THE DEVIL'S CIRCUS -- Viewing Profile
plot and historyofficial thread
Le Cirque Noir. The Black Circus. There are many rumors about the origins of this dark place, and its owner, the mysterious Monsieur Sombre. But what people really come to see are the members. The strange and fantastic side show freaks. The beautiful and talented performers in the Big Top. And how could we forget the lovely ladies of the Burlesque show?
Le Cirque Noir is a site about just that--the lives and stories of the members of the Black Circus, the people who signed their lives away to Monsieur Sombre. Here you may join as a performer, a side show act, a worker, or even a director of Le Cirque Noir. While no one may play the Monsieur himself, there is still plenty of speculation about what he is like and who he really is under that low slung top hat.
The only magic at Le Cirque Noir is that which keeps the members eternally young. The curse is included as a clause in the contract signed by all members when they join the circus, although no member can clearly recall the moment that they signed. In fact, all of their memories around joining seem to be blurred, though the hardest to recall is certainly the time they spent in Sombre's office with that fateful piece of paper between them.
So, what do you say? It may be a dark and twisted tale, but are you interested? Why don't you come down -- come down and join the circus. There's no audition to get into the show. All that we ask for is your immortal soul.
To learn more about Monsieur Sombre and the show, take a look at the History of Le Cirque Noir.
the rulesofficial thread
registration & application:
♦ le cirque noir is on jcink premium so you are required to be at least 18 years of age before you register. please register with an OOC account first (should just be your alias) and then you may start registering your character accounts!
♦ once you've registered your account you may start reserving your claims and you can post your application either in the incomplete or complete forum. you will have 30 days to complete your application once it has been posted. please bump your app once it is finished and an admin will check over your application within 24 hours. if the app goes 24 hours without anyone checking it over, you are free to bump it again. we try to be fast with apps but we are human!
♦ applications are 100% freestyle so there is no right or wrong way to write your application; you could format the app to be traditional if that's what you're more comfortable with, use character journal entries or even a roleplay sample with your character.
♦ you may make up to three characters without any post requirements. after then each character you make must have at least 15 posts before you can make another. however, after 10 characters, the character last created must have at least 30 posts.
♦ we are open to any and all faces and have only a few restrictions. [LIST] [*] faces under 13 years of age are not permitted. [*] you may use some internet celebrities, such as instagram famous models and popular youtubers (rooster teeth, etc), however they must have proper high quality pictures to use for avatars and other site graphics. [/LIST]
♦ we do not allow duplicate faces here (there are exceptions to this such as identical twins). you are responsible for making sure that all of your claims are up to date. if you have not claimed your face within 48 hours and someone else applies using that face, they will be given it and you will be forced to change. so it's very important and we can't stress it enough to do your claims!
activity & posting:
♦ as far as posting goes, there is no word count because we do not want to put any restrictions on your creativity! As long as you and your thread partner(s) are happy, that's good enough for us. We do expect proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc., to the best of your abilities though!
♦ in order to keep your characters active we require each character account to have two posts per month. any IC post either in threads, letters or social media will count. games in the member lounge will not count toward activity.
♦ we realize that things do pop up in real life that are much more important than this site. so, if you won't be around for any reason, please post in the absences thread or notify an admin.
♦ if you do not meet the posting requirement the admins will archive your character account(s) and they will be made inactive along with all your claims. you may of course take up your character(s) again by simply PMing an admin. you must repost your app as well as any claims, plot page and any other vital information for your character(s).
♦ you do not have to use a post template for your threads but the application template is mandatory. if you chose to use a post template, please make sure it doesn't stretch the board and works correctly. there are a few provided templates on site so you don't have to go too far to find one!
plot pages & want ads:
♦ plot pages are posted under your OOC account, with all of your characters in one thread. we recommend using compact template codes, but you are welcome to use any code that does not stretch the board. reply codes are not required.
♦ want ads can be posted 24 hours after acceptance. we're not against you requesting specific characters for yours to interact with, we'd just like to give everyone an opportunity to make some connections that are completely unexpected and new!
mature content & trigger warnings:
♦ almost anything goes on noir and we do not want to suppress your creativity. that said, even though you have the freedom to explore as many taboo subjects as you wish you're expected to treat all sensitive topics with respect. you must tag all threads with appropriate warnings in the topic description. a [m] or [tw] will suffice or if there is something specific you want to warn for [tw- specific trigger here] would also be a good option.
♦ the admins will not hesitate to ask you to add a content warning to your thread or application if we see anything that could be potentially triggering.
conduct & cbox:
♦ we'd like this to be a friendly and welcoming place! please treat everyone with respect and be civil. we understand that not everyone is going to get along but we ask you keep your disagreements out of the cbox. if there's anything another member is doing or saying to make you uncomfortable please come to an admin.
♦ the cbox is not a place to advertise or beg for posts. we do not want anyone to be left out in the cbox and if we see this or other harassment/negative behaviour happening we will not hesitate to temporarily ban you. we'd like the cbox to be pretty upbeat. it's fine to complain about a hectic day of course but please do not hog all conversation.
♦ please enjoy the site!
the curseofficial thread
Upon joining Le Cirque Noir, Monsieur Sombre binds his employees to the circus and its grounds with a contract that all new members are required to sign. In doing so, he halts any physical aging, rendering his staff effectively immortal (though how he actually does this can only be speculated). Keep in mind that Sombre enacted this system for his own selfish needs and not the well-being of his staff. Because of this, there are strict rules and expectations that go along with the show's contract, which all members are expected to follow..
-- All terminal illnesses one may have had prior to joining the circus will be eradicated without fear of relapse.
-- Employees can still become temporarily ill (from colds or the flu to certain Sexually Transmitted Diseases). These illnesses can come and go as they would normally.
-- Employees can be injured (anything from a cut while shaving to being run over by a car). If an injury would regularly be fatal, the victim of said injury will die. Otherwise the injury will heal normally.
-- Drug and alcohol use can still effect members of the circus in terms of intoxication, though they will not fatally, dramatically, or permanently affect anyone physically. For example, an alcoholic will not get cirrhosis. Tolerance will increase; a user must increase dosage to continue feeling the same effects over time.
-- Mental illness remains untouched unless there is progression through science or another medium.
-- Employees must remain on the circus grounds 24 hours per day Monday through Saturday. The only employees permitted to leave are directors and those that hang advertisement posters throughout town. On Sundays all staff are permitted to leave the grounds, but they may only go around the city where the circus is located. All staff must return by 5 am Monday morning.
-- The reason for a doctor and nurse on the grounds is to prevent death due to the rule above. As members cannot leave on a whim or need, they cannot go to a hospital or doctor's office any time they are injured regardless of the severity of aforementioned injury.
-- Anyone who attempts to leave will be punished regardless of whether they approach Sombre about it prior to leaving. Though no one is entirely sure what that punishment is, considering those who have tried to leave have always just disappeared, it is understood among members of the circus that it cannot be pleasant.
-- Special leaves of absence are not permitted for any reason, whether it is an employee's mother's funeral or a stay in the psychiatric ward. If a member of the staff would like to visit a certain place, like a hospital or psychiatric ward for example, that is a decision they are allowed to make on their own time. However, they must return to the circus grounds Monday morning, as stated above.
-- Employees can become pregnant and have healthy children as their bodies would normally allow. Unless the child signs a contract, they may leave during the day to attend school and live a somewhat normal life. At 18 they will have to either leave for good or sign the circus' contract and join the ranks of the forever young. It should be noted that Monsieur Sombre rarely allows those that have learned the circus' secrets to leave, if at all. So, the chances of him allowing a grown child to actually leave are slim.
-- The employees' memory capacity and recall ability are increased at the time of joining to avoid Alzheimers and the like. This is done to ensure workers will always continue to be efficient and effective in whatever position they hold within the show.
-- Animals that are part of Le Cirque Noir in a performing capacity are not immortal; however their rate of death is slowed so that they live much longer than usual. Animals that are pets only do not have this benefit.
I. CONTENT The concept and title of Le Cirque Noir was concieved by Jordan, with much inspiration from Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes and "Circus Apocalypse" by Vermillion Lies. All board writings were written by the admin staff unless otherwise noted. Characters, plots, and posts belong to their rightful owners.
II. GRAPHICS The site images were created by Christina. All other images and graphics belong to their rightful owners.
III. SKIN & CODES Le Cirque Noir's current skin was coded by Sophie, using scripts and add ons that belong to their rightful owners. All official board threads were also coded by Sophie. Past skins were coded by Sophie or Jordan unless otherwise noted.
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