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27 Dec 2016 18:18
Let this year be a lesson to people -- cherish the lives you have and the lives of others, because life by its very nature is frail and mercilessly fleeting.
27 Dec 2016 15:03
shylarah's response resembles the answer I'd give. I'm not sure if you could remove people's instinct to procreate. As for the other debate, I specialize in that sorta thing, but character limit.
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27 Dec 2016 13:18
This would be precisely what I'm referring to when I say 'bias' -- focusing exclusively on questionable positive effects of removing religion while adamantly ignoring all the negative. Bias.
27 Dec 2016 13:01
I do wonder how much of the garbage I keep seeing spewed out of this status bar is born from bias, on the other hand. Agnostic (technically) here, so I don't 'have' bias.
27 Dec 2016 12:54
It 'is' political. The moment you're willing to go against the principles of a belief system in order to achieve a goal is the moment it stops being 'about' the belief system -- like the Crusades.
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Shoryu Magami's Bio

Last Update: January 3, 2017 A.D. (Tuesday)

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The Introduction

Despite my username, I'm not Asian, though I get mistaken for Japanese a bit online thanks to that name and due to my skill/knowledge in fighting games.
In truth, 'Shoryu Magami' is actually the name of one of my primary characters, and it isn't even his real name; it's an alias he uses.
I won't be revealing the character's real name here for the time being, but mine is James; I'll answer to that or to Shoryu.
I'm the mastermind writer behind a project called 'Guardian Ascension' (or 'GA' within my circle), which you'll learn a bit about in this bio.

Here's a basic profile:

Name: James Koutsoukis
Also Known As: Shoryu Magami, Sho/Shor, Sho/Shor of the Mind, Daigo Kusanagi, Boss (among other names)
Birthdate: November 17, 1983 A.D. (Thursday)
Astrological Sign: Scorpio (not that I follow astrology, but it mostly fits me)
Place of Origin: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Ethnicity: Greek/Scottish
Gender: Male
Laterality: Left-handed
Blood Type: A+ (for all you wannabe vampires out there, though good luck getting it)
Marital Status: Engaged (long-distance relationship of 5+ years, and yes we've met in person a couple of times)
Sexual Orientation: Straight

Just as I planned, you've come to my user bio. So, you've stumbled onto my user bio, huh? Depending on who you are, that might be a good thing but it might also be a bad thing. Guess you'll learn that in time. Anyway, I'm known as 'Shoryu Magami' by most people who've met me, on the internet at least, but very few people actually know anything about who I really am, whether it be offline or online, which includes the people who've pretty much known me my entire life. That's not particularly because I've hidden who I am, but more that I spent a lot of my life legitimately forced to not be myself. I don't plan on giving my entire life story on this page, though I might give a lot of it in time, but I've got a rather complicated past; I've also overcome more psychological bullshit than most people will ever be able to imagine. I'm also stubborn and resilient, so don't expect me to go down easily or yield to anything or anyone. I should, on the other hand, point out that my stubbornness is not born from ignorance; you can guarantee I'll back everything I say up with a solid argument and plenty of insight (at least in the eyes of those smart enough to realize that a person's qualifications or education do not determine their wisdom); more than can be said for so many of the wannabe 'debaters' on and off the internet. I'll also understand both sides of a story; even if I have very extreme likes and dislikes, and openly oppose many standpoints and views, I do not believe my actions or words are driven by bias.

I'm also an extreme perfectionist, which is why I'm very detailed and I'll constantly deconstruct and reconstruct my own views, insisting I understand both the subjective and objective of a matter. I've been cited by many as a person who thinks on a very different 'wavelength' to most people, so this does cause me to clash with the majority often. I'm also heavily (almost entirely) self-taught and have no tolerance for those who can't respect that, so don't be surprised if I seldom ever do things 'by the book'. I've got several fields of expertise, including philosophy, psychology, ontology, theology, metaphysics, and literary analysis, as well as the link between all these things with both culture and history. Generally speaking, I write as a philosophy and never merely for escapism, so my work would be considered 'literary fiction' instead of 'genre fiction'. I believe writers should be both storytellers and teachers at the same time. I'm also heavily into strategy, civil debating, and mystery solving. I any I obsess over the things I'm passionate about, and tend to have zero interest in everything else.

Those who've actually come to see a part of who I really am will be able to tell you that the most important thing to know is that I'm incredibly forthright and direct with people, so if you're uncomfortable with someone saying it exactly like it is when they see through something, or being rather open about their world view or past, you should probably get off this page. If you're cool with my honesty, then maybe we'll become friends. Who knows? I don't count many people as actual friends, not because I don't care about other people (I do, quite a lot), but because I'm not that easy going. Oh, I'm also known for typing walls of text (not planning on watering myself down - or dumbing myself down to be specific - for people either -- I already filter my massive stream of consciousness enough as is since I'm the type who has too many thoughts for their body to keep up with their mind), so if that's a problem I also recommend you go elsewhere. I'm rather sarcastic too (if you've ever heard of the trope 'Deadpan Snarker', you can probably have an idea what to expect from me based on that), but that's usually not something I express too well on text, at least not all the time; my sense of humour is also known to be quick-witted and clever. You really need to speak to me over voice chat, or directly in person, to fully pick up on that, though I don't really go out that much so voice chat is probably more likely (plus, you know, the whole long distance thing). Another appropriate trope for me would be 'Sophisticated As Hell', since my dialogue shifts significantly between speaking like an old-fashioned philosopher or a scholar to swearing my mouth off when my mood turns foul (which can happen pretty damn easily at times, though it depends). Sometimes I'll be insightful and articulate yet still toss out some bad language. I'm also a very psychological person in nature, so expect me to read into everything heavily.

If you're still reading, I guess I'll start by pointing out that I don't smoke, I don't drink, I don't do drugs, and unlike most Australians I don't give a shit (did I mention that I swear a lot, because I do) about football. Yeah, that's right, you heard me, I'm one of those insane people who lives life drug-free (the closest thing I have to a bad habit of this type is I drink too much coke), because, if you weren't up to date on how society works in the modern era, there's apparently something wrong with you if you hate alcohol and don't want to be within a mile of anyone stuffing tobacco down their lungs (if you want to slowly kill yourself, at least don't take other people with you with the second-hand smoke). I'll admit this attitude people have is more common towards people who don't drink though (screw social conformity, I'll keep my brain cells and common sense thank you very much). Actually, I find talking with someone when they've been drinking pretty uncomfortable, and being anywhere near someone while they're smoking is really irritating. Oh, and I don't think drugs open people's minds either like a lot of addicts seem to think (I prefer to use my own mind to achieve higher states of thought, not delude myself with toxic influences); all they do is hurt people, and people really do underestimate how many lives have been ruined by them. So yeah, keep all that crap away from me. Of course, if you need something like that for medical reasons I'm not going to think there's something wrong with you, and I do believe if people can use something responsibly then it's okay; if they can use it responsibly, which I know barely anyone who do. Also, I have more respect for people who try to overcome their problems without drugs rather than depending on them; that's precisely how I've lived my entire life. If the person needs to do it slowly, I'm fine with it; the important thing is they actually fight.

The irony is the way I get stereotyped for how I look; despite everything I just told you I constantly have people assuming they can buy drugs off me, or police assuming I'm up to something. Can't walk into a chemist for pain medication without them assuming I'm a drug addict either. On a similar subject, the one time I ever travelled on a plane (to meet the aforementioned fiancΓ© I have), I actually got singled out and stopped at every checkpoint by security, pretty much solely based off my appearance; people are so cute when they're short-sighted. If you haven't been able to work out the obvious from all of this, I've got absolutely no respect or tolerance for people who assume they know shit about me without actually taking the time to know me, so if you're one of these people then you should probably get off this page as well. I won't put up with any sort of disrespect nor do I make a habit of giving a damn what other people think, and if you talk down to me you will definitely get on my bad side hastily (believe me, you don't want to get on my bad side, you really don't), so think twice before underestimating me or having a superiority complex. Save us both the headache if you can't be respectful and just leave. I really have no time for any of that internet drama, and trolls are pathetic in my eyes. You won't be able to intimidate me, so if you've got some issue with me I suggest you piss off.


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Interests & Disinterests


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Style of Role-playing

Since this is one of the focuses of the site, more will come here soon (including information about my history in role-playing and my style/genres/preferences). For the time being I'll just make a point that I'm a 'high advanced' role-player based off how we're classified on this site. I'm willing to write with people who're at other levels, to an extent -- I won't water down my own writing but as long as my partners offer quality then the quantity is meaningless, though a certain quantity is needed to achieve quality. I generally write in the third person and prefer others do the same, I'm known for writing a lot when I'm on a roll, and when all is said and done I place huge priority on detailed plot and in-depth internal characterization. While I've made a point of my level as a role-player, the one weakness I believe I'm still working on is my punctuation and a few basic issues with grammar -- I never really had anything resembling a conventional education, so almost everything I know is entirely self-taught. When I joined this site, I made very little effort initially to maintain consistency in my OOC writing, but I've been making more of an effort since starting IC posts. I'm not going back to edit all my past OOC posts (I'll edit a few, such as the introduction posts of my OOC threads and things like character sheets), but I'll be more consistent now apart from some experimenting as I settle on my ideal style. I'm also a writer before a role-player, so my priority will always be solo writing and acting as a GM, rather than playing in other people's role-plays.

Most of my passion for writing/role-playing stems from my passion for my 'Guardian Ascension' project (meaning you won't see me role-playing very often at all outside of it unless some particular idea comes into my mind that I want to play with or use as an experiment, or a specific idea I'm interested in - that doesn't work in my setting - presents itself). I usually dislike fandom role-playing (I also think it takes a lot more skill to get people interested in an original role-play than it does to do so in a fandom role-play that will naturally attract flocks of fans automatically), and tend not to like writing other people's characters (or having other people write mine) or characters from licensed works (it isn't that I can't write them, but I don't consider it a good practice), but I'll make certain exceptions to writing in fandom role-plays at times if I've got nothing better to do.

Role-playing isn't my priority as a writer, but I'll still be engaging in it a bit if I remain on this site. You won't see me join other people's role-plays often, though I might make exceptions with that like the fandom role-play rule. I'm ultimately a GM at heart and rarely a player (for several reasons -- one of which is I'm a leader at heart and never a follower) - subsequently having many ideas in mind for role-plays I could host on this site - and my extremely heavy workload with my main project means I'll need to keep the amount of role-plays I'm involved in limited, especially when they invest a lot of my time. I could be willing to Co-GM if someone has an idea that interests me. Generally speaking, I don't trust other people to get the job done as a GM, and I also find that my creativity and possible contributions can be too overwhelming for most GMs, making it problematic and unenjoyable for me to simply be a player (I can't tell you how many times I had to pull out of a role-play because the moment I came up with a character a flood of NPCs/settings/concepts/plots/et cetera came into existence at the same time). I also find my characters tend to be 'too powerful' or 'too complex' (I use these terms because something being powerful or complex is entirely subjective) for most conventional role-plays, since I usually work with very in-depth and complex ideas instead something that would be considered more mainstream.


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These are the people on the site who are close to me or have some sort of connection to me:

{Those I've known before joining RPGuild, and subsequently wouldn't be here if I hadn't joined.}

@Ailyn Evensen
Amanda Christensen; my fiancΓ© and soul mate. Still enduring a long-distance relationship (she's from America, you do the math), and we've been doing so for over five years, as I've already mentioned, which actually makes our relationship stronger than most relationships that don't have to deal with being oceans apart, or those who do for that matter, or most married couples of countless years. We've met twice in person and subsequently spent a few months living together. I met her through role-play forums, which is one of the reasons I still think so highly of them despite the rather mixed experiences I've had over the years since I started involving myself with them. She's been writing and role-playing with me since we met (something I truly miss whenever it isn't happening since the connection between us is special; she's one of the two most enriching people I've written with), and is essentially the only person whose currently allowed to really collaborate with me on the official workings of my 'Guardian Ascension' project, mostly providing a muse and by having influence on some of the female characters in the story; she might also be adding some characters in eventually. Since I'm more or less the 'genius with countless ideas every moment but an inability to organize them since his body cannot keep up with his thoughts' type, she also assists me with the more methodical aspects of my project in terms of managing some of the information sorting and note storing (we're currently working on a database, but it's a long journey).

She also has an online store, which I'm going to advertise here: The Crafty Cosplayer

I didn't actually meet this guy through role-play forums, but instead we met over an online server for a fighting game on the PS3; Soul Calibur V (easily the best 3D fighting game out there and leaps above its predecessors, though I'm a 2D fighting game player at heart) to be specific. That happened roughly several months to a year or so after the game's initial release, so presumably somewhere in the midst of 2011 A.D. or 2012 A.D. possibly. He quickly became a part of my circle soon after, and we've discussed a lot of philosophy and other intellectual topics. He's one of the supporters of my 'Guardian Ascension' project, and also one of the people most privy to knowledge about it over roughly the last five years. Does a little bit of writing too from what I can tell, but we haven't role-played in any depth. He's the only person (to my knowledge) on this site besides Amanda who I've met in person too, so I guess that's worth mentioning here.

We've known each other online for just a little over ten years (several months after I started my text-based role-playing career), and they've been a part of the circle of people who role-play using my 'Guardian Ascension' setting for roughly that same length of time, though it's been on and off due to various issues with technology forcing me to need to take periodic hiatuses from the role-play scene. A lot of talk has gone on between us about the project as well, although admittedly they're not really up to date about the developments that got fleshed out and revealed in the last five years or so. Still, they're a supporter my work and we've had plenty of discussions over the years.

Some asshat I don't know at all. She's my sister (literally; not just some metaphor), so obviously we know each other not just off of the site but also in person. One of the people who I used to GM stories for back in my younger days, and she naturally knows a bit about my 'Guardian Ascension' project too (though we haven't spoken about it in any great depth for several years). We have a tendency to talk complete bullshit at each other a lot of the time, and we've got a lot of inside jokes; however, it's usually best to assume we're joking with each other instead of having a genuine argument -- most of the time anyway. She's completely new to online role-playing, but she's taken part in stories I've created in the past (as stated previously). She draws too, like me (though I haven't drawn in ages), and plans to do video game streaming in the near future.

@Special Mention
There's another guy I'd have really liked to include here with the people in this area, but he's not part of this site. Pretty much a very good friend and associate who I met pretty soon after registering to the first role-play forum I ever joined ('The Light Within', which I registered at over ten years ago), and one of the main people who helped me when I created each of my own role-playing forums. A lot of collaboration and discussion has gone on between us, and he's role-played using my 'Guardian Ascension' project (and been a big supporter of my work) more than anyone besides arguably Amanda, and he understands my project and concepts on a deep level that allows him to role-play and collaborate with my setting in ways that very few people could ever hope to match. In many senses, this guy is my soul brother; we've had many great chats and grown together, and the role-playing and discussions between us have been amongst the most enriching and meaningful in my entire life. He's been through a lot of tough times like I have, and it's due to one of those tough times that we barely even send emails to each other these days let alone get back into the good old times; something me (and Amanda since meeting him) miss a lot. There's several other people I could bring up from my circle, but this guy has a special place to me. Perhaps one day he'll get an official entry here, but for the time being this is the best I can do to commemorate our bond. If you read this, wherever you are and whatever you're up to, Francis Vaillancourt (a.k.a. Drake Akeron), my long-standing tovarish... this post is for you and our brotherhood, mate. I hope to hear from you again sometime soon, bro.

{Those I've known since joining RPGuild, some of which now know me off the site.}

(For a few reasons, I've decided to completely clear out my list here in terms of people I've met through the site (apart from the 'GRG' crew). This is mostly due to extreme inconsistency with some of the people I'm in contact with, who may or may not have really belonged here. I'll let the coming year of activity decide who truly belongs on this list -- assuming I actually stick around the site. Seems like a better idea than leaving a list full of people who might not even belong here. Due to that, I'll be removing everyone for now -- even those who I know should be here. Those who'd like a spot can contact me about it, and if we're actually friends I'll include you. I've also removed my entry about the 'Spam Forum Games Crew', since I'm really not that active there anymore and I don't even know how many of them deserve to be mentioned. Most who do communicate with me outside of it anyway. No one who got removed here should inherently think we've got a problem, but I don't feel comfortable listing people for now, and those who make no effort to actually be my friend won't get put here. I'm not interested in people who're in things for a free ride.)

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Contact Details

For those of you who'd like to get in touch with me off the site, I'm leaving some of my details here; however, if you don't tell me who you are on this site when you try to add me then I probably won't accept the invitation, so keep that in mind. This isn't all my possible contact information, but it's what I'm listing for now. Anyway, here does:

PSN: Shoryu_Magami
(I'm fairly easy to contact through here)

Skype: solitaryangel1983
(usually always running on my phone, so it's easy to find me)

Yahoo IM: shoryu_magami
(I'll be on this more often once I've got my new PC)

Facebook: James Koutsoukis
(barely ever on this, but it exists)

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My IC Threads

This is a list of the threads where I'm part of the IC. Any threads that I joined or took part in the OOC with (even got characters posted/accepted for) but never actually stuck around for the IC to happen (or decided to leave eventually) won't be included here. Here's goes:

{Role-plays where I'm the GM.}
{Still Accepting Registrations}
(Mystery, Psychological, Thriller, Drama, Horror, Supernatural, Contemporary Fantasy)
Character(s): Leonard Christian-Walker, NPCs

{Role-plays where I'm a player or it's a 1x1.}

Dissidia Dreams: A Final Fantasy Adventure
(1x1 that turned three-way; I've got enough creative liberty to be a GM)
Character(s): Firion, Emperor Mateus, Cecil Harvey, Golbez, Exdeath, Terra Branford

Subjects Outraged! King Fails to Protect the Realm!
(1x1; Unranked Arena Battle)
Character(s): Abel Rosicrucian

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Noteworthy OOC Threads

Library of Souls {Character Sheets}
This is a list of character sheets I've used on this site. Assume that I won't be putting up the characters from my 'Guardian Ascension' project into this thread -- it's exclusively for other characters I introduce into one of the role-plays on RPGuild, whether I ever actually took part in the IC or not. Unless specified I'm using the format and templates they were accepted with in their respective role-plays, but chances are I'll upgrade them and add more of my own details since I could easily see myself migrating characters from one role-play to another, with likely edits including information more appropriate to whatever setting I'd imagine them being native to. Some characters here will likely also be connected, since I'll add sheets for related characters; whether these related characters were ever accepted into a role-play (or even revealed, for that matter) or not. This is mostly due to my penchant for extensive detail and complexity, meaning I seldom make a character sheet without building an entire world around them. Subsequently, I could easily imagine myself running a role-play centred around each of these characters and their concepts.

<Insert Name; Will Edit Once Not Busy> {Hang-out Thread}
The PM system and C-box on this site are less convenient (in some ways) than those on the role-playing forums I've run before, so I've decided to create this thread as a way for my contacts to get in touch with me easier when what they have to say isn't something private. It's also a place where those who know me can meet each other, although several of you already seem to know one another from before I came along. The thread is for people who know me, or people who'd like to. If you come in just to cause problems, I'll deal with you without hesitation (so keep the internet drama/trolling out of there and go get a life). Oh, and I'm probably leaving the title as it is (since I'm always busy). Serious and casual discussions will happen here, and possibly some talk about my 'Guardian Ascension' project.

Who is the Murderer? {Game}
Basically, this is a game I've made a tradition of including in all of the role-playing forums that I've ever run. Since this place lacked the thread, I took it upon myself to change that -- now I'm the official overlord host of 'Who is the Murderer?'. You're welcome to join up here whenever you want if there's an open slot in the current or follow-up game, so come and entertain me with your psychological peril have fun. Just make sure you read the rules in the introduction post first or I will fucking murder you. The open slot counter in the opening post only applies to the first game, so look for the start of the current game by reading the thread, or just ask me if there's a slot open still (preferably using the thread itself, rather than sending me a PM -- the PM system on this site is a bit too cluttered). I'm only going to allow people to register for the game currently in place at the time and the one preceding it, not the ones that come next.

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Guardian Ascension

'Guardian Ascension' is an original work that's Β© of me (James Koutsoukis), including all of its characters/plots/concepts/setting/et cetera.

For those of you who come to my page, you should consider this what I probably view as the most important entry of this bio. That's one of the reasons why it's going to take a long time to finally put information up here. This project is my life's work, and the source of most of my inspiration and passion for writing (and subsequently role-playing as well), but I'm not going to write anything about it here until I'm in a little bit better of a mind state. It's not an easy project to summarize, but it's more of a 'literary fiction' of sorts as opposed to simply being 'genre fiction', and it's highly rooted in my own philosophy, experiences, beliefs, views, insights, life, et cetera. In a very real sense, I consider this project to be the embodiment of my soul. I'm known for being fiercely passionate and protective of it, and it's difficult to know me as a person at all without coming to know my story too.

Expect more here in the future, but it'll take a while for me to be satisfied with this section and I probably won't fill it in until I have time to give this whole bio a nice overhaul. My fiancΓ© actually has, in her own words, 'a hell of a time explaining it' whenever her friends ask about this project, despite the fact that she's been involved with it for over five years now. If that doesn't give you an idea of how complex this project is, I don't know how to help you.

There are plans being made to create a discussion channel dedicated to the project in the future, possibly using Discord.


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Significant Quotes

If you haven't worked it out from my post signature, I like keeping a collection of quotes that I find relevant to my life, my world view, and my 'Guardian Ascension' project. I'll be putting a list of some of them here, at least until I get around to putting up some fitting quotes from my own story, which would be my preference. For the time being, I'll just be putting up the ones from my signature, especially since I'm planning to eventually have a signature centred more around my work, but the quotes I put up here might change or I might add more of them.

"The souls that God has given us, our spirits.
Our spirits, which found a way to swim through the immense network and live in the infinity of space.
Is not the human body a mere shell, a form of existence all too small and weak for consciousness with such vast reach and potential?"
Dr. Londes (Cowboy Bebop)

"But you must always remember that the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."
Alucard (Castlevania: Symphony of the Night)

"When you're in the darkness, you only sink deeper into it. Keep the light shining."
Kenzo Tenma (Naoki Urasawa's Monster)

"Is there an indelible line dividing sanity from insanity, or do they change, one into the other, at the slightest turn of events?
We'll find out, soon enough, that the world itself is insane."
Vincent Volaju (Cowboy Bebop: The Movie)

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I am enjoying it very much!

Once time catches up as well I'll have my character head to the estate.

Good to know, and that makes sense. I'd have sped up time for us a bit more, but we're still expecting a few more people to register.

Lucia is happy to wait at the airport for a while if it means that she's found the correct spot. I think I'll have a short post that has her ready and waiting at the meeting spot when it's closer to the meeting up time.

That makes sense. Just make sure that you post IC when the time reaches whenever she'd arrive there. Basically, I want to keep things chronological. I don't want someone else to post their arrival before you, and then you do a post in the IC stating she was already there waiting, because realistically that previous poster might've reacted to your presence there. So whoever posts being at the meeting point first is to be considered actually being the first to arrive there. That's essentially the point of my last update.

Lucia arrives at the airport.

Charges her phone.

Stares at it and struggles over the decision to phone that totes hottie for the next eight hours.

Lol, given how Paula thought he was handsome, does this mean that we've got another harem starting?

@Aewin@Pudding@Melo@Ailyn Evensen@Snagglepuss89@tsukune@Shadow007@Eidolen@MayLien@Heap241

Various bits of work for the project are currently being done in the background as I organize my PC, and more status updates will come as those get sorted out more. I'll officially make a point that it'll probably be a little bit under two weeks before the real phase of the role-play commences -- give or take a bit depending on how long it takes registering the last few people I'm expecting to join.

For now, I've decided to give you another little update regarding character portraits. Some of this was brought up on Discord, but I'm mentioning it here for everyone.

I might've normally wanted everyone to include a portrait at the start of their posts, but earlier in the OOC I chose to give everyone freedom with regards to how they formatted their headers outside of the requirement of listing location and character name. Nevertheless, even if we don't include character portraits as map icons on our map and choose to list people's locations in that section of the OOC differently (some discussion took place regarding this), there's still other reasons I wanted everyone to have a portrait. One of them was for aesthetic purposes (think of the portraits as being like what would come up if your opened the menu in a video game and looked at the party or character entries), another was due to a picture 'The Cast' will receive upon the official start of the role-play, and there's also a few 'gameplay mechanics' where having them is useful.

With this in mind, I've decided to give you an example of what these character portraits might look like if we don't use the circle ones that Ailyn gave examples of earlier. I was thinking these portrait-style icons would fit the aesthetic of the role-play. Though not my only inspirations, the style of art used in was keeping in mind the styles of menu screen/portraits/et cetera used in games such as Shadow Hearts, Koudelka, and Shadow of Memories. I suppose ask me if you're curious about specifics regarding that, but I had other reasons for wanting this 'feel' as well. Anyway, I've decided to use Conrad as the basis for this example, but do keep in mind none of this is the final product and I'm looking for thoughts/opinions. Keep in mind that all the portraits will be relatively uniform if I have my way.

Here goes:

Sorry I couldn't get on yesterday, I was at work until eleven, but yes I am still in this.

No problem. You should check out the Discord chat at some point, since a lot of communication goes on there now.

Also, the most recent post from me gave you something to respond to.

I'm not going to post again yet as I don't have anything to post with until the time catches up to Tatiana. I am reading all the posts as they come up though!

Makes sense, and hopefully you're enjoying it all.

Since you brought up time, I think another update is in order.

@Aewin@Pudding@Melo@Ailyn Evensen@Snagglepuss89@tsukune@Shadow007@Eidolen@MayLien@Heap241

Status update:

  • The posts involving NPCs should be giving you all a decent idea of time, and with this in mind I'd like you all to keep time on your thoughts with regards to the escort. Specifically, for those of you who plan on taking the escort near the airport, I'd appreciate you posting IC confirming your arrival at the meet up point (which was elaborated on to some extent in Eidolen's post) at the time that you deem appropriate that your character would arrive there, even if it's several hours before the escort actually appeared. This is due to me wanting the order of you all encountering each other there to make sense chronologically.

    For those of you not taking the escort, this isn't as relevant to you, but you should still keep realistic track of the IC time and start writing your character heading for the estate appropriately. Keep in mind that the letter doesn't specify there being a problem with you arriving after the escort arrives at the estate, but you should still work towards being there at a reasonable hour since you characters don't know if the estate will close at some point.
I think it's just actually better, or rather quicker, to communicate ideas through voice chat programs than in the forums. I know you've mentioned me in a previous post that I don't use the OOC here as much because I mostly talk to you whenever regarding my status or if I need help on the fly over Skype. Usually when I work on things, I rather have an immediate voice so I can keep my creative pace going, much like working on my profiles with you. Not to mention we talk about silly little things too. Luckily enough, I do have a discord account, so I may hop on that program whenever I get the chance.

Yeah, it makes sense. That's why I figured I might as well do it, and the result's been good.

Cheers to everyone who's confirmed their presence here still, whether in the OOC or in the Discord chat.

@Aewin@Pudding@Melo@Ailyn Evensen@Snagglepuss89@tsukune@Shadow007@Eidolen@MayLien@Heap241

Status update:

  • Old Man's CS has been added to the 'NPCs' section, but - unlike previous NPCs - his CS is intentionally using a more incomplete version for the time being. It'll be updated in the near future, either as a result of the actions of those who interact with him or due to me simply deciding that it's okay to include certain things. Exactly what information should have been left secret was a bit more complicated on his end. Since he's also the first NPC to not introduce himself upon first appearance, his name is also being left unknown.

  • Another update post concerning portrait/map icons will be coming sometime soon.
Outdoor Setting of a CafΓ© in Central Paris | April 14, 2012 (08:17 AM)

β™« 10,000 Bullets (Tsukiyo ni Saraba) OST - Target

"'Physician-scientist'...? That makes sense..." Lawrence thought to himself as Olivia introduced herself to him.

Admittedly, he was not used to the idea of a doctor wearing their coat unless they were working, and - considering this young woman had just made it clear that she was a tourist - he did wonder why she basically looked 'on the job' when she was clearly here on some sort of vacation -- unless she was on work overseas or something. It was always possible that her outfit just looked like a scientist coat, but now that she had actually confessed to being a doctor it made that seem a bit less logical. He had a few ideas in his head, but in the end it was hardly important. It was always possible this Olivia woman was just a workaholic or something anyway.

The expression on Olivia's face upon seeing the photograph immediately told Lawrence that she knew who this person was, but then that was not exactly an amazing lead or anything and subsequently never really caused him to even give a reaction beyond making note of it mentally. Her reactions that followed also made it clear that she - like all the others who Lawrence had shown this picture to, in all honesty - agreed that locating them as soon as possible was important. This meant that Olivia would most likely help him, and her following words did indeed confirm that. She seemed like an earnest young woman, from what Lawrence could make of her. He was going to scratch the back of his head again and comment about her referring to Paris as 'messy' with a smile on his face, but she kept talking so he just listened to her.

With a friendly smile, Lawrence waved his hand at the doctor to say farewell, "You too, and thanks a lot -- I appreciate it."

Turning around, Lawrence walked over to Colleen and sat down at the table where she was eating, pulling out his own burger and taking a bite of it after closing his briefcase. They had managed to make fairly decent progress with networking around Paris thus far, but had not directly made contact with the person they were looking for. It was only a matter of time though, since their target would be unable to stay off the radar forever.

"This is boring..." Colleen said after a minute or so.

"I know it is, but you can put up with it." Lawrence replied sternly, though he still sounded calm, "Based on our Intel, they are definitely still in Paris, so if we keep this up it won't be long before someone sees them... Also, if we continue to show the photograph at hotels and ask the usual questions, eventually we'll hit the jackpot unless they're not sleeping at one." he continued, taking another bite from his burger.

"Yeah, okay..." Colleen replied, shrugging apathetically, as if it really did not bother her one way or another if they kept this up or did something else. One might even have argued that she was mostly just complaining about the boredom for the sake of conversation or something.
British Themed CafΓ© | April 14, 2012 (08:43 AM)

β™« 10,000 Bullets (Tsukiyo ni Saraba) OST - Joni Scott Club

Paula, or rather Paulette Holly Ashworth, was about to make another point that her old boss was a jerk when she noticed a short young woman - who could only really be described as being like a mouse, immediately resulting in Paula thinking she was cute and wanting to strike up a conversation with her - who looked more or less like a teenager to her.

Apparently she had almost bumped into this girl as she stormed into the entrance of the cafΓ©, making me also want to come right out and offer an apology -- feeling super guilty about making such a scene in front of someone seemingly so timid. It probably would have translated to something like a sheepish smile and a bow as she said she was sorry for making such a ruckus, possibly offering to treat her to something as a way to make it up to her, but before she had a chance to even open her mouth the girl was taking her leave after quickly saying farewell to a man that she could only assume was her acquaintance. Paula did not recognize the girl or the man she was addressing, so they might have been tourists -- on the other hand, Paris was a large city. It was the girl's accent that made Paula think she was a tourist.

"Bummer... I thought I could make a new friend..." Paula thought to herself, her eyes seemingly pouting slightly as she tilted her head a little bit for a moment.

Not only was that girl adorable, but she was British too from what Paula could tell -- she had so many questions she wanted to ask about her father's homeland. She would have tried to stop her and insisted on at least saying hello to the girl, but she left so abruptly and seemingly adamantly that Paula was sort of stopped dead.

Pretty quickly, her perky attitude popped back up again, having brought her attention back to the man who the girl had said farewell too. She immediately noticed how handsome the guy was, even if he seemed a bit underweight for someone so tall. Even so, his looks sort of had her bouncing around in daydream mode for a moment, and she wondered if he might be British as well. She could vaguely make out the way he said farewell in French sounding like his accent was British, and since the girl had said good bye to him in English he presumably understood it.

Paula did not exactly fancy herself as a master of deduction or anything, but two and two sort of just fit together in her head with what little information she had. Either that, or it was just what she wanted to think, but her mind was telling her he was British too. They got a lot of British tourists in this place; some of whom appreciated the cafΓ© and some who were offended by 'Boss' and the others for having such terrible British accents -- Paula usually joked at them for that when she was still working in the place, overemphasizing the 'Guv' as if mimicking the others and then winking at the English tourists because she was sure they would get the sarcasm.

Ready to strike up a conversation as she saw the man standing up and putting a bill on the table, Paula was about to open her mouth again when she suddenly got stopped dead again; however, it was for an entirely different reason this time. Something about the look on the man's face as he was leaving the place - seemingly in a rush - was sort of terrifying. Perhaps his pale complexion could have been explained by the fact that he seemed a bit underweight and therefore arguably frail - making Paula want to treat him to something too and help out with that - but the look in his eyes said otherwise. That look was frightening for some reason, as though the man had just seen a dead body or something had put him in a state of shock. It sort of completely took the wind from her sails until it was far too late for her to say anything. Snapping out of the surprise, she turned to call out and ask him if he was alright, but the man was already long gone. It made no sense to assume he was following a girl he had just said farewell too, unless he realized he forgot to say something. She had no context, but something really seemed to be bothering that guy, whereas the girl who left prior simply seemed shy given all the stuttering.

"You alright there, Paula...?" the man called 'Boss' said.

Coming out of the sort of haunted feeling she picked up for just a moment, Paula turned her attention back to the middle-aged man, "... Uh, yeah -- I'm fine!" she said with a smile, trying to shake off that feeling.

Part of her wanted to follow that guy and find out what was wrong, but he looked like he wanted to be alone and Paula knew she had a habit of invading people's personal space by being a little bit too open and friendly sometimes. Really, she just wanted to make everyone feel welcome and be as approachable as possible, but sometimes her behaviour had the opposite effect. It was something she never really understood.

"Usual, right?" the owner of the cafΓ© said, already knowing the answer and starting to get some 'builder's tea' prepared for her.

"Yup!" Paula said, smiling and walking over to the counter like a happy kid waiting for breakfast.

It was at this point that Paula noticed the short albino boy who was about as cute as the British girl who had run off previously. Paula sort of went into excited mode again at the prospect of making another friend, even if this particular person did not seem outright British to her. His appearance made it difficult to tell how old he was, but she would have guessed a young teenager if she had to, probably only slightly younger than the stuttering girl from earlier. His ethnicity was also difficult to work out due to him being albino, but she was getting 'Eurasian' from him -- people of that blood were known to have a very distinct appearance to them that really made them stand out. It was only a hunch, but when you spent as much time around tourists as Paula did you got a knack for these things.

Not wanting to scare off another potential friend, since this boy looked a bit timid as well, Paula tried to work out if he could understand English, even if there was really no information she could use as the basis for that guesswork. He had a bewildered look on his face that made him look confused, but that could easily have just been due to her energy taking him off guard when she arrived.

"Um... hello there?" she said in her usual friendly tone, "Bonjour...?" she continued after a moment if he did not seem receptive to English.
Somewhere in Central Paris | April 14, 2012 (09:18 AM)

β™« Baccano! OST - Nise Orchestra no Kanbi na Hibiki

From the moment Conrad had walked into an isolated street, someone had been watching him...

Perhaps it was because the short-lived author had been too occupied with the torment going on in his mind, or it was entirely possible that it had been deliberate, but he had disappeared out of the more bustling tourist area and stumbled into a place where he was - at least to his initial knowledge - alone. Nevertheless, another figure's eyes had been watching him from the moment he appeared, noticing the discomfort on his haunted face until he finally stopped due to what could only be presumed to be running out of breath. The thirty year old man was clearly trying to escape something, literal or metaphorical, and the stranger who had been watching had not failed to take notice of this.

"That look in your eyes just now, boy..." a gravelly and somewhat deep male voice spoke, "I know those eyes all too well..." he continued. Despite the sound in his voice being somewhat hoarse, there was a hint of sophistication in it. His accent itself sounded distinctly German, though he was definitely speaking in English.

Coming out of the shadows of an alleyway immediately next to the building Conrad was standing against, an old man appeared before him as he stepped out. The man was elderly, but likely no older than seventy -- he would easily have appeared roughly in his late sixties if not for the fact that his face seemed ravaged by the effects of lifelong stress and fatigue, or perhaps lamentation. Indeed, something about the look in this man's brown eyes almost seemed like there was some sort of demon haunting him -- not that he appeared otherworldly or anything, but to a careful observer he would almost have looked as though he had stared into the darkest abyss and seen it stare back at him. He appeared as though he likely did not sleep very often, if the weary look on him was anything to go by, yet despite that his gaze was extremely intense.

His short hair was significantly greyed, but his natural hair colour in his youth would likely have been brown given the way it looked, and it was kept slicked back, spiking to a small extent, with a slightly receding hairline being noticeable as it went out to the sides of his forehead. His sideburns directly connected to his rather volumed facial hair -- a large beard and moustache that easily resulted in most of his face below his nose being hidden apart from his mouth, as well as him having fairly thick and seemingly unkempt eyebrows. His light skin tone was European, but difficult to place completely (he sort of looked Jewish overall, but not entirely), and he was likely around five foot and seven inches tall -- a somewhat stocky figure. The clothing he wore was simple, consisting mostly of a thick black double breasted coat, black pants, and black shoes. A white scarf could be seen around his neck from underneath the coat, but beyond that not much of what he was wearing was noticeable due to the coat going down almost to his feet, though the cuffs of a white shirt were visible. A short black cloak covered the top half of his coat as well. Lastly, he was carrying a black cane that had a couple of pale gold adornments, and it was clearly being used as a walking stick given the way he held it in his right hand.

"The eyes of a man who has felt something... otherworldly..." the old figure spoke. The look in his brown eyes were difficult to discern -- they might have looked crazed or obsessed, or they might have been confident. To some extent, he looked like the sort of person you would expect to see on the streets raving about how the end of the world was approaching. He almost spoke as if he believed Conrad to be a lost soul.
@Aewin@Pudding@Melo@Ailyn Evensen@Snagglepuss89@tsukune@Shadow007@Eidolen@MayLien@Heap241

I appreciate those who've let me know so far doing so. As stated previously, people aren't obligated to post all that constantly in the OOC or anything, but since some people who weren't too active here (some of which explained their reasons) were still seemingly actively posting IC/OOC in other threads it did start making me wonder if they'd perhaps lost interest. This was the primary reason why I made this update -- to confirm it. I didn't want to devote more time into a project that might be dead.

While I'm not sure if I need to say this, I'd also like to just make a point that this project is safe despite my PC issues. I've taken steps to ensure the safety of this project so I won't end up having to abandon you all due to the PC screwing with me; in fact, I've arguably been taking more steps to protect this project then I've taken to protect my main project/life's work. I really have no intentions of letting you down, so keep this in mind. I mostly bring up my PC issues because I feel that a good community should be able to talk about what's going on for them and know that people give a shit, and also because occasionally my activity could be reduced while dealing with the PC; however, since I'm considerably more active than most people by default it'd likely just make my activity comparable to a more 'normal' person. All of the information for this role-play is either stored in my head or in PM, so unless RPGuild fucking blows up again (which I'm also taking steps to prepare for) we aren't going to lose this role-play -- at the very least, my PC won't ruin it.

It's also been brought to my attention that the main reason this role-play seemed like it could possibly be dying or losing interest was actually because people on this site prefer to communicate over things like Discord instead of use the OOC regularly, and with this in mind we now officially have a Discord chat earlier than planned (for those of you who haven't found it yet), which is already quite active. I've updated both my signature and the opening post of our OOC to confirm it.

Here's the link: π•²π–—π–Žπ–’ π•½π–Šπ–†π–•π–Šπ–—'π–˜ π•²π–†π–’π–‡π–Žπ–™ {Discord}
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