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Friday, May 27, 2011

Kaluvan Scene #3 - Conflict Breakdown

[It's been so long since I looked at this draft that I really don't feel the inspiration to write down dialogue. The most I can do is summarize it by taking the sketches out of the conflict breakdown that follows.
Kaluvan has been single mindedly immersing himself into meditation and the duties of the monastery as a way of avoiding thoughts about his family. He has just finished another cleansing session with Sinamar. He doesn't know now when he will serve as Oracle.
Meanwhile, the Holy Army has already been defeated, and is actually in retreat. Nobody outside of the Kinta seems to know this, however.
During his Cleansing with Sinamar, Kaluvan once again has a vision of the Goddess. She reveals to him that she has turned against her Shepherds, for misleading the Flock. She claims Kaluvan as her prophet, and he is to deliver the message: “Return to the Holy Mother. Rise up against the false god.” The Goddess promises reunification with his family (that he loves the most in the world).
Initially, Kaluvan resists this as another reaction to the Bhesh or a cruel joke of some kind. Kaluvan will not risk his family or friends any further for some false vision. However, his will is overpowered, and as a result loses his faith in the old God, and begins to think that we are nothing but puppets of destiny (both of these new "features" added to his character sheet, per Shock rules. ). 
 Kaluvan begins to spread the new Revelation and to renounce the Kinta loudly, like a mad preacher. First, inside the monastery. He then leaves the monastery and does the same outside, where there are already signs of unrest.




His wife is taken to Repentance, being accused of taking part in the unrest. His boy is taken away to an orphanage to be taught by Kinta. ]

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Kaluvan Scene #3 - Breakdown
[Antagonist has 9 credits left. At least one more scene left.]
Step 0: What is the Protagonist doing?
Kaluvan has been single mindedly immersing himself into meditation and the duties of the monastery as a way of avoiding thoughts about his family. He has just finished another cleansing session with Sinamar. He doesn't know now when he will serve as Oracle.
Step 1: Choose Minutiae from the Shock
We will choose 2 random minutiae from the shock:
·         Subjects are induced to connect to the Godhead via a natural chemical that affects brain waves (Bhesh). The subject is hypnotically guided by someone older in the faith.
·         Subjects often serve God by being recruited to fullfill and fulfill his Divine Design as defined by the leadership.
Step 2: Choose Minutiae from the Issue(s)
For the Issue associated with your character, ask Mythic: Will any Minutae from this Issue be used? Odds 70 .
Answer: 64 - Yes.
If "Yes", randomly choose 1d4 existing Minutae from the Issue associated with your Protagonist
Will randomly choose 3 Minutiae (1,2,5):
·         Opposition is kept in check via the use of fear. [So far, I've only implied this in narration.]
·         Speaking out against those over you is to rebel against God.[So far, I've only implied this in narration.]
·         The Kinta can and will control your major life decisions.
If you have cool new Minutiae you want to use in this scene, ask Mythic: Will the new Minutiae be modified (by Mythic)?
I want the following Minutiae: "The Kinta has been withholding the truth about the War. The tide turned significantly in years past, and the Holy Army has been on the defensive. The Infidels are nearly at the door."
If "Yes", roll on the Action/Subject table. This will be Mythic's twist to the new Minutae.
[53,70]: Adversity, Extravagance: The Holy Army has already been defeated! They're just fleeing!
Step 3: Additional Minutiae
Ask Mythic: Will any additional Minutae be used? Odds 40%
Answer: 91-No
Step 4: "Destroy the Protagonist's Life"
During his Cleansing with Sinamar, Kaluvan once again has a vision of the Goddess. She reveals to him that she has turned against her Shepherds, for misleading the Flock. She claims Kaluvan as her prophet, and he is to deliver the message: “Return to the Holy Mother. Rise up against the false god.”
Once you come up with an idea on how to do that, let Mythic add its own twist by using the Action/Subject table. Re-interpret idea based on the results.
 [39,56]: Bestow, Wishes: If he does this, the Goddess promises he will be reunited with that he loves the most.
Protagonist: Kaluvan has enough presence of mind to think this is another reaction to the Bhesh or a cruel joke of some kind. Kaluvan will not risk his family or friends any further for some false vision.
Step 5: After the Protagonist has had a chance to react:
Assume that a Conflict is called for or ask Mythic if it will call a Conflict. Odds should be 70%.
Answer: 34. Mythic calls a conflict. Let’s set the stakes.
Protagonist:  If I win, Kaluvan resists this command, and confronts Sinamar regarding these visions. She and Ianego will tell him whatever the truth is.
Antagonist:  If I win, his wife and child are caught in the turmoil of the starting revolution. She is identified as one speaking out against the Kinta, and sent to Repentance as part of the crackdown.
Protagonist: I don’t really want that to happen to wife and child, so I’ll use 1d10 and 3d4. I will use Truth, because I want to learn the Truth.
Truth vs Lies – 4 : needs to roll over 4
1d10: 3
3d4: 3, 2, 4

[Antagonist will use 6 credits]
Will Antagonist use 3d10 towards his intent? 65% Answer: 9-Yes
Antagonist will use Rebellion, because he wants Kaluvan’s family will be swept by the events of the rebellion.
Submission vs Rebellion 7 : Needs to roll under 7
3d10:  2,4,5
3d4:  3,4,2
[Will audience participate? Odds 50% answer: 64- no]
Kaluvan fails his intent.
Antagonist achieves his.
[I don’t like the Protagonist result, so I’m risking the “God rewards sacrifice” link. If I lose again, this link will be changed to “God is not with us”.]
Protagonist:  1d10: 2
Kaluvan fails again. Link is changed to “God is not with us”
Protagonist has also gained two new features:
·         I am just a puppet
·         We cannot fight against destiny
He begins to spread the new Revelation and to renounce the Kinta loudly, like a mad preacher. First, inside the monastery. He then leaves the monastery and does the same outside, where there are already signs of unrest.
His wife has been taken to Repentance, being accused of taking part in the unrest. His boy has been taken away to an orphanage to be taught by Kinta.
[Antagonist has 3 credits left. Story goal will be resolved on Scene #4.]