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    Intrigues of Venedig, a High/Dark Fantasy RP [Original World]

    Intrigues of Venedig - Fantasy RP

    I. Intro


    Welcome to the City of Venedig, the most cosmopolitan place on the Planet of Erde. A metropolis built on land reclaimed from the mouth of the great Wien River, Venedig is known as a place of opportunity, where you can buy anything, sell anything, be anything, as long as you have the triad of skill, intelligence, and wealth.

    Take a boat to the Grand Bazaar, and you can smell pepper, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. Take a carriage to the Jewelers' District, and you are treated to the sight of necklaces, rings, bracelets and pendants, all worth a fortune. If your preference is books, the Grand Library of Venedig has copies of every book ever made; and an interesting mystery is that when you take out a book, a new one magically appears, right in front of you. To be in Venedig is to listen to a dozen languages whenever you go to a crowded place, to see the canals blaze red in the sunset, and to rejoice in the clean streets, safe from petty criminals.

    But Venedig has a darker side. On the planet of Erde, there are few places where slavery is forbidden, and this city is not one of those places. How can it be, when the slave trade is so profitable when selling people for every conceivable purpose is the source of so much money? The rulers of Venedig uphold the natural order, not subvert it!

    And in the wider world, their overlord and liege, the Emperor of the Reich des Goldenen Grahles, has taken advantage of that. Having won a civil war against the rebellious 'lesser princes' of his Empire, this ruler, Karl Maximillian XV Schwanhueter, has decided to make an example of his disobedient nobility, in order to impress that the Emperor is the absolute ruler of his nation - instead of being killed, they and their families will be enslaved and sold in Venedig, where they are supposed to vanish into the pages of history.

    Six months later, the first batches of slaves, kept well-fed and clean to preserve their looks, are going to arrive in Venedig, where the rich and powerful are gathered to watch these ex-nobles suffer the humiliation of being sold as property. But the fact remains, Venedig is a city where anything can happen, where one can achieve almost any dream, and it applies to these new slaves as well, even if they dream of freedom, justice, and revenge.

    But there is a deeper conspiracy behind the scenes, one which orchestrated the entire conflict to bring war and death to the world, and one must not let one's quest for freedom distract from saving the world from such intrigues...


    Basically, this is a Semi-Open World RP, with a central plot moved by two things: 'City Events' that multiple people can react to in their own ways and a 'Main Party' that moves the plot and can select what City Event they want to participate in (except for one City Event at the beginning of the RP that's only for people who want to join the Main Party).

    There will be crimes, riots, terrorist plots, misuses of Magic, and should we reach a certain point, plagues and open war. You can be anything you want as long as it makes for a good story, from a wandering bard skilled in sword and harp, to a wise mage or cleric, or one of the ex-noble slaves, confronting their new fate. Just contribute to the setting!

    II. Interesting Countries that Trade with Venedig

    Reich des Goldenen Grahles

    Summary of the Empire:

    The overlords of the city of Venedig, the Reich des Goldenen Grahles was born from a boy's broken dream, a dream whose end resulted in a new beginning for the men of the north.

    A long, long time ago, the Gods and Goddesses empowered Heroes to fight for them, all except their Queen, the Keeper of the Golden Grahl, from whose cup all magical energies flowed. One day, a young man, Phillip, went to the Holy Vale, where Kaiserstadt now stands, to wonder why this was so. Passing through the Three Trials set by the Keeper, Philip faced the Goddess, who answered his question thus:

    "As you have come through my tests, you deserve the truth. The reason I do not raise up heroes and heroines is because I am no Goddess, nor are my family Gods. We are but men and women who have drunk from this Grail," she would present the cup to him, "which in turn draws its power from Existence itself. Therefore, Existence is the only True God."

    Outraged at this answer, Philip snatched the Cup away from the woman, and drank from it. And so he became a 'God' himself, and the most powerful of all.

    After this, Philip exiled from Erde the Keeper of the Golden Grahl and her brethren, the Gods and Goddesses, before casting the cup into a chasm deep within the world. And this is the reason why anyone with the right knowledge can tap into the earth for magical energy at need. Philip then looked back at the world, and saw his younger brother, Peter, who was learning how to be a healer. Deciding that the age of warrior-heroes was over, he empowered Peter as the first Hero of a New Age, commanding him to unite the people of the Northwestern Continent in worship of Existence, which they are also a part of...

    The next few centuries were of expansion and innovation, as Philip, from his realm in the Higher Planes, empowered more 'non-warriors', artisans, thinkers, and even traders, to increase the development and sophistication of the empire founded by his Brother, an Empire that saw the Golden Grahl as the symbol of Existence itself, and who spent every waking moment trying to discover more about the laws that guided it, and how to reshape said laws to their liking.

    And so, life was good...until the last direct descendant of Peter, Wolfram the High, tried to conjure up the Grahl from the center of Erde so that he can become a God himself. He failed, and the calamity broke the Northwestern Continent in two, creating the Great Inland Sea, and turning the future site of Venedig into a set of isles in a lagoon.

    However, the Holy Vale had enough lingering magic to save a great multitude of people, and from this was continued the Reich des Goldenen Grahles, now ruled by the Schwanhueter dynasty, descendants of Wolfram's Keeper of the Swans, Karl Maximillian I. But not all believed in the legitimacy of this new ruler, and others believed that the Reich as a whole had been a mistake and that the disparate peoples of humanity should go their own way. But Karl Maximillian I and his descendants managed to regain the allegiance of huge swathes of land, including the nascent city of Venedig.

    One Millenium Later, the Reich has yet to restore the full extent of Wolfram the High's Empire, and its current ruler, Karl Maximillian XV, was content to let it be so, but less content to bow to the demands of his own nobles, who had been given many privileges by his father and grandfather, so that they would help them snatch up the 'Rebellious Provinces'. And so, after matters came to a head, the nobles rose up in rebellion, which was crushed by the Emperor with the help of a new weapon: Gunpowder.

    After this, Karl Maximillian XV was the unquestioned master of the Reich des Goldenen Grahles, but his eldest son, Otto, was stabbed to death with shivs while visiting a cell filled with imprisoned rebels in order to reassure them of clemency. Needless to say, the Emperor was outraged, and promptly issued the infamous Iron Decree, which ordered that all the imprisoned nobles and their families would be sold to slavery in Venedig. And so it was done.

    Ironically, the Nobles' fate led to the lives of the common people of Venedig improving, as serfdom was slowly abolished, more power was delegated to the cities and their prosperous merchant and artisan classes, and the printing press and a public school system increased literacy. Gunpowder too allowed the balance of power in the military to shift to the common foot soldier and his musket, as well as the centralized government that could afford artillery. The only dark lining is that the Emperor strives to be absolute ruler over all his people despite being chronically depressed and angry due to the death of his only child and sole heir to the Empire...

    Daily Life in the Empire (Rewritten)

    With the Nobles' defeat and their being sent off to enslavement in Venedig, a hundred thousand serfs were turned into free peasants at a stroke of a pen, with the freedom to move freely in Imperial Territory, save a higher portion of their crop for themselves, learn to read and own weapons, including guns and muskets whom the Emperor, their 'benefactor', has made available to them in subsidized prices from the Imperial Workshops, which have a near-monopoly on gunsmithing and the forging of cannons (private manufacture has been put under a series of restrictions).

    This, as well as swift measures to curb banditry, distributing food from the Imperial Granaries (which had been well--stocked with grain and flour long before the Nobles' Rebelllion) and encouraging peasants to till the land they now own, are resulting in a tentative recovery in the countryside, where the Emperor's officials and agents have not only lowered taxes but are setting up new schools and encouraged parents and children to spend some of their time there in order to learn how to read, write, do sums... And pledge an oath to the Emperor swearing eternal loyalty to his person, his decrees, and his laws.

    In the cities, books increase in number as more people go to school than at any time since the First Empire, with the printing presses publishing pamphlets and broadsheets/primitive newspapers for public consumption, even as the Universities are filled to the brim with students. However, it is forbidden to post anything critical of the Iron Decree and the punishment of the rebellious Nobles and their families to slavery, and there is a growing list of topics regarded as seditious by the Emperor, including the notion that he is acquiring too much power even though he has not remarried or has a new heir; same for the topic of his remarriage.

    Not just that, but all Printing Houses, as well as the Guildmasters of every major Guild, are obliged to swear the Oath of Loyalty to the Emperor, who has granted them and several rich Merchant Princes wide, sweeping powers over their employees as a result. Now many free men are finding that they can be fired from their jobs for the most minuscule of reasons, or have their wages arbitrarily lowered, and their negotiating power reduced as it is now forbidden for lesser craftsmen to pressure their Guildmaster to raise their pay. And some Scholars see this as the rise of a new form of parasitic nobility, one built on wealth instead of pedigree...

    Celestial Empire of Tian

    Summary of the Empire of Tian:

    "People say the Gods are Uncaring, and that is a general truth. But as it is a general rule, there must be an exception," this was the words of the first traveler from Tian to reach Venedig.

    Once, there was a Dragon, who was also a God. This Dragon reigned over a mild land, and watched over its people with a pleasing eye, appreciating the way that they formed societies and organizations. One day, to see them up close, the Dragon took human form, in order to find out more about these creatures.

    And what he saw was this: They smiled, they laughed in joy, they cried, they lived and they loved. And he loved them back. But when he turned back into a dragon and went back to the heavens, he saw that no matter what he did, great and small, he would always harm those who looked up to him, either by not doing enough or by doing too much. After that, he cried, and the tears of the Dragon fell down into human lands, dispersing into magical energy, and empowering the first Magi.

    And that is the real reason why humans are able to do magic...

    With myths and legends that contradict the Goldenen Grahles' and the Confederation's, the Celestial Empire of Tian believe that Love is the true moving force of the universe, and that all pain, all suffering, will be ended once everything in existence, from the lowest insect to the highest God, are united in one harmonious whole. Disunity and Separation, they believe, is an illusion, or at best, a wound, a wound that can only be healed by communion with others, a communion that recaptures, at least for a moment, the greater unity with Love.

    But despite this, the citizens of the Celestial Empire do not eschew individuality altogether, or at least, the majority doesn't. Everyone must find their own ways of communing with other people, their own paths to unity, and true harmony comes from realizing that people can change roles, lives, and characters, and yet still remain part of the whole.

    Thus, under a good Emperor, chosen from among the descendants of the Dragon, the Celestial Empire of Tian is a good place to live, where food is plentiful, medicine and literacy are widespread, and the roads and borders are kept safe by large, well-organized armies of professional troops. Under a good Emperor.

    The current ruler of Tian, Emperor Gao Ming, is anything but 'good'. In the interests of spreading harmony and love across all corners of Erde's globe, Gao Ming had delved into forbidden arts, conducting experiments on blood and souls in hopes of 'condensing' people into raw magical energies, which he considers to be the purest manifestation of Unity. Crushing dissent using an abhorrent artifact of immense magical power, the Whip of Chainbringer, God of Slavery, Gao Ming has sent his armies to expand in all directions, and even sent spies and emissaries to Venedig, hoping to find a way to take control of the city...

    Daily Life in the Celestial Empire of Tian

    Love is replaced by Law, as cruel officials make higher and higher demands on the people. Taxes are rising on peasant and urban masses alike, even as the Emperor guarantees the obedience of his soldiers by using the mystic relic known as the 'Whip of Chainbringer'. The learned men of the realm are either forced to pledge loyalty to his 'Cult of Love', or be burned to death along with their books. Alchemists and Magi draft hundreds of convicts and slaves every day for their experiments in rendering mortals down into raw Mana, with their open aim being to transform everyone in the Celestial Empire to the 'Essence of Love' as per the Emperor's wishes.

    And the worst part is that the madness is spreading; people who were ambivalent yesterday swear their wholehearted belief in the Emperor's goals the next, betraying their more skeptical neighbors to the authorities. Parents distrust children, children their own parents, and households collapse upon themselves in chaos. Storytellers are now forbidden from practicing their art, and actors, and playwrights are imprisoned if they don't wholeheartedly endorse the 'Cult of Love'. Thus, life not only lacks joy and prosperity but also entertainment.

    Most persecuted of all are the Monks of the Dragon, warriors, and masters of martial arts who believe that the Emperor is wrong and that he has lost the 'Mandate of Heaven'. Despite suffering a violent purge, the Monks wander the land, righting wrongs, building secret networks of supporters from among those uncowed by the regime, and providing wisdom and advice to those who seek their aid. However, they have to be wary, as a high price has been put on their heads, and even their followers might turn them in for the right prices...

    The Confederation of the Xul Warrior-Artisans

    Summary of the Xul Confederation:

    The Xul Warrior-Artisans are a race of natural survivors and warriors, the most prominent sapient nonhumans on the planet Erde. With a rich store of lore and legends, they have a unique origin myth that emphasizes the importance of mortals in the world:

    Long ago, in the Age of Creation, the God Mansbane was exiled by his brothers and sisters so that the latter can claim the rich plains and forests of Erde. Raging at being forced to live in a desert waste, Mansbane sought revenge by seeking to lay waste to the world, and so extend his domain to the areas he had been denied. And so he created his own race, a species of fighters, siege engineers, and tacticians, who would exterminate the other races from the land. With skin and hair the color of the sand, sharp teeth for tearing apart flesh and plants, cat-like eyes that can see in the dark, and strong arms that tire less quickly than most humans', these 'First Xul', our ancestors, would have made a fine instrument for the destruction of life.

    However, Mansbane did not realize that his creations had their own hopes and dreams, and when he told the First Xul, whom he had given axes meant to shed the lives of other Gods, of his plans, they turned their weapons against him, realizing that if Mansbane expanded his domain, everyone whould suffer in the end, including them. And so, in the first rebellion against the first tyrant, the 'First Xul' threw off their shackles, and in defiance, added the 'Warrior-Artisans' to their name.

    And they had lived alongside the other races, as equals, ever since.

    Millennia later, the Xul pride themselves on making the unlivable livable, using their knowledge of irrigation and engineering to create gigantic resevoirs and windtraps to collect water so that they can live, no, thrive, in the deserts of the Southern Continent. Pioneers of the Druidic arts, the Warrior-Artisans are also masters of using grasses and plants to hold back the dunes of their desert home, preventing said desert from advancing. But make no mistake, they are still fierce soldiers, and their axes are the nightmare of hardened warriors.

    Following a matriarchal culture based on the 'Great Mothers', female Xul who have endured the pain of both battle and childbirth, or followed the alternative path of Drudism, the tribes of the Confederation live in relative peace, with disputes being settled through non-lethal, but still fierce, duels. However, this peace has not dulled the edge of the Xul's axes, for the Great Mothers hire out thousands of mercenaries and engineers to Venedig, some of them bringing the Creed of Survival, whose prime commands can be summed as such:

    "The proper response to suffering is to use tools to remove the cause of suffering. When you thirst, dig a well. When you hunger, plow a field. When you have an enemy - that's what an axe is for!"

    Daily Life in the Xul Confederation

    Life in the Confederation is hard, but not pitiless, revolving around great engineering works mixed with Druidic magic which allow for the creation of great resevoirs and canals of water taken from deep within the ground and from high up in the air. Community is valued, and everyone, including the Matriarchs, are obliged to treat each other with respect and honor, so that all can cooperate to keep their society alive. Nevertheless, there is room for individual expression in art and stories, in forming friendships, rivalries, and romances, and in looking for new ways to better one's lot in life.

    A Xul is never lazy; they genuinely feel pleasure from hard physical labor - a trait instilled into their bodies by Mansbane to make them better slaves, but which makes them more hardworking and prone to take on hard and dangerous jobs than most Humans. They also feel pleasure from combat, but Mansbane forgot to make them addicted to killing and the feeling of killing; the history of the World would have been different if he had.

    Despite being built to eat meat, a Xul's diet consists of mostly plants, although large herds of goats, sheep, and even cattle are raised in the eastern edge of the Confederation, where teams of Druids and Druidesses are constantly employed trying to reverse the damage to the land such herds cause, damage which causes the desert to expand. They also offer their services to human pastoralists, so that they too do not destroy their own lands.

    However, despite their generally peaceful and hardworking nature, all Xul can fight, though not all necessarily kill. They are very good with the Axe and prefer it above all other weapons, although a few have bought Muskets with small axes attached to them; primitive bayonets...

    Note: Xul look like brown-skinned Orcs.

    III. The Factions inside Venedig


    The City Government of Venedig - "Wealth must not lead to lawlessness, lawlessness must not lead to the fall of Venedig." This is the driving belief of the Mayor and the City Council, which are elected by the city's citizens every four years in order to oversee law enforcement, infrastructure, and foriegn relations (as far as the Emperor of the Reich allows). Efficient, ruthless, and hardworking (even their critics admit that), the City Government keeps the climate of peace, trust, and mutual benefit that allows for widespread trade.

    The Venedig Marine Knights - Venedig had always been metaphorically married to the sea, the source of its immense wealth. And so, it is natural that its armed forces are able to fight on both land and sea, and the Venedig Marine Knights are best at both. Unlike the majority of knightly orders, the Marine Knights prefer to fight dismounted or on ships, but few who have seen them board an enemy flagship, or hack a kraken into pieces, can doubt their courage.

    The Razors' Guild - As long as there are conflicts between people, assassins will always be needed. Barbers by day, killers by night, the Razors' Guild are beholden to the City Government for giving them a place to call home, but not their puppet. Taking money from both their barbershop and assassination jobs, the Razors' guild adhere to a sense of loyalty to their clients, in order to keep the flow of 'customers' going...

    Die Kommission für menschlichen Umgang mit Menschen - The Commission for the Humane treatment of Humans (KUM or CHH) - The newest power group to arise in Venedig, the Commission is founded on the belief that if slaves are treated with basic rights and a minimum of respect, they would be more obedient and productive. And so, they lobby and press for laws against the cruel treatment of enslaved people, and despite their name, they do the same for Non-Humans as well. However, some of them are drifting to the belief that the institution of slavery itself is inhuman and corrupting in the long run, but these aren't influential...yet.

    The Church of Existence - The Church of Existence is the most common Religion of the Empire, and has been proven to be both factually true yet somewhat compatible with the Tian and Xul teachings. Its main belief is that as Existence is the only True God, and Sapient Beings are capable of consciously altering Existence, then Sapient Beings are the most divine parts of the Universe. This, in turn, spurs a belief in the essential dignity of every person.

    The Church in Venedig is very powerful and influential but has attracted controversy by supporting the KUM/CHH despite owning a few slaves themselves. They justify such behavior by saying that their slaves are treated well and are only temporarily slaves; they will get their freedom eventually...

    IV. Magic System


    There are six disciplines of Magic:

    High - There are many theories that try to explain High Magic. Some say that it is the power of The Divine, it is the power of positive emotions, channeled through the human soul. Nevertheless, High Magic is the power of controlling Magical Energy itself, allowing for the ability to see all Magic, to draw available magical energy from the sky and earth, create constructs of condensed Mana, create and fuel magitech and enchanted items, ward people and places from magic, and finally, the ability to create bolts of silver-white light that cause damage that cannot be healed by magic to Mages and Magical creatures... But not ordinary targets, whose burns can be healed as normal.

    Note: High Magic has been nerfed; the last sentence has been edited so that only other Mages and Magical Creatures, as well as magitech, receive damage that cannot be healed by Magic.

    World - World Magic is control over the physical elements of the world. You want to create Fire? World Magic. You want to alter Gravity to make yourself float? World Magic. You want to use lightning to electrocute a person? World Magic. Basically, if it has nothing to do with changing one thing to another, or controlling something that isn't wholly of this earth? World Magic is your key. Basically, Bending from Avatar: The Last Airbender, but without healing or spiritual arts and with control over gravity.

    Change - This is the magic that deals with changing one thing to another. This magic can knit wounds and reverse aging, cause trees to grow fists and turn vines into whips. This magic can change one substance to another, turning lead into gold, earth into acid, and fire into water. What it cannot do, however, is affect stuff protected by High magic, or mess with things that are already dead. That belongs to another school, the magic of the Underworld.

    Underworld - Death is all around us, and the old laws against disturbing the ghosts who chose not to pass on are gone, cast into the wind. Nevertheless, the souls of the departed have to be treated with respect...but it is not the same for their bodies. Underworld Magic is the magic of Necromancy; it is the magic you wield when you want to raise an army of the dead, to control the shadows of the world, to speak with ghosts, and to strike people dead with one blow (this is a high-level spell). You can even use this to transcend death, allowing you continued existence in this world without the need for food, drink, and sleep...

    Timespace - The magic of traveling vast distances in a single bound, of teleportation, portals, and scrying. The strongest Magi can even control probability, making a person luckier or unluckier, sometimes to absurd levels. But what it can not do is reverse the past; basically, no time travel. Bullet Time and Time Stop are also possibilities for incredibly strong practitioners but have certain requirements that limit their effectiveness in combat.

    Bullet Time and Time Stop Nerfs: Bullet Time can only be activated defensively when confronted by attacks too fast for the mundane body to dodge normally. And by that, it only works when people are shooting bullets at the guy and it can only be used to dodge bullets and other attacks - it cannot be used to attack in turn. This keeps what I want - PCs being able to dodge bullets - without making them overpowered in offense, as well as giving PCs the choice not to shoot bullets in the first place.

    As for Time Stop, not only can the 'time bubble' be cut apart by Ex. Swordsmanship, but it doesn't work on sapient beings; it can still be used to stop bullets, explosions, crashing trains, rampaging animals, and lightning strikes, but not melee strikes from sapient beings - neither the user or his opponents can use ranged attacks in a Time Stop. The in-universe reason for this is that having a Soul protects you from unauthorized changes to the timeline.

    Mind Magic - This magic deals with controlling minds and altering emotions of both humans and animals, as well as creating illusions, mental compulsions, and even erasing or editing memories. A very powerful magical discipline, but strong willpower can break its effects...

    Basically, each PC is supposed to mix and match effects from multiple sources of magic, although specialization is a thing.

    Counterspell/Dispel Magic rules.

    Countering and Dispelling Magic

    Making Anti-Magic spells is a bit complicated, but basically, you first need three High Magic spells, including the Anti-Magic rote, and one spell of the School you want to dispel. For example, if you want to dispel Underworld Magic, you need three High Magic spells and one Underworld Magic spell. As you have six starting spells available, you can theoretically be able to counter or Dispel three schools maximum. You can only counter or dispel High Magic if all six of your starting spells are of that school.

    Spell Mastery

    Spell Mastery
    Pretty self-explanatory. Each spell your character possesses has their own degree of mastery. The more you master a spell, the less effort (Mana, Time, other relevant resources) it takes to perform that spell. If you have enough spells from the same school mastered, you can choose to make it a <Magic School> Mastery trait. How many spells, you ask? Well, there’s not a hard-coded number for that. But I’d say about 3+ spells of the same school. We can lower the number if the spells are difficult enough, or raise it if they’re easier to cast. Having Mastery as a trait makes learning and mastering new spells of that school a lot easier.

    How long is it going to take to master a spell: This gives me headaches every time. It really depends. From the length of an arc to the number of times the character practices/uses these spells. I’d say on average 1 spell is mastered every arc as a benchmark, but don’t take this as a gospel. Use a LOT of nuances when interpreting this. We’ll try to adjust and accommodate your needs, just let us know.

    Enchantment Rules

    Enchantment Rules

    Enchantment requires High Magic and a spell that you or another party member knows, along with an item to be enhcanted. Note however that the weaker and less durable the material is, the magic you can put into it is more limited; for example, oak can be enchanted to emit laser beams, birch cannot. This is the same for metals, and the strongest of spells can only be enchanted into 'Perfected Electrum (more below)'.

    Perfected Electrum

    Perfected Electrum

    Electrum is a mix of Gold and Silver that occurs naturally, but can be made by artificial means. This material, if treated by High and Change Magic by four different Magi (see 'Group Spells' below) can be 'perfected', aka transformed into a metal as hard as diamond yet not as brittle, and whose lightness is that of cloth. But the most valuable property of Perfected Electrum is that it can contain very, very strong spells, except for Resurrection (see below under 'Group Spells'). Thus, Perfected Electrum is made only in very small quantities, under the watchful eye of the most powerful states...

    Group Spells

    Group Spells

    Basically, multiple spell-casters with different Schools can do things that would strain a single Mage. This also helps in compensating for single Magi's weaknesses in specialization.

    Example Spell:

    Resurrection (High, Change, Underworld + materials for a new body) - Three Magi, or alternatively, a single Magi who has six High, Change, and Underworld spells each, can bring back a dead person. High Magic is used to supply magical energy for the permanent return of the Soul (they must always be willing), Change is used to turn inorganic material into organic matter, and Underworld is used to tug back the Soul from wherever it's been. Resurrection cannot be Enchanted into Items.

    V. What if I don't want to play a Mage?

    Character Traits (Formerly Exceptional Skills)

    Character Traits (Formerly Exceptional Skills)

    Character Traits can both be a few neat bullet points to describe some of your character’s defining traits, and also accommodate your character’s non-magic skills. They essentially describe a portion of your character, and some of them might be capable of special effects that can benefit you and other characters in different ways.

    A character Trait consists of 3 parts as described

    <Trait Name>: <Trait Description>. <Trait Effects>
    <Trait Name>: Self-explanatory
    <Trait Description>: A few sentences explaining what characteristics of your character that this Trait is describing. You can go longer if you wish
    <Trait Effects>: These are optional, but the most interesting. These essentially encompasses the Ex Skills, but a lot more specific and individual-based.

    A few examples of generic trait to illustrate this further

    Swordmaster: His extended training with his family’s traditional blade and under their guidance have made him exceptionally capable with these weapons. Greatly increases proficiency when using blades
    Turtleback: His natural skin of his species allowed him to essentially be a walking mini-fortress. Enhanced resistance against physical attacks.
    A Healthy and Focused Mind: Her zen training allowed him to ascend to a higher spiritual state that allows her to act solely based on his instincts. Only usable in combat situation. Allows the character to ignore mind magic during these time. Only affected when said magic can affect subconscious thoughts.
    Disgraced Warrior: From a family of traitors, he is received by the public with mistrust. Reduce effectiveness when coercing people through diplomacy
    Supreme Chef: She’s just really good at cooking duh. <Blank> (Yes, you can leave it blank. You don’t have to have an effect for every trait)

    Of course, these are generic examples that apply to no one in particular. Your character traits, however, are bound by their background. A character trait has to be connected somehow to your character and what makes them who they are. Unrelated traits will be rejected. Your trait names does not have to follow these format. Feel free to go ham and be creative with the name and description.

    What these skills are not, however: They do not fully describe your character. There is and should be more depths to your character than just a bunch of bullet points. They have defining characteristics but they have nuances and more depths to and outside those characteristics. That’s how a great character is made

    Some potential questions.

    How many traits are needed: There should be no limits to how many traits you have, but please refrain from making too many of them. Remember this is supposed to represent defining characteristics that screams that’s them when mentioned. You don’t want to describe yourself like that. For starters, around 3-4 traits would be a healthy number (this number is preliminary).

    What about combat with vague measures to quantify your strength: Well, this is not a tabletop RP to begin with. There is no dice. We have narratives and plots to drive your characters around. How battles would turn out is entirely down to you and your fighting partners. Discuss with your partner how you would want fights to turn out. Maybe this guy have a really cool move that he wants to show off, or this lady is cocky and needs to be slapped down a peg. After all, it’s more about building your character than a game of who gets to win. If you have problem deciding the fight, the GMs can step in and help

    Can you bypass these skills somehow: Yes. Having traits that give you enhanced characteristics (durability/strength/speed/etc.) does not make you infallible (unless you opt in for it, to which you would need to give a GOOD justification). Having enhanced resistance against Mind Magic could fall apart if you’re intoxicated/not paying attention. Use common sense and logic at all times.

    Gaining/Losing traits: This is possible, as your character changes, but you shouldn’t gain too many traits throughout the journey anyway, so when you want to add/remove/change a trait, contact your GM. Don’t worry we’re friendly

    What about Magic Mastery: If you have 3+ spells mastered from the same school of magic, you can gain a mastery trait of that specific school, giving you increased magic literacy for that school. If you CHOOSE to have that trait at the very beginning, and thus giving you at least 3 spells to be mastered, it’s best you contact the GM so we can discuss it.

    V. Rules


    1.) No godmodding, powerplaying, metagaming, etc. etc.
    2.) Take anything above written nudity to PMs.
    3.) No OOC feuding! If you must argue, be respectful. IC, meanwhile, you can hate each other as much as you like as long as it doesn't seep over to OOC.
    4.) You can control NPCs when I explicitly say that you can control them or if they belong to your Custom Faction.
    5.) That said, you are allowed to create three PCs each, but only one Custom Faction per player.
    6.) Please notify me if you will be gone for more than a week, I myself will let you guys know if I will be gone for that same amount of time.
    7.) It's a fantasy world; you can learn Magic - two new spells of any School per City Event/Story Arc, more if you find a willing mentor and time. Venedig will have Eight Arcs, and as said, you can also mentor each other in new Spells.
    8.) The primary races are Humans and Xul (brown-skinned Orcs). Elves are a minor civilization and not superior to Humans, and need GM Permission to play. Same for Dwarves and Gnomes.
    9.) New Rule: No Real Life Face Claims - You must use Anime or Western Fantasy Art.

    VI. Character Sheet Skeleton

    Character Sheet Skeleton

    Name: What’s your characters name?
    Age: How old is your character?
    Physical Description: What does your character look like?
    Place any photo’s here.
    Important items: What possessions are important to your character?
    Short Bio: Tell us your characters story up to this point.
    Starting Faction: If you're creating your own faction, please describe it here or in a separate post
    Spell List: 6 Spells overall.
    Character Traits: Character Traits go here!

    Deadline for Sign-ups is 6/6/2022 (6/5/2022 EST)
    Last edited by Dragos Bee; August 12th, 2022 at 09:16 AM. Reason: Added deadline.

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