I have to apologize in advance for the long read . . . Sorry. History: Everyone is born with a "god" watching over them. These gods come in all kinds of forms, from beasts to objects to even humans. They become our first friends, showing themselves in front of us as children and pass off as imaginary friends. They are the ones who become our guardian angels. And they are the ones who listen to and grant our prayers should they have the power to. But sadly, nearly none of us ever realize how loved and cared for we are by these gods. In the late 22nd century, scientists were able to discover the existence of these gods and that humans sometimes borrow their power in order to perform miracles. Decades of research later, they were able to find a way to allow humans to regularly borrow the power of their gods, by forming a contractual connection via a vessel. This knowledge was immediately studied further to determine its military value. From its research, it was discovered that there are powerful gods as well as weak ones, measured and determined by mana level. Only a small percentage, less than 1%, of people possessed powerful gods, whose mana levels measured higher than 600 kJ per kilogram. Those with powerful gods could form contracts while those with weak gods could not. Those who could, dubbed witches, were recruited to the military of their own countries. A few decades after the creation of witch units, World War III broke out, between America and Russia. Each sent their witches out to fight alongside their standard soldiers. The entire war was a stalemate and each country depended heavily on their witches to win. Slowly, other countries began taking sides and joining in, sending their own witches to battle. In an attempt to turn the tide in their favor, America sent a witch soldier, Ulysses Foster, who possessed the god, Wheel of Fortune, on an invasion mission into Russia. The invasion started out a success as Foster proved to be an unstoppable force. But one day, when the Americans were attacking a Russian base, a nuclear reactor nearby exploded, wiping out a good chunk of Russia as well as western Europe and northern Asia. Only Ulysses survived. The accident created an international scandal. Many countries blamed America for sending Ulysses. Others believed that witches and their god powers were to blame. In order to save themselves, the American government had Ulysses publicly executed on international television. After that, countries worked together to build Daten City, a large, walled up, isolated city located in the middle of the wasteland created by the incident with Ulysses. Anyone whose mana level exceeded the minimum required to become a witch was sent to Daten City to live in exile. Even those who've yet to form their contracts are sent to live here. Terms and Things to Know: Gods - A god is a physical manifestation of a person's magical ability. Gods can take many forms and reflect the person they belong to, whether it's the witch's wish, trait or loved one. Gods have two names: a common name which comes from a tarot card (In this case, we'll only be using major arcana), and their real name which should only be known by the owner. Real names should represent who your god is and can be a mythological name, literary figure, or whatever. Common names should also have a little to do with the god itself (ex. The "Lovers" god can't be a cyclops.) No repeats with common names. Contracts - A contract is the act of placing your god into a vessel so that you can call upon their power at will. Vessels - A vessel is any inanimate object that you use to place your god into. Vessels tend to be objects that hold a great deal of emotional value to the witch and should be kept with them at all times. Losing your vessel means losing your connection to your god and makes you powerless. Mana Level - A mana level is the numerical equivalent to how powerful your god is. It measures the special energy that manifests a god and compares the total amount to your body mass. It will probably never come up in the actual roleplay. Arcana's Egg - A legendary god said to be the most powerful in existence. Second being the Wheel of Fortune. It's also known as the philosopher's stone. The story of it is below. There are two ways of using a god in combat. The first is to borrow its power by having it semi-possess you. The borrowed power either shows up as supernatural abilities or a magical weapon. The second way to use a god in battle is to summon it as a familiar. Few are strong enough to do this as it drains the witch's energy pretty fast. To summon a familiar, your character must know their god's real name as some gods don't wish to tell. Characters can only have one god each, but there is no real set amount of abilities you can have as long as they relate back to your god. The roleplay takes place 40 or so years after the execution of Ulysses. Daten City is built a lot like Hong Kong, with lots of tall buildings built close together and narrow roads. There are no schools or hospitals in Daten City. The few doctors had been recruited by the factions. There is rumor of a neutral party doctor hiding in the western part of Daten City. Do not tell anyone your god's real name. It is considered a sign of immense trust to give out your god's real name, though not many people know why. But no one would tell you unless they felt like they could entrust you with their life. NPCs will have minor arcana gods or none at all, but everyone in Daten City is a witch. The Arcana Egg(This is a well known legend/fairy tale in Daten City.) After Ulysses was executed, many people cheered at the death of a dangerous individual. However, his family mourned the death of their son/husband/brother/father. Perhaps the one who cried the most was his 7 year old daughter, Melly, who loved her father very much. Melly cried and cried, refusing to leave her father's execution ground. After 13 days of crying, her god took pity on her and showed itself to the little girl in the form of a rabbit. The god asked Melly if the girl had a wish to make her happy again as the rabbit didn't like seeing her so sad. Melly asked for her father to come back. Now the rabbit explained to Melly that no god had the power to bring the dead back to life as that was the way of the world. The girl proceed to cry again as the only thing to make her happy was her father. She then looked up at the night sky and remembered a story her father told her about how stars could sometimes grant wishes. Holding the rabbit close to her, Melly closed her eyes tightly and wished as hard as she could on the stars in the sky. And she wished and she wished. Now many of us believe that wishes are often foolish things but sometimes when a pure heart wishes hard enough, a miracle occurs. And indeed, that's what happened as the rabbit turned into a small white egg-shaped stone and before Melly stood Ulysses. Melly leapt with joy and hugged her father as tight as she could. Ulysses was confused as to what happened but was also happy to see his little girl. However, he knew that he could not stay there in fear of bringing trouble to his daughter. So that night, the two disappeared. The next day, Melly's mother no longer found her sitting before the scaffold and officials found Ulysses' remains gone. It is said that they fled to Russia and are hiding in the wastelands outside Daten City. But if you can find them and ask nicely, Melly will grant you whatever wish you have with her Arcana Egg. Factions:Daten City is split up between 3 factions, each controlling a part of the city, with the center and west belonging to no one. Each faction has 1 captain, 1 lieutenant, and the rest are officers. Black Hunters: Black Hunters control the northern part of the city. They are like the police enforcers of the city. By oppressing riots and dangerous witches, they are given more perks than other witches, such as technology or better quality food. They are the only ones allowed weapons. Working for the human government, they are seen as corrupt traitors. Red Fangs: Red Fangs control the southern part of the city. The Red Fangs are a group of radicals that preach about witch rights in human society. Something of a religion, they have many followers and say that the witches should break down the walls of Daten City and demand rights as fellow human beings. They are seen as violent radicals. Green Dragons: Green Dragons control the eastern part of the city. The "alchemists" of the city, Green Dragons research witch powers and gods to try to get a better understanding on how they work and ways to improve them. They are seen as cold-hearted psychopaths. Common Names: Major Arcana The Fool The Magician - Zachary Davis (Voyageur) The High Priestess - Grenoa Pendragon (Ione) The Empress - Reginette Pendragon (Ione) The Emperor - Tybalt Hale (Syfral) The Heirophant - Francine Stein (AMDreams) The Lovers - Alexander Hawthorne (AMDreams) The Chariot Strength - Boris Romanov (AMDreams) The Hermit - Skylar Saare (Feather) Wheel of Fortune - Ulysses Foster (AMDreams) Justice The Hanged Man - Titania Fullbuster (AMDreams) Death - Ephemeral (Yaoi) Temperance The Devil - Julian Daniel Stark (AMDreams) The Tower The Star The Sun The Moon - Sophia McClain (Silver) Judgement - Diem Iudicii (Akuma) The World - Dmitri Voss (Syfral) Character Skeleton:Name: (include nicknames and aliases if any) Age: (must be at least 17) Status:(how long have you been in Daten City) Faction: (if any; You are not obligated to be part of a faction but many of the story arcs revolve around them.) Weapons: (Keep in mind that anyone not a Black Hunter must be able to hide their weapons quickly. Also, no explosives.) Appearance: (I don't care what goes in here as long as something is in here. Description or picture, photo or anime. Take your pick.) Personality: God Name: (Common, Real) Vessel: God Appearance: God Power: (What abilities does your god give you?) Background: (Optional) My Characters: (Well, 2 of them)Name: Titania "Anya" Fullbuster Age: 19 Status: She's been in Daten City for 4 years now. Faction: Black Hunter Lieutenant Weapons: Anya always carries a stun baton and night stick with her. She also uses a rapier given to her by her god. Appearance: Personality: Anya is a very cold but hot-tempered person. She is a very strict and strong-willed girl, falling into the blunt category with a sharp and merciless tongue. She has a very strong sense of justice. She hates physical contact and shallow relationships (as in she hates people who try to be her friend only for her job and such). Anya often gives the feel of looking down on others, but that is not the case. She also has a childish side, always wishing on stars and eating sweets. God Name: The Hanged Man, Marchen Von Friedhof Vessel: God Appearance: Marchen very much resembles Anya's father. God Power: Marchen gives Anya different abilities depending on what "story" she chooses. She can only use one story at a time and can only switch "stories" once every 6 hours. "Red Riding Hood" - Her eyes will turn red and she will sprout wolf ears. She will gain wolf-like senses, basically turning her into a great, but not perfect, tracker. "Cinderella" - Anya will summon a glass-like rapier capable of cutting through most solid objects with ease. "Snow White" - Anya will be able to control snow and ice, as well as travel through mirrors. "Sleeping Beauty" - Anya is able to summon and control thorny vines made of shadows. The rose-like flowers on the vines emit a golden sleep powder when they bloom. The flowers will only bloom if Anya is unconscious, which is when this ability will be at its strongest, no longer under her control. Background: Secret ~ ~~~~~ Name: Alexander "Alex" Hawthorne Age: 29 Status: He's been in Daten City for 10 years. Faction: Black Hunter Captain Weapons: Alex uses dual pistols and the whip given to him by his god. Appearance: Personality: Alex is a lot more laidback and easygoing than his position as captain of the Black Hunters would say. He's rather flirty but is not one for a committed relationship with anyone. His favorite things are food, alcohol and women. Yet despite his preferred lifestyle and go-with-the-flow attitude, he is very committed to his job when there are witches causing trouble, even more so when the victim is a lovely lady. God Name: The Lovers, Romeo & Juliet Vessel: God Appearance: God Power: "Lover's Quarrel" - Alex summons a black whip with a red gem-like point on the end. The whip can extend and retract up to ten feet and moves to his desire. If he cuts you with the red tip, then the farther you get away from you, the deeper the cuts get. The effect lasts for one hour, until it's deactivated, or Alex falls unconscious. "Canterella" - Also called the "Play Dead" ability, Alex can go into a corpse-like state much like Juliet did. This ability also allows Alex to heal wounds and turn his blood into a poison that has the same effect. "Bloom" - Though a useless ability, Alex is able to pull flowers out of thin air. Having no practical use, he mostly uses it for flirting. Background: Alex's childhood memories were mostly of his parents fighting over his father's infidelity and his mother's drinking habit. As the two yelled and threw things across the living room, Alex would lock himself in his bedroom, trying to block out the noise with his pillow or headphones. He had always found it strange that they remained together though all they could do was fight. Perhaps it was due to his parents' dysfunctional relationship, but when Alex's class had to read Shakespeare sophmore year, he became obsessed with Romeo and Juliet, especially the concept of star-crossed lovers and how in love they seemed to be. He then began dating just about any girl he could, dying to find his own soul mate. Eventually, he found the girl he thought to be the one during his senior year of high school, a cute college girl named Jackie. Now every year, as per regulation, Alex's school was subject to mana testing, where they'd measure a person's mana level to weed out potential witches. During the previous years, Alex always scored well below the 600 kJ/kg, but this year his level rose and passed the minimum by a small amount. Not wanting to go to Daten City, Alex bolted from school and ran to the first person he could think of, Jackie. Once in Jackie's dorm, Alex explained to her about his test results and how he didn't want to leave her. There was a strange look on her face that Alec couldn't really identify, but Jackie soon held him, telling him that everything would be all right and that he could stay with her tonight. That night, Alex lost his v card. The next morning, Alex was awoken by a group of police kicking in Jackie's door and tackling him. As he struggled under their weight, he looked up to see Jackie by the officer that seemed to be in charge. Apparently, she had reported him to the authorities after he had fallen asleep, looking forward to the reward given to those for finding witches. Betrayed, Alex put up no fight as he was taken and shipped off to Daten City. Once there, his playboy habits got worse as he began hooking up with just about any girl he could find, though he refused and actual relationships. He eventually joined the Black Hunters, liking the benefits one of their officers got. He made it to lieutenant after 2 years, and though most witches saw him as a traitor, he didn't care. He needed money and this was the most effective method to getting it. He was surprisingly dedicated to his job though, even saving the girl who'd eventually become his own lieutenant later on. Once Alex was promoted to captain though, after the previous one passed away, he became less and less enthusiastic of his job and of the Black Hunters in general, preferring to play around and neglect the mountain of paperwork that came with the position. ~~~~~ [MENTION=6086]Syfral[/MENTION] You happy now? . . . Oh God, I hope I got the right guy.