Welcome to Omnibus Academy, a safe-haven for magical, supernatural and otherwise fantastical creatures of all kinds! In this RP, you will be playing the part of a student attending one of the best schools in all the known realms. The part that makes this really unique is that all of the races in this universe are created by the players. Even pre-existing races like vampires and werewolves will likely have their own unique flair, as each person will 'canonize' them differently. This means that the world of Omnibus is essentially a blank slate, where almost anything can happen. In fact, your race need not even be magical at all; a races such as androids or aliens from another planet are completely viable. With each new race, another layer of lore is added to the RP, and the world generally becomes more interesting. Although Omnibus is technically a high-school setting, the focus is more on the craziness that comes with the diverse cast; class attendance being optional. Standard curriculum that you'd expect a high-school to offer exists alongside more specialized classes, such as "Blending into human society" and "Controlling your powers." Even though Omnibus is meant as a blank slate, a few things have been fleshed out to start with. Firstly, Omnibus Academy is a beautiful boarding school located on a remote island on earth. Omnibus relies fully on word of mouth to attract a very diverse bunch of students from the various realms. Due to their general ignorance, your average human will never hear of, and thus never attend, the school. It is possible for an extraordinary human to hear about it though. Magical/supernatural abilities are typically hidden from other races, especially humans, although Omnibus has proven to be a safe place to display and use these abilities proudly. Although aging can vary between races, and all ages are accepted at the school, Omnibus caters towards apparent teens and young adults. Similarly, the school caters towards humanoid races, but will accept those that aren’t. Let’s explain how creating a race will work: You can either create a completely original race, or canonize a pre-existing one (like vampires). In either case, you'll fill out the "race sheet" below. One of the GMs will review it and, potentially after a few tweaks are made, accept it; just like a character sheet. From then on, you become the 'ambassador' of that race, meaning you decide what is and isn't 'canon' for the race. Players may submit character sheets for any race, but will need approval from the ambassador as well as a GM. Thus, pre-existing races will likely acquire their ambassador very quickly. The ambassador may also allow other players to create "sub-races," which are usually the same as the main race, but with a few changes made by the second player. Dislike how the demon ambassador made demons a peaceful race? Ask them if you can submit a more evil sub-race of demons. Remember that we want players to always have the option of making a character for any race that already has an ambassador, so race sheets should be written under the assumption that another player might want to make a character for that race in the future. Because of this, your race sheet can’t include anything that would make your character(s) the "last of their kind", or create other barriers that would prevent more characters of this race from being made. In general, try to avoid thinking of a race sheet as background lore for your character(s) specifically, as such thinking is often what causes these sorts of issues to be overlooked. Instead, think of a race sheet as an info dump that any player can use to create a character. Once a fair amount of races and characters are accepted, these characters will be paired into co-ed dorms at random. Omnibus will have constant open signups, but the more popular pre-existing races will probably get their ambassadors more quickly under the first-come first-serve rule. It should also be mentioned that most humans can't attend Omnibus, nor can humans have an ambassador. It you do want to play a human, they'll need to be magical or special in some way. Also, please bear in mind that, in this universe, magic is kept secret from humans. Or at least, the humans of earth. So, when creating your race idea, bear in mind that it needs to be something that could plausibly be kept secret in the world as we know it. If that means that past encounters between humans and your race are now considered to be myth, or that current encounters between humans and your race are kept secret through MIB-style government cover-ups, then that's totally doable. But, any sort of history or lore that turns your race into common knowledge among the people of earth is a no-go. If your race comes from another realm, however, then you have a bit more leeway. RACE SHEET TEMPLATE (Move your mouse to reveal the content) RACE SHEET TEMPLATE (open) RACE SHEET TEMPLATE (close) PLEASE NOTE: The exact layout of this template is meant as a suggestion. You are allowed to add or remove fields in whatever way you see fit -- whatever would make the most sense for your race. Just be sure that you're basically providing the same sort of information that this template asks for, and that you're not leaving out anything important. ALSO, don't forget to include a "short description" along with the rest of your race sheet (details below). Name singular: Name plural: Powers/Abilities: Lifespan: Physical description: Cultural description: [Think: society, mannerisms, typical personality traits, etc. How does this race organize themselves? Paint me a picture of a day in their lives.] Realm: [If your race comes from a realm not already listed, please describe it here -- along with your realm's connection with earth and/or your race's reason for traveling to earth, if applicable] Other: Short description: [Whatever you type here will be copied onto the race list at the beginning of the thread, thus serving as a sort of "preview" of your race, separate from the full race sheet. Therefore, we recommend that you keep this section short -- about 2 sentences. This same limit does not apply to the rest of the race sheet, where you're welcome to use as much space as you need to explain your race thoroughly.] Character Sheet Template (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Character Sheet Template (open) Character Sheet Template (close) Name: Race: Gender: Age (apparent): [Most characters should appear to be around 14-to-early-twenties to maintain the school setting] Age (actual): Appearance: Bio: [personality/history] Other: FAQs (Move your mouse to reveal the content) FAQs (open) FAQs (close) Q: Can I create my own unique version of (x) race? A: If that race follows the rules and doesn't have an ambassador yet, then yes, definitely. Q: What if it's similar to one that already has an ambassador? A: Depending on just how similar, you would probably have to get the ambassador's permission to create a sub-race. Where to draw the line between new race and sub-race is a bit subjective. If your race could easily be mistaken for another, both IC and OOC, it should probably be a sub-race. Q: What if I want to RP a hybrid character? A: That is acceptable. You would just need to have your hybrid approved by the ambassadors of both parent races in order to ensure that such a hybrid is even possible, and that your description matches what both ambassadors think would be plausible for a hybrid. Because of this, a hybrid would require a fair amount of planning from all parties involved in order to work out, but it is theoretically doable. All of this also applies to creatures that technically aren’t "hybrids", but are nonetheless the result of overlapping between two different races — for example: a non-human being bitten by a vampire, and becoming a combination of a vampire and whatever they were to begin with. Q: Would I need to write a new race sheet for a hybrid? A: No, you would just need to get approval from both 'parent' ambassadors, as explained. Q: Can I reserve a race? A: Not officially, no. The plan is that people who want to claim a specific race will make a post saying so in the OOC, so that, if two people do want the same race, then you guys can work it out between yourselves. We trust that you can be polite and reasonable. But, if that doesn’t work out, then we GM’s can step in and figure out what to do. Q: You say that humans aren’t allowed, except for "magical or special" ones. What exactly does that mean? A: Essentially, we don’t want to see any ordinary, unremarkable human characters. But, say you want to RP a witch or wizard, or something else that could technically be considered human but still clearly belongs in Omnibus. In that case, "wizards" would be considered their own race and would be treated like any other race, even if they could technically be called humans. And, surely, there are many other possible scenarios where someone could create a technically non-magical-human character who still has a clear reason to belong in Omnibus. Basically, it’s pretty clear what we’re looking for when we say "no normal humans". We just don’t want to make a hard "no humans" rule, when there can be plenty of reasonable exceptions. Q: What's the distinction between apparent and actual age? A: Actual age is how long they've been alive in Earth years. Apparent age is how old they appear, and usually, how far developed their mind is, when converted into human years. Q: What exactly is a realm? A: A realm is basically any place that can house your race. Earth is the realm of the humans, as well as several other races. Realms can also be things like other planets, planes of existence, micro-galaxies contained inside marbles, etc. Q: Do I need to make a realm? A: No, you can always use Earth if your race can blend in or hide. Other realms may be used with permission from their ambassadors. Q: You mentioned "unnecessary gatekeeping" when reviewing my race sheet. What’s that? A: Unnecessary gatekeeping means that, the way your race sheet is written, you’re preventing other players from being able to make a character for your race, and we don’t want that. I may also call out "unnecessary gatekeeping" if there’s a detail in your CS that creates a similar effect, such as making your character the "last of their kind", or if you try to tell other players that they can’t create a character for your race. Q: This reminds me of another RP... A: Omnibus is heavily influenced by a discontinued RP series called Tenshi Jigoku Academy (or Nefaustus Lupata Academy, as it was called in one incarnation). Aside from serving as a source of inspiration, there is no connection between TJA and Omnibus. And, as such, TJA/NLA’s history is not canon in Omnibus. For those of you who were members of TJA/NLA: it is recommended, but not required, to create a new race/characters for Omnibus. If you do bring in a race or characters from TJA, be aware that this is a fresh start, and that none of the old lore or events apply here. RULES (Move your mouse to reveal the content) RULES (open) RULES (close) Some of these rules may seem a bit odd, which is why I’ve tried to provide my reasoning behind some of them (hence why some of these bullets are the size of a small paragraph). Still, I worry that some of them may be poorly-worded, or just won’t make enough sense to some of you. If a rule doesn’t make sense to you, then please say something. A rule does no good if people don’t understand how to follow it, and I’d be glad to elaborate if you’re confused. I know this rules list is rather long, but, please make sure you read all of it. Each one of these rules — even if it may seem strange to you — exists for a very specific reason, intended to help keep the RP alive and prevent things from getting slow and messy. I’ve been lenient about some of these rules in past RP’s that I’ve done, but I’m going to try to be a bit stricter this time around. Here they are: Please do not post “WIP” CS’s. I totally understand if you can’t write a CS in one sitting — in fact I would actually encourage people to take their time on CS’s instead of rushing them up — but, please save the in-progress version on a Word document on your computer, or in a Google Doc, or really anywhere else that isn’t this OOC. If you post a WIP CS, I will ignore it, and it will very likely get lost in the OOC before you can finish it. (The same applies for race sheets.) If you change your username while you are a member of this RP, please post about it in this OOC, notifying myself (and everyone else) of the change and what your old username was. It is much easier to run an RP when we aren’t losing track of who’s who. There is no formal limit on how many characters each player can have, but I will be limiting players individually based on how many characters I think you can handle. If you prove yourself to be a reliable RPer who’s never given me any problems, I will trust you with more characters. If you can only barely keep up with posting for the characters you already have, I probably won’t allow you to have more. Communication is key!! Please, please, please, just talk to me if you’re thinking of dropping out. I promise I won’t try pressuring you to stay — I just want to know what’s up. And it will make my life 1000x easier if I know that you’re dropping out than if you just stop posting and then never tell me why. This is also true (perhaps doubly so) if you still want to be a part of the RP, but you’re just having trouble posting. If I PM you asking why you aren’t posting, or if you want to drop out, please don’t be avoidant about it, just answer me. I just want to have an honest conversation about what’s up, and it will make things go so much more smoothly. Also, me contacting you about a lack of posting does not mean “rush out a post right this second or I will be very angry with you”. It just means that I want to talk. (And please be honest with me about whatever’s holding you back, as well.) You cannot post in the IC with a given character until I specifically tell you that that character is accepted. If you’re unsure whether or not your character is accepted, then feel free to ask me — or, just start by checking the accepted characters list. If your CS is there, then you’re in. If not, then I either need to update the accepted characters list, or you haven’t been accepted yet, and you should probably contact me about that. If you’re going to be unable to post for an extended period of time, please notify me about it. And, if your absence is long enough to warrant it, I would greatly appreciate you taking the time to write your character out of whatever scene they’re currently in, so that you don’t hold anyone up while you’re gone. Please try to include, in every post, something that other characters can react to — something to keep the interactions going. This means that you CANNOT: Make a post that only passively restates everything your character just saw, without having your character add a single action or line of dialogue in response. Make a post about your character doing something that doesn’t affect any other characters at all. (ie: them doing something alone in their room, or any other isolated location). This is a useless post that adds nothing that anyone else can use, and it is an especially prominent issue in the early stages of your RP. If you find yourself writing an isolated intro post like this, and then planning to go somewhere that allows for an interaction in your next post? Just add the actual interactive part onto the end of your first post. If you play more than one character, and you find that you need to post for at least one of your characters, please do not put off posting for that character because you “want to post for both/all characters at once”. If multiple members of the RP are all doing this, then, long story short, this creates a tangled web of everyone waiting on everyone else and no one moving forward. So, if you see that you need to post for one of your characters, post for that character. Post for the other one when it’s time to post for the other one. (That’s not to say that posting for more than one character at a time is always a bad thing, if it just so happens that you need to post for two characters by the time you sit down to write a post, but… just don’t make this your only reason for putting off a post.) Similarly, if you need to post for multiple characters, and you have a feeling it’ll take a while, please do not put off posting until you can find a long enough stretch of time to post for every character at once. If you only have time to post for one character, then post for one character. Things will move much more smoothly this way. DISCLAIMERS/GENERAL NOTES (Move your mouse to reveal the content) DISCLAIMERS/GENERAL NOTES (open) DISCLAIMERS/GENERAL NOTES (close) Here are a few things that aren't exactly 'rules', but that I still want to take some time to point out: This RP will have no formal posting order. People will post whenever it would make sense for them to post, rather than waiting needlessly for players that they aren’t interacting with. In past RP’s, I used to provide guidelines for when an appropriate time to post would be, but that just wound up confusing people and creating more problems than it was worth. So, instead, I’m going to be keeping track of things like “groups” and “activity flow” off-site. Feel free to post whenever it feels right to do so, but I’ll also be leaving messages on people’s profiles about “friendly posting reminders” whenever it is their “turn” to post. Just remember that these “FPR’s” do not mean that you’re taking longer than you should or that I’m annoyed at you for not posting. …Unless I’m typing annoyed faces like “>_>” and leaving several reminders in a row, then that might mean you’re taking a while. In general, though, don’t be afraid of the posting reminders. I like to use my OOC threads as member lounges. This means that off-topic chatter in the OOC is allowed and encouraged. I feel like it makes it real easy for players to become comfortable around each other and become friends, which strengthens RP longevity. That being said, do not worry that you’ll have to wade through pages upon pages of off-topic junk in order to find important announcements. Whenever important announcements are made, I’ll be sure to tag everyone in the RP, so that no one misses it. Speaking of which, I strongly encourage all members to become comfortable using the OOC — both to just chat with other members, and to contact me about RP-related things. Believe it or not, I’ve been consistently able to use a player’s level of OOC activity as a good way to gauge whether or not they’re likely to drop-out of my RP's. No, really. And, 9 times out of 10, it’s the players who never use the OOC and who only ever PM me with the few questions they have who wind up dropping out before long, while the active OOC users remain dedicated members that I rarely have to worry about. Now, I’m not saying that contacting me via PM is bad, necessarily, or that everything needs to be stated in the OOC, but… please, just make yourself comfortable using the OOC. We don’t bite. :P Also, if you’re arriving late to the RP, you are not required or expected to read through everything that’s happened in the IC so far. (And you’re definitely not expected to read through the whole OOC, for reasons that should be obvious by now. o_o) If you’re joining while the RP is already in-progress, just ask me for a summary and I’ll get you up-to-speed. I TRY TO BE AS ACCOMMODATING AND UNDERSTANDING AS I POSSIBLY CAN. If you’ve read this far, then you might be getting worried that I run a really tight ship around here — and, while I do put a ton of thought into my GMing, that doesn’t mean that I’m inflexible. So please, don’t be afraid to tell me about any sort of life issue, mental illness, or anything else of the sort that’s making it difficult for you to RP. I’ll try my best to work with you, provide you with a bit of extra leniency when possible, and, all in all, just try to make it easy for you to participate in the RP. This is especially true for anyone with a mental illness, as, being one of those people myself, I know how it feels when something that seems like it should be easy just isn’t. So, if there’s any small thing I can do to better accommodate for your needs, just give me a poke and I’ll do what I can. For example, if you have memory problems and feel like you would need more frequent reminders about things, that’s definitely doable. Just PM me if there’s something I can do to help, and we’ll work things out from there. This may seem a bit off-topic, but it’s caused enough issues in my other RP’s that I think it’s worth talking about here: do you ever have issues with your alerts sometimes “breaking” out of nowhere, leaving you unaware of replies to a thread until pages and pages have already passed? Well, there’s nothing “broken” about this, and there’s a very good reason why alerts do this in the first place (which I strongly encourage you all to take a look at, as hopefully it will help you “fix” your alerts and prevent them from “breaking” in the future). Also, I strongly recommend checking out your “watched threads” list every once in a while, as it’ll show you all the threads that still have unread posts in case your alerts turned off for any of them. So, if you check that at least once a day, you probably won’t ever fall too far behind if your alerts do “break” for this thread. If you're the type that enjoys using fancy formatting in your CS's and IC posts, then I want you to try to remember to be mobile-friendly as often as possible. I will be checking things on my phone when I can to make sure things are still readable from a mobile device. And lastly, I need you all to know that it’s ok to CALL ME OUT ON MY BULLSHIT if I really need it. I’m the GM, and, as you can see, I have a lot of rules and standards — but being the GM means I don’t have anyone watching over my shoulder to make sure I follow all my own rules or enforce them consistently. And, sure, I do try to be as fair of a GM as possible, but, I’m only human, and I do worry about coming across as unreasonable or unfair, and I don’t want you guys to just suffer in silence and then talk about me behind my back if you think I’m doing something wrong. So, if you don’t agree with something that I’m doing as GM, then say something. There’s a good chance I may start a debate explain my reasoning if I feel like I’m justified in what I’m doing, but, it’s good to have a few other pairs of eyes checking in on me, and possibly bringing things to my attention that I may have missed. I do kindly ask that you be civil about it and respect my final decision once all is said and done, but, yeah, it’s ok to confront me about stuff if you feel the need — so please don’t be afraid to do so. @Luma and @Clownpiece are our co-GM’s. If you need help with something and I’m not around, they should be able to help you. (Speaking of which -- huge thanks to Luma for their help in writing this OOC.) The current list of races, characters, and realms should be in Luma’s post directly below this one. These lists will be maintained by both Luma and myself (since I have mod powers).