Saturday, July 7, 2012

Plot Ideas for Maxwell!

a.) Play a woman who's been abducted by a vampire/nest of vampires with plans to either use her as a blood doll or a feast for some terrible monster. She murders the shit out of her captors. What, you thought she was a victim? She don't take that weak woman shit. Problem is, she ain't magic. Max has to come break her out. Maybe afterward she wants to be clued in on all this crazy shit and effectively become a hunter.

b.) Play someone who's purchased a shady book (or perhaps a piece of jewelry?) from a local shop shortly before Max strolls in looking to pick it up. It's a cursed artifact that's going to do some seriously bad shit to whoever messes with it. He finds your character with it, perhaps just as they're starting to suffer some of the consequences. We go from there. Yay! You could also play a worker in the shop who'd really like to know why Max is so keen on finding it.

c.) This one will require group scenes eventually. Play a recently-turned vampire of Maxwell's somewhat uncommon magic-using breed. Their maker was killed shortly after creating them or is otherwise delinquent, so they've fallen under the care of Carmilla, Maxwell's sheriff. Maybe they're getting too nuts with the feeding, maybe they've manifested their powers in a difficult way, but the end result is Carmilla dragging them to Maxwell's house with a shiny new wardrobe and telling him he now has that partner he's been whining about. He grudgingly teaches them how to use their magic, how to control their appetite, etc.. The original plan is that they'll live with him, but we'll see how it goes, huh?

d.) I'm going back and forth on my interest in sexual content being involved in this. It's on the table, but generally I'm uncomfortable with the idea of Maxwell's happy-go-lucky hedonism being fucked over by a less than consensual experience. Good writing and an in-depth writing style's more likely to sell me on that. Play a vampire who's been wronged by Maxwell in the course of his job and captures him to get a little revenge. This generally means he's killed one of their chimeras, but there are any other number of magic-foiling things it could be, so it's up to discussion. The degree and nature of torturous elements is up for discussion. It might not be explicitly torturous at all, just imprisonment.

e.) This one will require group scenes eventually. Also sex. Play someone, preferably a student, who sees a flier or internet ad Maxwell has put up, offering a room in his home at a not-at-all-suspicious 'affordable rate'. They answer, he snoops into their social media and financial records, then invites them over for a tour of the property. This is when he tells them that the 'affordable pay' is the occasional blood donation. Petite characters are not appropriate for this role. I don't care if you make them muscular, chubby, 'curvy' or fat, just don't make them 115 pounds. He's going to want someone he can get a good meal from without endangering their health, and that just isn't the case for petite people.

f.) Play a hunter (of the saving people, hunting things variety) who works a case that Maxwell is sent in to resolve. Maybe it's a monster, maybe it's a nest of so-called feral vampires. Maybe your character witnesses Maxwell clean house, maybe Max 'saves' them, maybe your character sees him walk up and treats him as a threat immediately. Do they warm up to him or start looking into him as their next target? Details are to be decided!

g.) Play a hunter (possibly of the former variety, possibly just a vampire hunter) who gets the better of Max but, for whatever reason, doesn't kill him immediately. Maybe they've figured out he's privy to some 'weird shit' among vampires, maybe they've figured out he's been fucking Dean Winchester for eight months, maybe they hear he's such a domestic little vampire and think they can 'use' him. Who knows? But it'll involve captivity, some mild, unsexualized torture, general antagonizing stuff. Possibly a group scene with Dean later, if that's where you want to take it.

h.) Another Max-as-hero scenario. Play a human freed from a life of enslavement at the hands of another vampire. Max would've come in on another job - most likely killing a chimera that had been used to intimidate the vampire's slaves into compliance - and decided to free them while he was there, as he finds slavery reprehensible. I kind of like the idea of your character not leaving with Max immediately. He'll instead leave them with the means to escape - a secret set of keys he creates from the chimera's corpse, perhaps - and they'll later be driven to do so. Maybe they'll go on to somehow find work or some kind of success without Max doing anything else, and appear months later to thank him. Or maybe they've become so dependent on having a vampire to take care of them that they immediately run to him, and Max has to contend with their weird obedient conditioning. Discussion's good, yeah?

I would totally love if you had some ideas! Bring them to me!

Casual Meeting Places: Low-key bars, lounges, parties, coffee shops, parks, shops (including a supermarket!), even the hot springs, if you wanna be more racy about it. I'm game for a 'they meet and we see what happens' RP in any of those places. Keep in mind that if Max is hunting (or, hell, if you expect a sexual relationship out of it and aren't an always-top male), though, the 'no petite characters' rule still applies.

Things I Like RPing: Witty conversation; hilariously mundane things for a ~creature of the night!!!~ to be doing; scenes with characters who enjoy the kind of music Max plays/used to make; intellectual conversation; enthusiastic, playful, happy sex; uncomfortable moral quandaries about his right to a place in mainstream society.

Things I Don't Like RPing: Sexual/Romantic plots with characters under 16; long-term sexual relationships with characters under 19; sexual or romantic exclusivity; plots with humans who have 'special' blood; plots with humans who have powers; rape scenes; plots with socially isolated characters; sex without context; femboys; unrealistic-looking characters (eg, they'd look corny in a live action TV show).

Note that I can be convinced to play with some of the above in the right context. Some examples: 'Special blood' is fine if it's there for some other reason than attracting Max to your character and is hidden until long after they've developed whatever relationship they've developed; humans with powers are OK if the plot is especially good/they have an interesting personality independent of their power; socially isolated characters are OK if they're hunters; unrealistic-looking monsters/other things that Max is about to kill are OK, but I cannot take them seriously in the long term. A lot of these are just things that are really, really tired RP tropes that have made me one bitter motherfucker.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Cassiel zal'Berei

Playby: Thiago Santos

Full Name: Cassiel Serin zal'Berei
Age: 23
Date of Birth: August 23, 1988 (according to the commonly understood dating system, of course!)
Birthplace: Rensail, Muserae
Hair: Dark brown
Eyes: Brown
Height: 6'1''
Weight: 160 lbs.
Occupation: World traveler; poet
Sexual Orientation: Open-minded
Personality Points: Curious, shy about himself, thoughtful, friendly, moral, slow to anger, compassionate, generally sweet-tempered, occasionally possessed of a savior complex

Background Information

There are two races of humans on Cassiel's home planet of Muserae, the dal'Berei and the zal'Berei; the latter have been gifted with great magical powers, and were chosen as universal ambassadors of good will. They are prepared, from a young age, for the morning on which they will awake in a strange world, which may or may not be hospitable to their kind. They must know all manner of magicks which might protect them from harm, with emphasis on defense rather than offense. Knowing that, by blood, they have great capacity for terrible deeds, their society encourages them to use a gentle hand instead, and approach all conflict with a compassionate heart. They are instructed to introduce themselves as their forename followed by "zal'Berei", in the interest of unity; that name should be associated, around the universe, with persons who have helped to resolve conflict, bolster charity, and otherwise improved the lives of those they meet.

Cassiel, personally, is considered a late bloomer. Though he always performed well in his studies, regardless of their nature, his teenage years came and went without the rite of passage the majority of zal'Berei underwent by the age of nineteen. Having embarked upon his first trip only months ago, he has yet to establish control of this aspect of his powers; most of his travels, therefore, remain entirely random and, more than that, unexpected, though he likes to think he would know how to return to a particular place once he's been there already.

zal'Berei must return home periodically to replenish their strength and, in those times, Cassiel makes his money through poetry and the public recital thereof. This will often inform the things that he does on new worlds, though the opportunity does not always present itself.

Romantically, he has had a number of somewhat casual romantic and sexual relationships, all of them with women. Muserae's society, however, is extremely open-minded, disinclined to demand monogamy, strict gender roles, or sexualities. His options are quite open, for that reason, though he hasn't pursued relationships with anyone other than women, left to his own devices. Away from home, for the time being, pursuing a relationship is unlikely to even occur to him; he'll be too busy getting his bearings in a new place to concern himself with such things. Even so, he is rather responsive to any attention of that sort paid to him.

(Sorry for the scant description; this is a character I haven't fully formed yet, I just wrote this because I'm excited that I've found a new face for him!)