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[IC] Apocalypse World: Welcome to the Jungle

TheySeeMeRollinTheySeeMeRollin The MCRegistered User new member

Nobody really knows what went down. Communications broke down early, so the story goes, so there’s probably bits and pieces of the truth floating around, if you can find them. Lots of bullshit too though. Whatever happened, though, one thing’s clear:

Mother Nature was pissed.

You hear stories about volcanoes and earthquakes and shit. Superstorms that lasted for years. Forests turned to desert overnight by fire or toxic rain. Whole cities swallowed by fissures or buried in ash or just plain bombed into ruins, because when stuff gets scarce people fight over what’s left. Lots of people tried to run; most people didn’t make it. Hard to find a safe place when everything’s gone to hell, I guess. But people did survive, by stubbornness or divine providence or just plain luck. Now their kids and grandkids - that’s us - sometimes try to rebuild something resembling civilization, but mostly we just try to get by.

Nobody remembers who started calling this place Paradise City, but the name stuck. It’s the bones of an old downtown. Couldn’t tell you which one; the maps stopped making sense a long time ago. A lot of it’s just fields of rubble, but then again a lot of the big buildings are in surprisingly good shape. By which I mean: they won’t keep out the rain, but they won’t fall on your head today either. Probably.

People have cleared the old roads and made new ones, and then put up walls and barricades and shit to keep safe from each other. There’s building material aplenty, so you get little towns that sprung up in the shadows of the old giants, and then you get people who nest in the buildings themselves. Those wrecks are all dangerous in some way or another; but then, so is living on the ground, right within reach of everything from rats to raiders to floods, not to mention the weird stuff.

To the east is the Jungle, or the Green, or “those fucking trees.” Stuff grew back with a vengeance, apparently. It’s slowly eating the buildings, taking the city back. Real dense in there, gloomy even when the sun’s out. There’s meat, if you’re brave or crazy enough to go get it. Other stuff too, but… look, the Green doesn’t like people. Supposedly there’s mountains on the other side somewhere. Beyond that nobody knows.

To the west is the Strip, basically a stretch of hard-packed dirt a couple of miles wide running up the coast. It makes a passable road, if you want to leave for some reason. I’m not saying it’s great here; I just don’t know what people think they’re gonna find that’s better. Beyond that is what’s left of the ocean. The water’s no good: for one thing, it’s salt; and for another it’s got this gross film on top. Sometimes it turns weird colors for days, weeks at a time. Nothing much lives in there anymore, but junk washes up all the time, particularly after a storm.

I dunno what’s north and south. There’s people, I guess, but what kinda stuff they got I don’t know and I don’t care.

Welcome to Paradise.

ooc: post your characters here, and then we can assign Hx.

Posts

  • AladornAladorn Registered User regular
    I've been called Grave for as long as I can 'member. Grew up in Paradise City with my da until the raiders spatted him. Then I learned respectacle. People pushed me round till I got war crazy on them. Then people threw jingle at me for the shows I put on going war crazy. Now people make way so they can see my shows. Respectacle. After a while I got a crew together to help make the shows. Soon others would fight instead of me. Get jingle and no fight? Shiny. Soon, my show grew like the Green. Now we have the Canopy. The Colossus in the Sky. Peeps come from all over to see what I got. To get away from the crap below. For a while to just watch the hurt, instead of being the hurt.

    ooc: I'm a man, always seen in immaculate whites. Something between ceremonial robes and a business suit. I have an expressive face, mischievous eyes, a lean body, and quick hands. I run the Canopy. Currently it's like a Roman Colosseum on the top of a tall building. The arena is the building, the audience sits in the tree branches above and around the arena. Far enough away they shouldn't get hurt, but close enough to see the action. My crew and I really make it a show. We're talking music, spectacle, and violence. Anyone can fight. Sometimes we get beasts in there. Most fights are to knockout or tap out, but some we let go to the death. Depends on what the fighters agree to. We can build the arena up into whatever stage we need to, with trap doors and stuff in the building below. We stay and sleep in the building, which is a maze of dead-ends, hideaways, and boltholes. Folks that want to see the show need to take a rope elevator to either get to the stands, or to get to the building where we live. If you'd like you can be a part of my crew. Always looking for new talent on and off stage.

    still ooc: My best regular is Lits. He's got more jingle than I've ever seen and he loves my shows. The worst is his brother Lamprey. Little bastard is always trying to get with some of my girls. Thinks cause his brother is a big shot I can't touch him, but he can touch my girls. I'd throw him from the arena if his brother didn't pay us off all the time. The girls can take care of themselves. We're all packing, but it's always a fucking pain when he shows up, especially without Lits. Gams wants in on my operation. He thinks he can bring something to the table. Odds are he just wants a slice of the pie. We'll see. Been (that's a name) got me set up a while ago. I owe her. BIG. Then there's Rolfball. She wants the Canopy gone. Bad.

    Grave the Maestro D'
    TheySeeMeRollinGnashing Maw
  • Gnashing MawGnashing Maw The Driver Registered User regular
    edited July 13
    May name is Tree-Eity-Niner MAW, says so right on my steed's name tag. I'm from the Way Up North where the cold white lays. When something needs be moved i'm the guy. I ain't cheap, but i'll work for most peep, an when the deals done, if you don't show your shine, i'll say thats alright son you can pay with your spine. If I could have I would have avoided this trip, but orders is orders. Just rolled into Paradise a few nights ago, now that i'm rested and she (the car) aint thirsty its time to get to work.

    ooc: I'm a big grey haired man with a worn face and cold eyes and despite my age i keep a strong body. I'm usually wearing unzipped coveralls smeared with grease and the sleeves cut off. I drive a 4X4 ORV, its fast, off road worthy, in pristine condition and has power to spare. Its only drawback is that the stereo is broken and its always blaring the same CD.
    In an occupation where most die young. Fear the old.

    Gnashing Maw on
    Maw The Driver
    TheySeeMeRollin
  • dragonslayer0429dragonslayer0429 Registered User regular
    My name is Amber. I have been called many other names, but most who use those names around me end up in a bad situation. I grew up off to the West near the strip. Haven't had the greatest life which is led me to the way I am. Only child, mother either died or ran out on family. Dad raised me if you want to call it that. I was used mostly to get us food/clothing etc based on my good looks. Though what people didn't realize is that my body was filled with bruises or cuts from the hands of my father. I am not sure why he was this way and tried not to question since it seemed this world was rough for everyone. Not much to be happy about or look forward to. That is till I heard about Paradise City. Yeah it isn't that much but it was my chance for me to create change in my life. I knew leaving wouldn't be easy so I just took care of the problem. Not saying I killed my father but lets say it was not easy to leave and it made me the rough and tough woman that I am today but I will always have that beauty that catches a person's eye.

    ooc: I am a woman, in casual wear, smooth face, frosty eyes, and gorgeous body. 2 custom weapons: first is handgun that is silenced and hi-powered ; second is chain with spikes on it. wearing light armor (not body suit).

    Amber the Battlebabe
    Gnashing MawTheySeeMeRollin
  • Gnashing MawGnashing Maw The Driver Registered User regular
    Right so,
    Which one of you has been with me for days out on the road? And which one of you do I catch starring at the sunset?

    Maw The Driver
  • AladornAladorn Registered User regular
    I most shuredly watch the edge of the world.

    Grave the Maestro D'
    Gnashing Maw
  • AladornAladorn Registered User regular
    ooc:

    Which one of you do I find most attractive (for one reason or another)?

    Which one of you is my favorite?

    Grave the Maestro D'
  • dragonslayer0429dragonslayer0429 Registered User regular
    ooc:

    Which one of you trusts my character?

    Amber the Battlebabe
  • PandaDadPandaDad Registered User regular
    Yes, well, if you're going to ask personal questions, do something useful and hand me that nine-sixteenths' Gripley, would you? Right. So. You want to know about Spanner, do you? Came to the right man, you did. I've heard the stories, and I couldn't tell you where some of those come from. Bottom of a bottle, most likely. Or those mushrooms. Anyway...Spanner...that's me, right? I'm just a humble fix-it artist, doing his part to keep things running. A patch job here, a tune up there. I get by. Just me and my junkyard of broken relics and spare parts, thanks. I'd prefer to leave the mucking about with people to others. Hard to debug people as my ol' Mum would say. God-daughter of Edison and spawn of Tesla, they used to call her. Bit of the knack rubbed off, but I picked up some people skills along the way, too. Not like Mum. Still, this isn't too bad a place. I have my machines. My junk. And sometimes people bring me things to work on, so it could be worse.

    ooc: man, open face and dancing eyes, wiry body, and utility wear with tech

    Spanner the Savvyhead
    TheySeeMeRollin
  • PandaDadPandaDad Registered User regular
    ooc: Maw, maybe I went with you on a road trip once. Some rumor about a cache of parts, probably.

    ooc: Which of you is the most strange?

    Spanner the Savvyhead
    Gnashing Maw
  • Gnashing MawGnashing Maw The Driver Registered User regular
    edited July 18
    I trust Amber
    I just hope she doesn't use that.

    ooc: @PandaDad That would make a lot of sense, ok we road trip'd together.
    @Aladorn @dragonslayer0429 Sorry mate i'm actually going to give this one to Amber

    Gnashing Maw on
    Maw The Driver
  • AladornAladorn Registered User regular
    Amber? Yeah I trust her. Once had a kamacrazy try to shiv me for my jingle. Amber broke him. Could have taken my jingle if she wanted. Stead helped me get back to the Canopy. Still owe her for that.

    Grave the Maestro D'
  • dragonslayer0429dragonslayer0429 Registered User regular
    Aladorn wrote: »
    ooc:

    Which one of you do I find most attractive (for one reason or another)?

    Which one of you is my favorite?

    I would say you find Amber the most attractive. Not because of her sheer beauty but that she is strong both physically and emotionally. She has been through a lot and can hold her own. She is a woman with goals/dreams and determination. She won't let anyone push her down.

    Amber the Battlebabe
  • Gnashing MawGnashing Maw The Driver Registered User regular
    "You go on then, you go on and talk to Grave. You know what hes gonna do? Hes gonna send you right back to Ol' Maw. You see its like this, see Grave's got his little connections, but he don't have solutions for everybit'n thing. So its it good thing hes got a Co-poilet like Ol' Maw here."

    ooc: Come on i'm your fav

    Maw The Driver
  • PandaDadPandaDad Registered User regular
    Ooc: which of you is the most strange?
    Ooc: which of you is the biggest potential problem?

    I doubt Spanner is anyone's favorite person.

    Spanner the Savvyhead
  • dragonslayer0429dragonslayer0429 Registered User regular

    Ooc: which of you is the biggest potential problem?

    I think Amber may be biggest potential problem. With her past she may be a volcano ready to erupt. At that point no one is safe, even friends if she that mad.

    Amber the Battlebabe
  • PandaDadPandaDad Registered User regular
    Ooc: consider me duly cautioned.

    Spanner the Savvyhead
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