By Messenger of the Court of Okoto
The disappearance of the Elders was marked today, three decades ago, under dark and uncertain circumstances. The remaining Elder has consistently proven unsympathetic with attempts to locate them, and The Dark continues to grow in the absence of their leadership. For the sake of society we would dare to press on, but brother Ekimu has unwisely departed on his own initiative, and may be in definite peril.
With this in mind, I, Makuta, Champion at Arms and Head of the People of Okoto, commission you, the recipient of this decree, to arrive at the City of the Mask Makers on the first day, of the fifth month, and if proven competent, to engage in a potentially perilous mission to receive Ekimu, brother Mask Maker, back into the protection of this city, wherever that endeavor may take you.
By Decree of
Makuta, Champion At Arms, Regent of the People’s Court, Justice of All Offense and Altercation, Commander of Armed Defense
Go in Peace and Power
The Dark. A title that chills the very bones of all who hear it spoken, representing the massive forest in the heart of Okoto, caved in the center by a colossal crater and inhabited by beasts most foul - Hunters, the antler-bearing inhabitants of the island and very discontent with the arrival of these miniature invaders.
Welcome to Okotan Adventures: The Dark, a prequel RP set in the Okotan Adventures universe. In this story you’ll be writing far before the events of the 2015 toy line, exploring events that brought about the story of the existing RPs. For those who don’t know(and those who want to catch up), here’s a summary:
Twenty years after the departure of the Toa, there was rumor of Makuta’s potential return. Aided by the locals of the island, a group of adventures, miscreants, and rogues, Ekimu encountered several threats and menaces to the island’s existence - The Lord of the Core, a colossus which dwarfed the mountains - The Lord of the Undying Storm, a giant with a lightning axe and unparalleled ice powers - The Skull Spider Queen, a wicked sorceress defying all of Okoto’s power - and with his adventurers managed to seal Makuta back in the realm of his own wickedness.
Three years later, the Lord of the Undying Storm returned to wreak havoc and was deftly defeated by Ekimu. However, this triggered the arrival of the Lord of the Skies, and the dangerous Betrayer escaped from his prison. Ekimu was forced to recruit the Lord of the Undying Storm in an effort to stop this Betrayer once and for all, while many of the other adventurers from three years before encountered various threats and the return of the Skull Spider army, heralded by its queen.
That part of the story has not yet come to a close.
As for this RP, welcome! Whether you’re old or new, anyone can enjoy this particular adventure. Rules are Cools, however, so let’s get them out of the way:
The GM Rules
That’d be me. If I say something, you can contest my decision, but if it’s final, it’s final. Other GMs on the site range from easily swayed on every topic to almost heartless in punishing player defiance, and I’d like to think I don’t fall in either extreme. I make mistakes, just like anyone else, but if I make a decision and make it firm, it’s sticking.
No Bunnying, Godmodding, Etc.
This should go without saying, but don’t play unfairly. All RP etiquette applies. There’s a whole topic on RP How-To material (it’s official, too!) you can check out.
One Party, One Story
For those who have played the first two Okotan Adventures RPs, you might have been expecting a similar experience to those two games. In some ways it will be, but in others not. Namely, when the plot advances the party, you stick with the party or you get left behind. Want to go out and adventure on your own? The punishment for it will be abandonment on my part, so stick close.
Death Is Real (And I Am Outside Your House Right Now)
Uh… ignore that last part.
Yes, your character can die in this game! In fact, don’t be too surprised if it happens. Sometimes other players will be the cause of death, other times it’ll be my devious machinations. Play smartly and you most likely will never meet that terrible fate.
And now the ominous Signup Template. If you’re going to play as an ancient ancestor of a character you already have in one of the other two RPs, make sure they already have kids because if they die… Well, that’d really screw up the family tree, is all.
And just for the record, I’m only allowing one character per player. If your main man dies, you can make another, but not until then.