'Souls is an advanced, play-by-post, post-apocalyptic werewolf and werecanine RPG set in Nova Scotia, Canada. It was established in 2001, and is still going strong as a RPG today!Backstory:During the Cold War, scientists and researchers in southern California began experimenting with genetics, attempting to splice creatures and men to one another. In 1988, near the end of the war and their research, something went horribly wrong—their end-work, a young man infused with animal genes and intended to work for the military's ends, became infected with a highly contagious virus of unknown origins.The virus, nicknamed "Z456" in the brief days of media exposure it received, spread incredibly quickly. Z46 was particularly insidious due to its brief but silent incubation period, during which it was fully contagious. Unknowingly infected humans traveled and brought the sickness with them; global transportation only facilitated the spread of the virus. It caused most symptomatic humans to die within three days, and within six weeks, contemporary society was decimated, replaced by a nightmarish and bleak place. Ninety-seven percent of the human population was killed, and only the small percentage to enjoy a natural immunity survived in isolated corners of the world (South Korea, Japan, New York, Polynesia, and the Caribbean).As the years passed and the cities fell slowly to decay, the animal populations began to thrive again, and some discovered additional benefits. The Canis genus in particular profited greatly: wolves, dogs, and coyotes found themselves with the ability to shapeshift from their natural form to a humanoid two-legged form with dangerous, cat-like claws. Beyond the physical advantages, their intelligence and senses seemed to sharpen, and from the wreckage of human society rose the Luperci. Canines of Europe and Asia adapted to humanized lifestyles, mastering fire and living in old human buildings. Canines of North and South America, however, retained the typical canine lifestyle, living in traditional packs as their ancestors had for thousands of years prior.In 2001 in Canada, a cluster of packs developed; these three packs became the foundation of what would be known as Bleeding Souls. A number of packs and a coyote clan flourished in this area for some time, but in the early spring of 2008, a wildfire erupted and destroyed the land. This forced the canines to move westward to Nova Scotia and settle in and around the Halifax area. Here they would establish 'Souls and attempt to rebuild, reforming some of their former ties and establishing new ones.
Affably Evil — Dieter. He's pretty much filled with rage and anger 24/7, but he's polite. Even to people he hates with a thousand hell fires.
Archer Archetype — Ezekiel de le Poer is an archer and has the calm and analytical personality to boot!
Sebastian Auditore is precisely this trope when he focuses on the hunt.
All Gays Are Promiscuous — Sebastian Auditore. Voted Biggest Flirt of 2012, his incredible skill at seducing males knows no bounds. From shy virgins to grizzled, jaded older men to the supposedly heterosexual, Sebastian virtually always manages to get in their pants within two meetings at most.
Inferni's flamboyantly gay archer, Asher Thompson, wants to be monogamous but acts like this just to get attention, awww. :c
The Lykoi family has a hippie sect within it as well as many inter-family disputes, such as the split between Eris Eternity and her mother Kaena Lykoi, as well as Kerberos Lykoi's attempted murder of Kaena (his mother, too!) as well
Hulking Out — Octavius when Judas is threatened, and Savina when *anyone* threatens her brood. She attached Hybrid when she found him harassing Apollo, and also went into hulk mode when Aniwaya attacked Crimson Dreams.
Faceless Goons — Dahlia/Inferni war temporary characters! The Boreas plot has really ramped up the faceless goons since all of the Boreas wolves were Non-Player Characters and controlled by different roleplayers.
Has Two Mommies — Many gay couples have children through surrogates, "sperm donors", and adoption. Some notable examples are Io and Aeron (when they were mated), Anu and Tayui, Naniko and Anu, and Vesper and Myrika.
Jumping Off the Slippery Slope — Following the death of Noir Aston, Tayui and Attila Aston could both fall into this category. They are both willing to go to extreme measures to see that 'justice' prevails.
Mordulin, when Omoi passed Shadowed Stars on to her, after which point she renamed it to Jaded Shadows
Tayui and Fatin when Mordulin passed the pack on to them
Laruku, who inherited Clouded Tears and was initially not very interested in being a leader, but came to appreciate it later in life.
Skye, when Shawchert left Cercatori d'Arte to her.
Tangled Family Tree — A lot of the families have crossed lines, some to the point where the families are more or less indistinguishable or different branches crossed with other branches, producing characters which share the same last name... but are actually only distantly related.
de le Poer family: This family is very closely linked to the Lykoi family because of Ahren's (de le Poer) litter with Kaena (Lykoi) produced a number of grandchildren and more! There are also many other branches, beginning with the split between Estrella and Nosferatu, and again with Nosferatu's children: Shaitan, Azrael, and Damian.
Sadira/Soul and Lykoi family: Haku Soul and Firefly Sadira are first cousins. One of their sons, Conor, had his son Itachi with his aunt, Halo (part of the Lykoi and Soul families). Itachi is romantically involved with China, who is his cousin once-removed.
Massacre family: Asphyxia had a litter with each Massacre brother, making her children doubly related. Her son, Hybrid, had children with his sister's daughter, Talitha.
Stormbringer family: this family is very closely linked to the Oriel family. Kol's mate Elliot was actually a distant Stormbringer relative. Kol descends from Crow's side of the family, while Elliot is from Ravyn's side. There are a number of Soul/Stormbringer characters who have taken on the Soulstorm surname to distinguish themselves from their numerous relatives. More recently, distant cousins Lilin Soulstorm and Saul Stormbringer became mates.
Straight Gay — Sebastian Auditore. Despite an affinity for painting, playing the piano and nearly always bottoming during sex and when he seduces his men, his other qualities definitely turn him away from Camp Gay. He hunts things, practices boxing, stabs things with shortswords, is willing to kill violently for his own and others' freedom, uses his fists as often as his brain when solving disputes and takes no disrespect from subordinates. He will strongly resent any implication that he is feminine.
War Is Glorious — Inferni I around the Syemv War had a 'War is Glorious' mindset, but have moved away from this especially in Inferni II.
Hybrid would be a good example of a remaining adherent.
Haku Soul, during the First and Second Dahlian Wars, is another good example.
Wall of Text — Those late night ramblings! It's only 2am and I only have 1000 words... let's just keep going! Also, 'Souls Super Writing Month in January is pretty crazy for huge posts!
Well-Intentioned Extremist — Tayui Aston and her 'Sequoia' mission against Salsola. Although her intentions may seem good on the outside, attacking a pack to free their slaves is probably not the best way to teach them the value of good morals!
Sebastian Auditore when it comes to freedom. Slavery is abhorrent to him. When he discovered that his friend had been enslaved and tortured by a ten-month old (mid-teenager in human years), he tried to kill the ten-month old more than once to free his friend and would gladly murder every member of a pack that practises slavery with his bare hands.