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The Butterfly Effect

The day is 11th November 1938.

As evening approaches, the sun sets, bringing the curtain down on what has been an unusually warm day in southern England. Against this backdrop, people across the length and breath of the country were celebrating the 20th anniversary of the armistice which ended the Great War. However, the jubilant mood was tinged with a deep-seated anxiety and fear that the peace was not to last. Under the authoritarian leadership of Adolf Hitler, a resurgent Germany was already expanding its borders across Europe. In March, Germany swallowed Austria in an event known as the Anschluss - and, at the end of September, the German-speaking parts of Czechoslovakia had followed, under the terms of the Munich Agreement. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain had returned home from the meeting which led to the agreement, triumphantly declaring "Peace in our time". However, nobody truly believed him: Germany was clearly agitating the rest of the great powers, and a second Great War was certainly inevitable. 

Or was it? 

A secret society based in Christ Church College, Oxford, thought otherwise.

Over the past two years, the students had spent what little spare time they had researching tirelessly in the library, to discover information on a series of ancient, long-lost artefacts from pre-Columbian America. After an exhaustive and painstaking analysis, they concluded that these were buried in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, some 10 miles east of the pyramid of Chichen Itza. So, the previous summer, three members of the society made a special voyage across the Atlantic (funded by the same wealthy parents who had paid for their positions at Oxford University to begin with), in order to uncover these lost artefacts. Alas, the treasures were protected by a series of ancient spells - and, sadly, none of the students returned home alive. However, the authorities who recovered the bodies were then able to collect four of the rings, so that they could be sent to the students' friends back to England.

Now that the remaining society members were in possession of the golden rings, they began to examine them, in order to learn more about the nature of their powers. Each one was embellished with a gemstone in the shape of a certain animal: all of the gemstones were different, as were all of the animals. It was theorised that each animal corresponded to a certain power, ascribed to them by the little-known ancient culture which created them. The first one they studied was the one which featured a ruby-red butterfly. This intrigued them greatly - for it possessed a power which they reckoned would be pertinent to resolving their current political predicament. It was known that the weather was inherently unstable: a butterfly flapping its wings on one side of the world could, eventually, have a great influence on weather phenomena on the other side of the world. This ring, it was believed, could control the wing motions of butterflies: it would channel the user's thoughts and desires, and exploit the 'Butterfly Effect' to convert them into reality. 

Of course, this ring had its limitations. First of all, while it would aim to bring about any wish which the user might make, there was no timescale involved: it could take days, months, or even years. Secondly, the ring could only handle one wish at a time: if the user made a second wish, then their first wish was cancelled. Finally, if a user made an impossible wish, then the ring would do nothing at all: it wouldn't even alert them to the impossibility of their wish, so they would simply have to wait and see whether or not their wish was granted - which, of course, could potentially mean waiting for months to see whether or not the wish would be successful. Would it be enough?

To join this RPG as one of the students, fill out the following: 

Name: Felix Hamilton
Gender*: Male
Age (Must be between 18 and 21): 20
Physical description: Felix pays a great deal of attention to his physical appearance: he wishes to appear smart, but rebellious. He has a healthy figure which is neither overweight nor underweight, brown eyes, and neatly-trimmed, jet-black hair with a distinctive quiff. He detests academic dress, and is instead normally seen in his trademark black tweed jacket and red and white striped tie.   
Personality: Is very confident and cocky, and stubbornly stands up for his beliefs. Furthermore, he expects others to do the same: he has very left-wing political views and thus hates any kind of authority figure. However, he does have a strong caring side: he's well aware that the vast majority of people weren't born into a position nearly as privileged as himself, and he makes sure to do charitable work wherever he can. (Notably, he didn't go on the expedition to Mexico because he donated his share of the money to charity instead of purchasing a boat ticket!)
Ring Gem: Ruby
Ring Animal: Butterfly
Ring Power: Can control butterfly's wings, utilising the butterfly effect to convert the owner's wishes in reality.

* - Christ Church College was all-male until 1980; however, the secret society admits women from other colleges. It's not part of the college; it's only based there.

We'll begin either in a week's time, or when we have four sign-ups (whichever is sooner).

Enjoy :) !
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Using a character from one of my old stories. :P 

Name: Lola Weir
Gender: Female
Age (Must be between 18 and 21): 18
College: St Hilda's
Physical description: Short, blonde girl. Always wears a flat cap and a scarf, because she gets cold easily. She always wears one of a variety of different dresses - all made by her mother. She enjoys her chances to dress up with the academic garb, though.
Personality: Lola is very sarcastic, and thinks she's smarter than she actually is. She doesn't value or trust people very much - indeed, her only reason for being a part of the society is because she doesn't trust them to accomplish their goals. She's a completely different person with people outside her age group though - she loves talking to old folk about myths and legends, and loves playing with kids as she can be immature around them. Her attempts to cover over her Scottish accent occasionally fail.
Ring Gem: Whitby Jet
Ring Animal: Bat
Ring Power: Can use echolocation and tap into any and all frequencies, thus hearing the sound being transmitted.
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