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Imagine a foreboding stronghold perched on a hill in the middle of a secluded wilderness, surrounded by its hamlet like a timid outgrowth. And, beyond, the mysterious, ancient forest dominates the land.

Well, almost.

A mysterious, unseen tyrant is the one who really dominates these lands, terrorizing the sparse population, abducting its daughters and forcing them into savage slavery. That madman's goal is to lure traveling barbarian warriors, mercenaries and even empoverished knights, as well as artisans, to enter his service so he can conquer more of the surrounding, disorganized realms. All the male guests and residents benefit of the female slaves' service and favors, whatever they may be. Those who refuse to submit to the lord's authority are facing harsh punishments or worse, torture. Consequently, many amoral men, scum and outlaws are starting to invade the land. Yet there also are a few gems in all that mud, and some reasons to keep faith in human nature.

Will you dare take a path as a young woman gathering berries? Or will you be a smith seeking work? A pilgrim? Or a visiting noble? Would you dare take the role of the insane barbarian lord himself?

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An extreme, dark concept that may feature BDSM-like components (non-con enslavement, collaring, physical punishments) without being BDSM. A harsh setting that may seem repulsive at first: it does take some gall to just jump in and think: why not? It's all fiction and imagination. It allows us to try things we'd never do in real life. No one is taking any risk here, no one is getting tortured for real. It's all in-character, nothing's personal, it's all about building intense stories and personalities.

This could become a small or big open group that also can stem out into privare RPs. at this stage, this idea is highly adaptable. I'm thinking about a fictive land akin to the Scottish Highlands, which can harbor many races, from locals to Vikings and Europeans, etc., in a blurred period so we can play without being "anal" about historical accuracy: so this means we can go ahead with barbarians, people of the cloth, druids and Knights Templars if we so wish.

This also means to be an interest check at the same time. If you've got any questions, comments, suggestions, welcome to post them in the thread so everybody can see it!
 

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I like it. My first impression of the madman is a sleazy old scumbag like Walter Frey. Or some combination of him and le marquis de Sade (and Elizabeth Bathory, and Vlad Tepes, etc, etc).

I can't decide what type of character I want to play... maybe a corrupt priest who sanctions the lord's actions in exchange for a harem of his own... or maybe a sellsword who's actually an agent of a foreign king, kind of like Viggo Mortensen's character in Eastern Promises... or maybe some kind of outlaw like Robin Hood... or maybe a female villager who acts as the lord's recruiter (like Ghislaine Maxwell) but is secretly organizing a rebellion among the different villages, and so she drifts in and out of the castle regularly.
 

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I must confess not knowing who Walter Frey is (hoping it isn't a confession of heresy!), but your comparison to Sade and Vlad Tepes is pretty accurate. Insane, but just smart enough not to be labeled a plain nutcase. He's basically medieval dictator material. Note that I won't be the one playing him, but my character will be stuck because of him. If no one is found to play him, he can even be an NPC.

All your ideas sound cool. To be honest, my preference tends to go toward your first one, as it's quite original. From the perspective of my past experiences, the others are more common choices, but they all have some fun potential. Everything is in the hands of the writer, so the choice would ultimately be yours!
 

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I was referencing a character from Game of Thrones: https://gameofthrones.fandom.com/wiki/Walder_Frey He's like the human equivalent of a porcupine. He's a nasty old curmudgeon ruled by base lust, but if you underestimate him you end up in a world of pain.

I may end up playing multiple characters, if that's okay. Playing villains is fun for a time, but it doesn't move the story forward like heroes do.
 

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Thanks for the info! It proves that I haven't seen or read Game of Thrones (heresy confirmed!).

You and everyone else are welcome to bring in more than one character, either heros or villains or slaves or nobles, etc. What really matters here is that people don't bite more than they can chew.
 
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A couple of scenes came to my mind that might be fun to play out:

- A village girl has evaded capture for years by dressing in baggy boy's clothes and smearing mud on her face to hide her lack of facial hair. But someone eventually tips off the lord's goons, and so when they next visit that village they order all the boys to line up and drop their pants. This girl just runs for the hills, and the goons give chase.

- A wandering musician comes to the lord's court, penniless and looking for a job. He thinks he's found a debauched paradise full of comforts and easy women, until he falls in love with one of the slave girls and becomes obsessed with trying to smuggle her out of the lord's reach. Likely, this will fail and lead to the young musician being tortured or killed.

- And maybe just before the bard dies, he "confesses" and names one of the lord's closest people (possibly the female recruiter I mentioned) as having helped him smuggle the girl out. She did not help him, but he names her anyway just to sow division in the court, and because the slave girl always hated that woman. And it works because the lord has always been a little suspicious of her. She has to then calm this asshole down without revealing any hint of the actual truth that she has been working against him since day one.

- There could be an opening scene where the mad lord walks into the confession booth, but instead of confessing his sins, he and his bishop use this time to talk in secret about matters of state, such as current rumours, opinions on the loyalty of various hirelings, possible threats to his life, and letters received from the bishop's contacts in Rome and elsewhere. This would be a way of establishing right up front what those two characters are all about, and where the rest of the plot is headed.
 

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I absolutely love all of those! Well then... looks like we've already got something to start from. Are you up to play either one or both of those key characters - the lord or Bishop? No pressure, I'm simply enquiring. It seems that "if we build it, they will come", so as long as there are at least 2 core writers in there, it might become a group... but if it doesn't, we'll still be having fun.

My character, Louis, is a physically intimidating fugitive executioner and torturer. My own idea for him (a long-term one) is that the lord will want him in his arsenal to increase fear in the population. Louis is an unwilling "professional" from the Continent and carries with him all the beliefs and supersition that surround his trade. I'd start by bringing him into the hamlet to seek a job as a baker. Things could start lightly...
 

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You should get a third person at least before starting anything. I could play the bishop, but I'd rather somebody else played the lord, as I don't want to just be talking to myself all the time. And we need people to play slave girls, or the whole thing is pointless.

So it's the French pronunciation of Louis then? He's from France?
 

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Agreed about the starting point. It also my opinion based on past RP experiences, but being new here, I wasn't too sure about it.

Also, agreed about your character choice. Since the role of the Bishop is going to be a major one, it's better that you should be able to not spread too thin, while having the opportunity to play diversified characters.

Agreed about the slave girls too! I hope that this daring idea will be appealing to some members.

Yes, Louis is from France, so it's pronounced "Louie". For the record, I'm native French speaking. :)
 

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Update: I went ahead and started a thread in the NSFW Group Roleplay section. It isn't much yet, but it's a starter.
 

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If this is still open I would like to meet in. My characters are most female, victims or sometimes also in an active role. I can imagine to be for example:

a handmaiden who falls from grace. Maybe she does something not really bad wrong, stains the dress of her mistress by spilling something. Or she is a thorn in the mistress's side anyway, being jealous of the beautiful young thing. In any case, she ends up in the dungeon. Maybe the mistress is sadistic and has fun punishing the young thing. Maybe she ends up on the scaffold for public punishment or even execution.
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A noble lady who takes it upon herself to own something that the ruler wants. She refuses to hand it over... and a short time later is accused of heresy. Of course, forbidden books are found in her house. And of course she confesses...
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A young girl who sees a public execution and is completely aroused. What the executioner does to the prisoner up there.... She doesn't yet know that she herself has a sadistic disposition. But at the same time she is also a masochist, and can only have her climaxes when she makes someone scream or is made to scream herself.
She learns that one becomes an executioner by apprenticing with an experienced master. And she manages to be accepted as a journeywoman by the absolute master of the trade. He exploits her, he rapes her, even tortures her - as part of her training, which she has to accept - but she is also able to live out her predisposition and becomes a strict, successful . What happens next is open... of course, she can end up on the scaffold herself. or she becomes the submissive wife of her husband, who tortures her at home and performs his masterpiece on her, so to speak. Or - the ruler takes a liking to the young beauty and takes her away from her mentor to have her in bed himself, and perhaps watch her torture and kill his opponents.... ( so many possibilities).
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Hmm, and then of course there are the classic roles... the innocent maid of the land. or the proud princess prisoner of war who has to experience what it's like to be humiliated in the dungeon of the dark ruler....


Whatever... I would love such roles, I love to build and describe worlds, and I can also play several characters in parallel.

If it's still up for discussion - and I seem suitable - let me know :)

Greetings / Michelle


BTW: I haven't found where this RP has been started yet?
 

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Threads lock automatically after 60 days with no posts. But it looks like Louis isn't around anymore, so there's nothing going on. He must have gotten bored and left.
 

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Yes, I did understand it this way - this was started, but lost in the nirvana.
If someone else is still online with FD and interested in this kind of multi-person-roleplaying, I would be still with it.
But I also know that it is not as easy to come up for a team of roleplayers for a more long-term project.
 
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