Richard “Rick” Butler | 25 | Deputy Mayor | Gone With the Wind | Reincarnation of Rhett Butler | Sebastian Stan
“I’m surrounded by idiots…”
+ charming, clever, perceptive
- sarcastic, blunt, manipulative
Bio: Rick moved to Pageson about three years ago, and brought quite a reputation with him. Kicked out of West Point Academy and blacklisted not only from his family’s estate in Charleston, but from the entire city of Charleston itself for reasons he has yet to reveal, Rick’s spent the past few years travelling around, raising hell and earning himself both admirers and enemies wherever he goes. Despite never having completed college, and getting poor grades in high school, Rick is brilliantly intelligent, and often sees the safest or most profitable way ahead when no one else does. Unfortunately, people very rarely listen to him, which gives Rick the distinct feeling that he’s the only person with any sanity left in the world. His family hasn’t cut him off from their money, so long as he agrees to never enter Charleston ever again, in the history of forever (ever), so he’s got cash to burn. He spends his wealth on fancy clothes, fast cars, and any other desire he has. He’s a gambler, in more ways than one; when he’s not playing high-stakes game of poker, he’s backing political movements he deems just crazy enough to actually work. Even in the case of things or people he actually likes, Rick’s response is always the same: pure, unending sarcasm, which is often misunderstood by the people around him, much to his annoyance. He wasn’t planning to stay in Pageson, only intending to stay at the Thenardier Bed and Breakfast, hang around for a few days, make a few waves and a few enemies, and then leave. But, fate (and the Storyteller) had a different idea. His wealth and influence being recognized as a possible asset by the mayor, he was offered a job as Deputy Mayor of Pageson. Rick didn’t have anything better to do, so he said “okay.” Like many of Pageson’s youth, he is deeply disillusioned with the town’s old, conservative ways, and recognizes that, for better or for worse, things are changing. Despite his general cynicism towards the town, he still fulfills his duties as Deputy Mayor. Mayor Green made a good call hiring him, and not just because of his wealth. Rick is very good at talking people into things and charming them, women in particular. When he cares enough to make the effort, he’s all but irresistible. He just can’t be bothered most of the time.
Carmen Harrison: Carmen is both the person Rick loves the best and loathes the most. The two met at one of Jace Jay’s legendary parties. Rick, having just become exasperated with his drunken surroundings, slipped into one of the many extra rooms to get some peace and quiet. He got the exact opposite instead, and overheard an arguing couple (Carmen and her neighbor, William Ashley) approaching the room, about to enter to get some privacy. Rick slipped into a closet to eavesdrop, and only revealed himself after Will left. He made his first impression on Carmen with sarcastic remarks and insults at every turn, and the two have been in a nasty cycle since. For all his insults and harassment, Rick admires Carmen’s determination and sheer cunning, and is in love with her. He’s tried to tell her, but can never quite bring himself to do it; twice now, he’s told her he loves her, then backed out at the last possible second by claiming he was only making fun of her. Carmen is snide and sarcastic towards Rick, and has a tendency to slap him around and try to steal from him, something he often turns a blind eye to since he knows how badly she needs money. To be fair, though, Rick gives as good as he gets, being needlessly cruel to Carmen with his teasing, often so badly she bursts into tears, and trying to force a kiss on her just to mess with her. No matter how destructive their relationship becomes (and it has become very destructive), Rick could never let Carmen go, and will go back for more pain every time.
Millie Hamilton: Despite his low opinion of Will, the girl he’s engaged to, Millie, is Rick’s best friend in Pageson, or anywhere. He and Millie seem to be total opposites, Millie being kind, modest, sweet and helpful. But she’s not a pushover, no matter what Carmen thinks, and Rick deeply admires and respects her hidden and quiet strength. Millie usually tries to reign Carmen and Rick in when their “slap-slap-kiss” routine gets too out of hand, often with little success. Whenever Rick tires of hiding his actual emotions in sarcasm, Millie is the one he turns to, and he feels most open when he’s with her. However, he isn’t always entirely honest with Millie; he’ll often gloss over the nastier, more immoral aspects of his political job, and he hasn’t the heart to tell her that Carmen, whom she considers to be her best friend, is trying to steal Will from her. Rick may make a habit of making fun of the soft-hearted and naive, but Millie is his exception. He views Millie as a good, proper lady, and expects everyone he knows to treat her as such. The two aren’t in love, but they do love one another.
Harrison Lord and Ozzy Green: Rick’s fellow Deputy Mayor and the Mayor of Pageson, respectively. Rick respects them both, but often feels like he’s the only one with any common sense. He’s not entirely wrong, Harrison being an unapologetic hedonist and Ozzy being both corrupt and idealistic. Rick is quick to call them out or snark at them (often both at the same time), but he’ll follow orders if he can’t get Ozzy to change his mind. Sometimes Rick can’t help but think Harrison’s too much of a jerk, even for him, so he gets along better with Ozzy.
Richard Butler is OPEN.
*nudges Admin Ha, who is far more familiar with the book than I*
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Of course you may, sorry for the long wait. It’s under the cut.
You’re the first post with my new mascot so special
Working on it.
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So the theme, gradient and graphics aren’t particularly eye catching to me though I like the character PSD you’ve chosen; those seem to work well with the plot and general feel for the roleplay. The plot itself is unique to a point but I’ve seen similarly done before and it’s a little hard to read the light grey on lighter grey font-wise. Overall, this comes across as very OUAT-ish and given how long the plot is, I skimmed so perhaps in some sort of summary, clarifying just what your roleplay is about in specifics. I applaud your diverse use of FCs for your characters and the alignments thing is very new and different. You’ve clearly put a lot of thought into all aspects of this like the town map and the descriptive bios so while it’s not a rec from me, I do really like this roleplay and hope it goes far!
Carmen Harrison | 19 | Unemployed | Gone With the Wind | Reincarnation of Scarlett O’Hara | Emma Stone
“My family’s never gonna want for anything. Not while I’m around.”
+ clever, charming, determined
- selfish, manipulative, jealous
Bio: For her young age, Carmen’s got an impressive track record, especially considering what a small town Pageson is. She’s been widowed twice over. Both of her husbands were more than twice her age, and one of those men was actually her own cousin’s boyfriend. She graduated high school two years early, and until recently, had never worked a day in her life. Now she’s running the vast, large property of the Harrison Plantation (no longer a plantation, but still called one) all on her own, including all the gardening, upkeep, and finances. And she’s doing it all in the name of making sure her family can hold onto the Plantation, which has been in the Harrison family since before the Civil War. The Plantation isn’t cheap to own, and her father, as much as Carmen loved him, managed to seriously mess up the family finances, and the Plantation is under threat of being foreclosed upon. After the death of her father (her mother died when she was a child), Carmen because the head of the Harrison family, and, as she told her younger sisters Cora and Summer, they were not going to lose the Plantation, no matter what might happen. Carmen fired all their servants, even the ones that were more family than workers, sold most of their expensive clothes, and made it her business to make the Harrison family rich again. While Carmen is, at her core, highly manipulative, scheming, vain, and oftentimes quite petty, she’s incredibly charming. When she wants to, she can con any man into believing she’s an innocent, fragile flower of womanhood that needs protecting. As such, she managed to score two wealthy husbands who were on the verge of kicking the bucket. As smart as she is, Carmen can be hopelessly naive and childish in some respects, being almost entirely unable to understand the emotions of others (or even herself), and is highly materialistic. As far as she’s concerned, money makes the world go ‘round. When she’s not hatching another scheme to get money, Carmen’s often out at parties or other social events, making connections and controlling other people like puppets for her own amusement. For all her faults, Carmen is genuinely determined to make sure her sisters never go hungry or want for anything, and will do anything to keep her family on their Plantation, up to and including crawling around in the dirt for hours on end to keep the garden growing. She knows that her father would be devastated if they lost the Plantation, and she would do anything for her beloved daddy, even three years after he’s gone.
William Ashley: For the most part, Carmen views men as tools to get her family rich again and to save her beloved home. William Ashley is different. Will and Carmen have been neighbors ever since they were kids, and Carmen’s always been mooning over him, not that that’s stopped her for marrying other men for money, of course. For someone so smart, Carmen can be remarkably stupid when Will’s around, babbling on and on about nothing and often making a fool of herself trying to impress him. Carmen would do anything to make Will her husband, and she certainly won’t let a little thing like the fact that he’s engaged stop her. What Carmen is far too oblivious to realize is that she’s not really in love with Will; her attraction to him is a combination of the “forbidden fruit” aspect, and the fact that he’s a reminder of when she was rich and her life was carefree. However, she’s convinced herself that he’s her one true love, and her future husband. Will’s attracted to Carmen, but is far too noble to act on it, much to her annoyance.
Millie Hamilton: The girl Will’s engaged to, and Carmen’s polar opposite. Carmen puts up the outward appearance of a perfect lady, manipulating society’s expectations for her to live up to that ideal, while Millie really does; Millie is as motherly as Carmen is selfish, as delicate as Carmen is harsh, and every bit as nice as Carmen is mean. Despite Carmen’s disdain for Millie, seeing her as an obstacle between herself and Will, Millie genuinely considers Carmen to be her friend, and greatly respects and admires her determination and brains. Carmen’s first husband was Millie’s much-older brother, and Millie was thrilled that Carmen was her new sister-in-law. Even now that Millie’s brother has died, and Carmen is no longer his wife, thanks to Will, Millie and Carmen spend a lot of time together, to the delight of Millie and Carmen’s barely-restrained anger. Carmen is, as usual, unable to see the reality of the situation: although Carmen claims to hate her, Millie really is the best friend she’s ever had. Millie helps her run the Plantation without even needing to be asked, lashes out at anyone that criticizes Carmen, and refuses to believe the completely true rumors of Carmen trying to steal Will from her. Carmen, meanwhile, is continually surprised by Millie’s hidden strength, and no matter how much she tells herself that the two of them are bitter enemies, if anything were to happen to Millie, Carmen would be devastated.
Richard Butler: Carmen’s relationship with Rick is a complicated one. The two met at once of Jace Jay’s party, during which Rick overheard an argument Carmen was having with Will. Rick’s snide remarks and effortless good looks made an immediate impression, though whether it was a good or a bad impression really depends on what kind of mood Carmen’s in when you ask her. Rick is absolutely enamoured with Carmen, but she hasn’t noticed. In a way, though, that’s not really her fault; he’s told her a couple times he’s in love with her, but has gotten cold feet every time and turned it around to make her think he’s just mocking her. The two are absolutely horrible to one another, insulting and manipulating each other at every turn, putting each other through great emotional anguish. In that sense, the two were made for each other. Carmen’s romantically attracted to Rick, but is far too fixated on her lifelong goal of getting Will to realize that. Her relationship with Rick is mutually destructive; Carmen will make a snarky comment about his shady past, Rick will attempt to force a kiss on her, Carmen will slap him, Rick will tease her until she cries, Carmen will make an effort to destroy everything he has, Rick will turn all her friends against her, and Carmen will steal from him. The masochistic cycle never ends with these two.
Mona Blake: Mona was Carmen’s nanny after her mother died, and Carmen’s always viewed her and loved her as if she were her own mother. Carmen would be embarrassed to admit it, but she’s actually called Mona “Mom” by mistake more than once. Even now that Carmen hasn’t needed a nanny for several years now, Mona is still a caretaker of sorts, giving Carmen advice that she often doesn’t listen to. Despite that, Carmen does value Mona’s opinion and deeply respects her; Carmen laughs it off when most people tell her trying to get Will back is pointless, but is genuinely hurt whenever Mona expresses her own doubts. Carmen won’t stand for anyone disrespecting Mona; if you so much as look at her the wrong way, she’ll happily toss you out by the ear.
Carmen Harrison is OPEN.
I shall talk to Satan.
(Our graphics admin. Who’s actually lovely. Satan is a cool chick.)
- Admin S
Maybe. As for right now, probably not, but maybe someday.
- Admin S
Oh. From Dorian Gray:
From Oliver Twist: