I don’t think I have ever seen my father’s face clearly until he died. Light is so scarce that we cannot afford to use it to look into the face of another person. Of course, I know my mother’s face. I think kids can piece the blackness that is the ink better then any adult. To be honest, that’s not surprising, but that information doesn’t help us right now. Back on task then? I hated him. My father I mean. I know we’re supposed to be looking out for ourselves, but really? I heard him eating food that he has stored in the middle of the ink. I know. I went and found his hiding place the following moonrise. You can look out for number one without being AGAINST the woman who bore your children. Asshole.
But I digress. No, that’s not why I killed him, Basura [Trash]. I did it because I am addicted to the feeling. You won’t understand. That’s what I never spoke about it before. You can’t. No one ca–, No. That’s not true. I know someone who can… Hehe.
I have no intention on telling so you might as well not even ask. We’re going off task again, cabrón [Bro].
I do it for the feel of the blade. The wet sinking feeling, if you know what I mean. Hehe. You know… The feeling of the knife as it slides through muscle and tissue. The subtle eruption of blood that flows between your fingertips. The sound that is released as the essence of life escapes riding upon one’s final breath. It’s… It’s.. ecstasy.
At first, I was told that killing someone allowed you to see through the ink. That’s a lie, cabrón. I’ve killed many. People and animals alike and I couldn’t “see” through it. Though.. it gave me the.. the… “hunter’s instinct”? But that’s not sight. Nah, now i just do it for the alegría [Fun] of it.
The “Perpetual Black” campaign paints its own world in a thick layer of ink that the players must swim through in order to explore and take part in. The goal is to reinstate the fear that was relevant in the earlier editions of tabletop RPGs. To do this, we will be using the setting itself to limit the toolbox that the players have access to, forcing them to think outside of the box when it comes to situations. Even basic ones, like survival. With this in mind, there are a bunch of different effects that are constantly in play throughout the campaign which can be found in the RULINGS section. The majority of the story in this campaign revolves around the “ink”. In this world there is no “Day”. Instead there are two, twelve hour phases called “Moonrise” and “Ink”. Moonrise would be the equivalent of earth’s night, where there is a moon (exceptionally large in this case) that sheds of a moderate amount of light. During “ink”, however, there is a black fog that covers everything. This fog is so thick that regardless of lighting, one cannot see more then 2 feet in front of themselves. This strange phenomenon distorts anything that tries to pass through it, including sound, heat and of course vision; however, since the world has been like this since the so-far-known history, people have adapted to living under the circumstances.
If you knew that regardless of whatever you did at night, no one could see you, or hear you, what you could get away with? With that knowledge, what would others do? How do you survive? This allows for plots of unknown proportions to continue right under your nose and still remain completely uncontested.
How long can the players last in a world that has its own interest at heart? How long can the players last in a place that murder is so easy to commit that wagons pass by once a week to collect the dead? How long will they live, swimming in ink that threatens to pull them below its surface, effectively removing them from existence? And if they can survive… how long will they last until they too are tainted, painted black like the rest of the corruption that surrounds them?
How this site works:
This site is a kind of companion guide for the players of the campaign and those who are simply following along out of morbid curiosity. With this in mind, posts of this site are carefully categorized in order to keep relevant information easily accessible. These categories are as follows:
- Campaign History – This section is dedicated to logging the gameplay sessions of the party. Usually this is broken down into a bullet-point list that lightly touches every achievement of the party. For example, one point might be “spoke to Davick Soren about scratches being found on the front doors of homes, after Ink”. While this information isn’t extremely detailed, it tells players what they should look for in further sections of the site.
- Campaign News – Here, information regarding the game as a whole can be found. In most cases this will be about out of game events, like the game being postponed due to certain circumstances or maybe other people joining the campaign as spectators or PCs. Information from this section will usually be on the front of the site because it should require the least amount of information gathering from other categories.
- Location Dossiers – This section revolves around each of the locations that the players visit or hear about. This will not, however, have any information that the party does not already have or isn’t widely known. For example, it will have the respective leaders of each town are or where that town gets it’s income from.
- Persons Dossiers – Posts located here hold information regarding people or organizations that the party has come into contact with by either meeting them in person or simply by hearing information about them. While this information will be highly detailed, it will only contain information that the players already know, or can be assumed and/or gathered from other sources. For example who the person is married to, and their occupation.
- Quest Tracker – This section is another list-based type. Here, players can see what quests they have active and what is the next expected objective. This includes rumors that they might have heard or simple questions that are asked of them by NPCs.
- Rulings – Here, players can read up on homebrew rules and active effects that the might change how dice rolls are handled or what they can and cannot do. Information is listed here and explained so that no questions need be asked of the DM directly and players do not feel cheated due to lack of information.
- The Party – This section could potentially be the most updated section in the entire blog. Here, players can get detailed information about that status of the PCs. This includes the injuries that they have received and how much time it will take for them to heal. More information regarding wounds can be found in the section above.
- The Setting – Finally, the last and probably most important section. This will include information about the setting as a whole, like how the Ink works, what the people are like in general, and even how they respond to changes in the weather. This section is made for players and spectators to really get themselves immersed in the world and gain information as their character sees it.
Remember that all the information on these pages are meant to organize and keep track of information that the players have already received. While I will be maintaining it, for the most part, it is up to the party to gather the information required to fill it by asking the right questions and witnessing the right events.