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SLICE OF LIFE | SURVIVAL HORROR




I’m not sure why I’m writing this down.

I guess its that I just know that I need to write something to make sense of it. My therapist calls it written stress management. I’ve admittedly never really taken it seriously, so, I guess that would be the first benefit to everyone losing their fucking minds only a few months out from the end of the school year.

My name is Rosemary Fitzgerald. Everyone calls me Fitz. I’m a senior at Stockbridge Academy, a sort-of charter high school a few hours from Detroit. Not that any of that matters anymore.

Something happened. An outbreak of some kind, or at least that's what the teachers told everyone. They told us that we'd be safe in the auditorium until the situation was clear and our parents could evacuate us. Obviously, that was a lie and well, whatever sickness that was outside decided that it did not want to be outside anymore. All, I remember was sitting in the gym, holed up with the rest of my class and a few others, waiting this out until one of the other students, a freshman I think, caught whatever sickness was going around. Now, I’m not much of an expert of these things but I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to get back up when a fourteen-year-old decides they liked the taste of your neck.

I never liked Mr. Roberts, but that should not happen to anybody.

In retrospect, sure, I’m shaking, but I’m starting to believe the idiot who started screaming “zombies” as the gymnasium turned into a game of life-or-death. ​

A group of us got out. We’re in one of the rooms designated as a teacher’s lounge. Not the largest one, but Stockbridge isn’t a small school. It’s just us, unless you count the “zombies” outside the door that want to do to us what they did to our gym teacher. Between the school being on lockdown, the reinforced glass windows, and us having absolutely no cell service or food, I’m on the verge of having a panic attack. But, yeah, I’ve gotta keep that shit on lock. I can’t show weakness in a time like this.

But how the heck am I or anybody supposed to escape this death trap?


What is [ SHELTER ] ?

  • Shelter is a small group collaborative story focusing on a group of High School Students from Stockbridge Academy as a zombie outbreak occurs at their school at the tail-end of the Michigan Winter Season in 2019.

  • In Part 1, players may create characters who are any composition of trope, class, or determination. A fourteen-year-old freshman is just as fair game as a eighteen-year-old senior. Players are encouraged to figure out how their character interacted pre-outbreak.

  • The location of Sunset Valley is a fictional determination, but it is loosely based on the metro suburbs of Detroit such as Dearborn Heights, Farmington Hills, Wyandotte, Woodhaven, and Royal Oak.

  • Players are expected to be productive and hold each other accountable in terms of activity. The posting expectations is two weeks to maintain activity, though communication of availability is also paramount. GMs do not play by special rules. They are expected to communicate and be active as well.

  • Writing Level should be consider middle-of-the-pack Casual. Flexible, but not too time consuming. A focus on character and substance will be more important in character review than extensive composition and exposition.

  • Keep drama to the minimum and keep in line with site policy. No Emmanuelle Arsan novels, please.

  • Faceclaims are to be based on real actors rather than anime or artistic renditions.

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Stockbridge Academy -- Main Building

For the last three decades, the Stockbridge Academy for Higher Learning & the Arts has been the pride and joy of the State of Michigan.

Initially seen as just another roundabout attempt at creating another new age private school to prey upon the growing dissent toward public schooling, Stockbridge has become a name that is known nationwide despite its humble roots in the folksy suburbs of eastern Michigan.

Perhaps a lot of the school’s success has been on its investors, but the current Principal and Headmaster, William R. Nielsen, Jr., insists that the prestige comes from the success of its students and not that of its board of investors that have helped provide most of the top shelf academic facilities. A distinct athletics program has even allowed students interested in golf, football, basketball, soccer, hockey, baseball, and softball to have the opportunity to play their sport of choice and compete competitively at a state-level. A few state championships deck the trophy case at the front of the main building before the administrative offices.

As of the present date, Stockbridge provides quality education for grades six-to-twelve with various outreach programs, partnerships, and scholarships. You do not need to be “the best of the best” to get into Stockbridge. All you need is potential to show the world that the best was inside you all along. It is for this reason that the teaching staff of the multiple departments are as varied as any other. As a member of this faculty it is your responsibility to bring out the best of your students. Some notable members of this teaching staff have come from the finest universities in the world, though others are from less finer distinctions, of lesser colleges and even community ones. Imperfection can often lead to the best results.

Stockbridge’s facilities are varied, though principally based on a repurposed (and modernized!) structure near the center of the city of Sunset Valley.

As the story goes, Sunset Valley transformed from a township to a city in the early sixties, similar to other major fixtures of the downriver area. With a population of around 13,000, Sunset Valley prides itself in keeping itself down-to-earth and locally-grown. Common public areas include a fruit market, older theater (that has since been renovated into a community center), metropolitan park, and a mall. Basically, its the boring picture of the idyllic middle class.


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None at the moment.
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Alright, with that all finished I am formally accepting character sheet applications. They should be posted in the OOC before formal approval, but the majority of you would or should know that much. Any questions can be sent to me here, through PM, or on Discord (Pharmakon#7620).
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@Inkarnate Here's the RPG version of the sheet:


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I'll have my CS up soon !!! c:
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I've established a tertiary discord if people prefer to use it for application purposes and general chatter.
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@Inkarnateare you guys still accepting?
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I've literally not even accepted any sheets yet.
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I'll take that as a yes XD just wondering cuz sometimes the spots are filled up in the interest check lol
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I'll take that as a yes XD just wondering cuz sometimes the spots are filled up in the interest check lol


Wouldn't the RP status be set to full in that case?
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@Kuro hmm true wasn't really thinking about that
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@Inkarnate actually looking at the other roelplays I'm in and the pace of them I don't think I would be be to keep up so I'll have to withdrawl my interest . sorry for wasting your time and hope your role play takes off
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psst u nerds join the softball team with ink and i
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psst u nerds join the softball team with ink and i

That is not entirely necessary. We don't need too many overlapping roles.
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That is not entirely necessary. We don't need too many overlapping roles.


True, but the dynamic of insert team here trying to survive in the apocalypse could be a neat approach. Especially if there was/is already conflict beforehand (fracturing team, no sportsmanship and arguing over bad plays/losses, etc).
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True, but the dynamic of insert team here trying to survive in the apocalypse could be a neat approach. Especially if there was/is already conflict beforehand (fracturing team, no sportsmanship and arguing over bad plays/losses, etc).

It would not be my preference for it to reflect the softball team in-full. RPs like this are benefited for more diversity of characterization. Plus, it is a contrivance that just doesn't bode well.
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And here's my dude.

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Could I cut in here? I can have a CS up by tonight! :D
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Could I cut in here? I can have a CS up by tonight! :D


We're still looking for applicants, so I'd assume so.
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@Inkarnate Keeping my eye on this. If I may ask though, what sort of zombies are we talkin'?
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