"Being born with magic isn't a choice, but you can decide if you'll embrace it. Either way, you're a dead man walking. I can change that." BACKGROUND Due to an unknown phenomenon in the evolution of man-kind nearly 30 years ago in 1986, humans all around the world began exhibiting magical abilities. At first the appearance of the magically adept, officially dubbed as "mages", was considered a huge step for the human race. The use of magic allowed for advancements never thought possible. The world entered a Utopian state where both magic was used to make the world a better place. Seven schools of magic were created for the seven types of magic the humans knew and a group of peacekeepers known as Templars was established to protect mundanes from any mages gone astray. For 15 years, being born with magic was something to be celebrated because for the most part it was a great thing. But it all changed when mages began to want more power. The search for more possible schools of magic was common but the discovery of human blood's ability augment the strength of one's spells or "Blood Magic" was the catalyst of the persecution of mages. Blood magic was simple. You used blood to strengthen your abilities through rituals. Some mages chose to use their own blood, slitting their wrists to make their next spell stronger while those who were extremely hungry for power began group sacrifices of the mundane and magical alike. The sheer horror brought on by blood magic as well as a blood fueled magical terrorist act known as "Exodus" that resulted in the mass death of millions of innocents and the destruction of most of the east coast led to the officials around the world declaring THE MALEFICARUM PROJECT born. Taking its name from a treatise written on the prosecution of witches long before, the project branded all mages as "Maleficar" and promised that no act like Exodus would happen again as all mages were to be executed as soon as they began showing signs of their abilities. The executions were to be done by the templars. This called for war between the templars and the mages, each fighting for their safety. But the war ended shortly, the templars anti magic weaponry as well as their training on hunting mages, left the mages unable to cast magic and unable to runaway. 14 years have passed since the mages were executed in masses because of what they could do. Now templars are everywhere, they serve as guards, soldiers, government and there are few mages left. Kids who are born with magical abilities are taken away and never seen again and mages are hunted down relentlessly. Those who do not resist arrest are imprisoned in state of the art anti-magic prisons and those who do are killed. But quietly a force rises, taking pride in what they've been branded. Calling themselves The Maleficar Resistance these mages skirt along the country liberating imprisoned mages and children intent on teaching them to not be ashamed of what they are. Your character in this story can start off as many things. They can be a teacher of a school (listed below, limited spots, you will get a PM from me about their school :3) They can be a brand new member of the Resistance, either liberated or an apostate (a free mage without any affiliation). If you want your character to already be a member of the Resistance prior to the starting of this RP, PM me so I can tell you what you need to know. They can be a mundane who is helping the Malefiar Resistance or even more interesting; an ex-templar. Eventually going to need Templars but right now the demand is not that high. COMMENTS FROM THE GM Hiya! I'm BearEnthusiast (obviously). This is a roleplay that has major elements of Modern Fiction and Fantasy! It's deeply inspired by the Dragon Age series as the conflict of mages and templars is adapted from that series but not everything in DA is in this RP (things like Lyrium and the Fade for example, are not included.) RULES 1.] All of Iwaku's rules apply. 2.] Be respectful among the different writers here! People have opinions and opinions differ. Maturity is a must~ 3.] No real post length requirement BUT your post needs to Move The Plot Forward . I'd personally prefer a paragraph or two per post, but as long as whatever you type advances the story and isn't fluff, it's fine with me. 4.] The OCC thread is for discussion! Ask me literally all the questions (that pertain to the story or universe of course) and don't be afraid to add your input! 5.] Romance in the RP is a encouraged but sex needs to be fade to black or done through private messages (provided both parties are in the same age group). 6.] You can have up to 3 CHARACTERS, just make sure you can keep up with them equally! 7.] HAVE FUN. It's literally the most important thing, if you aren't send me a PM and we can talk about what we can do. :) HOW MAGIC WORKS Magic Schools /Emotions Associated/Teacher Fire - Passion - Leona Tallis Ice - Despair - Sebastian Rutherford Wind - Contentment - Bankei Chinshu Electricity - Justification - OPEN Force - Determination - Jedediah Bennet Spirit - Compassion - Sammuel Louissenbarn Death - Solitude - Nyx Garner > Magic naturally manifests when a mages emotions are at a high. This is how many often realize they are mages to begin with it is known as the Awakening Moment. During the Awakening, raw magical power surges through a mages entire body, filling them. (the school of magic depending on the emotion). >The school of magic your character experiences during their Awakening Moment is the one they are most potent at and recommended to dedicate themselves too. But mages can learn all types of magic with time and with the falls of the formal schools mixed mages or mages who chose a different school are not odd. > Magic can be cast either through one's hands or a staff. > In terms of the roleplay itself there isn't a specific spell book with a list of what can or cannot be cast. I trust that whoever join is modest with their character's magical abilities and spells (basically nobody is calling damn meteors from the sky right off the bat) The 7 Schools are just meant as guidelines as to the types of magic there are known (for now) >Due to the Maleficarum Project, all the schools have been shut down so one cannot formally attend them. However, the Maleficar Resistance house two strong mages who serve as both recruiters and teachers. Sebastian Rutherford, an adept Ice Mage and Leona Tallis a skilled Fire Mage. >An official type up on what each school specializes in will be made but for now PM me about the school you are interested in and I'll answer~ >More questions or I missed something? Tell me, I'm willing to answer all the questions c: THE MALEFICAR RESISTANCE - ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW HOW DOES THE RESISTANCE FUNCTION? The Maleficar Resistance is small, albeit growing group of mages who's goal is to find equality for their people as well as free those mages who are being imprisoned by the templars. The Maleficar Resistance are not the most wealthy or supported group however and is far from perfect. Regardless The Resistance is split into three different units. Combat, Liberation, and Defense. All three units work with one another in order to both survive and progress. The Combat Unit is often used as a distraction, assaulting the front of a stronghold with powerful displays of magic while the Infiltration Unit sneaks in through the back. Afterwards any rescued mage is brought back to the various Resistance strongholds where they are kept safe by the Defense Unit. Combat Unit Liberation Unit Defense Unit Members of the Combat Unit are the mages who combat the Templars head on. Those interested in this unit receive the most non-magic combat training and are allowed weaponry such as assault rifles and shotguns. Most of The Resistance's ranks are in this unit. Members of the Liberation Unit are the mages who have been trusted to execute covert operations that involve discreetly making their ways into Templar prisons/strongholds and extracting imprisoned mages. They are also the unit sent to retrieve children who have started showing signs of magic. The Defense Unit is the only unit in The Resistance to not be made entirely out of mages. Members of the Defense Unit remain at various Resistance strongholds hidden throughout the rubble of the East Coast cities. They are responsible for keeping the hideouts hidden and protecting the mage children/teenagers too young to be deployed. This unit is made out of few mages and mostly non-magical volunteers. WHAT ARE THE RANKS OF THE RESISTANCE? The Leaders The Resistance and its units are headed by two mages equally, Leona and Sebastian.They both choose to lead directly, heading different units personally in order for the highest chance of success.The Teachers Aside from Sebastian and Leona, there are other talented mages who have joined the resistance. Each one however are specialized in a different school of magic. They use their talents both to help the Resistance as members of either the Combat Unit or Infiltration Unit but are also expected to teach new members about their school of magic. The Initiates After the teachers come the new members.They are the mages who are liberated from the Templars or apostates who believe in mage equality. They are trained how to effectively use magic by the teachers and are also trained how to fight without magic by Leona. When they are ready, they get a choice between becoming a member of the Combat Unit under Leona or the Liberation Unit under Sebastian. Fire Ice Wind Electricity Force Spirit Death Leona's raw natural talent in fire magic has made her the prime candidate of a teacher for all aspiring, passionate fire mages. Sebastian's solemn and serious practice regiments are a staple must for any mage wishing to utilize the power of the cold. Chinshu is the prime example of a wind mage. Both a free and kindred spirit, his wind magic is unparalleled by any Resistance mage and naturally that has made him a mentor. TBA Jedediah Bennet, or informally Jeb, is the quirky but talented teacher any force mage must follow. Though he seems an odd fit for the Resistance his title as a teacher is well deserved. Samuel, titled the Grand Sage at the age of 22, is one of the few Spirit Mages who haven't been rounded up by the Templars. Any mage who wishes to learn the protective techniques of the Spirit seek him. TBA THE MALEFICAR RESISTANCE THE WRITERS @BearEnthusiast, @Wolfsin, @QuakeUPSB, @weird., @chaosheart13, @Neobach, @Miranda Sage Barnard and @EpitaphQueen. CHARACTER SHEETS Mage Character Sheet Image Here (Preferred realistic artwork like the GIF on the top of this post but do what you gotta do. Any image format is fine. :3) Full Name: (Your character's name) Ranking: Either Initiate or Teacher (The former being a brand new member) Gender: (Your character's gender) Age: (The Maleficar won't deploy a mage any younger than 18. Remember magic has only existed for 30!) Appearance: (Description of what is not included in the picture provided if any) Personality: (How does your character act) Biography: (Can include as much as you'd like but it needs to have the moment their magic is awakened and what emotion they were experiencing at the time. ) Primary School of Magic: (What school your mage is best at) Secondary School of Magic: (If your mage has dabbed in a different school) Preferred Weapon: (As anti-mage weaponry exist and the Resistance has not found a counter, all members are trained how to fight without their magic. POSTING ORDER 1. @BearEnthusiast 2. @QuakeUPSB 3. @Wolfsin 4. @weird. 5. @chaosheart13 6. @Neobach 7. @Miranda Sage Barnard 8. @Ythania 9. @EpitaphQueen Note: The posting order is only used if the Maleficarum members are on a mission. During times spent in strongholds or bases there is no posting order.