The last oath a knight will take
The last breath of a dying king
The last court of a banished prince
The last sword of solemn night
The final hope of the dying dream...
The hold that the lords of darkness and their minions had on the world has long been broken. War is a constant now and the old ways are a mere shadow. In the city of New York, the leaders of those factions left standing dwell... vampires, fallen angels, fae, shifters of all kinds and many other mystic races older and darker still. Between them all lies neutral territory and the ever shifting lines of their boundaries. On the streets, the most loyal seek to uphold the laws of the ethereal. Behind closed doors, the lords toast each others health, posture, and sometimes even fight for their kind and cause. Loyalties can be tenuous or constantly shifting and a bluff can always lead to a declaration of war.
This is the last court that is held sacred between the beast races of the world. Their word is law, but even they know that their time is coming to an end. Each has seen it and each knows it is their last chance. They must each decide what is best for the sake of their kind because they fight on all fronts. The humans hunt them in their own city and beyond their borders, the thuggish wild packs and covens even more power hungry seek to take what they have built. Will they stand together or crumble beneath the weight of their own greed?
...So this is an old idea that I decided to dig up again because I've missed the political dramas of my WoD days. I wanted to rekindle that sort of atmosphere in a familiar modern setting. The table is open to all comers and I would really love to see it grow. If enough interest is shown, then I will hash out more details. Bear in mind, there can be multiple leaders of each race because there are multiple packs/factions/covens/etc... I tried to doll this interest check up a bit, but despite my hours of searching, I was unable to find any images that satisfied what I saw in my mind.
To offer a little more context and detail, my intention is for players to take the roles of the members of this supernatural court. As I said, the table is open to all comers. I don't care if you have a race you made up or want to play an elf or human witch. To start out, the court will be comprised of queens, princes, alphas and so forth. Should ample interest be shown and enough players want to play more than one character, I will not mind expanding the characters to higher ranking members of each leader's court/council.
I intend for this to be a drama in every sense. On the surface, everyone needs to work together to survive. But there is betrayal and espionage because some want to snuff out competition or settle age-old scores. I expect there to be a Romeo and Juliet or two and even some arranged alliances. A day in this court should be like a day with King Henry II... where everything was a grande show with a looming threat. What I'm trying to say is almost nothing is out of the question in the way this game is played. Any character deaths and territory mergings/takeovers will be mutually agreed upon by each player involved, though.
While the game is largely sandbox in nature, I do have a fair few ideas for plots and twists and events. The court will be held in the neutral territory and I will allow neutral characters. Neutral is considered its own faction and has a seat in the council. They are not given preference, though and their vote is often only requested when a decision directly affects them or a tie-breaker is needed. The neutral have their own set of problems because they are largely rogues with no loyalties, outcasts and bastards of their races. They are also an untapped well of soldiers for any court's cause, though.
Anyways, these are some of my ideas. I will hash out more as more interest is shown.