If I were an RPG

So AJ is taking a look at the races and was thinking about how things might look if my World were an RPG. Now that means we’ve been taking a look at character creation. How to keep a single character from overpowering another character is balancing act. Something that all RPGs have to take into consideration. At least you’d think that would be the case. But in most things that is not the case not 100% anyway.

But AJ’s giving it a shot. She’s trying to keep in mind me, and my brood, while giving the world a balanced look.

If you are interested in watching the information unfold, you can check out the google doc.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TGZHkEYChx6OEwZKGaI1DV_eJVT0Oui-bArKb1cE19M/edit?usp=sharing

I’ll share some of the things AJ’s having issues with.

The first part was determining a scale. Is it better to use numbers like in D&D, or maybe a plus minus system like Gurps, or maybe a dot system like in the White Wolf stuff.

But my world isn’t set up like any of those really so AJ has her own scale at the moment it’s a little bit of all of those things thrown in together. Skills that each ‘race’ has is a bit more difficult because AJ isn’t sure what we can all do.

However, she did pick up on one downside to being Ascendant that is the reason behind Prometheus/Poet’s 180. So that was something. It’s all rather fun looking at this in a technical type way. AJ’s not working a D&D number system, more like a ranking system. This is how good you are compared to someone else.

Me I get to be a god – cause I’m the hero. And through me my crew is more powerful – it’s one of the perks of being touched by the umbra! A reason for everything we do in the story explained.

The document is ever changing so go ahead and give it a look comment if you can, I don’t know if AJ set up that way or not (I forget).

Aeternus

Series: World Lore

Classify your race: The Aeternus are one of the First races created, but are not thought to be extinct.

Give a general overview:

The Aeternus are an immortal race with a very small population.

Give them personality traits.

The Aeternus are confident and intelligent but they don’t have the capacity to think outside the box.

Give them a physical description:

The Aeternus look like humans in the real world so as to blend in with humanity. They are born, and age until they are 25 years of age, once they reach the age of 25, they live for another 25 years before they regenerate into a different form.

Describe the clan or tribe:

The Aeternus develop along side the humans in the same regions. They speak the same laugages as the humans in the region. They mix and mingle with them but are not part of them.

Explain the relationship between your race and other races:

The Aeternus believed they were created to watch over all other races. Though there was no ‘divine’ evidence of such a degree. But their immortality saw human history pass them by.

Give your race a History:

The Aeternus are now extinct replaced by a subspecies of their own making. The Aeternus had a job called ‘Venatori’ which was a job for hunting creatures down who violated the rules of the land. The Venatori as an organization saw that their way of doing things without thinking like a human was determental to their jobs so they started a breeding program that incorporated other races in the mix. They bred with humans eventually diluting their immortality to nothing. The Venatori also attempted to breed with vampires but the experiments failed miserably. The Dragons refused to breed with them but a few dragons mated with humans creating netherdragons, of which the Venatori were then able to breed with. These experimentations created magics inside of the Venatori. Eventually the Aeternus tried to eliminate the humanity of their race but in the end they ended their own race when the Venatori slaughtered them without mercy.

Explain your race’s alignments.

The Aeternus are typically aligned with Order.

Explain their religion.

The Aeternus do not have a religion in terms of worshiping a god. They believe they were created to oversee the other races. They believe magic is it’s own entity called the Umbra made up of energy both order and chaos reign in infinite capacity.

Describe your race’s language.

The Aeternus speak whatever language is available in the region as their sole society is integration into the humans,

Explain your race’s physical attributes.

The Aeternus look human.

Think about your creatures’ occupations.

The Aeternus have two basic occupations – Venatori and Scrin. The Venatori were the hunters/police, and the Scrin were the support for the hunters.

Explain how advanced they are

The race itself was not very advanced, but they did have an understanding of the basics of genetics and used it to create a warrior race with magical abilities.

Describe the other civilizations your race interacts with.

Other supernatural races feared the Aeternus. The humans on the other hand do not even know they exist.

Describe your race’s magical or special powers.

The Aeternus only difference from humans were their inability to think outside the box and their immortality.

Come up with population statistics for your race.

The Aeternus had a small population in their peak of existence there was approximately 140K Aeternus worldwide. About 1% of the earth’s population. [At present there is 1 living Aeternus]

Facebook Fridays?

I figured since a lot of you don’t actually follow my facebook page I’d share some of the things I’ve shared in the past. It may not be an every Friday thing, but today it is.

And a little reading. We found this while AJ was actually writing or rather skipping a sex scene (which seems to be the whole front half of the new WIP)

World Lore: Races

So Monday we’ll learn about characters and we’ll move on to World Lore on Wednesday starting with Races. There is a lot of world lore to explore so we’ll start with the basics first.

  1. Choose a race name.
  2. Classify your race.
  3. Give a general overview.
  4. Give them personality traits.
  5. Give them a physical description.
  6. Describe the clan or tribe.
  7. Explain the relationship between your race and other races.
  8. Give your race a History.
  9. Explain your race’s alignments.
  10. Create a map showing their setting.
  11. Explain their religion.
  12. Describe your race’s language.
  13. Describe the adventures your race has had.
  14. Explain your race’s physical attributes.
  15. Think about your creatures’ occupations.
  16. Explain how advanced they are.
  17. Describe the other civilizations your race interacts with.
  18. Describe your race’s magical or special powers.
  19. Think about the history of your race and come up with famous sapients from the past.
  20. Come up with population statistics for your race.

Some of the above questions won’t work for all races and I’m going to treat various parts of the races their own race since there is so much information to go around for it all.

The Races will start off with.

  1. Aeternus
    1. Venatori
  2. Dragons
  3. Primeval Vampires
  4. Humans
    1. Paths
    2. Wiccan
  5. Embraced Vampires
    1. Obsfucation
    2. Domination
    3. Auspex
    4. Incubus/Succubus
    5. Fearmonger
    6. Empath
    7. Elements
    8. Necromancy
    9. Dream Walking
    10. Animal Ken
  6. Therian
    1. Werewolves
    2. Werelions
    3. Werebears
  7. Cursed Vampires
  8. Angels/Demons
  9. Ghosts
  10. Ascendants

source questions

A Penny For your Thoughts

All other Character Interviews

What is your darkest childhood memory?

That’s a loaded question. My darkest memory – there are lots of them. But I think the darkest memory is the one where I lost my best friend in a fire I created because I had a dipshit roommate try to steal him. Mushu died in that fire but the only redeeming thing was the friend I made that night. My dream mushu, my blue eyed boy, the love of my fucking life as it turned out. I only wished I’d thought he was more than a dream back then maybe we’d have been together longer.

What bad habit are you struggling to overcome?

A bad habit that I’m struggling to overcome. I don’t know. Really. I have anxiety with change so that’s always a struggle. I don’t know if I have a bad habit. I’d have to ask someone else, Alex or Ant or something.

Why does your journey matter to you personally?

My journey matters to me because my goal is to find my family – to find love. I get to find my soul mate, and I get to save people. It gives me purpose and I need purpose.

What does a perfect world look like to you?

A perfect world would see supernaturals and humans living together in peace. There would be no hidden wars. Humans might not know we exist but there would be peace.

What smell or scent reminds you of your childhood home?

Baking Apple Pie. And that’s all I’ll say on that.

What is your biggest regret?

My biggest regret is not knowing Alex from my dreams for all the years I’ve dreamt about him.

Who was your childhood sweetheart?

I didn’t have one. If I did it would probably be Alex. But I didn’t know he existed and I didn’t remember him.

What do you fear losing the most?

Myself. I fear losing myself in everything. And part of me is always my family.

Is there a secret spot you like to retreat to? If there is, why that spot?

When I was younger I used to retreat to the roof of the AU building. It was quiet and I could be alone. And I could conquer my fears from the roof. But now I think I go to the beach when I need that spot. That’s where Alex likes to go and where Ant took me. But I don’t really have one now.

Do you have a family member that’s ever let you down? If so, how has that affected you?

My mother let me down once and that was all it took to set my life in motion. She didn’t love me when I became something she hated. Something she feared. I’ll never do that to anyone – not ever.

Are you afraid to be alone?

Abso-fucking-lutely. I like to be alone, but when I think of being alone forever that’s not something I could do.

Are you proud of who you are?

That’s a tough question to answer. I’m proud of who I think I am. I not proud of what I am, or the things I’ve had to do in my life. I try to better myself and be a better person than how I was raised.

What keeps you up at night?

The better question to ask is what doesn’t keep me up at night.

What was your favorite stuffed animal or toy as a kid?

Mushu the dragon from Mulan.

What was your worst injury ever?

Being Venatori I don’t really get hurt to the point of being worst ever, but I did break both my arms after jumping from the roof.

What song makes you think of your crush?

He’s not my crush anymore, but Without You by My Darkest Days.

What was your bravest moment?

I don’t think I have a bravest moment. I’ve done a lot of things I was afraid of, but I don’t consider myself brave. I just do what I have to do.

Who can make you smile no matter how bad you feel?

Alex. Real or dream Alex was always there to make me smile.

What is one thing you always carry with you?

I always carry a full zippo lighter with me. Just in case I need a little bit more fire and a lot to tired to just conjure it.

Who is one person you would never ever want to see again? Why?

Garrett Spencer. But I’ve seen him on and off and will continue to see him. It’s the nature of living in a small community.

What, to you, is the worst way to die?

By fire. Or drowning. But later on in the story any permanent way to die so beheading is probably the worse to die.

You can bring one person back to life. Who would you choose and why?

I don’t know. There is no one who has died that means that much to me, maybe Alex’s Dad so he’d have had a relationship with him. Maybe Alex’s childhood would have been better and he wouldn’t have needed to have the friend in his dreams that never remembered him. I’m not say I want Alex to never have been in my dreams, just not need me to be able to forget so he could keep his own sanity and tell someone the things he did in the name of his mother and for the con.

Is it easy to admit when you’ve made a mistake?

Yes, I make them all the time.

Is it easy for you to forgive others? (Truly?)

No. I’m still trying to forgive both of my parents. I say I have but I know I still have issues with it all.

You’re on your death bed. Who do you want by your side?

Alex mostly, but my family would be great too.

Your childhood bully has grown up to be a philanthropist. Do you praise him and give to his cause? Or do you turn a shoulder to him and scoff?

It would really depend on the cause. If it involved kids I probably would. I wouldn’t intentionally snub any other cause but I don’t have to help either.

Who would you want to raise your child if you die unexpectedly?

If I died unexpectant, Alex, but if we both did I’m gonna have to go with Ryan. He’d be the best equipped to handle them.

Do you suffer from a reoccurring nightmare? If so, what happens in it?

Not anymore but I used to and I’d rather not repeat it.

What do you notice first about a person?

Eyes. Eyes are the first thing I notice when I meet a new person.

Do you find it difficult to praise others?

Not particularly.

Which color do you feel looks best on you?

Huh, a question AJ actually has to think about for me… AJ keeps coming back to a dark rusty colored orange. Brings out the tan from all the sun I get.

What’s your drink of choice?

Black Coffee, then water with lemon

Which parent do you take after more? (If they know their parents)

I wouldn’t know I never knew my parents and I don’t take after my dad really.

What quality about your parent do you admire? Abhor? (If they know their parents)

I idolized my father when I was younger, before I knew he was my father.

Do you wish to be a loner? Or have a family one day? (Or if they already have a family, do they enjoy family life or regret it?)

I like being alone at times to recharge, but I need my family. It took me a long time to find them. I’m not going to give them up easily.

What odd habits or ticks do you have?

I have lots of odd habits, I eat the same thing every week. I get up and do the same things almost every day. I live by my schedule.

Have you traveled to other lands? Or planets, even?

No, I’ve been to Colorado and Las Vegas (once). I’m pretty much a New York City boy.

Do you feel a need to fix or repair problems that don’t directly involve you?

I’d like to say no, but the answer is yes.

How do you view other races or cultures?

With an open mind. I try to understand them because I can’t help them if I don’t understand their rules, their ways.

Do you worry about what the future will bring?

All the time. I worry about a great many things and what the future holds is always a problem.