After: A Post-Apocalyptic Fairy Tale.
Once upon a time…
A world embodying the traditions of old world European fairy tales flourished. In spite of its sinister and fantastical nature, many inhabitants managed to live happily over the centuries.
But that is not our story.
The population grew exponentially. Technology advanced in the hands of common people, and although the magic defining the core of their existence never diminished, most cultures changed drastically. New systems of governance developed.
All known peoples coalesced into 3 kingdoms, and a great alliance formed, based in one incomparably grand city created purely to maintain it.
In the end, that city was the last to fall. An immense war consumed everything in an avalanche of political tensions hastened by conspiracy and powerful enchantments. The few survivors were plunged back into the darkest ages of wild magic untamed by civilization, and found only in small pockets on a poisoned, shattered world. But unbeknownst to most, a small mismatched group is setting out on what may be the last adventure of all.
The End has come, but no one lives happily, or forever. And that is where our story begins.
Major Known Powers:
The Northern Territories: Mountains, forests, wilderness. Cold. Made up of a group of small kingdoms and territories loosely controlled by one ruler who keeps them functioning and stops major conflicts. Bordered by the Glass Mountains to the north.
Thaler (The Southern Kingdom): Warm, consisting of wastelands, plains and a lot of farmland. THaler controls a lot of the food supply. Powerful centralized government (before everything went to hell)
Werault (Underwater Civilization): Werault isn’t exactly a kingdom, just what water dwellers call the ocean, the same way humans might say earth or world. It’s so big that no one that close to land has ever been to or even heard of the edge, just more settlements farther and farther away. The people on the shoreline border have a lot of power due to their strategic position near the land. They have allied with land dwellers to keep them from polluting or over-fishing, and facilitate trade. They often send selkies as representatives, even sending them to land based schools in Freidan.
Freidan (Diplomatic Central City)—The U.N. of this world, created to maintain the great alliance. People come to Friedan from all over. It has a mostly democratic government, mainly consisting of an international counsel made of representatives elected by their homelands, and a “Regent Elect”. Great minds congregate here to learn and teach away from international tensions. Friedan is the most technologically advanced place in all the kingdoms.
Fairies: No one knew where they came from or where they disappeared to, but sightings of the reclusive creatures petered out to almost nothing over the centuries until stopping entirely about 50 to 75 years ago.
Warning: Fairy tales in their original form are sometimes gruesome and creepy. While I’m not sure things will get this extreme, one classic punishment you’ll find in multiple stories is heating iron shoes red hot and making the Bad Guy dance to death in them (in the original Snow White, for instance.) In that respect, the tone of this story will depend a little on the characters I end up selecting, and what the players are comfortable with, but be aware that this is the kind of thing parts might be based on. Also, it’s post-apocalyptic, so that won’t help if you’re not up for some pretty intense stuff. On the flip side of that, players should tell me when anything makes them uncomfortable, and I’ll do my best to adapt to that.
This is a game for a max of 6 players. I’ll leave applications open for about a week. Not first come first serve.
Written in 3rd person past tense. I have a tendency to be goofy, so while there will be a certain amount of grittiness, humor is welcome too. LGBT+ friendly.
Characters should be 18+ and low or non-powered. I’ll only be accepting one person with distant fairy heritage. Because of reasons. Secret ones. Shhh.
Do, however, make up your own cards. Go nuts–remember, this story takes place hundreds of years after the classical fairy tail world, and technology and magic have grown together in a lot of ways. Of course, the world has all but ended, so technology users may find themselves without a lot of uses for their abilities. Shoot me any questions at email@example.com or this thread in the forums: https://storium.com/forums#/category/lfp/thread/hbxv00
Hosted and narrated by:
Iris Shreve (Shrevei)
Scenes played: 5
License: Community License