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( jolly old ) nicholas st. north ([personal profile] thebelly) wrote2015-08-14 08:31 pm

santa is invisible: permissions

Surprise! Santa Claus is real. He's just a 7ft Russian swordsmaster who has tattoos on his arms, and goes by "Nicholas St. North" instead of any other name you might be familiar with. He's also a spirit; a Guardian, to be exact. And the canon he's from (Rise of the Guardians) has it so that only individuals that believe can directly interact with a Guardian. This means to non-believers, Nicholas St. North is just some name on the network that they, strangely enough, won't see/hear/touch/etc - as much as he tries to get their attention. To believers, North is just a really strange version of Santa, but otherwise he's definitely real!

As this will (obviously) heavily impact how his interactions and CR play out, so below is a handy-dandy form for you to let me know just where your character falls on this belief-scale! Feel free to repeat for however many characters you have. If you're canon blind, no worries, I also have a table to give you an idea of what each of the different "levels" mean -

NON-BELIEVERS

do not believe in North, and are unaware/dismiss the idea of santa. they can be very spiritual or magical people, and/or believe in the Tooth Fairy, Sand Man, Easter Bunny, or even Jack Frost, but they don't think santa exists.
these characters cannot see, hear, or touch North. to north, it looks something like this.
they can still interact using every other indirect method possible (including the network)! north can still interact with objects normally, and characters can definitely see the objects being interacted with provided it's not something north explicitly owns (ie, his swords and any clothes/accessories on him). i also tend to assume psychic powers (like telepathy) will still work on him, but if you'd like to place restrictions that's totally cool.
if you ever wanted your character to believe in ghosts, here's your chance.
HALF-BELIEVERS?

characters here might be slowly moving from non-believer to believer status, or the other way around.
or, they might be characters who figure anything's possible, or are familiar with/aware of some christmas (or wondrous/joyous) spirit, but this belief doesn't include santa specifically. they could be told that santa is here with them, but have yet to believe it for themselves. or they know north exists, but they don't realize north is santa.
these characters can't completely see, hear, or touch north, but they may catch glimpses of a 7ft grandpa from the corner of their eye! or hear a booming voice from time to time, but it all sounds very far away. the general idea is that they're aware someone's out there, but can't pin him down.
the way your character interacts with north be left up to you, the player! as you can see this is one giant grey area, there's no set way this has to play out.
BELIEVERS

they believe in santa. that's it. there is no ambiguous wording for this.
all believers can see, hear, and touch north! as in, they can interact with him like they would with any other character.
the exception to this belief system are supernatural characters, specifically spirits, ghosts, or gods (not necessarily mutants, vampires, or monsters) who can interact with north regardless of their beliefs. feel free to have your character notice he's a spirit, and north can also sense the same!

code by jerky@dw, modified


Please know that none of this is set in stone! Characters are more than welcome to switch from one category to another if you feel it's reasonable. I don't claim to be an expert in the Rise of the Guardian's beliefs mechanics in the slightest, so if you feel that your character is due for a "level switch", lemme know and I'll roll with it! It can also work the other way around, where their belief in Santa is shattered for whatever reason (gasp!).

If you have any questions, we can work it out together!! Thanks for your time, it means a lot. c:

half this post (with permission) comes from an amazing jack over here. alice u r gr8.

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[personal profile] beyourrock 2016-03-08 01:16 am (UTC)(link)
Your name: Gato
Character Name & Journal: Pearl (beyourrock)
Canon: Steven Universe
Belief Level: Half-believer

Why this level? Pearl has been on Earth for a few thousand years. And in the past 20+ years, she has been taking into consideration of human customs and traditions. For example, she celebrates the New Year with Steven, a young boy whom she takes care of. She tries to humor him in his customs, such as holidays, and even birthdays, but she is very awkward when it comes to actually experiencing them. She finds some earth holidays to be strange, compared to her life on Homeworld, which is very dull compared to Earth.

Pearl experiences these holidays due to Steven helping her along. She's willing to try them out, but she hasn't quite put her heart and soul into it just yet. She's the 'seeing is believing' type, and tends to favor hard cold facts over opinions, for the most part, unless her own passionate feelings get in the way.

Anything else? I believe she could see flickers of North here or there in the visible realm, but, for the most part she wouldn't be able to see him. However, I'm sure she could hear him just fine. And possibly think she's going mad in the process.
Edited 2016-03-08 01:31 (UTC)
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[personal profile] headlining 2016-03-08 01:19 am (UTC)(link)
Your name: Crystal
Character Name & Journal: Keats | [personal profile] headlining
Canon: Folklore
Belief Level: It's...complicated. I'd say half-believer because of circumstances explained below!

Why this level? Okay, I have to explain a THING. A very BIG thing. Basically, Keats is canonly 10000% logical Agent Scully material who dismisses every single magical thing he sees as nothing more than hallucinations/petty sleight of the hand tricks/weather balloons/what have you. "But Crystal," you say, "wouldn't that make him a non-believer?" To which I say, "well, the fact of the matter is, uh, Keats is entirely a magical being himself."

Basically, Keats is in absolute denial over his magical nature - he desperately clings to his own belief that he's human and refuses to acknowledge anything magical even though he knows the truth about himself. He's something called a Half-Life in his canon - it's basically an undead magical creature/spirit of sorts that is created through the deep desire of a human being. An imaginary friend ghost, of sorts. SO BASICALLY even though outwardly he comes off as a cynical non-believer, he's constantly struggling with accepting his true magical identity. (And, funny enough, he ALSO can't be seen/heard/talked to if people don't believe in magic, which makes him very similar to North!)

Anything else? questions? comments? Keats will probably hear North's voice or catch quick glimpses of him, and may play along with it (like in an "oh, haha, I'm having a funny dream, why not talk to Santa Claus" way). Besides that, until he accepts his own true nature, he probably won't be able to see North entirely for who he is.
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[personal profile] aspearation 2016-03-08 01:33 am (UTC)(link)
Your name: Tess
Character Name & Journal: Undyne (aspearation)
Canon: Undertale
Belief Level: believer

Why this level? Well, her father-figure dresses up as Santa, her best friend 200% believes in Santa, and I'm going to go with the headcanon that she believes in Santa overall, but is skeptical on his ability to deliver presents to monsters.

Anything else? Undyne, if you can believe it, isn't human, and is in fact made of magic. Please don't hesitate to shoot me a PM if you want to know more about this, but he's welcome to sense her magical nature.
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[personal profile] strictdiscipline 2016-03-08 02:03 am (UTC)(link)
Your name: valbo
Character Name & Journal: Riza Hawkeye ([personal profile] strictdiscipline)
Canon: FMA
Belief Level: Non-believer, why not

Why this level? BECAUSE IT'S MORE FUN THIS WAY and you said I could. If I need an actual reason -- "my character's too logical for this". But mostly it's more fun this way.

Anything else? love me jay
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[personal profile] riastraid 2016-03-08 02:11 am (UTC)(link)
Your name: nu
Character Name & Journal: lancer (riastraid)
Canon: fate/
Belief Level: believurrr

Why this level? mutual spirits!!!

Anything else? nu was here, jay is a loser
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[personal profile] headlining 2016-03-08 02:15 am (UTC)(link)
what makes me laugh is that keats' role is canonly called a guardian AND he was made by a little boy to protect others so...he really is a magical spirit that was made to protect and help people IT'S SO IRONIC

and god PLEASE do it, Keats needs all the encouragement and acknowledgment he can get to push him towards getting over his "i'm not human" insecurity

it will take a while for him to get over years of denial BUT EVENTUALLY i hope for the best magical friendship, keats will snark about it with north anytime
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[personal profile] babbylon 2016-03-08 02:37 am (UTC)(link)
Your name: Seth
Character Name & Journal: Gilgamesh ([personal profile] babbylon)
Canon: Fate/
Belief Level: N/A; outside the system

Why this level? Gilgamesh is a fellow Heroic Spirit! While in truth he's indifferent to Santa's existence, as a rule he must indirectly believe in him to some degree because... well, he kind of has to, since St. Nicholas' legend stems from his own and he's like kind (Gilgamesh was the very first "Spirit"). He's also a god and thus outside the parameters anyway. Basically, you're stuck with him seeing you, sorry.

Anything else? Santa would and should read him as particularly powerful, as far as Spirits go. He rules over all Spirits and won't let him forget it!
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[personal profile] gutpunching 2016-03-08 03:08 am (UTC)(link)
Your name: ambi
Character Name & Journal: Jason Todd @ [personal profile] gutpunching
Canon: DC comics
Belief Level: nonbeliever

Why this level? santa's for babies that's why

Anything else? lets do this jay
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[personal profile] headlining 2016-03-08 03:15 am (UTC)(link)
YES HE IS ABSOLUTELY SURE stop asking him about strange men in moons who make people magical? that sounds dumb!!!

and good I CAN'T WAIT this will be beautiful

and YES WHOOPS THAT WAS ME i saw your "ask before your add" thing too late and i was like OH NO so...can i add you on plurk
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[personal profile] babbylon 2016-03-08 03:16 am (UTC)(link)
I'm canon familiar on your end and... I'm not entirely certain he can either, I just thought I'd jot it down if it ever became relevant. and as advance notice re: his dickery, I'm so sorry for him BUT I LOOK FORWARD TO CR REGARDLESS!! He's always fun to bounce against fellow Big Ego types.

Come to think of it, he may even have Santa's sleigh stashed in his Big Ol' Gate of Everything, so that'll be an interesting conversation starter.
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[personal profile] keeper 2016-03-08 03:17 am (UTC)(link)
Your name: emily
Character Name & Journal: Aqua ★ [personal profile] keeper
Canon: Kingdom Hearts
Belief Level: Half/Believer???

Why this level? Nightmare Before Christmas???!!! Didn't show up in BBS???!!! But it's the same bullshit, Squeenix/Disney universe... Also more importantly, more characters need to be able to see Santa so I'm willing to sacrifice canon accuracy for this. >:c

Anything else? yolooooooooo
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[personal profile] adlantisag 2016-03-08 04:01 am (UTC)(link)
Your name: Luna
Character Name & Journal: Kida ([personal profile] adlantisag)
Canon: Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Belief Level: non-believer!

Why this level? SHE'S LIVED IN A CAVE FOR THE LAST EIGHT THOUSAND YEARS, WHAT THE EFF IS A 'SANTA CLAUS'????

That said--if someone who DID believe/was able to interact with North told her he was real, she would probably move into half-believer, maybe even full believer territory. Basically, she's open to everything, and "there's a jolly fat man in a red suit who delivers gifts to children" is genuinely not outside of the realm of possibility for her. The surface is a crazy place.

Anything else? probably older than him tbh.
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[personal profile] selfimage 2016-03-08 03:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Your name: veronica
Character Name & Journal: Loki [personal profile] selfimage
Canon: Marvel Earth-616
Belief Level: Believer

Why this level? Loki is a product of story and myth. he's much like a construct that's created by the will of the universe/ideas/resonance. it binds him together in a neat little quantum asgardian package. he'd get the whole "beliefs resonate" sort of thing, and wouldn't even blink an eyelash at it. (though there will prob be some fussy non-holiday cheer. WHO CARVES THE YULE LOG BYE.)

Anything else? please teach him the meaning of christmas.

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