The Underground Railroad was a series of secret safe-houses for people moving slaves to freedom, hidden from the eyes of the government and the public eyes. At the time, it was illegal, and even considered immoral, to rob people of their property. By today's standards, they were heroes who paved the way for racial equality. Now, a new group was in charge of transporting human-like slaves from basement to basement, using a network based on the same concept created by Harriet Tubman, called the Covered Crossing. But if the CC would be considered sacred 100 years later, it would spell bad news for these animal cross-breeds. They came out in the open barely 30 years previous, hoping for acceptance. Catgirls, fox anthros, half-wolves, and other various species came out and proved themselves as real, slowly. Human reactions were mixed: fear, worship, hate, envy, love, slander. All that mattered to them was that they could now walk freely. Mixed reactions were expected, but none of them predicted the profitability. It started with the kidnappings, then the forced breeding, and then the cage fighting. Much in the line of illegal dog- and cock-fighting, two animal-humans would be tossed in a large cage to fight anywhere from surrender to death, based on the orders of the masters. The higher the stakes, the higher the bet. The CC itself was merely a series of houses, where willing masters would offer their basement as a location for these fights. And until their rights were established as fully human, the government handled it the same as dog-fighting - not as seriously as human kidnapping and slavery. Masters would bring their fighters in an assortment of ways. Some used giant vans, or even the back seat of a car, tying and gagging the animal while they traveled, dragging them along inside. Gags varied from simple cloth to shock collars and even vocal cord removal. Extreme cases used wheeled crates, for animals driven too wild to be walked into a house. Breeders used everything from basements, spare rooms, garages, and even backyards to keep them in, so long as they were kept fertile. Those unsatisfied with the money from fighting would sell the babies as pets, or film the mating to sell to niche fetishists. It was an unexplored and eager market. It was dangerous to keep anything stolen too close to the home they were taken from. Large kidnapping sprees would break out, caused normally by a group of men, and as soon as they got a good number they'd take them to a different part of the country, lest somebody recognize a captive. Fluffier varieties were bred and sold as pets or slave, smuggled overseas, as they were the best way to guarantee a profit to cover shipping costs. Fighters and breeders were stowed out of sight, stashed away until they could become useful to the humans who owned them. Escapes are almost always futile, and successful police raids are rare. Will they escape and live equally amongst humans in a happy ending? Or are they trapped forever, fighting and breeding until death? --- Non-human character sheet Name: Gender: Species: (What animal species, and what kind of non-human? Just the extremities, full anthro, hybrid, etc.) Level they fight at: (If applicable; beginners, getting good, near-death, berserker rage death match, give an approximation.) Owned by: (They don't just fight freelance, discuss this with the other person if using somebody who isn't your own character.) Physical description: Brief personality: How and when they were brought in: (Some were bred in, others were kidnapped) Life before fighting: (If it applies, bred animals won't have grown up and gone to school like regular humans.) Anything else notable: (Optional) Human character sheet Name: Gender: Occupation: (Fighter, breeder, seller, smuggler, undercover cop, etc.) Owns: (Any other character they may own, discuss this with the other person if using somebody who isn't your own character.) Physical description: Brief personality: Life outside fighting: (Or whatever else it is they do, since it doesn't happen 24/7) Anything else notable: (Optional) If you have an image of your character, feel free to use it. Double as your own fighter/master combo if you'd like, a few fighters, no major limit other than "don't have so many that it's confusing. Yes there is breeding. No we are not acting it out. If anything happens, it's strictly fade-to-black or implied. Your character may be a good fighter, but no "best out there undefeated." Pretty much gonna be the godmoding here, so remember your character won't always win. If fighting another character, let's not have a long session of the both of you either wanting to win or lose and giving no ground until it's unbelievable. Sort it out in PM or OOC if you have to. I understand that almost every non-human character in this archetype is gonna seem Sue-ish no matter what. This is also a plot that could lead to massive angsting, since I know I'd be depressed if I was kidnapped and stuck fighting other people for the rest of my life. I'm giving a lot of leeway on this for that reason, but don't abuse that. Us your best judgment. (If any characters have a quirk where they add "nya~" to the end of every sentence, I will rage silently and judge you for eternity.) Also important: This needs a better title =| Taking suggestions on that, since I don't have anything better than "They're kinda animalish and they fight and that's what we're RPing."