One born of human flesh, Man is now a race of some power.
You, son of man, must face the power you hold.
And you must face your destiny as well...
Though your days be peaceful, the fated time draws near.
I am your judgment.
I sundered the tongues of your fathers and shattered their arrogant power.
So long as the Lord does not live in you, all living beings hold darkness in their hearts.
If you truly wish to be yourself, then rise and fight the darkness within...
The demon inside.
If you have the will to challenge your destiny of battle, son of man, state your name...
As He proclaimed, this world, created in seven days, shall be destroyed by the sounding of seven trumpets.
You who have a will, fear the numbers your eyes shall see.
Fear the time left...
- Devil Survivor -
Law and Chaos.
The two forces that bring balance to the world.
Long have the powers behind these two forces been at war. A war started before the age of mankind. A war mankind will soon find itself a part of.
A trail will soon descend upon the unsuspecting people of Manhattan island. An ordeal lasting seven days, a test of mankind’s will and resolve. A harbinger of their final destiny.
For seven days, the people of Manhattan will be locked in, unable to leave the island. They will face hardships and discomforts. They will face the iron fist of their government. They will face the demons that will be released into their realm. And they will face the monsters lurking within their own hearts.
Many will perish, but the strong can survive. The strength needed to survive this ordeal is the courage to face demons; to tame them and make their power your own. The heart to face the darkness that lies in your neighbors and yourselves. And most importantly, the will to live.
Do you have what it takes to change the destiny of mankind?
- The Manhattan Lockdown -
For the people of Manhattan, it started like any other day. Like the rest of New York City, the streets were packed with people going about their business, rushing to and fro, too busy to give much thought to the state their lives were in.
War and rumors of war, economic troubles, political corruption, civil unrest, these were all simply headlines. Not so much signs of the times as worn out newsreels. And with a new multi-purpose device called a COMP making everyone’s lives easier and more digital than ever, the common man cared less and less for the world of fear and worry that reality had become and more and more of an imagined life of prosperity and peace in their own bubbles of internet fallacies and facades.
All of this is about to suddenly and violently change when an explosion rocks Times Square and the entire island of Manhattan is put under lockdown. No one is allowed to enter or leave the island for any reason and anyone attempting to do so is either beat down or shot on sight. The lockdown is sudden and impassable, a wall of government and military personnel preventing travel across land, sea, air, and even underground. Nothing gets on of off the island, no exceptions.
Unable to return to their daily lives, as the power and water systems start to fail, panic and fear set in. Rumors of inhuman things stalking back alleys and dark streets only add to the terror. For those who happen to have a COMP however, the mystery only grows. All thanks to a mysterious new app that appears on their systems, the “Demon Summoning Program.”
They soon discover that they aren't alone, that these creatures, these “demons”, really are in the human realm. And that the COMP can let you summon one.
These “Demon Tamers” soon realize the power that they wield, the power to control a demon, a creature of myth and legend, a monster that cannot be harmed by human weaponry and that follows your commands. This power makes them above the law, and it makes them feared. And some are all too eager to abuse it. But what are the reasons behind this sudden appearance of demons? Why is Manhattan locked down? And what will happen to mankind when the truth behind it all is finally revealed? Only those with the strength to survive the ordeal will find out.
- Demons and COMPs -
Demons are creatures from another dimension. They resemble creatures and figures from myths and legends from around the world, and are completely impervious to harm from man-made weaponry. Demons come in all shapes, sizes, intellects, and strengths and can only be summoned via a COMP or an extremely specialized ritual.
Demons are sentient creatures, though their levels of intelligence vary wildly across their many different forms and types. There are all kinds, everything from demons that resemble wild animals and are incapable of human speech to demons that are smarter than any human and act as deities or gods.
A COMP is a handheld device that is part smart phone, part tablet, and part gaming system. COMP stands for “Communication Player”. It is a one-in-all device, allowing e-mail access, business and banking, texting and video chat, gaming, apps, and more.
During the lockdown, all new-model COMPs suddenly reboot and become loaded with an app called the “Demon Summoning Program”. Running this app causes the COMP to summon a demon, who then attempts to kill the human who summoned it. If the human defeats the demon, it will submit and become that human’s servant. If the demon kills the human, it becomes free of its shackles and can do as it pleases in the human realm. This submission is called a “Contract”, and only occurs the first time the Demon Summoning Program is activated. Any other demons defeated by the user or their personal demons are not obligated to form a Contract.
Normally, humans are no match for even the weakest demon, but all COMPs equipped with the “Demon Summoning Program” also perform a function known as “Harmonizing”. This allows any and all nearby humans to stand up to demons and even defeat them in battle. It can even allow the use of magic to those who already command a demon.
In certain situations, a COMP can malfunction, causing the Demon Summoning Program to run haywire, opening a rift that allows demons to cross over freely without worry of a contract.
- The Laplace Mail and the Death Clock -
Once a User has formed a Contract with their first demon, the other features of the Demon Summoning Program become apparent.
The first is the Laplace Mail, a strange e-mail that is delivered to each COMP that claims to predict the future. Choosing to heed its warning may be the difference between life and death.
The second is the Death Clock. This feature of the modified COMP allows the user to see a floating number above every person’s head. This number will be between zero and seven, and tells how many days that person has left to live. If no number is displayed, that means that person has longer than seven days to live. As of the activation of the lockdown, no person within the lockdown on Manhattan Island has longer than seven days on their Death Clock.
The number displayed by the Death Clock is very accurate, but it is not set in stone. It can be changed if the circumstances leading to that person’s death are changed. The same is also true of the Laplace Mail. If no action is taken, the events in the e-mail will come to pass, but if events are changed, then things can turn out differently than the Laplace Mail describes.
- Demon Fusion and Contracts -
A Contract is the means by which a demon submits to a human. It can be thought of as a pact, allowing the summoner to command the demon as they see fit. A contract is automatically formed by the first demon summoned from the COMP, should the human defeat it in battle, but that is not the only way to form a Contract.
New Contracts can be formed via the COMP if high enough potential is detected in the summoner. Demons may also voluntarily form a contract with a human. There may be other ways as well...
Lastly, two demons may be fused together using the Demon Summoning App to create a new, more powerful demon. The result is determined by the Demon Summoning App, and the user has no say in what the resulting demon will turn out to be. Though the new demon will be much stronger than the source demons, the source demons are permanently lost. Think it over carefully before attempting Fusion.
Demon's themselves seem to be okay with the fusion process, and in some cases even express excitement at the prospect. Though it is not entirely understood, it is thought that the result demon inherits the memories of BOTH the source demons. Though this may be the case, total changes in demeanor, personality, speech, and intelligence are possible.
- About This RP -
You the player will be playing as a random person who, for whatever reason, was in Manhattan when the lockdown began. As someone with a new COMP, you will discover that you can now access the Demon Summoning Program, and must face a demon. Victory over your foe will see the demon under your command.
Then, your role as a “Demon Tamer” begins. With your demons and your fellow Demon Tamers at your side, you must find your place in the lockdown and decide what path to follow. Do you try and protect others, or chose to look out for yourself? Do you seek stronger power, or shun the unnatural demons? Do you try to hold out and survive the lockdown, or attempt to break its borders and seek your freedom?
These choices and the consequences are yours and yours alone. There will be death. There will be difficult decisions and sacrifices. But the determined can survive. And the choices you make will not only determine your fate and the fate of those in the lockdown, but the end result of a war between Law and Chaos, and a new destiny for all of mankind.
As the RP progresses, I as the GM will update the players with Death Clock readings, events at various locations, the passage of time, and other important factors. But it will be up to the players where to go and what choices to make. There will be several NPCs to help guide players along, but in the end what path to take is up to you.
Your demons can be literally anything from any world mythology. Though it would help if they had a page on the Megaten Wiki (located here if anyone needs help finding a demon), this is not necessary. Initial demons are to be lower in power, more along the lines of Pixie, Kobold, Ogre, Knocker, Poltergeist, etc. More powerful demons will become available to the players as the story progresses.
Be aware that any attempt at Demon Fusion will result in an outcome determined by the GM. It is a potentially risky, but likely rewarding choice if you are seeking more power.
Also be aware that player death is a very real possibility. Failure to heed the warnings of the Laplace Mail or Death Clock, or failure to alter the circumstances of one's foretold demise, will result in death. You have been warned.
- Manhattan -
(Disclaimer: Some areas have been simplified to facilitate the RP. This will not be a 100% accurate picture of real-world Manhattan.)
Manhattan is a large island and a central district of New York City. It consists of several smaller areas, each with its own feel. These areas will make up the various “locations” that any given event will take place at during the RP. Players are encouraged to mark their current location at the top of each of their posts. These locations are:
Hamilton Heights – In the northwest corner of the island, Hamilton Heights is the home of City College of New York (CCNY), Dance Theater of Harlem, The Harlem School of the Arts and Aaron Davis Hall. The neighborhood offers several parks, and there are spacious apartment buildings, brownstones and other row houses prominently lining the leafy eastern streets of Hamilton Heights.
Harlem - A large neighborhood within the north east section of Manhattan, Harlem has been known as a major African-American residential, cultural and business center. Though it has a higher crime rate than other areas, it is home to many prominent landmarks including the Apollo Theater and the Museum of New York City.
Morningside Heights - South of Hamilton Heights and East of Harlem, this area is known as a home of institutions. Because of the number of educational intuitions in the neighborhood, its nickname is the Academic Acropolis.
Upper West Side - An area that lies between Central Park and the Hudson River, the “UWS” is an upscale, primarily residential area with many of its residents working in more commercial areas in Midtown and Lower Manhattan. It has the reputation of being home to New York City's cultural, intellectual hub (with Columbia University located at the north end of the neighborhood), and artistic workers.
Central Park - A public park at the center of Manhattan and one of the most famous sightseeing spots in New York. It is a huge park, consisting of over 800 acres of forested areas, meandering footpaths, several lakes, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Upper East Side - A neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan between Central Park and the East River. Once known as the Silk Stocking District, it is one of the most affluent neighborhoods in New York City. The area is host to some of the most famous museums in the world. The string of museums along Fifth Avenue fronting Central Park has been dubbed "Museum Mile."
Lincoln Square – A square and its surrounding area located near the bottom of the Upper West Side. It is an open and high-class area with several concert halls and churches.
Midtown – Midtown Manhattan, located just south of Central Park, is home to some of the city's most iconic buildings, including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the United Nations Headquarters. It contains world-famous commercial zones such as Rockefeller Center, Broadway, and Times Square.
Times Square - Iconified as "The Crossroads of the World", Times Square is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway Theater District, one of the world's busiest pedestrian intersections, and a major center of the world's entertainment industry.
Hell’s Kitchen - also known as Clinton and Midtown West, Hell's Kitchen has a gritty reputation. Given the lower costs in the past and its proximity to Broadway theaters, the neighborhood is a haven for aspiring actors. The area provides transportation, hospital and warehouse infrastructure support to the Midtown Manhattan business district. Hell's Kitchen's side streets are mostly lined with trees.
Turtle Bay - on the east side of Midtown Manhattan, It is the site of the United Nations Headquarters and the Chrysler Building.
Tenderloin - an entertainment and red-light district in the heart of Manhattan, south of Midtown. It is a very high crime area with a seedy reputation.
Chelsea – located south of Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea is primarily residential, with a mix of tenements, apartment blocks, city housing projects, townhouses and renovated rowhouses, and its many retail businesses reflect the ethnic and social diversity of the population. The western part of Chelsea has become a center of the New York art world, with many art galleries located in both new buildings and rehabilitated warehouses.
Union Square – a historic and important intersection in lower Manhattan, It is a wide open area dominated by a large square.
Alphabet City – Located in the lower east side of Manhattan, it is a very densely populated area with a high rate of violent crime and illegal activity, though recently seeing development and renovation.
SoHo - a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, notable for being the location of many artists' lofts and art galleries, and also, more recently, for the wide variety of stores and shops ranging from trendy boutiques to outlets of upscale national and international chain stores.
Chinatown – A large, highly populated area of primarily Chinese residents. It has a strong Chinese influence in its shops, and most of its signage is in full Chinese.
Financial District - A neighborhood on the southeastern side of Manhattan which comprises the offices and headquarters of many of the city's major financial institutions, including the New York Stock Exchange and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The World Trade Center existed in the neighborhood until the September 11 attacks and is currently being rebuilt as the Freedom Tower.
Battery Park – An open area on the south edge of Manhattan with several docks, piers, and parks. Primarily a residential area, it has a lot of greenery, retail shops, and commercial property.
- Sign-Ups -
Name: Your name, first and last.
Age: Your age.
Gender: M or F.
Appearance: Your physical appearance. Detail is appreciated.
Personality: Your character’s quirks, traits, way of thinking, and outlook on life. Once again, detail is appreciated.
History: A brief backstory on your character and how they came to be in Manhattan.
- Demon -
Race: Your initial demon’s race. Examples include Jack Frost, Nekomata, Kobold, Ogre, etc. (For assistance, go here. You can also create your own so long as it is an actual mythological figure or creature.) Nothing too powerful for an initial demon, and I reserve the right to approve or reject a demon based on its relative strength. You are allowed to choose a 2nd initial demon, though it will not be summoned as a part of the Demon Summoning Program's activation battle.
Nickname: (Optional) Something to call your demon besides its race name.
Appearance: A brief description of its appearance.
Abilities: A brief description of its abilities. These should fit the demon’s race.
- Accepted Players -
Adam Hayes and Hua po (Pyra) + Goblin - [Monster Guy]
Julia Wilczyński and Hati (Cien) + Skoll - [Jean Grey]
Lucia Lindstorm and Ratatosk (Feng) + Slime - [Blivsey]
Alex Ganston and Basilisk (Bask) - [AJ2000]
Judith Erhardt and Harpy (kryo) - [Pir8Heart]
Salem Jeremic and Heqet + Satet - [rotrum]
Vincent Troy and Angel + Makara - [thesilverwolf]
Isaac Kreutzev and Incubus (Chrona) - [kanima]
Cole Culain and Raiju (Chifumi) - [Firebrand]
Drew Aurum and Nemhain + Chagrin - [CuriousHeartless]
Jacky di Senna and Ronin + Lilim - [Niihyl]
Sofiya Metcalfe and Jack Frost (Puny Pixie) - [Princess Raspberyl]
"Jack"Kane and Ogun + Garm - [Zero Nexus]
Suzy Carmichael and Slime - [Zincspider]