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clever_ravenclaw
07/20/2006 4:24 PM

I redid everything in a novelesque style, and it's much longer. I changed a couple of things, so everything made more sense. Hopefully this answers everybody's questions.

::Ahem::

THE IMPORTANCE OF SIXTEEN
There is an existance beyond our thoughts, not to mention beyond unsurpassable borders. Things there are much the same as they are in our own universe, but so different at the same time. You see, there, wonderful things happen. You might call them parlor tricks, and you might call them miracles. Thus far, these things are beyond our comprehension scientifically. So it's necessary to simplify things.

There is a civilization in this existence, containing a people who long ago ditched technology for human ability.

"Inside the recesses of every living thing," states their chief doctrine, "there is a dormant power. To awaken this power, one must be in touch with themself. One must hone their mental physical being. One must be in touch with and at the disposal of their god."

Through advanced training systems, the people who had come together in this civilization had achieved abilities that can only be described as superhuman. They had created magic.

They had studied for centuries to understand this power that was locked away in each and every one of them. They learned all of its forms, how to manipulate it, all of its properties. They learned how to use it for good, to protect, for the benefit their race.

All of the people lived on a single continent called The Union. Their new existance was devoid of hate, violence, disease, and all the evils that prevailed before magic was discovered. For technology was what turned man against another, and they found peace of mind in worship of their god.

As part of their advances, they had discarded all religion except for that of the Final Church. This new religion merged science and polytheism to form a dogma of beliefs revolving around the simple fact that scientific discovery was a gift from the gods.

The church and its deities asked only for allegiance, and promised peace. Nobody was disappointed.

This final religion revolved around a rather ordinary number, the number 16. People in this world found 16 to be holy, good luck, and even went so far as to call things in sixteens as a gift from their heaven, the Higher Plane. There were sixteen deities that ruled over the sixteen forms of magic. There were sixteen grand cathedrals for each of the deities, where there were sixteen sets of sixteen pews that seated sixteen people around a great pit with an oaken chair and podium where one of the sixteen Chancellors of each province preached. Rule was even based on religion. At sixteen, boys became men.

The list goes on. People worshipped whatever god represented their dream, and moved to the province ruled by who they trusted the most.

There was absolutely nothing wrong with this united civilization and... that was the problem.

DISCORD
On the Higher Plane there were sixteen gods that couldn't be happier. They toasted every sixteen days to the work of art that lay on the Lower Plane called The Union.

One thing that is either unknown or ignored by the people of The Union is the existance of the Absolute Rulers. There is a King and Queen of all the other gods (called the lower deities), each one omnipotent. They don't represent any ability, any virtue, or any province. They were only there to watch over the lower deities and keep them under control.

The lower deities are solely responsible for the perfect world below. They had finally allowed magic to be used by those lower than themselves. They had bound magic with a great seal called the Crest of Mana. This seal did many things, including giving magic its eternal properties, creating sixteen mana pools where magic could be drawn from and where it returned after use, and even held their entire WORLD together. It was the gods' greatest achievement.

The King and Queen had created the physical world many millenia ago, as well as creating the lower deities to do their dirty work. They had remembered what hate was like. They hated this new world. It lacked scent, color, flavor. It had lost what had made it appealing before. So the King and Queen were arrogant enough to decide that they had to end this new world. The ceasefire would be over. And with the introduction of magic, war would be revolutionized.

So they locked the deites away at different places on the Lower Plane. Now that nothing stood in their way, they strode up to the Crest that rested in the Final Chapel and shattered it. The gods' greatest achievement, in pieces on the floor.

Hate and evil again became part of the world. Magic was abundant, but no longer infinite as the mana pools had dried up. Mages sealed magic away in texts to conserve it for when it was needed. Earth magic that sealed the provinces together dispersed, and the provinces because islands. Now that hate was around, it took little time for one island to take advantage of another. It took even less time for the entire world to be completely embroiled in war.

People began to question the gods. Where were they now? Why wouldn't they help out in this time of need? It wasn't much longer before the rule of the church was abolished, and military might defined a true leader. Children are taught to help only themselves and their province; hate everything and everybody else.

But even through all this, certain cults of people kept their faith. Some people evaded war drafts and hid, in wait for their liberator. They new that someday, their savior would arise, free their gods, and deliver them from this chaos...

AWAKENING
Historians refer to the earthquakes and wages of war The Collapse, and have marked it as the turn of an era.

One hundred and sixty years have passed since The Collapse. A boy wakes up and wipes the sweat off his forehead. A strange dream, really strange. One like he'd never had. But so real. A man had walked up to him and introduced himself as Byron, the god of pure energy magic. He was extremely handsome, shining almost. He had an air of nobility about him. He opened his mouth, breaking the dry seal between his lips. He said only: "You must find the other children of the gods, and make the world what it was only sixteen decades ago."

He wanted to ignore this dream, but his subconsious refused to permit him. He had it again, and again, and again the following nights. He went to the library to look at what had happened 160 years ago that made such a difference. He knew a little bit about the Collapse, that there were some earthquakes and tense relations between the former provinces. Life was war now, war was all he knew. He saw that war wasn't always around. That things changed rapidly, that people knew peace once. Peace with what, one another? Rubbish. Everybody knows that the provinces have always hated each other. There were too many disagreements between trading and religion and all that stuff.

But this dream, and this book made him begin to question this existance. What if there was a universal religion? What if once, everybody lived in harmony? Why did the hate start? The book said that it's unknown. That the gods must have disagreed. He read the stories of the former world, and began to want it.

But -- really -- what could he do? He was just a teenager on one of the islands. He didn't even know any magic. Fifteen other children of the gods? What did this all mean? Maybe, one night, Byron would tell him more...



[Edited by clever_ravenclaw on Wednesday, August 30, 2006 2:06 PM]

Sacrificial_Pearl
07/20/2006 6:49 PM

This sounds really neat, but there's one thing that troubles me. I find it really unlikely that the people using a specific type of magic would all live together when everyone was at peace, so the idea of the magics being segregated confuses me. Could you please explain how this happened? Thank you! :)

clever_ravenclaw
07/21/2006 8:15 AM

I'm not sure exactly what you mean, but I'll take a guess and try and answer your question.

The magic wasn't segregated really before The Collapse. It was separated into territories, but the people could freely migrate from one country to another and learn the magic from other territories.

darknightrei
07/21/2006 9:08 AM

This sounds a bit like AVATAR: The Last Airbender (Which I Embarassedly ADORE) I'm liking the concept, but it would take quite a bit of background explanation to make it immersively playable. Give us a detailed timeline/history and you'll see at least one person who's in for sure (me...)

Sacrificial_Pearl
07/21/2006 9:46 AM


I'm not sure exactly what you mean, but I'll take a guess and try and answer your question.

The magic wasn't segregated really before The Collapse. It was separated into territories, but the people could freely migrate from one country to another and learn the magic from other territories.


And how did that change? And why?

clever_ravenclaw
07/21/2006 3:48 PM


This sounds a bit like AVATAR: The Last Airbender (Which I Embarassedly ADORE) I'm liking the concept, but it would take quite a bit of background explanation to make it immersively playable. Give us a detailed timeline/history and you'll see at least one person who's in for sure (me...)


What sort of timeline? It seems pretty easy to understand everything that's going on, the story would figure itself out while we play.


Posted By Sacrificial_Pearl on 07.21.2006 9:46 AM]


I'm not sure exactly what you mean, but I'll take a guess and try and answer your question.

The magic wasn't segregated really before The Collapse. It was separated into territories, but the people could freely migrate from one country to another and learn the magic from other territories.


And how did that change? And why?


It happened because the King was bored and he willed it to happen. He's the type who's boredom is sated by the strife of millions of people.

[Edited by clever_ravenclaw on Friday, July 21, 2006 3:52 PM]

Sacrificial_Pearl
07/21/2006 4:10 PM


It happened because the King was bored and he willed it to happen. He's the type who's boredom is sated by the strife of millions of people.


So the King of the Gods moved all the people in the world around so they lived only with other people who used the same kind of magic?

Kalia_Majere
07/21/2006 5:09 PM

sounds interesting to me :D

clever_ravenclaw
07/21/2006 8:50 PM



It happened because the King was bored and he willed it to happen. He's the type who's boredom is sated by the strife of millions of people.


So the King of the Gods moved all the people in the world around so they lived only with other people who used the same kind of magic?


It's sort of complicated, I guess. He wanted there to be tension everywhere, so he separated the territories into self-contained colonies. They're based on magic because there would be constant feuds between the types.

There needed to be separation and hate. What would you have done?

Sacrificial_Pearl
07/21/2006 11:15 PM


It's sort of complicated, I guess. He wanted there to be tension everywhere, so he separated the territories into self-contained colonies. They're based on magic because there would be constant feuds between the types.

There needed to be separation and hate. What would you have done?


Wondered what the heck I was smoking. ;)

It may be complicated, but this is a fact of massive importance to the history of the world you present, in my eyes. Complicated or not, I think it needs resolving and a clear explanation. You've still not answered my question.

darknightrei
07/22/2006 12:44 AM

As far as a timeline goes I mean a list of events and when they happened up to where the game begins...or do you want everyone else to define the history of your setting? That's generally bad policy...but it's not my thread.
You're covering alot of ground, from ethics to divinity, and there needs to be some explanation as to the 6 key ?'s (who, what, when, where, why, & how).
I really like your idea though.

Apocaylpse_Angel
08/02/2006 2:31 PM

It sounds real good to me, but like the others said, it would takea hell of a long intro-post to explain everything. Overall, it's a good start, but there are still many details and explications to be given.

With a little work, this would be a great RP. I would join.

munchkinscience
08/04/2006 5:10 PM

I would love to join this rp. sounds cool.

clever_ravenclaw
11/22/2006 7:52 PM

Bump, yo.

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