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The City of Rapture Moderators ([personal profile] rapturemod) wrote in [community profile] rapturecity2015-10-25 12:15 pm

somewhere beyond the sea [open to all]

When the bathysphere doors creak open, Rapture’s Welcome Center isn’t exactly a hub of activity. The red light of a silent radio blinks innocently from its position by the bathysphere door, then crackles abruptly to life. The words the broadcast utters are far from welcoming.

It would be simple enough to pry the radio loose and pocket it for safekeeping. No one would be the wiser.

The red carpet is plush beneath the feet, running from the Bathysphere Station to the lounge, resplendent with its rich decor and a distinctly 1950’s aesthetic. Rows of lamps illuminate the room with a soft, auburn glow. The faint strains of a placid violin drift from speakers invisible to the untrained eye. The walls are lined with ads, the falsely cheery sepia-toned grins of vacant-eyed men and women promoting PLASMIDS BY FONTAINE FUTURISTICS - EVOLUTION IN A BOTTLE! COMING SOON to the public. TELEKINESIS! announces another, MIND OVER MATTER!

There is no orientation, no tour guide waiting to explain the city beneath the ocean to any new arrivals or elaborate on the ominous words from the recent broadcast. What few denizens are present in the lounge area or the atrium keep their wary distance, several murmuring furtively to each other from behind cupped hands. Beyond them, there's simply exposed glass, open sea. The water is dark and rich and green and clear, kelp trailing lazily as it strains for rays of sunlight it will never touch. Schools of silver fish ripple sleekly past. The passage of time is relative here, impossible to guess with the city's well-lit interior.

Whatever happens next, one thing is patently obvious: this sure as hell isn't Kansas anymore.

Welcome to Rapture.

Opportunity awaits.

[ooc: We are opening this intro log to ALL players and characters, regardless of whether or not they’ve apped into the game (yet, possibly?). If your character is newly arrived, feel free to give them a top-level here (the Welcome Center), in any number of the location-specific top-levels, or anywhere else within reason. They can stay in one part of the city or wander from one to another, to the player’s discretion.

If you like, you can choose for your character to have already been in the city for a time. The maximum time for this is a month, meaning they had to have arrived in early August or later. Characters who have been living here have more freedom in terms of where they are or what they can be doing in their top-levels or subsequent tags - they may have already found a living space, started a business, or found other employment. Be sure to check the state of the city post in the OOC comm to get caught up on what's happening.

If you'd like to interact with any of the NPCs, drop the mods a line and we'll get on it!]
postictal: (we donated last year thank you though)

tw: flashbacking, fear of drowning, gore mention, dissociation

[personal profile] postictal 2015-10-26 12:34 am (UTC)(link)
After emerging from the horribly cramped little sphere, gasping and shivering and soaked to the bone, exploring was really, honestly the last thing on Tim's mind. Not when only twenty-four hours prior he'd rammed a sliver of knife into another man's throat, over and over again, gutted him alive until he was up to his elbows in that thick, hot rush of scarlet.

This isn't right. This isn't right.

It should be gone, shouldn't it? He took care of it. He cut its puppet's strings, and it should be over. But he'd just gone from one nightmare to the next, from derelict school walls to seething, storm-tossed, oil-dark water that tumbled him ruthlessly from waves to the hard sea-slick steps at the base of the lighthouse that loomed right the hell out of nowhere.

Was this another one of its - games, tricks, whatever they are? Another hole in reality to go taunting at him through? It feels too solid, too real. He keeps expecting the ground to warp away with each stumbling step, but the apparition remains horrifyingly tangible.

Some kind of protest is happening in the square. He glances left and right, grimacing with a sickening lurch in his gut when he realizes that practically everyone is in the same kind of old-time-y clothing, and he's starkly out of place.

Tim withdraws, pressing himself against the glass separating him from the water that stretches onward, upward, forever and further. He's shaking, shaking too hard to retrieve the bottle of white capsules form his pocket. He braces fingers against his temples and hunches until he's nearly doubled-over in agony.

His head. Oh god, his head.
snitchingscars: On your soul tonight (Grunt♪ To lay their hands)

Gently pretends I'm not late to the party.

[personal profile] snitchingscars 2015-10-28 03:12 am (UTC)(link)
A few months ago, maybe, he'd be surprised to see a new person in Rapture. He had had to sign a deal with the devil to escape the surface, and as far as he knew the devil wasn't taking any new contracts. But it's been a couple of months since he was sober enough to worry about that. Right now it's just... a fact. Someone new is here.

And what a mess he is. Dodger can't complain. He hasn't slept in at least 24 hours, as usual, his veins are pulsing with a little more ADAM than he needs to survive and he smells heavily of whiskey. There's a half-empty bottle of whiskey in one of his hands and a fresh cigarette in the other. It takes him a moment to light it properly, as he fails to snap his fingers quite right.

"Need a hand?"

He doesn't expect anyone else to help. He is a drunkard, and this new man is a drowned rat in a weird shirt. But the slur in his speech and the tone of his voice is enough to say he's not really interested in being much help, and he won't be much help even if he tries. He's mostly just making conversation.

And hoping it ends up mostly coherent.
postictal: (that boy needs sLEEP)

not at all!

[personal profile] postictal 2015-10-28 03:43 am (UTC)(link)
He startles, and would have stumbled back if he weren't already pressed as flat against the glass as possible. Tim eyes the man opposite him warily.

He looks about the same as everyone else in this weird city - underwater, why did it have to be underwater - though a bit on the pale side. The stench of alcohol and the mumble to the words is unmistakable.

"I'm, uh," says Tim, running a shaky hand through his hair as he tries to plaster on some kind of composure when he can't stop shivering from the wet and cold and encroaching panic. "I'm just - lost, I think. I think."

He swallows hard and tries to look the other man in the eyes. "Do you, um, do you know - where I am, exactly?"

Whether he's asking to know in the vague or the specific sense, he can't really say. He doubts either will help.
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phew uvu

[personal profile] snitchingscars 2015-10-28 03:55 am (UTC)(link)

"Aren't we all." He drawls lazily.

But the question of where he is piques his interest. No one comes to Rapture by accident, he knows that much even in his drunken stupor. So to this he just stares at the man, trying to decide whether to take him seriously.

"Rapture." He mutters after a moment, pausing to flick the ashes of his cigarette and swearing under his breath when he fails and has to relight it. "...I'd dry off if I were you. No one's gonna help you find your bearings."

Including himself, clearly.
postictal: (what the fuck boy)

we backtag forever no worries

[personal profile] postictal 2015-10-28 04:03 am (UTC)(link)
Rapture. Okay, great. Hell of a name. It doesn't sound like a good, welcoming, wholesome kind of name - but then again, no one would except an innocuous title like Rosswood Park to be associated with the vague, horrifying, primal terror he knows lives there.

He has no idea what 'rapture' even means. Does he mean the city, or the region or -

"Yeah," says Tim, bitterly. "I'm kinda figuring that out. Every man for himself, or whatever. Do you mean Rapture is the city, or - ?"

He trails off. God but he could use some nicotine right about now. He fishes a crumpled pack of cigarettes from his pocket and sighs when he remembers they're just as sodden as he is.
snitchingscars: Pushing them away (Smoke♪ And all those years you wasted)

be warned i will actually take you up on that to infinity

[personal profile] snitchingscars 2015-10-28 08:20 pm (UTC)(link)
"City. Yeah. The City of Rapture." Roll credits.

At the very least, even drunk off his ass Dodger has a knack for noticing details. He glances at the waterlogged cigarettes, and pauses as if considering whether he really cares enough to help, before offering the half-smoked cigarette in his mouth to the other man. He considers that a neutral option.

"Tell you what, though - once you've got all the seawater outta your lungs, it wouldn't be too hard to steal some clothes and a bite to eat." He pauses, "And if you run across any more gigglewater I might call that payment for being your tour guide."

At least, it would give him something to do. He has to admit he's curious.
postictal: (look at all this bullshit)

[personal profile] postictal 2015-10-28 09:36 pm (UTC)(link)
He regards the cigarette with a faint frown, torn. On one hand, this might be a kind of 'rite of passage' thing, some unspoken social expectation down here. On the other, sticking someone else's cigarette in his mouth right after taking a swim through the Atlantic Ocean seems like a very bad decision, hygienically.

He's also at the bottom of the ocean, talking to a drunk. Maybe hygiene is off the table at this point.

He accepts it, and snorts softly.

"You mean alcohol?" he says, raising an eyebrow. "You're welcome to it. I can't drink any, anyway."

Stealing, on the other hand, is a much less appealing prospect, especially if Tim's stuck here.

"Any kinds of jobs or things around here?" he hazards.
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[personal profile] snitchingscars 2015-10-28 09:56 pm (UTC)(link)
Dodger makes a small snorting noise; a response to a joke that's only funny to him. This guy really is new... he'll learn to appreciate alcohol.

"Any work you can get won't be worth the work you get." He takes a swig of whiskey and lights a new cigarette. "But stealing's a little more friendly than killing, I figure. Either way, Rapture's a ritzy sorta place. You're not gonna get a job dressed like... that."
postictal: (what the fuck boy)

[personal profile] postictal 2015-10-28 10:14 pm (UTC)(link)
Like what. Like a normal, 2014 person? What the hell even time period is it down here?

Would it take him - this far back? Literally, beyond his own past and straight into another time entirely?

He braces a hand against the wall, swallowing in an effort to choke back the hot, sick rush of panic to his chest. He's still here. He's still here. It's okay. Nothing's after him, yet. He's flat against a wall. There's nothing -

There's nothing behind him.

"I'm used to working shit jobs," he says shortly. "I'll do what I have to. But I'd rather not get on the wrong side of any law, if you know what I'm saying." If worst comes to worst, he'll pilfer a goddamn trash can for clothes more appropriate for whatever fashion is accepted here.
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[personal profile] snitchingscars 2015-10-28 10:58 pm (UTC)(link)
Dodger raises a brow.

"You really are new..." He laughs quietly, "Rapture has more guidelines than rules. Long as no one catches you, they can't say you didn't earn what you've got..."

The clothes he'd bought himself were burned ritualistically, anyway, when he ran with the Saturnine. It took him a while to find someone his size and kill them for a new outfit.

"Oh, and there's probably money in the trash. Rich folks really don't know what to do with what they've got."
postictal: (how bout you go fuck yourself buddy)

[personal profile] postictal 2015-10-28 11:26 pm (UTC)(link)
"So?" says Tim, flaring briefly on the defensive. He's pretty obviously new, isn't he? Is that a thing here? "There was a submarine - thing, and I didn't know where else to go, so - "

He shrugs pointedly. Maybe acting subtly challenging isn't the best idea, but it's not like the guy is going out of his way to be nice.

"Is it, like, uh." He rubs at the back of his neck nervously. "Is everyone here rich? Cause it - it kinda seems like it."
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[personal profile] snitchingscars 2015-10-28 11:59 pm (UTC)(link)
Huh. He didn't expect the bathyspheres in still worked. He certainly didn't come in that way. But that just makes this newcomer more interesting.

"Rich, or dirt poor. One o' the two." Dodger shrugs casually, "And we don't get new folks often. Actually... I don't remember ever seeing someone new." He pauses, "Guessing from the tee shirt you're not part of the upper class."

That, and he knew if this man was rich he wouldn't have sat here chatting up with someone like himself.
postictal: (behind you)

[personal profile] postictal 2015-10-29 12:36 am (UTC)(link)
Class divide. Well, that's just great. At least it'll give him the chance to lay low. That's always preferred - or at least, it's safer for pretty much everyone.

"No, really?" he says dryly. "Does it matter?" Maybe it does here, where everyone shoots him vaguely suspicious looks and pretty much walks around like they own the place. For all he knows, a lot of them might. Does a city like this have apartments? Cars, even?

A flutter of paper catches his eye, a shred of newspaper trapped between an ashtray and the ground. He tilts his head to get a look at the date stamped at the corner, and pales.


"It's - 1958," he mutters hoarsely. "How can it - "
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[personal profile] snitchingscars 2015-10-29 12:59 am (UTC)(link)
"Is it?"

It's news to him too. It's probably been months since he was keeping track of time. It barely matters anyway. Every day is a new opportunity to either struggle for survival or die. That's what his life boils down to.

"Listen.. the longer you stay here the less it matters whether it's even day or night. Give it a year or two and you'll stop caring if it's 1958 or 1925." He tries to drink from his bottle again, but it's empty. And without a warning he throws it and smashes it beside him.

Barely anyone even glances up.
postictal: (what a sad fucking panda)

[personal profile] postictal 2015-10-29 01:10 am (UTC)(link)
Maybe it makes relative sense to him, but - but you don't just go from 2014 to 1958. That's not what it does.

The guy practically slams the bottle into the ground, and Tim jumps, hands leaping upward to shield his face from any glass that might come pinwheeling his way. Based on the non-reaction of everyone else, this apparently isn't out of the ordinary.

"Jesus," he hisses. "I don't want to stay here. I want to go back."

Then he shuts his mouth, because who knows if there's even a 'back' to go to if it's 1958.
snitchingscars: On your soul tonight (Grunt♪ To lay their hands)

[personal profile] snitchingscars 2015-10-29 01:53 am (UTC)(link)
"There is no back." Dodger mutters. His tone is much more sullen without a bottle in his hand. "If there was half the working class wouldn't be here. Ryan built it to be a fly's trap, see- you can wriggle in but there's no way back out. And I wouldn't be surprised if someone's gotten killed trying - this whole place is supposed to be a big secret and all."

Which is bullshit. And he's known that since the day he got smuggled into the city by the thugs in Neptune's Bounty. But going too far into that risks giving out personal information.

He pauses and glances down at the man. "You know, having company is pleasant and all but unless you've got something worth my while I'm running outta patience for showing you the ropes." From his tone, it's clear he'd rather receive compensation than just be left alone.
postictal: (this is my fault)

[personal profile] postictal 2015-10-29 02:00 am (UTC)(link)
A tremor runs the length of his spine, and Tim unconsciously curls his arms around himself, adopting the withdrawn position redolent of every night spent in a windowless hospital room. Maybe he's not making the best or strongest first impression, but with any luck, it won't matter. Maybe this guy won't even care. He sounds more grumpy than anything, probably wanting some kind of, what, payment for his less-than-helpful help?

He's trapped. He's trapped here, underwater, under fathoms and fathoms of - of dark, crushing water -

His head feels like it's floating, his breathing too shallow and too rapid. Tim shakes his head once, less in response to the implicit demand and more out of an effort to get his awareness to return to his skull.

"I don't," he shakes his head again, trying to clear it, "I don't have anything, I just -" He can't panic, not here. Not now. Not in front of some sneering drunk. "I just got here."
snitchingscars: You're gonna see the light (Thinking♪ That someday)

[personal profile] snitchingscars 2015-10-29 02:26 am (UTC)(link)
Some part of him vaguely knows he should feel bad for him... more than anything he just feels annoyed. He's been stuck in Rapture for five years. All because some bald asshole convinced him it would be better than getting torn apart by his adoptive brother's gang. It seems so pointless to get upset at this point.

"Cool it. Alright? I didn't say I wanted cash, I just wanna see if you're any use to me." He pauses to think it over a bit, mostly trying to ignore the... shell shock, maybe? "We can say you owe me a couple tens, or you can tell me what the surface is like these days. Anything useful. If it's real useful I can help you get started on blending in."
postictal: (jay was just waiting that whole time)

[personal profile] postictal 2015-10-29 03:03 am (UTC)(link)
"These days?" he repeats, struggling to keep the edge of panic from his voice. Somehow he doubts the revelation that he's from some fifty years in the future is going to sit well with his drunk acquaintance.

He was never good at history. His only vague idea of what American life was like in the 50's probably came from the old movies Brian rented and tried to sit him down to watch. He scrambles frantically for any kind of information, anything remotely plausible.

"The economy," he blurts without thinking, "is, um - it's, it's really bad. People charging ridiculous amounts for, you know, just a pack of cigarettes or something. Prices going up."

Great Depression? No, that was the twenties, wasn't it? Fuck, he doesn't know.

"Lots of - crime." Does it sound like he's making shit up? Hopefully this guy is too drunk to care. If he's been away from the - fuck, from the surface for a while, maybe he has no idea what it's like either. "Police are totally out of their league."

What use he can be. Well, he's accustomed to being used, he can say that much. Granted, he was only used in recent memory because of the specific kind of information he happened to have on him, and he doubts - god but he hopes - that kind of thing will be no use here.
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[personal profile] snitchingscars 2015-10-31 09:43 am (UTC)(link)
Dodger groans in annoyance. None of this is saleable information. At best, it sounds vague and made up. And by the look on the panicking man's face he's sure it is.

"Fuck do you know about crime..." Dodger pinches the bridge of his nose briefly, "Inventions. New political figures. Fashion sorts of things - that's what people care about, what's it fuckin' matter if life is hell on the surface?"
postictal: (that boy needs therapy)

[personal profile] postictal 2015-10-31 04:06 pm (UTC)(link)
He's supposed to be a liar, isn't he? But fuck if he knows anything about history. He's not smart, he's not a scientist. The only halfway useful thing about him is an apparent talent for self-preservation.

He wavers. Then he shakes his head, and something in the back of his brain just goes, fuck it. What's it matter if the guy can't verify it?

"The Internet," he says. "Kind of a - open-access network, like a hub of information anyone can just tap into if they've got, like, a phone or something. Or, uh, here."

He digs his own phone out of his pocket. A hopeful press of the button yields nothing - he made sure to get something waterproof after the last time, but a lengthy swim through the ocean seems to have been too much for the little black rectangle.

It's useless like this. He offers it to the other man hopefully.

"Broken, now. I guess the water killed it."
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[personal profile] snitchingscars 2015-11-02 08:59 pm (UTC)(link)
"Internet." Dodger says slowly, taking the small, thin box into his hand and examining it.

There's only one button on the front, a couple small things on the edge, and... none of it does anything. He shakes it by his ear, and that does nothing either. There's nothing credible about the story, but... some sucker might be able to take it seriously.

"The hell is this thing, then?" It's certainly not anything he'd call a phone. He's more used to the rotary variety.

But either way, he's pocketing it for later. And it's clear he doesn't care whether Tim wants it back or not.
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[personal profile] federalbureauofimmortals 2015-11-03 07:11 pm (UTC)(link)
"Hey, you!" Victor's clothing is far from modern but he feels just as out of place as the rest of the random interlopers. He really does not like being under the sea and right now he uses anything to keep his mind off of the idea of what drowning down here must feel like. He's seen worse, right?

"It's the pressure. You just got to yawn and you'll be fine. It'll pop your ears. Places like this can get to you real quick if you don't just breath now and then." This guys clothes are far stranger than the general citizens of Rapture. Maybe he's from some foreign place. Victor's been avoiding Europe lately after all. He also doesn't realize his advice isn't going to help Tim.