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Krystal Itzume

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That Thou Art {Recruitment Open}
« on: December 19, 2013, 01:52:52 am »
Once upon a time, the races of the universe personified the abstracts. They deified them, the good, the bad, and the ugly, were all defined as languages were developed. Pantheons rose, and pantheons fell. Skepticism has been on the increase all across the universe, though. Some still call upon these figures, in poems or in stories, but few think of these abstracts in any true, worshipful way.

At least, they had not done so for a while. A rock thrown into a pond makes a ripple, and one powerful figure has moved forward to disturb the collective, universal consciousness. This move has divided the cosmos. There are those who view it as a threatening action, those who are worried about the intentions of this figure. There are those who are moving to join, and then there are those on the sidelines, hedging their bets, looking to get involved but not yet sure where. Then, there are the neutral parties, those who are not typically concerned about fading out of existence entirely.

Either way, the ripples have begun, and the response has awoken many…including those who were better left forgotten.

~***~

Welcome to Abstractions. The general idea of this is a story with several major arcs, the first being this “awakening”.

The universe of Abstractions begins on Earth, but we have a universe to craft—heavens, hells, astral planes, and other worlds. The major characters should be “Abstracts”, and by this they can be figures known (Venus, Ares, Michael) or figures of your own creation. There can also be multiple Abstracts of one “idea”, since there can be many ideas about Love or Hate, for instance.

The powers of the Abstracts revolve around what they’re Abstracts of, and it is generally difficult to affect another Abstract with these powers. Mortals and lesser “celestials” are the playthings of the Abstracts. However, the power of the Abstract is also affected by belief and environment—an Abstract of Dreams is automatically weaker on Earth, and an abstract of Lust is more powerful in a strip club, for instance. Belief is a bit more complicated, and can be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

You are free to play a mortal if you like, and I am going to very much encourage multiple characters since I prefer RPs with a small number of actual RPers. As such, this is open to 3 others besides myself, and I may start it with less. I will not require character sheets, just a note of which Abstracts and/or mortal you wish to play.

I have ideas for this “awakening”, but as I’m willing to let another play the role of “awakener” if they want it, I am also willing to do lots of brainstorming over this. Nothing is set in stone. I’ve been highly influenced by Shintoism, Hinduism, and Neil Gaiman’s Endless, as well as the comic series about Lucifer—so I want to have some fun with this on a scale that gets progressively larger and more complicated for our mains. In case it wasn’t obviously hinted—this awakening is going to disturb something far more powerful than any one Abstract, and that will likely be the final arc in this story, but we will see!
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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2013, 04:55:54 am »
first off, i'm so down for this.

secondly, i'd like to know at what time period this takes place on earth. we talking modern, futuristic? just curious.

thirdly, so basically the gist of this is we play some figure be it a god, angel, myth, etc. and work with their strengths and weaknesses. then there's the mortals that get caught up in this business. i just want to make sure i'm not misunderstanding anything.

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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2013, 04:59:49 am »
Modern time on Earth, various "techs" elsewhere, depending on 'where else' we go. Dreams can span across different times and have different rules. But, for Earth, modern.

As to your third point, yes. God, angel, Abstract, etc. If you play a "god", though, know that it is considered an inferior celestial to the Abstracts unless otherwise stated (as in you play Venus as Abstract of Love). So, by saying that, I am saying there are simple gods who rule over elements, but are generally under the dominion of Abstracts (knowingly or otherwise). This is to give us a wide variety of things to play with, mortal and "immortal", so any character mentioned should be labeled by what "category" it falls into.

So the hierarchy is sort of Abstracts-->Gods-->Lesser Celestials-->Mortals (and under this category ranges from humans, fae, to cyborgs).

I'll probably make an information thread for this as we get further along....
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« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2013, 06:22:16 am »
ah, i get it now. the abstract bit had me a little confused, but i understand now.

i'll start thinking about what roles i may want. there's a lot of options haha.

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« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2013, 06:23:20 am »
I know. I made a list for myself >.> I'll draw from it after I sort of know what roles others have and if anyone wants to claim the "awakener" role.

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« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2013, 07:05:40 am »
i'm considering an abstract of mischief and things similar to that regard like thievery, trickery, etc. i considered using loki, but i'd prefer to create something or rather someone a bit more original.

that's all i've got so far.

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« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2013, 07:08:28 am »
I'm be interested ^_^

I think I understand the concept and I already had a few character ideas spark when I read the part about certain beings being stronger in certain places/times. I'll give it some more thought and let you know.

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« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2013, 07:09:48 am »
Sounds like a plan, mischief is a wonderful abstract to work with.

Excellent Peregrine, I will look forward to hearing any decisions you come to.

Assuming you two both do decide to play when this gets up, there is one more space for anyone interested.   

~***~

I'm going to tentatively note these as Abstracts I plan to play. I'd love for someone to pick up an Abstract for Luck and/or Dream.

Abstract of Energy: Shiva
Abstract of Boundaries: Eshu
Abstract of Light: Lucy
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« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2013, 06:21:05 am »
luck sounds tempting. it'd be quite a different character from mischief. i don't mind giving it a shot.

also, will there be character sheets or something like that? or will the character descriptions, etc. be post orientated?

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« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2013, 06:22:21 am »
Post-oriented. I do want characters noted either IC or in the thread so far as what they are--god, angel, abstract, etc. No sheets. So sort of like what I did. Abstract of... and the moniker they presently go by.

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« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2013, 07:05:11 am »
alrighty then.

abstract of mischief: Gideon

abstract of luck: Asher

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« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2013, 04:43:25 pm »
IC up! Silentslash I believe is taking up Dream, and seemed pretty set on Lust.

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« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2013, 12:48:01 am »
Okay, after a few days of absolute chaos, I have to say I'm really interested, but don't think I'll have the time to commit to this right now =[

I want to really bad, but with the rp's I'm already participating in and  some real life projects I have are eating up my time and are going to be for at least the next month or more... so boo.

If there is a chance to jump in later, or in a later chapter, maybe that will be my option.

Sorry Krystal! I really did want to write more with you =[

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« Reply #13 on: December 23, 2013, 12:49:29 am »
Thanks for letting me know, Pere! We'll see about having you involved in the future, then

One spot re-opened, then, if others are interested in the thread.

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« Reply #14 on: December 23, 2013, 01:21:26 am »
that's a shame, p. hope to see you around.

on another note, i've posted. i plan to have the supposed luck that lucy finds be gideon who has a talent for shapeshifting. the real luck will be around, however, he'll seem mortal due to an illusion also provided by gideon. thus, when gideon's busted, luck should become much easier to find.

i hope this is all right.

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« Reply #15 on: December 23, 2013, 01:26:43 am »
Should be all right, so long as Gideon plays his role well. One of the things I have in mind with "Lucy" as light is a lot of the symbolism with light--enlightening, revealing, truth, etc., but up against an Abstract of Mischief it should be harder to discern the truth, especially on more "neutral" grounds (earth). I'll play it so that it takes some time, though.

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« Reply #16 on: December 23, 2013, 02:00:40 am »
excellent, sounds great. i plan on having gideon play a convincing role, one he'll remove if things go wry or if he acquires what he wanted. he'd betray luck at the drop of a hat.

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« Reply #17 on: December 23, 2013, 09:12:35 pm »
Abstract of Dream: Somnius
Abstract of Lust: Lothario

Fitting names, I would say!

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« Reply #18 on: January 01, 2014, 04:45:30 am »
just thought i'd mention that i'll post when y'all hit vegas. figured i don't really need to post atm. i will be reading along though.

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« Reply #19 on: March 03, 2014, 11:49:23 pm »
Yo!

Ok, so, Nightmare has not been claimed. This is to open up the role to anyone who might want it, or to debate how we want to handle this clearly villainous Abstract amongst ourselves.

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« Reply #20 on: March 04, 2014, 12:46:15 am »
Haha.  I was just reading your thread today.

I could be talked into to trying to be a villian.  It's not my strong suit, but I could try it....

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« Reply #21 on: March 04, 2014, 01:12:35 am »
We created Matthew together. I think you can do villains, m'dear.

You can play a "good guy", too (if we can call Lucy's side that...). We'll find a way to rope you in, even if ya don't want to be Nightmare.
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« Reply #22 on: March 04, 2014, 03:00:27 am »
i've got my chaotic neutral, Gideon, which pretty much means he's down for whatever benefits him. he could do some sort of team up thing with nightmare if necessary.

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« Reply #23 on: March 04, 2014, 07:33:01 am »
I've read the whole thread now, and I'd probably need some more info (or PMs) to understand what you really need.  What's most confusing is the mention of going to Nightmare's Rhealm -- which makes me assume that you don't plan to have this character on earth, but actually in the dream plane.  So where is Dream?  And are you looking to steal something from nightmare?  I'm not clear on motivation, so yeah if you plan to steel something I'll need to know what I'm supposed to be guarding.

I had two ideas with regards to the character.  If you want him to be human, I actually have a famous figure in mind.  If its to be ethereal then it might be fun to have a "good" character  (Mercy, Faith or Hope) that hangs out with nightmare part of the time (sort of a Hades/Persephone style relationship).   But I can share that in response PMs after someone clues me in on what's needed from a plot perspective.

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« Reply #24 on: March 04, 2014, 03:42:00 pm »
Nightmare=An Abstract, so definitely not human. Given, it could take whatever form it likes.

Nightmare has its own realm that is a part of "Dreaming" as a whole, but separate from Dream's realm. Whether or not Nightmare even knows the item in question exists is something that you can decide, Beau, but the item is certainly within Nightmare's part of the realm. The motivation is pretty simple. Retrieving the item will put the power of existence and being into the hands of the Abstracts, not the humans.

The item's existence is based on human fear of "something greater" that they can't control. I haven't hashed out names or appearances yet. The main goal is its removal from Nightmare's realm, because then that fear can be actualized.

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« Reply #25 on: March 04, 2014, 05:54:33 pm »
by human i meant like your existing characters placed on earth -- in this scenario Alice Cooper would be sitting in a Las Vegas dressing room waiting for you to drop in.   Or, did you plan to search for dream and nightmare on another plane, and thus my character should be playing 'lord of the manor' there.

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« Reply #26 on: March 04, 2014, 05:59:12 pm »
The intention is always to find Nightmare in its own realm, but you're free to muck with that plan.

Light is having issues finding something in the casino--you could toy with that.

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« Reply #27 on: March 04, 2014, 06:00:08 pm »
We can leave nightmare in the rhelm.  I can send Hope to play (i mean mess) with you.  If that's okay.

Probably can't post until tomorrow.  Let me reread the last few and come up with a plan.

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« Reply #28 on: March 04, 2014, 06:01:05 pm »
Oh Hope! This ought to be interesting--and yes, that is absolutely all right!