Swords Beneath the Starlight

Swords Beneath the Starlight
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Swords Beneath the Starlight
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In a land long shattered,
a realm forgotten by the gods,
will the light of hope be rekindled?
Or will the flames fall to ash?

Welcome to Swords Beneath the Starlight! This is a play-by-post forum game based on the Fire Emblem franchise and using the bay12 Fire Emblem forum game ruleset as a source of inspiration (though I plan on deviating in certain areas, especially the class system). In this game, you will be playing as one of a band of refugees brought together by circumstance, a band of nobodies thrust onto center stage by the machinations of fate. Will you bring hope back to your despairing homeland? Or will you watch as the last light is consumed by the dark?

For those unfamiliar, Fire Emblem is a series of turn-based tactical role playing games centered on unique units with unique strengths and weaknesses and a permadeath system. In this system, each player will control their own individual unit rather than having one person run the whole show. There will be battles, and between the battles there will be an opportunity for the story to advance, along with your characters. Unlike in the Fire Emblem series, there will be no singular main character around whom the whole world turns. Your characters and their collective choices will determine the fate of the realm, for better or for worse.

This will be my first time running this sort of thing, so I'll be looking for active feedback in order to make adjustments as we go along. I thank you in advance for being understanding!

If you're still here, I imagine you're interested in how character creation works! Below I will list the classes available to your character, along with an application guideline in order to get started. Let's begin!

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BASIC LORE NOTES

A series of magical and technological breakthroughs within the Revotrian Republic have created a new god: Progress. His worshipers have embraced the idea that his mighty word must be spread to all corners of the world, that all lands will be beautified by his gentle touch. The Republic is a coastal nation, neighbored by the fractured polities of the Ilyun League - a cluster of agrarian fiefdoms, peasant-republics and city-states incapable of getting along for any goal but to hold off foreign incursion. The Revotrians have looked their way before and always failed. This time, though, they have Progress on their side.

The word of the Revotrian governorship is clear: These lands must be liberated from the backwards traditionalists who would shackle themselves to the past, and beyond that, from the Laguz. "Beastmen," says the Revotrian Consul, "are incapable of moving beyond their ties to the past. It is tragic, but they cannot be trusted to govern themselves." The Laguz make up less than ten percent of the Ilyun population, sticking to the dwindling forests and mountains, and to the Wilds beyond, but they dominate the headlines of the Revotran press. And so they march.

The Ilyun Federation has collapsed. The center of the federation command, Achaim, has been claimed. All is lost.

You are a refugee. Be you an Ilyun running from conquest, a Laguz who flees enslavement, or a Revotrian who understands the monsetrousness of their nations acts, you flee the advancing wall of steel.

All you can do is flee - flee, and hope that something better, someplace better, waits beyond the horizon.

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RE: Swords Beneath the Starlight
NAME: Sunny Newvale

APPEARANCE: Sunny's skin is a dark tan in color, her face and shoulders covered in a heavy spattering of freckles. She has bright golden eyes and the hair to match, long and wavy. Tall and thin, Sunny has the appearance of somebody who spends their time asleep on the beach rather than hitting the books. Sunny likes to keep a smile and an upbeat attitude to match her name. She typically wears a long black skirt and a dark emerald crop top, with a sheer black shawl over top. She also has heavy boots and a pair of fingerless gloves.

TRAINEE CLASS: Scholar

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?: Yustava, one of the dedicated 'holy cities' within the Republic.

BIOGRAPHY: Progress, the god of advancement, of development, of growth. All things Sunny valued, all things she supported the Revotrian cause for.

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RE: Swords Beneath the Starlight
NAME: Barnabas Vere

APPEARANCE: Long, greasy black hair, and pale, rough skin, clearly more of a night owl kind of dude. Pretty good looking, in a rough, if he cleaned up and had a bath kind of way, a short scruffy beard and slightly crooked nose and haggard grey eyes. He's about 6' 2, and wears worn clothing, that probably was a decent set of traveller's clothing once, but is on the very end of keeping itself together with holes in his cotton-grey vest, frayed brown trousers and bare sandals. His grey cloak is the most held together item, looking like it was made from several tough hides and pelts, and warm looking, if smelly smelling. He keeps his expression neutral and suspicious normally, but keeps a strong bearing if talked to, pulling himself to a more proud stance and posture and a slightly haughty tone. Has a large, long-healed set of scars down the left side of his face, crossing his eye which is slightly squinty but still functional.

TRAINEE CLASS: Beast Laguz - Wolf

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?: The mountain-spattered woodlands of Travai.

BIOGRAPHY: BIOGRAPHY: Barnabas was raised to be proud of himself. You always have to have pride, even when you're down in the dirt, you need to hold onto something. His tribe, the Vere tribe, wandered the territories of Travai, spreading the word of inner lands and tribes amongst the general region, and spoke with and kept up relations with the homes of the Bird Laguz that lived on the upper levels of the lone mountains, collecting information from the bird tribes and their networks to spread amongst the more localised and cut-off beast tribes that populated the woods.

They were one of several smaller tribes, or basically large families, that had free, or at least recognised with permission, passage through other territories, and would help do business with moving goods from the bird tribes to beast tribes, and dealing/trading with outsiders, either humans or other entities be it Laguz that for some reason lived isolated or so on.

They also have the important responsibility, alongside some of the other small wandering families, of spreading word of danger or threats to the Laguz as a whole, at least on the ground. Obviously bird Laguz are superior for rapid transfer of information, but these families of which Barnabas is part of would be speakers on the ground and assist in any diplomacy or verification. Basically these several large families had the roles of easing relationships and keeping the Laguz, at least the beast Laguz, tribes operating smoothly as neighbours and a larger entity.

Barnabas wasn't so hot at this unfortunately. He was a little too proud from an early age, seeing his family's responsibilities as more important than that of any single stationary tribes duties or respecting and caring for old sites and maintaining old wisdom and ways. He was taught a lesson one day for speaking too out of turn, and wears the scar to this day. The remains of a brutal wound from an enforcer of a tribe of Bear-laguz, a set of scars from a claw tearing past and over his left eye. His family told him to consider himself lucky that the enforcer hadn't gone deeper and taken the eye itself, and that it would remind him to respect his neighbours. Took a while for emotions on that to settle and for him to learn from it.

Anyway, humility achievement unlocked, Barnabas took some time to A. realise who he could and couldn't take in a fight and how not to get wrecked like a fool, that was a big one. And B. Not be a little punk teenage turd, and y'know, actually take on and be worthy of trusting with the responsibility of talking with and getting along with different tribes and people. Unfortunately, still in the process of growing as a person, now a young adult, the world decided to throw a wrench at the process by a bunch of insane humans who thought Laguz apparently couldn't be left to their own devices despite, you know, centuries of them doing okay for themselves thanks very much.

Travai was one of the larger group-lands of Laguz, holding a high number of clans, so maybe that's why they were targeted soon after the fall of the Illyun federation. The Vere tribe suspected it was more a matter of resources, wood and ore. It was a hard duty, the Vere tribe heard the news of the fall of the Illyun federation from the bird tribes first, and so had to spread the word and attempt to call a meeting of families of Travai, to band together and see if this was a fight to buy time, to survive or just so that some could flee.

The final decision was that, the adults and some of the oldest, would remain, to see to it that guerrilla tactics could be used to slow down the desecration of their lands, and to do their best to try and care for and maintain their holy places in secret and with minimal people. The rest, being some other elders and the younger adults, would try to escape and flee to other lands and survive, to carry on knowledge and history and pass it on.

That... Had some mixed results. Barnabas, unfortunately, was part of a splinter group. Two elders, a mother and her two children, and himself. Those that were fleeing had picked out locations in the outer neighboring territories to try to flee to and meet up in, and break apart into smaller, less notable groups. And one night, when Barnabas was returning from hunting, he found that his group had been captured in the interim.

He tracked the party for a while that had captured them, but after nearly getting noticed and attacked himself, he bit back the shame and split off to make his own way, lost and alone for one of the first times in his life, and in never such dire straits. Pride seems hard to keep in these times, as one struggles to avoid notice and scavenge food for silent meals as he hopes that other Laguz have made it to freedom to reunite with one day, yet fears facing the shame of meeting them alone. Either way, he can't see himself lasting much longer alone anyway.
"Don't get me started on Henchmen."
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RE: Swords Beneath the Starlight
NAME: Airitech mac Tíre

APPEARANCE: Some gruff, vaguely late twenty-something dude. He is grey-haired and blue-eyed, with a lupine slant. He has a shitty facial hair is way beyond stubble but not quite enough to be a true beard. His arms are decorated with vaguely tribal-like markings, the sign of his hybrid nature.

Airitech dresses pragmatically. He is never seen without his headband (which almost covers his eyes) and his wolfskin cape.

TRAINEE CLASS: Scout

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?: Ossory, a backwater kingdom and (former) member of the lyun Federation. The terrain is predominantly wetlands (bogs) and forests. The kingdom was founded by a semi-mythical wolf Laguz and his kin. While no wolf Laguz (or any Laguz for that matter) exists in Ossory as of current era, his legacy lives in his descendants, as there is not-insignificant percentage of Branded among the population.

Ossory has been conquered by Revotrian Republic not-so-recently. While a good portion of Ossory has been converted to Revotrian tastes (read: fantasy-gentrified), there has been rumors of a rebel-group existing in the still-untamed wilds.

BIOGRAPHY: In the past, Airitech was a mere peasant. The work was thankless and paid little, and Airitech was compelled to poach the hunting grounds of his lord. Eventually, he was caught red-handed but his Branded nature was revealed to all. The lord, seeing usefulness in his supernatural nature, elevated Airitech to the position of militia leader and all that training that entails.

Airitech participated in many skirmishes. The senseless violence and the number of deaths in these skirmishes had instill in Airitech a dismal outlook on life and a contempt for those in power.

The Revotrian Republic came rolling in. Airitech threw in his lot with the invasion force, viewing their incursion as a hope for better life. Ossory fell without a problem but Airitech realized the Republic will not keep their promises. His people were without homes; the luckier ones shoved into poor-quality communities, out of sight and out of mind. Airitech was incredibly upset. He made a vow to the moon, he will fight the Revotrian Republic until his people are allowed to choose their own destinies.

Thus, Airitech became a lone wanderer, committing vigilantism whenever he could. He has been at this for a while. While the natural longevity of the Branded helped, Airitech wished there was some way he could make an impact beyond time and small-scale heroics...
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RE: Swords Beneath the Starlight
NAME: Mazelina Mühle

APPEARANCE: What would you imagine an agent of the Goddess of Creation to look like? Whatever one answers is wrong, because the agent looks like Mazelina. Towering and statuesque, many might think Mazelina beautiful. If you ask her, she supposes she is, and very much chalks it up to a blessing by her Goddess. Her skin (bless Her for making it strong) is as pale as snow. Her eyes (Bless Her for letting them see) are a vibrant green. Her hair (bless Her for making it full) is straight, dark, and silky, draping past her shoulders. Her body (bless Her for its health) is full-figured, often hidden beneath her robes. Modesty isn't necessary, but it helps worshipers focus, and nothing matters more than the Goddess. (Bless her for all the lives she helped build.)

CLASS: ACOLYTE

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?: Hadleigh, was a small kingship in the Ilyun League. The Lord's castle was the most massive structure in the town, rich and impressive, but Mazelina would insist that the church itself was the place to be. While the church might have pale in comparison to the Lord's home, it made up for that with its brightly coloured glass, pure white bricks, and bell tower. The rest of the town was full of sturdy buildings, though most were ultimately unimpressive compared to the two standout buildings. The farmers would have their markets every other morning, and the town square was often full of life, celebration, and the laughter of children. (Bless Her for letting them have that joy, however fleeting it proved.)

BIOGRAPHY: Mazelina was born to a father and mother who believed they would never conceive. Thus, she was deemed a miracle baby of sorts, and her parents fawned after her accordingly. Her father (Mikkos) was the Deacon of the church in town, while her mother (Olleta) was a school teacher before leaving her job to raise her daughter. Growing up, little Mazelina was educated privately, though she didn't want for friends. The church had plenty of children her age running around, and her father made sure she knew the word of the Goddess of Creation.

The Goddess was (is) good incarnate, and Mazelina grew up loving her like she were her dearest friend. Often, her parents would catch the girl whispering to the intangible deity, giggling at a joke no one else could hear. It's one she made up herself, of course, but that made it no less funny. The Goddess is a being of all forms of creation, and the church would worship her by building monuments, sculpting statues, painting...Mazelina knows many arts as a result, and considers them all to be a passion. (Bless Her for these hands she was given to express herself.) She grew up educating herself among the church until the day finally came for her to join the ranks as a proper Initiate. It was the happiest day of Mazelina's adult life.

Of course, the opposite force of creation is destruction. It's only natural for it to seek out that which it mirrors, and only a month ago, Hadleigh was sieged by the Republic. The castle was taken. The church was destroyed. Mazelina lost all she knew, and her parents are unaccounted for. Given the chance to live, Mazelina fled, taking her hiding spot as a sign from the Goddess that she had more to do than try to heal the corpses of her fallen townsfolk-- though she still attempted this. (Bless her for taking all that they worked to create. There must be a reason for it. There had to be a reason.)

Now, she travels, bringing the word of hope and the Goddess to all she encounters...even if it's a hollow word she's faking until it becomes real again.
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RE: Swords Beneath the Starlight
NAME:  Milo Carter

APPEARANCE:  Milo is a young man somewhere in his early to mid twenties, with the slim but athletic build.  His blonde hair, while short, is starting to grow out a little and he struggles to keep it looking neat and proper.  Similarly he does his best to keep shaven but clearly lacks the personal skill to get rid of the fine stubble that is constantly gracing his face without the occasional cut.

While generally affable, especially with those from similar class backgrounds, Milo seems generally tired - more mentally and emotionally than physically.  He's usually slouching and sullen by himself, though when something sudden happens or anyone addresses him formally he immediately stiffens up and becomes notably sterner.  Tolerant of most races and creeds, he doesn't tend to ever speak of his own personal beliefs.

He is usually wearing or maintaining a suit of fairly generic light armour: a breastplate, greaves, gauntlets, and a helmet, with light leather gambeson underneath to protect where the metal doesn't.  The armour is patchwork at this point, repaired numerous times since both before and Milo joined the group.  It's vaguely familiar to most, and he's clearly gone to some effort to remove any distinguishing signs; insignias scratched and worn away, badges torn off, and even the colouring scrubbed to a plain grey.  Outside of his armour, he wears the gambeson over a cloth tunic, with heavy boots and gloves.  The only part of his attire that doesn't scream soldier is a worn but significantly more lovingly maintained cloak that he wears in times of cold or bad weather.

Between the armour and attitude rumours abound about him wherever he goes, generally negative.  An Ilyun deserter too afraid to stand up for his homeland, a dangerous Laguz hiding in Man's attire, a Revotrian spy just waiting for the right moment to spring a trap.  None of them are quite true.  Some can look and know the actual truth.

TRAINEE CLASS:  Lancer

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?:  Revotria's bustling capital, more specifically Gallows Way.  The Gallows is one of the city's many slums and, thanks to its namesake, a place of increasing political importance as the Republic expands and becomes more and more despotic.

BIOGRAPHY: 
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Tl;dr:  Restovian zealot turned deserter after he couldn't take his own people's ruthlessness and hypocrisy anymore, ran far far away after snapping and helping to get his squad killed and letting the heirs of Achaim escape.

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RE: Swords Beneath the Starlight
NAME: Saya z Beybek

APPEARANCE: Saya is an androgynous, golden-haired youth with large brown wings. They have honey-colored eyes and sharp facial features. They are slender with a runner's physique, and are 5'6" tall (not counting wings). Saya is fond of scarves, and are rarely without one. They wear earth-tone tunics and trousers, light and well-suited to flying, and on fighting occasions, leather armor. Saya has a silver circlet and two small bracelets around their wrists.

TRAINEE CLASS: Laguz (Hawk)

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?: Azutai, the holy mountains of the bird-Laguz situated near the forests of Travai.

BIOGRAPHY: Saya is the heir to a tribal band, a position earned through much grit and determination. As the child of chief Beybek, all eyes were on them to prove themselves worthy to be their mother's successor. They have trained in combat, leadership, and song, and won the respect of their peers through a series of contests held when old Beybek announced her successor. And it was not a moment too soon.

The Hawks had always wandered, serving as traveling minstrels, merchants, and messengers for the other Laguz. Saya themself has been as far as the human-dominated regions of the Ilyun league, at least before the war. Now, they can only reminisce about those peaceful days past. A small trade-band of the tribe had been exchanging rare herbs with the humans for metalwork when the news came - the League was under attack. The Revotrian Republic was approaching fast, and had already taken the heartland of the federation, and would soon be there as well.

Saya decided that the would not allow this to happen. For weeks, they scouted the enemy lines, trying to figure out how to disrupt the invasion. They soon realized that it was an impossible task. The hawks fled, first to allied Laguz territories. They aided evacuations and fought as guerillas, trying to delay the slavers as much as possible. Saya lost good friends in that fight. When their strength was spent, Saya ordered the retreat to Azutai. The band would stand with the rest of the tribe and defend the Holy Mountain from the invaders.

Despite the passion of the defenders, they could not stand against an army. After a disastrous counter-assault, Beybek called together the remaining chiefs. They decided together that they would have to abandon the Holy Mountain. Azutai would fall. The strongest warriors would have to hold out and delay the invaders as long as possible so the rest of the tribe could flee. Saya wanted to join the fight, but Beybek refused. She told them that they were needed elsewhere; they had to lead the tribe to safety.

And so, Saya fled, leading the tribe members who couldn't fight out and away from the invasion. They cried bitter tears at abandoning their homeland, but nothing could be done. A few days later, they found more refugees, Laguz and human, and decided to travel together. Saya went on ranging missions to find the safest path ahead and also see if any of the warriors had returned alive from the final fight at Azutai. They still refuse to claim the title of Chief, believing that their mother still lives.

On the most recent scouting mission, however...
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RE: Swords Beneath the Starlight
NAME:  Baylee Hicks
APPEARANCE: Short and stocky! Shes chubby but Built, Messy braided Dark blond hair! Wears a lot of plaid and leathers.
TRAINEE CLASS: Journeyman
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?: The League, Ceyswe Grove. A small little farming community on the frontier that's under Lady Eleanor Cunningham the 3rd. A woman who was kept pleased with many niceties because if she wasn't there would be unrest and anger.
BIOGRAPHY:
Baylee was born into her village and spent most of her childhood learning the ways of her family and father under the dangerous logging business. She also was able to learn carpentry as well, as that tends to go well when you have access to wood and lumber. She had a few siblings as well, an older brother who had his head in the clouds and left to be knighted. One day the letters home stopped coming. The family firmly believes he's alive but unable to write anymore, and believes he'll be back to visit. A younger sister who found her true love early apparently and married off. And a final younger sister, who was smart as a whip and was praised across town. Everyone in the village pitched in to send her off to a fancy school called Landcaster some where or other.

Baylee was all happy for them and wished them well, knowing her own happiness came with this work and her village. Her Carpentry work was praised and requested all along the village and nothing could beat the look of a couple of parents who just got a Baylee special crib for their newborn. Many joke that its a wonder she can make such quality works with her burly arms and rough hands, but she gruffly remarks back that the wood needs to come from somewhere and furniture isn't exactly the lightest thing around. None would argue at that. There have been rumors around town that she could fell a tree with three strokes of a recently sharpened axe and she was happy to let them just think that cause there might be some truth to it, who knows!

She's never strayed too far from Ceyswe, Maybe the farthest shes ever been was the next village over. She enjoyed that life and never felt the need to go anywhere or do something grand. This Ceyswe Grove was where she was born and where she was when this all started happening.
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RE: Swords Beneath the Starlight
Signups will close TOMORROW at FIVE PM PST!!! I'll accept any apps posted within a day of that, but after that there's no guarantee. I might open up more signups down the line.
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