On a clear night when we look up to the stars it’s there. A lingering scar of the Resonance; a writhing crack defined by a radiant purple nebula appearing as if the very cosmos were about to split apart. Perhaps it might. So little is known about the phenomena that such a fear holds as much weight as any existing theory. People, however, have always turned a blind eye to their apparent insignificance in the universe. Why should a new celestial body provoke those primal fears we have for millions of years ignored and explained away through mysticism and more recently, science? Well, maybe because this distant remnant continues to have profound effects on our world.
The Nevus spans the entire length of the night sky, from horizon to horizon in all hemispheres of the world. Night after night it’s position changes with absolutely no discernible pattern. In the span of a single day, it can go from running east to west, to north to south, an impossibility and yet time and time again this strange movement occurs. Scientists and sorcerers alike have absolutely no idea what this means other than to surmise that the Nevus may exist outside of space and time as we know it. Or perhaps we do?
The unknown has always frightened us and so our species has clung to whatever concepts it could to provide understanding. Even the slightest semblance of knowledge provides what Humans have always needed — ‘the illusion of control’. Hence the populace has embraced four theories that allow them to address their questioning minds.
1. ‘A RIFT IN SPACE AND TIME’
Realistically would a ‘rift’ actually look like a ‘crack’ in space? Comparing the physical properties of solid matter to space is utterly non-sensical and yet this is still the most popular theory. People of course are always more comfortable, it seems, with taking the science fiction concepts of pop-culture as truth.
2. ‘THE EDGE OF ANOTHER UNIVERSE. THE EDGE OF OUR NEW UNIVERSE’
Based on the popular ‘multi-verse theory’, it is believe that the Nevus may be a converging universe or perhaps our universe has changed and it represents the ‘edge’ of our new home.
3. ‘A MAGICAL RIFT TO ANOTHER DIMENSION’
Some, mainly those associated to the ‘magical community’ believe the Nevus to be a portal or magical rift to another realm and through it flows an energy that continues to transform our world.
4. ‘THE RAPTURE. REVELATION. ARMAGEDDON.’
We don’t like to delve into matters of religion on the site but one cannot deny that the majority of our population believes in some kind of ‘higher power’. We can thus safely assume that many people may believe the Resonance and the lingering Nevus to part of a greater plan.
We urge you to consider what your character believes. The Nevus is a major feature of the world now, a remnant of the event that changed it and continues to change it. It is undeniable and all encompassing, the ever looming
Since it’s appearance in 2010, the Nevus has been nothing more than an anomalous feature in the night sky. A reminder and only that, but as of 2017 those who have been studying the celestial phenomena began to link it’s periodic fluctuations with strange occurrences in the solar system and on Earth. Then one night of 2018 the intensity of the Nevus’ aura increased and the Resonance returned!
By comparison to the 2010 Event this only possessed a fraction of the power. A very small amount of people were ‘altered’ but it seemed that a chain reaction of supernatural occurrences had begun and may continue on for some time, perhaps until the end of our days.
THE RESONANCE WAVE
On November 2nd, 2018, ironically ‘All Souls Day’, a second Resonance Event occurred. It is referred to as the 'All Souls Wave' by those in scientific and magus communities who study the Nevus in depth.
These Scientists and Magus studying and monitoring the phenomena of the Nevus would have noted a fluctuation but for the most part there were no tell-tale signs of an event to warn the general populace (further supporting the utter unpredictability of the Nevus). A very small percentage of the 'Human Populace Only' were altered. This means no otherworldly alterations occurred.
TELLURIC ENERGY LINES (LEY LINES)
These lesser known lines of energy criss-crossing the globe are believed to have a relationship with the Nevus. It has already been established that they bolster the effects of magic.
All our characters exist in the same world and experience the same things, on the same days. If a hurricane hits the coast, it effects everyone, thus all of our stories have to be coordinated to reflect this. This is why ‘Time-Stamping’ is important.
Nevus Events are pre-determined for the month and listed on our calendar. It is up to you to decide if you want to create a story on that day and deal with the effects. Some races may invariably be effected and thus regardless of whether or not you wish to develop a story during the event, your character may recount it’s details in a story occurring after that event.
These are consistent moments in a world that our characters can converse about and so it is important that you apprise yourself with upcoming events by perusing the calendar.
The Nevus is a major part of this world and it is unrealistic for a character to ignore it, or the events it creates. Many of these ‘distortions of physical reality’ are no more than freakish occurrences, such as the sun rising at an odd time, or perhaps even a strange planet crossing the sky over a twenty-four period. Incredibly frightening celestial events which are somewhat toned down by the fact that people are very aware that our world, our solar system, perhaps our entire universe is profoundly altered.
In the description of the event we will let you know how the majority of population will react and whether or not a cautionary state of emergency might be placed in effect. We are living in a world trying to get used to these strange events and thus sometimes, the powers-that-be may just decide that show must go on and the work day will continue as normal.
Experts are constantly monitoring the Nevus. Not unlike meteorologists on the watch for tornadoes. Among these experts are members of factions Pharos, the Order of First Light, ARMA and the New World Defence Division (in the West). They work in conjunction with seismologists, meteorologists and various other forms of global monitoring to provide the populace with some peace of mind when these events occur.