Thursday, January 31, 2013

These are the Voyages

Hello and welcome to the campaign site for the Larson Chronicles!

This site will chronicle the adventures of an ongoing campaign for FASA's classic Star Trek campaign. There are four PCs in the campaign, plus me, your humble game master.

The campaign is set in the period between Star Trek IV and Star Trek VI.

Praxis has not yet exploded, the Klingons are in the midst of a civil war between Chancellor Kesh and General Gorkon.

The feel of the campaign is that of the late Cold War, drawing heavily from early Tom Clancy novels, especially "Hunt for Red October". Conditions are dangerous, the Klingon Empire is still seen as a huge threat but is in fact teetering on the edge of collapse.

Recent Federation advances, especially the Excelsior ship class, are pushing an already strained Klingon economy past its breaking point.

Many Klingon officers, especially junior officers, favor a preemptive strike against the Federation, and refused by their superiors, have begun defecting to the Triangle (more on this below) as rogue operatives, seeking individual glory.

This breakdown in discipline goes unchecked by the High Council, another sign that the Klingon empire is waning.

The PCs are assigned to the Triangle, which is an unclaimed area of space bordered on 3 sides by the Romulans, the Klingons and the Federation. They are the only official Star Fleet presence in the disputed zone and are tasked with defending Federation colonists in the Triangle and serving as an early warning if one of the other powers makes a push to conquer the region, or use it as a backdoor to attack the Federation.

There are going to be four main antagonists for the campaign:
  • Mirror Universe Impersonators: This group of officers was on the run from the Terran Empire when they were rescued by a Tholian scout ship. They were offered refuge in the Prime Universe. They have since infiltrated star fleet, replacing their doubles from the prime universe. Their goal is to carve out as much of a power base for themselves as they can. They are completely self-interested and have filled their crews with malcontents and discipline problems other Star Fleet captains don't want. They control the USS Defiant, thought lost, and use it as a pirate vessel, while others have infiltrated Star Fleet. 
  • Rogue Star Fleet Faction: Led by Tellarite Admiral Grokav, this faction believes in Real Politic, and seeks to push the Klingon Empire over the edge by any means necessary. They also seek advancement of the Federation by any means, seeing it as the "greater good". They have numerous "mad science" projects running in the Triangle. 
  • Tholian Assembly: These enigmatic aliens are able to cross between dimensions, and use dimensional weapons against their foes. While exploring the multiverse they encountered the Mirror Universe, which convinced them the Federation is a menace that will eventually turn into the Terran Empire. They rescued a group of officers from the Mirror Universe and gave them the USS Defiant. Their goal is to either push the Federation into a war with one of the other major powers, or into a civil war. 
  • Romulan Praetor Severus: Insane leader of the Romulan Empire. Think Caligula but more competent. His goal is to give the Romulans psionic power equal to the Vulcans, something they have lost. He has hit upon a brilliant plan to make this happen- he has trapped some energy from the Galactic Barrier and plans to use that to gain psionic powers.

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