First part is done, the Bios Section and backstory of both the IC and OoC RP! Hopefully it's easy to read for people not involved in the thread. If anyone wants to add any notes about their bios, feel free to post them and I'll add them ASAP!
TFA Project: Bios and Backstory
The Forbidden Art was a highly popular RP on the first forum I ever RP’d in. The series follows an adventure set in a fantasy world where, after a catastrophe involving the overuse of magic, a series of anti-magic weapons were created as all mages were systematically hunted down in an attempt to wipe out everyone who possessed the ‘magic gene’ once and for all. In response, a small group of mages who called themselves ‘The Chosen’ fled from society and formed a secret village (disguised as a mountain using magic) where they could live without fear of being hunted down by the rest of the world. Generations passed and eventually society began outcasting any remaining mages instead of directly killing them in most situations but, despite this slow progression towards the acceptance of mages and their magic, The Chosen, still bitter over the past, began a slow and sinister plot to create a spell that could wipe out all non-mages on the planet.
TFA had an odd history. For most of the people involved, it was one of their first RPs and ran on the original forum for 20 pages before being cut short and deleted due to inappropriate content. More specifically, despite the site’s staff trying to maintain a PG rating, after the introduction of a hot spring in the story several players began pushing how far they could go with fanservice and sexual scenes with at least one couple of characters that we know of directly having sex and several characters walking around naked or near naked. Which isn’t too surprising considering most of the players involved were teenagers. Still, upon hearing this news, the staff freaked out and began banning people involved in the thread left and right over the most minor offenses including the players who didn’t involve themselves in sexual content. The backlash against the staff was huge and the players involved in TFA ended up forming their own RPing site specifically for the purpose of continuing the RP where it left off from the end of the hot spring scene onwards, spanning another 35 pages before coming to a conclusion followed by a fairly successful sequel series that went inactive before it could reach a conclusion at 33 pages, one or two spinoff series that aren’t worth mentioning, and an attempted reboot of the setting with new characters that ended fairly early and has since been lost.
To make a long story short, despite the RP thread being highly successful with at least 88 pages between the original thread, continued thread, and sequel thread (20 posts per page for 88 pages equals around 1,760 posts) the original thread was completely lost leaving only the remaining 35 pages and the sequel (1,329 posts between the two). Basically, what I’m going to do here is painstakingly turn the continued thread, from the hot springs to the finale and epilogue, 685 posts of content, into a hopefully fairly readable form by going through the entire thread post-by-post, copying everything in a format with nice, noticeable, character names above the individual post instead of the normal username, and adding in notes to help clear up confusion on details that have been lost with the original thread’s deletion. Also, I’m going to try to provide a link to each character’s bio in their first post even though I have no idea how this is going to specifically work. And, to top it all off, I’ll be providing an honest retrospective analysis of the entire RP for better or for worse at some point now that I’m a much more experienced RPer who has a better understanding of how to form and critique a plotline.
It’s going to take some deal of time before I’m able to finally finish this project between all the small details, taking in the basics of the plot, college, and whatever other threads I’m in. But still, TFA holds a special place for me as my first major RP as well as the start of a lot of other things on the site that was made for it and I have a lot of fond memories of it and feel like the plot really did evolve into something truly special and interesting later on. So I feel like this is the one thread that deserves to have this treatment to be shared with others as effectively as possible even if it ends up not holding up. Anyways, with that being said, it’s time to get started on the bio portion of this project! All 15 of them….
Don’t worry about reading the bios all at once, I will create a link to the bio page with the name of which character is showing up as well as what group they’re in at the first post they show up in. Also, did I mention this thread was done by people fairly new to RPing? Because that’s going to become pretty apparent in quite a few of the bios. Now for a quick rundown of the fairly obvious classes-
Warrior: Someone who fights without magic
Mage: Someone who fights who can use magic
Paladin: Someone who has a high resistance to magic
Other classes: Self explanatory
Name: Kailyn Adonis
Class: Mage. Earth and water
Appearance: She stands at about five foot five. She resembles more of a tree than a woman with her small curves, which makes her body look younger than she actually is. If you look at her face, however, there is strain apparent throughout it, her eyebrows almost always together in stress and worry. Her eyes are as dark as fertile dirt, almost black. Her hair is a light auburn, shoulder length, most commonly occupied with a few stray leaves that got stuck to her on her travels. Her nails are short and have caked dirt underneath them from the various times she has dug. Her skin frequently has cuts from thorns in various places, mostly her fingers and arms.
Items/Apparel: She wears cloth shirts, pants, and sandals, all of the same earthy brown tone. She wears a belt which holds a large water flask and two pouches, one full of seeds and another of other random supplies.
Personality: It is very hard for Kailyn to open up to people due to her magic background. She will very rarely complain, but it is just as rare to hear her laugh. She thrives off of sunshine and is in a terrible mood when it is gone. She is thoughtful and quiet for the most part. However, she has a more playful side that she will only show to those she trusts.
History: Kailyn’s first memory was when she was six. Her mother was so disappointed that, once again, her vegetables had died. Kailyn just wanted to make her happy, so she whispered to the plant to grow. The next morning, the entire garden was bursting full of fresh vegetables. After she showed her mother, she was treated like some sort of monster. By that afternoon, she was hog tied and gagged and dropped off at the nearest orphanage. There was a blank spot between there and when she was twelve, when she was getting beat by the boys there. She cried out in pain and asked if the earth could swallow her and protect her. It obliged and blanketed her with a layer of dirt, leaving a pocket of air. She remembered the gasps that she heard from the boys, who ran away to the headmaster. After digging her way out, she took a chance and ran as far as she could. It wasn’t until she dropped by the nearest town to sell her fruits and vegetables that she caught wind of the Chosen. Everyone spoke in hushed whispers about it, afraid if they talked too loud, they would summon the sorcerers.
Name: Drake Erund
Appearance: Around 6’7” in height and has a muscular build. His skin color is a light tan color from training and his hair is a tannish-blond color, and very short and spiky with the occasional brown streak. Drake has a scar that goes from his right-shoulder to his left thigh right across his chest. His eyes are light blue in color.
Armor: He wears full iron clad armor from the base of his neck to his feet. Under the main armor is a set of chain mail to protect his armor’s weak spots, under the mail he wears set of tan cloth clothes.
Weapons: A magical sword called Zadric and a dagger strapped to his side. He carries a bow also but rarely ever uses it.
Additional Items: He carries around a bag full of his other items, which include, a pouch full of golden coins, flint & steel, a flask of water, and some beef jerky.
Zadric’s Abilities: A sword made to fight off mages, and enchanted to drain nearby mages energy, unless the owner wills it not too. The energy can be used to give Drake a jolt of energy, give the sword extra cutting power, or be unconsciously redispersed into the nearby area. The energy drained could also be used to reinforce his armor, but is rarely ever done since it would only work when extremely close to the magic wielder being fought.
Name: Falks Ahnarii
Appearance: Falks is 5’7” with short white hair that has recently shown red tips. Like his forefathers, at the age of 16, he was scarred from the left side of his neck to his right hip in remembrance of an ancestor whose name has been lost to time. He has an extremely muscular upper body. Tattooed across his chest is chest is five pointed star.
Armor: Titanium plate legs etched with runes that make it as light as steel. He wears no armor on his upper body.
Haliel- A black Kite-Shield with a foot long spike in the center.
Macabrai- A steel broadsword with a red tint along the edge. Three stars run up the middle. It is an enchanted weapon that allows him to access his genetic magic. He is at his most powerful when all three stars are glowing.
Name: Vladimir Baku
Race: Daitengu/Kitsune hybrid
Appearance: Vladimir has flowing black hair that resembles massive porcupine needles. It tends to trail off into the air, since it’s mostly shadow. This trait comes from his Daitengu bloodline. He has emerald-colored eyes that reflect light like the stone itself, a tall body (6’3”) with slightly tanned skin. He had two black horns that jut from his skull, seeming to curve, but actually bend slightly and slightly “lift up”.
Clothing/Armor: Vladimir wears a standard black Shinobi shōzoku with Tekko-kagi (hand claws) attached to the back of the hand. Also on are black-iron thigh, humerus, and wrist plates with the kanji for daitengu (烏天狗/i]) on it. Under the suit is chain-mail armor infused with tempered steel.
Weapons: He wields a katana he calls Kuchisake-onna, which means “Slit-Mouthed Woman”. What the weapon does lives up to its gruesome name
Name: Tarsh Allka’Frana
Nickname: Tar, Al, ‘The Naga Paladin of Purity, Hope and Justice’
Age: Mid 20’s
Marital Status: Single
Family: Parents Unknown, believed deceased
Race: Allka’Franan (Long lived reptilians with the upper body of a human and the tail of a snake with an aversion to magic so powerful they seek out and remove it at any cost.)
Height: Human part is 5’6’’
Eyes: Sharp and angled in a calming olive hue. They seem to exude fanaticism
Skin: Like all of his kin, the skin he does show is rather dark, and bears the scars of a multitude of battles. His lengthy tail, which is of length thrice his human body’s height, is covered in blueish scales in a pattern that is akin to the waves of the ocean.
Clothing/Armor: He rarely wears much, other than a unique garment, with an attached belt to stop it from moving that hides his body below the waist up to about a meter along his tail. He also wears a unique shoulderguard on his left shoulder, which is bladed to emphasize damage over protection.
Weapons: Grungineer: An odd polearm that is believed to be one of the anti-mage weapons of legend. Like most polearms it has a lengthy haft. Unlike most polearms it has a sword-like tip at both ends and the handle in the middle can be split apart to turn the polearm into duel weapons. The haft was hewn from mahogany and the blades are made of a silver/steel alloy fashioned into the shape of longswords. One part of the haft has ‘With these blades Magic shall be purged’ inscribed upon it.
Defensive Items: N/A
Extra Items: An amulet shaped like a sword stuck into a human skull made of brass. Its origin is unknown but it vibrates whenever magic is used within 20m of it.
Name: Retasouhdal Spiriterra
Nickname: Ret, Dal
Age: Unknown However she looks around 18
Eyes: Rounded in shape with a lilac iris. The pupil looks like it shifts between a dark purple and black
Hair: Waist length and allowed to flow freely, her purple hair has a near silken touch.
Skin: Her skin is pale and unusually soft given her mother's family's past of being rough skinned (even for the women). Her upper arms and back bear a few scarcely noticeable scars from her past. There is an odd marking on the back of her hands.
Clothing/Armor She wears a leaf-green minidress (it falls to half way down her thighs) and opaque lime-green tights along with a sea-green sash around her waist. She also wears elbow-length silk gloves, to hide the marking, and a silver tiara keeps her hair out of her face. She also wears knee-high boots in a deep forest green. These boots are pointed and have a golden trim.
Weapons: A unique and lightweight longsword called a SpiritSword. It has a thin silver blade with a pink pommel and handguard. A small spirit shard (containing her father's essence) is set in the pommel and causes the blade to glow with a soft and calming purple glow.
Defensive Items: None.
Extra Items: A small pendant that contains a picture of her parents together, with her at a single day old. It disappears when she unleashes her Spirit Form
Secondary Appearance: Spirit Form
Eyes: Still purple and rounded, but the whites have disappeared. If she's berserk the eyes will be darker.
Skin: Now the same color as her hair, it also sports a thin layer of fur that acts as both armor and clothing. (just not being able to be removed of course) The scars are still visible as are the markings. Her father's Spirit shard is embedded in her chest at the top of her sternum.
Clothing/Armor: This form cannot wear clothes. The ones she wears prior change into the fur (color and all) Her boots also become the claws on her feet.
Weapons: The SpiritSword disappears and becomes her claws. While sharper and easier to control, she has less reach with her them.
Defensive Items: None.
* User: Dethhollow (me)
Appearance: Tall and heavily muscled from combat. His hair is dark and almost covers his light-brown eyes, which are used to an angered expression. His rash decisions have left him with several scars on his arms and upper body
Items/Apparel: Wears a green short-sleeved shirt with a white trim crossing over his chest and dark grey pants. Has crimson red gauntlets/ arm guards on that go from the base of his fingers to almost his shoulders, putting the top of them under his sleeves. Wears dark red metal boots and a grey-ish metal guard over his face that covers from his nose to his collarbone, segmented into joints at the neck. Wields a blade that's meant to be wielded with two hands, but is still small enough to reasonably wield with one hand.
* I know this bio sucks, but I’m going to keep all bios exactly as they were instead of trying to fix them.
User: Second silver th
Name: Mira Magis
Race: Half-Dragon (Looks like a normal human,.... most times)
Age: 16 (200)
Appearance: Around 5'3" in height; She has a long brown hair that goes past her shoulders; Dark-blue eyes; Has a scar that looks like a dragon's head on her arm; Can sprout blue wings from her back.
Items/Apparel: She wears a white shirt with a "strange drawing"(the Wind Orb)[It will change to the Fire Orb when she learns of her Fire powers and then it will keep changing between the Fire and Wind Orbs then], brown leather pants; She also has a strange key on her necklace, whose use is unknown. Revealed in the IC, she has a sword named Secarondight. It's a sword with a golden handle, silver blade, and a ornate sheath.
Name: CX-3 – Cee
Appearance: 5'10", shoulder length reddish hair and goatee, neon green almond shaped eyes that seem to glow in the dark. He weighs only 135 pounds, so he has a slender build.
Items/Apparel: A dark grey skin tight suit that covers his entire body and a long simple katana.
Name: Delicat Renard
Race: Anthro Kitsune
Appearance: Delicat, even if far from human, she is still considered very beautiful and can subdue lost and wondering men with her beauty. She is a 5’9 with an elongated body and lightly built, with comparatively long bodies for her mass, which makes her very agile and capable of jumping things twice her height. Delicat has a muzzle narrower than a dog’s and slender canine teeth. Her tail is half of her body length and long, fluffy and reaches the ground when on two legs, once she ages by a century she grows another tail. Her lightly amber eyes are oval shaped and vertically oriented. Her forepaws have five digits, while her feet have only four and has no claws. Her fur coat is very long, dense, silky and fluffy. Her underfur is brown at the base, then silver grey, black points at her ears and paws then a white tip at her tail. Delicat also has long silky, smooth black hair that cover her left eye down to her elbows.
Items/Apparel: Has a small pair of daggers tucked away in her boots, a hairbrush and a pot full Primroses. Delicat wears a red dress with black around the collar and bottom that reaches to her lower shoulders to her upper thighs. Delicat also wears a pair of black high heel boots with hidden pockets in them so she can hold her daggers, a pair of red gloves on her paw like hands and a white rose on her right ear.
Race: Half human, half mercury elemental
Age: 280 years
Appearance: In human form, he stands in 6'8, and is thin, with well compacted muscles, his irises are colored like mercury in this form, as well as his hair. He also has long legs and arms. In his elemental form, he is made entirely out of mercury, with an elongated, cylindrical neck, which is covered by a stone collar, with spikes of the same stone on his pauldron. His hands have two massive gauntlets of stone with three fingers, to allow him to manipulate objects. His chest is covered by stone ribs.
Items/Apparel: He wears a dark green duster while traveling, with khaki pants and matching shirt. He carries no weapon, since he can generate them himself. He is fused to what he calls the "stone cage" which helps him keep a constant human form.
Appearance: Ulrich is a menacing ushi-oni, but usually keeps a human form to keep away suspicion. He has solid black eyes, with wild untamed silver hair falling to his shoulders. He has four massive horns sprouting from his head, but one is cut in half due to recent battles, black cow-like ears, and unnatural razor teeth and elongated canines, slightly poking out from his mouth. He has a slim build but is quite muscular. His nails are filed and pointed.
Items/Apparel: Ulrich wears black cargo pants, black fingerless gloves with claws on the back and nothing more. His chest and upper body are covered in tattoos of several dozen yokai that all face to the region where his heart is. In that space is a black, ghastly orb. He wields a black Zweihänder named Onibaba. It's the third weapon in the Legendary Blades of the Yokai Lords *the other two being Wanyudo and Ryūjin*. It is surrounded in a ghastly aura that comes from the one hundred Onibaba inhabiting the weapon. It can consume flesh, making it a foul weapon to use. The side-effect is having your mind slowly destroyed, making the wielder psychotic.
User: Mech Boy of Doom
Name: Tellas Strum
Nickname: The Friendly Fiend
Age: Late teens
Marital Status: Single
Race: Draco Lupus
Class/Occupation: Monochromatic Sentinel (He concentrates on protection in the day and pain at night)
Eyes: His eyes change depending on the light level. A calming olive during the day and a malevolent purple during the night.
Fur: His fur, and scales to an extent, take on a golden hue with White and black highlights dotted around. It's not too long but not too short. It also includes Natural Modesty Patches as standard.
Skin: Underneath his fur his skin has a pale hue. A few cuts are hidden on his chest. His wings darken towards a brown the further from the scaly areas.
Weapons: Dragon's Bite: An ancient weapon that is believed to date to times before the Magical Genocide, this two-bit axe has an odd design allows it to be effectively wielded in any way and an enchantment that allows it to return to its wielder when thrown and gives a minor resistance to mana-draining effects.
Name: Azirak Dyanri
Age: 81 (20 in Dynari years)
Class: Mage (Energy)
Appearance: Azirak is a six foot man with very light yellow hair and a pale but kind face. His eyes are yellow, and if you look closely the pupils flash once every so often. His skin is virtually unmarked, as he has never been involved in a serious fight before. He has a fairly tough build, and is is peak condition due to his training as a kyren.
Items /Apparel: He wears leather armor, under a black cloak.
Personality: He is pleasant to many he meets, although will not hesitate to kill an opponent if they get in his way. His understanding of human emotions is a little muddled though, due to his upbringing.
* User: Dethhollow (me)
Name: June Maywell
Abilities: June is a Mirror Walker, a mage gifted in rare magic that allows her to travel between reflective objects and, occasionally, alter the world by moving things inside the reflection. As such, she has a special hiding place between mirrors that she stores her most important items in.
Appearance: June is attractive. Her soft features and slim figure has proven itself in the art of tempting men, in the past. Her hair is mid-length, stopping just at her shoulders. Eyes are normally yellow, due to her being a mage, but she hides their true color by wearing contacts that make them appear brown. Her hair was originally white when she was born, once again due to magic genes, but she dyes it black to keep people from knowing what she really is. She has a scar on her left shoulder that she keeps covered up from when people tried to attack her in the past after discovering she was a mage. Skin tone is very light, almost pale, despite how often she goes out into the woods. Likes to keep herself pampered and in good health.
Items/Apparel: Although June has a vast collection of outfits, she prefers a simple dark dress that comes down to her knees, black boots that go halfway up to her shins, and a lght brown coat that covers the length of her arms. Always keeps her shoulder scar covered up to keep people from asking questions.
In order to use her magic without being caught, she disguises herself up in a kabuki-style outfit that people believe to be a spirit. The idea is to make herself as different from how she normally looks as possible. The outfit is padded on the inside to make her look bulky so people will think that the spirit is a man. The shirt and pants are a bright red with a yellow trim. The shirt is loose with large sleeves and a solid dark red leather vest. The area around the ribs and side is yellow. Pants are also loose and wide at the bottom like a traditional samurai, with a yellow streak along either side. She wears thick white gloves and thick white socks with sandals. To cover her face, she has a white mask and a large red wig that goes down to the middle of her back. She also takes out her contacts while dressed as the red spirit, revealing her yellow eyes. Overall, it's a pretty good disguise that keeps people from guessing who she really is. The look was inspired by a Yokai she has a crush on.
Normally June carries around a small hand mirror but when dresses as the spirit, she has a large heavy person-sized mirror that has a variety of uses. The spirit also has a few daggers that she can pull out of her hand mirror in an emergency, should the need ever arrive.
Personality: June is usually kind hearted, but doesn't really care what she says or does. She's beautiful and she knows it. At times she almost seems spoiled, despite how hard she's had to work to keep her abilities secret. Is hopelessly in love with a Yokai named Vladimir, whom she will go to almost no end to please... even if it means revealing her identity as the red spirit. She's forceful when things don't go her way, and all too willing to try and lie her way out of situations.
* Another bio I’m not necessarily proud of, but it’s worth noting that while my first bio was done at the beginning of the original thread which was lost, this one was made near the end of the continued thread, the one I’m transcribing right now. So it’s a notable HUGE step up from how I started early on in the RP.