Today’s Monday Mashup concept was contributed by Eric McErlain, who runs the excellent Off Wing Opinion. He suggested Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend some time ago, but I put off using it for a while because I thought it was a little close to Body Snatchers. But time has passed and here we are.
If you haven’t read I Am Legend, allow me to strongly recommend it. It’s the story of the last man on earth, beseiged by a horde of vampires. He defends himself, despite the fact that he has nothing to live for. In the end, he realizes that to the new society of vampires, he’s the legendary monster. My brief summary doesn’t do it justice, but it’s a start.
I just picked up Skull and Bones, so I’m going to use that as my gaming element. In my alternate history, Sir Francis Drake did not die of the flux in 1596. Sick for many months, he nonetheless recovered. However, when his patron Queen Elizabeth died, he took keen notice of the fate of Sir Walter Raleigh. Never completely motivated by patriotism, Sir Drake quickly decided to strike out on his own and seek power and riches by freeing the New World from the Continental yoke.
Soon thereafter, he recruited the man who would seal the fate of the European maritime powers: Edward Teach. With Teach as his chief lieutenant, the aging Drake created a fleet of privateers to harry British and Spanish ships all up and down the eastern coast of North America. By 1615, no European state could effectively project power to the New World, and the Caribbean was a hive of pirate utopias.
The PCs are some of the few remaining representatives of British power in 1610. They are surrounded by buccaneers and rascals of every stripe. Their cause is perhaps futile, but as servants of His Majesty James I, they must fight on… until they realize that the society surrounding them is more just and rational than the one they serve.
It’d be a tricky campaign to pull off, since it’s always hard to switch PC goals in mid-stream, but I think the venue could be lots of fun.