Hey! I want to express my interest in this roleplay. I've been following and reading up for the last few days and have finally decided to make an account. I've read the mechanics post and the post summaries. I've also had a look around the wiki, so I think I've got a decent understanding of the god roster and I'm very interested. The glossary says that people joining after the beginning have to make demigods, is that in effect now? I would really like to play a god, so if that's still possible it'd be great. The ideas I have in mind at the moment are for either a Destiny god or a Justice god, but I'm still juggling ideas.
I admit I haven't RPed in a very long time, but I do go looking from time to time. This is interesting and fresh and has actually gotten my rusty gears whirring, so would love to join.
Hey there buddy. Welcome to the site! We'd love to have you join in. Unfortunately, the 'demigods only' thing is in effect. The full god roster is rather noisy already. However, you may still get to fill a niche. If you're still interested, let us know and I'll PM you a Discord invite link so you can meet the surly gaggle on players we keep cooped up in there.
A few actionable items for you as well if/when you're in the Discord chat: 1. Get yourself a filled out CS when you're ready. We would love to see what kind of character you have in store once you flesh it out. 2. Get yourself one or more godly parents from the existing characters. Feel free to chat to the players about this -- you'll be collaborating with whomever your character's parent(s) is in your opening IC post. 3. Feel free to ask us any questions!
Edit: Oh yeah, I should mention that your demigod doesn't have to be conceived in the conventional sense if that's not your flavour. You could come into existence after drinking godly blood, or be at the sidelines of a fantastical divine experiment, or rise from the sea foam of a severed titan gonad, or whatever the hell you can think of!
@Tal With the amount of information and collaboration that gets staged on the Discord server, it is virtually a requirement at this point, yeah. The good news is it's super easy to make an account and use! I'll send you a link and you can join through your browser.
What is justice? Generations past and present have sought to define it (some saying it is the quality of being fair, others that it means being reasonable, others that it means treating people equitably, and others that it is allotting every person their due) but ultimately, justice is known. Just as the entropic force of injustice is immediately recognized and brings about feelings of indignation, justice also is recognized and causes peace and contentment to people. For the Great Shepherd, as he comes into the world, the aim of justice is harmony and the resolution of conflict (and so the resistance of entropy). Whatever brings about conflict resolution and brings about harmony is justice. So anyone who strives towards these goals can be said to be striving towards justice. The Great Shepherd strives to bring about these ideals. In the end, justice, or at the very least the feeling that justice is striven towards, brings about feelings of safety, and that ultimately means people can organize and society can function properly. Due to this portfolio, the Great Shepherd would be more attuned to people's needs, being able to sense disharmony due to injustice and perhaps he will have the capacity to see through to solutions that will ensure everyone gets their due rights in a manner that satisfies them. Where there is discord due to injustice, his very presence may cause people to act slightly differently or to be amenable towards conflict resolution and harmony. Perhaps he would be able to tell whether a person (or ruler or chief) abides by the principles of justice or not (which normal demigods would not be able to do as it comes somewhat under mind reading). I imagine his abilities with regards to this portfolio will shift or grow as he begins to explore different understandings of justice, so there may be a more limited number of things he can do with it at first but this will later grow as his story develops. For instance if he comes to understand justice as being divinely ordained, his commands might begin to hold the force of normative law for some mortals.
Persona: The Great Shepherd views the rights and duties of people as sacred. Rights are to be protected and duties observed, and when these two things are in balance then conflict is avoided and harmony achieved. Such a state of harmony is a state of justice. When this harmony is disturbed, however, it does not necessarily mean there is no longer justice and a descent into entropy is at hand. Justice is adaptable, it can handle conflicts and disputes, the neglect of duty and the violation of rights. In such cases, justice lies in giving all parties their dues so as to return to a state of harmonious equilibrium. So order and harmony are paramount for the Great Shepherd. It is possible for there to exist order due to strong laws, but for there to be no harmony due to the unjust nature of these laws, so the Great Shepherd is not shackled to laws. He does see it as his duty, however, to ensure that laws adhere to justice. To bring about order and harmony, and therefore justice, is his great ambition and calling.
The Great Shepherd was created out of the screams of suffering of billions of souls, along with the cry of Li'Kalla for help and Seidhara's cries for justice. He only becomes a god when Vakk and Li'Kalla confront each other and he gains divine ichor due to the violence.
The Great Shepherd was first just normal soul ash, but then the soul ash heard the suffering of the first souls, and maybe also because of Li'Kalla's cries and other gods who might have been in some troubling experiences, this caused a soul creature to come together. Nothing powerful, just something that hears the cries for justice and cries of suffering. It can be attracted to Li'Kalla because her suffering is probably very noticeable and it just stays around her. Frettzo and me said in our messages that Li'Kalla probably notices it. Then when Vakk comes to fight with Li'Kalla the soul creature will be near Li'Kalla and some blood will go on it. So he will only become a god when Vakk and Li'Kalla confront each other and he gains divine ichor due to the violence, but before that for one post he will be a soul creature that hovers around Li'Kalla.
This means that at the start, before any real character development has taken place, he will be of the mindset that violence is reprehensible and to be avoided. Justice must seek to avoid violence. Before any true character development takes place, the Great Shepherd will be an empty slate with a general conviction that he should create peace, order, and harmony, so as to bring about justice. By nature he will be patient, and he will also have a good ability to focus on things, especially things that might be a bit academic or mind-numbing to others because this will be important when he is hearing people's complaints and trying to do justice. He is also very empathetic, able to sense especially those who are distressed or suffering or feeling that they are not being treated with justice. He is confident in himself but also very curious and thoughtful as he is always questioning and asking what justice is. Sometimes when he witnesses particularly unjust things he may react impulsively, but usually he is level-headed and reasons things through. While he does look to others for approval and sees the benefits of working together, this will not prevent him from stepping up and challenging things he knows or deems to be unjust. When innovating when it comes to justice, he does not fear unpredictability or even instability.
Other Information: The Great Shepherd yearns to experience life as a mortal and wonders about reincarnation.
I'm more so interested in playing the part of potential mortal believers on Galbar and how they try and perceive changing world around them. Being a demigod revolving around this theme would be fun. would it fit anyone's potential narrative?
Hello and welcome. We do have openings for Demigods. We also have quite a few deities interested in mortals, so you should have little trouble there. You can check out our wiki page to see what the current roster is. Try to think of a specific niche your demigod can fill and a Portfolio they can start with.
If you want to discuss further, we can send you an invite to our Discord server. The Discord server is the primary location used for discussions of rules and story ideas among the players.
Fill out a character sheet when you are ready and post it here. Also talk with other players to find a divine parent for your prospective demigod. And feel free to ask any questions.