Arcane Dreams

Big thanks to Papitan for 90% of the ideas here.

Welcome to Arcane Dreams! A story of magical transformations and fights with monsters and other magical people to save the world! Or destroy it, do what you want I guess. As a sorcerer, you possess the ability to transform into a magical form and use magic, however you aren't able to do this under normal circumstances. Something around earth seems to nullify and stifle magic, however once removed from that environment (Via these special events alluded in the prelude) you are free to use your powers without restriction!

What is magic? Well, that has a very long and complicated answer! The short of it is that magic comes from one's soul. Every living thing possesses a soul (Yes, even single-celled life forms and plants, however the anatomy of souls varies between different life forms. Colony-based organisms like algae or certain plants and fungi tend to unify one soul for example.) And by extension, everything that has a soul produces magic, or mana (measure of one's magical energy.) However, most living things have a very small source of mana, meaning that they are incapable of using it.

Sorcerers are the exception to this rule, they have been chosen by the dream demon, and had their souls unlocked to allow the their magic to manifest. For sorcerers, as their magic comes from their very soul, their magic is unique to them. Or rather, their soul. So, you can think of magic as the manifestations of ones dreams, desires, ambitions, personas, and ideals. Sorcerers are not chosen by coincidence either, the dream demon targets those with 'potential'. Regarding the soul, those with strong aforementioned traits of desires, ambitions, etc harbor the best potential for magical growth. there isn't any correlation with motive, people with evil desires are just as likely to be chosen as those with good or more neutral ones. In general, those that are more then willing to use magic end up being chosen by the dream demon.

Now, not much is known about this demon, or demons in general really. In fact, no one knows if it's really a demon at all. Maybe it’s a Magical Beast, or an alien, who knows. But most sightings and rumors depict this creature as a quadrupedal beast of a smokey, inky form, two horns, and glowing eyes. Although it mostly appears in that form, its noted that the size is inconsistent from that of a dog to larger than an elephant, and even its shape seems to change by some accounts. To something like a horned, shadowy human, or some other creature.

In every account, the dream demon first appears while one is experiencing sleep paralysis. Its shape and sometimes form accommodates the state of the location when needed. Even if you’ve slept on your stomach and facing the floor, your body would move on its own so you’d see the creature. It doesn’t approach you, it only watches you. They say that if it transforms into a new shape after being observed, it is reflecting your ‘soul.’ If it doesn’t do this, then it means you were not chosen. After experiencing sleep paralysis, you’ll never see it again unless it does reflect your soul.

If it does, then you will see glimpses of the beast from the corner of your eye once each day for three days in a row. And when you sleep after the third encounter, you will have a dream. This dream has no consistency with other accounts, only that it in some way enraptures your own desires, dreams, and wishes. When you wake up, you will have a sense of fulfillment and bliss for the rest of the day. Though you wouldn’t know it at the time, this is when you had become a sorcerer.

What of those that weren't chosen? Well, there are some that may have either some potential, or at least would be more then willing to use magic based on their situation, but have been overlooked by the dream demon or never had the potential it was looking for. In which case, or if the Dream Demon doesn't get to them in time, they may be sought out by a Magical Beast! Magical Beasts will offer a familiar contract in exchange for the sorcerer deal. Unlike the chosen, contracted sorcerers can summon their magical beast too! This is to counterbalance the fact that contracted sorcerers have lower innate potential then chosen. Additionally, the theme of contracted sorcerers revolve more around the magical beast they make a contract with, since its less of awakening one's potential and more of being given power. The exact theme can have minor influences based on the sorcerer, but generally speaking a sorcerer that is contracted to something like a phoenix will have their powers reflect that.

There are a few other entities besides magical beasts that can offer contracts to make sorcerers, but that's classified information!

Then there are the Inheritors. The Inheritors are those that well, inherit the power of another sorcerer by a willing process. (There is an unwilling process involving stealing one's power, but that is classified information for now :D). Its generally rare, but in instances such as when a sorcerer is on their death bed, or in any other case, wanting to 'pass down the torch', they can give someone else their power if they aren't already a sorcerer. Doing so does unlock their soul, but in general they inherit the theme and abilities of whoever gave them the power in the first place (Though like in the case of contracted sorcerers, the abilities and general appearance vary on individuals on a case by case basis, based on the minor influence of the receiver's soul. So its never 100% exactly the same as the original.)

Most if not all magical beasts require that the souls of the sorcerer becomes their next meal once the sorcerer dies. Some beasts may also provide additional clauses but this varies.

Witches: Classified.

Symbiote Sorcerers: Classified.

Magisters: Classified.

Artifacts: Classified

All sorcerers can see souls! Wow crazy right? You can even interact with them to an extent, however please do not attempt to eat souls! Its bad if you do!

Since sorcerers can't use their powers normally, non-contracted sorcerers often don't realize they are a sorcerer to begin with, contracted sorcerers may have been told such, but they'll have no experience until an EVENT happens.

Still, after becoming sorcerer, some noticeable, positive changes will occur. The changes vary based on the individual, someone might find themselves a bit more lucky then before if they were having an unfortunate streak, someone who isn't happy with their looks will wake up more beautiful, a love one with a fatal illness might be cured. In general, the changes that occur are self-thought problems that their magic will try to fix. Keep in mind, that this will not perfect every 'flaw' they see themselves with, in fact only a few if not just one flaw will change in this manner. Additionally, the magic can't force other people's thoughts and free will to grant the desire of the sorcerer, nor can their magic do something drastic like becoming immortal. Contract Sorcerers may have also been bargained additional deals like this as part of their deal, though in reality most sorcerers experience these positive changes whether or not they made a contract. These wishes are only granted when someone first becomes a sorcerer.

NOTE: If you don't wanna play a sorcerer and just wanna do slice and life, you can put N/A for non-sorcerers. Keep in mind you won't be able to interact with combat events if you aren't playing a sorcerer.

Lets break down the sorcerer abilities now!

So in short, the player-available sorcerers are Chosen, Contracted, and Inheritors! (Witches and other faction-based sorcerer characters are classified, since they will be more relevant in the later story, but if you are curious on any for character creation I can give you more details.) In general, most players should be chosen, a few contracted. Inheritors are okay, but for plot reasons there aren't any established sorcerers at the starting IC location, so you'd have to come another city, pm me for details if you wanna go that route.

Chosen Sorcerers tend to be the strongest of normal sorcerers since they are picked precisely for having the personalities that would end up using magic of their own will anyway, and by extension having the strongest potential.