How does this thing work? Well, it's reasonably simple. :4)
The Guild works a little like a fanfiction-type club, with everyone getting to read the others' work (and hopefully comment on it.) and a little bit like a roleplay. Every so often--anywhere from three weeks to two months after I sent out the last one--I will send out a "scenario", sometimes written by me, sometimes written by another Guilder. Example Anyone in the Guild can then respond to that scenario. The responses get posted on a messageboard, where they can be read both by the people in the Guild and by anyone else who chooses to come to the page. Hopefully I'll soon be able to reinstate the "Board", where a group of about eight Guilders, myself included, would pick what we thought to be the best, but due to various hectic-ness we haven't done that for a little while.
This is really only meant for fun, to possibly inspire some nice Pimpernel-oriented writings.
Please read the rules at the bottom of the page before joining.
1) First and foremost: Nothing unpleasant. This is not a place for you to act out any of your fantasies with Chauvelin, Percy, Grappin(don't laugh, I know people like that!(And they know who they are..) ) Sir Andrew, or anybody else. No profanity, no sexual things, and no graphic violence(be realistic about the period, there was death during the French Revolution, but let's not get disgusting).
2) STAY TRUE TO THE STORY. Baroness Orczy was a wonderful writer whom I have the deepest respect for, and I would be highly ashamed to think any club I started led to her plot and characters being defamed, even in a little response. I'm aware the different interpretations of the novel put a slightly new spin on Marguerite, Percy, and especially Chauvelin, but nothing truly un-Orczy, so keep it that way. Percy does not commit mass-murder, Chauvelin does not open a orphanage, Armand does not win a full scholarship to Oxford.(Sorry..I happen to have my own views on Armand St. Just's intelligence after reading Eldorado..:4) ) At least not without giving some credible reason as to WHY their personalities underwent such a formidable change. By the same token: Be accurate, plot-wise. I have seen both the 1934, 1982, and A&E(BLECHICKYBAD!!) versions of the movie, both versions of the musical, and have read the book more times than is good for me. I'm not going to demand you stick to any ONE version (not even over the matter of Chauvelin's first name--it's ARMAND, people, not Paul!) but some attempt to stick to SOMETHING would be nice. If I get stories claiming that Chauvelin is really Marguerite's half-brother or that Percy was seventy-seven years old when he began the League work, we will have words. :4)
3) The character of Eliza Charlotta Hastings may be used in any story, as long as I'm not killed off.(That's the general rule...if I'm portrayed as a murderer or adulteress or something equally unpleasant, I may take issue. :4) )
4) Either I or someone else in the Guild has to edit these things, both HTML and grammar and spelling-wise, before posting them anywhere...be nice to us. :4) Run it through a spell-checker or past a friend before sending it to us..make sure the plot makes sense, the grammar and spelling is correct, etc.
5) Do not post your own scenarios on the messageboard. I or a helper will attend to it. This lets me scan for profanity, etc--you may have different ideas of what is "too much" than I--and check for errors. It's always best to run something through the most people possible before putting up "the final draft"
6) NO ONE in the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel besides "my husband" Lord Hastings is supposed to know about the Guild. This means A) Percy can't CHARGE in to rescue you or congratulate you on a mission..he doesn't know about it. If you choose to bring him in somehow WITHOUT telling him about the Guild, that's great. In some situations a revelation about the VG may be appropriate, but always check with me first. B) Your character can't be Percy, one of the Leaguers, anything like that. Baronessish characters like Suzanne Ffoulkes, Jellyband, Juliette Marny, etc, are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.(Due to the necessity of her character in many responses and other things, I've decided to make Marguerite Blakeney no longer an available character.)
7) You may, personally, have up to five characters, although I must have approved the bio for each. Any more than five to a person would be confusing.
8) Any two or more Guilders may collaborate on a response, but do NOT use another person's character, list yourself as a relation to theirs, or make any reference to them in your response or fiction without ASKING THEM FIRST.(This does not apply as strictly to Baroness characters, although dropping the person a note and checking with them would still be a nice sentiment.)
9) You'd think this would fall under being true to the story, but it bears repeating. Don't give your characters unrealistic relationships to the main characters. How likely is it that Percy would have an illegitimate daughter, or Marguerite a past as Queen of France, or that Chauvelin would have an ex-lover who was an aristocrat?(The man is a fanatic and (if you go by the musical) in love with Marguerite, he's not a nymphomaniac!!!) And please...be good to your character. Give him/her some faults, some problems, a painful past, an emotional or physical handicap or two, SOMETHING to make us sympathize with them. Nobody's perfect, not in fiction nor in fact. And a perfect character is going to annoy the Chauvelin out of everybody and make you look like a bad writer.
10) We're not worrying about canon. Don't consider yourself bound by what somebody wrote in a response before you...don't even consider yourself bound by the events of your OWN previous responses, although of course it's always a wee bit more interesting if there's a romance, or friendship, or personality conflict or something that we're following from response to response. If So-and-So said in a response to the third scenario that Marguerite was going to be in Switzerland for a year, that doesnt' mean you can't very well have her in France for a response to the fourth scenario.
11) This can be set at any point in the story...before the novel, after the novel, during the novel. The only regulations are A) It must obviously be AFTER the Scarlet Pimpernel has begun his work (sometime around the wedding, if you go by the musical or the books) and B) Don't just re-tell the novel, throw in another plot element.
Scary-Sounding Warning Statement: Failure to comply with any or all of these rules will result in the scenario being sent back to you for improvements.(Or ejection from the Guild, if it's truly serious and there's no willingness to change.)