Second Horizon Does this hurt you? Does this anger you? Does this displease you? What did you feel, when they tore out your fangs? What did you feel, when they chained your soul? What did you feel, when the path you devoted your life was denied? What do you feel, in this world of peace? This world of peace that had always been wrapped in strife. ●●●●●● A mere 15 years ago, the Jeualian Empire, a military powerhouse, rampaged through the lands on an unchallenged conquest. With towering war machines and weaponry fifty years ahead of its time, there were no countries that could stand up against them. With unbelievable ease, the red flag of the Jeaulian Empire was planted over half of the kingdoms, principalities, and city-states on the continent. The people were subjugated, their cultures homogenized, and soon, they too became part of the gears that moved the Empire. It was at the halfway point, however, that the unwavering armies of the Empire was forced to halt. For, in the southern half of the continent laid three kingdoms that, together, could indeed challenge the Empire’s sovereignty. Joining arms in the face of a common foe, the theocracy of Astopol, the monarchy of Illiserev, and the democracy of Dansila marched under a common flag, led by the Knight-Commander, Mirelle Keep. Even the monsters of Talze Utera joined in the war effort, as the Elders of the Scarlet Court put aside their blood feud with Astopol to feast on the blood of the Empire. For months on end, the armies clashed, a hail of iron met by a hail of magic, every ambush reciprocated, every defeat paid for in blood. The land turned into ash, as conflagrations marred the battlefield. The wastelands became marshes, soil tainted with lifeblood. Over and over again, the war was waged, a mountain of corpses growing as the days passed on. But the difference in resources was slowly becoming clear. The war machine of the Empire was powered by the hundreds of nations that they’ve conquered, while the defensive war waged by the coalition left their own lands razed. In a final, desperate offensive, all the armies of the coalition decided to strike head-on. On that day, as war hymns were sung and good byes were said, humans became the horizon, as two massive armies met on opposite sides. With a selfless, selfish charge, the Knight-Commander led the horde of metal and flesh into her final large-scale confrontation with the Jeualian Empire. ●●●●●● And then, just a little bit, the world cracked. A soul-trembling sound broke over the horizon, as the sky shattered. From the darkness, never-before-seen monsters fell onto the barren fields like mud. And, just as incoherently as they came, those beings attacked, mindlessly lashing out at both sides. Incidents of these popped up all over the continent, as tears in the skies heralded the coming of these alien beings. Unable to fight a war on two fronts, especially with the majority of their forces concentrated in foreign land, the Empire retreated, closing off its borders with massive walls. Their retreat was both the end of the war, and the beginning of a new one. Massive civilian casualties were incurred as these monsters, dubbed ‘rift-beasts’, appeared at random, rampaging through even the most heavily-fortified cities. They did not respond to any attempt at communication, and could not be stopped by anything less than high-class magic spells. A thoughtless, mindless, merciless enemy that acted with no purpose other than to attack. Talze Utera was the first to disperse, seeking amnesty in the miasma that was their home. The Coalition quickly broke apart, selfishly defending the well-being of their own kingdoms. The rift-beasts were not an enemy that could be defeated by a ‘combined’ force, and soon, all friendly relationships broke down between Dansila, Astopol, and Illiserev. No charity existed between them, and they crumbled under their own inability to eliminate these alien threats. Already weakened by their battles against the Jeualian Empire, the kingdoms fell into anarchy as the unknown monsters continued their senseless onslaught. ●●●●●● It is in that dark hour, known as the ‘Talentless Strife’, that a special material named ‘Talentium’ was discovered. Extracted from the bodies of dead rift-beasts, it was a ghostly metal that could be forged into a weapon stronger, sharper, and more durable than any past crafting material. Furthermore, though, Talentium was a metal that resonated with the will of the wielder. A mage would find themselves capable of achieving magical feats they’d never have dreamed of, while a swordsman would find themselves filled with strength that was beyond human. With the first sword crafted by the Dansilan prodigy, Alier Velone, and wielded by the Astopolian captain, Aiv Recourt, it finally appeared that the rift-beasts could be driven back. Each encounter and victory brought forth more Talentium, and thus, allowed for more soldiers to gain the power necessary to fight off those amorphous monsters. Slowly, but surely, the coalition stood as one again. Knights, mages, soldiers, pilots, all people from all three nations worked together, scattering themselves to respond quickly to any rift-appearances. Step by step, the Talentless Strife gave way to the March of Light. In the end, through the valiant efforts of Mirelle Keep, who single-handedly dispatched a thousand rift beasts that poured out from north of Astopol, and Aiv Recourt, who slew the World-Eater, the rift-beast large enough to blot out the sun, the three nations could breathe easily once more. Rifts began to appear less, and the advent of Talentium had accelerated their living standards remarkably. It was an era of peace, of training, of development, as fallow fields were tended to, as the lands were restored to their past glory. It was a time of rest, broken only by the few rift-beasts that appeared, and the residents of Talze Utera that hunted. It was a time that lasted for only 12 transient years. ●●●●●● The drumbeat of war began with the birth of the Musphelheim demon, an incident orchestrated by the witches of Talze Utera, a faction with the land of darkness that had risen in power recently. Though the knights of Astopol tried their best to fight off the monsters and stop the ceremony, they were betrayed by one of their own, an Executioner by the name of Vance Warren. With the Musphelheim demon spirited away, Vance was captured and judged for his sins, sent into the mountain prison of Hanzen to rot away. The vampire that Vance befriended had watched helplessly as he was taken away, legs and arms cut off to prevent any possibility of escape. Merely one month after, the capital of Dansila, Cykes, was attacked by a massive amount of summoned familiars, as well as two extraordinarily resilient rift-beasts. Capable of devouring magic and regenerating from physical injuries, they wreaked havoc. Attempts at evacuation were shut down in a similarly brutal fashion. Through the actions of one mage, the underground city of Burrow, originally built for the evacuation in case of a large-scale attack, was destroyed, reduced to rubble. In a single night, the capital of Cykes suffered heavier losses than even the darkest days of the Talentless Strife. In the end, the entire governing council was replaced, and the young heads of the Courtright and Escellar family took charge, despite opposition from the Seyour family. The decision was unanimous. War on Talze Utera. ●●●●●● As Dansila prepared for war, Vance was rescued. Due to an unexpected appearance of a rift-beast frighteningly similar to the World-Eater originally slain by Aiv, the Astopolian military were unable to arrive quickly enough to stop the small rescue party from breaking the heretic from his iron-clad bonds. It was there that Vance accepted the stigmata of a vampire. It was there that a man in red granted him an elixir that would give him back his limbs. It was there that the Talentium sword that Vance possessed turned jet black. Clad in one thousand evils, drenched in vengeance and shrouded by hatred, he cast away his ideals and became the monster that Astopol saw him as. In a single stroke of his sword, he bisected the Elders of the Scarlet Court and took full control of the vampire race. Forming an unstable alliance with the Witchmothers, who sought only to protect their own while they flushed out the culprit of the massacre in Cykes, Vance mustered the hordes of beasts that resided within the miasma of Talze Utera, and marched. With every step, the miasma spread, and the black mist began to encroach on the territory of the kingdoms. Fighting a war on two fronts, the armies of the God Slayer brought Dansila and Astopol to a standstill, for the strength of the God Slayer was enough to stop armies by himself. Distance did not matter to him. Each swing of his cursed blade would rend the earth, reaching to the other side of the horizon. A true demon, whose performance in the battlefield was simultaneously awe-inspiring and terrifying. It appeared to many that a new war was going to be waged, one of attrition. As barracks began to push out trained soldiers though, as the monsters brought themselves into a frenzy under the bloody banner of a new leader, the war was brought to a swift halt by the sudden death of the God Slayer. A death caused not by the sword of a hero, but that of the vampire that saved him. The one that saved him for his cast-away ideals of a world where monsters were not shunned. The one that betrayed him so that the history of Vance Warren, a Knight of Astopol that wished for an end to the blood feud, would not be further stained. Rilolia, the vampire that would become the bridge between future talks of peace between Astopol and Talze Utera. ●●●●●● Supported by the Seyour family and the nation of Illiserev, and protected by the former Knight-Commander, Mirelle Keep, Rilolia began a year-long conference in the capital of Astopol. The Witchmothers, the High Priestess, the Tainted of the Crystala, the Grandmaster, the Sidosa Board, the King of Illiserev, the Merchants Guildkeeper, the Sage Esprit, all sorts of influential people gathered as they discussed the future of relationships between Talze Utera. At the end of all that, Talze Utera was recognized as an independent nation, its residents recognized not as ‘monsters’, but as ‘citizens’. Blood became a ‘product’ that could be paid for. Vampires became advisors, their years of experience making them astute judges of people. Witchcraft was no longer considered utterly taboo. And the demon child of Musphelheim, who was the indirect cause of all this, was truly just a child, possessing none of the world-breaking powers that it was presumed to possess. The knights could sheathe their swords. The warriors could go home. The mages could pursue life-saving magics. And, other than the few incidents of rift-beasts that were quickly slain by the few knights who remained in active service, it was a time of peace, as men of war traded their steel for cloth, finding new jobs, and new purposes of life. ●●●●●● But, tell me. Are you satisfied with this? Does this sound interesting? Go say something then! First time making RP Int Cheks here, so I don't know what's the standards for Int Cheks here. But yeah, this will be an Intermediate - Advanced RP. There will be animu physics and crazy shit like that. Heck, I would EXTREMELY recommend that you use animu pics for appearance. Seriously, it'll help me a lot in the long run for something special. Note that, if the RP starts, I'll be occasionally telling you to do some stuff in the IC. If you don't want a GM that interferes with the actions of your characters at times, don't go here, pl0x.