A lonely, abandoned tower thrust through the frigid crust among the peaks of the Himalayas.
A mysterious signal plays havoc with compasses and communication across an entire region.
The dying echo of an ancient civilization awakens a new threat to humanity.
THE EDENITE SAGA Episode 00: All-Seeing Eyes See how it all began, and why the world will never be the same.
What is this?
This is an interest check for the prequel episode of the multi-episode saga that introduces the precursor android species the Edenites to the world.
What's the premise?
There's a strange signal going out over the region in the Himalayas that interferes with air traffic, compasses, digital signals, the works, and it's been traced to a specific point in the mountains. Most characters will be coming specifically to investigate the strange signal and the strange tower that seems to be the source, though it's possible that climbers could find themselves in this mess, as well.
Is this a scifi roleplay?
Yes and no. It is a story about ancient robots from outer space, but there are also a number of fantastic and pseudo-spiritual elements to the story, as well, and the player characters, themselves, have no requirements to adhere to a particular genre outside of being from the modern era and on Earth. Magic, superpowers, technological gear and even the divine can play into your character background. You have no requirement to bind yourself to the essence of the Edenites, themselves, and couldn't even if you wanted to.
How strong are we expected to be?
While The Edenite Saga has an overall power level that is quite high, with bosses almost exclusively coming in at level nine on the EAB Power Scale, this episode, as well as the next one, Episode 01: Heroes' Children, doesn't have a high bar to entry, and you should be fine if your character is at least moderately powerful or comfortable around such characters.
How do we express our interest?
Just post here that you are interested, and feel free to talk about character concepts you are considering. I'm happy to help polish any loose ideas.
How long are you expecting this RP to be?
Because The Edenite Saga is designed to be episodic, individual RPs within it will tend to be shorter than normal RPs. You can expect them to be like long chapters. Obviously, the actual time it will take to get through the RP will depend on you, the players, and how you proceed, and how frequently you post, throughout the story. However, if we compared it to, say, a tabletop game, All-Seeing Eyes is the shortest episode, encompassing just a single dungeon of moderate size and the surrounding story thereof. It wasn't originally part of the rest of the Saga, but was penned later to introduce people who didn't have the kind of connections the story required to the setting involved. To this end, it's more of an introduction than an entire chapter.
Do we post character sheets here?
No, this is just the interest check, designed to hook your attention, discuss what you want to enter and answer any questions you may have. Should there be enough interest, I will make an OOC thread with more story information to get you started, as well as the character sheet I want to see. I'll be reserving the second post in that thread for linking character sheets.
If we enter this RP, and this is a saga, do we have to enter all of the others?
No. One of the reasons why this was designed in an episodic manner is to allow different characters to be used as needed. You don't have to play in every episode, and usually won't necessarily have to know what went down in previous ones beyond what you will be able to pick up in character. Furthermore, not necessarily all characters will be appropriate for all episodes. Thus, you have no obligation to join every single episode, much less to use the same character in every episode.
Are you interested in a co-DM?
No, thank you. I've run this before more than once and I have it pretty down pat.
What are you expecting from us as players?
While individual episodes are shorter than normal RPs, we still have a lot of ground to cover, with a total of nine episodes to get through, so I'd appreciate it if you could be dedicated enough to make regular posts, at least one to two a week or often enough not to otherwise hold things up. Beyond that, I expect paragraph format posts with good grammar and decent detail level. We've all had grammar classes, and if you're able to read all of this, it's safe to assume you are at least fluent in English, so I feel justified in expecting this as the bare minimum bar of expectations. I'm not expecting masterwork novel crafting, just basic literary competency.
I feel like I've heard of this Edenite Saga thing before. Is this a reboot?
Yes, it is, clear from the start. It's one of my most beloved and complex roleplaying endeavors, and I look forward to sharing it with the RPG Collective.
Can I play an Edenite?
No. Due to the nature of the plot and the Edenites, themselves, they will never be available as player races, with the exception of one side story that will be run if the saga has enough interest.
Can I bring in my own hyper advanced ancient alien race?
Probably not, no, for reasons I hope should be obvious. It would take a very exact type of backstory to not clash with or derail the plot.
What if I have other questions you haven't addressed yet?
Feel free to ask them when you post. I'm happy to answer any you may have, and if it's something that I should have included here but forgot to include, I'll add it and even make a notation of who asked!