The RP Where Resolute Bonds and Divides Will Shake The World... Hisakawa Koukou - The Fourth HaRD ReSET Format: Group RP RP Type: Modern, Japanese High School/Drama/Slice of Life/Near Future Expected Post Rate: 1-2 Per Week or More Character Limit: 1 Co-GMs: @God Empress Wen Accepting New Sign Ups: Invitation Only- Wave 1.1 Please PM Me If you REALLY want to join. Interest Thread: Link In Character Thread: Link "Timeless Time" - Mami Kawada (Due to the Relevant Youtube Videos for the Original Being kinda NSFW, Here's a SFW Nightcore One) Intro Theme: Forward: Hisakawa Koukou: HaRD ReSET is a Japanese High School RP set in a future where the characters are embedded with special chips that effectively make them their own smartphones/computers. (Though smartphones and computers remain commonplace for most other people). The RP is all about interactions and conflicts that arise between the players' characters in the RP. Sometimes, they happen naturally, and sometimes they are triggered by the GM randomly. In this RP, it is hoped that your characters can bond, clash, and grow together as they face the daily happenings in school. Though the world of Hisakawa is Based off the world as it was in it's previous incarnation, the actions of certain individuals created this break-off universe. The price was that this world is not as peaceful or safeguarded as the other one... Basic Information & Signup Cast List Hisakawapaedia Current Story " It Hurt to Care So I Stopped Altogether " Story The Mid-Twentieth Century will no doubt be remembered for how Virtual Reality Changed became an integral part of the world. This Virtual Reality is a far cry from the comedic bulky and expensive equipment that people needed 30 years ago. Now, Virtual Reality can be completely immersive. Allowing people to see, touch, feel, and experience a whole entire new world from in front of their computer. Equipment that allowed for this 'Full Immersion' is now about as easy to acquire as a Television. Once the technology to miniaturize this equipment is perfected, then maybe the smartphone and tablet will go the way of the television, and become antiquated. In truth, the technology to allow for this already exists. By surgically implanting a special chip into a person's spine, they can experience completely immersive virtual reality without so much as lifting a finger. Practically controlling a whole computer with their mind. However, there were many ethical and security concerns that came with this. Which made it even more surprising when the Japanese Government Mandated that all newborns be implanted with this new device. This law was repealed a mere three years after it went into effect. This RP follows the story of people from this generation. Their Chips give them a definite edge over other people - being able to send mail, play a game, or browse the internet is second nature to them. However, the security issues of the chips were never truly resolved. At the time, it was thought that the complexity of the chips, and an emergency security patch was enough to keep these children protected until the chips were removed. For the students at Hisakawa High School, the aforementioned backstory is superfluous details. No one is smart enough to hack into those chips, nor are they cruel enough to take advantage of them, right? The biggest issues for these students lie in the many rudimentary problems that arise between themselves and the people around them. Little do they know, that the bonds and divides that they form in this short time will shake the foundations of their world. How to Join: Like with the original RP, joining Hisakwa Koukou can be summed up in 4 straightforward steps. Just note that you will have to make at least 1 post before actually posting your character sheet. This is due to you needing to get your 'randomly generated' character relations and grade stats. In Both Cases You will need to have your character sheet accepted by me before taking part in the In Character thread. New Characters Post Your Intention to Join in the Sign Up Thread by asking me for relationships rolls, and posting the basic information about your character. Please include: Name: (Last Name, First Name Please) Age: ( # ) (High School Age, 15-17) Gender: (M/F/?) (Actual Physical Gender) Romantic Rolls: ( # ) (Denotes number of potential romantic relationships - can be 0, 1, or 1+) Same Sex Relationships: (Y/N) (States your preference in having your character being romantically involved with someone of the same sex) Trope Relationships: (Y/N) (Usually, most relationships are simple and mutual, like 'Friends'. Saying yes to this allows for other relationships that may not be so mutual, but can lead to interesting outcomes. For example, Master/Servant allows for someone to be a maid/butler and the like, possibly. Again, remember this is completely random, and the pool these are drawn from are kept secret!) Once your character's relationships are given, fill out the Character Sheet below! Remember: Relationships Rolls are required for your character sheet, and the above submission is needed for me to be able to roll for your character! Go straight to the character creation section, and fill it out! Once completed, post it in the Sign Up/OOC thread. Please do NOT POST IN THE IC until it has been approved. Finally, please consider EDITING your draft post rather than posting multiple progressively completed copies. Just wanted to put that out there. Returning Characters PLEASE Follow the same procedures as above.Your 'Family' Statuses and some important relationships may be kept intact, but otherwise, things shall get re-rolled. In this world,. the relationships you had with people whom have 'departed' still exist. It's simply that in this world, due to various circumstances, those people are no longer regularly involved in your life. You may refer to them in your bio or descriptions, or even in the story, but DO NOT put them in your current relationships. Character Sheet Once you have decided to join, and have posted your initial post in the sign up thread. Fill out this humble character sheet. Write a character that contributes to the setting in the world, and do try to write one you'll find fun to play as. Also, be sure to look over the Rules and Guidelines, after the Character Sheet. This is important! Character Sheet [Core Information Section] (INFO: This is the basics of your character as a... character. Be sure to think hard about the kind of person they are!) [Insert your character's favorite quote here] [Real (anime) appearance of your character here, try downsizing really large pictures!] Character Color Code: (INFO: A unique color number associated with your character. This is primarily so your character's dialogue can be highlighted with this color in posts. You can look up a color number in the rich text editor by opening the drop-down menu of 'text color' by 'font size,' and then pressing the word 'Custom...'. Please ensure the color will not make your text unreadable for at least the default black background. This will be readily be made available in the cast list section for players to quickly look up. Note that if a character is listed as 'inactive/dropped' you are allowed to take that character's color for your new character.) Full Name: (Last Name, First Name Format) Age: (Students - 15 to 18, students will be second years by default) Date of Birth: (Day, Month) Sex: (Physical, biological gender) Most Relevent Sin: (Your character's most relevant fault. This helps GM's figure out how to make conflicts for you.) Most Relevant Virtue: (Your character's most relevant virtue. This helps GM's figure out how not to completely screw you over) Most Relevant Ideology: (Anarchy, Order, Control - The choice made here decides Which GM character may potentially have a history with you, and ultimately, the one you might have to someday save.) Likes: (Things that your character find themselves gravitating towards when it they see or hear of it) Dislikes: (Things your character find apprehensive when it comes up.) Hobbies: (Things Your Character Does in their Spare Time. Things that you can expect them to want to talk about if the topic is brought up.) Fears: (Nothing is still not a valid fear.) Reputation: (INFO: Your Character's Reputation is a description of how an average student would see your character as. Do consider trying to cover how they act around friends, enemies, and strangers for your own reference and for the reference of other participants. Peculiar things that people see this character do, or things they usually carry around can be mentioned here.) Self Introduction: (INFO: A self introduction in the character's words where they recall what they feel is the most important event to ever happen in their life. Something that defined who they are. Have fun with this, because it is from this 'monologue' that the baseline of who your character is as a person is drawn from. It is also an important thing for other players to gauge how they could act around you in general, especially people who are supposed be close to your character.) Character Theme: (INFO: What is playing in the background when you're character is introducing themselves/When the scene is focused on them? This will be linked in the cast list.) Character Battle Theme: (!Optional) (INFO: What is playing when you're writing your post, attacking or responding to an attack from this character? This will be linked in the cast list.) Character Voice Actor: (!Optional) (INFO: Have a voice actor that is exactly what you want everyone to think your character sounds like? List them here! If you can find a video of that voice on youtube or something, EVEN BETTER!) [Virtu-Ava Section] (INFO: This section contains details about your character's Virtual Avatar used in the school. Such as the character's, appearance, and their library of techniques and skills for use in battle.) [Virtu-Ava (anime) Appearance of Character Here] (INFO: The appearance of your Virtu-Ava. The image of the Virtu-Ava is superimposed over your own when you invoke it on school grounds, or other locations that have the infrastructure to support Virtu-Ava Battles. You have the option of not having anything for this one, if the character is always in their normal appearance.) Weapon: (INFO: The weapon your Virtu-Ava carries in combat. Lots of students like to write long and detailed weapon biographies for this. Probably from their creative adventure stories. The default weapon is one's hands. You can also add in an image of it if you find one.) [Battle Actions] (INFO: These 'battle actions' are the skills or techniques that your character use in battle that they may or may not yell the attack name of whenever they use it. But at the end of the day, no matter how flashy they look, they will still be beaten by the default karate chop if the RNG favors their opponent. Your character has a total of Six 'Skill Slots'. In these skill slots, you explain a type of action that the character performs that explicitly attacks a single opponent. Each of these attacks can fall into three categories: GUARD, HEAVY, and FAST. This is done so that they can directly translate to ROCK, PAPER, and SCISSORS for the purposes of deciding who the winner is. Though this is explained in detail later, in general: GUARD beats FAST FAST beats HEAVY HEAVY beats GUARD Again, the default attack is a karate chop.) Skill 1: [Skill Name] TYPE: (Fast, Heavy, or Guard) DESCRIPTION: Skill 2: [Skill Name] TYPE: (Fast, Heavy, or Guard) DESCRIPTION: And so on, for a REQUIRED Minimum of 3. [Relationships Section] (INFO: Relationships describe how your character is associated with the other characters in the RP. In this RP, all of your relationships are randomly generated, this time through the GM handling your character submission rather than the Iwaku Dice Roll. It is up to you to detail the details of each relationship given to you. It's encouraged that you try doing it by having your character explain it through their own words.) [Copy Paste your Relationships the GM Gave you Here and Detail them Out] Rules and Guidelines A Fabulous Guide on how to make RPing in Hisakawa a breeze! General Rules General Rules Here are some simple rules and requirements 1. No godmodding, bunnying, metagaming and so forth 2. No playing another person's character without their permission or forcing another rper into allowing you to play their character 3. Make well-balanced and believable character aka no Mary Sues or Gary Stues 4. These types of RPs can become quite chaotic. If you notice that your conversation IC has begun to take up a considerable amount of space, please consider doing these things: - slowing down - taking the conversation to PM and posting it in bulk - waiting for the posts of 2 characters who are not in that conversation before posting to that conversation. 5. So that it is easier for people to find posts relevant to them, please tag that person at the end of every IC post in which one of their characters is part of the conversation or is otherwise involved in the post. (Like this: @Ehb ) 6. Be respectful of all characters - if you have an issue with a character's sexuality, hobbies or anything else, feel free to leave. This does not apply to characters though, provided it is within that character's nature to be intolerant of those things. 7. Be respectful of everyone - no fighting or insulting in the OOC thread. If you must do this, take it to PM. Do not take out your frustration on that person's character either, or you will get a stern telling off. 8. Things of a nature beyond that of PG-13 should be RP'd within PM only. This must still comply with iwaku's rules on libertine. This is NOT saying that doing Libertine with an underaged/overaged user is OK. 9. Now, to prove that you have read the rules (yeah, sorry, I just had to include this). In the relationship section, add an entry at the top for a character called 'The World'. In your character's words, describe the relation, using a derivative of 'I Accept My Life being Ruled by the RNG'. My own character sheet won't have it, but I'll write it here. It would look like: The World "My Life is Undeniably Governed by the RNG." If I see people who just copy paste this relation word for word, then I'll tell them to read over the rules again to get their character accepted. 10. Follow the Suggested Posting Format when Posting In Character. See: Suggested Posting Format. Accept the RNG to Your Life! I Accept the RNG - Conflict Driven Changing Character Intentions Known as 'Incidents' For much of the story, the conflict is driven mostly by the relations between characters being challenged. Outside of the main narrative 'incidents' occur between the other parts of the cast. Potentially gaining more focused if the participants are invested enough! Players who actively participate in the RP will find that conflicts will arise between them, challenging the established relationships that they currently hold. The name of the game in incidents is the 'changing of a character's intentions'. An intention change can be good, like two broken friend characters wanting to make up. Alternatively, it might be bad, such as two lover characters getting into a quarrel. Yes, this does mean that I do basically point at your characters and say 'do something interesting' like some sort of director. Again do try to think of it as a challenge of me pushing you into a potentially unexplored and maybe uncomfortably conflictiouous(?) position. You may be a bad guy, or you may be a victim. It's all up to how the incident is handled. When an incident is declared, I just make a post announcing a new 'chapter'. It gives two characters and their related incident. The story will immediately jump to 'after the fact' that the incident has happened, with exposition explaining what had happened in away that details can be filled in later by the incident characters if they wish. So, in a nutshell, the 'conflict introduction' is already put out of the way, and the characters are already in the middle of either making initial reactions or finding away to resolve it. Once the 'incident' begins in the character threads. Everyone will have a certain amount of time to complete it. (Typically done by page counts). This generally gives you all an idea of whether to hurry up or take things more easily. Once the limit is passed, the incident ends, and relationships may end up being re-evaluated once it's over. As a general rule, the only relationships that change are those between the incident characters. This is done so we don't have too many 'tweests' happening all at once. Alternatively, incidents may be put on hold and revisited later if people disappear. There's also a pool of various incidents that I keep mentally. Though you can also suggest incidents for your characters in the OOC thread. Also note, that your same-sex preferences will also be respected for situation where your character develops a crush on another character (A valid kind of incident). Please not that in order for this to work it does require the participants to be pretty driven! Play it and it'll play out! In other words, don't be afraid to be involved in the story even if you fee like you're throwing yourself in there! Communication and Absences Communication is Important! - Please Keep the Discussions / Chatting in the Conversation Thread! Please reserve the In Character thread for: Roleplaying in Character A Signup/OOC thread Will Be Made for everyone in the RP. Please use that discussion for: Character Sheets Sign Up Posts (such as the Character Roll Post) General Questions About Signups or the RP In General General Plot Discussion Everything Else. If you have questions about the RP but don't want to 'commit' yet. you have may send me a personal message. Just make sure to include the RP's title in the message title, as well as be clear in what you want to ask me about in regards to the RP, and I'll be able to assist you to my fullest! Announcing Absences I do understand that everyone has IRL stuff, and it is indeed much more important than pretending to Japanese High Schoolers. However, please show me and the other RP's common courtesy when you know you're going to be gone. 'I'm Busy' If you're going to be more inactive or gone for a while, consider letting us know about it beforehand. Saying when you're probably going to be back is also appreciated. You can come back whenever you wish! Just announce it in the discussion! 'I Gotta Drop' I am completely fine if you have to drop the RP. I am not okay if you drop, stop posting, and not say anything about it until I have to go sniffing you out myself. Suggested Posting Format Suggested Posting Format For the sake of Coherency in the Character threads, we politely ask that you consider posting in this format in the Character Thread CHARACTER NAME [CHARACTER REPRESENTATION - This Image Cutout Is Used To Make it Easier to identify your character for people not too good with names. If you want to utilize a Larger Image, Please Put it in a Spoiler. I will make one for you once your character is accepted, but if you want to do it yourself, note that the Eye Cutouts I use are 150 x 50 Pixels.] [DATE / LOCATION : Ex. [Monday, April 1st / Class 1-A] We use this so people won't get lost as to what day it is or when our characters] [POST CONTENT - At Least a Paragraph Ideally] @SOMEUSER [When you type in @Username you tag another user who will probably get a notification about it. Use this to explicitly state who your character is interacting with when applicable] The Code to make the 'fancy boxes' is as follows: Code: [fieldbox= CHARACTER NAME, COLOUR, solid] [Insert your Image or Spoilered Image Up Here Date-stamp and Location Goes Here Post Content Goes Here [USER=XXXXX]@USERNAME[/USER]. //Note that if you type @ and then a Valid Username, you should see a drop-down menu show up of applicable Iwaku Users. Select the correct one and the Text Editor Will do all this nonsense automatically. [/fieldbox] " The Only Person You Can Ever Trust Is Yourself " Character List An 'at a glance' look at the characters in this story. GM Characters Controlled by the GM. Ehb as: Sagawa Mizunohara Description: A student who likes to keep to herself. Sagawa Mizunohara is well known for her proficiency in anything computer related. Something that is both a blessing and a curse for her. Chaos Level: Low Titles: Solitary Computer Whiz: A title for a quiet person whose primary companions are the chip in her neck and the millions of denizens of the interweb. Prime Derivative (DLC Costume): A Summoner Trainee's school uniform from a universe in eternal limbo. Unlike this world's school uniforms, this one was designed for life or death combat situations. Active Main Characters Characters currently active in the story. God Empress Wen as: Kira Oshiro Description: A student at school well known for her love of the drums. Her obsession with music makes her seem almost absent minded towards other things at times. Titles: Unorthodox Percussionist: A title for a young woman who throws caution to the wind in the pursuit of a good time and a sick beat. Chaosheart13 as: Lisa Yamagawa Description: A student at Hisakawa trying to make herself known to the world. While her kind and soft-spoken nature is considered all well, she worries of it making her more dull towards others. Titles: Wallflower: A title for a student who resides in the background. Try hard and show how unique you are! Wiesenhart as: Yura Yukitani Description: A kind and considerate student at Hisakawa. He loves coffee and tea to the point of keeping his own tea set on the school premises. Titles: Nice Guy: A title for a person whose kindness is worth noting. Strive for higher bounds! LowDefenition as: Yuuki Iwasawa Description: A very effeminate student at the school whom is actually a boy. Even though this fact has been stated several times there are still people who find themselves wondering. Titles: Ambiguous Person: A title for a person who is profoundly ambiguous, they might as well be their own gender. Makomin as: Misheru Tachibana Description: A student whom is known for being rather brash and forward compared to most other girls at the school. Though for others it's her own brand of honesty. Titles: Wayward Writer: A title for a girl whose personality can be as unpredictable as the subject matter of their own writing. ERode as: Yuuki Kimura Description: This seemingly harmless student is actually the leader of the ORG. A club dedicated to taking candid photos of female students - and other pretty looking people. Titles: Raging Puberty: A title for a boy whom sincerely seeks out the meaning of being a man. Zombehs as: Abe Kuroya Description: Despite having one of the longest manes in the school, this male student is much more hardy and athletic than one would expect. Titles: Bishounen Skirmisher: A title for an Archer who understands his craft, and manages to look good while doing it. - or is it just the hair? Andy as: Noxi Keoni Description: An academically excellent student at the school. Noxi is also the school's vice-president. Even so, there are some things that he's being kept in the dark about at Hisakawa. Titles: Academic Elect: While most positions on the student council are decided by popular vote, the position of 'Vice President' is gained by the person with the best academic scores... Accelerator as: Michio Kamijou Description: This student takes his job as a Social Morals Class Representative seriously. Something that some people find commendable, to others, an annoyance. Titles: Hall Monitor: A title for a young man whose adherence and enforcment of the school's rules is well known. Miya as: Lori Nishimura Description: A profound lover of money, this student used enjoy a much better situation when she was in middle school. She's also locally known as a bona-fide maid, much to her own misfortune. Titles: Novice Maid: A title for a Maid whose just began a long and arduous road to reach the glamour that is being a fancy maid. Reach for new heights! Washboard Sister (DLC Costume): This alternative take on Lori's appearance might've been what she looked like if her family was still well off. She looks inherently more judgemental than usual. Virtu Ava Battle Records: Battles Fought: 1 Battles Won: 0 Raven Haruka as: Chiyo Imada Description: A seemingly shy looking girl whose looks hide a person of conviction and optimism. Titles: Genki Glasses: A title for a bubbly girl who seeks out friendship and youth with vigor and optimism, along with a controlled dash of formality. Karyra as: Rei Saionji Description: It's no mystery that Rei Saionji is quick and to the point. What is a mystery is the reason behind them being so reserved. Titles: Stone Cold Student: A title for a student who chooses their words and actions carefully. Is it because they're secretly shy, or do you have something else to hide? xLarius as: Mika Tsubasa Description: A quiet and lazy girl whom is well known for being asleep most of the time, yet still manages to still be in school somehow. Titles: Napper: A title for a young girl who takes sleeping very seriously. But there's more to achieve! Illin as: Taigi Narita Description: Mostly keeping on the wayside, Taigi comes off a regular student. In truth, he has many habits and qualities that put him in high concern with the Social Morals Council. Titles: Teenage Rebellion: A title for a student who indulges in the many things that your parents told you not to. Rithas as: Leo Kane Description: A polarizing student at the school. Leo Kane's ambiguous and apathetic approach to things makes some people uneasy about his intentions. Titles: Social Anomaly: A title for a boy who seems to draw both good and bad attention just by being there. Virtu Ava Battle Records: Battles Fought: 1 Battles Won: 1 GothGripz as: Kiyoko Minami Description: Kiyoko's eccentricities is somewhat known in the class despite her shy nature. Some may be surprised how well rounded her knowledge is. Titles: Internal Conflict: A title for a girl trying to find the truth that will help her come to accept herself. RedArmyShogun as: Ayame Sayato Description: While not considered the brightest student in the class - or the school. 'Aya' is a no nonsense hard worker who works at her family's convenience store in town. Titles: Ninja Genin: A title for one whom has just begun to walk the path of the Shinobi. Train with diligence and attain higher ranks! Skyswimsky as: Kyouko Himura Description: A prideful and ambitious girl in the process of trying to change herself for the better. Kyouko sometimes finds it hard to shake away the parts of her she wants to put to rest. Titles: Butter Knife: The first step to becoming something truly great begins with the practical basics. Within this clumsy start does grace and power mature! TheTechnologicVampire as: Hinomari Tanari The school's local motor-head. Hino's very existence seems to revolve around her beloved rally car. Keeping it in top shape for any race. Titles: Burgeoning Mechanic; A title for someone whose very existence seems to revolve around motor vehicles in general. Inactive CharactersCharacters who have left the story for some reason or another. ??? ??? Other Characters Characters involved in the story but not actively played by a dedicated Player. ??? ??? " People are Naturally Rotten By Nature " Hisakawapaedia A Collection of definitions and subjects that discuss details unique to the world. Annoying Help Text Archive: Annoying Help Text 1 - Get Involved Annoying Help Text 1 - Get Involved Welcome to Hisakawa Koukou! In this RP you play a high school student going through high school. At the start, it might be hard to find your place to fit in. Indeed, this probably is the hardest part! As a GM, it's my job to ensure there is a main narrative that is being driven forward. This Main Narrative typically involves a GM character, who is inherently important to the happenings of the world, whether they like it or not. You can choose to get involved with the main narrative or try starting off things on your own side. If you come up with a coherent story that other players start latching onto, then it tends to magically somehow become a part of the main narrative for some magical reason! Which makes this RP great if you really start getting an idea rolling. The point is, don't be afraid to post and get involved! There might be time when you're left hanging, or times when you're feeling like you're intruding, but don't think too hard about it. Just post and enjoy portraying your character. That being said, do note that happy endings are not guaranteed. Annoying Help Text 2 - Post Formatting, Again(?) Annoying Help Text 2 - Post Formatting, Again(?) As mentioned in the Rules when you signed up, please remember to use the Suggested Posting Format. You may be surprised with what nonsense I'll let get away in the IC, but the one thing I'm a stickler about it the darn format! CHARACTER NAME [CHARACTER REPRESENTATION - This Image Cutout Is Used To Make it Easier to identify your character for people not too good with names. If you want to utilize a Larger Image, Please Put it in a Spoiler. I will make one for you once your character is accepted, but if you want to do it yourself, note that the Eye Cutouts I use are 150 x 50 Pixels.] [DATE / LOCATION : Ex. [Monday, April 1st / Class 1-A] We use this so people won't get lost as to what day it is or when our characters] [POST CONTENT - At Least a Paragraph Ideally] @SOMEUSER [When you type in @Username you tag another user who will probably get a notification about it. Use this to explicitly state who your character is interacting with when applicable] The Code to make the 'fancy boxes' is as follows: Code: [fieldbox= CHARACTER NAME, COLOUR, solid] [Insert your Image or Spoilered Image Up Here Date-stamp and Location Goes Here Post Content Goes Here [USER=XXXXX]@USERNAME[/USER]. //Note that if you type @ and then a Valid Username, you should see a drop-down menu show up of applicable Iwaku Users. Select the correct one and the Text Editor Will do all this nonsense automatically. [/fieldbox] Annoying Help Text 3 - Underlining Important Bits and NPC's Annoying Help Text 3 - Underlining Important Bits and NPC's In Hisakawa Koukou, underlining a section of text is used to denote particularly important parts of your post. Think of it as a way of telling people: "Please Have Your Response Mention/Comment on this thing!" Use it to let partners know an important part of your character's response, or something that other characters can latch onto to get into a conversation. Use it as a tool to help move scenes and stories forward! Additionally, NPC Characters' dialogue is typically written in bold italic or regular italic. Regular Italic is typically used for background characters making one off remarks, whereas, bold italic is used for npc characters who can be actively conversed with. As a general rule, you're discouraged from employing NPCs, unless it's a particularly appropriate time for you to come up and control one for the sake of moving a scene forward. Use your good judgement! Annoying Help Text 4 - Achievements Annoying Help Text 4 - Achievements Just like how they can unintentionally spoil the story, achievements in Hisakawa help guide participants in how the plot is intended to go. They can be found in Current Story and Cast List Tab in the Sign Up Thread intro post. Achievements aren't limited to the main story either, they also help track side-stories as well! Be sure to check it whenever an achievement is unlocked, as there's a chance new ones to achieve were added as well! Annoying Help Text 5 - Chaos Level Annoying Help Text 5 - Chaos Level Each GM Character has a potential fate that can affect multiple characters in the story. Since their fate is potentially tied to yours, it might be important to take care on how things progress for them as the story moves forward. This is made a bit easier for you to keep track of in their Chaos Level. Located at their character entry in the cast list. Each GM character's chaos level is primarily affected by what happens in the IC. Without spoiling too much: making 'wrong' choices increases a character's chaos level, while making 'right' choices can lower it. A character possessing too high of a chaos level can trigger a Bad Ending which can end the RP. The important choices that will greatly affect a character's chaos level are typically ones that touch on their primary theme. Be sure to reply carefully for important sounding scenes! Annoying Help Text 6 - Colored NPC's Annoying Help Text 6 - Colored NPC's Colored NPC's, such as Nozomi Yuri, represent very important characters in the world. People who were in the RP previously would know that they actually are GM characters as well. In this version of Hisakawa, they inhabit similar roles that they had in the Original RP. Making them somewhat of a driving force within the IC universe. However, unlike Sagawa, they aren't quite active yet. Instead, they're performing their intended roles as people like Sagawa would see them. Even so, if the story manages to get far enough, these special NPCs start to come into play, having their own Chaos Level to worry about and story line to follow. Unlike regular NPCs, Colored NPCs can't be controlled by other people. Though interactions with them here can affect how their relationship rolls resolve when they come into play. General Topics: Hisakawa Koukousei Hisakawa Koukousei A Japanese High School located in the town of Hisakawa. Notable for being one of the first schools to heavily use Virtual Reality equipment after an extensive remodeling. The upgrade pioneered the use of Virtual Reality in educational institutions in Japan. Now, five years after that remodel schools nationwide now employ similar systems. Social Morals Social Morals A program initiated to combat the NEET (Not Employed, Education, or Training) Phenomenon that plagued the country at the start of the century. It employs students at all school levels to help themselves and their peers grow into happy and productive members of society. Various activities include community service, field trips to important places, and learning about why staying home for the rest of one's life playing games and browsing the internet is ill advised. 'Social Morals Officers' also serve as their respective class' representatives, though this isn't always the case. The ORG The ORG In Hisakawa, there is a secret organization that seeks to preserve the beauty of some of the student body for all eternity through photography. Keoni and Yuuki Kimura are heads of this elaborate operation. It's an ongoing social morals goal as to stamp out this less than socially acceptable operation of taking candid photos of mostly female students. Technology Topics: VR Chips VR Chips A special chip attached to the spines of individuals, which directly interfaces with their nervous system, allowing for a more immersive virtual reality. Commonly known as Chips, for a short 2 years, the nation mandated that all newborns have this installed onto them after birth. On the grounds that it would give them an edge in a future now wholly revolving around the computer and internet - and also save on facilities costs for the education system. A Chip allows a student to browse the internet, type up papers, or practically anything else one could do with a computer through their mind. The VR Chip User from that generation can type out word documents at, on average - A Thousand Gross Words Per Minute. Though - as always, an internet connection and phone signal is required for certain functions. Additionally, students can experience immersive Virtual Reality. Being able to touch and feel the environments rendered before them. Virtual Avatar Battles Virtual Avatar Battles An impressive game of rock-paper-scissors - popularly Shortened to 'Virtu-Ava Battles'.. When Virtual Reality hit the market several decades ago, developers quickly strove to make games that could let a player control and experience the game world through the eyes of their character on the computer. Nowadays, developers strive to bring that experience out into the real world. Naturally, this lead to people challenging each other in their fantastical virtual fantasy forms in the real world. 'Virtual Combat Sports' helped regulate what was initially a profoundly dangerous and outlawed application - though it didn't stop the general public - mainly over-imaginative teenagers, from engaging in virtual combat in their free time. Some Virtu-Ava 'Gangs' Exists around Hisakawa, Battling it out for top honors. The battles themselves are quite simple. Character's abilities are called 'Skills'. Each skill falls into 3 categories, and the outcome of an encounter is decided based on which respective skills' category is. The three Categories are: Fast, Hard, and Guard. Where: Fast Skills beat Hard Skills, Hard Skills beat Guard Skills and, Guard Skills beat Fast Skills Though simulated pain is never inflicted - instead, damage felt through simulated fatigue. Ultimately, the game grinds down to whom is able to resist the simulated fatigue effects for long enough. For the purposes of this RP, the victor is typically decided after the first exchange of skills, unless Rule of Cool is Applied for particularly important fights. Bug Bug Describes when a computer program behaves in away that isn't expected or intended. In the context of Hisakawa, these are lapses in the school's virtual reality systems that are to be weary of or that can be exploited. Student Sagawa Mizunohara apparently knows of some of these bugs, and actively looks for them. One really well known bus is the Infamous Defeat Bug. Defeat Bug When someone is defeated in a Virtual Avatar Battle, the loser's fatigue meter temporarily hits max, temporarily making moving their body incredibly difficult for a time. This is defect in the distributed 'Virtu-Ava Battle' Software that's readily available to the general public. The fest is only momentary. Enough to stop someone running away. Hackers Hackers An individual whom performs malicious things on the computer in ways beyond physical force. Since the advent of the Internet, these highly skilled computer specialists have wrought all levels of havoc and destruction on those unfortunate enough to get targeted. In today's world most juvenile hackers use their skills to shut off Virtual Reality Render Equipment in the game shops in the city or Deface a Random Website Page. On the other end of the scale they can hack into the 'impenatrable' defenses of the VR Chip installed in some individuals. Potentially putting that person's life in danger, depending on what they do. The Government says that such things are merely rumors - however... W-Lan Virtu-Ava Battles W-LAN Virtu-Ava Battles Some people enjoy Viru-Ava fighting to the point of making it a hobby. Students in the area are too young too go into the professional and sanctioned leagues - but they do have the perfect tool to get as close to the real thing as possible - their own chips. Normally, a Virtu-Ava fight requires existing infrastructure to support the Illegal App. However, particularly dedicated kids found that having a fight was possible without such infrastructure if the participants directly connected with one another. Using a Wireless Local Area Network (W-LAN), children with chips were able to have their Virtu-Ava fights wherever they wanted to. There are, of course, some security issues by doing this. Establishing a W-LAN connection with someone lets them look at your personal files. So be sure to tidy up beforehand! The Clans The Clans Roving bands of VIrtu-Ava Fighters in the Hisakawa Area are collectively known as The Clans. These groups were formed all the way back when W-LAN battles started to pop up, and the groups have been fighting since then. In a nutshell, they're basically like one step below gangs - since, while they control and protect their territories, they aren't much of a threat unless they know you're from another Clan. These groups Fight W-LAN battles with modified versions of the Virtu-Ava Battle App that simulates actual pain that the freeware app can't do. Of course, one would only have to worry about this if they willingly connected themselves to someone via W-LAN in the fist place. Location Topics: The Ramen Shop The Ramen Shop The default go-to location for students with nothing better to do. Weirdly popular despite the uninspired name. It's got pretty much everything a student might want when it comes to ramen, and a few other food items too. Amaterasu Shrine Amaterasu Shrine Located on top of a hill, the big annual Amaterasu Festival is a recently revived tradition, thanks in part to students at a local middle school. Despite being built hundred of years ago, but still looks almost new as the inhabitants have taken such good care of it. It often has events around the holidays, but anyone can come whenever they want on weekdays too. It is dedicated to Amaterasu, the goddess of the sun and universe. Twilight Theatre Club Twilight Theatre Club The TTC is a meeting place for people with chips, located near the centre of the town. In the past it was used as a theatre, so it's got a stage with equipment and spotlights. It has the infrastructure to support a more flexible shifting of virtu-ava avatars, for the kind of events that they hold and for individuals who may be insecure about their own bodies.Some of the events they hold include masquerades, plays, and broadcasts of matches from the Virtu-Ava Battle League. It's generally a welcoming place with a warm atmosphere, but there is a shadier side to it since gambling does happen, and people can meet in secret without knowing who the other person is, as people can use avatar shifting to conceal their identities. Hachi-Ou Local Park Hachi-Ou Local Park The fenced off and weed infested remains of what was once a small park in the residential subdivision it takes it's name after. Years ago a couple of middle school students were murdered there. The place has since then been called cursed, which ultimately lead to the park being fenced off and forgotten. Old Warehouse (Red Panda Base) Old Warehouse In the forest, not too far from Hisakawa Koukou, lies an old warehouse overgrown with vegetation. The Red Panda clan has set up the infrastructure for an arena here. The arena is mainly for virtu-ava matches between students, and gambling, but it does come equipped with some co-op modes. The system automatically keeps track of the best times and high scores by the top participants. Sakura Hotel Sakura Hotel A five story tall hotel by the ocean, owned by the Oshiro family. It gets visitors all year round, but business is booming on the summers. The rest of the year it's almost quiet in comparison. It does have a restaurant open for everyone. Excalibur Arcade Excalibur Arcade One of the largest buildings in town. It's got excessive and crass neon signs all over on the outside, while the inside is a magical land of gaming. There are tons of arcade machines with different games, from racing to dancing. It's quite possible every gaming console exists somewhere hidden within. Of course it's got VR! The Arcade takes it's name after the owner's obsession with a particular fictional character from a cartoon, who uses Excalibur as their weapon. He has an impressive collection of every figurine and action figure made of that character. "I Am Not Crazier Than You Are." Incidents: Are events that have occurred during timeskips or as a result if an IC event that's worth keeping track of. They can grow into full blown character ahivements if it really catches on. Otherwise, use these to give yourself something to do! The Greatest Panda Iori & Kyouko Another day at the TTC, another fight between the lieutenants. Everyone has learnt to expect it like they expect the sun to rise in the morning. Who started it all? Who cares? If Nyoko's going to improve the reputation of her VR clan, she needs lieutenants that can actually get along. She threatened to have them handcuffed to each other, but decided against it as that may have ended up with someone's death. Now they better learn to get along, or they might both get demoted. There are other candidates who would make competent lieutenants after all, like Yukimura for example. Can they resolve their differences in a timely manner? The clock is ticking! Devils Kira & Misheru Kira's ongoing writing feud with Misheru reaches new heights when she publishes her first story with shipping. Entitled "Devils", it tells the story of two redheads who doesn't get along, but eventually ends up as a couple after many battles with angels from heaven. It's obvious to everyone that the story is about Kira and Misheru. Kira isn't the best writer, and she wasn't trying to hide it in the first place. The story quickly becomes the most popular thing Kira has ever written. Misheru doesn't like the story at all. She doesn't want to be included in Kira's poorly written fantasies! Kira's cockier than ever, as she awaits Misheru's retribuition. My Bully Is Too Cute Rei & Ayame The day after Rei used diplomacy to get the key she found a sticker on the back of her jacket. On the sticker was an adorable grinning Red Panda. It didn't stop there. Over the next week, she found many more stickers on her clothes. They all depicted Red Pandas, and they were different from each other. She eventually got a bunch of duplicates. Rei was never able to catch whoever pinned stickers to her in the act. She couldn't be imagining things. The stickers were proof! It's beginning to create a rift between Ayame and Rei, since her bodyguard can't protect her from these kinds of sneak attacks. Why should she believe she can protect her when it really matters? An Awkward Tooth Yura and Lisa A couple of days after Yura was struck in the jaw when Lisa was under the control of a hacker, the former's tooth was found to have broken as a result, which ultimately resulted in it needing to be removed. While it's possible to have the tooth restored by a filler, for the time being, Yura is forbidden from playing the flute for fear of upsetting the wound where his tooth used sit. The loss of said tooth also seems to have been a bit of a blow to his confidence as well. While Yura and Lisa both know it's ultimately the hacker who had caused all of this... the two haven't spoken at all since then. Lingering Resentments Chiyo & Leo While Leo seems laid back and unattached towards most everything, anything related to Sagawa Misunohara seems to be one of the things that he's genuinely intrepid about. Chiyo's quest to help the girl has been one of the few things Chiyo's done that has gained his dissaproval. But the reason behind why is something she can't really fathom. Can she find out why? Will Leo be able to convince her of what the others in class are trying to get her to understand, that Sagawa is only trouble? Michio Kamijou and Rock Bottom Michio and Sagawa Michio's response to Sagawa while she was being dragged away was seen by practically everyone in the school. While it was generally accepted that Michio liked her, this revelation and the hacker incident only caused people to sensationalize it even further. Directly after this, Sagawa began to distance herself from Michio completeley. In school, outside school, and even in contacts. It was almost as if, she wanted to cut all ties with him. Was it because of something Kokoro told her to do, or...? Avoiding the inevitable Yuri and Yuuki (Voyeur) Though Yuuki had hoped that the disturbing event that lead him into Yuri's lap was just a dream, the fact of the matter was that the whole thing has continued to haunt him. Every now and then, his chip gives him a warning that he has viruses, but then abruptly stops working altogether. While nothing else has happened, he continues to be verily concerned. The other night, he had a nightmare of seeing himself jumping onto an oncoming train. Considering what had had happened to Lisa on the same day, was it worth trying to go see Yuri about how she could help? Or was he going to get written off as being delusional again? Achievements: The Story's Progress is measured through these achievements! Not sure what the GM is planning and want a hint, just look at the achievements! Arc 1: The Antisocial Delinquent of Hisakawa Our Story Begins with an accident. Well, a series of accidents that disturb the day-to-day activities of the students trying to get through the day at Hisakawa. It is no secret that Hisakawa's Virtual Reality systems, once hailed as the most advanced and innovative in the world, are now buggy and occasionally break down. However, as of late, the 'bugs' in the system have been causing misfortune for people in the class. People running into walls is an occasional mishap if you walk down the hallways at the wrong time. But last week, several people were injured when they fell down stairs. People running into walls has become more commonplace outside of that cursed hallway. This, among other things, seems to be pointing to someone causing these glitches to happen to unsuspecting victims. Will someone in the class step up to put a stop to this before someone gets really hurt? First Word! The First Reply! This is the junk achievement developers use to show their achievement system is working, but feel free to enjoy it! Someone Who Cares Helped Mizunohara see things more reasonably, and helped the class make it's first step in finding the culprit! Let's DUEL! Initiated a Virtu-Ava Battle for the first time. Convincing people is easier when you've beaten them up! Champ In The Making Have a Character with 5 Virtu-Ava Battle Victories. This is kind of addicting! Dangerous Technos Witnessed the effects of a 'Hacker' Firsthand. This wasn't in the job description...! An Enticing Target You coerced the hacker into attacking a second time. Were you ready for it? The Red Herring You were able to - though various means - able to uncover Kokoro's true intentions in regards to Sagawa. Results will Absolve Everything Witnessed Mizunohara make a true decision to change. But, was it in the way you had hoped for? Character Achievements These are multi-part achievements that represent a GM Character's route in the RP. Follow through and you may become the hero that saves the day! Or... you may find more than what you bargained for. Character achievements can be stumbled into while going through the main story - though they can occur earlier if you're creative and persuasive enough. Yuri: The Path to Hell is Paved With Good Intentions Chapter 1 Discovered the Dark Secret of the Cursed Hachi-Ou Park after exploring it. It seems like you may have attracted unwanted attention! Kokoro: Truths Within Lies Chapter 1 You were able to successfully get Kokoro Amane or Leo Kane to talk about their Time in MIddle School. Good things sure don't last forever! Sagawa: For Your Sake Chapter 1 You were able to get close enough with Sagawa to talk about her tumultuous past. Certainly, everyone has things they would rather forget! Nyoko: Not Machines, Living Dreams Chapter 1 You helped Nyoko improve the reputation of the Red Pandas. Sometimes it's all about sending a message. Side Story Achievements: Plot-points that are Being Actively Developed that aren't Necessarily a Part of the Main Story. These tend to be about other Player Characters. A Fine Sister Indeed A couple of years ago, a local middle school was shocked when a girl named Hayata Umeko suddenly died. She was a part of a famous club that helped out students who had problems ranging from poor fashion sense to violent harassment. Fast foward to the present - Chiyo Imada finds herself faced with the death of this 'sister' once again. This time, she seeks to shed light on what happened. Chapter 1 You managed to convince Yuri Nozomi, Kokoro Amane, or Leo Kane to talk about what they know about Umeko Hayata, and the ambiguity surrounding her demise.