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#Open #Ask/invite #Canon: TECC #Fresh start #Adventure #Chill #Lighthearted #FiM-only #Normal

Hello hello!

This is the official OOC and Sign Up thread for "The Emerald City Chronicles" or "TECC" for short. This is something a couple of fantastic individuals and I have been brewing up behind the scenes for quite some time now, and I'm very proud to announce it and get it out into Ponychan for the general public.

What is TECC about?
The Emerald City Chronicles is what I like to call a "What if" scenario. While many other canons deal with drastic changes to the story, such as Zombies, No Mane 6, or even the Mane 6's defeat, TECC deals with subtle tweaks instead. The basis of the canon was founded on a group of people wishing to get out of the Ponyville setting more, so we threw the center of the world on a liberal metropolis, Seaddle, based on the real life Seattle, Washington, of course, already giving us that wonderful 'fresh start' feeling of breaking away from the norm.

So, since we changed that history, we figured, why not base the entire canon on such freedoms? They say there's an infinite number of parallel universes out there with an infinite number of possible outcomes, and this is one of them for ponies. For starters, the apple family now runs a chain of successful Cider Cafes renown throughout the city. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. You can take any canon character and tweak their history or experiences into any way you like. You can be fast talking, auctioneer Big Mac, DJ. Octavia, Rule 63 Lyra, whatever you want! We wanted to deliver a canon that expanded on creative liberties while staying withing the theme and world the show has given us.

On that note, the races involved are what we call "Show Plausible." If it makes sense in FiM, you can play it. I know we already have someone investing in an elephant character which I'm excited to see play out.

The canon's not just about canon characters, of course. All of us have also invested our OCs into this with great excitement. This is also an opportunity to mess with your OC and change them in a 'what if' situation if you like, or, you don't have to! You just want to throw your OC in here, absolutely the same as ever? Sounds great! OCs are what's going to make this bustling city come to life and all walks and creeds of life are welcome.

Is there an overlaying story?
The goal of this canon is to provide a more dynamic slice of life canon with more liberties and scenarios. While there will rarely, if ever, be a time where the world is in peril, the moderation team is proud to announce that there will be an "Event" system in place.

An "Event" is an occurrence posted by a canon mod that will need to be solved by anyone who may stumble upon it in whichever way they see fit. Say there's a carriage accident, do you go in there and help those ponies, alert someone who can, or take advantage of victims and loot for spoils? Whatever you want to do, will get you experience that you can apply to your character's stats or skills! These events can be anything major to minor from bank robberies to jammed vending machine and can occur at any time.

Wait, there's stats and skills?
TECC has a simple RPG type stat and skill system that is implemented for the purpose of creating more varied outcomes and for the enjoyment of those who simply like to roll dice. The system is completely optional, but offers a way for your characters to grow and for the world to effect them and for them to effect the world!

Why do I need to sign up? Why can't I just drop right in?
Mostly, this is a formality. No character is going to get outright denied, but with as much creative freedom we've given the players, there still needs to be a little bit of quality control to make sure someone doesn't try to make something too insane. If we feel anything doesn't quite fit the FiM theme or is too overzealous, the mod reviewing your character will help and make suggestions so that you can tweak or balance the character to play with us! Chances are, so long as you're not trying to make a super powered character, you'll get approved without a second thought.

Also, we have a character database on our website so that you, or anyone else, can look at the character sheets of those involved to admire and fawn over!

How do I sign up?
You can visit the official website and fill out the application there or you can leave it in post form here by leaving your character's...

Name + Tripcode:
Race:
Gender:
Description:
Stats:

Also, if you could post that with a picture of your character that you'd like to be seen on your character's profile on the website, that'd be great!

Okay, so how do the stats work then?
The stat system is listed on our website with a detailed guide and examples for you to follow. Again, though, this is optional, and if you opt out of the stat system, your character will just be normalized in the books (Every stat of theirs will register as average if they ever need to roll.)

Why does there need to be a stat system?
For starters, all of us canon mods find rolling in roleplay fun. It's insanely enjoyable to let certain things go to chance and, personally, more rewarding to accomplish feats when there is a legitimate chance of failure. Secondly, we wanted to make sure nobody could roll in and steamroll anypony with violence "because they can" or, vice versa, always save the day and white knight everything. I'm sure we've all felt that guy that would auto-hit, godmod, or metagame in a situation and take away from the fun. The rolling system is there to prevent that. Desperate actions should have consequence and a chance of failure, just like in real life.

So where is this fabled website?
Our official website is featured at http://theemeraldcitychronicles.weebly.com/

But wait, I have another question.
That's fine! Feel free to ask away here. Either myself, Moonshine, or Blank Flank will answer you in a timely manner. The information given in this post was simply what I felt covered most of the bases. You may also, which I highly recommend before creating a character, read through our website for additional information. If you do not wish to ask us the question in public, you can contact me at the skype name 'rainbrodash' or email the staff as [email protected]

Anyway, I wish to thank you for reading and considering our canon and we hope to see you in one of our threads soon!
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>>445382
We'll have a look at it shortly~
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Sorry I haven't submitted the thing about forest yet, Blank/Vivo/whatevermodmightbereadingthis. Life has been... blegh, and the time I did have to work on it was time I didn't want to spend working on it, since my mind at that point was also blegh. Tomorrow, though, I should have it to you. No guarantees, though. You all know how it goes.

Last edited at Fri, Oct 11th, 2013 18:29

>> No. 446501
Name: Lemon Drop
Race: Earth Pony
Gender: Female
Description: A dandelion yellow mare with muted real eyes and a straight, light green mane. Lemon Drop makes candy and runs a candy store.

When Lemon Drop was younger, she lived in the suburbs of Seaddle, and had a completely normal childhood. She discovered her cutie mark one day while volunteering to help at the local sweet shop. She is a good friend if you get to know her, but is introverted and hard to reach at first.
Stats:
Strength: 2
Perception: 6
Endurance: 4
Charisma: 3
Intelligence: 5
Agility:4

Skills:
Ranged Combat: +1
Sweet Making: +3

Special Talent: Making candy. +1 to Sweet Making.

Sorry, don't have a pic.
>> No. 446503
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Again, sorry for the delay, Rutie. Your character and shop have their place on our site now!

http://theemeraldcitychronicles.weebly.com/rutie-tootie.html

http://theemeraldcitychronicles.weebly.com/rutie-tooties-fresh-and-fruity-yogurt-shop.html

>>446501
Hi, Lemon Drop!

Just to make sure, you are aware that you can spend 35 Stat points and 30 skill points, yes?

You don't have to - in fact, you can play with lower or completely without stats too if you like. Just making sure you know.
>> No. 446504
>>446503
Yeah, I just wanted my character to seem like she would be- a simple candy shop owner.
>> No. 446505
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>>446504
That's okay then. Looks fine to me, I'll put her page up as long as my productive phase lasts.
>> No. 446506
>>446505
Yes, Lemon Drop is more of a VANILLA character.
Get it?
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>>446505
Ohohohoho!


http://theemeraldcitychronicles.weebly.com/lemon-drop.html

Done. I have the week off, so if inspiration strikes I might find myself able to draw a picture of Lemon Drop like this one, perhaps inked and colored. No promises though.
>> No. 446508
>>446507
Thanks!
>> No. 446509
>>446508
So... Can I just join the thread when I want?
>> No. 446515
>>446509
Hey, maybe that candy shop can be right near Rutie's Yogurt shop!

>>446503
Thanks a bunch!

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>>446515
Well with locations you need to submit them to the website first for approval before they can be used. You have to pick a part of town you want them to be in and all that jazz.
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>>446509
>>446515
>>446517
And if you guys want your shop to be next to each other...

http://theemeraldcitychronicles.weebly.com/locations.html

Here's the list of parts of towns. Rutie has her shop on Pioneer Square.
>> No. 446531
>>446519
I'll admit I just picked a location almost at random. I couldn't find anything offering descriptions of what each area is. It all seems a little too meticulous if you ask me. I can't imagine a scenario where having the place mapped out like that would really add to a roleplay.
>> No. 446541
>>446531
I added mine in West Seaddle last night, but thanks for the offer!
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What should I put down for "District" on the "Create a Spot" submission form for this forest? Just anything since it's not really part of the city proper? I have no clue what I would put down for "Spot type". There are hiking trails and campsites in the more settled and accessible part of the forest, but after that things quickly go to the wilds.

Last edited at Sat, Oct 12th, 2013 17:15

>> No. 446571
So is there a new thread on /rp/ yet, or is the dead one still there?
>> No. 446573
>>446571
I think we need a new one.
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>>446571
>>446573
If you guys want to make a thread go for it. Just make sure you follow the instructions on the website as to what you need to put in the op.
>> No. 446582
>>446574
I think I will tomorrow.
>> No. 446617
I would make a thread, but I have dinner to go to in about an hour.
>> No. 446634
>>446617
Okay, might make a thread in a bit.
Gotta decide first though.
>> No. 446641
>>446634
Think I will. See you in the candy shop I guess?
>> No. 446643
>>446642
I'll jump in tomorrow! :)
>> No. 446644
>>446642
I messed up the posting, let me retry
>> No. 446646
>>446644
Okay, the thread is really up now.
http://www.ponychan.net/chan/rp/res/40148122.html#i40148122
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So I've been looking over the rules and drawing up the statistics for this guy here
<------
Gave him the base 35 SPECIAL stat points, but I feel that maybe a few could be rounded up to 8, specifically Perception, Intelligence, and Luck. It would only give him 4 extra points, and all other stats are 4 or 3. Would that be alright?

I went ahead and submitted an application anyway without applying what I asked for above, but if you feel these changes are alright, then so much the better.

[Edit] And then I forgot to add the +1 racials to strength and endurance.

Last edited at Mon, Nov 18th, 2013 12:14

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>>448283
Talked it over with Blank, and here's his final SPECIAL stats:
S - 4 (3 + 1 race)
P - 8
E - 5 (4 + 1 race)
C - 4
I - 9
A - 4
L - 8
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So for this guy here I have been coming up with various trinkets and whoozits and things for him to be carrying, and little flavor stories for each of them, some with more history than others, but I'm beginning to hit a wall, and I want to make the pack he has seem properly full for it's size, so:

How much of this Canon's history coincides with show canon? Might there be artifacts from locations mentioned in the show? I mean I know character histories will be different because they grew up in Seaddle instead of Ponyville, but what about history in general?

Last edited at Sun, Dec 29th, 2013 16:15

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>>450474
Well that depends. It's kind of on a case to case basis. None of it's set in stone really.
>> No. 450551
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Name: Ella B. Banella
Age: 22
Race: Unicorn
Gender: Female
Description:

[This is going to be rather long, and I was hoping that some ponies may be able to help me with the sheet and stats by reading her character and what she is all about. I'm very willing to change things to fit the canon, but I need some help with it.]

Ella was born to a travelling gypsy mare and a strong willed sailor. Because both her parents had such a love of travelling, and neither were willing nore able to settle down together just yet, Ella spent much of her days either travelling with her mother out on the open road, or sailing the mighty sea's with her father when the weather was calm and promising.

At the young age of four, Ella contracted an illness, or rather a parasite, that caused her to become very ill and feverish. She was travelling with her mother at the time, who had stopped at a little pond to take Ella for a swim and cool them both off. Unfortunately while swimming, Ella managed to accidentally swallow some of the water, and with it the parasite. They were days away from any village or town, and though her mother rushed her as fast as she could, by the time she was able to get little Ella to a doctor it was too late. The parasite had caused permanent damage to Ella's eyes, leaving her blind for life.

Needless to say, when Ella's father found out about this, he was furious. In his eyes, he saw Ellas mother as unresponsible and unfit to take care of her, and demanded her to hand over their daughter so he could raise her. After many fights and counciling with their families, Ella was handed over to her father, who quit his sailing job and settled down in a small village to raise her and provide her the oppurtunity to attend a proper school. It would be another six years before Ella would get to visit her mother again.

During those six years, (and for the next three after that), Ella was determined to figure out a way to get her sight back through the only means she could-magic. Every day she spent hours and hours practicing her magic, spells, incantations, anything that she could use to try and bring the light back into her eyes. Finally, after years of attempting what could only be an impossible feat, her father sat her down and explained to her that the type of damage that had been done to her eyes was not something she would ever be able to repair. Something had gone wrong in her brain, not in the eye itself, and ponies simply did not have the knowledge yet to fix something like that. Ella did not like this answer, of course, for it crushed any hope of her ever being able to see again. With tears welling in her eyes, she took her guide dog and ran outside to the little creek in their back yard. Once there, she spent a good long while crying and pouting.

And then something amazing happened.

While sitting and petting her dog, Ella had been thinking very strongly of how much she would have loved to have someone elses eyes, even if it were just the eyes of a dog... Anything would have been better than walking around in the black void that was her world.

Suddenly, an image began to form in her mind. At first it was just a bright light, but then slowly it became clearer. She could see the ground and river before her, bubbling and spurting, and then...herself. She could see herself!, and all at once, she knew what was going on. She was seeing, seeing through her dogs eyes! She had found it! The magic she had been searching for all these years! Sure, it wasn't her own vision she was using, but it was still sight nonetheless. Joy filled her heart, and she ran inside to tell her father. She was thirteen at the time.

When she turned fourteen, she had grown enough in maturity to demand that her father let her have visits with her mother, argueing that she was no longer a little filly, and for the most part she could take care of herself. Her father reluctantly agreed, and for the next four years Ella spent a life of travelling for months at a time with her mother, seeing the many lands of Equestria, and between breaks helping her father pick his sailing career back up. Because of her split life style, she learned a great many things of the world and cultures, and her knowledge of the land-both country and city-grew great. Not to mention she wasn't a half bad hoof to have aboard a ship. Her love of travelling continued on in her heart, and at the age of eighteen she set off on her own adventure, ready to find her own destiny and life in the great unknown.

Now Ella spends much of her time as a free spirit, travelling from one town to another, always managing to find a bit of work to keep her going. With a bit of knowledge passed down from her mother, she has an easy and alluring singing voice combined with a bit of exotic dancing that she uses to perform on busy streets to earn herself a few bits when she needs them. From her father she learned the satisfying feeling of a hard work day, and is never squeamish about getting her hooves dirty if the job calls for it.

Though the lifestyle of travelling on the open road has made her strong and tuff, it has also taught her a few harsh lessons, and thrown onto her a few bad habits. As one may expect, a blind mare can be easily taken advantage of at times-so Ella often never travels far without a pistol strapped to her side, and her trusty German Shepherd companion, Tykki. Though a poison to the body, alcohol was often a soothing medicine to her soul, and kept her warm on more than a few nights. She can often be caught in taverns and pubs when she has nothing better to do, and more than often this has landed her in a spot of trouble.

Everyone has their vices though, and for all her bad quirks, Ella is an often easy-going, easy to love, and easy to laugh type of pony.


Ok now that I got the sheet done, I do have some questions

First question though, and probably the most important, is whether or not you guys allow slow posters. I can't guarantee that I can be on every day, or even every week, as I work a LOOOOOT and sometimes can't get back online for up to a month. If you guys have any other slow posters around, or have a slower thread I might be able to join, I would really prefer that.

My other question was on the level of violence and seriousness allowed in the thread. Her particular story has some rather rough, 'real life' type of situations that have happened to her in the past that might be too harsh for a show atmosphere, so I can dumb those down, leave them out completely, or just be very gentle on the description when, and if, they ever come up.

And my last question is-are booze, cursing (potty mouths), and weapons such as her pistol even exceptable in this canon?

Also sorry for sad pic, but it's the most accurate one I have of her XD
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>>450551
Hmm... Well first of all, I have to say I love this character.

Second, booze is cool in this canon, bad words are though we try to keep it PG-13 most of the time dropping an Fbomb from time to time doesn't hurt anything. As for guns... I think that's the only thing I'm going to have to say isn't okay. Just wouldn't fit in with the canon we're having all too well.

As for Violence we want to keep that PG-13ish too and not have it be the main focus of the canon. Fighting is allowed, but it's not the goal here.

Now, as for stats and stuff, this is kind of a toughy for me. Her skill in magic, the being able to see through the eyes of her dog (And maybe other animals I'm not sure and would love some clarification on that) is really powerful and unique. But at the same time I don't really see it giving her much of an advantage over others. So I'm going to need to think about that one and talk with the other admins of the canon on how they feel about it to figure it out. But anyway, that would imply she has strong magic, but she's also strong physically as you said. So it seems like she might be a bit too strong and jack of all tradish.

So the stats are kind of hard since she'd only get 35 to spend, being an OC and what not. So you might need/want to tweak that a bit and focus her more on one or the other. But I'm sure that wouldn't be too hard.

All in all I really like this character and would love to see her in the canon and interact with her myself.
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>>450661
Ok, so I get what your saying on the strength. I figure personally, and how I often play her, that she isn't so much strong as durable, as one might be from constantly walking miles upon miles almost every day, or every other week/month because she rarely settles down for more than a few months in any one town. If given the chance, I usually don't play her as overpowering any pony, especially not a stallion, unless they are pretty weak, but rather she can hold her own in a way. I try and play her as realistically as possible for a 'pony', so I figure, ok how would a fit person deal with a scary situation in which their adrenaline is pumping? Ok, ya, they may be a bit stronger for a while and tougher, but more than likely they won't be able to hold there own against someone trained in fighting, or just stronger than them. Like if a fit women went up against a strong guy, likely she'll be able to defend herself, but a good blow to the gut is going to drop her to her knees.

Now, that being said, I'm fine with dropping her strength level as I honestly don't intend to go looking for fight scenes. I just like explaining my thoughts behind it ^_^

Ok magic-ya that I was wondering if I should have explained better as well. So, this may be too much for this canon as well, but here's how I have developed her magic from other canons stories.

Her magic is more of a telepathic type than a physical type, so she can only see out of animals [and other ponies] who have similar types of vision. She has in the past attempted to look through other animals eyes, such as snakes, and failed because it was too alien to her brain and very disorientating. Unless she learns to strengthen her magic and focus in it, then this will likely always be a problem for her. It just makes her physically ill to try and see such a different sight, and it almost can't be comprehended by her brain.

Now, (again this is from other canons), the magic that she discovered also has another kind of unexpected side affect. When she started learning how to use it, she was unskilled and could not handle it very well, and she ended up picking up strong emotions and intents from whomevers eyes she was using. This ended up becoming a problem when using it on other ponies because she could feel their emotions while trying to use her magic, and if they were angry/very scared, it would affect her as much as it would affect the pony she was using. With animals [like dogs] it was much easier to handle because they had simpler emotions, such as happy, sad, threatening, those types of things. With ponies she felt the full scope of the emotion and she would get overwhelmed, so what she did was practice strictly on dogs for years until she finally refined her magic to the point that she could block the emotions and feelings out like one might tune out a background noise. She does this often now, because she feels like she is invading ponies privacy a bit, but every now and then she likes to sit in public places and just kind of 'taste' the atmosphere by going from one pony to the next. In one of these instances, she was actually able to befriend someone who was feeling very depressed and about to kill themselves, and she helped them get through it.

She is still masturing her ability, but recently, and because she worked with dogs for so long, she has found a way to pass back a bit of her own feelings to animals. She can't tell them an exact command, but instead give them a simple feeling that she projects from herself, such as calm or focus, and in this way she has better been able to train her guide dogs. She has yet to come close to expressing any feelings to another pony, partly because she is afraid of forcing any kind of control over anyone. Instead she tries to be charismatic and use her words to get ponies to do what she wants.

Ok, I hope I explained that all clearly XD

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>>450662
Hmm... Well. Honestly that's a pretty cool idea and I really like it. Though, the idea of her being able to be in other ponies' minds is a little off putting and a pretty big nono for most rp in my book. So if you'd be alright with her not being able to do that and keeping it to animals only, that would be okay I think. Again I'll need to talk it over with the other admins and see how they feel about it.

As for the strength thing that does make sense yeah. I'm sure we can get the stats hammered out in such a way that it fits the character and the canon.

I really do like the idea of that magic though. It's a very original idea.
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>>450663
Sweet! Ya, I've come along way from the red and black, batpony, sad tragic back story that I had when I first joined this chan about three years ago XD

The blindness was what started my idea for her, but from finally giving in and listening to critique from people, I started basing a lot of her actual character on choices I might make, and things I might do in real life.

And ya, I'm fine with limiting it to animals. I do have one request though if everyone is ok with it, and only because it had something to do with her past, would it be ok if instead of willingly being able to pick up on emotions, if instead she feels them rarely when somepony is feeling a very, very strong emotion towards her?
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>>450664
Well... I'd think that would depend on the player your playing with and how they feel about it. You'd have to ask them before doing it. And there would probably need to be some rolling involved.
>> No. 450666
>>450665
Ya, definitely.

I wouldn't even say it's something that has a high chance of happening, because the thing that happened to her in the past was with someone whom she was very attached to and had known for years, so the relationship she had effected it quite a bit
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>>450666
Well that makes a bit more sense too. All in all I say she's a good character. And I'd enjoy interacting with her very much. We'll figure the stats out at some point soon once I get the chance to chat with the other mods about her.

Also, do you have a steam account?
>> No. 450668
>>450667
No, but I have a skype: Ella.blarg

And I'm in no rush, after today I probably won't be able to get on much for a few days...or a week. Just depends on how my work goes
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Alright, let's see what we have here...

I agree with my colleague here, guns are pretty much a nono, as they don't really fit the tone of the canon. I had the idea of setting up a paintball arena, but I think that's as far as we'd allow them.

Everything else seems fine to me, really. Ella's abilities are not too out there, and they're explained well enough in her backstory. I honestly don't see a problem with using animals' eyes to see via magic - it's something unique that we haven't seen before, yes, but fine with me.

As for her possessing somewhat powerful magic and physical strength...or rather endurance, as you said, there is nothing wrong with it. Since you have 35 points to spend on 7 stats, there really isn't a way you could overpower your character - and let's not forget that you have skill points too. How strong or weak Ella's magic is is not decided by high stats...they just give you a small head start if her INT is high enough.


Ooooooor...something we like to forget...

You don't have to give her any stats at all! Just play her as you'd like with the guidelines you've been given: hitchiking animals' eyes only, occasional Precision F-strikes are fine, violence kept on PG-13 level.
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>>450682
Ok, so how about I start by playing her with no stats, and if I do end up playing in situations where it may be more convenient to have them, I come back and do a stat sheet? Also, I wasn't quite clear on what you meant by the Precision F-strikes.

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>>450683
F-Bombs Ella, F-Bombs.
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>>450683
>>450685
>>450690
Someone needs to read around on TVTropes more.
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>>450693
Perhaps I should

also, does this mean I'm excepted? :D
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>>450698
Sorry for the very late reply. You've got two out of three approval here so I say you're good. We'll cross the stat bridge if and when we come to it. I'll get your character page up sometime today.
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>>451037
Sweet! Awesome! Now uh...where do I go from here? XD
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>>451076
Well... find a Tecc thread that's open and hop in. Or make your own! Just make sure to read the rules on the website first. http://theemeraldcitychronicles.weebly.com/rules.html
>> No. 451081
>>451077
Well shoot, I guess I'll try that Thar be Dragons one after I make a sandwhich. Would you want to rp in it with me? I'm going to be a pretty slow poster, just to warn ya XD
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Is... Is this still alive? =O
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