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Captain Vance let out a deep sigh in relief and ran his hands through his curly black hair as the screens finally flicked off. Almost an hour of cultural briefing about the systems he was heading to was more than any mortal man could take. He leaned back in his leather chair, admiring the infinite expanse of darkness through the spaceship's front windows, only pricked by tiny glowing stars.

"Beep!" The monitor pinged and then the ship's computer 'Lisa' chimed in: "Urgent attention required Captain, oxygen levels in cabin five have dropped by 3.5% over the last two minutes, I recommend further investigation without delay."

"Fuck, again?" The Captain rose and checked the instruments, sure enough on the dashboard in-front of him a red light flashed. He sighed and picked up his microphone.

"This is your Captain speaking, we have a potential air-leak down in cabin five, all hands to your positions immediately. This is not a drill; I repeat this is not a drill!"

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Hello and welcome to the Star Brigade RP! This roleplay is based on this universe here, initially started by avouleance2nd and contributed to by many, including myself. Please note that the information in this OP is all you require to join, reading the full information is optional with the exception of an alien species, if you decide to play as that species. Anything-else relevant will be brought up as part of the plot as we go along. This RP will be a mixture of action, drama and perhaps a smidgen of romance too, all in a Sci-Fi setting so well-rounded characters please!

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The Setting

The year is 5202 and humanity is experiencing a new age of prosperity. In the late 21st century a terrible environmental disaster forced the human race to abandon Earth for Mars and a millennium of hardship. Upon their return to the recovering Earth it got no easier, the remaining life in the new ecosystems were nothing like they had experienced and only a deal with the new inhabitants of the Earth, the crelm, kept our species alive. Initially the crelm treated their co-species as little more than slaves to be exploited, however as time went on the two races grew attached to each other and eventually the agreement morphed into an alliance between equal partners. Once room on Earth began to tighten, the two left together to find new planets in others system to terraform and inhabit. The alliance between all the planets under of the control of humanity and the crelm became known as the "Solanic Union" or SU. Through-out the galaxy the SU explorers came across numerous different races of alien, some friendly, others hostile, a few plain bizarre. A list of these can be found further down on this post.

Meanwhile as the SU expands, other races have their own trials to deal with. One such example is rising tensions between the norg and durras species over the treatment of a third species, the gryale, revered by one and regarded as a pest by the other. Both these species are valuable trading partners of the SU and it is in their interest, not to mention saving countless lives on either side, to prevent a war breaking out.

Your character is one of the crew of the Star Brigade, the 7th ship of the Diplomatic Corps. The DC is an independent military organisation created by the SU to find diplomatic solutions to problems involving alien species. Unlike the regular SU military, the Diplomatic Corps hire members from as wide a range of races as possible to assist diplomacy and recruit from a variety of professions. Your character can specialise in finding peaceful solutions, combat for defence, scientific research, technology or even spiritual enlightenment. It will be their first mission on this particular DC ship but they are allowed to have past experience on other DC ships if you so wish.

In this RP there will be a number of difficult moral choices to make, often where there will be no right answer and your decisions as a group will eventually determine whether a war is prevented or not. After a short introduction, the roleplay will be broken down into four independent missions. My character will lead the group but will usually remain on the ship and leave all the important decisions down to you guys.

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Playable Races


Non-Playable Races

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Sheets and Rules

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If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask. Credit goes to the following people for contributing towards the universe at some time or another, in alphabetical order:

A Gent of Villainous Intent, Avouleance2nd, Crewman_number_6, Febel, JoJoDeathunter, Mcpop9, Retyopy, Soviet Heavy, VuvuZelaMan

Edit: The thread will close for new entries at around midday on 24th December. Some time later that day the list of accepted characters will be released. We will then take a short break for Christmas since I'll be away, with the RP starting properly on 29th December.

Accepted Characters:

Two contributions. One PC and one NPC.

And the NPC.

Would you also be accepting NPC submissions?

avouleance2nd:
Lime

No problems with this character, looking good. I won't be officially accepting characters until the thread closes but this is a strong entry.

Soviet Heavy:
Thomas Anderson and Demexin

Like the strong personalities of both of these, Anderson especially will make a good counterbalance to Lime. Demexin is good, though as an NPC I can't guarantee acceptance yet since I'm going to be more stringent on who to accept for those.

On NPCs, I think now would be a good time to go into more detail on their role. To answer Avou's question, I will be accepting NPC submissions but with the caveat that it's harder for an NPC to get into the RP than a player character, I want the ship to contain mainly player characters. Anyone will be allowed to control any on-board NPC (and most other NPC's too) within reason, with the main exception if the NPC is acting as an antagonist (fighting or negotiating with your character).

Thanks for your approval.
I may or may not work on an NPC then.

It feels a bit narcissistic to play as my own species, but I'm the only pacifist on the list that I know of, so...

Hope that's enough detail at almost 3AM.

Question regarding NPCs. What sort of roles can we expect them to be in? If an antagonist is to be developed, how will our characters be able to interact with him/her/it?

Basically, can we have conversations with NPCs within our own posts? Like this for example:

DAMNIT! I made my character but hit a link and now he's lost. Fark.
I'll redo him, but not to greatest detail.
Also, a good official rulebook for a space RPG (this is based on the FATE system) can be found here; http://galileogames.com/bulldogs-fate/

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retyopy:
It feels a bit narcissistic to play as my own species, but I'm the only pacifist on the list that I know of, so...

[[Underven]]

A little short but acceptable, it's got most of what it needs. No problems with you playing a species you created personally, you'll know them best after-all. My one request for this sheet is could you put in the appearance what physically differentiates Underven from other Maskerades?

razor343:

[[Brian Devrin]]

Hope that's enough detail at almost 3AM.

It's got enough detail, the only thing that's missing is his job title, though that shouldn't be hard to think of. Otherwise a nice concise sheet.

maxmanrules:
DAMNIT! I made my character but hit a link and now he's lost. Fark.
I'll redo him, but not to greatest detail.
Also, a good official rulebook for a space RPG (this is based on the FATE system) can be found here; http://galileogames.com/bulldogs-fate/

[[Thilsk]]

I know what it feels like to lose a large post you've been working on, but I'm afraid I'm going to have to ask for a proper submission using the template before I can consider accepting your entry. What you've written so far is very interesting, but it's needs to be in the proper format. I'll say more about the rules further done this post.

Asclepion:
[[Kroaansokun-Thea]]

Nice sheet, like the pictures, no problems here as long as we can refer to him as Kroaan rather than his long name in the RP!

Soviet Heavy:
Question regarding NPCs. What sort of roles can we expect them to be in? If an antagonist is to be developed, how will our characters be able to interact with him/her/it?

Basically, can we have conversations with NPCs within our own posts?

You can have conversations with NPCs on board the ship, that was a perfect example you wrote there, their general purpose is for anyone to use to provide spice to universe if they want their character to talk to or work with someone-else and another PC isn't directly to hand. To prevent distraction from PCs, barring exceptional circumstance NPCs on board will not leave the ship, however you'll also be free to interact with and even invent minor NPCs on the planets you land on. We'll all be writing this story together and so you'll all have freedom to be creative as you like as long as it doesn't get in the way of the overarching plot.

The exception to this rule is antagonistic NPCs, who will be controlled by me so there's challenge. I haven't got the details 100% solid yet but I'll probably set up a range of options in each situation, each option will have several outcomes depending on a dice roll so there'll always be a element of luck whatever you choose. Obviously the options won't be specifically defined meaning that if you guys can come up with a novel solution I didn't think of, I'll have to create a response on-the-fly, which as a reward will be more likely to be favourable for you. There will be the possibility of character death in the later missions but rest assured it will be unlikely and there'll usually be the chance of a get-out.

JoJoDeathunter:
Snippety Snip

Missing out the Job Title was completely unintentional, fixed it now.

razor343:

JoJoDeathunter:
Snippety Snip

Missing out the Job Title was completely unintentional, fixed it now.

No worries, embarrassingly I actually forgot exactly the same thing on the Captain's sheet when I initially posted up the OP :-P

Just letting you know, I'm still very much intrested in joining.

I'm just having a smidgen of writer's block at the moment.

avouleance2nd:
[spoiler=An NPC]
snip

Just two comments. One, a cold based weapon will cause serious lasting damage. Frostbite is bad enough, but the sounds of your weapon sounds like it would cause arms to shatter if they were struck after being frozen.

Another thing, just a fun fact. Did you know that Thagomizer was actually coined by The Far Side comic strip, before becoming an actual scientific term?

Soviet Heavy:

avouleance2nd:
[spoiler=An NPC]
snip

Just two comments. One, a cold based weapon will cause serious lasting damage. Frostbite is bad enough, but the sounds of your weapon sounds like it would cause arms to shatter if they were struck after being frozen.

Another thing, just a fun fact. Did you know that Thagomizer was actually coined by The Far Side comic strip, before becoming an actual scientific term?

Good point- Then again someone with her weapon experience probably doesn't quite realise that. (Not to mention Lallowens are cold resistant so she might not realise).

And yes I did.

So you ok with her affection? Is it requited?

avouleance2nd:

Soviet Heavy:

avouleance2nd:
[spoiler=An NPC]
snip

Just two comments. One, a cold based weapon will cause serious lasting damage. Frostbite is bad enough, but the sounds of your weapon sounds like it would cause arms to shatter if they were struck after being frozen.

Another thing, just a fun fact. Did you know that Thagomizer was actually coined by The Far Side comic strip, before becoming an actual scientific term?

Good point- Then again someone with her weapon experience probably doesn't quite realise that. (Not to mention Lallowens are cold resistant so she might not realise).

And yes I did.

So you ok with her affection? Is it requited?

I didn't notice any affection in her dossier. Unless you were referring to her debates with Demexin? One other thing. Her age is below the limit of 21 years.

Either way, it all depends on if JoJo accepts the characters.

avouleance2nd:

E.Kalade

While this character isn't exactly what I had in mind for one of the NPCs, I quite like her and she may be accepted depending on what room there is. There is one pressing issue that's already been addressed by Soviet Heavy though, you'll need to age her up to at-least 21 if she's to be a Diplomatic Corp. There will be the chance to interact with teenaged and child NPCs on some of the planets we visit, who could even potentially come along on the ship for a time if there was a good enough reason, but the SU itself wouldn't recruit a young person for such an important diplomatic mission.

A Gent of Villainous Intent:
Just letting you know, I'm still very much intrested in joining.

I'm just having a smidgen of writer's block at the moment.

You're in luck, the thread won't close for a couple more days at-least and probably later than that since there would be no point starting up the RP on Christmas Eve. See what you can do.

Soviet Heavy:

Snip

I thought I mentioned she might have a thing for the chief engineer. Also as for her age I wasn't sure if that applied to NPCs. Not to mention Lallow mature slightly faster so that might factor in. But if not I'll just age her a few years.

Anyway just because we aren't in yet doesn't mean we can't pre plan (It could even increase our chances of getting in).

JoJoDeathunter:

Snip

Turns out 3 years can go past just like that. (By which I mean I edited the sheet)
But thanks for the approval.

This will be my first RP, but the universe seems cool and I'll be happy to participate. So, without further delay...
Name: James Bergmann

Gender: Male

Species: Human

Age: 27 Earth years

Appearance: Short, dark blond hair. Tan but distinctively white skin color. Blue eyes. About 6 feet in height, wears an orange engineering uniform.

Job Title: Propulsion engineer

Equipment: Digital watch, Durex Type-93 plasma hand gun, pocket knife, assortment of tools, goggles (usually on his forehead), insulated gloves.

Personality: Very kind and giving, curious about new life and technology, more of a follower than a leader, is a pacifist, obedient, and friendly.

Strengths: Extensive knowledge in physics, chemistry, and biology. Good at chess and other strategy games, is a quick learner, good with firearms, and can easily survive in the wilderness

Weaknesses: Overly trusting, afraid of large insects.

Bio: James grew up on Apollo, a cold world located between the fringe and the core of the SU, and dotted with factories and farms (in the north and south respectively). James lived near the mountains of the north, where the trees and animals had not yet yielded to the cities and factories. He would often go hunting or fishing with his family deep into the wilderness. As a result, he has great skill in the use of all forms of firearms, both conventional and energy-based, and understands how to survive in the outdoors. Once out of high school, James attended a university for astronautical engineering with a scholarship from the space navy. After his education, James became a full member of the SUSN. Over the next 5 years, James went from starship to starship and port to port, always questioning the natives about their history and culture. When he saw that the DC had an opening, he was the first to sign up, hoping that life on a DC ship would prove to be an enlightening experience in both technology and alien culture. Dispite his background with hunting and guns, James consiters intelligent life extremely sacred and will only hurt or kill in life or death situations. He also has a pet spider, which is ironic considering his fear of large insects.

avouleance2nd:

Turns out 3 years can go past just like that. (By which I mean I edited the sheet)
But thanks for the approval.

No problem. Also a shamelss plug for anyone annoyed with the brightness of the new design, there's an add-on for Chrome (and I think it works for Firefox too) which I've made with the assist of the app Stylish which brings back the old blue borders. For more information check out my post here.

TheBlueShotgun0:

James Bergmann

Welcome to the Escapist, I'm gratified that your first post is in my RP. Role-playing is very easy to get into so your lack of experience shouldn't be a problem, I ended up becoming GM in my first RP after the original one quit! I like your character, especially the bit about him having a pet spider, so unless in the next couple of days I get some really good sheets you'll probably make it in.

Ah what the hell its been a while since I rp'ed last but this seems like fun

You would think after all the time hear I would have learned to use the spoiler tags

edit: hey it worked

JoJoDeathunter:
[quote="retyopy" post="540.335072.13535119"]snippety-snip snip, snippety snip snip here comes snipiclaus comin' down snipiclaus LLLLLAAAAAANNNNNNEEE

I did all the fixing.

Hope your still recruiting. Cause I wana join, where do I sign chief.
Heres my guy.

Edit: Chunk of my bio got eaten off, didn't notice. Now fixed and abit more polished.

Tiger Sora:
Hope your still recruiting. Cause I wana join, where do I sign chief.
Heres my guy.

theonecookie:
Ah what the hell its been a while since I rp'ed last but this seems like fun

You would think after all the time hear I would have learned to use the spoiler tags

edit: hey it worked

Sorry but Mars is pretty dead, we never really cracked living on it so I doubt anyone would be from it. Also since cyborgs haven't been mentioned yet they aren't really part of the universe so you'll need to think of something else.

This sounds fun! Character Sheet below.

EDIT: Changed the bit about the Accent to be more fitting with the time period, and added to the bio.
EDIT 2: Added a Universal Translator to Equipment and improved formatting.
EDIT 3: Removed the Accent, and replaced it with a nervous stammer.

retyopy:

I did all the fixing.

Cool, no problems with the sheet now.

theonecookie:
Ah what the hell its been a while since I rp'ed last but this seems like fun

Name: Sturn heartfield

You would think after all the time hear I would have learned to use the spoiler tags

edit: hey it worked

As my lore expert Avouleance2nd mentioned above, Mars is no-longer permanently inhabited so it's unlikely that your character could have be born there, though there are mining operations and historical sites on the planet so your character could have spent some time there. I recommend picking another SU planet off this map:

As a disclaimer I must add the reason I hadn't posted this map up yet is that it's out-of-date as it's missing the most recent additions to the universe, but what is on there is actually on there is accurate.

For your entry, you've a chance of making it in depending on how many other sheets I get, no promises for anyone yet until the thread closes.

Tiger Sora:
Hope your still recruiting. Cause I wana join, where do I sign chief.
Heres my guy.

Thor Arsiir

I am still recruiting and I don't 100% agree with AV2 about cyborgs not being allowed, I see no reason why not, so hang on and I'll edit this post when I've reached an agreement with him on your character.

Edit: It's been decided that a cyborg character is allowed, on the understanding that they are not a separate race to humanity, simply humans who have be helped with technology like modern day glasses wearers.

JoJoDeathunter:

retyopy:

I did all the fixing.

Cool, no problems with the sheet now.

theonecookie:
Ah what the hell its been a while since I rp'ed last but this seems like fun

Name: Sturn heartfield

You would think after all the time hear I would have learned to use the spoiler tags

edit: hey it worked

As my lore expert Avouleance2nd mentioned above, Mars is no-longer permanently inhabited so it's unlikely that your character could have be born there, though there are mining operations and historical sites on the planet so your character could have spent some time there. I recommend picking another SU planet off this map:

As a disclaimer I must add the reason I hadn't posted this map up yet is that it's out-of-date as it's missing the most recent additions to the universe, but what is on there is actually on there is accurate.

For your entry, you've a chance of making it in depending on how many other sheets I get, no promises for anyone yet until the thread closes.

Tiger Sora:
Hope your still recruiting. Cause I wana join, where do I sign chief.
Heres my guy.

Thor Arsiir

I am still recruiting and I don't 100% agree with AV2 about cyborgs not being allowed, I see no reason why not, so hang on and I'll edit this post when I've reached an agreement with him on your character.

Fair enough I don't much like the bio anyway it was late when a wrote it an looking at it it don't make much sense

Krais101:
This sounds fun! Character Sheet below.

Dr. Nathaniel James (Nate) Harris

I like a lot, quite different from any entry we've had before, like that he has a family at home and his fear of open spaces will be interesting on missions. Just one nitpick, I'd recommend changing his accent to "resembles an Australian accent" since Australia hasn't existed in this universe for over 3000 years, so that would be like someone alive today having inherited a Roman or Anglo-Saxon accent ;-)

JoJoDeathunter:

Krais101:
This sounds fun! Character Sheet below.

Dr. Nathaniel James (Nate) Harris

I like a lot, quite different from any entry we've had before, like that he has a family at home and his fear of open spaces will be interesting on missions. Just one nitpick, I'd recommend changing his accent to "resembles an Australian accent" since Australia hasn't existed in this universe for over 3000 years, so that would be like someone alive today having inherited a Roman or Anglo-Saxon accent ;-)

Also like it but might help if you expanded slightly on the Bio as it's a bit short.

avouleance2nd:

JoJoDeathunter:

Krais101:
This sounds fun! Character Sheet below.

Dr. Nathaniel James (Nate) Harris

I like a lot, quite different from any entry we've had before, like that he has a family at home and his fear of open spaces will be interesting on missions. Just one nitpick, I'd recommend changing his accent to "resembles an Australian accent" since Australia hasn't existed in this universe for over 3000 years, so that would be like someone alive today having inherited a Roman or Anglo-Saxon accent ;-)

Also like it but might help if you expanded slightly on the Bio as it's a bit short.

Okay! No problem! I'm changed it up there, but if you want me to re-post I can. If there is anything else you want changed let me know.

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