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- Intermediate, Adept, Advanced, Adaptable
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- Male, Female
- Fantasy, Slice-of-Life, Modern.
The Chinese Zodiac, as it is known, has become a pop culture icon in modern times. People use it to speculate about their personalities and relationships, and any prestige it may have once had has become obsolete.
But that doesn’t mean some part of it isn’t grounded in truth.
Unknown to a majority of the human population, there are thirteen houses scattered around Asia. The reality is that, for reasons that have been forgotten even by those who have received, thirteen families have been blessed by the heavens. All that is left of the truth is a legend. While this legend has been modified over the years, each house owns one very specific copy in a book that ever seems untouched by time or violence, written in a language no one has ever heard of but everyone understands. And thus the story goes:
The book makes no mention of what happened to the blessed families afterwards, but from a historical standpoint, it is safe to say that the blessed people were either chosen across East Asia, or scattered naturally. Though they can interact with the outside world, and many of the houses have even amassed wealth using their abilities to improve their occupations or businesses, their existence as a clan is unknown to regular humans, who cannot even see the properties they have decided to call home. While their magic was once varied and powerful, and remnants of it can be seen in the houses – the most important of which is a protective barrier established around each property which marks it as their territory, prevents other powers from entering without invitation, and shields them from nonmagical eyes – the descendants of the original blessed now only can use the simplest of magic. Being able to control and speak with their host animal is something they know how to do from childhood, and there have been many a lament that old arts have been lost. As for the book itself, strictly speaking there is a great deal of doubt as to the story’s veracity, as no one knows how their ancestors came across it and who wrote it. For all they know, it could simply be a magical picture book. As contact between the various households has become practically illegal, few even know other houses have a copy.
But enough about the past. It is what is happening now that concerns this chapter in the history of the Zodiacs. In recent times, members of each zodiac have been disappearing and coming back with their memories wiped, their personalities changed, and their powers... gone. This has been going on for a couple months now, and the panic has been setting in for each house. On December 12th, they each separately received a missive. The message was delivered in a variety of ways, by a handwritten note mysteriously showing up somewhere, by an untraceable email or text, and even tattooed into the skin of a victim, but the content was the same for each:
“In a year’s time, by the celebration of the Lunar New Year, every last one of you will meet the same fate, and the Thirteen shall be no more. I will give you a chance, however, to still win this game. You have this entire year to find me and make your choice. Your first clue can be found at the mountain no one can forget. If you try it alone, you will surely fail. P.S. Once you decide to begin, beware air travel. I will be watching and the hourglass will be turned the moment you take your first step. Good luck.”
Before any attempts could even be made, however, yet another message was sent to each house, this one in the form of an actual messenger. One neighborhood child from the vicinity of each house knocked on the door they’d never been able to see before, and in a ghostly voice informed the one who opened the door that the Four Pillars of Destiny commanded they come to a specific address in Beijing for a conference to be held on the 24th of December. It is now the 24th, and while the rest of the planet celebrates Christmas, the zodiacs are gathering for the first time since their creation.
Who can say what will happen now?
Many questions yet need answering. Who are the Four Pillars of Destiny, and why have they not been heard of before? How can this threat to the houses be resolved? What does their mysterious attacker want? What will happen if they do not succeed? And just what, exactly, is the choice the note speaks of?
“Now, I know y’all know the rules and I don’t have to repeat them, but I’m gonna, cause I wanna. And here they are!
No biting, no scratching, no kicking, no burping, no slurping, no cussing, no squalling, no rassling, no heeing, no hawing, and more than anything, no cheating.”
1. You can cuss in the roleplay if you want, but be respectful of your fellow players and don’t cause unnecessary OoC drama (in IC, though, drama is very much welcome. :P).
2. Please be dedicated at least. I’m not expecting speed of light posts every day, or even necessarily every week, but don’t just drop out.
3. No godmodding or metagaming.
4. Posts should at least be a couple small paragraphs, and don’t leave someone hanging for three weeks. If you’re having problems posting, please warn me and anyone you are interacting with.
5. Don’t post OoC in the S/U thread. CHARACTER SHEETS GO ONLY IN THE SIGN UPS THREAD AND ONLY CHARACTER SHEETS GO IN THE SIGN UPS THREAD. OoC is also not welcome in IC.
6. Keep everything PG-13 please, guys.
7. You gotta have good grammar and spelling, seriously.
8. Be creative and be prepared to make and control multiple NPC’s, as your house will be severely lacking without them.
9. READ WHAT I WRITE IN THE OVERVIEW AND MY GM POSTS. I sound a bit grumpy right now, because I'm quite sick of having to correct people or answer already answered questions. This is not to say I'm not open to questions, I am more than willing to answer questions and let people get away with not noticing little details I've put in my overviews etc, but there is no easier way to irritate me than to prove to me that you are not willing to READ something I've just spent three hours writing.
Based in Korea, they are thought to be shrewd, charming, and ambitious.
Based in Vietnam, they are thought to be industrious and patient.
Based in Korea, they are thought to be ferocious, just, and graceful.
Based in Japan, they are thought to be swift, cautious, and outwardly pure. They are also associated with luck, fertility, and the moon.
Based in China, they are thought to be proud and dignified, and passionate and impetuous.
Based in Thailand, they are thought to be wise, mysterious, and a little unscrupulous.
Based in Mongolia, they are thought to be loyal and powerful. They are also associated with freedom.
Based in Mongolia, they are thought to be innocent and submissive.
Based in Japan, they are thought to be curious, playful, and clever.
Based in China, they are thought to be reliable, straightforward, and a little egocentric.
Based in Bulgaria, they are thought to be faithful, honest, sincere, but a little bad at socializing.
Based in China, they are thought to be optimistic, generous, and a little gullible. They are also associated with financial luck.
Based in Vietnam, they are thought to be sensitive, kind, and attentive to detail.