- I'm assuming that these rakshasa are unknown to the world at large, the Tileans and the Disciples covering their existence up? Or are the rakshasa common knowledge?
>Rakshasa by their very nature cause technology to stop working. So cameras stop working, tapes show nothing but static. Certain precautions have to be done in order to keep things working around them and even that's not a guarantee. So between them being next to impossible to capture on video/audio and the Tilean/Disciples being pretty good at their jobs the population at large are completely unaware of their existence.
- Can rakshasa manifest themselves physically, or are they only able to act through people?
>Yes they can come through but it's difficult and leaves them weak until they find some delicious man-flesh. You're more likely to run into a possessed human
- Tilean communities: are they isolated, self-sufficient communities living in small groups? Or are they more along the lines of "*insert city name here* Group," with the Tileans scattered amongst the larger population, staying connected via internet, phone, etc.?
>There's a handful of completely isolated communities throughout the world but most of the Tilean live amongst the regular humans of the world, working day jobs and being normal people. They are human after all, they just have this natural ability to go out and kill these creatures that would put their fellow man in danger. I'll give more details on the Tilean Families in another post.
- Is this modern day, or "10 minutes into the future" kind of deal?
>Slightly Alternate Earth with some reasonable bending of current technological limitations (because, guys, we can PRINT ORGANS) there are no flying cars or teleporters. http://www.ted.com/talks/anthony_atala_printing_a_human_kidney.html
- How the hell do you fight a rakshasa?
> Tilean are humans who have the natural ability to absorb energy from dead rakshasa and use that against others they come across. Melee weapons are popular because the constant contact with the object allows the Tilean to keep the energy from dissipating. Firearms are also used although in that case each individual bullet must be imbued with the correct amount of energy and the process will have to eventually be done again since, like I mentioned earlier, the energy does dissipates. The material of the weapon also matters. A Tilean could conceivably attack a rakshasa with a piece of paper but it wont be as effective as, say, a metal baseball bat. Actually, it would probably be suicide to attack a rakshasa with a piece of paper. Don't do that. Outside of using the stolen energies each individual Tilean also has an ability of their own. My Tilean has touch based telekinesis while Sham's is an empath. More details on the powers in another post.
>>teelder; you stab it until it stops moving
-...why their powers are distinct from the general populous, and, on a lesser note, whether or not the groups always refer to demons as Rakshasa
>The exact how and why of Tilean powers are lost to the ages. There are legends involving ancient communions with demons/gods, some claiming that Tilean powers are part of a natural balance required to keep the world turning. Generally the groups will call them by the name Rakshasa (Raksha is an acceptable derivation, though both words are like sheep). Other Families may have other names but most will call them rakshasa.
-I would be intrested in playing a woman who fights alone. Her father trained her though she don't know who trained him. He was killed sometime ago, and she doesn't know if anyone else is taking up the fight.
>Picking sides isnít that important to the plot. Itís less of a them-against-us scenario. Your story sounds an awful lot like many last-of-the-line Tilean, but if her father was a Disciple thatís acceptable too. Disciples are primarily defined through their association with the Vatican and the surrounding organization, so itís more likely she would be a Tilean.
-Could I be a rakshasa?
>>At this point in time we are not accepting rakshasa/half-rakshasa/etc. Later on in the plot, depending on the choices the RPers make, things could be different. Ser doesn't do linear plots, there are points where choices will be made that will change how it goes. Like a tree.
Answered provided by both Sham and I. She just doesn't feel like logging in to post.