Changeling: Malibu Dream House is a Changeling: The Lost Campaign based in the Santa Monica and Malibu area of California USA. The Changelings have been entrusted with ownership of a Cabaret and Burlesque called the Malibu Dream House by their Courts (Well, those with Seasonal Courts have, the others are tagging along) to run a Lost friendly establishment which can help provide Glamour to area fae. Most of them are strangers when they meet at the house, but time will forge them into a Motley that can face some of the unusual dangers waiting for the unwary Lost.
Like my other campaigns, the story of the Last Dance Motley of the Malibu Dream House will be told in in character journals that will describe events in game, with commentary from me. This will my second Changeling: the Lost Campaign. The first ran about 3 years. My other CoD game Balance of Shadows is going strong after 4, and I am also running a Sandboxy Vampire game that is just starting year 3. Malibu Dream House will be heavily Sandboxy, like Balance of Shadows; a lot of the spurring to act will be on the PCs part. If you find the numerous perspectives disorienting, You may want to read a few and go with whoever's perspective you like best. I expect 1-3 journals per session depending. Hoping for two regularly.
We are using some bits of GMC, including the new combat system and social system and more flexible virtues and vices, but not the Beat system at present.
As an aside, our usual sheet maker, DJ Gasmask, is not in this, so these sheets maps, and group pics were not the work of a pro graphic designer. That makes them all the more impressive to my mind; I would say they turned out absolutely awesome. Also, while Ace has two pages on his sheet like the rest, the second had issues being screenshotted as a jpg, so only the first is here. You should get the idea.
Our Cast, the Last Dance Motley
Aaron Constantine Evermore “Ace”
Court: Summer Court
Mask1, Mask2, Seeming, Sheet
Ace is a Snake aspected Beast from England. He arrived in the city sometime after his Durance, and lived on the street until he was given the option to stay at the Malibu Dream House. He is the MC and Barker at the Malibu Dream House.
Ace is well rounded, with a slight focus on combat but reasonably skilled at social interaction and fairly good ability at espionage, but he has no real focus. He is skilled at Boxing as a fighting style.
Court: Autumn Court
Entitlement: None Initially, later Sacred Band of the Golden Standard
Mask, Seeming1, Seeming2, Sheet1, Sheet2
Calamity was dragged from her home into a dark setting of cold war-esque suburban nightmare. She had to be a perfect daughter in a paranoid world of spies, where an unseen whispering Keeper took away those who were bad and the safest way to survive was to betray. But Calamity was a rebel, and fought her way out, her physical and emotional scars becoming a badge of pride. Calamity handles backstage security at the Malibu Dream House
Calamity is oriented toward stealth and combat. She uses the Knife fighting style with her own abilities as a Razorhand. She is certainly not the face of the group. She strikes from the shadows rather than being a direct fighter.
Court: Night Court (Moon Court)
Mask, Seeming1, Seeming2, Sheet2
Insincere Marguerite was born in Paris, but found her way to LA sometime after being taken. Stolen by a Gentry mastermind, Insincere Marguerite was being groomed to be a Gentry herself, and now must fight the desires her Keeper encouraged. She handles lights, curtains, and various backstage and behind the scenes effects.
Insincere Marguerite is a sneaky type. Her talents lend themselves to stealth and larceny. Essentially, she is a master of getting into and out of places. She is not a combatant, and her social skills are not bad but not exceptional.
Court: Winter Court
Entitlement: None Initially, later Knighthood of Utmost Silence
Mask, Seeming, Sheet1, Sheet2
Jacob Stojanovic was an adventurous soul, a dutiful son, and a kind-hearted brother… until the Lady of the Winter Winds froze his soul with a kiss. For a time he worked as her pawn, hunting down and retrieving other changelings who had slipped her grasp. Since leaving her employ, his heart has melted a bit, and he serves as the Malibu Dream House’s bartender in an attempt to regain his lost empathy… and his sense of mischief.
Jacob (pronounced YAH-kǝb) is a well-rounded young man, light on his feet and agile. While he lacks the sheer strength of a character like Gawain, he makes up for it with his dexterity, his finesse, and his mastery of the element of ice.
Court: Dawn Court
Entitlement: None Initially, later Family of Silent Nights
Mask1, Mask2, Seeming, Sheet1, Sheet2
Gawain was a good-hearted young man who was drawn into the Dreaming and forced into morality plays in the dreams of Dreamers as the Green Knight. He kept count of how many dreamers he has killed because of the arbitrary nature of these tests. He met Calamity on emerging and became somewhat smitten with her. Gawain is the Bouncer at the Malibu Dream House, but also helps with some of the building sets and props.
Gawain is combat oriented, skilled in the Langschwert heavy sword style. He fights with a Zweihänder and as such is a Juggernaught on the field. Gawain also has some skill at craftwork. Finally, he is being built as a dream warrior, with contracts to enter dreams and engage in dream combat.
Court: Spring Court
Mask1, Mask2, Seeming, Sheet1, Sheet2
Lorelei Grace grew up in rural Iowa, chafing under the strict rules set by her Methodist preacher father. When she and her friends were taken to Arcadia and transformed into human songbirds, they were given two jobs: sing well and look pretty. Now she’s a performer at the Malibu Dream House, singing and dancing the way she wants to… but always living with the memory of the two dear friends she left behind in Arcadia.
Lorelei is a social juggernaut. The gifts she was given in Arcadia enhance her singing voice, making her particularly adept at evoking emotions of her choosing in mortals, and then harvesting their glamour efficiently. She’s pretty much hopeless in a fight, though.
Here is a map of the Malibu Dream House 1st Floor, 2nd Floor, Basement and Attic
Session one will take place on Sunday, and the first journals will be two weeks from Sunday. In the meantime I will be putting up some backgrounds of some of our protagonists. Two of the shorter backgrounds will be up within 24 hours, and then we will have backgrounds going up every few days until the first session journals 2 weeks from Sunday. Comments and Questions welcome.
Actual Play Starts here