THREADS STARTED FOR THIS EVENT:
SEVEN POINTS - (Open) Started by Slate Morrison; LOCATION: 3rd Ave., Midtown, Manhattan
SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES - (Bakkhos - to be made Open later) Started by Matteo Carducci; LOCATION: Standard Hotel near Whitney Museum
BLOOD MOON - Empire State Building - (Open to the brave!) The first sightings of lycanthrope have started the battle for New York's soul.
PENULTIMATE - (Appropriately Open) Started by Rorye Shannon-Kearney; LOCATION: Book of Kells
RISE OF THE BLOOD MOON
A RESONANCE EVENT
Welcome intrepid resonated members. In honour of the recent All Hallows Eve we have prepared a ‘classic horror’ event of frightening proportions. As this event takes place during the period of the ‘full moon’. You will find an EVENT DISCUSSION THREAD for discussion and updates.
The occurrence of the occasional ‘Sanguine Moon’ accompanies a plethora of celestial events in the resonated world. Even before it’s rise, Lycanthropes can sense it’s arrival, feel the bestial power itching beneath their human guise. It is a dangerous time but really no more so for the rest of the population, it is the Lycanthropes who are truly put at risk due to the increased rage of the turn. Heightened strength and an increased hunger for murder and mayhem may allow them to break precautionary bonds or ward off drug induced comas. Those that venture beneath the crimson moon will range further and rage longer than on any other night.
Most people prepare themselves for the coming of the full moon, well aware that Lycanthropes may be prowling the streets. Law enforcers are ready, armed with silver weaponry able to take down these beasts but when the moon is red they are more resilient against the metal. Still, the frequency of the creatures are low and scattered across the continent. One is far more likely to fall down a manhole then get mauled by a raging Lycanthrope even during a Blood Moon. These creatures to do not roam in packs. They do not mass together, but for some reason, on this night, things are very different.
Tonight, thousands of Lycanthropes descend upon New York. Blood thirsty and enraged beyond all sanity, the monsters exhibit a behaviour never seen before… they pack together.
A horde of were-beasts descend upon New York with biblical wrath. They cannot be reasoned with. They cannot be deterred. It’s you or them.
What will you do?
The event occurs on, Monday, November 11th, that’s right, Veteran’s Day. It just so happens that’s when the full moon occurs in 2019 and the perfect time for a disaster. Hopefully your character(s) of choice are on the continent and healthy enough to participate during this time. The event exists within our setting and does not occur in an ‘Altered Universe’. Those character’s not participating in the event will still experience it in some capacity as it will become a fixed part of site history.
As this event occurs in ‘real-time’. It’s stories will exist in the appropriate site forums. Please post a link to your story in the EVENT DISCUSSION THREAD and it will be added to the tracker located in the first post of that same thread.
The event has three stages which will occur at certain times of the night. Sunset is at 4:42 PM and Moonrise is at 4:36 PM, pretty much at the same time.
You may structure your posts how ever you see fit. For reference please add the date: November 11th, 2019 to your first post.
Please add the tags:
EVENT and RISE OF THE BLOOD MOON
Preferably we would like your stories to remain OPEN but you are more than welcome to write with whom ever you choose.
For those of you with Lycanthrope characters, it should be made clear that the intent of this event is to have true "monsters" on the prowl in New York, the blood-moon leaves nothing of humanity in these lycanthropes. Feel free to portray your character as a completely savage animal without any "reasoning" or "personality" in their transformed form or to exclude the character from the event (perhaps they were away from NY at the time or felt something was coming and drugged themselves heavily etc) Don't worry - more fun events coming that your Lycanthrope can be a part of!
1. The Calm Before the Storm
( Anytime before 4:36 PM - Moonrise )
It is evening. The full moon will rise in a few hours and as usual people are little more wary of things that go bump in the night. Law Enforcement are on alert in preparation for any rogue were-beasts or other ‘lunar sensitive’ predators stalking the city. By contrast, responsible Lycanthropes are ensuring that their transformative selves are securely chained or sedated as to prevent them from harming others or being harmed.
Those characters knowledgeable of celestial events through a sensitivity or a friendship with a Lycanthrope may be aware that the effects of this approaching full moon are somehow intensified. Were-beast tendencies are amplified, magical spells or artifacts swayed by the power of the full moon, stronger. All in all, a lot of people are edgy, but NONE, not even psychics gifted with the ‘sight’ are aware of the coming Blood Moon. It’s Rise is a complete surprise to everyone. Well, almost everyone.
In this stage of the event, you ‘set the stage’ for you character’s participation in the story and establish what their role will be. This is an all inclusive event, which means that it is a series of simultaneously occurring stories which could possibly synch up. It’s really up to you.
2. Fight or Flight!
( After 4:36 PM )
A Sanguine Moon rises! Law Enforcement go on high alert. The media warns people to stay indoors as a precaution during this unpredictable time. Simultaneous with these warnings sounds of vandalism and bestial howls pierce the unnatural quiet of the tense city.
Over the next hour hordes of were-beasts appear in the streets across the entire city. The frequency of the monsters is unprecedented. No one has ever seen so many in one place. No one ever believed their were so many, nor that they would ever instinctively pack and tolerate one another. Something is wrong.
The majority of the were-beasts are Wolves, Coyotes and Bears due to the common predatory fauna of the North American East Coast. Mountain Lions and other uncommon animal-types to the area exist, but are infrequent. It would be extremely rare to come across three Were-Tigers at the same time or even separately over the course of the night.
Academics and mystics alike will postulate the sudden meaning of this ‘pack mentality’ and what it means. The were-beasts are not working together but merely not attacking each other as they normally would. They are indifferent to all but their prey and everything is pissing them off. Anything that makes noise, moves or flashes light attracts their rage. They are tearing the city apart and killing anything that isn’t a were-beast crossing their path.
This is the part of the story where our characters find themselves caught up in the nightmare. In what capacity is entirely up to you. The city is under siege. City law enforcement and Vanguard support patrols are overrun. Other members of the Vanguard and the Order of First Light are being called in. It’s pandemonium in the streets.
Two of the main questions people are asking themselves are:
Where in the hell did all these were-beasts come from?
They are not supposed to form packs. Is it the moon?
3. That’s No Moon!
( After 6:15 PM )
At this point in the story it occurs to someone, somewhere, to call a relative who happens to live out west and see how they’re fairing with this ‘Blood Moon’. “Blood moon? What are you talking about?” The relative says and goes on to prove via the exchange of a video that the moon is in fact, not red where they are. In fact more calls, from people outside of the greater New York area are calling in and inquiring about the weird event on the news, exclaiming that the moon is NOT red. The media jumps on this and broadcasts that, “The Blood Moon is a localized event! Something is causing it.”
Now perhaps your character learns of this another way. It’s entirely up to you. They just won’t know it before 6:00 PM at the earliest.
Everyone watching the news learns that the Blood Moon is a massive illusion able to send were-beasts into a frenzy. But what’s causing it? What’s generating the illusion? What’s attracting all the were-beasts from miles away and above all why?
These are the questions a heroic character has to solve or they might just stumble serendipitously upon the answer.
At specific places in New York have been etched elaborate sigils. Each is three feet in diameter and would have been taken months to create. Their are seven in total, located at places where ley-lines cross, places where strangely, all of New York’s grandest buildings and monuments are located.
The locations exist any cross-over or point of this seven pointed star over Manhattan:
Remember there are SEVEN SIGILS. The areas DO NOT have to be symmetrical. Choose which ever area you want and perhaps, other stories may cross into your own based on that choice. It's up to you.
Please make sure you communicate your character's discoveries in the EVENT DISCUSSION THREAD.
To dispel the incantation, ALL, seven magic circles have to be marred, but take care. These sigils are attracting the beasts and they will defend them if the magic is threatened.
The reason for the SEVEN POINTED star and it's discover is entirely up to you. This can be figured out during the event or after. Can be used to find other sigils or your character may use other means. It's all up to you.
'THE WHY?' — THE OUTCOME.
This will be revealed at a later date. The participants of the event can speculate, but none will be the wiser. Further analysis of the sigils will reveal them to be terrestrial and stemming from a combination of arcane arts hailing from Russia, Germany, Bulgaria and Romania. It is not magic commonly employed by members of the Order of First Light nor ARMA.
This ties in with the ever growing popularity of 'Ritual Magic' and the Human potential of harnessing the power of the arcane arts through the use of components, ritual and sacrifice. The Human use of magic is rising threat, as these people tend not to respect the power of magic and it's influences. Magic is just another commodity to them, a way to control the masses.
Your characters may have suspicions along these lines, they can even jump to conclusions, but as yet nothing as been set in stone as an outcome of this event.
IF YOU ARE BITTEN
In the amped up state of the lycanthropes, the virus becomes permanent in just 8hrs not the normal 24. Also because of the acceleration of the infection anyone with abilities or magic is likely to have nothing of their former abilities remaining in their new lycanthrope form. After that they are the same as other Lycanthropes.