Okay, there's not a lot of details I can give out about the plot, so bear with me when it comes to questions and information.
Over the past two years, I have worked on a stupidly long storyline for the Rethast and the Pathogen. This story encompasses at least three 'slave' nations (Maekar, The Skrit, Machinarites), several worlds and, hopefully, a lot of other roleplayers working together for the common good. The entire plot is subdivided into three parts.
There are three different races being examined currently by the Pathogen for integration. Integration differs from typical infection in that the species involved becomes a part of the Rethast species rather than just mutating into it. This means that rather than just get eaten, any genetic traits and cultural quirks will survive. For example, if the Maekari get integrated, there will be a resultant Maekari strain, and they might have head tendrils instead of spines. Further, a ship type or two will emerge in Rethast fleets that will have distinctly Maekari traits in regards to appearance and design.
All three of these races have an equal starting chance to be integrated. How they interact with the galaxy will dictate who wins and who doesn't. The two which don't get integrated (there can only be one) will be exterminated. So will the one which is integrated, but their traits will be added to the Pathogen. None of these races know the Rethast are watching them and manipulating them, and realistically neither would anyone interacting with them. While these trials are going on, the second part of the roleplay will begin.
The Anarchy Strain
Now shit just starts flying everywhere. The Rethast will have infections sprouting up everywhere, but their fleets will remain largely inactive and hidden. Even their allies will risk coming under assault. As the pandemic continues, Leviathan and Valtiel will start looking for one Dr. Ezekiel Grath, a man who has been examining the Rethast and knows more about them than most people in the galaxy. This is where it starts to become clear that the Pathogen is (ironically) quite dangerously sick. Levi, Val and Zeke will all be trying to figure out why the Rethast aren't following their usual MO while Amon and the war fleet Ira suddenly unleashes a warpath into the
Silence of Enlightenment
The final chapter.
With Dragomyr now recruited into the good guys, everyone in the party of heroes needs to develop the Suppressant to stop the Pathogen going berzerk and raping erbody. Cue a race across the galaxy, pursued by Rethast and mercs, to create the suppressant. That's pretty simple, and this Chapter should have the least number of threads in it.
I'll be RPing as Levi, Zeke, Val and Dragomyr, as well the assorted bad guys along the way. This is primarily a character plot, though certain combat roleplays involving armies and fleets may come into play, particularly in the 2nd Chapter. Now here's the clincher and why I'm so goram please with myself.
In every thread for every chapter, including the ones dealing with the Slave States, there will be "Turning Points". These could be big things (killing Amon before he eats that world) or small things (Not turning on Generator 2 instead of Generator 3), and all of them will swing the end result of the RP towards one of two endings. Silence and Enlightenment.
Each of these endings will result in the Pathogen and the Rethast ending up either slightly less bad (Enlightenment) or pants shittingly terrifying (Silence), and how you act in the storyline will swing the meter to one end of the spectrum or the other.
I'm making this thread a long time in advance of the actual start of these things, because it's a huge story I spent a long time working on all the possible routes it could take and how each action would effect the outcome. Hence, it's gonna need a lot of organisation to actually kick off, and I need to know who's interested before I start writing shit down.
For the record, a thread related to this plot has already started. Outbreak Case One to be exact, though this one's a tester and will have no impact on the end result. But it's still related.
So, ask your questions and sign up if you want. I'll need RP samples from everyone. I may have missed a lot of stuff, so ask anything you want. If I can answer it, I will.
Chapter One - CLOSED.
Chapter Two - CLOSED.
Chapter Three: See here.