The (A)(E) f f e c t e d
An Original RP
Even faced with the astringent crimes and immorality committed by our own, the expression twists and contorts when a person is forced to witness true cruelty right in front of their eyes. Those in the shadows chuckle at the hypocrisy of the human psyche. How can one defend their loved while slaying another's just as willingly - just as zestfully even. The propensity of violence amongst society has far surpassed the realm of mere probability - to say the actions -- and reactions -- of most individuals are woefully predictable is a gross understatement at best. Regardless of these facts however, progression struggles onward. Through the blood, tears, and ambitions of the amalgam of masses, progression strives to continue its journey forward. As if through a shared consciousness, humanity refuses to disappear despite their own follies constantly whittling them down. That's why, above all else, humans are inherently more interesting beings than any other creature there can be;
Even faced with the astringent crimes and immorality committed by their own, the expression twists and contorts when a person is forced to witness true cruelty right in front of their eyes. And this sole fact... Is delicious.
This role play will take place over a variety of settings and locales, but the era is decidedly modern with hints of sci-fi and cyberpunk sprinkled throughout. Contrary to times of old however, the world has become a much more integrated place. Cultures meld and mingle all over the globe and only a rare few locations are predominantly composed of any one group or type of people. The world has also become a much darker place however - murder and heinous crime are far more frequent and, with respect to the current state of things, it's partially justified. A disease has been introduced that has been ravaging the earth for the last hundred years or so. Lacking a proper name, the disease infects both human and animal alike, causing the afflicted to slowly become more savage and ravenous as time progresses. Along with the increase to brutish action, the afflicted's body also begins to become more resilient and durable than any human body should be. Finally, while the victim retains control of their conscious mind, their thoughts also become more twisted and devilish as time progresses - for these reasons, afflicted persons are labeled "Demonspawn". Fortunately, damage to the brain causes the quickest death while damage to the body and organs will become fatal much slower.
The narrative revolves around the struggles of the main cast as they search for a fabled cure while demonspawn numbers continue to grow. Every character has their own history and motivations, but with the recent revelation that an actual cure exists, their shared goal becomes clear. Under the umbrella of the main narrative, many stories will be told during the journey as the true path is never straight and clear. The search for the cure is only the beginning to much bigger revelation and the cast will eventually stumble upon truths that will tease them with the choice of acceptance or the embrace of denial. Through trials and tribulation, chaos, and discord, our main characters will grow either for better or far worse - character development will be a strong aspect of the role play alongside the narrative.
Genre and Inspiration
The base genre for this role play can be considered dark modern, but the truth is that it will encompass many different genres along the way. There is a hint of sci-fi and cyberpunk in the settings and tech level of the world. There will be chapters that feel more like survival horror while the opening chapter will clearly echo fast-paced action thriller. Some segments will be devoted to character development and intricate conversation while other small bits may concern the inner thoughts and monologues of each individual of the main cast. Tidbits of many different experiences will mix and become one enjoyable ride for all those involved.
The consistent factor is that this will be a mature role play. Scenes written may be violent, twisted, or disturbing to some while still falling on the right side of the forum rules. This is not your run-of-the-mill heroes vs. big bad villain role play; this is a story of lifelike characters placed in an improbable scenario that will constantly push them to their limits and force them to examine the meanings of humanity and morality among many other thematic stances.
This idea was inspired - among other things - partly by the worlds and stories of the Shin Megami Tensei game series. Before I go further, this has nothing to do with said series and one does not need to have any knowledge of it to participate in this role play. To continue, I've always admired the plots and worlds of the SMT series for how they intertwine dark and mature themes with intelligently written stories that feature branching paths and enjoyable characterization. As I said before though, I was merely inspired by the series; I didn't pull and adapt any material from it for this role play.
I'm pretty laid back, so follow these guidelines and we'll get along just fine:
[1.]As the GM, my word is the final say so; however, should you have a problem, I'm more than happy to discuss things via PM.
[2.]Don't just leave the RP abruptly; if you're not gonna post after creating a character, don't bother joining. Also, if you have to be inactive for a bit, let me know via PM or the impending OOC thread. Player disappearances happen, but they can be prevented with proper communication and proper examination into just why you'd like to be a player of this role play before you decide to commit. In short, I'd like this RP to last for a while and we can all make it work.
[3.]Steer clear of the loner and anti-social type of characters; I enjoy character interaction and a role play filled with inner thought and singular action gets boring quick.
[4.]Finally, this is an Advanced level RP; quality over quantity is my mantra and there's no reason to force a certain number of words per post. With that said however, do remember the Advanced level guidelines posted as a sticky in this forum.
Hello all and welcome to my interest check thread! This thread will doubly serve as interest check and character submission should you find the idea satisfactory enough to commit a character to. I don't really have any certain cast limits in mind(as far as the number of players go) so I'll be taking character submissions until I feel this has hit a good ceiling. I'll also be on hand to answer any questions you may have and comment on submitted characters as needed. I look forward to writing with you and the OOC will have more info relative to the main cast once character submissions have closed. Below, you'll find the character sheet:
Appearance(Either real picture, written description, or digital art - no anime pictures please)
Occupation(This section should be fleshed out more than just your typical listing of a random job. Talk about it a bit, give some background on it in relation to your character. It makes your character appear more complex in the end)
As you can see, the sheet is pretty simplistic in nature. I believe that in role plays with heavy emphasis on character development, writers should be able to show things like "Personality" and "History" within the role play itself. More in regards to personality, how you write your character will obviously develop their persona. History, however, can be revealed in pieces or all at once in a conversation or in a variety of different ways. The point is, the sheet for this RP only requires the listed categories beforehand and everything else can be built within the IC thread itself.
If you have interest in this RP, I'll be happy. If you have interest and would like to submit a character, you may do so in this thread and I'll be even happier haha. Again, don't hesitate to ask me any questions and I hope this gets an awesome cast of characters!