[Req] The Long March

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Re: [Req] The Long March

Post by Snake Eyes » Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:20 am

I am also a lazy bastard. My boi Judah is accepted, and of course, you can join. I'll finish my own CS in a jiffy
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Re: [Req] The Long March

Post by Snake Eyes » Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:25 am

However, I have to ask, is Judah a citizen? Seeing as he is a human, he'd get his father's middle name as well.
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Re: [Req] The Long March

Post by Snake Eyes » Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:47 am

[CS]
Name: Lucius Igrad de Arenthian
Alias: Lu
Age: 19
Race: Half-Elf
Appearance: Lucius had retained much of his mother's innate height, standing at a solid six foot three. His powdery hair is kept in a typical elven style, long and flowing down to his shoulderblades - more than enough to obscure the slightly sharpened tips of his ears. His sharp chin seems to be void of an facial hair, housing pencil-thin lips below a pout nose. The halfbreed's eyes seem to be hawk like, and retain a light shade of blue.
Personality: Lucius is a man that has spent much of his early teens getting himself familiar with the local taverns and brothels. With this in mind, on the rare occasions he is not drunk, and oft during such episodes, he is a free-spirited and jovial person, much to the contrast of the capital's gloom. Swift to start a fight, Lucius seemingly takes great pleasure in sparking mischief and general trouble - with these only being some of his self-made entertainment. Few things, apparently, can make him reconsider his decisions, and once made, no matter how ill conceived they make themselves to be, they are more than set in stone.
Religion: Faith of the Divines
History: Lucius is the unfortunate spawn of Igrad Antan de Arenthian, the lord of house de Arenthian - one who came a long way from being landed knights, up to recognized and respected nobility. He knew nothing of his mother, who was apparently a mistress to the proud lord, or maybe a prostitute. Having a bastard to his name would have proven a stain to the lord's honor, as well as a sin in the eyes of the Divines, one with who's clergy house de Arenthian had strong ties with. Thus, Lucius was legitimized, much to the disdain of the rest of his family. Not being a full human, meant that he was never quite accepted, which went double regarding the small elven community in Tenno - the only people more xenophobic than the humans themselves. With this in mind, young Lucius was left alone to do as he wished for most of his life. Yet, his many deeds seemed to throw more mud on the family name than leaving him unrecognized would. And so, in hopes of shaping him into a respectable person (as well as sending him out of his sight), lord de Arenthian enlisted his son into the legion.
Magic and Abilities:

Strength 0/100
15
Intellect 0/100
20
Endurance 0/100
15
Dexterity 0/100
40
Charisma 0/100
30

Occupation History: A lifetime of debauchery, paired with his elven constitution has rendered Lucius somewhat resistant to the effects of alcohol and toxins.
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Re: [Req] The Long March

Post by UnluckyNumberXIII » Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:59 am

Judah Hunt Tribal it is then lol
Oh and yes he's a citizen

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Re: [Req] The Long March

Post by Snake Eyes » Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:10 pm

I've been responding to Oro's message, and thought to post answers here, for clarification.
My answers and in cursive


So first when it comes to magic being banned I was wanting to give a few examples and see if they would be considered magic, or not, and how they would be reacted to. These are just examples so I probably won't be using them for my character since I'm still trying to come up with an idea but here it goes. If something like a Dragonborn was being played would their ability to breath fire be considered magical or would it just be excepted as being simply biological for that race, and the same thing if you were talking about something like an animorph that had been born with the ability to change into a certain animal?

Well, things that come biologically would not be considered magic in Tenno. However, let's take the ability of the Dragonborn, or dragons to spit fire. They would have sacs of a flammable gasses, or ignitable liquid that lead to their mouth, where they would be able to constrict their muscles, and propel them forward, igniting them in some manner in the process. The whole thing is relatively easy to explain and understand, so it would not be considered magic. Unlike them, shapeshifting would be considered magic, because it is difficult/impossible to explain and understand - to humans at least. It will be heavily frowned upon, but it will not make the Inquisition knock (down) on your door, because every member of the race would possess it.

Basically, all magic is taboo (except for that of government officials, or the priest-healers), but the only illegal magic is one that is not native to a race. For instance, an animorph may find it unwise to practice transformation, but they could do so, per se, because it would be a native ability. On the other hand, being able to cast chain lightning, alongside it, would mean they have illegal gnosis.

Secondly, is there any type of hierarchy that is set up as to how the different species would be judged to possibly have a rank in society. Like how you have humans are at the top. Would it be something like elfs, dwarves, and giants would be next because they are the most similar to humans, but then things like lizardmen, gargoyles, and harpies would be closer to the bottom because of how extremely different they are from humans. Also would character race, as in skin color, play an issue if we do play a human, or is that not really something that is an issue in this world?

Next, I've stated that our characters need to be humanoid-ish, to be in the Paladins, where the plot will unfurl. This is not to only fit military formations, or practicality of armor. Basically, the less you resemble a human, the more ostracized you are. But even so, Elves, for example, would still only be tolerated. This is paired with the disdain they show towards humans of Tenno (and wider) as well. And as far as skin color goes, it plays a somewhat minor role. The Divines, in Tenno iconography, are depicted as either wisps of light, or as humans with bleached hair, blue eyes and a pale complexion. This is due to the fact that the majority of Tenno's citizens would be caucasian. The implication of skin color, is more of a political one. For instance, Akiba (east Asia in the universe) has always been a rival to Tenno, and is aiding the rebellion with supplies and specialist troops - such as saboteurs, shinobi, tacticians and mages. If you were a citizen of Akiban descent, you would find yourself met with dirty looks, but the fact that you are a citizen 'should' go before your race.

My last question is actually a pretty simple one, and is more just a request for certification on something. Anyways, would intimidation still fall under Charisma, or would that one be more along the lines of something that would be decided upon based upon a number of things like species, size, power levels, situation, and characters personality and looks all being weighed together?

Now, as far as charisma goes, I would describe it, as the 'art of presence'. It covers anything from intimidation, to seduction, to bartering, to lying. The points in charisma deal with perception (of others towards you) in a way. I've stated that 20 in charisma would make you a person with average charisma. If we take, for instance, a mean orc, that is trying to intimidate a human. Though his racial features might be objectively intimidating, his lack of charisma might lead the human to perceive him not as intimidating, but as a dumb beast. This can be used to your advantage, I suppose, but you will have little control over it - and in a world choked by bureaucracy, not being liked might be just as deadly as not being skilled with a blade.
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Re: [Req] The Long March

Post by UnluckyNumberXIII » Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:48 pm

I play D&D and intimidation, but I've always liked the idea of physical features and what not giving advantage or disadvantage. Like some kind of bonus or penalty. Like who is going top be scared of a gnome one on one unless he has you in a torture chamber or something.

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Re: [Req] The Long March

Post by Snake Eyes » Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:30 am

That is exactly it, intimidation is a skill that can be learned, and even a gnome can be intimidating as a manticore if he knows what he is doing. Granted, it will come harder for him, but that is where the flexibility of writing comes in place. We can set any number of reasons why someone would be afraid of the gnome, if his charisma here is high enough. Likewise, we can set any number of reasons why someone would not be afraid of an objectively intimidating person.

Who knows, maybe every single person a low CHA dude is trying to intimidate is incredibly brave. And maybe every single person the gnome is trying to intimidate is craven? We can't also forget that intimidation comes not only from claws and fangs. The gnome might insist that he is a member of an incredibly wealthy, and well known family, and gain leverage with that.

Again, this is one of the reason I've said we are making humanoid-ish characters. They would be appropriately similar in physical stats - and anything else, we can even up with writing, of course.
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Re: [Req] The Long March

Post by UnluckyNumberXIII » Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:57 pm

I'm down for the heiharchy thing by the way, but as a black guy roleplaying as a black man where would I fall in this world?

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Re: [Req] The Long March

Post by Snake Eyes » Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:13 pm

Well, if you roleplay as a full-blooded human, you would find your skin colour inconvenient in Tenno, mostly dependant on where you are at. The universe is more established than I wrote in the intro post, but basically, if you were to see an 'asian' person, you'd assume they were Akiban. Since Tenno is at war with all of its neighbours, that would pose a problem more based in politics than race. This would be more prevalent around the capital, than in the areas bordering said states.

Now, people with darker skin typically inhabit Alyssaria, which is decently away from Tenno, so they have had little contact. However, with no clear distinction between a citizen and inhabitant, at first glance you would be met with distrust, seeing as people would think you belong to a heretical nation. This would change if you adorn your legion armor - but you'd still be looked at as somewhat of a curiosity, seeing as Alyssarians are quite rare outside of Alyssaria.
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Re: [Req] The Long March

Post by UnluckyNumberXIII » Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:00 pm

Alright I understand. When do you think this will kick off I'm excited for this one.

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