RunePunk and Katana in a Nutshell…
RunePunk: Steam and Shadow
Welcome to Scatterpoint, the Shattered City, a sprawling macropolis of metal and stone powered by hissing steam, clever gearcraft, and ancient runes. Once, the center of the world, the City now is the world. A legendary feud between rival councils crippled the City and the constant runestorms that now cascade across it have killed any hopes that things will ever return to how they once were.
Trees are legend. Flowers are forgotten. Demons disguise themselves as men and mingle among the humble masses while their half-human offspring, the Malakar, populate the Barrens and have grown as bold as to frequent the Districts as well. Corrupt, apathetic citizenry ensure the safety of none. The Sequitors, the last bastion of sanity in an insane world, are fighting a losing battle as the finely tuned machine that is the City seems to be winding down as though it has already surrendered itself to entropy. The City needs hope. The City needs heroes.
Will you hasten the City to its destruction or fight for its survival? Choose sides. The time is upon us.
Katana: Samurai Steampunk
No one knows exactly when the unfeeling hand of darkness fell across the Bright Empire, only that one morning, the sky was not so blue and the clouds were not so white.
The ancients still among us say that the Empire has lost its soul and that is why things are not quite right in the world. Fat merchants discount their words and say that the Empress sits upon her Lotus Throne, so how could anything be wrong? Wise men sip their sake and say no more while their zealous wards often reply in outrage that the Way has been lost. Those words are often their last as they are taken away to the Blue Bamboo Forest and never seen again.
Even the lowliest peasants know that such machines as the Bamboo Abominations of Tso-Ling did not enforce the Empire’s will in their father’s time, nor did they have dreams of the Seven Dark Samurai like their children do.
Recently, the wind whispers rebellion. Will you heed its call?