Blogging about Blogging Sins: So I'm about 90-95% recovered from the fall. I still get some twinges in the arm from the torn muscle, but I'm able to work consistently now. I lost several productive weeks in Feb/March, putting me behind schedule on several projects; a couple of board games and some rpg work. So I expect I'll be putting up posts only once or twice a week through mid-April. New week I'll have one of the two Post-Apocalyptic lists for the month.
I wanted to make sure I posted something this week, so I thought I'd go back to some more of my earlier game/book.comic pitches. This one's literally called Age of Ravens, and comes from- I think- '99. I wrote about a third of a novel based on this. The idea centers on a modern, fairly grounded setting, but where a pantheon of active, interventionist gods holds sway. There's a little bit of 20th Century meets Glorantha, Conan noir, Harn crossed with Tinker, Tailor. There's some influence of Lord of Light here. At least that's what I had in my head. I've worked on and off on a rpg take on this, but I keep hitting the double mumbo-jumbo problem (at least for myself). This doc's about 10+ years old. I present it unvarnished; I'd restructure this significantly it I came at this again today.
Guns and gods collide as two heroes driven by a dead deity try
to find their destiny and stop a conspiracy to corrupt the heavens.
The world of Age of Ravens contains a host of gods—most present,
known and accepted by the populace. Faiths struggle in an alternate
Twentieth Century where worship defines life. Baltimore cop Harvard
Dain delves into a murder leading to a world of
divine espionage and assassins. Marisol Kasser,
rejected by her deity, searches for her place only to be dragged into
the conspiracy. Joining forces they discover they pursue the last
follower of the dead god, Crow. Their path draws them across the
country, encountering avatars and lost pantheons. In the end Harvard
and Marisol must choose who they will follow and who will control the
Paul Evenson, an American intelligence agent
investigates research at a strange anomaly known as the Hole. He
uncovers the scholar-god scientists’ plan to resurrect and control
a destroyed god. Evenson’s sabotage releases the undead god and
demolishes the facility. Pursued by rival government agent Hiram
Zurhammer, Evenson vanishes into the Hole, apparently
protected by his patron, the trickster god Crow.
Thirteen years later, Crow is dead.
Baltimore PD Detective Harvard Dain investigates a
murder with supernatural elements. Sent by his community to protect
their interests as a cop, he finds himself isolated from his fellow
officers. Despite powers granted him by his deity, Manoc,
Harvard remains marked as a follower of the god of the lost and
marginal, smallest among the lesser gods of the Eighty-One.
Marisol Kasser has lost her community as well.
Rejected by Rhamas, the All-Father, on the eve of her
appointment as one his paladins, her wealthy family has turned her
away. When she sees news of the murder, she suspects a free-lance job
tracing the victim put him in harm’s way.
Stuck for answers, Harvard turns to followers of Chaikaj,
the thief god, who point him towards Marisol and the victim’s
service as an American spy. Marisol’s investigation leads to an
ambush where she barely escapes a demonic attack. Evidence Marisol
uncovers there points to a conspiracy involving demons, the
government and old spies.
Harvard escapes an attack that kills a fellow officer as he digs
deeper. Senior Intelligence Agent Zurhammer appears to warn him
away—the attack had been intended to kill Harvard. Pressing on, he
tracks down Marisol, but a police raid intervenes. Escaping, they
discover Harvard has been framed for murder. They flee Baltimore
tracing the few clues they have.
In Ohio, they find the last followers of Simeaus, the god
of bindings and connections. Marisol investigates records on-site,
finding a trail to Paul Evenson. Demons, unlike any seen before,
assault the home and slaughter the Simeaus worshippers. Touched by
powers, Marisol finds herself chosen by Crow.
In the battle’s aftermath strange allies appear in the form of
Sheridan Kerr and Dahlia Wane, servants
of Ghadravagra, the demon-wrestler deity. Driven by the call
of their god, Sheridan and Dahlia have no choice but to hunt demons
in the world. A shaken Marisol rejects Crow who stands for the
disorder her upbringing condemned. But to continue she must accept
the intuition granted her by the god. Harvard reluctantly accepts
this path and the aid Sheridan and Dahlia; he finds himself unsure of
the changes in Marisol.
The group moves westward—following a darkness in the divine
landscape of America. Demons—the fear and chaos outside of the
gods’ control—prowl and corrupt the land. Evidence points to an
organized attempt to cover up these stories.
Spotted by authorities, a chase down on the back roads leads to a
desperate firefight that destroys their vehicle. Their pursuers take
Marisol and leave the others dead or dying. Taken to Roswell and the
Hole—a rift in the sky dragging everything to it—Marisol meets
Zurhammer. Obsessed with Crow as an enemy of the state, Zurhammer has
allied himself with overseas powers representing a new fascist tide
in Europe. Zurhammer leaves Marisol to be interrogated by two agents
she recognizes as demons in human flesh.
Harvard and Dahlia survive only through a desperate invocation to
Harvard’s god Manoc. They follow a flight of crows to the Hole.
Marisol suffers at the hands of the demonic agents while Zurhammer
rants against Crow. Harvard and Dahlia break into the facility and
reveal the demons. In a desperate move, Dahlia summons her full
aspect-- pulling the creatures to her as she flings herself into the
Hole. The desperate grip of a demon drags Marisol into the void as
In the Hole Marisol sees the origin of the rising evil. From
stolen documents detailing the creation of The Hole, European
scientists found a way to destroy a god. Marisol witnesses the forced
summoning which mortally wounds Simeaus, setting off the global
plagues of ten years before. From the ashes arise a corrupt Twelve,
dark avatars who echo highest gods. She sees their plan to destroy
the gods and the world, a plan that even now has begun to take shape
in Europe as old governments fall.
Marisol and a dark avatar of Crow fall back into the real world
and the Hole closes. The demon escapes, but Marisol knows where he
will go. At a commune in Southern California, Harvard and Marisol
finally find Paul Evenson. Like Marisol he took the mantle of Crow
unwillingly. The trail Evenson left for her came out of his own
inability to complete the necessary task.
Marisol and Harvard find the last Simeaus worshipper-- Evenson’s
wife who lies dying from cancer. Her murder will create a sympathetic
corruption crippling America’s contact with the gods. Though he
knows the danger, Evenson cannot bring himself to help her die.
They prepare for the final battle against the Crow Demon and his
legion of the corrupted. Harvard must come to terms with his heritage
and call his fellow brother in Manoc to him. Marisol must choose her
path—can she accept the trickery of Crow or will she find a new
path that can defeat her shadowy enemy and save the gods themselves?