There's always someone fighting to be top dog, to be the overlord, the suzerain. Of a village, a country, a planet, or the universe. Forget the lesser ambitions because you've got to worry about that last bit. There's a new force in town, the Tempest, and the universe is decidedly unbalanced now. Nobody knows where the Tempest came from or exactly what it is, but it's making a mess and even gods are scared.
When the gods get scared, you know there's big trouble.
In the words of the good book though - don't panic. There's time to figure out what's going on and do something about it. Sure, one in four deities suddenly had most of their power sucked from them over night and the god realms got locked down tighter than your GM's notes on game night. Mount Olympus has more than centaurs patrolling the streets these days, and you can expect a pretty frosty reception if you head to Yggdrasil, the Norse realm. That's a setback, I'll admit. And yes, some of the Dark gods have vanished altogether.
I won't lie to you: it's chaos. The gods need our help, heroes like you and me. While they hide among their protective sigils and turtle behind their biggest beasties, they need our help. Think about that for a moment. Let it sink in. The gods don't dare to use their awesome power in case they're the next target of the Tempest. Instead, they're practically begging us to get out there and fight back.
We do this, and we're guaranteed godhood. Save the gods, save the universe, and earn our own patch of real estate in the Maelstrom. That's the cosmic carrot. Sadly, there's a pretty big stick too. Fail, and the universe is probably over. More incentive to jam that gemstone into your forehead and suit up for a big fight.
There's that gemstone thing again. It's time to talk about that.
MMK: Style And Substance
Before Umbra starts explaining the gemstones, I wanted to talk a little bit about the possibilities within the Suzerain universe. Suzerain Legends is a multi-genre superhero RPG. The endless realms of the Suzerain universe are fantasy, science fiction, horror, mystery, historical, western… it's all here but, when it comes right down to it, it’s about a group of characters with the power of superheroes who have their backs against the wall. Can they learn to harness their powers, work as a team, and win against the odds to save the universe? Create your heroes, pick a realm, tell a story and together we'll find out.
Okay, now you can move on to the next article and Umbra will tell you all about becoming Awakened.