Timeline: Post Apocolyptic World, rebuilt civilization.
Races: Human, Protean, and Ferral
Weaponry: All types
Background Story: 75 years after the Satellite Wars that left the planet a virtual wasteland, civilization has rebuilt itself strong. Our planet has undergone some major changes, such as currently there are only two continents left on earth. The world is also now 80% ocean, however the water is a mixture of salt-water, radioactive waste, and positively charged ionic residue. The climate too has changed and varies depending on which part of what continent you are on.
After the Satellite Wars ravaged the planet, people became infinitely more concerned with the planet and its status. These people are called the GaiaTouched, mainly humanoid, they are so in tune with nature that they can not only predict it's subtle changes, but affect and inflict them. Some changes include the weather, the surronding area, or the basic elemental compounds of the planet. Their self-proclaimed gifts are actually due to the high levels of radiation in the soil. The radiation from the planet has forced some species to evolve. One such are the Avariels, they are more Protean. They are highly evolved humans with a discernable feature, their enlarged foreheads. Their brains are 45% larger than that of the standard human and contrary to humans, they use almost 90% of their brain matter. Avariels first began to appear a few months after the Satellite Wars and are looked up to as Saviors by the GaiaTouched. They mainly draw on their psionic abilities.
The other new species that has evolved are the Kavor. The Kavor are Ferral and although beast like they are cunning, swift, and above all STRONG. The Kavor are slowly becoming more and more enslaved, mainly by the Avariel race which deems itself the highest lifeform. On the surface, Man, Avariel, and Kavor appear to be cohabitating, but the tension is growing and the world is once again on the brink of war.
Mechanics: Their are 8 elements that comprise Gaia - Fire, Ice, Water, Storm, Luna, Life, Time, and Force. Humans are equally in touch with all things Gaia and Avariels are the only race that gain access to a ninth element, psionic. Kavor have yet to develop a sensitivity to Gaia, but in return are faster and stronger than Humans and Avariels. Players can choose to ignore Gaia and it's effects or can develop a specialization in specific elements. Every element has a strength over another, and by specializing in a specific element you become more sensitive to all things affecting it. Therefore if you specialize in Fire, anything aligned with ice would get bonuses against you, being that fire is weak against ice, and so on and so forth.
For core stats, there are six attributes split by three categories - Health, Action, Mind. Humans start out with equal points in each category, Avariels have slightly more action and mind, but less health than humans, and Kavor have more Health and Action, but less mind than humans. For those of you who play SWG this isn't a complete and total rip, there is a point/number system that goes along with each attribute that affect other aspects of gameplay. Here is the rundown:
Instead of having "classes" you have "archtypes". So far there are only 7 archtypes, but within each archtype, there are 20 skills that you can learn. The kicker is that each character has the possibility of learning a maximum of only 10 skills. You will still need to "level up" in order to learn more skills and get bonuses depending on your archtype, but you can also spend experience to enhance the current skills you have. Each skill can be enhanced a maximum of 5 times. So far there are a total 140 skills available, which can make for some very interesting combinations if characters would like to "multiclass". I think it's awesome because of the randomness factor and replayability.
That's it for now, still working out lots of kinks while trying to create a storyboard that would fit 2 - 10 players. I would really really like to know what ANYONE thinks.