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URL: http://absinthe.jcink.net/ [ dead link ]
Type: Victorian-Era RPG
Last-Update: 2021Jul13
Keywords: free, open-ended, www, human, historical, rpg


Absinthe is a realistic historical forum set in London in 1850. Our emphasis is on the written word and the ability to tell a dramatic and engaging tale woven with intricacy to entrap the reader. Our concept is based on popular literature and musicals like Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd, Jekyll & Hyde, Jack the Ripper and My Cousin Rachel.

The site was originally created as a compliment to the field of historical sites catering to those who wish to step back in time and create a world around historical ancestry. We welcome dark intrigue here. As we are a 3/3/3 rating, we encourage well thought out plots that contain violence, mystery, calamity, the macabre, and the suspenseful. Those of us who write here enjoy living in the shadows and writing in blood, or the angst and intrigue of a new romance.

We are always accepting new plots and different ideas. Below is a list of the current site plots that currently have characters in play on Absinthe. As the site grows, we will introduce more global plots, but please don't feel as if your play is limited to only these areas. These global plots serve as a jumping off point if you wish to get involved right away in Absinthe's community at large as you should have someone to write with immediately. Most of our events will be relegated to these global plots as well and while participation isn't necessary, they serve as a way to interact with the community at large, and also to earn character awards.

Upper Class Nobility The first overarching global plot on Absinthe involves the glamour and pomp of the wealthy Noble aristocracy in the Ton. Those who consider it their calling, and those fighting to find a place among the well to do social elite. But beneath the fanfare, humanity's ugliest traits tarnish the silver facade of the most admired titles. Vanity, greed, lust, gluttony, and pride are at war and everyone can be used as a pawn to advance the selfish motivations of the most ruthless among them. Violence, murder, and trafficking are some of the calling cards of the wealthiest in the peerage and is the largest and most popular draw to the Absinthe community. Will you be a victim or a victor?

Bettencourt's Gentlemen's Club Serving the peerage as an exclusive upscale gentlemen's club and brothel, Bettencourt's is notorious in reputation and second to none in selection, The club is THE place to see and be seen, all while relaxing with a fine cigar, a good glass of fine scotch, and a pretty lady on your lap over a game of cards. But life behind the scenes takes on a more sinister twist. Where does Sebastion Cross acquire the girls that work for him and where does this mysterious fortune seeker with so much influence on the life and entertainment of some of the most wealthy men in society hail from?

Behind the Curtain In our newest global plot, we explore the world of theatre behind the velvet curtains in two of the largest and most well-known play and opera houses in London. At the Royal Victorian Theatre, ownership has just passed into the hands of Rose Doyle; the former lover and leading songbird of David Easton; who leased the theatre before her. A tenacious businesswoman, Rose is intent on seeing the play house's success. But across town at the Theatre Royal, Nicholas Cash is determined to see his own opera house becoming the only destination for London's elite. At the heart of both theatres are the players, playwrights, dancers, and singers that make up every production. Their lives are a bohemian existence that revolves around rehearsals, performances, and auditions; some renowned internationally for their work and talents.

Other Notes: Our site is young and there is considerable interest in writing in this format. We look forward to having you explore the site! Absinthe is for intermediate to advanced players who have a love of long-term intricate plots. While word count isn't our main focus, we try to ensure posts range to 500 words or higher and include intelligent detail.


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