There is a legend, old as anyone can remember, though many have forgotten it. It is a tale of great warriors, great deeds, and great magic.
It is told that in a time when Evil spread across the land, long ago, the gods themselves came together. Because of a vow they had made to aid the people rather than do for them, though, they themselves could not stop the Evil. Instead, they took certain precious stones from the earth and enchanted them with elemental magicks and animal spirits, and gave them to men and women of strength and character. Those who wielded the stones became known as the Crystal Guardians.
Together, the Crystal Guardians fought the Evil and were able to defeat it. In doing so, the precious magic stones were thought to have been destroyed, for the Crystal Guardians did not return with them and they have not been seen in all the time since. But for a long time, no one worried about that, and the very memory of the stones is only distant legend.
Now, in a time when the gods once so revered seem to have abandoned the people, and when corruption might creep up on any person, who will fight the new rising Evil?
I'll post a thread just for character sheets once we've got a better handle on who wants to do what. If you think I'm taking too long, feel free to jab me with a sharp stick. ^^
Crystal: (Some sites that might be helpful: Gem Hut, Crystals and Jewely, That Crystal Site, Pretty Rock, Gem Select, AJS Gems. I encourage you to consider stone meanings when selecting.)
Animal: (Must be a real animal. Some extinct animals may be allowed.)
Armored Appearance: (Please include any weaponry that is featured with your armor. Also mention abilities that come with the armor: if you have a bird, maybe your armor can fly; if you have a fish, maybe your armor helps you swim and stay under for extended periods of time; etc.)
Magic: (Should be relevant to your element and animal. Keep it reasonable. Perhaps equate things to modern weapons in usefulness and limitations, since the Guardians will basically be a task force in a war.)
Shanique Mosira (Novalyyn) Water/Eel/Tanzanite
Zarso Ulua (JerkChicken) Earth/Jaguar/Smokey Jade
Erick Brando (Duality) Wind/Firefly/Tigerseye
Fiora Sethlans (Konica) Fire/Whiptail Lizard/Umbalite Garnet
It isn't Legend of Dragoon, but yes, it's much like it in setup. (Side note: I have yet to complete Legend of Dragoon, so hush.) Basically, you get a crystal/precious stone that gives you magic and armor associated with a particular element and a particular animal (all of which should make sense together). Naturally, you're also encouraged to use personality traits that tie in nicely as well.
Magic is a limited resource. The guardians can use it, big bads can use it, but pretty much no one else can. Maybe.
No one begins already having their crystal. You'll need to find it. (If this is a major issue, let me know, and I might make an exception.)
Elements are up for discussion. Basic, of course, is fire, water, wind, and earth. What counts as earth is always debatable - is it rocks, plants, or both? (If it's left at basics, I'd rather it be plants; better balance and more sensible considering the whole crystal thing.) Some folks like to throw in things like light, life, darkness, void, ice, etc; I'd rather lean away from those, but if you're dead-set on it, then meh. If there's something else you'd like, go ahead and ask about it.
For the stones, those that naturally form into crystalline structures are preferred. I'd also like to ask you to be creative; don't just skip right to ruby, emerald, etc. There are websites dedicated to minerals. Check them out.
For animals, I also encourage you to be creative, but no mythical creatures (mythical creatures can exist, they just can't be used for guardian associations). Weasels, fish, bats, parrots... have fun. Just try to have it make sense for the element. If you try to say you want a dolphin and fire, my foot will find your rear end. (Another side note: dolphins are murderous, raping pricks anyway.) The armor would also be referencing the animal in appearance.
Each element, stone, and animal should only be used by one person. I'd be taking either wind/hiddenite/butterfly or water/tanzanite/eel. No one would be starting with their crystal; each must be found, first.
I don't presently have anything specific in mind for the "rising evil." Ideas are welcome, but I don't think it needs to be rushed, so long as it at least develops in some sort of sensible way.
So, anyone know what they want to do, specifically?