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Wind-Shook Rain is a multi-timeline Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell based roleplaying site. We offer four separate time periods for our members to play in ranging from the middle ages to the renaissance and enlightenment eras, to the regency era, to the Victorian period and everything afterwards, with room for overlap. We're a no-wordcount site and are welcoming to newcomers to the fandom as well veteran Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell fans.
In the winter of 1110 a Fairy army appeared in the North of England and made swift work of conquering the region. Their leader: a human, a fifteen year old boy captured and raised by the Daoine Sidhe. This is the man who would become known as the Raven King , John Uskglass. With him magic came into England and Magicians flourished during his reign. But with magic comes a whole new series of threats outside of our own human scope: Demons and wars with Hell, Fairies flitting in and out of our world and spiriting people away to their brughs, and webs of intrigue spanning all through the Raven King's Court. The world was changed on that winter's day in 1110, when the Fair Folk first arrived, and now we must all learn to live in and adapt to it.
In 1434, the Raven King Left us, for reasons unknown, and with him he took all of England's magic. that is, at least, how it feels to those of us who live in these times afterwards. As the Renaissance dawns and those involved in the Arts and Sciences flourish, the Magicians of our time rush to write down whatever scraps of spells they can get their hands on, even if they do not understand what they truly are, in some fruitless hope of preserving it. But they cannot hold back time forever, and as theydays and years go by, the common folk begin believing in and trusting in magic less and less.
Magic has not been properly practiced in England for the past 300 years. Not by anyone respectable at least. Enter Gilbert Norrell. After a miraculous display of his skill at York Minster, Norrell has come to London and though at first the Government is skeptical of his abilities and declines his initial offer to assist in the war effort against Napoleon, after he raises a member of Parliment's fiancé from the dead...well there really is no denying his magicianship, is there? Soon Norrell has taken on a New Pupil, Jonathan Strange, and Magic has become the most fashionable thing to sweep through London. But tensions begin to brew between Strange and Norrell, and all the meanwhile magic is creeping back into England. The Fairy roads are opening again, and who knows just what awaits us on the other side?
THE NEW AGE OF MAGIC
Strange and Norrell are gone. After the events concerning the Revival of English Magic, they have vanished without a trace. Even their houses have disappeared, and along with them all of the Books of Magic Norrell Possessed. Perhaps all of the books of Magic entirely. Well, almost all of the Books of Magic...
The Book, the Raven King's Book, still remains. Written on the body of a street Magician named Vinculus is a book said to be penned by the Raven King himself. Once, he bore a prophecy of Magic's return, but now he says he is rewritten, and as the writing on his skin is in the King's Letters, a system of writing long forgotten, who can say what those words say now? What can be said is that everyone wants to know. John Childermass, a former servant of Norrell's has taken on the guardianship of Vinculus and himself is one of the men leading the charge of those trying to decipher the odd lettering written upon the man. But who would not wish to claim that glory for themselves?
Magic has returned, and it has changed the world forever now. What that means for our future, who can say?