Rated M: Fantasy Violence, language, perhaps drug use
The Chasm is what many call it. No one knows where it came from, the Chasm that is. Or how it came to be. Merely that a highly civilized society existed before they did. Their buildings now all lie in ruin, buried in deep oceans, or overtaken by thick, forest. Some even were taken over by the sand. The only refuge from the world out there that spawns demonic entities, is the only city known as the Sanctum.
A refuge that exist underground, built on the remnants of technology of old, powered by generators. Tools were made from scraps and junk. And enforcers were given tools forged by the essence of demons and the souls of their wielders.
While the Sanctum was still a sanctuary for some. There was still the occasional fear of demons raiding the Sanctum. Taking their tools to kill them with their own weaponry. Taking their technology turning the underground subway infrastructure cold and dark and vulnerable to more heavy attacks, starvation or hypothermia.
But there was a hope even in their bleak livelihoods. That hope came in the both the enforcers who recovered technology from the Chasm above. And the discovery of demon technology that allowed one to extract demon and soul essence.
This allowed them to fuse weapons with this energy, technology with this energy. But it came at a price. It meant the death of many innocence to extract the soul essence from an individual. While no one mourned the loss of a demon. No one would understand the high cost of the death of many individual humans to power their underground world.
And if the extraction of soul energy from individuals who could store it as mana was not controversial enough for those who lived in the Sanctum. Then the recent change of enforcers from simple individuals carrying weaponry fueled with soul and demonic essence was slowly weeded out for the Corrupted.
Corruption, as people called it, was the beginning that marked a “new evolution” in the eyes of some individuals, mainly the enforcing government of militia battling the demons. This Corruption was the birth of certain individuals with traits of humans and traits of demons. A Demi-Fiend only welcomed within the militia of the Sanctum. Who has never found acceptance from their fellow man. But no demon would take them either.
Forced to fight demons to uncover the relics of the past. They spent most of their lives wandering the Chasm. Only come to the Sanctum to trade with them, exchange goods, or gain essence for killing powerful bounties on Demonic Kings.
You are a Demi-Fiend forced to wander the Chasm. An ancient placed, with buildings that lie in rubble. That tell of a state known as Novas. You must survive, uncover ancient relics of the past, and seek the bounties of Demonic Kings in order to survive this land.
It’s set in a sort of odd dystopian future within a post apocalyptic setting. Novas is not the United States nor is it Japan. The RP also takes cues from Final Fantasy being an odd sort of urban, but still people wear armor and wield swords kind of urban fantasy. Note; you don’t need to have played the series to play this RP.
The RP is at it’s heart an open world survival RP. But without zombies. Instead you will be fighting demons and the big major events will often be seeking the domains of demon kings.
While the players may interact with each other you are free to break off, form groups, and even fight each other. Demi-Fiends or the corrupted must live in a harsh and isolating world. Isolated from both demonic kind, and humankind because of what you are.
This does not mean you will never be accepted certain feats may earn you rewards. Demons do not have allies themselves and can be fickle. If you kill their Demon King, you may have opportunities to run gangs of demons. But this will turn you more brutal and reliant on blood lust. Or you may earn more reputation through good deeds and assisting humans, which may give you a small pocket of opportunity in the Sanctum.
Which may yield you the capability of using physical features. Other types of weaponry and weapon proficiencies. But whatever you choose. There will be opportunities for all.
So, What the Hell? Demons and Post Apocalyptic Dystopian Underground Cities?
Roughly 200 years ago, a portal opened up replacing the sun. Oceans swallowed some cities leaving underground worlds to explore, deserts took over skyscrapers that stick up from the sand as unstable rubble, and forest overgrown cities that had once overtaken their land. And demons poured out from the portal, which hardened into an oddly red moon. Taking over the land of Novas.
Soon the remaining surviving humans retreated underground. Creating the Sanctum. And underground network of subway lines that connect to many different sections of the city and each section is in its own way a city in itself, providing different materials and goods for trade.
Demi-Feind are half demons, half humans. Unlike human beings who have to use Magatama stones to cast magic. Demi-Fiends can cast their own demonic magic and have twice the strength of a human being. A Demi-Fiend is not the work of birth, but a consequence of using Demon and Soul Essence. It Corrupted in some people as infants, seeping into their skin.
But only certain people are susceptible to this process. There have been some secret horrible experiments the public doesn’t know about that tried to force demonic Corruption in people. But for some reason, the only known cases of Demonic corruption were;
In children, during the brightest red moon phase. And doesn’t seem to Corrupt adult mutations. Since there is few who are professors or scientist in this world to explore such a thing.
The Portal that had demons come out of it, hardened into a red moon. And the moon seems to connect itself to demonic power. As a Full Moon, the moon glows bright red, and turns the sky blood red, compared to its usual sepia tone to the sky. When the Full Moon is at its strongest, the demons are the most powerful. That also means the Demi-Fiend as well will be at their fullest strength, feeling blood lust, and berserking power course through their blood.
The New Moon is when demons are at the weakest and when the Demi-Fiends are the most humans. The New Moon is the only time a Demi-Fiend is in fact, Human.
Demon and Soul Essence? Huh?
Simply put Demon Essence for Demons. Soul Essence for Humans. Essence is sort of like a mana that allows people to basically harness magic inside of themselves. Soul and Demon Essence is expelled when a being dies or is near death. In the demon world Soul and Demon Essence acts as a currency for an exchange of goods.
But Demon and Soul Essence have other uses as well. Demon and Soul Essence is what you use to fuse into your weaponry as well to make them more powerful.
Demon and Soul Essence can also be consumed by a Demon or a Demi-Fiend like yourself. For a Demon it makes them more powerful and stronger. Many Demon Kings go out of their way to eat the essence of humans and demons alike to become more powerful, its how they become Demonic Kings in the first place.
And some Demon Kings believe that consuming the Essence of a Demi-Fiend, which is a combination of soul and demonic essence, will make them even more powerful. Just as much as you hunt a Demon King, a Demon King may have their gangs attack you simply to extract your unique Corrupted Essence.
For a Demi-Fiend you must consume demonic and soul essence to survive. Demi-Fiends are uniquely human and demon, so they must eat food and consume essence. If you do not consume essence you suffer consequences for doing so.
So, about those consequences?
To put it simply. Demi-Fiends can go into a rage if they do not consume enough essence. You become more "demon" in the mind as hunger drives you to kill. You may kill your allies, other humans, or demons, until you have consumed enough essence.
Are all Demons Evil then?
Simply put No. Not all Demons are Evil. The Demons actually have three alignments that run in the abandoned, post apo city.
Good Demons - Are as they sound. They are good demons, willing to help human and Demi-Fiend alike. But they don't do it for free. In terms they are Good in another demon's eyes, not another humans eye. They almost always require some kind of payment or benefit towards their own survivability before they actually help.
Chaotic Demons - Simply put are demons who follow their whims. Sometimes they help humans and demons alike. Sometimes they kill demons and humans alike. Depending on their own selfish and fickle demands. And sometimes they go into temperamental rages if they feel the payment for their services isn't good enough. They may outright refuse to help if they feel they don't like what they were given. Though a Chaotic demons is often the first to turn to a darker alignment then a Good demon.
Berserker Demons - Are evil and vial. Demons and Humans fear them alike. And often are the ones who harbor the strongest classes of demons. Most Demon Kings are often of a Berserker class, and there are Knights who are secondary to the power of the Demon Kings as well as Nobles. They all are often the most blood thirsty and will not help a Demi-Fiend nor a Human, and most likely would outright kill them upon encountering them.
It's often a Berserker Demon who runs and leads gangs of demons in different parts of the city. Mostly using fear and intimidation to force Good Demons to become corrupted and turn to Chaotic classes and driving Chaotic alignments to corruption making them become berserk.
Berserk demons should be outright avoided until you can kill them.
Magic, How it Works
In this world, Essence is kind of the key factor in if something can cast magic or not. Animals, like say a rabbit, cannot cast magic. But Humans and Demons can. Elements are defined by an alignment of a demon, or the type of stone a human uses.
Humans can only cast magic through stones
Demons and Demi-Fiends can cast magic freely because of the concentrated amount of Essence they have.
Any creature can cast an element. Element are not restricted to a certain being, but instead are often connected with the alignment of the demon.
Good Demons tend to favor, air, earth, water, and light elements
Chaotic Demons tend to favor fire, dark, earth, and light elements
Berserk demons tend to favor fire, dark, and light elements
Understanding the Elements
Since this RP is not too focused on spells, this is more like a basic understanding of how the elements work in this world.
Light elements focus on healing, banishing lesser Chaotic demons, revival, and summoning Good Allies
Dark elements focus on curses and hexes, think sleep, or bleed effects. It can summon Berserk or Chaotic allies to side, but prepared to fight your own allies after the battle is done
Fire, Earth, Water, and Air are all self explanatory
Fire elements are focused on destruction, create a wall of fire, through a fireball,
Earth elements are focused on defense, earthen armor, throwing a stone
Air elements are focused on using the enemies force against them, pushing them back, keeping them contained in a twister
Water elements are focused on isolation and containment, they trap enemies in bubbles, or create shields to protect your allies.
And in general they follow the same laws as the elements;
Water beats fire
Earth beats fire
Fire beats air and earth
Earth beats water
Light Beats Dark and Dark beats Light, but Dark and Light take half damage to the other elements
Good Communication; This is my Number 1 rule. Good Communication means that you will be informative of any changes in posting speeding, informative of any changes in your current status of activity online. I don’t need full details. But you will be clear, as I am clear with you. I often know my schedule ahead of time and will tell you when I can post. And I ask you do the same. When you join a RP, you are telling someone you are willing to make this a minimal commitment. Thus I ask for the minimal commitment of putting effort in being responsible in this RP.
Quality Writing; Characters are meant to develop within the story. They should be designed with quality development. They should be designed with quality writing as well. Remember the Who, What, Why, When, Wheres, and Hows something should happen in both the IC post and when designing your character sheets.
Be Creative; No one wants to see the same idea twenty bajillion times. This RP is open to any freedom of creativity that you can conjure up. I respect creative originality.
Be Respectful; I am not above criticism. And I will accept any form of criticism to make this a positive experience for my members. All I ask is that you are respectful to me and your fellows members of this RP.
No Godmodding; This goes with being respectful. It’s just sort of dickish to god mod or power play.
GM Word is Law; Again though I accept criticism whenever you feel it is necessary to criticize something. I really enforce this rule if someone is being disrespectful.
Be Responsible; No one likes waiting on another person, be respectful and be responsible. When you join a RP, and make that character sheet upon acceptance this does become something you have to be responsible for. This all comes in being respectful, in be able to communicate with the GM, your fellow members, and making sure everyone is on the same page.
Most Importantly Have Fun; In the end of the day that seems like a long list of rules and they seem a little scary. But I want you guys to have fun as well.
If you understand these rules, have read them, and agree with them please acknowledge this in your character sheet with; “I have read the rules. And I accept being responsible and respectful in this RP. I know when this character is accepted, that I am responsible for communicating effectively with the GM and other members.”
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The Character Sheet
Name: [take into consideration that the characters are demi-fiends in a post apocalyptic world. So you may not have a last name. Or a traditional name in the same way we think of names.]
Gender: [male, female, or any identification they may want to use]
Appearance: [remember they are Demi-Fiend. So they may have some traits of a demon in their appearance. Nothing cartoony.]
Human Appearance: [during the New Moon a Demi-Fiend is vulnerable because they become human. Losing all of their demonic strengths.]
Personality: [please make this interesting and something that can develop throughout the RP. Keep a good balance of flaws and strengths.]
Skills: [ 3 major skills that are defined, and 3 minor skills that are defined. I will not accept just a list like;
^What kind of sword fighting? What Martial Arts? Etc.]
Abilities: [As I want you guys to be creative and open this RP to your own creative imaginations. You may develop the abilities of your Demi-Fiends as you like. These abilities can be things like super strength, impervious to X force of power, etc. I want 3 Abilities, and each must have a drawback]
Powers: [in this world magic and psychic abilities exist side by side. Though you can have one or the other, you may define your powers however you like them. I would like 1 Power defined an average power. This power will be the power they keep during the New Moon, make sure it still has a drawback. The 2 nd power is their demonic specialty ability and it too has to have a drawback]
Weapons: [a weapon in this world is often a blade infused with demonic and soul essence that has unique capabilities. Again I am giving you the creative freedom here, the sky's the limit. Scythes, swords, make them cool, give them cool names]
Weaknesses: [are you weak against the elements, tempted by your demonic tendencies, etc. I want 3 weaknesses. They can be personal, physical, etc. But I want 3 weaknesses]
History: [who, what, why, when, where, how? Birth. Survival. Life up to now, etc. I will not accept subpar history]
Misc: [Anything you want to add here]
Theme Song: [optional]
Availability: [this helps me setup on expectation of posting speed]