Monday, October 25, 2010

Aftermath Costuming Teasers

Friday, October 22, 2010


Note: this information is still in it's beta form, as evidenced by the (Family)
phrasing instead of the yet-to-be-determined Great House names.  Read
at your own risk.

The Nothriek, as with all great societies, are divided on a few issues key
to their culture.  The two Great Houses have very different views on the
subject of Guardian selection.  The (Family) House takes more of a Spiritual
and bond-based path to Guardianship, with Guardian summoning restricted
until a bond is formed. The (Family) House believes in a tiered system of Guardianship,
beginning with the 'easiest' guardians in youth, and terminating in the additional
choices of one of the 'Prime' guardians at maturity.

For instance, a young woman of the (Family) House would start her life with a Water Guardian.
A Water Guardian is the most adaptable, calm, and easy to control Guardians
available.  From there she might move on to an Air Guardian as she grew, a
more mutable, unpredictable Guardian with a playful nature.  Her next
Guardian might be an Earth Guardian - strong and sometimes stubborn, but
incredibly loyal.  Her next Guardian, summoned two years before the Age of
Maturity, would be of fire - dangerous, sometimes destructive, and
passionate.  This Guardian would serve to teach the young woman control, and
would be her final test before Adulthood, when she would be allowed to test
the most unpredictable of guardians, the Force and Radiation, as a final
step toward finding which element she found kinship with.

If she felt drawn to Fire and Earth, a Radiation Guardian would be
recommended.  If she felt drawn to Water and Air, a Force Guardian would be

There is much scientific debate about what would come of an Earth/Water

hybrid Guardian, or a Fire/Air.  The Diachess and Keeper of Guardianship
Secrets have both expressed displeasure at such debate, and any rumours
regarding findings should be disregarded as traitorous slander upon Her

Conversely, the (Family) Family believes in a more spiritual elemental
kinship-based system of Guardianship.  Each young Nothriek female is
encouraged to find an element to bond with.  Through many trials in her
young life, culminating in a fierce Trial of the Elements in her 16th year,
the young Nothriek determines her element.  The Trials are held every year
in Gloaming's Central District adjacent to the home of the Council of Nine. 
The trials are given over a period of five days, and Sisters of the Faith
must be on-hand at all times to mitigate any possibly permanent damage done
to the young (Family-women).  While summonings of Radiation and Force have
occurred in this family, as a general rule, these Guardians are considered
the product of impure essence-collection, or as an accident of faulty
summoning or capturing.  A few (family) women have been known to use
Guardians of this type, but almost always as a secondary or tertiary

Monday, October 18, 2010

Nothriek-a visual journey

Our subterranean home- the city of Gloaming.  Architectural styles from our deceased homeworld faithfully recreated far beneath this wasting planet's surface.  Bio-luminescence, candlelight, chemical lighting, and a host of other methods, including ceilings made from filter-glass to allow glimpses of the far too-bright sun above bedeck our largest city.

Here resides our Council of Nine, our great Universities, and  the Obsidian Opera.  

As Nothriek spend most of their time in low light, and as in the case of this planet, underground, our skin is pale by normal standards.  In our home dimension, the brightest star was many times dimmer than the one that lights our current world.  We have found that our bodies, indeed our very blood responds badly to such intense light, and we work most effectively here in shade or beneath the ground.

Lady Professor Enyo, Head of Guardian Research at
the University of Magical and Mundane Sciences, Gloaming.

Each Nothriek female has within her the power to call the very essences of the living world to her command, and bind them to herself.  The ritual is long, and the work hard, but to call a spirit of Earth, Fire, Water, Air, Radiation, or Force to her side is the birthright of every female Nothriek.  We call these bound spirits Guardians, and though they function primarily as protectors now, they were once much more.

 Geiger, a Radiation Guardian

Guardians revel in the chance to become corporeal, and instead of chafing at their duties, often find pleasure in merely living.  Each is bound to their Mistress by Magic, and on her person she carries the personal essence of her Guardian.  This essence is often housed in a bottle or similar container, and must be protected at all costs.

Lady Enyo and Fire Guardian companion

More to come soon, please watch this space for further informative presentations.
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Costuming Tips

A couple of links to some very useful costuming tips.

Wasteland Weekend

Distressing Leather

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Inspirational Media

I'm trying to put together a list of inspirational media for Aftermath. Kind of a list to point people to when they wonder what Aftermath is like, or are needing ideas for characters.Here's what I have so far;
- Books -
The Dark Tower - Stephen King

- RPG Books -
Deadlands: Hell on Earth
Rogue Trader

- Comics -
Freak Angels (Web)
Romantically Apocalyptic (Web)

- Movies/Television -
A Boy and His Dog
Book of Eli
Mutant Chronicles
Repo: The Genetic Opera
Terminator: Salvation

- Anime -
Battle Angel Alita
Fist of the North Star
Wolf's Rain

- Games -
Fallen Earth (MMO)
Fallout Series

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Where is Gloaming?

Gloaming is the home of a displaced extra-dimensional race known as the Nothriek in the post apocalyptic LARP;


For more information read there and this blog in the coming weeks.