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Posted: Oct 10 2016, 11:16 PM
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Santa Verda is a mainly urban city setting, a cross between Los Angeles and Las Vegas fringed by deserts and the Soledad Mountains. Life in Verda County can be beautiful for the lucky few. It can be a gritty, mysterious, and dangerous existence for others. Supernaturals remain legends in the world of mortals but they exist among society indiscernible from the humans that outnumber them. They are disorganized, somewhat isolated, and often unaware of each other.
The lives of Santa Verda's residents will intersect in an infinite number of ways.
We are a low fantasy roleplaying environment with an overall theme inspired by the “southwestern gothic” genre. Santa Verda is a populated city rife with luxury and squalor, clutched by a strong religious past and Latin American roots; the rural areas are also steeped in violent history of conquerors and cults. We are inspired by atmospheres such as Silent Hill, Gotham, Vampire the Masquerade, From Dusk Till Dawn, True Blood, Breaking Bad, No Country for Old Men and others.
There are established species with flexible-lore concepts. Wherever you may get your inspiration - legends, other RPGs, your own creations - you may be able to incorporate them into your character to make a truly unique version of the species we have available, along with any factions and plot opportunities from both individuals and site-wide events.
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Posted: Mar 26 2018, 12:48 PM
>> ABOUT SANTA VERDA
Four friends decided to make a modern supernatural site to continue their plots when the old venue didn't fit their needs. Santa Verda's soft opening began October 2016. It was officially opened January 2017.
Our site’s overall theme is inspired by the “Western gothic” genre. Santa Verda is a populated city rife with luxury and squalor, with a strong religious past and Latin American roots; the rural areas are also steeped in violent history which will unfold with site events. The setting, although supernatural, is realistic and the characters should be as well with their flaws and accomplishments.
On a technical level, we are a play-by-post sandbox forum in the urban fantasy genre. Santa Verda was established over 500 years ago by Saint Verda before she was burned alive in what is currently the cathedral district. Since then, mysterious sigils have appeared all over Verda County, rumored to grant powers and summon spirits.
>> WHAT IS YOUR GENRE?
Urban fantasy, a sub-genre of low fantasy where it is a normal world and society with magic and the occult being unknown. Lines may be blurred between magical and psychological among humans. The city is the primary setting but can branch further to the mountain range and desert.
>> WHAT IS THE TIME?
Fluid time, modern day.
>> HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO POST?
We have roll calls here, few hard activity checks, but in order to prevent face claim hoarding we would like a post every 60 days or an active site presence for at least 6 months. Roll calls will require that members post the characters they want to keep and what they are currently involved in or would like to involve themselves in. This and personal judgement will determine if a player is around, busy, or truly inactive.
>> IF IT'S BASED ON PERSONAL LORE AND DIFFERENT ABILITIES, HOW DOES EVERYTHING TIE TOGETHER?
Honestly this was my first question (Tsarevyn) when I had picked RP up again. With common weaknesses, traits, and abilities, species will find similarities among their own while also being different and in practice, is more cohesive than it sounds!
>> DO I NEED TO KNOW ALL THE LORE?
Depends. The easiest place to start is from the ignorant human perspective with the bare minimum being that you have absorbed information in the Wiki and forum descriptions (you wouldn’t move to a new city without knowing anything about it). If you plan on making a supernatural, learning Abilities, Aura, and other Races and Species is a necessity. The lore is easy to digest with little history to absorb. The only optional lore may be Slavery, which is an underground operation and highly unlikely for your character to encounter.
>> SO I'M ACCEPTED. WHAT DO I DO TO GET PLOTS? / I DON'T HAVE ANY THREADS.
BE PROACTIVE, BE-BE PROACTIVE! Please take the time to write up a plotter/shipper and any wanteds and place them in the appropriate forum. If no existing member takes it, they are likely to attract new members. Also take the time to hit up existing plotters/shippers with characters that are open to new threads. When you DO plot this way, avoid the usual "I think they would go together, let's thread and see what happens," even if you tend to just go with the flow. Suggest a setting, a motive, possible connections and conflict, similarities, and more in your response. A good starting place is to make a character connected to a faction.
>> WHAT CONSTITUTES AS RAPID FIRE?
200 words or less on a repeated basis, even if the thread's beginning has fulfilled word count. We take our time with posts and are capable of those requirements. Do not post solely in rapidfire to avoid site requirements.
>> WHAT CONSTITUTES AS ADVANCED?
For SV, first and foremost, you need to enjoy writing and reading detail or this will be tedious for you. If you are experienced in roleplaying, can make a multi-layered character, have grasp of the English language, if you can meet the wordcount criteria, give your partners something to work with, hold your end of the scene, not skim over your partner's posts and ignoring material set there for your use, make multiple connections in your plot with the environment as a whole ... you're probably good. We still place merit in detail and development and we still have different styles without crucifying each other. That's the advanced writing culture of SV.
>> WHAT IS DISCORD?
Discord is user friendly, free, mobile, easy to set up, and widely used throughout forum communities. Voice chat and downloading is not required (you can simply save it in your browser tab). It has direct messaging and group chat features with a friends roster plus various channels for subjects. Most of our OOC chat happens here; as we are chat-heavy as a community, it's a good idea to lurk if not fully get involved, to know what's going on. We're friends as much as we are a roleplaying site!
>> IS THERE A RULING CLASS OF [SPECIES HERE]?
Many sites have ruling players, guilds, boards, committees, courts, etc. over a species. Here at Santa Verda, there is no ruling group but several groups, depending on your faction, with conflicting interests. There can be more than one mafia, vampire council, wolf pack, etc. You may be listed as an official faction when you have at least 1 other player involved. That being said, administration may cap concepts if there are too many in a small environment.
>> WHAT ABILITIES DO I PICK?
At creation, your supernatural will get 2 species specific abilities and 2 general/species specific abilities (gifted humans 2 abilities from either with no racials), totaling 4 abilities plus their two included racials described in their species synopsis. When choosing these abilities, be prepared to describe them in detail and give weaknesses.
>> I WANT TO MAKE AN ANCIENT CHARACTER. CAN MY ANCIENT SLEEP FOR [X] YEARS?
Ancients make wonderful characters and we don't limit them but we feel Ancients must be earned. Using sleep as a means to skip through history is not permitted. Ancients will need history that shows their experiences with human condition and how they coped with change over time. They are held to a higher standard. Keep in mind an ancient will not act, or generally speak, like a 20 year old on Spring Break.
>> DO VAMPIRES AND SHIFTERS GET ALONG?
All up to you, according to your storyline. As the supernatural population is scarce, rarely do any come across each other enough to start a "war" as seen in many popular shows and movies. So your character may react to any other species how they see fit, but there is no official declaration of hatred between any at this time, unless individual factions call for it.
>> ARE THE DIVINE CHRISTIAN BASED?
Nope! They can be based in other religions that have some form of divine. Djinn or devas, to name a few. Divine are not considered gods, so if you are deriving lore from Greek mythology, please be aware of this.
>> IS THERE A MASTER/SLAVE FOR MY WIP?
Supernatural slavery is an underground operation that exists in this universe but as we are not a master/slave oriented site, we recommend looking elsewhere if that is the sole plot a player is looking for and they are unwilling to flesh their character out in other ways
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