Well, I'm starting to put in order some ideas for a Cloak & Dagger campaign. Since I'm absolutely incapable of writing clear scenarios, it will rather consist in a series of interconnected synopsizes, detailed descriptions of the main protagonists, and maybe a few un-programmed events. It will be a little bit more confuse than a full linearly-written campaign, but I'm really really bad at that. So it's basically going to be a little bit more "sandbox-like", even if there will be a clear story arc.
The main idea is this:
The characters are fulminarii at the service of the Emperor. Since the throne is currently vacant, they should be enjoying some rest. Well, instead, they are of course drawn in the middle of the political war the seven great nations are fighting. They will have to face enemy specerum, down right evil assassins, but also politicians with good intentions that are dangerous to the throne, cultists of the One, and anarchists who wish to install some sort of republic ...
I'm not going deeper into the intrigue right now, that could spoil some surprises and many ideas I have are still very much likely to evolve. So instead of talking further of the campaign arc, I'm going to shortly introduce the pre-generated characters I'm currently building. The point of these is to have an opportunity to write specific character subplots in order to enhance their involvement in the campaign.
So, the decuria* will include:
- a balataic gladiator, as bellator of the group; he will be specialized in ... close combat, mostly, with a specialty in quickly silencing enemies;
- a savvy slave (freed), as emissarius of the group; he will be specialized in stealth, espionage, investigation, and poisoning; he will also act as optione (second-in-command);
- a thesterian physician, as medicus of the group; he will be in charge of the wounded, but also a gifted philosopher, historian, and early scientist;
- an aesonian citizen, as orator of the group; he will handle a large part of the talking and deceiving, but also most of the assets of the decuria;
- a hykosian cultist of the aesonian pantheon, as vates of the group; he will be in charge of spiritual matters, as well as many aspects of teamwork;
- a stern fulminarius, as decurio; he will lead the group and take personally part in deception, wet-works, and close combat when necessary.
All members of the decuria will have some training in disguise, in order to ease group infiltrations. Some of them will also be good in stealth, while other will favor bluffing to progress further when necessary. The medicus and the vates will stick the group together thanks to their abilities. The idea is to really make each character different, unique, but still keep some sort of group unity.
Right now, I'm working on character subplots for each fulminarius of this decuria. I'll tell you more as soon as I've written some ideas down.
* Decuriae, unlike what their name would indicate, originally comprised 10 to 30 eques legionis (mounted soldiers). It is supposed that Augustus's elite praetorian guard was divided in decuriae made of 6 to 10 elite legionis - on which I'm basing the group.