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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.
Drafters, Talented, Wetboys, High Society Criminals and Low Society Criminals... in all of it, there are still the regular, the mundane. The human. They are the average citizens that wander about the city of Lochstone. Average citizens do not have access to the luxin, or they do not have access to the near-literal 'well' the Talented do. But that does not mean the average citizen isn't important to the cogs of society. In Chromeria territory they are mostly the high class, the socialites of the city. Though there are obviously bad parts even in a good neighborhood. Meanwhile, in the Slums average citizens are assassins, drug dealers, thieves, peddlers, etc. Even citizens hail to their respective Guilds in the Slums.
Life of the Gifted
Psychics in Lochstone (both sides) are wanted. They must hide what they are for fear of being found out by the Sa'Kage or the Chomeria. The Shinga has no qualms about putting a price on psychics. Everyone know's he is whiling to pay handsomely for any information that leads to finding one. If someone brings a psychic to him, the amount he gives is doubled.
The Chomeria on the other hand is more hush hush about it. They would offer to take them on for 'protection' from the Sa'Kage. Because they would be 'slaves', but the council would do the same thing. They want these gifted human's to use against the other side. Psychics are easier to hide what they are. This means the more each side 'owns' the more likely they are to win this underground war. In this day and age they can't openly fight each other. It must be done behind the scenes, and psychics are the key.
How a character becomes psychic is up to you. Some can be born with it, it could have been dormant inside of them, or maybe they survived something traumatic.
Making a psychics or if a character gains a power means they are hunted. It's important that they only tell those they trust impeccably. This allows for a ton of plot fodder.
Apportation- Materialization, disappearance or teleportation of an object. Not limited to object, can be a person or people. This can be achieved by various means, including, but not limited to; causing the atoms/molecules to travel at light-speed, warping the space, or use quantum superposition, in which the user teleports by replacing and restocking energy in a spatial behavior.
While teleportation may seem like it is simply for travel, it can actually be a valuable ability, as it can be used offensively (and quite powerful, as a spatial attack), while offering superiority in terms of movement speed and distance coverage, and a skilled strategist/tactician can use it for many innovative manners.
Aura reading-Perception of energy fields surrounding people, places and things. The user can perceive auras, normally invisible fields of energy that surround every living thing, this can be used to sense emotions, health, power levels, or the targets moral alignment. They may also be able to sense auras surrounding inanimate objects under special circumstances.
Cerebral Control-The user can manipulate, modify and control the thoughts, mindsets, and upper brain functions, allowing the ability to render others unconscious, suppress their memories, and negate the use of abilities, increase/decrease mental capacity, modify minds to be agreeable, sway sensations to induce altered perception, bestow mental disorders or break down mental barriers.
Dream Walking- User can create, shape, enter and manipulate the dreams of oneself and others, including modifying, suppressing, fabricating, influencing, manifesting, sensing, and observing dreams as well as nightmares, daydreams, etc. They can produce and modify dreams, bestow nightmares or lucid dreaming, entrap people in REM, and promote spiritual/emotional healing within dreams.
In some cases, the user's power extends to the real world, such as wounds inflicted on a sleeping victim and even pulling someone from the waking world into the dream world.
Eidetic Memory- The ability to recall images, sounds, or objects in memory after only a few instances of exposure, with high precision for some time after exposure. Some can speed read books and have perfect recollection of it. Others may be able to replicate music after hearing it once.
Empathic Perception/Sense- The user can fully interpret and replicate the emotions, moods, and temperaments of others without reading apparent symptoms, allowing them to understand introverts or discover one emotion is actually hiding another. They can attack someone in a personal and emotional way since they know exactly what emotion is flowing through themselves and can use this knowledge to play against them. Some users may learn to read emotional imprints left into environment or objects.
Usually over time, an Empath's power grows to the point that they can manipulate emotions on others, and possibly use them to empower themselves. User may learn to extend their power over/on vast number of sentient beings or reach extreme distances, even other levels of existence but this may be possible only if the user has emotional link to those they search already in effect.
Medium- This person can see spirits. While most of the world isn't able to see spirits from an ethos meister, a medium can. Not only can they see spirits, they can also communicate with them. This doesn't mean they can control any spirit, oh no. It's more likely that a spirit will try an posses a medium. Ghost like to take bodies for a joyride every so often. Mediums are the perfect vehicle for this.
Null- There are two types of nulls. Psychic and Magic. A null stops those powers near them. This may be by touch or by being within a certain distance from the null. They are like a void for those near them, or touching them. (this is based on the character)
For clarification a Psychic null stops all gifted characters, and cuts off a drafters physical ability to translate light. A Magic null stops Meisters and the Talented (including wetboys).
Precognition- Perception of events before they happen. Not everything is set in stone. Some gifted may see multiple outcomes. Some see them in visions while awake, others in dreams.
Psychic Photography-The user can imprint images/marks/writing onto the target's minds for various reasons, from sharing the knowledge to causing great pain, insanity or even death.
Psychokinesis or telekinesis - The ability to manipulate objects by the power of thought. Depending on the strength of the gifted this may be limited to the weight, or the number of objects as well as how long they can control the object for.
Psychometry - Obtaining information about a person or object, usually by touching or concentrating on the object or a related object. Wearing gloves is essential to get through the day if this person can't control their power. Some people may actually relive what they are seeing, maybe feel it and not just watch on the sidelines. Some, see it from a first person point of view.
Remote-viewer – the phenomenon of remote-viewing can also be technically called of travelling clairvoyance. Therefore the remote-viewer can clearly see consciousnesses, places, and events happening at long distance. The remote viewer can also describe to an audience, even with eyes open, what is being seen, what is happening in real-time. They must be careful when using this power. Their body is defenseless during a viewing.
Telepathy - Transfer of thoughts, words or emotions in either direction. The range depends on the user in question, and how many people can be affected at a time.
A human (of any kind, including guild members and citizens) may start with one power if they choose. Talented, Drafters, and Wetboys can not start with a psychic power. Anyone may buy, win, or use the achievement system to gain one or more. If you want your character to be 'known' as gifted they must either be aligned to a guild or to the Chromeria. You may chose to have them hide, and over time be found out and play out what happens.
You are not limited to what is here. If you have an idea not listed please contact Delphi or Indigo. We love working with new ideas, and we may add them to the list. However things like pyrokentics will not be listed as 'gifted' human powers, because the red Talented control that. This in order to keep powers separate.
When taking on a power, make it your own. These abilities are open to interpretation. You decided the characters strength and weaknesses with the ability.
Thank you for reading!
Frequently Asked Questions
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