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In the Empire of Wa, nestled dead center in an impenetrable valley's forest, is the small village of Onimori: a family where humans and youkai can coexist. For centuries, the residents of Onimori have welcomed strangers of all creeds with open arms, but not everything is peaceful in the village. To the north, the Tenjou daimyo threatens to annex the forest and strip Onimori's residents of their freedom in a bid for power. The imperial throne is collapsing under the weight of constant war. Wa is changing, and Onimori's peace may not last forever.
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Hi! I haven't tried to start an RP in about 6 years so I thought I'd give it another shot. I'm going for a succinct premise—so I don't scare away interest with lore dumps—but with some nuances I'll post about later/if there's interest.
In this RP, we're to play an odd bunch of misfits eking out a peaceful life in a village smack dab in the middle of conflict between several feudal rulers surrounding it.
Onimori is part of a small section of Wa, which represents a fantasy pseudo-Japan roughly around the Sengoku period where all myths are real. Onimori is de facto run by the Morinaka family, who have a history of welcoming humans, youkai, and hanyo alike when they have no other place to go.
The Tenjou clan holds the power in the north, and their anti-youkai ways have driven many to Onimori. In the south, the Tenjou's enemies, the Okasaki clan, make their move. The only way from one end to another is directly through Onimori, and that doesn't bode well for their peaceful way of life. How to handle this is up to you, but it's coming either way and sooner or later the problem will be impossible to ignore.
edited 15th Dec '16 8:47:30 PM by opnerf
edited 10th Dec '16 10:06:46 PM by HeroicSociopath
Potion making, sorry. I'll make some clarifications in the character sheet descriptions.
edited 3rd Dec '16 1:10:19 AM by opnerf
Definitely interested. Thinking of playing an oni but kitsunes, kappa and tengu are also racial possibilities.
edited 3rd Dec '16 6:22:56 AM by tricksterson
So, I had no idea what a hanyō was until I read this. Are there any stories that mention them, or are they a relatively new facet of Japanese folklore? Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Oh, and are wani (which are really just ryū) allowed? They're probably not yōkai, but they aren't (necessarily) gods, either. And if not, I'll still sign up for this.
edited 3rd Dec '16 6:06:36 PM by DeceptivelyHonest
Expressing interest here.
Re: hanyō, I've never heard the term before, though people with yōkai parentage do show up in Japanese mythology, e.g. Abe no Seimei. Kitsune, in particular, come to mind with sexual (and marital, for that matter) relations with humans.
@tricksterson: Sounds fine. I hope we don't get too many kitsune, since they're quite popular.
@Deceptively Honest: Hanyo is a hard word to source, but I liked it, so I used it. I can accept a wani, within reason. Will they be able to take human form (Haku, Spirited Away)?
Yep, just like kitsune.
Although I was honestly trying to decide between a half-wani and a half-tenome.
edited 6th Dec '16 10:45:25 PM by Daydre
(Warning: My mere presence is like a Death Knell for every roleplay I go to)
Think I'll go with oni.
I want to play a Gashadokuro, but I'm not sure how well a kaiju-sized skeleton would work out, given most characters are presumably closer to human sized. Maybe he could have size-changing magic?
Voila. I... may have overdone it slightly.
edited 8th Dec '16 7:20:16 AM by Izshta
@kagescorpionakki: Hm. I want to accept a gashadokuro, but becoming kaiju-sized is potentially problematic for town-destroying reasons.
@Izshta: Looks good. Welcome!
edited 9th Dec '16 8:14:45 AM by DeceptivelyHonest
Mind if I make a chaotic evil stringy haired ghost girl?
@Deceptively Honest: Looks fine. Accepted.
@Troy: Chaotic evil how?
I just want everyone else to know that they shouldn't have to worry about making their sign-ups as descriptive as mine, either.
Yo Nerf, is chi/ki alright given the setting?
Ayyy I aint got no time but i'm still posting interest.
@guyshane: Sure. And youkai should have youki, too.
edited 6th Dec '16 12:02:49 PM by Taco
@Taco: Looks good. Accepted.
I think I've worked out how to handle Onimori's masquerade. The local Inari shrine passes around paper talismans that can be used to take on a temporary illusory human form, even for youkai that can't normally assume human forms. Thoughts, anyone?
edited 5th Dec '16 10:02:13 PM by opnerf
That'd be for when the Inquisitors or Exorcists or Ordinary Medicine Sellers come around asking questions, right? I think it'd be interesting if it was paper charms that had to be worn on the face so that complications could arise from them accidentally tearing or falling off.
Exactly. And I like the idea of wearing the paper talismans over the face. It's illusory, too, so for example a really tall oni may appear to be a human standing inside a building but they're actually crouching under the ceiling.
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