An interesting tale, and I like the fact that it is presented through multiple lenses, with the truth version presented in the end. It is strange, beguiling, and inviting. I like it. I want to map the city out like a living cell, with the inpenetrable fortress/tower/nucleus in the middle and the golden walls as the cell membrane, and the other various cellular apparatii having their own manifestations within the city.
How would the golden city respond to being looted? Gold is soft, so chopping hunks out it out of a wall wouldn't be hard for anyone with even bronze or stone tools. Go to Comment
When the rat pods exhaust what food is available they are likely to swarm. And another thing to consider is that there is a cost for their mobility, they have a short lifespan as seeds. While a regular seed can survive dormant for a long time, rat tree seeds can only survive for a few weeks at the most before perishing.
And things that eat seeds are definitely going to be going after these running nuggets. Go to Comment
This is the sort of level of immersion that I see in the Cosmic Era setting, but rather than a global phenomenon, this is the sort of thing that is much more common inside the arcos, with semi- and permanently connected people in the CogNet working virtual/online jobs, or using the network to remote access a robot surrogate to do manual labor somewhere else.
Nice work, I like the concept of hackers stealing an entire city. Go to Comment
An interesting and entertaining read, I like how much potential this adventure has for what I think of as entry level PCs, this isn't their first rodeo, but maybe the 3rd adventure. There is a chance that they can get their clocks cleaned, and making Latris as an enemy sets up a good arc for conflict. It also sets up Meritha as a potential base for the PCs with the good will of the rulers there, or leads into an adventure after the PCs and the rulers clash after the conflict with Latris.
I like the exposition of the academic/disconnected perspective, and I would venture that the theme of corruption would probably be under nameless horror entry, and then link it back to the TPK as you mentioned. Very excellent discourse. Go to Comment
The Clowns are a gang of degenerates that have been used as the worst of the worst in my home game. In the home game, they rarely have any sort of leadership and it is a general carnival of chaos and mayhem. The history and background of the Clowns is somewhat unimportant in that context so the leadership role being filled by the various actors/personas that have played the Joker provided a figurehead for both leadership and for their history.
As for long term plans, as the Joker says, Do I look like the sort of guy who makes plans?
The things that set the Clowns apart from other gangs is that they are the bottom of the barrel, the most depraved, the most violent, and the most inhuman of all. They are involved in the drug trade, but on the bottom side up, peddling the worst sort of drugs, the sort that cause bodily harm by simple proximity like meth and bath salts. The thematic elements are the most obvious factor, with the circus/clown theme recurring over and over. The gang members lose themselves in those elements. Go to Comment