StarCraft® II

World's End, Discussion

Lore taken directly from UaSD in the link below
http://www.cortexrp.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=1826
The Great Continents of Corinth and Edeyn:
Corinth is a massive landmass that is home to many unique lifeforms. This great continent is home to various species of creatures and races. Races govern their own lands selfishly from one another but trading is fairly common between the three planes.

Corinth is bound by laws of nature that affect the land the same time and the same manner. A cycle of four seasons is used to measure the passage of time. Day is determined by the rise and set of the sun while the same goes for the moon. Across the three planes, all of its inhabitants share a similar fable in that a higher being created them in their image. Scholars across Dyllena hypothesize that this is likely why all sentient life looks humanoid.

The floating paradise of Edeyn lies above Dyllen in the sky plane which stretches above the land and sea and they are also subjected by the natural laws that affect Dyllen. Its landmark is a series of highly elevated mountains that is surrounded at all times by endless clouds. A massive gateway somewhere within the mountains acts as a bridge between the two land masses. Land is kept afloat above the clouds through arcane means. It is the home of winged beings called Sylt'ar who built great floating cities and forts by bounding arcane power. While they still call the mountains their home, many of them migrated to Edeyn. Most of the wildlife are domesticated. Much of the scarce land in the plane of sky have been used as living space for the Sylt'ar. It is said that the plane of the skies is the most beautiful of the three planes. Streams of energy flow through the planes of the sky.

Corinth has many diverse geographical features, ranging from the vast plains to the scorching desert to the great forests. Many different types of species are found across the lands. In addition, the plane of the land is divided into major races. They are the Humans, Beastmen, and Krynar. They guard their borders zealously and rarely do they interact with each other except for merchants who travel on trade routes. News rarely travel fast. Although there are occasional skirmishes for territory, the leaders of each nations learn to coexist with one another. Rare creatures like giants tend to keep to themselves in remote areas of the continent. A great sea surrounds the continent and though the races of Dyllena do not like to travel by water, ports do exist for the purpose of commerce.

Empyrean Relics:
The Empyrean Relics are said to contain the powers of the planes themselves. They are powerful artifacts believed to have existed since time's beginning. There are two relics and each one is present in a plane. The relics change their forms depending on their surroundings with respect to their planes. Although their power is immeasurable, it is drawn from the determination and strength of the users. In the wrong hands, these relics can cause misfortune. As such, they are used only in times of great emergencies.

Each race in possession of the relics uses them differently. Presently, the Sylt'ar is in possession of a relic that takes the form of a scepter. It is a symbol of leadership that is passed down to a new line of succession to prove their right to rule. The relic of the land was split into four pieces after events that occurred long ago. Each race in the land of the planes has a shard of the relic. The Beastmen's shard takes the form of an amulet while the shard of the Krynar takes the form of a ring. Considered to be their most prized possessions, these shards are locked away safely by both nations. As for the humans, the shard is that of a sword who chooses its wielder randomly. The last shard is lost to the ages, waiting to be found once more.

The Sylt'ar
The Sylt'ar are winged human beings whose strengths lies in their speed and agility. They perceived themselves as the direct descendants of the gods. As a result, they believe themselves to be better than the other races. This attitude give them little reason to interact with “lesser races” and it is rare to see one in the planes of the land. They have a central governing body lead by nobles from various city states.

Sylt'ar looks exactly like a human but their white wings are the only thing that makes the difference. Due to their wings, the average Sylt'ar is physically weaker than a human. However, their military is formidable. Well trained in the uses of ranged combat and spears, they are a deadly agile and strong force to reckon with. In addition, they have a natural affinity for magic. Thanks to a period of peace and prosperity, the Sylt'ar's military is being scaled back but a well trained sizable army is still trained nonetheless.

On average, they mature around 10 and live to 40 years old. In death, they will become join with the energy stream in the sky plane. However, if they die and bear a burden, they are able to manifest as spirits and communicate with the living. With a stronger mind, they can physically interact with the real world. When they find peace, they will eventually join up with the energy stream.

Humans:
Humans are among the most resourceful and ambitious among all the races. Years of wars with one another has kept the human race strong and steadfast. On the technological front, they are among the most advanced with airships and cannons.

Adhering to a class system, humans place great emphasis on birthplace and nobility. Classism is quite common and accepted. It is legislated at times. Those who find the means to learn topics such as engineering and magic often show an astute ability to learn, practice and advance into new frontiers. They are also among the must industrialized and their trade routes are quite comprehensive. City-states everywhere experienced a population boom when the late ruler united all the lands of humanity under one banner.

The former kingdom of humanity prospered but during it collapse, numerous warlords rose to take advantage of the chaos in their quest of power, splitting the area into numerous fractions. Only recently the lands were reunited.

Humans are the jack of trades in terms of their attributes. Calvary supported with infantry present a challenge to any foe. Organized warfare is favored but tactics used by the Beastmen are proving to be troublesome with this philosophy.

Beastmen:
Many believe that the beastmen are savages who live deep in the forest homes. This belief kept most humans from ever venturing into their lands. While they are seen as primitive, it is far from the truth as they are civilized. Traditionalists by nature, they have lived and prospered far longer than any other race. Due to territorial expansion by other races onto their lands, Beastmen have a particularly strong hatred for them especially humans.

The Beastmen through some means are highly evolved than their lesser brethren. They developed a written and verbal language. Social with one another, they have knowledge of tool making. They are capable of standing upright and utilizing their animal instincts. Beastmen can be found in all forms from deers to the more predatory lions.

Matriarchal, all subsequent rulers were queens who ruled under a single house without interruption. Although they are fierce and impulsive individually, they are lost as a race without someone to guide them. While some evolved to Beastmen, many did not. These lesser beasts cooperate with their more evolved counterparts out of mutual bonds even though they cannot communicate with each other efficiently. Militarily, they use hit and run tactics especially in their forest home. Magical prowess is rare among Beastmen.

Krynar:
Powerful mystics whose powers are concentrated in the west, the Krynar look similar to humans but they become scaly and greener in appearance as they mature. An ancient gate separates the nation from the human and beastmen. Some say they came from dragons of old but many dismiss it as nonsense.

Both genders have an affinity for magic but females are generally more powerful than males. Magical powers physically change the beholder and auras can be seen by the most powerful Krynar. They live exceptionally long lives and they age very slowly.

They are prideful and independent folks and choose to spend their lives in solitude, traveling and thinking about intangible things. The Krynar are not as great in numbers as the other races. However, there are artisan builders and crafters, the best and efficient in Dyllen. As such, their cities are large, magnificent and well defended. Their standing army is nothing to sneeze at either. War beasts, magical users and a powerful array of infantry ensures they are a potent force.

Their council is very conservative and they take a long time to make decisions, preferring to plan first before acting.

Arcane Animals:
These are animals generally influenced by magic and they differ from normal wildlife in that they may have an innate control of magic they are born with and as a rule, they are much more intelligent than normal wildlife. Whether they are respected or hunted out of food or sport, their number dwindle as the years pass. Some arcane animals are gryphon and basilisks.

Celestials:
Through dark magic, the spirit of the dead can be brought back to the realm of the living. How they are seen depends greatly on the potency of the spell and the skill of the caster. They are rarely seen, let alone studied as all the races outlawed the summoning of celestials and the amount of power to summon one is massive. They are malevolent entities in all cases.
Edited by smylez on 10/4/2012 8:07 PM PDT
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Magic:
Magic is an extension of a caster’s will. They are present in all form; both tangible and intangible objects have some magical properties that gives it its form. Though all properties may have similarities, at its core, they are unique. While there are schools of magic in an effort to divide the practicing of magic, they are never completely disconnected with one another.

Ruination:
Ruination magic simply breaks an arcane property and channels its energy into spells. Ruination magic is much simpler to use than genesis and perception magic. Ruination magic is much more potent in combat and it is a discipline every offensive mage must know in any military.

Ruination magic draws power from the user. As a result, casters must physically drawn in their own energies to cast a spell which takes a lot of stamina. Hence, they tend to be stronger than other mages. Humans surprisingly are the better ruination casters. Ruination magic entails Fire, Ice, Pressure, Wind, and Lightning, the former being more rare and power in most cases.

Genesis:
Genesis magic focuses on channeling energy back to a focal point, usually one's self. A more difficult school to master than ruination, it is more versatile than perception and ruination. One can learn healing magic, conjuring tangible things, enchanting and even summons.

While most genesis mages are healers or conjurers, more powerful mages are able to draw external sources for the magic rather than their self. This allows them to be on the battlefield much longer and it enhances their offensive capabilities. Genesis magic is able to reanimate corpses and it is now banned and a capital offense to be found practicing it across all the races.

Perception
Perception magic draws power from the mind and the spirits of the casters themselves. It is the most difficult school of magic to master but mastery leads to untold powers.

The powers of perception is only as powerful as the mind. The caster must visualize the spell in the mind, draw power from imagination, channel the energies and finally applying magic outward to reality. More powerful perception magi are able to bend reality itself within the confines of the magical abilities. Human practitioners find that they will have shortened lives and will rarely master the more intricate parts of perception while Krynar magi are not affected and make the bulk of perception mages. Sylt'ar tend to avoid this magic believing it to corrupt the mind and spirit which will negatively affect the energy streams of the skies. This does not mean that there are no practitioners of perception of the Sylt'ar.

Perception magic can be further specialized to attack the spirit and break the mind. However, for some reason, this does not work on the Sylt'ar.

"Void
This school of magic is unique in that only a person can be born with them. Without the need to draw mana or physical energy from themselves, they can influence their surroundings however they wish. Magic is natural to “void” users. They can create and release magic from nothing or even enhance themselves with magic to perform nearly impossible feats.

Anyone discovered to have this magic is sent for training in a guild to ensure their powers are regulated and kept in check. The guild is called the Gray Warden and it was established out of an agreement from all races. The few who leave the guild are watched closely.

All forms of magic can be further specialized and each school of magic are not mutually exclusive from one another. Indeed, utilizing and combing different forms yield interesting results but few are able to do so as mastery of magic is difficult.
Edited by smylez on 9/28/2012 7:30 PM PDT
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Reserved for characters:

Tiers are used to govern combat capabilities to prevent instant counters from happening again and again. It does not affect their importance to the plot or how good of a chracter they will be. T1 are plot sensitive characters who are powerful in their own right. T2 are stronger, enhanced versions of soldiers with some background to justify it. T3 are stronger than npcs. Most characters will fall in the T3 and T2 range. I don't want a roll system so keep the counters to a reasonable level.

[RPer][Name]
[Tier, Race]
[Short Backstory]
[optional-link to character picture]

You can be as detailed as you want with your character. They will not be posted here but instead, linked to the original page.

Smylez
King "Salamander" Soloman, T1
-Late king of mankind and bearer of an Empyrean Shard known as the Sword of Kings. Reunited humanity under a single banner.
[Deviantart image to be found shortly]

High Overlord Laccadan
-General of Soloman and his right hand. Fought alongside the late king in the human civil wars.
[Deviantart image to be found shortly]

Shadowfury
Lisora Forsye, T3
-A simple warrior Sylt'ar. She is able to cast Ruination magic as well. Usually wind. Now helps the humans because of the struggles she has seen them go through.
http://chevsy.deviantart.com/art/angel-308772494?q=boost%3Apopular%20Angel&qo=29

Rak'rai Korso T2
Backstory: A Sylt'ar who harnessed "Void" magic and was taken to the Gray Warden guild. He quickly trained there, meeting several humans who he had befriended. He now will help humans with their struggles.
http://browse.deviantart.com/?order=9&q=Angel&offset=0#/d62elk Minus the weapon and the cross.

Zarkun
Kyle Wester, T2
-Born to a sergeant in the army, he was trained from the day he could walk in how to fight. Years later, on his 18th birthday, he joined and 4 years later was a sergeant. Leads the company known as Hell's Raiesers and recently promoted to captain.
[http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=armored+knight#/d11fixs]

CrymsonRaven
Simiras Riverdance, T3
Was raised in the forest and has some similarities to a fox itself, even some of it's personality. She was ambushed by some humans who were venting out their anger from the raid that she didn't do and she is headed for the capital.
http://browse.deviantart.com/?order=9&q=kitsune&offset=168#/d2qnoiq Very similar to what I had in mind.
Edited by smylez on 9/28/2012 6:16 PM PDT
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Reserved for summary
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Corinth is home to the Beastmen, Humans, and Krynar. The Humans occupy the northern tip of Corinth and call it Dyllen. Consisting mainly of plains and plateaus and lakes, they have established many cities. J'are is the human capital city on the coast and it is here where the story starts. Other notable cities is Mec'a, a flourishing trade city where money reigns.

Bordering the southern half of their borders are the Great Mistwood Forests where it is home to Beastmen. Tensions between the Beastmen and Humans run high along this border. The Beastmen capital and major cities are deep within the forest.

To the west of the human lands is the lands of the Krynar. A massive gate prevents entry from foreigners. The fortress-city Da'lane sits atop a hill overlooking the gate. In addition, the Gray Warden guild, a neutral body training "void" mages is mere 30 miles northwest of Da'lane on a serene lake. The capital of Antigon lies in the heart of the Krynar kingdom.

The Sylt'ar floats in the east where the mountains are insurmountable. Little is known of them compared to the others and whatever information gleamed is through rumors.
Edited by smylez on 9/28/2012 7:23 PM PDT
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Wow...how's the character sheet going to be like? I mean wow...

I think my jaw dropped?
Edited by CrymsonRaven on 9/28/2012 3:50 PM PDT
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"I will join after I read it, probably."
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...Walls...of...text...Head has esploded. I'll join when I find a chance to ready up.
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The World has ended by the Walls of text. I'll read this after dinner. This is for that TL;DR joke, smylez. ;)
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Prologue

The Diary of the Royal Scribe Arken Sojura, Midwinter Day 178

In my lifetime, I have never thought the fighting will cease. Everyday, the people live in fear of the warring warlords who pillage and attack us. They were dark times, times when fear ruled us all.

Yet to think that we humans are now reunited under a single banner! This momentous event was not something I would even dream of in my lifetime. It is good that we are united once more. 5 years past since the reunification of our human kingdom. Perhaps we can look towards peace and prosperity and rebuild this torn nation. It was going to be a glorious golden age.

However, I am beginning to cast my doubts. The late king, "Salamander" Soloman recently declared war against the Beastmen for violence against our race. According to reports, a small city on the outskirts of our borders were razed to the ground. Yet something about it seems strange. I can't quite describe it. After such a short time, another war? It appears his right hand man, High Overlord Laccadan will lead the battle. While I have no love for such primitive creatures, I shudder whenever I close my eyes and remember the cruel public execution of a band of innocent Beastmen travelers. Such cruelty is to be expected when the public clamors for war but there was an unnatural look on King Soloman's race when I turned my face away as the axe swung down.

Why was the relic passed down to him? The sword of kings, to choose such a man! He seems to be more and more pressed in exercising his power. Fate is a strange mistress. Perhaps one day, it will all be clear. I hear them outside, chanting. War is coming soon. I must head out and record this occasion for future generations.
Edited by smylez on 9/28/2012 5:18 PM PDT
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Read it. Pretty good. Gonna join. Is it acceptable to join now?
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Question: With the tiers does your char get assigned by you and can u raise it throughout the RP.
Question: Are the beast people just intelligent beasts or would they be like the Argonians an Khajiit in terms of being humanoid cats and lizards.
Question: Are their dragons and if there is one can I be one (Id start as an egg)
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Yes, you may. Right now, we are in the Human capital of Felucus. Some suggestions is that you are a trainee, an experienced captain of the Human Civil War, a mercenary group, or a magician. Remember, you can have multiple characters.

All of your characters will start off as T3 and you may have T2 if you have a reason why they should be it. Characters can shift tiers depending on circumstances. Tier one will be reserved to me until I can deem someone responsible enough to have one.

@Mecha:
Beast people are intelligent, capable of being bipedal and can talk. Their lesser brethren are the lions we see today.

Arcane creatures are on the decline and you are not being a dragon this early.

Tiers stay relatively the same thoughout.

@SF
No problem. Let me just say that each race do not take kindly to traitors.
Edited by smylez on 9/28/2012 4:32 PM PDT
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"I am definitaley going Sylt'ar."
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Human or Sylt'ar... I'll figure it out later.
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We have to be humans? :(

I would rather be a Beastman.
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I was planning on being a Beastman who was ambushed by the humans and is being taken to the capital for...punishment due to the rising hostilities and he/she whichever one it's going to be, will be thrown in jail or something.

How's that? And then one of the other RPers could buy them as a...slave or servant in return for their freedom from prison.
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I would like to be raiding human civilization with my little tribe. I was going to go for an Orcbrat atmosphere. (though a little tamer)
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Awww no being a dragon (Id start out as an egg cause thats how i roll)
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