I'm still interested, following all the threads. Just been a little swamped the last few days. I'm learning towards a Fae or an Imori -- got a couple of ideas for each right now. I don't expect my spot held in favor of somebody that actually has a completed concept/sheet though, so no worries there.
Glad to hear that you're still interested and following along. No worries about being swamped there is still plenty of time for character submission. I'll be putting up a couple more game slots onto the board here today anyway, because we're still in recruiting mode and we're still getting new little hints of interest here and there. We could also use more Fae and or Imori, so that's great!
Side note... VonDoom and Arcannyx are great for being awesome and here to answer your questions! You two rock. <3 I'll answer the questions to give the 'official' word, but they both pretty much covered it.
How long ago did each of the races appear on earth? I can make assumptions about Nephilim and Atlanteans from the timeline -- but I'm not really sure when the Pandemonium Gate opened to trigger the Imori/Fae to arrive.
The Earth was spawned from the darkness of primodia with three races on it: Humans, Atlanteans and Yahri. The Yahri are briefly mentioned, but they are basically Earth spirits tied to the 'soul of the world'. Think of them sorta like Elves. At some point and for some reason (there are details for this, but that's for me to know and you to find out!) the Yahri went into a deep slumber and 'vanished from the world'. Appx 10,000 years ago -- so right around the time of the Quaternary Extinction Event -- the Pandemonium Gate is opened. It's left open for sometime, and during this time creatures from Pandemonium mate with Humans, creating the first Imori; also the Yahri wake up and begin to mate with humans, creating the first Fae. The very first Nephilim was born in 2014.
In short: Atlanteans & Humans have been in the world since it was created. The Fae & The Imori are roughly 10,000 years old as a race, give or take a century or two. Nephilim are exactly 23 years, 10 months, 4 days old at the oldest (only Eve) and and the rest are approx 2 years younger than that or less.
Was I a normal dude walking around and suddenly a Fae or Imori soul jumped into me?
You were always one of the five Denizen-races. At the time of the rise an Atlantean soul jumped into you. The Atlantean souls are not to be confused with the Atlantean race. Basically all races are Human + Something mixes from ancient times, sans Nephilim which are genetically altered Humans. There are no pure blooded Atlantean's left on earth, there are however humans with Atlantean ancestry, Imori are humans with Pandemonium ancestry, Fae are humans with Yahri ancestry.
Also, while this was meant to illustrate why cross breeds don't happen, it also gives decent insight into this.Note 3 - Denizen Cross-Breeds: Cross-breeds. Before it gets brought up. They can't happen. No Nephilim is old enough to have had children that would be playable at this time, and when the Nephilim do give birth their children are just human. When two humans with any combination of Atlantean, Imori or Fae DNA mate and have a child, only the 'most potent' DNA survives. So whichever set of DNA is closer to its original source or has been more recently boosted by an infusion of the same DNA (Atlantean + Atlantean, etc) is what the child becomes. In the rare circumstance that two individuals have the exact same DNA potency they are simply biologically incompatible and any child they create can not mature and is spontaneously aborted during development. Even if both parents are biologically healthy, the medical field has chalked this up as a fluke. These parents could give birth to a Nephilim however. On that note the act of becoming a Nephilim erases any previous DNA, preventing any of that.
Did I just coalesce as a fully grown adult ten years ago?
Not sure I understand this question, but no, you were born as a baby no matter what Denizen-race you are and grew just like any normal person.
Does being a Fae/Imori entail that one or both of my parents must have also been one?
This is correct. At least one of your parents was one of these. See Note 3 above for details.
Their powers don't really activate until they get unlocked again recently, so any nonhuman aspects are viewed as birth defects, like the oddly colored eyes of the Imori.
This is correct. You were always Fae / Imori but people no longer know about such things. To the world you're just a human with some odd birth traits, but not birth traits that are new, they've been in the gene pool for 10,000 years so they're well documented. They make you strange and noticeable but not ostracized.
It may be feasible for characters to have made rudimentary use of their racial abilities in extreme circumstances. I attributed Virgil's survival to a rudimentary form of their spidey sense awakened by the duress.
This is also accurate. No one has 'Astral Projected' or 'Projected Consciousness, but it is possible that Imori have always -- not just after the Rise, though that would have certainly been a trigger -- have had a good sixth sense about things. Fae have just always naturally had a good sense of direction and time. Atlanteans have always been able to hold their breath for seemingly odd amounts of time. Nothing huge, nothing fully developed, but those racial powers have always been there.
Now the magical powers listed on your sheet, those were brought to you during the Rise when your body was inhabited by an Atlantean Soul. These powers have not manifested
yet, as the souls are 'asleep', but they are what gave you (or gave you the ability to develop is more accurate) these magical powers.
Wispyr can correct me, but I'm fairly safe to say that the Pandemonium Gate was something in the past of Atlantis, long ago before it sunk. Possibly WHY it sunk.
Correct. Ish. It is from Atlantis' past, and it is indirectly responsible for the sinking.
...Your soul starts to merge, maybe you know about it in dreams or stuff, maybe you have no idea (such as my character) that there's anything beyond human to you.
Taking a snippit from other conversations about the souls to detail this a little bit....you will actually be playing the souls. You'll need to detail them a little bit, and put some work into who they are and what they're like. The Story Souls obviously have some ground work already done but it can be fleshed out a great deal more to player desires. Once the souls awaken they will act as sort of a duality within the characters. They'll be able to communicate with them, and at times the souls may very well get yanked to the forefront of the characters and take control of the bodies...
...these are souls that are inhabiting the characters along side who the character was in the first place. Imagine every character in Pandemonium having a guardian, only that guardian is in their head and can sometimes take control...
Essentially. You were <whomever> and then some Atlanteans soul took up residence in your body and has been asleep since the Rise. Once game play begins, shortly after, these souls will wake up and characters will suddenly realize that they are not alone in their own bodies. But as of now, and when game play starts, characters will have no idea that there is anything beyond Humans (and Nephilim) in the world. They don't know that the Imori, Fae or Atlanteans are a thing, and they do not know that they are inhabited by the soul of another person.