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Scenario Help - Delta Green
« on: August 06, 2013, 06:26:41 PM »
I wanted to put together a scenario that was heavy on the investigation as well as focus on the horrific elements being drive less by the entities beyond time and space and more by the terrible things people do it they are able to justify their actions.

The core hook is the agents are brought into the situation to investigate a series of murders. The victims are all killed by a high power rifle in places a high power rifle could not reach. One is killed in a restroom and the other is a judge who is killed in their windowless chambers. No entry hole can be found in any external walls. There is not enough gunpowder residues in the room to lead someone to think a gun was even fired in the small space. The first victim is a civilian but as noted the second victim is a judge who is on the fast track for promotion to a local circuit court and possibly beyond. At this point the agents get brought in (maybe by a friendly – that part is a bit TBD) to try and figure out what is going on.

So what is happening is a radical group has captured either a cultist or maybe a ghoul (special guest appearance by Grumvald) and is torturing them to open gates which they then shoot through. I understand this is not how gates work in the book but for the sake of the scenario they have this ability. There are some constraints (it takes a while to setup and are very specific so generally the shoots are worked out to only occur in a location the targets are known to be often, as in the toilet of a private home or the chair in the judge’s chambers).
So what is my issue? It is around the motivation of the radical group. I had original thought to use a somewhat standard right wing/militia type group but come up with a good back story. They were taking people they considered anthem to the cause and such but that sort of seemed quite trite and done and just too easy of a trope.

Then I thought maybe I would turn it on its head and make it a left wing group, in my case a two women who were minor but important players to the pro-choice movement in the 70-80s that had become radicalized and were arranging these killings of pro-life targets. I had a number of elements worked out that I sort of liked then it just started to feel way to contrived and over built.

I want to have scenario where the investigators need to work backwards from the victims who unlike many scenarios are actually connected. They then would find some killings that occurred but had not surfaced as connections but are very similar MOs and those would lead them to the main group since those killings are more personal. Eventually they would raid the ‘compound’ or what not and find the captured thing making the portals (who could be playing his/hers/its own game) and try to wrap everything up. In the meantime the killings continue and start to be more ‘important’ people and so of course more agencies get involved. Hard to run an illegal conspiracy with all these people watching you.

Basically I am looking for a plausible villain. Again someone or some small set of someone’s who are human and driven by their own righteous ideas. I like the idea of the people once being noble but eventually getting worn down and compromising till they get to the point they feel this is their only way to enact change.

Any ideas?

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Re: Scenario Help - Delta Green
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2013, 03:40:39 PM »
Animal rights activists? Theres already plenty of radicals of them, they could be so pro-animal they're anti-human so why not side with or use non-humans. The judge could have a history of either siding against protests of labs and harassment of researchers, or is known to order the death of animals that attacked people or otherwise come before him.

Also environmentalist extremists on that same vein. (may be a bit more over-used by this point though.)

Also theres MRA's (mens rights activists) which if instead of just getting on reddit to hate women together, they actually followed through with the various threats they make, would definitely include killing judges (family court judges mostly). Backstory is easy, abusive drunken husband gets his kids taken away because hes abusive, blames the courts and all women and finds like minded individuals over the internet (so they could theoretically have some e-paper trail that can be traced). Less 'good person corrupted into extremism' though, as its mostly just starting at asshole and getting worse, but its an option.

Or off the heels of the UK thing, anti-porn activists. No-one will think of the children, and so they'll clutch pearls in one hand and a demon portal creator in the other to fight the degenerates. (judge could have ruled in favor of porn makers or something in a suit.) Also, anti video-game activist, in the same vein (Jack Thompson uses Portal 2 as a murder simulator.)

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Re: Scenario Help - Delta Green
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2013, 03:50:09 PM »
WBC has an angel helping them.
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Re: Scenario Help - Delta Green
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2013, 03:54:11 PM »
WBC has an angel helping them.

Also found on the scene inexplicably, tire marks from a BMX bike...

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Another villain could be a group of "sovereign citizens", the crazy people who think they aren't subject to US laws because they're their own nation, and are striking against the government for trying to get them to pay property taxes.
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Re: Scenario Help - Delta Green
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2013, 06:02:49 PM »
I am hoping to have a sympathetic villain but I like the idea of the sovereign citizen angle although meshing those two is going to require some stitching (maybe some crazy eminent domain usage or a no knock raid resulting in a wrongful death that pushed a group to this).

It is a little known fact that BMX tracks are untraceable so it is the perfect crime vehicle.

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« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2013, 07:52:34 PM »
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Re: Scenario Help - Delta Green
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2013, 06:42:17 PM »
So the trick is to come up with an activism group with an angle of "Yeah, we killed them but could you blame us?"

How about a group of individuals who believe that the criminal justice system has failed them?  The judge has a history of sticking to the absolute letter of the law, and the gentleman in the restroom was someone who had committed a crime but was acquitted by the same judge.  Victim #3 could be a similar ne'er-do-well who managed to avoid jail time based on a similar loophole, and number four could be a person who died in prison- a five-year sentence instead of the life (or death) sentence he richly deserves.

Murderers,  rapists, child-molester; pick your asshole victim.  The shooters are all family of the various victims turned vigilante via their captured portal-maker.

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Re: Scenario Help - Delta Green
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2013, 07:41:02 PM »
How aboot the 'enemy' group of individuals are another group of Delta Green types/fighters of cthulhu who have been trapped by some metaphysical catch-22 and are trying to get out of it without breaking the rules of the contract (which can be very serious, like CTHULHU coming back or some such) by doing these bizarre crimes to attract the attention of Delta Green so they can stop, but still keep the BIG BADDIE in check (which the PCs will then fill that role)

If you really want to screw with your PCs heads (and this will change the metaphysics of the basic game), is that there are no cthulhu etc monsters (but there are spells, going insane, etc) and these people who are doing these strange killings think that their targets are some infected/demon posessed/hound of tindalos hybrid?  Maybe have some big reveal at the end, showing that all the monsters that the PCs have killed ever were really just ordinary people...

Just some idears off the top of my 'ead...
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