World Zeppelin Amadeus

Submitter: Carl Cramér
Description: Players are a part of the Amadeus tribe. This tribe discovered psionics a generation ago, but splintered and went out to the world to rule as gods, in competition with the 'real' spirit-gods. Now, a genious among the remaining tribesmen has built a huge zeppelin. The PCs travel the world on this zeppelin, searching out members of their old tribe and trying to unite the old Amadeus tribe, based on a vision given by the divine founder of the tribe, Amadeus himself. Amadeus still occassionally appears and gives new information (about once per session, as an adventure hook). His final plan for the Amadeus tribe involves saving the world from a danger too great to contemplate, but he has only hinted at this yet. And, yes, did I mention that the theme music is all Mozart?

Cultural Organization

Large numbers of small homogenous groups. "I am a member of the Short Red tribe"

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

Gunpowder, printing press, fully-rigged ships, hot air balloons, black-powder musket, cannon, sailing warship
Renaissance/Colonial (TL 4)

Mass production, steam power, telegraph, railroad, zeppelin, ironclad warships, dynamite, repeating handgun, direct current electricity, germ theory of disease, anesthetics, vaccines
With one specific
technology at:
Industrial Revolution (TL 5)

Narrative Emphasis

Exotic locations, foreign peoples, strange creatures, unknown histories

Dealing with personal connections and responsibilities
and: Friends & Family

Reality Style

Emotional characters dealing with joyful events and personal tragedies


Miraculous Religion

There are many gods
Structure: Polytheism

"The gods" may directly interfere in the mortal world when requested.
Spice: Divine Intervention

Certain creatures or materials are of importance to "the gods", and carry their blessings/curses.
And: Holy Animals/Materials


Psionics are an outgrowth of the processes of life, and variables such as species, emotions and states of consciousness can affect psychic powers.
Structure: Bio-Psionics

Psionics can only be induced artificially through surgery, drugs, etc.
Development: Artificial

Certain substances enhance psychic powers or are psychically sensitive or active. This can range from drugs to telekinetically malleable minerals.
Spice: Catalyst Substances

Comment Threads
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2004-08-31 03:46:22
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Competition with the Spirit-Gods
David A. Spitzley
2001-12-03 20:33:03
I like the background element of the newly-psionic Amadeus tribesmen going out to compete with the "Spirit-Gods" as rulers. One of the important issues to consider is that somehow the tribesmen must be able to at least hold their own against the gods. This either means a) the gods can be affected by psionics, which would aloow the , or b) the gods do not themselves have the ability to directly affect the world, so the tribe's psionics are more directly powerful than the knowledge that the gods presumably provide.
2001-12-11 10:34:40
Since this is a melodrama, the conflict with the gods/spirits need not be violent. What I had in mind was that the psychics basically become gods, and can set themselves up as new gods / false gods and disrupt the tranquility of tribal life with their progressive, but in many cases doomed, ideas.

Imagine a world where Ronald MC Donald can become a god of hamburgers on a whim...

Carl Cramér
2001-12-11 10:35:38
Ah, that last comment was by me...