[BCOLOR=#000000][The Blight is Upon Us][/BCOLOR]
It is modern day, and the social fabric of every vampire’s existence is being torn apart from within. The several vampiric bloodlines, once arrogantly thought impervious and eternal by their children, have been infected with a disease so ancient and terrifying that even the oldest of nosferatu believed it to be nothing more than a myth. It is called the Sol Blight, and it has shaken the pillars of vampire culture to its very core.
As the Sol Blight spreads erratically and unpredictably throughout the vampire community, burning its victims with unnatural light from within, fear and chaos spread with it. It is a disease that shows all the potential of becoming a pandemic, and every vampire upon the globe now looks to total extinction as a very real possibility. The search for a cure is frantic, and near all-encompassing. The clan-like bloodlines find themselves with strange bedfellows, working with longtime enemies and forgotten brethren in order to steal their very existence from the expurgation of time.
Yet, even with a singular focus, unity is far from a reality. Some see this coming tempest as an opportunity to change the power hierarchy of the bloodlines, and perhaps even to supplant the long-ruling ancients that hold ultimate reign over every vampire upon the globe. It is a seminal moment for all the vampires with unnatural life still within their still hearts—and you are among them.
This is the Sanguinoso Covenus, one of dozens of vampire covens in New York City that find themselves caught in the tumult. Beneath the overreaching purview of the Great Council of York, rests all of the covens within the five boroughs--and all the intrigue, scandal, and blood-letting that comes with it. The Sol Blight has begun to spread throughout the city. Survival, or perhaps more, steer the course of your actions now. How will you and your coven members navigate the strung web of disease, betrayal, violence, romance, and political machination?
This is an Adept to [BCOLOR=#000000]Advanced[/BCOLOR] level, [BCOLOR=#000000]Adult[/BCOLOR] Group RP, where players will create a character that is a part of a vampire coven (the Sanguinoso Covenus) in modern day New York City. The RP will be open-ended and character driven, allowing players to help truly steer the course of the conflicts that they, and their fellow players, will face throughout the entirety of the story.
I am looking for several dedicated and enthusiastic people who would like to build a unique story and world around one of the most iconic supernatural characters ever conjured by humankind…
-All Iwaku site rules apply.
-Though discussion and brainstorming are welcome and encouraged, once the GM has made a decision, that decision is considered final and absolute.
-If a player has any issues or concerns that arise, please utilize PM’s to bring these to the attention of the GM.
-This RP will have adult themes, and any sexual encounters will be strictly “fade to black”.
-If a player loses interest, or cannot post for whatever reason, please be courteous and inform the cast or GM of this.
-If a player is inactive without notice for more than a week, the GM may kill off that player’s character at his discretion.
-Above all, be chivalrous in the OOC, and thoughtful of plot direction in the IC. Have fun, and be open to the ideas of others.
The world of the vampire as we know it is on the precipice. Though peace holds sway among the nosferatu, the highly political covens that govern are becoming increasingly balkanized. This phenomenon was beginning even before the recent advent of the Sol Blight, and the disease has only amplified its progression. The Great Councils, made up of a select number of ancients, work to hold the covens in check. In truth, however, the twenty-three Great Councils are just as political and petty as their smaller counterparts.
Power Structure and Hierarchy of the Vampire Realm
The Lost Monarchs
Thalia, the Queen of the Blood Moon, and Hirrus, the Alpha King, were the first two vampires to walk the Earth. Every vampire traces their lineage to either Thalia or Hirrus. Though believed to still exist in some form, neither the Queen of Blood nor the Alpha King have been seen in thousands of years. The Great Councils still act--in an honorary fashion--that their sovereignty is still given solely by the two Lost Monarchs.
The Great Councils
Made up a handful of ancients, each Great Council autonomously governs a specific geographical region. They hold sway over all covens, as well as the few rogue vampires that operate outside of the sanction of a coven. Their governance is generally sparse, as tradition has kept vampiric law mostly unchanged for centuries. However, when a decision is passed down by the Great Council, it is expected to be obeyed without delay or question.
The covens are the backbone of vampire society. The thousands that exist across the globe range from ancient to recent, and they each maintain and hold a rich identity, history, and agenda. Covens can range in size from only a few members, to large groups of thousands of vampires. Generally, covens are operated by their own councils, with each group being under the ultimate command of a Covenarch. Individual covens have their own bylaws that determine the selection of councilmembers, as well as how long the Covenarch’s term may last.
The symbol of the Sanguinoso Covenus
Years in existence: 351 Years
Answers to: The Great Council of York
Covenarch: Lothaire Hamilton
Size: 238 members
Important Note: The Sanguinoso Covenus only accept vampires who can prove their lineage to that of Thalia, Queen of the Blood Moon.
This coven can trace its lineage to some of the first settlers of the colony of New York. As the humans that fled persecution by the British during the 17th century, the vampires that formed the Sanguinoso Covenus likewise were seeking to remove themselves from the iron hand of the Great Council of London. These vampires had a vested interest in seeking autonomy from England, and as such they fought and died alongside human patriots during the United States’ War of Independence.
As the centuries past, the Sanguinoso Covenus worked actively to maintain an influential, yet inconspicuous level of power in the New World. When at last the vampire population grew large enough in the north eastern United States, and the Great Council of York was founded, they were among the first of the covens to seek to limit the power the ancients, and maintain their own freedom to govern. Their efforts were only moderate successful by means of the appointment of their founder, Alexander Hamilton, to the Great Council.
(Picture: Please use only high-quality photographs. No anime or comic images please)
-Age: Actual and Apparent Age
-Gender: Male or Female
-Appearance: Describe any relevant features or characteristics you’d like to include.
-Coven Position: Create a reasonable position or duty that your character holds within the coven. Anything from second-in-command, all the way down to…whatever. Use your imagination. Please keep this selection “realistic” however.
-Special Abilities: Choose no more than three unique abilities, beyond that of a basic vampire. Please be judicious in this section. When coming up with abilities, think of the vampires in the vein of Anne Rice, or the Underworld movie series. Abilities should have little direct influence on the physical world--i.e. no telekinesis, pyrokinesis, absolute mind control, or transmutation. Also, abilities can be more skills based, such as adeptness with swords, multilingualism, etc.
-Bio: A short description of any information you feel is pertinent to list for your fellow cast members to know about your character. I encourage players to create linked backstory and pre-existing relationships with other player characters if they so desire.
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Lothaire Hamilton--Covenarch|| played by Omicron
Zoe Bachman--Hostess|| played by Adelaide
Sebastian Brauer--Enforcer|| played by Lady Martinet
Theodore Stone--Historian|| played by neptune
August Pendragon--Blood Keeper|| played by Corpser Roach
Ophelia--The Culler|| played by Muirgen
Charlotte Rose Callaghan--Tech Support|| played by Krysondra
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