The Lion Crushes The Phoenix - High Medieval, Low Fantasy (Interest Check)
In these words, I hope you find what you seek. May it be hope, honesty, clarity, excuses, or what I hope to give you, reasons. Reasons for what, I cannot say myself, but it is up to you to use those reasons to better the state we are currently in, to ignite a change in the hearts of our disheartened people, to merge onto a path of freedom, and to believe that maybe, just maybe, we can begin again from the ashes of our once great kingdom.
If you are reading this, I must tell you why you received this letter. Your parents, many of which brilliant scholars and veteran fighters, were not only so, but my childhood friends. It's not hidden knowledge that I was once a commoner, that I was just an heir put into a place of power which I should not have received by birthright. I was once the second son of a soldier in the armies of the old King, El. My father led the uprising and the siege on the capital, and was chosen to lead immediately afterwards. His reign ended soon enough, with a knife to his throat. My brother, Emile, was then put on the throne at the young age of 17. But, where was I?
I was still out playing with my friends, your parents, living out my life as a young child, enjoying it while I still could. In my perspective, the king was supposed to be killed, and it was at last, 15 years later, where I assumed my duty as King Edgar, at the age of 30.
I did not have much time to socialize with your parents anymore as I was buried with documents and bills and running a kingdom. I would have liked to have them at my side, but of course, the House of Judges thought that the appointment of staff was against charters. Balls, I told them, but I had to listen to the law of the land.
I'm sure most of you have experienced some portion of our war against the Kingdom of Fieux, the Phoenix Empire. If you had, I am deeply sorry you had to go through with that, and I'm sorry we had lost control. But I am still king, even in a land that is no longer ours. That is the reason for this letter.
As my last declaration as King Edgar of the kingdom of Leona, the Lion's Kingdom, I plead of you to take back what is ours. Force the Fieux out of our country, and rule the land with the wisdom of sages, and the power of lions.
King Edgar, of Leona
This is the last anyone had heard of from King Edgar, for a few weeks later, after writing the letter, died of illness, at the age of 58.
We will be roleplaying as the children of his friends, and our ages and classes vary, but we all have some reason to following the late King's order, whether it be vengeance, justice, peace, or otherwise.*
Let's discuss a few of details regarding the setting before I get on into the character sheets:
First off, Leona is now a small state in the Fieux Empire, composed of grasslands and forests, the Blue Sea off to the east and the Heavenly Pass to the northwest, connecting the once kingdom to the mainland and Fieux territory. The state has scatterings of towns and villages connected by the roads made by the hooves of the beasts of men and the wheels of caravan carts and carriages. There are a few cities, most notably are the capital, The Mane- puns!- and the Magical City of Arciel, home of the Arcaneum library and the College.
There are a few nationalities that your character can be, since we're not going to restrict you from being only white people. Come on, friends, immigration! I will state the equivalents to each nation and give you a short generalization of how they look.
-Leonian: Equivalent to the English, they have varying appearances, from black to blonde hair and brown to gray eyes. They average about 5.75 feet for males and 5.25 feet for females.
-Fieuxys: Equivalent to the Ancient Romans, they are a tanned people with brown or black hair and varying eye colors. Men average at 5.9 and women at 5.4.
-Otahnen: Equivalent to Native Americans, and like the Fieux, are tanned, just much darker, and have only black hair and eyes. Their men tower at an averaged 6 feet while their women are not so imposing at a dainty 5 feet.
-Sien: The equivalent of the Orient, they are a fair skinned people with almost any color straight hair and black eyes. They are very short and average out at 5.3 for men and 4.8 for women.
-Ucala: The equivalent to Africans, these prideful people are the darkest skinned on the continent. They all have black hair yet varying eye colors, and are the tallest, as well, with men at 6.5 and women at 5.8.
NOTE: The heights are an average and does not mean that your character must be this tall. Also, racism does exist in this world, just not as extreme.
Since this is a low fantasy setting, and I did mention magical city, obviously, there's magic. Magic is casted through runes and will run out of magical energy, depending on the size of the spell. To add more energy, the caster must apply a new rune, but it takes some time.
The setting is also a high medieval setting, with ballistae and catapults, but no cannons or flintlock weaponry. The development of gunpowder is being researched in Si at the current time in the roleplay, and will be implemented later on (quite coincidental that the Orient equivalent is developing gunpowder). So, for those who love rangers, stick to their roots and grab a bow for now.
Finally, a CS. I will judge you based on your writing quality and your ability to make a character seem suitable in this setting.
Nationality: It is also possible to be a mixture of two, if you like interracial characters.
Age: 12 to 24
Appearance: Please put an image and not a link to the image if you are using one, and add anything we cannot see in the picture. I'd like it to be a drawing of some kind. If you're not planning on using a picture, a description will be great.
Class: Knight, Warrior, Hunter, Mage, Thief, etc. You get the idea.
Weaponry: What weapon do they use in fighting scenarios? Swords? Bows? Crossbows? Rapiers? Axes? Lances? Magic? If magic, please specify the type of magic, whether it be of an element, healing, illusory, etc.
Background: If you could, please write it IC, so I can see how the character is like before you give me their personality types. If you do not or cannot do this, write this and the personality in the same format.
Personality: If you wrote the background section IC, just a few phrases or words that describe their..personality. If you did not, write longer.
And that is about it. Anyone interested?