While Messiah has, in a sense, an overarching plot, there are many other things going on in the site's story-line right now, and many of them certainly have room for more players and new characters. As such, we'll go over them below.
- International War
Dalmasca and Jihon are at war with Macenia and Galace. As Jihon and Galace are in the further reaches, they don't see as much conflict, but the border between Dalmasca and Macenia is rife with battle.
- Missing Leader
Currently, unknown to everyone, Dalmasca has no Imperator, and the noble lineages are mostly in-fighting with each other. Houses will fall and rise in Dalmasca's societal ladder constantly, but this does mean that one can quite easily create their own house, and vie for a place amongst the five major houses! But, expect fierce opposition.
- Feudal Lands
Jihon's ujalin lines, as well, are constantly at war with one another, for control over territories. Territory, after all, equals resources. Non-ujalin houses also try to gain control over territory, and become ujalin.
- The Last Stand
Macenia's tribes are not currently united with one another, and occasionally, aside from Dalmascan threat, must face threat from other tribes. As they are dwindling in number, and beginning to lose southern territories to Dalmasca, it is thought that Macenia is on the verge of falling. There is, however, still a chance to turn the tides.
- The Northern Bastion
Galace, hit the hardest by the war, is primarily concerned with keeping their people alive, and the Dalmascans off their lands. Their borders are very well-guarded, and while diplomatic relations are quiet, their young prince Shilthandien seeks to find a way of stopping Dalmasca, for something more sinister seeps southward from the northern mountains...
- Rising Storm
The young master of House Essair of Dalmasca climbs the warlord ladder, aiming to seize the throne of Dalmasca, and become Imperator. His foundations are loose, but he has the hearts of the people, and commands a large force of commoners steadily overtaking the streets of Dalmasca's capital city, Nydema. However, House Cassimer also seeks to eventually place one of its own on the Imperator throne, placing them at odds with House Essair.
- Blood Games
House Asheron and House Lancaster of Dalmasca are at a slight impasse, warring with one another on the arena sands for blood games glory. House Lancaster currently owns the blood fighter that stands as the present Blood Champion of Nydema, but Asheron may yet be able to wrest this status from them.
- Territory Wars
House Tran is and has been the House in Jihon to hold the most land for at least two generations, but slowly House Zhu have encroached on their territories, seeking to claim some for themselves, and bolster their house's influence. The sons of House Tran have both vanished, with one disappearing first, and the other leaving Jihon to find him. The latter is currently in Dalmasca; House Zhu may or may not know about this, and may or may not have a hand in the first son's disappearance.
- Magical Mishaps
House Tachibana of Jihon have rather the scandal on their hands, their daughter having murdered her husband with sorcery, and then fled the nation, and soon after so did her brother, at the time an ujal. Tachibana are balanced on the edge of a knife, and stand to lose their ujalin status.
- Slave Diggers
Several noble lineages, including the ruling, of the Free City of Haradi, have lost one or more of their children to Dalmasca's slave trades, and historically, the Free City of Saqqara have lost their own to slavers before. This has placed quite a bit of strain on diplomatic relations between the Free Cities and Dalmasca. The King of Haradi has left the city-state to search for his missing son, while the King of Saqqara rules in his stead.
- Route to Trouble
While the Free City of Highwind have remained mostly out of the Macenia-Galace vs Dalmasca-Jihon conflict, it is beginning to impact their trade routes. The Highwindians may need to get involved, whether they like it or not, or weather a heavy hit to their already somewhat weak economy.
- Cults of the Messiah
Some have begun to dismiss the prophecy of the Messiah as a false prophecy, as nothing has happened in the last twenty years to suggest it may be true. Others believe very strongly in the Messiah, and several cults have sprung up across Azaleon that venerate the Messiah almost as a deity. Likewise, counter-cults that denounce the Messiah have also risen. Both are becoming rather dangerous, with those venerating the Messiah murdering those against magi quite bloodily, and those denouncing the Messiah murdering magi quite bloodily.
The Free Cities, where Dalmasca and Jihon continue to allow wide-spread anti-mage sentiment, and Macenia continues to mercy-kill mages, have begun researching and learning about aura, sorcery, and their interactions with the environment. This has led to quite the number of technological advancements, backed by aura, and the rise of semi-intelligent machines, hovering vehicles and water ships that fly, and almost-electricity, and with that advancement, aura weapons.
- The Threat in the North
Northern Azaleon, primarily centred in Galace and northern Macenia, is facing a strange problem. Wellsprings of dark energy are bubbling up in random places, twisting the flora and fauna both. Galace has lost many a good mage in trying to control it, and even the Blackram Marauders, a massive group of pirate fleets, are beginning to be impacted. Southern Azaleon is in more and more danger every day, from a threat only their mages, which they insist on killing, have a sparkle of hope of stopping.