You were taken from your planet in a beam of light, taken to a starship high in orbit. Before any reaction from your planet could be made, the renegade slave ship was off, running as quickly as it could. There were a few more people in various cells near you, each seemingly imprisoned just as you were, different races being represented. You were quickly sold to a feline race, with a much larger ship, and hundreds of cells. As people start to mull together in the large cell rooms, talk begins. You make a handful of friends over the next few weeks, and you began to see gaps in the security they have placed around you.
One day, the break begins. Taking the weapons from one guard, you storm the various cells, intent on making it to the control room, the room that you assumed was from the amount of guards that slipped into it, before they could even make a stand. As soon as you step into the room, the friends you made behind you, you see a long row of guards all firing weapons, ready for the break. Your last thought before you pass out is curiosity as to how they were ready for it all.
You peer out of the cage that you woke up in, your eyes focusing on the festival that took place below the ridge the cage was. Other cages are near yours, other faces peering out and looking around, their eyes looking around as wella nd looking at the festival. A large minotaur looking creature is sitting at the head of the long table, eating ravenously as others watch on. One of the small robot guards passes by and someone questions what was going on.
"The eclipse of the Red Moon has begun, so the hunting cycles for the inhabitants of the planet up there". He points to the large mass up in the night sky "come here to hunt those they feel are worthy of such a great honor. The man you see there is a survivor of the great hunt, he managed to survive until the end of the rotation, and is being honored. He will be given anything within the creatures power to grant, and he will be taken whereever he wants to.You have been selected for the hunt, the honor is great."
Attacking the guards on the slave ship seems to have made you worthy of such a great honor...The robot guard starts to move off and some quickly questions about the hunt.
"Rules of the hunt are simple. Tomorrow you will be taken to an area to select the weapons to defend yourselves. No firearms of any kind, only weapons such as swords, axes, maces, flails, slings, clubs, and bows will be your selection. The hunters will select the same style of weaponry, and you will defend yourselves against them. You will be given a map and it will show you all of the area. Every night there will be safe areas with food and water, where you can rest and no hunters will enter. If you can make it to the end of the rotation, you too will be given a grand festival." Someone asks about the race of creatures they will be fighting, but the robot does not stop moving away this time.
So this is where the story will pick up, right before your training period before the hunt begins. You can make friends to decide to defend yourself with them, or try to go it alone. The restrictions are races are going to be simply that they be derived from animals. Humans would be a proto-simian race, a race with bear in it proto-ursine, and a race with wolf proto-lupine...so on and so on. I can come up with a few races if people like, but I figured I would leave it open to let people do what they will. When you make a race, you can give them some believeable abilties. A bear character would be stronger than a human, but a human character would be more intelligent than the bear.
I'd prefer everyone play the hunted rather than the hunters. Easier to not have to worry about character death if a PC hunter and prey met with each other. If someone REALLY wants to be a hunter, PM me and we can talk out how we can work around this, since there is some secret information you'd need to know.
Weapons (if you want to choose now):