☆ A Tale of Heroes (M)[OOC]
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August 30th, 2013 (09:20 PM). Edited January 8th, 2014 by Jegretis.
Join Date: Jun 2013
~Thousands of Years Ago~
*Not required to completely understand this Legend
Man has forever sought to seek more power. Since the beginning of mankind, there are those who follow, and those who lead. There was once a King named Arzun. His majesty ruled with an iron fist, separating society into an upper, middle and lower class. Increasing taxes, slavery of the poor, were just some of the methods he used to increase his power in the world. Limiting the teaching of magic to only those who could afford it, Arzun was able to create the country to his liking.
“Your highness, does nothing satisfy you? Even Royals in other countries envy you.” A man asked. Arzun did not understand the meaning of the question. If there was still more power to be sought, then why would he not try to obtain it?
“Tell me…if we were at war, then would other countries hesitate to attack?” The King asked the man. The man didn’t reply. “Of course not. They don’t fear us. At least not yet.” The King said. With that in mind, the King had an idea. What he needed was something to show that they were not to be messed with. Stricter laws would indeed enforce his power over the people, but that didn’t help him with facing other countries.
“What do we need to be feared?” The man asked curiously. The King looked at the man, and gave a malicious smile. The King’s intentions were to keep a weapon, capable of destroying entire armies.
“We need a Dragon.” Yes, the King’s idea was to capture the very essence of fear itself within nature. The man was shocked. Dragons were the rarest of beasts. Many people spend their entire lives without ever finding the elusive creature, let alone capture it. “We leave tonight.” With that said, the King and his finest men packed their bags and headed to the wilderness.
After a month of travelling, the grueling sun was beating down on the men and their bodies were taking a toll. Out of the fifty, twenty men were gone. Some done in by wild animals, others suffering from natural causes. “Your highness…we need to go back. The more we stay out, the more men we will lose.” The man said, throat dry. The King hesitated, looking in front of them.
“This is it. It has to be. The Dragon’s Nest”. The men stared into a pit filled with webs and the stench of rotting flesh. Carcasses were scattered about, torn limb by limb. Without word, the men climbed down the pit, eventually retreating from the surface of the upper world down to the foreign cave. “We’re almost there.” The men reached the bottom of the pit, with a loud growl rushing through the caverns bringing along a lingering odor.
“I think…that’s the-“ The man was cut off, as a loud screech hissed through the cave, enough to make a man’s ear bleed. They were soon faced with a pair of red eyes, glowing within the darkness of the caverns.
After the conquering of Dragons, it brought forth the age of Valkyries. Many dragons were ruled and used as weapons during wars, and people who gained control over these creatures attained the power of ‘Valkyries’. Enhanced strength, limited flight, were able to create soldiers capable of taking out multiple enemies at once. However, as the years progressed, there disputes among the regular humans and Valkyries, in which the latter should be superior to the former. This eventually led to a war lasting for years, and ultimately resulting in the wipeout of the dragons and Valkyries, rendering them non-existent. This legend has become a thing of the past now, being merely stories for the people.
Continent of Aras |
The World has entered the Third Era. Currently in the midst of a Civil War between the regions of Kale and Grandora, Salos is not exactly the most stable country. Diaz, the King of Grandora has begun his reign of terror on the country. In an effort to attain more power, he has taken control of Kale’s regions to create his own empire, creating his new title of Emperor Diaz. His actions have caused many rebellion groups to arise within the nation, trying to put an end to his takeovers. The aftermath of many battles have left places desolated, slums even. Although there are still many ‘neutral zones’, or rather places that have not been affected by the war, travellers should be weary of venturing into dangerous territory.
Along with the creation of rebellion groups, several industries have been booming. The mining industry has brought in money for thousands of businessman, with people looking for jobs after losing their previous ones. Farms have been doing slightly more poor in the country ever since the start of the war, with less crops being available with each passing year the war goes on. However, a lot of criminal and gang activity has been reported around the country, filled with people who instead of working, steal, kill and do other criminal activities for money. Diaz however, is one step ahead of them.
One of Diaz’s most famous plans, is implementing the Galvez Prison facility for both criminals, rebellion groups, and those who oppose Diaz’s ideals. The prison is a hell-on earth located in the mountains North-West of Kale. Although nobody is sure what goes on in there, it’s evident the prisoners are somehow dealt with, seeing as how nobody has ever come out. Under constant watch, nobody can get in either without permission or approval of access. Now only time can tell how this war will be played out, and how it ends.
Okay guys, that was essentially the introduction. Sorry for so much text, but it doesn’t end there! I still need to explain the world of the RP, and how this will be played out. If you like RPGs and JRPGs, then please, read on!
The RP Itself:
This RP is going to be a nice, long RP, with lots of interactions. In fact, I will have to split it up into multiple parts, because the storyline is going to change suddenly, and the because there will be so much going on. Part one is going to be called:
Reign of Diaz
. Don’t worry, the first part itself will be as long as a regular RP (hopefully it will last that long, trust me it gets tense near the end). This is not sandbox, although there will be many times where you will be able to wander around a town and whatnot, hang out with other characters, eat, etc. For the majority of the RP, we will be travelling as a group. Also, a little side note. If you want to create a side arc let me know and we'll sort something out.
The Setting & Your Character:
First off, this is an original RP, which means it’s not an existing franchise. The time period is not exact (there will be times when it will be slightly more ooutdated/rustic, and times when it will be
more modern.), but I guess the closest I can say would be Skyrim-esque, maybe even SAO-esque as well(or some other fantasy-style RPG/JRPG if you can think of one), but slightly more ‘updated’. For example,
guns are allowed as weapons in this RP, as long as they make sense, and it isn’t a machine gun or something (make sure you go by me first before making a gun, this is an absolute MUST). Swords and bows and whatnot are okay as well. World-wise, there’s no map yet of the country, mainly because I will be creating things along the way (although some places are already determined), plus I want other players to be able to make their own side-stories and cities/towns if they want to.
At the start of the RP, the characters will currently be en-route to Galvez Prison for whatever reason that may be. You don’t have to explain this in your character history, but you can if you wish. It will be there that we all meet and greet and find a way out of the prison. The story builds onwards from there, and falls a lot on the shoulders of the characters. Your character should be affected by the war somehow (doesn't have to that major). They shouldn't be too experienced with fighting or using magic, as there is plenty of time to do that throughout the RP.
If you are wondering what the legend has to do with the RP, it is there because there will be several references to it throughout the RP, and plays a huge role later on. Your character doesn't have to be familiar with the legend at all.
There are seven elements in total. Elements are essentially the type of an individual’s attacks and magic. Everyone has an element, although not all can use magic(your characters will be able to use magic). Magic of someone’s own element will be stronger. However, some of your other magic of a different element may be weaker and harder to learn. Essentially magic of your element is easier to learn, and magic of resisting element is harder. Here are the elements:
Is good against Lightning/ Weak against Water
Is good against Fire/Weak against Lightning
Is good against Earth/ Weak against Earth
Is good against Wind/Weak against Wind
Is good against Water/Weak against Fire
is good against Dark/Weak against Dark
Is good against Light/Weak against Light
What’s an RPG without magic? Magic has many uses rather than just attacking. The amount of magic spells created is nearly limitless. Magic can be learned by either practicing, learned from others, or created by one’s self through extensive research and trial and error. They can range from simple attacks, healing spells, shields, etc. Mana is the energy needed to perform Magic. The amount of Mana depends on the person. Some people naturally have larger reserves of Mana, and others do not. The main way of increasing Mana is through training, frequency of usage, and the most common way is just by waiting, as time naturally lets your body increase reserves of mana. There are also items that may increase mana reserves or regeneration.
Any sort of magic regarding the usage of bringing back the dead is off limits. Healing magic is mainly going to be within the elements of Water or Light, but if you can provide a good reason for it being of a different element go ahead.
The main Antagonist for the first part of the RP. Currently titled 'Emperor', he is in total control of Western Salos. In his palace in Grandora, he can control the war from his throne, preferring not to get his hands dirty himself. May be seen as a coward to most people. He is carrying through his father's legacy, who died a few years ago and took his place.
Controls most of Eastern Salos, and currently resides in the City of Kale. Titled 'King', Kazul doesn't interfere much with Diaz. For reasons unknown, he does not try to stop Diaz, but instead minds his own business with the Eastern side of the country. Age 24, and like Diaz he also took his father's throne after he died a year before Diaz's father. Blonde hair, good looking, blue eyes, this King as it all, plus his way with the ladies.
At twenty-one years old, she's the younger sister of Kazul. Also good looking with Blonde hair, the two share similar physical traits. She doesn't talk much with her brother, nor does she care much for political affairs. However, she does have a heart of gold, and is caring for others and willing to help anyone in need.
All forum rules apply
No bunnying/God-modding. Please, just don't do it. If you don't know what that means let me know.
Please post as frequently as you can. This is one of those RPs that is fun if you keep up.
If you plan being away for a while, please let me know ahead of time. I cannot stress this enough.
Swearing is allowed since this is rated 'M'. Please don't abuse this.
Romance/Sexual stuff I have no problems with, as long as you are not too explicit. Make sure you're not writing a new fifty shades of grey.
Seeing as how this is rated 'M', expect blood. It probably won't be to the extent of horror movies or anything, but expect violence.
Please be realistic when there is fighting. I know there's magic and whatnot, so that doesn't really apply, but if your character gets punched in the face, act like they actually did get punched rather than take it like it was nothing.
(Appropriate name please)
(Pick one of the elements above as your character's natural affinity).
(A good description or pic of the character. Make sure they're human. No orcs or elves of the sorts or making up your own race. Not trying to be racist, but it's just a rule I have. Also, no pre-existing characters such as movie, TV or anime characters, must be original.)
(Their personality? How do they act? Do they get along well with others? Try to be descriptive please.)
(Where are they from? Make up a place, and give a location. Make sure it is not in another country, unless they moved here.)
(A history of your character. What do they do, did the war affect them in any way, where are they from. Feel free to make up towns/cities for them. We may even be able to visit them during the RP.)
(What weapon do they have? You can be creative, but don't go too overboard for now. No oversized swords or anything. If they use gun(s), make sure it fits with the character (a regular person probably wouldn't have a gun as a weapon), and make it suitable for the RP. No machine guns, bazookas, etc. Guns that use mana as bullets also exist.)
(Their current list of magic + element of each spell. Only a maximum of three, and please remember that your characters should inexperienced with using magic so don't overdo it. There will be plenty of time for improvement throughout the RP. Also, remember to include magic of your own element. It is not possible for someone to know magic of all elements.)
(Optional. It helps me know how skilled you are, and if you are suitable for the RP.)
(Anything else we should know about?)
21 (just turned 21)
He is a young man, standing approximately 6'3", and weighing in at about 215-220lbs. He is pretty solid in terms of build, from working a labor job for quite a while with his father giving him a solid amount of muscle. A little more bulky than lean, he by no means have a body of a model. He has light brown-ish skin complexion, with short black hair. His skin is free from any imperfections such as acne or scars, as he takes fairly good care of it. Most of the time his beard is shaven, but after a week of no shaving, he tends to get a bit of stubble, and even longer will result in a scruffy or rugged look. His eyes are dark brown, almost black if not seen from up close. He doesn't wear any armor, as he likes to move freely without the extra weight. Instead, he just wears a fitted, pale black short-sleeved tunic. For pants, he wears light brown pants, made out of a tough denim-like material. For shoes, he wears simple black boots that were just hand -me-downs. Finishing off his look is a light brown belt that slings around the front of his body to carry his sword around.
Artus the type of guy you would want having your back. He’s a loyal friend, and never turns his back away from his peers. Although this could be argued against when he was younger, now that he's older he is more capable of following a leader-type role rather than a bully. He can get timid at times, however this usually occurs when he is embarrassed about something such personal issues, relationship, etc. But he doesn't get embarrassed too easily, as is pretty open about most things, and will most likely answer any question thrown his way. He is also on the more competitive side. He loves friendly competition, and occasionally gambles for money, items, and other minor things. However, his gambling sometimes goes too far. Although he is no an addict, he does have a tendency to gamble whenever he has the chance. He also shows a violent side of himself when he gets mad. Not temper problems exactly, but when it comes to direct fist fighting, he is known to throw some hard punches, and go all out. Almost all the time he would rather fight with his fists than his sword, as he likes the feel of a punch landing a direct hit.
His hometown was invaded by Diaz’s forces, and left to rubble, after one of Diaz’s commanders, known as Commander Ghan, decided to burn down the place, rather than follow Diaz’s orders and just do recon. This completely blindsided the town, leaving many people homeless, and left some killed. Sadly, to Artus' knowledge, his family didn't make it through the attack, but he however was able to escape for a while. He has relatives that live in a another city, which is doing fine as of now. Their city has remained neutral, and seems like it will stay out of the way of conflict. Due to personal issues with his other family, Artus' original intent was to go live with them. His relatives are more on the wealthier side, but his uncle and cousin are greedy gluttons which is one of the reasons Artus doesn't want to see them. After not seeing them for nearly 7 years, he decided to find a place on his own, to avoid any more conflicts with his uncle and cousin (although the smart thing to do would be to live his relatives). Being a commoner, finding a job was hard. His parents weren't rich, nor did they have any sort job that payed exceptionally well. Labor jobs were all taken, and he didn't have any education or knowledge on how to run a business, so opening up a booth at a marketplace was out of the question, so was running a shop. Least did he know that his search would be soon interrupted with a one-way trip to Galvez Prison.
Several years prior to the war, Artus was a bit of a trouble maker and misfit. He liked to pick on other children, mainly just because it amused him. Yes, that includes bullying, and to this day it's something Artus doesn't really regret, nor feel sorry. Mainly because this did not occur in his hometown, but rather in his cousin's city, where the two of them, along with his cousin's friends would walk around pulling pranks and picking on other people. The situation was a little bit more complex than that though, as the only reason he did it was because he was scared of his cousin, who would also occasionally bully Artus around. Now that he's older, Artus doesn't really mention anything about his childhood unless asked, and even then he fails to mention that little part about him making kids cry.
Nalan – Located south of Grandora, and one of the first places to be invaded by Diaz and his forces. Although not occupied by them, currently it resides as a sort of refugee camp, with minimal shelter.
A regular sword, made of steel.
Artus shoots a bolt of electricity at his opponent(s).
This particular spell is Light Elemented. Artus creates shield formed out of Mana. The shield does not cover 360 degrees, but rather only one side at a time.
Artus fills his sword with Lightning elemented magic energy, increasing damage potential.
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