After a couple generally accessible posts, I’m heading straight for geek territory. I’m going to tell you about a character in a game I played.
You have been warned.
Nine Worlds is a game in which your character discovers that reality is a lie. The solar system is not cold and dark. The planets are not empty. The planets are actually populated by humanity and ruled by the Greek gods or their parents the Titans. People sail from world to world in ships, engaging in commerce or traveling for pleasure. In the meantime, the gods and the Titans war against each other.
I made a character for Joe’s pre-existing Nine Worlds campaign. Read more about it here.
Though I could have made a character that grew up on one of the other planets, I choose to make a character from Earth. I also chose to have his name be a little archaic–Cyrus Dandridge (called “Cy” by most people). The character concept was “displaced engineer.”
He’s displaced for a couple reasons. First of all, outside of Earth, the technology of the Nine Worlds is at Victorian levels. He’s trained as an electrical engineer. He’s also displaced politically. Though not especially involved in politics at home, he finds that at a gut level he strongly dislikes the idea of being ruled by the gods. They are in his mind little more than dictators (with the exception of Prometheus who he sees as reasonable–so far).
And that’s how he ended up smuggling modern Earth technology to the rebels attempting to overthrow the god Ares on Mars. He was not smuggling weaponry. He brought arguably legal items such as communications and wilderness survival equipment.
Unfortunately for him, he happened to run into a port official that was suspicious of anyone delivering Earth technology to the very Martian warlord that Cyrus needed to contact if he wanted to deliver his goods to the rebels.
Fortunately for Cyrus, he managed to persuade the official that the Martian warlord was close to Ares and that this shipment of goods would likely benefit Ares.
Soon after, Cyrus found himself at the warlord’s fortress, agreeing to bring more Earth technology.
Not long after that, Cyrus left Mars for Jupiter. Cyrus has two major goals in his life at the moment. One is to convince some gods and Titans of democratic values and to have them help bring about change to the political system. His other is to create telluric weaponry in case violent revolution is necessary after all. Step one in that plan is to free a man named Milo Icarius from Zeus’ highly guarded weapons research facilities.
His contact on Jupiter turned out to be wanted by Zeus’ police forces. Cyrus found his out when his meeting with the contact was interrupted by Aegis forces bursting through the door.
Cyrus response was to turn himself and his contact invisible and incorporeal and float through the walls, blending into the crowds on a busy street.
Next time, I’m hoping to find out what happens when Cyrus tries to rescue Milo.
The Ben Franklin
I should mention Cyrus’ ship. Ships are typically designed to look like creatures–dragons, tigers, birds and so on. Cyrus ship is (by their cultural standards) ugly as sin. It’s streamlined and shaped like a wedge. While primarily silver in color, it is decorated with red, white and blue stripes and the revolutionary war era rattlesnake symbol with the words “Don’t tread on me.” It’s named the “Ben Franklin.”