( PLEASE NOTE: I'm lacking creativity title wise, so please bare with me. The title may change at any time. )
The year is 1985. In New York City, several foster homes are shut down with little notice. Strangely, not all of the children were transferred to another orphanage, and instead left many of the older ones without refuge. So far, one of the owners was arrested such a crime, the rest could not be found and the police are still in search of the children.
In order to survive, those who were left in the streets have banded together. They shoplift, pick pocket on subways and sidewalks, and preform fairly petty crimes on a regular basis. This, and they must keep themselves hidden from the police in order to stay out of jail or another foster home.
Although they roam the streets as nomads, they do have a small base in the heart of the city, hidden within an alleyway. The door of an abandoned building down the alley holds many of their stolen goods, as well as a few mattresses.
I like the story, it makes sense, something that could actually happen. I also like how you changed the year, although 1985 isn't THAT long ago in the big picture, fashion, the latest greatest technology and stuff will be different, requiring a tad bit of research on the players part if they really want to fit in with this story. Its different then the other roleplays, what I like the most is that its REALISTIC. Fantasy roleplays are fun, but tend to get outta hand fast if not managed properly. Sometimes its nice to kick back and roleplay something familiar that you can relate to as most of us are teenagers like our characters. If I had to add anything, it would be the formation of gangs cliques of kids of similar ages and interests. Obviously not everyone will want to live around Anthony, but that will form over time. Already Blake and Eli have a little group of their own. I like it!
*All BYC rules apply.
*Please be realistic.
*If you're arrested, you're arrested. You probably won't be able to injure authorities without being shot.
*Don't control characters other than your own.
*Only one blow per post when fighting.
*No instant killing.
*Keep things PG-13 at the most.
*Please use proper grammar. It is extremely difficult to understand you if you don't use any punctuation, and spell/use many of your words incorrectly.
*No Mary-Sues or Gary-Stus. No character is flawless.
*Your children can't have assault rifles, handguns, machetes, katanas, or any ridiculous weapon. Pocket knives, rocks, fists, or anything that is easy to get one's hands on is fine, however.
A good set of rules, not too wordy and easy to understand. If I were you I might even even italicized the realistic part, that IMO is pretty major along with the proper grammar one. One thing that drives me crazy is people who can't be bothered to use decent grammar and spelling. Text talk is for cell phones, not roleplays! Even if you are on your phone while surfing BYC... It bugs me lol. The cop rule is good too, a street kid ain't gunna do so well against a trained, armed police officer! Another thing I really like is the list of acceptable weapons, its clear and specific. You could add one about being an active player, but hardly anyone pays attention to that one anyways. (I hate it when people join a roleplay and then leave.)
Name: Anthony MacDonald
Appearance: Tall and a bit lanky, with shaggy black hair, light skin, and dark eyes. He wears jeans with tattered ends, and a tight t-shirt under a bomber jacket. For shoes, he wears stolen Doc Martens.
Personality: Quiet, although if you bother him he can come off as rough. Due to his silent nature, he often steals for his gang. He will fight people away, even if all he has are his fists.
History: At the age of four, his parents fell victim to Turkish Airlines Flight 981 while on vacation. He would have went to live with his aunt, but she already had enough children to care for.
Some people might disagree with me here, but IMO he is too young to be a ringleader. On the streets, its survival of the fittest. It would be too easy for a larger, 17 or 18 year old guy beat him up and steal the gang. A ringleader also needs to be authoritive, not quiet. He seems like a character who would be a good ringleader in a few years, but not right now.
Appearance: Jet black hair with sharp jade green eyes
Personality: Very cunning and sneaky
Needs more information, put some thought into your forms to create an interesting character!
Appearance: Short, spiky dark brown hair
Personality: A bit of a loner, but tries to be helpful
History: She had parents until she was 16, but still being a minor she was forced into a home against her will, instead of going to live with friends.
Other: Sometimes drives stolen cars to get around.
Name: James Eagle
Appearance: Tall, dark brown hair, grey eyes.
Personality: Kind, quiet, can seem to be sneaky, cruel when needed.
History: His parents were killed in a car accident, and he had no other known family besides his twin sister.
Other: He is half Native American.
These characters, James and Jadyn are exactly the same. No two people are exactly the same, not even identical twins.
Name: Jadyn Eagle
Appearance: Tall, dark brown hair, grey eyes.
Personality: Kind, quiet, can seem to be sneaky, cruel when needed.
History: Her parents were killed in a car accident, and she had no other known family besides her twin brother.
Other: She is half Native American.
Appearance: Shaggy, bright red hair that's normally covered by a backwards faced baseball cap. He's a total punk rocked, but more on the casual side with his style; tight fitting jeans that are ripped up at the knees, cuffed at the bottom, and adorned with lots of safety pins doing a terrible job at keeping the holes in-tact. His leather jacket, when inspected closely, has several mended areas. The color on the elbows are faded, giving it a ragged look.
Personality: Funny, basically a good guy; but sneaky as a fox. One moment he'd be having a casual conversation with you, the next moment he'd pick your pocket. He trust's very few people.
History: Parents left him at the orphanage when his was pretty young, leaving him to grow up without even knowing them.
Other: Chews gum a lot.
Name: Dewey Botta
Appearance: Dewey has dirty blonde hair and hazel eyes. He is not tall at all, topping no more than 4'9.
Personality: He is sly and sneaky, and is also very quick. He is agile and fast, giving him an advantage.
History: His father died in a car accident back in 1980, and his mother committed suicide a year later. His only sibling, Reese, was adopted in 1983 and now lives in Canada.
Other: He used to have a good life, with his brother, Reese, being on a famous TV show. They were minor, hometown celeberties, with almost a million dollars.
Appearance: Blue eyes, caramel brown hair. O
Personality: Sly, sneaky, cunning.
History: Her parents died in a car accident when she was 8.
Needs more information, every character has a history
Appearance: About 6' tall, short blonde hair, sky blue eyes, muscular, handsome.
Personality: Doesn't talk much. He can be very sneaky, but he is kind.
History: He doesn't like to talk about it.
Other: He always wears ripped jeans, a loose t-shirt, and a necklace with a pendant shaped an arrowhead.
Appearance: Very tall, beautiful, reddish brown hair, greyish-greenish eyes.
Personality: Quiet, mysterious.
History: No one knows.
Needs more information, again, every character has a history
Name: Victoria Ellendou
Appearance: Short, white-blonde hair. Icy blue eyes.
Personality: Manipulative. She is great at lying and stealing.
History: She doesn't remember life before the foster home.
Other: She argues with Anthony (ringleader) often, and has threatened him.
Name: Foalan McArthur
Appearance: Messy red-brown hair, green eyes, pale freckles.
Personality: Calm usually, but frightening when angry.
History: He and Roselle were abducted when they were 12, but they were saved be the police, and they were at an orphanage ever since.
Other: He has been Roselle's boyfriend since he was 11.
Name: Josh Hinder
Appearance: Short black hair. Very dark and large freckles. Dark brown hazel eyes.
Personality: When he's not sulking, he's angry. Very unstable.
History: His mother died of cancer 1 year before his father and sister were murdered in front of him.
Other: Has had a tough life.
Name: Roselle Fannix
Appearance: Elbow length strawberry blonde hair that forms natural ringlets. Her fringe almost reaches her eyes. Her eyes are hazel, and she has lots of freckles. Amazing cheekbones.
Personality: On the outside, she's brave, caring and strong. On the inside, she's barely hanging on. She feels that only Foalan can ever truly understand her.
History: She and Foalan were abducted when they were 12, but they were saved be the police, and they were at an orphanage ever since.
Other: Foalan's girlfriend of 6 years.
Name: Ellie Virtue
Appearance: Very pale skin, naturally red lips and straight black hair that is long enough for her to sit on. Her eyes range from almost black to golden brown depending on the light. She is fairly tall at 5'8".
Personality: A good leader and friends with almost everyone. She does sometimes get into arguments or trouble, but she knows when she has lost. One of the strongest; both mentally and physically.
History: She ran away from home 2 years ago. Although she doesn't regret it, she does get lonely sometimes.
Other: She always carries around her stolen kitchen knife. Someday, she hopes she'll acquire a switchblade.
Name: Elijah (Eli) Carstairs
Appearance: He is quite pale and has odd bright silver coloured hair, like an untarnished shilling. His eyes are the same silver as his hair and he has a fine-boned angular face, with a slight curve of his eyes. He looks youthful, partially because of his slightness. He is also tall, very slender and rather handsome too.
Personality: Kind and quiet, despite his bad passed. He seems gentle, and seems to be a very unlikely gang member. From his physical appearance and personality, it would almost make more sense to see him in a quiet, well-to-do neighbourhood. However, is a good fighter when pressed and is extremely intelligent. He doesn't like to have people worry about him and is very secretive about his past.
History: He was raised in Detroit with his parents and his younger sister Janelle. His father was a policeman and his mother, a nurse at a local hospital. One night, one of the criminals whom his father had put into prison escaped and murdered his mother, father and sister, but not before torturing him to nearly insanity. Surprisingly, the killer left him alive and he was shipped off to a foster him in New York where he met Blake Penhallow. The two formed an unlikely bond and later escaped together.
Name: Blake Penhallow
Appearance: Deep blue eyes and black hair thats always falling into his eyes. He has elegant features - high cheekbones; long, thick lashes; full lips and an elegant throat. He is muscular and well built with broad shoulders. He is mentioned to be about 6 feet tall and has callused hands from years of being on the streets.
Personality: He comes across as rude and arrogant, always utilising his quick wit and sarcasm. He is aware of his good looks and uses it to get his way. He is free-spirited and carefree and would risk his life for the people he loves. He is also self-sacrificing and reads extensively. He has a perfect memory and can find a quote for almost any situation.
History: He was born in a small town in Indiana and has three brothers and a sister. His parents expected him to take over the farm as he was the eldest child but he refused. He ran away from home when he was 12 and hitched a ride to New York city. He was arrested for an attempted robbery and thrown into foster care. Bitter with resentment for life in general and being locked in the foster home, he was ready to commit suicide when Eli arrived. He took the distraught teen under his wing and protected him against the harsh realities of living on the streets. When the foster homes were finally shut down he was glad to leave, but remained very close friends with Eli.
I love my characters lol
Appearance: Curly red-brown hair and solemn grey eyes, Gabriel stands at 6.2. He is lean with olive tinted skin and sharp features. His usual clothes are a T-shirt, a jacket and worn blue jeans. Never is he seen in dirty or hole filled clothes, taking great care of his appearance.
Personality: Gabe has a gentle face, and for the most part, his attitude matches. He isn't very outspoken, although he is rather bull-headed when it comes to arguing. Since his arrival, he has never been very trusting of others and has had a rather hard time making friends. He is a planner, not a quick pick pocket; better at larger scale runs and snatches.
History: His mother was killed in an accident when he was 11 and he was sent to live with his father. (His parents had divorced years prior) They did not get along, to say the least and his father did not want the responsibility of a child. After a tough few years in an orphanage, most of his time spent planning a way out, it closed without warning.
Appearance: Alicia has short,blonde, layered hair; long bangs and cheery hazel eyes. She is rather short for her age with pale skin and a ready smile. She loves colors, wearing bright shades of greens, reds, etc. Little silver earrings adorn her ears and she usually has some sort of Barrette in her hair.
Personality: She is a social butterfly, charming, polite and lovable. Although she does have a bit of a temper, she never holds grudges for long.
History: She bounced between orphanages and foster homes from the age of 4, never finding a permanent place and losing her friends as she moved. Eventually she met Gabe, who told her about his life both current and past. She ran away and joined the group shortly after.
Name: Elena Sheridan
Appearance: Short, with light blue eyes and long, poofy brunette hair and bangs. She has pale, lightly freckled skin.
Personality: A bit loud-mouthed, and not always very friendly.
History: She was born in one of the most crime ridden areas of New York City, and her parents were criminals. After they were arrested when she was one or so, she was taken into custody. Elena does not remember her parents.
Other: She seems to have taken a liking to Blake.
Name: Eric Black
Appearance: He has bright red hair, his eyes are blue-green. He's not very tall, but his small size allows him to sneak around unnoticed.
Personality: Quiet, doesn't talk much. He doesn't trust easily, but if he trusts someone he would do anything for them.
History: He has been in an orphanage since he was 3, he doesn't know anything about his family.
Other: Is a excellent pick pocket.
Appearance: Freckles over the bridge of her nose, doe brown eyes. Long wavy hair.
Personality: Normally loyal, but can be quite rebellious. Caring.
History: Was abandoned at one of the orphanages that most of the orphans came from.
Appearence: Black hair with three frecklaces on each side of her face, she has one blue eye and one brown eye. She is very short. She always carries a small pouch with a few pieces of candy, money, rag, note book with pencil, pocket knife, and a small pocket photo album.
Personality: She's very stealthy and smart. She's clever and feirce. She's not afraid of anything and she's strong. She believes that adults are nothing. She thinks fighting is cool and she is very quiet at times.
History: Her parents abused her horribly and killed her 3 older sisters and 2 younger brothers.
This character is one I could consider a "Mary Sue" character. Her parents abused her and killed 5 of her siblings, yet she's smart/clever, strong and not afraid of anything? A kid from that background would be very emotionally scarred.
Appearence: She looks just like Eclipse
Personality: Very confused at times she loves to play around and have fun she often follows Eclipse's style and she is a very good listener. She gets impatient at times and she is very sneaky.
History: Her parents abused her as well and made her watch her twin brother die and get tortured to death.
Name: Aisha Simons
Appearance: Long dark red hair that she always braids. Brown eyes. She's short, around 5'4".
Personality: Easily frightened, but determined.
History: Grew up with her father, who was a butcher. He died of heart failure.
Other: She is new to living on the streets, and is good with a knife.
Name: Elizabeth "Bambi" Mikelson
Appearance: Bambi recieves her nickname from her large, doe-like eyes, and rather leggy, slender body. Her straight, lower back length hair is of blonde, complete with bangs.
Personality: Sassy, with the typical fast-paced attitude of a New Yorker. Unlike the others, she has decided to get a job after her jail experience. Most ignore her when she tells them not to commit crimes like she has done in the past, causing her to lose her temper easily. Bambi always hopes to raise enough money so she and Elena can live in an apartment, and finish their education, although she and her friend would miss those they've met in the orphanage.
History: When she was six years old, her hippie parents were arrested for possessing a good amount of weed. Bambi went foster home to foster home, and finally at the age of eleven she settled down in New York, where she met Elena.
Other: She usually won't respond to her real name, Elizabeth. That, and even though she says she doesn't commit crimes anymore, she carries a fake ID.
Name: Danica (Danni) Aldertree
Appearance: She's quite small for her age, both short and very slim. Her figure is graceful with gentle curves in all the right places and if you can look underneath the tough, street-kid look she is very attractive. Her hair is short and has been dyed so many times its hard to see what color it naturally is. Currently, its bright blue and purple with some orange around the ends.
Personality: Despite her size, she is tough and tom-boyish with a very stubborn, defiant personality. She hates taking orders from anyone, and will often do the exact opposite of what she is told, just to make a point. She is moody and easily irritated, snapping easily at the slightest provocation. Yet underneath this hard shell she is a very troubled, distraught young girl desperately wanting someone to want her again.
History: She was born in Florida but moved around a lot when she was young for her single mothers job. Her father died in a car accident with she was two and she had one older brother named Jeremy who took care of her when her mother was too busy. When she was six her mother re-married to a man named Cole, then ended up dying of a sudden onset of cancer a few months later. After her death, her step-father, Cole, was granted full custody of both her and her brother and his true character had begun to show. He abused both children constantly, especially six year old Danni. When she was nine, her and Jeremy ran away from home and ended up in Boston. For two years they lived on the streets, Danni making her money as a hooker and Jeremy as a drug dealer. One morning when she got home from a nights work, she found that Jeremy was gone. Missing without a trace. She fled to New York after some thugs began to rough her up a bit, blaming her for her brothers disappearance as they had lost a lot of money in the drugs he stole. She worked on and off as a hooker, eventually meeting Blake and Eli at the subway station. They offered her a place to stay and she accepted, knowing that she wouldn't last much longer on the streets alone.
Other: Her brother was never proven to be dead or alive, but a mysterious body showing up in a dumpster near where they were living. It was so badly mutilated that it was impossible to know who it was, but Danni believed it was Jeremy
Appearance: Straight brown hair, light hazel almond-shaped eyes. Not short, but not tall. Thin.
Personality: Very cautious, she has apparent trust problems.
Other: She doesn't look much like a homeless orphan, since she has relatively clean clothing and a sharp looking appearance.
Again, every character has a history. Sometimes I don't add all the information about my characters right away though either (this is also for the rest of you who left out part of your forms), I like to use them a bit and see what I want them to be.