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PostSubject: Cipher   Tue May 12, 2015 1:33 pm

So I've been thinking about some things and I realized something. The original RP was never really about The Empire. The Cipher Syndicate in the RP was never The Empire itself. It was a government syndicate that enforced Imperial rule. With this in mind, I had an idea. See, part of the spirit of the original RP was the syndicate itself. Hell, it's the name of the site. It was never really about the day to day operations of The Empire, it was about the syndicate and its employees. Hell, Zerdark rarely ever actually did much Emperor things. He did things as the leader of this government agency. With that in mind, here's my idea in the next paragraph.

The Adonian version of Zerdark will be The Spymaster for Drachurst. He's spent his entire career establishing various contacts and building a powerbase to protect the kingdom's interests. We've already agreed on these points. This intelligence network is essentially a government agency, like the original Cipher Syndicate. So I was thinking, why not call this intelligence network The Cipher Syndicate? The name actually fits better in this sense if you go by what a cipher actually is. In this setting, Cipher would be The Spy's secret network of spies, informants and potentially agents in the field. The main differences between the original RP's Cipher and Adonia's would be as follows.

1: Cipher is now a secret organization not known to the public. Only the Royal Family and people involved with the syndicate would know of its existence.

2: Zerdark leads the Syndicate as normal, but in this setting, he actually answers to a higher authority. That being The King and other members of the Royal Family such as Arturia. In fact, I could see Arturia working pretty closely with The Syndicate. The original had Zerdark as The Emperor leading his own government agency, but here, he serves The King and family.

3: In the original RP, Cipher had an HQ. In Adonia, Cipher agents would be scattered all across the kingdom and in most cases, act independently. Though they all write reports that eventually make their way to The Spy, who gives out his orders in secret.

4: In the original, the majority of the characters in the RP were affiliated with Cipher in some way and Cipher was the main focus. In this new one, that would be the the opposite. The characters involved with Cipher would be in the minority and not the main focus of the RP. In fact, it's mostly world building, but can be used for practical purposes.


I was thinking this could open up some character ideas. Possible agents in the field affiliated with Cipher. The spies under Zerdark. Maybe some innkeepers/bartenders that are secretly affiliated with Cipher and relay orders to the agents in the field.


I'm sure there are some objections to this idea, but I wanted to voice it anyway to get it off my mind. Who knows, maybe with some tweaking it could actually turn into something decent. Mostly I wanted to keep the name since, well, it's what our site is named after. I also want to try and preserve some of the spirit of the original RP. All that said, voice your comments below.

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PostSubject: Re: Cipher   Tue May 12, 2015 1:54 pm

Would be pretty ok with this

I can see some possible relations, positive or negative, opening between CS and other orgs like ARK and et al.

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PostSubject: Re: Cipher   Tue May 12, 2015 2:51 pm

I can roll with this idea. It can develop into interesting things.


Suddenly Cipher are the Patroits of Adonia *Shot*

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PostSubject: Re: Cipher   Tue May 12, 2015 3:28 pm

Rockman47 wrote:
Suddenly Cipher are the Patroits of Adonia *Shot*

what the fuck is a patroit *shot*

but yeah seems cool to me :0

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PostSubject: Re: Cipher   Tue May 12, 2015 4:36 pm

I have no objections.

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PostSubject: Re: Cipher   Tue May 12, 2015 7:46 pm

I wonder if people who work directly for Arturia would know about it
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PostSubject: Re: Cipher   Tue May 12, 2015 8:20 pm

I have no objections to it provided they're trustworthy. Though if they work directly for Arturia, I'd assume they would be.

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PostSubject: Re: Cipher   Wed May 20, 2015 12:40 pm

I have no problem with this idea. Toss in a little intrigue and some cinnamon and this'll be tasty.

(I like political intrigue story, yes)

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PostSubject: Re: Cipher   Wed May 20, 2015 6:29 pm

Since everyone seems alright with the idea, I think we can discuss the organization of this syndicate. In a place like this, of course there will be ranks. Though it will be more simple than last time as to avoid confusion.


At the bottom you have of course the lowest tier. This tier houses the standard operatives and spies in the field. They're all equal and act independently for the most part, but do report to a higher ranking official in their area. Usually an Admin undercover as an innkeeper or something similar.

Mid tier houses the Admins. There will typically be one Admin assigned to a town and surrounding areas. Their job is to oversee Cipher interests in the area, make sure Cipher operatives are performing their roles, giving assistance where needed, etc. Agents in the field report to their assigned Admin, and the Admin has these reports delivered to The Spy/Zerdark.

The final tier houses the leadership of Cipher, which is essentially just The Spy/Zerdark. Though there are some valued associates that work closely with him and also fall into this tier. I would imagine Arturia would be one of them. Depending on how Lana wants Robin to be involved, if it all, she may also fall here.


Now then, thoughts? Opinions? Suggestions?

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