There's a wound in the world, and it's bleeding. Some people think it's just the way of things. Power corrupts, and men must have power at some point to shape the world.
But you know different. This world is corrupted, and you are cursed to see that corruption. It's seeping corrosion flows and finds it's way across the world. From Edo to Timbuktu, Moscow to Budapest, and even to far flung Cheyenne and Macchu Pichu, this malevolent force suffuses the world and drives people to depredations subtle and gross. You and a few chosen others have tracked down the source of this corruption, known only as The Castle.
The Castle is a chaotic, ever-shifting sprawl. It's very edifice spawns nightmares and fuels occult magic, all at the behest of The Castle's Regent.
The Castle has expressed itself in your reality time and again over the course of generations, collecting the pain and misery caused by it's presence to pour into the Unholy Grail guarded jealously by the Regent in their Sanctum. When the Grail overflows, the Regent will unleash it's power in a blight on the land. That is....unless your bloodlines can stop them once more. Who knows, perhaps you will claim the Grail and bring about new Golden Age for humankind...
What's your game this time Matev?
Something slightly less body-intensive than my previous measures. Rhapsody of Blood
is cool variant on Legacy: Life Among the Ruins
that takes the idea of generational development and building, and puts it together with the idea of a shadow war against the forces of darkness. Obviously this game will draw a lot from the milieu of Castlevania, but other sources and ideas will be encouraged as well!
What system is it?
Powered by the Apocalypse, meaning it's 2d6+relevant stat and the occasional modifier. 10+ is a pretty good success, 7-9 means a success with consequences/qualifications, and 6- means The Castle
will take it's due.
I don't have the book, but want to play, what do I do?
PM me and we'll work something out.
What kind of characters can I play?
In Rhapsody of Blood, there are 2 major characters you'll manage. Overall, you will have a Bloodline
a lineage who can see and track Corruption back to The Castle
and have chosen to fight it for one reason or the other. The Bloodlines are as follows (The other character component, Explorers, will be expounded upon in a following post):
The Legendary Heroes:
A lineage that has a particular talent for fighting back the night and so has trained it's scions to both be fierce warriors and compassionate protectors, because a loved hunter is a well-fed hunter. Even if they aren't aware of their heritage, descendants of the Legendary Heroes find themselves pulled to The Castle
A people marked by Corruption, they live on the fringes of society and master the gifts given to them by the dark. In The Castle
, they become top notch infiltrators due to their Corruption masking them in the Regent's ranks. Though apparently monstrous, the Half-Damned are well respected for their ability to use enemy's weapons against itself.
The Holy Church:
The most faithful whose devotion to great good grants them the ability to defend humanity. Not usually frontline combatants, the Church is integral in preventing the spread of Corruption. Though at times, some have been known to martyr themselves and in doing so perform miraculous acts.
The Hidden Hand:
Known by many names, the Hidden Hand are a select group that cheerfully collect artifacts from the castle to leapfrog humanity to further heights. They can provide backing for expeditions, as well as rarified resources and information in exchange for due consideration.
There is power in Blood and Corruption, and the Magi know just how much of their souls they need to mete out for that power. The coming of The Castle
allows them to revive or make new rituals that they then use for their own arcane ends.
Sounds cool, how do I sign up?
Make your mark below. 3-6 players initially would be preferred. By I'll also allow bloodlines to offer up multiple explorers if people get super excited by the idea.
"Go down, kick ass, and set yourselves up as gods, that's our Prime Directive!"