United We Stand Session 2 – A New Regime

As the sun rises on the village of Grikafa, so does a new leader to a position of power.  Agnes Mikhail finds strange men in red suspenders knocking on her front door, and when she lets them in, she finds them led by a man known only as Hassim.  He asks for a number of foodstuffs and her store’s only hunting rifle.  She resists, stating that none of this makes any sense right now, but Hassim claims that they will need to share all of their resources and eventually parts with the food and weapon.

Agnes leaves her house in frustration, walking around the shoreline and throwing rocks to alleviate her rage at this man who barged into her house and took her things, claiming that they will be needed by the rest of the town.  After tossing the first stone, a strange sight on the other shore catches her eye.  A group of men, armed with clubs and guns, stand ready with barges.  As they begin yelling demands across the river, Agnes realizes her life is going to be much less simple from now on.

PLAYERS

  • Matt – Julie Lagacé.  The sole doctor in town.  Originally from Vontier.  Due to constant overwork and racism towards herself, is incredibly misanthropic.
  • James – Sheriff Alim “Al” Abdul-Musawwir.  A gunsmith turned amiable protector of local law. Knows everyone.
  • Nate – Agnes Johara Mikhail.  A hot-headed miner’s daughter with a bad habit of punching first and asking questions later.
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4 Comments

  1. Charlie72
    Posted December 23, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    Session 2 I have mixed feelings about. I feel I might have pulled Hashim “antagonist trigger” to early. this might have to do with me not emphasizing the already communal nature of Grikafa enough. Also, I probably should have had James roll to see if he could prevent the attack using diplomacy (with penalties from both Agnes ‘ and Hashim’s lack of tact, of course). Liked the meeting between Al and Uso, even in the rerecord. Still, I think Session 3 is where UWS really begins to hit is stride.

    Also, to whoever wrote the right up for this, Hashim has a last name. It’s Qadir. I even said it in this episode.

    • Posted December 23, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

      It sort of picked up in the middle of this session, honestly, and just continued to have a head of steam from that point on. But that’s how beginning of campaigns usually go, mini-campaigns or otherwise.

  2. Travis
    Posted December 28, 2011 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Charlie, so far I don’t feel that you pulled Hashim’s “antagonist trigger” quite yet. Right now he just feels like a person who studied Politics in a university/college, has achieved some form of political power, and is now implementing what he learning in his studies without any prior practical application. There are hints at him going bad him keeping the best clothes for himself, staying in the overseer’s house, and his “negotiation” with the mercs across the river. But as of right now he just feels like a young leader, whose theoretical plan isn’t achieving the results that it, in theory, should.
    I’m excited for the next part of the campaign. Two things I’m most interested in are Hashim’s descent in to the antagonist zone and I’m really interested in what that “Xoc” (By the way good job on making a fittingly derogatory term on the fly) Uso is up to. He is way too aloof for my liking. I can’t help but feel he is going to end up working for the highest bidder when the shit starts to hit the fan.

    Side note: I like how the doctors in both SD campaigns are so beaten about how much work they have to do. It’s really funny here with Matt and Nate’s characters playing off each other. Matt’s overworked doctor and Nate’s angry punch-happy teenager are funny to listen too.

    • drunkandugly
      Posted January 1, 2012 at 1:02 am | Permalink

      Charlie, so far I don’t feel that you pulled Hashim’s “antagonist trigger” quite yet. Right now he just feels like a person who studied Politics in a university/college, has achieved some form of political power, and is now implementing what he learning in his studies without any prior practical application. There are hints at him going bad him keeping the best clothes for himself, staying in the overseer’s house, and his “negotiation” with the mercs across the river. But as of right now he just feels like a young leader, whose theoretical plan isn’t achieving the results that it, in theory, should.

      I also agree. Hassim didn’t seem so much evil as he did ignorant and inexperienced. He made a lot of poor choices and everyone in town went along with them, which is why our characters didn’t like him.

      I’m excited for the next part of the campaign. Two things I’m most interested in are Hashim’s descent in to the antagonist zone and I’m really interested in what that “Xoc” (By the way good job on making a fittingly derogatory term on the fly) Uso is up to. He is way too aloof for my liking. I can’t help but feel he is going to end up working for the highest bidder when the shit starts to hit the fan

      Uh, thanks for the compliment? “Zok” didn’t seem too hard a racial slur to come up with. I think I was drawing on the slur for Japanese (because Cizok is basically Japan) and the whole of it was that it was a shortening of a word which involved hard consonants and short vowels. It sounds offensive even without context because of the cacophonous phonemes.

      Side note: I like how the doctors in both SD campaigns are so beaten about how much work they have to do. It’s really funny here with Matt and Nate’s characters playing off each other. Matt’s overworked doctor and Nate’s angry punch-happy teenager are funny to listen too.

      Most of that is because my character is actually just constantly fixing people. She eventually gets some interns because a so many people get injured during a war that she has no time to do anything else.

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