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Immortals - One of the major facets of the setting is that there are Gods and Demons and most of them aren't any more powerful than a baker at the corner store. They are both pre-human species that evolved to an unaging state and mastered the development of psychic abilities and technologies. They have collective mindscapes through which they can share power and knowledge. They took human forms long ago and after eons of conflict, those currently alive were mostly born in that appearance or even used to be human. So having the option of playing a God or Demon would be there. They periodically return to childhood to keep mentally and physically healthy and to reconnect to with mortal society.
Visionaries - An extension of the above concept. Visionaries are a branch of humanity that has evolved to the same base physical state as the Gods and Demons, only they still appear to age and even age faster because they have yet to develop the techniques that the Gods and Demons used to stabilize their collective without consuming the individual minds into a single entity. Visionaries are often the source of the amazing technology being developed in the world.
The Supernatural Obeys Rules - The nature of physics is different enough from the real world that on a brief examination everything functions as it does in the real world but also psychic abilities are possible. They are predictable and through thousands of years of trial and error sorcerers have found techniques and rituals that they can teach to achieve predictable results. It is powered by "Life Force" generated by living beings and even more so by sentients. However, the mechanics are left vague enough that quite a lot of things are possible. There are beings in the world that aren't on level with Star Trek's Q, but most people would be hard pressed to see that.
Most Supernaturals are Civilians - Close to 1% of the world's population is supernatural in some form or fashion. This is a fact that nobody has realized yet because the vast majority of these people learn just enough to not lose control or have some useful day to day tricks. Even those that make a living from psychic skills like exorcists, feng shui shih, shapers, magicians, and the like mostly learn boring utilitarian techniques and have never even thought about weaponizing their powers. People looking for the supernatural look for the secret societies trying to control the world and those are a much smaller part of the population.
Tech is Far Advanced - Mecha about 11 to 15 feet tall are used in battle, law enforcement, construction, and sports. There are genetic treatments that can change your hair color, eye color, ethnicity, or gender. Japan has already legalized mods for tails and cat ears. Smartphones have roughly the power of high-end desktops in the real word. Fossil fuels are generally only used by planes and some civilian ships. Power plants are mostly nuclear but phasing out to solar and fusion plants are being established. Luxury airships make cruises around the world. An international space-station houses close to a thousand diplomats and scientists.
Nobody is Talking to Each Other - There are several nations and organizations of more positive potential than negative, but they are largely not in communication. Likewise, there are numerous dark forces building up their own plots unaware that they are not alone. None of the guardians have all the pieces and the villains have no idea about the chaos they might trigger. Psychic abilities are publicly proven but lots of people continue to not believe in them or else believe all the wrong things.
Several Play Modes are Possible - I have run slice of life high school hijinks, creepy eldritch horror, mecha battles, espionage, divine politics, combat heavy action, and am now running a lost-in-space style campaign.
- Human: Including Talents
- Immortal: Demons and Gods
- Lemurian: Deep-Ones if you want to start a fight
- Chijou Oni: Have to drink alcohol to function properly.
- Dvergar: The inspiration for both Norse dwarves and Greek cyclops.
- Galatea: People able to turn their skin to stone.
- Seraph: Agender humanoids engineered by a goddess as warriors.
- Sidhe: Insanely beautiful people with a penchant for illusions.
- Raven: Harpies if you're rude often have a thing for music or athletics.
- Wolfen: Telepathic wolves that can change size and control small animals.
- Average Citizen - May also be a God.
- Akira: Untrained psychic.
- Scientist or other Scholar - Includes ritualists.
- Military or Law Enforcement - Includes trained psychics.
I'd also likely cut down on the Aspects from the normal ten. I'd have a Defining Aspect (known as a High Concept in other kinds of Fate), a Disadvantage (Trouble) and a Background Aspect for what their history is. Then three specialty Aspects, probably the Extraordinary Skill, a signature piece of Gear, and a friend or organization they are connected to.
This would give the following resources:
- 3 Character Aspects
- 26 Ability Points
- 3 Specialty Aspects
- 3 Free Expert Advantages - Drawn from the list.
- 3 Advantage Points - Possibly spent by a species template
- 4 Refresh - Possibly down to 2 if they have an expensive species template.
For the actual adventure I would want to show case the following:
- Standard Tests
- Fate Core Mechanic
- A Challenge - Where the players take on something that doesn't immediately threaten them.
- Fate Core Mechanic
- A Contest - Where two or more characters are in conflict but not trying to harm each other.
- Fate Core Mechanic
- A Conflict - Where two or more characters are in conflict and trying to harm each other.
- Fate Core Mechanic
- Activation rolls for Psychic powers.
- Strands of Fate Mechanic
- Setting Difficulties based on characters having appropriate Aspects.
- Common to many forms of Fate.
A good Contest might be where the players are escaping a tornado or where they're having a sing-off.
A good Conflict would be where someone is trying to prove a person is a murderer or a battle with a supernatural serial killer.
Depending on the desire for the game mode I could run either of the basic scenarios I've played before:
- Day at the Fair - Students are mostly high-school students with maybe a teacher. Hijinks at a school fair with a touch of drama.
- Comedy/Light/Touch of Drama
- Stage 1 - What sort of booth are we building.
- Stage 2 - Build the booth and weird things start to happen.
- Stage 3 - Start the fair! Who's this jerk reporter?
- Stage 4 - An akira episode.
- Stage 5 - Calming our friend and winning BEST BOOTH EVER
- Don't let the Sun Go Down - Following a terrible storm and earthquake in Seattle, Amaterasu, currently a middle school student, has gone missing.
- Disaster/Rescue. I've done it with both a deliberate plot and just simple natural disaster.
- Stage 1 - Amaterasu is missing! Who are you people?
- Stage 2 - Rain, rain go away!
- Stage 3 - Finding a trail!
- Stage 4 - Rescue the Goddess of Beginnings
- Stage 5 - Getting to safety!
The Core Book. Dice Set in the color of their chosen species' life-force. Laminated Aspect Cards with wet erase markers. Art of their character. Character sheet.
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