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The Last Prophecy IOT

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  1. Lighthearter

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    The Last Prophecy IOT

    Introduction to Haven(Recommended reading of the highest degree - ignore at your own risk):


    Spoiler :
    Haven. No one knows how the world was made, or why. What is known is that it is a wondrous place, springing straight from the mind of the mysterious god-being known only as the Progenitor. The lore of Geldar the Prophet states that the Progenitor's first act upon the creation of his world was to vanish into the cosmos, hunting down the "genesis" worlds of every sentient species in reality. He took some few of each, and brought them to Haven to protect them from "a great Evil". Over the next thousand years, Haven prospered, and the Progenitor created a new race - the Eldar. The Eldarin were beings of energy, entrusted to be the custodians of Haven against all darkness.

    He then chose from among mortal men Eleven to be his Hands, the agents of his will. These Eleven, and the Eldar, proved a formidable defense against darkness. But that even was not enough - the Progenitor then took the greatest of the Eldar and trained them in his powers, his godlike magics. He then chose Nine of the dragons of Haven and made them gods, the Nine that would manage such things as the wind and weather while he concentrated on training his apprentices. This was the Golden Age, when all mortals united under the divine banner.

    Fukouka changed all that. He was one of the greatest of the Eldarin, even before his training by the Progenitor, even more so afterward. The Progenitor left once Fukouka was fully trained, seeking "the great Evil, so as to confront it and perhaps avoid slaughter". Eight hundred mortal years passed. The Hands were immortal, as were the Eldarin and the Nine, and this was not so long for them. But when Fukouka was seduced by darkness and began to assemble the darker forces of Haven to his banner, the Golden Age ended in fire as mortals battled each other, seeking to overthrow one power or the other. The Hands and the Nine were overrun - and one by one, Fukouka killed all the other Eldarin, absorbing their power into himself. His advance became unstoppable when the Oracles - sorceresses of immeasurable power - joined him.

    When the Progenitor returned to see Haven engulfed in a losing battle, he rallied the Nine and the Hands, gathered all the mortal armies, and went to battle. The Rotillar, as it is known, was the most dreadful night of carnage in Haven's history, with Oracles, dragons, mortal warriors and the Nine and Hands themselves fighting for what they followed. The Progenitor confronted Fukouka, and the two dueled as the massive battle raged around them. The Oracles were all killed, as were nine of the Hands. Queen Asrenna of the Oracles herself was slain by the Progenitor, leaving three magical artifacts to vanish into history. Fukouka was imprisoned for a thousand years by his old master - and so it ended.

    In theory. Mortal kingdoms rose and fell for thousands of years, until Fukouka was freed by Alexander, the Deathmage. This sparked Haven's most destructive conflict yet - the Mage's War between her rival superpowers. Millions died. Now it is twenty years later, and Haven is coming to a turning point - noble heroes have risen and fallen in the all-too-recent Shadowblade Crisis, an order of noble defenders has been maimed, and criminal slavers run rampant over the Northeast of Haven's main continent.

    A turning point has come - and there's no stopping it this time. Win or lose, Haven will never be the same again after what's coming.


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    WELCOME! I am Lighthearter, AKA the author of the WIP book The Last Prophecy, set on the planet Haven during the time period that the narration leaves off just before. Without further ado, here's the rules!

    1) - Starting Out

    A - Character
    When you begin, you must create a character. You must have a name and a religion, as well as three flaws, three qualities, and a background from the following listing(Flaws and Qualities with the same number are mutually exclusive).

    Spoiler :
    Qualities -
    1 - Charismatic - -1 Unrest, +1 Morale
    2 - Fighter - +1 Morale, +50% chance to survive Assassination
    3 - Mage - +1 Morale, +25% Arcane research
    4 - Genius - +25% to Material research
    5 - Avatar - -2 Unrest among followers of your primary deity(If they live in your country)
    6 - Royal Blood - -1 Unrest among the nobility
    7 - Wise - +10% to all research
    8 - Orator - -1 Unrest among the peasants
    9 - Courageous - +1 Morale, -1 War Unrest
    10 - Well Connected - +25% Hero generation

    Flaws -
    1 - Repulsive - -1 Morale
    2 - Defenseless - -50% chance to survive Assassination
    3 - Loathes Magic - -25% Arcane research, +10% Material research
    4 - Moronic - -20% to all research
    5 - Merely Mortal - +1 Unrest among followers of your primary deity
    6 - Commonborn - -1 Unrest among the peasants, +2 unrest among the nobility
    7 - Foolish - -10% to all research
    8 - Tourette's Syndrome - +1 Unrest among the peasants
    9 - Coward - +1 War Unrest, -1 Morale
    10 - Arrogant - -20% Hero generation

    Backgrounds -
    Soldier(cannot be paired with Defenseless) - +25% chance to survive Assassination, +1 Morale
    Cleric(Cannot be paired with Arrogant) - -1 Unrest among followers of your religion, -1(stacks) with followers of your deity
    Wizard(Cannot be paired with Loathes Magic) - +20% Arcane research, +1 Morale
    Monk(Cannot be paired with Coward) - +10% Hero generation, +40% chance of Divine Aid
    Retired Hero(Cannot be paired with Coward or Arrogant) - +25% chance of Hero generation, +1 Unrest among followers of Evil deities
    Retired Villain(Cannot be paired with Avatar) - +1 Morale, +1 Unrest among followers of Good deities
    Politician(Cannot be paired with Commonborn) - -1 Unrest among the nobility, +10% Material research


    B - Religion
    Now is the part where you pick your religion. There are three main religions - which one you choose will affect which primary deity you can choose. Your primary deity is a damn significant choice - it affects what you can do as a nation without bolts of lightning raining from the heavens upon thee.

    Religions:
    Spoiler :
    Nineism - Nineists are EVERYWHERE, and generally tolerant of Progenitrists ruling them or living in countries they rule(there always are a few exceptions though). They believe in the undisputed gods of Haven - the pantheon of the Nine who often act to assist their followers.
    Game info: The Nine will usually act to assist you if you need it, and choosing Nineism allows you to pick any one of the Nine as a Primary Deity of your nation. However, the Nine will never develop more powerful abilities, and the very rate with which they act in the mortal world showcases how weak these individual acts are.

    Progenitrism - The Progenitrists believe in the Nine, as do all on Haven. However, they also believe in the Progenitor and Fukouka, the two "master" deital figures of the world. They are generally tolerant of Nineists in most places.
    Game info: The Progenitor and Fukouka are FAR more powerful then the Nine, but they act only infrequently, having both sworn oaths to leave mortals to their own wars and each focus solely on each other. If you can get their aid though - your enemies are SCREWED. You can only choose the Progenitor or Fukouka as a Primary Deity if you are a Progenitrist nation.

    Masterism - Masterists are rare, and those that are known are prosecuted mercilessly by both Nineists and Progenitrists. This is because the Masterists do not believe that the Nine or the Progenitor or Fukouka are deities at all, simply beings at a higher level of power then mere mortals. They believe in the "Eleven Masters" who supposedly rule all of reality, and not simply Haven.
    Game info: Masterists are rare as hell. And no one is even sure the Masters exist. Even the Masterists don't know who these Eleven are. But if they ARE real, and if you do follow them, you have the potential to attract the most powerful gods in all of reality to your side. You may not choose a primary Deity at all with Masterism - until you discover the identities of at least five of them. You are told two via PM at the start based on ancient texts that the loremasters of your nation analyze. Others will be revealed by Arcane research.


    C - Primary Deities
    Nineist Deities:
    Spoiler :
    Good Deities:
    Alhandra, Goddess of Good
    Alhandra is a Greater Dragon of the north, and the patron of all that is good. To accept her as your primary deity is to accept that you can no longer imperialistically go out a-conquering. Expect aid if you are defending innocent lives though.
    Shockzhockshh, God of the Seas
    Shockzhockshh is a Sea Dragon from the Madagarian Islands in the Great Ocean. He is old and wise, even among the Nine, and to follow him is to commit to protecting the seas against all those with darkness in their hearts. He does not leave his followers becalmed on the sea, however, so expect aid in naval battles.
    Cel'aksh, God of Trickery
    Cel'aksh is a Lesser Dragon of the south, and the lord of deceit. For all that, he is fiercely moral, and will use his cunning to battle those who would destroy Haven. He is the patron god of the Lesser Dragons. To follow him is to puzzle your way through messages in the form of incomprehensible riddles.
    Evil Deities:
    Chor'ric, God of Evil
    Chor'ric is the twin brother of Alhandra, chosen to be the lord of darkness when the Nine were created at Haven's beginning. He does not gain any real pleasure from the mass murder of women and children for its own sake, but he does fulfill the tenants of his office. Expect to gain support for dark deeds:mischief:
    Ripfang, Lord of Thoughts
    Ripfang is a pygmy Greater Dragon, suffering perhaps from a Napoleon Complex. He is a master planner, plotting out deeds millenia in advance and using his detailed plans to forward his self-centered goals. If you are trying to take over the world, as long as you give Ripfang no reason - EVEN IN YOUR THOUGHTS - to suspect you aren't doing it for him, he's the one for you!
    Neutral Deities:
    Thalia, Goddess of the Dead
    Thalia is another Lesser Dragon, the mistress of the underworld. She is very dangerous to cross, and those who worship her are regarded strangely in the mainstream world. She is also the youngest of the Nine, and perhaps the wisest save Cennet.
    Amanshh, Goddess of War
    Amanshh is a Sand Dragon from Zelkonia's deserts, who has never quite given up her predatory ways. She revels in warfare and combat, and will do most anything to keep a good war going. She is finicky, and may support your enemies to keep a battle from ending, but can bring powerful support to your side.
    Cennet, the Moon
    Cennet was the first Greater Dragon to arrive on Haven during the Genesis, and he is the patron of all his descendants. No follower of Cennet will knowingly battle another while the moon is visible in the sky. The dragon-priests of the dragonhold at Mount Okholt are responsible for maintaining the holiest of Cennet's holy temples. If you can control the Mountain . . . .
    Shorzun, the Sun
    Shorzun is the Watcher, a Greater Dragon set to maintain order on Haven. He is utterly focused around the law, and will uphold it no matter what.


    Progenitrist Deities:
    Spoiler :
    The Progenitor, Creator of all Haven(Good)
    Beyond the fact that he is the only deity that is not a dragon of one type or another, not much is known about the Progenitor- not even by his own followers. What was he before he created Haven? Where did he come from? Why did he spend so much effort building this world? Again, no one knows save him and perhaps a select few he has entrusted, but perhaps that secrecy is in fact a shield from truths Haven is not prepared for . . . .
    Fukouka, The Dark Lord(Evil)
    Fukouka is the last of the Eldarin, the draconic race entrusted with the overseeing of Haven by the Progenitor. Fukouka was once the Progenitor's apprentice, but he was swayed by dark forces and abandoned his duties while the Progenitor was away from Haven on a quest. He rallied an army of shadows and demons, swayed mortals to his cause, and ran rampant in an attempt to take over Haven. The Eleven Hands of the Progenitor were unable to rally enough strength to stop him until their master returned and defeated Fukouka, at a cost of several million lives and the total destruction of the Oracles. Since then, Fukouka has escaped his prison and now spars again with his old master for Haven's fate.


    D - Claims
    You claim seven territories starting out. Every turn thereafter you can claim four. Designate one as your capital. It will be marked with a dot on the global map.

    Note: If at any point in the process of nation and character-making you want to have accuracy to the book's geography/religions/characters/anything else, just PM me and I'll see what I can do.

    2) - Heroes
    Heroes are Haven's champions, for either light or dark. They will offer their services to those who they think deserving of them, but they aren't cheap. Heroes give bonuses to various areas, and can be used to cover weak points or to strengthen . . . well, strengths. To acquire a Hero, you must either spend $5 to try and attract one or have something special occur in your turn - I.E. a military victory or completion of a tech level. They might offer their services in such cases.

    3) - Economy
    VERY simple. Each territory is worth $1. Every tech level - of both kinds - gives you an additional $1. Unused money does not stack - use it or lose it. You are expected to manage your own economy.

    4) - Technology
    There are two kinds of technology, Material and Arcane. There are ten tech levels in each. Researching a new level takes $200. Material technology is like gunpowder and cannons. Arcane technology is developing new spells and new applications for existing spells. Both kinds of technology provide +1 Morale. Arcane technology might allow you to develop Endfire bombs - the ultimate weapon in Haven's arsenal.

    5) - Warfare
    Each nation can spend a claim point to instead attack an enemy province. Armies function that simply. However, to claim or invade a province across water from you, you must put a Navy offshore. Navies cost $2 to build and $1 upkeep, and are represented on the map with icons. If you move a fleet into a naval province and attempt to launch an amphibious claim or invasion and there is an enemy fleet there, you cannot launch until the next turn. Fleets cannot be built in naval territories occupied by the enemy.

    Combat is handled by the GM rolling a D20 and comparing the number to the defense of the target. Attack and defense are both recorded as 10 + Morale. If the target is hit(the attack roll is higher then its defense) it is recorded and another round begins. Once an army takes two hits, the battle is over and it is destroyed. If there is no army in a territory that is invaded, the provincial militia only takes one hit and their strength is recorded as 5 + Morale.

    6) - Other

    You can Assassinate Heroes and Leaders of other nations if you want, to try and deprive them of the abilities those characters provide. If you are successful or not they may trace you - and the gods will know what happened. So if you follow the goddess of good and seek to assassinate another of her worshipers . . . just don't. If you know what's good for you, at least.

    Victory can be achieved via three conditions: Conquest, Divine, and the Secret Victory. The Secret Victory is well, a secret for now:p. Conquest is where you and your allies control every province. Divine victory occurs if you suitably impress your chosen Primary Deity.

    The map and player listing will be in the next post, be patient and let me get them up! I shall also REQUIRE a backup GM.

    -L
     
  2. Lighthearter

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    Nations:

    Craetoria - Gray. Nineist, Cennet. Harkaren.

    Alliance of Eastern Elves - Blue. Masterist. Cedric.

    Western Throne - Dark Red, Masterist. Ishhrggen.

    Militant Federation of Tropiko Dasos - Orange, Nineist, Cel'aksh. Steelscale.

    Republic of the Goblin Peninsula - Purple, Masterist. Koton.

    Foundation of the Federation - Red, Masterist. Laiin.


    Sign up now!


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  3. Sonereal

    Sonereal ♫We got the guillotine♫ Supporter

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    Lord West (Masterism)
    Fighter, Mage, Genius
    Merely Mortal, Commonborn, Repulsive
    Wizard

     
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    ilduce349 (Financial, Philo)

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    monk
    Genius
    Well Connected
    Wise
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    Tourette's Syndrome Arrogant (I don't have Tourettes but my Arrogance is just as bad to charisma)
    Loathes Magic

    I am a Masterist

    claiming map coming in a second



    @Sonereal: Thats 8 territories, you get 7.
     

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    Lighthearter President of the United States

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    Oh this is fun . . . maybe I should make that map of the Havenian races anyway . . . .

    -L
     
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    Sonereal ♫We got the guillotine♫ Supporter

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    Hang on. Fixed.
     
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    ilduce349 (Financial, Philo)

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    you recount
    I changed the color of one, that put a number on it. This came out...
     

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    Sonereal ♫We got the guillotine♫ Supporter

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    Nah. I recounted. I thought you were talking about that weird one in the middle and I didn't notice the one I had in the top-right corner that counted as one.
     
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    The Sea Dragons claim the bottom left cluster of islands
     
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    ilduce349 (Financial, Philo)

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    @Abby: thats 14 claims, and your being a hippocrit, you demand maps in your thread and then don't have the desency to post a map in this thread.
     
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    im drunk roht now.. cba.. i normally do provide maps and whatnot.. i'll claim whati can of them
     
  12. Lighthearter

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    Here's a rough guide to the various races of Haven and where they are.

    Red = Zelkonian snake-men
    Purple = Goblins
    Dark Red = Greater Dragons
    Bright Green = Elves
    Dark Green = Sea Dragons
    That Other One In The South I Don't Have A Name For Right Now = Lesser Dragons

    Humans are assumed to be everywhere. Exception: Zelkonia proper. The Zelkonian mainland(where Sonereal spawned in) is free naturally of humans, but they do inhabit the islands to the north. Humans are so inferior genetically to the Zelkonians it ain't even funny- they are used as auxiliaries and slaves by the snakemen.

    And goblins and Zelkonians are not automatically evil here. They have the same morality range as humanity. In fact, great heroes have emerged from both races.

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    Sonereal ♫We got the guillotine♫ Supporter

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    It's funny. The first thing I thought when I read "Zelkonian snake-men" was "evil demons hellbent on eating human babies". For those of use who can't imagine what snake-men look like, what do they look like? :lol:
     
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    Abaddon Deity

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    How on earth did I become the quoted person there?!?
     
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    Sonereal ♫We got the guillotine♫ Supporter

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    I....have no idea actually.
     
  16. Lighthearter

    Lighthearter President of the United States

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    Hmm.

    That answer your question?

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    Sonereal ♫We got the guillotine♫ Supporter

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    Indeed it does.
     
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    Loathes Magic
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    Merely Mortal
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    Soldier

    Nineism: Cel'aksh, God of Trickery

    Claims are in orange

     
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    ilduce349 (Financial, Philo)

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    In that case change my claims to the 7 province elf country on the west coast.
     
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    Lighthearter President of the United States

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    Well Celt already claimed that area . . . soooo . . . and that wasn't even a country - just the area where Elves are prominent. Your claims in the goblin nation of Kepholon are still valid . . . .

    All the areas outlined in black represent the areas of book nations.

    -L
     

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