Free For All

Submitter: John Olson
Description: Corporate future, with interstellar technology(TL10). They have mastered the use of DNA transfer mutagen technology to modify humans in a regeneration tank. Employment by a corporation is usually for life; you give it your all and then retire to a corporate rest home and live on your pension and savings. There is currently a social movement called Agorism. Agorists believe they believe that the corporate structure actually violates the spirit of true "free enterprise." Many Agorists agitate for reform, while others go underground, forming enclaves that resemble hidden shopping malls. The PCs are the "dropouts" of society, who don't work for any corporation. By default, they often end up working for Agorist enclaves, either taking one as a Patron or freelancing. Direct confrontation with corporate forces is a bad idea, though; the PCs are way outclassed in the power department. That leaves stealth and guile. But they also have an edge. What most Employees don't know, and the Executive Boards won't tell them, is that ritual magic works. The beings that answer the call like to deal with individuals; they don't understand the concept of limited liability. When you deal in magic, you pay the full price of what you summon. One way or another. It's thanks to their rituals that the Agorist enclaves are able to stay hidden, but the corps definitely know that *something's* going on. When it rains fish, when an arcology's tap water smells of asparagus, when birds start meowing and cats start mooing, the Supernatural Strike Teams come out hunting. And you can't use ritual magic against them, it takes too long. Lucky you enchanted that palmtop into a magic weapon. Now if only every magic item in existence didn't have "quirks," you'd be sitting pretty...

Cultural Organization

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"

Social Conditions

The society is in the midst of a major dispute over ideas or institutions. Ex: American Civil Rights movement, Chinese Pro-democracy movement
Social Upheaval

Tech Level

Antimatter power, artificial gravity, slow FTL radio, nerve pistol, superheavy combat armor, disruption beam, genericillin, genetic engineering of complex mental traits, creation of new species from scratch
Interstellar (TL 10)

Tech Modifiers

Permanent alternation of the human body is important; this can mean cybernetics, biological upgrades, chemical enhancement, etc.
Human Augmentation

Narrative Emphasis

Secrets, infiltration, covert manipulation of others

Reality Style

Marginalized characters in a society of alienation



Magic which is poorly understood, partially incomprehensible, and/or powered by unknown forces. Call of Cthulhu captures this idea nicely.
Structure: Mysterious

Magic which tends to have wide ranging and somewhat unpredictable side effects. Core Earth magic in Torg is a good example of this.
Character: Wild

Creation of permanent magical devices.
Spice: Enchanting

Comment Threads
Ooh, cool.
2004-04-15 13:57:54
Wow, that's a really neat idea. *applauds* If you're planning to write a story based on that, I'd love to read it.
2007-12-18 17:16:19
On 4/15/2004, DClick wrote:
Wow, that's a really neat idea. *applauds* If you're planning to write a story based on that, I'd love to read it.
Bah humbug! I prefer renneissence or medieval.