Medici castle was on a scale that was rarely built on these days. Three hours ride out of Argonia at a gallop, it sat atop a cliff set just in from the sea, proudly overlooking the de'Medici's traditional holdings to Argonia's west. The land had been in the family for generations, and their line could be traced back even further than that. They were a force in politics, a well-worn family name that would come to Argonia's aid when asked and their constant grip on land so close to the city proved that.
However, it hardly made the place more welcoming in the winter. While heavy tapestries were hung up over the windows and fires were stoked at all hours of the day, there was a distinct chill to the air that crept through the walls itself. Torches lined the corridors, their shadows spooking the servant's children as their shirked their duties. The entire affair, outside of the noble's wing, felt much like a
Osi's Guide to RoleplayingOsi's Unofficial Guide to RoleplayingOsi's Guide to Roleplaying7 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
Hi, and welcome to my unofficial guide to roleplaying. ^^ Before we begin, I'd like to point at that I am not, in any way, saying that what I write here is the only, or the best, way to roleplay: I am merely setting up a guide for those who have no idea about how to go about it, or would like some hints on how to improve their roleplaying.
Questions, and suggestions, are both appreciated and loved.
The basics: Style
First off, I'll start with the very basics of roleplaying - the style. There are two main styles of roleplaying:
The first is where you use asterisk to show movement or gesture that your character makes.
eg: *Osi stands on a soap box to address the crowd* Hi, thank you for reading this.
This is usually considered a less formal, or even 'illiterate' (I mean no offence by this term) way of roleplaying, and is usually used in forum chat
10 rules for rping10 Basic Rules for RPing:10 rules for rping7 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
1. No godmodding, even in the slightest. Leave everything open for anything to happen, and then if you're RPing with another good RPer, they will respond reasonably. This means you never control another characters actions, and never make it impossible for a character to get out of a situation. If youve set up a precedent for something and the other RPer can also follow rules, then the RP will go well. For example, having guards come out of nowhere and surround someone to make it impossible for them to get away or fight their way out is godmodding. If however theyve say, infiltrated a castle and youve set a precedent that youve got guards there, then that would likely be okay, so long as you keep things realistic. The guards wont be there immediately, it takes time for them to arrive and respond. And please, for sanitys sake, keep the number realistic. If youre in a castle, you arent going to have 10,000 guards. I
100Q to Develop a Character100 Questions to Develop a Detailed Character100Q to Develop a Character5 years ago in Sketches More Like This
Ever have trouble deciding what side of an argument your character will take? Do you have trouble remembering small details about your character, and often change them accidentally in the middle of a story? Try this list of one hundred questions to solidify your knowledge of your character. Feel free to use this and post it as its own deviation. Just please link it to me in a comment if you do. Try to answer the questions in as much specific detail as possible. This is for you, so there is no use in cheating on it. I would suggest doing two for each character: one for the beginning of your story, and one for the end, to reflect the changes that happen.
1. What is your character's name? Do they have a nickname?
2. Is your character male or female? What is their sexuality? What role does it play in your story?
3. How old is your character? Does their age matter to them emotionally or socially?
4. How tall is your character? Does it affect the
Beginners Guide to RoleplayingIf you type Roleplaying into your wikipedia search bar, it will give you the following result:Beginners Guide to Roleplaying7 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
In roleplaying, participants adopt and act out the role of characters, or parts, that may have personalities, motivations, and backgrounds different from their own. Roleplaying, also known as RP to some, is like being in an improvisational drama or free-form theater, in which the participants are the actors who are playing parts, and the audience.
People use the phrase "role-playing" in at least three distinct ways:
to refer to the playing of roles generally such as in a theater, or educational setting; to refer to a wide range of games including computer role-playing games, play-by-mail games and more;or to refer specifically to role-playing games.The version I'm going to be teaching you is similar to play-by-mail, which already tells you a lot. The easiest way I can describe it is as storywriting, with more than one author. Everyone picks one or more characters to roleplay, meaning your wri
Persephone Thesis: EssayPersephone Thesis: Essay ComponentPersephone Thesis: Essay6 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
"Happy is he among men upon earth who has seen these mysteries!
It is generally accepted among historical scholars that the cult of Demeter and Persephone, or Kore, existed in Greece and the surrounding Mediterranean islands long before the traditional Olympian gods became entrenched. Her origins are Cretan . Like Aphrodite, the mother and daughter goddess represent a matriarchal form of fertility worship in the forms of crops and nature, and through this the cycle of birth, growth and death. This myth, however, has taken hold of imaginations from its evolutions into the Eleusinian mysteries of Ancient Greece, to the paintings of Victorian Europe, to today, each with their own distinctive takes and emphases on the story. Perhaps it is the fact that we know so little about the original tale of Persephone the daughter of Demeter, goddess of fertility, snatched
Character Creation GuideThere are no hard, permanently set rules for creating a character, but there are things that work and things that don't.Character Creation Guide4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
By this point most people are familiar with the term 'Mary Sue' or 'Gary Stu'. They're words used to categorize a particular brand of underwhelming characters. A 'Mary Sue' is just an extreme stereotype example, just as some other terms are. Everyone who knows of them knows how to avoid making one -- or think they know. A character that isn't a 'Mary Sue' is not immediately compelling. The avoidance of the extreme does not mean the character is awesome, it just means they don't suck at the most extreme level.
For all intents and purposes a character is a person separate from their creator. Sometimes a character might be the embodiment of what a owner wants to be or how they see themselves; we call this a self-insert, and this should be avoided. Each character is going to have a different style. Each will speak, think and communicate different from
BLANK 101 Questions OC101 Questions You Should Be Able to Answer About Your CharacterBLANK 101 Questions OC4 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
1. What is your full name? Do you have a nickname?
2. How old are you? When is your birthday?
3. Where were you born? Where do you live now? Are you patriotic?
4. Who are/were your parents? (Names, occupations, personalities, etc.)
5. Do you have any siblings? What are/were they like?
6. What is your occupation?
7. How tall are you? How much do you weigh?
8. What color is your hair? What color are your eyes?
9. What is your race?
10. To which social class do you belong?
11. Do you consider yourself to be attractive? Do others?
12. What is your style of dress?
13. Do you have any scars? Tattoos? Birthmarks? Other unique physical features?
14. Do you have any allergies, diseases, or other physical weaknesses?
15. Are you right- or left-handed?
16. What does your voice sound like?
17. What kind of vocabulary do you use?
18. List three quirks or other defining characteristics.
19. How often do you bathe? Do you wear perfumes?
Hiems RP WorkshopOkay, so the first thing I'm going to go over is mostly mechanics of an RP post. Basically, I'm going to put up a post and dissect it for you to show how formatting works. 8DHiems RP Workshop3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
(SAMPLE POST - DON'T REPLY TO IT) Drake- *he had put out a memo that the strange green substance building up on the pool floors needed to be cleaned up, but it seems like Vlemmy is on vacation again, so he finally gives up and decides to do it himself* *as he approaches the entrance to the pool room, he notices the strange slimy material has leaked past the doors and makes a face* Oh, yeah, this is wonderful… *he drops the mop and bucket of soapy water he'd brought with him, deciding he needs to talk to the other hosts about how obnoxiously absent Vlem always is*
The first thing to notice is that the character's name is bolded at the beginning - this makes it easy to distinguish who's post it is, as well as is much more aesthetically pleasing. It sets
Creating a CharacterSo you want to Create a Character?Creating a Character5 years ago in Profiles More Like This
It's best to start with the basics.
Remember, it's perfectly okay to change your characters' names as you write your story. A character's name could be as simple as a common name, such as Max Reuben, or could be as elaborate as Cecelia Jane Vivian Lily Iris Alexis Thompson. But remember, you want to have a name for your character that can be used conversationally. Max and other monosyllabic names are great, but for you more creative types, just make sure your character can have a nickname, or will just go by one of his or her many names.
Another thing to remember is that, as a writer, your goal is to please at least one person besides yourself. And you're audience isn't stupid. Don't just name a compassionate person a foreign word meaning pacifist or love. It's rather obvious. Same rules apply when you have character types with stereotypical names tacked on, such as a brutish guy named Butch.
Be Creative, but not blunt with the ch
What It Means To Be Scene Christy, you think Scene is nothing.What It Means To Be Scene7 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
You think it's just about,
and the cuts in our skin</b>
Guide To RoleplayTo Be a Good RoleplayerGuide To Roleplay5 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
I wrote this guide because I'm somewhat of a perfectionist. I want to do everything by the book-but sometimes, there is no book to go by. It was a day in the middle of my Winter Break when I decided that I should look for a guide to role-playing; I only found one and it didn't elaborate enough for my tastes.
By no means is this a set of strict rules or even a standard, but this is what I look for in roleplay partners and what almost all of the people that I roleplay with universally appreciate. If you don't like this, I'm not forcing you to read it.
Ia. Roleplay Terms
If you're new to roleplaying, you may not know all of the terms involved. I sure know that I didn't! These are some of the most commonly used ones.
O.O.C./Out of Character: Out of character is something that the person writing the post, not the character, is saying.
Power Playing: Excercising control outside of your respective amount, like controlling other
August 12, 2008August 12, 2008August 12, 20087 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
It is always the old who stay
behind, shambling unsteadily
down uneven stairs, drifts
of wreckage and memory
rising up around them as they
head out onto the streets of Gori
after rocket attacks have made
a quiet of the world. Worrying
their tongues as they calculate
laari against lamb and walnuts,
they fidget with memories fit to untwist
the rebar and shattered concrete
they find strewn across the plaza
and cross themselves as the air
quakes. I hear them, how they give
witness to the sorrow they stand
with on the front steps of a nameless
building. I hear their petitions.
Where would they go, these mothers
of the fathers of the smallest lives,
these brothers of the women who have
sold sour cherries in this very square
every Tuesday but this one?
Where is there to go but down
the uneven stairs and into the square,
looking for a childs blanket or a friend
among the faces of the dead?
On Detailing CharactersOn Detailing Characters5 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
"Your need to tell me absolutely everything, as if every tiny detail were just so integral to the plot, was supremely annoying." You can always tell when an author has gone through many drafts, and when an author has gone through just a few. There are many details that work their way into writing that don't necessarily have to be there. Some of these unnecessary details may offer seasoning to the story---mood, tone, or serve to draw attention to something specific; just be careful, as too much seasoning can ruin the flavor of your soup. You don't want it too bland, but you don't want it too salty, either. This is what makes being a writer nicer than being a cook; you can add more detail or edit superfluous detail out without destroying the piece, whereas a soup might be ruined with too much fiddling. By trial and error, you can find a good balance and I encourage you to experiment this way. To play on one of Gandalf's quotes: "A good author is neither too detailed nor too sparse, but p
Hades and PersephoneThe Dark Divine Chapter OneHades and Persephone4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Asphodel," He yawned, resting his head on his hand. The translucent man before him bowed profusely and left in the direction of the Fields of Asphodel. After two thousand years of the same routine with little to no variation, a person (immortal or not) tends to get a little bored.
The lines seemed a little longer than normal today, or maybe it was they had a bit more difficult cases in them that made them seem so lengthy. Whatever the case, Hades was eager to be done for the day so he could return to his home, feed his three-headed dog, Cerberus and then himself, and retire to his chambers for the evening. That was his routine, as well as his curse. Wake with the dawn, sentence the souls, feed Cerberus and then wait for another day that was exactly like the last seventy-two thousand, nine hundred and ninety five days before it.
When the last of the souls were sorted out and the next boat full wouldn't come f
Persephone and Hades Part III~~**~~Persephone and Hades Part III6 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
I dont remember if I had a dream while I slept just that whatever was going through my mind, kept me asleep for a long while. When I finally regained consciousness I felt dizzy, and disoriented. I let a moan escape my lips and I slowly raised my hand to touch my head, which was swirling around itself. I could feel my fingertips brush my forehead, but they felt heavier, at least one did. I realized I had lifted my left hand; the finger that weighed the most was the one next to the pinky. I gasped and tried to sit up, but it took me all I could to open my eyes and see the diamond ring on my finger. It wasnt a band with a diamond, but a diamond band. Ten diamonds were wrapped around my finger, and they glittered beautifully without any light in the room. I reached my other hand up to pull it off, but it wouldnt budge. I thought you might like it.
On the Northside of TimeOn the Northside of Time5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
It was a good day for the dogs and a bad one for the rabbits. I heard the big black dog howl his chase call through most of the afternoon, sometimes near and sometimes far. His little white shadow yipped along behind him. There were long pauses between yips heard. That little dog had short legs and needed extra wind and effort just to keep up.
The air outside was cool and sharp. The dogs ran under the last autumn leaves I could spot out there, out past the meadow. Some of those old trees in the grove stayed green the whole winter long. Most never did. The hunt through the big grove must have been exciting for the dogs. Not for smaller and younger animals.
The dogs came back when the setting sun put sof
Hades and Proserpina ONE EDITI woke up to darkness, a shimmering canopy above my head, and the distant screaming of lost souls in the distance. It was morning, I knew that. Hades never allowed me to wake until he was sure that the Sirens and the Demons were in for the day. He didn't trust them one bit, although they were designed to do his bidding and to serve him for all eternity. Cursed or not, they were rebellious types. I would be, too, after having to serve the Devil himself for thousands of centuries.Hades and Proserpina ONE EDIT4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Of course, I only had a few hundred more years to wait before I reached that point.
The mangy, three-headed mutt came lumbering over to my bedside. I reached a hand out and smoothed back the fur behind his many ears. He barked softly, licking my hand with one of his tongues.
"Hello, boy. He's gone already, isn't he?" I asked the dog. His dull red eyes glowed dimly, a reminder that he wasn't your average house-pet. As if responding to my question, he whined and sat down next to my bed.
"Get up, Prosp
van buren stthe reflections in the glass monolithvan buren st10 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
are the thoughts of Escher
some new cubist language
for architects and day trippers
with fractal steel zebras
rows of ellipsis yawn sideways two stories
the sun is going down and soon
we will not retrieve this picture of happens to be
painted slick across the sky
7 ideas for beginning writersSuggestion one: WRITE!7 ideas for beginning writers11 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
On the wall above my bed hangs the most inspirational sheet of paper I have ever encountered, and it only has three words on it in big bold letters: "HIT HEAD HERE". That sheet of paper is never far away when I start at a piece of prose, because, should the muse of my mind flutter away, I know I will need a good recourse. I only used it once, though, the day after I received it. When inspiration falters but you still have the urge to write, try anything and everything you can; even writing about washing the dishes is better to one learning to write than not writing at all.
Other motifs, too, I hear repeated time after time again. "Good readers make great writers" is one that I always remember. English teachers tout it to teach their students that there are reasons beyond personal vindictiveness to read Macbeth, and for those few in the back of class, it is opportunity. Anyone who wants to write sho
Hades and Persephone chp.1The high summer air settled down on the fields, golden wheat fields nodding under the heat. At the top of a hill, Demeter watched as mortal men scurried around, trying to harvest the crops before Zeus' storm hit. They did not need to worry about it though; the men had made the proper sacrifices to Demeter, and they would be rewarded with a quick harvest.Hades and Persephone chp.14 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
From behind her, Demeter heard the sound of laughter. She did not have to turn to know it was Hermes and her daughter Kore. Demeter frowned slightly, she couldn't trust Hermes. She hoped Kore would be intelligent enough to not get infatuated, but she was young. Too young for her to approve of their friendship, and Demeter turned from the workers to find her daughter and take her home.
She walked down the hill and and headed into the meadow. Sure enough there on a boulder were Kore and Hermes. Kore was on her back, her light honey colored curls tumbling of the side of the rock. Hermes was sitting next to her, his ever present smile firm
Persephone: Chapter 14Persephone: Queen of the DeadPersephone: Chapter 146 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
After four years of being trapped within the Underworld Theseus was finally freed and upon his return to Athens he found that the only woman he had ever loved had died while he sat motionlessly as our un-invited guest. Knowing that Pirithous plan was foolish, he told no one where he was going when he set off with his old friend, so when he disappeared, those who loved him had no idea where to look, so after a few months they gave up hope of seeing their king again. Theseus lover wasted away for many moons before finally giving into death, hoping to be greeted by Theseus at the gates to the Underworld.
When the king finally returned a great festival filled the streets of Athens. As he walked among the cheering crowds he tried his best to appear pleased to be back home, but in his hear
centre for psychological healthit is three dayscentre for psychological health3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
until march falls again,
false promises of spring
kissing the air
until it begins again
until i feel my heartbeat
find its way
into the oceans
my blood spills,
until i shift,
in a crimson chair
that begs for me releasing;
until i swallow,
and pray for a
tooth of glass,
a jaw of metal, of
My father is Hades - chpt 5DPOV they disappeared into dust, the animals following after them. I sighed and looked down before squaring my shoulders and looking up again "Let's go" I grumbled and walked out of the forest towards the van, though it looked like it didn't fall in a ditch.My father is Hades - chpt 54 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
No scratches like at all, "come on in" Kit said smiling weakly. We got me in the back, I looked at the empty space that was always occupied by Chloe, the weight of her small hand missing in mine made my heart ache. "So uh we go to find Rae right" Tori said trying to clear down the tension from the car.
"Yeah she lives in Colorado" Dad said and drove. During the whole ride it was silent, so silent you could hear a pin drop, looking out the window. I shut my eyes letting the sleep catch up to me.
CPOV when I opened my eyes, I was in a huge castle. The walls were made of stone so was the floor and stairs. A huge fireplace was in the middle casting a beautiful glow to the walls. "Ah home" Scorpio said smiling at me "Well I best be off"
Role-play 1011. IntroductionRole-play 1017 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
Welcome. I've been wanting to do this for quite some time now and only now I found the time and patience to write this. This is supposed to be a guide and help anyone who wants to know how to Role-play, which is commonly referred to as RP. But first, I want to clear up some things. I'm not doing this out of arrogance or to show that I am superior in any way. I've been around the chat rooms and I've seen a lot of people that do not know how to RP. Some of them are newbies, some are n00bs, yet most people in chat rooms don't make any differences between them. Therefor, since no one will help them, I decided to do something about this. It's a general guideline which contains the basis of RPing. You can choose to follow this or not and I hope that it will help both people that don't know how to RP at all and those that need some 'working' on their skills. Also, I do not consider myself the best RPer of the world or God's gift to RPing. I have my flaws, but I also wan