A Fine Line

A Fine Line

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"Power Corrupts and Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely."

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Introduction

A Fine Line

On September 11, 2001 a series of terrorist attacks occurred on US soil, these attacks were directed and carried out by the Al-Qaeda Muslim extremist group. That morning nine-teen suicide bombers boarded and high-jacked four commercial passenger jet airliners, two jets hit the Twin Towers in New York, one hit the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and one was destined for either the White House or the Capitol Building. However, the passengers aboard the fourth airplane, after realizing the bombers’ targets, attempted to take control of the plane and instead crash landed it into a field in Shanksville, in rural Pennsylvania. None of these heroes survived, in all almost 3,000 victims and 19 terrorists died in this attack. Among these victims were our 243 firefighters, and 60 police officers died on that day. As of 2009 836 responders have died due to other conditions caused by the events of that day.  

The events of this attack are what sparked America’s moving in to Afghanistan and beginning the War on Terror. During the first years of this war US citizens supported it passionately, the blood of the innocent from 9/11 on their minds. However, soon the war begin to take a greater toll on the economy of the US and even greater so on the emotional toll of the people. America became split among the citizens. Some who wished to continue the war while others wished for it to end.

By 2014 crime against neighbors began to increase, it was only a small percentage but it increased none the less. However, protestors against the government increased by a vast percentage and these protests would many times become violent.

Even after the war had finally recovered the American economy had not recovered. Gas prices were through the roof, this caused the price of produce to increase to since it took gasoline to run the machines that gathered the food and transport to stores. The increase in gas affected every business in some way and many were forced to file for bankruptcy. By 2025 it was like the great depression of the 1930s had occurred for a second time. Though the people demanded help from the government they themselves were well past seven trillion dollars in debt and could no longer find the loaners to assist their country. China, though many would assume this economic crisis would require their assistance or their own economic destruction, had found other sources of income and thus was no longer in need of the American dollar.

The Super Power of the World was on a fast decline.

Hope began to arise however when in 2026 two American families left and began business in the UN. There, the two families worked together to build up a company and through the use of the economic crisis in America and the riches of the UN and after nine-teen years became among the top ten richest families on earth. These families then used their wealth and assisted America out of the crisis they were currently in, however these families did not do this out of charity. The democratic government remained in control, however, it was the families that truly controlled America, the government had fallen in debt to them and thus all power went to these two families. This made them among the most powerful families on earth also.

However, “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” and these two families had a falling out. Their company was split in to two, and though they stay at their current wealth and power their companies economic pull was weaker. The two families are constantly at odds, each attempting to steal each other’s clients and one family did have more success than the other at the time. 

The first more powerful family is the Henson family who currently holds 78% of the original company’s assets. This family is well known for being part of a shadowy organization that though many thought to be hidden heroes among the still healing civilization, but many had their doubts. Currently this family is in the process of transferring the CEO title to their son or heir.

The second less powerful family is the Harding family who currently holds 22% of the original company’s assets. This family is believed by almost everyone, especially the law enforcement to be apart of a criminal organization known for its violent crimes against those that oppose them and for stealing things of great value. However, they are not only an untouchable but also any and all evidence always conveniently disappears or there simply is none. This family is beginning to transfer the title of CEO to their daughter or heiress, and the power that she has already been given shows how prepared and ready she is for she is already beginning to recover some of the original companies power from the Hensons. 

Currently America is behind in technological advances, due to the economic problems they were (and unknown to the citizens who believe the two families are charity worker and in love with them) unable to progress any technology, especially weapons. However, within the two shadowy/criminal organizations there are many weapon advancements, and there are some limited ones within law enforcement. The major advancements in the organizations are one of the leading clues to the two families involvement but once more they are both untouchables.

THE ORGANIZATIONS: Neither organizations have official names, just the ones given to them by citizens.

The No-Nothings – Given to these people in honor of a past political party who would give the same response to questions as the law enforcement does for this group. They are similar in some aspects to the mafia, they do illegal things and gain money through said illegal activities. Thievery and destruction of private property are the few petty crimes; the crimes preformed by these guys for the sake of money are much more dangerous and murderous. This is the group that the Harding family is supposed to belong to.

Their weapon advancements are superior to that of even the military, and contain all kinds of weapon similar in design to that of current military grade handguns. However, progressed versions of the bazooka and other destructive weapons are occasionally used and given to veterans that are greatly trusted by the leader and family.

Yes, the families are both part of the organizations but neither are the true leaders as some may believe, rather they are high in command, however in this case the Hardings hold no true authority, simply the money that makes them so valuable that the lower down and even some higher ups will listen to them.

The Shadows – Given because the people believe that these heroes, or villains reside in the shadows to wait to ‘save the day’ or ‘attack violently’. Some citizens are so superstitious about this that they will not step on a shadow, or step out at night. The Shadows are the heroes that do things that the law enforcement aren’t able to, for example take on the No-Nothings. Though the law enforcement try to take on the NN (No-Nothings) they simply don’t have the advancements in anything to do so. 

The Shadows’ weapons are advanced in the same way as the NN however, they try not to use the same destructive weapons, instead trying to remain somewhat inconspicuous so they won’t usually, or rather they simply don’t, use weapons like a bazooka.

The Hensons are second in command within this organization.

THE UNTOUCHABLES:

This phrase was given to the two families who own the government. Because of their power even the law can’t seem to trap them, the fact that both can conveniently be rid of evidence doesn’t hurt either. However they were also given the phrase because of how high up they are in the organizations, no one would dare touch them. Even the families won’t purposely wish to attack the other since without both of their wealth the economy would crumble again leaving both or one of them broke because of how deeply braided their wealth is into the economy. Each family’s wealth should all of the family be eliminated would be distributed among other companies, this was devised in order to keep each family from ‘trying something’. 

THE PLOT:

The two organizations will never stop until the other has been completely eliminated, that involves eliminating the organizations’ leader and money source, however no one knows who the leaders are and as previously mentioned should one organization lose their money source so would the other. This story is based on the webs formed from the family, the leaders, and the members of the organizations as they entangle themselves into each other’s problems, successes, inner workings, and personal lives. As previously mentioned, the two families or rather in this story the heir and heiress are constantly battling it out for dominance of the original organizations assets. We will watch and command our characters as we watch them skim the line between good and evil.

ROLES:

The Henson Heir:
The Harding Heiress: [at the moment reserved for myself (Machubi-Uniki) but if anyone thinks they can do one better be my guest and try]

The No-Nothings Leader/Commander:
The Shadows Leader/Commander:

The Shadow Organization Members:
1.
2.
3.

The No-Nothings Organization Members:
1.
2.
3.

(for the members I each want them to have a different skill set within the organization)

Law Enforcement:
1.The Veteran Detective:
2.The Young Detective:

Warning: I am going to be extremely picky and I WILL tell you outright if I do or do not like your character, I’m not going to sugar coat it and let you in cause I don’t want to say no. If I don’t think it is impressive enough and going to give an interesting twist to the plot I am going to say no and tell you exactly why. I will even criticize the ones I accept. So if you are going to wine about my criticism don’t bother submitting a character. Also the character needs to be appropriate for the role play, yes it is a sci-fi but all of the characters are human.

SKELETON:

Name: Obviously

Age: Must be above 21 however for the heir/ess they can’t be above 30

Sex: yeah...so totally forgot to add this the first time, heh. 

Role:

Job: I realize your role could be your job but for the lower downs in the organizations you probably will need one. However even if your role is your job tell me a bit about what your character wishes to achieve in their job.

Orientation: Bi…straight, you know.

Description: I have a separate slot for a picture, so I want to see a detailed description.

Tattoos/Markings: You are allowed to use pictures here but please make them links and tell me where they are on the person. 

Personality: detail none of that ‘will be revealed in rp’ crap.

Likes: at least four

Dislikes: at least five

Fears: at least two

Dreams: at least one real one.

Weakness: within the personality, I need at least two.

Skill Set: Be reasonable people.

Weapon: If you have one, I realize sometimes it isn’t really appropriate just say so and why it isn’t.

History: Again, Detail and no “Will be revealed…”

Relationship status:

Family:

Friends: If you have one and why or why not. (yes you can put TBA or will be given later, but it had better show up sooner or later)

Foes: Ditto with above comment.

Nemesis: Ditto…

Picture: Anime preferred


I want detail people, I said it once I will say it again, I am not, not going to be harsh. I rank the loyalty of someone to the rp based on the character sheet, the more effort you put into it the more I feel you will put into the role play. Also, as for the Orientation and Relationship status, that isn’t really important to the story, this is not a romance however it is a drama so romance is allowed as long as it adds to the plot. I am looking for character and writers that can help me make this thing fun and interesting with lots of plot twists. I am not just going to decide how the story proceeds on my own, I want to work together with you.

Rules:

1. Follow the rules of the site first and foremost.
2. I am God – although that hardly is important unless you don’t follow the rules.
3. I understand for an rp like this cussing is kind of necessary (due to the setting) but if I am hearing the f-bomb every other sentence I am going to kill your character off. Of course I am going to give you some warnings first but come now people.
4. Romance is neither encouraged nor not wanted, it is simply up to the rper, however follow the site rules, time skips etc. 
5. Literate, or at least semi-literate. Your posts shouldn’t be a pain in the ass to read. I realize mistakes happen, I am even guilty of that, but come now people if I am sitting there thinking what in the world is he saying then something is wrong. Also I will allow a paragraph for a post and such, but it must be at least five good sentences long. Also, if there isn’t much happening action wise please try to make your posts longer. I would like to have a good idea of what your character is feeling about something, and what his surroundings are like.
6. I may add more later depending on some of the things I see happening that I do not really feel should be happening however for now I feel that that about covers it.
7. Write *chu* at the end of your character sheet if you read ALL of the rules, I will NOT accept it if it doesn’t have that there no matter how good the profile is. If you do forget it on the profile sheet just tell me on the OOC and put it there.

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Re: [OOC] A Fine Line

...really no takers? And I thought it was a good idea.Was I too harsh or was it too long? *hides in a corner and cries*

[OOC] A Fine Line

"A Fine Line"

On September 11, 2001 a series of terrorist attacks occurred on US soil, these attacks were directed and carried out by the Al-Qaeda Muslim extremist group. That morning nine-teen suicide bombers boarded and high-jacked four commercial passenger jet airliners, two jets hit the Twin Towers in New York, one hit the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and one was destined for either the White House or the Capitol Building. However, the passengers aboard the fourth airplane, after realizing the bombers’ targets, attempted to take control of the plane and instead crash landed it into a field in Shanksville, in rural Pennsylvania. None of these heroes survived, in all almost 3,000 victims and 19 terrorists died in this attack. Among these victims were our 243 firefighters, and 60 police officers died on that day. As of 2009 836 responders have died due to other conditions caused by the events of that day.

The events of this attack are what sparked America’s moving in to Afghanistan and beginning the War on Terror. During the first years of this war US citizens supported it passionately, the blood of the innocent from 9/11 on their minds. However, soon the war begin to take a greater toll on the economy of the US and even greater so on the emotional toll of the people. America became split among the citizens. Some who wished to continue the war while others wished for it to end.

By 2014 crime against neighbors began to increase, it was only a small percentage but it increased none the less. However, protestors against the government increased by a vast percentage and these protests would many times become violent.

Even after the war had finally recovered the American economy had not recovered. Gas prices were through the roof, this caused the price of produce to increase to since it took gasoline to run the machines that gathered the food and transport to stores. The increase in gas affected every business in some way and many were forced to file for bankruptcy. By 2025 it was like the great depression of the 1930s had occurred for a second time. Though the people demanded help from the government they themselves were well past seven trillion dollars in debt and could no longer find the loaners to assist their country. China, though many would assume this economic crisis would require their assistance or their own economic destruction, had found other sources of income and thus was no longer in need of the American dollar.

The Super Power of the World was on a fast decline.

Hope began to arise however when two American families left and began business in the UN. There, the two families worked together to build up a company and through the use of the economic crisis in America and the riches of the UN and after nine-teen years became among the top ten richest families on earth. These families then used their wealth and assisted America out of the crisis they were currently in, however these families did not do this out of charity. The democratic government remained in control, however, it was the families that truly controlled America, the government had fallen in debt to them and thus all power went to these two families. This made them among the most powerful families on earth also.

However, “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” and these two families had a falling out. Their company was split in to two, and though they stay at their current wealth and power their companies economic pull was weaker. The two families are constantly at odds, each attempting to steal each other’s clients and one family did have more success than the other at the time.

The first more powerful family is the Henson family who currently holds 78% of the original company’s assets. This family is well known for being part of a shadowy organization that though many thought to be hidden heroes among the still healing civilization, but many had their doubts. Currently this family is in the process of transferring the CEO title to their son or heir.

The second less powerful family is the Harding family who currently holds 22% of the original company’s assets. This family is believed by almost everyone, especially the law enforcement to be apart of a criminal organization known for its violent crimes against those that oppose them and for stealing things of great value. However, they are not only an untouchable but also any and all evidence always conveniently disappears or there simply is none. This family is beginning to transfer the title of CEO to their daughter or heiress, and the power that she has already been given shows how prepared and ready she is for she is already beginning to recover some of the original companies power from the Hensons.

Currently America is behind in technological advances, due to the economic problems they were (and unknown to the citizens who believe the two families are charity worker and in love with them) unable to progress any technology, especially weapons. However, within the two shadowy/criminal organizations there are many weapon advancements, and there are some limited ones within law enforcement. The major advancements in the organizations are one of the leading clues to the two families involvement but once more they are both untouchables.

THE ORGANIZATIONS: Neither organizations have official names, just the ones given to them by citizens.

The No-Nothings – Given to these people in honor of a past political party who would give the same response to questions as the law enforcement does for this group. They are similar in some aspects to the mafia, they do illegal things and gain money through said illegal activities. Thievery and destruction of private property are the few petty crimes; the crimes preformed by these guys for the sake of money are much more dangerous and murderous. This is the group that the Harding family is supposed to belong to.

Their weapon advancements are superior to that of even the military, and contain all kinds of weapon similar in design to that of current military grade handguns. However, progressed versions of the bazooka and other destructive weapons are occasionally used and given to veterans that are greatly trusted by the leader and family.

Yes, the families are both part of the organizations but neither are the true leaders as some may believe, rather they are high in command, however in this case the Hardings hold no true authority, simply the money that makes them so valuable that the lower down and even some higher ups will listen to them.

The Shadows – Given because the people believe that these heroes, or villains reside in the shadows to wait to ‘save the day’ or ‘attack violently’. Some citizens are so superstitious about this that they will not step on a shadow, or step out at night. The Shadows are the heroes that do things that the law enforcement aren’t able to, for example take on the No-Nothings. Though the law enforcement try to take on the NN (No-Nothings) they simply don’t have the advancements in anything to do so.

The Shadows’ weapons are advanced in the same way as the NN however, they try not to use the same destructive weapons, instead trying to remain somewhat inconspicuous so they won’t usually, or rather they simply don’t, use weapons like a bazooka.

The Hensons are second in command within this organization.

THE UNTOUCHABLES:

This phrase was given to the two families who own the government. Because of their power even the law can’t seem to trap them, the fact that both can conveniently be rid of evidence doesn’t hurt either. However they were also given the phrase because of how high up they are in the organizations, no one would dare touch them. Even the families won’t purposely wish to attack the other since without both of their wealth the economy would crumble again leaving both or one of them broke because of how deeply braided their wealth. Each family’s wealth should all of the family would be eliminated would be distributed among other companies, this was devised in order to keep each family from ‘trying something’.

THE PLOT:

The two organizations will never stop until the other has been completely eliminated, that involves eliminating the organizations’ leader and money source, however no one knows who the leaders are and as previously mentioned should one organization lose their money source so would the other. This story is based on the webs formed from the families, the leaders, and the members of the organizations as they entangle themselves into each other’s problems, successes, inner workings, and personal lives. As previously mentioned, the two families or rather in this story the heir and heiress are constantly battling it out for dominance of the original organizations assets. We will watch and command our characters they skim the line between good and evil.

ROLES:

The Henson Heir:
The Harding Heiress: [at the moment reserved for myself but if anyone thinks they can do one better be my guest]

The No-Nothings Leader/Commander:
The Shadows Leader/Commander:

The Shadow Organization Members:
1.
2.
3.

The No-Nothings Organization Members:
1.
2.
3.

(for the members I each want them to have a different skill set within the organization)

Law Enforcement:
1.The Veteran Detective:
2.The Young Detective:

Warning: I am going to be extremely picky and I WILL tell you outright if I do or do not like your character, I’m not going to sugar coat it and let you in cause I don’t want to say no. If I don’t think it is impressive enough and going to give an interesting twist to the plot I am going to say no and tell you exactly why. I will even criticize the ones I accept. So if you are going to wine about my criticism don’t bother submitting a character. Also the character needs to be appropriate for the role play, yes it is a sci-fi but all of the characters are human.

SKELETON:

Name: Obviously

Age: Must be above 21 however for the heir/ess they can’t be above 30

Role:

Job: I realize your role could be your job but for the lower downs in the organizations you probably will need one. However even if your role is your job tell me a bit about what your character wishes to achieve in their job.

Orientation: Bi…straight, you know.

Description: I have a separate slot for a picture, so I want to see a detailed description.

Tattoos/Markings: You are allowed to use pictures here but please make them links and tell me where they are on the person.

Personality: detail none of that ‘will be revealed in rp’ crap.

Likes: at least four

Dislikes: at least five

Fears: at least two

Dreams: at least one real one.

Weakness: within the personality, I need at least two.

Skill Set: Be reasonable people.

Weapon: If you have one, I realize sometimes it isn’t really appropriate just say so and why it isn’t.

History: Again, Detail and no “Will be revealed…”

Relationship status:

Family:

Friends: If you have one and why or why not. (yes you can put TBA or will be given later, but it had better show up sooner or later)

Foes: Ditto with above comment.

Nemesis: Ditto…

Picture: Anime preferred


I want detail people, I said it once I will say it again, I am not, not going to be harsh. I rank the loyalty of someone to the rp based on the character sheet, the more effort you put into it the more I feel you will put into the role play. Also, as for the Orientation and Relationship status, that isn’t really important to the story, this is not a romance however it is a drama so romance is allowed as long as it adds to the plot. I am looking for character and writers that can help me make this thing fun and interesting with lots of plot twists. I am not just going to decide how the story proceeds on my own, I want to work together with you.


Rules:

1. Follow the rules of the site first and foremost.
2. I am God – although that hardly is important unless you don’t follow the rules.
3. I understand for an rp like this cussing is kind of necessary (due to the setting) but if I am hearing the f-bomb every other sentence I am going to kill your character off. Of course I am going to give you some warnings first but come now people.
4. Romance is neither encouraged nor not wanted, it is simply up to the rper, however follow the site rules, time skips etc.
5. Literate, or at least semi-literate. Your posts shouldn’t be a pain in the ass to read. I realize mistakes happen, I am even guilty of that, but come now people if I am sitting there thinking what in the world is he saying then something is wrong. Also I will allow a paragraph for a post and such, but it must be at least five good sentences long. Also, if there isn’t much happening action wise please try to make your posts longer. I would like to have a good idea of what your character is feeling about something, and what his surroundings are like.
6. I may add more later depending on some of the things I see happening that I do not really feel should be happening however for now I feel that that about covers it.
7. Write *chu* at the end of your character sheet if you read ALL of the rules, I will NOT accept it if it doesn’t have that there no matter how good the profile is. If you do forget it on the profile sheet just tell me on the OOC and put it there.