Welcome to my newest RPG everyone! Enjoy and get ready for some fun!
The year according to the Gregorian calendar is 1865. Unlike the world you are used to, this world is different. Many events have happened that led to the current state of this world. Trying to identify when the turning point was is impossible. However, among the educated community or even the poor was a legend. A tale of two brothers that occurred during the Renaissance Era.
These two boys had the same father but different mothers. One was raised in nobility and learned about the world with the masters of Da Vinici, Michealango and others. One was raised in poverty and with his large family, heard of the many persecutions of the church, and the belief of corruption. However, they shared the same mysterious birthmarks and inherited their father’s genius. In their youth, they encountered one another and realized their connection through their birthmark. As they exchanged experiences, ideas began forming. The older brother, born of the poor, learned about the sciences and the arts and applied to what he learned. The younger brother, born of nobility learned of the strife and using his mind, realized the many problems that have occurred. As they met in secret and learned from their elders about the ancient times of the Byzantine and the Roman and having met many strange individuals, they begin developing ideas. They saw that the influence of the Christian church was corrupting to the values of science. They viewed the current era in a more jaded view with the increase of poverty, warfare and political and religious persecution. At the same time, they were awed as the artistic endeavors and the scientific advances by Da Vinci with his inventions. Realizing the potential this man had on the future, they began following him and they managed to deduce how he kept his work secret. Years of silent decoding allowed them to discover his inventions, but realized their flaws and how they could be improved. When he died, they were saddened. They began thinking on what that would mean. They realized that the era was both of good and bad and they must write down both, so people may learn from mistake while retaining and improving on the good.
Extending on the lack of persecution, they began writing for the equal treatment of people regardless of religion though this was increased to include equality among people regardless of appearance, gender or any other physical difference or way of thinking. They began gathering followers, but they were careful to avoid the eye of the church and authority. Their secret way of thoughts reached the ears of people of all sorts. This group praised thinking, the arts, sciences, equality among all and other virtues. Their impact would change the world.
Their teachings led to think about the world in different ways. Over time, people who were ordinary became extraordinary because these brothers existed. When the New World was discovered, this secret order saw opportunity for a fresh place to start. By this time, there were several patterns they noticed when the Europeans settled down. They had observed that because Britain was an island, it reacted to the natives different than other countries had. Many members went to the New World to learn more. For Spain, the goal for the lands was put on hold with the problems going on with the church. When they arrived later than how it was in our world, they saw the Natives dying from an unknown plague. Instead of conquest for gold, they sought out to help these people, remembering how Europe was nearly destroyed by the Black Plague. More positive relationships were forged and science and learning preceded the search. They saw that despite some of the horror that the natives had in their culture, they saw their many accomplishment, especially with the discovery of the Mayan calendar and their time-keeping.
For a while, history remained unchanged. However, with the rise of the Americas, one of the new settlers brought with them a book of the teachings and showed it to the Founding Fathers. Wanting to distanced themselves further from the Europe traditions, they began changing policies. They viewed the natives not as savages, but as equals and they worked to create a system to satisfy both parties. Technology began advancing, however the world began changing
The brothers’ reverence of Da Vinci lead to the rise of clockwork contraptions. However, with the discovery of coal, this was becoming the past. While the general public embraced the new technology, others were suspicious about it. A noble who lost his family had their corpses investigated and discovered the damage to their lungs from the development of coal. He devoted himself to the sciences and realized the flaws that could pursue. Having nothing left in Europe, he went to the New World to spread his information. With the Americas undergoing a longer period of Enlightment and Renaissance, they drew from baroque culture and other sources while retaining the radical teachings of the brothers. They discovered through accident, theory and fortune new ways of producing steel, they honored their commitment to nature as respect to the Native Americans. Europe eventuall developed into what one may call a steampunk civilization while the US embraced the clockwork mechanics and other sources. Instead of coal, they used the power of nature.
The Current State of Affairs (The Americas):
The United States of America- Currently with 48 states, this country has a powerful influence. They are currently in a stance of professional, but cold relations with Europe. Having forsaken the practices of slavery, racism and other views of ‘ignorance,’ they are not as technologically advanced as Europe, but still quite powerful. The current president is Abraham Lincoln, currently advocating for the end of slavery in other countries. There is no official religions and there are people of many races. The Native Americans remain prominent with good relations with the government. Many of the tribes began living together and some merged with one another because of feuds and other reasons. The area is also a popular place where people may escape persecution such as Jews, Africans and other Europeans.
They run on clockwork. Having discovered an alternate method of producing steel, they rely heavily for their devices. By using complicated systems of storing and using energy, they built upon the idea of automated pocketwatches and used them to assist with power. They also use dams, though they are trying to fix the problems arising from affecting the environment. They also rely on the tides and large windmills. Because of the advancements of technology and the views, slavery was not implemented in the Americas. While the Civil War never took place, there are occasional tensions between the northerners and southerners, though the country is overall close. Taking advantage of areas of space, they set up towns that much are involved with mining or farming, are for sources of power. Mining is a more careful process because of the dangers presented. The country faces little problem on a grand scale though some situations are shown with rise of women suffrage, as well as dealing with the growing industry of hemp with marijuana. Other problems include the involvement of the country with affairs, especially with Europe involving China, India and Africa. The culture seems to be a modernized version of Baroque with mixes of the other countries.
Canada- Currently the United States’s closest ally along with Mexico, they are currently exploring their northern borders. The history remained relatively unchanged until the arrival of Louis Riel. Until that time, the US made sure that the English never had a tight grip on Canadian politics and encouraged them to find their path, one way by also remembering their French roots. When Louis Riel began leading resistance against British Canada, the U.S. provided assistance. The U.S.’s influence on the country led to revolt and the overthrow of the current government. Despite months of trouble, with the help of the terriotires led by Louis Riel and with the help of the U.S., Canada helped become a recognized country. More francocentric than the U.S., they are close with the native americans. They currently consist of the land from British Columbia to Quebec and the islands. Louis Riel has voted as the current prime minister of Canada the new country relies on the U.S. for guidance.
They are currently exploring the lands left behind by the British further north and settling down. One of the largest issues is the stance of the English Loyalists and the government. While nothing major has disrupted, there is civil unrest. The Canadians assist the U.S. with exportation of lumber and minerals. They also rely on clean power with plans for a damn in Niagra Falls as well searching for geothermic locations. They have French and English as official languages.
Mexico- Having lost land and in political turmoil, the U.S. stepped in to assist the country. Having reached agreements with the natives because of the teachings and the assistance some of the original settlers showed their ancient people, they embrace their ancient culture fully. Their economy is based on farming of tropical crops and fishing though they are also taking advantages of shores and making tidal power plants. Mexico is also the site of testing for ‘sun power,’ in the desert areas. By drawing in seawater and using the sun with heat, they are testing it for the possibility as another export. They have the largest amounts of indigenous people compared to its northern neighbors. They also enjoy the tourism and discoveries left behind by the Mesoamericans and remain a time of excitement.
While initially upset with the loss of land to the U.S., they are also grateful for assisting to set up a stable government especially after the incident with the first Mexican empire and the dictator. They have less but larger states consisting of it, with the capital city in the middle, Aztlan. Their current president is Alberto De Estrada, a Mexican who was taught in the U.S. before returning home to assist with the rebuilding. The current problems is some political unrest regarding corrupt groups targeting him as well as civil unrest regarding the landloss. [/SPOILER]
The Socialist States of Central America- A new country, they arose from the lands between Mexico and South America. Having fallen apart from the civil wars of the former Federal Republic, the states were reorganized with the assistance of Mexico and the U.S. One person who assisted was Karl Marx, who moved to the Americas after hitting poverty in London. Having heard of the land and wanting to see the impact of his ideas, he went to the government with his thoughts. While there were disagreements, curiosity got the better and Marxism was introduced to Central America. Because of its’ infancy, not much could be said though they are currently planning for a canal in the state of Panama. Unlike last time, the idea of staying unified was very clear, in order to preserve themselves.
The Caribbean Confederacy- A Confederacy formed from the Caribbean Islands to help defend themselves. While the unity was initially a necessary maneuver, the territories warmed to one another and to stay together. With the assistance of Mexico, they were purged of many problems, though persist certain problems between people.
The South American Union- A union of most of the South American countries excluding Brazil. When Bolivar began leading his campaign for independence, the U.S. kept an eye on him so he would not make any mistakes. When trying to decide the government, they stepped in when they saw his plan was virtually the same as ‘the British unwritten constitution, as it existed at the time, without formally establishing a monarchy.’ Having stepped in, they reorganized it to a similar stance with Canada, with the regions divided into provinces. The capital is in Bolivar, Bolivia with Bolivar in charge, though he is in his last years, battling tuberculosis. The country’s source of income comes from agriculture and fishing, though they also are preparing areas for tourism for their rich backgrounds. They have close relationships with Brazil. The provinces are somewhat distant from on another, making a bit more like a confederacy, though if the union does dissent, it will be most likely be a gradual and peaceful process. Few problems are persisting though there are gritty interest groups as well as the detachment between the provinces.
The Kingdom of Brazil- An experimental ‘constitutional’ monarchy, they are the only other country in South America. Having achieved independence, they felt pressure from their neighbors about transforming into a democracy. They remained a kingdom though they underwent with South American to have a constitution and parliament system. They are highly varied and sometimes thought of South America’s equivalent of the United States. They are close to their neighbors, though there is a national joke that if the SAU dissolved, they would become the important power like the U.S is of North America. They are close to Portugal and one of the few Western countries close to their European counterparts. Some believe the country will eventually become a republic. Slavery has been abolished though some former slave owners are none too happy and one problem is handling the Amazon rainforest while expanding their economy.[/SPOILER]
The Current Situation:
You are going about your daily business when suddenly in your workplace or near an area of recreation, you spy someone dressed in strange garb. They have a hood and a cloak on with a mysterious symbol on it. They end up in a form of trouble and being the good person you are, you help them out. The next day, a letter in a black envelope is hand-delivered to you. The paper is black and the writing appears to be written in gold. You become invited to a grand party in Washington. Little you know, the person you helped save is part of an organization, one with deep roots, that will take you on an adventure of a lifetime. You will be forced to discover hidden talents, perform feats of espionage, ingenuity, combat and deduction to survive this quest. For an ominous force lurks in the shadows, ready to throw the world into chaos.
Name: Diego Vendrix
Ethnicity: Mexican-American (Has Spanish and Mayan heritage)
Appearance: Diego stood at five foot, 9 inches, light olive skin and stout. He has low cheekbones, a boyish face, no facial hair, and wears a pair of glasses that darken themselves in bright sunlight. His hair is black with subtle patches of very dark brown, mainly in the tips. His hair is kept trimmed and neat, however the ends on the back of his head are messy and spiky. He has slightly bigger than average eyes, which are chocolate brown. His eyes are large enough that they are noticeably larger than average, even by a margin amount.
Diego is dressed for how the era is during this age. He usually wears shirts made out of cotton though he has a few linen shirts. He rarely wears any coats though he has some on hand when the weather gets colder. He is also one of the few who wears trousers of the same colored fabric of his coat and waistcoat (a ditto suit). He also rarely wears the shoes, preferring the Native American made moccasins. He usually is wearing an apron because of his job as a baker. He also wears glasses to help him see and also has a pocketwatch with some Mayan engraving on it.
Personality: Diego has a soul of fire. He is a warm and passionate person with an occasion fiery temper and a burning streak for the pursuit for adventure and truth. He is very empathetic and has a great desire to help people out. Beneath this outgoing personality, Diego is a shy and quiet person. He is also a very artistic individual as he will often draw whenever he gets the chance to do so. He is very loyal, but can come on as clingy, especially around girls. He also likes to cook, which led to his current job as a baker. When in serious situations, he knows it is time for him to use his intelligence and strengths at their full capacity. He is very creative and know to be devious for his ideas.
He has his faults, however. Some of these are being blunt, sarcastic, picking fights, laziness and often day-dreaming during certain moments and saying a weird comment afterward. He may also show some malevolent intent or hold grudges for a while. He may even show cruel moments, characterized by a crazed grins and shadows under his eyes. He is prone to snarky or blunt comments and is often unable to figure out what to do in situations with people so will often mess things up, though he means no harm. Despite this or because of it, he tries to overcome these traits so people don’t judge him on his faults and see him as a good person.
History: Being a humble baker, not much of Diego’s history is known. His parents migrated from Mexico shortly after their marriage. This was not difficult because of Diego’s paternal grandfather; having done work in the US as a professional tailor. His mother was a housewife while his father worked in management. Diego never understood the exact nature of his father’s job but he was very good at it and well known for it. He would help oversee the operations of his facility and made sure everything was in order, problems being people selling what the company could not make and doing matters more efficiently. Diego grew up with a younger brother, but the two are not that close. This is because of Diego being born different. Not understanding the nature of Diego’s personality, his parents tried to their best to help him. A brilliant child, he was intelligent but ostracized and alone for his eccentric behavior. Despite showing great potential, Diego admitted he was feeling a sort of aimlessness with his life.
However, he grew up happy and healthy with his family and ended up moving further north into the large city. He runs his own bakery, being good at it. He also displays some of his works of art, being influenced by the academic arts of Europe. He also has an interesting and bizarre piece he claimed came from a dream, a picture of how art would be in 50 years or so. While they dismiss it in joke, it is a fascinating piece. Beyond him baking, he was also taught some practical skills among his favorite, clockwork. His parents remain in the Deep South. His brother, not being as a deep thinker, was a quick thinker and very charismatic. Having the ability to master odd skills as well as attracted very talented folk of his age, Diego does not know what his brother does, because of his brother’s nature. Despite their lack of interaction at times, they are still family and will go to great lengths to protect one another.
Diego Vendrix- DVB
Jasper Hawk- iStorm
Blanc N. Tuerie- CandleReaper
Marina "Pearl" Silvestri- Jean Grey
Zuri Watkinson- Kiruria
Halt Chrono- deltakurumiru4