“Chimera - A thing that is hoped or wished for but in fact is illusory or impossible to achieve”
You hoped for a dream; you dreading your nightmare.
You got both.
Hope dwindled for the future. But people make their own hope, justified or not. They could not stand to go forward, and they could not go back, so they turned inwards.
In the wake of a societal low unparalleled throughout all of history, where natural disasters and wars have set the world crumbling at its foundation, one industry ruled supreme over the heavily concentrated and thriving cities scattering the globe, connecting otherwise uninhabited stretches of wilderness: MENDAX, medical monopoly, controlling nearly every aspect of life, always finding new ways to enthrall the public and gain even more power.
There is no denying that their latest concoction, the SNOVA pill, is designed to do just that, first introduced under the motive of helping those close to crossing over spend the last few hours in bliss, but its addictive nature immediately set the public madly craving it. Why?
Each SNOVA pill allows the user to fully, physically experience whatever dream they concoct, turning the aimless wanderings of the mind into reality - a reality brought about by the user. More than lucid dreaming, there were some who said the pill changed reality itself. Its limitation: the inability to control how long the dream lasted. A deep sleep, a fleeting nap.
Not to be outdone, a new, cracked version of the pill has hit the streets, with heavy resistance from MENDAX; a pill with such potency, such agency by the dreamer, that none of the users have ever chosen to wake up; or perhaps it’s not a choice after all …
You took the drug. You awoke to find that your dream - and your nightmare - had seeped into reality … or had they? Now you must find answers for why this is happening. Is your dream worth the mutations, transformations, and twistings of your nightmare? Are you even awake?
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Breaking with these rules will incite warnings. I’m a forgiving GM, but repeat offense can result in being permanently removed from the RP, and possibly other, site-wide consequences, depending on the level of offense.
Now, onto the major stipulation disclaimer thing.
In this RP, we (Ghid and I) expect intelligence, logic, and, above all , a detectable effort at good writing. We aren’t going to flat out intentionally ignore posts that aren’t “up to scratch”, but the truth is that if your post is … markedly insufficient or unimportant, it is likely to be overlooked.
Elitist, you say? I mean, yeah. But hear us out.
Above all else, this RP is meant to be a comprehensive story - something good enough to be bound in leather and archived as a literary accomplishment. There may even be a webcomic produced with this story as its subject, so from the two of us, we implore you to write thoroughly and write well. If each post takes an hour to compose, it is far more worthwhile to us than if you throw it together in two minutes just to move things along. And anyone can do this. Anyone, with a little effort, can write something that’s just as good as if not better than the best RPers on this site this being a LEGO site, not an RP one is a point totally removed from the one I’m making. Shut yo smart mouth.
Basically, please make this a story worth reading . We’re all in this together, and I as a GM, and Ghid as a coordinator/moderator, are going to be giving our utmost to making this a good literary work. It’d be nice if you could too.
We do not mean to say “if you can’t write well, you can’t join this RP”. What we’re trying to get across is that “if you aren’t willing to try to write well, please don’t join this RP”. Whether your RPing is or isn’t “good” or “bad” is irrelevant. Trying is enough.
That starts right now: your character sheet. We ask that you put some legitimate thought into making your character. There are more than enough self-inserts, edgelords, and 3-minute characters on the boards; a character that has an “interesting” backstory but is bland during RP is infinitely inferior to a cliche with actual depth.
And uh, for those who don’t know how this works: fill out the below template and post it in this topic. Once it’s approved, your character sheet will be quoted at the bottom of this post.
One final thing. Your “Dream” and “Nightmare” can be whatever you want it - but know that it may not play out exactly how you intend. You’re writing what you character wanted, not what they necessarily got. I as the GM reserve the right to modify how it actually played out. A general rule: the better your dream, the worse your nightmare should be. As long as things are balanced, everything should be fine, and no GM intervention/modification should be needed.
And seriously, we’re looking for depth here. A dream of “Immortality, invulnerability, dashing good looks, and the ability to turn invisible” and the nightmare of “cursed to have demon blood oooh ahhh” is not exactly what we have in mind.
And also, I don’t really expect anyone to try this, but if its obvious that you’re “dumbing down” your nightmare to try and get some sort of mechanical edge …
Put simply, I will not be merciful.