Overview In the year 1844 the first internal combustion engine is invented, 40 years before it created in our world. Like our world however, it revolutionized the world and led to an explosion of industrial development that would characterized the era, though all this did was push the age of western imperialism to new and ever more destructive heights..... Inventions such as fully automatic weapons, auto mobiles, tanks, and other civil and war bound advancements were created long before their time which only pushed conflict between the empires of the old world ever further. By the year 1910, the world spanning empires of the world had stockpiled a plethora of weapons for the war which was thought to be inevitable. Ironically, this may have been what saved humanity as the masses of weapons manufactured would prove to be far more valuable than any could have imagined. For on July 28th, 1914, the Great War began, but it was not the Great war of our world, in fact it was one of a nature not thought to exist by the standards of the modern world. This Great war was one fought for the very existence of mankind against the inhuman forces of darkness that had amassed and crusaded for it's destruction.... Needless to say, humanity survived but was wounded and changed beyond recognition as it reeled from the horrors the Great war had wrought. The current year, is 1947, 30 years after the end of the Great war but still smothered in it's imposing shadow that would loom large for far longer still. For the residents of the former eastern United states the reality is one of perpetual hardship that is no doubt shared by the rest of the surviving world. In this reality, Monsters long thought to be myths are now usual pests to earth shattering behemoths, your neighbor being the eyes and ears for an other worldly devil is a very real possibility, terrible mutations and curses are disturbingly common, and natural disasters happen all too often.These are the things the people of this world must now live with on an almost daily basis, most of the time people are content with either ignorance or an all too prevalent knowledge of the evil that surrounds them.... Most people, live within the immense fortress cities patrolled and maintained by the surviving remnants of the U.S government. In these crowded and smog strangled cities life is tough, as crime is rampant and local government could care less about the people they claim to represent. But this is easy living compared to the outside world, a vast area of desolation called the Out-lands where law is a thought entertained by the hopeful and death is a constant companion. In these lands, a myriad of horrors ranging from possessed humans and undead abominations to gargoyles and mutated animals stalk the dusk of the Out-lands. The places that are safe are few and far between but they most often take the form of the small up and coming communities and towns that dot the darkened expanse of the Out-lands. Power and influence varies from town to town with some controlling large territories and dominating trade in certain regions. This becomes more and more rare the further west you go, for in the center of the former U.S lies a long stretch of perpetually hostile and dangerous terrain known only as the Wasteland. Travel within the Wasteland is almost impossible due to the incredibly unstable conditions of the area and the ever more destructive and vile beasts that inhabit the area. Other aspects of the Wasteland and the surrounding area include possessed auto-mobiles and trains possessed by angered spirits, warps in the fabric of reality that can make someone go mad from their mere presence, and even lakes of blood that boil and wreath with unnatural life.... Needless to say, the Outlands and most everywhere else in the new world is not for the faint of heart..... Species With the violent creation of this new and warped world, several strange and inhuman bearing sentient intelligence have appeared. They can be the result of many unfortunate events such as mutation, curses, or even inter breeding. For many these creatures are to be hated and feared as they are a symbol of the evil wrought upon the world by the Great war, and as such many are hunted down and slaughtered before they can kill others. Though will there are many dangerous and truly evil inhumans in this world there are more than a few who are just trying to get by in a world that cares even less for them than the average person... As such many live far away from civilization and often form their own secretive communities in places few would dare to tread where they can live their lives in relative if isolated peace..... Mutant: Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Unlucky humans irrevocably altered by the darkness that has consumed the earth and must wear their disfiguring mutations on their sleeves as they do not have the luxury of hiding it like other inhuman races. While the name mutant is often used as a blanket term to describe all those heavily afflicted by the darkness it most often directly refers to those who are the most obviously changed and sport new appendages, disease like growths, or even hardened skin or claws. Half-beast: Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Those few who strain the line between the chaos of the natural world and the comparative civility of human life. Those with the curse of the Half-beast must tread this line for it is woven into the fabric of their very being. Simply put, a Half-beast is cursed with an ingrained and unstable blood seeking ferocity that comes with being able to morph their bodies to resemble whatever predatory animal they so happen to be combined with. What constitutes whatever animal a half-beast may resemble is unknown but to those with the curse it hardly matters. A Half-beast may shift individual body parts to that of their other form almost on a whim such as the legs, arms, or eyes which can grant them significant strength and durability for a limited time. This can be applied 10 fold in their full, bestial forms which can withstand immense amounts of punishment and display horrifying feats of strength. This however comes with a price, as one who is fully transformed finds their thoughts muddied by those of a more feral nature which if they stay in that form for too long will completely over take and consume them, barring their entry back into the world of humanity. This however, is rare as most Half-beasts know their limits and only make the leap into their darker self when it is absolutely needed. A fully or half fledged morph into their animal form is by far not the only way for those versed in the ways of the half-beast to spot one in human form however. For those who are half-beasts can be given away by several facial features such as slightly pointed ears, streaks of color in their hair, sharper teeth, oddly colored irises, and most commonly, a more aggressive and angered temperament. It is unknown how many creatures a Half-beast may resemble though animals such as sharks, wolves, lions, bears, or even crocodiles are represented among Half-beasts. For those who carry the curse of the Half-beast, it haunts and follows them like a shadow everyday of their lives and though it can be used as a powerful weapon it is also a curse that can destroy their very being if they are not careful.... Vampires: Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) The Vampire is one cursed with the driving need to consume the blood of the living. To many vampires, little else matters save the consumption of the crimson refreshment that flows through the veins of all living creatures which allows many of those with a lesser form of vampirism to consume the blood of chickens, cows, or other animals though the curse is thought to become more consuming a aggressive the longer one has it. Only human blood is able to satiate a Vampire completely which makes those especially afflicted with the curse very difficult to hide which makes many live as hermits and wanderers who can more easily capture unsuspecting victims and be gone before any may be suspicious. Though a fully fed and nourished vampire is completely indistinguishable from the average person even in terms of physical ability.... For most Vampires, they are the only thing that matters and as such can be entirely self-serving, sadistic, greedy, and especially malicious though this does make them surprisingly resistant to demonic influence. This is not the norm however as for every vampire that is wholly vile there is at least one which is only trying to live their lives like the rest of the common humanity. One of the more unique aspects of the vampiric curse is that of the pure or "true form" as some call it. This is thought to be the outward reflection of a vampires inner darkness that is brought on by not feeding on the blood upon which they rely. The longer they do not feed the more prevalent their true form becomes which can make a vampire more bestial and savage looking in appearance whilst also vastly increasing their strength, speed, and agility. Some vampires operate on the other end of the spectrum and can gain mind altering abilities of persuasion that can be powerful enough to wipe memories or take control of a person completely if they gorge on blood though these kinds of Vampires are extraordinarily rare and incredibly dangerous..... Chimera: Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Easily the rarest of all inhuman races, the Chimera is a monster who is feared and hated with good reason by many. A Chimera is an unfortunate and lonely creature who does not possess the luxury of being able to hide it's mutations and unlike the average mutant is considered far to dangerous to not dispose of on site. This is not without good reason as a Chimera possess strength, speed, and nigh-indestructibility to match and even surpass a fully transformed Half-beast without the drawback of slowly losing their minds. At least not in the short term anyway, as a Chimera grows ever more mutated and animal-like as they age until they are nothing but a disgusting husk without a single trace of humanity left. All Chimera live knowing that one day, this will be their fate and as such are more likely to take risks and live their lives to the fullest before their inevitable descent. This comes with the advantage of a Chimera becoming stronger and overall more powerful as they age with the oldest ones who have not gone entirely feral rumored to have the strength of 500 men. The Chimera as their name suggest can bear traits of up to 8 different animals with 1 taking the dominant form that encompasses the head. To many, even among fellow Inhumans the Chimera is despised and hated for their seemingly reckless nature which when combined with their incredible power makes them a lonely and ostracized being that walks through life never knowing what it means to even have anyone to look out for you..... Ungrun: Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Large humanoid mutants of below average intelligence, tall stature, and profound strength. Ungruns are somewhat common among humanity but are still subject to roughly the same treatment as all other inhuman races which entails that they are commonly discriminated against and most of the time are used as cheap labor though to an Ungrun food is often sufficient enough payment for tasks grueling to humans. There are some Ungruns however who are possessed of more human intelligence and tend to avoid human contact due to the stigma against their race. Some of these Ungruns though can become respectable members of society especially when they put their great strength to the benefit of a community. Devil spawn: Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) The most vile, repugnant, evil examples of inhumans that earns them truly earns them the reputation among humanity. In short, a Devil spawn is one who is either returned from the afterlife by a higher and infinetly evil being with the power to fulfill their wishes, or ones who makes a deal with a Devil in order to gain their greatest wish at the cost of their souls and the reward of terrible power as granted by their new masters. Few Devil spawn have the will power necessary to resist the wishes of those who now own them and those that do are perpetually haunted by the voice of the dark entity that they are bound to often driving them to madness or suicide in order to avoid the terrible thing the voice wants them to do. Other Devil spawn are far more dangerous, for they embody the worse of humanity and live to fulfill their masters wishes to the fullest as they are continuously rewarded and indulged for their service. As such the power of a Devil spawn wanes the more they disobey their master yet they still maintain strength and "special talents" that remove them from the common humanity. Talents such as invisibility, mind control and influence, complete resistance to mutation and possession, the ability to possess others themselves and even the ability to consume souls. The Devil spawn is with no doubt the most feared and hated inhuman that exists upon this new world and the few who are of good heart often live alone in isolation as they are forced to live with their mistake for the rest of their short and painful lives. Though there are some who strain the border between serving their master, and maintaining their strength and sanity whilst also doing all they can to help others with their talents, though very few of these individuals exist..... Factions United states remnants- Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) The last remaining elements of the U.S government who despite their crippled state still maintain arguably the greatest amount of power in the wasted shell of a land their country has become. Though most of the time they stick to defending the fortified cities that they have built up in the 30 years since the war. They still maintain their capital of Washington D.C though the current president is more of a dictator instead of an elected official. And the new administration cares little for those outside of it's sphere of control and though they send missions of airships across the Out-lands they hardly pay any mind to the unfortunate few whose paths they cross. Like many others they also maintain a strict policy of discrimination and even extermination when it comes to the various inhuman races that now walk the earth though it is rumored they have been capturing and ferrying off any inhumans they can get their hands on to places unknown... Despite the remnants isolationist policy they maintain the highest level of technology and the largest military force in the eastern half of the country though most of the time they can't be bothered enough to use it.... The Puritans- Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) The Puritans are a militant religious group originating from the former state of Massachusetts that is famous for it's self appointed mission to eradicate those intelligent creatures who they deem unfit to live. To the Puritans all those mutants, half beasts, vampires, ect are the greatest threat to plague mankind since the Great war ended and only see them as weapons engineered to rip apart humanity from the inside and sow discord among the survivors. As such the Puritan Inquisitors pull triple duty as both hunters, soldiers, and seekers of those who wear a human face to hide the monster beneath. The Puritans often capture and interrogate many who may be under suspicion of being an inhuman race and if they believe a town or community to be infested with such creatures they will lead purges against them which rarely leave survivors. Despite this, many denizens of the world support them and their cause due to their charitable nature towards the unfortunate, often giving medical service to those they can, providing a permanent garrison to vulnerable settlements, administering rights to the dead, ect... In fact to many they are saviors and agents of the Puritans are sometimes showered with praise when they enter a particularly pious area. In fact, the only people who have anything to fear from the Puritans, are those who aren't even people at all.... Watchmen- Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) The Watchmen is the term coined for the loose citizens army that has a scattered presence throughout the former U.S and Canada. The Watchmen were formed shortly after the Great war in order to provide protection to the common people in place of the government from the myriad of terrors the war had produced. Since then the Watchmen have fluctuated in presence, power, and purpose though their driving ideology has always remained the same, to be there and defend the people whenever they were needed. They have a primary base of operations from a city they call Ironwall from which they dispatch armed missions to isolated communities throughout the eastern half of the continent. The Watchmen also like to post bounties for wanted individuals or other horrors unnamed for which they often pay large lump sums of cash or other resources. They also have a policy of non-discrimination that allows most non-humans to serve in the Watchmens ranks. This has proved to be a large point of contention between them and other factions, most notably the Puritans who view the central Watchmen as heretics for this though they will not take armed action against them for fear of retaliation. New world express- Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Though technically not a formal power and more of a mailing service, the New world express has proved a greatly useful ally to have in times of need and perhaps more impressively is the only major company that has stayed open for business in the wake of the Great war. The express was formed out of a simple need for transportation of important objects and messages between settlements and cities still managed by the government, and since then has only grown to encompass the whole of the eastern United states, for there is nowhere the New world express will not deliver, though they charge extra based on danger. The New world express has vast resource connections with suppliers and manufacturers that allows them a large amount of political leverage with most all factions of the world they inhabit. For even the remnants of the U.S government pay them plenty of heed when they ask for special permissions. Whether one supports the growth of large business or not, it cannot be argued that the New world express is certainly the most peaceful and perhaps the most useful organization to inhabit the blasted shell of the United states.... Free settlements- Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) assorted towns and minor cities scattered throughout the old U.S that vary in importance and population depending on a variety of factors. They often are ruled by unstable local governments and most of the time are at the mercy of more powerful factions such as the Puritans and the Remnants. Though it can be said they have the greatest amount of potential when it comes to the future as they are in a unique position of having evolved for everyday life in this new world... Many free settlements have a mixed population of those altered by the darkness and humans though there are plenty of exceptions to this rule.... Technology While the devastated U.S and world at large has been shattered by the Great war and unable to advance much in the last 30 years the world wrought by the destruction has presented some potentially grand possibilities, Specifically with the discovery of Vitae. Vitae is a term most often used to describe the extremely potent energy source which is siphoned from the blood of demons and possessed humans. There are 2 kinds of Vitae, that which is gathered from humans held in a demons grasp and that which comes from true demons. The one collected from the possessed is far more common but less potent in it's potential as a power source. The other is much rarer and is harvested from true demons whose blood glows bright red under natural light where as possessed blood only carries a dim glow in the light of the moon. Origins aside, it truly has been a bright spot for mankind in this dark age. For even though it has been discovered fairly recently it has produced some wondrous devices. Weapons such as the Holofractor which is capable of firing searing beams of red light at it's targets, engines that could potentially run for decades off a single vial, and some have even claimed to have created flying machines quicker and more advanced than any airship. This great source of power does come with a cost however, as prolonged or over exposure to the substance can render apart ones brain and with time can cause them to be further prone to demonic possession themselves. And unfortunately due to it's rarity possessed humans are often captured and farmed of Vitae for as long as possible before they inevitably perish... Character sheet Name: Gender: Description: Weapons/other equipment: Species: Bio/Summary: (people who want to join will have their name added to the list of participants) Anton Reinhardt Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Name: Anton Reinhardt Gender: Male Description: Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Weapons/other equipment: 1xM1918 BAR. Ax. Armored greatcoat Species: Half beast (Bear) Bio/Summary: Anton knows little of his past before the age of 7, he knows he was born in Ironwall to human parents but something made him change to what he is today. He ran when he was 7 as that was when it happened, he was scared even though he was in the Watchmen's main base of operations the most tolerant of people in the former US but it was too late. He went from town to town of the free settlements working odd jobs as his new curse made his body grow larger then normal for his age, when he was 10 he was 5'10" but this helped him for a few years as he grew letting him work and do things that a normal ten year old would be incapable of doing. Unfortunately he was found out be a puritan at age 13 while he was working on a farm, the man tried to kill Anton in the name of God but Anton had not lived this long by being a soft boy, he was cutting wood at the time and when he was attacked he did the only logical thing and took the ax and planted it into the Puritan's head. The farmer he was working for was understanding enough to let Anton run but he did not allow him to stay even though Anton had been wounded during the fight (scar on his nose) this was the first time Anton had killed someone but it would not be the last. Anton knew he had to be more careful as he was still growing and a 6'2" teen would draw attention so he started to wear large overcoats to hide his appearance, he went another five years without incident while he worked and learned as much as he was able about his beast blood but this all changed on his 18th birthday. By now he had stopped growing but his final height was a massive 7'0" and his body had grown muscle proportionate to this as well, this along with the large amount of facial hair and his nails which had hardened into bear like claws were a give away to that he wasn't entirely human this had also lead to him wearing gloves along with ever growing overcoats. He was moving in between towns when he had found a wounded New World Express runner off of the main road, Anton was not a hateful or cold man so he helped the man as best he was able but as he was dressing the runner's wounds he was told the runner had been tasked by one of the free cities to get a message to the watchmen, the message was simple "Help." The runner died there that day and Anton had a choice that day, either leave and ignore what he was told or take the letter to the watchmen...his decision would change his life for better and for worse as he began to run to the nearest watchmen outpost. When he arrived he caused quite a commotion due to his height, in the end he was able to get the message to the commander of these watchmen who had been waiting for the message to arrive as their had been a large group of outlaws who had been raiding towns in the past few months. Anton was going to leave after that but the commander made an offer to him, help them and be affiliated with the watchmen. The man told Anton that he would not be a formal member but would have support as long as he helped when asked, for Anton this was something he was not able to pass up as he knew that with being what he was he was going to need help in the future so he agreed. They had many weapons but only one was big enough for Anton this being the Browning Automatic Rifle or BAR, he was big enough that he would be able to fire the weapon without needing to lay on the ground and to handle the large recoil of the gun. He and the watchmen were on time to stop the outlaws thanks in large part to Anton his BAR and another wood cutters ax he found in the town, this one he kept with him though. After this battle he had been thanked by the watchmen with a new greatcoat as his other had been ruined, this one was armored from both stabbing and ballistic damage. Now Anton is 25 and in the time since he helped the watchmen he had learned one important thing this being his limit of full transformation due to a bloody encounter with a large number of Puritans. Now Anton waits for something new to happen in his life.