I remember this comic, though I think I found it through tumblr and at that point it hadn't been updated for awhile. Going to have to play catch up if it's updated more frequently through the link provided. Anyways I'll throw my interested into the arena.
It's not currently updating, though I wish it were
You will start off playing as humans, but that doesn't mean your characters will stay human. There are a lot of.. unordinary things lurking in the shadows of this world. Lots of strange animals, to start. Then of course there's the more classically scary things. Mermaids, Vampires, Demons, and ghosts, just to name a few.
And that's about it.
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But, don't worry, I hear what you're probably not asking:
"Now, what about that tag in the title? What's a Nursery-type RP? I don't want to play as a baby!"
Nursery-type RPs are meant to be completely newbie-friendly, and their focus is on helping players build up a character with actual character development. You start nearly completely powerless, or with next-to-no idea how the world works, and then go from there. Your character generally has a "can't-die" plot armor until they're 18, and because of the focus more on characters rather than plot, the plot doesn't have to be completely perfect. These types of RPs tend to have a more slice-of-life feel when there's no immediate threat.
We play until your character dies, and if you want to quit before that your character is just put aside, never killed off. You can always come back to them later if you want, or start a different one. If your character dies and you want to make a new one, go ahead. Each player has one main character that they play at a time, and any NPCs that are with that character.
Waiting so long for the driver to return was beginning to bug Onyx, but as soon as their party was whole again she let the worries flutter off in the wind. She only saw the brief conversation between the two men from the window of the carriage, but it sure seemed like Wilhelm wasn't happy with what was said. After, he came over to the carriage to check on her and Amalia, to tell them the road was blocked and that they were likely going to be attacked on their new route.
"Keep your eyes and ears open, and should anything appear out of the ordinary or suspicious, you will notify me immediately. Is that clear?" Onyx nodded as he finished, and began watching out the window more as they started moving again. She couldn't help the stories she'd read with similar scenarios popping into her mind. Bandits blocking the road just to make their heist easier, as if that wasn't a huge red flag to any traveller already.
Thus far, the carriage ride was a bit more comfortable than the one to shadow worth, despite the painfully slow pace they now had going through the marsh. Maybe it was because she knew her companion this time? Onyx glanced over at Amalia as her sister called out the window to their husband. She looked nervous- and while Onyx had no doubt that she looked the same, she still she felt she had to try and say something to keep Amalia calm.
"Don't worry." She started quietly, forcing a small smile onto her face. "Wilhelm won't let anybody hurt us-" As soon as she'd said it an arrow came through the window and landed with a thud in the wall beside Amalia. bright red blood began dripping down Amalia's neck from a cut on her ear, and the both of them screamed as they realized what was happening.
seconds later, Onyx heard what she could vaguely recognise as fighting outside the carriage. Glancing out the window she could see flashes of steel, and the familiar smell of blood in the air made her heart race. just as suddenly as the arrow had struck, someone reached in to grab at her and Amalia, successfully dragging her sister from the carriage. Onyx jumped out after her without hesitating, excitement and adrenaline overpowering her logic and reason. This was a fight! A real, bloody, to-the-death fight.
She watched Amalia kick and scratch at her would-be kidnapper, before she decided she should probably try and help. She knelt down, reaching towards the Drakkan's feet as a prayer ran through her mind and the weeds of the swamp began to move slowly, tangling themselves around their attacker's ankles. Amalia kicked him in the shoulder from her perch back up in the carriage again, and he went down, unable to move with his tied feet.
Onyx scrambled back up and watched the man bleed out, very obviously enjoying the sight with a half-crazed grin on her face. It took her a minute to realize when the sounds of fighting from the others had stopped, but as soon as she did she snapped back to normal. She looked over at Amalia and then at Wilhelm, wondering what to do first.
"Amalia, are you okay?"
Bride of Keregar @Legion02 and Sister-Bride of Xaelia @Ellion Interacting with: The Family
Shortly after Varzar stormed out, Kieran appeared, and the words Nadia had just said ran through her mind once again. Being alone with Kieran- for any amount of time- certainly was worse and much more terrifying than a slap to the face. She flinched as he closed the door behind him, wondering what she could possibly do to save herself or Xaelia. As he grabbed Xae and threatened her however, only one thing came to mind. I'm so sorry Xae...
As soon as Kieran had begun cutting Xaelia's clotes off of her again, Nadia acted. "Excuse me. I've lost my appetite." She said quietly, skirting out the door as quickly as she could before Kieran could try to stop her. She ran down the halls until she found her way back to the room she and Xaelia had stayed the night in, locking herself in for good measure in case the second-youngest had attempted to follow her instead of...
I'll apologize to Xaelia later. She made up her mind as she quickly changed out of her pajamas and put on a nice but simple dress with a pair of trousers on underneath. As she left the room to go to the courtyard again, she considered the threat Kieran had given. Surely, Keregar wouldn't let him get away with killing Xaelia if Nadia did tell him what happened, right? But then, would she even be able to tell Keregar?
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At the market, Nadia struggled to keep her head up. So, instead of looking at the ground, she watched the sky, or focused on the tip of her horse's ears. As they walked through the markets she made a game of it, if only so she wouldn't have to focus on all the Drakken surrounding her and all the horrible feelings she had every time she caught Xaelia's eye.
Eventually the group stopped their parade, and someone helped Nadia down off her horse, placing her roughly on the ground. She muttered a quiet 'Thank you' to the guard before Karegar called her and Xaelia over to him, along with Varzar. The warlord handed Varzar a pouch, and then told her and Xaelia to call out if they wanted Keregar to buy something for them.
They walked together for a full minute before Nadia realized she couldn't avoid Xae anymore- not while walking side-by-side with her anyways. Glancing around at the stalls and their items on display, she decided to say the first thing that came to mind. "This place actually reminds me a lot of the markets I would go to with my father when I was little."
She paused a moment before continuing, watching both Xaelia and Varzar's reactions. "It's not as colorful as those, but there's certainly more color here than I've seen of Drakka so far. I wonder just how many of these items are from other countries I've never even heard of before?" She smiled at the thought. "The markets back home only ever traded in things from other parts of Gemmenia."
TL;DR: Nadia: Skips breakfast due to shock and then (after changing clothes) gets her butt to the market with the fam before anything else bad can happen. She feels guilty about abandoning Xaelia to Keiran and tries to cover it up by first avoiding her and then trying to talk to her about home.
Onyx: thinks about the trip so far and tries to keep an eye out for both Amalia and their ambushers, but ends up missing the ambush because she was worried about Amaila. She trips up one attacker to try and help Amalia fight him off before Wilhelm comes over and kills him. Onyx's Sadistic side starts showing through.
So, update: I'm dropping Kendra. If this get rebooted again I'll try her in that version but until that happens, I'm just gonna stick with Nadia and Onyx now. Kendra has been causing most of my writer's block since the start really, and recently it's started to mess with my interest in the RP as a whole because I end up feeling like I can't write at all when I can't think of anything for her. Sorry.
Edit- Good news is I'll be better at getting Onyx and Nadia up now.
So Kendra's still stumping me, I'll need another day for her post. I posted Nadia and Onyx because I didn't want to hold them up just for Kendra, I'll add Kendra's part to the post once it's done. Goodnight for now!
Bride of Keregar @Legion02 and Sister-Bride of Xaelia @Ellion Interacting with: The Family
As the boy's fights continued, Nadia wondered for a moment if Keregar had heard her, but as she was about to ask again he replied. “You’ve missed it. But I can make an exception for once. Varzar!” As he called for his youngest son, Nadia watched him elegantly avoid his brother's attack, and hold the twin at bay while Keregar continued. “The Gems are hungry. Give them something to eat.” Without hesitation, Varzar put away his weapons and approached the two gems.
"Good morning Varzar." Nadia said as the boy began to lead them back into the house, but he didn't reply to her at all.
“And Nadia. We will be leaving for the market at noon. Make sure you wear something right for the occasion. Or you won’t be wearing anything for a week.” Keregar's call followed them into the house, a shiver going through her as she glanced back at the warlord just as the doors closed behind them. She'd done something wrong? She glanced down at her tunic and trousers, wondering just what he'd meant. These were hardly pajamas, but, perhaps it would've been best not to wear the clothes she'd slept in after all. Nadia followed Varzar and Xaelia to the kitchen in silence as she continued on in her train of thought. I should ask Varzar if he could help me understand his Father a bit better, to help me avoid his unnecessary wrath.
As the entered the kitchen, Nadia looked around. It didn't seem like a kitchen should- there seemed to be no warmth in this room. That was all she was able to observe however, as a second later Varzar suddenly turned to her and slapped her hard across the face. She stumbled back from the impact, her hand immediately going to cover her cheek as tears sprang to her eyes. I.. I really have messed up already... That was all she could think.
“Oh, Nadia,” She heard Xaelia say as a gentle hand removed hers from the quickly reddening handprint now throbbing on her cheek. She glanced over at her sister-bride, her vision too blurry with tears to make out Xaelia's expression.
"I.. I'm okay. I'm sorry." Nadia spoke quickly, turning back to Varzar as her tears began to spill over. It was painful, but the shock of Varzar being the one to hurt her- unprovoked- that hurt much more. She had thought he was different from his father and brothers but... "I'm sorry..." She apologized again, her voice breaking as she tried to speak honestly. "Sorry I.. don't know what I did wrong." She heard Xaelia begin to shout as she finished. Xaelia was yelling at Varzar, telling him off and being very vocal about it. Too vocal. In the back of her mind, Nadia prayed that Keregar or the others couldn't hear any of this.
"Xae, wait." She stepped towards her sister-bride, too late to stop her from beginning to throw things at Varzar though. "S-stop. If Keregar finds out..." She let herself trail off as she tried to think of a way to end that sentence without saying that they'd be... "There are much worse things he could do to us than a slap to the face."
Onyx Woke from a dreamless sleep to find she was the last one to rise. Amalia was just leaving the room as she stood and stretched, the cracking of her joints a pleasurable feeling that alone usually gave her enough energy to start the mornings back home. But, she reminded herself, she wasn't back home anymore.
She straightened out her dress and ran a comb through her hair quickly before following her sister out of the room. In the dining room, Amalia and Wilhelm were already eating, a third plate with bread and meat on it seemed to have been set out for her. "Good morning m'lord. Good morning Amalia." She smiled at the two of them before sitting down and digging in. The bread was okay, the meat was okay, and the water was water. Not much else could be expected of Drakkan food it seemed.
Onyx ate in silence, wondering what was in store for them today. The choosing had been hectic, and their arrival here last night had raised her guard unnecessarily, but even though Wilhelm said constantly that he didn't wish them any harm, It was hard to simply trust the Drakkan at his word.
"Forgive me for questioning milord, but I am curious. How far away is your home?" Amalia started, finally breaking the silence between the three. "What is it like? I was raised in a coastal area, so I have always wondered what snow is like. Does it ever snow in your land?" Onyx stayed quiet as Wilhelm responded quickly, listening to the conversation play out between the two of them.
"Castle Nachtstone is quite a distance from here. With speed and fortune we will arrive shortly after sunrise tomorrow. Without, perhaps closer to midday. It lies at the base of a ring of mountains that forms a natural barricade. A particular ore ideal for crafting weapons can be mined there, and it is upon that which my family has prospered. Among other more valorous deeds, of course."
"It is a castle of blackened stone and iron, and it sits in the midst of a small settlement where live the slave races as well as some lesser Drakken. They manage the mines and quarries. You will be dwelling in the castle. As for snow, that must be found further in among the peaks. At Nachtstone you will find only harsh ice, come winter."
"Dress warmly and watch your step when that arrives," With that comment it seemed he was done, and neither of them spoke again. Onyx watched Amalia as they all finished their food, wondering what her sister was thinking about now. Weather and people had never bothered Onyx before, but then again she spent most of her time in the library anyway, where such things could not enter. Perhaps the ice he'd mentioned was worrying her? or, maybe she was thinking, just like Onyx was, that this place is not home.
Breakfast ended and a carriage appeared to begin the day-long journey to Natchstone. As Amalia approached the horses, Onyx could guess what she was doing. One of Vivari's gifts to her children was the closeness with nature that allowed Earth Gems to handle plants and animals with ease. Onyx had no ability with animals, but as she boarded the carriage, she remembered Amalia saying that she did have that gift the night before.
Once the Horse had been taken care of, the group was off. Onyx smiled at Amalia as she sat next to her in the carriage. "Good job. I never would have been able to do that."
TL;DR: Nadia: Wonders why her PJs aren't good enough for Keregar before heading to the kitchen. Then tries to understand why she's just been slapped and also tries to reason Xaelia out of throwing eggs at Varzar while also trying not to cry so much.
Onyx: Wakes up and eats dinner quietly before getting into the carriage, ready to leave. She congratulates Amalia on her skill with the horse.
so I am alive, and will post within the next 24 hours for all three of my Gems. I just have a little announcement to share right now:
I have a new puppy!
My dad and I spent the last three days on a road trip to visit my aunt to get her, but it was totally worth it! I'll put a picture on Discord later probably but she's a 6 month-old Great Pyrenees and she's just the sweetest baby girl ever! I'm so happy right now!