This RPG has now run it's full course. It's been a lot of fun. I'm not sure if it's nearly as fun to read as it was to play, but I'm sure people wouldn't mind it if you went through it! Note that I was trying out a playstyle here where I GMed through PMs instead of posting in the thread, so it looks like players are coming up with most everything.
For quick future reference here are some events most people on the island would have at least heard about through news reports.
EVENT #1: One event the character of any new player should know about is the "night of madness". This was very recent in Kapok and featured a number of shifters that wound up doing a lot of damage. Though people have scetchy info on it. Seems there were some rampaging wolves, a hostage situation with a greek god, a large fire, and some scary things in the sky. Plus a couple murders that shifters are accused of.
EVENT #2: Another is the mass protests that occurred one day, in which the university library was burned down in an incident with some shifters. Eventually the governor promised to "do everything he can" about the shifter problem, including bringing in some outside help from the US, and then threatened massive legal action against any further protests that are remotely violent. The protesters have been mostly inactive since. But tensions remain.
EVENT #3: Sifters have stayed in the news reports. Shortly after the day of the protests the military struck back. Taking out a den of vicious werewolves, displaying the camera footage from the attacking drone. A couple days later more violence makes the news as a number of buildings are reported to have burned down because of shifters fighting with each other. But what everyone wanted to know is if the shifters or military would dare spoil red day and white day.
for info on those.
EVENT #4 Red and White day passed without major disasters.
EVENT #5 However the day after white day has the island approaching a panic as animals with shifter abilities have been attacking people.
Anyone watching the TV or listening to the radio from here on out today will find it's almost entirely focused on the animal attacks through the city. Reporting what has happened. Updating one where dangerous animals are known to be.
Plenty of reporters are asking what happened. Others have figured out that the creatures seem like they came from the Zoo, and that phone lines into the zoo seem to be down. However they note that the military, for some reason, is not moving into the zoo area. And instead seems to be forming a very wide perimiter or are focusing on specific animals in town.
EVENT #6 It isn't clear what happened but the Zoo situation was resolved. Something about a strange catgirl.
But later that night a massive fight between sifters broke out downtown, with many buildings destroyed.
As dawn broke on that day, the fighting shifters dispersed before a cloud of military shifters started sweeping the city.
(Magic Mixer had multiple possible endings depending on what players did. The ending that occured was the "military develops the ability to create shifters" ending.)
Some locations people have been using:
There is a bookstore where Valkarma's character Kairos works.
Around Kapok there are a large number of parks in the city full of, you guessed it, Kapok trees. Some of the characters hang out there sometimes, or duck into them. One of them was the site of a battle between the national guard and some werewolf type shifters and is now blocked off by police tape, Reina's house is in another.
Kapok university. Most people are somehow associated with it. There is a library there where Temperance's character Roki worked until it got burned down in the protests. Now Luzifer's character Samael lurks in the charred frame.
Of course most players have a house or apartment.
A while ago after the night of madness lots of people partied on Longshore beach, one of a number of beutiful beaches on Kapok just off the edge of a wooded mountain.
Some shifters were being held in a facility in the warehouse district. It is now a pile of rubble.
Kapok, being formed as a volcanic island, has large mountains with ski slopes in the center. The "den" that was caved in was on the side of one of these.
The Kapok Zoo is located in the Kapok woods well outside the city limits, so that it could cheaply afford plenty of space for animals and for future growth. There are signs just before reaching the zoo by road blocking the way and saying that it's closed.
Aoki forest. One of the many parks on Kapok just outside the city, full of winding paths by the mountains in the center of the island. Popular both for the misty trails and also because when the sun is just right it can catch the mist coming off the mountains just right to get a rainbow on a sunny day.
Jean's house, which is down by the beach
Discussion on the playstyle and such should go on in the OOC thread
After this post everything in this thread should be in character.
The first objectives for all new characters are, in no particular order:
#1 initiate meeting one of the other players. This could either be in their alternate form or regular human form. You don't have to find out what their "real" identity is if you meet the alternate form, and you don't have to even know they're a shifter if you meet them in their "normal" form.
I can help with this for new players.
#2 Expand your character a little. Through your post reveal something new about your character to develop them slightly. This doesn't have to be earth shattering at all. Revealing that your characters favorit food is hamburgers would be sufficiant. Just flesh them out a little.
#3 interact with your NPC a little. Just to introduce them a bit more and getting you used to writing a little dialogue if you're new to this.
Obviously it may take a few posts to do all that. And at this point you might be injected right into some situation. So we'll play it by ear a bit.
Two things to keep in mind.
First,while your characters don't know it, shifters are subconsiously drawn to each other. So if a shifter walks onto a commuter train and looks around for a seat the odds they'd choose to sit by the only other shifter there aren't actually too bad. This can make meeting other players much easier.
Also remember there are those vigilanties out there. And some government agencies. If it becomes known that your character is a shifter there could be some trouble.
On the posting format just to keep things under control. There isn't a limit on posts per day, but don't advance time rapidly for your character. Try and stay within a day of most people.
If you're unsure what to do just shoot me a PM or post in the OOC thread.