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20:33, 21st May 2024 (GMT+0)

Campaign Premise.

Posted by Shai HuludFor group public
Shai Hulud
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Mon 27 Mar 2023
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Campaign Premise

Back in the summer of 2021 I had the tremendous fortune to be among the players chosen for an attempted campaign of Modiphius' then-new roleplaying game, Dune: Adventures In The Imperium. As happens all too often in online games, the gamemaster vanished without notification and we players were left to wonder whether they would ever return. Just under two years later, I find myself wanting to build off the ideas I promoted in that now-defunct game and begin a new Dune campaign of my own. The spice must flow!

Dune: Adventures In The Imperium is the sort of game that screams for characters who are competent and compelling, so it is my intent that players will create theirs to be on a par with those from the Dune saga (whose game-related stats may be found in Chapter 9 of the core rulebook). Likewise, the players' House will be on a comparable level with those from the saga (in game and setting terms, the characters serve and belong to a House Major). All options presented in the game line as of this writing will be available to players.

The architect of Dune, Frank Herbert, named his focal House, Atreides, after one of the legendary dynasties of antiquity (rulers of House Atreides were alleged to be direct descendants of Agamemnon and Menelaus, respectively the kings of Mycenae and Sparta in Homer's The Odyssey). Drawing on similar albeit historical inspiration, the characters' House will be named Maccabees after the leaders who led a revolt against Seleucid religious tyranny. Descendants of those leaders would found the Hasmonean dynasty of classical Judea.

One of House Maccabees' domains will be Faith, as Judaic culture under the Hasmoneans was a reaction to the Seleucid suppression of Jewish traditions. House Maccabee's ultimate, secret agenda is preparation for Kralizec, the apocalyptic final battle between good and evil (the Buddislamic equivalent to Armageddon or Al-Malhama Al-Kubra). The second will be Military, the primary aspect of this centering on the House's elite soldiery, named the Widow's Sons after the Biblical martyrs from 2 Maccabees. I liken them to the Scottish Black Watch or Israeli Sayeret Matkal.



 ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maccabees
 ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maccabean_Revolt
 ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasmonean_dynasty

 ~ https://dune.fandom.com/wiki/Kralizec/XD
 ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armageddon
 ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Malhama_Al-Kubra

 ~ http://ww1.antiochian.org/node/19287
 ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sayeret_Matkal
 ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Watch

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