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Old 03-03-2018, 02:19 PM   #3211
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Centrum is aware of how things turned out on a parallel they control on quantum seven. It's called Britannia-3 by Homeline. James II is replaced by his nephew James because a certain Rebellion won.

So, they've decided to try it again. On the whole, if it really was just replacing James Stuart with James Scott, instead of Willem van Orange, Homeline wouldn't care. The problem is that Homeline is aware that James Scott has been replaced by a demon animated homunculus. Both Cabal contacts and Homeline affiliated mages report that a rogue Cabal faction is trying to take over England in a plot to control all Englands everywhere and all English speakers too.

The Cabal assures Homeline the plot can't work. Still, if the plot is carried out, the damage to hundreds of parallels can't be predicted. Or at least the nature of the damage can't be predicted, the fact is a certainty.

So the PCs, while working with allies they don't trust, must sort between the multiple styles of conspirators that infest the Stuart court to find the ones that are a threat to the multiverse rather than simply to themselves and others.
Is Centrum attempting to replicate what happened on Britannia-3 on an echo?

And I presume that Centrum is unaware of James Scott's demonism? Revealing it to Centrum would be the best way to get that magic-phobic power to flip sides.
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Old 03-03-2018, 02:45 PM   #3212
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Is Centrum attempting to replicate what happened on Britannia-3 on an echo?

And I presume that Centrum is unaware of James Scott's demonism? Revealing it to Centrum would be the best way to get that magic-phobic power to flip sides.
Yes. Centrum sees Britainia-3 as a very good, for them, world. However, Centrum doesn't do trust or win-win senarios. They won't listen about James Scott. And if they would listen, some of their agents are possessed. Magic phobes don't generally have good mystic defenses.
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Old 03-09-2018, 12:06 PM   #3213
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One of the great history generating mysteries of the middle ages was the Medieval Warm Period. Why this climate pattern happened is unknown. Equally, why it stopped, and stopped with such a brutal weather event as nearly a year of hard rains in Northern Europe, is unknown. However, Centrum knows weather. We're shown this in a vignette of Grant being rained out at Vicksburg.

Either ending the Medieval Warm Period early or keeping it in place longer would bring massive changes to world history. In Europe alone the Medieval Warm Period coincides with the rise of feudalism. The end of the Medieval Warm Period seems to start the decay and collapse of feudalism. If the climatic effects of the Medieval Warm Period were vital to feudalism, and I've read authors who made solid arguments that way, any plot needing to either weaken or strengthen feudalism could focus on weather control.
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Old 03-09-2018, 02:52 PM   #3214
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A lot of modern-day crackpots like to point to the MWP as proof that modern warming can't be man-made. Of course, they conveniently ignore the fact that Europe, despite what it may think, is not the entire planet. It'd be interesting to make them right. Have something dump collossal amounts of CO2 in the atmosphere starting around 1000CE and have 1500CE be a desertified nightmare world.
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Old 03-09-2018, 04:27 PM   #3215
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A lot of modern-day crackpots like to point to the MWP as proof that modern warming can't be man-made. Of course, they conveniently ignore the fact that Europe, despite what it may think, is not the entire planet. It'd be interesting to make them right. Have something dump collossal amounts of CO2 in the atmosphere starting around 1000CE and have 1500CE be a desertified nightmare world.
Cool warming twist PTTG.

Another twist with weather is a world were the monsoons that where typical of Africa tens of thousands of years ago returned in the Medieval period. The effects would depend on how strong they were.

Weak monsoons that brought rains a short distance into North Africa could greatly strengthen the cultures of the Magreb and make the Corsairs, already a serious problem to the late Medieval and Early Modern West, into a civilization ending threat.

Strong monsoons that could create vast lakes and grasslands could also threaten to directly connect Europe with topical Africa's microfauna. Thus making Europe's population far less stable and radically limiting European agriculture at a highly vulnerable period.
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Old 03-10-2018, 09:12 AM   #3216
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Try this idea...

Historically gunpowder has been discovered multiple times and then lost or ignored. Given the multiple independent discoveries of gunpowder it seems all you need are the three commonplace ingredients and some form of alchemical tradition.

So, I simply suggest that an obscure Ionian Greek discovers gunpowder early in the Hellenistic period. By the time Rome starts to invade Greece the Legions are met by phalanx and artillery. Rome learns quickly, but so do the Gauls and others.

Basically use your favorite style of early modern warfare with Classical Antiquity. Or simply have a cluster of cultures with technological advancement forced by competition. Gauls, Romans, Greeks, Egyptians, all striving against each other and driving technological change.

Note: just because of the tech based change there's no reason to exclude magic if you enjoy it. A godswar driving the tech changes would be grand fun.
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Old 03-10-2018, 12:10 PM   #3217
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The earliest that firearms could have been developed is TL 1, when you have the domestication of animals producing saltpeter (the only component of gunpowder that is difficult to gather in nature, as charcoal can form in forest fires and sulfur can be gathered around volcanic vents) meeting the development of bronze. While you would not have mass produced firearms, it would have not been possible for bronzesmiths to make individual firearms at TL 1. I imagine that iron would have never become that important in warfare, resulting in a divergence of technology at TL 1.

Imagine a world where the New Kingdom of Egypt discovered the secret of firearms and the pharaohs used a monopoly over the trade in sulfur to maintain their dominion. The New Kingdom of Egypt could have survived beyond 1000 BC, and it may have survived for another thousand years. The Egyptian Empire could have sought to control the supplies of copper, sulfur, and tin in the Mediterranean region and, if it succeeded, would have likely prevented the evolution of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome.
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Old 03-10-2018, 02:06 PM   #3218
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A lot of modern-day crackpots like to point to the MWP as proof that modern warming can't be man-made. Of course, they conveniently ignore the fact that Europe, despite what it may think, is not the entire planet. It'd be interesting to make them right. Have something dump collossal amounts of CO2 in the atmosphere starting around 1000CE and have 1500CE be a desertified nightmare world.
Since there is evidence of climate change around the world during that time like China an the South Pacific you could stuff the snark and just let history play out differently from that point.

Other climate anomalies like the Roman warm period or Bronze Age warm period could be used as well.
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Old 03-10-2018, 03:16 PM   #3219
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The earliest that firearms could have been developed is TL 1, when you have the domestication of animals producing saltpeter (the only component of gunpowder that is difficult to gather in nature, as charcoal can form in forest fires and sulfur can be gathered around volcanic vents) meeting the development of bronze. While you would not have mass produced firearms, it would have not been possible for bronzesmiths to make individual firearms at TL 1. I imagine that iron would have never become that important in warfare, resulting in a divergence of technology at TL 1.
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You could use even clay or copper pots filled with black powder for even TL0 bombs.
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You could use even clay or copper pots filled with black powder for even TL0 bombs.
Babylonian grenades! KWEL!
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