Hello and welcome to The Nightscraper! Where your darkest fears come alive! Ten floors, each filled with horrors tailored to you... Survive each floor and make it to the roof for one million dollars! But give up, and you may never be seen again... Do you have what it takes to reach the top? That was the beginning of the invitation sent out to everyone who'd been selected to participate in the hot new game show, The Nightscraper. The game is simple: survive ten floors of increasingly unimaginable horrors, and you will receive a great big pile of cash. Though the show has not yet premiered, making real info about it hard to come by, the rumors have already started flying. Some say they hear growling and scratching noises coming from the inside of the recently-constructed tower. Others have seen blood staining the wastewater flowing outside. But the danger can't be real. It's all just smoke and mirrors, illusions that make great television but don't actually put the contestants in any real peril. Or do they...? The thing is, The Nightscraper is more than just a game show. It's a trap. A feeding frenzy, even. The whole thing was dreamed up by a group of hideous monsters looking for an easy way to bring in prey. Every single contestant is in mortal danger from beginning to end, and if they fail to survive all ten floors, they will be devoured, both body and soul. And of course, the show is designed to be unwinnable. Good luck... The Setting (Move your mouse to reveal the content) The Setting (open) The Setting (close) This RP will take place in modern times, in a fictional city in California. Magic is widespread in this society; about fifty percent of citizens have at least some level of supernatural prowess. Powers typically manifest as manipulation of some element, but other things such as transformation or heightened senses are not unheard of. There is a system in place to scan newborn babies for magical powers and artificially limit or even remove them if they are deemed a potential threat to society. This way, everything is kept in balance. Many jobs are designed to make use of any magical powers the employees might have. As far as most people know, monsters do not exist. The Monsters (Move your mouse to reveal the content) The Monsters (open) The Monsters (close) Somni (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Somni (open) Somni (close) Somni (singular "Somnus") are twisted creatures, rivaling humans in intelligence. They stand at five to six feet tall and are masters of illusionary magic. Their sustenance comes not from ordinary food or drink, but from the fear of other creatures. To this end, they use their spells to discern the fears of others with a touch, and then conjure twisted nightmares tailored to their victims. The Somni are in charge of all the terrifying trials that the contestants will face. Even though the spells they weave are not material, the effects definitely are. When a Somnus feeds on someone, their emotional strength and willpower slowly fades away, and eventually they are left a pathetic shadow of their former self. Shades (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Shades (open) Shades (close) While Somni are calculated schemers, Shades are brutes, desiring little more than destruction. They feed on whatever they can get -- usually the flesh of weaker creatures. They appear as shadowy whisps while moving, solidifying only when they are about to make their kill. Mob mentality rules in crowds of Shades. They are usually happy to follow the orders of a stronger being, and as a result are led by the Somni in this twisted game show. Once the victim has been properly drained by their leaders, the Shades will move in for the kill. And it won't be pretty. The Administrator (Move your mouse to reveal the content) The Administrator (open) The Administrator (close) The mysterious being spearheading the whole operation. No one knows who or what the Administrator is. Only a select few Somni are allowed to look upon him, and they have been sworn to secrecy. Rumors are spreading among the ranks that he lives on the rooftop, waiting to offer a final challenge to anyone who can make it to the top. Rules (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Rules (open) Rules (close) I am the GM, and as such I expect requests to adjust characters or cease a certain behavior to be honored. I try to be as nice as possible but my patience can only be pushed so far! Basic stuff: no godmodding, powergaming, metagaming, whatever you want to call it. Respect Iwaku's rules. Since this will rely heavily on psychological horror, do your best to put yourself in your character's shoes. Terrified people may make mistakes, rush headlong into situations, or break down. Bravery is expected at times, though (or else it would be too easy for me); use your best judgment. I seriously doubt this'll happen but if you want to do anything sexual please fade to black or take it to PM. I guess there could be some hot player/Shade action? You can play up to two characters, as long as you are active with both of them. However, they cannot both be contestants. I will not be allowing Somnus or Shade characters, sorry! I will be allowing a wide range of creativity in your characters so feel free to take advantage of it. I'm generally really lax when it comes to characters. In fact I encourage you to push the boundaries. If you want to pull a plot twist that will result in the death of another person's character, run it by them first. If your character dies, whether by the hands of the Shades or someone else, you may immediately make another one and jump back in if you so choose. Just make sure it gets approved first. Though I am by no means inexperienced on this site, this is my first time actually running an RP here. Feel free to offer constructive criticism, ask questions, or otherwise help me make this RP as great as it can be. :3 Character Sheet (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Character Sheet (open) Character Sheet (close) Only human characters please. Name: First and last, and any nicknames they might go by. Gender: Male? Female? Something else? Age: I'll be allowing just about any age here, within reason. Little kids, teenagers, adults, elders, whatever. Appearance: Description or real life picture is preferred. Role: What part will your character be playing? Will they be a contestant fighting for their lives? Someone who's trying to take the show down? Or maybe a conspirator working for the Somni and Shades? Be creative! I would like at least four contestants total before starting. Powers: See the Setting section for additional info. I'll be more likely to accept a power if it has some strong drawback, but this is not a requirement. Anything involving the physical or mental manipulation of others (including but not limited to mind reading, possession, or outright mind control) will not be allowed. This is the only section where I'm going to be fairly strict to keep the tension high. Personality: Don't just list off single-word qualities if you can help it. Backstory: I'd prefer something brief, maybe a few paragraphs max. Fears: This is where the fun starts. What is your character afraid of? Definitely include their biggest fear, whether it's something physical like spiders or cramped spaces, or something more abstract like the loss of their loved ones. You can also throw in minor fears to help spice things up. Somni can learn these fears with physical contact; the strongest fears come to them first, and prolonged contact can reveal the lesser ones. Keep this in mind. You can also reveal more throughout the RP if you so choose. Other: Optional. Just anything else you'd like to include.