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Of Four Suits

Of Four Suits

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The Kings & Queens send their children to form an alliance & bond in the House. But rebellion is sparking... And so is love and rivalry.

923 readers have visited Of Four Suits since Makenna Young created it.

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Think about a deck of playing cards. Yes, we've all seen them, we've all used them. Now, what if each suit represented a different kingdom with different values? Hm? And what if each kingdom was ruled by a King and a Queen, advised by an wise man, an Ace? And what if each King and Queen passed their kingdom down to a young man - their son - a Jack when he comes of age? Yes, you see what I'm getting at, do you not?

Let us assume, for the sake of our story that these kingdoms - suits, if you will - don't always get along too well. After all, they're all different, and differences can create rivalry, hatred, and, eventually, war. But war... Ah, war... Is it not costly, both in terms of lives and riches? The Kings and Queens want to avoid it, each for their own reason. But they know they don't get along with the other Kings and Queens. So what do they do? They send their princes (and in the case of Diamonds, a princess) - the Jacks - to work it out in closed grounds. After all, alike children have to get along, right?

While that may be true, allow me to remind you that these children are not at all alike. The kingdoms they have grown up in have different virtues and ways of life. Naturally, heads will bash when they meet, but their parents foolishly overlook this and send them to the place they have prepared- the House. A house of cards, if you will.

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The House is a semi-modest miniature palace, with a kitchen, dining hall, library, living space, and entertainment room on the first floor. On the second, there are four sets of rooms, chambers for each Jack. Their suit symbol is on their door. Each set of chambers is identical, with an antichamber, bedroom, walk-in closet, study, tea room, and a bathroom. The basement is host to a small dungeon, just in case.

On the grounds of the wall-enclosed courtyard, one can find the stables (each Jack brought a horse), servant quarters, a small cathedral, a white gazebo aside a charming pond, and countless cherry and apple trees, as well as a flower garden adorned with a fountain and a statue representing each kingdom - a crippled woman for Hearts, a farmer for Spades, an elegantly gowned woman wearing sparkling gems for Diamonds, and the Jack of Clubs himself for Clubs. As for servants, each Jack brought one of their gender and choice, and there is a cook (f), housekeeper (f), stables manager (m), and countless guards elected by the Kings and Queens.

The Jacks are to bond and create the alliance for their parents, which is becoming more and more vital as rebel efforts from a group of exiled persons, criminals, and ex-citizens from the four kingdoms grow apparent. However, even that doesn't seem like enough.

ImageI'm sure your frowning at the screen by now, realizing that I missed a vital card - or rather, two - in this game. And if you haven't, think: what is the biggest gamechanger in a game of cards

If you said the Jokers - the wild cards - you'd be correct.

Ah, yes, the Jokers... Things only grow more complicated when these two young ladies get involved, both for different reasons. A weak lass, who captures the heart of the Jack of Hearts, and a strong, powerful woman who taunts and teases the Jack of Spades.

Only two things are guranteed when you add this all up: love will reign, as will rivalry. Good luck getting what you want. The name of the game can change in an instant. Who will break and who will be left for broke? And most importantly, who will win the jackpot?






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β™₯ Kingdom of Hearts β™₯
The Kingdom of Hearts shines light on mercy, kindness, and loyalty. They all live as equals; even the Palace of Hearts itself reeks of utmost simplicity. They have no currency, instead living and sharing with one another, loving each other like family. People don't really work; instead, citizens can opt to pursue a trade that they enjoy, which they can trade to people in the other kingdoms, giving the proceeds to the palace, thereby ensuring that everything will be divided equally. The other kingdoms will tolerate the no money rule that Hearts has, but that doesn't mean they like it.

Hearts is known for its trademark Jubilees, which they use to welcome new citizens to their kingdom. When someone moves to Hearts for a new start, a few days after their arrival, there will be a ball held in their honor. The same is true when a new child is born, or when a couple marries. Each citizen lives for these parties, which are known to be extravagant and fun.

Located in the midst of endless plains, there is a large, beautiful lake called Gonda in Hearts. The buildings are made of stone, with three rooms - a main room, a parent's room, and a children's room. The Palace of Hearts is two stories, the entire bottom floor taken up by the ballroom. On the floor above lies the kitchens, private dining hall, and five bedrooms. There is no dungeon, as they believe in mercy. Those who take advantage of their mercy are exiled from the kingdom.

β™  Kingdom of Spades β™ 
The Kingdom of Spades focuses in on climbing the ladder of society through hard work, effort, and determination. Anyone at the bottom can rise to the top over the course of their lifetime; indeed, the job and status of a child's parents matters little to who the child becomes, as each member of the kingdom is required to start at the lowest rung and have their productivity distinguish if and when they may ascend the ladder. The least productive stay at the bottom, while the most productive work in the Palace of Spades.

Once a year, at the beginning of fall, the kindgom holds its annual Ascendation Ceremony in the palace's courtyard. While this is a time to celebrate harvest season and to show off crops and baked goods, this is also the time when the King of Spades announces who will be Ascending the social ladder, while the Queen of Spades blesses any child born in the past year for all to see.

Located between the Mongaro and the Chaste rivers, the land within Spades is rich with nutritious soil. There is one large farm that most citizens - including the children - work on, each being paid according to how many plots of land they attend to properly. Those too weak to work live in a collective poorhouse, where selected women take care of them. They are sustained by funds from the royal family, though often looked down upon as they do not work at all.

♦ Kingdom of Diamonds ♦
The Kingdom of Diamonds values riches, riches, and more riches. Everyone is to work to enhance the riches of the kingdom as a whole, usually giving almost all of their money to the miserly royals, which could be a good or bad thing, considering that they horde it, but will use up their reserves as soon as an issue arises within their kingdom.

Diamonds hosts an annual feast to show off their riches, which citizens from any kingdom can attend for a small fee. (Yes, even their parties cost money.) During this feast, one lucky child from the mines is chosen to keep the profit whatever they find in their next shift. This is a huge deal for the child's family, and often causes rivalry amongst the citizens of Hearts.

Located in the Carab Mountains, the main industry for the Kingdom of Diamonds is mining. All citizens work there, except for the crippled and weak, who are palace servants, and the nobles. The Palace of Diamonds is huge, adorned with silver, gold, and countless jewels and vibrant colors.

♣ Kingdom of Clubs ♣
The Kingdom of Clubs values exclusiveness and judgement. There are only two classes: the rich and the poor, and it's pretty much impossible for the poorest of the kingdom to ascend. Incest is common among the few selected nobles and royals, causing many a miscarraige and deformities. The deformed are usually sent away to the Kingdom of Hearts discreetly, so none of the citizens know the deformed existed.

The only parties held in Clubs are for the royals, for events like marraiges, coronations, births, birthdays, and the like. During these "parties," citizens are required to bring gifts to the celebrated royal. Anyone who does not meet this complex requirement is whipped and/or sent to the dungeon for treason, as insane as that may be.

Located in the Topaz Woods, while most citizens slave away within the kingdom, the nobles often hunt and fish for sport, then sell their goods for profits. The Palace of Clubs is made up of multiple, huge buildings in which the royals and nobles dwell and hardly ever leave. Slavery is also a major thing in Clubs.






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Name: ________ | 20-24 | Male | Jack of Hearts | FC:______ | Reserved by: __________
[Hearts] spots the sick, injured, and afraid Echo on the roadside while on his way to the House and decides to take her under his wing. He vows to nurse her back to health, no matter what it takes. He's eager for the alliance to be fulfilled, and begins to fall for Echo while caring for her.

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Demitri Ethan Sinclair | 22 | Male | Jack of Spades | FC: Avan Jogia | Reserved by: Makenna Young
Demitri finds it quite ironic that his kingdom stands for hardwork and effort, yet he got where he is by birth. He longs for the chance to earn his title as prince, no matter what. Soon after coming to the House, he stumbles upon the dungeon and meets [Joker #2], who taunts him. All the same, she manages to raise his curiousity and he visits her often. He's not sure he wants an alliance with the Kingdom of Clubs, as they stand for virtual opposites, but he's okay with alliances with the other two kingdoms. Begins to like [Joker #2].

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Name: ________ | 20-24 | Female | Jack of Diamonds | FC:______ | Reserved by: __________
[Diamonds] was sent to the House for one purpose, and it's not to confirm the alliance. Instead, her father is trying to have her find a princely groom who will take over their kingdom and provide more wealth, as she is an only child and a woman. She lives to party and can be a bit of a slut. Begins to fall for [Clubs].


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Name: ________ | 20-24 | Male | Jack of Clubs | FC:______ | Reserved by: __________
[Clubs] is the kind of person who acts all high-and-mighty, having been raised that way. He acts superior to the others, hating them all. He finds pleasure in sneaking into Echo's room when [Hearts] isn't looking to harass her. [Diamonds] gets him to open up a bit, and he eventually realizes he loves her.

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Echo Ann Canice | 19 | Female | Joker #1 | FC: Emma Watson | Reserved by: Makenna Young
Echo had been captured, used, and abused by a band of highwaymen before they left her in the woods for dead. [Hearts] takes her in, for which she is thankful, but she has lost her ability to trust. [Clubs] harasses her, causing her distrustful nature to increase. However, she begins to trust and love [Hearts].

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Name: ________ | 22-25 | Female | Joker #2 | FC:______ | Reserved by: __________
[Joker #2] is the leader of the rebel effott against the four kingdoms. She is captured shortly after the royals take up residence in the House, having planned to raid it with a small band of followers, and placed in the building's dungeon. When Demitri stumbles upon the dungeon, she entertains herself by taunting him, but she eventually comes to love him.






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First come, first serve. || To me, it's unfair to make people compete for a role of fun. I don't have it in my heart to tell people that someone else's CS is better than theirs, but that's just me.

Reserve in OOC. || No, not PM. OOC. That way, people will know if you already have asked for the role and we avoid two people asking for the same role.

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Reservations last 48 hours. || WIP must be submitted within 48 hours to keep your slot. WIP submissions will be provided 48 hours to complete.


Choose a celebrity face claim. || Whoever you want, as long as they're not taken and the look the right age. Also, send me a gif and their name when you reserve. :)

Doubling permitted. || This is, of course, assuming that you take one male and one female of seperate pairings or that I give you special permission to take two of a single gender. In fact, I encourage doubling. :)

No Mary-Gary Sues. || Make your character creative, wellrounded, and unique. ;)

CS is changeable. || As long as you include all required information, you may reorganize and embellish the character sheet to your liking.


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No godmodding, powerplaying, or autohitting. || In other words, your character CAN be injured, and you CANNOT control other characters or have the ability to know their thoughts.

Third person only. || I like first person, too, however third person is more suitable for roleplay.

The minimum per post is 200 words. || Honestly, that shouldn't be too hard. And please, don't post a novel each time that we all have to struggle to keep up with one person. Roleplay is a collaboration; please don't make yourself the driving force.

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Post once or twice a week, minimum. || I understand that life gets in the way sometimes; just PM me ahead of time.

Double check your posts. || Mistakes are allowed, but please put effort forth to make your post appear professional.


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Use brackets when talking OOC in IC thread. || Examples are ((this)), [[this]], {{this}}, or ||this||.

Check back frequently. || Keep checking the OOC tab. Sometimes I leave information vital to success.

Be courteous. || It goes without saying, but no fighting OOC. if you have an issue with someone, PM me and I'll deal with it.

Make inquiries. || If you have a question, please don't hesitate to ask. I'm a nice person, kind of gullibly so, so I definitely won't hold a grudge against you for hammering me with with questions. In fact, I do that to GMs all the time!


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Rating based on maturity level, not age. || If you are confident that you can handle my rating descriptions, then go for it!

Just a little bit of blood. || Gore and violence really aren't the intent of this roleplay, but things can happen.

Stuff happens. || If two charries "get it on" time skip as soon as the clothes come off. No describing nude bodies; this is not smut.

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Raise your glasses. || This is set in a medieval world. They drink.

Uncomfortable? || Don't be afraid to speak up! Shoot me a PM and I promise we'll work out a compromise. :)


***Failure to coincide with the rules set out to keep everyone productive and having fun will result in a PM from me and a strike. Three strikes and you're out. I reserve the right to make exceptions where I deem appropriate..

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Ok, I'll also try to work on getting a WIP done.

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Sure thing; I'll update the page when I get the chance! c; If you know anyone who'd be interested in this, please ask them to check out the thread! I'll post a "Players Wanted" thread in a day or so.

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After much deliberation, the Joker is Crystal Reed

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Characters name is Fionna Quinn Byrne and she's 22.

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I'm still figuring out the female character, but male is definitely Andrew Garfield

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Character's name is Alistair Jase Webb and he's 21

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They're yours! :) Once you know who your using for FCs, just tell me and I'll post a gif on the front page.

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Can reserve Hearts and Joker #2?

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Alistair Jase Webb | 21 | Male | Jack of Hearts | FC: Andre Garfield | Reserved by: Kuukakulily

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Demitri Ethan Sinclair | 22 | Male | Jack of Spades | FC: Avan Jogia | Reserved by: Makenna Young

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Echo Ann Canice | 19 | Female | Joker #1 | FC: Emma Watson | Reserved by: Makenna Young

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Name: ________ | 22-25 | Female | Joker #2 | FC:______ | Reserved by: Kuukakulily