I thought I'd chime in with a quick synopsis of the Muse game I just played with my colleagues.
This is a brief synopsis of a pretty big story! I can provide the full plot if anyone is interested. It was a lot of fun to try out Muse with non-tabletop-gamers. This is our second adventure together, and they've fully grasped the rules, and I can really see their confidence, story-telling and creativity improving with every session.STORY SHEETStory Seed:
Modern era; Gaia (the spirit of the Earth) is the major source of magical power in this part of the universe. The Great Old Ones and the Elder Gods are locked in a struggle to either eat, or preserve, the Earth, respectively. Some time ago, the Elder Gods won a major battle. They bound Azathoth to human form and banished the Great Old Ones to Tartarus.Character:
Ozzie, a senile old man with a giant cone-shaped hearing aid. He is actually Azathoth, the blind idiot creator god, bound into mortal form and forced to protect the Earth. He is immortal and invincible. Goal:
to find his grandson Avery. He must have left Avery around here somewhere... Relationship:
his grandson, Avery Mann Relationship:
his great-great-grandson, Cthulhu the Great Old OneCharacter:
Simone, a snarky, short elf that seems like a small child Goal:
to free Azathoth so he can devour the Earth Relationship:
she is a minion of Cthulhu, but not by choiceCharacter:
Avery Mann, a normal-seeming young man. He is part god but doesn’t know it. Goal:
to establish a family and career as software developer Relationship:
his psychologist Dr. Vladimir Nosfie, a vampireScene:
the foot of the cross on Mount RoyalScene:
Decarie Square Mall, where Dr. Nosfie’s office is.Scene:
the Jewish General Hospital psychology wardThreat:
the planets are approaching perfect discordance, which will leave Azathoth’s binding at its weakest!SYNOPSIS
While on a hike at Mount Royal (a public park in Montreal similar in some ways to Central Park in New York City), Avery comes across a mysterious pair of round-spectacled glasses. After putting them on, he sees strange things and thinks he’s going insane. Unbeknownst to Avery, the glasses give him the power of True Sight.
Avery goes to see his psychologist Dr Nosfie to talk about his sanity. Nosfie suggests that Avery should put on the glasses as part of his therapy, and Avery discovers that Nosfie is a vampire. They have a fight and Avery escapes and returns home.
From their prison in Tartarus, the Great Old Ones contact Simone and instruct her to bring Ozzie to meet with Avery.
On Mount Olympus, the Elder Gods send Hermes and Aphrodite to Earth to help Avery.
After some serious high jinks (including fights between Nosfie and Hermes, Avery being temporarily committed to the hospital Psych Ward, and Ozzie narrowly missing meeting Avery), Nosfie tracks Avery down to his home and rips his throat out. Avery comes back to life soon after Nosfie leaves, completely unharmed, although his apartment is covered in blood.
Avery realizes that he doesn't need the glasses anymore to have True Sight. He receives an interview offer from Google and leaves the apartment to take a trip to Mountain View, California.
Simone arrives at Avery's apartment, with Ozzie in tow, and finds the glasses--the glasses that she had arranged for Avery to find in the first place. She has tried and failed several times already to introduce Avery to Ozzie.
In Mountain View, Avery conducts his first interview at the GOOgleplex (the headquarters of Great Old One--GOO--worshipers on Earth). The old slogan of "Don't be evil
" is their inside joke. The interview goes well, but Avery is whisked away by Hermes before Simone and Ozzie can catch up with him.
Avery is taken to Gaia, who explains some of the historical events to Avery, and tells him that Avery and Ozzie must be kept apart--but not exactly why. Simone and Ozzie arrive nearby, and Gaia sends Avery back to his home in Montreal. Avery is enchanted to thwart any future attempts by Simone and Ozzie to find him.
Avery meets a stunningly beautiful woman named Cleo (actually a shape-changing handmaiden of Aphrodite) and they agree to go out on a date.
Avery returns to the GOOgleplex for another round of interviews. Unfortunately, the final interview turns out to be an attempt to murder him in a ritual to free Azathoth! The ritual backfires when Avery comes back to life after all the cultists stab him.
Avery flees the GOOgleplex, dodging a variety of monsters, and manages to return home. The Elder Gods set up a war room in Avery's apartment, with Cleo present attending Aphrodite.
Avery refuses to take part, and leaves with Cleo on a romantic getaway to Venice. There, Simone's minions attempt to murder Avery for good by stealing his heart. They fail, and Cleo and Avery fall in love.
Meanwhile, Simone brings Ozzie with her to the Elder Gods' war room (in Avery's apartment). Ares, the God of War, attacks Ozzie, who lashes out in self-defense and kills all the Elder Gods present! This opens Pandora's Box and the world descends into chaos. Demons rise from below. The sky turns red as blood rains down. The seas boil.
Fortunately, Gaia arrives and resurrects Zeus and Poseidon, which at least pauses the end of the world. Avery convinces Cleo to marry him, and they get married in a park with Gaia and Zeus's blessing
Unfortunately, while Gaia was away from the heart of her power, Simone set a trap for her. Gaia is trapped on her throne, while the remaining Elder Gods are rendered insane by the power of the Void. The spell protecting Avery from Simone is cancelled.
Ozzie, now deranged and half-transformed back into his original form, attacks Avery--killing him over and over. Finally, Ozzie comes to his senses and stops.
Simone gives Avery one last chance to join the Great Old Ones before Azathoth devours the Earth. Gaia sends a message to Avery, letting him know that his love of Cleo is the key to his own power and victory. Avery refuses Simone's offer.
Avery channels his Love and transforms into the god Adonis. Simone, usurping the power of Hades, summons the legions of the dead to attack Avery/Adonis. Leading the legion is Ares, the now undead God of War. Ares gains the upper hand and wrestles Avery to the ground.
Avery summons up his Love again a creates a giant blast of light that destroys all nearby mystical bindings—including the magical binding keeping Ares’s undead body together, the Void bindings that have rendered the Elder Gods insane, the trap on Gaia, and, unfortunately, the binding of the Ozzie shell on Azathoth! Ozzie the old man is cast aside and Azathoth is unleashed!
Azathoth grabs Simone, kicking and screaming, and devours her.
Gaia grants Avery the wisdom of the now-deceased Athena. Avery teleports Azathoth to Limbo, trapping him there, and agrees to become his permanent guardian. Avery reunites with Cleo and his grandfather Ozzie (now purely human) and they live a normal life together.
I welcome any questions or comments.