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Snow and Stars

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In character, as if explaining to someone just awakened from a long sleep.




The city of New York has an illusion of normal life, but only in Manhattan. Only one in sixteen of the city's inhabitants is still around. Or rather, only about 50,000 people still life in the city. Queens, the Bronx, Yonkers, Staten Island, are dead, icy, wastelands, maybe twenty to a hundred people still live in these bourghs.


The people left to flee the snows. Far Rockaway looks like Antartica, Long Island is as cold and empty as Ellesmere Island, and the Catskills look like the Transantartics. The perminant snowfields run as far south as the Chesapeake Bay, most of which is filled with self-ice.


A few years ago, the world was normal, or it seemed to be. Then it went mad, but we got starships. New York, for some freakish reason, is an easy place for starships to land. The Psions keep the Hudson ice free and they can still grow a supplus wheat crop in the lower midwest, don't ask me how.


The Psions? Goofs with mental powers, esp and stuff. Yeah that stuff was real all along, the "Enquierer' was right! Turns out you have to believe that New Agey crap for Psi to work, so all the Psions say they're wizards, some even wear stars on their clothing.


Damm straight their nuts! They damage their brains useing them for stuff they weren't meant for. That why witches and wizards in the old stories were feared, they were NUTS! Useful though, treat the Psions right, they're keeping the world alive.


What caused the ice? As I heard it, someone who knew about Psions before the secret came out, selfish pig, tried to see how powerful a Psion, they call him 'Ice Puppy,' could get if you made them really crazy, sadistic bastard. Worked for some corperation called Pentex. It was one of those things like Enron or Halliburton that you never hear about until they screw-up big time and leave the rest of us to clean up their mess.


Anyway, this Psion thought he was a Russian Werewolf Prince... Yes, I said all the Psions were crazy, it's a matter of degree. He was so messed up after the Pentex scientists drugged him that he thought freezing the world to death to please the Wyrm was a good idea.


The Wyrm? Don't know, maybe the guy liked Tolkein too much.


Where were you? Oh that's easy. Lots of you guys got caught in a "Paradox blacklash." That's Psion talk for "Good God I really screwed-up!" Ice Puppy, the Snow King, seems to have messed up time. Lots of folks got frozen in time, which kept them from being frozen to death. Come'on get in the sled, we need to be in a shelter before dark.





Okay, let the game begin. The southern half of Central Park is a Starship landing field. The Tavern on the Green still functions as a restaurant, only now the prices are reasonable, the food is still disappointing. Please state why your character is in the Tavern eating lunch and some way they would be interested in being approached.

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