April 27, 2003

Trailer: Strange Bedfellows

Honestly, I was going to write myself a decent recap of tonight's Changeling game, but when I got home I got caught up in writing up this instead. Suffice to say, when all was said and done, Dawn yelled, "You've been learning from Joss Whedon!" I was flattered. :) More details tomorrow, I'm sure.

MUSIC: Evanescence's "Bring Me to Life"

ESTABLISHING SHOT: Seattle's skyline, complete with Space Needle. As the opening piano music begins, a golden dragon swoops over the city skyline, circling the Space Needle and diving.

VOICEOVER, WOMAN'S VOICE, ENGLISH ACCENT: "...you know only / A heap of broken images, where the sun beats, / And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief..."

V.O., YOUNG GIRL: Faeries are real. Myths and legends alive and walking the city. It's a lot to take in, isn't it? But there's more than one kind of hero in the world, and I should know.

SCENE: The dragon roars, a small group of men and women rush into battle against a hideous beast out of nightmare.

V.O., YOUNG GIRL: I grew up in a world of heroes, where knights really do rescue fair maidens and ordinary fae face down gods and demons...

SCENE changes to a church interior, a honey-haired woman standing before a stained glass window. At either side of her is a child, one girl golden-haired, about five, the other brown-haired and round, about ten.

V.O.: But the one thing my mother taught me, one thing I learned over and over again, in the stories and myths of the fae, is that there's always a price to be paid for victory...

SHOT: The woman kneels and hugs the younger girl, who is weeping. Camera pans up to show the angel in the stained glass.

V.O.: ...and it's never cheap.

FADE to shot of our heroes, first a regular-looking Joe, er, Ed, rather, hunched over a drafting table--except this regular-looking Joe has horns, a satyr. FADE to a short, attractive woman, a boggan, Rosie. She talks to an unseen companion across the table and pours a cup of tea, while:

V.O.: But the ones who most often persevere, the ones the tales leave out, are the ordinary folk, the ones with the power of home and heart and soul over nobility and beauty. They're the only true hope we have left.

MUSIC: Piano gives way to guitar power chords, ethereal woman's voice gives way to a man's harsher sound, as the song crashes into the first chorus.

MONTAGE: Shot of a gun firing from a car window into a crowd, various action shots, our heroes running, pulling the girls by the hand. The dragon of the first shot rears up and slams feet down before two pursuers, letting the four getting further away.

MUSIC DOWN and FADE in to: English woman from the voiceover, a blond satyr, across a table from our heroes, reading from a book.

WOMAN: "I will show you fear in a handful of dust." (She closes the book.) They're going to open it again and this time it will destroy everything.

ROSIE: They?

WOMAN: Sometimes the enemy of your enemy isn't your friend.

(PAUSE. Ed and Rosie just look at each other.)

ED: Fate just sucks, I swear.

BLACKOUT. MUSIC up again.

TEXT: Strange Bedfellows, coming April 2003, after the kids go to bed...

Posted by Lisa at 04:30 AM | Comments (1) | Changeling

April 20, 2003

*sigh* So I dunno. Maybe

*sigh* So I dunno. Maybe my post last night about Jake was a premonition of sorts. I've never had a character of mine die in game. There were several who almost died, there were several who clearly died after I stopped playing them, but none who've ever died in game. So I'm not sure how it feels to have a beloved character go away.

Until now. At the risk of sounding like a freak, Jake said goodbye to me tonight while I was driving to my Werewolf game. The noise I was making about her having a theme song for this upcoming chronicle was apparently her swan song. I'm not quite sure how I realized it, but I did. So, one of the first sessions of the next chronicle will involve her passing her sealskin onto Aislinn and vanishing mysteriously, something like what's here. I'd always planned that to happen when Aislinn was eleven--but oddly, rereading that story (the first thing I ever got published, interestingly), Aislinn's voice and Elen's voice are both much much younger than their stated ages of 11 and 19. I never saw that before now.

I'm not sure if I can run that scene for my players, as much as I'd like them to have a part in Jake leaving this world. I'm just not sure I can run it without crying. I'm not (too) ashamed to admit, I cried a little tonight when she said goodbye. She's been my alter ego for five years, the first roleplaying character I ever truly connected with. But she's gone through a lot (THERE'S an understatement), and I think she's ready to rest.

Posted by Lisa at 02:00 AM | Comments (0) | Changeling

April 19, 2003

Oh!

I almost forgot, I got my first drama die in 7th Sea tonight. If you're not familiar with the system, you get drama dice when you do something cinematic, or cool, or funny, or really in character. I don't usually get them, just because I'm rarely super clever off the cuff.

So I'm playing the reluctant scholar who got dragged along on this wild goose chase. We're three days at sea, a crew member turns up missing, and Jason tells us that from below decks we hear, "Sweet merciful Theus!"

Me: *looks up, mimes turning something* Click.
Dawn: *looks at me for a second and then sputters* Did you just lock yourself in your cabin?!
Me: Yup.

So Jason chucked a drama die at me. :) Apparently, my character's a coward. Whee!

Posted by Lisa at 03:22 AM | Comments (0) | 7th Sea

Joanna Mornim

I mentioned to Dawn tonight that while Angelique has been noisy in my head, Jake, oddly, has been quiet. Weird, because usually, once I start thinking Changeling, she NEVER shuts up.

Then while I was driving home from 7th Sea tonight, I was listening to the highlights from Rent in the car. The finale (a shortened version) came up, and it all came clear to me. That song is her right now. Lots of questioning and a little doubt, but ultimately, accepting. The fact that a finale is turning out to be her theme song is not lost on me. Jake has finally and for truly passed out of the realms of PC-dom. All the story she had left to work out has been resolved, and she's finally back in the background.

See, most of my really good NPCs have a certain element of PC-ness to them. (That, or the PCs fall in love with them--or like in Laren's case, they love to hate them.) Maybe it's just a case of them having their own agendas and feelings and whatever. I'm in touch with them in a way that some of my more "placeholder-ish" NPCs lack. Not so much with Jake now. I know what she's up to, I know what's going on, but I'm more removed from her than I ever have been.

Fortunately, her daughter's stepping up and taking her mother's place. Unfortunately, she's FIVE. *sigh*

Posted by Lisa at 03:15 AM | Comments (0) | Changeling

April 18, 2003

Rising to the challenge...

Taking 's campaign trailer challenge... this is a slight revision of what I posted to RPG.net earlier...

FALLS THE SHADOW

VOICEOVER: In an age of heroes...

ESTABLISHING SHOT: Dark haired, handsome Oriental man, wielding hookswords and facing off against a shadowy, demonic opponent. Like dancing, he deftly steps in and guts the creature.

V.O.: ...not everyone can be the good guy.

SCENE: Same man, shamelessly carrying on with a tavern wench-type, ignoring a nearby fight in favor of the assets of the woman on his lap.

V.O.: But in a time of approaching darkness,

SHOTS of various evils: a dark, beautiful siren type curled in a marble pool, red-robed priests carrying torches to where a figure is bound to a stake, an enormous, barbarian of a figure, swinging an equally enormous hammer...

V.O.: ...heroes are made as well as born.

CUE MUSIC: Carmina Burana (what else?)

SCENE: The figure bound to the stake, clad in a flowing white gown, is a beautiful, golden-haired girl, suddenly blazes with the sigil of the Dawn caste on her forehead. With a somewhat reluctant sigh, our handsome hero swings into action and helps her escape.

V.O.: A woman newly called to her destiny.

SHOT of the girl, wielding a large sword with increasing dexterity.

V.O.: A man discovering that sometimes drifting on the winds of fortune...

SCENE: The man, dressed in more archaic clothing, in what is clearly a flashback, battles another man, the two screaming in anger at each other, "Because of you she is dead!", etc. With a sudden clash of swords and a flash of light, he finds himself sword to sword with the new Dawn. Man and woman stare at one another in disbelief, flashback over.

MAN: It's you.

V.O.: ...puts you in the last place you ever expected to be.

Action MONTAGE: Our heroes running through the woods, a shot of a silver-eyed, feral-looking woman looking ready for an ambush, glimpses of hideous demons and monsters, and finally, a looming, death-pale female Abyssal.

V.O.: In a world verging on madness, in a time where past, present, and future threaten to merge, two heroes reborn must learn again to work together and trust one another, or all will be lost.

Cut scene: Our heroes, in an alleyway, sounds of pursuit outside. The girl is about to pull the robe over her head, the man is facing away from her. She pauses. The man sighs again.

MAN: I swear I will not turn around.

The girl removes the robe, leaving her naked. Our perspective is from behind her, over her shoulder. Reflected in a window overhead, we see the man grin, clearly able to see behind him.

BLACKOUT

TEXT: To be continued, Summer 2003...

April 14, 2003

Geek note:

I created a new friends group specifically for game and GM-related meanderings, both to spare those of you who aren't interested and to keep secrets from my players, mwahaha. If you're not seeing a friend-locked post about this, and want to be in on the geekiness, lemme know.

I do, however, feel compelled to share what's probably my favorite quote from 7th Sea on Friday. Gustav is Bill's character, an Eisen sword instructor. He was facing off against an Eisen villain.

As the fight starts, the villain makes some snide remark about Gustav being one of those "Academy boys". Later, Gustav grabs the villain's sword in his panzerhand. The villain throws a punch and misses. As he's ducking the punch, Gustav comments, "You know, an Academy boy would've made that punch." Then later, after the villain misses with his sword, Gustav took a moment to offer a critique of his stance. I so love 7th Sea. I'm still giggling about that fight. :)

Posted by Lisa at 10:16 AM | Comments (0) | 7th Sea

April 11, 2003

*yawn*

Buffy was way too much fun tonight. The mayhem included: Charity's first real actual SLAYING of a vampire, being able to finally confess to the roommates what's really going on, so they can presumably join in the fun, and the discovery (IC and OOC) of some interesting facts about the young man Charity's got her eye on. Suffice to say, whether or not romance ever blooms, there's a sure recipe for heartbreak and angst going on. YAY! Her diary is already up, for those of you interested in such things.

Posted by Lisa at 04:36 AM | Comments (0) | Buffy RPG

April 06, 2003

Yeah, there's a surprise.

You are a Fiona! This free-spirited Seelie house
has adopted the cause of the commoners in the
noble courts. They are very passionate and
prone to strife-ridden romances.


What Changeling noble house are you?
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Posted by Lisa at 03:20 PM | Comments (0) | General