Highstone Academy The winds of adventure will take us where we need to go. Above a desert that was once a forest, burnt to ashes by the rampage of a fiery abomination, there flies an island... lush with green, and easily identified by the gray stone castle resting upon it, as well as the small town to the side of it. The town is known as Spicegale Village, and it houses a multitude of races from all around the world, even from across planar barriers. The keep is the focus of the flying island, however: the strange adventurer's school referred to as the Highstone Academy. Long ago, the current Dean and his adventuring party came across the school in their travels. The site had long been abandoned, but the floating city and keep were enough to stay in the man's memory. The party would come to use it as a base of operations, and used it as their final stand against an otherworldly threat: the gouges of that battle still mar the surface of the island, and the fallen corpses of the infernal machines can be seen far on the desert ground below. Inverse to the land below, the island is temperate, the surface is covered in great grassy hills, an expansive forest, and an impressive lake, filled from the side with a portal from the Elemental Chaos. In fact, the entire island is dotted with portals to the various planes: save for a few, these portals seem to be one-way, letting creatures onto the island: but not back off of it... The underside of the island, however, is not as ideal as the surface. The winding tunnels of the continent-sized island are filled with various other environments: The deepest of which being a varied labyrinth of molten lava which drips into the desert below, fed by some unworldly, bound being... Worried about what might lie ahead, the Dean has set up his adventurer's school in order to train a new generation of improved adventurers, taking youths and molding them into far more powerful individuals than they would be on their own, or adventuring normally. Providing various tests and awarding them with gold earned from his own years of adventuring, his system is one of the most vaunted in the world - at least, among those that know of him... You are a student in this academy. What happens next, of course, is up to you... Special Rules: You must be a young character. The point buy is 22, 100 starting gold. For this roleplay, I will be lax on character concepts. Any book, any race can be used. You may even run by homebrew or special races and feats... feel free to get creative! There are three special ways to play in this RP. Testing Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler This is the standard mode of play, and will take place in the IC thread. Your character will use their powers, skills, and equipment to complete whatever objective given to you by The Dean. Cooperation with your allies will be key. Whether you win or lose, you will earn experience points and gold, as well as a grade on your performance! Free Time Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler At any time, you may interact with your fellow players (or anyone else wanting to join in!) within the Roleplay tab in the Cbox. There are no rules to what you can do in this game (though if you pick up items in the Free Time, you can't use them in the Testing period, unless I feel you've earned them). Adventure, explore the island, and interact with your classmates! Provide proof that you did this by posting the Logs in this OOC thread, and you'll earn 250 experience points for every two players! Homework Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Besides what I have mentioned above, I will not be providing a lot of detail into the world. YOU, however, can do this. By writing a 'report', in-character, for one of your character's classes (most of which will be off-screen and up to you), will earn you 50 gold times your level per report, twice a week (real time). Thus, if you do this right off the bat, you can double your starting gold. The world is massive, with many different societies, plants, cultures, and races - don't be afraid to get creative! That's all the basic information. The post after this one will provide homebrew, "added" information from homework, and a cast of characters.