For our second arc of Champions Now, we’ve added a new writer-artist, Sam, and moved the action to the island city-state of Ierendi. As with Karameikos, I’ll leave explanation of the backdrop and lore to Rod, but suffice to say that Singapore has been a strong inspiration, and gaudy phantasmagoria abounds. You can find our initial character sheets attached.
Sam and I are finding it fun to flex our Tunnels and Trolls muscles with multiple characters. Between us, we have an entire soap opera cast. Over the first couple sessions, I think you can see us figuring out exactly how to play them. Sam has focused on the very different priorities of Shala or the Naga, one at a time, with the ‘off’ character serving as a kind of chorus to the actions of the other. The Naga’s ‘otherwordly city’ powers have given a unique texture to Ierendi and are the kind of trippy, surprising Special Effects that Sam makes look as easy as breathing.
I’ve been enjoying the zany, bounce-house quality of the collective Gobbos. But I really appreciate how Rod used his authorities in the first session to explore their separate social and emotional circumstances.What you’ll see me realize over the first three sessions is that I’m not really interested in contriving emotional conflict between the Gobbos. With the pressures of their Unusual Looks pressing in from all sides, they’re committed to each other by virtue of being the only solidarity available. I’m more curious about whether they can overcome and find value in their differences during the moment-by-moment resolution of crisis. I think it’s likely that if deeper conflict arises, it will be at the crossroads of authorities (for instance, Jumbo’s conversion to the Naga religion in session 2).