From: Pasanen Panu (email@example.com)
Date: Sat 10 Jan 1998 - 15:36:09 EET
After recently having seen the Taxi Driver movie, a scenario idea
struck me. This works best at Darjiin/Alkothi environment. The PC's
could be high-moralistic working class members from Ulifilas, and
launch the action, or got involved somehow else...
A quite young man is driven away from his hometown because of his
black moods (somekind of mental illness or possession), and goes
to Darjiin to work as a Cart-puller. (Don't really know if there
really are those, just assuming.) He sees all kinds of shit around
him, people taking drugs, cops taking bribes, whores, cutthroats,
people who don't care about anyone, no trust or smile anywhere.
He manages to get to know someone with close relations to a
politician, who is working to get a post as police's supervisor.
This politician promises the higher-class people a way out of the
scum of the streets, by raising taxes from the unemployed and
generally, by driving the worse-off folks to the corner. Police
force would also be increased (maybe the politician is from
Ulifilas, too.) The young man gets to talk to the politician
as he is taking a drive, and he finds out that politicians
target is primarily money, and cleaning the dirt out of the
street would just be a side-effect.
Young man (Travis, if you like) gets sick. He can't live no more,
when the whole town is making sin against Yelm the Emperor. He
decides (or maybe he is possessed) that Shargash needs to purify
the earth, wash it with blood and sanctify it with ashes and death.
Travis leaves in a moment from the Deezola's temple and takes off
to Alkoth, to pound the Drum of Doom. For added excitement, a
nurse has heard Travis speaking while in his feverish fits about
what he plans to do, but dismissed 'em as just nightmares. When
Travis went, he maybe left a note, or said something to a guard,
about 'Bringing Cleanser and Justice.'
Nurse talks to his/her priest(ess), who realizes what the lad is
about to do (his state was really bad, and she believes that in
his insanity Travis might pound the drum.) Priest(ess) tells about
this to the beforementioned politician, who then launchs a hurried
chase to stop this mass-murder from happening. Populace does not
need to know, he thinks, especially as election is coming. Or
he wants to save his deed as a last card to play. (Or if people
do not get to vote, maybe he wants to impress the council with it.)
There is no fixed end for this. Maybe the lad is killed on the way,
and his relatives in Ulifilas sue the politician. Maybe Drum starts
to sound the music of death over Alkoth, and Darjiin will be put to
the fire (unless Red Army prevents this.) For those, who are interested
in politics of the Empire, feel free to abuse this.
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