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Realistic or Modern Roseview Academy for Rebellious Royal Girls— SCHOOL FOR PRINCESSES —OPEN

Sub Genres
Historical, LGTBQ Friendly, Platonic, Romance, School, Slice of Life

laceanddoodles

Your run of the mill Victorian lady
“When I say rebellious princess, what do you think of?”
“A girl who hates dresses, doesn’t want to get married, and only wants to be free.”
“A pretty convenient narrative, don’t you think?”
“Pardon?”
“That the only form of feminine rebellion we’ve been sold is one in which the girl must give up all her power?”

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The Roseview Academy for Rebellious Royal Girls was founded just three years ago. It is positioned up in the Maedkarm mountains, on a spot of neutral land. It markets itself as a reformatory school, taking in disillusioned young princesses and sending them back able and willing to do all the things a princess must do— ballroom dancing, flower arranging, tea drinking, and the suchlike. It worked well enough, and the first class of 14 girls were sent to Roseview, to great success! They returned home and, to the delights of their royal parents, no longer fought against balls and etiquette and corsets. Instead, they all seemed to take a keen interest in the running of their kingdoms, and the futures of their monarchies. The spark of rebellion seemed to be thoroughly suppressed.

In reality, that spark was far from gone, or even suppressed. If anything, it had been enhanced, just carefully channeled. The headmistress, Katherine Sewald, is the disinherited elder sister of King Bertrice of Arrowyl, an ambitious and cunning woman who has an intimate awareness of the machinations of power and politics. This is the knowledge she strives to pass on to each of her pupils, as well as an enthusiasm for ruling. Dancing and table manners are taught, but they are seen as secondary to the real wealth of knowledge— of rhetoric, philosophy, political theory, battle tactics, manipulation and guile. The girls learn how to wield the expectations placed upon royal women as weapons and tools with which to secure and maintain power.

Now with three graduating classes under her belt, Lady Sewald’s Academy is running stronger than ever. Royal word of mouth is powerful, and there never seems to be a shortage of angry, resentful, rebellious young royal girls.

The students range between thirteen to seventeen years of age, and range in status from the young cousins and nieces of kings to the coveted position of first born daughter. It matters not, Roseview has grand ambitions for them all.

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There will be roles open for students and faculty, both are important. If you choose to play a faculty member, you aren’t required to read up on political theory, but it is kinda fun.

This is not based on any one era, different kingdoms are welcome to take inspiration from different places/cultures/times within the medieval and Renaissance eras. That spans quite a few centuries. Again, research isn’t required, but can be fun. When making a princess, you’ll also be prompted to put a little bit of thought into her homeland and culture. It can be nice to draw inspiration from history. Makes things feel grounded.

All of my rps are lgbt+ friendly, and as a bisexual woman who loves history, I reject the notion that lgbt+ identities are something new or modern. They have always existed, just sometimes under the veil of secrecy and shame. Through storytelling, we can lift that veil, and illuminate the hypothetical lives and dramas of those who came before us. This is also going to be a highly fictionalized world— I am still toying with the idea of whether or not I should add in a magic system, or if that would take away from the story I hope we can tell.

This rp is intended to be an examination of some of the tropes surrounding stories about princesses and royal women, as well as political intrigue and themes of power and strength viewed through a feminine lens. It will cover a year of this school, focusing closely on character development and growth. I hope I’ve hooked you, and if so, let’s tell a story about a group of angry, disenfranchised, young women learning how to achieve autonomy and power in their lives and also on a political level!


Now for some ground rules.

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  1. All rules of RPN apply.
  2. Be nice be respectful out of character
  3. Swearing is okay in moderation, but remember the context.
  4. No one liners. We don’t need novellas, but please give at least a good paragraph.
  5. Anime fcs are okay, but I prefer real people, your own artwork, or artwork you have permission to use from the artist.
  6. -Have fun, ask me any questions you might have, and let’s tell a good story!
  7. If you’ve read all of this, mention your favorite historical queen or princess!

Roles
Students:
  1. Taken olive.tree olive.tree
  2. Taken Mitheral Mitheral
  3. Taken ThatGuyWithSouvlaki ThatGuyWithSouvlaki
  4. Taken Delphine Delphine
  5. Taken kooky kooky
  6. Taken elske elske
  7. Taken darkfox1000 darkfox1000
  8. Open
  9. Open
  10. Open

Faculty
Headmistress: Taken
Rhetoric and public speaking teacher— Teaches the students how to give an effective and persuasive speech, how to come across as confident and intelligent in conversation, and how to win people over with their words.— Open
Political theory teacher— Teaches the students the groundwork of power, how it is gained, how it is kept, how it is lost.— Open
Philosophy teacher— Teaches the students about ideas and theories about people, the universe, ethics, etc.— Open
Battle tactics teacher— Teaches the students about the battlefield, how to lead armies, how to win wars.— Open
Interpersonal relationships teacher— Teaches the students how to read people. How to manipulate and lie, and how to spot when somebody else is lying or trying to manipulate them, as well as how to protect one’s reputation while in pursuit of power.— Open
History teacher— Taken ThatGuyWithSouvlaki ThatGuyWithSouvlaki
Dance teacher— Open
Etiquette teacher— Open
(If you can think of another class that could be taught at this school, pitch me an idea!)
 
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olive.tree

hot cocoacane
Wow, you really did it. You won rpnation. It’s time for everyone else to go home...except for me, cause I’d love to participate in a student role.

My favourite historical princess is Isabella of Parma, who I’m actually writing a book about. She’s such a fascinating figure: when she was ten she watched her mother die (only 24 at the time), and was convinced that she’d die young too. Her marriage was arranged and, though her husband really seemed to love her, she was too scared of pregnancy and sexual intimacy to foster a healthy relationship. Also, she was gay: she had an affair with her husband’s older sister, and never showed any interest in men. Most of her later years were spent in depression.

Eventually both of her fears (dying young and giving birth) were realised, as she died at 21 due to complications in her second pregnancy. The infant also died, and her first daughter died too a few years later, at seven years old. Her husband never recovered from Isabella’s death, and though he was forced into a second marriage they never had children and that ruling line came to an end.

Hope you enjoyed that little factoid :) Her story isn’t well known, but it’s packed with poetic tragedy
 
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Mitheral

"Growf!"
Hmm ... I just might have some fun with this one. I am thinking of a princess of Ardeal. I'll have to research the era though if we want a little authenticity. Ardeal, for those who don't know, is the proper name of what most call Transylvania.
 

laceanddoodles

Your run of the mill Victorian lady
Wow, you really did it. You won rpnation. It’s time for everyone else to go home...except for me, cause I’d love to participate in a student role.

My favourite historical princess is Isabella of Parma, who I’m actually writing a book about. She’s such a fascinating figure: when she was ten she watched her mother die (only 24 at the time), and was convinced that she’d die young too. Her marriage was arranged and, though her husband really seemed to love her, she was too scared of pregnancy and sexual intimacy to foster a healthy relationship. Also, she was gay: she had an affair with her husband’s older sister, and never showed any interest in men. Most of her later years were spent in depression.

Eventually both of her fears (dying young and giving birth) were realised, as she died at 21 due to complications in her second pregnancy. The infant also died, and her first daughter died too a few years later, at seven years old. Her husband never recovered from Isabella’s death, and though he was forced into a second marriage they never had children and that ruling line came to an end.

Hope you enjoyed that little factoid :) Her story isn’t well known, but it’s packed with poetic tragedy
I’ll mark you down!!
 

laceanddoodles

Your run of the mill Victorian lady
Hmm ... I just might have some fun with this one. I am thinking of a princess of Ardeal. I'll have to research the era though if we want a little authenticity. Ardeal, for those who don't know, is the proper name of what most call Transylvania.
Ooo, very interesting. I’ll mark you down.
 

Delphine

Miss Vanjie
Would you mind rereading the rules for me? You’ve missed one tiny thing. Other than that, you’re good. :)
Oops, my bad 😅

My favourite Queen in history might've been Elizabeth Bathory, well known for her murderous tendencies during her reign in the 1500s, and ruled what is now Hungary, Romania (<3) and Slovakia. Sure, she was extremely cruel and sadistic, and used the blood of the young ladies who worked for her to stay young, but her story is extremely fascinating and disturbing, and is still engraved in my memory after years.
 

ThatGuyWithSouvlaki

Lucky Laki Malakis
Interested. I always liked Margaret of Anjou, Queen of England during the War of The Roses i am sure she was inspiration for Circe Lannister from GoT but so much better. Woman had a husband who would go in an out of lucidity and was thought to be weak when he was lucid, as well as having to deal with rebellious land owner. Still she played the political game to have support for her house including gaining armies from Scotland and France. She attempted to invasion of England both to keep her husband and son from the throne. Sadly she lost in the end but her work in sure her House of Lancester through the House of Tudor won the war.
 

laceanddoodles

Your run of the mill Victorian lady
Oops, my bad 😅

My favourite Queen in history might've been Elizabeth Bathory, well known for her murderous tendencies during her reign in the 1500s, and ruled what is now Hungary, Romania (<3) and Slovakia. Sure, she was extremely cruel and sadistic, and used the blood of the young ladies who worked for her to stay young, but her story is extremely fascinating and disturbing, and is still engraved in my memory after years.
I'll mark you down! Student, faculty, or one of each? If faculty, which position?
 

laceanddoodles

Your run of the mill Victorian lady
Interested. I always liked Margaret of Anjou, Queen of England during the War of The Roses i am sure she was inspiration for Circe Lannister from GoT but so much better. Woman had a husband who would go in an out of lucidity and was thought to be weak when he was lucid, as well as having to deal with rebellious land owner. Still she played the political game to have support for her house including gaining armies from Scotland and France. She attempted to invasion of England both to keep her husband and son from the throne. Sadly she lost in the end but her work in sure her House of Lancester through the House of Tudor won the war.
Are you interested in a student or faculty role?
 

laceanddoodles

Your run of the mill Victorian lady
Uhm, what do we do if our areas overlap? IE same country?
Plot with them, make it work! I'll be making a discord server for ooc stuff, so there'll be plenty of time and space to plot overlaps. And yeah, it's set in the past. As I said, you're free to draw inspiration from anywhere/any time under the umbrella of medieval-renaissance. It's a large span, but still rooted in the past.
 

Mitheral

"Growf!"
Thanks ... in those days Ardeal / Transylvania - though historically it was larger than modern Transylvania, extending further west with mountains providing natural barriers east and west - was a part of the Ottoman Empire.

Transylvania is the central part of Romania.
 

laceanddoodles

Your run of the mill Victorian lady
Thanks ... in those days Ardeal / Transylvania - though historically it was larger than modern Transylvania, extending further west with mountains providing natural barriers east and west - was a part of the Ottoman Empire.

Transylvania is the central part of Romania.
That sounds like a great place to draw inspiration from! Remember, this isn't exactly our world, and this isn't based on real history, just drawing from it and inspired by it. Feel free to be creative in coming up with lore elements for your kingdom.
 

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