Chicago, IL - USA, Strange Crossroads
Genre(s): Mage, Other
Number of Players: 10-19 players
This Chronicle is set in the post-Ascension War (i.e. Mage: the Ascension 20th-Anniversary) World of Darkness, primarily in what’s considered in Real Life™ to be the northwestern suburbs of Chicago, in the towns primarily north of the intersection of the I-90 and I-290 expressways. These towns and villages have largely come together to form a joint venture called "The Crossroads Shared Municipality" to maximize efficient use of resources and services. The area designated “Chicago” proper in this version of the World of Darkness is itself several times the volume of Chicago in Real Life™, encompassing most of the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area and several bordering counties. It’s also several times more densely populated, crime-ridden, and run-down. While the inner-city is known among the Awakened as a decaying and deadly battleground - where Technocrats vie for control against the machinations of vampires, shapeshifters, and other night-folk - suburban Chicagoland is generally considered less hostile... or at least less often the focus of such conflicts. Perhaps it would help to understand how it came to be this way...
As far as the recent history of the Mage community in the Chicagoland area goes, the Traditions and Technocracy spent most of the aughts in various stages of fighting and rebuilding from the Ascension War. Some say the world ended in that time and we just didn’t notice it. The Technocracy managed to maintain some central control; the Traditions not so much. And so the Traditions as of 2004-ish were already more of a loosely-associated collection of groups rather than something more formal. And then Horizon fell and faded into but a memory due to Hollow One treachery, Doissetep crashed and burned, and the Council of Nine was gone...
The Technocracy spent much of the next ten years in cleanup operations around the globe, routing out and eliminating groups of “Reality Deviants” wherever they found them - severely depleting their numbers. And once that was sufficiently done, they fortified their strongholds in major cities like Chicago, turned inwards and began to stagnate and rust. Little by little their grip on Consensus began to slip, as new threats emerged from within and without...
The dust of the Avatar Storm was settling when in late 2015, a group of Mages and Werewolf shamans banded together to eliminate the looming threat of the “Red Star,” also known as “Anti-helios,” and “Wormwood,” by performing powerful mystic Rites in the Astral Realm of the Umbra. They managed to extinguish the Red Star, which some say endangered all life on Earth. But even as the the titan shattered and fell, some new and perhaps greater danger was awakened.
So today, the Traditions are operating primarily as independent underground cells, without centralized leadership, on limited resources they’re struggling to maintain. But the good news is that the Technocracy is also largely working with limited resources as well, stretched thin trying to maintain their hold on Consensus and advance the Pogrom. Something the Technocracy wishes to keep secret has been going on in their Ivory Towers and they’ve consolidated their power in response. This may present an opportunity to the surviving Traditions mages in hiding.
Theme: Choices and the Consequences thereof
Mood: Surreal Personal Horror
Meaning “spooky” not silly. While there may be jokes and points of light, this is the World of Darkness, not a comedy, nor a superhero story - more SyFy’s The Magicians meets Stranger Things or Channel Zero: Candle Cove than Buffy: the Vampire Slayer.
Additional Information: Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/strangecrossroads
Discord link: https://discord.gg/4KyUadu
Information for Travellers: Please see House Rules on our Facebook page: "Chicago: Strange Crossroads"
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/strangecrossroads
Head Storyteller: Dave Edwards - firstname.lastname@example.org
Council Member: Dwayne Baldwin - CNMR.CouncilRep@gmail.comThis chronicle information form was last updated on 12-Jul-2020