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Unmasked: Dissociative Mask Disorder

Unmasked: Dissociative Mask Disorder

Superpowers and Horror in a Dark Eighties. Based off of the RP by the same name.

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Topics: 80\'s, fanfic, masks, psychological horror, superheroes, and superpowers (Add Tags »)

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Top Gun is in theaters. “Papa Don’t Preach” is on the radio. Halley’s Comet is in the sky, and Iran-Contra is in the news. The Soviets are in Afghanistan, and the Doomsday Clock is at 3 minutes until midnight. But there’s something else going on—something even bigger. At school, at the mall, down by the 7-Eleven, you’ve started noticing things. Is that troll doll really glowing? Is that cassette tape calling to you? Why doesn’t anyone else seem to notice?

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And when you follow that strange compulsion to create a mask from these items, you become . . . someone else. Someone with capabilities the world has never seen and goals that may not be your own. The mask gives you unimaginable power, but can you resist its agenda? And there are others starting to show up, too, who may have embraced their masks’ dark sides. Maybe that Doomsday Clock matters after all . . .

This RP is based off of the Monte Cook game of the same name. In it, you will be playing as 18-year-old kids in high school, circa 1986. You start out as everyday jocks, nerds, goths and cool kids, but when you feel an odd compulsion to make a mask, then you become a hero - or villain - with amazing powers. Will you be able to control your new persona, to have yourself and your super self work in tandem with each other? Or will your super self consume you?

Please read the rules before creating a character. Have fun!

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Rules

1. YOU DO NOT START WITH YOUR POWERS. I cannot emphasize that enough. You just start out as normal, 18-year old high school kids who end up becoming superheroes (or villains...), but you do not start with them. SO I SAY IT AGAIN. DO NOT GIVE YOUR CHARACTER SUPERPOWERS AS OF ENTRY.

2. No rude language, lewd language, or sex. I don't care what your reasons are, I don't want to see it. Hell and damn are okay, but nothing else.

3. Everyone will be playing characters around 18 years old, meaning they will likely be in high school together and have some knowledge of each other. If you choose to be 19 or 20, you'd start off in college, which is also ok.

4. Expect things to get a bit dark at times.

5. Have fun!

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Character Portrait: Jenniffer Ross "Woe is I."
Character Portrait: Jake Cooperman "Well you know what they say... 'So'?"
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Kali White played by Zaria
"No, I am not a vampire..."
Character Portrait: Alonis Alogoris "It's no fun if you play only one side."
Character Portrait: Dani Rhorer
Dani Rhorer played by Sepokku
"The fun never ends!"
Character Portrait: Mason Conners "Life's too short. Chill out."

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Jenniffer was a little put off as Dani/Red and her thugs walked away. How could she think of her as evil? She wasn't the one running around the town acting like a terrorist on these people. Jen just wanted to help these people.
Besides, she didn't believe a word about the "death by mental trauma" thing. The people whose masks she'd stolen had seemed completely fine to her - if a bit shaken.
But that wasn't what really ticked Jenniffer off. No, it was that Dani could ever think that she was in the wrong. Was she really so pigheaded to think that Jen and Void were the villains here? Though she knew she really shouldn't blame the poor girl. She hadn't lived most of her life with a cruel, abusive father. She'd had everything handed to her on a silver platter.
She knew nothing about real villainy.
However, Jen relented. Despite her bold claims, she didn't want to have to fight Dani. Rounding up the townspeople to let her teleport them away was going to be a struggle, but one she would have to make. Perhaps she could recruit Kali and her new mask-form. Well, mask-form minus the mask- part. Wasn't her name Rita or something? In any case, she seemed like a persuasive type.
Jenniffer turned her eyes from Dani and flew into the sky, to search for Kali.

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After Voidy had left, Cu Chulainn emerged from the shadows where he had hidden himself.

Shame. I'd have liked to spear her. Always acting like she's so much better than us.

Now's not the time dear, we have to meet up with the new recruit. The two set off to Dani's house to prepare the final stage of their plan. A rogue Aetherkin spotted them, sprinting at Red while screaming, Death to the matriarchy! Fast as lightning, Red's hand shot out and tore the mask from his face, leaving a rattled teenager staring at her with inhuman fear. "I...I-I, the mask told me you were evil, that I had to kill you."

Of course darling, every villain is the hero of their own story, go home. If a masked woman tries to teleport you through a black hole, try to run. She is evil and will likely kill you. If you cant run, fight back tooth and nail sweetheart. Make sure everyone knows this. This happened a few more times, Cu Chulainn and Red fighting in tandem to stop whatever was thrown at them, until there were a dozen people spreading Red's contrived rumor.


Red's small army had restrained the teenager and were currently waiting for her return. By now, the house was a veritable fortress, windows boarded up and reinforced, doors with barricades set against all but one of them. Even the front door was ready to be barricaded, and various traps had been set up in the house.

One would think they were preparing for war, which they certainly may have been. Red strode through the door, taking care not to set off any of the various trigger that would kill her should their payload be sprung. Laying on the couch was an unconscious man, Lugh's new host. Red laid a hand on his head, and let the process continue while she left for the kitchen.

Taking off the mask, Dani found her parents had prepared a late lunch for her. "Mum! You're such a good cook, how come you never used to cook before!?"Haha, years of practice my sweet, and I was always too busy before. Now come, eat before it gets cold, cutiepie.

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Once outside, she decided to stroll around Black & White for a bit longer, to see if what she thinks will happen. After less than five minutes, place got closed, and she couldn’t help but smile, for it’s always interesting to see whether assumption is correct or not.

A pity no idiot came around, it would be such a nice bloodshed, needed one in this case.” She muttered, and…

Finally she walked away, humming like she always does, when satisfied.

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There were many to choose from, many that could be killed and used for a simple thing, yet she hoped to find an acquaintance, that the other her once met. To leave a hint, to leave a right trail, and most of all… to catch attention of the right person, and police if time allows.

Sadly as she walked through the town, luck was no longer on her side, and so she sighed, slowly turning towards home, where… no one waited. Door easily opened, strange man nowhere to be seen, a pity, for she wanted to talk with him. Clothes bought not so long ago, put off inside daughter’s room.

Rita stood naked in front of a mirror, custom made for size of another, annoying fact - to see whole self she had to at least lean forward. A woman with a slim body, small and proportional waist, long elegant legs that made her bit too tall for some. Her chest an asset and…

“Not buying a bra was a mistake, then again finding correct one is a nuisance…” She sighed, luckily her femininity did not interrupt greatly in friendly chat with man from the Bar. Sadly it could affect next ones…

Rita stared at the reflection bit longer, still considering strengths and weaknesses of looks. Then she took a step back, turning focus to other things, she went to kitchen. Slowly taking out ingredients, all while she thought, and even said…

“Need to make a dinner for that dummy…” Though most likely dinner will be cold, once he is back, such a work, such a life, sadly.

Time passed, and dinner was done, note meant for dad left. Finally Rita could take a shower, finally she could stop counting time, and rest a little, enjoy the pleasant feeling of water running down the skin. Ten, twenty, maybe an hour spent inside, sadly it had to end…

She got out, reached for towel, spent five minutes making sure not even a smallest drop of water would’ve fallen once she left the bathroom. Then back to daughter’s room, room with far too many toys, and plushies.

Rita stared at one pillow, that lied on bed, pacman pillow, that she immediately grabbed a hold of.

“You like that one too much, annoying weakness…” She muttered, still… she knew that destroying this little thing would cause chaos. So… she put it back, to where it belongs, and sighed.

Red queen, the actual problem – one that limits my fun, and one that tries to control everything, with rather happy host, Dani. Problematic. Worst part… someone will die at some point, most likely person that I want to see die the least.


She thought, and thought, considered possible situations, outcomes - everything happening in her head, and…

A notable sound could be heard , a key moving lock inside the door, door to home, someone’s coming, someone who shouldn’t be here, yet.

“Hey, kid, I’m home early…” Father started, but Rita had no time to listen to what he had to say, words meant for his daughter, that happened to be… elsewhere, in a way.

Quickly she hid newly bought clothes, grabbed clothes fitting for Kali, and reached for window, she listened in for steps, that grew closer, all while she tried to escape.

“Kali?” Father’s voice echoed through the house. Rita knew that at that point, within next few seconds, he’ll grow suspicious, he’ll notice small signs of someone being here not long ago.

One thought came through her mind, while she wrestled with old window - get out.

Clock ticking, steps getting closer, window not wanting to budge… until the last second, it worked, out in the open, outside, naked in cold, window pulled down, so at least one could mistake it for closed.

Racing thoughts, plans possibly demolished, chaos due to one unexpected event, and most of all…

“Freaking cold.” She purred, trembling lightly, and went back to entrance, somehow… by pure luck she saw no one, and maybe no one saw her, now a matter of clothes, and a change, soon she’d learn how much had changed, how much plan is ruined.

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On the other hand…

Father had entered daughter room, Kali was… not here. Worried he went back to kitchen, to note, that was clearly written by someone else, for he’d recognize writing of his daughter, and note was … written in someone else’s style.

He heard about a woman, that visited Kevin, he heard about how she knew Kali, and now there is a different writing in their home, writing…

His thoughts were interrupted by door being opened once more, he stayed in the kitchen, still, waiting.

“I can see the lights, who’s inside?” He heard familiar voice.

“Kali” Within seconds he emerged from the kitchen, smiling, hiding his worries as best as he could.

“What’s wrong?” She immediately asked.

“Ah, as expected, well, I’d like to eat dinner you’ve made for me, we can talk while I eat, alright?” His voice full of emotions, kind emotions, for he tried as best as he could to sound fine, while there was this hidden scream deep beneath the see…

Kali nod, and followed him, they sat, she wrote, he ate, slowly… complementing on how good her cooking was, which was…

“A lie, we both know it.”

“Sure, it was bad once, but this one’s quite good, I mean it.”

He watched her smile lightly, but then that smile was lost, in place of it… worried look.

“Umm, so why are you early, what happened?”

“I didn’t get laid off, but…”

“You were laid off.”

“I, fine, in a way, got a temporary break as it was called.”

“Why?”

“Simple, I asked too many questions.”

He continued to eat slowly, wanting to enjoy this meal as long as possible, and to gather thoughts.

“Somehow, we got bribed, well, not all of us, but enough to our ability to deal with the particular group of the masked people.”

“That’s… wait, I thought policemen can never be bribed.”

“That’s the ideology kiddo, not reality, sadly.”

“Says the optimistic guy.”

“Hey, don’t bite, I didn’t try to bite you with the nickname you hate so much.”

“Alright…”

Meal eaten, both lacking topics, but one had to be mentioned…

“Umm, dad, just so you know, I’ll be going out early, tomorrow, I found that book, and I hope to get it as quickly as possible.”

“What book?

“Civilization, and it’s discontents, the one Freud wrote.”

“Alright, just be careful, these days… things get more hectic than ever.”

“Sure thing…” Kali got up, and immediately rushed to bathroom.

“First!”

Her dad chuckled, and decided to sit for a while longer - his thoughts once more focused on the subject, that bothered him.

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It was getting dark, and Jenniffer was getting more and more frustrated. She couldn't find Kali/Rita/whatever anywhere, and she didn't want to try to help the people out without her. Her "mask-form" seemed good with words, as well as... other things.
"Ugh, I'm so tired," Jenniffer said. "We need to find a good place to hole up."
Sure, but where? Voidbringer asked.
"I'm not sure... maybe my house? I haven't set foot in there in..." she paused. Had it really been only a day since the mask-forms started running amok? That crappy concert had felt like it was ages ago. "... a while. Besides, I doubt Red would expect me to sleep in there, considering my past history with the place."
Okay, lead the way.
Rather than flying to there, Jenniffer opened up a portal and flew in through there. She touched down on the wooden floor of the living room, still covered with blood and the eviscerated corpse of her father, and closed the portal behind her.
You should probably take a quick look around the room before setting up camp, Void said.
"Huh? Why?" asked Jen.
Ever since your friend the pizza boy let loose all the animals in the zoo, they've been running loose around this town. I even spotted two mask-forms getting gored by a hippo, while you were busy looking for Rita. It might do you good to search for any asps or such before bedding down, especially considering that there had formerly been a Bengal tiger in this house.
"Oh yeah, I almost forgot about Jake. I wonder what happened to him. Last I knew, he'd gone and freed all the animals, and Mason and Alonis had gone off to rein him in. I wonder if they got him, or if..."
Or if he got them?
"... I don't know. He never really seemed like the type for killing. I mean, sure, his mask-form seemed to have the whole "freedom" spiel down, but I..." Jen groaned and held her head in her hands. "Ugh! I'm too tired to think. Why did everyone have to go and act like a bunch of flighty shitheads?"
However, Jenniffer did take a look around the house, and found no animals. She fortified the house with some subtle black hole walls (cleverly designed to look like shadows), but didn't bother removing her father's body - if she just left it there, then it would make the house look less suspicious.
Finally, she climbed up the steps and into her room, adding some more fortifications. She ate some of her food and drank some water and brushed her teeth. Afterwards, she slipped out of her clothing and into a shift, and took off her mask, setting it on the dresser. Oddly, the black holes remained, even after she was just Jen. Well, that's handy, she thought.
I'll be focusing my God Sense to make sure that nobody gets too close. I'll warn you if they somehow do.
"'Kay, thanks. G'night."
And with that, Jenniffer went to sleep.

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The rest of Dani's night went without incident, her parents tucked her into bed and stayed with her until she fell asleep. Then the rest of Red's army set out: Cu Chulainn, Epimetheus, Nemesis, Apollo, and the Knight set out, splitting into two groups. Nemesis with Epimethus, Knight with Apollo and Cu Chulainn both setting out to do Red's work.

In just a few short hours, most of the city was tagged with spraypaint with a hastily put up warning: The Masked ones cannot be trusted. Rhorer house has been converted to an emergency shelter. Remaining survivors are more than welcome to hide there in our shared time of need. We have food, water, and a secure defense.

After tagging was done, they moved to collect food and water, enough to hold people over until the time was right. They'd return before morning, as Dani needed her parents there to greet her and make her breakfast. All things considered, the remnants of the city should be there in time before Voidbringer got a hold of all of them.

Indeed, some showed up that same night, considering the message a godsend, Epimetheus and Nemesis processed them and brought them to a section of the house that wasn't filled with death-traps. Of course neither of them wore their masks, and were recognized as prominent citizens of Boundary Bay, ones that always gave money to charities, and never skipped donating to the policeman's ball.

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Next day, next morning, with a father still sleeping, for once.

This fact alone demolished whole plan she had until now, she couldn’t help but stare at the clock, waiting for minutes to pass, for the right moment, which was now. Sun slowly rising into the sky, perfect time for some people to wake up, but maybe not today.
Steps taken onto a cold wooden floor, of this rather small room. Steps taken by Rita, while the little girl that went to sleep last night was… away, in a way – again.

Hiding clothes where one sleeps can be a nuisance when one chooses to sleep, but this is where clothes were hidden, and so from underneath the bedding black tank top and blue jeans came.

Clothes that were soon to be worn, but first a little peek outside the door was needed, for yesterdays unexpected situation made father suspicious for sure. Doors opened like a slowly opened can, when you try to be quiet at night. Creaking as loud as one’s groan, acceptable in other cases, but possibly not enough when facing a man that sleeps lightly.

A second, a two, three, maybe more, no living soul seen through the narrow chink. Only lightly opened door on the other side, door to where father rests.

Time passing, frustrating raising, for how long can one wait? Finally, it is enough. She opened door, and moved on the tip-toes towards the entrance, already clothed, but still lacking one thing she hid above the exit door. There she stands on the second doormat, the one inside their home, right in front of the door.

She reaches to a small hidden compartment, father once used, and sighs with relief, for she sees what was left, was untouched, unnoticed.

Satisfied, with the last part in hands - jacket as black as her top, she opens the door, to leave…

One leg on a cold stone, the other still resting on doormat. I wonder, she thinks, will he interrupt now or…

She waits, for a brief longer, yet nothing happens, and so she leaves, outside putting on last two things – Jacket, and boots.

Once door is closed, another door… to room of the one she expected, moves.

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Out on the streets, streets that seen better times, streets with a wild animal here and there, or an annoying one wearing a mask. Attention can be easily found, just as easy it is to avoid it, if one knows how…

Even then, you’ll finally stumble upon something that can’t be avoided, bribed, she thought. Road to police station wasn’t long, nor short, she was late, and curious about one thing. Where did the little Jen went to, she thought, where did she live, or rather lived…

Question that couldn’t leave her mind, couldn’t bother her more than now, it was a question, that needed an answer.

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A lot of questions, a lot of suspicions, a lot of guesses, led her to a place of crime, one that never got to be wrote down, for too sudden was an appearance of the masked ones. Still a guess based on the words that were heard before, words of hate, and suspicion – Father that died, and a child that was never found, seemed to be a bit fitting, or at least more fitting than the last idea of a… hotel.

Walk to another part of the city, distant part that surely will prolong the whole meeting, if one will be. Nonetheless, there she found a home, straight out a horror, abandoned, and somehow changed, giving off aura of death.

Hmm, I like it, smells like home, she thought. Wanting to go inside, yet having a feeling, that it would be risky. Feeling wasted more time, time used on thinking, idea arose…

Idea, that might cause more trouble than help.

“Still, if I can catch attention of a Crow, with a bloodlust, maybe here it will work as well…” She muttered, taking out a knife, playing with it between the fingers, then she decided, it’s time.

She didn’t move an inch, and yet her presence from dim, grew to a fire, fueled by bloodlust.

She waited, and waited…
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OOC - Well, since Jen wanted to find her so much, and Rita got curious... ^^

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OOC - Umm, are you two still alive... ? + if I'm prolonging this too much, just tell :)

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OOC: I am indeed, was waiting for Axis to post, but I might just continue with my own little schtick in the meantime if'n 'e doesnt ?

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OOC - Kay, for a moment I thought this rp got abandoned, and that would be sad

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OOC - Augh, sorry everyone. I was grounded so I couldn't use the computer for 3 days. However, though I hate to keep people from posting, the post I wanted to make would explore into Voidbringer's life and those of the Aetherkind, and the Aether itself. I was going to just write it with my own ideas, but I wanted you guys to have your say too. So I made an Etherpad so that we can collaborate.

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OOC - Oh, kay, and welcome back :)

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