Follow TV Tropes

Following

Ghoul School

Go To

Oct 11th 2020 at 7:08:47 AM

Role Playing thread: https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=16029836020A53009300&page=1#1

Discord channel: https://discord.gg/qknpMkR (Correct link now)

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:

Character name:

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

Paranoia - The Most Fun You Can Have With Deadly Lasers!
dusk0bish Professionally unprofessional. from Somewhere on Earth Relationship Status: Browsing the selection
Professionally unprofessional.
Oct 11th 2020 at 3:48:30 PM

This looks pretty interesting, I think I will sign up whenever I get the time to make a sheet.

NinjaGoth Out With The New and In With The Old! from USA Relationship Status: Coming soon to theaters
Out With The New and In With The Old!
Oct 11th 2020 at 4:26:05 PM

I'm definitely interested as well

Lover of anime, video games, old-school Rock & Roll music, yaoi, horror, motorcycles, classic cars, trains, and historical fiction
Oct 11th 2020 at 5:49:50 PM

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

Paranoia - The Most Fun You Can Have With Deadly Lasers!
LilyTheLitten Lord of All I Survey from Middle-of-Nowhere, Earth Relationship Status: Above such petty unnecessities
Lord of All I Survey
Oct 12th 2020 at 3:16:37 PM

Interested, but I have a question:

What the heck does forum name mean?

"Anything can be a weapon if you use it wrong enough!"
NinjaGoth Out With The New and In With The Old! from USA Relationship Status: Coming soon to theaters
Out With The New and In With The Old!
Oct 12th 2020 at 4:25:06 PM

  • Character name: Sarah Watanabe

  • Forum Name: Ninja Goth

  • Monster type: Vampire

  • Special abilities/equipment: Glamour, Flight, Auspex (Heightened Senses)

  • One virtue: Charity/Generosity

  • One flaw: Pride

  • Clique: Goths, though she's friendly with the Metalheads

  • Monster Number: 3

  • Character appearance: https://ibb.co/SnNVTj6

Edited by NinjaGoth on Oct 13th 2020 at 12:23:30 PM

Lover of anime, video games, old-school Rock & Roll music, yaoi, horror, motorcycles, classic cars, trains, and historical fiction
Oct 13th 2020 at 7:20:13 AM

[up][up] 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'

[up] 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

Paranoia - The Most Fun You Can Have With Deadly Lasers!
NinjaGoth Out With The New and In With The Old! from USA Relationship Status: Coming soon to theaters
Out With The New and In With The Old!
Oct 13th 2020 at 9:16:17 AM

[up]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

Lover of anime, video games, old-school Rock & Roll music, yaoi, horror, motorcycles, classic cars, trains, and historical fiction
Oct 16th 2020 at 9:43:03 AM

I'd like at least 4 players to start, and will welcome new players as I can as the game progresses.

Paranoia - The Most Fun You Can Have With Deadly Lasers!
bobbitwormhobbitwyrm He's eating the Poetics of Aristotle! from Kingdom of the Blind, Quasielemental Radiance Relationship Status: Complex: I'm real, they are imaginary
He's eating the Poetics of Aristotle!
Oct 16th 2020 at 4:19:31 PM

Here's my application, please do tell me if anything is off.

  • Character Name: Basil Cook

  • Forum Name: bobbitwormhobbitwyrm

  • Monster Type: shifter(cephalopod)

  • Special Abilities/Equipment: Alien Intellect (rolls involving reasoning capabilities use monster score)
    • Semi-humanoid Form: enhanced flexibility, water breathing
    • Octopus Form: communication with aquatic life, similar abilities to semi-humanoid form, but superior at maneuvering in water and much weaker, especially when on land.

Virtue: pragmatic

Flaw: imperceptive

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

R.I.P Factol Hashkar (for the second time)
dusk0bish Professionally unprofessional. from Somewhere on Earth Relationship Status: Browsing the selection
Professionally unprofessional.
Oct 16th 2020 at 4:23:56 PM

Character name: John Lawson

Forum Name: dusk0bish

Monster type: Mad Scientist

Special abilities/equipment:

  • Robot arm: An armored replacement for John's arm that is now no longer attached to his body. Nobody knows for sure if he lost it in an accident/fight or if he had it removed to try out his invention. The arm itself is lightweight but durable. The palm of the hand can have a blade emerge from it, made of similar material to the rest of the hand. The individual fingers can shoot out lasers that are not powerful individually, but can be fired at a high rate due to the fact that the lasers are rather small and each finger can fire them. For the fingers to fire, the tip of the fingers must open up. The arm must shift to heavy gear to use the blade and lasers. When it's not in combat mode, it is either inactive entirely or in low gear, which is a mode more suited for day to day use, and is capable of commanding his robots and other tech, but is incapable of commanding other tech and robots. Something to note is that only the part of the robot arm close to the hand looks different from the rest of his skin. The reason for this is to avoid being stopped on the streets by people giving varying reactions.

One virtue: Diligence

One flaw: Stubbornness

Clique: Metalhead

Monster Number: 5

Character appearance: The best madman around.

Edited by dusk0bish on Oct 16th 2020 at 8:40:38 AM

Oct 16th 2020 at 10:33:47 PM

[up][up] and [up] 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

Paranoia - The Most Fun You Can Have With Deadly Lasers!
LilyTheLitten Lord of All I Survey from Middle-of-Nowhere, Earth Relationship Status: Above such petty unnecessities
Lord of All I Survey
Oct 17th 2020 at 8:40:00 AM

  • Character name: Lucien Vaugeois
  • Forum name: Lily the Litten
  • Monster type: Magic type, specifically cryomancy
  • Special abilities/equipment: Cryomancy (ice magic), magic staff with which to use ice magic, and...actually, that's about it.
  • Virtue: Rational
  • Flaw: Perfectionist
  • Clique: Technically the smart people clique, but really, most of them can't stand how aggressive Lucien is with his academic superiority. He's only a member because he tends to run into them a lot.
  • Beast Number: 4
  • Appearance: The closest Lucien has ever come to a smile.

"Anything can be a weapon if you use it wrong enough!"
Oct 17th 2020 at 4:48:40 PM

[up] Character approved!

Current character list:

Character Name Monster Type Virtue Vice Clique Monster # Health
Sarah Watanabe Vampire charity/generosity pride Metalheads / Goths 3 100%
Basil Cook Shifter (cephalopod) Pragmatic Imperceptive Eggheads 5 40% - CONCUSSED
John Lawson Mad Scientist Diligence Stubborness Metalheads / Goths 5 100%
Precious Leblanc Construct (Doll) Poise Rigidity Rich Kits 2 100%
Ophelia Magic Caster (Spells) Creativity Impulsiveness Geek 3 90%
Roland Xiao Slayer Charity Pride Delinquent 3 100%
Lark Vampire Kindness Cowardly Losers 4 100%
Daniel Browne Magic Caster (projectionist) Witty Unstable Delinquent 4 80%
Kent Five Construct Optimistic Naive Geek 4 60%

Character to player list

Character Name Player Name Monster Type Powers/Equipment
Sarah Watanabe Ninja Goth Vampire Glamour, Flight, Auspex (Heightened Senses)
Basil Cook bobbitwormhobbitwyrm Shifter (cephalopod) Alien Intelect, three forms: Pale human, water breathing humanoid, octopus form with aquatic 'telepathy'
John Lawson dusk0bish Mad Scientist Robot Arm, weapon modes
Precious Leblanc Furnace Door Construct (Doll) Large Allowance, Fancy Cell Phone
Ophelia The Geek Artist 08 Magic Caster (Spells) A wooden wand and a spell book
Roland Xiao Kingxana 0 Slayer Family Arsenal - Teleporting Gloves
Lark Dookie Idiot Nimrod Vampire Invisiblity Cloak autographed by J. K. Rowling
Daniel Brown Omega Z Magic Caster (Projectionist) Obsidian knife, pact with Devil (Unaging, low physical regeneration)
Kent Five Ocelot Prime Construct Strength, Healing Factor

NPC List

Character Name Monster Type Virtue Vice Clique Monster #
John's Robot Robot construct Robot with Sword Hastily constructed NPC - Follows John 5
Moonbeam Over Gravestones Under Inky Blackness (Luna) Vampire Kind Hippy Child NPC - Hippies 4
Professor Honey Buns Shifter / magic (luck) Luck Quirky NPC - Teacher 2/4/7
J.E.B. Goode cultist human smart bigot NPC - Teacher 1
Pat Redacted Being Pat Self-imposed rules NPC - Janitor Yes
Term-Paper-Inator Advanced Robot Energy Weapon Machine NPC - Thread 4
Nurse Hello Succubus Psychic/pheremone powers Psychic/Lust vampire School employee 4

Edited by Nodrog on Mar 26th 2021 at 2:38:24 PM

Paranoia - The Most Fun You Can Have With Deadly Lasers!
Oct 17th 2020 at 5:44:03 PM

At a suggestion, created a discord channel: https://discord.gg/w3yKAd

Paranoia - The Most Fun You Can Have With Deadly Lasers!
Oct 25th 2020 at 9:40:34 PM

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.

Oct 26th 2020 at 6:11:01 AM

Sign ups are still open.

[up] Approved

Paranoia - The Most Fun You Can Have With Deadly Lasers!
TheGeekArtist08 ⌈Life is Cider⌋ from Apple Town Relationship Status: Love blinded me (with science!)
⌈Life is Cider⌋
Nov 23rd 2020 at 4:09:50 AM

Are sign-ups open, or is it closed for now?

It'll be born with bubbles / And the bubbles pop / Life is cider
Nov 23rd 2020 at 9:39:10 PM

Still open.

Paranoia - The Most Fun You Can Have With Deadly Lasers!
TheGeekArtist08 ⌈Life is Cider⌋ from Apple Town Relationship Status: Love blinded me (with science!)
⌈Life is Cider⌋
Nov 23rd 2020 at 9:55:18 PM

Alright then..

  • Character Name: Ophelia

  • Forum Name: The Geek Artist 08

  • Monster type: Magic Caster (Spells)

  • Special abilities/equipment: A wooden wand and a spell book

  • One virtue: Creativity

  • One flaw: Impulsiveness

  • Clique: Geek

  • Monster Number: 3

  • Character appearance: Here you go

Feel free to correct me if I did anything wrong!

It'll be born with bubbles / And the bubbles pop / Life is cider
Nov 24th 2020 at 11:58:49 AM

[up] Approved

Paranoia - The Most Fun You Can Have With Deadly Lasers!
Jan 27th 2021 at 9:48:22 PM

SIGN UPS STILL OPEN

Paranoia - The Most Fun You Can Have With Deadly Lasers!
DookieIdiotNimrod Relationship Status: Coming soon to theaters
Feb 12th 2021 at 11:16:37 AM

Quick question, do Vampires have to be in Rich Kids or Goths, or can they be something else?

Feb 12th 2021 at 12:48:10 PM

Vampires can be in any group. I have a vampire NPC who is clearly in the hippy group.

Paranoia - The Most Fun You Can Have With Deadly Lasers!
Kingxana0 King among Xanas from Somewhere Relationship Status: Armed with the Power of Love
King among Xanas
Feb 12th 2021 at 8:53:32 PM

  • Character Name: Roland Xiao

  • Forum Name: Kingxana 0

  • Monster type: Slayer

  • Special abilities/equipment: Family Arsenal- A pair of gloves which are mystically linked to his family arsenal of weapons, allowing him to summon a number of weapons to him.

  • One virtue: Charity

  • One flaw: Pride

  • Clique: Delinquent

  • Monster Number: 3

  • Character appearance: Picture

Edited by Kingxana0 on Feb 12th 2021 at 9:02:47 AM

Be better, because what is the harm in trying?

Total posts: 33
Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report