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    “The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.”
    - Robertson Davies


    Premise and Plot (open)

    It is more than a millennium into the future, and many centuries since the fall of Earth. Humanity regressed to their past on the once fiery red planet, now lush with emerald forests and sapphire crater-lakes. To the inhabitants of Mars, they were migrants from another world, whose ancestors mastered metalwork and the elements, thus enabling them to sail across the aether. To this day, how Martians came to be remained in legends. There are those told by the faith of Tellusism, those spun by storytellers beside campfires and those wildest tales conjured up by minds on the brink of sanity. Most, however, paid little attention to myths of creation, for whatever seemingly magical feat their ancestors once commanded, it is now lost. To survive and live a fruitful existence means a diligence of the body, mind and faith. But one can wonder, as one always wondered, are there more to the world than what simply meets the eye?

    Current story progress: Prologue

    The time is year 359, and the place is the Dao Regency, a modest sized but well-respected state on the eastern shores of the Hellas Inner Sea. Today, you are in Meusing, the capital and heart of the Regency. Whether you’re a lifelong citizen of Dao, or simply a visitor passing through, recent events here caught your attentions...

    ...Meusing is a busy city, one filled with dirty secrets and hidden transactions. Bribery and corruption was almost accepted as the city's way of life, almost. It all changed four years ago, when the former Grand-Marshal Khein Qinchowua became the Knight-Regent, ruler of the Regency. Since then, Khein has been adamant in eradicating what he called "injustice". As the arrests became more common and punishments became more severe, so did the people's dissatisfaction. While what Khein accomplished cannot be doubted, for he double the size of the Daonese regiments, arrested corrupt members from the House of Council and the Guilds and absorbed four eastern Hellas city-states into the Regency. Contrary to his accomplishments, Khein nearly tripled the taxes, slowed trade to a halt and provoked the rage of the neighboring Hadrica Highlands. In the end, many citizens are unimpressed, and in the last few months, some have even take to the streets by initiating riots. To complicate matters further, Tamara, the former princess of the Highlands, have taken the throne following her father's death and her elder brother's disappearance. Tamara was quick to disavow Dao, calling Khein a power-hungry tyrant and severing diplomatic relations...

    ...They say a crisis is near, and you are caught in the midst of it all.

    Welcome to Fallen Grace, a low fantasy role-play with dice rolling mechanics. If you decided to read past the introduction, you will find that our story is realism centered, uniquely built and bound together by sets of simple and easily understandable mechanics. Let this warning be my foreword, if you are looking for a magic filled high fantasy, or diverse races of magical creatures, or perhaps books worth of intricate dice rolling, this adventure may not be for you. However, if you're someone seeking an exotic world grounded in reality, with a touch of justifiable intrigues and mechanics designed to augment, not replace traditional story-telling, then you have come to the right place.

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      OOC Information (open)

      The circumference of Mars around the equator is about 13,300 miles (21,343 km), but from pole-to-pole Mars is only 13,200 miles (21,244 km) around. The Mercator projection used for this map is distorted in terms of scale and should not be used for precise measurements.

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      The Beginning
      What is now known extended back for little more than 359 Darian years. Prior to the current Darian age, humanity was known to have originated from Earth and possessed advanced technologies enabling them to frequently traverse the aether between Earth and Mars. Curiously, Mars was not what it was today when the ancestors first stumbled upon it. In fact, some say Mars was originally airless, waterless and ten times as cold as the Arctic. Long before the modern time, the ancestors changed it, made it livable for our specimen and other creatures we now live beside.

      Most records agree on a devastating conflict that somehow wiped out all lives on Earth and made the planet uninhabitable. Afterwards, the survivors on Mars continued to fight until Tellus' holy armies' triumph and Elysium's surrender. The war was known by several names, most frequently, the Founding Crusade, the Darian War or the Conflict of Regression. Scarcely documented; apparently most advanced technologies and the knowledge to construct them were exhausted in the process.

      Year 0 supposedly marks the end of this war, and most people of Mars fell under the banners of Tellusism. It was at that time when human population reached their lowest. But since then, they have recovered. Alongside this new generation, shapes of national borders we know of today were drawn. These people rebuilt from scratch; ushering in the Darian age, the age of a new Mars.

      Timeline (open)

      • Tellus, the first Oracle, perished during the Founding Crusade. Her body was laid in a structure on Olympus Mons; the structure is now referred as the Central Temple. Her right-hand, a man called Saint Janus, became the second Oracle and religious leaders of the world.
      • Legends have it that a aether-ship containing sick ancestors arrived right after the Darian War; however, no definite records exist to back the claim.
      • Elysium kept its Old Earth Religions as conditions of its surrender. Likewise, the Magala Valley was also allowed to preserve their faith for their alliance with Tellus, during the Darian War.
      • The Olympus Theocracry, founded in year 0, was the most powerful nation at its time. Its territory stretched from the Central Temple to Tharsis to the Amazonis Coast. It also maintained colonies as far as Dao. It was also allied with people of Syrtis and Cydonia coast.
      • Mass purge of singers across the world began 10 years after peace, it lasted more than five decades, with thousands of families wiped out as they contain stronger lineage of singers. Surviving singers would flee urbanized regions into the undeveloped south.
      • The Confederation was formed in year 27, originally from nation-states in central Noachia. It continued to expand till this day.
      • Tribes of the Hadriaca Highlands banded together under the Ohnen family, a line of elites with many seers in their offsprings. The first Ohnen seer queen accurately predicted an avalanche and led the evacuation of several villages, and the Hadrians bowed to her rule in gratitude. These events occurred in the 29th year.
      • The Confederate Diet and the Chancellor’s University was established in year 30, the desert oasis they reside on would later become Confederation City. The Army of Hundred Flags was also headquartered in this city.
      • The first Syrtic-Elysian war of year 31 saw the Olympus fleet razed by the Elysian Republican Vanguards, Dao and Olympic colonies along the Canal rose up and declared independence. This marked the beginning of the Theocracy's decay.
      • After the Olympic authorities were driven from the Canal and Hellas, guilds started to fill the vacuum in 34. Most of these guilds were sponsored by the newly established Daonese government, and they were instrumental in the development of Meusing.
      • The first Tharsan rebellion occurred in year 35, seventeen major conflicts would occur in this mountainous region until year 199.
      • The first large scaled newspaper, the Borealis Nuntius, was published in year 41 and began distribution along all northern coastal nations. The newspaper published exclusively in Neo-Anglic until year 59. They would later expand inland and became the only continental wide news agency.
      • Earliest Magallan colonists settled in the Aonia Desert in 64, however, they were mostly killed by a trino stampede next year.
      • The Amazonis Coast followed the example of the Third Tharsan rebellion in year 88, they were put down but eventually splintered in year 132.
      • The Confederation, headed by chancellor Andrea, launched an expansion into western Hellas coast in year 95, a similar expansion into Argyre coast was staged in year 120.
      • The Cydonia Coast and Isidis Bay was conquered by Syrtis before year 100.
      • Refugees fleeing the overpopulated Elysium settled on the Aeolian Coast in year 109, displacing the locals to the Hesperia Plains.
      • Syrtic king Hashima was assassinated in Sip’pa, as punishment, the town was flooded on purpose and all inhabitants drowned to death.
      • An ancestor satellite fell upon the Nirgali town of Tehidi, killing all 5742 townspeople. The satellite was studied by scholars and revealed as a gigantic mirror; the rebuilt town was named Mirrorfall. The glass from the satellite mirror was prized for its perfect reflections and nearly unbreakable strength.
      • The Magala Valley states formed a union and was later defeated by Amazonis Coast sometimes before year 166.
      • The Confederation and Syrtis engaged in several minor skirmishes along the Acidalian Sea between year 140 and 160, a treaty was signed in 161.
      • The Confederation and most Hellas states remained neutral during the seventh Tharsan rebellion in 163, they were disowned Olympus and formed the breakaway Refutist branch.
      • Gunpowder was officially re-discovered by Syrtic miners in Tharsis, they were initially used to put down local Tharsan rebels but later captured to be used against the occupiers.
      • The eighth Tharsan rebellion of 198 would finally dislodge their occupiers. Taking this opportunity, Elysium annihilated the resupplying Olympic Navy at Arcadia Point.
      • Hadriaca Highlands attempted to expand both north into the Isidis Bay and south to Dao between year 150 and 190, however, they were devastated on both fronts. The expansionist Ohnen royal family was ousted in Hadriaca and replaced by the conservative Kamorsi family.
      • The Second Magala Valley Union was formed in year 203, they absorbed the Amazonis Coasts after a long and bloody campaign in 211. The southern realms fell to Aonian tribes in 228, and the union collapsed 36 years later.
      • Mamophants went extinct on the Xanthe Penisula sometime around year 220.
      • Nirgal Valley nations started to leave the Confederation in year 224, most were independent in 237. The Confederation retook Eastern Nirgal in 240 but failed to do so for the west.
      • 249, a series of villages in the Aeolian coast fell ill to a mysterious plague, the outbreak was contained by Elysium, who burned all contaminated people and their land.
      • An expedition to the Arctics was taken in year 258, none returned.

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      The people of Mars, just like all faunas there, are gracile. That is, taller and more slight in build compared to their ancestors. Likewise, they are also capable of jumping higher and running in long strides, albeit with only marginal improvements. Some historians theorized that, if a group of Earth human and Martian human stand together, the average Martian would be a head taller than their Earth counter-part.

      Racial wise, the majority can be hard to distinguish from each other. Though skin tones can vary, the disparity is insignificant, at least without closer examination. Decades of frequent mixed marriages caused a complexion convergence. In any case, people rarely perceive each other based on their skin color.

      When it comes to gender and sexuality, taboos are surprisingly few. All roles can have male and female members; although a couple of jobs still have gender majorities. Religious and political authorities are also accommodating to all sexual preferences. Weddings are still predominately between opposing genders, but those choosing otherwise can also tie their knots.

      Martians live up to an average of 50 Darian years, 10 years qualifies for adulthood and 30 years for seniority. In their prime, the average adult rarely suffer from any disease. The Temple teaches the blessing of the ancestors and spirits for their sterile world. Alternatively, critics claim this is simply the result of sanitation improvements across the continent.

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      The religion with the strongest following is Tellusism, a system of beliefs centered around a primordial goddess named Gaia, various spirits and ancestor-saints. In Tellusist lore, Gaia is the goddess of Earth, who suffered from the destruction caused by malicious ancestors. On their homeworld, the ancestors' arrogance caused devastating conflicts amongst themselves, culminating to Earth's destruction. The fall of Earth is recorded as the starting point of the religion; this was when Tellus, the vassal of Gaia and the first Oracle led her companions to Mars. Tellus and her companions are now venerated as the greatest of all ancestors-saints. The spirits are the third class of worshiped entities, they are viewed as reborn aspects of Earth keeping Mars hospitable for its inhabitants.

      The Tellusism hierarchy is headed by the Central Temple on Olympus Mons, where the Oracle resides as the highest ranking leader and followed by a council of prophets in the same structure. States adhering to the Central Temple are called the Absolutists, and they elect their local religious leaders to collaborate with the prophets. A splinter group calling themselves the Refutists do not recognize the Oracle's authority, and they form the second largest denomination within. The Refutists derive their name from their neutrality during the third invasion of Tharsis, and most Refutist temples are located in the Confederation and eastern shores of Hellas.

      Tellusist Mythological Figures (open)

      Deus (supreme deity):
      • Gaia, mother-goddess of Earth reborn on Mars

      Apostolus Sancti (apostle-saints):
      • Tellus, the vassal of Gaia
      • Janus, the pioneer
      • Anulap, the mystic
      • Yansa, the battlemaster
      • Ebisu, the surgeon
      • Plutus, the treasurer
      • Raziel, the agent
      • Isimud, the speaker

      Many other religions are inherited from before the current age, collectively referred to as Old Earth Religions, after the mythical home world of the ancestors. The actual religions within can be similar or vastly different; two of the largest branches are the Abrahamic religions and Asiatic religions. The Central Temple is vague in its relationship with the Old Earth Religions, with interpretations largely made by regional temples, they are treated from heresy to co-official faith and anywhere in between. Old Earth Religions are slowly fading; Elysium and Magala Valley remain as the last strongholds.

      The people of Tharsis believe in something different. Rather than worshiping or scrutinizing the ancestors as bygone spirits, Tharsans believe the ancestors are still out there, most of them abandoned Mars but few remained in surveillance. They claim that every Martians exist to be observed by more advanced human elsewhere in the aether. Mars is not a refugee for the survivors of Earth's fall; rather, it is a cage for observing the worst strand of humanity. As such, they presume the world as cynical and isolate themselves in response. They also believed that the core of Mars was significantly altered and hold answers to their being; many Tharsan miners dig immense tunnels just to discover secrets hidden under their mountainous landscapes.

      The nomads of the far south follow shamanistic beliefs. While some tribes worshiped the land in similar ways to how Tellusists worship Gaia's spirits, other adhere to more exotic entities. In terms of religious practice, a wide continuum of traditions and customs are observed. For instance, a Malean tribe was seen conducting daily animals sacrifices, while another tribe nearby was strictly vegan. Regrettably, recently expedition to the area found the two tribes fought to death over the life of a rat.

    • Dao Regency:
      Capital: Meusing; Major Settlements: Qiang Kai (largest inland town, boardering Hariaca), Sunbury (north-west of Meusing, second largest port), Patayia (largest conquered city-state, south of Meusing); Demonym: Daonese; Government: elected absolute monarchy; Head of State: Knight-Regent Khein Qinchowua; Currency: Daonese Pound

      A small state situated on the eastern shore of Hellas, Dao Regency is an average nation with above average wealth. Its capital, Meusing, sits on the mouth of a canal connecting between the Borealis Ocean and Hellas, and boasts one of the largest ports in eastern Hellas. Internally, the Daonese government is a strong supporter of guilds, while such policies netted great economic success, it also introduced frequent corruption between guildmasters and politicians. Externally, Dao takes a moderate religious stance, neutrality between Elysium and Syrtis and often, a power broker and trade middleman.

      Dao administers a large portion of the Canal.

      Hadriaca Highland:

      Capital: Khoy'aghak; Major Settlements: Aslan (trade hub, bordering Hesperia), Ushturak (canal town, near Dao), Tuvash (northern city, largest settlement); Demonym: Hadrian; Government: absolute monarchy; Head of State: Queen Tamara Kamorsi; Currency: Hadrian Krone

      The Highland is a region of high altitudes, situated near around the valley in which the Canel passes from Hellas to Borealis. Hadriaca is frequently overlooked, despite its strategic location. For much of the Hadrians, daily lives was nothing more than herding sheep or digging in dirty quarries. The Kamorsi dynasty was content with keeping things simple, as the kings and queens of the past trusted Dao with administering the Canal. The last king, Eskand was the first to advocate otherwise. For Dao's new expansionism and Hadriaca's century old stagnation pushed him into urbanizing the vast farmlands and nationalizing parts of the Canal. The late Eskand wished for his elder son to continue his work; however, the heir's untimely disappearance forced the crown onto princess Tamara.

      Republic of Elysium:

      Capital: Nirvana; Major Settlements: Tholus (inland city), Utopian Cove (north-western port, second largest settlement), Aetherium (headquarter of Old Earth Religious authorities, on the Elysium Mountain); Demonym: Elysian; Government: oligarch republic; Head of State: Premier Sophia Bacharo; Currency: Elysian Rupee

      The largest state with an Old Earth Religion majority; Elysium separates itself from the mainland by both geography and ideologies. The Republic, claiming to be the only democratic state of Mars, is in reality ruled by an authoritarian Premier. Who in turn, is appointed by a senate filled with elite oligarchs. Elysium is seafaring nation, with powerful military vessels backed steady merchant fleets. Its seaborne superiority rivaled only by Syrtis. Because of the economic and religious rivalries, Elysium and Syrtis went to war more than a dozen times, two of which within the last decade. The most recent conflict was three years ago, ending with an armistice brokered by Dao.

      Majority of the Aeolian Coast is under Elysian influence.

      Holy Kingdom of Syrtis:

      Capital: Assur; Major Settlements: Arabica Prime (northern most city, busy port), Becquerel (largest city of the Cydonia Coast), Daria (trade port near Isidis Bay); Demonym: Syrtic; Government: absolute monarchy; Head of State: King Yeniet Al-Ch'Sire; Currency: Syrtic Dinar

      Syrtis lays claim to a large chain of islands, some of which are also claimed by Elysium. To further their agenda, the Royal Syrtic Navy maintains its presence not only around its own maritime borders, but nearly all of the Northern ocean. Religiously, it is a fervent supporter of the Central Temple. Several royal families struggle for power, but the deadlock between them are often resolved the high-ranking clergies. 150 years ago, Syrtis and the Olympus Theocracy formed the Blessed Alliance, controlling more than ⅔ of the northern coasts. Nowadays, the Theocracy's decline meant that Syrtis stands alone in their conflict against Elysium. Nevertheless, they hold on dearly to what they believe to be their divine rights.

      Majority of the Isidis bay is under Syrtic influence.

      Central Equatorial Confederation:

      Capital: Confederation City; Major Settlements: Capricornus (southern stronghold), Proctor (transitional hub between Noachia Desert and western plains), Eastreach (biggest west Hellas port); Demonyms: Equatorian or Confederate; Government: supranational union; Head of State: Chancellor Jurikho Tooba; Currency: Equatorian Mark

      The Confederation is not a single political entity, rather, it is a collection of smaller nations, constantly shifting web of alliances and betrayals to keep themselves in check. A chancellor, figurehead of the Confederation; is elected by the Diet. The Diet is a gathering of all realms in the Confederation, it is the real power of the Confederation, where money changing hands and political assassinations take place behind week-long debates. Though this bureaucratic system seems inefficient at a glance, the Confederation’s influence easily proves otherwise. Its standing military, known as the Army of Hundred Flags, is a collection of forces from all participating realms. This military is capable of fielding over one hundred thousand soldiers, though an army of this size was never actually assembled, Confederate soldiers still outnumber all other forces and generally equipped with higher quality weaponry. The Confederation’s territory stretches from Argyre to Hellas to the Northern Ocean; a massive force to be reckoned with.

      Western Nirgal:

      Capital: None (de-jure), Burkand (de-facto); Major Settlements: Mirrorfall, O'bast, Mariner's Rest; Demonym: West Nirgali; Government: military dictatorship; Head of State: Admiral Voarhiena Sinhanaku; Currency: Nirgali Mecc (not to be confused with Magalan Mec)

      Since 120, the Confederation had been exerting major influences in the Nirgal region. It didn't take more than a decade for all of eastern Nirgal to became affiliated with the Confederation. However, the Nirgali people of the west refused to submit to Chancellor Andrea and all of her successors afterwards. With around a dozen major settlements scattered from the Argyre coastline to the lumber-rich interior, West Nirgal have resisted many Confederate attempts at conquest. The free cities of West Nirgal denounces the occupation of their eastern counterparts, and frequently sent "volunteers" to aid in uprisings. However, the end of West Nirgal's self rule would not have came from the Confederation. Instead, several waves sea raiders, merchants and homesteaders from the Aonian desert would succeed where a military giant failed. At around 350, most of West Nirgali cities were conquered or bought over by the Aonians. Subsequently, a warlord by the name of Taahery subjugated all of the cities under a single regime. The current ruler, Voarhiena, was the consort of the late Taahery.

      Olympus Theocracy:

      Capital: Litchoro; Demonym: Olympian; Government: theocratic absolute monarchy; Head of State: Supreme Theocrat Jinru Hao; Currency: Syrtic Dinar, Olympian Drachma (obsolete)

      Standing at more than twenty kilometers (over twelve miles) tall, the Olympus Mons houses the central Tellusist Temple halfway up its cliffs. Beneath the mountain, a theocracy of the same name governs the peninsula in which in mountain sits. The Theocracy has little habitable land, with most mountainous steppes dedicated to rice paddies and grass-huts. The Theocracy requires mandatory attendance of prayers, and adherence to a faith other than Absolutist Tellusism are not tolerated. Therefore, the Theocracy claims a uniformly religious population. For any non-believers are punished in the Descend, where they are pushed off a kilometer-tall cliff and into a pit of jagged rock spikes. While the Olympians themselves resemble simple peasants, any knowledgeable Martians would instantly recognize them as the most fanatical zealots ever known.

      Commonwealth of Magala Valley

      Capital: Altapetal; Major Settlements: Xtljl (Chateliho), Palenique (near Aonia Desert, partial ancestor ruins), El Puente (built around an intact skybridge); Demonym: Magallan; Government: supranational union; Head of State: High King Nor'rengo; Currency: Magallan Mec

      Of all habitable lands, the Magala Valley sits on the lowest altitude. Multiple rivers, creeks and canals run through the lowlands, providing a hot, wet and rainforest like environment. Historically, this region was the first to be settled and contains numerous ancestor ruins, some of which are still present today, despite centuries of decay. The Magallan people living there are ultra-conservative, they clung tightly to their Comlang language and Old Earth Religions. Despite their unique religions, they were one of the earliest allies of the Theocracy. They operate on appeasement policies that resulted in their lack of external conflicts.

      However, the Magallan states themselves are at odds with each other. The Commonwealth today is the fourth of its kind, it is a decaying power with frequent emigrants.

      Hesperia Plain

      Seperated by steppes from the Aeolian Coasts, and mountain peaks from Hadriaca, the Hesperia plain is home to a surprisingly diverse population. To uneducated outsiders, they are viewed as "barbarians", just like nomads of the Far South. However, the Hesperians themselves reject this false labeling. Hesperian myth say that the proto-Hesperians were in-fact animal handlers from the Magala Valley. They became specialists in Tellus' crusade, but decided to desert partway and settled around the Aeolian Coasts. As such, they were finest animal handlers after the Darian War. Having domesticated not only herds of horses, cows, mamophants, but even trinoes and saberwolves. However, they were soon displaced from a plentiful coastal life by Elysian colonists. Without any united consensus, the Hesperians would migrate up the steppes. As a result of their new homeland's harsh climates, farming practices are now limited and most are forced to undergo seasonal migrations. Nevertheless, the free-spirited and animal-taming Hesperians are valued as beast trainers, messengers and mercenaries.


      Capital: Sovereign; Demonym: Tharsan; Government: unknown; Head of State: Unknown; Currency: unknown

      Since its funding, Tharsis is consistently known for its isolationism. Before Tharsis became the nation it is today, it was constantly under the mercy of foreign powers. Tharsis’ minerals, strategic location, and at the heart of it all, nearly intact structures built by the ancestors caused this region be conquered by Elysium, Syrtis, the Confederation, the Theocracy at its height and sometimes, all of them at once. It was 150 years ago when an chieftain rallied the locals, who was more than wary of constant strife they had to live with, to repel all foreigners and established the hermit kingdom known today. Nowadays, Tharsis presents inself an enigma. For few have set foot in the treacherous mountains, and even few returned to tell their stories. From those fortunate enough to make the round trip, they describe Tharsis as an alpine bulwark, guarded by towering peaks and merciless defenders wielding fire lances.

      Far South:

      Government: tribal chiefdoms; Currency: barter

      The far south has few civilizations, it is divided between scorching deserts and harsh polar winters, a consequence some speculated to be the ancestors’ incomplete transformation of the region. Nevertheless, the tundra and desert have their own residents, both human and animals. People up north refer to these area as the Sirenum Tundra, Malea Tundra and Cimmeria Desert, or simply, Sirenum, Malea and Cimmeria. Human living in those wilderness are generally less urbanized than their northern counterparts, they live in nomadic tribes, herd reindeer and frequently struggle just to survive from day-to-day.

      While human like the northerners, the southern nomads differ in ways of mentality, morality and worldview. Most families of the north can trace their lineage back to the Darian War, with some even claiming descent from Earth. Researchers found that nearly all southern folks follow their heritage back to roughly 100 years before the Darian War, with absolutely nothing beyond. As if somehow, all of the nomads spontaneously came into existence around the same time.

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      For all intents and purposes, the mighty tools of destruction once wielded by the ancestors are lost to the ages. Whether it be a blessing or a curse could be anyone’s guess; but one thing is for certain, wars are fought by the most basic weapons, blood and iron. Knowledgeable Martians know a couple of things about gunpowder; the are volatile, difficult to mix and its uses inconsistent between suicidal experiments and primitive fireworks. Several primitive gunpowder based weapons, such as the fire lance, the hand cannon and the rocket ballista are in irregular use, no military other than the Tharsan army field them en masse. Beside gunpowder, the most sophisticated weapons on Mars are devices such as crossbows and catapults. For most of the time, it would be the lords and ladies on their armored mounts, while their conscripted citizens marching alongside them with blades and shields.

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      Underground Organizations
      All organizations below are officially banned by a majority of Martian governments.

      • Keepers of the Red: A fanatical and outlawed cult dedicated to restoring Mars to its original state; that is, before the ancestors made it habitable.

      • Smugglers' Pact: As the name implies, the group harbors smugglers working to transport and distribute unauthorized goods such as intoxicants (ie. glit dust) and ancestor artifacts (ie. fullerene ingots).

      • The Bloodless: Executioners-for-hire, essentially a combination of assassins and headsmen. Frequently employed for the "removal" of important figures.

      • Order of Scarlet Chivalry: Bloodsport organizers that pits both human and animals in death fights, they are illegal in most nations but nevertheless attract many viewers and gamblers.

      • Necromancy League: Tomb-robbers that loot burial sites, sell minced up corpses to taverns and assume the identities of the deceased to cover their tracks. They are also prominent adventurers into ancestors' ruins, braving still active guardian drones in search of relics.

      • Speculum: Originally founded by the temple as occult educators, the Speculars were the original handlers of singers and the intermediary between seers and the general populace. However, the proper temple organization was disbanded and the same responsibilities were given to local authorities. What is left of the organization are now witch-hunting thugs; they brainwash people with chemical compounds, root out "singers" and perform muting surgeries on the suspected.

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      Legends told Mars as once barren, cold and covered in toxic red sand. It was the pure ingenuity of the ancestors, who transformed it into the visage of their home. Ancient texts suggested that Mars pulled its inhabitant less than Earth did, and the ancestors somehow made the pull stronger, though it remained weaker than their homeworld. Through the effect this pull, a concept the ancestor called "gravity", made Martians taller than their predecessors on Earth.

      The most densely inhabited areas are also ones covered in varying vegetation, such as towering cypresses of the Ares Vallis or resilient ferns in Charitum Montes. However, the far south is less livable, due to desolate deserts and frigid tundras. Martian fauna live beside humans in the wilderness; the most well known species include the five meter tall mamophant, the stone-skinned trino and the iguana, a common reptilian pet.

      The entire landmass is connected in a single continent, with the notable exception of Elysium, a north eastern island. Argyre and Hellas are the two largest freshwater bodies, both being fed from nearby glaciers and flow into rivers and eventually, the Great Northern Ocean (Borealis). The Borealis Ocean is a major transportation route for seafaring northern nations, they trade, steal and occasionally war on the high seas. To the far north lies the Arctics, snow covered polar-lands few ever wondered upon; they are also rumored to be the home of the ever enigmatic neon whales.

      Bestiary (open)

      • Iguanas (small pets and common reptile)
      • Red-striped pigeons (messenger birds)
      • Gracile horses (common personal mounts)
      • Mamophants (rare mounts, untamed species also exist)
      • Great oxen (farm animals)
      • Trinos (heavyweight herbivores)
      • Spirit bears (lone predators)
      • Sabrewolfs (social predators)
      • Maltese lions (exotic apex predators)
      • Malean tundra ape (highly intelligent)
      • Neon whales (legendary sea creature)

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      For a lack of better words, the term “magic” describes things uncertain to human. In many ways, the more advanced of the ancestors' relics are classified as such.

      The terms “mage” or “wizard/witch” is often misunderstood, misinterpreted and frequently shifted to suit one’s own definitions. A widely accepted classification originates from Chancellor's University in Confederation City. The university scholars theorized that less than 1% of all Martians have magical abilities. Amongst these rare people came two primary categories of magic; the seers and the singers.

      The seers are most common of all “mages”, and a recent study done by the University indicated that they may be as common as one in every one thousand Martians. While the specific abilities of each seer varies, they share a common trait; the capability of predicting future events. Some of the seers rely on weather signs, they immerse themselves in the wilds, paying close attention to the wind and clouds. As such, the seers noted above are frequently employed as meteorologists by wealthy patrons. There are others who are capable of reading minds, or at least, capable of deciphering human thoughts based on observable signs. The above group often find employment amongst city guards, gambling pits and sometimes, con artists. A less common kind can sense minerals and other hidden objects, they claimed to be able to see in a way that normal people cannot. Not matter what they are, the University tend to classify seers, like the singers, into three categories. Most of these mages fell in the novice category, the more gifted and trained are the adepts, and in the extreme rare cases, the masters. Becoming a master-seer requires an extremely unnatural gift and decade long training. To many, mastery in seeing the future means paying steep prices. The individuals with one sense so strong that they lose another altogether; as in the case of some eagle-eyed seers, their hearing was lost completely due to their focus on their vision.

      Unlike the seers, the singers do not enjoy public acceptance. Frequently, the singers’ abilities are extremely peculiar and capable of extreme destruction, should left unchecked. While difficult to pin down an exact estimate on their numbers, the University noted that there are less than one singer amongst ten thousand average human. Hundreds of years ago, singers are rumored to be just as frequent as the seers. However, a public distrust paired with the Temple’s policy caused quick extinction of many singer lineages. Indeed, fear of a singer’s power is very justifiable; for one with the mastery of their “songs” can literally crack rocks with a deathly tone. The singers are capable of changing the environment, be it metal, water or wood, with usual sounds emitted from their throats. The closest comparison would be a high-pitched opera performer shattering glass with their high notes. However, the singers are capable of much more. One particularly infamous singer of Sirenum claimed to have created an canyon out of a granite mountain by shouting at it repeatedly, though this record was never proven because that individual went mute from singing in such an unnatural tone. Currently, the three-tiered classification applies to singers; though in reality, one cannot find a legal master-singer in most civilized areas of Mars. Most of the singers today are trained to undertake heavy labor such as mining, woodcutting and canal building. It is important to note that only adept and novice singers are treated as citizens in most nations, where master-singers are viewed as dangerous and are either executed on sight or rendered surgically mute.

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      Continental Creole is widespread in the forms of many dialects, therefore, the standard Confederate variant serves as the lingua franca between varying cultures. Continental Creole itself descends from several old Earth languages. Quikscript is the standard writing system, but different writers may modify it to better suit their dialects.

      Other than the Creole dialects, Comlang is the second most spoken language. It is older and descends from different origins than Continental Creole; it is often deemed as archaic. What remained of the language can be found in the Nirgal Valley, Amazonis Coast, Hesperia Plain and Magallan Valley. Out of all areas above, Creole is rapidly gaining popularity, only the Magallan Valley people still preserve Comlang and resist Creole.

      Before the fall of Earth, many ancestors spoke a language called English. Earth English is all but extinct; the current legacy lies in Neo-Anglic, the liturgical text of most Martian religions. In addition, Elysian Creole is written in the Latin alphabet instead of Quikscript.

      Literacy is inconsistent across the world. In general, education is closely related to wealth. The upper class, religious personnel and successful merchants are the most likely candidates to read and write. For the common people, illiteracy is present. The less fortunate villages often have thousands of peasants unfamiliar with Quikscript; while in the richer cities, even the most lowly citizens can write basic sentences, thanks to reading sessions hosted by the Temple.
      Linguistic Phylogeny (open)

      Languages highlighted in red are written with the Roman alphabet instead of Quikscript.

      • Old Earth languages
        • English (Gregorian age lingua franca)
          • Neo-Anglic
            • Temple Anglic (liturgical text)
            • Elysian Anglic
            • Anglic-Comlang Mix
            • Sirenium-Malean
        • Martian Pidgins
          • Comlang
            • Aonian-Hesperian
              • Aonian
              • Hesperian
            • Nirgal-Argyre
              • Nirgali
              • Argyrian
              • Mariner
            • Magalan
              • Valley
              • Amazonian
          • Unionist Creole
            • Elysian Creole
              • Aeolian
              • Nuclear Elysian
            • Continental Creole
              • Olympic
                • Nuclear Olympic (lingua franca before year 100)
                • Arcadian
                • Tharsan
                • Insular
              • Naochian
                • Confederate standard (current lingua franca; other Naochian dialects were assimilated into the Confederate standard)
              • Syrtic
                • Central
                • Cydonian
                • Isidis
              • Hellese
                • Northern
                • Eastern
                • Mountaineer

      OOC Information (open)

      In IC posts, Creole would be written as English, Neo-Anglic as Latin and Comlang as Greek.

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      The current time period is known as the Darian age, named after the calendar in which years and months are tracked on Mars. The first Darian year started with the fall of Earth and migration of the last ancestors to Mars. Before the Darian age was the Gregorian age, termed after Earth's calendar.

      With the Darian calendar, 1 Martian year equals to 1.88 Earth years, while each year is divided into 24 months of 27 or 28 days, and each day is about 30 minutes longer than Earth days. Weeks are the same; 4 weeks of 7 days in each month. Hours and minutes are also tracked in the same manner as Earth.

      Seasons are present as well, they are of the same rotation as Earth. However, seasons are of different lengths, depending on locations relative to the equator. For the northern hemisphere, springs are one-third of the entire, summer and fall both occupy one-quarter of the year and winter only present for one-sixth of all months. The southern hemisphere has a reverse arrangement of spring/fall and summer/winter. Due to the ancestors' transformations, temperature and weather in most inhabited areas resemble the records of Earth. There are also exceptions to this, the far south and the arctic are incompletely transformed and suffer from climatic extremes.

      Months and Seasons
      The northern hemisphere:

      • Spring: Capriconus, Makara, Aquarius, Kumbha, Pisces, Mina, Aries, Mesha
      • Summer: Taurus, Rishabha, Gemini, Mithuna, Cancer, Karka
      • Fall: Leo, Simha, Virgo, Kanya, Libra, Tula
      • Winter: Scorpius, Vrishika, Sagittarius, Dhanus

      Holidays and Festivals
      • New Year: Sagittarius 1st
      • Treaty Day (end of the Darian War): Capriconus 15th
      • Disarmament Commemoration: Aquarius 2nd
      • Recovery: Kumbha 10th
      • Veneration Week: 2nd week of Mina
      • Apotheosis of Saints: Rishabha 4th
      • Fall of Earth: Mithuna 6th
      • Refugee Remembrance: Leo 21st
      • Workspeople Day: Virgo 12th
      • Gratitude Feast: Libra 24th
      • Oracle Day (absolutist nations)/Martyr Day (refutist nations and Magala Valley)/Resistance Day (Elysium and Aeolian coast): Scorpius 18th
      • Last Call: Vrishika 26th

      OOC Information (open)

      Please refer to this page for the Darian calendar.

      *NOTE: Your character’s age is tracked by Darian years.

      This link has info on Martian seasons.

    • OOC Information (open)



      • Central band (orange/D, red/E): tropical climates, over 15°C/60°F year round and up to 35°C/95°F in summer.
      • Inner band (yellow/C): temperate climates, temperatures varies from anywhere between -10°C/15°F to 30°C/85°F
      • Outer band (green/B): tundra climates, temperatures can be as low as -30°C/-20°F in winter and high as 20°C/70°F in summer.
      • Peripheral: (cyan/A): polar climates, no continuous records exists, but rumors have it that it can be colder than -50°C/-60°F.
      • High altitudes (brown/H): only Olympus, Elysium Mountain and several Tharsan peaks are in this category, they are similar to the temperate zone (second band/yellow/B), but with lower maximum temperature.

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      Agriculture forms the backbone of most national economies. This is especially true for the states, near, but not directly, on the equator. Land owners hire workers to farm on their lands, and the workers operate field plows, animal pens and mills. Some of the mostly frequently cultured plants are rice, barley, beans and cabbage. While for the animal farmers, cows, pigs, chickens and sheep dominated the fields. It is common for countries with large, arable lands, such as the Confederation realms and Nirgal, to have social structures tightly bound to land ownership.

      For nations with less arable terrains, agriculture tends to take a backseat to other activities. For nations on the Borealis coast, the Northern Ocean can be a great source of wealth. States such as Syrtis have well developed fisheries and shipyards. Indeed, the sea is the most frequent source of transportation. As such, they are also most often fought between competing powers. Beside the well established naval powers resides the privateers, pirates and private contractors looking to make coins on the high tides.

      Lastly, the countries caught between the fertile equator and well-traveled coasts rely on alternative economic activities. Those situated on rivers and canals, such as Dao, take full advantage of their locations and build bustling market places for trade. While others, such as the mountainous Tharsis, rely on their rich deposits of minerals for mining and craftworks. These areas are either harder to reach, difficult to live in, or sometimes, both. Though exception certainly exists, most of these nations are less prominent on the continental stage, owing to their smaller population and territories.

      But no matter where an individual resides in, he or she will always have different needs to be addressed. Currency is a common occurrence in every place humans live; perhaps not in the furthest of the Sirenish south. Nevertheless, currencies enable exchanges of goods between people, organizations and nations. On the northern and eastern coasts of Hellas, and the Canal joining it with the Borealis ocean, the Daonese Pound is almost universally accepted. The Equatorian Mark is the official currency of the Confederation and also accepted between Argyre and western Hellas. On the northern coast, the Syrtic Dinar and Elysian Rupee are common between traders.

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      Transportation (open)

      For an average Martian human, there are few reasons to travel beyond the border of their settlement. Therefore, walking is by far the most common mode of travel. When traveling with large amounts goods, human powered vehicles such as push-carts and rickshaws are employed. The simplest roads that frequent most rural regions are simply dirt trails cleared of vegetation and other obstructions.

      Those with enough wealth and motivations to travel longer distances use breeds of gracile horses for faster speed. The swiftest of all gracile horses are sleek and have deep reserve of stamina, allowing for hour-long continuously sprinting. In addition, horse drawn carts, some with multiple mares pulling, are for ferrying wealth individuals, parties or goods. While back-country riders train their animals for all terrains, the average rider prefer stone, wood or gravel paved roads (and milestones to assist navigation).

      Beyond horses, oxen, mamophants and even trinos can be saddled. Bovines lack the speed of horses but make up for it with endurance, making better suited for goods instead of people. Mamophants are rare but can carry a small parties or dozens of barrels on their backs. Just like horses, exotic animals face tolls when traveling on paved roads. But due to their heavier impact, bulls and mamophants pay a premium at checkpoints.

      In the far south, paved roads do not exist for its inhabitants. Instead, frequently traveled routes are marked by noticeable wear on the ground. The nomads that call the tundras home might ride horses like their northern counterparts. However, some reindeer herders have abandoned their stallions altogether; favoring either sleds pulled by hearty dogs or deers, or even mount the deers themselves. The motivation for utilizing "exotic" mounts came from purely practical reasons; though deers and dogs lacked horses' grace, they are one of the few animals capable of surviving those unforgiving winters.

      Fables tell of wondrous inventions used by the ancestors to move around. There were supposedly the multilayer "skybridge", commuted by floating machines that were the equivalent of a thousand horses. A few surviving skybridges still exist today; one intact skybridge is used in the Magala Valley and another lies in ruins in western Confederation.

      On the seas, boats are either powered by rowing, sails or both. The smaller vessels are paddled; these include, but not limited to canoes, skiffs and gondolas. The smaller vessels are used in shallow lakes, near coastal areas and narrow rivers. These boats are easy to build, affordable and can be operated by a crew of one, making it essential for fishers and ferrymen.

      Some of the medium sized vessels are dhows, outrigger canoes, sloops and cutters. They can be rigged with compact sails while still remain practical to be rolled by a limited crew. These vessels have decent amount of space to support living on-board and survive mild waves off-shore. Athe the same time, they can still negotiate most rivers and reefs. Therefore, the medium vessels are the most popular compromise between cost, size, capacity and seaworthiness.

      For the richest folks, perhaps those belonging to a formidable organization, large sailboats are the only solution to extended sailing. Junks, barques and brigs can support a large crew, passengers and all of their supplies for weeks in the open sea. Most operators of larger ships are docked in the Borealis coast or the Hellas inner sea. One issue with large sail ships are rivers; forcing captains to use canals (ancestor built ones such as the Hellas-Borealis canal or contemporary ones such the Argyre canal).

      Resources (open)


      • Glit Dust: A shiny, golden-pink mixture of herbal hallucinogens, rare spices and potentially toxic minerals. When sniffed through the nose, effects can include; prolonged euphoria, feeling of invincibility, erectile boost, complete loss of senses and in overdose cases, death. The Glit Dust formula is banned by all Martian governments, where large manufacturing and distribution operations could lead to capital punishment. However, few individuals, mostly the smuggler's guild's associates, retain the monopoly of the highly addictive substance.
      • Kafta leaves: A difficult-to-cultivate plant known for its chewable leaves. The Kafta was rumored to be a fusion of multiple Earth plants, designed to produce the ultimate hybrid drug. Surprisingly, standard Glit Dust formula does not employ Kafta, for the mixture would be 100% toxic. Therefore, Kafta leaves are often bundled with each other and retailed for effects like mild euphoria, sensory stimulation and blocking pain and hunger. Roughly half Martian nations outlaw Kafta plants while others monitor it as a controlled substance.
      • Sparkler: Red, lotus-like water plant, the sparkler can only be grown in humid fresh water ponds. The drug known as sparkjuice is extracted annually from maturing plant's flowers. The thick liquid is often diluted to increase serving quantity and reduce harmful side effects. When drank or injected into blood veins, the sparkjuice temporarily boosts the user's energy and heighten senses. The Magala valley produces more than half of all sparkler plants, where they are typically exported to foreign authorities and distributed in a controlled manner to seers and singers for performance enhancement.
      • Sakau: Sakau plants are prized for their roots, an ingredient that can be extracted into either fluid or powder as alternative to traditional alcohol. The Sakau plant is much easier to grow and harvest when compared to Kafta or Sparkler. The drugs made from Sakau have sedative, anesthetic and amnesic properties. Sakau are rarely banned by authorities but many governments and local organizations extract heavy taxes from Sakau sales.

      Light armor/weapon materials:

      • Simple: dog/cat/rat leather, pigeon/sparrow feather, iguana scale, slink, softwood
      • Regular: ox/deer/goat/boar/bear leathers, hawk/vulture feather, bass scale, hardwood, anthropoid exoskeleton (chitin)
      • Rare: trino/mamophant leather, mamophant ivory, shark/alligator scale, ironwood, turtle shell
      • Supreme: Liquidgel, neon whale skin

      Heavy armor/weapon materials:

      • Simple: iron, copper, bronze, tin
      • Regular: steel, nickel, cobalt, aluminum, brass
      • Rare: silver, lead, tungsten, nakhlite, shergottites, Mirrorfall glass
      • Supreme: fullerene, titanium

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      At the current age, there are very few intact ancestor ruins across the continent. Most of these ruins were looted or decayed in the last 359 years. What remained of the ruins are primarily located in the less urbanized areas.

      When exploring, many of these ruins contain guardian drones. They are advanced automatons powered by incomprehensible technology and still possess deadly lethality after three centuries. Experienced explorers noted that nearly all drones were in dormant state until intruders tripped some kind of alarm. Even then, drones still maintain semi-linear patrol patterns dictated by a logical-automate somewhere in the ruin.

      • Pygmy: A small flying device powered by four rotors, rarely has weapons attached but equipped with a mechanical eye.
      • Vulture: A human-height and carriage-length flying machine, powered by a single, large rotor on top and equipped with heavy weaponry on its stubby wings.
      • Enforcer: Encased in titanium armor, the enforcer moves on four mechanical legs and is similar in weight and size to a common bull; often has a weapon mounted in front or on top.
      • Outrider: Roughly the size of a shepherd dog, the outrider is either fitted with wheels or tracks; some variants are solely built with mechanical arms while others carry rapid-fire projectile launchers.

      OOC Information (open)

      Most technologies are on par with 14th century Earth. Though some old, more advanced items survived and exist.

      Example technologies anachronous to the 14th century but exists in-universe.

      • Buttons
      • Glasses
      • Matches
      • Thermoscopes
      • Primitive mechanical clocks
      • Newspapers and limited printing press
      • Low powered telescopes
      • Relatively detailed mapping of the equator and surrounding areas

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    • Please note that all mechanics are supplemental to the story-telling by yielding risks and minimizing disagreements between players. The stats should reflect your character's experiences, as such, please match the mechanical elements to your character's actions, and don't exploit mechanics just for the sake of "winning"

      With that said, you will find the mechanics to be bare-bone descriptions of certain chance ventures. They will only tell you the rough outcome, what happens between your choice and the result is up to your own imaginations.

    • Fighting in game will be realism-centered, battles will be quick and dirty, any encounter could be a risky venture. Generally speaking, there will not be HP or stamina meters in game. Your character will be notified of your general health status, which is either healthy, slightly injured, heavily injured or incapacitated. For the sake of character consistency, you won’t die very easily, however, accumulating injuries will still be lethal. Injuries are divided between light and heavy. Light injuries won’t affect your stats, but it is an indicator of danger and can potentially turn into heavy injuries. Depending on the type of heavy injuries, you will suffer stats and skill penalties until the injuries are healed.

      Each battle will start with a perception check, this will pit the entire group’s knowledge skills, current positioning and their noise signatures against that of their enemies. It is a simple number comparison, whoever has the better score will get the first hit (or move). We will also take in note of the characters’ current actions into account. For example, having your weapon drawn will make you less likely to be caught off-guard than walking around unarmed.

      Once the element of surprise is gone, the real fight starts. The GMs will start off the battle with a description of all visible elements on the battlefield; obstacles, covers, concealment, weapons of opportunity and enemies themselves. The players will choose their actions from the combat move list and roll a ten-sided dice (generate a number from one to ten), twice, for attack and defense. You have the option of letting the GM roll the dice for you or do it yourself. The dice roll will determine if the attack or defense end favorably for you. Your stats and equipment will set your attack/defense score, while your enemy has pre-determined scores. The higher of scores will have better chance with their number generation (see combat system tab). Remember, you’re not playing to “win”. Generate your number once and go with it. If you continuously roll favorable numbers on unfavorable situations, there will be consequences.

      The battle will end once all enemies are defeated/retreated or all players are. At this stage, you can start healing and scavenging without danger. All injuries will persist until treated.

    • *NOTE: The initiative system is only relevant if all involved parties decide to attack in the same round; it would decide whose attack connects first (should they all succeed).

      After the group-wide perception check, each individual player would need to roll their own initiative against their foe(s); which would then determine the order of moves in combat. In essence, your knowledge of the environment will be pitted against that of the enemy, with whoever having the extra would gain the difference as bonus. This bonus would then modify a standard D10, 50% dice roll for initiative; with the winner of the roll going first. After that, the combat order between the said individuals would remain the same, unless one many things below happen.

      Let's suppose there's two people duking it out, A vs. B. A beats B in the perception roll, and it would start with A-B until...

      • If A and B's 4 meters apart, B has a spear (effective range 4 meters) and A has a dagger (2m), B gets the initiative due to A having to close in.
      • Another combatant (C) joins the fray, they (C) would have the element of surprise and gets precedence over the other two. So now, the order is C-A-B.
      • But, if the outnumbered fighter decides to shift his attention to the new entrant, the new guy would be last. At the same time, because the outnumbered person gets distracted, his original opponent would be first, shifting him into second. The order is now B-A-C
      • A successful dodge or block would shift the initiate to the defender, if they are not already in lead. So going back to our original scenario, suppose B pulls a good dodge on A, the order would change to B-A.
      • When injuries occur between the fighters, whoever was more injured (heavy vs light) (light vs none) loses their initiative. Ok, so back in the original scene, B puts a heavy injury on A but A only inflicted a light injury on B, A is more injured than B, which makes the order B-A.
      • When you spot an unengaged target and relay the information to your teammate, who then attacks the spotted enemy. In this case, having a forewarning would allow the attacker, who's acting on friendly "intel", to have the initiative. Think of it like this, D and E are on the same side, both unengaged. E spots a hostile, F, and tells D about it. When D turns and starts to battle F, D would go first because of spotting.
      • Lastly, a successful taunt gives the taunter the initiative. Likewise, attacking an intimidated foe also gets you the initiative.

    • When no relevant scores are present, all maneuvers will have 50% chance of ending favorably or unfavorably. The default number generator is a ten (1 to 10) sided die, and each score bonus is subtracted from the default threshold of 5; you must roll above the threshold to make the encounter in your favor. Rolling a 10 or 1 will result in a critical hit, with 10 being positive and 1 something negative.

      • Attack score: (attacking weapon skill + strength + weapon quality - enemy defense score)*A roll of 1 means you will be disarmed (melee) or suffer a misfire (ranged); rolling 10 will make the same things happen to your target.

      • Block/defense score: (blocking weapon skill + reflex + weapon quality - enemy attack score) *Criticals work the same way as attack.

      • Dodge score: (mobility skill + reflex + distance (1 point every 15 meters) - enemy attack score) Dice roll of 10 leaves the attacker confused, roll of 1 means you would be knocked down.

      • Cover score: (concealment + knowledge of environment + distance (1 point every 15 meters) - enemy attack score). Succeeding the concealment roll will cause attackers to disengage. No critical present.


      • Hand to hand and dagger attacks can only be done when enemy is with 2 meters
      • One handed weapons, blunt weapons and shield bashes have 3m effective range
      • Polearms and two handed weapons can be used up to 4 meters away.
      • Bows and crossbows can be used at any distance, however, every 20 meters will add 1 point to enemy’s defense score.
      • Certain weapons can be thrown up to 50 meters, every 15 meters will add 1 point to enemy's defense score.

      Special properties:

      • When unarmed, only hand-to-hand attacks can be blocked.
      • Daggers, one-handed blades and blunt weapons can be paired with a shield or parrying dagger in the off-hand.
      • Two handed weapons can hit multiple targets in one swing.
      • Polearms/crossbows can pierce through the intended target and hit another aligned target.
      • Two handed weapons and polearms can block against two aggressors.
      • Only shields can block against unlimited amount of attacks, and only they can block missiles.
      • Axes can decapitate enemies during executions, enemies witnessing decapitation might panic.
      • Blunt weapons ignore armor in injury calculations.

      Move list:

      • Walk (move up to 5m each turn, can attack/block while walking.)
      • Sprint (move up to 10m each turn, cannot attack/block while running.)
      • Block (shields receive one extra defense point when blocking)
      • Cover (move into cover within 5m)
      • Dodge (rapidly move in a direction up to 5m each turn)
      • Takedown (knocks down enemy, no damage)
      • Grab (disarms enemy, no damage)
      • Punch
      • Kick (available even with broken arms, not affected by any stats/skills)
      • Bash
      • Stab (sharp tipped weapons, potential for impalement)
      • Slash (sharp bladed weapons, potential for laceration)
      • Half bow draw (can fire twice each round, no attack bonus applied)
      • Full bow draw
      • Fire crossbow
      • Throw weapon (dagger, one handed axe and polearm only)
      Communication: (can be paired with other actions)
      • Spot (reveal hidden enemies to allies)
      • Taunt (causes the closest, unengaged enemy to attack you. Lowers the target's attack/defense bonus by your speech skill)
      • Intimidate (each point in speech gives 30% chance of target disengaging)
      • Execute (target must be knocked down, instant kill if successful)
      • Recover (regain weapon after disarm or stand back up when knocked down)
      • Move unconscious allies (move up to 5m each turn, cannot attack/block while defending)
      • Set/defuse trap
      • Interact (certain objects require knowledge check for usage)
      • First aid
      • Charge (attack a target triple your weapon's range, requiring 3 points in both mobility and weapon skill, 2 rounds recharge time)
      • Restrain (target will be available for interrogation, requiring 3 points in hand-to-hand, greater strength then enemy and bindings)
      • Feint (50% chance for target to disengage, requires 3 points in concealment)

    • When approaching a target unready for combat, a stealth kill can be performed. Stealth kill is a silent attack that instantly neutralizes the target upon success, without immediately alerting nearby NPCs. Stealth kill can be made with a limited types of weapons; daggers (melee and throw), bows, crossbows and neck-snap with bare hands. Stealth killing when unarmed is less effective than a weapon based attack.

      Instead of dice rolling, killing unaware targets are simply processed by two skill checks. A sneak check is made based on a combination of mobility and concealment skills. A damage check is made based on a combination of weapon tier and its corresponding skill. Should any of the two checks fail, the target will be notified of the attempt and will either enter combat or flee.

      Enemies are classified by their awareness score, this the score that both checks must exceed.

      • Oblivious: 2
      • Relaxed: 3
      • Alert: 4

      *NOTE: Bows and crossbows suffer 1 damage check point reduction with every 20 meters, throwing weapons at every 15 meters.

      Certain areas are laced with hidden traps. In order to defuse the traps, infiltration skill must be invested in. Traps are rated between 3 tiers, each tier requires the same amount of infiltration point to defuse.

      • Tier 1: Immobilizes target for 1 round
      • Tier 2: Breaks target's leg
      • Tier 3: Amputation (instant combat ineffectiveness and permanent mobility loss)

      Traps can also be purchased or crafted by players, where crafting in governed by the infiltration skill.

    • If your defense fails, you will take injury. Injury will be also be a dice roll, with a favorable outcome incurring light injury and unfavorable outcome becoming heavy injury. If two light injuries are sustained without being healed, they will turn into one heavy injury. Once there are more heavy injuries than endurance points, you are dead.

      In addition, rolling a 1 would signify a negative critical, a 10 would be the opposite as a positive critical. A positive critical means no injury of any type can be added, contrary to this, the negative critical consequences are listed beside the regular injury effects. Using armor can alter the occurrences. Having no armor equipped means only negative criticals can be achieved, equipping light armor will enable positive criticals and heavy armor removes negative criticals.

      • Injury score: (armor quality + endurance - enemy attack score)

      Healing injuries:

      You must have medical supplies, either purchased from vendors or acquired in the world, to heal your or others' wounds. Medical supplies are divided in units of sets, and each set is consumed when first aid is performed. Healing while in safety is guaranteed to be successful, while attempting to address your wounds in battle is a chancy action.

      Heavy injuries costs two sets of medical supplies to be healed, and cannot be healed without any points spent in the medicine skill. Alternatively, characters can seek medical attention at qualified surgeons in populated areas, for a cost. Having 2 points spent in the medicine category will allow for better success when healing in battle, and 3 points invested allows you to heal light injuries for free and heavy injuries at the cost of 1 set of supplies.

      • Combat first aid: 50% chance of success with less than 2 medicine points, 100% chance of success with 2 or more medicine points.

      *Note: Only 1 heavy/light injury can be healed each round. Unless 3 points are invested in medicine, in which case, 2 injuries can be healed in the same round.

      Heavy injury: If a heavy injury if obtained during combat, a five-sided dice roll will be made to determine the injury type.

      • 1: Broken arm (attack and blocking bonus no longer applies) (critical: cannot attack or block at all)
      • 2: Broken leg (dodge and cover bonus no longer applies, cannot run) (critical: cannot move or kick at all)
      • 3: Torso damage (injury bonus no longer applies) (critical: attack and defense bonus also zeroes out)
      • 4: Sundered (blocking weapon degrades by 1, if not blocking, armor degrades) (critical: equipment is instantly destroyed)
      • 5: [BCOLOR=#800000]Excessive laceration[/BCOLOR] (causes bleeding, from slashes) (critical: bleeds twice as fast) OR [BCOLOR=#003300]Concussion[/BCOLOR] (50% chance of falling unconscious each round, from bashes) (critical: instantly unconscious) OR [BCOLOR=#003366]Impalement[/BCOLOR] (reduces bonus scores, from stabs, arrows or bolts) (critical: additional bleed effect)

      Status effects:

      • [BCOLOR=#800000]Bleeding[/BCOLOR] (death if not bandaged for more rounds than endurance points, from excessive laceration)
      • [BCOLOR=#003300]Unconscious[/BCOLOR] (knocked out for rest of the battle, from concussions)
      • [BCOLOR=#003366]Impaled[/BCOLOR] (each impaled object reduces attack/defense bonus by 1, from critical stabs or arrow hits)
      • Confused (cannot attack target next round, from critically successful dodges)
      • Disarmed (currently equipped weapon will be dropped, from critically failed melee attacks)
      • Knocked down (vulnerable to execution and cannot attack from critical blunt/hand-to-hand hits and critical dodge failures)
      • Burning (death if not extinguished for more rounds than endurance points, from fire based weapons and environment)
      • Poisoned (chronic health deterioration, from poisoned weapon hits)
      • Panic (you cannot do anything beside running away, applies once three or more above statuses are present)
      • Misfire (your bow or crossbow is unusable, from critically failed ranged attacks)

    • You can purchase and sells items such as weapons, outfits, food or medical supplies at an inhabited area. You can also purchases services such as healing, repairs and training in such area. The stats of charisma and the skill of trade will affect the availability and pricing of goods/services. The GMs will specify the available vendors in each area, feel free to interact with them on your own accord, no dice roll will be required unless you’re committed to spending your money.

      • Buying price formula: Each point in trade will result in 10% discount off normal purchasing price. Additionally, each point in charisma will have 20% chance of obtaining the item for free.

      • Selling price formula: Default selling price is 50% of the standard value. Each point in trade will gain 25% extra of standard value. Each point in charisma will have 20% chance of tripling your selling price.

      Characters can train their skills in two ways; hands-on experience with a trainer or self-teaching through a skill book. Hands-on training guarantees success but costs significantly more and occupies time, which could lead to missed adventures. Training books can be read during spare times of adventuring journeys, they are also cheaper and requires a dice roll to determine success. Higher level training require certain tasks to be completed during adventures (ex. defeating enemies with daggers to upgrade dagger skill), self-teaching dice roll is still required after finishing the tasks, however, intelligence points will make the tasks easier.

      • Self-teaching skills books requires at least 1 point in literacy to be used, the default success rate at 1 literacy point is 20%, with additional 20% added by each literacy and/or intelligence point.

      *NOTE: Different areas have different currencies in use, you might need to pay for exchanges when trading in a new area.

      *NOTE: A pricing list for basic items and services is provided at the bottom of this post.

    • All items available for purchasing are also available to steal. The infiltration skill is useful in determining the chance of bypassing security measures such as locks, the concealment skill will determine the amount of attention you draw and the smuggling skill will determine if you can keep and sell your stolen goods without alerting authorities. The reflex stats and movement skills might also come in handy, should you need to take off from pursuing parties.

      Attacking unprovoked persons in a populated settlement also register as criminal activity.

      • The default chance of a successful steal will be 0%, each point in infiltration will add 30% to your dice roll. Stealing a concealable item will add 20% bonus while an over-sized item subtracts 20%. Exotic goods are fortified against thievery, giving them -30% penalty.

      If your failed to steal an item, the owner will notice and alert the authority. At this stage, a number will be generated to determine whether or not you made a successful evasion.

      • Formula: default chance of evasion is 0%, each point in concealment will add 20% chance of success.

      Should your evasion check fail, you must choose to either fight, return the item and pay a fine equivalent to its value or serve a sentence in jail.

      *NOTE: You cannot sell stolen goods back to their original vendor.

    • Having the proper kit is the key between life and death. And as such, players will be given time in the beginning of each chapter to shop for their desired items in populated areas. Every character will have a monetary pool they keep track of, which can be used to purchase new equipments or repair and upgrade existing ones.

      Both armors and weapons have a standard 3 tier system (tier 4 equipment are rare and will be specially mentioned), with each tier providing 1 extra point to attack or defense scores. However, both weapons and armors degrade after each battle. A dice will be rolled after each battle, and if not passed, reduces the item's tier by 1. When this number is reduced below zero, that particular item is destroyed.

      • Degradation formula: The default chance is 0%, if that piece was never hit in combat. However, each time it connects against the enemy, the chance goes up by 10%.

      Players can purchase repair kits from merchants or pay for repair services. Self repair with repair kits is cheaper than repair services; however, to repair a weapon/armor of certain tier, the same crafting skill level must be achieved.

      Equipments can also be upgraded, either through upgrade materials or NPC services in similar fashion to repairs. Upgrade will boost the items tier and can only be done on pristine equipment.

      Just like in real life, it would not be practical to carry more equipment than needed. For the ease of calculation, equipment in-game will be divided into three categories of weight. Daggers/brass knuckles/ammunition have negligible weight, therefore excluded in terms of encumbrance. Two handed weapons, heavy armor sets, bows and crossbows contribute 2 encumbrance points. While all other gears (one handed weapons, light armor, shields etc.) add 1 encumbrance point. When total encumbrance points exceeds 5, every extra weight point will reduce both strength and reflex by 1.

      Enemy equipment can also be equipped. However, gears of defeated enemies will be damaged.

      *NOTE: Scavenged armor only have 50% chance of fitting.


    Character Sheet (open)

    *NOTE: One character per user to start with, let the GMs know if you want more, please only request more characters when you finished making your current one.

    • Name:
      (in Darian years, see timekeeping tab under world information)
      (non anime/cartoon image optional, written description mandatory)
      Non point based skills:

    • *NOTE: Point limits here are only for character creation; they will be raised as the game progresses.

      Stats: (8 points default, 1 point gained when completing a chapter)

      Strength: (affects offense) /5
      Reflex: (affects defense) /5
      Endurance: (affects survivability) /5
      Intelligence: (affects training) /3
      Charisma: (affects trade) /3

      Skills: (10 points default, points gained from training)

      • Mobility /3
      • Armor crafting /3
      • Weapon crafting /3
      • Medicine /3
      • Natural /2
      • Social /2
      • Speech /2
      • Literacy (0 = illiterate) /2
      • Trade /3
      • Concealment /3
      • Infiltration /3
      Ranged weapons:
      • Crossbow /3
      • Bow and arrow /3
      Melee weapons:
      • One-handed sword/axe /3
      • Dagger /3
      • Shield /3
      • Two-handed sword/axe /3
      • Polearm /3
      • Blunt weapon /3
      • Hand to hand /3
      • Exotic weapons /2

    • *NOTE: Valid reason must be provided for weapon/armor ownership AND/OR carrying more than 100 units of currency.

      Mechanic-affecting items: (weapon and armor must have tier rating, /3)
      • Weapon:
      • Armor:
      • Supplies:
      • Cash:

      Fashion items:
      • Outfit:
      • Bags/packs/pouches:
      • Jewelry:
      • Miscellaneous:

    • *NOTE: If your character is one or more of the following, please PM me the details before submitting.

      • Aristocrat
      • Extremely wealthy (owning more than 1000 units of any currency(s))
      • Experience with gunpowder
      • Major political figure
      • High ranking religious personnel
      • Prominent scholar
      • Professional military
      • Professional criminal (including assassins)
      • Child (less than 8 Darian years old)
      • Senior (more than 32 Darian years old)
      • Related to NPC

    Roster (open)

    Recruitment status: stage 2/3
    6/10 players accepted

    Active Characters

    Inactive Characters

    These character(s) are fully adoptable. New players can adopt from the following as an alternative to creating from scratch.

    Deceased Characters

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    #2 Glaciercold, Mar 9, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2015
  3. Hello, all, 'tis I, O|NoSoul. I will be your Co-GM for this adventure.

    In addition to voting, you can feel free to post about how interested you are in this game.
  4. Bookmarking this page! I want to see how other character sheets turn out first. Also, would there be any way there could be an example of how combat would work? I've played plenty of table tops but I'm still having a hard time imagining how to put your wonderful system into writing.
  5. Thanks for your interest. We'll be posting sample character sheets and combat scenarios in a few days, for now, we're just gathering potential players.
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  6. This greatly interests me. I love low-fantasy adventures, and I especially love how in-depth it is.
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  7. Such detail!! Holy cow!!


    Consider me interested.
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  8. Ooh... can I reserve a spot?
  9. Interested. Character is coming soon.
  10. Awesome, thanks for the interest everybody. If you haven't voted, make sure that you do. @O|NoSoul and I will get things rolling once we have 10 interested votes.
  11. What's the central plot here?

    Your intro said our characters will be 'caught in the middle'. How will randomly generated characters of varied backgrounds from all over Mars be brought together?

    I hope you don't mind me asking.
  12. More of the plot will be revealed as the story progresses, for now, the prologue might be a little simple, but that's just to test the water and see if people will stick with us. By "caught in the middle", I meant that all of us will be at the same location at the same time. As I've hinted in the intro, a crisis is about to happen, and our characters will have limited options and will be forced to work together in order to keep themselves alive.

    Let me know if you have any other concerns.
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  13. I'm interested, but I honestly have never done anything to do with dice because I don't understand it. Is that a big issue? >_>;
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  14. Not an issue at all. I will post a dice tutorial soon. If enough people are against the mechanics, we might just scrap it altogether.
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  15. I do not mind the removal of the mechanic if you think it will be too much for the GMs to juggle, along with possibly overcomplicating the story. I won't be crying if it's gone, but I do appreciate the work that has already been put forth to make them workable :)
  16. Thanks for the input. Looking to start a poll on mechanics but seems like the current poll can't be changed.

    Might as well ask it here, what's everyone else' opinions on mechanics?
    @GoodEveningClarice @Heyitsjiwon @WarriorHeart @SereneDeity @O|NoSoul
  17. I neither love nor hate mechanics. I've played tabletop once before but this system is supposed to be streamlined and simple. I suggested the Song of Swords(not the mobile game) mechanics but that'd be worse for people like me who are used to free-writing combat. Adhering to a system cuts out the middle man when coupling people who know what real fights are like and people who are more accustomed to cinematic-style fighting you'd see in the movies.
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  18. Personally, I like the mechanics. Having an actual system for the combat makes everything much easier to follow and works for a low fantasy adventure such as this one, where we should make sure no one is being too overpowered during combat.
  19. NoSoul made a very good point about how a system like this can eliminate the clash of opinions. I think this system is set up very well and seems simple enough to be effective. I am a huge fan of K.I.S.S. [Keep It Simple Stupid]. As a member of similar RPs in the past, I have seen both extremes. I have seen this type of mechanically-supported RP dwindle to one liners since the numbers determine the outcomes. I have also seen people destroy an RP over OOC bickering while trying to decide whose fifty paragraph post was more convincing.

    I would like to suggest a posting expectation penalty/bonus. Let's say you, as the GMs, decide an eight sentence minimum for all posts. If a person only posts a two sentence attack; they lose a point [or something]. On the reverse, if someone doubles the posting expectation [without muddling actions or adding fluff] they get a bonus point. It's like an incentive program to follow the given guidelines. To be honest, I doubt many will be able to achieve bonus points because in quick group combat there is often little more to do in a turn than "rotate hips and brace for impact" or "let out a roar while bringing his sword down for a cleaving strike". It becomes an artform just to make these things into several paragraphs.

    This turned into more than I had planned. All in all, I'm down with the mechanics.
  20. Yea, I prefer have some mechanics so that things are streamlined and balanced. I've seen my fair share of characters who are somehow able to literally cut aromored knights in half from the head down with a one handed sword even though their character is some sort of noble who really shouldn't be out and fighting much less when they're only 17. So yea... I feel like mechanics make RPers accountable to what their characters are realistically supposed to be like.
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