Two Steps From Hell

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Introduction



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ImageThe Earth is no longer the one we know. After many years of nuclear war, the Earth is nothing more but a mass of wastelands and uninhabitable terrain. There are many towns, groups, and colonies of humans all over the remaining landscapes, but the largest and most habitable is the city of Terra Nova.

Around 7 billion people currently inhabit the city, but morality to birth rate is dangerously low, and people no longer have much will to live. Every day life is spent by simply trying to survive. They help build buildings, grow and hunt food, make clothing. No one holds a job any longer, and money hasn't been heard of in almost a hundred years.

Another section of the earth has turned into a fiery wasteland filled with lava, volcanoes, and pits full of poisonous gasses. Another humanoid species came to life there, in the pits of nuclear waste and toxic fumes. They are known as Demons. They look mostly human, but each have animal-like attributes, can survive in the hazardous wastelands, and are able to shape-shift into forms more like their animal attributes. They also have abilities that heighten their senses, speed, and give them healing abilities, allowing them faster recovery time and the ability to hear from small wounds almost instantaneously. While demons have human origins, they are no longer considered that. Originally, they were shunned and ostracized by humans, but were eventually accepted. While most Demons prefer to stay in the harsh environment, some have begun to mingle with the humans, and some have even had children together.

ImageLife is somewhat steady, and some people are even happy. But there is danger lurking around every corner, and the realm of man has become intertwined with the realm of magic and spirits.

Sixty years ago a prophecy was made, saying eight children born of the elements and the animals would be born, and those children were the ones to vanquish the shadows. At the time, no one knew what it meant.

But eight children have been born, four human females, and four demon males, each born with an intricate birthmark on the backs of their necks. The mark symbolizes their bond with one of the four elements, Fire, Earth, Air, and Water. All four of the males and three of the females have been raised in the same building. The three females have grown up together, and know one another well. The four males have done the same. But the female of Earth was never found, and for our story to start, she must be found.







ImageThe powers of the eight children stem directly from the elements themselves. Let's talk about the females first. They are all human, and there is one for each element. However, they have no control over their elements at all. The only reason for their existence is to draw upon the raw power of their element, bring it into their bodies, and give it to their partner. The demons cannot do this without the aid of their partner. That being said, the females are a sort of catalyst between the element and demon. They each do have one rather important ability. They can all heal wounds.

The way they use their abilities is through song. They all have five songs that they each sing. Two to gather power into themselves, two to transfer it to their partner, and one to heal. The reason they have four power songs is because their Demon partners each have three forms. Their normal selves, a secondary form where they gain more attributes and features of their respective element and animal, and a third and final form where they become a complete version of the animal.

Think of the songs from Ar tonelico. The female not only sings the song, but can project the music for anyone around her to hear. Another thing: the transformation the demon goes through lasts only as long as the girl is singing. When she reaches the end of the song, she can choose to start over or stop. If she starts over, the demon's power continues. If she stops, he'll revert back to normal.

ImageNow to talk about the Demons. They each have some sort of physical trait that ties them to a specific animal. What this animal is, is completely up to you. But please make sure it makes sense. I don't want a lion as the form of the Water Demon. In their secondary form, you can choose how much of the progression you would like to make into their animal form, I'm not picky. One thing that must be clear: The females must be very careful about how much power they give to their partners at once, as well as the partner must be careful about how much power he tries to take. If he takes or receives too much, he will die. The demon's bodies were not made to hold that type of power for a long amount of time, so it wreaks havoc on their systems.

In their basic form, they have some minor control over their elements. In their secondary form, they have much more control, but cannot do something major, like shift a land mass seven times their size, or make more than two volcanoes erupt at the same time. But in their third and final form, they each have total mastery of their element. But there is a major downside. Their final form not only puts such a strain on their body that they can only stay in that form for five minuets, but they also go comatose for up to two days, recovering. It also puts a major strain on their partners as well, due to the amount of power they have to take into themselves before they give it to their demons.







ImageAll seven of the children, aside from the Earth Female, were raised by a man they call the Master. An old, very powerful. and very wise man, he has lived a long time, and knows many things about this world. He knows how to harness the power of the world through songs, and how to command each element. However, his age has begun to catch up to him, and his power has waned. So, he has taught the seven he found, in the ways of old, so that they may take up his challenge, and perhaps succeed where he has failed.

He has knowledge in a great many areas, such as magic, song, science, and alchemy. He will sometimes relay this information to his students through the necklaces he gave them. The only one who cannot do this is the Earth Female, as she was raised apart from the others.

The Master is an NPC who can be played by all of us. From time to time, he can give the seven his advice and guidance. [Think of it as professor Oak in the Pokemon games. Only not annoying.]



















ImageThere is an evil that has spread over this land from the time of its very beginning. While it comes in many different forms and likes to spread its chaos all over, perhaps the form it is most often recognized as is the form of a shadowy wolf. Darkness is his main weapon, but he also uses fear, pain, loss, anything negative, he can manipulate as well.

Shadow is a fully playable character, but please understand that I want a lot of depth for him. Therefore you may not be accepted even if you reserved the character.







Characters

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Human Female - Fire
Taken by The Lucid Serpent

Demon Male [Ishida] - Fire
Taken by Naga's Shadow

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Human Female [Fey-Thea Leguardia] - Water
Taken by LazuliMetempsycosis

Demon Male [Asora Gaisu] - Water
Taken by Karthas077

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Human Femaleb [Nagari] - Earth
Taken by Naga's Shadow

Demon Male - Earth
Open

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Human Female [Arya Swann] - Air
Taken by Jynxii

Demon Male [Matteo Karugame] - Air
Taken by JokerofSpades

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The Master
NPC

Shadow
Taken by Kuroe


[Credit for Skeleton goes to Jakuri-chan, who was kind and awesome enough to let me use it]
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^Please, respect my word. I am the GM.
a. Please respect the Word of The Lucid Serpent as well. She is the Co-GM.

^Please follow the character skeleton provided. You may add to it or make it fancy, but you MAY NOT REMOVE ANYTHING.

^Please reserve your character in the OOC before submitting a character.

^Please do not fight with anyone via IC or OOC. If you have a problem, take it to the PMs to solve it. If further issues arise, bring it to myself or one of my Co-GM's, but still keep it PM. I don't want any drama that is unrelated to the role play within the elements of the role play forums.

^Please post once every three days. If you cannot post within that time, please let either myself or a Co-GM know via PM, or everyone via the OOC.

^Please do not post any OOC content in the IC forum.

^Please keep your posts a minimum of 400 words.

^Please use proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc. Throw it in Word if you have to to make sure it is done properly, but please just get it done. If you fail to show good spelling and grammar in your character sheet, do not expect to be accepted.

^Please have fun.

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Character Portrait: Fey-Thea Leguardia
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A falcon's eyes face forward.

Character Portrait: Terrus Faural
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"Strong as steel, sturdy as stone."

Character Portrait: Asora Giasu
Asora Giasu

Winter's gloom is comforting somehow, As life retreats from its rushed and frantic pace.

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The Shadow

"In love I shall hate, in joy I shall weep. In light I shall be shadow, in hope, despair. I shall be all that I am not and all that I can never be. And as this I shall spread the seed of darkness."

Character Portrait: Matteo Karugame
Matteo Karugame

"If only painting with the colours of the wind meant anything to anyone other than me."

Character Portrait: Fey-Thea Leguardia
Fey-Thea Leguardia

"To all those who have hurt me... To those who have never hurt me... I love you all."

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Character Portrait: Serenia Emylrin
Serenia Emylrin

A falcon's eyes face forward.

Character Portrait: Matteo Karugame
Matteo Karugame

"If only painting with the colours of the wind meant anything to anyone other than me."

Character Portrait: Fey-Thea Leguardia
Fey-Thea Leguardia

"To all those who have hurt me... To those who have never hurt me... I love you all."

Character Portrait: The Shadow
The Shadow

"In love I shall hate, in joy I shall weep. In light I shall be shadow, in hope, despair. I shall be all that I am not and all that I can never be. And as this I shall spread the seed of darkness."

Character Portrait: Terrus Faural
Terrus Faural

"Strong as steel, sturdy as stone."

Character Portrait: Asora Giasu
Asora Giasu

Winter's gloom is comforting somehow, As life retreats from its rushed and frantic pace.

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Character Portrait: The Shadow
The Shadow

"In love I shall hate, in joy I shall weep. In light I shall be shadow, in hope, despair. I shall be all that I am not and all that I can never be. And as this I shall spread the seed of darkness."

Character Portrait: Fey-Thea Leguardia
Fey-Thea Leguardia

"To all those who have hurt me... To those who have never hurt me... I love you all."

Character Portrait: Terrus Faural
Terrus Faural

"Strong as steel, sturdy as stone."

Character Portrait: Asora Giasu
Asora Giasu

Winter's gloom is comforting somehow, As life retreats from its rushed and frantic pace.

Character Portrait: Matteo Karugame
Matteo Karugame

"If only painting with the colours of the wind meant anything to anyone other than me."

Character Portrait: Serenia Emylrin
Serenia Emylrin

A falcon's eyes face forward.


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Re: Two Steps From Hell

I saw your RPG under the Newest Roleplays list, and i'm interested in joining your roleplay. But, i have no idea which characters are reserved or available as I can't tell on the Home/Introduction page under characters heading. They all say all the characters are available with an exception of the fire demon male, but when i went under OOC there were people already reserving characters. Would you mind telling me which characters are reserved/available or if you are all full on characters? I''m open on joining as any character you want me to. (Just not the bad guy. haha) But if you're already full on characters its ok!! I understand! [:

Thanks though! Great roleplay idea!!!

-Cindy.

Re: Two Steps From Hell

I guess I thought my presence was sort of assumed because of how recently I had submitted and finished a new character? I've been gone the last week catching up with schoolwork, but I'm sad to see this die.

Re: Two Steps From Hell

Ahh, Syd was an awesome-awesome character totally worth revival. XD I can't lie, I was a bit sad to not see him again in An Elegy in the Ashes, but the character you made for that was great too. ^-^ But yes, I hope you can find a new home for Matteo, when I get some of my roleplays going, I'll let you know about them.

Re: Two Steps From Hell

Whooop ^^
I mean, I already revived Syd once because I loved him so much, so I'm pretty sure that I will apply Matteo to another roleplay if this one doesn't run.

In truth, I quite enjoyed Misfits but... I don't know, it didn't flow or something ._.

Re: Two Steps From Hell

I'm still floating around Naga, and I'm glad to hear that you'll [hopefully] be getting a computer you can actually use. XD I've missed you on Skype! And I'm starting to get the gears moving on a Pokemon roleplay reboot! X3 I got people who'll want to join in on it, Chro, Joker and BumbleDrop, and maybe another...just need to talk to them again. XD

And I am sorry to hear that this is gonna die before it lived, but...such is the way of some roleplays. v_v Sad, but true.

And as far as Wayward goes, ooooh, yeah definitely want to get that going again. >=3 I wanna do something with my Salamander. XD

And Joker...hmm, maybe Matteo doesn't quite have to die with this roleplay. Maybe there might be a way to apply him to another roleplay...? XD I got a fantasy setting that's been on and off in the works for a while now, and he might fit into it somewhere, as I'm doing more than one roleplay set within it....

Also, I don't know about Misfits yet, I might need to think on that.

Re: Two Steps From Hell

Well, this is bittersweet
The Sweet - you're getting a computer :D
The Bitter - I liked Matteo D:

Re: Two Steps From Hell

Well.....Joker and Lucid were the only two who got back to me. Which simply tells me this is yet another roleplay to die well before it is born. Granted, my computer's untimely death did hamper a lot, but still...I would have thought the others would have been lurking, and sent me a pm, or at least let me known they were leaving.

I think it's time I went back to just writing on my own when I get an idea. Maybe I'll actually get published that way.

And don't think I'm leaving the site, Lucid. I could never leave you. I'm still waiting on that remake of pokemon. I swear, this time, we will keep it going, even if it is just you and me.

And the remake of strange and wayward. I don't want to see Alesiar die. I'm too proud of him.

Oh, and I am thinking of redoing Misfits and just opening it up to the general public, if you want to keep Shi-shi, lucid.

My mom will [hopefully] be buying a computer somtime soon, and I'll be gettting her old one, so I'll finally have a computer again. [Thank god!!]

Re: Two Steps From Hell

Well, it has been two weeks, and nothing has been going on here D:

Re: Two Steps From Hell

Ditto that Lucid. I have actually had to put this site on hold for the past few days due to many random or expected problems that have arisen
(I hadn't a clue how much of a pain getting a new laptop would be until I started transferring my crap ._.)

Anywho, I'm still here (sorta) and am pumped to see this get moving :D And Karthas, thanks or adding my new partner :3

EDIT:
I have edited my character sheet for Matteo so that now isntead of his reaction to Arya, it is for Serenia :D

Re: Two Steps From Hell

I'm still here...more or less have been lurking on the site more so than anything else, along with being lazy due to life sorta throwing me some curve balls as of late, but I am here.

Re: Two Steps From Hell

Okay, I accepted her, Karthas. Hopefully I will be able to finish Ishida up 8n the next few days. Now, if we could just take a role call, so I know all of you are still with us, and/or interested.

So, if you could all simply either post here or pm me to let me know, I would be most grateful ^^

Re: Two Steps From Hell

Submitted wind girl. Backstory is a little sparse at the moment because I'm still not really sure about certain things like the current level of functioning technology, or the population density of the city as I can only assume what is on the introduction page is a typo (The current population of the world is 7 billion, so even if the population density of Terra Nova was as bad as the slums in Mumbai, that's still a residential area the size of New Jersey, which is ignoring the fact that no single continent produces enough food to feed 7 billion mouths).

Character/personality is fleshed out though so yeah.


And just in case anyone missed it, I will gladly give up that slot if a new person wants to join.


Edit: Also, for this particular character I would /really/ like to have some established relationships with the other PC's so if Naga gives it the green light please take a look and PM me if you have any ideas.

Re: Two Steps From Hell

I'm still gonna be working on redoing Rozenn, likely I'll be back in here on Gateway in full-swing sometime Thursday in the afternoon. I just got myself an external keyboard to make typing things up for the site here easier...now I'm actually more willing to actually get around to things as opposed to before.... XD

Re: Two Steps From Hell

Unfortunately finals are in full swing for me, so until next Thursday, I'm going to be super swamped. As such, the character that I had partly drawn up is sitting in stasis, so once again, if other people want to submit something go ahead. Naga can decide things when we're ready to start.

Re: Two Steps From Hell

If no one takes the Air girl, I could make one in about a couple hours. If someone has taken her, awesome. Just let me know and I'll get right to work on her.

Re: Two Steps From Hell

It's okay. But if there's a spot left, I can take it, however, I suppose there aren't any spots left, so I guess I will be leaving in a matter of time.

Re: Two Steps From Hell

We don't have an air girl, guys. We can't start without it. And I still have to decide which earth demon to take.

Now, I kind of picked up on one of you taking the air girl? If so, I will gladly except a character sheet. I also have to finish Ishida. I have this whole weekend off work, and my parents are away, and mom left her computer, so I will have acess, so Ishida will be finished. I will also be choosing the earth demon, and hopefully deciding what to do about the air demon. I'm so sorry about all the confusion, and hopefuly this will all be cleared up within the next few days.

Questionable, you have one the spot of earth demon. Sorry, Code, but I can't wait any longer for you to finish your character sheet :/

Re: Two Steps From Hell

I feel like this got started, but then with all that's been going on, has been put on halt. :|
Sorry to hear that though Lucid.

Re: Two Steps From Hell

Sounds good. Good luck with it, Lucid! And hey, by the way, when are we gonna start roleplaying...? I don't exactly know what we're waiting on. I'm sure it's a good reason, such as everyone making final finishes to the characters. Just wondering if we know when we might begin.

Re: Two Steps From Hell

So...I'm actually going to probably wind up reduxing Rozenn here in the next few days, I just can't say that I'm quite feeling her.... ._.