Alternatives to the Delphi Council

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Alternatives to the Delphi Council

Postby jhosmer1 » Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:07 am

In the "Nile Empire Pulp Kid Archetype" Topic, Gargoyle said:

Gargoyle wrote:
ZackMcGinnis wrote:Do all Storm Knights answer to the Delphi Council? Maybe some more independent groups who might skate around some of the Delphi Council rules?


To answer this, no, not all Storm Knights have joined the DC. It's the default patron organization because it makes adventure design easier for the GM, but there are certainly Storm Knights who are independent or who have joined other factions for various reasons.


This got me thinking... what Alternatives exist? Here's a few ideas, and I hope others will post their own ideas:

The Queen's Men
Aysle/Core Earth

Not all citizens of Britain are happy turning over the defense of their realm to the auspices of the Delphi Council, especially after it welcomed Pella Ardinay into its fold. To that end, several nobles and wealthy merchants decided to form their own organization based on the legends of King Arthur and his Round Table. They call themselves the Queen's Men and swear oaths of loyalty to Queen Elizabeth (though she is probably not aware of them at first). Their primary goal is to discover if Excalibur exists as an Eternity Shard and recover it for the crown.

The Common Ground Association (Yes, based on the oTORG faction)
Primarily Core Earth/Living Land

This group is made up of well-meaning idealists who seek to end the war through negotiations with the invaders. Emboldened by evidence that not all the High Lords subjects agree with the invasion, they seek to contact such groups and foster communication with the eventual hope of forcing the High Lords to the negotiation table. While not traitors per se, their opposition to military actions has brought them into conflict with the Delphi Council.

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Re: Alternatives to the Delphi Council

Postby ZackMcGinnis » Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:19 pm

Also is it 100% fact that the Delphi Council are the good guys? And not being manipulated by some other source?

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Re: Alternatives to the Delphi Council

Postby jhosmer1 » Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:45 pm

ZackMcGinnis wrote:Also is it 100% fact that the Delphi Council are the good guys? And not being manipulated by some other source?


There are no 100% facts. Some GMs will have them be good, others will go for more ambiguity, and some will have them be the villainous DC of oTORG.

Even if they are 100% good, there are likely to be other organizations who disagree with the Delphi Council, either because of nationalism (we won't follow the USA), methods (Who needs storytelling? Rip up the stelae no matter the cost!), or more nefarious reasons (Hantu, Ltd, won't team up with the Council because they are not natives of Asia, and not because we're a secret front for the Insidious Wu Han, not at all).

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Re: Alternatives to the Delphi Council

Postby TorgHacker » Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:51 pm

ZackMcGinnis wrote:Also is it 100% fact that the Delphi Council are the good guys? And not being manipulated by some other source?


Officially we are stating that the Delphi Council is good, though there may be elements that are more the 'ends justify the means' types.

The point is that we don't want players wondering if they're going to get betrayed by the Delphi Council. They won't. Not in the official plot anyway.
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Re: Alternatives to the Delphi Council

Postby ZackMcGinnis » Fri Sep 01, 2017 2:17 pm

TorgHacker wrote:
ZackMcGinnis wrote:Also is it 100% fact that the Delphi Council are the good guys? And not being manipulated by some other source?


Officially we are stating that the Delphi Council is good, though there may be elements that are more the 'ends justify the means' types.

The point is that we don't want players wondering if they're going to get betrayed by the Delphi Council. They won't. Not in the official plot anyway.


Thanks for clearing that up :)

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Re: Alternatives to the Delphi Council

Postby Gargoyle » Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:51 pm

TorgHacker wrote:
ZackMcGinnis wrote:Also is it 100% fact that the Delphi Council are the good guys? And not being manipulated by some other source?


Officially we are stating that the Delphi Council is good, though there may be elements that are more the 'ends justify the means' types.

The point is that we don't want players wondering if they're going to get betrayed by the Delphi Council. They won't. Not in the official plot anyway.


I love this so much. I mean...of course they're good. What evidence is there to the contrary? <whistles innocently>
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Re: Alternatives to the Delphi Council

Postby Gargoyle » Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:51 pm

As far as other organizations I'm thinking of using:

The Knights Templar: the resurgence of miracles in Core Earth and the importance of religious artifacts as hardpoints, talismans, and eternity shards has caused this organization to re-emerge from antiquity. This new Knights Templar is interested in collecting and safeguarding items of religious influence, not just Christian items but from other religions as well. The Knights are not all Storm Knights, but some are, and they are actively recruiting religious Storm Knights to their cause.

Warehouse #: Various Warehouses are located all over the world, and for centuries, possibly millenia, they have been securing and storing artifacts of historical significance to keep the public safe and for study. They are an international organization loosely tied to NATO after WWII, and later to the Delphi Council. Their leader may or may not be on the Council itself. They provide storage of eternity shards to the Delphi Council, and loan out shards to them as well. The Delphi Council has agents in each Warehouse, but they are still separate organizations with sometimes competing agendas. Some of these warehouses are former (or current) black site prisons, but most of them are just storage facilities that have been used for decades or centuries. Suspected warehouses which may or may not exist include:
Warehouse 51 - In a very large hangar at Area 51 (of course) in Nevada. Threatened by the approaching Living Land.
Warehouse 60 - Under the Alamo, San Antonio TX
Warehouse 67 - Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs, CO
Warehouse 90 - Reichstag Building sublevels, Berlin, Germany. Threatenend by both Aysle and the Cyberpapacy.
Warehouse 43 - "Quartz" located at Stare Kiejkuty in Poland, this is a black site prison used by the CIA to detain and interrogate terrorists.
Warehouse 22 - Masada, Israel, Threatened by the Nile Empire.
Warehouse 18 - a storage building with sub levels next to Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore. Threatened by Orrorsh and Pan-Pacifica.
Warehouse 20 - This warehouse is in imminent danger as it is under the Louvre in the Paris hardpoint.
Rumors of a Warehouse 13 in South Dakota or Warehouse 23 in Austin TX are just that, these don't exist. Really.
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Re: Alternatives to the Delphi Council

Postby JohnBiles » Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:35 pm

1-800-STORMER

Some suspect a Pan-Pacifica connection because the top leadership are all Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, but 1-800-STORMER advertises itself as Core Earth's Immune System; it employs agents of every cosm who can solve your reality-related problems at 'reasonable rates'. Indeed, these rates are so reasonable that some wonder where the real money is coming from.

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Re: Alternatives to the Delphi Council

Postby Wotan » Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:13 pm

TorgHacker wrote:
ZackMcGinnis wrote:Also is it 100% fact that the Delphi Council are the good guys? And not being manipulated by some other source?


Officially we are stating that the Delphi Council is good, though there may be elements that are more the 'ends justify the means' types.

The point is that we don't want players wondering if they're going to get betrayed by the Delphi Council. They won't. Not in the official plot anyway.

Damn it, there goes my pet theory that Quinn is Thratchen in disguise! :oops:
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Re: Alternatives to the Delphi Council

Postby Rabbitball » Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:38 pm

Wotan wrote:Damn it, there goes my pet theory that Quinn is Thratchen in disguise! :oops:

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