Hey, I'm new here and I thought I'd pitch this idea I've had for a while here. I am only going to share the back story, but i can provide further information if requested. Let me know what you guys think and hopefully we can get this thing going!
In the year 2041, the human race has all but destroyed itself through warring nations. As various alliances began to form, the world became a battlefield between the West and the East, the true war to end all wars: WWIII. Just when the two sides were about to resort to nuclear warfare, something far more cataclysmic happened. Something far beyond the control of mere humans. By the time scientists noticed it, there was no way to stop it.
June 25th, 2048: The day life on Earth as we know it came to an end. On this day, a comet the size of a small city landed in north-eastern Siberia, causing worldwide devastation. Natural disasters unlike any we've seen became commonplace for the next two weeks as the world's climate and ocean patterns were severely altered. In this time nearly every first-world nation is completely devoid of social structure, let alone government. One month later, the world's estimated total population dipped under 1 billion. This event, called Armageddon in The Bible, is now simply referred to as "The End" due to the collapse of organized religion.
16 years later, in 2064, The Earth is still covered in dark clouds that block out the sun, and Earth is experiencing a perpetual winter. What's left of the Human race has since picked itself up and restarted in Europe, Africa and the Americas. Much of Northern Asia is inhospitable due to intense radiation that still pours out from the impact zone. As the humans continue to survive, there is still a lack of a true social order or government. Public services such as schools and hospitals are still being rebuilt, but the law is carried out by vigilantes who make the rules themselves. Most people live by the bare minimum, fending for their families and themselves only.
It is at this time that a certain group of scientists are now able to explore the impact zone and study the comet that ended modern civilization, now named "The Dark Star". Analysis of collected samples has revealed the presence of something extraordinary: Life. Knowing that there are no known forms of Earth life that can withstand such high radiation, it is ascertained that this new germ is indeed a new species of extraterrestrial life. But with this discovery comes a new, even more fascinating discovery. Traces of the germ are found in various places all across the globe, infecting all forms of life. The scientists spend the next several years studying this germ in secrecy, trying to find out as much as they can about it. What they found is that the germ is parasitic, living by infecting a host- by infecting humans. The germ makes its home in the reproductive cells of humans, attaching themselves to our chromosomes. This effectively causes a rapidly evolving mutation that grows in leaps and bounds with each generation. By the time they realize this, the damage has been done; the germ is already spread around the globe, and has infected an estimated 15% of the population. Only time would tell what the mutation's effect on the human genome would be.
The current year is 25 A.E. (2073 A.D.), two and a half decades after "The End". One generation later, a sub-species of human has emerged, possessing special abilities. Those who have these abilities are a minority among ordinary humans, and are feared for their extraordinary powers. For this reason, they are named "Shades", in reference to their genetic origin in the Dark Star germ. Now having blended in to human society, the Shades mostly keep their abilities hidden from the world for fear pf persecution. Some, however use their powers for their own selfish advances. And one would use his own to force what remains of human life bend to his will. All he needs is time, so long as no-one opposes him...