The Lore Of This World Aug 31, 2022 21:55:49 GMT
Post by Gaz on Aug 31, 2022 21:55:49 GMT
History Of Everything
The afterlife and earth existed together initially, it was a time of turmoil and great pain. Humans were constantly preyed upon by the twisted souls of the dead that failed to move on from the mortal world. There were also spirits that retained their sense of self and right, these did their best to protect. These were guardian deities that some tribes of humans had come to worship and leave offerings for.
In this time, some humans developed special abilities that they could use to defend themselves and their tribes from the monsters, these people could use their soul and the souls that were trapped in objects in the world around them to do some amazing things. A whole tribe of humans developed powered specifically for sending these monsters to the afterlife, to purge them of their evil and allow them to move on, this tribe was known as the Quincy. They were some of the first humans to really establish themselves without the fear of constantly needing to run and hide from the monsters in the world.
At one point in this tumultuous era five clans banded together to find a way to let humanity live in peace and safety, not under the constant threat of hollow attack. The cycle of souls as it stood, simply did not work. It was stifling humanity and if left unchecked could eliminate it. After plenty of time and deliberation they came up with a plan. There is no record of what this plan was, but it is known to have caused the Original Sin of Man.
No one knows exactly what the Original Sin was, as any records were lost or have been secreted away to the four surviving clans. However, the effects could be felt. A being took notice of this sin and reacted just as the clans planned, splitting the world into three separate planes. One for the monsters, the hollows called Hueco Mundo. One became the Soul Society, a place for uncorrupted and purified souls to go upon their mortal death. The final being the world of the living, now a place that humanity could thrive without the constant threat of the hollows. The sheer corruption of this Sin made the afterlife transform, twist and change into Hell; the World of the Living was used as a lid to seal it away. Now only the souls of those who were evil in life and those of hollows destroyed by the Quincy clan were sent there.
The being that split the worlds vanished, some state it was sealed away in a secret place, others believe it went to reside in hell. The four clans that survived the split became noble families of the soul society and took charge of the guardian deities that had taken the protection of humanity upon themselves. These became the first Shinigami.
The Human clan of Quincies remained in the world of the living, choosing shorter lives but to carry on their work of protecting humans. Eventually over time the knowledge that their powers sent all souls to hell whether they deserved it or not was lost to them. Their methods and power were just tools to save the mortal lives of men. This has caused some tension with the Shinigami over the millennia, sometimes it spilled over to wars and others it was left. However, the Quincy always survived.
Now the Hollows had a place to call their own their entire ecosystem changed. At first travelling between the realms was hard, impossible to those who lacked the power or knowledge of how to accomplish the feat. It led to the monsters feeding on each other, which spawned the first Menos Grande. Over time this led to the later their more advanced forms. When they were noticed by the Shinigami, conflict ensued. Some hollows managed to kill Shinigami and gained their zanpakuto, causing the birth of the first Arrancar. Eventually, one rose to the top of even these sophisticated beasts and built a society.
The land of the living became a truly peaceful place, humans did not have to fear the monsters anymore. This allowed them to settle down, form communities and discover agriculture. The age of progress begun, whilst being slow it was still progress and this was exactly what the masterminds behind the Original Sin wanted. There were still humans born with souls stronger than normal, gaining the ability to see those souls that lingered and what few hollows were around to hunt them. That, however, was rare.
Now the year is 202X, the Shinigami have organised into the Gotei 13, an organisation that is dedicated to protecting the world and its balance. The Quincy clan is spread throughout human society protecting the humans they feel the Shinigami fail to. The Arrancar King has established a twisted civilisation with his Espada ruling over towns outside of his city.
This leads us to you! Who are you? What will you do in the world of Bright Souls? This world is your oyster, build a story how you will and tell it your way. Will you be a Human awakened to the world of souls? A Shinigami tasked with protecting the balance? A Quincy doing their best to protect humanity? Or an Arrancar roaming the wastes in an attempt to gain power?