Monster Zoo

Monster Zoo

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I mean, it's pretty much what it says in the title. A more lighthearted, comedic Roleplay

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Introduction

The adverts were in the papers, on the internet, there were articles springing up all over the media about it now. Moss Zoo would be opening tomorrow. Although it had been announced months ago, people hadn’t believed it for a second. It didn’t sound too far-fetched, so you would probably wonder how it could possibly be such a big deal.

It turns out, saying you have monsters and legendary creatures that everyone knows simply don’t exist probably wasn’t the best idea. Accidentally announcing it on April 1st was worse. Having horribly tacky, fake looking ‘portals’ built on an empty lot right next to several derelict warehouses in some town no-one’s heard of did not help. And neither did the fact that the ‘founder’ was hyperactive, eccentric, and had his head constantly in the clouds. Well, boy did they get a shock on the day when the damn portals actually switched on and worked.


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For thousands of years, Humanity has been sharing this world with all manner of crazy creatures and supernatural beings, who clawed their way out of the realms of imagination itself and into reality.

A council of elders, wizards and warriors was formed to separate monsters from humanity, in order to prevent an all-out war. Now known as the department of myth-control, this band of humans and other beings are in charge of keeping the worlds of nature and monsters safe from each other.

Unfortunately, they’re broke. Time to raise some awareness. And funds.

Hello people, and welcome to my first ever roleplay on RPG! Monster Zoo is, well, pretty much what it says on the tin. You can expect this to be a whacky, over-the-top, comedic, and not too serious ride. So, it’s a zoo. In a pocket dimension. And it’s full of dangerous monsters capable of mass destruction. What could possibly go wrong? Everything. And it probably will.


So, who are you going to be? One of the zoo’s employees? A monster keeper, perhaps? A conservationist from the department of myth-control? Or perhaps you have you have your own agendas in mind? Is this all new to you, or did you know all along? The misadventures begin…

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1. I want this to be a laid back, friendly and fun roleplay. This means people of all skill levels are welcome. If someone is writing less than you, or makes occasional grammar mistakes but is clearly trying hard, please try not to be mean about it - by all means, criticise each other constructively and encourage creativity and development in ooc or chat, but don’t be condescending or nasty.

2. That said, please try to avoid one-liners. A post should ideally contain at least a small paragraph, such as 3 or 4 sentences.

3. Please try not to use mature content - I’m not going to police strong language unless it’s used excessively.

4. Just wanted to note this, characters don’t really need to be powerful or good at fighting for this as it isn’t really action oriented, so don't worry about that.

5. If you want to be a keeper for a creature, keep in mind that there are 2 slots for each monster species. There will be 5 slots for dragons since I think they will be more popular - this includes eastern dragons and wyverns, etc.

6. If you’re going to be absent for a long time, or have to quit, that is absolutely fine. I understand that you have other priorities, but please try to tell us if possible.

7. If you’re unsure about something, feel free to PM me. I’ve tried to set up the world so that most ideas can be compatible. There can be more than one strain of dragon, or vampire, for example.

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Character Portrait: Cedric Moss Character Portrait: Connor Vargstellan Character Portrait: Lestelle Oceana

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The office was pretty quiet as usual, with the only sound being the muffled footsteps of Cedric scurrying around the room next door, and the rumbling of the kettle.

Connor heaped several spoonfuls of instant coffee into a mug, and as soon as the water boiled, poured it in and downed the drink in one gulp. The sleep deprived manager slumped into a chair and stared at a screen for a few minutes.

Cedric came running in, some sort of box under one arm and several files in hand. He slapped them hastily in a tray, before making his way to the door-

“Stop. Put whatever that thing is down.” Cedric turned around and grinned awkwardly in response.

“It’s fine, it’s just something I found in the attic-“

“Yeah, I thought so-“

"And I was wondering what it does-“

“It’ll probably explode. The last magic object you found dissolved a hole in the floor, the one before that made a wormhole directly between here and the inside of the chimera enclosure, and the one before that froze the whole room solid. Dude, just put it back.”

“Pfft, it’s not dangerous, look.” He pulled the object out of the box. It was a black orb with golden skull ornaments emitting a dubious purple aura. Some kind of nightmarish chanting was emanating from it.

“See? Nothing dodgy about it at all.”

A small bird perched outside the window was singing. The eye sockets on one of the skulls lit up and a jet of otherworldly energy shot out, vaporising it instantly.

“O…K. I see your point.” Cedric said slowly, placing the orb very carefully in its box. He must have put it in the wrong way because something pressed down on it, and there was a clicking noise. The purple aura intensified and the whole zoo was flooded with ghostly wailing sounds for about 3 seconds. Everyone, including all the staff members, guests and even the monsters would hear this. He slammed the lid on and shoved it behind the monitor and in front of Connor, who looked as if someone had thrown their used gym shorts in his face. Several of the staff members had come running.

“Itsfineeverythingsfine.” Cedric lied very badly.

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Character Portrait: Cedric Moss Character Portrait: Connor Vargstellan Character Portrait: Lestelle Oceana

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It was a calm morning in the office. Lestelle was humming happily to herself a she completed one of her evaluations of one of the new dragons who'd arrived earlier that week. She'd determined that he should likely be placed in an enclosure with only older males, considering that every time he saw a female he'd scream relentlessly in order to gain her attentions (it never worked, but for some reason he consistently continued with the behavior). Once the report was printed, she bound it with a clip and headed out of her designated office into the main room.

Just as she rounded the corner, she witnessed a small bird disappear into a puff of feathers and ash. Lestelle, in shock from the sight, tripped over her own feet and crashed to the ground. Her report became unbound and papers fluttered around her. Embarrassment flooded through her. Had anyone seen? She scrambled to her knees and gathered the report, hastily clipping it back together (but not realizing that the front page was now upside-down).

Her cool green eyes found Cedric just as an object in his hands flashed bright purple. Her head was filled with the wails of unknown creatures and, frightened, Lestelle let out a shriek and dove into the corner, hands on her ears. As quickly as it came, the sound disappeared.

For some reason, these occurrences were rather normal. Lestelle, who was easy to fright, did not find them funny.

Still needing to give Cedric her report, but wanting less than ever to have to talk with him, Lestelle inched around the perimeter of the room towards him and Connor. When she got within a meter, she tossed the report onto Connor's desk and scampered back to watch from around the corner of the hall.

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Character Portrait: Cedric Moss Character Portrait: Connor Vargstellan Character Portrait: Lestelle Oceana

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Connor grabbed the box just before the files hit the desktop, stood up very slowly, and left the room, climbing the stairs to the top floor.

“Er, thank you. And er…sorry about that.” Cedric apologized to Lestelle, sitting down and beginning to sort through the files.

“Oh, the new dragon, of course!” he said, eyes lighting up. “The new fella who screams every time he sees a female. I wonder why he does that, perhaps it’s some sort of mating cry for that particular species…” he continued to ramble to himself, regardless of whether anyone was listening.

Meanwhile the cries of the monsters outside had grown louder all of a sudden. The door flew open and a distraught looking security guard - actually, the security guard as they had only found one person reckless enough to take the job - entered.

“What the hell was that?!” he demanded. This was clearly directed at Cedric, as it was pretty obvious he’d had something to do with it, “The monsters’ve all gone crazy, and the Pegasus enclosure’s in crap shape, they’ll break out at this rate! Oh. Mornin', Lestelle.” he greeted the zoologist. He tried to be polite and friendly to everyone although Cedric's antics were just too much for him.

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Character Portrait: Cedric Moss Character Portrait: Lestelle Oceana

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Lestelle watched as Cedric read through her report. He was a strange man, but kind nonetheless, and out of everyone in the office he was the only one she felt some level of comfort around. "It might h-have something to do with his up-upbringing," she offered, still speaking to him from around the corner. "Supposedly he s-s-spent some of his childhood with griffins, which may explain his... pec-culiarity." He was rambling to himself, so she wasn't sure if he heard; nonetheless, it was all speculation and at this point it mattered very little.

As if the zoo hadn't been loud enough before, it now boomed with the voices of the enclosed monsters. Lestelle jumped like a frightened sphinx upon the entry of the security guard. She had few encounters with him before, mostly because she'd avoided him at all costs.

"M-morning," she replied, breathless. "The Pegasus encl-losure?"

She headed towards the door he'd come through, making a wide, unnecessary arch around the desks in order to avoid getting to close to him, and pressed out into the open air. She'd told the Repairs Department several times about the enclosure, but perhaps calling to them from down the hallway just wasn't getting through to them. Lestelle hurried as best as she could towards the enclosure, though she had to stop several times to veer out of the way of guests and staff.

A long "ummmm" escaped her as she realized that the security guard had been almost right: the Pegasus enclosure was already missing a chunk from the top, just small enough to prevent escapees but large enough to cause a problem. Taking the radio from her belt, she lifted the receiver to her lips. "Um.... C-can someone from the R-Repairs Departm-ment come to the Pegasus encl-losure... please?"

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A large field covered by an aviary-esque net made up the pegasus enclosure. Like the other structures, it was in shoddy condition, which was made even more blatant by the rather large tear in the steel netting. The herd of twelve winged horses, of various different coats, were scattered about the display, either rampaging on the ground or fluttering madly around the top of the net.

The area immediately in front had been cleared of guests, although there was a rather large, dense crowd surrounding the enclosure about 5 metres from the edge.

Everyone was too busy filming the Incident to actually be scared.

Soon enough, an out of breath looking man with thin mousey hair showed up. He was significantly shorter than an average human - as most of his colleagues were aware, he had partly dwarven ancestry.

“Oh…Oh dear.” He said, observing the damage while scratching his head in thought. “I forgot there was a net. I think I just…reinforced the walls before instead.” He gave a nervous laugh and grimaced.

“I just hope we can sort this out before she turns up.”

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Character Portrait: Lestelle Oceana

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Despite having been the one to call for assistance, Lestelle was nonetheless spooked when help arrived. She shimmied away from the gentleman, standing on the other side of a nearby bench as it if would provide some sort of protection for her. She could tell by the behavior of the pegasus herd that the loud noise from Cedric's device had spooked them.

She had very little work with this particular species, unfortunately, and her brain began to pick itself for solutions. Carrots? Apples? Was there an equine version of catnip? She shuffled her feet in frustration. Why was it that her brain never worked when it really mattered?

"She?" Lestelle asked, her attention snapping to the man. Boy, he was short. "Who is sh-she?"

There was a crashing noise as one pegasus warped a section of the netting by kicking it. For some reason, the others seemed to understand that continuing with this method would work and soon the netting was stretched and weak.

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Character Portrait: Lestelle Oceana

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The repairman winced as the net was stretched further. He turned to the ground, trying to look imperious and failing.

“Alright everyone, clear away, clear away, it’s not safe here!” He yelled, shooing the guests away from the enclosure. He hobbled forward, taking out an ancient looking hammer. With a needlessly elaborate flourish, he slammed it into the ground. There was a bright yellow flash and iron wrought fencing sprung out of the ground, surrounding the enclosure and preventing the guests from getting too close.

“Hah! Not too shabby if I say so myself!” he seemed rather pleased with himself, despite several of the struts falling over within seconds.

“Hey, is that rusting already?” one very young child piped up, pointing to patches where the surface was reddened already.

“Er…Ahem, well, moving along, we’d better find a way of either calming these beasts down or reaching that tear. I can’t act fast enough from down here, I don’t think.” He explained, referring to the enchanted smith’s hammer he carried.

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Character Portrait: Cedric Moss Character Portrait: Connor Vargstellan Character Portrait: Lestelle Oceana Character Portrait: Freda Newman

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A slightly battered car parked into an empty slot in front of the zoo. Freda went out of it, humming a rather cheerful song. She took her handbag, closed the door and pushed her car key's button. She raised her brow, as no sound could be heard and pushed the button several more times.

"Huh. Battery problems. Oh, well!" she spoke to herself, continued humming and locked her car manually.

The big zoo stood with its powerful presence in front of Freda, who was in awe.

"This is it," she whispered to herself. "Monster Zoo. My future workplace. As much as I know, it's not like the normal zoo parks. Which means... higher pay!"

Freda entered the zoo and in a blink of an eye her smile wiped off her face. Her eyes widened in shock and her voice exploded in a shriek, as a unicorn was running in her direction. Freda bolted to her left.

Very soon her legs were hurting and slowing down, as she was gasping for air. Apparently running after a six-year-old child and lifting heavy bags of groceries wasn't enough to keep one in shape. She jerked in a side direction several more times, as her speed had no chance in front of a whole horse power. Finally she fell down on the ground.

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Character Portrait: [NPC] Bartender Character Portrait: Lestelle Oceana Character Portrait: Scarlett Joanne Penndragon

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Scarlett was no stranger to danger, quite the opposite, and she thrived on it. The sounds of the great beasts around her shouting and roaring sent a valiant thrill through her like nothing else, and it called her by name. She was at least happy the guards hadn't caught her sneaking into the pegasus enclosure, the poor state of the cage made it all too easy to get in, and the decorative fauna did well in hiding her from guests with none too keen an eye, unlike herself. It wouldn't take long before they closed down the zoo and she could get what she needed to finally become a full fledged dragon...

But before she could celebrate her full success in infiltrating a zoo ran by a mad man, she was shook with the sound of a large cage erecting around her. Startled with the wild rampaging of the pegasi and the sudden magical fence that had sprouted before her. Sticking her head from the bush she was camping out in, she was amazed to see a slightly wilting metal cage outside of the pegasus enclosure, and a small mousy man struggling to use some sort of magic.

Scarlett knew this man all too well. He had ended many of her chances at becoming a dragon before, chasing her off of the property, but not any more, she would win this round. With a valiant shout, knowing she would be caught either way, Scarlett made a mad dash towards the wilting metal and rammed into it, breaking the fence loose and leaving a large hole behind her as she roared her victory. An honorable, if slightly weird action to take.

"Beware my powers! For I, Scarlett Joanne Penndragon, WILL become a full blooded dragon on this day!" Scarlett bellowed with a loud powerful laugh.

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Character Portrait: Lestelle Oceana Character Portrait: Freda Newman Character Portrait: Scarlett Joanne Penndragon

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“You!” the repairman yelled, pointing an ominous finger at Scarlett as she barged out of the fence, declaring something about dragons. He wasn’t really listening, because he was too busy running after her, waving his hammer angrily in the air.

Well, it was more like hobbling. There was clearly no way he’d catch up to her. “Come Back here ya little-” he managed, just in time to trip over the remains of his own fence. His face hit the ground painfully, a muffled grumble escaping. A short moment later, the indignant half-dwarf had pushed himself up, face red with both rage and bruises. He shook his fist in the air and sprung to his feet.

“I’LL MAKE YOU PAY FOR THIS, YA-” the rest of his sentence was a little too unsavoury for me to write, so I’ll leave it up to your imagination. He struck the ground again, sending a line of the same energy as before across the ground toward Scarlett. If it were to actually hit its target, a pillar would shoot out of the ground beneath her feet, launching her into the air and toward some nearby trees.

Meanwhile, Lestelle would receive a call. “Hello?” buzzed the radio, “Calling any members of staff, there is an emergency, several unicorns have escaped, and are rampaging near the entrance!” It was at this exact moment that the net of the enclosure chose to finally give way, three or four Pegasus soaring out of the display and swooping over the crowds below, making a cacophony of whinnying and snorting.

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The unicorn that had charged toward Freda kept going, until with a thud it buried its horn in a tree. There was a lot of snorting as it attempted to free itself. “No, you will not!” Came a very imperious voice, along with the sound of footsteps. A woman in work attire, but wearing a traditional Nordic helmet of all things, caught up to the creature, grasped it by both the head and the horn, and gently but firmly freed the unicorn. She then gave a maybe slightly unnecessary shove, and the creature whimpered before fleeing back to its own enclosure. She looked very pleased with herself.

“Now then, is everyone here OK?” she asked. The helmet she was wearing looked quite old but well maintained, and while it was decorated with some knotwork patterns, there were no horns or wings on the sides to speak of. There was a rather large axe strapped to her back as well, which a few people had now noticed.

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Character Portrait: Lestelle Oceana Character Portrait: Scarlett Joanne Penndragon

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Scarlett laughed as she ran, her legs carrying her over long strides as she moved on towards a path through the trees to freedom in another section of the zoo. She might have been seen by the repair man, but there was no way that tiny man would be able to keep up with her long and strong strides to victory!

Her ear twitched as she heard a creaking cracking noise from behind her, her legs began to shake as she ran and a tingle up her spine. It was the familiar feeling of magic. She had hardly known the feeling for long, but she knew it when she came here. Like a metal detector, her body tingled at the feeling of magic, like a vibration in the air that shook her core and attracted her closer to it. She was drawn to the zoo with that feeling alone. With the pulsation of magic in her body, she turned to the direction the feeling came from and looked on, seeing a lighting bolt like light coming from the ground. That was weird.

Wait....

Without another chance to react, she was shot into the air by a pillar, launched high into the air and her eyes looked over the park. Time seemed to slow as she was able to see more of the park from the air. As she fell, she reached out with a scream, and with a hefty thump, she felt her body being hit with a large warm mass, her arms curling around it hungrily in search of comfort. When she felt her body lay stable on the mass and the sound of its breathing, she blinked open an eye to see a large blue maned white coated pegasus flying her over the zoo. He seemed calmer than the other pegasus flying around with wild abandon. He snorted and continued his flight towards the center or the zoo as chaos continued below them. Scarlett laughed quietly as she watched them scramble. Victory would be hers, so long as she played her cards right....

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Character Portrait: Freda Newman

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Speechless, Freda was still on the ground, breathing heavily, trying to process what just happened.

"Y-yes!" she finally spoke before getting up. "Thank you. Thank you very much!" she smiled and firmly shook the woman's hand. "I'd like to apply for a position as a keeper. Can you show me the way for that?"

Freda couldn't imagine her son's face when he would hear stories about a unicorn chasing her. Who knows what else would happen.

"Nice axe by the way."

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Character Portrait: Connor Vargstellan Character Portrait: Lestelle Oceana Character Portrait: Freda Newman Character Portrait: Scarlett Joanne Penndragon

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“You have got to be Kidding me!” yelled the repairman, eventually giving up on chasing the intruder, as he remembered the tear in the enclosure.

“I s’pose I should get to work on this, since they’ve already broken out.” He grumbled, shuffling toward the cage. He began hammering at the base, sending pulses of magic energy up the side which, slowly, began to repair itself.

Lestelle would hear a leafy crash and snorting. A slightly smaller than average Pegasus with a light brown coat had somehow got itself caught in a tree, and was thrashing around wildly. It seemed younger than the others, and the poor creature was clearly still spooked by the voices from earlier.

Meanwhile, Scarlett might notice several Pegasus following the one she was riding, almost like geese flying in a ‘V’. That, and the rather uncanny colouration of this one meant that everyone in the zoo could notice her very easily from the ground.

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The helmet clad woman’s face split into a beaming grin as Freda introduced herself. She shook her hand back enthusiastically.

“Perfect.” She said, “We’re currently on the hunt for potential keepers. The name’s Hilda by the way.”

It was painfully clear that more keepers were needed. One thing the staff here had not expected, was how much the zoo had exploded over the first week. They had soon found themselves under siege by more visitors than their workforce could handle, leaving them understaffed and with more spendable profit than they’d expected (i.e any at all).

“Why, thank you!” she replied, replying to the compliment, “I’m afraid you might have to wait a couple minutes, we just have a minor issue that needs to be sorted out,” (it was hardly a minor issue) “I’ll call the manager to come here and see you!” and with that, she whistled harshly, calling down a proud looking Pegasus with a pale golden coat, jumping on its back, and gliding off.

A few minutes later, A very tried looking Connor, wearing slippers and pyjama trousers with his office shirt and tie, came running.

“Uh, is there someone here to apply to be a keeper?” he asked.

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