Quest: Mask of Heroes (2007)
John ran Quest, a systemless multiform, as a Triptych at the Phenomenon roleplaying convention, Queen’s Birthday long weekend, 8-11 June 2007. Phenomenon was held at Daramalan College, Dickson, in sunny Canberra (jumpers essential).
Quest: Mask of Heroes
A systemless multiform by John Hughes
The myth is strong.
The myth wants you back.
Being a deconstruction of sorts, of the games we play and why we play them. A seduction of heroes.
It began with a wild rush of adrenalin and almost-forgotten laughter. It became something more. In the game, you find communion. In the game, you believe in who you are.
In 2007, 4R Futures release Quest upon an unsuspecting world. Entering the game, you become heroes of high adventure in a Dark Age FantasyEurope. And with virtual body meshing and biofeedback, your character mimics your appearance, your feelings, your very soul …
In the Quest, five friends and strangers find exhilaration and purpose for their disordered lives. Then, with the Tournament of Nations, the game offer even more: the chance of wealth and fame.
And almost unnoticed in the background, an election, an atrocity, a political crisis,
and whispers of a new nation.
Quest — it’s every game you’ve ever played.
Quest — create who you are.
Quest — for five everyday disasters.
Genre/setting: Fantasy roleplay/personal and political intrigue.
Rating: R (coarse language, sexual and racial vilification, adult concepts).
This is not a dungeon crawl!
(And Player-Character Characters)
Anke: The Professional
Boring city, boring marriage, boring life. Anke directs, controls, casually casts chaos in her wake. She is looking for diversion, for a new challenge. And something to hit.
[Ambassador Theanke Asirdotter, diplomat, rune carver, wielder of the vril staff.]
Dante: The Stranger
Every leader cultivates an aura of mystery. The past is unimportant. But there is always the Rage, you live with it everyday. And you wonder if you’d have it any other way …
[Jarl Leonoki the Berserker, reaver and godi.]
Philip: Mr Sexy-Nice
The good-times accountant: handsome, talented, hopelessly insecure. Philip has become so very, very good at hiding. His world is haunted by a deep, unvoiced doubt.
[Prince Sigmund Farstrider, fighter, romantic, breeder of fine ducks.]
Rowan: The Hard Case
Once upon a time, there was a cute little goth chick. She grew up, turned vampire, scratched at eyeballs for survival. This woman hated everyone, herself most of all.
[Rowenna the Frowe Dreieich, thief, gyrda, walker among shadows.]
Wombat: Just Wombat
The Human Dicebag: +10 on anything with pepperoni. Wombat is an outsider, a watcher, a simple guy with simple needs. But there is danger in taking him for granted.
[Alrich Thrall-born, delver, ironmonger, mechanist, auslander.]