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Zelphyr

Hi! I'm your local merqueery dragon.


Reminding me you're waiting is totally okay (even if I have stuff going on). If you would like to drop an RP with me for any reason, even just that you're tired of waiting or simply don't feel excited about it, please let me know. I won't hold it against you. :)

Please let me know if I bump into any of your boundaries we might have missed (especially since I still forget to check a lot or simply don't expect a thing to come up ^^; ). If you're unsure, I encourage you to bring it up so we can get things sorted.

If it seems strange that I don't talk to you more or generally seem really aloof, there's a good chance I'm actually trying not to be annoying, invasive, or too weird. Or cynicism has taken over and I am currently unable to avoid being pointlessly depressing to talk with.

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Pets!
Phoenix
  • Azuline the Blue Phoenix - she/her
    Goofy | Average appetite | Easily entertained
    Favorite food: taco
  • Embirb the Phoenix - they/them
    Goofy | Big appetite | Needs lots of entertainment
    Favorite food: fish
  • RubyVelvet the Red Phoenix - she/her
    Studious | Low appetite | Needs lots of entertainment
    Favorite food: fish
  • Eldorphin the Purple Phoenix - they/them
    Goofy | Low appetite | Easily entertained
    Favorite food: pizza
  • Mystic the Rainbow Phoenix - he/him
    Studious | Big appetite | Needs lots of entertainment
    Favorite food: taco
  • Candle the Golden Phoenix - he/him
    Studious | Big appetite | Needs lots of entertainment
    Favorite food: ice cream

Hippocampus
  • Spencer the Emerald Hippocampus - she/her
    Goofy | Low appetite | Needs lots of entertainment
    Favorite food: burger
  • Ace the Zebra Hippocampus - they/them
    Goofy | Big appetite | Easily entertained
    Favorite food: fish
  • Starstreak the Dapple Blue Hippocampus - he/him
    Excitable | Average appetite | Easily entertained
    Favorite food: fish fruit ice cream burger taco pizza
  • Gazelle the Lionfish Grulla Hippocampus - he/him
    Excitable | Big appetite | Needs lots of entertainment
    Favorite food: fish fruit ice cream burger taco pizza
  • Nightfire the Twilight Roan Hippocampus - she/her
    Excitable | Average appetite | Average entertainment needs
    Favorite food: taco
  • Freckle the Rainbow Sorrel Hippocampus - she/her
    Timid | Big appetite | Needs lots of entertainment
    Favorite food: fruit

Walrus
  • Gregoros the Dandy Walrus - he/him
    Sleepy | Average appetite | Average entertainment needs
    Favorite food: ice cream
  • LaFloriette the Walrus Admiral - she/her
    Sleepy | Average appetite | Easily entertained
    Favorite food: ice cream
  • Leo the Sabretoothed Walrus - they/them
    Timid | Average appetite | Average entertainment needs
    Favorite food: ice cream
  • Billiard the Fancy Walrus - he/him
    Goofy | Big appetite | Easily entertained
    Favorite food: fruit
  • Delaroid the MECHA WALRUS - she/her
    Goofy | Average appetite | Average entertainment needs
    Favorite food: fish
  • Ambieros the Walrus Necromancer - they/them
    Sleepy | Low appetite | Needs lots of entertainment
    Favorite food: ice cream
  • Stezzle the Walrus Wizard - he/him
    Proud | Average appetite | Easily entertained
    Favorite food: taco
  • Cyanide the Walrus Rogue - she/her
    Proud | Low appetite | Easily entertained
    Favorite food: fish

Pet Rock
  • Pear the Mossy Pet Rock - they/them
    Timid | Low appetite | Easily entertained
    Favorite food: taco
  • Peach the Lumpy Pet Rock - they/them
    Excitable | Big appetite | Easily entertained
    Favorite food: fruit
  • Tiger the Lumpy Sandstone Pet - he/him
    Proud | Big appetite | Easily entertained
    Favorite food: pizza
  • Derbo the Flat Pet Rock - he/him
    Proud | Average appetite | Average entertainment needs
    Favorite food: ice cream
  • Paperweight the Flat Pet Rock - they/them
    Proud | Big appetite | Easily entertained
    Favorite food: ice cream
  • Blitz the Pet Tiger Eye - they/them
    Goofy | Low appetite | Needs lots of entertainment
    Favorite food: taco
  • Boomy the Mossy Pet Rock - they/them
    Proud | Low appetite | Needs lots of entertainment
    Favorite food: fish
  • Dentine the Pet Quartz Geode - she/her
    Excitable | Low appetite | Needs lots of entertainment
    Favorite food: pizza
  • Puffle the Lumpy Pet Rock - she/her
    Excitable | Low appetite | Needs lots of entertainment
    Favorite food: fish
  • TheAbyss the Pet Amethyst Geode - he/him
    Goofy | Big appetite | Needs lots of entertainment
    Favorite food: fruit
  • Plomp the Lumpy Pet Rock - they/them
    Sleepy | Average appetite | Average entertainment needs
    Favorite food: pizza
  • Fear the Pet Amethyst Geode - she/her
    Studious | Average appetite | Average entertainment needs
    Favorite food: fish
  • Pepper the Freckled Pet Rock - she/her
    Studious | Low appetite | Needs lots of entertainment
    Favorite food: ice cream
    Thank you, Falyn!
  • Rusty the Mossy Red Pet Rock - they/them
    Timid | Big appetite | Easily entertained
    Favorite food: fish
    Thank you, Cosmonautilus!


PSAs and Soapboxing
Sometimes I write up posts specifically aimed at community improvement or, honestly, just sort of ranting a bit and hoping it turns out helpful. These get buried in time, of course, but since folks do often seem to find them helpful, I'm going to try collecting links here for easy access. (And I'm not gonna let my negative self-talk about that being narcissistic or something get in the way.)


RP Preferences
I thrive on flexibility. I'm typically happy to adjust my characters to fit different settings, and you may notice variability actually built into many of my characters - shapeshifting, wandering, deceptive pretending, etc.

Style: I average 1-4 paragraphs and expect the same of others (but I also tend to mirror, and this can shift my average with you sometimes dramatically, but 1-4 paragraphs is what I consider ideal). I do understand that sometimes a couple sentences is all that can be achieved, and I don't mind posts coming out long when there's a lot to describe. Be clear with description, do your best at grammar and spelling, and I feel first-person should only be used for dialog and thoughts. I also prefer things being written fairly straightforward; show-don't-tell is both fine and excellent, but imagery and metaphors should be clear and sensible, and I do appreciate just having some things told. If something is especially complicated/important to get right, it's also totally cool to send images or videos as reference. (I have trouble picturing things.)

Combat: I'm a mess here and will generally default towards a sort of "write the other into a corner" incorporating what I perceive to be reasonable. Discussion about how we'd like to handle combat (especially PvP) is greatly appreciated; even if it matches my default, having discussed it will still help me approach it more confidently and probably better-informed about what to consider "reasonable," how to address misunderstandings about things like who actually did what, etc.

Other notes:
  • If you're not having fun, need a break, aren't sure what to do, etc, that's okay. You're welcome to send me a message so we can try to clear things up, or even just to let me know you want to drop our game. (I might ask why for some things, but "because I want/don't want x" is a valid reason itself; you don't have to explain further if you don't want to or are unable to.)
  • I'm not against romance, but it should certainly not be expected.
  • I might get into suggestive stuff, but I'd usually rather not write detailed smut.
  • I'm generally fine with character death, limb loss, and other permanent injuries, so long as it makes sense (I may only acknowledge it in that continuity anyway). I'll likely ask you the same before I do anything serious to any of your characters, but it's also nice if you let me know up front.
  • Swearing generally doesn't bother me any.
  • The more info I can access (even if I don't read it all up front), the more comfortable/confident I tend to feel. I like to understand.
  • I have trouble knowing how to properly balance sharing a story and tend to go either DM-ish or only reactive; letting me know if you have plans for something or not, prodding for me to add more developments or control more things, etc, is much appreciated to help me to better balance things out.
  • My characters are not puppets; I can influence them directly and indirectly, but they still make their own choices and can really surprise me sometimes. Sometimes this can totally ruins plans we might have made, but I'm happy to discuss how we might be able to work with things and try to find a way forward.
  • Sometimes I don't know how to communicate something OOC, or negatively psych myself out, etc; and sometimes I don't realize how some things might make others uncomfortable. It's not your job to manage these things for me, of course, but friendly little check-ins and stuff, even just a quick "I'm having fun with x!" or "I think we should try going for y" can be a big help. (I try to reassure how okay it is to "pester" me in part because it's something I struggle with myself!)


Quick Style Key
This is narrative. It may have emphasis at times.

((This is an out-of-character note.))

"This is spoken dialog."

This is a character's private thought. Some characters protect their thoughts from intrusion, so ask before reading someone's thoughts.

'This is dialog via telepathy. It may be directed at an individual, or it may be a general projection.'

> This is a text or other brief screen text.

(Some variations sometimes happen, especially with things like hand-written notes or translations, but I'll try to keep things clear.)


Just Me
Hullo, I'm Zelphyr, a name combining "zilpher" (a very old spelling of "silver") and "zephyr." Thus: Silver Wind. In the past (and still in some places where I can't change it) I have most notably gone by Dragon Moon and Novalyyn, plus a handful of other short-lived names.

I favor gender-neutral pronouns (whether they/them, some neopronouns, or just using my name), but am not particularly bothered by standard binary pronouns. I may correct binary pronouns if we interact often enough, but there's no need to apologize to me for a honest mistake on this.

I've been roleplaying since my early teen years, and writing even longer. Usually I've stuck to small communities; even in larger ones, it was mostly the same group of people I'd see all the time. At one point, I ran a forum that had its own detailed-and-growing world, but lack of members and activity led me to shut it down (and I lost most of the info I had); references to it still exist in some of my characters.

I have a Chinese water dragon named Scamp. I luffs her. <3

If I ever seem quiet and withdrawn, it's most likely either because I've gotten thoroughly distracted by something else, or I'm concerned about being a nuisance or coming across as pompous and pushy. I'm silly like that.


Stuff I Do
I've worked a lot of different jobs: food service, front-end web dev, janitor, professional cuddler, production & assembly lines, etc. I'm still trying to figure things out.

More of my writing can be found on Writing.Com. Other art and more writing can be found on deviantArt. What it comes down to is: I like to make stuff.


Rave Reviews

Although I [unfortunately] haven't had an opportunity to play with many of Nova's characters, I won't hesitate to hop into a plot she's running. Her eclectic imagination lures me in like a moth to flame- I never know what kind of story I'm going to get for certain, but I always know it's gonna be good. Thanks Nova. I'm very happy to have met you, you're a memorable member of RPR. Never stop scheming. - Libertine
Nova is the definition of unbiased zen and fairness. Her ability to distance herself from something and analyze it without judgment and bias makes her an incredible person to center you when you feel unsteady. I've enjoyed watching her discover her own self and blossom as a person over the past few years, and I hope to enjoy the privilege of being there to witness it for many more years. - Sanne

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