Dark Before The Dawn is an ongoing epic forum RP on the There Will Be Brawl forum. The members of the forums play themselves; ordinary humans who have been summoned against their wills to the High Fantasy world of Dragnia, told they are The Chosen Ones and are expected to fulfill a heroic destiny.The world is divided into two regions: the Northlands, which is split into 8 independent city states, and the mysterious Southlands. An evil dark force, the Nameless Army, under the ruthless Big Bad- the High Commander- is sweeping its way into the Northlands, commencing a blitzkreig and slaughtering its way through the city states. Unable to form a coherent defence on their own, some have turned to an ancient prophecy that fortells that heroes from another world will arrive in their hour of need and drive back the forces of darkness. They ended up with the forumites instead.The RP focusses on the adventures of the forumers as they travel the land, attempting to unite the city states and drive back the Nameless Army. But with shenanigans, trying to control their new powers, their own slew of personal drama and angst and the threat of perma-death, will our heroes overcome their challenges and save the world?This ain't no game, after all.
Anyone Can Die: Played straight. Anyone can die in Dragnia. Once more, this ain't no game. Spont died in the very first encounter, even; cut down while heartily charging forward to attack.
Subverted in that characters die when the players cease activity.
Genocide Backfire: Kilranirax attempted to wipe out his entire race to gain ultimate power. The last few bound their souls to the mortal plane, preventing him from completing his ritual and causing him to be dragged into the daemonic realms instead.
Heel-Face Turn: The Hierophant, although he wasn't evil to begin with.
Heroic BSOD: Quaetam after Perry bursts in with Weldar's dead body.
Heroic Sacrifice: Vandir stays behind to try to fight Victor and fend off the Nameless Army so the Champions can escape.
Hidden Elf Village: The entire city state of Sylvania is closed off to the non-fae and few (if any) know what goes on inside its borders.
Horror Hunger: When Fedaykin's body sustains serious damage the instinctual Hunger takes over and he goes into a feeding frenzy to heal himself. Being undead, that feeding frenzy tends to involve live human beings...
Last Stand: The Highland army make one after liberating a camp from the Army's clutches, only to find it was only a scouting outpost and the main force of the Army is heading straight at them. They stand their ground to defend their homeland to the last. We later see the aftermath of the battle. Absolutely nothing survived.
The Prophecy: Apparently great warriors from another world were foretold to save Dragnia. Rather than wait to see if it would come to pass the inhabitants cut some corners and forcibly summoned them instead.