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King Richard ‘The Lion heart’ is dead and England suffered greatly in the wake of the crusade. The throne sat vacant, and all of England waited with anticipation for the next King of England to rise. The lands were in turmoil and times were hard. Yet none suffered so greatly as the shire of Nottingham. Their saviour, ‘Robin Hood’ and his most loyal friends have long since died, which left the people of Nottinghamshire to fend for themselves against harsh and cruel Lords. The Sheriffs death was still talked about among the poor folk, the last thing that Robin Hood gave them, their freedom from persecution against the harsh man that ruled Nottingham.
Yet hope remained!
Deep in the heart of Sherwood Forest a secret hid, a secret that bought the people hope once again. Robin Hood may be dead, but his legacy lived on. It was rumored that there remained a few, outlawed and banished, that dwelled within the boughs and strove to keep the legend of Robin Hood alive. Biding their time, preparing for that final battle to free Nottinghamshire once and for all! Only time would tell if ‘Robin Hood’ and everything he stood for lived on in the new generation!
But now, two years on, times were changing. The scent of succession grew strong upon the wind. Rumors were abound that a legitimate heir to the throne had been found. Somewhere in the holy lands a son of the late King Richard dwelled unknown and unknowing of the fate that awaits him. Youth sheltered him from the harsh realities of the world, as a dedicated group of men put every effort into making the boy obscure. But the secret became public and excitement thrummed through the country. Excitement and anger! For there were still those that benefitted greatly from the throne lying empty! Those that had pledged allegiance to the throne of England and its rightful ruler fought bravely against those willing to sacrifice the boy. And those that fought to keep a King on the throne were also those that had fought to keep Nottingham safe. Their Quest was an important one, one that saw the rise of not only Nottingham, but the entire country, and so they abandoned the internal wars that forever waged within the cities and towns of England, leaving them once more open and vulnerable to the harsh justice of the rich and powerful. Towns became ravaged with greed, the poor suffered greatly, and even those nobles with gentle dispositions felt the need to flee for their own safety. However, two years have passed since and those that sought to place the boy upon the throne, to save England, now returned with no head to wear the crown. Was their quest all for naught? Did they sacrifice their home, friends and family on a fool’s errand? Or is the secret of who the Boy King is still at large?
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1)Use what tools you have at your disposal: One of the most common problems in the RP world has nothing to do with someone’s character or even their plots, but usually stem from bad grammar, spelling etc. I always advise anyone to use a word document when writing their posts, this way if something goes wrong with the site at the moment of posting (such as spleafnet pooping out) then you still have a copy of your post and you don’t end up throwing your computer out the window in frustration. The other good thing about using word documents (getting back to the original topic) is that most have their own spell check facility. I urge people to use this. The Story line could be the best in the world but people won’t read it or enjoy it if every other word is mis-spelled.
Creation: Without a character there is no story, and no Role playing for you. The character is the single most important part of the RP. If there has been no effort put into your character then don’t expect to get anything good out of your story. A good, well created character tells their own story. Here on Sherwood Secrets we provide you with specific boxes and areas to fill in, detailing what your character looks like, acts like etc, etc. Use them, be creative, and don’t worry about making your profile too long. Descriptions of your character are pretty essential when it comes to role-playing with others, it allows those you’re writing with to incorporate your characters physical appearance into their own post.
3) Joining an RP:
This is pretty self-explanatory really. There really is no wrong way to go about it, but please make sure you thoroughly read the previous posts or starting post before whipping up your own. This way you’ll be able to incorporate any obvious information from the previous post/s into your own and make it more realistic. Being able to respond to the previous people is key here right? For example, if Bob has suddenly started having a fit in the street, Jill won’t just saunter up to him and say hi now will she?
4)Starting an RP:
You have your character, the pre developed ‘world’ (because we are nice like that and have already given that to you) Now you need to start the thread. Sounds simple eh? Well, not really. To me starting a thread/RP is harder than just joining one. The person starting the thread has to take into account many factors. First of all:
WHERE? Decide where you want your character to be in regards to the ‘world’ and build on that. Describe your surroundings, the weather etc.
WHEN? Establish a time of day or night so that others can work off of that, is it cold? Are the stars shining or is it a swelteringly hot summers day?
WHY? Having a purpose for your character to be where they are. For example, a king will very rarely be seen hanging around with serfs unless your king character has some reason to be there.
INTRODUCING THE CHARACTER: This is a real person don’t forget (well in this imaginary world it is anyway) So write as though they are. Your character will be feeling something at the time, even if they’re feeling numb, it is something. Have they got some bad habits? A tick? A way of talking, and walking? They are not cardboard cut outs, they have emotions.
BACK-STORY: Ok, now this is for those characters that have been around for some time, that have grown and been shaped by events on the site itself. Sometimes this needs to be addressed, added to your post. If Bob got dragged by wild horses in a previous thread then maybe he’s going to feel a little apprehensive in this new one if horses are involved. If there is a previous reason for your character to act a certain way then be sure to add that into the post.
Building a post
Here is a very basic few lines that could be classed as a post.
“Harry walked into the room. He sat down.
He stared out the window. He was sad.”
Now, how about adding some description of his surroundings?
“Harry walked into the room, it was dim and full of dust. A single oak table stood in the centre with only one chair. The wallpaper was faded and cobwebs hung from the corners of the room.”
See what I did? Just by adding a bit of description I’ve increased just that one single sentence (Harry walked into the room) into three more detailed ones. Now lets add some more description and add a little personal descriptions also.
“Harry walked into the room, it was dim and full of dust. A single oak table stood in the centre with only one chair. The wallpaper was faded and cobwebs hung from the corners of the room. Harry was tall, his head brushing against the low ceiling, his long sandy hair covered in dust and cobwebs. His pale grey eyes looked out of the single window, the sun shone through bathing his pale skin in light.”
Alright now, the few simple sentences are beginning to take some form and become interesting right? You’re starting to really be able to appreciate the surroundings of this man. Lets carry on and apply this to some more of the statement.
“Harry walked into the room, it was dim and full of dust. A single oak table stood in the centre with only one chair. The wallpaper was faded and cobwebs hung from the corners of the room. Harry was tall, his head brushing against the low ceiling, his long sandy hair covered in dust and cobwebs. His pale grey eyes looked out of the single window, the sun shone through bathing his pale skin in light. He walked over to the oak table and sat upon the rickety old chair. His hands rested gently upon the table top as he stared out of the window.”
Now, lets see what happens when we add some emotions. We know Harry was sad but why? What’s led to this emotion?
“Harry walked into the room, it was dim and full of dust. A single oak table stood in the centre with only one chair. The wallpaper was faded and cobwebs hung from the corners of the room. Harry was tall, his head brushing against the low ceiling, his long sandy hair covered in dust and cobwebs. His pale grey eyes looked out of the single window, the sun shone through bathing his pale skin in light. He walked over to the oak table and sat upon the rickety old chair. His hands rested gently upon the table top as he stared out of the window. He was sad, the summer was coming to an end and winter approached, a time of year Harry always hated.”
So basically, remember to incorporate all of these (not necessarily in this order) Jumble them up, add emotions to details. Maybe Harry hated the colour of the wallpaper? Maybe Harry was in pain and he <i>needed</i> to sit upon that chair? You get my meaning though right?
*Take your time when replying to a post to thoroughly read the actions/reactions of the previous people.
*Make an effort to mirror your post. (Mirroring is when your post is roughly the same length as those you are role-playing with, use the guide to help you fill out your posts.) Remember your post doesn't have to be the exact same amount of words, but make an effort to make your reply a decent length in comparison.
* Add details, things that those you are role-playing with can react from, if your post is short and has had no effort put into it then expect the same kind of response. Short, unimaginative posts don’t tell a story and that’s what this site is all about, telling stories.