Interest Check Sign Ups/OOC In Character Thread Banner created by @Aleina HISTORY Twenty years ago freshwater became a rarity. Irrigation, and a toxic atmosphere decreased the earth's supply of fresh surface and ground water from 30.3%. to 11.5% The world went into a panic and country's governments scrambled to conserve what little water they still had. Third world countries that had little water to begin with began asking for help from the United Nations. At first, the UN were willing to help. But then a disaster of epic proportions struck the United States. A minor earthquake triggered the explosion of the Yellowstone volcano. The center of the US was ravaged, and there were no survivors. With this crisis on their hands the US retracted their offer of aid, and when they pulled out other countries followed suit. These countries closed their borders in an attempt to focus on and solve their own problems without any outside help. The third world countries were left on their own and with no help from anyone else; the continents of Africa and India seemingly perished as did the region of the Middle East. With the great decimation of their population, the US was conflicted. On one hand, they didn’t have to worry about that many people to provide for anymore, but on the other hand, they still had no water and the entire world knew of their weakness. If nations like Russia or China wanted to, they could attack the US and they wouldn’t be able to do a single thing to fight them. The US government knew they needed to find a solution to the water problem quickly, for if they gained the upper hand, everyone would become submissive to them. But what could they do? Their solution came in the form of a group of young scientists called F.Y.M (Fresh Young Minds). The group was made up of college students who had been researching the earth’s ice caps, before the Yellowstone Disaster. They suggested that the icecaps be melted to release the 68% of freshwater that was trapped inside of them. When the US expressed concern that the water might not be safe to consume, F.Y.M reasoned that any bacteria in the water would have been killed by the severely cold temperatures. And so, because they were desperate for leverage and salvage, the US granted the group permission to begin melting the caps. F.Y.M drilled off chunks of the ice caps and brought them back to the US, where they covered they placed them in protective containers and heated them up until they melted. They had several people of all ages, races, genders and sizes to taste the water and when nothing bad happened, the US green lighted it, although the finished product given to the public was heavily purified and injected with vitamins. The United States thrived on this water and when other countries heard of this news they demanded that the US share. However now that the US government had experienced the terror of the war on water, they knew that they couldn't let others know how they had saved themselves. Eleven years ago, the US became the only habitable place on earth. TIMELINE On February 6, 3040, the US dropped an atomic bomb on the UK, Europe and Russia. There were no survivors. On April 10, 3040, the US invaded Canada and forcefully merged with them. The Canadian Prime Minister was assassinated and the government was liquidated. On July 3, 3040, the US invaded Greenland and massacred all of its people. Australia was also invaded, the Australians were killed and the island was reverted to its original purpose; Being a prison. The prison was named 'Waste', and only the most severe criminals and traitors were sent there. On July 7, 3040, the US sent some of its military to the Caribbean Islands and South America as those were the only two locations that they saw as useful. The Caribbean Islands were renamed Prime and South America was renamed Zenith. The people in both areas were forced into eternal servitude. Prime and Zenith were where the US got most of its food, so naturally they had to keep the people somewhat healthy, so calling it servitude and not slavery was good for moral. On January, 1, 3041, the US was renamed The Chosen Land. June 15, 3050 PRESENT DAYThe descendants of the original taste testers began falling ill. The younger children simply became feverish and eventually died, but the older descendants, the teenagers and young adults began to crave water. But not freshwater, salt water. F.Y.M the scientist group which has evolved into a bigger corporation with tendrils and roots in the government, wish to study these ‘survivors’, but everyone knows that once you become a guinea pig for F.Y.M, you can never hope to achieve a better life. The group manages to get their claws on a thirteen year old girl named Ana. F.Y.M indulges her salt water craving and something miraculous happened right before their eyes. The girl becomes a mermaid like creature. A beautiful creature, with razor sharp teeth, glittering black eyes, unparalleled beauty and a tail longer than half the size of her body. Ana’s physical capabilities increased drastically and she became stronger than ever before. The scientist saw potential in her, and they wanted to see how strong she really was and so they tested her. They electrocuted her, pitted her against sharks and psychologically manipulated her. At first, she seemed to brush all of this off, until one day, she dies. The other descendants feel this like a bullet ripping through their hearts and they get snippets of her last thoughts and memories. They know that they have to run or F.Y.M will catch them and do the same thing that they did to Ana to them. The death of Ana brought the minds of the descendants together and they slowly begin to notice that they can sometimes hear snippets of other descendants’ thoughts and memories. They use these hints and clues to find each other, and start to plan their escape. GOAL It’s been ten years since the world was massacred by The Chosen Land, surely some parts of the earth have recuperated enough to provide a home for these descendants? There will be two groups in this rp; The West Coast Descendants and the East Coast Descendants. The West Coast Descendants need to meet up with the East Coast Descendants so that they can all leave The Chosen Land together. However the West Coast Descendants cannot travel by land and instead need to navigate through the North Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Islands to reach the East Coast meet up place where they will merge with the East Coast group and begin their longer journey. The west coast group isn't the only one that has it rough though. F.Y.M's main head quarters is on the East coast and they are on high alert while looking for the descendants. The East coast group need to be cautious when making their move or risk capture.MER ANATOMYThe descendants are all teenagers and young adults from the age of 13 to 25. The sexes, races and sizes of the descendants are all very diverse. When a descendant transforms into their mer form, their eyes become all black, their teeth become razor sharp, and their natural beauty becomes enhanced so that they look like the best possible version of themselves. Their physical capabilities such as swimming, and overall strength increases. Example: Lifting up a car engine with one hand and throwing it. It would take two mers to throw an actual car though. The lower half of a mer is also more than half the size of their body, however that depends on what sea creature they take after. Example: A typical mermaid with a fish tail, would be longer than a shark. Depending on the sea creature that a mer takes after, that mer will often retain a physical trait from the sea creature it takes after. When on land and not exposed to copious amounts of saltwater, a descendant will remain in human form but they will experience discomfort such as dry and itchy skin, dry or itchy red/pink eyes, and possibly dry mouth. Drinking salt water will temporarily relieve these discomforts for about thirty minutes, however transformation is not possibly simply by ingesting salt water. MER SKILLS All mers have the ability to see or hear snippets of memories and thoughts from other mers. These snippets are very brief, excluding Ana's final moments. The snippets usually last less than a minute. This skill can be activated when mers are in human form and mer form. A mer will also gain a special skill from the sea creature it takes after. Example: A squid mer may be able to eject ink on it's attackers/pursuers. A special skill can only be used when a mer is in salt water. The range of their powers does not extend to land. All mers have a vague notion of where other mers are located, as all mers have a bond. The further the mer the weaker the bond and vice versa. When underwater, all mers can communicate telepathically, by thinking at the person they wish to speak to. GLOSSARYANA - The first mer. F.Y.M - Fresh Young Minds, a corrupt and powerful organization that controls the government and wishes to acquire all mers. DESCENDANT - A descendant of one of the ice cap water taste testers. MER - Unisex name for mermaids and mermen. PRIME - The renamed Caribbean Islands. ZENITH - The renamed South America. THE CHOSEN LAND - The renamed US.