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Old 06-21-2011, 09:27 AM   #11
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Default Re: What to do with the SecDef?

Sadly, that particular game was put on hiatus, in part due to schedule conflicts. I hope we get to revive it again in the near future ... there were a lot of things that a young, ambitious PC Lilim could try under those circumstances. :)

Thanks for the suggestions, everyone!
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Old 06-23-2011, 03:18 PM   #12
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So the plot of an In Nomine campaign I'm running has the US Secretary of Defense being the guest of honor for Veterans Day in a small Kansas city of about 27,000. (There's a variety of reasons behind this, none of them important here.) This obviously represents an opportunity to several celestials on both sides.

My question: If you were a Superior on either side, what would you be ordering your Servitors to do?

A little background:

* This will be the culmination of about a week's worth of activities by the city.

* There are three Tethers in the vicinity: a strong Tether of Gluttony (at a Dolly Madison plant), an average-to-strong Tether of War (at the All Veterans Memorial), and a weakening Tether of Revelation (at the local newspaper).

* There is about a month of time between when the secretary's appearance is officially announced and the speech itself.

* This area has typically been a backwater of the War; most Superiors will have to be trucking in troops from Wichita, Kansas City, or Topeka at the closest.

* This is a Hell-centered campaign.

I will be glad to provide more information as needed. No spoiler alerts necessary, since no forumites are players in this particular campaign. (Sorry, guys!)

So what do you think?
What exactly is the premise of this campaign? Why is the U.S. Secretary of Defense important to celestials? Why is Veterans Day important to celestials? Why is Kansas City important to celestials? Why are there so many Tethers?

Nothing is explained well. Perhaps if you would post some more details about the background and the plot you had in mind I could offer some thoughts for the next time you try to run it.
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:52 PM   #13
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What exactly is the premise of this campaign? Why is the U.S. Secretary of Defense important to celestials? Why is Veterans Day important to celestials? Why is Kansas City important to celestials? Why are there so many Tethers?
This has to do with the "human-centric" nature of In Nomine that we were discussing in the thread. All of this is important because human perception and belief can strengthen or weaken Heaven and Hell if it reaches a critical mass.

Point by point:

* The Secretary of Defense can encourage or discourage policies that may support or weaken a particular Word. On top of that, his arrival in a smaller town means that a lot of eyes are turned that way ... eyes that can be encouraged to see and remember certain things.

* Veteran's Day is important because 1) It's a symbol, and symbols have power if humans allow them to; 2) This particular town is the birthplace of it, giving it extra resonance (pardon the phrase); 3) Again, it's a coincidence of time and place that will have people paying extra attention -- or, if you prefer, a time when people will be distracted so you can pull off another plan somewhere else.

* This isn't Kansas City, it's Emporia, which is a city in Kansas. KC is about two hours drive to the east. And as far as the War is concerned, it's usually a backwater. Which means that every side has to scramble to get troops on the ground when something significant threatens to happen there ... and that the relative handful of "local" celestials (like the PCs) take on greater importance, because of their local edge.

* Why so many Tethers? Actually, compared to some GM's cities, this is a pretty small number. Tethers tend to grow where human minds focus on an idea or a concept strongly. So a Dolly Madison plant might become a Tether to Gluttony, a major university library might become a Tether to Destiny, a place remembered as the site of a significant tragedy may still resonate to the tune of Death or Nightmares.
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