The Shadow Over Everything
Submitter: John Olson
Description: Steampunk world, with horrors living in the shadows.
Enough of these are created by mad scientists that everyone
thinks that they all are. But in reality, the stunning
new inventions are the result of entreaties to mad,
cosmic beings who are insinuating themselves into the
universe. As their influence grows, the pace of true
innovation slows. It has just about stopped now.
The Council, a collection of corporate trusts, rules
the world, having displaced all bounded governments. They
are actually ruled by various cults, each one controlling
a different corporation.
The PCs discover the horrible truth: That all the TL5+1
and up technology is actually magic, and the true purpose
of it is to suppress the development of TL6. They go
on the run, hunted by the agents and monsters of the
Council, seeking to end various plots where they find
them. They are aided by a shadowy group of inventors
who operate out of a submarine and are led by Nikola
Tesla and H.P. Lovecraft.
Society driven by the interactions of a small collection of mutually exclusive but geographically unbounded power structures. "I'm a worker of the Arasaka corporation"
The society has lost all capacity to innovate or adapt. Ex: Late Roman Empire, Late Imperial China
Mass production, steam power, telegraph, railroad, zeppelin, ironclad warships, dynamite, repeating handgun, direct current electricity, germ theory of disease, anesthetics, vaccines
Industrial Revolution (TL 5)
Travel, Do-gooding, searching for wealth and excitement
Doomed characters in terrifying circumstances
No Goodies were generated.