08.11.17 //The Gem & BC Shop has been updated! Please read thoroughly as with the new changes live. This means any purchases made after this date, must reflect the layout of the new Shop. This includes, and is not limited to cost, and requirements of purchase. Thank you Delphi for working so hard on codes lately! <3 And thank you members of Black Prism for being amazing, and the rest of staff for working so hard. Really loving our community so much!
08.05.17 //You are the Shinga! The expansion of the War plot has been revealed with rules, and details inside. You, control the fate of Lochstone...
08.02.17 //August brings us our monthly newsletter/announcement and covers a lot of information this time. Shapeshifters, Retcons, Apps and more!
07.29.17 //Dawn of Shadows: Ending! The new beginning of the site wide plot is winding down to an end...And now, it's time for War! Julian Silverlin is (as it appears) dead. And a new Shinga has taken over Lochstone: Axelle Morovich. She's taken over in a storm, and is not letting go...The cold war between the Chromeria, and the Sa'Kage is over - All over the world...
07.20.17 //Mid-Month Reminders! Just a quick read given our growing member base in the midst of our Birthday Month! Plot Prompts, Dawn of Shadows. What a busy month, and it's going great! <3
07.10.17 //Mid-Month Announcement is up! A brand new application is now available, brief update about skins, power retcons and rules, mentions of the Photobucket Crisis and reminder about free goodies! Check it out. Lastly a big shout out and thank you to Stray for his birthday donation he contributed!
07.01.17 //July Announcement is up! Please be sure to read carefully as there is a lot in store this month. Happy Birthday Black Prism! 2 years old now and going strong! New lore is also live, here in the beautiful Guidebook! That said, get ready for a birthday bash in Jamming July where a lot is in store for you inside!
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: Dusty and Memoria.
DoS: BREAKING NEWS! The North, the South, no one is left unscathed in the recent masscare of people on both sides of the river. The main targets confirmed to of been people in positions of power, more info inside.
DoS: BREAKING NEWS! Emergency Broadcast all over the world. The Chromeria, and the Sa'Kage are once again at WAR after a failed stalemate and peace of seven years that began in 2010 and was centralized in 2012, five years ago.
DoS: It's World War between Chromeria and Sa'kage as Axelle Marovich takes command of the Sa'Kage. She is seen executing her predecessor Julian Silverlin on international television. But was it really him?
The killings have seem to stop, for now. But people are in a world wide panic, skirmishes have begun in the thousands all over the world. Leaving millions injured, thousands killed. Businesses are collapsing...
On all accounts, hundreds of people including the Blackguard themselves are under scrutiny for how any of this has happened...Spectrum overwhelmed by the public's desperate questions of what to do now, how to protect themselves.
In the wake of War how are the Prism, and Green going to juggle their relationship now? Is Paradise going to be lost elsewhere?
Artistry in Lochstone seems to be on the climb as more, and more artists pull themselves out of the woodwork.
Rumor has it, something strange is whispering inside of the Unseelie Sithen. Is it true that Awakened are weaker than Some? Can King Pyre keep his Kingdom together?
People are asking, curious, what side of the War are the Fatum going to fall on? Is the Sa'Kage going to enforce the Unseelie on their side? Seelie on the Chromeria's?
The Orange seems fit to burst, the baby should be coming soon and still no answers about who the daddy is or whether or not it's going to have a mommy and daddy or two mommies or a bunch of each!
There appears to be a rise in people turning to the fata drug Amaranth, seeking salvation, pleasure, escape. The rumors fly that people are trying to overdose on it.
There is a rise in Shifters in Lochstones, reports say as is a body count of those possibly afflicted by Meisters. Are they apart of the new Shinga's army that so effortlessly took out positions of power on both sides?
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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The information here is not exhaustive, this is bare bones information to get you started in this world. If you have suggestions to add to the shapeshifters or information regarding the Vir you'd want explained/detailed, or you'd like something removed, Delphi is very willing to try and make Black Prism as accessible as possible. Just ask!
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