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[size10 A home for all my non-canon posts.
Should you see your character mentioned in one
and you are not credited and linked,
let me know so I can fix it.
[u All] posts here are non-canon.
They most likely will not be used.
Feel free to read them.
Anything that has a spoiler in it for the actual story will have
a [+red SPOILER] above the post. The spoiler
itself will also be marked in red in the post.

Realtime chat will be used for
plotting, jotting down ideas, and whatever else
pops into this head of mind.

[u Routes explained::]
Generally how I feel about the character and how they are going within their stories. *Subject to change
[b [route a]]
Generally a good ending, okay character growth.
[b [route b]]
So-so ending for the character, good character growth.
[b [route c]]
Terrible ending for the character (death), excellent character growth.
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[b A]
[http://rp.eliteskills.com/vc.php?c=394547 [size10 Akihiko Shinsuke]] [route a]
[http://rp.eliteskills.com/vc.php?c=394873 [size10 Auden Grey]] [route c]
[http://rp.eliteskills.com/vc.php?c=394551 [size10 Ayame Minamoto]] [route c]
[b B
C
D
E]
[http://rp.eliteskills.com/vc.php?c=396305 [size10 Elias Lovelace]] [route b]
[http://rp.eliteskills.com/vc.php?c=356343 [size10 Evelyn Monroe]] [route c]
[b F]
[http://rp.eliteskills.com/vc.php?c=395028 [size10 Fae Morgan]] [route a]
[http://rp.eliteskills.com/vc.php?c=394226 [size10 Fenian Basselt]] [route a]
[http://rp.eliteskills.com/vc.php?c=393799 [size10 Friday]] [route b]
[b G
H]
[http://rp.eliteskills.com/vc.php?c=393548 [size10 Himeko Uzuki]] [route c]
[b I
J
K]
[http://rp.eliteskills.com/vc.php?c=394225 [size10 Kailu Nova]] [route a]
[http://rp.eliteskills.com/vc.php?c=395461 [size10 Kimi Nozomi]] [route c]
[http://rp.eliteskills.com/vc.php?c=393554 [size10 Kiriko]] [route a]
[b L]
[http://rp.eliteskills.com/vc.php?c=394317 [size10 Lorelei Rathmoore]] [route c]
[http://rp.eliteskills.com/vc.php?c=395459 [size10 Lottie Tremaine]] [route b]
[http://rp.eliteskills.com/vc.php?c=356215 [size10 Luxe]] [route a]
[b M
N
O
P
Q
R
S]
[http://rp.eliteskills.com/vc.php?c=393096 [size10 Saveria Oriani]] [route a]
[http://rp.eliteskills.com/vc.php?c=395340 [size10 Sawachika Kenji]] [route b]
[http://rp.eliteskills.com/vc.php?c=393568 [size10 Sparkz]] [route c]
[b T]
[http://rp.eliteskills.com/vc.php?c=393722 [size10 Tadashi Nakagawa]] [route a]
[b U
V]
[http://rp.eliteskills.com/vc.php?c=397048 [size10 Vaughn Glass]] [route a]
[http://rp.eliteskills.com/vc.php?c=397047 [size10 Viviana Glass]] [route a]
[b W
X
Y]
[http://rp.eliteskills.com/vc.php?c=396873 [size10 Yashiro Nobumochi]] [route a]
[b Z]

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-More to be added in.
-Challenges to be added in later

[size25 [La+Belle+Aurore Spring]]
✦✦[b New Years Festival](1)
[i Alister's Birthday] (5)
✦✦[b Passion Gala](14) |engagement thing? idk.|
✦✦[b Flower Festival] (19)
✦✦[b Cooking Festival] (22)
[i Vaughn's Birthday] (25)

[size25 [La+Belle+Aurore Summer]]
✦✦[b Summer Festival/Beach Festival] (1-2)
✦✦[b White and Black gala] (12-15)
✦✦[b Starry Night Festival] (22)

[size25 [La+Belle+Aurore Fall]]
✦✦[b Masked Formal] (1-3)
[i Loren's Birthday] (7)
✦✦[b Full Moon Festival]
[i Alissa's Birthday] (42)

[size25 [La+Belle+Aurore Winter]]
✦✦[b Winter Gala] (5-8)
✦✦[b Star Night Festival] (14)
[i Vivianna's Birthday] (27)
[i Lisette's Birthday] (30)
  Tadashi Nakagawa / Darcy / 5d 8h 53m 54s
everlaѕтιng [group/open]
Putting this on the back burner for now.
Prolly open it up in late December/Jan.
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Congratulations Magi,
If you are receiving this letter, you have been accepted into the halls of Saereth.
Needless to say, we're very proud and very excited to welcome you to this prestigious academy. You can take pride in this accomplishment, for you have been selected from a very talented and competitive group. You and your classmates are truly outstanding in your achievements, the breadth of your talents, interests, and potential.

With this letter, you will find a brooch of the school's emblem. Once you have found your partner, the brooch will light up. (Later)
]]]

[size11 It is a letter that changed your life. Whether you have had it for years, or it just recently began to gather dust in your dorm room, it holds a special place in your heart.]

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[size25 [La+Belle+Aurore Places]]
[size13 [#005B7A Saereth]] -[size11 An elite magic academy. Only the best of the best may walk its halls and study in the largest magical library in the world. It is built around the shrine that entombs the dragon of time. Only the most skilled are allowed for if someone or something ever lifted the seal on the dragons tomb, the world will begin to crumble.]

[size13 [#005B7A Xegharron Shrine]] - [size11 The dragon of time's tomb. Long ago, Xegharron was sealed away by four Magi using the Everlasting scroll. Once Xegharron was sealed, the four tore the scroll into pieces and scrattered them across the land as a precaution to stop it from falling into the wrong hands.]

[size13 [#005B7A Gorgons and Gremlins]] -[size11 A magic shop in the town just outside of the school. Holds a large variety of magical items, ingredients, and runes. The owner generally and randomly gives quests that count towards the ]

[size13 [#005B7A Idle Hour]]-[size11 The schools library. ]

[size25 [La+Belle+Aurore Species]]
[Size11 A large portion of the students at Saereth are human. However, I will be accepting humans that have been cursed/blessed by a fairy, demon, angel, etc. I will also accept hybrid humans, but I will be [i extremely] picky on these. Fair warning.]

[size25 [La+Belle+Aurore Magic]]
[size11 Generally, magical spells are cast by channeling one's magical power and their partners while reciting an incantation. Each spell requires different amounts of energy, magical power, skill, and soul. The words are loosely based off of Latin. The wizard must maintain focus through the spell to channel the magic correctly; otherwise, the spell may fail, either not triggering at all or potentially turning into a different spell altogether. Too much magical power will result in a spell that is too powerful and out of control.]

[size25 [La+Belle+Aurore Partner System]]
[size11 Magic takes large amounts of energy and magical power from its caster. When paired with a partner, a caster can reroute their magical powers towards their partner taking some of their partner's energy and power instead of draining their own completely. It drains both users less when taking from two. If one does not have an emotional bond with their partner, then they must be touching skin for the rerouting to work. Once an emotional bond has been established their partners can sperate and cast, still rerouting towards one another. ]

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[#fd5e5b [u ➸]] Regular [http://rp.eliteskills.com/r.php?r=425 [size10 ES]] guidelines.
[#fd5e5b [u ➸]] No God-modding, spamming, cybering, etc.
[#fd5e5b [u ➸]] Cursing, violence, sexual themes, etc are fine. I prefer realistic situations.
[#fd5e5b [u ➸]] Do not disrespect others. If there are any issues please message me. I will take care of it.
[#fd5e5b [u ➸]] Anime/Illustration pictures only for characters.
[#fd5e5b [u ➸]] I’ll respond to your application with an ‘accept’ or a ‘deny’, within four or five days.
[#fd5e5b [u ➸]] If you are accepted, please create a profile and make sure to send me a link. I will be linking it to the thread for everyone to see. When you message me your application please title the message 'time stop'.
[#fd5e5b [u ➸]] Literate posts, please. Quality over quantity. Basic grammar applies. 1500 character limit.
[#fd5e5b [u ➸]] Post at least every nine to ten days. If something is coming up, please notify me. Communication is encouraged.
[#fd5e5b [u ➸]] Please use darker formats for posting. Bright colors are difficult to read.
[#fd5e5b [u ➸]] Once your character is accepted, you can post. Five days will be given to make your opening post.
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[center [font "Times New Roman" [#005B7A [b The story]] will be starting off rather simply with adventuring as we slowly get sucked into the larger plot. I'd like for character-driven plots to come up as the story progresses alongside the main plot, giving each character a chance to shine, grow and influence future events. This RP will not be solely directed by myself; I'm hoping to get other creative and like-minded individuals to create something we can enjoy; an epic fantasy full of discovery, heartbreak, a little humor, and some sentimental moments. Please, if you're not willing to bring some ideas to the table and share in the burden of keeping a story going, don't apply.]]
[center [font "Times New Roman" [#005B7A [b If you have any questions, feel free to PM me or visit the [http://rp.eliteskills.com/r.php?r=148012 [size10 [#005B7A OOC]
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[tab][tab][b [#005B7A [size7 BACKGROUND]]] ━━ a little bit about your characters life here. just a few sentences. Feel free to make up town names, ect.
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[tab][tab][b [#005B7A [size7 EXTRA BITS]]] ━━ anything else you want to put down. can be unlimited.

To be posted;;;

I intend to keep this roleplay small, so I will only be taking three more characters. However, if I end up getting more interesting character applications, I may end up taking on a few more. So [i please] read over everything carefully before sending in your applications. There won't be an instant reply, since I have to look over your application and look through posting history. .

The deadline for the application will be [b some date in the future]. This gives everyone enough time to get everything in order and write out their characters.
  Tadashi Nakagawa / Darcy / 8d 16h 48m 32s
[size16 [#A1A482 [b Coding Reference]]]


[size16 [#A1A482 [b FRIENDSHIP]]]
[#141414 ▄][#878787 ▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄] [size8 HATE]
[#2A2A22 ▄▄][#878787 ▄▄▄▄▄▄▄] [size8 DISLIKE]
[#404030 ▄▄▄][#878787 ▄▄▄▄▄▄] [size8 RIVALRY | FRIEND ENEMY]
[#56563E ▄▄▄▄][#D1D1D1 ▄▄▄▄▄] [size8 ACQUAINTANCES]
[#6C6C4C ▄▄▄▄▄][#D1D1D1 ▄▄▄▄] [size8 BECOMING FRIENDS]
[#82825A ▄▄▄▄▄▄][#D1D1D1 ▄▄▄] [size8 FRIENDS]
[#989868 ▄▄▄▄▄▄▄][#D1D1D1 ▄▄] [size8 CLOSE FRIENDS]
[#AEAE76 ▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄][#D1D1D1 ▄] [size8 BEST FRIENDS]
[#C4C484 ▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄] [size8 ACTUAL FAMILY MEMBER]

[size16 [#456914 [b ATTRACTION]]]
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[#294E56 ▄▄][#878787 ▄▄▄▄▄▄▄] [size8 UGLY]
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[#3B6F7B ▄▄▄▄][#D1D1D1 ▄▄▄▄▄] [size8 NEUTRAL LOOKS]
[#447F8D ▄▄▄▄▄][#D1D1D1 ▄▄▄▄] [size8 NOT BAD]
[#4D909F ▄▄▄▄▄▄][#D1D1D1 ▄▄▄] [size8 CUTE | GOOD LOOKING]
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[#73AEBC ▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄][#D1D1D1 ▄] [size8 ALLURING | CHARMING]
[#8DBDC8 ▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄] [size8 ABSOLUTELY STUNNING]

[size16 [#A36F56 [b ROMANTIC]]]
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[#25222C ▄▄][#878787 ▄▄▄▄▄▄▄] [size8 CRUSHED]
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[#A086D7 ▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄] [size8 MARRIED]

[#A1A482 ▇▇▇▇][#A36F56 ⋮] [#484C25 [b CHARACTERNAME]]
Explanation
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[#A36F56 [b O3.]] [#483F5D ▄▄▄▄][#D1D1D1 ▄▄▄▄▄] [size8 NO FEELINGS]

[#A1A482 ▇▇▇▇][#A36F56 ⋮] [#484C25 [b CHARACTERNAME]]
Explanation
[#A36F56 [b O1.]] [#56563E ▄▄▄▄][#D1D1D1 ▄▄▄▄▄] [size8 ACQUAINTANCES]
[#A36F56 [b O2.]] [#3B6F7B ▄▄▄▄][#D1D1D1 ▄▄▄▄▄] [size8 NEUTRAL LOOKS]
[#A36F56 [b O3.]] [#483F5D ▄▄▄▄][#D1D1D1 ▄▄▄▄▄] [size8 NO FEELINGS]

●●I have terrible, terrible text tone. It is the resting bitch face of text tones. Sorry.
►►If you see me connected to one of your threads it was an accident. /didn't mean to creep on you

  Tadashi Nakagawa / Darcy / 7d 11h 22m 17s
[+red Extreme Spoilers]
[center [size14 Himeko the Nothing]]
*need to make a speech chart for her challenge.
Mother;
Father;
Ming;
Ai;
*Qin; *Get the quote from the story
*Himeko; [b Bold.]
Goddess;

*Shadowed selves, not the real thing.

-Doesn't understand emotions. Mimics what her brother taught her because that is all she really knows. As her brother only gave her kindness and love, that is all she knows how to mimic correctly.

Her challenge is loosely based on Orpheus when he tied to get his wife's soul.
Rules of her challenge;
Must reach the large tiger statue on the other side.
*3 football fields away - look up distance later-
Has to continue to move forward - if she stops she will be pulled down into hell. .
Can't look back at the group, if she does, she dies.
Can choose one person in the group to tie her destiny to/help her in her challenge.
[tab] Says 'Tadashi' after he pushes her over the line into the challenge.
[tab] *Did not want Tashi as her life line.

[center [pic http://i.imgur.com/KLXFx1g.gif]
"Those that shine the brightest, cast the largest shadow."]

Everything in her challenge is an illusion. However, the memories playing before everyone are real.
-No longer in the cave, but surrounded by her village.
Memories in order of how they will appear;
-Hair gets hacked off by Ai. Brother starts to train her properly. Age 6.
-Go into the story about the village gathering with the little boy. Age 7
[tab]-Is stripped by her father later that night and beaten.
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-Age 12 begs her brother to take her with him for the rebellion.
[tab]-"There is no place for you in this world, Himeko." Departing words from Ming.
-Age 14 Ming is captured and killed/beheaded in a nearby farming village.
[tab]-Sneaks out and travels there.
[tab]-Digs through bodies to find Ming.
Stops walking, surrounding dead bodies crawl over and start to drag her down.
Tadashi uses his curse on her.
25 years taken from her.
[tab]-Digs a shallow grave off under peach tree, takes his sword.
[tab]-Travels back, hides sword in the shrine before going home.
[tab]-Stripped and beaten, shins and the soles of her feet beaten with sticks.
[tab]-Can't walk from the cuts covering the bottom of her feet.
[tab]-Molested by Ai until her feet heal.
-Age 15 Has lot the ability to form emotions, avoids people only trains.
-Age 16 Begins training the forest with her brother's sword. Runs into Sun for the first time.
-Age 17 Cursed. Haven't decided if I should go into that.
-Age 17 Day of their wedding, raped by Sun, takes his eye.
-Age 17 Runs away, tries to take her own life
[tab] Doesn't die. Leaves her with a nasty scar across her stomach.
-You’re much prettier than me. Outward beauty is only superficial.
[tab] This backhanded comment. Go into more depth with this.
[tab] Go into more depth with this.
[tab] Begins to feel anger for the first time in [i years].
-Tadashi and En
[tab] Not your little sister, stop fucking thinking that.
[tab] Maybe end. Still have a few posts to go.


Reaches the statue and takes the piece of the medallion from its mouth.
Body is covered in bright white flames.
Is given a divine attire of the tiger.
[tab] Appears on her body only on sacred land.

No one could see her inner distress. No one could know that the sight of that crimson water made her tremble, made so many terrible memories and feelings claw their way to the surface - No. She [i had] to bury them again.
  Darcy / 6h 41m 37s
*[+red Maybe spoiler] | Haven't decided on that challenge yet.
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[b [#330066 “We demand blood for your entry. Pick your sacrifice well.”]]

The festival was fully alive, the music reaching him even this far from town. The actual god’s words repeatedly ringing in his ears. He had all but ran away from the dream-like town to come here. The lake was beautiful when the sun was out, the sunlight gleaming on the surface had soothed his nerves. Now there was no light in the sky nor on the lake. The darken water cause his mind to sink back into its depressed state. Sentencing one of their own to give up their lives. To give everyone else the chance to be reborn. A heavy sigh escaped the God as he kicked at a pebble near his feet. If he could have picked himself, he would have in a heartbeat but that wouldn’t have been much of a challenge, would it? Mentally, he cursed himself. It was this kind of hesitation that had caused the deaths of -

[b [#ac4970 “Tadashi?”]] A chime-like voice called out to him. Looking over his shoulder, Tadashi’s eyes focused on the youngest in their group, but one wouldn’t think that looking at her now. An awkward smile painted her lips as she crossed the small field to him. For a brief moment, she looked just like she did when they first met. With her choppy hair, painted on smile, tiny body, carelessness with her beauty, and large doe eyes that made him think of his little sisters. Then he blinked the memory was gone. Now there was a full grown woman walking towards him. The short kimono clung to her body in the right ways, her muscles making her look curvy - Chikusa mostly taught her how to dress in the years they had been all been together. Jun teaching her about proper hair care, as the chopped hair that had been in a tight ponytail the first year of their journey, now flowed gracefully, looking like silk whenever the wind moved it. Her face was very much the same, however, her lips normally had some sort of soft pink painted on. That lesson had come from Qin, he had been there for that one. The only thing that had stayed consistent was the sword stuck to her hip. Six years. No one in their group had stayed the same and vaguely he wondered how he looked to everyone now. [b [#ac4970 “-Tadashi?”]] Himeko questioned again, head tilted to the side, questions beginning to form in her eyes. [b [#ac4970 “Are you alright? I’ve been calling you...and you took off after you were done drinking with the gods.”]]

[b [#c44a47 “Fine, fine. I was just thinking about how weird your hair was when we first met.”]] The Tiger merely snorted at his answer as a true smile began to form on his face. [b [#c44a47 “Glad it grew out, because wooo.”]] He laughed, though the Tiger was just looking at him now, not paying attention to what he was saying now, but what he wasn’t saying. Moments like this, he regretted having her as his right-hand man, err, woman. Tiredly, he rubbed the back of his neck as she stared down at his feet. He was never one for words, never one for serious matters but this...he was going to have to tell the group at some point. [b [#c44a47 “In order for the mountain to open, I have to pick one of us to be a sacrifice...they are to be left at the opening while the rest of us go on...I...they didn’t say what happens after we leave but...I have a feeling that it won’t be pretty. None of the challenges was pretty.”]] Tadashi dropped his hand to his side, staring daggers at his feet since he couldn’t bring himself to look at the little Tiger. He didn’t want to see the look on her face as he talked. A hand was then gently placed on his arm, a shiver travelled down his spine as he forced himself to stare at the ground. He didn’t want comfort - he wanted her to yell at him, to tell him off like she normally did. To tell him to go back and fight for-

[b [#ac4970 “I will do it.”]]
[b [#c44a47 “Absolutely not. You’re the youngest here, you have to live-”]] Tadashi’s head snapped up, eyes suddenly filled with fury.
[b [#ac4970 “I have two months left to live Tadashi.”]] His words were cut off and the air from his lungs escaped him. Dark eyes stared the Tigers face, trying to - no begging for those words not to be true. Those large brown eyes stared right back, not wavering. They couldn’t be true. Her hand was still laying gently on his arm, but it felt like she had punched him in the gut. [b [#ac4970 “I..I would rather go out with a fight than letting someone give up their life for someone like me.”]]
[b [#c44a47 “No.”]] Tadashi ground his teeth together, shrugging the young woman's hand off and turning his back to her. [b [#c44a47 “There isn’t one person here that will agree to that. Qin-”]]

[b [#ac4970 “-Will get over it.”]] Himeko had come to stand beside him, both out at the moon's reflection on the dark lake water. [b [#ac4970 “You are not sending me to my death.”]] She spoke his thoughts quietly, her hand had found its way back to his arm. [b [#ac4970 “I’ve...I’ve never felt right in this world...Even before the curse I felt this way and the whole journey here...I’ve just felt odd. Like I don’t belong-”]]
[b [#c44a47 “-That’s bullshit. Your friends-”]]
[b [#ac4970 “-And even friendship is hard for me!”]] Tadashi’s eyes wavered from their spot on the lake to look at the young Tigers face. Just when did she start crying? [b [#ac4970 “I always feel out of place. Everyone here is in love and I-I-I….”]] Her voice broke and Tadashi reached out to offer comfort, but she stepped away from his touch. The warmth from her hand on his arm vanishing instantly. [b [#ac4970 “You’ve seen what my life was like before the curse. I don’t..know...how to contain my feels or how to trust people or to love.”]] A sad laugh escaped her as she desperately tried to wipe away tears, only for those to be replaced by more. [b [#ac4970 “I didn’t even realize I was in love with Chikusa until En told a fucking story about it! I-I…..I-I was too late to even do anything about it!”]]

[b [#c44a47 “Himeko…”]] Tadashi took a reluctant step towards the small woman and when she didn’t step away, he wrapped his arms around her shoulders. They never had a close enough relationship that physical touches were something they did. Other than small pats on the back or an occasional hand on one's head, they never really touched at all. Himeko didn’t return his embrace but just buried her face into his chest. [b [#c44a47 “I can’t send you. That will be like sending everyone’s little sister.”]]

[b [#ac4970 “I’m not anyone's little sister anymore.”]] She sobbed out, a tiny hiccup cutting off the word sister. For a minute, there was no noise other than her crying, just the two of them standing there in the dark, in an awkward embrace until Himeko calmed down enough to step away from him. Tadashi stayed quiet until Himeko was done brushing away her tears. [b [#ac4970 “Please...please let me do this. I am in pain all the time now and I can’t see myself being much help once we get to the summit. You know this is the best way...Anyone else...they will be leaving behind a lover, I’m someone they can get over...someone they can forget. You don’t even have to tell them about the challenge...just..say I forgot something and went back to get it. You just have to get past the opening...right?”]]

Tadashi licked his bottom lip, his eyes refusing to look at her small frame and started back at the lake. [b [#c44a47 “Yeah…”]] Silence wrapped around them, blanketing them until another voice called out to the duo.

[b [#ac4970 “You should go back. I’ll join you later….Enjoy tonight Tadashi. Don’t think about it until tomorrow.”]]

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En & Qin are characters of [http://rp.eliteskills.com/u.php?u=4136 Solaris]
Chikusa is a character of [http://rp.eliteskills.com/u.php?u=49461 Shirairu]
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