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what makes a romance story, is when the romance is actually a side thing and there is a real story going on in the front.

Luna State wrote:Question Of The Day!!

What makes or breaks a fictional romance story?

The compatibility and depth of the characters.

Luna State wrote:Question Of The Day!!

What makes or breaks a fictional romance story?

Lack of dinosaurs

Osiris Valentine's Game

They say perfect couples are a match made in heaven, and awful ones in hell. Here in Osiris, we have the Duat, and the matches made here could be good, bad, or a recipe for world domination! Welcome to A Match Made in the Duat!

For this game, you select a fictional character to complete the couple with the character put forward by the previous poster, and name another for the next person! Will we see paragons who seem made for each other, heroes thawing villainous hearts, or an alliance of evil as should never have met? Have fun!

To kick us off: Thanos

Congratulations to the January RMB contributor Municipal Coordinators!

Memetimes

A poll by me, (tell me how I can make an official poll), what is your favourite meme? Quote and respond

Hello Osiris :D
Happy Valentines day <3

Tethys 13 wrote:Osiris Valentine's Game

They say perfect couples are a match made in heaven, and awful ones in hell. Here in Osiris, we have the Duat, and the matches made here could be good, bad, or a recipe for world domination! Welcome to A Match Made in the Duat!

For this game, you select a fictional character to complete the couple with the character put forward by the previous poster, and name another for the next person! Will we see paragons who seem made for each other, heroes thawing villainous hearts, or an alliance of evil as should never have met? Have fun!

To kick us off: Thanos

Thanatos, for obvious reasons but also because this guy gets that people need to die sometimes and has the Sisyphus experience to prove it. Who knows, maybe he can give Thanos a healthier way to conduct his obsession with death by providing a clearly defined list of people who've properly reached their time.

To go somewhere dumb: Carmilla Karnstein. Vintage European infiltrator, mass seducer, mass murderer, vampire.

Discord quotes!!

Bear Bear (in vc): None of this is personal partially cos I don't know any of you

Ark: Iímma chalk this up to mercury being in retrograde and call it a day
Dakota: Don't know what this means ngl
Ark: Neither do I

Wym (in vc): wow that hurt my feelings
Skies (in vc): Good.

Ellie: teleports body to Tethys
Tethys 13: Mummifies pteuch
hazel: I assume ellie only has to teleport bodies insofar as they don't die at sea?
Ellie: Yup, once they start being lost to the waters of time I'm outta job.
Ark: I'm 100% on board with tellieportation.

Wym (in vc): The word begins with "F"
Aav (in vc): Zero?

AlexAlmasy: 19 is old unless you make it to 20

DAKOTA BUT IN CAPS: Yes
DAKOTA BUT IN CAPS: Ofc
DAKOTA BUT IN CAPS: Never gonna say no to a gaslight with allies
DAKOTA BUT IN CAPS: Omg autocorrect
DAKOTA BUT IN CAPS: Game night
Teilleportation witch: A gaslight with allies honestly sounds like a Freudian slip.

Join our Discord at https://discordapp.com/invite/bUAVwF6 !!!

Dakota: You know light theme isnt so bad.

Skies: glomps Chair rawr XD nuzzles uwu

hello, I'm back from a bit of a break and was wondering what do I do in Osiris like what should I do in this game?

Luna State wrote:Question Of The Day!!

What makes or breaks a fictional romance story?

The writer must develop the characters, make you want to see them together, and give them an enjoyable dynamic. Basic, but vital. More in terms of personal preference, I usually insist on actually seeing the protagonists in a relationship, where far too many stories end the moment the relationship starts. Showing them together helps convince the reader that they can be functional together. I also believe romance writers need a good balance of drama, and that romance stories should keep the levels of drama low. You do not need the first kiss interrupted by an ex bringing news that a protagonist's mother was murdered by the other protagonist's father. Romances can achieve plenty of tension with down-to-earth problems. Some stories manage to make high drama work, but it is rare in my experience.

Good examples:

Two of my favourite romances, if both short series. They solve the 'relationship start=end' problem by ending the first episode with the protagonists in a committed relationship. Wotakoi involves distanced childhood friends with similar interests, one of them having suffered many failed romantic relationships, while the other has never been in one. The narrative is the exploration of a new kind of relationship for both of them, discovering what the other means to them as they deal with everyday situations. On the other side is Tonikawa, wherein two strangers are quite suddenly married after having fallen for each other, and must each slowly learn things about the other while, once again, dealing with everyday situations. Tonikawa basically has both parties smitten at the start, and so leverages the cuteness of the infatuated heavily. Wotakoi on the other hand involves more serious questions about identifying your own feelings and those of others, and what those involved truly want and get out of the relationship. Both series have one character with a strong personality and the other who is more withdrawn or mysterious, enabling good development and giving them a strong dynamic. Since they are enjoyable to watch being together, you want to see their relationships succeed, and have reason to believe they can. All the while, drama is used sparingly and appropriately to show what ordinary or unique difficulties they face, and how they can overcome them together.

This is one of those that manages to make high drama work in places, being a romance involving royalty. However, the drama always serves the plot and characters, rather than being tension for its own sake. Even following life-threatening situations, the focus is how it affects the characters and their relationship, but at the same time none of the side-characters are wasted. There is remarkable development for all of them, including some that I did not expect, but the central story is always the relationship between the main characters. It manages to keep the fairy tale 'damsel' concept without depriving the female character of personality and agency, and it is fully willing to explore the difficulties they face in a committed relationship, not just the travails to get to that point. It also takes a risk by making clear from the start how difficult the relationship would be, given their vastly different social standings - giving it an extra hurdle to convince the reader that the relationship could work, but making it all the more rewarding.

Bad example:

I mentioned before that Toradora exemplified a lot of the worst traits of 'bad' romance, and now I will elaborate. Taiga and Ryuuji are each romantically pursuing the other's best friend, and end up interacting because they are neighbours. From very early on, Taiga is violent and possessive of Ryuuji, verging on the abusive, and is thus primarily unsympathetic. Ryuuji meanwhile is set up to have a platonic, almost brotherly relationship with Taiga until he is rejected by the object of his affections, after which he rather abruptly switches. The drama level is fairly ridiculous - at one early point, Taiga screams her ownership over the prone form of Ryuuji in the middle of a class of students. There is still almost the entire series to go before their romantic relationship begins, and when it does, it lasts for all of one episode before it is cut short by more excessive drama, at which point the series ends. Ryuuji's development is weak, and Taiga's largely selfish. Their dynamic is not strong, being so one-sidedly dominant yet dependent for most of it. Drama is used too liberally, and when it does progress the plot, it feels more like forcing it.

Taking these negatives to extremes, we have an example from a romantic sub-plot and how it disastrously collapsed.

The relationship between Amy and Rory was nothing but excessive drama. The Doctor literally had to drag her fiancee through time and space to stop her from abandoning the wedding and trying to seduce him instead. Even after they were together, the writers took the frankly incomprehensible decision to keep baiting the illogical idea that Amy's child was the Doctor's, through infuriatingly frequent ambiguous conversations and awkward wordings. The worst moments however were in Asylum of the Daleks, where to add more unnecessary drama, Amy has divorced Rory because she thinks he wants children she cannot have, and decided the best course of action was to divorce him with no explanation or discussion. Then, when challenged about it during the episode, she claimed that it was because she loved him more than he loved her, and that 'giving him up' was harder for her than the time he spent two thousand years guarding a box she was sealed inside (it is science fiction). Here the drama of a relationship is being used for its own sake, with little care for the effect it has on the plot or characters - as a result:
- It makes the characters unsympathetic, stripping them of their positive character development.
- It shows that their relationship is dysfunctional, with Amy being emotionally abusive and Rory enabling and emotionally trapped. This means that they have a poor dynamic, and the prospect of them being together is more worrying than enjoyable.
- It failed to show them engaging with problems as a couple, as instead they have divorced.
All of the above was done for the sake of high drama.

My apologies for the double-post.

Gonsuln wrote:Thanatos, for obvious reasons but also because this guy gets that people need to die sometimes and has the Sisyphus experience to prove it. Who knows, maybe he can give Thanos a healthier way to conduct his obsession with death by providing a clearly defined list of people who've properly reached their time.

To go somewhere dumb: Carmilla Karnstein. Vintage European infiltrator, mass seducer, mass murderer, vampire.

Merlin from Seven Deadly Sins. She is immortal, beautiful, powerful, and completely willing to put experiments and personal motives over ethics.

Bruce Wayne.

Tethys 13 wrote:My apologies for the double-post.

Merlin from Seven Deadly Sins. She is immortal, beautiful, powerful, and completely willing to put experiments and personal motives over ethics.

Bruce Wayne.

For this game, you select a fictional character to complete the couple with the character put forward by the previous poster, and name another for the next person! Will we see paragons who seem made for each other, heroes thawing villainous hearts, or an alliance of evil as should never have met? Have fun!

I would say Wonder Woman. They have great chemistry, especially in modern stories. They seem to compliment each other well and may even make the other person better in time. Plus an Amazonian-Human Robin would be amazing to watch.

I will put down Kylo Ren from Star Wars

Dragonian Alliance wrote:For this game, you select a fictional character to complete the couple with the character put forward by the previous poster, and name another for the next person! Will we see paragons who seem made for each other, heroes thawing villainous hearts, or an alliance of evil as should never have met? Have fun!

I would say Wonder Woman. They have great chemistry, especially in modern stories. They seem to compliment each other well and may even make the other person better in time. Plus an Amazonian-Human Robin would be amazing to watch.

I will put down Kylo Ren from Star Wars

Rey cos Reylo.
Number one from Star Trek - she will hopefully help him grow up a little and find himself
I'll have River Song from Dr Who

Tethys 13 wrote:Osiris Valentine's Game

They say perfect couples are a match made in heaven, and awful ones in hell. Here in Osiris, we have the Duat, and the matches made here could be good, bad, or a recipe for world domination! Welcome to A Match Made in the Duat!

For this game, you select a fictional character to complete the couple with the character put forward by the previous poster, and name another for the next person! Will we see paragons who seem made for each other, heroes thawing villainous hearts, or an alliance of evil as should never have met? Have fun!

To kick us off: Thanos

Tethys 13

Thanos is only a thousand years old but he has a great backstory and pretty awesome motivation.

He really needs some guidance before he gets a "love" interest. To assist with the success of Thanos and his quest(s) I summon Romulus to be his mentor and reasoning.

Thus pairing Thanos and Romulus, villainy can be a controlled chaos that still remains substantially fulfilling.

Dragonian Alliance wrote:For this game, you select a fictional character to complete the couple with the character put forward by the previous poster, and name another for the next person! Will we see paragons who seem made for each other, heroes thawing villainous hearts, or an alliance of evil as should never have met? Have fun!

I would say Wonder Woman. They have great chemistry, especially in modern stories. They seem to compliment each other well and may even make the other person better in time. Plus an Amazonian-Human Robin would be amazing to watch.

I will put down Kylo Ren from Star Wars

Kylo+yogi bear because they both are wierdos anyway and you can put them together and it makes yolo

Forty Seven Dictators wrote:Kylo+yogi bear because they both are wierdos anyway and you can put them together and it makes yolo

Dragonian Alliance
Forty Seven Dictators
Tethys 13

👏👏👏

Since Yolo is an app that lets Snapchat users request anonymous messages from specific friends, I pair YOLO with Pikachu. 🎶

Throw down Khan from Star trek

hello osorians i hope your having a good day today and i would like to say dont take your nation for granted dont act like your the best nation because I was just like that i took my nation for granted i thought my nation was the best and i kept doing that until my economy went down my civil rights went down it was realy bad until i stoped and thought about what have i done wrong and i started making better desicions and my nation started to thrive again and live again before my nation wasnt living it was existing barley but i pulled through and i stoped taking my nation for granted so i just wanna say dont make the same mistakes bye thank you for reading this have a wonderful day :)

Yeah... i just enacted compulsory nudity...

The republic of Zyniria wrote:hello osorians i hope your having a good day today and i would like to say dont take your nation for granted dont act like your the best nation because I was just like that i took my nation for granted i thought my nation was the best and i kept doing that until my economy went down my civil rights went down it was realy bad until i stoped and thought about what have i done wrong and i started making better desicions and my nation started to thrive again and live again before my nation wasnt living it was existing barley but i pulled through and i stoped taking my nation for granted so i just wanna say dont make the same mistakes bye thank you for reading this have a wonderful day :)

Ever heard of commas and periods?

Gorillas

For this game, you select a fictional character to complete the couple with the character put forward by the previous poster, and name another for the next person! Will we see paragons who seem made for each other, heroes thawing villainous hearts, or an alliance of evil as should never have met? Have fun!

Wymondham wrote:Rey cos Reylo.
Number one from Star Trek - she will hopefully help him grow up a little and find himself
I'll have River Song from Dr Who

Loki. I think the Marvel Cinematic Universe version would suit.

Dio from Jojo's Bizarre Adventure.

For this game, you select a fictional character to complete the couple with the character put forward by the previous poster, and name another for the next person! Will we see paragons who seem made for each other, heroes thawing villainous hearts, or an alliance of evil as should never have met? Have fun!

Tethys 13 wrote:For this game, you select a fictional character to complete the couple with the character put forward by the previous poster, and name another for the next person! Will we see paragons who seem made for each other, heroes thawing villainous hearts, or an alliance of evil as should never have met? Have fun!

Loki. I think the Marvel Cinematic Universe version would suit.

Dio from Jojo's Bizarre Adventure.

I think Sir Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing would be a fun pairing for Dio. She already deals with Alucard on a daily basis and I can see her holding her own in sheer wit and personality with Dio.

How about Goku from Dragon Ball Z

Goku + Saber from some random anime movie because they are both anime and have wierd hair and immortal

How bout Thomas the Tank Engine

*boops Osiris*

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Step One: Click the nation Valerievna
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