I was thinking of setting up a fantasy RP at the casual level. It will take place in a setting which I have used quite a bit amongst my tabletop RP group and we simply call it "Maxverse" after the name of the first major antagonist my players met. This setting does away with some DnD-esque cliches that irritated me to no end, mostly it did away with the soul and absolute morality.
Intelligence is physically based much like in real life. So using magic to bring someone back mostly involves repairing and restarting the body while hoping that the person hasn't suffered brain damage. A noteworthy exception is the gods but we will get to that in a moment.
The basic setup is that for billions of years the gods were the only thinking creatures around. occasionally a new God came together out of leftover magical energy from the birth of the universe. Each God got its own personal plane of existance and they could detect each other and visit each other. However roughly 750k years ago an anomaly happened. A new plane and God was about to be born but a random burst of magic struck and disrupted its formation, splitting it into countless pieces, These pieces became (mostly) conventional life as we know it.
The mortal life hung out on its own plane unaware of the Gods. The Gods wondered why the new God was so shy and not joining them. Around 350k years ago they got their answer, Shivarr the first intelligent humanoid species had discovered ways of breaching the planar barriers and set forth on an imperialistic quest to claim the other plains of existance for themselves. They learned the hard way that nukes and railguns are no match for pissed-off gods and they were mostly wiped out.
The survivors descened into a dark age and eventually evolved into the species that roam the world today. Most of their knowledge and technology was lost so the present day people have a tech-level similar to 16th-17th century earth.
The species are
Humans (Duh )
Elves (Tend to be somewhat shorter lived then humans due to frailty, however their sharper senses compensate.)
Dwarves (Tough and long lived, short stride slows them down)
Orcs (Quite strong, only a bad choice if you like to look fabulous)
Vampires (LIVING CREATURES! pack both night vision and claws but their diet is a tad restricted.)
I will post more details on the gods later. Right now I want people to tell me if they have any interest in this setting and maybe help me brainstorm up an adventure!