In the past. The position of king changed hands only when a challenger appeared and succeeded at killing it's holder. However, With humans growing more and more aware of the demon races and the Aozora organizations advancements with the IXA units, A new way had to be established. After The German born Albert Kurokawa defeated the previous King he sought to do just that. Previous members of the checkmate four were ousted in exchange for Handpicked individuals. Positions within the Checkmate 4 became a family affair (the exception being the queen) with an heir chosen amongst the previous members children. In order to reduce the number of enemies his race would face the king formed a pact with the wolfen,franken, and merman races. Each race would offer then a representative who would become the king's vassal and in exchange the king would call off all hunts on their respective races. Their alliance, Known as the Lunar Sovereignty quickly took hold in japan and spread throughout the rest of the world pulling fangires from all over into their fold. Many accepted the newly established heirarchy's change in customs. However, There was also sizable portion of Fangires that opposed the new policies. A rebellion was brewing but would make little ground without an absolute power to lead it. Those seeking too overthrow Kurokawa are seeking out former members of the checkmate four along with other fangires of notable power to join them in their quest to re-establish the old ways. With the question of succession weighing heavy in his mind, Kurokawa realized he'd need to chose an heir to his throne amongst his 5 children. With rumors of the rebelion boistering their ranks Albert tasks each of his children with finding a means of quelling the rebellion themselves. The one who'd succeeded in doing so would be one step closer to the title of king and all the power he possessed. In order to protect his children he divided his kivat and the power they both wielded into 5 through the use of an anciet rite which required living sacrifices. Kivat bat The Great became kivat bat the 2nd, kivat bat the 3rd,kivat bat the 4th, Kivala, and Rey. Each of his children were partnered with one of the kivats and sent out on a quest to protect their kingdom. All fully unaware of how far this journey would take them. Rules -No godmoding -Keep personal issues outside of the rp -All Occ chatter should be done in this thread. -Try to post regularly and warn us if you won't be able to post for a while -pay attention to previous posts. -feel free to ask any question regarding storyline, setting, characters, etc. -if this takes off then it's likely to keep me pretty busy. I apologize ahead of time if things slow down a bit. Side characters -These are individuals who are connected to one or more of your main characters. Their significance in the main plot cannot extend beyond their effect on the main character their attached to. Unless of course events arise that deem it necessary to bump them up to main character status. Doing so will require my ok however. -The kivats, vassals, and fangire subordinates are good examples of side characters. -It's more than likely that the storyline will require side characters to be a bit squishier than our mains. I'll give as much heads up as possible if it looks like your character will have to bite the dust. Of course you have the right to kill off or remove your own side characters from the story at any time. Just make sure to give me the heads up beforehand so I can adjust as needed. Due to the limited number of riders in kiva I've split kiva into two. Emperor form and the default form are now separate entities Unlike the series, None of the 13 demon races have been exterminated. So feel free to create characters based on any of them. Also. If the research I've done is correct there are 5 races that are never named. I'll allow characters from made up races but will expect a hefty amount of information regarding said race, their origins and their relationship with the other races on top of your character profile. If your interested in doing this PM me with the information before posting it in thread. Due to the limited number of riders in kiva I've split kiva into two. Emperor form and the default form are now separate entities Default kiva is associated with kivat bat the 4th and can assume the garulu, bashaa, dogga, and DoGaBaKi form. What he lacks in power he makes up for in veriety. Kiva emperor form is associated with kivat bat the 3rd He can't access the garulu,dogga and bashaa forms like in the series but has the zanvatt sword by default and can still assume flight style form. To help balance things out Kivala will have limited access to the wings which appear during her sonic stab. If this were a video game then she'd be able to manifest them temporarily to dash and double jump. In depth info about the Armors and kivats [hide]All the children are trained in Swordsmanship (specifically in the use of the rapier and broadsword) Hand to hand combat (Savate, Boxing, and a fangire based freeform style) and the use of the fustles and magic by their parents during their adolecent and pre-teen years. They'll have grown and specialized in one or more of the areas based on which armor you choose. Dark Kiva: Bears the strongest resemblance to Albert's form of kiva. Boasting adoquet strength and defence this armors strength lies in magic use. It carries a effinity for the element of darkness and can wield it as a weapon in the form of the kiva symbol. It also sports very powerful sealing abilities meant to be used as an offensive threat in combat. Dark Kiva's user should have a talent for magic or have gone to great lengths to master it's use. Dark Kiva's corresponding Kivat is Kivat bat the 2nd. While it has an inherently dark nature it is loyal to it's partner and respects anyone with drive and ambition. Emperor Kiva: A combat oriented armor. While carrying an affinity for flame the armor isn't equiped to utilize it in the form of spells as it's only fustles are related it's attacks and weapons. It is the second strongest armor in regards to Hand to hand combat and the Default user of the Zanvatt sword. It's raw physical power and minimal magical power is due to it's ties to primal fangire nature. Fully embracing this nature grants the user the potential for an additional transformation. It's user should be adept in either Fangire or savate hand to hand and the Broadsword. Emperor Kiva's Kivat partner is Kivat bat the 3rd. He's boisterous, high spirited and eager for combat. (Default) Kiva: Potentially the meakest of the armors in regards to combat, Kiva's strength lies in it's sealing ability. Unlike Dark Kiva who's sealing is used like an attack, Kiva's are used for transforming other entities into armaments. However it can't convert the unwilling. A darkness pledge must be made between Kiva's equipper and the sealed entity for it to become a usable weapon or attack. Another ability unique to Kiva is it's ability to channel the entity which forms the weapon. Allowing that person to fully take over the fighting for it while wielding it's corresponding weapon. What it lacks in raw power it makes up for in versatility. Kiva will start out with the Garulu Saber, Dogga Hammer, Basha magnum, and Baroom Booster. In dire straights Kiva can use multiple forms/weapons simultaneously but risks injuring itself in the process. Kiva's Kivat, Kivat bat the 4th, is inquisitive, protective, and childlike in nature. (Default kiva's name will likely change once I or someone else comes up with a better name for it) Kivala: In a since Kivala is the anti-thesis to (default)Kiva. Lacking a great deal in the form of seals and magic but wielding impressive physical ability rivaling "Emperor Kiva. It's distinctive in two ways. One are it's wings which when mastered will grant it's user flight (they have limited use when the rp begins.) The other is it's lack of any fustles or need to infuse it's user with the Dark Imperial power present in certain kivats. It's sonic stab can be used instantly making it ideal for sudden attacks. Kivala's user should be adept at fencing with at least adequate ability in one of the hand to hand disciplines as well. It's equivalent kivat, Also named Kivala is smaller than average, friendly and flirtatious, even towards her enemies. Unlike 2nd,3rd, and 4th, Kivala more resembles Agiel-Kivat. Albert's old partner before becoming the great. Rey: The strongest armor in regards to hand to hand combat. Like emperor it has an elemental affinity (snow). But unlike Emperor it can utilize it to a small degree in the area around it. It's Gigantic claws are unlike other "wake up" related Techniques and spells, being an augmentation of it's form. While powerful they are also weighty. Uilizing them from the start is sure to build fatigue in the user over time. Rey's user should be adept in two of the 3 hand to hand principles taught to the children. Rey-kivat, it's designated kivat, is the oddball of the group. He doesn't resemble Aigel-kivat or kivat bat the great. Instead it appears like an amalgam of enemy kivats consumed by The Great over Albert's Journey. It is perhaps because of this that He is somewhat standoff-ish towards anyone but it's partner. Like the 3rd he is anxious for battle but unlike his counterpart he hold a somewhat romanticized viewpoint of it. Describing it as "Graceful Yet Violent".[/hide] Additional Information about the world of Ghosts of the past. [hide]Lunar Soverignty: An alliance between the fangire, kivat, wyvren, merman, franken and wolfen races to insure they're mutual survival. Societies established within the Lunar Sovereignty function under a caste system. Royalty, like the checkmate four and nobles, such as their vassals reigned at the top of the social hierarchy. They are fallowed by soldiers and hunting parties of the sovereignty. At the bottom are those who maintained the day to day functions of their society Cooks, shopkeeps, and all things in between. While it ensures the safety of every individual and prolongs their respective race as a whole many find the social structure too oppressive. How much can vary depending on the ruling class of each area. King Albert's compound is somewhat lax in comparison to others in spite of his wife's more traditional views. Albert Kurokawa: Ruler of the lunar sovereignty. Albert's mother, Mitsuko Kurakowa, was taken in by a German sect of fangires lead by the high born Yohan Krauser. Yohan fell in love with Mitsuko and soon the two sired a son whom Yohan named Albert. While raised to be strong by his parents Albert was also taught the merits of peace and stability. As he grew older he sought to instill this knowledge into his contemporaries. This was met with varying degrees of success and failure. Those who grew weary from the endless battles accepted his views whole heartedly. Those who opposed often sought to take his life. The experience only hardened Albert's resolve to establish a true society for the fangire race. Albert made many allies in his quest. The most important of which was likely Aigel-Kivat. The kivat admired Albert's strength and ambition and pledged itself completely to helping Albert achieve his goal. With his help Albert eventually succeeded in defeating the king and revolutionizing the fangire social structure. Saiyuri Kurokawa: Albert's wife, Queen of the checkmate four, and mother to the kurokawa children. While more in line with traditional views of fangire society Saiyuri chose to fight alongside Albert in his march towards revolution. It was his strength that she believed in, rather than his ideals. She obeys him and him alone and has little concern for those without ambition. Kivat bat the great: The form Agiel-kivat took after consuming the previous king's kivat. It's power is matched only by its wickedness. If it sensed even a moment of weakness in it's partners heart it would consume him without a second thought. Like the king, Kivat has his own vessel, Tatsulot, keeper of the zanvatt sword. Granting Kivat and it's user access to one of the strongest weapons known to the demon races. Through an ancient rite involving 5 living sacrifices Kivat was split into 5 separate kivats each carrying a portion of it's power and some small traces of it's personality. Each kiva has access to a variation of of kiva's bike "machine kivaa" based on the color scheme of their armored form. Castle doran and shoodoran remain with the king. Zagarcs: Were aligned with the previous king. Since his fall and the restructuring of the Fangire hierarchy they've become something of a neutral power. While likely to side with anyone choosing to act against the lunar sovereignty they aren't by default aligned with the rebellion. Legendora: The only faction strong enough to hold its own against the fangire before the establishment of the Lunar Sovereignty. It's king, with the help of it's kivat "Arc Kivat" was capable of fighting the previous fangire king to a draw but lacked the means to fully defeat him. The Legendora have entered an uneasy peace with the lunar sovereignty since it's birth. Because of their wars with the previous fangire hierarchy it seems that joining Kurokawa is the only option, however many of among the legendora fear joining at the cost of their freedom. Aozora organizations - What begain as a small band of fangire hunters fromed in the 80 which has developed and mas produced the most powerful means of hunting the demon races. The ixa units. Among them is the organizations Leader Nago Keisuke. He wield's the original Ixa which has been modified and upgraded over the years to a level which has made it the boogyman to fangires within the sovergnty and the rebelion. It should not be taken lightly that King Albert himself has decreed that the standing orders regarding Nago Keisuske's ixa unit are to flee on sight. While the Aozora have no love for the soverignty they've acknowledged them as the lesser of many evils. That being said this knowledge should not bring comfort to one who's been targeted by the organization sovergnty or not. [/hide] Character profile Name Age: -apparent and actual age Appearance: (picture or discription whichever you prefer) Rider/Kaijin distinction. Weapons: Powers/abilities: Bio: Personality Additional notes: Side character profile Name: Race: Appearance: (a brief description will do here but a picture also works) Bio: Character slots (Default) Kiva: open Emperor Kiva: reserved Dark Kiva: open Kivala: open Rey: open The actual age for the siblings shouldn't exceed 80 for story purposes. If you need a sample profile I can post an old one from a prior version of this rp.