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Kalista
Well met! I’m Kalista, and I co-admin Istari with my husband, Arius. We've run a few other sites together, from an old west Supernatural roleplay to a Tron Legacy board, but Istari is our first original creation. It was originally adapted as a D&D campaign setting for a group of friends, but I always loved the idea of mixing magic and technology to get both a classic and urban fantasy feel. I still enjoy playing tabletop D&D, but these days I tend to spend more time on writing and online roleplay.

Along with avid writing comes avid reading, and I always have at least one book going. I tend to bounce back and forth between urban or high fantasy and science fiction, but I also enjoy crime novels and a handful of the classics. I also love gaming on the Playstation and Nintendo 3DS. I love a wide variety of games, but the original Mass Effect trilogy is nearest and dearest to my heart.

I tend to be online from midday to late evening, depending on my work schedule, and I usually lurk throughout the day. I love working with coding and graphics, so if you’re having trouble with something or have questions about the setting, feel free to message me or hop into the chat box. I’m always open to feedback, and I hope you enjoy playing in Istari as much as I’ve enjoyed working on it!

Arius
Heyla! I'm Arius, one of the admins here on Istari, and Kalista's lucky husband. I love writing (obviously), especially horror, fantasy, and sci fi, though I've been known to dabble in poetry and even fanfiction in the past. Though I don't seem to find the time for them as much as I used to, I enjoy playing games, both video and tabletop, and if I'm not around on the site it's probably because I'm playing my PS4 or 3DS.

I'm a great devourer of all sorts of literature, from high fantasy epics to dry historical tales, from fiction to non-fiction, and even comic books, which I have a huge passion for. I co-own a small comic shop in my hometown, which is something of a dream come true for me, and I've been collecting and reading comics and graphic novels since I was about five years old.

I'm usually around in the evenings to answer questions, play in the cbox, or even just shoot the breeze, so feel free to hit me up if you ever need anything!

Kay
Hey there! I’m Kay, Istari's moderator, and it’s nice to meet you! I’ve been roleplaying and writing for more than ten years and have been playing on Istari for about the whole time that it’s been open. I’ve known Kali and Arius for almost ten years now and actually got my online handler name from Arius. I’m a frequent writer and I do get distracted relatively easily as I’m always on social media sites. But currently I’ve been distracted with watching TV shows.

I’m an avid TV watcher ranging from Supernatural all the way to anime and nostalgia TV shows. Currently I’ve gotten myself stuck on Gargoyles. I’m also a classic anime fan, I’ve seen some of the newer animes, but the classics are my favorite. I’m also into a lot of superhero movies and horror movies, but movies in general are the things that I’m doing if I’m not writing.

I used to be a night owl, but given my 4am work schedule, I can be found lurking around here at high noon to about early evening, I’m a lurker so there will always definitely be someone there to answer your questions! Welcome to Istari!

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Exploring Istari


Istari is a medieval fantasy world that exists alongside modern-day Earth, and while Earth is the birthplace of humanity and many other fascinating species, Istari is the birthplace of the mythological and supernatural creatures and races. Many of these creatures can come and go at will, or may stumble upon one of the many Gates connecting the two worlds. Sightings on Earth are often well documented, some of which include spiritual or demonic visitations, Big Foot, the Loch Ness monster, Chupacabra, vampires, and werewolves, among others. Over the centuries, members of several species have even settled on Earth permanently, whether for comfort and convenience, less competition and a more ready food supply, or a number of other reasons. Likewise, humans often stumble into Istari by accident, and whether they are unable to find their way back to Earth, or they simply like it too much to leave, countless human settlements continue to thrive there as well.

To learn more about travel between Earth and Istari, see Walking Between the Worlds.


The main difference between Istari and Earth is the setting itself. Though the two worlds have existed in very similar states in the past, the people of Earth gradually developed new and more advanced forms of technology, and thus the modern world came into being. The races in Istari, on the other hand, have always relied on magic, seeing as advanced technology doesn’t tend to work there, and magic is plentiful. Because of this, very little has had to change over the centuries. For the most part, Istari is still reminiscent of medieval times, with the only bastions of the modern world existing in a small area around a handful of the larger accessible Gates, where the spillover from Earth allows technology to function properly. Similarly, magic is always the most easily accessible on Earth when in close proximity to one of the Gates.

For more info on how magic and technology work, please visit Magic and Technology.


Another major difference between the worlds comes from the races that inhabit them. Obviously, humans and all the other natural species make up the majority of races found on Earth. In Istari, elves are generally the most plentiful of the races, with shapeshifters, vampires, and humans also making a good showing. Many of these races have a leader within each settlement or region, rather than someone who rules the entire race as a whole, but the oldest and most powerful elven kingdom lies to the north, as do the Alkali wolves, the strongest among the shapeshifters. Together, these two kingdoms strive to keep the peace in the settled lands and protect the people living there against anything from wandering fell creatures to organized assaults from the darker territories and kingdoms. Aside from these, there are a great number of other kingdoms and settlements, and also a variety of creatures and beasts, some of which are even powerful or dangerous enough to threaten a member of one of the more powerful races if encountered alone. Anything’s possible, really!

Still have questions about something? Visit the Seeking an Audience forum for help!

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