The Bird with Batrachotoxin!
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Longform RPWhat is this thread?
This thread is intended to serve as a roleplay thread for members of the community who are more interested in Longform Roleplay and would like a space to roleplay with others who have an interest in writing longform posts. Shortform roleplay can be fun and engaging in its own ways, but we understand that there are users who have more interest in longform roleplay, so we'd like to create a space for a longform RP to complement all of the shortform roleplays already in this board.
You keep using the word "longform." What does that mean?
This isn't a word with a strict definition, but what we mean by this is that posts in this thread should have substantial effort put into them. They should be a couple paragraphs or more, rather than a couple of lines. Posts in this thread should reflect a minimum degree of effort in thought and writing, and a dedication to good storytelling and worldbuilding.
So, does that mean there's a minimum word requirement?
Well, no, but there is in a way. There's no strict word count you have to meet to make a post in this thread, but if you're only making a post of twenty or thirty words, you probably aren't meeting the requirements of the thread.
Rather than think in terms of word limits, ask the question: "Is this post advancing the narrative in some way?"
"Advancing the narrative" can mean a few different things. A post doesn't necessarily need to move a plotline or arc along to advance the narrative. Posts that help reveal more about a character's personality in a substantial manner through their actions or interactions with other characters advance narratives, as do posts that help to create a more cohesive and fleshed-out world in which the narrative takes place.
Take note of what this means. Posts where "Character A pulls out a weapon and attacks Character B" that have no logical, established basis and are only two lines long do not advance the narrative. Posts where "Character A uses this item against character B, after we've seen Character A expend effort to obtain the item and using it against Character B has long-term effects that impact their relationship or behaviors" that have at least a few paragraphs of writing incorporated into them do fit into the broader narrative and help to advance it. Posts where "Character X tells Character Y that they're related to the king and jails them" doesn't fit with the narrative and doesn't advance the narrative. Posts where "Character X, who we've previously seen fostering and cultivating a relationship with Character Z, who is in a position of authority, asks Character Z to confront Character Y with them and spends a post explaining the plan" does fit with the narrative and helps to advance it.
Even a casual conversation that's a brief back and forth between two or more characters can help to advance the narrative, so long as thought and effort is put into writing it.
Does that mean I have to write chapters and chapters of description?
Of course not! Some longform roleplayers prefer to write only some description, enough to establish the scene and some of their characters' actions while leaving readers to fill in the rest of the details. As long as you're advancing the narrative and your posts (including character dialogue) are about 2-4 short paragraphs in length, you're all good. If you want to write more, you certainly can, though!
- This is not a requirement, but since the expectations of this roleplay are that users put more thought and effort into their roleplaying, users are encouraged to keep their plot arcs limited to one or two at a time, so they can better focus on making engaging and fully-developed plots.
- Likewise, there is no hard limit on the number of active characters any user has at any given time, but we encourage you to keep your number of active characters to smaller amounts that you can develop to a greater extent.
- Coordination and discussion between users will be handled in a group PM. Please ask someone with access if you'd like to be added to it.
- In addition to all rules of the forum and RP Board, we expect that users follow the request we've made for effortful, narrative-advancing posts in this thread. If you make low-effort, short posts that disrupt the narrative and do not fall in the spirit of "longform roleplay", we will warn you once and we reserve the right to, in conjunction with the local moderator, ban you from replying to this thread.
New Bowser City had long been of a hub of economic activity, the kind of place that attracted those with an eye for making money or the folks more interested in hitching their wagon to some successful entrepreneur and riding their way to the top. It made the city a good place to make connections, to invest time in productive networking. Unfortunately, it also meant that every street of the city was filled with unsavoury opportunists looking for a quick and dirty way to make cash.
Thankfully, Sayaka Kanamori had long since grown used to ignoring that class of scammers, having come out to Neo Bowser City months ago, attracted by the prospects of earning a fortune. She had learned the best routes to take in order to avoid inconveniences, the streets which were the emptiest at given points in the day. Unfortunately for her, as she takes her usual morning walk back from the bathhouse, she finds that one street on her route isn't quite as empty as expected.
A strange bird girl, Aya Shameimaru, stands in the middle of the street, shouting while holding up a stack of newspapers.
"You won't want to miss this! Big news, and the exclusive scoop here in the Koopost! The selection process for the two firms who will be completing the work on the Neo Bowser Skyscraper is finished. BUFF Hammer Company and Kamtech Security Solutions won the bid. You don't want to miss the plans they've laid out! Get the scoop with us!"
Kanamori attempts to briskly step past the bird girl, but, to her consternation, Aya leaps forward, blocking her path and shoving a newspaper in her face.
"You look like a discerning woman who values information. What do you say, want the latest word from Aya Shameimaru's Koopost paper?"
The business-minded girl scans the headline article as Aya holds out the paper, and, with a glare at the bird girl who decided it was a good idea to bother her this morning, soundly rejects the offer.
"I have no need for this. News this large will certainly be discussed by others in the city. I'd do better sitting in at a coffee shop and listening in on conversations. There's no reason to pay for information I'm likely to find for free."
She quickly steps around the bird girl and hurries along her way, leaving Aya to grumble about the blunt rebuttal before slinking back to the side of the street to prepare to shill her wares at the next passerby.