Good tidings fellow folk of the twilit hours and quiet places, I am Dirge, which is short for... uh hmmm, I suppose it isn’t short for anything. So you can just call me Dirge. Or not. I don’t mind nicknames or no names. More often than not graveyard residents yell, “Hey you! Get off my bones!” What can I say I am just one popular ghoul. When it comes down to it I like to experience the most out of unlife and really like meeting new people.
As one might think i’ve been around. Roleplay has been one of my favorite hobbies since I still had a pulse, so I am quite experienced in the literary ways. Or witchcraft as they used to call it. Creating worlds and crafting tales is a speciality but I require inspiration so I have other hobbies in reading novels and comics, playing video games (all sorts the favoring RPG’s), watching movies, playing board games and tabletop, so pretty much anything entertaining, but I do also enjoy the art of Photoshop and Photo Editing. In the end it is the power of word that most compels me so Roleplay is my favorite avenue.
When it comes to Genres my dark heart always clings to Horror, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Myth, Mystery, and all sorts of interesting concepts. One not need the action or the viscera for a good story sometimes all you need is a single individual and a room. Imagination and fascination! I am here for the adventure of the mind.
Lets dip into the marrow a little further shall we?
I am absolutely shameless as a fan. And who wouldn’t be with such wondrous worlds and tales unexplored! So as follows lets display:
Lovecraft / Cthulhu Mythos: Let us be clear that Gothic Horror is delightful with colorful macabre, but nightmares from realms far beyond flesh and mortality - this is where true terrors wait. From the shadow of the mind the Mythos is a world where certain truths are a burden too great to bare. To truly understand the desolate ignorance of humanity is a song that cannot be unsung from my ears. I quite enjoy these desperate and confusing tales.
Slashers, Gashers, and Body Mashers: What I mean is Halloween, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Hellraiser, The Thing, and all sorts of horror movie franchises are my jam. So whether it is incorporating elements of these movies into an original roleplay or even just jumping into these worlds I am down with. Though mind the grizzly body horror unless in a more mature setting
Silent Places: Silent Hill is more of a world than it is a franchise in my mind, a quiet midwestern town tucked away in the quaintness of woodlands and tributaries overcast with ever present fog. It is more set than setting. Stories where the horror reflects the inhabitants and the minds at play are all too appealing allowing indepth character studies. Answering the questions of Good and Evil. Compelling the further question of where does the light end and the dark begin, or are you only capable of knowing their brief intersection into reality.
Monsters of Men: Classical horror such as Vampires, Werewolves, Mummies, and the like. Tragic tales of men. These stories and the inspiration they can bring are vast afterall I doubt the world is short on films about Dracula and Frankenstein, and may Satan be praised for that fact.
Sword & Sorcery: A little high fantasy does the mind good. Stories of adventure and hope that define fandoms such as Dungeons and Dragons, Lord of the Rings, Dragon Age, Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, and Harry Potter are great examples of worlds I enjoy on the brighter side of the spectrum.
Grim & Dark: Worlds where the reality is weighed with harsh consequences. No one would shame you for an honest mistake, but mistakes no matter how truly made carry a heavy burden. Stories of survival, perseverance, and tragedy whether in magical lands or apocalypse. The Witcher, Castlevania, Mad Max, The Walking Dead, and Game of Thrones would best demonstrate these stories.
The East: These would be worlds where codes of honor and martial prowess meet deep personal philosophies. The struggle of mans reality and the pursuit of greater meaning. Often modeled after legends and fictions from all parts of Asia. From Mortal Kombat, to Avatar: The Last AIrbender (Legend of Korra as well), to Dragonball (Z, GT, Super, & etc...), and even tales of Samurai or the modern Yakuza. These are stories paint a picture where personal philosophies and their strength mold the journey forward.
Capes & Bullets: Hero? Villain? Who cares as long as it looks cool, tells a fun story, and just maybe hero prevails. This is one of those most varied categories because it involves almost all Comic Properties and their movies. Marvel, DC, I don’t care I love it. Honestly Superman, Spider-Man, Invincible, the Darkness, and all sorts of characters are my jam. Lets add My Hero Academia in there just to top it. But it is also all about action so modern revenge stories like John Wick and Die Hard are in my wheelhouse
Infinity & Beyond: This is where we aim for the stars and discover worlds and civilizations exceeding our imagination. When it comes down to it we are talking Star Wars (all of it, probably one of my favorite fandoms), Star Trek, Farscape, Mass Effect, and a even space tales like Alien, Predator, and Passenger (I know odd but lets get it all in here). Here it is the void and the ever present unknown around every corner.
War Never Changes: Sometimes the harrowing experience of a battlefield or survival is how we learn to value our lives. I love stories of a future struggle and wars. This means Fallout (a world scarred by war) and mech stories like Gundam or Pacific Rim. I would even add Kaiju films like Godzilla and King Kong in this category in how it constantly intersects with the military.
Rise of the Machines: Mechs, Robots, Androids, and automated cities. Sometimes these Machine futures are amazing but many times they end up horrorific. Best examples of these stories are Terminator, Robocop, I-Robot, and Chappie are good examples.
Artificially Real: When reality is stranger than you can believe and your understanding of them are bent. Maybe you are Jacked into an artificial world like the Matrix, Ready Player One, or Sword Art Online. Possibly you’ve been pressing on the boundaries of reality and entering other worlds like Sliders, Doctor Who, or even Stranger Things are great examples of that science-weird.
MYTH & MYSTERY
Infernal & Divine: No it isn’t a killer Black Sabbath track i’m talking Heaven and Hell. Worlds of Myths and all sorts of tall tales. Greek, Egyptian, and Norse Pantheons. Below the heavens to Biblical Hells. Or perhaps maybe what we believe isn’t always true and the Gods walk among us. Possibly fables and American tall tales. We are talking The Wicked + Divine, Percy Jackson, God of War, and the like.
The Supernatural: Cryptids and everything that bumps in the night. Dark incantations at the witching hour. A mystical world hidden from modern men. So Supernatural (duh?), Ghostbusters, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the Magicians, Vampire: the Masquerade (and all WoD spin offs).
Crime & Punishment: When the scales of justice are tested then men of the law must march. Yet it is sometimes the skillful work of a gumshoe, or the wit and facility of a dedicated mind that solves the problem. Some men take the law into their own hands. These stories can be found in Sherlock (books, movies, show), Judge Dredd, L.A. Noir, Seven, and Taken.
List The Treasure Hunt: Look I am not even going to beat around the bush with poetics here. This is Indiana Jones, Tomb Raider, National Treasure, and any other narrative where a single skilled person or group of people are after an ancient artifact. 1
Truthfully there is so much more I enjoy but it is hard to remember until my bones get the itch. One thing can be gauranteed is that with a deathly measure and ample conversation we will always form a Killer Tale. And I aspire for the nerve rattling and spine tingly results!
So with a humble bow I bid you, my new friends good tidings. And like the Addams Family that’s a snap.
Dirge! or should I say, Arthas...? welcome to Arkadia!
I'm Sélène and you had me at Pacific Rim.
I love all of these ideas, I can't wait to see some of them play out on our boards. if you haven't yet, make sure you take a look at our Roleplay Recruitment & OOC forums to throw up an interest check and browse around the ones that are already there.
looking forward to catching you on the boards (or in a nearby graveyard?)
I appreciate such a thrilling welcome, really puts the chill in my bones to hear everyone’s excitement! It may take me some time to get around to everything but I am diligently reading recruitment threads and keeping up with relevant chats on the Disocrd.
Given the recent Corona Virus Pandemic I work a warehouse job for one of the Major Grocery and Retail chains in the American Mid-West. So if I disappear for a hot second or am silent for a day or two just know my job is getting hit with mandatory hours and overtime. Otherwise I am ecstatic to have found this board and distract from these anxious time with a little cooperative writing.