The three Goddesses of creation; Maerura, Gliira, and Lith. Maerura first created all of the inanimate materials that makes up the universe. Lith then created almost all of the life inhabiting the newly created universe. Finally, Gliira observed the life forms that Lith had created and then created the first humans. The human race proved to be the greatest of the species and quickly gathered vast influence and power, much to the obvious dislike of Lith. In fact, she claimed that her creations were being violated due to the actions of Gliira, which is an act of blasphemy worthy of starting a holy war over. Maerura wished to keep balance and avoid such a battle, so she was able to mediate a treaty between Lith and Gliira. According to this new agreement, humans are no longer born naturally. Instead, they're now born within buds sprouting on Sacred Trees that were created by all three of the Goddesses working together. Men are not born in these buds in order to keep the human's reliance on these trees for the continuation of their species, helping stop humans otherwise near unstopable expansion.
At least at the beginning, this agreement worked as planned for Lith. Humans quickly stopped their territorial expansion and formed into the first nations located around the Sacred Trees. After around a thousand years passed, men were considered to be just a myth. Humans had long finished a war that had resulted in each nation solidifying power over a single Sacred Tree at it's center. The balance of power was well maintained during this time, but suddenly some irregularities came about. One of the Sacred Tree's began to make "mistakes" and created a couple of male children, who's gender were kept secret. Due to nobody ever seeing a man before and not even believing that there were such a thing as men, the secret managed to be kept safe for some time. Another irregularity was the increase birth rate of humans, resulting in another need for territorial expansion. There's no proof that Gliira is responsible for these irregularities, so Lith decides to deal with this situation less directly then an all out war between Goddesses.
Women called Mothers work inside the Sacred Trees, which are hollow and large enough to contain around 10,000 buds at once at maximum capacity, but normally around half that (the amount varies to keep the human population relatively consistent). The Mothers are usually at least middle aged and are responsible for caring for all of the babies produced by the tree up until school age. The babies take around three months to develop, at which point the bud falls from the tree should they not be collected at the appropriate time, which is when the leaves surrounding the bud turn from green to bright pink. Should the buds fall, they're well cushioned and the baby could survive, but it's quite disrespectful to allow one to fall and considered to give that baby bad luck for the rest of her life. The people responsible for collecting these buds are the Sisters, much younger apprentices to the mothers who dangerously climb out onto the branches to collect the buds. They're also supposed to catch falling buds should it come to that. Women are allowed to adopt the child if they catch a bud that falls from the Sacred Tree (Sisters don't count. They'd all simply get punished for allowing such a thing to occur). The Mothers and Sisters are usually very religious.
While different religions do exist, a vast majority are related to the three Goddesses, Maerura, Gliira, and Lith. Most humans follow the Tridea religion, which involves worship of all three Goddesses equally. They pray in the morning to Maerura, usually for the land on which they live and work. Around noon they pray to Lith, usually for providing the life that provides their food. At night they pray to Gliira, usually as a thanks for their own life, family, and friends that they had met during the day. Additional prayers can be made to any or all of them at various points. There aren't many strict laws involved in the Tridea religion, although they're expected to live virtuous lives and respect holy things, such as the Sacred Trees. Shoes must be removed when walking on any holy ground, and special white robes with red markings must be worn depending on the circumstance or location. Their religion doesn't believe in an afterlife, but instead their life's energy is said to be placed into the Sacred Trees to allow for new humans to come to life within the tree buds. Reincarnation is said to be possible, although unlikely. In order to due so, someone's life energy is said to have to pass into a bud in one piece and not be mixed or corrupted by any other energy along the way, from the roots their energy is absorbed into all the way up the trunk and through the branches.
The second most common religion is the Gliirean religion, which worships only the Goddess Gliira, and thus have a more humanistic approach to things. They acknowledge that the Goddesses exist, but humans are able to behave how they wish and realize their full potential (although still shouldn't trample on other innocent humans along the way). The Litherian Religion worships only the Goddess Lith. They use human sacrifices and the people are much more oppressed. Dark robes cover their body during rituals. The least common religion involving the three Goddesses is Maerian, which involves the Goddess Maerura and is a more nihilist approach that doesn't take a side. They seem more detached and pacifistic in nature, settling disputes logically whenever they get involved.
Some humans are atheistic. There are also other religions found in some other mythical species, which rarely make their way into human society.
Magic and Mythical Creatures
While most humans don't have magic, magic does exist in roughly 8% of them. The spells are basically limited to creativity and energy cost. If it's really powerful, then it takes more energy from the caster to use. Spells involve vocalization unless the caster is so in sync with magic that they can simply think it, or for the best or luckiest, have the magic anticipate his or her needs or activate on it's own accord.
For mythical creatures, there are some intelligent life outside of the human race. You can get creative about what kinds of mythical creatures there are. A lot of the mythical creatures want to stay away from humans, although they have individually been involved with the humans from time to time. As the plot continues they are more likely to have to get involved.
The continent that this story takes place on is named Mae, after the Goddess Maerura who created the continent. Humans occupy the center of the continent, which provides mostly moderate temperatures and a lot of grasslands, lakes, and forests, although other geographical locations aren't unheard of. I've listed the four major human nations, but this list is incomplete. You may suggest the addition of a nation, whether it's human controlled or home to mythical creatures.
Empire of Lurill-To the east is the Empire of Lurill, the main bad guys of this roleplay and have the highest incidence of being worshipers of Lith, otherwise known as the Litherian religion. Lurill is the largest of the human nations and has a powerful military.
Republic of Pharee-To the north is Pharee, the "nation of many lakes" and the smallest human nation. They had a lot of mythical creatures visiting their nation compared to the other nations. However, they were abandoned by the mythical creatures once the surprise attack occurred, and they lost the war to Lurill within a year. Most of their soldiers are dead and their people are in hiding. Without control of the Sacred Tree, their population cannot last long.
Queendom of Eliorre-To the west is the Queendom of Eliorre. This is the second largest human nation. While their military is large, they're inexperienced and haven't faired much better then Pharee in their opening battles. It's rumored that the Goddess Gliira favors Eliorre due to secretly providing them with a couple of males in their Sacred Tree. The most common religion in Eliorre is Tridea, followed closely by Gliirean, which is growing in influence far faster then the rest.
Empire of Surrah-Located in the southern lands, Surrah is largely remaining neutral in this war. Due to being in a large desert, the Sacred Tree is starting to wither and the population is decreasing as a result. They are considered a loose cannon and could join any side, or remain natural, although that will be increasingly difficult for multiple reasons. The Maerian religion is more common here then anywhere else, although still not enough to overcome Tridea. The Litherian Religion Cult has a lot of small groups spread out around the empire, causing trouble for the government.
The balance of power could not last forever. The Empire of Lurill delivered a devastating surprise attack toward it's neighboring nation of Pharee, to the north. Lurillean soldiers had captured the Sacred Tree of Pharee with the year, and with it crushed the hope of the Phareian people. It's now been eight years since the opening attacks, and Lurill is in the opening stages of invading Eliorre, to the west. The boys born in the Sacred Tree of Eliorre have now grown up to be young men, and a prophecy has began to spread saying that mankind will soon be able to survive without relying on the Sacred Trees. The people that know better can't help but think that the Lith worshipers of Lurill wanted to avoid that fate by capturing the Sacred Trees, stopping the males from being born. The men's existence would ruin the status quo that was, in their opinion, needed to maintain the balance of the world, so this war would be justified in order to stop the devastation that would follow had they allowed these irregularities to continue.
What will happen now? It's all up to us to decide.
1. Standard forum roles apply unless otherwise stated.
2. You may have more then one character if desired.
3. You should post at least one decent sized paragraph, preferably more.
4. Keep this PG-13. While there will probably be some relationships going on, nothing graphic. Keep swearing to a reasonable amount.
5. I can add rules if necessary, but I will be fair with this power.
You may format the character sheet however you want, but make sure to include all of the information below:
Gender- (You can be male, in case you were wondering. Be sure to plan accordingly if you are)
Race- (if a mythical creature, explain about them)
Homeland- (such as Lurill or Eliorre)
Power/Abilities- (such as if you have magic)