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A Rilla and SmileyJaws collaboration project.








In the middle of the third age a new branch of power grew from the imperial tree that rules most of the lands in the known world. The name given to this fundamentally martial arm, the Ordo Arcana. A ministry of sorts charged with investigating secrets, mysteries and the arcane wherever it shows itself. Magick, a gift from the god Dybris, transformed society as people knew it for the better - at first. On the mainland dwarf, elf, gnome, human and troll alike came together to work in harmony. For centuries this unity remained mostly intact, however during the closing years of the second age the work of a trickster god would undo all that had been for as long as generations back could remember. This unnamed god brought with him an ideology. Taking human form he introduced the notion of using magick for personal gain and darker arts to the most adept. Using his ethereal influence to shape those dubbed worthy into instruments of a greater plan. What would happen next would bring a short lived but destructive era of chaos.

With a champion of every race, the trickster made sure his pawns ascertained positions of influence and power among their respective kin, these were usually advisers or head magicians and shamans of major settlements. Friendship between the different races began to fray like old rope as hunger for power grew among greedy leaders - or those who saw themselves fit to lead. Advances in the fields of magick and Alchemy gave the ability to produce giant constructs, warmachines among other great and terrible discoveries. Within a decade conflict had broken out once again, internal conflict within the uneasy alliances was almost always present in some shape or form. War raged for only thirty years but it was time enough to change the known world. Races became largely segregated, protective of their turf, peace agreements be damned, and much knowledge of many aspects was lost whether through life or loss of instruction. The period that ensued immediately after would go down in history as the dark days, but from the ashes arose a phoenix. A small band of warriors under one banner became an army and would within half a century sweep across most of civilized mainland and surrounding islands that made up the discovered world - placing it under imperial rule.

Around the same time as the founding of the Ordo Arcana, other changes were being made in the Empire. These would soon become clear as favorable, at least to some races of the Empire, others it became a nuisance which would soon evidently show itself as a sort of social culling of those deemed lesser; Trolls, Dwarves, Goblins and even Gnomes to name a few despised by a largely older, xenophobic and human council that stood at the forefront of the governing branch of the imperials.

It is the beginning of the fourth age, use of magick is scarcely seen in public for fear of retribution, the boogeymen of the Ordo Arcana, more than just a story mother's told naughty children. There are those who still practice the arcane of course, referred to as adepts, those who still have a link to the fountain of magic in the plane of Dybris - the most sensitive to it going on to becoming the greatest of wizards or magicians, even if in near secret.




Our tale begins in the town-stead of Aurora's End, a ragtag group of arms dealers and their adventures through the land, persecuted by the Ordo Arcana for their involvement in the distribution of knowledge of forgotten magicks. Plenty of political intrigue and seafaring antics await.

Notes
-Races will be limited to a more classic selection (Human/Elf/Dwarf/Beastkin etc.),
-Inappropriate characters who do not fit the theme or tone will be rejected,
-This is the Advanced section, standards will be enforced,
-Two words; marvelous realism - fantastical events in an otherwise realistic setting. You're probably going to want to remember that,
-Expect more of that fluffy lore stuff in the OOC, this intcheck is solely to provide an overview and, you guessed it, gather interest.

Special thanks to @Rilla for agreeing to undertake this endeavor with me.







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I am interested.
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Sure, why not?
(Other than Rilla being here)
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Sure, why not?
(Other than Rilla being here)


I'm going to kill you off first.
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INTERESTED!
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If you guys have any questions, feel free to ask.
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This is exactly the kind of setting I like best, I am definitely interested. However, I am always hesitant about joining group RPs because of their tendency to enter a death spiral the first time someone drops out or takes too long to post. How do you plan on dealing with that problem?
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Killing anyone who drops out. Obviously.
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In truth though, we won't be placing anyone above anyone else in terms of importance. So if someone drops out, they aren't the lynchpin to the entire story. As well as encourage people to take charge and not just react, but be proactive in the RP
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Down!
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As an update, the OOC will be up in a day or two. @SmileyJaws will serve as GM, and I will b his humble assistant as Co-Gm. We are appreciative of all the interest and please, ask us questions, and if you have any ideas, feel free to let us know them.

You can find one or both of us on Discord as well, or PMs work well as well.
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Quite interested. I'd be interesting in learning more about our prospective characters, and the setting at large. What other powers are at play here? What would you describe as the technological level of the setting? How does magic generally work?
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Technology is around flintlock pistol level, if I remember Smiley talking earlier. Our characters are people taking advantage of the current political climate for profit, like all weapons movers, we sell to whoever has the big bucks. I'm partial to magic brign something that generates from the inside,but at the same time being different for each race.

For instance, humans being more adept at manipulating Chi, while Elves dabble more in nature magics, while still Beastkin magic manifests as physical enhancments. The point of us running magic is that any race has the capacity to learn other races magic, if they have access to it be it scrolls, rituals, etc.
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Thanks for all the interest, everybody. Everything going according to plan the ooc will be up tomorrow night GMT. If you haven't subscribed to this thread already make sure to do so, the ooc will be linked here on the top post and in a mention when finished.

Looking forward to it and getting to see the characters you guys submit.

@Briza@Alphakoka@forums@Wardian@DrunkasaurusRex@Dead Cruiser@Sterling
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And remember, any questions you have feel free to ask them. I can only murder you once, so take some solace in that.
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UPDATE: Hi guys, as you may have noticed, the ooc was meant to be up by now, got caught up today and am only just getting home. The ooc will be up by tomorrow afternoon, apologies.
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Tentatively interested. Been hankering for a good fantasy RP.
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Arms dealing seems like a bit of a narrow field in this sort of setting, at least if every single PC is going to be one. Would it be unreasonable to widen into other sorts of smuggling or criminal activity?
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^^ I planned on crafting a thief/rogue sort of character
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