*DISCLAIMER* I'm not sure if the type of excessive and graphic gore we plan to have in this RP is allowed on this site (I was not able to find any rules regarding RP content, my apologies, it was likely an error on my end). If this sort of thing is not okay, please let me know and I'll take down the thread.
Welcome one and all to Encroaching Darkness. This is a horror RP created by both Ovum and Spellslinger, focusing on the effects of an ancient curse on an unsuspecting populous. Please note that this RP will contain explicit and very graphic depictions of gore and violence, as well as some disturbing content. If any of this sounds like something you are not interested in, please LEAVE IMMEDIATELY. You have been warned.
This RP takes place in the year 2041, though not much is different from modern day. For all intents and purposes, feel free to imagine the environments as they are in modern day, with just a slight jump in technology. Players are free to interpret this as they'd like. The RP will largely take place in New York City. To start off, each player will make an introductory post that allows the others to get an idea of their character. The post should lead to or place the character in Grand Central Station, where the RP will formally begin.
February 5th, 1141
Diary Entry #2
They have lurked around for so long.
Yet, they go unnoticed day, to day, to day...
Who are they?
Why do they exist?
They are not just mere creations of the sun and earthly bodies.
I recall their eyes now - Those scarlet, red eyes. Glaring into my soul as if I were its mortal enemy.
It tortured my mind day to day. Clutching at my throat, whispering lies into my innocent mind.
It's blood-curdling, ghastly screams still pierce my mind from just the thought of it.
What is to become of me? I haven't the slightest clue. Let's hope I live long enough to see what becomes of me.
...they are here.With us. Around us. Outside us.
A thousand years ago, there was a plague that addled the human population. This was not normal plague, not a sickness of the body, but rather an ailment of the mind. In fact, it may more appropriately be called a curse.
This curse was originally conceived by an ancient cult. For what purpose, no one knows; perhaps they were simply bent on spreading death and despair, a goal they certainly achieved. Little is known about the curse, except from ancient scriptures like the one above. Most pieces of information regarding the curse are simple diary entries. What has been discovered is that once someone is "possessed" with the curse, their shadow seems to disappear, contrary to any science that may be applied to the matter. Indeed, the curse is surely supernatural, and could not be explained with such mundane practices as the scientific method.
There is one more thing that has been discovered. Once possessed by the curse the victim has about 12 days before they are driven to a gruesome and terrible suicide. It seems that the possession correlates directly to the victim’s strength of will; the effects of the curse occur more slowly in those with a strong mind.
One thousand years have passed since the first curse was unleashed...
Humanity may not be prepared for the shadows that come.
There will be two spots open for those that have been possessed by the curse. The others will be naturally immune. If you would like to be one of the characters possessed, please mark "Yes" next to the "Curse" section on the Character Template. If there are more than two people interested, two will be chosen randomly from the group. The curse may not be randomly acquired throughout the RP.
Respect your fellow RPers. Abusive or demeaning behavior toward another (OOC) and you're gone.
There will be no explicit sexual content in this RP. If it goes past kissing, take it to PMs.
Breaking a rule will earn you a warning. Two warnings will earn you a one-way ticket out.
Proper spelling and grammar are appreciated.
If you are unable to post for a week or more, PM either Kurai or Usagi a heads-up, or you may risk being kicked from the RP.
To show that you have read the rules, put "Creeping Shade" at the top of the post containing your Character Template.
(this section will be filled when characters are submitted)