not obviously.
  • Frame-Up: His audition round shows him about to suffer punishment for a crime he didn't commit.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can change his height and outward biology at will, though he only has two forms. In his larger form, his human features are more defined and normal-looking.

Darwin

Creator: Nyaph

  • The Blank: Darwin actually doesn't have a face; an electronic display is in its place. Darwin's expressions come from...
  • Intangibility: Darwin has a limited example of this; they can phase through matter, but only for around 6 inches and if there's a living thing on the other side. Other living things just go straight through them.
  • No Biological Sex: Though Darwin is referred to interchangeably as "he" and "she" in their reference sheet, they don't have any actual gender.
  • No, I Am Behind You: Darwin has the ability to phase through living beings, so this is inevitable.
  • The Quiet One: Can talk, but prefers not to.

Ravin Mirage & July

Creators: dragol (of July) & Raxion (of Ravin)

James "Jim" Elliot & Cherry Chapel

Creators: rougeFetus & b-marble respectively

  • Badass Longcoat: Jim.
  • Everything Is Better With Explosions: Jim doesn't know a thing about dynamite, aside from the fact that it's fun.
  • Gag Boobs: ...Having a corset doesn't help this matter, Cherry.
  • Genius Ditz: Cherry may have been able to build an interdimensional teleporter, a jetpack, and a grappling gun in a backwater Southern U.S. setting, but that doesn't mean she knows how the science that they come with works.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: As mentioned above (though to be fair, it's pretty big, and is used in a manner similar to a rifle, so it's more realistic in that sense)...
  • Jetpack: ...along with this.
  • Jerkass: Jim just doesn't get on with ANYONE aside from Cherry, and even then he's not all that nice to her.
  • Love Hurts: Even before he fell in love with Cherry.
    Being heart broken and confused, Jim took up an outlet to drown all his misery in: getting DRUNK AND BANGING SLUTS. And trying to make everyone around him as miserable as he is of course!
  • Nice Hat: Jim.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Jim.
  • Sliding Scale of Vampire Friendliness: ...Where the HELL do you put Jim?! He's never been seen actively killing people for their blood, nor has he been seen biting people, but he's a complete asshole.

Kiff & Conscience

Creator: Fyrecalla

Nym

Helios Daima & Luthiah Ito

Dantalia Albion & Lisa Portabella

Creators: castilen & Dalmonite respectively

  • Action Girl: As a lieutenant in her world's military, Dantalia has seen her fair share of action.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Dantalia takes a long time to warm up to most people.
  • Dual Wielding: Dantalia's swords. And...
  • Flaming Sword: This happens when she channels her fire magic through them.
  • Flight: The cockroach wings Dantalia has allow her to do this, but only really for short bursts; anything too long or sustained tires her out quickly.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Dantalia is part-cockroach, as a result of a chemical fire.
  • Knife Nut: Lisa, upon entering a "bad trip". She keeps them in her sleeves.
  • Mushroom Samba: The mushrooms in the back of Lisa's head periodically put her into a good or bad trip, which she can spread to others by breathing spores on them.
  • Nice Hat: Dantalia's officer cap.
  • Playing with Fire: Dantalia is a pyromancer.
  • Reluctant Psycho - Lisa is plenty aware of the mushrooms on her head causing her trips (the monsters), but she is powerless to stop it, and at best can only hide herself where she can’t harm anyone.
  • Sweet Tooth: Lisa loves, loves, loves, loves, LOVES sweets.

Anorak

Creator: rirth

  • Cute Giant: He's over 7', and super fluffy.
  • Energy Absorption: His claws can store electricity.
  • One-Winged Angel: A more heroically-aligned example, but Anorak's Pure Spirit Form serves as a great example of this.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: His main quest is to try and find a way to become human.
  • Super Mode: See One Winged Angel
  • Sweet Tooth: Anorak LOVES sweet things, like donuts and candy.
  • Wolverine Claws: And HUGE ones at that. They also help channel his energy, can repair themselves, and can conduct and store electricity. They don't retract, though.

Hydrolus & Cass

Creator: Mariannefosho

  • A God Am I: Hydrolus. Justified in that he is as good as, on his homeworld.
  • Berserk Button: Hydrolus has a LOT of these. A good few are to do with not giving him the treatment/respect he feels he deserves.
  • Elemental Powers: Hydrolus has a couple of these.
    • An Ice Person: As part of his power over water, he can create and manipulate ice.
    • Making a Splash: Manipulation of water at will in all its states of matter, including vapor (he even carries around a large vat of water, ready to use if he isn't drinking it to survive)
  • Jerkass: ...Hydrolus, you may be a god, but that doesn't mean you can be a dick.
  • Mortality Ensues: Upon arriving to Phaeton, Hydrolus has lost a lot of his power, and even some of his Immortality. He still largely commands water, and even gravity to a degree, but he only has eternal youth, and can be killed through other standard means.
  • Physical God: Hydrolus is the equivalent of a deity, of water, death and gravity on his own world.
  • Lovable Rogue: Cass.

Hermia Matillah

XIXIIX and Mecre-Disa

Creator: 1STW

Moly B. Denum & Sprocket McKormic

Creators: Basiliskz and Achyfi respectively

Seritpuel "Copper" Copperfox

Creator: pokesam

Emiel

Creator: dax812

Kitty & Cedric

Creator: IOTHurricane

Nick Colridge & Stephen Elwell

Creators: TheCheeseCannibal & GhostWonderer respectively

Aura / Zoë Johnson

The Doctor & The Killer

Creator: Devicon

Gin & Tobi Twicetail

Rose & Jack

Creator: treebook

Xenos

Creator: edel-blau

Quedar

Creator: MischiefJoKeR

Magical Maid Margaret

Creator: dvdice

Esther Frontpaw & Laka

Creator: Syoshi

Kitorsky "Kit" Gerwehn Wavenski

Creator: Juno-Gemini

Xenon Morphix

Creator: pikminpedia

Elinvar

Creator: Shadow-wing2

  • Appendage Assimilation: She can reattach lost extremities.
  • Elemental Embodiment: She's actually a living piece of metal with a molten core.
  • Emotionless Girl
  • Feel No Pain: She has no pain receptors at all.
  • Healing Factor: Of a sort. See Shapeshifter Baggage for more details.
  • Made of Iron: Or, at least, metal. This is due to her biology, really, as she feels pain differently to humans.
  • Meaningful Name: The material "elinvar" is a nickel-steel alloy.
  • No Social Skills: Elinvar just doesn't fully understand other living things, both biologically and psychologically.
  • No Biological Sex: The only reason she's referred to as female is because her belt makes her look like a human woman.
  • Shapeshifter Baggage: Zigzagged - Her belt means she can stay looking relatively human, when her true form is similar to a snake. And when she auto-regenerates, it takes metal from around her body to repair it, which decreases her overall size. If she replaces the lost metal/materials, her mass balances out again.
  • Super Toughness

Snowflake / Kara Rodwaller / Juliet Casey

Creator: Domina-Law

Pierre & Cheryl

Creator: Remui

The Drifter

Creator: MelCairoRose


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