[OOC] Nick's Bar [Tavern RP - Always Open]

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[OOC] Nick's Bar [Tavern RP - Always Open]

Post by Forge » Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:25 am

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The non-Mundane have always maintained places to get together away from the prying eyes of 'normal' folk. Nick's Bar is one of those; a dive bar tucked away in a quiet corner of Manhattan, catering to New York's less average residents and visitors. Granted, it's not much to look at - most of the furniture hasn't been replaced since it was installed a couple of decades past, and the whole place could do with a lick of paint - but it's safe. From the street it's pretty nondescript; clouded windows with the bars still on and a battered wooden door, one could almost miss it entirely if not for the plain sign jutting from the wall. I mean, that and the wards cooked into every inch of the building to shield it from prying eyes. That magic, designed to encourage the Mundane mind to remember urgent business elsewhere, stands out like Christmas lights to anyone with a scrap of the unusual to them. The inside is about the same: plain, weathered, but undeniably a place for the non-Mundane to congregate.

This is a completely open and casual RP setting where characters can develop and interact as they wish. The idea is to give folks a casual RP setting to involve themselves in, perhaps while waiting for someone to post in an RP or maybe just to give a certain character a test run. You can think of this as a modern fantasy-ish tavern.

Character sheets are completely voluntary - although you're welcome to post them here if you'd like to give people a better idea of your character's appearance or personality. If you don't, please try to be descriptive about your character in your posts.

Please read the rules and description of the bar before posting. Otherwise, enjoy!

The Setting
Here at RPGC, when we refer to worlds of 'Balance' we really just mean places where science and magic intertwine. This means that a Balance world can contain aspects from both Fantasy and Science Fiction, appropriate to the kind of time period in which it's set. Picture things like the Marvel or DC universes. In terms of Nick's Bar in particular, here's a few things you should know;
  • The setting is a near-future Earth, which means that the political landscape, economy and type of readily available technology is roughly the same as our own. Phones might be a little more fancy, but as a general rule cars still drive on the ground and you still put your pants on manually.
  • Sufficient secret/government/military technology exists that your character can be a cyborg, supersoldier, augmented human, mutant, superhero, etc.
  • Similarly, magic and the non-mundane are widespread. That means you can be a werewolf, vampire, elf, mage, etc.
  • The non-mundane population are pretty aware of each other. That means your warlock can be in a polygamous relationship with a vampire and a girl who shoots lasers from her eyes, if that's where you want to take things.
  • Conversely, the mundane population are generally not aware of these things. That means you don't fly to work, and your colleagues don't keep raw steak in the office fridge for when your full moon cravings come calling.
  • It also means that if you're particularly non-human looking (an ogre, a golem, half-machine, on fire, etc.) you should probably buy a glamour or put together some kind of disguise for when you're not in the Bar.
The Rules
  • Please make sure you read this whole post. It's important to make sure you fully understand the RP, and if it looks like you haven't I'll be sending you back here.
  • I'll be playing the proprietor, Nick, and might occasionally wheel out some named staff, but feel free to make use of NPC's as you see fit.
  • This is a casual RP setting, so there aren't any minimum post length limits.
  • The usual RP rules apply - no god-moding, etc.
  • This is an open Balance universe, so please make sure your characters are appropriate to the setting. Read the outline above if you're not sure what Balance worlds are. There are no restrictions in terms of species and the like, so long as they fit within the universe.
  • Character sheets are awesome, but not mandatory. If you'd like to post one, please do it here.
  • Please note, because of the nature of this RP play will not stop if a player becomes inactive for too long. If you do disappear, an exit of some sort will usually be assumed (i.e. the character heading off to take care of some business, going to find a drink, or even a bathroom break) and your character will become 'background noise' until you return.
  • If you'd like your character to be a 'regular' or to otherwise have history/prior involvement with the bar or one of the other players, ask. It's totally okay.
The Establishment

To give you a rough idea of the kind of venue you're dropping in on.

Your bar experience will include;
  • Traditional, if slightly battered, bar stools.
  • Several booths in similar condition.
  • Exposed brickwork - not as a stylistic decision so much as a cost-effective one.
  • One much-weathered bar with cellar access, a range of alcoholic beverages on display and a crude, knife-carved effigy of something that looks like a feathery worm.
  • Bathrooms, complete with graffiti.
  • One door marked 'Staff Only'. It doesn't open, and doesn't seem to have any sort of handle. Nick's also hung a dart board from it.
  • A jukebox stocked with a range of tunes, some of which never made it to the mortal plane, never mind the charts.
  • One heavy-duty pool table with accompanying cues, balls and slight beer smell.
  • Two wall-mounted TV's on either end of the bar, generally tuned to the news or sports, though not always the kind you'd expect (who knew tlachtli had its own league?).
  • Food and drink to suit most species and palates, though nothing approaching fine dining. There's a microwave, though.
The Staff

Proprietor: Nick Reyes - Warlock, Bartender and (potential) Wayward Deity
Age: Unclear. Looks maybe thirty-ish? Probably isn't.

Species: Human. Ish.

Appearance: My working visual indication, for your viewing pleasure

Personality: For a business owner and potential wielder of immense arcane power, an outside assessment of Nick Reyes might be forgiven for thinking him a man half-assing it in the extreme. He's excessively unhurried, prone to impulsiveness, sometimes immortal, often immature and generally doesn't seem to be overly concerned with any of the things a functioning adult within the non-Mundane community should be. Despite that, and the aesthetic condition of his bar, it's clear that Reyes cares about his contemporaries; he's never once run out of anything, nor closed a day in over two decades, whether he's manning the bar himself or not.

Background: There are a lot of rumours surrounding Nick Reyes. He turned up on Manhattan's non-Mundane social scene and opened his bar a little over twenty years ago, and unless he was an especially enterprising kid, he doesn't seem to have aged much during that time. That's not so unusual for a warlock. Nonetheless, rumours persist that Reyes is a fair bit older than he lets on; as in, "he was around when Cortés was dropping in on the Aztecs" older. Likewise, the spellwork built into his bar defies several kinds of logic and a handful of very dedicated attempts to circumvent it. The popular theories are that Reyes might be part of some shadowy cabal of spellcasters, have bought the favour of a god, or might in fact be an errant deity slumming it on Earth. Whatever the case, Nick's not offering any clarification.
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Re: [OOC] Nick's Bar [Tavern RP - Always Open]

Post by Forge » Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:25 am

Also;

Roggi Rogvirsson
Age: A century or two, give or take.

Species: Ljósálfr (or Light Elf, if you fancy)

Appearance: Handsome bugger that he is

Personality: A mean drunk, Roggi delights in making others uncomfortable whenever he's had a drink - which is most of the time. He longs for the "good old days" when Mundanes feared their supernatural counterparts, but for the most part he's all bluster, and generally he won't do anyone more harm than some foul language and unkind words. All things considered, he's not totally awful, depending on how thick your skin is.

Background: Roggi's older than dirt, and hasn't had the easiest life. He remembers when his kind and the Mundane lived apart, and carries the scars to ensure that he doesn't forget it. Nowadays he spends ninety percent of his time perched at the end of Nick's bar, drinking himself stupid and chiming in at inappropriate moments.
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Post by Liara_Amagi » Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:47 pm

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Personality- She can be blunt and stubborn...especially when she finds something as stupid or idiotic. She doesn't trust anyone due to her upbringing as an assassin and ninja. She may be a killer and a thief but, she does have a code of honor she stays to.
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Post by Sammy » Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:52 am

Name: Riley

Age: Looks to be in her mid to late 20s but is almost certainly older. Immortality is one of the 'gifts' bestowed by the Boss for the duration of her contract.

Species: More or less than human, depending on your point of view.

Profession: Agent of Death, Reaper of Souls, Bringer of Peace, Harbringer of Doom. Take your pick. The boss reckons her role is to ensure the safe passage of souls from this world to whatever lies beyond but they rarely see eye to eye on... well, anything, really.

Appearance: Here she is

Personality: As you'd expect of someone whose sole role in this world is to claim souls for Death itself, Riley isn't exactly a fountain of smiles and optimism. Her lot weighs heavily on her, something that she masks with sarcasm and dry humour. She maintains a significant distance from mundanes and non-mundanes alike as you might expect but finds a certain solace at Nick's Bar. Hard coating aside, Riley is, above all else, a good person who takes everything, especially the fine line between life and Death, very seriously.

Background: Very little is known about Riley prior to her becoming a reaper other than that fact that she willing entered into a contract with the Death in exchange for the life of someone she cared very deeply about.

Ill suited to the life of a reaper, Riley is constantly having her contract extended by 'the Boss' for her flagrant disregard for the rules, often costing him souls or, less frequently, ripping out souls before their time.

When 'off the clock', she can often be found drinking at Nick's.
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Post by Nicodemus » Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:34 am

Name: Wesley Pratt (Wes)

Age: 21

Species: Human. I mean, a real, actual human.

Appearance: Wes appears slightly fragile, his height and girth below average. His wavy orange locks curl over his ears and frame the band of freckles spanning his cheeks and nose. He refuses to replace his worn flat-soled snickers or his green hooded jacket.

Occupation: Wes is a driven student, if he finds the subject interesting. He is majoring in astrophysics, but is having trouble staying focused in his more "trivial" studies. In addition to being classified as a genius, Wes is about to find out he is extraordinary in other ways.

Personality: Wes has a practical and logical mind. Preferring to understand the mechanics of everything around him, he was drawn to science. Never the popular one, Wes often has anxiety problems around crowds.

History: Son to a widow in Louisiana, Wes was forced to finish high school in New York when his mother relocated for her work with the government.

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Post by wadjet » Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:42 pm

this is me pledging to actually do this. because i miss my son and need to bring him out to play more

Name: Renard “Ren” Bellerose

Age: 30-something, probably. Not like he’s gonna give you a better answer most of the time. Hell, he might be older. Are you gonna question him?

Species: Human, to start with at least.

Appearance: look at my boy

Personality: Grouchy, surly, and grumpy on the surface. Inside is still deeply passionate and probably not completely lost to cynicism yet. Time will only tell. He does seem a little less closed off once he’s properly drunk, at least.

Background: Just a normal lil french kid, more abouts, until the military got its hands on him for some secret program they were working on. And now he’s not so normal, and that would be fine and all, if it wasn’t for some other incident he refuses to speak of. Just… maybe remember he’s no longer living in France for a reason, and try not to bring it up.

He’s fond enough of Nick’s Bar, and likes stopping in when he can.
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Post by Sammy » Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:54 am

Finally all caught up, wooo!

And a thank you to MarieKen for letting me explore some aspects of Riley's character. :heart:
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Post by Palacia » Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:11 am

Name: Ryan Starchild

Age: old

Race: human... looks like one.

Appearance: Seen here, Only thing different is that he wears black slacks with a button up Hawaiian shirt. Always leaving one button undone, a series of belt pouches can be seen around his waste.

Personality: He talks a lot and listens more, often cynical, although he is known to be highly optimistic in times of danger and to those he deems companions.

He enjoys hanging out in Nick's bar as it's one of the few place he can relax and not worry about those who pursue him.
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Post by Filth » Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:42 am

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Damien was a typical lost cause; drugs, petty crime, and living mostly on the streets. Then he went and got himself killed, brought back to life by the ghost of a young girl that died in the same alley, and tasked with dealing with the living nightmare of slipping between the physical and spectral planes. You know how these things happen. In the past year since the incident, the number of lost souls attached to him has grown. Some guide him to troubles in the spectral realm but others seem content to just piss him off and ensure he never has a moment of privacy. He's still a lost cause, though. Now he's just a lost cause that happens to be haunted like that decrepit house down the street.

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Post by Marie » Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:28 am

Name: Adelaide Claire

Age: She was born in the early 1800's, age estimated at 186 years old.

Species: Human under a warlock's curse, subjecting her to immortality as long as it holds.

Profession: She owns a multinational corporation.

Appearance: A sample of Adelaide's appearance.

Personality: Soft-spoken and insightful. She has a sense of humor, but tends to have a solemn demeanor. Although she spends most of her time locked away from the view of others, her main objective is to find a way to break the curse and live a simple life. In spite of it, she is happiest when she ventures out and takes risks.

Background: Forced into marriage when she was young by her well-to-do father for political gain, she endured cruelty at the hand of her husband. Years following their vows, she fell in love with a man who worked for her father. They planned a time to escape, met up, and was discovered by her husband. Enraged by her betrayal, he placed a curse on her through the scar on her face. It could never be undone and her beauty that lead to her betrayal would be destroyed. Following the attack, they were married for several more months before a mysterious accident killed her husband- but she knew he was not truly gone. Ever since, she has been wandering the earth. Recent events put her in the city where she can better manage her company and keep a low-profile.
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Re: [OOC] Nick's Bar [Tavern RP - Always Open]

Post by Marie » Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:29 am

Any time, Sammy! :)
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Post by Forge » Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:02 am

Liara_Amagi wrote:
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Liar didn't come back until, the next day with scrapes and bandages on her body. She came in and went to the corner booth starting to use some restoration magic on her wounds.
Howdy, Liara. Just to let you know that I've removed the post above from the IC thread, as everyone's still playing the current day. When things quieten down I might initiate a time skip of a day or two, but for the time being please either stick to the current timeline or wait for the skip to come about.

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Re: [OOC] Nick's Bar [Tavern RP - Always Open]

Post by Liara_Amagi » Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:06 am

Ok,

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Post by Filth » Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:25 am

A humble entrance, for better or worse, and even updated his character sheet with slightly less grammatical errors and a handful more words!

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Post by Sammy » Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:34 pm

We're really talking the Balanced section by storm here, guys.
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Post by Forge » Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:20 pm

You guys are amazing. Seriously. I'm loving your characters and the amount of activity so far.
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Post by Palacia » Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:26 am

Good fun. Plus I haven't messed with Ryan is so long.
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Re: [OOC] Nick's Bar [Tavern RP - Always Open]

Post by Forge » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:24 pm

Right! I'm off for a week, folks. Sammy's very kindly agreed to look after you all while I'm off sunning myself, so you're in good hands.
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Re: [OOC] Nick's Bar [Tavern RP - Always Open]

Post by Liara_Amagi » Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:00 am

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Re: [OOC] Nick's Bar [Tavern RP - Always Open]

Post by Forge » Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:42 pm

Spell of summoning;
Wadjet wrote:
nickraborn wrote:
Palacia wrote:
Sammy wrote:
Filth wrote:
Liara_Amagi wrote:
Lumeus wrote:
Marie wrote:

I think I got you all..

Anyways. I'm officially back from my wandering as of Wednesday morning (UK time), and that seems like a pretty solid point to roll things over to a new day in the bar. So if you have IC things you want to get done, now's the time to do them - alternatively, why not grab anyone else who's involved and hash them out via PM or a 1x1 thread? Character development is fully encouraged, so if you want to build the relationships between your characters a little more outside of the bar setting, please please please do so.

If anyone has any major, life-threatening objections to our starting a new day then please let me know ASAP. Otherwise, I'll throw up a post on Wednesday to let you know when the changeover has happened.
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