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◥ What is this?
Specifically, this RP takes place aboard a reality-changing cruise ship, captained by the (possibly a bit loony) Captain Redd. It's nice enough, even with the lack of crew, but every so often, things happen. The boat grows wings, monsters attack, eggs rain down from the sky -- anything and everything!
They have also come into possession of a communicator of sorts. Like a little palm pilot, it gives them access to their own page/frequency on Elegante's ShipNET -- like the internet, but restricted only to those aboard the boat.
ShipNET provides them with text, audio & video features and the deck plan.
Your communicator is not breakable, though you can feel free to lose it (it will appear on your bed later).
Posts made to your character journal should be labeled as voice or text, with whatever language is being used (crew can communicate with all passengers regardless). ShipNET automatically translates text. Voice, however, will not be automatically translated.
Unlabeled posts will be assumed to be audio in Common language (recognized by most passengers as English).
Until recently, ShipNET was text/audio only. Video has recently been enabled, but there is a 30 second recording limit, at which point it will automatically cut off.
HACKING: The communications devices can be hacked and locked. However, please make sure to label clearly.
20% unhackable -- the equivalent of programming a microwave. Pretty basic for everyone who comes from modern times.
40% -- programming a VCR. A bit more difficult, and may lead to button mashing for some.
60% -- hacking into my normal little Dell laptop.
80% -- hacking into a more advanced system.
100% -- you're pretty fr34k1n l33t th4r.
Note that, while 100% unhackable means no other passengers will see it, crew will be able to hack it, if they are so inclined. Likewise, crew can make 100% unhackable posts, but REDD will be able to see it all. He's like Ceiling Cat, only not as cute!
◥ What sort of characters can I have?
AU versions of characters cannot be accepted.
Applications are processed on a weekly basis; cut-off time is 6pm EST.
Elegante is a multifandom game, but we DO NOT accept real people (you, Britney Spears, Bill Nye even though that would be awesome). We also cannot take webcomic characters who are real--life avatars of their artists/writers (people from Penny Arcade, for example, would not be accepted).
Historical figures, if they are taken from a fictional account, are fine.
Characters that are dead in their canon are also accepted (and resurrected, naturally)! In fact, characters may be taken from any point in their timeline.
OKAY (could canonically exist side-by-side):
◥ Ocarina of Time Link & Twilight Princess Link
◥ Future Trunks and chibi Trunks
NOT OKAY (could NOT canonically exist side-by-side):
◥ Heartless Riku and normal Riku
◥ Dark Jak and Jak
◥ How many characters do I get?
Concerning apping two characters from the same fandom -- they are generally not accepted, sorry. This is to discourage playercest. If you can make a good case as to why said characters would not interact (so that you wouldn't be playing with yourself), we might let you have them.
◥ What about character powers?
The exception to the rule are powers that would allow a character to leave the ship. Teleportation inside will work; trying to teleport outside causes them to land randomly in the ship. Flight works until you get too far away/high; then you hit the invisible force field and come back down. Jumping overboard will count as a death, and you will reappear back in your room 24 hours later as if you had died.
Also, no matter how hard you try, the ship seems indestructible, although you can throw lamps, expensive cases and cakes all around if you like. Destroyed objects, unless otherwise specified, will reappear after a bit.
We leave it up to players to limit their character's powers responsibly, but if you get stuck, feel free to hunt down Otana (AIM @ flingintoalake) to help you figure out where to start!
If you feel that someone is NOT self-limiting their powers appropriately, please contact Otana (AIM @ flingintoalake). See also the Rules regarding player disagreements.
◥ Can I play a crew member?
You could also ask if the stewardess (youdbettertip) would like some help, but she probably won't let you. She's a bit cranky.
◥ So where will my character stay?
◥ Let's say I get buddy-buddy with someone. Can we share a room?
◥ So my character has this awesome gun and could blow a hole in the side of the ship, and --
If an item doubles as a possible weapon (i.e., spiked clothing, chains, etc.), it will also be confiscated. If it is not a "typical" weapon but is used AS a weapon by the character (i.e. a skateboard that you use to hit people), it will be confiscated.
Weapons that are normally summoned will not be summon-able. Those magically created from pre-existing matter (i.e. Fullmetal Alchemist) will be extremely fragile and very difficult to create.
Spell components for offensive spells will be confiscated. Ingredients solely for defensive or neutral magic are allowed.
"Natural" weapons (tusks, claws) are generally left untampered.
◥ Well what can my character bring on board? What about pets / money / musical instruments?
Animals/pets are negotiable. Please contact a mod.
◥ What about my wheelchair?
◥ SEX? 83
Important: Although this is not IC knowledge (and there are contraceptives onboard), characters CANNOT get pregnant while on the Elegante. Due to plot-specific conditions, it is impossible.
Bringing a pregnant character aboard? Please contact Otana (AIM @ flingintoalake) to see how this will affect them.
◥ What about death?
Of course, there might be other effects as the deaths pile up. As long as your character does not die twice during a three month period, they will be safe. One death every three months will be treated as normal, they'll come back nude as the day they were born, but safe. BUT IF YOU BREAK THIS RULE, THERE WILL BE PENALTIES.
Please contact a mod for details if you want to deal with these death repercussions, since they will differ slightly depending on whether your character is humanoid or not!
◥ But I will come back, right?
◥ BRB SHANKING SOMEONE THEN
If a character throws the first punch in a fight or is provoked into attacking, they will receive a warning for the first instance and a punishment for all further fights. If the first blow comes from the other party, your character will not receive a warning.
Killing merits an instant punishment -- no warnings. The punishment for murder is three days in the brig with a six day punishment.
Speaking of whom, the Captain gets extremely upset when a passenger kills a crew member. Punishments for doing so are generally both extremely unpleasant and lethal.
If your character gets into a fight, please tell the mods! Sometimes we lose track of things and we are unable to track every thread. Busy, busy little ponybees that we are~
NB: the current list of warnings and punishments has been in effect since July 1, 2010.
◥ But wait, my character really likes fighting and wants to spar with someone...
Along those lines, Redd does not need to hear out loud a declaration of intent. He will know without being told (HE CAN READ YOUR MIND OOOOOEEEEEEOOOOOOOO~). That said, this is not widely known ICly, so please ensure your characters discover this accordingly!
Also do bear in mind that murder will always result in brig time and punishment, regardless of the original battle being mutual, or the actual death being mutually agreed upon. The only time this rule is ever flexible is with suicide, or in the case of mod-sanctioned plot events where mercy killings may be required.
◥ I want my character punished a certain way. :3
◥ What about diseases and sickness?
Illnesses brought on by stress or an infected injury however are of course possible, and existing allergies and non-contagious conditions will not be cured upon arrival.
◥ I played here before, can I come back?
Please note, however, that the character will not recall their previous voyage aboard the Elegante. Unfortunately, CR can not be retained once a character has been dropped. If you really do not want to lose your CR but think you may have to drop, please consider consulting a mod regarding an extended hiatus.
◥ My character wants to make a replacement weapon or limb, is this possible?
Replacement limbs are a little more complicated. AMU can produce very good synthetic body parts upon request, please contact Mana (AIM @ manawoof) for details. Resources are limited on the boat and of course, your character canonically needs to have the skill to make and attach such a limb!
◥ But my character is a scientist/mechanic/robotics expert/chemical biologist and could EASILY make a chemical bomb and --
◥ My character can sense ghosts, are there ghosts on the ship?
◥ My character IS a ghost!
◥ My character is visible as human to some people and non-human to others (Wolf's Rain, etc.).
◥ My series hasn't been imported/translated into English, is this OK?
◥ My character has been here for a year, this means they grow up! Right?
It has been mentioned in passing ICly that younger characters haven't aged; however, it's not common knowledge (yet), so feel free to have your character celebrate their birthdays regardless!
◥ Could the bees be lured from Deck 6?
◥ Double PBs?
◥ Sentient animals?
Heck, we've got a seagull.
◥ Dude. I have. THE BEST IDEA EVER. For this game.
Anything else? Ask away!