Nov 20, 2008

How a SWEET Science fiction Quotable fueled my Fantasy game.

I am a huge sucker for quotes. Whether they be from famous historical figures or my favorite TV show. In this case, it is my current favorite TV show - Battlestar Galactica.

Fellow fans will be familiar with the "in-betweener" TV movie "Razor" that came out earlier this year. I had to watch it twice, as the constant presence of Stephanie Jacobsen and Katee Sackoff scrambled my brains something fierce : )

I wont bore you with a long recap, keeping it short and sweet. At the end of the show, a mortally(?) wounded Kendra Shaw stays behind on a Cylon baseship to manually detonate a nuclear bomb. It's an atonement thing. As she is lugging the bomb, she is directed to the core of the ship - and to the waiting hybrid controller. This creature is an amalgam of flesh and machinery that controls the entire baseship.

Throughout the show, it is hinted several times that the hybrids have oracular abilities that they subconsciously manifest from time to time. This one has something to say that just makes the hair on the back of my neck tingle:

...Soon there will be four, glorious in awakening. Struggling with the knowledge of their true selves. The pain of revelation bringing new clarity. And in the midst of their confusion, he will find her, enemies brought together by impossible longing, enemies now joined as one. The way forward, at once unthinkable, yet inevitable. And the fifth, still in the shadow, will claw toward the light, hungering for redemption, that will only come in the howl of terrible suffering. I can see them all. The seven, now six, self-described machines who believe themselves without sin. But in time, it is sin that will consume them. They will know emnity, bitterness, the wrenching agony of the one splintering into the many. And then they will join the promised land, gathered on the wings of the angel - - not an end, but a beginning.

As my own existence comes to a close, only to begin anew in ways uncertain

All this has happened before and will happen again. Again, again, again, again, again, again, again, again, again...

At this point, Kendra utters a one liner, and detonates the nuke.

With a tiny little bit of word substitution, this is going to be used to transition my current game out of a generic fantasy world, into the default D&D setting (feywild, shadowfell, elemental chaos, etc..).

Why kill yourself trying to make something "original" when a well placed copy/paste will do? As long as it isn't overdone, and is done in good taste, the sky is the limit!

And that's how I am going to fracking integrate a major plot element from a science fiction TV show into my D&D game. So say we all!


Louis Porter Jr. said...

It is not stealing, it is paying homage!

Donny_the_Dm said...

Imitation is truly the sincerest form of flattery in the incestuous world of RPG's.

Thanks for coming by :)