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Until recently you were just a run of the mill kid, or maybe you were a troubled teen, or even perhaps a college age young adult just trying to live your life, but not anymore. Now you're something else...something different; you are gifted.


This story will be set in the X-Men fandom where you will take on your own unique characters. My intention is to set this RP in a world where mutants are still relatively unknown to the masses, where the "gifted" are feared and looked down upon by society, and where it would be detrimental for the public to find out the identities of those that are known about. The idea is this: Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters has been a haven for mutants for a decade now, but one school can only do so much in a world where there are new mutants popping up all the time. So, Charles Xavier has entrusted one of his good friends, Malcolm Ashford, to open a new school to help ensure more mutants find the help they need. We will be the first class of students at the Ashford Institute for the Gifted, and will live the lives of mutants in a world made for humans. We together will learn how to control our gifts, find out who we truly are, make friends (and enemies) along the way, and train to one day join the ranks of the X-Men.

This RP encourages building relationships between characters, both romantic and platonic. At its heart this game is going to be about character development far more than combat and stuff like that (though there definitely will be some action). Mature themes may be explored, and things like sex may come up from time to time (within reason...explicit stuff should fade to black or be handled in PMs).


This is the official OOC for this RP; a place for us to get to know each other and discuss the game and our characters. Feel free to contact me for any questions or additional info you would like me to provide.

At this time we will not be accepting Avalonian Characters.













Ask if you want to join the Discord


This is a continuation of the original RP started by @PapaOso and continued by @Almalthia
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Years ago I started The New Era. Guild Fall destroyed everything my the players, co-gm, and I had built. I thought the site was over...dead. Somehow, it was reborn and it took scratching and clawing for months but one day this site thrived once again. I made the decision to try restarting my beloved X-Men game, and it was nowhere near as fun or successful as the original. I was discouraged, and left the sight for over year. I came back with the intention to do something new...but of course...X-Men called to me. I was so unsure about trying again, but I couldn't help myself. I was glad I did, because it became the best rp experience I had ever been a part of on this site. It was better than the original. Unfortunately my life fell apart months in. I had to step away and seek serious treatment for mental health problems. @Almalthia stepped in along with @Pilatus and moved forward. They carried the torch of something I have loved and been invested in for years at this point. Now...here we are...and it's beginning anew once more. This thing that has meant so much to me has been chugging along despite struggles and loss and periods of time where it seemed dead in the water. It's still alive.

Seeing this...how the hell could I not come back and try to a part of this? How could I not throw a character into the mix? How could I not try to be a part of keeping the spark alive? So, here I am humbly asking for permission to apply to this wonderful game. If you will have me I would love to play in your RP @Pilatus. It will feel weird to experience this solely from a player's point of view, but I wouldn't have it any other way...because this is your game. I just want to be along for the ride :).
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I understand that there may be some concern with Blood Manipulation as a power. It’s a lot like Una’s powers in that there can be these big, dramatic bursts of power when it’s right for the story, but otherwise the power is trivial. The wonderful thing about collaborative storytelling is that it's easy to communicate when it is or isn't okay to use your powers in certain ways. His powers would never be used at all without explicit consent from my scene partners or the GM if it's in combat or something like that. There wouldn't be a risk of being OP because the luxury of a play by post game is that you can easily avoid that with communication.

I have experienced numerous situations where players abused their powers (usually not on purpose). It’s definitely something to be cautious about. The beauty of all of this is that it is so easily avoided, and even if someone abuses a power or goes overboard there is this little thing called the edit button that fixes the problem every time.

In collaborative storytelling characters should only be OP when it’s right for the story. On the flip side there are times when they don’t have enough control over their powers to even activate them…but only when it’s right for the story. If you follow that guideline (doing what’s best for the story), and have the decency to seek consent from your fellow storytellers as to when those moments are and aren’t appropriate you literally cannot run into problems. Where people run into issues is when they forget that it’s not just THEIR game. This story is told by all of us and when we are mature enough to be aware of that (which we are) then it really doesn’t matter what the powers in play are…it only matters how we utilize them to tell the story.
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Good to see ya, @PapaOso!
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Much love Red 😊
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@PapaOso welcome back! Remind me to tell you the story of the last haemokinetic named Sebastian that Aya encountered...
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@PapaOso welcome back! Remind me to tell you the story of the last haemokinetic named Sebastian that Aya encountered...


Whoa is this a real thing lol???? What are the odds?
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@PapaOso

Now that i have some time, I wanted to thank you for your nice note above. It was never my design to take on this game and you can ask anyone that I have played with on here, that I am particularly picky with how I invest my time. For those reading this that are completely new, I was asked to join the first chapter of this game using a particular character and it was only as a side for the overall plot of the story. One thing led to another, Alm took the game, people came and went and then she got covered up with real life stuff as well, it happens.

At the start of last week, I never had any intentions of keeping this going, but the persistence of the players prevented me from letting it continue to flounder. I could sense opportunity and I had never seen quite such a devoted player base as New Era managed to carry. As transient as this hobby is known for being, this game is a definite exception to the rule. With that in mind, I decided it would be a worthwhile investment. I'm glad you have found time again to come back and write with us. As you can see, I tend to look at games a little bit differently, but when I decide to take on something, then it's all-in.

That being said, your character is approved. My inquiry about blood manipulation as a mutant power was simply that, an inquiry. I was genuinely curious as to what exactly that ability entailed and I wanted there to be some information there for other players to reference as well. I doubt I'll have any need to be concerned with abuse.
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@Pilatus I couldn't have said it better myself. This RP, through all of it's versions with this core group, has been the exception to every rule I had previously learned from this hobby.

When I came back to this site it was solely with the intention to run a Fallout game that I had been cooking for over a year. I had heard that this game was struggling, and had the urge to try and help it thrive, but I didn't know if I could manage two games, this wasn't my game anymore, and I didn't want to step on anyone's toes...so I stayed away. When I saw that it had been revitalized with you in the driver's seat I couldn't help my excitement. You and I kind of passed each other like ships in the night as you were coming in to fill your limited role as I was saying goodbye. But Alma had spoken so highly of you and I watched as the two of you took everything to greater heights than I could. So...the hook worked its way into my cheek lol.

Regarding my explanation of Nathan's mutation. It was pointed out to me that it came off as patronizing. I didn't see that at first, as that was not intentional at all, but after re-reading it 30+ times I definitely see it now, and I'd like to apologize for that. In my head it was this fun, educational post that I felt highlighted something that I feel gets forgotten often in this hobby. In reality it come off as condescending and my tendency to over explain did not help its overall tone.

I love this group, I love this game, and I very much love the character of Nathan. I thank you for giving your approval for the character and apologize for not initially fleshing his abilities out in the CS as I should have when transitioning him from an NPC to a PC. It was presumptuous of me to simply assume that it wouldn't be necessary.

I'm realizing that perhaps this new version of the game was meant to simply thrive without my involvement. I feel like the moment I jumped back into the group I unintentionally caused tension and that sucks. I'm probably over thinking the shit out of this (I wonder where Nathan gets it from lol) but maybe the game being marked as "Full" was a sign that The New Era is transitioning into a new era (ha, wordplay) where I am just not part of it. We are all grown ass people with lives and responsibilities...and we don't have time for tension or weird feelings about the things we love. If feel as though I caused tension and that definitely gave me weird feelings. I genuinely don't like the vibe I put out throughout all of this and so I think I'm just going to walk away from the project out of respect for you guys (which I consider legit friends) and put my energy into building something new. If ever the time comes that I am truly needed to return to this RP in some capacity we'll see what happens, but for now it is in such good hands and has progressed so much since my time here that it has simply outgrown me. Much love to all of you guys.
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Not sure what happened, but much love back at ya, bud! Don't put so much pressure on yourself. Not that this is what you did (like I said, I missed the whole thing), but I tend to make it a point to make people feel uncomfortable just to see how they react. That's how you really get to know some folk so don't be too hard on yourself if something you did made someone else feel a little awkward. This is a forum of self-admitted nerds with weird ass fantasies, myself included. This is not, and should never, be taken that seriously.

Give yourself a break and, if I don't see you here, hopefully I can join you on another nerdy adventure elsewhere, homie!
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Added the requested explanation of his relationship dynamics and history with the Malcolm family.








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@Espada Emi

I understand there was some confusion over this being moved over before it was reviewed, but after talking with the other GMs, these are the items we'd like to see addressed for the game and they will need to be changed/amended in the character tab prior to joining the game:

1. Regeneration will need to be dropped. We think that is going to be a little too much. Some low-grade healing factor would be an acceptable balance.

2. Loss of Control is not a weakness. I have never once seen this trope used in a believable way. We're not going to require it be changed as you have described it, but just note that this is going to be watched closely. This has come up in some other apps as well and same applies there.

3. Violent past. Much like above, we're willing to let it go for now, but this will certainly be the last app for a while that will get to carry this flag. Characters with violent history (ie.: mauling or killing people, committing crimes) prior to coming to the Institute carry a certain level of plot baggage that we then have to bend our established plans to accommodate.

Once these points are addressed/understood, we can go ahead and give the approval for you to start playing him.

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Actually I'm just going to drop I think, thanks but in the gap between initial character posting and this and my life getting busier again I kinda don't have the time or interest anymore.
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Character approved. Go ahead and move him over.
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@RedVII
I was wondering how you felt about a potential Jasper/Drake interaction? I think Jasper would be very intrigued by whoever he talks to and his inability to fully control his powers. She's nearly entirely in control (unless she's emotional but that has yet to be seen), and the exact opposites would be fun. At least, I think so.

What's your take?
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@ViolentViolet I'm totally cool with that. Tomorrow is shaping up to be a busy day offline, but I'm pretty free on Sunday and Monday to work with you on something.
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@RedVII That sounds great! DM me when you're less busy and we can work on a collab :)
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Possible new character.


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Is this still open?
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@KatKookAbsolutely! You bringing Khloe back?
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