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[sticky entry] Sticky: ⇨ TEST DRIVE MEME: HEARTSTONE MANOR

WELCOME TO THE SHOW!

CHECK OUT THIS MONTH'S FOURTH WALL EVENT!
MORE INFORMATION BENEATH THE CUT.


In the meantime, this is an opportunity to try out your characters in the setting before you apply, or to put together samples for characters you've never played before. There are going to be options for both new arrivals and veteran characters. Before we get started, let's lay down some details:
  • You can (and should) read the full premise here.
  • Reserves and Applications are currently OPEN.
  • You can apply as a newcomer or as a "veteran" character who has been in the carnival for up to three years. In the case of veteran characters, you will need to come up with an explanation of why they haven't been around the carnival recently.
  • TDM threads can be used as game canon after the fact if both characters are accepted, the players agree to it, and it makes any sense contextually.
  • If you are interested in additional IC and OOC plot responsibilities, consider applying for a Supervisor position. Head Cook and Treasurer are currently open. Otherwise, we're pretty much down for anything, roles wise.

PROMPTS ARE WITHIN! )
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[sticky entry] Sticky: ⇨ 4TH WALL APPLICATION RULES

ESCAPE THE PRINCE!
4th Wall characters who submit an app and are accepted will be able to have their character move on from the Grand Ball log fluidly, and will not have to re-enter. Essentially, they will be joining the game as they are at the ball, though their power nerf will lift as the event proceeds. They won’t have any weapons or clothes with them that they didn’t have at the ball, but they can arrange with the Ringmaster to pick necessary items up later if absolutely required.

Essentially, the haze on their minds will lift enough that they will be able to escape with the current player characters. The specifics of the final conflict of this event are still playing out via a series of attempted infiltrations, but wherever it goes, your character is welcome to participate and move along with the plot. There will probably be a couple more twists and turns for those brought in for the ball, given that – at least at the moment – they are still the property of the Prince.

Their method of entering the carnival will be this: in order to protect the 4th Wall characters from the way the Prince has marked their souls during their kidnapping, the Ringmaster will be taking them on board with a contract in order to overwrite the Prince’s ownership of them. There will be no contract rewards for this method, because the reward is getting to not be the Prince’s slave.

Once the carnival has moved on from this event, they will go with them, and will then be assigned their carnival jobs and trailer roommates. You will probably find out this OOC information in advance of when your character does, however. Your “reason for joining” on the app can essentially just be “escaping he Prince.”

If any 4th Wallers intending on applying have questions, you can ask them down below! If you want to make sure you don’t miss any of the 4th Wall Ball plot, make sure your application is in by the end of October 22nd.
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SOUNDTRACK MEME...



Inspired by our Lovely NPC Soundtrack, it's a Soundtrack meme! Here's the gist:

1) Comment with your Character

2) Comment on others with songs that remind you of those characters, or songs you think would fit. (Or comment on yourself, if you have some for yourself)

3) PROFIT???

GO WILD GUYS
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⇨ ACTIVITY RESULTS FOR SEPTEMBER

AC RESULTS
Everyone who has submitted AC will receive a comment either accepting their total or explaining what we need from them. Comment to this post or to our comment to let us know when you've made the change.

If you haven't submitted your AC at all you will need to do so within 24 HOURS or risk being wiped. Also, it's helpful if you link that submission here to let us know you've done so. Remember that you cannot spent your points on anything until your comment is passed. AC posts will be approved in the next few days - if you do not receive an approval or revision notice by then and your name is not on any of these lists, feel free to ask us what's going on in the event you've accidentally been skipped.

REMEMBER: If you are not going to submit AC, please use the drop post to let us know. Idling out of the game will bar you from entry for the next 3 months.

MISSING AC SUBMISSION
Lapis Lazuli

CONFIRMED HIATUS
Rin Okumura
Zangetsu
John Childermass
Steven Universe

OFFICIAL DROPS
Shiro Fujimoto
Marinette Dupain-Cheng

If you've been approved, those points are yours to spend!
⇨ REWARDS POST ⇦
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⇨ SEPTEMBER ACTIVITY CHECK



AC PERIOD: SEPT 1ST - OCT 6TH
ACTIVITY IS DUE: OCT 6TH, 11:59 PM


DO YOUR ACTIVITY CHECK HERE!
DROPS AND HIATUSES FYI!
CASH IN REWARD POINTS HERE!

CHARACTERS ACCEPTED IN SEPTEMBER ONLY NEED TO DO A CHECK IN, ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY IS NOT REQUIRED.

AC STRIKE RULES CAN BE FOUND ON THE ACTIVITY CHECK POST.

If anything seems weird, let the mods know! Primarily, do this by leaving a comment on this post. If you have any suggestions for new content rewards, let us know that too. If you are planning on dropping, please use the drop page ASAP to avoid being banned from future entry.

If you are confused about the AC system, then this is a good time to ask questions! It's also a good time to make recommendations if something about this doesn't seem right to you.
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⇨ Special Event: BEAUTIES AND THE BEAST

PREPARATION
On Day 170, the Ringmaster will announce that she will be leaving the carnival for a visit to an 'ally', and that in the meantime everyone should just stay in the carnival grounds and wait for her to come back. She will shrug it off as being a simple matter, and say that it shouldn't take much time at all, and that it is something for the good of the carnival.

Of course, a few hours later, she will return with another announcement - actually, her... "ally", has "requested" that all of her underlings join her in visiting his castle while they negotiate the terms of a potential agreement. She will insist that it's a diplomatic affair, and that while really all that is required of everyone is to behave themselves and to not provoke the Prince's ire, it's extremely important that they listen to her this time. This announcement will be made by radio.

The evening of Day 170, everyone will be brought to an enormous manor house, apparently suspended in some kind of twilight void. They'll all be randomly assigned rooms in pairs of two (OOC RNG time!) and instructed to arrive for breakfast at 8AM sharp. Follow the schedule, be polite, and everything will be great.

Right? Right.

SETTING

Heartstone Manor is a spooky looking cross between a castle and a monastery, floating in the middle of realm filled with nothing else but empty twilight. Specifically, it is the home of a High Fae called The Prince - or so the Ringmaster will explain. He's one of the Wyld Fae, like she is, and when he fled from fae civilization eons ago, he hid himself away here to live in solitude as he saw fit. No one and nothing else lives here except for the Prince and his servants, and there is no visible sun - only stages between twilight and darkness.

The Manor itself is a massive stone construction, filled with old fashioned looking architecture and filled to the brim with art. Frescos, statues, and engravings line every hall, ranging from classical to abstract. The subject matter is almost always that of beautiful humanoids - in the form of fae, angels, and the more seductive forms of demons. The servants mostly appear to be traditionally beautiful as well. This seeming obsession with beauty is tied directly to the desires of the Prince himself.

While you are in his home, formal attire is mandatory. He will be gracious enough to provide everyone with appropriate wardrobe - that is, formal wear that could ambiguously fit anywhere from the 1500's to 1800's on Earth.


MORE PLOT DETAILS BELOW )

did somebody just say "weeaboo"?

Hello! This Groove, aka Hinawa, bringing you a new character! This is Alphys from Undertale! She's a massive nerd of the anime and science variety, and also she's a lizard of some kind. She's coming from the King Mettaton neutral ending, and if that means absolutely nothing to you, the short of it is: everyone Alphys cares about is either dead or forgotten about her (or so she thinks), she has a terrible secret she can't tell anyone about, and she's completely miserable. So, she ran away and joined the circus!

Here at the carnival she's going to be working as a repairlizard and lighting tech (and probably doing some mad science on the side)! Being the massive weeb that she is, expect her to talk about anime a lot. HOWEVER, she won't break the fourth wall with any anime characters here (unless you wanna do that, then hmu). My plurk is over here if you want to plot!
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⇨ ACTIVITY RESULTS FOR AUGUST

AC RESULTS
Everyone who has submitted AC will receive a comment either accepting their total or explaining what we need from them. Comment to this post or to our comment to let us know when you've made the change.

If you haven't submitted your AC at all you will need to do so within 24 HOURS or risk being wiped. Also, it's helpful if you link that submission here to let us know you've done so. Remember that you cannot spent your points on anything until your comment is passed. AC posts will be approved in the next few days - if you do not receive an approval or revision notice by then and your name is not on any of these lists, feel free to ask us what's going on in the event you've accidentally been skipped.

REMEMBER: If you are not going to submit AC, please use the drop post to let us know. Idling out of the game will bar you from entry for the next 3 months.

MISSING AC SUBMISSION
Marinette Dupain-Cheng

CONFIRMED HIATUS
Papyrus
Lapis Lazuli

OFFICIAL DROPS
Jack Atlas
Crow Hogan
Adrien Agreste
Tanyuu Karibusa

If you've been approved, those points are yours to spend!
⇨ REWARDS POST ⇦

+1 android

Hi all, it's TEN again bringing you 9S from Nier: Automata! He'll be working as a Repairman with parttime Scout duties :>

9S is a highly advanced android coming from an Earth several thousand years in the future where humanity fled to the moon and the androids are waging a war against the alien created machines that have taken over Earth, the androids attempting to take back the Earth for humans to re-inhabit the planet. Or something.

Despite being in service to humans, 9S has never actually met a human before, so his knowledge of them is based off thousands of years old fragments of history and the AI of his fellow androids, all of whom are mimicking humans. It's a recipe for hilarious misunderstandings and teaching him all the wrong things about humanity. Overall, 9S is a curious cat and will poke his nose into everything, and has a sarcastic streak a mile wide that you'll start seeing once he realises that humans are actually a lot lamer than he thought they would be. He will also be coming along with his robot buddy, who he taught to fistbump.

Unfortunately, with 9S' acceptance, I've dropped Crow.

Looking forward to playing off you all! I can be reached for plotting at [plurk.com profile] jesii, as well as in the Discord chat.

New Meat Coming In!

Hello, all. Name's Knux and I have made the ARC-V cast very, very happy! For my first character, I have brought in Yuzu Hiragi. She's kind of your typical redheaded tsundere type character who actually has a lot of mystery to her. Oh, and she also plays card games like the rest of her canon. For added fun, she comes in very early in the canon, which means all of those mysteries and such about her are still mysteries! Yay!

She'll be your newest cashier (which is funny, since her manga counterpart was really into money) for this run.

If you want to get in touch with me, my Plurk is [plurk.com profile] AshBlaze. Glad to be aboard!
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⇨ AUGUST ACTIVITY CHECK



AC PERIOD: AUG 1ST - SEP 6TH
ACTIVITY IS DUE: SEP 6TH, 11:59 PM


DO YOUR ACTIVITY CHECK HERE!
DROPS AND HIATUSES FYI!
CASH IN REWARD POINTS HERE!

CHARACTERS ACCEPTED IN AUGUST ONLY NEED TO DO A CHECK IN, ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY IS NOT REQUIRED.

AC STRIKE RULES CAN BE FOUND ON THE ACTIVITY CHECK POST.

If anything seems weird, let the mods know! Primarily, do this by leaving a comment on this post. If you have any suggestions for new content rewards, let us know that too. If you are planning on dropping, please use the drop page ASAP to avoid being banned from future entry.

If you are confused about the AC system, then this is a good time to ask questions! It's also a good time to make recommendations if something about this doesn't seem right to you.
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⇨ TEST DRIVE MEME: GREYSOL

WELCOME TO THE SHOW!

Or, more specifically, Lost Carnival's test drive meme! This is an opportunity to try out your characters in the setting before you apply, or to put together samples for characters you've never played before. There are going to be options for both new arrivals and veteran characters. Before we get started, let's lay down some details:
  • You can (and should) read the full premise here.
  • Reserves and Applications are currently OPEN.
  • You can apply as a newcomer or as a "veteran" character who has been in the carnival for up to three years. In the case of veteran characters, you will need to come up with an explanation of why they haven't been around the carnival recently.
  • TDM threads can be used as game canon after the fact if both characters are accepted, the players agree to it, and it makes any sense contextually.
  • If you are interested in additional IC and OOC plot responsibilities, consider applying for a Supervisor position. Head Cook and Treasurer are currently open. Otherwise, we're pretty much down for anything, roles wise.

PROMPTS ARE WITHIN! )
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⇨ New Location: GREYSOL

PREPARATION
After leaving the previous location, and a few days before coming to Greysol, the Ringmaster puts a massive spell on the souls of every member of the carnival. Greysol is in a world where the souls of every human or sufficiently humanlike person takes the physical form of an animal. Plenty of characters wouldn’t qualify, but what’s the point of going to a dæmon world if not to show them what their inner selves look like?

The spell causes dæmons to form for most characters. They will wake up, either from sleep or a daze, with what appears to be an animal pressed against their hearts or equivalent important symbolic organs, but they will almost immediately understand that this is not an animal. This is part of them.

As dæmons are souls made physical they will have some element of characters’ soul color. At minimum their eyes are that color, and they may reflect some carnival changes, angelic/demonic nature, etc. For about a day their forms can change instantaneously into those of different animals. Children will remain like this, though there will probably be several preferred forms rather than randomness. Adults will ‘settle’ by the time the carnival arrives in Greysol, the number of forms they take dwindling until they become fixed on a single one. Look to the first comment for a more thorough explanation on dæmons.

The spell doesn’t work completely evenly. Some souls are more heavily insulated and do not become external. Players can opt out of dæmons this way and have a few options for their characters. A glamour butterfly in their souls’ colors can follow them while they’re in Greysol. Alternately, they become witches wearing bird pendants to symbolize dæmons supposedly far away. Characters with significant animalistic aspects may take the forms of panserbjørn - slightly anthropomorphized polar bears.

(If you don't want to type out dæmon - d & a e l i g ; m o n - all the time, daemon works too. It’s pronounced “demon”.)

SETTING

Can you imagine my astonishment at learning that part of my own nature was female, and bird-formed, and beautiful?

Greysol is a large coastal city that seems to roughly equate to late 20th century Western culture and mores, with a vaguely Victorian teslapunk-influenced aesthetic and somewhat uneven technology. Horse-drawn vehicles and just plain horses are common, but horseless automobiles and strangely 21st century-looking bicycles don’t cause too much of a stir. There are paved streets, skyscrapers, and electricity even if they call it "anbaric lighting". Hot air balloons and dirigibles can be seen in the sky. There are many moving picture theaters, black-and-white and with somewhat questionable sound, but small portable radios are common. Watches that bear a suspicious similarity to smartwatches are all the rage, though they are in fact simply watches and require winding.

Every human and witch in this world has an external soul which most cannot go more than about twenty feet from, and non-consensually touching someone else’s dæmon is tantamount to assault. This presents some logistical difficulties in a big city, but humans have built Greysol to accommodate their other halves. Doorways tend to be wide, stairs broad and shallow, there are huge freight elevators in most buildings, and sidewalks are quite broad with human and dæmon lanes, though small souls are usually carried and flying ones can easily just stay above. Slick floors are never seen without hoof-friendly traction rugs and the like. Some of the street traffic consists of people riding their horse or similar dæmons, and you may see a giraffe soul at a lope, keeping pace with the carriage carrying his body. City life is harder on people with especially large dæmons, but they manage okay.

MORE BENEATH THE CUT! )

iiiit's a heart meme

The E X P A N D E D Heart Meter Meme



You know the drill:

Comment with your character.
Copy/paste the appropriate hearts to reply to other characters.
Fill in alternate text as desired.
Alternatively you can just write an IC letter from your character to theirs cause mobile is terrible for hearts. Basically the same thing.


Read more... )

Snatches from this heart meme here. Which has probably been snatched from a dozen other sources.
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⇨ ACTIVITY RESULTS FOR JULY

AC RESULTS
Everyone who has submitted AC will receive a comment either accepting their total or explaining what we need from them. Comment to this post or to our comment to let us know when you've made the change.

If you haven't submitted your AC at all you will need to do so within 24 HOURS or risk being wiped. Also, it's helpful if you link that submission here to let us know you've done so. Remember that you cannot spent your points on anything until your comment is passed. AC posts will be approved in the next few days - if you do not receive an approval or revision notice by then and your name is not on any of these lists, feel free to ask us what's going on in the event you've accidentally been skipped.

REMEMBER: If you are not going to submit AC, please use the drop post to let us know. Idling out of the game will bar you from entry for the next 3 months.

MISSING AC SUBMISSION
Tanyuu Karibusa


CONFIRMED HIATUS
Adrien Agreste
Jack Atlas
Tanyuu Karibusa (Half AC)


OFFICIAL DROPS
Invader Zim
Amethyst
Pearl
Greg Universe
Vincent Valentine


If you've been approved, those points are yours to spend!
⇨ REWARDS POST ⇦
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+1 motorcycle riding bird

Hi everyone, my name is TEN (not the other ten) and I am fresh meat bringing you Crow Hogan from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's! He's a newbie arriving after making a deal with the Ringmaster to bring back his kids from not-actually death, and will be working as a repairman.

All you need to know about Crow is that he is small and angry and ready to punch all of his canonmates for various reasons--

Ok but for reals, Crow is just a dude who lived on the streets of an island city that is basically a dumping ground for trash and spends his time trying to raise a gaggle of orphaned children while living in poverty. But he's determined to give his children a better future, so he's ready to fite everyone who'll take that away from them. He'll be arriving extremely ticked off since he's arriving from a canon point where his kids are 'dead', but when he's not angry, he's an andrenaline junkie who loves nothing more than going fast on his motorbike.

Looking forward to playing with everyone, and I can be contacted at [plurk.com profile] jesii for plotting!

(I also just got back from literally 24 hours of flying, so I am dead tired, but it's great to be here!)

+1 Noah

Good evening~

My name is Desh and I will be bringing you Tyki Mikk from D.Gray-man. He'll be arriving on Day 145 in order to lose a horrid game of strip poker to the Ringmaster that he won't ever talk about unless coerced. In the Carnival he'll be working as a Magician/Conman.

Tyki is a Victorian Noble that dresses to perfection and has a lazy if not charming attitude about him. Despite being an antagonist in D.Gray-man with his violent and nihilistic tendencies he can actually be a pretty decent guy. He'll actively seek friendships and comrades like any ordinary man and his loyalty in the long run is worth having. He's sympathetic to humans even if his family is out to destroy them and he will actively play that part in his world eventually. D.Gray-man is a little vague on terms of technology given how magic is the only real factor to anything really working towards a modern civilization sort of theme. It means common things like cellphones, the internet, TV, microwaves, washing machines will be foreign to him. Also food such as pizza and hot dogs may be lost on him entirely. Please help this poor, poor man.

As the Noah of Pleasure he'll try to indulge in daily comforts such as food, wine, woman, friends, smoking and gambling. Killing and fighting is also a huge thrill of his but it is not necessary. He won't start a fight but he'll sure as hell end it. FRIENDS OF ALLEN WALKER at least be aware he might stalk you a little and anyone religious he might pick at given his hatred of God yet he'll have no ill intentions to any of them. It's just habit.

I welcome all CR and look forward to playing with all of you. My plurk is [plurk.com profile] mister_hyde and I can be reached also by PM or Discord: Tyki Mikk#0824!
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⇨ JULY ACTIVITY CHECK



AC PERIOD: JULY 1ST - AUG 6TH
ACTIVITY IS DUE: AUG 6TH


DO YOUR ACTIVITY CHECK HERE!
DROPS AND HIATUSES FYI!
CASH IN REWARD POINTS HERE!

DAYS OF WINTER PT1 & PT2 COUNT AS ONE EVENT LOG FOR THIS MONTH.

If anything seems weird, let the mods know! Primarily, do this by leaving a comment on this post. If you have any suggestions for new content rewards, let us know that too. If you are planning on dropping, please use the drop page ASAP to avoid being banned from future entry.

If you are confused about the AC system, then this is a good time to ask questions! It's also a good time to make recommendations if something about this doesn't seem right to you.
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⇨ New Location: THE SUMMERLANDS

PREPARATION
This time, there is no preparation. When the Severing was broken, the Ringmaster immediately returned everyone to the carnival, no matter their earthly location - only to then drag the carnival's realm all the way to the Summerlands right after. As the workers arrive, they will have been scattered around the carnival grounds, back in their original bodies - including their old faerie changes, of course, plus perhaps a few new ones. Bodies and memories will return to what they were before Portland, and while the life they lived there will stay with them as memories, they will only now be left to fully contemplate what they just experienced.

SETTING

The Summerlands are an idyllic realm of glorious mountain-top cities and vast fields of flowers and grass. It is inhabited almost entirely by the Summer Fae, a faction of the Summer Court which broken ties with their Arcadia homeland a long time ago. Veterans that have been with the carnival since the vampire's first attack will remember staying here for a couple months while everyone was recovering. The fae here will remember those workers as well, with an accuracy that is sometimes eerie.

There is plenty to do in the Summer Fae's city - though there is far more space than there is people, given that there are only a few hundred fae present here. There is no shortage of good food, music, and dancing - with plenty of other amenities like waterfall-side pools and gardens filled with small miracles. All workers will be offered rooms they can stay in within the city if they prefer, but they are also welcome to stay within the carnival grounds if that makes them more comfortable. There is magical wildlife of various sorts, but none of it is particularly aggressive beyond basic predatory tendencies.

The days and nights and both of pleasant temperature and weather. It's only major downside is that the peaceful and unchanging nature of civilization can come across as unsettling to those unaccustomed. Once you have been welcomed here, it's like you never left.


MORE PLOT DETAILS BELOW )
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⇨ THE TOURIST TRAP: EVENT REWARDS

EVENT REWARDS!

The end of the event is drawing near, and while some investigation is still being resolved, the bulk of the plot's mysteries have been exposed in some form or another. This means it's time to talk about what will be happening as this event comes to a close - and in the case of this particular post, what your characters will be taking away from it!

The event will be ending with the Winter Court attempting to take control of the Severing Spell on the night of Halloween. It will be the player's role to make sure they are able to take control of it in order to bring it down, or at least to get everyone back to the carnival. How exactly that will play out is still up in the air, but once everyone is returned to the carnival (one way or the other) they will retain some memories and skills from their alternate lives.

Everything that occurred during the month long event will be in perfect clarity, but memories of their alternate backstories will be fuzzier, and will conflict less harshly as their true histories reassert dominance. However, that doesn't mean that new identity and new history is gone for good. Complete or not, it will still be a part of your character, and major backstory events will remain in mind, even if it feels more distant and confused than their original lives.

Beyond those memories, the characters will be able to potentially bring some other traits and skills with them, as outlined in this post.

POSSIBLE GOODIES, BENEATH THE CUT )