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In a quiet meadow in a grassy field, Ram strolls through his land. He mighty goat legs pound against the Earth, because he felt like they should. He flexes his neck muscles, giving the group of female goats a better look at his mighty 4 foot horns. They merely giggled and hoped to the other side of the meadow.
—Ramthundar, first post of the RP
"Hey, look at me! I'm making a spectacle of myself!" Death cried, leaping to the center of the crowd and dancing around in a circle. "Isn't it funny how anthropomorphic turtles smell exactly like sewage? Isnit?"
Avatar Adventures is a permanently open forum-based role-playing game, which can be located here. It was the second ever RP on the Escapist forums to reach 100 pages, falling just a week behind the first. It is also technically the longest-running RP on the Escapist, as there was a 50-plus-page thread present chronicling the adventures of the various protagonists which was locked after an issue involving a character from a webcomic one of the players was using as their main character.
One of the interesting things about the AA, as it is known, is that players control the character depicted in their forum avatar as their main player character. If this avatar happens to be a pre-existing fictional character, the player may control them as such, whereas if it's an original character the player may choose abilities to bestow upon them from their own imagination. Due to the fact that roughly half the characters are already well-known in popular culture, the AA doesn't require character sheets. Character control happens a lot, so in a way it's more like a story told by numerous people than a traditional RP.
There have been over 60 contributors to the story, so it might not surprise you to learn that there are Loads and Loads of Characters. As such, you'll be happy to learn there's a Character Sheet for you to sink your teeth into.
- Adaptation Decay: Death the Kid, Grimmjow Jaegerjaques and Sho Minamimoto are The Ditz, The Chew Toy and a walking talking Cluster F-Bomb respectively in this game.
- This is essentially assumed of any fictional character that pops into the RP.
- All Just a Dream: Phil's intro to the 1st restart has him waking up in a hospital from a coma-induced dream once the 1st universe was destroyed.
"But... I thought I was in an adventure! With a Ram! And a Ninja Monkey!" Phil says, reality closing in on him.
- And I Must Scream: At the start of the current timeline, Sam G decided he wanted a new main character. The only problem was, his current character (Death the Kid) was immortal, so killing him off wasn't exactly easy. In the end, Sam decided to finish off one of his oldest and most beloved RP characters by sealing him at the end of the second AA universe where he was doomed to experience the end of time and be removed from existence completely. Sam claims to have actually shed a tear having done this.
- Back from the Dead: Maddawg and Xandus
- And more recently, Death, Livingness and Sam
- Livingness the Youth's power is actually the ability to raise the dead; inverted to ridiculous extents during the Oblivion Arc when the immortal Carmine kills everyone except Death the Kid (also immortal) and Livingness, who repeatedly restores his dead friends, only for Carmine to kill them again. And again. And again.
- Severin during the Tiberius Invasion Arc
- Bag of Holding: Sam G's Subspace Bag, a satchel of infinite depth. He once defeated a mook by tripping him over and knocking him into the bag, causing him to fall for all eternity.
- Dark L:ink's hat is a freakin' gun armory.
- BFS: Xandus has a thing for claymores
- Blood Knight: Xandus. Particularly his fourth incarnation.
- Butt Monkey: Grimm
- Captain Crash: Xandus claims to be amazing pilot, but doesn't know how to land. This results in him crashing his Tie fighters countless times.
- Crazy Prepared: Sam is revealed to keep a trampoline, a nuclear device and a Mika CD in his Subspace Bag.
- Drinking Game: If the heroes aren't saving the world from evil, then they're usually at a bar of some sort, drinking in copious amounts.
- The Empire: Stephen Harper's New Imperial Order of Canada. Hail the Empire! Hail Lord Stephen Harper!
- Everything's Better with Chickens: Mage chickens, to be precise. Zepren's character: Glenrath the mage chicken, to be even more precise.
- Five-Man Band: Subverted in that there are never less than six characters on the team. Sam, very early on in the third timeline, actually had a conversation with Ram about this, and assigned roles to each of the members of the team at present:
- Five-Bad Band: Suck it heroes! We've got our own team!
- Friendly Enemy: Death the Kid and Xandus are on good terms; Death came to Xandus's birthday party once, and described him as his "Beeeest fwiend" when interrogated by Arthas the Lich King.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: There was an entire story arc revolving around dragons.
- It's Raining Men: When Slouch first appeared, he fell from the sky seemingly out of nowhere. When the AA was restarted, this happened again (albeit with somewhat of an explanation).
- Actually happens fairly frequently; Once an entire band of main characters was punched all the way from New Mexico to London in a single hit. Death managed to avoid plummeting to the ground for quite a while by simply forgetting to fall.
- Used again in Sam G's introduction. Sam wakes up 700 feet from the ground with no recollection as to how he got there, and thus gravity starts to take effect. He manages to avoid falling to his doom by pulling a trampoline out of his Subspace Bag and throwing it at the ground, landing on it just a second after it hit the earth.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: leet_x1337 practically qualifies for this all on his own.
- Nebulous Evil Organisation: D.L.A.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Happens for characters or circumstances of arcs, Such as the Pokemon arc
- No Fourth Wall: Characters frequently mention the RP and the people controlling it. Given that Sam G is an Author Avatar, this trope is pretty much enforced.
- Planet Eris: Where the story takes place.
- Precision F-Strike: Slouch, who doesn't usually swear (in fact, only when briefly controlled by another user) pulled this off with aplomb.
"I don't usually swear, but... BULL-FUCKING-SHIT!"
- Punch Clock Villain: Booster Gold, Who works for Ganondorf but its just his job.
"Well yeah, nothing personal though I'm more of a Punch Clock villain." says Booster
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Any time a creation of Sam G flips out as a result of plot-induced stupidity. Almost always punctuates each word with a strike with some kind of common household object.
"I!" Smack. "Don't!" Smack. "Goddamn!" Smack. "Appreciate!" Smack. "Those!" Smack. "Who!" Smack. "Find!" Smack. "Themselves!" Smack. "To!" Smack. "Be!" Smack. "Better!" Smack. "Than!" Smack. "Your!" Smack. "Average!" Smack. "Lackey!!!" Volley of smacks.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Elemental Dragons
- Rainbow Speak: All divine beings talk in coloured text, including the Soul Edge, Carmine, and powerful dragons.
- Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies: The First Restart begins with everyone instantly being killed by The Auditor.
- Story Arc: The AA's story is a series of story arcs. I don't know all of them, but I do know the ones that have happened since I joined:
- Cyborg War Arc (from when Cats appeared to the Steampunk Civil War)
- Ireland Arc (from the death of John Wilkes Booth and appearance of Darth Timewave Zero)
- League of Evil Arc (from the forming of the Sith to the battle with the CD-i characters)
- Half-Life Arc (from the beginning of G-Man's quest to the return to the death of Maddawg)
- Sword of Novgorod and D.L.A. Arc (from the part where Xandus mentions the sword to the Fire Temple at Death Mountain
- Armageddon Arc (from the appearance of the Auditor to the restart of the AA)
- Universe Restart Arc (from Ram sitting in the grass happily to the mecha assault on Nexus)
- Oblivion Arc (from the reforming of the villains to the battle with Carmine, Beowulf, and Greek heroes)
- Dragon Arc (from the legend of the dragon rider to the attack of the AA fangirls)
- Rutnik, Blackwatch, and Warhammer Arc (from the attack of the Communist groundhogs to the SAS rescue mission)
- Canada Arc (from the departure of Dark Link to the Battle of Hell)
- Olympus Arc (from the appearance of Techno Path to the restart of the AA (yet again))
- Underworld Arc (from the undead armies at Arizona to the massive underworld brawl)
- Divine Arc (from the return of the Sword of Novgorod and Carmine to the Battle of Heaven)
- Space Arc (from the abduction of Sam and Sidoh to Sam trapping himself in a pocketwatch)
- Sam In A Pocketwatch Arc (???)
- Aperture Recession Arc (Introduction of Severin and Frank West; GLaDOS and Justin leave; Ken leaves temporarily
- Timeskip (Five Years)
- Tiberius Invasion Arc (Villains and Heroes team up to defend Earth from an extraterrestrial invader)
- *Continuity Reboot from everyone being too OP*
- Rugal's Tournament Arc
- Everyone Goes To Japan Arc
- Soul Trial/Everyone Goes to Hell Arc (Featuring Phoenix Wright as a Guest Star)
- Quest for Camelot/ Castlevania Arc
- Pokémon Arc
- Left 4 Dead Arc
- Alien Arc
- M. Bison Took Over Asia, What a dick! Arc
- Swiss Army Weapon: Phil's Infinity Staff and Sam G's Subspace Bag of Wonders
- Sword of Plot Advancement: The Legendary Sword of Novgorod
- What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: Averted: Slouch is a blobfish; the real-life animal they based the pokemon Gulpin off.You really have to see it to comprehend it.
- You and What Army??: Both Glenrath and Maddawg have at different points had an army behind them. The latter has had several diffrent armies under his command, from the standard Locust Army to a more recent Machine-Gun wielding Roman Gladiator army.