Thirty years ago, mankind saw their freedom perish when a kingdom of stuffed beings decided to launch an unprovoked invasion on their land. The sudden attack caught them completely by surprise. The invading armies were so powerful, and vast in number, that man had already lost their freedom before they even had time to mobilize their numbers and attempt to fend the enemy off. There had existed knowledge of the stuffed kingdom's existence prior to the attack, and diplomatic connections had been made, so the reason for this event was unknown.
In the aftermath of the one-year war, man's land was divided among nobles and high-ranked generals of the kingdom. It was decided that a strip of land would be "given" to the nation's survivors, and that they would be left in peace. The surrounding countries' policy towards humans would differ from region to region, depending on those who governed them. In the beginning, man suffered. But as years passed, their ability to adapt and thrive in the worst of conditions paid off, and life went on. A few small villages were formed, and society got back on it's feet. Cycling trough the daily routines of the lives they had before the war, as if it never happened. Some of the surrounding regions even started allowing humans across their borders, which led to some choosing to leave their own promised land in favor of the opportunity to coexist with their invaders.
Ten years ago, change was again forced upon man. The kingdom's scientists had made a major technological breakthrough! Their swords, bows and arrows were made obsolete in the face of science! They had discovered how to create complex machinery that would revolutionize the world, how to make fiery explosions with a single spark of fire, how to improve their weapons into tools of mass destruction! This was the start of the industrial age, and the world would never be the same.
The skies above all kingdom-governed cities was filled with dark poisonous smoke that the gargantuan pipes of the countless factories spewed out in an ever-lasting cycle of production that never stopped. Fuel was required, so the surrounding woods were chopped down and fed to the machines. It quickly became apparent that wood was too inefficient to remain a power source for long, lest all the forests would be depleted, and life would end. Therefore, the plushy king’s closest circle of thinkers was brought together to come up with a solution. After hours of discussing their options, the answer was clear; use the humans.
They reformed the old laws they had made for man, and started their harvest. Every man and woman who passed the age of forty, became seriously sick, was unable to reproduce, spoke ill of any stuffed being, acted against any stuffed being, refused to follow any stuffed being’s orders, killed another human, killed another stuffed being, broke the laws of a region, trespassed into a region, possessed weaponry of any kind; would be placed under arrest, taken to a factory (which one depending on the needs of the region), and processed by their machinery into oil. Yes. Man now served the purpose as fuel for the plushy king’s dreaded machinery. The patch of land the remains of humanity had been living on for the past nineteen years had now been turned into little more than a breeding ground.
- Humans: Having been under the rule of the plushy king for the past thirty years, they have little hope for freedom. There are few who remember the days before the war, and even then they were just children. They serve as the kingdom’s renewable source of fuel, and is killed and turned into oil at the slightest violation of the law, or by turning forty. Once the proud owners of the land, they are now nothing more than empty husks compared to their former glory. Not all is lost however, for there is always those who, against all odds, rise up above all else. To do what others cannot.
- Plushies: The rulers of the world. Their skin is made of fabric, and their bodies have odd, often round, shapes of unnatural size. What they lack in finesse, they make up for in raw power and numbers. A plushy is notoriously hard to kill due to a complete lack of organs, and can be healed by simply being sewn back together. They’re able to reproduce sexually, but nowadays, they’re mostly constructed within the factories instead. They can be drastically different from one another in terms of appearance and size, often resembling some type of animal. Their color is decided at birth, and is completely random if they were not produced in a factory (much to the dismay of Roger the pink warrior)
- Half-breeds: A direct result of humans and plushies bonding. These half-man half-plushy humanoids resemble humans, but has skin made of fabric. They suffer extreme prejudice from both plushies and humans, but have gained their own detachment within the stuffed kingdom’s military nonetheless. They have no society of their own, and mostly inhabit cities governed by the kingdom. Any half-breed drifters are considered humans in regards to the law.
Magic: The magic of this world is very different from the normal fantasy settings we’ve all come to love. All magic in this world can be learnt by anyone, but only trough having access to the knowledge of the type of magic one wish to learn. That means that to learn magic, someone has to teach it to you, or you’ll have to find a book that thoroughly described the process of learning it. There’s no such thing as mana, and you will never run out of “energy”. Each type of magic requires access to a specific kind of material to work, based on the type of magic being used. There are many different types of magic, and even more sub-types within each type. It is up to each user of magic to discover the secrets of their own art, and learn new ones. There are three basic types of magic available to you from the start, but it’s possible to learn more as the story unfolds. None of the basic magic types can function as a kinesis (you cannot move materials with your mind), they all require touch. Magic is only thought of as magic because it cannot be accomplished by general skill.
- Thread magic: Using threads, fabric, needles, and anything else connected to sewing. This can be used both in combat, and as a utility. Examples of thread magic being used in combat would be someone using a needle to sew multiple enemies together, entangle opponents in fabric, and mow down hordes with a ball of string. Examples of thread magic being used as a utility would be someone using string to pull themselves up sheer surfaces, seeing the future by reading threads, shaping fabric and creating clothes.
- Paper magic: Using paper and cardboard. This can be used both in combat and as a utility. Examples of paper magic being used in combat would be someone paper-cutting their enemies with extreme precision, and trapping their opponents in cardboard boxes. Examples of paper magic being used as a utility would be someone forging weapons and structures out of paper and cardboard.
- Cloud magic: Using clouds. This can be used as a utility, and in some rare cases, combat. Examples of using cloud magic as a utility would be someone reading the clouds to see the future, solidifying, shaping, and riding clouds (traveling with the wind)
Age: (Humans shouldn’t be over forty.)
Gender: (Plushies have gender too)
Race: (Human, Plushy, or Half-breed)
Personality: (What’s your character like? What does he/she think about the world? How do others perceive him/her?)
Magic: (If your character knows magic, pick one of the three basic types and specify for what purpose your character is using it, as the usage can be quite vast)
Skills: (What can your character do? Why is he able to do that?)
History: (What’s your character’s story? Did anything happen that shaped him into the person he is today? Does he have any relatives?)