This is a friendly reminder to all Instaleaguers and potential Leguers to take the time to read and review the Instaleague rules HERE. It is very important that everyone be on the same page regarding these rules in order to remain a part of the Instaleague and for everyone in the League to be a team that can work together effectively.
Thanks ~ The Instaleague Moderators
I want to give a huge thank you to @dueladent and @cheshiregrinn67 for making this video for the Instaleague’s one year anniversary which was on March 23rd. I also want to thank every single one of our members for making this possible. Not just for me but for comic fans everywhere. I’ve been able to meet so many amazing people through this and I have never been happier. Thank you to everyone who has joined, who is currently on the league, or is one of our many supports. This really is a dream come true for me.
With all my love, Babs
(P.S. I want to also give a huge thank you to the moderators, past and present, for helping me make this league into what it is today. Also being able to meet two of you face to face was such an amazing experience. I love you guys and hope to continue this friendship (because for the love of comics) for many years to come.)
By s_grundy32, wally_west_instaleague and star_sapphire
Setting the Scene: Animal Man a hero took his own life in grievance over losing
his loved one. Grundy (hero persona) tried to save him, but after several attempts
failed. Grundy was the only one that saw him kill himself fully until several members
of the JLA showed up to deal with the suicide. Hearing the news Wally West believed
that Grundy killed Animal Man and forged a suicide note. He vows vengeance and
kills Grundy who is found dead by The Green Arrow.
The RP: Wanting to find his friend’s killer Arrow begins searching for clues. When
he finds an obvious scrap of Wally’s suit, he asks Wally what happened. That is when
Wally confesses that he killed Grundy and believes he did it rightfully.
In order to resolve the conflict they take this up with the Justice League of
America, even they are split on the matter and disagree completely. Batman believes
that it was right to kill Grundy because Wally brings up the point that there was no
one around when Animal Man died. But Superman thinks that Grundy deserved the
benefit of the doubt (teams will be stated later) and eventually a fight breaks out on
the watchtower and when the heroes of earth hear about the fighting going on they
begin to take sides (based on IL storyline and official DC information). As the heroes
begin to fight each other the Secret Society of Super villains realizes that they can
take the upper hand and begin to take out the heroes that did not take sides. Such as
Voodoo and Static Shock. The villains attacking heroes particularly harms the pro-
death heroes. Many of their members (along with many anti-death team members)
are incapacitated. Final battles begin between the anti and pro death teams in
different locations (I don’t know which you can specify or not it’s up to you). All the
while this is happening Constantine determined to stop the body toll searches to
find the truth on what happened. His findings will determine who is right and
should end the fighting between the heroes
Teams Captains (Choose which of the heroes of earth you would like on your team. )
Pro-Death team Pool:
Impulse (irey west)
The Green Arrow
Supergirl (Kara Zor-El)
Anti-Death Team Pool:
Blue Beeltle (Ted Kord)
The Swamp Thing
All green and blue lanterns are unless stated otherwise, however you may defend
someone being attacked.
(* note I will not be naming everyone for teams, if you aren’t named it is because
I am not sure which position you would be on. You may decide for yourselves.
Everyone on IL is a great RPer and I am confident you can be responsible to choose
the side you would be on)
(**note There have been close friends/relationships placed on both sides of the
conflict. This has been done purposely to cause more conflict)
(***final note If you need to know why I need you on the team I put you on I will be
happy to tell you over kik: solomanxgrundy)
Deathstroke the Terminator
Any Secret Society of Super villains member(not open to Lex or the Joker)
(*note try to stay IC with the characters chosen for your team. Don’t choose a
character for your team that your character doesn’t like.)
(**For lanterns I want them working solo excepting black lanterns)
(***Sorry to Lex and Joker. You’re not members)
What follows is the rewritten RP which I’ve titled black magic. It’s a two part story: the first part is a small prologue which will then lead into the larger RP.
PROLOGUE aka THE COMING STORM: Ra’s al ghul has realized that all his previous plans haven’t been successful and that he needs to step up his game. Through some investigation he and the League of Shadows become aware that Constantine is in possession of one of phantom stranger’s cursed coins (refer to Most recent Phantom Stranger comic). He and the league of shadows (instaleague_badguys) team up with Felix Faust (who is currently housed in a fairy prison in the House of Mystery due to the events of a recent mini RP). Together they steal the coin and enchant it so that the Phantom Stranger is tethered to the coin. Ra’s imprisons him at his mansion and makes a deal: if the Phantom can retrieve the Helmet of Fate for him, Ra’s will release him from his curse.
The JLD (deadman, Constantine, amethyst swamp thing, Madame xadanu, Zatanna) pick up on the increased magical activity going on at the mansion and plan an assault. During the battle that ensues princess amethyst is killed, and since she is a Lord of Order like Dr. Fate (the spirit in the Helmet of Fate), the phantom and Ra’s channel her body’s magic in order to get a hold of the helm and corrupt it. This gives Ra’s the ability to access it’s power without being under dr. Fate’s full control. The prologue ends with Ra’s submerging amethyst’s body in a Lazarus pit, and her resurfacing with a twisted mind.
MAIN RP aka DARK MAGIC: With the help of his new allies (amethyst, corrupted phantom stranger, league of shadows, and Felix Faust) and his new powers due to the helm of fate, Ra’s launches an attack on A.R.G.U.S. ‘s “Black Room” (a facility that houses most if not all of the most powerful and elusive magical weapons/artifacts on Earth…refer to new 52). Armed with these weapons this new alliance takes over the Justice League Watchtower and uses the satellite to broadcast a spell that puts all of The non magic DC heroes and Villains under their control. It is up to the remaining members of the JLD and whoever is left to fight for the universe and take back control from Ra’s and his new army.
The New 52 is a relaunch or reboot of the entire DC Comics line of superhero books that come out once a month. However there are many new stories that take place on both the DC Universe’s Earth One and Two. My personal favorite would have to be the series with a supernatural theme: Justice League Dark.
This team is dedicated to dealing with mystic and magic threats of any kind. Such as vampires, sorcerers, and many more.
The team was started when Madame Xanadu (a powerful sorceress) saw the future of the world’s end unless she formed a team of unlikely magic housing heroes.
The founding members of the team were Madame Xanadu, John Constantine, Zatanna Zatara, Deadman (Boston Brand), and Shade the Changing Man. They were formed to hopefully stop what fate Madame Xanadu had foretold. However the current members are Deadman, John Constantine,Zatanna, Black Orchid, Madame Xanadu, Frankenstein, and Amethyst of Gemworld.
There are three main story arcs out as of now:
In the Dark, Rise of the Vampires, and The Black Room.
In the Dark features the team for the first time and when Madame Xanadu has a look into the deadly future. She calls upon the team to stop Enchantress from destroying the world with chaos and destruction.
Rise of the Vampires includes familiar faces from the series of IVampire, such as Andrew Bennett, king of the vampires. It also features two of Gotham City’s heroes Batman and Batgirl who help the team find Andrew Bennett and fight against an evil, rampaging, vampire army. While some of the team is in battle Constantine and Deadman to find Bennett and bring him back to earth to control the army of vampires from the evil clutches of the vampire Cain.
In The Black Room the team has been broken up and John Constantine has headed back to home country of London. While in London, Constantine is visited by Steve Trevor, who is a member of A.R.G.U.S., came to him to ask for him and the “Justice League Dark” (what A.R.G.U.S referred to them as) if they could help defeat the evil sorcerer, Faust. In the process the team learns that Faust is in search of the Seven Books of Magic that, by legend, is said to be where magic came from. However Faust isn’t working alone to find the seven books.
The series sadly has a few flaws. The story arc itself starts out slowly and doesn’t pick up pace till around the 3rd or 4th issue into the storyline of In The Dark. Afterward it gets into the action and keeps you well engaged; however, for new readers it may be hard for them to find the arc interesting especially when they are unfamiliar with the character themselves.
This brings me to another flaw in the series. Although its clearly stated that its a team made up mystical beings, many people (especially new readers) most likely don’t know about these characters or there backgrounds. With that said I do not believe the series has given strong backgrounds of each of the team members. This would have been most helpful with Shade the Changing Man since it is unclear of how he obtained the jacket that gives him his powers or how his personal life was negatively was effective. There are also some bits and pieces missing from the other members that would be nice to inform the new readers about. Even though some of the pasts don’t pertain to the current story in the comic.
The thought of not knowing about the pasts of the characters of the team is a bit disheartening. Although its a bit troubling I do enjoy the fact that the series is incorporating new characters and characters from other series in the New 52 such as Amethyst from Sword of Sorcery, Andrew Bennett from IVampire, Batman from Batman, and Batgirl from Batgirl. This brings more comic book knowledge to not only new readers but also gives people who have been reading ideas of what other comics to start reading.
Another bonus for the series would be the plot development. It can be fast paced at times, however, the plot is able to intertwine with separate problems that the individual characters face or other issues of the past are brought up again and used for the climax. Which is why the comic writing seems so complex in the beginning and may seem a bit confusing, but it in the end, the problems all add up to the main plot. This main point is definitely the key to keeping the readers entertained and always thinking.
Justice League Dark does deserve the “Dark” title because of its magic events and thrilling story that keeps your imagination running wild. I most certainly recommend this to anyone interested in anything mythical and can hold on tight for the intense ride. I can only hope that the series continues its great success and further captivates more readers.
Effective February 1st, 2013, instaleague will officially be amending our “three week rule” to a new “two week rule.” See the previous post for more details and thank you all for voting!
1. New members are prevented from joining as character they are passionate about because someone who is inactive is holding the spot and not using it.2. Current members are unable to RP with characters they should be/would like to interact with due to the aforementioned action of holding the spot.
“Stay consistent with your character. That means be on daily. If you have not logged on in 2 weeks or more we will consider you uninterested in the league and you will be replaced. If want to continue to be apart of the league you must role-play and be on frequently.”
The section above has been changed only by deleting the number “3″ and adding the number “2.”
Part 1: The Moderators will post an announcement twice a week until the new rule, should it be voted into legislation, is implemented. The date of implementation will be February 1st, 2013.
Part 2: A notification of the upcoming rule change will be posted on our website for all current and perspective members to see publicly.
Part 3: On February 1st, 2013, all accounts that are at 2w (on that date) will be given a ONE WEEK grace period so that their time is not instantly up when the rule is implemented. All accounts at 2w will be given until 3w before they are up for replacement. Once a post is made, you are then subject to the 2w rule like everyone else is.
Date Of Role Play: December, 22, 2012
12pm (EST United States)
9am (WST United States)
10am (MST United States)
11am (CST United States)
5pm [London, England (United Kingdom)]
4am (EST Australia)
1pm (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
5pm (Scotland, United Kingdom)
6pm (Berlin, Germany)
5pm (Dublin, Ireland)
Team Leader(s): Red Robin and Supergirl
Team Leader(s): Batman and Green Arrow
The Flash (Barry Allen)
Green Lantern (Hal Jordan
Green Lantern (Guy Gardner)
Flash (Wally West)
Justice Society of America:
Team Leaders: Dr. Fate and Kate Spenser
Team Leader(s): Nightwing
Allies of Earth:
The Swamp Thing
Team Leader(s): The Red Hood
Greatest Reporter of All Time, Covering All the Action:
Team Leader(s): Deathstroke
Echo & Query
Team Leader(s): Solomon Grundy
Ra’s Al Ghul
Enemies of the Just:
Team Leader(s): Hush
Team Leader(s): Prime
Team Leader(s): THERE IS NO TEAM HAHAHAHA We don’t play nice with others
An Important Note Before Reading:
This is the first time any of us have tried to do an RP in this fashion before, but I have chosen to “script” this out for several reasons. First, I really wanted to do something that would include every single member on our rosters; this is a task that is very hard to accomplish without a lot of organization, but it is something that is really important for the good of our RP Group as a whole. We are already the first, largest, and most organized DC RP group on Instagram, but I would like to add a new badge of honor to that list: I want to be the BEST. I want all of us to be the BEST at what we do. That is why I believe it is so important to include everyone in this event, it gives the lesser known characters a chance to get out there so everyone can interact, learn about, and know to RP with those characters in the future. It also gives our least experienced RPers a chance to interact and learn from our veterans. Last, my biggest reason for doing this is the most important: Because I love you guys and this is about fun. So let’s kick some ass.
Q: Tim, these teams make no sense whatsoever. Did you get dropped on your head as a child?
A: No, condescending made-up person, I did not. These teams are designed to accomplish a couple of different objectives. They’re made to display a balance between experienced and new RPers, being logical team-up’s, and are also designed with thoughts of the likely hood of individuals showing up to RP.
Q: People may not show up to this awesome RP you’ve been working really hard on? Jerks!
A: Hey now, we all have to keep in mind that everyone has a real life and is busy. We can’t demand or expect 100% attendance, and yes this may affect some of the script, but I trust you all enough to be creative and fill in the gaps.
Q: Why do I have to stick to a script? I wanted to have creative license with my RPs!
A: You’re being really critical for not even getting to the script part yet, but as you’ll see when you read over what I have worked out you’ll find its less of a script and more of a “script.” I’ve created a basic outline of the back-story and event, but it’s up to you to decide the details…and in some cases the choices you make can change the course of the whole story!
Q: Ha! I’m totally going to screw up the story and wreck everyone’s good time so I can be the hero!!!1!!!!!!!!111!!
A: That’s not a question and also totally uncool. This is designed for things to change and for people to adapt and make decisions, but by try to keep in mind that this is everyone’s RP…a “quick fix” to a problem or an “Instakill” or anything like that just impinges on everyone’s fun. Just try to find a balance between creative RP and undercutting the story and effect.
Q: I don’t like my team. Can I switch?
A: Kik me at Robin_The_Third or message me on Instagram. If you have a request to switch and a good reason for it then I’m up for discussing it, but please keep in mind I’m trying to encourage you to interact with new people and try new things. But I’m always open to hearing about new cross character dynamics.
Q: Can I switch teams during the RP and/or leave my team?
A: I understand that realistically not everyone will stick with their teams the entire time. It would be nice if you did, just for organizational purposes. That being said, if you do leave your team for some reasons I just hope there’s a good RP, IC, reason for it that makes sense. Have fun, and do what you think is right, but just please be mindful of ditching your team mates. Everyone’s fun is important.
Q: Can I turn evil/good in the face of grave and terrible danger?
A: We have a rule (http://instaleagueofficial.wordpress.com/) barring characters from changing alignment. That being said, we have allowed this to happen as long as it is 1.) temporary and 2.) part of an RP. Thus we cannot prevent you from doing so; however, as you’ll soon see there is not much reason for this to occur and honestly I think you’d have more fun keeping your alignment.
Q: Dude! I’m not on this list wtf why do you hate me?
A: Hey now, I (probably) don’t hate you. (That’s a joke, I love you all) We’re really fortunate to have a lot of members, but a negative consequence of that is that sometimes we, quite honestly, lose track of people. IF YOU ARE NOT LISTED ABOVE THAN PLEASE KIK/MESSAGE ME BECAUSE THAT MEANS I MESSED UP!!! I want everyone included on this RP, so if I missed you please please please please let me know and I’ll correct that issue immediately.
Q: Should I talk to the people I’m on a team with before the RP to figure out logistics and details or anything we want to do specifically?
Q: Should I talk with the people I’m mentioned interacting with in scenes in the script beforehand?
Q: Why? You already wrote out what to do!
A: I give a general idea of what is going on so that you can all have a direction to go in and something to work with. The interaction, dialog, and everything else is all up to you.
Q: What if I have any problems contacting people in supposed to RP with or have questions?
A: Stephanie Brown, Barbra Gordon, Deathstroke, Green Arrow, and myself (the mods) will be more than happy to help you out.
Q: What if I have a problem with something during an RP? Like a fairness issue?
A: Attempt to respectfully and politely resolve the issue. If contention and disagreement persist, contact a mod immediately.
Q: How do you keep your skin so soft and smooth?
A: L’Oreal. Because I’m worth it.
On the outer edge of Space Sector 2814, a rouge Tamaranian Battle Cruiser makes a course towards Earth. Blackfire sits on the command bridge conversing with Prime and a hologram of Lex Luthor. Prime, having seen the potential for personal gain, brought Lex in contact with Blackfire to sell out the Earth in exchange for person gain. Blackfire is in control of a rouge Tamaranian invasion fleet and with the help of Prime has enlisted the help of the grand army of a, until recently, unknown alien species known as the All Seers. They are a noble, highly intelligent, refined, and powerful race. The All Seers stand 7 to 9 feet tall, are physically very powerful and strong, and possess advanced armor that provides flight and protection, as well as blade and laser based weaponry. The All Seer God-King, The Judicariate, is also present.
The All Seers believe Earth’s “Heroes” to be corrupted and thus the Human Race’s perception of justice has become forever dammed. How humanity holds those who act with murder and vengeance in high esteem; moreover, how can they follow those who sit by and do nothing to check their own. Thus, the All Seers want to wipeout humanity for fear that their corruption will spread to the rest of the Galaxy. Lex has been promised a seat of supreme power on another world and access to all the knowledge and secrets held by the All Seers in exchange for his cooperation in eliminating Earth’s defenses. Aside from his Nuclear disarmament agenda during his administration, this would also account for his anti-hero legislation. His recently faked Death, made this initial meeting possible. Prime see the opportunity to take over the planet after humanity is wiped out and seeks to rebuild the world and recreate life as he likes it. Blackfire cares little for the planet, human life, or the agendas of the others. She simply seeks revenge on her sister, Starfire, and wants to destroy her and her adopted home. The invasion force heads towards Earth.
((This is intended to take place over one or two pictures early on in the RP. The new account, @instaleague_badguys, will be playing the All Seer invasion force as well as The Judicariate. Please keep in mind he will be stretched thin so please be patient with his reply times. Any/All of the aforementioned characters can/should announce when the battle starts and should act as both battle field commanders and play a huge role in the fight themselves.))
Meanwhile, on Earth, the members of the “Batfamily” are gathered in the BatCave around a hologram of Jason Todd. It is the anniversary of his death and nearly a year after his last escape from Black Gate prison. He hasn’t been seen since, the family takes time to accept the fact he is either dead or maybe finally happy. They catch up and are happy to be around each other. The joy is suddenly interrupted by an Omega Level alert from the Justice League Watch Tower, calling all member for an emergency meeting. Batman leaves the cave, only taking the time to order everyone stay put before Zeta Tubing to the JLA Watchtower in orbit around the Earth.
All members of Justice League Team 1 are present on the Watchtower as information of the invasion force comes in the form of a brief from the senior members based off of incoming data. The meeting is being broadcasted to all of Earth’s Heroes and a distress call is being sent to the Allies of Earth, Gemworld, and all allies of the League. Lois Lane reports to the world. During the course of the meeting, the first ships of the invasion force come out of hyperspace outside of Earth’s atmosphere. The Watchtower is vaporized instantly with Team 1 still on board, as the destruction is broadcast across the world.
Seeing Earth’s Guardian’s vaporized, Green Arrow is forced to unite the “rouge” heroes (Hawkman, Batwing, etc. Those who have been killing) with his own team to create Justice League Team 2. These are Earth’s Protectors and will be the first force to bring hope to humanity and confront the main invasion fleet.
Back at the Batcave, Tim Drake has already contacted the his Teen Titans and reached out to Supergirl to assemble her own team for this special circumstance. Alerts begin to come in on the Cave computer of a hyper level of supervillian activity all around the world. The Earth’s villains are taking advantage of the impending apocalypse to wreak havoc. It would appear that most of the members of Nightmare have been promised seats of power on Prime’s New Earth. They are fighting alongside the invasion fleet. The motivation of the other villains is mixed ((meaning you get to fill it in)) and ranges from simple greed to a love of chaos.
The Teen Titans 1 will clash with the Tactical Tyrants in San Francisco.
The Teen Titans 2 will have to tackle the Foreign Fatalities in Star City
The Guardians of Gotham will defend the waste land of Gotham against the Enemies of the Just.
The Role of the Unstable will be to cause as much extra Chaos as possible. Members of this team should feel free to create their own fights and destruction, aid in other fights going on, and make things spontaneous. What I’m counting on, however, is for you to help keep fights fair and even since heroes out number villains, providing everyone shows up.
The Justice Society of America begins using their experience as leaders to direct the course and flow of the war, reaching out to their foreign allies from Gemworld, other space sectors, and even across time. They also disperse to fight the invasion fleet.
As the heroes gain ground, the main body of the invasion army shows up. Key Stone and Coastal City are eviscerated. When all hope seems lost, The Justice League (team 1) reappears and takes the forward position on the war front, pushing the invasion force back and restoring hope to Earth’s people. Lois Lane broadcasts their return to the world. (She’ll also be doing updates on everything else happening).
Blackfire, angered by the fact she has yet to find her sister, seeks out The Teen Titans and (believing Star Fire to still be with them) beings violently attacking them, demanding to know her sister’s whereabouts. As the Titans are about to fall, a violent blast of Green Light interrupts the battle. Red Hood (Jason Todd) and the Outlaws show up to save the Titans Team 1 and assist them against Black Fire and the Tactical Tyrants (Red Hood vs. Deathstroke anyone?) It is revealed that Jason Todd has been away, gathering the new members that now fill the Outlaw’s roster.
The Judicariate watches from orbit and is impressed by the heroes of Earth. Believe that the Earth is still corrupt, but decides to pose a test: If a member of the human race who comes forward who is worthy and answers the All Seer’s riddle, the invasion force will make their immediate leave. Never to return again. (Question will be revealed in the RP).
There you have it. What will become of Earth? Who will live and who will fall?
((Please everyone be patient with @Instaleague_Badguys. I’ve talked to him, tag him and he’ll respond as quickly as possible.))