**The OOC is now up and can be found HERE**
The woman shrouded in her black hooded robes gazes out at every one of us. All we can see beneath her hood are the glimmering emerald eyes, wide with madness. She Looks over all of us, as we sit in the cafeteria, at our tables, in our chairs. She watches, a thin smile across pale red lips. Her white hand reaches out, and she points to a child near the front row. Her misty voice rings out, breaking the eerie silence.
"You there, young child. It is time. Step forth, for you have been chosen to enter the Dark Room. 'Tis your fate. 'Tis your destiny. Come, my Child." Hushed murmers ring through the crowd as we watch a little boy stand to his feet. He doesn't want to go. He doesn't move, his eyes are wide and he is frozen in fear. A man standing to the right of the woman in front of the room takes a step forward, ice blue eyes menacing as he does. A large nightstick hangs at his right side, and his polished boots clicking against the linoleum floor as he strides over to the child. He grabs the kid roughly by the arm, flings him in front of him, despite his cries. He grabs the child's hair, throws him at the woman's feet. She smiles, eyes glistening with tears of joy. She reaches down, pulls the child to his feet, and looks over the crowd of children before her. She, the matron of the Orphanage, looking over her flock.
"Children, remember it is an honor to go to the Dark Room. It is what you should desire. Now off to bed with all of you, and cheer for your fellow brother, for he will soon be a part of our truest goal--to make the entire world pay for the horrors we've had to endure in our lives. We will make the world pay. Remember, the world outside cares not for what you endure here, what you must go through. If they care nothing for you, then you should care nothing for them."
She leaves the room, trailed by the man with the blue eyes, and other security guards. We are left in the cafeteria, to finish our food and move on to our bedrooms...all before lights out, when any stragglers will be punished severely. You gaze around at the other weary faces, we all look around us to see the others that are with us. Some of us have lost all hope. Some of us wait for our turn in The Dark Room. We don't know what goes on in there, but we do know that nobody who enters is ever seen again. The sadness, the hate, the fury, the pain and sorrow...it fills the air with such tension that you can cut it with a knife.
But here is the question. Who are you? Are you one of us, one of the children here at the Eternal Faith Orphanage? Or are you one of them, the staff who runs the place...members of the Dark Order...I don't know who you are yet. Nor do you know me. If you are a child, you may yet get to know me. If you are an adult, you might also know me--because I'll be the one to escape; and I will take as many of these children with me. We will flee Eternal Faith before you Dark Order people can kill us all. Just you wait and see.
The Dark Room is based on the premise that we are all either Orphans trapped in the Eternal Faith Orphanage--or we are part of the staff that works there. The staff are all members of the Dark Order, a cult that is trying to wreak havok on the world. Every staff member of the Eternal Faith Orphanage has faced some great tragedy in their lives, and they blame not fate, not bad luck, but the world around them. The world is cruel to them, and these cultists want to get their revenge. They believe if they make the children miserable enough before killing them, make them hate the world as much as the cultists do, upon dying their souls gather together, creating a nasty horrific world that will eventually, when strong enough, bleed into the real world. If this happens, every human being will be subject to torture, pain, and eventual death.
This RP will require your characters to be one of two people: Either a child in the orphanage (ages 7-17) or one of the staff, and as such, a member of The Dark Order. If you decide to play as a child, your goal will be to find a way to survive and escape Eternal Faith. As a staff-member, your goal is what I outlined above--as well as to make the children's lives as miserable as humanly possible.
If you are interested in this RP, bear in mind that this contains mature content and mature themes. There will be graphic abuse of children, blood, sacrifice, and a very dark tone. That said, it will also be fun, interesting, and keep us going for a long time. I plan on our setting changing from time to time, as the orphanage tries to keep up appearances of being "legit" by taking children on "field trips" and that sort of thing. Plus, there is a playground on the Orphanage grounds. The setting itself is modern day, in the very small town of Summerset Heights.
The orphanage itself is a 4 story building, with the lobby area and the Matron's office on floor 1. Floor 2 is going to contain the cafeteria, classrooms (as the orphanage provides private education for it's children), padded isolation rooms to punish nasty kids, and restrooms. The 3rd floor contains all of the rooms for the female children, and the 4th floor contains all of the rooms for the male children. The basement is where the infamous Dark Room is located.
So, is anyone interested in this RP? If you are, just let me know. I want at least 3 or 4 people to show interest before I post the OOC, posting rules (these will be rather lax), and character sheet.