Overpopulation, poverty and a depletion of the earth's natural resources forced the world's governments to set aside petty disputes and ancient hatreds to work together for a solution. Incredibly, a habitable planet was discovered and scientists developed a new engine capable of travelling 10 light years instantaneously. However, to power the engine required the earth's supply of nuclear material.
During construction of this vehicle, an accident caused an explosion so destructive it destroyed the moon. Asia, Africa, the Middle East and most of Europe are now gone. Debris from the destruction of the Moon formed a ring around the Earth.
People struggled in the aftermath; more than half the world left uninhabitable. The destructive energy and resulting radioactive clouds created an earth more akin to a post apocalyptic nightmare. In the 15 years since the accident, displaced survivors have resettled in mega cities and have worked together to form a new government, the United Federation of Nations, formed of and controlled by mega corporations.
It is a new era for humankind. Technology has evolved and cybernetics has increased human capability, biotech has enabled direct brain to cyber connectivity and magic has made its way into the modern world. What begins as a rash turns into a colored glowing woad of symbols and letters that flow across a carriers body and people afflicted with it begin to trigger magical abilities they don't understand or control. The color and symbols are unique to each person and dependent upon what magical abilities they exhibit.
Simple words seem to trigger the magical abilities and everything from healing spells to great fireballs of destruction are released. Because of the unpredictability and the dangers magic users pose to the general public, the government has created the Federal Arcane Registry Enforcement Agency, commonly referred to as the Registry, to track down and detain anyone who develops these marks or exhibit magical abilities.
Unknown to the Registry, a child is born with magical talent, a unique silver woad, and with apparant control over his abilities. Raised by a group of secretive Monks, they hire a team of mercenaries to transport the child to a monastery deep beyond the borders of civilization, into the heart of the quarantine zone. The monks believe the child may have the answers to controlling magic and could be the key to repairing the damage done to the world.