One of the very first questions you get from GMs and Players when presented with a diceless game that uses an infinite universe as a background is, “what the hell do the Player Characters do with all this?”
You can go anywhere. You can be a legend among mortal adventurers.
What are the threats to the status quo? What do the PCs care about and why do they work together? Why would they oppose each other or another universe faction?
Masters of the Grand Stair are not harmonious…and yet they gather if the Stair is under threat. And a thousand years ago, they were united to fight off the conquering ambitions of the Dwimmerlaik.
The Lords of Gossamer and Shadow have several canon threats already revealed in products for the line. Typhonians. Dwimmerlaik.
(like Amber Diceless, the implication is that getting such powerful characters to work together requires that there is a universe scaled threat that may destroy the ‘universe as we like it’.)
Having done a first read of the two threat assessment books, Typhonians and Dwimmerlaik, I judge these are not ‘starter elements’. They are interesting and they are scalable threats, but I don’t think I’d introduce them early to a campaign. I’d pick something a bit closer to home and hold the Big Bads for later.
So what’s a good Villainous Opposition for LoGaS game start?
- enemies of your mentor/ally
- groups that want to restrict access to the Stair
- groups that worship Masters/Wardens of the Stair
- groups that want to destroy the Stair
- worlds that are using the Stair to create empires
Again, the above list because: change is never pretty. Your PCs have power. What will such changes bring?
At Ambercon 2014, I introduced several familiar names as possible villains to the above (not recommending you do this at home):
- Amber, the Eternal City would destroy the Stair to break alliances between shadows that might rival the Gold Circle
- the Courts of Chaos would destroy the Stair to trap the powerful Dwimmerlaik in their various shadows
And you can get lots more cosmic with threats than those revealed so far above. Like in the famous Strange Bedfellows Amber Campaign, you could invade the universe from another universe entirely.
Villains generate story conflict that does not have to come from your PCs.
- threaten values
- provide common story
- challenge PC niches
- challenge PC choices
- engage PC emotions
- challenge PC creativity
- lead to rewards/consequences