Division Street – Calderon Valley

Calderon valley

Welcome to Calderon valley Japan. The city rests on a mountain range in Honshu Japan. The surrounding area is heavily forested with various kinds of trees. The main city area has a lot of cherry trees that have been planted by man. The city prides itself with the education of its children and because of that, it has a lot of schools. The city has 2 basic schools, 2 junior high schools, and 3 high schools. Other than schools, the city boosts a lot of hang out spots around the city. A new concept that the city has created is the cradle. These are large community centers that house various activities and each has a style their own. There are about 5 cradles in the city, with one at the very top center of the city and four smaller ones, two on the left side and two on the right side.

 

Common Locations – these locations are the spots where I anticipate a lot of play will occur. This list will grow over time as I gain additional input from the players.

 

Home Player 1

Home Player 2

Player high school- Madoriyama

Home room – Ms. Hanako

School club room -since one of the players is a member of the student council, the council room serves as their base of operations once things get going.

Azure park – primarily a children’s park, Azure park has a mile walking course as well as benches located in the four quarter mile markers. There are two designated entrances. One facing main street and the other near the school. Located on a flat plane south west of the water cradle.

Domino arcade- arcade has not been as popular lately however the newest fighting game Battle-men 7 has just released which may get the kids coming back.

Hideki shrine- a run down shrine ran by Ryo Hideki. Located between the sky and earth cradles. This is often called the lonely shrine as it is the only one located near the city.

 

High schools in the area

  • Madoriyama – player character’s school located above the water cradle
  • Ryoma high school – school with a reputation for delinquent students. Located near the earth cradle.
  • Tezuka high – very athletic school. Reputation for raising the best track and baseball students. Located on the other side of the sky cradle.

 

Middle schools

  • Natsume middle school – school where a Player’s sister currently studies at. Located near the plant cradle.
  • Sakamoto middle school

 

Basic schools

  • Tomoeda elementary
  • Shohoku elementary

 

 

Cradles – Cradles are places that hang out of a mountain by a series of support beams. In a cradle, there are guide rails that lead from the street to a cradle. Cradles are surrounded by a chain link fence that keeps youth from falling off the outer edges. Within the chain-link fence is a cafe-like area with many tables and chairs for people to sit. Depending on the cradle, other features are determined. The upper levels are generally populated by the closest businesses employers. It is said that delinquents often battle for ‘control’ over a cradle.

 

Sun – top most cradle built in the highest point of the mountain range. The sun cradle often houses very high ranking corporate events.

 

Sky – sky and water share the same height but are below the sun cradle.  The sky cradle is situated near many corporate offices. The buildings rise rather tall in the sky. Many of them have rather reflective windows. There is also a reflective pond in the center  and when the weather is just right- you can see the sky in both the pond and the buildings.  Sky is the cradle on the left in regards of orientation vs the water cradle.

 

Water – sky and water share the same height but are below the sun cradle. The water cradle often has performers play music here as well as people displaying art. In fact, the city’s art museum is located at the base of the cradle. Water is the cradle on the right in regards of orientation vs the sky cradle.

 

Plant -Plant and Earth extend to from the base of the mountain ocean or the beach depending. Plant is full of life. There is a community garden here so lots of people rent space here. In addition, its base is closest to the public pier so people also fish off the pier. Plant is the cradle on the right in regards of orientation vs the Earth cradle.

 

Earth – Plant and Earth extend to from the base of the mountain to the beach.  Closest to the Ryoma high so it is ‘under their control’. Despite delinquent activity, Earth is one of the first cradle’s tourists often see and so it is full of touristy attractions. Earth is the cradle on the left in regards of orientation vs the Plant cradle.

Division Street – Character Creation

Characters for this rpg are created using big eyes small mouth 3rd edition.

They are created using the following rules:

Characters are created using 200 points, meaning the heroic tier. Characters in this tier level are normal humans or near humans. They may get some special abilities but rarely exceed the power of a typical action movie hero.

Max attribute level is 4

Min max combat values 4/8

Min max health 40/100

Min max damage multiplier 3/6

Min Body Mind Soul – 3 (can be 2 with a defect).

Stats

· Body- physical aspects of your character such as overall health, strength, endurance, quickness.

· Mind- mental abilities such as intellect, wit, quick learning. Does not correlate with breadth of training and depth of experience.

· Soul- luck, willpower, determination, spirit. High value represents the many anime heroes whose main trait is their strength of character such as Yugi Muuto.

Initial character creation Attributes.

· Attack combat mastery

· Aura of inspiration

· Combat technique

· Defense combat mastery

· Divine relationship

· Energy bonus

· Heightened awareness

· Heightened senses

· Item

· Massive damage

· Melee attack

· Melee defense

· Organizational ties

· Ranged attack

· Ranged defense

· Skills

· Tough

· Wealth

 

Skills – skills have a natural cap of 6 however a Genius at a skill would have beyond.

· Level 1 and 2 indicate significant training or practice.

· Level 3 and 4 indicate considerable experience with the particular skill.

· Level 5 and 6 are true experts in the skill.

 

Defects

You can only have a max of 8 defects. I trust you not to take enough to make your character useless or uninterested in the scenario.

 

Weapon

Weapon has a number of potentially broken combinations. If you have a cool concept, please let me know about it before hand. I want to be lax but this is one category I need to know more about.

 

Special attributes

There are special attributes you will gain access to later. These must have an attribute restriction attached, limiting their usage in order to stay in genre. Most common will be the deplete option.

 

Shock Value

My game will include shock value as a rule. Basically during the game if you take damage beyond your shock value you have to make either an average or challenging roll. If you fail, you are stunned and lose a turn. If on a ledge you may fall off. If you fail the check by a greater margin than half your soul stat you fall unconscious for a number of rounds equal to 8 – Body (minimum of 1 round)

If you fail your shock check and its an non stun based attack, you will begin bleeding. You lose 1 health point per turn. Out of combat you lose 1 per minute. A roll of medical: emergency response will slow the bleeding to 1 health point per 10 minutes. If you are somehow healed by an attribute you stop losing health. Health loss by this method can only be healed this way or if treated at a hospital.

 

An event will change you, making you into something a little…more.

The following attributes may now be selected in addition to the ones above

Additional Attributes

· Armor

· Block power

· Damage conversion

· Enhanced stat

· Environmental influence

· Features

· Illusion

· Jumping  * gm discuss (want to cut down on flying)

· Plant control * limit 1 character

· Pocket dimension

· Power flux

· Projection

· Resistance

· Shield

· Sixth sense

· Special defense *gm discuss

· Special movement

· Super speed

· Super strength

· Telekinesis * gm discuss (want to cut down on flying)

· Weapon *gm discuss

Project Division Street – mini series

I have begun a new RPG project titled Division Street. Division street is my new mini campaign that focus’s on duality. Often this is day and night, light and dark, love and hate. I decided to use BESM 3rd edition because I wanted to get back to my rpg roots as well as found I liked the modular nature of the game. I will be posting a few different things here soon, but I first wanted to get the setting out in the open.

I like to think of this as persona x sailor moon. Where we deal with high school students pushed into supernatural situations in between their daily lives.

Game Category

  • Action
  • Comedy
  • Drama

Period

  • Modern Day

BESM genre 1 (fan service) keywords

  • Attack Phrases
  • Bososoku (biker gangs)
  • Bishonen
  • Collateral Damage
  • Dying Speech
  • Face Cuts
  • Giant Robots
  • Ghosts
  • Hyper dimensional hammer
  • Ki Powers
  • Kendo
  • Late for School
  • SDF
  • School uniforms
  • Transformation Sequences
  • Terrible Cooks

BESM Genre elements

  • Alien visitors
  • Hero teams/ Magical girls
  • Martial Arts
  • Mecha
  • School Days
  • Science Fiction
  • Supernatural

Anima beyond fantasy character: Garnet the dark librarian

Garnet Sinclaire is a young writer from the beautiful city of Gabriel.  Physically, she is rather short, with long black hair. She has cool blue eyes that are framed with squared glasses. She dresses in a rather conservative style especially compared to her peers.

As a writer, she specializes in writing dark fiction novels and but has just began her career. She is a well learned scholar and has a talent in the arcane arts of magic (something she keeps well hidden to herself). In fact, using both her literary and arcane talents, she has begun developing magic that utilizes the very words she writes.

 

Character notes-

As I mentioned before, when I create characters I like to look over the books and then find an option I would like to see in play. Then make my character concept around that. This time, the sub paths of magic sounded interesting and I found writing magic to be compelling.

 

Stats

I used point buy for stats.

I gave her average strength, constitution. A little above average Dex, perception and agility. Her Power I made quite high at 8. I gave her maximum intelligence and near max willpower.

 

Creation points

The Gift- she is a wizard so this is a must.

Aptitude in a subject- art – she is a gifted, up and coming writer.

Natural knowledge of a path- Darkness- magic is a reflection of the self and the soul. Garnet is an introvert and a pessimistic person by nature and her gift reflects this.

Magical Diction- she is a …wizard when it comes to spell books.

Elemental compatibility- darkness. She is a natural at darkness spells as and this reinforces it.

 

Severe pollen allergy- she just cannot do well at all around wild flowers and pollen.

Near sighted- she doesn’t have the best eye sight so has prescription glasses.

Slow reflexes- As a bookish sort, she tends to analyze a situation. Sometimes she thinks a bit too long before acting.

 

Secondary abilities-these are the abilities she is trained in

Art Literature- this is her primary skill as it is what she does by trade.

Occult -another big one for her since she writes about it a lot.

Notice

Search

History

M. Appraisal

Memorize

Persuasion

Style

Hide

Stealth

 

Modules

I didn’t spend much here but I thought she should be able to fight with a knife so I chose that as her free weapon.

 

Magic

Magic projection – of course.

Zeon – I made sure to give her a decent amount but I didn’t go crazy.

MA – I gave her some good regeneration. Combined with her compatibility with darkness, she should be able to gather and regain pretty well.

 

Notes- originally I wanted to focus on water magic but I noticed a lot of overlap between water and literature as far as defensive options are concerned.  I liked what was reading about the darkness sphere and it was one of the few left that I could take after taking literature so I went with it.  I like the way she turned out as she is probably more the type to run from a conflict rather than fight, however I think she could hold her own if the need arised.

Anima beyond fantasy character: Graham of the black eyes

I had challenged the reddit group forAnima beyond fantasy to create characters. I created one as well and will be posting that character as well as any new ideas I get in both places.

Here is my first character ( as seen here)

I decided to try my hand at someone with good visual skills. Normally when I make characters, I save the most important part of creation for last- fleshing out the actual person. For me, I like to look at the various options a setting provides then build my story around them. Because of this, I don’t have all of my details yet… but I did complete the character creation part of this.

For this process, I looked at Dominous and found the bloodline rules interesting. I decided to select the Eyes of Death Bloodline. So I have a character that was ‘Blessed’ with the ability to perceive the very mortal coil and can see how his actions affect it. I see Graham to be the sort of person that is struggling with the decision to fight because he knows far more than most just how precious the gift of life can be, yet he cant be a pacifist because many others could suffer if here were not to take action.

For stats I used the point buy method. I ended up with average Con, Wil and Power. His strength is a little above average at a 6. His intellect is at 7, so he is quite bright. He is quite gifted at both dex and Agi and his perception is almost unmatched at a 10.

For the Class I chose Ranger.

Now for creation points/advantages-

Eyes of death bloodline as mentioned before.

To keep with the theme of being a very observant person, I also took acute senses for my last free creation point.

Quick reflexes 1- Graham is actually quite swift.

Martial mastery 2- Graham’s is a natural at manipulating his KI in order to extend his abilities.

Disadvantages-

Bad luck. In general, Graham is just unlucky. One could say this steamed from his birth since he was born with the sight of death.

Insufferable- Graham can be a bit of a pessimist since he is constantly able to see the forces that connect life to the mortal coil. Many find his observations to be extremely uncomfortable and due to this I granted this advantage.

Phobia Undead- What makes the undead more of an abomination to someone like Graham is its blatant affront to the natural order and its manipulation of life’s precious forces.

Secondary abilities- As you can see, many of these focus on himself or the natural world. He is not the best people person and the disadvantage reinforces this. Graham is skilled in the following:

Athleticism

Notice

Search

Track

Animals

Herbal Lore

Medicine

Trap lore.

Ki- I plan on extending this to Presence and Aura extension later. For now, Graham has learned the following abilities:

Use of Ki

Ki control

Ki Detection

Erudition

Modules- I don’t recall if these come from the primary or secondary development points. These three end up costing a fortune however I think a good archer should have them. I may drop Hunt and take different class in order to take Bow plus short sword as that’s what I am really most interested in the Hunt module for a good point savings. He has the following Modules:

Hunt Module

Multi target

Additional attack

Thoughts on the past- Of course this revelation – to fight for others didn’t come over night. As a boy, Graham found himself orphaned at an early age. It was a place where the staff did as much as they possibly could with what little funding they had. Graham was one of three children there that were born with special gifts. Over time, the other two children vanished. One ran away and another was picked up by a member of the Church. Graham feared what would happen if they came from him and so he also ran away. He ran as far and as fast as he could into the night. He travelled this way, day and night until he eventually collapsed in a forest. It was here that he met Bannon, an old hunter whom took him in and taught him his ways. Bannon never judged him and took good care of Graham. Graham lived there for about 10 years, and would have stayed longer, however Graham’s talents once again started causing him problems. Bannon was already an older man when he took him in and each day, Graham began seeing the one man in his life’s life force drain bit by bit. Its one thing when you visit your parents after a long time and notice them aging. Its another when you can actually see their link to the mortal coil weaken daily. So Graham left, not wanting to see the day in which his cared one’s life link dissipate entirely. He also decided that he would find a way to use his talents to help those in need and if there are anyone else that were born with such a curse.

Grimore of winter’s dreams: Entry 3 + 4

Apr 3rd

Dear Ryuujin,

This morning, Leland, Aoi and Ume’s dog were all sick. I gave them all some first aid. Fujiwara graciously allowed us to refill our water barrels.

Although the weather had been nice, it started to downpour again as we were preparing to leave. Ume and I, feeling the fittest, decided to seek out a cloud ryuujin shrine a short fifteen minutes walk away. We found it, without its head. Ume was able to fix it, with a little assistance. We prayed to the statue. – And I quote: “I’m very sorry for the jerks that broke your statue, but it’s fixed now, so please make the rain stop! Love Ume!”

Meanwhile, Aoi and Leland entertained Fujiwara with ghost stories while he made them soup.

The rain stopped by the time we returned.

Back on the road, Aoi passed out and fell on Ume’s dog. (on a personal note, I am being severely tested in my healing abilities. I really hope I can keep everyone alive.)

Because the ground was soggy, making camp was a little difficult but the day ended without further incident.

 

Day 4

Dear Ryuujin,

We began the day still in the plains. The weather was clear skys. Although we had the option to try to push ourselves harder, Ume  as the leader declared we would chose safety and go at a normal pace. Nothing crazy happened.

Grimore of winter’s dreams: Entry 2

Date: April 2nd

Good morning Ryujin!

We all woke up very refreshed this morning. As we were breaking down camp, Aoi saw some cloud dragons gathering. However, we made it past the last hill and into the flat plains before the rain let loose. Luckily, I brought my raincoat! Ume decided to press on in the rain. The cloud dragons were very mischievous though and both Leland and Aoi were not doing well. Ume spotted a fam though. Thankfully the owner Fujiwara was friendly and let us in without question. We sat dripping around the fire as he kindly made us all porridge. He allowed us to stay the night.