Steampunk Zombie apocalypse
Posted 14 September 2011 - 07:45 PM
Suddenly the dead rises from their graves, hungering for the flesh of the living.
Millions die worldwide as the ravenous hordes of the animates scour the earth, however that is not the worst part.
The Plague spreads across the globe, infecting people everywhere
200 years have gone by since that dark day, but the animates still remain, the plague still haunts every waking hour, and new horrors lurk in the dark.
Do you dare enter The Unhallowed Metropolis?
This RP won't start until after the Genosha RP has ended.
This post is simply to see if there is any interest in this idea.
Posted 15 September 2011 - 09:31 PM
Massive text block ahead.
All the major events that has shaped this world and have lead up to the moment where you enter the game.
1791 - Luigi Galvani argues that "animal electricity" causes movement in muscles and nerves.
1800 - Act of Union forms the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
1809 - Jean-Baptiste Lamarck publishes Philosophie Zoologique, which explains his theories of evolution.
1812 - Territorial disputes between the U.S. and Britain leads to the War of 1812.
1815 - Napoleon loses his final battle, the Battle of Waterloo.
1818 - Mary Shelley writes Frankenstein.
1819 - Queen Victoria I is born.
1829 - An Act of Parliament institutes the Metropolitan Police. Joseph Henry creates a new variation on the electromagnet and sets a new world record by using it to lift over a ton of weight.
1830 - William IV succeeds George IV as king of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
1831 - First cholera outbreak in England. Michael Faraday discovers the magnetic induction of electricity, inventing the first induction coil.
1832 - The First Reform Act passes, enfranchising the upper-middle class and increasing the number of voters from 500,000 to one million. The Anatomy Act passes.
1833 - Wilhelm Weber and Karl Friedrich Gauss successfully operate a telegraph between Gauss' observatory and Weber's distant lab.
1834 - Slavery is banned in the British colonies.
1837 - William IV dies. Victoria I becomes Queen of England.
1839 - The City of London Police are established. The First Opium War between Britain and China begins.
1840 - Queen Victoria I marries Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.
1842 - The end of the first Opium War
1845 - The Potato Famine begins in Ireland.
1847 - The British Factory Act ("The Ten Hours Act") restricts the working day for women and children between the ages of 13 and 18 to no more than 10 hours per day with a total of 58 hours a week.
1848 - Revolutions takes place in Paris, Vienna, Venice, Berlin, Milan and Parma. Marx writes The Communist Manifesto. The discovery of gold in California leads to the first gold rush.
1851 - The Crystal Palace houses the Great Exhibition in London. Heinrich Ruhmkorff invents a variation of the induction coil, called the Ruhmkorff Coil, notable for producing sparks more than 30 centimeters long.
1852 - New Houses of Parliament open.
1853 - Alexander Wood invents the hypodermic syringe; vaccination against smallpox in Britain becomes compulsory. Queen Victoria I alllows chloroform to be used on her for the birth of her seventh child, thus promoting anaesthetic use.
1854 - The British and French ally against Russia in the Crimean War.
1855 - Cocaine is first extracted from cocoa leaves.
1856 - The signing of the Treaty of Paris ends the Crimean War. Britain begins the Second Opium war. Nikola Tesla is born.
1857 - India mutinies against British Rule. British fleet takes Canton.
1858 - The Second Opium War ends.
1859 - Charles Darwin publishes Origin of Species. The first edition sells out in one day, and the work causes a storm of controversy.
1861 - Prince Albert dies of typhoid fever at age forty-two. Jefferson Davis is elected the first president of the Confederate States of America; The American Civil War begins. London's first horse-drawn tram service opens for business and closes a few months later. America completes the first trans-continental telegraph system.
1864 - Contagious Diseases Act passes.
1865 - The US Civil war ends; American President Abraham Lincoln is assassinated. The Thirteenth Amendment abolishes slavery, upholding and extending Lincoln's 1863 Emancipation Proclamation.
1866 - Riots in London.
1867 - Karl Marx writes Das Kapital. First debate concerning a woman's right to vote.
1868 - End of public hangings. Pharmacy Act prohibits selling narcotics from street carts.
1869 - Ferdinand de Lesseps builds the Suez Canal, dramatically decreasing a ship's journey to Australia or the Far East
1871 - Paris Workers Revolt.
1873 - James Clerk Maxwell publishes four equations (known as Maxwell's equations) that allow scientists to predict the behaviour of electric and magnetic fields as well as how these fields will interact to create an electromagnetic field. The Long Depression begins.
1875 - The Public Health Act is passed in Britain in an effort to improve the living conditions of the poor. Construction is completed on London's first sewer system, which reclaims the Thames and reduces cholera rates.
1876 - Alexander Graham Bell invents the telephone.
1877 - Queen Victoria I is proclaimed Empress of India. Thomas Edison invents the phonograph
1878 - The Criminal Investigation Department of the Metropolitan Police established. Electrical street lightning is introduced in London.
1879 - The British-Zulu Wars are fought in South Africa. Thomas Edison develops the first electrical light bulb that is practical to use.
1881 - London city population is 3.3 million; New York's population is 1.2 million.
1882 - Society for Psychical Research founded.
1883 - The Special Branch of the Metropolitan Police instituted.
1886 - Riots in London.
1887 - Queen Victoria I celebrates her Golden Jubilee. Albert Michelson and Edward Morley publish their famous experiments purporting to disprove the existence of a luminiferous aether.
1888 - Jack The Ripper murders six women in London. First electrical power station opens in Deptford, England.
1890 - Metropolitan Police moves to New Scotland Yard.
1895 - The Niagara Falls hydroelectric power plant is built using Tesla's alternator design
1896 - CID begins Rogues' Gallery.
1898 - Long Depression ends. Niagara Falls Power Project opens.
1901 - Queen Victoria I dies. Edward VII becomes King of England. 30,515,000 living in England. Fingerprinting Bureau founded at Scotland Yard.
1904 - Michelson and Morley publish a retraction of the results of their famous experiment. Results are quickly confirmed by laboratories worldwide, and the luminiferous aether re-enters the dominant scientific lexicon.
1905 - First outbreak of the Plague. Mass starvation and panic envelopes the globe. Countless millions die worldwide by the year's end.
1906 - Conventional weapons and fires intentionally set to destroy the animate population devastate Manchester, Leeds, Bradford, Birmingham, Liverpool, and Sheffield. Parliament-in-exile passes the Nationalization Measure, effectively suspending private ownership of important industries and suspending the rights of unions to strike or bargain with the state. The German Empire collapses.
1907 - The first recorded instance of telepathy takes place at a camp outside Shrewsbury. Kaiser Wilhelm II dies defending Berlin from Animates. Wilhelm III becomes Kaiser of the Kingdom of Prussia.
1908 - King Edward VII dies. George V becomes King of England. By now 18,000,000 British citizens are believed to have perished due to plague-related factors, including secondary epidemics and starvation.
1909 - Contact with spirits first scientifically documented.
1914 - The first major organized efforts to clear the countryside of animates begins. Dr. Roland Westmoore first documents evidence of psychical phenomena among refugee-camp survivors.
1915 - Maiden flight of the Prussian LZ2 Zeppelin.
1916 - Prussian LZ2 Zeppelin first used in the aerial bombardment of concentrations of animates. Prussians begin the construction of additional airships.
1917 - King George V dies. Edward VIII becomes King of England.
1919 - Prague reclaimed.
1923 - Passage of the Salvation Act closes England's borders to refugees.
1927 - Most of the English countryside is free of animates. England's borders reopen to refugees following the repeal of the Salvation Act. A new cabinet position, The Minister of Reclamation, is created.
1928 - First documented discovery of a ghoul community.
1929 - Paris is reclaimed. The Golden King comes to power in France.
1931 - Leeds is briefly reclaimed before being once more overrun by animates.
1933 - End of the Plague Years. The Reclamation begins.
1935 - The Reclamation of London Begins.
1937 - Most of London's West end is reclaimed.
1938 - Canada declares its independence from the UK.
1939 - The government returns to Whitehall. The Foreign Defence Act institutes foreign aid to needy nations.
1940 - The Labour Representation Committee is formed.
1943 - General elections legitimise the Labour Representation Committee. Britain sends reclamation teams to train other survivors in Europe.
1944 - The military begins experiments to alchemically create super-soldiers capable of fighting animates on their own terms. The first thropes are the result of these experiments.
1945 - Professor Ashley Byrnes of the University of London first proposes the use of radiant energy to supply London with power.
1946 - Leeds is reclaimed again. British forces are sent to the Icelandic Peninsula to help local reclamation efforts.
1948 - The first Tesla tower is constructed in London.
1949 - Reykjavik is reclaimed.
1950 - King Edward VIII dies. Beatrice I becomes Queen of England.
1951 - The military's thrope experiments officially end.
1953 - First recorded incidence of true vampirism. Erich Merck and Carol Zimmermann propose tanks of single-celled food as a solution to the hunger faced by London's growing population.
1958 - A massive animate attack on London. Representation of the People Act is passed, giving women the right to vote. Prussians reclaim Berlin.
1959 - London is fully reclaimed; over 30,000 have perished in the effort. This marks the end of the Reclamation and the beginning of the Neo-Victorian era.
1960 - The Special Powers Act institutes the Domestic Security Force (DSF or Deathwatch). Parliament repeals the Nationalization Measure, initiating a decade of bitter legal battles for control of re-privatised property.
1961 - The Domestic Securities Act institutes the Office of Urban Defence (OUD), which is authorized to regulate and commission freelance bounty hunters to eliminate animates. Four new divisions added to the Deathwatch.
1963 - Sir James Gray completes a survey of the extend of Wastelands in the British Isles. He returns to London as the sole survivor of his expedition.
1964 - London's Tesla array is completed. Five new divisions added to the Deathwatch.
1966 - Dr. Tennyson Boulstridge coins the phrase "psychic devotion" in a lecture at St. George's Medical School in which he presents his findings to the trustees. Boulstridge is presumed to have been killed in the conflagration that consumed the old school later that year.
1967 - Passage of the Mortuary Acts establishes the Mourners' Guild and the plaguemen as well as the policy of mandatory cremation. Sir James Gray completes a second survey of the Wastelands and determines the blight is spreading.
1968 - Queen Beatrice I dies. Victoria II becomes Queen of England, taking the name Victoria against the wishes of Queen Victoria I.
1969 - The labour movement organizes massive protests and a general strike after the courts return businesses maintained by workers since the plague Years to their original owners. A compromise restores order but marks the start of labour setbacks.
1972 - Dr. Robert Ashton first documents the spread of vampirism. Contagious Diseases Act reinstated.
1973 - Sir James Gray is lost at sea during his third attempt to survey the Wastelands.
1974 - New York reclaimed.
1983 - The reconstruction of London is completed. The media sensationalizes the attempts of Lord Benewick to intentionally contract vampirism.
1984 - The Conservative Prime Minister Jane Spencer Grenville is elected to office. Grenville is the first woman elected Prime Minister.
1985 - Professor Edith Halifax-Roussel of the Non-human Pathology Department of the University of London first documents the existence of zombie lords.
1986 - The Vampire Laws are passed
1997 - Dr. Evelyn Alexandra Morely's experiments into reanimation cost the lives of 32 people.
1998 - The Society for Psychical Research is re-established.
2002 - Xavier de Witt completes the first survey of the Wastelands since the death of Gray, and he determines the blight has continued to exand at an unsettling rate. Subsequent surveys confirm the blight is growing.
2008 - The Bryant Centre for Anti-Agapic Science is founded at Cambridge Medical School. Parliament bans research into the reanimation of the dead.
2010 - Coal miners and Teamsters go on strike after coal-mine safety funding is cut. The military is used to break the strike. Twenty-four strikers perish.
2012 - Queen Victoria II dies. Georgi VI becomes King of England.
2023 - The Neo-Victorian Way of Death, by Lady Rosalyn Hartfield, is published.
2028 - Parliament abolishes the British Factory Act of 1847.
2032 - Two hundred eighty three people are killed in the London food riots.
2033 - one hundred forty eight people are killed in the food riots.
2034 - The first Anathema is revealed in London, The creature and its creator, Dr. Michael Andersham, are killed by an angry mob. Experimentation to create most derivative life forms made illegal.
2036 - An animate attack on Edinburgh claims 18,000 lives.
2037 - Anarchist cell Red 23 assassinates Prime Minister Trevor Harris. A major food riot sparks a plague outbreak that costs 2,700 lives.
2039 - Red 23 storms the offices of Creighton-Malden Industries, killing twelve scientist, including founder Wallace Malden.
2040 - Rome reclaimed. Papacy returns to Rome.
2042 - The Special Branch uncovers an anarchist conspiracy to assassinate King George VI.
2043 - After Parliament debates intervening on the behalf of the belaguered working class, industrialists greatly increase their charitable donations, in effect creating a privately run welfare state and ending the food riots of 2030s.
2046 - Sir Robert Sutherland is assassinated. The existence of a modular zombie is first recorded.
2051 - Viktor van Haller introduces the ion rifle and galvanic destabilizer.
2053 - The Psi Branch of the Metropolitan Police is founded.
2055 - Southwark fire kills 700 people in South London. After a harsh police crackdown, anarchists commence a bombing campaign.
2056 - Detectives of New Scotland Yard ncover Amadeus Mahler's Limehouse reanimation lab and the vast smuggling operation that kept it supplied with corpses.
2058 - King George VI dies. Queen Victoria III becomes Queen of England. The anarchist bombing campaign ends.
2061 - Psi Branch ceases using empaths for interrogation after Detective Nancy Sinclair kills Walter Whitmore.
2062 - The government places a moratorium on psychical experiments.
2063 - A major plague outbreak in London's East End claims 22,000 lives.
2068 - Plague outbreak in London's East End claims 1,400 lives. H.E. Goodwin's Our Glorious Ancestors published.
2075 - A plague outbreak in London's East End claims 344 lives
2077 - The Papal States are formed.
2083 - A plague outbreak in London's East End claims 280 lives.
2084 - The Lambeth food riots in South London. Two hundred and eighteen rioters are killed during the military crackdown.
2086 - The Lambeth Five are sentenced to life in prison for instigating the food riots.
2088 - The British Navy defeats the Prussians in a North Sea skirmish. The Prussian diplomat is recalled from London.
2089 - Amadeus Mahler's memoirs, Necronaut, One Man's Triumphs Over Death in the Age of Industrial Alchemy, is published after his death.
2090 - A British diplomat is ejected from Berlin under accusations of spying.
2093 - The British Navy defeats the Prussians in the North Sea, marking the first major naval battle since the Plague. Britain and Prussia narrowly avoid going to war.
2095 - The British beegin constructing dreadnought class warships.
2097 - An animate attack on London claims 2,000 lives.
2098 - Ties to Prussia are normalized but remain tense. The British purchase five outdated zeppelins from Prussia and begin renovation.
2103 - Rampaging Mercurials kill 142 people in Stepney.
2105 - The present year.
Posted 20 December 2011 - 10:48 AM
Inbred, with physical defects, yet with influence over all reaches of society, capable of getting word to even the Queen and with more money than anyone else.
Or are you a Low-born Criminal?
Born in the slums of London, with barely enough money to survive, yet with contacts throughout the underground, capable of even gaining access to anywhere, even the aristocraty for a short period of time.
Or a Doctor?
A mad scientist in search for the answer to the animates, or perhaps the riddle of immortality, whatever he is searching for, he is respected and feared throughout the neo-victorian society.
Or perhaps you are a Mourner?
A trained watcher of the dead, waiting patiently for the resting period to be over, or to quickly dispatch the rising animate if the dearly departed turns, well respected and highly educated.
or an Undertaker?
A grizzled war veteran, a bounty hunter, or simply someone with nothing to lose and a grudge against the animates, they are the frontline soldiers in the war against the horrors of the world.
Or are you something else? something unique...
Posted 28 June 2012 - 01:55 PM
For newcomers, I suggest you read the time-line and the explanation of the 'classes' then ask your questions.
For those who already know what's going on, here's the character sheet we'll be using
Posted 28 June 2012 - 02:03 PM
Reading the timeline now, by the way.
Posted 28 June 2012 - 02:09 PM
Elaborating on these traits and the impact they'd have on gameplay would be nice:
Reading the timeline now, by the way.
The various items on the Character sheet and how to fill it in, will be explained shortly.
I will be composing a post that guides players through how to chose a class that fits them, and how to fill out the sheet properly.
As a side-note.
This RP is based on the roleplaying system called Unhallowed Metropolis, if you already know about it or have the book, then that's awesome, if you've never heard about it before and think it sounds awesome, I suggest you look it up and get it
Posted 28 June 2012 - 02:13 PM
*an Undertaker never makes a fear roll, due to the presence of Animates
*an Undertaker never takes any penalties from being wounded, and when suffering an Incapacitating wound, he stays concious
*an Undertaker gets special stunts(specialty skills) to chose from, in the Occult lore skill; Deadeye - The Undertaker can recognize undead on sight, regardless of the distance. (add Occult lore to the roll when identifying zombies, vampires and ghouls)
Occult lore 2, Tracking 2, Unarmed combat 2, pistol 2, rifle 2, streetwise 2, escapology 2
Posted 01 July 2012 - 06:50 AM
Vitality is your physical health, strength, stamina and endurance.
Coordination is your natural grace, reaction time, agility, manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination.
Wit is your mental speed.
Intellect is your ability to learn and retain information.
Charm is your social charisma.
Will is your willpower, how well you're able to resist various things.
Prowess is your Wit and Coordination combined.
Actions is the number of actions you have in a combat round, this is found from your prowess.
The way you fill out the stat portion of the sheet, is fairly simple, though it requires some basic math.
Each stat start with a score of 1, to enhance your stat, you need to spend a number of points, equal to the new rating in your stat.
So it will cost 2 points, to go from one to two, and an additional 3 points, to go from two to three.
You cannot go higher than 5 in a stat.
You start with 25 points to spend on your stats, once your stats have been enhanced to the place you want them, every point you Haven't used, will be doubled and added to your custom points, that can be used pretty much everywhere else on the sheet, though i will come back to them later and explain more about what you can use them on.
Corruption is a flaw in your character, which starts out relatively small, but if you aren't careful, will grow powerful enough to cause your end.
Here follows a list and a brief description of the various 'paths' that your corruption can take.
Aura of Deformity - You exude a powerful aura of deformity that incites loathing and hatred in others.
Cursed - You are a nexus of corruption. What you touch spoils.
Illness - Your corruption gnaws at your body and will someday kill you.
Monstrous - Vour corruption makes you physically hideous and repellent.
Addiction - You suffer from an overpowering addiction.
Anhedonia - You take no joy in life. Pleasure has lost all meaning.
Defiler - You are depraved. Unable to stand purity in others, you live to defile innocence.
Hedonist - Your life revolves around the pursuit of pleasure.
Consumed - Your life is simply fuel for your obsessions.
Dissolution - All your accomplishments will come to naught. Worse yet, the products of your efforts will lead to your destruction.
Killer instinct - People are nothing but obstacles to your ambition. The lives of others are meaningless.
Twisted - Your methodology betrays your burgeoning inhumanity.
Class features, qualities, impediments, skills and equipment will follow later.
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