The Court of Darkness

The Court of Darkness

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The Haven for all Evil, the Cradle of Discord for all of the Multiverse.

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~.-*The Court of Darkness*-.~

In many worlds across the multiverse, evil manifests itself in one form or another. Vampires, Lycans, witches, Drow, demons, succubi...the list goes on forever. The Great Covens and Houses of these rogue Nations know that no matter how thier world may reject and eschew them, there was one place where they may be safe. A golden tetrahedron, said to be cast in the very fires of the Pit itself, opens the dimensional gateway to The Court of Darkness. These keys have been useless for a hundred years, until they began to radiate pranic energy, signifying that this had now changed.

Ruled over by Empress Constanza Bathory, High Priestess of the Unholy Order of Hecate, all that were born with the unremovable stamp of sin and blood upon them may find a haven under her watchful eye. And perhaps even, a measure of power to take back with them to their respective worlds to ensure their survival, and perhaps their supremacy over the lesser races.

A hundred years ago, there was a great War between the Order of Hecate and thier White-Light Counterparts, the Order of Athena. Midian was purged of it's residents, all sent back to thier respective 'homes', while the Empress was sealed within. However, the Empress is ever wiley, and merely bided her time until the forces of the universe came back into a more favorable alignment, allowing her to reopen the Gates of Midian.

The dimensional pocket that the Castle Yaldebroth exists in is a land of eternal night called Midian, and storms rage across it in order to release the 'pressure' that is generated by creating such a rift in space-time. There is a 'sun-like' star that is in it's death throws, casting very minimal light during the 'day', but it's not of the spectrum that causes vampires to be affected.

Now, the forces of evil may reach out to one another once more, forming alliances or beginning feuds. And all wish to curry the favor of the Empress, for she is one of the oldest, most powerful women who serve all that is Yin. Her gifts come in gold, blood, and magic. And some say that she may choose a husband to become her Emperor, so that apprentices of her art may be born of their combined magic. As the Races of the Night jockey for power, who will be the victor, and who will be damned?

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1. Evil aligned characters only. You can be human, but you must have some tie into the 'scene', shall we say.
2. Go nuts as far as customization goes.
3. For those who like to impart supernatural powers on your characters, I will say this: No godmodding. The Empress is the most powerful, period, and can counteract/nullify any magical effects. If you make a fool of yourself at this court, or insult the Empress, your character may very well be EXECUTED. This isn't me just being a bitch, think about the setting people. The Court could not exist if factions were consistently fighting each other without a formidable referee.

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-This is more about diplomacy and intrigue than anything. Not all of these races get along (we all know how much Vamps and Lycans love one another), but there is no open fighting permitted at the Court. Formal Dueling, however, is acceptable, and there is a Dueling Hall that is designed for this purpose.
-When your character arrives, they are transported immediately into the Great Hall. A small army of undead, mute butlers will handle your luggage, and arrange for your accommodations. While here, you live in the lap of luxury, if your ranking indicates you are worthy.
-The Empress' rule is absolute. You don't have to like her, but everyone is kinda afraid of her.
-There will be scenes of violence, gore, and cannibalism. This is supposed to be macabre.
-There will be multiple boards in order to ease crowding. Also, I expect a post order of sorts. Don't run off with a scene that involves 5 people but only two are online. It's rude in my opinion, and it makes gameplay choppy and awkward. Take your posting elsewhere, or RP in PMs if it's just two of you, and take some Patience pills.
-Posts are like mini-skirts, short enough to keep you interested but long enough to cover everything.

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Her body was encased in silk brocade, gleaming like a raven's wing. The bodice of her gown was laced so tightly; how she relished the feeling of constricted breathing. Such a lavish prison of whale bone and fabric. No matter what century it was, she still favored the ways of the Old World. In some dimensions jewels were never sewn onto gowns anymore. That was simply something she refused to countenance. There was a great power to be held being covered in geometric perfection. Fools....

Seated upon her Throne of Thorns, the Empress inhaled deeply, again enjoying the pressure against her ribcage. Midian had been successfully released from the confinement of the Order of Athena. Senseless cows, did they truly think that little rhyme of love and light would sentence her to eternity? There wasn't a single immortal in their order anymore since Ruella had disappeared from the realm of the living. Constanza knew she was not dead, but for some reason she didn't with to be involved with Earth any longer. It suited the Empress rather well...rather well indeed.

It was time for company once again. The lids of her eyes slipped shut, her sensual lips began to form the words that would reconnect the tetrahedrons with the dimensional location of Midian, enabling their possessors to return to this Gothic Eden.

"Ihn-Na Vectu. ShA-DA ro-KU-DA-bah." Her contralto voice penetrated the silence of the hall. She began to chant these words over and over, increasing her passion with every syllable. The echoing amplified the repetition, until the words became a cacophony. Rising from her Throne, her lips never ceased moving. Stepping down from the dais, she moved to the center of the main hall, and lifted her hands up towards the ceiling. Her face became a mask of stillness, her voice falling silent. But the echoes of her chanting howled off of the walls endlessly, the volume yet rising.

Exhaling forcefully, she then opened her mouth and drew in her breath, sucking the resounding chant out of the very air until all was again silence. Through her mind's eye, flashes of the location of every tetrahedron across the multiverse presented themselves. "Come home."

The release of power was felt across the dimensions; it's source unquestionable for those who had felt it before it had been savagely taken away from them all.

The Empress returned to her throne...and waited.

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Asesino looked around the huge walls carefully, eyes darting madly as they tried to take every little detail into perspective. Her hair, short as it may be, fluttered in a half-breeze. Her human clothes, ratty black jeans and a gray shirt that had seen better days, hung off her slim frame like she was a doll. She wasn't sure whether she should knock or simply wait to be greeted. How did one enter the palace of the Empress? Asesino continued to look at the huge doors, the imposing figure sending chills up her spine. No, she thought. I'm safe here. Well, relatively...
Asesino brushed some of her black hair out of her face, though it flew back in an instant. She found herself fingering the daggers in her belt, fingers tracing invisible patterns onto the black hilts. She hadn't brought anything with her, since she had nothing of value to bring. Only her daggers and the clothes on her back... While the demon hadn't been in the dimension before, the witch who created her had told her about the stories. Stories about a place where one didn't have to worry about humans, or what others thought of them....
Asesino licked her lips just thinking about it, and as if waiting for her to do something, the doors opened.

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"Come Home"
The word would travel faster then light itself it would seem to the crow demons sharp ears, causing her to pause in her actions. The lycan she held by the neck let out a small growl of both anger and fear. She would merely tighten her hold around it's rough and prickly neck, digging her sharp pointed nails into the creatures skin."Your quite lucky you know. If my mistress didn't have need of me at this time, I would have enjoyed ripping and clawing at every part of your putrid body mongrel." The lycan wouldn't reply, but merely turn it's eyes away from the woman, surely knowing what would come next. Cybil would crack the creatures neck in one fluid motion, dropping it to the floor as soon as the deed was done. Before the creatures body would make a loud "thump" against the cold earth, it would transform back into it's human form of a man, probably in his early twenties.

Cybilwould relax her hands, and cause the sharp nails to retreat back into her nail beds, letting out an almost content sigh as she glanced over at the body. One less lycan in the world. Townsfolk should erect a statue in her honor over all the beasts she had killed. They didn't call her "the Mongrel Slayer" for nothing of course. Cybil would clear any thoughts of statues or killing from her head for the moment, as she remembered why she had to stop from enjoying her prey further. The woman would peel off her shawl from her pale shoulders, flicking it back with her cold hands and revealed a set of jet black wings. Probably three feet long, the wings would stretch and wave up and down before Cybil would bend down as if to kneel in front of someone and then jumped up into the air, her wings flapping both gently and swiftly into the cool night sky.
After around twenty or so minutes, the crow demoness would be strolling through the dark halls of the Empress's home, adjusting her dark blue mask as both royals and other dark creatures would stand and watch her with curious and fearful eyes. Cybil would chuckle quietly, her breath sweet even if her disposition was not as she stared in front of herself, never once glancing towards the loud creatures around her. She would walk towards the throne room where the Empresses wasseated in and would then kneel before her, her mask never once moving to reveal anything behind it besides her dark eyes.

"I am here my Lady..."

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As the doors parted before Asesino, a butler with the skin tone of a dead fish looked at her with sallow eyes. A bow of his head, and a gesture with his hand indicated that she may enter the Castle. The doors lead into a small antechamber, and through the next set of doors she would find the Main Hall.

The Empresses' expression became one of pleasure as she saw Cybil materialized in the hall. Of course she would be the first to return to her side. Her silvery eyes watched as her kin knelt before her in obsience. A soft chuckle tingled within in her throat before she spoke. "Rise Cybil, and find joy in your return." She gestured for her to sit on the steps before her. It was seldom that Constanza allowed a chair to be drawn next to her for a guest, for that suggested equality. Very few could come close to that gift in her mind.

"How has Earth been for you this past century? And what is your current head count?" She knew full well of Cybil's hate for the Werepeople. It was not her place to stop it, nor encourage it. So long as no random violence graced her presence without being permitted, she would allow the demon to continue her hunt.

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Asesino didn't acknowledge the butler, save for a quick glance with her eyes. She hesitated as she faced the next set of doors, though she had no real reason to. She was about to meet the Empress. The Empress. Asesino wasn't sure if her feelings were ones of dread or happiness, for the Empress was supposed to care for those who served her... And kill those who didn't. Asesino took a deep breath and closed her eyes, forcing herself to remain passive. While concentrating her hearing turned into one of a hawk's, and Asesino heard a voice asking a question. There must be another here, Asesino thought. Was that good, or bad? Asesino didn't wish to get into a fight, so she supposed things would be fine... As long as this new person didn't start a fight, of course.
And with that, Asesino opened her eyes and walked through the last set of doors.

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Cybil would smile gently and then lick her lips as she moved to take the seat the Empress offered. Head count the lady had asked, the amount of animals she had rid the earth of while she was not by the woman's side."I suppose, around ninety or so my Lady." Cybil would reply in a cool and rather proud tone, as she lifted her hand up to adjust her mask that had become slightly lopsided when she moved to take a seat.

"I trust, you have been well though My Lady. At least this is my hope."Cybil would turn to look at the dark woman, whose aura of shadow and darkness was so strong even the crow demon could not compare." I am surprised none of the others are here My Lady. It displeases me greatly to see you and~" She would pause as her ears perked up upon hearing the sound of the Main Doors opening. There a woman would be, with relatively short hair walking quite lightly towards both her and her Lady.

"Hello Asesino" Cybil would say before flashing the female a small grin.

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Asesino looked up at the woman who spoke. She knew she wasn't the Empress, but didn't bother wondering how she knew her name. Asesino nodded, her dark eyes taking in the large room. The tiles, the patterns, the doors (exits?), the few others in the room... She took it in quickly before looking back at the Empress and the woman who had spoke. Asesino gave them both a deep bow, before closing her eyes and bowing her head as she spoke.
"Hello, m'lady, and your Majesty... I heard your call, and I came." Asesino told them, not looking up. She heard the sounds of wind, rushing through the areas outside the castle. She heard the breathing of the demons, monsters, and various beasts in the castle. She looked back up at the Empress. "Is there anything your Majesty needs before I find where I may stay?" Asesino asked.

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"Ninety? Huh." She gave no emotive response as to whether this was approved of or not. More or less, she simply wanted to know before the packs came to her for answers. Knowledge was the ultimate power. She continued to listen to her fellow sister until Cybil stopped short to view the newcomer. This was a fresh face, a child amongst thier ranks. Apparently Cybil knew her, or at the very least, knew of her. Asesino, what a curious name.

The young...demon, yes, demon, came to present herself before the Empress. First impressions were crucial in this place, particularly those of this dark mistress. She was wise enough to make her obesiance in the form of a bow. Must not come from a time and place where women are supposed to be pretty and make curtsies, the sort that were always interesting. Feisty, if you will.

"Asesino, is it?" She lifted an eyebrow that may have been indicative of disdain. "I require nothing of you at this juncture, other than to learn more of you. I do not keep strangers at my court, and you are, currently, one of those. You heard the call, but why did you come?"

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Asesino knew she was going to have to be on her toes from the moment she first entered, but so far she knew the best idea was to be honest. After all, she really didn't want to get eaten. Or maimed. Or otherwise injured. Not without reason, at least. Asesino nodded as she replied to the Empress. "I came because I have no wish to be hunted by humans. While I could simply destroy them as they find me, I thought it would be better for me to venture into your realm... I have heard this is a place things like me can stay in relative safety." Asesino said, as honestly as possible.

Asesino found herself breathing deeply, breathing in the smells of the palace. The strange part was that she couldn't smell anything that told her anything... It was like there was nothing to smell, or her abilities weren't working. Asesino mentally chided herself. Of course it wasn't working, she still had her eyes open. Asesino sighed, mentally shaking the thought from her head. If worst came to worst she supposed she could try to escape... Though she really didn't want to get into a fight so quickly. Later, maybe.

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Re: [OOC] The Court of Darkness

I'm definitely intrigued, but I'm curious in what direction you foresee this going? Are we all trying to outmaneuver each other at the kingdom level, in which case our entire kindgoms need to be explained and made finite, or is this more of a 'put some characters in a scene and see what happens' kind of thing?

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I edited the character and all, so she should be good to go... Unless I need to fix something else, haha XD

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No worries, I made a boy too! He'll make his debut soon! :)

Even if you can't find a pic Justice, a good descrip always works. Check out that link I posted for Epilogue, good stuff to be found there.

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Whoops, I forgot XD I'll go looking, then XD Might be hard to find a good real pic of her demon though.... And yeah, we do have a lot of female characters... XD

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We need more testosterone in her. Hopefully people make some guy characters.XD Too much estrogen.
Meaning I might make a guy ;D

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Before I approve of your new char Justice, can you please, pretty please find a different picture? *points to the third post in this thread* I'd prefer no anime shots, simply because the other characters are not. I just can't wrap my head around a room filled with people in 3D and then an anime character walks in....in 2D.....weirdness. Other than that the character is fine.

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Thanks~ I'll have her up some time tomorrow, at the latest XD

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Go for it. We are small time right now, so I don't see why not. :)

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Ok, I'm expecting a no for this, but are we allowed to make more then one character? Mostly because this is kind of empty right now, but also because I have an idea for one... Of course, I wouldn't start going crazy and creating a million characters XD Like I said, though, I'm expecting a no XD

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This is going to be fun.... -Very large, evil smile- XD

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Right on, Justice. Well, I might be too busy today to get a post up to get us rolling, but kick off could be tomorrow. The setting isn't so restricted that characters can't come and go, so getting started with just a few would be nice at first. :)

Re: [OOC] The Court of Darkness

I'll go looking, then XD Also, and I might have asked this already but I can't remember, when do we start? I mean, obviously we'll want a few more people but how many? XD
Edit: Found one off Google XD It's decent enough XD

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Pictures are definitely not a requirement. Just provide a good description. Also, there's a fabulous online gallery called Epilogue. It's all fantasy/sci-fi/horror art. You may find a picture you like on there. :) http://www.epilogue.net

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Sounds very promising, and a very good idea. I will have to put something up soon today~ Also, since you said no anime pictures, do we need pictures? I've always felt strange picking pictures of real people off the internet, and would rather not, but will if you want me to. Any dark/evil creature.... Sounds fun -evil smile-

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I will be making a character shortly. This sounds extremely promising.

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You may include anything that you might want. I would prefer no anime pictures, thank you for reminding me. I'll post that on the rules. They can come in any form they wish, and you may include pictures for those forms. Obviously said forms would have to be small enough to fit inside the castle and move through the doorways, which are designed to accomodate several humans but nothing too gargantuan. They can bring their own attendants, so long as those attendants behave themselves, and you don't bring too many. Make sure your entourage is proportionate to your character's rank. If you wish to specify magic that's cool.

I will be using whatever information that is put in your profiles to pull each character into the storyline, so keep that in mind. And let's just say whatever you don't want the Empress to know, don't put in your profiles. She's darn near close to being all-seeing. :P

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Any kind of information you want us to include in our bio? Pictures? (anime/real/drawn?) Should they have both a human and demon form (if what ever race they are includes such) or is the empress's power great enough to confine them to smaller vessles? Can they bring servants of their own or are they lone guests while in the realm? Should we include what kind of magic they use if any?

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Greetings all! The Court of Darkness is still under construction, as it were, but we are accepting applications prior to beginning the game. It'll just be a few days so I can put the final touches on the boards and so on. My suggestion would be to take the time to cultivate your character and get a feel for the setting. And of course, talk on here to get the idea juices going. :)