Re: Ringlore In Rp
While I don't disagree with the two posts above, allow me to play devil's advocate for the moment. Quite frankly, you can RP whatever you want, and nobody really has the right to say otherwise. When it comes to RP, I find it very disconcerting when others wish to limit a person's creativity by broadly declaring "that's not possible." However, it becomes another matter entirely when you attempt to force or otherwise persuaded others to /accept/ your story or RP plot. Let me to provide two examples.
In one of the places that I RP, there are a group of people who seem to delve into RP that has absolutely nothing to do with the lore. Their characters seem to be demons or vampires with limitless powers, capable of creating dimensional portals with their magic, able to instantly heal from mortal wounds, different things like that. Now, while I have no right to tell them that they can't RP that, I most certainly can avoid and ignore them, and not accept their RP as my own. In fact, many people just put them onto their ignore list to begin with, so that they don't have to worry about it. However, this doesn't bother them, and they're quite content with RPing with each other, even if nobody else accepts their RP as canon. I figure, as long as they're happy, who am I to tell them otherwise?
Now for my second example. About four years ago, someone came up with a plot idea similar to your own. They proposed the idea that there were not just the Rings of Power, but in fact many different magical items throughout Middle Earth. Some of these even gave their possessors special powers, such as the ability to talk to animals, see visions, or move with soft footsteps. They also introduced the idea of an ancient, secret order out of Gondor, which was responsible for recovering items such as these. All-in-all, the plot was generally well received, with many of the server's most notable Roleplayers and Kinships taking part, and I would like to think that a lot of people had fun with the plot.
So why the difference in reception between these two examples? In my opinion, it is because the latter of the two plots was willing to work with others to make it lore appropriate. Its organizers went so far as to pick out lines of text and dialogue from the novels that supported their idea of other magical items, and they presented these ideas in a mature, reasonable way. Even though the story was a stretch of the lore, they did their best to make it "fit" within the world of Middle Earth that Tolkien presented. They were not imposing on the lore, but expanding upon it, and I think that is what makes the biggest difference to me.
For me, I have a heck of a lot easier time accepting someone's RP if it at least "fits" within the Middle Earth that we know today. If you take the time to research the lore, and put some effort in to make your story believable, then I am much more likely to take part of it, instead of just casting you off into the "ignore" bin that I place the vampires and Sauron offspring into. I have even taken certain liberties with the lore myself, in order to make my character and plots a little more interesting. I think if it's done reasonably, with good lore, and in moderation, then you will find people more than willing to accept your RP plots.
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