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Posted: Nov 23 2015, 11:20 AM
Faith. Lust. Power...
Many millennia ago, The Fates birthed into creation the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse who would ride forth and end the World when the time of prophecy was upon them. Angels, Gods, Fae and Demons united and formed a plan: Each would take a Horsemen into their Realms and keep the four apart to deny both The Fates and prophecy, and keep the world intact.
It worked for many thousands of years. Until recently.
Ten years ago, in 2015 AD, the Horsemen found out their prophecy and descended back into the bowels of Hell. Feeling the shift, it was God that gathered his flock of Angels into Heaven and closed the gates for good, locking them in and everything else out - but not before ensuring the welfare of his most beloved creations. The leaders of Hell, Heaven, the Otherworld, and Olympus once more joined forces, and in the final moments of the world, sacrificed their lives and powers to ensure the survival of the one thing each of them were dependent on: the mortal race. Their powers of darkness and light, and their sheer essences, were absorbed into many of the mortals creating an enhanced species of innate magic-users, now called "the Blood".
Today is known as 10 PA; a new "Post-Apocalyptic" era where only one-in-ten mortals are women, and it is the Queen who reigns supreme within the earthly realms, and the men, her sworn protectors: physically, spiritually, and mentally. Only a few "normal" humans were spared, lucky to be on another astral plane when the Apocalypse struck. Or unlucky, based on the fact that now they are the weakest link; housed on farms and treated as slaves for work, used for pleasure, fighting rings, and breeding to increase their population counts once more and give them a "purposeful value to Blood society".
Demands by the desperate supernatural races upon them all has become just as brutal. It affects everything as they fight for the most worship, the most passion, the most sin. There is a growing rebellion against all interference in their lives, outside of their own rules. The Order of the Phoenix has been built up from a few quiet members to an amassing army; a growing independence from anything having to do with the supernatural.
With such a shifting paradigm, chaos rules the world. Every soul must find their new place, and settle the bricks of a new civilization. Faith, lust, and power all ebb and flow, vying for dominance. In the end, ask yourself: will you stand up and demand your freedom?
Posted: Nov 27 2015, 09:56 PM
plot - the expanded version!
The world has always loved faith and the belief in higher powers that influence their lives. Through every generation, worship of deities has waxed and waned, changing by culture and decade. But throughout every society and every year, mortals have believed in the supernatural, both benevolent and malevolent in-kind. So I suppose, they have brought this upon themselves...
Many millennia ago The Fates bore into creation four powerful demons, meant to propel action, yet one day crush civilization completely. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse were delivered unto Hell, raised and beloved, until their prophecy was released: that joined together, they would end the world. It was the one unifying factor that made each King of the realms come together to devise a plan. And so, each of the Four Horsemen were 'adopted' into a new life, to be taught a new identity free from old memories - one among the Angels, one among the Fae Court, one among the Gods of old, and the last to remain in Hell.
It worked for many thousands of years, until recently.
Ten years ago, in 2015 AD, the Horseman of Death found himself freed, and located his siblings, descending them all into the bowels of Hell. God felt the severity of that shifting power, and knew what was to come. The darkness would rise up, and this was Fated - a thing even He could not change. Pure darkness was the only thing that could destroy pure light. However, he could protect his own, and summoned all of his pure Angels to Heaven, locking them away, hiding their very essence, and closing off Heaven entirely. For all intents and purposes, they have vanished.
Except for God. He still had to save his most beautiful creations, and called one more meeting to change the fate of the world.
Once more, the Kings gathered in haste to come up with a solution to thwart the inevitable prophecy coming true. It was half-formed, barely thought through before the Horsemen rose up and fulfilled it; they ushered in war and chaos and death, wiping out land and civilization and life itself across the mortal plane.
What hadn't been expected though, was the exchange - life for greater life. Each realm’s ruler sacrificed their own life force to keep their species thriving. During the Horsemen’s conquer, God, Queen Mab (aka Titania), Lucifer, and Zeus all gave their power and life to ensure the survival of one key race: mortals; the species that all others were dependent on.
Their powers of darkness and light, and their sheer essences, were absorbed into many of the mortals creating an enhanced species of innate magic-users, now called "the Blood". Some got more dark power, some more light, and it heavily sways abilities and where the Blooded Mortals feel their loyalties. Most have settled into lands that they are drawn to, which in-turn is connected to the depth of power they received from each fallen King.
Today is known as 10 PA; a new "Post-Apocalyptic" era where only one-in-ten mortals are women, and it is the Queen who reigns supreme within the realms, and the men her sworn protectors. They rebirth society every day, each land working differently under the loose worship of a higher power. Only a few "normal" humans were spared, lucky to be on another astral plane when the Apocalypse struck. Or unlucky, based on the fact that now they are the weakest link; housed on farms and treated as slaves for work, used for pleasure, fighting rings, and breeding to increase their population counts once more and give them a "purposeful value to Blood society".
Influence upon the blood has become brutal. It affects everything, and there is a growing rebellion against all interference. Over the past several years, the Order of the Phoenix has been built up from a few quiet members to an amassing army - a growing worship of themselves, striking out against those worshipped in the past. Still, their operations must remain covert, and many other outside forces are constantly diverting attention.
Shadowhunters were in disuse for several years, until the demons started becoming too comfortable among mortals, and vampires started repopulating once again. They are the only army still tied to the vanished Angels, though without them, all of the supernatural factions seem to be vying for their time and talents. Were hunters have been around for millennia, a variation and descendant to the rare fae 'pooka', but have recently been tasked with scoping out the mortal realms, finding where the earth hurts most, and also ensuring that mortals aren’t being used or killed so they can help rebuild the world. And demons…well, of course they are out for the sin, the chaos, and the darkness, spreading it as far and wide as they can, and sucking the life out of the remaining living.
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