Broken Rainbow

2009 Aug 11

I think this is the campaign I wanna run next, now that I’m in Seattle: The Ring Cycle + Last Exile, run using Mouse Guard but borrowing some color from Bliss Stage.

200 years into the retro-future, Götterdämmerung (the twilight of the gods) has arrived. The Bifröst Bridge that connects Valhalla to the mortal world has been shattered, draining all color from the world, causing it to resemble a post-apocalyptic, black-and-white war film circa 1920. The majority of Europe lies either in ruins or underwater, with the remnants divided between a number of competing warlords and their military forces.

A sizable human city has also been erected in the shadow of the floating city of Valhalla, near the shattered remnants of the rainbow bridge. After decades of praying to the Aesir for protection, young women with miraculous strength, speed, and resilience began emerging among the rag-tag mortal inhabitants — in reality, the bastard daughters of Wotan, the rakish, conniving king of the gods, conceived by a dozen different mothers. These new valkyries, the Broken Rainbow Squadron, have rollergirl attitudes, fly on hovercycles, and battle warlord jetfighters, monstrous wolves, and armies of giants in order to protect their home city (and, more importantly as far as Wotan is concerned, Valhalla).

Oh, and they also still capture the souls of the valiant dead and bring them home to Valhalla. But it’s not clear why, exactly. What could Wotan want with all those souls? And will the color ever be brought back into the world?

So, yeah, a wild, dangerous world + suspicious missions sent down from on high + unclear mortality + wandering heroes = Mouse Guard, I think. We’ll see if I can get anyone interested. I’m thinking all-female characters, but there might be a token valiant dead, perhaps.

5 Responses to “Broken Rainbow”

  1. P.S. Maybe the city itself is called Bifröst City or Broken Rainbow.

  2. John Harper Says:

    Please reserve a spot for me. :-)

  3. Fred Hicks Says:

    Black and white post-apocalyptica speaks to me, for sure.

  4. Josh W Says:

    If I were in Seattle I’d join like a flash, but there we are.

    Well done for making bifrost mean something, is that part of the original legend?

  5. Alexander D. Says:

    The second paragraph seems ripe for an Apocalypse World game, come to think of it, but I’m not sure if the rest fits in as well.

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