Happy New Year! 2020 a tough year for so many people. We are happy to have had Estorica as a way to escape the problems of day to day life. Hopefully, 2021 will bring in better times for everyone and Estorica! That being said, what better way to start the year off than with a TOURNAMENT ARC!!!!!
The Emperor of Jade Tournament
The Emperor of Jade Tournament is a world-wide competition held sporadically and is hosted by the Patron of Battle Orca Jade. It draws renowned fighters from all around the globe, and the winner will receive a large sum of money, a noble title, and sponsorships from various tribes and clans. The winner also receives a chance to battle the patron himself, and should the challenger win, and they will take his title, wealth, and pacts, essentially making them the most powerful Patron in the known world.
Pairings will be decided on whether or not you want to be competitive or narrative in your tournament. Also, you may not kill your opponent without permission of the player. Any techniques are only allowed once per thread. For more information and further instructions click the link below for review and feel free to sign up!!
Things we have done since our last update:
We know we did not put anything out for November and so we have a ton of things to get you caught up with for December!! 2020 might have some good things in store for you yet.
What you missed in November
These are some of the things that we have started to work on and are continuing to work on until completed.
A NEW INTERACTIVE MAP IS IN THE WORKS
Tournament Arc COMING SOON!
YES! We have decided that either to end the year or to welcome the new year, we are planning a tournament arc! Details are currently being talked over amongst staff members. We will be announcing more via social media and discord as more things come together. So keep an eye out for that!
NEW SITE EVENT: Tumultuous!
New Playable Races!
We are super excited to release two new categories of races to play!
The first category is Abominations! This category includes; Anathema-the cursed species, Craft Born/ Anomolies- manufactured sentience, Horrors-many shapes, and Pariah- horned humanoids. Abominations are, in short, species of unnatural origins.
The second category is Lesser Dragons! This category includes; Wyverns, Drakes, and Wyrms, all of which are horse sized at most.
New Playable Location!
OUT OF CHARACTER EVENT!
We want to invite everyone to hangout with us on Halloween to talk about Estorica whether you plan to RP with us or not. We want to get to know everyone! We are going to host a sort of meet and greet and hopefully play some party video games with those who are interested. ALL ARE WELCOME! (must be 18 years or older still.)
Estorica is always looking for artists to commission. In August we were lucky to have these three pieces by Newsha Ghasemi completed. Newsha has done work for Dark Horse Studios, Koei Tecmo America Corp, and other studios as well. We are so thankful that she was able to work with us. Check out more of her work with the link below.
IN CHARACTER EVENTS
Out of character fun
Estorica is back!! You saw us in open beta but we are up and fully running now. We are so excited and thankful to have a great team of staff and a great starting group of members to help get the forum nice and solid.
Current Events in the land of Cavus
Plot interest check
Advertising Begins - Open Beta is here!
Estorica is a roleplaying company dedicated to providing a forum roleplay experience to our users. The company is two years old, while the most recent version of our site will be opening soon. We are providing a jcink premium platform, set in an original world influenced by different parts of the world before the 1900s. The world and its setting are backed up by a dedicated lore team. We love to answer questions about our creation, the little and large intricacies, and the limitations invented to keep things fair and balanced. We do not require character sheets to get started, as that can inhibit the creative process. We do encourage long-lasting roleplay, with connections to other plots across the entire forum. Our goal is to create something with a group of people that everyone enjoys reading and adding onto as time passes. If all of this sounds interesting, feel free to drop in at http://estorica.org and check out our living world.
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What are Birthless?
The Birthless are the oldest known beings in the entire universe. They came into existence at the same time the world had to exist in several different planets, planes, and dimensions. They are the creators of the Gods, and while not all-powerful themselves together, they can make individuals of their choice infinitely powerful.
Birthless can take any shape and can have an affinity for the different mana types. The affinity they have is determined by the place of power they last emerged from. Birthless will always more than one affinity, but some have been known to emerge from ley lines that have all 19 mana types at once. The initially appeared as balls of light, but as they learned of Mortals, they mimicked the different shapes that mortals took.
The core values of a Birthless are very loose as they are less emotionally driven than Mortals and Vagary. Often times, they go with a direct approach to solve a problem in a way that won't branch out too far, but that is only when it comes to personal issues. When they share a problem with other beings, this complicates things, and in most cases, they will simply do what the other beings want and then worry about their own desires after the other person's wishes are taken care of. This is not because they are selfless but because Birthless do not age, and mostly live forever so long as they are not killed or cut off from their place of power.
This nature has led them to follow Mortals more often than not, sometimes in secret, and sometimes for the entirety of a Mortals life, without the mortal having even known they were being watched. Mortals who have discovered the Birthless watching them have described these Birthless as obsessive and possessive of the beings they choose to observe. In some cases playing pranks, or practical jokes just to get a reaction. This is not to be vindictive, or intentionally cruel, but in some cases, they lack the ability to understand emotional responses to cruelty or pain.
Birthless ability to learn ranges from whit less to hyper-intelligent, in most cases the less intelligent Birthless are more like wild animals. In other instances the Birthless can literally rewrite their own minds to be capable of solving very complex problems. The level of intelligence is also dependant on what the birthless currently desire, rewriting its intelligence to get the best results out of the perceived objective.
Mortals have perceived Birthless in many ways, in the earlier times referring to them as wisps, spirits, ghosts, apparitions. In the more modern and educated setting, they are well researched and well known, but because they can come from different planets, and different dimensions, the depth of research into Birthless is infinite.
What are Mortals?
What are The Vagary?
Vagary are keystones that have come to life, and now seek to replenish the mana they have lost. They start off with very little intelligence, and as they gather mana their intelligence and capabilities increase. If a lesser Vagary manages to eat enough mana, then they will evolve in stages. First, they become a mid-tier Vagary, then a greater Vagary. If a Vagary gains its maximum possible amount of mana, they have three options. They will either transform into an aberration, a newly formed keystone, or they become a near-divine being known as a Manaborn.
The Manaborn and aberration are extremely dangerous and usually kill anything on sight if it isn't familiar with it. If they can get past this stage in their life, and become recognized as pillars of Kurose's kingdom, they are allowed into his ilk and are deemed mana lords.
The Vagary are a unique abomination as they do not share their origin with any species. They are unable to reproduce on their own and instead infect existing communities to grow their brood.
They are intelligent but typically take their commands from the strongest Vagary present when in a group. Their obedience will cause them to willfully end their own existence for the strongest of their kind to survive. The first Vagary originally came from clusters of mana in the Abyss, created by a tainting of mana, which gave life to a being that should never have existed . They emerged from keystones and then converted other forms of life into what they were so that they could better protect themselves.
Many Vagaries are found within the Abyss. Over the years that they have spent under the leadership of Kurose and his ilk, they have found themselves slowly expanding into more civilized cultures in secret. Due to their adamant ability to shapeshift some of them act as spies, beggars, and impersonators to gain footholds in foreign societies.
The Vagary are naturally powerful magic users, second only to the Gods, with Hybrid Sorcerers follow after them in raw magical strength. Their strength has the cost of needing to continually consume. Their mouths span from just above their slitted nostrils and travel all the way down their abdomen. They can devour whomever or whatever they want as quickly or as slowly as they desire. They have tongues that they drag across the ground for tracking ley lines and large portions of mana. The tongue contains vital organs that when damaged, are easily replaced. If removed while low on mana could paralyze the Vagary until enough ambient mana was gathered to regenerate said organs.
In some cases, Vagary will permanently alter their bodies to take more unique and specialized forms. Some people wonder if there are Vagary living in their own villages.
In some Vagary friendships pacts are made. Finbel Parrolette discovered the identity of the creatures known as Vagary and proved that they were intelligent. She would later develop the taboo art of forming a pact with a Vagary which would exchange one's sanity and nature for mana and strength.
In an extremely rare case, a Vagary could make a pact with a God, this process is uncharted territory for all beings except one. Kurose, the God Eater, is the only person to have achieved this through the process of eating the god known as Dauoin. A God Eater is a Vagary Hybrid who has eaten a God, and in doing so has become a place of power. This person can control Vagary, and turn mortals, hybrids, and birthless into Vagary via a corruptive aura, and will continue to have an insatiable hunger for divine flesh.
Vagary will live indefinitely unless their heads and tongue are removed from their bodies. This is not an easy task, and even more complicated the older the Vagary is.
Natural Mana Types
Balance: Null, Creation, Destruction, Abyssal & Earth
Justice: Light, Pure, Null, Enhancement, & Fire
Hope: Life, Light, Spirit, Creation, & Water
Elise had been chosen by the Birthless due to qualities that they had observed her portraying, and she followed that nature in vowing to help them in any way she could. The Birthless performed a pact with her, granting her the simple duty of maintaining the balance between Mortals, Gods, and Birthless. It was on this day that Dauoin feared he would not be able to protect mortals from new Gods, and Elise was forever called: the God of Balance.
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“I did not come here to fight your wars for you… I came to put a stop to them, and if that means one thousand more years of decay and suffering on the planet... to stop your tyranny ... then so be it...”
The Goddess of Mana & Balance was tasked with policing the native users of mana and enforcing fairness among all creatures so that those without access to mana would not be enslaved by those who have it.
If you were to ask a monk of Elise who she is, they would tell you that she is the savior, and the martyr, of all things. They will also tell you that she now exists outside of reach in a moment between truth and lie where she is both pariah and insider of the way of the world. This is how we all should be so that one day, when we die, we may be lucky enough to live with Elise in this space of chaos and order in all its glory and perfect harmony.
After creating the worst calamity, the world had ever known she spent thousands of years trying to right the wrong. Without mana, but also being unable to die of old age, she was punished for her crimes by gods and mortals alike up until she gained her divinity back. Which she became the only other fully powered god outside of her grandson. She took on the role of the Goddess of Paths and now directs the flow of mana, ensuring that a place like The Abyss could not spread further than it already has.
She now lives on another plane of existence impossible to reach by mortals, birthless, and vagary. This was done so that no one would ever be able to disrupt balance ever again.