For centuries, life in Terlayne was stable, peaceful, and prosperous. Between the Emperor and the Mihra, there was no war amongst he varied kingdoms. The people, scarred by a past few knew of beyond the stories and legends, carried on into a new age. Traces, though, of what had once been lingered in their blood and bones. Talents, so rare and profound, were occasionally bestowed on an individual. The ability to manipulate the elements, fellow humans, or themselves. Once upon a time, it would have been known as magic... Centuries into the new age, there are signs that not all is well. Across the fertile fields and valleys, a drought has persisted. In previous years, the bounty of years before was enough to stave off the hard-times. The surplus nears its end and the weather shows little sign of breaking. Along the coasts, storms have ravaged the villages and towns. Entire communities have been lost to the relentless beating of waves and wind. The earth quakes, as if fearful of what is to come. In the tall, brilliantly white tower, the center of Order, home of the Mihra, there is no reassurance. The most powerful, save for the emperor - perhaps more than the emperor - group of people across all of Terlayne are silent. Perhaps in the ancient and dusty tomes there would be answers, but these heretical texts are death to any who dare crack their seals. Tales of the old gods, of Chaos, have no place in the new order of the world. Yet out there, hidden in small covens, taking refuge amongst the forests and mountains and deserts, those who follow the old ways can still be found. Word has spread, from lips to ears in hushed whispers and furtive glances. They return. They hunger for vengeance. They will have blood. A prison, older than the Empire and Mihra, inhabits an island nearly impossible to reach. The most dangerous heretics to Order are sent to live out the rest of their lives. Rumors abound regarding what takes place at the Eye, it's foreboding presence a curse, it is avoided at all costs excepting the elite Vigilants who guard and bring new prisoners. Here, it will begin. Here, it must begin. General Information: Medieval Fantasy - low level magic, no non-human races/species "Adventuring" Style - a band of adventurers taking on a quest of epic, world-shattering proportions All characters at the beginning of the roleplay will start in prison. Any later additions will be worked in depending on the circumstances of the roleplay. The world will be built up as we go along - there are a couple of lore bits to know, the rest can be built together - more info will be provided in the OOC. You are more than welcome to create a (high level) overview of a kingdom from which your character hails - for information on what to include if you would like to do so, please pm me. Expect your decisions as a group and individuals to change the world around you, there is a sandbox element to this, however, there is a large plot arc to discover and uncover Themes: Religion, rebellion, gray morality, individuals bearing the weight of decisions that will change the world Rules: Posting Expectations: Intermediate - Advanced should feel welcome here Expecting around 4 paragraphs each post/character - posts should include description, reactions, interactions, and introspection as appropriate Well-rounded characters and character development Posting Frequency: 1-2 times a week. I will not enforce a strict posting order, so use common sense. If it looks like there's just two people going back and forth, I will ask that you write a post up in gdocs/pm/something and then post the collaboration instead. That said, I'd rather not get bogged down in too many people tied up in collabs. Mature themes - violence and language - are welcome. This is a serious world and should be treated as one. Romance between characters is welcome, but keep it PG-13. I do not see any need to have anything explicit in a group rp environment. I am currently the only GM present, I have an old roleplaying friend assisting with the plot and GM NPC creation, however, he will not be joining us here. I will be fair and consistent - I ask that you do the same. Any issues or questions, please don't hesitate to ask or send me a PM. OOC conflicts, should they arise, will be dealt with in PMs.