This will be my foray into something new I've wanted to explore for quite some time.
The idea is for me to GM a game AND provide all of the character templates. The players would basically just be "cast" in the roles I've created.
I myself will not take part as an active player, but rather direct the action behind the scenes, and nudge certain characters in this or that direction.
The setting would be the Cold War, the early 1960s. I would say after the Cuban Missile Crisis (October 1962) but before the JFK assassination (November 1963). The location would be a small island group in the Pacific called Sasteban, which is of strategic importance to both the Russians and the Americans.
Currently a Russian-backed dictator is in charge, but the British and the Americans hire a freelancer to go and organize the small rebel factions and arm them.
He will play the role as a double agent as he will also allow himself to be hired by the dictator, thus being able to play both sides when needed.
To complicate matters further, some femme fatales will be thrown into the mix.
The roles that need to be filled: Name:
Freelance operative on the CIA's payroll, Scottish by originAge:
Served in the SAS for close to a decade and was then discharged. Has been working as a soldier for hire ever since.Taken
The Dictator's girlfriendAge:
Annabelle is one of the thousands of girls who go to Hollywood each year, dreaming of a silver-screen career. She never got further than a few commercials, and eventually met her current "beau" at a party during a vacation in Acapulco. Initially repulsed by the man, she changed her mind when he showered one lavish gift after another all over her. After wooing her for the remainder of her vacation, she agreed to return to his tiny home country of Sasteban. She has been living in luxury and wealth ever since then, ignoring the fact that said wealth is bought at the expense of her husband's people.Taken
Lieutenant in the rebel armyAge:
Nearly her entire family is an active member of the rebel movement. Having lost several siblings as well as cousins and uncles in the war against their brutal dictator, Lupe joined up herself when she was just 17. She has made a name as being a fearless (and at times reckless) battlefield commander, who takes pleasure in taking on the most dangerous missions.Taken
General Maximilian DelgadoAge:
Maximilian and his brother Rodrigo grabbed power over 15 years ago, by toppling the democratically elected government thanks to the backing of the military. Most of the polictical opponents were killed, the handful that survived the coup spent the rest of their short lives in captivity. Delgado has been ruling his tiny country with an iron fist. Most of the profits made on the hard labor of his people go to him and a small inner circle. The Kremlin also supports him financially, his islands being of strategic importance for their relatively close proximity to the US.
Charles “Lucky” GarnerAge:
CIA handler who accompanies Michael Fisher to Sasteban and acts as a liaison for him over there. Veteran of WW II, jumped into France and Holland as part of the paratroopers contingent. Transferred into the intelligence gathering services at the end of the war. Taken
I will fill out the above cast of PCs with a cast of NPCs where and when they are needed.
The country has a little over 200000 inhabitants. Around 70000 of those live in the capital, Sasteban City.
The second largest town of the country is Puerto Delgado, which can boast around 45000 souls.
To give you an idea of the scale of the islands: the distance from Sasteban City to Puerto Delgado is around 25 miles/40 km.
The rebel presence is most strong up North, in Puerto Villamil and Playa de Oro, as well as in the old miners town of Tortuga Bay.
There is still a lot of silver in the hills to the West of Tortuga Bay, which makes its status as revel stronghold very unfortunate for General Delgado.