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Photep, the City of Light


Photep is the greatest city in the entire world. Possibly the only city, but the greatest all the same. It stands as a shining pinnacle of civilization. A monument to science, art, philosophy, and law. It is little wonder that it is known as the City of Light. Photep is your home. It has raised you as one of its own, regardless of whether you or those of your blood were born there. It has protected you, nurtured your talents, and now it will make you part of its legacy. For you are a Sorcerer, or at least, you soon will be.

Magic is a fairly common thing on the world of Ea. It suffuses the earth, the air, the seas, and every living thing that walks, swims, or flies. For this, Ea is both wondrous and dangerous. Strange beasts prowl the wastes outside the city walls, the weather is most vicious and unpredictable, and even the earth itself is known to upheave violently. It is little wonder then, why Photep may be the only city in all of Ea, and why it has become so great. Most people can, with practice, perform simple feats of magic. Before the founding of Photep, this was all people were ever capable of: petty witchcraft and parlor tricks. The Sorcerers of Photep are different; they cleave to the true magic, that which binds reality together, and decides the fate of men and gods. And in time, so shall you.

Today is the day of your commencement from the Pesedjet, the most prestigious learning institution in all of Photep. On this day, you ascend from your adolescence and begin your path toward maturity and mastery over magic. You and your fellow initiates will be inducted today into the Cults of Heka, the fellowships of Sorcerers that lawfully pursue the deepest mysteries of magic within Photep. You will be selected by a Sorcerer-Magus to begin your apprenticeship under their tutelage as Sorcerer-Novitiate, and be formally inducted into their Cult. From that point on, the Cult will be your home, your academy, your workplace, your family.

All stand ready. It is time for the commencement to begin. The five pyramids of the Heka provide no shade from Ea's harsh noonday sun, and a distant glimmer catches your eye. Standing high above all else, every tower and every pyramid, there it is: the Silver Tower. The symbol of he who has made all of this possible. The ruler and master of all of Photep since the day he founded it.

The Crimson King.





So this is a weird thing I've wanted to do for a while, and tried to do in 1x1s to little effect, as well as once before in Casual. The idea here is that your characters are sorcerers-in-training studying under the master sorcerers of the city of Photep. We're leaning heavily into a sort of magic-future version of Egypt/Persia, very Crystal Spires and Togas in terms of aesthetic. It's a utopia of learning and progress, an oasis in a harsh and dangerous world. Or at least, you believe it is.

Any returning players from the last IntCheck should feel free to post their characters again here.

I will consider the possibility of players getting to play as the Magus sorcerers, but that will depend on how well I know you, your work, and if I think you understand the feel and flavor of the world.

The extent of relevant worldbuilding I've done can be found here, but let me know if you have any other questions.





Here is a sample CS, I may or may not actually play this character, but still feel free to use it as a reference point for what I generally want to see.



And yes, before anyone points it out, I know that this looks a lot like a particular thing from a particular game. Just consider this a "school AU" version of that, and we'll leave it at that.

If anyone has any questions, comments, or interest, please let me know.
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I could certainly be interested in this. I'll keep my eye on it.
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This idea looks awesome! I'll keep my interest in this and when it hits a full RP, I'll have an idea put together!
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@Achronum Feel free to consult with me on ideas and character concepts. My PMs are open. I generally like to have characters at least drafted up by the time the OOC starts, so we can nail them down and then start the IC while the iron is hot.
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Definitely interested! Can a person have multiple Tutelaries, or would this fall under Demonology? I'm thinking of making a Biomancer that focuses on empowering their Tutelary.
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@Duoya That would most probably fall under Demonology, which would be difficult for a Novitiate to pursue. Perhaps your character has become master over an aberrant Tutelary, which whispers strange, secret things to them... Just a possibility.
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@Dead Cruiser And speaking of Tutelary, what size are they? If they take the form of a vulture, would they be the size of the vulture or would they be smaller?
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@Achronum Tutelaries are generally expected to be small enough that they can accompany their master at essentially all times without being a distraction or obstruction.
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@Dead Cruiser Just to ask at least, what are the specialties of the different Cults?
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@Crusader Lord This is listed in the Magic section of the Codex.
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Are Tutelaries purely aether in the shape of animals, or do they have those animals' characteristics as well? Ex. does a scorpion or a snake tutelary have venom?
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@Obscene Symphony They are essentially just avatars shaped like animals. Most of the time, anyway, as animal-forms tend to be the easiest for Novitiates to materialize.
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@Dead Cruiser Would say...a size shifting skelly who could be as small as to perch on your shoulder and up to human size be an obtuse but acceptable idea for a Tuletary? XD
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@Crusader Lord I'm gonna say probably not, mostly because that's tonally not really what tutelaries are meant to be like.
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Aww! Drat. XD

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Oh shit, it's back.
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@Scribe of Thoth It is! As I recall you had a more than adequate CS written last time, which you are free to use, or come up with a new one if you like.
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@Dead Cruiser If i may ask another question...how obtuse or odd can Tuletaries actually get?
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@Scribe of Thoth Eyyy! I remember you from the other magic academy RP! Er, another one from some time ago at least.

Small world.
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@Crusader Lord It truly depends on the caliber of Sorcerer that summons them. Here are two famous sorcerers of note that I can cite as example. Ashur Kai, the White Seer, is served by the tutelary Tokugra, which takes the form of a raven made of shadow that speaks only in rhyme. Azekh the Exile is master of Aaetpio, which has no static form but presents itself as a shifting mass of eyes and wheels of light.
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