Set in an alternate and futuristic reality, this RP follows the trials and tribulations of a plethora of supernaturally-gifted humans as they seek their way in the world and attempt to discover how they will leave their mark in history. The Gifted, as they begun to refer to themselves in response to being labelled freaks and mutants, represent a small minority of humans on the planet but are widely feared and discriminated against due to their staggering powers. The divide between the communities became much more pronounced and resulted in a power shift when the Gifted suffered heavy casualties in a civil war that took place many years ago, leading to an even smaller population and debilitating restrictions (such as forced microchipping) imposed upon them by the federal government.
Today, opinions and emotions on the enmity between humans and gifted vary sharply within both communities. Several human rights groups have incorporated stances of equality and have persistently called for discrimination against Gifted to end although this has met little to no success due to fear and anti-gifted bias propagated by the media.
On the other side, Gifted opinion on humans varies to a much lesser degree due to the successful influence of the benevolent headmaster of the Vansterike academy, Professor Alvarez, who has campaigned for peace between the two parties for the vast majority of his life. His charm and magnetic personality have set him aside as an anomaly within the media, who generally hold a favourable opinion of him despite their anti-Gifted stance. However, whilst Alvarez promotes the message of peace, the embers of vindication among the more vengeful-minded Gifted are being stoked by a shadowy underworld figure… Which side will you pick?
This RP’s primary location is on the massive grounds of Vansterike’s Academy for the Gifted. The academy is located just a few miles outside the borders of Ceteris, a megacity and bustling metropolis that many of the students in the academy visit often. Ceteris is located where Chicago would be in the state of Illinois in this alternate-reality vision of America. The slums of Ceteris are also a secondary location within the RP as they have high concentrations of Gifted living there. Although it would seem a large group of Gifted oppressed by a human-led government and poverty would have a society marked with rebellious attitudes, they are relatively peaceful thanks to the guiding of the community Elder, a wise old man named Mortar who just happens to be a close friend of Alvarez’s. Students are free to explore the rest of the city in their spare time; however, they must understand to back down when denied entry into some areas, such as certain restaurants and malls, based on their status as Gifted. Students who fail to show this maturity may be banned from entering Ceteris by the Academy administration. First year students are 14 and final year students are 22. There are several postgraduates who also attend the academy and are studying specialised courses.
As of now, the only race available to RP as is Gifted since the main locations of the RP are the Academy and the Slums. Gifted are divided into one of four Guilds in the Academy based on their dominant power. You can choose a maximum of two powers, with one being your primary power that helps to determine which Guild your character will be in. The Guilds are:
Black Mage Guild: Black Mages have control over five elements although they can choose to specialise in a specific element, whichever one suits their style. Elements that Black Mages can control are: Fire, Water, Earth, Ice and Lightning.
Psion Guild: Telepathy and Telekinesis. Each counts as one power. You cannot be a telekinetic, a telepath AND have another power. Telepathy is the ability to read minds and leads to a better understanding of others in social situations… and a deadly form of attack in the form of a full-on mind assault, usually manifesting itself in concentrating extremely loud and uncomfortable sounds within your opponent’s head or overloading it with information/voices/sounds. If you have Telepathy as your primary power, you can also affect an opponent's brain chemistry in such a way as to create hallucinations that will surely prove to be distracting. Telepaths must be aware of clouding... It is a technique used by other Gifted in order to prevent their minds being read passively. However, if a Telepath wishes, he can force himself into the mind of his target and read the minds that way... it just won't be a secret of who did it anymore.
Telekinesis is a blunt force power, so you cannot create sharp manifestations of the power such as knives and swords. It is used to push, pull and lift, meaning you can use it to fly!
Summoner Guild:A very special kind of Gifted that has developed a mental connection with a fourth dimension and can use this to summon special and unique beings to aid themselves in battle. You are limited to two summons and can only have one summon out in the field at a time. Although summons are very powerful, it can take a long time to summon and until you do, you’re vulnerable unless you use another power to form a barrier over yourself. If you’re interrupted during a summon, you’ll have to restart the process. I’ll trust you guys to be far with this power! :) By the way, summons are very rarely taller than 30 feet.
White Mage Guild: They mostly focus on benign powers such as healing, although they can use some light-based attacks. The biggest advantage of being a White Mage is your ability to banish summons. However, this takes at least a minute to accomplish so be careful!
I’m not going to set any restrictions on the power of combinations you can have just to give everyone freedom, but please be fair in your battles and don’t godmod! Losing battles can be great character development too and we all lose sometimes! :)
Well, that’s about it. I think we can make this a great, fun RP and develop some really cool and intricate storylines with each other. I’m not going to make myself the main character as I want everyone to have equal opportunity and freedom to construct some beautiful and deeply involving plots, but try to make these personal ones guys, don’t introduce an overarching plot without discussing it with me first. I think I’ll take care of the overarching plot, but I’ll definitely do it in a way where every character is important and it’s not just one person writing their own story with everyone else’s characters as little more than sideshows. I will be RP’ing as authorities within the academy such as the headmaster and teachers, but if you want to RP as a teacher as a one-time or permanent thing then just shoot me a PM!
For now, anyone besides me or a co-GM can only have two characters, just so we can avoid clutter in the short-term. If you’re reaaallly interested in an extra character, PM me and we’ll make a decision together. By the way, if you decide to RP as a teacher, then you can still have two student characters as it’s really the students in this RP that will advance the plot forward the most :)