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[This is actually now closed and not accepting new players for the time being.]
Yes, I know the title is terrible.
So, you've been hired by a small private agency who catches criminals, usually (though not strictly) for other criminals— people who can't report their organized crime rivals to the police instead come to you to defeat them and/or turn them in. Except, around 80% of the time, they're not strictly people, but vampires, centaurs, selkies, demons, and most of everything else.
That's the premise, and I do have a few specific mission ideas already (players could vote on which to do first). Usually, it'd take place in a city (in California. Most of the specific locations would be fictional but inside real world continents, countries, states, etc.), but that includes fantastic elements, and there would be some travelling to alternate locations, since jobs often require that.
I'm looking for 4-6 players. Characters can be almost (nothing overtly sexual) any mythological creature or urban legend, or just a regular human. You can think outside the box, as well— a clown could count because of modern fears/supernatural versions of them. Overall, I'd want to keep this PG-13 content-wise. If anyone has questions, please feel free to post them here, which would be better than D Ming because then anyone else who reads the thread could see them.
Character Sheet Format:
Gender (non-binary/genderless is fine):
Place of origin:
Backstory (can be multiple paragraphs or just a few sentences):
How they joined the agency:
Any extra information (optional):
Edited by pyrounicorn on Mar 29th 2021 at 7:27:25 AM
Quick question: What does "specialty" mean? Special powers? Investigative skills? Something else? Thanks!
It means what they specialize during missions, sorry for not being more clear. It can be a supernatural power they have, or just the characterís biggest skill, like stealth or lying, or just raw strength. You can write more than one thing there, but it might be better to focus on a limited number of areas, so as not to make your character overpowered or have too much going on.
Name: Daniel Browne
Species: Variant human: cursed
Gender (non-binary/genderless is fine): Genderfluid
Daniel has one purple eye, one blue, Dark brown messy shoulder-length hair, Filed teeth, and stands at a non-threatening 5'7", although that's a sore topic for him. He wears just about anything with a preference for the style of clothing you'd see at Zumie's or Hot Topic. His work outfit would be simple, consisting of a utility belt filled with various weapons, his baseball cap, a denim jacket with numerous patches across it including a large circular purple one on the back with a skull wearing headphones ironed on, as well as the word 'restless' sewn into the right arm and 'Danny Skullbuster' on the left chest area. The outfit would also have black jeans and combat boots.
Personality: Snarky, violent, and unstable, Daniel is the type you usually wouldn't want to cross. Despite his rough exterior and general malice towards anything that breathes, he does genuinely care for those few who get on his good side and would do anything to protect those lucky few. He'll occasionally start fist-fights just for the fun of it, and never knows when enough is enough in a fight.
Place of origin: Brooklyn
Backstory (can be multiple paragraphs or just a few sentences): A serial killer from the 1600's, he managed to make a Deal with the Devil during the last moments of his execution, granting him powerful abilities, as well as immunity to disease and aging.
Specialty: Berserker, but a smart one. Can think well on the spot and, even if it looks like he's just jumping in, usually has a plan laid out in some form, although if necessary he can think one out whilst fighting.
How they joined the agency: Sorta just busted in one day and insisted he join.
Pet peeves: Overly cheery people, obnoxious vegans, Mormons, dubstep, bad manners, rats (as in snitches; he loves the animal), and superstitions and stereotypes about Hell and demons.
Any extra information (optional): His powers include energy constructs/projection (think Green Lantern but highly unstable, having a flickering, flame-like appearance), resistance to poison and toxins, moderate shape-shifting (same general appearance but can alter things like body-type, slight bits of facial structure, and outfit or hair color. Mostly just uses it to match whatever gender he's feelin' at that moment in time), moderate regeneration, and enhanced strength and agility. His favorite weapon is a white-handled, obsidian-black carbon Damascus bowie knife he smithed himself. Also, he makes beats/music in general and knows several instruments.
Edited by Omega-Z on Feb 26th 2021 at 1:24:25 AM
Accepted, just a couple of notes:
- This is nitpicking, but officially humans with any abilities, including ones they were given but an external source are considered like a separate or sub-species in this universe, so Daniel would probably be officially variant human: immortal or variant human: cursed or something like that. Of course, there was absolutely no way for you to know this beforehand, it's just like. a fun fact
- His energy constructs, while definitely allowed, miiight be a little overpowered when combined with his other abilities. Maybe they don't last very long, or disappear if he's not concentrating on them, or he can't make them very large, or something.
Overall, sounds like a fun character with a lot of potential, thank you for the submission :)
yea the instability of the constructs means he has to be constantly focusing on them, and it cant be anything larger than his body.
ok, sounds well balanced. thank you for elaborating
Is this still open?
Yes, it is still open.
Accepted, also that was an amazing application, very detailed. Side note, it's been a while but if we get 3-4 players to confirm to start with, we can begin— it probably wouldn't be too hard to write in new player characters after the fact since they can just be other employees assigned to the same case.
Edited by pyrounicorn on Mar 24th 2021 at 4:41:28 AM
ye im ready
Name: Richard Slater
Species: Boring Human
Appearance: Richard is normal human with brown hair and pale skin. He dresses scruffily, and all his clothes appear somewhat worn, regardless of how long he has owned them for. He carries a tome of magic with him wherever he goes.
Personality: Richard is impatient and somewhat acerbic, and those who interact with him cannot help but get the sense that he finds his presence in the conversation to be an embarrasing stain upon his reputation. Desptie his pridefulness, he is somewhat insecure and this too is manifest in his interactions with others. His main redeeming feature is an insatiable desire for knowledge.
Place of Origin: Urban U.S
Backstory: Richard was born in the city to a family of middling prominence, he received an excellent education and was accepted into one of the most prestigious schools of magic in the country. His unwillingness to cooperate with either his peers or faculty would make him an outcast with few associates, but he contnued to do fairly well academically. Richard continued to pursue his passion for summoning magic, a passion for which he eventually be expelled when he attempted to conjure a powerful extraplanar abomination and managed to destroy a large portion of the campus summoning facility. Down on his luck, Richard turned to less legitimate enterprises as a means of making money and honing his skills.
Specialty: Magical Expert, Richard is skilled in the use of rituals to conjure various magical entities, the nature and societies of which he is very familiar with, this is a versatile ability, but offset by the fact that he needs to bargain with said entities for their cooperation, as well as the fact that the rituals pertaining to more powerful entities require a great deal of research and preparation. In adittion to this Richard has an innate sensitivity to magic, and a good understanding of sciences both mundane and supernatural.
How They Joined the Agency: He was contacted soon after the "incident" with an offer of employment, presumably because someone higher had taken notice of his antics. Never a particularly upstanding indoividual, Richard agreed, hoping to gain more magical knoledge along the way.
Pet Peeves: ignorance, art, disorganization
Edited by bobbitwormhobbitwyrm on Mar 24th 2021 at 5:37:42 AM
Haven't been in a PBP in ages, but this seems really fun. Thanks to Century for helping me with the formatting, TV Tropes is a darn nightmare. Here's my entry- a phoenix, since dragons seemed a bit overused for this sorta thing!
Both accepted! I'll leave this open for 2-3 more days and then we'll start.
Sorry, apparently my reading skills short-circuited there. Anyway, here's my signup, please tell me if it's a bit overtuned:
Age: tells people Ď30í
Appearance: As a human, Tia has loose black hair with dark blue highlights, a little longer than shoulder-length. She wears a loose rainjacket over a tight long-sleeved shirt and water-resistant rain pants. Tia is an excellent swimmer but prefers to move slowly and steadily on land, like someone with perpetual sea-legs. As a leviathan, she appears as a large dark-blue-and-black aquatic sea serpent with slightly glowing green eyes. Her left eye, across both forms, is marked by a white film and a small vertical gash just above.
Personality: Tia is perhaps one of the ultimate pushovers in world history, ready to agree to whatever as long as she is sufficiently prodded and to do it quietly. She's not excellent at things like conversation, both because she has trouble not being groggy all the time and people move a bit too fast for her without some small talk first (which is hindered by the aforementioned grogginess). If someone starts talking to her, she feels obligated to continue, but her standards for how interesting a conversation should be are perhaps a bit too high. Is interested in human experiences, but she tends to take a while before feeling comfortable about expressing that interest to other people.
Place of origin: tells people ĎCaliforniaí
Backstory: Somewhere in the vastness of the Atlantic, an egg clutch hatched, and Tia was born, along with roughly 10 siblings. Leviathan parenting culture is in varying degrees "let the kids fend for themselves once they can swim", and Tiaís parents were abnormal in this in that they actually cared about their offspring - to a point. Once 100 years or so had passed, Tia was set adrift and eventually made her way to the Gulf of Mexico off Florida. There she stayed, growing curious about the ever-more-prominent sound and lights from the coast that occasionally woke her up. The occasion that prompted her to move was when a boat accidentally passed over her, nicking her with the keel straight in the eye after the sound of a loud party had stirred her. In the resultant capsizing of the boat, Tia was quite fascinated at how these puny creatures had managed to build something that had injured her so severely and washed them back to shore mostly intact. Sure, a few bones were broken, but they were alive and everything.
Specialty: Tia has an affinity for manipulating water on a large scale, especially in her true form. Tia is also relatively young by her species' standards and, as such hasn't had much practice with exercising control over it and gets tired easily. She can also transform into her true form at will, which is much tougher on account of being scaled, though she tries not to do so in small spaces because then she ends up stuck in buildings. Can theoretically carry things and/or people in this form, probably up to a large weight, but Tia has a bad habit of napping on the seafloor whenever she feels too tired (which is, as one could guess, often), which is rather detrimental for consistent transportation.
How they joined the agency: A few decades after the Florida incident, word spread of a series of struggling farms in California whose crops had been ruined by sudden, inexplicable rainstorms. As it began to hit national news, the agency investigated and found Tia, who had taken the whole "watering the plants" thing a bit too enthusiastically. After the agency sorted out all the insurance and/or other possibly clandestine payments, they made an offer to Tia, who accepted, partially out of guilt and partially out of not knowing what to do next.
Pet peeves: droughts, cramped spaces, loud parties
Any extra information (optional): Has a tendency to underestimate her physical strength and overestimate her magical strength, which along with the tendency to misjudge others has caused a few problems. As a result, she tends not to like straight confrontations and would rather wait in ambush if she absolutely has to do anything aggressive.
Edited by Altris on Mar 26th 2021 at 10:39:27 AM
Accepted, if itís good with all of you we can start Monday.
Aye, Monday works for me!
Monday works for me as well.
Monday Works for me as well.
Mayhaps we could get a discussion thread or a discord server set up for talking about stuff outside signups/the actual game thread?
Ok, created a discord: https://discord.gg/jFjfT8kagU
Could we also do a discussion thread? i really don't have the best history with Discord and i'd much rather avoid using the platform.
No problem, created: https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=16170400850A27618000&page=1#1 . If anything important comes up in the Discord (which it probably will, since I have a couple things to discuss beforehand), I will also post it in that thread.
First post is up!: https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=16170687000A36424200&page=1#1
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