I am thinking of having a RPG session with the rpg template released for sunless sky. The people I am doing it with are not familiar with the universe and i was wondering if anyone has any ideas for a concise explanation of the setting or some link that would provide a decent overview of what is happening, Thanks.
The simplest explanation of the setting is the sales pitch from the FBG website: http://www.failbettergames.com/sunless-skies/
[spoiler]"It is the dawn of the 20th century, and the British Empire has taken to the stars! As the captain of a spacefaring locomotive you’ll behold wonders and battle cosmic abominations in the heavens.
The stars are alive. They are the Judgements: vast intelligences that govern all things. But they are dying. One by one, something is snuffing them out, leaving their thrones empty.
Unfettered by trivial things like gravity, the Empire’s ambition is savage. They have built a new Sun. The Empress reigns from the Throne of Hours, which gives her control over time.
Your Captain and crew must carve out a life between the stars. Will you support her majesty and the establishment, or the working class rebels who yearn for freedom from the Workworlds?
Learn who you are, in the dark. Die, and leave the world the way you want it for your successor…"[/spoiler]
For a supplement that goes a bit more into the details without getting too heavy checkout pages 3 to 5 of the FBG Skyfarer story supplement. It has a nice simple glossary of important lore terms and locations: http://www.failbettergames.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Skyfarer_SkyStories_Supplement.pdf
For heavier details and maybe spoilers check out the lore wiki http://thefifthcity.wikia.com/ which has all kinds of info on just about any bit of lore you can imagine.
Lastly this is a bit tangential, but there’s also the lore glossary I wrote for Sunless Sea, the previous game. Some of the information is still useful, but some of it is very Sea specific http://britetimes.tumblr.com/post/111807856014/sunless-sea-lore-glossary-beginners-edition
edited by NiteBrite on 9/27/2018
great stuff, thank you very much