Introit: Or, if the Past is a Different Country;
what shall we do when we get there?
It's often said that the past is a different country and that they do things differently there. That could
well be true. At the beginning of the 20th Century everything seemed possible. The Future looked
This city, so rich, so new...so vibrant...should be Paradise.
Certainly families like the Rockerfeller's, the Vanderbilt's and the others have a lot of the wealth and
power. But a man may, with luck and toil, still find his own piece of the American Dream. It's a time
when a man may still feel compelled to fight a duel over a matter of honour and the launching of a
battleship is a source of widespread national pride.
There is much to do. The Future remains to be forged and grasped. There is much to fight for.
This could...this should...be Heaven for everyone.
Can you help make this Paradise?
What will Salvation cost?
So, as a Gamer,
what can you expect from all this?
You might be asking: why did we decide to go all the way back to 1905 and the heady days of the
beginnings of the American Century?
Well, there's a few narrative options and themes we wanted to explore. This offers a chance for this
setting to mix and interact with the present in a way we thought could be interesting and help add
depth to the overall setting.
Not only might plot and NPC's eventually intermingle, but, similar to Hungry Streets, there's a
chance for Vampires to migrate from In Paradisum to present day Sacramento. We also, with
appropriate and sensible adjustments and if it synchronizes with their Backgrounds plan to allow
existing Vampire characters in Sacramento to appear in In Paradisum.
What we've tried to do is lay out the broadbrushed strokes of a setting. Putting a little bit of
historical context into it so it's not just a piece of costume drama but, hopefully, has a little more
'look and feel' of the time. Where the animating principle of Hungry Streets is survival, the primary
theme of In Paradisum is the quest for either a personal, economic or spiritual Paradise and