ᗫᙍᙢᓎᘉ ᖶᓎ Sᓎᙢᙍ, ᗅᘉᘜᙍᒪ ᖶᓎ ᓎᖶᕼᙍᖇS.
Warning: 18+ only. Contains violence, gore, and other adult themes.
..And welcome to White Rabbit Valley, a town for all things hellish. For hundreds of years, powerful vampire families have ruled the supernatural world with an iron fist, all the while remaining hidden from the general public. They have adapted to live among you, forming an ever-growing family with a thirst for blood. Though, each family is not without its growing pains..
In this story, there are no heroes. There is only..
The circumstances can vary from Forebear to Forebear, but the common denominator seems to be linked to one's own emotions. Whether it be a crippling mental illness, incredibly high social status, insurmountable cruelty that resulted in their passing, a lust for power, or a manic desire to persist after death, something about these intense feelings cause the ghost to inhabit it's own corpse-- Making them both alive and not. Naturally born vampires are more powerful than vampires that are turned, taking on unique abilities that set them apart from that of the average vampire. However, they typically suffer from irrationality, apathy, and in some cases, insanity.
Types of Vampires and How They Are Born
Forebears - Naturally Born Vampires
Humans who, in their life, died under a specific set of circumstances.
Fledglings - Turned VampiresIn order for a Forebear to turn a human into a vampire, that human must be legally and totally dead. The Forebear will then feed their own blood into the mouth of the human corpse, effectively bringing it back to life. (Corpses may be viable for turning up to 3 days after their passing.) Newly born vampires will experience a rush of berserk-like emotions, briefly losing control of themselves having an intense lust to kill. Called 'Beasting' or 'going beast,' it can usually be subverted by knocking the vampire out and waiting for them to wake again, or restraining them for a period of 8-16 hours. The reason for this phenomenon is unknown, but it is theorized that this is the human bodies last-ditch effort to hang on to whatever scrap of humanity it has left by flooding it with rabid emotion. Turned vampires can create other vampires using this same method, furthering their bloodline.
Humans that are turned by other vampires.
Boneskins - Starved Vampires
Vampire's that have intentionally deprived themselves of blood for a certain period of time.
A play on the phrase 'skin and bones,' Boneskins were once your average vampire. Because every vampire needs to feast on some type of blood, depriving themselves of their only food source has disastrous consequences. Among the average vampire, they can only go a handful of weeks without feeding, before the urge to kill becomes too much for them to bear. They will be reduced to a state similar to that of a freshly born vampire-- The 'going beast' stage-- And have intense difficulties restraining this urge. At which point the starvation is also translated physically, becoming thin and skeletal. If this denial persists further, the vampire will eventually lose all semblance of self, becoming a mindless killing machine. Once they reach this stage, it's effects are irreversible.
Both Forebears and turned vampires must feast on blood, animal or human, to survive. Animal blood will sate a vampire's hunger, but usually takes larger quantities to do so. Human blood is rich and will satisfy vampires longer and easier than animal blood.
A Vampire's Power
Every vampire has a few set abilities that are universal to all vampires.
Immortality - Pretty self explanatory. Vampires will not age, become sick, or die as a result of typically natural causes.
Miasma - An ability that can, with practice, influence humans (and humans only) to do their bidding.
Regeneration - Any small injuries sustained to the vampire (such as a cut, scrape, stab, bullet would, etc. etc.) will heal itself relatively quickly, but larger injuries such as losing a limb, removal of organs, etc. etc. requires a large intake of blood, and will take several years to complete. (Though most organs are not necessary for a vampires survival.)
Flight - Again, self explanatory. All vampires can fly. Woo!
Sense - Vampires can 'sense' when other vampires are around. The feeling typically manifests as a faint tickling at the back of the neck. Alternatively, vampires have a unique scent to them - freshly ground vanilla - that can tip other vampires off to their location.
Brand New - Vampire's are faster, stronger, and less fragile than that of the humans. They can survive even the most intense of trauma's, and do it all again the next day.
A Vampire's WeaknessesNausea - Vampire's can walk among the living during the day, however they are creatures of the night! The sun will make them sick to their stomachs, becoming fatigued and nauseous until sunset.
Similarly to their powers, vampires have a set of weaknesses universal to all of them.
Power Handicap - Similarly to the weakness above, Vampires can't use their abilities during the day. Because of this, many vampires choose to sleep until nightfall.
Feeding Time - Similar to a human, using one's abilities or increased physical attributes will cause hunger over time-- The more you expend yourself, the hungrier you become.
Post-Mortem - Vampires, though walking and talking, do not have a heartbeat or a pulse. This makes it slightly more difficult to integrate with human society, but not impossible.
Expired - Vampires can consume human food to appear more human-like, however without a properly functioning digestive system, it will eventually rot in their stomachs, causing them to vomit.
Some things that are generally frowned upon in common vampire society.
- Consuming the heart of another vampire. While it is said that eating the hearts of your fellow undead will grant you a fraction of their power, it also destroys them completely, leaving no trace of them behind. Though, destroying the heart is the only known way to kill a vampire.
- Keeping it in the family. Vampires often refer to humans they turn as their 'children,' and as such, having romantic relations with them is generally considered weird. That doesn't stop some of them, though.
- Interacting with those from your human life. Typically, vampires look for people to turn who do not have those that will miss them. And if they do, they will not be permitted to see them again. Finding ways of communicating to loved ones is a big no-no, as it could potentially expose other vampires. Contact with former loved ones, if uncovered, has.. less-than-pleasant consequences.
Age: 795 (Estimated early 30's in human years.)
Bio: Ajaxius first arrived in White Rabbit Valley approximately 450 years ago as a young oil entrepreneur, but his human life before that is unknown. After uncovering several oil deposits, he became the Valley's main economic contributor, and later hosted a party to attract other powerful like-minded individuals. Among them, several heads of the vampire families, eventually forming what would become The Configuration. Ajax acts as the groups leader and ambassador, where his word is supernatural law. Every decade or so, he fakes his own death so as to not tip off the community that he is immortal, and assumes himself to be the next heir of the company-- Dygarian Services LLC. He is well regarded in the human community, parading around town as a charitable figurehead. It is his vampiric family that is considered to be the most powerful, though that is largely due to his status as leader, and has yet to be determined. A little over one hundred years ago, he had a romantic relationship with a woman named Gwenhwyfar LaVey, but helped cause her death via burning at the stake. His real reasons for doing so aren't entirely clear, though he says it was for 'the protection of the group.'
Personality: On the outside, Ajax is a calm, cool, collected individual. However, his true nature is one of deceit and charm-- He's a smooth talker, and coupled with his devilishly handsome good looks, he can make almost anyone bend to his will. He comes off as charming and otherwise unassuming, and when it comes to women, he may seem endearing and even romantic, given the situation. His experience over the rest of The Configuration has given him the ability to tailor his personality to an individuals needs and wants; The ultimate sociopathic businessman. Eccentric, ruthless, and bloodthirsty-- The false prophet leads the lambs to slaughter.
Supernatural Ability: Ajax can manipulate organic materials, like oil or stone, to form impressive weaponry for combat; Something he is skilled in.
Affliction: Ajax suffers from bursts of uncontrollable blood lust, causing him to kill small groups of humans once a year.
"You wouldn't be here if it weren't for me. Never forget your place."
Age: ??? (Estimated mid-to-late 20's in human years.)
Bio: Adrian's origin as a Forebear is unknown -- Nobody knows where he came from, or the circumstances of his human death, but one way or another he ended up in the Valley approximately 800 years ago. At the time, he had just risen the ranks of The Church of The Hierophant: The ancient worlds most prestigious religious sect. Whether or not there were other vampires within the Church are unknown, but using his abilities, he convinced them to commission a mighty cathedral in his new hometown of the Valley. After it's completion, he met the woman that would eventually become his first turned daughter -- Gwenhwyfar LaVey, a young priestess -- and quickly fell in love. Through a series of rather unfortunate events, Gwen was subsequently murdered by fellow Configuration member, Ajaxius Dygarian. Stricken with a great depression over the loss of the woman he loved, Adrian drew himself into his cathedral where he first met her, sealing it away for well over a hundred years. The loneliness soon overcame him, and Adrian soon turned his second child-- Leone Walters, a blind monk who first visited the cathedral on the Church's behalf to check the integrity of the building. Since then, the two have lived together quietly, with Leone acting as Adrian's caretaker.
Personality: Adrian expresses his emotions in intense bursts, whether it be happiness, anger, or sadness. These bursts typically prelude long periods of apathy, or even depression. He clings tightly to his particular faith in hopes that, one day, the Lord will save his tortured soul from vampirism. He considers himself a man of love and romance, and sees the modern world's portrayal of vampires as endearing, and tragically beautiful-- Mirroring his own assumptions about himself. Having now been sheltered for well over a hundred years, he has reverted back to a child-like energy, with visages of his former self peaking through. Adrian deeply resents himself for his selfish actions toward Gwenhwyfar, and hopes that, like his religious father, she will one day forgive him in the afterlife. He cares deeply for his son Leone, and firmly believes he would be lost without him. Troubled, hopeful, and righteous-- The sad priest sits alone in his house of worship.
Supernatural Ability: Adrian can summon and manipulate a terrifying blue hellfire from his own hands.
Affliction: Adrian suffers from bouts of religious insanity, claiming he can see revelations from God.
"I believe God forgives all things. Even this curse."
Age: 377 (Estimated early 20's in human years.)
Bio: Winona is the newest and youngest Forebear to be added to the Configuration. A little more than 300 years ago, she was one of many young women to suffer the cruelty of misguided zealots, burning so-called 'witches' at the stake on the Church of The Hierophants behalf-- An era that has since been referred to as the 'Righteous Ages.' After rising from the ashes of her fallen sisters, Winona went into hiding, forming the underground club known as House Serpens. When women fell at the hands of these murderers, Winona would pull their burnt corpses from the ashes and nurse them back to health. Originally created as a safe haven for other witches, the club has persisted throughout the ages, now operating as a speakeasy for her fellow vampire kind. Approximately one hundred years after it's creation, Winona was approached by Ajax, later joining The Configuration.
Personality: Winona is largely indifferent to petty and personal affairs, and will instead often look out for the betterment of the group, even if it calls for extreme measures. She cares very much for her kin, and will become agitated at any mention of the persecution she and others suffered during the Righteous Ages. Despite largely disagreeing with Ajax's methods, he will often come to her for spiritual advice, and the two have a close, yet strained relationship. She is articulate and well-spoken, though cryptic at times. Winona longs for a world where the undead no longer have to hide, and hopes to one day bring about a magical revolution that would place vampires at the top of the food chain. Ambitious, wise, and overzealous-- The silent hand works in bloodied shadows.
Supernatural Ability: Winona has a special affinity for communicating with the dead through complex rituals.
Affliction: Winona is constantly plagued by the voices of lost souls unable to pass into the afterlife.
"I earned my keep. That's more than I can say for others."
Age: 546 (Estimated early 40's in human years.)
Bio: Johanna hails from Europe, where the vampire scene once ran rampant with debauchery and bloodshed many years ago. Similar to The Configuration, she belonged to a secret vampire sect known as The Crown, and once acted as an ambassador for the eccentric vampires. Though, she was known to be vocal in opposition to their antics, and was subsequently exiled approximately 300 years ago. She later traveled to White Rabbit Valley at the behest of Ajax, leaving behind a number of her own turned children. Shortly after arriving, Johanna entered into a romantic relationship with Ajax, with which he granted her a section of the Valley for her to control; Managing the South Valley by owning a number of small businesses. Though, Johanna was oblivious to Ajax seeing Gwenhwyfar LaVey during this same time, only becoming aware of his betrayal when she was put to death. To this day, she keeps to the South Valley, and interacts very little with the rest of The Configuration.
Personality: Johanna typically carries herself with a motherly temperament, taking pity on the younger vampires. She may come across as indifferent or stern, handling her business (supernatural or otherwise) with a no-nonsense attitude, but like many others, she has a softer side to herself that she rarely let's others see. She has silently aligned herself with Winona's ambitions, as she believes men like Ajax are incapable and unfit to rule. Johanna sometimes has moments of vulnerability, spurred on by the memory of her kin back in Europe. Though, she never let's these moments last, picking herself up and continuing on with a regal posture. Despite interacting with him very little these past few decades, Johanna has a deep-seeded hatred for Ajax, partly because of his betrayal. Nostalgic, cunning, and powerful-- Hell hath no fury than a woman scorned.
Supernatural Ability: Johanna can change her appearance by stealing the reflections of unsuspecting parties for a short period of time.
Affliction: Johanna is prone to bouts of severe depression, isolating herself in her home of the South valley for several weeks.
"Oh, how they warned me the devil would be beautiful."
Age: 532 (31 in human years.)
Personality: Lance is a far cry from the prince of social graces, and tends to be very awkward when speaking with new people. He despises Ajax for a multitude of a reasons, yet only remains involved in The Configuration to curb his crippling loneliness. He is considered the 'big brother' of the group, often being the voice of reason of most conflicts. Despite having a much bleaker outlook on this way of life, he believes himself to be one of the more 'sane' members. His relationship with his vampiric sister, Emmulsia, is tolerable, though taxing for him mentally, and he shares a regular bromance with Leone. He is very vocal in his opposition to Ajax at any given moment, but due to his level-headed nature, he has been known to talk Ajax down from a state of anger and bloodlust. He uses this ability to, in essence, keep his father from.. misbehaving. For the most part, anyway.
Other: Lance used to be incredibly close with Gwenhwyfar LaVey, having been the first of her friends during her time in the Configuration. Along with Adrian, he was the only other person to be outspoken against her public execution, and his hatred for the man stems from this reason, though isn't his only one.
"I wish I could say things will get better, but what's the point in lying when we're already dead?"
Age: 326 (22 in human years.)
Personality: Florence carries herself with a 'devil may care' attitude, and often comes off ruder than she means to. Despite this, she has a close friendship with a select few in The Configuration, having a reputation for being stubborn yet loveable. Her temper is short, and it doesn't take much to make her annoyed. As such, she tends to isolate herself, though she does enjoy the company of others-- Provided they aren't bothering her. Her loyalty to Winona is unchallenged, and she is utterly devoted to her, seeing her as a surrogate mother figure. Florence has a tendency to say the things others wont, which has been known to get her into trouble here and there. Despite being one of the older vampires, she wanders through eternity with a childish disregard for anything that doesn't directly impact her.
Other: Similarly to Gwen, Florence was one of many witches burned at the request of the Church, only to be revived by Winona's hand. She owns and operates a small nightclub downtown, known as 'Occult.' When she isn't helping Winona with various rituals or learning the ways of old magic, she can be found here, dancing the night away.
"...Got a starin' problem? Go bother someone else."
Age: 92 (25 in human years.)
Personality: What Daedric lacks in intelligence, he makes up for with brute force and stamina, being one of the physically stronger vampires around. He is incredibly street-smart, and knows the Valley like the back of his hand. Though it doesn't take much to set him off, he's passionate in every endeavor, and makes it clear he's one you can trust. Known for his bullheaded, do-it-yourself attitude, Daedric is the happy medium between brawn and brain. As one of the younger vampires, he has much to learn, but he finds amusement in exerting his newfound immortality-- Throwing parties, partaking in narcotics, and engaging in dangerous brawls. He is fond of his vampiric mother, Emmulsia, often referring to her as 'mom.' At his core though, Daedric is like many others; Scared and looking for a reason to go on.
Other: Many years ago, Daedric once belonged to an underground gang known as the 'Molar Caps,' but was killed during a ongoing turf war. Emmulsia would later find his corpse in the slums of the valley, riddled with bullets, and brought him back to life. He also has a crush on Leone.
"Sure, I can crack some skulls for ya.. Just, uh, don't tell mom, cool?"
Age: 514 (27 in human years.)
Personality: Known for her icy, scathing demeanor, Emmulsia walks through life as though the weight of the world rests upon her delicate shoulders. She values fashion and one's own appearance above all else, believing a good taste is the key to convincing others of your ability. As such, her fashion sense is the most appealing thing about her personality; Emmulsia is incredibly vain and self-centered, but confident, not so easily swayed by the insults of others. She is straight forward and matter-of-fact, sometimes to a radically harsh degree. A more sadistic side of her relishes in the suffering of others, and she has been known to spark conflicts for the sole purpose of her own amusement. Unsurprisingly, she gets along well with Ajaxius, being one of his few closest advisers. Though their personalities clash, she and Lance share a mutual respect for each other, having spent hundreds of years together as undead siblings. Additionally, there is a small part of her deep down that genuinely cares for him, as well as her only son, Daedric. Emmulsia refuses to elaborate on what drove her to save Daedrics life, but cares for him deeply nonetheless, being the only one she can trust and be vulnerable around.
Other: Emmulsia owns her own successful avant-gaarde fashion brand, and her work is most commonly worn by the wealthy elite of the valley.
"They say that beauty is often correlated with pain. I, for one, am appalled the two were ever separate."
Age: 175 (28 in human years.)
Personality: Much like his vampiric father, Leone prefers the quiet company of his books and the Lord. He is meek and soft-spoken, and will avoid stressful situations as he prefers to follow, rather than lead. He takes pleasure in simple things, like a good painting or a clear sky, but longs for a life unburdened. When asked of him, Leone will leave the Abbey to collect any manner of supplies or literature for Adrian, acting as his one connection to the outside world. Though it pains him, Leone recognizes he is the only one able to keep Adrian calm, and treats this task as a sort of necessary evil-- Preferring not to talk about it if he can help it. He's prone to melancholy, but because of his quiet nature, most don't really seem to notice. His one joy is tending to the Abbey's garden; Having brought it back from an ancient state of decay many years ago. Additionally, he considers Lance to be his best friend, and the two routinely spend time together doing various leisurely activities. Leone still believes in God, though to a much more sensible degree than his father, and prays daily for guidance. He is aware of the circumstances that lead to his late sister's passing, but finds the topic difficult to discuss-- Only because Adrian has forbidden him from doing so.
Other: Leone frequently hosts night lectures on theology at nearby colleges, and Daedric Liptin is one of his most avid students. Though, he suspects these lessons rarely stick..
"Keep the faith, brother. It's all we have now."
A fictional town quietly nestled on a small island approximately 500 miles off the coast of Maryland. The valley is surrounded by a thick, dense forest, rich with flora and fauna galore. Given the isolated nature of the town and it's inhabitants, the Valley has a unique history all it's own, separated from the rest of the country. Most notably taking after the Salem Witch Trials during a period known to the locals as the 'Righteous Ages.' The economy relies heavily on the business of Ajaxius Dygarian, operating as the main exporter of valley goods and oil. The face of Ajax is plastered all over town, and is known to most all that live here.
Most, though not all, of the valley's inhabitants subscribe to an old-world religion, stemming from the once illustrious Church of The Hierophant; A religious hierarchy structured similar to that of the Catholic Church. In their heyday, the Church had power and influence across the globe, but has since fallen into meek obscurity, though flourishes in it's hometown of the Valley. The religion itself is centered around a retelling of the fall of Lucifer, and those that vehemently subscribe to this ideology are referred to as 'Revenants.'
"..And in the darkness, the Lord our God birthed his first creation: Mankind. His love and admiration for his first children was unchallenged, and we knew He created this world for us. But, brothers and sisters, we were not satisfied with all that He had given us. We coveted all that our neighbor had-- His home, his cattle, his wife, and his children. We became corrupted by greed, we became corrupted by death, we became corrupted by dishonesty; These things that God did not create. We were imperfect beings, and it was us that birthed these fowl practices into God's holy land. But His light was merciful-- The Lord came to us in holy fire to show the corrupted man his way.
But we were not made to bare witness to such righteousness. Those that could not bear to look upon His beauty were consumed by it, vanishing into pillars of ash. God quickly realized this, and retreated back to His kingdom, a new obstacle in His path. You see, brothers and sisters, our creator was not meant to walk among his creation. So, he crafted someone that could show us the way: Doriene, the Firstborn. The first of God's angels. And when Doriene first set foot on this earth, we knew Him to be made in the Lord's image. We knew He was here to show us the path of righteousness. The Firstborn lived with mankind for hundreds of years, teaching generation after generation the path of light.
But the level of malice in the human heart proved to be too much, even for a divine being. Soon, even Doriene became corrupt; His once beautiful form becoming twisted and disfigured. He defied his Holy Father, and refused to teach His word any longer. God's heart ached, and left with no choice, he forbid His son from ever returning to Heaven. In a fit of rage, and as a last act of defiance, Doriene crafted his own realm-- The Underground, a hellish place where the wicked burn and the Holy flee. It is a place of defilement, of pain, of suffering, and of taboo. It is here where Doriene's jealousy for mankind reigns supreme, forever tormented by the fact he may never be reunited with his one true Father.
But we, His creation, have been given the wonderful opportunity to rise above even His own son-- We can live among our holy father and his angels. We need only to embrace all that his love has to offer."
- The Church of The Hierophant, High Chancellor Edmund, 1985
Conversely, some private circles have taken to worshiping Doriene, believing him to be a misunderstood figure, and that his actions had Just causes. They profess Doriene to be a merciful God of true free will and intelligence, when compared to that of his angry father. These people are referred to as 'Advocates.'
"The way the Church tells it is utter horseshit, man. Doriene isn't evil-- He's heartbroken. God loved the humans more than he loved his own son, 'course the guy is going to be a little hurt. Humans didn't 'corrupt' Doriene, whatever the fuck that means anyway.. He chose to stop teaching God's word, simply because he recognized taking away people's right to choose is totally fucked. Shoving dogma down their throats before they even had the chance to find it for themselves is morally obscene, dude. God didn't like that very much, and forbid the guy from ever going home. He literally disowned his own kid. But somehow God is the righteous one.. Anyway, that's when he made the Underground. Not to torture us, but to welcome and celebrate all those that have been abandoned by God. He's the real savior."
- The High Court of Advocates, Grand Advocate Charles Muningham, 1999
Vampires - Doriene's Perfect Creation
"A darkened sky with hearts of black,
Abandoned soul with conviction lack,
a sea of flesh scarred and maimed,
hear the angels curse your name,
body dead and grave upturned,
once was stolen, now returned,
a Father's call, from blood you rise,
fill your heart with sweet demise.
- One of many cryptic poems from the holy text translated by The Church of The Hierophant.
Though mystical creatures and terrifying beasts often vary from culture to culture, Vampires are among one of many found in nearly all of them. According to various ancient text recovered during the Church's founding and it's various religious expeditions, Vampires are entirely Doriene's creation; Bloodthirsty monsters born out of Doriene's jealousy of the humans, and how the Lord favored them. It is said that naturally born vampires are a series of special, corrupted souls hand picked by Doriene in the afterlife. These souls, chosen for their devious, maniacal, and heinous nature in life, are molded by Doriene's hand, and sent back to the Earth in a cosmic act of defiance. Not only is the Lord's perfect creation now tainted and destined to never make it to Heaven, but now they will torment and wreak havoc among the living. But all things do come with a price-- In exchange for this awesome power, The Unholy requires a simple payment. The curse of the vampire is also it's source of power; Forever craving the blood of the innocent. This blood not only sates the vampire, but also acts as a sacrifice to Doriene himself.
Age: 437 (22 in human years)
Bio: Not long after Adrian's cathedral was fully constructed, a then-notorious monk returned to his home of the valley, having spent years at sea spreading God's word on the Church's behalf. Alongside him, his ever faithful daughter and acolyte; Gwenhwyfar had spent her entire life getting ready to take on her father's legacy. Never knowing one home, nor the life of a regular child, Gwen's quiet nature and pious naivete made her the perfect candidate for Priesthood; Though a fathers love is not without discipline-- In an effort to raise up a righteous woman, Gwen's father would often subject her to cruel physical punishments, such as flagellation, to mold her in the Lord's image. Never knowing anything else, Gwen arrived in the valley with her father, captivated by the sheer opulence of it's inhabitants. Though the older she grew, the more she resented her father for the pain he caused her, and it wasn't long before Gwen was seeking a way out from under her father's cruel thumb.
At the age of 16, Gwen chose to take up an apprenticeship with Adrian at his cathedral. In exchange for a home without pain, she lived alongside the priest for several years in the cathedrals accompanying Abbey. And as those years wore on, and Gwen grew from child to adult, Adrian found himself absolutely smitten with her-- Though due to the sheltered nature of her upbringing, she hardly noticed the Priests' wandering eye. But, the two formed a close friendship; Whenever Gwen wasn't helping the impoverished, managing the Abbey garden, or studying religious text, most all of her free time went towards spending it with Adrian. She had little trouble telling him everything about her past, and touched by her trusting nature, Adrian fell for her further. Unfortunately, the priest wasn't the only one in the Valley that was infatuated with the popular priestess. Her kindhearted nature soon became familiar to most in the valley, and her days were often filled with the presence of wayward souls looking for salvation.
After some years of this, Adrian would attend an illustrious party held by a certain wealthy, young oil entrepreneur that had just set up shop in White Rabbit Valley, looking for other powerful individuals. With Gwen as his entourage, Adrian quickly realized both he and Ajax shared a.. unique trait, though it was thankfully one his acolyte had yet to pick up on. Gwenhwyfar, especially, seemed absolutely charmed by him; His smooth talking, handsome bravado made the pious woman blush, and Adrian quickly became jealous. The Priest would later find out-- Through Gwen's own lips, no less-- That the two had begun seeing each other romantically. Something dark overcame Adrian, a terrifying cocktail of emotions bubbling up inside him he could hardly contain, the swimming voice of God in his ears.. When he next opened his eyes, there he held in his arms the cold, lifeless body of Gwenhwyfar, her throat torn and drained of all her blood. Stricken with an immense wave of regret, he cried out to God to lift this curse of vampirism so that he may die with her; Though, unsurprisingly, his cries were left unanswered. Left with no alternative, Adrian would birth his first child into the world-- The woman he loved.
When Gwen awoke, she had been tied to a chair deep within the Abbey's underground tunnels. The pure adrenaline rushing through her body was unlike anything she had ever felt before. It was.. primal. Bloodthirsty. She screamed and cried for help, but it would be hours later before Adrian would arrive to explain the situation. At first, the priestess wouldn't listen; She would only believe his words when she found herself sucking the blood from the body of a small rodent in order to curb the nagging hunger. This world-changing realization completely broke Gwenhwyfar's spirit; Her religious sensibilities shattering, taking with it the promise of Heaven. Adrian would try (and fail) several times to convince her to continue living with him at the Abbey, so that he could show her the ways of their kind. Instead, Gwen sought refuge in the arms of her former lover; Ajaxius. Under his wing, Gwenhwyfar learned how to survive not with patience and grace, but with blood and tears. Ajax's devious, manipulative nature meant that the weak fledgling was soon wrapped around his pale finger, and though she became much more hardened, there was still an innocent naivete Ajax couldn't help but exploit. Their relationship lasted practically a lifetime, all the while Gwenhwyfar continued her duties as Priestess. Though, this religious facade was crafted merely to hide her voracious appetite.
During one particular night, when Gwen had taken to drowning her undead sorrows in spirits, her infamous lover offered her a solution to overcome this pain; If you consumed the heart of your fellow vampire, you would become stronger, absorbing a small fraction of their power. Though some small part of her knew it was an ultimate taboo, something about becoming stronger felt.. comforting. Evolving into something greater, so that she may never fall prey to anyone's hand ever again. For the next decade, with Ajax's help, Gwenhwyfar would kidnap and then turn unsuspecting humans in order to devour their hearts. (Suspiciously, her victims bore a strong resemblance toward her late father..) As The Configuration grew, the couple's power was all but matched, but when the Righteous Ages began, and the innocent were being slaughtered in droves, some of their own were caught in the crossfire; Fellow vampires torn from their homes and burned without a moment's notice.
Not much is known about why Ajax chose to betray Gwen; He's had very little to say about it since, and likes to keep it that way. Regardless, the vicious businessman made it a point to expose Gwenhwyfar to the religious majority that she was an agent of Doriene-- A harlot who seduced men only to brutally murder them for satanic rituals. Powerless to stop the rallying townsfolk, she was torn from the comfort of her bedsheets, and burned for all to witness beneath an evening sky. When Adrian caught word of what happened, and the futility of trying to save her overcame him, the holy man became enraged; Though he tried to stop them, Adrian was powerless against Ajax's iron fist, walking away from their quarrel with both a bloodied nose and a broken heart. Now, Adrians cathedral-- Haunted by memories of Gwen in her human youth-- has been his only place of solace, having never left it's walls since.
Ironically, her death was the one to bring an end to the Righteous Ages. Years passed without another execution, and soon history forgot about the atrocities that took place during that time. Gwenhwyfar's mark on history would be rewritten, the tale of The Valley Priestess now twisted and made out to be nothing more than fiction. Religious households took to telling bedside stories of the vengeful spirit that was Gwen, said to haunt the dreams of sinners should they stray from God's path.
What they all fail to realize, however, is that truth is often stranger than fiction.
"What a fools errand it is to pray for salvation, when Heaven is so void of light."
I am looking for a very specific group of individuals who are verbose in their writing and interested in a detailed, story-driven game with a complex lore. I care very much about this story and it's ideas, and hope to attract others that care for it as much as I do. I fully intend for there to be conflict, but fighting will not be it's main focus; I love lots of cool fight scenes as much as anyone, but a large component of my story is the relationships between these characters, their oh-so-tragic pasts, the secrets they all hold, and how you as a player go about uncovering all of this.
The story I want to tell has gone through many different versions, and this probably wont be it's final rendition. But, I do know one thing; My story is not a happy one. If that sounds interesting to you, you might be who I'm looking for.
Additionally, please do not apply for this game if you do not intend to see it through to the end. If you are someone who can only remain interested in a game for a short period of time, this is not the game for you. I cannot stress that enough; If you've gotten this far and still choose to apply, that tells me you will work with me to reach a desirable conclusion.
- Posts will be up to a minimum of 2 paragraphs. I will be strict.
- I don't expect you to rewrite Voltaire, but gratuitous mistakes in grammar will not be permitted.
- LGBTQ+ friendly!
- Romance is allowed, but keep it mild. No fade-to-black scenarios.
- No godmodding, auto-hitting, or piloting of other characters/NPC's unless explicitly said otherwise.
Q: Can my character be a Forebear?
A: No. Your character must be a turned vampire.
Q: Can my character be some other form of mystical creature, such as a werewolf or a ghoul?
A: While those species exist alongside vampires, this story is strictly about them. Your character must be a vampire of one of the families.
Q: If my character didn't consent to be a vampire, how did they become one?
A: That is for you to decide! Please keep your backstory within reason! If it's not realistic, I will ask you to change it.
Q: Can my character know that someone was a vampire before being turned?
A: No! Vampires have been hidden from the public for hundreds of years. If your character knew about them, it wouldn't make them very secretive, would it?
Q: Can my character be half-vampire and half-human?
A: No. In this story, the only way vampires can reproduce is by turning other humans. Impregnating a human is impossible, as well as impregnating a vampire.
Q: Who turned my character?
A: Take your pick! It can be a forebear, or one of their other children. They could even be a former member of The Crown, or a different vampire sect somewhere else. Make sure your backstory both reflects this and makes sense with whichever Configuration member you've chosen to be your characters parent.
Q: Can my character be well acquainted with the other Configuration members, as opposed to being freshly born and just now getting to know them?
A: Yep! Nothing too outrageous, though.
You may code your character sheet any way you like, so long as it is legible. If I can't read it, it won't be accepted.
Please make your sheet as detailed as possible.
(Description, picture, or both.)
Character Flaws (At least 3):
Bio (Minimum 3 detailed paragraphs):
Additional Information (Optional):
Once your sheet is filled out, post it here.
Note: I'll only be accepting a handful of applicants to help keep things more organized.