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  • Nyrufa
    started a topic 101 Scion Story Hooks

    101 Scion Story Hooks

    Meh... why not add one here?



    001) Okay, sure, the old religions could get a little wild when it came to rituals and celebrations. But what happens when they take things a little bit too far? There is another hero in the city, who fancies themselves a future god of revelry. As far as killing Titan Spawn goes, they're pretty good at their job. But their method of celebrating is the pinacle of vulgarity. This hero's adoring fans launch themselves into orgies in full view of the public, with no regard for who or even what they're fornicating with. Alcohol flows among them until people are collapsing where they stand, sometimes in mid conversation! People dance until they are too sore to move, and sing until their voices give out. Those who manage to survive this extreme partying (some of them die from exhaustion) wake up in a daze with no memory of what transpired.

    You're band suspects they might have fallen victim to the Titan of Chaos, but beyond their ecstatic party throwing, you have little evidence to go on. If your suspicions are correct, it would be extremely dangerous to let this Scion advance in power. But if you're wrong, you run the risk of angering not only this Scion, but their extended family who supports them.



    002) Hephaestus needs to explain to his kids what constitutes as a joke! One of his Scions is a sewage worker, of all things. In a fit of boredom, they decided to convert the city's sewers into a labyrinth, complete with its own Minotaur! It may sound harmless enough to any heroes that choose to stay above ground, but the city workers have a job to do, and they can't fix the plumbing if they're dodging spring loaded buzz saws, fire breathing scorpions, or man sized bulls swinging an axe at their face! So before the entire city starts to smell like shit, it looks like you're going to have to climb down there and solve the problem!



    003) There comes a time when you have to decide whether the old ways are better or not. You've just found out there's a scion, one of your own family, who's decided their heritage makes them superior to mortals. They're running a smuggling operation, kidnapping people and selling them into slavery over seas. The money they earn goes to furthering the Scion's fight against the Titans and building the glory of your family's name.

    So now the question is... where do your loyalties reside? Will you allow this smuggling operation to survive in order to increase your power, or will you put a stop to it and possibly anger your pantheon? Either way, you're going to lose respect, either for yourself or from your peers!
    Last edited by Nyrufa; 03-22-2015, 08:13 AM.

  • Nyrufa
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    235) A Goblin Slayer inspired Denizen story, in which the narrative revolves around a group of background characters going about their lives while the Scions are saving the world off camera.

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  • Nyrufa
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    233) A series of grisly murders have started over the last several weeks, with police investigators being utterly appalled by the state the bodies were found in. It seems that one of the local satyrs has developed a passion for killing lately, and decided to try their hand at being at becoming an urban Legend. Unsure about how to deal with such a creature, the chief has reached out to the band to help resolve the situation. Preferably before this horned maniac manages to kill everybody who walks the streets at night!

    234) The sports entertainment industry is locked in a debate over whether or not centaurs should be allowed to compete in horse races, as well as whether or not they require a jockey to ride them across the finish line. Tensions are building between the young athletes who want to compete in the races, and the sponsors who refuse to legitimize them. Somebody needs to step in and bring about a satisfying resolution to the situation. But that somebody would need the charisma of the Gods to not have this spiral into an all out conflict between the two sides. Luckily for you, Scions just so happen to possess some measure of their patron's magnetic charm!

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  • Nyrufa
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    232) It seems that a gang of adolescent thieves have taken to using parkour as a means of carrying out their more extravagant pilfering. At first, it wasn't anything the band needed to concern itself with. But after several of the thieves are discovered attempting to steal from them, Fate itself takes an interest in their development. It seems that these free running bandits have unwittingly become a clan of amateur ninjas, and they're starting to manifest abilities which exceed those of the average mortal!

    Can you find the grand master of their organization and put a stop to their crime spree, or will the city fall prey to a wave of super powered burglars and pickpockets?
    Last edited by Nyrufa; 06-16-2019, 06:23 AM.

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  • Prometheus878
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    ARISE FROM YOUR GRAVE

    231) The beautiful, resource-rich mediterranean island state of Helenos has changed hands hundreds of times throughout the centuries. Now, many fear it is about to see its most brutal confrontation yet.

    Nestled in the midst of the Aegean sea, Helenos is caught between the ambitions of two budding neo-feudalist democratic empires. The Achaean League, led by aggressively ambitious Agatha Atreides, and the Trojan Alliance, guided by proudly paternal Prestor Priamos, seek to place their political candidate of choice into the island's presidential office, bringing its gorgeous environs, surprisingly large population, and bountiful well of natural resources under their sway.

    The League enjoys the favor of the common people. Its candidate, Agatha Atreides' younger brother Morgan, has won the heart of the average citizen through his irreproachable conduct, quiet competence, and genuine zeal for good governance. The majority of Helenian voters are convinced that Morgan has the best interests of the common man at heart, and it comes as little surprise that he won the popular election by a landslide. If only the story had ended there.

    While the citizenry of Helenos were making their own choice, their "leadership" was making theirs. The corruption and incompetence of the Helenian government has been an open disgrace for decades, and the man and woman on the street are sick to death of it. Morgan Atreides stood on a platform of profound, widespread reforms, and seems to be that rarest of creatures: a politician that will keep his promises. In the face of having their numerous crimes and failures exposed and suitably punished, local officials have instead pushed hard for the ascendance of the infamous Phillip Priamos.

    Long-lost son of Prestor Priamos, Phillip is an infamous globe-trotting playboy, gambler, and "adventurer." Having rediscovered his true parents after a decade of searching, Phillip seems to have taken an interest in the "family business" of rulership, and has picked Helenos as his domain of choice (mostly, it seems, because of its value as a tourist destination). While Phillip might be great at entertaining vapid celebrities and jaded elites at parties, he's not quite so good at winning the hearts and minds of people who actually work for a living. Naturally, when Phillip realized he couldn't get by with empty platitudes and shallow charisma, he resorted to outright cheating.

    And so, despite Morgan Atreides' overwhelming victory, the Helenian government has installed Phillip Priamos as president anyway. For the Helenian people, this is the last straw. It's revolution or bust.

    War looms on the horizon, public protest and civil strife growing daily. The two powers marshal their forces, summon their allies and vassals, and prepare for a potentially long and deadly conflict. Both cannot control the Aegean. One must conquer.

    Enter the heroes. The two nations call for all the aid they can get, mortal and divine, and the Scions have a choice to make. Who do they side with and why? Is it too late for peace? And if war must happen, then how far will the heroes go to achieve their goals?
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  • Nyrufa
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    230) An enchanted forest has given rise to hyper intelligent animals that have gradually learned to imitate the ways of medieval, human society. While the magic of the forest keeps them hidden from the outside world, some of the Gods have taken an interest in the intelligent wildlife, and graciously selected a few lucky members to become Scions. But while some might view such intervention as a time for celebration, others have reacted with fear. One of these bestial Scions fancies themselves the undisputed ruler of the forest, and has begun ruthlessly oppressing any creatures who attempt to defy them.

    As a fellow Scion with access to your own assortment of powers, you naturally find yourselves in their crosshairs as either a potential ally, or a threat to their dominance. And they don't have a lot of patience when it comes to potential rivals choosing which side of the war they'll stand on!

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  • Froggo
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    229) The Alusi Pantheon of the Igbo breaks into the Overworld and demands representation.

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  • Froggo
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    228) An archaeologist found the Book of the Dead and managed to translate it, and now is journeying down to Duat to try and bring the dead back for money.

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  • Nyrufa
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    Theoi Setting:

    227) Poseidon has grown sick of mortals carelessly polluting his once beautiful seas and has decided to take the earth's water supply hostage. Just to rub it in their faces, he's moving it to planet Neptune, as if to remind everybody of who the seas truly belong to. Unfortunately, the sea is Poseidon's domain, and without its presence, the God of the Seas has no authority on the planet. Which means that both his cultists and any Scion connected to Poseidon can't harness their gifts properly, if they can even harness them at all. It looks like somebody is going to have to negotiate with Poseidon on humanity's behalf and convince him to return the earth's water, preferably before everybody dies from dehydration!

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  • Nyrufa
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    Action Thriller:

    225)
    Somebody has kidnapped the Easter Bunny and is threatening them with bodily harm unless the Gods of Fertility agree to pay their ransom. It looks like your band just got contracted to perform a search and rescue operation!


    Stone Age Setting:

    226) It's been a while since the Gods performed a major act of creation and they've decided to shake off the rust by creating a new planet, capable of sustaining intelligent life. The only problem is that they need people to 'beta test' this new planet and prove to the Gods that it's suitable for their desires. That's when random Scions all over the world begin receiving letters saying that they've been selected for an all expense paid trip, courtesy of their respective pantheons.

    It isn't until after they arrive on this new world that they discover the ecosystem is completely untouched by modern civilization, and teeming with prehistoric monsters!
    Last edited by Nyrufa; 07-02-2018, 05:16 PM.

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  • jagardner
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    Simple concept: Campaign based around stylized versions of the Twelve Labors of Hercules. Add complications so that each labor lasts for several months of playing time. The players start as Origin level characters and each completed labor gives them 1 point of Legend. That gets them all the way up to Level 12 gods.

    Of course, I don't mean taking the labors literally. Demigods and up could probably finish the actual labors with a snap of their fingers. Also, players will soon figure out what path Fate has put them on, so you have to change things up. Still, it's a straightforward skeleton to use as a starting point for a campaign. ---Jim

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  • CreepyShutIn
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    223) How do you "misplace" a Mantle?!

    It seems ridiculous, but that's what Dionysus claims happened. Looks aside, he's a very old god, and like many old gods he used to be very different. He hasn't even thought about his oldest Mantles in years, so imagine his shock to find out he doesn't have one of them anymore. A bit of searching (and quiet pleading with Djehuti, since he doesn't want the other Theoi to find out about this) turned up a teenage boy in southern Germany calling himself "Jaeger." After seemingly dying to a vicious bear attack, young Jaeger has returned to his hometown, good as new, and started gathering followers. Stories of debauchery and rampant drug use were just the start; now people are disappearing and Jaeger's cult is getting a reputation for unhinged behavior.

    Dionysus may spend nearly all of his time drunk, but he's sharp enough to see how this could end badly for him. So he has a simple mission for a team of Scions: Kill the nascent god, retrieve his Mantle, and make sure no evidence remains to link this to him. And it goes without saying that if they tell anyone they will all be turned into ferns.
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  • Prometheus878
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    Originally posted by Nyrufa View Post
    222) Vault B:

    Indiana Jones and the Secret of the Golden Temple

    Alternatively:

    Uncharted 5: The Vault of Vishnu

    *ADVENTURE INTENSIFIES*

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  • Nyrufa
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    222) Vault B:

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  • Prometheus878
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    221) First, Cronus overthrew Uranus. Then, Zeus cast down Cronus in his turn. Fate would have it that one day, Zeus would have his throne taken from him by one of his children, for The Cycle of Violence is a prison that lets no victim go without a struggle.

    It is often forgotten that Zeus was considered a god of wisdom, foresight and just rulership by Hellenistic followers. Even Fate forgot this, but Zeus did not. He will not allow the world to be torn apart and his immortal soul thrown into Tartarus, by Jove! If he must surrender the throne, he shall do so on his terms.

    And so, he who delights in thunder has done the unthinkable: Zeus has announced his retirement. But the crown must rest on someone's head, and so Optimus Maximus has declared that whoever would succeed him must prove, before Heaven and the World beyond all doubt, that they are the Best and the Greatest.

    A grand test of Labors has been declared, a series of brutal tournaments and grueling tests. The contestants must prove their superiority to each other and to Zeus in order to inherit, and no god or scion will pull their punches in this greatest of all trials.

    Do you have what it takes to claim the Thunderbolt? Or perhaps, will you play the kingmaker? Whatever will happen, whoever wins, Glory will fall upon those who take part like rain in a storm. To the Strongest!

    Edit: I've toyed with the idea of Zeus being a villain in this story, arranging the contest to discover who were his biggest threats. I decided against this because it would be cliche, and Jupiter being wise enough to quit while he's ahead would be more surprising to a modern audience. Besides, possessing positive leadership qualities and forethought does not preclude him from being an antagonistic jerk in other ways.
    Last edited by Prometheus878; 02-02-2018, 02:21 AM.

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