GURPS: Red Sky
This Strange World of Ours
Magic is real.
It’s always been there, hiding in plain sight. Our ancestors knew about it, accepted it as the norm, and in many cases, used it to fight the forces of darkness (or, in far too many cases, to become the very darkness that must be fought.) In this modern age, though, Man has become fanatically devoted to the religion of science and turned away from the Old Ways, letting the beauty and horror of magic to become solely the proving of myth and of fiction.
Because ignoring a thing in the hopes that it will go away always works, right?
Beneath the “normal” surface of the world are things and people which most humans don’t know about, don’t want to know about, and will do their best to forget about if they ever come anywhere near them. That dead body with the odd toothmarks? Attacked by stray dogs. The traces of thirty different infectious diseases on this corpse? Statistical anomaly. The Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton from the museum scattered in a thousand pieces on the college lawn? Student prank.
The world is weirder, more wonderful, and more deadly than it seems. Some people know this. There are people who know that magic exists and know who to call when they run into it. There are humans who have been divinely blessed or diabolically cursed. There are faeries— small, big, hugely ancient and terrifying. There are dragons, although these days it’s said they consider bearer bonds as well as gold for their hoards.
The Nevernever—the world of fae and ghosts—is just on the other side of a veil from normal life; courts of vampires divide the night among them; the White Council of wizards tries to protect the innocent and stop the misuse of magic.
All of this is going on, right under our noses. However, this is also a world where a single person, in the right place, at the right time, can do the right thing and save the people he cares about.