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In Paragon 3 mos ago Forum: Casual Roleplay
@Ninian
The faceclaim is just fine. And everything else is looking good so far. 👍🏾

@Witryso
Don't worry...I figure it's gonna be a pain finding a good avatar for most of us. :P

@Melkor
There's no rush right now. Take your time...I gotta finish up a few details with my own character myself. ^_^
In Paragon 3 mos ago Forum: Casual Roleplay
I'm gonna have a premade list of legendaries. I'm debating on whether they will be available from the start. If anyone has suggestions for legendaries, I'll gladly take them. Some legendaries will pop up during the course of the RP as well. I'll put the list up when it's more complete.

Also, everyone is allowed to own only one legendary item.
In Paragon 3 mos ago Forum: Casual Roleplay


In 2067, gaming has reached new levels of awesome. VR gaming is basically the norm thanks to Interactive Immersive Interface (i³) technology, and the Nexus allows the world to be continually connected.






IRL

[ Elysium ]
The island in the sky. The absolutely enormous island. It's like they picked a state on the map, detached it from the Earth, and placed it neatly into orbit along with our other satellites. But, of course, we know that's not the case since there aren't any state-sized craters that have suddenly appeared. So, how these aliens just casually and secretly placed all of these massive things next to our planet without us noticing is just mind blowing. Their level of tech is obviously so much more advanced that it's scary. Nice way to find out there's intelligent life, right? But, back to the island. This little slice of paradise is actually designed with cities and roads, places to live, eat, and 'shop'...oh, and let me tell you about this shopping. Well, the in-game currency that our avatars earn is also the money that we have to use to buy things on this island. Yeah, nothing is free. You want a meal? Need to replace a part on your rig? How about some new threads because you've been wearing the same outfit for six months? Welp...you gotta play the game and earn it. And don't even think about trying to steal anything. A handful of people tried that in the beginning and were instantly blacked out. So, we are pretty much forced to play this game, even if it's just to afford our next meal. It's not all bad, though...at least we aren't trapped in the game with machines keeping us alive or some shit like that.

[ Reaper's Row ]
So, where do all the players that black out end up? Do we just leave them where they lie? Maybe they get ejected into space? Or maybe they simply get transferred back home? Nah. They got that covered. With a million-plot necropolis that stretches on for miles. The players aren't buried underground or anything. They're placed in some techie-looking glass coffin and put on display...like some museum of the dead.
In-Game

[ Clans ]
A number of prominent clans formed during the first stage of the game. When our little surprise contest emerged, almost all of those clans disbanded. A few, however, believed that strength in numbers was important and stayed active.

Demigods
These guys are pretty much the shit. Top clan in Paragon. Nothing but the best players are allowed.

Hellcats
Girl power, no boys allowed, all that jazz. The most badass female players in the game all gathered into one group.

Children of Merlin
A culmination of some of the best magical players Paragon has to offer. Fantasy geeks living out their dreams as witches and wizards.

Echelon 7
Less of a clan and more of a loose Co-op of indie players that share resources and information. Members come and go...but once a player leaves, they can't come back.

The Syndicate
A few of the clans were created by actual corporations who were looking to bully their way into the contest with extreme financial clout. This one stuck around after the 'big reveal' and continues to be the general assholes of the game. Many believe they have plans to win the contest and basically try to own the world. No one misses them when they black out.

[ Legendaries ]
Even though the fate of the world is hanging in the balance, it actually doesn't hinder how absolutely amazing Paragon actually is. One of the coolest things in the game are the legendary items that can be acquired. These are one-of-a-kind weapons, armor, and accessories that are literal game changers in the right hands. Pretty much the most valuable and coveted items in the game. A lot of these legendaries are based on things from popular games and movies.







Other Notes

  • We'll be among the players trapped in space; we've been playing the game for a few years
  • For commonality sake, we'll all be a part of Echelon 7 to start with
  • This is only a slightly altered version of Earth so most things that currently exist IRL will be relevant (even if it's a different version of it)
  • Feel free to ask me anything at all
Hammering out a few details and I'll have it up soon
@Sewer Rat
I'm not really strict on posting speed because I know people have lives outside of RPing...especially since school is starting for a lot of people

@PigeonOfAstora
I was thinking of capping it at...ten? I like to have a good number for variety but I also don't want it to get overwhelming

@datadogie
Still too soon. :P I almost picked another city like Moscow or Budapest, but I think Tokyo has more impact for some reason.
So, I've edited the first post once again. I was saving this new development for a plot twist, but I decided it was best to have it start out this way instead.
Thanks for the interest! ^_^ First post has been edited with more info.


In 2067, gaming has reached new levels of awesome. VR gaming is basically the norm thanks to Interactive Immersive Interface (i³) technology, and the Nexus allows the world to be continually connected.




Several years ago, a mysterious MMOVRPG appeared suddenly on Axis, the world's premiere video game digital distribution platform. The game was completely free and in the description, players were promised a chance at the 'greatest prize ever given in a video game contest'. The developer and origin remained undisclosed and most people believed it to be a virus or malware. A few brave souls (or complete morons) had downloaded the game to see what the big deal was, and had found that the game was legit. But that wasn't all. It turned out that the game, known simply as Paragon, was the most expansive, customizable, and engaging video game experience of all time. The contest, however, was not an immediate experience. Players gained entry into the contest by earning a glyph which was granted as a prize for reaching level 100 in the game. This turned out to be a nearly impossible task. Whoever these developers were, they had created the most challenging game ever, and only the most elite gamers in the world would manage to complete this extremely absurd feat. There are only 1 million glyphs available to earn...which would seem like a whole lot if you didn't consider the fact that Paragon currently has 1.3 billion active players. The game's contest is set to begin 24 hours after the last glyph is collected.


With the global population cresting 10 billion in the last few years, the planet is getting a bit crowded. Pollution and poverty are at an all-time high and the Earth is becoming less pleasant to live on every day. Multiple space programs are being funded by both governments and the super-rich so we can all get the hell out...but even if that were to ever fully realize itself, we all know who would catch those first seats. There are a few rumors that claim there is a shuttle already prepped and the contest is about winning one of these precious spots...but let's be real. Whenever the Earth does bite the big one, we're all going down with her. So in the meantime, we have the glory that is Paragon to take our minds off this shithole.

While most games focus their characters and setting on a single genre, Paragon manages to encompass nearly every type of game in one massive amalgamation. Since the game is essentially a VRPG at its core, there is, of course, a class and leveling system, but the openness of the gameplay puts games like GTA and Skyrim to utter shame. Players travel to different worlds...yeah, not levels – entire worlds...to complete all kinds of tasks and challenges. Some worlds are simply for farming or recovery. Several spots are even built purely for fun and relaxation. And did I mention that players can purchase in-game real estate to build their own locales? And there's no limit to this stuff. Apparently, the servers for this game are the size of the Taj Mahal and powered by several nuclear plants because this game hasn't stopped growing and has never lagged or crashed.

As for the playerbase, it's just as diverse as the game itself. With 1.3 billion users, you're, of course, going to have those who just play the game 'for fun', which is actually most people. Then you've got your major try-hards who take the shit way too seriously like it's life or death. Then somewhere in the middle are the true elite, those who face every challenge with such determination and finesse that people are forced to mash that spectate button or camp out their notifications for that player's next Optica vid.






Okay, so remember how we mentioned life and death earlier? Well, it turns out some people had the right idea all along. Because our little 'contest' is absolutely critical on a whole other level.

After the last glyph was earned, the world went into a frenzy. It seemed like forever and a day had gone by before this mysterious contest was finally going to be revealed. The million elite players who bested the game had 24 hours to prepare before the challenge of their lives would begin. The mixture of nerves, confidence, and pure excitement throughout the world was palpable.

As the final moments counted down, the number of active players at one time absolutely crushed any previous record and players' livestreams were packed to the gills. Each player with a glyph had a timer displayed on their screen, ticking down to the reveal.

5...4...3...2...1…

That was when the world stood still.

Those million players with glyphs? They vanished into thin air. Gone. No trace. Leaving nothing but whatever clothes they were wearing in their wake. Not only had their physical bodies disappeared, but their avatars had as well. What. The. Fuck.

A few moments later, every device on the planet with Nexus access received an eerie simulcast. The screen was totally dark and an ominous voice spoke in…an alien language. The creature's words were translated into captions at the bottom of the screen.

Hello, creatures of Earth. We hope you've been enjoying our little game. It appears that quite a few of you have participated. But, unfortunately, only the best of the best are worthy of facing the real challenge and claiming the ultimate prize. How does the title of 'Earth's Savior' sound?

(The screen changes to a view of a massive alien satellite that appears to be for some type of military use.)

This is one of several of our devastator satellites that are orbiting the Earth at this very moment. Don't worry about trying to detect or disable them because you simply don't have the means. These satellites are equipped to completely obliterate planets much larger than yours, so we should have no problem reducing your Earth to cosmic dust.

I guess you're also wondering where your precious players are, right? Oh, well, they're right here…

(The screen switches to another view of a domed island floating in Earth's orbit…and gigantic doesn't even begin to describe it. At nearly 10,000 square miles, it's about the size of Massachusetts and is visible from the ground on clear days.)

This is where the defenders of your planet will reside during our game. Don't worry, they will have everything they need to live, but unfortunately, they won't be coming home anytime soon. You can keep an eye on them through one of the endless number of cameras present on the island.

So, now comes the time for all of this to fall into place. Each of your million players is being equipped with a device that attaches directly to their nervous systems. These will sync with their individual avatar identities in a very personal way. You see, once a player's avatar is destroyed in the game, the device in their neck plunges them into a deep, dark coma from which they won't ever awaken. And we are minus one player.

Once the player count reaches zero, the Earth and everything on it will cease to exist. Plain. Simple. But if just one player is able conquer Paragon, we will spare your planet. And before anyone decides to dismiss this as some sort of hoax...I believe you called this...Tokyo?

(The screen pans to an aerial view of Tokyo, Japan. Moments later, the city is hit dead center by a shot from one of the alien devastator satellites. The world watches helplessly as the entire city is leveled in a single crushing instant.)

And that isn't even close to a fraction of what our technology is capable of. So, enjoy these last moments of your existence, creatures of Earth...because no one ever wins.

Game on.


So, yeah...we're screwed. No, we're dead. Earth is pretty much done for. And how do we get to prevent our inevitable apocalypse? A fucking video game. Oh, and it's not just hard. It's nightmarish. Grueling. Impossible. In the beginning, our numbers plummeted fast as people failed challenge after challenge, task after task, boss after boss. Eventually, we got a little smarter and a lot more cautious. I mean, the fate of the world is literally in our hands and we have to win. We have to win. Period. Or we're all dead. All. Dead.


Other Notes
  • We'll be among the players trapped in space; we've been playing the game for a few years
  • This is only a slightly altered version of Earth so most things that currently exist IRL will be relevant (even if it's a different version of it)
  • Feel free to ask me anything at all

This is a basic premise...more details to come
@Pyromania99

Looks like Bestia is filling up a bit... Pela is approved!
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