Because clichés become popular due to being fun to play!
Setting details are negotiable. Everybody negotiates. 8)
Though mortals have quite a bit at stake, they are not the soldiers of war. Though the meek shall inherit the earth, they are not the ones who fight for it. They are the fodder, the leverage, and the reason, but not the means. Instead, the true battles rage between the divine, those beings imbued with not only longer life but larger scope and greater vision.
That, and Lucifer would never trust his war to the hands of mere mortals.
The battleground takes place in the minds, hearts, bodies and homes of the mortals, however, going back and forth between posession and redemption. At best, those who have been appropriated for higher purposes are considered gifted and eccentric. At worst, they're fucking nuts. Those taken in hand by angelic forces are the sort of people who are quietly powerful, self-assured, and often known for subtlety. They are the scholars, the artists, the adventurous and the inspiring. Unfortunately for those who would choose sides, demonic forces are all of these things as well, making it extremely difficult for the mortal bystanders to know who and what they are aiding, if they choose to do so. The war ranges from massive acts of charity or destruction (by either side) all the way down to tiny acts of kindness and cruelty, and the only ones who know precisely what's going on with each side are the warmasters of Heaven and Hell, God and the Devil, neither of whom are inclined toward happy sharetime.
Unlike mortals, those divine creatures that actually fight the war can readily tell when someone is only wearing mortal skin. They can tell who is fighting for whose side. They can tell how long the other being has been inside its armour of flesh by how adeptly they manipulate not only the body, but the mind inside. Pushing the mortal host aside is regrettable but necessary, or just part of housekeeping, depending on who's doing it. Though insubstantial, the natural form of each fighter is visible to the others. There is no confusion, and oftn no hesitation. In churches, chapels and temples everywhere, confused mortals often ask why horrible things happen to 'good' people, but it's probable that they don't actually want to know the answer.
I didn't intend for this to resemble any movie, book or song, although I can see some strong similarities to a few. Hopefully those similarities won't limit what can be done with the world. :) If I get enough interest in this, I might be persuaded to plop it into a small games sort of thing rather than a 1v1, but for now I'm looking for just one other. This is meant to be violent and completely NC; the creepier and darker this ends up being, the better. I'm not saying I want to push the site limits, here. Not everything has to be graphic, sex-based, whatever... but I've had a lot of fluffy, snuggly, cute and tender threads (which I have been enjoying!
) going on lately, and I'm looking to get my horror on to sort of balance them out. And remember, every single thing about what I've written is negotiable, as long as I'm sold on the idea!
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