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Saraibre Ryu
07-18-2008, 02:21 AM
Story
Its set in the beginning of Edo period Japan (early 17th century), with anthropomorphic animals replace humans. Everyone is trying to make their way through life their own way, while everything is on the brink of war with everything as fragile as the frozen rose. Only the Shogun, who no one outside his palace has seen the shogun, nor anyone inside. Traitors are about, ninja's run free and nearly rule the land, but there are a few free dwelling places that are independant but small.

Everyone is free, or would like to think so. Bandits and highly feared gangs run about, taking control and bullying other villages, killing many and doing what they please outside what law remains, then there are those who are of the samurai code, defending those who cannot defend themselves, the bount hunters, killing others to make a living and get by, the ninja's, starting to plot against the shogun and become a reckoning force all on their own, the gamblers, and who knows what else.

Warlords are conspiring a way to obtain the powerful black gun powder in order to make the samurai and ninja obsolete and take complete power over the land. What will change everything? You as a simple being in this world make the story your own, whether you're a peasant working on the farm, a highly feared gang leader, or a simple ronin looking for answers, or a bounty hunter, making a living through killing others, everything you do affects the outcome of the future. The ways of the sword have merely begun to disappear with the introduction of black powder, and the entity known as the teppo or 'gun', said to be the revolutionary weapon, but they are very rare. Ninja's have access to the most exsplosive powder anyone can get their hands on, but even that is in a small amount, but a deadly threat.

What can anyone do? Nefarious gangs of thugs and bandits lead by feared swordsmen have bullied their ways up to being the law of most villages, only a select few have been able tp protect themselves, but with bodyguards for hire in such few numbers, its almost impossble to stay free in this world. Gamblers are making hundreds of yen in order to buy black powder to become powerful couriers themselves, and hopefully become more rich and powerful than even the Shogun himself. Bounty hunters, good ones are scarce, with most scamming their way to riches, or being stupid enough to get themselves a good price on their heads. Ninja's are looked down upon, and most of them being cats, so are their race unless certain circumstances apply. The samurai are respected, but not honoured as some once were, as being a ronin isn't something to be too proud of in a rogue village.

Courtiers, hosts of parties and sometimes messengers of the royal ranks are questioning the Shogun, twisting a feeble audience to join them and seize power, while others have left simply out of cowardice. Messengers of the regular lower class are targeted daily, very few announcement of reports of what has happened in neighbouring territories have gotten through and most that have were misunderstood by clan leaders, and are fueding with vital trading partners over a simple confused matter.

Everything seems to be in utter pandemonium, but the Shogun, though aged, and not holding the youth he or she once had, had managed to keep some peace in their area of rule. Everything is so fragile, no one knows how long it will last.

So what will you do? Bring down the peace or shatter the turmoil?

Information/FAQ:
Okay, this is in feudal Japan time, so there are no TV's, or technologies based in our time, its all historic-like and all that jazz.

Anthropomorphic animals replace humans?

Yes, there are no humans in this RP, only animals, however, some animals are still animmals in this RP, and cannot be actual characters. What the hell does anthropomorphic mean? This is what it means:

1. ascribing human form or attributes to a being or thing not human, esp. to a deity.
2. resembling or made to resemble a human form: an anthropomorphic carving.

What do you mean that everything I do affects how the RP goes?
Everything you do effects how things are going to run. This is a very general plot so if you're a gang leader that decideds to pillage a small village or kill some NPC, its going to do something to whats going to happen in the future. The characters make most of the plot, so its alot of leash for you guys. That means I'm only going to accept really literate, active and good Role Players.

Can I be anything I want? Like a dragon or something? What about guns instead of swords?
You can only be an animal/class listed, no others. Follow each appropriate SU, you can't be two classes, or switch (some exceptions may vary) between them. You have only a certain amount of weapon(s), you stick with it/them. No one is to own any type of fire arm or exsplosive with the exception of ninja leaders owning black powder, but even that is rare. No mythical beasties, they are going to be rare, supernatural wonders of this world because of their powers and strengths, only depicted in myths and artwork.

Can I lead a gang or join one?
You can make up your own gang, ninja group or gambling house. They abide by your rules and having NPC's follow you around instead of real characters is fine, just don't break the rules. Ask the creator of said group prior to joining. They can kick you out in the RP for your characters actions.

Can we die?
You can die in this RP, however certain abilities of certain animals can escape the facilties of death and somehow miraculously escape it. this however will not happen often at all, so don't push it.

Do we have tails?
Now, in the actual graphic novel, it isn't known that the characters actually have tails, so, right now, I'm going to say you can have a tail, but the clothing with hide it 85% of the time, but its up to you if its shown or not.

Who is the Shogun?
For the record, the Shogun is an NPC that will be rarely played by me, so no other player (unless I deem worthy) can control him or her.


Rules:
-Follow the regular PE2K RP rules.
-Be literate, you only get one chance at this SU, so if you don't get in, don't whine to me because i'm followiny my own rules. I'm tired of people that do. Its okay to ask questions that haven't already been answered.
-Post are to be no shorter than a paragraph. There is alot to do, and tell about.
-Be respectful of others, don't jump to conclusions.
-TyPe lyk ths & i wil kil jou! then cut your head off with my naginata.
-Follow the forms and rules, they are there for a reason.
-Have some fun!



Species of Animals:
Rabbit:
Rabbits are very agile, smart and quick thinkers, most usually have their long ears tied back. They can figure out alot of things just by using common sense. Rabbits can fit almost all classes, but their usual sense of honour leaves something to be desired when it comes to being a ninja. Their reflexes are quick and sharp and their hearing is well atuned. As rabbits are known for, their ability to leap great heights and distances is valued, but their landings aren't entirely 100% accurate. Theyaren't common, but aren't rare though, like reptiles.

Cat:
Cats are frowned upon as sly, greedy and nasty and unhonourable reputations that the ninja's follow, since almost all cats turn out to be ninja's. Any cat that isn't a ninja is pushed away as an outcast, so being a cat is hard. They are agile and very well trained in stealth at night with a natural ability to move and act nocturnal for a saboteur or espionage mission. They are also fabled to have nine lives, or become extremely lucky in the face of death by having miraculous recoveries or exacpes. This rumor has not been confirmed.

Dog:
Dogs are known for their loyal and protective nature, but also, some are fierce and brutish thugs as well, so the opinions on dogs are mixed. With good hearing and tracking skills, its hard to sneak up on one, and their will power is very sstrong, and they don't easily give in. Dogs are intelligent and quick thinkers like the rabbit, but can't use up a huge burst of energy and keep going, setting a pace for them is usually the better, more efficient way to roll. Any class works for them.

Pig:
Pigs, though far more superior in smell than the Dog, don't see as well or hear as them. Having a good sense of smell isn't their only good attribute, being stubbprn, though sometimes dangerous, and having a good vitality also comes in handy. Most pigs are farmers, but some are Bounty Hunters and track using smell alone, which can't be deterred easily. Pigs have a neutral reputation, and usually refrain fron using horses for some reason or another.

Bat:
The only flying race in the world, bats have no actual hands to fight with, and having a disadvantage of perception and sight in the day hours isn't promoting to their skills either. Being able to fly however leaves little use for a melee weapon, of which many people have. Bats can hold blades on their wings for a weapon, but nothing else. These folk are very rare, and often affiliated with ninja's.

Snake:
Snakes are the only race without arms or legs, which means using a ranged weapon is impossible, but holding a sword in their tails is completely plausible. snakes are rare, and some are wild animals still. Snakes are sly, sharp tongues, keen people usually with a high status some people do not like the Snake kind at all, as most are still small wild reptiles. Snakes can be very persuasive and make very good, swift assasins. Being a ninja, messenger or samurai is impossible for this race however, because of its usual slower moving body.

Fox:
Foxes are usually gamblers or traveling show stars, but some make great thieves. Foxes are a weary type of race with a range of impressions. With a great sense of hearing and smell, it also comes with the mind that could rival the Snake's and with persuasion skills even better. They're fairly agile and can fit any class but bodyguard, since they aren't really all that good at attatching themselves to other people.

Rhino:
Rhino's are known for their tuoogh outter exterior and strength, but their tendencies to not be the smartest people in terms of acting almost always on impulsive choices and getting into trouble most of the time, usually involving money matters. They don't show their softer side, and praise their horns, though not used for fighting, but usually for status symbol or beauty. They don't like to travel outside known territory much, so most aren't messengers.

Bear:
Bears are commonly put with Rhinos, only some have tempers you don't want to deal with. Most remain in their homevillage, but they are strong people with a good sense of direction and justice. They aren't fast or agile, but can take a very good beating like Pigs before being taken down. They are stubborn but can be very hospitable and caring, loyal and selfless.

Bull:
Bulls, well, think about it; stubborn, tough and tempermental. They're strong, but can't really go a really long period of time with doing something extremely back breaking, but longer than most. Bulls make good bodyguards, but that seems to be the most commom occupation they have. They can travel far distances for days on end and have a very good sense of direction if they know where their going. Bulls have a good memory, but are easily angered.

*Lizard:
Lizards are extremely rare, since almost all lizards are Tokage's and wild animals or occasionally pets, the reputation of Lizards are unknown. anyone that sees one are more likely to keep away from these scaly beasts due to their intimidating exterior. They fit mostly for ronins or bounty hunters, and the occasional ninja, but the Lizards have had feuds with cats. They're agile, smart and sly, but do have some temperment and move with the seasons. They are still ighly adaptable, but not always to their liking.

*Toad:
Like lizards, Toads aren't well known, but anyone met is usually disliked on the spot. Nasty and kniving things that are quick money makers and excelent apothecaries. They don't really roam or go outside their small town but there is always some stray person lingering about. They have superior jumping abilities and are quick at semi ranged attacks, but can be overcome. They love piercing their tongue for some reason...

*Salamander:
You basically have the mix of a toad and a lizard in this one. They have a slick way of getting what they want, and looking honest about it. They can cheat there way out of almost anything and never be seen again, unless being pursued by someone extremely stubborn and persistant. Its diffcult to track down a Salamander, and they have a very good swimming ability and adaptability to almost any area they live in.

(Lizards, toads and salamanders are my own addition)

Animals that are still animals:
Horses: Horses are still used as transport and for work, and in war. Its not uncommon to see a few in town or working at the farm.

Tokages: These are little green lizards that look more like dinosaurs. They live in packs or swarms and one can be easily attatched to you, however they all have their own personalities just like people.

Insects, birds, small snakes, chickens and small rodents like mice and rats are also, animals in the RP. You cannot be these animals as 'people'.

Saraibre Ryu
07-18-2008, 02:22 AM
Occupations:
Courtier:
Courtiers are usually part of the Shogun's house, able to host parties and have a high enough status to have people working for them, but they aren't trained to fight. They're more of politicians that get people to do things for them, have errands done, messages sent, and can have a cult under them to try and overthrow another.

Anyone can be a Courtier.

Bodyguard:
Well, you're hired to guard people, until they reach their destinatino, being a couple peasants or the Princess of the Lord in the neighbouring country, if you're hired, you do what you're told, and if you have to give up your own life to protect your escort, you'll do it.

Anyone can be a bodyguard but Bats, but some races are better than others.

Messenger:

You're the country mailman and delivery boy. This means, depending on what you're trying to deliver, you may be targets of enemies to whom you're trying to make a delivery to. You need to be fast and messengers never get lost, so even having one around as a guide is another option to make some money.

Anyone can be a messenger, except; Snakes, Bulls, Toads, Rhino's

Ronin/Samurai:
Ronin are Samurai without a master, Samurai have a master. Ronin's usually are after their masters killer to avenge them, and wander on their own pilgrimage. Samurai are respected and skilled swordsman's, usually carrying a katana, and or a wakazashi with them. No one can match a samurai unless also trained by another swordsman. Samurai/Ronin have a great sense of justice, and knowing right and wrong. They know different types of wounds made by certain weapons by looking at them (eg: they would know an axe cut from a sword cut)

Anyone can be a samurai except: Toads, Snakes, Bats, Cat Samurai are rare.

Bounty Hunter:
You kill people for money, or capture them for any reward you see fit. Usually, people give you your space or spit at you when you walk by. Still, Bounty Hunters know how to track, and do it well, even if the trail is a month old. bounty Hunters carry a range of weapons and tools with them to get the job done, and know how to rough-ti in the wild.

Anyone can be a bounty Hunter.

Ninja:
Expert thieves and masters of stealth, ninja's are a force to be reckoned with. They can think on the go, even if sensed can disappear within seconds, and disguise themselves easily. They have tools rather than weapons but can hold poisons and small amounts of gunpowder. They work in numbers, so seeing one alone means there is bound to be an ambush.

The only ones that can be ninja's are Cats, Bats, Salamanders, Toads, and Lizards.

Gambler/Performer:
You either own a gambling house and gamble to earn or lose money. You can loan it out to people, and expect it back, or get some people you hired with that fortune of yours to do something about it. You lose money, people will be after you, however, your own house, you can find ways to maybe...cheat? Just as long as you don't get caught.

Performers travel around, playing games and putting on shows for villages you come by for money that you can muster up. This also means you may have to pick a few pockets just incase the pay up is slim, but hey, everyone needs money right? Performers are pretty persuasive, and can get in almost anywhere they like to as long as they perform decently to theit audience. This could come in handy for someone else...

Anyone can be a Gambler or Performer.



Unofficial Occupations:
Gang/Bandit Member/Leader:
What else, you run a group of thugs, and do what you please, when you please, no matter who gets hurt. Gang leaders are often targeted by bounty hunters for hire or samurai or ronin, so be careful about what you do and who you do it too. They're an unhonourable group that usually stick aoround domesticated areas.

Bandits are usually more feared out in the forests since they stay and raid people while traveling.

Swordsman:
You're capable of using a sword with some skill, usually a soldier in the army but a more free man or woman, though, women weren't really allowed to handle a sword, and some other weapons. You can also take regular farm tools and use them as weapons, but not making an entirely new thing like a catapult.

Warlord:
You're a commanding officer of a small fleet of soldiers, but you do as your told as well, or you're demoted, ridiculed and left as a worthless being in the mud. You're high status gets you attention and anything you could ask for in a small village. Don't abuse the power, or you're still in trouble.

(More may be added)



Weapons List


Katana:
The samurai's weapon of choice, its soul is said to reside in the blade. The only other weapon a samurai is known to have other than a katana is a wakazashi to accompany it. The katana has about four foot blade and a one foot handle. the blades are extremely sharp and deadly to deal with in the hands of a fool or expert.

(Another variation is the ninjato, or shiobikatana, used by ninjas.)

Wakizashi:
The wakizashi is a traditional Japanese sword with a shōtō blade between 30 and 60 cm (12 and 24 inches), with an average of 50 cm (20 inches). It is similar to but shorter than a katana, and mostly shorter than the kodachi ("small sword"). The wakizashi was usually worn together with the katana by the samurai or swordsmen of feudal Japan. When worn together the pair of swords were called daishō, which translates literally as "large and small". The katana was often called the sword or the long sword and the wakizashi the companion sword.

Naginata:
Naginata is a pole weapon that was traditionally used in Japan by members of the samurai class. It has become associated with women and the naginata is practiced predominantly (but not exclusively) by men. A naginata consists of a wood shaft with a curved blade on the end; it is similar to the Chinese Guan Dao or European glaive. Usually it also had a sword-like guard (tsuba) between the two foot blade and four foot shaft. Naginata practitioners may wear a form of the protective armour known as bōgu similar to that worn by kendō practitioners.

Kusarigama:
The kusarigama is a traditional Japanese weapon that consists of kama (the Japanese equivalent of a sickle) on a metal chain (manriki) with a heavy iron weight at the end. Though the kusarigama is derived from a farmer's scythe, and though the sickle was often carried as a weapon by farmers during the feudal era of Japan, it is important to note that these farmers did not carry kusarigama. Its purpose as a weapon was very obvious, so unlike a sickle, it could not be carried openly.

Kama:
Kama are Okinawan and Japanese traditional farming implements similar to a sickle used for reaping crops and also employed as a weapon. The Kama is a formidable weapon against weapons such as the sword or Bō because of the curved blades - users are able to trap or block such long weapons with one Kama and attack the opponent with the second. The fact that the Kama is such a small and versatile weapon led to it being developed and refined into a more popular weapon of stealth, much like the Shuriken. Often crafted with a serrated upper edge and a small piecing utensil on the handle for more uses, the kama is considered one of the deadliest stealth weapons in ancient Japan. Finer made kamas have the ability to fold the blade in, thn lock it into place when neded or not needed.

Bo:
A bō or kon, is a long staff, usually made of tapered hard wood, for example white oak, bamboo and in some cases for training purposes, rotan. Sometimes it is made of metal or plated with metal for extra strength; also, a full-size bō is sometimes called a rokushakubō. Thus, rokushakubō refers to a staff about 6-shaku (1.82 m; 5.96 feet) long. The bō is typically 3 cm (1.2 inch) thick , sometimes gradually tapering from the middle to 2 cm (0.8 inch)at both ends. This thickness allows the user to make a tight fist around it in order to block and counter an attack. The most common shape, maru-bo, is a round staff, while kaku-bo (four-sided staff), rokkaku-bo (six-sided staff), hakkaku-bo (eight-sided staff) also exist. Other types of bō range from heavy to light, from rigid to highly flexible, and from simply a piece of wood picked up off the side of the road to ornately decorated works of art.

Longbow/Shortbow:
A longbow is a type of bow that is tall (roughly equal to the height of a person who uses it), is not significantly recurved and has relatively narrow limbs, that are circular or D-shaped in cross section. It will normally allow its user a fairly long draw, at least to the jaw; the average length is 75 cm (30 inches). The shortbow is much smaller, and good for more closer ranged shots than the longbow.

Tanto:
A tantō is a common Japanese single or, occasionally, double edged knife or dagger with a blade length between 15 and 30 cm (6-12 inches). The tantō was designed primarily as a stabbing instrument, but the edge can be used to slash as well. Tantō were mostly carried by samurai; commoners did not generally carry them. Women sometimes carried a small tantō called a kaiken in their obi for self defense.

Shuriken: (Ninja only)
Shuriken is a traditional Japanese concealed weapon that were generally used by shinobi no mono (or Ninja, as they are more commonly known) for throwing, and sometimes stabbing or slashing. They are sharpened hand-held blades made from a variety of everyday items such as needles, nails, and knives, as well as coins, washers, and other flat plates of metal. Shuriken were mainly a supplemental weapon to the more commonly used katana (sword) or yari (spear) in a warrior's arsenal, though they often played a pivotal tactical role in battle.

Yari:
Yari is the Japanese term for spear, or more specifically, the straight-headed spear. Yari measured anywhere from one meter to upwards of six meters (3.3 to 20 feet). The longer versions were called omi no yari while shorter ones were known as mochi- or tae yari. The longest versions were carried by foot troops (ashigaru), while the samurai usually carried the shorter versions. The shaft came in many different lengths, widths and shapes; made of hardwood (nakae) and covered in lacquered bamboo strips, these came in oval, round, or polygonal cross section. These in turn were often wrapped in metal rings or wire, and affixed with a metal pommel (ishizuki) on the butt end. The yari could be considered a much higher quality weapon than the average spear due to these unique attributes. Yari handles were often decorated with inlays of metal or semiprecious materials such as brass pins, lacquer, or flakes of pearl. A sheath for the blade called saya was also part of a complete yari.

Other Ninja tools:
Smoke bombs
Trip lines
Poisons

Saraibre Ryu
07-18-2008, 02:23 AM
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Saraibre Ryu
07-18-2008, 02:23 AM
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Saraibre Ryu
07-18-2008, 11:34 PM
*pokes* You guys can post on here now. Any questions I'd like to go on here please.

And a random fact that characters, even though we're anthropomorphic animals and it sounds weird, but you can have actual hair.