How sorrowful a procession was carried that day, that the hearts of millions would weep at his passing! The death of True Emperor of Mantid Dynasty Hoshu will be repaid to his murderer!
The bells tolled as the coffin of our great Emperor was brought down from the royal temple, mourners standing on the sidelines in great sorrow. Young Yuburu strode along behind it, robed in the mantle of his late father, prepared in mind and body to ascend to the throne.
The grave was adorned with the flowers of the mourning, but were swept away by the stoic Holos, the honor-bound rhino beetles in the Emperor’s service. As a final gift to the late Emperor, for all his glory and splendor, the Holos opened the grave of one gone before and removed his skull, fixing it to the tomb of Emperor Hoshu, as a sign that they would never forget him.
A winding speech was delivered by the head of the estate, and Yuburu refrained from commenting. Eventually the crowds filed away, as the Holos bowed in reverence, until at last there was the weaver. His emotionless face carried the sorrow of the whole ordeal, and his long, thin legs which raised him to the sky carried him away in complete silence.
So was the death of The Great Emperor Hoshu Mantid, at the hands of traitors. He will be avenged.
Welcome to the land of Grales, the home of the Empire of Insects. Gone are the jovial days of prosperity and peace, as civil war begins to stir amidst the hearts of the masses. The assassination of the Emperor was greeted heartily by some, and completely denied in utter disbelief by others. Racial tensions grow higher than they ever have, and unless the Holos can retain power in the capitol, it could mean the end of the Empire.
[details=World]The realm of Grales is divided into three main portions: The Capitol, The Commonwealth, and The Great Forest.
[details=The Commonwealth]The Commonwealth is the largest portion of the kingdom, where a wide variety of insects lived in peace until extremely recently. While some insects still try to return to that blissful acceptance of one another, seeds of doubt and suspicion have been sown thanks to the death of the Emperor, and now entire races are being held into question. The Commonwealth consists of a small town and empty, rolling fields, a good amount of which have been converted into farmland.
There are a few notable locations here. First the Weaver’s house, a windmill where he, the Weaver, as only a few know his true name, sits and spins fine fabric comparable to the silk brought in by foreign traders. The foreign embassy, which the Emperor insisted would not be located in the capitol, gladly houses any travelers from beyond the kingdom’s borders. Word of the Emperor’s death finally reaching beyond the borders of Grales will surely bring in some ambassadors. The Sand Tavern, where adventures and peasants alike gather to drink and sing their cares away, and where bounty hunters and mercenaries lurk in the gloom, waiting for a task. There is also the fire mine which collapsed partially some years ago, and the Emperor had it shut down for safety reasons. The mock Holos known as the Fable Knights protect not the emperor, but the people of Grales, and may or may not be working with the rebellion from their headquarters in the Commonwealth.
Finally, you have the Millipede stables, and why this bears significance I’ll explain later.[/details]
[details=The Capitol]The pinnacle of modern engineering and architecture crafted by the great minds of the mysterious Master Crafters, the Capitol was constructed under the guidance and the watchful eye of Grand Emperor Mantidus Yumo after he conquered the warring nations of Grales, beginning the Empire of Mantid. The city surrounding the capitol building - The Mantid Temple - itself has aged heavily over the decades, but still stands strong. Yet in the back alleys of its pristine might lies the wicked criminal underworld, who couldn’t care less for the Emperor and his demise. As long as an emperor sits on the throne, they will continue to act.
The face of this underworld leader is unknown, yet it is highly suspected that he is one of the last of the forbidden race, the Arachnids. Not only were they shunned for being monsters who eat other insects, but Emperor Yumo Ran Chi set the death warrant on any that remained in the entire Empire. Yet the suspiciously alien Weaver remains, despite being comparable to an Arachnid, yet utterly defying it and surviving on a very strict and simplistic diet has cleared him from most suspicion.
The capital has many shops of fine material which usually come from outside the Empire, such as silk. If a player wanted to have a store it would probably be here.
The Holos reside in a sanctuary under the Capitol, and are often found out patrolling about Grales, their very presence being a deterrent to those seeking to commit nefarious deeds.[/details]
[details=The Great Forest]Only the foolish walk here.
The Great Forest is known for two things: delicious, delectable food growing in the heart of the trees, along with rumours of the greatest treasure ever known… And monsters. While most remain unconfirmed myths, there is a prophecy that the destroyer of worlds will erupt from the great forest and push the nation into the sea. It also serves as a barrier between Grales and the rest of the world, and is too massive of an expanse to be trekked through or flown over.
The traders that come through the barren land trek around the massive forest on the Pilgrim’s Road, bringing things like silk and pearl from the distant country of the Moths. They know not to tread into that great body of trees… Insects that dare to venture in farther than a short distance are never seen again.[/details][/details]
[details=Races]The world of Grales is inhabited by numerous insects, culminating in many different races. Playable races will be decided on a case-by-case basis as I want you to figure out what kind of insect you’re really going to be playing.
[details=Superior Races]The general order of races in hierarchy are considered to the rest of the insect kingdom. Ones currently unplayable are listed as so:
Mantis - Ruling family, few currently alive. (Unplayable)
Centipede - Only one centipede currently alive, no known location . (Unplayable)
Rhino/Goliath Beetle - Giant beetles that defend the royal family, are very strong and extremely resilient.
Moths - Seen as very intelligent, aren’t very strong and are extremely dainty and delicate in their behavior. (Unplayable)
[details=Arachnids]While I don’t want to keep Arachnids from being playable forever, I will at the start to prevent an overflow, because everyone would much rather be a Spider than a Dung Beetle. Unlike with the last category these will all be allowed at once at some point in the future.
Scorpion - Never seen in Grales. It’s reasonable to exist if any are alive.
Tick - Rather weak but extremely intelligent. Are the most vile of the Arachnids.
Spider - Master craftsman and extremely crafty. It’s been rumoured that the web they produce is comparable to silk.
Huntsman - Only one known Huntsman, or Daddy Longlegs, exists. The Weaver.[/details]
[details=Millipedes]The most trodden-on race around, the Millipedes are the pack animals of the insects. Farmers gladly use them for labour, hauling great weights on their uncompromising backs. They talk to each other in quiet clicks but can be trained to speak and comprehend basic speech. There are some advocates, like the Weaver, who argue that the Millipedes deserve the same rights as anyone else, and some theorize that the destroyer of worlds is a giant Millipede who will enact vengeance on those who gravely mistreated its brethren.
The Empire has outlawed abusive ownership of a Millipede and anyone who is caught mistreating one in their care is subject to punishment, ranging from repossession of the Millipede to death. You’re welcome to play as a Millipede if you want, but I don’t see why you would.
[details=Signup and Rules]Here is the signup sheet for the RP. When it comes to creating your character I Cannot Stress Enough, You must be specific with your wording and description. If you choose an insect and gloss over the details I will assume you are limiting yourself to the exact wording you chose, so I need to know everything you want included.
The races not allowed are:
Any insects that work in a hive (Ants, Bees, Termites, et cetera)
Any insects smaller than a fly (Gnats, Fleas, et cetera)
Any insects that effect other insects through some form of zombification (I’m thinking zombie wasps specifically)
Any insect that can survive for an extended period without its head (Cockroaches, et cetera)
Name: What you want your character to be named.
Species: This is a fantasy world, so some size alteration and humanism is going to take place. Keep in mind I will be looking at your species’ capabilities in your signup very closely.
Gender: Insects that reproduce asexually will be ignored for the sake of this RP.
Capabilities: If your insect can fly, it needs to be stated here. If you are a dragonfly but your Capabilities does not specifically list it I will assume you cannot.
Appearance: What your insect looks like. A drawing is preferred, but a general description will do as well.
Bio: What your character did before the RP began. I’d use the death of the Emperor as a good stopping point but it’s up to you.
[details=Rules]The rules are simple but unmoving. Failure to follow them will likely result in eventually being booted from the RP.
No Godmodding, Autohitting, Bunnying, et cetera.
These golden rules made either an appearance or a return about the time I started interacting with the RP section of the message boards. No idea if it was me or just coincidence, or if there was some dead RP pushing for proper rules. Regardless, here they are. You’ve seen them everywhere before and you know them well.
Respect other members
I don’t feel like I need to describe what this means.
Don’t magically heal from every wound. Many insects have more than two ‘arm’ limbs so losing one isn’t the end of the world. And if you want your character to stay safe, play them safe.[/details][/details]
Here’s the RP Topic.
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