MORE THINGS IN HEAVEN AND EARTH
Welcome to Terror Firma, an urban fantasy world with elements of horror and science fiction. A modern setting with a rich dark history stretching back to primordial times. Enter a hidden world concealed within the mundane where supernatural beings, referred to collectively as Deviants, manipulate and influence humanity, all the while keeping themselves obscured from the human masses. In plain sight, these creatures lurk, work, live and play secretly amongst humans all over the globe. There is much in this world that may seem familiar yet there are things that you most likely have not seen before.
DEVIANTS AND DAEMONS
Terror Firma is home to a number of supernatural beings derived from humanity but deviating from humans in many different ways, these creatures are known as deviants. Then there is daemons, spirit beings that come in many shapes and sizes. Some daemons used to be humans or deviants while others predate humanity’s inception.
THE CHAOTIC DARKNESS
Before there was light, there was darkness and through light, darkness is defeated and yet there is darkness that refuses to give into the light. This darkness counters light but is not powerful enough to consume it, at least not yet. It is known as the Vespertine or the Chaotic Darkness to distinguish it from ordinary darkness and comprises multiple daemons called vespers. When there are people who at the point of death cling so desperately to life that their distress call vibrates through reality itself into what lays beyond, it is the vespers that answer the call. Vespers give these poor souls a new chance of life but at a cost, they become vampires or Vetostryx as they call themselves.
STORIES AND DREAMS MADE FLESH
For as long as there has been humans there has been stories and dreams but what came first? Drudenhiem is the realm of stories and dreams, home of Druden, chimerical daemons, and it’s the final resting place of the dead. From Druden come changelings or Abgotten as they call themselves, they are half human half Drude. First generation changelings are conceived in dreams and their descendants have a chance of inheriting the abgotten gene.
Before Neanderthals and modern humans, there was Primordials, people who were innately magical. Evolution neutralised the magical ability they had though it was left over in human DNA dormant. Times of great upheaval and stress can cause this DNA to revitalise turning people into Margus, better known as sorcerers among other names.
DIVINE FIRE AND MORTAL REMAINS
Before recorded history there was a great city called Edinnu and this city had a mighty empire. The Edinnites were the agents of the Lumeia, the old gods, intended to wipe the deviant scourge from the earth but they attempted to steal the Divine Fire and they fell from grace, now they are eternally cursed. Skinchangers or Dyuku (die-yuck-oo) as they call themselves, are beings that straddle the line between daemon and deviant, forced to cling to this earthly plane in any way they can or be expelled.
BEHOLDERS: THOSE WHO
CAN SEE WHAT OTHERS CAN’T
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so too is ugliness. Beholders are people with first-hand experiences of the supernatural that became ‘enlightened’ by the encounter, allowing them to sense deviants and daemons when others can’t. Not all Beholders will attempt to kill or harms deviants or daemons, some simply seek to interact with the parts of the world that are less than mundane. While knowing of deviants and daemons is a strength in and of itself; Beholders are not supernatural themselves and must rely on their wits and cunning to survive.