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I love the suggestion of the two brothers. The relationship between the two could be a wonderful source of drama, tension and pathos. The PCs would have to make morally ambiguous decisions when dealing with Bill, knowing full well his intentions are essentially good and that he acts out of fraternal love. It could make for some wonderful storytelling and roleplaying.
The submission feels somewhat incomplete because it originally grew out of a scroll submission, but I didn't want to leave it as "Old fashioned pub that hides terrorist network fighting transhumanism". It was late at night so I ended up going overboard and writing a sub for it instead.
That said, I think the juxtaposition of "Bill as a nice guy" and "Bill who blows up clinics" is both realistic and interesting.
If we're talking of Hitler, there are several reports of him playing fondly with baby Helga Goebbels, or of being uncommonly attached to his dog Blondi and her puppies. Being a loving, caring family man does not stop someone from being a militant bigot. Casually murdering people as part of their role as an organised crime enforcer does not stop someone from being respectful, compassionate and caring towards their parents. A soldier can enjoy shooting "some guy in a turban" as part of his tour of afghanistan and then return home to patiently teach his son to read and make love to his wife. Your best friend at work and occasional drinking buddy could be beating his wife or molesting his children. Humanity is more complex that we make out, and while our fiction tends to use a lot of black and white, the real world is built more from a palette of grey, which is why I like the dissonant image of Burly Bill running a terror campaign.
The Charter: a contract that was signed by all of the original settlers to Kremik. It formed the basis of Kremik's various legal systems and provided several important unifying ideals that withstood the upheavals. However, it was also at the heart of the original dispute which caused the formation of the three original nations. Each of the three factions interpreted various key sections of The Charter differently, and their inability to resolve those differences led to the ships parting ways.
Potentially divisive provisions (need more here):
Attitudes towards and influence of The Charter:
First generation settlers had all signed it personally before being put into cryosleep for the long journey to Kremik, and were faily well-versed in it. They would be the most ardent defenders of their faction's viewpoint.
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Later Kremikian nations would either discard The Charter entirely, twist or pervert its intentions, or cleave to it in an attempt to claim the moral high ground.
Great description with an excellent background. I can see the Red Duke working his selfless act wishing to all that he could take the misery of all those upon himself. The knife, joining his mission and answering his call, slowly being inbued with the power. Its permanance then solidified in cloud of shadow wrapping the knife at the same time the Red Duke uttered a final agonized scream of triumph for the good he did.
In the interest of full disclosure, this took longer than 3 minutes to write. The complete ideas and backstory as well as most of the effect were thought up in less than 60 seconds though. It's Also my first post in over three years! Woot! Go me!