I thought I would share some changes I made to Tattered Fates in case anyone is interested:
So I have basically changed the ultimate aim of the Beloved and the nature of the Widower/steel clock etc. I always thought it was a bit odd that there was the Spider Bride with a Halo device and the Widower with 'life preserving maguffin #2' that both basically lived forever. So I thought I would change the Widower to be a series of people given the powers granted by the office over the course of time. So the people of the planet always saw the same shape shifter (if they saw it at all) even though down the years it was different people. This sets it distinctly apart from the spider bride.
So I thought is this a reward or a curse? Living a long time but trapped in this city, killing people to order and the rest of the time… I decided it was the sort of thing that you would only wish on your worst enemy. So I thought Erasmus Haarlock would do this to the assassin that killed his wife and daughter. He makes him the Widower and then forges the Steel Clock.
I was thinking about Erasmus Haarlock's journey and I thought that in Dead Stars it states that he tried lots of things to go back in time and change what happened. So the Steel Clock could be one of the things he tried. I am having it as a failed time machine. Only not completely failed just a forunner of the Blind Tesseract machine that he eventually built. What it can do is turn back time, but not far enough and only to one thing, and only during the Festival of Tattered Fate. When he realises that it can't do what he wants he ties the Widower to it and uses it to make him relive over and over somehing horrible - probably the actual unwilling transformation process itself or maybe the kill. So this is a big reason why the Widower wants to escape the horror of its existence.
The Beloved doesn't know all of these details but he knows that the power of the Widower can be transferred, and only during the festival. So he wants to transfer it to himself so that he becomes practically indestructible. Obviously the PCs want to stop this, but exaclty how and who gets the power (if anyone) is the interesting part. The Widower iteself just wants to be free. At this point I think he doesn't care if the power gets transferred as long as he gets free of the clock.
I think this makes more sense compared to a vague - the Beloved wants to use scions to control the Widower, nowhere does it explain how this might work or what happens to this control when Harrlock himself returns.
Any thoughts, comments or suggestions welcome.