Atia, at its very core, is an island fueled by sex. Any sex, between any gender is acceptable and encouraged. People speculate that the island is the private playground and personal battery of the mysterious Goddess it derives its name from. Whether it's true or not, well. . . that's anyone's guess.
And what, you wonder, will happen if the citizens stop? No one knows for certain. There are legends that speak of great tragedies and past destruction, of the sea swallowing up islands that have all but died. The natives know this and worship willingly, but the others, unwittingly pulled here from their worlds and their times, are given collars, just in case.
Some use their collars as a convenient excuse to indulge in their most base desires, for Atia certainly encourages such indulgence. Others rue its very existence and resist for as long as they can. But call it motivation or call it a prison, those that do not follow The Way of Atia face a very certain peril... For the collars, magicked, will tighten over time, and if left unattended, may well take the life of their bearers. It can be returned, for Atia is no lover of death, but for such boons a price must always be paid...
You find yourself waking sated and heavy-limbed, lax and luxurious as only great pleasure and greater release can bring. If you've ever been intimate, surely you recognize the signs, the sensations. If not, well, you're about to learn.
Perhaps you dreamed it? That sensation of lips upon your skin, slick limbs tangling with yours in that age-old quest for ultimate satisfaction...but perhaps not. Mysterious lover or dream, the truth might never be known. In the end, it's up to you.
Nestled amid pillows and swathed in the softest sheets that whisper over your skin like air, you realize you're nude and alone on a sumptuous bed in a room you're fairly certain you have never seen before. Nearby and likely visible, the last clothes you wore lie neatly folded, any weapons you had on your person at that time, by their side. Additions, however, have been made to your possessions. Gifts from your captor, if you will.
A small device, much like a smartphone of today, will sit upon your clothes. It is this that allows you to access the island's closed network and to communicate with others who find themselves in a similar situation. Some may be recently arrived like you, others, you will come to discover, may have been on Atia for far longer: weeks, months, perhaps even years...
But most importantly, about your neck, a collar. You don't remember wearing such a thing before, but try as you might to remove it, even if you go so far as to take weapons to it, it simply will not budge or break. It's stuck and maybe that's when the dread really kicks in. Or perhaps you don't notice at first, as it could very well be shaped after a necklace you often wear at home, but soon enough even you will know you're collared.
And if you weren't human or humanoid before waking, well, then you are certainly going to be in for the shock of your life when you rise from the bed and pass by the mirror. For Atia needs only those who are compatible in a very physical way upon her island. If in your natural state you cannot do your part to feed the island, she will change or age your body as she sees fit to make it so.
Across the room, large windows overlook an island, beautiful and picturesque, like something out of a storybook. For those familiar with such things, the island and its city bears a distinctly ancient Greco-Roman flavor, but on closer exploration, one will find it to have all the modern conveniences of a small and charming town.
For the time being, you are in Atia's palace. The room you woke in are your very temporary living quarters as you learn your way around the island and hopefully find a job and someplace to live. The servants won't let you stay more than a week though, so make the best of it while you can!
Ultimately, there are many variations on the scenario to choose from, but whatever the choice, the fact remains that your character will wake humanoid, alone, nude and collared in Atia's palace.
|So what's the deal with the Goddess?|
As far as anyone knows, Atia is a goddess whose power is fueled not by traditional prayer but by sex. Occasionally, she will deign to visit her citizens or speak with them, but please contact the mods before mentioning your character has ever met the goddess.
|What is the Island called>|
|Is the island of Atia on Earth?|
Nope! While everything about it would appear be very similar to Earth, there are little clues that would tip off any character attentive enough to look for them (aside from the readily apparent goddesses & gods walking among the people thing).
|What would be the best Earth comparison for Atia?|
The island of Atia is largely modeled after the small Greek Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, like Ios for example. While it has 'tropical weather' It is NOT a tropical island! Yes, that means the weather and the vegetation and the wildlife too (save for those occasional mythical creatures that may live in the forests).
|How does time pass on Atia?|
Same as ours. A day has twenty-four hours and an hour sixty minutes. All times in the game will be in GMT (0).
|What is the size and population of the island?|
Physically, the island is not all that large, roughly around the size of large city with an area of about 24sq miles or so (6 miles from top to bottom, 4 miles from side to side). The city itself takes up about two thirds of the island starting at the southern beach and extending northward. The native population is only 3,500 or so people, which is not very dense. Significant portions of the rest of the island are made up of uninhabitable land, and land that is not good for farming (mountains, forests, rivers, etc)
|Are there animals on Atia?|
Yes! Along with all the sorts of animals you'd find roaming around the Mediterranean, there are rumors that Greek/Roman mythological beasts roam the forests; however, the latter are difficult to find and are more likely to be found only if they want to be. Please contact a mod if you would like your character to spot one of them.
|What languages are spoken on Atia?|
There are three languages that exist on the island of Atia. When your character wakes up, they will be able to fluently speak what is known as the Common language, as well as the languages they were able to speak in their original worlds. They will be able to use the Common language to communicate with natives and other collared individuals on Atia.
|What is the housing like?|
Structure-wise, the houses are mainly Greco-Roman in facade and architecture, with a few foreign buildings scattered around now that Collared Residents have started doing a lot of building and renovating of structures to fit what they are familiar with. Inside, the house will have modern plumbing and decent electrical wiring, electrical sockets, and the more expensive ones in the first district may even have basic air conditioning units. The district that the house or building is in will also usually have a bearing on how sound its electrical system is.
|What are the natives like?|
They are a very open, friendly and fairly liberal culture. They still value things like fidelity, but are more sexually open and willing to experiment and very nonjudgmental in these areas. Besides that, they're like normal people.
|Do the natives wear collars?|
No. Natives do not have collars, but they are not exempt from the rules. They simply don't need to be told to have sex; they do it on their own.
|What is the currency?|
|What laws are there?|
Given the peaceful nature of the natives and the city, things such as murder, rape, theft and assault are strongly looked down upon, so the natives are not entirely equipped to handle such crimes. While they are all illegal, they are not well-enforced by the natives, as they have never been a problem.
|How does my character get money?|
If they came in with any money, they can visit any Atian-run bank and exchange their home world's currency for Amat. They will be roughly equivalent in terms of what they can buy you-- e.g., if you go in with enough Gold to buy a soda, you'll come out with enough Amat to buy a soda. Otherwise, your character will have to work for money!
Despite looking a bit like a BC Greek city, one will find Atia to have all the modern conveniences of a small and charming town of approximately 1990. If it didn't exist right at the end of the Eighties, you probably wont be seeing it on Atia unless someone had it imported or Goddess Favored in.
|Does Atia have (insert name brand here)?|
Nope, there are no brand name products known on Earth (or any other canon world) on the island or available for import. However, it's possible that Atia has something very similar in their own brand, either on the island or importable. For example, your character could import vodka, but they would not be able to import a bottle of Grey Goose or Belvedere.
|Collars & Choking|
Each and every character upon arriving in Atia will have a collar around their neck. What the collar looks like is entirely up to the individual player (we encourage them to be about 1 inch wide though, so as to avoid possible decapitation). However, all have one thing in common. They are unbreakable and unremovable. They cannot be weakened or removed by burning, freezing, cutting or corroding substances.
|So what counts as sex?|
Sex in Atia requires that there be a minimum of two participants and that orgasm be reached by at least one of the parties involved. Upon this the collars of both parties will be loosened.
|Does Atia have STDs?|
Theoretically, yes. However, as such plots can potentially affect a substantial number of players, mod permission is needed first!
|Can my character get pregnant?|
Physically female and only physically female characters can become pregnant, but any and all pregnancy plots require mod permission first. However, it's not hard to find condoms, birth control pills, etc. all over the city to prevent this sort of thing if you don't want that to happen, as Atia is really more about sex than procreation.
|What happens to babies & children in Amat?|
Babies on Atia are NOT born with collars. The collars only apply to non-native 18+ characters.
|Can characters die?|
What is the currency?
|What happens to characters who die?|
If your character was unfortunate enough to meet its demise, for whatever reason, he will be cycled through Thanatos' Temple and be revived. After all, Atia doesn't have any love—or need!—for the dead.
|Do I have to post every week to keep my character alive?|
Not at all. While we encourage you to be an active player, this is more an IC detail and can certainly be handwaved or referenced. Just make sure to get the other player's permission before saying anything happened with their character!
|What if I don't want to RP the actual sex?|
That's completely okay! You don't have to roleplay out the actual sexual encounter. Some people prefer to just write about the before and after effects. Again, so long as you get the appropriate permissions from any other players involved, you can always just say it happened. Fade to black is cool. :)
|Can my character's sexuality change from what was on the app?|
|What kinds of events/curses occur in game?|
It really all depends on the whim of Atia or, occasionally, some of the other gods. Most will tie back to sex in some way or another, as that will always remain Atia's top priority, but other stuff happens as well! Fluff and gifts and action/adventure/power events have been known to happen. Whatever they might be, all events are always totally optional!
|Are there any event specific rules?|
All events and curses that take place in Amat will be explained in detail in a mod post posted to the OOC community about a week before the event is to take place. This is to give players time to ask questions and plot with other players to enrich their event/curse experience.
|What are your hiatusing explanations?|
Players on hiatus have several options for their characters. They may choose to put their character into the forest, put them on "autopilot", or for shorter hiatuses when the character has died, into Purgatory, as well as a couple other options.
|I've heard my character can get favors from the goddess?|
Every so often, we open the door for 'Goddess Favors', which allows your characters to receive blessings from Atia herself. You can find more information at the Goddess Favors page.
|Will characters have their powers?|
Not when they arrive. Any supernatural power which would exceed just barely above the limits of human maximums is suppressed upon arriving in Amat.
Should your character wish to 'regain' some or all of their powers, they may eventually do so through the Favor system by performing an Advanced Goddess Favor. Please see the Game FAQ on Activity Check for more details on this opportunity.
|Can my character have sex with the same person over and over?|
Sure. If it's an IC development, we have no problems with it. We do encourage all players, however, to go out and tag and build CR with others. Tag someone new every now and then, you never know what awesome things might result!
|How should I tag my posts?|
Upon acceptance to the game, your character will be assigned a tag that is written in the following order: