I was excited about Feng Shui 2, so I told my current group we'd do a one-shot. We started with the adventure in the FS2 playtest draft, got about 1/3rd of the way through it, and the unanimous response from the group was "Forget the game we've been running, let's play this instead!!" So now I'm stuck brainstorming for a new campaign for a game system I always loved but never actually got to run or play in. Yay me.
Cast of characters:
Johnny Wu, Maverick Cop. Melodramatic hook: wishes to clear the name of his father (likewise a cop) who was found dead among mountains of (planted) evidence of corruption.
CeCe Bouhm, Full Metal Nutjob. Melodramatic hook: in love with Ricky Shen (of the Victoria Peak Shens), whose family strongly disapproves of the potential match.
Amy Chen, aka The Rainbow Liberator. Masked Avenger, fighting for the cause of feminism and GLBT rights everywhere. Melodramatic hook: daughter of the Mountain Master of one Triad, in love with the daughter of the Mountain Master of another Triad. We'll be Montaguing and Capuletting all over the place.
Emmy Zhou, Scrappy Kid. Melodramatic Hook: daughter of the Red Pole of yet a third Triad.
, Old Master. . Player is switching archetypes.
I've got some ideas already. I want to start off slowly, with the chi war elements under the surface for the most part. (The adventure in FS1 would be a good example: it is caused by the Lotus wanting a Feng Shui site, but the Lotus influence is not really apparent until the end of the adventure.) So the players would not have much information to start with. I need help figuring out what the various factions might be up to in Contemporary Hong Kong, though, so I can use that as a framework to build adventures around.
The problem is that according to the book, Contemporary Hong Kong is an Ascended strong-point. Every other faction tiptoes around the Ascended, and the Ascended themselves are mostly resting on their laurels, content to maintain their stranglehold. So what I need are some examples of what various factions might be subtly trying to do within Hong Kong.
The other thing I need assistance with is tying in player melodramatic hooks to the chi war.
The Full Metal Nutjob appears easy -- Ricky is either the son of Euston Chau, or a close relative -- but I'm having trouble figuring out what Euston might do in response to this forbidden romance. Dropping an Ascended strike team on the Nutjob's head is far too obvious and unsubtle.
One idea I had was Euston using his contacts to 'hire' the Nutjob for dangerous missions for the Ascended. Either she completes the mission or she winds up dead, he wins either way. Can anyone think of anything else?
The obvious thing to do with the Maverick Cop is to make his father a former member of the Dragons. Is there anything else that would fit?
I'm really not sure what to do with the Scrappy Kid. Make her father an Incense Master instead of a Red Pole for his Triad and give him connections to the Lotus is the only thing that springs to mind, but I'm very open to alternate ideas.
The Masked Avenger's melodramatic hook doesn't really need any chi war influences, there's plenty of material there without it, but some sort of link might be fun anyway. What do you think would work best?