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I’m Zakarion. I prefer 1x1 RPs to groups for several reasons so you’ll probably see me here more than out there in the wider world of the Guild. You might’ve guessed already that I’m relatively new to the Guild too. I’m looking for partners to engage in any number of the 1x1 RPs detailed below but before you dig into the good stuff you’ve got to read the rules!
Writing Style and Word Count. I don’t want to be THAT pedantic jerk who won’t roleplay with anyone who can’t put out twenty-three paragraphs every post. That said, I have some standards I’d like a partner to meet. Chat speak isn’t acceptable. That’s pretty much a given anywhere you go. Next, length breeds detail and encourages complexity. I like to post a minimum of three solid paragraphs but when the muses dance there’s no telling how long a post will go. So I would like a partner to be able to consistently provide two paragraphs at minimum. If you do not think you can make that requirement but are still interested, I am willing to work with you. It’s important to me to encourage others to write and to develop their existing talents and one way to accomplish this is posting, critiquing, sharing tips, and being generally amiable with unrefined talent.
Consistency and Communication. With a busy life, I’m able to reply either once a day or once every other day depending on my schedule that week. There will be times when I can give multiple posts per day but they’ll be uncommon. I’d encourage you to take this into consideration before sending me a PM. I’m an roleplaying addict but the chains of reality are unforgiving. Second, please remember to communicate with me. If you’re going to be busy for a week, it’s common courtesy to let someone you’re roleplaying with know. Likewise, if for any reason you are no longer interested in an ongoing roleplay, send me a message telling me that you’d like to stop. You do not have to explain why you want to end the engagement but doing so would be appreciated. If you decide you would like to resume the roleplay at a later date, do not hesitate to send me a message.
Plot and World-Building. We’re developing a story together and I’d like that story to be a little more complex two characters bump into each other a tavern and because fate demands it they stick together to conquer Goal A, fall inexplicably into love because “marble Adonis”, and so on and so forth. Please expect to spend a little while talking through the details of plot, floating possible ideas, and cutting out the fat. Mind, I’m not requiring that we discuss everything as I know well that characters have a life of their own that you as a writer cannot always predict, but I’d like to have a basic understanding of where we are beginning and where we would like to head with a given plot. Second, I thoroughly enjoy constructing new worlds with my partners. I like to add detail into my roleplaying adventures, some of that comes from the unique world we’re experiencing together. The entire ordeal shouldn’t be a hundred posts of us exchanging nothing but world details, but there needs to be some effort put into this aspect of the experience.
Character and Detail Expectations. About 99.9% of the time I play male characters. There may be an odd exception every now and again, but don’t expect me to play a female main character. I’m willing to take on any number of secondary characters, including females, as the plot demands and I would ask any partner to be willing to also play supporting characters if necessary. Remember creativity when coming up with a character. No one likes a Mary Sue or unremorseful Anime lead rip-off. I am willing to participate in both MxF and MxM, obviously as the male in former and as either role in the latter. Romance is a plus in roleplaying, adding another layer of drama onto an existing story. I prefer stories involving romance but if you are set against it then I am still willing to listen. I do not like avoiding mature subjects—violence, gore, injustice, politics, difficult character-challenging events, and so on—so if you decide to contact me, please tell me what you are and aren’t comfortable with and we can go from there. I would like any partner to be at least 18 years old.
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Science Fiction / Cyberpunk. What will tomorrow bring? Shall we proceed down the path till we transform our present chaos into techno-utopia, a harmonious collective beginning with Earth and expanding past the Kuiper Belt? Or is our inevitable fate obscurity through layers of ash, powdered bone, and shredded metal after dystopia after dystopia, empire after empire, represses and abuses its children, breaking their will until none are left to bear witness to the dying stars?
[X] Injustice and technology go hand in hand; the unseen forces moving civilization, guiding honest souls to depart the path of compassion and burning the young and misfortunate that they may never rise to greatness. The Story of Revolution. What, where, when, and why are questions that’ll be interesting, not to mention challenging, to answer. A couple of characters have been simmering in my imagination for some time, awaiting a home and a partner-in-crime. The downtrodden man, once someone who had a place in the machine as one of their spooks, who’s gradually coming into his own; an eccentric designer with an eye for machines and artificial intelligence, ideal to a fault in his beliefs; the inside man, working through the bloody guts of the cut-throat corporate world, undermining and scheming against those who stand between him and his goals, bred into the elite, not quite the altruist, but connected to shady individuals the deaths of many unwanted political figures.
[X] International law proclaims that space cannot be used for war. Accepting that as a law that wouldn’t be violated, after the wealthiest governments, corporations, and private citizens have left Earth and settled on colonial installations throughout the solar system, our planet becomes the place where they must settle their conflicts. It’s the civilized thing to do. You’re not really a solar oligarch until you’ve clashed your army of drones, biological androids, and mercenary soldiers. One corporation among them, Morningstar, specializes in designing a range of soldiers, from fully synthetic to human-like biological androids, to fill out an army. Grey goo and nuclear arms are considered cheating. Pick a location to serve as a backdrop. Oh, and the people left behind? They can serve whatever need your army requires, labor, services, or a few hundred slave soldiers to take make the first charge.
[X] We’re gone and what remains are our children, some figurative and some literal. What we think of as human drifted out of vogue some time ago, and now it’s been more than a millennium since flat humans were seen roaming free. Those who remain that are known are living museums in the menagerie of new post-human gods. Consciousness, human-like in many respects, still wanders the void of a harsh and artificial galaxy in new immortal bodies, sometimes based on classic human-like bodies but filled with augmentations, produced by alien and artificial means.
Inspirations. If you’re wondering what sort of Sci-Fi media I enjoy, here are a list below. Drawing ideas from these never hurts.
- Ghost in the Shell
- Mass Effect
- Outlaw Star
- The Laundry Files
- Hunger Games
Fantasy. With the death of the Old World as the machines of the Industrial Revolution sang a dirge for kings, knights, and vassals, a little magic left this world. Every reader inevitably finds themselves staring into the sea of time, casting for the memory of the age of steel and horse, sorcery and gods. Whether that fantasy begins with the great legend spun by Tolkien or the web of deceit and betray whispered by Martin, the imagination thrives and fantasy cannot be ignored for long.
[X] A less than noble individual passed down the secret of magic to his apprentices, yet the man’s soul was corrupt and so the teaching he gave the world was tainted. At the best of times, magic was inconsistent, and at the worst of times, a spell to start a campfire would call down the wrath of an elder demon upon a region. Those outer gods humanity might appeal to for aid and guidance have lost their way in the heavens, forever reveling in a paradise they can’t conceive of leaving. What remains are their servitors, messengers and guardians, with their own agenda. For the last several hundred years, brave men and women has sought to organize magic into a coherent and consistent system yet none have fully succeed. The practice of magic is dangerous and so violently shunned by sensible people, some who’ve formed their own inquisitions. A man, who through a spell has contacted an elder spirit, follows the path of knowledge, accepting the spirit’s instructions yet aware that the creature will have a price. Note, the spirit is NPC, not a character I’d ask you to play.
[X] This one’s simple and it won’t take you that long to get through. Piracy in a fantasy universe, where empires vie for control of resources and employ privateers to raid their foes. The character is a captain. The rest we can build together.
Paranormal / Horror. Yes, I’m interested in the Urban Fantasy genre, with plenty of love for the favorites like vampires and werewolves, but I’ll get around to posting THEIR plots soon
~~ ~~~~~~~ORIAS DRAGER
That which transpired on the evening of November 4th, 1613, in the Castle Hvězda Moudrost six miles beyond the walls of wonder-shrouded Prague will till the end of days remain unknown by all. In villages scattered throughout the Bohemian countryside, tales are whispered of the mad count, Eugen Filip Svorda, and weird orgiastic festivals thrown in spring and fall coinciding with certain dates which held and evil significance. On the eve in question, it is said that rare scrolls and books saved from the Great Khan’s cataclysmic sack of Baghdad in 1258, supposedly including scraps the infamous Al-Azif were brought to the castle by shadowy figures. But prior to the infamous night, incidents of banditry and kidnapping increased. One of the many victims was the boy-knight Augustin Drager of Vrchlabi and his entourage of men-at-arms and household servants.
The inferno which left Castle Hvězda Moudrost a charred ruin has been definitively proven by archeologists to have been started by a combination of improperly stored gunpowder, unseasonably dry weather, and excessive alcohol consumption. Yet still legends persist, telling of the strange booming voice that answered when the revalry within the castle ceased and a single voice uttered a strange and ghastly incantation. There followed a new voice and declaration. Then the screaming. Castle Hvězda Moudrost burned for two nights, but no one dared to pass beyond its gates afterward. A few brave travelers thought they might have heard screaming coming from beneath the castle.
When ten years had passed, a single figure emerged from the castle wearing the aged face of Augustin and calling himself Orias.
The man you are likely to meet today has spent the last four hundred years in pursuit of certain artifacts for a purpose he is reluctant to speak on. Although free to wander the mortal world, there have been those who’ve noticed him and desired to make of him a slave. As the mad count proved, it’s not as simple as it might seem. However, given the right tools and a complete incantation, one might conceivably bind the wayfaring demon. One, a pirate lord out of Minorca, came very close in the 18th century, forcing Orias to obey commands so long as he recited a verse from Al-Azif and preformed a rather licentious binding ritual.
[X] The ideal horror scenario is difficult to pin down. I’m a fan of cosmic horror, dread, terror, slasher, monster, apocalypse, paranormal, and survival. If you’re interested in horror, then do send me a message. Let me know the sort of horror tale you enjoy.
[X] They’re not like anything you’ve heard of before. When the Emissary walked into your room after you figured out how to break free from the rules of reality, he gave you a tour of the unbidden world that occupied the seams of our own. They’re like you, people who’ve broken free, now given a sliver of power potent enough to emulate what might once have been called magic. But the longer you watch them, the stranger they seem. The longer they’ve been outside of reality the less and less human they act. Are the elders even still human? It’s feudal society they’ve created in their pocket of dreams, filled with every desire of the mind and body, gluttony and domination of display. They play games, take captives, destroy minds. Were they fae or demons once upon a time?
Inspirations. Want to know my paranormal pedigree?
- The Dresden Files
- The Vampire Chronicles
- The Dark-Hunter Tales
- Trinity Blood
- The Secret World
- The Black Dagger Brotherhood
- Mage: The Ascension
- H.P. Lovecraft
- Stephen King
- Arthur Machen
- Clark Ashton Smith
- Edward Bulwer-Lytton
- The Invisibles
Contemporary / Historical. Escaping the day-to-day flow of mundane information by slipping into the life and seeing the world through new eyes, there are places we fear to go because for they’ll draw consequences down upon us we couldn’t handle and there are gifts and talents we do not possess yet we imagine the magic of a life wielding unmatched power to influence lives.
[X] The modern-day outlaw, the thief, the criminal. Even though condemned by society, the romanticism of the highwayman can’t be extinguished. Aleksey belonged to the mafiya in Vladivostok through an aunt who’d risen to power in a bloody coup, and as her influence grows and touches the Asian and American markets, he’s found a new role as a proxy, inserted into a new market to stir up trouble, learn what he can, and begin sowing the seeds of destruction. Rikuto Ashikaga isn’t welcome back home after the Kai went to war in the early ‘00s, but he’s found a new home in the Americas, against the odds he’s begun establishing his own syndicate and earning a reputation as the new Dillinger.
[X] An artist’s work has captured the attention of an individual in a singularly unique position who takes on the role of patron to the aspiring artist. From here, the story veers into the territory of Master and Submissive genre, as both psychological and physical pressures are applied to the artist through the dance of love. Don’t expect an easy ride, as the artist, my character, will not accept the role easily after discovering how he has been manipulated into playing the patron’s game. The setting can be contemporary or historical. MxM or MxF. Often, I’m the dominate character in a romantic story but I’d like to take the other role in this scenario as an experiment.
Other. If you’ve reached this point without seeing anything you’d like to try out, know that I am willing to discuss almost any plot or idea you have in the realm of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Paranormal, and Horror. Below is a list of other genres and interests I am also eager to discuss.
- Post-Apocalyptic, in all periods of the genre from the initial apocalypse to survival to the reconstruction of society to decades or centuries after reconstruction.
- Time-Travel, as long as it is well thought out and unique.
- Universe hopping, the same.
- Powers /Heroes, be aware that I’d like to take the time to work out background with this one, my powers/heroes background contains influences from the X-Men, Invisibles, Watchmen, and some wider Marvel.
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Fandoms are complicated for me. I don’t prefer them roleplaying in them because canons always seem to get in the way, the plot quickly becomes unhindged, or they’re just giant Mary Sue fests. Yet, they offer many perks. You don’t have to do as much work and your partner is usually familiar with the setting. Below are listed a few of the fandoms I’m willing to participate in.
Star Wars. It all comes back to Star Wars. My interest in writing. My first roleplaying experience. My 4th grade Halloween costume. The point is, no matter how many faults I can find in Star Wars, the universe is infectious. The nature of the Star Wars universe is cyclical. Go to any point in it and you’ll find a good Jedi vs. Sith or Republic vs. Empire scenario. I favor roleplaying during the days of the Old Republic but I’m not opposed to engaging in a game set in the Legacy era (At least 130 ABY). I lean towards playing a bounty-hunter or non-Force user, but I have a weakness for Legacy’s Imperial Knights or Imperial Intelligence Services. Also, for a universe as vast as it is, I’ve always felt Star Wars has far too many human main characters which is why I like playing non-humans in Star Wars. Nautolans, Zabrak, and Falleen are a few I’m interested in.
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