Originally built in the late 1600’s, Birchall Academy has been the alma mater to many of America’s most influential men (and later women) for longer than the United States has existed. Since it’s founding, the school has grown in both size and reputation, being known throughout the world as one of the greatest boarding schools around.
It is also one of the hardest to be accepted into. Almost every student at the school is a legacy, their parents, grandparents, and so on having attended and donated copious amounts to the academy. While extremely rare, it is not unheard of for “outsiders” to be accepted, though they generally require wealthy parents of their own or, even less common, scholarships from the academy to cover the costs.
Over the centuries, many legends have been spread about the academy and it’s expansive, sometimes labyrinthian grounds. Some talk of a ghost haunting the Parlow Library, while others speak of a hidden classroom where the teachers hold secret meetings on which students’ lives to ruin. The staff at Birchall Academy, unsurprisingly, refutes any claims of strangeness, and many of the students, while enjoying the stories, clearly don’t believe them to be real.
As another year begins, students both new and returning prepare for their studies at this most prestigious boarding school. The classes are difficult, the student body affluent and cliquish, and quite a bit more may be hiding under the surface.
Characters should be students at the academy, preferably Freshmen or Sophomores (somewhere around 14-15 years old, give or take). They don’t have to be new (a sophomore could have, and likely would have, attended the academy the previous year). The characters are normal humans, no supernatural powers or the like, though I would like for them to have some reason to be interested in looking into the stories. They don’t have to believe in the stories, but they do have to have some reason that they would end up looking into strange occurrences.
The characters wouldn’t know anyone new to the school (freshmen), but any returning students would likely at least know of most of the others. Before the game starts, any pre-existing relationships should be determined, and I would like to have a discussion with the players to allow them to have input as to how the characters all get to know each other. Feel free to create NPCs to fill out the student body as well as the faculty.
Hosted and narrated by:
Ryan Broseidon (Primesauce)
Scenes played: 2
License: Community License