Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Jeff's Questions for Old Shadow

  1. What is the deal with my cleric's religion? You probably practice one of the five major real-world religions, but you could also be in a small mystery cult devoted to one of the pantheons of antiquity or in the service of some alien power.
  2. Where can we go to buy standard equipment? In America? Sears. A good general store or department store can set you up for most gear. Weapons are more difficult to acquire, usually from specialty stores, and most D&D style arms must be purchased from auction or antique shops. Bulletproof vests are more difficult to come by, and medallions of protection require special contacts. Walking around with obvious weapons on your person is begging for police intervention which, even if they're not affiliated with the Enemy, puts you in for a bad scene.
  3. Where can we go to get platemail custom fitted for this monster I just befriended? Monsters who aren't shaped like us and don't possess the capability of shaping themselves like us are too shocking and dangerous to walk around with. They'll be destroyed, or else spirited away by some government agency or cult or council of secrets.
  4. Who is the mightiest wizard in the land? There's a person named Triangle most believe to be a woman. Her agents and avatars have no power or insight of their own; they draw from her, and many go so unwillingly, unknowingly. They make themselves known through her sign.
  5. Who is the greatest warrior in the land? There's a person named the Shepherd who some believe is a MI6 agent, some believe is a mysterious kung fu wizard from mainland China, and some believe to be a Jewish gangster. Or a ghost, or all of the above. Enemy to all organized crime he is known by his calling card, a Passover mark in blood.
  6. Who is the richest person in the land? Some oil sheikh in the Middle East, I should imagine. There may be wealthier kings under the moonlight.
  7. Where can we go to get some magical healing? Any adventurer worth their salt has some familiarity with ancient sutras to make the body repair itself, found in obtuse manuals. A church or place of safe worship and meditation can bolster these powers. Some people do specialize in the touch of vitality, and any community where magic and malevolence are known has one such person in their rolodex. They keep office hours, except for friends and emergencies.
  8. Where can we go to get cures for the following conditions: poison, disease, curse, level drain, lycanthropy, polymorph, alignment change, death, undeath? You can file a motion against the body responsible for these afflictions and they'll often be cleared up in time. There are always mystic underworlders, however, willing to do black market blessings.
  9. Is there a magic guild my MU belongs to or that I can join in order to get more spells? If you're capable of doing anything more impressive than coin tricks then another Magic-User will find you: looking for other MUs is the main thing that they do.
  10. Where can I find an alchemist, sage or other expert NPC? Try your local college, university, or local library.
  11. Where can I hire mercenaries? Any decent bar, dock, or rubbish-shadowed alley.
  12. Is there any place on the map where swords are illegal, magic is outlawed or any other notable hassles from Johnny Law? Again walking around with a sword or walking around with a shotgun will get you locked up. Walking around blasting people with magic will bring down heat from cops, mystics, demons, you name it, so keep that shit under wraps.
  13. Which way to the nearest tavern? Most practitioners keep a well stocked bar at home and at least one flask in their coat or purse. Finding social functions to drink at is never tricky. Bars may or may not be abundant but are at best indifferent to you, never welcoming.
  14. What monsters are terrorizing the countryside sufficiently that if I kill them I will become famous? There is an incursion from Hell that many believe is a sign that Lucifer walks on Earth. Their influence is rarely direct, often unnoticed, but ever present: things like that existing in the world allows other things to exist, too.
  15. Are there any wars brewing I could go fight? You may have just come back from Nam. There's always some conflict in the world but it's going to be a second before the next big clusterfuck.
  16. How about gladiatorial arenas complete with hard-won glory and fabulous cash prizes? Sports those are called sports.
  17. Are there any secret societies with sinister agendas I could join and/or fight? The ancient mythical races, particularly the moonlight councils of the faeries, hold contempt for mortal life and all magical kind who partake in the modern world. Many societies believe the apocalypse is coming soon, and a few are determined to ensure it.
  18. What is there to eat around here? A steak and scotch is the preferred repast.
  19. Any legendary lost treasures I could be looking for? The answer to this is basically anything from an Indiana Jones movie.
  20. Where is the nearest dragon or other monster with Type H treasure? They say at least one dragon still lives, though where is unknown. If you want to find giant monsters, though, go out to the open ocean at night.

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  1. There's been a lot of urban fantasy going around in the OSR recently - you, Cavegirl, Throne of Salt, all within a short time.

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