Posted: Mar 30 2015, 03:49 AM
THE BITCH THAT MAKES THE BISCUITS
Here on Lie With Your Bones, our membergroups serve as the OUTLOOK of your character. Raiders are people who think stealing and killing are the only way to survive whilst Cultists believe that religion will save them, understand? This means that your characters membergroup does not necessarily disqualify them from being apart of one of our factions.
Lifetimes spent worshiping on skinned knees with bloody gums, the Cultists are people who haven't given up their religions in the face of the apocalypse. Merely...altered them? An event such has the end of the entire fucking world tends to shake up most people's faith and Cultists aren't immune to that. They were either alive before the end or born after and either way - this hell fucks up any belief you may have. Some believe that God hates us and we must earn his favor, some believe that he sent the bombs to destroy us because fire was the only way to purge us. Ultimately, it doesn't fucking matter what they believe, only that they believe it fervently.
Not everyone was lucky enough to die. Perdition is never the better choice and the civilians of the wasteland are beginning to understand that. From the whore at the bar down the street to the scientist, busily toiling away in the depths of Hoover Dam - civilians come in all shapes and sizes, genders and colors and creeds. Some are lawful people, some want to watch the walls of Vegas torn down and a new order set up. Some just want to see it all burn.
There are always going to be people who try to take more than they deserve, more than they need. The self-styled nobles are such. People who were affluent or the children of those who were before the world ended live charmed, better lives in Vegas. They typically stick to the Strip where they live out existences in overt, marble-drenched decadence - usually uncaring to those beneath them. Doctors, Lawyers, Actors, Musicians, Star Athletes...even politicians who were lucky enough to survive fill the ranks of the Nobles. Some feel they should be above others, some try not to see and some even spy on the others, selling secrets to the rebellion.
Even in hell, there are those who are perceived as the 'lesser'. Slavery is an abhorrent crime...doesn't stop it from happening though. Slaves are typically captured and sold by the raider group calling themselves 'The Reavers', but they can be encountered anywhere. Some are indentured servants to nobles. Some are seen as nothing more than sex toys at the local brothel. Some are even nobles or other criminals who're attempting to pay off a debt. Horrible things happen to slaves...so best not become one.
Raiders are your worst nightmare in the end. They're the people who blow into your town, who either rape and enslave your families or cut off their limbs and set them on fire for shits and giggles. Ultimately, raiders are people who've adapted to the wasteland. Who understand that there is only death and that they aren't gonna be next. Most are drug addicts or just plain fucking crazy too.
The American Military was the best in the world before the bombs dropped. Now it's the only one left as far as anyone knows. Decimated and on their last legs, they're split in two. Some Militants wish to help the Nobles, providing military power to a dictatorship. Some say 'fuck you guys' and leave and live out their lives in the world outside of Vegas' walls. Their defining characteristic is usually their weapons and their discipline and no matter who they're aiding, people tend to run when they see them coming.
Some people refuse to be kept under the thumb of the Nobles. Some people refuse to kill and maim and torture the way Raider's do. Some simply prefer solitude and these people are survivors. Scavengers, mercenaries, bounty hunters, thieves, merchants. People who live off the land when they must. Some have stories to tell, some have horrific nightmares. In the end, it all just depends on how lucky they are.
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