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 Open Epicurean Garden

Discussion in 'Male Requests' started by Epicurean, Feb 6, 2018.

  1. Epicurean

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    Hello!

    I’m Epicurean, your friendly neighborhood philosopher. As some of my stories have died, I’m looking for new partners. Please read the following – know that if I have the impression that you haven’t read or understood my RT, I might not respond to you at all. Also know that I’m much nicer than some of this might make me sound.


    Basics
    • I want a writing sample.
      • Anything will do, but the closer it is to what we plan on doing, the better
      • I will obviously return the favor.
    • I want some form of live chat.
      • I’ve made the experience that it helps with creativity.
      • All recent stories without chat contact have died, so maybe this is the only thing I’m superstitious about. ;)
      • Ask around if you have to, I don’t think I’ve ever made a partner feel uncomfortable or disrespected their privacy or anything like that.
      • My preferred method is Discord chat. I can be found via the BD server or directly via scholarly#9723
    • Your input is appreciated, but it’s also needed.
      • I don’t want to write alone, and if I’m doing all the creative stuff, it feels like that.
      • Borrowing from Wikipedia: Be bold! Propose a worldbuilding aspect. Move the story. Move my character. I’m fine with it, I’ll love you for it!
      • But talk to me. I will do the same.
    • My ideal story has most or all of these
      • A great atmosphere in a deep world
      • Fascinating characters (invented for this story)
      • An exciting, logical plot
      • Passionate romance and sex
      • Sacrifices none of these for the others
      • I say no to ideas a lot. Please don’t be discouraged!

    Settings

    Parahistorical – ‘historical stories about a fictional place’, many things are possible. In this type of setting, I’ve had parallels to real time periods from the Stone Age to the 1920s.

    Low Fantasy – dangerous magic, low-power, fight against evil magic etc.

    Sci-Fi – not necessarily hard sci-fi, but the world has to make sense.

    Real world – will go there for the right story and characters. ;)

    I don’t do well with mixed settings. (Urban Fantasy, for instance)

    Anything else in mind? Just ask. ;)

    Characters
    • If you want to have an evil lead (including very egotistic), I’m not your guy.
    • I usually have male characters, but I’m not averse to playing women.
    • I don’t like fantasy creatures as leads.
    • No vampires, no werewolves (as leads).
    • Humanoids are fine (aliens, fantasy races)
    • I like to have some variety in terms of looks (shape, skin tone, etc.)
    • No anthros, furries etc.

    Smut stuff

    • There can be a D/s dynamic, but it’s by no means necessary; if there is, I’ll usually want my character to be the Dom.
    • If you have any specific kinks you’d like to include, hit me up.
    • I want whatever happens between the characters sexually to make sense in context of characters, plot and setting.
    • I can’t do something justice as a ‘smut writer’ that’s not my thing. So MxM pairings, extreme pain play and some other things aren’t an option.
    • I’ll consider smut-heavy ideas, but don’t be disappointed if the story peters out soon, that seems to happen a lot.

    Plot elements/ideas
    (not all of these are compatible with each other and the list is NOT exclusive)

    • Dangerous magic
    • Victorian
    • Baroque
    • Characters from the nobility/royalty
    • Action
    • Worldbuilding
    • Intrigue
    • Spy stuff/clandestine
    • Rebellion
    • Sci-fi: ‘In over their heads’
    Plot prompts

    Note: I will usually do each of these only once, but they are meant as a base from which we build our story anyway. :)

    Fantasy


    A Dead End [Fantasy; Renaissance-type setting; morality; ambition]

    For long, they have studied magic; their life has been dedicated to discover its secrets. Over the last few years, however, they both started to find limits. Limits they could not get past. Like many seeking to become great mages, they have gravitated from the Northern Empire to Edilano, the Free City, ages ago the seat of the Emperor Mages. But even here, among the wisest, each has found that some boundaries cannot be left behind. Both, then, receive an invitation to a secret circle. There, they learn that to become truly great in magery, a demon pact is inevitable – the selling of one’s soul. Will they be tempted? Will they find a different life, solace in each other perhaps? And how will they deal with the knowledge that the truly great mages have all sold their soul – will it make them hermits, rebels or cynics?

    This is a complex character and adventure piece (or could be). If you’re looking for a quick fantasy/romance fix, this is not your plot. If you’re interested in moral choices, if you want to really examine the questions asked in the prompt, then inquire. ;)

    Greater Horizons [Parahistorical; Fantasy; Renaissance/Late Medieval-type setting; arranged marriage; emancipation; worldbuilding]

    It is a strange coincidence that on both shores of the Great Sea, the art of seafaring has reached new heights at roughly the same time. For centuries, rumors, flotsam and strange sightings were all the two nations knew of each other. They rose to great status on their respective continents and found each other equals in power. Now, both ruling houses agree, strange as they are to each other, that their position in the world can only be kept through alliance and the control of the trade across the sea. One ruler’s daughter is sent across the waves to marry the son of the other. It will be very hard to adapt to life on the other side of the world, for both peoples are quite different: Hers emphasizes the joys of life, his the duties. Hers values art, his craft; her Gods deny little, his allow almost nothing; her father/mother as ruler is the foremost of many good folk obeyed for his/her wisdom, his father a revered, distant, almost non-human figure obeyed for his powers of life and death. Can the two establish any bond? Can she draw out his restrained, inhibited nature? Will she be able to handle her new, different life? And what will it do to the court to have her freer culture in its midst?


    This, too, needs a lot of preparation and in-depth talks. Definitely not something handled by a few PM’s back and forth. Things can be varied, but I would like MC to have the strict, rather joyless culture.







    Science Fiction

    The Vouna Crisis
    (military sci-fi, covert/special ops)

    The Republic of Sentient Species is a place of untold bliss; scarcity is a remote concept to almost all its inhabitants, but the member species have never been content with staying on their respective worlds. Having bested hunger and poverty, they strove ever onwards. On the remote planet of Vouna, a coup has ousted the legitimate local government. The Republican government sends a team of operatives to prepare something – will it be an invasion? Will it be a counter-coup? They do not know, and they have the feeling their superiors don’t, either…

    Stay Behind
    (military sci-fi, covert/special ops)

    Perhaps humanity expanded too quickly – but why would they have worried? After the light barrier was broken, many habitable worlds were discovered, but apart from ancient ruins, no sign of sentient life was ever found. On remote worlds, scientists would intercept strange signals at times, and those signals became rumors, rumors of another species out there. Some of the rumors were optimistic, others fearful, but even the most gruesome ideas fell short. The invasion started without warning. Each year, one or two worlds fell with countless victims. By the fourth year, humanity was better prepared. Elite teams were placed on threatened worlds, to stay behind once the invaders came, to hide while battle raged… and then, from within, to start attacking infrastructure, killing leaders, gathering information. This story will feature one such team and its struggle to stay alive, to do its job… and to keep their own humanity in the face of an enemy sprung from the nightmares of billions.[/spoiler)
     
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    Rewrite and status change!
     
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    And we're closed again.
     
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    Open for a good idea right now. :)
     
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    Still looking - current (optional) buzzwords are "cold war", "non-cliché", "spies & military"... but again, I'm open to other stuff as well.
     
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    Open - I'm currently looking for someone who wants to play the female lead in the story behind this teaser... If it interests you, best hit me up on Discord or via PM.

     
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    Currently closed, but if you think you have just the idea for me, you can always find me on Discord or via PM.
     
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    Open - some changaes and bumped.
     
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    Major rework and open!
     
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    Plot ideas added!
     
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    With "To Begin Anew" kicked off (so it's no longer available), another bump!
     
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    Bump. Feel free to contact me on Discord right away!
     
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    New Fantasy plots added! Looking for one or two more in-depth stories atm.

    Note: I will be away April 18th-21st!
     

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