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[quote=Article from the Newspaper ?The Daily Time?, 12th March, 2253]

?It finally happened. Despite the warnings they received, in spite of the protests of all the other races, and even with the signs of it already starting, mankind continued its slow downward spiral of self destruction, taking everything from the earth that they could. whilst giving nothing in return to the planet.

Whilst all of this was happening, they even had the nerve to wage war and conflicts with each other, causing grief and strife that remained with the people till the day they died, for seemingly no reason other then boredom and to show off their power. Even the other races were dragged into this, cutting down their already dwindling numbers dramatically. Very few of them remain in their original habitats nowadays, though quite a lot of them have blended into human society, living in the cities like normal people.

Anyway. All of these actions, no matter how much people said it would be impossible, or that they could change what they did, in time to prevent something, could only bring about one result; the slow decaying death of the planet.

The demise of Earth began slowly at first. Most of the ice caps melted, causing the seas and oceans to rise and spread across some of the lands, drowning hundreds of thousands of lives on the shorelines of the lands, as random large forests and jungles died suddenly for no reason, causing several hundreds of species of creatures to disappear from life, in what seemed like the blink of an eye.

Regardless of this, mankind carried on as normal, as if nothing was wrong. They thought the phase would soon pass, and the planet would return to how it was before all of this happened. They continued as normal, and carried on hurting the planet in their own way.

Of course, things only got worse. Eventually, the weather became an untamed and unrestrained version of itself before this all happened, creating storms of hail large enough to tear through most buildings with ease over several cities, whilst others experienced heat waves so burningly hot and unbearable, that it caused even the roads to bubble and begin to melt, whilst the unfortunate few cities left suffered blizzards bitter and freezing cold, enough to turn once great cities into artic wastelands.

Somehow, humanity convinced themselves that their actions were not to blame for all of this, that this was all natural in some way, and continued like everything was normal and fine.

Then, the disaster known as the ?Calamity? happened one day. Reports spread rapidly throughout the world, of something unbelievable happening right then.

In several third world countries, several things happened that would change the world?s view forever. The land died suddenly, unable to sustain any more forms of life at all, whilst the atmosphere became toxic and contaminated, killing almost anyone or anything who breathed the air slowly and painfully. Hundreds of thousands died within the first week.

Those unfortunate enough to survive breathing the toxic air reacted differently, depending on the person. Some became mindless and insane, killing anything alive and unaffected by the gas that they came across, whilst others morphed slowly into monstrous beasts, more primal in appearance yet capable of intelligent thought as they violently hunted down anything and everything for fun and sport.

The death of the land came to be known as the ?Corrosion?, while the gas came to be dubbed as the ?Contagion?, whilst those mutated by the Contagion were referred to as the ?Skrald?.

The beginning of a man made apocalypse, as it was only a matter of time before this epidemic would spread across the entire planet. Once humanity finally realised what destruction they had brought upon themselves and the other races, they struggled against time to try to save as much life as they possibly could.

That was several decades ago when they began, and the result of their efforts was six large cities, one built in each continent, each one large enough, and with enough living space, to hold several hundreds of millions of people easily. Each city has a large and thick dome covering it, to prevent the venomous air from reaching the city and to protect it from the strange weather on the outside. Each one is referred to as ?Haven?, and they are numbered based on their location.

The money used to pay for the building and construction of these cities came from some of the biggest known companies and franchises known, who had also been some of the leaders in causing the destruction they were now experiencing firsthand. Most think it was their way of redemption for their past misdeeds, as everyone was grateful for the help they companies had given.

Looking on it now, it seems strange how quickly those companies are willing to pay for all of the cities? manufacture without any other financial help at all?.

Unfortunately, the Calamity at this point has spread halfway around the world, killing off over half of the entire population of Earth. Panic and chaos has spread throughout the public, as they all rush towards the new cities, hoping that they were some of the lucky ones that manage to make their way into the safe havens.

In the once great country of America, the Calamity had finally reached its way into the land, having completely engulfed Mexico and leaving nothing behind in its trail of destruction. Already, it?s slowly spreading through the south of the country, showing no mercy to those it comes across.

Of course, Haven 6 is built in the north, near the edge of Canada, to give them more time to prepare for when the Calamity does reach it, and to get as many people as possible in.

The government, or what?s left of it at least, has decided that all of their efforts and resources should go towards helping to evacuate, and relocating, those in the northern and central areas of the country to Haven 6, as they had the largest chances of surviving, and everyone in the southern section is already dead, or so they say.

I know the truth. Those still alive, and residing in the south, are left to survive on their own. Whether they try to make it up the country to Haven 6 on their own in the 2 months before the gates to the Haven close, or attempt the impossible and survive the Corrosion outside of a Haven, is up to them.

If you are in the south and are reading this right now, then may God show mercy on you, and those you love and care for.? [/quote]

[quote= ?Terminology of Rathe?, By Richard Tionary]

Calamity- The term used to refer to the current disaster of the world.

Calling- The term used for when someone searches for nearby Leylines, to use their power for magic.

Corrosion- The term used to classify the stage of the Calamity, in which the land and flora are killed off. It is also used to identify land that has been affected.

Contagion- The term used to classify the second stage of the Calamity, in which the air becomes toxic and kills off all fauna, or mutates them. It is also used to identify the affected air.

Dynasty- The companies that paid for the construction of the Havens, and who are now in control.

Haven- The term used to call the cities built to save life from the Calamity. Only six were built, one in each continent.

Kuronite- A name for the type of energy source that is used to power most of the advanced machines and weapons.

Leyline- They are metaphorical lines that run through the air, seas, and ground, and are of supposedly endless power. Although it was once believed to be the source of magic, this is no longer thought of as true.

Rathe- The name of the planet, as used by most people. Others may call it by other various names, but Rathe is the most common name used.

Sanctuary- The word given to areas of land that are immune to the Corrosion for no known reasons.

Skrald- The term given to those mutated by the Contagion.[/QUOTE]

[quote= ?Notes on the Calamity?, by Lucy Fer]

?A small, though overall pointless now, discovery was the pattern the Calamity went in when spreading. First, when striking a new place, the Corrosion would spread through the land, before the Contagion would smother it and either turn the people into Skrald or kill them. These Skrald would spread out, and usually arrived at a place after the Corrosion killed the , but before the Contagion would reach it. Those left alive by the hunting Skrald would then be at the mercy Contagion.

The Corrosion kills the land, making it unable to sustain plant life. It is possible to sustain plant life in land affected by the Corrosion through a mix of chemicals, though this usually has side effects on the plants, like making them venomous to eat or touch.
Sections of land that aren?t actually part of the ground, IE surrounded by concrete in the ground, or in pots or baskets in a building, are unaffected by the Corrosion.

There are normal sections of the , usually small forests or lakes, that remain unaffected by the Corrosion, for unknown reasons. These have become to be known as ?Sanctuaries?, due to their safeness from the Corrosion, and abundance of flora. It is unknown how they fair against the Contagion, though it is apparent they are not safe from Skrald.

How long it takes for the Contagion to morph a living creature into a Skrald is random. The main things that will affect the time are how much of the contaminated air the victim has breathed in, and the person itself. If someone was to only get one quick breath of the air before managing to make it into a place with clean air, it may take about several hours to a few days for them to morph. There is no way to prevent the transformation.

Animals are rather curious. They too seem to react like humans to the Contagion, either dying or mutating into something more primal, but they seem to be able to sense it beforehand. It is unknown how creatures of a magical nature react to it, but certain evidence suggests they may be no different to the effects.

There are two types of Skrald. There?s the first kind, which are just normal people that are no longer capable of intelligent thought, and are just violent and bloodthirsty. These are called Skraldrings.

The second type are people that physically morph into primitive and monsters, of which there are many kinds. The only average things connecting them are their brown or green rough and blotchy skins, their bone based claws that can sheathe and draw out from their forearms, their large black eyes that have no irises or pupils, and their unnatural speed and strength. These are usually called Skralden.

Skralden seem to have some kind of control over Skraldrings, as Skraldrings do appear to attack those the Skralden are after as well. It?s unknown how, though it may be chemical in nature?

Skrald are not like zombies. They will die after receiving several wounds, or enough damage to vital organs to render them useless.

Despite common myth and urban legend, people do not mutate from a Skrald wound or bite. Only the Contagion is capable of this. The common method of being affected by the Contagion is to breathe it in, though skin contact may be enough for it to work.


[quote= ?The various types of Genus and Races of Rathe?, by Reno Alr Eady]

?Mortal- The humans of this world. Nothing special about them as a group, though some have special abilities that separate them from the rest of the mortals, and each one is different from the last human, making them a very unique Genus. They?re a very versatile genus.

Race: Human

Fantasial- The mystical ones, living on the long before the Mortal race even began. Majority of Fantasials are separated from the other races in their own areas, though same have integrated into the human society easily. Fantasials generally prefer the old ways, and are wary of technology, though there are exceptions within each of the races. Using magic is also second nature to them.

Races: Elves, Dwarves, Fairies, Trolls/Jotuns, Goblins. Etc.

Noko- Genetic man made weapons. The various countries researched into how to improve their soldiers, and came up with the Noko; a Human, or the odd Fantasial, injected with animal DNA. This boosts their physical attributes, and heightens their senses, according to the animal DNA they receive. The main side effect is that the person also becomes more animal mentally, though those with strong minds can resist this. They came in various levels based on how much DNA they take, though the main difference between the levels is appearance rather then the side effects.

Although once only available in the military, private groups and companies are now able to give a ?Noko procedure? to those with enough money. The most common variety of Nokos is the mammal type, though fish, reptiles, amphibians and birds are quite common.

Races: Level one: Eyes and teeth are fully affected. Hands and feet slightly become more animal like, resembling claws or paws.

Level two: Same as Level one, except hands and feet fully change, ears also change and they gain a tail.

Level three: The person basically becomes a humanoid version of the animal they?ve taken their DNA from. Their skin even becomes covered in the fur or feather or scales of their chosen animal.

Nokos generally make a note of which animal they?ve taken their DNA from as well.

Nightmarian- The genus from which the old legends of the creatures of the night come from. Although they once began as fully separate creatures within their own race, with their own societies, nowadays the term Nightmarian is used to refer to those cursed in some way to become one of these old races, as the originals have disappeared from Rathe.

The legend about vampires needing to drink blood to survive is somewhat true. Some do require regular doses of blood to survive, whilst some just become about as strong as an average human if they do not drink. However, they become stronger shortly after taking a small amount of blood, though the effect of this typically wears down after a while without regular blood intake.

Werewolves are often confused with wolf type Nokos, though there is one big difference. Where as Nokos are constantly stuck in their form, unable to change shape, werewolves are able to change between three forms; whatever race they were before becoming a werewolf, a full wolf, and a cross between wolf and their previous race. Though they gain a lot of strength in their hybrid form, they too gain some wolf like habits, with some even completely losing control of themselves in this form.

Despite their appearance and the myths around them, Nightmarians are intelligent beings. A common trait amongst Nightmarians is their supposed immortality, though research into vampires and werewolves has shown this is just a stronger regeneration then the other races, as they do die of old age and from several very serious wounds.

Only ghosts and zombies are immortal, though as they have already died and are just reanimated bodies or spirits, stuck between life and death, they are technically not immortal.

Races: Vampires, Werewolves, Ghosts, Zombies. Etc.

Automaton- A combination technology and mortality. Automatons come in three varieties. There are androids, which are any of the above races that have a robotic limb or body part replacing a lost piece of their body.

There are also Mechanoids, beings composed entirely of machine parts and technology, usually in the model of a human of Fantasial, whose thoughts are nothing more then the programs of advanced artificial intelligence residing in the processor within its head. The largest problem with using Mechanoids as weapons is their lack of magic, due to the fact they are not living creatures.

Bio-Mechanoids are a more recent invention, as they are Mechanoid shells with living organs inside of them, capable of living thoughts and feelings, using the organs to power themselves. Unfortunately, as most Bio-Mechanoids go insane once they realise the truth of what they are and kill themselves, they are rather rare. Due to the organic parts within them, Bio-Mechanoids are able to call upon magic, thought they are somewhat limited in the magic they can cast.

To disguise themselves, both Mechanoids and Bio-Mechanoids will either use a holographic projection to make themselves look like organic creatures, or cover themselves with a material made to replicate flesh.

Races: Android, Mechanoids, Bio-Mechanoids.

Skrald- Those unfortunate enough to breathe in the Contagion, and survive. They morph into one of two creatures; Skraldrings and Skralden. Skraldrings are just normal people that are no longer capable of intelligent thought, and have a never ending bloodlust and hunger for meat. They only follow their instinctual thoughts and needs, and are fairly easy to outsmart and distract. Aside from their skin morphing, there?s no physical difference between Skraldrings and normal races.

Skralden, on the other hand, physically morph into primitive and monsters, of which there are many kinds. The common things between each type of Skralden are their bone claws, their large blank black eyes, and their heightened speed and strength. They are more intelligent then their lesser versions, though this intelligence does vary from Skralden to Skralden, as some seem able to set up very simple ambushes to get their pray, whilst some even attack in formations and can operate simple tools or machinery.

The only average things connecting both of the races are their brown, green, or grey rough and blotchy skins that seem to cling tightly to the muscles and bones.

Races: Skraldrings, Skralden.

Hoka- Those that don?t appear to belong to this world, even in this day and age. There are many things that may be classified under the term of Hoka; They usually have powers or abilities not usually seen by those residing on Rathe, though these powers generally come at a large price. There are supposedly something call Omni-Hoka, beings that either rival the gods in power, or are the gods of old. Of course, this hasn?t been proved and wouldn?t be possible.

Races: Alien Etc.

Of course, there are half-breeds, the results of intergenus and interracial breeding. They typically look like a crossover between the two races, and have weaker versions of both race?s abilities, though there is usually a more dominant race that appears in a half-breed. [/quote]

[quote= ?Technology of Rathe?, By Mr Rob Otto]

?The most common variety of technology available to the public nowadays is that of the type of the 20th and 21st century, namely machines that are run on fossil fuels and machines that make use of chemical reactions. The reason for this is that whilst newer technology is, and always has been, available, the costs of building them, and the materials needed, makes them highly unpractical to mass produce.

Certain variations of the older technology sometimes replace the need for fossil fuels to power them, with alternative sources of energy, like solar panels attached to the vehicle to make use of solar power, whilst much larger contraptions may even make use of nuclear type materials to power them.

The newer technology, however, makes use of an extremely rare type of gem known only as ?Kuronite?. Although it is unknown how this is formed naturally outside of certain groups, rumours suggest it may be a crystallized fragment of a Leyline pushed to the surface.

Kuronite is limitless in use, never running out of power, though very extensive overuse of Kuronite in a short amount of time has been known to cause explosions, with the larger ones being strong enough to wipe out a city block with ease.

Artificially produced Kuronite, called ?false Kuronite?, can be produced, but only by a certain method, and requires a gem that has not been used for the process before. The method first involves finding an area with an abundance of Leylines around it. The gem is then laid at the area where most of the Leylines either meet or crossover, before someone draws the power from the Leylines that lay there, and sends the power into the gem. The time taken varies according to the size of the gem and the amount of Leylines.

False Kuronite are far more common, though they lack the limitless power and use of true Kuronite. However, their lifespan easily surpasses all fossil fuels, and if they do discharge from overuse, the explosion is nowhere near as strong as one from a true Kuronite.

Kuronite, both types, vary in sizes, and their size determines their use. For example, a shard of Kuronite the size of a bullet may power a photon particle pistol, whilst a Kuronite gem the size of a human fist would easily power a tank, or even a small mech.

They are terribly expensive to buy, whilst the production of false Kuronite costing a lot to produce, thus the reason why Kuronite type technology isn?t seen often outside of the military and public services.

The most recent advancement in technology using Kuronite, is the creation of vehicles that hover a few inches in the air above the ground, via something similar to the old jet propulsion of the 21st century technology, except it?s the power of the Kuronite sent through small thrusters that is pushing it off the ground, rather then very strong flames.

Though these vehicles are usually safe and work most of the time, when a miscalculation is made, it can be grave. The best example of this is when someone made a mistake with the thrusters on one Vehicle whilst calibrating it. When it was started off, it shook violently for a moment, before shooting off several hundred feet into the air. They never did find it afterwards.? [/QUOTE]

Any questions about the RP are to be put in this topic here. Discussion about the RP also takes place in here.
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