Condemned: Sonic Destruction -
03-27-2008, 06:40 PM
I figured, hey, we need a new Condemned RP. XD
1. This RP is rated M for the gore and alcohol/drug use that is bound to occur. If you are under the age of 16 I highly suggest you turn back now as this RP is based off a very violent and bloody video game series. This RP is for experienced RPers only. Everyone should know by now who I do consider experienced; please don't spam the RP asking to join unless you are one of those people, and don't go bugging Miranda about me not letting you join as you can't message me anyway if you're not on my buddy list.
2. No Mary Sues or Gary Stus. Or else I will hit you with a tree branch. This RP is based on a videogame with supernatural traits, true, but I will NOT allow any sort of freakish being or monstrosity to be in this RP. Within limits, yes, your character can be a freak, but I'm going to be tighter on restrictions with this.
3. Abide by the rules laid out in the stickies.
4. I'm warning you all now: this has a set plot already and I will allow minor-to-major subplots along side it as long as it'll make sense. If anyone attempts to join this with the idea of comandeering the plot for their own use (some of you will know who I'm speaking of), get the HELL out of this RP. Pardon the language.
5. If you don't understand the game, I'll explain it to the best of my abilities in this thread. However, I don't want you to go making up crap; there's a Wiki article on both Condemned games and I'll know if you made something up as I've played both games and frequently check both articles for updates..
6. Please, please, please try to have at least 2-3 lines per post. Pretty please with sugar on top?
The city of Metro has steadily gone downhill ever since the SKX (Serial Killer X) killings last year: mainly junkies and homeless people attacking people at will and stealing from stores and the new museum down the street from the old Trenton Bowling Alley. Within the past week alone, three people have turned up murdered: Malcom Vanhorn, Mayor Rachel Mars, and Farrell, the director of the SCU. Malcom Vanhorn had his sternum and vocal cords taken out forcibly, and he was crucified on a floor. Rachel Mars had something ripped out of her back - metal pieces - and her head was gone, later found in the bowling alley. Farrell had an x-shaped mark below his collarbone and... had no head. A search was done, but his head was never found. It seemed to have just... exploded.
Ethan Thomas is back with the Bureau; however, he came back with extreme reluctance, especially when he noticed that Dorland - one of the superior officers of the Search team - apparently didn't want him back, and left him behind several times on purpose with the intent of having the psychotic homeless kill him: however, Ethan escaped each time. Dorland is now dead, having been exposed as a member of the Oro.
The Oro is a cult, the name is short for Oro Invictus, meaning "Invincible Voice." They use a type of sonic ability caused by a physical defect: Unique vocal cords, a hollow sternum, and a higher-than-normal bone density. When trained, these vocal cords can create complex sounds that echo through the sternum and chest cavity like a fine-tuned instrument; many of the Oro followers use surgically implanted metal apparati to enhance the effect further. Ethan Thomas did not need this; the reason Dorland wanted him dead was because he had the "Rememdium", the Remedy: a long-prophecized being possessing "perfectly evolved" vocal chords capable of generating the Oro's sonic power without the metal implants the Oro use. The Oro are terrified of the Rememdium (as he is 'the voice to oppose the Oro'.) and killed Ethan's parents in an attempt to get to him; he was shuffled through countless foster homes by Malcom Vanhorn as a result. It was to protect him.
The sonic ability the Oro use causes acute bouts of paranoia. This is followed by hallucinatory episodes that slip quickly into psychosis and other forms of uncontrolled violent behavior. People with natural tendencies to be violent become even more so when exposed to these sonic emissions. Leland Vanhorn was one of these: to deal with his increasingly violent behavior, he killed serial killers *The SKX killings* and to find them easier, he followed Ethan Thomas's cases very, very closely.
After being shot in the head, Leland Vanhorn did not die at all; he lost most of the left side of his face, yes, but nothing of his brain. He now has a shaved head, is missing the flesh on the left side of his mouth, and has a large X carved into his forehead between his eyebrows. He's wanted for the murders of Malcom Vanhorn and Mayor Mars, whom he killed because of their relation to the Oro; he's obsessed with becoming one of them.
But this story is off to the side of this action; sure, it still deals with the Oro, but the characters rarely have contact with the characters of the game save for Ethan, Rosa (Ethan's lab counterpart, she examines everything from both teams), and Leland Vanhorn at times, as well as Infri, a peculiar Oro who likes to get face-to-face with those the cult despises. Also, it appears as though the sonic emitters scattered throughout Metro City have an odd effect on those who have dealt with the Oro in the past: They have alter egos they see in hallucinations; these 'egos' always wear a mask of some sort, and their real faces are never seen. The 'egos' represent whatever flaws a person has, be it drug addiction, alcoholism, or something they fear about themselves or something they want to deny; they can have more than one of these problems. Also, they may wear the same clothes the real half wears, but with obvious differences.
As a part of this little side-story, you have to find the influential people who are part of the Oro. It won't be obvious, not at all; many of them learned to hide the metal pieces. You may or may not have the sonic capabilities, either; it appears as though the gene for the unique vocal cord type is hereditary or purely coincidental, and most newborns who are born with the hereditary type are sightless and armless; the Rememdium is blamed for it, but it appears to be a result of inbreeding.
Detection Tools: These are all in one convenient unit.
UV Light- The UV Light's primary function is to detect traces of blood visible and invisible to the naked eye, causing it to stand out brightly if within the light range of the device. It will illuminate the immediate area directly ahead with a purplish light.
Spectrometer- The Spectrometer can detect suspicious noises, such as the noises emitted by the Sonic Emitters scattered throughout Metro City, and it will also detect various gases.
Digital Camera- The Digital Camera is used to capture images that are transmitted back to the lab for evaluation. Examples: Crime scene/Environment, body or body parts, blood spatter, documents.
GPS- Your GSP is an extremely useful tool, especially if you get lost in the Black Lake region north of Metro. It can also tell you where various deposits of ammo are in a building.
Optional Character Sheet:
Relation to the Oro (Ran into them/member of/etc.):
Alter Ego's appearance:
Name: Kayte Thomas
Appearance: Pale blond hair, blue eyes; slightly tanned complexion. She has a small, triangular scar under her left eye caused by Infri when she fought him when she was tracking a murderer down in the slums.
Relation to the Oro: Ran into them; she was tracking a random murderer in the slums of Metro City when she ran into Infri killing her suspect, and they fought; she's still got a scar from the confrontation.
Job: SCU investigator/CSI agent
Brief bio: The last name Thomas is a mistake of sorts; she does have the last name, but she isn't related to Ethan in any way. Despite this, during her internship she was partnered with him several times; she respects him greatly, as he was her mentor. When he went on a downward spiral, she ignored Dorland's attempts at questioning her of Ethan's whereabouts; she didn't know where he'd gone.
Alter Ego's appearance and meaning: Usually wears whatever Kayte is wearing, but there's always a bloodstain down the front; also wears a mask that resembles a mild, smiling clown face with a tear under one eye. It represents her emotional problems - anger issues, conflicting areas of her life, etc. - and her painkiller addiction, which she tries to pass off as having to take frequent doses due to back and leg troubles (which isn't entirely a lie, either). The AEgo acts childish at some times and serious in others.
Kayte pulled her car to a stop outside the SCU building, pushing down the parking break and resting her head against the headrest of her seat. She hadn't wanted to come to work; she felt sick, probably because of trying to cold-turkey her way out of painkillers, but it wasn't working. She'd probably have to go to rehab... The thought made her cringe and open the car door, slamming it shut behind her after she grabbed her pack and pulled her phone out. "... Answer me, man.." She rubbed between her eyes, wincing as her headache started getting worse. "Ugh."
I stare at the girl in the mirror: T-shirt, torn up jeans, no beauty queen.
But the way that you see me, you get underneath me, and all my defenses just fall away, fall away.
I am beautiful with you, even in the darkest part of me. I am beautiful with you;
Make it feel the way it's supposed to be!
You're here with me: Just show me this and I'll believe I am beautiful with you!