PT- Pbp - Winter of the Wolf (looking for players)

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Post  Senshuken on Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:24 pm

The three clans:

The Dusk Clan/Empire:
Made up of all three tribes of ponies, the Dusk Empire is a brutal regime that enforces a caste system. Unicorns are at the top, the nobility that was born to rule by divine mandate. Pegasi make up the bulk of the warrior caste at the service of the unicorn elite while Earth Ponies are destined to be peasants for the rest of their lives. While there are still plenty of elements within the Empire that follow the path of Dawn that the Sun Goddess herself showed pony kind (the magic of friendship and its values, as well as the ideals of honor and protecting the weak), most of the real power of the Empire is held by followers of the Dusk path, a path that encourages victory at all cost. The strong are meant to rule over the weak and everything is permitted if it means victory, regardless of the cost or how dishonorable it is.  
 

The Hive Clan:
Ruled by Queen Chrysalis, the Hive Clan is made up of the countless changelings that she has under her rule. According to rumor to those who aren't changelings, the changelings themselve used to be vastly different creatures, fey like who lived in balance with nature... until the Celestial War forced them to corrupt themselves by traveling down a dark path in order to survive. Only the changelings themselves know if this is true or not and they refuse to tell outsiders. Queen Chrysalis is a brutal, somewhat fickle tyrant who is inclined to cut down servants whom she believes failed her or slighted her in some way. Her word is law and those who try and offer dissenting opinions quickly learn that she only has to say one word to silence them forever. Officially an ally of the Dusk Clan/Empire.

The Wolf Clan:
Originally made up completely of Diamond Dogs, the Wolf Clan has slowly come to include any ponies who have ended up as fellow slaves in the Hive Clan's mines and survived for any length of time. While the revere nature and hold certain spirits in reverence, much of their culture was wiped out by the Changelings when they originally betrayed and enslaved the clan. Bits and pieces of the old ways still survive through and are passed down carefully. While the clan once possessed druids, druidess and shamans they either died during the war seven years ago or are otherwise unaccounted for; Those that the Changelings took alive were executed quickly afterwards. However, there might be some in the mines who have the gift...

Players will be making characters from the Wolf Clan.


Three hundred years ago, the forces of light and darkness clashed in the Celestial Wars. The Nightmarish monsters of the dark hordes were rampaging through the lands, destroying and slaughtering everything in their path. Celie, the head of the Dusk clan and leader of pony kind gathered as many as she could and sent them south to save what she could before facing the oncoming horde alone. In an act of pure sacrifice she channeled her very life essence into the fabled 'Celestia's Orb' to unleash one final spell, destroying the horde and sundering most of the world in the process. She didn't know that the Nightmare hordes would just be the first of many enemies to plague the Dusk clan... or that without the Orb's guidance and power, her descendants would be weak and wicked.... Did she ever truly have a choice?

Based in a world where the war between Celestia and Nightmare Moon was much grander in scale and a lot more brutal, the end of the conflict left both sisters gone and the world largely shattered; Pony kind found itself isolated on a large island land mass, alongside the Changelings and Diamond Dogs. Three hundred years after the mythical war between darkness and light, the teachings of Celestia the Sun Goddess (also called the Path of Dawn) has largely become a fringe belief held by peasants and a small number of pegasus and unicorns, largely replaced by the more brutally pragmatic path of Dusk.

However... this story begins elsewhere...

Long ago, life was better for the Wolf Clan.

Our ancestors lived in a faraway land,  living in peace and harmony. They dug through the earth seeking riches while those with a green paw helped ensure that those who dug through the earth had plenty to eat. Everything was simple and good... until the storms came, and drowned us out of our mines. Our ancestors' simple magic was powerless to stop the destruction. They knew only that they had to flee... or perish. Using our clans' most scared totem, the White Wolves Skull, our druidess order rescued us from death. The totem brought us here, to the lands of the Dusk Empire. Thankful for our salvation, we rebuilt our homes and our lives. Our new neighbors, the devious Dusk and cold hearted Hive welcomed us as allies and promised us safety.

Unfortunately, we trusted them.

Everything seemed simple and good again... Until a new disaster broke over our people -- A disaster of betrayal and fire. Queen Chrysalis of the Hive clan made a deal with the treacherous Dusk Emperor and attacked us by surprise. The Dusk looked the other way as the Hive slaughtered our farmers and burned our homes. Like the rest of our brothers and sisters, I fought to save our clan and I could not. The survivors of our clan have been slaves in the Hive's shale mines ever since.  For seven years we've worked and died to make the Hive wealthy. The Changeling slave master, a favored spawn of Chrysalis whom calls herself Princess Arthropia, rules the clan through fear. She believes we have lost the ability to dream of freedom.

She is wrong.

For seven years, we've trained ourselves in the arts of war. Hammers, picks and stones are our weapons... those and our unending anger. A third disaster is coming -- A disaster for the murderers who dared to cross us.  

Soon, the Wolf Clan will rise again.


For years the Diamond Dogs of the Wolf Clan have suffered under the watchful eyes of their cold and sadistic Changeling overseers and task masters, forced to dig out shale and other riches until they drop dead. The mines themselves are infested with creatures that would happily make a meal out of any hapless miner that they come across, but among the most feared are the giant shale spiders, whom not only feed on those they kill but oftentimes use the bodies of the dead (and the truly unfortunate living) to lay their eggs into so that their young can have a meal when they hatch. Gas leaks, cave ins, flooding, illness and starvation are common causes of death, not to mention random acts of cruelty or brutality committed by the guards; Being assigned babysitting duty for the mutts is considered a punishment just shy of execution and those that get it only have one source to take their displeasure at the situation out on.

Of course, it is not just the Diamond Dogs who toil in these mines. The Dusk Empire has long found that the Changeling mines were wonderful places to get rid of ponies who were... problematic. While criminals who either failed to commit a crime grave enough for death (or had earned a death sentence that was believed to require as brutally drawn out and painful a death as possible) make up the most of those sent into the mines, there are other ponies who end up here because they simply couldn't pay their taxes... or pissed off the wrong unicorn who wanted them to suffer.

Characters start at level 1. The races they can is limited to Diamond Dogs or some kind of pony... keep in mind however, it is insanely rare for a Unicorn to be sent to the mines as a slave due to their status as nobility in the Dusk Empire. It can happen, but at most there will only be one unicorn accepted (two if they are in the same family and they are in the mines due to political skullduggery).


Tech Level:
The technology level is currently medieval; Alchemy and Chemistry are practiced arts and gunpowder is being experimented with, but it's still years away before proper weapons can be made with it.

A closer look at Ideologies:

The Path of Dawn (Or Celestia Worship):
According to the oldest of tales that are kept safely in the older monasteries dedicated to the Sun Goddess, Celestia the Sun Goddess ruled pony kind before the Celestial War as an Alicorn that could control the sun, while representing and inspiring the values of friendship, honor and a desire to defend the weak and helpless from evil regardless of what form that it took in all whom met her. Some old tales speak of her and her sister the Moon Goddess defeating the God of Chaos himself in order to bring about their benevolent reign, through the exact details of this battle or even the identity of the Moon Goddess' name are unknown and largely lost to time.

The Path of Dawn is not overly large on things like organized rituals... through they do put a great deal of importance on tea ceremonies. In general those who follow this path and worship the Sun Goddess Celestia do so via their actions, attempting to spread harmony, friendship and happiness wherever they can while attempting to oppose evil where possible. While it used to be the main ideology of Pony kind it has fallen out of favor during past reigns and the current administration look at it with disdain... however it still has a strong following in all three casts of pony life, through it finds the strongest support from the peasant earth pony caste.  

The Path of Dusk:
The Path of Dusk is a relatively recent ideology that has sprung up during the one hundred and fifty years and has left its dark mark on pony kind ever since. It is a selfish, pragmatic way of life that stresses that the strongest, smartest and most cunningly brutal are the ones who win at the end of the day. No knowledge or act is taboo if it manages to give you the edge you require to taste victory in whatever you attempt to accomplish. Of the original six values of friendship that Celestia taught pony kind, only Loyalty and Magic hold any true value anymore with the other four being discarded long ago; Honor is nothing but a joke and while it is the natural order of things for the weak and helpless to fall prey to the strong, to let an outside force harm what is theirs without a fight is to admit weakness.

Those who follow the Path of Dusk are brutally pragmatic that are unafraid of using dishonorable or distasteful tactics to achieve their goals. While more honor bound warriors might find the idea of lacing their weapons with poison to be cowardly, a true Dusk follower would have no issue with doing so in order to stack the odds of battle in their favor. Assassination and 'terror tactics' are also weapons in the Dusk follower's arsenal that they are more then prepared to call upon. While ponies from all walks of life follow this path, it has largely taken root in the unicorn nobility with a far few followers from the winged warrior caste as well.      

The relations between those who follow the Path of Dawn and those who follow the Path of Dusk is... tense to put it lightly. Those who follow the path of Dawn and Celestia's teachings view the followers of Dusk as selfish and brutal brutes, bullies and butchers with no sense of honor who would betray those that they call friends if it meant advancing themselves in a heart beat. The followers of Dusk believe that the Dawn followers are cowardly fools with weak hearts and stomachs that are too busy living in a fantasy world, who's ideals of friendship and equality among pony kind, let alone any of the lesser races of the world is laughable at best.

There is also some major contention about the historical figure of Celie. While the official history of the empire follows the narrative of the royal family in that the final battle with the forces of darkness and the sundering of the world was fought and won by a unicorn mare whom was an ancestor of the royal family by the name of Celie, the older Dawn monasteries hold tales and records from almost three hundred centuries ago that clearly state that it was Celestia herself that fought in that final battle alone, with no mention of a unicorn named Celie until the current royal bloodline came to power.  
Rating is M15+


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Re: PT- Pbp - Winter of the Wolf (looking for players)

Post  AleneShazam on Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:07 pm

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1B0OwZL9S637ajAI_ERjAND0vNLnzKRYQ7A4rfwJL_ik/edit?usp=sharing
i've had a combat build and character concept lying around, might as well put her to use
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Post  Senshuken on Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:33 am

It's looking good Shazam. Accepted... through I have noticed that you seem to have missed your Special Moves.
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