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Neo Emolga
02-03-2011, 05:25 AM
The Role Play Forge
RP Creation Teamwork

It’s true, sometimes the best ideas aren’t made by one person alone, but that one person can help get things started. The goal of this thread is to take one person’s initial ideas and get other people to help with creating more aspects and elements to the RP and help turn it into something epic. Also, it can help you get feedback from other members regarding what their views on the RP are.

Meanwhile, if you’re submitting your RP ideas here, be open to suggestions, and be willing to change aspects of your RP around, especially if you’ve hit a wall and you need other people to help turn an idea into a full-fledged role play. At the same time, if you’re coming here to help others with their role plays, be creative, inventive, and suggest things that can help the RP achieve new heights and include new dynamics.

SUBMITTING YOUR RP IDEA

To help you place a layout for others to see where you’re going with your RP idea, follow this form.

RP Title: – If you have one, put it here. If not, that’s perfectly okay.
RP Fandom Basis: – Mention if its Pokémon or non-Pokémon. If its following another fandom, mention it here so those who are familiar with it know what to expect. Completely original ideas are also a definite go, so don't feel the need to feel forced to tie this to a fandom of any kind if that's not what you had in mind.
Opening Plot and Exposition: – Give us a quick summary of what you’re expecting the beginning storyline to be like, and what the RP is about. Mention what kinds of characters you’re expecting people to create (if they’ll be humans, Pokémon, fantasy races, and so on), and what kind of world/setting they will be placed in. What’s the crisis at hand, and what will turn these characters into heroes and antagonists? What’s an example of something that might happen in this RP? The more depth you provide, the better people will understand where you’re trying to go with this idea and will come up with more ideas that fit the foundation you’ve provided.
Inspiration: – What inspired you to come up with this idea, and it is based on something from another game, story, movie, or something like that?
Where you need help: – Chances are good you came here trying to see if there was anything more you could add onto your RP, or if you think something should be changed about it. Also, if you got stuck, mention what seems to be blocking you from adding more or is stopping you from feeling confident about releasing the RP.

RESPONDING TO RP IDEAS

Since people who are submitting RP ideas need help, that’s where you come in and can offer some of your advice. Mention what RP idea you’re referring to, and try to use this as a guideline:

Would I take part in this, yes or no? – Don’t just say yes, highlight the things that the idea-creator mentioned that drew in your interest. See if you can expand on them a bit, and have them cover more ground. And if not…

What would I like to see added to this RP that would make me take part in it? – Yes, you! If you like the original idea, what could be added to make it even better? And if you’re not too keen on the idea, what are some of the things about it that deter your interest, and what could be changed to make you want to take part in it? Be honest, the more open and forward you are, the more the creator will understand where others are coming from and can adjust the idea accordingly to the opinions of other people.

Things that could help: – What are some of the things that you think would be nice to see added into this RP, even if they don’t quite fit the original theme the creator was intending (who knows, they might find a way to tie it in anyway). The more detail you provide, the better the creator will see your ideas and possibly think of ways to implement them.

RULES

Respect other people’s ideas. Don’t say it won’t work, it isn’t practical, it’s already been done, or that its stupid. That’s the fastest way to kill someone’s ideas and their motivation, and it’s not nice either.
Try to make sure your advice is helpful and constructive, providing depth and reasoning. There’s no idea that’s too weird or too out there to use, as long as its handled right. The original manuscript for Harry Potter was rejected a whopping 12 times from 12 publishing houses (who I am sure are kicking themselves right now). With that in mind, don’t trash a strange or uncanny idea, it may just be the next big thing.
Address the idea itself, not the person making it. With that same note, respect the person, don’t write belittling comments about them with your feedback. No one likes to see that.
With your feedback, try to think of suggestions that give the storyline some more dynamics. Even trying elements from other genres could help. A fantasy-based idea might benefit from a theme that could be considered horror. And so on.

With that said, lay out your ideas, and the rest of us will see what we can do with them. Even if its been a tiny idea that's been on the back of your mind but you haven't felt up to turning it into a full RP just yet, this is the perfect place to put your idea and see what others can do to make it work.

NES2
02-03-2011, 10:45 PM
RP Title: Western Horizon
RP Fandom Basis: Pokemon and Western
Opening Plot and Exposition:

"The frontier. A massive and wild expanse of wild beauty and danger. Since the beginning of time it has been man's duty and his right to expand into and to tame the frontier to make it his own. The sun sets in the west for a reason, beckoning all the brave souls of the Earth to follow it and to accept the challenge. Those who brave the wilderness and conquer the frontier will be rewarded with riches unimaginable, but the faint of heart and mind will be met with nothing but strife, disease, and death. Wild beasts known as Pokemon roam these lands, both a benefit and a hazard. You must eat or be eaten, and human dominance must be established over nature. Those who are brave will learn to use them, to control them. Those who do not will be ripped to pieces. You must fear other people as well. Rogues, bandits, and thieves will rob anything from those unprepared to defend their goods, and the natives don't take kindly to intruders on what they perceive to be their property. These are the threats to expansion, and it man's duty to bring order to this orderless land.

The call varies for many. Some yearn for a simple life working the land, using the vast expanse for herding and farming. Some yearn for riches, attracted by the rumors of gold and silver found here. Some want to establish towns and cities, to slowly turn this section of the world into a civilized place. And some come for the golden sunsets, the songs of the Kricketot in the night, and the challenge of wilderness survival.

This land will change. It is the will of the masses to make this land our own, to spread rail and road over it and to eventually cover it. The masses will follow as the fates call them West, and this land will be ours. This calling will never cease, only grow as time goes on. Therefore, we must answer the call..."

Summary: The idea of this RP is to act out a "frontier" type story in which the people of "insert generic made-up continent here" have a similar Westward expansion like that of the U.S. in the 1800's. The map will start out pretty much as a giant expanse of forests, deserts, mountains, and other natural formations. A few native tribes will be spread amongst this terrain, and few Eastern "starting point" cities for pioneers will also be on the map. The RPers will basically begin to head West for their own motives, whether it be to become the greatest stagecoach thief alive or to strike gold.

Eventually these settlers will butt heads with the natives already there as well as the wrath of Mother Nature and will have to overcome these challenges to survive.

Different classes will be available to start, each with his own benefits. Natives for example gain a stat bonus (yes, this RP will be stat based) when fighting on undeveloped terrain(no roads or rails), rogues will be able to steal supplies from others, settlers will start out with more supplies and will have the ability to start settlements in the frontier, gold-diggers will be able to mine gold where it's available for a monetary bonus, sheriffs will have better weapons, Ponyta Riders will have 2 block movement in any direction instead of just one, and Pokemon Tamers will have a fire-breathing dragon or other creature for use as transportation and weapons, and Wanderers will have no bonus whatsoever but will be able to change their class to another permanently whenever it is beneficial to do so. One can also dual-class his character (with the exception of wanderers), resulting in unique combinations. Each will also have a unique starting inventory, but all will have the same amount of starting money. Each must start from a designated Eastern City, with the exception of Natives who will start on any tile with a Tribal Settlement.

Inspiration: Really just the idea of Manifest Destiny in general. I have never seen an RP cover this kind of subject, and I thought it would be a pretty cool Hybrid if we mixed Western lore with the Pokemon World. The genre in general was really dead until Red Dead Redemption came out to bring it back into the spotlight, and I really think we can create an awesome story out of this homage to the era of cowboys.

Where you need help: I need help making a varied terrain map which we can use for the RP, which needs to be divided up into square grid sections to mark locations and to make sure someone can't jump across the continent in three posts. Suggestions for more or better class-types as well as terrain types and effects would be nice too. Finally, we need a really cool banner with some Pokemon and Red Dead Redemption stuff thrown in.

EDITS: Rancher added as new class. Ranchers will create large farms with thousands of Tauros in their herds, large plantations, and etc.

Doodlebop
02-04-2011, 01:17 AM
@NES2

Would I take part in this, yes or no? – Maybe. I like the premise, but I have never tried 'stat RPing' or whatever you crazy kids call it these days.

What would I like to see added to this RP that would make me take part in it? – ...Beats me. ^^;

Things that could help: Umm.. IDK. I'm not very helpful.

But I could make a banner for you! Check out my Graphic Shop and see what ya think. [/URL]GRAPHIC ART GALLERY/SHOPPE (http://www.pokemonelite2000.com/forum/showthread.php?t=109983)

Neo Emolga
02-04-2011, 01:46 AM
@ NES2 for Western Horizon

It’s kind of a tough call as to whether I’d take part in this one, but I can’t say I would. Never really played Red Dead Redemption (though I’ve seen it being played and I’ve heard its good), but the theme in terms of a Pokémon RP is definitely original and I commend you on that.

Honestly, I think I would drop the whole classes and board game-like map setup. From what I’ve learned in past RPs, trying to reinvent D&D can kill an RP, and make it both difficult for the game master to manage, and it becomes needlessly confusing and complicated. That, and it really doesn’t increase the fun factor either (WAR Season IX’s RP attempted to do this, and it didn’t work all that well). Let a board game be a board game, and let an RP be an RP. Instead, let the classes be “roles” that put the RPer in a unique situation, rather than try to use complex RPG mechanics that aren’t really necessary.

Meanwhile, I think you need some other entities besides unnamed bands of natives, anonymous settlers, and more of a direction in terms of storyline. Give these entities names, characteristics, and a lot more depth. Maybe these RPer characters have to deal with a group of vengeful natives nicknamed the “Blackscalps,” known for cutting the scalps off of dead, unwary travelers and then dye them black to dishonor and ridicule them. Meanwhile, their leader, Midnight Falcon, is rumored to be a savage cannibal. Then you could have a band of vile outlaws named the Desert Snakes, known for being raiders, pillagers, looters, and grave-robbers. They too, could have a leader by the name of Jack McGriff, who could be “the man whose face is known only by the dead” because he wears some kind of mask or bandana around his face, and only takes it off in front of those who have surrendered to him and his men… just before he kills them with a bullet between the eyes. The more depth you give, the more life the RP has, and the more storyline elements you tap into.

Meanwhile, the roles you have are okay, but they’re not really all that exciting. Digging for gold and settling in the new frontier is okay, but I wouldn’t make it the main core objective (could be a side background storyline that’s also going on though). Instead, shoot for a storyline where something like the local law enforcement is depending on others for their help (the RPers) as the current problem and crisis that gets the RPers up and going. As an example background storyline, the town of Mayfield, Jonestown, and Sandy Springs each lost their sheriff and that sheriff’s deputy, as well as plenty of good law-bringers, each found with their star badge in their mouth as a message to the local law enforcement. These three towns have had to reluctantly call upon mercenaries, guards for hire, and even known shadowy vigilantes for help. Let’s face it, would you rather be a charismatic Wild West desert avenger out for payback, or just some guy heading to the hills for gold?

Other fictional elements and urban legends can be thrown in the storyline as well, such as something like the Mysterious Desert Angel, believed to be a local law enforcer that refused to rest even after death. As the legend could go, there are those that have seen him during bandit shootouts, helping the good guys, but he seems to disappear just as the battle concludes. Different stories could exist for what he looks like, some believing they’ve seen a lone desert ranger dressed in white clothing, and some with even seemingly farfetched recollections of seeing wings on his back while accompanied by a mysterious Mienshao that people have claimed to see disappear into the wind.

The more personality you give the storyline, the more interesting it becomes. I kind of agree that a map would be helpful, since I don’t really see any of the existing Pokémon regions being too useful for this. However, I wouldn’t turn it into a grid, that’s not really necessary to make the RP good.

Let me know what you think, but giving the RP some more depth something along the lines of what I mentioned above would really help it. I would also make it more action-oriented, since people like RPing heroes and antagonists and getting into fighting the good fight (or the bad one!) instead of taking the not so exciting role of mayors, politicians, or money-mongers.

dualismlover
02-04-2011, 06:12 AM
Wow, I am actually surprised and very glad that a forum such as this came on. To me, it's a miracle in helping me create an RP. This the first RP I have ever created, so I hope it meets expectations from y'all (from Texas, sorry). I used NeoPikachu's RP creator guide for help plus some things from my history class :oops:.

RP Title: Don't quite know yet. Have something like "The Final Conspiracy" on mind.

RP Fandom Basis: Heavy emphasis on Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series, as well as anime references. I also used a lot of information from American History particularly the 1900s as well as lots of references to real-life cities. Also, I borrowed information off of government conspiracy theories, particularly Jessie Ventura's show on TruTv.

Opening Plot/Exposition:

The whole story takes place in a small country called Sententia (latin for decision) located between Hoenn and Johto, similar to where Alto Mare is located. Like the other MD series, this place is only inhabited by Pokemon, although Sententia won its isolation through fighting as well as radio technology shielding. Technology is relativity retro, like 1950/60-ish, but some cities are more advanced, others more primitive. The main distinguishing feature of Sententia is its cities, with a total of 18 of them in all. 17 of them are held as "representative cities" of each of the 17 Pokemon types, though this only refers to the majority of the Pokemon living there (for example a fire type can still live in the rock-type city, but he'll be pretty rare). The last city is the central government, which rules over the entire country.

The cities as shown are:

Halcitta (Dragon)- Based off San Francisco
Vi Clero (Electric)- Based off Los Angeles
Platina(Water)- Based off a combination of Miami and Honolulu
Celikon (Steel)- Based off New York
Zelape (Poison)- B.O. Seattle
Jus Livas (Dark)- B.O. Las Vegas
Amonter (Normal)- B.O. Philadelphia
Galapil (Flying)- B.O. Chicago
Fialem (Fire)- B.O. Phoenix, Arizona
Mawerk (Fighting)- B.O. Detroit
Daiesta (Ghost)- B.O. New Orleans
Lupenio (Ground)- B.O. San Antonio
Helberg (Bug)- B.O. Denver
Fertilgia (Grass)- B.O. Atlanta, Georgia
Strukote (Rock)- B.O. Indianapolis
Raidivan (Psychic)- B.O. Boston
Fryzert (Ice)- B.O. Anchorage, Alaska (sorry, no Sarah Palin here :razz:)
Kon Tis (The Government)- B.O. Washington D.C.

One blatant social problem though, is rampant racism. Although there is no direct segregation or Jim Crow laws, the Pokemon types have fallen into a sort of "hierarchy" of social stereotypes and prejudices. No one knows how it came into being, or why it was set up this way, but Pokemon still follow it to this day. With Normal being in the middle of the 17 types, the ones above are treated like upper-class citizens, normally better than the others. Below Normal though, are the types treated like "blacks" or other minorities of America during the 1900s. Lower types are denied jobs and shunned out of schools due to type, while the Upper Types bask in their privileges. However, not all Uppers are bad, and all Lowers good. Normals can go to either side, as they are the most common type in the country.

Listed here are the Types in order from Highest to Lowest:

Psychic- The rich elite/aristocrats. Regarded as the "smartest" type and many of them control much of the economy. Plus with their abilities they do lots of things like reading minds or levitating objects.
Ice- Treated like Psychic wannabes, but respected due to their rarity.
Dragon- The only type up here not because of wealth but because of morality. They are "wisest" types, and many are priests, teachers, mentors.
Electric- The celebrities, spokespersons, tv anchors, Electrics rule the media. Rich and famous, they set the trends. So far their usual "blond hair, blue eyes" look is hip.
Steel- Business people, innovative and inventive, they often are the ones who come up with new inventions or technology.
Flying- Respected for their flying ability. Many are postmen, carriers, messengers.
Water- Happy-go-lucky, fun-loving, Water-types are genuinely loved by most of the country. They make up most of the tourists.
Fire- Somewhat feared due to their powers, but respected due to their passion and creativity. Many artists are Fire-types with "burning passion", but also have short fuzes.
Normal- The average joes. They can be whatever they wish as they are neither high nor low.
Rock- The "westerners" of the country. They are backward compared to their cousin Steel types, and thus regarded as not very intelligent.
Grass- Regarded as farmers and hippies, Grass-types are regarded as even dumber than Rock types, who can only farm although they supply most of the food to the country.
Ground- Treated like the Indians of America. They have exotic customs, but are never really treated properly.
Dark- The gamblers/conmen of the country. The "bad boys" of the types, they are considered charming, suave, but at the same time out to get your money.
Ghost- Treated like weird people, like those of a Freak Show.
Bug- Similar to Ghosts, except regarded like aliens more than freaks.
Fighting- The Ghetto of the nation. Rude, uncultured, violent, with no morals, they are claimed only to exist just to fill the prisons.
Poison- Similar to the Untouchables of the Hindu Caste System, Pokemon go out of their way to avoid them, or make sure they get the worst jobs possible.

Rescue Teams are a key figure in the fabric of Sententia. Called upon like the militia, rescue teams are essentially the military of the nation, one to each major city. They serve their Guildmaster, who is given the same level of respect as a city mayor, and live in separate areas of the city not accessible to normal citizens. Calls for help and mission posters are given to the assigned building of the guild, and teams complete them as they arrive. As they complete missions, their rank rises and so does their level of respect in the country. For many Lower types, this is seen as their only hope to get some recognition in society, and for Upper types, it is a method to get famous.

As for the actual plot itself, I have managed to create a plot similar to usual RPGs. The story unfolds as the Guildmasters of the cities hold an emergency meeting in the Union Commercial building, the tallest skyscraper in the most advanced city in the country: Celikon. They were intending to talk about an incident of nearly getting spotted by humans coming from Hoenn to Johto. A few moments later, a human Boeing 747 crashes into the tower, completely demolishing it to the ground and throwing the entire population of Sententia into a state of panic and chaos. The bodies of the Guildmasters are never found, and Psychic officials state that overwhelming interference of the panicked people prevented them from finding the mental trail of the Guildmasters. The Government in Kon Tis quickly makes a statement that the country is under attack by humans, citing the weakness of their current president in allowing such a thing to happen. "This is what you get with democracy!" they claim, "Weakness and cowards! Only a strong government can keep us all safe!"

The real truth though is that the federal government, made up of representatives of the 17 cities, has several members who are actually corrupt. In a conspiracy, the corrupt members actually did it themselves. The officilas took advantage of a secret society of overly outspoken Lower Types, who were trying through demonstrations to win racial equality in the city. They then brainwashed them through false conspiracy theories into thinking that the Guildmasters were actually responsible for keeping the constant racial tension going on, and the government was actually trying to help. They blamed it on the forced "representative type" of each city, citing the "unusual coincidence" that the Guildmasters were each the same type as the city claimed to represent and never elected one of a different type (although in truth, this is mostly due to the fact that each representative element accurately describes the majority of the city's population). The corrupt officials went so far as to claim that violence was the only way to earn their freedom, by eliminating the Guildmasters themselves and reestablishing racial equality with the "representative element" tradition out of the way.

"If you can get rid of Guildmasters," the corrupt officials stated, "Then we assure you, the government will do all in its power to make sure all Pokemon will become equal, just as the Constitution has stated."

Now violent radicals, the Lower Type secret society hijacked human plane from the Johto Territory through a secret mission and set it off themselves with hope that the government would free all Lower types from their shackles of prejudice. The plan worked as intended and in the wake of terrified citizens, the government "humbly asked" the public for complete government control of the country in order to "fend off" the attackers. In reality, this is only a dark attempt to take advantage of the fear and paranoia of the citizens of Sententia.

And as for the good intentioned Lower Type radicals, the corrupt officials gave tapes of the meetings the secret society had to the good officials who were off Upper type, showing the "true cause" as to why the Guildmasters vanished. Unknowing that they were being used, the good officials exposed all the tapes to the public, enraging the citizens of the "treacherous n****r" Lower types and only furthering racial tension in the country. Electric-type reporters paraded around Lower Type cities, talking about the "Human sympathizers" and "traitors to their own country". And in public hysteria, the short-fuzed Fire-types of Fialem, and the powerful Psychic-types of Radivan created a blockade to the entire city of Zelape, the Poison-type city, since most of the radicals were Poison-types. The city now is starving with no more trade and imports of food or supplies. The moral Dragon-types in Halcitta opposed this, but no one listened to them.

But the corrupt officials struck once again. Seeing the opportunity of racial violence as a window to help seize power, the corrupt members manufactured a series of wild, false tapes that portrayed that the good officials were actually in fact, traitors themselves as well. The tapes showed the good officials, along with many Upper Types holding a meeting to actually brainwash the secret Lower Type society themselves that led up to the bombing of the Union Commercial Center, under the intent of making the public hate Lower-types even further. The false tapes claimed that the Upper types did it to "help preserve the pure races." The corrupt officials then showed this to the public, creating even more confusion amongst the people. Now the citizens don't know what to do, and who was right and who was wrong. Uppers and Lowers were against each other with more hatred than all previous generations combined.

But this was where the true plan of the corrupt officials of Kon Tis kicked into high gear. They made a statement saying that the Uppers and Lowers together had initiated the massive terrorist attack on the Guildmaster in order to leave the guilds leaderless, and brainwash the rescue teams in order to create military rule of the country. In the paranoia stricken cities of Sententia, the corrupt members began slowly take more and more control of the government. They went under the guise as being noble and righteous, and began to accuse any opponents to their regime of being traitors to get rid of them. Many mayors have been thrown into jail under "crimes against Sententia", as well as innocent civilians.

At the same time, the corrupt members have hired agents to go search for a hidden artifact said to give immense power to its owner, in essence a god-gem. With that in hand, the corrupt members could easily wrest power of the country and rule the land as they wish. even if the citizens found out of the corruption and foiled their plan A. The agents themselves don't know that they are working for corrupt governmental officials, only the fact that they seem to be doing the country a favor by helping the "noble officials" to find the artifact to help eliminate the traitors.

This artifact was lost many years ago, and is known only by its name in the stories, the "Manhattan", pronounced, "Man-hadn't". This artifact in reality is the very same device used by ancestors of Sententia to help gain freedom for their own country. A central orb made of enchanted crystal, surrounded by a disc of half-silver and half-gold, the artifact is decorated with 17 ancient symbols meant to symbolize the 17 Pokemon types. The crystal in the center is a carved replica of the Pokemon world, meant to symbolize a "World for all", but nowadays interpreted as "World domination". The exact function of "Manhattan" was to free Sententia from control of its colonizer country: Orre. With the ability to give one access to the moves of the Legendaries, with power tenfold, a Pokemon was said to have used it to call on the move Judgement of Arceus. It's sheer power later completely decimated Orre in a "mushroom cloud" and left it as the wasteland it is today. Fearing misuse of such a device, its creators attempted to destroy it, but later on decided to merely break it apart and hide the pieces, should Humans try and attack Sententia again. The artifact is currently hidden in four parts. One is the crystal orb, two are the broken halves of the surrounding disc, and the last part is actually the instruction manual to the "Manhattan" project. "Manhattan"'s creators hid the parts well, but left cryptic messages and clues in many famous artifacts (a la National Treasure style) so they could be found again in case in time of need once more.

The truly good members of the government though, have become aware of this plan with their own spy, and decide to secretly contact the now leaderless guilds for assistance with their plans. Since they know they cannot outright attack the corrupt members under fear for their own life, they decide to ask the Rescue team members to try find the artifact before the corrupt officials' agents do, or to try and expose the corrupt members to the public.

The player is given the choice to be either a corrupt official's agent or as a Rescue Team. Rescue Teams are tasked with the mission to either search for the artifact, or try and expose one of the corrupt officials to the public. Agents only have to search for the artifact, but at the same time avoid getting attacked by Rescue Teams who know the truth.

The adventure comes from the fact that the artifact is broken in to four pieces, and while each side knows what city they are located in, the exact location is unknown. Also, members of both sides will have to deal with the racial prejudice of the Sententia society. Even Upper Types will be disrespected in a Lower Type city. The species rank will also be used by the Corrupt official to try and accuse the Rescue Team if they try and expose them.

Inspiration: I mostly created this out of a desire to make a highly detailed and cultural society, with a large plot that could be influenced by more realistic social events rather than just "good guy vs. bad guy". Racism, corruption, conspiracy, double-crossing, the whole lot is in there. Also, I wanted to make an RP that would influence a players decisions on more than just being a good or bad guy. Type alone makes things far more complicated.

Where I need help: My friends have read this at school, and told me this is more of a plot of a novel, rather than an RP. They say it's too structured and like they have little room to "breathe" or be creative. I claimed not, saying that I just put a lot of detail in it, but now I am not too sure. My main problem seems to be making the RP, more playable. I planned out everything down from the cities, to the racism, to the plot, even going as far as to give the types social rankings and stereotypes. I wanted to create random announcements, said by city officials about the upcoming "Meeting", mentioned above, to act as sort of a deadline or an opportunity, with a city official meeting coming up on a certain date that would have the citizens try and give power over to government.

In all honesty, I don't know. I tried to make the plot detailed with a second story line option, plus the option of good and bad, but I think I did it in the wrong way. Suggestions and help would be much appreciated.

Thank you all for your help and comments, I really want to make this RP good. :biggrin:

Edit: Thanks to NeoPikachu, I have managed to alter the plot to make it more detailed and successfully flesh out the player's controls as well as the fabled artifact of legend. Many thanks to him! :cool:

Neo Emolga
02-04-2011, 04:02 PM
@ dualismlover, The Final Conspiracy

Definitely a good start, but I’d be undecided as to whether I’d take part in it myself. I think it could use some cleaning up, flesh things out a bit more, and that kind of thing.

First off, the racism aspect is unique, original, and interesting. Truthfully, I would keep that and I honestly don’t think it really needs that much adjustment since you can play a lot off of that. However, everything else after that gets a little sketchy.

To me, using Team Rocket/Aqua/Magma, and so on is taboo when it comes to RP originality. They’re cookie-cutter villains, they’re not bright, and they have a glorious history of one epic failure after another. Whether it’s the anime or the games, they’re always the losers to the good guys, their plans never work out, they never have the good guys at their mercy for long, and they’re terribly unorganized, reckless, and haphazard. You’re better off basing your crew of villains from evildoers that seem to never lose as opposed to always lose. That, and it would be better to make them an original faction.

The other aspects that need to be a bit more detailed are the motives. Why exactly would Team Rocket be interested in Sententia? What do they have to gain by overthrowing a developed community of Pokémon? To me, it almost sounds better to toss away Team Rocket completely. Let the whole plot be based on internal corruption on behalf of the Pokémon government itself. The corrupt officials could fake a disaster to remove the Guildmasters and deceive the general public. What they do with the Guildmasters could be up to you. They could stage a series of assassination uprisings and blame it on the guile dark types or the scorned poison types, even going as far as framing particular individuals that have shady histories and lack of alibis. Or, they frame the Guildmasters for being collectively involved with a heinous crime, are blackmailed by the corrupt government to admit and testify to it or their families will be endangered, and are imprisoned or publically executed as the government takes command. In either scenario, the corrupt government can use the public outcry and hysteria to distract the public from their true objective of seizing control of the artifact. However, even with the public mislead and deceived, there are informants that are risking death to let others know the truth, but not everyone believes them. Meanwhile, the racial tensions make it difficult to determine who is trustworthy and who isn’t. End result is the RPers could be a part of the government conspiracy and gaining control over the Pokémon of Sententia “for their own good,” or they could be on the side of trying to uncover the truth regarding the lies and the deception, and figuring out what really happened to the Guildmasters, whether they’re really dead, imprisoned, or maybe even brainwashed. Case in point, you don’t need Team Rocket in this, especially considering it seems you want to keep this as a Pokémon-only kind of RP without human involvement. You could even set it so that Sententia is its own world like the PMD games where the Pokémon have much more technology than the settings of PMD Blue/Red Rescue Team and PMD Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky. All up to you, but I think this would be the better layout.

In terms of the artifact… you really need to answer what this thing actually is, what exactly it does, and how it came to be with an interesting and original history behind it. You could also answer why it was broken into four pieces, and a good answer to that is because the artifact is so powerful that those who created it regretting every creating such an overwhelmingly powerful device, and when they tried to destroy it, they were only able to break it into four pieces at most, and decided to scatter it across the world in hopes that no one would try to reassemble it.

One hypothetical example of something you could use is a gold medallion with runes, sigils, and inscriptions called the Infinity Disc, which has a central orb that looks exactly like a miniature glass replica of the world itself. Essentially, whoever completes the disc and has control over it can essentially become Mother Nature and Father Time. Something like that could have been created by an ancient group of mystics to dissolve natural disasters, but instead was used to cause them and used to overpower anyone who didn’t follow the ones who had command of the Disc, hence why it was broken in pieces and scattered across the world.

In all, it’s a pretty decent RP idea, a map might help it, or you could use one of the original PMD maps, put city locations on it, and say the RP happens in the future than from the era of the games. Up to you, but I think these would be good ideas to keep in mind.

dualismlover
02-05-2011, 12:21 AM
Oh, yeah, but one more question guys...I was wondering. How do you create online banners or maps or all those original artworks that are used in RPs? Do you use Adobe Photoshop or Paintshop pro? I don't know how to create those sorts of things even though I would very much like to. Making banners and maps looks very cool! :happy:

Doodlebop
02-05-2011, 12:28 PM
There are loads of different ways to make banners, but I personally use Gimp. It's a good Photoshop knockoff, and the best part is it's free. :) Photoshop has more nifty tools... But Gimp is free.

On making maps, try checking out that guide to RPing Neo did. I think it has a thing on making maps in there. :)

dualismlover
02-05-2011, 01:27 PM
Oh, okay then! Gimp...hmmm. Free=awesome. :crackup: Thank's so much for your help Doodlebop, I'm gonna go download that right away! :biggrin:

Doodlebop
02-05-2011, 01:33 PM
You're welcome. I'd reccommend starting out with some tutorials, maybe looking at the instructions on what everything does on the official site. Also, downloading some brushes might be a good idea. Official site. You download it here, and there are some tutorials around her somewhere... (http://www.gimp.org/) This is pretty helpful too. (http://gimptalk.com/)

Okay, rambling. I will shut up now.

MoonKit
02-05-2011, 04:14 PM
RP Title: I don't know this as of right now, but I will come up with one later.
Fandom Basics: I was thinking of Pokemon with a hint of Mytholagy, such as dragons, elves, and brownies (Little elf/fairy creatures dressed in brown, I guess). I might be able to fit in a bit of other things.
Opening plotline:
The land of Solensia, quite wide and open, was made within an anti-verse without Pokémon (*Dramatic gasp*) once Cyrus created a new world. Solensia was a land filled with unknown creatures such as dragons, elves, and fairies. No one knew the secret as to why it didn't have Pokémon, but everyone knew one thing: People whom went there almost never came back due to two powerful beings. The Vampires and Shadows. The Vampires, being fanged demons, were those to kill the humans. The Shadows, however, were normal ghosts whom did not go through humans at all times. They would capture humans and take them as slaves.

Back in the normal world, things started going haywire. Dragons started popping up in the linked regions, Kanto and Johto, fairies started to flutter in Floroma town, and Dust Elves started to flow into Hoenn, making people go in the wrong directions. People all over were being driven nuts, and some moved to Unova, not knowing that The Shadows had been sent there. There are few people left in the other four regions, but many fled to Kanto and Johto, hearing that many dragons had left to the other regions.

People from the land of Solensia are now fleeing to Johto and Kanto, causing an anti-flow in time. Time has stopped, and people are stuck on one simple day, Friday the 13, right in the middle of December. Snowstorms were hitting like air blows every day.
~~~
You must now try and find out what is causing this, and stop it.
(Yeah, I need to make this longer...)
Insparation: Well, I was drawing dragons a few minutes ago and watching SpongeBob SquarePants at the same time, and once I got to what, the 40th page I thought, Imma make a new RP, with both Pokemon and Dragon etc. in it. This is going to be. A fricking. Epic. Win. So yeah, it basically came out of my tracing/drawing out of a dragon, and my own ideas.
What I need help with: I really think I need help with the plotline, and I would need a banner to make it 'stick out' a bit. I'm not really fond with everyone, I have asked for banners before and never gotten them at times. Also I need ideas for titles, and fandom ideas that would be possible to add, not like Bakughan or Yu-Gi-Oh, it would basically be time-waisting trying to fit those in, plus I don't even watch them, nor like them.

Neo Emolga
02-06-2011, 06:06 AM
Guys, do NOT be afraid to ask more questions and request follow-up advice, that’s what this thread’s here for!

@ Tokyokit, Pokémon + Fantasy-based thing

The idea of mixing Pokémon with fantasy elements is a pretty good one, I’ve actually done it before but it can work nicely.

The plot… well, it seems a little chaotic, and the opening storyline seems a little unfinished. I think some of the questions you need to ask are who is fighting who, who is allying with who, and what are the motives of everyone involved. Not to mention, I would make it clear exactly what kinds of fantasy races and creatures are involved, not just assume every fantasy creature and race exist in this RP. Pick the ones that you think would be good, find a way to fit them into the scheme of the RP, and make sure they all have roles, motives, goals, and depth.

You’ve somewhat done this with the Vampires and the Shadows, but they need that depth factor that gives them clearly defined motives. What do the vampires have to gain by killing the humans, and what do the Shadows gain by making them their slaves? Are they trying to establish a permanent presence in the world of Pokémon? You might also want to answer who their leaders are, if they have some kind of ranking system, and give a brief highlight of what their plans seem to be, whether they consist of possibly setting up dark castles around the world and make a permanent stronghold, attempt to bring on some kind of eternal night to grant them additional power, or some other deeper motive than just wrecking the human race.

As for the dragons, the dust elves, and the fairies, they need more depth and more purpose to be in the RP’s storyline. That is, unless you’re just using them as a small handful examples of what could possibly be a large number of different fantasy creatures and races that have crossed over into the world of Pokémon. Even so, I would still highlight the most important ones, and which ones are having the most direct and most significant impact on the situation at hand. If it’s the dragons, give them more depth by going into their motives, their goals, what kinds of dragons are involved, and what their traits, powers, organization, personalities, histories, and cultures are like. You might also want to answer how they view the other significant races/creatures involved. For example, are the dragons allied with the Shadows and Vampires, are they neutral, or are they against them? Or is it a mix, where certain types of dragons are allied with them while others are against them (Its more interesting when opposing types of dragons fight each other, to be honest)?

Lastly, the time freeze and how these fantasy creatures and races crossed over. I understand you want to make the answer to that unknown so that the RPers have to investigate that and find out for themselves, but it would help if you gave them at least a few suspicions regarding how it happened, just so they have somewhere to begin and some kind of lead to follow, even if its meant to be wrong. For example, you could have a suspicion exist that it was some kind of magical portal that carried them to the world of Pokémon when really it might have been an artifact, or a spell of teleportation that was used once the first of these races had discovered this ripe new world to take over. As for the time freeze, that too could have different assumptions made for how it happened, such as an hourglass-like artifact being used to freeze time, or a particular named sorcerer being the reason for it, having his own motives for freezing time (possibly to stop the aging process, to keep things locked in eternal winter for leverage over living creatures, or something to that extent).

And finally, you need to get into how the RPers are going to be involved, what kinds of characters they’re going to create (will they be humans, or could they be these fantasy races also? And if so, which ones?), and what kind of impact they’ll be making on this RP. I would also try to find some kind of way to ensure Pokémon are also involved and aren’t just completely shut out. Maybe these races have taken an interest in them, are after their power, or may even be trying to recruit them for some other higher intention.

I say work on it some more, and maybe come back to me.

Saraibre Ryu
02-06-2011, 07:47 AM
I love this thread <3


RP Title: The Zone...it's a work in progress.
RP Fandom Basis: Pokemon with a splash of survival, drama, suspense...not quite apocalyptic
Opening Plot and Exposition:
What I got so far is that the souls of Arceus, Giratina, Dialga and Palkia have been damaged. The legendaries go into a state of hibernation in order to repair their souls. In the meantime, the real world has become disorientated, and the dimension is slowly becoming warped. Time is accelerated in some points, in others it is slowed, some places, it's stopped. Humans and Pokemon. To make sure that the world would return to it's normal state without damage, humans and Pokemon were put into a state of slumber by Darkrai and Cresselia, leaving these Pokemon and humans in Dead Zones of Time [times zones where time has stopped]. However, some humans believe that Arceus left them to die, along with a few other Pokemon in a heretic style outrage. Most hid away from the mass movements of humans and Pokemon until the majority of the world was at rest. They learned to read the boundaries of the distortions of the force they called 'Dimensian'. The humans that weren't taken by the Legendary's into a slumber were either taken in by the heretic group and preached about the world being left to destroy itself. Some hid from the massive group and were never found by the legendary Pokemon. Some hid for the purpose of giving those who couldn't defend themselves a reason to keep trying.

Some things that have happened is that evolution in Pokemon has entirely stopped. The large zones of time distortion are more noticeable if they are next to one that is more extreme to the time change than the other: eg: A stopped time zone is easily noticed from a normal moving one. Because of the space distortion, people and Pokemon's body's will not age in different time zones, but their life time will accelerate or slow.

The Safari Zone's would be used as unchanged areas that the humans who are still awake in remain in, community wise.
Inspiration: Boredom...and I wanted something scary...mostly boredom.
Where you need help:
Really just making this all work out. This is honestly two completely separate ideas put together. It's rough and needs some smoothing out in my opinion, so that's why I am here. Like how the souls would of been damaged. I'm thinking that could play into an unseen force that could give humans that are awake some special ability but yeah. It still needs some work.

NES2
02-06-2011, 12:35 PM
Ok, so I need some more lore/detail in the mix, and I will drop the RPG elements. Still though, I need a way of keeping people from travelling ALL THE WAY across the map in three posts. I was thinking mandatory stop landmarks/rest points would be good for travelers since A. It limits how far you can go within a day, and B. RPers could meet up at these spots and interact instead of having an entire RP be a "walking through the desert alone" thing.

Also, since the classes will now be roles, I need advice on which ones can stay and which ones can go. Gold-digger is the only one I'll protect since their important to the storyline, but everyone else is up for review, add, drop, combination, etc. If someone would give me advice on that, I would be happy.

Also, I do need a map. I hope a certain person named after a yellow mouse Pokemon combined with the Matrix dude would like to help me with that.

Neo Emolga
02-06-2011, 04:34 PM
@ ID Saraibre Ryu, The Zone

It definitely sounds like you’ve got something interesting started here. I’ll see if I can help.

First, with the souls of Arceus, Giratina, Dialga and Palkia having been damaged, it might be helpful to explain exactly how it happened, which is an interesting element of the RP that could definitely be used later to create some kind of antagonist force or entity. You might also want to ask if more souls might be damaged from this force in the future, how it’s being done, where it’s happening, and who is doing it. Again, its okay if you don’t want to spoil all of these details and leave it up to the discretion of the RPers themselves, but it would be helpful to give them some investigative leads. Not to mention, their characters shouldn’t be too aware of this OOC knowledge, but it could be something that the RPers are aware of as they allow their characters to uncover the potential mystery piece by piece.

The dimension becoming warped as a result of their hibernation is a pretty good crisis element, and the idea of Darkrai and Cresselia putting everyone in a state of slumber while this remedial process is underway is a pretty interesting idea. It seems realistic and would probably be something the legends of Pokémon would try to do. The fact that they didn’t get everyone and it causes a heretical uprising is a cool plot element. I would try to give the heretic faction some kind of name, since they’re definitely important to the storyline. But there’s some other questions to answer.

With this crisis at hand, what is going to be the heretic faction’s main goals, now that they believe Acreus and the others have pretty much left them for dead in a chaotic and warped reality? How are they currently organized, and what are they doing to survive? It could be that they’re trying to find a way to fix the problem without Arceus’s help, or they’re trying to fight the antagonist faction that caused this in the first place. You could even have it where if they manage to defeat the antagonist faction that caused the souls of Arceus, Giratina, Dialga and Palkia to be damaged in the first place, the “dark wounds” that were inflicted would become healed, and the four of them could perhaps return to establish order once again.

Your hypothetical situation could be something like this. Don’t mind the names, I just like giving things names. You definitely don’t need to stick with them if you don’t want to.

It could be that the souls of Arceus, Giratina, Dialga and Palkia were damaged by a faction called Black Vertigo. As an example, Black Vertigo could actually be a faction from the future, consisting of technologically enhanced humans, Pokémon, droids, and cyborgs with powerful armor, weapons, and technology. As a motive, we could also say that they came back to the current time period to alter the course of time for dark political reasons, to ensure their empire would never have to even fight their sworn enemy from the future (we’ll call them the Scarlet Lance, but they’re not that important for this storyline’s purpose, its just to establish motive and goals). In their attempt to do this, Black Vertigo used a dark technology called a Soul Spike, used to damage (but not destroy) the souls of Arceus, Giratina, Dialga and Palkia, knowing they’d have to go into hibernation as a result, giving them freedom to use their own technology to essentially hijack the course of time and alter it how they saw fit. Only once they were done would they allow these four legends to return, once they had ensured the Scarlet Lance would never come to exist due to erasing the enemy faction’s “origin points” of the past.

But, since everything is in chaos, we could say their plan didn’t work, and time and space is becoming scrambled because of it. However, even though Black Vertigo’s mission had met failure, they’re still trying to remedy the situation, but they need more time. At the same time, you have the Heretic Faction, who we’ll call the “Gray Brotherhood,” initially believing Arceus was responsible for the dimension scrambling. Along the way, you have the potential for a war to rage between Black Vertigo and the Gray Brotherhood as both of them stand to obstruct the goals of the other.

Since Black Vertigo has technology, cybernetics, and futuristic weaponry and armor that the Gray Brotherhood wouldn’t have, it might be a good idea to give the Gray Brotherhood some kind of special power they managed to obtain from some source, just to keep both sides having some kind of balance. Otherwise, the Gray Brotherhood would probably be toast against a faction of the future, especially since the Gray Brotherhood would have limited resources, while the Black Vertigo could probably call in reinforcements from the future. This is where you get to play around with some imagination, and let the Gray Brotherhood have some unique abilities.

As for these powers, you could say they might have gained them due to the nature of the distortions, and that special and beneficial changes happened to them because of it.

So in the end, you have this situation:

Black Vertigo

Attempt to complete the mission by destroying the Scarlet Lance’s “origin points.” That could include finding their future leader as a child, and assassinating him. Taking out the future commanders (we’ll go with two) could also be an objective to make sure no one continues the leader’s work in the future. It may also be possible that this leader and his/her commanders may be among those in slumber.
Keep the Gray Brotherhood away from their activities, and destroy them entirely if it becomes necessary.

Gray Brotherhood

In the beginning, they won’t know about Black Vertigo, but it should become apparent soon enough. Once they do, they need to figure out how they wounded the souls of Arceus, Giratina, Dialga and Palkia, and how a remedy could be applied.
Find a way to get rid of Black Vertigo and make sure its impossible for them to ever come back while trying to avoid the time and space distortions.


In closing, this is just ONE example of how you can take that plot’s basis and turn it into a working RP. With this, you could have RPers make characters for either the Gray Brotherhood and fight Black Vertigo as an entity of powerful NPCs, or even both, where you’ll have Black Vertigo RPers against Gray Brotherhood RPers, fighting in a realm where there are dangerous zones of time and space distortion that now make up the ravaged battlefield.

Or, you could even scrap this whole idea and go with a spiritual disaster instead, where the souls of Arceus, Giratina, Dialga and Palkia were wounded because a massive, spiritually cataclysmic event is on the verge of unfolding, and the souls of Arceus, Giratina, Dialga and Palkia are simply just the beginning of what may turn into a massive, soul-crushing disaster, turning it into a race against time to find out how it is all happening, and what the Heretic faction has to do to stop it before everyone’s spirit is crushed from the disaster. However, first they need to realize what exactly is happening, and that unlike what they thought before, Arceus hasn’t forsaken them, its something possibly even far worse than that!

Its definitely a good idea you can play around with.

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@ NES2

As far as the map goes, you could have it set where travel does take a while, there are no motor vehicles or airplanes, so in order to get from one side of the map to another, they have to travel from one location to the other. So if John Doe wanted to travel on Rapidash horseback from point A to point E, he’d have to go from point A to point B, and then point B to point C, and so on.

Roles, you can keep the gold-diggers, but I think a good idea would be to have a situation that escalates enough to the point where even they can get involved in the unfolding conflict. Maybe they’re being robbed by the Blackscalps and the Desert Snakes.

Other roles could include:

Lawmen (Protagonists)
Mercenaries (Either side)
Bandits (Desert Snakes)
Merchants (Should have something to gain or lose because of the conflict, just so they stay involved)
Bounty Hunters (Protagonists. Jack McGriff would have one hell of a price on his head).

You need roles that are going to get involved with the action and the storyline, and not have roles where the RPer could never interact with another RPer and they’d actually get through just fine. RPing a settler or a rancher may be okay for the first three posts, but it’s going to get boring if nothing changes or forces them to take decisive action away from the everyday norm of their roles and their ordinary lives. Again, it goes back to the whole “peace is boring” dilemma where if people aren’t facing dangers or thrills with their character, there’s really no reason for them to continue RPing. You don’t want an RP scenario where John is a rancher over in Town A, Sally is a Pokémon breeder in Town B, Dave is a gold-digger coming from Town C digging in the hills of Mountains A, and Nathan is a lawman in Town D, but none of these people ever interact with each other because they don’t have a reason to do so. RPs die quickly if this happens, so make sure if you’re going to have roles, make them have a purpose to the storyline you want to have, and that people will have reasons to work together and face dangers together to aim for a common goal.

From what it seems like, these roles should really just be “skills,” where Sally wants to help the local law enforcement take on the Desert Snakes, and she’s got some nice Pokémon to help with the plan because she’s a Pokémon breeder. Or Dave is a gold-digger, so he’s richer and has more equipment than the average Joe, so he’s got some more resources, tools, and weaponry to help in the fight against the Desert Snake/Blackscalps. Because Dave and Sally now share a common goal, the RPers controlling them can and will likely work together, and they’ll have a good time doing it, turning ordinary people into heroes.

As for the map, yeah, I can do that. You just need to tell me about how big you want the RP’s focus to be on (something like as big as a US state, as big as a county, or something like Red Dead Redemption’s size).

NES2
02-06-2011, 04:55 PM
It's actually more like half of a country or region we will be working in. Those town names work pretty well too actually (The first post, not Town A. That would be boring). Locations that may have gold, silver, coal, Tribal Settlements or Pokemon Herds must be marked as well.

Also, one of the primary conflicts is native/settler conflict similar to that of Avatar. One that will start out the RP is the removal of a native tribe from it's grounds on the account of large gold deposits directly underneath it. Hatred and prejudice runs both ways, and ultimately the decision for RPers is to either protect the native tribe's home or to destroy their homes and move them off the property.

Neo Emolga
02-06-2011, 06:23 PM
It's actually more like half of a country or region we will be working in. Those town names work pretty well too actually (The first post, not Town A. That would be boring). Locations that may have gold, silver, coal, Tribal Settlements or Pokemon Herds must be marked as well.

Also, one of the primary conflicts is native/settler conflict similar to that of Avatar. One that will start out the RP is the removal of a native tribe from it's grounds on the account of large gold deposits directly underneath it. Hatred and prejudice runs both ways, and ultimately the decision for RPers is to either protect the native tribe's home or to destroy their homes and move them off the property.

With this situation, you could use that to have multiple conflicts going on in the RP as well, but it would probably be best if all the side-conflicts were at least partially linked to each other. For example, the Desert Snakes could be leading a mining operation that would may involve fighting off the natives. Or, the Desert Snakes could be deceiving the natives into thinking they'll get something out of the deal (better weapons to fight with, for example) for allowing them to mine their precious minerals. Still, the other settlers and lawmen know the Desert Snakes better than that and know its a lie. The natives, however, have been convinced otherwise, and may even help the Desert Snakes in hopes that their deal with them will be completed. Again, this is just one method on how you can tie two conflicts together so they work hand in hand.

I would still keep at least one conflict that intrudes on RP characters that might think they can dodge out of the central conflict. For example, you may have a rancher that might not be after the gold/silver/coal that's up in the mountains, and feels they can evade dealing with the natives. Or they could be a lawman or a mercenary simply not interested in mining themselves, though they would be after money or something like that. However, if you have desert bandits and raiders after their money, resources, livestock, and pose a serious threat to their safety, well, chances are good they're not going to be able to evade that so easily.

NES2
02-06-2011, 06:54 PM
Well, as far as making sure everybody has some sort of conflict to deal with every once in a while (My RP can't be ALL fighting, there have to be some calm "break" spots that involve travel and admiration of the land), my idea is to have bands of natives do this. Though there will be many tribes, only three will play a major role in the story. All these names come from the Swahili language (I wanted to do Navajo, but they don't have translation machines for that language).

The Amani Tribe: A relatively peaceful and friendly tribe, the Shanook are the smallest of the three main tribes and the safest. Though a few are weary of the settlers, the Shanook have learned that siding with them means protection and trade. Most Shanook act as guides to starting settlers, sharing their knowledge of the land with anyone who wants it for a price. Others trap wild animals for their pelts, which are exchanged at trading posts in exchange for food and weapons. Because of this relation, the Shanook are the best armed tribe, ironic due to their peaceful ways.

The Faragha Tribe: The largest tribe of the three, the Pactoca can be described as an isolationist tribe. Many of their people were killed off by introduced diseases during the first contact with settlers, and as a result most want nothing to do with the so called "cursed ones", though a few of the younger generations are more open to the intermingling of the the two groups. Pactoca live in a matriarchal society of hunters and gatherers who depend on the wandering herds and the wild berries for sustenance. They are considered a pest by many settlers since they cover much of the useful land and have no trade purpose at all.

The Roho Tribe: The Roho Tribe is a medium sized tribe and the most dangerous of the three. Known for their hatred of all settlers and any who side with them, the Roho Tribe has burnt settlements to the ground and slaughtered all those who live there, unleashing deadly vengeance upon those who would trod upon their sacred land. They are particularly hostile towards the Amani, who they see as traitors and suck-ups. Hated by most if not all settlers, it is rumored among some that the Roho tribe are descended from demons who escaped hell.

Neo Emolga
02-06-2011, 07:19 PM
Those three tribes definitely sound good, I would stick with those and leave it at that. Adding more probably isn't necessary. And I agree with you that the RP shouldn't be only about fighting, but as we all know, every war has its battles and its moments of ceasefire as the sides prepare for the next engagement. I wouldn't worry too much about being concerned the fights will be seemingly endless.

You could also have it where you have RPers taking on the roles of the natives as well. This is a pretty flexible idea, and you have the option to open that up any way you like it.

NES2
02-06-2011, 07:25 PM
That was one of the classes you know, right? Yeah, you will be able to chose among those three tribes for your character.

So, anything else? I'm liking the way this RP is developing so far, but I'm sure there's at least one more thing we can add.

Saraibre Ryu
02-07-2011, 05:25 AM
@ ID Saraibre Ryu, The Zone

It definitely sounds like you’ve got something interesting started here. I’ll see if I can help.

First, with the souls of Arceus, Giratina, Dialga and Palkia having been damaged, it might be helpful to explain exactly how it happened, which is an interesting element of the RP that could definitely be used later to create some kind of antagonist force or entity. You might also want to ask if more souls might be damaged from this force in the future, how it’s being done, where it’s happening, and who is doing it. Again, its okay if you don’t want to spoil all of these details and leave it up to the discretion of the RPers themselves, but it would be helpful to give them some investigative leads. Not to mention, their characters shouldn’t be too aware of this OOC knowledge, but it could be something that the RPers are aware of as they allow their characters to uncover the potential mystery piece by piece.

The dimension becoming warped as a result of their hibernation is a pretty good crisis element, and the idea of Darkrai and Cresselia putting everyone in a state of slumber while this remedial process is underway is a pretty interesting idea. It seems realistic and would probably be something the legends of Pokémon would try to do. The fact that they didn’t get everyone and it causes a heretical uprising is a cool plot element. I would try to give the heretic faction some kind of name, since they’re definitely important to the storyline. But there’s some other questions to answer.

With this crisis at hand, what is going to be the heretic faction’s main goals, now that they believe Acreus and the others have pretty much left them for dead in a chaotic and warped reality? How are they currently organized, and what are they doing to survive? It could be that they’re trying to find a way to fix the problem without Arceus’s help, or they’re trying to fight the antagonist faction that caused this in the first place. You could even have it where if they manage to defeat the antagonist faction that caused the souls of Arceus, Giratina, Dialga and Palkia to be damaged in the first place, the “dark wounds” that were inflicted would become healed, and the four of them could perhaps return to establish order once again.

Your hypothetical situation could be something like this. Don’t mind the names, I just like giving things names. You definitely don’t need to stick with them if you don’t want to.

It could be that the souls of Arceus, Giratina, Dialga and Palkia were damaged by a faction called Black Vertigo. As an example, Black Vertigo could actually be a faction from the future, consisting of technologically enhanced humans, Pokémon, droids, and cyborgs with powerful armor, weapons, and technology. As a motive, we could also say that they came back to the current time period to alter the course of time for dark political reasons, to ensure their empire would never have to even fight their sworn enemy from the future (we’ll call them the Scarlet Lance, but they’re not that important for this storyline’s purpose, its just to establish motive and goals). In their attempt to do this, Black Vertigo used a dark technology called a Soul Spike, used to damage (but not destroy) the souls of Arceus, Giratina, Dialga and Palkia, knowing they’d have to go into hibernation as a result, giving them freedom to use their own technology to essentially hijack the course of time and alter it how they saw fit. Only once they were done would they allow these four legends to return, once they had ensured the Scarlet Lance would never come to exist due to erasing the enemy faction’s “origin points” of the past.

But, since everything is in chaos, we could say their plan didn’t work, and time and space is becoming scrambled because of it. However, even though Black Vertigo’s mission had met failure, they’re still trying to remedy the situation, but they need more time. At the same time, you have the Heretic Faction, who we’ll call the “Gray Brotherhood,” initially believing Arceus was responsible for the dimension scrambling. Along the way, you have the potential for a war to rage between Black Vertigo and the Gray Brotherhood as both of them stand to obstruct the goals of the other.

Since Black Vertigo has technology, cybernetics, and futuristic weaponry and armor that the Gray Brotherhood wouldn’t have, it might be a good idea to give the Gray Brotherhood some kind of special power they managed to obtain from some source, just to keep both sides having some kind of balance. Otherwise, the Gray Brotherhood would probably be toast against a faction of the future, especially since the Gray Brotherhood would have limited resources, while the Black Vertigo could probably call in reinforcements from the future. This is where you get to play around with some imagination, and let the Gray Brotherhood have some unique abilities.

As for these powers, you could say they might have gained them due to the nature of the distortions, and that special and beneficial changes happened to them because of it.

So in the end, you have this situation:

Black Vertigo

Attempt to complete the mission by destroying the Scarlet Lance’s “origin points.” That could include finding their future leader as a child, and assassinating him. Taking out the future commanders (we’ll go with two) could also be an objective to make sure no one continues the leader’s work in the future. It may also be possible that this leader and his/her commanders may be among those in slumber.
Keep the Gray Brotherhood away from their activities, and destroy them entirely if it becomes necessary.

Gray Brotherhood

In the beginning, they won’t know about Black Vertigo, but it should become apparent soon enough. Once they do, they need to figure out how they wounded the souls of Arceus, Giratina, Dialga and Palkia, and how a remedy could be applied.
Find a way to get rid of Black Vertigo and make sure its impossible for them to ever come back while trying to avoid the time and space distortions.


In closing, this is just ONE example of how you can take that plot’s basis and turn it into a working RP. With this, you could have RPers make characters for either the Gray Brotherhood and fight Black Vertigo as an entity of powerful NPCs, or even both, where you’ll have Black Vertigo RPers against Gray Brotherhood RPers, fighting in a realm where there are dangerous zones of time and space distortion that now make up the ravaged battlefield.

Or, you could even scrap this whole idea and go with a spiritual disaster instead, where the souls of Arceus, Giratina, Dialga and Palkia were wounded because a massive, spiritually cataclysmic event is on the verge of unfolding, and the souls of Arceus, Giratina, Dialga and Palkia are simply just the beginning of what may turn into a massive, soul-crushing disaster, turning it into a race against time to find out how it is all happening, and what the Heretic faction has to do to stop it before everyone’s spirit is crushed from the disaster. However, first they need to realize what exactly is happening, and that unlike what they thought before, Arceus hasn’t forsaken them, its something possibly even far worse than that!

Its definitely a good idea you can play around with.



I can't believe I forgot the heretics motives. *facepalms* That's what you get for writing at 1am.

Okay, so...I favor mysticism over tech type things as tech is not my forte. Unless you get into arcane tech then thats the best of both worlds and then I can wing it and use all four branches of science I unknowingly took in highschool.

Anyway, heretics motives would be to keep Arceus and the others in hibernation until they could reshape the world anew. They would be out to replace Arceus with something they had more control over. I'm thinking they would try to find a way to modify Genesect to become the new god of all.

Also of how Arceus' soul and the others were damaged. I'm thinking that the Type Plates in which Arceus uses to Multitype with were broken into three pieces [more or less] and it hit the other three, being close to being able to manipulate the fabrics of reality. The other Legendary Pokemon would have had a blow to them as well, lessening their abilities in some way. Their souls could slowly start to degrade on their own unless a human was willing to strain part of their own to keep one alive. Little tidbit of info there.

I like your Black Vertigo idea. I shall use the name. Seeing as if the Gray Brotherhood [using that too] did succeed in turning Genesect into 'Omnisect' it'd be a whole different world. They would do this by finding pieces of the previous type plates and synthesizing them together into an Omni Plate within Genesect. They would only need a small fragment of each plate to do so, leaving bits of the other plates for other use.

So these bits of the other plates could be fused into weapons or devices or armor that grant powers to the person wearing it or a special weapon with special powers to it. We could give these to Black Vertigo members, who use their special equipment to also protect themselves as they go back through time VIA Celebi's help [being the only time traveller awake, I know it's so Pokemon 4Ever but pX] from time strain. However, Black Vertigo members having travelled through time would of had to give up the gift of death [yes I said gift] and they would never age again, forever trapped in whatever time, age and such they left in. They can still be murdered but that's not really death coming o it's own, that's brought on a person. Hence why I said gift of death. I know it may confuse others so I'm gonna reword it.

So...in the sense of the main conflict...we could say that Black Vertigo screwed up their plans or were compromised by a spy/traitor, thus their tech helped put the legendary's into a full on hibernation. With the plates smashed, Arceus could have more than likely rebuilt them with Palkia but if they are already hurting from the loss of the plates, the tech issue just kicks them when they're down.

And I just realized I got the good guy bad guy bit of each faction mixed up...okay well hopefully you get what I meant >_<
I blame the Assassin's Creed nightmare I had last night. I don't even own the game. *shudders*

Anyway...so with the plate fragments giving others powers and the ability to resist 'Zone Damage' we'll call it. Seeing as the Black Vertigo people would have given up the gift of death, they would be trapped out of the time flow forever. [Time Hollow bit yes] Anyone else from the present time could protect themselves from being taken out of the flow of time with the special plate equipment, but only for so long until they start to lose themselves out of time.

Hell maybe even the Scarlet Lance managed to follow the Black Vertigo into the present to try and help the Brotherhood wage a war or something.


Did I mention I love this thread?

Lusankya
02-08-2011, 12:13 AM
I love how Neo wrote 5-6 times what Sabbie did.

Neo Emolga
02-08-2011, 04:01 PM
That was one of the classes you know, right? Yeah, you will be able to chose among those three tribes for your character.

So, anything else? I'm liking the way this RP is developing so far, but I'm sure there's at least one more thing we can add.

That kind of all depends on how open you are. You could always borrow elements from something that could be considered another genre, such as fantasy, horror, and such. As long as it has a role and place and you can tie it in with the storyline with some ease, it can fit.

I can't believe I forgot the heretics motives. *facepalms* That's what you get for writing at 1am.

Okay, so...I favor mysticism over tech type things as tech is not my forte. Unless you get into arcane tech then thats the best of both worlds and then I can wing it and use all four branches of science I unknowingly took in highschool.

Mysticism and tech stuff can go hand in hand, just as long as they have a way of connecting. Arcane tech is pretty cool, so you can always consider that an option also.

Anyway, heretics motives would be to keep Arceus and the others in hibernation until they could reshape the world anew. They would be out to replace Arceus with something they had more control over. I'm thinking they would try to find a way to modify Genesect to become the new god of all.

Also of how Arceus' soul and the others were damaged. I'm thinking that the Type Plates in which Arceus uses to Multitype with were broken into three pieces [more or less] and it hit the other three, being close to being able to manipulate the fabrics of reality. The other Legendary Pokemon would have had a blow to them as well, lessening their abilities in some way. Their souls could slowly start to degrade on their own unless a human was willing to strain part of their own to keep one alive. Little tidbit of info there.

I don’t know much about Genesect yet, but that’s also a possibility. The means on how it happened are definitely workable and still flexible. I think as long as you answer the question one way or another that makes the RP storyline interesting and dynamic, you will have a good chance at making a decent RP.

I like your Black Vertigo idea. I shall use the name. Seeing as if the Gray Brotherhood [using that too] did succeed in turning Genesect into 'Omnisect' it'd be a whole different world. They would do this by finding pieces of the previous type plates and synthesizing them together into an Omni Plate within Genesect. They would only need a small fragment of each plate to do so, leaving bits of the other plates for other use.

So these bits of the other plates could be fused into weapons or devices or armor that grant powers to the person wearing it or a special weapon with special powers to it. We could give these to Black Vertigo members, who use their special equipment to also protect themselves as they go back through time VIA Celebi's help [being the only time traveller awake, I know it's so Pokemon 4Ever but pX] from time strain. However, Black Vertigo members having travelled through time would of had to give up the gift of death [yes I said gift] and they would never age again, forever trapped in whatever time, age and such they left in. They can still be murdered but that's not really death coming o it's own, that's brought on a person. Hence why I said gift of death. I know it may confuse others so I'm gonna reword it.

I love the way you think, Ryu. Very good ideas.

So...in the sense of the main conflict...we could say that Black Vertigo screwed up their plans or were compromised by a spy/traitor, thus their tech helped put the legendary's into a full on hibernation. With the plates smashed, Arceus could have more than likely rebuilt them with Palkia but if they are already hurting from the loss of the plates, the tech issue just kicks them when they're down.

And I just realized I got the good guy bad guy bit of each faction mixed up...okay well hopefully you get what I meant >_<
I blame the Assassin's Creed nightmare I had last night. I don't even own the game. *shudders*

Betrayals are always fun elements to a storyline. But yeah, those are definitely workable plans, its just a matter of which ones you feel like picking.

Anyway...so with the plate fragments giving others powers and the ability to resist 'Zone Damage' we'll call it. Seeing as the Black Vertigo people would have given up the gift of death, they would be trapped out of the time flow forever. [Time Hollow bit yes] Anyone else from the present time could protect themselves from being taken out of the flow of time with the special plate equipment, but only for so long until they start to lose themselves out of time.

Hell maybe even the Scarlet Lance managed to follow the Black Vertigo into the present to try and help the Brotherhood wage a war or something.

You could always get the Scarlet Lance involved as well, and give them their own motives, characteristics, and such. Them allying with the Gray Brotherhood would be interesting as well, though I wouldn’t make the Scarlet Lance stronger than Black Vertigo, I would make them different in a unique way that gives them some kind of competitive advantage, but doesn’t make the Black Vertigo side unappealing by having the Gray Brotherhood + Scarlet Lance have more variance of/stronger abilities. Otherwise, people will flock to the side that has more customizable options. Not to mention people generally tend to favor protagonist roles, and since Black Vertigo are pretty much the antagonists, its something to keep in mind.

Worst case, make Black Vertigo stronger. Its much better to have stronger antagonists where a tough challenge is presented to the protagonists than to have the protagonists making a punching bag out of the bad guys. The later tends to get boring quickly, but the former presents challenges, possible storyline twists, and so on.

Did I mention I love this thread?

*Looks above*

Maybe we should just call it the “Pimp My RP, Neo Pikachu!” thread. :P

Would be nice to see other people's ideas and thoughts on these RPs.

Saraibre Ryu
02-08-2011, 08:36 PM
*is to lazy to quote*

I read that Genesect was a fossilized Pokemon brought back to life and then tampered with, with science, so it's like another Mewtwo only it's not cloning, it' more 'machine' based since it was given that freakin' gun on it's back. I'm thinking it would be easier to control than Mewtwo was.

Okay so...because it's now stuck in my head...I keep thinking of the Gray Brotherhood as the baddies [they make me think of the guys in the Temple of Shadows in Fable II and heretics, brotherhood just sounds better.] Scarlet Lance makes me think of a lance that turned it's colour because of massive bloodshed...just how it works out in my brain. I keep seeing Black Vertigo as the good guys, that's just how I understood it all the first time in my head. So it would be Grey B in the present trying to assemble the Omniplate and find Genesect, Black Vertigo from the future try to come and stop it from happening, Scarlet Lance also from the future attempts to stop BV, both get taken to the present after being split up along the way. Scarlet Lance finds the Grey B. they join their evil forces. Black Vertigo works in the unfamiliar present to try and save the world, such and such, away we go.

That pretty much sums up the problem bit that makes the whole RP what is.

Cause of the problem being that the plates of Arceus were shattered, thus leading to soul damage for all Legendary Pokemon [more apparent in Arceus, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina] then an unseen anomaly in space and time [the time machine from the future] caused the four previously mentioned Legendary's to fall into a hibernation state due to their damaged souls. The now weakened other legends try to set all of the world into a hibernate slumber. Some heretics think Arceus abandoned them to die and form the Grey Brotherhood to try and replace Arceus with a much more controllable 'god' in modifying Genesect, by fusing fragments of the previous type plates into an Omniplate and keeping Arceus and the others asleep. In the magnificent world of time skipping, in the future, Scarlet Lance and Black Vertigo are in conflict over the current, grim situation of the world. The world is tearing itself apart, things are in massive chaos. Black Vertigo makes a machine to try and go back in time to stop the key event in history to prevent 'Omnisect' from ever existing. A first attempt results in failure as they were compromised and thus they damaged things further. Black Vertigo being adamant on changing the past, searches for the Celebi's help. [Yes I'm saying more than one, another Pokemon 4Ever thing but again, pX] In return for taking them back into the past, Black Vertigo members must give up the gift of death and time and part of their soul to support another legendary [not really an important bit but even having a weakened legendary on your side would give Black Vertigo an even edge against Scarlet Lance and Grey B.]

Then Black Vertigo gets sent into the present, but not until having a fight with Scarlet Lance before that. They both get sent into the present, Black Vertigo left with just themselves and the Plate Gear they brought, and the legendary Pokemon that they are supporting in return for time travel.

Thus the RP starts.

Balancing between GB and SL versus BV:

Grey B. and SL
- Has tech supplied by Scarlet Lance to synthesize Omniplate, and knowledge of where some of the fragments are.
-Scarlet Lance has more knowledge of the present time because of 'owning' the history of the current time in the future.
-Scarlet Lance can use Grey B. as a cover to make sure their motives are met and founded. Can use knowledge of the future to convert others to their causeto strengthen their hold in the future.

Black Vertigo
-Removed from the presence of time, can move about Dimensia Zones without harm and protect others with Plate Gear
-Soul linked with a single legendary [not necessary of all Black Vertigo members but I see that people will wanna use them, obviously some are off limits]

I may add more...my brain is getting lost in birthdayness right now...Finer details and such in the actual presentation will be much better than this. I'm thinking of going with arcane tech for Black Vertigo for the Plate gear, and advance straight tech for Grey B. and Scarlet Lance. I'm gonna limit a few of the same types per plate gear, [Ex: only 3 or so people can have a plate gear of the same type] and each person only gets one. Scarlet Lance and Black Vertigo get immediate access in the beginning, being from the future, Grey B. can get it eventually. Though black Vertigo can start out with one legendary Pokemon, if the legendary dies, so does it's owner/trainer/person.

I think I've got everything pretty much done, just the balancing thing and making both sides appealing.


Maybe we should just call it the “Pimp My RP, Neo Pikachu!” thread. :P


That made me LOL XD

Would be nice to see other people's ideas and thoughts on these RPs.
I love how Neo wrote 5-6 times what Sabbie did.

Yeah Kya...more constructive criticism than that. pX

Doodlebop
02-08-2011, 08:49 PM
Maybe we should just call it the “Pimp My RP, Neo Pikachu!” thread. :P

Would be nice to see other people's ideas and thoughts on these RPs.

Sorry! I... never really know what to say... Um. And I always sound like someone who doesn't have a clue about what they're talking about. Which is extremely accurate. *facepalms*

I don't know what to say about Sabby's RP (read- too lazy to read the entire conversation), but I'll try to crit the next one. ^^'

Lusankya
02-08-2011, 11:07 PM
Yeah Kya...more constructive criticism than that. pX

I really have nothing to add on top of the wall of text Neo posted :P

Anyway, here's an idea.

Title: Call of the Void
Fandom Basis: Pokemon-based, war and apocalypse junkies. (Creativity? What's that?)
Opening Plot:

It was inevitable really. Sooner or later, great, vulnerable power would be exploited. On the next pass of the Millennium Comet, a single madman grabbed hold of Jirachi and wished for the power to conquer the world.

Flash forward two decades. Nation after nation has fallen to the Empire of the Rising Sun. This new nation, led by the enigmatic Alexander Morbane (all names are subject to change at any time). Soon there all the major opposition is vanquished, leaving only scattered resistance. Unsatisfied, Morbane turns his visions of conquest to Nature. One by one, the Legendaries being to fall, either killed or captured in Morbane's bid for total domination. With them gone, nothing can stand in the way of his dream.

Battered and beleaguered, the remaining Legends and the Pokemon that have united to defend themselves against humanity's onslaught gather on the slopes of Mt. Coronet. Many have lost hope; the ones that still dare to dream turn their eyes towards the heavens, searching for a sign from their god, Arceus, a hope of salvation to turn the tides of this war. Yet as the armies of the Rising Sun approach, it seems that no hope remains. Surrounded, the Legends and their followers prepare to make their last stand.

From the sky descends a trail of clouds. No sign from Arceus, rather, a nuclear missile, intended to wipe out the resisters once and for all. But as the missile detonates, a miracle: a shining white beam erupts from the tip of Mt. Coronet, followed by an enormous shockwave that shields the mountain from the explosion and flattens the human armies. It would seem that their prayers had been answered.

Then they came. From the endless void beyond the highest reaches of human or Pokemon imagination, they descended from the stars in numbers to blot out the sun. The Ara'kaiz launch a massive assault on every major population center in the Pokemon world, slaughter that did not discriminate between Pokemon or human. The Empire is torn to shreds by the sudden assault; what remains rallies around their Emperor as the outer provinces, left to fend for themselves, attempt to organize around former resistance movements. Every Pokemon that gazes upon the Ara'Kaiz are filled with terror, unable to move. This fear is different from that the humans experience upon seeing the enormous reapers. It is a darker, more primeval fear, instilled by instinct going back to the dawn of the world, a foreboding sense of apocalypse in every heartbeat.

Meanwhile, the Ara'kaiz themselves are confused and disoriented. They had come when summoned by Arceus's beacon, as they had in every cycle before. But instead of descending upon a verdant green planet filled with life and Pokemon roaming every inch of land, sky and sea, they found a world devastated by war and industry and pollution and death, filled with these strange new creatures called "humans" that had never existed in any cycle before. Little do the humans and Pokemon know, the initial ferocity of the Ara'kaiz assault cannot be sustained; they face a strong possibility of defeat if their enemies are given time to recover and reorganize.

Inspiration: Not really any particular source.

Where you need help: Fleshing out the storyline, especially with Morbane and the human resistance organizations, as well as with the state of the Pokemon.

Also, some things about the plot that I didn't find a place to include above: The Ara'kaiz serve a master they call Azkathon, the Lord of Hunger. And, so does Arceus. The cycle of death and rebirth is one that has been played out for untold ages; Arceus was created by Azkathon to seed and grow new worlds for the Ara'kaiz to reap once they had reached maturity, and deliver that energy to Azkathon. Pokemon fear the Ara'kaiz on an instinctual level so much because they have ended the world of Pokemon so many times before, even though none of them except Arceus even knows about the cycle. However, on this particular cycle, the conditions were right for a new race of beings to evolve: humanity. Thus, this RP turns the traditional "man vs Nature" aspect of many human-vs-Pokemon RPs on its head. Here, humans and their creations are the only natural thing of the world, and everything else is artificial. And only with humanity is there a chance for the cycle to be broken, and the Ara'kaiz defeated before the Lord of Hunger arrives.

For now, I'm thinking that RPers will RP as humans which will belong to one of three factions: the Empire, the resistance, or the cultists, some of whom have been absorbed by the Ara'kaiz and now worship the beings and started a cult about it.

So, pimp this RP Neo!

Latio-Nytro
02-09-2011, 01:25 AM
I really have nothing to add on top of the wall of text Neo posted :P

Anyway, here's an idea.

Title: Call of the Void
Fandom Basis: Pokemon-based, war and apocalypse junkies. (Creativity? What's that?)
Opening Plot:

It was inevitable really. Sooner or later, great, vulnerable power would be exploited. On the next pass of the Millennium Comet, a single madman grabbed hold of Jirachi and wished for the power to conquer the world.

Flash forward two decades. Nation after nation has fallen to the Empire of the Rising Sun. This new nation, led by the enigmatic Alexander Morbane (all names are subject to change at any time). Soon there all the major opposition is vanquished, leaving only scattered resistance. Unsatisfied, Morbane turns his visions of conquest to Nature. One by one, the Legendaries being to fall, either killed or captured in Morbane's bid for total domination. With them gone, nothing can stand in the way of his dream.

Battered and beleaguered, the remaining Legends and the Pokemon that have united to defend themselves against humanity's onslaught gather on the slopes of Mt. Coronet. Many have lost hope; the ones that still dare to dream turn their eyes towards the heavens, searching for a sign from their god, Arceus, a hope of salvation to turn the tides of this war. Yet as the armies of the Rising Sun approach, it seems that no hope remains. Surrounded, the Legends and their followers prepare to make their last stand.

From the sky descends a trail of clouds. No sign from Arceus, rather, a nuclear missile, intended to wipe out the resisters once and for all. But as the missile detonates, a miracle: a shining white beam erupts from the tip of Mt. Coronet, followed by an enormous shockwave that shields the mountain from the explosion and flattens the human armies. It would seem that their prayers had been answered.

Then they came. From the endless void beyond the highest reaches of human or Pokemon imagination, they descended from the stars in numbers to blot out the sun. The Ara'kaiz launch a massive assault on every major population center in the Pokemon world, slaughter that did not discriminate between Pokemon or human. The Empire is torn to shreds by the sudden assault; what remains rallies around their Emperor as the outer provinces, left to fend for themselves, attempt to organize around former resistance movements. Every Pokemon that gazes upon the Ara'Kaiz are filled with terror, unable to move. This fear is different from that the humans experience upon seeing the enormous reapers. It is a darker, more primeval fear, instilled by instinct going back to the dawn of the world, a foreboding sense of apocalypse in every heartbeat.

Meanwhile, the Ara'kaiz themselves are confused and disoriented. They had come when summoned by Arceus's beacon, as they had in every cycle before. But instead of descending upon a verdant green planet filled with life and Pokemon roaming every inch of land, sky and sea, they found a world devastated by war and industry and pollution and death, filled with these strange new creatures called "humans" that had never existed in any cycle before. Little do the humans and Pokemon know, the initial ferocity of the Ara'kaiz assault cannot be sustained; they face a strong possibility of defeat if their enemies are given time to recover and reorganize.

Inspiration: Not really any particular source.

Where you need help: Fleshing out the storyline, especially with Morbane and the human resistance organizations, as well as with the state of the Pokemon.

Also, some things about the plot that I didn't find a place to include above: The Ara'kaiz serve a master they call Azkathon, the Lord of Hunger. And, so does Arceus. The cycle of death and rebirth is one that has been played out for untold ages; Arceus was created by Azkathon to seed and grow new worlds for the Ara'kaiz to reap once they had reached maturity, and deliver that energy to Azkathon. Pokemon fear the Ara'kaiz on an instinctual level so much because they have ended the world of Pokemon so many times before, even though none of them except Arceus even knows about the cycle. However, on this particular cycle, the conditions were right for a new race of beings to evolve: humanity. Thus, this RP turns the traditional "man vs Nature" aspect of many human-vs-Pokemon RPs on its head. Here, humans and their creations are the only natural thing of the world, and everything else is artificial. And only with humanity is there a chance for the cycle to be broken, and the Ara'kaiz defeated before the Lord of Hunger arrives.

For now, I'm thinking that RPers will RP as humans which will belong to one of three factions: the Empire, the resistance, or the cultists, some of whom have been absorbed by the Ara'kaiz and now worship the beings and started a cult about it.

So, pimp this RP Neo!

*Points at last part of quote* Hahahahah! :crackup:

*stops laughing* Ok, onward!

First thing's first: Would I play this? Err...Actually, it's a good plot, but I'm not an Armageddon-RPer. I've also got other stuff on my hands, and School too...Plus, although it's good for the RP, the whole "Pokemon=Pigs for slaughter" thing going on is...err...Again, not for me.

Now then, onto the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!

First off, aside from tech, What kind of special stuff does the Empire have? What about the Resistance? What about the Cultists? What do the Ara'kaiz look like? What do they have up their sleeves? Is it possible to play as them? I want to know! Maybe the Cultists have got some voodoo magic stuff going on.

Second thing: Where is the battle taking place? Who has what ground? The locations must be known! Is the Underground taken into account? Are the Ranger Regions involved?

Finally, The name. It really doesn't matter to me THAT badly, but Call of the Void doesn't really go well. I can't really get around the name. Call of the Reaper, or something like that, might do the job.

As per everything else...Brilliant.

I'm Not Neo Pikachu!

Lusankya
02-09-2011, 01:59 AM
*Points at last part of quote* Hahahahah! :crackup:

*stops laughing* Ok, onward!

First thing's first: Would I play this? Err...Actually, it's a good plot, but I'm not an Armageddon-RPer. I've also got other stuff on my hands, and School too...Plus, although it's good for the RP, the whole "Pokemon=Pigs for slaughter" thing going on is...err...Again, not for me.

Now then, onto the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!

First off, aside from tech, What kind of special stuff does the Empire have? What about the Resistance? What about the Cultists? What do the Ara'kaiz look like? What do they have up their sleeves? Is it possible to play as them? I want to know! Maybe the Cultists have got some voodoo magic stuff going on.

Second thing: Where is the battle taking place? Who has what ground? The locations must be known! Is the Underground taken into account? Are the Ranger Regions involved?

Finally, The name. It really doesn't matter to me THAT badly, but Call of the Void doesn't really go well. I can't really get around the name. Call of the Reaper, or something like that, might do the job.

As per everything else...Brilliant.

I'm Not Neo Pikachu!

The Pokemon-for-slaughter thing isn't what it sounds like. The sight of the Ara'kaiz terrifies most Pokemon yes, but it doesn't actually leave them helpless. I'll change that in the final draft, it was mostly just poetic. While most of them would feel hopeless and think it pointless to try fighting, Pokemon that have trainers or that follow Legendaries would try and resist. Ultimately, I hope for the RP plot to focus on humanity and Pokemon working together to defeat the invaders, while the interior conflicts make that difficult.

Modern, or near-future technology mostly. No warmechs or stuff. The resistance fighters would be more basic technology. Also, I would imagine the cultists to have more arcane powers. Most of them are just plain old humans, but the ones who were absorbed could have telekineses or mind-control or eye lasers or something.

As for locations, I don't really know. The Empire would probably control the Kanto-Johto complex, and everywhere else is left up to the resistance groups. The Cultists could control Sinnoh, which I think will be Ground Zero for the Ara'Kaiz invasion. The Ara'Kaiz aren't too big fans of going underground either, so that could be used as an advantage. The Ara'Kaiz would just be spread out everywhere, since they're attacking everything at once. My idea is that their weapons steal the life-force from anyone they kill, which is stored and then given up to Azkathon when he arrives.

As for the Ara'Kaiz themselves... big alien things. Giant tripods, enormous flying centipede-like stuff, tentacles all over the place. Some smaller stuff too. In my mind I'm basing their general design off the Scrin from Command and Conquer 3. So like this. (http://media.moddb.com/cache/images/groups/1/1/897/thumb_620x2000/The_Scrin_Erradicator.jpg) They might have their own command structure and individual personalities or be a giant hivemind, I haven't decided on that yet.

Arceus should also figure in the plot somehow, I'm not too sure.

If people express interest in RPing as Pokemon or as Ara'Kaiz, I'd be fine with that, but for now humans only.

As for the name, the Void refers to the nothingness from which the Azkathon, and thus Arceus and the Ara'Kaiz, emerge from. As far as humans and Pokemon are concerned, Azkathon is the personification of oblivion. The "Call" is then the return to nothingness, consumption by Azkathon. It's the call that every Pokemon and the world to which they belong to hear every cycle of death and rebirth, and to which they would normally find irresistible. But humanity can resist the call... or can they?

Oh yeah, I also need a way for humans and Pokemon to learn the stuff about the Ara'Kaiz and Azkathon. I'm thinking ancient prophecy, but the clicheness of that makes me wary. Any ideas?

EDIT: In hindsight, the Ara'Kaiz are inspired by the Scrin much more than I originally realized...

Doodlebop
02-09-2011, 01:21 PM
Hmm... for realizing what the Ara'Kaiz are...

It's kind of hard for them to realize it if the world is restarted each time. So everyone kind of goes kablooey except for Arceus and the Ara'kaiz guys or whatever? Well... Perhaps Arceus tries to explain to the humans? Like he decides he's sick of bowing down to the Hunger Lord and figures that maybe humans can try to stop them. :P

Neo Emolga
02-09-2011, 04:20 PM
That’s more like it!

*is to lazy to quote*

I read that Genesect was a fossilized Pokemon brought back to life and then tampered with, with science, so it's like another Mewtwo only it's not cloning, it' more 'machine' based since it was given that freakin' gun on it's back. I'm thinking it would be easier to control than Mewtwo was.

Okay so...because it's now stuck in my head...I keep thinking of the Gray Brotherhood as the baddies [they make me think of the guys in the Temple of Shadows in Fable II and heretics, brotherhood just sounds better.] Scarlet Lance makes me think of a lance that turned it's colour because of massive bloodshed...just how it works out in my brain. I keep seeing Black Vertigo as the good guys, that's just how I understood it all the first time in my head. So it would be Grey B in the present trying to assemble the Omniplate and find Genesect, Black Vertigo from the future try to come and stop it from happening, Scarlet Lance also from the future attempts to stop BV, both get taken to the present after being split up along the way. Scarlet Lance finds the Grey B. they join their evil forces. Black Vertigo works in the unfamiliar present to try and save the world, such and such, away we go.

I checked and Genesect still doesn’t have PokéDex entries, but that’s alright. Even if what you read isn’t right (it could be, I don’t know), it still works great as a hypothetical anyway.

Gray Brotherhood works as the antagonists as well (I originally intended for Black Vertigo to be that, but that’s perfectly alright!), I was originally thinking they would be more like the protagonists, but it works in reverse as well. It could very well be that the Scarlet Lance is a very powerful and evil faction in the future, and right now, Black Vertigo’s only real chance at stopping them is to prevent them from existing in the first place. Black Vertigo could be the rebel faction of the future, and may actually be the good guys in this. In that case, if you want Black Vertigo to be more good-aligned, it would probably be better for them to try and stop the Scarlet Lance by not killing helpless children that will end up being Scarlet Lance’s leaders, but instead teach/train them not to become their evil selves of the future.

That pretty much sums up the problem bit that makes the whole RP what is.

Cause of the problem being that the plates of Arceus were shattered, thus leading to soul damage for all Legendary Pokemon [more apparent in Arceus, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina] then an unseen anomaly in space and time [the time machine from the future] caused the four previously mentioned Legendary's to fall into a hibernation state due to their damaged souls. The now weakened other legends try to set all of the world into a hibernate slumber. Some heretics think Arceus abandoned them to die and form the Grey Brotherhood to try and replace Arceus with a much more controllable 'god' in modifying Genesect, by fusing fragments of the previous type plates into an Omniplate and keeping Arceus and the others asleep. In the magnificent world of time skipping, in the future, Scarlet Lance and Black Vertigo are in conflict over the current, grim situation of the world. The world is tearing itself apart, things are in massive chaos. Black Vertigo makes a machine to try and go back in time to stop the key event in history to prevent 'Omnisect' from ever existing. A first attempt results in failure as they were compromised and thus they damaged things further. Black Vertigo being adamant on changing the past, searches for the Celebi's help. [Yes I'm saying more than one, another Pokemon 4Ever thing but again, pX] In return for taking them back into the past, Black Vertigo members must give up the gift of death and time and part of their soul to support another legendary [not really an important bit but even having a weakened legendary on your side would give Black Vertigo an even edge against Scarlet Lance and Grey B.]

Then Black Vertigo gets sent into the present, but not until having a fight with Scarlet Lance before that. They both get sent into the present, Black Vertigo left with just themselves and the Plate Gear they brought, and the legendary Pokemon that they are supporting in return for time travel.

Thus the RP starts.

I actually like this plot a LOT more (reminds me a bit of the plot in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon 2, but that’s alright, there’s plenty of difference between this and that). But yeah, I like the idea of stopping the creation of Omnisect a lot more, and it could very well be that Gray Brotherhood today may become the Scarlet Lance of tomorrow.

I also like the kind of selfless sacrifice Black Vertigo members would have to make to try and change the future to be better. To me, it just seems more interesting and heroic, and the tying to a legendary is a good idea as well. In the future, you could also say that it was Omnisect’s goal to exterminate/enslave Arceus’s legendaries. In a deal between the Scarlet Lance and Omnisect, its possible that Omnisect would make legendaries out of Scarlet Lance’s elite members, and together they would dominate all life. Omnisect’s legendaries would heartlessly cruel, rule with fear, and would have power that would be impossible to challenge.

Because of this, the current legendaries have turned toward Black Vertigo, knowing the only way to destroy the Omnisect of the future is to stop it from ever existing. If Black Vertigo can’t stop the creation of Omnisect, they and Arceus’s legendaries are doomed to exist in a dark, malevolent future.

Balancing between GB and SL versus BV:

Grey B. and SL
- Has tech supplied by Scarlet Lance to synthesize Omniplate, and knowledge of where some of the fragments are.
-Scarlet Lance has more knowledge of the present time because of 'owning' the history of the current time in the future.
-Scarlet Lance can use Grey B. as a cover to make sure their motives are met and founded. Can use knowledge of the future to convert others to their causeto strengthen their hold in the future.

Black Vertigo
-Removed from the presence of time, can move about Dimensia Zones without harm and protect others with Plate Gear
-Soul linked with a single legendary [not necessary of all Black Vertigo members but I see that people will wanna use them, obviously some are off limits]

I may add more...my brain is getting lost in birthdayness right now...Finer details and such in the actual presentation will be much better than this. I'm thinking of going with arcane tech for Black Vertigo for the Plate gear, and advance straight tech for Grey B. and Scarlet Lance. I'm gonna limit a few of the same types per plate gear, [Ex: only 3 or so people can have a plate gear of the same type] and each person only gets one. Scarlet Lance and Black Vertigo get immediate access in the beginning, being from the future, Grey B. can get it eventually. Though black Vertigo can start out with one legendary Pokemon, if the legendary dies, so does it's owner/trainer/person.

I think I've got everything pretty much done, just the balancing thing and making both sides appealing.[/QUOTE]

This is definitely a good layout, but I think one of the major things that need to be covered is what kind of potentials/abilities a Soul-linked Black Vertigo member would have. For example, if you have a Black Vertigo member soul-synced (I like that word, should use it again some time in the future) with Mew, would that make them psychic, would that give them some of Mew’s moves/abilities, or would that even allow them to transform into Mew (could be a lesser “disciple” version of the legendary, with only 75% of the stats of the legendary)?

Other question that probably would be good to ask is how Black Vertigo could go about restoring things to normal either before or after the situation with Genesect/Omnisect is dealt with. If time alone would heal the damage and the souls of Arceus, Giratina, Dialga and Palkia, then Black Vertigo just needs to ensure they are protected until that happens, but if there’s something else that could be done to either speed up the healing or at least keep them protected until then, it would put another interesting dynamic on the RP as Black Vertigo would now have multiple mission objectives at once (giving those RPers more to concentrate on).

Without a doubt, it definitely looks like a really promising RP.

Sorry! I... never really know what to say... Um. And I always sound like someone who doesn't have a clue about what they're talking about. Which is extremely accurate. *facepalms*

I don't know what to say about Sabby's RP (read- too lazy to read the entire conversation), but I'll try to crit the next one. ^^'

It’s a pretty good read though.

Don’t be shy, everyone has valuable insight to offer.

Neo Emolga
02-09-2011, 04:20 PM
@ Lusankya, Call of the Void

As a side note, personally, I love to play as the Brotherhood of Nod in C&C 3.

Anyway, I really like these kinds of verge-of-apocalypse RPs, the battles usually tend to be massive and epic in size and scale, the stakes are extremely high, the motives are there along with a lot of morale and bravado to fuel them, and so on. It’s more fun and exciting when wars are based on pure survival instead of political reasons.

The Ara'kaiz, however, seem drastically overpowered though, and the presence of Azkathon seems to reinforce that. Instead of Arceus serving Azkathon, I think it might be better to have them as equals, where they both have the same kind of caliber of power. They could also be rivals of creation, where Arceus and Azkathon have always been heated competition to create the better worlds. Seeing that Arceus is failing with the world of Pokémon (You don’t know how badly I wish they would just name the planet already, but we’ll go with Pokéarth for now), Azkathon sees it as the perfect opportunity to humiliate Arceus by sending in his legions of Ara’kaiz to essentially hijack the planet from Arceus’s grasp, claim it for himself, and laughingly stab Arceus’s pride (both can be immortal/extremely powerful, so even though they can’t kill each other, they can still affect each other’s creations and humiliate the other with their own accomplishments). However, with the rise of Empire, Azkathon realizes that wrestling Pokéarth from their grasp might actually be a challenging (and possibly entertaining) battle, but he’s confident enough to continue the campaign. You could also keep the Ara’kaiz as Scrin-like creatures, I think that works.

However, I would NOT have the Ara’kaiz incite so much fear and panic that Pokémon completely chicken out when facing them. Instead, because Pokémon were created by Arceus, they instinctively recognize Ara’kaiz as sworn enemies even though they have never met before, simply from the roots of the creator that made them. Maybe the weaker, unevolved Pokémon fear them (I see a Pichu running away with tears in its eyes), but the fully evolved ones face them out of anger and some anxiety due to their nature and are a rival creation. It would also make sense with the Azkathon cultists, as these cultists have rejected Arceus for his failure, and instead have turned toward his rival, hoping that Azkathon will take over Pokéarth and banish Arceus, forcing Arceus to start over from scratch with his creations. In the meantime, the cultists could also be expecting some kind of reward from Azkathon, such as ascension into a stronger race of beings (especially since humans are recognized as foreign entities by the Ara’kaiz).

In terms of the Empire and Morbane, Morbane’s wish for power to conquer the world is pretty vague, so in order to flesh out how the Empire rose up in strength, you need to go back to the source. What kind of power was Morbane given, how did he use it, and how does that power now shape the Empire to what it is today? What made the Empire strong enough to rise up and defeat all other factions that were in their way? Was it an ability to create drastically powerful technology, have extreme intellect, create elite super-soldiers, possible realty-bending powers, or something even beyond that? I think a lot of the Empire’s 20 year history really depends on what exactly Morbane was given by Jirachi, since it was because of that power that he was able to make the Empire of the Rising Sun what it is now.

The other issue is Arceus’s resistance faction. Right now, as you have it, the resistance has even a lesser chance of beating the Ara’kaiz, having really only a handful of legendaries left besides a fragmented and pretty much defeated fighting force. The Ara’kaiz have only just arrived and are totally fighting fit, while Morbane’s Empire of the Rising Sun has superior strength (whatever Jirachi gave them), and already has pretty much all of the conquered world’s assets. The resistance, however, has barely anything, and in that retrospect, any RPer deciding to join that side would have to be some kind of hardass to jump into an RP with that much of a disadvantage already.

In terms of the resistance, I know you want to keep the resistance bruised and battered which is fine considering the storyline’s setting, but they need some kind of hope, and as it stands, they have zilch when it comes to that. Right now, the Ara’kaiz have a strong initial power, and the Empire also has strong initial power, even though they’ve taken some damage. For the resistance, I think it would be a good idea to give them a subtle power that starts off small, and grows over time. They just need to survive long enough for said power to evolve/grow to the point where they have a chance at defeating both the Ara’kaiz and the Empire. Otherwise, they’re just the monkey in the middle for the entire RP.

WITH THE WAY IT IS NOW

It just seems hard to tell if Arceus and the Ara’kaiz are actually allies or not (I’m guessing they’re enemies, but its hard to draw the line considering Arceus summoned them). For one thing, the Ara’kaiz seem like they’re out to continue the cycle and end the world of Pokémon once again. If Arceus called in the beacon to summon the Ara’kaiz and knew about their role in the cycle, he essentially completely betrayed every one of his Pokémon followers and the entire resistance faction, not to mention risk destroying everything he’s ever created (which seems very counter intuitive). To me, in the original setting, it sounds like Arceus is expecting his resistance faction to accept being destroyed and continuing the cycle, and he’s deceitful and self-destructive knowing what the Ara’akiz are and what they’re capable of. Eh… not too crazy, it makes Arceus seem like he’s insane and has completely lost his marbles.

So with the arrival of the Ara’kaiz, would they and the resistance be working together, even though the resistance unknowingly is driving itself toward its own doom by helping the Ara’kaiz? But if they’re enemies… why did Arceus summon them? It doesn’t make too much sense, sorry.

Meanwhile, in your background story, you mentioned:

Battered and beleaguered, the remaining Legends and the Pokemon that have united to defend themselves against humanity's onslaught gather on the slopes of Mt. Coronet. Many have lost hope; the ones that still dare to dream turn their eyes towards the heavens, searching for a sign from their god, Arceus, a hope of salvation to turn the tides of this war. Yet as the armies of the Rising Sun approach, it seems that no hope remains. Surrounded, the Legends and their followers prepare to make their last stand.

The Empire would probably control the Kanto-Johto complex, and everywhere else is left up to the resistance groups.

So how did they go from having almost nothing to having almost everything? http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y109/Ultradyne/Pikachu%20Emotes/innocent.gif

HOW I THINK IT SHOULD BE

Arceus and Azkathon as separate, rival creation “gods.” – Instead of Arceus calling upon Azkathon for help, Azkathon sees Arceus and his followers in trouble, and decides to take advantage of the situation by taking his own Ara’kaiz forces to essentially steal the world from Arceus’s hands, and put his own creation rival in exile.

This way, you have a perfectly good reason for the resistance and the Ara’kaiz to instinctively hate each other, for them to go to war, and for them to also fight the Empire. The resistance wants to put the Empire out of power (and payback, depending on those in the resistance faction), while the Ara’kaiz want to wrestle the world out of Arceus’s hands, and destroy the Empire as collateral. The cultists are the supporters of Azkathon and the Ara’kaiz, and are promised some kind of higher-power ascension if Azkathon wins the war. It would make sense due to humans being a foreign entity.

Faction power and standings:

The Ara’kaiz + Cultists – Have the army of Scrin-like creatures, while the cultists are granted some small fraction of power that mirrors what the Ara’kaiz has to a minor degree. They mainly have human weapons, but they’re already showing signs of turning into the Ara’kaiz, both physically and socially (we’ll say roughly 10%-20% like them). Think of Wikus in District 9. All of them have the life-draining power, meant to be held for Azkathon, but can be used for themselves in emergency, life-threatening situations. As for the Pokémon of the cultists, they too, are slowly becoming more like the Ara’kaiz themselves.

Controls: – Sinnoh, and possibly a few other smaller regions like Fiore, Almia, and so on. Most of their force has not landed yet.

Technology: – Void/oblivion alien-like weaponry, as well as their natural powers of draining life-force. On par with what the Empire has.

RPers control: – Human cultists, bearing some slight resemblance to the Ara’kaiz, such as an transfigured arm, appendages growing from their back, or something like that. They also have a minor form of their ability.

Arceus’s Resistance – Consists of the surviving legendaries, Pokémon loyal to Arceus and against the Empire, as well as humans that faithfully follow Arceus despite how bad the situation looks. Currently, their numbers are low, they are scattered and divided, and are barely surviving. However, only they have the legendaries, as no legendary currently willingly follows either the Ara’kaiz or the Empire.

Controls: – Scattered around the globe, mostly hiding in Orre, Hoenn, and so on.

Technology: – Limited modern day salvaged technology. Very limited in effectiveness against both the Ara’kaiz and the Empire.

RPers control: – You’re going to think I’m nuts, but let them control the surviving legendaries. Considering the nature of the RP, Arceus’s Resistance should be nailed when it comes to personnel, resources, weaponry, and so on if the Empire has already trashed them into near-extermination. However, if you let RPers command the surviving legendaries, they’ll have way more of a role when it comes to trying to swing things around in favor for Arceus’s Resistance and will need to be resourceful when it comes to using their powers. Any legend not taken by an RPer could be considered dead (unless the number of resistance sign ups is low). I’m thinking have at least 10 surviving legendaries. The humans and Pokémon can be NPCS.

Morbane’s Empire of the Rising Sun: – Consists of humans and Pokémon empowered by whatever source of power Morbane received from Jirachi. Now, they command much of the world, but the arrival of the Ara’kaiz challenges them. Their numbers are strong, and they’re ready to take the Ara’kaiz head-on.

Controls: Johto/Kanto, Hoenn, Orange Islands, Unova, and most of the richer parts of the world.

Technology: – Strong modern day technology (AKA Future Weapons material), plus anything that benefitted from Morbane’s wish.

RPers Control: Humans


Whew, I wrote a lot there. Tell me what you think.

Lusankya
02-09-2011, 10:16 PM
The Ara'kaiz, however, seem drastically overpowered though, and the presence of Azkathon seems to reinforce that. Instead of Arceus serving Azkathon, I think it might be better to have them as equals, where they both have the same kind of caliber of power. They could also be rivals of creation, where Arceus and Azkathon have always been heated competition to create the better worlds. Seeing that Arceus is failing with the world of Pokémon (You don’t know how badly I wish they would just name the planet already, but we’ll go with Pokéarth for now), Azkathon sees it as the perfect opportunity to humiliate Arceus by sending in his legions of Ara’kaiz to essentially hijack the planet from Arceus’s grasp, claim it for himself, and laughingly stab Arceus’s pride (both can be immortal/extremely powerful, so even though they can’t kill each other, they can still affect each other’s creations and humiliate the other with their own accomplishments). However, with the rise of Empire, Azkathon realizes that wrestling Pokéarth from their grasp might actually be a challenging (and possibly entertaining) battle, but he’s confident enough to continue the campaign. You could also keep the Ara’kaiz as Scrin-like creatures, I think that works.

I prefer the Lovecraftian view, though what you say has merit. The way I see it, Arceus is fed up with having to serve Azkathon (wouldn't you, after having to see your creations destroyed over and over again?), but lacks either the power or the nerve to oppose him outright. But when something unexpected happens with the cycle, he finally sees a hope of resistance and decides to take it. Thus, he summons the Ara'kaiz long before he should have, at a point where the world isn't complacent enough to be wiped out and when the Ara'kaiz themselves are not ready. The Ara'kaiz are really expecting to descend upon an unsuspecting world that has been made complacent by centuries of peace without the capability to defend itself, but what they find is a highly militarized and aggressive civilization waiting for them.

Also, yeah, smaller Pokemon are basically terrified of the Ara'kaiz while the bigger ones are more apt to fight back. So agreed on that point.

In terms of the Empire and Morbane, Morbane’s wish for power to conquer the world is pretty vague, so in order to flesh out how the Empire rose up in strength, you need to go back to the source. What kind of power was Morbane given, how did he use it, and how does that power now shape the Empire to what it is today? What made the Empire strong enough to rise up and defeat all other factions that were in their way? Was it an ability to create drastically powerful technology, have extreme intellect, create elite super-soldiers, possible realty-bending powers, or something even beyond that? I think a lot of the Empire’s 20 year history really depends on what exactly Morbane was given by Jirachi, since it was because of that power that he was able to make the Empire of the Rising Sun what it is now.

I'm imagining it to be a One Ring-esque kind of power, the ability to bend hearts to his will and coordinate his forces with unprecedented efficiency through an omnipresent will that lies in all who swear allegiance to him. So basically, he's Sauron.

The other issue is Arceus’s resistance faction. Right now, as you have it, the resistance has even a lesser chance of beating the Ara’kaiz, having really only a handful of legendaries left besides a fragmented and pretty much defeated fighting force. The Ara’kaiz have only just arrived and are totally fighting fit, while Morbane’s Empire of the Rising Sun has superior strength (whatever Jirachi gave them), and already has pretty much all of the conquered world’s assets. The resistance, however, has barely anything, and in that retrospect, any RPer deciding to join that side would have to be some kind of hardass to jump into an RP with that much of a disadvantage already.

In terms of the resistance, I know you want to keep the resistance bruised and battered which is fine considering the storyline’s setting, but they need some kind of hope, and as it stands, they have zilch when it comes to that. Right now, the Ara’kaiz have a strong initial power, and the Empire also has strong initial power, even though they’ve taken some damage. For the resistance, I think it would be a good idea to give them a subtle power that starts off small, and grows over time. They just need to survive long enough for said power to evolve/grow to the point where they have a chance at defeating both the Ara’kaiz and the Empire. Otherwise, they’re just the monkey in the middle for the entire RP.

My response to this also answers the question you asked and the problem of Ara'kaiz supremacy. Namely, the resistance is battered and bruised, but so is everyone else. The Empire (need a better name for them btw) was decimated by the Ara'kaiz attack and really took the brunt of the invasion. They've been weakened to the point where Morbane decided to simply give up on holding the outer provinces and concentrate his military on the Kanto-Johto complex, where the heart of his industry and power lies. The resistance, on the other hand, has always been lying underground (figuratively and literally) and independent on official infrastructure. As such, they've hardly been affected by the Ara'kaiz at all. The fact that the Empire abandoned the other regions basically leaves them as the only government that exists at all. Sure, they have an enormous job on their hands fending off the Ara'kaiz and attempting to rebuild and arm their forces, but this is basically their trump card. If they can survive and build through the invasion while the Ara'kaiz and the Empire fight each other (both consider the resistance basically a non-threat, at the start of the RP at least, and the Ara'kaiz might not even know they exist) then they have a strong chance of defeating the Empire. Moreover, they can also have an alliance with the non-captured Legendary Pokemon, who form the majority of the remaining Legendaries and more-or-less control the Pokemon of the world. Obviously, Pokemon lack a real organizational structure, so that's an issue that'll have to be worked out over the course of the RP.

Life in Kanto-Johto is bad right now, but life outside it is really, really bad. This leaves a lot of young men and women with nothing to lose desperately wanting to do something. So resistance recruitment is going to go up like 10,000% in the first few months after the invasion. And they have tons of abandoned infrastructure and weapons that the Empire left behind in their panic to evacuate to work with. For the resistance RPers, the question is if they can rise to the occasion.

It just seems hard to tell if Arceus and the Ara’kaiz are actually allies or not (I’m guessing they’re enemies, but its hard to draw the line considering Arceus summoned them). For one thing, the Ara’kaiz seem like they’re out to continue the cycle and end the world of Pokémon once again. If Arceus called in the beacon to summon the Ara’kaiz and knew about their role in the cycle, he essentially completely betrayed every one of his Pokémon followers and the entire resistance faction, not to mention risk destroying everything he’s ever created (which seems very counter intuitive). To me, in the original setting, it sounds like Arceus is expecting his resistance faction to accept being destroyed and continuing the cycle, and he’s deceitful and self-destructive knowing what the Ara’akiz are and what they’re capable of. Eh… not too crazy, it makes Arceus seem like he’s insane and has completely lost his marbles.

So, as I said before, Arceus and the Ara'kaiz are enemies. Arceus summoned them because he saw that the situation on Pokearth was getting too dire, and that humanity would wipe out Pokemon before long. In addition, the fact that they were in the middle of a war meant that humanity was at the height of military strength, so the maximum possibility of defeating the invasion had been reached (by design, Pokemon alone could never defeat the Ara'kaiz; the humans make the difference) So he summoned the Ara'kaiz before they themselves were fully recovered from the last invasion. What he hopes will happen is that the threat of total annihilation from an outside force will cause humans, both the Empire and the resistance, to band together with Pokemon to defeat the Ara'kaiz. Of course, whether that happens is the point of the RP.

More points on the Ara'kaiz: Their initial landing was scattered all across the globe since they didn't expect much of a fight, with a higher concentration near Mt. Coronet. As a result, they launched massive attacks everywhere, leaving almost no place untouched by the invasion. Because of the surprise nature of the attack, they did a lot of damage. However, as the invasion progressed and Morbane's armies returned to Kanto-Johto, the Ara'kaiz were driven from the primary population centers there and now mostly lie in bases to the north of the region (in Kanto-Johto anyways, they are still strong in other parts of the world). Meanwhile, heavy Ara'kaiz activity remains in the other regions, where the resistance is busy trying to build up an army to defeat them. The worst is in Sinnoh, which has been rendered almost uninhabitable to Pokearth lifeforms. However, the Ara'kaiz themselves are badly hurt. They were not ready for the invasion, and the scattered nature of their forces meant they lost a lot of resources. Most importantly, the Ara'kaiz have no way to replenish their armies on Pokearth, so the longer the battle goes on the less and less likely they will be able to win. They will lose any war of attrition. As a result, they are experimenting with the cultists to attempt to create an army out of the humans. At the start of the RP, the number of cultists is very, very small, consisting mostly of kidnapped and brainwashed humans.

Finally, on Azkathon himself. The Lovecraftian in me says he will have no role in the RP itself at all. The spans of time to which he is accustomed to means he cannot react rapidly to changing conditions, which is why he created Arceus and the Ara'kaiz to do his bidding in the first place. The Ara'kaiz don't expect help from their master, and Arceus knows if that the humans defeat the Ara'kaiz Azkathon can do nothing about it. Heck, he probably won't even know about it until humans are flying around the galaxy in starships. So he's basically a non-factor as far as RPers are concerned.

Faction power and standings:

The Ara’kaiz + Cultists – Have the army of Scrin-like creatures, while the cultists are granted some small fraction of power that mirrors what the Ara’kaiz has to a minor degree. They mainly have human weapons, but they’re already showing signs of turning into the Ara’kaiz, both physically and socially (we’ll say roughly 10%-20% like them). Think of Wikus in District 9. All of them have the life-draining power, meant to be held for Azkathon, but can be used for themselves in emergency, life-threatening situations. As for the Pokémon of the cultists, they too, are slowly becoming more like the Ara’kaiz themselves.

Controls: – Sinnoh, and possibly a few other smaller regions like Fiore, Almia, and so on. Most of their force has not landed yet.

Technology: – Void/oblivion alien-like weaponry, as well as their natural powers of draining life-force. On par with what the Empire has.

RPers control: – Human cultists, bearing some slight resemblance to the Ara’kaiz, such as an transfigured arm, appendages growing from their back, or something like that. They also have a minor form of their ability.

Arceus’s Resistance – Consists of the surviving legendaries, Pokémon loyal to Arceus and against the Empire, as well as humans that faithfully follow Arceus despite how bad the situation looks. Currently, their numbers are low, they are scattered and divided, and are barely surviving. However, only they have the legendaries, as no legendary currently willingly follows either the Ara’kaiz or the Empire.

Controls: – Scattered around the globe, mostly hiding in Orre, Hoenn, and so on.

Technology: – Limited modern day salvaged technology. Very limited in effectiveness against both the Ara’kaiz and the Empire.

RPers control: – You’re going to think I’m nuts, but let them control the surviving legendaries. Considering the nature of the RP, Arceus’s Resistance should be nailed when it comes to personnel, resources, weaponry, and so on if the Empire has already trashed them into near-extermination. However, if you let RPers command the surviving legendaries, they’ll have way more of a role when it comes to trying to swing things around in favor for Arceus’s Resistance and will need to be resourceful when it comes to using their powers. Any legend not taken by an RPer could be considered dead (unless the number of resistance sign ups is low). I’m thinking have at least 10 surviving legendaries. The humans and Pokémon can be NPCS.

Morbane’s Empire of the Rising Sun: – Consists of humans and Pokémon empowered by whatever source of power Morbane received from Jirachi. Now, they command much of the world, but the arrival of the Ara’kaiz challenges them. Their numbers are strong, and they’re ready to take the Ara’kaiz head-on.

Controls: Johto/Kanto, Hoenn, Orange Islands, Unova, and most of the richer parts of the world.

Technology: – Strong modern day technology (AKA Future Weapons material), plus anything that benefitted from Morbane’s wish.

RPers Control: Humans

Agreed on most points. I think letting RPers control Legendaries is okay, but I don't really want to see everyone in the resistance being Legendaries. There's a lot of disagreement between the Legendaries about whether allying themselves with the humans is a good idea. Arceus hasn't really sat down and talked to them about the whole thing. As for the Ara'kaiz, I wonder if I should let them be an RP-able faction at all. Depending on how high activity is, I'd rather the RP have two factions with a couple of members each rather than three with hardly anyone. I think that the resistance will be the biggest group.

As for Unova... I really know nothing about it, and I think it might be best to just leave it out entirely considering that we basically know nothing about the region or what kind of Pokemon live there.

Oh, also, if you still have CNC3 installed we should play a game sometime :P

Neo Emolga
02-10-2011, 03:09 PM
I prefer the Lovecraftian view, though what you say has merit. The way I see it, Arceus is fed up with having to serve Azkathon (wouldn't you, after having to see your creations destroyed over and over again?), but lacks either the power or the nerve to oppose him outright. But when something unexpected happens with the cycle, he finally sees a hope of resistance and decides to take it. Thus, he summons the Ara'kaiz long before he should have, at a point where the world isn't complacent enough to be wiped out and when the Ara'kaiz themselves are not ready. The Ara'kaiz are really expecting to descend upon an unsuspecting world that has been made complacent by centuries of peace without the capability to defend itself, but what they find is a highly militarized and aggressive civilization waiting for them.

Also, yeah, smaller Pokemon are basically terrified of the Ara'kaiz while the bigger ones are more apt to fight back. So agreed on that point.

Haven’t read any of HP Lovecraft’s stuff, but I can see where you’re going, and it also works. Arceus could be the underdog, trying to find a way to break the cycle by calling in the Ara’kaiz when they’re expecting to decimate a world weakened by peace. Instead, he essentially leads them into a trap, and now they find themselves locked in war against forces that have been very prone to fighting and combat.

But yes, this also works, and if you prefer this route, its definitely workable.

I'm imagining it to be a One Ring-esque kind of power, the ability to bend hearts to his will and coordinate his forces with unprecedented efficiency through an omnipresent will that lies in all who swear allegiance to him. So basically, he's Sauron.

The only thing I’m concerned about this kind of power is bunnying, but if the RPers aren’t directly affected by it, then it should be fine. NPCs, however, can be still drawn toward it.

My response to this also answers the question you asked and the problem of Ara'kaiz supremacy. Namely, the resistance is battered and bruised, but so is everyone else. The Empire (need a better name for them btw) was decimated by the Ara'kaiz attack and really took the brunt of the invasion. They've been weakened to the point where Morbane decided to simply give up on holding the outer provinces and concentrate his military on the Kanto-Johto complex, where the heart of his industry and power lies. The resistance, on the other hand, has always been lying underground (figuratively and literally) and independent on official infrastructure. As such, they've hardly been affected by the Ara'kaiz at all. The fact that the Empire abandoned the other regions basically leaves them as the only government that exists at all. Sure, they have an enormous job on their hands fending off the Ara'kaiz and attempting to rebuild and arm their forces, but this is basically their trump card. If they can survive and build through the invasion while the Ara'kaiz and the Empire fight each other (both consider the resistance basically a non-threat, at the start of the RP at least, and the Ara'kaiz might not even know they exist) then they have a strong chance of defeating the Empire. Moreover, they can also have an alliance with the non-captured Legendary Pokemon, who form the majority of the remaining Legendaries and more-or-less control the Pokemon of the world. Obviously, Pokemon lack a real organizational structure, so that's an issue that'll have to be worked out over the course of the RP.

Sounds fine, I think that definitely still works. I guess I thought the Empire was still a very strong and dominant world power, but now, I see that while they’re stronger than the Resistance, they’ve lost a lot of their power, and are struggling to take it back from the Ara’kaiz.

As for the resistance, since they still have the legendaries, I guess you’re right that they still have hope, even though their survival depends greatly on how much the Empire and the Ara’kaiz focus on each other and ignore what the fragmented resistance is doing. Also, to make sure people don’t jump on taking legendaries so swiftly and easily, you could require that if they take a legendary Pokémon as a character, that legendary has to start off seriously wounded and/or crippled in one way or another (deafness, blindness, possible limb amputation, and so on), whereas humans that are a part of the resistance wouldn’t be required to do that.

So, as I said before, Arceus and the Ara'kaiz are enemies. Arceus summoned them because he saw that the situation on Pokearth was getting too dire, and that humanity would wipe out Pokemon before long. In addition, the fact that they were in the middle of a war meant that humanity was at the height of military strength, so the maximum possibility of defeating the invasion had been reached (by design, Pokemon alone could never defeat the Ara'kaiz; the humans make the difference) So he summoned the Ara'kaiz before they themselves were fully recovered from the last invasion. What he hopes will happen is that the threat of total annihilation from an outside force will cause humans, both the Empire and the resistance, to band together with Pokemon to defeat the Ara'kaiz. Of course, whether that happens is the point of the RP.

Okay, this definitely makes a whole lot more sense. In this scenario, all sides have been weakened in some way, but are still capable of keeping up the fight to some degree. So yeah, if you like this setup more, use it.

More points on the Ara'kaiz: Their initial landing was scattered all across the globe since they didn't expect much of a fight, with a higher concentration near Mt. Coronet. As a result, they launched massive attacks everywhere, leaving almost no place untouched by the invasion. Because of the surprise nature of the attack, they did a lot of damage. However, as the invasion progressed and Morbane's armies returned to Kanto-Johto, the Ara'kaiz were driven from the primary population centers there and now mostly lie in bases to the north of the region (in Kanto-Johto anyways, they are still strong in other parts of the world). Meanwhile, heavy Ara'kaiz activity remains in the other regions, where the resistance is busy trying to build up an army to defeat them. The worst is in Sinnoh, which has been rendered almost uninhabitable to Pokearth lifeforms. However, the Ara'kaiz themselves are badly hurt. They were not ready for the invasion, and the scattered nature of their forces meant they lost a lot of resources. Most importantly, the Ara'kaiz have no way to replenish their armies on Pokearth, so the longer the battle goes on the less and less likely they will be able to win. They will lose any war of attrition. As a result, they are experimenting with the cultists to attempt to create an army out of the humans. At the start of the RP, the number of cultists is very, very small, consisting mostly of kidnapped and brainwashed humans.

Okay, this, is definitely a good setup, I think you’ve pretty much balanced everything out nicely with this. And their reasons and motives for using the cultists is definitely a good one, I think you’ve got it pretty much down packed with this.

Finally, on Azkathon himself. The Lovecraftian in me says he will have no role in the RP itself at all. The spans of time to which he is accustomed to means he cannot react rapidly to changing conditions, which is why he created Arceus and the Ara'kaiz to do his bidding in the first place. The Ara'kaiz don't expect help from their master, and Arceus knows if that the humans defeat the Ara'kaiz Azkathon can do nothing about it. Heck, he probably won't even know about it until humans are flying around the galaxy in starships. So he's basically a non-factor as far as RPers are concerned.

No problem. Having that extra dynamic to the RP is fine though.

Agreed on most points. I think letting RPers control Legendaries is okay, but I don't really want to see everyone in the resistance being Legendaries. There's a lot of disagreement between the Legendaries about whether allying themselves with the humans is a good idea. Arceus hasn't really sat down and talked to them about the whole thing. As for the Ara'kaiz, I wonder if I should let them be an RP-able faction at all. Depending on how high activity is, I'd rather the RP have two factions with a couple of members each rather than three with hardly anyone. I think that the resistance will be the biggest group.

Again, like I mentioned above, forcing people to play a wounded and crippled legendary, if they take them, would deter people from jumping so quickly and so easily onto making a sign up for them. And if they decide to anyway, it would put them in a situation where they’d have to be open-minded and think of other ways of being resourceful. For example, an RPer that’s RPing a blinded Mewtwo would probably have to force himself to use his psychic abilities to telepathically probe the surrounding area to have a bearing on his surroundings. Of course, as he’s doing that, his concentration is divided and can’t use the full potential of his psychic powers for attacking at the same time.

As for the Ara’kaiz, I agree with you that it might just be better to have them as an NPC faction.

As for Unova... I really know nothing about it, and I think it might be best to just leave it out entirely considering that we basically know nothing about the region or what kind of Pokemon live there.

Just in case, you could say it was completely decimated in the initial attack, that some kind of Ara’kaiz superweapon (that’s gone too now) destroyed it and leveled it completely. One example is the Ara’kaiz used a void/oblivion displacement superweapon on it, and all that remains of Unova is essentially a hole of oblivion that consumes the existence of anything that flies into it. Thankfully, said Void Superweapon was completely destroyed before it was used a second time.

Oh, also, if you still have CNC3 installed we should play a game sometime :P

I have Tiberium Wars (not installed on this machine right now, I’m looking into buying a new computer because the processor on this thing is awful and has had issues lately), but I don’t have Kane’s Wrath. I also haven’t played TW for at least a year by now (replaced mostly by Starcraft II), so I’d be badly out of practice. :P

It’s a really decent game, though every time I’ve played with my brother, we’ve harvested and burned out all the Tiberium fields on the map very, very quickly and many times we’ve hit near-stalemates because of it. Other than that repeating issue, the game is fantastic.

dualismlover
02-10-2011, 09:01 PM
Wow, I am actually surprised and very glad that a forum such as this came on. To me, it's a miracle in helping me create an RP. This the first RP I have ever created, so I hope it meets expectations from y'all (from Texas, sorry). I used NeoPikachu's RP creator guide for help plus some things from my history class :oops:.

RP Title: Don't quite know yet. Have something like "The Final Conspiracy" on mind.

RP Fandom Basis: Heavy emphasis on Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series, as well as anime references. I also used a lot of information from American History particularly the 1900s as well as lots of references to real-life cities. Also, I borrowed information off of government conspiracy theories, particularly Jessie Ventura's show on TruTv.

Opening Plot/Exposition:

The whole story takes place in a small country called Sententia (latin for decision) located between Hoenn and Johto, similar to where Alto Mare is located. Like the other MD series, this place is only inhabited by Pokemon, although Sententia won its isolation through fighting as well as radio technology shielding. Technology is relativity retro, like 1950/60-ish, but some cities are more advanced, others more primitive. The main distinguishing feature of Sententia is its cities, with a total of 18 of them in all. 17 of them are held as "representative cities" of each of the 17 Pokemon types, though this only refers to the majority of the Pokemon living there (for example a fire type can still live in the rock-type city, but he'll be pretty rare). The last city is the central government, which rules over the entire country.

The cities as shown are:

Halcitta (Dragon)- Based off San Francisco
Vi Clero (Electric)- Based off Los Angeles
Platina(Water)- Based off a combination of Miami and Honolulu
Celikon (Steel)- Based off New York
Zelape (Poison)- B.O. Seattle
Jus Livas (Dark)- B.O. Las Vegas
Amonter (Normal)- B.O. Philadelphia
Galapil (Flying)- B.O. Chicago
Fialem (Fire)- B.O. Phoenix, Arizona
Mawerk (Fighting)- B.O. Detroit
Daiesta (Ghost)- B.O. New Orleans
Lupenio (Ground)- B.O. San Antonio
Helberg (Bug)- B.O. Denver
Fertilgia (Grass)- B.O. Atlanta, Georgia
Strukote (Rock)- B.O. Indianapolis
Raidivan (Psychic)- B.O. Boston
Fryzert (Ice)- B.O. Anchorage, Alaska (sorry, no Sarah Palin here :razz:)
Kon Tis (The Government)- B.O. Washington D.C.

One blatant social problem though, is rampant racism. Although there is no direct segregation or Jim Crow laws, the Pokemon types have fallen into a sort of "hierarchy" of social stereotypes and prejudices. No one knows how it came into being, or why it was set up this way, but Pokemon still follow it to this day. With Normal being in the middle of the 17 types, the ones above are treated like upper-class citizens, normally better than the others. Below Normal though, are the types treated like "blacks" or other minorities of America during the 1900s. Lower types are denied jobs and shunned out of schools due to type, while the Upper Types bask in their privileges. However, not all Uppers are bad, and all Lowers good. Normals can go to either side, as they are the most common type in the country.

Listed here are the Types in order from Highest to Lowest:

Psychic- The rich elite/aristocrats. Regarded as the "smartest" type and many of them control much of the economy. Plus with their abilities they do lots of things like reading minds or levitating objects.
Ice- Treated like Psychic wannabes, but respected due to their rarity.
Dragon- The only type up here not because of wealth but because of morality. They are "wisest" types, and many are priests, teachers, mentors.
Electric- The celebrities, spokespersons, tv anchors, Electrics rule the media. Rich and famous, they set the trends. So far their usual "blond hair, blue eyes" look is hip.
Steel- Business people, innovative and inventive, they often are the ones who come up with new inventions or technology.
Flying- Respected for their flying ability. Many are postmen, carriers, messengers.
Water- Happy-go-lucky, fun-loving, Water-types are genuinely loved by most of the country. They make up most of the tourists.
Fire- Somewhat feared due to their powers, but respected due to their passion and creativity. Many artists are Fire-types with "burning passion", but also have short fuzes.
Normal- The average joes. They can be whatever they wish as they are neither high nor low.
Rock- The "westerners" of the country. They are backward compared to their cousin Steel types, and thus regarded as not very intelligent.
Grass- Regarded as farmers and hippies, Grass-types are regarded as even dumber than Rock types, who can only farm although they supply most of the food to the country.
Ground- Treated like the Indians of America. They have exotic customs, but are never really treated properly.
Dark- The gamblers/conmen of the country. The "bad boys" of the types, they are considered charming, suave, but at the same time out to get your money.
Ghost- Treated like weird people, like those of a Freak Show.
Bug- Similar to Ghosts, except regarded like aliens more than freaks.
Fighting- The Ghetto of the nation. Rude, uncultured, violent, with no morals, they are claimed only to exist just to fill the prisons.
Poison- Similar to the Untouchables of the Hindu Caste System, Pokemon go out of their way to avoid them, or make sure they get the worst jobs possible.

Rescue Teams are a key figure in the fabric of Sententia. Called upon like the militia, rescue teams are essentially the military of the nation, one to each major city. They serve their Guildmaster, who is given the same level of respect as a city mayor, and live in separate areas of the city not accessible to normal citizens. Calls for help and mission posters are given to the assigned building of the guild, and teams complete them as they arrive. As they complete missions, their rank rises and so does their level of respect in the country. For many Lower types, this is seen as their only hope to get some recognition in society, and for Upper types, it is a method to get famous.

As for the actual plot itself, I have managed to create a plot similar to usual RPGs. The story unfolds as the Guildmasters of the cities hold an emergency meeting in the Union Commercial building, the tallest skyscraper in the most advanced city in the country: Celikon. They were intending to talk about an incident of nearly getting spotted by humans coming from Hoenn to Johto. A few moments later, a human Boeing 747 crashes into the tower, completely demolishing it to the ground and throwing the entire population of Sententia into a state of panic and chaos. The bodies of the Guildmasters are never found, and Psychic officials state that overwhelming interference of the panicked people prevented them from finding the mental trail of the Guildmasters. The Government in Kon Tis quickly makes a statement that the country is under attack by humans, citing the weakness of their current president in allowing such a thing to happen. "This is what you get with democracy!" they claim, "Weakness and cowards! Only a strong government can keep us all safe!"

The real truth though is that the federal government, made up of representatives of the 17 cities, has several members who are actually corrupt. In a conspiracy, the corrupt members actually did it themselves. The officilas took advantage of a secret society of overly outspoken Lower Types, who were trying through demonstrations to win racial equality in the city. They then brainwashed them through false conspiracy theories into thinking that the Guildmasters were actually responsible for keeping the constant racial tension going on, and the government was actually trying to help. They blamed it on the forced "representative type" of each city, citing the "unusual coincidence" that the Guildmasters were each the same type as the city claimed to represent and never elected one of a different type (although in truth, this is mostly due to the fact that each representative element accurately describes the majority of the city's population). The corrupt officials went so far as to claim that violence was the only way to earn their freedom, by eliminating the Guildmasters themselves and reestablishing racial equality with the "representative element" tradition out of the way.

"If you can get rid of Guildmasters," the corrupt officials stated, "Then we assure you, the government will do all in its power to make sure all Pokemon will become equal, just as the Constitution has stated."

Now violent radicals, the Lower Type secret society hijacked human plane from the Johto Territory through a secret mission and set it off themselves with hope that the government would free all Lower types from their shackles of prejudice. The plan worked as intended and in the wake of terrified citizens, the government "humbly asked" the public for complete government control of the country in order to "fend off" the attackers. In reality, this is only a dark attempt to take advantage of the fear and paranoia of the citizens of Sententia.

And as for the good intentioned Lower Type radicals, the corrupt officials gave tapes of the meetings the secret society had to the good officials who were off Upper type, showing the "true cause" as to why the Guildmasters vanished. Unknowing that they were being used, the good officials exposed all the tapes to the public, enraging the citizens of the "treacherous n****r" Lower types and only furthering racial tension in the country. Electric-type reporters paraded around Lower Type cities, talking about the "Human sympathizers" and "traitors to their own country". And in public hysteria, the short-fuzed Fire-types of Fialem, and the powerful Psychic-types of Radivan created a blockade to the entire city of Zelape, the Poison-type city, since most of the radicals were Poison-types. The city now is starving with no more trade and imports of food or supplies. The moral Dragon-types in Halcitta opposed this, but no one listened to them.

But the corrupt officials struck once again. Seeing the opportunity of racial violence as a window to help seize power, the corrupt members manufactured a series of wild, false tapes that portrayed that the good officials were actually in fact, traitors themselves as well. The tapes showed the good officials, along with many Upper Types holding a meeting to actually brainwash the secret Lower Type society themselves that led up to the bombing of the Union Commercial Center, under the intent of making the public hate Lower-types even further. The false tapes claimed that the Upper types did it to "help preserve the pure races." The corrupt officials then showed this to the public, creating even more confusion amongst the people. Now the citizens don't know what to do, and who was right and who was wrong. Uppers and Lowers were against each other with more hatred than all previous generations combined.

But this was where the true plan of the corrupt officials of Kon Tis kicked into high gear. They made a statement saying that the Uppers and Lowers together had initiated the massive terrorist attack on the Guildmaster in order to leave the guilds leaderless, and brainwash the rescue teams in order to create military rule of the country. In the paranoia stricken cities of Sententia, the corrupt members began slowly take more and more control of the government. They went under the guise as being noble and righteous, and began to accuse any opponents to their regime of being traitors to get rid of them. Many mayors have been thrown into jail under "crimes against Sententia", as well as innocent civilians.

At the same time, the corrupt members have hired agents to go search for a hidden artifact said to give immense power to its owner, in essence a god-gem. With that in hand, the corrupt members could easily wrest power of the country and rule the land as they wish. even if the citizens found out of the corruption and foiled their plan A. The agents themselves don't know that they are working for corrupt governmental officials, only the fact that they seem to be doing the country a favor by helping the "noble officials" to find the artifact to help eliminate the traitors.

This artifact was lost many years ago, and is known only by its name in the stories, the "Manhattan", pronounced, "Man-hadn't". This artifact in reality is the very same device used by ancestors of Sententia to help gain freedom for their own country. A central orb made of enchanted crystal, surrounded by a disc of half-silver and half-gold, the artifact is decorated with 17 ancient symbols meant to symbolize the 17 Pokemon types. The crystal in the center is a carved replica of the Pokemon world, meant to symbolize a "World for all", but nowadays interpreted as "World domination". The exact function of "Manhattan" was to free Sententia from control of its colonizer country: Orre. With the ability to give one access to the moves of the Legendaries, with power tenfold, a Pokemon was said to have used it to call on the move Judgement of Arceus. It's sheer power later completely decimated Orre in a "mushroom cloud" and left it as the wasteland it is today. Fearing misuse of such a device, its creators attempted to destroy it, but later on decided to merely break it apart and hide the pieces, should Humans try and attack Sententia again. The artifact is currently hidden in four parts. One is the crystal orb, two are the broken halves of the surrounding disc, and the last part is actually the instruction manual to the "Manhattan" project. "Manhattan"'s creators hid the parts well, but left cryptic messages and clues in many famous artifacts (a la National Treasure style) so they could be found again in case in time of need once more.

The truly good members of the government though, have become aware of this plan with their own spy, and decide to secretly contact the now leaderless guilds for assistance with their plans. Since they know they cannot outright attack the corrupt members under fear for their own life, they decide to ask the Rescue team members to try find the artifact before the corrupt officials' agents do, or to try and expose the corrupt members to the public.

The player is given the choice to be either a corrupt official's agent or as a Rescue Team. Rescue Teams are tasked with the mission to either search for the artifact, or try and expose one of the corrupt officials to the public. Agents only have to search for the artifact, but at the same time avoid getting attacked by Rescue Teams who know the truth.

The adventure comes from the fact that the artifact is broken in to four pieces, and while each side knows what city they are located in, the exact location is unknown. Also, members of both sides will have to deal with the racial prejudice of the Sententia society. Even Upper Types will be disrespected in a Lower Type city. The species rank will also be used by the Corrupt official to try and accuse the Rescue Team if they try and expose them.

Inspiration: I mostly created this out of a desire to make a highly detailed and cultural society, with a large plot that could be influenced by more realistic social events rather than just "good guy vs. bad guy". Racism, corruption, conspiracy, double-crossing, the whole lot is in there. Also, I wanted to make an RP that would influence a players decisions on more than just being a good or bad guy. Type alone makes things far more complicated.

Where I need help: My friends have read this at school, and told me this is more of a plot of a novel, rather than an RP. They say it's too structured and like they have little room to "breathe" or be creative. I claimed not, saying that I just put a lot of detail in it, but now I am not too sure. My main problem seems to be making the RP, more playable. I planned out everything down from the cities, to the racism, to the plot, even going as far as to give the types social rankings and stereotypes. I wanted to create random announcements, said by city officials about the upcoming "Meeting", mentioned above, to act as sort of a deadline or an opportunity, with a city official meeting coming up on a certain date that would have the citizens try and give power over to government.

In all honesty, I don't know. I tried to make the plot detailed with a second story line option, plus the option of good and bad, but I think I did it in the wrong way. Suggestions and help would be much appreciated.

Thank you all for your help and comments, I really want to make this RP good. :biggrin:



Golly, things sure have gotten exciting here haven't they. Man, thanks to this thread, I've managed to edit much of my plot to something more ornate with a darker twist. Lots of political reasons behind it too.

But, I've managed to hit a major wall. My friends have walked up to me, asking about the Type racism evident in the above quote of my "RP". Then, my genius friend asks me quickly: "What about dual-type Pokemon?" Those with two types...

I went like all, "Oh, crap..."

I have a major question for you guys on this thread. Above on the quote thing is a chart that lists the "hierarchy" of Pokemon types in the isolated nation of Sententia. However, what would happen if there were those with two types, and they were radically different.

E.X.: Lucario: Fighting/Steel type. Steel is way up near the top, while Fighting is second-lowest. How would he fit in society?

On a second note, for all of you guys who might want to play this RP. Some of my friends have warned me that some people might be offended by several elements of this RP. Since most of the creations have had basis off of often controversial historical events and stereotypes, I was just wondering if any of you might get offended? I do not want to make anyone here angry, you guys are all very nice here on these threads. :happy:

I have just created my little "artifact" known as "Manhattan", that plays a major role in the RP. I threw a whole lot of political undertones and hints of genocide associated with the item. The "Manhattan" itself was actually based off the Atomic bomb, which held the same codename "Manhattan" while it was being created in the U.S. to be dropped on Japan.

The plot itself in the RP thing above might offend other people too. There is a pretty thin allusion to the 9/11 World Trade Center with the conspiracy theory that the government itself had planned it the whole time, and other asides to fanatical cults of "lower races" and the Nazi allusion of "Pure Race" of the Upper types, as well as relations to Communism of corrupt government leaders.

I know it sounds silly to be asking such a question, since this is merely just an RP, but I seriously am worried that someone might get offended by the material on this RP. I've heard stories about people getting banned for putting such stuff online. And I don't want that to happen here. Most other people like to put fantastical elements, or post-apocalyptic or things that are generally to "out-there" to get people mad. However, I threw in plenty of things to try and make my RP more realistic that can easily hit home with some people out there.

Do you think this material is too offensive?

(P.S. Constructive criticism of the RP is much appreciated as well.)

Lusankya
02-10-2011, 10:01 PM
The only thing I’m concerned about this kind of power is bunnying, but if the RPers aren’t directly affected by it, then it should be fine. NPCs, however, can be still drawn toward it.
Well, it's supposed to be a very indirect and subtle sort of power, again like the One Ring. Imperial RPers would just feel a strong devotion to their Emperor and fight extra-hard because of it.

Sounds fine, I think that definitely still works. I guess I thought the Empire was still a very strong and dominant world power, but now, I see that while they’re stronger than the Resistance, they’ve lost a lot of their power, and are struggling to take it back from the Ara’kaiz.

As for the resistance, since they still have the legendaries, I guess you’re right that they still have hope, even though their survival depends greatly on how much the Empire and the Ara’kaiz focus on each other and ignore what the fragmented resistance is doing. Also, to make sure people don’t jump on taking legendaries so swiftly and easily, you could require that if they take a legendary Pokémon as a character, that legendary has to start off seriously wounded and/or crippled in one way or another (deafness, blindness, possible limb amputation, and so on), whereas humans that are a part of the resistance wouldn’t be required to do that.
That sounds like a good idea, the crippled thing I mean. Would balance out the faction quite nicely.

Just in case, you could say it was completely decimated in the initial attack, that some kind of Ara’kaiz superweapon (that’s gone too now) destroyed it and leveled it completely. One example is the Ara’kaiz used a void/oblivion displacement superweapon on it, and all that remains of Unova is essentially a hole of oblivion that consumes the existence of anything that flies into it. Thankfully, said Void Superweapon was completely destroyed before it was used a second time.
Ah, yeah that would work. Thanks for the idea.

I have Tiberium Wars (not installed on this machine right now, I’m looking into buying a new computer because the processor on this thing is awful and has had issues lately), but I don’t have Kane’s Wrath. I also haven’t played TW for at least a year by now (replaced mostly by Starcraft II), so I’d be badly out of practice. :P

It’s a really decent game, though every time I’ve played with my brother, we’ve harvested and burned out all the Tiberium fields on the map very, very quickly and many times we’ve hit near-stalemates because of it. Other than that repeating issue, the game is fantastic.

Sounds like you ecoboom and turtle too much XD My 1v1 and 2v2 games usually ended long before running out of tiberium on the entire map was an issue. Also, I haven't played in over a year either, so we'd be pretty fair on that front. I was pretty good back in the day though, was ranked top 200 in the 2v2 ladder on KW at a point.

Latio-Nytro
02-11-2011, 01:00 AM
Golly, things sure have gotten exciting here haven't they. Man, thanks to this thread, I've managed to edit much of my plot to something more ornate with a darker twist. Lots of political reasons behind it too.

But, I've managed to hit a major wall. My friends have walked up to me, asking about the Type racism evident in the above quote of my "RP". Then, my genius friend asks me quickly: "What about dual-type Pokemon?" Those with two types...

I went like all, "Oh, crap..."

I have a major question for you guys on this thread. Above on the quote thing is a chart that lists the "hierarchy" of Pokemon types in the isolated nation of Sententia. However, what would happen if there were those with two types, and they were radically different.

E.X.: Lucario: Fighting/Steel type. Steel is way up near the top, while Fighting is second-lowest. How would he fit in society?

On a second note, for all of you guys who might want to play this RP. Some of my friends have warned me that some people might be offended by several elements of this RP. Since most of the creations have had basis off of often controversial historical events and stereotypes, I was just wondering if any of you might get offended? I do not want to make anyone here angry, you guys are all very nice here on these threads. :happy:

I have just created my little "artifact" known as "Manhattan", that plays a major role in the RP. I threw a whole lot of political undertones and hints of genocide associated with the item. The "Manhattan" itself was actually based off the Atomic bomb, which held the same codename "Manhattan" while it was being created in the U.S. to be dropped on Japan.

The plot itself in the RP thing above might offend other people too. There is a pretty thin allusion to the 9/11 World Trade Center with the conspiracy theory that the government itself had planned it the whole time, and other asides to fanatical cults of "lower races" and the Nazi allusion of "Pure Race" of the Upper types, as well as relations to Communism of corrupt government leaders.

I know it sounds silly to be asking such a question, since this is merely just an RP, but I seriously am worried that someone might get offended by the material on this RP. I've heard stories about people getting banned for putting such stuff online. And I don't want that to happen here. Most other people like to put fantastical elements, or post-apocalyptic or things that are generally to "out-there" to get people mad. However, I threw in plenty of things to try and make my RP more realistic that can easily hit home with some people out there.

Do you think this material is too offensive?

(P.S. Constructive criticism of the RP is much appreciated as well.)

Actually, I was going to ask you about the Stereotype structure.

First off, Isn't it odd that Ice Types are put almost on top of the structure for being rare? Isn't rarity for Pokemon in human terms, which Pokemon do not care for that much, or really at all? I'd lower them to...About the level of Water or Fire types.

Second off, as per any Pokemon in general, I suppose that there could be exceptions to the racial sceme based off a specific Pokemon's abilities. Lucario and Riolu, In Example, can see and control the aura, something that borders on Psychic abilities. That could really bloster their rank in society. If stuff like that isn't taken into account, I'd put them at the same level as the city they were born in. For example, A Rotom born in Vi Clero would be treated as an Electric type, but if he was born in Daiesta, he'd be treated as a Ghost type. If he was randomly born in, persay, Galapil, then he'd be treated as the lower caste (Ghost).

If that doesn't work for you, than just say any Pokemon would be put in the highest or lowest Caste that it's type allows for. That would mean that a Meditite would automatically be treated as a Psychic type regardless of it being part Fighting type too, or vice-versa.

I love the current storyline, though WHERE the peices of Manhatten are should be addressed. If not, then one person could easily RP the peices into being in, persay, Halcitta, Vi Clero, Daiesta, and Jus Livas, but another person could also easily RP the peices into being in Fialem, Mawerk, Radivian, and Kon Tis. Where are the peices?

One more thing-Who are the corrupt members of Kon Tis'es government, and who are the good members? I'd love that information. It's obvious that the Normal type member is corrupt, personally, because all the social rasicim wouldn't affect him as much as every other type. Moreover, who are the Members? Again, knowing the species of the members would help.

I'm not insulted by the whole thing going on with the plot. In fact, I would LOVE to play this RP. Make the SU, and I'll join.

Oh, yes...you mispelled 'Fuzed,' it should be 'Fused.' And 'Fuzes' Should be 'Fuses.' Just so you know!

dualismlover
02-11-2011, 03:56 AM
@Latio-Reol

Basis, off of the city they were born in...That's actually a whole lot better than what I had in mind. Really great suggestion L-R, I'll see to try and put that into account. My original idea was actually extremely fuzzy, with your lower idea of basis off of highest/lowest type. But it didn't just seem to "click" in my head on that idea. It makes it so much easier to create characters then, just state their city of birth and "poof!" they got their rank!

The Ice types...well, they were the ones I genuinely had the most trouble with, along with Bug types to give a social ranking...Nothing in society really personified them that well. Anyway, here's my revamped Racial Hierarchy:

Social Heirarchy: From Highest to Lowest

Psychic
Dragon
Electric
Steel
Flying
Water
Ice
Fire
Normal- Middle Ground
Rock
Ground
Dark
Ghost
Bug
Fighting
Poison

Yes, and I have decided to follow your "exceptions" concept you brought up R-L. Lucario and his species, with aura abilities constantly keep their Steel ranking, regardless of city of birth. Same goes for other Pokemon with special abilities outside their normal type.

The Eevees and their evolution have become another exception as a chat with my friend coerced me to do. Since the fact that one normal type can become multiple different other types when they evolve, the Eeveelutions actually keep their original rank of Normal, regardless of type evolution. This good and bad, notable for Umbreons and Espeons respectively, although when it comes to wealth, the Eeveelutions still hold true to the status quo. This is countered by the Eevees creating their own little neighborhoods, akin to the immigrants during the late 1800's. They huddle and group together in whole blocks of their kind, and help each other out. Like many European, Asian and Hispanic, immigrants, lots of Eevees hold the same last name (Like Smith, Lopez, or Nguyen). A common joke among Pokemon is that with Eevees: "You know you're an Eevee when your cousin, your uncle, your cousin's uncle, your uncle's cousin, and your cousin's cousin, all live on the same street."

Ditto became another exception. Since it can copy another Pokemon and imitate it, despite being normal type, the Dittos have been shunned by much of society to the level of Dark or Ghost types. It's due to the fact that they can assume any Pokemon's form that they are regarded as "wanting to improve their status", and shrugged off as social climbers.

As for "Manhattan" (Man-hadn't), the pieces locations actually were chosen already.

The Orb: Hidden in a totally surprising location: literally on the underside of the Sunlit Bridge of Halcitta (Sunlit Bridge is like the Golden Gate Bridge). It is hidden in a small sealed off section of the underside of the bridge that looks like the rest of the bridge (think, in the concrete). The Dragon-types have put a protective seal on it to prevent the container from being damaged, plus, who would even dream of damaging a national landmark? Literally no one knows of its locations and the Dragon-types held in charge of it, keep it with their lives. They believe that no one should even come close to it, fearing that only bad things can come of its use. Plus, the guardians are Dragonite, Salamance, and Garchomp, will fight to keep it safe. No one even knows they are guardians as well: just ordinary priests or nuns at the cathedral, in the only city that accepts Homosexuals (they gladly marry people regardless of sexual preferece). Religious members wouldn't keep such a secret would they?

The Gold Disc Half: This part is sadly so easy to spot, but yet so out of grasp. It has become part of the Ball in the Titanium Square (Times Square), that drops every New Year. It's so small though, no one can see it from afar, plus it is actually inside the ball itself. And all the Pokemon working on the ball have no idea it actually is a piece of history, they use it as a much needed conductor to light up the ball. To get it, one would have to either get permission from the mayor, or try to take it, which would make them a terrorist for attacking such an item in the city.

The Platinum Disc Half: Truly lost to history, the platinum half has been caged in the massive underground ruins of Amonter, underneath the streets from which Liberty was fought for. It is hidden in a maze-like, once lost ancient test site where "Manhattan" was first created, several miles below the ground. Wild Pokemon now swarm the area to become a new home. To find it, one would have to decipher ancient clues in famous landmarks scattered all over historical sites (like Da Vinci code), and avoid all the booby traps once set by the original developers to protect the area from being discovered.

The Instruction Manual: It is unknown how it got there, but the manual for using the device is actually located in the very place one would first look for it: Kon Tis, the national Government. It is hidden in the top secret, classified section of the CIA department, where literally hundreds of armed guards watch over the place, with security cameras and whatnot. The clues to the location are actually little runes on the side of the pages of oldest and largest copy of "Pokemon Fairy Tales", held in the national library, that must be translated into old Unown script (no one would think of putting runes there). The CIA knows it has possession of the item, but does not know what it is either. They keep it in a vault with constant surveillance, as it is deemed, a "shady artifact", that a lot of Pokemon seem to want.


On the note of the Government officials, L-R, I haven't created exactly who they are yet. I'll tell them to you once I am done. The only one I have so far is Vaporeon: mayor of Platina and government representative of the city. He's actually supposed to be an important NPC, who regularly contacts the good guys to inform them of any clues on the artifact, or warn them of the coming deadline when the corrupt officials will ask for complete power.

The trick with him though is, you have to prove to Vaporeon that you are worthy of receiving his assistance. Most of the time he acts like a tourist, happy-go-lucky, singing songs and welcoming people to Platina to spend time at the resort (Platina has the largest resort in the country, enough to hold about 500,000 guests). No one would suspect he is in on such a complex ordeal. However, in reality, this Vaporeon is a master at Water-type attacks and holds affiliates with nearly every Eeveelution in the country. He's like a "Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass". While he seems to be an ADD kid, in reality Vaporeon is constantly on the scour for possible allies, while posing as Mr. Sunshine as split side of his personality to get possible candidates to deduce that he isn't really as shallow as he seems. When he does get into battle (he's very hard to convince, all about having fun), he is relentless and merciless, creating and controlling water to bend to his whim, much akin to Waterbending in the Avatar series. One would have to prove that he is both one of the good members, and can defeat him in battle to prove that they can handle such a task. He doesn't fight the corrupt officials despite his power though, he is worried about the safety of his city: if he attacked the corrupt officials, they would accuse the whole city of treachery. Instead, if you can ally with him, Vaporeon will both ally with you...plus give you free nights in some of the best suites in the Resort. And with a beach, massive pools, TWO amusement parks (one water, one regular), 800 shops and restaurants, world class dining, an indoor canal with gondolas, a massive casino and the largest spa in the country...who can say no to that?! :biggrin::biggrin:

Thanks for your advice Latio-Reol, you helped me loads like NeoPikachu earlier back. And it's rather flattering to be given such a nice compliment to join an RP by a Master trainer!

Neo Emolga
02-12-2011, 04:25 PM
@ dualismlover

Yeah, hate to say it, but the dual type thing really throws a wrench in the whole plan.

A way to salvage it might be by making the three lowest types on the tier, Poison, Fighting, and Bug, and make them the lowest and most highly disrespected types. As for the highest respected types, they could be Ice, Dragon, and Electric. Besides Joltik and his evolution, Galvantula, no Pokémon would be a type of a poorly discriminated type and a type of a highly respected type at the same time (ex, there are no Poison/Dragon types, no Ice/Fighting types, and so on). And yes, I checked this and it works out. With Joltik and Galvantula, they could just be seen as completely carnival freaks of nature. As for all the others, they could just be seen as the middle class. For dual types, if they have just one type that’s respected (such as a Dragon/Flying like Dragonite), then they’re respected. If they have one that’s disrespected, then they’re disrespected like any other single type that’s Poison, Fighting, or Bug.

I checked the new plot, and it seems a bit long-winded and confusing, sorry to say. The artifact part is okay, but the rest of it is a political cyclone that in all truth and honesty, it just feels like the RPers would just be helplessly swept up in it rather than really being able to change things around and assume the roles of heroes. What kinds of things can the RPers do in order to make a difference in this situation? What separates them from normal civilians? To me, it just doesn’t seem like there’s all that much. Meanwhile, the racism part seems to be a double-edged sword in all this. It’s a great plot device, but in terms of RPers trying to work with it, it’s stifling. With the racism going on, it makes it difficult for characters to band together, and because of that, you’re going to be running into trouble.

To me, it just seems like this would probably make a decent fan fiction, but in terms of an RP, there’s too much going on for it to be open to multiple directions, and it seems like a “plot overseer” is needed to ensure this complex and thoroughly detailed plot continues and develops in an orderly fashion. It reminds me a bit of the Borne movies, which considering their plots and storyline designs, could probably never be RPed with the same kind of effectiveness. This is the kind of plot that would need very particular characters to play very particular roles, and the only way you could effectively accomplish that is by designing the characters yourself, taking control of them, and having them perform specific roles in other to progress the detailed and complex storyline.

Other than that, I really don’t know what to say. I can tell the thought is there, but it just seems like you dove far too deep into the exposition and rising action parts of the plot, and now the characters just seem like they would be lost in the middle of it.

Latio-Nytro
02-12-2011, 11:18 PM
Yhea, Dualisimlover...The whole Idea was good, but Neo brings up a good point-The plot needs to be reworked. The Caste System is good, the Artifact is good, but Currently, the plot is...Erk....Two Ideas-Either work out the plot so that there's more player flexibility, or 'hide' the plot.

Neo-It WAS your idea to go the Government Corruption route. Plus, we worked out the Stereotype system.

Basically, City of Birth determines it for dual type Pokemon. If the City of Birth for a Joltik was Vi Clero, then it would be in the Electric type Caste (as Vi Clero is the Electric Type city). However, if the Joltik was born in Helberg-the Bug Type city-then it will be treated as a Bug Type. In the case scenario that it was born anywhere else, then Joltik would be in the Lower Caste (Bug).

Special traits also apply. Lucario's Ability to control Aura will grant it Steel Type Respect, regardless of city of birth. Eevee's and their Evolutions are all treated as Normal Types, and cluster together in small communities. Ditto are seen at a level similar to Ghost and Dark types. There are a few others here and there that also have special rules. For instance, I'd assume Government officials to be treated much better than regular citizens of the same type.

The Type Caste has also changed. Ice is between Water and Fire now. So the order, from highest to lowest, is now Psychic-Dragon-Electric-Steel-Flying-Water-Ice-Fire-Normal-Rock-Grass-Ground-Dark-Ghost-Bug-Fighting-Poison. Dualisimlover and I gave insight into it, If you read the two posts above your own.

Oh, yes, Dualisimlover...Although I don't mean to offend you in any way by saying this, Neo is right, a good fanfic can be derived from this, and I'd be happy to invest some time in one. If that's OK with you, of course!

dualismlover
02-13-2011, 01:22 AM
@NeoPikachu and Latio-Reol

You guys are right, I read the comments, I did go overboard on planning out this RP to the point that I left no creativity for the players whatsoever. I think this stemmed from the fact that I am a detail hog, wanting to plan out everything to the smallest detail before I do any writing. I'm kind of jealous of a lot of my friends, they can just draw or write on the spot, no planning necessary. I need to be ordered and structured before I can even do anything.

I think I'll just scrap this idea for an RP, I've gone already too far into detail to cut it down. The fanfiction idea is really tantalizing though, I'll keep this Final Conspiracy idea for a story that I can write. My mind has gone crazy, creating characters that would play roles in the plot as they go by. I can really see this taking off as a more of a fan fiction than any kind of RP. The sheer amount of detail would be too much for a player to remember, let alone process into any kind of post. To do so would require like, a page worth of writing for each post.

Oh, well, I guess it's back to square one now for RP creation. Gonna need lots of history books again. I think my main downfall was the fact that I really lack creativity. Nearly everything in this RP was borrowed off of real elements of society, especially the plot which was taken from lots of events of the 1900s, which is by far more intricate and intense than let's say, the 1700s. The Racism aspect was borrowed off modern day interpretations of American people, a.k.a.: Fighting-Ghettos, Electric-Celebrities. Hell, "Manhattan" was just a revamped version of the atomic bomb.

I can't just "create" though, I can NEVER do anything well if I'm not given a basis for which to start on. Give me a blank piece of paper and say "draw", and I'll sit there for twenty minutes thinking just WHAT to draw.

I think...to make another RP, without killing myself with intense thinking, I should stick with more ancient history for basis. I don't know, I just have to use realistic elements off of things I create. That I guess was born from hanging out with my friends. My friends are what I call otakus, and this stuff here like on Pokemonelite2000 is what many of them live by. And they just like drive me INSANE with their creations and works. They're like "Okay, let's make an RP...I think I'll do...Naruto mixed with Bleach in an epic fantasy tale that somehow manages to have ancient Feudal Japan elements (that they think they're experts on, but really just know it based on Anime), with future Starwars tech in Tokyo!" I'm all like WTF?!! :oops:

Thanks you guys for helping me, even if it did make me scrap my RP for use as a fanfiction. It made me see that a lot of detail, can easily be TOO MUCH detail. I need to take it slowly, think the way of a player. What would I want to play with, where I can free?

Neo Emolga
02-13-2011, 04:22 AM
It’s better if you start with a theme, or think of a central aspect, setting, or scenario and work around that. I kind of mentioned this in that RP guide I created. Start with something familiar, work a theme into in, and then combine elements from one or multiple genres into it to make it unique, and keep building around it but keeping everything tied together so its original and makes sense without too many outside distractions. The more games, movies, books (preferably science fiction/fantasy), and ideas you’re exposed to over time, the more sources of inspiration you’ll be able to draw from.

Truthfully, in all my years of plot making for RPs and fan fictions, and even novels that I’ve written before PE2K, I’ve never once turned toward a history book for inspiration. History is pretty much defined, and you can’t change what’s already happened. Even plots that I know of that ask a “what if” scenario and have an alternate event take place if different outcomes happened in a particular event in history tend to involve fictional elements as well. If you’re going to use an event in history anyway, use it as a basic catalyst for other ideas based on fantasy and science fiction. For example, what if World War II had dragons in it, and what if it was taking place on a world where oil, coal, and natural gas are so present that its actually a problem, but something so simple and taken for granted on earth, like clean air and trees, are rare and valued like gold? Or what if you started with the Vietnam War, but another dark faction called Endgame rises to power to use the war as a distraction to conquer both sides, uses a newly found Indiana Jones’s like artifact to summon dark, evil spirits to crush both sides, and then suddenly the armies of Heaven and Hell are suddenly involved in a war that escalates from a war of communism into such a confrontation that the entire spiritual essence of the world is at stake? Play around with even your wildest imagination, no one will think less of you for going all out. And yes, this is exactly how I make my RPs. Go. Freaking. Wild. That’s the best advice I can give to anyone when it comes to plots. You may think its nuts, but I’ve done it before, and generally the more wild an idea is, the more eye-catching and thrilling it becomes.

In terms of political schemes, it’s okay to have a little bit going on, but don’t really overdo it. Internal corruption with a lot of bureaucrats barking at each other doesn’t really make a great storyline, and in terms of an RP, it’s boring. People like fantasy elements more, they like action, thrills, heroism, and its better if the storyline is left up to them, rather than them just serving as support characters to NPCs. Again, in this format, it could make a great fan fiction.

Hopefully this helps, I know its tough but don’t give up on it.

Latio-Nytro
02-14-2011, 01:27 AM
HOLD EVERYTHING!

Dualisimlover, You'll love this more than dualisim. [/namejoke]

We can keep the general setting, but simply 'erase' the plot, and instead focus on hunting for the artifact.

If you don't get what I mean, then I mean this: Manhattan is powerful enough on it's own, right? However, let's just say that nobody had no clue where even one peice of the legendary artifact was, yet it was powerful enough to lure Exploration teams, Treasure Hunters, and other characters into trying to find the peices in the wilderness, or in old nooks and crannies in the cities.

However, one day, a Pokemon happened to stumble upon a clue to one of the peices of Manhattan...Or really, four clues. One for each peice, the clues subtly pointed towards the four locations of each of Manhattan's parts. This Pokemon turned it into the Government of Kon Tis, which turned it over to the National Library.

Most Pokemon couldn't make heads or tails of it. It was far too sophisticated for even the knowledgeable Psychic Types, or philosophy-enriched Dragon Types.

...Most Pokemon.

The RPers play Pokemon that have discovered several locations where a peice of the artifact could potentially be, and are motivated into hunting for them. The trick of this RP is that although each clue point towards several locations (2 to 3), even after being deciphered, only one of the potential locations lead to one peice of the artifact. The other locations weild fakes, which are exact replicas, minus the lack of power. Moreover, other RPers could easily take other peices that are unclaimed, and therefore, confrontation will be needed now and then to force RPers into giving up peices of Manhattan that you don't have. With complicated clues, fake peices, rival 'Manhunters,' and whatever traps put between the RPer and Manhattan...The RP can get pretty exiting.

Everything else (The Type caste, the cities, the country, the Government) can stay the same. Dualisim, it's your idea, so you've got full rights to this stuff. I'm just throwing out an idea.

Lusankya
03-05-2011, 08:31 PM
So I rewrote the introduction to CotV, and would like some feedback. Specifics on the factions are to follow.

Outside the universe, there is nothing.

It has been called Beyond, Hyperspace, Outside, Void, Abyss. Its story has been passed down through the generations of countless worlds in countless galaxies. A hundred thousand species have gazed into it and shuddered, and a hundred million have seen it and wondered.

Whatever its name, the nothing is not empty.

Azkathon dwells in the void.

His name bequeathed in a time when the stars were yet children, his history forgotten by even the most ancient beings, his power horrifying to all who are its witness, Azkathon lies outside the universe, waiting.

In an age before, he had not been content to have patience. Sweeping through the vast emptiness of space, he had devoured all life he came across and he turned galaxy after galaxy into barren wastelands. Yet it was never enough to fill his insatiable hunger. And so, Azkathon created two beings to serve him: one to reap, the other to sow. The former he named Ain. The latter, Arceus.

So the endless cycle of death and rebirth began. Arceus created the worlds, seeded them with life and guided their growth into flourishing places teeming with boundless energy, and Ain came to reap the crop of his power so that the worlds could be delivered up to their master. For an interminable eon this cycle continued, and neither of the two could remember how many steps of their dance had passed.

But this time, something was different. Something new, original, unknown to all that had passed for it, arose on Arceus’s little world. From the depths of the very planet itself, a new race had emerged. Calling themselves “humans”, they showed boundless creativity and infinite potential as creators, not created. They swiftly spread out across the world, conquering land and sea and sky, overcoming their far more well-endowed counterparts in the lands where they lived with sheer force of will, and dream.

This is their story.

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Turmoil was wracking the planet. Nations fought and conquered each other. The world was infested with endless war as a hundred different peoples fought for their sovereign existences. In the midst of all this, a single man, Alexander Morbane, delve into a deep cave beneath a once-pristine landscape, and found there a strange stone. Days later, the Millennium Comet passed, and he found himself holding in his hands one ancient yet naďve Wishmaker. Given the offer of a single wish, Morbane took a long look at the world in which he lived, and, believing in his own ability, wished to rule it.

Fast forward two decades. Morbane has united his home region of Johto and now his armies are spreading out across the globe. Nation after nation falls to the Primoris Empire. Soon Morbane has united the entire world into a single, grand empire and only scattered resistance remains to his rule. Yet he is not satisfied with his accomplishments. Believing that only he could truly bring peace, he aimed to conquer the forces of nature. His armies attacked the Legendaries, bending some to his will, and slaughtering those who refused to join his new world order.

Battered and beleaguered, the remaining Legends and their followers that have united to defend themselves against humanity's onslaught gather on the slopes of Mt. Coronet. Many have lost hope; the ones that still dare to dream turn their eyes towards the heavens, searching for a sign from their god, a hope of salvation to turn the tides of this war. Yet as the armies of the Primoris approach, it seems that no hope remains. Surrounded, the Legends and their followers prepare to make their last stand.

From the sky descends a trail of clouds. No sign from Arceus; rather, a nuclear missile, intended to wipe out the resisters once and for all. But as the missile detonates, a miracle: a shining white beam erupts from the tip of Mt. Coronet, followed by an enormous shockwave that shields the mountain from the explosion and flattens the human armies. It would seem that their prayers had been answered.

Wishful thinking indeed. For the beam had been a beacon, prepared in the first churnings that would forge this world to signal its end.

They came. From the endless void beyond the highest reaches of human or Pokemon imagination, they descended from the stars in numbers to blot out the sun. The Ara'kaiz, servants of their god Ain and counterparts to Arceus’s children, launched a massive assault on every major population center in the Pokemon world, slaughter that did not discriminate between Pokemon or human. The Empire is torn to shreds by the sudden assault; what forces remain rally around their Emperor as the outer provinces, left to fend for themselves, attempt to organize around former resistance movements. The Ara’kaiz horrify the humans, their alien appearance and their unearthly power smashing through their attempts to defend themselves. Yet in the Pokemon, they instill a primeval terror, a primitive and instinctual knowledge that these are the harbingers of the world’s end.

Yet the Ara'kaiz themselves are confused and disoriented. They had come when summoned by Arceus's beacon, as they had in every cycle before. But instead of descending upon a verdant green planet filled with life and Pokemon roaming every inch of land, sky and sea, they found a world devastated by war and industry and pollution and death, filled with these strange new creatures called "humans" that had never existed in any cycle before. For Arceus has summoned the reapers before they were ready and when humanity was at its height of strength, in an attempt the break the cycle once and for all. Gathering his strength, he annihilates the Ara’kaiz Mothership, sending its gargantuan carcass plummeting for orbit. The Mothership crashes into Isshu, obliterating the region from existence. But the blow to the Ara’kaiz was far greater, for without their Mothership they lack the ability to sustain their assault. Every soldier became irreplaceable, every loss permanent.

Enraged, Ain takes to the skies, where Arceus seals the two of them in another dimension, so that the battle between gods would not destroy the world. Meanwhile, below, the three races are left to conquer each other as they fight for survival.

Saraibre Ryu
03-16-2011, 07:06 AM
I wanna keep this alive.

RP Title: – Pledge
RP Fandom Basis: – Pokemon, specifically, the Shadow Triad group
Opening Plot and Exposition: – This is the rough sketch...writing, thing.

So we have these young children of the Shadow Triad, one with no family and not much of a life. Cliche yes but anyway, these children in question were constantly watched by a pack of Zoroark, to each their own Illusion Fox to watch them, and as such were exposed to a life of illusion in order to train them and influence them in the ways of the Shadow Triad: to be forever loyal to the pledge. These people don't exist, never have existed and never will in the eyes of society. No one sees them, no one notices them, they never allow themselves to be seen or recognized for anything special, they are merely a shadow. After so many years of living in a life of illusion and false reality, these children who are now pre adults or adults, come into the real world. The Zoroark that watched them have vanished and now left to fend for themselves in an entirely new world, some may feel betrayed by the Shadow Triad, others may still cling to the only thing they've known to be real: their pledge. Between those who feel betrayed and wish to exact retribution for their lives raised in false truth, and those who still follow the ways of the shadow Triad by completing their pledge, or following it, an underground war goes on.
Inspiration: – The Shadow Triad seemed cool and their whole thing with the loyalty. I think they were short lived so I thought they could of used their own spotlight.
Where you need help: – Touching up, brushing up, maybe someone else with an idea to add. The Zoroark thing is really something of a...well it's just there and why they all poofed is kinda fuzzy...yeah I shouldn't be trying to explain things when I'm sick >_< Help pleash.

Neo Emolga
03-19-2011, 12:55 AM
@ ID Saraibre Ryu

I’ve only played halfway through Black, but I’ve seen the Shadow Triad a few times.

The premise seems like an okay start, but there’s a lot missing. What are the new motives of the Shadow Triad, what are they setting out to do, and how would the RPers be involved? What kinds of characters would the RPers create, and what would their role be? What kinds of other things would be involved at the same time?

I think this could work as a starting point, but the plot situation and the scenario just seem vague and a lot seems undefined. I just feel a lot more development is needed.

Lusankya
03-21-2011, 01:05 AM
I dunno about doing B/W RPs so early, since I doubt most people will have played through the entire game yet (I haven't, for one) and thus would be unable to participate without having the plot spoiled. But hey, if you can make it work, go for it.

NES2
04-12-2011, 08:43 PM
RP Title: Half-Life Episode 0: Castelia Lost

RP Fandom Basis: Pokemon, Sci-Fi, Half-Life, Crossovers

Opening Plot and Exposition: It was the night of April 14th, 2027, 9:00 PM the invasion began. Cyrus, the insane leader of Team Galactic, had attempted to summon Dialga, Palkia, and Giritina to create a new world, a dimension where emotion was expunged and he ruled alone. Years of work and research by his group had led him to summon them using the Red Chain. Though a brave trainer had attempted to stop him before he opened the rift of space and time, that trainer failed.

Cyrus had wanted a new world. He succeeded.

Dialga and Palkia did not obey as planned however. The two, forever in conflict, instead turned on one another. Cyrus was helpless to stop them as a great fight broke out atop Spear Pillar. Space and time began to collide, and then, shattered.

The fighting of the Legendaries opened a hole in space time above the mountain.

Across the world, time and space distorted, until eventually great rifts flew open allowing passage between the various dimensions beyond the world of Pokemon. Creatures of all kinds poured through the rifts, causing panic and chaos.

Watching were the Combine, an inter-dimensional empire of oppressive and inhumane aliens. They had been handed their first defeat a few years ago when a brave scientist had led a successful revolution on a planet they had conquered. They sought blood, a new dimension to invade and subject their rule upon. The war machine they had built up was hungry once more, but they needed a bit of luck. Then, on the monitors of their advanced glowing computers came word of another spacial rift, leading to another Earth. They wasted no time in beginning the invasion.

On April 15th 1:00 AM the first Citadel appeared in Castelia City.

By 2:15 AM Combine forces were underway with the world invasion. Divided earth forces who opposed the invasion were crushed in blitzkrieg fashion.

By 4:00 AM all major cities had been conquered. Citadels have appeared across the planet.

By 5:00 AM the last military force on the planet has surrendered. The Combine have won.

The Combine now rule the world of Pokemon, holding the planet tightly in it's grip. They have banned Pokemon Training to prevent any chance of rebellion among the masses. Many have lost hope, but a few brave trainers have banded together to continue the fight against the Combine. However, the Resistance doesn't have a Gordon Freeman to guide them to liberation, and the Combine will not make the same mistakes twice. But the smell of freedom is in the air, and the revolution is about to begin.


Inspiration: After tons of wiki reading, machinima watching, and free demo playing, I decided to make this RP about Half-Life. Why? I don't know. Will it be awesome? You decide.

Where you need help: The question is... WILL IT BLEND?

Other: The setting will be City 11, a post-invasion version of Castelia City. If someone is willing to do so, they can draw a map of what this would look like.

Raven X
04-12-2011, 09:54 PM
RP Title: Pokémon Mission of Time

RP Fandom Basis: – Pokémon

Opening Plot and Exposition: Well okay the story starts off like this; you are an agent in an organization called Pokémon Time Racers or just P.T.R. You take on different missions and you have to race against time to fix everything back.

For example, Professor Tyler has just gone back into time and has changed the way people drink milk. Because of this people cannot drink milk the way they would want too and so people stop growing. First you will have the added effects like your character will become very short, then P.T.R will send you back in time and you have a total of 24 hours of fixing everything before it becomes permanent.

I would need some seriously committed Rpers for this, the way it would go is every Friday evening or Saturday, I will come with a random mission and you all will have to take it. Then on Sunday morning or Saturday at midnight, you will start posting. You can only post about the mission for the whole day. Then if your actions prevented it from coming, you will not be affected by the added effects, this cycle will continue for the whole RP.

Ex. Let’s say you and your team was not able to stop Professor Tyler, then for the whole RP your character will become extremely short and no one will know but your character. But it could be other things.

Ex. Professor Silly have stopped the production of guns, if you were unable to stop this then you will not be able to use guns for the rest of the RP.

So what will you be doing in the middle of the week? Just taking a break or you can participate in different events that, I the leader of P.T.R make. For example, Pokémon battle week. For the whole week Monday-Friday the RPers would battle against each other. Or it could be swim day where everyone go hiking to a small lake and just have a good time.

Inspiration: – A lot of things, I just come up with this crazy stuff.

Where you need help: – I am open to anything. Do you think instead of having the missions on Sundays we could have them on Wednesdays? Also I need help for expanding on how P.T.R. was created and I will also need help making interesting missions.

Lusankya
04-12-2011, 10:33 PM
Considering that a lot of people can only post once or twice a day, it's not feasible to have that kind of real-time based set-up. I've never seen a really strict time-setup RP work. RPs that depend completely on the gamemaster aren't as strong as well. In my opinion, the best RPs create an open environment where the story flows from the interactions between the RPers.

Raven X
04-17-2011, 06:55 PM
RP Title: – I do not have one yet.

RP Fandom Basis: – Pokemon Ancient Times

Opening Plot and Exposition: – A long, long, long time ago, when the world was still young.. War went through the land. A long ensued battle between Arceus and Darkrai was going through the land. Darkrai and his troops seemed to be winning yet soon Arceus came up with the idea of the different Jewels of Tirsin. The Jewel of Power raised the attack of the user, the Jewel of Sturdiness raised the defense of the user, the Jewel of Mind raised the Special Attack of the user, the Jewel of Endurance raised the Special Defense of the user, the Jewel of Flash raised the speed of the user, and the Infinite Jewel gave the user another type. Arceus gave these special Jewels to powerful Pokémon and the Pokémon ended the war between Darkrai and Arceus.

Once the war was over, Arceus split the Jewels apart from each other and allowed powerful guardians to guard each Jewel. For the Jewel of Power he allowed a Dragonite, a Garchomp, a Haxorus, and a Salamence to guard it. For the Jewel of Sturdiness he allowed two Golurks to guard them. With the Jewel of Mind he allowed Latios and Latias to guard it. With the Jewel of Endurance he allowed Ho-Oh and Lugia to guard it. With the Jewel of Speed he allowed Celebi to guard it. With the Infinite Jewel he himself guarded it.

Soon time passed and everything started to grow again. Rescue teams were formed and the Guide called the Guardians led by a Lucario named Alphonso Pokémon was protected. Yet soon another Guide called Destruction led by an evil Zoruarak named Dante started to cause corruption in the world. Little was known about the different Jewels since they were not used again. Yet Dante started to do his research and decided to steal each and every Jewel. He located all of the guardians except Arceus and kilt them all. Once he had five of the Jewels he decided he would rule to Pokémon World.

He had a group of Pokémon to craft him a crown with a spot for each Jewel. This crown became learn as the Crown of Arceus. He did not want to show his power yet so he wanted to look for Arceus. Arceus soon made himself known and a powerful fight came. Arceus lost and was turn to stone and Dante took the Infinite Jewel. He then started destroying villages with his team and kilt any Pokémon that stood in his way. Quickly Alphonso took his guide, the Guardians and build an underground network to prevent them from being kilt by Dante.

Dante thought that they were just in hiding and decided not to do anything about it. Little did Dante know but Alphonso was getting ready for a powerful war. Since Dante did not have a lot of the powers that Arceus had, the weather began to change, crops stopped growing, and water started to dry up. The whole land was in ruins thanks to this Pokémon. Dante built himself a castle and issued orders to kill any rebels. Meanwhile the Guardian guide was majorly growing. At first it was only five hundred members living in the underground tunnels but soon it grew to almost ten thousand. Alphonso knew it was only a matter of time before Dante would find out. Now it was the Second Pokémon World War, between Alphonso and Dante. Who would win? You will decide.

Where you need help: – I will need someone to make a banner and a map for the area. Also any suggestions would be very helpful.

Neo Emolga
04-18-2011, 09:43 PM
RP Title: – I do not have one yet.

RP Fandom Basis: – Pokemon Ancient Times

I think the major problem with this RP is that it seems like NPCs are really running the show, whereas the only roles RPers would seem to have is just being their minions and won't really drive the storyline. In essence, it seems more like a fan fiction than an RP. Dante and Alphonso are really the ones who have all the important roles, everyone else is really just a grunt that won't be changing very much when it comes to the overall storyline. You really need to make it clear that RPers are the ones driving everything, and aren't just riding on a storyline train that they have no direction or control over.

The jewels also don't really seem that powerful, and Arceus having the ability to pop these out of nowhere to defeat and overcome Darkrai just seemed way too easy and convenient. Also, you should really try to stay away from using game stats terminology with an RP. If you read a fantasy novel, no where will you read that one character hitting another character with a weapon reduced his HP, so drop the "attack" and "special defense" stuff. It would be better to have the jewels do something a little more unique and original, and to really give them a role, a place, and a history in the storyline, and not just be a quick thing Arceus cooked up for an easy win.

To be honest, I find that most of my best RPs don't involve Arceus at all. His face shows up in RPs much too often, and if he's around, RPers often just play supporting roles around an already powerful entity.

Also, please, a "kilt" is a dress, the correct word you're looking for is "killed." Google image search it if you don't believe me. :P

Raven X
04-21-2011, 11:01 PM
Kk well back to the drawing board.

Kamikaze
06-21-2011, 10:38 AM
RP Title: The Guardians (I'm open to suggestions, names isn't really my forte)
RP Fandom Basis: Pokémon, medieval setting(No guns, high-tech equipment etc. The most advanced projectile weapons are crossbows and catapults/trebuchets, haven't decided on the pokeball feature, flashback to gen2 makes me think of apricorns, but you would still need some kind of technology for that to work, wouldn't you?), 'fantasy/mysticism/magic'(explained below)
Opening Plot and Exposition:
The people of <region> had lived in peace for decades. Having lived under the protection from Arceus and his legendary guardians, there hadn't been a war or even a natural disaster for the past century. And even the conflict between the two factions had been thwarted. One side, <"Pokémon/Human Co-op" faction>, had Pokémon and humans both working and living together, and there were often as many Pokémon as humans employed at the local blacksmith or at a farmer's fields. For generations that had been the way of living, and nobody saw any problems with that, except for the <"Pokémon and humans separated" faction>. They had nothing against Pokémon as such, but their opinion was that the Pokémon should live in their natural habitats, and that humans shouldn't interfere, or use them to do their own work. They argued that the Pokémon working alongside the humans did more than the humans themselves, and some extremists even called it slavery. This conflict had been rooted so deep within the two factions that some were fighting just because they always had done so. This all changed with the Council of the Guardians.

To the outside, this council was humans, normal in every way except for the fact that they had all been hand-picked by Arceus himself and his fellow legends. From the inside however, not much about them was normal any more. They had all lived within one of the two factions, and for various reasons they had been offered the opportunity of their lifetime, which, if they accepted the offer, ironically meant from that point until they had fulfilled whatever task that they were destined to perform, no matter if it would take ten, fifty or two-hundred years. There were seventeen Guardians in total, all with their own specialty, be it fire, ice, darkness or electricity, all except for one, the Council leader, the most powerful individual of them all, known as the Omni-Guardian. Arceus himself had created shards, small pieces of the plates he had created once before, and each guardian was given a shard coresponding to their element, with the Omni-Guardian recieving a small shard of each kind. The benefit of the Omni-Guardian was his ability to combine different skills in ways that the others couldn't even do with years of practice together, but the downside was that every other Guardian was much more skilled and flexible in their own niche than the Omni-Guardian ever could be. These shards came with a price though, using their abilities consumed power from their own bodies, weakening them momentarily. This was the one thing Arceus had made sure of, as they would have been able to turn on him with full might had he not limited their powers to their human bodies.

This council had quickly earned the respect of the people of both factions, partly through easily performing tasks almost impossible for normal human beings, but also partly because both factions were proud to have some of their own in the Council. Thanks to this respect, and to some extent fear of what Arceus might do if they didn't listened, both factions agreed to listen to a suggestion that the Council had in mind, although 'order' may be a better word, considering their influence in <region>. They told the gathered faction leaders that the only way to make peace was to find a way to live together, to learn from each other and get to know the other side with other words than enemy, slave-owner, or other even less flattering names. The suggestion made was that on top of the plateau, in the center of the region, both factions would together build a city, at the lake, the very center of the rivers that was currently the border between their territories. A lot of the faction-leaders were skeptical at best, but the Council firmly stated that if they went back home, and ask that all that were willing to consider this meet with the Guardians, both people themselves would be allowed to choose, rather than letting the few leaders gathered decide the fate of the region. Both sides reluctantly agreed, and did as they had been told. To much surprise, large parts of both factions seemed to be interested in ending the war, and there were many who volunteered to help with the building of the city.
With the council as the middle-man, always present when the two factions met to decide upon details, the two groups of people slowly got to know each other. After almost a decade the city stood finished, although it had been slow at first. Both sides had been eager to live in peace, but neither side trusted the other. Due to this, they had started out on separate ends, and although they were following the same schematics, things were going slow. As they got to know each other better though, there were eventually no team of builders that didn't include individuals from both factions, human and Pokémon alike. During the building of the city, the highest leader of both factions lived in temporary settlements near the building site. At first determined to make sure that the other side didn't try to cheat or try anything funny, but later on because they actually enjoyed the company of each other. They both had children, coincidentally both of them were boys and as such the heirs to the leadership, who had grown to become very good friends. What had a decade ago been treason was now looked upon as a sign of a good future, and their friendship would last for many years to come.
With the city finished, the Council summoned the leaders, and gave them a few 'guidelines'. They were both to live at the citadel, located in the center of the city. They were to rule the city together, and no faction would be superior to the other. Furthermore there would be no such thing as specific sections of the city that belonged to a certain faction. The people who lived their were from this point on of the same faction, that of peace and harmony, and anyone who disliked this idea were welcome to go back to their former home. The leaders had no reason to argue these words, and the people welcomed the idea, with a few minor exceptions.

So now the city stood finished, and at the ceremonial opening and naming of the city, the two leaders agreed on calling it "The Heart of the Lands". It was built by the lake that gave the region it's water, which is the true heart of the lands, and for as long as the city stood there, hopefully there would be peace.

The ceremony of the opening was conducted on the longest day of the summer, and each year from that point on there was a huge festival and celebration in honor of the Guardians. The people who lived in the new city was flourishing, diseases were minimal, and the medical knowledge that came partly from the Guardians had the effect that people grew much older than they had used to. It was quickly noticed though, that the council didn't age. At the 50-years anniversary of the city, they all looked like they had done at the time it was built, and it was at this time they revealed their powers, to some extent at least. Although some people were scared of what they could do, everyone knew that it was their guidance that had led to the peace, which had now lasted for over half a century.

Present time
It is now a little over 100 years later, shortly after the 150-years anniversary of the city. There had always been a lot of visitors in the city, especially around the festivals, and this year was no exception, if anything, there were more people than ever. And while everything was proceeding as normal, this was the start of a nightmare. At nightfall, or as close to nightfall as you could get at this time of the year, the Fire-Guardian used his power to conjure up some fireworks, something that had been tradition since the time they had revealed their powers. During this show, which was more spectacular than ever, most of the people had their attention aimed towards the sky, not noticing that a lot of the visitors were disappearing, moving in the direction of the citadel or the city walls. And even fewer noticed that all these odd visitors draw their swords, thus breaking the most sacred rule, that which said that only the citadel guards were allowed to even carry a weapon within the walls if the city. These visitors then attacked the guards, leaving none alive, and the Omni-Guardian in person executed the rulers of the city, after which he appeared at the balcony looking out to the square which had been the center of attention during the fire-show. As the traitors surrounded the people, and the guardians gathered below the balcony, the Omni-Guardian said to the people, partly telepathically to avoid all the shouting, "Listen up people, the city has fallen, the guards are dead and your rulers are no more. From this point on I and the council are the ones in command. Nobody of you will be allowed to leave this mountain, and anyone who tries to do so will meet the same fate as the guards. Fear not, however, for if you do not try to fight us, but rather continue with your lives as before, we will do you no harm. That is all."

The people didn't like the situation, but they didn't see much chance of survival if they didn't do as they were told. There were however a few minor uprisings, but these were thwarted almost before they attacked. Once Arceus learned of this, he cursed himself for his own cleverness. The shards were such that no force, not even himself, could take them from a guardian by force. The only two ways to separate the shard and the Guardian is either taking it from the Guardian's dead body, or him/her giving it up by his/her own will. Long he thought about the situation, and no solution seemed to be good enough. He could try to confront the corrupted Guardians, but they would not bow down to reason, and he did not want to put himself in harms way, God or not, they were seventeen, and all of them had part of his powers, not as powerful, but he was still outnumbered. He could not send the legends after them, partly due to the risk of a legend dieing, and partly due to the fact that should the legends succede, the humans, and pokemon alike, would no longer think of him and his kin as benevolent creatures, but rather tyrants who annihilate those who disobey. To further complicate things, there was no point in waiting for the Guardians to die, since they would not grow old, and apparently they had managed to bypass their original orders. Their task had been to create and keep the peace between the two factions, and for as long as they upheld this task, they would live.

After thinking long and hard, he decided upon a plan, and hopefully it would work out better than the last time. Once again he started to create the shards, and once again he set out to find humans worthy of such a task, but this time he was not alone. Last time, he had picked all of the guardians himself, this time, he would ask his kin to help choose the humans, perhaps they could succed in finding those pure of heart where he had so obviously failed.

On top of this crisis, conservative groups from both factions have started to gather in larger numbers than they have been since the peace broke out.

This is the time and setting of your story. You are one of the new guardians, who were approached by either Arceus or another legend who is associated with the type you are representing. You are tasked with finding the other new guardians, taking down your counterpart in the former council, and somehow restore the peace and regain the trust of the people who have just been betrayed by the very humans they had trusted for a around two centuries.

Inspiration: It is an idea that I have been turning over in my head more or less since I was last RPing here, which is about a year ago. I have altered it a fair bit from the original idea I had, and I expect it to be altered even further before I post it, if I ever will.

Where you need help: Obviously, one of the first things you may notice is that I have no name for the region, or the two factions. I have been thinking about a couple of posibilities, but I'm no good with names, and am open to suggestions. Furthermore, I would like to know if anyone think this is doable, or if I am the only one who can see any potential in this. Also if you find major flaws in the balancing and the like. Obviously, there is a higher than usual risk of people playing like they were gods, but I've tried to counter that with the fatigue that the use of abilities cause.

There, hopefully it is still ok to post in this thread, I know there have not been a post for some time, but it is still stickied, and there have been long gaps between posts before.

Sylver
08-19-2011, 02:01 AM
I've been thinking of starting an RP here for a while. Hope people here will be interested.

RP Title: --
RP Fandom Basis: Pokemon-based primary, but with Keaton from Zelda.
Opening Plot and Exposition: Dozens of millenia have past since the event's of Majora's Mask, and the Keaton race, once secluded and hidden, have evolved into humanoid form. Wielders of powerful magic, Keaton with evil hearts moved to force control over Termina and attempt to open the passageway to Hyrule. A small force of Keaton banded together to stop them, but were captured and cast into a vortex.
Awakening, the Keaton fighters found themselves in a different world- the world of Pokemon- with no apparent way back, their once strong abilities sealed away. In the world of Pokemon, Humans are no longer around, and Pokemon have evolved into humanoid forms as well, living in the world as they themselves began to be touched by magic.
Now, the Keaton youths, finding more of their kind in this new world, must find a way home and protect their world from the black-hearted Keaton that cast them here.
Inspiration: I loved Keaton in Majora's Mask and pokemon, and I liked the ideas of some games, high-tech but relying on archaic weaponry to fight.
Where I need help: I've never really tried creating an RP before, so if anyone could give me help or any advice as to how to carry on. Also, I need help with the title if anyone can think of anything.

Saraibre Ryu
08-19-2011, 04:08 AM
I've been thinking of starting an RP here for a while. Hope people here will be interested.

RP Title: --
RP Fandom Basis: Pokemon-based primary, but with Keaton from Zelda.
Opening Plot and Exposition: Dozens of millenia have past since the event's of Majora's Mask, and the Keaton race, once secluded and hidden, have evolved into humanoid form. Wielders of powerful magic, Keaton with evil hearts moved to force control over Termina and attempt to open the passageway to Hyrule. A small force of Keaton banded together to stop them, but were captured and cast into a vortex.
Awakening, the Keaton fighters found themselves in a different world- the world of Pokemon- with no apparent way back, their once strong abilities sealed away. In the world of Pokemon, Humans are no longer around, and Pokemon have evolved into humanoid forms as well, living in the world as they themselves began to be touched by magic.
Now, the Keaton youths, finding more of their kind in this new world, must find a way home and protect their world from the black-hearted Keaton that cast them here.
Inspiration: I loved Keaton in Majora's Mask and pokemon, and I liked the ideas of steampunk-style games, high-tech but relying on archaic weaponry to fight.
Where I need help: I've never really tried creating an RP before, so if anyone could give me help or any advice as to how to carry on. Also, I need help with the title if anyone can think of anything.

I think this is an interesting idea. And I'm sosososososooooo glad people are using this.

Anyway, I'm not too too familiar with Majora's Mask. The game made me rage as a kid...moving on, I'm wondering how the world of Pokemon you mention, ends up being connected with this other world. Such as explaining more of how regular Pokemon started to turn into humanoids with the magic, like, how it worked to turn them like that. Also do they get any other powers being touched by the magic? Are there normal Pokemon that didn't change into humanoids but are magic touched? Do these other Pokemon get special powers?

I ask lots of questions yes.

Sylver
08-19-2011, 04:29 AM
I think this is an interesting idea. And I'm sosososososooooo glad people are using this.

Anyway, I'm not too too familiar with Majora's Mask. The game made me rage as a kid...moving on, I'm wondering how the world of Pokemon you mention, ends up being connected with this other world. Such as explaining more of how regular Pokemon started to turn into humanoids with the magic, like, how it worked to turn them like that. Also do they get any other powers being touched by the magic? Are there normal Pokemon that didn't change into humanoids but are magic touched? Do these other Pokemon get special powers?

I ask lots of questions yes.

Basically, the gist of the prelude is this:

Natural Evolution turns Keatons and Pokemon into humanoid/anthro forms, although there are still feral forms.

Evil Keatons enslave Hylians, Gorons, Zoras, etc., force them to work on opening the pathway to Hyrule in the waterway under the Clock Tower.

Good Keatons attempt to free enslaved races and vanquish evil Keatons and fail.

Evil Keatons seal the powers of the good Keatons and open vortex that was supposed to trap good Keatons in a pocket dimension, plan fails unknowingly and good Keatons instead land in the world of pokemon, where the magic presence cause many to gain magic power.

Keatons now have no known way back home.

The gist of the RP features:

You can be a good Keaton or Pokemon in the RP, as well as neutral or evil.

Zelda enemies have been entering through one-way magic rifts (Lizalfos, Wolfos, Gibdos, etc.)

Midieval weaponry (Swords, Bows, Maces, etc.) and magic spells are the main method of fighting, but pokemon can use their Moves as well.

Pokemon items and Zelda items are available for use by characters.

and more to come later.

Saraibre Ryu
08-19-2011, 07:23 AM
Basically, the gist of the prelude is this:

Natural Evolution turns Keatons and Pokemon into humanoid/anthro forms, although there are still feral forms.

Evil Keatons enslave Hylians, Gorons, Zoras, etc., force them to work on opening the pathway to Hyrule in the waterway under the Clock Tower.

Good Keatons attempt to free enslaved races and vanquish evil Keatons and fail.

Evil Keatons seal the powers of the good Keatons and open vortex that was supposed to trap good Keatons in a pocket dimension, plan fails unknowingly and good Keatons instead land in the world of pokemon, where the magic presence cause many to gain magic power.

Keatons now have no known way back home.

The gist of the RP features:

You can be a good Keaton or Pokemon in the RP, as well as neutral or evil.

Zelda enemies have been entering through one-way magic rifts (Lizalfos, Wolfos, Gibdos, etc.)

Midieval weaponry (Swords, Bows, Maces, etc.) and magic spells are the main method of fighting, but pokemon can use their Moves as well.

Pokemon items and Zelda items are available for use by characters.

and more to come later.


Ah okay...you may want to flesh out simply just for the sake of those who arne't too familiar with the Zelda info you're using. :3

Can feral Pokemon use these weapons as well or is it ust humanoids? And by entering through one way rifts, you mean into the Pokemon world correct? Is the anthro/humanoid form the only bit of magic Pokemon get?

The more simpy you explain things, the better. I think this is a good idea and you should keep at it. ^^

kr9q
10-10-2011, 12:36 AM
RP Title: – None yet
RP Fandom Basis: – Pokemon AND Danny Phantom
Opening Plot and Exposition: – Thats what I need help with...
Inspiration: – Nothing
Where you need help: – The Opening Plot and Exposition

MoonKit
10-10-2011, 01:18 AM
RP Title: – None yet
RP Fandom Basis: – Pokemon AND Danny Phantom
Opening Plot and Exposition: – Thats what I need help with...
Inspiration: – Nothing
Where you need help: – The Opening Plot and Exposition

No offence, but I don't think people can help you with this because 1.) We don't know what characters to add; 2.) We dont know what gerne to make it, etc.

Unless we have another Danny Phantom fangirl/guy here, I dont think you'll get much help, sorry...

Saraibre Ryu
10-10-2011, 01:53 AM
No offence, but I don't think people can help you with this because 1.) We don't know what characters to add; 2.) We dont know what gerne to make it, etc.

Unless we have another Danny Phantom fangirl/guy here, I dont think you'll get much help, sorry...

People can still help, no matter how vague the idea. It just means more open ended suggestions. Never deter one from a RP inspiration or say they aren't gonna get help, if they don't they don't, but don't squash a spark without giving it a chance!

It's called RP Creation Teamwork for a reason. pX

As for the idea in question...first thing I thought of when I saw it was this:

If someone happened to mess around with the portal to the Ghost Zone, it could start bringing in Ghost Pokemon. From there, after having the machine set in an akward setting for awhile, it could start bringing more Pokemon in. That was my initial thoughts when I first saw this idea.

Though MoonKit does have a point, knowing what genre you are aiming for would certainly help with people trying to help you. But regardless, I hope what I said helps.

I'm so glad people still notice this thread.

kr9q
10-10-2011, 08:55 PM
What is a genre?
Thats a good idea.
I just got a tiny idea (very tiny)...
Vlad throws Danny and his friend into the world of Pokemon and they become Pokemon trainers.

Velocity
10-30-2011, 03:32 AM
Mnehhhhhh I can't see Danny Phantom and Pokemon crossing over without creating something with cancer. But there isn't any crossover that works excellently in my mind, really.
At any rate, I wouldn't participate in it but only for the above reasons. If I were you, I would let the idea sit in your head for a while, maybe even a few weeks, before you try to act on it. It always seems to help me. c:


RP Title: The Greatest Game (Super tentative!)

RP Fandom Basis: N/A

Opening Plot and Exposition: The world has reached an age of advanced technology. Virtual reality especially has reached new heights - such heights that spun worlds can be so like actual reality that no one would know the difference. But it isn't humans trapped in this new matrix - it's animals. Animals of all kinds, from house-cats to elephants, can be uploaded into a computer simulation known as The Greatest Game. These animals are made to compete, fighting sometimes to the death, for rewards based on the approval of the mysterious 'Watchers', who are really people who watch the brawls on their televisions at home. Only a select few of the animals know that their reality is a lie and that their 'lives' are for nothing but the amusement of the people... But these few are determined to put a stop to this half-existence and truly live.

Inspiration: A dream. Not even kidding.

Where you need help: ProblemproblemproblemproblemPROBLEM. I need a problem that drives the plot and makes the RP more than just a series of animals fighting in tournaments. :/

Temporal Diamond
11-20-2011, 02:03 PM
Mnehhhhhh I can't see Danny Phantom and Pokemon crossing over without creating something with cancer. But there isn't any crossover that works excellently in my mind, really.
At any rate, I wouldn't participate in it but only for the above reasons. If I were you, I would let the idea sit in your head for a while, maybe even a few weeks, before you try to act on it. It always seems to help me. c:


RP Title: The Greatest Game (Super tentative!)

RP Fandom Basis: N/A

Opening Plot and Exposition: The world has reached an age of advanced technology. Virtual reality especially has reached new heights - such heights that spun worlds can be so like actual reality that no one would know the difference. But it isn't humans trapped in this new matrix - it's animals. Animals of all kinds, from house-cats to elephants, can be uploaded into a computer simulation known as The Greatest Game. These animals are made to compete, fighting sometimes to the death, for rewards based on the approval of the mysterious 'Watchers', who are really people who watch the brawls on their televisions at home. Only a select few of the animals know that their reality is a lie and that their 'lives' are for nothing but the amusement of the people... But these few are determined to put a stop to this half-existence and truly live.

Inspiration: A dream. Not even kidding.

Where you need help: ProblemproblemproblemproblemPROBLEM. I need a problem that drives the plot and makes the RP more than just a series of animals fighting in tournaments. :/
For some reason, this reminds of me of the Hunger Games. XD If you don't know what that is, it's an awesome book(there's gonna be a movie on it!). You might get some inspiration of a problem from that book since it bears much similarity to this plot. :3

SwinubForever
03-07-2012, 02:54 AM
Title: The Beast Inside

RP Fandom: A Pokemon/Naruto mix.

Opening Plot: The leaders of the world have stored the legendaries of the Pokemon world inside young Pokemon, in the hope that the legends will never rampage again. You are a young gijinka Pokemon. You just graduated from the Pokemon Academy, and are soon to be placed in your team. Meanwhile, war is raging out as an evil organization tries to release the beasts for their own personal gain.

Where I Need Help: I would need a load of trustful people for this RP. The concept is so large, it could be opened onto a forum of its own. My only fear is that inexperienced role players wouldn't bring depth to the plot line. Another fear is membership. The plot entails at least four to ten role players, and it wouldn't be fun if we got two to join.

Winter
03-07-2012, 03:06 AM
Title: The Beast Inside

RP Fandom: A Pokemon/Naruto mix.

Opening Plot: The leaders of the world have stored the legendaries of the Pokemon world inside young Pokemon, in the hope that the legends will never rampage again. You are a young gijinka Pokemon. You just graduated from the Pokemon Academy, and are soon to be placed in your team. Meanwhile, war is raging out as an evil organization tries to release the beasts for their own personal gain.

Where I Need Help: I would need a load of trustful people for this RP. The concept is so large, it could be opened onto a forum of its own. My only fear is that inexperienced role players wouldn't bring depth to the plot line. Another fear is membership. The plot entails at least four to ten role players, and it wouldn't be fun if we got two to join.

...I'd direct you straight to CM, but I don't know if she gets on regularly any more, since I haven't talked to her in awhile. She led quite a few Pokemon/Naruto crossovers. Anyway, plot sounds interesting enough, though it could use a bit of fleshing out.

SwinubForever
03-07-2012, 07:15 PM
I'm going to write it out before I put up a sign up sheet. I want all of the kinks out before I start. Thanks, I'll talk to her if I run into her. (:

Neku Sakuraba
03-25-2012, 07:38 PM
Eh...heheheh...I'm not sure this will work out...but, here I go...

RP Title: I do not have one yet. Probably something like...I dunno.
RP Fandom Basis: The new Kid Icarus game
Opening Plot and Exposition: It's been over 100 years after Medusa has been defeated again by the captain of the goddess, Palutena, army, Pit. Skyworld and Earth have come together. Skyworld's most popular sport, Light V.S. Dark team matches, is the new attraction on Earth. With new technology, people use it to help with the new sport. Instead of dying when they are defeated, they respawn somewhere random on the battlefield. They use weapons found in the past that were used by Skyworld's army to fight. Pit and Dark Pit live on, but, they only appear during the matches. When a team's health bar runs out, the last person defeated becomes Pit, if they're on the Light Team, or Dark Pit if on the Dark Team. The angel defeated means that either the Light Team lost, or the Dark Team lost, depending on the angel. Now, a group of hackers are trying to ruin the battles. Everyone must stop them, no matter the cost. Will Pit come to the rescue this time?
Inspiration: The Light V.S. Dark team matches in Kid Icarus: Uprising.
Where you need help: Making it more...interesting, I guess. Also, a name.

Um...what else should I say...? Pie?

agggron
03-31-2012, 06:28 PM
name: something like conjured reality, or entertwined fate
fandom base: pokemon poke morphs oracions rps lol
opening plot and stuff: it is in present times and we are at war with poke morphs and just like any war there are people who are against it or with the war that is for you to choose poke morphs thhat have slipped past the military live in your own city they could even be your closest friends or even....family (dun dun duhhhhhhhhhhhhh lol) in the beginning this adventure spans over every reigion/continent whatever you want to call them but your character or characters must somehow end up in unova because that is were all of our characters will meet up to thwart the problem thats all i want to say right now i dont wanna say too much:tongue:
insperation: oracions rps :tongue:
were i need help: getting people to sign up and the plot further into the story this is my first rp:redface:

CM
04-16-2012, 07:41 PM
RP Title: – *doesn’t have one*
RP Fandom Basis: – n/a
Opening Plot and Exposition: – I haven’t actually written out the plot yet since I’m changing it from my fan fiction idea to an original role play, but here’s what I can offer. The role play takes place on a world called Gaia. The people and animals who live there have a strong connection with the nature around them and their deities. The deities are the Sacred Beasts, who in times of great need or change choose Guardians to summon them to the physical realm. However it has been centuries since the last time Guardians were chosen, the world being in a state of peace. The conflicts that did arise could be solved without the Beasts aid. Over time some started to believe that they were only legends, even though they still had shrines all over Gaia in their honor. Those who study the hunter arts and those who have a strong sense in magic just know they still exist, but now are in a deep slumber. But peace can’t last forever.
Most of the Sacred Beasts want there to be balance between the physical and spiritual worlds as well as balance between humans and nature, but there are a few of the Beasts that have walked off that path. There are some that walk right next to it, maybe only concentrating on either the physical world or spiritual, or watches over the nature of the planet. But there are those who want change. No longer do they want balance nor to be ignored. They believe it is time to take back the world and reform it to their image, where they have complete control. It started with one choosing a Guardian to allow him access to the physical world, and others are sure to follow. However, when one Beast forms a bond with a Guardian of their choice, the others know of it as soon as the bond is formed. Others will arise and choose those they feel can help aid them in protecting the balance they had set and to keep the Beasts that are rebelling from enslaving all living creatures of the world. But will the Guardians they choose be able to do so? Will the Guardians abuse the power given? And will those Guardians chosen by the Sacred Beasts to be used as tools in their plan for reforming the world be saved? A war is over the horizon, and those who are in it will all have a part in how it will end.

...Okay, that almost sounded like a real plot. But that was all rushed and I wasn’t really trying to write it out like that. But anyway, for races and classes, think WoW and Dragon Age. I’m open when it comes to races, but with classes I’ll be a bit strict. The main classes are warrior, rogue, and mage, but there are subclasses within those as well. Like with warrior a subclass could be paladin, for rogue they can also be classed as a hunter, and mages can have a subclass that excels in offensive magic or healing. In terms of the Sacred Beasts, I have ideas for only a few. But I am completely open to let players make their own. However, I will not be able to accept every character having one. Then things would get out of hand. The Beasts do not give super powers to their Guardians. They just form a bond that allows the Guardian to summon them from their own realm. The only thing I can see that might be considered god-moding is that only once can the Beast bring back their Guaridan to life. However when this is done the Sacred Beast is reborn, so they go back to being like an infant (for lack of a better term since not all the Beasts are the same species). They can only do this once per Guardian. If they did that with one Guardian and then he or she dies again, then the Beast returns to its realm and must wait to clam a new one and the previous person passes away.
Inspiration: – I got inspiration from a lot of different places. World of Warcraft, Dragon Age, Final Fantasy, Skyrim and so on. I took elements from each that I liked and turned it into something I thought might be interesting.
Where you need help: – I need some help with the plot. I don’t want it to just be the typical war rp. I want some adventure, mystery, maybe a bit of romance if the other players don’t mind that, and for the characters to problem solve. I would like something to loosely follow instead of it just be a make it up as we go along thing since those rps don’t make it very far. I don’t have a clear start or ending in mind, and don’t even ask about a middle. Like I said, I’m converting this idea from a fan fiction idea I have which wouldn’t make for a good rp as it was.

Shiny Ditto
05-09-2012, 11:52 PM
RP Title: Johto Journeys
RP Fandom Basis: Pokemon
Opening Plot and Exposition: Basically, this'll be a journey about three trainers in Johto going through Johto and trying to become the champion.
Inspiration: See, I like simple plots, and the plots of the main series Pokemon games gave me the inspiration.
Where you need help: I might need some help with some plot twists or something.

Saraibre Ryu
05-11-2012, 02:16 AM
RP Title: Johto Journeys
RP Fandom Basis: Pokemon
Opening Plot and Exposition: Basically, this'll be a journey about three trainers in Johto going through Johto and trying to become the champion.
Inspiration: See, I like simple plots, and the plots of the main series Pokemon games gave me the inspiration.
Where you need help: I might need some help with some plot twists or something.

Interesting, we haven't had a journey RP here in awhile. We're you looking for an entirely new Johto with new Gym Leaders or going by the familiar one? Were you also looking for a darker or not so dark kind of RP?

Eternal Moonlight
05-11-2012, 02:21 AM
RP Title: Johto Journeys
RP Fandom Basis: Pokemon
Opening Plot and Exposition: Basically, this'll be a journey about three trainers in Johto going through Johto and trying to become the champion.
Inspiration: See, I like simple plots, and the plots of the main series Pokemon games gave me the inspiration.
Where you need help: I might need some help with some plot twists or something.

I'm also curious about the three trainers. Are other position available? Like, could someone sign up as a random rival, other trainer or another role? Basically, are those 3 the only positions available?

Kecleonfan666
06-16-2012, 08:52 PM
RP Title: – Unknown
RP Fandom Basis: – Pokemon

Opening Plot and Exposition: – This is something that has been floating in my head for a couple of days after playing Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, so to a degree, the Role Play will be similar. How closely, I do not yet know.

So, the basic premise is that for centuries, Pokemon have existed as the sole sentient race in this world. As opposed to our world, however, they are far less advanced, living a nearly tribal lifestyle. While there are many who are nomadic, many others have constructed various communities and villages which are self-sufficient and self-contained. There is little to no communication between them, and each party was content to perpetuate that. Many of the Pokemon that grow up in these villages never venture far beyond there boundaries, for fear of being harassed by wild, or "savage" Pokemon, as they are sometimes referred to. Each one has their own system of government, culture, and demographics, and up to this point, have existed for generations.

However, littered in several places are spectacular ruins, monoliths of steel that stretch skyward, and cast ominous shadows upon the awe-struck Pokemon who wonder of their mystique. Often spoken of in myth, these vast sites have stood for centuries, bitterly resisting nature's grip as invasive vines constrict the mammoth structures, toppling many of them, leaving them to decay. All that remains are the most resilient, magnificent structures. They are traditionally avoided due to the fragile nature of the ruins. Still, they capture the imaginations of all who lay eyes on them. Who raised these towers? And why did they vanish?

It seems as if the answers to these questions is coming closer to us, riding the coattails of an unprecedented force. Day by day, more and more land comes under the veil of darkness; an army of beasts approaches from the far north, the only warning of their herald being the mortifying tales told by those who slipped through their clutches. The dead cries of those communities that were razed are never heard, leaving the next target ripe for takeover. While conflicts between villages are not unheard of, the nature of this enemy has never been paralleled: their sheer scale has never been matched, they are deadly efficient, and despite their savagery, they are systematically organized. What they want, nobody is sure. But at this rate, they shall have it.

The role play initially begins in the Root Village, a medium-sized, diverse community on the southern section of the continent. The players begin as rookies: unseasoned and meek. Their adventures begin small, but as they strengthen and mature, they gain the skills necessary to face their destiny.

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Further into the plot:

If you couldn't already tell, these ruins are made by humans. Years ago, an army of Pokemon rose in rebellion against humanity, which was unprepared for such a betrayal. They were perceived position as playthings of humans, and sought to defy their masters. The war was won by Pokemon. The war led to the end of human civilization, as well as their endangerment as a species.

The army that is wreaking havoc on the world today descended from the one that fought humans. While they are interested in power, they have a true, unifying purpose that drives their leader to pillage: the extermination of humanity. Somewhere in the world, there lives a mother, and her son. The initial survivors of the rebellion were hunted by the original leader of the insurrection, a dastardly creature by the name of Zoroark. He spearheaded the genocidal events. Over the years, the surviving humans were whittled down to two. The current, and most ferocious of a long heritage of despot generals is racing across the land with his followers, sworn to finish their mission.

Inspiration: – Well, obviously Pokemon Mystery Dungeon. Also, the business with the ruins and such and eventually seeing their makers is similar to the story line of the Jak and Daxter series.

Where you need help: – Tweeking the storyline, overall making it better, and deciding whether or not it should be changed a bit to make it less mature, so it can reach out to a larger audience. Even if the army's cause is something that really isn't great for the story, I just want to see a Pokemon RP happen. D:

Also, I want to know if I should implement a stats system to counter godmodding, and creating more powerful characters.

Flynt
08-23-2012, 01:10 AM
RP Title: Dead in the Water
RP Fandom Basis: Pokemon.
Opening Plot and Exposition: Over a period of 25 years, an architect by the name of Rebekka Auttenberg worked on a project. Named Acquacitta, it was the world’s first true floating city. Running on a combination of wind and solar energy, the city, while small, was completely eco-friendly. Built overtop Route 128; the city became the gateway to Ever Grande City and the Hoenn League. While there were many unfortunate accidents during construction, including one instance late in construction where it looked as if the project would be shut down, the city was completed. She houses approximately 15,000 residents, a similar population size to Petalburg City. They live, and work, on the city.

The project was saved, late in development, by the actions of Hoenn TV’s founder, a man named Archie. Archie dedicated a large portion of his personal fortune to the project, and ran a publicity campaign giving it the good word it needed. Hoenn TV moved its main branch to the city from Lilycove City, and Archie’s likeness was forever enshrined in City Hall. For a few years, all seemed well.

A few months ago the S.S. Tidal, a ship that ran between Lilycove, Acquacitta, and Slateport, disappeared without a trace. Archie expected something of the sort, of course. Behind the man’s seemingly good intentions was bait for a trap. Unknown to the public, Archie was the head of Team Aqua, an Eco-Terrorist organization bent on increasing the amount of water on the world. With his name behind Acquacitta, a literal city on the waves, it looked like a personal triumph for Archie, and an open mocking of his enemies, Team Magma, lead by Maxie.

Moreover, their headquarters in the city commonly broadcasted Anti-Magma propaganda, and had long since turned the public against the organization. Archie’s plan was to prick at Maxie’s ego until the man could take it no more, and launched an attack on the city. The city would be sunk, and Archie planned to have footage of Team Magma causing it. This would go beyond the petty crimes that the group was currently wanted for. This would make them international criminals, and, depending on how many men Maxie committed, would strike a huge blow to the group at the same time.

Little did Archie know, the group that eventually went for his bait wasn’t Magma at all. Instead, it was a new group. Calling themselves Team Zephyr, they fell back on the legend of Groudon, Kyogre, and Rayquaza, and called themselves the balance between Aqua and Magma. They had stolen the S.S. Tidal, and, using the work of a rogue Team Dim Sun scientist, outfitted it with a giant Gigaremo Unit, capable of causing all wild Pokemon in the general vicinity to go berserk. More of these units had been covertly placed within the city itself. Their plan: Activate the units and destroy the trap, tearing away any edge Aqua had over their competition. The city and her occupants were doomed to a watery grave.

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This would be the first in a series of RPs where the eventual goal would be the destruction of Zephyr. Despite namedropping canon characters, I don’t plan for any to appear in this. It would likely be a very dark series of RPs, with a lot of destruction and mayhem in this one alone. The plan of the RP would be escape, as in a Survivor Horror. This isn’t very easy with a number of berserk wild Pokemon, and the occasional Zephyr grunt, gunning for you. There would be time in the beginning to establish characters, before the **** hits the fan.

Along with escape, other ideas for “finishing” the RP would be to find and destroy the Gigaremo Units, including the one on the S.S. Tidal. Two Zephyr Commanders are also taking a part in this attack, though the Leader and third Commander won’t be physically present. In addition to Gigaremo Units, both of the present commanders have a Shadow Pokemon or two, purchased from Team Snagem. “Saving” and purifying said Pokemon is an optional goal, though at least one of the commanders will die during this RP, and his Shadow Pokemon will sink with the city if not recovered. The other may die as well, but he is located on the S.S. Tidal, making him harder to get to.
Inspiration: Resident Evil: Revelations.
Where you need help: I guess the biggest fear is it not being something people are interested in. So anything I can change to get more interest, while keeping the core idea of the RP the same, is something I’d like to know. Otherwise, any ideas you guys might have to make the RP less stupid.

Dog of Hellsing
12-17-2012, 03:52 AM
Seeing how long it's been since there was a post doesn't exactly inspire confidence that this will get much attention, but eh, here goes.

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RP Name: Don't have one yet

RP Fandom Basis: Slenderman/Silent Hill crossover (no, not the Slender game, but the actual Slenderman mythos)

Opening Plot and Exposition: Don't really have much for this yet, but here's a very vague plot that's still forming in my head. Slenderman's domain is the Path of Black Leaves, an alternate dimension to our own. Somehow, his domain ends up leading to the Fog World, where he sort of sets up residence in order to catch souls trapped in Silent Hill. Basically, the characters in the RP end up in SH one way or another, only to be stalked by Slenderman.

I plan for a lot of the mythos surrounding him to be part of this, while keeping the SH feeling by including monsters and such that represent the fears and such of the characters. Slenderman himself, being a part of the Fear Mythos, fits in relatively well as a sort of "leader" amongst the other monsters. There will be Proxies, crazy tentacles, possibly references to various YouTube ARGs like Marble Hornets and TribeTwelve, and other fun things.

Also, I plan on changing Slenderman's character up, JUST a bit. Nothing too crazy, but basically portraying him in a slightly different light. He's not just after people for the fun of it, y'know.

Inspiration: The fact that I'm currently obsessed with the whole Slenderman mythos and listening to awesome SH OSTs. I was struck by how perfectly Slenderman fits into the atmosphere of SH; he operates best in the dark, which ties in with the Otherworld when it takes over (he would become much stronger because darkness is his element). Also, his presence causes disruption in devices, especially static, which lets him tie in nicely with the fact that SH monsters cause static on radios and such as well. And since he hunts people, well, what better setting than SH, where people are hunted and stalked by terrifying things already?

Where you need help: Interest, mainly. If no one is interested in an idea like this it obviously won't get off the ground. Also, I would really like someone else to play Slenderman, since it would spice up the RP a bit more than if I was playing him. He could basically pop up whenever, mess with people, and it would give me someone to collaborate with in terms of pacing and keeping things fresh. I also like the idea of people getting "taken" by him, in which case it would be sort of a private RP until the character returned (Slendy is pretty bad about abducting people and then bringing them back in order to screw with their heads).

I also wouldn't mind help in further fleshing out the plot and such.

CM
03-24-2013, 07:39 AM
RP Title:

RP Fandom Basis: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Opening Plot and Exposition: In the land of Tamriel, year 4E 201, the region of Skyrim is on the brink of civil war. With the High King killed two sides have risen to put someone they want on the throne. The Imperial Legion wishes to put the late King’s widow on the thrown and keep ties with the Empire while the rebel Stormcloaks wish for Skyrim’s independence. Tensions are rising and the land divided, it’s only a matter of time before there is massive bloodshed and a full out war started to settle this debate.

But this is not the only thing that plagues the beautiful land of Skyrim, for this year that marks the return of the dragons.

It is a dark time for the northernmost region of Tamriel. Factions struggling to survive and nowhere near their former glory, a nation divided, and dragons terrorizing the land, it would appear that it was close to the end times. However even in the darkest of times there is always a glimmer of hope, for there is also another legend that could bring hope to the hearts of all in Skyrim – the Dragonborn. Known as the ultimate dragon slayer, the Dragonborn could be just the person the land needs. However there hasn’t been one in centuries since one has appeared, and some aren’t sure if it’s just a legend or reality.

Will a hero rise to defend Skyrim? Will the land be permanently painted red with the blood spilt with war? Will the mythical Dragonborn appear to fight against the rising dragon threat? No one is certain, and unfortunately only time will tell. This tale has only just begun, and there is not one person who can predict the ending.

So there's my plot. Not a whole lot I can really say at the moment since to a point we'll be following the game's storyline. Not exactly and there will be times that we branch off of it, but since it's such an open-ended game as it is there's really no strict plot to follow. In a way I guess it'll be a make it up as we go sort of thing, but there's always something to fall back on.

As for what kinds of characters I'd be expecting? All kinds and races. It's completely up to the player. I don't care what they do as long as it fits in with the setting. The character just has to be believable for the setting of the roleplay.

This roleplay will be slightly mature, meaning there can be romance between two character and there can, and most likely will, be character death. It is a mature game, but for the sake of the roleplay being on the forum it will be toned down. Battle scenes will not be greatly detailed when it comes to blood and gore, and any romance scene above casual displays of affection, such as cuddling and soft kissing, will not be tolerated in the public thread. If players wish to take things further, they are more than welcomed to do so through private messaging.

Where you need help: Obviously I need a title. I've been having a hard time coming up with one. And I'm not sure if anyone here would be interested in doing a Skyrim roleplay. So I'd like to see if anyone other than myself and a handful of friends would like to partake in it before I commit to posting it here.