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The Black Hoods by ReivanRyles The Black Hoods by ReivanRyles
I've had this cyberpunk setting concept in my head since before I could remember (yes, I was that young since I made it up!!) and I'm finally getting to the point where I'm able to draw and document it down accurately.

Oh, and don't read the next few freakishly large walls of text if you don't care about their backgrounds or any concepts or anything like that. Because that's what it is. :B

These are the Black Hoods. According to the story, they used to have a name, but it's been so long since anyone said it they just started to call themselves what their enemies, the Order of the Liberi of Oriens calls them. (xxfacetxx...if you don't understand that, I'm going to have to glomp you X3)

Alright, lemme back up. It's post-apocalyptic...waaaay post apocalyptic. Like, the apocalypse didn't "just happen", it happened a couple decades ago. About 30ish, methinks. Anyways, everyone is trying to rebuild technology and all of that crap, but some weird shit's been poppin' up lately. Psychic and parapsychological powers have been popping up in the people that were born a decade or so after the apocalypse. These that show the power are called "Catastrophe Kids" because of the, well, catastrophic events that follow when they fail to control their powers and what-not. Also, when extreme emotions are felt in these people, "Glimpses" of their powers are seen in what are known only as "Espers". Espers are their souls trying to take a physical form, and then trying to get the physical form to fuse with their current physical form. It's confusing. It's like their powers manifest themselves all around their little space bubbles and force themselves into reality.

Their facilities are all underground, with only the entrances and "lobbies" above ground. They use fingerprint and retina scans to gain entrance and even the doors are extremely well hidden. When you do gain entry, though, the facilities are huge. Nobody really knows when the Black Hoods "moved in", but it is suspected that they are just old, abandoned government facilities. They all have living quarters and many catacombs leading to all sorts of strange places like torture and experiment chambers, medical rooms, and large halls.

There is one particularly interesting hall that resides in a facility just outside of the major city that they throw parties and gatherings at. It's about 3 stories tall (deep?) with the second story having a thick, glass floor that the people below can observe those above them with and vice-versa. The third floor once had a glass floor, too, but it was broken and now serves as an arena for the combatants to test their balance and agility on the large beams that once held the glass up. The weapons that they use are plasma weapons, of course, set to a very low setting (to only stun) and a net lies below to catch the loser when s/he falls.

Weapons! Due to the fact that most guns right before the apocalypse were all electric-powered and had computers and all of that technical shit in them can be easily made useless via electro-magnetic bomb, they either get antique guns (our present types of guns) which are rare and costly, or they use extremely antique type weapons like swords and crossbows and the like.

And on the note of electro-magnetic bombs, they have some kind of shield shit that the government had created for the owners of the original facility so that they can't be shut down ever. And the energy consumption? The government keeps that hidden, too. Nobody can track it because all of the computers that calculate automatically omit it.

Hmm...what else...oh yeah!

Their uniforms are only halfway provided. Their hoods, gators (that neck thing that covers up half their face), their cloaks, and their pauldrons and sometimes other things like elbow guards, gloves and kneepads are provided depending on what region they are from and how much they can bargain for at the time from the sellers of that kind of thing.

It is possible for a Black Hood to have a "normal" life. There are those who have chosen to try to live their lives as normally as possible as their communities rebuild as best they can, but a majority of them rarely venture "into their pasts" once they become a Black Hood. Thankfully, more and more Black Hoods are being born into their culture and don't have to worry about losing their friends. Their facilities and comrades are their friends.

The general way a facility works is there are those who work inside as medics, cooks, etc... but all of them have to do cleanup duty with something each day. They don't mind this, however, because of the freedoms and quality of life they get in return. Being a military-like institution, they are a strict society, yet are also taught humility and honor, and to be grateful for what they have through being told stories of "the old age" before the apocalypse and humanity's failings. They then build from that, forever striving to be better people than their ancestors.

Outside of the facilities, they have squadrons that have dominion and patrol over certain "sectors". Most of their facilities are in old, abandoned parts of the cities and remain undisturbed, but the hatred spawned from The Pegasus War (a large, wide-scale battle between the Liberi of Oriens and the Black Hoods that happened only 5 years ago) still lingers and some skirmishes between "those that don white" and "those than don black" still occur.

They have their own language, also. The opening to using the language at all would be "Moon Grakka", or "Moon's Gratitude". If this opening is not used, it is extremely disgraceful and a punishable offense, even for those just learning. The ending is "Rashgallivicht", but has been shortened with a slang term to "Rashgah". The structure is pretty much the same as english, but there are more german sounding words in it, almost every word ends in a vowel, and there's a word for almost everything, including the different forms of "love".

I usually center my stories around a particular squadron of fighters and scouts. Each one is rather young, ranging from the age of 12 to the age of 25ish, but not unexperienced. Shado is their squad leader (pronounced "shay-doe") and was appointed as such because of her power and her very down-to-earth rationality. Her weapon is an interesting scythe/axe/thing which she calls "Guillotine" and uses by quite literally dancing around with it.

"Wei nah sempeh-dah?!" Shado grabbed a handful of her comrade's gator, almost lifting him off of the floor with the intensity of her grip. 'You were watched?!' was what she had asked in the language of the Black Hoods. Her eyes were afire with fury, as the young man had obviously noticed, seeing as how he was in her face.

"You fool! Why did you not just loop around and lose them?! Or better yet, lead them to us! We would have ambushed them and taken in their sorry, bloody white-woven asses and tortured the hell out of them!!" She loosened her grip as he started blathering nonsense and he fell to his knees onto the ground as a sign of his accepting his humiliation and punishment. He looked up just in time to see a Glimpse of a glimmering row of large teeth that his squad leader appeared to be standing in the center of fade away...


Not really an exert, just wanted to show you what kind of a bish she can be. X3

I'll probably not go into any stories or anything. I just really like the concepts (I've had my whole life to come up with them! literally!!) and I'll be documenting them as I go. ^^

EDITS: And I've got one setting where they have the powers and one where they don't now, and I'm thinking I like the one where they don't more. :/
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GMoftheStars Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Good job :) Your cyberpunk universe is very thought out. I'd like to compare worlds with you sometime :)
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gummy-gundam Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I am in awe of your imagination and your art inspires me I would love to apprentice under you.
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ReivanRyles Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow, thanks! D:> That's a hefty compliment!

You're inspired? I would like to see some of this inspiration in action! :]
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AshKerins Featured By Owner May 7, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
love the hoods *needs to buy a cape*
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ReivanRyles Featured By Owner May 7, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD Thanks! I want one, too
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avitalspark Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that sounds so amazing, and incredibly intricate. it's nice when people take the time to make really detailed histories of something (:
if you made a comic with this..or even better, a graphic novel, I'd buy it like that 8)
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ReivanRyles Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD thanks! I do have a couple of pages in my scraps but you'll prolly have to hit the download button to read them because I wrote really small :b
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avitalspark Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll definately make a point to check them out! :)
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ReivanRyles Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! ^^'
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sherrelle Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007
Ahh cyberpunk settings are my fave :D
Your concept thar sounds really cool! D: Also love the char design~
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ReivanRyles Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! ^^''
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crazymonster Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007
DUDE!! YOU ARE LIKE SO GOOD AT HISTORY OR SOMETHING! XD YOUR DESCRIPTION SOUNDS LIKE IT CAME RIGHT OUT OF MY HISTORY BOOK! IT ALMOST SOUNDS AS IF BLACK HOODS DID EXIST AT ONE POINT XD!! Your outfits are awesome :D
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ReivanRyles Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD!!!

Thanks! I really tried to make it sound convincing! X3
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crazymonster Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007
XD ahahaha your welcome ;p
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Siemari Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007
Love the outfit! 8D Way awesome :>

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THE END...
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ReivanRyles Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! ^^
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LuckSick Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007
D:

That.
Is.
So.
Awesome.

Like rly.

Neat...

D:
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ReivanRyles Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
........................you read all that? D8>

I sorry. DX

That wall of text must have hurt! *patpat*
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LuckSick Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007
You're welcome.

Your walls of text are soothing. This was neaaato. (Ye, me did reed eet.)
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ReivanRyles Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol thanks ^^''''
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LuckSick Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007
Don't worry.
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OmegaDreamSeeker11 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007
Shweet. :nod:
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ReivanRyles Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol thanks
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