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You are given this letter upon arrival at the destination:

Dearest Students and Staff!

The plane ride was exciting and the train has brought everybody to Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu! The weather is looking rainy so I bought everybody a cute personalized rain poncho and put one in each of your dufflebags: you get a kittycat princess, ducky, or a black piggie!

During work times, students and teachers will wear the school P.E. track suits. During other times, students must be in uniform. Principal Narimatsu sure hopes you didn't bring any prohibited items in your luggage. Behave nicely and thank the people you work with. Let’s enjoy friendship and teamwork in the warm and toasty South, mes amies!!! Yahoo!

Love, Principal Narimatsu-pyon!!!! \(^o^)/

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Dopple event is finished and it's time for something new. Kikuryou's students and teachers are being sent to a rural farming community in Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu! Get your work boots and gloves ready and bring your Tiger Balm, folks. Teachers and students will go on an all-expenses-paid work-study trip to participate in a week long biology education course sponsored by the government. Students and teachers will be taken to work on farms and catch fish to learn about food. At night they will stay in a hot-spring country inn. The kids have to do each activity in pairs, so if you want CR with a certain someone, you can say they were paired together by drawing names. Pairs can be any grade together or even student-teacher if you really want. You can have the different partners for different events. Accommodations can be in twos or fours or whatever you want, boys and girls separate. You can choose to have your character participate in threads with prompts. Activities they will do include: --Going out as a team on a small fishing boat to catch skipjack tuna with poles. A storm will be coming in. --Planting, weeding, or harvesting together as a team. Chief crops are mustard flowers, tangerines, grapes, honey. --Cooking contest with a partner ($100/¥10000 prize) --Caring for wee baby free-range Kagoshima Black Piglets including bottle-feeding, bathing, petting, racing, and playing. --Turtle Patrol: a trip to Yakushima beach at night to document endangered loggerhead turtles laying eggs, help tag and measure turtles, and count turtles, nests, and eggs being laid. Free time on night beach afterwards. --Visiting Yakushima, a primeval wild rain forest preserve with trees older than 2000 years. Home to ancient species of weasels, yaku macaque, and sika deer. Nice beaches there. --gigantic sushi eating contest (vegetarian available) (prize is a fancy dinner for two that can be used in Kikuryou) --Getting into randy shenanigans Bathing and sleeping at a cozy traditional Japanese inn. Haunted? Up to you --OR????? DO WHAT INTERESTS YOU. ANYTJING GOES. YOUR IDEAS HERE. I ask that if you join threads that you check back and tag in a timely manner to prevent a pileup of back tagging all the events ok? This event lasts one month at the most and then we are moving on to new things! Also please remember: if you are no longer feeling your old character, you are totally welcome to change what you need to, give them powers, do a new character, whatever you want! Questions? Plotting? Come chat with us on Skype in the game chat or ask here!
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Welcome to Ghost*Sugar 2.0

1. Biggest rule: This is now a no-pressure plotty musebox comm for fun times to blow off stress. No drama, guilt, or grief about tagging.  Ain't nobody got time for that. Everybody has a grownup life now and we all get it. Just have fun with your characters and do all the things you want. Even the NSFW or multiple timelines or AU's is fine with me. Let's just be cool with each other.

2. You can retcon anything you need to, or "soft reset" or change aspects of your character that you're just not feeling anymore. Feel free to share new profiles or changes or whatnot on this comm.

3. We will be doing a time-skip to the beginning of the new school year (April 1st). That means you can promote your kid to the next grade up. If your character was a 3rd year student, feel free to just keep them at 3rd year if you wanted.

4. Everybody is a mod now. It's a collaboration and we all have an equal amount of authority here. You can do whatever you want with the comms and posts.

5. No posts on your individual journal, too much work with friending everybody. If you are posting with your character on the school internet/network, you can post in main comm and tag it #network.

Did I miss anything? OK, it's your turn. Are you down with this? Tell us what you want us to know about what you have been up to, what you want to plot, whatever. Let's party. We are kicking around the idea of having the teachers in a bar playing a drinking game for the first post. Anything else?

BTW you can now buy G*S merchandise.
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Here you can find a list of threads that take place in Ghost*Sugar, in chronological order.

* = thread still in progress

Quick Jump: April 2008 May 2008 June 2008

Before April 2008:
First Glimmer of the Evening Star [Tatsuki, Kei] Newly elected Student council members Tatsuki and Kei test each other's might. It's going to be a fun year.

APRIL 2008
Be Gentle, I'm New At This [Yuzuya, Ren] Yuzuya and Ren prepare for their first day as homeroom teachers.
Welcome to Kikuryou [Samuel, Kei, Chiaki, Suguru] Chastise students first thing in the morning on the first day of school? Kramer-sensei is all over that.
High Tide [Chiaki, Kokoro] Chiaki almost gets into trouble with an upperclassman on his first day...until Kokoro comes to the rescue!
Dividing Lines [Suguru, Kokoro] Suguru and Kokoro battle over a desk.
Odd Like That [Yuzuya, Chiaki] Yuzuya and Chiaki do a little trash-talking.
Running a Tight Ship [Ono-sensei, Samuel, Sumire] Vice Principal Ono is inspecting desks and Kramer's is next in line.
Ah, this beautiful yet cruel world... [Samuel, Ren] Kramer and Ren chat it up after a long day.
Caught Red-Handed [Yuzuya, Sumire] Yuzuya drops in on Sumire at her office.
Found Out About You [Suguru] Suguru's seatmate Kokoro got dumped by her boyfriend, and Suguru runs into him after school.
Something [Suguru] Suguru has an uneasy feeling about his new school.
How Things Used To Be Done [Sakai-sensei, Kazuhiko] The school's judo coach and "discipline teacher" meets his sorry end.
Flipped On Your Head [Ayumi, Kokoro, Suguru] Ayumi takes over for Sakai as head PE teacher and tries to address Suguru's questions.
Just a Little TLC [Sumire, Yadoru] Yadoru goes to the nurse's office for a change of clothes and a bump on the head, and finds a possessed air conditioner instead.
Shivers [Yuzuya, Samuel, Ayumi, Sumire] Sakai's body is found and the faculty regroups after the chaos dies down.
"Extracurricular" Activites [Yadoru, Yuzuya] Yadoru is busy working when he bumps into Yuzuya trying to take a break. Awkwardness ensues.
Do You See What I See? [Yadoru, Chiaki] Chiaki and Yadoru find a common ground.
Showdown [Suguru, Samuel] Suguru tries to face down his homeroom teacher and fails miserably.
How Do You Say "Awkward" In English? [Yuzuya, Ren, Samuel] Ren goes on a "study date" (not really) with Kramer and Yuzuya.
Clean-up Detail [Yuzuya, Yadoru, Chiaki] Yuzu's lab has been trashed and his students pitch in to help clean up.
Baby Steps [Yuzuya, Sumire] After a long and hectic day, Yuzuya finds an excuse to visit Sumire in her office.
Don't Drag Your Feet! [Miyuki, Ayumi, Yuzuya, Samuel] Miyuki comes into work with her fabulous new shoes, but she doesn't get the reaction she was hoping.
Chance of a Lifetime [Suguru, Chiaki, Samuel] Suguru is trying to get an eyeful of the girls' physical exams, Chiaki is trying to escape, and Kramer is there to nail 'em.
Trouble [Yuzuya, Chiaki] Chiaki receives his punishment for ditching class, but he gets a little consolation gift afterwards.

MAY 2008
Happy... Not Getting Eaten By Ghosts Day? [Yadoru, Chiaki] Yadoru gifts Chiaki with the most useful birthday present imaginable.
Need A Hero? [Suguru, Ayumi] Suguru witnesses what he thinks is a damsel in distress in the park at night...and instead gets an eyeful of what Ayumi is really capable of.
Way Up in the Sky... [Yadoru, Yuzuya] Yadoru doesn't know how to go grocery shopping...but perhaps Yuzuya-sensei is the last person he should be learning from.
The Face in the Window [Chiaki] Just when Chiaki's started to feel safe and secure, he thinks he sees a familiar face in his window.
Window Shopping [Miyuki, Suguru] Miyuki visits the pet shop with the not-intention of buying a dog. Suguru visits the pet shop with the intention of picking up chicks and hitting on his math teacher.
A Song, A Song... [Yadoru, Ubume no Shizuka (the ghost of Chiaki's mother)] The ghost of an embittered mother tries to bargain with Yadoru.
Familial Piety [Yadoru, Chiaki] Yadoru comes to complain tell Chiaki about the events of the night before, and ends up leaving in a huff. Chiaki just wants to protect his mother, but is it worth losing friends over?
You Only Like Me for My Hardware [Kei, Suguru] Kei has had it up to here with computers that refuse to work. Here comes Suguru to the rescue -- which would be all well and fine if he even knew how to turn one on.
Meetings Suck [Ono, Yuzuya, Ren, Kramer, Miyuki, Yamato, Ayumi] Vice-principal Ono is on her high horse at the teacher meeting, and it would be really nice if someone could knock her down a peg. Or shut her up.
Good Luck [Nao, Yadoru] Yadoru stops by Kasuga Shrine to pay his respects to the local kami.
Ain't That The Way It Is? [Nao, Ulf] Nao is saved from falling down the stairs by a kind... boy?!?!
Take Two Blue [Kokoro, Ulf] Kokoro's not feeling well. Ulf to the rescue!
Welcome to Trouble-ville [Ayumi, Suguru] Ayumi goes to Suguru's house to check on him.
Like a Boss [Kei, Kokoro] Kei needs some help with Sports Day preparations and she knows just the girl to ask.
Freaks on a Plane [Suguru, Ulf, Kramer] No one told Suguru they wouldn't be flying in style! And with Ulf as a seatmate, things can only get worse.
Supply and Demand [Nao, Chiaki, Yadoru] Nao has a close encounter in the bleeding supply closet.

JUNE 2008
Dreaming at the Desk [Miyuki, Kramer] Miyuki and Kramer share an unexpectedly sensual moment in the dark, but it's gone just as quickly -- did she imagine it after all?
Saying Sorry for Dummies [Chiaki, Suguru] Suguru tries to apologize, but somehow the angry cat gets misinterpreted.
Sports Day 2008 [Ayumi, Chiaki, Kei, Kokoro, Nao, Ren, Suguru, Sumire, Tatsuki, Ulf, Yadoru, Yuzuya] Sports Day 08 is on!
How to Waylay Your Neighborhood Onmyouji [Nao, Yadoru] Nao lies in wait to thank Yadoru for saving her.
Karaoke Interlude [Ren, Ayumi, Kramer, Yuzuya, Miyuki, Sumire] Ren hosts a karaoke night in an effort to get the staff to get along a little better.
Sálvame! (Save Me!) [Soledad, Suguru] Soledad gets lost in the unfamiliar streets of the town, and one Matsuzaki Suguru just happens to be there to save the day.
Bitter Wings Beget No Blossoms [Chiaki, Ubume no Shizuka, Baku-gami] Chiaki makes the mistake of trying to talk his mother into going home himself.
Found [Chiaki, Yuzuya, Sumire] Yuzuya finds an ill, unconscious Chiaki out on the grounds -- but Chiaki will only tell Sumire what happened.
Girly Time [Soledad, Nao] Sol and Nao meet and bond over bad art and history.
And now, for something completely different... [Tatsuki, Kei]
Unzip My Body, Take My Heart Out [Kokoro, Soledad, Ulf]
Be My Guest [Nao, Ulf] Nao proudly takes Ulf on a tour of her home.
Hold Me in Your Hands [Kokoro, Ulf]
Money, Money, Money [Ayumi, Tatsuki]
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For reference, here's some info about Japanese school to help you understand how Japanese school might be different from the high school you went to. These are questions people had in the beginning of the RP. If you ever have a question about how something works at Kikuryou or in Japanese high school, comment here and we'll answer your question.

Ghost*Sugar Japanese School FAQ )

Teachers and students?
Teachers should remember to use their best judgement and behave with propriety towards the students. It's not against any rules to touch a student and a pat on the back, head, or shoulder is completely acceptable at this school. Rest assured, though, that a teacher caught messing around with a student is going to get fired and possibly sent to jail if they are caught having relations with a student and/or the child is under 16 (laws are looser than in the US, esp. when the minor consented to the activity or lied about their age).

Discipline: At Kikuryou the following methods of disciplining students are officially accepted: detention, writing essays, extra homework, cleaning duty, trash pickup duty, sorting recyclables, being made to clean up or set up sports equipment for teams all alone, being made to sit in seiza for a certain period of time, kicking the student out of class, being made to hold heavy buckets of water while standing in the hallway, banning a student from club activities, making a student work in the library of cafeteria, taking a student aside and totally bawling them out.

The following methods of disciplining students are NOT officially accepted on paper but are often used when the situation demands. The administration will look the other way: the throwing of chalk/blackboard erasers/books/folders at a student, whacking a student on the head or hand with a book, folder, ruler, or other such object, making a student carry something heavy on the lap (such as a stack of books) when sitting in seiza, slapping for backtalk (punching is too far for this administration), whacking a student with a bamboo kendo sword, making a student do something embarrassing, locking a student into a small room or closet for a period of time until they apologize for their misbehavior-- bonus points if it is the bleeding supply closet.
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[ profile] notsexyback Samuel Kramer - 2nd year English, Homeroom 2-B [by [profile] jade_pen]
[ profile] uwasamiyuki Satou Miyuki - 2nd year Math, Homeroom 2-C [by [ profile] runawayballista]
[ profile] chemistryisfun Shibata Yuzuya - 1st year science, Homeroom 1-C [by [ profile] shiruru]
[profile] ms_fist_first Oyate Ayumi - P.E. [by [profile] beloved_baka]
[personal profile] gr8_teacher_ren Ito Ren - Home Ec., Homeroom 1-B [by [ profile] dianoetic]


3rd Year
[personal profile] work_for_it Akiyama Kei [by [ profile] dianoetic]
[ profile] astarofheaven Morinaga Tatsuki [by [ profile] jade_pen]
[ profile] trickster_smile Tsukino Sachi [by [ profile] phoenix_prose]

2nd Year
[ profile] lonely_aldama Soledad Aldama de Urquiza [by Rosie]
[ profile] shutter_hime Amamiya Kokoro [by [ profile] ainasiriel]
[ profile] nocturnalboy Matsuzaki Suguru [by [ profile] shiruru]
[ profile] bewarewulf Geirulf Ulvestad [by [profile] phoenix_prose]

1st Year
[ profile] sicklygarden Aoki Chiaki [by [ profile] runawayballista]
[ profile] magictiemnaow Chiba Yadoru [by [profile] jade_pen]

Other Characters (NPC's) and Staff Listing )
Science: 1st year - Shibata Yuzuya [ profile] chemistryisfun
Art:Wood/Metal Shop:
Home Ec: Ito Ren [personal profile] gr8_teacher_ren

Student Council plays an important role in leading the students to follow rules and help run the school and special events smoothly. Being in student council is not a popularity contest. The students who are responsible, hardworking, and show good leadership skills are chosen by their peers. Each homeroom class has two reps as well. Student council members wear a small pin and are very hardworking, busy kids. They usually don't have time to participate in a club.
Student Council President: Akiyama Kei [personal profile] work_for_it
Student Council Vice-President:
Student Council Secretary:
Student Council Treasurer: Morinaga Tatsuki [ profile] astarofheaven
Student Council Grounds/Cleanliness Committee:
Student Council Health/Fitness Officer:
Student Council Class Reps:
Student Council Eco Committee: (they promote recycling, recycle things like milk cartons, paper, tin foil, etc, and "encourage" trash reduction)


Hanako-chan the Toilet Ghost - the ghost of a student who died in 1933. She inhabits the first-year girls' lavatory. She has been described as a very small girl with a melancholy expression. She often appears behind girls while they look in the mirror. She is especially jealous of girls who think they are pretty. (NPC)
Okiku - Okiku-hime is the ghost of a medieval princess who once lived on the premises. She was apparently quite the coquette and had a great number of illicit lovers. As she prefers to put it, her milkshake brought all the boys to the turret. Daddy didn't like this and this eventually ended in her sad demise in a well. On moonlit nights Okiku can be heard sobbing in the well in the back southeast corner of the campus, near the soccer field. She counts her love letters from her boytoys in a melancholy voice. (NPC)
Kazuhiko - Okiku's lethal samurai guard [[ profile] lovelyobake]
Baku-gami - a mysterious dream-eating god [[ profile] lovelyobake]
Ittan-Momen - A ghostly bandage with a killer grip [[ profile] lovelyobake]
Jurei - a demonic, deadly tree [[ profile] lovelyobake]
Ubume no Shizuka - The spirit of Chiaki's deceased mother, Aoki Shizuka, was originally a harmless ghost, but since arriving at Kikuryou in pursuit of her son, she's become twisted, little by little. She died in a car accident when her son was very young, and has become a ghost obsessed with her son's well-being. She doesn't seem to have accepted her death yet. (NPC, via [ profile] sicklygarden)

Deceased Characters:

Sakai-sensei - Former Judo teacher (aka the Discipline Teacher): a thick barrel-chested man who strutted around campus in track clothes at all times. He was the intimidating tough guy, the teacher that kids got dragged into by their homeroom teachers when they needed a really good behind-closed-doors discipline session. Killed by Kazuhiko. (NPC)
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(Meaning campus ghosts/ayakashi/monsters etc.)

**We have plenty of these characters at this time and are not too interested in getting more at present. Please consider apping a student or teacher instead. We are very choosy in the selection to keep things from getting too crazy. Don't hold it against us, okay?**

Thanks for your interest in applying to Ghost*Sugar! Please make sure you've read the rules, copy this form, fill it out, and mail it to us at ghostsugar.mods {at} gmail. Feel free to remove the notes in parenthesis. Optional items are marked with *

Player Handle: (not your real name, what you want us to call you)
Player AIM:
Player e-mail we can use to contact you: (this must be one that you check regularly!)
Player Age:
I have read and agree to abide by the RP rules: yes/no
I understand that failure to follow the rules may lead to dismissal from the rp: yes/no

Character Name:

(please describe in detail your character's physical looks, style of dress, things one looking at them might guess from their looks or mannerisms.)

Personality: (please tell us what your character's personality is like, their temperament, what they like and don't like, what is important to them, what their strengths and weaknesses are. What does your character do on campus? What kind of powers and weaknesses does your character have?)

Background: (please tell us about your character's personal history and relationships. Why are they at Kikuryou? Where do they live? What do they do all day and why?)

Relation: (Please tell us how your character would interact with others in the rp.)

Finally, please write a scene in at least 300 words in which your character comes across two students doing something naughty on campus.
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Thanks for your interest in applying to Ghost*Sugar! At the moment, we have lots of teachers. We need more students (badly) so please consider applying for a student character.

Please make sure you've read the rules, copy this form, fill it out, and mail it to us at ghostsugar.mods {at} gmail. Feel free to remove the notes in parenthesis. Optional items are marked with *

Player Handle: (not your real name, what you want us to call you)
Player AIM:
Player e-mail we can use to contact you: (this must be one that you check regularly!)
Player Age:
I have read and agree to abide by the RP rules including the posting rules:
I understand that failure to follow the rules may lead to dismissal from the rp: yes/no

Character Name:
Job Position
: (Subject and grade if applicable)
Homeroom Class:
(if your character is a teacher that is assigned to a homeroom. We are looking to fill A-C in all three grades first before opening the other classes so please stick with one of those.)
Club/Team: (if your character is a teacher, they are required to act as supervisor of a club or team on campus. Please see the club list for more details.)
Blood Type*:
Favorite School Subject:

Appearance: (please describe in detail your character's physical looks, style of dress, things one looking at them might guess from their looks or mannerisms.)

Personality: (please tell us what your character's personality is like, their temperament, what they like and don't like, what is important to them, what their strengths and weaknesses are. Make sure you include faults! No one is perfect. What are their goals in daily life?)

Background: (please tell us about your character's personal history, relationships, family and friends. Why is your character at Kikuryou?)

Does your character have any kind of unusual powers? This is the place to elaborate on that: (Fear not, it is totally okay to have your character be a normal human, we do need lots of them)

Living Situation: Where does your character live?

Relation: (Please tell us how your character would interact with others in the rp.)

Finally, please write a scene in at least 300 words in third-person POV: Your character is in a hurry but a student comes to them for help with a very personal and potentially embarrassing problem.

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Thanks for your interest in applying to Ghost*Sugar! Please make sure you've read the rules,copy this form, fill it out, and mail it to us at ghostsugar.mods {at} gmail. Feel free to remove the notes in parenthesis. Optional items are marked with *

Player Handle: (not your real name, what you want us to call you)
Player AIM:
Player e-mail we can use to contact you: (this must be one that you check regularly!)
Player Age:
I have read and agree to abide by the RP rules including the posting rules:
I understand that failure to follow the rules may lead to dismissal from the rp: yes/no

Character Name:
Grade/Homeroom Class:
(We are looking to fill A-C in all three grades first before opening the other classes so please stick with one of those.)
Blood Type*:
Favorite School Subject:
Is your character a member of a team or club on campus?:

(please describe in detail your character's physical looks, style of dress, things one looking at them might guess from their looks or mannerisms.)

Personality: (please tell us what your character's personality is like, their temperament, what they like and don't like, what is important to them, what their strengths and weaknesses are. Make sure you include faults! No one is perfect. What are their goals in daily life?)

Background: (please tell us about your character's personal history, relationships, family and friends. Why is your character at Kikuryou?)

Does your character have any kind of unusual powers? This is the place to elaborate on that. (Fear not, it is totally okay to have your character be a normal human, we do need lots of them):

Living Situation: Where does your student live?

Relation: (Please tell us how your character would interact with others in the rp.)

Finally, please write a scene in at least 300 words, third-person POV. Your character has to go to a teacher and ask for help with a very personal and potentially embarrassing problem.
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How to Apply

We are currently accepting applications! Please note, this rp is only open to original characters. Things to remember:

-Right now we need students most, so please keep this in mind when writing your application. Also for now, until we get more members, we will only open the homerooms for letters A-C for each grade.

-It's important to us to have an equal balance of male and female and "supernatural" and "normal human" characters, so please consider this carefully when making your character. The lovely obake need people to haunt, after all. Normal humans (like Yuzuya, Sol, or Kokoro) are just as important and included in this RP as supernatural types, so please don't assume that they're boring. If you have concerns as to how to work them in, please chat with a mod and we can go over ideas.

-Make it your best the first time around! Grammar and spelling are very important to us. Show us how interesting your character could be as part of the rp and part of the community.

-Make sure you've read the rules, copy and fill out the appropriate application, and then e-mail it to us at ghostsugar.mods {at} gmail.

* * * *

Application for characters who are students at Kikuryou
Application for characters who are teachers or other staff at Kikuryou
Application for characters who aren't students or teachers [Apps Currently Closed]

Have you got a question or want to talk out your character ideas? Shoot us an e-mail and let us know your AIM, and we'll let you know ours, and we can chitchat about it.

Need something to get your plot bunnies rolling? Currently requested characters: normal kids (especially boys), student council members, tall jocks, kendo club members, tomboy girls, tomgirl boys, wannabe vampires, ninja clan members, an angel-in-training, a sweet loli, bullies, super-perverted fangirls, snobbish kids, super otaku nerds, members of the Truth Seekers Society who are obsessed with ghosts and conspiracy theories.

We already have the following: a few characters who can see ghosts, a vampire, a werewolf, a miko, an onmyouji, a warlock/necromancer, and a girl who can read people's futures by hearing them sing.
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1. No. Godmoding. You might be sparkly, shiny vampire, or a totally awesome fantastico ghostie, but godmoding is never cool. If we catch you trying to one up or control what happens to another player, you will be spoken to.  Don't do it, or we'll disown you like red-headed stepchildren. And for those of you shiny little children who don't know what godmoding is, look right here.

But seriously. We will end you.

2. No drama. Players should at all times speak respectfully to and about each other. Violation of this rule will result in a talking-to, and possible dismissal from the rp. If you want to be a bitch or a gossip, go somewhere else, cause it isn't welcome here. Teamwork and community are very important here. We mean it, people should not feel intimidated in a game. It's a game, and people are here for fun, not to be hurt. Please remember this!

Let's have fun together, be positive in our speech with each other, and be tactful, tolerant, and sensitive to the feelings of others. Let's also listen and be available to each other, and include people. If you have a problem, talk to the other person about it. If talking to the other person about it is not an option, or if it won't help the matter, then you have to just shut up about it (even to your friends) and forgive and forget. Don't let it fester. If something serious happens and talking to the other person won't help, bring it to the attention of the mods, please.

3. No fangirl/boy Japanese, please. If you use Japanese names, please make sure they are real Japanese names. We have mods who can speak Japanese and study these things and we can help you choose a name if you need help. Also, please keep the usage of Japanese simply to greetings, foods, and titles such as sensei, sempai, -san, -chan, -kun, and -sama as need be, [and you certainly don't have to use these in your writing if you don't want to] and let's not be excessive with it. That's it. No kawaii, no aishiteru, etc. Write in English, please.

That isn't to say that, if your character is, for example, a French exchange student, you aren't allowed within reason to pepper his/her lines with a bit of French just for fun. Bonjour, merci, etc. Whole lines, however, should be in English for the readers to understand.

4. Characters: This is an all-OC rp. That means that all characters must be original characters of your own invention. Self-insertions, blatant clones of a character that already exists, cardboard people who are described solely on the basis of their looks or special powers and not their psychology, Mary Sues, Gary Stus, and what have you, are NOT characters who are going to be accepted. If your character has purple hair, a sharingan, and is sweet, gentle, and always perfect, I'm going to scream.

5. Thread Rules:

-[Until we get more characters, this rule is not in effect]: No flooding (posting more than three threads with your character in one week) and try not to post a ton of threads with the same characters all at once. Mix your action up as best as possible. Try to make quality threads with a variety of different characters.

-No eyeburn. Threads that contain adult or mature material MUST be clearly marked as not work-safe, and hidden with an LJ cut. I don't want to get fired over you! If you have questions as to what is and is not "work safe", please ASK. Generally speaking, R-rated material or stronger is considered not work-safe. Don't know how to do an LJ cut? Please see the LJ FAQ here.

-If your thread's first post is on the longer side, please use an LJ cut out of courtesy.

-A character should not be involved in more than three active threads at a time.

-THREAD FORMAT: ALL threads are written in third person format. The subject lines should be as follows:

Blood on the Dance Floor [closed]- in this case, no one else may comment on the thread and action is closed to the posting character.
Panic at the Disco [closed to Hanako]- Only Hanako and the posting character can comment on this thread.
Snakes on the Plane [tag Hanako]- Hanako should reply, the thread is open to other characters to join in after she does.
Zombies in the Swimming Pool [open]- Anyone may reply to this thread.

In [tag] and [open] threads, the thread should be edited and closed after the desired amount of characters has joined. Too many characters in a thread can get hard to handle, after all!

6. Character journals: Your character's personal LJ should be treated as your character speaking their thoughts in the first person. Actions do not take place here. You can use this to share your character's thoughts with the readers and/or other characters. If something in a post is addressed privately to another character, please mark it with [closed to (other character's name)]. Anything that should be considered private and therefore unknown to other characters in the game, please mark with [Private].

For example, let's say Shibata-sensei made the following lj post.

[Private] Ono-sensei has the worst coffee breath ever. I can't stand that crazy woman.

In this case since the comment is marked private, the other characters have no idea that Shibata-sensei feels this way. You can't godmode and have your character magically know about it, either. These are strictly an aside to the readers.

And another entry,

[Private to Murakami] Meet you after work for ice cream? I need a break.

Murakami-sensei may comment and reply to this post. However, since the conversation is closed, other characters don't know about it. Also, if you want to refer to things that happen on the character journals in-game, you need to decide with the other player when/where the conversation actually happened.

And a third entry,

My mother called to remind me that it's her birthday soon. I have no idea what to get her. (blah blah blah so on.) Hey, Murakami-sensei, any ideas?

This is not private or closed, therefore any character may comment with replies to this post.

7. Posts:

- Please try to post at the very least, once every week. If you have a situation which renders you unable to post (i.e. you're moving, going on vacation to a place with no internet, under a lot of stress at work, etc.) please let the mods know and we'll put you on hiatus. Players that disappear for long amounts of time with no explanation can hurt the game, because it means other people are waiting on you. Please be considerate of this. Thanks.

The mods reserve the right to write what happens to a character if you go on hiatus for an extended period of time without making arrangements as to what will happen. Be aware of this. Also, if you leave the rp, the mods reserve the right to retire your character and decide what happened to them in order to wrap up any existing storyline that they are involved with.

-You may enter a mood and current music (pick a good theme song) for your post.

- Posts should be in paragraph-form. Period. Let's face it, using ** and other forms of the "action marks" is good for Instant Messaging Role-Play. It has no purpose in the actual threads. Use your writing skills instead to describe what is going on. Please remember to use proper punctuation, spelling, and grammar.

-Quality is more important than quantity here. Please take your time with your posts and tags! We want to see the depth of your character's personality and how they work together with the other characters around them. Show us your best!

8. RP Theme/Content Rules:

In this RP you are free to write on many themes. Your writing can be happy, sad, scary, funny, dark, angsty. You can do romance or you can do anti-romance. You can write about action, or you can write about human relational matters. You can write het or slash (please do remember about that LJ-cut rule, and please try not to get too evil or not to post anything too hardcore that we'll all get banned from LJ for. You want to know what I mean, ask meh).

I would like to ask that with regards to the slash and het that we don't have to endure flowery flutterly fangirl imaginings of what boys are like. What I mean can be summed up easily by reading, say, Kakashi x Iruka slash. The first character who is portrayed as seriously calling his love male love interest "-chan," "lover," or "sexy dolphin" and isn't supposed to be a gross parody will make me shoot lasers of rage from my eyes through the intarnets. Also, let us not make the het reminiscent of a Harlequin novel or Tamahome x Miaka with a helpless!girl and a perfect!boy and lots of dangerous tragical rape attempts. Let's see boys who are (at least in some fashion) like real life boys, and girls who are like real life girls as far as characterization. Interesting and compelling characters who aren't flat and boring. You know what I mean? Give me a word up if you know what I mean.

What we do want to see somewhere in your threads is this:
--How does your character cope with the world around them? How does your character think of the people and the world around them?
--How is your character's life woven to others' lives? How does your character relate to the other people around them? What sort of bonds do they form, maintain, or break?
--How does your character work towards their goals? Everyone wants something out of life. What does your character feel their life is missing? How does that make them behave? How is your character going about getting that?
This is the difference between showing two people talking flatly, and making a story that involves the reader's emotions. Help us as readers to identify with your character and get into their skin. We want to know what makes them tick.

9. Icons may be made from stock photo (not of celebrities or real people please), anime and manga scans or screencaps, or your own original art. FAN ART and fan-made graphics found on the web may not be used without the artist's permission. Icons that were made by someone else should be used with permission and credit to the maker. If we find out that you jacked someone's drawings or fan art or icons from online without permission, you may be asked to leave the rp.

10. At this time the age limit for acceptance into the rp is 18. This is because we don't want to go to jail for smexing it up. Thanks.

11. The mods reserve the right to dismiss players from the rp or strike threads that violate the rules from the record at any time. Hopefully we will never have to do this.

12. To let us know that you read these rules carefully, please include the sentence "I can has bloodsucking now?" at the very end of your application.

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Here you can find some information on locations that can be found in [info]ghostsugar_rp.

Main Gate - This is the main entrance to the school by which students enter campus, where the school sign is. The gates are heavy, wrought-iron things with curliques and arrow points on the tops. It makes the school look a bit like a jail, what with the six-foot brick walls surrounding the complex. On either side of this gate are thick hedges. Every morning two teachers will have a turn to wait outside this gate to greet students and check uniforms.

Courtyard - A courtyard paved with old flagstones and planted with shrubs and flowers. You can either walk straight ahead to the main entrance of the school, or follow the long walkway around to the students' entrance to the school building.

At the student's entrance to the school building, there is a small gatehouse at which students change from their street school shoes to their indoor school shoes. Shoes are kept in small unlocked shoe lockers organized by homeroom. This is a great place to stash a love letter to that special someone!

Hallways - The hallways inside the school have high ceilings, tiled floors, and thick oak walls. The acoustics have a lot of echo to them when the hall is empty. Here and there a cobweb can be seen on the ceiling, or a red rusty dribble from a leaking pipe (or is it?). On bulletin boards in the hallway, one can find posted grades, health and hygeine tips, and information about upcoming events and contests.

Stairwells - Wide oak stairwells at the end of each hall lead up to the next floor. The stairs are of the style which consist of thick planks to walk on with a space between. Some students have claimed to see ghostly hands that have reached through to grab their ankles. School staff assures everyone that this is probably due to a simple prank.

Bathrooms - Restrooms can be found on each floor. The student's bathrooms are notoriously chilly even in summer. Tiled floor and ancient pedestal sinks (that could probably use a cleaning), wooden stall doors give a feeling of dated luxury. Both Japanese-style and Western-style toilets are in the stalls.

Classrooms - Classrooms have hardwood floors and sliding doors to enter and exit the class. Windows are tall and hung with heavy drapes. Artwork and student's reports decorate the walls. The room is cleaned by the students at the end of the day. A flower arrangement is placed by a student near the front of the class each week. Students can eat lunch in their classroom or go out to the grounds or cafeteria.

School Main Structure- consists of two buildings (A and B) linked by short outdoor walkways that bridge the gap between the two buildings.

Floor Directory-

1st Floor Building A - Teacher's Room, Teacher's Lounge, Principal's Office, Secretary's Office, Groundskeeper/Maintenance Room, Teacher's Locker Rooms.

2nd Floor Building A- 3rd year Classrooms, Home Economics Classrooms,

3rd Floor Building A- 2nd year Classrooms, Art Classrooms

4th Floor Building A- 1st year Classrooms, Chorus Room, Music Rooms

1st Floor Building B- Nurse's Office, Japanese-style formal room, Formal parlor, PTA Room, Counseling Rooms

2nd Floor Building B- Science Labs, Study Rooms

3rd Floor Building B- Student Government Rooms, Japanese-style rooms,  Wood Shop Room, Computer Room

4th Floor Building B- Storage, Locked rooms, stairs to roof

Roof- Students aren't supposed to be up here, but seem to find their way anyway. Plain bare concrete with ventilation ducts. A good place for a fight, a nap, or a rendezvous.

Gym - Boys' and Girls' locker rooms, a large gym. All Assemblies take place on the floor here. The track, soccer field, and baseball diamond can be found behind.

Dojo - a low, Japanese-style wooden building that is divided into rooms in which the kendo and judo clubs practice. The kyuudo target range is outside.

Cafeteria - Students can eat lunch in their classroom or buy food in the school cafeteria, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner because of boarders. Kikuryou's cafeteria food isn't bad, but some of the more uppity students claim it is.Hot food such as soup and curry as well as sandwiches, rice balls, and sweet breads are popular.

Tea Garden - a small gazebo and koi pond area planted with traditional flowers. Everblooming camellias, lush irises and waterlilies. Sometimes the face in the reflection of the water looks decidedly unlike your own...

Rose Garden - There's something distinctly English about this space, which is heavily manicured and planted with loads of roses in every shape, size and color imaginable. Violets, daisies, and carnations fill in the gaps. Wrought-iron benches, cupids, and birdbaths abound.

Greenhouse- A dainty glass structure which houses plants and flowers. Students tend plants here for clubs and for science class. Behind this are vegetable rows, flower patches, and a hedge maze.

Library - A two-story building with tons of books, lots of space to study. Small study rooms are available. Open late nights and on weekends for boarding students. Adjoining this is a small student cafe called Apple-chan which serves hot drinks, pastries, and snacks before and after school and during busy study times. A wide expanse of green grass known as the East Meadow surrounds the building.

Southeast Corner - A shady and mysterious area of campus. Here one can find an old well which has been covered with a metal grate. Rows and rows of worn statues of foxes and stone dogs, Jizo, and Buddha's disciples stand forgotten under overgrown bamboo and pine trees. Through this courtyard, another gate forms a back entrance to the school. Outside the gate lies a vast, cramped graveyard. Beyond this graveyard, more statues of various deities surround the pathway which leads to Kasuga Shrine.

Dormitories- can be found on the eastern edge of campus near the library. Boarding students can choose to live here in either single or double rooms. Accommodations are spartan but neat and clean with shared bathrooms, a kitchenette on each wing. Quiet hours and curfew are enforced. Boys are not allowed in the girl's dorm after 6 p.m. and vice versa.

Off-Campus Locations

Downtown- Kikuryou is a sleepy small town with one train station. Grouped around the station is a small downtown area with shops and restaurants to wander around in. Apartment buildings are rarely higher than 4 stories. There is one video arcade, as well as a pet store, a handful of cafes, two bookstores, a used video game store, barbershop, beauty parlor, liquor store, pachinko parlor, hardware store, grocery store, quite a few family restaurants and hole-in-the-wall noodle shops. There is one movie theater but the screens are the old kind and there's not THX or Dolby or anything.

Kurita- To get serious shopping done or to buy some really fashionable clothes, you will have to get on the train and take a ten-minute trip to Kurita, which has a large mall, Gigaplex movie theater, everyday department stores, and the like.

Kamakura- About a thirty-minute train ride away, you can get to Kamakura (ah, a non-ficitional location!) which is a quaint old-fashioned city that's great for sightseeing and packed with gardens and temples.

Beach- Beyond Kamakura is the beach, the lovely beach. The area around here is popular for surfing.

Lake and nature preserve- From Kikuryou, a drive into the hills in the direction heading away from Kuritsu/Kamakura will take you into the mountains. A nature preserve park can be found here, with a lake that houses protected species of waterfowl. Great for hiking and stargazing. Do not get caught littering or hunting here <s>Ulf</s> or you will get caught by a park ranger.
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There is no such thing as extracurricular sports or clubs at Kikuryou! All sports teams and activites have a profound influence on a student's discipline and development. At Kikuryou there are many clubs, small and large, that a student can choose from. Students are strongly encouraged to get involved with a club or team on campus. Each club is supervised by a member of the faculty. Students choose to become a member of a team or club during the second week of the school year, and all club and team activities last year-round.* Students may only be a member of one club/team.

Currently we have:

Sports Clubs: Baseball, Basketball, Cross-country/Track, Judo, Kendo, Kyuudo (Archery), Soccer, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Water Polo, Volleyball, Girls' Softball.*

Cultural Clubs: Chorus, Drama, English, Koto, Fine Arts, Journalism**, Gardening, Sewing and Crafts, Cooking, Orchestra, Tea Ceremony and Flower Arrangement, Go and Shougi Club, Society of Truth-Seekers***

We do also have a very busy and active Student Council. These members are chosen by their classmates for their responsibility and good citizenship. Student Council members are usually too busy to take part in club activities.

Aside: Usually there are no girls' soccer or softball teams in Japanese school but we wanted to have one anyway. It's a rich-kid school, right? There is no "off-season" as in America, sports teams practice year-round. 1st year students don't get to play as much as the other grades do. They assist with equipment and setup/cleanup and cheer on the 2nd and 3rd years.)

(**handles school newspaper and yearbook)

(***Aside: this is an unofficial club of students [read: nerds] who are interested in proving the fact that the school is haunted and that there is a conspiracy to hide non-humans among us.)
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From the Desk of Vice Principal Ono--

The image of the School depends on all pupils being clean and smartly dressed at all times. We do not wish to see exaggerated hairstyles or colors, nor jewelery or accessories of any type, nor make-up. More specifically, we do not wish pupils to wear jeans, trainers, shorts, tee-shirts, very short skirts nor what the students call 'baggies'. In general terms, we shall expect boys and girls to dress as if they are going to the office, i.e. we wish boys to wear a shirt and tie, and girls to dress smartly, too. The acceptability or otherwise of any dress will ultimately be judged by the school Principal.

SCHOOL COLORS: Dark red, dark green, black.

White shirt
Green school tie
Gray school sweater
Black school blazer
Gray trousers
Gray or black socks
Black leather shoes
White school indoor shoes
Gray school coat

White summer shirt
Green school tie
Gray summer school pullover
Gray trousers
Gray or black socks
Black leather shoes
White school indoor shoes
White blouse
Green school necktie or ribbon
Gray sweater (pullover or cardigan)
Black school blazer
Green school winter skirt
Gray or black socks
Black leather shoes
White school indoor shoes
Gray school coat

White summer blouse
Green school necktie or ribbon
Gray summer school pullover
Green school summer skirt
Gray or black socks
Black leather shoes
White school indoor shoes
SPORTS WEAR (All Students)
White school t-shirt
Green School shorts
Black and Green School Tracksuit
White socks
Comfortable running shoes

-It is essential that uniforms are kept neat and clean and in good repair. There shall be no loose threads, missing buttons, or tears. Students whose clothing violates this rule will be taken to the teachers' room to repair the offending item.

-Girls' skirts shall be no shorter than one inch above the knee in summer, and just below the knee in winter. The summer skirt may not be worn in winter, and vice versa.

-Students with long hair must keep the hair neatly trimmed and tied back. As for the face, boys must be clean-shaven.

-No casual or sports shoes, no high heels, and no clog or platform shoes may be worn to school.

-It is imperative that all articles of clothing be clearly labeled with the student's name.

-The school reserves the right to confiscate all articles of clothing or belongings that are found to be in violation of the school dress code. If deemed appropriate, the Vice Principal shall return items which are not dangerous or offensive to the student or their parent/guardian at the end of the term.
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Please make a note of these dates.
All National Holidays are marked in RED.  Exams are marked in BLUE.

APRIL 2008
5th-6th - Orientation for New Students
6th-17th Cherry Blossoms Blooming on Campus
7th (Mon) - Entrance Ceremony, classes begin, School Picnic
23rd (Wed.) - Fire Drill
24th, 25th- Student Health Check
29th (Tue) - Emperor Showa Memorial Day, No School

MAY 2008
May 5th - Boys' Day
May 2, 5, 6th - Golden Week Holidays, No School
14-16th - Mid-Term Exams. Please be sure to study.
23rd - School Hike to Sugao Waterfall. Students, plan to bring a lunch.
29-June 1st (Thu-Sun) - 2nd Year Students - Class Trip to Hawaii

JUNE 2008
7th (Sat) - Sports Day Event, Folk Dance
7th (Sat) - Teacher Party after Sports Day
6th-15th - Firefly Season at Murasaki River.
10th - Earthquake Drill
19-22nd- 1st Year Students - Class Trip to Hong Kong
29th- Shobu Matsuri (Iris Festival) at Kasuga Shrine

JULY 2008
All P.E. Classes will be Swimming for the Month of July. Participation is Mandatory. Swimsuits can be purchased at the school store.
3nd-7th- 3rd Year Students - Class Trip to London & Paris
14th - 18th - Ecology/Environmental Studies Week. Project due on 18th.
18th - Ocean Appreciation Day - field trips
21st (Mon) - Umi no Hi (Ocean Day, National Holiday) No School
22nd-24th (Tues-Thurs) - Final Exams
25th (Fri) - Last day of Term, Closing Assembly
26th (Sat) - Summer Vacation Begins
27th (Sun) - trip to Tokyo (attendance optional)

2nd - Beach trip (attendance optional)
10th-15th O-bon holidays. Bon Odori and fireworks on the school grounds
18th-22nd Interhigh Sports Tournament
24th - Kimodameshi event* (attendance optional)
25-29th - Kikuryou Water-throwing Matsuri and fireworks downtown

1st (Mon) - Classes Begin, Commencement Assembly
12th-15th - Camping Trip (attendance optional)
15th (Mon) Respect for the Aged Day, No School
15th -19th Volunteer Work Week, participation is mandatory for all students
23rd (Fri) - Autumn Equinox, No School

1st - All classes/clubs must vote on what to do for School Festival
13th (Mon) - Sports and Fitness Day Holiday, No School. Students are advised to study for mid-term exams.
14-15th Mid Term Exam
31st - Halloween Party

3rd - Culture Day Holiday, Kikuryou Academy School Festival
15th- Chrysanthemum Festival at Kasuga Shrine
21st - Harvest Appreciation Day
24th (Mon) - Labor Thanksgiving Day, No School
20, 21, 25th - Final Exams

23rd - Emperor's Birthday, No School
14th - Kikuryou Christmas Ball
25th - Last Day of Term, Closing Assembly
30th - Winter Vacation Begins
31st - New Year's Eve Bell-ringing at local temples

1st, 2nd, 3rd - New Year's Celebration at Kasuga Shrine
5th (Mon) - Classes Begin, Commencement Assembly
6th - Third Year Students must declare plans after High School
12th - Coming of Age Day, No School
11th - Festival of Traditional Arts and Culture
22-23rd Midterm Exams

3rd - Setsubun Party*
11th - National Foundation Day, No School
13th - School Choral Concert
14th (Sat)- Valentine's Day (kids will probably give gifts on 13th)
20th - School Ski Trip

MARCH 2009
3rd - Hina Matsuri (Girls' Day)
5-6th - College Entrance Exam Testing
11-12th - Final Exams
15th (Sun)- White Day
15th (Sun)- Graduation Party for 3rd Year Students
16th (Mon)- Graduation Ceremony for 3rd Year Students
19th (Thu)- Last Day of School Year, Closing Ceremony


Kimodameshi is a game/event in which the teachers will set up a night walk for students through a course, planning to hide and scare the students in different ways. Students will pair off and try to make it to the end of the walking course and bring back proof that they made it.

Setsubun is the holiday in which roasted soybeans are tossed to shoo out oni (whether symbolic or a person in a costume) bring in good luck in the new year. At Kikuryou's Setsubun event, certain teachers will be selected to play the part of the oni while the students and other teachers toss the soybeans. After school there will be a party at which futomaki (lucky fat rolls of sushi) are made and eaten.
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