Welcome to Saga, the Digital World. It is a plane that exists alongside our own, closely interconnected to the growing rate of human development and technology. Throughout history the two worlds have often interacted; it was the digimon of Saga that influenced the mythologies of the human world. Its gods, angels, and monsters influencing humans through a sense of shared consciousness.
It was only in the recent decades that human technology and society advanced enough to allow crossing over into the Digital World. The first human child entered completely by accident. But as the worlds began to know of one another, more followed. These humans partnered with young digimon and set out to explore the vast reaches of Saga. Saga's guardians, a collection of eight gods known as the High Council saw fit to allow this, and encouraged a partnership with the human world.
Not all were happy with this declaration. Artorius, the Alphamon, High Commander of the Royal Knights and Lord of the Empty Seat, saw the human-digimon partnership as an abomination, a subjugation of digimon will and freedom. He gathered the Royal Knights and a cadre of other digimon to his cause and launched a bloody crusade to banish the humans from the face of Saga.
Opposing his violence was the Council and their select fighting force of digimon: the Peacemakers. They were an eclectic group--as likely to fight amongst themselves as they were to fight against an enemy--but their numbers, determination, and strong leadership allowed them to face and thwart the ambitions of Artorius and the Royal Knights.
Artorius found himself growing desperate, slipping into darkness and shadow. He sought out the primordial power of the Black Sword and lashed it to his hands. And as the chaos gripped him, he felt the calling of Chaos—the eldritch force that had been old before the universe ever existed. It was called Amatsu-Mikaboshi. And unleashing it would be Artorius's last--and greatest--mistake. The Chaos killed all but a few of the Royal Knights, slaughtered most of the High Council, and obliterated the surrounding countryside.
In the end the Peacemakers triumphed, and peace reigned.
For a while, at least...
It was not long after that, that the Archangel Michael--who counted himself among the Peacemaker's ranks--began receiving terrifying visions of the Inferno opening and releasing the demon hordes. The Inferno had been a maelstrom of terrifying power before that had corrupted seven of the most pure angels and gave rise to the Seven Demon Lords. They had been defeated, and the Inferno was made their prison. For hundreds of years it had remained shut, but the previous battles with the Royal Knights and the Amatsu-Mikaboshi had weakened the locks, and the demon Mephistopheles sought to break it open completely.
Gathering the Peacemakers, Michael led them against the demonic trickster, but they were thwarted at every turn. Mephistopheles called upon the Four Horsemen to pave the way, and cast a spell that exiled the High Council and almost all other gods from the main plane of Saga.
Alone, there was little the Peacemakers could do to stop Mephistopheles from succeeding. He cracked open the Inferno and loosed the Nightmare Soldiers onto the Digital World. Then, as demons that had lain in torment for hundreds of years were free to scour the world, Mephistopheles descended into the Inferno to release the Demon Lords themselves. All but two of the Peacemakers gave chase, hoping against all hope to prevent him from breaching that final circle and freeing Lucifer. The two that remained, the last of Saga's gods, chose to instead stand with the remnants of the world's defenders and stem the tide of encroaching demons.
In the Inferno, the Peacemakers faced naught but disappointment and further trials. Confronted and tormented by visions of their failures and darkest moments, the Inferno itself sought to twist them from their noble path and ensnare them forever. All the while, Mephistopheles freed the Demon Lords. One by one they rose, billowing terrible black-and-red flames. In the end, the Peacemakers failed. Lucifer, First to Fall and Last to Rise, awoke. He devastated their ranks and ascended from the pit to lay claim to the world of Saga.
It is in the hands of the demons now. Saga belongs to the Nightmare Kings.
The Peacemakers emerge from Hell to find the world in tatters. For them, it has been but a matter of hours--a day, at the most.
For the rest of the world, it's been six months since Lucifer rose. Six months since the Peacemakers were last seen. In this time, the Nightmare Soldiers have scoured the Digital World, slaughtering all those who resist; all those who fail to bow their heads to the Nightmare Throne.
The last gasps of desperate resistance have rallied by the Tree of Hadrael under the leadership of the two remaining Peacemakers. It is a grim time. The resistance has fought to hold the line for these long six months. Digimon have begun to despair in the face of all things terrible.
But with the return of the Peacemakers, hope has been reignited. The digimon of the world are ready to fight back.
It is time to regain their paradise lost.
The High Council
The Digital World of Saga is ruled by a group of digimon called the "High Council." After the destruction of Avalon and the slaughter of their first incarnation by the Mikaboshi, they reorganized and now rule from the realm of Anatolia. Before the massacre, the Council consisted of 8 members. However, as several of them were killed, the surviving members brought in new Digimon to help them govern. The Council as it is now consists of:
During the events of Devil's Ascent, the demon Mephistopheles used a powerful reality-altering world-spell to exile the High Council and all other gods from Saga. Only two gods were spared (more on that later).
The Holy Host
The Holy Host are the angelic Digimon that rule over Paradise, often called "Paradise Eden." The rulers of the Holy Host are the Seven Sacred Angels, who represents the true spiritual and metaphysical power of the Holy Host. As the Seven Demon Lords embody the Seven Deadly Sins, the Seven Sacred Angels embody the Seven Sacred Virtues. They are:
Zadkiel of the Seraphim (Seraphimon): Zadkiel embodies the virtue of Hope.
Jophiel of the Ophanim (Ophanimon): Jophiel embodies the virtue of Love.
Cassiel of the Cherubim (Cherubimon): Cassiel embodies the virtue of Knowledge.
Anael of the Dominim (Dominimon): Anael embodies the virtue of Reliability.
Sachiel of the Virtues (ClavisAngemon): Sachiel embodies the virtue of Friendship.
Ramiel of the Powers (GuardiAngemon): Ramiel embodies the virtue of Courage.
Haniel of the Principalities (MarineAngemon): Haniel embodies the virtue of Sincerity.
There are other high-ranking and important angels that tend to interact more with the mortal world. They are:
Azrael (GuardiAngemon): Azrael is known as "Malak al-Maut," the Angel of Death. He is a terrifying power, and is responsible for the Great Flood, the death of the first born, and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
The Metatron (HolyAngemon): The Metatron is the voice of God and is the spiritual leader of the Holy Host. He is both wise and powerful, and is blessed with the power of prophetic visions.
The Seven Demon Lords (and the Nightmare Soldiers)
These seven demons are the instigators of the great rebellion against Heaven. They were once high-ranking angles, but they rejected the light of the Sacred Virtues and instead embraced the Deadly Sins as the catalysts of their power and became demons. The group consists of:
Lucifer Morningstar (Lucemon): Lucemon is the Lord of Pride.
Satan Aamon (Daemon): Satan is the Lord of Wrath.
Lilith Asmodai (Lilithmon): Lilith is the Lord of Lust.
Barbatos Mammon (Barbamon): Barbatos is the Lord of Greed.
Leviathan Titanus (Leviamon): Leviathan is the Lord of Envy.
Belphegor Baphomet (Belphemon): Belphegor is the Lord of Sloth.
Beelzebub Ba'al (Beelzemon): Beelzebub is the Lord of Gluttony.
The Gods of Saga
The gods the Digital World are similar to the polytheistic gods of our own world. Because of Saga's close proximity to the human world, beings and forces passed freely between the collective unconscious of the two populations. Mythologies and pantheons were shaped by contributing factors from both worlds (this is a fancy way of saying that the gods of Saga are similar in name and structure to the pantheons worshipped in ancient human times).
Each godly realm is ruled over by a central pantheon, representing the highest order of gods from each realm, often a "family" of powerful figures with a line of succession.
Godhood is not necessarily passed by blood, though having godly parents does make becoming a good easier. Being a "god" is not exclusive to blood alone. Ascending to that level of existence requires an extreme commitment and awareness. It requires tapping into the powerful divine spark within and using it to fully manifest one's inherent divine nature, thus becoming a "god." Once ascended, one can physically manifest one's divine power in the form of their essential essence (fire, wind, storms, light, darkness, etc.)
Digivolution: Permanent Digivolution in this RPG is incredibly difficult to achieve. That is why most instead use a temporary Digivolution (like that seen in the television series) It normally requires immense energy and as such, Digivolution will leave a character very drained. Mode Changing (Burst Mode, Blast Mode, Crimson Mode etc) is treated as Digivolving and fills the same criteria, namely that it requires a lot of energy to achieve. Should you receive a lot of damage, then for the purposes of realism you can regress to a lower form, however I will allow resting time between battles for us all to achieve our main form again before another battle.
DNA Digivolution is incredibly rare in this RP. Without human partners to produce the powerful emotional and psychological connections, the Digimon must rely on external sources of energy that are few and far between to generate the power needed for DNA digivolving. Only in very rare cases can two Digimon DNA digivolve on their own, and they must rely on rare sources of power such as Golden Digi-Eggs to unleash enough energy to permanently merge themselves together. Temporary DNA Digivolution is achievable more easily, but the resulting Digimon is less powerful than one permanently DNA Digivolved.
Biomerge Digivolution can be used by some of the more experienced Tamers to combine with their Digimon partner and form a powerful Mega Level Digimon. Essentially, Biomerging involves the Tamer and Digimon fusing together, with the Tamer held within the resultant Digimon’s body inside a sphere of energy. They are fully conscious and the Biomerge Digimon usually speaks with the voices of both Tamer and Digimon in synch, though one of them can speak without the other. Biomerge Digivolution produces a Digimon slightly more powerful than is usual than its Level, thus making any Biomerge Digimon a formidable ally or opponent.
1. No god-modding.
2. Two/three character maximum.
3. Only control your own character unless given permission otherwise by the other character's owner.
4. No killing other OC's without their owner's permission.
5. If you wish to make an NPC with a large part then please just state that on the sign-ups so that it doesn't get killed. Otherwise it's open season.
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8. No making up histories for characters (even NPCs) that aren't your own.
9. I reserve the right to kick you out of this RPG if you break one of these rules seriously enough. I will, however, give you a chance to explain or redeem yourself so it won't be a "BAM goodbye" sort of deal
"You can call yourself whatever you want.
Soldier. Leader. Patriot. Revolutionary. It doesn't matter.
At our core we're all the same thing.
Important NPCs: These are characters from the past RPGs that will probably be showing up in some capacity during the events of Paradise Lost. I figured it'd be good to have a place for all of them to be described so people would be familiar with them.
Barachiel Aker [formerly known as Terrak Aeolus] (TigerVespamon -> SlashAngemon): Barachiel is Kheprius' [fraternal twin] brother. He is a calm, collected, and caring Digimon with decent medical knowledge and very proficient abilities in swordsmanship, a passive martial art akin to judo, and nerve-striking and pressure point techniques. Barachiel was the adopted son and acolyte of the Angemon Hadrael Aker. He and Kheprius only recently met again, and the two were estranged. When Mephistopheles began to break the holy seals, Barachiel joined the Peacemakers' ranks. He joined the Peacemakers in their failed excursion into the Inferno.
Gunnar Cyndar (ShineGreymon -> ShineGreymon Burst Mode): Gunnar has been Tyr's best friend since childhood. He's an easygoing, flashy Digimon who's brimming with confidence. Gunnar joined the military with Tyr and three of their other friends, enlisting in a pals battalion, as typical for Digimon from their region. The five Greymon friends served together in the same platoon until Tyr left to join the Peacemakers. Gunnar stayed in the platoon until the Avalonian military was reorganized, after the Chaos Lords destroyed everything. Gunnar joined the ranks of the Peacemakers when Mephistopheles began to act, and he went into the Inferno with the other Peacemakers.
Dhazbog "Dhaz" Ullr (EmperorGreymon): Dhazbog is one of Tyr and Gunnar's friends. He's a responsible, caring, and rational Digimon. Dhazbog joined the military with Tyr, Gunnar, Ulik, and Sigurd, enlisting in a pals battalion. Since they were all from the same small town, they wanted to be able to fight with one another. The five Greymon friends served together in the same platoon until Tyr left to join the Peacemakers. He was given a leadership role as a squad commander, in which he commanded his other four friends and a few other Digimon. After the defeat of the Chaos Lords and the reorganization of the military, Dhazbog was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, and he was given charge of a larger amount of Digimon. When the Peacemakers entered the Inferno, the military unit he was in was overrun, and he lead the survivors in retreat. He, Sigurd, Ulik, and several others joined the resistance, and there he continued to use his leadership skills.
Sigurd "Sig" Jerin (WarGreymon): Sigurd is one of Tyr and Gunnar's friends. He's a gruff, foul-tempered, envious Digimon, although ultimately well intentioned. Sigurd joined the military with Tyr, Gunnar, Ulik, and Dhazbog, enlisting in a pals battalion. Since they were all from the same small town, they wanted to be able to fight with one another. The five Greymon friends served together in the same platoon until Tyr left to join the Peacemakers. Sigurd stayed in the platoon until the Avalonian military was reorganized, after the Chaos Lords destroyed everything. While the Peacemakers were in the Inferno, he, Dhazbog, and Ulik joined the resistance.
Ulik Vithar (BlackWarGreymon): Ulik is one of Tyr and Gunnar's friends. He's a quiet, sensible Digimon. Ulik joined the military with Tyr, Gunnar, Sigurd, and Dhazbog, enlisting in a pals battalion. Since they were all from the same small town, they wanted to be able to fight with one another. The five Greymon friends served together in the same platoon until Tyr left to join the Peacemakers. While the Peacemakers were in the Inferno, he, Dhazbog, and Sigurd joined the resistance.
Ruki Vesalius (Stingmon): Ruki was a childhood friend of Kheprius and Barachiel. She lived in a town a few miles away, that Kheprius and Barachiel frequently visited with their father. The two brothers' disappearance after the MetalTyrannomon attack probably had something to do with her career choice. Ruki grew up to become a well-educated doctor, helping Digimon whenever she could. She found out that the Aeolus brothers were alive, and she met them again to her great joy. When the demons invaded, Ruki went to the resistance forces, using her medical abilities to heal the wounded in their constant fight against the demonic invaders.
Hoenir Koenig (EmperorGreymon): Hoenir is a descendant of Tiwaz Koenig, and a distant cousin of Tyr. He is the High Defender of Tiwheim and its territory. He met his ancestor, Tiwaz, when Tyr revisited the area on Tiwaz's request, as it was the town that Tiwaz had sacrificed his life to save. During the Peacemakers' descent into the Inferno, he made sure that he saw to the safety of the citizens of Tiwheim and Sparta, all of whom were refugees.
Ivy Kranatos (Lilymon-Rosemon): Gigas Kranatos' pregnant wife. Ivy is generally quite caring and motherly. She's a nurse by practice, and a fighter by necessity. Having never been properly trained to fight, she can sometimes be more of a hindrance in battle than a help, and is perhaps more suited well behind the lines of battle, where she can tend to the wounded. She's six months pregnant now, and has been tending to the wounded at Hadrael's Tree since Hell broke loose. She was losing hope in the Peacemakers' return.
Bedivere Stormheart: (Slayerdramon -> Examon) The Lord of the Empty Seat and high protector of the Digital World, Bedivere was the leader of the Peacemakers during the Unholy Crusade. Due to his temporary possession of the Black Sword, a relic equal in might to Thor's White Sword, he has heightened senses and can utilise the Digitalize of Soul once commanded by Artorius, the Black Sword's previous wielder. He returned to lead the group once more against Mephistopheles, but the harrowing experience changed him, rendering him more arrogant and extremist in his attempts to defeat the demon. He marched into the Inferno alongside the Peacemakers in their final attempt to stop Mephistopheles.
Guinier Stormheart: (UlforceVeedramon -> Megidramon/UlforceVeedramon Future Mode) Bedivere's older sister, Guinier was always one of the Peacemakers. During the Siege of Avalon in the Unholy Crusade, she was altered on a fundamental level by the fallen Council member, Angra Mainyu, giving her the power to evolve into Megidramon. She and Caradoc fell in love and entered a romantic relationship during the closing days of the Crusade, but during recent times, the two separated due to the torment resulting from Caradoc making a deal with a demon to try and save Hadrael, Barachiel's mentor and adoptive father. Though conflicted over her feelings about Caradoc, Guinier continues to fight beside the Peacemakers for the sake of the world.
Caradoc Stern: (Valkyrimon -> Dynasmon X) The son of a noble who was shamed for once abandoning Odin in battle, Caradoc's whole life has been a quest for redemption for sins he did not commit. He is the successor to the Royal Knight, Galahad, whose spirit has merged with Caradoc's own and given him the power to take on the Dynasmon X form. Despite atoning for his father's sins through his heroic acts during the Crusade and finding some measure of peace with Guinier, the impact of Mephistopheles' actions soon sent Caradoc spiralling back into despair, as he blamed himself for the destruction of the Chess Kingdom at Conquest's hands. Piling guilt onto his own shoulders, Caradoc desperately made a deal with a demon to try and save Barachiel's adoptive father, damning himself in what he saw as an act of sacrifice. Therefore, although Caradoc has made peace with his past and fights on against the Demon Lords, deep down, he knows that even if they triumph, the chances are that his days will still be numbered regardless.
"You can call yourself whatever you want.
Soldier. Leader. Patriot. Revolutionary. It doesn't matter.
At our core we're all the same thing.