Hello everyone! So, I'm still at a pretty hectic stage in life, moving to another state where I'm having a house built... and doing most of the construction work to save money. And there's no internet up there yet, though hopefully there will be soon. At any rate, life is very busy, but I'm growing extremely bored due to a lack of roleplaying. As such, I want to run an RP! Perhaps not the most complex of RPs I've ever envisioned but still a solid and hopefully long-term one. Specifically, a magical girl RP. :3 Even more specifically, a gritty magical girl warrior RP, definitely a mature game, for violence and language. One with the potential for player character death, permanent injuries/dismemberment/debilitation and other bad endings, possibly with instances of PvP (as in, while not actively encouraged, attacking another PC is also not forbidden, and there may be times when doing so would be the most accurate/realistic way to play a scene). So my questions are, who would be interested in playing? And of those who are interested, what origin for your magical powers would you prefer: traditional mana-powered arcane magic, or sufficiently advanced quantum cyber-technology? I should mention that, for plot related reasons, it has to be one or the other, but cannot be some sort of combination of both. "Technology vs Magic" will be a major motif in this game, though to understand that I should really give a bit more info about the setting/plot. The game will take place '20 minutes in the future,' say mid 2020s or so. Significant advances in technology- and especially mind-machine interfaces- have made things like cybernetic limbs/augmentations and virtual/augmented reality fairly ubiquitous, albeit relatively mundane (as in, they don't grant crazy super powers to the average user, though naturally military applications are far more powerful). The basic plot outline is: the megacity that serves as the game's setting is under attack by a threat that is turning citizens into crazed killers practically immune to pain and very difficult to subdue. Chaos is spreading as paranoia builds and the infrastructure collapses, but as the fatalities mount a small group of young girls is approached by an extra-terrestrial/super-natural entity who reveals to them the true nature of the crisis and offers them astounding powers to combat the actual cause, as well as protect the innocent. So which would you prefer as your patron? A highly advanced sentient space ship projecting a holographic avatar of a human woman to communicate with your characters? Her magical girls would be more like mechagirls; their requisite magical girl transformation scene would involve mechanical armor beaming down from orbit to materialize around them, they'd fly using rocket boots or jet packs, fight with lasers and antimatter cannons and exotic missiles, that sort of thing. Or would you prefer a less technical, more mystical magical patron, perhaps some sort of ascended higher being with wondrous powers? She would be prevented from intervening directly of course, likely due to some higher dimensional law limiting her involvement, but could still empower and advise others to defend themselves/their people. Her magical girls would have a much greater emphasis on the 'magical' part, with cute outfits solidifying out of light around them for their transformation scene, they'd fight with magical elements, etc. So yeah, please let me know in the comments if you are interested AND which option you'd prefer. If there's enough interest I should be able to get this started when I get back home tomorrow (because typing on my phone sucks >.<). Oh, also, I should add that I would prefer quality writing, at least a solid paragraph if not a couple, preferably a post every other day if not faster, though I understand very well the nature of getting caught up in RL stuff. Just no sudden disappearances- at least have the decency to drop me a line if you have to quit. I'd like a heavy emphasis on combat and social interactions, with an element of investigation, and an overarching effort on the characters' part to get stronger, improving their chances in a fight as well as striving to better the situation in their city, with the aim of eventually making things right and restoring peace once more. Speaking of fighting, as this is intended to be a more gritty RP, fights will be visceral and violent- injuries are serious business and although your characters will of course have accelerated healing, there may/probably will be wounds from which there is no recovering, including character death. Plus there is a chance that you may have control of your character temporarily removed from you (by me, not another player) in a case of mind control or something. If any of these things sound unacceptable to you, consider yourself warned. It won't be arbitrary though- I intend to have a basic character creation mechanic with various attributes that I can use (along with a degree of randomness) to determine the results of a character's or enemy's actions.