Hunter Rose By: Troy M. Costisick Protagonists: HuntsmenCirca: 1583 AD, Mythic France
What is this game about:
This game is about protecting the things you care about. You live in an isolated and tight-knitmountain community called Millebourne. The people are quaint, and mostly farmers or shepherds.The climate is harsh and made all the harsher by the terrors that surround this small, stockadedcommunity. Dire wolves, infernal spirits, and other horrific abominations roam in the shadows in theforests and mountains in Vercove, France. It falls on the shoulders of the Huntsmen to protect thecommunity from these dangers. Though the title of Huntsman is a badge of distinction, it is not abadge of honor. Every Huntsman that ever lived has died at a young age leaving behind a loved oneand a grateful community.
What the characters do:
Player Characters in this game, male or female, are called Huntsmen. They are the guardians of Millebourne and the small province of Vercove. Each character has something he or she loves aboveall else. This is the source of their power.You see, a Huntsmen is a special person. They are different from birth. They are stronger, taller,sleeker, and smarter than the other children. They are identified at a young age as different, andtrained for their Destiny- which is to give their life so the community can prosper.Huntsmen, however, are a conflicted people. Their power, as I said earlier, comes from love. At ayoung age, it is the love of their parents. As they get older, it is the love of a mentor. Then as anadult, they have to choose something that they will love and cherish for their rest of their life. Whenthey choose their love (it a person from the character’s life), they bring their Love to the villagechurch. There the priest binds them together and presents each Huntsman with a Sacred Rose. TheRose connects the Huntsmen to his or her Love and augments his power. As long as the Rose keepsits petals, the Huntsman’s life will be preserved. If the Rose fades, the Huntsman dies. And theRoses will fade. Each time the Huntsmen go out, each time the village is threatened, his love growsstronger but the Sacred Rose grows weaker. Huntsmen must protect their loved ones, but in doing sothey assure that one day they will be separated from them. It is a hard sacrifice for them to make.
What the players do:
In Hunter Rose, most of the participants will be players. However, one must take on the mantle of GameMaster. The GameMaster supplies the opposition and situations for the players to face. Hewill create a “Change” that is coming to Millebourne. This “Change” is something the town wants.It could be a merchant coming to town, a new priest on his way to the church, or a shipment of winter supplies from the King. The village elders will charge the Huntsmen with protecting thisChange. They will go out into the countryside and ensure its safe arrival. After the GameMastercreates the Change, he will play the opposition to the Huntsmen. He will have all the terrors of thenight at his command to challenge the Huntsmen and threaten their loved ones.