A_f_T_e_R L_i_F_e - On Ghosts, Nightmares, and a White Rabbit.(accepting apps!)
[OOC thread is now up. http://roleplayerguild.com/showthrea...84#post8476884]
"Ugh....where am I?"
"You are sleeping."
"Who are you?"
"That...does not matter, right now. What matters, is.... do you want to wake up?"
The town of Spiresworth, in England, has always been a good site for a relaxing, peaceful countryside lifestyle, it's inhabitants consisting of Farmers, market-stall owners and elderly people. It has a few main buildings, like a school and a doctor's office, but the real difference that makes it stand out is the fact it is stranded in the middle of a dense woodland. A lone path is the only direction out, and many have been lost forever to the twists and turns of dirt roads that look similar to the path.
The average Londener would not even know Spiresworth exists, let alone thrives, for the dense forest - nicknamed The Ghost Woods - Has been established as a known area, despite the impossibility to enter without disappearing.
Spiresworth is a town that lives on, and depends on, each other.
Spiresworth is also a town with more inhabitants than one would think.
Your character can see ghosts. This has happened so suddenly, that it may not even register with his or her own mind that the little old lady singing down the street isn't actually there. That the group of boys sitting under the apple tree were hung there twelve years ago. That the noises coming from The Ghost Woods aren't really just a few rabbits. A group of people have been selected, by someone with a vast amount of power, for one purpose:
"Protect the White Rabbit, and destroy the Nightmari."
You're still with us? Hooray! I'd like to formally welcome you to the OOC and Applications thread of A_f_T_e_R L_i_F_E, my first forum RP on this website. Your character has lived in Spiresworth for all their life, and now something's going on in the supernatural world that requires their aid.
I will be DMing this forum thread, so it's beneficial if you look out for the text in green, as this will be your colour code that means I am addressing you all with a post that will affect the environment, or your characters. It is also where I will be RPing the ghosts, which are not allowed to be portrayed by anyone else. We want more live people than dead ones! ^^
At the top of the IC thread, I will periodically update what 'time' it is. It should look something like this:
Time of Day: DAY / NIGHT
Which means, in order to know what the time is, you'd have to check the introduction post. Sometimes, I may make a mention of it in my own posts, but you're better off checking page 1 of the IC thread instead of rooting through all my posts looking for it.
I will now set down a few rules:
1. Keep the thread PG 13, which means no sexy time for your characters.
2. Avoid swearing whenever possible. It's just to make sure the kids can join this thread too.
3. What Ythania says, goes. If there's a disagreement with a character and it's taken to OOC levels, you can always contact me to sort it out.
4. People RPing Ghosts or Nightmari will be disapproved from the thread.
5. Try to remain active, else the thread will die a slow death.
6. If you are unsure of certain points in the OOC thread / IC thread, do not break into OOC in the IC thread. Take it here, and ask away here.
7. God-emoting (Forcing your character's action on another) is not taken lightly. eg: "Dylan stabs Katie through the neck, killing her instantly." will be ignored, but "Dylan draws his sword and tries to stab Katie through the neck. If this is successful, it may kill her instantly." is alright.
8. You are allowed no more than 2 characters in the RP at any time. Should one of them die, they will not come back as a ghost.
9. You have to re-apply for any new character.
10. If you've read the rules, put "I follow the White Rabbit" at the top of your application.
11. Characters cannot die until they have seen 2 Nights, at the least.
12. Ythania (And only Ythania) has the ability to 'ban' people from the IC thread pernamently. A little 'banned' list will appear in the introduction post, and I will announce it on the OOC thread, meaning any further posts made by this person can be ignored ICly.
13. Patience is key. If you cannot wait for longer than a few days for a reply, make your post open-ended, so it does not focus on one character. But threatening to leave due to slow activity will not be tolerated.
14. Read all of the rules.
Age: (Must be between 16 - 50)
Occupation: (Civilian jobs only.)
Appearance: (Images are allowed, but text must be included.)
Background: (At least two paragraphs.)
Inventory: (Only significant items related to your character. If he/she was getting robbed, what would they always carry on them?)
Do you Agree to the rules?:
Have you read the rules?:
Any suggestions for the OOC thread introduction post?:
Name: Bob Lyam
Personality: Generic and solitary, Bob seems to be holding a large secret all of the time. He isn't very interesting to talk to and mutters to himself.
Appearance: Looks a little like Mario, with more fat. Bob is horribly overweight, and seems to not bother about his appearance, wearing sloppy clothes and a grimace at everyone he meets.
Background: Bob was bown an only child with two, normal parents. He loved to play football - unfortunately, his interest fled after he broke his ankle at the age of 12. There was not much to go with in Spiresworth, as aspiring to be the lawyer he always wanted to be would mean trying to get out of the town first, which he was unable to. Failing all of his exams, Bob managed to get work as a plumber.
Bob did not enjoy his lifestyle, and tried re-taking his exams at the age of 21, failing all of them. His parents let him stay in their house as he made the money to move out, before finding his love for fastfood and becoming overweight very quickly. This made him quite grumpy. Now, he is the local village plumber, and already beginning to bald.
Inventory: A spare piece of pipe, a red cap with the letter "B" on it, spare change and a bus ticket.
Do you Agree to the rules?: Yep.
Have you read the rules?: I made them.
Any suggestions for the OOC thread introduction post?: Needs more lore.
Any questions?: I hope this example application is something you'll keep to? This is the bare minimum for an application.
Anything else?: Get on to write your own!
GHOSTS: Spirits of the deceased. They are merely human reflections, beings that cannot be touched and mimic the life and personality of their now-dead counterpart. They are put into seperate groups, such as:
Docile - Innocent people who simply happened to die. Be it a withered old woman who popped her clogs two months back, or a group of boys from the early 1940s who were evacuated from London. They don't harm people and seem to have tricked themselves into thinking they are still alive.
Violent - Those that have been murdered, or died with a deep regret or vengeance. These ghosts are prone to throwing things about, causing accidents and making the life of the living a general misery.
Lost - Those that, unfortunately, cannot be saved. They are the closest to becoming Nightmari, and have to be destroyed before they terrorize Spiresworth.
In order to destroy a ghost, you must slice/shoot/beat said ghost to 'death' using your Spirit Weapon.
In order to help a ghost "Pass on" to A_f_T_e_R L_i_F_e, White Rabbit must be present. Only it can help a ghost "Pass on", using some sort of spell.
NIGHTMARI: Ghosts who are so twisted, so angry or so upset, that they shed their human form and involuntarily deform into grotesque beings. Again, they can only be seen by ghosts, and those that can see ghosts.
These monsters are hell-bent on causing misery and despair, and only they can make it out of The Ghost Woods without the use of a path. It is known now that The Ghost Woods is actually a Nightmari "Nest", where they drag ghosts for miles towards the forest, kicking and screaming, and the stress and terror alone causes them to deform into new Nightmari.
It is also known that Spiresworth, despite being in the centre of the Nightmari Nest, is relatively untouched by these monsters.
WHITE RABBIT: Little is actually known about White Rabbit, and most of it is speculation. It takes the form of a human, looks very much like a human, and acts very much like a human. But other humans cannot see it, making it fall into the 'Ghost' category.
While ghosts are slightly translucent in appearance, White Rabbit has been called "A person in the wrong reality", meaning that it does not carry the same translucent trait like the ghosts. It has never been seen walking through solid objects like ghosts can.
White Rabbit is commonly known as the Gatekeeper, and is sometimes speculated to be an 'Angel'. A large, stained-glass window in the church has the image of a featureless human being with white hair and very bright blue eyes, which seems to be a constant in the White Rabbit's appearance.
It seems it's physical form ages and dies, only to be rejuvenated once more. The only evidence we have to back this up is the fact that the stained glass window was fitted in the late 1700's.
Anyone who has recently met White Rabbit is now deceased, mostly due to old age.
More information will be added, don't worry. There is no IC thread until we get at least 3 accepted applications. Thanks for taking an interest!