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Created on 2013-07-25 04:12:47 (#2058561), last updated 2014-05-18 (175 weeks ago)

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Year: 1985

Location: Searchlight and Las Vegas, Nevada. The internet can familiarize you with the setting.

Metaphysics: As for monster lore, BtVS television series rules apply. It's just easier if we all understand that vampires don't sparkle.

Relation to Birthright RPG Written 2004-2009: Reboot. No game history. Spread those wings and fly in new directions.

Tweaks to the BtVS Universe: There are 9 known slayers (you can Google numerology to learn why we picked 9). A loose Watchers' Council exists but it's more of a coalition. Their duties are to locate, train, and release slayers (over the course of 1-2 years) who then do their own thing. Watchers provide loose guidance as needed. They are the primary retainers of knowledge. But they do have one ace up the sleeve... They may dispatch a team to collect any slayer who abuses her power, and they can invoke magical forces to bestow that power on another woman. But all that hairy stuff is distasteful and they'd rather not have to go there.

Backstory: According to Nevada Senator Harry Reid, who has written extensively about his hometown, the most likely story as to how the town of Searchlight received its name was that when George Frederick Colton was looking for gold in the area in 1897, he supposedly said that it would take a searchlight to find gold ore there. Shortly thereafter he found gold, leading to a boom era when Searchlight had a larger population than Las Vegas. Between 1907 and 1910, the gold mines produced $7 million in gold and other precious minerals, and the town had a population of about 1,500. Searchlight declined after 1917 but hung on as a stop on the Arrowhead Highway. In 1927, U.S. Highway 91 bypassed the town, and its population dropped to 50. The town had a resurgence in the 1930s and 1940s with the construction of the nearby Hoover Dam and was home to the El Rey Bordello in the 1940s and early 1950s until it burned. The last gold mine ceased operating around 1953. That's where history ends and our creative revisions begin...

The first miner to carve up the Searchlight landscape wasn't content with its natural boon of precious metals. In 1907, seeking to ensure his wealth, Colton "struck a deal with the devil", so to speak. He laid a circle of stones in the dirt, each carved with a sigil. This black magic was intended to guarantee that the mining company struck gold, again and again. It worked! But it also seemed to curse the town. Random killings, sightings of mysterious creatures, you get the drift. In 1917, the stones were hastily built over by a church. Things calmed down. Unfortunately, so did the reaping of gold and silver. Too bad the town council didn't know about all this... That building was demolished in early 1985. Oh no! These days, the sigils aren't channeling wealth, so much as acting as a beacon. Our intrepid heroes don't know this illustrious history, but they are feeling that pull, subconscious or not. The blood being spilled there is just making the sigils go haywire.

Characters Allowed: Originals are best. This is an alternate history, so any canons would need a re-imagined background minus canon influences from the series. Tough to accomplish, but you're welcome to try. We encourage vampires, demons, slayers, watchers, witches, werewolves, civilians, psychics, etc.

Application: Chat with the mods and set up a journal to gain access. Put an overview of key things to know in the journal profile. That's it! We have thrown scrutiny out the window.

Rules: There's no activity requirement. We use the Google mantra of "don't be evil". Don't hijack what doesn't belong to you. Apply common sense liberally.

Mods: Eric (AIM: Poetic Fangs) and Kate (AIM: EyelinerGirls)
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