The People of the Lake
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Pioneers of the Depths
A small group of landlings sit on the shore of the Lake. It's really more of an inland sea nowadays but no one argues with the owners.
The youths have built a fire and brought an offering. Now as the sun sets they have only to wait. A dripping shape emerges from the Lake and growls at them. The youngest trembles forward holding smoked venison. They will never harm the young. So it is said.
The man thing grabs the meat and consumes it greedily. "What do you want?" It asks after the meat is gone.
"The Old World!" shouts the boldest.
"So be it. Once there was a shining city with great glass towers. And a golden temple to the God of it all. But Mother Sea rose up and drowned them all."
At the end of the story one of the youth always turns to the man thing and says "Show me." And thus do the People grow.
If the Homeland is only partially covered by seas and oceans
- Reach: -1
- Grasp: +2
- Sleight: 0
Doctrine: Preservers of the Seas: The seas’ wealth is yours for the taking. Gain Surplus: Barter Goods, Trade or Transport at the start of every Age.
(Lifestyle) Dispersed: Your domains are vast, but your people know how to make use of the resources of others.
When you Call in a Debt and take one of their Surpluses, also gain Surplus: Safety, Morale or Leadership.
- How do you fight? With serrated fishing spears (melee, brutal)
- How are you defended? With pressure hardened scales (regal, tough)
- How do you travel? With amphibious crawlers salvaged from the Fall (land, water)
The People always have enough breathing equipment to function on land and in water.
Lords of the Deep The water cycle and the life cycle are one, and your Family understands them better than any other. When you erase a Surplus, recover 1 Tech from the depths.
The Dragon in the Sea You are free from the hope that the sea will ever rest. Instead, you’ve learned to sail through the tempest. When your Family hits -2 Mood, you can roll +Grasp: on a hit gain 2 of Surplus: Barter Goods, Trade, or Progress, and erase a Need. Say how the sea provides for you in your moment of need. On a miss, the GM can make as hard a move as they like.
Pioneer characters get +1 to Force or Steel. Quick characters pick an inheritance move:
The Call of the Deep: If you’re near a large body of water you can summon a beast from its depths. It’ll arrive within a few hours, but will rampage heedless of your wishes.
Breathing Apparatus: You can always breathe easy, no matter the circumstance, and can puff out vapours that intoxicate those around you.
Entangling Nets: If you get your nets around someone, everyone else has advantage when assaulting or escaping them.
Pirate’s Code: So long as you always accept other’s surrender, intelligent foes are willing to give you a chance to parley.
Tempest-tossed: When you hurl yourself into a storm, natural disaster or cataclysm, roll +Steel. On a hit, you end up somewhere safe once the disaster’s over. On a 10+ you still have your gear and health.
Which one of you is partly descended from Pioneers who turned their back to the sea? Gain 1-Treaty on each other.
Which one of you was our sole contact with drylanders for a long time? What happened to reveal our existence to the other Families? They take 2-Treaty on you.
Which of you hosts a brilliant explorer who relies on our secrets? Take 1-Treaty on them.
2 Treaty: The People Suffer as Thralls: And can't 'leave' because of loyalty conditioning and drugs in their cybernetics.
The People or "those people" as they are colloquially known are neo pagan techno primitives. They are descended from the preppers, survivalists and crazies who used to live around Salt Lake City. The Great Salt Lake is now a medium sized inland sea. Most of their income is from raiding and the artifacts they scrounge from the Lake
Before: A haunted offshore research facility. Station 2 is the closest thing the People have to a permanent settlement. It used to be an observetory. Now it's that and a ham station. It's on the largest island in the Lake.
The Fall: A sunken city. Salt Lake City drowned in the Fall the shift in climate quintupled the rainfall and the dams were destroyed or sabotaged.
A Threat: An invading flotilla. Whoever they are the are not The People. They do not glide through Mother Sea like we do. They worship a jealous and angry god. They wear metal and carry a crude blade they call a chete.
Home: The Nest is the true home of the People. This is there winter camp and where the sick or pregnant reside. It's also where criminals are punished. A common sentance is to be tied upside down with your head in the water. Since most of the People have cybergills thus is more an annoyance then anything. It is on the northmost island in the Lake.