It has been some time since my last post, and for that I apologize. Now that I have hurdled the holidays, I am ready to delve back into the haven-city of Serenity and all of its beautiful challenges. In fact, I actually ran a preliminary campaign with my gaming group in this setting. I’ll share more details of the game as it unfolds, but I also don’t want to bias these brainstorming sessions with my own game. I would rather prefer the ideas of this forum to influence my game. That being said, here are a few overarching concepts that I implemented that I wouldn’t mind getting a little feedback on:
- House Faith is the largest of the families, accounting for roughly 50% of the total population. They have two lesser Houses that swear fealty to them: House Fontaine and House LaFourche. House Faith appears to be favored by Stryker… they are most often chosen when Rebirth Ceremonies are called.
- House Hope is the second largest house, accounting for roughly 30% of the total population. They also have two lesser Houses: House Benoit and House La Fleur. (This is the House that my gamers chose to play)
- House Charity is the smallest house, accounting for the last 20% of the total population. They have one “lesser” House–Toussiant. However, the Toussiant House is about as large as Charity, which has created a certain degree of tension (the two Houses seem poised for civil war).
Okay… so my New Years Resolution was to stay consistent with this blog (not really… but hey… whatever!) and so to keep this process streamlined and efficient, I am going to reduce the number of questions to 1 for each post. That way, the topic of conversation remains streamlined and nothing falls through the cracks. In future posts, I’ll want to talk more about the specific dynamics of each major House and how they differ from each other. However… there was something of immense interest to me that was brought up in our gaming session that I want to talk about here. We didn’t reach this moment just yet, but it just seems too ripe of interest to not include this as part of Serenity’s back story…………………….
How does the city of Serenity celebrate Mardi Gras?
I mean… you just gotta, right?! How is it similar to the traditional event? How does it differ? Is this something celebrated by ALL of the houses, minor and major? What are the differences, if any? Is this something Stryker sanctions or condemns? What is the normal aftermath of this event? (By that I mean… suppose this is a very sexually charged event… it could be that a slew of women are pregnant after Mardi Gras… which means Stryker has a lot of excommunications or sacrifices to perform).
If Serenity celebrates ANYTHING, it has to be Mardi Gras, and I think this could really open the floodgates to paint a vivid picture of Serenity and its Dystopian survivors.