I convinced my PbtA group to give BE a chance. We are playing with heavily reduced ‘lite’ rules. I am the GM.
The campaign is set at a city sized space station on the Casiguran frontier where Urfan merchants try to trade with the Matriarchy. It also functions as a mining facility as it orbits a gas giant with a ring system. The society is hierarchical, laws are formally strict but corruption flourishes.
We changed the Casiguran society a bit. It is still a Matriarchy but the players wanted weird social science fiction shit so we implemented a complicated gender system with 5 different social roles (influence was Avery Alder’s Rookvale).
Figures of Note
Cassiopeia (PC!): chief official commander of the station. A romantic aristocrat who married below her stature and thus was cast to this hellhole at the edge of the world.
Mallow Urci: chief security executive. A rival and ally to Cassiopeia as this low born but talented bureocrat tries to climb the ladder of power in stewardship.
Medea: introvert researcher, leader of the lab. The daughter of Cassiopeia but she abadoned and hides her noble heritage to pursue academic carrier.
Nestor Harambios: noble born chief customs officier who is also a smuggling overlord. Secret lover of Cassiopeia.
Daifur Mossadegh: a very old urfan merchant representing urfan trading syndicates.
Gaius Hollbock: a misoginic noble born engineer who is the architect of the original station. Hates that a tail shaped dock for trading was added to his ‘D’ shaped masterwork thus forming now a ‘P’. Because of women!
Top Secret: None of them are Vaylen at the start, only their subordinates/significant other/etc.
Athene: Casiguran diplomat who managed to make a pact between the Urfan trade syndicates and some Casiguran Queen. An idealist who believes in human confederacy.
Diomedes: Leader of the Guard. This young and fierce soldier is quite frustrated as the space station has huge Hammer forces but his Guard is the only Iron using squad in the Anvil.
Fun fact: we are playing in an Ikea
We decided to play a quick Usurpation phase with low starting Dispositions.
History: The gigs of the smuggling overlord Nestor Harambios enabled Vaylen to infiltrate the station. Mallow Urci failed to recognize the danger due to the high level of corruption among low status stewards. As the Vaylen already won this Infiltration phase, noone really knows their presence.
Retconned main conflict: Casiguran forces tried to overawe an Urfan embassy. As Hammer overshadows Anvil forces at the station, the frustrated Guard Captain tried to show off with a daredevil stunt which resulted in a casulty among his troops. The players dont know but the Vaylen failed to plant a Naiven into the convalescent guard member NPC, Gabriel.
This was our 1st session. If you are interested in following our story or have questions or suggestions, please respond