HOOOOWDY!!! Thought I'd make a vampire RP (again) so here it is! Just throw in your CS and I'll be sure to nag to death if I'm not ok with the CS . Happy readin'!!
Got any questions? Send me a PM, don't litter the thread with useless OOCs.
Curse of a Vampire
Vampires exist, it is a fact which you can not overwrite. They are not monsters who only live to drink blood, they are sophisticated beings with actual socities coexisting with humans among the bustling of the cities.
Ancient lores tell that there exists a supreme vampire somewhere out there. The vampire's name has been told to be Vlad Tepes, although you most likely know him by a better name: Dracula. Most of the humans do not believe this tale, although some of them persist on acknowledging Dracula as a real being. They are fanatics who find vampires ”cool” and who are also the architects behind the ridiculous rumors that vampires are vulnerable to this 'holy water', garlic and crosses. Some of them even say that they've been bit by Dracula, these are all lies however. For in reality, Dracula does not drink human blood. Instead, he drinks the blood of vampires. This raises a question then: if Dracula was the first vampire, whose blood did he drink first? The answer is simple. Dracula was indeed the first vampire, but there was also another one who was born right after him.
She is simply named Adelaide, and she is a vampire too. Adelaide was the one who started drinking human blood so she was the one who actually birthed the vampire race. Dracula never had anything to do with it, he only kept consuming his own kin. Even his own son, Alucard, fell as his victim. He acted as the judge who controlled the population of the vampires. Dracula never drank his victims empty though, they are of no use to him dead after all. There exists a lore about Dracula among the vampires, it is a premonition of apocalypse to most. It is said that Dracula has been sleeping for over a millennium now and when he wakes up, he will devour all the vampires. Whether it is true or not, is something both Adelaide and Alucard are concerned about.
Even though Dracula didn't have much to do with the birth of vampires, every single vampire still possesses a trait from Dracula. His savage nature to be more precise. The vampires simply call it ”Beast”. The Beast lies dormant inside every vampire and it may awake at any given time. The longer a vampire goes without blood, the higher the chance that the Beast takes control of him or her. If the Beast takes control of a vampire, he or she will become much like Dracula. They start consuming only vampire blood which eventually leads to becoming a mindless monster. Once under the control of the Beast, the vampire gains immense physical strength and the vampire's dark powers are enhanced.
If a vampire is completely controlled by the Beast, and has turned into a monster, they are considered outcasts with no hope. So if a vampire goes rampant, the other vampires will hunt it down. This is a rule set by Adelaide, no mercy for the wicked. These individuals are called Crixes (See-rixes, singular: Crix (See-rix)) and their numbers only keep increasing. The outbreak of the Crixes happened during the 1940s, during the end of the Second World War. Suddenly, more and more vampires started turning into Crixes. By now the Crixes have created a clan for themselves: Beast's Childe. It is a clan which only accepts ”those who have embraced their inner Beast”, in other words you must be a Crix in order to join. The biggest giveaway of a Crix is their eyes, they are like lizard's eyes with an amber color.
Vampire hunters are the single, biggest threat after the sun to vampires. They are skilled and ruthless in their work. They spare no one, no matter what kind of a vampire you are, they hunt you down. Even though vampires are much stronger than humans, possess devastating powers and have a high durability, they also have weaknesses which the vampire hunters use effectively. A single, experienced vampire hunter can take out a vampire before sustaining even a single hit. They have the means to kill a vampire, and they use them rigorously. The vampire hunters have their own guild: ”Disciples of the Holy Cross” which makes them sound like a crazy cult.. which they are if you ask a vampire.
All hope for vampires seems to be lost since everything out there tries to kill them. However this is the harsh truth about being a vampire, it is a constant struggle for survival. Of course, there are some quite neat sides about being a vampire. First off, their powers. Vampires can not transform into bats or such, but they can climb through walls as easily as a spider. They see in dark and have excellent agility and alerted senses. Couple those with physical prowess and you'll be boasting how damn good you are. Needless to say, but someone would definitely end your afterlife if you did that.
Vampires have multiple weaknesses, some could say that vampires are actually more vulnerable than humans. The Disciples of the Holy Cross have developed bullets which contain UV radiation inside them, it's like getting hit by a direct ray of light from the sun.. meaning instant death. Silver bullets are also lethal but you can sustain a few hits before dying. Normal bullets hurt although they won't kill you. Catch a sunrise and you're dead. Bladed weapons hurt too, especially silver ones. Fire is also lethal to vampires, avoid it at all costs. However as mentioned earlier: crosses, holy water, garlic or such have no effect on vampires.
Vampires exist all around the globe. Now their existance is threatened to be revealed by the Beast's Childe -clan. They do it simply by revealing themselves to humans and leaving witnesses. No one knows why the hell they choose to show themselves to humans, but Adelaide is dead-set to find out. If the humans realise vampires truly exist, it would mean the end of vampires.
Alucard on the other hand doesn't care about the Beast's Childe clan. Instead, he has focused his resources on finding Dracula.. and finishing him off for good. He has his reasons which he won't reveal but anyone can figure out that he's out for revenge.
You have been chosen for a mission based on your skills as a vampire. This mission's briefing is held in the HQ, right in the conference room where most meetings are held (50th floor). The way you arrive and receive the invitation is yours to decide, you just need to get there.
Besides creating the vampire race, Adelaide also created vampire societies, and eventually created the different branches of vampires with Alucard's help.
Branches: ((3 new branches! ))
Barha: Barhas are physically the second strongest of the vampire branches. They are aces in combat but lack in all the other departments. They are arrogant brutes who have a clear anarchist soul in them. They are usually the ones who dart off headlong into battle and get themselves killed either first or in some cases last. Either way, Barhas are considered rather stupid. Of course not all of them are, but stereotypically speaking yes. Barhas are the most common branch of vampires.
Relgan: Relgans are quite similar to Barhas, however they are much more beast like. The Beast inside them is completely out of control, it can take over at any given time. Even if Relgan do drink blood often, the Beast can take control. It is a curse and a blessing for them. Because the Beast is so strong inside them, it has an influence to their appearance and powers. Relgans can grow claws and fangs to become more beastly, this is the closest they can get without transforming. Like it was stated, transformation is not possible. But because the Beast is strong within them, Relgans are the most susceptible to turning into a Crix. Relgans are also common among the vampires.
Likava: Likavas are the strangest of the branches. They have gone simply mad, and yet they are somehow on some bizarre level.. geniuses. They can see to the future, present and past at the same time, this simply creates a vortex inside their heads. Some of them speak with a very weird language, using bizarre metaphors to describe everyone and everything (example: ”The one who has face and yet does not have.” ← This Likava is calling someone a liar). Likavas have a poetic nature, it usually comes from the background of the Likava when they were human. Surprisingly, most of the Likavas were writers when they were humans. This does not fit for all Likavas of course, there are also the regular madjobs: Split personalities (highest one has been 14), schizophrenia etc. They say that every tenth vampire is a Likava.
(( This branch is hard. Coming up with ”clever” metaphors, acting both insane and genius at the same time isn't that easy. Think hard before choosing this. It won't be an easy ride.. but it sure as hell will be rewarding . If you aren't afraid of a challenge, try it out! ))
Toreano: Toreanos are elegant and sophisticated. They are most involved with the human world, by clubbing all night long. They are laid-back and flirtatious, as if they aren't even vampires. However because of their ”abilities”, making connections in the human world is quite easy. Even vampires require money to survive, humans are the key to acquiring it. Toreanos aren't too capable when it comes to combat, that is why they tend to avoid it all together. If there's nowhere else to go, a Toreano will fight. They prefer using weapons like guns rather than their strength to overcome their opponents. Toreanos are quite common as a branch.
Remetian: Remetians have their own society build up inside the whole vampire society. They are infamous of their blood magic. By drinking blood, they enhance their powers and gain the ability to control other people's blood. Most lethal way for their magic is to make the target's blood boil and eventually explode. There are many different ways to use the blood magic, even the most advanced Remetians do not know all the different methods to use blood magic. Remetians are revered among the vampires, not many wish to even converse with them. They are also quite rare among vampires, it is a gift to be ”born” as a Remetian.
Vertrue: Vertrues are the jacks-of-all-trades among the branches. Vertrues are usually ”nobles” among vampires and to make matters worst, they are usually filthy rich. Because of their nature, they are rather serious and tend not to kid around like Toreanos. They act on instinct and business sense. Vertrues also have a natural resistance against fire, no one knows why but it's been proven. It is easy to say that the Vertrues are priviledged, however it also means that the other branches do not like them too much. Some do, most don't, it's the way of the afterlife.
Fallian: Fallians are mostly loners who prefer to do things their way. Their nature can be a bit similar to the Relgans but they won't have any violent Beast episodes (unless they go long without drinking blood). If a person has been a social outcast in their previous life, it's likely that he or she becomes a Fallian. Because of their nature to do things alone, Fallians don't care much about others. It's rare to see a Fallian team up with more than two vampires and it's even rarer to see a Fallian in a council meeting. Fallians can summon creatures from hell and command them to their will, just like necromancers in the old age. Occasionally the creature doesn't go back to hell, instead it sticks with the Fallian and thus they create an inseparable bond with each other.
(( License to be bada** right here. The bad thing is that interaction with other RPers is going to be limited because of the Fallian's nature ))
Saesvan: Saesvan's are somewhat common among the vampires. People who have had very tragic lives and/or have heavy regrets usually become Saesvans. Most common trait for all the Saesvans is their indifferent outlook on afterlife. In that way they are similar to Fallians but where Fallians don't care about others, Saesvans don't care about anything. They haven't lost their will to live, they just don't care anymore. However there have been a few Saesvans who have overcome this ”ill” state of mind, one of them being the council representative of the Saesvan. Saesvan's body has become a weapon itself since whatever a Saesvan touches, dies. This doesn't work against inanimate objects like walls of course but vampires, animals and humans are all vulnerable to it.
Nosferatu: Nosferatus are considered the lowest of the lowest, and yet they are also the strongest. They share Dracula's bloodline the most and as such are deformed. They don't look human anymore and that's why they can't show themselves to humans. Their skin has turned saggy, their ears have curved to resemble a bat, their eyes are that of the Beast and their body is covered in boils, rotten skin tissue and scars. If a human saw a Nosferatu.. well let's just say that would be a bad thing for the vampire society. So, Nosferatus are limited to roaming the rooftops and sewers and are considered filthy monsters.. Is there anything to balance that? Yes, there is.
Since the Nosferatu have the closest bloodline to Dracula, they are by far the strongest of all the other branches. A Nosferatu can challenge two vampire hunters head-on and emerge victorius. Their strength, speed and senses are otherworldly, plus they can turn invisible for a short amount of time. Nosferatus handle the information network in the vampire society, thus they are invaluable.
Okay! That's the intro, now here's some info etc.
It's the year 2040. We live in America, New York. Only the name is as it is, you can come up with the rest of the city. That much I can say that it's one big city, filled with sewers and dark alleys. The usual stuff to make a vampire's life a tad easier. The vampires have their HQ located in the middle of the city, in a tall skyscraper owned by Adelaide. There are other places which are vampires-only, and as the years have went on, more and more vampire-only places have popped up. Rooftops are vampires best friends in this city. You can linger in human places too if you want, you just have to remember to keep that Beast within in chains.
Adelaide runs the show so to speak. She is the head vampire, a kind of leader. Alucard is the second in charge. The council members are as follows:
Barha: Anatasko Razic (249 years, appears 20)
Relgan: Jonathan ”Johnny” Hughes (85 years, appears 20-something)
Likava: Alice Hughes/White/Clark (239 years, appears 20)
Toreano: Jack Creedence (134 years, appears 30)
Remetian: Carlo Maimone (508 years, appears 40)
Vertrue: Dorian Harbinger (506 years, appears 30)
Fallian: William D'Hrone (433 years, appears 11)
Saesvan: Lao Fei (954 years, appears 50)
Nosferatu: Shade (Age unknown, appears damn ugly)
(( Shade stopped counting as the years went by, no one knows how old he is. Presumably he's older than the age combined of all the council members. ))
Vampire's body starts to become weaker after 800 years but they still won't die. After 1400 years though, they are pretty much useless slabs of meat. Adelaide and Dracula are not affected by age (Alucard is to some extent). Nosferatus are a bit different because of their bloodline, in fact they are just like Alucard. Their body slowly becomes weaker but they never die of old age.
I would like it if you could create the city little by little yourselves. Create buildings, parks, roads, something that still fits the scene. Don't go building a dang castle in the middle of the city! Just let everyone know when you add something noticeable to the city, otherwise we might miss it. You can create vampire-only places if you want.
Now what comes to your characters..
You are an underling of one of the council members, and a vampire of course. You can't start out as a human but you can describe your human life in your history and maybe have a few flashbacks in the RP.
Feel free to throw in suggestions or stuff like that. You know the deal, right? What comes to rules then.. I demand average posts! 3 paragraphs is ok! Aaaand I don't mind if you show off just don't get carried away! Them vampire hunters are out there!
Beast's Childe -clan
Disciples of the Holy Cross -guild
Branch(Barha, Relgan, Likava, Toreano, Remetian, Vertrue, Fallian, Saesvan or Nosferatu):
Dark Power(s) (Get creative. It can be pretty much anything. + points if it has something to do with the branch you've chosen. Max 3):
Appearance(I like pics but descriptions are fine too. Pics help me remember better.. maybe):
History(Feel free to write about your character's past when he/she was a human etc. You know the deal ):
PS. Remove the stuff in the brackets, ok? They only confuse.
Here's my sheet-o!! Probably my deepest character to this day . Might be the longest one too.
Name: Michael Colt (Mike among his now deceased friends)
Age: 82 (35 human years)
Ash Form - Michael's whole body can turn into an ash-like substance that floats in the air like smoke. He can turn his body into ash at will, thus enabling him to attack even from distance. The form also allows him to pass through a wall, assuming the wall has holes where small ash particles can go through. The ash form can last around 30 minutes at max, after that Michael begins to lose his actual form. He has no real weapons, just the curse all the Saesvans possess: a lethal touch. Combining the touch and his ash form are the only weapons he has.
His lethal touch can't be used all the time. It needs to "recharge" before it can be used again.
(( No idea who to credit since this was a random find ))
Michael's hair is light brown and somewhat messy, some of the front hair falls over his forehead. He doesn't bother combing it anymore. His eyes are deep blue color, making him all the more ”deep thinker” kind of guy. He has let a sharp stubble grow around his jaw and chin.
Michael is known of his shabby clothing and from a smoke hanging from the side of his mouth. His usual attire consists of a white collar shirt with the upmost buttons hanging loose and the sleeves rolled to his elbows, black khaki pants with thin white stripes and black loafers. The black tie seen in the picture is rarely with him these days.
History: Michael is a tragic character with a hard life that summons sympathy among others. After reading his tale, you might also feel sympathy toward him. He is a ”living” testament of how good and honest people can suffer more than they should only by sharing a connection to someone. It's like his whole life has been overshadowed by a reaper looming in the distance, taking away everyone he ever loved and cherished. We start from his teenager years when he was still a rascal wanting to experiment on everything he could get his hands on. Like most teenagers, Michael too rebelled against his parents on almost everything.
Michael belonged to a group called ”Bad Boys” which mostly consisted of 14-17 year-olds who wanted to make an impact, they wanted the world to see that they are here and they are here to stay. The leader of the gang, Jesse, was an orphan and a true anarchist soul. He was always living with a full blast, never looking back. The other kids were drawn to this, including Michael. Michael was 15 during that time. It was the time when he first experimented on smoking, alcohol and sex, all combined in one sad loop. It was inevitable that drugs finally made their appearance within the gang, and after they did.. everything went to hell.
Jesse became addicted, badly enough that he would hurt himself if he didn't get more. Michael was the only one who hadn't tested on the drugs yet and once he saw the change in Jesse, he knew drugs were the last thing he wanted in his life. Things went only worse when Jesse informed that Bad Boys was to become a new drug-dealing gang, this ensured a steady supply for Jesse's addiction. The rest went with him since they had long since lost their will to resist, Michael was the only one to stand against Jesse. He tried to talk sense into Jesse but to no avail. By now, Jesse had become paranoid, so much that he started sleeping with a knife tucked under his pillow. He saw Michael as a threat and so, once the two were alone, attacked him with a knife. There, at knife-point, Jesse threatened Michael and forced him to stay in the gang. Michael had no choice but to obey, otherwise Jesse would've surely killed him.
Michael was forced to witness the feebleness of human mind as Jesse's state of mind deteriorated as the days went on. Finally, Jesse's life was brought to an end by a bullet which pierced through his lung on a lonely alleyway in the heart of the city. In the end, Jesse was reaching for the stars.. only the realize it was impossible for someone like him. As news of Jesse's death was brought to Michael's ears, he knew he had to flee. Bad Boys would be eradicated from existance, each and every member would be slain ruthlessly, just like their leader. It was the way the other gangs ensured that the gang was not a threat anymore, nor would there be a chance for a revenge. Who could possibly miss a group of junkie kids? Michael was able to escape by convincing his parents to move, the rest of the gang though.. They are on His side now.
Sadly, the other gangs knew Michael was alive and as long as he was alive they would keep hunting him. Michael himself could never come up with a sane reason for their hunt.. were those gangs just as paranoid as Jesse had been? Because of this, both his parents had to suffer and pay a hard price. His mother was shot to death and his father fell into a coma due to a stab wound after he was mugged. This happened only a few months after Jesse's death. The criminals were never caught, and so Michael was left with no parents nor home. His only chance was to keep running.
There was no proof of Michael's father's recovery so Michael fled again, this time he jumped as far as he could.. to the other side of the world: America, the country of dreams.
He wanted to start with a blank slate, first doing some odd jobs before attending college and university. Years went on and eventually Michael got himself an honest job in marketing. He gained new friends fast, he had always been someone who people wanted to open up to. He was an excellent listener after all. People liked to share their stories with someone who understood them.
Soon after he was met by a blast from the past: Mary, his old crush from highschool. Somehow she had found her way to America and right into Michael's office. A few years went by again and Michael found himself settled down in a suburban area with Mary. They had hit it off almost immediately, having lots of things in common. Michael refused to talk about Jesse or any of the happenings back in Australia though, he wanted to avoid worrying Mary. He never told Mary that his father was in coma nor that his mother was shot, he always avoided the questions. Some of the couples said Michael and Mary were a perfect match for each other.
A year after, Mary became pregnant and gave birth to Jake, a spirited boy with a lot of love for life. Jake became everything to Michael, like a son should for a father. Michael was a stern father, but Jake still held him in high regard. Michael made sure to keep Jake away from all the horror Michael himself had gone through. Right from early age, Michael ”pound” information into Jake's head, it was always how he should never get involved with a gang. Jake turned out to be a bright young lad, he listened to his father intently. Life was good, at times Michael couldn't believe this was all real. He was still haunted by occasional nightmares but Mary and Jake always brought him back. Those two were the pillars that balanced Michael's life, and made his life worth living.
Mary would always keep reminding Michael of his bad habit, the only bad habit which he had since he met Jesse: smoking. Michael didn't smoke only because it calmed his nerves, it was a way for him to pay his respects to the old Jesse who he regarded as a true friend, not the Jesse who had become a slave of the drugs. Even now he misses Jesse, regretting how differently things could've ended between the two. Michael was now 32 and this was the high point of his life. Then the reaper came back, stealing away everything he had worked so hard for. It came as if on a cue.
Jake started having a lot of nightmares and his overall condition started weakening. Michael and Mary were of course concerned and paid a visit to a doctor. The result of the examination broke the floor underneath both Michael's and Mary's feet: Jake had been diagnosed with a cancer. He was given only a few months to live at best, the cancer had progressed too far for any treatment to effect it anymore. During this time Mary was pregnant for another baby, a sister for Jake. Michael felt like his whole life had been thrown into the bin and burned. It didn't help that Jake refused to acknowledge his condition, but what kind of a reaction could you expect from a 6-year-old kid? Michael would never forget the last week he spent with Jake, his condtion worsened in such a rapid way that the son Michael knew Monday wasn't anymore the same son on Sunday. Mary was taking Jake's condition far more heavily than Michael realized.
A small glimmer of hope was still growing inside Mary, it was the only thing that kept the two going after Jake's death. Then the reaper struck again, first ending the life of the growing fetus inside Mary through miscarriage and then Mary's life the day after. She died of stress, grief.. whatever you can come up with. She just couldn't handle it anymore.
Michael couldn't feel sadness anymore at that point, he felt empty. This was the reward for his hard work.. but he persisted. The traumas he had experienced would never go away but he would go on no matter what. With his own words before he stomped another cigarete next to Mary's tombstone:
”I won't stop, I'll never stop until someone stops me. I don't have a reason to live and I don't need one. I've gone through enough shit to last a lifetime so nothing surprises me anymore. Go on, keep throwing the worst you got.. I won't stop till I die.”
The last nail to Michael's coffin was placed only two days after Mary's death. One of the drug gangs from his past had found Michael and two of its members had cornered him on a dark alleyway. Michael was facing the two young men with a tired look, the youngsters looked like they had never held a gun before. Obviously the leader didn't find Michael important, he was just a loose end that needed tying. Michael lit another smoke and formed a few smoke rings before speaking to the two youngsters.
”Go on. If you got the guts, you pull that trigger and be done with it. End this miserable life of mine.”
Moments later two shots were fired and Michael crashed on the ground. He was silently staring at the empty night sky, his chest turning numb. The bullets had both hit his torso, he wouldn't have much time left now. He only wanted out, to live a normal life but something wouldn't let him. There was always something that took away his happiness.. and it all seemed like a punishment because he had known Jesse. He wondered if he was now going to see his whole life as a movie, just before he died. Nothing happened though, instead a figure bearing sunglasses appeared before him. It seemed to examine Michael before speaking with a rather cold tone.
”Your body seems fit.. a fine asset for me. Have any regrets, human?”
”Tch.. Yeah, a couple.”
”Good. Care for a second chance?”
”.. Don't we all?”
”Not everyone I'm afraid. Judging by your answer however, it seems you're still content on living. Rest now then, this'll be over quickly.”
”.. Before you do anything funny to me, care to give me your name?”
”I suppose that is understandable. My name is Dorian, but to you.. I believe I am an angel of death.”
”.. At least you got a flair for the dramatic.”
Michael let out a last laugh before falling into a deep slumber.