Today is the anniversary of the Unification that happened 547 years ago. It celebrates the first day, and the beginning, of peace in Aeon at the hands of High King Exis and the six Immortals. The Citadel, the capital of Aeon, is covered in flags and banners. People have come from all over to witness the marvels of the Citadel, like its floating castle and advanced technology. They laugh, they drink, and they watch the fireworks over the Citadel’s buildings. They don’t know that on the borders of their great world something sinister is starting to brew.
High King Exis has called a few of the most skilled members of the Army of the Dead to the Citadel. They are to meet in the shadows and receive their orders from an emissary of the Rat King. They learn that entire cities are going missing, the dead are stirring, and horrible abominations are cropping up and killing everything in sight. Even worse, the High King suspects that the other Immortals may have a hand in this. He’s asked the Army of the Dead not only to look into these rumors but to end them as quickly as possible. He doesn’t want fear and panic to grip Aeon again. He refuses to allow the wars to return.
As a member of the Army of the Dead, you’ve been tasked with carrying out High King Exis’s will. Little do you know where it will take you and what you will learn. All you know is that you cannot return without completing the High King's orders.
The World of Aeon used to not be united. The world was divided harshly into varying kingdoms, and those kingdoms knew nothing but war. Hundreds of years passed as the world died and mortals clashed against mortals. Historians have tried to predict what started it all, but ironically they quarreled amongst themselves. What can be agreed upon, though, was how the wars ended.
It was called The Unification, and it changed everything. Six generals from six different armies abandoned their posts and formed a covenant. They promised to end this. They gathered soldiers from their own armies, from peasants, from nobles, and even from criminals. They used their combined intellect, prowess, and skills to end the war once and for all. And on the first day of peace, they were granted immortality by the old gods and took their place as the deities of Aeon. Yet, they did not ascend to some greater plane. Instead, they stayed in Aeon.
They became known as many things, the most common names being the Immortals or the Walking Gods. Four of the six disappeared in time, still around but not in the public eye. The two that remind, High King Exis and the Rat King Sol, formed the Citadel. It was the capital of the newly unified Aeon, and the floating castle tethered to it was to be a beacon for all.
The first army formed underneath the six general during the Unification. It was not composed of soldiers or peasants but prisoners of war. They were talented men and women that had been sentenced to death. They were a small group, but highly trained and very loyal to the generals. They did whatever was asked of them, even if that meant sacrificing their lives. They were dead anyway, why prolong the matter?
After the Unification happened, most of the armies were disbanded or turned into peacekeepers. The Army of the Dead remained intact as the High King’s personal force. Nowadays, they are comprised of those that volunteered for the service and the were chosen by the High King.
Unlike how they were formed initially, there are very few criminals that are allowed to join. Mostly they’re men or women who committed small crimes but were judged harshly due to their station. Murderers and thieves are not welcomed.
The Army of the Dead work in the background of all the bureaucracy and heroics. They make sure that the people of Aeon are barely aware that darker forces claw at Aeon’s borders.
➳ While this is dark fantasy, as there aren't a lot of High Fantasy tropes, it is still a "quest to save the world." Sorry. Not sorry. They're fun, and I'm an ole softy for High Adventure.
➳ What you have read is the basic bones of the RP. There's a lot more:
Race Creation: In which you create your race based on one of the four prominent categories in the world (Highborne, Groundborne, Shiftborne, and Brokenborne)
Class Creation: Yes you make your own class. This allows you to add a lot of personal touches to it without having to worry about someone stealing your thunder.
Magic: I have created magic for this RP. I mainly did this to avoid abuse and staleness. An example of some of the classes: Anatomical, Thermal, Ephermal, and Thread.
Setting: Endless Forests, Mirror Deserts, Floating Prison Islands, and Entire Cities Built on the back of Wyrms pepper Aeon.
➳ I really want this to be a group effort instead of me ruling it like a totalitarian government. I'm open to suggestions as long as it doesn't break one of the fundamental rules of the RP. I'm also down for the creation of extra History, Events, Landmarks, Factions, and Quests.
➳ There will be a stat chart based on a handful of pertinent stats (think Dnd, but a few less). These are RP stats and not incorporated in dice rolls. Though we can always roll dice if the moment calls for it. These stats help define the strengths and weakness of your character in a quick glance fashion. So, you aren't wondering why the alchemist over there is lifting up a boulder. Maybe he is excessively strong but horribly uncoordinated. You probably need to take that boulder from him.
➳ This RP will start with its core group, but I expect it to grow (especially after we lose the mandatory few people in the beginning.) This quest will not solely be battling enemies but also dealing with politics, subterfuge, and awkward alliances. So once these avenues in the RP open, other characters can join. They can be a part of the Army or a different faction. They can be specifically created for quest, and then tag along, or be a mercenary for hire. This will open up different theaters within the RP. I'm interested in expanding this RP beyond the quest, but it's rather hard to do that immediately. Expect this RP to grow with time.
➳ If you're interested in the RP, let me know (I'm working on my telepathy but I'm not that good.) If you have any questions, fire away.