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Monster Hearts

Monster Hearts

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Most teenagers get to grow up without encountering anything scarier than gang violence, drug overdoses and chlamydia. They think that’s the worst that the world has to offer them, and they have the luxury of laughing.

You don’t have that luxury.

3,597 readers have visited Monster Hearts since Script created it.

Copyright: The creator of this roleplay has attributed some or all of its content to the following sources:

http://buriedwithoutceremony.com/monsterhearts/

Introduction

Roseville is an ordinary small town in the USA. Rural and quaint and almost entirely cut off from the rest of the world, its residents go about their daily lives happy in the knowledge that nothing out of the ordinary ever really happens here, and that they can live out their dull routines and small-town problems in peace.

Nope, nothing out of the ordinary at all.

Well, except for that one time the goth kid who calls herself Raven threw a bitch-fit in the library at one of the cheerleaders, promising that she'd never date again. The next day, the cheerleader didn't come in. When a week later she finally showed her face again, her hair had fallen out and she had false teeth. They'd all fallen out. Every single one.

And there was the time Davis, the star hockey player was jailed after being caught eating the flesh of corpses from the morgue.

Maybe there's something odd about the fact that the principal of Roseville High refuses to allow any mirrors outside of the toilets. He says it's just because they encourage vanity, but he doesn't care about makeup or anything.

And just because Jenny Masters' son never comes home on the nights there are sightings of an oversized wolf in the local park, that doesn't mean the two are related.

No, this is just an ordinary town, isn't it?

Well, except for you of course.

You're not ordinary at all.




Monster Hearts is an RP set in Roseville, a small town in the USA filled with supernatural goings-on. If you've ever seen Buffy the Vampire Slayer, then that's the sort of theme I'm going for. The monsterhearts pen & paper RPG (upon which this RP is based) also refers to Twilight, True Blood, Ginger Snaps, Jennifer’s Body, Misfits, The Vampire Diaries, An American Werewolf in London, Cursed, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Ideally, every player in the roleplay should have their primary character as a student at Roseville high. A teenager between 16 and 18, going through huge changes physically, emotionally and mentally. We're talking a mixture of angst, awkwardness, selfishness and pettiness. A character that plays up flaws, immaturities and emotional failings. And a character that's a supernatural being, to boot.

Once your character is submitted, I'll ask you a number of questions about them. These questions might touch on things you don't know about your character. They might add new material to your character that you hadn't planned for, so for example I might ask a player who wrote in their profile that their mother died in a car crash: "Why do you blame yourself for your mother's death?"

If you absolutely hate what the question adds to your character, you can veto it. But this RP will work better if you're willing to roll with the punches. Both I and other players might spring questions or statements on you at any time that you'll have to improv with. Don't have a concrete plan with your character. They will fail occasionally.

The plot of the roleplay is largely open-ended. I'll introduce some 'threats', NPCs that will work actively to achieve goals the players won't like. But most of the conflict comes from the player characters. The high-school politics, the fact that player A's character turns into a werewolf every full moon and player B's character walked in on her halfway through the transformation, or the fact that player C's character has the biggest crush on Clarissa Martins, who just so happens to be player D's character's girlfriend.

That sort of thing. Messy drama.

Now, below are listed some basic and deliberately vague character archetypes provided with the monsterhearts pen & paper RPG. This is not an exhaustive list, if your character concept involves an obscure myth that I haven't mentioned, then it's probably still fine. But bear in mind that your character should have a core 'thing'. The Chosen has monster hunting, the Fae has promises. Something unique.



  • The Chosen: The world needs you. It needs someone brave enough to walk blindly into the darkness, and to shine a light for all the lost souls out there. They need a champion. They can’t do it alone. There’s just that one nagging worry, the one that rears its head at the worst possible moments: what if you’re not good enough? Powerful, vengeful, conflicted, masochistic. The Chosen is a monster slayer who finds themselves drawn to the darkness.

  • The Fae: At the edges of this world, just beyond the veil, there are colours that few mortals even dream of. Beauty enough to shatter any heart. The Fae live and breathe at the edges of this world. They keep a dusting of that magic tucked behind their ears, just in case. And the Fae are willing to share. They’re nothing if not generous, asking for only one thing in return. A promise. Keep it, and the true beauty of the world will be revealed. Break it, and feel the wrath of faery vengeance. Alluring, exotic, fickle, vengeful. The Fae is all about extracting promises, and wielding faerie vengeance when those promises are broken.

  • The Ghost: You're dead. And it was their fault. Tormented, insecure, intuitive, fickle. The ghost is all about channeling past trauma, seeing people’s true selves, and having spooky powers. The ghost might be voyeuristic and creepy, or they might be a callous and dangerous spirit of vengeance. The ghost sees things that people think are private, and giving the haunting of a lifetime for the one they blame for their death. But what they really want is to be needed, relied upon and validated.

  • The Ghoul: Death changed you. It took away your contemplative joy, it dulled your senses, and it left you impossibly hungry. That hunger is always with you, like a hum in your ears that swells and crescendos until you can’t hear anything else. Unattended, it will come to dominate you - but feeding it may be just as bad. There is a certain beauty to what you’ve become. Your gaunt body, its unnatural form - it draws people in. Your stark disinterest seems exotic. But underneath that disaffected presentation - the hunger, the hunger... Cold, unwavering, hungry. The ghoul died, and came back with dulled emotions and a hunger. This hunger might not be for human flesh, as is typical. It might be for sex, for intimacy, for drugs or for popularity. Whatever it is, it's one of the only things that brings colour back to this dull, grey world.

  • The Infernal: At first, it seemed innocent. It gave you things, made you feel good about yourself. You came to it with your problems, and it fixed them. When you asked how you could return the favour, it told you to be patient - that all debts would be settled in due time. That was the first time you heard it mention debts. You’ve got Satan as your cornerman, or a demon in your brain. Or maybe the stars glow just for you. Regardless, you owe a debt to something much bigger and scarier than you’ll ever be. Powerful, desperate, addicted. The infernal has a demonic sugar daddy - someone who gets them things they want. At a price.

  • The Queen: You’re one of the special ones. A sovereign beauty. You deserve more than the rest of this wretched world does. You deserve the will and worship of those around you. And it’s not only because you’re better than them. It’s because you make them better. Strong, beautiful, complete. They’d be nothing without you. Commanding, irresistible, bitchy, sexy. The queen is about turning cliques and popularity into weapons. There's something supernatural about the way the queen bee draws in her drones, and the strength they have in numbers, but it's not clear what it is - if anything.

  • The Vampire: You are beauty eternal. You are the darkness that everyone wants to taste, but no one wants to understand. It’s there in your eyes, your
    carefully-chosen words, and your every gesture: you no longer have a soul. Some vampire revel in that fact, their afterlife a tapestry of exsanguination
    and hedonism. Others hate the evil in their skin, solemnly vowing to a chaste and lonely existence. Either way, someone suffers. The choice is yours. Icy, manipulative, pretty, hypnotic. The vampire is about emotional entrenchment and emotional dominance. This is just one way to play a vampire, but it's one that might be most suited to the theme. Feel free to go beyond it, though.


  • The Werewolf: Everyone around you seems so willing to play the roles they are handed, to quietly colour within the lines. They’ve been tamed, domesticated. You’re of a different stock. You’ve broken down the fence built to contain you. You’ve howled at the moon, and heard it howl back. The transformation is complete. This is what you were always meant to be. Wild. Unwavering. Alive. Passionate, violent, muscular, fickle. The werewolf is violent, unpredictable and volatile.

  • The Witch: In every lock of hair, every furtive glance, every secret note that transfers hands during history class – there is an invitation. An invitation to be fucked with. Not that witchcraft is about fucking with others, exactly, but it’s hard not to notice how utterly malleable the world is, once you know a thing or two about magick. Of course, a good witch like you knows restraint. A good witch turns a blind eye to all those invitations, and doesn’t think about how sweet vengeance and control might be. A good witch is above that sort of thing. At least, most of the time. Manipulative, secretive, judgemental, brooding. The witch is all about casting silent judgement, and powerful hexes, all from the safety of her own bedroom.




Darkest Selves:

Every character should have a 'darkest self'. This is what your character turns into when pushed to their limits. At any point, I may turn to you and say: "You've entered your darkest self". From that point onwards, your character changes. They become the character you described in your darkest self. Darkest selves are about losing control, and going to excess. Your darkest self should also include an escape clause - something that pulls your character out of it. But it shouldn't be something that comes without a price, or without a lot of effort or willpower. Here are some samples from the archetypes provided:

The Witch: The time for subtlety and patience is over. You’re too powerful to put up with their garbage any longer. You hex anyone who slights you. All of your hexes have unexpected side effects, and are more effective than you are comfortable with. To escape your Darkest Self, you must offer peace to the one you have hurt the most.

The Vampire: Everyone is your pawn, your plaything. You hurt them and make them vulnerable, for sport, like a cat does with a mouse. You feed to the point of death whenever you’re alone with someone, though you take your time. You escape your Darkest Self when you’re put in your rightful place, by someone more powerful than you.

The Ghoul: You will maim, kill and destroy anything in between you and the nearest object of your hunger. You will feed relentlessly. You escape your Darkest
Self when someone restrains you or fends you off for long enough for you to regain your composure – at least thirty or forty minutes.

The Ghost: You become invisible. No one can see you, feel you, or hear your voice. You can still affect inanimate objects, but this is your only avenue of communication. You escape your Darkest Self when someone acknowledges your presence, and demonstrates how much they want you around.

The Fae: Everything you say is a promise. Everything you hear is a promise. If a promise is broken, justice must be wrought in blood. To escape your Darkest Self, you must in some way re-balance the scales of justice.




Profile Template/Guideline:

Name:
Age:
Archetype/Nature: (Vampire, werewolf, human, etc. - give any details here, such as if you're a vampire, does the sun hurt you? Are you allergic to garlic? Are your fangs retractable, or always visible? etc.)

Your Darkest Self:

A sentence or two on your personality:

Your backstory: (include details on family and friends who are relevant to the story, i.e. live in Roseville. They shouldn't know what you are generally, though exceptions are fine with a good story behind it. Read other characters' profiles and talk to their players. How does your character interact with them? What about the NPCs they mention in their profiles?)

Toggle Rules

  • This is an adult roleplay, in which adult subjects may be covered. These include but are not limited to: sex, drugs, rock'n'roll violence, abuse, self-harm, harassment and death. Please approach the RP with that in mind, and always remember that at any point you can call 'time out' on a scene if it's getting too dark or too intimate for you. On the flipside, if someone you're roleplaying with calls that time-out, gracefully fade to black. Boundaries are important around uncomfortable subjects to write about.

  • Whilst this is in part a high-school RP, it's not going to be run like your average high-school RP. The focus of this RP isn't living out high-school fantasies, but rather exploring that setting with an interest in creating good roleplay. Play up character flaws, teenage politics, and emotional rollercoastering. Monsterhearts is about teenagers struggling with themselves as teenagers as much as they're struggling with themselves as monsters. Think about Mean Girls, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and yes, even Twilight. Use both humour and drama in equal measure - some parodying is desirable, but this isn't a full-blown comedy RP.

  • There may (I've not decided this yet) be times when I call on you to roll a dice to determine the outcome of your actions. This is to introduce an element of randomness to the plot, and to ensure that there's conflict generated by player actions. When your plan for your character hinges on them brutally shutting down and blowing off one of their peers, what happens if that person refuses to be cowed instead? Leave room for unpredictable results, don't plan too far ahead and let the plot develop naturally.

  • The provided archetypes are not exhaustive. If you have a character concept, then ask me and I'll probably be able to make it work.

  • Be courteous OOC, and gossip. Gossip about your characters, about other peoples' characters, about NPCs -- like you're real-life high-schoolers. It's immersive.
  • One character per player, except with specific approval. Unless otherwise stated, I'll be playing ALL NPCs. This might make writing a bit less smooth, but I think it better recreates the tabletop atmosphere of organically interacting with a world through your character.
  • Whilst ideally, everyone would have a different archetype, I will accept duplicates if they're a very different character. So if one werewolf embraces their anger and uses it, whilst another wants to repress it, then I'll accept both. But not two of the same type. First written, first served.

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Roseville

Roseville by Script

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Roseville High

Roseville High by Script

Roseville's perfectly normal highschool.

Industrial District

Industrial District by Script

Filled with warehouses and some more obscure stores.

The Aldwin Hotel

The Aldwin Hotel by Script

A large, old building with gothic architecture. Converted from a mansion house to a hotel a decade ago.

Rosewood Heights

Rosewood Heights by Script

On the outskirts, Roseville's middle-class suburbs on the west side of town, filled with detached housing and idyllic families. On the east side closer to Downtown, it's also home to the High School and shopping mall.

The North Side

The North Side by Script

The less well-to-do part of town, run down and poorly maintained.

Rosedale Mall

Rosedale Mall by Script

The big, gleaming shopping mall in the centre of town. If you want it, you can probably buy it here. The fashionable place to hang out.

Rosewood Park

Rosewood Park by Script

The idyllic public park in Rosewood Heights, complete with playgrounds, wide open grass areas and scenic walking routes.

Westside Church

Westside Church by Script

Roseville's Church, large and old-fashioned.

Westside Cemetary

Westside Cemetary by Script

Surrounded by black iron fencing and as spooky as can be.

Northwoods Trailer Park

Northwoods Trailer Park by Script

On the edge of town, often referred to as Hicktown.

Reservoir Woods

Reservoir Woods by Script

The woods to the north of town, dense and with only one or two pathways leading around them.

The East Side

The East Side by Script

The neighbourhood of upscale housing, man-made lakes, and superiority complexes.

Downtown

Downtown by Script

The High Street, shopping, restaurants and bars.

The British Pub

The British Pub by Script

A bar in traditional British pub style that serves traditional pub lunches as well as typical bar food.

Onyx

Onyx by Script

The 21+ Nightclub in town.

The Lounge

The Lounge by Script

The all-ages bar/club where most of the highschoolers who don't have fake IDs hang out. Alcohol is served, but carding is extremely rigorous.

Wade's Mansion

Wade's Mansion by Script

Wade Shug's extravagant party house, where he apparently lives alone. Absolutely THE place to be whenever there's a party on.

Room 206

Room 206 by Script

Ms. Cortez's classroom.

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Character Portrait: Rhapsody Wallace Character Portrait: Kayin Li Character Portrait: Nathan Summers
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Kayin traced his lower lip with his thumb and lowered his lids suspiciously. With two fingers, he rapped Nathan on the head. "Hey, you seein' what I'm seein'? I know rumors can get far fetched, but don't you think it's a little strange to pass around that somebody died when they didn't?" he asked, leaning in close with a whisper. He held his chin between his thumb and index. "Very strange..."

With a scruumph of his chair, Kayin pushed back from his desk, then walked over to the other side of the classroom. Without a word, he reached around and put his arms around Rhapsody's shoulders, then gently leaned her chair back as he crouched down to whisper in her ear.

"Hey, princess. Tell me, what did you hear about our main act, over there, Jamie? Anything funny happen to her over the summer?"

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Rhapsody reached up a hand to lightly pat Kayin's arm in greeting before placing it next to her mouth as if in thought. Really, though, she was trying to prevent her voice from carrying too far. After all, this wasn't something to taken too lightly, in her mind.

"Hey, Kayin. Well, the news was that she'd taken her breakup with Michael, that senior, harder than normal. Instead of crying over the lose of her latest 'soulmate,' she'd tossed herself into the river. And it would've been a long fall. They found her bag at the top, scraps of clothes at the bottom...but no body, right? Maybe she tried to play Juliet?"

But really...could Jamie pull off a stunt like that on her own? Spreading a bunch of clues to her suicide and then hiding away somewhere until when? Until some senior guy realized he loved her, then she'd come out of hiding? Far-fetched. Then again, any explanations floating around in Rhapsody's head seemed far-fetched at the moment.

Setting

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Character Portrait: Rhapsody Wallace Character Portrait: Wade Shug Character Portrait: Alacyn Bradley Character Portrait: Luca Evans Character Portrait: Kayin Li Character Portrait: Annie Barnes Character Portrait: Cody Marsh Character Portrait: Jerrard Colton Character Portrait: Amy Rogers Character Portrait: Adrian North
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Whilst the class continued to murmur about Jamie, the door swung open once more. The arrival of Ms. Cortez didn't immediately hush the students while she crossed over to her desk and placed down several folders. She took a moment to survey the classroom, eyes lingering for a few moments on Jamie - likely for the same reasons as everyone else - before she brought her hands together with a resounding clap!

The hubbub of chatter ceased after a few short moments, and she smiled. "Welcome back, everybody. I hope you all had good summers, got all your excess energy out of your systems, and are ready for a new year of learning!" she declared, each beat of her sentences accompanied by her characteristic gesticulating. "Yes? No? Well, either way, you're stuck here now - you might as well be making the most of it!"

She picked up one of the sheets of paper off her desk. "I just have a few announcements to make, then I'll let you all get back to your socialising - I'm sure you all have a lot to talk about. Ahem... firstly! Sports team tryouts will be taking place over the course of this week. Be sure to talk to the coach about your sport if you want to try out for a team, and remember, just because you were on the team last year doesn't mean you will be this time. Let's see... ah, yes. There will be a whole-school assembly in the main hall on Friday, where the principal will talk about some matters that arose last year and over the summer. Everyone is expected to attend - no excuses without a doctor's note! Finally, you should all have sorted out your timetables online by the deadline last week, but if anybody didn't, you need to see me in my office now."

The hispanic teacher paused, "And I'd like to see Annie, Adrian, Amy and Jamie in my office as well. Annie, you first - come along."

After a moment of surprise, Annie nodded and rose to her feet. She shot Rhapsody and Cody a bemused and slightly irritated glance, then shrugged, before following Ms. Cortez back out of the classroom."

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"Well!" Jerrard said somewhat loudly as he raised his head, turning to Amy with an unenthusiastic grin. "Time to get started right? I better get going to class early, always takes me a while to get to classes. See ya later Amy!"

Immediately the young man rose out of his seat, swinging his backpack over his shoulder as he quickly walked towards the door.

Passing by her desk, Jerrard glanced once again to Rhapsody. He neglected to acknowledge Kayin directly though, and turned his head away before he looked too long. Without much more of a delay, he disappeared out the door.

Following Ms. Cortez and Annie from afar.

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Roseville

Roseville by Script

None

Roseville High

Roseville High by Script

Roseville's perfectly normal highschool.

Industrial District

Industrial District by Script

Filled with warehouses and some more obscure stores.

The Aldwin Hotel

The Aldwin Hotel by Script

A large, old building with gothic architecture. Converted from a mansion house to a hotel a decade ago.

Rosewood Heights

Rosewood Heights by Script

On the outskirts, Roseville's middle-class suburbs on the west side of town, filled with detached housing and idyllic families. On the east side closer to Downtown, it's also home to the High School and shopping mall.

The North Side

The North Side by Script

The less well-to-do part of town, run down and poorly maintained.

Rosedale Mall

Rosedale Mall by Script

The big, gleaming shopping mall in the centre of town. If you want it, you can probably buy it here. The fashionable place to hang out.

Rosewood Park

Rosewood Park by Script

The idyllic public park in Rosewood Heights, complete with playgrounds, wide open grass areas and scenic walking routes.

Westside Church

Westside Church by Script

Roseville's Church, large and old-fashioned.

Westside Cemetary

Westside Cemetary by Script

Surrounded by black iron fencing and as spooky as can be.

Northwoods Trailer Park

Northwoods Trailer Park by Script

On the edge of town, often referred to as Hicktown.

Reservoir Woods

Reservoir Woods by Script

The woods to the north of town, dense and with only one or two pathways leading around them.

The East Side

The East Side by Script

The neighbourhood of upscale housing, man-made lakes, and superiority complexes.

Downtown

Downtown by Script

The High Street, shopping, restaurants and bars.

The British Pub

The British Pub by Script

A bar in traditional British pub style that serves traditional pub lunches as well as typical bar food.

Onyx

Onyx by Script

The 21+ Nightclub in town.

The Lounge

The Lounge by Script

The all-ages bar/club where most of the highschoolers who don't have fake IDs hang out. Alcohol is served, but carding is extremely rigorous.

Wade's Mansion

Wade's Mansion by Script

Wade Shug's extravagant party house, where he apparently lives alone. Absolutely THE place to be whenever there's a party on.

Room 206

Room 206 by Script

Ms. Cortez's classroom.

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Character Portrait: Luca Evans
Character Portrait: Rhapsody Wallace
Character Portrait: Alacyn Bradley
Character Portrait: Principal Masters
Character Portrait: Ridley Godwin
Character Portrait: Kayin Li
Character Portrait: Jerrard Colton
Character Portrait: Cody Marsh
Character Portrait: Adrian North
Character Portrait: Aisha Tyler
Character Portrait: Amy Rogers
Character Portrait: Andy Lawson
Character Portrait: Annie Barnes
Character Portrait: Carissa Green
Character Portrait: Cynthia Ward
Character Portrait: Dave Spinelli
Character Portrait: Drake Jones
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Character Portrait: Ms Cortez
Ms Cortez

Maria Cortez, biology teacher and homeroom supervisor.

Character Portrait: Seth Veldon
Seth Veldon

A senior, one of the bright and cheerful emo kids with a silver tongue, and considered an acting prodgy.

Character Portrait: Rachel Black
Rachel Black

Calling herself "Raven", Rachel is a gothy senior who constantly has her nose in a book. Beautiful but intimidating, and known for being fiercely vengeful.

Character Portrait: Michael Castellanos
Michael Castellanos

Distinctly Italian, and king of the 'cool kids'. Michael is beyond cool. He sets the trends that people follow, not the other way around.

Character Portrait: Arien Valentine
Arien Valentine

A senior - a cocky and beautiful bad boy.

Character Portrait: Wade Shug
Wade Shug

A greasy, pale, shark-eyed boy with a sickly smile.

Character Portrait: Jay Michaels
Jay Michaels

Stoner, troublemaker and delinquent. "All the fun things in life break a few rules."

Character Portrait: Riley Jones
Riley Jones

An Otaku, obsessed with Japan and anime. "Thank you sensei!"

Character Portrait: Rain Nightbloom
Rain Nightbloom

The gothiest chick in school, or at the very least close to it. "It's totally my real name, what do you mean?"

Character Portrait: Nathan Summers
Nathan Summers

One of the weirder kids, brooding, antisocial and creepy. "Don't want to talk to you. Go away."

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Character Portrait: Wade Shug
Wade Shug

A greasy, pale, shark-eyed boy with a sickly smile.

Character Portrait: Lana Drew
Lana Drew

The tall one. One of Cynthia's drones.

Character Portrait: Dave Spinelli
Dave Spinelli

Football quarterback and something of a heartthrob. "Like, brotally, man!"

Character Portrait: Principal Masters
Principal Masters

Principal of Roseville High. Dashing, charming and understanding. "I know what you're going through, and I want to help."

Character Portrait: Arien Valentine
Arien Valentine

A senior - a cocky and beautiful bad boy.

Character Portrait: Ridley Godwin
Ridley Godwin

An insurance lawyer who acts like one. "I've got a proposition for you."

Character Portrait: Cody Marsh
Cody Marsh

One of the nerds, but a suspiciously 'cool' nerd. "I'm uh, in a garage band you know. Yeah."

Character Portrait: Cynthia Ward
Cynthia Ward

The Queen Bee, the most popular girl in school. "Oh my god, stop talking. Your weird is like, filling the room, I can't even breathe right now."

Character Portrait: Jake Everton
Jake Everton

Classic nerd. Good at class, bad at sports, bad with girls, bad with talking. "I... uh... I mean..."

Character Portrait: Adrian North
Adrian North

Drama geek, band geek, ginger. Adrian's just TOO easy to pick on. But he's a sweet enough kid that surprisingly few people do. "Shakespeare is my spirit animal."

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Cynthia Ward

The Queen Bee, the most popular girl in school. "Oh my god, stop talking. Your weird is like, filling the room, I can't even breathe right now."

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Dave Spinelli

Football quarterback and something of a heartthrob. "Like, brotally, man!"

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Rachel Black

Calling herself "Raven", Rachel is a gothy senior who constantly has her nose in a book. Beautiful but intimidating, and known for being fiercely vengeful.

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Amy Rogers

A weird and generally girl with an obsession with weapons. "What, this? Nah, this just for shooting targets. The stationary, red and white kind. Duh."

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Jerrard Colton

"I saw something I wasn't supposed to, now I see everything."

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Drake Jones

A tragically awkward kid who never seemed to fit in anywhere till this year, when he went very goth, very quickly. "Well, like, you just don't understand."

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Adrian North

Drama geek, band geek, ginger. Adrian's just TOO easy to pick on. But he's a sweet enough kid that surprisingly few people do. "Shakespeare is my spirit animal."

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Rain Nightbloom

The gothiest chick in school, or at the very least close to it. "It's totally my real name, what do you mean?"

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Melanie Cooper

The dumb one. One of Cynthia's drones.

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Jake Everton

Classic nerd. Good at class, bad at sports, bad with girls, bad with talking. "I... uh... I mean..."


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A large, old building with gothic architecture. Converted from a mansion house to a hotel a decade ago.

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The big, gleaming shopping mall in the centre of town. If you want it, you can probably buy it here. The fashionable place to hang out.

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Westside Cemetary

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Surrounded by black iron fencing and as spooky as can be.

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Onyx

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The 21+ Nightclub in town.

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The all-ages bar/club where most of the highschoolers who don't have fake IDs hang out. Alcohol is served, but carding is extremely rigorous.

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Wade Shug's extravagant party house, where he apparently lives alone. Absolutely THE place to be whenever there's a party on.

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Ms. Cortez's classroom.

Roseville High

Roseville's perfectly normal highschool.

Downtown

The High Street, shopping, restaurants and bars.

The East Side

The neighbourhood of upscale housing, man-made lakes, and superiority complexes.

The British Pub

A bar in traditional British pub style that serves traditional pub lunches as well as typical bar food.

The Lounge

The all-ages bar/club where most of the highschoolers who don't have fake IDs hang out. Alcohol is served, but carding is extremely rigorous.

Wade's Mansion

Wade Shug's extravagant party house, where he apparently lives alone. Absolutely THE place to be whenever there's a party on.

Reservoir Woods

The woods to the north of town, dense and with only one or two pathways leading around them.

Westside Cemetary

Surrounded by black iron fencing and as spooky as can be.

Rosewood Heights

On the outskirts, Roseville's middle-class suburbs on the west side of town, filled with detached housing and idyllic families. On the east side closer to Downtown, it's also home to the High School and shopping mall.

The Aldwin Hotel

A large, old building with gothic architecture. Converted from a mansion house to a hotel a decade ago.

Industrial District

Filled with warehouses and some more obscure stores.

The North Side

The less well-to-do part of town, run down and poorly maintained.

Rosedale Mall

The big, gleaming shopping mall in the centre of town. If you want it, you can probably buy it here. The fashionable place to hang out.

Westside Church

Roseville's Church, large and old-fashioned.

Rosewood Park

The idyllic public park in Rosewood Heights, complete with playgrounds, wide open grass areas and scenic walking routes.

Northwoods Trailer Park

On the edge of town, often referred to as Hicktown.

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Hey guys!

Since the homeroom scene is winding down, some of you might want to start posting in your classes. Feel free to completely improvise what class your character is going to, and which NPCs are in it - just make sure you don't say that they're in your class when someone's already stated they're in another one!

To make things work, if you want to finish off any conversations you're having in homeroom, I've created the "Room 206" location for homeroom RP. Any posts in homeroom from now on should be made there.

The rest of the school is for now, one location. People can post there for multiple classrooms, just make sure you tag the right characters so things make sense.

Thanks!

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Hey guys!

Just a heads up, a few of you have been posting in the wrong location. The RP is currently taking place in the "Roseville High" location, whereas your posts have been coming through in the "Roseville" location, the default.

To avoid this, instead of posting direct from the activity tab, instead go to the place page for Roseville High (or wherever your characters are currently at) and write there. This isn't a big problem at this stage, but later, when characters are in different places, it'll make things difficult to follow if half the posts are in Roseville and the other posts are in their specific locations. :)

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Given the lull in posting, I'm gonna post up a note here that I'm not expecting or enforcing any sort of overarching post order. If you're having a conversation between two characters, you don't need to wait for other characters present to respond if they aren't involved directly.

This means that people can have different posting speeds, and the pace will only slow down on larger group scenes with everyone directly involved - in which case there'll be more people to pester you! Hurrah.

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Wade in the very back row, able to survey various members of his clientele .. I like it.

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    1. Who do you hang around with? What would you describe your 'clique' as? Jocks, geeks, goths? Or do you not fit in anywhere? What PCs and NPCs are your friends?

    "Kayin is the only kid that really tolerates me, and I feel like that's only because he feels I'll tell everyone his secret if he doesn't."

    2. Homeroom. Who do you sit with? Feel free to pick PCs, but check with the other player first. This is high school, remember, where you sit is important. Not just anyone can sit next to Cynthia Ward.

    "I sit wherever there's an empty seat. Usually alone. Or with that Cooper chick, she seems to like the mysterious bad boy vibe I give off. At least that's what she's told me."

    3. What classes do you take? You don't need a comprehensive list, just give me highlights - subjects your characters enjoy the most, or hate the most. Everyone takes english, history, math, gym, and at least one science.

    "The classes that allow me to do the least amount of work, so gym. And creative writing, because for some reason I'm good at it."

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AND

A note on tagging:

Since there are so many goddamn NPCs, only bother tagging an NPC if they're being actively engaged in the post you're writing. That means I'll only get a notification for the NPCs being addressed rather than one for every single one in homeroom, with every post!

Also, on that note, a note on using NPCs:

I would like to be able to completely control every NPC fully so that the RPing experience is as interactive as possible. That said, they are NPCs. You don't have to be as careful as you would about assuming things that they're doing as you would be with a PC. Feel free to drop an NPC into a scene, write them walking around and doing things, or even do a small amount of dialogue. But for any extended engagement, try and let me take over. If this proves to be clunky, then we can address that issue, but for the moment the NPCs with profiles should be treated as under my control.

You can absolutely invent other NPCs to fulfill needed roles within your posts, though, even recurring ones that you have control over! I don't want to limit you guys too heavily by keeping control of the NPCs, so if you have any issues, let me know. :)

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Okay guys!

I know we're still waiting on Gentlemiss for the last round of questions, but I figure we can get the ball rolling anyway. I've drawn up a 'seating chart' for homeroom, with where everyone's said they sit, leaving space for Raijin and easily editable in case anyone changes their minds. Of course, your character can sit anywhere - this isn't a chart drawn up by the teacher, just a social one, but they'll potentially be 'stealing someone's seat' if they do!

Here's the chart! Each desk seats two people, the front of the classroom is at the top and the door is at the front on the left. :)

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1. Who do you hang around with? What would you describe your 'clique' as? Jocks, geeks, goths? Or do you not fit in anywhere? What PCs and NPCs are your friends?

Friends. Yeah I guess I had a few friendly acquaintances. I would eat lunch with the nerdy kids, just kind of enjoyed their company while I ate. Occasionally I'd get involved in the conversation. I'd talk about sports and bikes with Dave Spinelli in the locker room before gym. He likes to ask about my bike, and joke about how my favorite football team always chokes.

Honestly it's not like I fit in nowhere, but rather I fit in everywhere, at least, to a degree. (With the exception of those really popular girls. I try to avoid em.) It's easy for me to talk with someone about something, and blend in. I don't really belong there, but I am.

2. Homeroom. Who do you sit with? Feel free to pick PCs, but check with the other player first. This is high school, remember, where you sit is important. Not just anyone can sit next to Cynthia Ward.
Thank god I'm able to sit towards the back, right next to Amy Rogers. Thankfully she seems to put others off, so it's kind of like sitting next to an insect repellent. I don't find her strange though, once in a while I'll listen to her rants, and she's pretty good at helping me with history.

3. What classes do you take? You don't need a comprehensive list, just give me highlights - subjects your characters enjoy the most, or hate the most. Everyone takes English, history, math, gym, and at least one science.

I'm ok with national history, and math. I struggle a bit with chem, but at least I have literature and graphics. Those two I'm good at, and they're pretty cool, they can distract me from what I am for a bit.

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VV, I'm up for it if that's what you'd decide. Rhaps is drawn to him right now, but she'd get pretty fed up with him quickly with the way he acts.

Scrip, sounds fun the way you described! I'd be happy to randomize things.

1. Who do you hang around with? What would you describe your 'clique' as? Jocks, geeks, goths? Or do you not fit in anywhere? What PCs and NPCs are your friends?

Hard to say, I sort of drift between the different groups. I have to keep track of a lot of people and keep up friendships regardless of silly clique boundaries. It's tricky, but I'm pretty good at managing. Kayin's a good friend and Annie's a good contrast to him when I need some quiet. I try to stay on friendly terms with as many people as possible, though.

2. Homeroom. Who do you sit with? Feel free to pick PCs, but check with the other player first. This is high school, remember, where you sit is important. Not just anyone can sit next to Cynthia Ward.

I sit near Aisha and Carissa during homeroom. They're a little, um...aggressive, but it's nice to talk about sports accomplishments with them.

3. What classes do you take? You don't need a comprehensive list, just give me highlights - subjects your characters enjoy the most, or hate the most. Everyone takes english, history, math, gym, and at least one science.

Choir's pretty fun. People used to tell me I had a pretty voice, and it's good to have a class I fell like I can do really well in. I also love the swim team, it's where I'm the most in my element, I guess. Academic classes really aren't my thing, though. Math is the absolute worst.

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1. Being a ghost makes it so easy to sneak around places you shouldn't. Do you make a habit of peeking where you shouldn't, listening in to things that aren't your business, and being an unseen voyeur?

A: What ghost wouldn't? There are no secrets, no hidden places, no space for you to whisper without my knowing. I'm fully aware it's an invasion of privacy and morally ambiguous. I'm looking for a killer, my killer. It's a necessary evil. I'm not a prick about it though. In most situations I ignore what I find, but I don't forget.

2. Lisa's last boyfriend broke up with her seemingly out of the blue, looking terrified. Were you behind that?

A: Heh heh heh...Never did like that guy. Could tell he was a scumnbag from just looking at him. I found out he was cheating, thankfully before Lisa had gone too far with him. Let's just say he got cuaght with his pants down on the wrong end of a hot fire poker.

3. Someone once saw you halfway through a wall, and knows what you are. Who?

A: Ah that. I'm not sure if that Melanie chick bought my whole: "This isn't reality." bit. But I mean, why should I be worried? The odds of people believing a ghost story is real is pretty low, and it's not like she has nay proof. Besides, she has a rep for not being the brightest in school.
But if she does think about talking, I got ways of keeping people in line.

4. Who's the one who makes your heart feel like it's beating again?

A: Ha...Honestly I don't know. I feel a little warmer around my family, but it's more like...sitting around smoldering coals rather than a roaring fire. I don't really have time to think about people that way, not anymore. I used to, I had a girlfriend once, freshman year. It was pretty nice. But I don't even know if I'll be here tomorrow, I don't know if I'm gonna disappear in another minute. I have to stay focused on what I have to do.

I'm dead...I do wish I could change that...but I haven't come across anything that tells me I can.

But, If I had to pick someone...I guess Annie Barnes? I like to glance at her during lunch, sometimes she says things that remind me of my mom. I can't say if it's a good or bad thing, but it's nostalgic. It helps she's not an airhead.

5. How did your parents' car crash affect your relationships with your siblings? Who was involved in the crash? Is there anyone you blame?

A: It's hard to bear a grudge against dead people. Yes I'm aware of the irony behind my saying that, but as I said before, I just don't have the time to waste blaming people and thinking about things I can't change. Mom and Dad are gone, I'm gone. I've got to look after my family while I can.
If I had to pick, I'd say it hit Lisa the hardest, I'd say she changed the day of the funeral. She's not a bad kid persay...but she's not the same. The dance recitals, the piano lessons, they all stopped. Now it's parties and bonfires...tattoos and boys...I worry sometimes. But Cousin Kelley keeps a good eye on her when I'm not able to.

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@Cota, I'm talking with Gentlemiss about possibly developing another character for Wade to cast his pearls to, but I like your notes on Alacyn and I think having them interact and be seated near each other would be good. I'll keep you posted on what's going on there.

@Script Yeah, pretty much anyone who doesn't fit into Wade's cookie-cutter understanding of "people want something, I will give them something" would be confusing to him. I've also never been a fan of involving dice with text-based roleplay. I prefer my dice only with my tabletop RP, but that's just my opinion. :o

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@ViceVersus I think Alacyn would be a great seating partner for Wade, and doubly so if she's the girl he's into. It would make a lot of sense as well. I mean, he could have practically anyone he wants, but she's one of the few people who wants nothing to do with anyone, let alone him. It's only natural to want what you can't have. If that sounds good to you, just let me know. :D

1. Who do you hang around with? What would you describe your 'clique' as? Jocks, geeks, goths? Or do you not fit in anywhere? What PCs and NPCs are your friends? If I can help it, I don't hang out with anyone, but when it can't be avoided, I'm welcome among the nerds, geeks, and weird kids. I hardly talk to them, other than Lily who always wants to talk to me. The rest of them don't seem to mind. I guess they have a soft spot for someone who isn't welcome anywhere else.

2. Homeroom. Who do you sit with? Feel free to pick PCs, but check with the other player first. This is high school, remember, where you sit is important. Not just anyone can sit next to Cynthia Ward. I try and always find a place in the back of the room, so I sit with whoever else follows suit. It's great, because I can see the whole room, especially Luca, and few people can see me.

3. What classes do you take? You don't need a comprehensive list, just give me highlights - subjects your characters enjoy the most, or hate the most. Everyone takes english, history, math, gym, and at least one science.
Biology, anatomy, human development, etc. Dr. Bradley says that I should familiarize myself with the way the human body operates. Loathe as I am to say it, I don't disagree.

5. Who's the person who knows what you are? Do they hold it over you as blackmail, or do they have their own dark secret they've shared? (you can wait to answer this till all the PCs are submitted if you want this to be a player character, in which case you should talk to them to work it out) Putting off for the moment, until the roster is full. Lily Edwards. God, it was a stupid mistake. I should have waited until the end of the day, until I could get back home, but I just couldn't. The thirst was too strong. I went to the bathroom and drained a blood bag. When I went to wash up, thinking no one was there, she walked right in on me, blood dribbling down my chin and fangs protruding as long as ever. I tried to convince her that she was just seeing things, and I even tried out my charms, but it wouldn't work. She was too stubborn. I made her swear to not tell anyone, although no one would believe her even if she did, but now I can't get her to leave me alone.


@Script I don't think a dice system is entirely feasible for this format of roleplay. Mainly because of the amount of time and coordination it would take to deal with die-rolling events, but also because of the temptation to fudge the die rolls. It would be less of an element of randomness and more of a, "you have to lie to me if you want your character to succeed." I'm certainly not accusing anyone of being that type of player, but the temptation and the means are both there. It might just be wiser to remove that temptation all together. On the other hand, I think it would be better if you as the gm rolled the dice for those certain actions. That would save time, and still have an element of unpredictability to our actions. And sure, you'd be tempted to fudge the rolls too, but that's okay, because when the DM does it, it's usually more fun!

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As far as NPCs go who would find it really difficult to handle Wade: Adrian, Jake, and Hiro come to mind. Adrian's the soft-spoken, nice-to-everyone drama kid who's incredibly easy to pick on but never holds a grudge. That could be an interesting contrast in a different way, in that he's likely not got all that much he wants out of Wade, so Wade'll find it hard to pull his usual game on him.

Jake and Hiro are both socially awkward nerds who would be completely intimidated by him.

Those are just my NPC ideas, though! PCs may yet step up. Alacyn comes to mind as a potentially good choice if Cota was up for it.

Also, go ahead and use this thread for anything related to the RP! Once it starts up, the orderly question stuff will die down and we'll be using the thread mostly for discussion/gossip anyway.


OH, and I have one more question, this time for players.

Would you all be interested in the usage of dice in the RP? Adding an element of unpredictability and 'loss of control' for certain things - be it violence, manipulation, seduction or using supernatural powers? The way this would work is that whenever you guys would try something like that, I might say "roll two dice, if you get this number or higher, it goes according to plan, otherwise I'll throw a curve-ball at you".

The curve-ball might be that your character gets injured, or someone throws what you were trying to say/do back in your face, or you embarrass yourself. Equally, this would mean that sometimes you don't get to say whether your character is shut down, turned on, or hurt.

The practicality issues with this lie in the fact that it holds up scenes, as posts have to be broken up between 'attempts', then a dice result acquired and THEN the outcome being posted. I'm not sure how feasible it is. What are you guys' thoughts?

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Hi Sam! I have the answers to some of your questions all ready to go, but the homeroom question threw me off. Can we chat with other players here, or are you still reserving this space for orderly plot things?

If there's any PCs or NPCs that are any sort of timid/shy, or wouldn't handle the social mutant that Wade is, that could be an interesting seating arrangement. I'm also still looking for someone to be Wade's love interest. That is, someone who completely is not interested in the weird, pale, sticky rich kid.

I wondered if Rhapsody might be a good choice for Wade's obsession. Her being a Fae and the fact that Wade lies constantly and wheedles his way into and out of arrangements would make a really, uh, striking contrast between the two.

Just wanted to start to get my feelers out there!

Here's my answers to the rest of the questions, though.

1. Who do you hang around with? What would you describe your 'clique' as? Jocks, geeks, goths? Or do you not fit in anywhere? What PCs and NPCs are your friends?

Among the beautiful and athletic popular crowd, a boil festers. That boil is Wade Shug. The hottest parties in Roseville are held at his house, a sprawling affair fitted to the teeth for the craziest weekends imaginable -- everyone wants to be there. To get in, however, you need to be invited. And to be invited, well, in the slimy words of "Shug the Slug" himself: "You don't get something for nothing."

Wade does not discriminate against those who may be needing his services, resulting in a near-constant bustle of activity around him. While there are those who are disgusted by his obvious plying for attention through material means, Wade's "clientele" range from the stuck-up popular girls wanting to hide the fact that they can't afford their designer clothes, the computer nerds looking for the latest processing gear on the cheap, or female neckbeards wanting to score an advance copy of the latest teen novel craze.

3. What classes do you take? You don't need a comprehensive list, just give me highlights - subjects your characters enjoy the most, or hate the most. Everyone takes english, history, math, gym, and at least one science.


Wade is a bit of a history buff. He enjoys learning about conquests and the rise and fall of empires.

I can also see him really liking biology. Dissecting pigs, frogs, or potentially causing any sort of animal harm (even if it's already dead) would really appeal to him. And he could be a little too interested in the human anatomy.

Thanks again!

EDIT: I realize now I forgot to write it in 1st person! I'll rewrite it tomorrow!

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1. Who do you hang around with? What would you describe your 'clique' as? Jocks, geeks, goths? Or do you not fit in anywhere? What PCs and NPCs are your friends?

"The drama clique, if it wasn't obvious enough already. Scenes in the halls, hanging out in the auditorium at lunch, we're loud, we're lively. What's not to love?"

2. Homeroom. Who do you sit with? Feel free to pick PCs, but check with the other player first. This is high school, remember, where you sit is important. Not just anyone can sit next to Cynthia Ward.

"Nathan. I dunno. Somethin' about that kid."

3. What classes do you take? You don't need a comprehensive list, just give me highlights - subjects your characters enjoy the most, or hate the most. Everyone takes english, history, math, gym, and at least one science.

"You have to ask? Drama! All that encompasses my soul! And creative writing. Art. Anything that gives me free creative outlet."

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Okay! Since it's just Architect who hasn't posted his replies yet, I'm gonna go ahead and post some more general questions to establish your interactions with NPCs. All of the NPCs in your characters' homeroom are posted up on the roleplay, and they represent a sample of all the various cliques and the like around school.

These NPCs will be only as in the spotlight as you make them, I'll only be giving them screentime when they're interacting with player characters. That can make them major or minor players. Make sure you give each of them a cursory glance over, since your character probably knows them at least by name.

But without further ado, questions for everyone!

1. Who do you hang around with? What would you describe your 'clique' as? Jocks, geeks, goths? Or do you not fit in anywhere? What PCs and NPCs are your friends?

2. Homeroom. Who do you sit with? Feel free to pick PCs, but check with the other player first. This is high school, remember, where you sit is important. Not just anyone can sit next to Cynthia Ward.

3. What classes do you take? You don't need a comprehensive list, just give me highlights - subjects your characters enjoy the most, or hate the most. Everyone takes english, history, math, gym, and at least one science.

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Script wrote:Questions for ViceVersus!

1. What does your grandmother think of your sudden rise in wealth? Has the wool been pulled over her eyes, or is she in on the deal?

"Wool, I guess, but there was enough there already. One minute she knows who I am and what year it is, the next minute she calls me Daniel, and asks about the milkman. Her house is small, cramped, and smells like piss. The mansion -- you've seen it, of course -- is huge and modern. Much more suiting someone of my refined tastes. She can sit in her rocking chair and talk about milk bottles for the rest of her stupid life, for all I care."

2. Who knows about your dealings with powers beyond your understanding, and thinks they can save you? What do you think of them?

"Joel was there with the Grey Man first came. Since then, he's been trying to convince me that the Grey Man is something evil, or whatever. He's jealous. I don't know why. I'm generous to him. He was there with me before all of this happened, before the Grey Man came along -- and I reward him well! I let him hang out with me, I let him share a piece of the power. I give him a section of the web. If he keeps trying to mess with this thing I have going, I'm going to have to do something more drastic .. "

3. Your popularity is bitter sweet. How aware are you of what people say behind your back, and the way they fake their attitudes towards you? Does it hurt, or does their resentful dependence make you feel powerful?


"I know what they call me. Shug the Slug. I know people hate me, it's whatever. They can hate me, but they still want what I have .. they still have to come to me. They depend on me. It doesn't hurt. It's just business .. and I'm in the business of popularity."

4. Have you ever used the Gray Man to harm someone directly? Ever wished someone would just... hurt? If not, has it crossed your mind?

".. I-I don't know. If someone crossed me, absolutely. You don't fuck with the King."

5. Who's the person you want more than anything to like you? The one you'd do anything to be close to, who you'd give anything to make them feel for you?

"There's someone. I've had my eye on her for some time. If she could only understand all the things I could give to her, all the things I could do for her. But she doesn't accept what I give her. Doesn't she realize how important I am? I'll do anything .. anything to make her see .. "




Hi guys! I know some of you, and some of you I don't know. I am looking for a player character to fill the role of the girl that Wade is really into. Also, I would not be averse to another player character taking the role of Joel (who is currently and NPC), Wade's friend before the Gray Man came to him and gave him all this wealth.

Many thanks to Spamalamb for the invite. :) Can't wait to get started.

PS: Link to Wade Shug's profile.

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These are some questions Moonscar and CelticCat came up for Luca! Since it's only fair that I join in the Q&A sesh. :D

1. "You've never known your father, aside from your mother's religiously biased description. Is what he's passed down to you a gift or curse? When you think about him, what really comes to mind?"

"It's a mixed bag. I've got to admit that having wings comes in handy. Flying is the most ... amazing thing, on your own wings. I'd be hard pressed to ever give it up now, y'know? But the anger... god, what I would give to be able to go a day without wanting to punch someone. It's always boiling there inside and I hurt people when I snap. It's not when I punch out an idiot that I care, it's when I lash out emotionally at the people close to me. That's not me, and yet... it is. Inescapably. That's a curse. That's what he left me with. And when I think of him? I see a faceless figure with his back turned. Fuck him."

2. "What is the relationship between you and your mother now? What does she think of you since the accidental reveal?"

"Strained. Hah, that's putting it lightly. What do you get when you cross a constantly angry teenager who does weed, drinks and hangs out with criminals with a passionately Catholic mother who's not right in the head and wants to believe that he's going to turn into a perfect holy angel? A mess, that's what. I appreciate what she does for me, but I can't deal with her most of the time. I feel like she doesn't love me for who I am, but for what she sees in me - her angel, her line to her stupid God. I spend more time at Jay's house than my own."

3. "When all that anger builds up, who is the one person you just can't take it out on? Whose presence keeps your sinful nature at bay, just for a while?"

"There's actually two people. It's stupid, I don't even know the guy that well, but there's something about that drama dork Adrian that stops me in my tracks when with anyone else I'd be yelling at them. He's never been anything but kind to me, and I've never done anything to deserve it. The day I snap at him is the day I hate myself. And then there's Kayin... well, let's just say I owe him."

4. "What was your true motivation for keeping such a good eye on Jay Michaels?"

"There's two answers here, I guess. The first answer? We've been friends since kindergarten, and when he started getting involved in bad shit, I felt obliged to stop him from drowning in it. I like to think that he'd have my back in return, but somehow I don't think I'll rely on it. The second... well, it's not what you think, that's for sure. Maybe once, a little, but not now. I think there's something more than troubleseeking going on with him. Trouble finds him as much as, if not more than the other way around. It's uncanny. I don't know what's with him, but I intend to find out."

5. "It doesn't take much to rile you up, but who does it the best? Who's the one person who just presses all your buttons without even trying?"

"Wade. That slimy asshole thinks that just because he has a big house, and big money, he can tell everyone what to do. He thinks he's above everyone. And come on, have you looked at him? His face just begs to be punched like, all the time!"

6. "Someone's seen you at your worst. Who was it?"

"I... don't like talking about this. It was in the summer between freshman and sophomore year. Me and my mom had an argument that ended in talking about my dad, and her screaming at me that I'd never live up to his legacy the way I was acting. Well, I didn't - still don't, by the way - want to have that legacy. I was beyond angry, and so to avoid taking it out on my mom right there, I ran, then flew until I couldn't bear it any longer and touched down in the woods just outside of town. And left alone with the hatred of what dad had given me? I tried to destroy it. I started tearing feathers out of my wings, mutilating them. I screamed, but I was beyond caring about the pain.

Kayin found me there. I don't know why he was walking through the woods that day, or how he managed to look past the 'holy crap, Luca has wings' part, but I don't much care to question it. If it weren't for him intervening, I'd probably have never flown again."

Re: Monster Hearts

Alright, last answer! Wooo~

4. You cling onto most people, but who's special? Who's the one who holds your undivided attention when they're in the room, who you've promised yourself you'll never let go of?

That's...that's difficult. I mean, I'm surrounded by people that unfold like blossoms as I get to know them, full of beautiful and different colors, scents...I guess, if I'm honest, there are two who stand out. I mean, Wade's take the school by storm and I like keep close to him. He's this need that sort of reminds me of me, I guess? Jerrard, though...Jerrard, I'd like to keep. Above anyone else, even Wade. Jerrard pulls me in, just look at him, like diving into a pool. It's like he's half somewhere else and I just have this urge to meet him there. So, yes. I've promised myself, I'll never let Jerrard slip away. My word is my bind.

Re: Monster Hearts

1. What does your sister know about you? Did your mother keep it secret from her that you ever died, or does she know that you've been brought back?

"Mom really... acts like she doesn't know. Acts like it didn't happen, actually. But she saw it happen, knew she was going downhill. Jia's a smart kid, and I guess that wasn't always a good thing. She's gotten so quiet since I came back. I think she avoids me. Mom kept telling her I was sick and that I couldn't wake up for a while. That's the lie she told me, too."

2. Someone's seen you slip out of your skin. Who was it?

"Raijin. I wanted to die a second time. Listen, it's not that... we don't all have our own... secrets. It's just that mine's not as normal as everyone else's. I need to get on his good side. Quick."

3. How do you feel about your mother bringing you back? Being undead's not so bad, but was it her right to make that decision? Is it just another freedom she's taken away from you?

"I have mixed feelings. On one hand, why, yes. I'm happy to be alive! It's... great... to be a walking... fucking... skeleton. I got something back when I died, but it wasn't what it was before. She's trying so hard to make it up to me. She's trying so hard to give me everything back like it just. Didn't. Happen. Trying to believe that she's in control even though everything fell through her fingers in one night. I've done everything I can to show her that everything's not like it was, but even if it's not, things can still be great! An unlife... is still life. Right?"

4. You give out a lot of advice, but who do you turn to when you need help?

"Rhapsody. Bless her heart. If Juliet was the sun, this woman is angel's song incarnate. Just have to dance around my words like a good samba."

5. Who's the person for whom you wish you would take your own advice, and just talk to them? It seems so easy when you're telling other people to do it...

"That... Dave. It... it's not obvious, you know, I know. We all know that. But there's more to the guy than anyone knows. Deep in his soul. Lower than his soul, maybe..."