Balance of Shadows is set in a partially fictionalized New Haven, Connecticut. At this writing, there are almost 100 NPCs with brief personality blocks and a portrait. This will likely double over the next couple years. I combined actual research with some original places, and the PCs received a description of different locations as a group, and each PC got a packet with 11 NPCs, of which some were common to all, some common to a couple, some unique to the PC. We had about 2 months of prep for backgrounds and such, and had two meetings to discuss the Krewe, which was when the chart and mythos on the next post were developed.
The Middle Shadows of Dark Haven Bluffs began when a still wheelchair bound Doc Thorns met Natalie Knight when she was doing a gig on the opening night of the club Murder Ballads, built on the site of apartments where a few years ago the serial killer Rory James had lived, killed and died. As Doc recovered, he and Natalie recruited Jasmine Sung and Gwen Cooper after reading about them in the papers, and Doc had a fateful run in with Alexis Merryweather at her shop. Their first mission as a Krewe was to investigate a massive, decaying house on the edge of town, Dark Haven Bluffs...there they met their final member, Simon Fishborne, living alone. They made the vast haunt, with it's impressive library, their base. They met one other Krewe in town, the Skull and Bones Society, a small Krewe operating in Yale. They have also found evidence of a Krewe that existed in town long ago, but was never replaced when it's members passed away.
The Middle Shadows of Dark Haven Bluffs are as follows
Doc Thorns Torn Gatekeeper, Hope/Wrath Geist: The Dog of War
Doc Thorns served in Afghanistan and Iraq, meeting his end with a homemade bomb in Iraq. He rose as one of the Torn, but had a slow recovery. He met minor celebrity Natalie Knight who was also one of the Bound, and the two hit it off. Now much more mobile, he runs a health food store in New Haven, and patrols the street at night.
Doc's Log is a recording of his plans and observations. He has nicknames in it for the rest of the posse...Gwen is "Ronin" Jasmine is "Rose" Natalie is "Nightshade" Simon is "Snowflake" and Alexia is "Cupcake." His journal has the most complete recaps.
Gwendolyn "Gwen" Cooper Torn Advocate, Faith/Pride Geist: The Angel
Gwen was a hard nosed cop who was rough on criminals until she was shot in the head by a still unknown assailant. Waking up, she had no memory of her former life, and quietly retired from the department. Gwen has since taken to having more of a calling to help the victims of crimes then hurting the perpetrators, but she remains no-nonsense in her attitude, even as a more caring person.
Xiao-Ming "Jasmine" Sung Silent Mourner Uncompromising/Melancholy Geist: The Drowned Bride
Jasmine Sung is a former Taiwanese Olympic Swimmer who on her honeymoon had a vision of her American husband's death while diving, which caused her to slip, break her neck hitting the diving board, and drown due to paralysis. By the time she returned, her husband had overdosed on sedatives in grief. She seeks to help others find love even as she also seeks fulfillment for herself. She teaches swimming at Albertus Magnus College.
Jasmine's Dairy includes her thoughts on various events and how they relate to her mission. Her initial journal is a full recap, from there though it is mostly her thoughts on events significant to her.
Natalie Knight Silent Necromancer Hope/Attention-Seeking Geist: The Laughing Lady
Natalie Knight had worked for several years as a low rent Elvira, veejay, web personality as well as a former Suicide Girl. Even after becoming a blogger and well known Goth Icon, she still had to essentially prostitute herself for exposure, and that, the drugs and Bulimia got her into the 27 Club. After waking up She began to take control of her life, though her self destructive tenancies have not waned. She is a Charonite, maintaining connection to the Twilight Network.
Natalie's Tweets are a combination of her postings on Twitter, her Facebooks, and her subscription only blog, as well as personal notes only to herself. She is on her Blackberry all the time so they are frequent, if meaningless without the context of Doc and Jasmine's Journals.
Simon Fishborne Stricken Necromancer Hope/Greed Geist: The Little Prince
Simon Fishborne is a member of the ancient Fishborne clan. A family with a long, twisted history, it's newest scion was more touched then most in the head, and anti-psychotic drugs and home remedies took their toll eventually killing him. When he awoke, his wrath was such he killed his parents, and was finally alone at peace in the house...well, till the other Bound showed up.
Alexia Merryweather Stricken Celebrant Hope/Gluttony Geist: The Cracked Cook
Alexia is a irrepressible, bouncy bundle of energy. A competitive chef who was poisoned by a rival, Alexia now runs a bake shop in New Haven, Sweet Surrender. She has a reputation in town and beyond for her excellent desserts. In the Krewe, she has a reputation as a font of optimism in the face of Natalie's jaded nature or Jasmine's mournful one.
Later additions to the Krewe
Krewe mythos is next, then the first few session recaps. Comments and questions welcome.