Introduction to RavenBlack City
RavenBlack City exists in a realm side by side with our own – adjacent, but not quite separate. There are few things certain except that RavenBlack himself is the creator, foundation, and namesake for the whole realm which exists as a powerful force indebted to him. Everything else is storytelling and speculation widely contested among citizens.
Neither the origins of RavenBlack or the city are known to anyone but them, though we know for certain that RavenBlack came first and birthed the small universe somehow. Early on, RavenBlack and the realm began a deeply symbiotic relationship. The realm provided for the blood-drinking deity by making itself into an alluring trap hidden in plain sight. Gateways began to appear throughout the earth in the form of small and unassuming lures, attracting life to enter. There, waiting inside the jaws of his domain, RavenBlack would feed so both he and his province could grow in strength. It was the perfect place for the master vampire to live, but few who were lured agreed, leaving quickly once spooked. Forced to continually lure in new prey, which was a tiring endeavor, the creator began to sire others and send them out to do his work for him. Having chosen the most ambitious, fearless, persuasive, and beautiful as his children, they made short work of filling his city.
For his part, RavenBlack worked to weave matter within the city to resemble the world outside, making it more appealing as a home for prey. The city had a bit of this town and a bit of that place, the rolling plains of this land and the deserts and high mountains of that. Nothing was consistent except for its charm, which even extended to the crumbing and run down parts that often stayed empty.
Before long, the small universe was filling with creatures from far and wide. Its pull extended beyond just humans and vampires; all were drawn to the magnetic pull of an impressive magical force. They gathered in the wild frontier, building it into the city as we now know it. The whole of it was a guise meant to harbor and develop mortal prey, while the supernatural creatures that roamed hunted and entertained themselves in their playground unchecked. It was a paradise of sorts and even as houses squabbled over territory, collective prosperity always brought about a peace. It seemed as though it would go on like this for all of time. It was a lie. The curse of the city was that there could never be peace, only an insatiable hunger capable of swallowing bonds and oaths and whatever got in its way.
Hunger has plagued RavenBlack City from its first moments, and just as hunger raised the city from the ground, so too will hunger reduce it to dust. Greedy and depraved, it is always overreaching for just a little bit more. While once thriving, the city now faces an old crisis: expending more than it is taking in. As lofty vampire houses concerned with little more than holding onto their own power strangle growth, they are blind to the noose they place around their own necks. There are some though that can feel it; their power source is draining, resources are becoming more scarce, and the very make-up of the city is crumbling back into dark matter.
Great was the ruse for so long that even the vampires had forgotten what would happen should the city not lure in enough fresh power to sustain it. Slowly as the city dies the mask falls away revealing a rotting and barren wasteland further driving its citizens away. If the vampires of RavenBlack City cannot remember their purpose, then there all will be lost, and worse than lost – forgotten. RavenBlack City’s denizens must feed. RavenBlack City must feed.
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