I Can't See Your Love: Scourge This is ICSYL Scourge, a parallel world to the main ICSYL's, as such has similar themes but requires NO previous knowledge of the series. The world of Shintaion was at a turning point. It seemed to be the dawn of a golden age as technology advanced, creating airships that soared through the skies at the blink of an eye, railroads to transport people and products across the land, guns equipped for shooting magic bullets, radio technology, even advancements in the medical field that saved countless lives and a peace between the continents that seemed to be never-ending. Until the creatures known as Dark Beasts made their move.... The Dark Beasts grew weary of living underground in just glorified tunnels, never seeing the light of day or the sky above. They wanted better lives for themselves and their offspring. They were descendants of forbidden beasts banished into the underground. The Dark Beasts began a massive exodus to the surface finally after years of living in their own underground civilizations. With their numbers and superior strength they were confident they would be safe and free to live in peace. They tried to settle on uninhabited lands on the surface to avoid fighting, but the leaders of the world would not permit that. They felt intimidated by the appearance of the dark beasts and of their power. This proved to be a fatal mistake as they instigated the most horrific war the world ever would see. At first, the dark beasts tried to avoid conflict by backing off some settlements but when the Queen of the Dark Beasts was assassinated, their wrath could not be contained. The King vowed he would bring Hell to Shintaion. The dark beasts, being some of the most powerful creatures on the planet, were able to turn the tables and wiped out many a kingdom as payback for the atrocities committed against them... Heads of the surface leaders rolled, airships burst into flames and littered the landscape, many young men and women died in battle, and countless civilians were killed in the crossfire on both sides. There were no heroes who could stop this insanity and bring peace to the world! The fury of the Dark Beasts was too much to quell for even the strongest surface warriors. For three long years it raged on until a a breakthrough occurred. The surface scientists created experimental aura weapons that could easily wipe out all the dark beasts in a few bombing raids. In the end it became mutually assured destruction as the armies of the surface unleashed the aura weapons on the dark beasts as a last resort, seeing no other way to win the war.These weapons backfired and left the land a lifeless husk incapable of fostering life, wiping out even those who deployed them and approved of such madness. Plants did not grow, most animals died off and even the sun was blotted out in some areas. Shrivisk was hit the hardest, with a total of thirty bombs dropped on it as it was housing the majority of the Dark Beast population underground. The underground civilizations of the dark beasts were demolished as their tunnels collapsed leaving few survivors. Civilization descended into anarchy and fell apart, monsters overwhelmed many surviving settlements and bandits terrorized the rest... Ten years after the end of the world.. A Shintaion was born, a more savage, cruel, and desolate Shintaion. The war with the dark beasts wiping out 70% of the population still wasn't enough to convince the people of how costly war was on civilization and on the planet. People began trying to rebuild but could never avoid this desire for conflict and conquest.. Many factions emerged over the years and vied for control over what was left of the world, only three remained and became the three major powers of the world. Faction: Order Of Aegle Leader: The Priestess Lucia, a light beast whom started out with a noble cause, being a healer and helping people across the land...But she desired more than just a good reputation, she wanted to rule over the people and used her powers only for her own gain. Now she is treated more like a Goddess than a humble Priestess! Beliefs: A dictatorship like faction. They prefer using brute force to conquer areas and rule them with an iron fist. They do not believe in slavery but believe that you MUST fight to prove your worth in their society with relatively few exceptions. They view Demons and Forbidden Beasts as the superior races over the others and thus mostly consist of them. Physical strength and magical strength are more important than wealth or intelligence. They are not above hiring bandits or privateers to do their bidding. Goals: Return the world to it's original state before the war, destroying ANY traces of technology which they blame for destroying the world and fear could truly destroy it. They desire the conquest of Shintaion just to demolish it's railroad and vault just to keep it out of the hands of the ALF. Lucia's ultimate goal is to be worshiped by all who live.. Territory: Teros. Faction: Abscus Liberation Federation Leader: President Alva, a human who came to power with his overwhelming charisma and speeches that inspired the people. He quickly gained followers and formed the ALF. He tries to act to the public as an honest figure but behind the scenes he schemes ways to expand the ALF's territory and weapon arsenal, regardless of how costly it could be.. Beliefs: A democratic faction. Generally more peaceful as they prefer making deals and treaties than fighting. They favor propaganda and expand their territory by acting as liberators of independent or unstable regions. Despite this talk of freedom their economy is heavily based on the slave trade. In their society, your status is based on your wealth and race with humans and elves being favored for political positions. They do keep a fighting force that is more elite and trained than the OOA but with less true combat experience. Goals: Conquer Shintaion to obtain it's technology and rebuild civilization even more advanced than it was before. Their ultimate goal is to rule over all the continents eventually and bring order back to the world. Territory: Abscus Faction: Shintaion Defense Force Leader: General Zigus, an earth beast whom was the leader of Arcadia even before the war with the Dark Beasts. During the war he lost all of his family, it lead to him hating conflict and war. This influenced his decision to remain neutral in the conflicts between the OOA and ALF. He views the people of Shintaion as all he has left in the world, he doesn't want them to be "liberated" by the ALF or for Arcadia to become forced to worship Lucia. He is a troubled man but a good leader. Beliefs: An independent government made up of Shintaion natives banded together to fight against local threats including monsters, raiders and other nations. Being mostly unharmed by the war with the dark beasts as they were neutral during it, they are rather well off. They accept anyone of any race provided they follow the laws and are willing to put their lives on the line for Arcadia's continued Independence. They even allow drifters from other nations to join them provided they earn Zigus's trust. Goals: Repel the two invading factions from their lands. Restore order and civilization to the rest of the continent and Lavion. Their ultimate goal is to perfect a way to restore the world back to normal but with the war looming there is no chance. Territory: Shintaion with only small footholds in Lavion. The SDF soon finds itself being the main target of both factions..They desire it as it is the most well off of all the continents with bountiful resources, a weapon's vault and the rail road system in Lavion.. The question remains, can this world survive another war or will civilization truly end this time for good? Humans They specialize in the usage and construction of technology such as the magic bullet shooting guns, airships, etc. They are also the most balanced of all the races being capable of some magic but not as much as the elves. The most common race in Shintaion. Demons Demons are capable of channeling their inner energy into their weapons and attacks. This allows for a high amount of endurance as well as high attack power. They know their way around martial arts rather well and some are quick to temper. They have some magic potential but are second best with technology. Demons generally are humanoid but with animal features to them, IE: A lizard demon. Life span of demons is around 130 years, ageing slightly slower than the others. Elves The more stealthy and agile of the species, the elves use their unique tracking and speed advantage to be hired assassins or special operatives. They also are the best at magic, excelling in it beyond the other races easily. They however lack humanity's interest in technology and thus rarely use it. The least common race left in Shintaion. Elves life span is 200 years at most as they age much slower than the rest of the races. Forbidden Beasts An original race so it requires much more detail to explain: Forbidden beasts are best described as people with some beast like traits and behavior. They walk up right. They have tails. They have claws in place of nails. They are cold blooded lizard creatures and have live young. Their lifespan is no more than 100 years at best. They are able to use elemental energy based on what type of beast they are (IE: Ice beasts use ice energy). Today Forbidden Beasts use regular weapons like guns and bladed weaponry but they can turn the weapon into pure energy (IE: Earth sword, Ice Hammer, Light Spear). While these weapons are in energy form they can focus enough magical energy to create low to mid level spells. So nothing too extravagant. There are 8 breeds of Forbidden Beasts: Fire (Survive and easily walk through Lava), Wind (Able to fly with their wings and have lungs capable of surviving high up in the sky), Earth (The most defensive of the beasts, very sturdy skin), Ice (Can also use a mild form of healing but more physically weak than the other beasts), Water (Can easily survive and breathe underwater with their gills), Thunder (The fastest of the breeds), Dark (The strongest in terms of physical strength and able to command versatile dark energy) and Light Beasts (Light energy good at countering Dark Beasts and the most powerful healing abilities). They are rather civilized and friendly creatures despite their name but they do have beast like habits and prefer to speak in an animal language of barks, grunts, roars etc but they DO have the ability to speak English and use it frequently as they have no choice but to interact with other races in this new world. Their culture is one of respecting and paying tribute to nature as they draw their elemental powers from it. They preferred to live around nature (IE in forests, beaches for water beasts, etc) However with most of the world gone their ties to nature have mostly been severed although some still cling to the old ways and refuse to live in cities despite the danger of monster attacks and bandits. They also have much more respect to females of their race than humans do, thus both genders are more equal in Forbidden Beast society. They were once feared for their power, hence the name Forbidden Beasts, creatures considered unholy. Some were condemned and cast into the underground by the other races, eventually becoming Dark Beasts...However most Dark Beasts have been wiped out or simply have vanished, only few remain.. Basically Forbidden Beasts can use regular weapons from sword to gun but also have the ability to turn them into pure energy. From this they can use this as a conduit to control their element. Forbidden Beasts are average at best with technology and their energy abilities are what they use instead of magic, as they are incapable of it. This leaves them with less versatility than other races. Name: Age: Specie: Skills/Specialty(Mention weaknesses here too): Appearance: Equipment(if necessary): Personality: Faction: History: Notes: 1.The main focus is on the Shintaion Defense Force and as such most player characters should be apart of that group. However, I am willing to allow players to make characters for the other factions. We can discuss it. 2.I REALLY want to complete this RP, so I am looking for reliable players whom won't drop out or die off on me. So please try to keep up with the posting and let me know if ya run into activity issues or expect to. If you fail to meet such expectations, well can't guarantee the safety of your characters. 3.We have gotten further into the RP but we still have openings! Talk to me and I can give you the summary of what has happened so far to get you up to speed. 4.That should cover it, if you have any other questions or concerns please ask away!