Hey thanks man! I'll go ahead and post all my content I've written so far so you can take the idea and use or adjust it as you will, or so you can just take a look if you're interested in the story. Though some of it has SPOILERS if you are a player character.
When the Galaxy was in peril and teeming with dread and the suffering of the masses, it maddened man to it's breaking point. Soon after, all, even omnipotent gods, feared the creations of man as they gave birth to the Terra singularity
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Discovering that Earth is not yet destroyed is going to be a big reveal later in the campaign. When the party lands on the surface to investigate a strange radio signal on an incredibly fast moving lone planet, though they are unaware it is Earth until they find people living on the planet.
When our solar system was sucked away, it took first the sun. While Mercury and Venus soon followed, Earth, and it's further planets, were spared, but flung deep into space. Some still live on Terra deep beneath the ground, and have lost all means to communicate with the rest of the galaxy, as the surface of Earth has nothing but sub-zero temperatures, and equipment to navigate in such an environment is scarce, the missions are dangerous, and humanity within Terra is still trying to solve the issues of simply sustaining it's current population. Though this is simply a lonely giant ball of ice to the rest of the galaxy, as many others like it are seen in space, as their suns too simply disappeared and thus they were sent to sail the vast black sea of space. None yet know why that caused entire stars to disappear, though all know the occurrence happened shortly after the Terra singularity was formed. The super massive black hole that our galaxy used to revolve around is dwarfed by the Terra singularity in terms of mass, a whopping 100 million solar masses. It has destroyed the inner workings of the galaxy and impending doom is upon all who dwell there. The very shape of the galaxy has drastic changes, and much of it is gone from this universe entirely.
The Hero's however start on a planet near a system undaunted by the Terra Singularity thus-far, yet too it's doom is near as the Singularity is tearing apart the galaxy, and indeed it has had it's effects on the planet. There was once an abundance of technology on this planet, as all others inhabited by man. Yet a world wide blackout occurred, and all electronics on the planet simply stopped functioning. When new technologies were created, they never functioned. After about 40 years with no working technology, the mysterious force that rendered all technology inert, simply vanished. Though the planet's inhabitants are partially aware that technology was disrupted by a magnetar, and nobody has attempted to create electronics for the past 30 years.
What the hero's hear!
You are all stranded on the planet Tiphon. A planet that has not known working electronics in 40 years. It is a planet with a think atmosphere oxygen and methane. Though normally the air is breathable in the winter, in summer, there are deadly methane gas storms, and all must find shelter, or grab oxygen masks and tanks. Tiphon has a fixed orbit around it's star, the side facing the sun always faces the sun. This side is known as Hell. While telling someone go to hell is a common insult, it can also be words of banishment for criminals. The methane gas does not spread to the inhabitable side of the planet because of the strange nature of the methane storms in hell. In a vast sea of deadly vortexes, methane in winter is kept locked up, and not enough drifts to the inhabitable side to be lethal, and when some exceptions occur, there are thousands of flags that accompany a massive stone wall protecting the cities inside, these flags have a chemical reaction to methane that changes it's color. If enough flags change, the message is sent, and the people know to take shelter. The year on Tiphon is about half as long as an Earth year, and there are only two seasons. As it reaches summer, the additional methane built up from the added heat from the sun becomes to much to contain, and spreads throughout the planet, then is sucked up again in a hurricane that, like clockwork, signals the end of summer and sends most of the methane back to Hell. The temperature on the surface during summer, is also incredibly dangerous, reaching temperatures of over 200 degrees Fahrenheit. During summer, food is scarce and must be rationed, the people are always cramped by other people, as the shelters have difficultly fitting all the citizens while more shelters are being built. Yet these struggling people manage to survive. While the population is overwhelmingly human, there are rare exceptions of some Tao who crash landed on the planet when their ships electronics malfunctioned when flying near the planet. Though the only people who are hated are those who don't put in their fair share of hard work to keep society running, as people still die due to the rough nature of life on the planet. All criminals are given the same punishment of banishment. Crime is not tolerated and zero sympathy is given to criminals, as they disrupt the survival of the cities by wasting time on issues that can't afford to be dealt with. Stealing is normally not considered a crime, as all things that have worth belong to the Tiphon Survival Committee. Issues with personal belongings must be handled by the two parties, and are never looked into by the T.S.C.
Only violent crimes that injure people enough to keep them from working are looked into. Though the inhabitants of Tiphon in majority, do not want to counter the struggle for survival, and don't disrupt the system with the knowledge that every working body truly matters for their survival. There are no gangs, and hardly any violent crimes. Citizens most important documents are his identification papers, and his work logs. If a citizen refuses to work, he is threatened with banishment and that usually solves the issue. Those who are unable to work are not given much sympathy or care. While they are not banished or stripped of their food rations, they are given no other means of care, and have even been murdered in mass without the T.S.C. so much as lifting a finger to solve the crime, as they only investigate crimes based off of reports from work-logs. During summer, they are always the ones to die of starvation first. Very few elderly or disabled people live on Typhon, as it's common to murder elders who no longer work, and kill infants or children who develop crippling deceases when food ration reports come in.
Main characters on Typhon
Skin: White with hints of Asian coloring
eyes: dark blue
Body: incredibly beautiful, a true gem of humanity. She is also very well built
Attire: Always looks sharp and clean, has a skirt/ suit that may be considered scantily clad to out of character people like you and I, yet it has the purpose of showing both the beauty of the human body, and the determination of her will. She always carries her sword with her, and adorned with the seal of the council, her appearance alone motivates men and woman’s hearts to action.
A female council member. She oversees the stability of work logs and investigates when people don't show up to work. Her will for humanity to survive is paramount, and so to is her ability to intimidate and command. She is unnaturally skilled with a sword yet spends all of her waking hours working hard for the T.S.C. eyes of determination and unyielding strength, her mear presence alone can motivate people to strive harder and endure greater hardship.
I haven't written this part yet, but the first mission lets the players discover that the source of non-functioning electronics is a nearby Magnetar (though many have guessed this as it can be seen in the sky during the beginning stages of Summer) and that it is now far enough away to allow electronics to work again. This discovery is made when an M.O.P. ship that has crashed on the planet in somewhat working condition is seen falling through the sky and humans send a team to recover it. The information on the ships computers suggests that a branch of the M.O.P. is nearby and is collecting data for creation of a new and much larger black hole. It also has some data on man made worm holes in development.
Edited by samusco, 14 January 2014 - 06:36 AM.