Backlash

INTRODUCTION

A former action has repercussions on the present. The central plot involves a search for something, someone, or somewhere. Perhaps someone is even searching for themselves, with the outer journey mirrored internally.

We begin this tale with a visit from a reporter named Annabella Wenn.

SUBTHREADS

A Little Knowledge
An enemy or rival knows something that the protagonist needs to know. In this thread, someone starts in the virtual gutter, as a sinner of some kind. The thread then shows their ascension to becoming a better person, often in response to stress that would defeat a normal person. Thus they achieve deserved heroic status.

Caught on Camera
The protagonist uncovers hard evidence of an enemy or rival being involved in an illegal activity. In this thread, a person of initially high standing descends to the gutter and moral turpitude, perhaps sympathetically as they are unable to handle stress, and perhaps just giving in to baser vices.

LOCATIONS

Church
Some sort of religious building or institution, this could also represent a temple or mosque. It might be old or modern, a crumbling ruin or the centre of a small community.

Castle
This could be a literal medieval castle, or simply a heavily fortified modern building designed to withstand assault.

THE CAST

Annabella Wenn the Reporter
Attributes: Agility d6, Smarts d6, Spirit d6, Strength d6, Vigor d8
Skills: Driving d4, Guts d4, Investigation d4, Knowledge (Journalism) d6, Knowledge (Security) d6, Notice d6, Persuasion d8, Streetwise d4
Charisma: -1, Pace: 6, Parry: 2, Toughness: 6
Hindrances: Habit
Edges: Alertness
Background: She wants to 'compel' something to do with 'success'.

Nicole Rowles the Detective
Attributes: Agility d6, Smarts d8, Spirit d6, Strength d6, Vigor d4
Skills: Intimidation d4, Investigation d8, Knowledge (Law) d6, Notice d12+2 (evidence), Persuasion d4, Streetwise d8
Charisma: +0/-2, Pace: 6, Parry: 2, Toughness: 4
Hindrances: Randy, Loyal
Edges: Brave, Investigator
Background: She wants to 'detect' something to do with 'deprivation', and has a secret involving an unsolved crime.

Patsy Lee the Lawyer
Attributes: Agility d6, Smarts d6, Spirit d6, Strength d6, Vigor d6
Skills: Healing d4, Intimidation d6, Investigation d10, Knowledge (Law) d4, Knowledge (History) d4, Notice d6, Persuasion d4, Streetwise d4
Charisma: -, Pace: 6, Parry: 2, Toughness: 5
Hindrances: Doubting Thomas
Edges: Rich, Filthy Rich
Background: She wants to 'persecute' something to do with 'racism'.

Adolf Eckhoff the Scientist
Attributes: Agility d6, Smarts d8, Spirit d8, Strength d6, Vigor d8
Skills: Gambling d4, Investigation d8, Knowledge (Biology) d8, Knowledge (Science) d6, Lockpicking d4, Riding d6, Shooting d4
Charisma: +0/-4, Pace: 6, Parry: 2, Toughness: 5
Hindrances: Dark Secret, Small
Edges: None.
Background: He wants to 'aid' something to do with 'peace', and has a secret involving another identity.

Wayne Clariday the Little Boy
Attributes: Agility d6, Smarts d6, Spirit d4, Strength d6, Vigor d4
Skills: Climbing d4, Guts d4, Notice d6, Repair d4, Riding d4, Shooting d4, Streetwise d6, Tracking d4
Charisma: -, Pace: 8 (with a d10 running die), Parry: 2, Toughness: 4
Hindrances: Young
Edges: Alertness, Fleet-Footed
Background: He wants to 'offend' something to do with 'freedom'.

Julia Beardsell the Doctor
Attributes: Agility d4, Smarts d8, Spirit d8, Strength d8, Vigor d4
Skills: Boating d4, Guts d4, Healing d6, Knowledge (Medicine) d12, Knowledge (Surgery) d4, Notice d4, Shooting d4, Taunt d4
Charisma: +2, Pace: 6, Parry: 2, Toughness: 4
Hindrances: Disability, Cautious
Edges: Charismatic
Background: She wants to 'contact' something to do with 'hate', and has a secret involving a physical deformity.