Darkness Reborn, a Conquest Roleplay
Once more, Darkness had returned! Despite the disappearing players, the constant destruction from the Shadow and the one player who seemed to enjoy pointing out all my math errors (you know who you are!), the second attempt at the first Darkness reached its end thanks to a dedicated group who stuck with it right from the start! And now, Darkness Reborn has been created in the image of its predecessor, but with several notable differences. Don’t hesitate to create a nation, whether you’re new to Darkness or a returning player, a nation that will fight and die in your name, and one day even rule the world!
The land of Ravari has not known war from generations. Of course there have been the occasional conflicts over borders, ranging in scale from two patrols colliding to whole armies, but there has been no war. Instead, a strange peace has settled over Ravari. But it is only a peace that was brought about by centuries of never-ending and bloody war. Although none alive can remember it, the books and records tell of a time where the very land itself bled as the nations clashed in a chaotic cauldron of war. But those days are past, and now this uneasy peace has settled.
And yet there are those among the current nations who believe that these tales of war are simply rumours, stories to tell the children as the darkness closes in for the night, and that perhaps it is time that the armies of Ravari march to war once more…..
*Where does this tie in with the previous Darkness?: Simple answer, it doesn’t! For anyone who followed the first Darkness or who has read the final Action post, you will know that all the remaining armies of Kolnur were sucked up into giant portals along with all the creatures of the Great Shadow!
*Is the bigger army always going to win?: No. I will be the final determination for any battle, but basically remember this; it will come down to what KIND of battle you engage in. If you line up all your troops and face off on a traditional field of battle with traditional tools of war, then yes the bigger army has higher odds of victory. But if you use magic or technology to alter the scales of battle, a smaller army has a chance of emerging victorious. I will be the one who determines the outcome of the battle although I welcome the viewpoint of each player and the wider players.
*Can I be destroyed in this game?: Only with your permission. Even if another player manages to conquer your nation you can live on as refugees, rebels, or a number of other options. You won't ever be destroyed (Again, unless you want to be), you will just change form and wander until you can find another place to call home.
*How Many Traits do I Get?: 21 trait points, plus the possible two racial bonuses and Racial Traits, as well as any other extra from Racial Traits
Races: (Each Race can select 1 racial trait for free.)
Dwarves: +1 Trait for either Lesser Earth Magic or Military Traits
Humans: +1 Trait for either Military, Divine, or Necromancy Traits
Orcs: +1 Trait for either Military or Necromancy Traits
Goblins: +1 Trait for either Military or Elemental Traits
Gnomes: +1 Trait for either Illusion or Technology Traits
Elves: +1 Trait for either Elemental or Military Traits
Ogres: +1 Trait for either Military or Lesser Fire Magic Traits
You may have up to 2 races in your country, gaining the bonus traits for each. However the following list shows which races do not coexist well.
Dwarves and Ogres
Elves and Orcs
Gnomes and Goblins
National Traits (CHOOSE ONE)
Army Type (CHOOSE ONE)
Conscript Military Units
Professional Military Units
Navy Type (Requires Ship Building (CHOOSE ONE))
Flight Type (Requires Dirigibles Trait (CHOOSE ONE))
Necromancy (Cannot be taken with Divine)
Divine Magic (Cannot be taken with Necromancy)
MAIN RULE CHANGES FROM DARKNESS 1: There is two important changes from the original Darkness. With the first being the tiered system of Provinces and what it means. To put it simply, Provinces are now Village Provinces, Town Provinces or City Provinces. I will explain this in further detail below. And the second change is the players being more involved in the outcomes of fights.
HOW IT WORKS
1: Be civil to everyone, participating or not.
2: Absolutely NO godmodding.
3: Don't carry grudges from this RP out into the rest of the forum.
4: Don't get all grumpy if someone attacks you. Just attack them back.
5: I have the final say in all matters.
6: If you are going to join this, please do so confident you will not disappear for weeks on end with no notice. This is ABSOLUTLY ESSENTIAL.
7: Only one post per turn as it represents your nation’s actions. The only exception is diplomatic action as otherwise the alliance system is redundant.
8: One post per update is compulsory or else your nation does nothing and is easy prey.
9: I will aim for updates weekly as I’m sure everyone will by dying for the chance to hammer their RP rivals to oblivion.
The Nation Sheet.
Example Nation Sheet
Please feel free to sign up, whether your'e new or old, Darkness welcomes you all!
Looks good, will assemble my Nation soonish.
Looks cool, I'll have to go back and revise my Nation a bit as there are some new Traits and things I think I need to consider, also the numbers for troops has changed etc. Still, probably going to look pretty similar to my rough draft idea.
Looks like you've excelled yourself mate. One question however, can I bring back Esterwynne? Albeit lacking the dragons and other stuff and with a bigger army due to no recent Armageddon
Looking forward to seeing all your ideas!
And in answer to your question Santaire; I'd be happy to see Esterwynne, albeit a slightly altered one without dragons etc, return!
Romero have you got skype? If so have you got mine and Santaires? if yes to both questions get on line, we want a word with you.
I don't have Skype actually. But I'll get it set up when I'm back. Hope I'm not in trouble or anything :D
Don't forget to check your pms! messaged you one about my nation.
Nation Name: Green Ear Nation (aka GEN)
Chosen Colour for Nation: Green
People of Importance: Magnate Wisenheart, Mogul Grieffa, Referee Lowgut, Admiral Madfire
- 250 Conscript Infantry units / 250k
- 100 Conscript Archer units / 100k
- 40 Arquebusser units / 1k (Redcaps)
- 10 Shadow Magi units / 200 (Redcap officers)
Total army: 351,200 goblins (350k conscripts & 1200 professionals)
Navy (all w/Sailor national trait)
-50 Transport units w/extended holds
-50 Ship units
Total navy: 300 vessels (50 transports & 250 ships)
Airforce - none
@Bone2pick : I like the look of the nation, and obviously you'll be able to finish it after work. Your'e right in assuming you have more trait points, as you have 4 more to spend. And for Racial traits, I should have made it clearer but your only allowed to take 1 for each race, not all of them. Any questions, just ask away.
Nation Name: The Pale Dominion
Chosen Colour for Nation: White
People of Importance: High Warlock Urzeg the Perpetual
Dread Lord Gurush Tegul , Dread Lordess Husazza Emtyk
The Warlock Council ( Jerezul, Hyrtog, Kololk, Imbesha, Caranuk, Vertulk, Xyrtorg)
Orcs: 1,900,000 Ogres: 600,000
Death March Troops:
85 Death March Troopers Units(Heavy Inf) = 2125 Soldiers
30 Silent Ones Units(Crossbowmen) = 1500 Crossbowmen
25 Bone Ballista
40 Necro-Priest Units(Magi) = 800 Necro-Priests
Navy: None, being a Land locked Nation
Airforce: None, But Soon the magicks to do so will be available
Okey doke, too tired to write more. Hope you like it, I tried to make it interesting. And added some Weapon, and armor fluff at the end for good measure. Other things I'll fluff out later.
Ok I think I've spent my points correctly. Check out my traits and military units when you get a chance just to make sure there're no mistakes. I also dropped down to one racial as requested.
@LordNecross : I really like the Pale Dominion. I should point out that you actually have 2 more Trait Points, as while you have 21 now, 2 of those are free thanks to your Races. Apart from that it all looks good and I like all the fluff for it.
@Bone2pick : Your traits are good to go now! Thanks for fixing that. And the Military Units look good as well. My only point is if you could list the number of units as well as how many there are. I know you've already done it but it would make it easier for me to consult. Thanks!
Nation Name: The Cythrathi (Sith-Wrath-E)
Chosen Colour for Nation: Dark Purple trimmed with Black
People of Importance: Emperor Khyron Kalistarion (The Second)
The Loremasters: Grand-Geomancer Lucian Phrix, Dreadlord Xandrek Thrax, Master-Magus Azrayle Kealisar, Grand-Pyromancer Veptus Phrix.
The Hand: Mordred Lethis, Tyrion Armathis, Vardis Krom, Maelik Furion, Vladimir Corvis.
Races: Elves and Humans.
Masters of Magic: The Elves of the Cythrathi are masters of Magic, their Warlocks and Sorcerers drawing upon the knowledge of their forebears to resurrect the dead of the nation so they may fight again while raining down destruction upon their foes.
For the Emperor! (King and Country!): The humans and elves of the Cythrathi are proud citizens who yearn for the chance to serve in the military with humans joining the Black Guard and Elves joining the Reavers and Warlocks with the older Blood Knights and Sorcerers using their knowledge to force superior weapons and armour . As such they have a small, well trained, and superiorly equipped army to call upon.
Conscript Military Units - N/A
Professional Military Units:
The Black Guard (Heavy Infantry): These are the men marching in lockstep formations. Tall shields bearing the symbol of the Cythrathi nation, Black iron and Bronze heavy armour, with darkened steel blades and black-iron spears, these are the infantry that will eat through light infantry and are be able to hold their line against a cavalry charge. The Black Guard is comprised entirely of humans raised from ten years old until their dying day to fight and die for their Emperor in order to earn their place in the Black Mausoleum where they can be once again called to war, for: Even in Death they still serve. (1 Unit of Heavy Infantry = 25 men)
Reavers (Light Cavalry): Normally armed with a sword, a lance, and a horse bow, these Elves are armoured in light armour and meant to scout and harry the enemy and have yet to gain the age and experience needed to take the Blood Oath and become Blood Knights. Like the Black Guard they may earn their place in the Black Mausoleum however upon reaching 200 years of service they swear the Blood Oath directly to the Emperor and automatically earn a place to in the Twilight Halls upon their death. (1 Unit of Light Cavalry = 50 men)
Blood Knights (Heavy Cavalry): Knights in darkened steel plate arm, wielding dark steel blades and lances mounted upon midnight black chargers armoured in a similar fashion the Blood Knights are the core elite of the Cythrathi army. These are elves who have dedicated 200 years of service in the ranks of the Reavers and have so been tempered into warriors beyond compare in the Cythrathi nation. So named for the Blood Oath they personally take infront of the Emperor to become a Blood Knight shows dedication to their lord and master and so automatically earn a place within the Twilight Halls of the Black Mausoleum. (1 Unit of Heavy Cavalry = 10 men)
Warlocks (Magi): In the Cythrathi Elves are the ruling elite and it is to them that the nations magic falls as each elf is born with enough magic power to become great in their own right. For an elf to become a warlock is to start on a path of mastering first the magics of Necromancy upon which they can call forth their ancestors and those that dwell in the Black Mausoleum before then moving on to master one of the other three schools taught in the city: Illusion, Fire or Earth. Upon starting on the path of a Warlock they automatically earn a place within the Black Mausoleum deep inside of the Vaults where other arcane artefacts are stored to watch over them in death. These Warlocks stand with the nations troops raining devastation in their chosen school of magic across the battlefield though all Warlocks are proficient in Necromancy regardless of which school they choose. (1 Unit of Magi = 20 men)
Sorcerers (War-Magi): Sorcerers are to Warlocks, what Warlocks are to a normal men and elves. They are the physical embodiment of their chosen school and can unleash the most devastating skills single-handedly while calling forth those that dwell within the Black Mausoleum and like Blood Knights and Warlocks they automatically have a place set aside for them the bodies of all Sorcerer's are interred within the Ebon Tower rather than the Vaults which Warlocks are. While Sorcerer's are powerful in their own right there are four positions to which they all aspire too, becoming one of the Four: Grand-Pyromancer of Fire, Grand-Geomancer of Earth, Master-Magus of Illusion and Dreadlord of Death. (1 Unit of War-Magi = 1 man)
Navy Type: N/A
Navy Units: N/A
Flight Type - N/A
Flight Units - N/A
Black Iron and Dark Steel Forging (Superior Forging): The Cythrathi weapons are forged in an extraordinary manner comprising of Black Iron found deep in the mountain upon which their city is build and then imbued with parts of all four schools of magic so that the weapons and armour forged are stronger and deadlier while also allowing the bodies of those interred with their wargear to retain memories of how to wield them.
Masterful Cavalry: The Reavers and Blood Knights of the Cythrathi work as a cohesive unit, riding to war and dispatching their enemies better than most can even dream of.
Soldiers of the Line: The Black Guard the core of Cythrathi army outnumbering other parts of the Cythrathi army at least two to one, their formations are flawless and their shield walls are effective at warding off enemy archers and cavalry with ease.
Wizardry: Centuries of delving into the schools of magic have granted the Cythrathi nation a deep understanding of how the winds of sorcery blow across the lands, and have adapted to channelling it allowing them to imbue each body of the deceased with enough magic to call them back when war calls. - Elven Free Trait
Naval Traits: N/A
Flight Traits - N/A
Grave Guard (Animate Dead): Cause the dead interred within the Black Mausoleum to stride forth to war once as skeletal counter parts of their former life with the ability to follow only simple instructions. They command some of their former skills from their life, and are armed only with what they died with all the wargear which they used in life. - Human Free Trait
Legions of the Past (The Spirits hear my Call) (Requires Animate Dead trait): With the Grave Guard marching forth from the normal halls of the Black Mausoleum, the Blood Knights, Warlocks, Sorcerers of old ride forth from the Twilight Halls and Ebon Tower in times of need to grind the enemies of the Cythrathi into the dust, and should they be required in then even the Dreaded Nine can be called to war once more.
Nightmares: Your Magi can reach into the deepest, darkest recesses of the enemies minds and pull forth their greatest fears, rendering them petrified with terror and useless (Just before a battle you can induce fear into the enemy when your Magi/War-Magi are present)
Negative Energy: You know how to manipulate the powers of darkness and bend them to your will. You can drain life from foes; leach away their strength, and other methods of negative energy. (Your Magi/War-Magi all have an advantage in combat)
The Deepest Black: (Requires 3 other Necromancy Traits) Even the brightest light can’t penetrate the darkness in your Magi’s souls. (Your Magi/War-Magi can effectively repel and negate any Divine Traits)
Divine Magic Traits - N/A
Elemental Magic Traits:
Lesser Earth Magic: The ground beneath your feet lends strength to you, you can reshape rock faces to a form more pleasing to you, raise small juts of earth in front of you to form small defensive emplacements or pick up and hurl a small rock and have it grow to a boulder in the course of its flight. (Your Magi/War-Magi all have an advantage in combat)
Greater Earth Magic: (Requires Lesser Earth Magic) The forest speaks to you, the ground beneath your feet informs you when someone treads upon it. You can rip asunder stone walls like it was made of paper, and can create earthquakes that sunder the homes of your foes. (Your soldiers all have an advantage in combat when your Magi/War-Magi are present and your Magi/War-Magi all have an advantage in combat)
Lesser Fire Magic: You can start even wet wood on fire and can propel jets of flame from your hands. (Your Magi/War-Magi all have an advantage in combat)
Greater Fire Magic: (Requires Lesser Fire Magic) Great balls of fire, that’s right, you sunder the earth and fill the air with the smell of burnt flesh. You make walls of flame to cordon off your foes and make people spontaneously combust. (Your Magi/War-Magi all have a large advantage in combat)
Illusion Magic Traits:
Master of disguise: Your magic allows you to alter your appearance, convincing those around you that you belong to a different race, or sex, then you really do. (Your mages can transform entire armies so that they can appear to hail from a different nation)
Spectral Army: You are capable of forming an entire army of imaginary soldiers from the stuff of your mind. Unfortunately at the slightest knick they poof out of existence. (Just before battle you can conjure 10 Professional/Conscript Units of your choice for every Unit of Magi/War-Magi present, but they cannot fight)
Imaginary Swords Cut Too: (Requires Spectral Army Trait) You are able to fabricate illusions so convincing that those pierced with the weapons of your imaginary attackers feel real pain, and can die from the assault. (Just before battle you can conjure up 1 Professional Units of your choice for every Unit of Magi/War-Magi present)
Technology Traits: N/A
Elves: Elven High Mages: Your Magi are exceedingly powerful, having studied for hundreds of years the arcane lore they have accumulated. They can weave powerful defensive enchantments over your lands, creating defences that will dazzle foes with their intricacies. (Your Magi/War-Magi all gain an advantage in combat) - Free Elven Racial Trait
Farming is in the Blood: Your people have tilled their fields for so long, that they ARE the land. Agriculture is an integral part of your nation, and you work hard at it. (Your nation will avoid any Disasters to do with starvation) - Free Human Racial Trait
Little of the Cythrathi are known to outsiders as since their founding they have often kept to themselves and trading with the near by nation of Esterwynne. What is known of this race of elves and men is that they leave on the furthest edge of the Kel'Karadorn mountains in their City-Fortress of Sorrowfall and that the nation itself was founded by Emperor Khyron Kalistarion the First the Grand-Father of the current Emperor: Khyron Kalistarion the Second, some two thousand years ago.
Sorrowfall is a place of dedicated to the dead that are interred deep within the mountain that it occupies with the halls and catacombs built within it known as the Black Mausoleum with the only buildings of this great burial ground that are not dug into the mountain being the Ebon Tower where all the nations great mages learn the necromantic arts and eventually are interred, and the Black Pyramid that forms the artificial peak of the mountain where only the royal family can be buried with their loyal retainers.
What is known of the Cythrathi is that the elves that life in Sorrowfall are very much the ruling class and elite troops of the nation with humans seemingly more content on farming what land there is outside of the Mountain-City and joining the Black Guard to earn their places in the Great Mausoleum to protect their homes even in death. The Cythrathi are some of the greatest practitioners of Death and Necromantic magic in the known world with their entire culture and religion based around calling back ancient warriors to fight once more for the Emperor and Sorrowfall.
More to come at later dates when I think of more to add.
110 Black Guard Units: 2750 Men
20 Reaver Units: 1000 Elves
20 Blood Knight Units: 200 Elves
20 Warlock Units: 400 Elves
21 Sorcerer Units: 21 Elves
The Loremasters: 4 Elves
The Hand: 5 Elves.
Total: 200 Professional Units (4580)
Navy: - N/A
That all looks good Revan. It doesn't have any issues with it from what I can see.
@LordNecross : Your'e right of course. I was thrown off by the Lesser and Greater being side by side. Apologies. Your'e good to go then!
Strange. A Second Necromancer Civ so soon.
Kinda Sad your mages beat mine out :( Cause your Elven High Mages, giving you one more boost than mine.
I've been working on the idea's for this civ since before the recruitment thread went up, im still working on their overall lore but its taking awhile.
Well I guess two Necromancer Nations can slug it out! Anyone want to go all Divine and fight the bad dead things? :D
Nation Name: Soverign Nation of Issyria
Chosen Colour for Nation: Teal
People of Importance:
The Council of Issyria- A council of 8, including at all times 4 members who are of Elven descent and 4 who are Human so that any issue may be discussed from all perspectives. These are elected members of council who decide on the internal matters of Issyria.
SunLord Daleros Iss’yrien – The position of SunLord is solely a military title. This is a title that is earned through extensive training and success in the field of battle and is only given at the behest of the Council of Issyria. During times of war, emergency powers can be granted to The SunLord, but he is only in charge of military decisions and is not a national leader outside of the field of war. Daleros is the eldest of three brothers to their father Nyluko who was in his time also The Sun Lord. Always striving to live up to his Father’s reputation, which is a near insurmountable task the weight of his Father’s expectations are heavy on his shoulders. A great leader of Elves and Men, though he can sometimes be too firm of hand when it comes to his opinions on Outsiders. 380 years old
Arch Magi Kyria Sa’vylia – The most powerful of the Magi in Issyria, Kyria is a War Magi, though still considered young for her station, her abilities are without equal. It is rumored that she is connected to the Earth in such harmony that she can raise new mountain ranges at her whim. The land, the air, the stars themselves are rumored to be at her beck and call. While this has not been fully proven (or disproven) it is without question that she is one of the most powerful Magi that Issyria has ever seen. 190 years old
Magister Troya Iss’yrien – The youngest brother of the Iss’Yrien heirs, the gift of strategy does not come as easily to him as to his two brothers. As the youngest he has always been somewhat prone to mischief, in spite of being the least similar to him, Nyluko his father always looked upon him with the warmest of smiles. Troya was the one who was most connected to the Earth and gifted a oneness with his surroundings that even his legendary father wished he could experience. 200 years old
Magister Eluna Zyrah – Eluna possesses a striking beauty that is foreign and otherworldly, though certainly not that of an elf. Her black hair stands in stark contrast to her bright blue eyes, which have been known to glow when she is focusing her energies. She has been gifted with the abilities to commune with the Earth and call upon it in times of need. She is one of the more powerful Magi within Issyria and is also noted to be one of the better horse riders as well, noted to be on par with some of the cavalrymen. 35 years old.
Sun Strider Captain Ayendyl Iss’yrien – The middle child of Lykuro, to the outsider looking in it would seem that he has been judged unfairly by his father. He has few if any equals in terms of riding ability and it is rumored that he is even better than his brother Daleros on horseback. A boast which he is quick to hush and quash, though any who have seen him ride would be hard pressed to believe he is not the best cavalryman in Issyria and maybe the world. His bond with his horse Kyuka is legendary, the horse who can read her masters mind so they say. Ayendyl is a well respected and revered leader of his men, an impeccable strategist and a fearsome warrior. Still, he is judged in comparison to Delaros and Lyuko, to whom he can never truly compare unless he were to become Sun Lord, a title he has no interest in carrying, especially as that mantle would mean the death of his eldest brother.
Sun Guard Thane Xatheros La’ryah – A grizzled veteran and extremely competent commander of the Sun Guard, Xatheros is old enough to have fought in the final years against the Warlord’s Hordes and in the aftermath skirmishes against the once allies of Issyria. He is distrusting of Outsiders, but cares greatly for all of the men who serve with him, knowing the names and ages of the family members of all those who serve beside him. A very compassionate and caring man outside of times of war, but a terrible force to be reckoned with in battle. 450 years old
Sun Guard Lancsour Kaleros La’Garro – The title of Lancsour is one given only to one in every Great Company of the Sun Guard. It is a title that does not guarantee any particular rank, rather he or she who carries the rank of Lancsour wields the responsibility of being the Champion of that Great Company. Kaleros is a swordsman gifted beyond his years and station, but his humility at such an honor is equally impressive. It is known to his friends that in some ways he wishes he had other gifts, for in his own words “There are times I wish that I could have been blessed with an innate prowess in something that was not so destructive as swordsmanship.” The response that was given to him by his Company Thane Xatheros La’Ryah is equally noted and sometimes recanted to inspire men as their resolve dwindles, “The Nation of Issyria is ever thankful for our gifts in the ways of destruction, for we are the protectors of those with the gifts of creation.” 240 years old.
Sun Guard Thane Veya Skyrla – Upon first meeting, few would suspect that Veya, fit as she is would be a commanding member of the Sun Guard. She has the respect and adoration of those who fight alongside her for her leadership and unflinching heart. Veya’s shocking mane of black hair flows behind her as she often dives head first into combat, her full plate following a more feminine curve to be wieldly for her frame. 29 years old
DuskGuard Captain Kreos Ulrath – A veteran Captain of the reserve army the Dusk Guard. He has only ever had to lead forest patrols and light skirmishes, as much of the major warfare involving Issyria happened before his time, and certainly nothing severe enough to warrant the rallying of the Dusk Guard. He is a competent officer who views what he does as necessary for the protection and safety of not just his own wife and child at home, but also for all of those making their home in Issyria. 50
DuskGuard Lona Terida – Lona is a member of the Dusk Guard and she is largely untested in her role, having only served in patrols but hardly having to fight. She is weary of the rampant death that is associated with war. 26
DuskGuard Thane Ilyria Ny’kalia – Ilyria is a professional soldier who operates with the Dusk Guard. She is a competent and courageous leader though she has not had to prove it in battle outside of poachers and the like. 205
Population: 5 Million
4 Million Elves, 1 Million Humans
--For King and Country!
-Soldiers of the Line
-Kill Them From a Distance (Free)
Military Units Traits
-Heavy Infantry -75
-Heavy Cavalry -70
-War Magi - 5
Divine Magic Traits
Elemental Magic Traits
-Lesser Earth Magic (Free)
-Greater Earth Magic
-Lesser Fire Magic
Illusion Magic Traits
-Cloak of Invisibility
-Invisible Swords can Cut
-Born on Horses (Free Human Traits)
-Elven High Mages (Free ElvenTraits)
200 Units of Professional Soldiers, No Conscripts
SunGuard – Professional Military of military families and nobles
DuskGuard - Lightly Armored professional soldiers who make up a 'reserve' component of the army. Typically not of 'Noble' birth, but men and women who have chosen to be soldiers in the defense of their homeland.
Dusk Guard Archers: DuskGuard equipped with mithril mail and leather armor. Each member carries one compact recurve ideal for ambush tactics as well as a long recurve bow for field engagements. When not in use they are simply slung onto the warrior's back. Additionally they wield a river blade, a last line of defense should they somehow find themselves entrapped and forced to fight in melee. 40 units (4000)
Heavy Infantry: 75 Units Full plate armor with gorgets
Sun Swords: Heavy Infantry equipped with full plate armor, massive two handed curved swords. Their armor possesses an elongated, raised shield bar that is attached to their vambrace on either side for deflecting enemy attacks and quickly countering. In addition to their so called ‘sun swords’ each soldier is equipped with a medium sized River Saber designed more for thrusting at weak armor joints should they lose their main weapon and need to grapple with their enemies. 60 units (1500)
Sun Shields: Heavy Infantry equipped with full plate armor. Gaining their name from the massive tower style shields that they wield, their expert maneuvers and shieldwall formations are often what first greet an enemy. Sun Shields have the arduous task of leading the Issyrian Infantry into battle. Their massive shield wall formations are used to protect the Sun Swords who march behind them, utilizing their shields and mithril spears to drive deep into enemy lines before splitting open to deliver their Sun Sword companions into the fray. Equipped with Tower shield, mithril sun spear, and a medium sized blade colloquially called the River Saber due to its interesting curve for slashing while still possessing a sharp point for thrusting. 15 Units (375 Sun Shields)
Magi: The few of the Nation of Issyria who are so blessed to be interconnected with their world, as the Elves and Humans of Issyria belive the power of the Magi comes from the gifts of nature and the Gods only bestow them to those few who are truly worthy. Wielding great magic for both offensive and defensive capabilities, the Magi of Issyria are especially connected with the Earth and may call upon it to change its form at their beck and call, they may turn slung pebbles into boulders raining onto their foes, or alter the terrain around them as they fight. Flames whirl about them and can be unleashed upon foes or harnessed in minute forms to create campfires. The destruction that can be wrought be these marching and sometimes horse mounted has granted them the colloquialism “Mobile Artillery” within the army of Issyria. They wear leather and mithril armor and often wear flowing cloaks and don hoods to minimize their distractions on the battlefield. 10 Units (200 Magi)
War-Magi: These members of Issyrian society and even within the military structure are held with a certain grim respect. They are viewed as uncannily talented and powerful beings with a connection to the Gods that is touched with hints of malice. They excel in the destructive arts of war and carry with them the dire responsibility of carrying out wanton acts of mass destruction against the foes of Issyria. 5 War Magi (5)
Sun Striders: Renowned in tales abound the surrounding kingdoms, few if any have ever seen the Destriers of Issyria and lived to tell the tale. But the stories, far-fetched as they seem, do exist, of an army of horsemen, resplendent in pearlescent teal armor and gold helms, lead at the fore by a noble astride a horse that must be 18 hands high. The “Sun Lord” - or so the storyteller will claim his title is, which often draws laughs and mockery of those listening to the tale- rides as effortlessly as any mortal can run, as swiftly as a bird can fly, as surely as a fish can swim. His helm is gold and with wing embellishments on either side, a stark white crest running from front to back with a tail that intermingles with his flowing, straw blonde locks that swept out from under his helm. Like a tidal wave of teal and gold the “Sun Stride Destriers” would crash through their enemies, leaving nothing standing, like a cleansing sea of lances and blades. Equipped with full plate of the SunGuard, their weapons consist of a mithril lance, Sun Sword and a River Saber. Each Sun Strider carries a crescent shaped shield called a Moon Shield to use in their offhand as they ride. The Sun Sword can be used effectively with one hand while on horseback. In times of great need they are lead by the Sun Lord Delaros Iss’Yrien himself. 70 Units (700 Sun Striders)
Isolationists – The Nation of Issyria has long been weary and mistrusting of outside realms and have not sought to openly parlay or trade with their surrounding nations for at least a hundred years if not more. Still fresh in the minds of the Elves of Issyria the deep wounds of their last ‘unified stance’ with their neighboring nations saw them take grievous losses. Their lands have not seen Outsiders present in eons as a result of the Edict of the Sun Lord Nyluko Iss’Yrien the father of Delaros Iss’Yrien before his birth.
Older History: The Issyrians fought proudly beside their neighboring nations against the Hordes of a great warlord from the south, but with it came pestilence and famine on the front lines. The Elves, more resilient to the various ills and diseases that the war carried with it survived in good numbers, though they too lost many kin. Their human populace however was stricken with a grave contagion that culled nearly 80% of the humans living within Issyria.
For their efforts and their bloodshed the Issyrians were an afterthought as the larger kingdoms doled out the provinces that once belonged to The Warlord, as tithes were taken from his keeps of gold, the Issyrian blood that had been spilled was to be soothed with one simple caravan of ‘precious metals’. Caring little for things they did not need, they asked only that the forests and mountain ranges that surrounded their grand nation be left untouched and allowed to be curated by the Elves and Humans of Issyria who would strive to achieve a perfect balance with the land. However this request was thrown aside by their “allies”, Nations they had bled alongside cited that those forests did not belong to Issyria and were not theirs to make such determinations about. The Issyrian SunLord then issued a bold and grim edict, that any who would be caught ‘poaching or pillaging’ the forest of its resources would be captured and brought before a trial of Issyrians, or if they resisted, were to be killed. Unknown numbers of lumber workers were sent fleeing the forests bloodied, and countless more were simply never seen again. Not having the numbers necessary for another conflict so soon, the remaining Nations of the broken alliance redirected their efforts, seeking to rebuild elsewhere, away from the ‘Girded Forests’.
In times unknown, before time had meaning in the sense of years the Elves of Issa heeding instruction from their Gods were sent to the lush and bountiful lands of Yrien. When they arrived, they encountered something that was wholly unexpected, they encountered a sect or tribe of humans who rode upon beasts, but did so not with the breaking of the animal’s spirit to follow commands, rather they seemed to have an innate ability almost to communicate with them. Likewise, these humans of Yrien shared a true love and kinship with the lands around them, and as such found a kinship with the similarly minded Elves of Issa. The Elves having never before encountered horses were shown in the ways of raising and caring for them and in return the Elves showed the Yriens additional medicines and how to be even more in tune with their surroundings. Together the Humans of Yrien and the Elves of Issa came to the conclusion that not only could they help one another and live in harmony, but they could together curate and protect the resource rich mountains and forests of their new nation, which they named Issyria. As a result the name Iss’Yrien is an Elven name of prestige and belongs to a great house with ties back to the founding of the nation.
Nation Name: Gholgoth
Chosen Colour for Nation: Bronze
People of Importance: Supreme Warlord Durarkul, Master Logician Balgan, Arch-Reasonist Gnok
Races: Orc and Dwarves
For King and Country!
Conscript Military Units
Professional Military Units
Heavy Infantry, Heavy Cavalry, Arquebussers, Artillery (Cannon), Mechanical Walker, Mechanical Warriors
We shall fight them in the Skies!
Fighters, Bombers, Interceptors
Mithril Armor (Dwarf Racial), Superior Forging (Dwarf Racial), Fearless (Orc Racial), Whirling Cogs (Dwarf Racial)
Divine Magic Traits
Elemental Magic Traits
Illusion Magic Traits
This...is...my...BOOMSTICK, Flamethrowers, Alchemical Alloys, Cannons, Steam Engine, Mechanical Walkers, Mechanical Warriors, Controlled Flight
War Chiefs (Orc)
Gems in the Rough (Dwarf)
In the beginning there was the Plane and it encompassed all creation for it was both limitless and depthless. Within this realm there existed nothing for the longest time until the various energies which swirled within its boundaries coalesced together to form the very first beings. These beings were, by mortal standards, beyond simple comprehension for their commanded the purest energies -- those that spawned all of creation. Mortals would come to call these entities gods and for eons they thrived feeding upon the afterbirth energies of their own creation. After a time power began to become scarce and the gods, who had by now created a complex and degenerate society for themselves, began to go mad with hunger. They turned upon themselves and the Plane saw war for the first time. All deeds of this time have long since been lost to even the most ancient of histories (for even trying to describe them is beyond mortal ability). As these wars reached their zenith there was one amongst the gods who looked upon all their destruction and insatiable hunger and turned its back upon them.
This was the being known as Lo. He turned from his fellow gods and as they battled endless he sought to understand the Plane. For countless millennia he studied it harnessing something he called Knowledge and in due time he unlocked even the deepest mysteries of all creation. He reformed himself, not by magic (to use a crude mortal term), but by intelligence and wisdom. His body was wroth in beaten brass as he grew to defend himself from the jealousy of his fellow gods. Those who possessed power to threaten him were met by his mighty hammer called Reason. Eventually Lo grew to such monumental size that he actually took up a large portion of the Plane as he harnessed its innate laws to his advantage.
The gods were threatened, they screamed rage and envy as this titanic presence. The most powerful amongst them managed to forge an alliance and bring the countless lesser gods to their side. A titanic battle raged when the gods turned upon Lo. Their countless masses poured over his massive form as they rent, burnt, gnawed, and stabbed at him. With each swing of Reason the bronze being smite thousands of them. No being knows how long the battle raged, for minutes or millennia, all that can be certain was the result. Lo was slain.
Though the gods rejoiced they also despaired. Most of them had not survived with their celestial corpses floating in the now broken Plane. This of coarse brought the gods to their next issue -- the Plane was depleted. The energies which they had for so long fought over were gone, lost in their apocalyptic struggle. Starvation and war seemed imminent for the gods until the cruelest amongst them gave thought to the grimmest blasphemy. Their parasitic eyes turned upon the broken form of Lo.
Lo had been titanic in size, easily millions of times of the size of all the gods, for his mighty form had actually taken up space within the Plane. The gods made a pact that they would abandon the Plane until it could heal itself (if that were even possible) and would create a new home for themselves in the corpse of their greatest rival. They burrowed into the broken titan and found his still burning soul. They shattered it into countless tiny pieces and molded them into the stars. His flesh was abused and defiled until it took the shape of the planets themselves. Here the gods, callously, decided to do away with Reason, Lo's mighty hammer which was still stained with the life essence of lesser gods. They splintered the hammer and plunged a sliver of it into each planet (thereby gifting the mortal races with metals). Finally the gods knew that they could no survive forever upon the splinters of Lo's soul and so they took his still cooling blood and gave form to the mortal races of Ravari.
The gods, however, had not expected the innate defiance within the mortal races who rejected their prophets and powers. Callously the gods pulled Ravari away from its splinter of Lo's spirit (the sun) and a great coldness swept over the world. Quickly the mortal races fell to their knees and begged the gods for forgiveness for the cold withered their crops, froze their blood, and hurt their very bones. The parasites known as gods came amongst the mortals and gave them magical fire -- its blue flames would keep them warm and the mortal rejoiced. But the gods quickly took the fire away and told the mortals that comfort and life were not free -- they demanded worship. Cowardly, and filled with weakness, the mortals fell to their knees and offered praises to the gods begging them for their kindness and mercy. The gods gave them magical fire and mortals soon began little more than fat host for the parasites.
But something happened that the gods could never have thought. For while Lo was slain and gone, his soul lingered in millions of pieces. The shreds of his former self manifested for a short time and looked down upon the mortal races in disgust and rage. These creatures, born of his blood, knelt before the very mongrels which had slain him. Lucky for all mortals the Master of Reason held even greater hatred for the gods.
And so the first, and arguably last time, the dead god came to Ravari upon a charred steed of iron and extended his hand to the mortal races. In it he grasped the very essence of defiance.
(More to come later. Remember this is in no way canon or even real events. Its just the basis for a quasi-religion in Gholgoth.)
Army (200 professional units)
50 Heavy Infantry
50 Heavy Cavalry
25 Mechanical Walkers
25 Mechanical Warriors
40 Fighter Units
10 Bomber Units
10 Interceptor Units
10 Fast Units
Note to GM: I actually do have a interesting (to me) history lined up. I just wanted to get this posted before recruitment closed. Also got some cool ideas for units names and such.
@Krymson86 : You need to take a look at the Traits and use Darkness Reborn's Nation Sheet instead of the one from Darkness 1. Apart from that I really like it!
@Angel of Lies : All your Traits and Military are fine so you're good to go. I'm looking forward to seeing your history and I'm glad someone went down the technology route!
Don't worry! I'll make sure there are plenty of NPC's who want to be friends.
Y'all just posers. :P
Romero, updated with changes to fit into the new stat sheet, I think. Let me know if anything else needs changing.
I'll be interested to see how this all plays out. Nations are looking pretty cool.
Oh, Romero, any chance there will be a character based RP to accompany this conquest campaign?
Krymson86: It all looks good now! Thanks for fixing that.
And I'm hoping that there will be a character based RP, but I don't think I have the time to run it myself.
When does this kick off? I still need a little bit to finish my sheet.
@SwedeMarine : I'm not going to start the action for a while as there's still plenty off work to do behind the scenes.
@Bone2pick : I hate to keep differing you to the first darkness, but if you look further down the RP list you should find both the nation and the character based aspect of the first Darkness. That should help.
Sweet i was getting a bit worried there for a minute.
Fixed up my Sloppy Armor and Weapon Fluff. I will add Fluff for my Death March and Silent ones Soon. Favoritism may show for the Silent Ones as I had a Character Idea if this gets a Character Based Side along RP.
While we wait for a couple of others to get their sheets up, can I get some people preferences as of positioning? Just vague stuff like "landlocked" or "mountains"
Landlocked, surrounded by mountains if possible :)
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