Before anything is said - Yes, I also have a casual version of this Roleplay. For the one that will be running in the Advanced Threads, I will demand that the Character Sheets be immaculate, the posts to be more detailed, and for there to be more depth to both story and characters.
Fire Lord Sozin has long since noticed the prosperity and peace that has befallen the Fire Nation and swells with pride. He believes that this prosperity and peace should be shared with the rest of the world: By expanding the Fire Nation. Of course, Avatar Roku strongly opposed this idea and refused to help him. Several years later, however, Roku discovered that Sozin had set up colonies in the Earth Kingdom and came to rebuke him, leading Sozin to attack him. The two engaged in a battle, with Roku finally destroying most of the palace and defeating Sozin. Roku spared his life because of their past friendship, but warned him never to move forward with his plans again, or it would result in his "permanent end".
Twenty-five years later, Roku's home island was consumed in a volcanic eruption so massive that Sozin could see and feel it from a hundred miles away. The Fire Lord flew in on his dragon to assist his old friend. The two used their bending to try to contain the lava flow, but were hindered by poisonous gases, which eventually overwhelmed Roku, leaving him lying on the ground and begging for his old friend's help. Sozin suddenly realized, however, that Roku's death would allow him to fulfill his plans, and left his old friend to die along with his dragon, Fang.
Twelve years after Roku died, Sozin used the power of a comet to enhance the power of his firebender army and launched a genocidal attack on the Air Nomads in an attempt to kill Aang, the new Avatar, and halt the Avatar Cycle. Aang was not yet aware of his Avatar status and he never ran away. Like the rest of the Airbenders that lived in the temples, he was killed. Fortunately, that was not the end of the Avatar Cycle - Unknown to Sozin, the Avatar must be killed while in the Avatar State.
Without the Avatar around, the Fire Nation paved the way to leading the world into despair, beginning to expand around the world and taking over various places in other Nations. The world had lost hope that the Avatar would ever reincarnate and many had begun to buckle and submit to the whims of the brutal Fire Nation.
But not all of them.
The Order of the White Lotus is an ancient and formerly secret society that transcends the boundaries of the four nations, seeking philosophy, beauty, and truth. They are devoted to the sharing of ancient knowledge across national and political divides. The Order's main purpose is to find each new Avatar, see to his or her training, and provide protection.
Formed centuries ago by the wisest scholars from all over the world, the Order began as a club where these ancient masters could challenge one another on the Pai Sho table. They derived their name from the white lotus tile used in Pai Sho, a key element in their strategy. They communicate membership through the game by placing Pai Sho tiles on the board in a specific manner, forming a bloomed lotus bud with the lotus chip in the center. Now, in the world's most desperate time of need, they seek out the Avatar with the intent of having their apprentices teach and protect the Avatar - The Masters within the Order most are getting ripe in their years and some even hold political stances. If they were to teach the Avatar, they would be spotted immediately.
The Avatar reincarnated in a young Water Tribe girl of the Northern Water Tribe five years later - Kya. After receiving a note from Master Waterbender in the North Pole, the apprentices have gone off to find this so-called Avatar.
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[color=#Hex Color][i][u]Name;;[/i][/u][/color] [What is your characters’ name?]
[color=#Hex Color][i][u]Nickname;;[/i][/u][/color] [Does your character have a nickname? It doesn’t have to derive from their name. Like Combustion man.]
[color=#Hex Color][i][u]Age;;[/i][/u][/color] [18-25]
[color=#Hex Color][i][u]Gender;;[/i][/u][/color] [Male or Female]
[color=#Hex Color][i][u]Sexuality;;[/i][/u][/color] [What is your character’s sexuality?]
[color=#Hex Color][i][u]Role;;[/i][/u][/color] [Which Role are you applying for?]
[color=#Hex Color][i][u]Primary Element;;[/i][/u][/color] [color=#Hex Color]Air/Fire/Earth/Water[/color] (If you are applying for the Weapons Expert, change 'Element' to Weapon.)
[color=#Hex Color][i][u]Hair Color Length and Style;;[/i][/u][/color] [Describe your character’s hair color, their length, and the style they usually carry it.]
[color=#Hex Color][i][u]Eye Color and Shape;;[/i][/u][/color] [Describe the shape of your character’s eyes. Are they round, almond? What color are they? Are they expressive, dull, lifeless, exciting?]
[color=#Hex Color][i][u]Facial Structure;;[/i][/u][/color] [Describe the structure of your character’s face. Is it round? Do they have high cheekbones?]
[color=#Hex Color][i][u]Complexion;;[/i][/u][/color] [Describe the complexion of your character’s skin. Is it flawless, blemished? Do they have scars?]
[color=#Hex Color][i][u]Height and Weight;;[/i][/u][/color] [How tall is your character? What is their weight?]
[color=#Hex Color][i][u]Body Type;;[/i][/u][/color] [Describe your character’s body. Are they built, slim, curvy?]
[color=#Hex Color][i][u]Voice;;[/i][/u][/color] [What does your character sound like?]
[color=#Hex Color][i][u]Theme song;;[/i][/u][/color] [If your character had a theme song, what would it be?]
[color=#Hex Color][i][u]Potential Interest;;[/i][/u][/color] [Who is your character interested in?] (You can fill this in once the cast is established)
[color=#Hex Color][i][u]Equipment and Personal Artifacts;;[/i][/u][/color] [Are there any notable items that your character usually has with them? Either weaponry, tools, or items of sentimental value?]
[color=#Hex Color][i][u]Other;;[/i][/u][/color] [Is there anything else we should know about your character?]
[color=#Hex Color][i][u]Likes;;[/i][/u][/color] [What does your character like? Do [b]NOT[/b] list their likes. Explain why they like it.]
[color=#Hex Color][i][u]Dislikes;;[/i][/u][/color] [What does your character dislike? Do [b]NOT[/b] list your characters dislikes. Explain why.]
[color=#Hex Color][i][u]Habits;;[/i][/u][/color] [What habits do they have? Are they good, or bad habits? Do [b]NOT[/b] list your characters habits. Explain them]
[color=#Hex Color][i][u]Strengths;;[/i][/u][/color] [What are your characters strengths? Do [b]NOT[/b] list your characters strengths. Explain them. Give me three to five.]
[color=#Hex Color][i][u]Weaknesses;;[/i][/u][/color] [What are your characters weaknesses? Do [b]NOT[/b] list your characters weakness. Explain them.]
[color=#Hex Color][i][u]Personality;;[/i][/u][/color] [What is your character like? Are they flirtatious, cold-hearted, fun?][A minimum of one paragraph of ten sentences is required.]
[color=#Hex Color][i][u]Brief History;;[/i][/u][/color] [What was your character’s history like?][A minimum of two paragraphs with an issue of ten sentences each is required.]
[color=#Hex Color][i][u]Posting Example;; [Simply put - An example of how you would post would go here.][/i][/u][/color]
Note: In the place of '#Hex Color', please input the color for your respective role.
Earthbending Master - Olive
Firebending Master - Orange
Waterbender - Blue
Airbending Master - White
Weapons Expert - Silver
1: No Canon Characters - Only Original Characters. Be creative when making them
1.5: Be active. If you don't let me know that you're gonna be gone for a while, I'm gonna eradicate your character after 3 days of no activity IC or OoC. If you need to be gone, feel free to let another player take over your character until your return OR use IC to send them on a "personal mission".
2: Your characters won't start off as Masters, but close to it - Give them room to grow and learn more as well.
3: No shipping on the Out of Character thread. (Its moronic and rides my nerves. =_='')
4:No you can't have the Avatar's Role
5: No Dual-Bending.
5.5: No Bloodbending. I see it as Powerplaying and a bit Godmoding no matter how weak it makes your character after use not to mention the fact that only one person knew how to do it before Katara. So. No.
6: Romance is allowed and encouraged. Just no "BAM!" Love at first sight, let's get married. A crush at first sight is fine.
7: Swearing is allowed. Just don't go overboard.
8: The Cinderblock rule is enforced: If you or your character becomes detrimental to the story or OoC or you become overly inactive, you will be promptly eradicated from the Roleplay. End of Story.
9: GM's Word is LAW.
10: Yes, this is a +mature+ Avatar spin-off, but please don't spend forever posting sex scenes. I don't want you and someone else spamming the IC with your sex. If two characters are about to get intimate, do a collaboration post. If you plan on posting it on the IC thread, limit it to heavy kissing, touching, groping, and the suchlike. If sex becomes imminent, fade to black and feel free to take that part of the scene to a PM while hinting in your next posts at the events.
11: Have fun.
12: Feel free to pitch "Episode" ideas.
13: Don't "speed post". If you want to do 1x1 character interaction/dialogue with someone, do a collaboration post. There should be at least one post from the other players between each of your posts. - This is not a race. Give everyone a chance to reply!
13.5: No one or two liners. At least 1+ paragraph of detail. And make sure to read everyone's post prior to yours and reply to anything that applies to/affects your character. I don't want to get complaints that someone wasn't paying attention. When you post, don't do a group of short sentences.
14: No Mary-Sues or Gary-Stus! Your characters will have some sort of flaws.
For inspiration with your characters:
"Miss GM! Oh, Miss GM! If Sozin successfully carried out the mass genocide upon the Air Temples and killed all of the Airbenders there, how is there an Airbender and his/her apprentice?
Great question! As stated: Sozin killed the Airbenders that lived in the temples. I leave it to creative minds such as your own to give detail on how there might have been a family of Airbenders that lived away from the Temples and lived elsewhere. Perhaps even with the royal family of Omashu? I don't know. That's your choice.
"Miss GM! Oh, Miss GM! How are the apprentices picked?"
Well, the Masters would pick their apprentices based on potential to be Masters. The story of how they were picked and where they met is yours to choose.
"Well, would they know each other?"
They would know each other, but not intensely so, seeing as each Master is from a different Nation. They may have had previous brief meetings. But this journey to the North Pole will be their first time being together as a group.
"In the beginning, you say that they'll be heading to the North Pole after receiving notes about Kya. Could you elaborate on that?"
What I have in mind is that for the past [insert the amount of years they've been training with their Master here] years, they've been living with their Master, training. Their Masters have been passing on the arts of their trade to these kids and instating them into the Order of the White Lotus. They've been taught since day 1 the values and duties of the White Lotus, instilling them with morals of justice and philosophy. Master Jokka of the Northern Water Tribe will be the one to have discovered Kya and will have sent secret letters to the other four Masters to let them know that the Avatar has finally reincarnated. The Masters would then send their apprentices to the North Pole to meet the Avatar before they would begin their Journey.
"Would the Waterbender and the Avatar know each other?"
Another great question! Kya and [insert name of Waterbender apprentice here] would have grown up and trained together. They would be the only two characters that were more than well acquainted with one another. The apprentice would not be traveling to the North Pole, obviously - But would be with the Avatar, waiting for the other four.
If you have anymore questions, please ask me and I'll add them to our lovely 'FAQ'.