- How long have supernatural creatures been out in the open? Ever since people can remember, or is it just a recent thing? Is the existence of supernatural creatures a widely known fact, or do most people see it as superstition?
They aren't out in the open because there are hunters all over the world who would likely kill them. Most people, especially the people of Allupato, fear them in a superstitious sense but they do not truly know that supernatural creatures exist. Supernatural beings have been around since before anyone can remember; it is safe to assume they have always been in the world.
- What's the rest of the world like outside of Allupato?
The world is a less populated version of our own world today. There are some great big cities out there like in our world, but they are much fewer and spaced farther apart. There are a great many cities the size of Allupato with the same feel, so their city is not an uncommon example around the world. Cities can live in relative isolation from the entire world if they do not have the proper technology to keep in touch. There is no global community anymore, and government is mostly a city to city ordeal.
- What is the state of travel, both local and global, in the game?
Most people walk in Allupato. Almost everything is in close proximity so your feet should do the trick. Some people own mopeds and Vespas but that's mostly typical if you live on the edges of the city for travel into the square. There is no bus or train system as the city is too small to support one, and people enjoy their exercise anyway. Bikes are not uncommon.
Globally, people have all sorts of transport but it is missing one thing we have today: commercial jets. There are no longer airlines that will take you around the world as there is no global community. People get from country to country either by car or by boat, typically, and trains are still popular to get across countries.
- Ok you said Allupato is isolated. How isolated do you mean?
Allupato is extremely isolated from the world: they do not have the technology to keep in touch with other cities as their telephone and their network only works within the city. Allupato is not close enough to any other cities to make communicating with them inconvenient.
- Why are people wearing clothing from the 1800s?
This is due to the back shift in culture inside the game. Over time humans as a whole have tried to get back to their cultural roots and have picked up traditions, fashions, and other such from their past. This shift is seen worldwide, and even in more technologically advanced cities you can still see this phenomena occur.
- You also said Allupato is under quarantine. How does that work?
Usually Allupato is under a careful surveillance and not so much a quarantine. On your average day there is a police presence on the streets, but they are just the typical Allupato police and not the Chrysalis unit. The hot line is open to questions and for calls of any suspicious activity, but otherwise Allupato acts like a normal city.
- Then what's the quarantine like?
First off the leader of Chrysalis will make an announcement on the public board and give specifics on what triggered the quarantine, what buildings are effected, and if there is any other information that the public needs. After that, the city goes into lock down. No one will be allowed in or out of Allupato and the city will be heavily patrolled by CVCU units. There is a strict curfew at night, and people will be subjected to random tests and searches throughout the day if they fit the profile of the current threat.
Quarantines last as long as Chrysalis thinks they need to, they will announce when the city is back to surveillance level. During quarantine times since it no one will be allowed inside of the city applications will be closed. However they will reopen once the quarantine is over. This applies to people who grew up/lived in Allupato before the quarantine as well. Just to keep it even really.
- WHAT'S THE DRINKING AGE AND AGE OF MAJORITY IN ALLUPATO?
Drinking age is 16. Age of majority is 18. Just like modern-day Italy.
- HOW DO I REQUEST AN NPC?
Comment in the right post in the qn_npc journal.
- I WANT TO APPLY FOR A CHARACTER THAT HAS A SIGNATURE ABILITY/ITEM/WEAPON THAT IS NOT POSSIBLE WITH THE RACE I CHOSE OR THE TECHNOLOGY SETTING OF THIS GAME. WHAT DO I DO?
The short of it? Ask us mods. We realize that it's important to maintain the character's basic aspects even in a game as AU as this. If you're having trouble figuring out how, we'll be happy to help you out.
If you want a longer explanation, or ideas of how to do it, read on. If your character has an accessory that is absolutely needed, but has a strange ability due to coming from a magical/mystical canon, we will allow each character to have one item with a low-level magical ability. However, we have a very high chance of shooting this down if your character is already one of the more powerful races, and the item does not provide any drawbacks.
For example, the members of Organization XIII from Kingdom Hearts are each allowed to apply with their signature weapon being enchanted to hold a single spell; these spells are of their signature abilities from canon [or not, this is just an example after all!].
If it's the technology you're worried about, don't be - within reason. This is a future-Earth, and we will make allowances for technology that's sightly better than what can be found in the real world. For example, automail and other types of complicated prosthetics exist. Again, we will disallow major uses of technology if the character is already one of the more powerful races. If you're also unsure if the technology you chose is too futuristic or not, just ask!
- SPEAKING OF TECHNOLOGY, HOW DOES MY CHARACTER ACCESS THE INTERNET, MAKE POSTS, INSTANT MESSAGE, ETC?
It depends. Considering modern day technology already gives us cell phones that have internet access, text messaging, and a plethora of other things, this future reality also has the same thing. If you think your character can afford it and the monthly plan, then give them one.
If not, your character will have to make his or her way to the internet cafe and do their posts there. Or your character could have a computer at their house. It's entirely up to you, just let them had internet access somehow.
PLEASE, KEEP IN MIND THAT THE ONLY INTERNET WEBSITES THAT WILL WORK ARE THE ONES HOSTED IN ALLUPATO. So, while everyone can still access and post on each other's journals, you're screwed if you want to surf 4chan or browse the internet for porn. The ban on outside communication also goes for phone lines (including cell phones). Television and radio can still receive outside feeds, but are incapable of sending any out.
- WHAT IF MY CHARACTER IS A VAMPIRE/WEREWOLF/DEMON/WHATEVER IN CANON? CAN'T I JUST KEEP THEIR CANON ABILITIES AND WEAKNESSES?
Unfortunately, no. In order to level the playing field we wrote out the race descriptions and you need to use them. It wouldn't be fair if one vampire is immune to sunlight while another turns into a smoldering pile of ash. So no, you'll need to adapt them to the setting too.