The raw files are largely done, praise God. Or done enough to be playtested. Now I just need to put it all together in one file and then I can start looking for some GMs who aren’t me. Yay!
Pre-Discovery Name: Edmonton, Alberta
Theme: An oasis of heat and defiance.
Description: Nobody knows why Edmonton is inside a Bubble of warmth and protection, and nobody is allowed to look too closely at the magic causing it, either. It exists, it’s stable, and the Glorious Union would dearly love to destroy it, which means that any research along those lines should concentrate on preventing the third thing. In the meantime, there’s plenty of business and law to be done: Edmonton serves as the main source of civilization in the Cold-Lands. And the local prices reflect that, too.
Pre-Discovery Name: Georgetown and parts of the District of Columbia
Theme: Bucolic and deliberately relaxed.
Description: Georgetown exists to serve the Court and government of Virginia; anything that wasn’t a historical building was razed over the last nine hundred years. Most of the museums and monuments are kept up by Virginia, but the White House, Capitol Hill, and Supreme Court building are formally owned (and properly maintained) by the Second Republic. The Virginian royal complex is famous, in its own, special way; its buildings are a riot in marble and wood, and the word ‘riot’ was deliberately chosen. At least one building was begun in one style, and completed in another – and by the same architect.
Name: Glorious People’s Struggle
Pre-Discovery Name: Anchorage, Alaska
Theme: Dirty, dingy, desperate. And demon-ridden.
Description: The revolutionaries had briefly renamed their new capital ‘Gwayee’ after the revolution, but that name was denounced as catering to primitive superstitionist reactionary impulses during the Third Final People’s Recalibration (there have been at least ten). Glorious People’s Struggle has never really recovered from the original conquest; even the ruling class lives in relative poverty. But there are plenty of demons! Although they’re usually called the ‘Embodiments of Revolutionary Justice’ by anybody with any kind of sense. Some of these ‘Embodiments’ don’t seem to be under any kind of control, either.
Name: Grand Moingoana
Pre-Discovery Name: Des Moines, Iowa
Theme: Gaudy, brittle, and rotting.
Description: Nothing remains of the pre-Discovery city. Today Grand Moingoana is a collection of golden towers and black domes, seemingly jockeying for position around the Tower That Surveys The World. From every building hangs the banners of the Universal Dominion, forever stirring in the wind that comes down from the Tower and over the artificial lake that now laps the city; but these days the banners are tattered and torn, and no-one bothers to replace them. Inside the towers and domes are ceaseless, and by now almost joyless revels, as the inhabitants seek to forget that which patiently comes for them.
Name: Old Louisville
Pre-Discovery Name: Louisville, Kentucky
Theme: WHAT? ‘SCHEME?’ YEAH, LOTTA SCHEMES HERE. SORRY, ITS PRETTY LOUD IN HERE TODAY. WE GOT ANOTHER ELECTION THIS WEEK. IT’S FOR DOGCATCHER, SO YOU KNOW EVERYBODY’S GONNA BE GOING THE EXTRA MILE FOR THIS ONE.
Description: Old Louisville is the capital of a country that refuses to get a chief executive, and won’t tolerate a prime minister, either. Everybody in the city is squabbling over their slice of the pie, and the only reason it doesn’t end in immediate fist-fights is because there are a constant number of pies being baked, brought out, and promptly consumed. Everybody’s got a hustle going, everybody’s got an understanding with somebody else, and nobody takes it too seriously when a deal falls through. Just don’t play the game if you hate losing.