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Insurrection: Chains Unbound

Insurrection: Chains Unbound

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Al-Rayyat, a land where slavery has been legal since the dawn of man, has a rebellion on its hands. But who can be trusted to lead it? (Still accepting)

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Introduction

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The Time for Insurrection has Come
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Al-Rayyat will never be the same.


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The slave trade is at its strongest in Al-Rayyat, where people from every corner of the globe come to buy and sell men and women. The Shahanshah regulates the trade, and it is the entirety of the land's economy. That is how it has always been, since before Al-Rayyat was even ruled by a Shahanshah, over three thousand years ago. To the privileged, to the freeborn, slavery is as normal as farming, fishing or hunting. Over 80% of all freemen own at least one slave. The Sentinels vigorously patrol the countryside and keep the threat of escape low. This is usually only a threat to slaves brought into Al-Rayyat. Those born into slavery accept it as their lot in life. Escape rarely, if ever crosses their mind. Al-Rayyat has not had a major incident in over 900 years, when the foreign-born Hieronymus led a revolt that killed 300 guards and freemen, out of a population of millions. Hieronymus was persecuted and burned at the stake for witchcraft shortly after his defeat.

In Shirakon, Al-Rayyat's capital, there is diversity like none other on the planet. In the Market Districts, merchants selling slaves come from everywhere imaginable, in every color, size and shape. The Shirakon Markets are famed for their neverending auctions where good slaves are sold and lesser Buying Houses where houseslaves are bought in bundles. The Markets have worked out their own 'language' at the auctions, so every foreigner can buy and sell their goods.

Al-Rayyat itself is the largest empire in the world, dwarfing all of its neighbors (the few it has, as most of Al-Rayyat's borders are natural by mountain barriers or coastal lines). Most of it is a sprawling desert, with oases in-between with lively cities. On the outskirts there are grasslands and plains, and even snowy, mountainous areas to the north. Al-Rayyat is so large, that it speaks several different languages and has several cultures - all similar on a basic level, but varying enough to tell a difference. The Shahanshah rules all of Al-Rayyat, but his sons rule as Shahs, provincial governors on a larger scale, in the four corners of Al-Rayyat. Rizdh, Korshazan, Sakkha Ome, and Eraz.

All of this is about to change, as on the outskirts of Myzhara, a small city in the desert of Rizdh, a woman has come, a local shepherd swears he saw her rise from the sand itself. He calls her a Rayya Sahat, a Witch of the Sands. Stuff of legend and folklore. But this woman is very real and she is marching towards Myzhara, about to change the world forever.

You, like so many others, are a slave, destined to do the bidding of your master. In this case, you are enslaved to Sheikh Ayam, an old and eccentric man who is the ruler of Myzhara. He is one of the richest Sheikhs in Rizdh, and has hundreds of slaves, which he keeps in the pens next to his palace. Ayam has every kind of slave: he keeps gladiators, who fight to the death in his honor, he keeps sex slaves of all races to serve his needs, and one of his wives, Dharia, is infamous for keeping male slaves of her own. Ayam even has the very dangerous Tibur Sahatat under his ownership: Slave Witches. These slaves know witchcraft (magic). Either they learned it before they were enslaved or they were taught it by others in chains. These slaves perform shows for him, or use magic in any way he desires for his own entertainment. They most serve as pyromancers, displaying fireworks for the Sheikh.

Whether you are a native of Al-Rayyat or you are from exotic country from around the world, you are one of Al-Rayyat's millions of slaves. Today. Tomorrow, you will be in the center of the biggest slave insurrection in Al-Rayyat's history.

Your character can be anyone, from anywhere. There is no restriction to who or what s/he can be, so be as creative as possible. You can create literally any culture to cater to your character, any race of human (and yes, just human. Humans are the only known race, although it stands to reason that Ayam would keep unusual humans such as albinos or dwarfs for entertainment purposes). The possibilities are limitless. That being said, logically most slaves would be native born. I'd be just a little disappointed to see this roleplay filled by European-like people, seeing as Al-Rayyat is based off of pre-Islamic Arabia (And that's what makes this fantasy unique: it isn't European), which had more interaction with Africa, Asia and India than Europe did. That being said, the character sheet is as follows:

Name:
Age:
Gender:
Type of Slave: (Gladiator, house slave, anything you can think of)
Appearance:
Personality:
Enslavement: (Were they born into slavery? Captured? Indentured servitude gone wrong?)
Background:

(Optional) Culture: (If your character is not a native to Al-Rayyat, please provide a paragraph or so detailing the culture they come from. Common beliefs, religion, etc.)

This roleplay will be centered around bringing down the titan that is Al-Rayyat, and struggling with the politics that arise from the situation. Can you trust former slaveowners, or should millions of freemen be killed or forced from their homes? Who is fighting for freedom, and who for power? Can you trust the Rayya Sahat, who clearly has ulterior motives?

Toggle Rules

1. No Mary Sues/Gary Stus. Your character is a slave. They have some baggage.
2. You can create multiple characters if you can handle them. You must make at least one slave in the beginning.
3. This roleplay will be mature. It deals with some controversial topics. Be ready to handle the horrors of slavery that will be shown in Insurrection.
4. Quality over quantity! But please try to be consistent and try to avoid one-liners.
5. This roleplay is as high fantasy as it can possibly get: extreme magic, fantastical creatures and outlandish cultures. But no elves or orcs, only humans. That's the one realistic bit of Insurrection, sorry.
6. Most of all, I hope you get something out of this roleplay and enjoy yourself while doing so!

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Suhaila smiled, but her eyes coldly assessed Bilal. "First come, first serve," She brandished her knife, which was made of a black metal, and approached the assassin. "You're a free man now," She whispered once she was close enough. "I think you'd know better than to make demands of a free woman. This is a gift from me to you," Suhaila thrust the hilt of the dagger into Bilal's hand. It felt warm to the touch, as if it had been lying in the sun for hours on end. The Sand Witch turned to face the rest of the slaves, and Tisra Nahlise.

"You misunderstand me, witch. I do not claim to be a Rayya Sahat with a Djinn under my control. I am a Djinn. Born with the spirit of the sands in my heart. And they have been crying far too long and far too loud for me to ignore them. I fight because the Shahanshah is crushing the will of the humans. I will shed blood in order to restore that balance. To save you, to save my people, to save the world. It is the only way." She then turned to the chanting slaves and raised a clenched fist into the air. "Rise, brethren! You kneel to no one, now! Always remember that! You are free! You will fight so your kin in the next city over will feel the same freedom! You will fight so the miner will feel sunlight on his face for the first time in decades! You will fight so all are equal!"

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Tirsa blinked several times as she processed just what Suhalia had just said, wracking her head for distant memories of what her mother had taught her of the desert's spirits. Shapeshifting into a human form hardly seemed impossible for a powerful spirit, but the question was why. Or if she was still human, was the spirit residing inside her? How was that even possible? Tisra could hardly imagine what power such a possibility could contain. In any other circumstance, she would have been keen to understand such magic.

But regardless of her musings, the chanting and jeering continued on around her. No matter what she thought on this rebellion, it was too late to change anything now. But, she knew she had to make some feeble attempt at something, and so Tisra called out to Suhalia once again. "I would beseech you to ensure the woman and children of the slave owners are spared. Even those Sheikh's, after all many of them are the children of his harem slaves. As this man said, whose life was nearly forfeit," She gestured to Bilal, "The only crime of many here is being born free and presuming that slavery is right simply because it is a fact of life. You have great power, but to hold that power and still show mercy, that is the sign of our true savior. Surely no one could deny the righteousness of such a leader."

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Astha's eyes widened, hurrying to stand and help the younger girl up. The girl, Abha, was one of the eldest that the Sheikha himself helped conceived, but was not thought of as legitimate, being from the womb of the many slave women he kept in his possession. Astha begged her apologies in whispers as she pulled the girl to her feet, the hall feeling much too quiet in comparison from the roaring of the courtyard.

"What is the meaning of this? What is all this yelling I'm hearing?" Abha demanded, not that she really had any room to demand anything from Astha, since Abha wasn't of pure blood and wasn't any better than Astha herself. Nevertheless, Astha answered her questions in stride, taking the girl's hand and starting to pull her back down the hall again to the open door, giving up on any hold she had left of her 'Don't Speak Past Noon' jibe. It was broken already, so a little more couldn't hurt. Repenting was for later times.

"The courtyard is in chaos." Astha explained in a rush, "The Goddess has come. I told you she would! I told you! And now she comes to free us from the Sheikh and bring us with her to paradise!" She spoke in whispers, hearing talking from the other rooms and habitually lowering her voice to not disturb.

The two girls crouched at the main door's threshold, peeking out from the ajar wooden door to the open spaces beyond. It was even louder than it had been seconds ago, all the slaves joining in a chant to cheer on Bilal, who stood by The Goddess and in front of the Sheikh, who was stiff and pale. Something sparked in The Goddess' outstretched hand, but Astha couldn't see what exactly. The Goddess was shouting now though, or more like announcing, in response to a voice from whom neither girl could see the owner of from their hiding place.

What The Mighty Goddess was saying however, could not be heard from where the girls crouched over the deafening chanting and jeers.

"Isn't she lovely? The Goddess, I mean." Astha shouted in Abha's ear, trying to be heard over the chaos, pointing to Suhaila with a scared hand and pure adoration on her face. Abha snorted in response, pushing the door open a bit more to get a better look.

"Your 'Goddess' looks nothing more than a murderer, if you ask me." Abha said with defiance before pointing to Bilal, "What are they going to do with that knife, hm?" Astha frowned. What knife? She hadn't seen a knife? Astha squinted, leaning farther out into the open to see. Then she saw it, the metal that had caught the light before in The Goddess' hands had been a knife, held out for Bilal's taking. How could she miss that?

"It isn't murder." Astha started slowly, "It is the will of the universe." That was all she said, resting her hand on the door frame to fix her footing, ready to watch everything unfold.

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"I will not die on this retched land. If changing my fate means helping you, then help you I will."

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β€œI have seen cruel slaves and generous masters, but never a leader of men who sought power out of pity.”

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Bilal Idris

The Black Eyed Phantom

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Suhaila of the Sands

"May the sands swallow Al-Rayyat and keep it, for all I care."

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"I will not die on this retched land. If changing my fate means helping you, then help you I will."

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Bilal Idris

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Tisra Nahlise

β€œI have seen cruel slaves and generous masters, but never a leader of men who sought power out of pity.”

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Suhaila of the Sands

"May the sands swallow Al-Rayyat and keep it, for all I care."

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Suhaila of the Sands

"May the sands swallow Al-Rayyat and keep it, for all I care."

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Shoshan

"I will not die on this retched land. If changing my fate means helping you, then help you I will."

Character Portrait: Tisra Nahlise
Tisra Nahlise

β€œI have seen cruel slaves and generous masters, but never a leader of men who sought power out of pity.”

Character Portrait: Bilal Idris
Bilal Idris

The Black Eyed Phantom


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Thanks, that's a relief.

Oh, Zoey26123, I liked your post but there's just a tiny problem. No one knows Shoshan's real name. In the palace he's just called Zahir, so could you change that for me, please? :)

Actually, I need your advice on this, if you don't mind. Would it be better or less confusing to refer to him as Zahir in my posts, even though it's not his real name?

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It wasn't overly long and most of it was relevant, so I'd say it was a pretty good first post.

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I'm sorry for the long post, just trying to catch up to the story, which is starting to look like a really cool one by the way.

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Just in case its unclear: This wasn't pre-planned, the slaves are just capitalizing on the one weak moment shown by their overseers.

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Alright, I got my first post up. I'm fairly happy with it. I hope it shows what kind of character I'm going for in Bilal.

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Yes, Insurrection will always be accepting characters.

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Hello, sorry to bother, but are you still accepting characters?

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It is! With five characters I'll get things started with the first post.

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I just submitted my character, I hope it is acceptable. ^^

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I finally got my character, Akseliane Fretheim, submitted. Sorry for the wait. Hopefully I'll get to finishing her tomorrow. :)

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Yes we are. I plan to start soon too, but character submission will still be open.

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Are you still accepting new characters for this?

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Ah, ancient Persia...awesomesauce.

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Hey, can't have a rebellion without infighting amongst the rebels!

And no worries on the terms, I have studied them. I love ancient Spain so I am very, very attached to this idea.

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@Ragnarok: Good character, he seems like he won't get along well with Suhaila. Maybe he'll even threaten her leadership?

Although the Shahanshah is Al-Rayyat's Emperor. It literally meant "King of Kings" in old Persian. His sons are the Shahs, or kings. The Sheikh is basically a small count or mayor, and his name if Ayam. (I know it's a lot, that's why I'm not throwing out any names until everyone's a little more acquainted with the titles).

@Stealthpanther: Well right now we have only viewpoints from natives of Al-Rayyat, so maybe an outsider who does not come from a culture of slavery? Could provide an interesting viewpoint.

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No, it's just a matter of what kind of character would I make...

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Well I have submitted a character who is still human but has some slightly different traits that i think will make him useful to this uprising!

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Any questions I could answer to make you sure about joining?

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I may not actually join, but I'm thinking about it

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Five definitely sounds like a good number to get things rolling. :D