The island of Cinivia is something of an idyllic paradise. The coastline is rocky, true, but the buildings are brightly painted and open to the fresh coastal air. The smells of decadent cuisine waft through the air, and the climate allows men and women alike to dress in colorful, loosely draped clothing. The people are said to be more cheerful and kind than those in any other city-state. The reasons to visit are practically endless. But the source of Cinivia's fame is Forte Lagorio, the stronghold built centuries ago. Rumored to be capable of withstanding any assault, the fortress now serves as the meeting place for the Congress of Cinivia. When tensions are high between the city-states, they send delegates to the island, where they're locked inside Forte Lagorio until a compromise can be reached. The proceedings are closely monitored by the Cinivians, who are widely considered to be neutral. Despite years of peace following the last Congress, and the passage of the Pavoni Accord, tragedy has again befallen the city-states, and the time has come to convene the Fourth Congress of Cinivia. War threatens to consume all those who live within the region, the entire economy is hanging by a thread, religions are collapsing, and the world is changing faster than it can adjust. In their time of need, your city calls upon you. Whether you are a diplomat yourself or simply a member of their staff and honor guard, you have a role to play in things to come. The exact details of what has been discussed within Forte Lagorio are still hidden from the public, but more than one diplomat has failed to reemerge. And if there is to be back-stabbing, dirty deals, ulterior motives, and utter deceit on Cinivia, you'd be best be prepared. ______________________________________________________________________________________________ If there is enough interest for something like this, something politically driven and intricate, I'll write up a bit more information about the city-states themselves. My plan is for this to function almost like a game, but I don't want egos to flare up. As such, participants would have to be level-headed, mature, and capable of extracting what they know from what their character knows. Competitive though the theme may be, the end result should always be a good story. Once characters are created, each writer will receive further information, secrets shared with them by their sovereigns before setting sail for Cinivia. For example, the Duke of Turreni has troops stationed in the mountains, ready to sweep down and conquer Savorno at a moment's notice. The Baron of Savorno has hired an assassin to pose as a chef within Forte Langorio, and the ambassador need only leave a note tucked into his napkin to kill off a rival. For reference, neither Turreni or Savorno are city-states included in this RP. No free secrets for you! Because I understand the possibility of action and risk drives a great deal of RP, those things will be included, but the chief motivator in this RP is still peace, achieved through negotiation and diplomatic maneuvering. That's the main reason I'm posting an interest check, I understand it might not be everyone's bag. If it's yours though, please let me know and I can get to work on the OOC thread.