Rated M for Horror and adult Themes
Far to the Northeast of the Gieran Desert lies the great city of Veingaden, a center of learning and artistic vision far surpassing most of its neighbors, pristine marble statues and grand sweeping architecture dot the city, technology is based roughly of that of the early 1800’s, Veingaden is full of political intrigue with noble families dotting the city and even many of its neighbors all of whom vie for power and the throne.
In the middle of summer two simultaneous festivals take place one during the day and one at night. During the day the Feast of Plenty takes place a festival full of food wine and entertainers almost nothing is sold instead shopkeepers and stall workers share their wares freely contests on who has the finest foodstuffs are held and winning is considered a great honor. At night the Carnival of Fire begins human sized straw people are burned in great pyres, paper boats with small candles float across the canals and lakes while fireworks explode overhead.
At midnight of this day of merriment a terrible ice storm comes, halting the festivities and sending people scrambling for shelter. When the storm ends the people come out to see their world changed. The city is now covered in snow and the sky has been plunged into eternal night. The entire royal family save one has been murdered and the palace destroyed. A strange tall yet dapper man wearing a silver mask who calls himself Mr. Dreams now rules the city hunting the last royal family member and anyone that protects them
Veingaden after the Ice storm
The city has now become a winter wonderland; the city can be divided into three rings each with their own special brand of wonder and terror
The Outer Ring
Located on the edge of the city it is arguably the tamest part of the city, the weather is chilly but not uncomfortably so and it snows constantly. Strange things happen, here imagination is power and things have been known to pop out of a person’s head and walk around, The Moon talks, the stars dance, and watches run backwards nothing is ever as it seems on the outer ring. Normal shops have been closed since it’s now impossible to leave the city, however tall hooded figures have taken to running stalls and shops, and sell all manner of things from the mundane like food, clothes, to the extraordinary wishing rings, flight tonics, fire pants. They never accept money instead they rely on a bartering system exchanging their goods for small favors or other goods.
The Historical Ring
The timid and gentle winter give over to a howling freezing storm in the historical ring. Hard bits of sleet and frozen rain down hard enough to pierce skin. This area gets its name from the ghosts that reside here; transparent visages of people long dead act out their lives, most are harmless and pass through anything solid, some however can influence the world around them and are violent and will attack anyone on sight. The winds are extremely fierce and some people have said they’ve heard voices in it, it’s said that if certain conditions are met a person can receive prophetic visions
The Frozen Ring
The center of the city is the home of the final ring, unlike the gentle caress of the outer ring and the violent frenzy of the historical ring this area is simply… dead. Nothing moves or creaks within this ring and even voices are muted, every bit of the area including the buildings are covered by a thick layer of ice and not even the stars can be seen, it is bitter cold and can freeze moisture in seconds. The only place of light and sound is the building standing in the middle of the shattered remains of the royal palace called The Royal Bellham Hotel. The Hotel is always brightly lit and sounds of music and laughter can be heard in stark contrast the frozen silence of the rest of the ring, it’s said to be the home of Mr. Dreams himself though no one foolish enough to enter has ever returned.
- The Singing Mandrake
One of the most popular spots in the city, it’s warm and lively, the beverages sold here are strange and exotic and quite potent, the place also houses the Parlour of Virtue a collection of Evening Ladies (i.e whores) known for their intricate bright red stockings no one knows how they are made or how they get that unique hue but it’s joked that people go more for the stockings than the girls. The entire place is run by one of the hooded creatures that goes by the name of Sir Port
- Firelight Orphanage
A decrepit building (the owners swear they’re in the process of refurbishing) the children are rarely seen outside the orphanage but when they are they often have a hollow frightened look on their face, most are malnourished there are some rumors that they are being used for some nefarious purpose but these rumors are undoubtedly lies
- The Fighting rings
More of an event than an actual location these rings are held at various spots throughout the city they are extremely exclusive and are by invitation only, these rings are said to be the work of a man named Feducci
- Felicia has been having strange dreams involving her family’s ancestry, in order to learn more and hopefully stop them she buys and drinks a strange laudanum said to physically transport someone into a dream, however Sharon also takes a swig and they both find themselves sharing the dream
- Daniel has entered a semi legal fighting ring in the hopes of making some money, Meanwhile James has also started an illegal gambling racket for a similar reason, When Daniel is introduced to the Black Ribbon society he learns a terrible secret about the leader Feducci
- A brilliant inventor has just created a submersible able to dive under the waves, he hopes to explore a vast underground lake that formed from the melted ice of Veingaden, he has hired Lierah, James and Daniel to assist him in exploring the depths
- James being the free enterprise loving man that he is has formed his own smuggling racket, a group of individuals that brave the Historical district in search for old street signs which have become both rare and highly illegal in Veingaden, this group has come to call themselves the Shroud Smugglers. However a group of former magicians who thanks to the strange powers of Veingaden have become capable of more than parlour tricks and sleight of hand are now trying to move in on James's smuggling operation, these magicians call themselves The Masters of Glass, these two groups are now embroiled in a turf war
Profession: Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker, etc, etc
Dreams: this is more for your benefit than for mine, what sort of dreams does your character have? Dreams of flying? Dreams of falling? Dreams where he has to give a speech and he looks down an realizes he’s not wearing any pants? This is a realm where things can literally pop out of a persons head so it’s important for you to have an inkling of what sort of things would
Name: Daniel Blenven
Description: has short sandy brown hair, his lefteye is blue while his right eye is brown. He’s tall and lanky with a good build especially in the shoulders which tend to make him seem more imposing than he really is
Profession: Royal Guard
Dreams: has dreams where he’s flying or ones where he’s falling off a cliff in the middle of a terrible thunderstorm
History: Daniel was born on one of the outlying farms near Veingaden, he left when he was eighteen hoping to make his fortune in the city. In the city his size helped him land a job as a city guard, however chasing robbers and fighting street gangs didn’t really agree with his sensibilities so he got himself transferred to the palace a much easier job since it only requires standing around and looking fearsome a situation that suits him just fine.
Name: Mr. Dreams
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From The Palace
From The City
- Lierah October "Tobi" Malice-AliceMalice15
- James “Delta” Frank-Jacogos
- Jacques 'Jack' Decoeur-Atma-Noah
- Trinity Car'hani-Setsa
- Eumelia Eden- choubead
From the Outside