New players always welcome, No canon knowledge required. We all know that Monkey D. Luffy was inspired by Gol D. Rodger, but who was it who inspired Rodger? For surly the Pirate King had to have someone to look up too. Long before Rodger even set sail he picked up Brag Men and read its fantastic tales. Rodger knew what the rest of the world did not. The majority of the stories in Brag Men were nothing more or less than the log written by the Captain of an exceptional crew. This is their story. Here is the IC Thread Hello everyone. at @DanteStigma's suggestion I have put together a One Piece RP that I hope you will join. The best part is that because this takes place before the original story, no knowledge of the canon is required. So even if you have no idea what One Piece is you can still take part. All you really need to know for this RP is listed below. Our Story Important RP Information General One Piece World Information Our Story Roald D. Emrik is one of the best navigators in the South Blue. He is also the Captain of the Black Moon Pirates. Emrik has a dream. He wants to sail the Grand Line, the most dangerous sea in the world, and be the first navigator to chart its islands. It’s a dangerous voyage. Some people have even called him insane for wanting to try. But this pirate captain is determined; both to reach his dream and to outrun the marines who’re chasing him. And more than the Marines, there are a great many new and interesting people to meet. What will you do? Will you be a member of Emrik’s crew and help the Black Moon Pirates reach their goal? Or will you join the marines and attempt to apprehend the criminals? Or be someone entirely unaffiliated with either side? The following is information needed to participate in the RP. RP Timeline - When does this RP take place? Bounties, Promotions, and the Karma Paddle Technology in the RP Rules for this RP Character Sheet This RP takes place during the time in which "Brag Men" was first being written. (aprox. 300 - 400 years before canon). The Grand Line is mostly unexplored, communication is not nearly as good between islands, and sailing is an adventure unlike any other. Only the oldest of the canon characters are alive, and they are very young. The current world politics will be revealed IC as I feel necessary. The World Nobels and Shichibukai do exists, but their positions and influence are slightly different. Please talk to me before doing anything involving them. Bounties Promotions and the Karma Paddle During the progression of this RP marine and Pirate characters may earn a chance to be promoted or have their bounties raised. How much and when depends entirely on what the characters do. A marine that demonstrates exemplary courage, or a pirate that causes havoc may earn their promotion or higher bounty sooner than a marine or pirate who stand on the sidelines. Unaffiliated character may join the marines at anytime, or do something to earn their own bounties. Similarly, as a GM I am rather fond of the Karma Paddle. this means that a character's action within the RP may trigger a related event. For example, a murder conducted in a way that draws attention to the event, might result in a full scale man hunt for the offending party. Or saving a baby sea king from a net might result in said sea king helping to haul your ship to the next island. NPCs are characters too, and while their role might be to help build up a main character, the things that happen to them good or bad can and will result in in-game consequences or rewards. TechnologyThe technology in this RP is Approximately Mid 1800s level (cannons, swords and things). However this is the One Piece universe meaning that some more advanced tech may exist. For the purposes of this RP (since it takes place before the Canon) any thing invented by Vegapunk had not yet been created, quite simply because Vegapunk has not yet been born. Den Den Mushi are still in development. The snail is around and prominent however scientists have not yet discovered how to attach the receivers that make them (in canon) so widely used in communication. instead there is a coo network made up of birds who carry messages with each having a different set route (like carrier pigeons). Standard Iwaku Rules Apply Please use correct spelling and grammar. Typos do happen, but it should not be a constant thing. To ensure that other players have enough content to work with, please post at least a paragraph. (3-4 sentences) This is NOT a libertine RP. Please take any such content to the appropriate Libertine section. I do not enforce a posting order. However, there are enough people in this RP that rapid fire posting can take up a lot of room very quickly. Please be aware of this and don't leave people behind. Please no colored dialog text. Choose a single color for your entire post and use only that color (the exception being character name headers) I find switching between colored dialog text multiple times per post to be very difficult for me to read. If you do not post within three weeks I will be checking on you and GMing your character accordingly. Please put ONLY the information I ask for Name: Affiliation: (Pirate/Marine/Unaffiliated) Bounty/Marine Rank: (if applicable. Captain or lower for marines, 28,000,000 or lower for bounties) Position on Crew/ Position in Marines/ Civilian Profession: Weapon of Choice:(Weapon and favorite attacks. Include Devil fruit here if Applicable. Remember to give your character room to grow in the RP) Age: Gender: Appearance: (Image or written description is fine. If using a written description may i draw your character for the wanted poster in the Character Bin?) How Character Joined the Crew/Marines: (If applicable) Other: (any additional quirks or items you feel people should know about) Theme Song: The following is information for those who are unfamiliar with the One Piece Canon. As this RP takes place before the Canon, it is manly geographical and governmental information, along with information about abilities and the rules that go with them. One Piece Geography Devil fruit Haki One Piece Politics One Piece Geography The Geography of the One Piece World The Four Seas The Grand Line and Calm Belt Reverse Mountain The Four Seas The oceans of the world are divided into four parts with a belt of ocean and a belt of land separating them. These four seas are North Blue, South Blue, East Blue, and West Blue. The belt of land, The Red Line, runs north to south while the ocean belt, Grand Line, runs east to west. The Grand Line and the Calm Belt The Grand Line is considered the most treacherous sea in the world. Not only is traditional navigation useless in its waters, but weather and sea currents are completely unpredictable. On each side of the Grand Line, between it and the four seas, is a calm belt. These waters almost never have a good wind or sea current making them extremely difficult to get through in the best of circumstances. However, the calm belt is also a nesting area for sea kings. These are large and dangerous creatures that could easily destroy a ship. While a single Sea King might be escapable, the large quantities found around their nesting grounds are an obvious deterrent for ships wanting to enter the Grand Line that way. Any ship wanting to enter the Grand Line must first pass Reverse Mountain. Reverse Mountain To enter the Grand Line sailors must first go over Reverse Mountain. Reverse Mountain is an odd phenomenon in that it is a mountain where all the water flows up hill. This is due in part to the fact that the Island is a winter Island, meaning it is colder than the waters in the four Blues, but not the Grand Line. This causes strong currents to flow up the mountain and into a single stream on the other side. (If you can’t follow that just use Monkey D. Luffy’s explanation and think of it as a mystery mountain.) The currents are treacherous, and many ships crash in the crossing attempt before reaching the other side. Devil Fruit What is a Devil Fruit? A Devil fruit is a rare and special type of fruit in the One Piece world that essentially gives a character superpowers. Each fruit is unique and each power set can only come from one fruit. This means that only one person with a given power can exists at a time. When a fruit user dies their abilities are reincarnated into another fruit and someone else may claim that power. May people who eat a fruit do so for the boost in power they gain. Others however, prefer to sell the fruit and not consume it at all due to one very important draw back. Devil fruit users can NOT swim. Any water over knee level will put the user into a weakened state. At the water rises the user will become paralyzed. if a fruit user is in water over their heads they will sink like a rock. There is a rare type of stone know to simulate the effects of the sea and cause a similar weakened state when touched to a fruit user's body. Sea stone, or Kairoseki, is naturally occurring and some lucky people have be know to obtain this stone and turn it into jewelry, embed it into a weapon, or sew it onto clothing. Eating two fruits will cause a person's body to be destroyed. Fruit users can also be affected by Haki. For more information of devil fruit see this page: http://onepiece.wikia.com/wiki/Devil_Fruit Logia Classification The rarest of all devil fruit, this fruit allows the user to create, control, and transform their body into a single element or force of nature (smoke, lightning, magma, sand, etc.). This makes them extremely hard to hit, strike, or cut considering the malleable nature of most elements. For more information on Logia fruit see this page: http://onepiece.wikia.com/wiki/Logia Zoan Classification A Zoan fruit allows the user to transform betweam their natural body and that of an animal. Usually there are three stages. The natural body, the animal body, and a hybrid state. Some users (Chopper) have discover how to transform between alternate hybrid states to take advantage of specific things in their animal form. There are several types of Zoan classifications. Normal zoan fruit can fall into classifications such as feline allowing for fruit such as the Neko Neko no Mi: model panther and Neko Neko no Mi: model tiger. Mythical zoan fruit, said to be rarer than logia, can range from the phoenix fruit (Marco) to the human human fruit: model Budda (Sengoku). Ancient Zoan fruit allow their user to transform into an extinct animal such as a T rex (X Drake). Zoan fruit of a carnivorous type seem to also make their user more aggressive. For more information on Zoan fruit see this page: http://onepiece.wikia.com/wiki/Zoan Paramecia Classification Paramecia fruit are the most common of the devil fruit and this category can be called the catch all. Fruit that do not belong in the Logia or Zoan categories fall here. Their abilities are wide ranging and can be anything from turning the eater's body to rubber (Luffy) to allowing the user to manipulate the nature of anything within a set space (Law). Some Paramecia can even be mistaken for logia (Warden Magellan). For more information on Paramicia fruit see this page: http://onepiece.wikia.com/wiki/Paramecia Note, i am going to be extremely picky about character s allowed to have Haki and how strong that ability is for them. Also, as haki is not important to the RP yet I'm going to include only a bare bones explanation here. it may be fleshed out later. Kenbunshoku or Observation haki - allows the user to sense the presence of others, to "hear their voice" as it were, even if the person is hidden. it must be learned and developed over time. Busoshoku or armament Haki - allows the user to build of force to as armor around themselves or things they are holding. Must be learned and developed over time. Haoshoku or King's Haki - Extremely rare as only one in One million are born with it. Consider it as a force of will. For more information on haki see this page: http://onepiece.wikia.com/wiki/Haki Each island in the world has it's own governing system, however some island may choose to be a part of a league of nations known as the World Government. The World Government was founded by the World nobles who are an elite class all their own. The marines are the military body who work for the World Government to maintain order. Pirates are prominent in the world and may have earned a bounty depending on what they've done and how dangerous they are deemed to be by the marines. Bouties are lower in the four seas with the average rookie bounty in east blue (the weakest of the four) being 3,000,000.