July 1933, on the rural outskirts of Savannah, Georgia.
The Great Depression hits the American South hard. Drought ruins the land, children starve, and disease runs rampant. In a small sharecropping community named Barefoot Crossing, a Methodist minister claims divine providence, and founds a church among the failing cotton fields and abandoned plantations. Soon the formerly destitute community is on its way to flourishing - the congregation is growing and even the land appears to be recovering.
But as in all things, sorrow merely uses hope to sharpen its blades. When March is found in his study with a stomach full of buckshot, the whole community launches into an uproar. Who would want to kill such a noble man? What will happen to the Unifying Word? Will the fate of the congregation mirror that of their champion?
As the community of Barefoot Crossing recruits those capable of finding answers, they may not like what the unfortunate investigators discover.
GENRE: Investigative Horror, PLAYERS: 2-3
Characters should all be people who are recognized for finding hidden information, enough so that they might be hired to look into March’s death. Private investigators are the obvious choice, but there are many other aspects of the situation under examination besides the murder itself. Nearly any learned profession would do. Trusted community doctors might be consulted, or local historians, amateur journalists, thugs willing to do some extra-legal snooping, etc. So long as someone might realistically hire the character for their discretion & investigative abilities, a character can come from almost any 1930’s occupation.
Aside from having a realistic skill set, players should be concerned about which faction would hire their character.
· Rathbone, Rathbone & Wilks: the most prestigious law firm in Savannah, charged with executing the March estate.
· The Prophetic Baptist Assembly: concerned with possible violence towards the black community as a result of March’s murder.
· The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office: seeking March’s killer
· Atticus Wambles: a carpet-bagger claiming to be March’s illegitimate son & seeking a portion of the inheritance
It should be noted that factions will not hire indiscriminately. It’s unlikely a prestigious law firm in the Jim-Crow South would hire anyone of color for any reason. It’s equally unlikely a black pastor would trust a white man to protect his flock.
Hosted and narrated by:
John P. (newratcity)
Scenes played: 5
License: Community License