In the quite town of Brin (fictional),mysterious events are taking place. A rumor is spreading that if you know where too find him a mysterious merchant is offering the impossible too become plausible. He can offer too you whatever or whoever it is that your heart most covets for a small fee of course. Of course fantastic promises like this are nothing new in the modern age, one only needs too go to facebook too find someone promising the impossible for reposting a message. The trouble is here and there people have actually gone missing altogether. More mysterious still is that the ones who disappear are altogether forgotten by almost everyone in town. In response too this a ancient and secret organization known as "The Gate Seekers," have sent in a team of agents too find what's happening to the missing people, find the merchant, and stop him or her.
Or maybe you're one of the townspeople with that are considered "the gifted," and still have memory of your missing friends and townsfolk, and are trying desperately too find out what is happening before you or someone else you love vanishes and are simply forgotten.
Depending on how many people are interested in the idea I may just focus on the group investigating or the townspeople being affected the idea is pretty flexible in that regards. But "The Gate Seekers," would be a group of four to six who are well versed and armed in the ways of the occult and have sworn too protect the ignorant from the super natural. The townspeople being affected and the Merchant and his/her agents who are trying too seduce the city for their own plans. (If interested in the merchant's side of things PM, I'd like too keep things as big a mystery for everyone as possible). Humans are the main race on Earth, but as this a modern fantasy I'm pretty much ok with any humanoid race, obviously a centaur would stand out, but a cunning elf could probably hide his or her ears, or claim too be a "giant geek," and that they are fake.
In a nutshell it'd be like Men in Black but with mythical creatures out of fantasy instead of aliens, the conflict being inspired by Stephen King's "Needful Things," with a few original twists too the overall arc.
In this world there are gateways that link our world, or “The World of Science,” too the world of Terra or “the world of magic,” the world of Tempest or the world of Darkness, (named such for the gigantic amount of demons and dark creatures that run rampant in it), and the world of Celestria or the world of Purity, (named such for the strict order that takes inside of it, everything has strict laws and breaking any one of them could mean death).
The gates are widespread and sometimes hundreds of miles separate them, and while most of the world will never lay eyes upon them, there are “gifted” individuals who can recognize and see the magic around them. These people are considered too have origins too the world of Terra and therefore can see and interact with the different gates. Those brave enough can step through them, but it’s a dangerous Endeavour due to the extremes of Celestria and Tempest many who foolishly step through unprepared rarely are ever heard from again.
The Gate Seekers were funded by a group of “gifted” who were drawn together by a great evil force that was trying to subdue the world. Since then the organization has grown in secret and act as a police force of kinds looking too protect the ignorant from the super natural. The main headquarters is located in Europe but they have cells all throughout the world, and even have spread a great deal of cells into the world of Terra. The organization is compromised of more then just humans, as in the fae there are many that seek to right injustice it’s not uncommon too see races that have been shrouded in myth on Earth.
The Gate of Brin is located in the heart of the town.
Magic in the world of Science
Everyone born into our world that doesn’t have ties too the World of Terra are unable to perform or even comprehend magic. They are susceptible many great powers and are often prey upon for the vulnerabilities against it. Though due to the fact that magic itself really doesn’t exist on Earth a great wizard of Terra might find himself only able to perform minor tricks here. When a spell, hex, or curse is used on earth something must be used to compensate for it. Most of the time a magic user will use a spellbook or a wand infused with the soul of a animal as payment, though one can use their own life energy to perform magic.
If too much magic is used without allowing the spirit too heal usually the magic user will fall unconscious or go into a coma if the magic is great. In special circumstances where the spell is great the magic user may give their life to perform it, or all of their memories. Those who use too much without caution or reason are always lost and burned for it, above all else magic shouldn’t be taken lightly because their consequences for abuse are long lasting if not permanent.