[Dark Fantasy] The Abrading of Uderen
High King Baltouren, ruler of a continent wide Kingdom known as Uderen, had lorded over his domain for 40 years. A stern and noble king, he maintained peace throughout his reign, and has accomplished many extraordinary feats. He pacified the barbaric east with diplomacy alone, drove the dark wyrms from the land and routed a full-scale invasion attempt in his time.
King Baltouren abruptly took ill however, on his deathbed in a comatose state. The vassals of the empire were taken off-guard by this news, though some pined for the throne, they could hardly maintain their own holds without the great king's guidance.
Thus began the abrading of Uderen, the east fell once again to autonomy, the dark wyrms of the north returned, bringing with them a ceaseless storm, and despair spread through every nook and cranny of Uderen. The larger holds are maintaining order to the best of their ability, yet the pillars of order crumble one by one.
At the center of all this, the mystery of King Baltouren's illness still weighed heavy on the minds of a few. Some saw a deeper correlation than what was obvious between the fall of their king, and the fall of the empire.
Still, the king lie in a chamber, breathing but unresponsive. His flesh whitening with each passing day, and the world receding farther and farther from what it once was. The number of anomalies is growing, the death toll rising, survival has become the prime goal of many throughout the realm. Yet some have made it their goal to revive the king, chosen by divine right, some believe only he can cleanse the land. Others simply want to find the entity that has brought disparity to the world and destroy it, before it destroys everything.
Whatever course is to be taken, the days of Uderen are numbered, lest heroes rise.
Will any such figures emerge? Or will the forces of chaos take the world?
This RP takes place amidst the chaotic era known as the Abrading of Uderen. It would focus much on interaction and cooperation of the player characters, with varying levels of combat tailored to player preference. I'd like a group of four to six players. I'm aware that they snyopsis is brief but I'll provide answers to any inquiries here to those interested. The highlights are that this will be a very gritty, brutal world and the RP is bound to contain a level of graphic violence. I'd prefer writing styles to hinge on the side of realistic-fiction so to speak, despite it being fantasy. That means, so much as getting nicked by a blade will affect your character for some time if unarmored, no your character is not skilled enough to take on four other swordsman simultaneously, and fights will need to be chosen carefully (player characters do have a chance to die if enough severe mistakes are made). Not too much to ask I think, so please PM me and/or post here if interested, will provide more detail on the plot, setting or anything else that sparks curiosity.
Note: Depending on feedback, I may or may not involve a stat simple system to make this more akin to a table-top rpg experience.
I like gritty, dark fantasy with a desire to be realistic, and I cannot lie. I'm hesitant to express my interest since, for one reason or another, all RPs where I've done the same in recent memory have surreptitiously perished and in my paranoia I'm afraid the curse continues. Oh well, the deed is done.
As to your setting, yeah, there's plenty of things I could ask that may or may not be interesting to know as they would either factor into the creation of a character (mine as well as others') or affect the IC interactions thereof. Concerning the plot, I'd say it's really up to you how much you want to reveal; keeping a majority under the hood to keep up the suspense is cool in my books. What I would want to know more about is the kingdom of Uderen: You said it spans an entire continent, but that's still somewhat vague. What sort of geographical qualities does this kingdom have? Is it roughly equivalent to, say, medieval Europe (temperate like the main land or wet and stormy like Britain), is it actually cold and icy like Scandinavia, or hell is it tropical? Next, far more critical even, what is Uderen's (adjective? Uderic, Uderene?) culture like? How do they treat affairs of law and justice, work distribution, nobility, religion? How high is quality of life overall? How are different ethnic groups (insofar that they are present) treated as opposed to natives, as well as how are women treated as opposed to men? Do there exist any famous groups, orders or other organizations that I should be aware about when making a character (for a knight-type character, it would be beneficial to, for example, be aware of something akin to temple knights existing, or perhaps a royal house guard or what have you).
Being a fantasy world with at the very least wyrms confirmed as fantastical creatures, are there any other fictive creatures that are common in the world? Also, what are wyrms generally like?
Since you made no mention of it, am I to assume there is no actual magic in this (for us humans)? If there isn't, cool, if there is, I'd evidently like to know more.
That should cover the broadest strokes of what I would be happy to see; reply to any/all of these inquiries at your own discretion, if it pleases you. Withholding certain information in order not to spoil certain things is, again, totally all right and I support it.
Concerning your note: If you can implement it well, yeah, I'd love to try out some form of stat system. I am wholly against involving die rolls that impose a hard decision on a character's fate (ergo, no rolling to attack or whatever), but an underlying system, as well as the prospect of not having full control over my character's future and well being, is exciting. I'm also a sucker for video games (no surprise given my studies) so I'm always down for allocating some stats, selecting some feats, whatever it'll be.
Last but not least, a fair warning before I finish this post: I cannot and will not post more than once a week, exceptions permitted. As it is, I work long hours each day (barring weekends), and I get home late. By the time I'm back, I frankly don't have it in me anymore to be either creative or energetic, and I'll be lucky not to fall asleep on YouTube or to get more than a couple brush strokes applied to my miniatures. I should, however, also mention that I do obviously possess an internet connection at work and that I can (and do) check the forums multiple times every day, so I can participate in the OOC whenever, really; only, the IC posts will probably have to wait until the weekend. So that is my pledge; if you think you can put up with my conditions, then I'll be happy to support you, and if not, then I'll not bear you any grudge because I totally understand.
That should be all - thanks for reading all of that, and I look forward to your reply!
Edit: Oh, I forgot to mention one thing, a minor complaint if you will: That text color is awkward to read on my screen, not sure what it looks like on your end.