((ooc: was waiting for Zerio , but this thread already has a lot of parenthesis. thanks for the nice comment ))
While Arayzeo was flipping through the armory pages (Kanny didn't fear his notebook being damaged or stained, as there was a built-in protection), the humanoid went to gather some firewood, even though dawn was about to rise. He saw Henry strolling around, carrying small twigs and stacking them next to the fire, his robot beeping behind; seeing that tiny one trying to carry huge logs made him giggle a bit. That was rather cute, he had to admit. He kind of liked children, as long as they weren't crying more than necessary. He could hear weird noises behind, but didn't consider looking around. Whatever Peachy was doing was quite a huge design, way huger than what he could do by himself. The rumble of dragged wood, falling trees and various whatevers was enough to scare predators away. He put down the stack of firewood he had collected, next to Henry's awkward pile. That's when he saw the frozen bodies of those other kids, those who stopped to act when Peachy had first entered the scene. What could be done about them? Were they dead? Would they ever come back? Kanny didn't know. He hoped they wouldn't start to decompose. That would be a pain to clean up. Putting some fruits in his pocket, checking his knife, he went around for a walk, patrolling his territory. He headed towards the nearby stream, to refill their water supply (and to dive his head in, as well).
"Be back in a moment.", he said aloud, to whoever were to hear him. "Try not to die."
((ooc: i never did forum rps before, so i'd like to know: is it okay to speak for another character for a couple of lines? Like, if I ask another character a question, can i make them answer in the same post (in their color and all) or do i have to wait for the actual RPer to answer themselves? Unless it is an actual choice or something relevant, where of course they would reply themselves; i'm talking about two-line conversations that doesn't affect the story, and where it'd be pointless to wait for a reply. thanks for enlightening me on this one.)
((I was away yesterday, sorry for the delay! I guess now's a good time to say I might not always be the most punctual, since I'm not used to multi-person forum rp's. I'll definitely try not to take more than two or three days between responses, though, in the very least.
As for speaking for another character, I think filling in very minor details for other characters should be fine, just as long as it's not too important or not too out of character. But of course, I'm inexperienced in forum rp's myself, so I can't speak for everyone. I guess this is just a confirmation that I'm okay with it, and the others can say whether or not they're okay with it on an individual basis?))
Arayzeo scanned through Kanny's notebook, attention somewhat drawn to Peachy as he would occasionally glance up at the sphere's construction efforts, as well as Henry and the NurseBot's twig collection.
He finally came across the weapon he believed would be comfortable to him, but Kanny seemed to be just about to leave. He hurried over to him, holding the notebook up and pointing to a mid-sized sword - lightweight, potentially able to be swung with either one or both hands. "Is this one alright? And ah, would you like someone to go with you? Unless I would be better off staying with the group, of course. If something came... But then again, the sphere does do a pretty good job of defending, right? So maybe I should go with you in case, after all..?" the adlet seemed somewhat indecisive on where to go once he received his weapon. He looked worried, imagining what could go wrong resulting from either decision.
Post by SpottedBlades on Jun 13, 2016 11:40:31 GMT
((it's alright. this is a friendly place, no one's gonna blame you.))
Kanny looked at the designated weapon. A blade from the Cancrine Sword series, perfect for beginners and pros alike. That guy had good tastes. He rubbed his finger on the drawing, gently, until the graphite peeled off from the paper like a sticker, leaving a blank spot behind. When the drawing got fully detached, it reverted to its physical form, into a sword with a crustacean-themed hilt. It was incredibly heavy in Kanny's hand, but the adlet wouldn't have any problem with that, once the sword recognizes its new wielder.
"Well I was about to go alone, but you can come if you want.", he said, retrieving his notebook. "We're not going that far anyway. And the peachball over there makes so much noise, I doubt bushtigers would want to hang around."
The adlet seemed surprised by the sword's light weight, as expected. Magic.
"But if you do see a beast, aim for the neck. Unless it's a beast we've never seen before. In that case, run for your life."
He looked at the small markings on the trees around. They were in known territory. That reassured him.
(( Roleplaying for about 5 years here: While it may be okay to fill in for characters sometimes, it's a easy way to get someone mad at you. People like having full control of your characters, and the worst situation might be that you won't really get that character's personality/otherthing right. ))
Arayzeo definitely was surprised by the sword's weight, especially after watching Kanny lift it; he could have sworn it was going to be heavier, but he's also pretty sure he's not physically stronger than Kanny. But what surprised him the most was the way the blade came from the drawing itself.
He lifted the sword and swung it around gently to get a feel for it. "R-Right, I'll keep that in mind. Thanks, by the way," he said as he lowered the sword to his side holding it with one hand as he followed Kanny's lead, eyes darting around their surroundings in watch for bushtigers or anything else. He was quite fearful in anticipation to what would happen if one showed up, but he was also determined to do as asked.
Post by SpottedBlades on Jun 14, 2016 17:36:49 GMT
Their short walk to the stream was peaceful. No apparent threats, a few runaway animals here and there. Kanny would need to examine this world's fauna with attention once they'd settled. He expected this world to be filled with predators of all kinds, and needed to know how to eliminate all threats. Kneeling next to the water, he did a quick sample test; it tasted alright, no apparent dangers. He splashed some on his face; it didn't melt his skin or burned his hair. He sighed of relief: their crew wouldn't have lasted long without water. He pulled a couple large bottles from his pockets, and went to fill them. His senses were keen; if anything were to come close, he'd know it.
"Stay alert.", he advised.
Kanny looked around. The stream was quite large, but a line of rocks fallen in the water was forming a neat-enough bridge. He spotted some familiar points in the vicinity: a tree with a twisted trunk, a large boulder covered in moss, a tight trodden path in the grass. He examined some of the plants growing on the riverside, tried to recognize some. If there were poisonous ones, he'd love to sample them for future use. Maybe capture a small animal, force-feed it suspicious-looking fruits, and observe the results. He'd have to think about it later. Once the containers filled, he stored them in his pockets, and stood up, looking around. The sun would rise in a couple hours, the crew back there had supplies, and he wanted to explore a little more. Prompting Arayzeo to follow him, he got onto the rocky bridge and walked to the other side of the stream. Nothing had changed much so far.
"I'm sure this world has limits. But if we follow the riverside, we could maybe try and find civilization."
That's when a shuffling noise resonated around. Kanny stopped, and listened. Silence, for a few seconds, then again. It was coming from a dozen yards in front of the duo, behind the trees. He darted his knife in its direction, ready to defend. He spotted a weird, animal-looking silhouette between the trees. It didn't look like a bushtiger, but it could be just as dangerous.
Post by SpottedBlades on Jun 16, 2016 23:07:07 GMT
((This is a Totally Improvised Recap™ that may or may not be in concordance with what OP first intended. Edit: OP has returned, and renounced on all ownership claims about this story.
This is Strange Land. People get transported here out of the blue. Why? By what, or who? Nobody knows. (please let it be super shady government magical experimentation stuff but please also let it be more original than another carbon copy of hunger games i mean the maze runner looks so uninspired)
*Jason Folbrey (forestgardener CarmineSanden), human, blue text *Will "Willy" Boeman (swampmist), human, brown text *Unnamed girl (Drakeon), human, green text *Kat (sarahthehomestuck), human, red text *Kanzer "Kanny" Sanden, (CarmineSanden), human...?, bluegreen text *Henry (froideriko), human + NurseBot, robot, silver text *"Peachy" (Timetech), weird technomagic sphere made of purple clouds, gray text *Arayzeo (Zerio), adlet, cobalt text *Unnamed kid (@ask_The_Voidsock), human, cloudgrey text *Speeder (Neptz), robot canine made of green asbestos-like matter, gray text
(those in red are people whom we haven't heard from in a long time and who might not return. They are considered "frozen": basically dead but they might wake up.)
As of now, there isn't a defined plot. Characters are getting to know each other and try to organize themselves in this weird world. Building a base, learning about this land, maybe trying to find a way out. Here are the Rules of this universe:
-Wild animals and plants do not look like anything known on Earth. They're edible but watch out. -Magic exists. Marysueing your way out of a problem is allowed, but you gotta be creative. -The sphere can either be an ally or an enemy but mostly does its own thing. Don't let it near your head. -Predators roam this world. So far, only bushtigers, weak big felines, have been encountered. You can add your own dangerous things. -We. Know. Nothing. We're welcoming plot suggestions. -This is an open world that looks like a forest, but that you're free to imagine what's around as you like. Here are some notes from OP though: "The story began in a forest/plains ecotone with nearby running water specifically for the abundance and diversity of available resources both living and nonliving. [...] A few tens of miles through the forest away from the plains is a mountain range. Actually, the mountains are why the forest exists."
What could a new player play as? From where we're going, we could have: -Land natives -Wild creatures with varying degrees of intelligence -Some kid who could come and join the team (if we could keep it to 5 regular players on this point, like other RPs?) -Some kid who could come but not join the team and be a third-party Lapis Lazuli and do their own thing/become somewhat of a rival, but you'll make up a reason why cause i don't have any right now -Some kid who's been here for a looooong while and who actually knows what is going on -Something with a concept at least as crazy as Peachball over there (looking at you, sir Tardis) -If we're going for the "fake world government experiment" plot, someone to lead said experiment and who could manipulate this world at will -Or anything you judge fitting within the story!
That was a SIASL Totally Improvised Recap™, brought to you by Sandentwins Inc. You have earned a free cookie.))
((Some kind of spawn point for lost kids, I guess. Exploration has to start somewhere. We've got a tiny campfire. And whatever huge-ass thing Peachy is building out of tree logs and magic glue. (some kind of house, probably.) There's also a pile of fruit. ))
Arayzeo immediately lifted up his sword in response to the shuffling sounds, afraid of whatever may show up. It didn't look like a bushtiger. So should they make a run for it now? It didn't seem like Kanny was about to run, and he realized it was sort of blocking the way back. So even if they did abscond from it, where would they go? How would they get back?
The mysterious creature walked into sight and Arayzeo raised his sword about to swing down on it in panic, but stopped. Now that they had a clear view of it, he was able to recognize it as the thing he was fed earlier - a squirrel. Except this one was considerably larger, though it did not seem aggressive. The adlet lowered his sword and to one side and laughed quietly as the large squirrel continued on its path. "Wow, that sure was startling, huh? ...Think we should do something with it, like capture it for food or something?"
((For plot suggestions, maybe a start could be discovering some sort of new area? Like some sort of magical/technological ruins, or an advanced city or something? Just throwing a couple of ideas out there.))
((ooc: OOOH OOOH OOOH: Find some ruins that look like they're made of the green-white material underneath "Peachy's" sphere.)) ((ooc: OH HEY, A FROZEN RETURNED. HI FROZEN.)) ((ooc: House? ... yea, the clearing isn't big enough for a mansion ... that's why the sphere is making the clearing bigger! Also: space to garden, and stuff.))
"A squirrel?", Kanny asked. "The size of a pony? You're kidding me."
The animal didn't seem dangerous. Still, Kanny was wary of it. It might be venomous, or have a second mouth ready to bite. What to do with it? If they were to ignore it, it could maybe call its squad and they'd be attacked. They could kill it and study it, as well as loot its meat, but how would they bring it back to the base? It looked heavy. If only they had some kind of transportation... The spark of a crazy idea lit up in Kanny's mind.
"Do you have a rope?", he asked Arayzeo. "String, cord, anything?"
While the adlet was searching his pockets, Kanny knelt down, taking a step forward. He took a fruit from his pocket, and rolled it in direction of the animal. Curious, it went to fetch it, and swallowed it whole. Kanny emitted a weird noise, halfway between a click and a nonsense word. The squirrel rose its head, looking in Kanny's direction; the boy was handing it another peach, trying to lure it closer, still doing weird clicking sounds. Slowly, the beast became less wary, progressing in steps. Kanny eased his body language, took a friendly posture, let the animal come at its own pace. It was attracted by the food, but didn't trust the hand it was coming from. But Kanny kept fruit bits coming, and in a matter of minutes, the huge squirrel was eating peaches from his hand. Its muzzle was cold and steamy. He gave its snout a few strokes, his hand firm but gentle. Arayzeo handed him a pair of headphones. That would do. He kept stroking the animal, still doing his soothing noise, until the right time came. In a swift and sudden movement, Kanny jumped, grabbed the headphones, and landed right behind the beast, the cord tightened around its neck. The squirrel started to shriek, shaking and running around, trying to get rid of the sudden pain, and of the humanoid that had jumped on its back. Kanny held onto the garotte, tightening his legs around the squirrel's body, trying to make it lose its resistance. The scene looked like some kind of grotesque rodeo party, the beast and the rider both fighting for who'd have the upper hand. The beast tried to knock him down against trees, rocks, and was giving him a hard time. It was not easy at all, and many times Kanny could have fallen, but he held on; until the squirrel fell on the ground, admitting its defeat. It wasn't dead, but rather stunned from lack of oxygen. Kanny had made sure of it. Still on its back, he carefully stroked the squirrel's neck, loosening the cord, starting to click again. The squirrel blinked, and Kanny fed it another peach, which it accepted with much caution. Arayzeo was looking at him with a weird expression. Kanny simply shrugged, "what, would you have done something else?"-style. Slowly, the steadrel stood up, still carrying Kanny on its back. It was breathing with difficulty, but it wasn't hurt too severely. And mostly, it has recognized who was the strongest, and who it should obey to. Kanny looked for a way to lead it around, and made it change directions by gently pulling mats of fur on either side of its neck.
"Need a ride?", he asked the adlet, once he'd gotten the hang of it.
He gave him back his headphones, and moved aside to let his friend sit behind. There wasn't much room, but it would be much faster than going by foot. The steadrel walked forward, following the riverside.
Post by SpottedBlades on Jun 20, 2016 17:15:57 GMT
((I know it's finals' time in your overseas desert country so i take the matter in my tiny hands to not let this die.))
The ride was slightly bumpy, the steadrel progressing at an amble pace, like an awkward bear. They were going between the riverside and the trees, down the stream, stopping every now and then to let the animal rest. Dawn has risen over the land, bringing some light and color over them.
"Maybe this land has no end at all.", Kanny had sighed, as they were progressing. "We may have to go back. 'was a bid idea to leave the others."
He hadn't said much until now, for there wasn't much to say. He was focused on his objectives, on recognizing points around them that would prove they were progressing and not trodding on a repeated land until the end of time. He was updating his map as well, taking the stream as a landmark. Sitting behind, Arayzeo wasn't speaking much either. But what was to be said, when their lives were probably at risk? After a while, however, the trees changed in nature. From verdoyant fruit trees and colorful flowers, the landscape was changing to short grass and dry bushes. Trees that looked even less familiar. And a distant, slight scent of magic.
"We're getting somewhere. Hold on!"
Leading Steady around, they followed the vegetation deeper into the wildland. After a moment, they arrived at what seemed like a village, except that it was all ruins. The worn down houses were made of something that looked like stone, except those had a blue-green tint, streaked over by white patterns. Kanny stopped Steady's walk, and went to examine those ruins from closer. As soon as he touched the ground, a weak wave of underlying magic hit him, giving him goosebumps.
He was feeling weird. Uneasy. There were here remains of energy that looked like Peachy's technomagical mechanism, the same that had attacked him. A whole broken city, made of the same inner matter at the sphere. His senses were in alert, and his head was plagued with danger signals.
"What even is this place!?", Kanny asked out loud, bewildered.
Kanny's shout seemed to have woken up something. A 'rock' in the landscape whimpered quietly, before rising up and revealing itself to be some sort of mechanical structure, similar in composition to Peachy, although lacking it's familiar 'clouds'.
Strangely enough, it resembled a dog. Four metallic legs, with a mysterious purplish crystal-like material connecting the joints of the leg together and into the main body. The main body was completely metallic, with hints of purple and dark green, as well as a hatch on the underside, although it probably couldn't be seen by Kanny and company from the angle that it could be seen. It's tail was strange; it was very large, from what you'd expect from a dog, anyways, at the tip was a small sized drill, likely used for self defense or some other purpose. The drill was made of the same crystalline substance as the joints of the dog, but much more refined.
The dog's head was relatively normal, but like the rest, it was mechanical. It had no mouth, instead a small speaker where a mouth would be. This speaker was probably what emitted the whimpering noise. It's eyes were a single dark screen, with what appeared to be electrocardiogram tracing (the squiggly line in heartrate monitors) constantly flashing in it. The neck was made of the same crystalline substance, and so was the ears, which moved around constantly.
The being stretched itself, shaking a bit. It then started moving it's head attentively head to right, attempting to find the source of the sound that woke it up. Although it was certainly something advanced, it still had the intelligence of a dog.
Post by SpottedBlades on Jun 21, 2016 14:12:39 GMT
Kanny tried to set his worry aside as he touched the green stones. They were vibrating under his palm, so slightly he could barely notice it. He had to know what those were, he had to! He picked up a stone fragment that had broken away. Maybe he could use Peachy's sensors to analyze it. Wait, did the peachball even have sensors? It had to. He tried to detect what kind of magic it was; but again, the very contact with this material was giving him a bad headache. He had to rely on a pillar, his legs shaking, breathing hitched. The adlet behind him asked if everything was alright.
"Oh...yeah. Everything's fine, just...'lil bit dizzy. Must be the trip.", he replied, still quite haze-minded, doing his best to stand up. "Come on. There might be something in there."
They walked deeper into the ruins. There were remains of houses, towers, what looked like fortifications, all arranged in a neat order. Whichever civilization that used to live here obviously knew a lot about architecture and mathematics. Kanny tried to sketch down some of the patterns and ruins in his notebook, but was too bad of an artist to do that well. Or maybe it was the material's influence. He hoped this wasn't some kind of repellent against magical beings. There were days like this, where being a simple human would have been nice. He suddenly heard a sound. Small footsteps, ten yards to the left. Kanny tried not to give in to the urge of darting his knife, despite his training. His hand ached from the denial, but if he were to threaten every creature that'd come around, he'd likely get himself in trouble. Still, he shielded Arayzeo with his arm, as they decided to step forward, and see what that was. Were there people around? They had to know. That's when a green doglike mecha jumped out of the shadows. It was made of the same stones as the ruins. And its intentions were impossible to tell.
Post by ForestGardener on Jun 22, 2016 5:47:54 GMT
((ooc: I hereby renounce all leadership/ownership of this roleplay story. All I did was invent the setting. The reins of the plot were free for the taking from the start. I will not have enough spare time to participate; if someone wants to wake a Frozen rather than introduce a new character, I give permission to take over Jason (color hex code is 1979e6). Happy to see this still going.
The story began in a forest/plains ecotone with nearby running water specifically for the abundance and diversity of available resources both living and nonliving. The climate and time of year were for familiarity to Americans, Europeans, and analogous climates (aka majority internet users) and for ease of early survival (plentiful food if you know what you're looking at, minimal exposure risk for the first few months). Good luck ID-ing what is and is not edible among the non-animals; I recommend extensive observation or the advice of locals if there are any. Botany knowledge would help, too. Fortunately the metabolisms and proteins of this world seem to be sufficiently compatible with those of your characters, otherwise everyone would die of poisoning and/or starvation no matter what you did. A few tens of miles through the forest away from the plains is a mountain range. Actually, the mountains are why the forest exists. What does this tell you about the watershed, the prevailing wind direction, and what lies beyond the plains? Consider the geology. What building materials are available besides wood? Is Peachy including them in its construction? (FYI, a central stone or earthen wall with an inset fireplace effectively heats the whole building, especially if most of the heat goes into the wall to radiate out over time. An open fire is ~13% efficient, an enclosed wood stove is ~60 efficient at best, and a rocket stove mass heater is ~90% efficient with virtually none of the heat escaping out the chimney) You have found ruins. Where did/do 'people' live, and why? How's the weather today? Good luck, happy worldbuilding, build relationships, and have fun.))
((Sorry, I was mostly waiting for another action since I wasn't sure what Arayzeo could contribute at this specific moment. Maybe I should have mentioned that OOC, now that I think about it. Ah well))
The ruins they had come across were very refreshing to see, yet at the same time, somewhat disheartening. It was exciting to finally a sign of civilization, but it was abandoned. Arayzeo thought back to the ruins he'd see on Nobriel (by now he was assuming their current location to be an entirely different planet). Sometimes, archaeologists might investigate them for historical clues. As with most other adlets, he never really understood the desire for such information. However, knowing this, he decided to look for more recent-looking tools. Maybe they could find signs of modern archaeologists here, if they were lucky.
But before he could begin to search around, a mechanical dog had seemingly confronted them. Arayzeo looked at the dog somewhat cautiously. While he was a bit intimidated by its sudden appearance, he mainly assumed it to be a sign of civilization he could trust. Still, he did not completely let his guard down.
The mechanical beast was not initially aggressive, circling around Arayzeo and Kanny while performing a 'sniffing' movement with it's head, even though it had no nose. If it had a artificial intelligence, it was coded to function perfectly like a dog, even though it lacked many things that dogs had. Not seeing Kanny and Arayzeo as a threat, it walked in front of them and sat. "STATE NAME" The speaker blared. Apparently, it could talk. "I AM I AM I AM I AM DOG" It repeated "I AM" several times, as if thinking or calculating. Seems like it probably didn't know it's name that well. It's speech was very rudimentary, seemingly composed of voice samples from other humans. It alternated in pitch and gender every word. For it, talking probably was kind of useless, but it's the maximum it could do for communication.