Campaign Themes and Issues

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Shimmering Kingdoms is rife with all sorts of problems that plague our heroes, from scheming nobles, bandits and other humans, brutes and other (and sometimes much worse) creatures which seem to be ever at war with humanity as well as each other, to ideological issues such as poverty and social injustice, religious intolerance, racial bigotry and medieval mindset, to thematic matters like isolation, alienation, coming of age, good vs. evil, security, escape… the list goes on and on.

Each campaign should consist of a theme, and at least two issues. These are aspects and will be available to invoke or compel throughout the entirety of the game. They’re broad ideas; they don’t just affect your characters, but many people in the world.

A theme is a statement about a recurring social or emotional issue that recurs in the stories we tell. It might be something that the mortal population believes about themselves and their world, or it might be some recurring problem which is, in part, unique to the party.

Additionally, there will be two issues, or threats to the campaign world, or the party itself, depending on the scope and breadth of the campaign. Issues take two forms:

  • Current Issues: These are problems or threats that exist in the world already, possibly for a long time. Protagonists tackling these issues are trying to change the world, to make it a better place. Examples: a corrupt regime, organized crime, rampant poverty and disease, a generations-long war.
  • Impending Issues: These are things that have begun to rear their ugly heads, and threaten to make the world worse if they come to pass or achieve a goal. Protagonists tackling these issues are trying to keep the world from slipping into chaos or destruction. Examples: an invasion from a neighboring country, the sudden rising of a zombie horde, the imposition of martial law.

Each of these three issues, therefore, are aspects that can conceivably be used at different times in the story (often as compels to the protagonists or as invocations for foes, but clever players will always find other uses for aspects).

These issues can then be used to flesh out smaller, but nonetheless important pieces of the setting. An important location (a major city or nation, or even a memorable local establishment) or organization (a knightly order, a king’s court, or a guild) can have impending and/or current issues as well.

Below are the current campaign’s themes and issues.

Campaign Theme: Braving the Frontier

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Although the majority of the Shimmering Kingdoms is civilized, there are still swaths of territory too dangerous to tame. These regions are called The Disputed Lands. In general, they are wild and inhospitable places where the monsters and brutes of the world have been forced to retreat. Such groups of creatures have formed alliances– or at least tenuous truces.
It is into these hostile lands that the brave adventurers find themselves, urged on my loyalty, fealty, the promise of riches, or perhaps even prestige. Their leader, Lord Jason Stormhouse, has been recruited by Baron Sir Fabian Fallowdown to explore the nearby Disputed Lands to the east with the purpose of clearing the lands of brutes and scouting the terrain for possible Fallowdown expansion.



Current Threat:
Theres Brutes In Them There Hills

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Impending Threat:
Dark Secrets of the Past

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Campaign Themes and Issues

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