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What, exactly, is a soul? It is no conventional organ, nor can it really even be placed. Despite its lack of physical presence, many would surely confirm that it exists. Perhaps this is just an automatic reassurance, to prove to ourselves that we are more than just sacks of flesh driven by electrical currents. Or, perhaps, there is a bit more to it…
Souls, under the definition used in this RP, are exclusively a human thing. This is not saying animals are completely soulless, but they are far simpler, and lack the intricacies that give human souls the potential to be truly interesting.
Now, even though every human being has a soul, not all of these souls are worth note. The special ones, however, are known as Aethertouched. Aether is a natural, intangible substance, that inhabits the entire universe. It is the element that makes up souls, as well as all other astral bodies. Now, when a soul goes through a large trauma, there is an infinitesimally small chance of it undergoing a change, the Aether that makes it up becoming highly compressed, shielding and protecting the soul from harm.
Of course, that is only where the abilities of an Aethertouched soul begin. Those with such a soul can control the Aether that inhabits their bodies and immediate surroundings, channeling it and focusing it into their own soul, increasing the Aether density to point where their soul physically manifests itself, almost invariably in the form of some manner of weapon or tool, ranging from hammers to sniper rifles, dependant upon the user. The weapons are powered by the user’s own soul, meaning that a stronger resolve creates a more powerful weapon. Aside from extremely rare cases, any given Aethertouched soul always will manifest in the same physical form each use.
And that isn’t even the best part! See, the ability to physically manifest one’s soul brings with it a unique ability, dependent mostly upon the weapon or tool in question, but other things may be taken into account in some cases. These abilities can range greatly in form and function. Some are minor, while others are capable of pulling the very threads of reality. Having an Aethertouched soul also grants superhuman physicality and endurance, though the degree to which these are present varies. Finally, the last boon granted by having an Aethertouched soul is the ability to see the souls of others, or rather, the ability to see souls that are not currently in physical form.
Unfortunately, the physical manifestation of one’s soul brings with it a great cost. When physically present, a soul is at much greater risk of damage from incoming attacks. Souls can be destroyed, or even extracted from their owner, resulting in the following progression, usually within 10 minutes:
- Hemorrhaging through eyes, ears, nose, and mouth
- Acute cardiac arrest
Exactly two months ago, the world was shaken as the Tokyo Skytree, the tallest tower in the world, was destroyed in what was thought to be a terrorist attack. However, the circumstances on how exactly it was destroyed was completely mysterious. Eyewitnesses said that the tower was standing firmly on one second, only to be bathed in an odd-looking inferno that engulfed it for several hours. When the fire subsided, it left barely anything behind, hampering the investigation regarding the incident greatly.
One week after the incident, as the news about the authorities’ futile attempt to uncover the truth behind the incident continued, the broadcast of several channels are suddenly hijacked - a figure wearing a mask then promptly announced that he was responsible for the tragedy. In the 35 minutes broadcast, he then promptly announced the existence of a group of people he called Aethertouched - people that had awakened the true potential of their souls. Heralding them as the true successor of humanity, he then announced his plan to lead these people to the surface of society, and took over the world that was rightfully theirs.
Time passed since the incident and the mysterious broadcast. The authorities kept on trying to track down the figure in the broadcast, while the public as a whole treated most of what he said as complete hogwash. Conspiracy theorists started to go wild from all the speculative and mysteries of the event, but not a lot of people paid them much heed.
Still, the people of Tokyo and the world attempted to move on from the mysterious tragedy, and continued their lives as normal.
If only fate would let them do that.
You are playing as an Aethertouched, characters will either have recently received this power, or, in the case of some, have had it for an extended period, and are capable of fully utilizing it. In any case, characters have converged in the massive city of Tokyo, using various independent reasonings, though the true motivations is the result of Aethertouched souls naturally being attracted to each other, influencing those who possess them. Some may be looking for answers regarding this change in them, while others may have more malicious intent...
- All site rules and RP Section rules apply, obviously.
- I wanna say “no cliches” but honestly, some cliches are cool as hell, so as long as every character doesn’t have dead parents who were secretly heroes of the bygone era we will probably be cool.
- I don’t mind a player controlling multiple characters, but please don’t take on more than you can handle
- I am in charge here. If I say no to a character idea, plot possibility, etc, please don’t argue it. You won’t win the argument.
- We RP for fun, so please try not to take it all too seriously
- I am sure to change these at a moment’s notice and pretend it was the edited version from the start, so be ready for me to lie through my teeth about what is stated above.
- You can make reserves on weapons/tools, but each person can only hold 1 reserve at a time.
Feel free to tweak what is here, I honestly don’t care as long as you include everything needed to create a proper portrayal of the character.
Name: Despite the RP taking place in Japan, there is no requirement for characters to be japanese, though logically a decent number of them would be.
Age: Let’s avoid characters under 15, no real upper limit on age.
Appearance: Put this in a spoiler, may it be an image or around 2-3 paragraphs of description
Personality: Among the most important parts, at least the way I see it, so preferably around 3 paragraphs, if not more. Also in spoiler
Biography: I don’t usually require this, but considering that history is an important part of acquiring an Aethertouched soul, 2 paragraphs minimum. In spoiler. Also please include about the reasoning your character is in Tokyo right now, if your character's a foreigner.
Soul Manifestation: What does it turn into? An AK or a crowbar?
Aethertouched Ability: What ability does the manifested soul have? What power does it grant to the user? Spoiler’d.