They Will Crow"When the crows come
black against the darkening sky
their wings obscure the sun
and small sounds drown in their strident caws.
Again and again they dive
From tree to ground
where stray sunrays touch.
And when the mountains turn blue
with the haze of evening
the crows lift off in ebony formation
head toward some secret roost
where they blend into the night."This is a world of only black and white.
Of survival in the black forest and the eerie white tunnels. These two locations are where the story will begin. Think of this world as a deadman's land, a "purgatory", where the habitants are not sure where exactly they are or how they got there. Even previous memories seem fuzzy, the harder you try to remember, the more you forget. It is a state of nowhere, of confusion, of emptiness. No sense of time passing, or knowing how long you've been there or will be. Besides the tunnels and forest, nothing else surrounds you. No ocean to sail, no buildings off in the far distance.
One day you just appear here. Before, you may have been a charitable being, or you may have been a murderer, a drug addict, or a preacher - but none of that will matter after the moment you wake up. Where you are is a place of extremes. As your eyes adjust to the light, you realize there is no color. Just black, white, and shades of grey. The longer your eyes adjust, you notice more. You are on what appears to be a border in the earth, clearly marked by a line. On one side is what looks to be black grass, bleeding into tall, dense black trees that seem to repeat on and on. Your other side there appears to be smooth white rock upon the ground, leading to the start of two large tunnel entrances. White lights emanate from unseen bulbs all along the tunnel walls. You worry that you may be deaf, for all you have heard so far is silence, but above you find hope. There you see, against the dull grey sky, large black crows dotting the black canvas. They caw, as if directing targeting you. They are letting the others know you have arrived.
The next thing you notice are these others
. A few newcomers on the same "line" as you, and then off in the distance, figures form from color blobs. White-like shadows in the forest and black shadows against the pearly white tunnels. Contradictory unknowns already trouble you. But what do you feel, if anything at all? "Where do I go?" You may find yourself asking. But this is your choice.
~*~Am I dead?
Yes, well, sort of. Your soul lives on in this world, physicalized. You look the same as you did in your past life, except in shades of black and white. What is my purpose?
A choice between right and wrong, good and evil. You were sent here for reflection, salvation, or punishment, depending on how you see it. What is the symbolism behind all the crows in the land, both forest and in the tunnels?
The crows symbolize doom and hope all in one. They can consume you, or deliver you. They can help you, or they can hurt you. A crow may choose to follow you in particular around, or they may not. How should I spend my days?
Similar to purpose. Will you try and save a black shadow from the point of no return, or will you ruin a white shadow until they have no energy to resist?
There are two divisions that after a while, souls will start classifying themselves as. If not consciously, it will happen subconsciously. Those two divisions are as follows:
The "Ombres Blanches" (White shadows)
Ombres Blanches Example:
, which habit the black forest. These souls are often genuine, nonviolent beings. They reside inside the black forest, using the tall trees as protection to hide themselves from the Ombres Noires. Their humanesque form is brighter in light which resonates from their center out. This group doesn't like this "world" at all, and live in a constant fear that they may be taken and corrupted by the Ombres Noires, black shadows. Many times before they have seen one of their kind slowly fade, darker and darker, until they gravitate over to white tunnel territory. Newcomers to the white shadows have been very few over the years, which means they are more vulnerable. To counter this, they have developed somewhat unconventional methods uncharacteristic of this group: sensual "spiritual cleanses" and "group bonding activities"... basically, 'pure sex'.
The "Ombres Noires" (Black Shadows)
Ombres Noires Example:
inhabit the white tunnels. They are dirty, angry, horny souls; violent to themselves and others. They start trouble, get involved in devious acts. They prey on white shadow beings for their tasty innocence, ambushing the black forests where they so conveniently blend in. Sometimes they manage to steal a few Ombres Blanches and bring them back to the tunnels, where they are often abused mentally and physically. This group is the dominant way of living in this land. The majority means they can terrorize freely, without any remorse.
The eviler the soul, the darker your soul appears until you may become completely consumed by the black shadow. At this stage you are a Ome. You no longer can be heard speaking, except through telepathy. Ome can disrupt the last safe place white shadows feel safe: their minds. They can make them see things they want, and make them believe something is happening to them that actually isn't.
The counter partner to Ome is the Ume. The white shadow beings can reach a state of Ume, a pure white shadow, which can altogether leave this world and move on. It rarely happens, and is never seen by many, but it is said the Ume are carried up through the grey sky on the backs of the crows.
Then there are those who hover, Grey Shadows (you appear the color grey) on the border between both sides, the most fragile of souls. They are easily swayed by both sides and end up being the ones more sexually harassed. Black Forest Location:
The White Shadows congregate in Stoop Landing. It is a small, flat opening free of trees. From here and out, there are trees hollowed out, made for perfect hiding spots for when Black Shadow collectors come around, searching for newcomers/victims to take back to the White Tunnels. While often they are preyed on my Black Shadows, they are not completely absent of powers. They can change an ombre noire to one of them, an ombre blanche. Through meditation, but not surprisingly, through similar methods that the other side uses. Sexual therapy. If ever a white shadow notices a lingering soul on the line, they will do their job in winning over the soul to the light side. This could lead to getting drunk off forest water and berries, and harmless games through the maze of trees, and what not. They do their best to enjoy the Black Forest.White Tunnel Locations:
Right side entrance- This is where devious acts tend to take place. Fights, rapes, gang bangs, torture - Ombres Noires take pleasure in the pain of their brighter cohorts. And with nothing much else to do, things like this happen a lot. The Left entrance- the 'corruption' tunnel, with structures meant to hold souls in place and force darkness to bleed from their white hearts. This is also the side that those go to when battling with an inner struggle. Either entrance is not for the faint of mind.
CURRENT CHARACTERSWHITE SHADOWS:
So what is your choice? Or better put, what draws you in the most? White shadows… black shadows? Will you survive and thrive, or wither and hide?
Available options: Your character was once a human, now soul. It has been dropped in a dark dimension where things are only in black and white, like old movie films. Upon arrival of your character's soul to this 'land of shadows', you will need to choose: 1 White Shadow, 2 Grey Shadow, 3 Black Shadow, 4 Ome. And if you have been there for a while or are a newcomer. Scenes to be offered from the start:
A) A few newcomers arrive (AVAILABLE spots) - already a battle for the new souls begin. Both the Ombres Noires and Ombres Blanches send their best out to recruit them to their side. The first thing a newcomer see's upon arrival is an inverted mirror of color down a line, With them as grey in the middle. Sway a newcomer however you'd like, but don't make them angry or they might choose the other side.
B) In the Black Forest: A festival is prepared, though not the usual type. The hollows of trees were lit with candles and incense was burning along with a small fire. A meeting takes place on a plan to pick a black shadow and convert them to the light --> an old member of theirs had been corrupted, and they wanted her/him back (SPOT/S AVAILABLE)
C) In the White Tunnels: On the left, a couple grayish-black shadows lurked with black light streaming from their chest like a steady pool. In hours they would make a complete transition to the black shadow colony in the tunnels to the right. On the right tunnel was a sort of 'field day'. Competitions of strength and speed took place, along with other festivities like messing around with captured Blanches. Cute, terrified little things. (SPOTS AVAILABLE)
Interest Check. Looking for people to play characters on all sides. ((Did a major edit with the descriptions, so check if you've read this version! thanks!))
Evelyn Rose played by EtherealDreamerBLACK SHADOWS:
Victor Stone played by Kazon
Cecillia played by Bluecoco/GM