The Mortal Realm is a Play By Post Game that takes place in a Twenty Minutes into the FutureUrban Fantasy setting. Most of the population know nothing of the magic in the world but there is a secret society of Enlightened individuals who can wield Functional Magic, which is based in its own form of science. With The Omniscient Council of Vagueness as the unofficial authority over all the magic wielding populace. The plot basically centers on a cast (the players) who inadvertently get thrown into a series of adventures that range from murder investigations to possible apocalypse.
This game provides examples of:
Altum Videtur: Latin is the official language of the magic community, makes sense given that latin is used for scientific names and itís something that all can learn. (The GM loves latin too, so there's that.)
At least it's correct latin.
And I Must Scream: The fate of victims of Leeching is said to be worse than the most horrifyingly bad thing that could ever be imagined.
Bishonen Line: Played on both sides. The weakest demons are monsters but become more human like as they get stronger, and then their bodies become corrupted and monster like as they gain even more power, then finally the most powerful demons, archdemons, are able to switch between forms at will.
Dark Is Not Evil: Guile is a Necromancer, and the whole category of magic involving blood and bone, Onyx, is just a form of magic. No good or evil associated to it at all.
Except it is considered the fan favorite of demons, but even still.
Eldritch Location: The Sanctuary is said to be a magic laboratory in the Astral Realm, oh and speaking of the Sanctuary, did we mention Expy already?
Expy: The Horadric Wanderer is a Horadrim, as in the race of mages from Diablo Its not too bad considering the world is supposed to be an alternate way of interpreting the Diablo Universe.
Fantastic Racism: Lots, Most Enlightened look down upon unenlightened as being inferior.
Many people dislike summoners for their ability to seemingly call upon what many consider gods or deities.
Few people see demons as anything other than evil monsters out to kill humanity
Zeches is a raging demon hater, made worse by that his job description is solving demon related crimes. Here's a hint, the demon is never the victim
Which in turn makes the Lothian Guard racist for having an anti-demon division in the first place.
Although not without reason, demons have tried to kill humanity before and many hate humans as much as humans hate them.
Undead and Liches are also disliked, and definitely not considered human
Werewolves vs humans
Thankfully there is no werewolf vs vampire, as vampires are just humans who increase their lifespan by stealing others'
Which may not seem much different than Leeches, but there is a distinct difference in what happens to the victim, see And I Must Scream above
No one likes Leeches
Fantastic Slurs: "Lowers" for non-enlightened, many demons also take offense at being called anything other than demon or DaeJal, especially devil
Formulaic Magic: Colorless profession of mathematician can't get much closer to this.
Giant Spider: There is a large one in the Cave Beyond the Echoes.
Grey and Gray Morality: Sure there are Angels, Demons, Crime Syndicates, totalitarian governments. But see it from their point of view and it makes sense. No one's perfect. Part of game play so that players will sometimes make contradicting decisions to other players.
Hellgate: This quite literally is a giant gate that leads to the Inferno Realm.
Highly Conspicuous Uniform: Averted with the Lothian Guard whose standard uniform is desert garb, useful since Lothia in the middle of the Sahara. Played straight with Henzarlle's squire uniform which is bright baby blue.
Although Henzarlle was outfitted for a diplomatic mission rather than a combat one, most militaries had formal wear as well which is basically what Henzarlle is wearing.
Emphasized in that their own language they call themselves something else, DaeJal.
However, they do call their world the Inferno Realm and/or Hell because it matches the typical description of Hell. They also accept their name as Demons as according to Humans. They consider it just the names translated into human languages.
[[Spoiler: And when he succeeded it turned out he was a legendary Archdemon, the party was spared on the account that he hadn't fully recovered and enlisted their help in finding the rest of his memory.]]
Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Played straight with Guile, Ashelin and a couple others, but averted with Verloren, Biggs, Zeches, and Adel considering they are all trained soldiers.