a roleplay set in the Ramirez timeline
In the 1850s, aliens from the Alpha Centauri system invaded Earth and occupied our solar system for 40 years. During this time many technological advancements were introduced to humans and Centauri culture began to influence those of many human communities. However, due to an internal power struggle, the Centauri Empire, also known as the Galactic Horde, fell and Earth was liberated.
Following the planet's independence, several guarded police-states emerged, including the Second Republic of Texas, modeled after the original Texan Republic and the authoritarian Centauri government that once ruled Earth.
However, while we have regained control of our home planet, Centauri societies still occupy much of our solar system. For example, on Mars, there are the warring Ice Kingdoms, who fight to control the planet’s precious icecaps. On Venus, there is a coalition of Sky Cities, each with its own distinct culture and government, but who all have to answer to the Grand City.
Depending on where you decide to travel within the Solar System, Centauri citizens will greet you with open arms or with veiled hostility. Many Centauri are still bitter about the fall of the Empire and will not be too keen to interact with humans. However, many younger aliens, especially those born after Earth’s liberation, will welcome foreigners and are often seen mingling near popular tourist attractions.
Playing Your Persona
Due to the accumulated knowledge of the Centauri, most regular people in this roleplay know about the Collective and are accustomed to encountering people from different dimensions. Therefore, you can play your persona here!
However, there are certain things that can restrict your persona from participating in this roleplay. For example, your character must be sci-fi leaning, meaning no magical beasts or mages are allowed. They also can’t be a deity or a demigod and must exist solely in the physical realm. This means no demons either.
Most importantly, they have to come from a realm that is advanced enough to create a portal to another dimension without magic. This means absolutely no medieval kings or queens or knights that just wander through a portal in the woods unless that portal was installed by aliens or time travelers.
Making a New Character
If your persona doesn’t meet the above requirements, or if you just want to shake things up, you can make a new character that exists within the confines of the Ramirez timeline. The first step in making a character for this roleplay is deciding whether they are human or Centauri. This will determine the basis for your character’s backstory, personality, and physical abilities. If you’d like to play a character of another extraterrestrial species, please PM me before posting :)
Centauri are small, nimble lizardfolk who rarely wear clothes other than spacesuits or ceremonial robes. Their head shape is comparable to that of a chameleon, while their body is shaped like that of a small child. They have four fingers on each hand and three toes on each foot, the third sticking out of the back of the foot much like certain birds.
They are highly intelligent and expressive, though are incapable of speaking human languages without a voice modulator, as their normal voice is incredibly high. As a result, their native tongue consists of whistle tones and is comparable to Silbo Gomero.
Centauri can be found on Earth, but most live on Venus, with a couple million Centauri occupying Mars. Depending on where they were born, a Centauri’s general attitude changes. For example, Centauri living on Earth will generally be more polite than Centauri on Mars, as is the nature of people living in comfort versus a constant state of war.
If you choose to play a human, you’re probably familiar with your own species, but one thing to consider when making a human character is that the citizens of the Texan Republic, where most of this roleplay is set, are predominantly Mexican, Native American, or non-Hispanic white. Due to the nature of the fictitious Texan regime and real attitudes towards foreigners in the West during the 1800s, immigration won’t really be a thing.
While I will allow characters who are from other parts of the world, you should provide historical justification for their involvement in this plot. For example, unless you have a reason for an Argentine gaucho to suddenly pop up in Texas, they will remain on the pampas for the foreseeable future. However, if you’d like to play a Chinese character because of a historical event before the 1850s that triggered an influx of Chinese immigrants into the United States, feel free to go for it.
However, the importance of research in this facility cannot be stressed enough. In order to avoid reducing people to stereotypes, one should have ample knowledge regarding their character’s cultural background before playing them. Not only will this help everyone get along, but will also help create more engaging and 3-dimensional characters.
After choosing your species, I would suggest thinking about their profession. For example, my persona, Jocelyn Ramirez, for which this timeline is named, is a secret agent under the Texan regime. Her job requires her to spy on the citizens of the Republic and to interfere covertly in the matters of other states. She is, as other Texan agents will be called in this roleplay, a Grand Eye.
This goes without saying, but your character’s skills and equipment should relate to their profession. For example, Jocelyn is a skilled markswoman and is physically fit as a result of her combat training. She is also equipped with a variety of weapons, such as her laser pistol, and gadgets, such as her binoculars, that aid in law enforcement and surveillance.
Finally, there is the issue of fashion and appearance. As mentioned above, most Centauri don't really wear clothes. However, many high-ranking officials and those aliens living on Earth often wear simple robes or ponchos, and some wear certain necklaces to indicate their status. For humans, I’d suggest something Wild West themed, but feel free to play around with the steampunk aesthetic as well.
In terms of character sheets, those can just go below here. I recommend following the below form, but you can use whatever format you want, so long as it does not exceed 1000 words.
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