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    Default The Return of Arcanum (OOC)

    This is currently a work in progress, I am still working to get it complete. Turns out there's quite a bit to explain when you create a brand new universe.


    Seven days ago, magic returned once more to the world. It sprang from a strange artifact of the Ancients, a society that oversaw the world in centuries past. But they disappeared. And they took magic with them. They sealed the magic away in wells of power, dodecahedrons of unknown material. They hid those artifacts across the world, hoping that none would find them. And for a while, none did.

    Society moved on from magic with the help of steam power, propelling them farther than they thought possible without the life-giving magic. They created empires, floating cities, massive mechanical walking machines, and light-than-air airships powered by clockwork and steam. Most forgot about magic, thinking it to be a myth. Until the elves returned.

    The elves had hidden away when the Ancients disappeared. It seemed they had disappeared too. Everybody had their theories about where the elves had gone. But none knew for sure. That is, until seven days ago. Seven days ago, an elf strode out of the Viridian Glade carrying one of the Ancient's artifacts. They turned the artifact over to a traveler before turning to dust. The traveler gave the artifact to the king of Gandomere and cleansed themself at a holy site or their god.

    The king put his best scientists and historians on the mystery of the artifact. They determined it was a relic of the Ancients. Ecstatic in their discovery, they opened the artifact. It would be their last decision on this plane of existence, as the intense burst of magical energy escaping pushed them through the weave of reality. Hours later, a servant discovered the opened artifact in the middle of an intensely arcane sigil, slightly smoking with the weave.

    The servant brought the artifact to the king, who lamented the loss of his academics. But when he realized what this artifact had held, he grew less morose. He remembered the tales his grandfather had told him, which in turn had been tales his grandfather had told him. Of a world filled with magic. A world where anyone could learn to manipulate the weave of reality to their liking, a world where colossal beings walked across the land and cities floated without the use of steam. Stories that not too long ago, had been true.

    So the king sent messengers across the lands and across the seas. He was looking for adventurers, brave folk who could search for these artifacts and open them. People who would answer this call and return the world to its former magical glory. Seekers of opportunity (and perhaps a bit of gold) who would bring about the Return of Arcanum.



    Welcome to The Return of Arcanum! You all will be playing adventurers looking for the Artifacts of the Ancients. This is only the start, so if/when we get farther than that, I will reveal more. As the story progresses, I'll add important information here, so keep an eye on the thread. Now onto the rules and such!

    Spoiler: /~Rules~\ 


    Spoiler: /~The Setting~\ 


    Spoiler: /~Races~\ 


    Spoiler: /~Character Skeleton~\ 


    Mage slots filled: 1/2

    Spoiler: /~The Party~\ 


    And that's it! At least, for the moment. Welcome to the Return of Arcanum!
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    Name: Night Mist (Night)
    Age: 26
    Race: Tabaxi
    Appearance: Night stands at 5'5" and is 125lbs. She has a lean and graceful figure, that would be expected of a humanoid cat. Her fur is a dark grey highlighted with grey stripes. Night's eyes resemble cat eyes with the double lid and are a dark blue.
    Spoiler: Night 

    Occupation: Rogue
    Skills: Stealth, Thievery, Sneak Attack, Traps, Agility, and fast reflexes
    Weapon of Choice: Shotsword, two daggers, and a shortbow
    Class: Rogue
    Personality: Night is very curious and always down for an adventure. She is very observant and might seem aloof with her emotions. She is only stoic to those she does not know, but once she warms up to someone she is a loyal companion. She is someone of few words, but is outspoken when needed.
    Ideal: Freedom. Everyone should be free to pursue his or her livelihood.
    Bond: Her clan
    Flaw: Greed- sometimes Night might steal more than the job asks for, self gain of course.
    Other: None
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    Name: Kristen "Cris" Moon
    Age: 25
    Race: Human
    Appearance: This green-eyed girl stands at about 5'4, having copper colored skin and frizzy black hair. She usually wears a blouse with a courset over it, loose pants, leather gloves, and boots.
    Occupation: Mechanic
    Skills: Repairing, creating mechanical objects, problem solving
    Weapon of Choice: A longsword
    Class: Engineer
    Personality: Kristen is an outspoken individual, having no fear of looking silly in front of others if she can prove a point. Her mind is always working and it isn't uncommen for her to talk to herself. She is extremely loyal, so once you get her on your side, you'll have a hard time getting rid of her.
    Ideal: Respect. Everyone should be treated with respect, no matter what.
    Bond: A sapphire ring that has been passed down through her family for generations.
    Flaw: She has a quick temper.
    Other: None
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    @BurningSun22; Accepted! Unfortunately, my computer won't load your picture, so if you could add a text description that would be greatly appreciated.

    @Lu321; It looks good for the most part, but I'm concerned about the clothing, specifically the tank top. The story takes place in a pretty steampunk world, so modern clothing would look out of place. Appropriate clothes would be corsets, suspenders, vests, jerkins, coveralls, or boots. If you could change that, your character will be accepted.

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    @SaltyIrishman; Added the text description. Sort of bummed the picture won't load.

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    there's always a chemise. Just the thing for a young woman, but you may want to think about coveralls.

    We've got a rogue and a mechanic, and they're both female.

    One pompous windba... er, gentleman, coming up.

    Name: Nicolas Figgins
    Age: 32
    Race: Human
    Appearance: This guy reminds you of a hunting tiger. He has narrow brown eyes that are like two patches of dried blood. His luxurious, straight, sand-colored hair is worn in a style that reminds you of a wave of water. He has a graceful build. His skin is tanned. He has a strong chin. His wardrobe is businesslike, with a mix of white, khaki, and green.
    Occupation: Surgeon (since he's a specialist, he's referred to as mister, not doctor)
    Skills: General medicine, surgeon, botanist, chemist, cryptography, stick fighting, sword fighting, shooting, swimming, riding, languages, gambling, sailing, navigation, writing.
    Weapon of Choice: Cutlass and a brace of pistols.
    Class: Gentleman Adventurer
    Personality: Immaculate, self-confident, dependable, well-mannered.
    Ideal: Duty
    Bond: A locket containing a portrait of his mother and a neatly tied lock of her hair.
    Flaw: Skeptic
    Other: Merchant family wth a few ships. Mother died when he was eight - within a week, he found himself on board the HRH Archer, a sea-going paddlewheeler as a midshipmen with a chest of books and clothes. At the end of his first voyage, he discovered his father had died in the meantime, the house was sold, the business taken over and a small trust fund as his inheritance.

    He was eighteen when he wrote a book about his experiences aboard the Archer, which to his surprise sold well, being serialied in the papers. He found himself invited to various parties and met many eligible daughters. Having been a hunter more than a few times in his life, he found it unnerving to suddenly become the prey.

    He made his escape to medical school, becoming first a doctor, then a surgeon. It wasn't long after that he found himself conscripted into the Royal Army medical corp as a young lieutenant, fighting in the Deand Sigi continent. The publisher begged him for an account of the war, and received his letters detailing different battles, such as the defence of Lor Pamel, where he tricked the enemy soldiers by pretending they had search lights in truth, it was just a few large tins with a lamp inside, that would be hoisted up and would sweep the ground. Or the mission he lead to find a missing missionary doctor, where he famously said, "Doctor Cradduck, I presume" when they found him.

    There were also a few missions for King and country that he never wrote about.

    He was made an honorary fellow of the Explorer's Guild on his return and has given lectures on some of the unusual vegetation he found which in discussion with the local witch doctors, he believes could become useful medicines. It's also lead to a new round of invitations to various family homes and their very eligible daughters, so while the king's summons was unexpected, it was in its own way a relief.
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    @Enigma; Accepted! I've always liked the trope of the explorer gentleman, and he'll fit right in with what I have planned.

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    I've tried to follow that trope by giving him a suitable background - starting off as a midshipmen aboard a navy vessel, essentially a junior offer giving orders to the men while being mercilessly scrutinized by the crew as to his bearing and appearance, constantly tested and trained in seamanship and fighting. Becoming a writer, then a surgeon, finally an army officer sent to fight in a jungle war, so he's got tons of experience.

    All the while, duty has been pounded into his skull. The one thing he's lacking, really, is any proper experience with women. Which, in its way, actually fits well with the trope.
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    Ok, I'll fix that real quick

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    Great. @Lu321; Accepted!

    I'm going to see if we can get at least one new player. If we don't have one in a week, I'll set up an IC anyways.
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