Hey guys, I’ve been interested in Mouse Guard for a long time, but we’ve never been able to actually play before. It’s always been an issue with interest, to be honest; I don’t know many people, for whatever reason, that want to roleplay as a mouse. I think I’ve finally found a group of people who do, though, and I’d like to write something up that they’re going to be interested in. I’ve got a pretty rough idea for a story, and I was wondering if I could grab some input from you guys?
Essentially, there’s a weather-watching observatory to the South and East of Lockhaven, sort of near the crossroads between Ivydale and Blackrock. It remains staffed during the long Winter months, but only by a handful of science-mice that are dedicated to logging their observations. Now that Winter’s broken, the Guard wants to send our group to the observatory to make sure everything’s okay. They’ll bring along some additional supplies, to help restore what was lost over the Winter. They’ll be bringing along some fragile equipment, including a replacement lens for the telescope, and jars full of a special grease that the science-mice need for the gears inside it.
It’s all pretty basic.
I was wondering if maybe it would be a good idea for the science mice to be dead when the Guard arrives? Maybe long dead. Like, they’ve been dead most of the Winter, but since the trails were all closed, nobody knew until now. The players would then be stuck in a bit of a difficult situation: the Guard needs the reports from this observatory to keep their weather watchers up to date on weather patterns and whatnot, and there is at least one science-mouse in the group that could operate most of the equipment there. Maybe there are some clues as to who might be responsible for the massacre? Do the mice return to Lockhaven and report the incident to their superiors? Do they head to the next town and try to figure things out on their own?
Is this an appropriate opening story?
Is there anything here I’m missing? How can I improve it?
Anything you guys can add would be greatly appreciated.