In this post I will be developing the world of Industry Marches, where tech and magic are at odds and capital is god. What if gold came from the future?
Gold has always been available to the people of Pale Provinces in small quantities. It is an important ingredient in many rituals for its soft and shiny qualities, allowing it to be easily molded into magical forms. However, only with the advent of large scale mining (ergo more gold available to industrial researchers and engineers), was the true nature of gold revealed.
All gold moves backwards in time.
At first there were accidents; miners getting crushed by gold ore falling upwards; train cars carrying gold melting down. Several insufficient theories later, Charles Laforge (of the University of Material and Temporal Sciences) came up with the only model that explains every property at once. If gold was somehow manufactured in the future and reversed in time, then it would explain the anomies it causes around it.
Gold ore appears only on plots already owned by the bourgeois class (or plots soon to be owned by them). This fact has led to the supposition that these industrialists have sent the gold back in time to themselves to further enrich their past selves. Of course it cannot be reliably proven and has been called « proposterous » by every mining operation owner.
How players (and referee) can use gold in the Pale Provinces.
What other implications of gold can you think of? How would you use gold in your game? Do you know any examples of weird materials in other settings?
Published on July 5, 2023.
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