A Journey Begins
Handy Links and Information!
Link to the rules for body armor and firearms – https://dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/my-new-d20-modern-campaign
Link to the rules for Urban Arcana Magic - http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/unearthed-arcana/modern-magic
Just remember that this is 1963, so there is not much in the way of computer-controlled devices.
Corvalis Event – The event 2 years ago (1961) that caused Magic to flood back into the world as we knew it. The change was gradual, over the course of a month or so, but caused latent bloodlines to resurface and artifacts to regain their qualities. Monstrous creatures started to wake up in the dark places around the world and around 60 percent of the population of the world changed (relapsed? evolved? devolved?) into demi-human races such as dwarves, elves, goblinoids, giantkin, gnomes, halflings, etc. Basically humanity is still a decent majority of the civilized races on the planet. Those who changed took on the physical and mental attributes of their new race gaining longer or shorter life spans, magical abilities, and obvious physical changes. As the changes took place over the course of a month it caused a lot of panic but was gradual enough that society was able to recover fairly quickly and start moving forward rather than be stuck in turmoil for an extended period of time.
The Awakening – slang term for the Corvalis Event that is used by those who are in favor of the changes. (i.e. Life has been so much better since the Awakening)
The Chaos – slang term for the Corvalis Event used by those who are not in favor of the changes or who are depicting the event in unfavorable terms (i.e. I lost my family in the Chaos)
The Corvalis Event – neutral term for the Corvalis Event for the changes (or the magic itself) that occurred. (i.e. My family and I were turned into Dwarves due to the Corvalis Event.)