"You've visited a world- a world not unlike your own. A world where the steam engine was all Man ever needed. A world where the bizarre and fantastical exists in plain sight. A world where magic is merely a tool to mold reality- to be exploited by the selfish, explored by the brilliant, and tampered with by the foolish. A world where the mishaps of one will affect the lives of all living things. A world where the nightmares of madmen are validated in the darkest pockets of the planet.
"A world not unlike your own- and yet..."
I've longed to find a roleplay community that could maturely incorporate all the violence, sex, intrigue and paranormal happenstance of my own, personal little slice of the Steampunk genre. You can imagine then that when I found Elliquy, I was absolutely giddy, and rearing to try it out.
Unfortunately, I hit something of a snag; now what?
You see, I haven't taken the time to flesh out this universe- mainly because I did not believe I would find a proper medium to express it in. I have elements that I would like to see incorporated (which I will list below,) but what I need right now are some grunge inclined writers to help me hash out the details. Even little comments on what to tweak would be welcome.
Some of the things I would like to see incorporated:
-A 1930-1950 timeframe with strong Victorian, Rococo and turn of the 20th century influences- as if pieces of history and culture have been locked in time. Likewise, technology has advanced in odd ways; steam has been made much more efficient than any combustion engine could be, with alternate energy sources being almost unheard of (radiation has been discovered, but is being side-tracked as a "side effect of reality manipulation.")
-A form of magic that has a Newtonian action/reaction spin to it, as well as some other quasi-scientific elements.
-A worldwide "paranormal epidemic" causing animals to "flash" (a colloquial name for the event in which the change occurs, due to the bright flash that occurs between forms) into a pseudo-human of sorts- a permanent change, nonetheless. These beings, from now on known as the Changed, retain their age (ie. A 4 year old dog will flash into a 28 year old person) as well as certain characteristics associated with their past selves. These characteristic can include finer senses, natural alacrity and superhuman strength as well as horns, fangs, oddly shaped pupils and patches of fur, feathers or scales. They tend to share the body shape of their first form; a mouse will remain petite with slightly rounder features, while a pig may remain portly and stout. Those species who lived near or in human presence know instinctively how to communicate in the human language, and are apparently just as intelligent and capable of learning as the average person.
The Changed tend to come from species that see a lot of interaction with Man and his constructs. Pets were amongst the first to change, followed by vermin (much to the horror of house owners- and later chagrin of house renovators) and livestock. They generally come from mammal species, but reptilian, aquatic and avian Changed are not unheard of. Insects and other creepy-crawlers seem to be the only species completely unaffected by the original event.
They are treated as sub-humans by man, many living in servitude or on the street.
By all means, I'm very open to suggestion. And if you're interested in this game already, then post away! I love positive feedback.