Hey folks, I'll be the GM for [Alarie], (hopefully) a series of stories based in the Wangdiao star system of the same name, though I hesitate to call it that anymore. To recall the greater story thus far, the Wangdiao colonies, for the lack of a better term, have gone to hell, thanks to the combination of communication jamming, brutish military actions by the Heise, and the rampage of biological monsters, be it manmade or natural. These series of apocalyptic events are collectively called the Blackout.
For the Alarie system, the Blackout entailed millions dead in the inner system, including those on Lihana's floating cloud cities, moonbases on Habu, and the numerous space habitats in the Venusian planet's orbit. With the destruction of key infrastructure, technological progress has ground to a halt, with the society rationing what remains of their technologies and utilizing relatively archaic methods.
Which brings us to my style of storytelling in general. Those who've interacted with me on the SU discord will know that I am very much hard sci-fi oriented. The stone-age nature of the post-Blackout Wangdiao colonies allows me to explore the grittier aspects of science fiction, where comfortable Earth-like gravity in space, for example, is a luxury rather than the norm; while still maintaining consistency with the current Canon. This of course means the likes of laser cannons and energy shields still exist, but they're a rare sight, and when they do show up, they'll be quite powerful compared to everything else.
For now, I'm going to limit available factions to the Shouwei and Lihana civilians. For races, they're going to be primarily Alliance humans, slightly anthropomorphic Taianese, and elves. Other races are available within reason, but are a significant minority in the Alarie system. When creating and playing your characters, consider the following:
- The Alarie system was planned to be settled for a decade, and later actually colonized for a decade, with the Blackout taking up 5 years of that decade. What was your character’s livelihood before coming to this far out system? What was it like in system, before the Blackout? What was it like during the Blackout?
- The Blackout led to a significant deterioration of quality of life. How is your character currently coping with the lack of commodities once considered givens?
- Currently, the inner system is under a military dictatorship ruled by what remains of the local Shouwei leadership, with Admiral Teresa St. John at the spearhead. What are your character's political views? Do they think the rule under an iron fist is necessary for recovery, or is it purely a power grab in the absence of a greater political presence?
- The forces of Aezimon, people who dwell on moons and asteroids in the gas giant's orbit, the same people who nearly brought the inner system to its knees, have mostly kept to fighting amongst themselves now. How does your character view them? Do they think the people should be forgiven, or do they deserve a similar fate of conquest?