They say a curse befell the village of Juniper. Once a year, the village holds a dark ritual. A young lad or lass is marked with three slashes across the face, I heard. Ne'er know what from or who dunnit... they just appear there right in the morn. Now them scratches weren't no ordinary scratches: no medics could ever make 'em go away. Ain't nobody know what to do at first, so the priest sent the first lad off into that creepy forest across the Ashen River. The boy ain't pure, he said. The river ran red that night. It was all fine and dandy for a while, 'till the next year came 'round. Sure enough, a little lass woke up with three scratches coverin' her face. Her mama knew that the priest would send her away jus' like the lad before, so she locked that girl right up. All that day a crow, black as death itself, hung outside the house. That door stayed shut for three nights, until the entire village was there tryin' to figure out what's the matter. When they finally opened it up, they saw the girl hoverin' over her mama... blood everywhere... and not a single breath of life left in the lady. That's when the story gets all blurry. I heard the lass went and killed half the village before running into the forest and ne'er coming back. Somebody else told me that the priest drove a cross right into her heart and sent her body floatin' down the river. All I know for sure is that every year, that crow comes back and sits right outside the house of whomever gets them marks. That's how the villagers know that the curse is upon them. They call it the Red Bird. The Cast Children Carlisle Riddle Lockwood Priestess Adira Villagers Eleanor Rose Sliverstein Zaleria Cilivern Lee Stonewall Kellington Elijah Lurant Anna Maria Blackwood -- The Setting The Village of Juniper It is the night before the exile. Following tradition, the entire village is invited to the chapel, where the local priest will hold prayer and finish with the Feast of Remembering. The villagers prepare for the morrow, bonding and whispering goodbyes hidden behind the recounting of memories, and heartfelt compliments. It is customary for the villagers to exchange gifts on this night. This is a fantasy setting. Magic is prevalent in the more populated parts of the world, but in a village like Juniper it is met with much suspicion. The majority of people in the region are human, but a few mixed breeds (half-elves, half-dwarves, etc.) can be found. Expectations 2-5 paragraphs per post (at least one post per week) Active OOC posts, keeping the GM informed of extended absences No god modding, or excessive arguing - the GM's decisions are final If you have any questions, ideas, or plot candies feel free to speak your mind! I'm all for the betterment of the story Have fun! Character Sheet Appearance (brief description and/or picture): Name: Age: Gender: Race: Occupation: Relations (this can be figured out later): At-a-Glance Personality: Brief Backstory (remember the more is less principle): Gift (for the Feast of Remembering): Optional Quote or motto: Distinguishing characteristics: Plot The Feast of Remembering is upon you, as you ready your hearts and minds for the morrow. Although there is plenty of food and gifts, fear and suspicion always hangs in the air. But few things could prepare you for this year's coming of the Red Bird... and your world might turn upside down.