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Post  industrious on Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:31 pm

Good to know that you're on it. We're just making sure.
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Post  Cracklord on Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:11 pm

Hey Sean, this is no way motivated by how long it's taking you to start, but I just want to ask, are you sure you want to DM? Now, you're playing Harry Dresden, the protagonist, so if you are also the Gamesmaster then you will be not only controlling the events, but the guy going through them. Which isn't all that fun.
Just thought I'd bring that up while we wait.
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Post  industrious on Tue Apr 12, 2011 3:20 am

Bumping.
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Post  Cracklord on Tue Apr 12, 2011 4:29 am

Come on. Let's either start this, or I will. Nobody else is going to join up.
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Post  Colesign on Thu Apr 14, 2011 3:00 pm

*Rides into town on a white horse, it's unshod hooves making 'click-clack' sounds as all the sundry townfolk stare. Hacks and spits*

I reckon I might be able to join up on this here forum game, Cracklord, Sean, Industrious, and associates.

If you'll have me, of course.
Sanya, The Agnostic-Communist Knight of the Cross


(The Guy on the Right)

* A Black Russian (Yes, he's heard the cocktails jokes before) who wields Esperacchius, the Sword of Hope, Sanya is one of the most Cheerful and Optimistic Knights of the Cross, and as of "Small Favor" the only one in action. He perseveres through difficult situations with dogged Russian stoicism and cheer, truly embodying his Sword.
*Besides using his sword, Sanya also wears a flak jacket, carries a reliable AK-47 Kalashnikov assault rifle with extra clips, and a first aid kit and other sundries.
*Used to be one of the Denarians, possessed by the Fallen Angel Magog, and commanded by Tessa. Eventually broke free and was invited by Michael (the six-winged one) to join the Knights of the Cross to redeem himself, a role he embraced.
*Despite all of the above, he remains Agnostic, unwilling to commit to the idea of an actual God (Michael might just be an alien or something): in any case, he feels that the good work he does need not bring a God into the mix in order to have any value. So he fights for the good of others and the good of the community. Likes Trotsky.


...If you'll also not mind, I'll also bring in an original character, one that I wrote up for a series of urban fantasy short stories that I worked up:

[/list]Bartholomew Dee, Rogue Street Magician[/b]

(I stole the image from a google search: this guy's aesthetic matches my character in some ways)

*By Day, he's a charming Street Magician whose cart/table can be seen at various intersections, landmarks, and parks in downtown Chicago, performing card tricks, coin disappearances, mentalism and hypnotism, and other feats of intriguing Prestidigitation.
*By night, he hangs around McAnallys from time to time, and sometimes plays works together with other Paranet members to keep members of the magical community safe, wielding, according to rumor, strange and subtle magic...
*...Except he's not. He's just an average mortal that knows sleight-of-hand and all the other sundry of a stage magician's trade. But he's got a small reputation that gives (street level) bad guys pause, and he manages to get by on staged illusions, and epic amounts of bluffing. Who knows how long he can keep this jig going.
*His Skills are:
-Prestidigitation and Stage Magic
-Mentalism (Hypnotism, Suggestion, and psychological mind-trickery)
-Pick-pocketing
-A solid Grounding in Occult Lore and friends at McAnallys
-Does Yoga and Meditation
-Epic Bluffing skills

*Would really like to learn real magic. He's heard that everyone has at least a latent talent they can train to a certain extent, so he's looking into that.

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Post  draxx on Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:11 pm

You know what? I'll join too. Though I can't believe you're not sick of Sanya yet.

William and Georgia Borden

Name: Billy Borden
Name: Georgia Borden
Age: Both are the same age, which is somewhere in their early twenties
Gender: Happily married couple.
Race: Human, but are werewolves (have learned the requisite magic to transform into wolves)
Rank: Billy is an Alpha of his pack.
Skills and Spells: Both transform into larger then life wolves. At first they were normal ones, but due to their increasing experience and power, they have grown.
Other then their transformation, Billy has developed an accelerated healing factor, that allows him to regain health. However, it requires him to speed up his metabolism, quickly draining, and in the cases of jagged wounds he gets scars.
Weapons: Claws and fangs
Items: Both are well off, drive a modern hummer and life together in a high end apartment. But that's about the extent of their resources for the moment. They don't even own a gun between them.
Personality: Billy is somewhat naive and young, but ultimately wants to do the right thing and is genuinely brave and courageous, enough to stand up to people far stronger then him. He's an engineer, and likes his problems practical. He has a refreshingly direct mind, and tends to see quick solutions to things other people agonize over. He's very close to his wife, she's not just the person he loves, she's also his best friend, and the first person he talks to.
Georgia is much the same, young and inexperienced, but firm and brave. Unlike her husband, she's a psychologist and analyst, with a tendency to overcomplicate things, but is actually very perceptive. She is often the voice of reason and a grounding influence for Billy. She's still studying, while Billy works to support them.
Appearance (Picture or description): Billy is short, stocky, but very athletic and fit, with a short beard, an open, honest face and a warm smile. His hands are a little calloused, his hair is kept short, and he tends to favor loose, open clothing that's easy to get out of in a hurry.
Georgia is tall and willowy, with blond hair and dimples, pretty rather then beautiful and comfortable that way. She tends to favor the same clothing as her husband, and never bothers with makeup or foundation, and keeps her nails cut short.
As wolves, both are larger then average. Billy is big and black, with a wide chest and bullet head, Georgia is tawny and narrow, quicker on her feet.

Fix, Ebenezer McCoy, Elaine Mallory


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Re: The Dresden Files: Caught in the Undertow

Post  industrious on Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:05 pm

I can tell Nicodemus is going to have to pull something spectacular off to travel with the party.

I have at least three very good ideas on that note.
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Post  Colesign on Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:16 pm

You know what? I'll join too. Though I can't believe you're not sick of Sanya yet.

In Soviet Russia, Sanya sicks you!!!!!!

But seriously, he's just as good a character as Nicodemus, once you get to know him.

...Still, if Industrious thinks that Sanya would be too much of a complication for Ol' Nick, then I could play a character who I think has been really underrated in Dresden Files related games...


I Live With a Wizard: I Cheat.

I reserved my leap into the dark for my original character concept: a Pure Mortal Street Magician that pretends he's got magic. Compared to all the other original characters, he's...intriguingly underdogish: we'll see how it goes.


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Post  draxx on Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:38 pm

Or keep Ol' Nick as an antagonist.
No, play Sanya, someone has to if Nicodemus is making an appearance. I'm just surprised you aren't sick of the character yet, given how much you've explored him.

Fix

Name: Fix
Age: Mid twenties.
Gender: Male
Race: Human (former Changeling)
Rank: Summer Knight
Skills and Spells: As the Summer Knight, he channels the magic of the fey when acting on the commands of his court. This manifests in many ways, few of them direct, but is considerable power. He has some small magic on his own thanks to his heritage, mostly manifesting in helping him get places, but little combat magic. His new rank has increased his powers considerably, and he has learned to use glamours and basic transmutations.
Weapons: Fix has to deal with a range of threats, given both his new position and the way Chicago tends to attract all sorts, and as a consequence believes in being prepared. Primarily uses a hand crafted Dessert Eagle made of bronze with acid etchings (and loaded with custom bullets made of elfshot. If he shoots you and scores a hit, you will die), an archaic, leaf-bladed sword (iron), and is also rather handy with a monkey wrench. Said leaf-bladed sword is enchanted to cut through enchantments and has been treated to retain it's edge and to need almost no maintenance.
Items: With the Summer Court appointing him as it's champion in the settlement of disputes, he has whatever they feel he needs, ranging from no support whatsoever to an entire army. Generally has an empowered vestment (a coat) strong enough to shrug of bullets, a broach to summon aid, and his weapons.
Personality: He has become a strong individual, but not a particularly moral or altruistic one. He tries to be pragmatic, particularly in regards to combat, but is a romantic. Ultimately, he just wants to be left alone and do his thing, and while he doesn't mind his work he doesn't like putting himself at risk either. He's in love with Lily, but while she's fond of him she does not reciprocate.
Appearance (Picture or description): He was scrawny and nervous looking with spiky hair. But he has filled out nicely, and is now lean, hard, and has razor sharp good looks. The air is crisp and warm where he stands, he has a scent of loamy soil about him, and his presence makes women both more aroused and more fertile. Dresses well and with style, favoring soft greens and tans.

Ebenezer McCoy

Name: Ebenezer McCoy
Age: Several centuries. He's lived in Hog Hollow, Missouri for at least two, and was raised in the highlands of Scotland, so could be very old indeed. Fought in the French and Indian War.
Gender: Male
Race: Human (wizard)
Rank: Senior Council (Blackstaff) Also head of the gray council
Skills and Spells: Ebenezer has a great talent that has had plenty of time to broaden and develop. He specializes in combat magic, particularly evocation, although his own philosophy is against using magic to kill he has resigned himself to doing terrible things, and he's the one of the most dangerous combat wizards alive. He has incredible power and experience, as well as the skill to use it effectively. He tends to favor extreme solutions, and has little patience for subtly, feeling if you can't tell it's him, it's not worth doing.
He also has a flair for the dramatic, and thinks big. However, he doesn't like to spend time preparing, and tends to use whatever he has at hand rather then anticipate.
Weapons: His stumpy old wizards staff, that he favors. The Blackstaff, that he uses in direst circumstance. Also an illegal shotgun sawn dangerously down, and his various rings, charms and equipment he uses in combat with a myriad of purposes, including levitation, blinding flashes of light, shield amulet, and several others. Generally does not carry them with him unless he's expecting a fight. But when he is... watch out.
Personality: Firm and unyielding, with a belief in honest labor and hard work, and a temper you do not want to rouse. Honest and hates people who try to use their power to subjugate others. Something of a natural philosopher, and too old and set in his ways to change.
Has the right to disregard the laws of magic when it suits him. Tries to keep from doing this except in greatest need. Very private, and respects others privacy.
Affable, and while he can be cantankerous he's usually fairly pleasant. Well-respected by all the council except the Merlin.
Appearance (Picture or description): Short and stocky, in a white wife-beater and blue denim overalls. Bald except for a few stray tufts of white downy hair, and a bristling white beard, cut short over his jowls. Wears a gold pocket watch.


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Re: The Dresden Files: Caught in the Undertow

Post  industrious on Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:57 pm

I'd warn against McCoy. Seeing as he has instant-death spells, and has actually dropped satellites on people...might be a wee bit too powerful for this game.

As for Nicodemus...

"Work with me Knight, at least for now. Little Alicia Carpenter would be so distraught to see one of my men shoot himself in front of her. All that blood would ruin that pretty little dress she so loves to wear. And this is going to be our little secret. If anyone else so much as hears of this, I won't have him shoot himself. I'll have him shoot up her elementary school."
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Post  Colesign on Fri Apr 15, 2011 12:28 am

你爸爸是不漂亮的黄乌龟。。。

Whoops, sorry: just finished a Mandarin Chinese assignment...

I just thought I'd point out that, although Ebenezar is pretty powerful, we might need that kind of power when trying to take on Vlad Tepes, who has a not insignificant chunk of the power of a Great Dragon, which in the Dresden Files are on par with the Queens of Fairie.


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Post  draxx on Fri Apr 15, 2011 12:53 am

Sean Hiruki requested Ebenezer. So I thought I'd keep him on in a mentor role, offering sage advice and dispensing wisdom from the background. For the most part, anyway.
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Post  draxx on Sat Apr 16, 2011 9:30 pm

Would I be allowed to give Fix a few... not minions, exactly, but assistants? I was thinking Grum, the ogre, would make a good addition.
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Post  draxx on Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:05 pm

If you're all right with that make no sign.
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Post  Colesign on Sun Apr 17, 2011 11:30 pm

Worried that Sean's going to post really, really slowly, if at all?

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Post  industrious on Sun Apr 17, 2011 11:55 pm

I'm not worried at all.

Worrying implies uncertainty.
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Re: The Dresden Files: Caught in the Undertow

Post  Cracklord on Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:10 am

Alright then, I'm going to start this. I know I'm not storyteller, so I'll just set up my own characters, and give the rest of you a chance to do the same. That way, when Sean starts Harry will already have something to investigate.
http://ratpackrp.forumotion.com/t80-dresden-files-caught-in-the-undertow#1478

I'm not losing faith that this game will ever start. Not at all.
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Post  SeanHiruki on Mon Apr 18, 2011 3:40 pm

Sorry guys, I have been busy with work. Thanks for starting without me, Crack. It would be better with me not in it,seeing as I am too busy. Welcome to the forum and the RP, Cole, oh and Sanya isn't a Commie.
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Post  Colesign on Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:54 pm

Great to see you, Sean, and I'm glad you've welcomed me here. And don't worry: everyone seems to have lots of work on their plate.

And I'm afraid Sanya kind of is a Communist:

"So if you're not religious, you risk your life to help other people because...?"

"Because it must be done," he answered without hesitation. "For the good of the people, some must place themselves in harm's way. some must pledge their courage and their lives to protect the community."

"Just a minute," I said. "You become a Knight of the Cross because you were a communist?"

Sanya's face twisted with revulsion. "Certainly not. Trotsky. Very different."


–Death Masks.

I suppose to be more specific, Sanya's not a communist in the Leninist or Stalinist, but more in the deviatory Trotskyist paradigm: not so inclined to totalitarian rule, but embracing communist based around direct-democracy and local workers councils, the type of Socialism that the Soviets originally embodied for the Russian people.

So a nice Communist. That takes his orders from Archangels. A man of many facets is Sanya.

And speaking of which, what sort of mission would bring Sanya back to Chicago? Denarians? Carpenter family celebration? Random Intuition? What?

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Post  draxx on Mon Apr 18, 2011 6:09 pm

He'd be going after Nicodemus, wouldn't he. And stop in at Chicago figuring he can ask for some help from a good friend while he's at it, as going mano el mano would leave him bloodied, broken and dead.
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So a nice Communist.
Go to any meeting and tell them your a Trotskyist, and chances are they'll consider you the enemy. But yes. Certainly a soft communist, anyway.
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Post  Cracklord on Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:10 pm

SeanHiruki wrote:Thanks for starting without me, Crack. It would be better with me not in it,seeing as I am too busy.

No problem. And I'm sure it will pass.
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Post  SeanHiruki on Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:37 pm

Cole: EXACTLY the quote I was looking for. You are correct, sir. Though personally, Socialist is not another word for nice. Just ask Germany. But yes, Sanya sure as hell is a really soft commie.
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Post  draxx on Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:37 pm

So how is this going to be run? Is this a sandbox game, or is someone going to be Storyteller?
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Post  Cracklord on Tue Apr 19, 2011 1:04 am

I guess, Sandbox until otherwise informed.
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Post  Warboss_Spriggs on Wed Apr 20, 2011 12:04 pm

Watch it with the god-modding. Unless another player gives you permission, you DO NOT use their characters. I've noticed that this has been a habit in the RP, so I'm giving you the warning now.
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