Genre: Magical Girl, with elements of urban fantasy.
Setting: This RP takes place in Japan, in the year 2020 and in the fictional town of Mitadake. Despite its origins, it is unrelated to any other magical warrior series meaning that, no, we won't be seeing Kyuubey or Sailor Moon any time soon.
IMPORTANT PLACES IN MITADAKE:
The exact layout of Mitadake is purposely left a little vague to allow for players to use the city as they like. There are, however, a few important places and landmarks that you should keep in mind!
Mitadake Middle School: The middle school that most young students of Mitadake attend. It's very big for a middle school. It's twinned with Mitadake High, meaning that you'll often see students of both mingling on the way to and from school.
Mitadake Shopping Mall: A ridiculously huge shopping mall, containing 800 stores, mostly selling luxury goods. It serves as the impromptu 'Entertainment District'. The Sugar Bowl, a popular cafe and dating spot, resides here as well as the 8BIT Fantasy arcade, for all your gaming needs.
Apple Park: A well-kept park that serves as the main place to relax outdoors in Mikitahara. The Mitadake river cuts through it, creating a perfect swimming spot for the summer. The park is so named because, weirdly enough, the only thing that grows there are apple trees.
Other landmark locations will be added as the RP progresses. Don't be afraid to suggest some!
What is a magical warrior?
A magical warrior is, in short, a person who has made a contract with a familiar to gain magical powers. These 'contracts' are an agreement between contractee and familiar to fight against the youma that have begun to plauge the world. It's a hard life with few rewards -- but not entirely without payment. For any magical warrior that can collect seven Oblivion Seeds -- the cores of particularly powerful youma -- will be granted a single wish.
However, use of magic comes with a price. Over time, magical warriors will accrue something called 'Overcharge', which can only be discharged by fallout. Depending on how much Overcharge a magical warrior has accrued, and their emotional state at the time of their fallout, this can be anything from temporarily creating mild distortions in reality to leveling a house in a massive explosion of tainted magic, known as a 'magical burst'.
Unknown to any of the magical warriors, there is one final, terrible price for their use of magic. The more overcharge a warrior collects, the more it affects their minds and their souls -- until a magical burst is all but inevitable. And what lies on the end of a magical burst?
A newborn youma, carrying an Oblivion Seed...
What is a familiar?
The familiars are cute little magical creatures who can grant people with sufficient potential the power of a magical warrior. Some look closer to normal animals than others, but they never quite look natural. A familiar’s fur is always a little too clean and soft, they come in pure, vivid colors, and they often have some kind of arcane marking on them. And that’s on top of them being sentient and capable of human speech.
As creatures of magic, familiars don’t quite think the way people do. Some are better than others at covering it up, but their values and understanding of the world are always a little off from how humans see things.
What is a youma?
Normal people cannot perceive the youma or their influence, but they can certainly feel it. An active youma generates a distortion in the tapestry of the world called a Nightmare. For ordinary people this manifests as simply a vague feeling of dread. For magical girls and any others attuned to m agic, a Nightmare appears as an increasingly surreal region of distorted reality. On the edges of the Nightmare things will seem a little off here and there, but at its heart, where the youma resides, it is a maddening jumble of objects and images.
It’s not totally clear what youma even are, but they are unquestionably dangerous. They can take on countless different forms, from warped humanoids to masses of abstract shapes. Some believe that they derive their forms from the dreams and thoughts of the people around them. Youma sap energy from unsuspecting humans, stealing memories, emotions, and life force itself. Victims who are only lightly touched by youma become tired and listless for a time, while those who suffer a more extensive attack can be turned in to suicidal zombies or ripped them from reality entirely.
When a youma recognizes an actual threat, it will lash out and try to destroy that threat immediately. Normal people can’t even properly perceive youma, much less hope to beat one. Only magic can harm them. Some magical girls have found that they can fight youma using normal weapons, but this is actually because their own magic imbues those weapons with the necessary power.
When a magical girl kills a youma, its Nightmare collapses and particularly powerful youma will leave behind an Oblivion Seed. These appear as diamond shaped gems with some kind of magical writing on them. Magical girls can store them inside of their weapons. It is said that a magical girl who accumulates 13 Oblivion Seeds is granted one wish.
Youma are the tainted and corrupted forms of magical warriors who have fallen to a magical burst. Newborn youma, fresh from the trauma, will be particularly vicious and often target magical warriors directly. In addition, some Oblivion Seeds can carry the last memories of its owner -- leader to the slow corruption of the new carrier of the Oblivion Seed...