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Title: The Sole Survivor Society
Post by: GreyCaboose on April 21, 2017, 08:59:35 AM
The galaxy has expanded. Alien races run free and wild across planets, and there's so many wonderful advances in technology

One can suppose that's what to be expected 4,280 years into the future.

But with progress also comes loss. Horrible, horrible loss.

Wars raged. Diseases plagued planets and wiped out civilizations.

Or...most of them. Welcome, friend, to the Sole Survivor Society. Providing support, a safe place, and career opportunities to the last members of civilizations lost to tragedies.

Led by the brave Miss Chim, the SSS makes it their top priority to track down the last remaining of lost alien races and ensure their survival and integration into new society.

Again, welcome!

~

So, basically, you can design your own amazing alien race, with special abilities and a unique culture! There's just one catch...only one of that race survives in the end. However the species fell and how the character survived is up to you. There's lots of space in space and lots of things for civilizations that could go wrong.

And so they join the Sole Survivor Society! Whether or not immediately or gradually, and they get set on all kinds of SSS missions and get to deal with all sorts of drama!

Here's the species card:

Species Name:
Inhabited Planets (You can just make up planet names this shouldn't be too important):
Planetary Status (Ex: Deserted, Destroyed, Now Inhabited by Other Species):
Physical Characteristics (Note: Like what's shared among the species. Say, for humans, it'd be stuff like hair on top of one's head, skin ranging in a variety of shades from pale peach to dark brown, teeth built for consuming both meat and plants, stuff like that. If you want to include things like dismorphism between males, females, or other genders in the race, or members from different areas looking different, have at it.):
Abilities (Anything from telekinesis to cool strength or connection to nature, just nothing too god-moddy!):
Any Interesting Culture From This Species? (Ex: Any gods this civilization worships, any segregation among different members of the species, any holidays or other beliefs?):
How Did They Get Wiped Out?:

Reasons for getting wiped out includes - Planetwide plague, horrendous interplanetary/intraplanetary war, environmental disasters, some good old-fashioned asteroids hitting, terrible stuff like that. In the canon so far, there has been one giant civilization-destroying war that took out several species. If you want to make your alien race fall victim to this war, go for it. It was a bad time, and adding in a character with that baggage would be awesome for the plot since the war would be referenced a lot.

Overall, you don't have to get too into it. I just want an idea of what this race was like before that big terrible event happened that ended them!

And then your lucky survivor~
Name:
Species:
Home Planet:
Appearance:
Personality:
How Did They Survive? (You can get full backstory here if you wanna):
Abilities:

Examples of species include:

Species Name: Ji'Hongri
Inhabited Planets (You can just make up planet names this shouldn't be too important): Kulim
Planetary Status (Ex: Deserted, Destroyed, Now Inhabited by Other Species): Deserted
Physical Characteristics: Ji'Hongri have lots of long fur on their bodies, though their faces, hands, and feet are bare. Their noses are primate-ish, as are their mouths, teeth, eyes...They look like big furry monkeys, not gonna lie. Their fur can go from white, grey, brown, and black in individuals, and in rarer cases a combination of two of the colors. Their sclera are black and their irises are white. Their fingernails are naturally black, and they usually reach up to around 7 feet in height. The fur around their head and neck is particularly bushy and long, making a 'mane' that male Ji'Hongri would use to attract mates. The feet of a Ji'Hongri is basically just another set of hands, and they all have long tails, the length of which can vary from 4 feet (shortest tail on record) to 12 (longest).
Abilities: No real special abilities aside from advanced flexibility and a prehensile tail. The Ji'Hongri are known for having been a very intelligent and advanced species, so maybe intelligence could count.
Any Interesting Culture From This Species?: The first Ji'Hongri appeared to worship the sun of Kulim, which became the religion of the goddess Datseem, who supposedly carries the sun on her back and wears the sky as a cloak. A whole pantheon eventually spawned alongside her, although Datseem remained the top dog of it all. The Ji'Hongri also deeply value intelligence and would cast away any of their kind that weren't seen as clever enough.
How Did They Get Wiped Out?: During an battle over the planet Kulim - A war that the Ji'Hongri didn't win.

See? That's my example for the species. Not the species I'll use, but an example!! You all probably know what to do for character cards, so I won't post any more stuff.

Ask to join, ask any questions you want, and I really hope you guys like this one!!
Title: Re: The Sole Survivor Society
Post by: GreyCaboose on April 21, 2017, 09:02:02 AM
Obligatory Forum GlitchPost~
Title: Re: The Sole Survivor Society
Post by: EloiseNagel on April 22, 2017, 02:59:00 AM
Sound like fun 😁
Title: Re: The Sole Survivor Society
Post by: GreyCaboose on April 22, 2017, 03:18:26 AM
Do you want to join? :^D
Title: Re: The Sole Survivor Society
Post by: EloiseNagel on April 22, 2017, 04:48:46 AM
Eyupp!
Title: Re: The Sole Survivor Society
Post by: GreyCaboose on April 22, 2017, 06:41:10 AM
Sweet!!!

Just consider here:
Aliens don't have to look too crazy, but also not too human, if ya feel me?
Title: Re: The Sole Survivor Society
Post by: EloiseNagel on April 22, 2017, 07:00:19 AM
I had an alien from another rp could I use her in this rp?
Title: Re: The Sole Survivor Society
Post by: GreyCaboose on April 22, 2017, 07:48:17 AM
What RP and what alien?
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Post by: |ĸιrα| on April 22, 2017, 07:57:14 AM
Id be interested
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Post by: GreyCaboose on April 22, 2017, 08:16:50 AM
Oooh, awesome!!
Title: Re: The Sole Survivor Society
Post by: EloiseNagel on April 22, 2017, 03:11:06 PM
What RP and what alien?
Name: Hikari  Baransu From the Dragon RP
Title: Re: The Sole Survivor Society
Post by: GreyCaboose on April 22, 2017, 11:26:17 PM
Hm...I don't know. I see several things about her card that I'm not too sure about for this RP. Maybe someone else would be better suited for this setting?
Title: Re: The Sole Survivor Society
Post by: EloiseNagel on April 23, 2017, 02:23:25 AM
Well more than anything I was thinking of modifying her card to fit this RP, I even thought about how her planet was destroyed:D
Title: Re: The Sole Survivor Society
Post by: GreyCaboose on April 23, 2017, 06:55:16 AM
Well, how would her card be modified? What would be changed?
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Post by: EloiseNagel on April 23, 2017, 08:31:07 AM
Well obviously a bit more hardened, from fighting a civil war on her planet and a better description of her too :D
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Post by: Time Blitz on April 23, 2017, 09:27:59 AM
hello it's me again! :D I kinda want to do this...
Title: Re: The Sole Survivor Society
Post by: GreyCaboose on April 23, 2017, 09:37:30 AM
Hi!! What kind of character are you thinking of doing?

Well obviously a bit more hardened, from fighting a civil war on her planet and a better description of her too :D

Hmm, I suppose - To be honest it was her physical description that set me off the most, since it seemed like she looked very human and that was something I wanted to avoid. Maybe also modify her name, since it seems odd to me to have an alien character with a name from a human language, if that makes sense - Although I don't want to sound too pushy! Other than that, I guess that she could work! ^v^
Title: Re: The Sole Survivor Society
Post by: Time Blitz on April 23, 2017, 10:24:45 AM
Something not remotely human most likely.
Title: Re: The Sole Survivor Society
Post by: GreyCaboose on April 23, 2017, 10:44:05 AM
Alright! I guess here I'll lay down some ground rules about the aliens:

While they shouldn't look too human, I also don't want anything looking too non-human. A healthy in-between.
Too Human: Human with differently colored skin/hair, maybe another trait or two changed but other than that it just looks human
Too Inhuman: A 500-foot-tall alien dragon, or like, a squid or ball of light, or anything that's just...too far.

Also I really do want originality here, for people to be able to work with limitations and create something cool! The language of the aliens, the planets, the culture, this is all stuff I want you to be original with!!

Title: Re: The Sole Survivor Society
Post by: Time Blitz on April 23, 2017, 10:55:47 AM
How about a small hovertank with the ability to mimic/shapeshift into other life?

That's not human and it's definitely no 500 ft dragon
Title: Re: The Sole Survivor Society
Post by: GreyCaboose on April 23, 2017, 11:07:46 AM
I'm sorry, but I don't think a tank will work for the following reasons

- While highly original here, I notice a lot of your characters or character concepts/characters you've wanted to make are sentient tanks or tanks with some sort of twist. I'm not sure how I feel about that, though I'm really not trying to be rude! I've never seen tank characters anywhere else non-forum-wise, it just seems like it shows up a lot here on the forum.
- A hovertank wouldn't exactly be a species here. It's a hovertank. The whole point of this RP is about characters who're the last of a species, and I feel like an alien race of shapeshifting space tanks would just seem very out of place and odd.
- While I have no issues with metal-based aliens, an alien who is seriously just literally a tank is pushing it. It's too inhuman, even with shapeshifting. I specified that I do want them to appear somewhat human for simplicity, and I don't count alternate/shifted forms as the human part.

Alternatives/Modifications I suggest:

- A metal-based humanoid alien with the ability to shapeshift into a hovertank form, though not permanently.
- An alien with a hovertank
Title: Re: The Sole Survivor Society
Post by: Time Blitz on April 23, 2017, 11:08:35 AM
That's a bummer. Getting rejected after i decide to come back...
Title: Re: The Sole Survivor Society
Post by: GreyCaboose on April 23, 2017, 11:10:59 AM
I'm not rejecting you! I just told you you pushed the limits of the RP too far and I gave you alternative suggestions!
Title: Re: The Sole Survivor Society
Post by: EloiseNagel on April 23, 2017, 04:06:24 PM
No worries Grey, Blitz does this all the time:/
I'm almost done with my character sheet!
Title: Re: The Sole Survivor Society
Post by: EloiseNagel on April 25, 2017, 09:53:34 AM
Inhabited Planets: LiXrakar and LiXela (use the 'x' like a 'sh') they are moons of an in hospitable planet called Xinulaj, where the  atmosphere itself is super poisonus.
Planetary Status: Burned and polluted and war-ravaged
Physical Characteristics: Skin is very geko-like, speckled and ranging from black as coal to white as snow with varying shades of grey in between, the darker the skin, the lighter the specks. Four fingers ending in larger nods, and yes as a geko these are used to grab tight to surfaces. Eyes vary in colors but the color takes up the whole eye, eyes in adults usually are about a foot-long and oval in shape, with three smaller eyes in between. Teeth are sharp and retractable and to speak the language civil is without teeth. But language of war is harsher and with teeth out. No lips and much like gekos, if it is something bigger, they kinda gum it down. Two arms and two legs, leg and torso are of human-like proportions but the arms are long enough where the finger-tips reach the knee while standing. Have hair but that is incredibly thick (each hair strand is about as thick as a human pinky.) Which is worn down for the women and in a braid for the men. As they age it goes from the normal black or white, to clear. The women are very thin but have very wide hips for laying eggs and the men have smaller hips but are larger and wider for more muscle-mass (origanally to protect the nests) When civilization developed more they took on a chinese-esque clothe-style. (for two time capsules the japenese sent into space at the start of the human "space-age", but for the lack of technology they couldn't really respond to said 'message') They use a lot of black, white, and golds)
Abilities: They have an inate connection with light and dark and an ability to use these forces to their advantage. Not everybody has this power and nobody can control both light and dark, it would create a conflict in their body's chemistry.
Any Interesting Culture From This Species?: It is a culture very oriental in nature, where the two capsules are given to the emperors of the two planets and were considered very sacred, baisically for helping the planets make a huge leap in technology, and helping them connect with each other. Acording to the both planets Xinulaj (translated meaning dark,Xi, and light, nulaj) is kindof like their afterlife. So they send their dearly departed to said planet where the ship and body are corroded away by the corrosive gases found in the planet's air.   
How Did They Get Wiped Out?: Tichuka, a rebelious dark-essence wielder, started a rebellion of 'magic' users against the 'tech' users. Tichuka had a theory that the planet contained the secret to controlling both dark and light energies, but the science department of both moons denied the research, thus driving him to do what he did. Most of the people who joined his side were either religious radicals or power hungry 'magi'. The war split both moons into war ravaged hells. Those with money tried to escape, but the air space was crowded so they were killed in the crossfire. Tichuka and both emperors were killed in the process. Total survivors, 12, 6 children (1 died 3 days away from the planet, and the other five died off one by one from breathing problems and shock. and 3 women (1 died from blood loss, the other 2 have massive PTSD), 2 old men(them struck badly with PTSDas well.), and one young lady, and the only magi left who didn't join the rebellion.   
Title: Re: The Sole Survivor Society
Post by: GreyCaboose on April 25, 2017, 11:21:25 AM
Oooh, nice!!
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Post by: EloiseNagel on April 25, 2017, 12:30:55 PM
Thanks! I just gotta get my character done :D
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Post by: GreyCaboose on April 25, 2017, 12:34:09 PM
Alright~
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Post by: EloiseNagel on April 28, 2017, 01:38:13 AM
Name: Nulaj Qaxin
Species: Xeekaien
Home Planet:LiXela
Appearance:Her hair is raven dark and her skin is palish grey with inklike speckles on her face and shoulders. Her large oval eyes are completely golden yellow with a tiny glowing pupil visible (for her connection with light). She wears a slightly charred white mage's robe (kinda looks like a monk's robe but with oriental designs embroidered onto the sleeves, and hood.) her feet are bare. 
Personality:She is a pacifist by nature and tries to help everyone she can. But when situation requires she can get very cold and calculated, which is how she's kinda stayed since she made in to the refugee camp. Usually though any child/small creature/other cute can melt her heart and help her toothless smile come out (it's not too scary, it's like newborn baby smile cute.)
How Did They Survive?: She was sent to the light mage monk embassy when she was just 9yrs old. (sorry forgot o mention that a life span of a xeekaien is 150 human years). There she stayed learning the healing properties of light, while a few others learned light combat. The light mage embassy was the last to be hit by combat, the embassy took on nobody's side thus becoming a target for everyone (the location of the embassy made it very valuable for a fort for one the apposing sides) She hid in one of the very few paic rooms with two other women. By luck, nobody revealed that there was a panic room and they stayed in there for three days and nights. When everything was quiet they made their way out, and seeing that there was nobody left but a couple of the elders and a few very ill children, the two women went kinda nuts. Luckily from her medical training, Nulaj could keep her head and help them into a ship and out into space. The ship was later found by the SSS.   
Abilities: She can use light to heal others of mental and physical illnesses. She MUST use natural uv rays to heal. So if she is confined in a place with only artificial lighting, she can't do anything.
(sorry I took so long to write it)
Title: Re: The Sole Survivor Society
Post by: GreyCaboose on April 28, 2017, 11:26:32 PM
Awesome!!!
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Post by: EloiseNagel on April 29, 2017, 04:56:04 AM
Thanks!!
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Post by: EloiseNagel on May 03, 2017, 08:11:01 AM
Id be interested
Are you still interested in joining? ^-^
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Post by: PraiseLordTachanka on May 05, 2017, 05:10:31 AM
species name:Chapagurans (chop-a-gOO-ranz)
Inhabited Planets: Chapagural, Larsha(conquered territory)
Planetary Status : both destroyed by space pirates.
Physical Characteristics: humanoid, but resembling a fish. (kind of like a lake monster)
Abilities:Amphibious Organs, Regeneration (we can be killed, though!)
Any Interesting Culture From This Species? : we are non- secular, but celebrate independence from the IGSD ( Inter-Galactic Space Democracy)
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Post by: PraiseLordTachanka on May 05, 2017, 05:17:58 AM
Name: Chase Wilder
Species: Chapagurans
Home Planet:Larsha
Appearance:All Black, normal chapaguran look
Personality: Kind, but very passionate about his opinions. he is also forgetful, but a hard worker.
How Did They Survive? : when my planet was destroyed by angry space pirates, I was testing a lightspeed rocket on larsha for our planet conquering army. when I came back, everyone was gone. my planet was a cloud of dust. I made my way across the galaxy and found the SSS, and have lived there ever since.
Abilities: typical abilities, other than my ability to slow time in order to increase my agility that I got as a side effect of traveling at the speed of light in a damaged capsule.
Title: Re: The Sole Survivor Society
Post by: PraiseLordTachanka on May 05, 2017, 05:21:20 AM
I tried to follow the specifics of the rules, and I came up with this. Is it ok?
Title: Re: The Sole Survivor Society
Post by: GreyCaboose on May 05, 2017, 05:31:43 AM
I think that seems fine, although I wasn't planning on putting the SSS in the same universe as the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, heh - Maybe change that?
Title: Re: The Sole Survivor Society
Post by: PraiseLordTachanka on May 05, 2017, 05:59:05 AM
k, but I just thought inter dimensional travel and all, ya'know?
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Post by: PraiseLordTachanka on May 05, 2017, 06:07:06 AM
I changed it
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Post by: GreyCaboose on May 05, 2017, 07:39:52 AM
Alright!
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Post by: PraiseLordTachanka on May 06, 2017, 07:44:36 AM
can we start?
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Post by: GreyCaboose on May 06, 2017, 10:33:32 AM
I was waiting for a reply from Kira to confirm whether or not she's joining!
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Post by: EloiseNagel on May 07, 2017, 05:14:07 PM
Well I hope she replies soon :)
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Post by: EloiseNagel on August 04, 2017, 10:30:40 AM
hewwo?
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Post by: Artimis_Tennyson on September 01, 2017, 01:46:09 AM
Hi, is it too late to join? This sounds really cool and it will be my first role-play here.
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Post by: FarahBulous on January 21, 2018, 09:57:50 AM
Can I join this RP too? I'm p new here and looking for some RPs. :)