The Ascended of Earth
The history of the Ascended closely reflects our own through the centuries. After several wars millennia ago, the Ascended became reclusive, rarely coming up during the rest of human history. During this time, they established fairly stable systems of self-government, most loosely bound under an organization known as the Ascended of Earth.
These governments worked together for three goals. First was to help an Ascended integrate or separate from the rest of society as needed or wished. Second, they concealed the existence of the Ascended from the rest of humanity. In this second task, they often held government office. Third, and perhaps the most important, they deterred those elements of Ascended society who were criminally prone. Fortunately, Ascended criminals often wished to remain aloof of those they frighteningly referred to as “sub-human.”
All worlds were changed in the early 20th century. It was World War II. Germany was in the middle of a seemingly unstoppable roll across Europe. Once the Americans joined the war effort, the Allies began to turn the tide. For a time.
Reports began coming in, slowly at first, but in increasing number. At first, they were ignored, though exaggerations by field-shocked troops and officers: tales of people immune to bullets, moving faster than should be possible. Some even described single soldiers flipping tanks and trucks then flying away. Stories initially ignored proved to be horribly true.
A violent extremist group of Ascended, known by the innocuous name of The Cardholders, had allied with Germany. They shared the same goal; genocide in the pursuit of the perfect human race. They provided soldiers for Germany.
The Ascended of Earth could not stand by. As soon as The Cardholders’ plans began unfolding, AoE revealed itself to Allied governments. Providing soldiers of their own, AoE assisted the Allies in again turning the war.
Though they helped win the war, the Ascended society could no longer remain hidden. Though they remained under the public eye – many Ascended lived with normal humans without anybody being the wiser, just as before – humanity now knew of the Ascended, and there was no turning back.
Using their public resources carefully, they helped create an image that would sooth the predictable public fears. After a few decades, human society had adapted, and but for a few, the general public lived without major concern of the Ascended.
Ascended powers are manifested in two ways: Holding and Projecting. Holding is increasing and utilizing the energy inherent within the Ascended body. Projecting is generating energy to affect the external environment. Though the ratios are individual, the amount of energy being held directly relates to how much energy can be projected.
Holding energy gives the Ascended his or her strength, speed, endurance, durability, and most notably, the ability to fly. Because the Ascended’s energy tends to disobey accepted laws of physics, an Ascended can accelerate and move far faster than should be possible. They can also use their energy to anchor themselves so they can lift large and heavy objects with greater ease. This same effect can be used to move an Ascended’s body too, which allows them to fly.
Holding energy can also cause physical transformation. At a certain point, an Ascended’s energy level will go critical, and do one of two things. One, transform the body into a form more capable of handling high energy levels. Two, stop going up. Transformation increases all abilities exponentially.
First form: Normal human form. Tends to be athletic, and lacking too much fat; obese Ascended are unheard of. A couple times stronger than normal humans. Faster reflexes. Resistant to damage, and heal faster.
Second Form: Second form at higher energy levels tends to bleed energy, causing a pale blue aura to surround the Ascended. Otherwise, the energy causes hair to stand on end, causing Ascended who frequently go Second to cut their hair to accommodate this effect. More pertinent effects are increase strength, speed, and durability. A Second can lift a car easily. Small caliber bullets have a hard time penetrating the skin, and even larger caliber bullets inflict minor wounds. Knives wielded by a normal opponent bounce off. Poor quality knives shatter.
Third Form: Few Ascended can make Third Form. The present aura turns gold, and the hair lightens and gains a gold tint. All abilities rise exponentially from Second. A Third Form can easily juggle large SUV’s. Bullets of any size bounce off like rain. They can move faster than the normal human can see. Third Form Ascendeds are unparalleled fighters.
During extreme moments of charging and raising forms, enough energy can bleed to have environmental effects. Rocks skitter or fly. Concrete and rock might crack. At higher levels, electrical circuits are affected, causing lights to flicker and computers to crash. Training reduces the energy bled, keeping environmental impact at a minimum.
Ascended can sense other humans, and other Ascended in particular. With this sense, two Ascended could conceivably fight with their eyes blindfolded.
Projecting takes form in two ways. Projecting is also the name of the first way, and Threading is the name of the second.
Projecting is the most powerful, but the clumsiest. Projecting, whether raw energy, telekinetic waves, or simple light, can only be energy emitted away from the body. An Ascended can easily knock boulders over, cut through walls, or use themselves as great light bulbs.
Grace is found in Threading. Remote strings of energy are formed, unattached to the body. Their purpose is the same as projecting, but far weaker. With pure Threading, small objects can be lifted and otherwise manipulated. To Thread, one only has to visualize the placement and form of the Threads wished. The more Threads maintained, the harder to control.
True Projecting is found in combination of Projecting and Threading. Threads are used for a particular effect, while energy is specifically projected to enhance the Threads’ strength.
The possibilities are far greater than I can encompass in anything short of a book. So, use your imagination, and ask questions.
I’m loosely basing combat abilities on Dragonball Z, so you can get ideas from there. There are ways to make the energy heal or interact with electrical interfaces too. So don’t keep your scope TOO small.
For the purposes of this RP, all characters will be Ascended affiliated with the military AoE branch (unless, for some reason, you have a REALLY good idea). Whatever your role, you need to be field capable, though “capable” can broadly be defined.
I’ll introduce a character of my own later. I know that’s not always done, but I’m doing it.
I know this is vague, but it’s already too large to read quickly. To detail all the abilities and possibilities, I’d need to write a small book. So please, ask lots of questions. I’m doing this to try and design my own RP system and universe. Of course, fun and practice are factors as well…
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