The Other Guys
Our adventure begins the day before a great battle — expected to be the greatest in a hundred years. The outcome of this battle will likely decide the fate of the world you know. And you, lucky soul, are on the front lines.
You are not heroes. You are not villains. Whatever your reasons, you are warriors fighting under the command of Shorn, the Lich Queen. Terrible acts you have committed do not make you evil, just as any kindness you may have exhibited do not make you good.
“The Other Guys” will take a party of adventurers through lands where they are not welcome, into a future unknown. Will they become bandits? Guerrillas of vengeance? A particularly badass gang of mercenaries or treasure hunters? Do they decide to form a kibbutz? Or perhaps they see opportunity in their situation, and seek power… Only the game will tell.
This campaign is meant to depart from some D&D standards, while still existing in a fantasy cliche world. The player characters start as agents or soldiers of darkness (think Sauron) at the great deciding battle. Spoiler: the good guys win. Losing the fight does not mean all is well and resolved, however. Chaos reigns, and our adventurers must find their way in the new world as it emerges.
I’m relaxing the rigidity of the alignment system. Just because you’re fighting for a cause you believe in, or were duped into, or were magically compelled to support, or were paid to fight in, or that is all you know doesn’t necessarily make you evil. I have no doubt that millions of people consider every US soldier to be evil — most aren’t. And hey, even monsters have feelings. Anyway, just because someone is fighting for the Forces of Light or whatever doesn’t make them good! Maybe they just like to win. Or kill.
The players will start with a perceived alignment, and are expected to make choices in character, considering their need for survival, their character’s personal motivations, and the given situation. Decisions should make sense in your character’s context. The need to work together with the rest of the party may influence these decisions as well.
The Wiki is the definitely the best resource at this point! Red links have articles, green ones don’t yet.
I’ve created a map of the region in which this campaign takes place, and Wiki entries for each area. I haven’t fleshed out all the content yet, but I have given descriptions of all the playable races and classes, and some NPCs.