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Arcadia
« on: June 21, 2006, 04:35:40 am »

Memories of Halcyon and the Necrid wars are distant, and it is a time of rare peace in the Galaxy. At the Scion complex, an unlikely band of aliens have discovered that the ancient myth of Arcadia, the beautiful and terribly rich yet deadly planet of legend, may yet be real. They have come into contact with an old but decidedly insane Icthian freighter pilot, who believes he found the apocryphal planet after miscalculating a hyperspace jump. At Scion, he has returned to find a crew who can help him plunder the planet's legendary riches.


Thread rules/summary:
This thread is for individual RP, where players control one member of their race DnD style. Post below describing one individual of your race if you wish to participate (pictures would be helpful, but are not necessary).

The RP will be mostly freeform, but it may help to define some characteristics of your character. To that end, you may post values for the traditional d20 system attributes: Str, Dex, Con, Int, Wis and Cha. No stat can exceed 18 or be less than 3, and the total stats should not exceed 75. Odds are these will be used infrequently, but I find it helps people to RP when they know a little more about the characters they are playing with. There are no fixed classes, but if you could make your character good at some particular thing that complements the group, then the other players will undoubtedly appreciate it.

Please remember this is an RP, and we are here to tell a story. You are not all powerful Gods who can call upon an army of troops and the most complex weaponry ever designed, you are a bunch of outcasts and renegades who are mere mortals - perhaps not anything special. The fun in an RP comes from challenge, not the ability to blast the crap out of any problems you come across. Oh, and there will be no magic or psychic powers.

Above all, please make sure the description is extensive - this is the most important thing, the stats are secondary.

After several days or after we have a lot of people joined up, we will close the thread to new characters and start the adventure. I will post a lot more description in the time running up to the start, so keep checking back.


"Hey, look who it is. That old fool Fiske, the freighter pilot - what's he doing back at Scion?" The two Icthian smugglers swimming in the water-filled bar looked out through the clear plastic of the window onto the walkway beyond. Down on the main promenade, an old model Icthian exo-suit scuttled clumsily along - distinctive in that it was painted a bright red.
"I thought we chased him out last time he was here. Didn't he try to square up to that Torpal trader, accused it of ripping him off? He's utterly mad. Didn't we make it clear that he's not welcome here?" The other replied slowly, opening a bottle of fluid into the current so that it flowed over his gills.
They swam and watched as the suit noisily stumbled onwards. Eventually, the occupant made it to the door at the end which lead to the main food hall; they turned back to the vid-screen which was showing the highlights of one of the latest abyss races.

It wasn't very long before rumours started to cross the complex that some mad pilot was raving about some mythical planet. Few took these rumours particularly seriously, but there were those who knew the legends of old and weren't entirely willing to pass up the opportunity. Those who investigated found a deranged Icthian in a battered red exo-suit telling anyone who would listen that he had found the legendary planet of Arcadia, and that he wanted a crew to head with him to bring back its fabled riches.

In the old stories, Arcadia was a beautiful yet menacing planet. Supposedly covered in jungle and swamp, with monstrous beasts and dangerous plants ready to make short work of any unsuspecting traveller, it was one of the most hostile places in the galaxy. The legends also told, however, of the Arcadians - an ancient race long since died out, who were fabulously rich. Their stores of gold, platinum, precious minerals and extravagant technologies were said to be stored as vast temples to wealth in great caverns in the jungle. No-one seriously believed these stories any more, though, as the planet had never been found.

Ic-Fiske claimed to anyone who questioned him that he was making a routine delivery of water to an outpost world when he mis-entered the coordinates for his hyperspace jump. When he dropped back into real space, he found himself around an unknown planet which neither he nor his computer recognised. Famous for his crazy behaviour and even more notorious for being the only freighter pilot who couldn't get served at the Scion complex bars, some thought that the old Icthian had finally flipped over the edge of sanity.



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Re: Arcadia
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2006, 04:37:32 am »
Kalenyadd-fiske - Icthian Freighter Pilot - Daxx - (NPC)

Liszt-5 - ViS Xenoscientist - Krakow Sam - (desc/bio)
RedBlood - Ęthiran Renegade - Yokto - (desc/bio)
Timesjai - Ryndalian Outlaw - Genesis - (desc/bio)
Dom - Centau Greasemonkey - Dr. Nick - (desc/bio)
Blinx - Omic Mech Pilot - Alwayswatching - (desc/bio)
Tsem Muul - Auyuelcliad Ex-Priest - Balthamael - (desc/bio)
Gaff - Torpalian Bounty Hunter - Operaghost - (desc/bio)
Drelo - Serlan Commander - Durgon - (desc/bio)
Zhix - Kratok Ethologist - Kratok - (desc/bio)
Pzhystan - Ptashki Biological Engineer - Stuckin2004 - (desc/bio)
Xulkomato - Xometrian Special Ops - Chaosandwalls - (desc/bio)
Quasqado Ghel'fos - Ghulos Labourer - Xarionis - (desc/bio)
Slack - Gryfon Businessman - TheNecromonicon - (desc/bio)
Lehnrin - Rinthuu Liche - Werechicken - (desc/bio)
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Re: Arcadia
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2006, 05:17:32 am »
So this is set some indeterminate time in the future? Cool. Ok.


"Umm, hello? excuse me! Yes, hello!"

Liszt-5 is a 5th generation ViS 1.21 from Nova city 7 on the multispecies planet Azuron. He works as a Xenoscientist for the ViS run Occam institute. He has been dispatched to the Scion complex by ViS administration to help manage an expedition to Arcadia... wherever it may be.

Character overview: Lizst is a ViS 1.21, meaning he has been engineered with the ability to express rudimentary emotions, and to think more flexibly and creatively than the standard 1s. In addition he also posesses greater athletic prowess than the 1.20s who first settled on Azuron... although it is still below par when considering most other species. His appearance is no different to any other ViS except for his eye which is bright blue in colouration... different eye colours being a feature of the 1.2s and onward.
In character he is somewhat aloof, but otherwise friendly. Most aliens are suprised by how easy he is to get along with.
His work with the Occam institute has seen him carry out fieldwork in many potentially hazardous environments and situations.
He is currently 26 cycles into his extended 80 cycle life allowance.

Skills: Lizst has been engineered for extreme intelligence and is capable of total and perfect recall. His training as a Xenoscientist gives him broad knowledge of most scientific diciplines, though compared to more specialised scientists he is master of none. He can essentially function as a walking encyclopedia, and also has a decent amount of personal experience to draw on. He has been trained in basic small arms combat as required for all Occam employees, but cant really hold his own in a fight, relying on armed escorts in difficult situations.

Stats

Dex 9
Str 6
Con 4
Wis 18
Int 18
Cha 10

Liszt carries a standard issue Occam multiscanner. A simple tricorder like device which can dispense valuable information about a variety of objects and phenomena. However, this is only in the form of raw data, so skill is required to make meaningful sense of anything scanned.
« Last Edit: June 21, 2006, 03:05:13 pm by Krakow Sam »
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Re: Arcadia
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2006, 06:32:25 am »

Picture that i made in Gimp. Have to do for now.

Have taken the name Redblood. (Most Ęthirans blood is blue and is copper based not iron base like humans.)

Stats

Dex 18
Str 18
Con 17
Wis 4
Int 10
Cha 4

Skills: Good at mining and other manual labor. Ambidextrous. No reading skills. Know how to handle both HtH weapons and range weapons.

Items at start: None. Not even cloths. Lost all in his last attempt to escape Ęthiran Empire.

Items at the momant: A Translator, a communicator and 4 machetes given by Liszt-5
 
Background

Former serf in on the on Othyxir. He was lucky to escape with the help of a former exile organization dating back to the Exodus The "Knights of Freedom"  that work to free slave and serfs. Being breed specially for work in the high gravity world of Othyxir have made him strong and hardier but his he is not the brightest candle, somewhat lackingwill power and is can be very anti social and can be very rude. He look like he have bin thought a lot with scars all over his armored dark burgundy colored skin. Redblood lower arms ar unusually larger. Allmost the same size as  his upper pair and because of this he have develop a ambidextrous ability. Hi Eyes are red and have pupils like a cat. Redblood have barbels like organ that of a catfish hanging down his mouth like a goatee beard. His tail is long and powerfull. He is stocky build but tall (around 2,5 meters).  Redblood only aim in life is to settle down but is fearfull that Ęthiran Empire will hunt him down and therefor try to move so far away from the Ęthiran Empire.

OOC: Hope it will do.
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Re: Arcadia
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2006, 06:40:43 am »
Uh, what do con and per represent... I can guess that Per is perception... but Con is a mystery
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Re: Arcadia
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2006, 06:52:01 am »
Uh, what do con and per represent... I can guess that Per is perception... but Con is a mystery

I made a mestake. Per should be personally but is called Charisma in D&D bases systems

The Stats are as follow

Str = Strength
Dex = Dexterity
Con = Constitution
Wis = Wisdom
Int = Intelligence
Cha = Charisma

Hope i did get it right this time. :P
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Re: Arcadia
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2006, 07:16:52 am »
I'm assuming constitution is how much damage they can take before they go down right?
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« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2006, 07:19:20 am »
Yeah that the general health factor. It also help you when you try to win a marathon.  You get the idea. Ask if you go more questions about stats in D&D.
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Re: Arcadia
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2006, 07:20:02 am »
I would actually consider participating in this thread, but Yokto, can you please explain the stats. I just don't want to make a charachter all messed up. Would it even be a possibility for a Matarissan to join?
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« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2006, 07:26:23 am »
And I assume wisdom is basically what you know and how much experience you have. Whereas intelligence is just natural problem solving ability and so forth.
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« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2006, 07:28:54 am »
Save a space for an Omic female who is fused to her mech suit... On psp internet so can't type now... Her name will be Blinx aswell.
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« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2006, 07:39:16 am »
I would actually consider participating in this thread, but Yokto, can you please explain the stats. I just don't want to make a charachter all messed up. Would it even be a possibility for a Matarissan to join?

I said this, but now that I realize it; was the Arcadia thread only for "senior" guys? I don't want to be imposing, if you didn't want "noobs" in this thread. Just a thought.
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« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2006, 08:12:57 am »
Ok is simple. In D&D based system there are 6 stats or abilities as D&D call it.The abilities are as listed below.

  • Strength (Str)
  • Dexterity (Dex)
  • Constitution (Con)
  • Intelligence (Int)
  • Wisdom (Wis)
  • Charisma (Cha)

You can have a maximum of 18 points one ability and the minimum of 3. (This comes from when you cast 3 Dice with 6 sides the highest number is 18 and lowest 3 so if you want to randomize you stats you can use this method.) The higher the score the better. But their is a limit to how many point you are get to use. You total stat score should not exceeds 75 point which is a higher then average score and should be enough. The average score for a common man (if we can use the term) is about 10-11 in D&D games and just so you know. The average score if you use all your 75 points is 12.5 .

(Extra: to make thing a little worse for you. Remember that you use 3 dices to normally gains these stats? Well on average you are a lot more likely to get 9 or 12 then 3 or 18 so i would recommend that you try to normalize or at least penalizes you score if you like to have many extreams. Just a little tip.  :) )



Now to a little more detailer on what the Stats really do.

Strength
Strength is you pure physical strength. It govern what you can lift for example. The stronger you are the harder you hit.

Dexterity
Dexterity is how well you refexes are. How agile you are. how good you are at Twitch games.  ;) Useally use to help you hit especially with range weapons. Also helps you avoid getting hit. But I'm not going in to detailed on how the avoiding and hitting works as it a free form RPG but do not think that Dex alone will make you a super combat machine. (Usually character like this are called Dex monkyes)

Constitution
Constation is you health and stamina. How mush damage you can take. How long you can do hard work. Good for those that what to win the marrathon.

Intelligence
Intelligence is you ability to think. You learn faster and solve puzzles faster. You also have better memory with this ability. You may however not be that wise and i will get to that later. You chess and checkers beating skill.

Wisdom
Wisdom is the characters common sense and aware of what happens in world. It also give help with willpower. Wisdom is probably the harderst ability to distinguish for other abilities.  A sniper could have very good hand-eye condition (Dexterity) but very low  wisdom and not recognize the impact of his actions. A Absentminded Professor could be very intelligent but have a low wisdom score. And a Serf with no formal education could be very aware with his surroundings knowing actually what is going to happen next.

Charisma
Ahh... Charisma! The Dump Score in old AD&D which was only use by Paladins, Bards and maybe a few Clerics. Do not underestmate this skill. It not only governs how well you can persuade other but also you own inner straight. You self confidence. It also is use to represent how physical attractive you are but only to a lesser degree. You do not need to look good to make people make you bidding. And is often said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.   :D



Hope it makes it a little clearer. And do not forget that these abilities can work together.
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« Reply #13 on: June 21, 2006, 08:20:39 am »
Yeey it is open to all  :D

I have choosen Dom. A centau greasemonkey. He is a powertools dream.
He can fix everything from ur standard plasmagun to the  hyperdrive on ur spaceship.
But dont expect him to tie his own shoes. As Dom would say: ' Dom not smart...Dom just fix things.'
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str : 18
dex: 7
con : 14
int: 3
wis: 5
char: 10

Background: When the Collective broke up into several independant states after the big revelation.
The centau started to spread out thru the galaxy. Dom was born on Xan lima, He wasn't a very bright kid. But early in his childhood people reckognised he had an unexplainable insight in how things worked. Its not that he knew why something did what it was doing. He just knew where the problem was if things weren't doing what they were suposed to do . But as always with lesser intellegent Centau, he was taken advantage of and listed to join the Independant Trade Federation. His job was to make sure the ship would run in tip top shape. And Dom was good at what he did. He was so good that the ITF sold him to a scavengers party. Dom is only 26 but he has learned early on that people don't always have the best intentions. Dom eventually got so fed up with the constant repairing of things. He sabotaged the ship of his buyer.
They stranded him on Sion. Dom walks from city to city looking for a job or a way of Sion.
All he has left is a tube with 3 nutritablets and a universal wrench.

Biology: Biped with a tail. Looks a bit like a triceratops. But without the horns and humanoid. 2.3 meter tall and a very short tail. The tail itself is useless. Dom is green He is quite strong since he has to lift engine's and rocket packs. But he can only hold it up for a little while. His power comes in short bursts. He would be able to lift 250 pounds without breaking a sweat. But he wouldn't be able to continuasly lift 75 pounds. Since he's a vegetarian his power is consumed fast and needs quite some time to recharge.
He has a sleeping cycle of 12 hours every 36. They will never puish  teh limit. And u dont want to give a Centau cafeine or something. It just gets them drunk.
If anything needs tweaking just tell me :)

PS : for the guys that surf a lot and play games a lot , this dude might seem awfully familiar. But its the best way for u guiys to see how a Centau looks like note the big blue eye. It paralizes predators aproaching. So our friendly vegetarian can sneak of and live to see another day. To keep things concistent with my ideas of a Centau I have created a lenz tat covers the eye so interaction can be done easier. If the lenz would brake people will find themself irresitably attracted to the eye and will keep looking at it until the centau has left their sight.
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Re: Arcadia
« Reply #14 on: June 21, 2006, 08:23:04 am »
You misspelled Constitution.... I know how to play, sure I'm in.

Timesjai (Ryndalian)
Age (73)
Str 6
Dex 18
Con 6
Int 12
Wis 14
Cha 18

Timejai was lost at birth during a interplanetary transfer, crashing upon the scion complex outer regions. She grew up in the scion complex but by Ryndalian standards she is still a child. living in such a place gave her an uncanny ability to deal/ con others and as such able to survive in it. She got by with mastering the blackmarket and all the trades that came with it. Assassination, Bluffing, Crafting supplies/faking them, Etc.... Also she developed high ability to move around as one would expect, frail and retarded by Ryndalian standards, she remained a unknown until she discovered the hidden Ryndalian labs. Surprised to find others like herself, but wise enough not to talk to them she raided the supply system and started to work on how to craft the strange tech she found.

One day Timejai cane across a rumor, there was a lot of talk about a strange place called Arcadia that had endless riches. Hesitant to leave Scion, after all it was her home and the only place she has ever been, but Timejai needed to investigate this, after all, this was the only way to better things, she had suffered a severe mutation already. (She hides it so I will only disclose it if there is good reason, Daxx needing to know for instance.) And so she went off in search of the rumors source....

Equipment
Weximaru Sphere Exodus W.S.E.
Miniature Shielding System
A fortune of "Currency"
Some actual "Currency"
An assortment of fake items.
Ryndalian Med. pack. (Only works on Ryndalians and can be applied by self)
Stuff used to carry it all.
Watch with AI at 19 Int. (Sometimes malfunctions and instead has 2 or 7 or 15)
Crest always worn over chest for unknown reasons.
Gambling equipment.
Breathing ventilator, Ryndalians can only breathe Zaneta, so she has to have this....
Finally there is the Vial of poison/needle set used for assassination.

More Definition when I get back, just want you to know shes in.
« Last Edit: June 21, 2006, 03:45:02 pm by Genesis »

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