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You have a letter delivered to you by a private courier today. You open it and examine the contents.
Every year, Kaibacorp’s histories division hosts the KaibaCorp Archaeological Gala, a Black Tie Champagne Reception in conjunction with the International Conference of the Council for Archaeology (ICCA). The Gala is the field’s eminent social and networking event of the year for the East with nearly 2,500 high-ranking figures from the global world of archaeology including historians, preservers, scientific examination and private collectors. With the global Archaeological community united at this International Conference, the world’s greatest experts of our ancient past know the annual ICCA Gala is a not to be missed event.
It is our pleasure to invite you and one guest to join Mokuba Kaiba and our team at the Gala. Details of the event are as follows.
[You note that the event is in three days’ time, at Chateau Maximillion of the Lake Pegasus Centre, which is a part of Kaiba Land’s International Resort.]
As you may know, the KaibaCorp Archaeological Gala, sponsored by KaibaCorp, Industrial Illusions and the Maximillian J. Pegasus Memorial Fund, continues to be hosted at the Chateau Maximillian. KaibaCorp ensures it is a superb venue for the gala event. The Chateau is featured within the confines of Kaiba Land’s Lake Pegasus Centre. Appropriate vehicle access and parking will be made available, including VIP passes to access the park after hours.
The night’s event will headline the first public display of the Millennium Items found in Egypt this year. These unique treasures are some of the finest examples of craftsmanship ever produced in the ancient land of the pharaohs, complimented by one-of-a-kind texts that have deciphered their history.
Black Tie is the recommended attire for the Gala, including tuxedos or cocktail dresses. Duel Disks will not be permitted. Instead, holographic tables will be provided in a designated game room.
We would be delighted if you where our guest at ICCA 2017. Once we have received your confirmation from the provided contact details below, we will arrange to deliver you ticket(s) to you personally in advanced of the event. Complimentary transportation can be requested with your reply.
We look forward to receiving your confirmation, and to spending a memorable evening as you as our guest.
Head Manager, Lake Pegasus Center, KaibaCorp Int. Holdings.
[Everything else below is just the contact details for your reply.]
Long ago, when the Pyramids where still stone…
“You dared to challenge me, little mortal.”
The city of Memphis burned to illuminate the dead desert night behind the battle that in sewed the duo. Slithering through the sands to encircle its prey was the terrible demon. A blackened giant cobra, standing ten feet tall, sprouting 4 arms from a man-like torso. As with each anger-fuelled breath the handlebars on his scaly head contracted and expanded, while crimson eyes burned to scorn the man before him.
This man kneeled low in the sand, every exposed piece of the tanned skin not left untouched by scrapes, burns and cuts. The turquoise shendyt around his waist was shredded in several places. Gold wrist and ankles bands had been sliced apart, just holding on by the tightness to the body. Drawing the strength, the head draped with downwards brown hair half way down his back managed to rise to the venomous beast.
“I did nothing but give your people a great gift. One that would have seen the people of Egypt stand tall amongst the world.” It spat out and sprayed acid onto the sand. It bubbled away and excreted the most unpleasant smoke one could imagine.
Two blue eyes pierced through a golden eye mask with a long protruding point above the nose: not much unlike the bill of the African Ibis. His other hand grasped A single moment of strength saw him erect him back onto two feet, using the Was spectre in his right hand to hold against.
“Now Thoth, the distrust you fostered will be humanities undoing.”
Thoth uplifted the Was’ bottom fork and directed its jackal’s hook right at the serpent, keeping his centre.
Vapzuhm had no more patience for this pathetic mortal, summoning a torrent of darkness from one of many claws to obliterate him.
Thoth would never allow his death to come so easy. He also didn’t intend to die to what he saw as nothing more than an oversized cobra with rejection issues. From the jackal-shaped hook came forth a ball of gleaming light, splitting the beam into two around him. Another of Vapzhum’s claws reached forth to intensify the darkness. Then another, and another, funnelling the entirety of his inner darkness. A single moment of panic swirled around his head: How could one single human repel such power?
The intensity of the energy blasted a sandstorm around them. Thoth’s spell held up against all that the demon could throw at it, with only a little more effort required with each thrust. Then with one big push, Thoth unleashed the full might of his spell: the sceptre’s ball of light blossomed into an incandescent shield, bouncing all of Vapzuhm’s energy back in a violent storm. Before the beast could even react he was blown off the ground and through the wall of sand to crash-land meters away. Thoth leapt into a quick pursuit, covering his mask with his right arm as he passed through the clouds and to the twitching wreck he had created. With Vapzuhm in a violent, convulsing seizure from the blowback of his own power, Thoth knew it was his moment.
The pronged forks of the Was held itself upright when slid into the soft sand. Thoth reached for the book under his right arm which had somehow not slipped from his grasp throughout their duel. To him it was such an alien artefact: The people of Egypt had only began to write on papyrus scrolls, let alone using the leather that was only used for furniture and waterskins. To him binding papyrus into a volume of pages, protected in a purple leather and gold-ordained hardback cover, was a marvel. There was no time to bask in its genius however.
Flicking the clasp open the pages fluttered into life, turning with an ethereal breeze to the middle pages.
“Atum, by way of sacrifice, I bring mankind to The Tree Of Life. Unto The Sacred Mysteries I burn our darkness away, so I may stand behind your throne on this day of driving back disaster…”
“…so sail forth the right and truth, TO SEAL THIS DEMON AWAY!”
Thoth held aloft the spellbook above his head. A column of golden light shone forth, followed with ripples of force thudded themselves though him. Every ounce of his strength went to holding what remained of himself together. Vapzuhm had recovered his own strength and slid himself back upright, charred and smoking from the blowback. Golden light enveloped him, igniting the scales upon his back into silvery flames. All he could do was screech and cry with agony, for his form dissolved away into a web of purple gas, desperately banging away at the edges of the light in an attempt to escape.
A single flash ignited the fire-tinted desert night into blinding day over Menphis.
When darkness fell again, Thoth, his Was and the book where the only things in the sizable crater he now kneeled in. Cringing in pain he approached forward, ripping the sceptre out along the way to drag himself quicker towards the book. Had it worked? It was rumbling away, burning a bright mix of purple along the cover and gold from the pages. A light prod with the Was flipped it over, now emblazoned with the symbol of a golden eye in the heart of the cover and whispering away. Thoth could not do anything but give a small smile at the triumph. It was done.
The flames eventually dissipated and made it possible to take the tome into his hands once more, now imprisoning the demon-god Vapzuhm Incarnatum.
It would be a long walk back to the capitol, or what was left of it. With the sun rising behind as his trek began, Thoth realised something. “This is going to be a tale told for a millennium…”
6241 Years, 3 Months and 3 Days later, Just outside Domino City... Laughter and waves of chatter could be heard some distance away from the World Kaiba Corp Resort. Thankfully Tomoya’s Staff Condominium at the Lake Pegasus Centre Park where soundproofed like all the others. The main door clanked when the key slid in, balancing several polyurethane shopping bags and a suit cover. Frowning from the strain, it slid open across the beige carpet, to quickly relieving the bags onto the nearby kitchen counter. Tomoya sighed and kicked the door behind him, hooking the suit cover with the hanger onto the nearby coat rack.
Unpacking the bags wouldn’t take long, withholding a back of salted tortilla chips for immediate consumption. With every few items put away he reached out and clenched forth a handful of the tortillas, shoving them into his mouth with no finesse. Packing finished, they were swiftly moved and deposited onto the computer desk besides the sliding doors. They led to a simple railing balcony that Tomoya unlocked for some fresh air, sliding it across.
The ambient sounds of the park flooded into his Condominium: Birds chirping, light chatter and the occasional PA announcement. The view from the balcony was impressive. A direct look at most of Lake Pegasus, which was encircled with various informative, culinary and merchandising attractions. At the very end of the lake stood a gated chateau, banners across the archway. It had would have been Pegasus’ newest residence, now a public museum to the causes that Industrial Illusions contribute to.
The fresh air filled his lungs. “So good to get a few days off once in a while.” Thinking to himself, lurching himself over to his desk and collapsing into the embrace of a large leather lounge chair which had been repurposed into a computer chair. Tapping the power button on the sleek tower computer ignited the monitors into life, ready to take in his long-winded password. The desktop that followed was of 3 aeroplanes, based off the Pokémon Kyogre, Latias and Latios, flying above fields of grass. Icons where messily layered atop the left-hand side. Tomoya clicked on the start bar and opened Firefox for Email access. Very few had arrived today: Mainly automated messages about his Paypal and Steam transactions the last few days.
A few more torteas left the packet and into his mouth, just before a Discord filled up the screen.
“Gekko Tenma Calling”
Oh not again. The man never missed a day where he wouldn’t call Tomoya out-of-hours. Slipping the headset over his draping brown hair, he tapped the Enter key to initiate the call.
“Gekko, I literally just got back from the market.”
“Perfect timing then.”
Tomoya took a second to take another chip from the bag and into his mouth, munching it down quickly.
“Uh, sure. Suit is back from the cleaners. You?” Only rumbling followed his words for a solid 10 seconds. What was going on?
“Mostly. I have the press office being hounded.” Gekko puffed away.
“Why? It’s just a small gala." Tomoya raised his left eyebrow.
“Have you not seen the news at all today?”
“Hold on, Hold on…"
Deafening the call, Tomoya reopened Firefox and created a new tab for BBC News, widening his eyes at the top headline: “KaibaCorp confirm Mokuba Kaiba as new CEO”. He was only 15; could he even become the CEO at his age? Tomoya thought he was a bit of a know-it-all, but even he wasn’t sure about that. Yet again, the Kaibas had so much money and influence, they could probably screw the rules and do about anything they wanted in Japan.
“Okay, I have several questions.” Then he remembered that Discord was still muted.
“Sorry about that. Now, I have several questions.” Repeating his words.
“Right. No statement for the press, so we are just repeating what we’re seeing on the news. The HQ have said that Mokuba is still coming tonight to do the speech.”
“Yes, that. I want you here on the double. I need all hands on deck ASAP.” Gekko chuckled.
“Alright, Alright. I’ll see you in one hour.”
“Good. Security will be--” Gekko’s voice at that point broke off. Only muttering in the background preceded the call abruptly ending. Clearly he had fallen deep into a massive pile of muck at the worst possible time.
“How rude.” He swirled around in his chair around to face the coat-rack. “Showtime I guess.”
6241 Years, 3 Months and 3 Days later, Just outside Domino City...
Laughter and waves of chatter could be heard some distance away from the World Kaiba Corp Resort. Thankfully Tomoya’s Staff Condominium at the Lake Pegasus Centre Park where soundproofed like all the others. The main door clanked when the key slid in, balancing several polyurethane shopping bags and a suit cover. Frowning from the strain, it slid open across the beige carpet, to quickly relieving the bags onto the nearby kitchen counter. Tomoya sighed and kicked the door behind him, hooking the suit cover with the hanger onto the nearby coat rack.
- Our timeline follows the Manga, including 'Yu-Gi-Oh! R' and 'TRANSEND GAME'.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! R occurrs between the Tournament Finals and King’s Memories arcs.
- It has been three months since the events of “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Darkside of Dimensions”.
- The setting is now the early 2020's instead of the mid-1990's. This reflects the changes in technology and society.
- The events of the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX manga take place aprox. 10 years in the future, and ~50 for 5D's.
- Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal, ARC-V and VRAINS do not occur in this universe.
Domino City is the main setting Codex of Shadows. All major locations from the Manga remain the same.
KaibaCorp Two Construction Site
KaibaCorp has begun work on constructing a new Skyscraper to replace the aging KaibaCorp HQ in Central Domino, down the road from Domino Plaza. The supports have been completed and the first 15 floors just beams and concrete.
Kaiba Land International Resort
The flagship Kaiba Land theme park is situated approximately five miles outside Domino City. It consists of the main Kaiba Land Park, 11 resort hotels, a safari centre and two golf parks. It accommodates approximately 50,000 people daily.
The Kaiba Dome arena is a premier sports and duelling stadium situated as part of the Kaiba Land Resort. It is currently hosting the Summer Domino 24-hour NASCAR event.
Lake Pegasus Centre
Sponsored by Industrial Illusions and named in the honour of the creator of Duel Monsters, this secondary theme park is situated in the north east section of the Kaiba Land International Resort. Consisting of educational attractions, international food venues, a private monorail, several gated communities and Chateau Maximillian.
The centre is managed by Gecko Tenma as Head Manager and Tomoya Yagi as Junior Manager.
Intended to be Pegasus’ personal residence on the mainland, he never saw it completed due to his murder at the hand of Dark Bakura. When the Lake Pegasus centre was built, it was completed and used as both a public museum and private event venue. It is where tonight’s Gala is being held.
Yugi was offered an internship at Industrial Illusions’ R&D in California following his graduation and flown out to take the position on.
Tristian has left the city to work with his dad, followed by Joey in the search for a new job following his sacking.
Tea also flew out of Japan to study abroad in the US.
Bakura was convinced by Yugi to work at the Game Store, keeping an eye on his grandfather Solomon.
Ryuji (Duke) continues working at his father’s café in the Domino Mall.
Seto continues to indulge in his access to the Egyptian Afterlife, only returning to the physical realm for food, sleep and the occasional catch-up with Mokuba.
Solomon remains working at his Game Store. He has moments of forgetfulness and is suffering from Arthritis in his hip, so Bakura helps around the store and Mrs. Mutou around the house.
Mokuba has become the CEO of KaibaCorp while his brother is away. He will be attending the gala tonight as the main speaker.
Murdered by Dark Bakura, Industrial Illusions covered it up. They claimed he died suddenly from cirrhosis of the liver, caused by a lifetime of heavy drinking (mainly Red and White Wine Spritzers) after the death of his wife. Yako Tenma succeeded him as president of the company after Gekko refused.
Yako became the new President of Industrial Illusions after Project R.A. Yako turned down his invitation to tonight’s gala, citing “mitigating circumstances”.
Gekko declined to take control of Industrial Illusions, but took on the management of the Lake Pegasus Resort alongside Tomoya. He is running tonight’s Gala.
After the R.A Project was abandoned Tilda left the Card Professor guild and went freelance across Japan, then became part of PaniK’s Rare Hunters back in Domino City as a Lieutenant.
Known as the Player Killer of Darkness back in Duelist Kingdom, he received extensive psychological treatment for the trauma of his Penalty Game. After which he assumed control of the Rare Hunters.
The Rare Hunters organisation has survived since the departure of Marik and Odion as roving bands of thugs and disqualified duellists who cheat and intimidate to win cards from their opponents, reorganising into a small mafia who now target valuable cards and the smuggling of ancient relics to collectors. They are now run by PaniK.
They continue to be wanted by police in connection of burglary, racketeering, grand theft auto and assault. Many of the Rare Hunters are very superstitious, adamant in the existence of magic from their involvement with Marik and the events of Battle City.
Blank Cards of great power have been known to be scattered across Domino City. Almost all of them are just examples of misprinted cards and sold as collectables. A very few however are empty vessels and scattered across Domino, destined for those who are blessed with the willpower and strength to continue against overwhelming odds.
Following the events of DSOD, the Key, Scales, Eye, Rod and Necklace where recovered from the Shrine of the Underworld and are arranged to be displayed at the gala. The Millennium Ring is also being displayed, sealed within solid resin and bullet resistant glass to prevent any more exposure to its dark energies.
Translated from hieroglyphics as the “Codex of Shadows”, it was given to humanity by Vapzuhm Incarnatum. This ancient spell book explains in great detail the art of Shadow Alchemy, including the ritual to create Millennium Items. Discovered in a hidden chamber in the Temple of the Underworld, it is to be displayed at the Gala tonight alongside the recovered Millennium Items.
Vapzuhm is a Demon God that was created by The Gentle Darkness before Zorc Necrophades. His purpose was to introduce dark magic to humanity, including Shadow Alchemy. When Vapzuhm presented it himself in human form to the First Pharaoh of Egypt they accepted the gift: The Codex of Shadows. Only too soon they regretted it when the kingdom began to fall into anarchy by its influence.
The demon would be defeated by the first magician Thoth, who used the demons own magic to seal him away in the Codex of Shadows.
Vapzuhm was partially exhumed when Ankandan started the ritual to create the Millennium Items, using the seven days to plan his revenge. He first exacted his vendetta against his jailer, possessing a priest of Thoth and having him take him to his tomb in Luxor. Vapzuhm casted dark magic to bind Thoth’s spirit into the Codex of Shadows. Vapzuhm also makes contact with The Gentle Darkness to have it create Zorc Necrophades, believing the demon-god would destroy humanity. He was then resealed into the Codex as the ritual to create the Millennium Items was completed. Following this the Codex was renamed as the Millennium Tome.
Tomoya Yagi is a 22-year old resident of Domino City, junior manager of the Lake Pegasus Centre and Maximillian Chateau.
Tomoya is the son of a British immigrant who came to Japan to marry his wife, who he had met when she studied abroad. Born and raised in an obscure diverse fishing town which had a large number of mixed-nationality couples, Tomoya had an average childhood until the age of thirteen.
A close friend of Tomoya at the time was a slightly older Italian-Japanese kid called Lorenzo. The pair had been rivals when playing Duel Monsters since it became a popular pastime. On their 13th birthdays they both received a Duel Disk and decided to test them out on one of the few open spaces in the town: an abandoned pleasure pier. Enthralled by the amazing holographic projections they indulged in their most fierce and competitive ever, oblivious to the encroaching bad weather. The pier had been dilapidated for some years after the arcade closed up, creaking as the wind and crashing waves struck. Lorenzo had been winning, but as the pier wobbled he wanted to stop.
Tomoya demanded otherwise, thinking he could turn it around after drawing Twin Colt Dragon.
Moments later a massive wave crashed alongside them, collapsing most of the floorboards below them. Instinct drove them to cling on to the edges, terrified for their lives. Tomoya had a stronger foothold and lugged himself to the stable edge, reaching out to Lorenzo with his hand. Tragically, Lorenzo couldn’t reach in time before the next wave struck, dragging him down into the water and forcing Tomoya to sprint away to safety as much more of the pier was swept away.
Lorenzo’s body was found by the coastguard two days later. Despite the coroner report ruling his death was accidental, Tomoya blamed himself for the tragedy.
The local community also believed so, forcing the family to relocate to Domino City and making a fresh start. After completing his secondary education, he went onto college and completed a degree in computer engineering. During this period he received periodic counselling for dealing with the emotional damage. These counselling sessions where the catalyst for Tomoya to meet Gekko Tenma, who was also receiving counselling to deal with the estranged relationship with his brother Yakko. Over time they became good friends, eventually leading Gekko to offer Tomoya the junior managerial position at the Lake Pegasus Centre. The job also came with a staff apartment within the park.
Tomoya uses a Gun Dragon deck, where machine-type monsters use effects that are determined by coin tosses. They are supported by some Union monsters, general & specialised support cards, and cards that manipulate the result of coin tosses in his favour.
Ever since the accident, Tomoya has not duelled for fun: Only when his job demanded it for demonstration purposes. However he does carry the Deck with him as a habit.
Duel Theme: Casual Duel
Thoth was an Ancient Egyptian, close relative of the First Pharaoh and the world’s first Magician. He lived approximately 1000 years before Atem’s rule.
Thoth was an advisor to the First Pharaoh and attended the court when Vapzhum presented humanity with Dark Magic. Despite protesting against the suspicious deal, was ignored. Following this, the First Pharaoh tasked him to use it against Vapzhum. Thoth became the first Magician using Vapzhum’s magic, turning it against him in a deadly battle. Vapzhum was tricked and sealed away during this battle into the Millennium Tome.
He mastered and taught his magic powers to his apprentices, who would begin the linage of Royal Magicians for the Egyptian Court. He died at Luxor from old age, where over hundreds of years became canonised as Thoth, God of Knowledge and Wisdom.
The Gentle Darkness
The Gentle Darkness is an intangible, unknowable force of nature that personifies the element of darkness.
Rules & Applications
- Standard YCM, RP Section and Advanced Clause rules always apply.
- Don’t be the equivalent of the male reproductive organ and be nice to each other.
- Game Masters (GM) can be appointed by Void. They are tasked to keep the RP run smoothly. They are provided with access to one (1) copy of the Game Master Rulebook, which contains spoilers and a rough story plan for the RP.
- Void and any Game Masters have the final say on any pretty much anything.
- Void can override Game Masters at any time.
- Feel free to table questions at any time on this thread (or a future Discord if desired). However DM myself or a GM if you have a complaint to file.
- Everyone is only permitted two character max. Killing off characters does not free up a slot.
- Inactive characters may be disposed of at the discretion of Void and GMs.
- Canon NPCs can only be controlled by Void and the GMs, unless permission is granted.
- A Discord server may be created if there is a demand for one. I won’t be using Skype.
- Standard rules from the latest OCG Rulebook apply.
- Custom cards and archtypes are permitted, so long as they are reasonable.
- You may use official archtypes, but it is strongly discouraged to use those that have connections to Synchro, Xyz, and Pendulum and Link monsters.
- If you do, you cannot create a replacement for Synchro, Xyz, Pendulum and Link cards.
- Synchro, Xyz, Pendulum and Link cards do not exist and so cannot be used.
- You cannot use the manga-exclusive card types (Virus Cards, Trap-Spell Cards & Illusion Cards.) You can however use any legal TCG/OCG equivalents.
Some players may be have special status effects or limited-use power-ups that may activate across the RP. The details of these will be added to this section when they are introduced.
Applications must be submitted on this thread.
Gender: Simple. (At least it use to be. Thanks Tumblr.)
Occupation: This does include students and the unemployed. If you want to start as a Rare Hunter, put it here.
Appearance: Five (5) lines minimum, describing facial and bodily features, along with casual clothing and the formal clothing you will be attending the Gala with, include accessories such as mobiles.. Images are optional but won’t exclude you from the minimum length, and if you do, they must be in a spoiler tag.
Personality: A minimum of four (4) lines. What they're like and etc. If you know how to roleplay, you should know what a personality is.
Biography: Minimum: Minimum of six (6) lines, summarising their past and how they led to the events of Codex of Shadows. This will be how your character is described in their database entry.
Deck: A summary of their deck, including the archtype, their general strategy and what support they have. You can also add what ace cards they possess. No full decklists!
Miscellaneous: For anything you think does not fit into the other sections. You can remove it if you have nothing to say.