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A Brent Weeks AU Modern Fantasy
Welcome Hello, and welcome to Black Prism. We are an alternate universe, modern fantasy roleplay based off of the high fantasy novels written by Brent Weeks: the Night Angel and Lightbringer series. We are a player-driven community that strives for a welcoming environment where players feel comfortable contributing ideas towards the development and progression of this universe. We would consider ourselves intermediate to advanced, but we welcome all levels of roleplayers as long as they continue to grow as an RPer, that is--after all--the whole point, right?
Black Prism has adapted these novels/universe in such a way that reading them is not required to join in on the fun, so even if you've never heard of Brent Weeks and his highly imaginative universe, please feel free to join us! Even if it's only for a little while.
Magic exists in multiple forms here in Lochstone, Washington--a fictional city--and there is tension rising between the two ruling bodies of this expansive city: the Sa'Kage and the Chromeria. The latter hides in the light, shining brightly for the world to see the facade they shape while the former hides in blatant shadow and embraces the corruption they represent. Each want full dominion of Lochstone and all of its inhabitants.
Please see the 'Embark' section for more in-depth/detailed information or feel free to chat us up in the chatbox if you have any questions or simply, if you just wanna chat.
10.22.16// The Autumnal Equinox celebration has begun!
10.01.2016// We have our October Announcement up and going, keep an eye out for several events this October before we head into NaNoWriMo! Don't forget to participate in challenges!
09.05.2016// Despite World of Warcraft coming out, Delphi has added 3 NEW BADGES!
08.19.2016// Fixed more error in code that was available, compressed and optimized the site for performance as best as possible with the host we have. The site should load significantly faster now, if you notice any errors please report in Bugs and Suggestions board!
08.13.2016// Completed a wide sweep of fixes on the old style skins, removed non-functioning links inside avatar toggle until further notice, added link to profile names in toggle drop down.
08.01.2016// Our one year anniversary has come to a close, and everyone got a bunch of goodies and rocked that plot! Don't forget to read the announcement!
07.01.2016// Jamming July is well under way! We are one year old and celebrating like no other. Make sure you get your goodies!
The announcement is here. This month brings an IC reveal of the Fata! Don't forget to topsite vote, and check out the update Territories and Guild's in Lochstone page. Black Prism loves you, keep enjoying us and we'll keep things going for you!
A little late but the announcement is here. This month brings two big plots, a new class reveal, and lots of aesthetic updates! With always more to come!! Black Prism loves you, keep enjoying us and we'll keep things going for you!
While we unfortunately had to cancel the class release this month (or rather pushed it back to March), we did do a smaller version of the intended Cupid's Carnival. We have averted the Imgur Crisis and added a cutsie banner to showcase our wanted ads, inspirations and events! Thanks for being a big part of our lives!
Holy poop! A new year! This month we bring you an announcement that tells all about the new class, upcoming misc. sub-classes, site updates such as the removal of the "spotlight" feature and so much more! We have two new skins since December did not debut with one Storybook Ending featuring Paige Bradley and Jaxon Press made by our very own Marie -- and Let It Snow, a hat-tip to our new annual December event!
So, we understand you're just dropping in to either Link Back because we've advertised on your site, or to drop us a line of your own, but why don't you stick around for a bit and take a look around? Even if you don't stay with us, maybe you could offer us some suggestions on how to attract more members in our guest friendly area (or even in our cbox provided you don't advertise there)!
All skins, images and global templates have been originally created and coded by Delphi for exclusive use on Black Prism unless stated otherwise in the bottom individual copyright.
Black Prism thanks Marie and Ziengale for contributing excessive time, muse, graphics, coding and effort into Black Prism. Black Prism would also like to thank several of online friends and associates for attributed ideas, made design suggestions, or provided truthful opinions during development of Black Prism; members such as Indigo and Zira.
Would also like to thank VOIDPC for commissioning codes that allows Black Prism a unique and streamline feel. Other honorable helpful mentions are: DustBucket and Memoria.
FOA: Four months since the Forgotten Ones Attack, and Lochstone more or less remains still in silence undisturbed...How long will it last this time?
FOA: City fully restored and healed it seems from latest Lochstone attack, but people are still weary.
FOA: Many people are still without homes since the attack, or are left scarred, scared and broken. The last of funeral calls ring however, spring brings healing...all hope.
Tensions remain bubbling in the South as the profitable high from the city attack is slabbing off finally as the city is on the mend.
Graduation from the High Chromeria is just around the corner, the Sending just around the bend.
It's Musical Chairs High Spectrum style! They really have a hard time keeping Council members don't they? The Orange, The Black, The Blue, who's next?!
Warmer weather, warmer tempers. The Shinga's Block Party ended with the man near strangling another until would be victim was escorted away...More info inside.
Rumors abound of once more troubles in paradise for Julian Silverlin as witnesses confirm it was Jake Epson who pulled aside a man from the party that Julian attacked.
Prism Luxlord Jaxon Press appears to be a bit worn down as of late maybe even ill, and Paige Bradley obviously affected. Speculations arise.
The Superviolet throws a fantastic charity awareness event where several fellow Spectrum figures support with enthusiasm along with many wealthy donors.
Spring brings baby showers! The Orange is pregnant?! And in love? Photo's of Luxlady Orange with a rugged man as they sit in the sun to soak up the heat, and we see a baby bump! Who's the daddy?!
LPD (Lochstone Police Department) complain to the High Spectrum that there is a rising death count in the city, blame thrown at Meisters occur and Spectrum inability to contain them...More inside.
Older male reported to be seen munching on person, rabid shapeshifter? Cannibalizing Fata? Zombies?! Witnesses cannot confirm the nature of the sighting except to say it was horrifying.
Local artist Dionysus Ganymede shared to Instagram a picture of the Shinga alongside a man with unmentionables painted onto his face. No reports on who the man was. Is this a new form of punishment by the infamous Shinga?
The Green is to sponsor an upcoming charity event at a gallery, she never fails to give her support to citizens of Lochstone.
It happens every year, yet this time people are ravenous in gossip about the Sending. It's the Spectrum culling 'monsters' of society right? After so much devastation people want a justice, a cleansing they can cling to.
Shapeshifters are a unique manifestation of Vir corruption. Vir is a symbiotic form of magic, a living magic, that manifests in living and throbbing skin markings and patterns most closely related to tattoos. In Talented, Vir corruption is caused by the breaking of their well (and results in soul-consuming Meisters), for shapeshifters they have been externally infected by the Vir. In the case of shapeshifters, the Vir decides who it infects, it is not through bites nor scratches automatically, but a choosing from the symbiot. The manifestation of the beast is something more psychological. The Vir allows the deepest raw emotion to manifest in animal form, something the body chooses upon first shift.
Before Goddard's reliable consumption of all Vir, and subsequently his suppression of all meisters, shapeshifters were kept in check by the Dark God. He allowed the Vir infrequent infection of some of his most loyal, turning them into stronger, better, faster creatures to serve him. Upon Goddard's death and subsequent release of all the Vir, the symbiot became hungry for stronger hosts and began spreading widely. Shapeshifters are now an epidemic across North America and is quickly spreading into South America, hopping from strong-willed host to strong-willed host.
All shapeshifters on site were either once controlled by Goddard or lived so remotely in rural towns as to not be swallowed by the army that was in the Dark God's control. Most major cities were ransacked of their shapeshifters and meisters to meet his goals.
Unlike lycanthrope of lore, shapeshifters are not swayed by the moon. They are effected by the pulsing Vir in their system to shift at least once a month, but their animal form feels more at home. Many shapeshifters prefer to keep to their animal form, they feel safe--and even safer among their own kind. Heightened emotions and stress tend to also bring out the beast within, but they are in full control of their faculties even in their beast-form. Shapeshifters, in general, tend to embody the animal they shift into in personality and aggression. Upon a shift, they will prefer to stay that way for several hours, acting as the animal they are.
Introduced during a site wide mini-plot during October 2015, shapeshifters on Black Prism are completely unique to Black Prism, designed specifically for use here and is not featured in the novels at all.
Placement in the Regime
Generally, shapeshifters are rather unwelcome everywhere. They are seen as nothing but animals, somehow deserving of their fate. Their existence has raised quite a fuss in the community, religious groups have become more active in the protest of allowing shapeshifters to exist, picketing for a shoot-on-sight policy. However, there is also the opposing side, wanting equality for all and even shapeshifters are human. After all it is not as if they aren't themselves, even in their beast form. The Chromeria and the Sa'Kage have offered tentative homes to shapeshifters, the Chromeria prefers the 'prettier' or more 'welcoming' shifters into their territory whereas--as usual--the Sa'Kage prefers the more grotesque, the more dangerous. Any member seeking to join either side should understand Life in the Slums and the Sa'Kage or The School and the Chromeria.
Vir A living type of magic that infects hosts externally and transforms them into shapeshifters. See also Meister Vir.
Symbiotic Vir, is a living and breathing magic. Shapeshifters are not swayed by the moon to shift, instead they are persuaded by the Vir that pulses inside of them, resulting in at least one shift per month, more depending on stress and heightened emotions. All shapeshifters are naturally more physically enhanced, stronger, less prone to illness with heightened natural senses such as scent and smell (regardless of animal). Their physical form is decided by the 'animal within,' and is permanently stable though externally covered in black, wriggly tattoo-like shapes--much like Meisters. Vir-shapeshifters are not born and the Vir-infection is not contagious, meaning that no amount of biting, scratching, or exchange of bodily fluids will result in infection unless the symbiot chooses--that does not mean that people aren't afraid of such things with the mythology of werewolves and lycanthrope running rampant in modern day. Generally, the Vir symbiot does not enjoy a host that is younger than the age of seventeen and does not enjoy sharing room with other magics and generally suppresses them upon infecting their host.
For the most part, control of the shift and the Vir comes with time. Many shapeshifters in the community help each other out in teaching newly infected shifters to control themselves, but since there is no rhyme to immediate danger if the new shifter attacks someone, through time and effort any shifter can become experts of their breed.
There is some argument that the Vir that corrupts wells and the Vir that infects hosts into shapeshifters are two different kinds of Vir come to life after Goddard's death.
Common weaknesses of shapeshifters, like Vir, include but are not limited to: cold iron typically disrupts magic and their shift, white luxin has been theorized to affect Vir.
The vir forces all shapeshfiters to shift at least once a month, with a variety of possible opportunities between resulting from stress, emotion or comfort level. However, even these variables too can be controlled by an experienced shifter.
Once shifted, a shapeshifters will want to keep that shape for several hours and may be inclined to act more like their animal (hungry, hunting, blood lust, the works, up to the member).
Shifts per Month
Don't be afraid to mess with these parameters a bit, these aren't to limit you, it's to give you a guide. If we have a huge problem with any of the parameters you want during character creation we will discuss it! No worries!
Shapeshifters are very open and varied in abilities. All shapeshifters have heightened senses, strength and resistant to general illness and other infection. Their animal form is also much much larger than a natural animal of the same breed (a wolf being of size a shapeshifter the relative height of a car). But the Vir also allows them general access to magic. This magic manifests in a manner similar to the beast that they become, often relating to lore or general abilities of their beast.
OOCly, players may design their own abilities affiliated with their characters beast, up to two, and must be related to the one animal their shapeshifter can turn into (more forms and abilities may be earned through the achievement system or purchased through the gem shop). Alternatively, a player may be surprised by staff and we will design one power for your character based on the beast you've chosen.
If you choose for staff to surprise you with a power, this may extend the approval process since sometimes it takes time for us to write out powers. Enjoy!
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