Social Science and Fiction Part 7: Fissiparous Eschatology

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  1. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Everybody agrees that there will be a Dark Elf who will show up at the portal during the blood moon and unleash the beast that will begin the whole “end of the world” thing.

    It’s just that the Orcs think it’s going to be awesome, the Dwarves use it as a reason to dig deeper, the Humans see it as a story to tell their kids when they won’t be good and eat their vegetables, and the Elves think it’s racist.

    Oh, and there’s a blood moon on Thursday night. A portal up on yonder hill.

    Hrm. If I had a problem with that, it’d be with the setup. You’ve got to get the characters to have a reason to visit the Orcs (and have a conversation with them), the Dwarves (and not the ones near the surface!), and the Elves.

    And include enough combat to give them enough loot/experience to deal with the beast at the portal. Or, maybe, a Dark Elf who wasn’t the one in the prophecy (wait until the next blood moon, I guess) but could have been were it not for those meddling kids.

    The problem is that the story pretty much has to be on rails for that first part (or require a *LOT* of trust between players and the DM).

    That said, that’d make a hell of a video game.Report

  2. Avatar Maribou says:

    I really enjoyed this. Put off commenting because I was travelling and wanted to see if I’d come up with something more interesting to say, but I did not. Still – I really enjoyed this!.Report