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In this game, your character is a student at a private school meant for the children of supernaturally affiliated families. It's up to you to navigate the school and deal with the conflicts your supernatural heritage gives you while trying to be a normal student... or vise versa.
You can be one of six 'monster types', where each type is meant to be roughly balanced with the other five. This is a group game, do not join if you expect to be the star of the show. Think Breakfast Club.
Monster types explained: (No particular order)
1) Vampires: Only monster type with flight. Usually either members of the 'Rich Kids' or 'Goths' clique. Note that while Vampires can fly, in this setting they cannot turn into bats. Instead, vampires have a natural illusion 'glamour' ability to change how they appear, and usually cloak themselves as a flock of bats while flying. Mirrors reveal their true appearance, and such illusions will not fool a shifter's animal senses (such as smell) or things like infrared cameras. Vampires can temporarily gain powers by feeding on other races, but being caught feeding on unwilling monsters is grounds for expulsion. The school has arrangements with blood banks and several butcher shops to provide basic blood for vampire students.
2) Shifters: Monsters who can turn into animal forms, such as werewolves. You are allowed a total of three forms. None of the forms may be capable of magical flight, but you are allowed to have a form that is a flying animal. If so, that form would have all the physical vulnerabilities of it's real world counterpart. Examples of three forms: Human, humanoid beast, wolf (werewolf), cat-girl, panther, house cat (cat shifter), human/lizard man/wingless dragon (dragon).
3) Magic Types: Whatever you call your type of magic, if you are in this group you are a baseline human except you have the power to cast spells. Think early Harry Potter; you may be the next Merlin or Harry Dresden but you're not at that level yet.
4) Igors/Mad scientists: You may look human, but you have access to medical and scientific knowledge far beyond your fellow class mates. You can heal yourself at an accelerated rate. Your family may know how to transmute elements and trace your lineage to the first alchemists.
5) Slayers: You appear fully human but your physical abilities are at a super natural level. You may need to constantly train or practice, but you can go toe-to-toe with most beast-man forms in melee fighting.
6) Construct. You or your family were created, either in a magical ritual or through mad science. Your appearance may or may not be human. While you cannot transform like a shifter, you may have some animal like abilities. Androids, golems, and most undead would fall in this group.
The game will use a system similar to the RPG 'Lasers and Feelings'. You will choose a number from 2, 3, 4, or 5. This number is your 'Monster' number. The higher the number, the more powerful your monster side. People who are 5s are better at physical combat and using their super natural powers, but are very bad at day-to-day 'human' tasks. On the inverse, 2s are very good at acting/being human but are bad at things that require super natural abilities. 3s and 4s are more average, with 3 slightly leaning human and 4s slightly leaning to the monster.
Sign up sheet:
Forum Name: (Your name on this message board. ie, mine is 'Nodrog')
Monster type: (Either choose from the above list or roll a six-sided dice and go with that choice)
Special abilities/equipment: (If shifter, list your two animal forms here)
One virtue: (Keep restricted to either a single word or phrase not longer then three words. While you are more then a single facet, this is your character's go-to defining trait to get out of trouble.)
One flaw: (Same limit as above. This is the main reason your character finds him/her/themself in trouble)
Clique: At the start of the game, what social group would you fall into? This may change during the game. Also, while the type of monster you are will influence the role you have, it possible for an Igor to be a jock or a dark magic user to be in the 'church group'
Monster Number: 2, 3, 4, or 5
The higher the number, the more powerful you are in terms of being a monster, but the less able you are to pose as a normal person.
Character appearance: (Short paragraph and/or picture)
Edited by Nodrog on Oct 26th 2020 at 10:54:53 AM
This looks pretty interesting, I think I will sign up whenever I get the time to make a sheet.
I'm definitely interested as well
Looking forward to your entries, feel free to PM me or ask if there's anything you want to ask about my system or anything you want me to change. When your character is trying to do a challenge, I would roll one (or more) six-sided dice depending on the situation. Each dice exactly at your monster number would count as two points. When using your 'monster' side, each dice rolled below your monster number counts as one point. When using your 'human' side, each dice rolled above your monster number counts as one point.
Zero points: Flat failure.
One point: Mixed. You might fail but be able to recover, or succeed with a complication. GM's choice.
Two points: Basic success. You achieved your goal.
Three points or more: Brilliant success. GM may choose additional advantages from how well you succeeded.
How you can roll depends on your monster and the situations.
Example: Dr. Francine N. Stein is holding a surprise pop quiz in science class. Most characters will have to roll on the human side of the dice, but a character who is an Igor/Mad Scientist can use the monster side of the dice. A character who is an android construct might argue she or he has a computer for a brain and also use the monster side of the dice.
Edited by Nodrog on Oct 11th 2020 at 8:12:57 AM
Interested, but I have a question:
What the heck does forum name mean?
Edited by NinjaGoth on Oct 13th 2020 at 12:23:30 PM
Forum Name is your display name on the message board. While it is displayed very time you post a message, I wanted it listed so I can more easily keep track of the information if I copy your message. Yours would be 'Lily The Litten'
Provisionally approved. By 'Charity' do you mean your character is good at finding charitable people (IE, you're good at begging) or by Charity do you mean your character is generous in helping those more in need? Also, I changed it from 'beast number' to 'monster number'. 3 means you are average at your monster skills but slightly above average at blending in as a human. Make sure that's what you want.
I may not have been clear on explaining what I meant by Virtue. A 'virtue' in this context is just meant to refer to a beneficial trait your character has. In a narrative sense, your character's vice is something that tends to get that character in trouble while 'virtue' is something that gets the character out of trouble. Charity/Generosity could be a great virtue, if the idea is that because your character helps those who are less fortunate, they then help when your character is in trouble.
Edited by Nodrog on Oct 13th 2020 at 9:52:19 AM
By Charity as her virtue, I mean she is generous and charitable by nature and that could be a boon for her
I'll edit my signup a bit
Edited by NinjaGoth on Oct 13th 2020 at 12:23:01 PM
I'd like at least 4 players to start, and will welcome new players as I can as the game progresses.
Here's my application, please do tell me if anything is off.
Clique: He associates with the nerds especially those with with an interest in STEM, but more often than not keeps to himself.
Monster number: 5
Appearance: Even in human form, Basil can be quite unsettling unsettling. He looks not unlike a character from The Shadow Over Innsmouth with a pale, sunken face, bedraggled hair that seems perpetually soaked, and a morose expression. He dresses fairly simply but neatly and never in way that draws any sort of notice. His semi-humanoid form resembles is similar to his base form in figure but has the skin and face of an crimson octopus instead, and his limbs undulate in a disturbing manner as they move. His animal form is simply a large red octopus, about the size of a dog.
Edited by bobbitwormhobbitwyrm on Oct 16th 2020 at 6:20:00 AM
Character name: John Lawson
Forum Name: dusk0bish
Monster type: Mad Scientist
One virtue: Diligence
One flaw: Stubbornness
Monster Number: 5
Character appearance: The best madman around.◊
Edited by dusk0bish on Oct 16th 2020 at 8:40:38 AM
and are both approved.
Warning: 5 means while your EXTREMELY good at being a monster, day to day living will be a struggle. On the Big Bang theory, you'd be Dr. Sheldon Cooper if you were lucky.
"You approach a pair of glass doors, through which you can see the main hallway of the Ray Al Ghul Memorial High School. On each door is a metal bar with Dice roll: 4 and 1. 0 successes a set of four strange symbols, the center two being an upside down omega symbol and what appears to be a stylized depiction of a snake. You seize the metal bar and tug on it mightily, but the door refuses to open."
"You try examining the symbols again Dice roll: 6 and 2. 1 success and it occurs to you the symbols might be meant as instructions for operating the bar, what what would a fishing net, an upside down omega, a snake, and a piece of train track mean? You try pulling mightily on the bar again. "
"Another student walks around you, places his hand on the metal bar, and presses against it lightly. You hear a faint sound of a latch retracting, and then the door he is pressing against swings open easily."
Edited by Nodrog on Oct 16th 2020 at 12:35:37 PM
Current character list:
Character to player list
Edited by Nodrog on Mar 26th 2021 at 2:38:24 PM
At a suggestion, created a discord channel: https://discord.gg/w3yKAd
For your consideration, if signups are still open:
Character name: Precious Leblanc
Forum Name: furnacedoor
Monster type: Construct
Special abilities/equipment: Large Allowance
One virtue: Poise
One flaw: Rigidity
Clique: Rich Kids
Monster Number: 2
Character appearance: Precious is a human-sized porcelain doll given life by magic. She has straight, shoulder-length blonde hair and unnaturally blue eyes. She is mostly able to pass as a human, albeit an unnaturally beautiful one. The main elements that mark her inhuman status are her articulated joints (fingers, wrists, elbows, knees, etc) which she generally covers with lace gloves and high-necked dresses. In addition, close examination reveals her to still be made of porcelain, subtly disguised by the magic that brought her to life.
Sign ups are still open.
Are sign-ups open, or is it closed for now?
Feel free to correct me if I did anything wrong!
SIGN UPS STILL OPEN
Quick question, do Vampires have to be in Rich Kids or Goths, or can they be something else?
Vampires can be in any group. I have a vampire NPC who is clearly in the hippy group.
Edited by Kingxana0 on Feb 12th 2021 at 9:02:47 AM
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