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Old 10-11-2018, 05:56 AM   #3701
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The Provisional Government would have continued Russia's participation in WW I, which would have had interesting consequences. For example, they would not have executed the Tsar's family, perhaps banishing them to the UK or allowing them to become constitutional monarchs, and Stalin would have never risen to power. It would mean a potentially stronger Russia at the beginning of WW II, though a smaller one.
Vast numbers of troops were deserting the Russian line. The Russian peasants saw no reason or point to the war. They had little real idea of Russia as a nation and far less idea of European politics. The Russian people were leaving the war no matter what the Russian government wanted.

The Tsar was bitterly unpopular in most of Europe. Russian autocracy had a worse reputation in the WWI period than Stalinism had in the Cold War period. Britain might never have taken the Tsar in.
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Old 10-11-2018, 07:18 AM   #3702
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In Primordial-1, entities analogous to the Primordial entities of the most ancient mythologies rule a complex skerry that consists of over a dozen interconnecting Earths. Primordial-1a is ruled by the analogy of Gaia and is the only part of the skerry that Infinity and Centrum can access because it is a Q7 timeline. Each further Earth is ruled by a separate Primordial, though the Primordials maintain gate networks that connected the Earths of the skerry together for mortal communication, trade, and travel.

Due to Cabal interference, Gaia changed the rules of magic on her Earth a decade ago, removing mana and replacing it with spiritual essence. Standard magic spells fail as if within a no mana world while Path/Book magic and spiritual magic functions without any issues. Since then, the Cabal has been terrified of the Primordials because it does not know the limit of their powers.
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Old 10-11-2018, 02:49 PM   #3703
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What kind of governments/cultures do the primordials favor/promote?
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Old 10-11-2018, 04:13 PM   #3704
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I guess Chaos doesn't count. Are there other worlds where Oceanus, Thetis, and Nyx rule too?
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Old 10-11-2018, 06:33 PM   #3705
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What kind of governments/cultures do the primordials favor/promote?
It depends on the Primordial. For the most part though, they do not really care about human governance as long as humans are properly respectful. If humans are disrespectful, they tend not to stay human for long. For example, Gaia transforms disrespectful humans into wolves, temporarily or permanently depending on the level of disrespect, so everyone of Gaia's Earth tends to see wolves as transformed humans. Werewolves, which are coincidentally similar to the werewolves of oWW, were born to matings between transformed humans and wolves, and they fanatically serve Gaia as their spiritual mother. The other Primordials do their own thing, but they all have shapeshifting servants born from the mating of cursed humans with their favored animal.
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Old 10-12-2018, 04:36 AM   #3706
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Fun fact I learned. The Soviet Red Star came from Slavic Paganism. It was the symbol of the goddess Pravda, whose very name meant Truth.

On one Q6 world, Pravda, bitter at the antics of Stalin (a scion of Krivda/lies if there ever was one), decides that it's high Time that the paper named for her lived up to her ideals. And at the height of the Stalinist Terror, Pravda starts to spread her news.

Stalin is out for blood. But who can he get to kill a goddess? At this point, Baba Yaga ( Grandmother) enters the picture. The Red Terror, Nazi spies, Slavic Myth, and ordinary Russians who want to see tomorrow. Stir or shake, serve with chills.
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Old 10-14-2018, 02:16 PM   #3707
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Try this idea...

Supers show up in this world, but in Russia during the Time of Troubles. Once they stop fighting among themselves they ally to take over Russia. These supers are generally in the 500 to 750 point range. But in each generation, there are a very small percentage that are much more powerful.

The most powerful by far calls himself The Firebird and claims to be an Avatar of the old gods now working for Jesus and Mary and striving to become an Arcangel. (If you have Bill Stoddard's GURPS: SUPERS, take the templates of The Archetype, The Renaissance Man, and the Super Magician and create a ten thousand point super.If you played Abberrant Divis Mal as a Holy Tsar.) The Firebird, among other talents, had Charisma +5 and Unaging, and decided to bring the whole world under Russian guidance and rule in order to promote virtue.

The local year of this Q3 world is 1898. The Firebird maintains a planet-wide Caesaropapism. However, new supers are showing up in many places, and these aren't of Russian blood however impure. They must be of the devil.

Both the original supers and the new ones come from the same source, the Cabal's interference with a set of powerful artifacts. Each artifact is connected to an element (Disc/Earth, Chalise/Water, Sword/Fire, Wand/Air, Harp/Spirit, Crystal/Mind, Distaff/Plant). By arranging these artifacts in a pattern the world they are connected to can be changed. As the artifacts were bound into the older spell, and couldn't be separated from it without destroying the whole parallel, not just the universe in the parallel, but the parallel itself, even the Cabal feared to do that. So more superheroes were summoned to bring down the first crew.

The reasons the Cabal cares about this parallel are twofold. A) They know the local supers were meant to reshape this world into an instrument of interplanar conquest. They assume they are at least one of the targets. Also, they want o know who started this mess. B) Reich-5 has found their way, via the Chornobahn, to this world. They assume that the reaction will be bad and messy.

Homeline has been tipped off about the mess too. As little as they like Centrum, a world full of swasher superheroes and villains out of control is worse.

The planetary tech level is TL5. Think of the technology of 1820 with a few more advanced areas to taste. Firebird isn't fond of technology, science, or secular reason. In theory, the control level planet wide is six. Practice varies widely and wildly. The Russian Orthodox Church is both the most effective tool of oppression and one of the few forces that can stand up to Firebird's rule.

PCs can be supers either trying to avoid being captured and made into slave soldiers or hardened rebels. Cabalist and Icops also make good PCs but be generous with the points. This is a dangerous world meant for 500 to 1000 point characters.
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