Vessel of the gods: A space-fantasy exploration roleplay
Hello all! I’ve returned with another idea, if anyone would want to give it a shot.
In Vessel of the gods, you guys would be exploring sectors of space within a high-magic fantasy setting. With your vessel at ready and nowhere to go but onward, the ultimate freedom awaits the people of the New Heaven Monastery-Ship.
Thousands of years have past since the old world passed away. During the death throws of the old World of Dust, when water was scarce and starvation was plenty, a strange force visited the world; the Born of the Void, the dust-worlder’s salvation. Coming on arcane wings of magic with a vessel that defied gravity, light and plied the stars in the sky, they took in the dying dust-folk, and built them a tiny living replica of their once glorious world. The Sphere, as it were named, would bring about an exodus from the World of Dust and enter them into a new dispensation; The New Heaven.
Those Born of Void visited, guided, and trained the dustfolk on the endless voyage, and then disappeared entirely from new heaven. Decades passed.
The Dustfolk began to run short of food and water, and fearing the worst, applied their limited knowledge of the vessel to steal control and gain access to the ships ability to establish portals. The Born of the Void have not been heard of since, and for all the time the Monks of the New Heaven have studied the vessel, all they know about parts aside from the sphere is that lethal amounts of alien, arcane energy pervade the air in other corridors.
In the last few years, something has been ‘wrong’ with your vessel. The nights are longer, the days colder, and the plants that provide air for new heaven’s denizens are starting to fade and die. Grand Master Typhera, the divinely elected captain and prophet who claims to speak to the ship itself, has not but a few weeks ago sent out an announcement, just as panic started to set in. Typhera explained that in the top level of administration over the ship, there has been a mutiny; Arhibin, who used to be Typhera’s topmost advisor and friend, has led a rebellion against new heaven and their mission to find the “Promised Land”... And in doing so, used his advanced arcane knowledge of the vessel to magically tear loose parts of the ship and send them through space to an unknown location. How he did this or where they went is unknown to Typhera, but the monastery believes strongly that this is the cause of the ship’s recent malfunctions. The monastery does know where Arhibin and his rebels escaped to after the mutiny was squashed; a nearby planet, of which all that is known is that there is clean air and a layer of smog preventing all visibility from space to the surface. Typhera has mobilized all able denizens aboard New Heaven to find and retrieve Arhibin alive, so to learn the location of the stolen parts.
Sectors, and our characters
Beside the various races that come from the World of Dust (an ordinary-race-themed desert world), the New Heaven travels to new worlds all the time, recruits the gifted the monks believe they can train from any world, to replace an slowly shrinking crew of descendants of the Dust-folk.
I intend to keep this RP open to new players in batches; Their will be certain times new players may introduce themselves according to the sector where our ship is IC. During this time, I’ll have ‘recommended worlds’ for player to say is their world of origin, or if players prefer, they can also make one up.
The New Heaven has been to many worlds and all our characters are assumed to be from worlds we visited prior to the start of the RP, or possibly native to the ship. Before we get into making characters and instead of making the worlds we’ve already been to myself, I’d like to get your input to make planets we have visited already, so you can have exactly the sorts of character you want.
Some things to bear in mind about the setting if you invent a world:
1: Magic is everywhere.
2: Space is hard to traverse, and not very many organizations know how to do so.
3: This is still a true fantasy setting; we are just concerned with space in this RP.
We can discuss that on this thread, and I’ll keep an up-to-date entry on each planet we make together. I’d like to work on that for a good three days to a week before we start, so just launch any ideas my way and I’ll help you make it work as a planet.
Thank you for reading this! Please let me know what you think.