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Happy April! This is where you can post out of character about the Six Kingdoms: Rebirth (SKR) game until the end of August, 2020. Please see the general rules, common sense guide, and BZPRPG rules of play for how to behave in this and all SKR topics. Lastly, remember, your characters are part of a collectively told narrative and no one has plot armor. There are no "plot post." Please make sure to chat with friends about what stories you want to form together, be they faction quests or personal journeys. Your GMs are Unreliable Narrator and Vezok's Friend I look forward to playing with you all! Conduct: Conduct is defined as anything requiring GM intervention for resolution. This can be facilitating the resolution of a scene or handling reports of rule-breaking. Please note, we only handle conduct for BZPower specific issues. We do not handle conduct related to 3rd party sites like Discord or Google docs unless the conduct directly involves the GMs (i.e. harassment in private message threads). If you have an issue with a player on those platforms please contact the appropriate support team. While we hope players can be kind and collaborative, we understand sometimes not engaging is the best solution. Reporting Conduct: To report Conduct issues, please submit a single PM on BZPower to the GMs. In the subject line please include “SK CONDUCT” along with the type of isse (dispute, rules violation, etc.). We will read and reply to these PMs on a weekly basis. Thank you for your patience in advance. Gameplay and Lore Questions: Please post all questions regarding gameplay, planning, and lore in the OOC Topic for the game. For visibility, tag both GMs in your post. We’ll answer these questions as they come up, or during the weekly news roundup on Mondays. P.S.: I couldn't NOT have a character demographics spreadsheet...
Synopsis: One week has passed since the events of Six Kingdoms: Escapement. Past, present, and future collide in the Time Between Time on an island called Zakaz. Broken worlds drift closer as paradoxical alternative timelines collapse, and island denizens live short and violent lives seeking out a meager existence. Thousands of years ago the skakdi migrated to a new island after utterly destroying their homeland. They drove the local populations of matoran and toa nearly extinct and named their new island Zakaz as homage to their original home. Now, the desecrated wasteland tribes of the Skakdi-Xa ride their scrap-built vehicles and Advanced Combat Rigs through the dunes in search of Energy Sources to keep powering their machines. Miserix, an elder Aspect, guides the wastelands from his containment sphere prison. The Barraki Pridak and Ehlek seek to rebuild their once great empire. The refugees who fled the apocalyptic crash of Mata-Nui’s skull into Zakaz seek a new life and the answers hidden within ancient temples scattered across the island that show predictions of their arrival. The Aspects of Makuta scheme and plot from their cursed homes in the Kumu Islets... How To Play: Like many "Play By Post" RPG games on BZPower, we use a system of Out Of Character (OOC) and In Character (IC) for notifying readers when our writing is as ourselves or from our characters' perspectives. Please be patient between posts, allowing everyone else involved in the scene a chance to reply before continuing. The main focus of this game is a compelling narrative written together. This places more power in the hands of the players: you may describe the environments as you see fit, as long as pre-established in-game descriptions by other players, the GM, or Bionicle canon is not broken. By contributing our individual ideas we create a beautiful living world together. If you have an idea for a plot, write it because I believe in you. If you get greedy I'll step in and bring things back into perspective. The Reliable Narrator: When interacting with the world of Six Kingdoms: Rebirth (SKR), you may find your character is responded to by the Reliable Narrator. This is a game master describing the actions of your character and the responses to them by the rest of the world. Examples of the Reliable Narrator include descriptions of new locations your characters enter, rising tension, or sudden commentaries on events to shed new light on the story. The Reliable Narrator is similar to a Game Master (GM) in more standard table-top roleplaying games (i.e. Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, Fate Core). All Playable Locations Are In This Single IC Topic: Art by Rube (@art_rube) GSR Head/Metru Nui Ruins: Split off from its body by asteroid impacts and the wear and tear of millenia adrift in space, the head of Mata-Nui plunged into a rapidly decaying orbit, eventually entering the atmosphere and impacting on the Western half of the island of Zakaz. Metru-Nui, contained in the cranium, already ravaged by the Barraki’s invasion, was devastated by the impact. As the head fell, the entire island was flung forward and the combined force of the outer and inner impact cracked open the skull of the GSR, causing the silver sea to leak out and parts of the island to jut out of the opening. Ta-Metru, already damaged by a terrorist attack and deliberately sabotaged to halt the league’s advance into the city of legends, has been reduced to slag after the impact. The great forges and refineries exploded or ruptured, spilling molten steel like lava, destroying what was left of the once-great Metru. Whatever wasn’t utterly destroyed has been salvaged or scavenged by the survivors. Consider this Metru dead. Onu-Metru and its great archives had already been a dangerous place that was impossible to monitor properly. After the league invasion and subsequent massacre, this was even more true. Now, after the impact, the area has become an underground maze of collapsed tunnels, rifts, and all manner of Rahi freed from their stasis tubes by the loss of power. Only the brave or foolish venture here to salvage what little is left. Nobody lives here. Po-Metru was devastated alongside Onu-Metru when the massive underground archives collapsed for the most part. Broken statues reflecting broken dreams litter its ruins. Consider this area dead. Ga-Metru was left mostly intact during the invasion, thanks to the non-violent manner of Takadox’ takeover. Most of the damage here occurred during the sudden draining of the silver sea after the impact, causing many structures to collapse, though a number of the scholarly buildings remain. The great temple somehow managed to survive as well, serving as a refuge for a great number of survivors. However, it is now sitting on dry land, at a slant on the massive pillars that held it aloft in the sea. This is where most of the Barraki’s forces have made their new home. Le-Metru and Ko-Metru took the brunt of the impact and are now a massive tilted maze of fallen skyscrapers and broken chutes, jutting out of the ‘wound’ in the GSR skull. Effectively forming the entrance to the remains of the city, the league’s forces have begun fortifying the region and are slowly trying to salvage and rebuild these Metru to be habitable once again. They have managed to activate one chute, connecting the still functional Metru and Coliseum. Coliseum: What used to be the center of Matoran civilization is now largely defunct, but remains one of the only parts of the city that settled level after the impact. In addition, the Barraki managed to reactivate one of the Vahki hives contained within and several of the major functional rooms, including the Cortex are intact. This is where Pridak has set up his throne and is planning his next moves. Pridak's throne room is specifically in Dume's old office on the Private Floor 50 (of the 100 floors above ground). The broken glass floor to ceiling windows have been replaced in the past week, but construction continues on a section of the roof that caved in. Pridak moved the piloting chair from the Cortex into this space, and uses it as his new throne. The throne room sits level with where the pupil would be in the empty eye socket of the GSR skull, allowing Pridak a view of the world beyond. Zakaz Zakaz once represented a beautiful tropical island, but thousands of years of conquest, disregard for the environment, and the crash of the GSR's skull changed things. The Northern half is a desolate wasteland of dunes and rocky plateaus. The deserts of the North are easy to get lost in, and the skakdi who live there in warbands live in fear of giant, burrowing sand worms and other monstrous rahi. The Southern half of the island is scraggly plains, toxic bogs, and putrid marshland. Banyan trees and other plants grow in a massive forest over the marshes. The center of the island is home to an active volcano whose magma runs to the East. A forest of charred trees remains in the cooled magma. The entire Western side of the island's mountain ranges were flattened by the crash of the GSR from space, and now a great moat of toxic liquid from the Silver Sea surrounds the impact zone. Underneath the island are warrens and caverns of rahi and Masi. Each region, of which there were once six, has two temples. These are built in the matoran style the Refugees remember from their lives in the GSR. Find and explore them for more details to be posted below. A shortlist of locations on Zakaz are listed here. See below the short list for an expanded description of each region. Refugee Camps: small camps have popped up across Zakaz housing refugees from Metru-Nui. These are places to regroup, survive, and find a new place to call home. Metru Koro: one of the refugee camps, led by Turaga Sans. Ruins of Ice (511): this ziggurat is on the western side of Zakaz. Irnakk’s tooth: Named after the nightmare creature, the tallest mountain towers over the center of the island. Being volcanic in origin, it is honeycombed by cave systems containing all sorts of mysteries. The Nightmare Pits are located within this cave system. (See Ash Barrens) The Rig: Located just off of the eastern coast, accessible by a ramshackle bridge, this assembly of scrap metal is home to one of the major Skakdi factions. Half anchored to the sea floor by foundational pillars and chains and half floating on massive pontoons, the Skakdi use jury rigged wave energy generators, underwater turbines and other scrapper tech to power their habitat. As a recent addition, salvaged forge tech from Ta-Metru now dumps slag and waste into the coastal waters. Beings unfortunate enough to wind up on the Riggers bad side hang from chains or spend the end of their days in cages suspended from outriggers, until they expire. Their remnants are left as warnings. Fort Nektann: The Warskaks desert stronghold in the far North. Built into the natural terrain surrounding the oasis supplying the warband with water, this Skakdi village could be called almost quaint, if it weren’t for the spiked metal walls surrounding it and the fleet of wasteland raiding vehicles they operate. The Under Hive: deep below the surface of Zakaz are the Mesi’s fungal caverns and villages. These tunnels extend the length of Zakaz, and surface dwellers can be seen caving in entrances regularly to try and shun the Mesi away. Mesi also pose a problem to the Barraki as they can access the underside of the broken GSR’s skull. The Fau Swamps: the Southern half of the island is covered in a toxic bog. Ancient temples and ruined towers extend above the canopies of massive banyan groves. The Kumu Islets: these islands are the home of the Aspects of Makuta. Ruined temples dot the landscape, with labyrinths below. The skakdi dare not venture to these islands, instead performing the rites of desecration when Aspects visit the mainland. Natural hot springs of liquid antidermis exist in the islets. Aqua Sphere: a strange floating glass sphere hangs above the island of Zakaz, high above the cloud line. It can be seen glinting far away on sunny dies. It travels in a mysterious pattern that defines normal weather and provides rain to the island below. The rain, however, makes anything living younger. A trail of sapling plants and baby rahi is often left behind the rain's path from the Aqua Sphere. Treasures undoubtedly exist in this broken floating sphere for those brave enough to venture into the sky. Kini Nui: the central temple of the Builders, and a site of great history and power. You can access the Far Shore expansion from here. The Ash Barrens: The desolate region to the East of the Zakaz’s active volcano, nothing grows in this hospitable land. The steam of constantly cooling lava fills the air with noxious vapors, and burned and petrified forests cover the view. No skakdi lives here, not even a very stupid one. Notable locations include: Dead Forest: a once massive forest now petrified and covered in the ash of countless eruptions. The Dead Forest contains many mysteries, and even more corpses. Fire Suva Temple: located in the center of the lava rivers flowing from Irnakk’s Tooth to the eastern coastline and cooling on the seaside. Irnakk’s Tooth: named after the nightmare creature, the tallest volcano towers over the center of the island. It is honeycombed by cave systems containing all sorts of mysteries, including the infamous Nightmare Pits where skakdi perform the Rites Of The Tahtorak. Ruins of Fire: a crumbling ziggurat ruin is located deep within the Dead Forest, and is one of the many ancient structures remaining from a time before the skakdi’s arrival. Untold mysteries are hidden within. Valley of Bones: near the Southern edge of the Dead Forest lies a deep valley where the soldiers of a great conflict were buried in a mass grave. It is here Kal has made his new home and created his Blood Keep. Many hazards present themselves to travelers braving the cruel Ash Barrens. Irnakk’s Tooth is prone to frequent eruptions, leading to lava rivers flooding their banks. In the aftermath a poisonous smoke lingers for days, causing severe nausea and dizziness in acute mild exposures and anaphylactic shock and death in chronic and prolonged exposure. Beyond the terrain, mounds of Charcoal Beetles house colonies of fist-sized relatives of the hoto bug who are dangerous, deadly, and extremely territorial. Beyond the physical, the Ash Barrens are rumored to be haunted by dead forest spirits, and it is said they lead travelers to their death with sounds of chimes and childish laughter. The Fau Swamps: The Southern end of Zakaz is covered in the bogs, marshes, and toxic waterways making the Fau Swamps. The waters are murky, filthy, and full of garbage. The marshland northern border of this region quickly becomes a blossoming fungal jungle clouded in acid rains, and toxic spores fill the air. Large trees with massive sprawling roots act as the solid base for much of the ecosystem. The rahi in the Fau Swamps are dangerous, mutating with successive generations, and mostly giant insects. Locals know to make as few sounds as possible so as to avoid gathering the attention of an insect swarm. Large conical nui rama hives dotting the Fau Swamps are best avoided. Notable known locations include: Mar-Koro: the secretive village of Gaius and other indigenous matoran villagers living in hiding from the warring skakdi of the rest of Zakaz. By the owning player’s request, Mar-Koro is not a playable location at this time. Sorilax’s Village: an Aspect living in the Fau Swamps has assembled a small village of under fifty refugees from the fallen head of Mata Nui. Sorilax teaches the refugees how to survive in the Fau Swamps, but how long his project will last no one can say. Radiation Zone: after the fight with the gargantuan manas crab, Giruga, the hex (4,6) became full of toxic radiation. Simply passing through this hex will give your characters radiation poisoning. They will need to seek immediate medical attention once exiting the hex. Grand Temple Ruins: Ancient temples and ruined towers extend above the canopies of the Fau Swamps as part of a massive ancient complex of unknown purpose. No one, not even the indigenous population, can remember when these structures were built. A hive of territorial nui rama built their nest inside a portion of the ruin, posing as a threat to visitors. Toa Stannis spent a short period of time looking at the ruins on his own after the Great Impact, and what he deduced from the temple walls greatly disturbed him. Explore these ruins to learn more! Suva Temple: hidden somewhere in the Fau Swamps is the Suva Temple for the region. Explore to find it! Desecration Rock: a spit of dark granite that juts into the sea from the southernmost point of Zakaz and has a view of the Kumu Islets. The surface of the rock is covered in the carvings of Skakdi prayers and wishes, as well as various religious symbols. It is Zakazian custom for those seeking to form a pact with an Aspect to make the dangerous trek to Desecration Rock and fast there until an Aspect forms a pact with them. Some Aspects will wait until a Zakazian is delirious with thirst and hunger before approaching. Very few make a life in the Fau Swamps, and are destined to succumb to a multitude of illnesses from their toxic environment. Two of the most common are Corodi and Brachel Spurs. Corodi is caused by breathing in toxic spores and turns organic tissue to glass over a process of several years. The glass breaks and shatters inside the body, killing those suffering from the inside. Brachel Spurs are painful growths that form on the inorganic matter of a protoderm, most commonly on the soles of the feet. Some healers say the spurs are actually polyps for an infectious worm that lives in the marshy waters. The only known alleviations for Corodi are regular healing sessions using a kanohi kiril or slowing but not stopping the transformation by chewing the root of a plant found in the Fau Swamps. The only known cure for Brachel Spurs is a mask of healing and avoiding the waters of the Fau Swamps. ... And so with all the fiddly bits out of the way, let's play! Updated Zakazian Map (new coordinates) with environmental effects Legacy map (old coordinates) for reference Expansion: Unlocked November, 2020 The Far Shore: The Far Shore is a location beyond the reality of the multiverse. It’s a realm where the universe verifies the resolution of all possible realities. Buildings fade in and out of focus and time, being both decayed and built simultaneously. Stars and constellations swirl within everything. Colors of objects and locations blend and change, never quite settling on a permanent appearance. What matters most in this realm is your will. Rather than physics, the strength of one’s will can overcome all possibilities. There are two solidified timelines within the Far Shore accessible via the portal in Kini-Nui. Speak with Nuju near the portal for more information about his hunt for the Makoki Stones. List of Optional Matoran Principles Prompts: Duty Courage Strength Unity Speed Purity Faith Accuracy Strategy Creation Destiny Prosperity Stamina Peace Willpower Timeline "A" Available Option Prompts: Destiny Prosperity Strength Timeline "B" Available Option Prompts: Purity Creation Willpower Running Far Shore Adventures: Entering the Far Shore changes its reality, meaning each time you visit is different! Each short adventure in the Far Shore has a selection of randomly determined prompts. A Game Master determines the timeline, the central conflict, and the twist by using random tables. Players who’ve returned from an adventure in the opposite timeline can provide three optional prompts as well. You and everyone else who entered the Far Shore with you use the combined prompts to construct a short adventure. As long as the core conflict is resolved, there is no minimum adventure length. Game Masters will determine if the story is fairly concluded in cases of obvious system abuse. Tag a Game Master in the post where you enter the portal to the Far Shore. There are four parts of each adventure in the Far Shore determined by Game Masters using random tables: The Timeline: determines A or B The Element: determines the primary element of the region. The Conflict: determines what must be overcome The Twist: determines what complicates the resolution Once you’ve been assigned your prompts, it’s up to you and your friends to create the short adventure in the Far Shore! Need a suggestion on combining prompts? Feel free to contact a Game Master in the OOC topic if you need assistance. The Timeline: This fifty-fifty chance places you randomly in timeline A or timeline B. The same timeline can only be run twice in a row before the opposite timeline if chosen. You are only able to interact with other Player Characters that entered at the same time as you and in the same timeline. The Element: This table determines the primary elemental alignment of the region. You determine how this affects the region of the adventure. You and your fellow players decide the details of your adventure’s setting. Characters with the same element as the one rolled for the adventure gain a temporary boost to their elemental-based abilities during the adventure. The Conflict: This table determines what must be overcome. There are a few core conflicts, which can be interpreted as you wish during your adventure, but must be resolved to conclude your adventure. These conflicts are the six forms of conflict in Western literary fiction: Character vs Self Character vs Character Character vs Nature Character vs Supernatural Character vs Technology Character vs Society The antagonizing force, or the villain, of your adventure in the Far Shore is based on this central conflict. You may choose how these conflicts are approached, explored, and resolved while keeping the final prompt in mind. The Twist: This final random prompt determines what complicates the central conflict of your adventure in the Far Shore. This complication changes how you view the conflict, as well as perhaps how to resolve it. Work the twist into how you resolve the central conflict of your adventure in the Far Shore. Be careful what you wish for The cake is a lie Genuine Imposter The story that never was Yank the dog’s chain Random twist from TV Tropes Ending Your Adventure: Once the conflict is resolved, your adventure in the Far Shore comes to an end. Your characters travel through a portal back into the Time Between Time at the end of your adventure. They cannot bring anything from the Far Shore back to the Time Between Time except the loot they are rewarded after the adventure. Tag a Game Master in your final post for the adventure. A Game Master will read the adventure to make sure all the required prompts were used. If everything is concluded properly, a Game Master will post in the OOC topic regarding your rewards. You will receive awesome loot equal to the number of Player Characters that participated plus the number of optional player prompts used based on a random loot table. At the end of your adventure as a group, pick three matoran principles charms that have been unused (used is indicated by the strikethrough effect) in the opposite timeline you were assigned. Provide the list of three matoran principles to a Game Master so they can properly update the available optional prompts for the correct timeline. If the same timeline is run multiple times in a row, do not choose new charms at the end of the adventure. A certain timeline cannot be run more than twice in a row. If GMs roll the A or B timeline more than twice in a row, they will assign the other less played timeline in order to balance charms across both timelines. The next adventuring group may choose to use up to three of the currently available matoran principle charms for their respective timeline (A or B) during their next short adventure. Once all of the optional prompts are used in a given timeline, the next short adventure will be run by a Game Master and will guarantee the Far Shore Makoki Stone as a reward.