London in the late 1800s was a place of mystery; the notorious fogs, the colorful legends, and the extreme ranges of living conditions have all served to capture the imagination of writers and artists that have since followed, hoping to re-create some of the magic that London held.. Or the horror.
With the Ripper murders in full swing and the infamous killer still on the loose, London is a place where caution should be exercised by all. Neither riches nor rags are safe, and no one knows where danger will strike next. While the violence has been mostly confined to the slums of Whitechapel, there is no guarantee that Jack's tastes won't extend beyond those boundaries and into the very heart of the city itself..
General theme for the play isn't necessarily based entirely on dealing with aspects of horror/crime. Play is casual and more focus more on every day life in London, but with this current underlying threat looming in the background that people can take advantage of. This should make it palatable to most players, but offer occasional plot twists for interest. Keeping things more general also offers a wider chance for people to join in and really stake out a claim for their characters in whatever manner they'd enjoy most. I'm aiming for a large group of people for this one so that there's a lot of interaction. (Focus will be more on character interactions than being totally plot-driven, so it would make for nice casual play, but can easily be made more in-depth, if feeling so inclined.)
This area will be kept up with basic plot developments as they occur, so as to provide a quick reference/summary of what's going on for any new people wishing to join, or for any members hoping for a quick brush-up on what they may have missed.
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As of mid-September, a total of four deaths have taken place in Whitechapel thus far -- one as a result of gang violence, the other three the result of brutal attacks with a well-used knife. All the victims were prostitutes. Locals have started forming vigiliante groups in an attempt to catch the murder, but have been just as unsuccessful as the police in the matter of ferreting out the guilty party. Only one arrest has been made, but the suspect was subsequently released when he was able to provide an alibi for at least two of the most recent deaths.
The killer remains unnamed and no closer to being caught.
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The unfortunate recent passing of Dr. John Watson's wife, Mary, has occurred. Saddened by the loss, Watson has returned to his former life at 221B Baker Street and taken up again with his friend Holmes, renewing their former partnership.
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Oscar Wilde was recently sent a parcel containing a severed female hand -- With no post mark on the package and few details to go on, he has decided to pay a visit to Baker Street in order to consult with Sherlock Holmes (and Dr. Watson) on the matter, hoping to find out more about the possible identity of the sender and the reason behind the grizzly 'gift'.
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Nadine Bondurant paid a visit to Adrian Armitage, hoping to have a pistol of hers repaired. Her brief visit was interrupted by the arrival of Sweeny Todd, who was hoping to be patched up by Armitage after being injured in a fight with a potential mugger.
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Sherlock Holmes received a rather gruesome package, similar in nature to the one that Wilde had brought to his attention, as well as a challenge from an unknown opponent choosing to identify himself only as 'The Celestial'. Holmes instructed Watson to take the contents of the package to Scotland Yard, while he has decided to answer the missive and attempt to meet up with Poirot down in Limehouse.
Unbeknownst to anyone else, Nadine Bondurant (owner of Le Dragon Rogue, where Holmes was instructed to go in his note) had stumbled upon the unfortunate late owner of the severed head that had been sent to the Consulting Detective. Shaken, she returned to Le Dragon, hoping to put the horrific sight out of her mind..
Character Bio: To say that Holmes is brilliant would be an understatement; his mind is unnervingly quick and his areas of expertise are varied. A distinguished student of both Oxford and Cambridge, Holmes has mastered many fields of study - Chemistry being a forerunner in his formidable arsenal of skills. (Most areas of science are of great interest to Sherlock, but he has a particular knack for Chemistry.) Sherlock also excels in many non-academic areas such as physical sport (i.e. boxing, fencing, singlestick, etc.), he is a master of disguise, he has an unparalleled knowledge of the history of crime, a gift for playing the violin, and an encyclopedic knowledge of details that most others would consider trivial (i.e. the differences between various types of tobacco ash, can distinguish between 75 different varieties of perfume, expert in various font types to help identify newspapers, exact knowledge of the mapping of London, well-versed in the names and trademarks of the world's major gunmaking firms, etc.).
Known for being a bit eccentric in his behavior and perhaps unusually brusque in manner at times, Holmes has carved himself out a distinguished career as the world's only Consulting Detective -- his powers of observation and deduction making him an invaluable resource in perplexing cases. (The odder the situation is, the more drawn to the problem Holmes will inevitably be.) And, thanks to the literary efforts of his friend Dr. Watson in chronicling their 'adventures', Sherlock's name has started to become a household word, adding to the 'mystique' that will inevitably surround a man who generally refuses to take credit for his part in solving any cases. (The work itself being the true reward.)
Associating with Holmes can be dangerous at times, but it is certainly never dull..
[OOC Notes: I'm up for pretty much anything so don't be afraid to run ideas by me!]
Name: Dr. John Hamish Watson
Physical Description: 5ft. 9in., stockier build, light brown hair, blue eyes, neatly groomed with a mustache, a generally pleasant-looking man with a kindly face.
Character Bio: After suffering an injury while serving as an army doctor with the 5th North Umberland Fusiliers in India, John Watson returned to London to recuperate and get on with his life. As his service pension offered little by way of means to live on, finances were tight and John's friend Stamford decided introduced him to a gentleman called Sherlock Holmes, in hopes that the two might be able to afford rent on a nicer property together.
Little did any of them know they were setting the wheels in motion for one of the most famous partnerships the world would ever know..
A man of action, Watson was always happy to follow along on his friend's cases and enjoyed the challenges they offered. An asset on more than one occasion given his crack-shot skill with a pistol (as well as with a bandage), Dr. Watson was a welcome addition on the adventures and Holmes (usually a fairly solitary creature) was glad to have the doctor by his side.
Still finding time to run a modest practice at regular intervals between cases, Watson also somehow found the time to start chronicling his and Holmes' adventures.. Eventually making both he and his friend Holmes household names as the 'stories' became increasingly popular throughout London.
As time passed and life went on, changes happened, as could only be expected -- Watson eventually married, then took on a more stable role in his medical practice, hoping to start a family and settle down some.. (Even if it meant curbing his usual involvement in escapades with his friend Holmes, who still relished stalking the dangerous edges of criminal activity, wielding his own particular form of justice.. Understandably, not activities that would be conducive to a more stable family life.) He was happy, even though he saw somewhat less of his friend, and enjoyed the quieter existence that living outside of 221B seemed to provide.
It was all short lived, though.
After the sudden death of his wife, Mary, Watson took a bit of a turn for the worse.. Depression settled in and the broken-hearted doctor returned to Baker Street to once again resume his life with his friend Holmes. Trying to pick up the pieces and put himself back together, the distraction of Holmes' continued eccentricities does help in diverting John's mind away from dwelling too much on his own troubles, bring some sense of normalcy back to his life.. But now with the increasingly grotesque nature of the recent string of murders to consider, there's even more to help occupy his mind..
[OOC Notes: Waston may be picked up by anyone who is interested -- He's currently being manned by the GM so that Holmes has his usual partner, but he is up for grabs, if anyone is so inclined..]
Name: Professor James Moriarty
Physical Description: 5ft. 9in., thin build, with a heavily-lined face. Speaks in a quiet, tightly controlled, and very deliberate tone of voice - always displaying an unnervingly calm manner, which increases marginally the more upset he actually becomes. His movements tend to be similarly disquieting; like a snake coiling it self up to strike - calculated and slow - but when he finally lashes out, you'll be hard pressed to avoid the attack..
Character Bio: Professor Moriarty is a man of good birth and excellent education, endowed by nature with a phenomenal mathematical faculty. At the age of twenty-one he wrote a treatise upon the binomial theorem which had a European vogue. On the strength of it, he won the mathematical chair at one of England's smaller universities, and had, to all appearances, a most brilliant career before him. But the man had hereditary tendencies of the most diabolical kind. A criminal strain ran in his blood, which, instead of being modified, was increased and rendered infinitely more dangerous by his extraordinary mental powers. Dark rumours gathered round him in the University town, and eventually he was compelled to resign his chair and come down to London. He is the Napoleon of crime. He is the organiser of half that is evil and of nearly all that is undetected in the great city of London...
If you have dirty deeds that need organizing, Moriarty is the man to seek out.. And he's always on the lookout for people to add to his vast web of crime. Do you think you have what it takes?
Name: Mycroft Holmes
Physical Description: 6 ft., heavy set, grizzled hair which (due to having grayed prematurely) gives him a much older appearance. Slow in his movements, gives off a distinct vibe of laziness, adding to the feel of uncharacteristically advanced age.
Character Bio: The elder of the Holmes brothers, Mycroft is in many ways Sherlock's superior - Possessing inductive powers exceeding even those of his younger brother, Mycroft is unfortunately cursed with a case of lethargy that scales in epic proportions. Unwilling to do legwork or even go out of the way to verify his own solutions, he would rather be considered wrong than to take the trouble to prove himself right. Officially, he enjoys a 'minor' position in the British government 'auditing books', but perhaps there's more to Mycroft than meets the eye..?
More often than not, Mycroft can be found at the Diogenes Club. This very exclusive club, of which he is a founding member, is supposedly home to some of the oddest and most 'unclubable' men in London. No member is permitted to take the least notice of any other and talking is strictly forbidden within its walls. (Unless conducted in the Stranger's Room.) Three offenses and you're out. Applications aren't accepted; the committee chooses you.
Name: Nadine Bondurant
Brief Description: Nadine is attractive woman who looks slightly younger than her years - except for the occasional haunted look in her intense blue eyes. She has jet-black hair and is medium height with a thin build. As she's spent almost half her life in England she is fluent in English but retains a charming French accent that she turns to her advantage when dealing with men.
Character Bio: Nadine has been a fixture in the London radical scene since arriving as a half-dead refugee from the failed Paris Commune in 1871. She renounced violence, though seeing the suffering of the poor especially in Whitechapel broke her heart. She returned home after being granted amnesty in 1880, only to return to London about a year later, having mysteriously come into a small fortune.
With these funds she bought out a former opium den near Whitechapel, turning it into a cafe'/nightclub that's a gathering spot for various agitators and reformers. Le Dragon Rouge (named for the Chinese dragon sign she kept up) might be infamous for its politics but Nadine keeps it a small oasis of peace amid the squalor. She prominently keeps a Winchester '76 rifle hanging over the bar for evicting troublemakers. She also gives food and shelter to some of the local street urchins, some of whom might be among the Baker Street Irregulars....
[OOC rules: All of Rachel's rules apply. Mess with Nadine and you will regret it....]
Name: Fu Manchu
Character Bio: Fu Manchu is an oriental genius who is the master of modern science and the ancient mystical arts. He is the mastermind and leader of the Si-Fan cult. His main goal over the decades has been to destroy the western world. He was born in 1810. He was a scientist by nature. His quest for knowledge was insatiable. His genius drove him to discover things of a dark and unnatural nature. Nothing was out of bounds. His experiments led to things that were eventually regarded as forbidden and eventually led him to criminal activities as he also employed those of the 'dark arts' to do his bidding. Anything he wanted or needed to complete his desires would be not denied him as he amassed untold wealth and unlimited resources.
Fu Manchu is also master of deception and disguise and used these skills in the western world and its politics which became his focus. He would plot to hypnotize politicians to perform in the service of Fu Manchu. He would kidnap noteworthy scientists to perform their experiments to help aid in his quest for knowledge. These disappearances or accidental deaths ultimately caught the attention of MI 6,a British secret service. For decades Fu Manchu and his minions would wage war against M.I. 6 and most notably their agent Nayland Smith. Smith along with Dr. Petrie and others were a constant thorn in the Evil Fu Manchu's side. As Smith and Petrie grew old through the decades, the evil Fu Manchu did not. The chemical formula called 'Elixir Vitae' was discovered by the evil Fu Manchu decades ago and has virtually kept him from appearing to age ever since.
Physical Description: 6 foot. Well built, quite athletic looking, like an aged sportsman. Still black hair, although some white ones are sneaking into sight now. His defining trait is possessing Central heterochromia, His eyes are mostly a light blue, but the central ring around the pupil is a dark purple.
Character bio: He refuses to discuss his past, but he has let it be known bitterly that his exile from England was not self-imposed. During those 25 years of exile, he served as a soldier and aquired a few war injuries for his trouble. A head injury led to blurred vision in his right eye and the occurance of his odd eyes, a shot to his left arm causes his fingers to twitch slightly when not being actively used and a new-found capacity for violence and other things.
Since his return a few years back, he has sought something a bit more than barbering to distract him from the urge to murder. Taking up a new hobby every few months, strolling around London, branching outside his comfort zones. He even went to a few public dissections, but he's still as bored and angry as ever. Recently he's been banned from a boxing ring and his favourite bar, both for getting a bit too enthusiastic in the revelry.
Physical Description: 6 Feet with a strong but somewhat slender build. His clothes are dapper and lavish. The gentleman thief dresses in style. High hats, coats, monocles, expensive shoes. They are all part of his wardrobe. As is his trademark cane. That said. Lupin is master of disguise and is usually incognito.
Character Bio: A man of much mystery and dispute, Arsene have keen and sharp mind. Indeed, to some his intellect is scary. He can define and break down patterns and expertly manipulate people with no visible effort. He is still young but ever the learner Heoes have a code and he isn't greedy for a man who makes a living stealing. He just loves what he does to much to stop.
Arsene Lupin comes from a rather humble beginning as the son of a gymnastics teacher and a woman who defied her family for love. And while he was intrusted to wet nurse, he was still in regular contact with his parents. He was never enstranged to them. But as time passes, his parents romance grow less heated and his mother leaves his father. Whenever poor Arsene asked where his father went his mother Victorie would answer “He is crook, a liar and a thief”
Vicorie took Arsene with her as she became a maid for her rich cousins. Cousins that did everything to point out Victories failures. But Arséne was not one to watch idly. While powerless in a way, he had one way to punish them. He stole that which his tormentors held the most dear: Queen Marie-Antoinette's famous necklace. This causes his newfound enemies considerable humiliation. In the meanwhile, Arsene begins to fall into the habit of stealing. It becomes a source of income for his struggling self.
Hearing great things about the genius of Sherlock Holmes, Lupin starts to somewhat idolize the man for his intellect. Howeeer, he finds himself becoming the opposite of his hero. He becomes the mystery; the crime itself. A thiefof increasing skill and daring. He soon sees up his father, in order to learn more of the trade that now defines him. From his father he learns to fight aswell as acrobatics and gymnastics. He becomes stronger and healthier under the seasoned crooks influence, but Arsene already have his next destination in mind; London. 1888, the young, now sustantially richer thief leaves France to study law and criminology in the city of he worlds finest detective. And the new, confident Arsene Raoul Lupin have no intention of staying lawful.
[OOC Notes/Rules] : Arsene is a thief. He will steal things, He will most likely get in peoples hair and cause problems. This is early in his fabled career so he doesn't have quite the rep yet. I am open to pretty much any ideas and scenarios.
Ages: 74 and 71 respectively
Personality: Logan has a very gentle appearance most of the time and likes to keep to himself, smoking on his pipe and rarely rising to antagonism. He is always very slow moving and does not broadcast his thoughts unless asked a question which can make him seem lazy but once roused he can be furiously angry or coldly calculating. He hides a furious temper and competetive side behind his calm speech and lazy countenance.
Alexander had a firey personality and was a little headstrong in his youth. He never used to listen when people around him would rebuke him or give him advice but since meeting Logan he has mellowed considerably although the fire is still there. He is elegant and well spoken as a knight should be but also cunning and gleefully enjoys tormenting people. He can be quiet and calculating and cold at times but towards those he cares about he is quietly affectionate and shy.
Character Bio: The two men had very different starts in life. Alexander was born into a wealthy aristocratic family with a father decorated in military honours and a mother from a wealthy merchant family, making them very used to the higher circles of societies. Logan on the other hand was from a dirt poor family living in the slums of the city and had to steal and poach for a living at a very young age, trying to keep his mother and younger siblings fed while his father was at sea. His skill with projectiles began with him throwing rocks at food vendors to distract them and slowly built up to throwing knives on the streets for onlookers. Even with his talent he never really made enough money to keep his family afloat and his childhood was a typical poor sob story.
Of course he was caught stealing one day, his desperation making him careless, and was carted off to the local prison. It was this random happenstance that brought the pair together. Alexander's father was inspecting the local prison and had taken his son with him to show him the true face of degradation and ungodliness. But Alexander was a curious child and the glaring, grizzled men staring at him from behind iron bars did nothing to dampen his enthusiasm. While his father was busy talking to the prison commissioner Alex decided to take a wander. He found Logan, deep in whispered conversation with the men in the cell next to him. He was like a little light in the dank and cold prison walls and Alexander was immediately drawn to him and vice versa. In that prison they met and talked for hours and hours until Alexander's father finally found him. The boys were dragged apart but it was mere weeks until Logan was released from prison and found Alex again, jumping through his bedroom window on a cold winter's night. It had been easy to find Alex apparently, Logan had contacts, and over the next few years the boys continued a stable and gentle friendship.
Slowly as they grew up their minds solidified their opinions. Alexander realised suddenly that he hated the pomp and frivolity of the upper classes. He hated the snobbery, hated the ignorance of the other people. He knew from Logan what the slums of the city were like but all his questions to his parents were rebuffed like it didn't even matter. And Logan discovered that he was clever as well as cunning and found a talent for leadership. It wasn't long before other thieves of the slums began to follow his lead. And so even in teenage life the pair were close. One thing Alexander also found out about himself was that he was charming and good at playing the socialite no matter how much he loathed them and it was this that he decided to turn to his advantage.
However things were not to go so smoothly for them, Alexander was basically forced into the army by the age of eighteen to give his parents some goodwill from the lords and ladies of London. He was shipped off to Afghanistan to fight in the first Anglo-Afghan war, one amongst an army of 21,000 troops trying to invade the country. It was touted that all they were doing was rallying in support of the Shuja, apparently the rightful ruler of the country. But even Alexander knew he was fighting for money and it made him sick to the stomach. Logan was heartbroken and what was worse confused about the extent of his broken heart. The first few years were painful and full of worry at not knowing the fate of his friend. But he eventually got on with his life and tried to make the best of it, becoming well known in all crime circles as a trustworthy and cunning man. He was hired for stealing, information gathering and other nefarious dealings and as his career grew so did the reputations of his clientele. At one point he was hired by a minister in cabinet.
Alexander however was not doing so well, though undoubtedly learning much. Dragged through deserts in sandstorms and scorching heat only to find steal and gunfire at the end of the trek. And the fighting was arduous and grueling, at first overwhelming the boy but eventually hardening him to the cruelty of life and death. He made many friends and rose swiftly in the ranks to lieutenant through both his charm and his bravery and competence in war. Many of the best friends he made were among his Indian comrades, enjoying their company more than the close knitted english. But truly it was Logan's company that he craved in those fearful times and time seemed long and enduring without him. Eventually though the war was won and Alexander returned a decorated hero, just as his parents had wanted, a real talking point at parties and a desirable husband for any eligible lady.
But it was Logan who was the first to know of his friends return. His reputation had grown and with it his group, suddenly making him a captain of a crime troupe, mercenary-like with its camaraderie and enthusiasm for the jobs. He had a networked of spies that easily informed him of the ship of soldiers returning from duty in the middle east. He had rushed to the docks, taking up a stealthy position just at a corner of an alleyway to watch the parade of men walk down the gangway. Alexander had been one of the first to his delight and relief, now a strong and elegant looking man with a stiff posture but still the same charming and kindly face he had come to love (which he now finally realised he did).
Therefore, after the dull and horrendous welcome home ball thrown by his parents to capitalize on their son's success, it was with the greatest pleasure and surprise that Alexander found Logan stretched lazily out on his bed, awaiting him. And in that moment after the years apart and the hardship and the longing that the pair came to their slow, stuttered and ever so careful realisation of mutual love. It was very worrying at first, insecurities and troubles abounded, neither sure of how to proceed. But it all sorted itself out eventually and they settled into a relationship of comfort and compassion that most married couples could only dream of.
Alexander delighted in his lover's criminal mastermind position and eagerly aided him in his endeavors, using his guile and charm to discover things and enter the most secret of places in the higher societies. He quickly become known to Logan's gang as 'the bosses gentleman' which made them both laugh for numerous reasons. There actual came a point when their relationship was discovered by the band and although admittedly quite a few left in disgust while some others gave imaginative death threats, quite a few were too happy with Logan's leadership to care and those few easily dealt with the less tolerant men.
So years passed and although Alexander's need for a cover of a respectable gentleman forced him to go to war sometimes, mostly things went well for them. Their crew were quickly recognized as the most skillful elegant criminals in the city and most likely the rest of the country. Eventually Alexander's refusal to take a wife tickled peoples suspicions but that was easily and happily sorted out by a quick faked death, a stolen identity and Alexander growing a beard.
And so they had a long life of relative happiness with friends and doing a job they enjoyed. By the time Logan got to the ripe of age of fifty there was already a young, brilliant and talented member to take his place and the transition from leader to counselor was just as simple. They became a great vault of knowledge about all the criminals as well as the Upper Classes of the city, instantly knowing of all gossip going around. By the time they got to sixty they left the group, happy that it would do well and wanting a quieter life. Now they simply wander the city and country, finding interesting things and involving themselves in it if they wish, their opinions and abilities sought after by both the just and the wrongdoers.
Physical Description: A clean shaven man of 5’9”. Sampson is lean in build with slicked back dark brown hair and eyes of such a strange blue that they look almost grey. He often dons smart outfits and is seen rarely without his well-kept walking cane; with a handle specially carved into the likeness of an eagle.
Character Bio: Brought up in Dublin, Sampson had as good a life as anyone could have in a rich family. He fell in love with a young woman by the name of Jodie at the age of seventeen. Soon, the two became nigh inseparable. They married three years later with enough money to last them a lifetime, and moved into a comfortable mansion overlooking a garden, with enough space for two extra people. They were soon accompanied by a maid and a gardener, who helped in keeping the building and outdoors clean.
His relationship ended in tragedy, however. Two years after settling into the mansion; it was broken into and Sampson’s wife’s throat was cut.
For many months after, he struggled to cope. The mansion held so many fond memories that it was hard for the man to remain. Eventually, he decided to move out and bought a small house closer to his parent’s own. His brother frequented him regularly during this time, attempting to comfort him. Many times he suggested for Sampson to get out of Dublin and go elsewhere. To start afresh would be a good opportunity but, so caught up in grief was Sam that the suggestions were declined time after time.
Years past and still he seemed depressed. Eventually, his sibling decided on taking things into his own hands. Richard, as was his name, paid for a train ride and ferry to London, and then ordered Sampson to pack his bags and take a good long rest at his new destination.
A year has gone by since then, and the city has certainly brought a subtle change in the man.
Physical Description: He is very pale skinned and lean, he is more bones than fat or muscle despite the amount he eats. His fingers are long, nimble and dextrous. He doesn't take very good care of himself so his suits are often moth-eaten and his hair a mess.
Character Bio: Adrian was the son of a doctor who worked out of their tiny kitchen, from a young age he would assist in fetching bandages and water for patients and when he was older he helped out more. This may be where he got his uncanny ability to understand how things work. He can look at the inside of a watch or revolver or a person and quickly understand what is wrong with them and how it should be fixed. Interacting with people however is more of a mystery to him. He went on to work at a factory and was selected soon after to repair machinery.
He is distantly related to Lord Lytton and through this conection he was hired briefly to help with the political situation in Afghanistan. His ability to see how things work and what needs fixing meant he made a big contribution for Britain to the great game but the massacres horrified him so much, even though he wasn't there or responsible so he soon quit. He got a large enough amount of money for it to open a shop on the edges of Limehouse called Armitage Repairs He fixes things and occasionally sees to the ill.
OOC Notes/Rules : Am open for any character interaction positive or negative. Not a big fan of pre-planning though, I like spontaneity and surprises.
The following are characters that are mentioned from time to time and possibly even played in short scenarios for convenience, but are not considered series regulars.
Detective Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard
Holmes' regular contact with the official law enforcement.
The long-suffering Landlady of 221B.
The designated leader of the so-called Baker Street Irregulars. He's Holmes' go-to in organizing the other children for jobs and reports in to 221B frequently.
Mr. Jonathan Windigate
Friendly Landlord of The Alpha Inn Public House.
London's foremost gossip. Always expected to be found at any event of social of importance, his nose thoroughly stuck into everyone's business.
'Jack The Ripper'
Particulars currently unknown.
There is no limit on the amount of players allowed in this SL -- The more, the merrier!
All period-appropriate characters from literature, movies, and OCs are welcome to join in at any time. (Other modern or historical characters may be adapted to fit the setting, if desired. Anything supernatural should be kept to a minimum, as this is set in a more realistic world - i.e. vampires, werewolves, magical powers, etc. If you're looking to play a character that typically would have supernatural abilities, you may still play that character, but their abilities have to be explained by a scientific reason. Example: If you want to adapt Lestat, he may still have Vampriric tendencies, but wouldn't be an actual vampire. His 'condition' of wanting to drink blood or being sensitive to sunlight may be explained as having a medical disorder such as 'Porphyria' or 'Xeroderma Pigmentosum', not by simply having supernatural abilities.) Having multiple characters is allowed, but is limited to 2 per player. (Except for the GM who may throw in random extra characters from time to time as irregular features to bounce things along. A list will be kept of them for reference, however, should anyone wish to keep tabs.)
Name: (Character's Full Name)
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[OOC Notes/Rules] : (This section is where you can put things about what you expect from RP or won't do in an RP, just so other members know. This section is optional.)
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- Oxford Street -
The Center of Commerce
The place for all your consumer needs. This dual street is lined with shops, various food markets, restaurants, and anything else that might tickle your fancy. If you can buy it, chances are you can find it here.
- Scotland Yard -
The Local Authorities
Has someone picked your pocket? Or perhaps broken into your home? Harassed you in the street? Or, maybe, you've been the victim of something far more sinister in nature.. This is the place to go for help. (Or the place you'll wind up if you were the one committing the crimes.)
- 221B Baker Street -
The Consulting Detective
When the Police are stumped and you need help, please feel free to consult the world's only Consulting Detective, Sherlock Holmes. The more bizarre your case, the better. If the situation is of a private nature and you're worried about discretion, you may rest easy.. Confidentiality is ensured. (He's kept the secrets of Kings, after all.) Interior images of 221B may be viewed here for reference.
- The Alpha Inn -
The Local Public House
Everyone's favorite local haunt. Whether meeting friends or simply looking for a place to drown your sorrows by a warm fire, Mr. Windigate will welcome you happily to his little establishment. Fine ales are on tap and food is available, both at very reasonable prices.
- The Royal Opera -
The Center of Culture
Home to the talented performers of London. Opera singers, musicians, and dancers call this place their own.. And, for those who have the means to afford tickets, the shows are always memorable.
- Whitechapel -
The Place of Misdeeds
Situated in London's East End, Whitechapel is the place to go if you're looking for a more sinister adventure. Illegal trades, prostitution, and all other means of questionable habits make this place one of the more dangerous spots in London to frequent. Especially with a serial killer on the loose..
- Limehouse -
The Criminal Den
Not too far beyond the edges of Whitechapel lies Limehouse, the place where many criminals choose to base their operations. (It is rumored that the infamous Fu Manchu himself operates out of this location.) And, while there are a few establishments with somewhat respectable credentials (such as the Le Dragon Rogue cafe'/nightclub run by Ms Nadine Bondurant or Armitage Repairs run by Mr. Adrian Armitage), it's still a place where you should probably watch your back if you ever decide to venture there..
Actual London locations may be used as spots to play, but creating new/unique venues is also encouraged. (Does your character want to run a shop? Perhaps there's a particularly seedy pub they like to frequent? Feel free to make one up!) Locations specific to certain fandoms/characters may also be used, so long as they're appropriate to the time period/setting. The list for current locations will be updated as needed.
When posting, it might be best to post 'Character name - Location' (replaced with appropriate information) at the top of your post so that the people reading will know who you are and where you're at. (Especially helpful if you play multiple characters or are looking to play in a specific location - so people can keep straight where you/your character currently are.)
This should be a no brainer, but I'm saying it anyhow. Be courteous to your fellow players and you'll be treated the same in kind.
This is an extension of the first rule -- If you start bickering, I'll quickly break it up and you'll get a warning. You get three strikes, you're out, buddy. GM has final ruling on such matters and decisions won't be questioned once a verdict has been reached.
If a conflict arrises in the course of an RP session, please keep it realistic. All characters have their strengths and weaknesses.. And no one in this SL is superhuman. Keep that in mind.
Post At Least Once A Week
Hey, I know life can get busy, but that's a fairly easy bar to reach. If you're able to post more than that, then definitely post as often as you can to help keep the flow going. If you know you're going to be away for an extended period of time, be sure to message the GM to let them know! (If I see someone is inactive for a period of time, I have no problem removing them from the roster, unless otherwise notified. If you disappear without explanation for one reason or another without notice, you may not be allowed back in again at a later date. Keep this in mind.)
You May Post Graphics
Graphics are allowed in the IC thread within reason, but they MUST be posted behind a spoiler button to keep the thread tidy. I know sometimes if your character is sending someone a note/telegram or something it can be fun to post a picture of an actual handwritten document you've mocked up, or if your character is giving someone a gift it's helpful to post a picture of it so they can actually see the item, but we don't want cluttered threads. Use your discretion and keep things appropriate.
You may splinter off for private play sessions between particular characters, if you're so inclined, but a brief description of what occurred must be sent to the GM via message. (Or a link to the thread must be provided, if played out in the 1x1 area.) This is so that the plot development list may be kept current. Private sessions are suggested if playing out themes that are overtly sexual or violent in nature, as a courtesy to your fellow RPer's who many not wish to read explicit material. (PG-13 rule in the main IC thread, R and above should go private.)
I see you like to keep things rather neat and proper. :O Everything looks so nice, kudos!
Name: Alistaire Orlando Reese
Brief Physical Description: 5'10" with an athletic build, slightly above average strength for a man of his size, but is nothing truly outstanding. His jaw is usually lightly coated with facial hair, stark black along with his hair.
Character Bio: One quick look at Mr. Reese and certain thoughts come to mind, and certain thoughts are left out for specific reasons. The man looks almost regal in the way he stands, the way his hair is tossed about, and the way he struts from street corner to street corner. Dirty seems like a foreign term to those who've simply seen him, charismatic seems like a better word and acrimoniously tidy to the tee. Crisp and unremitting glory should shower his name! Not a grubby, remorseful finger should be laid upon a man of his elegance, his eloquence, and his magnanimous... ness.
Of course, most people tend to stay away from such a figure, for fear of tainting his amazingness. Truth be told, the moment he strut out of his mother's room was the moment he was tainted. Tainted with an insatiable knack for daring acts of idiocy, as his parents like to call it. Idiocy is just another word for loonatic, which is yet another word for daredevil. Nothing scares this man, and whether that be considered dangerous or frighteningly exhilarating is entirely up to the viewer, or participator, since Alistaire tends include at least one person in his stunts. And most of the time it's not broadcast stunts of utter amazement, usually it's the simple things he does, the simple most dangerous things that he can get his greedy little hands on. Whether that tend be chugging a glass of beer every hour for a whole 2 days to see how long he go playing Russian Roulette with himself--constant groveling never helps him get any players, though.
This obvious enthrallment for peril has constructed the man that most people see today. Unnerving air of calmness, the insane amount of bravery--or stupidity--an almost obnoxious optimism, and the charisma that entails begging and pleading. All of these built upon the foundation of that one attribute. Such a surprising turn of events that lead to him being the man that he is today. Of course, this appetite for disaster hasn't made him all that successful, but who needs success when parents seem to provide enough money to own half of London. He never uses more than he needs to though, feeling as if too much reliance is a bad thing, and tries to make a living off being a simple barkeep in one of the more successful bars in London, though success usually means cleaner tables and furniture that isn't guaranteed to collapse should one exceed the 100 pound limit. To most it was simply a bar; success isn't usually a factor in wanting to get drunk off one's ass. The beer is what makes people decide whether they want to go to a bar or not, and it's usually the closest one to them, not that 'Nice bar over their on 5th avenue. Too bad it's a few hours walk to get there and through Whitechapel too!'.
[OOC Notes/Rules] : [I don't expect much less than excellence! No, I honestly don't expect anything to be Shakespeare brilliance, as I don't expect myself to be of his caliber. Of course, I don't think I'm all that great at writing anyways; it's up to you guys to determine that. I don't know what to expect honestly; however, I do expect a lot of excitement and fun. And if no one delivers that, then there shall be some beheading to be done, French Revolution style! D:< However, I do expect people to be rather open minded when it comes to the actual role play. I don't expect the unexpected, though, so if you guys have anything up your sleeves, then I will be rather surprised. Not in the bad way; I like surprises.
Anyway, I'm up for anything, from twists to crazy plot devices to romances and jealousy. If anyone would like to interact with any of my characters, whether that be dialogue or something else, don't hesitate to PM me! I too am open to ideas, as long as the GM gives it the thumbs up, unless it didn't have any plot changing consequences, hen I dun think he'd mind. =)
And another thing, I don't know who that guy is, so if he's an actor let me know so that I can notify everyone of who it is so that other pictures don't get confuzzled. I simply found him on Google Images while rummaging around for about an hour, contemplating whether I should use Jude Law or Daniel Craig. As you see, I didn't use either, and simply went with a rather nice looking man; he looks like he could be in the Victorian Era, no? D:]
Name: John H. Watson
Brief Physical Description: Standing at about 5'9" with a muscular build (brute force needs some muscle), Watson's not at all a daunting figure, despite his physique. He usually has an air of confidence about him, his walk exhibiting just that. Hair is messy and short, with a slight auburn hue to it, however it's predominantly brown. Unlike his hair, his mustache is neatly trimmed and frames his upper lip and face quite nicely. Occasionally, he 'Damns it all,' and lets the facial hair grow out.
Character Bio: A crack shot surgeon and the ever loyal companion to the great Sherlock Holmes, Watson is the exact opposite of his aberrant friend. Instead of being the observant, always calculating man that the detective is, Watson tends to take the brash approach to problems, though this does not take away from his apparent intelligence. A disturbingly brave individual as well, Watson is a man of action and is more than capable of providing assistance should Holmes find himself in a rut. However, despite the often brash mannerisms, Watson is an incredibly tidy man, almost annoyingly so, not to mention his habit of incessant nagging when it comes to health problems--it comes with being a doctor. Damnable smoking causing lung problems; tobacco is the bane of human existence.
Watson has always followed Holmes in his endeavors, even despite being tied up in family business--the recent death of Mary Morstdan, however, seemed to have open up his schedule to even more precarious adventures. At least he there will always be Gladstone, though he fears his days are numbered, as the old bulldog seems to look as old as he now does. Most of his time now is spent spreading the word of Sherlock's expertise, illustrated in the various novels adorning most family bookshelves. At a moments notice, Watson is ever prepared to whip out his trusty revolver should Holmes need his assistance once again. Should that man ever die, London would never be the same again.
Of course, Watson has had his share of hardships before the inevitable meeting between he and Holmes. From earning his degree at the University of London, to giving his aid to the British forces in India. He's been lucky enough to live past then, having been wounded during his stay. From then on, he's been the trusted sidekick of Mr. Holmes, serving him well in his various crime solving exploits. Though, through recent turn of events, Watson feels he isn't the man he used to be and that his life is in the inevitable spiral downward. He has, however, attributed these unexplainable feelings to depression, and it seems to be caused by the lack of substantial company, especially without Holmes' untidy, eccentric ways to preoccupy him and without Mary to soothe his anxiety. That should most definitely change upon his return to Baker Street. God forbid Sherlock kill Gladstone.
The only thing he'll dislike upon his return is the damnable smoking.
[OOC Notes/Rules] : See 'Alistaire Reese'
Note- That's a portrait of Mr. Fassbender, if none of you know, so no takey! D:< I don't want Watson running into his identical twin, yo! Also, I do not own said portrait. Should I need to provide a link to his/her profile on DeviantART, then I shall.
Alistaire is still a work in progress and I should be done with his bio by tomorrow. At the moment, I am about to fall head first into my laptop's keypad and that's not pleasant. I hope you like my version of Watson! :O I added a small touch from the movies, that being Gladstone, and had Mary killed off as Doyle did. A living Mary Watson = no excursions for poor Johnny-Boy, even if it'll make him sad.
Last edited by Haemonculus; 08-13-2012 at 04:23 PM.
Disclaimer: I didn't make the set you see before you, but to lighten her workload, I'll leave that for you lot to find out.
Good sir! This is a very ingeneous idea, and I would be flattered if you would permit me to participate. XD
Name: Hercule Poirot
Brief Physical Description: Hercule Poirot is best described as a short man, standing at only 5'4, with a head the shape of an egg and a slowly receding dark hairline. Thus, he is rarely seen anywhere without his trademark bowler hat. Most impressive about him is his stereotypically Belgian mustache, curving up-wards at the edges.
Character Bio: Although he often mentions things concerning his past, very little of it turns out to be true. More often than not, he will create a ruse to discern important information from near anybody. However, what is known is that he was born in Spa, Belgium, and joined the Brussles police force in his twenty's. Poirot was raised a Roman-Catholic, and a Roman-Catholic he remains.
After leaving the Belgian police force, Poirot became a private detective, a thing well suited to his distinct personality and methods. Poirot operates as a fairly conventional, clue-based detective, depending on logic, which is represented in his vocabulary by two common phrases: his use of "the little grey cells" and "order and method". However, he has another detective skill up his sleeve. His ability to decieve. Perhaps even a descendant of Thespis himself, Poirot knows how to get anyone to believe about him that he wants them to believe.
-Brief Physical Description-
Rachel is a fine young looking woman for her age. Her burnt red hair filled with either big curls, or very small and dainty neat ones. Her skin is almost the color of the snow, but she doesn't blend in too much with those dazzling blue/green eyes of hers, for they stick out the most. Her lips are similar to color of a pretty rise, along with her nails that goes along with her small dainty hands.
Rachel was born into a poor home, in which she only lived there for half of her life. When she reached about 10 years old, her parents knew they couldn't take care of her anyway longer, in which lead them to putting poor Rachel up for adoption at the nearest Adoption center. Rachel knew it was for the best all along, so her life was spent there for many years to pass, until she hit 16. Luckily, Rachel was then adopted by Mr. & Mrs. Dunforth, in whom were a wealthy family. They took her in and raised young Rachel as their own, showering her with the love and affection in which her true parents once showed her. Good things did come her way, in which landed her a job with singing in their local "Club" like spot, in which anyone who is anyone would go. But things seem to be going wrong, ever since the mysterious outbursts of crimes it seems. Can Rachel protect herself and her new family from these mysteries? Or, will things just get worse?
1.) First and foremost, do respect me and my character, for I will do the same in return.
2.) Any sort of interaction with my character in ANY sort of way must be appropriate, unless PMs will be permitted. (Since, I don't think I saw anything mentioned of this..)
3.) Oh, and try to stay on Rachel's good side if you know what's good for you. Also, don't get too "touchy touchy, feely feely" either, or you'll find yourself with a nice handprint.
Last edited by xXFallenAngelxX; 08-12-2012 at 11:02 PM.