After an unexpected and unanticipated hiatus, IRE returns this week!
Trying to avoid the pitfalls of too many things political, this time we are going to take a look at something a little different:
E3, the Electronics Exposition is currently the hot thing in the West. I’d think that we could extend this idea to things like fairs, world fairs and expositions and the like, if you didn’t want to stay in the technological milieu.
I’m going to do Amber for a change, because I play it so much. I *could* do Everway, but I don’t know the system really well, but much of what I provide here could work for any game where there is inter-world travelling.
The PCs, in their travels, hear of an inter-shadow exposition and fair travelling the Golden Circle, having come into it from beyond the traditional circle of shadows around Amber.
Naturally, such a thing is relatively rare, and even if the PCs aren’t intrigued themselves to go and see it, Random (or Gerard, if this is Regency) would definitely want to send the PCs to take a look at this fair. Likely the Ambassador from whatever shadow the fair has in will ask the Monarchy for help, and thus it will fall on the PCs.
Once the PCs reach the fair, they’ll be confronted with all sorts of oddities. Out-shadow technology and magic rarely seen in the Golden Circle. Demonstrations that might be dazzling and amazing for the audience, but leave the PCs slightly uneasy somehow
So what’s going on?
Any number of choices. Perhaps a minor House of Chaos has hit upon the perfect method of spying on the Golden Circle and Amber by sending the exposition. If they can sow a little dissent among the Golden Circle by showing wonders not available there (and darkly hinted that the Amberites might be holding for themselves), so much the better.
It could be a shadow power from somewhere beyond the Golden Circle, testing the waters and investigating the Golden Circle and its center.
I recall from Spherewalker that there are traders in Everway’s world who do the same thing, sphere walking with wonders and strange goods. It could be a variant on that race, come to the lands of Amber.