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Title: Essence - Open Enrollment & Planning (Updated 8/15/2012)
Post by: DarkCompanion on May 17, 2012, 02:57:13 AM


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E S S E N C E    O F F I C I A L    R O L E    P L A Y (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y9OHpZd12s)
INFORMATION & ENROLLMENT


UPDATED AUGUST 15, 2012 @ 12:09 AM US Eastern
Added a new FAQ @ Bottom.

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SINCE THE ROLE PLAY HAS ALREADY STARTED, INTEGRATING NEW CHARACTERS MAY TAKE TIME. YOU MAY STILL SUBMIT A CHARACTER SHEET IF YOU'RE INTERESTED, BUT YOU WILL NOT JOIN UP INSTANTLY. I WILL LET YOU KNOW WHEN YOU MAY JOIN.[/color][/size]


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* Vital Information
** Story & Setting
*** Rules & Enrollment
**** Questions & Answers




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Welcome to the official ESSENCE Role Play Information & Enrollment thread! This is one of my biggest role play projects and I hope for the story to be as exciting to participate in as it was for me to write it.

The link above (where it has blue text on the Essence Role Play words) is the song I've chosen to go along with this role play, sort of like a 'trailer theme', if you would. I would recommend listening to that to give you an idea of how exciting things will get in the future.

There's one big thing players should know, outside of what's listed below. This story has a start and end, and once the story is over, that's it. This role play isn't designed to be something that has lasting role play that takes place after it's all over and done with, but the ending does open all kinds of options for players who might want to continue their stories in the aftermath. In other words, the ending of this role play is meant to encourage players to write their own material-to expand the world as they please.

Enjoy the read and welcome to ESSENCE!


Visuals

These images should help with visualizing the world. Mind you not all of these are exact, but they should at least provide more than nothing. These images are from various forms of media, so you may recognize some images pending on the games or movies you've seen.

Equato Station (http://wallbase.cc/wallpaper/1161127)

Equato Station Interior (http://wallbase.cc/wallpaper/1071023)
(Of course with more military stuff and less civilian parks)

Crux Capital Ship - The F.S. Celestial Aegis (http://wallbase.cc/wallpaper/1914542)
(F.S. means Flag Ship)

Scout Mech (http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2009/346/a/d/Mech_by_Choplifter.jpg)

Heavy Assault / Howitzer Mech (http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs8/i/2005/320/6/6/four_legged_mech_by_MeganeRid.jpg)

Standard Combat Mech (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_J354abDpPlQ/SX8aCPMwx5I/AAAAAAAAAWc/i31GhvQNDaY/s400/Phoenix_Mech_01.jpg)

Scout Vessel (http://wallbase.cc/wallpaper/1106723)
(The S.V. Inquest is a Scout Vessel).

Light Attack / Escort Fighter (http://wallbase.cc/wallpaper/241241)

Heavy Assault Carrier (http://wallbase.cc/wallpaper/340489)

Escort Defense Cruiser (http://wallbase.cc/wallpaper/442803g)

Asteroid Space Station (http://wallbase.cc/wallpaper/827179)
(Stations resemble this on moons around other planets too).

Interceptor Fighter (http://wallbase.cc/wallpaper/1036600)

Repair / Garbage / Trade Ship (http://wallbase.cc/wallpaper/1054380)

Prussian Station (http://wallbase.cc/wallpaper/1352748)

Heavy Drop Ship (http://wallbase.cc/wallpaper/433082)

Earth City Example #1 (http://wallbase.cc/wallpaper/1463331)

Earth City Example #2 (http://wallbase.cc/wallpaper/938822)

Parasin Corporation Space Station (http://wallbase.cc/wallpaper/982381)

Parasin Nosferatu Capital Ship (http://wallbase.cc/wallpaper/569357)



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In an alternate reality to Earth, there is a power source within Earth that has come to be referred to as the Life Force, or the "Essence." Throughout history, the world has grown and evolved in a way very similar to that of our current reality... however, weapons are not created quite the same, or used the same, as we are accustomed to in our reality. In Alternate Earth (A.E.), the Essence itself must be used if someone is intent on taking another life. Whether said life is an animal for feeding or a person they dislike, weapons must be formed by means of using the very energy from the Earth itself. Things like gunpowder, lasers, etc. have been created much like in Our Reality (O.R.), except they are used differently than they are in O.R.--at least they were, until space travel was discovered.

In A.E., since so few countries were fighting amongst one another due to the effects of taking a life by use of the Essence, technology advanced much quicker due to a far lasting peace throughout nations. In A.E., the technology is thousands of years more advanced than O.R. Because of this, space travel was accomplished some time in the early 1000's, thus allowing greater accomplishments within space-including the discovery that the Essence does not apply beyond Earth. Everything beyond Earth is completely untouched by the effects of the Essence, thereby allowing weapons to use bullets, lasers, rockets, etc. It goes without saying that major criminal organizations have spread to other planets within the Milky Way because they are able to avoid the effects of the Essence when killing another person.

Yes, the Essence is as destructive to the user as it is to the one being killed. To take a life while using an Essence-bound weapon will result in a personal loss from the killer. Upon killing another individual, the Earth will recognize a scar upon your soul, almost like a death mark or a kill toll, causing the killer to age a number of years based on the amount of deaths they have committed. One kill causes the killer to age roughly ten years... so if you are twenty years old and take the life of another person, you will appear as though you are thirty years old. This has made it easier to figure out who is a murderer and who is not, but since the Essence is bound only to Earth, criminals are able to avoid the deadly effects by living on other planets or within stations dedicated to their organizations. One such organization is well known throughout the galaxy... known as the PARASIN CORPORATION.

The Parasin Corporation is responsible for countless deaths and horrific acts against living creatures. Rumors spread far and wide that the masterminds of the Parasin Corporation must appear to be hundreds of years old... because the Parasin Corporation creates warehouses where hundreds, if not thousands of innocents are all put to sleep and placed into Vampire Cells, as the nickname goes. These poor souls literally have their Essence, their Life Force, sucked from them very slowly... and since they are all asleep, they cannot fight the effects. These warehouses have been discovered time and time again by the Earth Protectorate Federation (E.P.F.), which is made up of both military and police groups all seeking to keep things safe. Despite the discovery of these warehouses and often very thorough searches, no supply depots or 'fuel stations' have been found. In other words, the Life Force taken from these innocents seems to disappear into thin air. Whether it goes somewhere else or is sucked away from long distance is a subject of much debate. The world knows about the Parasin Corporation, but most civilians are unable to do anything about them. The E.P.F. are constantly on watch... so much to the point where the E.P.F. constructed a massive space station that encircles the planet to protect it from possible Parasin Corporation ship attacks or invasions. The station has been given the name, "Equato Station" because it is located in a position equal to where the equator would be on Earth.

Equato Station is a masterpiece in military design. It has canons for safeguarding the planet and the station on various hull locations. There are advanced radar sensors that can detect incoming ships from half the distance between Earth and Mars. It has various docking ports with all kinds of security measures to prevent illegal weapons from being taken on board and it has security cameras and backup systems in every district of the station. The station is split into various districts based on times in the world, and the time can be detected based on the color of the lights... blue means close to night, black is night, bright white is day, and so forth. This station is as much a military station as it is a home away from home for the soldiers stationed here. Equato Station is where the story would begin, and where the players will start.

Despite the creation of Equato Station, Earth hasn't received very many attacks from Parasin ships. Occasionally, a Parasin vessel will appear and try to attack, but it will dart away almost immediately and return into the blackness of space. It is believed that the Parasin are planning something big, which has put a lot of soldiers on edge. Tensions are high, suspicious activities are taking place all over the world, and the people responsible for the Parasin Corporation are nowhere to be found. An E.P.F. ship, the "S.V. Inquest" has been sent to try to locate the Parasin Corporation's main base of operations. Disguised as a Parasin ship, the people on board Equato Station wait eagerly to hear from the Inquest, hoping that they will be met with success. Hopefully, this bug can be squished before something terrible happens.



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There are a few rules that players must take into consideration when applying for this role play. Of course you must follow the general rules already put in place by the Altermeta forum administration, but there are a few terms that players must familiarize themselves with because they will be enforced within this role play.

--- God Gaming ---
Also known as God Modding, I prefer to call it God Gaming because it's easier to remember with the other terms here. God Gaming is basically when you give your character super powers or abilities that make your character over powered and unfair. If your character can move a mountain with his mind at will, then you're God Gaming.

--- Meta Gaming ---
Meta Gaming is basically mind reading. Knowing a player character's background, name, age, etc. without having learned about the person through role play is Meta Gaming. An example would be if you approached someone with a cloak and hood covering their entire body, and you said to them, "Hey Jerry, nice brown hair." If you read in their character sheet that they are named Jerry and had brown hair, you got this information from a place that wasn't the RP itself, which means you're meta gaming.

--- Power Gaming ---
Power Gaming is when you take direct control over another player's character to make them do something. 9/10 of the time when you encounter another player, they'll have put a good amount of effort into planning their character and their character will be less interested to do certain things, such as jumping off a cliff. If you, as a player, decide to make a response to a role play, you cannot take control of another person's character. In role play, the only thing you, as a player, have any control over is your character and what they currently have on them. If you throw a knife, you can't decide where it lands because you don't have it on you anymore. If you are standing next to another person, you can't have that person walk down a hallway with you because you don't control that player's character. Now granted, you can certainly bump into people or tug on their shoulder... but don't take control of another person's character and have them jump off a cliff with you because it's what you want them to do. The player in control of their character gets to decide what their character does-not you!

--- Character Balance ---
When filling out a character sheet for my role play, you will be giving your character fears and weaknesses as well as strengths. The fears and weaknesses must be equal or greater to that of your character's strengths. This is what they call Character Balance. Your character MUST be balanced in this role play, so start thinking of stuff that might scare your character, like spiders or heights.


Other than these terms, the rules are pretty straight forward. Behave, don't try to hijack the story and make it about you, and follow the rules already laid out in the forum. Also, absolutely no special powers! IE: Psychic abilities, shooting lasers from your eyes, etc. You can have cybernetics, but not just be naturally able to do these things. We're not in an X-Men RP.

As for character sheets, play close attention because this part is important!

When you fill out your character sheet, you send it to me in a private message. None of that 'posting it for everyone to see' stuff. The player characters in this role play will get to know each other by means of role play, not by reading a character sheet. This ALSO means that player characters will face challenges and you will need to role play your fears and weaknesses within the actual role play. This means other player characters will get to know your character more through the role play, as I've said before.


--- Please fill out this sheet and send it to me upon completion. Again, do NOT post it here! ---
--- When deciding on an age for your character, I prefer them to be 18+ simply for plausibility. ---

= Character Name =
Text Here

= Race / Species =
Text Here

= Gender =
Text Here

= Age =
Text Here

= Career - What Does Your Character Do For A Living? =
Text Here - I'd prefer it if you'd have your character be in the Military or Police, not a civilian. Up to you, though.

= Appearance - What Do You Look Like? How Do You Dress? =
Text Here

= Personality - How Does Your Character Behave? =
Text Here

= Strengths - What Is Your Character Good At? =
Text Here

= Greatest Strength - What Does Your Character Excel At Above All Else? =
Text Here - Only ONE Greatest Strength allowed.

= Weaknesses - What Does Your Character Struggle With? =
Text Here

= Greatest Weakness - What Are You Completely Incapable Of Doing? =
Text Here - Only ONE Greatest Weakness allowed.

= Fears - What Is Your Character Afraid Of? =
Text Here

= Greatest Fear - What Will Paralyze Your Character With Fear? =
Text Here - Up To 3 Greatest Fears Allowed.

= Likes - What Stuff Does Your Character Like / Love? =
Text Here

= Dislikes - What Does Your Character Dislike / Hate? =
Text Here

= Character Biography / History =
Text Here - Please try to keep it short.



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The questions for this role play will be both questions I have actually been asked and questions I think I will be asked.



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Why do criminals avoid Earth and stay in space?

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Because upon returning to the planet, the Earth will see how many death marks you have on your soul and most criminals drop dead on the spot because of the aging that ensues.




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Is there a Moon Base?

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No. The Moon serves basically as a massive radar dish. There are all kinds of defenses and radar dishes on the Moon, serving as a backup to defenses should the Equato Station fail in its duties. It also works as a substitute for satellites.




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Exactly how far has technology advanced?

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It's the future. Technology has advanced as far as you can imagine. The only three major things people haven't quite accomplished yet are: 1) Travel to other dimensions. 2) Learning how to give special powers to everyone. 3) Hyper Speed. IE: Think of Star Wars where people can travel to different galaxies in seconds.




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Give special powers to everyone? You mean special powers do exist?

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Yes, they exist, but they aren't that common. In fact, they're almost to the point of being non-existent, which is how rare they are.




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If special powers exist, why can't our characters have special powers?

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Because there's always the risk of God Gaming and players abusing their abilities. The only characters with special powers are people that are NPCs and add a major element to the progress of the story.




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Can I be a Furry as a race?

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Yes. There are humans in this story as main characters, so you should at least be willing to role play in a story with humans present. This also means you can be a Kuvrahk race.




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Do you allow weapons like buster blades, lightsabers, and other kinds of weapons from other media?

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No. You can have a weapon that has similar qualities, but not exact. This isn't Star Wars or Final Fantasy or any other kind of popular well-known media... this is a story in an alternate Earth.




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I'm having some trouble understanding some of this stuff. Is there any reference material I can relate to with this role play story?

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Yes. For the whole 'using the life force to kill people' thing, think of that Avatar movie where they say "All energy is borrowed and must be given back someday." This is why people that kill other people age more--because those who perform wicked deeds will meet their demise faster than others. And the whole 'forming the Essence into a weapon' thing is like Conjuration Magic from Skyrim.




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If I need to deal with Real Life, will my character be killed off or left behind?

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No, absolutely not. I understand that Real Life tends to interfere with our online lives. If I fail to see an update from you within 1 month from your last post, I'll assume something has happened. Instead of just being dumped off somewhere, your character will continue to go along for the ride... but they will likely be away from all of the interesting stuff and basically sitting on the bench. Upon returning, you can jump back in... but at least give me a heads up in private message before doing so.




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I've noticed you tend to include a song link to certain segments of role play posts. Do you have a specific soundtrack chosen for the role play?

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Not necessarily. When I write, I like to use music to help imagine how I want things to play out, or how I want people to picture a scenario based on the beat of the song. That said, here's a list of some of the songs you will likely hear for various events in the role play. These are some, not all, of the songs you will be hearing (a teaser if you will):
To Glory (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y9OHpZd12s)
Tristan (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qi5EiCgQKuw)
Road to Revelation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atnJ1A5kEWw)
Atlantis (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAOANmzOiHg)
Jump (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gkhneh9JNnE)
Merchant Prince (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FATI_rC18U)
Transcendence (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwZ5-P3FnEk)
I know, a big teaser list. But it is still a teaser, to give you an idea for just how many songs I have in mind.


= Final Notes =

This topic is open to questions and answers, as well as concerns. If you feel something hasn't been answered or explained well enough above, simply respond here and I'll reply as soon as I can.

Welcome to Essence!

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Title: Re: Essence - Open Enrollment & Planning
Post by: Pathfinder118 on May 17, 2012, 04:02:57 AM
Just a few questions. You said weapons are not made like they are here on earth, but they have a giant space station, so I assume they have the ware withal to build tools. This leads me to my first question, if killing someone takes 10 years of your life, why would they not invent weapons that don’t, the second is how dose war work on this world?, and if they just don’t to it because of the life force, what about police? And finally they have ships that travel into space, how far does the life-force of the planet stretch? And is there a point when you could no longer use/feel it?
Title: Re: Essence - Open Enrollment & Planning
Post by: Jay Chan on May 17, 2012, 04:21:54 AM
Adding on to pathfinder's questions: Can the Earth's energy be used to create nonlethal weapons like stun grenades of tazers, or for more recreational purposes like maybe hoverboards or something? Are there machines that can harness the earth's energy, or is it limited to people?
Title: Re: Essence - Open Enrollment & Planning
Post by: Khan on May 17, 2012, 04:40:22 AM
Adding to the previous questions o.o

1- The technology will be "life-stream" based like Final Fantasy, something more cyberpunk-ish like Blade Runner or more like the Mass Effect 3 universe, where the tech is pretty much based on Eezo (element zero with gravitational properties)?

2- There are other types of weapons, more tech-based than just the ones "essence-based",like railguns, cannons, bombs, explosives and such?

3- "Essence Stealing" is something VERY frowned upon, with the possibility of deadly consequences or its seen as something wicked, evil, but tollerable depending on the situation? How does society reacts to these sort of things if someone saw it happening in public?

4- How far did "mankind" evolved in the Kardashev scale? http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit) just so we can imagine how far the civilization in question evolved (I'm guessing borderline level 1 to level 1 technology).

5- What is the level of technology available for the commong citizen? Is the distribution of technology strictly controlled/available only for the elite of the society or it's common and useable by anyone? Same question goes to the distribution of knowledge. (Since there is a Dyson ring orbiting the earth, I'm guessing its commonplace, but just want to be sure).

6- How psichologically evolved is the civilization? Are there any religions that survived the technological/scientific evolution? Are there a few social dogmas or issues like the same-sex marriage is to our society now or the only Taboo would be the "taking another's life"? (I mean, you can live your life however you like as long as you dont go commiting crimes or killing people? )
 
Title: Re: Essence - Open Enrollment & Planning
Post by: Pathfinder118 on May 17, 2012, 04:57:52 AM
Second bank of questions, how far is this in the future, I assume its not earth, I don’t want to fall into the “oh but earth has” trap most people do, If you tell me they don’t have guns that’s completely fair, honestly the invention of gunpowder (for those of you that don’t know is sulfur, charcoal, and salt peter [it grows under cow poop among other places] ) it’s a accident that we could have never found. I was reading a comic one time that had instead of guns, Springers, spring loaded canisters that shot industrial explosives or solid shells and all there guns were pump action since the canisters were all about an inch around. Im just interested in the space station since it spans the globe that would have been a massive undertaking, thousands of ship would take a millennia to build something that stretches 23,000 something miles or heck more since it’s probably a few miles up. Then again they could simply form it up there; a normal earth like planet has enough iron for 200,000 death stars or some such. Also can the life energy be used (like Jchan1e said) as other devices, or potently as a tool, like for engineers to access computers on the molecular level, or perhaps for scientist to feed there mind life data and feel what microbes are doing? And yes we all want to know the tech level, if they have hovering cars and potently fusion power dose this mean there energy woes are sated, or do they still use fossil fuels, do there rockets use chemical engines or reactor types, shields? Also can you use the energy to shield yourself from someone trying to kill you, potently overpowering them? Or consuming the energy they were gonna use to kill you and slow ageing?

And on a side note this is a very very cool idea, I love it, life energy is very cool, reminds me of Final Fantasy The Spirits Within, and the whole Bio-Etheric Energy or the ramblings of many Gaia theorists or mako if you want to stay fantasy about it, but I just like the over all idea of a life force in us all, call me crazy. Hope to hear back with some answers this might be fun!
Title: Re: Essence - Open Enrollment & Planning
Post by: DarkCompanion on May 17, 2012, 06:18:44 AM
Just a few questions. You said weapons are not made like they are here on earth, but they have a giant space station, so I assume they have the ware withal to build tools. This leads me to my first question, if killing someone takes 10 years of your life, why would they not invent weapons that don’t, the second is how dose war work on this world?, and if they just don’t to it because of the life force, what about police? And finally they have ships that travel into space, how far does the life-force of the planet stretch? And is there a point when you could no longer use/feel it?

Regarding the first question, "Why wouldn't they invent weapons that don't kill people". The reason why is because the Earth doesn't allow it. The Earth is very much alive in this particular reality. It might not speak to people or communicate in conventional ways, but it knows and understands the importance of life. Therefore, the planet has made it where if a person (or group of people) harvest minerals with the intention of turning the materials into a weapon, the materials will turn into water vapors and evaporate immediately. IE: The planet ensures that its materials are not used for ill intent.

Now I'm sure you might be thinking, "Well if the planet could forbid people from making weapons from minerals, why does it allow people to use the Essence as a weapon?" And the reason behind this is because minerals can be harvested and mass produced into hundreds if not thousands of a single weapon type, such as a pistol or something. When it comes to using the life force, it's usually a single person that uses the life force as opposed to any random person on the street being able to get a gun because they want to.


Regarding your question about how war works... basically it's just like war in our world, except in these wars, there's far fewer soldiers because the world doesn't have quite as much violence as ours does. A bunch of people who are willing to sacrifice their lives will fight for the same things we would fight for - land, resources, etc. Except instead of killing someone with a gun, this world kills one another with Essence weapons, but of course each kill adds 10 years to your age, so people generally don't last long after 3 or 4 kills. Wars, just like in our world, will go on until either A) A nation loses too many fighting soldiers, or B) If a nation loses too much ground and surrender becomes a reasonable decision.

So basically war is the same as it is on our world, but people die faster in the wars because of how few kills it takes on your part before you yourself perish.


Police forces do exist, and just like our police in the real world, they deal with things like traffic, drug busts, illegal goods, etc. Except many criminals (such as stupid teenagers that just want to make some quick money) won't be willing to take the life of a police officer if it means aging as a result. So Police still do exist to deal with the people that are violent and disorderly. Like I said, the planet has much less violence than ours does, but it's not completely gone.


As far as the space travel thing goes, the planet has control over the materials, but the Essence is something that exists everywhere. It's kind of like the Force in Star Wars, except in Star Wars, people could use the Force all the time without any real negative impact. With the Essence, people really only call upon its use when they want to kill another person (or group of people). In other words, unlike in Star Wars where only Jedi or Sith knew about the Force, everyone in this world knows about the Essence and how to call upon it and why they would ever need to call upon it. But your average Joe isn't going to call upon the Essence because he doesn't want to kill anyone.

And this Essence applies to every race, though other races might inhabit planets that are less strict about harvesting minerals. You won't have to worry about other planets or aliens or whatever in this story - it's going to be Earth based, for the most part.



Adding on to pathfinder's questions: Can the Earth's energy be used to create nonlethal weapons like stun grenades of tazers, or for more recreational purposes like maybe hoverboards or something? Are there machines that can harness the earth's energy, or is it limited to people?


The energy, or the Essence, is only used to create weapons with the intent to kill another person, but it's also what keeps a person alive, their life force so to speak. The idea of summoning the Essence to kill another person means this Essence pistol, or dagger, or whatever you can imagine an alternate reality might see as a weapon... would literally suck the life force from the victim to return it to the Essence prematurely. This premature return of energy would have a backfire effect, which is the adding 10 years to your life thing. So in other words... tazers and stun grenades, no. Non-lethal weapons such as a tazor, a stun grenade, and such things CAN be made from the planet's materials. However, if someone intends to push the limits of a device and see if they can kill someone, the device will disappear much like the materials would have in order to make the weapons as I said to Path.

So basically,
Lethal weapons = The Essence
Non-Lethal weapons = Planet Minerals
Recreation & Everything Else = Planet Minerals



Adding to the previous questions o.o

1- The technology will be "life-stream" based like Final Fantasy, something more cyberpunk-ish like Blade Runner or more like the Mass Effect 3 universe, where the tech is pretty much based on Eezo (element zero with gravitational properties)?

2- There are other types of weapons, more tech-based than just the ones "essence-based",like railguns, cannons, bombs, explosives and such?

3- "Essence Stealing" is something VERY frowned upon, with the possibility of deadly consequences or its seen as something wicked, evil, but tollerable depending on the situation? How does society reacts to these sort of things if someone saw it happening in public?

4- How far did "mankind" evolved in the Kardashev scale? http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit) just so we can imagine how far the civilization in question evolved (I'm guessing borderline level 1 to level 1 technology).

5- What is the level of technology available for the commong citizen? Is the distribution of technology strictly controlled/available only for the elite of the society or it's common and useable by anyone? Same question goes to the distribution of knowledge. (Since there is a Dyson ring orbiting the earth, I'm guessing its commonplace, but just want to be sure).

6- How psichologically evolved is the civilization? Are there any religions that survived the technological/scientific evolution? Are there a few social dogmas or issues like the same-sex marriage is to our society now or the only Taboo would be the "taking another's life"? (I mean, you can live your life however you like as long as you dont go commiting crimes or killing people? )


1) I haven't played Final Fantasy nor seen Blade Runner, but I can say it's not like Mass Effect. Like I answered above, it's kind of like the Force from Star Wars, except you don't need special training to use it.

2) No. Lethal = Essence weapons. Non-Lethal = Planet Minerals.

3) Essence Theft is NEVER tolerated. How the Parasin Corporation managed to make devices that steal the Essence from others is a mystery that has been beyond the understanding of any other person on the planet. As I said above, the Planet SHOULD prevent the creation of such devices by evaporating the minerals used to make it, but it's presumed that the most evil individuals (and oldest more than likely) found a way to manipulate the Essence to forbid the planet from sucking away their materials. This makes the Parasin Corporation a tremendous threat because they could create weapons that nobody else could ever dream of creating. However, since most Parasin are extremely old, they can't really operate a railgun or even something like a pistol without breaking a bone. The whole idea is that the Parasin Corporation is kind of like a terrorist mafia and so they constantly have younger guys doing the hard work for them (such as creating weapons and operating them). Since nobody wants to sacrifice themselves on a grand scale with hopes of stopping the Parasin Corporation only to end up failing, the Parasin Corporation literally uses that fear to advance their own motives.

This is essentially what the characters would be doing in the RP. Finding a non-lethal way to stop the Parasin Corporation. Combat is great and all in RP, but I'd love to see how well a great story can roll without someone having to kill another individual.

4) Er... Type II I guess. People are able to get off Earth and use the space station, but they still haven't gone too far. Yes I know in our reality people keep wanting to shoot for going to Mars, but in this reality, the people of Earth want to be 100% certain they've prepared for a journey to Mars, which has caused them to create the space station surrounding Earth... so that they can slowly 'build' their way to Mars, or as far as they can to Mars before they have to launch a ship the rest of the way.

And yes, they have probes to harness minerals from planets that they can't inhabit (like Mercury), so they aren't relying on just minerals from Earth to make their way to Mars.

5) Depends on the technology. If it's stuff that things you'd think only the military would possess in our world, it's likely the same for this alternate reality. But people can openly transport goods that you'd expect - entertainment, communication, etc.

6) I'd really prefer to avoid discussing this particular subject within the role play, since the forum has rules regarding religion and beliefs.


Second bank of questions, how far is this in the future, I assume its not earth, I don’t want to fall into the “oh but earth has” trap most people do, If you tell me they don’t have guns that’s completely fair, honestly the invention of gunpowder (for those of you that don’t know is sulfur, charcoal, and salt peter [it grows under cow poop among other places] ) it’s a accident that we could have never found. I was reading a comic one time that had instead of guns, Springers, spring loaded canisters that shot industrial explosives or solid shells and all there guns were pump action since the canisters were all about an inch around. Im just interested in the space station since it spans the globe that would have been a massive undertaking, thousands of ship would take a millennia to build something that stretches 23,000 something miles or heck more since it’s probably a few miles up. Then again they could simply form it up there; a normal earth like planet has enough iron for 200,000 death stars or some such. Also can the life energy be used (like Jchan1e said) as other devices, or potently as a tool, like for engineers to access computers on the molecular level, or perhaps for scientist to feed there mind life data and feel what microbes are doing? And yes we all want to know the tech level, if they have hovering cars and potently fusion power dose this mean there energy woes are sated, or do they still use fossil fuels, do there rockets use chemical engines or reactor types, shields? Also can you use the energy to shield yourself from someone trying to kill you, potently overpowering them? Or consuming the energy they were gonna use to kill you and slow ageing?

And on a side note this is a very very cool idea, I love it, life energy is very cool, reminds me of Final Fantasy The Spirits Within, and the whole Bio-Etheric Energy or the ramblings of many Gaia theorists or mako if you want to stay fantasy about it, but I just like the over all idea of a life force in us all, call me crazy. Hope to hear back with some answers this might be fun!


The planet actually isn't in the future. They've just been less focused on killing one another and more focused on reaching for the stars. They're roughly in the same time period we are, except, as I said, with less wars and less crime, they've been able to focus their efforts on other things like scientific technology, long range mining equipment (probes for mining other planets), the tremendous space station around the planet (and mind you it's not 100% complete), and so forth.

Again I haven't played Final Fantasy, so I can't relate to what you guys are hoping to get that's related to it. Still, as I said above, the Essence (life force) is only called into play when you want to kill someone. Everything else relies on minerals from the planet, including non-lethal weapons and recreation.
Title: Re: Essence - Open Enrollment & Planning
Post by: Khan on May 17, 2012, 06:49:28 AM
one last doubt that I forgot to include:
How non-lethal viollence is seen in this society? I can see that killing has it's risk, but there are other forms of coercing a person into doing something they dont want, and causing pain is very effective, sometimes even mutilating.
How does the planet and the society reacts to that kind of violence, one that has the intention to cause pain and suffering but not ultimately killing the target?

Also, if the planet limits the use of it's minerals to non-violent purposes, what would happen if I decided to use a common pipe to beat someone? Will it disappear if the intention is to kill? And what if the intention is not to ultimately kill? (just asking about the tools that are not designed with viollence in mind, but can be used to that end, and maybe to kill)
Title: Re: Essence - Open Enrollment & Planning
Post by: DarkCompanion on May 17, 2012, 03:08:55 PM
one last doubt that I forgot to include:
How non-lethal viollence is seen in this society? I can see that killing has it's risk, but there are other forms of coercing a person into doing something they dont want, and causing pain is very effective, sometimes even mutilating.
How does the planet and the society reacts to that kind of violence, one that has the intention to cause pain and suffering but not ultimately killing the target?

Also, if the planet limits the use of it's minerals to non-violent purposes, what would happen if I decided to use a common pipe to beat someone? Will it disappear if the intention is to kill? And what if the intention is not to ultimately kill? (just asking about the tools that are not designed with viollence in mind, but can be used to that end, and maybe to kill)

I keep saying this, but I'll say it again.

This world is just an alternate reality of the real life. People would view mutilation, savage beatings, torture, etc. the same way people in this world do.

And yes, if the pipe is used with the intent of killing (or if the person is going too far and has the risk of killing someone) then the pipe will disappear.
Title: Re: Essence - Open Enrollment & Planning
Post by: Jay Chan on May 17, 2012, 10:21:24 PM
Another question: how often should we be posting in this RP; 3/day, 1/day, 1/week?
Title: Re: Essence - Open Enrollment & Planning
Post by: DarkCompanion on May 17, 2012, 10:32:38 PM
Another question: how often should we be posting in this RP; 3/day, 1/day, 1/week?

Whenever you can. Though I usually ask for people to post at least once a week so that the role play can continue (especially since other people rely on something called a 'Post Order' so they know when it's their turn to post).

I'll be issuing a post order when enough people decide to sign up, and when I have more of the story plotted out.
Title: Re: Essence - Open Enrollment & Planning
Post by: Jay Chan on May 20, 2012, 10:22:26 AM
Keeping things going:
What kind of technology is available in this alternate universe? Obviously there's hover-tech for flying cars and things, but are there things like interactive holograms or biotech cyborgs or protocol droids etc? How advanced does it get?
Title: Re: Essence - Open Enrollment & Planning
Post by: DarkCompanion on May 20, 2012, 03:51:09 PM
Keeping things going:
What kind of technology is available in this alternate universe? Obviously there's hover-tech for flying cars and things, but are there things like interactive holograms or biotech cyborgs or protocol droids etc? How advanced does it get?

If I were to do a comparison to another type of media (for the sake of simplicity), I'd say to imagine Star Wars. The only differences are:

1) They don't have access to hyperdrives or ships that can travel beyond the galaxy. In other words, if you're going to do any kind of traveling to other planets, you'll be taking a long nap there. Still not sure if I want to make it Earth exclusive or not (IE: Only Earth allowed).

2) They don't have laser pistols, since these things can kill. They DO have EMP devices, and...

Actually, before I answer any more questions related to the Essence itself or technology, I want to work out a few more tweaks with how the Essence works so I can have a solid answer instead of jumping back and forth.
Title: Re: Essence - Open Enrollment & Planning
Post by: Khan on June 08, 2012, 02:07:53 AM
any news? I've been looking forward to play in this scenario, sounds VERY interesting o.o
Title: Re: Essence - Open Enrollment & Planning
Post by: DarkCompanion on June 08, 2012, 04:26:25 AM
any news? I've been looking forward to play in this scenario, sounds VERY interesting o.o

At the moment, I'm still working out the bugs. There are 3 things I'm working on at this very moment:

1) Updating Guild Wars 2 for the beta this weekend (which will keep me distracted for the weekend).
2) Trying to come up with ideas for the story I'm working on.
3) Working out the bugs for the Essence RP.

I'll update you guys on Friday next week with what I've come up with.
Title: Re: Essence - Open Enrollment & Planning
Post by: DarkCompanion on June 15, 2012, 10:40:23 PM
I'll update you guys on Friday next week with what I've come up with.

Told you I would. :P



Alright after doing a lot of consideration on the story with this thing, regarding weapons being made from energy and such... I think in the long run, trying to ensure people don't go out of bounds with weapon creations and such, managing this RP will be way too difficult in the future of the RP.

So here's how things are now (and I'll update the intro thread as necessary):

1) Weapons can be created normally now, except instead of using bullets or rockets, weapons use the Essence I was referring to.

2) Weapons aren't restricted to futuristic weapons. You can use a pistol that shoots bullets holding the Essence inside (as opposed to gunpowder) or you can use a bow & arrow with the arrow as the Essence itself. However, upon leaving Earth, any weapons you used that relied strictly on the Essence will become useless--see below.

3) Taking the life of ONLY a sentient creature on Earth will result in your aging. IE: Anthro characters (kuvrahks), humans, and anything else you could see as being sentient on Earth. This means even if you choose to make some kind of alien that's not from Earth, being within the boundaries of Earth will result in you being subject to the effects of the Essence.

4) Space travel is now allowed. Rather than having the role play JUST take place on Earth (which, let's face it, can get boring), it will now take place in the entire galaxy. IE: As far as Pluto. There's more information regarding this that people should know, which I'll update in the introductory thread.

5) If you leave Earth (IE: Leaving the boundaries of the Essence) then two things will happen:
A) You will encounter pirate groups, corporations, etc. who have started using the weapons we see in regular movies. IE: Laser cannons, gun powder, etc. The Essence does not exist beyond the Earth's moon, and so people beyond the Moon have resorted to using other methods.
B) Returning to Earth after killing someone (or a group of people) will result in the Essence basically tapping into your soul to see what you've done in your life. If it finds the death mark of people on your soul, you will age accordingly. This is why most of the evil people remain outside of Earth. Most.

6) I'm actually going to be merging part of another story I've been working on with this RP. I will not state what the story is called, but I will tell you this: The RP will be very rewarding story-wise.
Title: Re: Essence - Open Enrollment & Planning (Updated 6/15/2012)
Post by: Jay Chan on June 16, 2012, 10:12:01 AM
The galaxy doesn't end at pluto btw, just the solar system :P

This post clears up a lot, thnx!
I just have one thing, could you send me back the pm of my character sheet? I never saved a copy of it for reference
Title: Re: Essence - Open Enrollment & Planning (Updated 6/15/2012)
Post by: DarkCompanion on June 16, 2012, 12:43:21 PM
The galaxy doesn't end at pluto btw, just the solar system :P

This post clears up a lot, thnx!
I just have one thing, could you send me back the pm of my character sheet? I never saved a copy of it for reference

Galaxy, solar system. Whatever, space (http://i2.kym-cdn.com/entries/icons/original/000/005/641/space-core-portal-2.jpg).

And yeah, I will in a sec.
Title: Re: Essence - Open Enrollment & Planning (Updated 6/15/2012)
Post by: Dreaker on June 17, 2012, 09:13:39 AM
The galaxy doesn't end at pluto btw, just the solar system :P
Actually he Oort cloud is were the solar system ends.
Title: Re: Essence - Open Enrollment & Planning (Updated 6/15/2012)
Post by: DarkCompanion on June 17, 2012, 12:43:28 PM
Actually he Oort cloud is were the solar system ends.

Galaxy, solar system. Whatever, space (http://i2.kym-cdn.com/entries/icons/original/000/005/641/space-core-portal-2.jpg).

And yeah, I will in a sec.
Title: Re: Essence - Open Enrollment & Planning (Updated 6/15/2012)
Post by: Russ on June 17, 2012, 12:56:49 PM
Actually he Oort cloud is were the solar system ends.

Until someone cobbles together a bigger telescope...  :P ;)
Title: Re: Essence - Open Enrollment & Planning (Updated 6/15/2012)
Post by: DarkCompanion on June 17, 2012, 04:56:27 PM
Please try to remain on topic, guys.
Title: Re: Essence - Open Enrollment & Planning (Updated 6/22/2012)
Post by: Jay Chan on June 23, 2012, 05:04:01 AM
Okay wow, Equato station is bigger than I had it in my head.
Title: Re: Essence - Open Enrollment & Planning (Updated 6/22/2012)
Post by: DarkCompanion on June 23, 2012, 01:25:56 PM
Okay wow, Equato station is bigger than I had it in my head.

Yeah it has that effect. :P
Title: Re: Essence - Open Enrollment & Planning (Updated 6/22/2012)
Post by: Khan on June 24, 2012, 01:12:14 AM
I see Sajuuk from HomeWorld2...
an Amarr ship from EvE Online...
and the little one Aren is working on:
http://games.chruker.dk/eve_online/graphics/ids/2048/46.jpg (http://games.chruker.dk/eve_online/graphics/ids/2048/46.jpg)
just consider the cockpit a bit bigger XD
And no, those things that look like missile placements are intakes for in-atmosphere flight and refrigeration outlets for high atmosphere and space operation XD
yeah, may seem like a pile of rust, but it's one mean-ass pile of rust.
Title: Re: Essence - Open Enrollment & Planning (Updated 6/22/2012)
Post by: DarkCompanion on August 15, 2012, 05:11:55 AM
Added a new FAQ at the bottom of the first post, related to the songs I keep linking to in the RP posts.

That said, if you guys have any suggestions for songs I should listen to, I absolutely welcome it. I prefer stuff without lyrics so people can focus on what's written and not what's sang. Choir-like stuff is suitable, just not actual words. You'll see what I mean in the teaser songs I've listed.

So yeah, have at it! I love song suggestions.