The roar of battle... Ras' feet came to a rest on the ground and he straightened his stance. The purple aurora that surrounded his body pulsed and leaped in a fiery dance. Streams of violet light extended from his shoulders and his blade, tracing back to the Fallen soldiers that stood motionless behind him. It was as if rivers of spiritual energy flowed into his body from the undead foes. His right hand, loosely gripping his trademark sword, shuddered momentarily to remove the flesh from his blade. He breathed in deeply, and as he exhaled, he sheathed his sword, allowing it to rest on his waist, and the flame-like aura that surrounded him faded. At the same time, the bodies of seven Fallen soldiers that he previously cleaved fell to the ground in a large heap, resting in the dirt of the battlefield. All across the grasslands could be heard the roar of intense battles. Nearby, Ras could see Harken, clad head-to-foot in his imposing black armor, engaged with a small legion of Fallen warriors. Several blows were made, the loud impacts of metal on metal ringing out across the blood-stained fields. Ras' gaze then came to a small hill many meters in front of him. Atop the mound stood a hooded figure, cloaked in all black. Though his face was hidden, his words invaded the minds of all those engaged on the field: "You're resistance is futile, my brothers! Why fight us? We are here solely for the sake of the Branded! We are shunned as outsiders, looked down upon but the retched masses that cannot see us for our gifts! They fear us. So why fight us? The Organization fights for the good of the Branded! We should be taking the fight to them! Displaying their inferiority!" The hooded figure continued, but Ras' mind could only think of what would follow...War between the Branded and the general populace. But why? What is the purpose of all of this? What does the Organization have to gain from creating such chaos? And how were they able to revive the Fallen? Ras' mind suddenly snapped back to reality as the hooded figure raised his hand, holding his arm aloft in the air. "But I can see that you will not go easily.", his voice boomed. "You all insist on resisting us, but you will not keep us from our goal. The Branded shall rise, and stand above all others as the rulers of Gaia!" The hooded figure snapped his fingers, and his arm dropped back to his side. At that instant, black smoke surrounded him, swirling furiously and blocking him from view. After a moment, the smoke dispersed, and a large group of Fallen soldiers stood surrounding the hooded figure. Ras readied himself. The Man in black gestured forward, and the Fallen soldiers charged forward. Ras and several of his allies dashed forward to meet them, preparing for a battle that could decide the fate of land.... ------------------------- So! This the basic premise of our story, which takes place on a world known as Gaia (original, right?) I will highlight a few of the key features here: 1) You may choose to play as a human, or a being known as a Branded. The Branded have special abilities, such as my character Ras above, who has the ability to absorb latent energy around him and use it to his advantage. There are endless possibilities, and you are more than welcome to come up with fresh ideas for abilities to include with your character. 2) The story takes place on Gaia, which has 4 different kingdoms (Aurelia, Korijin, Barako, and Terahime). The majority of our story, however, takes place within the relatively young city-state of Lunare, which is sort of a melting pot for all of the other nations. It is somewhat more advanced, utilizing more Magitechnology than the rest of the world. 3) The RP will focus on the growing conflict between the Branded (those with abliities) and the general populace. There is a growing collective of Branded joining together, a shady "Organization", that is gathering Branded followers. However, their motives are still a mystery at this point. 4) For the sake of simplicity, we are not allowing the creation of Organization members at this point in the story. We will expand this at a later date, once we get a feel for how the story is flowing. These members will be the primary sources of events, so becoming one may be challenging, but very rewarding. 5) Apart from that, however, your character can be anything that you'd like. A traveling merchant that just came into Lunare to sell his wares? Sure. A mercenary looking for new work? Why not! A Branded outcast that was thrown from his previous village? You're welcome here! 6) This brief post just dabbles with a few of the concepts that I've come up with. I also have a fairly well fleshed out History, as well as further notes on the setting (which could come in very handy for providing backgrounds for your characters) and notes on the abilities of the Branded. 7) I, personally, will be concentrating on the battle portion of the RP, and will hope to further that successfully. However, if you do not wish to engage in combat, that is perfectly acceptable! I'm sure there will be plenty of opportunities for you to join us and do something fantastic :) 8) We are welcoming RPers of all skill levels! There will most likely be some mature content, including gratuitous violence in certain portions, as well as some sexual content depending on the personal relationships that are fostered (I won't restrict any, but the mods of course will carry out the rules of Iwaku, and we shall obey them accordingly). Please feel free to make a character, or message myself or Harken if you have any questions. Soooo that's the idea. If you have any questions at all, I'd be more than happy to answer them. You could also speak with my friend, Harken. Anyone interested?