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Old 10-16-2020, 11:55 AM   #591
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That would be a good one for Traveller Interstellar Wars

That's also where my mind went as well. Something about that book really drove home the difficulty and scope of invading and conquering a planet with a few billion people on it, even after you've taken space.
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Old 10-16-2020, 01:52 PM   #592
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That's also where my mind went as well. Something about that book really drove home the difficulty and scope of invading and conquering a planet with a few billion people on it, even after you've taken space.
In a lot of cases they just fudged it by saying the inhabitants were indifferent which is realistic enough: they often are, not least because empires don't like having a politically active populace in the first place.

If you are going to use ISW, cause the trouble to come from primarily from nativist leaders rather than the Ziru Sirka. That is not necessary as there was at least one Imperial Loyalist revolt recorded in the book somewhere. It fits better just the same.
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Old 10-16-2020, 01:58 PM   #593
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That could be done in Honor Harrington. Of course their the Manties never had much trouble of the kind you mentioned (in retrospect the Mesans did not do that well in cultivating trouble in the Talbot sector given that they were Genius Evil Spymasters).

Or you can be with the OFS. That could be an interesting twist.
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Old 10-17-2020, 11:14 AM   #594
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If you are going to use ISW, cause the trouble to come from primarily from nativist leaders rather than the Ziru Sirka.
You could also work with the nativists to overthrow their oppressors. That could be a launching off point for a campaign pivot, if idealistic heroes find they are working for less than idealistic leadership. Their supposed mission of liberation becomes a case of "meet the new boss, same as the old boss."
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Old 10-24-2020, 09:27 AM   #595
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You could also work with the nativists to overthrow their oppressors. That could be a launching off point for a campaign pivot, if idealistic heroes find they are working for less than idealistic leadership. Their supposed mission of liberation becomes a case of "meet the new boss, same as the old boss."
Now that sounds a lot like Lawrence of Arabia (the movie that is, the real thing is a bit more complicated).
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Now that sounds a lot like Lawrence of Arabia (the movie that is, the real thing is a bit more complicated).
That was, indeed, an inspiration.
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Most dangerous job of WWII? Kamikaze pilot. (I know; you said "on foot patrol.")
So, take that literally and run with it. A successful kamikaze completes his mission, takes out the American carrier... and survives. Now he has to get home, between enemy forces and "friendly" ones that won't believe he didn't chicken out. Or, the divine agency that saved him isn't a one-time deal, but the kamikaze has Unkillable, so he flies his missions again and again (perhaps getting disenchanted with the idea of immortality at this point. No one said it wasn't painful.)
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So, take that literally and run with it. A successful kamikaze completes his mission, takes out the American carrier... and survives. Now he has to get home, between enemy forces and "friendly" ones that won't believe he didn't chicken out. Or, the divine agency that saved him isn't a one-time deal, but the kamikaze has Unkillable, so he flies his missions again and again (perhaps getting disenchanted with the idea of immortality at this point. No one said it wasn't painful.)
I had an idea of a character whose earliest memory was waking up in a mass grave on a battlefield, his clothing* torn, riddled with bullet holes, and stained with blood, but not a scratch on him. Never really knew what to do with it.

* Civilian clothing, not a uniform. And no identifying material on him, so he has no idea why he was in a battlefield grave.
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A magical race/aristocracy exposes their children they find unfit. A secret society of peasants secretly saves these children and raises them into an army.

ties into the old story about Cyrus the great, but with a bit more intentionality.
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Old 02-19-2021, 01:42 PM   #600
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I was reading about the old spainish treasure fleets. In order to protect it from pirates, all of the silver collected for half a year would be loaded onto a few ships and a sizeable portion of the spainish navy would guard it across the Atlantic.



Stealing such a treasure would be quite difficult. A challenge befitting Player Characters. It could be run in a fantasy setting, a historical setting, or even a sci-fi setting with long travel times.



Less dramatically, if such a fleet was lost in a storm... great riches could result for whoever found it.
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