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/OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS (Move your mouse to reveal the content) RULES/OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS (open) RULES/OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS (close) I have a lot of rules, and they all exist for a reason, so, I would appreciate it if you read all of them. Since there are so many rules, I'll try to keep each point concise. Please do not post "WIP" CS’s. I will ignore them. While I don't expect everyone to write a CS all in one sitting (in fact, I would prefer that you take your time), please save the half-finished version off-site somewhere (Word, Google Docs, etc), and post it here only when it is finished. If you change your username, please make a post in the OOC notifying me of the change. There is no formal limit on how many characters each player can have, but I will be limiting players on an individual basis based on how many characters I think you can handle. If you want to play more characters, then prove yourself to be a responsible player. Communication is key. Please contact me if you are planning on dropping out. I won’t be upset with you, I just want to know that you’re dropping. Also, please contact me if you want to stay in the RP but you’re having trouble posting for whatever reason. Basically, if anything at all goes awry, talk to me. I will be happy to work things out with you. You cannot post in the IC for a certain character until I have accepted that character. If you are unsure as to whether or not your character has been accepted, please ask. If you know that you will be unable to post for an extended period of time, please notify me. Please try to include, in every post, SOMETHING that other characters can react to. This means that you CANNOT: Make a post that only passively restates what your character just saw, without adding any new dialogue or actions 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). If you play more than one character, please don’t put off posting for one until you can post for both of them. For example, if you’re due to post for character A, but you can’t post for character B until you get a response from someone else — post for character A. This RP has no formal posting order. Please post whenever it seems right to do so. I will be keeping track of "activity flow" in some off-site notes, however, so if I think that you should be posting, I’ll send you a friendly posting reminder. I like to use my OOC threads as member lounges. This means that every member is allowed and encouraged to participate in off-topic chatter in the OOC threads. This does not mean that you’ll be required to wade through pages of off-topic talk in order to find important information. If I have important announcements to make, I will tag everyone. I expect that all members of this RP are comfortable socializing with other members in the OOC. If you only ever contact me via PM’s to talk about this RP, that, to me, is a red flag. I feel that OOC interaction is very important for keeping players engaged, so, please use it. If you’re arriving late to the RP, you are not required or expected to read through the whole IC. Just ask for a summary and I’ll get you up-to-speed. If you have a mental illness/disorder or other issue that’s affecting your ability to participate in this RP, please contact me and I will do my best to accommodate for you. Just let me know what I can do to help, and we’ll work things out from there. Are you missing posts because your alerts "broke" for this thread? I’m pretty sure I know what caused that. Please read this thread to learn how to "fix" your alerts, and prevent them from breaking in the future. I also recommend checking your "watched threads" list every once in a while, in case your alerts break without you noticing. If you enjoy using fancy formatting on your CS’s and IC posts, try to remember to keep things mobile friendly as often as possible. Lastly, I need you all to know that it’s ok to call me out on my bullshit when necessary. As the GM, I don’t have anyone looking over my shoulder to make sure I follow all my own rules or enforce them consistently. If you think I’m being an unfair or unreasonable GM, please, don’t suffer in silence. Talk to me about it. I’m open to criticism. @Luma is our co-GM. 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).